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Spotlight on Bothell Business: Tru*Health, Inc.

Tru*Health Inc. in Bothell

I first came in contact with Tru*Health owners Kasara D’Elene and Jeff Foster about two years ago when I was preparing Thanksgiving dinner for a few friends with food allergies. I needed a natural non-sugar sweetener to bake a few pies, and wasn’t sure where to find it. One day while driving home I spotted a sign for natural health products at the intersection of Bothell-Everett Highway and 180th St SE, and decided to pull in and see if they had what I needed. As I stepped inside I was greeted by friendly faces and a plethora of organic herbs, supplements, and food items. They had all I needed and more – I left with some agave nectar (a natural sweetener), a whole organic turkey, and a tub of non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening. 

Tru*Health Bothell - Front Entry          Tru*Health offers a variety of quality nutritional products          People, Animal, and Environment-Friendly Beauty Products

I was surprised to find many of the same products at similar or lower prices than those at larger retailers. Apparently general manager Jeff has a knack for finding high quality products at low prices. And he and Kasara take product quality very seriously – they don’t sell any products they wouldn’t use themselves. They also won’t sell any supplements without first being able to visit the lab they’re produced in.

Tru*Health doesn’t sell any herbs or supplements the owners wouldn’t take themselves

Founder Kasara has extensive knowledge of and passion for natural health, and answers questions on the topic with enthusiasm. She has a long list of credentials including Licensed Traditional Naturopath (N.D.), Master Herbalist, Certified Natural Health Professional (C.N.H.P.), and a Bachelor’s of Science in medical technology. When I learned what brought her to the natural health field I began to understand her great enthusiasm for learning.

In 1993 Kasara became very ill. Despite following the instructions given by practitioners of conventional medicine to the letter, her illness and pain persisted. She had slightly better luck when visiting a chiropractor and an acupuncturist, but after a short time found that their methods treated the symptoms of her illness but not its cause. At the end of her rope and unsure what to do next, she received a referral to nationally-known herbalist Lawanda Stauffer. By the end of the first week in Lawanda’s care, Kasara’s pain was gone. Within one year, her symptoms had completely disappeared. There was no longer any question in Kasara’s mind about the power of herbs to heal. She wanted to learn what Lawanda knew, both to ensure her own future well-being as well as to help others achieve the results she had.

From the trunk of a car to a storefront in Sunnyvale, California to its current location in Bothell, Tru*Health is now in its third incarnation.

In addition to high quality organic herbs and supplements, Tru*Health also offers organic food items and professional holistic health consultations. You can find out more at Tru*Health’s website or by clicking here to view their online brochure.

Mention and receive $5.00 off your first purchase of $30.00 or more! (May not be combined with other offers.)

Tru*Health is located at 18001 Bothell-Everett Hwy Suite L, Bothell, WA 98012. Click here to view a map.

Summer hours are Mon-Fri 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sat 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 

Phone: (425) 415-8410 or (800) 242-7165


E-Mail: truhealth (at) truhealth (dot) com


Bothell Places: The Ananda Meditation Temple

Ananda Meditation Temple (front entry)On several occasions while driving home along the Bothell-Everett highway, I’ve noticed a unique building with a cobalt blue roof and a single clear spire. At first I thought it might be an Eastern Orthodox Church, the spire reminiscent of the architecture in Moscow’s Red Square. On a sunny day toward the end of last week, I decided to pull in and find out exactly what it was. As I got out of my car I saw a sign directing me to the reception area. Camera in hand, I went inside and introduced myself.

At the desk I met a very nice lady named Jacqueline Snitkin, who in turn introduced me to Institute Director Hriman McGilloway. Both were very agreeable to having me tour the Temple and take photos. Because I forgot to make notes as Jacqueline explained what Ananda is, I did some supplemental research at Ananda Online. According to this site:

Ananda is a worldwide group of individuals who share the search for higher consciousness and the ideal of service to others. Ananda, which means “joy” in Sanskrit, was founded in 1968 by J. Donald Walters (Swami Kriyananda) to support others in their quest for spiritual growth.

Ananda is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. I’d heard of this book prior to my visit to the Temple, but didn’t know it was named one of the top 100 spiritual books of the 20th century. Apparently Yogananda was the first yoga master to permanently relocate to the West from India. He emphasized the “direct inner experience of God” in his teachings, which he referred to as self-realization

Bothell’s Ananda Meditation Temple (front view)

As I followed her into the temple itself, Jacqueline explained its design was conceived by a Swiss architect and was patterned after the Ananda Temple of Light in Assisi, Italy. According to her, “The dome represents the upward moving energy of spirit, the aspiration of the soul. I believe we respond to that shape and the space it creates from a deep place within ourselves. The blue cobalt is as well a color of higher consciousness. The cupola on the top of the dome represents the sharing of the light of wisdom with all.”

Within the Temple (looking toward entry)          Looking inside the Temple from the entry          The Five Masters of the Ananda Tradition         

She went on to say that the space is used for meditation and yoga classes as well as a regular Sunday service. I could see immediately how the serenity of the large, circular, well-lit room would be very conducive to these activities. The dome roof, with ethereal lighting and paint effects designed by Ananda’s Willow Kushler, looks like an upside down flower in bloom with the light from the spire as its stamen. To reinforce Ananda’s assertion that “All Are Welcome,” religious symbols from the Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Judaic, and Islamic traditions appear alongside the Ananda symbol (shown below) in small recessed shrines all around the room. 

The Ananda Symbol

The Ananda Meditation Temple is located at 23305 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell WA 98021, and can be reached at (425) 806-3700. Reception, the book and gift shop, and the temple’s administrative offices are open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Sunday service begins at 10:00 AM. For information on current meditation and yoga classes and other services/activities, visit the temple’s website at

Bothell Places: Caffe Ladro

Caffe Ladro in BothellNot only does Caffe Ladro serve great tasting coffee in an inviting atmosphere, they do it with social conscience and plenty of smiles.

When I first moved to the area from Eastern Washington about 10 years ago, I frequented Ladro’s location on 15th Ave East in Seattle. It was my favorite place to study, read, and people watch – good coffee, clean tables, and friendly service. Supporting a locally-owned small business that offers only 100% fair trade, organic, shade-grown coffees also made me feel good. When I moved to Bothell about 3 years ago I was happy to see a Caffe Ladro location 3 blocks north of Main Street, and resolved to visit at my first opportunity. 

Well, life gets busy. “Would like to’s” get pushed aside as the “have to’s” pile up.

On the way home from showing houses yesterday, I saw the yellow Caffe Ladro sign and decided I’d finally stop in. Ladro interiorAs I walked in the din of clanking coffee cups and chatting neighbors filled my ears. The walls were lined with black and white portraits set against rich, warm paint tones and lit by Tiffany-style chandeliers. As I went to the counter to order I was greeted with a genuine smile. While waiting it struck me that there aren’t many cafes with atmosphere as comfortable and inviting as Ladro’s.

After finishing a tasty spinach & feta croissant, I looked closer at the black & white portraits on the walls. Seattle area photographer Davis Freeman “specializes in unique fine art portraits that truly capture the spirit of family.” I enjoyed the photos on display, and would offer that while not so much “capturing the spirit of family,” several definitely succeed at capturing the spirit of the individual in a compelling and emotionally-charged way. Click here to view some of his work.

At another spot on the wall I saw a poster for an evening of acoustic open mic performances and live painting, to be hosted by Ladro on Friday April 6th. Visit the Community Events page for complete details.

Selena and HannahAs I finished my last sip, I thanked barista Selena and cashier Hannah and headed for the door. I’m grateful Caffe Ladro is still as great as I remembered.

Caffe Ladro is located at 18610 Bothell Way NE in Bothell, WA. There’s free wi-fi inside and a drive-thru outside. Click here for a map and directions. 

Hours: 5:30 AM to 11:00 PM daily.  Phone: 425-415-1202