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Thyroid disease runs on both sides of my family. In 2002, I was diagnosed with Grave’s disease, which is an autoimmune condition affecting the thyroid gland. It is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. There are three (conventional) treatment options for Grave’s disease: methimazole; surgical removal of the thyroid and radioiodine therapy. I opted for radioiodine because I wanted definitive treatment without having to go through surgery. Radioiodine therapy involves taking iodine-131 by mouth, which is then concentrated in the thyroid gland and destroys it over a period of weeks or months resulting in hypothyroidism. When the blood test confirmed the onset of hypothyroidism, I was placed on a daily dose of 75 micrograms of levothyroxine (synthetic thyroid hormone). My thyroid levels were then monitored monthly by an endocrinologist and the levothyroxine dose was carefully titrated up or down as needed. During the first several months after the radioiodine, my energy level was very sluggish. My thought process slowed down to a crawl and a lot of my hair fell out. I also developed arthritis in all of my joints, which fortunately resolved after about two weeks on a higher dose of levothyroxine. It took nine months (and 175 micrograms of levothyroxine daily) for my thyroid levels to stabilize within a normal range. Gradually, my energy level improved and I have enjoyed good overall health since then, except for some residual arthritis in my hands. I attribute my enhanced feeling of wellness in recent years to lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise—plus several other modalities I have explored through this wonderful magazine. That story was a long-winded way of leading up to the purpose of our July editorial, which is to present ways of reducing symptoms associated with chronic inflammation and autoimmune conditions—through natural modalities. Our first article: “ABCs of Autoimmunity” discusses the sources of immune dysfunction. The articles that follow offer expert guidance from several local practitioners about the use of internal modalities such as salt, heat, vibration, massage/ lymphatic drainage and internal modalities (e.g. dietary modifications) for detoxification, thereby reducing inflammation and its uncomfortable symptoms. Our Natural Pet feature offers advice about foods to avoid and foods to add to your beloved pet’s diet that could help reduce inflammation and risk of developing life-threatening medical conditions. We are also running additional online articles related to this month’s editorial theme (at under Articles) on Ayurveda, plus the relationship between our microbiota and a healthy immune system. Did you know that approximately 80 percent of our immunity comes from the gut? This issue (and every issue of Natural Awakenings) is packed with local resources— from holistic practitioners to a rich array of events, classes and workshops—all for the purpose of helping you achieve optimal wellness, so be sure to check out our news briefs and community calendar. Speaking of local—We have posted Connecticut Farmers’ Markets on our website (under Local Resources) as our way of encouraging you to buy home grown!

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Welcome to our July issue! This month’s editorial focus is on autoimmunity and chronic inflammation. More than 80 million people in America suffer from symptoms brought on by autoimmune disease—a condition resulting in the immune system attacking our own body.

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Embrace Heat, Salt & Vibration for Toxic Overload


Quell Insomnia and Nighttime Anxiety


Reducing Chronic Inflammation




22 HOW INFLAMMATORY FOODS AFFECT OUR PETS From Allergies to Cancer, Diet is a Healing Tool

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he Om Births Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training is being offered October 19-21 in Wallingford, Connecticut. This training is for yoga teachers with a 200-hour yoga certification who are interested in delving more fully into the world of pregnancy and yoga. The 20-hour immersion weekend will prepare teachers to work with the special needs of prenatal students, and certify them to design and teach a safe prenatal class. The training will include sections on the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, yoga’s view on the pregnant body, historical practices in birth, myths surrounding prenatal yoga, appropriate postures for a prenatal yoga practice and class, and much more. There are also student teaching opportunities. All students will receive a training manual as well as suggested prenatal sequences for class development. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate allowing them to teach a safe, solid prenatal yoga class. Those interested in continuing on for the 85-hour full Om Births certification can discuss further modules and practicum at the training weekend. The schedule is Friday from 6-9 p.m., Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. The course is $475 with the early-bird pricing of $425 available when signing up before September 1. For more information and to register online, visit Location: Rise Yoga, 220 North Colony Rd., Unit D, Wallingford, CT. See ad below.


hyme and Season’s 8th annual Night of Beauty is a July 26 event celebrating natural skincare, cosmetics and foods that make us more beautiful, inside and out. The store’s beauty product representatives will demonstrate their product lines, and talk with attendees about skincare and beauty care. Night of Beauty will take place from 7 to 9pm at. Open to the public, the event is for anyone with an interest in learning more about natural beauty care. Admission is free. The event will include demonstrations, samples, coupons, a free raffle and giveaways for all who attend. There will be healthy refreshments for attendees to enjoy. For more information, call 203-407-8128, email or visit Location: Thyme & Season Natural Market, 3040 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT. See ad on page 13.

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n November 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., come to experience a day of spiritual and creative enlightenment at the New Age & Craft Expo in Southbury, Connecticut. The event will feature two rooms of speakers and guided meditations. Spiritual gifts will be available, including meditation CDs, sage, candles, Tibetan singing bowls, crystals, stones and handcrafted items. Visit with the aura photographer and many intuitive readers that will be present at the expo. Admission is $6 per person. Some vendor spaces are still available. Contact 203-733-6560 or before October 15 to reserve a table. For more information, call 203-733-6560. Location: 1284 Strongtown Rd., Southbury, CT. See ad on page 25.

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ie beneath ten, 12-sided Brazilian Vogel crystals, surrounded by 12 crystal singing bowls. Crystals, light and sound enter into the equation of healing from several directions. It is on the physical level as well as transforming on the emotional and spiritual planes by altering cellular functions, entraining biological systems to function more in sync, reducing pain, and calming the mind and the body.

Priscilla is a Reiki master/teacher of three traditions, holds a master certification in Himalayan singing bowls and is a crystal singing bowl practitioner. In addition, she is a Reconnective Healing practitioner, Magnified Healing Level III practitioner, Consciousness Bars practitioner, and a Blue Moon Isis master/ teacher. She is also trained and attuned to Atlantean crystal activation and initiation into the Templar Degree of Christ Consciousness. For more information, call Priscilla at 978-897-8846, email or

Combining Yoga and Mindfulness for All Ages


eginning July 8, Salt of the Earth Healing Arts Sanctuary, along with Empower Thru Music of NYC, are offering the Extraordinary Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Classes for Teens and Adults. Classes will meet on Sundays from 2-4pm for 12-18-year olds and from 4:30-6:30pm for adult. The cost is $15 per person per class. Proven to raise test scores, improve focus, lower stress, and teach self-calming and coping skills, yoga, meditation and mindfulness are for students of all ages. Teens are natural yogis and take instantly to the combination of physical exercise, fun and challenge. It doesn’t matter how “athletic” or “non-athletic” they are. The instructor, Lino Caminha, has invested 10 years plus in kundalini yoga, white tantric yoga, mind and meditation, vitality and stress, lifecycles and lifestyles, and conscious communication. He is CPR- and AED-certified with a bachelor in science in psychology. For more information, call Heart and Home Store at 203-405-2241 or the spa at 203-586-1172. Location: Salt of the Earth Healing Arts Sanctuary, LLC, 346 Main St S, Woodbury. See ad on page 15.

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reen Earth Ag & Turf is introducing a new product line, I Must Garden. Based on castor oil, the products are mole, vole and gopher repellents. The cost for 10 lbs. is $20 with a 20 percent castor oil concentration, averaging out to $2 for 1,000 square feet of coverage. The repellent has higher castor oil concentration and lower costs than Mole SCRAM. In addition, grubGONE! and beetleGONE! are now available after a wait of two years. Another old product returns under a new manufacturer. Although ICT Brands is no longer manufac-



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turing its organic selective and pre-emergent weed killers, the same formulas have been obtained by Synatek to be used under the Branch Creek series. HALO is now Weed Shield, Pro Turf 10-0-2 is Safer Play 10-0-2, and Pre-Emerg has become Crab Grass Shield (N/A until 2019). Other new products include FiNALSAN Herbicide, which is a patented, fast-acting, non-selective weed, grass, algae and moss killer. Using a specially formulated, non-staining, ammonium soap of fatty acids, Finalsan is a non-selective herbicide that controls or suppresses many common annual, biennial and perennial weeds. Green Earth is now carrying Fiesta Selective Weed Killer as well. For more information, call 866-374-5101, email or visit Location: Green Earth Ag and Turf, 53 E. Ind. Rd., Ste. C4, Branford, CT.

Bringing Community Together with Positive Vibes


he local arts and yoga communities are coming together for the Open Hearts Yoga and Arts (OHYA) Festival, which is happening on the Branford Green on July 14 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The festival will include free yoga, meditation and wellness classes throughout the day, along with kids yoga, kids arts and crafts, artists vending, live music, and food trucks. This will be a family friendly event with all donations and proceeds going to local nonprofits that do such valuable work for our society. The OHYA Festival’s intention is to create a space for folks to connect, play, create and enjoy. Some local yoga teachers from New Haven and along the shoreline will be offering yoga and meditation classes for all levels and abilities to enjoy. Mini

workshops about herbal medicine, integrative nutrition and yoga therapy will all be present too. Educate and stimulate beauty in all forms, from hula hooping to kirtan, vegan food to rock-n-roll. Check the website and Facebook page for updated schedules as more activities are added. For more information, visit or OHYAFestival. Location: OH YA Festival, Main St., Branford, CT.

Surprising Reasons about Losing Weight and Keeping It Off


hiropractor and clinical nutritionist Dr. David DeRosa will focus on dieting and weight loss on July 24. Topics that will be discussed include why low-calorie diets make you fat, what your metabolism is telling you about your weight, and the top three hidden causes of weight gain doctors don’t talk about. If you are constantly on a diet and beat yourself up because you can’t find a plan that works or that you stick with, you are not alone. Fifty percent of American adults are dieting, becoming discouraged. Ninety-five percent of those will gain the weight back within 1-5 years. Nutrition Response Testing is a non-invasive system of analyzing the body in order to determine the underlying causes of ill health. When these are corrected through safe, natural, nutritional means, the body can repair itself in order to attain and maintain more optimum health. Each Nutrition Response Testing reflex represents a specific organ, tissue or function; it indicates the effect that energy—or the lack of energy— is having on the body. Assessing the reflexes provides a system of monitoring your body at each visit that has proven to be clinically accurate. It also helps identify exactly what the body needs and how well those needs are being met. For more information and to receive a free 15-minute consultation, visit Location: Precision Chiropractic & Nutrition Center, 857 North Main St. Ext., Wallingford, CT.

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Are You Experiencing Back Pain?


ake advantage of complimentary screenings on July 24 (3-4 p.m.) and July 31 (4-5 p.m.) to determine whether physical therapy can give you some relief from your back pain. The 10-minute sessions, given by Phyllis L Quinn, PT, will be held at Physical Therapy Services of Guilford in Branford, CT. Are you experiencing occasional or constant back pain? The cause of back pain can be multi-factorial: arthritis, biomechanical, an old injury or ‘referred’ from another area. If these times are not convenient, call to schedule another time. For more information and to register for your free 10-minute screening, call 203-315-7727. Location: Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, 500 East Main St., Ste. 310, Branford, CT. See ad on page 13.

Roundtable Discussion: Contemplating Homeschooling in Our Area


re you interested in finding out more about different styles of homeschooling, current state regulations regarding homeschooling, how to withdraw your child from school and more? On July 17 at 6:30 p.m., Holistic Moms Network’s New Haven County chapter will host a roundtable discussion with current homeschooling parents who are also Holistic Moms Network members. This “wisdom circle” meeting will be of benefit to those who are curious about or contemplating homeschooling as well as those who are already on this educational adventure with their families. There are many local resources, groups and more in our

area. We can all learn from each other, whether our children are in a public, private or homeschooling setting. Holistic Moms Network is a nonprofit support and discussion network that welcomes all people wherever they are on the holistic path in an environment that does not judge. The member chapter, open to the public, meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Woodruff Family YMCA, 631 Orange Avenue, Milford, Connecticut. Children are welcome. For more information, visit or

Open House for Storrs’ New Ayurvedic Clinic


himsa Ayurveda, Storrs’ new Ayurvedic clinic, will hold a free open house on July 8 from 1-5pm. The clinic opened at in June and offers Ayurvedic health counseling, lifestyle coaching, and holistic counseling services for all ages and populations. A full schedule of the open house activities can be found on the website, but some highlights will include: yoga class on the lawn (weather permitting); sound demonstration by Ed Cleveland; DoTerra Essential Oils sampling and giveaway; herbs by Lynn Murdock of EarthWindFire in Ashford; an opportunity to take a “what’s my dosha” quiz and sample farmtrue ghee and other Ayurvedic products. Visitors will also be able to tour the clinic space and ask clinic founder Lisa Day-Lewis questions about Ayurvedic principles and practices. Parking for this free public event is available along Old Turnpike Rd. For more information, visit or or call 860-593-5002. Location: 25 Old Turnpike Rd, Storrs.

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Exercise Benefits Cancer Survivors Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity increases cognitive function and reduces fatigue in breast cancer survivors, concludes a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne study. The 299 participants that had undergone chemotherapy an average of eight years earlier wore an accelerometer for a week to measure their average daily minutes of exercise and completed a set of questionnaires and neuropsychological tests. The findings suggest that those regularly performing this level of exercise benefit through improved attention, memory and multitasking abilities. Also, in a recent Portuguese study of 15 women being treated for advanced breast cancer, eight women performed two, one-hour sessions a week of aerobic, strength-training and arm exercises. After 12 weeks, they experienced significantly less fatigue and pain, improved cardiovascular fitness, better emotional well-being and a greater ability to perform daily tasks, compared to the control group. 10

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Eating Apples and Tomatoes Repairs Lungs Eating lots of fresh tomatoes and fruit, especially apples, helps heal damaged lungs of ex-smokers, reports Johns Hopkins University research published in the European Respiratory Journal. The study, which followed more than 650 people between 2002 and 2012, also found that those that ate more than two tomatoes or more than three portions of fresh fruit daily experienced markedly less of the natural decline of lung function that typically occurs after age 30.


As Earth’s climate becomes warmer, sleepless nights will increase for many, predicts a study from the University of California, San Diego. The research links sleep data on 765,000 Americans collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with climate models that predict warming trends. Rising temperatures could cause six additional nights of poor sleep per 100 people by 2050 and 14 by 2099. Seniors, which have difficulty regulating body temperature, and low-income people without air conditioning, are likely to be the most affected.

The danger of pesticide exposure for expectant mothers has been confirmed by a study of half a million people in the San Joaquin Valley of California, a heavypesticide region in which more than one-third of U.S. vegetables and two-thirds of our fruits and nuts are grown. Studying birth records, researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, found that the top 5 percent of women with the highest exposure had negative effects for all birth outcomes, including low birth weight, gestational length, preterm birth and birth abnormalities.


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Steam Baths Ease Allergies Researchers from Thailand had 64 people suffering from hay fever (allergic rhinitis) experience halfhour steam baths three times a week for four weeks. Half received baths without herbs; the other half’s baths were enhanced with herbs such as lemongrass and ginger. The two treatments equally lowered symptoms such as sneezing, nasal itching and nasal congestion, but those taking the herbal baths reported greater satisfaction with their treatment.

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Walking Speed May Predict Dementia A recent study published in Neurology suggests there is a link between walking speed and the onset of dementia in older adults. Using a stopwatch, tape and an 18-foot-long hallway to measure the walking speed of 175 adults aged 70 to 79, University of Pittsburgh researchers found that in the course of 14 years, those that slowed down by 0.1 second or more per year were 47 percent more likely to develop cognitive decline. The slowing walkers also experienced shrinkage in the right hippocampus, associated with complex learning and memory. The results held true even after realizing that a slowing gait could be due to muscle weakness, knee pain or another disease. Similarly, a study published in Neurology of 93 adults 70 and older found that slow walkers were nine times more likely to develop non-memory-related mild cognitive decline than moderate-to-fast walkers. Walking speed was monitored using infrared sensors in their homes over a three-year period; participants regularly took memory and thinking tests.

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ABCs of AUTOIMMUNITY by Tonya Pasternak


utoimmunity, simply put, is the process of the immune system attacking one’s own body. There are over 100 autoimmune conditions including thyroid diseases such as Hashimoto’s and Graves’ disease, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease. While each condition is unique in its presentation, all are characterized by a dysfunction of the immune system. Our immune systems are necessary to ward off harmful pathogens such as viruses and bacteria, however numerous causes can make this process go astray. When this happens, healthy body tissues become targets and get attacked, leading to chronic autoimmune diseases. Many factors lead into this including infections, 12

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chronic inflammation, digestive health and diet.

Chronic Infections

Acute and chronic infections can contribute to the development of autoimmune conditions. Cytomegalovirus (CMV), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and Lyme disease are of the more familiar infections known to cause long-term complications. There are many ways in which this can happen, with the following explanations being just the tip of the iceberg. When the body encounters an infection, it naturally creates an immune reaction to eliminate the pathogen. This is the normal response, and is necessary for survival. However, sometimes this innocent process can trigger more widespread and

Digestive Health and Diet

Our digestive system also plays a large part in regulating our immune systems. When functioning correctly and our immune system is healthy, we digest food well, inflammation is low and we feel better overall. The opposite is true when out of balance. Intestinal permeability, commonly referred to as leaky gut, is one condition that can feed into chronic inflammation and autoimmune conditions. Our digestive tract is a primary regulator of what we let in or keep out of our body. You can think of it as a wall of defense, letting in nutrients and keeping out harmful substances. This wall can become disrupted and lose its ability to selectively sort out good from bad. When this hap-


chronic inflammation. When this happens, the immune system can become confused and start attacking our own body. During acute infections, the immune system releases inflammatory chemicals and immune cells in order the fight the microbe. However, sometimes a part of the microbe shares a similar appearance to our own body. Under these circumstances, the immune system starts to attack both the pathogen and our normal tissue. This is known as molecular mimicry and can be the start or the final straw in the development of autoimmunity. This phenomenon, for example, is responsible for the condition reactive arthritis, in which a person gets joint pain following a bacterial infection from another body location. Chronic low grade or silent infections are also major sources of immune system dysfunction. People are often unaware of having such infections, hence the term “silent infection”. One way in which this feeds into autoimmunity is through the formation of immune complexes, which are molecules formed from the tight binding of a pathogen and its associated antibodies. These large molecules are hard to clear from our bloodstream, especially when the infection is ongoing. Because of this, the immune complexes can deposit in locations such as joints or skin. This process is partially to blame for rashes seen with Lupus and joint pain seen with rheumatoid arthritis.

pens, molecules that should be blocked are allowed to sneak into the body. Because the immune system is usually protected from such substances, an immune reaction takes place, creating inflammation. This immune hyperactivity can lead to normal tissue becoming attacked. The material that seeps through is typically from food that hasn’t yet been fully digested. The premature absorption to the immune system is a cause for the development of food allergies or intolerances. This is typically the case when a person has reactions to numerous foods. Certain foods can also be the source of inflammation even if the digestive system is healthy. In these cases, consuming a particular food can cause the immune system to be alerted as if there was a threat. This can trigger the immune activation against the body. This can be seen from consuming foods that an individual is allergic to, but has also been correlated with general inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy, eggs and nightshade vegetables.

Overall Support

Our bodies and immune systems are complex and inseparable. Despite the body’s innate intelligence, our systems can become confused, dysfunctional and diseased. While there are many common causes for autoimmunity, dealing with such conditions is always a multi-factorial picture. The goal as a healthcare provider is to acknowledge each patient’s unique makeup and help discover the causes of his or her disease. Silent infections, digestive health and diet are a few areas that are important to assess and optimize. Fully addressing each patient’s unique makeup not only lessens the strain on the body at that point in time, but also is key for prevention. Dr. Tonya Pasternak is a licensed naturopathic physician practicing at Collaborative Natural Health Partners, LLC, in Manchester. She is an in-network provider with most major health insurance companies and is currently accepting new patients. For an appointment, please call 860-533-0179.

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Bring Ocean Effects Inside Embrace Heat, Salt & Vibration for Toxic Overload


by Ariana Rawls Fine and Nicole Miale

ore than 80 million individuals in the United States are estimated to be suffering from the uncomfortable symptoms or serious disability caused by autoimmune disease. While the specific presentation may vary widely, the biochemical process linking all these people can be described as a runaway immune response. This occurs when systemic inflammation from chronic stress and toxin overload results in the body attacking its own tissues. When it comes to reducing the toxic burden on the body, there are two primary goals: prevention and detoxification. Prevention can be achieved by eating organic foods, minimizing use of plastic and other toxic petrochemicals, filtering air and water, and using toxin-free body products. While that is the ideal, supporting and actively engaging in regular detoxification practices is now recognized as equally important; it’s simply not possible to live in a toxin-free bubble. 14

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Detoxification has many meanings in this context. It means supporting the body’s detoxification pathways by getting plenty of the vitamins and nutrients needed by the liver (where most detoxification occurs) and staying hydrated. It may mean hands-on techniques such as massage, lymphatic drainage and others, which help the body to break up congested tissue to improve circulation and the body’s natural elimination routes. It also means doing activities to make us sweat, such as exercising or using an infrared sauna. A regular detoxification program to combat modern-day life’s toxins will improve mental, physical and emotional health, no matter what condition someone is in when they begin. A plethora of practitioners are available to offer expert guidance about the most appropriate food or supplementbased internal cleanse for individual needs, schedules and patience level. Then consider augmenting the internal detox

process by using external modalities, such as salt, heat, vibration, massage/lymphatic drainage and others .


Heat is known to increase circulation while triggering the body to get rid of toxins through the sweating process. During a sauna treatment, the sweating is more intense, which can diminish the amount of detoxification time needed. In our area, infrared sauna can be found at a growing number of places such as Stamford’s Haute Healing Oasis and Soul Synergy Wellness, Darien’s Inner Light, Monroe’s Muktinath Holistic Center, Fairfield’s Whole Body Medicine and Salt of the Earth Sanctuary in Woodbury, among others. Far infrared (FIR) saunas are used at temperatures between 100 and 130 degrees Fahrenheit, which are lower than that found with traditional saunas. FIR saunas heat the body more directly, allowing for deeper tissue penetration. These will cause

a mild increase in core body temperature, which is analogous to a slight fever, the body’s natural mechanism for destroying bacteria and viruses. Research indicates that regular FIR use increases microcirculation, enabling blood to flow more easily throughout the body. This, in turn, removes toxins faster and brings oxygen to joints and extremities, speeding healing of sore joints and damaged tissues. Sauna detoxification programs—which can last several minutes a day up to hours with varying frequency—are planned according to each individual’s state of health, tolerance and availability. The program will also vary based on whether an infrared or traditional sauna is being used. Consult with a qualified practitioner before undertaking a sauna detoxification program, or be sure to follow an expert-designed program that may include nutritional and supplement support. The efficacy of a sauna detoxification program can be enhanced in some simple ways. For example, exercising for a short time or getting a light massage before a sauna session can increase blood circulation; this serves to bring more toxins to the surface for disposal through the sweating process. Increasing doses of vitamin B3—also known as niacin—promotes microcirculation while digestive enzymes can aid in breaking up “trapped” toxins in tissue that the body would otherwise have trouble accessing to clean up. While most of us are good candidates for sauna detoxification, a medical doctor, naturopath or nurse practitioner should be consulted for those with serious autoimmune conditions or on multiple medications, as well as those who are chemically sensitive. The sauna protocol can be adapted for children but their detoxification protocol should be supervised by medical personnel.

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Building on the efficacy of infrared heat, the BioMat is a mat that uses a combination of far infrared rays, negative ion therapy and amethyst crystals to increase circulation, raise the body temperature and stimulate the sweating process to boost the immune system. In addition to increasingly common use in hospitals and health clinics, the BioMat—an FDA-registered Class II medical device—is available for home use and can be found in many area businesses, including Valley Spirit in Washington Depot, Salt of the Earth in Woodbury, Yoga For Everybody in Fairfield and Presence of Wellness in Monroe. Whether used at a facility or at home, a session lying down on the mat may last from 15 to 60 minutes.


Since the body is electrical, a new class of medical applications called electroceuticals is emerging in the healthcare field and a German Bio-Electromagnetic Energy Regulation device (BEMER) is now available in the United States for individuals seeking to improve their health. Designed to improve circulation, the BEMER’s patented, multi-dimensionally configured signal (waveform) helps with

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the delivery of nutrients, oxygen, chemical messengers and immune cells. It also assists in waste disposal, so cells, tissues, organs and body systems can modulate their effectiveness and return to their healthier state. The signal stimulates the proper function of the smallest vessels capillaries supporting the whole circulatory system and aiding in prevention of further degeneration of the cardiovascular system. The BEMER technology helps cells produce and supply more energy, enabling the body to then carry out necessary biological tasks, including metabolism, in a more functional manner. Used for more than 20 years around the world, BEMER is gentle, easy to use and has no known side effects; the only contraindication is for those that have had recent transplants. Since BEMER is a well-tested and validated technology, many well-known individuals, sports teams and corporations volunteer their endorsements, including NASA. BEMER is registered as a Class 1 medical device by the FDA, and has been extensively studied and tested. In the local area, BEMER experiences are offered in New Haven county by Earleen Wright in Madison (see ad on page 3) and in Fairfield County in Stamford at the New England Center for Chronic Pain, Haute Healing Oasis and Soul Synergy Wellness, among others.

Vibration Therapy

Norwalk’s Kure Spa—the first Vibrosaun-authorized clinic in the United States—offers the Vibrosaun machine, which combines dry sauna heat and a padded vibrating bed. The bed, used for decades in Australia and Europe, has been shown to help with weight loss, chronic pain, detoxification, and a myriad of other conditions including sports injuries and insomnia. The heat and vibrations from the machine dilate blood vessels, relax muscles, and increase pulse rates and blood flow. By increasing functioning of the kidneys and lymphatic system, the machine is useful in helping with toxin removal, such as lactic and uric acids. People on blood thinners should consult with a doctor before using the Vibrosaun. The Vibrosaun machine is not recommended for pregnant women, those with circulatory or vascular diseases, cancer, infectious diseases or pacemakers. A session usually lasts 3045 minutes with five to eight initial sessions normally recommended. Vibrosaun is not recommended for those younger than 16 years of age. Remedy Bodyworks and Soul Synergy Wellness in Stamford each offer different vibration technology experience for stimulation of the body’s circulatory and lymphatic systems.


Used for thousands of years as a natural and powerful health therapy, salt can be particularly helpful with respiratory detoxification and overall health. Floatation centers—such as Westport’s iFloat, Trumbull and New Haven’s PuREST, 16

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Surrender to the Float in Guilford and Harwinton’s A Healing Trail—use up to 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt in their float tanks. The salt, a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate, is mixed with a warm solution of water to produce a high buoyancy effect. Soaking in a bath enriched with Epsom salt has been shown to increase magnesium and sulfate levels in the body. Magnesium can help with reducing inflammation, improving both muscle and nerve function, and preventing artery hardening. The sulfates found in Epsom salt also assist with flushing out toxins and heavy metals. Research has shown floating to have significant effects on pain and discomfort associated with autoimmune conditions and Lyme Disease. If the sensory deprivation experience of floating seems like it may be too intense an experience, try simply soaking in a bath tub with a generous scoop of Himalayan salt dissolved in it. Add some coconut oil to the bathwater for a more indulgent experience that will leave the skin looking and feeling terrific. The use of certain essential oils in a soaking bath may intensify the cleansing effects for the body and its systems. However, use them judiciously as some combinations may be overwhelming to a system already set on overload. Himalayan rock salt is used in another form of salt therapy that has been found to have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Salt caves—such as Saltana Cave in Ridgefield, Salt Cave of Darien, Newtown Salt Spa, Salt of the Earth Sanctuary in Woodbury, and Rain Wellness Spa in Branford—offer their clients the healing benefits of rock salt rich in trace elements and minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iodine, bromine, copper, selenium and iron. Modeled after salt caves in Eastern Europe, the indoor salt room experience combines speleotherapy—the use of salt cave and mine microclimates to treat diseases—and halotherapy. The latter utilizes a salt vaporizer to push dry aerosol salt vapor into the air to help with various respiratory and skin issues, allergies and other conditions. A session in a salt cave involves relaxing in a gravity chair with feet up while breathing in the healing, detoxifying salt air. Other detoxification therapies, such as ionic foot baths, draw out toxins by working to discharge them through the soles of the feet. No matter which physical detoxification strategy is chosen, it is best to consult with a health practitioner if underlying autoimmune conditions exist to ensure that the selected program is the most appropriate. Ariana Rawls Fine is editor of Natural Awakenings Fairfield County/Housatonic Valley, CT. She resides in Stratford with her family. Nicole Miale is publisher of Natural Awakenings Fairfield County/Housatonic Valley, CT and Greater Hartford, CT.

with insomnia, when he made walking a priority after an incapacitating back injury. “Walking is synchronized motion and induces meditative brain waves,” says Kim, who teaches others how to walk for better physical and mental health.

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EXERCISE TO SLEEP BY Quell Insomnia and Nighttime Anxiety


by Marlaina Donato

nsomnia plagues millions of Americans, and finding a solution can be difficult when the condition is chronic. Prolonged lack of quality sleep compromises health and sets the stage for depression, high blood pressure, obesity, inflammation, poor memory and even serious risk of heart attack. The good news is that natural alternatives, especially regular exercise, offer relief. Northwestern University research published in the journal Sleep Medicine even confirms better results from exercise than other natural approaches.

Timing is Everything

Circadian rhythm, the body’s internal clock, governs physiological patterns involving sleep and hunger, and is cued by temperature and sunlight, so timing our exercise is important. Other studies at Northwestern reveal that workouts earlier in the day yield better results because muscles also have their own rhythm (internal clocks) that help them perform more efficiently due to the presence of daylight, and function optimally then. According to the National Sleep Foundation, a decrease in body temperature after an initial increase during physical activity initiates sleep, which also suggests that exercising later in the day, but not before bed, is helpful, as well. Research from Princeton University further shows that exercise can help the brain process stress, helping to minimize anxiety which often accompanies or fosters insomnia. Long Beach, California, holistic podiatrist Don Kim, creator of The Walking Cure Program, affirms, “The first thing to address is the circadian rhythm—what I call the body’s highest peak and lowest valley. The entire system needs to get used to slowing down.” Kim’s life changed for the better, including his struggles

The more oxygen the brain receives, the lower the levels of cortisol that trigger racing thoughts. Other forms of moderate aerobic exercise involving cardio machines, spinning, cross-country skiing, swimming and dancing are also beneficial ways to increase oxygen intake. Chicago fitness expert Stephanie Mansour explains, “Improving circulation helps to increase the body’s energy during the day and helps you wind down at night.” It’s a common misconception that rushing through the day is the same as engaging in exercise. Mansour elaborates: “Exercising is different than just being busy or working outside, because it’s a time where you connect your mind, body and breath. You’re forced to be present. It’s difficult to think about your to-do list when you’re physically engaged.” According to, just 10 minutes of regular aerobic activity anytime improves sleep quality significantly. Plus, it abates the likelihood of sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome that sedentary lifestyles can cause or exacerbate.

Cultivating Calm

Restorative yoga instructor Naima Merella, manager of Studio 34, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, says, “We’re not taught to value rest, and conditions like feeling overwhelmed and insomnia are the result. Most people in our culture suffer from an overactive fight-or-flight response, so engaging our parasympathetic nervous system, or relaxation response, can balance this.” Merella advocates yoga, breath work and certain qigong exercises. “One option is to do a more active yoga practice to burn off excess nervous energy, and then end with restorative poses to engage the relaxation response. It all depends on a person’s schedule and what they’re able to do. Ideally, I would suggest doing at least 30 minutes of restorative yoga and breath work before bed, but even a few minutes of a restorative pose or breathing technique can be helpful. I’ve found the kundalini yoga meditation, Shabad Kriya, most helpful for sleeping.” Renowned yogi Janice Gates, of Marin County, California, also advises physical practice, as well as understanding the foundational teachings. “It’s important to remember that you’re not your anxiety. It’s easy to identify with suffering and conditions that cause it. Yoga supports us to be free of that conditioning. Keep in mind that an issue can be more mental at times and more physiological at other times, so we want to address both with asanas early in the day to balance the nervous system and mindful breathing at bedtime.” Whichever form of exercise we choose, we should be gentle with ourselves. As Merella reminds us, “The best thing we can do is send ourselves compassion and love.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at July 2018


PUTTING OUT THE FIRE Reducing Chronic Inflammation by Kristin Pomeroy


nflammation causes more than just discomfort; it is the root of almost all disease here in the U.S. and many other countries as they become increasingly westernized. Multiple studies have now shown that arthritis, cancer, IBS, heart disease, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s disease are all linked to chronic inflammation in the body. That means if you can get to the root of the inflammation and stop it in its tracks, you can keep it from wreaking more havoc in your body. Inflammation serves a useful purpose in healing our bodies. We want white blood cells rushing to the site when we scrape our knee, and a fever in response to a virus invading our body is a good thing. However, when dietary choices, underlying infection or high daily stress levels cause the inflammatory response to be turned on constantly, chronic inflammation takes hold, resulting in autoimmune disorders and disease. The first step in calming chronic inflammation is to start with the removal of 18

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things that create inflammation in the first place. The standard American diet (SAD) is full of processed foods that have little or no true nutritional value and plenty of inflammation inducing ingredients. Once you remove these, you will begin to notice more energy, improved sleep, less cravings and increased physical comfort. What needs to be removed? Three of the biggest offenders: Sugar. This is number one, and unfortunately found in almost every processed food. According to a study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, “Sugar produces more symptoms than is required in order to be considered an addictive substance… In both animals and humans, the evidence shows substantial parallels between drugs of abuse and sugar from the standpoint of neurochemistry as well as behavior.” This means we need to be vigilant in our efforts to reduce sugar because we are fighting against an addictive substance.

A healthy body can handle up to 25 grams of added sugar a day for women and 37 grams for men in order to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and keep inflammation away. To put this into perspective, blended coffee drinks at popular coffee chains contain between 75 and 176 grams of added sugar. That is 3 to 7 times more than an entire day should include. Our bodies are not designed to take in and process this amount of added sugar, especially when separated from the fiber and other vital nutrients found in natural whole foods. For example, the natural sugars in an organic apple will provide satisfying sweetness while mixed with plenty of water, fiber and natural vitamins and minerals. Tropical fruits (bananas, mangoes, pineapples) should be limited to once a week since they have a much higher level of fructose than other types of fruit. Read labels carefully and stick to whole foods as much as possible. Trans fats. These are listed on food labels as “partially hydrogenated oils”. There is no safe amount of trans fat, so don’t worry about how many grams you can have per day, just avoid them as much as possible. They are found in processed foods, baked goods, fried foods, creamers, premade cookie dough and more to promote longer shelf life. Read labels carefully to be sure you are not ingesting these. According to The Harvard School of Public Health, who published a review of multiple well controlled studies and randomized trials, it has been found that trans fatty acids cause systematic inflammation, as well as a multitude of other risk factors for chronic diseases. Dairy. Dairy is one of the primary inflammatory foods for most people, although many are unaware they even have a sensitivity to it. More than half the population is unable to produce the enzymes required to break down lactose. Many people are so used to feeling tired or putting up with acne, headaches and sinus issues that they do not correlate these to the inflammatory process caused by dairy. You can test this for yourself by removing dairy from your diet completely for two full weeks


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and then adding it back in. If you notice a sudden breakout, headaches or bloating, these are signs that dairy is inflammatory for you.

not the only amazing things green tea can do. It is also an extremely powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory due to its high polyphenol content.

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Green–leafy veggies. We’ve all heard this one and it is tried and true. No matter what diet plan you may try, it includes green leafy vegetables. That is because they are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Antioxidants are very important for inflammation reduction. Some antioxidants prevent oxidation of our cells and others are scavengers that go out and clean up cells that have already been damaged, keeping inflammation down. The fiber content in green leafy veggies regulates healthy digestion and weight management, which also helps keep inflammation at bay. Broccoli. Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables contain high levels of flavonoids, sulforaphane and many other beneficial compounds, which give them their powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Blueberries. They are full of anthocyanins, which are amazing antioxidants, and quercetin, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory. As an added bonus, quercetin has been shown to protect against oxidative stress in the brain, which in turn slows age-related memory and motor decline. Bone Broth. If you haven’t tried this one yet, it is highly recommended. Bone broth contains glucosamine and chondroitin in a form that is very easy for the body to absorb, soothing achy joints and reducing inflammation. It also contains important minerals such as calcium and magnesium, which also reduce inflammation when they are combined. Green Tea. Some of the many benefits of drinking green tea include weight management and prevention of cancer, heart disease and even Alzheimer’s. These are

De-stress. Take time throughout the day to re-center and let go of stress. Continuous mental, physical and emotional stress raises cortisol levels, which in turn causes low level chronic inflammation. Take a short walk outside, listen to calming music, snuggle a pet—do anything that will help you reconnect with what is real, here and now rather than the worry-wheel that may be in your head. Get the right amount of sleep. Studies are showing that too much or too little sleep can contribute to inflammation. About 7 to 8 hours is the amount that most adults need. Less than 7 or more than 8 hours have been associated with increased levels of C-reactive proteins (the level of these proteins rise in response to inflammation). Move your body. If you are feeling achy, this may sound counterintuitive, but movement is essential to reducing inflammation. Exercise increases blood flow and pumps lymph to allow accumulated toxins to leave the body more efficiently. Walking and basic stretching are great inflammation reducers. By incorporating inflammation reducing foods, removing inflammatory substances and giving your body the rest and movement it needs, you can begin to experience new levels of well-being to help you live your most vibrant life. Kristin Pomeroy is a Wellness and Success Coach and owner of The Vibrant Living Project. She holds certifications in Plant Based Nutrition and Clinical Aromatherapy and is also a Certified Raw Food Trainer, Certified Success Principles Trainer and holds a master’s of Education. She offers workshops and one-on-one coaching to help clients reach their wellness goals. For more information, visit

FOOD GUIDE FOR INFLAMMATION When it comes to battling inflammation in your body, there are many things you can do at home right from your kitchen. Local Chiropractor and Clinical Nutritionist, Dr. David DeRosa ( recommends the following foods to eat and foods to avoid when you are suffering with inflammation:


Avocados Beets Chia seeds Eggs Extra Virgin olive oil and Coconut oil Fatty fish (tuna, salmon, Mackerel, sardines) Fruits (strawberries, blueberries, oranges and cherries) Garlic Ginger Green leafy vegetables Green tea Nuts (almonds and walnuts) Tomatoes


Alcohol Artificial sweeteners Dairy Fast food Gluten Margarine Processed meats Red meat (grain fed meat) Refined carbohydrates (white bread, pasta, pastries) Soda Sugar Trans fat Vegetable oil

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Preventing Heart Disease Through Diet by Janice Messino


ccording to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), deaths from cardiovascular disease have declined 60 percent since the beginning of 1950. However, for now, heart disease remains the number one health challenge in the U.S. The good news is that with lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise and stress reduction, preventing or reversing heart disease is quite possible. The pursuit of solutions to improve heart health and prevent future cardiovascular disease is understandably a concern for many Americans. With so many diets out there, it can be confusing trying to choose the best way to eat for our health. If we look at popular diets directly in relation to heart disease, the information becomes much clearer.

Ketogenic, Paleo and Atkins

While the particulars may vary, high protein and low carbohydrate diet plans, such as ketogenic, paleo and the Atkins diet, are very similar. These diets are high in protein and saturated fat, and low in 20

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carbohydrates (sugars). The diet plan typically includes plenty of meats, eggs, processed meats, cheeses, fish, nuts, butter, oils, seeds and fruits and vegetables, and limits carbohydrates to 20-50 grams a day. Various health experts remark that eating a large amount of protein and saturated fats from animal sources can increase our risk of heart disease. These high protein diets do show good outcomes after a brief rise in cholesterol and they do speed up weight loss in the beginning. However, we do not know much about its long-term effects, as there have been no studies over two years. Only 1 percent of the population is able to maintain this diet in the long run; it takes much determination. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), whole grains and legumes are good sources of fiber that can actually lower cholesterol and the risk of stroke, type 2 diabetes and obesity—this may represent a good option rather than replacing carbohydrates with increased red meat and saturated fats.

Vegan Raw Foods

Raw vegan dieters generally don’t eat food that is heated above 118 degrees Fahrenheit; this is to preserve the produce’s nutritional content. To date, science has not borne this out. According to Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, “Contrary to the claims of many raw food fans, cooking does not make food toxic, but instead makes some food more digestible.” This diet stresses eating raw fruits and vegetables. The diet leaves out certain food groups like legumes, which are documented to reduce cholesterol and heart disease. A raw food diet has been shown to lower inflammation, which in turn can protect from heart disease, but we don’t need to eat a raw food diet to get these same protective benefits. The issue with this diet is it takes planning and determination to continue it and can lead to a loss of bone mass and nutritional imbalance, for example.


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There are all kinds of vegetarians, or non-meat eaters, including vegans, lacto-ovo vegetarians, and lacto vegetarian. One of the most popular diets is Ornish’s Lacto-Ovo diet and lifestyle program, which has been shown to reverse heart disease for over 20 years. The American Dietetic Association (ADA)’s position on vegetarian diets is that “appropriately planned nutritionally adequate meals may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood and adolescence, and for athletes.” Plant-based eating is growing in popularity because it’s increasingly backed by a wealth of scientific data supporting the health benefits as well as a rise in ethical considerations regarding the agribusiness of meat production. Selected benefits are lower rates of heart disease, high cholesterol and blood pressure. On the other hand, if a vegetarian diet contains increased refined carbohydrates and sugars, it can also increase chances of heart disease.

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Similar diets Mediterranean, DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) and Flexitarian have been shown in studies to be very effective. These diets emphasize primarily plant-based foods with nine servings a day of antioxidant-rich fruits, vegetables, legumes, pasta and rice, a low consumption of meat/poultry, increased consumption of fish and moderate consumption of dairy products. Based on the current evidence, this type of eating pattern reduces cardiovascular disease by 31 percent when compared to the traditional AHA diet. These diets may also lower the risk of stroke by 20 percent. This study highlighted that low-fat diets are not beneficial to heart health, and incorporating healthy fats—like olive oil, found in these diets—can improve heart health and weight loss. For these reasons, many major scientific organizations, such as the AMA, encourage healthy adults to adapt a style of eating like that of the Mediterranean DASH and Flexitarian diets for prevention of major chronic diseases. This type of less-restrictive diet tends to be easier for people to maintain. Since it hasn’t been compared head-to-head with a vegan diet, it’s hard to say if one might lead to better outcomes. Both remain good options if the goal is better cardiovascular health.

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The Difference Food Can Make

How Inflammatory Foods Affect Our Pets From Allergies to Cancer Diet is a Healing Tool


by Mary Oquendo

ust like inflammatory foods can wreak havoc with chronic medical conditions in people, the same goes for pets. Inflammation is a natural response to an injury, virus, bacteria or irritant to the body. It’s the body’s way to help heal an area by increasing blood flow to the area. The symptoms of inflammation include heat, redness, pain and, of course, swelling. When inflammation becomes chronic—which can happen when diets are high in inflammatory foods—it leads to many illnesses including, but not limited to inflammatory bowel disease, heart conditions, joint pain, autoimmune disease, gum disease, diabetes, psoriasis, kidney failure and even cancer. Chronic inflammation puts undue stress on the body. In simpler terms, it wears down the body, putting it at risk for chronic medical conditions. One way to help reduce risk is to avoid foods that contribute to inflammation responses. Common culprits are highly processed meats, such as in those found in deli meats and hot dogs. Other common inflammatory foods are poor quality proteins found in cheaper pet foods, potatoes, pasta, white rice, dairy, omega 6 oils, carbohydrates, sugars, processed grains and fruits. There are foods to add to a pet’s diet that may reduce inflammation, such as cloves, ginger, rosemary, turmeric, paprika, omega 3 oils, berries, leafy greens and vegetables. Foods with a high moisture content, such as a raw diet and canned, are preferred. While honey is mildly inflammatory, the benefits can outweigh the risks depending on the pet and situation. Feeding habits also play a pivotal role. When pets overeat, cells become stressed, which leads to inflammation, especially when overeating is the norm. On the flip side, rapid weight loss can 22

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Hunter’s story is example of the changing effect of food as told by his owner, Paul Gallant of Paul’s Custom Pet Food in New Milford. “It began in 2010 when Hunter’s groomer discovered a lump the size of a walnut below his jaw. It was biopsied and we learned it was malignant: Hunter had cancer. Our traditional veterinarian recommended we see a veterinary oncologist right away. We were informed that his cancer was aggressive, and he had six months to live. Our options were surgery, followed by chemotherapy and radiation. At the time, Hunter was just over three years old. “After much discussion, we decided not to take the recommended action. We shared the news with friends and family. One friend insisted we see Dr. Hannah Wells, a former chief of staff and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine at Health & Wellness Animal Hospital ( in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. “Dr. Wells studied Hunter’s history, biopsy results, oncology report, and conducted a thorough examination of him, including analysis of his chi. She explained that as a young and energetic Golden Retriever, he ran hot, and that the tumor and cancer were also hot. She indicated he would need cool foods and herbs to fight the cancer. She asked if we were willing to switch him from processed to whole foods. “Dr. Wells prescribed a mix of Chinese herbal medicines and a recipe for Hunter. She explained the differences between cool foods and hot foods; the importance of whole, chemical- and processed-free pet food; and the fundamental way that food interacts with each pet’s unique body. “Eight years later, Hunter is as energetic as a puppy. Although the basic recipe for his diet remains the same, his owners have made adjustments along the way pursuant to Hunter’s changing dietary needs and as he has aged. Despite a little white around his nose and eyes, Hunter shows no signs of slowing down. And the lump below his jaw is gone,” his owner concluded. Chronic inflammation causes pain as well as contributes to life-threatening medical conditions in humans as well as pets. As fantastical as it may seem, a change in diet can possibly eliminate or reduce that risk for our pets. Mary Oquendo is a Reiki master, advanced crystal master and certified master tech pet first aid instructor. She is the owner of Pawsitive Education and Spirited Dog Productions. She can be reached at


also lead to inflammation, so it is best to go slow when changing a feeding routine. Adding good gut bacteria such as prebiotics and probiotics helps keep bad bacteria at bay, thereby reducing inflammation. This is particularly important if a pet is on antibiotics. Please note, a gluten or grain-free diet in and of itself may not a good change depending on the particulars. Sometimes these foods are actually higher in carbohydrates because sugars added for taste will also boost the carbohydrates in any given food.

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Gary Griggs on What We Must Do to Save Our Coasts by Randy Kambic


hile Gary Griggs has lived near the coast of California most of his life, visits to the coasts of 46 nations helped shape his latest book, Coasts in Crisis: A Global Challenge. The distinguished professor of Earth sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, writes on how coral reefs provide shelter, food and breeding grounds for about one-third of the world’s species of marine fish, as well as coastal protection from major weather events. Most coral reefs are now besieged by pollution, overfishing, sedimentation, coastal construction, tourism and global warming. Approximately 3 billion people— nearly half our planet’s total population— live in coastal areas. He cites that hurricanes have caused more U.S. fatalities than any other natural hazard, and the driving forces behind rising sea levels will increase future vulnerabilities unless effective actions are taken now. Griggs, who also wrote Introduction to California’s Beaches and Coast and Living with the Changing California Coast and co-wrote The Edge, today recaps the history and assesses the current status of coasts worldwide. He suggests ways in which current negative trends might be reversed or improved.

How can we better deal with rising sea levels? There are now about 200 million people living within three feet of high tide. Both mitigation and adaptation will be required.

We need to do everything possible to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions, but that’s not going to stop rising sea levels anytime soon. We need to start adapting right away. We can elevate structures, but that’s limited. Historically, we’ve used armoring, including seawalls, levees and rock revetments, which work for awhile, but have endpoints. Ultimately, it’s going to take relocation, or what we call “planned retreat”, moving back when the sea nears our front yard. The more we reduce or mitigate the emission of greenhouse gases, the less adaptation will be needed to cope with climate change.

Why are coral reefs so vital to the global ecosystem?

In the tropical latitudes, coral reef ecosystems have formed the basic biological, geological, economic and cultural framework of area coastlines and island nations for centuries. Today, fisheries and tourism anchor those economies. Millions of people depend on these local ecosystems for their protein supply. About 50 percent of coral reefs are in poor or fair condition, and most are in decline. Whether from pollution, dredging, filling or overfishing, virtually all of those reefs are under significant threat.

Have researchers seen any overfished species rebound?

A 2013 report by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that about twothirds of U.S. commercial fish species that

had been seriously depleted had made significant recoveries—28 of 44 fish stocks, including Atlantic bluefish, flounder and black sea bass—primarily due to better management practices. We now have fisheries restrictions and marine-protected areas in place. To realize some long-term success, we need to limit fisheries in certain areas and for certain species. California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium publishes a Seafood Watch Consumer Guide card specific to regions; it color codes which species are safe to eat and which ones no longer can provide a sustainable harvest, so we know which ones to ask for at grocers and restaurants.

What might mitigate the environmental impact of what you term “coastal megacities”? Eight of the largest metropolitan areas worldwide—Shanghai, Mumbai, Karachi, Tokyo, Dhaka, Jakarta, New York/New Jersey and Los Angeles—are along shorelines. Coasts in Crisis looks at the hazards of hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons and tsunamis that their residents are exposed to—along with long-term sea level rise. These incredible concentrations of people not only fish heavily, they discharge large volumes of waste and wastewater. You can’t put 10 million people on a shoreline and not expect impacts. We need to get all of these discharges cleaned up and under control. Shorelines are very delicate biological environments. We also must get global population under control to make a much softer footprint on the planet. It would take four planet Earths to support the present global population if everyone indulged in America’s current consumption habits ( Sustainability is what we must work toward, whether it’s food, water or energy. Currently, we’re mining the planet for all its resources, which can’t go on for much longer. We need to recognize this and return to equilibrium with what the planet can supply. Freelance writer and editor Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings. July 2018


calendar of events


Awaken to the Secret of Miracles A Weekend Seminar Presented by


Path of Spiritual Freedom 7/6 Fri Eve: At Temple 7/7 Sat: All Day at Red Lion 7/8 Sun Morning: At Temple FREE TO NEWCOMERS Explore the spiritual nature of yourself as Soul through workshops, discussions, talks & creative arts. A variey of dynamic speakers can inspire you on your personal quest. Come share a weekend filled with the opportunity to explore your own spiritual worlds

Eckankar Temple 1 Harvest Road Middlefield, CT

Red Lion Hotel

Creatures of Long Island Sound – 12pm. This is a great weekend family program to learn all about the creatures of Long Island Sound. We will explore the Nature Center’s salt water tank and learn how to identify and hold common critters you will find at New England’s local beaches this summer. Fee $6 per person. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Information/registration: 203-736-1053. Comfrey Salve – 1:30pm. Ranger Dawn will show you how to make a salve from this amazing plant. Each person will take home complete instructions, a container of the salve you’ll make in class, and your own comfrey plant! Fee $10 per person. Adults and children 12 years and up. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

SUNDAY JULY 8 Eckankar: Path of Spiritual Freedom invites you to a spiritually-uplifting program – 9am-12pm. Enjoy talks including: “Finding Your Love and Desire for God,” “The Middle Path: Staying Calm, Staying Balanced,” “Life is a Spiritual Exercise: Awaken to the Secret of Miracles.” Fellowship and refreshments follow. Free to newcomers. Eckankar Temple, 1 Harvest Wood Rd, Middlefield. Free Community Meals Presented by Master’s Community Meals: Dinner: Annual Cook-In – 4pm-5:30pm. Free. Open to the public. No RSVP. Donations graciously accepted. Assumption Church Hall, 61 N. Cliff St, Ansonia. 203-732-7792 or

TUESDAY, JULY 10 Young Living Essential Oils – 6:30pm-8pm. Help align your mind, body, spirit. Learn to take control of your health with therapeutic grade oils. Free class. 36 Cheshire Rd Wallingford 203-265-2927, or


100 Berlin Road Cromwell, CT

Crystal Toning w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm8pm. Experience a unique method of healing by combining the energies of crystals with toning, creating an individualized healing experience in a group setting on many levels. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford 203-265-2927. return2love3@



Eckankar: Path of Spiritual Freedom Invites You to a Workshop on “Golden Keys to the Miracles of Life” – 8pm-9:30pm. Free workshop for those new to Eckankar. Learn some golden keys to change your consciousness. Arrive at 7:30pms to enjoy a half hour of uplifting music. Eckankar Temple of Connecticut, 1 Harvest Wood Rd, Middlefield.

Reiki I – 9:30am-1pm. Reiki is the science and art of activating, directing and applying natural, universal life energy, to promote energy balancing, healing and wholeness. Includes certificate and materials $125. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927, or

SATURDAY, JULY 7 Eckankar: Path of Spiritual Freedom Invites You to Explore the Spiritual Nature of Yourself as Soul – 8:45am-9:30pm. Through Workshops, group discussions, talks, and creative arts. A variety of dynamic speakers can inspire you on your own personal quest. Come share a weekend filled with opportunity to explore your own spiritual worlds. Free to newcomers. Red Lion Hotel, 100 Berlin Rd, Cromwell.


New Haven/Middlesex

Moving Through Loss Workshop w/ Shari Friedrichsen – 1pm-5pm. In our lives, we will inevitably face loss: loss of love, loved ones, status, income, or work, just to name a few. In this two-part workshop, we’ll explore how to use yoga practice to develop compassion and insight during times of loss, and find the strength, courage and knowledge to not get stuck. $75/adv (before July 7th), $85 (after July 7th). Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277.

Tea Party and Fairy Houses in the Great meadow – 1:30pm-3:30pm. Ranger Amie will take the group up to the Great Meadow to explore the edge of the woods and field. You will have a tea party in the Small Pavilion, and then build some fairy houses with natural objects like sticks, rocks, and acorn cups! Herbal tea, creamer, sugar, cups and spoons will be provided. Bring snacks to share if you like. Fee $5 per person. Bring a mat or blanket to sit on. For all ages; toddlers and babies welcome! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Group size is limited. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

SUNDAY, JULY 15 In Communion with Biblical Sisters – (July1520). In Communion with Our Biblical Sisters, with chaplain and biblical scholar Elizabeth Berne DeGear, Ph.D., takes place at Mercy by the Sea, 167 Neck Rd, Madison. Participants will delve into the Bible and meet women who can share their power and sacred wisdom with us. To register call Guest Services at 203-245-0401 or go to Faerie Glitter – 2:30pm. Join Ranger Jessica in collecting and crushing this natural material to make your own super-shiny faerie glitter. As a bonus, you’ll be helping the Earth by using a natural alternative to the plastic glitter sold by craft stores! Bring a container to take your new glitter home. Free. For ages 5 years and up; children must be accompanied by an adult. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Information/registration: 203-736-1053.

FRIDAY, JULY 20 Journey into Stillness: A Contemplative Weekend – (July 20-22). Sponsored by Mercy by the Sea. Anchored in Centering Prayer, the weekend will afford time to rest in body and rest in God. There will be communal prayer, chanting, and a labyrinth walk as well as personal time for journaling, artwork, enjoying the grounds. Mercy by the Sea, 167 Neck Rd, Madison. To register call Guest Services at 203-245-0401 or go to

SATURDAY, JULY 21 The Fifth Agreement Intensive w/Gayle Franceschetti – 9:30am-8pm. This Intensive will deepen your understanding and rapidly transform your life to new experiences of freedom, happiness, and love. $200. 36 Cheshire Rd. Wallingford 203-265-2927, or Firefly Hunt – 8pm. Follow the Nature Center’s ranger along our wooded paths looking for glowworms in the leaf litter under the light of the moon. We’ll end the hike with a show by beetles in the Lampyridae family, better known as lightning bugs and fireflies. Fee: $3 per person. Wear shoes for hiking. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Information/registration: 203-736-1053.


New Age & Crafts Expo Come Experience a Day of Spiritual & Creative Enlightenment!

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4, 2018 10am - 5pm

Wyndham Southbury 1284 Strongtown Road Southbury, CT

Intuitive Readers Aura Photos & Crystals Tibetan Singing Bowls Healings Handcrafted Jewelry, Soaps, Oils Guided Meditations Spiritual Art 2 Rooms of Dynamic Speakers and much more!

$6 Admission


203-733-6560 SUNDAY, JULY 22 Restorative Yoga Workshop w/ Saskia Bergmans Smith – 2pm-4pm. Relax and retreat from everyday life, using guided passive stretching to release tension and nurture the body from the inside out. $27adv./$33 – Pre-Registration Recommended. Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277.    Free Community Meals Presented by Master’s Community Meals: Dinner – 4pm-5:30pm. Free. Open to the public. No RSVP. Donations graciously accepted. Assumption Church Hall, 61 N. Cliff St, Ansonia. 203-732-7792 or

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25 Group Past Life Regression – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Discover reasons for current fears, recurring dreams or personality tendencies. Attendees explore past lives, learn reasons for repeat patterns or why they were born to a certain family. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. Contact Gayle: 203-265-2927, or Circle of Women – 7pm-9pm. Take a selfnourishing break. Join in sacred space to discover and strengthen your authentic self. Living in rhythm with the season of Summer, animal allies, our inner goddess, and women’s ways. $25. Central Wallingford. Call Susan to explore/reserve space. 203-645-1230.

THURSDAY, JULY 26 Full Moon Meditation w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Align w/new energies of Full Moon. Opportunities for allowing spiritual energies to reach human hearts and minds. Tap into this vast pool of energy. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927, or

FRIDAY, JULY 27 ECKANKAR Path of Spiritual Freedom Presents “Sound of Soul” – 7pm-7:30pm. Participants sit in an auditorium and sing “Huuu” together. HU is an ancient sound that’s the essence of all sounds. It has helped people of many different faiths open their hearts more fully to the presence of God, expand their awareness, and find inner peace. Free. Eckankar Temple, 1 Harvest Wood Rd, Middlefield.

SATURDAY, JULY 28 Yoga: Undressing Privilege & Packaging – 1:30pm-3:30pm. In this workshop, we’ll dive deeper into how we consume messages around yoga, the implications of those messages and what power both internally and societally - they carry. By Donation ($15 suggested). Breathing Room Yoga Center, 216 Chapel St, New Haven. 203-562-LOVE.




Soulful Parenting plus: Generational Healing

Expressive Arts & Movement plus: Livable Communities

Chronic Pain Guide plus: Joint Health

MONDAY, JULY 23 Young Living Essential Oils – 6:30pm-8pm. Help align your mind, body, spirit. Learn to take control of your health with therapeutic grade oils. Free class. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford 203-265-2927, or

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sunday Mystical Market and Craft Fair – 11am-4pm. (The 3rd Sunday of every month). Psychics, vendors, artisans, holistic practitioners & more. Free admission, vendor’s fees vary. The Ruby Tree, Sherman Village Shopping Center, 670 Main St South, Woodbury. 203-586-1655,, See Me As I Am-Women’s Soul Circle Leesa Sklover Ph.D, LPC, C-IAYT – 4pm-6pm. (last Sunday of each month). Learn techniques to heal your mind. Ideas and story to know and plan peace for us all, in challenging times. ($35). Location: LoveLifeProductions, Branford. 917-860-0488. Queer Dharma – 7:30pm-9pm. A forum for practice and discussion relating all dharma traditions and the experience and concerns of LGBTQI individuals and their friends. All are warmly welcome regardless of experience, spiritual tradition, age, sex, gender identity, or sexual/affectional orientation. Each meeting will include meditation instruction, practice, readings and discussion. Free. The Shambhala Center of New Haven, 85 Willow Street, New Haven, Building B.

monday Pilates/Barre Community Class – 8am. This class is a mix between pilates moves to strengthen core muscles and the Barre technique to sculpt and lean our arms and legs. Discount price of $10.00 cash/ check or $12.00 credit card. Kneading Hands Yoga & Massage, 760 Main St S, Unit F, Southbury. 203-267-4417. Guided Meditation Circle – 10am-11am. A weekly meditation Circle in a very relaxed setting using mindfulness meditations, discussions about mindfulness and how to have a successful practice. No experience necessary. $10 Investment. Healing Room, 10 Carina Rd, North Haven. Please call: 203-214-9486. Yoga with Marlene – 10:30am & 7:15pm. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360.

Fundamentals of Alignment Yoga – 6pm7pm. With Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate. Refine your yoga. This series introduces novice students to the joys of safely practicing yoga with intelligent action. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642).

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement 5 Week Class Series – 6pm-7pm. Learn to move easily with simple movements that help to relieve pain and restore your body to its natural ease. $50 for 5 weeks or $15 drop in. Carol Meade Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. 203-415-8666 or

Meditation Mondays – 6pm-7pm.Offered every Monday at Elm City Wellness. A 7pm meditation will be added if the 6pm class is full. Classroom is small, so reserve your spot in advance. $5. 774 Orange St, New Haven. 203-691-7653 or

Kemetic (African) and Ashtanga MixUP! – 6:05pm-7:15pm. Breath and hold your way into a stronger more beautiful self. Slow to medium flowing yoga works for any body. Sculpt your mind. $10 per class. Class pass available. The Episcopal Church of St. Paul and St. James, 57 Olive St, New Haven. Call Wendy McLeod at 203-562-2143.

Women’s Guided Mindfulness Meditation Group – 7pm-8pm. Ladies are you stressed? High Demands? Take a moment in a safe space & learn how to set intentions to help focus and regroup. All levels welcome. Meditations run 30-45 minutes in length. Mondays/ $10. Location: Now n’ Then Therapeutic Massage, 187 Montowese St, Branford. Contact Anna to register 203-871-9367 or register online at Qigong for Health – 7pm-8pm. Learn a practice that invigorates the internal energy, relieves stress, tones and stretches the muscles and connects the mind and body. $15/class. Tranquil Mountain Internal Arts. Location: Shoreline Center for Wholistic Health, 35 Boston St, Guilford. Info: 860-301-6433.

tuesday Yoga with Marlene – 9:30am & 6:30pm. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Family Organic Garden Program – 3:30pm-5pm. (July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31). We’ll lead fun, familyfriendly activities in our organic garden. Learn about growing a variety of fruits and vegetables. Dress appropriately; you will get water and/or soil on your clothing. Free with the potential to take home fresh local produce! Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Information/registration: 203-736-1053. Healthy-Steps, The Lebed Method w/Susan Sandel – 3:45pm-4:45pm. (No class on July 3). Gentle therapeutic exercise/mvmnt prog. Helpful for breast cancer survivors/chronic health conditions. Free. Sponsored by Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center of Integrative Medicine. Location: Madison House, 34 Wildwood Ave, Madison. Details: 203-457-1656.

Meditation – 1:30pm. Silent, sitting meditation for anyone to attend. For all levels. Beginners welcome! Meditation begins and ends promptly on time. Donation-based event; no set fees. New England Meditation Center, 455 Boston Rd, Old Saybrook. For more information, visit: https://www.meetup. com/New-England-Meditation-Center/events.

Touch of Class Chair Yoga Class – 5:15pm-6pm. We’ll hold a seat for you with our Touch of Class Chair Yoga class. Ready the body for the end of the day and feel refreshed with just 40 minutes of sfocused activity. $10 per class or class pass available. The Episcopal Church of St. Paul and St. James, 57 Olive St, New Haven. Call Wendy McLeod at 203-562-2143.

Monday Night Trail Run – 5:30pm. (July 9 & 16). This is a call to all of the runners who want something that is out of the ordinary! Ranger Dan will lead you through our 156-acre network of trails while you burn off the weekend’s extra calories. We guarantee that this Free program is the best way to start off your week. Please wear appropriate footwear. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

Yoga in Our City, FREE outdoor yoga series! Now through Labor Day – Three weekly classes are Tues: Scantlebury Park, 5:30pm & during Cityseed Farmers Markets on Thursday at Quinnipiac River Park, 5:30pm & Sunday at Edgewood Park at 11:30am. Breathing Room Yoga Center, 216 Chapel St, New Haven. 203-562-LOVE.s


New Haven/Middlesex

Free weekly Tuesday Meditation Classes – 6pm7pm. (those who would like instruction can come at 5:45pm). Open to all and fully accessible. Instruction provided for beginners. No reservations necessary. Walk-ins welcome. Program offered in cooperation with New Haven Insight and the New Haven Zen Center. New Haven Free Public Library. 133 Elm St, New Haven. 203-946-8138. Free Reiki Sessions: The Universal Reiki Plan – 7:30pm-8:30pm. (& 8:30pm-9:30pm Thurs). Reiki teachers Jeannette and Jim of ReikiOvertones and students offer free Reiki sessions. Appt. only. Love offering appreciated. 95 Harris St, Fairfield. Details: Jim and Jeannette 203-254-3958.

wednesday Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 12pm1pm. Experience a qigong form for rebalancing and strengthening body, mind and spirit. For all abilities and levels of health. Schedule Available online. 1st class free (reg. $5). Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Info: Meditation – 1:30pm. Silent, sitting meditation for anyone to attend. For all levels. Beginners welcome! Meditation begins and ends promptly on time. Donation-based event; no set fees. New England Meditation Center, 455 Boston Rd, Old Saybrook. For more information, visit: https://www.meetup. com/New-England-Meditation-Center/events. Touch of Class Chair Yoga Class – 5:15pm-6pm. We’ll hold a seat for you with our Touch of Class Chair Yoga class. Ready the body for the end of the day and feel refreshed with just 40 minutes of focused activity. $10 per class or class pass available. The Episcopal Church of St. Paul and St. James, 57 Olive St, New Haven. Call Wendy McLeod at 203-562-2143 Stony Creek Yoga for Stress Relief – 5:45pm-7pm. Classes led by Gina Macdonald MA, LPC. Sessions include breathing techniques, yoga poses and relaxation techniques. Emphasis on movement, flow and release of tension.. Beginning yoga experience recommended along with loose clothing and a yoga mat. Newcomers please arrive early. $10/session. Willoughby Wallace Library. 146 Thimble Island Rd, Stony Creek. Contact Gina: 203-710-6665.

Alignment Yoga – 6pm-7:30pm. With Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate. Refine your yoga practice with optimal alignment practices that make you stronger, more flexible, and more emotionally stable. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). The Caring Network: Free Support Group for adults who have lost a loved one – 6pm-8pm. (July 16). Free support group for adults who have lost a loved one. Information about loss and grief with facilitated open discussion. Bridges Healthcare, 941 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford, For information or brochure: Cody-White Funeral Home, 203-874-0268 or Facilitator Cynthia Dodd, M. Div, 203-878-6365 ext 344. Kemetic (African) and Ashtanga MixUP! – 6:05pm-7:15pm. Breath and hold your way into a stronger more beautiful self. Slow to medium flowing yoga works for any body. Sculpt your mind. $10 per class. Class pass available. The Episcopal Church of St. Paul and St. James, 57 Olive St, New Haven. Call Wendy McLeod at 203-562-2143. Yoga with Marlene – 6:30pm. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360.

Ropes Yoga – 10am-11am. With Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate. Experience yoga poses in new and liberating ways. Therapeutic and challenging. Great for scoliosis and back problems. Expert instruction since 1991. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown, 860-347-YOGA (9642). Yoga with Marlene – 10am & 6:30pm.Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 6:30pm7:30pm. (Every Thurs. except the 1st Thurs. of month). Experience a qigong form for rebalancing and strengthening body, mind and spirit. For all abilities and levels of health. Schedule Available online. 1st class free (reg. $5). Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Info: Qigong Group Healing & Silent Meditation – 6:30pm-8pm. (1st Thurs. of the month). All levels of health addressed. No experience necessary. Fee: donation. Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Contact Pat for more information if this is 1st attendance: 203-500-6492.

Meditation In the World at Guest House Retreat – 7pm-8pm. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced meditator, join us every week as we are led in the practice of focusing our awareness. Helping you find calm within everyday demands and stress. Free. 318 West Main St, Chester. 860-322-5770.

The Heart of Recovery – 7:30pm-9pm, a weekly meditation and recovery group for those recovering from addictions of all kinds. We will honor the traditions of anonymity, confidentiality and no cross-talk. Meetings will include meditation instruction, practice, readings and discussion. Free. The Shambhala Center of New Haven, 85 Willow St, Building B,



The Milford Chamber’s ‘Health & Wellness Council’ – 8:30am-9:30am. (2nd Thurs. monthly). Group is comprised of businesses in the health and wellness industry. 5 Broad St, Milford.

Yoga with Marlene – 9:30am. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360.

Kundalini Yoga and Music Meditation – 9:30am10:30am. Experience the yoga of awareness weekly to heal your mind and your life. All levels, live music. Each week focuses on a different theme (ex: mind, heart, Intuition). All welcome-any physical limitations. Led by Certified Yoga Therapist, Kundalini Yoga Teacher Leesa Sklover, Ph.D, CIAYT of Register for first class. Monthly discount /$15 per class. Short Beach Union Church 14 Pentacost St, Branford, 917-8600488 or

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Class – 10:30am-11:30am. It only takes an hour to feel good again. Aren’t you worth it? $15 drop in or class cards. Carol Meade Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. 203-415-8666 or Intuitive Readings w/Susane Grasso – 11am-3pm. Usui and Karuna Reiki Master and Clairvoyant Susane sees auras/mirrors of soul/emotions and physical being. Now also a certified Doreen Virtue Angel Reader. $1/min. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

saturday Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement 5 Week Class Series – 9am-10am. Learn to move easily with simple movements that help to relieve pain and restore your body to its natural ease. $50 for 5 weeks or $15 drop in. Carol Meade Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. 203-415-8666 or Alignment Yoga with Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate – 9am-10:30am. Refine your yoga practice with optimal alignment practices that make you stronger, more flexible and more emotionally stable. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). Kundalini Yoga and Music Meditation – 9:30am10:30am. Experience the yoga of awareness weekly to heal your mind and your life. All levels, live music. Each week focuses on a different theme (ex: mind, heart, Intuition). All welcome-any physical limitations. Led by Certified Yoga Therapist, Kundalini Yoga Teacher Leesa Sklover, Ph.D, C-IAYT of Register for first class. Monthly discount /$15 per class. Short Beach Union Church 14 Pentacost St, Branford, 917-860-0488 or ReikiShare: The Universal Reiki Plan – 11am1:30pm. Pre-register to share Reiki and join in a FREE workshop to make it a Reiki day! The 3rd Sat. of every month. Free (“love offering”). Bloodroot Rest. 85 Ferris St, Bridgeport. Reservation only. Jim or Jeannette: 203-254-3958. info@ Saturday Creature Features – 12pm. Come to meet our furry, scaly, and feathery animal ambassadors. You’ll have the chance to touch and hold them in this Free family program for all ages. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Infomration/ registration: 203-736-1053. Meditation – 1:30pm. Silent, sitting meditation for anyone to attend. For all levels. Beginners welcome! Meditation begins and ends promptly on time. Lecture every other Saturday. Donation-based event; no set fees. New England Meditation Center, 455 Boston Rd, Old Saybrook. For more information, visit:

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INTUITIVE READINGS AT ENCHANTED DAILY – 11am-3pm. Akashic, Angel, Aura, Clairvoyant, Goddess, Mediumship, Runes, Tarot, Tea Leaf Readings offered from eight world-class intuitives and masters. $1/minute. Enchanted 1250 Boston Post Rd ,Guilford. 203-453-4000. For more information and a schedule of who is available each day visit

HYPNOSIS THERAPY CENTER – There is a meaning behind every ailment and condition people have. It's your body speaking to you. If you are tired of being sick and are ready to help yourself heal, then consider having a Discovery Session so you can learn the cause and 'cure.' Madison. 203-245-6927.

July 2018


community resource guide APPLIED KINESIOLOGY KC CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS Kevin Healy, DC 17 Woodland Road, Madison, CT 203-245-9317

Applied Kinesiology is a neurological evaluation to find and treat dysfunction. Different because it addresses causes instead of chasing pains, Dr. Healy tests if a therapy alleviates dysfunction, finding immediate answers as to which provides the most improvement. Chiropractic, craniosacral, myofascial and acupressure are among the therapies Dr. Healy uses. Generally, no single cure exists as disease and dysfunction typically involve multiple areas of the body. The goal of any therapy—physical, chemical, or emotional—is to improve function; a combination of therapies typically yields the best results. See ad on page 21.


CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School provides experientially-based education with a personalized approach to learning, designed to empower young people to thrive. Our students come from a variety of towns throughout Connecticut, from families looking for a program that engages and deepens learning, where their children can flourish during these important and impactful 5th - 8th grade years. See ad on page 8.


Accredited, Non-profit Graduate School offering holistic programs in contemporary & emerging fields 171 Amity Road, Bethany, CT 203-874-4252 The Graduate Institute offers holistic master’s degrees and certificate programs for adult learners. Programs include Integrative Health and Healing, Ecotherapy and Cultural Sustainability, Writing and Oral Tradition, Organizational Leadership, and more. Programs are just one weekend a month. See ad on page 6.


New Haven/Middlesex


501 Kings Highway East, Suite 108 Fairfield, CT 203-371-0300 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 worldwide. See ad on page 13.


Patricia Babey, BS Certified Hypnotist Certified Pain Management Specialist Certified Reiki II Practitioner Madison, CT 06443 203-980-0022 A client centered practice created to assist you in improving every aspect of your life by tapping into the natural power of your brain. Release weight, stop smoking, reduce stress, and manage pain. You can change just about anything with hypnosis. Each session is personal, customized and tailored for you. Don’t let your brain hold you back any longer from achieving the lifelong dreams you deserve. Free consultations. See ad on page 21.

MASSAGE & ACUPUNCTURE ELM CITY WELLNESS 774 Orange Street New Haven, CT 203-691-7653

Elm City Wellness is an independently owned wellness center whose services include a variety of massage, community & private acupuncture, Reiki, craniosacral therapy & facials with locally made Ayurvedic & organic products. Our skilled therapists specifically tailor each and every session. Our gift shop features local products, candles, wellness supplies & books, smudge kits and much more.


Anna Martin, BSW, MSW, LCSW 410 State St, North Haven, CT 30 Hazel Terrace, Woodbridge, CT 377 Main St, West Haven, CT 203-606-2071

YOU deserve to be happy. AHBHS helps with depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, Obesity, agarophobia, domestic violence, ADD, ADHD and anger management. Phone,internet,skype and office sessions. Evening and weekend hours are available. Most insurance accepted, including Medicaid, Medicare and Husky.


Adam Breiner, ND, Director Elena Sokolova, MD, ND David Brady, ND, CCN, DACBN 501 Kings Highway East, Suite 108 Fairfield, CT 203-371-8258 Using state-of-the-art science combined with centuries-old healing modalities, our caring naturopathic doctors correct underlying imbalances and address issues which may interfere with the body’s abilityto 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, Real-Time EEG Neurofeedback, and other therapies. See ad on page 13.

community resource guide PHYSICAL THERAPY PHYSICAL THERAPY SERVICES OF GUILFORD 500 East Main Street, Suite 310, Branford, CT 203-315-7727 (Phone) 203-315-7757 (Fax)

At Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, we specialize in manual therapy using hands-on techniques to help the body’s natural healing process. We also incorporate traditional programs and modalities to maximize health. 40-minute sessions are conducted one-on-one in private treatment rooms. See Profile on page 13.

REIKI SUSANE GRASSO, RMT 2489 Boston Post Road Guilford, CT 203-500-6950

Stress is the plague of the 21st century and the cause of physical and emotional woes. Because of this, my sessions combine my ability to see auras with Reiki, Theta Healing, acupressure and Sound Vibrational Healing to provide deep relaxation and balance. “Tension out! Wellness in” is more than a phrase. For my clients it is a statement of fact. See Profile on page 11.





787 Main St, S Woodbury, CT 203-586-1172 Combining an array of natural therapies that have been used since ancient times with today’s technology, Salt of the Earth Spa provides a sanctuary for deep transformations, healing and grounding for Mind, Body and Spirit. See ad on page 15.


Patricia Babey, BS Certified Hypnotist Certified Pain Management Specialist Certified Reiki II Practitioner Madison, CT 06443 203-980-0022 A client centered practice created to assist you in improving every aspect of your life by tapping into the natural power of your brain. Release weight, stop smoking, reduce stress, and manage pain. You can change just about anything with hypnosis. Each session is personal, customized and tailored for you. Don’t let your brain hold you back any longer from achieving the lifelong dreams you deserve. Free consultations. See ad on page 21. .

Patricia Babey, BS Certified Hypnotist Certified Pain Management Specialist Certified Reiki II Practitioner Madison, CT 06443 203-980-0022 A client centered practice created to assist you in improving every aspect of your life by tapping into the natural power of your brain. Release weight, stop smoking, reduce stress, and manage pain. You can change just about anything with hypnosis. Each session is personal, customized and tailored for you. Don’t let your brain hold you back any longer from achieving the lifelong dreams you deserve. Free consultations. See ad on page 21.


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