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Holistic Psychiatrist

Resolve the cause naturally!

In Waterford since 1984. Now serving adults,teens and children in Westport.

In private practice since 1982 and Assistant Prof of Psychiatry at Yale since 1987, Dr. David London uses highlysophisticated genetic, hormonal & nutrient testing to detect the root causes of cognitive and/or mental health disorders. Natural, integrative, holistic methods often resolve them without negative side-effects. While meds are still an option, he prefers Functional Medicine, Nutrition, EMDR, Acupuncture with Essential Oils, Psychotherapy as well as Coaching in Meditation, Yoga, Qi Gong, Exercise, Relationships and Lifestyle changes.

David London, M.D. 544 Riverside Avenue Westport www.DavidLondonMD.com

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BLOOD CHEMISTRY A New Roadmap to Better Health

KICK-START ORGAN VITALITY

New Energy for the New Year

DETOXING WITH FOOD

Plant-Based, Low-Fat Diet Key for Restoring Health

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AMAZING EMBRACE

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The Healing Power of Hugs

The Right Choices Keep It Strong

BUSTING THE CHOLESTEROL MYTH Sugar and Inflammation More Harmful than Dietary Fat

GROWING INTEREST IN SUSTAINABLE INVESTING

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HEART OF A WOMAN

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Ethics and Global Concerns Driving Change

100 SEEKING SANCTUARY

Reducing Electromagnetic Radiation at Home

DEPARTMENTS 10 health briefs 12 global briefs 14 event spotlight 26 healing ways 90 conscious

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100 green living 102 naturally

healthy pet 105 pet resource guide 106 calendar 110 classified 111 ad index


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.

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CT WELLNESS

We are a collaborative group of independent, advanced practitioners serving our clients in reaching their optimal level of wellness. We believe healing occurs through mind, body and spirit. Meet some of our Practitioners… Addiction Counseling

Clinical Social Work/Psychotherapy

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Jennifer Blaire, LCSW Children, Adolescent & Family Clinical Social Worker Psychotherapist Jenniferb@ctcounselors.com 203-941-9372

Dan Mosner, BS Certified Addictions Counselor Dan@ctcounselors.com 203-910-0614

Nancy Fawcett, LCSW Clincial Social Worker Psychotherapist nancy@ctcounselors.com 203-895-2468

Karen Kravec, LCSW Clinical Social Worker Psychotherapist karen.kravec@gmail.com 203-270-9888

Eloise Stager, LMT, CST-D CranioSacral Therapist, Somato-Emotional Release Specialist in Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome eloise@ctcounselors.com 860-367-2926

Kay Flynn, LCSW Certified AAMET EFT Practioner kay@ctcounselors.com 203-526-5006

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Victoria Cryder Certified AAMET EFT Practioner Victoria@ctcounselors.com 203-313-1560

Suzanne Rossini Certified AAMET EFT Practioner Suzanne@ctcounselors.com 914-434-8998

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Hypnosis

Ronna Brier, Masters in Counseling Consulting Hypnotist, Reiki Master Substance Abuse Specialist Ronna@CtCounselors.com www.newtownhypnosis.com • 203-270-9888

Naturopathic Doctor & Acupuncturist

Lisa Singley, ND, MS Acute & Chronic Illness, Endocrine Disorders, Chronic Fatique, Pain Mgmt, Auto-immune Disorders Healthy Lifestyle/Nutritional counseling 203-874-4333

Naturopathic Doctor & Yoga Teacher

Psychotherapy

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Dr. Christina M. Tondora, ND Reiki Master, Yoga, Cancer & Healing Retreats Radical Forgiveness & Trauma Release, Weight Loss, Addiction Medicine & Detox • drtondora.com drtondora@drtondora.com • 602-971-0621

Joseph Pietrafeso, LPC Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist Joseph@ctcounselors.com 203-554-9116

Michaella Schaum, LPC Psychotherapist Adolescent Life Skills Groups Michaella@ctcounselors.com 203-512-1185

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Laura Callahan, Licensed Massage Therapist Sports, Lyme, Fibromyalgia, Pain therapy & Oncology Massage Laura @ctcounselors.com 203-610-1187

Kim Morello, LPC Psychotherapist 203-270-9888 kim@ctcounselors.com

Karen Schaum, LPC Psychotherapist karen@ctcounselors.com 203-270-9888

Vicki Scatagini, LPC Psychotherapist, Spiritual Practitioner Vicki@ctcounselors.com 203-392-4846

Joseph Benner, LPC, LADC Dr. Alex Colondona, Chiropractor Patricia Gordon, LCSW John Lujanac, APRN Med. Management Ted Timmel, LCSW

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We have a satellite office used by some of our therapists in Danbury at: 2 Glenn Hill Rd., Danbury, CT 08611

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his year Natural Awakenings Fairfield County/Housatonic Valley, CT will celebrate its 15th anniversary of publishing. It’s a big milestone and yet just a portion of the 25-year legacy Natural Awakenings has grown across the country as a franchise. “We love to spread light,” says Natural Awakenings’ founder Sharon Bruckman of the publishing family she has created. Check out page 28 if you’re curious how it all got started, . Over the years we have fostered inspiration, growth, education and lots of connections through rich content, diverse Nicole Miale advertising and promotion of and involvement in many local events. An advertiser recently called me from Florida and mentioned that she’d picked up a copy of the local edition in Whole Foods. “It makes me feel good to see it everywhere,” she said. “It’s like I’m part of an extended family.” To me that sentiment is the enduring legacy of Natural Awakenings and one I’m very proud to be a part of. In that vein of community building and service, each February we create a special showcase reference guide for the businesses and practitioners in the region. It’s a kind of a celebration of what our area has to offer. Welcome to the 2019 Natural Living Directory! This year’s edition is our largest ever, including more than 225 area businesses and practitioners waiting to help our readers achieve their goals in 2019. While an exciting growth milestone for us, this issue makes an even more powerful statement about the providers and businesses we are fortunate to connect to our loyal, engaged readers. Our local community is bursting with incredible resources, as the following pages can attest. You’ll see some long-time members of the community and many new faces; we are excited to present them all to you! In this special issue, we move the regular Community Resource Guide toward the front of the magazine. We include expanded profiles of many businesses as well as a Natural Living Glossary to help you better understand terminology which may be new. The depth and breadth of this edition make it a reference guide to be kept all year and referred to in times of need. Don’t worry if you lend your copy out and it doesn’t come back! This unique edition can be found throughout Fairfield and southwestern Litchfield Counties at our major rack distribution points, events and conferences throughout the rest of the year. You can always find the digital edition on eNaturalAwakenings.com or visit our Facebook page for the link. The mission of the magazine has never been more important; finding and maintaining personal balance is critical as the world around us shifts in major ways out of our immediate control. Let the phenomenal resources in this edition be guides and supports on your journey. Use the ideas and tools that appeal to you; then let your increased vitality ripple back out into the world. It will make a bigger difference than you could ever know. May 2019 be everything you desire and bring more than you have yet dreamed. With love and light,

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Proudly supporting the health of our community since 2003! Lyme Connection is an all-volunteer, community-based task force providing support and resources to patients and their families coping with tickborne disease. Our programs include: • Free monthly, daytime and evening support groups • Medical financial assistance for CT residents in need • Annual patient health fair and conference at WestConn • BLAST Prevention Program community education and events • Library author discussions and seminars Check our website for details at LymeConnection.org Questions? Email us at Info@LymeConnection.org

"Spray Safe, Play Safe: Tick Control Gets Reel" Movie Premiere Wednesday Evening, April 10, 2019 Join us at the Ridgefield Playhouse for this premiere showing of a short film series featuring local tick experts and community members. This family event includes refreshments, giveaways and the information everyone needs to make informed choices about managing ticks in the backyard. Read more about the event, our community partners and order free tickets at SpraySafePlaySafe.org.

13th Annual Tickborne Disease Patient Conference & Health Fair Thursday Evening, May 16, 2019 Mark your calendar for Lyme Connection’s 13th Annual Patient Conference and Health Fair once again being held at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. This popular event, featuring experts in the field of tickborne illness, welcomes over 400 attendees each year. Check our website for speakers, exhibitor opportunities and free registration at LymeConnection.org.

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health briefs

Bitter melon (Momordica charantia), a spiky, cucumber-shaped fruit, has traditionally been used in Asian countries to lower blood sugar. Now, researchers at Universiti Sains Malaysia report that it can significantly improve symptoms and reduce the pain of knee osteoarthritis. Half of 75 patients were given a placebo and the other half 1,500 milligrams three times a day of a bitter melon supplement. After three months, the bitter melon group had significantly fewer symptoms and less knee pain and analgesic use, as well as lowered body weight, body mass index and fasting blood glucose levels.

Harmful Bacteria Linked to Certain Showerheads Harmful bacteria from the genus Mycobacterium have been shown to linger in showerheads and lead to lung infections through inhalation of steam. University of Colorado researchers analyzed 656 biofilms coating the inside of showerheads sent to them by volunteers throughout the U.S. and Europe, and found twice as much mycobacterium in showerheads from households receiving municipal water than in those receiving well water. Chlorine disinfec-

tion methods were suspected by the researchers. Plastic showerheads had levels that were, on average, two times lower than showerheads made of metal or metal and plastic components. “Hot spots” with high levels of mycobacteria—such as Hawaii, southern California, Florida, the upper Midwest and the midAtlantic states—generally overlapped regions where mycobacterium-related lung diseases are most prevalent.

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Expanding Possibility Through Vision

Ashwagandha Normalizes Hypothyroid Levels Ashwagandha, a traditional ayurvedic herb, can significantly improve symptoms of subclinical hypothyroidism, a condition that affects many women, a new double-blind clinical study shows. Researchers from India’s Sudbhawana Hospital tested 50 patients that had high circulating thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels. For eight weeks, half were given 600 milligrams a day of ashwagandha; the other half were given a placebo. In the treatment group, TSH levels fell by more than 17 percent, T4 levels increased by nearly 20 percent and T3 levels increased by more than 40 percent. “Ashwagandha treatment effectively normalized the serum thyroid indices during the eight-week treatment period in a significant manner,” the report concluded.

Sniffing Dogs Can Detect Malaria After years of worldwide decline, malaria is on a worrisome upswing, but researchers from Durham University, in the UK, have found a quick, noninvasive, low-cost detection method: dogs. Trained to sniff out malaria parasites in socks that West African children wore for one night, the canines correctly identified 70 percent among the infected and 90 percent among the uninfected children.

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Fish Revival

global briefs

Insects around the world are in a crisis, and a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that the problem is even more widespread than scientists first believed. In a pristine rain forest in Puerto Rico, the number of invertebrates—including moths, butterflies, spiders and grasshoppers—dropped 60-fold between 1977 and 2013, probably due to a fourdegree rise in average temperature. The lizards, birds and frogs that fed on them also seriously declined. In 2014, an international team of biologists estimated that globally in the past 35 years, the numbers of invertebrates such as beetles and bees had decreased by 45 percent. Another recent study showed a 76 percent decrease in flying insects in the past few decades in German nature preserves. The food web may be being obliterated from the bottom: Insects pollinate three-quarters of our food crops, feed the birds and fish that are also consumed by larger species and are vital to the decomposition that keeps soil healthy and ecosystems running. “Nature’s resilient, but we’re pushing her to such extremes that eventually it will cause a collapse of the system,” Brad Lister, a co-author of the Puerto Rican study, told the New York Times.

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Sharp Decline Threatens Ecosystem

Following the removal two years ago of an obsolete dam in Manville, New Jersey, American shad are successfully spawning in the lower section of the Millstone River. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently observed juvenile fish there for the first time since 1845. American shad (Alosa sapidissima) are the largest member of the herring family and are anadromous, as they spend most of their lives in saltwater, but return to freshwater rivers each spring to spawn. They played an important role in American history and economics. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe says, “This species has an inherent tendency to recolonize once obstacles are removed from its migratory path.” During the Industrial Revolution, rivers were dammed for electric power and lakes, but during the last decade, dam removal has become a new call to action. Besides preventing fish migrations, dams also harm water quality in rivers by blocking water flow, trapping sediment and changing habitats.

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Sustainable Recycling

Regional Workshop Draws Statewide Participants by Ariana Fine

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he legislative session in Hartford is underway and Connecticut’s leading environmental oorganizations, such as Live Green!, are working with local municipalities, nonprofits and passionate environmentally focused volunteers to foster more interest and collaboration in recycling. More specifically, they are encouraging collaborations to recycle more efficiently, effectively and economically. Live Green! held a regional workshop on sustainable development in Westport in mid-January and 35 towns were represented. Forty percent of participants worked for towns and 25 percent attended as community volunteers. With the mission to “substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse,” the interactive workshop brought innovative thinkers and “doers” together to review what has and is being done.

Statewide Educational Programs

Sherill Baldwin, a 30-year sustainable materials management veteran who works for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (CT DEEP) Sustainable Materials Management department, is currently involved with projects such the RecycleCT Foundation, the CT WRAP initiative and product stewardship programs. The last time Connecticut conducted fresh statewide education, promotion and training opportunities for municipal recycling coordinators and environmental educators was in the mid-1990s, Baldwin says. She explains there is a current need to harmonize and simplify recycling messaging to decrease confusion among residents, and help them understand the updated “dos and don’ts” to lower the amount of recycling contamination. The RecycleCT campaign, which launched in 2016, is an updated communication strategy to show that simply collecting is not recycling. Baldwin says a new focus will be on multi-family housing education initiatives and providing more robust recycling options to them. CT DEEP has a Comprehensive Materials Management Strategy goal of 60 percent diversion by 2024, including reducing trash generation​. They would like to decrease contamination and increase participation through the "What's IN, What's OUT" campaign, which will teach more about the new, universal list for recycling. CT DEEP hopes to transfer costs of recycling collection and markets through producers’ extended packaging responsibility programs.

Reducing Contamination of Recyclables

Twenty percent of mixed recyclables are contaminated with garbage, says Jennifer Heaton-Jones, the executive director of the

Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority. Heaton-Jones says a new approach is needed to reduce the costs of contamination in the 169 communities in Connecticut. Each community needs to identify their citizens’ barriers to recycling well and create localized solutions. What size container do they have? How often does recycling get picked up? What is needed to access the recycling space? Do they need to go town hall for a recycling permit? When is the recycling location open? Is there a specific recycling coordinator? Is the town’s website up to date? Is taking glass out of the mixed recycling stream a solution? Do towns need help with cart inspection? Should contamination fees be eliminated? Should there be one-day recycling for hard-to-recycle products? These are just some of the questions towns ought to consider, Heaton-Jones says.

New Approach to Glass Recycling

The EPA says nearly 12 million tons of glass end up in municipalities’ solid waste stream and of that, only 3.5 million tons are useable for recycling. Glass recycling rates remain low. Some of the barriers to recycling glass include transportation costs to markets out of the area, the closing of a regional Massachusetts recycling plant, and the recycling challenges of wrong-color and too-small glass. How can that change? A new company in the area is hoping to provide a more economical solution for municipalities in the region. “The current economics for MRF glass are quite poor because of bottle manufacturer specifications and cleanliness of MRF glass,” says Louis P. Grasso Jr., LEED AP, an Urban Mining Northeast, LLC managing partner with over 30 years of experience in commercial construction and masonry products. With traditional methods focused on recycling into new bottles, Urban Mining Northeast saw an opportunity by becoming a licensed regional producer of Pozzotive. The process takes any size and color of glass and ceramic and turns them into a partial replacement for cement. Pozzotive can be used to replace up to 40 percent of a cement mixture, which also reduces related CO2 emissions generated by cement production, explains Grasso Jr. The company is currently looking to build a 50,000-ton plant in Connecticut.

Plastic Bag Bans

Five communities currently have legislation to ban use of plastic bags, says Louis Burch, the Connecticut program director for Citizens Campaign for the Environment. He hopes 2019 will be the year that legislation will be forward on a state level. A good idea is for grocers to eliminate thin plastic bags while offering thicker plastic bags for a small fee, Burch says. Once 80 percent reduction in bags is reached, they can phase out the bags altogether. If such legislation passes, it could be one of the strongest policies for plastic bags in the nation. We also need to provide incentives to food establishments to diminish single-use food service items, Burch continues. These low-grade plastics are piling up in waste facilities, ending up in incinerators and creating dioxins and pollution. Ariana Rawls Fine is Editor of Natural Awakenings Fairfield/ Housatonic Valley, CT. She resides in Stratford with her family. Natural Living Directory 2019

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A Mecca for Farming and Food Enthusiasts

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he Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut’s (CT NOFA) 37th annual OrganiConn will be held on February 23 at Housatonic Community College, in Bridgeport, from 8am to 5pm. Aiming to bring together farmers, gardeners, food lovers and fans of organic culture, the full-day event will include more than 35 workshops for attendees to choose from. CR Lawn, founder of Fedco Seeds in Maine, will be the keynote speaker with his address, Restoring Our Seed Commons: The Need for Clarity about Intellectual Property Rights. Lawn will follow his lecture with a seed-saving workshop, entitled We’ve Got the Whole Seed in Our Hands: Embracing the Seed Arts to Move CR Lawn Beyond Being Only a Consumer of Seed. For the first time this year, The Bill Duesing Organic Living on the Earth Award is being given in memory of CT NOFA’s founder. This will be presented to an organic farmer or farm, land care professional, advocate, organization, educator or mentor that demonstrates the advancement of organic living on Earth with a project, innovation, action or lifestyle that supports the continuation of the life work of Bill Duesing. New to the conference this year will be a Farm and Food Job Fair held from 4 to 5pm. This event strives to help farmers, landscapers and food-related businesses find capable and talented employees for the year. Entry to the job fair is free for both employers and job seekers with their OrganiConn admission. Workshops and panels sure to draw attendees’ interest include: Shuresh Ghimire with Matt DeBacco’s Sustainable Vegetable Production for Small Farms; Bryan O’Hara’s intensive on no-till farming; Catherine Lindsay and Spring Valley Student Farm’s Student Farmers on Climate Change Mitigation Through Soil; and Cricket Hill Nursery’s owner, Dan Furman, will talk on All About Pawpaws: History, Propagation and Cultivation. Other workshops focus on diagnosing problems on farms, plant disease prevention, specialty mushrooms, landscaping with native plants and more. The exhibitor/vendor fair will be open all day for guests to shop and learn more about grant programs and a host of other resources for farmers and gardeners. A catered farm-to-table lunch will be served with purchase of $15 lunch ticket. CT NOFA’s mission is to ensure the growth and viability of organic agriculture, organic food and organic land care in Connecticut. They envision a healthy, organic Connecticut founded on ecologically, socially and economically just principles. In addition to their food-based initiatives, CT NOFA also runs the NOFA Organic Land Care program to train the next generation of organic landscapers, land managers and conservationists. Visit CTNOFA.org/WinterConference for a full list of workshops, exhibitors and vendors. For other information, go to CT NOFA, visit CTNOFA.org, OrganicLandcare.net and NOFA.OrganicLandcare.net. See ad, page 51.

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Initiatives Launch to Support Holistic Care of People with Cancer

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ulfilling a dream more than two decades in the making, Rev. Rodney Kelly, BCH; Board Certified Consulting Hypnotist and Self-Healing Trainer, has announced the formation of a new foundation and holistic cancer care group based out of The Bridge Healing Arts Center in Farmington. “There are two issues we’re trying to address through the Eye of the Eagle Foundation,” Kelly explains. “The first is that not enough people know how many options are available for working with their cancer or enhancing their care. The second is that even if people are aware, many of the helpful and supportive modalities are not covered by insurance. That makes them cost-prohibitive.” Kelly says the Holistic Cancer Support Group now being assembled will be the first of its type in the state. The group

will include a variety of holistic practices and practitioners seeking to empower those diagnosed with cancer to take an active role in their battle using alternative options. Most hospitals offer support groups for individuals with cancer, but there is growing interest about holistic options to help with the medical, emotional and even spiritual battles that arise during the journey. This is the niche the new group aims to fill. “There is another way to fight a better battle in addressing their condition. Supportive modalities focus on aiding the body’s natural abilities to fight against the disease,” Kelly says. “That’s the whole purpose of this. This is a concept I’ve been working on for over 20 years and I feel such joy about this coming to fruition. We are going to be able to help so many people.”

The group is now recruiting practitioners that focus on specific modalities such as nutrition and pain management, as well as integrative physicians and other specialists that may be of significant benefit to people suffering from cancer. The group will be open to resident and non-resident practitioners of the Bridge Healing Arts Center. To address the financial issue, Eye of the Eagle Foundation will become a nonprofit foundation that will raise funding to support the holistic approaches to not only cancer, but a plethora of additional medical conditions. The group was formed in November, has elected its first board, and plans to be running in the first quarter of 2019. A GoFundMe campaign is in the works and grant requests are now being written. The officers for the coming year are: Secretary Lorina “Jane” Buonanducci, Microscopic Blood Analyst; Treasurer Kristina Diamond, Reiki Master, Energy Healer and Grant Writer; Vice President Dr. Joe Brenton, ND, Naturopathic Doctor and Native American Spiritualist; and President Kelly. Once the foundation is running, patients will pay a copay for the services they receive and the foundation’s fund will pay the balance to the practitioners. When patients are in later stage cancer situations, the fund will likely pay 100 percent. All support will be based on a need basis after an individual financial evaluation is completed. “These services are drastically needed in our communities and beyond,” Kelly says. “If you have a burning desire to benefit people that either are or will, at some time in the future be afflicted with cancer, then we implore upon you to take a giant step forward and become an integral part of this program.” For more information, please call Rod Kelly at 860-216-8671 or email Rod@EyeOfTheEagle.org. Location: The Bridge Healing Arts Center, 304 Main St, Farmington.

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BLOOD CHEMISTRY A New Roadmap to Better Health

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by Linda Sechrist

ood detectives trained in the art of investigation know not only how to look for, collect and interpret evidence, but also how to use the tools that can help them solve a mystery. With the right tool, such as a comprehensive functional blood chemistry analysis, an experienced practitioner trained in systems biology examines the body’s metabolic blueprint, unravelling the enigma of declining health hijacked by chronic disease. Holistic health practitioners like Kristin Grayce McGary, of Boulder, Colorado, use these skills to provide clients with sound recommendations, screen for health issues and monitor changes as needed. “This kind of sleuthing is what sets us apart,” says McGary.

Pathological Versus Functional The results of a blood test are essential to understanding anyone’s current state of health. No other screenings are more efficient and effective than the comprehensive blood chemistry panels used by functional medicine and holistic health practitioners to establish a baseline of biomarkers for tracking an individual’s health and nutritional needs. In the field of blood chemistry analysis, there are two main types of reference ranges—pathological and functional. The pathological range is used by the majority of conventionally trained medical doctors

that are focused on diagnosing disease. The functional range is used to assess risk for disease before it develops, says McGary. “It is critical that you find a holistic and intelligent doctor skilled in functional medicine,” says Boulder-based Suzy Cohen, a registered pharmacist and author of Drug Muggers: Which Medications Are Robbing Your Body of Essential Nutrients—and Natural Ways to Restore Them. “Working with a functional medicine practitioner, as well as a local trusted pharmacist who has access to your medication regimen and sensitivities, is the safest way to regain health.” It also saves money, because choosing the best supplements, herbal extracts, essential oils, dietary changes and other non-pharmaceutical healing modalities allows for healing faster, she says. Conventional practitioners, constrained by insurance company requirements, generally order simple blood panels with basic markers for heart, kidney and liver function. These might include reference ranges for hemoglobin, platelets, glucose, calcium and electrolytes. “The baseline lab panel that I prefer for patients has 68 markers, plus a urinalysis. This means that I get five or six full pages of results, which gives me a more in-depth insight into someone’s health,” McGary says.

A Better Roadmap to Health McGary considers the most important

differences between the interpretation of functional and conventional markers to be the statistically compiled range of values that functional practitioners consider normal and the interconnections taken into consideration during the comprehensive analysis. “Conventional reference ranges are compiled by laboratories from a huge population of people, many of whom had their blood analyzed because they were already sick. Functional reference ranges are compiled from a much smaller population of healthy people whose bodies are functioning optimally,” she says. If a marker falls inside the tighter functional range, it’s a green flag that compares favorably with healthy individuals. If a marker falls outside the wider conventional range, it’s a red flag that correlates to sick people. The marker that falls in-between is a yellow flag. “Functional practitioners are looking for yellow flags, which are the early warning signs that no one sees or feels yet as symptoms,” explains McGary, who spends more than two hours reviewing the blood analyses with clients. “We’re not only about prevention and achieving vibrant health— which we do by helping clients choose the best supplements to correct deficiencies— we’re also about helping individuals get to the root cause of their health challenge so that they can enjoy life.” Functional blood chemistry analysis is not generally covered by health insurance, and can cost between $180 and $2,500, depending on the complexity of the panel, the number of markers ordered and the time spent by a practitioner in consultation and interpretation of results. However, the out-of-pocket cost may be worth it, says Cohen. “In health, sometimes you get what you pay for. You don’t want to be somebody’s number and pushed out the door,” she says. “It’s important to feel like you have been listened to and that your entire medical history has been fully evaluated.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Natural Living Directory 2019

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Eat this: The top brain boosters are easy to swallow—dark chocolate, berries, nuts and avocados, along with oily fish, reports WebMD. Also, a five-year study of 950 seniors at Chicago’s Rush University found that eating leafy greens once or twice a day slowed mental deterioration.

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related overload. See a doctor if teeth grinding, high blood pressure, shortness of breath, fainting or dizziness develop.

Drink this: Green tea is proven to

New Energy for the New Year by Ronica A. O’Hara

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ith the merry-making furor of the holidays behind us, it’s that time of year when our bodies are crying out for some detox and rejuvenation. Aside from getting back to the basics—a healthy diet and daily exercise—we can take a page from traditional Chinese and Indian medical practices and holistic approaches and use natural, organ-by-organ procedures to renew our bodies and restore inherent vitality. “Strengthening our organs is critical because the organs create the vital essences of life, and our emotional and mental health depends to a great extent on how healthy our organs are,” notes T. Caylor Wadlington, a doctor of Oriental medicine and acupuncture teacher in Denver. “In working to revitalize and re-energize the organs, we renew not just our physical body, but also our sense of well-being.” 18

Here’s a guide to a gentle fix-up campaign for the five organs considered vital for life in both Western and Eastern medicine:

Boost the Brain

“Stress can lead to imbalance of the brain’s neurotransmitters, making it more difficult to focus, concentrate, relax and sleep—but it’s reversible, and the brain can absolutely heal from these effects under the right circumstances,” says integrative neurologist Ilene S. Ruhoy, M.D., Ph.D., of the Center for Healing Neurology, in Seattle.

Assess it: If you find it hard concentrating, sleeping, getting things done, remembering where things are and not being grouchy, the brain could be on stress-

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ommends boswellia, long used in Asian and African medicine. It targets cerebral inflammation, stimulates the growth of neurons, enhances cognition, lowers depression and alleviates learning and memory problems.

Try this movement: Shake it. Alter-

nating slow movements, or even rest with one-to-two-minute bursts of intense, allout, heart-pounding moves like Zumba dancing, jogging or lunges increases important proteins called the neurotrophic factor that help brain cells grow, work and live longer, reports a new study from Canada’s McMaster University.

Rejuvenate the Heart

Stress also increases hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which drive up blood pressure, blood sugar and inflammation, says holistic cardiologist Joel Kahn, M.D., of Detroit, author of The Whole Heart Solution: Halt Heart Disease Now with the Best Alternative and Traditional Medicine.

Assess it: Shortness of breath, irregular

heartbeat, anxiety, panic and swollen feet or ankles are signs the heart may be over-

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reduce anxiety and depression, protect against mental decline and even correct stroke damage. In a Swiss study using MRI, people drinking green tea immediately had heightened activity in the working-memory part of their brain.


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loaded. Get medical help immediately if there is unusual deep exhaustion, unexplained weakness, nausea, dizziness, chest pain or pain that spreads to the arms.

there’s coughing up of blood or mucus, or discomfort or pain when breathing, see a doctor.

Eat this: “The best foods for a stressed heart are those rich in magnesium. I like a giant green, leafy salad, often organic arugula, with blueberries, pumpkin seeds and walnuts,” says Kahn.

Eat this: A 10-year study of 650 European adults found that eating apples and tomatoes two or three times a day, along with other fruit, speeds the healing of smoke-damaged lungs and seems to slow down the lungs’ natural aging process.

Drink this: Hot, golden turmeric milk,

Drink this: A juice combining cilantro,

made with organic soy or nut milks, a heaping tablespoon of turmeric (a potent anti-inflammatory also shown to reverse Alzheimer’s “brain tangles”), a pinch of black pepper and maybe an organic pumpkin spice mix.

Supplement with this: Hawthorn strengthens and tones heart muscles, suppresses deadly blood-clotting signals, fights inflammation and lowers heart attack risk, studies show. European doctors routinely prescribe it for managing mild heart failure, either alone or with drugs. Try this movement: Hop on a bike: Cycling 20 miles a week slashes heart disease risk by half, reports the British Medical Journal. Also, do slow stretches every day: A Japanese study found a correlation between flexibility of the body and of the arteries.

Cleanse the Lungs

Family holidays may not always be unconditionally loving, which can induce stress, anger and sadness—emotions linked in laboratory studies to decreases in lung function. “You can actually give yourself a stress asthma attack,” says Maui naturopath Carolyn Dean, M.D., ND, author of The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Women’s Health.

Assess it: Trouble breathing, shortness of breath and a cough that won’t go away are signs of stressed-out lungs. If

carrot, celery and ginger. According to the Lung Institute, cilantro helps remove heavy metals, carrots provide vitamin A to repair lung tissue, celery helps flush out carbon dioxide and ginger removes irritants from the lungs.

Supplement with this: Vitamin D. Low levels seem to be linked to a higher risk of respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to a review of clinical studies in Advances in Nutrition. Try this movement: To loosen the airways when tense, the American Lung Association recommends slowly breathing in through the nose for two counts with the mouth closed. Purse the lips as if to whistle, and then breathe out slowly and gently through the lips to a count of four.

Full-Body Boosters

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few daily to-dos that benefit the whole body:

Walking. A mere 20

minutes a day extends sleep up to an hour and lowers early mortality risk by 20 percent.

Adaptogens. Tak-

ing super-herbs such as astralagus, ashwagandha and rhodiola in tinctures, capsules or tea helps us adapt to stress.

Turmeric. An antioxidant and anti-

inflammatory powerhouse proven to ward off cancer, heart disease and dementia.

Nature. A dose of greenery a day keeps the blues away—and also guards against heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and early mortality from all causes, a review of 140 studies shows. Sources: Harvard University School of Medicine, Dr. Andrew Weil (DrWeil. com), American Journal of Preventive Medicine, ScienceDaily.com.

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The kidneys are hardworking, fist-sized organs just below the back rib cage that filter waste and toxins out of 200 quarts of blood a day.

Assess it: Fatigue, feeling cold, shortness of breath, itchiness, swollen hands or feet, a puffy face, metallic-tasting food and ammonia-smelling breath are signs of growing kidney stress. See a doctor if experiencing kidney pain, weakness, lightheadedness, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, extreme thirst or decreased urination. Eat this: Bone broth, wheat, millet,

black sesame seeds, chestnuts, mulberries, raspberries, strawberries and walnuts are recommended by herbalist and acupuncturist Irina Logman of the Advanced Holistic Center, in New York City, to restore the kidneys.

Drink this: Water with squirts of lem-

on or lime. “The citrate makes water, as metabolized, more alkaline, which helps to remove acid from the blood, bring pH into balance and prevents bone, heart and further kidney damage,” says Phoenix ne-

phrologist Mandip S. Kang, M.D., author of The Doctor’s Kidney Diet: A Nutritional Guide to Managing and Slowing the Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease.

signs. Advanced symptoms that require medical care are yellowish skin, abdominal pain, swollen legs and ankles, ongoing fatigue, dark urine and pale stool.

Supplement with this: Dandelion

Eat these: A Chinese study linked liver

Try this qigong movement:

Drink this: Sip probiotic drinks like

tea helps to cleanse and strengthen the kidneys and a new study in Renal Failure reports that it also protects the kidneys from damage by certain toxins.

Rub the palms together to warm them, and then place them on the kidney areas. Slowly massage in circular motions 12 times, and then reverse direction.

Shore up the Liver

“The liver is critical for detoxifying the body, but higher sugar and alcohol consumption over the holidays, as well as more stress, can increase toxin buildup that can damage the liver, which is why it’s important to take steps to help it recover,” says functional chiropractor Jennifer R. Welch, DC, of Iowa Functional Health, in Clive, Iowa.

Assess it: Itchy skin, easy bruising, musky-smelling breath, itchy red palms and mental sluggishness are early problem

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kombucha, kefir and yogurt-based smoothies. The probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus significantly lowered liver damage linked to excess acetaminophen in a recent Emory University laboratory study.

Supplement with this: Milk thistle

has been shown in Italian animal studies to decrease and even reverse damage to the liver caused by medications, alcohol, antibiotics, pollution and heavy metals.

Try this yoga movement: With

feet shoulder-width apart, make circles with the hips, pushing the torso farther and farther outward with each circle. Reverse direction. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based freelance health writer. Connect at OHaraRonica@gmail.com.

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DETOXING WITH FOOD

Plant-Based, Low-Fat Diet Key for Restoring Health

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ost people are dealing with an overburdened liver and don’t even realize it, according to Anthony William, aka the Medical Medium, author of the New York Times bestseller Liver Rescue. The symptoms are wide ranging—from weight gain and bloating to migraines, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, eczema and diabetes. The cause? Long-term exposure to toxins such as heavy metals, pesticides and plastics; EpsteinBarr virus or other undiagnosed pathogens; and high-fat diets. The good news is that by helping this one organ heal, we

When Robin Miller, an integrative nutrition health coach and mental health counselor in Westchester, New York, teaches people about healing foods, she can use her own health journey as an example. “I struggled with chronic illness my whole life, but three and a half years ago, my life was compromised to the point of not being able to work or spend quality time with my family,” she says. “I spent tens of thousands of dollars on interventions, many of which turned out to be based on incorrect information and actually exacerbated my conditions.” Despite having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune disorders, Miller is now 95 percent symptom free. She credits William, saying, “I am now committed to helping others who want to be on this journey.” The starting point, she says, is lowering fat intake and removing the “no” foods—they include eggs, dairy, canola oil and gluten—while introducing healing morning drinks like lemon water, celery juice and William’s smoothies, and healing foods such as leafy greens, fresh fruit, squash and sweet potatoes. (A detailed list can be found in William’s second book, Life-Changing Foods.) Dr. Sherri Greene, a restorative physician in New York City, agrees. Among her top recommendations are reducing fat consumption (even “good” fats) and drinking 16 ounces of water with lemon first thing in the morning, followed 20 minutes later by 16 ounces of fresh celery juice, which has anti-inflammatory

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Greene says a liver-healing diet helped her manage chronic conditions that Western and complementary medicine couldn’t touch. Now she uses what she learned from William to treat her own patients. “This information that he puts out in his books is life changing, and although it’s not a quick fix, it is the answer for mystery chronic conditions that keep the masses suffering and in pain,” she says. Dr. Erica Sawers, a chiropractor and registered dietician in Fairfield, uses William’s methods to help people improve their health through targeted diet modifications, supplement protocols and lifestyle changes. Like Greene, she has experienced the benefits of William’s advice firsthand, having used it to recover from depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, low energy, recurring sinus infections and hormonal imbalance.

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Miller predicts that restoring the liver will become “the health priority of our generation and generations to come” as we face growing environmental and lifestyle hazards. Greene calls William’s liver-healing diet “the best anti-aging secret ever” because it triggers healing in so many other ways too. “The liver holds the key to the healing of so many physical, emotional and even spiritual challenges,” she says. “We don’t learn this in medical school, which puts many doctors at a disadvantage.”

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e were all led to believe that the body is pre-programmed by our genes, and those genes always respond in the same way. We have been told that if we are unlucky, we may have genes that are more inclined to manifest certain diseases like heart disease or cancer. It is true we all have different genes, but they don’t seem to behave the way we were all taught. In the last 20 years, research-

ers have discovered and proven that genes can express themselves in many different ways (over 2,000 ways, according to biologist Bruce Lipton in his book, The Biology of Belief). This means they can express themselves in ways that make us more likely to get sick or less likely. For example, Lipton cites in The Biology of Belief an experiment with rats that were given high doses of cholesterol. Cholesterol has long been thought to be a primary cause of heart disease. Researchers gave one group of rats a chemical to relax them and the other group a chemical to stress their system. The group given the stress chemical developed heart problems and died, but the group that was unstressed didn’t develop any heart problems. Apparently, it was the stress hormones that signaled the genes to take the cholesterol and form the plaque which caused the heart disease; the problem was not necessarily the cholesterol itself. What causes stress? Certainly toxic physical environments caused by pollutants in the air, and unhealthy ingredients in our food create stresses in the body. But the biggest and most insidious cause of stress is our mind. Our beliefs, emotions and negative thinking all contribute to create a toxic environment in our mind. This translates to stress, and, as a result, produces chemicals in the body that create a toxic environment in our cells. These toxic chemicals signal the genes to express themselves in ways that lead to the body breaking down. Over time, disease takes hold. The body is built to be very resilient and compensates for things like unhealthy diets and even toxins in the environment. However, the constant stress of negative thinking and negative emotions will invariably break the body down.

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• Meditation: It has been shown that just 15-20 minutes of meditation, three times a week, has a significant effect on our stress level and creates greater health in the body. Any kind of meditation will work. Consistency is the key. • Gratitude: Writing down 3-5 specific things we are grateful for at the end of our day begins to shift the mindset from “glass half empty” to “glass half full.” Over time, this becomes a permanent, positive default for our mind. • Change deep-seated beliefs: Beliefs are stored in the subconscious and unconscious mind. There are many new therapies out there that are quick and efficient in allowing the inner mind to permanently change its negative and limiting beliefs. The latter leads to emotional upsets and faulty thinking. Some of them are regression therapy, hypnosis, TAT, EFT, EMDR and more. Many of these modalities, once learned, can be easily done at home.

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• Change your environment: We often have a choice who we hang out with, what programs and movies to watch, what books we read, what classes we take, what workplaces we put ourselves into. Choose options that promote a more positive mindset and loving support. Start making small changes every month using some of the ideas above. Take a 30-day challenge to make a 5 percent change and then another 5 percent change the next month. In the process, you have created permanent new positive habits that support sustained better health. Michael Rosenbaum, ACHT, MP, an advanced clinical hypnotherapist and metaphysician practitioner, has a private practice in Danbury, and Katonah and Mt. Kisco, N.Y. He has been a practitioner for over 20 years and has over 3,000 hours of training in alternative therapies. Connect at 914-218-9000 and AlternativeChoices. org. See Community Resource Guide listings, pages 75 and 77.

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ugs don’t just feel good; they do good. A simple embrace can boost our health and mood, connect us spiritually and even help mend society. Hugs and other types of affectionate touching can provide numerous benefits in the face of threats or stress, according to Michael Murphy, Ph.D., a researcher with the Laboratory for the Study of Stress, Immunity and Disease at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh. “The research shows that touch behaviors like hugs reduce negative responses to threats and make people feel happier, more secure and more supported.” In a study of 404 adults, Carnegie Mellon researchers looked at how social support and hugs affected participants’ susceptibility to the common cold after being exposed to the virus. “People experiencing lots of conflict are more likely to get a cold when exposed to a virus,” says Murphy. “But individuals who also tend to receive lots of hugs appear protected from this additional risk.”

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A Primal Need for Connection Mata Amritanandamayi, a 65-year-old Indian spiritual leader better known as Amma, has hugged tens of millions of people around the world, earning her the nickname, “the hugging saint.” Amma’s tradition of hugging people grew organically, from hugging someone she noticed in distress, to how she receives massive crowds clamoring for one of her loving, compassionate embraces. “A hug is a gesture that reveals the spiritual truth that, ‘We are not two—we are one,’” says Swami Amritaswarupananda, one of Amma’s senior disciples. “In today’s world, where people often feel alienated and lonely, a hug can uplift and make us feel reconnected to the people and world around us.” Intention is key to the exchange of energy that occurs with a hug, says Amritaswarupananda. “What is important is the sincerity behind the action—the genuine feeling of love and compassion. A simple glance or mere touch of the hand can have that same power to make us feel whole if that genuine, heartfelt connection is there.”


Hugs tap into that fundamental human need to belong, says Murphy. “Hugs and other forms of affectionate touch act as powerful reminders that we belong. “These behaviors also turn down our biological response to stress and may even improve how our immune system works.” For example, researchers think that touching might trigger our body to release oxytocin, a hormone that can reduce fear and improve social bonding, Murphy notes. Hugs and the associated oxytocin release can have powerful ripple effects in the body, decreasing heart rate and levels of stress hormones cortisol and norepinephrine, along with improving immune function and pain tolerance. Oxytocin can also trigger the release of feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine.

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Bridging Divides With a Hug While Murphy cautions that the jury is out on the effects of hugs on strangers, as most research has been done on embraces between loved ones, Ken Nwadike, Jr. has built a national campaign around the concept. Known as the “free hugs guy”, the former competitive runner began offering up hugs during the 2014 Boston Marathon, the year after the deadly bombing. Nwadike has since brought the Free Hugs Project to more divisive spaces, from political rallies to protests, offering hugs to all to spread love and inspire change. The Los Angeles activist’s all-embracing hugs are a symbol of unconditional love, respect and unity at a time when tensions and political divisions are running high. For Nwadike, hugs are a way of de-escalating conflict and mending the human divide. “Communities are divided because of fear, hatred and misunderstanding. Starting the conversation with kindness, rather than hatred, will get us a lot further,” he says. Consent is always important, and not everyone appreciates an unsolicited hug. But like compliments, hugs are free to give and usually well received. As humans, we bear arms that were built not to harm, but to heal. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com. Natural Living Directory 2019

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Silver Thread and Golden Opportunities 25 Years of Natural Awakenings by Jan Hollingsworth

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he year was 1994. America Online opened the first gateway to the World Wide Web; Jeff Bezos founded the fledgling behemoth Amazon; and Deepak Chopra installed the first bricks on his path to enlightenment with the publication of his book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams. Meanwhile, in the sleepy, sun-drenched beach town of Naples, Florida, Sharon Bruckman—a dreamer and entrepreneur in her own right—was quietly laying the foundation for what would become the largest franchise publishing network in the natural health industry: Natural Awakenings magazine.

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“America’s natural wellness and sustainability movements were in their infancy when we started,” says Bruckman. “Now the seeds that were planted in fertile soil are benefiting people nationwide, as well as throughout our precious planet.” By 1999, it was clear that Americans had a voracious appetite for well-researched, practical information about the latest natural approaches to nutrition, fitness, personal growth and sustainable living. The Natural Awakenings franchise was born that year, conceived as a local magazine in many different communities—now 74 markets in the U.S.—anchored by a national editorial team that explores and anticipates the latest trends in mind, body and spirit. Readership of the print magazines is 2.8 million strong, plus a broad online and digital reach. Bruckman’s holistic-minded passion for health, wellness and integrative therapies has awakened in like-minded entrepreneurs a desire to embrace her mission. The magazine, in turn, has awakened its readers to new ways of connecting both with their communities and each other. Natural Awakenings has become a go-to guide for local community events, products and practitioners in all of its markets. “We love to spread light,” says Bruckman. “Natural Awakenings has played a significant role in fueling the wellness revolution I saw emerging all those years ago, propelled by the kindred spirits who read, advertise and contribute to our magazines. Our publishers are torchbearers aligned with the vision of a healthier world and the mission to facilitate that transformation.” During a lifetime of holistic-minded entrepreneurship, Bruckman, a constant gardener, continues to personally tend each new crop of ideas that germinate on the pages of her magazines which bear the imprint, “Healthy Living, Healthy Planet.” We can’t always be shaded by the trees that we grow, yet after 25 years, the seeds Bruckman planted have branched across a nation and borne fruit that will make a difference in countless lives for many years to come. To learn more about the Natural Awakenings family of publishers and access oodles of articles online, visit NaturalAwakeningsMag.com or call 239-434-9392. Jan Hollingsworth is the national editor of Natural Awakenings magazine.

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This year we are pleased to once again offer the region a reference guide featuring a wealth of content as well as showcasing the offerings of more than 225 businesses and practitioners waiting to help our readers achieve their personal goals in 2019. This year’s Natural Living Directory includes profiles and listings of local wellness businesses as well as a Natural Living Glossary to help readers learn more about terminology which may be new.

We hope the people and products in these pages—and in later issues during the year—support your efforts to live a happier, healthier life in 2019!

NATURAL LIVING DIRECTORY 2019 INDEX Wellness Profiles 31-61

Directory Listings 62-79

Glossary of Terms 64-78

PROFILES

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• Academy for Soul Healing 31 • Albertson Memorial Church 31 • Christina Boisits-O’Keefe/ The Ruby Tree 32 • Betsy Cameron/Seva 32 • Cheryl Case/Sharing the Light Holistic Center, LLC 33 • Coaching Connections, LLC 34 • Corsello Clinic of Chiropractic 35 • CT Wellness. CT Counselors 35 • Embody the Sacred/Deana Paqua 36 • Envest Asset Management, LLC 36 • Eyecare Associates, PC 37 • Fairfield Family Health/ Jaquel Patterson, ND, MBA 37 • Haute Healing Oasis 38 • Hilda Demirjian Laser and Skin Care Center 38 • Institute for Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Therapies 39 • The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition 39 • Jiiva Yoga, Meditation, Reiki and Massage Center 40 • Joy of Avatar/Antoinette Lampert 40 • Kara Acupuncture & Wellness 41 • Beth Leas 42 • Liquid Chocolate & Company LLC 42 • David London, MD 43 • Lyme Connection 44 • Mind-Body Transformation Hypnosis Center 44 • Christine Moffatt/Energy Space 45 • Lori Monaco/Inspire and Empower, LLC 46 30

• Natural Health & Wellness Center/ Lisa Singley, ND • Nadia Noori, ND /Shalva Clinic • Osteopathic Wellness Center • Possibilities Farm • Ann Reeves, PsyD • ReikiOvertones LLC • Roseann Capanna-Hodge & Associates • Saltana Cave Himalayan Salt Spa • Salt Cave of Darien • Salt of the Earth Healing Arts Sanctuary • Salt of the Earth Therapeutic Spa • Tom Scally/The Bridge • Nancy Scherlong, LCSW • Victoria Shaw, PhD • SOPHIA Natural Health Center • Soul Healing Journey, LLC • Soul Synergy Wellness Holistic Center & Spa • Kerri Stasiak, ND • Unity Center of Norwalk • Universal Intelligence, LLC • Valley Spirit Cooperative & Wellness Center • Wellness Institute/ Marvin Schweitzer, ND • Whole-Body Dentistry at the Breiner Whole-Body Health Center • Whole-Body Medicine, LLC at the Breiner Whole-Body Health Center • Wolf Spirit Wellness and Counseling Center, LLC • Yoga in Waves/Robyn Mortiboys

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BUILD YOUR WELLNESS DREAM TEAM These practitioners and businesses are ready to help you achieve your health and wellness goals in 2019.

Academy for Soul Healing Eilis Philpott Fairfield • 203-767-5954 Eilis@SoulHealingJourney.com AcademyForSoulHealing.com

Summary/services offered: I am a master healer and teacher, certified in numerous modalities as both a practitioner and teacher. I am the owner and founder of the Academy for Soul Healing, which offers trainings in soul-level healing modalities. What drew you to this profession? I knew part of my purpose and mission was to spread love throughout humanity and to teach others how to do it too. To fulfill the mission, I founded the Academy for Soul Healing to share the information and techniques that I have learned from this lifetime and many others. How does your work differ from others in your profession? I see my work in the Academy for Soul Healing as the integration of many modalities in their purest form being used to support the growth and expansion of humanity, individually and on a global scale. What should someone expect from working with you? I am loving and nurturing. Over the years I have learned how to nurture myself and share that skill with my clients. Fundamentally, we all want to feel loved and many of us have not experienced that unconditional love in our lives. Every class, training and modality I teach is based in love and learning a true acceptance of who we are and where we are in that moment in time. What changes do you plan in 2019? 2019 saw the introduction of A Year of Healing; students are taking their personal, professional and spiritual journey to new heights. This program will keep growing and developing. I have been traveling more extensively, training practitioners in the next level of healing, the 13th Octave LaHoChi. Many of my students are now stepping forward on a larger scale. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? The techniques and processes that students learn in my classes are only the surface layer of what is going on in those trainings. Some students want to be practitioners and learn the “how-tos” while others just want to work on clearing whatever is getting in the way of living their truth. Many layers below the surface will be happening for each person. See ad, page 20.

Albertson Memorial Church of Spiritualism

293 Sound Beach Ave, Old Greenwich 203-637-4615 Info@AlbertsonChurch.org AlbertsonChurch.org Facebook.com/AlbertsonMemorialChurchOfSpiritualism Summary/services offered: Our Sunday services are from 11am to 12:30pm and include music, inspirational talks by spiritualist or interfaith guest ministers, meditation, hands-on healing and spirit communications. We offer a number of classes, workshops and a monthly Spiritual, Psychic and Healing Fair. Philosophy and/or mission? Spiritualism is the science, philosophy and religion of continuity of life. Through the practice of mediumship, it demonstrates that our soul never dies and that as a result, communication with those who have passed on is clearly demonstrated. How does your work differ from others in your profession? Spiritualism has no scripture or dogma. Everyone is invited to worship with us regardless of beliefs or religious affiliations. We emphasize individual responsibility and base our foundation on the Golden Rule of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? Albertson Church was founded in 1936 and is a member in good standing of the National Spiritualist Association of Churches (NSAC) and the Connecticut State Spiritualist Association.

I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. ~Vincent Van Gogh

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Christina M. Boisits-O’Keefe, MS, CN, OM Owner, The Ruby Tree Sherman Village, 670 Main St S, Woodbury 203-586-1655 TheRubyTreeCT.com

Summary/services offered: Owner of The Ruby Tree, Clinical Nutritionist, Usui, Celtic and Crystal Reiki Master, Shamanic Practitioner. The Ruby Tree is a metaphysical shop and healing space offering spiritual tools, unique gifts, healing services, daily yoga classes, daily/monthly/ quarterly psychic events and more. In addition to having the shop and studio space at The Ruby Tree, I personally offer Reiki sessions and certification classes, Shamanic work, workshops, AromaTouchÒ, ceremonies and natural products. What drew you to this profession? I began professionally in retail and marketing, but at the root of my being I am a healer/caregiver/teacher, so taking the jump 20 years ago into wellness was inevitable. How does your work differ from others in your profession? The compilation of my studies and experience into what I do has transformed it into a unique, professional offering. The space I am in at The Ruby Tree is healing in and of itself, the moment someone walks through the door and feels like a weight has been lifted. What should someone expect from working with you? Using a variety of approaches from my diverse experience and training, I work together with my clients to reach magical aspirations of healing and spiritual growth.  What changes do you plan in 2019? Just over 3 years ago I opened The Ruby Tree, and my focus has been on its growth. This year I am adjusting my lens to the expansion of my own healing practice. I have new services to introduce and new products coming down the line. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? If you are in need of, and open to releasing that which no longer serves you, then we can work together for your relaxation and healing needs. See ad, page 48.

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Betsy Cameron, Seva Interiors 6 East Meadow Rd, Westport 203-635-0808 SevaInteriors@gmail.com SevaInteriors.com

Summary/services offered: I offer full-service interior design with a focus on the flow, function and FEEL of a space. My work goes beyond decor to create spaces that uplift and inspire. What drew you to this profession? Creating a sense of “home” has always been grounding for me. I am fascinated by the self-space bond and how homes influence our well-being. How does your work differ from others in your profession? I take a very holistic approach; more than designing a space, I feel you’re designing a lifestyle. I’m honored to animate your vision—from bud to bloom. What should someone expect from working with you? I offer intuitive guidance, fresh resources and positive perspective to create spaces that reflect your unique taste and needs versus my style. What changes do you plan in 2019? Time to PLAY. I am creating workshops with insights to help people design spaces and lives they love! Stay tuned… What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? Designing your space is not an indulgence; it’s an act of self-care! Creating intentional, beautiful spaces equals more joyful living. Make room to bloom.

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them. ~Ernest Hemingway

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Cheryl Case

Sharing The Light Wholistic Center, LLC 395 W Avon Rd, Avon 860-936-0012 Cheryl@SharingTheLightWC.com SharingTheLightWC.com Summary/services offered: I offer most high Reiki sessions, Traditional Usui Reiki (with 4 attunements per level) training for all levels, peace attunements, Buddha Reiki training for all levels, Lightarian AngelLink attunements, and Reiki share and refresher classes. What drew you to this profession? God sent me signs, and I had to follow them to find out if Reiki was for me. I had to trust, believe, surrender and allow the process to lead me to heal. How does your work differ from others in your profession? Reiki is who I am. My passion is teaching it to help heal my part of the world. What should someone expect from working with you? 100 percent commitment for their highest and greatest good. I listen, and we work together toward transformation and healing. What changes do you plan in 2019? I am currently adding Buddha Reiki teachings. This will allow Reiki masters to accelerate their personal growth up to the Ascended Master vibrational range while providing more powerful and concentrated Reiki sessions to their clients. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? Taking control of your health in conjunction with your doctor’s orders is possible. Your mind, body and spirit can work together to make you whole. I have seen my share of miracles. I am a believer; are you one, too?

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Coaching Connections, LLC

my experiences and strategies for healthier, more productive living and learning. Coaching provides that structure, continuity and, ultimately, joy.

Milford 203-530-5810 Alexa.Ferrucci@gmail.com Visit on LinkedIn

How does your work differ from others in your profession? My education and training is a large part of that; it is extensive and varied, including Coach U: Executive/Managerial/Corporate Coaching Certification; Corporate Coach U: Coaching Certification; and George Washington University: MBA. I specialize in helping companies and individuals in organizational, managerial and executive coaching, including helping with training manuals and coaching boards of directors. My coaching has trained over 5,000 physicians, sales representative and managers.

Summary/services offered: I coach executives and corporations wanting to achieve long- and shortterm goals through proven leadership and managerial development coaching techniques. I enjoy coaching individuals and organizations to “color outside the lines” and realize their potential. What drew you to this profession? A life-long quest for finding solutions to today’s challenges, especially in the healthcare arena. Using coaching techniques and strategies to navigate and integrate coaching techniques into healthcare practices for personal and organizational growth and enrichment. Twenty years in the coaching space in the formal tradition, but really a lifetime of learning and coaching for myself and learning how to impart those skills to others. Like many other people, I started with my own learning and wanted to share

What should someone expect from working with you? My services are performed on the phone, email and in person (groups or individually). My sessions run 45 to 50 minutes about once a week. What comes from coaching is subjective but many clients experience positive patterns, realize goals and joy. Call for a complimentary session. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? I am committed to you having a positive coaching experience through an atmosphere of openness, honesty and trust.

gregg kirk, energy Healer

Healing Arts Sanctuary An Oasis of Self Care

Soothe the Mind with Meditation. Clear and Rebalance your Energy Centers with Chakra Light Therapy. Restore the Body with Infrared Sauna Treatments. We host Lyme and autoimmune groups and practitioners and workshops that focus on the restorative power of the healing arts. Our Heart and Home store carries beautifully curated crystals, jewelry and high vibrational wellness products as well as Tourmaline Spring Sacred Living Water. We offer healing support to our community to support you on your healing journey.

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Customized Reiki energy healing using tuning forks, healing crystals, past-life regression, information channeling and Remote Energy Healing. Treatments for Lyme and autoimmune diseases. More than 20 years of experience. Sessions are $105 for 20 minutes to 1 hour. At the Sanctuary two Saturdays per month. gregg.kirk@gmail.com • 203-858-9725

Lori Massey, ARCB Reflexologist

“A change in life is only two feet away!” Reflexology is a non-invasive, relaxing therapy for the entire body. Reflexology is available for the Feet, Hands, and Face. I am nationally certified by the American Reflexology Certification Board, and am trained in multiple methods. Available by appointment only on Saturday and Monday. Call 203-721-3382 to schedule.

Cathy Whelehan, independent ampCoil ambassador

The AmpCoil was a game changer for restoring health and well-being to her family; now she is using it to help others restore their birthright of optimal well-being. Treatments for Lyme and autoimmune diseases. To schedule a session: CWheels33@mac.com or text 203-648-8023

Liquid Chocolate Café

A first-of-its kind cacao café and a new addition to The Sanctuary. Serving signature cacao drinks and raw chocolate while offering visitors the opportunity to refuel and enrich body and soul after a healing treatment or a workshop.

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Corsello Clinic of Chiropractic

Edward C. Corsello, DC, BCAO 2021 Main St, Stratford 203-381-1800 Contact@CorselloClinic.com • CorselloClinic.com Summary/services offered: Our mission is to build healthy families for a lifetime of wellness in a loving and compassionate setting. We offer specialized techniques, including Atlas Orthogonal (AO), EPIC, integrative brain therapies and spinal correction, as well as nutrition, cellular detoxification and weight loss. What drew you to this profession? I was first drawn to chiropractic while searching for answers for my own health. I suffered with ulcerative colitis for many years before learning that by doing the AO correction in conjunction with spinal correction, I could become symptom-free without drugs or surgery. Now I use these powerful techniques to provide permanent relief to patients suffering with neck and back pain, headaches, and many severe and chronic health conditions. How does your work differ from others in your profession? I am a board-certified AO doctor trained in advanced spinal correction and integrative brain therapies. I am one of only two AO doctors in the state of Connecticut. What should someone expect from working with you? At your initial consultation, you will receive a comprehensive examination using computerized technology that can detect the hidden causes of your health problem and, if medically necessary, advanced biostructural digital X-rays. Treatment consists of specific, gentle techniques to remove nerve pressure. What changes do you plan in 2019? We are excited to offer the SprintSet energizing weight loss and detoxification system, which is for the person who has hormonal imbalances, stubborn weight gain, or is not getting the health and weight loss results they desire. SprintSet provides customized nutrition, expert health coaching and lasting results. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? Call us and mention Natural Awakenings to receive a discounted consultation with X-rays (usually $150 but $45 with this profile). We take health insurance and are currently accepting new patients. See ad, page 3.

CT Wellness. CT Counselors 107 Church Hill Rd, Ste 1, Sandy Hook 203-392-4846 Kim@CTCounselors.com • CTCounselors.com

Summary/services offered: We are a wellness center where practitioners from Eastern and Western modalities serve clients under one roof. Serving the body mind and spirit, our offerings include traditional psychotherapy, energy work, spiritual counseling, chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopathy, nutritional counseling, consulting hypnotism, applied kinesiology, Emotional Freedom Technique, oncology and sports massage, substance abuse counseling, craniosacral therapy, psycho-pharmaceutical medical management and leading edge medical modalities focused on vitality. What drew you to this profession? Through a collaborative approach, practitioners and clients expand their awareness of traditional and non-traditional ways to reach optimal level of wellness through individual sessions and group activities. What should someone expect from working with you? Serving the body mind and spirit, our individual sessions and group activities are tailored to each individual client’s needs. Traditional psychotherapy, energy work, spiritual counseling, chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopathy, nutritional counseling, consulting hypnotism, applied kinesiology, Emotional Freedom Technique, oncology and sports massage, substance abuse counseling, craniosacral therapy, psycho-pharmaceutical medical management and leading edge medical modalities focused on vitality are all offerings which may be incorporated into a client’s program. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? The center is a welcoming, safe, spa inspired space where each client is honored for their courage to step into their ideal state of wellness. See ads, pages 6 and 7. HUDSON VALLEY NATURAL HEALTH

Naturopathic and Chinese Medicine Anxiety/Depression • Auto-Immune Disease • Chemical Toxicity Digestive Issues • Fatigue • Hormone Imbalance • Insomnia Muscle & Joint Pain • Stress Reduction • Tobacco Addiction dr. kurt Beil, nd, Lac, mpH

914-362-8315 info@hudsonvalleynaturalhealth.com hudsonvalleynaturalhealth.com The Center for Health & Healing

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Embody the Sacred

Envest Asset Management, LLC

Deana Paqua, MA, LMT Ridgefield and New Milford 203-994-5045    Deana.Paqua@gmail.com EmbodyTheSacred.net 

516-521-7898 James.Osborn@EnvestAM.com EnvestAM.com

Summary/services offered: Classes, training and certification programs in shamanic healing, Reiki, Integrated Energy Therapy and Andean energy medicine. Also spiritual and holistic health education for healers, spiritual seekers and the energy sensitive. Offering healing sessions, intuitive readings, space clearings, Munay Ki, Despacho ceremonies and Andean Rites. What drew you to this profession? I was first led to the field of holistic health from my own experiences of healing from major and minor health challenges, including a near-fatal car accident. I have found that a spiritually-based, holistic approach provides maximum benefits for many health challenges, including helping resolve trauma. I felt naturally drawn to Reiki, shamanic healing and other forms of energy medicine that offer possibilities of deep healing and transformation. How does your work differ from others in your profession? I am a certified Usui and Karuna Reiki Master Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy master instructor, licensed massage therapist and ordained minister. I have a master’s degree in integrative health studies and am an adjunct professor at WCSU in holistic health studies. I’ve also participated in shamanic training with contemporary and indigenous shamans for over 15 years and been in practice for 19 years. What should someone expect from working with you? My sessions and classes are personalized, practical, down-toearth, spiritually based and educational. They are designed to empower and support each individual’s spiritual path and healing journey. What changes do you plan in 2019? Continuing to offer new courses in cross-cultural energy medicine and contemporary shamanism and in the certifications area, Flower Essence Practitioner. See ad, page 53.

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Summary/services offered: Financial planning and investment advisory services focused on sustainable investing, helping clients meet their investment, social and environmental goals. What drew you to this profession? After working for large institutions in various environmentally focused roles (engineer, social infrastructure banker and clean energy financier), I wanted to focus on grassroots efforts toward fighting global warming. Having two beautiful kids changed my thought process about some things and I want to share what I’ve learned. How does your work differ from others in your profession? I am independent with no ties to large corporations. I am a fiduciary, working in the best interest of my client. I know the power of investing can also be geared toward environmental benevolence. What should someone expect from working with you? I am a listener when it comes to my client’s motivations and drivers. I’m a long-term confidante helping clients adapt based on their lifestyle changes over the long haul. I focus on client’s sustainability. What changes do you plan in 2019? We are looking to becoming a certified B-Corp and working toward 100 percent of our power usage to come from renewable resources. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? Sustainable investing is a powerful tool. It can be as much as 27 times more impactful at reducing carbon footprint as changing things in our daily lives.

Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice. ~Wayne Dyer

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EyeCare Associates, PC

Fairfield Family Health

Summary/services offered: EyeCare Associates and Dr. Randy Schulman have been serving Fairfield County as a leading provider of optometry services, vision care products, vision therapy, sports vision, neuro-optometric rehabilitation and preventive eye care for nearly 30 years. With offices in Trumbull, Southport, Norwalk and Stamford, the experienced team of doctors and therapists helps patients of all ages with their vision needs, including those with complex vision needs such as specialty contact lenses, dry eye, reading and learning challenges, brain injury and strabismus.

Summary/services offered: I work as the Medical Director at Fairfield Family Health. I am a naturopathic physician that serves the medical needs of families through natural medicine. My practice areas of focus include Lyme disease and co-infections, autoimmune conditions and anxiety. I work with chronic immune dysfunction, including allergies; asthma; and childhood disorders like ADD/ADHD, PANDAS/PANS and autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. Randy Schulman Offices in Trumbull, Southport, Norwalk and Stamford CTEyeCareAssociates.co

What drew you to this profession? When I was 15 years old, I worked for Dr. Carl Gruning, a behavioral optometrist in Fairfield. I was amazed at how much better the patients got after doing vision therapy. The children were more focused and better behaved, and the adults were happier. As a behavioral optometrist, I understand that, “how you see is how you be,” and vision can be changed for the better. How does your work differ from others in your profession? As an integrative optometrist, I am looking at how the visual system functions. I look at how vision is connected to physical, emotional and mental health and overall wellness. Treatment based on the whole person includes prescribing optimal glasses, as well as giving lifestyle modifications and visual wellness suggestions. What should someone expect from working with you? Patients should expect a careful assessment of symptoms, visual demands, health and wellness, visual function and prescription needs. We also give recommendations for optimizing vision and quality of life. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? We place high emphasis on education and offer internships for optometry students from around the country and plan on adding another SUNY Optometry resident. We are happy to speak to groups about vision and are actively seeking individuals who want to join our team. See ad, page 11.

Jaquel Patterson, ND, MBA 22 Fairfield Pl, Fairfield • 203-254-9957 Info@FairfieldFamilyHealth.com FairfieldFamilyHealth.com

What drew you to this profession? I watched my parents and grandparents use alternative medicine at home at a very early age. I saw my mother struggle with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. I noticed the many unmet needs in conventional treatments. This instilled in me a desire and hope for a better way to provide care. How does your work differ from others in your profession? I use various natural treatment modalities with the goal of getting to the underlying cause of disease by partnering and empowering others in their healthcare journey to “get back to self.” My goal is to restore the body back into balance for optimal wellness and meet you where you are at. I use pharmaceutical grade nutritional supplementation and herbal medicine, constitutional and miasmatic homeopathy, low dose immunotherapy (LDI) and sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT). What should someone expect from working with you? You should expect a comprehensive approach, including a thorough intake and medical history. I listen to see the patterns in your illness and use the most minimally invasive techniques. Most importantly, I really listen! What changes do you plan in 2019? I plan to conduct regular monthly workshops on topics like Lyme disease, childhood development disorders and autoimmune conditions. I am also looking to partner with the community on various healthcare initiatives and collaborations. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? I’m here to support your journey and have over 11 years of experience working with patients. I am a compassionate provider, a good listener and use a unique approach for each patient I work with. I believe we all can overcome our health obstacles with the right supports. I’m also very committed to the naturopathic profession; I currently serve as the President of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP). Natural Living Directory 2019

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Haute Healing Oasis

Hilda Demirjian Laser and Skin Care Center

792 Pacific St, Stamford Info@HauteHealingOasis.com HauteHealingOasis.com

Summary/services offered: Fairfield County’s premier holistic wellness spa features signature infrared sauna suites, beautiful private showers, BEMER, elite massage services, CBD and essential oils. We want to give you a one-hour vacation during the course of the day or week and become a wellness resource for you. What drew you to this profession? A true calling to help people and share these modalities that have improved every aspect of our lives. We felt in our hearts that we needed to expose others to this type of healing. How does your work differ from others in your profession? At Haute, customer service is paramount. We want to understand and help in any area of your life that we are able to. Our goal is to be your wellness resource. What should someone expect from working with you? Everyone is constantly running at such a fast pace. We want to let people know it's okay to slow down and take time for themselves with self-care. What changes do you plan in 2019? We are constantly growing and evolving. We want to be at the forefront of proven, natural holistic healing modalities and techniques so we are always evaluating new products and services to see what our guests might benefit from.   What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? Self-care is the new health care. We all must look after and take care of one another. We invite you to visit soon and experience the Haute difference in wellness today. See ad, page 87.

34 S Broadway, Ste 607, White Plains, NY 914-374-1756 Info@HildaDemirjianLaser.com HildaDemirjianLaser.com Summary/services offered: We perform aesthetic laser treatment, such as laser hair removal and collagen laser treatment for fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, scars and acne. We offer FDA-approved, pharmaceutical-grade, cruelty-free, unisex and botanically-derived skin care products suitable for the entire family. What drew you to this profession? Growing up in Persia, as young as the age of 7, I used to go to the spa (hammam) on a weekly basis with my mother, grandmother and the rest of my family. That is why skin is very precious to me. I bring my 25 years of experience and love to help people with their skin. How does your work differ from others in your profession? I have extensive experience with aesthetic laser and skin care. As an educator, I love to educate my clients. I travel worldwide to educate myself and bring the best experiences to my practice. What should someone expect from working with you? They will receive honesty, respect, privacy, thoroughness and confidentiality from working with me. What changes do you plan in 2019? I intend to travel more, attend seminars and increase awareness by introducing a weekly podcast on the science of aesthetic laser and skin care. My objective is to be an ambassador for aesthetic laser and skin care. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? I want readers to know that laser, specifically collagen laser treatment, is a holistic and non-invasive treatment. I want to give them hope, confidence and knowledge to look their best without having to resort to injections or surgery. That is why I offer a free, no-obligation consultation. See ad, page 33.

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Institute for Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Therapies Dr. Neeru N. Kaushik 805 Kings Hwy E, Fairfield 203-331-9111 DrKaushik@AyurvedicInstituteCT.com AyurvedicInstituteCT.com

Summary/services offered: In Ayurveda, health represents a balance of body, mind and spirit. Imbalances cause illness. We support the body’s natural ability to heal itself. By combining the unique therapies of Ayurveda with acupuncture and naturopathy, we create an individualized treatment program to achieve the optimum healing benefits, especially in chronic conditions. The root cause of illness is determined to help the body regain its balance and allow the body to heal itself. Imbalances can be detected before the manifestation of illness, therefore Ayurveda is an effective prevention program as well. What drew you to this profession? As a child, I was always curious to know about the human body and its functions. I am passionate about helping others. This profession offered me the opportunity to incorporate both. How does your work differ from others in your profession? This is a unique combination of Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese medicine and naturopathic medicine. There is no other practice in the Northeast with this unique combination. What should someone expect from working with you? A health plan is created for my patients to suggest dietary and lifestyle changes; the patient would be expected to be an active player in this journey to better their health. Our patients should expect a welcoming environment and learn more about themselves, their health and their bodies in new ways every day. We strive for our patients to know just how resilient and self-healing their bodies are and can grow to be. What changes do you plan in 2019? We are planning to add new Ayurvedic therapies and introduce new regimens for weight loss and detoxification. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? We offer a patient-centered personalized health plan and focus on our patient’s overall health instead of on just the symptoms. Healing takes place when the body is brought back into balance; a body out of balance promotes disease. Bringing the body back into balance includes an individual customized plan of diet, supplements and lifestyle changes. See ad, page 5.

The Institute Of Sustainable Nutrition 113 Simsbury Rd, West Granby 860-764-9070 Joan@TIOSN.com TIOSN.com

Summary/services offered: We have a unique education program blending the science of nutrition with the hands-on components of sustainable gardening practices' using food and herbs to make kitchen medicine, culinary skills and foraging for and using nutrient-rich wild food. What drew you to this profession? We wanted to fill a void by creating a food and health education program people had been asking us for. The vision was to create a program that incorporated all aspects of teaching about food and health with the gold standard of experiential, hands-on teaching. How does your work differ from others in your profession? We give hands-on experience and connect students to the outdoors in order to give a truly meaningful educational experience. It is a practical and embodied experience rather than theoretical. We also bring in experts from the food world to teach sections of the curriculum for a more well-rounded perspective. What should someone expect from working with you? We hear again and again that what they learn rocks our students’ worlds. They tell us that their life is never the same and they are grateful. What changes do you plan in 2019? We are integrating more of our graduated students into our programming and offering more educational workshops to the public. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? We provide life-altering perspectives and experiences to our students that change how they live their life while building a life-long community. See ad, page 10.

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Jiiva Yoga, Meditation, The Joy of Avatar/ and Massage Center he Reiki joy of Avatar ® Antoinette Lampert to

2900 Main St, Ste 1A, Stratford Support@JiivaCenter.com experience JiivaCenter.com more joy, abundance,

New Canaan • 203-247-9335 LampertA111@gmail.com • TheAvatarCourse.com andInternationalAvatarCourse.com peace?

Equip yourself with tools & techniques to: Summary/services offered:

Summary/services offered: I am an Avatar Master and teach the Avatar® Course. It is a set of foundational tools and techniques that enables people to change repeated patterns and transform the way they live and support individuals to achieve what they want in their lives.

• expand upon yourJiiva purpose is a full-service center. We offer a full schedule of yoga and • change repeating patterns meditation • uncover limiting beliefs classes, seven days a week. We also provide Reiki

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What drew you to this profession? more peaceful expression of and self300-hour yoga 200-hour alwaysAvatar® been interested AntoinetteI have Lampert, Masterand explored alternative remedies, teacher trainings, Reiki I and II classes, Reiki masters programs Schedule a complimentary session self-help avenues and spirituality. I came to a point in my life 203-247-9335 and 100-hour meditation teacher training. where I felt I had a good life, family, marriage and business… to experience and learn more. Jiiva additionally offers certifications in ashtanga, kids yoga,Lamperta111@gmail.com

but I did not feel complete. Through life circumstances, restorative, chair, yin yoga, yoga nidra and an amazing array of became aware of the power of foods, natural remedies, is a gift to the of the world.” Harry Palmer, authorIof the Avatar® materials workshops andrest retreats. spirituality, awakening and awareness. I found the Avatar® ® is a registered trademark of Star’s Edge, Inc. All rights reserved. Course and finally became who I really am, found what was What drew you to this profession? important to me and my life purpose. Owner Berta Prevosti’s dream was to create a space where healing on all levels is possible through education of the body, mind and soul. She has worked for over 25 years with thousands of clients in both education and helping with the overall balance of a person’s body through energy work, intuitive healing, yoga and meditation. How does your work differ from others in your profession? Berta has completed over 500 hours of teacher training from the late Roberta Dale Fortune and Yoga Source. She has studied Ashtanga Vinyasa with Jon Borus. Berta is a certified Phoenix Rising yoga therapist from the Kripalu Institute of Yoga and has been in practice for over 22 years. She is a registered 200RYT and 500 RYT with Yoga Alliance. She completed her 100-hour meditation teacher training in India at the Sarvaguna YogaMeditation Training and Research Academy with Dr. Keshava Murthy. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? Jiiva’s studio is a beautiful healing environment which supports clients fully, helping them grow mentally, physically and spiritually. It is not just a yoga studio but a communit—a place to learn, to heal, and to grow with expert, caring practitioners and teachers. See ad, page 82.

How does your work differ from others in your profession? I have been a realtor and worked with people and families for over 20 years. I now have an Avatar Master license and I have been delivering the course for 6 years, along with other masters from around the world. I enjoy working with individuals and families, connecting and supporting them in their evolution to higher awareness. I enjoy seeing their faces light up when they experience a moment of insight or realization and begin to transform their life, achieve the goals they want and create their reality in a very short time. What should someone expect from working with you? There are many options you can choose from. There is a complimentary 45-minute info session, here are 2-day workshops available, and the entire 9-day course. You will explore the power of your attention and will, the relationship between your beliefs and your reality, find and remove limitations that are holding you back, and explore your own consciousness and the blueprint by which you live your life, and from that place create what you have long desired.    What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? The techniques and tools learned on the Avatar Course, with my guidance and support, are all about you and  how you currently operate. It will provide you with tools and techniques to deliberately design your life and empower you to gain clarity, energy, purpose and peace of mind. It is transformational, heartfelt, pure and insightful. Changing perspectives, releasing judgments and opening your heart to who you truly are can change your life. Next full course is February 16-24 in Santa Fe, NM The ReSurfacing 2-day Workshop is March 11-12 in New Canaan, CT

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Kara Acupuncture & Wellness Laura Shahinian Kara, MS, LAc Dipl 268 Greenwood Ave, Bethel 8 Lincoln St, Westport 203-470-7072 LauraKara@AcuLaura.com AcuLaura.com

Summary/services offered: Kara Acupuncture & Wellness specializes in Japanese acupuncture, Sports Medicine Acupuncture and acupuncture physical medicine, which combines elements from both classical acupuncture and Western physical medicine. What first drew you to this profession? My father’s exploration into alternative medicine for his cancer had a huge impact on me as a teenager. Later, I became a shiatsu practitioner and had a thriving practice for 20 years before going into acupuncture. I draw from both of those experiences. How does your work differ from others in your profession? I use palpation-based (touch) diagnosis with my shiatsu and

Japanese acupuncture background. I also have extensive training in orthopedics and sports medicine. This hands-on approach usually lends to immediate relief from many painful chronic disorders. What should someone expect from working with you? Your first treatment will be well over an hour as I do a full intake, postural assessment, palpation-based diagnosis, treatment and simple exercises to take home with you. Follow-ups are an hour. You will leave feeling like your whole body and nervous system was “reset.” We’ll also talk about ways to keep it that way. What changes do you plan in 2019? My practice is always evolving. Right now, I am particularly interested and doing advanced continuing education in pelvic/hip/ back disorders as well as neurological disorders. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? At Kara Acupuncture, our approach to healing is multidimensional, addressing the body, mind and spirit. Our goal is to provide the highest quality acupuncture treatment in a healing sanctuary where people feel cared for and supported. We help them rebuild strength where there is pain, and restore balance where there is stress and disharmony.

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Two Coyotes Wilderness School offers extraordinary Summer Camps and year round Wilderness Programs for kids 0-17 years old. Kids will learn how to: • • • •

Build fires Make shelters & forts Create nature art Gather wild edibles

• Identify plants and animals • Connect more meaningfully to people & nature

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Weekday programs for homeschool & public school students Weekend programs for kids and adults Coyote Pups for caregivers & children 0-4 Field trips & in school programs Scholarships and tuition assistance for families in need

DON’T MISS OUR FAMILY FUN DAY “OPEN HOUSE” THIS SPRING! Camp staff will lead family nature activities, games, arts & crafts Stay tuned for more info. coming soon

Email info@TwoCoyotes.org or visit www.TwoCoyotes.org for more information. Natural Living Directory 2019

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Beth Leas

Liquid Chocolate & Company LLC

Summary/ services offered: Transformative Healing sessions designed to inspire and facilitate change in your life—creating greater physical ease, emotional freedom, peace of mind and spiritual connection.

Summary/services offered: Salt of the Earth Healing Arts Sanctuary offers products, services, groups, practitioners, and workshops to help you shift from imbalance to balance. The newest permanent offering is Liquid Chocolate & Company LLC, a first-of-its kind cacao café serving signature cacao drinks and raw chocolates and offering visitors the opportunity to refuel and enrich body and soul after a healing treatment or a workshop.

Cacao Café at Salt of the Earth Healing Arts Sanctuary 346 Main St S, Woodbury LiquidChocolateandCompany.com

In Person: Norwalk and Stamford Phone/Skype sessions also available 203-856-9566 TLCBethLeas@gmail.com BethLeas.com 203TLC.com

What drew you to this profession? My healing journey began when I was drawn to meditation and alternative healing modalities as effective ways to heal from an abusive childhood. I love helping others who are feeling stuck step into their power to transform their lives. How does your work differ from others in your profession? I have 25+ years of extensive healing experience working with adults and children of all ages. I use four powerful tools: energy healing, meditation, reflective writing, and transformative tarot. Your session may focus singularly on one of these, or be a combination of several. What should someone expect from working with you? You will feel supported and come into a place where it is safe to wake up from what came before. Change is inevitable, but transformation is by conscious choice. What changes do you plan in 2019? I am looking forward to creating more online programs and retreats, in addition to collaborating with other professionals to best serve our clients. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? My down-to-earth sessions combine my gift of intuition with my personal practice of mindfulness, compassion and lightheartedness. See ad, page 15.

What drew you to this profession? Liquid Chocolate & Company founder Sue Martovich says beginning this venture continues her ongoing search for health and well-being that looks beyond traditional medicines to alternative therapies. She has a passion for nature’s healing miracles and became fascinated by the bountiful research about the beneficial effects of cacao on the body, mind and soul. What should someone expect from a visit to the café? Visitors to the café may choose from a range of naturally sweetened and unsweetened cacao drinks infused with soul-warming flavors of peppermint, hazelnut and others to reinvigorate the body. The signature chocolate collection is a treat to the taste buds, featuring cacao elixirs such as Reishi Blend, the Classic Liquid Chocolate and Mayan Heat. These are sold through the online store as well as the café. What changes do you plan in 2019? This first-of-its kind cacao café opened in December 2018 at the Salt of the Earth Healing Arts Sanctuary. The café allows us to support visitors with the healing power of cacao. We are planning our first Cacao Retreat for June and are eager to continue learning about the healing and restorative powers of this superfood and how it can benefit our customers through their own healing journeys. Liquid Chocolate is looking for other health minded professionals to join our Cacao Community through a licensing program. Additional information is located on our website. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? Cacao was used by ancient civilizations for sacred rituals and has been called a superfood because of its effects on the human body. It is one of the highest sources of magnesium in nature, is full of antioxidants, calcium, zinc, copper and selenium. Cacao also triggers three neurotransmitters associated with elevating mood and well-being: serotonin, dopamine and phenylthylamine. See ad, page 34.

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David London, MD

Offices in Waterford and Westport 203-557-6574 Info@DrLondonMD.com DrLondonMD.com

THE RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE NON-PROFIT 501 (C) (3)

Summary/services offered: Dr. London, an integrative holistic psychiatrist, is passionate about providing the best possible holistic integrative psychiatric care, and teaching holistic approaches as an assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale University. What drew you to this profession? I was introduced to a wide variety of modalities in 1980, at a brilliant workshop on holistic medicine at Esalen in California. In 1984, I developed a physical condition that didn’t respond to conventional medicine, so I tried acupuncture, which quickly resolved things. I soon started training in acupuncture for physicians, and began moving past the mindbody split of conventional medicine.

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What changes do you plan in 2019? After 34 years practicing in Waterford, I’ve opened a second office in Westport. I’m currently taking a yoga teacher program, and look forward to offering yoga therapy. Movement and breathing are critical in overcoming illness and achieving a healthy lifestyle. What is important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? There are four worlds co-existing in you and communicating simultaneously with one another—body, heart, mind and spirit. They each manifest differently, each with their own language, energies and frequencies. These are the pieces to your unique puzzle, and when they fit together seamlessly, deep healing is truly possible on all levels. See ad, page 4.

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Lyme Connection

Mind Body Transformation Hypnosis Center

400 Main St, Ridgefield Info@LymeConnection.org LymeConnection.org

Summary/ services offered: Lyme Connection is an all-volunteer, community-based task force providing support and resources to patients and their families coping with tickborne disease. Programs include a free monthly, daytime and evening support groups; medical financial assistance for Connecticut residents in need; an annual patient health fair and conference at WestConn; BLAST Prevention Program community education and events; and library author discussions and seminars. What changes do you plan in 2019? Lyme Connection is introducing a daytime support group, hosting its first tick prevention movie premiere on Wednesday, April 10, at the Ridgefield Playhouse (free tickets at SpraySafePlaySafe.org) and presenting its 13th Annual Tickborne Disease Patient Conference and Health Fair at WestConn in Danbury on Thursday, May 16. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? All the Lyme Connection events and services can be found on our website: LymeConnection.org. Join us in protecting the health of our communities by preventing tickborne illness and supporting patients and their families. See ad, page 9.

Individual, Couples, Group & Spiritual Counseling • Hypnotherapy

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Diane Bahr-Groth, CH, TFT-Adv 1177 High Ridge Rd, Stamford 203-595-0110 Diane@MindBodyTransformation.com MindBodyTransformation.com Facebook.com/MindBodyTransformationHypnosisCenter Summary/services offered: Mind-Body Transformation offers fast, easy, natural, powerful and successful techniques for weight loss, smoking cessation, public speaking, fear, stress, anxiety, insomnia, pain management, trauma, grief, anger and more for adults, teenagers and children. What drew you to this profession? I have always wanted to help people in a meaningful way. My own mysterious illness caused me to search for a successful, holistic approach to health for myself and for others. What should someone expect from working with you? I am a registered, certified consulting hypnotist. I practice Thought Field Therapy-Adv and Voice Technology, virtual gastric band hypnosis, neurolinguistic programming (NLP), time line therapy, complementary medical hypnosis, hypnobirthing and Touch for Health. We have introduced new programs for children from age 5 and older called "Calm Kids; Stress Less", as well as stress reduction and pain management programs for caregivers and cancer patients. What changes do you plan in 2019? Mind-Body Transformation uses a unique, effective system of therapeutic techniques that can naturally and easily help create life-changing experiences and result in feelings of deep peace and relaxation. We are always on the lookout for new techniques and technologies that will help our clients achieve their goals. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? In today’s world, we may often find ourselves or loved ones filled with stress, fear and anxiety. There is hope. Mind-Body can help restore peace and harmony quickly and easily. See ads, pages 11 and 85.

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Christine Moffatt

Energy Space Wellness and Divorce Coaching Services Westchester and Greenwich 203-625-8461 Christine@EnergySpace.Iife • EnergySpace.life Summary/services offered: We offer wellness and divorce coaching as well as energy work. We offer group sessions for clients looking for social support and connections in addition to private coaching. I am also a Reiki Master and often incorporate the practice when clients are looking for help managing stress. What drew you to this profession? I studied Developmental Psychology in graduate school at Teachers College, Columbia University and the process of how we change not only physically, but emotionally over time has always been the core of my interest in coaching. I love that coaching is based on collaboration and focusing on strengths and positive change. Coaching offered me the training to work alongside clients through challenging life transitions—from new parenting, caregiving, or divorce. It’s about helping individuals focus on the future and building on their strengths rather than ruminating on the past or things they can’t control. The goal is for you to become an expert in your own life rather than take orders. How does your work differ from others in your profession? It’s a core premise in coaching that lasting change starts with small building blocks of success. Success is going to be different for the new mom or dad struggling with self-care while parenting, compared to a client experiencing the upheaval of a divorce. Coaching is incredibly adaptable, allowing us to customize the experience to help clients maximize their success. I want clients to feel supported, regain their confidence, feel in control of their future, and have enough tools to maintain their successes. What should someone expect from working with you? A warm, friendly, guided, and confidential experience where we work together so you can begin taking charge of this new chapter in your life. We work on stress management, identifying support systems and resources, strength inventory, short- and long-term goal setting, and taking small steps toward big success. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? The coaching relationship doesn’t see the client as broken. Coaching is about reframing your outlook from one focused on what isn’t working and the past, to one where you build on your strengths, and you ultimately take control of your life. The goal of a wellness coaching relationship is for you to become the expert in your health and your life. See ad, page 33.

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Lori Monaco, DC

Natural Health and Wellness Center

Inspire and Empower, LLC 96 Longmeadow Rd, Shelton 203-395-9832 DrLoriMonaco@gmail.com DrLoriMonaco.com Summary/services offered: Transformational coaching (remote or in-person), workshops, lectures, laughter therapy, laughter yoga, energetic healing and chiropractic. What drew you to this profession? I was drawn by love of the human brain and the human potential, and the idea that you could make a living inspiring people to be awesome. How does your work differ from others in your profession? I emphasize humor and laughter, educate my clients and students on the how and why of the brain, and teach them how to be better humans. What should someone expect from working with you? The truth and to learn, grow, laugh, cry, be inspired and be empowered. That sounds familiar. What changes do you plan in 2019? I will be offering webinars for purchase on my website and certification training for coaches. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? I am here for your breakthrough so you can discover your awesomeness and create the life you were always meant to live.

Lisa Singley, ND, MS 2103 Main St, Stratford 203-874-4333 Info@NHAWC.com NHAWC.com

Summary/services offered: We integrate advanced, scientificbased diagnostic testing with safe, clinically effective treatment options to treat the mind, body and spirit. We provide comprehensive holistic healthcare for men, women and children using acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, clinical nutrition, craniosacral therapy, homeopathy, botanical medicine, and frequency specific microcurrent (FSM) therapy. What drew you to the profession? A strong interest in science and 10 years of experience in the field of medical research, combined with some personal health challenges, led me to explore many questions about health, healing and wellness. My goal is to restore and optimize health to allow people to live to their full potential. How does your work differ from others in your profession? We take the time to listen to our patients and provide comprehensive individualized healthcare plans. Our newest therapy, frequency specific microcurrent (FSM) therapy, has been incredibly successful in treating many types of pain, including nerve, joint, muscle and disc pain. It also has worked well on tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, and scar tissue, as well as PTSD and stress relief. What changes do you plan in 2019? We are expanding our services to include annual exams for men, women and children and craniosacral therapy, as well as healthy lifestyle and meditation classes.

Massage Therapy

The Gift of Relaxation Specializing in: Swedish • Pregnancy • Injury • Infant Trigger Point • CranioSacral Therapy

Robin Ordan, LMT 203-561-8535

What should someone expect from working with you? We provide a caring, compassionate environment where we take the time to really listen to our patients’ concerns and offer safe, effective solutions. Our goal is to provide our patients with the kind of care and attention we would want for our family: thorough comprehensive health care that improves their health and quality of life now and in the future. See ad, page 12.

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Nadia Noori, ND

Shalva Clinic 8 Lincoln St, Westport 203-916-4600 DrNoori@ShalvaClinic.org ShalvaClinic.org Summary/services offered: As a licensed naturopathic physician, I utilize comprehensive assessments in conjunction with innovative and standard laboratory testing to develop tailored health plans that encourage the body’s inherent ability to heal. What drew you to this profession? Having experienced the benefits and practice of naturopathic philosophy firsthand, I have a strong desire to aid others on their health journey. I seek to understand and clarify the “whys” while assisting patients in the application and maintenance of a healthier life. How does your work differ from others in your profession? In addition to a general family practice, my area of specialty lies in optimizing brain health with a focus on neurodegenerative and neuropsychological conditions. What should someone expect from working with you? There are a variety of therapies and services I am trained in, including nutritional and lifestyle counseling, herbal medicine, vitamin and mineral supplementation, homeopathy, physical manipulation, acupuncture, craniosacral therapy and LENS neurofeedback. What changes do you plan in 2019? My mission is to continue bringing preventative advice to the forefront of health care. This will not only educate patients, but also enable all healthcare practitioners involved in the care of my patients to collaborate and collectively improve the quality of life for those we seek to serve. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? I am focused on meaningful and measurable outcomes. Be it a comprehensive workup, pain management, or simply optimizing an already healthy mind and body, my passion lies in fostering a collaborative relationship with my patients and their families so that they can take an active role in the improvement of their overall wellness and health.

Osteopathic Wellness Center, LLC

David Johnston, DO 158 Danbury Rd, Ste 8, Ridgefield Second location in Fairfield (Whole-Body Medicine) 203-438-9915 • Info@OsteopathicWellness.net OsteopathicWellness.net Summary/services offered: New this year, Dr. Johnston is offering IV therapy at his wellness center. Nutritional IV therapy quickly provides hydration, antioxidants, nutrients and electrolytes needed to maintain or regain health and wellness. These IV nutrition drips can help with chronic fatigue, migraines, viral infections, immune deficiencies and more. And as a hands-on approach to health and healing, Dr. Johnston provides gentle, intuitive osteopathic and craniosacral treatment to release restrictions in fascia, muscles and joints. These manual techniques restore circulation and balance of the nervous system and are effective for inflammation; concussions; birth trauma; sports injuries; stress/anxiety; headaches; fibromyalgia; and back, neck, spine and joint pain. Detoxification, nutrition, specialized blood work and custom foot orthotics are also available at the practice. What drew you to this profession?  Watching my parents struggle with chronic health issues gave me a deeper appreciation for prevention of disease. Osteopathic medicine provided the perfect tool, combining holistic and traditional approaches for healing the whole person. How does your work differ from others in your profession? Health and wellness is not just about the absence of disease and treating the patient’s symptoms. A person must be empowered on their life journey to care for and nurture their body, mind and spirit. I am board-certified in neuro-musculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine, Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and Nutrition, Associate faculty for the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation and Osteopathic Cranial Academy, as well as a recently certified member of International Lyme and Associated Disease Society. What should someone expect from working with you? As you enter our serene wellness center, expect to be empowered on your healing journey. You will leave with a comprehensive holistic plan you can follow to improve your health. What changes do you plan in 2019? I am so excited to be providing IV Nutrition Therapy in 2019! Our IV infusions are designed to rehydrate and replace depleted nutrients. I am also offering patients custom intravenous therapies for more advanced cases that include high-dose vitamin C, phosphatidyl choline lipid exchange, chelation therapy and more. We will share all the details on our website and social media about upcoming events on wellness, detoxification, nutrition and osteopathy, so keep in touch! Natural Living Directory 2019

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Possibilities Farm

Wilton 203-803-8333 PossibilitiesFarm@gmail.com PossibilitiesFarm.com Summary/ services offered: Through non-riding experiences at Possibilities Farm, including private horse wisdom retreats, creative arts, leadership training and energy work, clients gain insights about themselves and new perspectives on the possibilities in their personal and professional lives. Paddington, a miniature horse, also travels to healthcare facilities, schools and community events. What drew you to this profession? Horses have a gentle yet powerful way to bring people back in touch with themselves and to challenge limiting beliefs that may be holding them back. They choose delight, live in the present moment, and are authentic in their responses.

How does your work differ from others in your profession? The horses are truly my partners so every session is unique. With a background in corporate leadership and healing/creative arts, I am able to custom-design programs. My heart-based programs include dancing with horses, the Heart Herd, and private retreats to help women who feel stuck or burned out to rediscover themselves. What should someone expect from working with you? You’ll enjoy your experiences with the horses and discussing how to translate that into daily life. No prior horse experience is required. You’ll gain insights that will stay with you forever. What changes do you plan in 2019? I launched the Heart Herd to support people in learning from the horses year-round, even if they don’t live near the farm. Heart Herd members receive weekly horse wisdom guides to help them awaken new possibilities and take practical steps now. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? It may feel like the horses are reading your mind, but there is science that goes along with the magic. As prey animals, horses’ survival depends on paying careful attention; they are highly sophisticated interpreters of non-verbal communication. They can sense your heart rate and your respiration, and know when you are feeling one way and acting another. See ad, page 4.

Intuitive Consultant Jen Blanco Radiant Traveler, LLC www.radianttraveler.com jen@radianttraveler.com 860-717-0811

a metaphysical shop and Healing space Crystals • Candles • Unique Gifts Psychics Daily • Reiki Sessions & Classes Monthly & Quarterly Fairs Massage • Facials Workshops & Classes

skin Care & Yoga Dana Salvador Cosmic Vinyasa Yoga - Tues 9am & Thurs 6pm Light Cosmedics for immaculate complexion and radiance dana@lightcosmedics.com lightcosmedics.com 203-731-9354

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Weight Loss & management Ed Boisits, Ideal Protein Coach Achieve your weight loss goals with a physician approved program from Ideal Protein • loseforlife2.com info@loseforlife2.com 203-586-1381

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reiki/aromatouch/shamanic Work Christina M. Boisits-O’Keefe, MS,CN, OM Owner of The Ruby Tree, Usui/Celtic/Crystal Reiki Master, Clinical Nutritionist, Shamanic Practitioner healwithchristina.com magic@healwithchristina.com 203-217-8902

Transformative Healing Gail L. Chipman, Empathic Goddess Empower Your Life - Discover The Power Within Massage, Usui Reiki and Spiritual Counseling therubytreect.com/practitioners empathicgoddess134@gmail.com 860-946-3071

Yoga teacher training Lisa Zembruski Power Vinyasa Flow & classical training offered in multiple formats LisaZenYoga.com Lisa.Zembruski@yahoo.com 203-232-2580


Ann C. Reeves, PsyD Licensed Psychologist 3 Hollyhock Ln, Wilton

203-909-6391

AnnReevesPsych@optonline.net AnnReevesPsychology.com Summary/services offered: Blending traditional psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with holistic practices, I help clients through difficult patches in their lives. I see those who are undergoing anxiety, depression, significant life transitions, or other life challenges. I value the role of intuition, spirituality, creativity, humor, nature, and the body’s wisdom as we work together to alleviate pain and design strategies for healing. What drew you to this profession? At 10, I was fascinated by the clinical stories in my brother’s psychology textbook, stories about people’s individual differences and struggles. I became curious about human behavior in all forms, wanting to help people feel better. How does your work differ from others in your profession? I have been treating clients since 1980; I have been in practice for 39 years. My area of specialty has become Positive Psychology, focusing on “what’s right” as well as “what’s wrong,” and exploring effective coping strategies; mindfulness practice helping to reduce pain, anxiety, and depression and exploring the effects of being in nature on physical and emotional health. What should someone expect from working with you? I offer a warm, comfortable environment, empathy, intuition, and years of experience to help you navigate the inevitable rough patches in your life. I will teach you strategies to thrive even in the midst of your challenges. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? No matter how difficult our lives might be, possibilities always exist for learning new ways of thinking that can transform attitudes and views of life, even when the external circumstances remain the same. See ad, page 61.

ReikiOvertones LLC, dba Jikiden Reiki CT Jeannette Stellato and James Landers 95 Harris St, Fairfield 203-254-3958 ReikiOvertones@sbcglobal.net JikidenReikiCT@gmail.com ReikiOvertones.com

Summary/services offered: Jikiden Reiki classes, treatments, lectures, organize volunteer programs in nursing facilities, organize tours to Japan to the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto What drew you to this profession? The effortless technique, bringing community together, and the overall harmony and well-being of the human body. How does your work differ from others in your profession? We work with the Reiki principles like all others, to live by them and promote harmony in our community. What should someone expect from working with you? The results are from the dedication of the “receiver” and the time of the “practitioner”. What changes do you plan in 2019? To continue to teach more and bring Reiki to the general public and nursing facilities as well as organize Reiki tours to Japan and experience its culture. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? We began by conducting a “pilot” study on the benefits of Reiki that was published in three parts in Reiki News Magazine. We would like Natural Awakenings’ readers to know that we are dedicated to teaching, sharing our time to those who ask for it, and believe Reiki to be an effortless tool to make the world a better and healthier place for all of us.

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Roseann Capanna-Hodge & Associates

Roseann Capanna-Hodge, EdD, LPC, BCN, LLC Psychologist and Board-Certified Neurofeedback Practitioner 898 Ethan Allen Hwy, Ste 6, Ridgefield Satellite location in Newtown 203-438-4848 Info@DrRoseann.com • DrRoseann.com Summary/services offered: Our center supports children, adolescents, teens, adults and families around a variety of issues with non-medication therapies. We provide holistic, research-based treatments such as neurofeedback, biofeedback, advanced bioregulation therapy, hypnosis, counseling, parent coaching, and EFT/Tapping. What first drew you to this profession? Dr. Roseann says becoming a psychologist has truly been her life calling. Even as a very young child, she knew that was what she wanted to do. She loves helping individuals and families with brain-based therapies that offer an alternative to medication. How does your work differ from others in your profession? Our center provides expert-level integrative care that goes beyond the surface of the issue(s) to support a deep understanding of the root causes and assist you in rectifying them in a bio-individual manner with therapies that are bridged to neuroscience. It is the reason that clients from all over the U.S. seek out our expert-level care. What should someone expect from working with you? Our center offers integrative, brain-based mental health support, which is different than traditional psychotherapy. Through Dr. Roseann’s expert use of QEEG brain mapping, she is able to pinpoint what the issue is and then recommend the right treatment. Our therapies support the brain and body, so clients can move through their issues more effectively and efficiently. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? Dr. Roseann is considered a leading expert in integrative mental health and neurofeedback and is highly experienced in using QEEG brain mapping diagnostically.  Our center provides the highest level of care and only uses research-based holistic tools that helps our clients get and stay better. See ad, page 21.

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Saltana Cave Himalayan Salt Spa Anna Pogoda, Founder 590 Danbury Rd, Ridgefield 203-969-4327 Anna@SaltanaCave.com SaltanaCave.com Facebook.com/SaltanaCave

Summary/services offered: Salt therapy, also known as halotherapy, is still a relatively new concept in the U.S. As soon as you enter Saltana Cave, you are surrounded by tons of Himalayan salt rocks. This beautiful and glowing space has been designed for you to feel an immediate sense of relief on emotional and physical levels. In the cave, we offer salt cave sessions for therapy and relaxation, Himalayan salt products, classes and workshops, private parties, and birthday and musical events. What drew you to this profession? I grew up around natural salt mines in Poland. On a summer visit to Poland, I noticed my daughter’s asthma improved after several visits to a healing salt cave. I decided to bring that to where we lived in Fairfield County and opened the first salt cave in the area. What changes do you plan in 2019? We are offering more sound healing events, including crystal bowls music in the cave, as well as many classes and workshops covering various health and wellness topics. We have a new website and, along with it, we have launched a new blog. Visit us at SaltanaCave.com to find out more. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? Saltana Cave is a wonderful place for people of all ages to come, experience and receive relief on some level. Research suggests that one 45-minute session in the cave equates to three days spent at the shore as far as the negative ions and minerals go. We are offering “Pick me up Thursday” every Thursday for only $20 a session. Book your visit today. See ad, page 27.

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Salt Cave of Darien

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555 Post Rd, Darien 203-658-7667 Info@SaltCaveofDarien.com SaltCaveofDarien.com

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DARIEN’S LUXURIOUS SALT CAVE C Summary/services Salt therapy sessions that can help offered: alleviate We offerstress, salt , respiratory conditions & skin ailments for adults and children. children therapy (haloYOGA * STRETCH therapy), which is* MEDITATION COFFEE TIME * CAVE RENTAL the inhalation of www.saltcaveofdarien.com Master of Arts Degrees natural medical and Planned 30 Credit Programs (6th year equivalent) grade salt into the respiratory system for relaxation, rejuvenation and easier breathing. We also offer massage and yoga in the salt ENROLLING NOW! Locations throughout Connecticut cave, as well as options for private group rental of the cave.

What drew you to this profession? In dealing with a stressful job, I needed to find something that would allow me to de-stress. I enjoyed my own visit to a salt cave and once I researched it further, I found there were many additional benefits that can help people.

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How does your work differ from others in your profession? Our cave is filled with Himalayan salt and we have added additional features and services. We are also the only Himalayan massage room in Fairfield County.

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What should someone expect from working with you? Customers should relaxation and rejuvenation at the mini555 Post Roadfeel * Darien * 203-658-7667 7667 * info@saltcaveofdarien.com mum. Over time, regular exposure to the salt cave may help improve respiratory or skin conditions in some people. What changes do you plan in 2019? We now opened an individual salt room for massages and other services while you receive halotherapy. We are so excited to offer this luxurious additional service to our customers. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? We listen to our customers to make their experience even more amazing. It is such a positive atmosphere and people have found relief from different issues. See ad, page 23.

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Salt of the Earth Healing Arts Sanctuary

Salt of the Earth Therapeutic Spa

346 Main St S, Woodbury 203-405-2241 SOTESWoodburyCT@gmail.com NaturalSaltHealing.com

Summary/ services offered: Salt of the Earth Healing Arts Sanctuary offers products, services, groups, practitioners, and workshops to help you shift from imbalance to balance. These include InfraRed therapy, bodywork treatments, energy/crystal light healing, AmpCoil, Theta healing, Reflexology, Liquid Chocolate Cacao Café, CT distributor of Tourmaline Spring Water, Heart and Home store, workshops, meditation programs, and private events. What drew you to this profession?  Like so many people, my husband and I became interested in alternative therapies because our own health had declined. The toll of work and financial stress, grief of loss and other life experiences left us feeling badly, seeking support and healing. That’s when we started to learn there was an abundance of natural treatments that could be effective in healing and support our immune systems. We wanted to share what we learned with others. What changes do you plan in 2019? We are excited to have just opened our first-of-its kind cacao café, called Liquid Chocolate Café, here at the Sanctuary. Serving signature cacao drinks and raw chocolate, the café allows us to support visitors with the healing power of cacao. We have also added several terrific new practitioners to our roster and launched new Lyme and autoimmune monthly support groups. We are planning our first Cacao Retreat for June and are eager to continue learning about the healing and restorative powers of this superfood. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? A visit to the sanctuary can soothe the mind with meditation; clear and rebalance the energy centers with chakra light therapy; and restore the body with infrared sauna, energy or bodywork treatments. We offer healing support to our community to support each individual on their journey to wellness. Our therapies, groups, products and services are all chosen with your well-being in mind. We are here to educate our surrounding communities and provide them with safe, alternative and holistic treatments. See ad, page 34. 52

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787 Main St S, Woodbury 203-586-1172 SOTESWoodburyCT@gmail.com NaturalSaltHealing.com Facebook.com/BreatheClear Twitter.com/HiSaltSue Summary/ services offered: Salt of the Earth offers services to help you shift from imbalance to balance. They include dry salt therapy, InfraRed therapy, bodywork treatments, saltcave yoga, feng shui (residential and corporate), CT distributor of Tourmaline Spring Water, a retail store, workshops, meditation programs, and private events. We have some new therapists and unique services, including our Body Integration service and Cave Pampering packages. What drew you to this profession?  Beginning this venture had to do with what my husband and I experienced in our lifetime, everything from climbing the corporate ladder, financial stress, and loss of loved ones to cancer. The toll of it all affected our health. We started looking beyond traditional medicines to alternative therapies and realized there was an abundance of natural treatments that can be just as effective in healing, while supporting one’s immune system. What changes do you plan in 2019? This year we will continue to expand our search for new and innovative treatments and therapies. That led to the recent installation of our advanced ionization system in the salt cave. Our salt spa is now the most technologically enhanced salt cave in the state, with the installation of the new system. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? The natural elements of fire, water, air and earth are vital to our health. The mind, body and spirit work together in unity to nurture the whole self. When this delicate harmony becomes disrupted, it gives rise to disease. At Salt of the Earth, we strive to correct these imbalances through natural therapies that restore harmony, improve well-being and strengthen the immune system. As a society, we are starting to see a shift in the healthcare industry. Salt of the Earth wholeheartedly supports this wellness movement and encourages a more balanced, holistic approach of healing from the inside out. We are here to educate our surrounding communities and provide them with safe, alternative and holistic treatments. See ad, page 45.

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How does your work differ from others in your profession? Combining Eastern philosophy and Western practicality with a tactical and strategic approach to bridging gaps in vitality and capacity helps you achieve sustainable results.

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What should someone expect from working with you? Get them back on track to taking charge of their lives. We work to install a sense of purpose and vision so they are able to improve their quality of life and have a healthier lifestyle. What changes do you plan in 2019? Introducing a life plan to retirees so instead of winging their next steps, they have a plan in place to get what they want and enjoy what they have quicker. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? I keep investing in the best support and mentoring I could find. Gradually, I developed and implemented a complete system I now guide my clients through to make change stick. See ad, page 5.

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Nancy S. Scherlong, LCSW, PTR, M/S

Victoria Shaw, PhD, LPC 203-254-3403 VFShawPhD@gmail.com VictoriaShawPsychotherapy.com

898 Ethan Allen Hwy, Ridgefield, and Norwalk (Silvermine) locations 914-572-3167 WellnessMetaphors.com ChangeYourNarrativeTherapy.com Summary/services offered: I offer life, wellness and creativity coaching as well as experiential and holistic psychotherapy. I utilize techniques such as EMDR and brainspotting, IFS, SE, and expressive arts-based groups and workshops. What drew you to this profession? Originally an artist, I have been a psychotherapist for over 20 years. I began helping others after my own recovery from an automobile accident in 1991. At that time I received many of the methods I now use with my clients. How does your work differ from others in your profession? My work is strength-based and focused on positive psychology and creative problem solving. I will help you find and express your own unique voice through journal work, poetry and psychodrama. What should someone expect from working with you? My philosophy is that we can all change our lives by changing our story or mindset. Once we have shifted how we view things, we can approach them in a new and fresh way. What changes do you plan in 2019? I find I am teaching more and more workshops, facilitating groups and providing training in person, online and at conferences. Consultation services to professionals is also an exciting addition to my business. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? Healing is a collaboration or a partnership involving mind, body and spirit as well as a chosen practitioner. Contact me today for a free discovery session about how we can work together to achieve your goals! See ad, page 97.

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Summary/services offered: I support clients in dealing with life’s struggles and improving the quality of their lives. My work combines traditional psychotherapy with intuitive guidance for children, teens and adults. What drew you to this profession? I have a strong desire to be of service and to support people in their efforts to live more joyful and fulfilling lives. The more I do this work, the more it is apparent that this truly is what I was meant to do. How does your work differ from others in your profession? My intuition guides me directly to the source of my clients’ struggles, and helps me choose the most effective interventions and supports. I also help clients connect with their own intuitive wisdom. I have a doctorate in cognitive psychology, and completed post-doctoral training in child development and educational psychology. I am a licensed professional counselor and a certified distance counselor with advanced training in EMDR, dialectal behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and energy psychology. What should someone expect from working with you? Sessions can help clients understand themselves better, identify personal strengths, find direction and guidance in making decisions, process past hurts, release resentments, reduce anxiety and learn to deal with life’s struggles. What changes do you plan in 2019? I am offering more workshops and group sessions, including a monthly intuition enlightenment book group, group intuitive readings and healings, and intuition development workshops. I will also host a monthly consultation group for holistic healers that are interested in practicing more intuitively. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? That I love what I do; I continue to be inspired by my clients’ spirit, courage, healing and growth. See ad, page 25.

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SOPHIA Natural Health Center 31 Old Route 7, Brookfield 203-740-9300 Info@SophiaNaturalHealth.com INM.center

Summary/ services offered: SOPHIA Natural Health Center specializes in integrative natural medicine, which includes the best of East Asian medicine combined with naturopathic medicine into a system that works. What drew you to this profession? The system was founded by Dr. Ken Hoffman, DACM, who believes the only way to regain and sustain good health is by addressing the root cause and treating the body with acupuncture, nutrition and therapies that enhance the body‘s ability to maintain health. How does your work differ from others in your profession? What makes us different is the blending of two great medical systems and then providing care—based on our findings—that includes Eastern medicine evaluation, functional testing and allnatural therapies customized to each individual. What should someone expect from working with you? As a patient, you should expect a comprehensive evaluation and professional care from over 20 years of experience and thousands of happy patients. What changes do you plan in 2019? Dr. Hoffman will be focusing on his core specialties of integrative cardiovascular care, Lyme disease and women’s health. The clinic will be focusing on education and community outreach. Additionally, we will be working on telemedicine experiences for those outside our local area that need care. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? For 20 years, Dr. Hoffman and his staff have been dedicated to bringing the most comprehensive natural medical care in the area. If you are looking for a full-service natural medicine clinic that can provide everything a medical office can—including inoffice lab testing, holistic programs and a caring staff—this is the clinic for you.

Soul Healing Journey, LLC Eilis Philpott Fairfield 203-767-5954 Eilis@SoulHealingJourney.com SoulHealingJourney.com

Summary/services offered: I am a master healer and teacher certified in numerous modalities. I offer soul-level healing, which clears blocks, obstacles and challenges that are preventing you from living your life to its fullest potential. What drew you to this profession? I became fascinated at an early age with the impact that thoughts and emotions had on the body and the psyche. As I experienced both working in the corporate world, the teaching world and then the world of energetic healing, I knew my place was in the healing arts. How does your work differ from others in your profession? I often use the breath as the foundation for my healing modalities to access the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energetic bodies. The work we do together at Soul Healing Journey supports the internal energetic shifts needed in order to live a life of peace, harmony and joy as well as be in alignment with your soul purpose. What should someone expect from working with you? All sessions are dictated by the needs of the client on that day and every session is thus individualized to each person’s needs. Over more than 20 years, I have seen individuals change their careers, work through major trauma and abuse, and improve their current relationships or create new ones. What changes do you plan in 2019? I have been growing, developing and traveling during 2018. I continually strive to educate myself to better serve in my practice. New modalities are often added or incorporated into my offerings. 2019 promises even greater expansion with the addition of trainings and individual healing sessions. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? The greatest wish I have for all my clients is that they truly know what it feels like to be loved unconditionally. Many of us have not been given that gift and need to learn how to give it to ourselves. No matter where you are, where you’ve been and where you’re going, you deserve to know and love every aspect of yourself. See ad, page 20. Natural Living Directory 2019

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Soul Synergy Wellness Holistic Center and Spa

Kerri Stasiak, ND

Tracey Sollazzo Scalzi 1492 High Ridge Rd, Ste 9, Stamford 203-356-5822/203-814-1355 SoulSynergyWellness111@gmail.com SoulSynergy.org • AccessConsciousness.com/en Summary/services offered: Soul Synergy Wellness Holistic Center and Spa (Formerly 7eFit Spa) is home to a diverse group of skilled practitioners of all backgrounds. Services include Access Bars, infrared sauna with color therapy, BEMER therapy, and non-invasive body contouring (Cavi-Lipo, Torc), as well as massage therapy, reflexology, aromatherapy, hypnosis, personalized yoga, Reiki, and shamanic healing sound therapy. Myolift, oxygen, anti-aging and microdermabrasion and cupping facials are also offered.

1 Westport Ave, Norwalk 203-847-2788 Dr.KStasiak@gmail.com DrKerriStasiak.com

Summary/services offered: Electrodermal screening, iridology, adaptive contrast oxygen therapy, condition-specific nutritional programs, gynecological exams, escharotics, erchonia laser therapy, axiotonal alignment energetic medicine, botanicals and homeopathy. Areas of specialty include: menstrual irregularities, PCOS, infertility, yeast and urinary tract infections, menopause, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, post-herpetic neuralgia, brain fog/memory issues, thyroid disease, fatigue, headaches, arthritis, allergies and digestive health.

What drew you to this profession? I discovered a passion for facilitating holistic healing while working with a Reiki master to help heal old wounds. I began studying Reiki 1 and 2, and then other modalities. When Access Bars came into my life, the resulting changes in my life were amazing. They say one session helps 350,000 others to raise their conscious awareness.

What drew you to this profession? Growing up in a family with a strong chiropractic background. My family has always used nutrition and supplements as our primary medicine. I developed an active lifestyle and nutritious diet; it then became my passion to help and inspire others to incorporate a balanced lifestyle that progresses toward sustained health and longevity.

How does your work differ from others in your profession? Access Bars is to create a world of consciousness and oneness, where everything exists and nothing is judged. Are you ready to expand your level of choices and possibilities? We offer services and customizable packages to ensure the individual needs of our clients are fulfilled.

What should someone expect from working with you? Helping our patients achieve a balance in their internal and external factors. We use innate body intelligence diagnostics to determine what is affecting your health, and personalized natural therapies to attain sustainable wellness and sense of well-being.

What should someone expect from working with you? I help you release limitations and blocks, create change, and reboot your mind and life. Access Bars is a different approach to shifting and changing anything in your life. You will feel peaceful, spacious, joyful and renewed after a 60-minute session.

What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? We take an all-encompassing, multi-faceted look at health since we know there isn’t just one factor that contributes to a disease or disorder. We then address the multiple components in a systematic manner to allow the body to rebalance properly. See ad, page 81.

What changes do you plan in 2019? In 2018 we opened up a new room for workshops, including drumming circles, meditation, learning tarot, yoga classes and more. In 2019 we will host more workshops and collaborative events to nurture the community, and strengthen our collective commitment to health and well-being. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? The Soul Synergy Wellness family of practitioners is dedicated to spreading love, collective awareness and holistic approaches. Our modalities complement each other as part of a holistic lifestyle. 56

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Unity Center of Norwalk

Celebrating 25 Enlightening Years 3 Main St (above the Ford Dealership), Norwalk 203-855-7922 Office@UnityCenterNorwalk.org UnityCenterNorwalk.org Twitter.com/UnityNorwalkCT Summary/services offered: Unity Center is a New Thought Spiritual Center offering opportunities for realization that each individual is inherently good and can be aware of that during both the best and worst of experiences. What drew you to this profession? Unity Center of Norwalk’s mission is to continually discover, demonstrate and educate that our source of good is God within. This is the most important aspect of who and what Unity is and offers.

How does your work differ from others in your profession? A member of Unity World Wide Ministries. Rev. Shawn Moninger is an ordained Unity Minister as well as an ordained interfaith minister. What should someone expect from working with you? Those who participate in our Celebration Service (Sundays at 10:30am), and our fellowship and community classes and events find themselves expressing their creative and spiritual selves in ways they may have thought weren’t possible. What changes do you plan in 2019? Open Mic night is the third Saturday of each month, where anyone can get up and sing, recite poetry or do stand-up. Unity Center has expanded its creativity classes to include four-week courses in stand-up comedy, as well as cabaret performance classes (6-week course), Reiki, prosperity, health and wellness classes and fairs. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? We are all inherently good although many of us may have forgotten that from time to time. See ad, page 24.

This Medicine of the Future is Here Now! PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Treatments & Adult Stem Cell Therapy Advances in Regenerative Medicine allow Dr. Henry Sobo to offer these cutting edge technologies.

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Call for your FREE CONSuLTATiON with Henry C. Sobo, M.D. to see if these new, safe, and natural therapies are for you.

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Universal Intelligence, LLC Redding 203-451-3383 Support@UniversalIntelligence.info UniversalIntelligence.info

6 Green Hill Rd, Washington Depot 860-619-2788 Info@ValleySpiritCoop.com • ValleySpiritCoop.com

Summary/services offered: My name is Althea, which means healer. I work collaboratively with clients to release from where they are “stuck” to where they would like to be. I use the modalities of hypnosis, coaching, emotional freedom techniques, among others in a safe, tranquil environment. What drew you this profession? The ability to discover the true, authentic person inside each of us. Many people become stuck, dissatisfied with their present situations, and together we are able to explore their subconscious mind through hypnosis and bring about the change they want. How does your work differ from others in your profession? I am a State of Connecticut Registered Consulting Hypnotist, Certified Relationship Coach, Certified Bereavement Coach, Professional Life Coach, Veterans’ Stress Project Coach, Emotional Freedom Practitioner, Reiki Practitioner, Mental Fitness Coach. What should someone expect from working with you? To release from unwanted thoughts and behaviors, and achieve their desired goals, by utilizing the subconscious mind, which has the answers to recognize and achieve what you want and need. For example, healing relationships, losing weight, removing fears, releasing pain (physical and emotional), stress reduction, self-esteem, anywhere there is a blockage or imbalance. Regressions are also very revealing and enlightening. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? The mind-body-spirit is powerfully aligned to guide and heal our wounds. By becoming aware of our essence, of who we really are, not who we think we are, we are able to overcome obstacles that limit our growth. To explore and listen to our bodies and intuitions with the powerful tools we already have to achieve where we want to be, our subconscious will tell us. I achieve extraordinary outcomes, often after only a short period, for many who have for years dealt with frustrations, disappointments, and not sustainable results.

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Valley Spirit Cooperative & Wellness Center

Summary/services offered: Valley Spirit is a wellness center dedicated to serving our local community. We offer a unique blend of integrative medicine, classes and self-care options, serving patients and students alike by helping them to unlock their own innate healing abilities. Therapies include Chinese and Japanese-style acupuncture, Chinese herbal and Ayurvedic medicine, various styles of Asian bodywork, intuitive healing, massage therapy and aesthetic arts. Classes include meditation, tai chi, yoga, qigong, hand drumming, ballroom dance and more. Jampa Stewart, LAc, and Pauline Koinis, LMT, head our team of experienced therapists and teachers. What drew you to this profession? One of the three owners, Kristin Kunhardt (Valley Spirit’s CEO and Vision Keeper), was inspired to open the wellness center after her own personal healing experience with acupuncture and meditation. She moved back to her hometown to be near her father, and witnessed the benefits of alternative healing on his health and aging process. How does your work differ from others in your profession? Many of the teachers and therapists have been practicing individually for 20-35 years. We are also actively engaged with our local community, offering First Friday celebrations and other events that include music, dance, art and socializing. What should someone expect from working with you? Compassion, kindness, courtesy and knowledge. We are here to help our patients and students, whether they are new to alternative care and the classes we offer or are returning to therapies and exercise they may have once explored. What changes do you plan in 2019? Valley Spirit is happy to announce an array of CEU classes will be offered both in-house and online for acupuncturists, massage therapists and other professionals. We are also planning two destination retreats for 2019-2020 to Iceland and Costa Rica. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? In our first two years, we have served over a thousand clients, patients and students. We are not a gym or exercise studio. We are a wellness center, offering all things to support mind, body and spirit. We are your neighbors and are here to serve the community. See ad, page 43.

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Wellness Institute

Marvin P. Schweitzer, ND 1 Westport Ave, Norwalk 203-847-2788 Info@DrMarvinSchweitzer.com DrMarvinSchweitzer.com Summary/services offered: Naturopathic treatments which cleanse, detox, nourish, repair and rebalance. These include: Electrodermal screening, Bio-Energy Testing, BEMER circulation enhancement, Brainpaint EEG Biofeedback, Ondamed PEMF Therapy, homeopathy, nutrition programs, energy medicine, botanicals, oxygen multistep therapy/EWOT with altitude contrast. What should someone expect from working with you? During each office visit, we work on nourishing, balancing, repairing and cleansing your body, as well as working on stress and epigenetics.

Whole-Body Dentistry

at The Breiner Whole-Body Health Center Mark A. Breiner, DDS, FAGD, FIAOMT 501 Kings Hwy East, Fairfield 203-371-0300 WholeBodyDentistry.com Summary/services offered: One of the original pioneers in holistic dentistry, Dr. Mark A. Breiner views himself as a partner in his patients’ overall health and wellness plan. We offer general and holistic dentistry, mercuryfree dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, conscious sedation, bio-compatibility testing, energetic testing, 3D panoramic imaging, treatment of sleep breathing disorders in children and adults, TMJ treatment, non-surgical periodontal treatment, microscopic evaluation for periodontal bacteria and tooth whitening. Our health center also offers naturopathic and osteopathic care, including hyperbaric oxygen and neurocognitive treatments.

How does your work differ from others in your profession? We have over 30 years of family practice experience with cutting-edge, highly individualized approaches to help unleash your body’s healing power. Areas of specialty include: allergies, anti-aging, arthritis, candida, cholesterol, digestive health, hormonal balancing, environmental sensitivities, fatigue, headaches, heavy metal detox, Lyme disease, ADD/ADHD, stress and weight optimization.

How does your work differ from others in your profession? Whole-Body Dentistry goes beyond the traditional practice of dentistry and understands the inter-relationship of the mouthbody connection. This all-encompassing philosophy recognizes that any work done in the mouth affects the entire human body—often with surprisingly profound results, either for the positive or for the negative. By being aware of these relationships, we strive to minimize the invasive quality of dental procedures.

What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? We are enthusiastically committed to doing what it takes to help you get well by addressing underlying causes. We take the necessary time; make the necessary effort; and have experience, expertise and amazing technology. When you share this commitment and desire to be a partner in this quest for wellness, outcomes are greatly improved. See ad, page 81.

What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? Dr. Breiner’s innovative approach combines the use of leadingedge technology with a sound and broad holistic strategy for healthy living, thus minimizing invasive procedures that so often occur in traditional dentistry. We offer the most advanced general and holistic dentistry care and use state-of-the-art technology to support the body’s innate ability to heal. See ad, page 2.

Good health and good sense are two of life’s greatest blessings. ~Publilius Syrus

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Whole-Body Medicine LLC

Wolf Spirit Wellness and Counseling Center, LLC

at The Breiner Whole-Body Health Center Adam Breiner, ND, Director David Brady, ND, CCN Elena Sokolova, MD, ND David Johnston, DO 501 Kings Hwy East, Ste 108, Fairfield 203-371-8258 Info@WholeBodyMed.com WholeBodyMed.com

Northwood Village, 125 Main St N, Ste 2B Woodbury 203-263-3175 Info@WolfSpiritWellness.org WolfSpiritWellness.org

Summary/services offered: We offer an individualized, integrative, holistic approach for treating a wide range of conditions. We offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy, neurofeedback, osteopathic medicine, cranial osteopathy, intravenous nutrition and chelation therapy, Chinese medicine, Japanese Reiki, homeopathy, energy medicine, pulsed magnetic field therapy (PEMF), PRP and stem cell, integrative medicine, naturopathic medicine, colon hydrotherapy, detoxification, allergy desensitization, and healthy aging services. How does your work differ from others in your profession? Our caring physicians—Drs. Adam Breiner, David Brady, David Johnston and Elena Sokolova—each bring a unique set of skills for diagnosing and treating their patients. The Breiner Whole-Body Health Center also offers holistic dentistry and The NeuroEdge Brain Performance Center. What should someone expect from working with you? Our philosophy of healing as integrative physicians is to seek to remove the obstacles to a cure. We focus on Lyme disease, brain trauma, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression, insomnia, female concerns, thyroid and adrenal issues, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal concerns, weight loss, healthy aging, immune disorders, toxicities, sports injuries, and athletic performance enhancement.

Summary/services offered: We offer an integrated approach to mental health counseling for all ages that includes a specialty in trauma and Cluster B personalities. What drew you to this profession? We all have a desire to assist individuals to find peace in their lives in addition to becoming the best version of themselves. How does your work differ from others in your profession? We meet the client where they are in the process and offer psychotherapy as well as alternative modalities such as naturopathy, meditation, yoga and psychopharmacology under one roof. What should someone expect from working with you? That if they are ready to do the inner work our practice provides every individual with compassion, nonjudgment, trust, empathy, love and peace. What changes do you plan in 2019? We will be moving to a larger space soon so we are able to offer even more to our clients. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? That finances should not stand in the way of good mental well-being. We work on a sliding scale and take most insurance, including Husky. See ad, page 44.

What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? We combine state-of-the-art science with centuries-old healing modalities to correct underlying imbalances and address issues which may interfere with the body’s ability to heal itself. See ad, page 2.

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Yoga in Waves

Family and Child Psychotherapy

Robyn Mortiboys 203-674-9995 Robyn@YogainWaves.com YogainWaves.com Summary/services offered: Offering in-home private yoga, yoga and painting workshops and parties, private paddle board yoga and tours. What drew you to this profession? After stagnating in unfulfilling jobs, I decided to enjoy what I do for a living and be able to share the gift of yoga with others. How does your work differ from others in your profession? My vinyasa flow yoga classes are fun and approachable for all levels. I love incorporating unexpected combinations. What should someone expect from working with you? They should expect a down-to-earth, practical approach to alignment; lots of encouragement; and occasional corny jokes. What changes do you plan in 2019? To continue expanding with workshops and classes that offer space to be creative and to improve your practice. What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know? It’s always okay to be a beginner. It’s never too late to start practicing yoga.

Support and Guidance • Divorce Anxiety • Parent/Child Conflict Attachment and Bonding • Trauma • Grief Professional/Executive Coaching

Robin Ordan, LCSW 203-561-8535

www.robinordanlcsw.com Located on the Old Greenwich/Stamford Border

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Acupuncture • Cupping Moxibustion • Gua Sha Tui Na • Massage Therapy Movement Therapies Herbal Medicine and much more!

Dr. Sian James, DAc, LAc, LMT, RYT

203.987.6585 • acublend.com • info@acublend.com

Awa ke n You r Creativity

Loreli Creative Art & Healing Zentangle ® Classes for Individuals and Groups

Lori Jeanne Bach, CZT Call or text 203-209-2703 lorijeannebach.com lorelicreative@gmail.com

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art and science of living. ~Indra Devi

Positive & Nature Based Psychology Promoting well-being and resilience.

Happiness • Strength • Hope • Wisdom • Coping • Flourishing Ann C. Reeves, Psy. D, CAPP Licensed Psychologist

203-451-6208

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NATURAL LIVING

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DIRECTORY 2019

This comprehensive resource guide includes community leaders in natural health, green living and personal empowerment. No matter what your vision or mission is for this year, we are certain you will find someone or something in the following pages that inspires and supports your efforts to become healthier and happier. Here’s to your vibrant 2019!

13TH OCTAVE/LAHOCHI KATHIE DELALLO

Angels Whisper Soul Journey Redding 203-733-2072 KatherinDeLallo@att.net Kathie is a practitioner of 13th Octave/LaHoChi energy healing technique. She connects to the realms of Ascended Masters, Archangels and pure Source love to aid her clients in their personal healing journeys.

EVERYDAY ALCHEMY LLC Nicole Miale, MA, Certified Habit Change Coach New Milford 860-799-5076 NMiale@charter.net

Alchemy is the transformation of base metal into gold. A process that defies logic, it seems magical. This kind of wonder is accessible to each of us in our daily lives! Using a variety of non-invasive approaches and techniques customized to each client, I facilitate the alchemical process within each person. Rediscover the magic in yourself and experience your golden life!

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SOUL HEALING JOURNEY, LLC Eilis Philpott Fairfield 203-767-5954 Eilis@SoulHealingJourney.com SoulHealingJourney.com

Eilis is a master healer and teacher and certified in numerous modalities as both a practitioner and teacher. She is one of only two people approved to teach 13th Octave/ LaHoChi in the United States. She offers soul level healing, which clears any blocks, obstacles and challenges that are preventing you from living your life to its fullest potential. See ad, page 20.

ACUPUNCTURE KURT BEIL, ND, LAC, MPH

72 North St, Ste 100A, Danbury 914-362-8315 DrKurt@earthlink.net HudsonValleyNaturalHealth.com Naturopathic and Chinese medicine for acute and chronic disease, including acupuncture, botanical medicine, cupping, moxa, homeopathy, nutritional and lifestyle counseling, mind-body medicine, ecotherapy and functional lab testing. Helpful for muscle/joint pain and headaches, autoimmune disease, digestive disorders, mental health, boosting immune function, balancing hormones, tobacco addiction, and stress reduction. See ad, page 35.

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INGRI BOE-WIEGAARD, LAC  Fairfield, Wilton, Bethel 203-259-1660 CTAcupuncture.com 25-year full-time practice

Ingri’s treatments help alleviate pain, depression, neck and back, anxiety, headaches, stress, allergies, asthma, arthritis, digestive, menstrual, infertility, smoking, and weight-loss issues. See ad, page 85.

JAMPA STEWART, MSOM, LAC  Board Certified Acupuncturist Valley Spirit Wellness Center 6 Green Hill Rd, Washington Depot 860-619-2788 ValleySpiritCoop.com

Compassionate professional care for those suffering from pain, internal disorders, menstrual issues and menopause, infertility, depression and anxiety, insomnia, addiction, fatigue, tune-ups and more. See ad, page 43.

SOPHIA NATURAL HEALTH CENTER Ken Hoffman, DACM, LAc, Medical Director 31 Old Rte 7, Brookfield 203-740-9300 INM.Center

Using naturopathic and Chinese medical principles, we get to the source of your health concerns. Diagnostic methods include functional testing such as advanced bloodwork analysis, cardiovascular testing, hormone evaluation and thermography. Our customized treatment program includes acupuncture, herbal and nutritional medicine, diet and lifestyle counseling and more. Most insurance accepted.


AUTISM SUPPORT/ RESOURCES FRIENDS OF AUTISTIC PEOPLE – FAP Brita Darany von Regensburg, Founder/President Greenwich AutisticAdults.org

For 21 years we have advocated, educated the public and parents on autism research and rights regarding DDS services, and provided talking point resources. Our work is all pro bono. We are so proud of our most directly hands-on service; we fund music therapy for children and adults with profound autism from financially struggling families so they can reach their developmental milestones. We are now in the process of establishing a volunteersupported gardening program for teens and adults with autism on a small community farm.

BODYWORK MICHELLE QUIGLEY, LMT, RCST

Advanced and Orthopedic Massage, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Sheng Zhen Meditation Teacher Fairfield and Weston 203-216-8874 MichelleLQuigley.com Michelle is a Licensed Massage Therapist certified in Orthopedic Massage and a Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral CMYK 1, 99, 1, 0 Therapist. She addresses chronic physical pain with effective, pain-free soft tissue CMYK techniques, joint mobilization and self-care 58, 79, 0, 0 retraining, and emotional healing and personal transformation through advanced craniosacral therapy.

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AYURVEDA NEERU KAUSHIK, ND, MS ACU, MS, MA Institute for Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Therapies 805 Kings Highway East, Fairfield 203-331-9111 DrKaushik@AyurvedicInstituteCT.com AyurvedicInstituteCT.com

A combination of Ayurveda and Naturopathy is used to create a unique treatment plan to regain and maintain health. Based on one’s particular body constitution (dosha), a plan may include supplements, diet/nutrition suggestions, lifestyle management, detoxification, hydrotherapy, 0zone therapy, Panchakarma. See ad, page 5.

ADAM BREINER, ND

The NeuroEdge Brain Performance Center Division of Whole-Body Medicine Full ColorHwy E, Ste 108, Fairfield One Color 501 Kings 203-371-8258 TheNeuroEdge.com The NeuroEdge is dedicated to keeping your brain sharp and high-functioning. We treat head injuries and brain traumas—such as concussion and stroke—as well as help athletes, students and businesspeople improve their performance. Learn and view our cutting-edge neurotherapies at TheNeuroEdge.com. See ad, page 2.

ROSEANN CAPANNA-HODGE, EDD, LPC, BCN, LLC

898 Ethan Allen Hwy, Ridgefield Offices in Ridgefield and Newtown 203-438-4848 AND DEVELOP MAINTENANCE HABITS FOR 2019! BEMER Info@DrRoseann.com DrRoseann.com xic buildup (fat) must be systematically BROKEN DOWN

of the body. Total U Health Wellness Center/TUHAWC TOTAL U HEALTH && WELLNESS CENTER 630 Brooklawn Ave,cBridgeport and umphs your Lymphati Drainage System via:

Advanced Bio-Regulation (BRT) is a unique approach to 203-543-9355 (WELL)• “EpHerveScents” health and wellness that uses c-Energy-Regulati on (BEMER) Diahann.Phillips@BEMERMail.com Biofeedback and PEMF-based Cell-U-Rid Salt Scrub Wraps • “In4Red” • Personal Sauna Diahann-Phillips.BEMERGroup.com Electromagnetic Technology to WAX • TotalUHealthandWellness.com Reiki • Reflexology • Massage • Acupressure help the body better self-regulate, adapt and heal naturally. It ! TUHAWC SERVES THOSE WHO SERVE BEMER is an FDA-Registered is used for chronic pain, depression, anxiety, device used for 20 years Di$count: Veterans, 1st Responders, nter hormonal issues, Lyme, etc. See ad, page 21. overseas and 10 years in Uti theliti U.S. Municipal Workers, es, Drivers, It circulates blood up to 27% Personal Trainers, Food & Bev., Personal faster without stressing the Trainers - ESPECIALLY TIRED NURSES, ve) heart or joints, equaling the TEACHERS & PARENTS! With valid ID .com benefits of a 5-mile run. BEMER helps alleviate muscular-skeletal discomfort and inflammation in joints. Your first BEMER session at Total U Health and Wellness Center is FREE. See our resource guide lisiting under Wellness Center. See ad, page 85.

BREAST THERMOGRAPHY ALBA THERMAL IMAGING LLC Safe, painless early detection 71 East Ave, Ste D, Norwalk 203-856-1421 AlbaThermalImaging.com

Thermography can detect breast disease at its earliest stages and monitor and assess pain in any part of the body. Safe, painless, noninvasive, FDA registered. See ad, page 26.

WHOLE-BODY MEDICINE LLC

501 Kings Hwy E, Ste 108, Fairfield 203-371-8258 WholeBodyMed.com Breast cancer screening with medical-grade thermography is safe and noninvasive. We are pleased to have ThermaScan, the world’s premier source for the analysis and reporting of medical thermology, available at our health center. Early Knockout White detection matters. ad, page 2. (For Dark See Backgrounds)

CACAO CAFÉ LIQUID CHOCOLATE & COMPANY LLC Salt of the Earth Healing Arts Sanctuary 346 Main St S, Woodbury LiquidChocolateandCompany.com

Liquid Chocolate Café is a first-of-its kind cacao café and recent addition to The Sanctuary in Woodbury. Serving health-promoting signature cacao drinks and raw chocolate while offering visitors the opportunity to refuel and enrich body and soul after a healing treatment or a workshop. See ad, page 34.

CHINESE MEDICINE ACUBLEND PLLC

Dr. Sian James, DAc, LAc, LMT, RYT Offices in Fairfield County 203-987-6585 AcuBlend.com AcuBlend will serve your healthcare needs by blending the art and science of wellness. offering acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, Gua, Sha, Tui Na, massage therapy, movement therapies, herbal medicine and much more. See ad, page 61.

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natural living glossary Acupressure: Based on the same system as acupuncture, but fingers and hands are used instead of stimulation with needles in order to restore the balanced flow of the body’s life energy (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”). This force moves through the body along 12 energy pathways, or meridians, which practitioners unblock and strengthen. Acupuncture: An ancient Oriental technique that stimulates the body’s ability to sustain and balance itself, based on the theory that an electromagnetic life-force (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”) is channeled in a continuous flow throughout the body via a network of meridians. Disease is understood as an imbalance in the meridian system. Diagnosis of an imbalance is made by “reading” the pulse, face, tongue and body energy. To correct it, a practitioner inserts acupuncture needles at specific points along the meridians to stimulate or disperse the flow of life-force.

Alexander Technique: A system of re-educating the body and mind to support and facilitate proper posture and ease of movement. Through gentle manual guidance, accompanied by verbal directions, the Alexander teacher coaches the student to become aware of unnecessary tension and to unlearn long-standing patterns of movement. The Alexander technique is an established method for helping to improve chronic conditions, including: back, shoulder or neck pain; nervous tension; poor coordination; breathing problems; and vocal strain. It is frequently used by athletes and performing artists to improve performance level. Aromatherapy: An ancient healing art that uses the essential oils of herbs and flowers to treat emotional disorders, such as stress, anxiety and a wide range of other ailments. Oils are massaged into the skin, inhaled or added to a water bath. Often used in conjunction with massage therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, herbology, chiropractic or other holistic treatments. Art Therapy: Uses the creative process of making art to improve and enhance physical, mental and emotional well-being, and to deepen self-awareness. The therapist makes a diagnosis and determines treatment plans by encouraging a client to express his or her feelings and unconscious thoughts through the nonverbal creative process and by observing the forms and content created.

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CHIROPRACTIC Astrology: A system of traditions and beliefs that holds that the relative positions of celestial bodies either directly influence life on Earth or correspond to events experienced on a human scale. Modern astrologers define astrology as a symbolic language, art form and type of divination that can provide information about personality and human affairs, aid in the interpretation of past and present events, and predict the future. Ayurveda: The oldest medical system known to man and a comprehensive spiritual teaching practiced in India for 4,000 years. It focuses on achieving and maintaining perfect health via the balance of the elements air, fire and water (illness is considered an excess of any element). A patient’s body type—determined according to ayurvedic principles—is the basis for individualized dietary regimens and other preventive therapeutic interventions. Bioenergetics: A psychotherapy that works through the body to engage the emotions. Performing specified postures and exercises causes the release of layers of chronic muscular tension and defensiveness, termed “body armor”. The unlocking of feelings creates the opportunity for understanding and integrating them. Biofeedback: A relaxation technique that monitors internal body states. It is used especially for stress-related conditions. Such as asthma, migraines, insomnia and high blood pressure. During biofeedback, patients monitor minute metabolic changes (e.g., temperature, heart rate and muscle tension) with the aid of sensitive machines. By consciously thinking, visualizing, moving and relaxing, they learn which activities produce desirable changes in the internal processes being monitored.

CORSELLO CLINIC OF CHIROPRACTIC

Edward C. Corsello, DC, BCAO 2021 Main St, Stratford 203-381-1800 Contact@CorselloClinic.com CorselloClinic.com Our mission is to build healthy families for a lifetime of wellness in a loving and compassionate setting. We offer specialized techniques, including Atlas Orthogonal (AO), EPIC, integrative brain therapies and spinal correction, as well as nutrition, cellular detoxification and weight loss. See ad, page 3.

PETER BRAGLIA, DC

True Health Family Chiropractic 7365 Main St, Stratford 203-923-8633 TrueHealthCT.com As a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, Dr. Braglia has received advanced training in Pediatric Adjusting and Prenatal Care, including the Webster Technique. We are proud to serve patients from all over Fairfield and New Haven Counties with our unique and gentle approach to health care. See ad, page 86.

COLONICS COLONICS

914-921-LIFE (5433) LifelineHygienics.com Experience and personalized service you can trust. The finest in colonic irrigation and personal care. Serving the tri-state area since 1993.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY/ ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE VINCENT FRASER, CST, CAT, SEP Bodywork: Massage and the physical practices of yoga are perhaps the best-known types of bodywork; both have proven successful in relieving tension and stress, promoting blood flow, loosening stiff muscles, and stimulating the organs. Massage therapies encompass countless techniques, including Swedish massage, shiatsu and Rolfing. The same is true for yoga. Finding bodywork that improves mental and physical health is a highly individual process. Several types may be combined for the greatest benefit.

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Craniosacral Therapy, Alexander Technique, Somatic Experiencing Greenwich and Norwalk 203-570-2059 Vincent@VincentFraser.com

Vincent offers paths to wholeness which lead to resolving pain and trauma, ease of movement in one’s body and life, and a fuller conscious embodiment.


EDUCATION ACADEMY FOR SOUL HEALING Eilis Philpott Fairfield 203-767-5954 Eilis@SoulHealingJourney.com AcademyforSoulHealing.com

The academy hosts many trainings including 13th Octave LaHoChi and A Year of Healing in various locations throughout the United States. The vision for the Academy for Soul Healing is the integration of many modalities, in their purest form, in order to support the growth and expansion of humanity, individually and on a global scale. See ad, page 20.

THE GRADUATE INSTITUTE 171 Amity Rd, Bethany 203-874-4252 Info@Learn.edu Learn.edu

The Graduate Institute is a state-accredited graduate school dedicated to promoting an integrative and holistic worldview through the study of health, wellness, education, and personal and professional transformation. Enrolling now for 2019 programs. See ad, page 51.

INSTITUTE FOR HOLISTIC HEALTH STUDIES

Western Connecticut State University Christel Autuori, RDH, RYT, MA, Director 181 White St, Danbury 203-837-8559 WCSU.edu/IHHS The mission of the IHHS is to provide the University and Greater Danbury area with an opportunity to engage in and explore different aspects of holistic and integrative health through programming and instruction. Programs include Wellness Wednesday lunchtime workshops, monthly meditation program, lecture series, health wellness and fitness fair.

THE INSTITUTE OF SUSTAINABLE NUTRITION 113 Simsbury Rd, West Granby 860-764-9070 Joan@TIOSN.com TIOSN.com

We offer a unique certification program blending the science of nutrition with the hands-on components of sustainable gardening practices. We use food and herbs to make kitchen medicine, teach basic culinary skills, and practice foraging for and using nutrient-rich wild food. Now enrolling for fall 2019. See ad, page 10.

TWO COYOTES WILDERNESS SCHOOL

P.O. Box 711, Monroe TwoCoyotes.org Facebook.com/TwoCoyotes Instagram.com/TwoCoyotes Two Coyotes Wilderness School is a non-profit nature organization dedicated to creating a healthier, more connected future by connecting people to nature, community, and their personal empowerment. We offer year-round wildernessbased mentorship programs, including summer camps, for all ages.See ad, page 41.

ENERGY HEALING KATHIE DELALLO

Angels Whisper Soul Journey Redding 203-733-2072 KatherinDeLallo@att.net Kathie is a practitioner of 13th Octave/LaHoChi energy healing technique. She connects to the realms of Ascended Masters, Archangels and pure Source love to aid her clients in their personal healing journeys.

DEBBY STEIN

Debby’s Energy Reiki Master, Trained in Healing Touch and Integrative Energy Therapy 528 Post Rd, 2nd Flr, Darien 203-353-1725 DistantLinking@gmail.com​ DebbysEnergy.com I hold the space for you to be seen and heard as I listen intuitively and provide gentle guidance, in addition to facilitating your body’s ability to reach an optimal state of being through hands-on and Distant Energy work.

SOUL HEALING JOURNEY, LLC Eilis Philpott Fairfield 203-767-5954 Eilis@SoulHealingJourney.com SoulHealingJourney.com

Eilis is a master healer and teacher and certified in numerous modalities as both a practitioner and teacher. She offers soul level healing, which clears any blocks, obstacles and challenges that are preventing you from living your life to its fullest potential. See ad, page 20.

SOUL LIGHT HEALING

DIVINE MASSAGE & ENERGY WORK

Judy Gomez Integrated Healings & Intuitive Readings Bridgeport 203-366-1712 Judy@SoulLightHealing8.com

Ruth is a licensed massage therapist and certified in many energy healing modalities. She offers therapeutic massage and energy work that best works for your specific energy blocks. The combination of massage and energy clears your physical body and energy fields, which helps you create the life you want to achieve.

Judy is a Usui Reiki Master for over 40 years, and certified in numerous modalities. Judy does distance healing using 13th Octave LaHoChi transformational healing energy to re-balance your body, mind, and spirit. Judy also does intuitive readings, and spiritual Solar Returns, which are done on your birthday. She also does individual, home, business, property, and ancestral clearings.

Ruth Linley LMT #7411 35 Columbus St, Seymour 203-650-2433 DivineMassage@yahoo.com

BETH LEAS

Transformative Healing • Tarot 203-856-9566 BethLeas.com TLCTarot.com If not now, when? Inspire change on all levels—greater physical ease, emotional freedom, peace of mind and spiritual connection. 20 years of intuitive healing experience  with adults and children of all ages. Reiki, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Tarot. See ad, page 15.

FACIALS MEDICINAL SKIN

Specializing in Holistic Facial/Skin Care and Massage Therapy 412 Main St, Ste 5, Ridgefield 203-244-5771 MedicinalSkin.com We offer a unique approach to facials and massage that is more than skin deep. As licensed, certified professionals, we always evaluate and tailor each treatment to your specific needs. Our holistic background, years of experience and effective products allow you to fully unwind in our beautiful space.

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natural living glossary Chelation therapy: A safe, painless, nonsurgical medical procedure that improves metabolic and circulatory function by removing undesirable heavy metals—such as lead, mercury, cadmium and copper—from the body. A series of intravenous injections of the synthetic amino acid EDTA are administered, usually in an osteopathic or medical doctor’s office. Over time, injections may halt the progress of the underlying condition that triggers the development of various degenerative conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s ‘dis-eases”, and cancer. Chinese Medicine: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the world’s oldest and most complete systems of holistic health care. It combines the use of medicinal herbs, acupuncture, food therapy, massage and therapeutic exercise, along with the recognition that wellness in mind, body and emotions depends on the harmonious flow of life-force energy (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”).

Chiropractic: Based on the premise that proper structural alignment permits free flow of nerve activity in the body. When spinal vertebrae are out of alignment, they put pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves radiating from it, potentially leading to diminished function and illness. Misalignment can be caused by physical trauma, poor posture and stress. Colon therapy: An internal bath that washes away old toxic waste accumulated along the walls of the colon. It is administered with pressurized water by a professional using special equipment. One colonic irrigation is the equivalent of approximately four to six enemas; it cleans out matter that collects in the pockets and kinks of the colon. The treatment is used as both a corrective process and for prevention of disease. Color therapy: Color therapists believe that the vibrations of color waves can directly affect the body’s cells and organs. Thus, different hues can treat illnesses, and improve physical, emotional and spiritual health. Many practitioners also claim that the body emits an aura—or energy field—with colors reflecting a person’s state of health. Color therapists apply colored lights or apply color mentally, through suggestion, to restore the body’s physical and psychic health. Another related sensory healing technique is light therapy, which attempts to restore wellbeing and can be successful in treating seasonal affective disorder (SAD). 66

FENG SHUI Counseling/Psychotherapy: These terms encompass a broad range of practitioners, from career counselors—who offer advice and information—to psychotherapists treating depression, stress, addiction and emotional issues. Formats can vary from individual counseling to group therapy. In addition to verbal counseling techniques, some holistic therapists may use bodywork, ritual, energy healing and other alternative modalities as part of their practice. Craniosacral therapy (CST): A manual therapeutic procedure to remedy distortions in the structure and function of the craniosacral mechanism—the brain and spinal cord, the bones of the skull, the sacrum and interconnected membranes. Craniosacral work is based upon two major premises: that the bones of the skull can be manipulated—because they never completely fuse—and that the pulse of the cerebrospinal fluid can be balanced by a practitioner trained to detect variations in that pulse. CST is used to treat chronic pain, migraine headaches, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), ear and eye problems, balance problems, learning difficulties, dyslexia, and hyperactivity. Crystal and gem therapy: Practitioners use quartz crystals and gemstones for therapeutic and healing purposes, asserting that the substances have recognizable energy frequencies and the capacity to amplify other frequencies in the body. They also absorb and store frequencies, and can essentially be programmed to help affect healing.

FENG SHUI FOR TODAY

Christine Persche, MLIS, LEED AP PO Box 386, Waccabuc, NY 914-671-7523 FlowFengShui.com Our living and working spaces profoundly affect the quality of our lives. Feng shui energizes your design choices to vitalize your health, wealth and well-being. On-site or online consultations offered.

FIT BODY/YOGA ROBYN MORTIBOYS, E-RYT 200 Robyn@YogaInWaves.com 203-674-9995 YogaInWaves.com

Robyn’s vinyasa flow yoga classes are fun and approachable for all levels. She also teaches paddle board yoga and leads Yoga and Painting workshops.

FREQUENCY SPECIFIC MICROCURRENT SARAH ROTELLA

Enlightenment Center, Integrative Wellness Therapies 100 Danbury Rd, Ste 102, Ridgefield Additional location in Greenwich 203-525-5830 S.Light@mac.com SenLightenment.com

Dance/movement therapy: A method of expressing thoughts and feelings through movement, developed during the 1940s. Participants, guided by trained therapists, are encouraged to move freely, sometimes to music. Dance/movement therapy can be practiced by people of all ages to promote self-esteem and gain insight into their own emotional problems; it is also used to help those with serious mental and physical disabilities. Decluttering: Based on the theory that clutter drains both physical and mental energy, decluttering involves two components. The first focuses on releasing things (clothing, papers, furniture, objects and ideas) that no longer serve a good purpose in one’s life. The second focuses on creating a simple system of personal organization that is easy to maintain and guards against accumulating things that are neither necessary nor nourishing.

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FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE TAMARA SACHS, MD

Functional Medicine and Integrative Care LLC 15 Bennitt St, New Milford 860-354-3304 TSachsMD.com Using Functional Medicine, Dr. Sachs prevents and treats chronic illnesses by addressing their underlying root causes, remaining respectful of the uniqueness, complexity and intuitions that make us human. Trained at Mt. Sinai Medical School and Yale University Hospital in Internal Medicine, in 2003 she opened Functional Medicine and Integrative Care LLC. She has great success with IBS, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, autoimmune problems, toxicity and more, by creating individualized, realistic and comprehensive Personalized Wellness Plans. She consults in her New Milford, CT office, and also by phone or video using telemedicine.

HEALING ACID REFLUX HEALING ACID REFLUX NATURALLY

Susan Berman, Med, CHHC 860-670-4152 Susan@HealingAcidReflux.com HealingAcidReflux.com I work with health conscious individuals to help heal their acid reflux or GERD to avoid further damage and prevent esophageal cancer. Find your unique food and lifestyle triggers. I work with groups or 1:1 through a virtual classroom so you can be anywhere to take the program.

HEALING CENTER HAUTE HEALING OASIS 792 Pacific St, Stamford 203-595-5304 Info@HauteSauna.com HauteHealingOasis.com

Haute is Fairfield County’s premier holistic wellness spa. Featuring luxurious, private, infrared sauna spa rooms; BEMER sessions; elite massage services; CBD and essential oils; and other holistic, safe, non-invasive healing modalities. Come and experience the Haute difference in wellness today. See ad, page 87.

THE RUBY TREE

Metaphysical Shop and Healing Space Sherman Village, 670 Main St S, Woodbury 203-586-1655 TheRubyTreeCT.com Rocks and crystals, magical objects, singing bowls, herbal candles and more. Local artisans, an array of holistic practitioners, a monthly Mystical Market fair, regularly scheduled psychics/ mediums/intuitives, yoga, meditation, and workshops galore—all to enhance the health of your mind, body and spirit. See ad, page 48.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS JAMES LANDERS AND JEANNETTE STELLATO

ReikiOvertones LLC dba Jikiden Reiki Connecticut 95 Harris St, Fairfield 203-254-3958 ReikiOvertones@sbcglobal.net JikidenReiki@gmail.com ReikiOvertones.com Jim and Jeannette live in Fairfield, where they teach and practice Jikiden Reiki (Reiki as it was directly taught in Japan). They offer training seminars and opportunities for students to practice and review. They offer Reiki treatments to the general public, organize events for guest lecturers, and established volunteer Reiki programs in nursing/health care facilities where students participate. They also organize guided tours to Japan where students can attend Reiki seminars at the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto, Japan.

HEALTH COACH MARY GILBERTSON WELLNESS Mary Gilbertson, MS, BSN, CHHC Licensed RN, Nutritionist and Certified Health Coach 500 Purdy Hill Rd, Ste 2, Monroe 203-521-4733 MaryGilbertsonWellness@gmail.com MaryGilbertsonWellness.co

Using the concept of “Food as Medicine” to create your customized nutrition and lifestyle plan for whole living. Working one-on-one, in groups and in corporations to develop customized healthy lifestyle plans. Works with patients on metabolism and weight loss, detoxification, gut health, cancers, inflammatory conditions and stress management.

HEALTHY EATING CHEF ELIANA GRUBEL, CHC Licensed and Insured In-home Cooking Services 203-559-8946 CleanFood4UrType.com

As a Board-Certified Health Coach by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and member of the United States Personal Chef Association, Eliana’s passion is her clients’ success. She has been serving CT for over 15 years, and is now offering new services including short-term detoxes, meals to freeze, dinner parties, cooking classes, personalized coaching programs and seminars. See ad, page 97.

HOLISTIC DENTIST DAVID L LERNER, DDS, CAC, FIND Yorktown Heights, NY 914-214-9678 olisticDentist.com

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our website to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad, page 84.

WHOLE BODY DENTISTRY

Mark A Breiner, DDS 501 Kings Hwy East, Ste 108, Fairfield 203-371-0300 WholeBodyDentistry.com Mark Breiner, DDS, is a pioneer and recognized authority in the field of holistic dentistry. His patients have found solutions to baffling, unresolved and seemingly unrelated dentalrelated health problems. He is the author of the award-winning book, Whole-Body Dentistry. See ad, page 2.

HOLISTIC PSYCHIATRY DAVID LONDON, MD

544 Riverside Ave, Westport 203-557-6574 Contact@DavidLondonMD.com DavidLondonMD.com David London, MD, honors emotional, spiritual and biochemical individuality to assist healing psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. Sophisticated genetic and lab testing help identify underlying causes. Treatment may include acupuncture, psychotherapy, EMDR, herbs, vitamins, nutrients, lifestyle changes, medication. See ad, page 4.

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natural living glossary Dentistry (Holistic): Regards the mouth as a microcosm of the entire body. The oral structures and the whole body are seen as a unit. Holistic dentistry often incorporates such methods as homeopathy, biocompatibility testing and nutritional counseling. Most holistic dentists emphasize wellness and preventive care, while avoiding and often recommending the removal of silver-mercury fillings.

Detoxification: The practice of resting, cleansing and nourishing the body from the inside out. According to some holistic practitioners, accumulated toxins can drain the body of energy and make it more susceptible to disease. Detoxification techniques may include fasts, special diets, sauna sweats and colon cleansing. Doula (Birth): A woman who supports an expectant mother through pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period. Studies indicate that support in labor has profound benefits, including shorter labor, less desire for pain medication, lower rate of cesarean section delivery, and more ease in initiation of breastfeeding. Doula (End-of-life): A person who works with a dying person and their family to create the end-of-life experience that best suits the patient and the family. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): A self-help procedure founded by Gary Craig that combines fingertip tapping of key acupuncture meridian points while focusing on an emotional issue or health challenge. Unresolved or “stuck” negative emotions, caused by a disruption in the body’s energy system, are seen as major contributors to most physical pains and diseases. EFT is easy to memorize and portable, so it can be done anywhere. Energy field work: The art and practice of realigning and re-attuning the body between the physical, and the etheric and auric fields to assist in natural healing processes. Working directly with the energy field in and around the body, the practitioner channels and directs energy into the cells, tissues and organs of the patient’s body to affect healing on physical and nonphysical levels simultaneously. Sessions may or may not involve the physical laying on of hands. Environmental medicine: Explores the role of dietary and environmental allergens in health and illness. Factors such as dust, mold, chemicals and certain foods may cause allergic reactions that can dramatically influence diseases, ranging from asthma and hay fever to headaches and depression. 68

HORSE WISDOM Enzyme therapy: Can be an important first step in restoring health and well-being by helping to remedy digestive problems. Plant and pancreatic enzymes are used in complementary ways to improve digestion and absorption of essential nutrients. Treatment includes enzyme supplements, coupled with a healthy diet that features whole foods. Feldenkrais method: Helps students straighten out what founder Moshe Feldenkrais calls, “kinks in the brain.” Kinks are learned movement patterns that may have been adopted to compensate for a physical injury or to accommodate individuality in the social world. Students unlearn unworkable movements and discover better, personalized ways to move, using mind-body principles of slowed action, breathing, awareness and thinking about their feelings. Feng shui: The ancient Chinese system of arranging man-made spaces and elements to create or facilitate harmonious qi or chi (pronounced “chee”)—or energy flow—by tempering or enhancing the energy where necessary. Feng shui consultants can be an asset to both personal and business spaces, either before or after the spaces are created.

CARRIE BRADY

Possibilities Farm, LLC, Wilton 203-210-7484 PossibilitiesFarm@gmail.com PossibilitiesFarm.com Awaken new possibilities in your life by looking through the eyes of a horse. Possibilities Farm, LLC is an oasis in the Wilton woods offering extraordinary non-riding experiences, including horse wisdom, leadership development, private retreats, creative arts, meditation and reiki. See ad, page 4.

HYPNOSIS HEALING TREE WISDOM

Thea Litsios, CHy Locations in Norwalk and Stratford 203-693-1493 HealingTreeWisdom.com Use the power of your whole mind to transform your life: Hypnosis for weight loss, smoking cessation, stress relief, and past life review. Certified teacher of Active Dream work. Individual dream consultations available, as well as workshops and monthly Dream Groups. See ad, page 25.

MIND-BODY TRANSFORMATION Flower remedies: Flower essences are recognized for their ability to improve wellbeing by eliminating negative emotions. In the 1930s, English physician Edward Bach concluded that negative emotions could lead to physical illness. His research also convinced him that flowers possessed healing properties that could be used to treat emotional problems. In the 1970s, Richard Katz completed Bach’s work and established the Flower Essence Society, which has registered some 100 essences from flowers in more than 50 countries. Functional medicine: A personalized medicine that focuses on primary prevention and deals with underlying causes, instead of symptoms, for serious chronic diseases. Treatments are grounded in nutrition and improved lifestyle habits and may make use of medications. The discipline uses a holistic approach to analyze and treat interdependent systems of the body and to create the dynamic balance integral to good health. Guided imagery and creative visualization: Uses positive thoughts, images and symbols to focus the mind on the workings of the body to accomplish a particular goal, desired outcome or physiological change, such as pain relief or healing of disease. This flow of thought can take many forms and, through the imagination, involve all the physical senses.

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Fast, effective methods for weight, stress, fear, pain, smoking, etc. Certified Hypnotherapist, Thought Field Therapy, Time Line Therapy, NLP and Complementary Medical Hypnosis, since 1989. See ads, pages 11 and 85.

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE PHYSICIAN HENRY C. SOBO, MD

Optimal Health Medical LLC 111 High Ridge Rd, Stamford 203-348-8805 DrSobo.com Advances in Regenerative Medicine allow Dr. Sobo to offer cutting-edge technologies such as PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatments and adult stem cell therapy. Dr. Sobo’s integrative approach addresses a variety of conditions such as: food allergies, Alzheimer’s/ dementia, chronic fatigue syndrome, weight loss, hormonal health, fibromyalgia, anti-aging medicine, and MTHFR-Genetic Mutation. See ad, page 57.


INTEGRATIVE NATURAL MEDICINE CONNECTICUT INTEGRATIVE MEDICAL CENTER

Dr. Patrick Fratellone, MD, RH, FIM, FACC Dr. Ryan Attar, ND, MS Dr. Jennifer Goto, ND, MSAc Dr. Emma Cooke, ND, MS Dr. Hannibal Miles, ND, MS, CNS Dr. Katie Zinn, ND, MSAc 1817 Black Rock Tpke, Ste 205, Fairfield 203-717-1339 ConnecticutIntegrativeMedicalCenter.com ConnecticutIntegrative@gmail.com

Connecticut Integrative Medical Center, located in Fairfield, CT offers integrative care from our diverse team of practitioners. With combined care of a medical doctor, licensed naturopathic physicians, nutritionists, and acupuncturists we will help you achieve your health goals. We offer medically-supervised IV therapy for a variety of conditions and ailments including Lyme, cancer, and autoimmune diseases, amongst many others. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

SOPHIA NATURAL HEALTH CENTER Ken Hoffman, DACM, LAc, Medical Director 31 Old Rte 7, Brookfield 203-740-9300 INM.Center

Using naturopathic and Chinese medical principles, we get to the source of your health concerns. Diagnostic methods include functional testing such as advanced bloodwork analysis, cardiovascular testing, hormone evaluation and thermography. Our customized treatment program includes acupuncture, herbal and nutritional medicine, diet and lifestyle counseling and more. Most insurance accepted.

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WHOLE-BODY MEDICINE LLC Adam Breiner, ND, Director David Brady, ND, CCN, DACBN David Johnston, DO Elena Sokolova, MD, ND 203-371-8258 WholeBodyMed.com

Using state-of-the-art science combined with holistic medicine, our caring integrative physicians correct underlying imbalances and address issues which may interfere with the body’s ability to heal itself. We treat many conditions including Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, immune disorders, allergies, thyroid conditions, pain, neurological conditions, stroke, concussion, ADD/ ADHD, depression, insomnia and more. We offer hyperbaric oxygen, neurofeedback and neurotherapies, osteopathic medicine, functional medicine, IV nutrient and chelation therapy, energetic medicine, homeopathy, Japanese Reiki, nutrition, colonics and detoxification, enhanced brain, athletic, scholastic performance, and more. See ad, page 2.

INTERIOR DESIGN/ DESIGN PSYCHOLOGY BETSY CAMERON, SEVA INTERIORS

203-635-0808 SevaInteriors@gmail.com SevaInteriors.com From the light in a room to the colors we choose to the shapes and textures of our furnishings, design elements influence how we feel, behave and perform. Not just decor, we will create spaces that uplift and inspire! Make room to bloom.

INSPIRATIONAL BOUTIQUE THE ANGEL COOPERATIVE

Purveyors of Positivity 51 Ethan Allen Hwy (Route 7), Ridgefield 203-431-2959 TheAngelCoop.com A unique lifestyle boutique featuring the first Shungite room in the U.S., The Angel Cooperative has products and experiences designed to care for your body and soul while also offering beautiful and healing goods for the home. We offer a regular schedule of workshops, meditations, classes, and other holistic and spiritual events. See ad, page 27.

INTEGRATIVE OPTOMETRY EYECARE ASSOCIATES, PC

Dr. Randy Schulman, MS, OD, FCOVD Locations: 6515 Main St, Trumbull • 203-374-2020 444 Westport Ave, Norwalk • 203-840-1991 2600 Post Rd, Southport • 203-255-4005 1425 Bedford St, 1M, Stamford • 203-357-0204 CTEyeCareAssociates.com We offer behavioral optometry, comprehensive vision exams, contact lenses and vision therapy. See ad, page 11.

INTUITIVE CONSULTANT VICTORIA SHAW, PHD

Office in Westport 203-254-3403 VictoriaShawIntuitive.com Drawing on both her intuitive abilities and training in psychology/counseling, Victoria can help you rediscover your life’s purpose, restore hope and improve the quality of life. Readings are always heartcentered and life-affirming. Common issues include life transitions, health and wellness, relationships, parenting, monetary and career issues, decision-making, self-improvement, and intuition development. See ad, page 25.

IV THERAPY WHOLE-BODY MEDICINE LLC

501 Kings Highway E, Ste 108, Fairfield 203-371-8258 WholeBodyMed.com IV nutrient therapy bypasses the digestive process and delivers 100% of pure quality nutrients to your cells. Custom drips support your immune system, help you recover from long work hours, hangovers, jet lag, and increase stamina, support muscle recovery and growth, aid in detoxification, provide anti-aging benefits for youthful skin and glow, promote weight loss, help brain function, provide an energy boost and more. See ad, page 2.

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JIKIDEN REIKI

Healing touch: A non-invasive, relaxing and nurturing energy therapy that helps to restore physical, emotional, mental and spiritual balance, and support self-healing. A gentle touch is used on or near the fully clothed client to influence the body’s inner energy centers and exterior energy fields. Healing touch is used to ease acute and chronic conditions, assist with pain management, encourage deep relaxation and accelerate wound healing.

JAMES LANDERS AND JEANNETTE STELLATO

ReikiOvertones LLC dba Jikiden Reiki Connecticut 95 Harris St, Fairfield 203-254-3958 ReikiOvertones@sbcglobal.net JikidenReiki@gmail.com ReikiOvertones.com

Herbal medicine: This oldest form of medicine uses natural plants in a wide variety of forms for their therapeutic value. Herbs produce and contain various chemical substances that act upon the body to strengthen its natural functions without the negative side effects of synthetic drugs. They may be taken internally or applied externally via teas, tinctures, extracts, oils, ointments, compresses and poultices.

Hydrotherapy: The use of water, ice, steam, and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include fullbody immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation, and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used at home as part of a selfcare program.

Homeopathy: A therapy that uses small doses of specially prepared plants and minerals to stimulate the body’s defense mechanisms and healing processes in order to cure illness. Homeopathy, taken from the Greek words homeos, meaning “similar”, and pathos, meaning “suffering”, employs the concept that “like cures like”. A remedy is individually chosen for a person based on its capacity to cause, if given in an overdose, physical and psychological symptoms similar to those the patient is experiencing.

Hypnotherapy: A range of hypnosis techniques that allow practitioners to bypass the conscious mind and access the subconscious. The altered state that occurs under hypnosis has been compared to a state of deep meditation or transcendence, in which the innate recuperative abilities of the psyche are allowed to flow more freely. The subject can achieve greater clarity regarding his or her own wants and needs, explore other events or periods of life that require resolution, or generally develop a more positive attitude.

Jim and Jeannette live in Fairfield where they teach and practice Jikiden Reiki (Reiki as it was directly taught in Japan). They offer training seminars and opportunities for students to practice and review. They offer Reiki treatments to the general public, organize events for guest lecturers, and established volunteer Reiki programs in nursing/ health care facilities where students participate. They also organize guided tours to Japan where students can attend Reiki seminars at the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto, Japan.

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LASER SKIN CARE HILDA DEMIRJIAN LASER AND SKIN CARE CENTER 34 South Broadway, Ste 607 White Plains, NY 914-374-1756 HildaDemirjianLaser.com

Since 1974, Hilda Demirjian has been a leader in the use of laser collagen treatments for better, younger looking skin. Effective on the face, neck and body for fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, discoloration, scars, cellulite, rosacea, stretch marks, skin tightening and turkey neck. Non-invasive, fast treatments with no downtime. Call today for your confidential free consultation. See ad, page 33.

LIFE COACH CHRISTINE MOFFATT

Energy Space Wellness and Divorce Coaching Services Westchester and Greenwich 203-625-8461 Christine@EnergySpace.life EnergySpace.life We offer wellness and divorce coaching as well as energy work, and group sessions for clients looking for social support and connections in addition to private coaching. I am also a Reiki Master and often incorporate the practice when clients are looking for help managing stress. See ad, page 33.

LYME & CO-INFECTIONS ANDREA CANDEE, MH, MSC

25+ years successfully addressing Lyme disease 914-763-8889 AndreaCandee.com Antibiotic-resistant viruses cause chronic Lyme (brain fog, nerve disorders, headaches, joint/muscle pain, fatigue). Neurological strep affects children/adults, causing tics, anxiety, OCD and more. Quantum physics, 21st century science targets/ cancels pathogenic frequencies from body. Protocols are three-pronged: vibrational frequencies, herbs and food guidance.

LYME DISEASE EDUCATION/SUPPORT LYME CONNECTION

400 Main St, Ridgefield Info@LymeConnection.org LymeConnection.org Lyme Connection is an all-volunteer, communitybased task force providing support and resources to patients and their families coping with tickborne disease. See ad, page 9.

LYME DISEASE HEALING HAUTE HEALING OASIS 792 Pacific St, Stamford 203-595-5304 Info@HauteSauna.com HauteHealingOasis.com

Our holistic healing modalities are proven to help with Lyme disease issues and the vital detoxification process required to purge your body from this debilitating condition. Using infrared sauna therapy, BEMER sessions and CBD, we have seen dramatic results and would love to help you next. See ad, page 87.

LYME RECOVERY CLINIC & DETOX CENTER Gregg Kirk 528 Post Rd, Darien 203-858-9725 Gregg.Kirk@gmail.com

The center was launched in 2017 to help those suffering from Lyme disease and other chronic illnesses heal through all-natural herbal treatments, intensive detox measures, parasite cleanses and energy healing. Only $50 for initial consult. See ad, page 34.

LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE THERAPY SARAH ROTELLA

Enlightenment Center, Integrative Wellness Therapies 100 Danbury Rd, Ste 102, Ridgefield Additional location in Greenwich 203-525-5830 S.Light@mac.com SenLightenment.com Advanced manual lymphatic drainage therapy is applying specific techniques to support, pre and post operative surgical procedures, detoxification, the immune system, neuro fascial release, the glymphatic system and the brain. This is supportive of both neural and cognitive functioning. See ad, page 91.

MASSAGE AND BODYWORK DIVINE MASSAGE & ENERGY WORK Ruth Linley LMT #7411 35 Columbus St, Seymour 203-650-2433 DivineMassage@yahoo.com

Ruth is a licensed massage therapist and certified in many energy healing modalities. She offers therapeutic massage and energy work that best works for your specific energy blocks. The combination of massage and energy clears your physical body and energy fields, which helps you create the life you want to achieve.

HAUTE HEALING OASIS 792 Pacific St, Stamford 203-595-5304 Info@HauteSauna.com HauteHealingOasis.com

Our elite massage therapists are some of the most sought after and experienced therapists in the country. From Swedish and deep tissue to pre-natal and more specialized SOMA therapies, we have the abilities to treat all your massage needs. See ad, page 87.

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natural living glossary Integrative medicine: This holistic approach combines conventional Western medicine with complementary alternative treatments in order to simultaneously treat mind, body and spirit. Geared to the promotion of health and the prevention of illness, it neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies, without serious evaluation.

Intuitive arts: A general term for various methods of divination, such as numerology, psychic reading and tarot reading. Individuals may consult practitioners to seek information about the future or insights into personal concerns or their personality. Numerology emphasizes the significance of numbers derived from the spelling of names, birth dates and other significant references; psychics may claim various abilities, from finding lost objects and persons to communicating with the spirits of the dead. Tarot readers interpret a deck of cards containing archetypal symbols. Iridology: Analysis of the delicate structure of the iris, the colored portion of the eye, to reveal information about conditions within the body. More than 90 specific zones on each iris—for a combined total of more than 180 zones— correspond to specific areas of the body. Because body weaknesses are often noticeable in the iris long before they are discernible through blood work or other laboratory analysis, iridology can be a useful tool for preventive self-care.

MASSAGE AND BODYWORK Jin Shin (or Jin Shin Jyutsu): A gentle, noninvasive, energy-balancing art and philosophy that embodies a life of simplicity, calmness, patience and self-containment. Practitioners employ simple acupressure techniques, using their fingers and hands on a fully-clothed client to help eliminate stress, create emotional equilibrium, relieve pain, and alleviate acute or chronic conditions. Kinesiology/applied kinesiology: The study of muscles and their movement. Applied kinesiology tests the relative strength and weakness of selected muscles to identify decreased function in body organs and systems, as well as imbalances and restrictions in the body’s energy flow. Some tests use acupuncture meridians and others analyze interrelationships among muscles, organs, the brain and the body’s energy field. Applied kinesiology is also used to check the body’s response to treatments that are being considered. Magnetic field therapy: Electromagnetic energy and the human body have a vital and valid interrelationship, making it possible to use magnetic field therapy as an aid in diagnosing and treating physical and emotional disorders. This process is reported to relieve symptoms and may, in some cases, retard the cycle of new diseases. Magnets and electromagnetic therapy devices are now being used to eliminate pain, facilitate the healing of broken bones and counter the effects of stress.

JIIVA YOGA, REIKI AND MASSAGE CENTER

2900 Main St, Ste 1A, Stratford 203-345-7747 JiivaCenter.com We offer Traditional, Thai Massage and Prenatal massage. At Jiiva Massage, our goal is to provide our clients with a variety of experienced therapists and modalities to choose from. Our hope is to provide you with an assortment of different techniques so you can find what works best for your individual needs. See ad, page 82.

ROBIN ORDAN, LMT, LCSW, CICMI Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki Practitioner Old Greenwich/Stamford 203-561-8535 RobinOrdanLMT.com

Robin has been providing massage and Reiki for over 15 years. Specializing in Swedish, pregnancy, trigger point, injuries and infant/child massage instruction. Sessions are individualized to meet your needs. See ad, page 46.

Massage therapy: A general term for the manipulation of soft tissue for therapeutic purposes. Massage therapy incorporates various disciplines and involves kneading, rubbing, brushing and tapping the muscles and connective tissues by hand or using mechanical devices. Its goal is to increase circulation and detoxification in order to reduce physical and emotional stress and increase overall wellness.

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VALLEY SPIRIT WELLNESS CENTER 6 Green Hill Rd, Washington Depot 860-619-2788 ValleySpiritCoop.com

Pauline Koinis, Byron Eddy, Sean Flanagan, Inga Natoli, Domanie Guerrera offer massage therapies, energy healing and organic facials in our three thoughtfully appointed treatment rooms. See ad, page 43.

MEDITATION CENTER FOR MINDFULNESS & INSIGHT MEDITATION 9 Picketts Ridge Rd, West Redding 203-244-3130 ReddingMeditation.org

We teach and practice Mahasati meditation. Mahasati meditation cultivates self-awareness through attention to the movement of the body and, at more advanced levels, to the movement of the mind. No prior meditating experience is necessary. Ongoing weekly meditation classes, retreats and events. Please check monthly event calendar or visit ReddingMeditation.org for updated information.

JAMPA STEWART, MSOM, LAC Certified Teacher Valley Spirit Wellness Center 6 Green Hill Rd, Washington Depot 860-619-2788 ValleySpiritCoop.com

Meditation can be easier to master than you think. Taoist, Tibetan Buddhist and generic meditation. Beginners and experienced practitioners both welcome. See ad, page 43.

MEDIUM JEANNE STREET

Spiritual Medium, Healer, Author RMT, Certified Raw Food Specialist JeanneStreet.com 203-788-9338 Jeanne is an author, owner of Inspirit Healing Studio in Woodbury and creator of Goddess Youniversity, an online community to learn, grow and heal without having to leave the comfort of your own home. Her work focuses on embodying the Holy Spirit. See ad, page 19.

NATURE SCHOOL TWO COYOTES WILDERNESS SCHOOL

P.O. Box 711, Monroe TwoCoyotes.org Facebook.com/TwoCoyotes Instagram.com/TwoCoyotes Two Coyotes Wilderness School is a non-profit nature organization dedicated to creating a healthier, more connected future by connecting people to nature, community, and their personal empowerment. We offer year-round wildernessbased mentorship programs, including summer camps, for all ages. See ad, page 41.

NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIAN ADAM BREINER, ND

Whole-Body Medicine LLC 501 Kings Hwy E, Ste 108, Fairfield 203-371-8258 WholeBodyMed.com Dr. Adam Breiner has helped patients with a wide variety of neurological conditions—including stroke, concussions, TBIs, ADD/ADHD, depression and anxiety—as well as seeing patients for enhanced sports, scholastic and workplace performance. His center was the first facility in the country to offer the powerful combination of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and neurofeedback. Dr. Breiner also has natural and cutting-edge approaches for the treatment of Lyme disease. See ad, page 2.

FAIRFIELD FAMILY HEALTH Dr. Jaquel Patterson 22 Fairfield Pl, Fairfield 203-254-9957 Info@FairfieldFamilyHealth.com FairfieldFamilyHealth.com

Become your best self. My practice areas of focus include Lyme disease and co-infections, autoimmune conditions and anxiety. I work with chronic immune dysfunction, including allergies; asthma; and childhood disorders like ADD/ADHD, PANDAS/PANS and autism spectrum disorders.

NEERU KAUSHIK, ND, MS ACU, MS, MA Institute for Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Therapies 805 Kings Highway East, Fairfield 203-331-9111 DrKaushik@AyurvedicInstituteCT.com

A combination of Ayurveda and Naturopathy is used to create a unique treatment plan to regain and maintain health. Based on one’s particular body constitution (dosha), a plan may include supplements, diet/nutrition suggestions, lifestyle management, detoxification, hydrotherapy, 0zone therapy, Panchakarma. See ad, page 5.

NATURAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER

Lisa Singley, ND, MS 2103 Main St, Ste 2, Stratford 203-874-4333 Info@NHAWC.com NHAWC.com We use advanced diagnostic testing with safe, effective, all-natural healing modalities and treatment options to treat acute and chronic conditions; restore balance; and treat the mind, body and spirit. Specialists in endocrine disorders, digestive issues, pain management and chronic fatigue. We offer comprehensive solutions to prevent illness and maintain optimal health for body, mind and spirit. See ad, page 12.

NADIA NOORI, ND

Shalva Clinic 8 Lincoln St, Westport 203-916-4600 DrNoori@ShalvaClinic.org ShalvaClinic.org As a licensed naturopathic physician, I utilize comprehensive assessments in conjunction with innovative and standard laboratory testing to develop tailored health plans that encourage the body’s inherent ability to heal.

MARVIN P. SCHWEITZER, ND Wellness Institute 1 Westport Ave, Norwalk 203-847-2788 DrMarvinSchweitzer.com

Family Health Care using all natural therapies for 25 years. Acupuncture, bioidentical hormones, homeopathy, Chinese/Western herbs, allergy/ toxin testing, oxygen therapy, Meridian stress assessment, nutrition/enzyme therapies. See ad, page 81.

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natural living glossary Meditation: The intentional directing of attention to one’s inner self. Methods and practices to achieve a meditative state are based upon various principles using the body or mind; they may also employ control or letting-go mechanisms. Techniques include the use of imagery, mantras, observation and the control of breathing. Research has shown that regular meditation can contribute to psychological and physiological well-being. As a spiritual practice, meditation is used to facilitate a mystical sense of oneness with a higher power or the Universe. It can also help reduce stress and alleviate stress-related ailments, such as anxiety and high blood pressure.

Mediumship: A medium professes to mentally see, hear and/or sense persons or entities in a spiritual dimension, and convey messages from them to people in the physical world. Readings focus on evidential messages from recognizable personalities in the spirit world. The messages are delivered as guidance for one’s “highest good”. Midwife: A birth attendant who assists a woman through the prenatal, labor, birth and postpartum stages of pregnancy. The mother is encouraged to be involved and to feel in control of her birthing experience. Midwives are knowledgeable about normal pregnancy, labor, birth and pain relief options. They respect the process of birth as an innate and familiar process. Certified nursemidwives are registered nurses who have received advanced training and passed a national certification exam. Nurse-midwives collaborate with physicians as needed, especially when problems arise during pregnancy. (Also see Doula.) Naturopathy: A comprehensive and eclectic system whose philosophy is based upon working in harmony with the body’s natural healing abilities. Naturopathy incorporates a broad range of natural methods and substances aimed to promote health. Training may include the study of specific approaches, including massage, manipulation, acupuncture, acupressure, counseling, applied nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy and minor surgery, plus basic obstetrics for assistance with natural childbirth. Network chiropractic: Uses Network Spinal Analysis (NSA), a system of assessing and contributing to spinal and neural integrity, as well as health and wellness. Founded and developed by Donald Epstein. Practitioners 74

NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIAN employ gentle force to the spine to help the body eliminate mechanical tension in the neurological system. The body naturally develops strategies to dissipate stored tension/energy, thus enhancing self-regulation of tension and spinal interference. (Also see Chiropractic.) Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP): A systematic approach to changing the limiting patterns of thought, behavior and language. Through conversation, practitioners observe the client’s language, eye movements, posture, breathing and gestures in order to detect and help change unconscious patterns linked to the client’s emotional state. Nutritional counseling: Embracing a wider ange of approaches, nutrition-based, complementary therapies and counseling to seek to alleviate physical and psychological disorders through special diets and food supplements. These will be either macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, proteins and fiber) or micronutrients (vitamins, minerals and trace elements that cannot be manufactured in the body). Nutritional therapy/counseling often uses dietary or food supplements, which can include tablets, capsules, powders or liquids. Osteopathy/osteopathic physicians: Uses generally accepted physical, pharmacological and surgical methods of diagnosis and therapy—with a strong emphasis on body mechanics and manipulative methods to detect and correct faulty structure and function—in order to restore the body’s natural healing capacities. Doctors of osteopathy are fully trained and licensed according to the same standards as medical doctors; they receive additional extensive training in the body’s structure and functions.

Oxygen therapies: Alters the body’s chemistry to help overcome disease, promote repair and improve overall function. Properly applied, oxygen may be used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including infections, circulatory problems, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, allergies, cancer and multiple sclerosis. The major types of oxygen therapy used to treat illness are hyperbaric oxygen and ozone. Hydrogen peroxide therapy (oral or intravenous) can be dangerous and should be avoided.

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SHALVA CLINIC LLC

Ellen M Lewis, ND, Director 8 Lincoln St, Westport 203-916-4600 ShalvaClinic.org Dr. Lewis offers comprehensive holistic care for women including well-women exams, fertility, thyroid and menopause support. She also has a CMYK 1, 0 special1, 99,interest in pediatrics and utilizes a variety of natural modalities when working with patients with CMYK ADD/ADHD, autism, 58,allergies, eczema and 79, 0, 0 asthma. Treatments include herbal medicine, functional medicine, biotherapeutic drainage, homeopathy and more.

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The NeuroEdge Brain Performance Center Division of Whole-Body Medicine Full ColorHighway E, Ste 108, Fairfield One Color 501 Kings 203-371-8258 TheNeuroEdge.com The NeuroEdge is dedicated to keeping your brain sharp and high-functioning. We treat head injuries and brain traumas such as concussion and stroke as well as help athletes, students and businesspeople improve their performance. Learn and view our cutting-edge neurotherapies at TheNeuroEdge.com. See ad, page 2.

ROSEANN CAPANNA-HODGE, EDD, LPC, BCN, LLC 898 Ethan Allen Hwy, Ridgefield Offices in Ridgefield and Newtown 203-438-4848 Info@DrRoseann.com DrRoseann.com

We work with children, adolescents, teens, adults and families around a variety of issues with non-medication therapies. We provide brain-based treatments like neurofeedback, biofeedback, EFT, hypnosis, meditation, etc. Our staff provides non-judgmental support to help alleviate stress and promote wellness. See ad, page 21.


PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEW AGE STORE THE SACRED SPIRIT

Bobby Kitsios 135 Clover Hill Dr, Stamford TheSacredSpirit.net The Sacred Spirit is a gift shop offering tools for personal and spiritual growth as well as evidential readings and various energy healing modalities. Offerings include Ohempo CBD products, artwork, candles, décor, crystals, jewelry, tarot/oracle cards and more. Readers and healers are available by appointment. See ad, page 25.

NON-DENOMINATIONAL WEDDINGS MICHAEL ROSENBAUM ACHT, MP, OD Danbury, and Katonah and Mt. Kisco, NY 914-218-9000 • AlternativeChoices.org

As an ordained minister and spiritual teacher, I work together with couples to create a unique wedding ceremony that is personal and meaningful to them. Spiritual, not religious. I’ll walk you through all the parts. See my website for more info. Call for free 20-minute phone consult.

ORGANIC SALON ECO CHIC SALON SPA & BLOW DRY BAR 16 Center St, Wilton 203-966-5655 • EcoChicSalonCT.com

Eco Chic Salon Spa & Blow Dry Bar is committed to the healthy way of life so many people strive for each and every day. Mindful stylists are dedicated to the use of environmentally friendly products, including Eco Chic branded products, and alternative hair services with less toxic variations from the typical salon experience. Be well. Be beautiful. See ad, page 45.

OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIAN DAVID L. JOHNSTON, DO

158 Danbury Rd, Ridgefield 203-438-9915 • OsteopathicWellness.net Dr. Johnston has been providing gentle, holistic, hands-on osteopathic manual treatment and nutrition for over 20 years. Excellent for newborns, birth trauma, concussions, headaches, sports injuries, neck and back pain, digestive issues, brain support, stress, fibromyalgia, detoxification and weight loss, specialized bloodwork.

DR. LORI MONACO

Inspire and Empower, LLC 203-395-9832 DrLoriMonaco@gmail.com DrLoriMonaco.com Dr. Monaco is a Transformational Speaker and Coach who helps people break bad habits and change negative behaviors and beliefs to unlock their full potential and manifest abundance. She offers one-on-one or group coaching sessions, lectures and workshops, and Laughter Yoga sessions. She works with children to adults.

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ROSEANN CAPANNA-HODGE, EDD, LPC, BCN, LLC

898 Ethan Allen Hwy, Ridgefield Offices in Ridgefield and Newtown 203-438-4848 Info@DrRoseann.com • DrRoseann.com Our highly trained and experienced therapists utilize a variety of brain-based tools and techniques that allow the CNS to calm down so one can address their issues without heightened anxiety. We specialize in pediatrics, parenting and supporting individuals with chronic issues. See ad, page 21.

ROBIN ORDAN, LCSW Family, Child, Individual and Couples Therapy Old Greenwich/Stamford 203-561-8535 RobinOrdanLCSW.com

Robin has more than 18 years of experience working with families and children. Specializing in divorce, parent/child conflict, grief, attachment/bonding, child development and parenting. See ad, page 61.

ANN C. REEVES, PSYD, LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

Private Practice of Positive Psychology and Mindfulness 3 Hollyhock Ln, Wilton 203-909-6391 AnnReevesPsychology.com Dr. Reeves blends traditional psychotherapy with holistic practices, helping clients through difficult patches in their lives. With training in positive psychology, mindfulness-based stress reduction, EMDR, and hospital chaplaincy, she teaches clients strategies for the management of anxiety, pain, depression, and illness while increasing hope and positivity. See ad, page 61.

RS HOLISTIC COUNSELING, COACHING AND HEALING

Rebecca Schoenewolf, LPC, LMHC, RMT 152 Deer Hill Ave, Ste 119, Danbury 203-826-2558 RSHolisticServices.com Rebecca is holistic LPC and LMHC, Reiki master and teacher (Usui/Holy Fire), and healer. She has over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. She maintains a private practice in Danbury that emphasizes calm acceptance and safety. She is EMDR-certified, and has experience with working through many mental health issues.

NANCY SCHERLONG, LCSW

Coaching/Psychotherapy/Consulting Offices in Danbury and Ridgefield 914-572-3167 WellnessMetaphors.com Manage stress with relaxation techniques. Rediscover your creativity through writing and the expressive arts. Resolve trauma with EMDR, IFS or SE. Or book an experiential workshop! Nancy has over 20 years of experience with children, families, groups, adults and corporate wellness programs. See ad, page 97.

VICTORIA SHAW, PHD

Intuitive Psychotherapist Office in Westport 203-210-5700 VictoriaShawPsychotherapy.com I combine the best of traditional psychotherapy with intuitive guidance in my work with children, teens and adults. My goal is to connect clients with their own inner source of strength, wisdom and healing. See ad, page 25.

REIKI GIGI BENANTI, USUI REIKI MASTER Angelic Healing Center 7 Morgan Ave, Norwalk 203-852-1150 AngelHealReiki.com

Gigi is an experienced Reiki Master/Teacher. She offers all levels of Reiki training monthly. All classes and Reiki sessions include the latest techniques including Karuna, Angelic and Jikiden Reiki.

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natural living glossary Past Life Regression: Past life and regression therapies operate on the assumption that many physical, mental and emotional challenges are extensions of unresolved problems from the past, either childhood traumas or experiences in previous lifetimes. The practitioner uses hypnosis or other altered states of consciousness and relaxation techniques to access the source of this “unfinished business”, and helps clients to analyze, integrate and release past traumas that are interfering with their current lives.

Pilates: A structured system of small isolated movements that demands powerful focus on feeling every nuance of muscle action while working out on floor mats or machines. Emphasizes development of the torso’s abdominal power center, or core. More gentle than conventional exercises, Pilates—like yoga— yields long, lean, flexible muscles with gracefully balanced movements that readily translate into everyday activities like walking, sitting and bending. Can help in overcoming injuries. Prolotherapy: A rejuvenating therapy that uses injections of natural substances to stimulate collagen growth in order to strengthen weak or damaged joints, tendons, ligaments or muscles. Often used as a natural alternative to drugs and/ or surgery to treat pain syndromes, including degenerative arthritis, lower back, neck and joint pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, migraine headaches, and torn ligaments and cartilage. Qigong and Tai chi: Qigong and tai chi combine movement, meditation and breathe regulation to enhance the flow of vital energy (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”) in the body, improve circulation and enhance immune function. Qigong traces its roots to traditional Chinese medicine. Tai chi was originally a selfdefense martial art descended from qigong and employed to promote inner peace and calm.

REIKI Real Time EEG Neurofeedback: Involves direct training of brain function. Using computer processing to capture electrical activity in the brain, an individual can reward the brain with positive feedback, changing its activity to desired, more appropriate patterns. Gradually, the brain learns and remembers how to exhibit only the good patterns. Reflexology: A natural healing art based upon the principle that there are reflexes in the feet and hands that correspond to every part of the body. Correctly stimulating and applying pressure to the feet or hands increases circulation and promotes specifically designated bodily and muscular functions. Reiki: Means “universal life-force energy”. A method of activating and balancing the life-force (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”). Practitioners use light hand placements to channel healing energies to organs and glands or to align the body’s chakras (energy centers). Various techniques can ease emotional and mental distress, heal chronic and acute physical problems, and achieve spiritual focus and clarity. Reiki can be a valuable addition to the work of chiropractors, massage therapists, nurses and others for whom the use of touch is essential and appropriate.

2900 Main St, Ste 1A, Stratford 203-345-7747 JiivaCenter.com Berta Prevosti is a Usui and Karuna Reiki Master and has been practicing Reiki for over 20 years. We also have several experienced Reiki Masters and practitioners. We offer private Reiki sessions for physical and emotional pain. We also have ongoing Reiki classes that are taught in the traditional Usui method by Berta. See ad, page 82.

DEANA PAQUA, MA, LMT Embody the Sacred Ridgefield and New Milford 203-994-5045 EmbodyTheSacred.net

Integrating Reiki, energy medicine and shamanic healing for healers, empaths and spiritual seekers. Offering sessions and classes in Usui and Karuna Reiki. A nurturing, hands-on, spiritual approach to deep healing to transform trauma, pain and loss. See ad, page 53.

JAMES LANDERS AND JEANNETTE STELLATO

ReikiOvertones LLC dba Jikiden Reiki Connecticut 95 Harris St, Fairfield 203-254-3958 ReikiOvertones@sbcglobal.net JikidenReiki@gmail.com ReikiOvertones.com Rolfing structural integration (Rolfing): A hands-on technique for deep tissue manipulation of the myofascial system—which is composed of the muscles and the connective tissue, or fascia—in order to restore the body’s natural alignment and sense of integration. The range and freedom of physical and emotional expression increases as the body is released from old patterns and postures. Rolfing can help ease pain and chronic stress, enhance neurological functioning, improve posture and re-store flexibility. Shamanism: An ancient healing tradition which believes that loss of power is the real source of illness and that all healing includes the spiritual dimension. Shamanic healing usually involves induction into an altered state of consciousness and journeying into the spirit world to regain personal power and to access the powers of nature and of teachers. Shamanic healing may be taken literally or employed symbolically; the tradition can be both self-empowering and selfhealing.

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Jim and Jeannette live in Fairfield where they teach and practice Jikiden Reiki (Reiki as it was directly taught in Japan). They offer training seminars and opportunities for students to practice and review. They offer Reiki treatments to the general public, organize events for guest lecturers, and established volunteer Reiki programs in nursing/health care facilities where students participate. They also organize guided tours to Japan where students can attend Reiki seminars at the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto, Japan.


TURNING POINT REIKI LLC

JoAnn Inserra Duncan, MS, RMT 100B Danbury Rd, Ste 101, Ridgefield 203-438-3050 TurningPointReiki.com TurningPointShare.com JoAnn uses intuition, experience and a deep spiritual connection in her Reiki, IET and Reconnective Healing sessions. Specializing in care for individuals with cancer, Lyme disease and back pain. All Reiki levels taught. See ad, page 28.

ROHUN TRANSFORMATIONAL THERAPY MICHAEL ROSENBAUM ACHT, MP, OD Danbury, and Katonah and Mt. Kisco, NY 914-218-9000 AlternativeChoices.org

RoHun works with negative memories and destructive patterns in the unconscious mind that are stored in the first six energy chakras. I have found RoHun to be the single most powerful process I have done in my life that has created the most lasting fundamental changes in my outlook on life. Go to my website to see more. Call for free 20-minute phone consult.

SHAMANIC PRACTITIONER HUNTER HEALING HANDS

Jessica C. Hunter 203-916-8381 HunterHealingHands@hotmail.com HunterHealingHands.com Healing sessions in shamanic healing, Melody crystal healing, Reiki, shamanic intuitive readings. Accredited and certification training programs in Reiki, crystal healing and shamanic healing. See ad, page 22.

DEANA PAQUA, MA, LMT Embody the Sacred Ridgefield and New Milford 203-994-5045 EmbodyTheSacred.net

Specializing in shamanic and holistic health education for healers, empaths and spiritual seekers. Experience self-healing and self-empowerment through ancient and modern tools to transform trauma, pain and loss. Expand your gifts and make a difference. See ad, page 53.

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714 Main St South, Woodbury 203-263-7836 PutItTogetherLLC.com PutItTogetherLLC@cs.com

Certified Feng Shui Design Consultant and Teacher In-home or by web video 860-248-0373 MaryCipriano.com

Incorporating environmentally sound options into a traditional Mary received her feng shui interior design business, I can design certification from the show you great options for low New York Institute of Art and to no VOC exposure in your Design. She uses feng shui homes. Offering interior design, principles to work with feng shui and environmental individual clients on balancing consultations. See ad, page 33. the energy in their home or office. She also conducts group Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) workshops. THERMOGRAPHY

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TAI CHI/QIGONG JAMPA STEWART, MSOM, LAC  Board Certified Acupuncturist Valley Spirit Wellness Center 6 Green Hill Rd, Washington Depot 860-619-2788 ValleySpiritCoop.com

Develop physical and mental fitness and find a new harmony of the mind, body and spirit using these ancient Chinese movement arts. Starting with basic movements, warm-up techniques and breathing exercises, you will learn a set of flowing natural movements done slowly with calmness, balance and awareness. Weekly classes, weekend workshops and retreats. See ad, page 43.

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I’ve helped hundreds of clients rapidly let go of lifelong unhealthy patterns and stuck emotions and live from their authentic self consistently, so they could enjoy a joyful and meaningful life. See my website for videos, testimonials and more. Call for free 20-minute phone consult.

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natural living glossary Shiatsu: The most widely known form of acupressure, shiatsu is a Japanese word meaning finger pressure. The technique applies varying degrees of pressure to balance the life energy that flows through specific pathways, or meridians, in the body. Used to release tension and strengthen weak areas in order to facilitate even circulation, cleanse cells and improve the function of vital organs.

TRANSFORMATIVE HEALING KATHIE DELALLO

Angels Whisper Soul Journey Redding 203-733-2072 KatherinDeLallo@att.net Kathie is a practitioner of 13th Octave/LaHoChi energy healing technique. She connects to the realms of Ascended Masters, Archangels and pure Source love to aid her clients in their personal healing journeys.

NESKO ELDEN Sound healing: Employs vocal and instrumental tones, generated internally or externally. When sounds are produced with healing intent, they can create sympathetic resonance in the physical and energy bodies. Sound healing also is used to bring discordant energy into balance and harmony. Thermography (thermal imaging): A diagnostic technique that uses an infrared camera to measure temperature variations on the surface of the body, producing images that reveal sites of inflammation and abnormal tissue growth. Inflammation is recognized as the earliest stage of nearly all major health challenges.

Westport 203-451-6175 EldenCoaching@gmail.com Nesko is a master healer, coach and a practitioner in different energy healing modalities. She practices 13th Octave/LaHoChi, Reiki, Pranic Healing and Miracle Breath Coaching. Her integrative approach to energy and well-being creates transformational changes from inside out and on all levels.

ESSENTIAL HOLISTIC HEALING, LLC Jackie Karabin, Reiki Master, LMT Wilton 203-984-1491 Info@EssentialHolisticHealing.com EssentialHolisticHealing.com

Find balance and enhance the health and well-being of your body, mind and spirit through Reiki and massage therapy. Offering a holistic approach with tailored sessions to honor the specific needs and goals of the client.

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Know Risks and Address Them Early

Heart of a Woman The Right Choices Keep It Strong

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ometime between the salad and the main course at her grandson’s bar mitzvah, Joyce Lenard, then 69, felt a crushing pressure deep within her chest. A tireless go-getter who had worked in Hillary Clinton’s district office when she was a U.S. senator, raised two daughters and recently donated a kidney to one of them, Lenard had spent months painstakingly planning the 100-guest gala, so when the pain came, she ignored it and got on with the party. She even drove herself to her Long Island home that night. “I just assumed I was having indigestion and it would pass,” Lenard recalls. Hours later, her husband rushed her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a rare, often-fatal form of heart attack, takotsubo cardiomyopathy, in which intense stress literally changes the shape of the heart. Thankful to be alive, she has since taken up meditation, cleaned up her diet and now leads a support group for 80

female heart patients of all ages. Like her, many of them never saw it coming. “Women tend to be the caregivers,” says Lenard. “We take care of our husbands, our families, our friends, our careers, and we often forget about our own health. Then look what happens.” Lenard is among the 44 million U.S. women with cardiovascular disease, an insidious illness that until recently has been erroneously framed as a “man’s disease”. In reality, it is the number one killer of women, responsible for one in three deaths each year, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). By comparison, one in 26 women die of breast cancer. While awareness has risen since 2004, when AHA launched its Go Red for Women campaign, surveys show only 17 percent of women view cardiovascular disease as something that should concern them. It should, experts say, because 80 to 90 percent of cases are avoidable with

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In the late 1990s, researchers discovered women were about as likely as men to be diagnosed with the disease, and far more likely to die from it. “They didn’t have the classic signs and symptoms, so they often went undiagnosed and untreated,” explains Jennifer Mieres, M.D., a cardiology professor at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, in New York. Along with chest pain, women often suffer fatigue, shortness of breath, indigestion, pain in the neck, back or jaw, nausea or anxiety in the months leading up to a heart attack. In more than half of the cases, according to one recent study in the journal Circulation, doctors fail to recognize these symptoms. Then there is the “not now” factor. “I used to see women all the time who said, ‘I have had these symptoms for months, but I just didn’t have time to take care of it,’” says Mieres, co-author of Heart Smart for Women: Six S.T.E.P.S. in Six Weeks to Heart-Healthy Living. Recent research has also shown that women are uniquely vulnerable to developing heart disease in ways that men don’t share. Taking birth control pills (especially while smoking) can boost risk. Complications during pregnancy such as preeclampsia and gestational diabetes can be hard on the heart, increasing vulnerability for years to come. Because estrogen is believed to be cardio-protective, when it wanes during perimenopause and menopause, risk goes up again. “As soon as we hit menopause, our biological milieu starts to change,” says Mieres, noting that “good” cholesterol

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lifestyle and dietary changes. In some cases, natural remedies can even reverse it. “We have all this sophisticated equipment and all these medications, but when it comes down to it, the vast majority of cardiovascular disease can be prevented,” says integrative cardiologist Christina Adams, M.D., of the Scripps Women’s Heart Center, in La Jolla, California.

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tends to decrease and “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides tend to increase. Yet, arterial plaque—which can ultimately build up, break loose and cause a heart attack or stroke—starts accumulating as early as age 20, so the earlier women start paying attention, the better.

Food Not Meds

Thirty years after the first cholesterol-lowering medication hit the market, so-called statin drugs have become the largest class of medications in the world, with U.S. sales doubling between 2000 and 2010 to reach $20 billion, according to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. While drugs can be appropriate for those already diagnosed with heart disease and at high risk of heart attack or stroke, they are not without serious side effects. Statins can cause chronic muscle pain, memory loss and increased blood sugar, while hypertension drugs can precipitate fainting and kidney damage.

For many patients, there’s another way, integrative cardiologists say. Unfortunately, most of the talk about prevention focuses on prescription medications, says Stephen Devries, M.D., executive director of the Chicago-based Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology. “What often gets lost in the discussion are the dietary changes, which can be equally important.” Devries recommends a plant-based Mediterranean diet—low in the saturated fat found in beef, processed meats and cheese—and high in leafy greens, whole grains and the “good” fats found in fatty fish, olive oil and avocados. Specific foods have also been shown to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Nuts, including walnuts, peanuts and almonds, have been shown to lower LDL. One 2017 study of 77,000 female nurses, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found those that ate peanuts or tree nuts (including almonds

and cashews) two or more times per week had a 19 percent lower risk of developing heart disease. Those that ate walnuts once a week cut their risk by 23 percent. Dark purple and red fruits contain compounds called anthocyanins that boost production of nitric oxide, and in turn expand blood vessels, improving circulation. Another recent study, published in the journal Circulation, followed 94,000 women for 18 years and found those that ate four servings or more per week of blueberries and strawberries were a third less likely to have a heart attack. Pomegranates are also key for heart health, with recent research published in the journal Clinical Nutrition showing a daily serving of juice can make platelets less sticky, lower blood pressure and reduce plaque formation. Dark leafy greens like kale and broccoli—which are rich in vitamin K—play an important role in fostering a healthy heart structure, with each serving

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Nurturing the Emotional Heart

No discussion of heart health would be complete without an emphasis on social and emotional health, a critical risk factor which until recently has been largely absent, says Sandeep Jauhar, M.D., director of the Heart Failure Program at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and author of the new book, Heart: A History. But research shows the emotional heart can break, too, as in Lenard’s case. With as many as 90 percent of incidents occurring in women, the condition that landed her in the emergency room often shows up in patients with no signs of obstructed blood vessels or high cholesterol. Rather, factors like financial worries, work stress or the death of or break-up with a loved one can flood the heart with

stress hormones, changing its shape to one that resembles a Japanese pot called a takotsubo and weakening it profoundly. “Remarkably, in many cases, once the emotional state returns to normal, so does the heart,” says Jauhar. Longer-term, emotional stress has been shown to lead to platelet aggregation, or stickiness in the blood, which can impact blood flow. Also, constant bombardment by stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol can damage the inner walls of blood vessels, boosting accumulation of plaque. To nurture the metaphorical heart, integrative cardiologists recommend taking time to maintain healthy personal relationships and minimize work stress. As well, exercising five to six days per week for at least 30 minutes and practicing activities like mindfulness meditation or yoga have been shown to lower heart rate. A recent study published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes looked at 201 people with coronary heart disease. It found those

that practiced meditation were 50 percent less likely to die or have a heart attack or stroke in the span of five years. Finding quiet spaces to retreat to can also be important. A study published in November by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, found that living and working in chronically noisy environments can boost the risk for heart problems. It is also wise to prioritize sleep (at least seven hours per night), because the lack of it can inflame arteries. The bottom line is that a holistic approach is best, says Jauhar. “If you want to live a long life, don’t smoke, eat well and exercise, but also pay attention to the quality of your relationships and your ability to withstand stress and transcend distress. Those are also a matter of life and death.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at LisaAnnMarshall.com.

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Busting the Cholesterol Myth

Sugar and Inflammation More Harmful than Dietary Fat

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ietary cholesterol has long been vilified as one of the major causes of cardiovascular disease. This pervasive belief has profoundly shaped healthcare policy for more than 50 years. However, we are now seeing that the association between dietary cholesterol and heart disease is not as clear or definitive as we have been led to believe. Careful review of the early studies has shown inconsistencies and contradictions in the data. Some of the studies do show a link between dietary cholesterol and heart disease, while others do not. This results in a confusing dilemma for both physicians and their patients. Cholesterol was first isolated from gallstones in 1758 by French doctor Francois Poulletier de La Salle. In 1815, French chemist Michel Eugene Chevreu isolated and purified this sterol and named it cholesterol. John Gofman at University

of California at Berkeley developed the technique of ultracentrifugation to separate the lipoproteins. The more lipid the fraction had, the faster it would float. The fractions were named high density lipoproteins (HDL), low density lipoproteins (LDL) and very low density lipoproteins (VLDL). The high-density fractions correlated with the alpha lipoproteins, the low-density fractions correlated with the beta lipoproteins, and the very low density with the prebeta lipoproteins. That’s really how we got “Apo B” and “Apo A”, the proteins or apolipoproteins associated with each fraction. Then Gofman observed that people who had higher levels of the beta lipoproteins, or the low-density lipoproteins, had more frequent coronary disease, while ones with higher levels of the HDL had fewer coronary events. In 1852, Irish Physician Richard

Quain observed fatty material deposition in the blood vessels. In 1854, Dr. Rudolf Virchow described atherosclerosis as a disease that was due to excess cholesterol deposition. Cholesterol became associated with heart disease in 1913 when Nikolai Anitschkow discovered that feeding rabbits purified cholesterol led to atherosclerosis. This study had very little effect on research because the scientist did not see a connection between this work on rabbits and human health and disease. In 1973, Joseph Goldstein genetically classified the types of cholesterol-carrying lipoproteins in the blood. Goldstein and Arno Motulsky found familial hyperlipidemia linked to premature heart disease. Michael Brown and Goldstein found genetics behind the inability to remove LDL. This research made him one of the founders of modern cholesterol research. The Seven Countries Study by Ancel Keys began in 1956. It examined the connection between lifestyle, diet and heart disease in men from different countries; it was the first study of its kind. Keys measured the association between saturated fat and coronary heart disease, controlling for total caloric intake and sugar. Saturated fat remained statistically significantly associated with heart disease in that model. Proponents argue this study had several flaws: The saturated fat in the study included hydrogenated trans fats. The data linking trans fats with heart disease did not come out until years later in the 1980s. Discrepancies have been reported with the data analysis, suggesting that not all of the data were used in the final analysis, thus skewing the results. It has been reported that the lead investigator looked back at the data years later and noticed sugar actually had a stronger association with heart disease versus saturated fat. If trans fats were then excluded, the association between dietary saturated fat and heart disease became even weaker. It is important to note that scientific inquiry does not take place in a vacuum. At the same time Keys was attempting to

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demonstrate saturated fat was dangerous, one of his contemporaries, John Yudkin, a diabetes expert, was convinced sugar was the real culprit with regard to heart disease. He and Keys debated this issue; Keys won the popular opinion at the time and the American Heart Association declared that butter, eggs and beef increased coronary disease risk. The Keys Study led to the Framingham Study, which has been ongoing since 1948. The purpose of this study was to identify common factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease by following its development over time in a large sample of participants free of heart disease. The data revealed that higher risk factors for heart disease include cigarette smoking, cholesterol level, obesity, blood pressure and EKG abnormalities. Lower Risk Factors included regular physical activity and higher HDL. The study attributes heart disease to many factors other than dietary intake of saturated fat; it does not say that those with high cholesterol have higher mortality

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rates. In fact, according to Dr. David Diamond about the Framingham Heart Study, the study concludes: “If your cholesterol is below 300, there is no significant association between your cholesterol and heart disease.” William Castelli, MD, a former director of the Framingham Heart Study—the one that originally implicated cholesterol as a problem in cardiovascular disease (CVD) —noted that low serum cholesterol means that we have three times the chance of having a stroke. High cholesterol has been shown not to be significantly correlated with heart attacks since 40 percent of the people who have heart attacks have cholesterol that is lower than average. One thing most people can agree upon is that inflammation is a significant component to virtually every degenerative condition; heart disease is no exception. Studies have shown that patients who have had a heart attack tend to have higher levels of c-reactive protein (CRP), an important biomarker for inflammation. Elevated levels of CRP are also associated with higher rates of atherosclerosis and stroke.

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These studies bring us back to some of the basic tenets of health that we have known for a long time. Our diets should consist of whole, unprocessed foods with high amounts of vegetables and fruits— supplying us with antioxidants and fiber. Including anti-inflammatory foods, such as turmeric, ginger, rosemary, cayenne, blueberries and green tea, in your diet can help. Fat is not the enemy as long as we have enough antioxidants to keep the LDL from being oxidized. Dr. Stephen Sinatra and others have reported that the size of the atherogenic LDL particles are actually more important than the concentration. LDLs vary in size based on our genetics; the large neutral particles are less problematic than the small dense ones. They even suggest these parameters may be considered the “new good and bad” cholesterol, instead of the traditional HDL and LDL cholesterol.

Beyond the Basic Lipid Panel

Since the basic cholesterol test may be leading us down inaccurate or incomplete


paths, here are some of the more specific recommended tests to consider when evaluating risk for heart disease. Lipoprotein subclasses: Smaller LDL particles can cause plaque formation faster than larger LDL particles Apoliprotein B (apoB - LDL particle number): A higher ApoB number indicates an increased risk for heart disease Lp(a): A lipoprotein associated with increased coagulation and increased risk for heart attacks and stroke

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Lowering the Pressure

A TCM Approach for a Common Cardiovascular Issue by Ming Wu

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re antihypertensive medicines helping or harming our bodies? Recently, the benefits of treating high blood pressure with antihypertensive medicines have been called into question. Research published in JAMA Internal Medicine in October 2018 found that treating mild hypertension (untreated BP 140/90-159/99 mm Hg) in low-risk patients didn’t

improve mortality or risk of cardiovascular disease compared with no treatment, in a cohort study involving nearly 40,000 patients. During a median 5.8 years of follow-up, mortality and cardiovascular disease rates were similar between groups, but those treated with antihypertensive medicines experienced higher rates of hypotension, syncope, electrolyte abnormalities and acute kidney injury. Another article published in the British Medical Journal in the same month also reported disturbing results. The researchers found that angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs), a type of blood pressure drug that millions worldwide are taking daily, are associated with a higher risk of lung cancer, compared with other types of drugs. It showed that patients on ACEIs were 14 percent more likely to develop lung cancer, and the risk went up the longer patients were on the medication. Those taking them for five years were 22 percent more likely to get lung cancer, and the risk rose to 31 percent if they were on them for 10 years. Scientists believe the drugs cause the accumulation of a chemical called bradykinin on the lungs, which in turn leads to cancer. Although the risk to individual patients is modest, the absolute numbers of patients at risk for lung cancer is potentially large because ACEIs are widely prescribed, say the researchers. High blood pressure is not a disease, but rather is often caused by blood that’s too thick and viscous to flow freely through the body’s small capillaries. In order to make sure good circulation is taking place, the heart has to pump harder, thereby raising blood pressure. This is the body’s way of making sure this thick blood reaches all the cells throughout the body, because cells that don’t receive blood will die sooner. Healthy blood shouldn’t be so viscous. It should flow more freely. When blood is properly hydrated and nourished with the right fatty acids (more omega-3s in particular), the heart does not need to work as hard to pump it throughout the body, so blood pressure automatically drops. It’s like the difference between sucking water and honey through a straw—the more sticky and thick the honey, the more pressure it takes to move it.

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Western medicine diagnoses this situation by saying that high blood pressure is itself a disease, and high blood pressure is attacked with drugs that artificially lower blood pressure by forcing artery walls to relax. Unsurprisingly, the thick sludge blood is no longer reaching all the cells it needs to reach, so we end up with circulation problems. Hypertension, in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is characterized as dizziness, excess liver yang, and liver and kidney yin deficiency. TCM believes that excess wood (liver) qi will damage the soil (stomach), therefore weakening the spleen and stomach, causing headaches, dizziness and even stroke. Most hypertension cases are chronic, but there are also acute cases. The former is more common in the middle-aged and older population. The onset is slow. There are no obvious symptoms at the early stage, and even for those that have symptoms, the symptoms tend to vary from person to person. The acute cases are more common in young people, with rapid onset and rapid progress which can quickly lead to heart, kidney and cerebrovascular problems, and cause various complications. Hypertension patients often experience headache, dizziness, tinnitus, insomnia, numbness of the limbs, shortness of breath and irritability, among other symptoms. At the early stage, the patient’s blood pressure is elevated, but the level can fluctuate. At the later stage, blood pressure level rises continually, and hypertension

starts to cause damage to the heart, kidney, brain and other organs, worsening the symptoms. Clinically, the specific stages are determined by the patient’s blood pressure levels. TCM believes that the various symptoms of hypertension are mainly due to damage to the liver. Liver governs the dispersion and discharging function of the body, and therefore, stagnation and blockage are harmful to the liver. Strong mental stimulation, excessive thinking and being too nervous can cause stagnation in the liver. An unhealthy diet can also affect the functions of the organs, causing yin/ yang unbalance, and in turn harming the liver. Also, when the body lacks sufficient energy, which can damage the organs, the liver cannot get enough nutrients, thus leading to liver diseases. In the progress of hypertension, most patients started with excess syndrome, such as excess liver fire, and gradually transformed into deficiency syndrome. Excess yang can damage yin, and when yin is weak, the yang can seem to be even more in excess. At this stage, the patient’s condition is having deficient yin and excessive yang. As the condition progresses, the organs and yin and yang all suffer damage. Yang grows steadily weaker, and the patient’s condition becomes mainly yin deficiency. In the end, both yin and yang are deficient, and the patient’s condition becomes true deficiency. With that being said, a doctor should still differentiate the symptoms, and choose the treatment based on the

individual’s specific situation. They should change the medicines prescribed when the patient’s condition changes. For example, for patients with excess yang, some need reducing method, while others need reinforcing the yin to restrict excess yang. To achieve satisfying results, one needs to differentiate symptoms and root cause. However, whether the results are satisfactory cannot be simply based on the blood pressure numbers, but comprehensive analysis. Using TCM syndrome differentiation method, we can generally divide hypertension patients into two types: one with excess yang, and the other with deficient yang. Deficient yin and excess yang. Symptoms include: dizziness, red face, tinnitus, palpitation, insomnia, irritability, loss of balance, sore and weak waist and knees. This is mainly due to insufficient kidney water, so the liver is malnourished. Therefore, the yang excessiveness in this situation is not true excessiveness, so the appropriate treatment should not aim to treat excess yang, but reinforce the yin. When the kidney yin is sufficient, excess yang will be balanced. Deficient spleen and kidney yang. This type of patient is more likely to experience dizziness, tinnitus, weakness in the waist and knees, chills in the limbs, and even weak and swollen lower limbs, urinary hesitancy, nocturia and sometimes spermatorrhoea. It is commonly seen with late

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stage stroke patients with paralysis on one side of the body. For this type of situation, the treatment should be to reinforce spleen qi and strengthen kidney yang. If hypertension has affected the heart, common symptoms include palpitation, chest tightness, shortness of breath, dizziness, tinnitus, weak waist and legs—with palpitation and irregular pulse being the main characteristics. The correct treatment is often adjusting the Ying Qi and Wei Qi, and strengthening the heart, spleen and kidney. When treating hypertension, it is important to use the appropriate formula to adjust the body’s yin and yang, and to restore the functions of the organs. It is even more important to motivate patients to seek changes in lifestyle and lift their mental burden. Patients with hypertension should exercise regularly, balance work and rest, have a regular eating schedule, avoid milk and milk products, eat less meat and more vegetables, drink five to six cups of ancient tree Pu’er tea every day, avoid excessive thinking and adopt other healthy lifestyle habits. Dr. Ming Wu is a master herbalist with decades of experience and thousands of years of wisdom. He uses herbs to help stimulate the body toward self-healing. Wu Healing Center is located at 45 S. Main St, West Hartford. Visit WuHealing.com.

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n the U.S., it is a common belief that to combat high blood pressure, we need to take drugs daily for the rest of our life. But Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers another solution. Drink Pu’er tea, Huang Jing tea or herbal tea daily, eat chia seeds (13g daily), eat more living nutrients, reduce the consumption of animal products, cook with Chi daily and focus on enjoying life. As for the all-important tea, the recommendation is King’s Pu’er Tea. To make it, put 1 teaspoon of the tea into a teapot, pour 4 ounces of water in the pot and steep for 15 seconds. Pour tea into a cup, sit calmly, breathe in the steam and sip slowly. Do this about 10 times a day with the same tea leaves. Within 24 hours or less than 10 days after embracing such lifestyle changes, blood pressure normalizes, as the blood itself becomes more hydrated and free to flow throughout the circulatory system. King’s Pu’er Tea is available through Dr. Wu at Wu Healing Center in West Hartford. Visit WuHealing.com.

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Hearty Bread

This whole-grain, gluten-free, no-knead, no-mess bread contains flax, sunflower and chia seeds, hazelnuts, oats, coconut oil and maple syrup as a sweetener. Accompanying soup, it makes for a satisfying meal. This recipe is adapted from “Change Your Life Bread” in D’Anca’s book My New Roots.

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Tasty Ways to Boost Heart Health

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s a special meal for Valentine’s Day or any other, many plantbased dishes are so tasty that no one will miss the meat. Low in fat and sugar and high in ingredients that promote heart health, the following recipes are courtesy of Carol D’Anca, a board-certified nutrition practitioner and author of Real Food for Healthy People: A Recipe & Resource Guide, in Highland Park, Illinois.

Start With Soup

Rich in dietary fiber and low in fat, butternut squash with low-salt vegetable broth and spices is an easy-to-make soup loaded with nutrients and flavor. Allow 40 to 45 minutes to roast the squash.

Butternut Squash Soup Yields: Four servings 1 butternut squash, 2-3 lbs, peeled and cut in cubes to equal 4 cups

3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth Dash red pepper flakes Freshly ground black pepper Pepitas or pumpkin seeds for garnish Preheat oven to 425° F. Line a heavy baking pan with parchment paper. Spread squash cubes in a single layer, using two lined pans if needed. Roast for about 40 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork. Alternate method: Wash the squash. Make several slits to allow for escaping steam. Roast whole in the oven for about 45 minutes or until soft and easy to peel and cut. Transfer the roasted squash to a food processor or heavy-duty blender. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Add additional broth to reach desired consistency.

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Change Your Life Bread Yields: One loaf 2 cups shelled raw sunflower seeds 1 cup whole flax seeds 1 cup blanched hazelnuts 3 cups rolled oats (use certified gluten-free oats, if needed) 4 Tbsp chia seeds 6 Tbsp psyllium husks Pinch fresh ground coarse salt, preferably Himalayan 2 Tbsp maple syrup 6 Tbsp coconut oil, liquefied at low temperature in a small pan 3 cups water In a loaf pan lined with parchment, combine all dry ingredients, stirring well. Whisk maple syrup and water together in a measuring cup. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until everything is soaked and dough becomes


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thick. If it’s too thick to stir, add one or two teaspoons of water until it’s manageable. Smooth the top with the back of a spoon.

Drain the pasta well and place back in the pan. Add tomato coulis and olives. Toss well to infuse flavors. Let warm for 2 to 3 minutes. Serve at once.

Let it sit on the counter for at least two hours, or all day or overnight. When the dough retains its shape, even when you pull the sides of the loaf pan or lift the parchment, it’s ready to bake.

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Preheat oven to 350° F. Place loaf pan in the oven on the middle rack and bake for 20 minutes. Remove bread from loaf pan, place it upside down directly on the rack and bake for another 30 to 40 minutes. Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped. Let cool completely before slicing. Store bread in a tightly sealed container for up to five days. Freezes well. For a quick and easy toast, slice before freezing.

The Pleasures of Pasta

Pasta is guilt-free when we use a whole wheat variety that digests more slowly than white flour pasta, avoiding blood sugar spikes, D’Anca says. Gluten-free, grain-free or vegetable pasta can be substituted for whole grain pasta. Fresh asparagus is recommended. If it’s not in season, consider red chard for its bright red and green colors and abundance of vitamins K, A and C. It’s a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron and dietary fiber.

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Whole Grain Pasta with Asparagus and Tomato Coulis Yields: 6 servings for dinner or 8 as a smaller first course. 1 lb of your favorite whole grain pasta 3 large cloves garlic, roasted for about 25 minutes in their skins 3 pints cherry or grape tomatoes, halved Use red, orange, yellow or a mix of colors 1½ Tbsp fresh thyme leaves 1 lb fresh asparagus, pencil thin is best (if not available, substitute red chard) ¼ cup pitted Kalamata olives ½ cup fresh basil ¼ cup white wine or white wine vinegar Squeeze garlic from its skins into a large skillet. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is reduced and thickened to a sauce (coulis), about 20 to 30 minutes. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente.

Chickpeas are a great source of fiber. Bell peppers, also known as sweet peppers, are available in white, orange, green and purple. Lycopene gives red tomatoes their color, may reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower blood pressure. Yellow tomatoes have twice as much iron and zinc and higher levels of vitamin B and folate to help red blood cells. Darker tomatoes ranging from purple to black produce higher levels of antioxidants for a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Don’t overlook green tomatoes, which are higher in vitamin K and calcium than reds or yellows.

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2 sprigs of fresh rosemary Balsamic or white wine vinegar Preheat oven to 400° F.

Burgers for Lunch

These burgers are good either oven baked or grilled, weather permitting. Offer toppings like baby spinach, salsa, nut cheese, pesto, fig jam, mango or slaw. Apple cider vinegar, dill, celery salt and agave nectar to taste makes a dressing for slaw. Thin slices of Granny Smith or Honey Crisp apples add a tang of tart or hint of sweetness.

Black Bean/Veggie Burger

Put mushrooms, tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, onion and garlic in a large roasting pan. Roast for about 30 minutes or until the vegetables caramelize. Remove the pan and turn the vegetables over. Add the chickpeas and rosemary and return to the oven. Roast for another 30 to 45 minutes until the edges of the vegetables start to turn dark and the chickpeas are browning. Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar, toss and serve warm as is or over quinoa.

1 16-oz can of black beans, drained, rinsed well and dried on a paper towel ½ red bell pepper, cut in large pieces 1 medium-size onion, cut in large pieces 1 Tbsp chili powder, mild or hot to taste 3 cloves of garlic, rough chopped 1 tsp black cumin 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds 3 Tbsp water Approximately 1 cup bread crumbs (gluten-free if needed) to act as a binder 4 buns or bread of choice Make a flax “egg” by mixing the ground flax seeds with the water. Let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes until it thickens to an egg consistency. Place the bell pepper, onion and garlic in a food processor and process until smooth.

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Guilt-Free Chocolate Dessert

“Chocolate desserts usually include loads of sugar and butter, making them a highly processed and saturated-fat food,” says D’Anca. “These treats deliver the good fat of cacao nibs and the antioxidants of raw cacao.”

Almond Butter and Raw Cacao Chocolate Truffles Yields: 12 servings 1 cup almond meal ½ cup almond butter ¼ cup raw cacao, organic 3 Tbsp grade B maple syrup 1 tsp organic vanilla ¼ cup raw almonds, ground ¼ cup raw cacao nibs, ground Finely ground nuts like walnuts or hazelnuts, shredded coconut or raw cacao for texture and added flavor Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix them to a smooth batter. Chill the batter for about 20 minutes. Roll into either bite-sized or larger balls to serve as is or roll in nuts, coconut or cacao for texture and added taste. For more recipes and information about nutrition and heart health provided by D’Anca, visit FoodNotMeds.com. Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@ mindspring.com.


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Laughter Has Awesome Power by Lori Monaco

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hen was the last time you had a really good belly laugh? The kind of laugh that is so hardy you felt like you just did about 50 sit-ups? How about laughing so hard that you snorted or shot milk out of your nose? How about no sound coming out at all, and you looked like you were in pain? There are so many different ways to laugh; what’s the same is how fantastic it makes us feel. Found across the world, laughter is used as a form of expression by all humans; it is universal. We’ve all come across that individual who seems to never even crack a smile, let alone laugh, but given the right circumstance, will burst out in laughter. “Laughter is a mechanism everyone has; laughter is part of the universal human vocabulary. There are thousands of languages, hundreds of thousands of dialects, but everyone speaks laughter in pretty much the same way,” says Robert R. Provine, PhD. “It is not a learned group reaction but an instinctive behavior programmed by our genes.” This is why babies will laugh long before they begin to speak, and children born deaf and blind are able to laugh. Laughter, although possible when alone, is more commonly seen when in the company of other people. In fact, group laughter can induce a more joyful experience and deeper laughs than would be possible alone. So laughter brings

people together and it can be contagious. Studies have been done on why we laugh, how we laugh, what part of the brain is activated when we laugh, and how laughing differs throughout the world. Does it have health benefits? Laughter itself can be quite physical. Repetitive hard laughing can feel like exercise, increasing body temperature and leaving us gasping for breath. That’s because laughing activates the sympathetic nervous system, which increases blood pressure and heart rate. While it sounds stressful, most would agree laughing feels good. In fact, some studies have shown that laughter can decrease stress levels. In addition to decreasing pain, anxiety and depression, it can help improve anger management and our overall outlook on life. Even though laughter has been shown to be a spontaneous emotional release, fake laughter can easily turn into real laughter, which helps explain the effectiveness of laughter therapies such as Laughter Yoga and Laughter Coaching. Dr. Lori Monaco, DC, is a chiropractor, transformational speaker and coach. She offers services from one-on-one coaching to large-scale workshops on personal growth, empowerment, abundant living, leadership development and motivation. Connect at 203-395-9832, DrLoriMonaco@gmail.com or DrLoriMonaco.com. See Community Resource Guide listing, page 75. Natural Living Directory 2019

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Growing Interest in Sustainable Investing Ethics and Global Concerns Driving Change

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ith the rise of the conscientious consumer and growing awareness about global warming, it’s no wonder that companies are pivoting toward higher sustainability. Aiming to increase sales by distinguishing their products to consumers, companies are finding sustainability an important factor. In fact, a majority of corporate executives now believe that a sustainable strategy is required to remain competitive. But the push for corporate sustainability is not only coming from consumers; investors play an integral part. Investor activism has increased significantly. Shareholder proposals forcing corporate sustainability have more than doubled in the last two decades. In 2017, 85 percent of the S&P 500 Index companies published sustainability reports, compared to under 20 percent as recent as 2011. The combination of activism by both consumer and investor is growing the size of sustainability. By exten94

sion, sustainable investing has witnessed fast growth; it is making up a much larger percentage of investment strategy despite current perception.

What Does This Mean to Investors?

The increase of publicly traded companies’ use of sustainability practices opens the universe to identifying sustainable companies; this type has been labeled, “sustainable investing.” Those that do or don’t practice sustainability can be identified via a continuum. For example, using a sustainability scale of 0 to 10, companies with low sustainability will rank closer to 0 while those with higher sustainability will rank closer to 10. The value of all U.S. publicly traded securities is approximately $70 trillion, consisting of $30 trillion and $40 trillion in the stock and bond market, respectively. A sustainability ranking can be applied to each security in the $70

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Ways to Practice Sustainable Investing

Many investors look for professional investment managers rather than managing their own investments. Investors, through their 401k, 403b, IRA, pensions or other investment accounts, hire professional managers that identify investment opportunities. Professionally managed accounts focused on sustainability are now valued at $12 trillion. That is up 38 percent in just two years; the number has grown nearly four times over since 2010. Based on a total of $46.6 trillion in assets that are professionally managed, $1 in every $4 is invested sustainably. A portfolio can become much more sustainable with research. Following are two popular methods of practicing sustainable investing using mutual funds or Exchange Traded Funds (ETF). Sustainability indexing: pick funds that are more sustainable than their peer group Ethical investing: choose funds based on investor’s ethics Sustainability indexing creates options in an investment class. For example, many investors may hold an “index fund” that follows the market, like SPY, a MorningStar categorized large blend ETF. That same investor could pivot to DSI, a sustainably mandated ETF with the same category as the SPY. This same strategy could work for many other investments in a portfolio. Rather than using sustainability index-

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trillion market, with each security ranging from very low to very high. Investors may seek investments with higher sustainability for the sake of personal ethics; however, there are additional benefits to sustainable investing. Research has shown that companies with higher sustainability show higher return potential, profitability and dividend yield; they are valued at a premium when compared to their peers. Not to be outdone, there can be exceptional environmental benefits in addition to higher return potential. According to Nordea Bank, investing in sustainable companies can be 27 times more efficient in lowering a person’s carbon footprint.


ing, an investor may want to invest with more specificity using an ethical investment strategy. This practice involves an investor actively eliminating ETFs based on their ethics. An investor may want to focus investments based on environment, health, human rights and other criteria. This can be better explained through examples where the funds below represent certain ethics-based ETFs. SHE - SPDR SSGA Gender Diversity: companies with high diversity/inclusion ICLN - iShares Global Clean Energy: clean energy companies CGW - Invesco S&P Global Water: water-conscious companies VETS - Pacer Military Times Best Employers: companies that are known to hire military veterans ESML - iShares MSCI USA Sml-Cp ESG Optmzd ETF: an ETF that is gun-free

Who’s Doing It?

The United Nations created the Principals of Responsible Investing (UNPRI) for investors to adopt by becoming signatories. UNPRI distinguishes its over 2200 signatories into three types: asset owners, investment managers and service providers. Some asset owners who are signatories include The City of Chicago, Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawaii, Harvard University Endowment, and Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, to name a few. These signatories promise to incorporate sustainability into their investment positions. Have no fear, when thinking about an investment portfolio through a 401k, 403b, IRA or others, the investment managers that are listed in the UNPRI include household names. These investment managers manage numerous retirement accounts and have numerous sustainability products that may fit an investor’s portfolio. Here are some of the most recognizable investment managers: Fidelity, BlackRock, Vanguard, State Street and Nuveen (via TIAA). Investors may find products—mutual funds or ETFs—at these institutions that meet their sustainable investing needs.

Take Note

Investors should do their research. Pay attention to the holdings in diversified sustainable mutual funds and ETFs because it’s possible that some of the holdings within a sustainable fund may go against an investor’s personal ethics. Furthermore, investing comes with risks. When investing, consideration must be given to one’s budget, risk tolerances, return objectives, life changes, liquidity needs, investment horizon and many other factors. Working with an advisor/planner can help. The right advisor will talk to the client, listen to the client’s needs, goals and wishes. They will educate the client about investment products that may be appropriate for the client’s investment and sustainability goals. James N. Osborn Jr. is the founder and principal of Envest Asset Management, LLC, a firm that provides financial planning and investment management to individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits focused on sustainable investments. Connect at James.Osborn@EnvestAM.com and EnvestAM.com.

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Fire Dancer by Greer Jonas

that many people stood up to be counted. As the clock ticked past midnight this past New Year’s Eve, we moved into a very different global vibration than in 2018. 2019 is the year of imagination. The energy of “3” will guide us to openly share our vision and our voice in all aspects of expression. Will this be a challenge for you, or will you embrace the freedom? It can be a year of delving into seeing and feeling beauty, appreciating art, music, writing and speaking. Perhaps you challenge yourself. What have you always wanted to do, but judgments were in the way? Take an acting or dance class. Find that drawer full of paints or markers and play. Write a song, join a book club, have fun with the creative joy in you. In 2019, we have the opportunity to step past our inhibitions and possible insecurities as we show another side to the world. It is a year to speak up and tell your truth. Take your fears and insecurity by the hand and share who you are and what you feel. How will you challenge yourself in 2019? How will you follow your passion? Is there something you always wanted to do yet were afraid to do it? Let go and enjoy the ride. Don’t worry about what others think.

What is Your Personal Year Theme for 2019?

2019 By the Numbers Global Year of Creative Expression by Greer Jonas

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ompared to the wild 2018, 2019 is a brand new energy— softer, perhaps. This is the global year of creative expression. In numerology (2+0+1+9=12 / 1+2=3), 2019 is the year of the creative “3”. It will be a time for all of us to connect to how we express ourselves in our relationships, our careers and our world. How will you reach out in a new way and tap into the inspired passion that makes you unique? Stepping back to 2018, it was the year of the Dynamic Master 11. The energy of the master 11, (2+0+1+8=11), gave way to an explosive and ever-changing global year. Did you feel it? With the double ones, 11 represents the auspicious number of divine inspiration that comes from intuition, as well as unseen Forces at Work beyond the intellect. 2018 was a time to take action and to make a difference in our lives and our world. No one can deny

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In numerology, the personal year theme is based on your birthday. To calculate, add the birth month and birth day to the current year. For example, if you were born on April 1: 4+1+2+0+1+9=17 (1+7=8) You would have a personal year theme of an “8” in 2019. This is the year of empowerment. It is a time to push through anything that holds you back from expressing your dynamic self. By using this formula, we can understand how 2019 will impact our lives. It is a perfect time to set new intentions and goals. As we move forward into the “3” year, we can reflect on what lessons we have learned and how we can communicate in a more vibrant way. Once you have calculated your personal year, check out the definitions below and discover what you will encounter this year. Then look at how you can share your life and challenges through your creative voice in 2019.

Your Personal Year Theme

Here are brief descriptions of the theme you will find in your 2019 personal year. How will you embrace your life and lessons every day with a unique approach? Tap into your intuition and let go of old patterns that are not working.

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Year of new beginnings and innovative ideas. You might attract a new job or a vibrant relationship. Challenge: Fear of taking the next step.

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Connecting in relationships of all forms—romantic, business, social and self. Challenge: Caring too much what others think.

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Year of creativity and self-expression in every form—art, music, speaking, writing. Challenge: Fear of sharing your voice.

Year of the builder, the organizer, a great time to get something done. Challenge: Feeling bogged down by all the work you are doing or feeling overwhelmed.

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Year of fun, increased social life, travel, and energy. Being out there in the world with people. Challenge: Feeling a loss of freedom, overwhelm or too much on your plate.

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Year of all matters of the heart. Dealing with family, loved ones, community, relationships. This could be a time of marriage, birth or rebirth. Challenge: Experiencing loss, feeling overburdened or taking on too much responsibility.

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The master year of inspired ideas and actions in all relationships (2). Don’t leave yourself out of the equation. Challenge: Having many dreams but not acting on them.

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Year of mastery in relationships (2) and building (4). This is a time to connect with others in a profound way and make a difference. A great time to achieve a project with others. Challenge: Taking on a project without asking for help. Greer Jonas is an intuitive numerologist, teacher and artist for over 30 years. Find out more about you—your strengths, challenges, life path and what your personal year theme is for 2019—with a numerology reading. Contact her at GreerDJonas@gmail.com for readings in person in NYC and Greenwich, CT. Phone and skype sessions are also available. All readings are recorded. For products and numerology posts on a variety of subjects, visit Numerology4YourSoul.com.

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xercise is often associated with the gym or yoga studio, but structured workouts aren’t the only way to keep physically and mentally fit. Whether regulating blood pressure, avoiding obesity or promoting brain health, regular movement throughout the day yields promising benefits. Research shows that small changes in routine tasks—from house cleaning to grocery shopping—can make quick and lasting improvements in overall health.

Burn Calories Without the Workout Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT) burns calories by keeping us moving throughout the day. “In essence, NEAT is how we use our bodies when we’re not doing a specific exercise or sitting still,” says San Diego’s Pete McCall, author of Smarter Workouts: The Science of Exercise Made Simple. Over time, doing simple things can add up, like getting off the couch to refill a glass of water or shoveling snow from the driveway. According to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, everyday activity outside of traditional exercise might be even more beneficial than an hour at the gym. “Staying active throughout the day 98

helps regulate hormones like insulin, which help metabolize carbohydrates to be used for fuel, and enzymes like lipoprotein lipase (LPL), which help release free fatty acids for muscle activity. Remaining sedentary for extended periods can actually lower LPL,” notes McCall, an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer and host of the podcast All About Fitness. Jeremy Hyatt, who owns Hyatt Training, a Portland, Oregon, gym, agrees that exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous or structured to make an impact. “Stringing together lots of small decisions throughout your day and week can add up to significant gains in your strength and cardiovascular system, and in the process, reduce risks for some of our main causes of disease and disability due to metabolic conditions.” Hyatt suggests staying active by walking the dog after dinner, taking the stairs instead of an elevator and carrying two bags of groceries home from the store or to a distant parking spot. Adding simple body weight movements to everyday chores and tasks can also have a positive effect. A research study in The Journal of Neuroscience links exercise and neurotransmitter production, offering new hope for

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Opting for activities that are fun and interesting is a surefire way to create a healthier lifestyle. Dancing, for instance, can offer a wide range of benefits, especially for older individuals. That’s why dance is now a significant component in many programs designed to treat depression, addiction and eating disorders. “We’re never too old, too young, too inflexible, too busy, too anything to dance. The hardest part is just walking into the studio,” says Kat Wildish, a renowned former ballerina and master teacher in New York City. For those older than 50, dance offers many advantages. “Dance gives us positive stimulus in both physical movement and the mental connection in a non-competitive environment. It has an immediate inverse effect to cortisol and raises serotonin,” says Wildish. “With proper alignment and joint care in mind, dance helps to combat the physical effects of aging such as arthritis, osteoporosis ...” Researchers at the University of Miami’s Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine found that all types of exercise have been shown to improve thinking processes in older adults. Results of their study, published in Neurology: Clinical Practice, suggest that yoga, aerobic exercise and strength training yield the most significant results over an extended period. Yet, moving the body regularly and consistently in everyday endeavors is an excellent starting point that can be richly rewarding. “Individuals can start to make quick and lasting changes to their overall health. Start by picking small changes,” says Hyatt. Wildish agrees that making the decision to begin and keeping it fun is paramount. “Do what you can and stick with it when you find something that brings you joy, even when it’s challenging.” Marlaina Donato is the author of several books, including Multidimensional Aromatherapy. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.

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Create a Safer Haven

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Seeking Sanctuary Reducing Electromagnetic Radiation at Home

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Unplug Each Night

Disable Wi-Fi routers and remove all digital appliances and gadgets to make the bedroom a healing haven, says Gittleman.

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mericans are attached to their gadgets, and the tech industry is all too happy to deliver the latest innovations to consumers that clamor for convenience, connection and unlimited mobility. Meanwhile, telecom companies are busy installing fifth-generation (5G) infrastructure designed to take the nation’s communications revolution to a new level. We love our smartphones and smart homes, and especially the relatively newfound freedom from wires and plugs that once tethered us to our electronics. But concerns about the price to be paid in increased health risks from electromagnetic fields (EMFs) generated by those devices has surged with the proliferation of silent, invisible waves of radiation that permeate every facet of modern life. “The main health concerns include the breaking of DNA [bonds], leaks in the blood-brain barrier and loss of calcium from cellular membranes,” says Ann Louise Gittleman, of Post Falls, Idaho, author of Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution. EMFs have cumulative and sometimes imperceptible biological effects, Gittleman notes—especially on the brain, heart, skin, lungs and central nervous system. The World Health Organization has classified radiofrequency radiation (RF), a high-frequency EMF associated with many types of wireless technologies, as a Group 2B carcinogen. Radio, television, GPS and cell towers all emit RF, which has become the eye of a gathering storm regarding 5G as companies prepare to install millions of transmitters on lampposts and utility poles, along with standalone antennas nationwide, sending unprecedented levels of EMF into communities and neighborhoods. “5G is especially hazardous, since the transmitters are placed closer to the populations served,” says Samuel Milham, M.D., MPH, an Olympia, Washington, epidemiologist and author of Dirty Electricity: Electrification and the Diseases of Civilization. 100

EMFs decrease with distance, so the farther away, the better. Switch to a battery-operated alarm clock, ditch the electric blanket, move the bed away from power outlets and keep wireless baby monitors six feet from beds.

“Almost all the homes I walk into have printers with wireless turned on, transmitting frequencies in the thousands of microwatts per square meter,” says EMF expert Risa Suzuki, a certified building biology environmental consultant in Seattle. “Wireless boosters also constantly transmit radio frequency.” Other overlooked household EMF sources include smart meters and household appliances both large and small, including hair dryers, electric shavers and cordless phones.

Change Wireless Habits

Cell phones are prolific EMF producers, so if disconnecting isn’t an option, use a speakerphone or an air tube headset, similar to a doctor’s stethoscope, whenever possible, Gittleman advises in Zapped. Never carry the phone against the body when it’s turned on. For computers and tablets, switch to wired internet and turn on Wi-Fi only when necessary. Opt for a wired mouse, keyboard and other plugged-in accessories.

Shield With Caution

Although there are a variety of EMF-shielding products, experts warn against relying solely on them. “EMFs can bounce and deflect off surfaces, and materials have a certain threshold of what they can shield against,” says Suzuki. Do some research, ask questions and consult with an expert before making a purchase. “It’s easy to get overwhelmed when learning about EMFs, and many people feel totally helpless,” says Suzuki. “But there are lots of solutions for reducing your exposure without ditching every electronic [device] in your house. If you’re willing to take action, then you can absolutely make a positive impact on your health.” Emily Courtney is a freelance health and wellness writer and editor living in northern Colorado. Connect at EmilyCourtneyWrites@gmail.com.

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With electromagnetic radiation blanketing the atmosphere from coast to coast, our homes may offer the only sanctuary from this particular form of pollution—providing we take some low-tech, commonsense steps to minimize household exposure to the health risk.


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ccording to the American Animal Hospital Association, 25 percent more pets could have been saved from an accident if only one pet first aid technique was applied prior to veterinary treatment. A home pet first aid kit is vital to that end, but it turns out that many homes with pets don’t have one prepared. A suggested list includes:

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• Activated charcoal to absorb ingested poisons. However, any item intended to counteract poisoning should not be used unless directed by a veterinarian. Protocols vary and what will help in one instance can cause harm in another. • Antibiotic cream for wounds. Don’t use triple antibiotic if you have cats. While it is rare, the combination of the three ingredients may cause a fatal reaction in some cats. In addition, avoid any products with essential oils with cats as they cannot metabolize most oils. • Antihistamine and safety pin for minor allergic reactions. Specifically look for diphenhydramine gels with a liquid center. The safety pin is used to puncture the gel cap and squirt the liquid directly onto the tongue of the pet. This is the fastest way for an anaphylactic pet to absorb the antihis-

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tamine. Consult a veterinarian for proper dosing. Antihistamines cannot be safely used with all pets as it may interfere with other medications or medical conditions. • Apps for smart phones. A recommended one is the ASPCA’s Pet Poison app. It’s free and will dial the number for the Pet Poison Hotline. As minutes matter in a poisoning situation, this is invaluable if you cannot reach a local veterinarian for instructions. The second is a veterinarian locator. This is useful if you are on vacation with your pet and need to find the closest veterinarian. • Baking soda to absorb topical poisons or chemicals. • Bandanas as they can replace triangular bandages. They can also serve as slings to take the weight off an injured limb. • Eyewash serves double duty. It can be used to flush out both eyes and wounds. • Gauze comes in three varieties: gauze roll, gauze pads and nonstick gauze pads. The gauze roll is wider and is good for larger wounds. The nonstick gauze is more expensive, but should be used on top of the wound; then place the cheaper gauze on top of it. Nonstick gauze will not remove the scab when it is time to replace the bandaging.


• Honey packets for hypoglycemic pets. Use this only under advice of veterinarian. • Hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting in a dog. As this is used for poisoning, consult a veterinarian first. Dosage will vary. Vomiting is not automatic for poisoning. If the ingested substance is caustic, it will burn the throat on its way out. You cannot use hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting in cats. Cats cannot metabolize hydrogen peroxide. ª Liquid bandage. It is an asset if you know how to use it properly. Used incorrectly, it can damage surrounding tissue, as well as trap bacteria in the wound. Your veterinarian can instruct you in proper usage. Do not use superglue. It is not manufactured for medical use and, as such, the manufacturer can change ingredients and formulation without consideration for safety on wounds. • Muzzles are a must. If you need to use your pet first aid kit, this pet is likely in pain. Any pet in pain is a bite risk, even one you know well.

• Plastic baggies to collect a vomit or fecal sample. This may be necessary if the pet has been poisoned and you are unsure of what was ingested. When not in use, it can store smaller items for easy accessibility. • Rubber gloves to protect you from any zoonotic, and also to collect vomit or fecal samples. • Sanitary napkins to absorb blood. • Squirt bottle to deliver hydrogen peroxide down the throat of a dog. • Styptic powder for use on nails only. It stings and this pet is already in pain. In addition, styptic powder is not sterile; you may introduce bacteria into the wound. There are newer products on the market that function as a styptic powder and can be used for wounds as well. • Tea bags contain tannic acid and are effective in stopping bleeding. While sugar is effective, it is not recommended because the pet may be diabetic or pre-diabetic. • Vet wrap keeps the wound secure and

dry. It is also expensive. The human counterpart, which is the exact same thing, is a fraction of the cost. • Wound cleanser. You have several options in this case. The first is sterile saline solution, also known as eyewash. The second is a chlorohexidine-based cleanser, which is easy to find. Most stores that sell first aid items will carry it. Do not use hydrogen peroxide as it degrades surrounding tissue and cats cannot metabolize it. Do not use alcohol as it stings. Do not use sterile, tap or bottled water; it disrupts the salt balance of the cells and slows healing. Many of these items have expiration dates and should be checked periodically. When wounds are treated quickly, they heal faster with less pain. Your pet will thank you for that. Mary Oquendo is a Reiki Master, advanced crystal master and certified master tech pet first aid instructor. She is the owner of Pawsitive Education. Connect at PawsitiveEd.com. See ad, page 105.

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being present. Animals are watching us much more carefully than we realize. They are more tuned in to us than we are to each other and, because of that, can be excellent communication teachers.

Be Mindful

The first key to heart-centered communication with an animal or another human is to be fully present and pay attention. Let go of any physical distractions, such as the cell phone, or mental distractions, such as the next thing we want to say or do. This background static is distracting and limits true connection. Commit to staying in the moment, listening with the whole body and carefully observing body language. Be truly curious and open-minded about what is being conveyed; observe with no expectations.

Listen like an Animal

Talk with Touch

Deepen Communication Without Words by Carrie Brady nimals may not use human words, but they have amazing communication abilities. Animals listen not only with their ears, but with all of their senses, and can teach humans how to do the same. We don’t have to become the storybook character Doctor Dolittle or an animal communicator to deepen our connections with animals; we just need to change the way we listen. Humans overrely on sound as a primary communication tool. We pay attention when dogs bark and when cats meow. Domestic animals know that we speak this way and have adapted their speech to how humans hear. For example, house cats meow more often than feral cats do. However, animals converse with each other in ways that are more nuanced and precise than words. They closely observe body language and convey complex information through subtle movements and behaviors. It is commonly understood that a dog’s wagging tail is a sign of happiness. The direction and speed of the wag and position of the tail can signal other emotions as well, and dogs readily distinguish those details. Horses create virtual bubbles of personal space around themselves; they are able to establish and adjust these boundaries with a flick of an ear or a weight shift to let other horses know they can come in closer or need to take a step back. Within the same species, animals obviously know the signals, but they also are quite adept at learning the languages of other species. A cursory internet search will reveal dozens of articles about cross-species bonds, even among unlikely pairs that normally would be predator and prey. Differences in genetics, size and “race” aren’t barriers to friendship, love and loyalty. Many people recount stories of their pets knowing they are sad or ill and offering them extra comfort. The ability of animals to correctly read human moods isn’t merely an anecdotal observation. Studies have shown that horses and dogs are capable of interpreting human facial expressions and correctly distinguishing between happiness and anger. This occurs even when the expressions are conveyed in just photographs, without the humans

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Spend some time with pets, paying close attention to what they are telling us with their body language. Many dogs, for example, don’t actually like to be hugged or patted on the head, yet humans do it regularly. Watch them carefully when we reach for them. Are they subtly shifting away when certain areas are touched? Just because animals regularly tolerate certain types of physical contact doesn’t mean they are enjoying it. Try different types of touch in diverse locations and discover what the animals truly relish. Or put the hands several inches or feet away from the animals, ask what they would like, and wait to see what body parts they move toward the outstretched hand.

Scratch the Itch

This technique works particularly well with horses, but can work with other animals too. If you observe where a horse is scratching itself and then scratch that spot, most horses will immediately figure out that you are listening to them. If you ask the horse to show us where it itches, they will begin pointing their noses to specific spots on their body or begin scratching certain areas themselves. Try this with willing human partners too; offer to scratch their back and have them show where it itches without words, then trade places.

Practice without Animals

If there is no animal at home, turn the television to an unfamiliar program and mute the sound. Spend a few minutes watching and see what you are able to understand. Without speech to tell us what’s happening or background music to give us cues for how we should feel about it, we are left relying on interpreting nonverbal communication, including facial expressions and body language. Studies suggest that only 7 percent of human communication is based on words, while the other 93 percent is body language and tone. Humans miss an awful lot by just listening with their ears, creating potential for misunderstandings and miscommunication. There are many ways to open a dialogue with animals. Once we do, we will be amazed at the benefits we receive. Not only will we understand our animals better, we may improve our human relationships. Carrie Brady is the creator of Wilton-based Possibilities Farm, a wellness center that partners with horses through non-riding programs, personal and professional development workshops, creative arts, meditation, equine-assisted Reiki and the Heart Herd. Connect at PossibilitiesFarm.com. See ad, page 4.

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238 Danbury Rd, Wilton 203-762-2006 Animals-In-Distress.com

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BRIDGEPORT ANIMAL CONTROL

WESTPORT ANIMAL SHELTER ADVOCATES (WASA)

236 Evergreen St, Bridgeport 203-576-7727

COMMUNITY CATS PO Box 4380, Stamford CommunityCatsCT@yahoo.com CommunityCatsCT.org

DANBURY ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY (DAWS) 147 Grassy Plain St, Bethel 203-744-3297

1 Tower Ridge, Westport 203-557-0361 WestportWASA.org

VETERINARY SERVICES NUTMEG SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC 25 Charles St, Stratford 203-690-1550 • NutmegClinic.org

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The Nutmeg Spay/Neuter Clinic is a low-cost, high-volume facility for cats and dogs, the first such professional clinic in Fairfield County. The clinic offers other low-cost services during the spay/ neuter appointment. Nutmeg honors state spay/ neuter vouchers at face value from adopted shelter pets and qualified low-income families, and offers further low-cost incentives to nonprofit rescue groups. Pit bulls and mixes are welcome at an even more reduced rate, and the clinic offers spay/neuter and vaccine discounts for feral cats. See ad, page 103.

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PET ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY INC (PAWS) 504 Main Ave, Norwalk 203-750-9572 PAWSCT.org

PET PROTECTORS 2490 Black Rock Tpke, #453, Fairfield 203-330-0255 PetProtectorsRescue.org

RIDGEFIELD OPERATION FOR ANIMAL RESCUE (ROAR) 45 South St, Ridgefield 203-438-0158 ROAR-Ridgefield.org

STRAYS AND OTHERS PO Box 473, New Canaan 203-966-6556 StraysAndOthers@hotmail.com

PO Box 2015, New Preston 860-355-PETS • GetaPet@gmail.com PetAssistanceInc.org Pet Assistance helps keep pets in their homes in times of financial and medical crises, providing emergency veterinary subsidies to pet owners in financial need. We only give grants for pets that have a good prognosis, unless the knowledge we gain from the treatment or surgery may help future animals in need.

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markyourcalendar SPRING 2019 EVENT SCHEDULE Institute for Holistic Health Studies at Western Connecticut State University All events are free and open to the public

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Mudra Meditation Series Second Tuesday • 7pm 2019 Dates: February 12 • March 12 • April 9• May 14 June 11 • July 9 • August 13 • September 10 October 8 • November 12 • December 10 Warner Hall, Rm 103 WCSU Midtown Campus, 181 White St, Danbury

Reiki 1st Degree Workshop – 10am-5pm. With Gigi Benanti. Learn Western style from an experienced Reiki Master (21 years). Includes latest info. Learn how to use Reiki for self-healing and healing for others. 2 manuals and certificate. $125. Angelic Healing Center for Reiki, 7 Morgan Ave, Norwalk. 203-852-1150. AngelHealReikiGigiB@ snet.net. AngelHealReiki.com.

Wellness Wednesday Workshops • 12:30pm Spring Schedule: February 6 • Thoughts Shape Our Words and Actions, presented by Cicely Greaves, owner and operator of REGARD.

Fondue Party – 6:30-7:30pm. Guests will learn about fondue traditions and will be able to taste the delicious fondues that are prepared during class along with complimentary wine. $5. New Morning Market, 129 Main St N, Woodbury. 203-263-4868. NewMorn.com.

February 27 • Healthy Habits, Healthy Eating, presented by Stavros Mastrogiannis, personal trainer and health coach, owner of Live Your Way Thin in Danbury. March 27 • Environmental Health Where You Call Home, presented by Marcia Kendall, MA, WCSU faculty, and Holistic Lifestyle and Ecotherapy Coach. White Hall, Rm 127 WCSU Midtown Campus, 181 White St, Danbury All Wellness Wednesday workshops are held in.

markyourcalendar ALBERTSON MEMORIAL CHURCH UPCOMING EVENTS Saturday, February 2nd and March 2nd Spiritual/Psychic Fair • 11am-4pm • $35+ Sunday, February 3 Power of the Spirit – Rev. Ana Reluzco 1-3pm • $30/$40 non-members

The Institute for Holistic Health Studies Evening Programs • 7pm Tuesday February 26 - Non pharmaceutical approaches for Pain Management, presented by Mitchell Prywes, MD, Medical Center for Pain Rehabilitation, Danbury Tuesday, March 26 – Ayurveda: An Art of Healthy Living, presented by Jaya Daptadar, Ayurveda and Healthcare Business Consultant, CEO and founder, Active Ayurveda and Yoga LLC.

Thursday, February 14 White Light Healing Night Service 7-8pm, Love Donation Sunday, February 24 Radical Forgiveness – Bonnie Grossman 1-3:30pm • $30/$40 non-members

ONGOING EVENTS:

White Hall, Rm 127, WCSU Midtown Campus, 181 White St, Danbury

Sundays Service • 11am-12:30pm Bereavement Group for Parents • 1-2pm

Fourth annual Health, Fitness and Wellness Fair Tuesday, April 2 • 12-3pm Berkshire Gym • WCSU Midtown Campus 181 White St, Danbury

Tuesdays Spiritual Philosophy and Development Circle 7-9pm • $10/suggested donation

For additional information contact Christel Autuori RDH RYT MA, Director, Institute for Holistic Health Studies, at AutuoriC@wcsu.edu or visit WCSU.edu/IHHS

Beginner Psychic and Mediumship Class • $20 Wednesdays • 7-9pm and First Saturdays • 2-4p First and Third Thursdays Spiritual Mediumship Class – All Levels 7-9pm • Love donation or service Cancelled events will be posted on our website Albertson Memorial Church 293 Sound Beach Ave, Old Greenwich 203-637-4615 • Info@AlbertsonChurch.org AlbertsonChurch.org

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Yoga Nidra Guided Meditation and Relaxation – 7:30-8:30pm. With Allison. In a relaxed but aware state, you’ll delve into the layers of consciousness, tap into what’s important and release what’s not, creating a state of peace and bliss. $30. Yoga Culture, 105 Mill Plain Rd, Danbury. WeAreYogaCulture.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Reiki Level 1 workshop – 9:30am-5pm. With Gigi Benanti. Learn Western style from an experienced Reiki Master (21 years). Includes latest info. Learn how to use Reiki for self-healing and healing for others. 2 manuals and certificate. $125. Angelic Healing Center for Reiki, 7 Morgan Ave, Norwalk. 203-852-1150. AngelHealReikiGigiB@snet.net. AngelHealReiki.com. Ancient Wisdom: Overview of the History of Yoga – 1:30-3:30pm. Join Karen Pierce and teacher trainees in the Yoga studies workshop. Qualifies for Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credit. Overview of the history of yoga, Ayurveda and Shamanism. Come learn the best from the West, East and Indigenous teachings. $39. YogaSpace, 78 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel. 203-730-9642. Info@ YogaSpace-CT.com. YogaSpace-CT.com. Crystal Singing Bowl Meditation – 7:30pm. Lie and allow the frequency and resonance of the Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls take you to a place of deep relaxation and meditation. Bring anything you need to comfortably lay on the floor. Space is limited. $25. Muktinath Holistic Center, 731 Main St, Unit 121, Monroe. 203-518-5808. MuktinathHC@ gmail.com. MuktinathHolisticCenter.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Chinese New Year Celebration: Predictions, Advice and Celebrations – 6:30-8pm. Welcome the Earth Boar. Celebrate with us, hear predictions for the year, and get advice on how to make this your best year. Wear red and white for good luck. $35. Redding Meditation Center, 9 Picketts Ridge Rd, Redding. Khristee@TheDancingCurtain.com. TheDancingCurtain.com. Crystals and Native American Traditions – 7-9pm. A look into the diverse perspectives of the first people’s relationship with crystals, also known as the Stone people. We will explore the energy images and spirits found in the Stone people and the messages they give. By donation. Muktinath Holistic Center, 731 Main St, Unit 121, Monroe. 203-518-5808. MuktinathHC@gmail.com. MuktinathHolisticCenter.com.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Love Potions and Botanical Aphrodisiacs – 6:308:30pm. During this workshop, participants will be sampling aphrodisiac and love herbal elixirs,


and creating a personalized love potion. $25. Twin Star Connecticut’s School of Herbal and Energetic Studies, 65 Bank St, New Milford. 860-350-0077. BekahTwinStar@gmail.com. TwinStarTribe.com.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7 7 Foundations: Tools for Transformation with Karen Pierce – 7:30-9:30pm. Thursdays, 2/73/21. The winter is a natural time to begin to turn inwards. Learn practical and powerful cleansing techniques to heal your energy centers and unleash the full power of your life force. $222/ series; $35/drop-in. YogaSpace, 78 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel. 203-730-9642. Info@YogaSpace-CT.com. YogaSpace-CT.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 World Sound Healing Day 2019 – 10:30am4pm. Day of healing and transformation. Please register online. $65. Unity Center of Norwalk, 3 Main St, 2nd Fl, Norwalk. 203-855-7922. Office@UnityCenterNorwalk.org. UnityCenterNorwalk.org. Crystal Grid Designs – 1-5pm. Learn the basics of crystal gridding. You will also be building your own grid. Crystals will be provided for your use and to take home, but you can bring your own. $60. Muktinath Holistic Center, 731 Main St, Unit 121, Monroe. 203-518-5808. MuktinathHC@gmail.com. MuktinathHolisticCenter.com. Restorative Yoga: Unwind From The Grind with Gloria Owens – 3-5pm. Restorative Yoga is a passive practice. Props are used to support the body so you can rest and stretch, lower your heart rate and blood pressure, calm your nervous system, and experience a state of deep relaxation. Please pre-register. $32/advance; $38/day of event. YogaSpace, 78 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel. 203-730-9642. Info@YogaSpace-CT.com. YogaSpace-CT.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 The Graduate Institute Information Session – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn about The Graduate Institute: Holistic, Transformative Education. Enrolling now. Free. The Graduate Institute, 171 Amity Rd, Bethany. 203-874-4252. Admissions@learn.edu. Learn.edu/info-sessions.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Herbal Preparations for Massage Therapists and Body Workers – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn about herbs for muscle relaxation and recovery, inflammation, nerve pain, and more. Discuss how to infuse them into base oils. Blend a 1 oz bottle of massage oil. $25. Twin Star Connecticut’s School of Herbal and Energetic Studies, 65 Bank St, New Milford. 860-350-0077. BekahTwinStar@gmail. com. TwinStarTribe.com.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Spread the Love Restorative Yoga Workshop – 7:30-9:30pm. This practice will provide you with mental clarity and emotional calm to support yourself and those close to your heart. Begin with a guided meditation and move into a supported asana practice utilizing props to allow surrender and release. $25/by 2/14; $35/thereafter. Yoga Culture, 105 Mill Plain Rd, Danbury. WeAreYogaCulture.com.

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Introduction to Pet Massage and Energy Work: Helping You and Your Pets Heal – 2-3pm. Learn massage and energy techniques for your pet. These techniques can help reduce anxiety, increase relaxation and reduce muscle discomfort. Bring a stuffed animal to practice on. $20. New Morning Market, 129 Main St N, Woodbury. 203-263-4868. NewMorn.com.

Reiki Second Degree – 10am-5:30pm. With Gigi Benanti, Reiki Master/Teacher (21 years). Learn to send distance Reiki healing, deepen use of Reiki for others and yourself. Two powerful energy connections from my short Japanese/Usa Linage. Two manuals and certificate. $215. Angelic Healing Center, 7 Morgan Ave, Norwalk. 203-852-1150. AngelHealReikiGigiB@snet.net. AngelHealReiki.com.

Yoga Nidra: The Art of Deep Relaxation – 3-4:30pm. 8-stage guided relaxation journey that can transform and rejuvenate you at core levels. It effortlessly and compassionately switches you from the fight-and-flight mode into the relaxation response and the body’s natural healing response. $22/advance; $28/day of event. YogaSpace, 78 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel. 203-730-9642. Info@ YogaSpace-CT.com. YogaSpace-CT.com.

Crystal Healing through the Akashic Records – 7-9pm. With the assistance and guidance of crystals we can access our akashic with clarity and even heal and resolve karma or patterns that are limiting our current circumstances or life potential. Participants will experience personal healing. $35. Muktinath Holistic Center, 731 Main St, Unit 121, Monroe. 203-518-5808. MuktinathHC@gmail.com. MuktinathHolisticCenter.com.

Sound Bath – 7-8pm. With Matt Adame and Eillen Byrne. Enter a state of deep relaxation using highvibration instruments such as singing bowls, gongs, voice, drums and more. Yoga mats available but feel free to bring a pillow, eyeshade and a blanket. $25/with pre-registration; $30/at the door. Akasha’s Journey Holistic Healing Center, 3066 Rt 22, Dover Plains. 845-244-0844. AkashasJourney.com.

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Self- Healing Techniques and Survival Skills for the Empath

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Marconics: Lecture Series – 10am-12pm. Introduction To Marconics ‘Experience The Evolution Of Energy Healing’. MARCONICS is a new MultiDimensional Energy System, heralded by Spirit as, ”The Vehicle of Ascension”. Free. 20-minute sample sessions available for $20. New Morning Market, 129 Main St N, Woodbury. 203-533-9633. Marconics.com. Reiki Second Degree Workshop – 10am-5:30pm. With Gigi Benanti, Reiki Master/Teacher (21 years). Learn to send distance Reiki healing, deepen use of Reiki for others and yourself. Two powerful energy connections from my short Japanese/ Usa Lineage. Two manuals and certificate. $215. Angelic Healing Center, 7 Morgan Ave, Norwalk. 203-852-1150. AngelHealReikiGigiB@snet.net. AngelHealReiki.com.

Sunday, February 17 • 1-4 pm Workshop will cover the components of being an Empath, in addition to teaching self-healing tools and techniques to assist Empaths in living in a balanced and healthy way. Visit the website for full description.

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$75 with pre-registration by 2/15.

February 24 • 10am-6pm

Space is limited. Register at HunterHealingHands.com

A local resource for families!

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Couple ‘s Yoga for Valentine ‘s Day – 6:307:30pm. Looking for a unique Valentine’s Day gift? Each pose in this practice is designed for two people, to help you connect with your partner or a friend. All levels welcome. $20 per couple. New Morning Market, 129 Main St N, Woodbury. 203263-4868. NewMorn.com.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Discussion: Improve Your Bone Health Naturally – 6:30-7:30pm. With Ellen Lewis, Naturopathic Physician, and Neil Carcusa, Nutritional Consultant. Learn about the many natural therapies that may work for you if you have osteoporosis or are pre-disposed to it. Explore the ins and outs of a more holistic approach to improving bone health. Free. Shalva Clinic, 8 Lincoln St, Westport. 203-916-4600. Info@ShalvaClinic.org. ShalvaClinic.org.

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markyourcalendar AWAKEN YOUR INNER MAGIC- A YOGA AND TAROT WEEKEND February 22-24 With Alison DeNicola and Sasha Graham at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health • Yoga • Tarot-Intuition • Magic • Exploration • Expansion •Fun • Retreat Sign up at Kripalu.org or call 800-741-8353 Natural Living Directory 2019

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calendar of events Singer/Songwriter Series – 7:30-9pm. Join us for another evening of music featuring four local songwriters performing original music. Doors open at 7pm. Snacks will be available for purchase. Free. New Morning Market, 129 Main St N, Woodbury. 203-263-4868. NewMorn.com.

Plant Partner: Coltsfoot – 6:30-8pm. We will discuss botany, parts used, actions, energies, traditional uses, essences, remedies and more. Each month, you will go home with informational handouts, herbal remedy recipes and some dried herb to experiment with. $25. Twin Star Connecticut ‘s School of Herbal and Energetic Studies, 65 Bank St, New Milford. 860-350-0077. BekahTwinStar@ gmail.com. TwinStarTribe.com.

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Grow Your Own Organic Garden – 6-7:30pm. This session will cover site preparation, seed selection, planting for continued harvest, organic pest management and season extension. Attendees receive a $5 coupon towards their next purchase at New Morning. $5. New Morning Market, 129 Main St N, Woodbury. 203-263-4868. NewMorn.com. The Graduate Institute Information Session – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn about The Graduate Institute: Holistic, Transformative Education. Enrolling now. Free. The Graduate Institute, 171 Amity Rd, Bethany. 203-874-4252. Admissions@learn.edu. Learn.edu/info-sessions.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Guided Meditation and Sound Healing – 6:307:30pm. Experience an hour of guided meditation and sound healing aimed to help you release tension, sleep better, and cultivate overall happiness. No prior experience necessary. $15. New Morning Market, 129 Main St N, Woodbury. 203-263-4868. NewMorn.com.

Building a Strong Foundation: The 5 Principles of Vinyasa and the 7 Directions of Movement with Karen Pierce – 1:30-3:30pm. Learn how to create an authentic personal practice of yoga by applying the 5 principles of practice that make yoga entirely your own. Learn the 7 sequences to incorporate into your practice creating complete balance. For all practitioners. $39. YogaSpace,78 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel. 203-730-9642. Info@YogaSpace-CT.com. YogaSpace-CT.com.

markyourcalendar A SECOND YEAR OF HEALING IN 2020 With Dr. Eilis Philpott Soul Healing Journey, LLC We will meet one weekend a month for 12- months. We will meet once a month and spend Friday evening together and all day Saturday and Sunday. The 2020 dates are:

markyourcalendar BERNARD ILSLEY: THE LONDON MEDIUM at The Ridgefield Playhouse March 19 • 7:30pm One of the Most Gifted Mediums this Century!

January 10-12 • February 7-9 • March 13-15 April 3-5 • May 1-3 • June 12-14 • July 10-12 August 7-9 • September 11-13 • October 9-11 November 13-15 • December 11-13

​Reviewer rate - Pay in full $3,000 or pay quarterly $750 or pay monthly $250

3-Days Amazing Qigong Healing for $199

To Register: Choose an option to pay (full, quarterly or monthly) and make that first payment. Be prepared to commit to one full year of healing.

Learn powerful Qigong exercises, breathing techniques, strength training and a proven system of food-healing.

NOTE: If you take advantage of the early bird rate and make the initial payment you will be locked into that rate for the year.

Amber Room Colonnade • Danbury

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Satsang Meditation – 9:30-11am. Satsangs are wonderful spiritual and community gatherings of like-minded people. Satsangs with Shanti Mission Healers are filled with music, mantra, meditation, spiritual instruction/discourse and spiritual blessings to help you reset, recharge and get ready for the week ahead. By donation. Muktinath Holistic Center, 731 Main St, Monroe. 203-518-5808. MuktinathHC@ gmail.com. MuktinathHolisticCenter.com. New Beginnings in Community Sunday Service – 10am. Join this group of spiritually-minded people embracing and honoring all world religions, belief systems, cultures and traditions. Come together to share thoughts, experiences and wisdom in a supportive environment. Free. Mystics By The Sea, 394 New Haven Ave, Milford. 203-980-6272. NewBeginningsInCommunity.Weebly.com.

Mahasati or Insight Meditation – 10-11:30am. Learn how to live your life more skillfully through the development of self-awareness and mindfulness simple practice that can be easily incorporated into daily life, and discover the benefits of becoming more present. 203-244-3130. Info@ReddingMeditation.org. ReddingMeditation.org.

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Gentle Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation – 9:30-10:45am. Relax, release and flow into wellness in beginner/ level 1 yoga classes with work on mindfulness practices, breathing techniques,  alignment, flexibility and strength. Modifications suggested and props used when needed. $5/donation per class. Hindu Cultural Center of CT (HCC), 96 Chapel St, Stratford. 203-5210359. HCC.Yoga.Wendy@gmail.com. HCCYoga.org.

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Tal Fusion: Sunday Sweat – 9:15-10am. With Tal Fagin. Get your heart pumping and blood flowing with this eclectic, spirited, high energy class. Class is 50 minutes in length, so get ready to get in high gear. $18/class; $16/senior. Valley Spirit Cooperative and Wellness Center, 6 Green Hill Rd, Washington Depot. 860-619-2788. Info@ ValleySpiritCoop.com. ValleySpiritCoop.com.

Family Meditation Program – 10-11:30am. Second and fourth Sunday. Ages 4-13. While the adults are meditating in the main building, young people can connect with others in their age-group, learn about mindfulness, compassion toward self and others. 203-244-3130. MMKeeler@gmail.com. ReddingMeditation.org.

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Celebration Service – 10:30am-noon. With Rev. Shawn Moninger. Inspiring message supports your spiritual unfoldment with thought provoking, soul -healing topics and uplifting music. By donation. Unity Center of Norwalk, 3 Main St, 2nd Fl, Norwalk. 203-855-7922. Office@UnityCenterNorwalk.org. UnityCenterNorwalk.org. Sunday Morning Meditation – 11-11:45am. Experience stillness and peace, establish a regular practice, reduce stress and tension, and enhance health and well-being. Meditation class for beginners and experienced meditators. $5/donation per class. Hindu Cultural Center of CT (HCC), 96 Chapel St, Stratford. 203-521-0359. HCC.Yoga. Wendy@gmail.com. HCCYoga.org.


Sunday Albertson Memorial Church Service – 11am-12:30pm. Join us for inspirational sermons, meditation, energy healing and messages from Spirit. By donation. Albertson Memorial Church of Spiritualism, 293 Sound Beach Ave, Old Greenwich. 203-637-4615. Info@AlbertsonChurch.org. AlbertsonChurch.org. Monthly Mystical Market – 11am-4pm. Third Sunday. Psychics, mediums, intuitives, CT artisans, vendors and holistic practitioners. Free admission, vendors prices vary. The Ruby Tree, 670 Main St S, Woodbury. 203-586-1655. Christina@ TheRubyTreeCT.com. TheRubyTreeCT.com. Lorrie D. Therapeutic Massage, Pain Relief and Relaxation – Noon-5pm. With Lorrie D. Lori specializes in therapeutic massage, pain relief and relaxation. Advanced appointments are recommended, walk-ins are always welcome. $75. Black Cat Mystical Shoppe, 143 Bennett St, Bridgeport. 203-941-9408. BlackCat@aol.com. Karma Community Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Fourth Sunday. Our monthly donation-based class. Bring a non-perishable food donation, and enjoy an hour for your mind, body and spirit. The Ruby Tree, Sherman Village, 670 Main St S, Woodbury. 203-586-1655. Christina@TheRubyTreeCT.com. TheRubyTreeCT.com.

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Slow Yoga – 10-11am. With Lella Ilyinsky. Class is set to a slower pace, and may include elements of restorative yoga, yin yoga and foundational flow sequences, depending on the needs of the class. Beginners welcome. $18/class; $16/senior. Valley Spirit Cooperative and Wellness Center, 6 Green Hill Rd, Washington Depot. 860-619-2788. Info@ ValleySpiritCoop.com. ValleySpiritCoop.com.

Mat Pilates – 9-10am. With Suzette Caldwell. Classic mat Pilates work out, vigorous class but open to all levels. You set the challenge bar for your workout. $18/class; $16/senior. Valley Spirit Cooperative and Wellness Center, 6 Green Hill Rd, Washington Depot. 860-619-2788. Info@ ValleySpiritCoop.com. ValleySpiritCoop.com.

Mahasati or Insight Meditation – 12:30-2pm. Learn how to live your life more skillfully through the development of self-awareness and mindfulness, simple practice that can be easily incorporated into daily life, and discover the benefits of becoming more present. 203-244-3130. Info@ReddingMeditation.org. ReddingMeditation.org. Monthly Information Sessions at The Graduate Institute – 6:30-7:30pm. Join us for an info session every 2nd Tuesday of the month at The Graduate Institute. Please contact us to let us know that you’ll be attending. The Graduate Institute, 171 Amity Rd, Bethany. 203-874-4252.

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Reiki Share – 7-8:30pm. First Tuesday of the month. With June and Tracy. Come join our circle of practitioners for sharing and caring and healing. All levels of practitioners are welcome. Please RSVP. $20/drop-in. Kindred Spirits, 197 Ethan Allen Hwy, Ridgefield. 203-938-3690.

Yoga for 50+ – 9:30-10:45am. Created for people over fifty who need a gentle approach to learning yoga, these classes include yogic breathing, relaxation and restorative rejuvenating postures. This class will help you gain confidence, balance, strength and joint function. $10. New Morning Market, 129 Main St North, Woodbury. NewMorn.com.

Reiki Share – 7-9pm. Second Tuesday. Practice and enhance your Reiki healing and grow your intuition. All will receive healing time and practice time. You must have completed at minimum Reiki Level I in order to fully participate. $15/suggested contribution. Muktinath Holistic Center, 731 Main St, Monroe. 203-518-5808. MuktinathHC@gmail. com. MuktinathHolisticCenter.com.

Yoga All Levels – 10-11am. With Caroline. Class given according to whatever level of student happens to show up. All levels welcome. The class is hatha flow based with elements of relaxation, meditation, breath work, strength and flow. $18/ class; $16/senior. Valley Spirit Cooperative and Wellness Center, 6 Green Hill Rd, Washington Depot. 860-619-2788. Info@ValleySpiritCoop.com. ValleySpiritCoop.com. Mahasati or Insight Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Learn how to live your life more skillfully through the development of self-awareness and mindfulness, simple practice that can be easily incorporated into daily life, and discover the benefits of becoming more present. 203-244-3130. Info@ReddingMeditation.org. ReddingMeditation.org. Reiki Share – 7:30-9:30pm. Fourth Monday. With JoAnn Inserra Duncan, MS, RMT. Practice Reiki in a small group setting. Share experiences and help each other develop in a safe, fun environment while providing a wonderful, relaxing, rejuvenating experience. $20. Registration required. Turning Point Healing Arts and Education Center, 100B Danbury Rd, Ste 101, Ridgefield. 203-438-3050. TurningPointReiki.com.

Spiritual Philosophy and Self Unfoldment – 7-9pm. Through a process of structured meditations on potent spiritual phrases, students will be exposed to the internal spiritual development of Jacob’s Ladder. $10/suggested donation. Albertson Memorial Church, 293 Sound Beach Ave, Old Greenwich. Info@AlbertsonChurch.org. AlbertsonChurch.org. Yin Restorative Yoga with Rob Farella – 7:308:45pm. The Yin practice focuses on postures that lengthen the muscles surrounding the hips, pelvis and lower back. Yin is essential for injury prevention and joint health. All levels. $19/drop-in; class cards and memberships apply. Yogaspace, 78 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel. 203-730-9642. Info@YogaspaceCT.com. Yogaspace-CT.com. Reiki Healing Shares – 7:30-9:30pm. First and third Tuesdays. With Gigi Benanti, Usui Reiki Master/ Teacher. For Reiki practitioners only. Includes short instruction and discussion. Must RSVP. $20. Angelic Healing Center, 7 Morgan Ave, Norwalk. 203-852-1150. AngelHealReikiGigiB@snet.net. AngelHealReiki.com.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart. ~Helen Keller

Midweek Retreat – 3-4:30pm. With Dr. Tanvi Gandhi. This sacred time will consist of intention setting with a small tea ceremony, followed by breath work, and a combination of acupuncture and meditation. You will leave with insight on your experience and a self-care tip for the week. $30/drop-in; $150/series. Barefoot Living Arts, 85 Mill Plain Rd, Bldg V, Fairfield. BarefootLivingArts.org. Tai Chi Classes – 6:30-7:30pm. With June Fagan, Tai Chi Instructor. A slow movement meditation for all levels of fitness. Known to reduce stress, increase focus and balance and improve self and well-being. $25/drop-in; $85/1 class per week; $150/unlimited classes month. Kindred Spirits, 1197 Ethan Allen Hwy, Ridgefield. 203-938-3690. Gentle Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation – 6:45-8pm. Relax, release and flow into wellness in beginner/ level 1 yoga classes with work on mindfulness practices, breathing techniques,  alignment, flexibility and strength. Modifications suggested and props used when needed. $5/donation per class. Hindu Cultural Center of CT (HCC), 96 Chapel St, Stratford. 203-521-0359. HCC.Yoga.Wendy@ gmail.com. HCCYoga.org. A Course In Miracles – 7-8pm. A Course in Miracles was born out of a commitment between two people to find a better way to live in this world; a study group grows out of a commitment to be an unconditional, non-judgmental place of sharing, joining and learning, where everyone is welcome. $15/suggested donation. Registration required. Call for address. 203-767-5954. Eilis@Soul HealingJourney.com. SoulHealingJourney.com. Mahasati or Insight Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Learn how to live your life more skillfully through the development of self-awareness and mindfulness. simple practice that can be easily incorporated into daily life, and discover the benefits of becoming more present. 203-244-3130. Info@ReddingMeditation.org. ReddingMeditation.org. Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Meditation that often includes chanting, music and requires your active participation. All faiths and cultures are welcomed. By donation. Muktinath Holistic Center, 731 Main St, Monroe. 203-518-5808. MuktinathHC@gmail.com. MuktinathHolisticCenter.com. Heartspeak – 7-8:30pm. First Wednesday. With Cindy Miller and Bruce Zboray. The Art of Amazing Yourself: A GEM (Great Energy Moment) is a 2-minute audio, which will inspire and uplift you. We will select a few gems each month and discuss it by phone or internet. $8. Contact@Heartspeak. life. Heartspeak.Life.

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ongoing events Holistic Moms Network Fairfield County, CT Chapter – 7:30pm. Second Wednesday. Associates in Family Chiropractic and Natural Health Care, 156 East Ave, Norwalk. Home.Homewebs.com/ HMNFairfieldCtyCT. Yoga with Curves – 7:30-8:30pm. 1/30-2/21. In this 4-week series, you will explore mindful movement in a supportive and non-judgmental environment, using props and modifications tailored to your comfort. $60/4-class series. Yogaspace, 78 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel. 203-730-9642. Info@ Yogaspace-CT.com. Yogaspace-CT.com. Turning Point S.H.A.R.E. Divorce Group – 7:30-9:30pm. Third Wednesdays. Offering support, healing, advocacy, resources and education for women in the process of, or recently divorced. $20, $150/10-session card. Registration required. Turning Point Healing Arts and Education Center, 100B Danbury Rd, Ste 101, Ridgefield. 203-438-3050. TurningPointShare.com.

thursday Kundalini Yoga and Music Meditation – 9:3010:30am. With Leesa Sklover, PhD, C-IAYT, Certified Yoga Therapist, Kundalini Yoga Teacher. Experience the yoga of awareness weekly to heal your mind and your life. All welcome. Register for first class. $15 per class/monthly discount. Short Beach Union Church, 14 Pentacost St, Branford. 917-860-0488. DrSklover@gmail.com. LoveLifeProductions.net.  Mahasati or Insight Meditation – 9:30-11am. Learn how to live your life more skillfully through the development of self-awareness and mindfulness. Simple practice that can be easily incorporated into daily life. Discover the benefits of becoming more present. By donation. Redding Center for Meditation, 9 Picketts Ridge Rd, West Redding. 203-244-3130. Info@ReddingMeditation.org. ReddingMeditation.org. Gentle Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation – 6:45-8pm. Relax, release and flow into wellness in beginner/ level 1 yoga classes with work on mindfulness practices, breathing techniques,  alignment, flexibility and strength. Modifications suggested and props used when needed. $5/donation per class. Hindu Cultural Center of CT (HCC), 96 Chapel St, Stratford. 203-521-0359. HCC.Yoga.Wendy@ gmail.com. HCCYoga.org. Reiki Healing Circle – 7-9pm. First Thursday. All welcome. Share and experience Reiki. Please join us while we enjoy a peaceful, powerful night of healing. Hosted by Gigi Benanti, Reiki Master/Teacher. $20. Unity Center of Norwalk, 3 Main St, Norwalk. 203-852-1150. AngelHealReikiGigiB@snet.net. AngelHealReiki.com, UnityCenterNorwalk.org.

Mindful Movie Nights – 7:15-9:30pm. Fourth Thursday. Inspiring movies, documentaries, Ted Talks, new ideas, conversation and more. $9. Yoga Space, 78 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel. 203-809-4409. VeronicaMarr4@gmail. com. YogaSpace-CT.com/Events.

friday Reiki Share – 9:30-11:30am. First Friday. With JoAnn Inserra Duncan, MS, RMT. Practice Reiki in a small group setting. Share experiences and help each other develop in a safe, fun environment while providing a wonderful, relaxing, rejuvenating experience. $20. Registration required. Turning Point Healing Arts and Education Center 100B Danbury Rd, Ste 101, Ridgefield. 203-438-3050. TurningPointReiki.com. Kundalini Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Kundalini yoga moves energy to create a clear and calm mind, strong and resilient body, and open spirit. This introductory class will review all the basics of Kundalini Yoga. No experience necessary. All levels. $19/ drop-in; class cards and memberships apply. Yogaspace, 78 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel. 203-730-9642. Info@Yogaspace-CT.com. Yogaspace-CT.com. Discussion with The Higher Realms – 7-9:30pm. Last Friday. Bring your heartfelt questions and receive the wisdom of The Ascended Masters and The Divine Feminine specifically for you as channeled by Ginny Brown. $45. Address provided upon registration. HeartAndHealing@hotmail.com. GinnyBrown.net.

saturday Find Your Edge Yoga – 9-10am. With Pauline Koinis. For yoga practitioners. A chance for yoginis and yogis alike to get a Saturday morning groove on; where laughter, challenge and heart all meet on the mat. $18/class; $16/senior. Valley Spirit Cooperative and Wellness Center, 6 Green Hill Rd, Washington Depot. 860-619-2788. Info@ ValleySpiritCoop.com. ValleySpiritCoop.com. Gentle Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation – 9:3010:45am. Relax, release and flow into wellness in beginner/level 1 yoga classes with work on mindfulness practices, breathing techniques, alignment, flexibility and strength. Modifications suggested and props used when needed. $5/donation per class. Hindu Cultural Center of CT (HCC), 96 Chapel St, Stratford. 203-521-0359. HCC.Yoga. Wendy@gmail.com. HCCYoga.org. Mahasati or Insight Meditation – 10-11:30am. Learn how to live your life more skillfully through the development of self-awareness and mindfulness, simple practice that can be easily incorporated into daily life, and discover the benefits of becoming more present. 203-244-3130. Info@ReddingMeditation.org. ReddingMeditation.org. Spondylitis Support Group – 11am-12:30pm. Last Saturday. Led by Dr. Andrew Cummins, naturopathic physician. Having lived with the chronic inflammatory disease Ankylosing Spondylitis for the last 18 years, Cummins understands what living with chronic pain and limited mobility is all about. Group provides education, empowerment,

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understanding and support. Free. Shalva Clinic, 8 Lincoln St, 1st Fl, Westport. 203-916-4600. DrCummins@ShalvaClinic.org. ShalvaClinic.org. Spiritual, Psychic and Healing Fair – 11am-4pm. First Saturday. Would you like a second opinion on your life issues, or a personal message from a departed loved one? Are you curious about your purpose in this life, or seeking a bit more direction and focus? Come join us. $35+. Albertson Memorial Church, 293 Sound Beach Ave, Old Greenwich. 203-637-4615. Info@AlbertsonChurch.org. AlbertsonChurch.org. Open Mic Night – 7-9pm, 3rd Saturday. Bring music printed out in your key and Kenneth Gartman will accompany you at the piano for your moment at the microphone. Comedians, poets, writers and musicians welcomed as well. Unity Center of Norwalk, 3 Main St, 2nd Fl, Norwalk. 203-855-7922. Office@UnityCenterNorwalk.org. UnityCenterNorwalk.org.

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