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Sample FREE Classes & Events – All Throughout September, All Throughout Connecticut Participating practitioners: Beyond Touch Dr. Deb Bossio, ND Dr. Leesa Sklover, PhD Dr. Jaya Daptardar Donna Smith Emei Qigong Finding Feathers Ganga Flow Yoga Jewel Tree of Life Karen Goldstein Margaret Cohen, LMT Maria Castillo, MSW, LCSW Meta-Consciousness Journeys Milford J.K.A. Shotokan Mystical Parlors Sacred Doors Sticks & Stones Farm The Center for Supreme Truth The OneJoy Center for Wellness Tranquil Healing Reiki ...and more to come

• Naturopathic Medicine • Acupuncture • Chiropractic • Nutritional Counseling • Ayurveda • Yoga • Meditation • Reiki • Energy Healing • EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) • Hypnotherapy • Spirituality • …and more Learn about the benefits of natural health, yoga and meditation; the power of energy healing; how to discover your life purpose; and how to develop your intuition. Watch for a full schedule of events in our September edition and online at

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NATURAL HEALTHCARE ALTERNATIVES FOR YOUR FAMILY Family-Based Chiropractic Care Specializing in infants, children & pre- and post-natal women During pregnancy, research shows chiropractic helps:

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t’s the midpoint of the summer season and I am a happy woman. This is my favorite season and I am reveling in it. High doses of sunshine, spending time outdoors, being more physically active, and slowing things down serve me well (and, if I’m honest, make me feel so much younger too). Each summer I like to try new activities. Last year I took up biking and kayaking, and the big thrill was jumping off “Chicken Rock” Carolyn Aversano into Lake Candlewood. This year it’s lots of tennis, family biking, and I tried stand up paddling for the first time and I love it. One simply cannot be unbalanced physically or mentally while SUP’g – there’s no other choice than to find your center and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. This month I’m hoping the big thrill will be to swim with the dolphins in St. Maarten – it’s something I’ve wanted to do for years. Next month we’re excited to present the 2nd annual Awakenings celebration, and this year we’ve partnered with our neighboring Natural Awakenings editions to expanded it well beyond Fairfield County. The mission of this celebration is to educate and introduce our readers to new healing modalities and the dedicated practitioners that offer them in the community. The Awakenings celebration is a wonderful opportunity to sample a wide variety of free classes, workshops and events – focused on natural health, energy healing, yoga, meditation, fitness, creative expression and more - all throughout September, all throughout Connecticut. I encourage you to take full advantage – visit to see the full list of offerings updated daily. Practitioners interested in participating: contact me at by August 13.

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nterested in achieving health, radiance, energy, and permanent weight loss? Annie Stiefel, chef and wellness coach, will be offering her third class this summer on Wednesday, August 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Sticks and Stones Farm in Newtown. This course will be an introduction to the underlying causes of many diseases and obesity, how to stop sugar cravings and learn to tune-in to your intuitive body wisdom, and how to incorporate ‘The Great Detoxifiers’ into every meal. Come hungry! Known for its landmark stone barn and beautiful labyrinth surrounded by forest, Sticks and Stones is a 60-acre working farm about an hour by train from New York City. For more than 30 years the farm has produced a unique harvest of environmentally friendly moss and stone, and it shares its tranquil setting with individuals, families, and groups who are seeking rustic day and weekend retreats. The Sticks and Stones’ farm stand offers produce for sale to the public, straight from their organic garden. Throughout the week, Sticks and Stones Farm offers a variety of classes and workshops, hiking trails throughout the property, community potluck dinners, drum circles and other nature-inspired events. Find out what you have been missing, check out Sticks and Stones Farm and explore the many offerings provided in this uniquely beautiful and serene setting.

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To RSVP, call 203.270.8820. Sticks and Stones Farm is located at 201 Huntingtown Road, Newtown. For more information, visit See ad pg 11.

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Beyond Touch Moves to Redding


oberta Russell, LMT, of Beyond Touch has relocated her wellness practice (formerly in Ridgefield) to West Redding, CT. She continues to serve Ridgefield and surrounding areas, as well as seeing clients in her Westport office. Roberta creates individualized massage sessions for clients and integrates energy healing with every session. She offers Swedish massage with Deep Tissue, as well as Lomi Lomi Massage, Reiki, and Polarity Therapy. In addition to bodywork offerings, Roberta coaches clients using the Law of Attraction to help them manifest their desires. She also uses Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to relieve pain, disease symptoms, Roberta Russell and facilitate personal change. She is passionate about empowering her clients and students to achieve happier, healthier lives. Roberta offers EFT and Manifesting classes monthly as well. To celebrate her new location, Roberta is offering one bodywork session for the regular fee, and a second session for half price for the month of August - a great opportunity to de-stress before school starts. Free sessions are also available with packages and referral rewards. Beyond Touch is conveniently in West Redding Center near the train station, just a few minutes from Route 7. For more information, call 203.438.2354 or visit See ad pg 26.

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Accolades for North American Power


alerie Aloisio, independent representative and one of the first female Area Directors for North American Power will be hosting a series of free Opportunity Valerie Aloisio Briefings every Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Four Points Sheraton, 426 Main Avenue in Norwalk.
North American Power provides greener and more affordable energy options and a no-risk, no-investment income opportunity to each and every customer. By simply referring others to a better energy choice, customers can earn extra monthly income or even achieve the dream of financial independence. The Fairfield native sites this unique business model as the reason why Forbes Magazine named North American Power as “One of America’s Most Promising Companies” and why they were recently presented Gold Stevie® Awards in two categories of the American Business Awards. The company was awarded Energy Company of the Year while Cofounder and CEO, Kerry Breitbart was awarded as Energy & Utilities Executive of the Year.
 It was the unique combination of earning money, going green, and giving back that attracted Ms. Aloisio to North American Power. “I am so proud to be a part of a company that is making such a difference and honored to be one of their top leaders. This is only the beginning, so become informed and join our movement.” 

 For more information or to RSVP call Valerie Aloisio at 203.521.2396 or visit See ad pg 36.

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fter celebrating one year of service, The ARC Sacred Center (The Alliance for Raising Consciousness) has announced that they have officially been granted non-profit status. Spiritual Directors and Co-founders, Rev. Christine Guerrera and Rev. Arlene Powers are thrilled to be eligible for grants that give ARC the ability to further develop community based programs such as spiritual companion programs, interfaith education, and mind, body and spirit wellness programs. To reach out to the surrounding communities, ARC has scheduled a Healing Fair on September 15th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ARC will serve as host to many local practitioners who provide a variety of healing and spiritual modalities such as angel and intuitive readings, Reiki sessions, massage and therapeutic body work, as well as spiritual blessings and counseling. Practitioners offer these mini sessions at a discounted rate. Some of the proceeds will benefit ARC’s mission.

• Nature Summer Camps, Educational Workshops, Day Retreats Yoga, Drum Circles, Ukulele Club, Foraging & more

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at Sticks & Stones to experience this working Farm, Educational and Retreat Center


acred Doors, a unique healing and education center located in Norwalk, is honored to announce their fall programs, starting September 7-9 with “The First Rite of the I and I Discoveries” - created by Enlightened Master, Dhyan Vimal. “I and I” is about you and discovering how precious and sacred you are, so that you can live out your life as the best of you - in living as the best of you, a natural sharing happens. The “I and I Discoveries” delivers four rights to live by, and that brings this sacred knowledge back to us. The first is to go beyond influence, the next is to awaken to be a creator, the third is to be in the upward flow of energy, and the fourth is to access the pure self and function from it. This is a powerful life changing program. Other programs that are offered at Sacred Doors this fall include introductions to indigenous teachings and their mystical paths, meditation, and embracing the divine feminine energy. There will also be an opportunity to learn about natural healing abilities during “The Healer in You” workshop.



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Why just resign yourself to quick fixes or suffering forever... when you can heal your inner wounds to the root? I have helped people heal to the root for over 30 years.

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Additionally, for those interested in experiencing a taste of ARC’s interfaith services, all practitioners will break at 1 p.m. so that they can gather in the sanctuary for an interfaith blessing and inspirational songs offered by some of the ARC choir. All are welcome. For more information, visit, e-mail, or call 203.268.1272. See ad pg 27. •

Chelsea Piers To Host Health Wellness & Sports Expo Craniosacral Therapy & The Alexander Technique • Profoundly deep relaxation and healing • Release back & neck pain, headaches, TMJ • Unlock musical potential

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he Health Wellness & Sports Expo 2012 will take place Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the new 400,000 sq. ft. Chelsea Piers Connecticut sports complex at One Blachley Road in Stamford. The event will feature nearly 75 exhibitors plus fitness and dance demos, celebrity athletes and more. Exhibits will cover alternative medicine, integrated nutrition, weight management, children’s health, pet wellness, fitness programs, spa and beauty treatments, financial health, green technology, lifetime sports and more. Those who bring in one or more nonperishable food items will receive a free raffle ticket to win a healthy door prize. Raffle tickets can also be purchased for $5. All food and proceeds will be donated to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the weekend.  A d m i s s i o n i s f r e e . Fo r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n , c o n t a c t TMK Sports & Entertainment at 203.531.3047 or visit 

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Our mission is to continually discover, demonstrate, and educate that our source of Good is God within.

Our Weekly & Monthly Ongoing Events Thought Exchange.....Mon at 7 pm Bars & Reiki Exchange..1st Thurs at 7 pm

Bible Studies - Rev.EdTownley.....3rd Fri at 7 pm Prayer Works.................3rd Thurs at 7 pm

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Celebration Service Sundays at 10:30 am Childcare Provided

A Brush with Soul..........2nd Thurs at 7 pm

Metaphysical Bible Study with Rev Ed Townley July 20 at 7 pm Rev. Shawn Moninger


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coverartist Lose Weight Without Diet, Drugs or Exercise “Acu-Thin™ was/is a turning point in my life? I’ve lost 15 lbs so far – and it was easy. No more craving snacks between meals and I literally eat half of what I used to eat at mealtimes. I feel so much better, and the Acu-Thin™ program makes a significant difference in my success.” - Patrice B. (note: Patrice B. eventually lost 50 lbs!) BEFORE

With These Hands—Wonder Carol Allen Anfinsen Thanks to Carol Allen Anfinsen’s grandfather, a former biologist and teacher; her uncle, a former professor of entomology at the University of California, Berkeley; and father, a fly fisherman of great renown, she has always been an environmentalist and lover of nature’s remarkable handiwork. Anfinsen believes that spirit, voice and emotion resonate within all living things and even inanimate objects. While painting, she envisions each entity speaking out to her and sometimes exaggerates color and movement so that others can share what her own inner life sees and feels. Portraits are a favorite of the artist. “The slightest crinkle in a nose or twinkle in an eye can tell volumes about a person’s personality,” she says. “Faces are as varied as the flowers in springtime; as deep as the roots of a tree or the depths of an ocean.” This sense of spiritual wonder permeates each of Anfinsen’s works. “I believe art should uplift, inspire, educate and challenge the viewer’s mind, heart and soul,” she advises. “I hope viewers will experience awe and joy when they look at my paintings.”

The ACU-THIN program is a system of weight loss based on the principle of Auriculotherapy (ear acupuncture) used to decrease the desire for food. It is done with needles or done without needles. This program has been shown to be effective for several years in our office without increasing exercise or involving extreme changes in diet. Results are usually noticed quickly and loss of appetite can be immediate.

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ndividuals seeking greater fulfillment within their journey are reaching more and more frequently in the direction of life coaching. A concept developed in the 1990’s as an alternative to counseling and therapy, coaching addresses the needs of clients ready to step into their own power. Derived from the model within the context of sports, coaching is geared for people who recognize positivity and possibility through the lens of inherent wellness. Coaching is not therapy or counseling but a co-creative relationship whereby goals are delineated, obstacles are diminished and a path is cleared to move towards the desired end. “What establishes coaching as such a viable modality is the accountability piece of the coaching model“, explains Julie Bowes, certified coach and spiritual facilitator. “Coaching is not a repair shop where a client expects to leave a session, “fixed”. It requires visualization, courage and implementation on behalf of the client to overcome self-imposed fears and emotional debris withholding them from their highest human potential.” “What I see most frequently is the duty driven life running on empty,” observes Julie. “Many of my clients arrive to the threshold of coaching simply craving permission to feel good. They recognize that their closed-circuit thinking no longer serves them yet feel a vestige of empowerment that steers them away from traditional counseling. Acknowledging that the status quo is no longer a viable option is the emotional release 14

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that precipitates major changes. Once the paradigm shifts from an egodriven, fear-based consciousness to a love-based, non-judgmental state of expansion, miracles happen and highest human potentials are met. Clients are eager to step into the mindful and courageous goals they have set for themselves visualizing a better feeling tomorrow. Knowing that they are on track is enough to begin replenishing their previously depleted soul, regain a purpose in their stride and recapture a fresh outlook on life. There is no greater privilege than to be of service in the role of coach.” When considering hiring a coach there are steps one can take to insure the highest return on the investment:

Are You Coachable? Determining one’s level of “coachability” starts with self-inquiry. Typically, individuals eager for change are ready to shed outmoded patterns of thought. The desire to feel better must outweigh the need to maintain one’s comfort zone.

Setting the Intention. It is important that the door of self worth is open to receiving and assimilating positive change. What is the clear goal that is trying to emerge?

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Making the Commitment. Persistence and commitment are requirements for any real improvement. Anticipate that obstacles, both organic and self-imposed, will present themselves. When a commitment for the long haul is established, a coach, through encouragement, can ease the hurdles, help build on strengths, and support in developing new beliefs and behaviors that keep one moving forward into something extraordinary.

Be Open to New Insights and Assessments. Improvement requires change. Being coachable means allowing new insights, pondering their validity and developing new thoughts and behaviors that strengthen the muscle of willpower into an expansive new way of life. Coaching requires deliberate choices and applied, mindful steps to create the improvement that is sought. The potential rewards can be immeasurable. By engaging in the coaching process, shifts occur that change not only the direction and focus of one’s life, but frequently, one’s entire perspective. Julie Bowes, owner of Jewel Tree of Life, is a holistic life coach and spiritual facilitator who listens on an energetic, heart-centered level with clients looking to restore their sense of well-being and restructure or authenticate their life’s purpose. Her intimate knowledge of the human consciousness centers allows the energy of universal spirit to influence and facilitate healing on the client’s behalf. Her connection to the wisdom found in nature contributes to the grounded, non-judgmental, peaceful and encouraging assistance she lends. For more information visit or call Julie at 203.240.4397. See ad pg 18.


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Why Folk Remedies Rock Elderberry Elixir: Backyard Medicine Chest W hat do white tea, witch hazel and rose extract—long used as natural aids for preserving youth and well-being—have in common? They all possess potential health and beauty properties that could be simply too good to ignore, say scientists from London’s Kingston University. The researchers, working in collaboration with British beauty brand Neal’s Yard Remedies, tested 21 plant extracts and discovered that their naturally occurring substances may offer new treatments to block the progression of inflammation. The findings are promising as potential treatments for aging skin, as well as more serious illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis, neurodegenerative conditions and cardiovascular and pulmonary problems. Using human cells as their model, the researchers applied three different concentrations of white tea (freeze-dried powder), witch hazel (dried herb) and rose extract (in a medicinal tincture) to see what effect the mixtures might have on suppressing the rogue enzymes and oxidants that play key roles in cellular inflammation and aging. All three remedies were remarkably effective in keeping inflammation in check. Whenever inflammation starts—whether as a simple cut to a finger, exposure to the sun, chemicals or pollutants, or irritation due to an arthritic joint—the body begins to produce a protein compound called interleukin 8 that exacerbates the process. The three substances tested appear to successfully interfere with this. White tea displayed the most marked results.


ew research is turning up another natural remedy to mend what ails us. Native to both North America and Europe and historically appreciated by Hippocrates as “nature’s medicine chest,” elderberries are especially rich in antioxidants, putting them near the top of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) list. Both the flowers and fruit are used to make tea, juice, wine, preserves and nutraceutical products to treat a variety of ills. International herbalist James Duke, Ph.D., author of The Green Pharmacy, recognizes the elderberry’s age-old reputation as a remedy for viral infections and for treating cough, flu and tonsillitis. It’s even being studied for its activity against HIV and for regulating blood sugar. Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia are examining its potential for preventing strokes and prostate cancer, reducing inflammation and boosting resistance to infectious diseases. They’re set to host the first International Symposium on the Elderberry, from June 9 to 14, 2013. Terry Durham, a farmer and conservationist in Ashland, Missouri, describes elderberries—which are typically harvested in late August through early September—as “the superfruit in our own backyard.”

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hen it comes to improving bone health in postmenopausal women—and people of all ages, for that matter—eating dried plums is a simple, proactive solution to help prevent fractures and osteoporosis, reports a Florida State University researcher. “During my career, I have tested numerous fruits, including figs, dates, strawberries and raisins, and none of them come anywhere close to having the effect on bone density that dried plums, or prunes, have,” says Bahram H. Arjmandi, The Florida State University’s Margaret A. Sitton Professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences. Arjmandi and his colleagues tested two groups of postmenopausal women over a 12-month period. The first group of 55 women consumed 100 grams of dried plums (about 10 prunes) each day, while the second, control group of 45 women ate 100 grams of dried apples. All participants also received daily doses of calcium (500 milligrams) and vitamin D (400 international units). The group that consumed dried plums had significantly higher bone mineral density in the ulna (one of two long bones in the forearm) and spine, compared with the group that ate dried apples. According to Arjmandi, this was due in part to the ability of dried plums to suppress the rate of bone resorption, or breakdown, which tends to exceed the rate of new bone growth as people age.



esearch from the Ecology Center, a nonprofit environmental organization, discloses that more than half of lowcost metal adult and children’s jewelry contain large amounts of toxic chemicals, including lead, cadmium, nickel, chromium and chlorine (from polyvinyl chloride, or PVC). The report notes that these chemicals have been linked in animal and some human studies to acute allergies and long-term health impacts such as birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity and cancer. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, young children should not be given or allowed to play with cheap metal jewelry, especially when unsupervised. Source:



hat a new mom eats during her pregnancy affects her unborn baby’s immunity, especially vis-a-vis allergies, reports new research in The Journal of Physiology. The research found that if a mother’s diet contains a certain group of polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as those found in fish, walnut oil or flaxseed, the baby’s gut develops differently. These substances are thought to improve the way gut immune cells respond to bacteria and foreign substances, making the baby less likely to suffer from allergies.



esearch presented in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the 25th anniversary meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, suggests that poor sleep hygiene is associated with a lower grade-point average, both in high school and college. This can be prevented, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, by cultivating habits and behaviors that promote healthy sleep, such as establishing a relaxing bedtime routine and avoiding ingesting caffeine during the afternoon and at night.



alking on a cell phone or texting might have an unexpectedly troubling downside. Researchers at Stony Brook University, in New York, studied young people that were texting while walking and discovered that they walked slower, veered off course more and experienced decreased working memory.

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SOCCER’S A KICK FOR FAMILY FITNESS Summer Olympics Highlights the Excitement by Randy Kambic

In many other countries, soccer is known as football, or even “the beautiful game,” because the grace and style of play is often considered as important as the final score. While less popular than other professional sports in this country, soccer’s suitability and benefits for today’s children have spawned its own American subculture.


ith the 2012 Summer Olympic Games underway from July 27 through August 12, in London, many soccer moms and dads will be watching live or recorded matches with their children gathered around the TV. Among the 28 national male and female teams competing internationally, the U.S. women’s team brings special excitement as the defending Olympic champions in their division. Their shared enthusiasm is sure to inspire some family soccer ball kick-around action in the yard or a local park. Soccer is an ideal physical outlet for boys and girls because it’s considerably less violent than football; provides


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a great cardio workout; builds thought processes in employing strategies; instills teamwork, camaraderie and sportsmanship; and can facilitate meeting youngsters of various backgrounds. It also provides an easy and enjoyable way for parents to get some exercise while bonding with their children. US Youth Soccer, as part of the U.S. Soccer Federation, the national governing body, involves 3 million-plus youngsters ages 5 through 19 in soccer leagues, camps and local programs annually. Its yearly Youth Soccer Month, in September, will feature many community events, tips and discussions. Susan Boyd, of Mequon, Wisconsin, spent 15 years taking two of her sons to and from practices and matches from junior games all the way through high

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school teams. “Every time they play is a highlight for me,” she says. “Win, lose or draw, they have such a passion for the game. You all get caught up in the power of the play and the magic of the moment.” A part-time writing instructor at Carroll University, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Boyd has been posting weekly parental advice blogs on USYouthSoccer. org for four years. One suggests that if field conditions are damp, parents should bring gallon-size baggies to protect the car’s floor from the mud of soccer shoes, plus a change of clothes for the players. In another, she asks parents “not to be snooty or pompous” if their child’s team is better than the opposition and to “have more patience with referees that don’t meet your standard of perfection in calls.” Because soccer calls for nearconstant movement—running with or toward the ball or walking into a better position on the field—it’s an effective antidote to childhood obesity. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition ( suggests that children get one hour or more a day in either moderate or vigorous aerobic physical activity. For adults, the recommendation is at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity. Playing or practicing soccer skills definitely meets the criteria. Last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics Association (HealthyChildren. org) cited soccer as a way for children to be physically active while they learn teamwork and sportsmanship. It also noted that the most common player injuries are minor sprains and strains, followed by bruises. Boyd advises, “Most of these require rest, ice, compression and elevation for the injured area, and a week away from the sport. Don’t rush children back onto the field; think long-term.” Current and longtime U.S. national Olympic team member Christie Rampone, of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, notes that because soccer doesn’t involve the hands, “Youngsters get used to using other, different muscle groups, allowing for optimal strength and coordination.” She suggests that parents have children also note some non-action elements of the sport, such as the communication occurring on the soccer field. Even when people in the stands

The number of youth soccer players in the United States has doubled since 1990, to more than 4 million players. ~U.S. Soccer Federation are loudly shouting encouragement, players are talking with each other and using body language to enhance their team play. “Point out to kids the positive emotions and energy expressed when things don’t go well. Even though the game can be frustrating at times, learn from how the players stay poised and focused throughout the match.” For more information, also visit and Randy Kambic, who played soccer in school, is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and a copyeditor for Natural Awakenings.

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90-degree angle to the path of the ball and tap it back and forth. n Soon, start using more of the instep

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marker for atherosclerosis. Because many overweight children become plump adults, lifestyle modification at an early age is vital. Try these no-fuss strategies from experts to overcome today’s pitfalls to attaining family nutrition.

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n exhausting routine of early morning wakeups, soccer practices and work deadlines makes it understandably easy to put healthy family eating on the back burner. As more time-strapped families adopt drive-through dining, it’s no surprise that weight scales nationwide are buckling under the pressure. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, more than a third of American adults are obese. But the expanding-waistline epidemic impacts far more than just the quality of life among adults. A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association states that 16 percent of chil-


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dren are either overweight or obese, with another 16 percent knocking on the door. According to Sally Phillips, a registered dietitian and nutrition expert at Ohio’s Akron Children’s Hospital, a child that has an unhealthy body weight not only often has self-esteem issues, but is also at increased risk for Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, elevated blood cholesterol and triglycerides, plus orthopedic challenges; all health problems that possibly could impact life expectancy. More, childhood obesity that progresses into adulthood has been linked to increased artery wall thickness—a

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The sit-down meal is an endangered family function, thanks to hectic schedules, time spent with TV, video games, the Internet and other electronic devices, as well as the perceived uncool factor of noshing with the folks. Yet studies show that family meals foster communication and usually lead to higher intakes of calcium- and fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, plus lower amounts of unhealthy fats, sugar and sodium, says Keith-Thomas Ayoob, Ed.D., a registered dietitian and associate clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York. A supporting study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association confirmed that tykes that took in fewer family meals (and watched more TV) were more likely to be overweight. University of Minnesota researchers found that adolescent girls that ate often with their family were less prone to use cigarettes, alcohol and drugs. Try this: Commit to a sit-down meal most days of the week, suggests Registered Dietitian Brenda J. Ponichtera, author of Quick and Healthy Recipes and Ideas. Don’t overlook breakfast as potential family time as well, counsels Ayoob. “Kids that eat a well-balanced breakfast do better in school, have improved vitamin and mineral intake and are more likely to maintain a healthy body weight.”

Liquid calories

Today’s average American household obtains more than 20 percent of its daily calories from beverages; on average, soft drinks alone account for 8 percent of adolescents’ calorie intake. The rise in beverage consumption has mirrored the country’s slide toward rounder body shapes. “Satiety is less when you drink calories versus eating the same calories in foods, because drinks empty from the stomach quick-

er,” advises Phillips. “The extra calories from liquids can easily exceed what the body can use.” The worst culprits are “liquid candy” such as soda and energy, sport and sweetened fruit drinks. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Harvard researchers confirmed that a greater intake of these beverages leads to weight gain in adults and children. “Plus, most sweetened drinks don’t have much nutritional value,” says Ayoob. Although they contain important vitamins, even fruit juices, such as orange, cranberry and apple, still pack a lot of concentrated sugars. Try this: Phillips recommends limiting empty-calorie sweetened beverages and replacing them with unsweetened choices like low-fat milk, homemade iced tea and filtered water jazzed up with lemon or lime. Keep daily intake of fruit juice between four to eight ounces, and focus on eating whole fruits, instead. “You can also freeze natural fruit juice in ice-cube trays,” says Phillips. “Pop these into [a glass of] water for a hint of sweet flavor.” Send children to school or camp with a reusable, BPA-free water container (stainless steel works well) so they get in the aqua-drinking habit. Also consider stocking the fridge with refreshing, potassium-rich coconut water.

Chicken again?

Never before has such a variety of foods been more readily available. Still, too many families fall into the trap of preparing the same familiar eats—like spaghetti, chicken, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on white bread—week in and week out. When children are repeatedly presented with the same foods, they don’t learn to appreciate new flavors and textures, which reinforces a picky palate and a fear of unfamiliar dishes, says Ayoob. From a body weight standpoint, an article published in Science suggests that when the brain isn’t gratified by food—which can happen when the family eats roast chicken for the fourth time in the same week—people are more likely to make midnight kitchen raids and add to their total calorie intake. Try this: Once a week, have a new-food-of-the-week meal, featuring healthy ingredients such as quinoa, lean bison or kale, paired with family favorites, to encourage branching out. “Don’t throw in the towel if your child emphatically refuses it at the start. Research shows that it can take 10 or more times before a new food is accepted by a finicky eater,” advises Phillips, a mother of two. She also suggests letting kids loose in the produce department to pick a new fresh item they are curious about, and then involving them in its preparation, so they are more likely to try it. “Or, substitute a familiar food, like apples, with pears,” Ayoob recommends.

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Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition specifically link savory, energy-dense snack foods with childhood obesity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that the percentage of American children eating three regular meals a day has decreased over the past 25 years, while consumption of high-calorie, snack-type foods has gone up. “Unhealthy snacking can have an impact on academic performance, energy levels and weight,” Ayoob remarks. Try this: Don’t push the panic button if a child looks a little heavy while he or she is still growing, but it never hurts to give the household pantry and fridge an overhaul. First, get rid of nutrient-devoid chips, cookies and soda. “Replace them with healthier, portable fuel like nuts, baby carrots, low-fat string cheese and cottage cheese, yogurt and dried fruit,” suggests Ayoob. This does away with the good-versus-bad food battle on the home front. Ponichtera likes keeping a bowl of varicolored seasonal fruit on the counter for when kids return home ravenous. She also recommends offering sliced veggies and fruit with tasty and nutritious yogurt, guacamole or hummus dip, or making after-school smoothies, using frozen fruit, healthy, low-fat milk and yogurt. Because watching TV—including commercials extolling unhealthy foods—provides prime opportunities for mindless snacking (various studies link excess TV time with elevated body fat), consider pulling the plug after an hour. If snacking must be done in front of the tube, Ponichtera likes natural, unbuttered popcorn, deeming it excellent because it’s wholegrain, low in calories and high in filling fiber.

Meals in a hurry

The desire for something quick may be why half of total U.S. food expenditures today go to meals prepared outside the home. Studies suggest that the more we purchase fast food, the greater our girth. “This should come as no surprise, because what is often ordered is mostly out-of-control portions, higher in calories, fat, sugar and salt, than what would be served at home,” says Ayoob. Even shunning the all-too-familiar drive-through for a smarter option could pack on pounds. Researchers reported in 24

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the Journal of Consumer Research that an individual is likely to underestimate the calories in a meal marketed by a restaurant as healthier, than those in a meal from a perceived offender. This mistake often leads to overeating through purchasing extra or bigger side orders, suggest the study’s authors. University of Minnesota research suggests that adolescent members of families that rely on fewer than three purchased meals per week are more likely to consume healthier beverages and vegetables with meals and less prone to indulge in soda and chips at home. Try this: Skip the fast food outlets and open The Joy of Cooking. “Preparing more home-cooked meals is all about planning and implementing time-saving strategies,” says Ponichtera. Take time during the weekend to create dinner menus for the coming week, with input from all family members, and make a detailed grocery list to facilitate an efficient visit to the health food store and grocery. Ponichtera also stresses the, “Cook once, serve twice,” trick, where home chefs purposely double the recipe and plan to serve leftovers later, adding different sides for variety. When time is at a premium, tossing ingredients for stews or chilies into a slow cooker in the morning is a tasty and healthy option. “Always have a few homemade dishes that can be easily warmed up, such as lasagna, soups and casseroles, in your freezer,” adds Ponichtera. It also works to freeze leftovers in lunch-size containers to take to work. On days when family members have time to cook, make salads and dressings (served on the side) or bean, vegetable and whole-grain side dishes ahead of time, so they will be ready accompaniments for the coming week’s entrées. “Involving children in the meal prep not only saves parents time,” reflects Ponichtera, “but also teaches kids valuable cooking skills they might otherwise lack.” Everybody wins. Canadian-based registered dietitian and nutrition writer Matthew Kadey also takes active vacations to keep trim. Copyrighted © 2012 Penton Media, Inc. 89020:512SH


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How to Green Everyone’s Wardrobe Every fall, even with back-to-school sales, buying clothes can be costly for families. Also, new togs take a toll on the planet: Most common synthetic fabrics are petroleum-based; and according to the Sustainable Cotton Project (, 25 percent of all insecticides applied in this country, including known carcinogens, are used to grow cotton. Perceived as a disposable commodity, garments purchased for growing children are typically discarded after serving only a fraction of their useful life, while teens dismiss outfits when fashions change. Adults often have closets full of items from when they weighed less. Here are 10 commonsense ways to redress the problem and lighten the family’s ecological footprint. Wash only as needed. Avoid wasting energy and water by washing clothing only when it’s dirty, rather than after a single gentle wearing; then drip- or line-dry. Go unisex for tots. Siblings can wear family hand-me-downs and share basic items like shirts and pants. Share. Family members, friends and neighbors can swap perfectly wearable fashions when they tire of them. Help strangers. Charitable nonprofits, detailed on websites like (women’s business attire) (athletic

Look for alternatives. Clothing made from organic, low-impact or recycled materials such as organic cotton, hemp, bamboo and recycled fibers, is available in stores and online. Dress casually. Dress suits for men and women require dry cleaning, so whenever possible, leave such fine attire in the closet. Buy the good stuff. Brand names often live up to their advertising. Prestigious trademarks often get that way by producing better-made, more durable clothing and also protecting their image by avoiding exploitive practices. Check them out online via third-party evaluators. Source: Adapted from

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or most parents, back-to-school season also signals the start of cold season, which for some kids, can stretch out for months. Kids’ immune systems, like their brains, need to be educated and strengthened, which might explain why young children are likely to experience two or three colds a year, says Dr. Lawrence Rosen, a holistic pediatrician practicing in New Jersey and chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Complementary and Integrative Medicine. Here are some great strategies to keep kids healthy and bolster their immune systems throughout the year. Manage stress: Stress is probably the biggest challenge to a child’s immune system, says Rosen. “Stress plays


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a big role in immune health. It literally impacts us on the cellular level. Studies repeatedly show that kids get sick more frequently when they are stressed out.” “Give your kids some down time,” Rosen advises. “Don’t schedule every minute of their time. If you are a compulsive scheduler, then schedule quiet time.” Sleep is a vital component of immune system health, he points out. “Most children need eight hours of sleep a day and surprisingly, teenagers may need as much as 10 hours.” Eat right: Eliminating sugar completely from a child’s diet is a huge step toward better health and building a strong immune system, says holistic Pediatrician Debby Hamilton, of Boulder, Colorado.

In California, a Loma Linda University study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that eating or drinking eight tablespoons of sugar (about the amount in two, 12-ounce soft drinks) can: n Reduce the ability of white blood cells to fight off infection by 40 percent. n Lower immune function for up to five hours. n Block absorption of vitamin C, which plays a vital role in immune function. n Make cells more permeable to the influx of bacteria and viruses. Tracee Yablon-Brenner, a registered dietitian, holistic health counselor and co-founder of, offers a few tips to get kids enthusiastic about healthy eating: n Ask kids to help prepare the food and set the table, with tasks appro priate to their ages. n Cut vegetables in small pieces and “hide” them in favorite foods; for example, add zucchini and broccoli to spaghetti sauce. n Grow a garden (even a container garden) and engage children in the fun of growing food. n Take them to a farmers’ market to help pick out meal ingredients.

Dr. Lawrence Rosen suggests a homemade hand wash blend of essential oils commonly called Thieves Oil. He makes up his own sweet-smelling antibacterial blend from cinnamon, clove, lemon eucalyptus, rosemary and orange oils, mixed with a little aloe vera and water. Keep in a spray bottle next to every sink.

Any food high in vitamin C is great for strengthening immune systems and improving overall health. Sources include citrus fruits, berries, bell peppers, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts and all dark, green, leafy vegetables, especially kale.

Yablon-Brenner thinks that juice is too high in sugar (even natural sugars) and instead favors fiber-rich whole fruits. She encourages eating lots of wildcaught fish (avoiding farmed fish, which can be contaminated with mercury and other toxic substances) and plenty of foods rich in vitamin E and zinc, such as pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Probiotics are also important for keeping the immune system strong. For some kids, eating all-natural yogurt is enough, but for others, probiotic supplements may be necessary. “I’m really passionate about educating and teaching families about the benefits of eating real food and helping them recognize that food is really the best medicine,” says Yablon-Brenner. Exercise: Daily exercise is a key component of any health regimen. “Sometimes, I literally write a prescription for family exercise,” says Rosen. Outdoor exercise is beneficial


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because it also exposes children to the sun, helping them to manufacture the vitamin D that is essential for a strong immune system. Other highly recommended exercise programs include yoga for stress reduction, which can be adapted even for small children. Supplements: Rosen and Hamilton both favor select supplements for children, especially during cold and flu season. Rosen recommends a whole-food multivitamin for kids every day, as well as vitamin D supplements (if blood tests confirm a deficiency), as follows: 400 IU daily for babies, 1,000 IU for young children, 2,000 IU for tweens and 4,000 IU for teens and adults. Hamilton adds 15 milligrams of zinc daily and likes targeted herbal preparations for preventing and treating colds. Sanitation: The experts’ advice here may be surprising: They all recommend letting kids get a little dirty. “Kids are a little too sterile,” says Hamilton. “We used to play in the dirt, get dirt under our nails and expose our immune systems to bacteria that made them stronger. Our focus on antibacterial products today has actually led to the growth of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.” As a postscript, she recommends avoiding hand sanitizers; not only are they less than effective, but their alcohol content can cause dry skin. Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and publisher; 10 Best Ways to Manage Stress is her latest book. Visit


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Imagine feeling the surge of well-being that comes from strolling barefoot on a moist, sandy beach or sinking all 10 toes into a cool, lush lawn on a warm summer day. Both comprise an experience known as “grounding” or “earthing”. Recent research suggests that these tempting life experiences offer more than feel-good frolics; they might help reboot health. y the end of the day, I could hardly walk. My feet would be screaming,” relates Lynn Deen, 66, of Mio, Michigan, describing dealing with Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis in both heels. “I struggled with it for four years. I tried everything, from conventional treatments to complementary therapies. Nothing touched it.” Then Deen listened to an online interview about earthing, a therapy that involves connecting with the Earth’s electrical field, either through skinto-ground contact (barefoot strolls) or by using home grounding products available online. Motivated by a yearning to maintain her active lifestyle, she decided to try it. Three months later, she attested, “My heels were completely normal.” And because she opted to use a special earthing bedsheet, Deen says

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her husband benefited, too. “We have better sleep, less snoring and a better sense of well-being,” she reports. Theoretically, because the waterabundant human body is a good electrical conductor, such grounding allows negatively charged free electrons, which are rife on the Earth’s surface, to enter the body and scour it for free radicals: those positively charged particles that may cause disease and inflammation. “Most of the diseases today are related to chronic inflammation,” says Dr. Martin Gallagher, a physician and chiropractor who heads Medical Wellness Associates, a large integrative medicine clinic in Jeannette, Pennsylvania. “That inflammation is considered to be the buildup of positive electrons. The Earth’s free electrons neutralize these chemical buzz bombs, called free

radicals, bringing the body back to homeostasis. It is that state of equilibrium that allows the body to heal.” Today’s lifestyles have nearly eliminated that natural healing effect, says James Oschman, director of the Nature’s Own Research Association, in Dover, New Hampshire. “When I was a kid, my shoes came off in the spring and didn’t come back on until fall,” Oschman recalls. Today, almost everybody wears plastic-soled shoes, rides in vehicles and hangs out indoors on carpet and wood or tiled floors, completely blocking these free electrons, which Oschman maintains are the most effective and efficient antioxidants available. He states, “We’ve experienced a total disconnect.” His claim is supported by small studies that are beginning to accumulate, indicating the potential benefits of grounding. Here is a sampling of the findings, from The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Helped the body’s natural healing response. Researchers compared physiological changes during a two-hour grounding session of 14 men and 14 women and then a two-hour sham ses-

sion. Changes in respiration and heart rates plus blood oxygenation within 20 minutes of grounding appeared to aid the healing process, reports lead author Gaetan Chevalier, Ph.D., director of the Earthing Institute. He notes that as in previous studies, subjects with acute inflammation experienced less swelling, redness, heat and pain. Improved sleep and reduced pain and stress. Researchers grounded 12 patients looking for these benefits while they slept. Comparing their cortisol levels (a stress-related hormone) prior to the eight-week study with results from periodic retesting and follow-up interviews, they found that grounding reduced nighttime levels of cortisol and better aligned its secretion with the body’s natural 24-hour circadian rhythm, which is important for sleep. Subjects reported improvements in all three areas. Decreased muscle pain. Researchers looked at blood counts and chemistry in eight active exercisers, following routines that assured muscle soreness. Four subjects treated with grounding techniques showed a boosted immune response and reported reduced pain.

Oschman says that some professional athletes swear by the practice, including members of four U.S. Tour de France teams (between 2003 and 2007) that were grounded nightly during the competitions. Gallagher, who estimates that 70 percent of his patients consciously practice grounding, sees improvement in conditions including heart disease, arthritis, chronic pain, autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue syndrome, attention deficit disorder, allergies, asthma, menopausal symptoms, sleep apnea and jet lag. Judged safe for all ages, blood-thinners present the only known complication, so heart patients should consult their doctors. “This is like the relationship of vitamin D from sunlight,” concludes Gallagher. “We are receiving something that is integral to our design, part of our nature. Earthing isn’t an intellectual concept; it’s a necessity of life.” Freelance journalist Debra Melani writes about health, medicine and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at or

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INVESTING IN MAIN STREET Cities, Schools and Churches Move their Money to Local Economies by Rebecca Leisher


ince the big corporate banks contributed to crashing the economy in 2008, news sources report that they’ve been rewarded with bailouts, tax breaks and executive bonuses, while American workers have lost jobs and homes. There is little wonder that many Americans—and now, institutions and local governments—have been closing their accounts at these corporate banks and transferring the money to community banks and credit unions. The intent is to send a strong message about responsibility to government and Wall Street, while supporting institutions that genuinely stimulate local economies. The first Bank Transfer Day, last November, was publicized over five weeks, largely through social networks. During that period, credit unions received an estimated $4.5 billion in new deposits transferred from banks, according to the Credit Union National Association. Citizens are calling for financial institutions to be accountable, encouraged by the popularity of the Move Your


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Money campaign. Schools, churches and local governments across the country have been transferring large sums, or at least considering doing so, in order to invest in local economies instead of Wall Street. Last year, the city of San Jose, California, moved nearly $1 billion from the Bank of America because of the bank’s high record of home foreclosures. City council members linked foreclosures to lost tax revenue, reduced services and layoffs, and urged other U.S. cities to follow their example. The Seattle, Washington, city council responded to the Occupy Wall Street movement by unanimously passing a resolution to review its banking and investment practices, “…to ensure that public funds are invested in responsible financial institutions that support our community.” Officials in Los Angeles, New York City and Portland, Oregon, are discussing proposals that address how and where city funds are invested. Massachusetts launched the Small Business Banking Partnership initiative last year to leverage small business loans, and has already deposited $106 million in state reserve funds into community banks. Student activists and the Responsible Endowments Coalition are urging colleges and universities—some of which have assets comparable to those of a town or city—to move at least a portion of their endowments from Wall Street. The Peralta Community College District, in California, with an annual budget of $140 million, has done just that. The district’s board of trustees voted unanimously last November to move its assets into community banks and credit unions. Churches and faith organizations are moving their money, too. Congregations in the California interfaith coalition LA Voice vowed to divest $2 million from Wells Fargo and the Bank of America, ending a 200-year relationship with the big banks. The Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, in East San Jose, pulled $3 million out of the Bank of America and reinvested the funds into Micro Branch, a division of Self-Help Federal Credit Union, designed to assist underserved communities. Moving money to where banking practices and investments are transparent is the most effective action. Oregon Banks Local represents small businesses, family farms and community banks. It offers a website tool that ranks local banks and credit unions on such criteria as where they are headquartered, jobs created and the extent of local investment, showing which financial institutions truly serve local communities. “People from all walks of life are angry at the banks,” says Ilana Berger, co-director of The New Bottom Line, a national campaign that promotes moving money from Wall Street. But the broad appeal of this grassroots movement toward financial reform is based on more than anger or strategy. “It’s a way to move our money to follow our values,” says Berger. “It’s an opportunity to really protest against the banks, but also a way to show what we want them to be.” Freelance writer Rebecca Leisher originated this article as part of “9 Strategies to End Corporate Rule,” for the Spring 2012 issue of YES! magazine.

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itch the Cards. All electronic transactions siphon money out of the local community to some extent, so try the human approach and bank in person. Make purchases with cash or second best, write a check. If plastic is the only choice, choose a debit card. Local merchants lose some of their potential profit each time you use a card, but they pay up to seven times more in fees when it’s a credit card. Studies show that people spend 12 to 18 percent more when they use cards instead of cash. Move Your Debt. Already broken up with your megabank? From credit card balances to car loans to mortgages, megabanks make far more money off your debt than your savings. Refinance debt with a credit union or local bank and let the fees support your community. Be wary of “affinity credit cards”, which donate a certain amount per purchase to charitable organizations but often are connected with a megabank. Spend Deliberately. Forget Internet deals; shop local and independent. Support second-hand markets by buying used, and barter and trade services when possible. Look for goods grown and made nearby. Research purchases carefully; find easy company-screening assistance at Green America’s Responsible Shopper website ( Shorten Loan Lengths. To maximize interest paid by customers, banks offer to stretch out terms. Avoid the 30-year mortgage or the seven-year car loan. If you’re stuck with one on paper, change the terms yourself. Decide the loan duration that’s best for you and pay down the principal. Calculators at sites like can be used for any loans, not just mortgages. Earn Feel-Good Interest. A community development bank will reinvest money from a CD back into the local community and pay you interest. So will

alternative savings tools offered by RSF Social Finance or the Community Investment Note from the nonprofit Calvert Foundation, which also lets you target by cause, such as public radio stations. Put money into microloans and receive no interest, but big returns in socioeconomic justice. Closer to home, consider investing in family, such as a college loan for a nephew or niece. Create a DIY Retirement Fund. Avoiding Wall Street’s ubiquitous 401k can be tricky. One way is via “self-directed” IRAs and Roth IRAs. These require the account owner—you—to make the investment decisions. With or without the counsel of a personal financial advisor, you get to decide what types of projects to invest in—from local green businesses to real estate. Invest in Home. Investing in your home strengthens the community and builds wealth. Pay down your mortgage, and then use that equity when it’s time to retire. Want more investment? Do it with a second property and be a local landlord, or invest in your children’s homes. Beyond mortgages, invest in your home’s energy efficiency for an ongoing solid rate of return. Or become your own utility by tying your home’s alternative energy system into the power grid. Remember Your Community. Buy shares of a local co-op—utility, food or store— or jump on a direct public offering. Seek out or start a community investment group to connect local businesses with local investors. Look for community revolving loan funds that allow participation by individual investors, such as Cascadia (Pacific Northwest), Economic and Community Development Notes for Invest Local Ohio, the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund and North Carolina’s Mountain BizWorks. Source: The editors of YES! magazine.

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Balance Blesses Our Youth Wise Parenting Insights from Wendy Mogel by Meredith Montgomery


Race to Nowhere reveals the problems associated with America’s academic testing culture. What are the most critical weaknesses of today’s public school system?

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linical Psychologist and author Wendy Mogel, Ph.D., is known for the practical parenting advice featured in her books, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and The Blessing of a B Minus. She is a leading expert appearing in Race to Nowhere, a documentary film examining the achievementobsessed culture permeating America’s schools, and serves on the advisory board of Challenge Success, an organization that supports schools and families in reversing and preventing the unhealthy tolls assessed by our current educational system. Speaking from the perspective of her “compassionate detachment” philosophy, Mogel explores the educational challenges that students face today and offers some solutions.

It is breaking my heart to see enrichment programs sacrificed on the altar of standardized testing and such extreme focus on the core academic skills. We certainly want our children to have these skills, but we are losing sight of

how much is learned through play, imagination, art and music. High school students feel tremendous pressure to succeed. It seems that as a society, we are displacing our own anxieties about the unstable economy and the condition of the planet onto our children. As we try to arm them with a set of skills to face an uncertain future, we are also losing sight of who they are as individuals. Too often we overlook the reality that some young people are not natural scholars, athletes or gregarious leaders, but possess other equally worthy abilities.

How are such blind spots affecting our youths? Students are paying the price for the pressure being put on them on multiple levels: Heavy backpacks are damaging their spines, sleep deprivation interferes with their learning process and expectation of perfection can lead to girls with eating disorders and demoralized boys with a desire to give up. I routinely speak with students that

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feel compelled to personally end hunger in Rwanda while they must also score high grades in several advanced placement classes, excel in multiple extracurricular activities and maintain a slender figure. Some of these same high school kids tell me they fear that scoring a B- on a quiz may cause their parents to divorce or drive their mothers into depression, partly based on some sense that adult pride and security rest on their children’s accomplishment.

What can teachers do to facilitate healthy learning environments? While teachers can set an example of work-life balance, exuberance and involvement for young people, healthy teacher-parent relationships are vital, as well. Anxious parents can sometimes act like bullies to teachers when they are concerned about their child’s success. I encourage teachers to work with parents in a respectful and diplomatic way, without becoming defensive or taking anything too personally; I remind them that parents are often just nervous.

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Cherished Family Members Solutions for Pass-Around Pets by Rebecca Ryan

Animal companions provide entertainment, comfort and unconditional acceptance and become part of the family. When major changes affect the lives of owners, they also affect pets. What happens to them when family dynamics shift?


hen Kaitlin Crocker arrived in North Grafton, Massachusetts, at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, she met up with another new arrival, a 3-year-old beagle named Daisy. Usually such dogs are acquired from research facilities so that students can perform physical health exams and work to socialize them. Crocker notes, “Daisy might never have been outside before; she was afraid of the door, the steps and big dogs. I was glad to see that once her nose took over, she decided a walk was kind of fun.” Tufts dogs are typically available for adoption afterward, and Daisy moved 34

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in with Crocker’s parents, until Crocker finished school. “Daisy got along well with our family dog, Hawk. She adjusted to home life, especially after we added lights in the back yard, because she was afraid of the dark,” recalls her mother. After graduation, the newly minted veterinarian married and found a house with a nice yard for Daisy. The dog’s only apparent problem so far has been with a hissing feline called Gracie, whom Daisy has decided to ignore. Daisy’s next adjustment will be the arrival of a human baby; one of Crocker’s girlfriends is aiding the preparation by bringing her baby to visit, so Daisy can learn about bottles,

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diapers and crying infants. After Jessica Albon’s apartment building was sold, she and her Labrador retriever, Izzy, relocated to a 300-square-foot apartment on her parent’s property, with shared kitchen facilities. “It caused some friction,” admits this Winston-Salem website designer and owner of Thrive Your Tribe. “Two-year-old Izzy was full of energy, and our ideas of training differed.” Albon couldn’t find an apartment willing to take a large pet, so her answer was to buy a house. Business travel from New York also takes Steven Rice, a vice president at public relations firm Harrison & Shriftman, away from his rescue dog, Samantha. Then, “My parents get the fun of having a dog around without the fulltime commitment,” says Rice, “while Samantha enjoys the change from a city apartment to a large backyard.” The dog has favorite toys, her regular food and her own bed nearby, so she feels right at home. In the case of divorce, courts routinely treat pets as property, rather than family, although attitudes are changing as judges recognize the emotional attachment of both parties. Attorneys encourage couples to decide where the pet will live. “During our divorce, the issue of who would get custody of our beagle almost took us by surprise,” says David Bakke, the Atlanta-based online editor of Money Crashers Personal Finance, headquartered in Chicago. “We were so involved in the issues of child custody, alimony and child support that we didn’t discuss Rocky until late in the process.” “My wife got primary custody of our children. We decided it would be in the best interests of both our dog and our kids that they live together,” Bakke says. “When they visit me, they bring Rocky with them. I miss him, but I also know this is best for everyone else.” When children are not an issue, pets can become a primary concern in divorces. “We never had children and our Yorkshire terrier, Clover, became our substitute,” says Courtney Karem, marketing director at the Bougainvillea Clinique, in Winter Park, Florida. “My

ex-husband eventually moved a few hours away, but we arrange for him to see Clover, who lives with me.” In acrimonious divorce cases, matrimonial Attorney Rachel Weisman, founder of Weisman Law Group, in New York City, has dealt with pet ownership. There have been occasions where a spouse denies rightful visitation before custody is determined or even gives the pet away without consensual agreement. If there is a possibility of abuse, a protective order for the animal can be obtained, advises Weisman. The core question is what is the key to the pet’s health and happiness? Times of change are stressful for all concerned, but can be made easier for pets by keeping their interests in mind, just as one would with beloved children. Rebecca Ryan writes about pets and more for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1 Full Moon Yoga, Bonfire & Kirtan 7:308:45pm w/ Robert Ortner at Jennings Beach near the volleyball nets. $25pp; $35.00 if paid at the beach. Kids 5-12 practice with Kerri Gawreluk during adult class. $10pp or $20 at beach. Fairfield. 203.254.9642.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 Hatha-Yoga-Flow 12:30-2pm every Sat. in August. Intermediate Hatha-Yoga-Flow practice is inspired by great yoga masters. Intro special: $9.99. Limit 3 classes. Mystical Parlors. 17 Washington St. South Norwalk. 203.810.4491. Butterfly Workshop 2-4pm. Watch The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies. Learn how to collect the eggs & caterpillars, take a monarch home in one of it’s stages! All welcome. $7. Sticks & Stones Farm. Newtown. RSVP: Annie 203.270.8820. Community Drum Circle 6:30-9pm. Fun evening playing drums w/ Michelle Capellioni. Beginner’s class: 6:30-7pm. Dancer’s welcome. Bring drum if available. $15 Cash. Seniors & kids under 12 $5. Sticks & Stones Farm. Newtown. RSVP: Annie 203.270.8820.


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MONDAY, AUGUST 6 Free Massage Mondays 9am-12pm. 8/6-9/24 by Margaret Cohen. Call for free 30 minute therapeutic massage. 70 North St., Suite 102. Danbury. Appointments only: 203.243.3547. Outdoor Messy Crafts 3:30pm. Wear sloppy clothes & prepare to get messy! All ages. Free. Westport Library. Jessup Green. If concerned about weather please call: 203.291.4810.

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Commemorate Bombing of Hiroshima 6:30-8pm. Also discuss arms control and nonproliferation. Sponsored by Peace and Service Committee of Wilton Friends (Quaker) Meeting and People for a Peaceful Tomorrow. Norwalk Public Library. Norwalk. Free. 917.312.4601. Reiki Refresher for all levels 7:30-9:45pm w/ Gigi Benanti, Reiki Master. Share techniques that will help raise one’s Reiki vibration. Practitioners only. Includes a re-attunement $38 + 8 material fee. Angelic Healing Center. 7 Morgan Ave. Norwalk. 203.852.1150.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7 Ask the Doctor - Q&A about Sex 6:30-8pm. Join Dr. Claire Fitzpatrick in this highly interactive hysterical discussion. Walk away with hilarity in one’s heart. $20. Mystical Parlors. 17 Washington St. South Norwalk. 203.810.4491.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 9 Audubon Greenwich’s Nature Film Series 6-10pm. Also 8/10, 8/11 & 8/16, 8/17, 8/18. Adults $7; & Youth $5 (in advance/online). Day of & door tickets $3 more. Audubon Greenwich. 613 Riversville Rd. Greenwich. 203.869.5272 x239. Ukulele Club 6:30-8:30pm w/ Uncle Zak facilitating. Beginner’s get a head start 6:307pm. Enjoy jamming, singing and making music. Uke not necessary, but let Annie know when registering. Donation. Sticks & Stones Farm. Newtown. 203.270.8820.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 Menopause: Embracing Your Inner Demon 1-2pm. 45+ going through menopause, metaphorically speaking, feel like a demon from hell with each hot flash? Learn natural steps to nourish ones’s body. $20. Mystical Parlors. South Norwalk. 203.810.4491.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 14 Energizing Moves With Energy Healing 6:308pm. This uplifting relaxing class integrates science-based belly dance, therapeutic moves and energy healing while alleviating tension. All levels welcome. $20. Mystical Parlors. South Norwalk. 203.810.4491.

MONDAY, AUGUST 20 Sketching on the Saugatuck 3:30pm. Come sketch with local artist Elaine Clayton & friends. Grades 3 & up. Free. Westport Library, Library Patio. If it rains: Children’s Library. Register: 203.291.4810. Magickal Energy Primer Workshop 7-9pm w/ Janet Farra & Gavin Bone. Use energy in ritual and laws of magick, auras, chakras, creating sacred space & raising magickal energy –the Cone of Power. $25. Mystical Parlors. South Norwalk. 203.810.4491.


SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 Osho Dynamic Meditation 4-5:30pm w/ Evelyne Serais. This one hour active meditation helps one drop out of one’s head and act more from one’s heart. $25. Yoga for Everybody. 27 Unquowa Rd. Fairfield. 203.254.9642.

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Community Healing Circle 6-7pm. Chant a simple healing mantra followed by a live gong meditation with healing intentions. Dress comfortably. No yoga equipment needed. Free. Yoga for Everybody. 27 Unquowa Rd. Fairfield. 203.254.9642.


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Annie’s Healthy Cooking Class 6:30-8:30pm. Learn to menu plan to save time & money and sneak Super Foods into meals. Cooking demo, recipes & dinner included. $45. Sticks & Stones Farm. Newtown. Must RSVP: Annie 203.270.8820.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 30 Healthy Pot Luck Supper 6-9pm. Community meal with health oriented individuals. Bring healthy dish to share, own plate, cup, bowl, utensils. Raw Foodist’s welcome. No alcohol/ smoking. Free. Sticks & Stones Farm. Newtown. Must RSVP: Annie 203.270.8820. Introduction to Reiki 7:30-9:15pm w/ Gigi Benanti, Reiki Master/Teacher. Dr. Oz recommends Reiki, an accepted healing practice. $10. Angelic Healing Center. 7 Morgan Ave. Office downstairs in back. Norwalk. Must pre-register: 203.852.1150.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 Full Moon Yoga at Jennings Beach 7-8:15pm. Yoga, Bonfire & Kirtan. $25pp; $35 exact change at beach. Kids 5-12 practice on the beach during adults class. $10pp; $20 at beach. Meet at the volleyball nets. Fairfield. 203.254.9642.

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STAMFORD Gianna Ragona-Suarez, RYT

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Hatha, Vinyasa, Sports Yoga 203.550.8811

YOGA TRAINING Lotus Gardens Yoga School Lara Azzarito Ward 860.354.6241

Creation & Use of Thought Forms 7-9pm w/ Janet Farrar & Gavin Bone. A practical workshop on creating thought forms and familiars. Call for a list of supplies needed for the workshop. $25. Mystical Parlors. South Norwalk. 203.810.4491.



STAMFORD Tai Chi & Qi Gong Healing

What Not To Eat 6:30-8pm w/ Selina Rifkin, M.S. Foods contain chemicals, both labeled and unlabeled that affect the brain, immune system and one’s well being. $20. Mystical Parlors. South Norwalk. 203.810.4491.

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sunday Reiki Volunteers 10am-12pm. Pledge time to volunteer Sundays at various homes for the elderly and nursing homes in Fairfield & Southbury. Receive credits towards Reiki training. ReikiOvertones. Fairfield. Jim or Jeannette: 203.254.3958. Celebration Service 10:30am w/ Rev. Shawn Moninger. Inspiring message. Great music. Come early for Dynamics for Living study at 9:30 am. Unity Center 3 Main St above Ford Dealership Norwalk 203.855.7922. Ayurveda Cooking Classes 11am-12pm. $50. 25 Old Farm Rd. Weston. Reservations: 203.268.1272.

monday The Thought Exchange 7pm w/ David Friedman. A spiritual support group based on observing the thought/sensation connection to manifestation What if one’s life just mirrors one’s thoughts? Love offering. Unity Center 3 Main St above Ford Dealership Norwalk 203.855.7922 Free Guided Meditation 7:30-8:30pm w/ Dr. Levy. Meditation is shown to reduce stress, depression, anxiety and weight gain while increasing energy. Sabita Holistic Center. 3519 Post Rd. Southport. RSVP: 203.254.2633.

tuesday Reiki Healing Shares 7:30pm. 1 & 3rd Tuesdays. Reiki Healing Shares 7:30pm. 1 & 3rd Tuesdays. Gigi Benanti Usui/Karuna Reiki Master/Teacher. For Reiki Practitioners only. Exchange ongoing since 1996. Instructions included $10. Held at Angelic Healing Center. 7 Morgan Ave. Norwalk pre-register: 203.852.1150. Spirit Talks 7:30-8:30pm w/ Reverend Chris Guerrera. Share one’s spiritual journey and dialogue, receive support on one’s path, time for psycho-spiritual Q & A, prayer and meditation. $10. ARC Sacred Center. 458 Monroe Turnpike. Monroe. 203.268.1272.

wednesday Free Guided Meditation 1-1:45pm w/ Dr. Levy. Meditation is shown to reduce stress, depression, anxiety and weight gain while increasing energy. Sabita Holistic Center. 3519 Post Rd. Southport. RSVP: 203.254.2633.

A Course in Miracles 6:30-8pm w/ Michael Robinson. A self-study curriculum which aims to assist readers in achieving spiritual transformation. $15 Suggested love offering. ARC Sacred Center. 458 Monroe Turnpike. Monroe. 203.268.1272. Journey within, Do you feel stuck? 7pm. 1st Wednesday monthly. Need support trying to begin something new? Support, intuitive insight, wisdom. Facilitator: Cindy Miller, intuitive. $20. Newtown Congregational Church. 14 West St. Newtown. Call: 203.426.9448. Life Style Management Counseling 7-9pm w. Dr. Jaya Daptardar, B.A.M.S., M.H.A. practicing and teaching Ayurveda in U.S. since 1998. $50. Ayurveda for Wellness. 152 East Ave. Norwalk. 203.857.4123. EFT for Ideal Weight Meetup 8:30-10am. 2x monthly. Learn energy exercises to balance one’s meridians w/ meridian tapping. Bring water to drink and a notebook. $10. Private residence in Weston. Info & directions:

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Prayer Works 7pm w/ Karen Mitchell, musican/ healer. Explore various modalities of healing through prayers specifically designed for those attending. Unity Center. 3 Main St. Above the Ford Dealership. Norwalk. 203.855.7922. Buddhist Chanting 7-8pm. Hosted by June Fagan. All welcome. Free. Kindred Spirits. 59 Ledgewood Rd. Redding. Please call: 203-938-3690.

thursday EFT for Ideal Weight Meetup 7-8:30pm. 2x Monthly. Learn energy exercises to balance one’s meridians w/ meridian tapping. Bring water to drink and a notebook. $10. Private residence in Weston. Info & directions: Energy Tools Study Group Meetup 7-8:30pm. 2x Monthly. Like mind people share simple energy tools one can use daily to feel better. $10. Private residence in Weston. Info & directions: A Brush with Soul 7-9pm w/ Alexandra Philippas. 2nd Thurs monthly. Healing with color: Intuitive painting-meditation allowing stillness and insights to surface while observing one’s Soul’s creative expression. Love Offering. Unity Center. Norwalk. 203.855.7922. Sound Healing Event 7:30-8:30pm w/ Laurie Millo, Licensed Massage Therapist and Healing Touch Practitioner. The sounds and vibrations effect the release of congested energy. $10. ARC Sacred Center. 458 Monroe Turnpike. Monroe. 203.268.1272 Women’s Sacred Circle 7:30-9pm w/ Rev Chris Guerrera. 4th Thurs monthly. Share, connect, explore, play, and heal in a sacred space. $25. ARC Sacred Center. 458 Monroe Turnpike. Monroe. 203.268.1272.

MICHAEL E. DOYLE, MD Conventional & Alternative Medicine 22 5th St Suite 201 Stamford, CT 06905 203.324.4747 Specializing in Natural and Alternative approaches to restoring health. Focusing on underlying causes of illness. Hypothyroidism, hormonal imbalances, nutrition and much more. See ad pg 4.

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Southbury. Receive credits towards Reiki training. ReikiOvertones. Fairfield. Jim or Jeannette: 203.254.3958.

friday Metaphysical Bible Study 7-8:30pm. In depth study of the Bible’s metaphysical aspects with Bible scholar Rev. Ed Townley. Bring questions! Unity Center for Practical Spirituality. 3 Main St., 2nd Fl. Above Ford Dealership. Norwalk. Love Offering. 203.855.7922. Play, Create, Connect Night 7-10pm. 1st Fri. monthly. $5. Love Offering. ARC Sacred Center. 458 Monroe Turnpike. Monroe. 203.268.1272.

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The Universal Reiki Plan 11am-1pm. Every 3rd Sat. monthly. Reiki Practitioners. Register for a free Reiki session. Love offerings appreciated. Bloodroot Vegetarian Restaurant. 85 Ferris St. Bridgeport. Reservations Jim or Jeannette: 203.254.3958. The Universal Reiki Plan 1:30-4:30pm. Every 3rd Sat. monthly. Reiki Practitioners only. Workshop & ReikiShare. Free. Love offerings appreciated. Bloodroot Vegetarian Restaurant. 85 Ferris St. Bridgeport. Reservations Jim or Jeannette: 203.254.3958. Reiki Sessions 5-6pm. ReikiOvertones offering free Reiki sessions during classes. Students participate as part of class syllabus. 1st-reserved. Fairfield. Jim or Jeannette: 203.254.3958.

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Ingri treatments help alleviate Pain, Depression, Neck & Back, Anxiety, Headaches, Stress, Allergies, Asthma, Arthritis, Digestive, Menstrual, Infertility, and Smoking & Weight Loss Issues. See ad pg 13.


Jaya is an Ayurvedic specialist with 20 years experience. She offers life style management, other Ayurvedic counseling, Ayurvedic cooking and educational classes by appointment only.


2318 Main St, Stratford CT 203.257.7550 Joe is trained in several systems of Acupuncture that are amazing for pain, sports injuries, facial rejuvenation, fertility, weight, allergies, emotional balancing, and more. Call for your complementary consultation! See ad pg 12.


31 Old Rt. 7, Brookfield CT 203.740.9300

As the hormone experts, we specialize in women’s health, natural hormone balancing, breast cancer prevention and thermography utilizing the highest definition camera in the area with interpretations from MD specialists in the field. Thermogram results include a free 15-minute phone consultation.



Dr. Mark Joachim Advanced Certified Practitioner 156 East Avenue, Norwalk 203.838.1555 BioSET can eliminate all food and environmental allergies related to behavioral issues, asthma, eczema, headaches, fibromyalgia, sinus conditions, gastric disorders and chronic health conditions. Safe for all ages, without drugs, shots or side effects! See ad pg 6.


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Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging Suzanne Pyle, MS, CCT 866.XtoRAYS Get peace of mind with safe (no radiation), FDA-approved breast cancer screening. 8 years earlier detection vs. mammography. Certified DITI thermographer. Conveniently located throughout Fairfield.


State Licensed Daycare Provider Spiritual Counselor/Minister Fairfield 203.292.3017

Young Living is uniting ancient traditions and modern science to promote health and longevity. Through extensive research and commitment to quality, we are growing, distilling and manufacturing the highestquality organic essential oils and oil-enhanced products in the world.


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With 25 years experience, Arlene understands the need for holistic care for every child’s mind, body and spirit. Homemade juicing, organic cooking, compassion based play at her in-home daycare. See ad pg 27.


111 High Ridge Rd, Stamford 203.967.8888 Dr. Bender is Board Certified in the Atlas Orthogonal Procedure, a gentle method for the detection, and correction of misalignments of the Upper Cervical Spine. He is also a founding member of the Trauma Imaging Foundation, a non-profit multispecialty physician group dedicated to the accurate diagnosis, and treatment of Brain, and Spinal Trauma.

COACHING RECHARGE RETREATS LIFE COACHING Liz Carey, MS Member: Westchester Holistic Network Recharge– 845.225.5192

Live the life you want. Live the life you DESERVE. Break old patterns of thinking and acting and open yourself to less stressful living, stronger and closer relationships, and a sense of meaning and purpose in your personal and work life. Liz has helped many people live a fulfilling life – let her help you too. Complimentary first session. Budget-friendly plans


Colon Hydrotherapy/Colonics Gentle, safe, effective colon cleansing 203.542.7822 Starting a cleanse or detox, trying to lose weight or just getting ready to clean up? Colonics are a great complement to any program.


Since 1993, Rye, NY 914.921.LIFE (5433) Experience and personalized service you can trust. The finest in colonic irrigation and personal care. Serving the tri-state area since 1993. See ad pg 18.






Looking for an alterative to medication to help yourself or your child? EEG Neurofeedback is a safe, valid and research-based alternative to medication. Neurofeedback helps those with ADHD, Asperger’s, Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, Sports-related Concussion, Anxiety, OCD, Depression, Mood Disorder, Learning Disability and other conditions.

CSD has developed a revolutionary process that designs a mattress specific to your body characteristics using natural foam and organic covers. Visit our showroom to learn more.

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Experience relief from congestion and discover a greater sense of well est. 1996 being. Colon Hydrotherapy helps to regain a deeper flow and creates balance in a world with pressure and toxicity. Relaxing treatments aid in achieving personal awareness to internal harmony. See ad pg 36.

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40 Dodgingtown Road, Newtown 203.364.1113 We develop each child’s unique capacity to engage meaningfully in the world by integrating experiential and artistic learning, academic excellence, respect for diversity, and reverence for nature. See ad pg 13.

898 Ethan Allen Highway, Suite 6 Ridgefield, CT 06877 203.438.4848

Adam Breiner, ND, Director Fairfield/Trumbull town line 203.371.8258 Improve Brain Function with RealTime EEG Neurofeedback. Learn about about this amazing technology, watch patients tell their own stories of improved focus, concentration, help in recovery from traumatic brain injuries on our video website at See ad pg 47.


Chris is a licensed psychotherapist and inter-spiritual teacher offering psycho-spiritual therapy and sacred ceremonies such as baby blessings, weddings, interfaith gatherings and healing workshops. See ad pg 27.


Dr. Hauschka Esthetician and Electrologist Westport Therapeutic 203.685.3298 37 Franklin Street, Westport

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Blissful bodywork in a sacred space. Holistic massage, Reiki and shamanic healing for pain, trauma and stress relief. 

Carol Mobilio offers personalized signature facials and electrolysis at a Dr. Hauschka premier authorized treatment center. Experience your skin transform to a state of balance and beauty.


5520 Park Ave, Ste 301, Ffld Town Line Merritt Pkwy, Exit 47 203.371.0300


Accredited institution offering skilled training in the following fields: Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Medical Admin Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding, Information Technology and Electrical Systems Technician; day/evening classes, Financial Aid (if eligible), free placement assistance. See ad pg 19.

57 Main Street, 2nd Fl. Westport, CT 203.227.7900

Psychotherapist, Interfaith Minister ARC Sacred Center, Monroe 203.268.1272


RIDLEY-LOWELL BUSINESS & TECHNICAL INSTITUTE 44 Shelter Rock Rd, Danbury 203.797.0551


Tracy King LCSW-R Early childhood thru adolescent counseling 914.589.6755 Supporting children and parents with expert knowledge in the field of mental health and psychiatry. Specialized in treating preschool age through adolescence with behavioral/emotional issues such as abuse, trauma, divorce, separation anxiety. See ad pg 31.

Dr. Mark A. Breiner is a pioneer and recognized authority in the field of holistic dentistry. With over 30 years of experience, he is a sought after speaker and lecturer. His popular consumer book, Whole-Body Dentistry, has been sold world-wide. See ad pg 47.

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Hypnotist, Life Coach, Intuitive Counselor Author, Reflexologist 203.451.0914 Create a life you love! Unique individual and group sessions, ongoing workshops. Connect to your future! Be the person you want to be!


Psychic Medium Greenwich, CT 203.531.6387 Joan guides you on your path drawing on her intuitive powers. As a medium, she can bring to life, friends on the other side. She is recognized by the books The 100 Top Psychics in America and Files from the Edge.


Diane Bahr-Groth, CHy, TFTdx 1177 High Ridge Rd, Stamford 203.595.0110 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 ad pg 32.

LIFE COACH JULIE BOWES, CERTIFIED LIFE COACH Holistic Life & Soul Coaching Energetic Restoration Consultant 203.240.4397

Implement your internal guidance and innate wisdom through Holistic Soul Coaching. Illumine your mind, body & spirit by dissolving emotional debris to allow wellbeing. See ad pg 18.


Dr. Randy Schulman, MS, OD, FCOV Norwalk: 203.840.1991 Trumbull: 203.268.8852 Dr. Schulman specializes in vision therapy, pediatrics, learning disabilities, developmental delays, autism, TBI/stroke, and preventative and alternative vision care. She also practices Iridology, the study of the iris. Gain insights into your physical, emotional and spiritual being through this unique reading.


Creates and performs Weddings, Union Ceremonies, Memorial Services and Baby Blessings. Life transitions - bereavement counseling; facilitating a deeper connection with yourself, others and the Divine.


Conventional & Alternative Medicine 22 5th St Suite 201 Stamford, CT 06905. 203.324.4747 Specializing in Natural and Alternative approaches to restoring health. Focusing on underlying causes of illness. Hypothyroidism, hormonal imbalances, nutrition and much more. See ad pg 4.


Russell Turk, MD Karen Zino, MD 1200 East Putnam Avenue Riverside, CT 06878 203.637.3337 Riverside Obstetrics & Gynecology is a fullservice medical practice incorporating traditional and holistic approaches to women’s health. The practice includes two OB/GYN’s and a naturopathic physician. See ad pg 29.

NATURAL HEALTHCARE MASSAGE & BODYWORK ROBIN ORDAN, LMT, LCSW, CICMI Licensed Massage Therapist & Reiki Practitioner Old Greenwich/Stamford 203.561.8535;

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 pg 31.


Counselor • USUI Reiki Master Office: Bethel, CT 203.545.3664


Optimal Health Medical, LLC 203.348.8805 Medical doctor practicing holistic/ alternative medicine & weight reduction in Stamford, CT. Nutrition, Allergy Desensitization, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement for men and women.


41 Kenosia Ave, Danbury 203.748.8093 Combining natural health treatments, chiropractic, acupuncture, and nutrition to relieve pain and restore the body to optimal health and balance.

NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIAN DEBRA GIBSON, ND 100 Danbury Road Ridgefield, CT 06877 203.431.4443

Natural family healthcare using nutrition and biochemistry; herbal, homeopathic, and energetic medicine; lifestyle transformation and detoxification, to promote well-being of body, mind and spirit. See ad pg 26.


K. Pramila Vishvanath, ND 2324 Post Rd, Fairfield 203.259.2700 Serving Fairfield County for 20 years. Specializing in craniosacral therapy, classical homeopathy, allergy assessment and treatment, nutrition, weight management, body reshaping and skin tightening, detox, colonics, breast thermography. See ad pg 10.


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NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIAN DR. MARINA YANOVER, ND, LAC 1300 Post Road East, Westport 203.255.5005

Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture, Craniosacral Therapy, Natural Face Lift using microcurrent therapy. Specialties include Family Medicine, Women’s Health, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Pain Management, Skin Care. Insurance accepted.

NORTHEAST NATURAL MEDICINE, LLC Shawn M. Carney, ND 33 Main St. Suite 15 Newtown, CT 1.800.723.2962

Integrative naturopathic medicine clinic and therapeutic massage center for the whole family. Services include advanced diagnostic testing, detoxification programs, personalized nutrition, and botanicals. Insurance accepted.


Wellness Institute 1 Westport Ave, Norwalk 203.847.2788 Family Health Care using all natural therapies for 25 years. Acupuncture, Bio-Identical H o r m o n e s , H o m e o p a t h y, Chinese/Western Herbs, Allergy/ Toxin Testing, Oxygen Therapy, Meridian Stress Assessment, Nutrition/Enzyme Therapies. See ad pg 10.


Adam Breiner, ND, Director Elena Sokolova, MD, ND David Brady, ND, CCN, DACBN Fairfield/Trumbull town line 203.371.8258 Using state-of-the-art science combined with centuries-old healing modalities, our caring naturopathic doctors correct underlying imbalances and address issues which may interfere with the body’s ability to heal itself. Treatment protocols or therapies include: Abdominal Manual Therapy, Acupuncture, Allergy Desensitization, Chinese Medicine, Colonics and other Detoxification Protocols, Electro-Dermal Screening, Energy Medicine, FDA-cleared Phototherapy, Functional Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Hormonal Balancing, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Metabolic Typing, Nutritional Assessment, RealTime EEG Neurofeedback, and other therapies. See ad pg 47.

OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIAN OSTEOPATHIC WELLNESS CENTER, LLC David L Johnston, DO Lisa Preston, DO Hannah Eucker, DO 158 Danbury Road, Ridgefield, CT 203.438.9915

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Gentle, natural, hands-on osteopathic medical care for infants, children & adults. Children’s health and development, birth trauma, musculoskeletal pain and injuries, nutrition and wellness counseling, stress reduction, immune support, allergies. Most major insurances accepted.


102 Old Ridgefield Rd, Wilton 203.210.5441 Oliver’s Place offers holistic & natural foods and treats with balanced nutrition encouraging growth, healthy skin/coast and support of your pet’s immune system throughout their life. See ad pg 35.


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PHYSICAL THERAPY OF SOUTHERN CT Linda Maude, PT 917 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton CT 06484 203.926.6997

Specializing in evaluation & treatment of musculoskeletal imbalance & injuries. Results achieved that traditional physical therapy may not. Therapeutic approaches such as manual therapy, cranialsacral, visceral manipulation and vestibular rehab. State of the art facility for strengthening & overall rehabilitation.

A hug is like a boomerang— you get it back right away. ~Bil Keane


Keith Garner, SP-1
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 Darien, CT 203.952.8011 Deep experience in both alternative and conventional pool technology. Service, repairs or complete pool rebuild. Pool water Soft-as-Silk with our legendary chlorine-free systems, “noiseless” pumps, solar heat pumps, pool safety systems. And virtually all aspects of Pools & Spas. Licensed/Insured.

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DENI WEBER, MA, LPC, D-CEP Holistic Psychotherapist Comprehensive Energy Psychology Fairfield County 203.544.6094

Within a supportive, empathic relationship Deni guides individuals on their journey of self-discovery integrating psychology, Eastern medicine and spirituality to heal suffering from traumatic stress related to chronic illness, disabilities, abuse & PTSD.

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.


Past Life Regression, trained by Brian Weiss, MD. Life Between Lives Hypnotherapy, trained by TNI and Michael Newton, PhD. Traditional psychotherapy with a spiritual approach; Reiki. Connect with your soul self and let your inner wisdom guide you.

Do you want a more fulfilling marriage but don’t know what to do? Are you feeling stuck in a relationship that seems doomed to fail? I will show you step by step exactly what to do to create the love and connection you want in your relationship. I am a Certified Marriage Educator, and clients frequently come to me when nothing else seems to work or when something must change now. Call today because you deserve more.


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Robin has over 18 years of experience working with families and children. Specializing in Divorce, Parent/Child Conflict, Grief, Attachment /Bonding, Child Development and Parenting. See ad pg 26.

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The Natural Choice – The Breiner Whole-Body Health Center

Optimize Your Smile and Your Health! Whole-Body Dentistry® provides comprehensive oral health care using traditional and holistic approaches. We understand the “mouth-body connection.” Mark A. Breiner, DDS

Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry Fellow of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology Speaker and best-selling author of Whole-Body Dentistry®

Mercury-free for over 30 years, Dr. Breiner is a pioneer and recognized authority in the field of biological and holistic dentistry. 203-371-0300

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Our integrative approach treats a widerange of conditions including: ADD/ADHD Allergies Anxiety & Depression Autism Brain Injuries Candidiasis Chronic Fatigue (or Fatigue Concerns) Difficulty Concentrating Female Concerns Fibromaylgia

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