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

20 Integrative Medicine A Conversation with


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24 Shaping the

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eeling a bit frazzled from a wave of back-to-school activities, while simultaneously meeting an early printer deadline, I decided to attend a breathwork session, trusting that it would center and inspire me before starting this month’s letter. Through the past few years, I’ve always benefited from making time to engage in this conscious connected breathing cycle, because it brings me back to a state of calm and well-being.

I’ve also found that each breathing session becomes a unique experience. This time around, with October’s Environment issue on my mind, insights into my connection to this beautiful living, breathing planet that sustains us all floated in and out of my thoughts as I focused on my breathing. By the end of the allotted session, I felt a deeper sense about how living our days disconnected from our inner self affects our ability to connect with and care for Mother Earth. I saw how all of the multitasking, unresolved personal issues and self-imposed stress discombobulates us. The more distracted we are, the less focus we are apt to place on simply breathing and being, and tuning into true priorities. I am powerfully reminded that the more we slow down and deeply breathe in what sustains life, the more in sync we will be with our needs and the necessities of our life-support system—Mother Earth. Our next breath, in fact, depends upon it.

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It’s easy to feel overwhelmed thinking about what it’s going to take to turn things around to save the Earth. But here’s the good news: Millions of individuals and thousands of organizations worldwide are currently working together to implement solutions that support the global campaign to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Brita Belli reports on the practical actions now underway, spearheaded by far-sighted environmental leaders and rallying citizens here and abroad. You’ll find a hopeful perspective in our feature article, “Shaping Our Future: Global Priorities for Earth’s Environment,” on page 24.

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Every step counts, so please join me in remembering to grab your own reusable beverage container and shopping bags the next time you head out the door, and then keep adding eco-actions large and small to your days. You’ll find plenty of ideas in this month’s issue. When we take better care of our own well-being, we’re also apt to take better care of Mother Earth. She’s our mama, here with infinite, unconditional love for our own and future generations.

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ounded by Jody Eisemann, Licensed Acupuncturist and former president of the Connecticut Society of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CSAOM), Affordable Acupuncture of CT is the first of it’s kind in Fairfield County to offer acupuncture at affordable pricing, based on its innovative offerings. With over 15 years of expertise successfully treating varied Jody Eisemann health conditions in her private practice, Eisemann has developed a focus on quick and effective treatments for all types of pain. Eisemann says the key to making it affordable is treating patients together in a group setting, as it’s done traditionally around the world. This method allows for treatment of up to 3-4 people at one sitting, providing each with a full acupuncture diagnosis and treatment. Eisemann is able to treat an additional 4 to 6 people with Acu-Balance Auricular (ear) Acupuncture, a simple yet powerful treatment for stress, depression and other mood disorders. Acu-Balance treatments are inexpensive and do not require any diagnosis or intake interview as the same five points are always used. Acupuncture is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as an effective treatment for nearly four dozen conditions including acute and chronic conditions, stress and emotional disorders, women’s health issues (menopause, PMS, irregular menses, infertility, etc), digestive issues, post chemotherapy and radiation issues, and sports injuries. Acupuncture can also provide

remedial and preventative care for seasonal colds and allergies. Affordable Acupuncture of CT has two offices located in Norwalk and Fairfield. For more information, visit AffordableAcupunctureCT.com or call 203.216.2548. See ad pg 11.

Mind Body Hypnosis Offers Optimal Health…by Phone


ow there is an new way to enhance healing, reduce stress, anxiety, fear, physical and emotional issues, as well as addictive responses and behaviors, without leaving your home. Diane Bahr-Groth, CHy, TFTdx, Director of Mind-Body Transformation Hypnosis in Stamford, recently introduced Thought Field Therapy Optimal Health Voice Technology into her practice. Diane Diane Bahr-Groth has been helping her clients eliminate emotional, physical, financial and spiritual blockages and issues for more than 22 years with the use of Hypnosis and Thought Field Therapy. However, this advanced technique, developed by a psychologist, now enables clients to achieve the results of her traditional, highly successful therapy via phone. Anyone who wants to feel more relaxed and be healthier may be a candidate for this fast, effective and specialized Voice Technology program. 

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to Rays Thermal Imaging, LLC has joined forces with Maud Joseph’s Reflexology and the Transcendence Boutique. Women can now get breast health screening, preventative health care, and spiritual items and gifts all in one location in New Canaan. Suzanne Pyle has been a certified clinical thermographer for 6 years and has seen her business increase every year. Thermal imaging is a totally safe Suzanne Pyle (no radiation, no compression), FDA approved technology to monitor breast tissue, and can detect abnormalities up to eight years earlier than mammograms. Suzanne says, “More and more women are turning to thermal imaging since the US Task Force now recommends mammograms every 2 years and only for women 50 years and over if there is no family history of cancer.” October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign by major breast cancer organizations to increase awareness of the disease by educating the public about early detection, the cause, diagnosis, treatment, and support for survivors. For more information, call 866.XtoRAYS, visit XtoRays.com. 25 Burtis Avenue, New Canaan. See ad pg 10.

The UB Clinics, located on the campus of the University of Bridgeport, are staffed by some of the brightest and most talented healthcare professionals of the future. Open to the public, the UB Clinics offer affordable, high-quality care at a fraction of the cost of comparable treatments elsewhere. • Naturopathic Medicine • Dental Hygiene • Chiropractic • Acupuncture Call our UB Clinics at 203-576-4349 to take advantage of this unique healthcare opportunity located in your own backyard. Or visit www.ubclinics.org

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niversity of Bridgeport and Stonybrook University have collaborated to present the Natural Integrative Medicine Symposium on October 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., located on the campus of the University of Bridgeport. This conference will provide both conventional and evidence-based alternative approaches to healthcare, and is open to health professionals as well as the general public. For more information or to register, contact Anne Nilson at 203.576.4880. See ad pg 8.

Greenwich Alexander Technique Studio Offers Free Musician Workshops


he Greenwich Alexander Technique Studio has moved to a new location on Lewis Street in downtown Greenwich. To celebrate the grand opening, the Studio is sponsoring a series of free workshops for musicians on injury prevention and recovery. The workshops will be facilitated by Vincent Fraser, Certified Teacher and Craniosacral Therapist Vincent Fraser who has worked with musicians and music educators for many years, both privately and in music schools and studios.    The technique is taught in many conservatories and music schools here and in Europe, and has helped many musicians recover and prevent injury. It has also been proven effective for back and neck pain in a study by the British Medical Journal. It teaches a form of embodiment known as a “conscious use of

The workshops will be held on October 17 and 25 at 7 p.m. in Greenwich. To reserve a spot or for more information, call Vincent at 203.570.2059. See ad pg 14.

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r. Debra Gibson and Dr. Deb Bossio, naturopathic physicians, are hosting an Open House on Tuesday, October 16, to celebrate their new shared offices in Ridgefield. Drs. Gibson and Bossio, both previously located in Ridgefield, recently combined offices in a beautiful and comfortable new space, located at 100B Danbury Road. Drs. Bossio and Gibson apply Debra Gibson effective natural therapies to a broad range of health issues, from digestive disorders to Lyme disease, from allergies to weight management, always focusing on finding the underlying cause of health issues. Nutrition, botanical (herbal) medicine, homeopathy, lifestyle coaching and functional laboratory analysis are tools used in their approach. They provide natural healthcare for families and Deb Bossio people of all ages and are committed to educating and supporting patients on their path to wellness. Stop by, say hello, and meet these natural doctors. All are welcome. The Open House will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 100B Danbury Road, Ridgefield, Suite 102. Delicious and healthy refreshments will be served. For more information call 203.431.4443. See ad pg 34.

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Cohesive Counseling in Two Locations Jacqueline Vochis, MA, NCC, LPC announces the opening of Cohesive Counseling with two locations to serve the Fairfield and Wilton areas. The new practice specializes in working with adolescents Jacqueline Vochis and children, and also serves adults, families and couples. Vochis, owner and therapist of the practice, possesses a strong background and professional experience in working in the school systems, both private and public and is a nationally certified counselor and K-12 certified school counselor in the state of Connecticut. She has worked at each educational level (Pre-K through post high school), and has a strong interest in women’s issues, grief, separation, spirituality, parenting oppositional children, self-esteem, adult children of alcoholics, therapy across the lifespan, and counseling through chronic illnesses. Cohesive Counseling works from a holistic and existential approach, tailoring each session to increase body and breathing awareness, and focusing on self-soothing and meditative practices. “Learning healthy coping skills is the key to combating stress, anxiety, depression, conflict, and other clinical disorders such as eating disorders, mood disorders and codependency/addictions,” advises Vochis. For more information, call 203.856.9830 or visit CohesiveCounseling.com.

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Castillo’s Work Featured in Latest Brian Weiss Book


leven years after completing her training with Brian Weiss, MD, Maria C. Castillo, LCSW, psychotherapist and hypnotherapist based in Monroe, is very honored and proud to announce that two of her Past Life Regression sessions with her clients will be featured in Dr. Weiss’ latest book co-authored with his daughter Amy Weiss, MSW. The book, entitled Maria Castillo Miracles Happen, is a compilation of stories of the experiences that people have had with past life regression therapy. In their book, Miracles Happen, Brian L. Weiss, MD, and his daughter, Amy, examine the physical, emotional, and spiritual healing that is possible when you freely accept and embrace the reality of reincarnation. A leader in the field of past-life therapy, Dr. Weiss has helped thousands connect with their past lives and experience tremendous healing. In Miracles Happen, he and Amy share these remarkable real-life stories to reveal how past-life regression holds the keys to our spiritual purpose.

Maria offers Past Life Regression workshops or individual appointments in her office in Monroe. Contact her at 203.445.8966 or visit LifeBetweenLivesTherapy.com. See ad pg 46.

First Place Winner! 2012 Global E-Book Awards


r. Mark Breiner’s book, Whole-Body Dentistry®: A Complete Guide to Understanding the Impact of Dentistry on Total Health was chosen as the First Place Winner in the 2012 Global E-Book Awards in the Medicine and Healthcare Category. A wide range of experts from the book industry judged e-book entries from 26 countries. Judges included librarians, professional book critics, book reviewers, book bloggers, as well as subject matter experts. In addition to the Kindle format, Whole-Body Dentistry is also available in soft and hard cover, and will soon be available in other ebook formats. Did you know that there is more to dentistry than just your mouth? In fact, issues in the mouth can, indeed, trigger seemingly unrelated physical illnesses. Whole-Body Dentistry represents a shift away from the traditional approach to dentistry and offers what some feel is a revolutionary view of dentistry. Dr. Breiner clearly explains these concepts in this comprehensive yet very readable guide and reference. Topics covered build upon each other and are crossed referenced throughout the book for clarity. Also chosen as a Finalist in the Book of the Year Awards by Foreword Review, Whole-Body Dentistry has earned praise from numerous noted health care authorities. This book is available in print at WholeBodyDentistry.com or readily available in print or e-book at Amazon.com. Dr. Breiner’s holistic dentistry practice is located in Trumbull just off Merritt Parkway, Exit 47. To schedule an appointment call 203.371.0300. See ad pg 2.

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Van Jones, Jeremy Rifkin, Janine Benyus, Bob Berkebile & Other Leading Voices Join Omega’s Design by Nature Conference mega Institute, a nationally recognized environmental steward based in New York’s Hudson Valley, will host Design by Nature: A Conference on Sustainable Design for a New Earth, held on its Rhinebeck, New York campus, from October 19–21, and will feature inspiring stories from extraordinary people working to build a more sustainable and just world for everybody. “Responding to the challenges of our time calls for creative new ways of observing, planning, designing, and collaborating. Omega’s annual sustainable design conference explores the principles of nature-based, whole systems thinking and innovative planning strategies that can be applied to a wide scale of projects, addressing some of the most pressing

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issues of the day,” said Robert “Skip” Backus, chief executive officer at Omega. Omega’s own campus planning process provides positive examples of whole systems thinking and new green technologies, including the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), a state-ofthe-art water reclamation facility and the first green building in America to achieve both LEED® Platinum and Living Building Challenge™ certification. Backus, the visionary behind the creation of the OCSL, will lead conference participants on a tour. Backus opens the weekend event on Friday, October 19 at 8 p.m., and will be followed by Jeremy Rifkin. Rifkin, founder and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, is one of the world’s leading authorities on economic sustainability

and a sought-after thought leader by governments around the world. Through a discussion of his work consulting for various governments, Rifkin will share his unique perspective on how our society is transitioning into a Third Industrial Revolution, and how we can create a long-term economic sustainability plan to address the triple challenge of the global economic crisis, energy security, and climate change. Saturday, conference participants will hear keynotes from extraordinary leaders in the field of sustainable design and environmental advocacy, including architect Bob Berkebile, renowned for rebuilding communities that have faced environmental devastation. Berkebile helped introduce LEED® standards for green building in the United States, working on projects such as the Greening of the White House, Greening of the Pentagon, Greening of the Grand Canyon, and the creation of the OCSL. Green economy pioneer, Van Jones, will share his insights from being a grassroots outsider, to a White House insider, to an author and engaged citizen working toward a blueprint to reinvent the American Dream. Additional Saturday keynotes include esteemed biologist, author, and cofounder of the Biomimicry Institute, Janine M. Benyus; microbiologist, environmental health ecologist, author, and vertical farming expert, Dickson Despommier; and artist, engineer, director of the xDesign Environmental Health Clinic, and New York University professor, Natalie Jeremijenko. Saturday afternoon, Omega will present its First Annual Leadership in Sustainable Education Award to Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, a nonprofit peer who exemplifies leadership in sustainable education. As part of the award process, Omega granted Clearwater a $10,000 cash award and free planning retreat, earlier this year. The final portion of the conference ending at noon on Sunday, October 21 includes a panel discussion on Systems & Solutions. Throughout the weekend, Sobonfu Somé, an author and expert in the deep-rooted tradition of African Elders, will help create community by weaving song and music into the conference program. This conference is open to anyone interested in learning how everyday choices—from supporting local agriculture to protecting natural resources—can change the world. Whether you are a green builder, architect, educator, activist, student, or business leader, this conference will provide information about important developments in sustainable design, and steps we can all make to ensure a better future. Founded in 1977, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies offers diverse and innovative educational experiences that inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change. Located on 195 acres in the Hudson Valley, Omega welcomes more than 23,000 people to its workshops, conferences, and retreats in Rhinebeck, New York, and at exceptional locations around the world. Tuition for the full weekend conference is $195. Omega is offering a number of tuition scholarships. For more information or to register, visit eOmega.org/design or call 800.944.1001. To connect via social media, follow us at Facebook.com/eOmega.org and on Twitter at @omega_institute. Use #DesignByNature, #nature, and #biomimicry when referencing the event. See ad page 17.

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Eco-Checklist Tracks Personal Progress Keeping daily to-do lists is standard practice for many life projects. Now, the environmentally conscious can periodically monitor their persoal eco-progress via ChasingGreen.org/ green-actions. The website helps people to become greener by suggesting many activities and ideas to consider and then check off when they have been accomplished, all while exchanging ideas with an interactive community. Eight categories—energy, health, heating and cooling, recycle and reuse, travel, water, miscellaneous and one-time actions—together contain more than 150 distinct actionable steps. Users can register or log-in using Facebook and save the latest additions to their progress report, then return at any time to monitor the successful greening of their lifestyle. For example, while many homeowners may have already insulated their dwelling, the energy section points out possible areas for improvement, including water pipes, roof, walls, window treatments, doors, ductwork, water heater and basement. Some tips in the miscellaneous section are timely for upcoming holidays, such as giving an eco-friendly gift, substituting an experience for a tangible gift and sending e-cards instead of traditional paper greetings. The travel section reminds the eco- and budget-conscious to check their cars’ tire pressure often, as underinflated tires put more rubber on the road, which demands more energy to drive and hurts gas mileage. When planning trips, a rail option is deemed better for the environment than driving or flying. Operators of the site, based in Walla Walla, Washington, state: “By offering small steps towards going green, we hope to give people a starting point and a source of inspiration. We are advocates of the proverbial, ‘Well, I can do that!’ moment.” Relevant articles on various topics offer additional eco-tips, enhanced by user comments and reviews.

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Leave ‘em Be Not looking forward to raking, blowing or bagging leaves this fall?

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hen don’t. Did you know that leaves are an excellent source of nutrients and organic matter? They can be used to fertilize your plants, your turf, and your trees. They also insulate plant roots and soil during harsh winters, and all while building a better soil structure which improves water retention. Leaves on the lawn can be shredded with a lawn mower. It’s best to purchase mulching blades or a mulching kit for the mower but regular blades will work too, just be sure to set the deck at its maximum height. Mow the leaves into a central pile then run the mower through it, shredding the leaves into tiny bits. The resulting leaf matter can be spread back onto your lawn, in your garden, or around trees. Be careful not to leave too thick a layer on the lawn or the shredded leaves can smother the growing crowns of grass. In the spring, remove any excess leaves from your perennials so as not to inhibit their growth. Place this leaf matter in your compost pile. In shrub planting beds and around trees, the leaves can just be mulched over. So, this fall save time and money by not bagging, hauling or paying someone to take away those precious leaves. Put them to the task Mother Nature intended, free fertilizer. Source: Chris Baliko, NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and co-owner of Growing Solutions, LLC based in Ridgefield. See back cover ad.

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

Food Fight

No More Hidden GMOs California voters face a food-protection milestone this November when Proposition 37, a citizens’ initiative, appears on their ballots. If it passes, California will be the first state to require labeling of a wide range of foods containing genetically engineered (GE) ingredients. Determined to defeat this first-ever initiative, some of the nation’s largest biotech and agribusiness companies have poured millions of dollars into negative advertising. Even more alarming is that much of the money comes from sources most shoppers would not suspect. “Consumers might be surprised to find out that brands hiding under ‘natural’ façades are in fact owned by multi-billion-dollar corporations that are contributing bushel baskets of cash to defeating Proposition 37,” says Charlotte Vallaeys, director of Farm and Food Policy at The Cornucopia Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting sustainable, organic agriculture via research, investigation and education. According to Cornucopia, recent polls indicate that nearly 70 percent of California citizens support informational labeling. Proponents of Proposition 37 have contributed $3 million—a number dwarfed by the $23 million bursting from biotech and food manufacturer coffers to fight the measure. The California vote is crucial because many companies will find it more expensive to produce foods with GE labels for California while creating a different product line of foods for the rest of the nation. “Just as we’ve observed in Europe, where labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is mandatory, we fully expect that when given a choice, consumers will choose organic or non-GMO products,” said Cornucopia Co-Director Mark A. Kastel. To help consumers identify and support organic brands whose corporate owners have contributed to Proposition 37 and avoid product lines committed to its defeat, Cornucopia has compiled an online guide and is sponsoring a petition.

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With the advent of online access at home and ubiquitous use of smartphones, the traditional printed telephone book is going the way of the dodo. Yet competing companies across the country are still churning out the archaic directories and delivering them unbidden to millions of people annually. Many receive multiple publications that, although they can be recycled, still add up to a tremendous waste of resources and an unnecessary burden on landfills. Now an industry-sponsored online opt-out registry, YellowPagesOptOut.com, has been established to provide a convenient way for residents to choose which directories they want to receive or to stop delivery. At least 12 weeks are required to process an opt-out request.

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Paying It Forward: Rachel Carson’s Legacy This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson’s seminal book, Silent Spring, which warned of the far-reaching dangers of deadly pesticides and was widely regarded as a catalyst for America’s conservation, clean air and water and environmental protection movements. Now author Laurie Lawlor and illustrator Laurie Beingessner bring her message to today’s youth in the children’s book, Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World. Carson’s life—from her childhood fascination with nature to becoming a college graduate and biologist to writing Silent Spring before her death in 1964—is told in easy-to-understand terms. An epilogue recounts her legacy for all generations. Carson encouraged readers to rethink fundamental values about the relationship between people and nature and not to suppose that, “Nature exists for the convenience of man,” as she put it. One of the vivid examples of life’s interconnectedness that Carson cited occurred in Clear Lake, California, between 1949 and 1957. To eradicate gnats, three sprayings of DDD, a cousin of DDT, were applied, killing western grebes that breed on floating nests. When scientists examined the dead birds, they found astounding levels of DDD and realized that it occurred because the birds fed on lake fish that fed on DDD-laden plankton, passing the toxic pesticide up the food chain in “a whole chain of poisoning.” Carson also warned of potential human cancers resulting from handling pesticides and eating contaminated fish. The state Department of Public Health consequently banned DDD in 1959 and the 2001 Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants subsequently banned DDT for agricultural use worldwide in 2004. Along with the enactment of many environmental laws, Carson’s work helped spur the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The advent of Earth Day, in 1970, led Mark Hamilton Lytle to write in his biography of Carson, The Gentle Subversive, that, “No event could have done more to celebrate the ideals that Rachel Carson bequeathed to the environmental movement.” Her legacy lives on.

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Africa’s E-Waste Is Skyrocketing The collective economies of Africa are set on a course to produce more electronic e-waste than Europe by 2017, according to Katharina Kummer Peiry, executive secretary of the Basel Convention on Hazardous Wastes. At a recent Pan-African Forum on e-waste in Nairobi, Kenya, she attributed the exponential increase to population growth and the increased availability of mobile phones, computers and accessories. More recycling could be advanced, she says, by the fact that significant amounts of valuable metals such as gold, silver, palladium and copper can be salvaged from electronic devices at less cost than smelting them from virgin ores. Source: TerraDaily.com

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proven theories and supported by little evidence.

How would you describe your process for treating patients?

Integrative Medicine A Conversation with

Dr. Michael E. Doyle


ichael E. Doyle, MD is a board certified medical doctor, with degrees from Cornell and Georgetown, who is committed to offering his patients the safest and most effective care possible. Dr. Doyle believes that when conventional medical approaches are unsafe or ineffective, it is his job to find better “alternative” approaches to restoring and maintaining health. His unique expertise in nutrition and natural hormone therapies has attracted patients throughout the New York metro area and from across the country.

You started out as a conventional MD. What led you to transition your practice to integrative and natural medicine? My transition from strictly conventional medicine to an integrative approach was really a matter of me getting back to my core beliefs. My mother had a great influence on me by passing along her interest in natural nutrition. My extended family has contained many doctors including my grandfather, two uncles and two cousins. So I grew up with a keen interest in health and medicine, but I was always a bit of a skeptic. As a teenager, I experimented with various natural remedies and often found fault with the conventional medicine that I saw being practiced. Even my college applications referred to alternative health approaches, and my essay was written about the dangers of some medical treatments. Eventually, my cousin the surgeon had a long talk 20

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with me and helped convince me that the best way to achieve my goals was by going to medical school. I learned a great deal in medical school and residency, but I was never fully satisfied with the contemporary approach to the practice of medicine. I felt that I was often mindlessly chasing numbers and frequently using treatments that were neither safe nor very effective. Eventually, I quit my job as medical director and began to study alternative medicine in earnest. I soon discovered doctors who were practicing a type of medicine that actually made sense to me - it was safe and effective and actually helped patients feel better, too.  

Yet there are some aspects of your conventional medical training that you still strongly believe in. What are they? I have great respect for my medical training. It has given me a great foundation for my medical career. The basic medical approach that has been taught for over 100 years is very sound. The problem is that we MDs have strayed from our core teachings. We are all taught that a diagnosis is usually made primarily by listening to and examining the patient. Unfortunately, after we leave the classroom we doctors are taught that test results are what really matter. This is a tragic distortion of a medical model that has worked for generations. Worse yet, while these tests are supposed to represent absolute science, many of them are based on un-

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My approach starts with listening to my patients talk about their specific symptoms and concerns as well as their overall health. I then examine them, including both a general evaluation and a specific search for signs of the likely cause(s) of their problems. The next step is to use the best and most appropriate tests when needed. I want to focus on tests that are actually going to help me take better care of my patients, not just provide numbers. This includes some traditional tests as well as some “alternative” or non-traditional medical testing. I combine all of this information to identify the underlying cause of my patient’s specific symptoms or problems. I emphasize common and treatable problems such as thyroid or adrenal or other hormonal dysfunction, as well as vitamin and mineral deficiencies. My treatment is geared toward helping my patients restore a healthy balance of nutrients and hormones while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This most often involves treating deficiencies with bio-identical hormones or natural nutrients. I then follow the patient’s progress, adjusting treatment as needed to restore health.  

Tell us about some of the most common issues that patients are coming to you for: THYROID DYSFUNCTION I see many patients who are looking for effective, natural treatment for thyroid problems - most commonly hypothyroidism or low thyroid. What I offer is a thorough evaluation of their thyroid status including medical history, physical examination, and comprehensive thyroid testing that goes beyond the usual TSH test. If hypothyroidism is identified, it is also crucial to look for closely related problems such as adrenal insufficiency or low iron. Such problems need to be treated in order to ensure that thyroid treatment will be both safe and effective. Most cases of hypothyroidism are best treated with gradually

increasing doses of natural thyroid extract. These thyroid extracts are FDA approved and available through most pharmacies. Their advantage is that they are the only thyroid treatments available that contain all four naturally occurring thyroid hormones.

DEPRESSION Depression is a problem for many of my patients. Rather than quickly prescribing an antidepressant for mild depression, my approach starts with a comprehensive medical evaluation looking for lifestyle, hormonal and nutritional factors that may be contributing to the mood disorder. Treatment may start with lifestyle changes including recommendations for exercise and improved sleep. Any identified nutritional or hormonal deficits such as low thyroid, low estrogen, or low testosterone are treated. Safe herbal and nutritional treatments are often used, also. Counseling focused on cognitivebehavioral therapy is recommended in many cases. I use prescription antidepressants sparingly because there is limited scientific evidence for their effectiveness and they have significant side effects. Of course, I do refer patients for psychiatric evaluation and treatment in the severe or resistant cases.

DIGESTIVE DISORDERS A classic example of a digestive disorder that I treat is gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) - a common cause of heartburn. The typical conventional approach for GERD is to give proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s) for extended periods. These powerful medications work

by stopping the stomach from doing what it’s meant to do - use acid to help digest food. Consequently, digestion is impaired. Serious side effects from this lack of stomach acid include decreased mineral absorption and increased fracture risk. Also, patients on PPI’s have a greater risk of pneumonia, and higher incidence of dangerous intestinal infections (such as C. Difficile infection). My approach starts with a comprehensive health evaluation to identify underlying causes and related problems. Treatment focuses on trying to relieve symptoms by reversing the underlying cause or by using safe treatments that do not interfere with normal digestion. In most cases, patients will find relief with fewer side effects.

What is the most important thing that readers should know about health care? Patients should understand that medicine is supposed to be about improving your health, not just treating symptoms and improving numbers. The best medicine depends on doctors listening, examining, testing appropriately and maybe most importantly – thinking independently.  

What resources have been most influential to you in staying current on integrative medical developments? My approach to staying up-to-date in integrative medicine involves a wide variety of resources. These include conventional and alternative medical journals and online resources as well

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as attending medical conferences. However, my most important strategy for continuing to learn about the many facets of integrative medicine has been to seek out and learn from the best doctors of the past and present. In addition to studying the writings of medical pioneers like Sir William Osler, Eugene Hertoghe and Broda Barnes, I try to find the best integrative MD’s to learn from. This spring I was able to meet with and learn from, international hormone expert Dr. Thierry Hertoghe at the Bio-identical Hormone Symposium in San Francisco. His sister, Therese, has been one of the greatest influences on my medical career. She is a fourthgeneration hormone specialist who has taught me many of the finer points of natural hormone therapy. She continues to be a valued advisor, answering questions that no one else could answer with such wisdom and experience.  Another great asset is Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, arguably the world’s number one expert on the treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. Ten years ago, Dr. T. introduced me to many of the core tenets of alternative medicine. He continues to be a great resource through his articles and through personal communications, consistently offering me exceptional advice.

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he popularity of acupuncture in the United States is increasing steadily, according to a study of Americans’ use of the ancient Chinese energybalancing technique, published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Researchers found that in 2007, 6 percent of adult Americans included acupuncture as part of their regular health care regimen, up 42 percent from 2002 (at that time, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine also reported that 60 percent of adults surveyed considered acupuncture as a treatment option). Most commonly used for pain relief, acupuncture is based on the theory that needle stimulation of specific points on the body’s energy channels, called meridians, corrects imbalances and helps restore health. Some Western experts believe that the needles stimulate pain-sensing nerves, which trigger the brain to release endorphins, the body’s pain-relieving chemicals. Former President Richard Nixon is generally credited with popularizing acupuncture in the West after he toured medical facilities during his visit to China in 1972. New York Times reporter James Reston, who was traveling with Nixon and underwent an emergency appendectomy during the trip, wrote extensively about the post-operative pain relief he experienced.



ow levels of vitamin D have been linked to depression, particularly among those with a history of the disorder, according to what researchers believe is the largest such investigation ever undertaken. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center psychiatrists, working with the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study, reviewed the relevant results of nearly 12,600 participants from late 2006 to late 2010. They suggest that patients with a history of depression could benefit from a vitamin D assessment.

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ew moms that are breastfeeding should abstain from caffeine, according to an interview with Dr. Ruth Lawrence published in the Journal of Caffeine Research, a peerreviewed publication. Lawrence says that because infants are not able to metabolize or excrete caffeine efficiently, a breastfeeding mother’s consumption of the drug may lead to caffeine accumulation and symptoms such as wakefulness and irritability in her baby.

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ew evidence that chemical pollution may be linked to breast cancer comes from a surprising source: a group of male breast cancer patients at Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corps base in North Carolina. Poisons in the camp’s drinking water, including benzene, a carcinogenic gasoline additive, perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE), are regarded as a cause; conditions at the base are also blamed for unusual rates of leukemia and birth defects. The worst period of contamination of the base’s water supply began in the late 1950s and continued for more than 30 more years. Because men are simpler to study than women— their risk of developing breast cancer is not complicated by factors such as menstruation, reproduction, breastfeeding and hormone replacement therapy— the epidemiologists may be able to conclusively link industrial chemicals with an increased risk of the disease for both genders. Source: National Disease Clusters Alliance

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queries U.N. spokeswoman Pragati Pascale. “It’s a conundrum.” Sustainable development, as defined by the U.N., includes fighting poverty, social inclusion (including advancing the status of women) and protecting the environment. Building a sustainable future for the planet, say those involved, means addressing all three simultaneously. It demands the kind of real, immediate action so evident at Rio+20.

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e don’t need another plan of action or more treaties; what we need are people that will begin to implement the commitments and meet the goals that have already been created and established,” explains Jacob Scherr, director of global strategy and advocacy for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), about the new thinking that drove this year’s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The June conference brought together international heads of state, business leaders, nonprofits and activists to prioritize and strategize sustainable development. Unlike the United Nations’ annual climate change conferences, which led to the Kyoto Protocol


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in 1997—a legally binding treaty that set targets for greenhouse gas emissions the United States refused to sign—the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development is held once every 20 years. The theme of Rio+20 was simple and direct: The Future We Want. Moving away from political posturing and endless negotiating, the meet-up asked businesses, governments and charities to publicly declare their specific commitments and solicited the public’s ideas for realizing sustainability, all aligned with the priorities and opportunities of the 21st century. “With growing populations depleting resources, how do we keep increasing and ensuring prosperity while we are already using more than we have?”

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By the end of the Rio conference, more than 700 voluntarily secured commitments, valued at more than half a trillion dollars, were earmarked to address everything from protecting forests and reducing ocean pollution to building rapid transit bus systems and increasing the number of women entrepreneurs in the green economy. The NRDC launched CloudOfCommitments.org to track and publicize new pledges and make them easily searchable by region or category. Some commitments are breathtaking in scope: n International development banks have pledged $175 billion to boost sustainable transportation in developing countries; n Bank of America promised $50 billion over 10 years to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and energy access; n The World Bank committed $16 billion to boost clean energy, access to electricity and cookstoves in developing nations; n The New Partnership for Africa’s Development promised to achieve energy access for at least 60 percent of Africa’s population by 2040; n The European Bank offered $8 billion by 2015 to support energy efficiency projects in Eastern Europe and Central Asia; n Microsoft pledged to be carbon neutral across all its operations by the end of 2013; n The United States together with the Consumer Goods Forum (which represents more than 600 retail and manufacturing companies) committed to achieve zero net deforestation in their supply chains by 2020.

“With growing populations depleting resources, how do we keep increasing and ensuring prosperity while we are already using more than we have? It’s a conundrum.” ~ Pragati Pascale, United Nations spokeswoman “The real action, the real energy, was the 21st-century aspect [of Rio+20],” advises Scherr. “I call it the ‘network world’, recognizing the number of players today. It’s not just national governments; it’s states and cities, corporations and philanthropists. In addition to the official meetings and negotiations, between 3,000 and 4,000 other gatherings were going on between business people, mayors, civil society organizations and others, presenting myriad opportunities to make specific commitments. We’re moving to a different dynamic.”

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The inclusive atmosphere is reflected in another new U.N.-sponsored international sharing website, FutureWe Want.org, featuring visions and videos relating to sustainability and solutions to dire environmental problems, such as turning global warming-inducing methane from China’s farms into a usable energy source; predicting periods of drought in Ethiopia to prevent humanitarian crises; and investing in solar power to bring electricity to 1.4 billion people around the world. More than 50 million people worldwide have submitted ideas for a more sustainable world, ranging from ways to increase public education to plans for stopping industrial pollution and better managing waste. “The huge public engagement in the conference is exciting,” says Pascale, “because that’s really how progress will hap-

pen. People have to force their governments to take action.” The NRDC dedicated website is part of a coordinated effort to hold governments, businesses and nonprofits accountable and inform the public. The new U.N. websites facilitate a thriving discussion of what sustainability means and how it can be put into practice. “We want to continue the overall campaign and build upon it,” says Pascale. “Whatever frustrations people have with businesses, nongovernment organizations (NGO) or governments, we need to harness that energy and keep that dialogue going to give people a voice in making sustainability happen.”

Results-Oriented Role Models

State-based examples of sustainable development in action speak to widespread needs in the United States. Here are examples of five models worth replicating. PlaNYC: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement of PlaNYC, on Earth Day 2007, signaled an historic moment. The people’s vision of a cleaner, healthier New York City, one that could accommodate 9 million predicted residents by 2030, aims to be a model for urban sustainable development. Its original 127 initiatives leave few sustainability stones unturned, including cleaning up brownfields, building more playgrounds and parks, increasing public transportation and bike lanes, implementing aggressive recycling, enforcing green building standards and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Two-thirds of the initial goals have already been achieved; the latest update calls for 132 initiatives, including a new set of annual milestones. Speaking at the Museum of the City of New York in 2009, Daniel Doctoroff, the former deputy mayor of economic development and rebuilding for the Bloomberg administration, called PlaNYC “one of the most sweeping, most comprehensive blueprints for New

York ever undertaken.” Most critically, all of its stated commitments are achievable (see Tinyurl.com/PlaNYC-goals). Evergreen Cooperative Initiative (ECI): Businesses and community groups in Cleveland, Ohio, determined that they needed to solve the problem of joblessness in low-income areas by creating living-wage jobs and then training eligible residents to fill them. They developed a new, cooperative-based economic model, based on green jobs that can inspire other cities with similar economic woes. The ECI is a community undertaking in which anchor institutions like the Cleveland Foundation, University Hospitals and the municipal government leverage their purchasing power to help create green-focused, employee-owned local businesses, which to date include a green laundromat, the hydroponic greenhouse Green City Growers, and Ohio Cooperative Solar, which provides weatherization and installs and maintains solar panels. The solar cooperative will more than double Ohio’s solar generating capacity from 2011 levels by the end of 2012 (see EvergreenCooperatives.com). CALGreen: Updated building codes may not generate much excitement until we consider that U.S. buildings account for a lion’s share of carbon dioxide emissions (39 percent), and consume 70 percent of the electricity we generate. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) reports, “If half of new commercial buildings were built to use 50 percent less energy, it would save over 6 million metric tons of CO2 annually for the life of the buildings— the equivalent of taking more than 1 million cars off the road every year.” The California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen), which took effect in January 2011, sets the highest green bar for new buildings in the country. It requires that new buildings achieve a 20 percent reduction in potable water use, divert 50 percent of their construction waste from landfills, use paints and materials with low volatile organic compound content and provide parking for clean-air vehicles. Multiple key stakeholders have been


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involved throughout the process, including the California Energy Commission and the Sierra Club. “We really tried to bring together an entire spectrum of people and groups with different perspectives and expertise to build a consensus,” says David Walls, executive director of the California Building Standards Commission. “If we were going to put something in the code, we wanted to make sure it was right.” (See Tinyurl.com/ CALGreen-Home.) Renewable Portfolio Standard: Texas leads the country in electricity generated from wind power. One complex, in Roscoe, features 627 turbines on 100,000 acres that cost $1 billion to build. Much of the rapid growth of the state’s wind industry can be credited to Texas’ Renewable Portfolio Standard, legislation passed in 1999 that mandated construction of renewable energy, including solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, biomass and landfill gas, in addition to wind. It further mandated that utilities generate 2,000 megawatts of additional renewable energy by 2009, then 5,880 MW by 2015 and 10,000 MW by 2025. The 10-year goal was met in six years, and Texas has added many green jobs, increased tax revenues and provided security against blackouts, which is critical in the event of extreme heat or drought (see Tinyurl. com/TexasStandard). Edison Innovation Green Growth Fund: Clean technology is booming despite the economic recession and attracting serious investment funds. According to a report by Clean Edge, Inc., venture capital investments in clean technologies increased 30 percent between 2010 and 2011, from $5.1 billion to $6.6 billion. New Jersey entrepreneurs are upping their state’s potential in this arena with the Edison Innovation Green Growth Fund. The program proffers loans of up to $2 million for companies, research facilities and nonprofits engaged in producing clean energy technologies, ranging from energy efficiency products such as LED lighting to

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solar, wind, tidal, biomass and methane capture. A condition of the loan is that a project must employ 75 percent of its workforce from New Jersey, or commit to growing 10 high-paying jobs (minimum $75,000 annually) over two years (see Tinyurl.com/NewJersey-EDA).

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Elinor Ostrom, the political economist who won a Nobel Prize in economics but passed on just before the start of the Rio conference, dedicated her last blog post to considering the event’s impact. Titled “Green from the Grassroots,” the post stressed the priority of a multifaceted approach to curbing emissions. “Decades of research demonstrate that a variety of overlapping policies at city, subnational, national and international levels is more likely to succeed than single, overarching, binding agreements,” Ostrom remarked. “Such an evolutionary approach to policy provides essential safety nets should one or more policies fail. The good news is that evolutionary policymaking is already happening organically. In the absence of effective national and international legislation to curb greenhouse gases, a growing number of city leaders are acting to protect their citizens and economies.” She reported that even in the absence of federally mandated emissions targets, 30 U.S. states have passed their own climate plans and more than 900 mayors signed a climate protection agreement essentially agreeing to reach the Kyoto Protocol goals the federal government refused to sanction. Rio+20 built upon such bottom-up commitments and pushed states and businesses to go further than they’d ever imagined. “There was an incredible amount of energized activity,” concludes Scherr. “Many people came away feeling empowered and encouraged, because they saw that the sustainability movement is truly worldwide. That’s going to be the legacy of Rio.” Brita Belli, the editor of E-The Environmental Magazine, reports for Natural Awakenings.


Follow the Lifecycle Crunching the Numbers on Products We Consume by Brita Belli


very product we use has a lifecycle, or duration of environmental impact. According to the State of the World 2012: Transforming Cultures from Consumerism to Sustainability, by the Worldwatch Institute, humans collectively are consuming resources equivalent to 1.5 Earths, or 50 percent more than is sustainable—and that’s before projected population growth. In short, we’re depleting more resources than the planet can replenish; hence, our personal consumption habits matter. In an ideal world, all the appliances, furniture and electronics we use and later discard would be “cradle-tocradle,” or C2C, certified, a term popularized by German chemist Michael Braungart and American Architect William McDonough for describing products designed never to become waste. Such innovative products typically are made of both technical components that can be reused and biological components that decompose back into the natural world. Current examples of products that have obtained C2C certification include gDiapers—biodegradable cloth diaper liners that can be flushed or composted—and Greenweave recycled fabrics. But smart, sustainable design is not yet the norm, so we have to monitor our own consumption and waste habits to try limiting our support of polluting industries and contribution to ever-

growing landfills. Such product assessments are challenging, because it’s not only about what happens after a cell phone, for example, is thrown into a landfill that takes an environmental toll. It also entails the chemicals used, toxins released and fossil fuels burned to manufacture and ship that phone. To help us sort out the best approaches, The Green Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon University has created the online Economic Input-Output Life Cycle Assessment (EIO-LCA) that crunches the numbers for commonly used products—from household cleaners to mattresses—to provide us with the bigger-picture impact. So, as their website explains, “The effect of producing an automobile would include not only the impacts at the final assembly facility, but also the impact from mining metal ores, making electronic parts, forming windows, etc., that are needed for parts to build the car.” The accompanying chart, using the latest available EIO-LCA figures, provides comparisons for some common products—from the most to the least energy-intensive—as well as recycling rates and suggested alternatives for keeping our own resource usage and waste load to a minimum. Brita Belli is the editor of E-The Environmental Magazine. eNaturalAwakenings.com

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revealed how plant-based dishes can be sophisticated and even glamorous. Today’s latest cookbook evolution speaks to the newest generation of vegetarian cooks’ burgeoning interest in tasty ethnic cuisines, home gardening and farmers’ markets as well as meatless meals. Natkin has pulled it all together in Herbivoracious: A Flavor Revolution, with 150 Vibrant and Original Vegetarian Recipes. From the standpoint of a well-traveled home cook, he also chronicles his travels and forays into flavorful, globally influenced recipes at Herbivoracious.com.

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Celebrating Vegetarian Awareness Month, Natural Awakenings visits the continuing evolutions of vegetarian eating habits and leading cookbooks.


ncient India and Egypt are known to have served up plant-based diets, but vegetarian cookbooks are a relatively recent American phenomenon. The genre debuted nationally in 1977 with Mollie Katzen’s groundbreaking classic, the first Moosewood Cookbook, sharing recipes gleaned from her restaurant and a collective coop in Ithaca, New York. Considered one of Five Women Who Changed the Way We Eat, by Health magazine, she has also hosted several PBS cooking shows. When Katzen first took up the cause, vegetarian cooking was earnest, if earthy, relying heavily upon such staples as brown rice, mushrooms and tofu. The options were limited for those that didn’t capitalize on a home garden or live in a cosmopolitan city.

Growing up in Louisville, Kentucky in the 1970s, cookbook author and food blogger Michael Natkin remembers…“when vegetables were boiled until they begged for mercy.” Being a vegetarian then meant a commitment to a philosophy, not necessarily an expectation of flavor and pleasure. In 1981, an Indian actress and cookbook author introduced Americans to exotic vegetarian dishes from India in Madhur Jaffrey’s World of the East: Vegetarian Cooking. Still, without an Asian market nearby, hard-to-find ingredients like dhal (a lentil) or fenugreek (a seed) might have derailed attempts to make such recipes. By 1990, Chef Deborah Madison had contributed The Savory Way, which upped the quotient of colorful foods inspired by classic French cuisine. She

“Because vegetarian meals are good for you, tread more lightly on our planet’s resources and are kinder to animals,” Natkin responds. “The planet isn’t designed to support billions of meat-eaters. Plus, many are concerned about the methods of animal agriculture—think of industrial hog farms, for instance, which can be environmental nightmares. If you want to eat meat from smaller producers with higher ethical standards, it’s more expensive,” he says. “Even if you eat meatless only now and again, it’s better for the family budget, your health and the planet.” Natkin is well aware of the “dark days for vegetables,” when commerce dictated that varieties be chosen and grown primarily for their ability to withstand long-distance transport. Now, due to rising demand, more are grown for flavor, advises Natkin, and that makes vegetarian meals taste better and become more popular. Natkin further suggests, “If you want a sustainable diet, it must include foods that you like, not foods that you think you should like. They have to taste good, otherwise you won’t stick with it.” Natkin’s cookbook encompasses dishes from locales as diverse as India, Iran, Japan, Mexico and Thailand. His special touch is conceiving ways to convert traditional recipes to vegetarian variations while maintaining unique flavors and combinations of textures. From a deconstructed sushi to tofu tacos, Natkin coaxes the most flavor out of his ingredients—from cooking pasta


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in red wine, making “meaty” soup stocks with dried mushrooms or Parmesan cheese rinds to teaching uses of condiments like Japanese sesame salt. “The least successful cuisine for translation into vegetarian cooking is American comfort food,” he notes. He always encourages cooks to think creatively, not literally, when translating a meat-based dish to a plant-based equivalent. Instead of trying to do a faux turkey for Thanksgiving, for example, he recommends serving a main dish that looks celebratory and mouthwatering, saluting the traditional role of the centerpiece turkey in a fresh way.

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According to a national 2012 Harris Poll, 47 percent of Americans eat at least one vegetarian meal a week. The Values Institute of DGWB, an advertising and communications firm based in Santa Ana, California, confirms the rise of flexitarianism, or eating meat on occasion rather than routinely, as one of the top trends of 2012. Finally, New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman remarks, “When I ask audiences I speak to, ‘How many of you are eating less meat than you were 10 years ago?’ at least twothirds raise their hands. A self-selecting group to be sure, but nevertheless, one that exists. In fact, let’s ask this: Is anyone in this country eating more meat than they used to?” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood AndLifestyle.blogspot.com.

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“When I serve a filling entrée,” says cookbook author and food blogger Michael Natkin, “I like to have a brightly flavored, refreshing salad. It offers a nice contrast, makes the meal a little lighter and cuts the fattiness of the main dish.” This simple salad, dressed only with fresh orange juice, beautifully complements Mexican and other Latin American meals. Half a jicama, peeled and cut into 2 x ¼ x ¼-inch batons 1 big handful radishes, trimmed and cut into quarters 4 Valencia oranges, cut into sections, juice reserved ¼ tsp kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 handful fresh cilantro leaves, torn, for garnish 1. Combine the jicama, radishes and orange sections in a salad bowl with the salt and several hearty grinds of black pepper. 2. Add ¼ cup reserved orange juice and toss lightly. 3. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Garnish with the cilantro leaves and serve.


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Grilled Tofu and Pepper Tacos

Vegan and gluten-free dish in 30 minutes. Makes 12 small or 8 medium-size tacos “The secret to delicious Mexican vegetarian food is to amp up the flavors and use lots of contrasting textures,” says food blogger Michael Natkin. “These tacos—filled with grilled tofu and sautéed peppers, all basted with tangy achiote paste—have serious street-food flavor. They are meant to be eaten in just two or three bites.” Achiote, made from annatto seeds, is available as a paste at markets that carry Hispanic products. Natkin likes the El Yucateco brand because it’s free of synthetic food coloring.


1½ oz (about 4 tsp) achiote paste (also called annatto) ½ cup vegetable oil 1 tsp ground cumin

2 tsp Tapatío or other bottled hot sauce 1 tsp kosher salt 10 oz extra-firm tofu, cut into 1/3-inch slabs and patted dry 1 medium zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/3-inch slabs 1 medium onion, thinly sliced 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 red bell peppers, ¼-inch strips 1 yellow bell pepper, ¼-inch strips Fresh lemon or lime juice (optional)

3. Repeat with the zucchini, brushing the slabs with achiote oil and grilling until well-marked and tender, about 3 minutes per side. Allow the tofu and zucchini to cool and then cut both into 1 /3-inch diced pieces. 4. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of achiote oil. Add the onion, garlic and bell peppers and sauté until very soft.


5. Add the tofu and zucchini to the pepper mixture. Taste and adjust the seasoning. It may need more salt, a little lime or lemon juice, or more heat.

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6. To serve, wrap the tortillas in a damp, clean dishtowel and microwave until soft and warm, about 2 minutes.

24 (4-inch) or 16 (6-inch) soft corn tortillas Guacamole, Choice of salsa 1. Break up the achiote paste in a small bowl with a fork and mash in the oil, a little at a time, until it forms a lumpy paste. Mix in the cumin, hot sauce and salt. 2. Heat a grill or grill pan over medium heat. Brush the tofu with the achiote oil on one side and grill, oiled-side-down, until well-marked. Then do the same on the other side.

7. Make stacks of 2 tortillas each. Top with a moderate scoop of the filling and a spoonful of guacamole and salsa. Pass the hot sauce to the more adventurous. Source: Adapted from Herbivoracious: A Flavor Revolution, with 150 Vibrant and Original Vegetarian Recipes, by Michael Natkin (Herbivoracious.com).


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CHILDREN FOLLOW ADULT EXAMPLES Enabling “We” Instead of “Me” by Michael Ungar

“If you want to be miserable, think about yourself. If you want to be happy, think of others.” ~ Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

he phrase “connected kids” may describe youth consumed by Internet-dependent relationships. Yet these same young people still crave old-fashioned, face-to-face connections with the adults in their lives. With one parent or two, stepparents, a grandparent, aunts or uncles, older family friends, teachers and coaches—experience shows they all can help guide our children by showing the compassion that nurtures kids’ own caring instincts. Swedish futurist and author Mats Lindgren characterizes these young people, raised by the “Me Generation” (born in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s), The MeWe Generation, for their efforts to balance a culture of individualism and their need to belong. He notes, “Although the MeWes travel and experience more than any other generation before them, [in surveys] the small things in life still get the highest scores. A happy life is based on relations and companionship.” Family life, for better or worse, establishes the way children connect with others at school, in their communities, on the job, as citizens and as members of the human race. How can we help youngsters feel truly connected and learn to be responsible for themselves and others?

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Michael Ungar, Ph.D., is a clinician and research professor at the School of Social Work at Canada’s Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He based this article on his book, The We Generation: Raising Socially Responsible Kids, published by Da Capo Lifelong Books.

From Rude to Responsible: Ways to Foster “We” Thinking by Michael Ungar


ach age brings new opportunities to think “We” instead of “Me.” What children can contribute to the family and community will vary, based upon family values. Here are some starting points. n Get ready for sports activities and

Age 5 and Under n Help with household chores,

including kitchen tasks and tidying their room n Choose activities they like and politely ask to do them n Say “Thank you,” and be responsible for acknowledging gifts n Share toys and donate old ones

special interest classes n Walk to school, where appropriate

Ages 12 to 18 n Obtain certification as

lifeguards or junior coaches n Volunteer or seek paid work n Learn how to use power tools and lawnmowers n Accept responsibility for Ages 5 to 11 clothing choices and contribute n Have responsibility (with supervi money toward purchases sion) for a younger sibling’s care n Plan events at school, such as a n Look after a pet dance or preparation for graduation n Learn commonsense use of n Participate in religious or potential hazards like pocketknives spiritual ceremonies that mark and push scooters their transition to adulthood HVWS_ec_4.75x4.5_NaturalAwakenings_Oct2012_HVS Opn House_NWT BEE 02_07 9/19/12 n Decide what to wear to school

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ploitation and disenfranchisement; terms we hope will not apply to our children. If we want children to embody healthy and positive qualities and play an important role in family life and beyond, we need to understand how to enable kids to think “We” by outgrowing some of our own Me-thinking ways. To start, it helps to understand that when we ask nothing of our children— keep them from experiencing larger challenges and taking real responsibility for themselves and others—we risk spoiling them. Children that instead see and experience We-oriented caring for others and regularly participate in compassionate acts feel more attached to a community of family and friends. A child that feels noticed and embraced, and is then given opportunities to act independently of his parents, also will know what it means to be trusted. Parents convey, “I know you can do this.” A youngster that experiences this compassionate caring and trust will mimic such compassion, because it feels good to give and he wants others to acknowledge his worth. Also, having been allowed to suffer the consequences of some bad personal decisions (up to a point), he understands that his choices affect both himself and others. Given the opportunity to think things through for himself, he can make helpful choices instead of feeling forced to either resist or give in to what adults want. He knows how to show respect because he knows what it feels like to be respected. Acting responsibly follows naturally as a way to identify with others and demonstrate the strength of his connections and contributions to the welfare of others. It sews a child into the fabric of his family and community, which responds, “You are a part of us. You belong and we rely on you.” The child quietly says to himself, “I’m here” and “I count.” Listen closely and we will hear children asking permission to live their lives truly connected with us and with their widening circles of friends around the world.

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angy mutt” may seem a benign enough term for a sorry-looking pooch, but behind the poor appearance can lie a troublesome health condition that causes many species of domestic animals, including cats, discomfort if not properly treated. Mange is typically caused by tiny, parasitic mites that feed upon the pet for nutrition, compromising the host’s health. Some burrow under the skin to lay eggs, which hatch and restart the mite’s life cycle; others stay on the skin’s surface and feed on pet dandruff.

Common Types of Mange Various types of mange share common symptoms: In infected areas, hair loss, redness, itching, irritation and scabs typically occur; more seriously, a pet’s skin may harden to a scaly condition. If untreated, mange can transform a dog’s skin into an uncomfortable, leathery and brittle organ. Stay alert to such appearances and act quickly. Sarcoptic scabies mange results from microscopic, oval-shaped, light-colored mites that migrate easily between hosts. Prime real estate includes a pet’s ears, 34

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to appear. Unlike demodectic mange, sarcoptic mange can be transmitted to humans, causing a red rash similar to an insect bite. Pets that suffer from demodectic mange typically already have a weakened or compromised immune system, sometimes because of immaturity (such as puppies), malnourishment, stress associated with another illness, or even a hereditary issue. Under a microscope, demodex mites appear cigar-shaped. Common symptoms include hair loss, balding, scabbing and sores. Dogs are more susceptible to both types than cats. Localized demodectic mange usually occurs in puppies when mites migrate from mother to pup during early nurturing. In puppies, the mange often appears on the face, creating a patchy,

polka-dotted, balding appearance. Generally, pets will heal from this type of mange without treatment. Generalized demodectic mange presents a greater challenge, because it is spread across large areas of the skin. The pet may emit a horrid odor from secondary bacterial skin infections.

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Teen Chess Club 4pm. All levels welcome. Know the names of the pieces, the direction in which each moves, & how to set up the board. Grades 6-12. Free. Westport Library, McManus Room. 203.291.4809.



Discovering Your Life Purpose 10-11:30am. Held through 11/19/12. Work at one’s own pace through the workbook exercises and meet weekly to share one’s story in a supportive setting. $25. CT Counselors. 107 Church Hill Rd. Sandy Hook. 203.392.4846. Sacred Wisdom Circle 6:45-9pm. Runs weekly until 11/19/12. Women co-create a healing space in which one discover and reclaim one’s deeper wisdom and wholeness. Donation. Unitarian Universalist Church in Westport. 203.293.7750. Yoga 7-8:15pm w/ Charlie Sikorski. Also held 10/8 & 10/15. The training is Iyengar inspired with a fusion of Kundalini and Surat Shabda Yoga. Encouraging one to find one’s true self. $11 per session. ARC Sacred Center. Monroe. 203.414.6490.



Columbus Day Weekend October 6-8, 9am-5pm daily
 Connect the left and right hemispheres of your brain for enhanced
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 Led by Carolyn Finch of Electrific Solutions. $425. On Candlewood Lake 51 Cedar Drive, Danbury, CT 06811
 203.791.2756 Carolyn@CarolynFinch.com


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 Family Yoga 3:15-4:15pm w/ Kerri Gawreluk. Also held 10/9 & 10/16. This special class is designed for children ages 5-12 years and adults to enjoy and share together! $21. Yoga for Everybody. Fairfield. 203.254.9642.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4 Self-Healing with One Light Healing Touch 7-9pm w/ Anne O’Neil. Learn a grounding exercise and more about how life-force energy flows. Tap into one’s innate healing ability. ARC Sacred Center. 458 Monroe Tpke. Monroe. $15. 917.748.8463.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 Introduction to Reiki 7:30-9:15pm w/ Gigi Benanti Reiki Master/Teacher. Dr OZ recommends Reiki. Learn about Reiki and receive a mini Reiki session. $10. Angelic Healing Center. 7 Morgan Ave. Enter office downstairs in back. Norwalk. 203.852.1150.

Brain Gym 101 9am-5pm (runs through 10/8). Connect the left and right hemispheres of your brain for enhanced
organization, focus and communication!
 Led by Carolyn Finch of Electrific Solutions. $425. On Candlewood Lake, 51 Cedar Dr. Danbury. 203.791.2756 Natural and Integrative Medicine Symposium 10am-4pm. Evidence-based information for professionals and the community about current research and approaches to healthcare. University of Bridgeport. 75 Linden Ave. Bridgeport. $35-50. 203.576.4880.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 Quantum Spirituality: Living in the Holographic Matrix 1:15-3pm. Peter Canova, author of Pope Annalis, illuminates ancient texts and modern quantum physics. $25. Albertson Memorial Church. 293 Sound Beach Ave. Old Greenwich. 914.610.5146.

Fertility Testing 6pm. If one wants to start a family now or in the future, a simple blood test can be insightful. RMA of CT is conducting free antimullerian hormone tests. Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut. Danbury. 800.865.5431. Fertility Testing 6pm. If one wants to start a family now or in the future, a simple blood test can be insightful. RMA of CT is conducting free antimullerian hormone tests. Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut. Stamford. 800.865.5431. Maker Space Special: Zombie Club 7pm. Bring a T-shirt & learn how to silkscreen your very own zombie design. For middle school & up. Free. Register online. Westport Library. Maker Space, The Great Hall. Free. 203.291.4809.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 6th Annual After Loss Conference 9:30am-5pm w/

Roland Comtois and friends. If you have lost a loved one and are grieving, there is help for you. You are not alone. Free. Stamford Plaza Hotel. RolandComtois. net/events/sixth-annual-after-loss-conference. Harvest Fair 2-5pm. Puppet show at 3:30pm. Craft making, face painting, apple cider making. Lunch, baked sweets & handcrafts at an extra charge. Adults $10. Children free. The Clover Hill School at Christ Episcopal Church. Norwalk. 201.661.6484. Yoga Nidra and Gong Relaxation 4:30-6pm w/ Evelyne Serais. Workshop includes mindful breathing, intention setting, and yoga nidra followed by gong relaxation. $30 paid by 10/6; $40 thereafter. Yoga for Everybody. Fairfield. 203.254.9642.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14 Introduction to Yoga for Men 1:30-3:30pm w/ Robert Ortner. Learn easy techniques to release stress and tension, stretch muscles and increase range of motion. $35 paid by 10/7; $45 thereafter. Yoga for Everybody. Fairfield. $203.254.9642.

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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 A Brush with Soul..........2nd Thurs at 7 pm Thought Exchange.....Mon at 7 pm Prayer Works.................3rd Thurs at 7 pm Reiki Exchange..1st Thurs at 7 pm Bible Studies - Rev.EdTownley.....3rd Fri at 7 pm

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E.K. Kerr: The 4 Principles Workshop Oct. 3-10-17-24 Quantum Touch Workshop Oct. 26-27-28

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The Healing Field of Kundalini Shakti 7:3010pm w/ Guru Dharam. The practice of Kundalini harmonizes, heals and balances all that one is. $35 paid by 10/9; $45 thereafter. Yoga for Everybody. Fairfield. 203.254.9642.


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With Hari Sangat (Carrie Kane). A way to end your day by letting go and finding your freedom. Kundalini integrates the body, mind, and spirit to connect you with your true and total self.

All levels welcome. $20/class, $150/10 classes. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Danbury Ct.

24 Clapboard Ridge Rd. • 914.450.7642

MONDAY, OCTOBER 15 Float Meditation, Destiny and Dream Workshop 11am-1:30pm w/ Leesa Sklover. $50 plus board w/ this ad. Sign up at Board Co. 1700 Post Rd. Fairfield. Class at Fairfield beach. 203.313.2327.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16 Naturopathic Open House 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Natural refreshments will be served. Celebrate the new shared offices of Dr. Debra Gibson & Dr. Deb Bossio. 100 Danbury Rd., Suite 102. Ridgefield. 203.431.4443.

Thinking from the End to Live a Grateful Life Today 7-8pm w/ Julie Bowes. A powerful incentive in living mindfully is the active contemplation of one’s own death, be guided through the steps to enhance the human experience. Free webinar. 203.240.4397.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 Enhance Your Mediumship Abilities 1:15-3pm. Pamela Marie Edmunds, lecturer, Certified medium and healer. A class for all levels. $25. Albertson Memorial Church. 293 Sound Beach Ave. Old Greenwich. Must pre-register: 914.610.5146.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 Reiki Refresher 7:30-9:45pm. All levels welcome. Share techniques that help raise one’s Reiki vibration. Includes a re-attunement. $38 + $8 materials fee. Angelic Healing Center. 7 Morgan Ave. Enter office downstairs in back. Norwalk. 203.852.1150.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28 The Gift of Stillness: A Restorative Yoga Workshop 1:30-4pm w/ Michelle Dalbec. When one is at ease and in sync the mind tends to become calm and clear. Yoga for Everybody. Fairfield. $35 paid by 10/21; $45 thereafter. 203.254.9642.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30 Why Manage Life? Live It! 7-9pm w/ Barbara Greenhouse. Discover how to turn one’s health and lifestyle challenges into a life of wellness and happiness! $20. ARC Sacred Center. Monroe. Prepayment required: 203.216.6889 for mailing address.

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DANCE STAMFORD Jazzercise also located in Norwalk Jazzercise.com 203.845.8856

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NORWALK Nu-Yoga 32-34 Main St. Nu-Yoga.com 203.854.6744

STAMFORD Gianna Ragona-Suarez, RYT Hatha, Vinyasa, Sports Yoga YogaConcepts@gmail.com 203.550.8811

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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 supports one’s spiritual unfoldment. Great music. Fellowship Hour after the service. See website for activity schedule. 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. The Circle of the Third Way 4-7pm. 2nd Sun monthly w/ Leesa Sklover, Ph.D, LPC, and Jeanne Donohue, MSAP. Encourages positive spirit, courage and ideas to change relationships to self, others and the world. Free. Fairfield. 917.860.0488.

monday Nutrition Monday 6-7:30pm w/ Carolyn Finch. Learn how to plan, purchase and prepare food for greater wellness. $20 or free w/green card. Hampton Inn. 81 Newtown Rd. Danbury. 203.791.2756. Sacred Wisdom Circle 6:45-9pm / Alexandra Horsky. Women co-create a healing space in which all can discover and reclaim deeper wisdom and wholeness. PRICE? Unitarian Universalist Church. 10 Lyons Lane. Westport. 203.293.7750. 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? $20 suggested. Love offering. Unity Center 3 Main St above Ford Dealership Norwalk 203.855.7922 A New Approach to the Ten Commandments 7-9pm. 3rd Mon monthly. An interfaith approach with discussion, experience and deep understanding into the beauty contained in the most sacred tablets. Course requirements –Book: The Ten Challenges. $25/session. ARC Scared Center. Monroe. 203.268.1272. Transformation and Healing 7:30-8:15pm. Rev. Ed O’Malley uses a Shamanic Illumination Process which removes heavy energies from the luminous energy field that surrounds each person, returning the body and soul to its initial state of wellness. ARC Sacred Center. Monroe Tpke. Monroe. 203.268.1272. 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.

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A Course in Miracles 7:30-9:30pm w/ Joan Goss. A channeled self-study spiritual work. Its primary purpose is to show the way to experience the peace and love of God right now. $20. Mystical Parlors. South Norwalk. 203.810.4491.

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. Find Your Breath Kundalini Yoga 6-7:30pm. w/ Carrie Kane. Kundalini integrates body, mind, spirit to connect you w/ your true and total self. All levels welcome. $20/class, $150/10 classes. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Danbury CT. 24 Clapboard Ridge Rd. 914.450.7642. 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.

thursday Reflexology 2-9:30pm w/ Mark Hoyt. Also held Sat. This ancient healing art uses hand/thumb pressure corresponding to the body systems. The outcome is balanced, inner peace due to deep physical & mental relaxation. $20/15minutes. Mystical Parlors. South Norwalk. 203.810.4491.

A Brush with Soul 7pm w/ artist Alexandra Philippas. 2nd Thurs monthly. Healing with color: fun intuitive painting. Practice observing one’s mind/body response to inner child’s free expression. Supplies provided. $20 suggested. Love Offering. Unity Center. Norwalk. 203.855.7922. Prayer Works 7pm w/ Karen Mitchell, musican/ healer. 3rd Thurs monthly. 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. 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.


friday Bible Study at Unity 7-8:30pm. 3rd Fri. monthly. Lively exploration & discussion of the Bible’s metaphysical aspects with Bible scholar Rev. Ed Townley. Learn how stories relate to one’s life. Unity Center. Norwalk. Love Offering. 203.855.7922. Activating Your Angel Frequency/Soul Intuition 7-9pm. Mia DiDio will activate dormant vibrations through attunements the Archangels have shared. Karmic and soul healings will begin to emerge through these tested activation sessions. $20. Mystical Parlors. South Norwalk. 203.810.4491. Play, Create, Connect Night 7-10pm. 1st Fri. monthly. $5. Love Offering. ARC Sacred Center. 458 Monroe Turnpike. Monroe. 203.268.1272. Teen Connections 7:30-9pm. Bi-monthly. A safe place to hang out and have fun while getting to know others! A place where one’s questions and opinions are taken seriously. $10. ARC Sacred Center. 458 Monroe Turnpike. Monroe. 617.930.1243. Circle of Life 7:30-9:30pm. Wondering about one’s Life Mission? Learn how to bring love, life and happiness to oneself and those one loves. Bring questions and receive healing and messages from Spirit. Monroe. 203.286.3262.

Float Paddle Yoga at Fairfield Beach 9am. Come enjoy Kundalini yoga & meditation on a board. Training, yoga, board workshop $50 w/ this ad. Please pre-register at Fairfield Board Co. 1700 Post Rd. Fairfield. 203.313.2327. 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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Dr. Neeru N. Kaushik, ND, MS Acup, MS, MA 805 Kings Hwy E., Fairfield 203.331.9111 47 Buttonball Ln, Weston 203.227.7550 AyurvedicInstituteCT.com Ayurvedic medicine including Panchakarma, the Ayuredic detox and Rejuvenation program; are combined with Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Clinical Nutrition, Constitutional Hydrotherapy, Ozone therapy and Colonics to create an individualized treatment program for optimum healing benefits. Most major Insurances Accepted. Visit our website for more info.

BREAST THERMOGRAPHY SOPHIA NATURAL HEALTH CENTER 31 Old Rt. 7, Brookfield CT 203.740.9300 SophiaNaturalHealth.com

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.

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Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging Suzanne Pyle, MS, CCT 866.XtoRAYS SuzannePyle@Prodigy.net 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. See ad pg 10.


State Licensed Daycare Provider Spiritual Counselor/Minister Fairfield 203.292.3017 Powersrere@optonline.net 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 21.

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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


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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 27.

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.

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GREENWICH COLON HYDROTHERAPY Kelly McCoy Located at Natural Medicine & Wellness Center Old Greenwich 203.698.9088

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 37.

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Adam Breiner, ND, Director Fairfield/Trumbull town line 203.371.8258 WholeBodyMed.com 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 WholeBodyMed.com. See ad pg 2.

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 33.

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

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


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 2.



Tracy King LCSW-R Early childhood thru adolescent counseling 914.589.6755 TracyAKing14@msn.com





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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 21.

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Diane Bahr-Groth, CHy, TFTdx 1177 High Ridge Rd, Stamford 203.595.0110 MindBodyTransformation.com

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Fast, effective methods for weight, stress, fear, pain, smoking, etc. 
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Dr. Randy Schulman, MS, OD, FCOV Norwalk: 203.840.1991 vtotWorks.com VisionworksVT@aol.com Trumbull: 203.268.8852 TLTC.org Schulman@tltc.org 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.


Counselor • USUI Reiki Master ReverendKarenSJudd.com Office: Bethel, CT 203.545.3664 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 GoToDrDoyle.com 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 3.

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 26.


163 Main St, Westport 06880 203.226.7378 ifloatspa.net Experience this superior form of body/mind relaxation as you float effortlessly in warm water with high concentrations of Epsom salt. Relieve stress, chronic pain, and more. See ad pg 7.

ROBIN ORDAN, LMT, LCSW, CICMI Licensed Massage Therapist & Reiki Practitioner Old Greenwich/Stamford 203.561.8535; RobinOrdanLMT.com


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 31.


41 Kenosia Ave, Danbury 203.748.8093 WordenChiropractic.Meta-eHealth.com

Robin has been providing massage and Reiki for over 15 years. Specializing in Swedish, Pregnancy, Trigger Point, Injuries and Infant/ Child Massage Instruction. Sessions are individualized to meet your needs. See ad pg 27.


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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 34.


K. Pramila Vishvanath, ND 2324 Post Rd, Fairfield 203.259.2700 IntegratedHealthCenterOnline.com 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.

DR. MARINA YANOVER, ND, LAC 1300 Post Road East, Westport 203.255.5005 BigAppleHealth.com

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 NortheastNatMed.com

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.


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Adam Breiner, ND, Director Elena Sokolova, MD, ND David Brady, ND, CCN, DACBN Fairfield/Trumbull town line 203.371.8258 WholeBodyMed.com 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 2.



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238 Monroe Tpke. Suite B Monroe, CT 06468 203.445.8966 LifeBetweenLivesTherapy.com Msisi@AOL.com 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.



Linda Maude, PT 917 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton CT 06484 203.926.6997 PhysicalTherapySoCT.com

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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 34.


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