Page 1





feel good • live simply • laugh more

The Rise of FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE New Paradigm Gets to the Root Cause of Disease


HAPPY FOODS The Right Choices

Make our Bodies Hum


Bruce Lipton on the

Epigenetics Revolution

Our Beliefs Reprogram Our Genetic Destiny



puts Health and Care back into Healthcare

January 2016 | Southern Maine Edition | MaineAwakenings.com

The Science of Healing and the Art of Therapy

IMTA offers highly-trained physical therapists who will treat you as a “whole” person.

Mind, Body and Soul We do this in a professional setting with knowledgeable, caring and helpful staff. • • • • • • • • •

Whole Body Approach Arthritis Orthopedic Replacements Musculoskeletal Disorders Lyme Disease Digestive Disorders Sports Medicine Women’s Health Edema (chronic or post surgical)

Frank Gentile Physical Therapist & Owner

Marie-France Browning Physical Therapist

Felicia Files Physical Therapy Assistant

Hours of Operation: Monday: 8am-6pm • Tuesday-Thursday: 7:30am-6pm Friday: Limited Hours

Part of the Center For Balanced Living 74 Lunt Road, Suite 206 • Falmouth, ME 04105

(207) 781-8358



10 10


5 8 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 24 26 30 34 36 41

newsbriefs healthbriefs globalbriefs ecotip fitbody community spotlight naturalpet business spotlight inspiration healingways wisewords conscious eating greenliving healthykids calendar resourceguide

advertising & submissions HOW TO ADVERTISE To advertise with Natural Awakenings or request a media kit, please contact us at 207-615-3675 or email Ads@MaineAwakenings.com. Deadline for ads: the 10th of the month. EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS Email articles, news items and ideas to: News@MaineAwakenings.com. Deadline for editorial: the 5th of the month. CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS Email Calendar Events to: Coordinator@MaineAwakenings.com. Deadline for calendar: the 5th of the month. REGIONAL MARKETS Advertise your products or services in multiple markets! Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. is a growing franchised family of locally owned magazines serving communities since 1994. To place your ad in other markets call 239-449-8309. For franchising opportunities call 239-530-1377 or visit NaturalAwakeningsMag.com.


Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.


16 THE RIGHT VET FOR YOUR PET Animals Thrive with Gentle, Safe and Natural Approaches by Shawn Messonnier

20 THE RISE OF FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE New Paradigm Gets to the Root Cause of Disease


by Lisa Marshall

24 BRUCE LIPTON ON THE EPIGENETICS REVOLUTION Our Beliefs Reprogram Our Genetic Destiny by Linda Sechrist


New Twists on Old Favorites Heal, Nourish and Soothe


by Judith Fertig

29 HORMONE-HAPPY FOODS The Right Choices Make Our Bodies Hum by Linda Sechrist

30 ECO-FRIENDLY FLOORS Sustainable Beauty Underfoot


by Avery Mack

32 IT’S EASY TO BE GREEN At Home and On the Road by Avery Mack

34 EARLY PUBERTY The New Normal? by Kathleen Barnes

natural awakenings

January 2016


letterfrompublisher Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

contact us Publisher Debjani Das Editors S. Alison Chabonais Shonali Das Amy Paradysz Linda Sechrist Contributing Writers Amy Paradysz Contributing Photographers Debjani Das Amy Paradysz Ad Designer Courtney Ayers Design & Production Courtney Ayers Printer Engle Printing and Publishing Co. Multi-Market Advertising 239-449-8309 Franchise Sales 239-530-1377

Natural Awakenings of Southern Maine P. O. Box 7769, Portland, ME 04101 Phone: 207-615-3675 Fax: 207-221-1005 MaineAwakenings.com Facebook.com/MaineAwakeningsMag ©2016 by Natural Awakenings. All rights reserved. Although some parts of this publication may be reproduced and reprinted, we require that prior permission be obtained in writing. Natural Awakenings is a free publication distributed locally and is supported by our advertisers. It is available in selected stores, health and education centers, healing centers, public libraries and wherever free publications are generally seen. Please call to find a location near you or if you would like copies placed at your business. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. We welcome your ideas, articles and feedback.


I’ve always loved the start to a new year. It invites us to engage in serious self-reflection, exploring and discovering fresh and rewarding ways we can enhance our lives. Although we might not always follow through as much as we’d like, of primary importance is our continued desire to be the best possible versions of ourselves—our authentic self. In this issue, you’ll find the inspirational essay, “Key Signs We’re Approaching a Defining Moment” by Dennis Merritt Jones. It encourages each of us to ask ourself thought-provoking questions that can serve to catalyze positive changes in our life. Have we been keeping up with optimal practices for self-care on every front? Good healthcare is more than just physical well-being; it also addresses our emotional and spiritual needs. We can’t be healthy if our minds are not operating well. In this month’s feature article, “The Rise of Functional Medicine: New Paradigm Gets to the Root Cause of Disease,” Lisa Marshall delves into the whole-body health benefits of seeking quality health care from functional medical professionals trained to seek out the root cause of dis-ease rather than just treat symptoms. It can save us time, money and suffering in the long run. We salute the original approach to exceptional care making a comeback! As I reflect on the joys and pains I’ve encountered this past year, I ponder if I’ve learned from my mistakes and if this time, I’ll make better decisions. The answer is, I’m going to do the best I can… and I hope that you all will serenely make the same promise to yourselves, doing what feels right to you.

SUBSCRIPTIONS To sign up for a copy of our monthly digital magazine, email Publisher@MaineAwakenings.com.

Natural Awakenings is printed on recycled newsprint


Southern Maine

appy 2016! May we all welcome in the new year with open hearts and peace of mind. We get to do it all over again, but this time, even better!

Om Shanti Om,

Debjani Das, Publisher bl h MaineAwakenings.com

newsbriefs Introduction to Taijiquan: Fundamentals, Forms & Function


xpand the body and mind with an introductory workshop to Taijiquan at the Maine Center for Taijiquan & Qigong in Portland from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, January 16. Instructor Jason Ames will present the three essential elements of traditional and evidence-based Taiji training: the fundamentals of cultivating Qi, energetic/physical integration and mind/body awareness. The workshop will culminate with simplified form routines focusing on the four primary energies and whole-body power. Functional aspects of Taijiquan will be touched upon via gentle, fun partner training. All are welcome and beginners are encouraged to attend. Cost: $45 in advance; $55 at the door. For more information or to register, visit MaineTaiji.com or call 207-780-9581. Location: Maine Center for Taijiquan & Qigong, 500 Forest Ave., Portland, back of building.

Guided Meditation Using the Labradorite Stone


ake a musing journey with Heather Nichols, owner of Stones and Stuff, as she presents the Labradorite Meditation workshop on from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27. Each participant in this ceremony/meditation will receive a stone.

Photo by Amy Paradysz

Cost: $20. For more information, visit StonesAndStuff.com or call 207-874-0789. Location: Stones and Stuff, 556 Congress St., Portland.

Take the Plunge with Maine’s “Original” Lobster Dip


lunge into the New Year with Special Olympics Maine at its Annual Lobster Dip at noon on New Year’s Day. Dippers take the icy plunge into the Atlantic Ocean in front of The Brunswick on Old Orchard Beach and must raise at least $100 each for The Special Olympics. The funds will support year-round programs such as sports training and athletic competitions for athletes Photo by Amy Paradysz with intellectual disabilities. Each registered participant receives a long-sleeved commemorative Lobster Dip t-shirt. Dip Day registration is from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. inside The Brunswick. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers. Plan to arrive early despite pre-registration because this event will be busy. Bring appropriate clothing/swimwear and please note that changing rooms are limited. The Post-Dip Party will be held at The Brunswick with food, a cash bar, music, football on TV, and plenty of drippy-wet fun. Each Dipper is welcome to the buffet and can invite two guests. Cost: $100 minimum fundraising. For more information, visit SpecialOlympicsMaine. org. Location: Old Orchard Beach in front of The Brunswick, 39 West Grand Ave.

Meditation Education with Maine Shambhala in Brunswick


he Brunswick Meditation Center is hosting a three-day program, “The Art of Being Human,” to introduce participants to meditation practice and the principles of the Shambhala path of warriorship. Under the guidance of senior teacher Mary Lang, participants will learn how meditation can lead to the development of genuine confidence, humor, and personal dignity within the complexity of daily life. The program opens Friday, January 8 with registration at 7 p.m. and a free opening talk to which all are welcome. Registration is required for the programs Saturday and Sunday, January 9 and 10, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. To see a full description and to preregister go to MaineShambhala. org. There are no prerequisites and all are welcome. The Brunswick/Portland Shambhala Meditation Center is a nonprofit organization affiliated with Shambhala International, a worldwide nonprofit association of meditation centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The Shambhala teachings were introduced in the West in the book Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior, by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a Tibetan meditation master. He taught that there is a fundamental basic goodness present in all experience. Location: 19 Mason St., Brunswick. Phone: 207-240-1086. For more information, contact Liz Korabek-Emerson at TheArtofBeingHuman@MaineShambhala.org.

natural awakenings

January 2016


newsbriefs Try Something New at Bright Star World Dance Open House


right Star World Dance in Portland is hosting an open house on Saturday, January 16 from 1 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. This free event features 30-minute beginner-level classes such as belly dance, Pilates, yoga, and a centered ballet workout. All fitness levels, gender, body types and backgrounds are welcome. Exercise or yoga wear is recommended. Free. For more information, visit BrightStarWorldDance.com or call 207370-5830. Bright Star World Dance, 108 High St., Floor 3, Portland.

Celebrate National Pie Day with Pies Galore


he 12th Annual Pies on Parade Tour hits the streets of Rockland on Sunday, January 31 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sample a variety of pies that are made locally by more than 20 inns and businesses of Rockland. This popular event features several fruit pies, shepherd’s pie, meat pies, pot pies, seafood pies, pizza pies, whoopie pies, quiches, and even a grilled pie. Park at the Lincoln Street Center for the Arts, a centralized location for the venues, and walk off some pie or take a free trolley. All proceeds will be donated to the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry. Cost: $30 per adult, $15 for children under 10. For more information, visit MaineDreamVacation.com or HistoricInnsOfRockland.com or email Info@HistoricInnsOfRockland.com. Location: Various locations throughout Rockland.

WinterKids’ Welcome to Winter Festival at Payson Park


pend an afternoon having fun with the family at the WinterKids’ Annual Welcome to Winter Festival on Saturday, January 23 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Payson Park in Portland. WinterKids is a statewide non-profit that encourages children to love the outdoors no matter what time of year it is. At the Welcome to Winter Festival, children delight in sledding, tubing, snowshoeing, ice skating, hula hooping, snow painting, and snowman making. The event includes hot chocolate, healthy snacks, raffle prizes, and winter giveaways. Free. For more information, visit WinterKids.org. Location: Payson Park, Baxter Blvd, Portland.


Southern Maine


Indoor Insanity 5K: Run in Circles to Defeat Lung Cancer


ear up for the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council’s Indoor Insanity 5K at 8 a.m. on Sunday, January 10 at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, where participants will revel in camaraderie and listen to music all to prevent lung cancer! Indoor Insanity 5K highlights how exposure to radon gas in an indoor environment is the second leading cause of lung cancer nationwide. The Maine Indoor Air Quality Council is dedicated to making these environments safe and healthy for people. All proceeds will benefit the council along with the Maine State Radon Section and Maine Housing to fix radon problems in low-income Maine households. Race-day check-in will begin at 7 a.m. The race starts promptly at 8 a.m. with the Kids Fun Run (just four laps) and the Insanity Heat #1 wave (the fastest runners). The second wave commences at 8:30 a.m. with Insanity Heat #2 (above average runners) and the Walkers 5K. The last wave at begins at 9:15 a.m. with Insanity Heat #3 (all runners). This is a timed event, and ribbons will be awarded following the race. Cold drinks and healthy snacks will be available to all runners and walkers. Cost: $35. For more information, visit MaineIndoorAir. org. Location: William Farley Field House, Bowdoin College, 35 Watson Drive, Brunswick.

newsbriefs Winter Belly Dance Classes in Portland


hake off the winter cold with an eightweek belly dance class at Bright Star World Dance in Portland—total beginners welcome! Belly dance improves posture, helps develop strength and flexibility, gets blood pumping, and it’s fun. You don’t have to be a certain size, be “good� at dancing or “have� rhythm. You don’t even have to show your belly! People of all backgrounds and genders are welcome, ages 14 and up. Wear exercise/yoga clothing with bare feet. The session runs January 25 through March 30. The cost is $106 for eight classes ($96 if registered by January 10). Classes are taught by Rosa Noreen. Register online at http://rosanoreen.com/classes/bellydance/

Here’s to your Health. It’s a new year — isn’t it time for a new you? Tai Chi offers gentle, evidence-based curriculums with surprising results : improved exibility, core strength, balance, functional integration & mental tranquility. Join us today and realize the many beneďŹ ts.


eanna Raihl, LMT, of Nourishing Self based in Windham is now also seeing clients at Yarmouth Tree of Life Naturopathic and Midwifery Care. Raihl provides the services of a day spa but at more reasonable rates. She works as a massage therapist, board certified nutrition counselor, doula, Kundalini Reiki master, and Shamballa healer. For more information, visit DeannaRaihl.com or call 207-482-0615.

500 Forest Ave., Portland, ME 04101 Beginners always welcomed.

• Organic Hair Color Line • Organic Vegan Products • Weddings • Dry Bar • Massage • Reiki Your Personal Retreat

It’s All About You

Location: Bright Star World Dance, 108 High Street, Portland. Corner of High and Spring Streets, above the Little Tap House.

Nourishing Self Expands to Yarmouth Tree of Life

mainetaiji.com | 207-780-9581

The Best Thing About Our Products Is What We

Leave Out! 799-2995 • www.organicrootsme.com 545 Westbrook St • South Portland, Maine

The Intersection of Health and Wealth! OPTIMAL SELF COMMUNITY HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER... a space that oers a wide range of holistic therapies available for the Community



Personal Training t Fitness Classes Energy WorktMassage Therapy & Yoga

640 Congress St Portland, ME 04102


January 2016



Playing Outside Before Lunch Spurs Kids to Eat Healthier


esearchers from Brigham Young University and Cornell University have determined that simply moving recess to precede lunch significantly increases students’ consumption of fruits and vegetables at lunch. The researchers tested first- through sixth-graders from seven schools in Utah for 14 school days. In three schools, recess was switched from after to just before lunch. In the other four schools, recess still followed lunch. Published in the journal Preventative Medicine, research found that when recess was just prior to lunch, students ate 54 percent more fruits and vegetables. Moving recess also resulted in 45 percent more kids eating at least one serving of fruits and vegetables during school-provided lunches. The researchers concluded that results show the benefits of holding recess before lunch and suggest that if more schools did this, there would be significant increases in fruit and vegetable consumption, particularly among students that eat school lunch as part of the National School Lunch Program.

Scientists Urge Ban on Non-Stick Pan Coatings


new paper published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal warns of the continued health risks of chemicals used for non-stick pan coatings and water repellents on clothing. The chemical is being found in some municipalities’ drinking water. More than 200 scientists signed the statement, which presents the dangers of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These chemicals are persistently used as pan coatings, despite more than a decade of research showing associations with liver toxicity, neurological disorders, cancers of different organs and types, and heart conditions. The paper noted that many manufacturers have discontinued long-chain PFAS production and substituted shorter-chain PFAS. The scientists caution that these shorter-chain PFAS may not effectively reduce PFAS exposure because more has to be used to achieve the same effectiveness, maintaining PFAS in the environment with exposure levels relatively unchanged. It calls for scientists, governments, chemical manufacturers and consumer product manufacturers to participate in halting all PFAS production.

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf. ~Rabindranath Tagore 8

Southern Maine




ietary Guidelines for Americans, published by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, recommends that people 50 years old and younger keep their sodium intake lower than 2,300 milligrams (mg) per day, while those over 50 keep sodium ingestion below 1,500 mg. However, a large international study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals a different story. Measuring levels of sodium and potassium excreted in the urine of 101,945 people between 35 and 70 years old from 17 low, middle and high-income countries, Canadian scientists found that consuming less than 3,000 mg of sodium per day was associated with a 77 percent increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Consuming between 3,000 and 6,000 mg of sodium daily was linked to lower risks of both cardiovascular disease and earlier mortality, while consuming more than 7,000 mg daily was associated with a 54 percent increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease. The researchers added that current guidelines for sodium consumption have been based upon shorter studies that showed only modest results. They also determined that daily consumption of 1,500-plus mg of potassium related to a significantly reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and earlier mortality. Consuming less than 1,500 mg was linked to increased risk.

Autism Spurs Creative Thinking


he UK’s University of East Anglia and the University of Stirling conducted a study of individuals with autistic traits among 312 people recruited through social media, including 75 diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder. Each of the subjects completed a series of creativity tests in which they determined uses of mundane objects. Published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, the study found that while the autistic people chose fewer uses for each object, their choices were significantly more original and creative. The subjects developed a greater range of “divergent thinking”. Martin Doherty, Ph.D., co-author of the study, confirms, “People with high autistic traits can have less quantity, but greater quality of creative ideas. They are typically considered to be more rigid in their thinking, so the fact that the ideas they have are more unusual or rare is surprising. This difference may have positive implications for creative problem solving.” The researchers found that while the average person will utilize simple mental strategies to produce more obvious answers first, autistic people tend to first utilize more demanding strategies during their processing, thus producing the more creative result.

Sunlight Reduces Risk of Pancreatic Cancer


esearchers from the University of California (UC) School of Medicine at San Diego have determined that regions with greater exposure to ultraviolet (UV)B radiation from the sun and reduced cloud cover have significantly lower incidence of pancreatic cancer. In an analysis of global rates of the disease, the research, published in the Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, demonstrated that areas with more sunshine had only one-sixth of the pancreatic cancer rates of areas with less sunshine. The farther from the equator, the less is the exposure to UV-B radiation, leading to less body production of vitamin D. Study author Cedric F. Garland, doctor of public health, a UC professor and member of the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, says, “If you’re living at a high latitude or in a place with a lot of heavy cloud cover, you can’t make vitamin D most of the year, which results in a higher-than-normal risk of getting pancreatic cancer.” According to World Cancer Research Fund International, 338,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer are diagnosed annually, and it is the seventh most lethal form of cancer.

natural awakenings

January 2016



Feel Young, Live Long


esearch published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found people that feel younger than their years have a lower incidence of earlier mortality. Conducted by scientists from the UK’s University College London, the research analyzed data from 6,489 people and measured their self-perceived age with the question, “How old do you feel you are?” Then, over more than eight years, the scientists tracked the number of deaths from all causes. Almost 70 percent of those that averaged a little over 65 reported feeling at least three years younger than their chronological age. Only a quarter said they felt close to their age and about 5 percent said they felt more than a year older. The research found that deaths among those that felt younger were 14 percent, while more than 18 percent of those who felt their own age and more than 24 percent of people that felt older died during the follow-up period. The research further found that individuals that felt at least three years younger were less likely to die later from heart disease or cancer. These relationships prevailed even when other health and lifestyle factors were eliminated. Co-author Andrew Steptoe, Ph.D., says, “We expected to find an association between self-perceived age and mortality. We didn’t expect that the relationship would still be present even when wealth, other socio-demographic indicators, health, depression, mobility and other factors were taken into account.”

Vitamin E and D Supplements Hinder Alzheimer’s and Falls Among Elderly


wo common vitamins are making headlines in medical research. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that supplementation with vitamin E may reduce the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The five-year study followed 561 Alzheimer’s patients and included a placebo and the pharmaceutical drug memantine. Those that took vitamin E had a reduced progression of the disease compared to both a placebo group and the memantine group. Also, researchers from the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found that vitamin D supplementation reduced the risk of falling for elderly folks. The study had a vitamin D supplement or a placebo delivered through a Meals-on-Wheels program to 68 people. The subjects were given blood tests and their history of falls was measured. Diaries revealed that the individuals taking vitamin D supplements fell less than half the number of times than the placebo group. 10

Southern Maine


Leave Them at the Door: Shoe Soles Harbor Risky Bacteria


esearch from the University of Houston has determined that a species of bacteria that has become resistant to many antibiotics might be tracking into homes on the soles of shoes. More than a third of randomly tested homes were contaminated with Clostridium difficile bacteria, and 40 percent of doorsteps were also infected with the bacteria. Depending upon the strain, C. difficile can cause intestinal infections, inflammation and severe diarrhea. Study author M. Jahangir Alam, Ph.D., comments, “Shoes are contaminated from diverse sources, and we are regularly contaminating our doorsteps by shoes.” The researchers tested three to five household items within 30 houses in Houston, Texas. They collected 127 environmental samples— from 63 shoe bottoms, 15 bathroom surface samples, 12 house floor dusts and 37 other household surfaces They found that 41 of them harbored C. difficile and nearly 40 percent of the shoes were positive for the bacteria. They also found that a third of the bathroom surfaces harbored the bacteria, a third of house dust and 19 percent of other surfaces maintained the bacteria. The cause of many intestinal disorders, this bacteria species has become increasingly resistant to antibiotics and many household cleaning products.

globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Fish Folly Marine Life Drops by Half since 1970 The nonprofit World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Zoological Society of London have jointly determined that industrial-scale overfishing, pollution and climate change have killed half of all marine life over the last 40 years. The Living Blue Planet Report cites that species essential to the global food supply are among the hardest hit, partially due to humans catching them faster than they can reproduce. Large swaths of coral reefs, mangroves and sea grasses have also died, further decimating fish populations. Statistics show that the family of fish that includes tuna and mackerel has declined by 75 percent since 1970. The number of species is also declining; a quarter of all shark and ray species face extinction. Half of all coral has already disappeared, and the rest will vanish by 2050 if temperatures continue to rise at current rates. “Coral reefs occupy less than 1 percent of the ocean surface, but they harbor a third of ocean species,” says French biologist Gilles Boeuf. The WWF report argues that protected global ocean area should be tripled by 2020 and fish retailers should source from companies that follow certified best practice standards. Source: Tinyurl.com/WWF2015BluePlanetReport

Drive-Thru Vegan Amy’s Opens Organic Fast Food Restaurant California now hosts the nation’s first Amy’s Organic Drive-Thru restaurant, in Rohnert Park, with a vegetarian menu sporting veggie burgers, salads and dishes served in both regular and vegan varieties. Ingredients are sustainably grown and GMO-free (no genetically modified ingredients). The company’s signature frozen pizzas have been popular for years in health food and grocery stores nationwide, and now Amy’s first restaurant is serving them hot, with toppings ranging from spinach and diced tomatoes to a choice of mozzarella cheese or vegan “cheeze”. While some other fast food restaurants import almost all of their products from factory farming operations and give nothing back to the community, Amy’s Drive-Thru grows produce sustainably on its own roof. Amy’s Kitchen, a familyowned, privately held organic frozen food company, reportedly pays workers a living wage with health benefits. On the inaugural restaurant’s popularity, Manager Paul Schiefer remarks, “It’s given us a lot of hope that this is a concept that works.” 12

Southern Maine


OM MBA Eastern Practices Penetrate U.S. Corporate Culture Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini has introduced free yoga and meditation classes for employees of the health insurance giant, and more than 13,000 are participating. On average, they experienced a 28 percent reduction in their stress levels, 20 percent improvement in sleep quality, 19 percent reduction in pain and 62 minutes per week of extra productivity. “We have this groundswell inside the company of people wanting to take the classes,” says Bertolini. “It’s been pretty magical.” He sells the same classes to businesses that contract with Aetna. Google now offers emotional intelligence courses for employees and General Mills has a meditation room in every building on its Minneapolis corporate campus. Even conservative Wall Street firms such as Goldman Sachs are teaching meditation on the job. Some programs, from yoga sessions for factory workers to guided meditations for executives, are intended to improve overall well-being; others to increase focus and productivity. Most aim to make employees more present-minded, less prone to make rash decisions and generally nicer people to work with. More than 21 million individuals now practice yoga nationwide, double the number from a decade ago, and nearly as many meditate, according to the National Institutes of Health. Source: MindfulYogaHealth.com

Doctor’s Orders GMO Labeling Endorsed by Physicians Even as the federal government pursues H.R. 1599, aka the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” (DARK) act, mainstream medicine is urging the government to abandon its resistance to GMO (genetically modified organism) labeling. They are bolstered by a recent announcement by the World Health Organization that glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer) is probably carcinogenic in humans. The genetic engineering ends up making crops resistant to the herbicide so more must be applied. According to contributing doctors from Harvard, Mt. Sinai Medical Center and the University of Wisconsin reporting in the New England Journal of Medicine, “GM crops are now the agricultural products most heavily treated with herbicides, and two of these herbicides may pose risks of cancer.” A recent notice in the same journal, “GMOs, Herbicides and Public Health,” reports: “The application of biotechnology to agriculture has been rapid and aggressive. The vast majority of the soy and [feed] corn grown in the United States are now genetically engineered. Foods produced from GM crops have become ubiquitous.” Sixty-four countries, including Russia and China, have already adopted transparency in labeling laws, but U.S. Big Food and Big Ag lobbyists have stonewalled efforts domestically. For more information and petitions, visit OrganicConsumers.org.

ecotip Eco-Fireplace Tips Best Ways to Enjoy Greener Indoor and Outdoor Fires Our inclination to position ourselves near fire is a year-round lure nationwide. Yet, the traditional ingredient in both indoor fireplaces in the north and outdoor fire pits in the south should give shivers to the eco-minded. In addition to causing considerable air pollution, wood smoke contains carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and fine particulates that can aggravate asthma, allergies and other health conditions. Eco-friendly firelogs—many made of recycled biomass products like compressed wood sawdust, ground nutshells and other ingredients—provide low-emission and petroleum-free alternatives to cordwood. According to GreenAmerica.org, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends manufactured logs over wood to cut air pollutants. Major manufacturers noted by ApartmentTherapy.com include Java, which uses coffee grounds; Energy Log briquettes made from recycled mill waste; and TerraCycle, ShredMaster Ltd. and CleanFlame, all of which use recycled and repurposed cardboard. In addition to producing greater heat, some of these logs even produce a natural crackling sound without throwing sparks. Inserts—basically a stove that fits into existing fireplaces—provide a genuine fireside feeling, but with green benefits. An EPA-certified stove or insert is built to burn cleaner and more efficiently, dramatically reducing fine particle emissions and pollution over older models. However, while a propane gas stove insert burns even cleaner and is easier to operate, it uses nonrenewable fuel. Consider wood pellet models that burn ultra-compressed wood and biomass of olive, corn and cherry pits. Outdoor steel fire pits that can burn firelogs have grown popular in warmer regions, and equipment manufacturers have responded. Tripods suspend swivel and free-standing grills over the pit for direct cooking or to hold cast iron kettles. Special outdoor tables also afford a gathering spot around friendly flames. Avoid gas and electric models as eco-no-nos. If real wood is a must, be selective. Firewood that looks a little rough is more likely to come from over-mature trees of the kind that can be removed without affecting the health of its forest (WoodHeat.org). Product packages of Pioneer Processors firewood attest that it “never uses endangered wood species and always purchases from well-managed forests.”

Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless. ~Thomas A. Edison natural awakenings

January 2016



Exercise to Beat the Blues Staying Active Lifts Our Spirits by Priscilla Goudreau-Santos

Depression affects about one in 10 adults each year and nearly twice as many women as men, according to the American Psychiatric Association. Although exercise may feel like the last thing you want to do when you are feeling blue, it’s a sure way to climb out of the morass and achieve a brighter outlook, higher energy levels and good heart health.

and not fun,” notes Jess Martin, a wellness coordinator with the nationwide network of Healthstat, Inc. clinics, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. “We encourage our participants to instead think of exercise as fun. Running, lifting weights and other fitness activities certainly get your heart pumping, but so can less intense forms of exercise. While we encourage everyone to have 30-minute workouts, you can also benefit from shorter intervals, such as two 15-minute or even three 10-minute sessions a day.” As Martin notes, people that work out with a buddy are more likely to be accountable to an exercise routine. Strengthening healthy social bonds reduces stresses at the same time. “When you don’t exercise, the muscles of the body and the heart atrophy, he says. The more you exercise, the lower the heart rate tends to become, and the more efficient the heart function.”

Daily Do


n winter months, people get sluggish in many ways, and the resulting buildup of toxins can make them feel achy. They often interpret their fatigue and tension as depression, but that’s not necessarily so,” says Carolyn Dean, a pioneering physician, naturopath, nutritionist and author, with 25 years of experience treating diet and health issues. “The best, most natural way to pull toxins out of the body is through movement,” she advises. Becoming active is a good way to both lift depression and promote overall health, including a healthy heart, one of the largest and most vital muscles in the body. Getting off the couch often begins by identifying what you enjoy and will be most likely to continue doing. Setting reasonable goals is important. If you haven’t exercised in awhile or feel guilty for taking time out of an already busy day, try starting with a five-minute workout, and then increase the duration as you get stronger and feel better. Dean suggests that one good way to start is by walking and using a pedometer, or climbing stairs with a


Southern Maine

step-counter (10,000 steps a day is a reachable goal). You can make a game of competing against yourself. Invite friends to walk with you or create your own walking club to help stay on track with a cardio-exercise routine. Walking your dog or borrowing a neighbor’s pooch for a stroll around the neighborhood is fun. Inject additional movement into daily routines via gardening, washing the car or playing with children.

Multiple Benefits Although the scientific links between exercise and reduced anxiety and depression aren’t entirely known, it is clear that working out can help anyone relax and feel better. The Mayo Clinic reports that exercise helps ease depression by releasing feel good brain chemicals in the body; reducing immune system chemicals; increasing body temperature; boosting self-confidence; taking thoughts off of worries; and promoting social interaction, thus equipping individuals to better cope with life’s ups and downs. “Exercise is sometimes stigmatized as an activity that’s hot, sticky


“Daily exercise should be as much a part of your routine as meals,” counsels Dr. Gabriela Cora, vice-chair of the Council on Communications for the American Psychiatric Association, author, wellness and well-being coach and former researcher in mood and anxiety disorders at the National Institutes of Health. “This is even truer for busy people, because so many these days are sedentary; everyone needs to find a balance for any lack of energy flow.” She points out that while many tend to think of exercise as a hobby, it is really one of the four pillars of biological health—sleep, relaxation, nutrition and exercise. Note: Consult with a physician for advice about what exercise and level of intensity is best for you. If you exercise regularly, but anxiety or depression symptoms still interfere with daily life, follow up with a doctor or other qualified mental health provider. Priscilla Goudreau-Santos is a freelance writer and owner of Priscilla Goudreau Public Relations and Marketing, in Jacksonville, FL. Connect at 904-371-7751.


Maine Mom Finding Salve-ation of Her Own Creation by Amy Paradysz


ou’ve probably seen her bath fizzies and salves at local markets and natural food stores. Much like the hugely successful Burt’s Bees, Miss Moonmaker has a memorable persona, a knack for design, and an allnatural product made in Maine. Unlike the Burt’s Bees empire, Miss Moonmaker is one a one-woman show, with Jennifer Kosinchuk of Falmouth creating the product start to finish. Miss Moonmaker sprung into existence seven years ago when Kosinchuk found herself a newly single mom. Her son, who was then just a toddler, had a lingering cold. “I wanted to treat him naturally,” Kosinchuk said. “But everything I had was full of chemicals. I became very mindful of what I was putting on my skin, my son’s skin, and down the drain into the environment. It changed my whole perspective on living a more mindful life with natural products.” Kosinchuk did some research on natural healthcare and discovered that some of the items on her kitchen shelves—like cinnamon, honey and black pepper—had beneficial properties for the skin. For her son’s congested cold, she created the Eucalyptus Soother. This bath fizzie made with eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils with black pepper became Miss Moonmaker’s first product at Whole Foods Market, Portland who became her first distributor. “My products are about reminding oneself that self-care is not a luxury,” said Kosinchuk. “It’s a necessity, for mind, body and soul.” The original Miss Moonmaker line includes a dozen different effervescent bath fizzies with dreamy names like Land of Milk and Honey, Lemon

Moonglow, Lavender Dreamscape and Patchouli Passion. “I am a maker, a creative, a true entrepreneur at heart,” Kosinchuk said, adding that the business side has always been a challenge for her. She developed her business skills through the Small Business Development Center in Portland as well as the New Ventures program through the non-profit Women, Work and Community (WWC) where she was deemed an Ambassador. “It’s been quite a journey businesswise and personally,” Kosinchuk said. “I have learned the art of asking for help on both fronts as well as putting forth the effort in giving back.” There were times when Kosinchuk struggled to afford housing but, she persisted, always finding a way to stay in business when times where tough. Even when, a few years ago, she was homeless for a summer, tenting and moving about.

“Almost the entire time we tented, it rained,” she said. “Not exactly ideal conditions for making a bath product designed to fizz and dissolve in water”! After three months of “camping” and “couch surfing,” Kosinchuk made a permanent home for herself and her son in Falmouth. “From that day on,” she said, “I try not take life or business so seriously because every waking day is another chance to make a go of it.” And so, the next product line put a carefree spin on self-care. Miss Moonmaker let loose the F-Bomb and the Blonde Moment—bath fizzies with a touch of sass, perfect for gift giving. In the fall of 2015 Miss Moonmaker released her Salve-ation line, hitting that trifecta of super-creative design, inside local humor and handcrafted natural products. There’s the Lobsterman’s Salve-ation for Stove-Up Skin, with moisturizing, protecting, anti-microbial properties. There’s the Mermaid’s Salve-ation for Sea-Soaked Skin, made with revitalizing sea kelp, and Moonlight Fairy’s Salve-ation for Sparkling Skin, an exotic and feminine

blend made with lavender, rose and ylang ylang essential oils and all-over body “Spah-kle.” The pièce de résistance in branding a “green” local product with pop culture chic is the Urban Lumberjack’s Salve-ation for “Metro Dry Skin.” This—and all Miss Moonmaker products—can be found at the Portland Food Coop, Whole Foods Market in Portland and more than a dozen other shops in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Retail locations are listed on Missmoonmaker.com.

natural awakenings

January 2016



The Right Vet for Your Pet

Animals Thrive with Gentle, Safe and Natural Approaches by Shawn Messonnier


et parents have many criteria to consider when choosing a healthcare provider for their prized pet, and among the most vital is trying to find a doctor that uses holistic therapies, because the advantages are many. Wellness care is more than vaccines. While many conventional vets consider giving vaccines and flea medications to all of their patients to be their best form of wellness care, holistic vets know these aren’t always necessary and can potentially be harmful. Instead, true wellness care involves careful consideration of proper diet, blood titer testing instead of vaccines, natural parasite control when appropriate and a heavy dose of diagnos-

tic testing (blood, urine, fecal) to monitor organ function, check for parasites, screen for disorders of the urogenital system, liver and pancreas and early screening for cancer and other inflammatory conditions. There’s also a full physical check for common diseases like dental and heart disease and tumors. Individualized prescriptions for a proper diet and supplements to maintain health are big reasons many owners prefer a holistic vet. Natural treatments include disease prevention. Many pets treated via a more natural approach have an easier experience with occasional illness than those that don’t enjoy this specialized care. Natural therapies can quickly restore an ill pet to his homeostatic balance without the side effects often associated with multiple drug doses. A team approach is expected. A holistic practice is a team effort, and the family doctor will suggest options for care, helping an owner decide on the best therapies for each pet. A fuller range of options is available. While holistic vets prefer a more natural approach, they know that if necessary, conventional therapies can sometimes be an appropriate complement if they follow holistic principles, which means infrequent use of low-dose medications and only when absolutely needed. In general, most conditions can be treated successfully without drug therapy, extending the health and life of the patient and reducing medical costs. Gentler anesthesia means quicker recovery. A naturally balanced and gentler approach means less drugging if anesthesia becomes necessary, close monitoring of an anesthetized pet, a smooth and quick recovery for prompt discharge from the hospital and natural forms of follow-up treatment to control post-operative pain and inflammation. New hope rises for the hopeless. Many pets are brought to holistic doctors after conventional care has failed to help them. Some have been turned away by practitioners of conventional medicine because their cases are diagnosed as “hopeless”. Holistic vets and pet parents alike experience considerable satisfaction in helping to give a joyful pet a whole new lease on life. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit PetCareNaturally.com.

Prenatal/Postnatal Corrective Exercise Specialist PERSONAL TRAINING


Caring, effective education and support for: Low Back/Hip Pain • Pelvic Floor Strength Pelvic Girdle Pain • Cesarean Recovery 16

Southern Maine



Healing Oasis Fitness & Massage 12 Revere St • Portland, Maine 04103

828-216-8125 • morgyndanae.com


Lotus Family Practice puts HEALTH and CARE back in healthcare By Amy Paradysz


onventional medical care—or the insurance aspects of it— leave many of us disillusioned. Believing there is a better way, board certified family physician Dr. Catherine M. Krouse became one of a growing number of doctors across the country to take a different path. Eight months ago, she opened Lotus Family Practice in Falmouth, a private practice that operates on a membership basis—removing many of the barriers between doctor and patient that the insurance model sets up. “I felt like the traditional model was so far off from my core values, both as a person and as a doctor,” Dr. Krouse said. “But this model gave me a way to stay true to my core values, as well as maintain my autonomy.” Lotus Family Practice is a direct primary care practice that focuses on health over medicine, with more personal attention and less red tape. “Visits are typically 45 minutes to an hour, depending on what they need. And it’s really easy to get a hold of me, which is a huge perk,” Dr. Krouse said. “A lot of people assume this is for someone without insurance or with crappy insurance, but even for someone with really good insurance, it changes the way healthcare is delivered. Cutting that middle man out drastically changes the experience.”

One of the biggest changes from other healthcare practices, of course, is that Lotus Family Practice does not accept insurance. Members are encouraged to have a catastrophic insurance plan, complementing their membership. “We don’t accept insurance. But don’t let that scare you. It can actually save you money,” Dr. Krouse said. “Becoming a member can help you avoid high insurance premiums, if all you really need is catastrophic coverage. Insurance works best when it’s not being used for regular office visits.” For $60 per month for adults and $20 per month for patients’ children, members receive all the office visits

they need, discounted labs, discounted prescriptions, discounted massage, and access to four days a week of wellness and exercise classes at the practice’s Mindful Moose studio. Dr. Krouse sees patients Monday through Friday, with late hours on Thursday. But patients are welcome to call or text her any time. For example, a patient being seen on Friday afternoon knows that if her antibiotics don’t provide relief she can text her doctor over the weekend. “Because we’re working outside the box, there are many things you wouldn’t think would make a big difference but they do,” Dr. Krouse said. Lotus Family Practice members are all ages and genders, both healthy people and not-so-healthy people. “I think it’s for anybody,” Dr. Krouse said. “It’s for people who want to be empowered and want to involved in their healthcare or are just ready for a change,” Dr. Krouse said. For now, Dr. Krouse has colleagues willing to fill in for her as needed. But her longer-term goal is to expand to the point that she has two partners. Dr. Krouse’s background is an eclectic mix of traditional western medicine and the humanities that makes her uniquely qualified to run a holistic wellness practice. “From an accreditation standpoint, I’m no different from any other doctor,” explained Dr. Krouse, who has a medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at Central Maine Medical Center. She also has a bachelor’s degree in World Religion from Temple University and a 200-hour yoga teacher certification through Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. A half dozen instructors support Dr. Krouse in the Mindful Moose, leading Tai Chi and Qigong, Yin Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra/Guided Mindfulness, Yin Yoga, Slow Vinyasa Flow, and Buti Yoga. Lotus Family Practice is right off the highway at 66 Leighton Road in Falmouth. An open house is held the first Wednesday of every month from 6 to 7 p.m. One-on-one initial consultations are available. Contact info@lotusfamilypractice or 207-536-0560.

natural awakenings

January 2016


Be the Friend


Key Signs We’re Approaching a Defining Moment

He Needs

by Dennis Merritt Jones


ur authentic self is constantly trying to get our attention so it may be more fully expressed. When we set our intention to genuinely evolve, we naturally begin to pay attention and see how redefining moments appear as needed. They are drawn to us sequentially to support us in the process of staying the course on our pilgrimage, each one a perfectly aligned portal in space and time, opening and closing, creating whatever experience is required to guide us to heightened awareness of our authentic self. While the possible circumstances that preclude such a moment are limitless, there are key signals to watch for. When they pop up, it helps immensely to stay engaged in the moment, rather than zipping past them on to another distraction. Rather, consider ways in which this might prove to be a pivotal point forward in our life journey.

Adopt -AManatee®

savethemanatee.org 3KRWR‹3DWULFN05RVH


Southern Maine

 Moments that challenge our ego and moments that our ego challenges us  Unexpected events  Times of significant loss  First-time experiences  Discontentment  Disappointment  Experiencing someone or something that instantly inspires us to grow  Birth of a loved one  Death of a loved one Personal growth and evolution can be motivated by either inspiration


or desperation. Both may prompt us to ask big questions of ourselves and the universe that cause us to dig deep. The deeper we dig, the closer we come to merging with our truest self. We know the answers to such questions are correct because they will lead to actions that honor life—like harming no one, including ourself— and affirm the presence of a prevailing power for good that lies within; a power that guides, protects and sustains us. Satisfying answers seek only the highest and best of us and bless all. They connect our mind, heart and soul, moving us forward on the path of wholeness as a fulfilled and joyfully self-expressed person. When we are impelled to ask an important question of our self and the universe, don’t rush the process and are willing to embrace the answer we receive, it pushes a reset button as to what defines us. It brings us an enhanced sense of authentic wholeness. The lesson is that when redefining moments appear, we must be open and prepared to go where we had no plans of going—because that’s where our bliss awaits us. Dennis Merritt Jones, D.D., is the author of Your (Re)Defining Moments, the source of this essay. He has contributed to the human potential movement and field of spirituality as a minister, teacher, coach and lecturer for 30 years. Learn more at DennisMerrittJones.com.

self off from the flow of energy in your home and become exhausted,” says the Tustin, California, feng shui expert. “When I ask a client to take half of the stuff off a shelf and then ask how it feels, they almost always take a deep breath. The clutter literally chokes off breath and vitality.”


Energy Boosters Four Ways to Recharge by Kathleen Barnes


tress saps energy, and Americans feel stressed more than ever, with 20 percent of us experiencing “extreme stress” at least weekly, according to the American Institute of Stress. Could latenight TV and the ubiquitous presence of electronic devices be the culprits? Partly, according to information published by Harvard Medical School. While all light stimulates the brain, the blue light from electronic devices and some eco-light bulbs disrupt circadian rhythms, prevent production of melatonin and block deep, healthful, restorative sleep. Fortunately, there’s an easy remedy, say Harvard experts: Seek abundant exposure to bright natural sunlight, and then turn off all electronic devices an hour before bedtime. Some experts even suggest wearing orange-colored goggles for the last two waking hours to neutralize the energy-sucking blue rays. Here are a few more energy thieves and ways to neutralize them.

Avoid Energy Vampires Problem: We all know someone that exhausts us, according to Dr. Judith Orloff, Venice Beach, California, author of the new book, The Ecstasy of Surrender. Maybe he or she talks endlessly about personal matters, is incessantly negative, a gossip or a guilt-tripper.

Solution: “Take control. Get in the driver’s seat,” advises Orloff. “Create a circle of positive people around you. Stay calm and centered. Distance yourself from energy vampires and if they’re family, limit time spent with them and establish boundaries.”

Recognize Time Leeches Problem: We fall into the black hole of Facebook or cute kitten videos. Hours pass and we fall behind in more productive activities and then feel drained and groggy. Solution: Time management is essential to preserving energy, says Orloff. Limit time spent on social media. Check email once or twice a day instead of every 15 minutes. “The Internet is addictive, almost like a drug,” explains Orloff. “When you’re online, your energy is cut off and you become a zombie; you’re not in your body. Take a technology fast. Talk to your mate. Make love. Go for a walk in the woods. See your best friend.”

Get Rid of Clutter Problem: We all have way too much “stuff,” says Linda Rauch Carter, author of Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life. “If you don’t have room, you shut your-

Solution: “Clear out what isn’t needed,” counsels Carter. “Keep a balance by making it a habit when bringing new things into a home or work environments to let go of a comparable number of old things at the same time.” Beware of clutter creep, the slow accumulation of energy-sapping clutter, she says. “I believe the lack of energy so many of us experience is a nearly undetectable, chronic energy drain that seems slight, yet over time becomes a big problem.”

Stop Electromagnetic Pollution Problem: We are all surrounded by energy-draining electromagnetic fields (EMF) from myriad electronic devices and systems in homes and offices, plus cell phone towers and transmission lines. All of these operate on frequencies that can be major energy drains, says Carter. Japanese research physician Ryoichi Ogawa found that 80 percent of his chronic fatigue patients were frequent users of electromagnetic technologies (Omega-News). Solution: Minimize indoor exposure to EMFs by using land lines with corded phones, power strips and shutting off electricity to nonessential appliances when not in use. “I’ve been preaching this for 20 years,” says Carter. Protecting sleep space is a primary consideration. “Make sure no beds are near electrical outlets and cell phones. Get rid of cordless phones, which are like mini cell towers, right there in the house,” she adds. The easiest solution, Carter says, is to put bare feet on bare earth for 15 to 20 minutes a day. “It will pull some of that excess EMF charge right off of you.” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books and publisher at Take Charge Books. Connect at Kathleen@KathleenBarnes.com.

natural awakenings

January 2016


tional medicine, “In a very short time, they had me feeling nearly 100 percent.”

Distinctive Characteristics

The Rise of Functional Medicine New Paradigm Gets to the Root Cause of Disease by Lisa Marshall


y the end of 2014, Trina Mills, of Parker, Arizona, had given up on conventional medicine. She’d been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder 17 years earlier and taken medication ever since without feeling her symptoms of fatigue, muscle aches and stomach problems ever fully subside. She’d visited endocrinologists, gastroenterologists and a half-dozen other specialists, each of which offered a different diagnosis and prescribed a different drug. At one point, she had her gallbladder removed. At another, her doctor suspected she had bleeding in her brain and sent her for a computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan. Some thought she was a hypochondriac; others said she was depressed. “I would tell them, ‘I’m just depressed that you can’t figure out why I’m so sick,’” she says. 20

Southern Maine

Weighing a skeletal 82 pounds, the 54-year-old mother of three finally wrote out a living will and braced for the inevitable. Then she heard of a new Center for Functional Medicine opening at the prestigious, century-old Cleveland Clinic. As the first clinic of its kind to open at an academic medical center, it promised to look at the underlying causes of disease, while focusing on the whole person, rather than isolated symptoms. Intrigued, Mills caught a flight to Ohio and soon was offering up 30 tubes of blood, stool and saliva samples, as well as an exhaustive life history. One year later, thanks to a series of personalized diet and lifestyle changes, she’s 10 pounds heavier and feels better than she has in decades. “I spent a lot of years and money in the traditional medical system and got nothing,” says Mills. With func-


In the 25 years since nutritional biochemist Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., of Gig Harbor, Washington, coined the term, this science-based, whole-body approach to addressing chronic disease has gained widespread traction. More than 100,000 physicians—60 percent of them medical doctors—have trained with the Institute for Functional Medicine he founded in Washington and New Mexico, and numerous medical schools have added its tenets to their curricula. More naturopaths and chiropractors are also distinguishing themselves with a functional medicine emphasis. “It is not alternative medicine at all,” stresses Bland, whose latest book, The Disease Delusion, details how functional medicine can curb chronic diseases like arthritis, diabetes, dementia, and heart disease, which constitute 78 percent of U.S. health care costs. “It’s the basis of 21st-century health care,” he says. For most of the 20th century, conventional medicine centered on a singular objective: Arrive at a diagnosis and treat it with drugs or surgery. Then, the alternative medicine movement proffered a toolbox of more natural therapies, including acupuncture, herbs and massage to address these same diagnoses. The 1990s brought integrative medicine, a best-of-both-worlds approach. “While all of the above have merit, they lack the necessary guidance to help practitioners determine which tools work best for which patient,” says Dr. Mark Hyman, director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine. “Alternative therapies and conventional treatments are tools. We need a new map that can teach us how to skillfully use those tools,” maintains Hyman. “That map is functional medicine.” Because one chronic disease such as diabetes can have dozens of underlying causes, or one culprit such as a genetic predisposition or exposure to toxins can lead to multiple chronic conditions, functional medicine focuses on systems, rather than organs, and origins, rather than diseases. “It’s about listening to the patient’s story in a different way, where the objective is not simply about arriving at a diagnosis,” explains Bland.

Ferreting Out Key Clues Key to discovering the underlying origins of a health issue are a host of new gene, blood and gut health tests. “They allow us to look under the patient’s ‘metabolic hood’ at the genetic and biochemical factors influencing health,” says Naturopathic Doctor Kara Fitzgerald, who heads up a functional medicine clinic in Newtown, Connecticut. For instance, certain genes influence how a person burns and stores fat. Depending on which variant a patient has, based on a genetic test, they might be guided toward a higher- or lower-fat diet. Those genetically prone to difficulty in metabolizing the amino acid homocysteine (an excess of which can raise the risk of heart disease) might be advised to take folic acid supplements. If a patient displays intractable gut problems, rather than simply look for blood or pathogens in the stool, Fitzgerald also looks at the DNA of their gut microbiome, mapping out which strains of good bacteria are present or absent and prescribing prebiotics, probiotics or whole foods to promote a healthful balance. For another patient with thinning hair and aching joints, she might use specialized blood tests to look for micronutrient deficiencies, signs of allergies or certain autoantibodies—proteins produced by the immune system that mistakenly attack one’s own tissues—that might herald a brewing autoimmune disorder. “Research shows that predictive autoantibodies can show up in the blood 10 or even 20 years before an autoimmune disease such as Type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis makes itself known,” says Fitzgerald, pointing to a seminal review published in 2007 in Scientific American: “If a patient with mild, early-stage symptoms is proactive with diet and lifestyle changes, they may be able to fend it off.” High-tech tests aside, Bland stresses that what’s most important is “a tool that has been largely lost in medicine today: Knowing how to listen to the patient.” In a typical exam, Fitzgerald thoroughly inspects often neglected body parts, including the tongue and fingernails, which can hold important clues to underlying health. She asks about past emotional trauma which might trigger chronic disease, and inquires about what environmental toxins and harmful chemicals both the patient and their birth parents may have been exposed to. One example might be a patient exposed to cigarette smoking in utero having a bias toward an allergic disease. If their parents grew up in a period of famine, they might have inherited a genetic disposition for rapid weight gain. “She spent two-and-a-half hours with me,” in her initial consultation, recalls 52-year-old Lauren Zambrelli, of Long Island, New York, who credits Fitzgerald for helping her tame her multiple sclerosis into remission. “It was like having a sister for a doctor.”

DIY Testing W

hile most practitioners recommend that patients consult with a physician to interpret their test results, several companies offer gene, blood and microbiome lab testing directly to consumers. Here are a few options to consider. uBiome, Inc. (Ubiome.com): Send in swab samples from gut, mouth, nose, genitals and/or skin and the company will genetically sequence the DNA of resident bacteria and send findings back within six weeks, identifying good and bad varieties present, deficiencies, and how that personal microbiome compares to others with similar lifestyles, such as smokers, vegans, meat-eaters, etc. It’s also possible to test a client’s microbiome over time to see if dietary changes implemented to change gut health are working. WellnessFX (WellnessFX.com): Visit an affiliated diagnostic lab to submit blood samples with results posted within a week on a secure website. Different packages targeting weight loss, sports performance, heart health or women’s health issues look at different biomarkers in the blood, such as levels of certain micronutrients, hormones or signs of inflammation. Clients can request an online consultation with a doctor or dietitian to interpret the results. Pathway Genomics (Pathway.com): The company’s DNA Insight Genetic Health and Wellness Tests use genetic material taken from saliva to analyze genetic markers. Ordered via a licensed practitioner, online or through a smartphone app, clients receive a kit, send in a sample and get results within three weeks. The Pathway Fit tests snapshot 75 genetic markers related to metabolism and sports performance. Others look for genes that influence nutrient absorption, heart health or hormonal function.

Care for the whole person - mind, body & soul!

Robert R. Sholl, MD, FAAFP, IFMCP

With the new day comes

new strength and new thoughts. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

35 years of full spectrum Family Medicine experience • All ages Institute for Functional Medicine certified in 2013; IFMCP All medical conditions • Functional medicine consulting services WELLLSPRING FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE 7 Oak Hill Tr • Suite 13A • Scarborough, ME 04074

207-289-1060 • www.functionalmedicinemaine.com natural awakenings

January 2016


Who Pays Functional medicine doctors don’t shy away from prescription drugs when necessary, but they do lean decidedly toward the lower-tech modalities, using dietary supplements, allergen-free diets, exercise, mind-body practices and toxin avoidance as their primary tools. “We basically take out the bad stuff from the body and put in the good stuff,” says Hyman. Maintaining good health is priceless, but without conventional insurance coverage, it can be expensive. While Mills’ doctor visits were covered by insurance (which is rare), she spends roughly $1,000 a month on supplements to address her diagnosed leaky gut syndrome, nutrient deficiencies and mercury poisoning. Zambrelli has paid thousands out of her own pocket, too. Some people worry that, like most conventional physicians, some functional medicine practitioners place too much emphasis on expensive tests and too little on the most crucial and affordable remedy—self-care. “Functional medicine as a concept is an important step forward,” says integrative medicine pioneer Dr. James Gordon, founder of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. “However, some practitioners do a lot of tests and prescribe a lot of supplements and work on cleaning out the gut, but neglect the psychological, spiritual and social issues. That concerns me.” Bland and Hyman concede that some practitioners over-test, but say that will fade over time as they learn to better discriminate which ones are useful for specific patients. Several efforts also are

Learn More Online Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine Tinyurl.com/Center4FunctionalMedicine Dr. Kara Fitzgerald’s blog DrKaraFitzgerald.com/blog Functional Forum FunctionalForum.com Dr. Mark Hyman’s blog DrHyman.com/blog Institute for Functional Medicine FunctionalMedicine.org

underway to get more functional medicine providers and the acupuncturists, massage therapists and nutritionists they work with covered under the Affordable Care Act, which expressly emphasizes a need for more preventive medicine. Viewing the big picture, Bland believes that functional medicine is just what the country needs to save on exploding healthcare costs. Rather than spending dollars on extraordinary measures to save heart attack victims or diabetics in emergencies, we can prevent such dire situations by identifying underlying problems sooner and halting their progression. In the meantime, some patients are finding priceless relief. “Am I poorer right now? Yes,” says Mills. “Am I healthier? Way. It’s been so worth it.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO, who specializes in health care. Connect at LisaAnnMarshall.com.

Lobby for Change

Southern Maine Edition

207-615-3675 MaineAwakenings.com


Southern Maine

To lobby for consistent insurance coverage of more complementary therapies, check out these resources. CoverMyCare (CoverMyCare.org). This national grassroots advocacy campaign, a project of the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium, aims to support the proper full implementation of Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act, which states that insurers cannot leave licensed practitioners like naturopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists or Oriental medicine practitioners out of their provider networks. It still lacks enforcement at the state level, although Oregon and Rhode Island recently passed legislation to fix the existing loophole; California, Hawaii, Minnesota and New Mexico are working to do the same. American Sustainable Business Council (Tinyurl.com/Integrative Reimbursement). The organization recently launched a campaign to urge insurers to cover integrative practices.




Causes of Iodine Deficiency


Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radiation

Low-Sodium Diets

Overuse of zero-nutrient salt substitutes in foods leads to iodine depletion

Iodized Table Salt

Iodized salt may slowly lose its iodine content by exposure to air


A toxic chemical found in baked goods overrides iodine's ability to aid thyroid

Iodine-Depleted Soil Poor farming techniques have led to declined levels of iodine in soil




Satisfied Customers


I feel much more energetic, my thoughts are extremely clear, and my entire body feels more in balance. /BUVSBM"XBLFOJOHT DetoxiďŹ ed Iodine is the only change in my daily routine over the last 45 days. The way I feel today is better than at any point in my life that I can remember. _+BNFT

I’ve been taking this product for over a year and no single supplement, diet or approach (I have tried lots) has had as great an impact as this. I have my energy back, my metabolism is back on track and my mind is clear and the depression has lifted. I love this product and wish more people knew about it. I think many of us are deďŹ cient in iodine and it can bring balance to the body. Thank you, thank you /BUVSBM"XBLFOJOHT for offering it! _1BNFMB

Proper iodine supplementation with a high-quality product like Natural Awakenings DetoxiďŹ ed Iodine can prevent harm by protecting the thyroid and other endocrine glands and restoring proper hormone production.

A Few Drops Can Change Your Life! You could feel better, lose weight or increase energy and mental clarity with a few drops of Natural Awakenings DETOXIFIED IODINE daily in water or topically on the skin. The supplementation of iodine, an essential component of the thyroid, has been reported to give relief from: t%FQSFTTJPO t8FJHIU(BJO t'JCSPNZBMHJB t-PX&OFSHZ t)ZQPUIZSPJEJTN t)ZQFSUIZSPJEJTN t3BEJBUJPO t#BDUFSJB t7JSVTFT

$19.99QMVTTIJQQJOHtCUMXFFLTVQQMZ Order today, available only at

ShopNaturalAwakenings.com or call: 888-822-0246 Like us on Facebook at Natural Awakenings Webstore


E R I C H I LT O N Join Eric & His Team


Bruce Lipton on the Epigenetics Revolution Our Beliefs Reprogram Our Genetic Destiny by Linda Sechrist




Are You In Need Of Emotional Freedom? We offer Custom Healing for your needs

$EPRESSIONs!DDICITON 043$s!NXIETY Mention this ad to receive 15% off your ďŹ rst visit! Please Call 207.646.3900 To Let Us Help


ruce Lipton, Ph.D., author of The Biology of Belief and The Honeymoon Effect, is a stem cell biologist and internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. He is a visiting fellow lecturer on immunology at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic and participated in the Foundation for Conscious Evolution’s seventh Worldwide Meeting on Human Values, in Mexico. His research explains the interplay between individual consciousness and body biology.

Why do you start with epigenetics as a foundation for health? Many people, programmed with the concept of genetic determinism, believe that genes in the fertilized egg at conception determine character and fate. Unable to pick our DNA genes, we are powerless to control our life, so that the only option is seeking help from someone in the biomedical community to fix our genes. I introduced a new vision about the understanding of genes a half-century ago that is now the new science of epigenetics. Epi- means “above�. Here, we can realize control by regulating the environment in which we live and our perception of it, making us the master of our own genetics rather than a victim of heredity.

Do you believe epigenetics is the future of medicine? 59 Shore Rd, Ogunquit, ME www.5elementshealingcenter.com


Southern Maine

Epigenetics is a revolution in our knowledge and awareness of heredity. This new concept of biology is so big that


it promises radical change capable of revolutionizing civilization. Its dynamics are equivalent to the leap from Newtonian physics to quantum physics, which led to everything from computers and cell phones to Martian rovers. We are freed to abandon the belief that genes cause cancer, for instance. In changing our lifestyle, beliefs and perceptions, we also change our genetic expression. Remember, this works because how we individually interpret our world is translated by the brain into chemical information that adjusts the behavior and genetics of cells to complement our perception. We could live in the healthiest environment, but if our mind perceives it as threatening and non-supportive, our biology will become less healthy and can generate disease. The cells’ response is based on the brain’s information, which actually is only an interpretation. Personal perceptions and the way we live, including our spiritual nature, adjust genes to manifest either a functional state of health or one of dysfunction.

Where is the “self� that makes people different? No two people are the same biologically. If I inject my cells into another human, their immune system will recognize it as “not-self� and begin to eliminate them. On the surface of virtually all our cells are thousands of protein receptors that function like miniature antennae. They read and respond to environmental signals similar to the larger receptors on the skin’s surface, such as the eyes, ears and nose.

Each human also possesses a unique set of “identity” receptors, a subset of which are called “self-receptors” by the biomedical community, found on nearly all of our cells, with the primary exception of red blood cells. Self-receptors are unrelated to the cell’s function contributing to muscle, bone, brain or heart. Conventional medicine studies the physical aspect of self-receptors as being the source of “self” but overlook the environmental signals they receive. In other words, individual identity is linked to the signals received by the antennae. When I reached this point in my research, I realized that we can’t die, because our real identity is represented by the invisible environment-derived “broadcast”, which might legitimately be referred to as spirit. My personal identity signal is received by each of my 50 trillion cells endowed with the unique set of “Bruce” self-receptors. While my physical body is like a TV, the “spiritual broadcast” representing the Bruce Show is an eternal, energetic element of the environment.

Pillows With A Purpose! 100% of sales proceeds support our non-profit for people with disabilities.

“Sleep well, dream well, be well...”

• Conforms to the head, neck and spine, which optimizes the sleeping position • Organic buckwheat hulls allow for the circulation of air providing for a cooler pillow • Our hulls are non-fumigated and are the finest available on the market • Hypoallergenic with aromatherapy option available

Organic Buckwheat Pillows Produced in Maine

The Bridges Foundation • PO Box 1416 • Gray, ME 04039 35 Ossipee Trail (Route 25) • Standish, ME 04084 Order today! 207-595-8106 • TheBridgesFoundation.org

What is entrainment and why is it important today? A group of heart cells in a Petri dish will each beat to its own vibrational frequency. After a couple of days, they start beating in synchrony, because the stronger heart cells control the tempo. The other cells organize their behavior to entrain with the more powerful one. This happens in women’s college dormitories when residents start the school year with different menstrual cycles, but later experience entrainment, with their cycles beginning and ending about the same time. They link to a pulse and a beat, just like the heart cells. Humans become entrained to a higher force that’s an invisible broadcast of energy in harmony or in discordance. As more of us hold the intention for living a life of love and peace, the broadcast of that harmonic energy amplifies and those not yet there will eventually entrain to the stronger signal. This is the shift we need to make for conscious evolution to occur. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.

“Providing holistic healthcare, beginning with birth” Tiffany Carter Skillings, CPM, CLC Maternity Care | Lactation Counseling | Well Woman Care Routine GYN Services | Pre-Conception Counseling | Nutrition Counseling New England’s 1st Certified Green Birth Educator™ (GBE™)

Committed to providing exceptional care that is individualized and empowering. NOW ACCEPTING INSURANCE!!

Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am – 5pm

106 Lafayette St, Suite 3A Yarmouth, Me 04096


info@treeoflifecare.com natural awakenings

January 2016


consciouseating How would you engage with the world if you felt joy, confident and at ease?

Photo by Stephen Blancett

Healing through homeopathy is like peeling back layers of stu that we’ve held onto for self-protection. It can help us discover a more full expression of who we are and what we have to oer.

Now Accepting New Clients! Jane M. Frederick Homeopathic Consultant

A thorough, individualized approach for: • Behavioral issues in children • Lasting eects from head injury or emotional trauma • Anxiety disorders, depression, and chronic pain

SUPER SOUPS New Twists on Old Favorites Heal, Nourish and Soothe

207-774-4244 • info@baylighthomeopathy.com baylightcenterforhomeopathy.fullslate.com

by Judith Fertig

W Better Living Without Pharmaceuticals! t t t t t t


Restore Health. Reverse Disorder.

The Village Path Sharlene Spalding Casco, ME

inter season soups on chilly days can warm us, both body and soul. Whatever our food preferences or time constraints, some new twists on traditional favorites will satisfy everyone’s taste buds—with an accent on healthy pleasure. Here’s where to start. Reinventing the past. From her Colorado mountain home, Jenny McGruther, author of The Nourished Kitchen, celebrates the wisdom of traditional foodways, making nutrientdense, healing soup broth from bones, water, vegetables and seasonings. McGruther’s twist is to make it in a six-quart slow cooker. Once her family has dined on organic roast or rotisserie chicken, she simmers the bones with purified water, a bay leaf or two, a few whole peppercorns and a few chopped organic vegetables like onion, carrot and celery

207-627-4472 TheVillagePath.com 26

Southern Maine


on the low setting for 24 hours. Then she ladles the broth through a coffee strainer into another container, refreshes the slow cooker with more water and simmers the bones and seasonings for another 24 hours. Eventually, the broth will have less flavor and color, and that’s when McGruther starts all over again. “I call this perpetual soup,� she says. She blogs at NourishedKitchen.com. Slowing it down. With homemade broth on hand, it’s easy to make the Italian winter staple of Tuscan Vegetable Bean Soup. Cookbook authors and slow cooker experts Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss, from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, love to make this when they’re working on a cookbook deadline. They simply use what they have in the refrigerator, freezer or pantry. “With a soup like this you can always substitute one vegetable for

Natural Awakenings recommends using organic and non-GMO (genetically modified) ingredients whenever possible.

another, adjusting the recipe to what you enjoy and have on hand,” advises Moore. The pair blogs at PluggedInto Cooking.com. Speeding it up. Sometimes, we need a single serving of homemade soup fast. Award-winning recipe developer and cookbook author Camilla Saulsbury, of Nacogdoches, Texas, whips up a Pumpkin Sage Soup that can simmer in a saucepan within minutes, ready to be enjoyed in a mug. Saulsbury uses organic canned pumpkin, full of vitamins, which can vary in sweetness. “If needed,” she suggests, “add a drizzle of maple syrup to enhance the flavor of the soup.” Making “bisque” in a high-speed blender. Karen Adler is an avid grower of organic tomatoes in her Kansas City garden. When the seasonal harvest comes to an end, Adler grills or oven roasts the tomatoes, along with organic peppers and onions, and then freezes them, ready to make Roasted Tomato Bisque any time of the year. “My secret to a light bisque without using cream is to blend all the roasted vegetables together with a high-speed blender to give it body. A swirl of extra-virgin olive oil at the end finishes ensuring the satisfying flavor,” she says. Going cold. Douglas McNish, head chef at Toronto’s raw and vegan restaurant Raw Aura, serves a popular Lemon, Cucumber and Dill Soup, which is easy to make in a food processor. “This soup is amazing this time of year, when most of our diets may be lacking in healthy fats and trace minerals,” says McNish. Warming up. Two cookbook authors teamed up across many miles to write 300 Sensational Soups. Meredith Deeds lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, while Carla Snyder resides in Cleveland, Ohio. They’ve mutually discovered the naturally warming properties of curry powder in Curried Coconut Chickpea Soup. Snyder observes, “A good soup nourishes the heart, as well as the stomach, spreading a feeling of satisfaction and contentment.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood AndLifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.

SOUP’S ON! Tasty Recipes for Winter Meals with grated Parmesan cheese. Garnish if desired with additional minced basil. Adapted from PluggedIntoCooking.com, by Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss

Pumpkin Sage Soup Yields: 1 serving

Tuscan Vegetable Bean Soup Yields: 6 servings 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 large yellow onion, chopped 3 carrots, chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped 1 cup frozen, cut green beans 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 can (14.5 oz, BPA-free) diced tomatoes, with liquid 4 cups bone broth or 1 carton (32 oz) vegetable broth 2 tsp Italian seasoning 1 /8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, optional Salt and pepper, to taste 1 cup chopped fresh broccoli 1 can (15 oz, BPA-free) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained 2 Tbsp minced fresh basil, plus additional for garnish Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

¾ cup ready-to-use chicken or vegetable broth 2 /3 cup pumpkin purée (not pie filling) ¼ tsp dried rubbed sage 3 Tbsp half-and-half, whole milk or coconut creamer Salt and freshly ground black pepper In a saucepan, bring the broth, pumpkin and sage to a simmer over medium-high heat. In the mug, stir broth, pumpkin and sage until blended. Stir in cream and heat for 1 minute more. Season it to taste with salt and pepper before pouring into a mug. Garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds. Adapted from 250 Best Meals in a Mug, by Camilla V. Saulsbury

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add onions, carrot and celery and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes. Stir in the green beans and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes, vegetable broth, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Heat, covered, until boiling, and then reduce heat to a simmer and cook 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in broccoli, cannellini beans and minced basil. Simmer for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are as tender as desired. Ladle into bowls. Sprinkle natural awakenings

January 2016


Roasted Tomato Bisque Photo by Stephen Blancett

Yields: 8 servings

Lemon, Cucumber and Dill Soup Yields: 2 servings 2 cups chopped peeled, seeded cucumber ½ cup chopped romaine lettuce Ÿ cup filtered water Ÿ cup chopped fresh dill fronds 1 clove garlic 3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil ½ tsp fine sea salt

4 large beefsteak tomatoes, sliced 2 red bell peppers, seeded and sliced 1 large red onion, peeled and sliced 2 Tbsp plus ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil Ÿ cup red wine vinegar 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp hot pepper sauce Bone broth or vegetable broth, if necessary Add fine dry or gluten-free bread crumbs and sliced green onion for garnish Preheat the oven to 425° F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Arrange the tomatoes, bell peppers and onion on the baking sheets and drizzle with the two tablespoons of olive oil. Roast for 30 minutes or until soft and browned at the edges.

In a food processor fitted with its metal blade, process cucumber, lettuce, water, dill, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt until smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour or up to 3 hours. Serve garnished with a dollop of vegan sour cream, if preferred, and additional dill.

Transfer to a Vitamix or similar blender. Add the remaining half-cup olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and hot pepper sauce and blend until smooth. Add a little bone broth or vegetable broth if the soup is too thick. Serve each bowl with a sprinkling of breadcrumbs and thinly sliced green onion.

Adapted from Eat Raw, Eat Well, by Douglas McNish

Adapted from The Gardener and the Grill, by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig

STONES & STUFF This Place is a Gem!

Crystals s Fossils s Minerals s Jewelry s Tarot Astrological Charts s Crystal Healing s Teachings

Love Rocks! (207) 874-0789

556 Congress StsPortland Maine, 04101

Coconut Curried Chickpea Soup Yields: 6 servings 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 Tbsp curry powder 1 lb small, red-skinned potatoes, ½-inch diced 4 cups vegetable stock 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk ½ tsp salt 2 cans (each 14 to 19 oz, BPA-free) chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1 zucchini, ½-inch diced 1 Tbsp packed light brown or date sugar 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice 2 cups (about 3 oz) packed baby spinach Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Toasted shredded coconut for garnish In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and sautÊ until softened, about 6 minutes. Add garlic and sautÊ for 1 minute. Add curry powder and sautÊ another 10 seconds. Add potatoes and stir to coat. Add stock and coconut milk; cook for 10 minutes. Add chickpeas and zucchini; cook another 10 minutes, or until potatoes and zucchini are tender. Stir in brown sugar and lime juice. Add spinach and stir until wilted. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into heated bowls and garnish with coconut.



Southern Maine


Adapted from 300 Sensational Soups, by Carla Snyder and Meredith Deeds



FOODS The Right Choices Make Our Bodies Hum by Linda Sechrist


ur body’s hormones work like an orchestra. When one instrument is out of tune, the entire production struggles to maintain harmony. Each plays a part in influencing the others and determining how well the whole concert works. Fortunately, our body has masterful conductors, including the endocrine system, which coordinates all of the glands and the hormones they produce. “Players” include the adrenal, hypothalamus, pancreas, pineal, pituitary, reproductive and thyroid/ parathyroid glands. “A healthy endocrine system is essential to making hormones in appropriate amounts throughout our life,” says Theresa Dale, Ph.D., a naturopathic doctor who practices as a traditional naturopath and clinical nutritionist in Oxnard, California, and has authored Revitalizing Your Hormones. “For example, when the ovaries shut down after menopause, the adrenal glands continue producing progesterone and other essential hormones.” Dale, dean and founder of the California College of Natural Medicine, further assures that contrary to assertions from some conventional medicine reports, the body is able to produce necessary hormones throughout our entire life. Hormones function as chemical messengers that commute through the bloodstream as part of the information

superhighway that connects the brain to the DNA managers of the body’s cells. “Hormones communicate with chemicals produced by the brain called neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, which greatly influence energy levels, moods and other bodily functions such as moving memories from short- to longterm storage,” explains Dale. For 20 years, she has seen patients with critical hormonal imbalances respond to her recommended threemonth, endocrine-rebuilding diet, comprising three daily meals of steamed, sautéed and raw foods, fish, whole grains, legumes, seeds, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables, plus two raw vegetable or seed snacks. The regimen strives to balance metabolism, cleanse the body, restore immune function and revitalize the endocrine system. Kokomo, Indiana, resident Sylvia Egel, national director of coaching and education for Metabolic Balance, a personalized nutrition plan to balance metabolism and hormones, optimize health and increase energy at any age, agrees that hormones can be restored and balanced via proper food selections. “Our lifestyle and dietary choices strongly affect our metabolism and hormonal health, as do stress levels and sleep patterns. Eating at the wrong time, in the wrong place or in the

wrong order, and even poor combinations of healthy foods, can be almost as problematic as eating junk food,” says Egel. She also warns against snacking, emotional eating, eating on the go, skipping breakfast and waiting too long between meals. Diana Hoppe, author of Healthy Sex Drive, Healthy You, an obstetrician and gynecologist in San Diego, California, who leads clinical trials related to women’s health at the Pacific Coast Research Center, also sees firsthand how what we eat directly affects our hormones. She attests that our bodies need a balance of three macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein and fat. “But for 20 years, we have been advised to decrease fat intake in favor of fat-free options that have been detrimental to us, because we need fat to produce hormones and maintain healthy hormone function. Certain fatty acids and cholesterol serve as building blocks in hormone production and cellular function, especially the reproductive hormones of estrogen and testosterone,” says Hoppe. Food can be medicine for hormones. One of the most important hormone-balancing fats is coconut oil, which heals skin, increases metabolism and supplies a quick source of energy. Egg yolks are a good source of choline and iodine, essential to the production of healthy thyroid hormones, plus are rich in vitamins A, D, E and B-complex vitamins. Avocados have lots of healthy fat that helps absorb and utilize nutrients. Nuts and seeds, olive oil and salmon are all rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids that help stabilize hormone levels. Eating the right foods and incorporating healthy fats into meals increases overall energy, reduces hormonal fluctuations and helps us feel more balanced. Says Dale, “The majority of individuals are surprised to learn that hormone health doesn’t depend on age, but rather on a complex of factors, like the air we breathe, the water we drink, the quality of our diet, good sleep and adequate exercise, plus the relative health of our relationships and emotional life—and that’s just for starters.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.

natural awakenings

January 2016




Bottles recycled into glass tile reflect light, brightening smaller rooms like the bath. Long-lasting ceramic or porcelain tile has no VOCs, is easy to clean and won’t host germs, bacteria or dust mites. Note: Look for lead-free glazed tile. Glass tile may be cost-prohibitive for larger spaces. Most tile can be slick when wet; texturing increases safety.

Child-, Pet- and Elder-Friendly, Warm and Comfy–Cork


FLOORS Sustainable Beauty Underfoot by Avery Mack


ruly good flooring is beautiful, practical and eco-friendly. The best choices may change from room-to-room, as well as with geography, depending on family needs. Here are some key factors to consider for an optimum installation.

Added Value–Hardwood Wood comes in many colors, polished to a high gloss or textured, and can be refinished when styles change. “Timber used to float downriver to the sawmill and not all of it arrived. We salvage logs from the bottom of the Penobscot River for flooring and other products,” says Tom Shafer, co-owner of Maine Heritage Timber, in Millinocket. “Our wood is as fresh as the day it was cut decades ago.” Cold water preserves the resource and adds a natural patina. Removal of the estimated 700,000 cords of underwater wood will help restore the waterway’s natural eco-system. Note: Wood can scratch or dent and be susceptible to water damage. Even recycled wood might not be eco-friendly. “Wood reclaimed from manufacturing plants can contain machine oils, harsh chemical residue, lead paint or asbestos,” explains Shafer. “Know where it came from; follow the chain of evidence.” 30

Southern Maine

High Traffic, Pets, Long Life–Linoleum Linoleum is made from linseed oil, wood powder, resins and ground limestone. Mineral pigments provide rich color throughout, which prevents paler worn spots. A personalized pattern may include borders using linoleum sheets or tiles. It’s long-lasting, durable, fire-resistant, biodegradable, has no harmful volatile organic compounds (VOC) and repels dirt and dust. Note: Vinyl, made from unnatural chlorinated petrochemicals, won’t wear as well or last as long as linoleum.


Cork is lightweight, flexible and can mimic stone, granite, tile, marble and wood, while providing comfortable cushioning. “Cork assumes the ambient temperature in the room, keeping feet warmer. It holds up to dogs, too,” says Tim Tompkins, a Portuguese Cork Association committee member in Greenville, South Carolina. “Cork is both healthy for the consumer and sustainable for the environment.” Note: Due to its cushioning nature, heavy furniture or high-heeled shoes may make indentations.

Wood-Like and Sturdy–Bamboo Bamboo generally regrows in three to five years, is twice as hard as red oak and can be stained almost any color. Edge-grained bamboo, banded together, turns flooring into a statement. Note: “It’s shipped from Asia and may have formaldehyde glues and durability problems, so shop carefully,” advises David Bergman, a New York City green architect and author of Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide.

Long-Wearing Classic Look–Stone Travertine, limestone, granite, slate and marble are all stone flooring options. Stone can increase home value, has a classic look and is a piece of history that adds to any décor, although it’s not a renewable resource. Cork or nonpetroleum-based laminated floors can give the look of stone without destroying an in-situ natural resource. Note: Large blocks of stone are cut at quarries and transported to processing plants, cut into slabs and transported to a processor to be cut again, shaped and polished before being shipped to the store—a big carbon footprint.

The Great Imitator–Concrete Easy-to-clean, durable concrete never needs to be replaced. Small repairs can be patched. Large repairs, such as a broken pipe beneath the surface, may require refinishing the entire floor to match the stain color. Some homeowners have created a faux rug using other stain colors to disguise the repaired area. Finishes can make concrete look like hardwood, painted tile, carpet, marble or granite, including terrazzo options. For an entryway, homeowners can design a custom welcome mat, perhaps incorporating a family crest, monogram or motto. Finishes can be textured to varying degrees to increase foot traction. Note: Ensure the structure is sturdy enough to bear the extra weight of concrete. It feels cold underfoot in winter and cool in summer. Epoxy coatings don’t let concrete breathe, so any moisture emanating from the concrete slab will be trapped. Test for the moisture-vapor emission rate; problem areas can include sections covered by furniture. Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@mindspring.com.


 Mixed and matched floors create a planned flow in an open-concept house. Find fun ideas at Tinyurl. com/FlooringTransits.

R. Anthony Lebro, Medical Intuitive

 Most carpet is chemical-laden and not so health- or eco-friendly, although there are some exceptions.  Sustainably produced handwoven wool rugs backed with jute are susceptible to the jute retaining spills and pet odors; its yellow-tan pigment also can color rug fibers. Jute eventually disintegrates, leaving clumps of unsecured wool fibers.  In Portugal, bark is hand carved off the tree as cork, which is healthy for the tree. Trees are grown on protected land that also benefits insects and birds. NASA, Mercedes and BMW sometimes find cork a lightweight, durable replacement for steel. The Library of Congress has relied on its original cork flooring for 75 years.  Kinetic energy from people dancing or walking on special flooring can light up the area and send energy back to the grid (see Joycott.com/energy-floors).

“By tuning _nto the spirit, I can identify and treat underlying health issues. I have been reading people’s bodies for 45 years. The body never lies.”

Call 603.502.767, to schedule your consultation today.

natural awakenings

January 2016







BE GREEN At Home and On the Road by Avery Mack


iving green means living well, using what you create with minimal waste,” says Mike Bond, an ecologist and bestselling activist author in Winthrop, Maine. Here, he and other savvy sources share tips to go ever greener in ways that are painless and affordable.

Start Small

To advertise or participate in our next issue, call

207-615-3675 32

Southern Maine

Choose the best bulb for the job. Light bulbs can confuse even informed shoppers. Incandescent bulbs last more than 750 hours, but aren’t energy-efficient. Fluorescent bulbs use 75 percent less energy than incandescent and last 10 to 15 times longer. A 20-watt compact fluorescent light (CFL) uses 550 fewer kilowatt-hours than a 75-watt incandescent bulb. For additional information, check Tinyurl.com/Energy InfoLightBulbs. For a free app showing the best buy, visit LightBulbFinder.net.


Use appliance thermometers. Widely available, this useful tool will confirm a correct operating temperature of 37 to 40 degrees in the refrigerator and zero degrees in the freezer. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a warmer fridge allows bacteria to grow, while 10 degrees cooler than the ideal range increases energy use 25 percent. Chiller units work harder if the room temperature exceeds 70 degrees, so keep appliances out of direct sunlight and away from the stove. Find the right seeds and plants. Then get quick advice on how many to buy and how and when to plant using the SmartGardener.com step-by-step app. It encompasses more than 3,000 organic, GMO-free, edible varieties. No dishpan hands. A full load of dishes in a water-efficient dishwasher uses four gallons of water versus 24

gallons for handwashing them, according to Seametrics, which manufactures flow meters. Test the toilet. If a few drops of food coloring added to the toilet tank colors water in the bowl, replace the flap. It’s an easy and inexpensive DIY task. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that one in 10 homes leaks a cumulative 90 gallons a day. Fix the faucet. One drip per second equals 3,000 gallons a year wasted, Seametrics calculates. Reset the hot water heater to 120 degrees. This safe and efficient setting also reduces corrosion and mineral buildup. Discover soap nuts and wool dryer balls. Dried soapberry fruit shells contain saponin, which works like most detergents and soaps. Toss five or six whole shells (one-half ounce) in a wash bag with the laundry. They’re good for five to eight reuses. All-natural sheep’s wool dryer balls shorten drying time, soften and fluff fabric, reduce static and help keep pet hair off of clothes. Change the car’s air filter. Maintain a clean filter according to manufacturer’s guidelines and visual inspection, about every 30,000 to 45,000 miles. Use an oil-change service. In Connecticut alone, do-it-yourselfers change 9.5 million gallons of motor oil a year, and 85 percent of it ends up in sewers, soil and trash as a major groundwater pollutant. Earth Talk reports that one quart can create a two-acre oil slick; a gallon can contaminate a million gallons of fresh water. While the more costly chemicals in synthetic oil create the same amount of pollution as traditional oil, it doesn’t need to be changed as often. Carpool. The Green Living Ideas media network condones Uber, Lyft and Sidecar apps for making ridesharing ultra-accessible.

Go Greener Replace old appliances with energyefficient models. Check out a unit’s Energy Star rating. Consider a tankless heater for hot water on demand, rather than 24/7 heating.

Choose eco-tires. Low rolling resistance improves gas mileage and reduces emissions. Keep tires properly inflated and periodically rotated for longer wear. Watch for future innovations in sustainable materials currently in research and development. Ban idling. Don’t idle an electronic fuel-injected engine for more than 30 seconds when parked in cold weather; it warms up faster by being driven, explains the U.S. Department of Energy. Fuel injection engines took over in the 1980s and early 90s. Only older carburetors need a couple of minutes’ warm-up. The Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory further advises, “Idling for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel and emits more CO2 than engine restarting.” Ask for pet- and eco-friendly antifreeze. Choose less toxic red-orange propylene glycol antifreeze instead of green ethylene glycol antifreeze, which is poisonous to pets and people. Dispose of both types properly, as they are toxic to wildlife and fish via groundwater, as well. Green-clean car windows. Choose a brand like EvergreeN Windshield Washer Fluid, which is plant-derived, eco-friendly, non-toxic and biodegradable. Traditional blue fluid is methanol, combined methyl alcohol and wood alcohol, and extremely poisonous, especially to children and pets.

Go-Green Apps Here are three apps we suggest among the many available.  Green You is a free app. It calculates our eco-friendliness and suggests steps toward a deeper shade of green. ItAnyPlace.com/support/ greenyou  Recycle offers a free national database of 100,000 recycling and disposal locations for 200 products. Specify the item and find local options with contact information. Earth911.com/ eco-tech/irecycle-now-on-android  eEcosphere helps users discover, adopt and share the best sustainable living ideas and makes it easy to share specific actions and ideas with friends via social media. eEcosphere.com

Go Big Switch to a heat pump. “A heat pump works the reverse of a refrigerator; it takes cold air from the outside and turns it into warm air inside, and uses no oil or gas,” explains Bond. Go solar. It’s the eco-alternative to conventional electricity generation. “Solar means that you’re creating your own power,” says Bond, who has used solar for years. “It works on an elegant cycle—create energy, use energy.” Leased solar panels reduce the cost of equipment, which has dropped dramatically in recent years. Get a hybrid car. In combination with solar power, a hybrid vehicle can reduce or eliminate daily energy costs. “An electric car is perfect when commutes are not long,” Bond discloses. “If charged in the day, it can serve as the battery for a solar home at night, when no power is being created.” Connect with freelance writer via AveryMack@mindspring.com.

natural awakenings

January 2016



EARLY PUBERTY The New Normal? by Kathleen Barnes

21st-century girls are reaching puberty at dramatically earlier ages than their mothers and grandmothers.


any American girls today are experiencing budding breasts and pubic hair before they are 7 years old, according to the government’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The threshold age has been steadily falling for decades, with the most dramatic decrease between 1997 and 2011. A pivotal 2011 study from the University of Cincinnati showed that U.S. Caucasian girls on average entered puberty at 9.7 years old, three to four months younger than the average age reported by University of North Carolina scientists 14 years earlier and much younger than data from the 1960s. Girls of other ethnicities are also entering puberty at earlier ages, but at less dramatic rates. A 2009 Danish study also showed that their country’s girls were developing breasts a full year earlier than those born 15 years earlier.

Burgers, Fries and Sodas to Blame The rise in childhood obesity is the major culprit in today’s lower ages of puberty, according to the 2011 study’s lead researcher, Dr. Frank Biro, director of adolescent medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He explains, “Body mass index [BMI] is the overwhelmingly predominant factor in the age at which a girl reaches puberty. It’s become more important than race or ethnicity. Heavy white girls and heavy black girls are all maturing earlier.” 34

Southern Maine

Science has long shown that fat tissue produces hormones, including estrogen, that can accelerate the process of puberty, especially early breast development, according to Dr. Louise Greenspan and Julianna Deardorff, Ph.D., authors of The New Puberty. Greenspan specializes in pediatric endocrinology at San Francisco’s Kaiser Permanente Hospital; Deardorff is a clinical psychologist researching pubertal development at the University of California, Berkeley. They cite one foundational study from the 1980s that showed for every BMI point increase, the age of first menstruation dropped by about one month.

Toxic Soup Ubiquitous hormone-disrupting chemicals are undoubtedly a culprit in the early puberty epidemic, says Doctor of Naturopathy Michael Murray, of Phoenix, Arizona, who publishes widely on the topic of natural medicine.

Endocrine disruptors that trigger the body to produce excess amounts of estrogen include chemicals in clothing, especially children’s sleepwear, furniture and carpets, anything plastic, personal care products, cleaning solvents, glues, dry cleaning chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and non-organic meat and milk. Collectively, they trigger puberty before its natural time. “There’s certainly a link between these persistent pollutants and obesity,” Murray observes. Antibiotics contained in commercial meat and dairy products may be a greater risk than the added hormones, says Greenspan. “Chronic, low-dose antibiotic exposure could affect the body’s microbiome [the microorganism colony in the digestive tract], which can lead to obesity and may also influence puberty.”

The Stress Monster “Considerable research now supports the notion that excessive stress early in life can affect the timing of puberty,” says Greenspan. Stressors can range from sexual or child abuse to stressful family relationships, low emotional investment on the part of parents or a depressed mother. “Girls that grow up in homes without their biological fathers are twice as likely to experience early menarche as girls that grow up with both parents,” advises Deardorff. Biro points out that stress is associated with higher levels of cortisol and obesity. Cortisol, the stress hormone, has been directly related to belly fat in numerous studies.

Added Risks “Early puberty also increases social risks,” says Deardorff. “Girls that develop ahead of their peers have more

Signs to Watch for in Boys Scant information exists charting puberty trends in boys, although medical researcher Dr. Frank Biro’s findings show that unlike overweight girls, some obese boys tend to reach puberty later than average. Professionals at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio, suggest talking with a doctor if


a boy starts experiencing any of the following before reaching age 9: 4 Growth of testicles or penis 4 Growth of pubic, underarm or facial hair 4 Rapid height changes 4 Voice deepening 4 Acne 4 Adult body odor

12 Foods to Buy Organic




anxiety, a higher incidence of depression, poorer body image and more eating disorders.� Research from St. Thomas’ Hospital, in London, reports that reaching puberty early may also increase risks for diabetes and breast cancer later in life, says Biro, the latter “possibly due to greater lifetime exposure to female hormones and the susceptibility of rapidly developing breast tissue to environmental toxins.� Framingham Heart Study results published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism support earlier studies that found menstruating before age 12 may contribute to a 23 percent greater risk of developing heart disease and 28 percent higher risk of dying from heart attack or stroke.

Healing from past and present loss and trauma through the externalization of emotions


The Environmental Working Group reports that these foods are the most heavily contaminated with pesticides, so look for organic versions and prioritize them on the family grocery list. 1. Apples 2. Peaches 3. Nectarines 4. Strawberries 5. Grapes 6. Celery 7. Spinach 8. Sweet bell peppers 9. Cucumbers 10. Cherry tomatoes 11. Snap peas (imported) 12. Potatoes

Moving through Grief & Loss A RESIDENTIAL WORKSHOP:

.BSDI"QSJM Notre Dame Spiritual Center, Alfred, Maine


e fo

r yo


Grief • Burnout • Anxiety • Depression • Physical, Emotional and Sexual Abuse • Illness • Disasters • Professional Caregivers

edgebrook a non-profit organization


Benefits of Energetic Bodywork:: • Reduced stress and anxiety • Increased state of emotional and mental clarity • Aids release of stuck emotions • Increased awareness • Inner peace • Shifts in perception/reactions • Anti-inflammatory effects • Balancing the parasympathetic - sympathetic nervous systems • Physical pain reduction • Better sleep

Paul K. Matteson, MS.Ed., L.C.P.C. 1-207-753-0135 paul@edgebrook.org Based on the workshops originated by Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


Healing and Educational WORKSHOPS “If you want to find the secrets of the universe... think in terms of energy, frequency and vibrationâ€? ~ Nikola Tesla Fort Andross, 14 Maine St • Suite 109A • Brunswick, ME 04011

207-632-2682 • HolisticEnergies.abmp.com terrylynn.holisticenergies@yahoo.com

Parental Strategies These experts all agree that a clean diet is one of the most powerful strategies to protect young girls. Murray recommends reviewing the Environmental Working Group’s list at Tinyurl.com/ EWGDirtyDozen. He says, “If you buy these foods organic, you’ll both avoid hormone-disrupting pesticides and herbicides and give children the protection of antioxidants that can help protect against other toxins.� Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Food Is Medicine. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.

Discover How To Heal Naturally With Plants

Čˆ‘Â?•—Ž–ƒ–‹‘Â?• Čˆ ‡”„…Žƒ••‡• Čˆ ‡”–‹Ž‹–›ƒ™ƒ”‡Â?॥•‡”‹‡• ČˆŽƒÂ?–•’‹”‹–Œ‘—”Â?‡›…Žƒ••‡•

Wild Carrot Herbs Mischa Schuler Community Herbalist 207-274-3242 wildcarrotherbs@gmail.com


Plant medicine for women’s and children’s health natural awakenings

January 2016


calendarofevents NOTE: All calendar events must be received via email by the 5th of the month and adhere to our guidelines. Email Coordinator@MaineAwakenings.com for guidelines and to submit entries. No phone calls or faxes, please.



Sammy the Seagull’s New Year’s Day 5K – 11am. Begin the New Year with a race followed by a buffet celebration. $5-$35. Clambake Restaurant, 358 Pine Point Rd, Scarborough. FiveKSport.com.

Personalized Therapeutic Movement – Jan 6, 13, 20 & 27. 10-11:15am. See Jan 5 listing. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. 207-829-2700. TurningLight.org.

Reiki Level I – 11am-1pm. This healing technique allows one to tap into their life force energy to improve health and enhance life. Includes booklet, certificate and attunement. $75. Spiritual Renaissance Center, 884 Broadway, South Portland. Marci: 239-595-2695. CrystalClearVibrations.org.

Guided Metta Bhavana Meditation – 6-7pm. This class is based on the Tibetan practice of loving kindness for the self and others. It focuses on cultivating compassion and empathy for humanity in the wake of recent world tragedies. Bring a blanket or mat. $15. Stones and Stuff, 556 Congress St, Portland. 207-8740789. StonesAndStuff.com.

Annual Lobster Dip – 12pm. Take a dip into the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for the Special Olympics followed by the Post Dip Party. $100. Old Orchard Beach in front of The Brunswick, 39 West Grand Ave, Old Orchard Beach. SpecialOlympicsMaine.org.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 2 Creative Movement with Portland School of Ballet – 10:30-11am. Ages 3-7. Morgan Brown Sanborn will introduce children to ballet through imagination, creativity and games. Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library, 5 Monument Sq, Portland. 207-871-1700. PortlandLibrary.com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 3 Scarborough Frozen 5k – 1pm. Participate in a race and have a good time. $20. Scarborough High School, 11 Municipal Dr, Scarborough. Active.com.

MONDAY, JANUARY 4 College Week – Jan 4-8. Times vary. An entire week packed with world-class events and parties at the height of ski season. Prices vary. River’s Mid-Mountain Peak Lodge, 15 S Ridge Rd, Newry. 800-543-2754. SundayRiver.com.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 5 Morning Yoga – 8-9:15am. Increase strength, flexibility and endurance with this yoga series. Registration required. Class is ongoing and participants can join mid-series. Bring a yoga mat and blanket. $56-$70. Wells Reserve & Laudholm Trust, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd, Wells. 207-6461555. WellsReserve.org. Personalized Therapeutic Movement – Jan 5, 12, 19 & 26. 5:30-6:45pm. This 6-week class targets your needs specifically to decrease pain, recover from injury and improve mobility. A maximum of 4 students means a lot of direct support. Pre-registration only. $150/series. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. 207-829-2700. TurningLight.org. Art & Practice of Meditation – Jan 5, 12, 19 & 26. 7-8:15pm. This 12-week class will teach how to develop a regular personal meditation practice. Includes knowledge and skills for quieting the body, mind, breath and more. Pre-registration only. Dropins welcome if space available. $144/series. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. 207-829-2700. TurningLight.org.


Southern Maine

Personalized Therapeutic Movement – Jan 6, 13, 20 & 27. 6-7:15pm. See Jan 5 listing. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. 207-8292700. TurningLight.org. What are Reiki, Polarity, Energy Work and Other Healing Modalities – 6-7:30pm. This workshop will teach what the new age hullabaloo is all about. Enjoy a short presentation, sample energy work and get those questions answered. $15. Midcoast Massage & Reiki Center, 103 Route 123, Brunswick. 207-7127936. Mary.Maverick@gmail.com.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 7 Personalized Therapeutic Movement – Jan 7, 14, 21 & 28. 9-10:15am. See Jan 5 listing. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. 207-8292700. TurningLight.org. Introduction to Tuning Forks – 11am-1pm. This class provides a quick and effortless way to attain balance and peace of mind instantly. Includes booklet, tuning fork and class. $50. Spiritual Renaissance Center, 884 Broadway, South Portland. Marci: 239595-2695. CrystalClearVibrations.org. Pure Ease Yoga Classes – Jan 7, 14, 21 & 28. 6:30-8pm. Reduce pain, improve flexibility, enhance strength and stability. Mixed levels. Registration required. $180/12 classes. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. 207-829-2700. TurningLight.org.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8 Crystal Singing Bowls – 6:30-7:30pm. The sound will work magic as you set your intentions on this powerful evening. $15. Authentic Beauty, 869 Main St, Westbrook. Marci: 239-595-2695. CrystalClearVibrations.org.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 Maine Wedding Show – Jan 9-10. 5-8pm, Sat; 11am-3pm, Sun. Be inspired by new ideas, uncover the latest wedding trends and make connections. $10. Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St, Portland. MaineWeddingAssociation.com.

Bath Antique Show and Sale – 10am-2pm. The fair will showcase antiques from local dealers. $4. Bath Middle School, 6 Old Brunswick Rd, Bath. BathAntiquesShows.com.

MONDAY, JANUARY 11 Therapeutic Touch & Spiritual Counseling – 124pm. Jane will boost your energy for health and well-being and awaken your spirit for a peaceful new year. $45/30-min; $75/1hr. Leapin Lizards, 449 Forest Ave, Portland. 207-221-2363. JJacobs1@Maine. rr.com. LeapinLizards.biz. Clever Ways to Incorporate Immune Support into Daily Life – 5:30-6:30pm. Discover delicious, easy and fun ways to include immune-supporting herbs into your daily foods and life style. Contact clinical herbalist Mischa Schuler for details. $15. Sage Wellness, 980 Forest Ave, Portland. 207-274-3242. WildCarrotHerbs.com.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 12 Classic Nia with Erin – Jan 12, 19 & 26. 4:10-5:10pm. NIA is non-impact, gentle on the joints, provides great cardio and is suitable for all fitness levels and ages. $10/drop-in. Cape Community Services, 343 Ocean House Ave, Cape Elizabeth. Erin@ErinCurren.com. ErinCurren.com. Children’s Bedtime Rituals – 6pm. Sara will discuss how to use energy, aromatherapy, crystals and other relaxation techniques to help children calm down for bedtime and sleep easefully. Parents and children welcome. $15. Stones and Stuff, 556 Congress St, Portland. 207-874-0789. StonesAndStuff.com.

markyourcalendar TUESDAY, JANUARY 12 Herbs for Good Cheer in the Dark of the Year – 6-8:30pm. Learn about herbs that strengthen resolve, nerves and our mood as we are bedecked by winter. Herbs that sooth anxiety and ease depression will be discussed and tasted. Contact Mischa Schuler to RSVP. $24/Portland residents; $29/other. PATHS, 196 Allen Ave, Portland. 207-274-3242. WildCarrotHerbs.com.


markyourcalendar WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13 Energy Share – 6-8pm. Relax, clear and participate in the energy share. Multiple modalities will be learned including crystal healing, reiki and sound healing to balance the Chakras. Each participant will have 20 minutes of table time. $20. Stones and Stuff, 556 Congress St, Portland. 207-874-0789. StonesAndStuff.com.



Indoor Insanity 5K – 8am. This race is a fundraiser for lung cancer so have fun running in circles for a cause. $35. William Farley Field House, Bowdoin College, 35 Watson Dr, Brunswick. MaineIndoorAir.org.

Classic Nia with Erin – Jan 14, 21 & 28. 4:10-5:10pm. See Jan 12 listing. $10/drop-in. Cape Community Services, 343 Ocean House Ave, Cape Elizabeth. Erin@ErinCurren.com. ErinCurren.com.


FRIDAY, JANUARY 15 Spire & Ice: 2nd Annual Ice Bar – Jan 15-16. 7pm1am. Ages 21+. Enjoy a night out with drinks and fun. $10. Spire 29 on the Square, 29 School St, Gorham. 207-222-2068. Spire29.com.

Delicious, plant-based, personalized gourmet meals


markyourcalendar SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 Taijiquan: Fundamentals, Forms & Function – 9am-12pm. This workshop is an introduction to three essential elements of traditional and evidence-based Taiji training. All are welcome. $45/advance; $55/ door. Maine Center for Taijiquan & Qigong, 500 Forest Ave, Portland. 207-780-9581. MaineTaiji.com.

603-359-2383 • missy@solfood.net


Classic Nia Demo – 9:30am. NIA is non-impact, gentle on the joints, provides great cardio and is suitable for all fitness levels and ages. $15/day pass. Women’s Fitness Studio, 21 Stanwood St, Brunswick. Erin@ErinCurren. com. ErinCurren.com.

• Personal Chef • Small Office Party Catering • Weekly Office Lunch Deliveries • Raw Food/Juice Cleansing Programs

Planet Dog Adoption Day – 11am-1pm. Support the AWS and adopt a dog. Planet Dog, 211 Marginal Way, Portland. 207-347-8606. AnimalWelfareSociety.org. Bright Star World Dance Open House – 1-5:15pm. This event features 30-min beginner-level classes such as belly dance, ballet, pilates, yoga and centered. All are welcome. Free. Bright Star World Dance, 108 High St, Floor 3, Portland. 207-370-5830. BrightStarWorldDance.com. Happiness 101: An Evening Open House – 7-8:30pm. Dive deeper into the breadth of yoga “off the mat�. This evening is an overview of our new curriculum and includes Ayurveda, yoga sutras, pranayama, mind study and more. Free. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. 207-829-2700. TurningLight.org.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 Jimmy the Greek’s Frozen 4-Mile Road Race – 11:15am. Participate in a race that benefits education and activities for children followed by a pizza party. $18$25. Jimmy the Greek’s Brick Oven Restaurant, 215 Saco Ave, Old Orchard Beach. BayStateEvents.com.


markyourcalendar MONDAY, JANUARY 18 Reiki Level 1 Attunement – 1-4pm. Learn the history, philosophy and the practice of Reiki for selfhealing. Leave with a Level 1 certification. Includes a personal pre and post meeting with Sara. $150. Stones and Stuff, 556 Congress St, Portland. 207-874-0789. StonesAndStuff.com.


markyourcalendar TUESDAY, JANUARY 19 Strengthening the Immune System – Jan 19 & 26. 6-8:30pm. Explore the herbs that strengthen our bodies’ resilience and reduce the likelihood of illness. Lots of making and tasting to be experienced. Contact Mischa Schuler to RSVP. $65. SMCC, 2 Fort Rd, South Portland. 207-274-3242. WildCarrotHerbs.com.

Get Out Of Pain, and Get Back Into Life Therapeutic Yoga reduces pain, improves flexibility, enhances your strength & stability Who can benefit from Therapeutic Yoga? t"OZPOFXJUIDISPOJDPSBDVUFQBJO TUSBJO PSUFOTJPO t"OZPOFTFFLJOHJNQSPWFEGVODUJPOJOEBJMZMJWJOH  TQPSUT ZPHBPUIFSBDUJWJUJFT

5VSOJOH-JHIU:PHBt   I can’t thank you enough for yesterday’s session – I repeated some of the exercises later in the evening – upper back this morning was much better! - AD

81PXOBM3Et/:BSNPVUI .&tUVSOJOHMJHIUPSH natural awakenings

January 2016





Classic Nia with Erin – Jan 20, 27 & Feb. Times vary. See Jan 12 listing. $50/session. MaineGeneral Health, 35 Medical Center Parkway, Augusta. 207626-1000. Erin@ErinCurren.com. ErinCurren.com.

Maine Wedding Show – 11am-3pm. See Jan 9 listing. $10. Augusta Armory, 179 Western Ave, Augusta. MaineWeddingAssociation.com.

Sonic Healing with Crystal Singing Bowls – 6-7:30pm. Join Marci Starr as she creates meditative melodies of magic and transformation with intuition and expertise. $25. Leapin’ Lizards, 123 Main St, Freeport. 207-865-0900. CrystalClearVibrations.org.

Paranormal Investigation – 6-7:30pm. Learn about investigation tactics, the various scientific and metaphysical techniques that can be used to gather evidence and how to remain safe in the process. $20. Stones and Stuff, 556 Congress St, Portland. 207-874-0789. StonesAndStuff.com.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21 Ice Bar – Jan 21-23. 5-9pm. Ages 21+. Expect beautifully crafted ice bars and sculptures, music, fire pits, complimentary food and more. $25-$33. Portland Harbor Hotel, 468 Fore St, Portland. BrownPaperTickets.com. PortlandHarborHotel.com.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23 Classic Nia with Erin – Jan 23 & 30. 9:20-10:20am. See Jan 12 listing. $10-$12/class card; $15/dropin. Westbrook Community Center, 426 Bridge St, Westbrook. Erin@ErinCurren.com. ErinCurren.com. Welcome to Winter Festival – 12:30-2:30pm. Enjoy great sledding, snowshoeing, ice skating, hot chocolate, healthy snacks, raffle prizes, winter giveaways and much more. Free. Payson Park, Baxter Blvd, Portland. WinterKids.org. An Evening with Maher – 6:30-8:30pm. Maher or “Mother’s Home” is a refuge for at-risk women and children in India. See the new 1-hr long documentary film about Maher, augmented with images and stories from my recent visit to Maher in India. All proceeds go to Maher. Donations welcomed. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. 207-829-2700. TurningLight.org.

MONDAY, JANUARY 25 Therapeutic Touch & Spiritual Counseling – 124pm. See Jan 11 listing. Leapin Lizards, 449 Forest Ave, Portland. 207-221-2363. JJacobs1@Maine. rr.com. LeapinLizards.biz.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 26 Strengthening the Immune System – Jan 19 & 26. 6-8:30pm. See Jan 19 listing. SMCC, 2 Fort Rd, South Portland. 207-274-3242. WildCarrotHerbs.com.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27 Labradorite Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Journey deep into the intuitive, guiding waters of Labradorite and help to transform the shadow self. This will be a ceremony/meditation and each participant will receive a stone. $20. Stones and Stuff, 556 Congress St, Portland. 207-874-0789. StonesAndStuff.com.

markyourcalendar WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27 The Medicinal Culinary Cupboard – 6-8pm. Join Clinical Herbalist, Mischa Schuler, for an evening of tasting the plants that we already have a culinary relationship with and discover additional ways they can gently support us. $18. Cape Community Services, 343 Ocean House Ave, Cape Elizabeth. 207-274-3242. WildCarrotHerbs.com.

“Providing holistic healthcare, beginning with birth” NOW ACCEPTING INSURANCE!!

Josie Skavdahl, ND, CPM • Vaccine Counseling & Administration • Lyme Disease Treatment • Naturopathic Family Care • Adult Wellness Exams • Well Child Exams • Well Baby Exams

• School & Sports Physicals • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Wellness • Lyme Disease is one • MTHFR phone call • Metabolic Syndrome away... • Diabetes & Food Sensitivities • Candida/Yeast Overgrowth • Irritable Bowel Syndrome • Hypothyroidism • Heavy Metal Toxicity…and many others!

Call to schedule your appointment today and let us guide you back to your healthy self! 106 Lafayette St, Suite 3A Yarmouth, Me 04096

Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am – 5pm 38

Southern Maine

207-846-4900 info@treeoflifecare.com MaineAwakenings.com

Speaker Series: Why Kids Need Nature – 7-9pm. Ages 21+. Angela Hanscom’s presentation, “Nature: The Ultimate Sensory Experience”, will discuss the importance of outdoor play on the sensory and motor development in children. Complimentary drink and appetizers provided. $10/ members; $15/nonmembers. Gilsland Farm, 20 Gilsland Farm Rd, Falmouth. 207-883-5100. MaineAudubon.org.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 29 South Portland Winterfest – Jan 29-30. Times vary. This fun outdoor festival celebrates everything winter and has activities for the whole family. Locations vary throughout South Portland. FaceBook.com. Reiki Level I – 11am-1pm. See Jan 1 listing. Spiritual Renaissance Center, 884 Broadway, South Portland. Marci: 239-595-2695. CrystalClearVibrations.org. Trinity Irish Dance Company – 8pm. This show dazzles with percussive power, fast agility, aerial grace and extraordinary precision. $42-$62. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St, Portland. 207-842-0800. PortTix.com.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 30 Lost Valley Winter Duathlon – 10am. This race consists of a 10km course, 5km nordic ski and 5km snowshoe, to be completed either solo or as a team of two. $30-$60. Lost Valley, 200 Lost Valley Rd, Auburn. BaxterOutDoors.com. Pet Life Adoption Event – 11am-1pm. Support the AWS and adopt a dog. Pet Life, 1364 Main St, Sanford. 207-490-2412. AnimalWelfareSociety.org. Maine Dreams Masquerade Ball – 8-11pm. Enjoy a fun timeless night out. Proceeds benefit the Good Shephard food bank. $13. Spire 29 on the Square, 29 School St, Gorham. 207-222-2068. Spire29.com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 31 Maine Wedding Show – 11am-3pm. See Jan 9 listing. $10. Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main St, Bangor. MaineWeddingAssociation.com. 12th Annual Pies on Parade Tour – 1-4pm. Sample several different pies from local restaurants and inns. $30/adults, $15/children under 10. Various locations throughout Rockland. MaineDreamVacation.com.

planahead takenote Tools for Joyful Living – This 12-month study group will teach how to gain the skills to choose attitude, thought and action, and it will lead to a joyful, well-lived life. New group begins in February. Contact Darcy for details. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. Registration: 207-829-2700. TurningLight.org.

takenote Coming in February: Yoga Study – Deepen your study of yoga: Ayurveda, meditation, pranayama, mind study, yoga sutras and more. Contact Darcy for details. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. Registration: 207-829-2700. TurningLight.org.

ongoingevents NOTE: All calendar events must be received via email by the 5th of the month and adhere to our guidelines. Email Coordinator@MaineAwakenings.com for guidelines and to submit entries. No phone calls or faxes, please.


Women and Horses Workshop – 6-7:30pm. A handson learning experience with horses. Contact for rates/ availability. Ever After Mustang Rescue, 463 West St, Biddeford. 207-284-7721. MustangRescue.org.

Children’s Activities – Times vary. Kids will enjoy several activities that are offered daily at the museum. Prices vary. Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St, Portland. 207-828-1234. KiteTails.org.


Energy Work & Workshops – Times vary. Become grounded and balanced to have less fear and more personal power. Find your way back with a choice of treatments and/or classes. Prices vary. Midcoast Massage & Reiki Center, 103 Route 123, Brunswick. 207-712-7936. Mary.Maverick@gmail.com. Ever After Mustang Rescue – Times vary. Ages 15+. Volunteer for the adopt-a-horse program. Call for details. 463 West St, Biddeford. 207-284-7721. MustangRescue.org. Muse Paintbar – Times vary. Learn to paint like professionals while eating and drinking. Pick a class, reserve a spot, and a trained artist will guide you to make a masterpiece. Prices vary. 245 Commercial St, Portland. Info/reservations: 207-618-9500 or MusePaintBar.com. Private Therapeutic Yoga – Times vary. Get out of pain and back into life. Mindful and personalized approach to reducing pain, improving flexibility, enhancing strength and stability. Call to schedule individual appointments. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. 207-829-2700. TurningLight.org. Yoga Classes – Times vary. We offer a wide variety of yoga classes, including: Vinyasa, Buti Flow, Buti Yoga, Hustle & Flow, Hustle Sculpt, Hip Hop Movement, Yin Yoga and more. Contact for details. Hustle and Flow, 155 Brackett St, Portland. 207-632-4789. HustleFlowStudio.com. Yoga Classes – Times vary. Over 35 years of experience. We offer classes at a variety of levels including: Vinyasa Flow, Therapeutic, Gentle, Restorative and Mediation, Feldenkrais and Yoga Philosophy. Contact for details. The Yoga Center, 449 Forest Ave, Portland. 207-774-9642. MaineYoga.com.


Not Your Guru’s Meditation – 5:30-6:45pm. Mental medicine to harness your mind’s incredible power and help restore you to being calm, happy and focused. Each class offers new technique and insight from Bianca, a talented galactic healing arts practitioner with 9 years of professional experience. Donations welcome. Soaring Phoenix Power Center, 222 Saint John St, Portland. Facets-Wellness.com. Personalized Therapeutic Movement – 6-7:15pm. See Tuesday listing. $150/series. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. 207829-2700. TurningLight.org.


Family Fun: Exploring Winter – 9:30-10:30am. This 9-week session has playful activities designed to encourage self-discovery, a sense of place and a budding awareness of the natural world. Registration preferred. Drop-ins welcome if space is available. $90/members; $140/nonmembers. Gilsland Farm, 20 Gilsland Farm Rd, Falmouth. 207-883-5100. MaineAudubon.org. Nature Interest Group – 1:30-3pm. 2nd & 4th Tues. Explore nature and learn from each other. Bring binoculars and hand lens if you have them. All are welcome. Free. Gilsland Farm, 20 Gilsland Farm Rd, Falmouth. 207-883-5100. MaineAudubon.org. Humane Action League – 2:30-4pm. Begins Jan 12th. Ages 12-14. This program is designed to give students an opportunity to learn more about the workings of an animal shelter, instruction on pet care and handling and how to become more involved in animal welfare issues. $65. Animal Welfare Society, 46 Holland Rd, Kennebunk. 207-985-3244. AnimalWelfareSociety.org. Classic Nia Fitness Class – 4:10-5:10pm. Begins Jan 12. NIA is non-impact, gentle on the joints, provides great cardio and is suitable for all fitness levels and ages. $10/ drop-in. Cape Community Services, 343 Ocean House Ave, Cape Elizabeth. Erin@ErinCurren.com. ErinCurren.com. Personalized Therapeutic Movement – 5:30-6:45pm. This 6-week class targets your needs specifically to decrease pain, recover from injury and improve mobility. A maximum of 4 students means a lot of direct support. Pre-registration only. $150/series. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. 207-829-2700. TurningLight.org. Art & Practice of Meditation – 7-8:15pm. This 12week class will teach how to develop a regular personal meditation practice. Includes knowledge and skills for quieting the body, mind, breath and more. Pre-registration only. Drop-ins welcome if space available. $144/ series. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. 207-829-2700. TurningLight.org.


Johnny T’s Salsa Night – 6-7:30pm. Enjoy an open salsa dancing night perfect for practicing your moves. This is not a class, but a gathering of students looking for a place with great music. $5. Swing & Sway Dancing, 143 Maverick St, Rockland. 207-594-0940. SwingNSway.com.

Classic Nia Fitness Class – Times vary. Begins Jan 20. See Tuesday listing. $50/session. MaineGeneral Health, 35 Medical Center Parkway, Augusta. 207626-1000. Erin@ErinCurren.com. ErinCurren.com.


Personalized Therapeutic Movement – 10-11:15am. See Tuesday listing. $150/series. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. 207-8292700. TurningLight.org.

Story Hour – 10-11am. All ages. Enjoy good books and meeting new friends. A light snack will be provided. Free. Pineland Farms, 15 Farm View Dr, New Gloucester. 207-688-4539. PinelandFarms.org.

Yoga Philosophy Class: The Yamas and Niyamas – 11:45am-12:45pm. Ongoing study group. CEU’s available for yoga teachers. Drop-ins welcome. $10/ donation. The Yoga Center, 449 Forest Ave Plaza, Portland. 207-774-9642. MaineYoga.com.

Farmer for the Morning – 8:30-9:30am. Feed the animals, put out hay, collect eggs, sweep the barn and make sure the animals are happy and healthy for the day. $5. Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Rd, Freeport. 207-865-4469. WolfesNeckFarm.org. Personalized Therapeutic Movement – 9-10:15am. See Tuesday listing. $150/series. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. 207829-2700. TurningLight.org. Furry Tales, Story and Adventure Hour – 1011am. Begins Jan 7th. Preschoolers are invited to discover the exciting world of animals with stories, playtime, crafts, animal time and more. Free. Animal Welfare Society, 46 Holland Rd, Kennebunk. 207985-3244. AnimalWelfareSociety.org. Humane Action League – 3-4:30pm. Begins Jan 14th. Ages 9-11. This program is designed to give students an opportunity to learn more about the workings of an animal shelter, instruction on pet care and handling and how to become more involved in animal welfare issues. $65. Animal Welfare Society, 46 Holland Rd, Kennebunk. 207-985-3244. AnimalWelfareSociety.org. Classic Nia Fitness Class – 4:10-5:10pm. Begins Jan 14. See Tuesday listing. $10/drop-in. Cape Community Center, 343 Ocean House Ave, Cape Elizabeth. Erin@ErinCurren.com. ErinCurren.com. Third Thursdays – 5-9pm. Enjoy an evening with live music, food, drinks, special programming and the museum. $12/adults, $10/seniors and students with ID, $6/ages 13-17. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Sq, Portland. 207-775-6148. PortlandMuseum.org. Pure Ease Yoga Classes – 6:30-8pm. Reduce pain, improve flexibility, enhance strength and stability. Mixed levels. Registration required. $180/12 classes. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. 207-829-2700. TurningLight.org.

friday First Friday Art Walk – 5-8pm. 1st Fri. Various galleries and art venues open for the art walk. Free. Portland. LiveWorkPortland.org.

saturday Classic Nia Fitness Class – 9:20-10:20am. Begins Jan 23. See Tuesday listing. $10-$12/class card; $15/ drop-in. Westbrook Community Center, 426 Bridge St, Westbrook. Erin@ErinCurren.com. ErinCurren.com.

natural awakenings

January 2016



š¤œŠŒ£“šŽ££ Own a Natural Awakenings Magazine Our publishers ranked us among the highest in franchise satisfaction for our Training, Support, Core Values and Integrity! As a Natural Awakenings publisher, you can enjoy learning about healthy and joyous living while working from your home and earn a good income doing something you love!

No publishing experience is necessary. You’ll work for yourself but not by yourself. We offer a complete training and support system that allows you to successfully publish your own magazine.


For more information, visit our website NaturalAwakeningsMag.com/mymagazine or call 239-530-1377

Natural Awakenings is now expanding into new markets across the U.S. Contact us about starting a magazine in a community of your choice or acquiring an existing publication for sale highlighted in red below.

Natural Awakenings publishes in over 95 markets across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. r r r r r r r r r r r





Southern Maine



communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email Ads@MaineAwakenings.com to request our media kit.

ACUPUNCTURE ACUPUNCTURE BY MERET Meret Bainbridge, LAc 222 St John St, Ste 137 Portland, ME 04101 • 207-878-3300 Meret@AcupunctureByMeret.com AcupunctureByMeret.com Meret offers comprehensive holistic care, utilizing Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Acupressure and Bodymind work, since 1997. Specialties are Women’s Health, pain, headaches, fibromyalgia & depression. Insurance accepted.

BARTLETT ACUPUNCTURE & HERBAL MEDICINE Kath Bartlett, MS, LAc 7 Oak Hill Terr, Ste 3 • Scarborough, ME 04074 207-219-0848 • BartlettAcupuncture.com Kath@BartlettAcupuncture.com At Bartlett Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine, I am dedicated to helping my patients thrive. I offer significant pain relief and effective treatment of chronic disease and other internal conditions using a holistic approach of acupuncture & Chinese herbs. With 13 years in practice, my patients’ treatment outcomes are higher than reported acupuncture studies.

ART THERAPY BODHI SIMPSON, LCPC, ATR Vast Horizons Center for Personal Growth Sparhawk Mill 81 Bridge Street, Yarmouth ME (207) 650-8170 BodhiSimpson@yahoo.com • VastHorizons.com I am passionate about facilitating experiences that inspire creative expression and opens hearts and minds to possibilities. Through art therapy, we are able to access our core issues and begin the process of healing. I work with individuals and groups of all ages, and facilitate workshops for personal growth.

COMMUNITY HERBALIST WILD CARROT HERBS Mischa Schuler 306 Congress St, Portland ME • 207-274-3242 WildCarrotHerbs@gmail.com • WildCarrotHerbs.com Flower essences, herbal remedies, and shamanic plant spirit techniques are available individually and in combination to gently support healing of physical, spiritual and emotional shock. Chronic and acute conditions of the respiratory, skin, digestive and reproductive systems are nurtured here. Specializing in women and children’s health, particularly anxiety and depression, contraception and fertility.

COUPLES COACHING AUDREY MCMORROW, MA, CAGS. BCC Vast Horizons Center for Personal Growth Sparhawk Mill 81 Bridge St, Yarmouth ME (207) 650-8052 Audrey@VastHorizons.com VastHorizons.com Audrey offers Couples Coaching for those intent on realizing the potential of their committed (or troubled) relationship; Psychosynthesis (a transpersonal psychology for individuals); a Thrive Women’s Group; and various workshops for personal development throughout the calendar year. Please see website for further details. See calendar for upcoming events.

ENERGY HEALING TERRY LYNN SMITH, RPP, BCPP 14 Maine Street, Suite 109A Brunswick, ME 04011 terrylynn.holisticenergies@yahoo.com www.HolisticEnergies.abmp.com Life force energy currents flow to us and through us from the universe. By employing energy medicine and techniques such as Polarity/ Integrated Energy Therapy, and Reiki we can release congested energy and create harmony that will open the doors to increased awareness, healing and personal transformation. Our energetic anatomy is the foundation of our body, emotions, mind, and spirit. My work and passion is in supporting and empowering you with this part of your journey.

ESSENTIAL OILS dõTERRA Essential Oils Amy Paradysz, Wellness Advocate www.mydoterra.com/underthepines dōTERRA essential oils are natural “feel better” solutions for everyday living.

FAMILY PRACTIONER LOTUS FAMILY PRACTICE, LLC Catherine M. Krouse, DO 66 Leighton Rd, Falmouth, Me 04105 207-536-0560 • info@LotusFamilyPractice.com www.LotusFamilyPractice.com

CRYSTALS STONES & STUFF Heather Nichols 556 Congress St Portland, ME (207)874-0789 StonesAndStuff.com Stones & Stuff is not only a shop, but an experience. Offering a large selection of high quality mineral specimens and beautifully unique pieces of nature, you will always find something new to cast your eyes upon. With many services offered including, Tarot and Astrology Readings, Workshops and Shamanic Healing, the keepers of this fine establishment invite you to come learn and heal!

Lotus Family Practice, LLC is a primary care practice with a holistic focus. Several benefits include a variety of classes like yoga, meditation, tai chi as well as discounted supplements, herbal remedies, medications and blood work. In order to work for her patients rather than insurance companies, Dr. Krouse chose to charge an affordable monthly fee rather than bill insurance.

FITNESS HEALTH CENTER HEALING OASIS FITNESS & MASSAGE Morgyn Danae, Owner, CPT, LMT 12 Revere St, Portland, ME 04103 828-216-8125 morgyndanae.com • morgyndanae@gmail.com

DENTAL PEAK DENTAL HEALTH Stefan Andren, DDS 74 Gray Rd, Ste 3, W Falmouth, ME 207-878-8844 Info@PeakDentalHealth.com PeakDentalHealth.com Maine’s first eco-certified dental office is a welcoming and caring place to reach your oral health goals. Please call, email or stop in to learn more about how they can change your perception of what the dentist can be. It is what you deserve.

Healing Oasis is a private wellness studio with a tropical twist, offering personal training, dance movement, and massage therapy with holistic prenatal and postnatal specialization. Specific issues can be addressed in customized, supportive sessions. Morgyn gladly accommodates all skill levels in her training. Free 30-minute consultations. For information or to schedule an appointment, call or email at morgyndanae@gmail.com.

natural awakenings

January 2016


OPTIMAL SELF COMMUNITY HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER Eric Hilton 640 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101 207-747-5919 • OptimalSelfME@gmail.com OptimalSelfME.com Optimal Self is a center for fitness, healing, and community, offering a variety of modalities that enhance the mind, body, and spirit. We provide a sophisticated weight room, a variety of classes, personal trainers, massage therapists, and energy workers. See our schedule or book an appointment online at optimalselfme.com.

LIFE COACH BETH KOEHLER, PERSONAL EMPOWERMENT LIFE COACH Beth Koehler • Saco Healing Arts Center 209 Main St, Saco, ME 04072 207-653-9792 • BKoehler926@gmail.com BethKoehlerLifeCoach.com ONE STOP HEALING! I specialize in helping you realize just how powerful you truly are and that the answers you seek are inside. I’ll be by you side as you tap into the strength and courage you need to manifest your life’s goals. Time spent with a Life Coach can be life altering. Let’s get started!

ARCANA (IN THE OLD PORT) Kate Hebold, Owner 81 Market St, Portland, ME 207-773-7801 • ArcanaMaine.com ArcanaHealingArts@gmail.com Arcana is a holistic healing arts center and retail gallery in the heart of the Old Port. Aiming to honor and celebrate the uniqueness of its patrons, Arcana upholds a high standard of mindful care in every service offered: massage, Reiki, polarity therapy, readings and special events.


HOLISTIC PSYCHOTHERAPY ACCELERATED COUNSELING, LLC Svetla Popova, LCPC, NCC, Reiki Master 23 Ocean Ave, Portland, ME 04103 207-761-3883 • AcceleratedCounseling.com Svetla@AcceleratedCounseling.com Whether you are overwhelmed by severe problems or simply feel stuck and your life is going nowhere, I’d love to hear your story. We will work together to discover the incredible strengths you have, find solutions that satisfy you, and open your horizons for growth, self efficacy and life enjoyment.

HOMEOPATHY BAYLIGHT CENTER FOR HOMEOPATHY Jane M Frederick, Director of Achievement 222 St. John St. Ste. 137 Portland, ME 04102 207-774-4244 Jane@BaylightHomeopathy.com BaylightHomeopathy.com At Baylight Center for Homeopathy, our mission is to illuminate the benefits of this transformative healing art. Our practitioners and faculty are fervent proponents of joy, creativity, freedom and ease, and of the knowledge that homeopathy is an effective source of support for these integral aspects of healthy living.

MEDICAL INTUITIVE R. ANTHONY LEBRO, MEDICAL INTUITIVE Richard Lebro 135 Rogers Rd, Kittery, ME 03904 603-502-7676 • drltony24@gmail.com facebook.com/drlebro?fref=ts Richard Anthony Lebro has been healing people intuitively for nearly 45 years. Since childhood, he has honed an innate ability to tap into the spirit, identify and treat underlying health issues. His years of experience and high success rate draw people from all over the world. A full body consultation is only a phone call away. Don’t hesitate to call today.

MIDWIFERY CARE TREE OF LIFE NATUROPATHIC & MIDWIFERY CARE, LLC Tiffany Carter Skillings, CPM, CLC 106 Lafayette St, Ste 3A, Yarmouth, ME 207-846-4900 • TreeOfLifeCare.com Tiffany is deeply committed to providing care that is individualized, empowering, and supports her clients in discovering their own inner strength and wisdom as they labor and birth in their own way, on their own time. Tiffany provides the following services: Maternity care, Lactation Counseling, Well Woman Care, Routine GYN Services, Pre-Conception Counseling, and Nutrition Counseling.


INTEGRATED HEALTH INTEGRATIVE MANUAL THERAPY ASSOCIATES 74 Lunt Rd, Ste 206 • Falmouth, ME 04105 (207) 781-8358 • www.imtmaine.com IMTA offers highly trained physical therapists who will treat you as a “whole” person, mind, body, and soul. We do this in a professional setting with knowledgeable, caring and helpful staff. Focused on providing top quality physical therapy services with the highest levels of customer satisfaction, we will do everything we can to meet your expectations. See ad, inside front cover.


Southern Maine

59 Shore Rd, Ogunquit, ME 207-646-3900 FiveElementsHealingCenter@yahoo.com 5ElementsHealingCenter.com Ogunquit’s destination for holistic healing. We offer a wide array of services including: Integrative health programs, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Herbal Treatments, Aromatherapy, Reiki, Shamanistic healing, Chakra and Meridian balancing, Therapeutic Massage, Reflexology, Chinese Cupping, Foot soaks, Pedicures, Skin care and Body waxing for anyone that is looking to relax, unwind and restore from the stresses of life. We are also proud to offer our clients a full line of organic, vegan and gluten free skin care products.


Deanna Raihl, LMT 999 Roosevelt Trl • Windham, ME 207-482-0615 ContactDeannaRaihl@gmail.com DeannaRaihl.com At Nourishing Self, you can expect the services of a day spa, without the large investment! Services provided are: health counseling, pre/postnatal massage, hot and salt stone treatments, aromatherapy, reiki and reflexology. Looking for that summer glow without the harm of UV rays? Make an appointment with Deanna for an organic spray tan and leave looking sun-kissed!

THE VILLAGE PATH Sharlene Spalding, Casco, ME 207-627-4472 • TheVillagePath.com Spalding.maine@gmail.com I know hundreds of healing properties of over sixty different herbs. Allow me to teach you an affordable healing plan that reverses chronic disorders and pain and let’s work together to restore your health! Learn to take control of your health without expensive supplements or medications. Free consultations for the month of October!

NATUROPATHIC TREE OF LIFE NATUROPATHIC & MIDWIFERY CARE, LLC Josie Skavdahl, ND, CPM 106 Lafayette St, Ste 3A Yarmouth, ME 207-846-4900 • TreeOfLifeCare.com A member of the Maine Association of Naturopathic D o c t o r s , J o s i e ’s l o v e f o r Naturopathy and Midwifery stems from a desire to promote health with minimal intervention and maximum cost effectivenessnatural remedies treating the cause of the problem, not just the symptoms. Josie provides the following services: Maternity care, Annual Wellness Exams, Well Baby & Well Child Care, Primary Care and Nutrition and Food Sensitivity Counseling.

NON – PROFIT EDGEBROOK: MOVING THROUGH GRIEF & LOSS WORKSHOP November 5-8, 2015 Notre Dame Spiritual Center, Alfred, ME Paul K. Matteson MS.Ed., L.C.P.C. 207)753-0135 paul@edgebrook.org • www.edgebrook.org Based on the work of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, this workshop offers the unique opportunity to work through the deep feelings and unfinished business resulting from grief, loss and all forms of abuse. A safe, caring and confidential workshop staffed by highly trained and experienced facilitators.





Betsy Harding 545 Westbrook St, South Portland, ME 207-799-2995 OrganicRootsMe.com

Cayce Lannon 617-448-7846 MaineYogaKids@gmail.com MaineYogaKids.com

Organic Roots Salon and Day Spa is a fashion forward cruelty-free and vegan friendly salon. We are extremely passionate about our work and dedication to our natural and safe products, environment, and a healthier, more sustainable and compassionate world.

RUTHIE HUTCHINSON THE BRIDGES FOUNDATION / L-OMA ORGANIC BUCKWHEAT PILLOWS 35 Ossipee Tr, (Rte 25) Standish, ME 04084 207-595-8106 • TheBridgesFoundation.org The Bridges Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization providing educational, employment, social & recreational opportunities for persons with sensory and/or energetic sensitivities, learning, emotional and/or developmental disabilities. These individuals work alongside The Bridges Foundation staff, making and shipping our L-OMA Organic Buckwheat Pillows™, as they earn a living wage while at the same time helping raise money to fund programs and services for themselves and others.

ORGANIC BEDDING THE CLEAN BEDROOM 5 Shapleigh Rd, Kittery, ME 207-704-0743 Two Portland Sq, Fore St, Portland, ME 207517-3500 • TheCleanBedroom.com The Clean Bedroom is an organic and all-natural mattress and bedding resource with seven showrooms, including its new location in Portland. Through its showrooms and web- site, eco-minded shoppers gain insight to create a healthier sleep environment.

THE BRIDGES FOUNDATION / L-OMA ORGANIC BUCKWHEAT PILLOWS 35 Ossipee Tr, (Rte 25) Standish, ME 04084 207-595-8106 TheBridgesFoundation.org The Bridges Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization providing educational, employment, social & recreational opportunities for persons with sensory and/or energetic sensitivities, learning, emotional and/or developmental disabilities. These individuals work alongside The Bridges Foundation staff, making and shipping our L-OMA Organic Buckwheat Pillows™, as they earn a living wage while at the same time helping raise money to fund programs and services for themselves and others.

We are a team of ChildLight Yoga certified instructors offering classes in various locations around Southern Maine. Instead of offering classes in one studio space, we collaborate with schools and community centers to make yoga accessible for children everywhere. Please check our website for current schedule or get in touch to learn more!

Hair Stylist/Colorist 207-415-4611 Ruthie Hutchinson address the client as a whole, offering Vidal Sassoon precision cuts, organic hair color, Arbonne skin care/make-up and doTerra essential oil treatments. Passionate about self-love!

TURNING LIGHT CENTER Darcy Cunningham 168 W Pownal Rd, N Yarmouth, ME 207-829-2700 TurningLight.org Therapeutic Yoga: a mindful and personalized approach to reducing pain, improving flexibility, enhancing strength and stability. Together, we apply movement, breath, stillness and sound to relieve pain, tension and stress, helping clients become more able to enjoy life. Group yoga classes also available.

TAI CHI & QIGONG MAINE CENTER FOR TAIJIQUAN & QIGONG 500 Forest Ave (rear) Portland, ME 04101 207-780-9581 info@MaineTaiji.com • MaineTaiji.com Maine’s resource for Ta i j i q u a n & Qigong, offering AM, midday, and PM classes. Certified instructors provide quality Taiji & Qigong programs that empower individuals of all abilities to prevent disease, foster athletic/martial performance and cultivate the integration of physical, mental and spiritual health. Proudly serving Portland since 1999.

In a universe

made out of energy, everything is entangled; everything is one. ~Bruce Lipton

THERMOGRAPHY INNER IMAGE CLINICAL THERMOGRAPHY Ingrid LeVasseur, CCT 5 Fundy Rd, Ste 10c 207-939-7355 Ingrid@MyInnerImage.com MyInnerImage.com Inner Image Clinical Thermography offers pain-free, radiation-free breast screening to the women of Maine. Our primary office is in Falmouth, however, during the spring and fall we bring this advanced technology to all areas of the state. Call us for details. \

natural awakenings

January 2016


Profile for Natural Awakenings of Southern Maine

January 2016  

Natural Awakenings wishes everyone a prosperous 2016!

January 2016  

Natural Awakenings wishes everyone a prosperous 2016!