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One Doctor’s Journey

A Conversation with Dr. Edward C. Corsello

, what led C. Corsello, DC, BCAO, a Stratford-based chiropractor atural Awakenings recently discussed with Edward l decay. spina heal and advanced therapies to reshape the spine him to study the Atlas Orthogonal (AO) technique and of his own life. Discovery of these techniques changed the course


What did the chiropractic specialist You were a chiropractor for over 12 focus on? you to ned happe hing years when somet He did a series of tests, including adthat changed you. Tell us your story. vanced bio-structural X-rays of my spine. since colitis tive ulcera with d I’ve suffere He showed me that I had moderate to out and in chiropractic school and was decay in my neck and of hospitals. I had tried both medical and severe spinal was blocking the nerves that back I lower tion. condi my for ” alternative “cures . By correcting colon my to run that ging” spent thousands of dollars “mana bone in my neck— first the atlas— my ation medic only not with oms my sympt through a technique called atlas orthogbut also vitamins, nutrition, acupuncture onal (AO) and repairing my neck and and traditional chiropractic. You name lower spine with advanced therapies, hopeof point the at was it, I tried it. I I became symptom free. rs’ lessness, ready to accept my docto “autowas e diseas my that ation explan immune,” my body was “attacking itself,” and it was just a case of “bad genes.“ How did you find your way out? A colleague convinced me to try a chiropractic specialist in the Midwest. When I arrived, he put aside my voluminous medical file and asked me about my spine. I responded that I had no spinal pain, because at the time I thought that spinal “health” was all about “pain.” “I mean what is the condition of your spine?” he then said. I admitted that I didn’t know as I hadn’t had an X-ray in years. My last X-ray was when I was in a car accident and had pain. I didn’t understand so I asked him what my spine has to do with my colitis. He answered, “Everything.” How does the health of your spine directly correlate to your overall health? The brain has within it everything the body needs to be healthy; it speaks to the body through the spine. When the spine moves out of position, it causes blockages that prevent the brain from communicating to each cell, organ, tissue and system within the body. Where the spine is being choked off, that part of the body will break down. In order for your body to express health, your spine must be healthy. By healing the spine, the nerves can flow at 100 percent, and restoration of health takes place.

resulting from car accidents or athletic injuries—and sciatica. They also help with autism, scoliosis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, trigeminal neuralgia, fibromyalgia and ADHD as well as with digestive diseases like Crohn’s disease and colitis. Doing the AO correction in conjunction with advanced therapies to heal the spine, we are able to provide permanent relief to some of the most severe and chronic conditions.

How has that experience changed your practice? I was so impressed with the “miracles” I saw in his office that I decided to expand my practice to offer both AO and advanced therapies to heal the spine. Today, I am one of only two spinal correction specialists and only three AO doctors in the state of Connecticut; people from as far away as New York, Rhode Island, and Delaware come to see me. I use these powerful techniques that changed my life to treat others who are suffering from asthma and allergies, headaches, neck and back pain—often

Please share some of the feedback you have received. A patient of mine for over two years who suffers from Parkinson’s stated that the chiropractic treatments and maintaining a healthy lifestyle have helped her get off 11 medications. Another told me that she was diagnosed with narcolepsy with cataplexy in 2009. She said she has been off medication since two months into treatment with us and has no symptoms of narcolepsy with cataplexy any longer. There are many other stories. So what do you actually do? I don’t heal anyone of anything. I perform specific, gentle techniques to remove nerve pressure, and the body responds by healing itself. We get tremendous results. It’s as simple as that! Many people find they actually save money on their health care expenses by seeing me. An entire week of care in my office costs what you could pay for one visit elsewhere. What about diet and supplements? Of course, healthy nutrition is important. However, “life flow”—from the brain to the organs—must work in conjunction with lifestyle. Think of an automobile. If its structure is compromised, you can put the best fuel in it, but it will not run properly. The same is true of the body. Even the best food and vitamins will have only a limited benefit to a body that is breaking down due to a decaying spine.

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How true when we shift our focus from painful thoughts to anything that is pleasurable to us, the pain dissipates—such a good practice for us to learn. Our focus in this month’s edition, is healing physical pain, a worthwhile topic to explore since more than 75 million Americans suffer from pain lasting longer than 24 hours. Conventional treatment of pain has been limited mainly to prescription drugs and surgical procedures, which are intrusive to our bodies, addictive (Opioid abuse is now at an all-time high), expensive and often ineffective … especially for long-term pain management. Pain itself is not a disease, but an indication that something in our body is out of balance and needs attention. In order to successfully heal pain, the underlying cause must be identified—This is the philosophy behind natural pain treatments, such as lifestyle changes, meditation, yoga, chiropractic, emotional freedom technique (EFT) and exercise, which you will read about in this edition. For those of you who are interested in learning more about medical cannabis as a treatment option, be sure to read: “Why Medical Cannabis? Connecticut Offers Options for Many Conditions.” Here you will learn about Connecticut’s Medical Marijuana Program (MMP); cannabinoid products outside the MMP; medical conditions currently approved by the state of Connecticut and Connecticut’s medical marijuana research program. As you will read, the list of qualifying conditions for the MMP is fixed, though it has expanded since the program was first established in 2012. We have posted the link, at the end of the article, which provides information about all aspects of Connecticut’s MMP including: online application; qualifying patients; primary caregivers; physicians/nurse practitioners; research program; laws and regulations; board of physicians; adding debilitating medical conditions; MMP statistics; publications, and frequently asked questions. We hope these informative reads and rich array of holistic services, products and other offerings bring hope and healing to those of you who are experiencing pain. Happy Summer Solstice—and celebration of the special men in your life, whether they are your father, husband, son, brother, lover or friend!

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newsbriefs Take a June Weekend to Heal Your Core


he QuantumPathic Energy Method, a healing technique developed by Sherry Anshara, teaches individuals to access their embedded cellular memories of experiences in order to resolve deep-seeded core emotional and physical issues. Based out of Scottsdale, Arizona, Anshara will be in Wallingford, Connecticut, Sherry Anshara. in June to give her Healing Your Core Workshop on June 23-25. Space is limited to 12 participants so early registration is recommended. Anshara has a background as a successful business woman and entrepreneur but a near-death experience in 1991 changed the trajectory of her life; it led her to develop the self-healing technique she now trains others in. Anshara is an author of five books, with the latest book, The Intelligence Code, hitting #1 on Amazon Kindle in six countries; she is currently working on a movie trilogy about her work. Her mission is to expand consciousness and awareness within each individual so they can create, implement and manifest healthy and wealthy lives. To register, call 480-609-0874 or visit For more information, call or email the Connecticut contact, Rosemary Nichols, at 203-640-8764 or RoroNichols@gmail. com. Location: Holistic Therapies, 15 South Elm St., Wallingford, CT. See ad on page 3.

Experiential Holistic Learning in a Community Setting


he Graduate Institute launched its Bethany, Connecticut, cohort of its next Master of Arts Degree in Integrative Health and Healing program in May. June 9-10, the first programwide weekend will start off the two-year program, which ends in August 2019. The classes, which are held one weekend per month, examine health, wellness and illness from a holistic perspective. This approach involves comparing, connecting and integrating conventional, alternative and complementary approaches to promoting health and wellness as well as towards prevention and healing. The 36-credit degree offers a unique opportunity to study the best of Eastern and Western medicine and psychology 6

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in a hands-on, interactive learning environment, providing not only up to date scientific knowledge but also experience and practice of many diagnostic and healing techniques focused to treat the whole person. The Graduate Institute examine approaches such as nutrition, stress management, mind-body medicine, Chinese Traditional Medicine, ayurveda medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, energy medicine, integrative psychotherapy, mindfulness-based methodologies, breathing techniques and more. For more information, call 203-874-4252 or visit Location: The Graduate Institute 171 Amity Rd., Bethany, CT. See ad on page 25.

Come Shine Your Light at Soul Star Healing’s Open House


oul Star Healing’s mission is to promote HOPE, or healing our planet Earth, one person at a time through turning on the “lights”. Come experience a day of activities on June 4, including a weed walk, yoga, energy healing, live intuitive channeling, Native American food talk, mini-psychic readings, mini-healing sessions, local artisans and more. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Healthy food options will be provided. EstaRa April. Admission is $5 and a food donation for Guilford’s Food Bank. EstaRa April, owner of Soul Star Healing, is an intuitive, spiritual coach, energy therapist and teacher. She offers intuitive and healing sessions as well as offers several classes ranging from intuitive development and energy healing to essential oils and flower essences.

For more information, call 203-397-6073, email or visit Location: Soul Star Healing, 821 Village Walk, Guilford, CT.

Branford Festival Kicks Off Its 33rd Season


his year’s Branford Festival in Connecticut will start on June 16 and continue through June 18. The festival includes a craft and community expo, a Father of the Year Award, a car show, a baking contest, kids’ activities and more. The Branford Festival will once again host the 7th Annual Gary Dinello Classic Car Cruise in honor of Gary, the Car Cruise founder, on Sunday morning. Make plans to see a variety of hot rods, classics, muscle cars and antique vehicles under the banner of the Branford festival and listen to golden

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How the MTHFR Gene Mutation Can Affect Our Children


he New Haven County chapter of Holistic Moms Network will host its monthly meeting on June 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Woodruff Family YMCA in Milford, Connecticut. Dr. Kimberly Sanders will introduce parents to the basics behind how genetics influence a child’s behavior and immune system as part of the MTHFR Gene Mutation: How It Can Affect Our Kids workshop. Sanders will specifically focus on the MTHFR gene mutation and how it regulates the brain chemicals that control mood, learning, speech, behavior and the immune system. The presentation will also include what the gene mutation can indicate for parents of any child, including those with autism, ADD and ADHD. Dr. Sanders is a naturopathic physician practicing in Milford, Connecticut, and an associate professor of clinical sciences at the University of Bridgeport. She specializes in autoimmune diseases and using a naturopathic approach to address the immune system. Holistic Moms Network is a nonprofit support and discus-

sion 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 Facebook. com/HMNNewHaven.

Workshop on Back Pain and Sciatica


n June 15, at 4 p.m., Phyllis Quinn, a physical therapist with Branford, Connecticut’s Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, will present a workshop focused on back pain and sciatica. Workshop participants will learn the causes of back pain, why it is important to evaluate the whole body and what can be done to relieve pain. In addition, they will learn when it is necessary to seek professional help and tips on how to prevent back injuries. Also, Quinn will speak about why x-rays and MRIs do not tell the whole story and why it is important to evaluate the whole body.  Each participant will receive a hands-on diagnostic biomechanical evaluation. Space is limited to five. Call to register at 203-315-7727. For more information, call 203-315-7727 or visit Location: Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, 500 East Main St., Ste. 310, Branford, CT. See ad on page 25.


oldies spun by D.J. Dennis Nardella from Nardella’s Music. The festival hours are Friday 5-10:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. There are parking restrictions from Friday at 4 p.m. to Sunday at 4 p.m. No dogs are allowed on the Green during the festival weekend. Kids’ activities will take place on the back part of the Green. The hours for this area are Friday 6-9:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.9:30 p.m. and Sunday (Family Day) 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Father’s Day discount wristbands are good for all rides all day on Sunday only and are $15 each. Tickets for rides are $1 each. A special ticket rate for 40 purchased tickets is $35 and can be used all weekend long. Eileen Cimino from Funderful Face painting will be back again this year. The rides will be provided by Rainbow Amusements Company. Other attractions include swings, a rock wall, inflatables and more. A photo gallery of past weekends is available on the website to check out previous festivals.

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here will be a grand re-opening of the New Haven/Shoreline Holistic Chamber of Commerce on June 20 from 6 until 7:30 p.m. at Pattaconk Yacht Club in Chester, Connecticut. This will be an opportunity to meet new holistic practitioners, invite guests, network and share ideas informally. Guest speakers will be invited to present holistic-related topics in future meetings. There will be no charge for the June 20 meeting. The Holistic Chamber of Commerce is a professional organization representing holistic, sustainable, natural and eco-friendly professionals, practitioners, businesses and resource providers worldwide. Professional membership is $16 a month or $177 a year. A professional membership includes a basic directory listing, up to two representatives from your business being a part of the group, event postings on the online events calendar, attendance at any U.S. or Canada chapters as a member, discount programs on business-related products and services, and much more. A business membership is $37 a month or $377 a year and includes increased options in addition to the professional membership perks. There is a one-time $35 processing fee. For more information, visit HolisticChamberofCommerce. com. Location: Pattaconk Yacht Club (handicapped accessible), 61 Dock Rd., Chester, CT. See ad on page 10.


helton, Connecticut is home to a new, integrative occupational therapy office launched by Jolene Burch, OTR/L, a holistic occupational therapist. The Alternative Therapy Center for Children, run by Burch’s Integrative TOT, LLC, is comprised of a motor gym, relaxation room, “observation hideout”, multi-sensory environment and small specialty centers within the space. After working in other outpatient clinics, schools and in client’s homes, Burch realized the value of holistic practice helping children with disabilities. Other practitioners in the practice include Kelly Grich, CPMT, CHHC, a holistic health coach and massage therapist; Anita Daigle, CCC-SLP, the lead speech therapist; Nancy Karim, ATR, an art therapist; and Bonnie Gilson, OTR/L, the lead occupational therapist. All of the center’s occupational therapy treatments and programs meld the sensory integration frame of reference with neurodevelopmental theory. Most of the occupational therapy sessions include reflex integration therapy, depending on the child. When appropriate, a family may consider adding intensives to their therapy sessions to try to address auditory progressing, motor coordination or attention concerns. Alternative and holistic wellness services offered at the center include art and play therapy, massage and relaxation therapy, and social and parent support groups. Designed by a holistic health coach and occupational therapist, the unique Healing from Within program offers nutritional and selective eating support, screen time and toxin exposure reduction information, and tools to help with self-regulation and healing spaces. In addition, the center offers playgroups for children up

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Hiking to Find Insects on the Giant


he Sleeping Giant Park Association invites you to join theu Insects-of-the-Giant Hike on June 25 at 1:30 p.m. Hike along and learn about the rich diversity of insects that can be found within the various habitats of the Sleeping Giant State Park.

to bring water and snacks (preferably in a day pack). The hike is free and open to the public. Advance registration is not necessary; however, minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Out of consideration for other hikers, dogs are not permitted on the hike. For hike cancellations or rescheduling information, check the breaking news link at or the link at The Sleeping Giant Park is located on Mt. Carmel Avenue in north Hamden (off Whitney Avenue). Connecticut. The park entrance is directly across the street from Quinnipiac University. For additional information, visit Inquiries can be directed to the SGPA Hiking Committee at

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Representatives of many of the major groups of insects will be examined and aspects of their natural history explored. Meet at the bulletin board by the kiosk near the park entrance at 1:30 p.m. The hike is expected to last about three hours and involve traveling over uneven, rocky terrain, possibly with a degree of rock scrambling. Hikers should be in good physical condition. Wear comfortable, supportive shoes with good traction. It is advisable

im Durant, a licensed massage therapist who specializes in myofascial therapy for pain relief, has opened a second office, located on 53 River Street in Milford, Connecticut. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Durant’s program for pain relief includes working with athletes to increase pliability and extensibility of muscles and other soft tissues to enhance athletic performance and decrease chances of injury. He also works with seniors to help decrease chronic pain and stiffness and increase joint mobility in order to create more stability. The program is also beneficial for those dealing with chronic pain in order to relieve pain and/or to restore muscle function after acute injury. Durant has over 25 years and 25,000 hours of professional experience. He developed the Precision Muscle Therapy system of identifying, releasing and cleansing muscles and other soft tissues through a variety of soft tissue manipulation techniques. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 860-202-2433. Visit Durant’s blog at PrecisionMuscleTherapy. Mention this news brief and receive 50 percent off the first visit.

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Ginger Relieves Infected Root Canals

esearch from the University of Medical Sciences and Technology, in Khartoum, Sudan, tested the efficacy of ginger, cinnamon and a combination of both in reducing root canal infections. The study tested infections associated with 50 teeth involved in root canals. They were divided into five groups. One was treated with a paste of extract of ginger, another of cinnamon, and another with both of them. The final two groups were divided into a positive control group treated with calcium hydroxide with iodoform paste, and a negative control group was left untreated. The researchers recorded the number of colony forming units (CFU) of bacteria—individual bacteria units capable of growing into a colony—before and after the treatments. The extract of ginger group showed the most effectiveness, with a reduction from 83 CFUs to 26.5, suggesting that ginger may help treat or prevent root canal infections. The cinnamon group saw their status reduced slightly, to 77.8 CFUs, and the combination caused a decrease to 49.7.

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study from McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, has found that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) makes working out more enjoyable for individuals that struggle with regular exercise. Jennifer Heisz, lead author and assistant professor in the kinesiology department, observes, “Enjoyment during the first weeks of adopting a new exercise program may be especially important for preventing dropouts.” Researchers divided 40 sedentary, healthy adults into two groups. One participated in HIIT, which consists of short bursts of intense exercises, followed by lowerintensity recovery periods, for six weeks; the other group performed ongoing moderate exercises. The researchers discovered that while both groups started out with equal enjoyment levels, the HIIT group enjoyed their workouts more as they gained strength, while the moderate group reported unchanged or decreased enjoyment levels.



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esearchers from the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, have studied the rapid increase in Lyme disease in the northern U.S. Only 11 cases of the disease, which annually impacts about 300,000 Americans, were reported in 2015 in Alabama, a state of approximately 5 million residents. Meanwhile, there were 491 confirmed cases in Vermont, with a population of less than 700,000. The researchers studied the life cycle, metabolism and behavior of black-legged ticks, collecting larvae from several eastern areas. They discovered that ticks live longer in cooler temperatures with higher levels of humidity, making northeastern climates ideal, because longer lives mean increased chance of contact. Southern ticks stay hidden underfoot in layers of leaves to stay cool and damp, making them less likely to find a human host than their northern counterparts, which reside on leaves and trees. “There has been a lot of research aimed at finding out what makes blacklegged ticks more efficient hosts for Lyme disease in the north than in the south,” explains Roger LeBrun, an entomology professor at the University of Rhode Island and co-author of the study. “People have looked at everything from the effects of temperature on tick life cycles to the types of animals the ticks feed on. Probably all of these factors play roles, but our results suggest that evolutionary pressure to conserve moisture by staying under the leaf litter surface is a critical factor.”


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esearchers from McGill University, in Montreal, Canada, have discovered a connection between vitamin D supplementation during infancy and a healthier ratio of muscle and fat in toddlers. “We were very intrigued by the higher lean mass and the possibility that vitamin D can help infants to grow both healthy skeletons and amounts of muscle, yet less fat,” says Hope Weiler, one of the study’s authors and director of the Mary Emily Clinical Nutrition Research Unit at the university. The original 2013 study, which followed 132 infants given one of four different dosages of vitamin D daily during their first years, confirmed the connection with strong bones. The 2016 study used the same data to explore the impact of vitamin D supplementation on the toddlers’ body fat levels. The researchers found that children given more than 400 international units per day during the first year of life had an average of 450 less grams of body fat at age 3. They also found a correlation between the supplementation and lean muscle mass in the youngsters during their first three years. natural awakenings

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Clarity for Expiration Dates on Food


Many Americans have been confused by the “Sell By” labels on groceries for 40 years. Now, the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the two largest industry trade groups, are adopting voluntary standardized regulations to clarify. Instead of using up to 10 different phrases to communicate safety, they have settled on just two: “Use By”, a safety designation to indicate when perishable foods are no longer good; and “Best if Used By”, an estimate of when the manufacturer thinks the product should be consumed for peak flavor. Studies show that consumers generally believe the current labels all signal whether a product is safe to eat, and that it will still be okay well after its so-called expiration date. At the same time, prematurely tossed groceries dominate landfills and produce greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and a coalition of environmental groups have been urging the industry to clear this up. The change is scheduled to take hold in July 2018.

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Last year, the United Nations International Year of Pulses recognized dry peas, lentils and chickpeas because they are affordable, nutritious and have a low eco-footprint. New, innovative, plant-based proteins will extend the options. The Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition reported that vegetarians can save at least $750 annually over meat eaters by reducing or replacing consumption of animal products and switching to sources that adhere to higher animal welfare standards. The Impossible Burger simulates the sizzle, the smell and the juicy first bite of the real thing to rave reviews. The similar Beyond Burger is a hit at Whole Foods Markets. Tyson Foods is investing in the protein alternative company, Beyond Meat, and launching a $150 million venture capital fund to support plant-based foods. Some large German meat producers are also seeking to diversify with plant-based versions of traditional meaty favorites.


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Hyundai demonstrated its Ioniq autonomous, or driverless, hybrid car concept at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, demonstrating that such vehicles— equipped with sophisticated sensors, GPS and computers—could be for sale within five to seven years. Safety is paramount. Estimates for the U.S., based on a 2013 Eco Center for Transportation study, projected that if 90 percent of vehicles were autonomous, the number of driving-related deaths would plummet from an annual 32,400 to approximately 11,300. “Drivers are excited that driverless cars will offer 90 percent fewer U.S. traffic accidents, 40 percent lower insurance costs, the end of drunk driving accidents and newfound freedom for seniors and people with disabilities,” says Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association. Its 2016 report Self-Driving Vehicles: Consumer Sentiments found that nearly 75 percent of consumers surveyed like the proffered benefits. In Driverless, authors Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman highlight significant ecological benefits, including McKinsey research findings that driverless cars will yield up to 20 percent fuel savings, and a corresponding reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Their smoother driving also extends a vehicle’s life. Ford intends to deliver a fully autonomous vehicle for ride sharing in 2021, according to Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company president and CEO. Companies such as Uber and Lyft already are testing driverless vehicles in pilot cities.

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Common Agrichemicals Endanger Hundreds of Species Under the Obama administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found in its first rigorous nationwide analysis of the effects of pesticides on endangered species, that 97 percent of the 1,800-plus animals and plants protected under the Endangered Species Act are likely to be harmed by malathion and chlorpyrifos, two commonly used pesticides; another 78 percent are likely to be hurt by another, diazinon. But now the new EPA administration under President Trump has declined to ban chloripyrifos; the decision may be challenged in court. All three pesticides are organophosphates widely used on crops such as corn, watermelon and wheat. Last year, the World Health Organization announced that malathion and diazinon are probable carcinogens. Based on the EPA’s conclusions, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service will issue biological opinions to identify mitigation measures and changes to pesticide use to ensure that targeted products will no longer potentially harm any endangered species. As part of a legal settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity, the biological opinions are due by December.

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treated in emergency rooms for misusing prescription opioids, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A majority of Americans feel pain on a daily basis.

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Such statistics expose the magnitude of the problem of chronic pain. “It’s daunting, but there are many natural ways to address it that are inexpensive, effective and with what I call side benefits rather than negative side effects,” says Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, of Kona, Hawaii, author of the smartphone app Cures A-Z. Complementary, integrative or functional medicine, all names for a holistic approach to health care, offer a comforting wealth of gentle ways to address chronic pain, most of which the vast majority of conventional medical doctors are unaware, says Daniel Cherkin, Ph.D., senior investigator emeritus with the Group Health Research Institute, at the University of Washington, in Seattle.


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ccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, 25 percent of Americans, or 76.2 million, are suffering from pain that lasts more than 24 hours at this very moment: Ouch! Lower back pain alone keeps Americans from going to work a total of 149 million days each year, costing the U.S. economy $100 to $200 billion, reports the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Other common types of chronic pain affect musculoskeletal tissues, knees, hips or the neck. Migraines and severe headaches plague 16.6 percent of adults over 18, per a National Health and Nutrition Survey. Neurological discomfort can reach as high as 12.4 percent, estimates a study from the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Even visceral or organ pain associated with heart disease, cancer and pelvic diseases occur in at least 20 percent of the global population, according


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to the International Association for the Study of Pain, in Seattle. If chronic pain is affecting you, you feel it and want relief—right now.  

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Unfortunately, conventional medicine often has little to offer most pain patients. Even for something as pervasive as back pain, surgery and steroid injections are usually an unsatisfactory first line of defense, having mixed results at best, seconded by prescriptions for addictive opioid painkillers. Dr. Nora D. Vokov, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, told the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control in 2014 that there were an estimated 2.1 million people in the U.S. suffering from substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012. The problem is worsening. Every day, 1,000 people are

“Effective natural treatments include yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic, meditation, lifestyle changes and exercise,” notes Cherkin. “But since they’re not in most doctors’ medical training or learned repertoire for pain relief, patients aren’t offered the opportunity to try them.”

What Helps Relieve Pain

Here are just some of the many natural and affordable forms of pain relief.

Try the Yass method: Mitchell Yass, Ph.D., of St. John’s, Florida, author of The Pain Cure Rx, is busting the myth that musculoskeletal pain is often caused by osteoarthritis. “Arthritis or joint deterioration is rarely the cause of joint pain,” says Yass. He points out that 90 percent of people over 60 have herniated discs, but no associated pain.


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Yass treats patients based on his observation that in up to 98 percent of the cases he sees, weak muscles are the underlying cause of joint pain, and strengthening them provides relief. He says his prescribed exercises are usually effective in days or a few weeks. “Pain is an indication of tissue in distress. For example, pain in the shoulder area is often an impingement of the bicep,” he says. His prescription is strengthening exercises using hand weights for the trapezoid, tricep and serratus anterior muscles. His book suggests a detailed self-diagnosis program and the necessary exercises to strengthen muscles and relieve joint pain (more at


Address underlying trauma: Osteopath Maud Nerman, of Novato, California, author of Healing Pain and Injury, has broad experience in treating neurological problems and brain injuries and often focuses on physical and emotional trauma as an underlying cause of chronic pain. She explains that the autonomic nervous system that directs unconscious body functions like breathing, digestion and heartbeat is interrupted by such trauma. “Trauma literally shocks the nervous system,” she says. “The body cannot turn off the ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction, causing a firestorm of inflammation that can lead to a variety of serious diseases, overwhelming the body’s ability to manage its own healing.” Her work has showed how readjusting the body, restoring breathing and reactivating the autonomic nervous system can provide relief in short order.

Consider lifestyle, diet and supplements: “Pain is like the ‘check oil’ light on a car’s dashboard. It signals that something needs attention,” says Teitelbaum, author of Pain Free 1-23. “If the oil light goes on, putting a Band-Aid over it or smashing it with a hammer won’t help.” Teitelbaum recommends an energy optimization approach he dubs SHINE that addresses underlying causes of chronic pain that has worked for 91 percent of the people he’s treated for fibromyalgia and muscle pain.

Sleep—Eight to nine hours a night helps replenish energy and heal muscles. Hormones—Treat hormone imbalances even if lab tests are “normal”.

Immunity—Dysfunctional immune

systems and persistent infections can lead to chronic pain.

Nutrition—In Teitelbaum’s studies, op-

timizing nutritional support, especially B vitamins, vitamin D, ribose, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and magnesium, was helpful. A healthy, high protein, low sugar diet is effectively complemented by a variety of herbs and nutrients, primarily curcumin, boswellia, willow bark and fish oil, nutrients that widespread studies show stop pain better than pharmaceuticals. He’s also a strong proponent of eliminating sugar entirely because it causes inflammation.

Exercise—Daily exercise speeds the healing process and after 10 weeks following the first four SHINE steps, will increase the capacity to exercise. For migraines, Teitelbaum advocates vitamin B2 (riboflavin). Numerous studies support the effectiveness of dosages of 400 milligrams per day to prevent migraines. After just six weeks of use, a German study published in the European Journal of Neurology shows thats taking a daily riboflavin supplement cut the number of migraine days in half for participants and significantly reduced the amount of migraine medication needed.

Tap for Relief: Also known as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Tapping Solutions founder Nick Ortner, of Newtown, Connecticut, says “Tapping sends a calming signal to the amygdala in the brain, turning off the fight or flight stress response and allowing the body to heal.” The physical tapping opens up the body’s energy meridians and allows them to relax so the natural healing process can take place, Ortner explains. EFT combines tapping on specific body points while repeating appropriate affirmative statements such as: “Even though I have this [pain], I love, accept and forgive myself.” He recalls a woman that arrived at a seminar he led with a toothache that had lasted for years. Doctors had done X-rays, seen an infection and prescribed antibiotics to no good effect. He asked her if she recalled when the pain began; without hesitation, she answered, “When my mother passed away unexpectedly.” “So we started working together and the pain reduced significantly right away and eventually disappeared completely,” says Ortner. A follow-up with her dentist showed no sign of the former problem. Up to now, the EFT research is positive. One study from the Energy Medicine University, in Mill Valley, California, found it helped people with chronic pain (some coping with severe fatigue and fibromyalgia) feel physically and emotionally better in as little as a month; another from the Foundation for Epigenetic Medicine, in Santa Rosa,

Yogic Breathing Brings Relief


n ancient yogic breathing practice, or pranayama, is used to rebalance the autonomic nervous system. Dr. Maud Nerman strongly recommends alternate nostril breathing for those that experience chronic pain caused by physical or emotional trauma. Here’s a basic practice: n After folding the middle two fingers of the right hand down, press the right nostril closed. n Inhale to the count of four. n Hold both nostrils closed for a count of eight. n Release the right nostril and exhale to a count of eight. n Repeat on the other side. n Continue for at least three minutes, alternating sides throughout. natural awakenings

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California, showed substantially reduced trauma in institutionalized abused teenagers after just one EFT session.

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Meditation vs. Medication: Meditation may not resolve the underlying cause of chronic pain, but research from the University of Alabama demonstrates it can interrupt pain signals to the brain. It’s at least as effective as opioid painkillers in relieving chronic pain, according to a study led by Cherkin at the University of Washington. His team’s 342 subjects that had experienced back pain weekly for at least a year were offered either eight meditation and yoga classes, eight cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) sessions or just keeping up their own regular daily routines that did not include yoga and meditation. The results, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, confirm what numerous other studies have reported: 44 percent experienced a


“meaningful reduction” in pain within six months of the meditation or CBT sessions, equal to results reported by people taking addictive opioid pharmaceuticals. More, the pain relief continued for up to two years, even if the subjects stopped doing actual sitting meditation. “Meditation changes the way people think about pain and how they develop skills to keep it from becoming a major focus in their lives,” observes Cherkin. Regardless of the mechanism, experts in a holistic approach to chronic pain relief agree that encouraging self-control, self-determination and self-empowerment makes a huge difference in patients’ abilities to control pain more naturally and effectively. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at

How to Tap Away Pain

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apping, or Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), soothes the body by turning off the “fight or flight” stress response that can cause inflammation and worsen pain, according to Tapping Solutions founder Nick Ortner, of Newtown, Connecticut. Here’s how to do it:


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Identify the problem (e.g., pain in back of neck).

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Rate the intensity of feelings about the problem on a scale of one to 10.

Compose a statement about it (e.g., “Even though I have intense neck pain today, I deeply and completely accept myself”).


Using one or two fingers on one hand, tap the “karate chop” area on the outer edge of the other hand while repeating the statement three times.

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* chin * inner collarbone * under arm * top of head

While repeating, e.g., “intense neck pain,” using firm, but gentle pressure, use either two or four fingers to tap these areas, on either side, five to seven times in sequences as follows:


* side of eyebrow * side of eye * under eye * under nose

Source: The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief, by Nick Ortner; instructional video at

Refocus on the original problem and rate its intensity. Restate what you’re feeling, as needed.


Put Yourself in PRE-HAB! Simple Movement Techniques Prevent Painful Physical Breakdown


by Chris Kalisz

any of us live in pain. There are an estimated 1.5 billion people worldwide who currently suffer from some type of chronic pain. Our bodies, much like our cars, need to be cared for in order for function to be restored; the good news is that maintenance can be easier than we think. When it comes to pain management, many allopathic doctors are quick to prescribe either pain pills or injections. In some cases, this treatment may certainly be warranted. However, if we are able to catch a problem before it becomes chronic, we can save ourselves from a significant amount of pain and accumulated problems. Pills and injections will usually target the painful region, but that area may not actually be the root problem. Sometimes pain is an expression of overcompensation or a symptom of a problem elsewhere in the body. For example, hip and knee pain can often be traced back to improper back/pelvic alignment. Sometimes by changing what we are doing or not doing, we can change the pain. Incorporating proper movements, stretching and maintenance techniques should be viewed as “pre-hab”. By changing our viewpoint, the goal is to prevent a breakdown within our bodies rather than rehabilitate from one.

Foam rolling or self-massage work can be helpful for those suffering from tension that threatens to become pain. Trigger points, or “knots”, form in the muscles from over-use, over-compensation, injuries or trauma to the area, general tightness, and a variety of other reasons. Self-massage therapy is imperative to cleaning up these knots and releasing the tension. When these knots form, they actually restrict the muscles from working correctly. The joints are designed with very specific movements and are meant to function optimally. They are held together and encased within the joint capsule, which consists of strong ligaments and surrounding tendons and fascia. Joint mobilization techniques are designed to restore proper range of motion to joints and clean up the joint capsule in order to provide better function. Foundational and functional movements are another must-have. As we get older, we stop moving in certain patterns; our bodies adapt to what we do. They also adapt to what we don’t do. So if we neglect certain movements, our bodies will lose the ability to perform them easily. When it comes to movement, that old adage, “use it or lose it,” certainly applies. It’s time to be accountable and responsible for our own bodies.

Stretch, Roll and Massage

Chris Kalisz was a professional wrestler and bodybuilder for 12 years. After years of abuse and a lack of re-balancing his system, Kalisz chose to become a movement therapist and teacher. His Mobility Project 24/7 is an on-demand video library that offers knowledge and education. Connect at

Are we stretching? That is question one, but we also need to ask ourselves if we are stretching correctly. Many people who stretch actually end up becoming tighter because they are unaware of the proper techniques and application of stretching rules.

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Six Drug-Free Ways to Preempt the Pain

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ne in three people will develop shingles (Herpes zoster) during their lifetime. Although the painful skin eruptions last only a few weeks, chronic pain can persist for several months and seriously impair quality of life long after the red rash marks disappear.   Also concerning is that the rate of shingles is on the rise, according to a multidisciplinary review of relevant literature by PLOS, a nonprofit openaccess science publisher. The cause may be widespread use of the chickenpox vaccine. A decade-long Australian study published in the Medical Journal of Australia showed that as its use rose, so did the incidence of shingles.   Shingles is acknowledged as being far more serious than chicken pox. Dr. Joseph Mercola, founder of the healthC o r e Po w e r Wo r k s h o p . c o m care website, reports shingles can also lead to neuropathy, meningitis, hearing loss and blindness.   Fortunately, there are six safe and effective drug- and vaccine-free ways to prevent shingles or ease symptoms.   New Haven / Middlesex

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Vitamin C Therapy: According to Dr. Thomas E. Levy, vitamin C has been successfully used in treating shingles’ skin rash and blisters. In one study by Dr. Frederick Klenner, eight such patients received 2,000 to 3,000 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C by injection every 12 hours, supplemented by 1,000 mg in fruit juice every two hours. Seven reported complete pain relief within two hours of the first of five to seven injections.   As early as the mid-20th century, a study by Dr. Mohammed Zureick of 327 shingles patients demonstrated that vitamin C injections effected complete resolution of the outbreaks in all of them within 72 hours.   Fruits and Vegetables: Diets low in micronutrients including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can increase the risk by depressing the immune system. In a British community-based study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, researchers followed


243 shingles patients in 22 general practices in London with a control group of 483 individuals with no history of the ailment. Those eating less than one piece of fruit a week had more than three times the risk of herpes zoster versus those eating more than three a day. The same pattern occurred when they looked at combined fruit and vegetable intake.    Capsaicin: Postherpetic neuralgia is a complication of shingles that can last long after initial symptoms disappear. Topical capsaicin, the spicy compound in hot peppers, may be an effective treatment.    In a double-blind study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 32 elderly patients with chronic postherpetic neuralgia were treated with either capsaicin cream or a placebo. After six weeks, almost 80 percent of capsaicin-treated patients experienced relief. The researchers noted that because capsaicin avoids problems with drug interactions and systemic toxicity, it should be considered a first choice in management. A study of 143 Canadian patients in Clinical Therapeutics yielded similar results. Then, in a two-year followup of 77 of the patients, 86 percent showed continued benefits from the single six-week trial with no serious adverse effects.   



Acupuncture: In a Chinese study of acute shingles cases in the journal Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, 72 patients were randomly divided into two groups. One received acupuncture around the margins of the outbreak. The others received acupuncture plus moxibustion—a traditional Chinese therapy that burns dried mugwort near the skin—of the area around the needling. The acupuncture group had a relief rate of 85.3 percent, with the cessation of herpes eruptions, quicker scab healing and reduced residual neuralgia. Moxibustion-treated patients were cured within three days with a rate of 97.4 percent.    Tai Chi: A study in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society found that tai chi boosts immunity to the varicella zoster virus. In a randomized trial of 112 healthy adults, one group did tai chi for 25 weeks while another received health education. After 16 weeks all were vaccinated with VARIVAX, the live, attenuated Oka/ Merck varicella zoster virus vaccine. Results showed the tai chi group had nearly twice the levels of cell-mediated immunity to the virus compared to the control group; tai chi alone increased immunity about as much as the shingles vaccine plus yielded significant improvements in physical functioning, bodily pain, vitality and mental health.


In a University of California-Los Angeles study, 36 men and women over 60 were assigned either to a tai chi or control group. For 15 weeks, the tai chi practitioners received three, 45-minute instruction classes a week; their cellmediated immunity to the varicella zoster virus rose 50 percent plus they experienced significant improvements in physical functioning.   Light Therapy: In a study published in Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine, 25 patients with severe pain in the first week of zoster rash were divided into a prevention group (receiving the drug acyclovir for 10 days, plus UVB light therapy three times a week until pain relief was reached or a maximum of 15 sessions); a control group received just the drug. After one month, 58.3 percent of the light therapy patients were painfree, compared to 38.5 percent of the drug group. At three months, the ratios rose to 83.3 percent versus 53.8. The researchers concluded that UVB phototherapy in the acute stage of shingles might reduce the incidence and severity of lingering neuralgia.   Margie King was a corporate attorney for 20 years before becoming a health writer in Lower Gwynedd, PA. Connect at


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Why Medical Cannabis?

Connecticut Offers Options for Many Conditions by Ariana Rawls Fine


aining access to marijuana for overwhelming and painful symptoms of serious afflictions can make a difference for that person’s quality of life and wellbeing while they fight to get better. Twenty-nine states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico currently allow for public medical marijuana and cannabis programs. Connecticut is one of the states that offers its citizens the option of medical marijuana for certain conditions. For those interested to explore this option, there are many “who, what, how and where” questions to research. Whether it is utilizing medical marijuana, more readily available CBD oils or whole-plant hemp extracts, an important emotional and mental aspect is best summed up by physician David Casarett in his “A doctor’s case for medical marijuana” TedMed 2016 video: “A lot of the patients I talked with who’ve turned to medical marijuana for help, weren’t turning to medical marijuana because of its benefits or the balance of risks and benefits, or because they thought it was a wonder drug, but because it gave them control over their illness. It let them manage their health in a way that was productive and efficient and effective and comfortable for them.” Relief and a semblance of control is what most patients are seeking. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of over 85 chemical compounds, or cannabinoids, found in the female cannabis flower, and the only one with psychoactive effects. Can22

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nabidiol, or CBD, is another cannabinoid component that is non-psychoactive. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2014 Farm Bill defined cannabis containing less than 0.3 percent THC as “industrial hemp” while cannabis with a THC of more than 0.3 percent was deemed “marijuana”. While a medical marijuana card from Connecticut’s Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) is needed in order to order products with more than 0.3 percent THC, CBD products are more readily available and can be purchased over the counter at some health food stores in the area.

Connecticut’s Medical Marijuana Program

Connecticut’s MMP was first established and signed into law in 2012. It was designed to enable truly sick patients to engage in the palliative use of marijuana while preventing marijuana from being misused or diverted from its medical purpose. The law and program provide immunity from state criminal and civil penalties for physicians, patients, caregivers, dispensaries and producers who act responsibly in accordance with the law. The most current statistics from the program show there are 17,964 registered medical marijuana patients in the state, with 3,673 in Fairfield County, 4,215 in New Haven County, 1,097 in Middlesex County and 1,107 in Litchfield County. There are currently nine dispensary facilities and four medical marijuana producers in Con-

“A lot of the patients I talked with who’ve turned to medical marijuana for help, weren’t turning to medical marijuana because of its benefits or the balance of risks and benefits, or because they thought it was a wonder drug, but because it gave them control over their illness. It let them manage their health in a way that was productive and efficient and effective and comfortable for them.” ~Dr. David Casarett necticut. Local dispensaries include Compassionate Care Center in Bethel, Bluepoint Wellness of Connecticut in Branford, and Arrow Alternative Care #2, Inc. and Southern CT Wellness & Healing, LLC, both in Milford. As of May 11, 2017, there are 682 registered physicians in the MMP, which means these physicians can legally prescribe MM for specific indications. The medical conditions currently approved by Connecticut for adults include cancer, glaucoma, positive status for HIV or AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome, Crohn’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sickle cell disease, post laminectomy syndrome with chronic radiculopathy, severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, complex regional pain syndrome, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, irreversible spinal cord injury with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, terminal illness requiring end-of-life care and uncontrolled intractable seizure disorder. For patients less than 18 years of age, the covered debilitating medical conditions include cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, irreversible spinal cord injury with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, severe epilepsy, terminal illness requiring end-of-life care and uncontrolled intractable seizure disorder. While the list of conditions is fixed, it has expanded since the MMP first began and the Department of Consumer Protection does consider petitions to add debilitating conditions, treatments or diseases to the current list of 22 conditions for adults and six conditions for youth patients allowed by law.

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Despite the widespread perception of marijuana needing to be inhaled by the patient for them to reap benefits, there are actually a number of ways to use medical cannabis. Dispensaries such as Southern CT Wellness & Healing offer products other forms, including flowers, vape oils, concentrates, edibles, capsules/tablets, oral syringes and sprays,

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As of May 11, 2017, there are 682 registered physicians in the MMP, which means these physicians can legally prescribe MM for specific indications. oral strips, tinctures and topicals. For those with qualifying conditions, the process is streamlined. Only a physician can begin the MMP application process as they need to certify for the state that the patient has a medical condition that qualifies for a medical marijuana registration certificate. Similar to getting a passport, proof of identity, proof of Connecticut residency, a passport-size photograph and a $100 registration fee are required elements. For those that need a primary caregiver to fill the medical marijuana prescription, that person must register as a qualified caregiver before the department will issue the patient a registration certificate. The patient then turns to the approved medical marijuana dispensary to begin the prescription process. “When a patient is diagnosed with one of the conditions, we need to know which symptoms they need help with. With PTSD, for instance, we would investigate whether they have anxiety during the day, night terrors or other specific symptoms. Based on the need, we would adjust what THC:CBD ratio was needed and what type of delivery system was best for that patient,” explains Deepa Desai, PharmD, one of four pharmacists who own Southern CT Wellness & Healing. Dosing depends on the patient’s symptoms, their history, the side effects of their current medications, and the patient’s familiarity with using marijuana and how it affects their body, says Desai. As an example, she explains, they may start with a lower dose for patients that have not tried cannabis before in order to gauge how they react. Crohn’s disease is another example. Medical marijuana has the potential to alleviate nausea, vomiting and headache symptoms in order to help the patient eat more food. Since there usually are issues with ingestion, delivery might be suggested via syringes under the tongue, tinctures or dissolvable strips.

Cannabinoid Products: Outside the MMP

What happens if someone does not have one of the conditions currently approved for medical marijuana prescriptions but would like to try medical marijuana to relieve pain from arthritis or another condition? Companies with CBD products operate outside of the state medical marijuana program so a medical marijuana card is not needed to obtain products. It is important to note that CBD-labeled dietary supplements with the single CBD cannabinoid can currently only be legally sold in states with medical marijuana laws. However, a whole-plant, hemp extract CBD product that contains all cannabinoids—such as the Stanley Brothers’ proprietary Charlotte’s Web grown in Colorado—can be sold in all 50 states. 24

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“We have been filling in the gaps with people who are not interested in the psychoactive high and also those who cannot qualify for a medical card but still need and are seeking relief,” says Lisa Macre of Orange-based MedTech Healthcare Solutions. The company was created by owner Thomas Macre to offer clients a variety of hemp oils, gel pens and supplements made from the proprietary Charlotte’s Web whole-plant hemp extract. “The reason we are legal across the U.S. is because we can guarantee that there is 0.3 percent THC or less in our products; they are grown, manufactured and bottled in one plant,” explains Allison Ondy, MedTech’s director of operations. “Growers can have similar strains but the percentage of THC can vary.” Ondy mentions that their accounts with naturopaths, integrated health offices and apothecaries continue to grow as the products can also be used as a supplement for general well-being. “We are even working with a neurologist in Manhattan since the product is a great neuro-protectant,” Lisa Macre adds. In regard to child dosing, Ondy says, they refer clients to the Realm of Caring nonprofit, which focuses on dosing and recommended variations, especially for children. “I have been in pain for over 20 years due to fibromyalgia, arthritis and spinal stenosis. I’ve tried everything to alleviate my symptoms, including pain meds, shots, acupuncture, trigger point injections, patches. Nothing works as well as this oil. After one month of use, my pain is 80 percent improved. My ‘brain fog’ has been replaced with clarity and focus. I am less anxious and experience a sense of well-being without the ‘high’ that THC causes,” says Louise Barillaro of her experience with the Charlotte’s Web oil.

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The door was opened for research into prospective new uses for medical marijuana in our state during Connecticut’s 2016 legislative session. Department of Public Health-licensed medical facilities, higher education institutions and medical marijuana dispensary facilities and producers licensed in Connecticut were given the greenlight at that time to start applying for research program licenses. The first Connecticut medical marijuana research program was approved in December 2016. The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection gave the go-ahead to Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center’s Medical Marijuana research program to study the effectiveness of medical marijuana versus oxycodone in patients experiencing pain after suffering multiple rib fractures. Branford’s The Connecticut Hospice Inc. has also been approved for their study on the use of cannabis for pain management and opioid usage reductions in palliative care. Ariana Rawls Fine is Editor of Natural Awakenings Fairfield County/Housatonic Valley, CT and New Haven/Middlesex Counties, CT. She resides in Stratford with her family. For more information about any aspect of Connecticut’s MMP, visit =503670&dcpNav=|&dcpNav_GID=2109.


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oint disease, specifically arthritis, is a common problem in dogs and cats, especially as they age. The causes are many and include obesity, inflammation, immune dysfunction and normal wear and tear in joints. Conventional therapies include steroids, non-steroidal medications, analgesic medications to control pain and surgery, when applicable. Clinical signs of arthritis include joint stiffness, pain, difficulty getting up and down, a pet’s decreased desire to walk or exercise and increased aggression due to pain. Keep in mind that other causes may be misdiagnosed as “arthritis”, but are related to another disease. Many natural therapies for joint disease include acupuncture, chiropractic, cold laser treatment, physical therapy, Chinese and Western herbal therapies, nutrition and diet, homotoxicology and homeopathy. Several key homeopathic remedies recommended for human relief in osteoarthritic knee, hip

and finger joints by Dr. Vikas Sharma, of Chandigarh, India, may also be helpful for pets with joint injury and pain, according to The Arthritis Solution for Dogs & Cats (PetCareNaturally. com). Consult a holistic veterinarian for individual treatment options.

Arnica This is a mainstay of homeopathy, as noted in the New World Veterinary Repertory, and applies to anything related to bones and joints. It is useful for chronic arthritis, especially if the painful parts of the body seem to worsen when moved or touched.

Bryonia Alba It’s especially helpful for pets showing signs of stiffness and inflammation with pain made worse as the pet moves, especially when rising and lying down. Offset cold dry weather with warmth and humidification. Discomfort is aggravated when the

affected body part is touched, bumped or moved about, which may spur aggressive behavior, so show tender care and respect. Relief typically comes when the pet rests the affected part.

Calcarea carbonica This remedy may ease deeply aching arthritis, particularly if bony or fibrous tissue has formed around joints. Avoid cold and dampness. Signs alerting a veterinarian to the problem may include muscle weakness, fatigue from exertion and a feeling of chilliness or sluggishness (these pets may also be hypothyroid).

Kali carbonicum Pets with advanced arthritis showing joints that are thickened or deformed may benefit from kali. Stiffness and pain are typically worse in the morning from cold, damp weather, so that’s an ideal time for applying prescribed treatment.

Rhus toxicodendron This is useful for many arthritic pets and especially those with rheumatoid arthritis, which is rare. The remedy is also beneficial for pets that start the day stiff and in pain, but improve with continued movement. Protect them from cold, wet weather conditions.

Ruta graveolens Another widely recognized arthritis remedy, ruta grav is for pets whose symptoms may be exacerbated by cold and damp and exertion. It may be prescribed for affected and damaged tendons and capsules of the joints, when arthritis may have developed from overuse, repeated wear and tear and associated chronic inflammation. The practice of functional medicine teaches combinations of complementary therapies suited to the individual pet’s needs. Homeopathics can be a beneficial element in treating animals suffering from a variety of joint disorders. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets.

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ummer is high season for grilling when just about anything sizzled over high heat tastes great. Grill masters Karen Adler and Judith Fertig recently put this theory to the test when they fired up their grills—gas and charcoal—to cook bruschetta, panini, flatbreads and pizzas. The results tasted so good that they created a cookbook: Patio Pizzeria: Artisan Pizza and Flatbreads on the Grill. Here are a few pointers using a backyard charcoal-style approach, with toxin-free hardwood lump charcoal, or a barbecue gas grill. Grill grates can be plain or fancy, from a pizza stone to a high-heat pizza oven—all can bring out that charcoal earthiness.

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“No patio pizzeria repertoire is complete without a signature grilled bread. It’s one of the easiest and most flavorful appetizers ever,” says Adler. This dish starts with good whole grain bread, liberally brushed with extra-virgin olive oil on both sides, and then grilled and topped with any number of vegetable mixtures, from fresh sliced tomatoes to sautéed bell peppers or broccoli rabe

and garlic. “The bread slices should be big enough to manage on the grill grates with long-handled grill tongs,” she says. “Simply cook on each side until the bread has good grill marks, then add toppings.” For flatbread, Fertig suggests starting with a pound of fresh pizza dough—healthy grain, if preferred— cut into four pieces. Pat each piece into an oval on a floured surface. “The good thing about flatbread is that it can be just about any shape, so the pressure is off to make it perfectly round.” Brush each oval with olive oil before transferring it directly onto the hot grill grate. When the dough bubbles up like a pancake, turn it with grill tongs and cook the other side. Then top the grilled flatbread with mixtures like honey, pistachios and chive blossoms or freshly chopped herbs and grated pecorino cheese. “Grilled flatbread can go vegan, vegetarian or ‘omnivore-ean’,” she says.  

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Another variation is to step up from flatbread to small, individual pizzas, or pizzettes. For this, use the same

fresh pizza dough, but roll it into four perfect rounds. One by one, the rounds go on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brushed with olive oil. “Placing the dough on the oiled parchment paper first and then flipping it upside-down on the grill grates helps keep the dough’s shape better than placing it directly on the grates by hand. This quick flip-and-peel motion is easy once you do it a time or two. Keeping the pizzas small also makes them easier to maneuver on the grill,”

advises Adler. After each pizzette bubbles up like a pancake, it needs to be turned and moved to the indirect, or no-heat, side of the grill. There, it gets pizza toppings and can sit for a while with the grill lid closed, so the toppings melt. Served with a fresh salad or summer fruit, a flatbread or pizzette makes for a perfect summer meal on the grill. Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO.

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Baby Arugula, Ricotta, Sea Salt and Olive Oil Pizzas Yields: 4 (6-to-8-inch) pizza servings Fresh baby arugula on top gives this pizza a fresh first bite, with creamy, tangy, salty and grill-icious to follow.   1 cup ricotta cheese ¼ tsp dried red pepper flakes 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil ¼ tsp coarse sea salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 lb prepared pizza dough, garlic and herb-flavored, if possible; whole wheat, natural grain or gluten-free if preferred Unbleached all-purpose or gluten-free flour for rolling out and dusting Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing ¼ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese 4 cups baby arugula (about 6 oz)  

Stir together the ricotta, red pepper flakes and olive oil in a small bowl and adjust the seasonings to taste. Set aside. Prepare an indirect medium-hot fire in the grill, with heat on one side and no heat on the other.   Divide the dough into four portions. On a floured surface, pat or roll each portion into a 6-to-8-inchdiameter circle.   Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush olive oil into a circle that’s a little larger than a pizza, and then place a pizza on the oiled circle. Brush the top of the pizza with olive oil.   Lift the pizza by holding the ends of the parchment paper. At a height of about 6 inches above the grill, flip the circle of dough onto the hot side of the grill grates. Quickly peel off the parchment and close the lid. Grill the pizza for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it has good grill marks.   Turn the pizza with tongs and move it to the indirect side. Spread the pizza with one-quarter of the ricotta and sprinkle with one-quarter of the Pecorino Romano. Cover and grill for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Repeat the process with the other pizzas. To serve, top each pizza with 1 cup of arugula.

Yields: 8 servings Hearty greens such as broccoli rabe, kale, Swiss chard and spinach are interchangeable here. A quick sauté until greens are wilted keeps dark colors brilliant. Pile the greens, still dripping with olive oil, atop the toasted bread for an appetizer or delicious side with pasta or pizza.   For the sautéed broccoli rabe: 8 oz broccoli rabe, chopped 1 large garlic clove, thinly sliced 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 /8 tsp kosher or sea salt Pinch of red pepper flakes (less than 1/8 tsp)   For the bruschetta: 8 slices (½-inch-thick) of Italian country (or gluten-free) bread 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil   For the sautéed broccoli rabe, in a large skillet on the stovetop, heat 2 tablespoons of water and add the broccoli rabe and garlic. Cook until soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Drizzle with the olive oil and season with the red pepper flakes and salt. Adjust the seasonings to taste.   For the bruschetta, prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill. Brush each slice with the olive oil and grill 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until it has good grill marks.   Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the wilted broccoli rabe on each bruschetta and serve warm.

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Thai Shrimp Pizzettes with Coconut and Chiles Yields: 4 (6-to-8-inch) pizza servings Green curry paste, available in the Asian section of the grocery, contains green chiles, lemongrass and other tasty seasonings. Ingredients include enough shrimp for nibbling before scattering the bulk of them on the pizzettes.   For the green curry coconut sauce: 1 cup fresh or canned coconut milk, well shaken 2 tsp green curry paste Juice of 1 lime (about 1 Tbsp)   For the shrimp pizzettes: 1 lb large shrimp (31 to 35), peeled and deveined Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing 1 lb prepared pizza dough, whole wheat, natural grain or gluten-free if preferred Unbleached all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour for rolling out and dusting ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro   For the green curry coconut sauce, stir together the coconut milk, green curry paste and lime juice in small bowl. Set aside.  

For the shrimp pizzettes, soak 8 (12inch) bamboo skewers in water for at least 30 minutes. Prepare an indirect medium-hot fire in the grill, with heat on one side and no heat on the other.   Thread the shrimp onto the prepared skewers and brush with olive oil.   Grill shrimp over direct heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until firm, opaque and pink.  

Divide the dough into four portions. On a floured surface, pat or roll each portion into a 6-to-8-inch-diameter circle. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush olive oil into a circle that’s a little larger than a pizza, and then place a pizza on the oiled circle. Brush the top of the pizza with olive oil.   Lift the pizza by holding the ends of the parchment paper. At a height of about 6 inches above the grill, flip the circle of dough onto the hot side of the grill grates. Quickly peel off the parchment and close the lid. Grill the pizza base for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it has good grill marks. Turn the pizza with tongs and move it to the indirect heat side.   Spread the pizza with one-quarter of the green curry coconut sauce. Cover and grill for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, or until the topping has melted.   Repeat the process with the other pizzas. To serve, top each pizza with grilled shrimp and cilantro.   Source: Patio Pizzeria, by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig; adapted, with the permission of Running Press.

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hile some carmakers are filling showrooms with everlarger gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles (SUV) thanks to lower gas prices, some car buyers want to do just the opposite and go greener with their wheels. Fortunately, more eco-friendly options exist than ever before—many of which come with surprising personal benefits in addition to a cleaner, greener planet. The green share of the U.S. auto market, combining battery electrics, hybrids and plug-in hybrids, peaked at 3.8 percent in 2013, according to the Automotive News Data Center. Despite a record 59 models available now, the share was just 2.87 percent in 2016. As Millennials—the generation that could be buying 40 percent of all new vehicles by 2020—fully emerge into the marketplace, eco-car numbers could zoom, although some think it’s possible they’ll by shunning car purchases for car-sharing services. “The market has continued to shift to crossovers and big SUVs, and there aren’t many hybrid models available in those categories,” says Sam

Abuelsamid, senior research analyst at Navigant Research. “We expect that to change in the next couple of years, when vehicles like the hybrid Ford Explorer reach the public.” Navigant projects only 3.4 percent annual compounded growth in hybrid sales by 2025, but a much more robust 31 percent rise in battery-run electrics. “Conventional hybrids without a plug no longer have the halo they once had,” says Bradley Berman, founder of “The cutting edge has moved to electric cars with ever-bigger battery packs and longer electric range. With gas prices at relatively low levels, the green car market remains a small niche.”

Getting a Green Bargain

Many of the greener choices are now a tremendous bargain for consumers. The federal government currently offers a tax credit of up to $4,500 for electrified vehicles, and many states kick in with added subsidies. Highlights include maximums available for electric vehicles (EV) with big batteries: California, $1,500 in rebates, plus single-occupant use of the

high-occupancy vehicle lanes; Colorado, $5,000; Connecticut, $3,000; Delaware, $2,200; Maryland, $3,000; Massachusetts, $2,500; Michigan, $2,500; Pennsylvania, $2,000; Rhode Island, $2,500; Texas, $2,500; and Utah, $750. The Prius Prime is a prime example of the savings available. The acclaimed plug-in hybrid, with an electric range of 25 miles, starts at $27,100, before subsidies (starting prices are before destination costs). In California, it would be $21,100. This means this well-equipped plug-in hybrid is, for state purchasers, approximately $3,585 less than a base Prius liftback hybrid ($24,685). It’s a buyer’s market for green cars, as manufacturers incentivize them to meet federal and California fuel economy averages. Buyers are encouraged to act now before subsidies disappear. Hyundai is taking an interesting approach with its green Ioniq line, offering, beginning this year, affordable battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the same midsized car platform. “This is about freedom for the customer—they can choose the level of electrification that fits them,” says Mike O’Brien, Hyundai vice president of corporate and product planning.  

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With the Bolt—GM’s first battery electric since the EV1—the buyer can get from zero to 60 miles per hour (mph) in 6.5 seconds from its 200-horsepower motor plus attain 238 miles of range from its huge, 60-kilowatt-hour battery, winning it 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year, Green Car Journal’s 2017 Green Car of the Year and 2017 North American Car of the Year from a jury of automotive journalists. Prices start at $36,620, but subsidies can top $10,000.


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The power (204 horsepower) and zeroto-60 mph time capability is similar to the Bolt, but the A3 offers a more sumptuous cabin and Audi’s celebrated driving dynamics. The electric range is a mere 16 miles, but 380 miles total using the 1.4-liter, four-cylinder gas engine. Prices start at $38,900, but it qualifies for a $4,500 federal tax credit and some state subsidies, too.

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Meet the New “Pickleball” You may not have heard of it yet, but pickleball is a mixture of tennis, squash and table tennis, and it’s one of the fastestgrowing sports in the country. The USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) at estimates that 2.5 million players are active now, with the number expected to multiply to 8 million by next year. Regulation tennis courts especially marked for pickleball facilitate its smaller, 20-by-44-foot playing area. The need for less running about appeals to older players and others, as does the distinctive thud when the hard paddle hits the plastic ball. (Sample video at PickleballShot.) Christine Barksdale, 48, of Vancouver, Washington, USAPA’s managing director of competition and athlete services, played league tennis from childhood into adulthood until she transferred her passion to pickleball. She assesses that half of participants are “totally focused on pickleball,” while the rest see it as a way to improve their volleying skills for tennis. “It definitely improves reflexes. It’s easy for beginners to pick it up and have fun.” It also introduces kids to racquet sports.

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Stretching the shoulders before playing is advised by licensed sports massage therapist Brian Horner, who works with athletes at pickleball, tennis, racquetball and beach volleyball tournaments in Arizona, California and elsewhere. The shoulder is like the handle of a whip in these sports, says Horner, who authored the new ebook Complete Guide to Winning Pickleball ( “If it isn’t operating normally, when more pressure is applied it can strain the elbow and wrist.” Swimming, especially backstrokes, is advised because therapists regard water as a friend of shoulders. “Sixty to 70 percent of the people that play [here] are retired,” says Steve Munro, owner of the West View Tennis Center, in Morgantown, West Virginia. He also sees the sport as a nice transition for older tennis players. Pickleball was invented in Washington’s Bainbridge Island in 1965 by then Congressman Joel Pritchard and businessman Bill Bell. Along with the Pacific Northwest, some other major pockets of popularity include Chicago, Phoenix, southern Utah, Orange County, California; and Collier, Lee and Miami-Dade counties, in Florida.

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Participants of Cardio Tennis, a Tennis Industry Association program, benefit from high-intensity, aerobic, interval training, using functional movement to run to return shots and move around the court in preparatory footwork drills. It also increases stamina and endurance, which enhances both regular tennis performance and overall fitness. According to (which includes a sample video), men can burn between 500 and 1,000 calories in one, hour-long class; women, between 300 and 500. Estimates put the number of players currently engaging in such clinics at 1.82 million nationwide. “Tennis is a chief component of Cardio Tennis, but it’s much more. It’s a group fitness activity, a major workout that increases the heart rate,” says Chris Ojakian, a global Cardio Tennis trainer and executive director of racquet sports with Elite Racquet Sports, of Marina del Rey, California. They manage and operate tennis programs at facilities nationwide. A session often consists of a five-to-seven-minute dynamic warm-up including stretching, tossing tennis balls and light tennis play; more tennis lasting 10 to 12 minutes, including “cardio blast” sideline activities like quick footwork drills and jumping jacks when changing sides; 30 minutes of point-based tennis games with constant rotation of players and more cardio blasts; and a five-to10-minute cool down. “Participants are moving during the times they’d be waiting their turn to hit the ball in regular tennis clinics, and it works on the kind of quick footwork that’s done in competition,” explains Ojakian, the 2011 U.S. Professional Tennis Association California Pro of the Year. Sessions, which also include party music and heart rate monitors, are “so fast paced and fun, people often can’t believe when they’re over,” he enthuses. “It accomplishes so

Sideline drills enhance skills during Cardio Tennis sessions. much in one hour.” Larry Carlat, of Venice, California, editor in chief of, credits participating in Cardio Tennis sessions with Ojakian twice a week and a healthier diet in the last three-plus years for losing 25 pounds. “You’re never standing still for more than a couple of seconds, and my footwork has improved,” says the 20-year tennis player. “Chris also provides tennis tips during classes. It’s fun and run!” Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a freelance editor and writer, including for Natural Awakenings magazine.


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inecraft. Pokemon. Snapchat. Digital media dominates childhood. That time youngsters used to spend playing with friends, being with family or sleeping has been zapped. According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 8-to-10-year-olds are daily exposed to nearly eight hours of onscreen media and heavy media users are twice as likely to report poor grades. Conscientious and concerned parents are setting limits on screen time and reclaiming family time. Experts, too, are working to define a “new healthy” at a time when many activities, from homework to shopping, are moving online.   “How can you begin to limit kids’ screen time when teachers are increasingly using media?” queries Pediatrician Corinn Cross, who practices in Los Angeles. “It’s hard. None of us grew up with this level of technology, and it’s moving faster than any advice can.”  

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Cross co-authored the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recently updated digital media guidelines, which

shifted from strict time limits to greater flexibility for and within different age groups. For children under 18 months, the recommendation is to avoid media altogether outside of video chats with loved ones. In the older age ranges, the guidelines are less prescriptive and more about setting individual limits that ensure getting enough sleep and physical activity along with achieving other developmental needs. Cross believes excessive screen time is particularly detrimental for younger kids that have fewer waking hours and more developing to do. “Toddlers don’t learn well from screens, so you will have limited return from using screens for education,” she observes.   Kathy Marrocco, an Oakland Township, Michigan, blogger with, initially worried about her kids’ potential adverse exposure to radiation from cell phone use. Her concern soon turned to other big impacts of digital media encroaching on their lives. She cites a study of 3,000 parents of grade-school-aged kids, which found that nearly two-thirds of the children are using

their devices at night instead of sleeping, with a corresponding drop in concentration, memory and energy. Marrocco maintains firm boundaries with her daughter, 13, and son, 18, prohibiting the use of electronics at the kitchen table and in their rooms at night, in line with AAP recommendations. “They can only have devices in their room at night if they are in offline ‘airplane mode’ so they won’t be tempted to check or respond to incoming messages,” she says.   Kids don’t sleep well next to their phones, agrees Cross, a mother of three, ages 4, 6 and 8. “They have trouble falling and staying asleep.” She also doesn’t let her children use e-readers instead of books.  

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Psychotherapist Nicholas Kardaras, Ph.D., an addiction expert and executive director of The Dunes, a rehab clinic in East Hampton, New York, is even firmer about screen time, having seen some kids go off the digital deep end. Delaying the onset of screen ex-

Media and screens are best used purposefully, to achieve a specified goal. ~Corinn Cross posure is the most critical step a parent can take, suggests Kardaras. “There’s no evidence to suggest media exposure is beneficial to child development. Most tech geniuses, including the founders of Google, Amazon and Apple, were not exposed to it until adolescence. “Treating digital addiction is challenging because you can’t be digitally abstinent in this society,” he continues. “Prevention is the key.” Digital media abuse can have lasting developmental impacts, according to Kardaras, author of Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking our Kids and How to Break the Trance. cites numerous studies on the effects of such intensive use, from increased prevalence of attention deficit disorder to higher rates of depression. Brain imaging studies from institutions


such as the medical schools at Indiana University and University of Utah have shown how heavy exposure to digital media has effects on the brain similar to substance addiction, reports Kardaras, affecting areas of the brain linked with functions like impulse control, brain connectivity and processing speed. In his practice, red flags for potential digital addiction include strong reactions when devices are taken away, disinterest in “offline” activities, worsening of interpersonal relationships and dropping grades. Modeling good practices is as important as monitoring kids’ behavior, suggests Cross. In her household, all electronic tablets and cell phones are kept in a drawer when not in use. “If I have work to do or have to take a phone call, I’ll go to another room, then come back and be present with the kids,” she says. “Quality, face-toface time is important.”   Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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New Haven Community Circle Dance – 7:30pm9:30pm. Move in the footsteps of our ancestors as we enjoy traditional dances from many cultures, as well as contemporary pieces choreographed in the spirit of ancient folk dance. All dances are taught and no experience is necessary. Suggested donation $8. Location: Friends Meetinghouse, 225 East Grand Ave, New Haven. 203-467-1069.

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.

SATURDAY, JUNE 3 My Yoga, Mallorca! Yoga Retreat – (June 3-10). Join Breathing Room’s Margot Broom for a week of yoga and meditation in the Mediterranean. $1,595/$1,975. Lodging and meals included. Breathing Room Yoga Center, 817 Chapel St, New Haven. 203-562-LOVE. Connecticut Trails Day – 9am. Join Nature Center Director Alison Rubelmann and Ranger Dan Bosques for this morning walk. Discover the beauty of the Nature Center’s typical New England woodland during the CT Forest and Park Association’s annual Trails Day weekend. This moderate hike will also visit the settlement of the Paugasucks. Bring water, a snack, and bug spray. Wear sturdy shoes. Suitable for older children and adults. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Information: 203 736-1053. Reiki II – 9:30am-2pm. Reiki II attunes higher frequencies of energy. Second Degree or Reiki II certification class teaches ancient, powerful and precise healing symbols. Gain the ability to heal mental, emotional, and past life issues from a distance. $150. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. Call Gayle: 203-265-2927. FREE Reiki Clinic w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 12pm-3pm. Enjoy a 10-minute session of Reiki and learn about healing energy. Thyme and Season, 3040 Whitney Aves, Hamden. Info: 203-415-4791.

SUNDAY, JUNE 4 Reiki I Class w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 1pm-6pm. Learn about Usui and Holy Fire Reiki energies, their histories, and how to use the energy for yourself and others. Placement given. Certificate and manual included. $125. Hamden. Info/Registration: 203-415-4791.

MONDAY, JUNE 5 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. Gayle Franceschetti, 36 Cheshire Rd Wallingford. 203-265-2927or,

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7 Meditation Circle – 6pm. Guided meditation for all. Drop in! You don’t need experience to be part of this amazingly relaxing community. Relax, go deep and connect with all that is you! $10 Investment. Healing Room 70 Wall St, Madison. 203-245-5137.


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Japanese Tea Ceremony – 7pm-9pm. Enjoy tea under the full moon in spring with tea master, Keiko Ishibe, who will demonstrate a traditional tea ceremony with scroll painting and ikebana flower display. $35. One World Wellness, East Haven.

FRIDAY, JUNE 9 FREE Event for Families: “Living History Museum” Exhibition at Blackstone Memorial Library – 12:30pm-4:30pm. Middle School students will present interactive “living history” museum featuring study of ancient civilizations within hand-made life-sized displays. 758 Main Street, Branford. To RSVP call 203-433-4658 or email Full Moon Gong Kundalini & Meditation w/ Barbara and Steve Chillemi – 7pm-9pm. Experience live gong sound healing tones, Kundalini, and meditation to put mind/body at ease $22/session, $60/3. Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277.

SATURDAY, JUNE 10 Free Breakfast Provided by Assumption Church Breakfast Club & Masters Table Community Meals – 9am-10am. Join us for a hot breakfast or a cup of coffee. All are welcome! Assumption Church Hall, 61 N Cliff St, Ansonia. For more information, call 203-732-7792. Reiki I Certificate w/RMT, Holistic Coach, LMT CEU Provider Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm or (6pm-9pmTues 6/20 & Thurs 6/22 2-Part) or private dates. Provides empowering foundation for self-healing, support for personal challenges/ goals/relationships and treating others. Wallingford. $150 Pre-Class Consult/Register: 203-913-3869. Beachcombing: A Nature Journaling Retreat – 9:30am-3:30 pm. Simple pen and watercolor technique taught, all levels welcome, as we comb the beach and journal our finds. $50 includes program and lunch. Jan Blencowe certified facilitator. Mercy by the Sea Retreat and Conference Center, Madison. 203-245-0401. Day of Mindfulness with Dr. Jerry Silbert – 9:30am-3pm. Join us for a day of mindfulness, a practice to reduce stress and live fully. $50 includes program and lunch. Mercy by the Sea Retreat and Conference Center, Madison. 203-245-0401. Cartooning the Natural World – 10am. (June 10 & 24). Ranger Amie Ziner, our artist in residence, will teach four classes in cartooning nature! We will use on site materials, stuffed specimens, and live animal observation to complete four cartoons with a plant

and animal in each one. Improve your drawing accuracy and realism for fun, for story illustration, and for expressing yourself using pictures. For ages 10 to adult. Limited space. Fee: $5 per class. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister 203-736-1053. Summer Sun Spots – 1pm. Join Bob Carruthers for a chance to view the sun safely. Serious eye damage or blindness can result from even a brief glimpse of our star. Never view it directly with the naked eye or with any unfiltered optical device, such as binoculars or a telescope. Bob will use a special instrument to observe the sun spots safely. He will teach you what the sun is, what makes it shine, and what it’s made from. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Information: 203-736-1053.

SUNDAY, JUNE 11 ECKANKAR Religion of the Light and Sound of God invites you to our Light and Sound Service with fellowship afterward – 10am11:15am. Hear inspirational talks and uplifting music to awaken spiritual understanding in everyday life. Free. Eckankar Temple at Rt.66 & Harvest Wood Rd, Middlefield.; Free Workshop: “What is Spiritual Freedom to You?” – 12pm-1:15pm. Right at this very moment spiritual freedom is within your grasp. Discover how spiritual freedom can enhance your daily life and assist you in unfolding in this lifetime. Eckankar Temple, Rt. 66, Middlefield. eckankarct@ “A Passion for Birds” w/ Henry Lappen – 2pm. In this family program, participants learn how birds adapt to their environment, and why they look and act the way they do. Be captivated by Henry Lappen’s beautiful masks and by his dances among the crowd demonstrating the form and motion of the different species. The audience joins him while learning some mime skills and imaging. Fee: $5 per person. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Information: 203-736-1053. Reiki II Class w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 1pm-6pm. Increase your Reiki knowledge and energy. Learn the basic Reiki symbols and distant healing. Placement given. Certificate and manual included. $150. Hamden. Info/Registration: 203-415-4791.

MONDAY, JUNE 12 FREE Film Showing: The Mask You Live In – 10am. A film that follows boys and young men as they stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Cosponsored by Step Up and CELC Middle School. At CELC, 28 School St, Branford, To RSVP, call 203433-4658 or email Intro to Hooping w/ Courtney – 7:30pm-8:40pm. (Mon, 6/12-7/17). Learn to hoop at the waist, hips and above the head as well as how to combine movements into flowing routines! Strengthen your core and tone your muscles while increasing energy, reducing stress, and improving your rhythm, mood, and balance, Added bonus? Burn up to 600 calories per hour! $15/drop in, $60/6wks. Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. Pre-Registration Required: 203-287-2277 or

TUESDAY, JUNE 13 Angelspeake™/Akashic Record Class w/RMT, Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Ask empowering questions, awaken intuitive senses, receive signs/loving messages/guidance from angels, guides, masters, teachers, loved ones. Uniquely empowering for inspired actions and manifesting joy. $33/class. Wallingford. Register: 203-912-3869.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14 Explore Redwing Pond – 1pm. An introduction for our young naturalists and adults to learn about the inhabitants of Redwing Pond. We will scoop with ponding nets to capture and identify aquatic insects, fish, frogs, and turtles. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes—you will get muddy and wet. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Information: 203-736-1053. Fanci Annual Meeting and Potluck Supper – 5:30pm. If you’re a member of FANCI and can’t make the regular meetings, now is the time to find out what we’ve been up to! Reports and the election of officers will take place. Bring your own table setting and a dish to share (12 servings), and your ideas and suggestions for next year’s activities. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Register by June 9: 203-736-1053. Meditation Circle – 6pm. Guided meditation for all. Drop in! You don’t need experience to be part of this amazingly relaxing community. Relax, go deep and connect with all that is you! $10 Investment. Healing Room 70 Wall St, Madison. 203-245-5137.

SATURDAY, JUNE 17 Reiki II Certificate w/RMT, Holistic Coach, LMT CEU Provider Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm or two 1/2-Days/Eves by request. Receive empowering keys/symbols to mental-emotional clarity, balance; support for empathic challenges/relationship healing. Wallingford. $175 Pre-Class Consult/Register: 203-913-3869.

Field Trip: Meigs Point Nature Center: Three Shoreline Ecosystems – 10am-12pm. Meet the Ansonia Nature Center staff at the Meigs Point Nature Center, Hammonasset Beach State Park. We will explore three very distinct shoreline ecosystems with the Meigs Point staff – rocky shore, sandy beach, and salt marsh. For details, see June calendar at: Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear shoes that can get wet and muddy. Fee: $5 per person. Visit for directions. Will meet promptly at 9:45 am. Limited space. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister 203-736-1053. Join Breathing Room for a free Solstice Yoga class at the Top of East Rock – 6pm. Celebrate the season and enjoy open skies, open minds and asana. Breathing Room Yoga Center, 817 Chapel St, New Haven. 203-562-LOVE. Meditation Circle – 6pm. Guided meditation for all. Drop in! You don’t need experience to be part of this amazingly relaxing community. Relax, go deep and connect with all that is you! $10 Investment. Healing Room 70 Wall St, Madison. 203-245-5137. Summer Solstice Meditation w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Align with the energies in nature when they are at their fullest and the Divine energies touch your mind/body and soul of all living things. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927. A Circle of Women – 7pm-9pm. Join in sacred space to discover & strengthen your authentic self, live in rhythm with the seasons. Celebrate Summer Solstice.Healing the world one woman at a time. $25. Central Wallingford. Call Susan to explore/ reserve space: 203-645-1230.


FREE Reiki Clinic w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 2:30pm-4:30pm. Enjoy a 10-minute session of Reiki and learn about healing energy. Thyme and Season, 3040 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Info: 203-415-4791.

FREE FILM SHOWING: Sundance AwardWinning Film Most Likely to Succeed (MLTS) showing at CELC Middle School – 6:30pm. Followed by discussion. MLTS offers an inspiring look at what students and teachers are capable of — if we have the vision and courage to transform our schools. CT Experiential Learning Center, 8 School St., Branford. To RSVP, call 203-433-4658 or email



Restorative Yoga Workshop w/ Saskia Bergmans Smith – 2pm-4pm. Back by popular demand for two extra sessions this Summer! Relax and retreat from everyday life. Use passive stretching to release tension and nurture the body from the inside out. $27adv./$33. Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. Pre-Registration Required: 203-287-2277 or

Night Hike: Strawberry Moon – 7pm. Native American tribes traditionally kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon. The name of this moon, given because strawberries are harvested in June, was universal to all Algonquin tribes. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon. Wear appropriate footwear. For all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult). Fee: $1. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Information: 203 736-1053.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 Mindful Healing Meditation w/ RMT/Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – Engage in [+] Energy insights; create lasting, healthy transformations, relationships, empowering habits. Experience Aromatherapy and Akashic Record awakenings with the language of EFT Emotional Freedom Technique. $25. Wallingford. Register: 203-913-3869 or

HU chant. Singing HU can open your heart to God’s love and transform your life – 7pm-7:30pm. (Every 4th Friday). It can help you experience more divine love, joy, and spiritual freedom. Free. Eckankar Temple, Rt. 66, Middlefield. eckankarct@

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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 12, 2017 10am - 5pm

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

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SATURDAY, JUNE 24 Reiki III ART Cert. w/RMT, LMT CEU Provider, Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm or two 1/2-Days or Eves. Promote/Deepen lasting, healthy personal and client transformations/relationships. Advanced Techniques w/Crystal/Stone healing and manifesting grids for inspired actions/living. $200. Wallingford. Pre-Class Consult/Register: 203-913-3869. Donatella’s Online Video Meditation with the New Moon in Cancer! – 7pm-8:15pm EST. Sound Healing and Energy Alignment with Donatella Moltisanti under the Magic of the New Moon! In the Meditation you will be guided with the power of the sound to heal and to tune into the energies that are ready to be transformed and releasing all that doesn’t serve you anymore. Contact Information:

SUNDAY, JUNE 25 ART/Reiki Master Class w/ Anita Jones, RMT – Become an Usui Holy Fire II Reiki Master. Increase your skills and techniques. Learn how to teach each level of Reiki to others. Three-day workshop. Placement given. Certificate and manual included. $850. Hamden. Info/Registration: 203-415-4791.

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Introduction to Meditation – 11am-12:30pm. This workshop will assist you in starting your practice or help you deepen your existing practice. Everything you need to have a successful practice. There will also be a 20 min guided meditation. Please register for this workshop. $25 Investment. Healing Room 70 Wall St, Madison. 203-245-5137.

MONDAY, JUNE 26 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. Wallingford 203-265-2927.

TUESDAY, JUNE 27 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. Gayle Franceschetti, 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927 sor

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28 Meditation Circle – 6pm. Guided meditation for all. Drop in! You don’t need experience to be part of this amazingly relaxing community. Relax, go deep and connect with all that is you! $10 Investment. Healing Room 70 Wall St, Madison. 203-245-5137. 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. Wallingford. Call Gayle Franceschetti: 203-265-2927 or email:

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SATURDAY, JULY 1 Intensive Shamanic Retreat with Chamalu – 9am6pm. (Sat, 7/1 & Sun 7/2). The sage of the Andes. A journey of personal Transformation. Shamanic Energy medicine. Ancient wisdom teaching. Couple and sacred sexuality. Male and female energies. Shamanic Healing. Shamanic Rituals. Tawa meditation. Awakening to your highest potential. Location: 321 Valley View Rd, Sterling, CT. RSVP: 860-774-7477 or Facebook: Aboriginal Quantum Wisdom.  Janaspacha Medicine Women – 9am-6pm. (Sat, 7/1 through Sun, 7/9). Inka Lekumberry, will be visiting us from Norway, offering the most complete energy readings, Shamanic Healing Sessions and Condor Feather’s Diagnostic and Energy Cleansing. The translator of the Mother Earth. She sees the energies and set up them at the service of the other that need it for their healing. Save your spot now!  RSVP: 860-774-7477 or Facebook: Aboriginal Quantum Wisdom. 40

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ongoingevents sunday EFT Emotional Freedom Technique w/RMTHolistic Coach Diane Esposito – By appt. daily Phone/In-Person. Relax, refresh w/take-home techniques and insights to “release anxiety/stress/ pain”, heal and expand free-spiritedness, focus, and clarity; breathe/live peacefully. Register/Complimentary Pre-Session questions: 203-913-3869. Mystical Market and Craft Fair – 11am4pm. (The 3rd Sunday of every month). Psychics, vendors, artisans, holistic practitioners & more. Free admission, vendors fees vary. The Ruby Tree, Sherman Village Shopping Center, 670 Main St South, Woodbury. 203-586-1655,,

Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 12pm-1pm. 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:

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. Healthy-Steps, The Lebed Method w/Susan Sandel – 3:45pm-4:45pm. (meeting all Tuesdays in June). 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.


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

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.

Free weekly Tuesday Meditation classes – 6pm-7pm. (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.

Monday Tours at CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School Connecticut’s only experientially-based middle school – 9:30am-11am. openings available for 2017-18. Engaging students through academic rigor combined with real-world learning. Come experience it for yourself! RSVP mandm@CTExperiewntial. org or call 203-433-s4658.

Meditation – 7pm-8pm. 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://

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.

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.

Iyengar Yoga Fundamentals & Level I – 6pm-7:15pm. Begin or refine your yoga practice as you safely learn how optimal alignment makes you stronger, more flexible, and more emotionally stable. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). 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.

wednesday WHAT WOULD THE HIGHEST GOOD HAVE TO SAY TO YOU ... If you could hear them? – Hear them speak: Archangels, Your Spirit, Nature Spirits, Your Spirit Guide, people who have passed on. Christie, a clear intuitive, and her Spirit Guide, Great Bear can make this happen for you. For more information or an appointment, call 203-481-8827.

S t o n y C re e k Yo g a f o r S t re s s R e lie f – 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 wit 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 w/ Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate – 6pm-7:15pm. INTERMEDIATE/ ADVANCED. 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). Centering Prayer Group – 6pm–7pm. Come pray in silence and “rest in God.” No charge, although a free-will donation would be appreciated. Mercy by the Sea Retreat and Conference Center, 167 Neck Rd, Madison. For more information, call 203-245-0401 or visit Meditation Circle – 6pm. Guided meditation for all. Drop in! $10 Investment. You don’t need experience to be part of this amazingly relaxing community. Relax, go deep and connect with all that is you! Healing Room 70 Wall St, Madison. 203-245-5137. The Caring Network: Free Support Group for adults who have lost a loved one – 6pm-8pm. (June 7 & 21st). Information about loss and grief. Facilitated open discussion. Bridges, 949 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. 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. Meditation In the World @ 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.

thursday 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. 2 0 3 - 8 7 8 - 0 6 8 1 . p r i s c o @ p r i s c o p r. c o m ,

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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 – 6:30pm-7:30pm. (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 – 7pm-8pm. 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:// New Haven Ecstatic Dance – 8:15pm. Come enjoy a safe space and wonderful vibe where you can let go, dance and move freely like nobody’s watching, to all kinds of great music, meditate, connect with yourself and others from the sawesome New Haven community. $10 at the door. At Your Community Yoga, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden.

friday 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.

saturday Akashic Record or Angelic Reading w/RMT, Diane Esposito – By Appt. Daily. Phone/InPerson Ask empowering questions, awaken to signs, receive support, loving messages/guidance from masters, teachers, loved ones; angels/guides. Develop spiritual senses. Release fear, worry, anxiety. Wallingford. Register: 203-913-3869. Simple Moves 5 Week Series – 9am-10am. This class combines simple Qi gong movements with the Feldenkrais Method. Be prepared to feel good. $50 for Series or $15 drop in. Carol Meade Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. 203-415-8666 or Alignment Yoga w/ Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate – 9am-10:30am. INTERMEDIATE/ ADVANCED. 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). 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. Yoga for Depression & Anxiety – 11:30am12:30pm. (ongoing class). Learn gentle yoga forms, breathing techniques and mindfulness meditation to manage symptoms. Safe, supportive space. No yoga experience necessary. Instructor: Ellen McNally, RYT500. Drop in ($17) or class card (rates vary). Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277. For more information, visit: 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:

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. 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


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ALLERGIES ADVANCED ALLERGY RELIEF OF CT Anne Mitchell, ND North Haven and West Hartford Offices 203-239-3400

Do you have asthma, hay fever, sinusitis, excema or other allergy symptoms? Are you careful about what you eat because of food allergies or intolerances? At Advanced Allergy Relief, we offer a safe, rapid elimination of allergic reactions. No medication, No Needles, Child friendly, Effective.



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 37.



Improve your quality of life w/ empowering guidance & support. Move to the Heart of Healing w/ Diane Esposito, RMT/Holistic Coach/author of Play, Heal, Love! The Art of Creating Healthy Relationships. Be inspired; create habits & boundaries that heal w/in-person or phone Readings, Reiki, Reflexology, EFT, Angelspeake, Meditation. See ad on page 37.

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 34.


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LISA BURTON, MPH, OTR/L Educational Consultant North Haven, CT 203-804-0024

As you begin or grow your Mindfulness Practice, are you searching for fun and effective ways to bring Mindfulness Tools to the children in your life? You already know the well-being benefits of reduced stress and anxiety while improving sleep, self-esteem, and relaxation. Now learn Tools to easily incorporate within your daily routine that calm and focus both adults and children. Call Today, to reserve your complimentary 30-min phone consultation. Services available remotely or in-person.


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 27.


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Dr. Robert E. Lee Naturopathic Physician Offices in North Haven and West Hartford 203-239-3400 Getting to the root of your pain. Whether it’s structural, inflammatory, or related to injury, there are options that can significantly improve or eliminate your pain naturally. Here at The Life Center, we identify the pattern and employ a number of therapies such as Gua sha, Massage therapy, Bowen, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Botanical Medicine, Emotional, MindBody Medicine, Egoscue exercises, Laser therapy, nutritional supplements, and dietary changes to manage pain. We are not interested in covering pain up but fixing it and to helping you to understand it. In this way, you will have some say over the way you feel and be empowered to be pain free. See ad on page 25.



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Calling All Holistic and Green Businesses! Interested in becoming a Provider? Information: 203-988-1808 AMSTON A PLACE OF HEALING

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Adam Church, D.C. 203-466-1111



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June Can, Reiki Master Practitioner International Channel & Medium 203-230-1197




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PRISCO CONSULTING Priscilla Lynn 203-530-0103


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CHASE PARKWAY PODIATRIC GROUP, LLC Sports Medicine Dr. Joel Segalman, M.D. 203-270-6724


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