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There is always something to be grateful for, regardless of our situation. Feeling appreciation will lift our mood, shift our perspective and even shine a light on new opportunities. At this time of year, I am oozing with appreciation as we enter this beautiful month of May, when we get to witness the miracle of spring at its peak. The little critters come alive and we are surrounded by a mosaic of brilliant colors. You just can’t beat New England in the spring! May is also my birthday month, which is on the 19th. This year, May 19th will have particular significance—besides getting through a year of COVID, being in good health, still having a roof over my head and food to eat (many Americans were not so fortunate). Governor Lamont has announced that Connecticut’s coronavirus business restrictions will be fully lifted on that day, though indoor mask mandates will remain in effect for the time being. We are inching our way back to normalcy again. Per our annual tradition, our May editorial focus is on women’s wellness and, as always, we have great reads for you. All of our news brief announcements this month are focused on holistic businesses owned and run by women, including Theresa Crisci, author of From Stressed to Blessed, who is a wellness consultant, massage therapist and founder/COO of Total-balance Life Choice here in Connecticut. We are blessed with a lot of strong, bright and talented entrepreneurial women, who are movers and shakers in the Connecticut holistic community. Women have made great strides in terms of social, economic, cultural and political achievements, in large part because of the unique skill set we bring to the table. Some of these skills include being natural networking professionals, relationship specialists, nurturers and inspirers—not just to others, but to our communities. Most non-profit organizations are run by women. This gives women an edge when it comes to long-term strategic thinking and sustainable approaches to problem solving and planning. Women’s health concerns and presentation of symptoms are also unique. The prevalence of some diseases, such as autoimmune disease, is significantly greater in women than in men. Symptoms of heart disease, one of the leading causes of death in our nation, often presents differently in women than in men, which can lead to delay of care. Learn more about women’s top five health concerns, preventative measures and treatments in this month’s feature article. Dr. Katelyn Lieb, a naturopathic physician, who practices at Fernwood Holistic Health in Westbrook, shares the science behind hormones, diet and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Be sure to read about the cutting edge thermography program, which focuses on women’s broader health. Our Green Living, Fit Body and Healing Ways department articles also offer timely information, plus useful tips for personal and planetary health. Here’s to the empowerment and inspiration that comes with the knowledge you will gain from exploring the pages ahead. Enjoy! Happy Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful moms and moms-to-be!

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New Health Center Opens in Cromwell

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New Book Focuses on Turning Stress into Bless


heresa Crisci, founder and COO of Total-balance Life Choice, is excited to announce her newly released book, From Stressed to Blessed. Crisci, a corporate wellness consultant and massage therapist for 27 years and a licensed unity teacher for 1 ½ years, shares the tools she has used over the years to help thousands of people. From Stressed to Blessed is a quick guide to choosing a new perspective during times of struggle, frustration, difficulty or just having a bad day. It reminds the reader these feelings are just the result of thoughts. At any moment we can change our thoughts; we just have to remember to make that choice. Choice is a function of expanded awareness and frees you from merely reacting to circumstances; it is your point of power! The key to living a more authentic life from the essence of your being is a courageous journey of self-observation and self-discovery. This book includes wisdom from the people who were Crisci’s greatest influences and then using that wisdom to create affirmations, writing prompts and visualization exercises. For more information, email, visit or call 203-494-8846. From Stressed to Blessed can be purchased at

Sacred Song Reiki Reopens


he practice is reopening as of May 15, says owner Priscilla Gale. Sacred Song Reiki offers more than just Reiki, utilizing multiple healing modalities and techniques along with Reiki to improve health and well-being. This includes sound healing, sound healing with Reiki, crystal bed healing, and crystal bed healing with crystal sound vibration. Private sessions are available by appointment only at CDC Protocols Observed, located at 60 Church Street, Suite 4G, Wallingford, CT.

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r. Sara Frawley, a naturopathic physician, announced the grand opening of the Willowbrook Health Center in Cromwell, Connecticut. Starting May 1, the facility will offer everything for your holistic needs, including naturopathic medicine, chiropractic, nutrition, Reiki, cranial sacral therapy, psychotherapy and hydrotherapy treatments (including an infrared sauna). The facility is also one of the Dr. Sara Frawley few in the area to have an InBody Body Composition Scale, which analyzes muscle and fat mass. Come to Join Willowbrook Health Center for their May Day Celebration on May 1 from noon to 4 p.m. to tour the new facility, receive special offers, participate in the teacup raffle of local goods and meet the Willowbrook Health Team. For more information, visit them on Facebook @WillowbrookHealthCT.

‘Well-Woman’ Exams at Fernwood Holistic Health


r. Katelyn Lieb, a naturopathic physician who specializes in women’s health at Fernwood Holistic Health in Westbrook, Connecticut, now provides wellwoman annual gynecological exams for patients who would like an integrative or alternative approach to their women’s health concerns. A well-woman exam is usually separate from an annual physical provided by a patient’s primary care of OB/GYN physician and may include a breast exam, Dr. Katelyn Lieb pelvic exam, Pap smear and other testing when a patient is concerned about possible vaginal infections, HPV, cervical dysplasia, PCOS, endometriosis or other “female” conditions. This holistic approach is ideal for patients who want integrative treatment options. Dr. Lieb accepts Anthem, Cigna and Connecticare insurance. She can be reached at or 860-661-5824.

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Women’s Consortium Highlights Holistic Behavioral Health Trainings


he Connecticut Women’s Consortium, located in Hamden, Connecticut, has been fortunate to be able to continue to provide quality, virtual behavioral health trainings and courses during these trying times. The following classes will be held via Zoom. On May 11, Whole Body Stress Relief will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. Experience a holistic approach to healing the body and mind through yoga, breath and meditation. In this training, Sharon Shanti will guide you through gentle, restorative asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), guided and non-guided meditation, and guided yoga Nidra (yoga sleep). The $60 course is worth 3 CEUs. Join trainers Kelvin Young, a certified sound healer, and Annette Diaz, MHFA, RSS, on May 12 from 9 a.m.-noon for Peer Support as a Healing Practice. It is an evidence-based practice that promotes healing as a form of self-care in recovery support specialist/peer support roles. There are no CECs offered for this free event. At the end of May on May 27, Bringing Vision Boards into Clinical Practice will be held in the morning. Vision boards are concrete and creative outlets which provide visual cues and focus. In this hands-on training, you will explore visual

goal-setting techniques that can be used with clients, the process of creating a vision board, and how various graphic models can be used in the clinical setting. Participants will also have an opportunity to create a vision board for themselves. Bring magazines and printed material that you best identify with imagery that reflect your personal interests. The $60 course is worth 3 CECs. Healing the Body: Health at Every Size, Intuitive Eating and the Ethical Healing of Bodies will be offered on May 28 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This training seeks to educate mental health and physical health professionals on health at every size, intuitive eating, and how to integrate both into their work. Through this training, professionals will learn about the ethics surrounding the medical model in comparison to a HAES perspective, which requires allowing for bodily autonomy of patients and clients. Professionals will learn how HAES and IE can be lifesaving models of treatment that take a whole body approach combating racism, fatphobia, homophobia, ableism, and other social justice issues that directly affect the health and access to health that many face. The course is $90 and counts for 6 CECs. To register for the events, visit For more information on the trainings and events, visit

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or many seniors, staying at home during the pandemic has increased the risk of decreased strength, endurance and balance; cognitive changes, and decreased ability to drive safely. These physical changes can put the elderly at a greater risk for falls and hip fractures.

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Dr. Kerr Focuses on Women’s Health with Holistic Moms Network


Dr. Nicole Kerr, owner of Fertility Oasis, is a licensed naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist with more than 10 years’ experience treating women’s health concerns. Her personal struggles with fertility, and little guidance or options given from mainstream medical professionals, paved the road to a new passion: natural fertility. The mission of Holistic Moms Network, a nonprofit support and discussion network, is to connect parents who are interested in holistic health and green living. It welcomes people wherever they are on their own holistic path in an environment that does not judge. The monthly meetings, open to the public, are the third Tuesday of each month. While they usually take place in person at the Woodruff YMCA in Milford, Connecticut, the monthly meetings are currently offered through Zoom. For more information, visit or HMNNewHaven. RSVP for the event on the Events page on

ith so much stress and environmental toxins around women these days, it is important to look at their impact on reproductive health at all ages. On May 18 at 7:30 p.m., join the New Haven County chapter of Holistic Moms Network on Zoom as we gather virtually as Dr. Nicole Kerr, N.D., L.Ac., touches upon fertility, period health and what different

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People in the “poorest of the poor” communities in which money is not a high value can feel as happy as people in high-income Scandinavian countries, concludes new research from Canada’s McGill University. For the study published in PLOS One, interviewers studied 678 people living in Bangladesh and the Solomon Islands, both extremely low-income countries. People in remote fishing villages with subsistence-level incomes reported very high levels of “subjective well-being”, which they attributed to spending lots of time with family and being in nature. Villagers that had migrated to urban areas for work were more likely to gauge their well-being by economic and social factors, and reported lower feelings of well-being, leading researchers to speculate that monetization, especially in its early stages, may be detrimental to happiness. “When people are comfortable, safe and free to enjoy life within a strong community, they are happy—regardless of whether or not they are making any money,” says Chris Barrington-Leigh, a professor at McGill’s Bieler School of the Environment.

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As convenient as store-bought baby food is, it can pose hidden dangers for infant brains, say U.S. congressional investigators. A report issued by the House of Representatives on February 4 found “dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals,” including arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury, in baby foods made by major companies Hain Foods, Gerber, Beech-Nut and Happy Family Organics. Walmart, Campbell Soup Company and Sprout Organic Foods refused to cooperate with the investigation. On March 5, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration pledged to enact new standards, increase inspections and testing, and support research to lower baby food contaminants. Low levels of exposure to heavy metals can cause serious, irreversible damage to children’s brain development, studies show. Naturally present in the environment, they enter baby foods through soil, water and air; companies attempt to minimize this impact through processing. In one example, Hain Celestial, which makes Earth’s Best Organic, says it no longer uses brown rice, which can harbor arsenic.

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A natural, non-pharmaceutical remedy for anxiety disorders that affect 40 million Americans is as close as our beds, say University of California at Berkeley researchers. In Nature Human Behaviour, they reported that a sleepless night can trigger up to a 30 percent rise in anxiety levels, but a full night of slumber stabilizes emotions. The type most apt to calm and reset the anxious brain is deep sleep, also known as non-rapid eye movement, slow-wave sleep during which neural oscillations become highly synchronized and heart rate and blood pressure drop. The researchers used brain scans to identify anxiety levels in 48 volunteers after nights of deep or restless sleep. “Without sleep, it’s almost as if the brain is too heavy on the emotional accelerator pedal without enough brake,” says the study’s senior author Matthew Walker, professor of neuroscience and psychology. A second survey of 280 people online found that the amount and quality of sleep people experienced from one night to the next predicted how anxious they would feel the next day. Even subtle nightly changes in sleep affected anxiety levels. 10

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World’s Largest Wildlife Highway Crossing Opens in San Antonio

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The new Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge connects people with nature in the heart of San Antonio across a sixlane highway at Phil Hardberger Park. Private donations and a five-year bond program approved by voters helped fund the $23 million bridge, the largest wildlife crossing of its kind in the U.S. Wildlife and vehicle collisions are a big problem across the country, increasing by 50 percent in 15 years, with an estimated 1 to 2 million large animals killed by motorists every year, according to National Geographic sources. In the U.S., 21 threatened and endangered species face extinction partly because of traffic accidents. Wildlife crossings are seen as an effective solution to the problem, with fatality reductions of up to 95 percent, depending on the location. The San Antonio bridge is notable for its size—150 feet wide and 150 feet long—and that it accommodates people, too. Animals in the 330-acre park that benefit from the bridge include ringtails, squirrels, coyotes, lizards, raccoons and deer. They are using it as intended, and it also serves as a habitat for native plants.

Critters React to Warming Temperatures in the Rockies

A 13-year study at the University of Colorado at Boulder published in the journal Ecology reveals that the popular goldenmantled ground squirrel and 46 other species of rodents and shrews in Colorado are climbing uphill to escape warming temperatures in the state. The report states that, on average, the ranges of the animals have shifted more than 400 feet in elevation since the 1980s. Montane mammals, or those already living at higher elevations like the ground squirrel, have moved up 1,100 feet on average. It‘s a significant change that could rob them of their environmental niche. The same species may be harbingers of larger and more urgent changes in the Rocky Mountains. Colorado has warmed by nearly 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1980s because of human-caused climate change. As the state continues to heat up, scientists say that ponderosa pine forests and other mountain ecosystems will have to move higher to find cooler weather. Beginning in 2008, the team visited multiple sites in Colorado’s Front Range and San Juan mountains to collect records of the current ranges of 47 species of rodents and shrews. They compared their findings with approximately 4,500 historic records from museum collections dating back to the 1880s and included animal specimens stored at the university museum, which houses nearly 12,000 mammals from Colorado.


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Climate Change Makes Pollen Season Worse for Allergy Sufferers

A new study by the University of Utah published in the journal PNAS found that pollen seasons have been getting longer and more intense in North America over the last 30 years, aggravating asthma and weakening defenses against respiratory viruses, resulting in more emergency room visits that disrupt lives. Researchers comparing pollen metrics between 1990 and 2018 from 60 monitoring stations indicate that seasons are starting up to 20 days earlier and lasting up to eight days longer, affecting millions of allergy sufferers. The study looked at variable factors such as temperature, rainfall, frost days and carbon dioxide concentrations, and found that an increase in mean annual temperatures was the strongest driver. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 19 million adults have been diagnosed with hay fever, an allergic reaction to pollen, a fine powder from plants that can come into contact with the eyes, nose, mouth and throat. May 2021




Five Top Health Concerns and What to Do by Ronica O’Hara


nyone walking into a U.S. hospital today will notice something that was inconceivable 50 years ago—one in three practicing physicians is a woman, and among physicians under age 35, it’s three in five. That compares to one in 14 in 1970. For women needing health care, that fact can change everything. “Research says that female physicians provide better care to female patients than male physicians do,” says Harvard Medical School Associate Professor Alice Domar, Ph.D., a pioneer in women’s mind-body medicine. “They are more likely to listen carefully and take complaints seriously.” That’s just one factor in how health care is improving for women. Only three decades ago, women were simply considered “small men” in medical research and rarely included as subjects in clinical studies. Today, after a 1993 federal mandate ensured their inclusion, it’s been well established that women metabolize drugs differently than men, respond to health threats with a more robust immune system and are more likely to experience side effects. These findings have helped spur major changes for women in standards, dosages, medications and procedures—resulting in fewer cancer deaths, better treatment of autoimmune disorders and more nuanced cardiac care strategies. Although much has improved about women’s health, much more remains to be done.

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About one in three women is diagnosed with cancer in the course of a lifetime, and they have better survival rates than men, of which one in two receives that diagnosis. Between 2001 and 2017, the overall cancer death rate for women declined by 1.4 percent each year as diagnoses and treatments became more refined and targeted. The number one cancer killer for women is

lung cancer, although 19 percent diagnosed have never smoked. The next most deadly are cancers of the breast, colon/rectum, pancreas and ovaries. Breast cancer deaths have dropped by 40 percent since 1989, thanks to greater awareness, early detection and better treatments. “Women learned from the AIDS crisis that making noise gets results,” says Domar. “Look at how far breast cancer research and treatment has come in the past 10 to 20 years, how powerful Breast Cancer Awareness Month is, and that everyone recognizes that pink ribbon.” Common symptoms: Bowel changes, lingering sores, fatigue, lumps, unusual discharge, difficulty digesting or swallowing, nagging cough or hoarseness, belly or back pain. New research: An international research team has identified a direct molecular link between meat and dairy diets and the development of antibodies in the blood that increases the chances of developing cancer. Medical advances: Painful, invasive biopsies may become a thing of the past. Mayo Clinic researchers have developed a simple blood test that detects more than 50 types of cancer, as well as their location within the body, with a high degree of accuracy, and the City of Hope Cancer Center, in Los Angeles, has developed a urine test that analyzes cell-free fragments of DNA to detect cancer. Preventive strategies: Vitamin D supplementation lowers the risk of mortality across all cancers, German researchers found, estimating that if all Germans older than 50 took such supplements, up to 30,000 cancer deaths per year might be avoided. A 10-year study found that people between 55 and 74 that took a low-dose aspirin at least three times each week lowered their risk of all types of cancer by 15 percent and overall mortality by 19 percent.

One in three American women die from heart disease, more than all cancers combined. “Unfortunately, awareness that heart disease can and does happen to women remains low, and this results in delay of care,” says cardiologist Nicole Harkin of Whole Heart Cardiology, in San Francisco. “Women tend to seek medical care later in the course of their heart attack and with more risk factors, resulting in poorer outcomes, and they are more likely than men to die of their first heart attack.” Women have different symptoms of heart disease than men, are often misdiagnosed and have a 20 percent greater risk of dying within five years of a heart attack. Pregnant women that develop hypertension are two to five times more likely to later develop cardiovascular disease. Common symptoms: Heart pressure, fatigue, breathlessness and pain between the shoulder blades. New research: Eating more than seven servings per day of refined grains like croissants and white bread increased the risk of heart disease by 33 percent and stroke by 47 percent, concluded a study

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fibromyalgia, lupus, celiac disease, Type 1 diabetes, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis, are linked to genetics, environmental triggers, some medications, obesity, injuries and stress. Common symptoms: These vary widely, but may include achy muscles, fatigue, recurring low-grade fever, joint pain and swelling, skin problems, abdominal pain and swelling, hair loss, swollen glands and tingling in hands and feet.

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New research: Eating significantly fewer foods containing the amino acid methionine, found at high levels in meat, fish, dairy and eggs, could slow the onset and progression of autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis in high-risk individuals, reports a study in Cell Metabolism.

in The British Medical Journal. In a Stanford study, participants that ate plant-based meat for eight weeks had improved markers of heart health, lower LDL levels and lost two pounds compared to those eating meat. Medical advance: To successfully fix a floppy mitral valve that’s hampering blood flow in the heart, doctors can guide a catheter up a patient’s leg vein and staple the troubled parts of the valve with a tiny clip, a safer and less invasive procedure than openheart surgery. Preventive strategies: Eating nuts several times a week lowers by 30 to 50 percent the risk of heart attacks, sudden cardiac death and cardiovascular disease, four large cohort studies have shown. Older women with high fitness levels have one quarter the risk of dying from heart disease as women that are out of shape, report Spanish researchers.

Autoimmune Diseases The prevalence of autoimmune diseases has grown by one half in two decades, even as medications and targeted therapies have kept more patients active and out of wheelchairs. “Where it used to be the norm for many physicians to consider women with some autoimmune illnesses to be neurotic, that approach is now being recognized as being abusive and unacceptable. This is a critical step towards recovery,” says chronic fatigue expert Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., author of From Fatigued to Fantastic! About 80 percent of the 23 million Americans that suffer from debilitating autoimmune diseases are women, and those conditions tend to develop during childbearing years. The eighth-leading cause of death among women, these illnesses shorten lifespan by an average of eight years. The 80-plus diseases, including 14

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Medical advance: Evidence is mounting that low doses of naltrexone, a substance-abuse treatment drug, can treat conditions like lupus, Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis by normalizing the immune system and relieving pain with few side effects. “It costs only about 70 cents a day, is made by compounding pharmacists and is remarkably beneficial for a host of autoimmune conditions,” says Teitelbaum. Preventive strategy: To fight inflammation, take a daily turmeric or curcumin supplement that includes piperine (black pepper) for better absorption. A University of Houston meta-study in Nutrients found that curcumin supplements improved symptoms in 14 osteoarthritis, two ulcerative colitis and eight Type 2 diabetes studies.

Hormonal Imbalances The past 20 years has seen significant improvements in the studies and treatments of female hormonal issues. “There are now treatment options that allow women to transition into menopause, options for prevention of osteoporosis and momentous changes in fertility,” says Stephanie Seitz, a naturopathic family physician in Scottsdale, Arizona. At the same time, she adds, “I have seen environmental toxins rising in my female population. I see young girls coming in with polycystic ovary syndrome, early menarche and painful menstrual cramping; women having trouble getting pregnant for unknown reasons; the rise of fibroids, premature ovarian insufficiency and endometriosis.” Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers, regulating processes ranging from hunger to blood pressure to mood and playing a key role in reproduction. They have come under assault from endocrine disrupters, thousands of largely unregulated perand polyfluoroalkyl substances, abbreviated PFAS. These “forever chemicals” are found in everything from plastics to cushions to canned foods, and are in the blood of 98 percent of Americans. Studies have linked them to girls experiencing puberty one year earlier than 40 years ago; to rising cases of infertility, miscarriages and low birth weight; to menopause occurring two to four years earlier; and to obesity, polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis and breast cancer. Common symptoms: Because hormones regulate all of the body’s processes, symptoms of imbalance run the gamut and may

include fatigue, weakness, erratic menstrual cycles and weight gain or loss. New research: Early menstruation increases the likelihood of hot flashes and night sweats decades later at menopause, according to a University of Queensland study. Eating five teaspoons of extra-virgin olive oil daily reduced women’s moderate to severe menstrual cramps by 83 percent in two months, Iranian researchers found. Medical advance: A major study of 9,000 postmenopausal women with hormone-sensitive breast cancer showed 94 percent that received hormonal therapy, but not chemotherapy, did not have recurrences. Preventive strategies: To avoid toxic chemicals, buy organics; replace plastic kitchen containers with glass; replace Teflon pans with ceramic or cast-iron; use chemical-free cosmetics and shampoos; nix air fresheners and chemical cleaners; and check out food and care products at the Environmental Working Group (ewg. org). To help detox the body, consider working with a naturopathic doctor to develop a program that may include cleansing foods, herbs, saunas, elimination diets and chelators such as activated charcoal and algae.


Common symptoms: Sadness, anxiety, flat feeling, loss of motivation or feelings of pleasure, change of eating or sleeping patterns, low energy, difficulty concentrating or headaches. New research: Sleeping irregular hours, doing night shifts and working for more than nine hours a day have been shown to put women at higher risk of depression, while eating more dietary fiber in produce, grains and legumes significantly lowers this risk. Medical advances: For the estimated one in four people with depression that doesn’t respond to medication or therapy, emerging approaches offer fresh hope. Low doses of the anesthetic drug ketamine lifted the depression of 70 percent of hard-to-treat subjects by targeting specific serotonin receptors, Swedish researchers report. Transcranial magnetic stimulation, which uses magnetic pulses to stimulate parts of the prefrontal cortex, lifts symptoms for 50 to 60 percent of subjects, studies show. Preventive strategies: Eating at least two servings a week of wild-caught, oily fish or a daily 1,000-to-2,000-milligram fish oil supplement with a 60-to-40 EPA to DHA ratio has been shown to be effective for symptoms of depression, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and postpartum depression. Taking a brisk daily walk in nature with a friend or dog lowers four factors linked to depression: a “nature deficit”, physical inactivity, low vitamin-D levels and isolation. Natural health writer Ronica O’Hara can be reached at

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Women are twice as likely as men to develop depression, with one in four having a major episode at some point in life, yet fewer than half seek treatment. “Many women are too busy caring for others and feel guilty about their depression, fearing it could get in the way of their caregiving goals,” says New York psychoanalyst Claudia Luiz. “Many have the fantasy that if they open that door and allow themselves to focus on their feelings, they won’t be able to keep going.”

Depression occurs most frequently in women ages 25 to 44, and one in five teenage girls reports having had a major depressive episode, a number that has exploded due to social media use. Psychotherapy is effective for 62 percent of adults with depression, antidepressants work for 54 percent and combining the two is helpful for 72 percent.

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Hormones, Diet and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome by Dr. Katelyn Lieb


olycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) affects almost one in every 10 women of reproductive age. Considered a gynecological condition, PCOS actually has as much, if not more, of an impact on metabolism and blood sugar as it does on a woman’s reproductive system. Most women diagnosed with PCOS experience acne, male-pattern hair growth and trouble losing weight. They may also have irregular periods or cysts on their ovaries. These irregular periods and lack of ovulation can lead to possible infertility. Women diagnosed with this condition often feel as if they have limited options when it comes to managing their symptoms. Symptoms include insulin resistance, or the inability to properly respond to the body’s insulin signals. This is not only a common symptom of PCOS but may be a major driver of the condition itself. This can lead to elevated blood sugar levels mimicking the same symptoms we see 16

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with type 2 diabetes: fatigue, weight gain and food cravings. Elevated blood sugar in women with PCOS actually impacts the way ovaries produce hormones; this can lead to the lack of ovulation. It can even cause the ovaries to begin producing excessive amounts of testosterone, which triggers other common symptoms associated with PCOS like acne and unwanted malepattern hair growth, such as on the chin. Treating PCOS effectively needs to focus on blood sugar balance and hormonal regulation. Most important, though, is investigating the possible underlying cause, which is often related to gut health and stress. Being mindful of dietary choices can help women with PCOS reduce insulin resistance and, in turn, relieve symptoms. Make it a point to eat meals that are balanced with quality protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates from vegetables. This nutritional balance prevents

blood sugar spikes and makes it easier for the body to use nutrients without high levels of insulin. Quality proteins such as lean chicken, grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish, beans, lentils or organic soy should be included in every meal. Green leafy vegetables or cruciferous vegetables support hormone regulation with their fiber and antioxidant content. Carrots, sweet potatoes and starchy vegetables should be included, but not in excessive amounts that can trigger a large insulin response. Reducing packaged and processed food also helps to prevent excess inflammation and a high insulin response. When meals are balanced, hormone production and healthy insulin levels are supported. Women with PCOS should evaluate any sensitivities they may have to foods they eat frequently, which may be causing inflammation in the body. Inflammation is generally higher in women with PCOS already, so certain foods may add fuel to

the fire. Increased inflammation may lead to more insulin resistance, trouble losing weight and worsening acne. Dairy is a common food sensitivity and, in general, is not well tolerated by women with PCOS. Dairy acts on specific receptors that may influence testosterone levels in women with PCOS. This increased testosterone leads to the acne and male-pattern hair growth that become worrisome to women who experience it, often without a proper diagnosis of why this is happening. Dairy consumption can also contribute to overproduction of luteinizing hormone (LH). LH normally elevates short-term midway through a woman’s menstrual cycle to initiate ovulation. In women with PCOS, LH can be chronically high throughout the entire cycle, preventing ovulation and, therefore, leading to problems with conception. For women who want to understand how diet impacts their hormones, reducing or eliminating dairy products is a good place to start. In addition to understanding our body’s food sensitivities and eliminating the culprits, adding foods that reduce inflammation and support hormone levels is an excellent way to reduce PCOS symptoms. Organic berries such as blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, cherries or raspberries are low in sugar and high in fiber,

which makes them an excellent choice for women with PCOS. Studies have shown that berries have the power to help reduce inflammation and decrease insulin resistance. Teas such as nettle leaf, spearmint and green tea are other helpful choices for women with PCOS. These teas work in two ways: they reduce inflammation and reduce testosterone levels. Adding these dietary choices to complement a dairy-free, protein, fat and carbohydratebalanced nutrition plan will support proper hormone function in women with PCOS while addressing other contributing factors like insulin resistance. Women with PCOS face a wide range of symptoms. Finding foods that support balanced hormones is one way to help manage and reduce symptoms that are most persistent when trying to maintain fertility, manage weight and minimize acne to help us feel our very best. Dr. Katelyn Lieb is a naturopathic physician who specializes in women’s health, hormones and thyroid conditions at Fernwood Holistic Health in Westbrook, CT. Connect at 860-661-5824 or, or follow on Instagram @drkatelynlieb.

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Thermogram Program Provides In-Depth Women’s Health Check by Ariana Rawls Fine


s we navigate a world with increased environmental toxic overload for many of us, we search for ways to decrease our exposures. As women, we are encouraged to go for annual female-focused checkups that may include mammograms—and, for some of us with denser breasts, ultrasounds as well—Pap smears and other types of hormonal-related tests. These tests can detect issues that may need to be addressed immediately, but they do come with exposure-related concerns for some with repeated annual tests. Early detection enables us to address potential trouble areas sooner than later before they become a serious issue, explained Rachel Mazzarelli, MS, CCT, owner of Whole Health Thermography LLC 18

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(, which serves Fairfield and New Haven Counties in Connecticut, and Westchester County in New York. One of the benefits of digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI) is a detection of body changes and risk markers before they might move out of the “normal” level ranges on the regular annual tests. DITI, or thermography as it is referred to, is non-invasive, non-contact, painless, FDA-cleared technology with no radiation involved. DITI has been recognized as a viable diagnostic tool for over 30 years by the AMA Council on Scientific Affairs, ACA Council on Diagnostic Imaging, Congress of Neuro-Surgeons, and American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

While an increasing number of women are having breast thermograms for much earlier detection of potential problem areas and for readings that around 85% accurate, a new thermography program addresses broader women’s health. The Advanced Women’s Health Check (WHC) provides a focused holistic view of overall health status and future risk levels, indicated the American College of Clinical Thermology. It is an opportunity to detect changes earlier than possible through self or doctor examination, and diagnostic testing alone. This quick, 30-minute test starts with a detailed medical history being taken before partially disrobing for the non-contact scanning is performed. WHC can be a valuable procedure for alerting a person’s healthcare practitioner to changes

that can indicate developing pathology and dysfunction. The results are also weighted for analysis and Head-neck image specific to female symptoms related to thyroid dysfunction, estrogen dominance or Chest image genitourinary issues. The WHC thermogram report is generated from Mid-body image a 71-point questionnaire that combines symptoms and history across breast, obstetrics/ gynecology, thyroid, endocrine, visceral and autonomic systems. DITI looks for findings that may indicate autoimmune, endocrine/adrenal system, vascular, lymphatic and breast health dysfunctions, such as hormonal dysfunction, polycystic syndrome, and inflammatory pelvic disease and endometriosis. A colored slider moving from green to red indicates associated risk levels. A green Normal reading does not rule out subclinical or non-active pathology but is an indication of good functional health and low risk for existing or developing pathology. The orange Low Risk level justifies clinical evaluation or correlation with low-risk physiological dysfunction, which should be assessed and/or monitored by a healthcare professional in order to achieve and maintain optimum wellness. The red Some Risk level indicates risk for existing or developing pathology, justifying additional clinical testing or intervention to diagnose or rule out clinically significant physiological dysfunction. The WHC includes the additional findings relating to physiological changes in the breasts and is an important piece in the breast screening puzzle. Breast health is integral to our wholistic wellness as well as being an early indicator of developing

pathology. As for digestive issues, abdominal findings include colon inflammation that can indicate IBS, leaky gut, diverticulitis and other risk factors that justify colonoscopy or preventative treatment. “My reasons for beginning to get regular thermograms are my family history of breast cancer. After a couple of pictures and a short wait time to get the report, I was delighted to learn that my breasts were looking all blue and green (healthy), which was a big relief. I was surprised to see that I had perioral hyperthermia, which was noted as consistent with a lowgrade dental infection. I had an annual appointment coming up with my dentist, so she checked it out. It was a simple case of not flossing enough. I was so impressed that the thermogram picked up on such a relatively minor situation. There were no symptoms,” said Laura (last name withheld for privacy) from New York about the thermogram picking up other imbalances in her body. For many of us suffering from autoimmune conditions, a loss of temperature gradients can indicate autonomic disease or dysfunction, such as early-stage diabetic changes. Inflammatory vascular findings can provide a warning before any symptoms develop as arteries become inflamed before occlusion becomes clinically significant. The head and neck views that are graded in WHC include sinuses, arteries, dental, thyroid, lymphatic, and autonomic as well as any indications of inflammation or infection that can affect the immune system. “Because of the women’s health check report, I was able to hone in with my naturopath on what further lab tests were needed or unnecessary to investigate symptoms I was experiencing,” said Daniela (name changed for privacy). “As an example, suspected intestinal issues did not ‘light up’ in the thermogram reading, which was contrary to what I thought was happening. Instead, viral and environmental toxin overload in other areas seemed to come up. My result definitely showed more T2/T3 issues associated with a chronically activated immune system, which led my naturopath to test more for food allergies and sensitivities, hormonal

imbalances, heavy metal toxicity, lowgrade chronic infection and systemic illness. In addition, the test pointed out a low-grade level of dysfunction throughout my back, which indicated to me that I needed to implement a more regular plan of treatment with my chiropractor as well.” The test and report are designed to help patients take control of their current and future health. The report is also designed to help motivate patients to incorporate lifestyle changes, holistic treatment or even medical intervention. Annual studies are recommended to help monitor risk levels and provide early indicators of any issue that justifies intervention. Patients can bring the easy-to-read report to any practitioners—such as naturopaths, osteopaths, biological dentists, holistic physical therapist, chiropractor, energy practitioners and others—to better inform treatment plans with health support providers. Ariana Rawls Fine is a holistic writer and editor who lives in Stratford with her family.



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year from rarely worn manufactured clothing and the lack of recycling. The greenhouse gas emissions from the production of these textiles total more than 1 billion metric tons per year, more than produced by international flights and maritime shipping combined. Sustainable clothing is important for both the planet and those wearing the clothing, says Jeff Garner, a fashion designer in Franklin, Tennessee, who founded the eco-label Prophetik. “The worst effect is the washing of clothes. The synthetic fabrics and dyes come off in the laundry process and go into our groundwater and oceans, including the microplastics from polyester clothing.” Jay Charlton, founder of the UK’s Viva la Vegan fashion brand, believes eco-friendly fashion does not have to be poorly produced or poorly designed. Nor does it mean choosing between a million different options, says Charlton, who found her passion for vegan-statement apparel after adopting a vegan diet. “One easy choice here is organic cotton over conventional cotton. While not perfect, it is better for the environment. Most organic cotton is produced under better working conditions for the farmers, too,” she says. She also stresses the importance of reading labels to determine where clothes originate. “The next time you go shopping, seek out sustainable vegan fabrics and fair wear policies to do what’s right for the planet, people and our animal friends.”

he trendy “fast fashion” industry standard that originated in the early 1990s has had far-reaching effects that continue today. With a production turnaround time as short as four months, designer knock-offs made with inexpensive materials line the shelves of shopping centers throughout the world. But cheap textiles come with a hidden price tag. According to the documentary The True Cost, consumers worldwide buy around 80 billion new items of clothing per year, a 400 percent increase from 20 years ago. A report by the UK-based Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which advocates a regenerative, circular economy, found that more than $500 billion in value is lost globally every


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Sustainable Yet Stylish Just because something is safe for people and the planet doesn’t mean it can’t also be fashionable. Fair Indigo, located in Madison, Wisconsin, is a sustainable clothing company that specializes in garments made from organic Peruvian pima cotton. According to president and co-founder Robert Behnke, Peruvian pima cotton is prized for its longevity and durability. “We want to show the world that organic and sustainable does not have to be either too ‘crunchy’ or too trendy. The clothes that people wear every day— the clothes that make them feel comfortable—these are the brands that will have the greatest impact in truly changing the world.” Fashion doesn’t have to be brand-new in order to be in style. Although secondhand clothing has been regarded negatively in the past by some, it has become more popular in recent years, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. Market researchers predict that resale clothing sales will increase 185 percent in the

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next decade compared to 20 percent for fast fashion. Creative ways we can help reduce clothing waste while staying in style include the following: Clothing exchange parties. Friends and family members can swap clothes and nonsized items such as purses, hats and scarves in fun, socially distanced events. Creative mending. People that have extra time on their hands may like to learn a new skill. Also known as visible mending, creative mending includes freestyle stitching around holes and tears, and both beaded and Japanese shashiko embroidery. Repurpose into something new. If an item of clothing is beyond repair, it doesn’t have to be thrown away. Old T-shirts can be turned into blankets, pillowcases and even coin purses. Men’s dress shirts can be transformed into dresses for young girls or onesies for babies. Kajsa Nickels is a freelance writer in Salisbury, Massachusetts. Contact her at

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herapeutic massage and other bodywork modalities are well-known stress-busters, but they can also hasten recovery after a workout or injury. A little restorative TLC with a bodywork practitioner before or after exercise can combat post-workout soreness and stiffness, maximizing our fitness investments in and out of the gym. Approaches such as Swedish, deep tissue and sports massages, and myofascial trigger point release therapy can boost both blood and lymphatic circulation, giving soft tissues a vital shot of cellular nutrition. Massage modalities affect biochemical processes and on the deepest level, mitochondria—the cell’s energyproducing engines. Research from 2015 published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise shows that massage immediately following injury due to resistance training encourages tissue regeneration.

Bodywork like myofascial release that targets trigger points—knots of tension—can help to ramp up postoperative and overall injury recovery. “Myofascial release is a technique used to reduce the tension in the fascial membrane. Slowly stretching the fascia will unwind and reduce the pressure on the muscles and nerves, reducing pain and creating range of motion and flexibility,” explains Anthony Hansen, a myofascial release therapist at Therapy on the Gulf, in Naples, Florida. Hansen, who specializes in a “fast release” technique, emphasizes the importance of a gentle approach. “Trigger points are caused by cellular debris encapsulated by the fascia, so it’s much better to stretch it loose than it is to force it. Normally, it takes about three to five sessions, depending on the condition of the patient, for the fascial system to unwind before the patient will feel relief.” Active trigger points refer, or radiate, pain elsewhere in the body while latent


points tend to be more localized and are sore when compressed. “From a whole-body perspective and when we put this in the context of fascial planes, restoration of efficient movement is key, particularly post-surgery and when progressing training load,” says Stanbury. “However, this is not just movement of the body (muscles), but movement of blood, lymph and energy.” A supple, tension-free body helps deter and bounce back from injuries. Regular bodywork, especially Swedish and deep tissue massage, fosters muscle recovery and helps prevent future issues. Self-massage using foam rollers and massage balls or canes can also be very helpful. Bodywork offers full-spectrum perks, points out Stanbury, including “improved tissue mobility and elasticity, more efficient blood circulation and reduced anxiety and stress. This will, in turn, help promote better sleep, which is, of course, where we recover best.”



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Gentle Go-To Medicine Whether treating a child’s skinned knee or an athlete with a mild to moderate injury, regular potencies offer benefits without a high risk of unpleasant or dangerous contraindicaLedum palustre tions. “In general, homeopathic remedies are safe for people of all ages because if taken as directed, there are no side effects or drug interactions. This is due to the fact that remedies have been made through a process that renders the substances harmless,” says certified classical homeopath Myra Nissen, in Davis and Walnut Creek, California. Classical homeopathic treatment is based on a person’s unique physical, emotional

and mental nature, and requires deeper study to find the most appropriate remedies, but first-aid applications are most often universally straightforward. “A homeopathic first-aid kit at home is useful for cuts, burns, bumps and bruises, insect bites, poison oak/ivy and minor illnesses,” says Nissen. Gentle, but beneficial Arnica montana is perhaps the best-known application, used for acute injury and post-surgery. In a 2016 review of studies in the American Journal of Therapeutics, a team of international researchers found Arnica to be more effective than a placebo for swelling, bruising and post-surgery pain, and suggested it could be an alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Calendula is a heavy hitter for wound care, skin ailments, minor burns including sunburn, diaper rash and post-tooth extraction. It offers antiseptic and antiinflammatory properties and is available for topical and internal use.

Nissen highlights Ruta graveolens and Rhus toxicdendron for soft tissue inRhus toxicdendron jury and tendonitis and suggests Symphitum for serious damage to cartilage and ligaments. For puncture wounds or injuries involving nerves, Hypericum perforatum is helpful. She emphasizes the importance of using remedies immediately and properly to maximize the potential for rapid healing and pain reduction. Birch says that bee stings and allergic


homeo—meaning similar, and pathos—meaning suffering. Basically, it means that a substance has the power to cure the same symptoms it can create,” says Kate Birch, a certified classical homeopath at the HippHealth Center for Holistic Healing, in Minneapolis. “Moreover, the more a substance is diluted through homeopathic preparation, the more potent it can be for healing when given upon homeopathic indications.” For most health conditions, including chronic complaints, homeopaths recommend tailoring remedies to an individual’s constitution, but first-aid applications are relatively universal and simple. Homeopathic first-aid can be administered for muscle strains, splinters, minor burns and even the common cold. Available in health food stores and pharmacies, homeopathic remedies come in various potencies in the form of pellets, tinctures and topical agents.


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he 200-year-old health system of homeopathy is based on natural sources and is unique in its “like cures like” philosophy that uses extremely diluted substances to trigger the body’s natural defenses. “The word homeopathy is derived from two words:


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When taken at the first sign of a cold or flu, specially combined homeopathic formulas or single remedies can help to lessen severity and duration of certain viruses. Bryonia alba is useful for moderate fever, Gelsemium for general flu-like symptoms, Nux vomica for severe chills and nausea, and Arsenicum album for respiratory and stomach flus. Homeopathic remedies, like all medications, should be properly stored and kept away from children and pets. Also, not all products labeled as homeopathic may be pure. Some products add homeopathic remedies to other ingredients that are not safe; for example, Arnica gel may have alcohol, preservatives and stabilizers, and be harmful if swallowed. While homeopathy offers many benefits, Birch clarifies that it is not designed to be a quick fix and is best approached from a broader view or “a philosophy that shapes your day-to-day life. When you understand these things, once you have the right remedy, it produces instantaneous results.” Marlaina Donato is a body-mindspirit author and composer. Connect at

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Suggestions from Myra Nissen Aconitum napellus: Known as Aconite, it is useful immediately after an injury when there is a shock or fright, such as a fall or a car accident. Also helpful to fight off a cold after being exposed to a chill.


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Apis mellificia: Helpful for insect bites which are red, hot and swollen, like a bee sting. Arnica montana: Helpful for cuts and bruises. Hypericum perforatum: Helpful for puncture wounds and injuries involving nerves such as catching a finger in the car door or hitting it with a hammer. Ledum palustre: Helpful for puncture wounds and most insect bites. Rhus toxicdendron: Helpful for itchy rashes, such as poison oak or ivy where there are blisters. A curious symptom that indicates Rhus tox is the right choice is when the itch is relieved by bathing or washing with very hot water. Ruta graveolens: Helpful for sprains, strains, tendonitis and joint injuries. Symphitum officinalis: Made from comfrey, also known as “bone knit”, it helps recovery from a broken bone or damaged cartilage and connective tissue.

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responses respond well to Apis mellificia and fevers and headaches to Belladonna. Using Cantharis or Urtica urens for firstand second-degree burns can help to prevent blisters and minimize pain, while Silicea is a good choice for splinters. In general, for all acute cases and injuries, remedies are often taken every hour and tapered down to every four hours upon signs of improvement or lessening of intensity. If results are not seen within two days, it is best to discontinue the remedy.

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Developing Your Intuition Series (on Zoom) w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8pm. (Wed, May 5th, May 12 & May 19). Tap into your innate ability of “knowing.” Through meditation, sharing and experiential exercises begin to master techniques of accessing your creativity and intuition. The remaining three of the five classes will be held on Wednesdays; May 5th, May 12th & May 19th Series: $97. To join: and pay thru PayPal. I will then send you the Zoom info necessary to attend. For questions, please call 203-631-7803, email or visit

CWC Lunch & Learn: Peer Support as a Healing Practice – 12pm-1pm. Virtual on Zoom. Join us for Peer Support as a Healing Practice. An evidence-based practice that promotes healing as a form of self-care in Recovery Support Specialist/Peer Support roles. Resources and skills to become more resilient in your own recovery will be shared. No CECs. Free event. Register at:

Universal White Time Gemstone Healing Level 2: Crystals and Color Healing – (Sat, May 22 & Sun, May 23). 9am-6:30pm (both days). Explore stones and layouts for healing the body and the aura and for meditation, and an introduction to healing with color. Program and balance the vibration of stones. Learn to open a portal for angels, recipes for Stone Aura baths, and elixir recipes. 15 layouts are practiced in class to open you up to greater creativity, increase your frequency and balance your aura with every color of the rainbow. Initiation at end of class. No experience necessary. UWTGH classes can be taken out of order. $400. Venmo: @Bradford-Tilden. Brauttree Wellness Center, 415 Killingsworth Rd, Higganum. Contact Bradford: 860-830-5841,


SATURDAY, MAY 8 Reiki I – 9:30am-1pm. Reiki is the science and art of activating, directing and applying natural, universal life energy, to promote energy balancing, healing and wholeness. Includes certificate and materials $125. Will be held in person, to register please call 203-631-7803, email or visit: CELC Middle School Virtual Open House on Zoom – 10am-11am. Looking for a middle school where your child can thrive? Find out if CELC Middle School is right for your child. Safe, small classes, experientially-based personalized learning, transformative program, 5th - 8th grade. Virtual Open House on Zoom. Limited openings are available still for 2021-2022 academic year. Call now! RSVP: or call 203-4334658. All Shall be Well – 10:30am-12:30pm. The Gospel of Love According to Julian of Norwich” presented live and virtually by Mark Burrows, PhD, Saturday May 8 from 10:30 am-12:30 pm. Observe the Feast Day of 14th century Julian of Norwich. $35. Mercy by the Sea, 167 Neck Rd, Madison. For more information and to register, call: 203-245-0401 or visit: Open House at The Red Barn in Durham – 11am-5pm. Join us to experience all the new and exciting energy at the Red Barn! Special activities for the kiddos and gifts for mom, as well as psychic readings, vendors, healing, and more! $5 Admission. 352 Main St, Durham. Sonic Alchemy – 7pm-8:30pm. This sound healing meditation concert combines Bradford Tilden’s inspiring piano music, crystal bowls and channeled vocal tones to create a powerful activating, and healing experience. $20. Prepay with Venmo: @ronald-smith-419. Required to RSVP. $25 cash at door. Avant Garde Holistic Center, Branford. 203-481-8443, AvantGardeCT13@ Livestream access for $4.99 at


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SATURDAY, MAY 15 CELC Middle School In-person Open House – 11am-1pm. Get to Know CELC MIddle School. Safe, small classes, experientially-based personalized learning, transformative program, 5th - 8th grade. 28 School St, Branford. RSVP: Call: 203-4334658 or visit: Applications being accepted now for 2021-2022 academic year.

SUNDAY, MAY 16 Reiki Class Level I –10am-3:30pm. (Sunday, May 16th & 23). Learn Reiki for self-care and treatment of others. Participants will learn, the benefits, history, and precepts of Reiki. Ample time for practice while following CDC protocol. Small Class,open for three participants at The: Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center, 605 Main St, Middletown. Cost: $150 members, $160 non-members. Call: 203-314-5401 or, Sound Immersion – 2pm-3:30pm. Join us for this special live sound healing event of shamanic chanting, angelic vocal toning and Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls. Bradford’s powerful sound may clear physical and emotional blockages, reduce pain, balance the mind/body/spirit, and more. $30. Purchase through 91 Beverly Heights, Middletown. Contact: 860-740-4939.

TUESDAY, MAY 18 Free Essential Oil Class – 6:30pm-8pm. Help align your mind, body, spirit. Learn to take control of your health with therapeutic grade oils. Free class. On Zoom, to register please call 203-6317803, email or visit

Forage walk with Qi Gong practice – 1pm-3pm. Learn about spring wild edible and medicinal plants. This in-person class will be at Guida’s Conservation area in Middletown. $25. For more info go to:

SUNDAY, MAY 23 Qi Gong essence meditation with Erik Harris and John Odlum at wind on the water in Columbia, CT – 1pm-3pm. Connect with the energy of the plants and trees using medicinal aromatherapy. Start with a meditative qigong practice then move into a guided meditation using sound healing. $30. For more information, go to:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26 Full Moon Meditation w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8pm. Align w/new energies of this month’s Full Moon. Opportunities for letting go of the old and allowing spiritual energies to reach human hearts and minds. $25. On Zoom, to register please call 203-631-7803, email Return2love3@gmail. com or visit:

THURSDAY, MAY 27 Bringing Vision Boards into Clinical Practice – 9am-12pm. Virtual on Zoom. Visions boards are concrete and creative outlets which provide visual cues and focus. In this hands-on training, we will explore visual goal-setting techniques that can be used with clients, the process of creating a vision board, and how various graphic models can be used in the clinical setting. Participants will also have an opportunity to explore their own goal-setting process and create a vision board for themselves. Please bring magazines, and printed material that you best identify with imagery that reflect your personal interests. 3 CECs. $60. Register at:

FRIDAY, MAY 28 Healing the Body: Health at Every Size, Intuitive Eating and the Ethical Healing of Bodies – 9am-4pm. Virtual on Zoom. This training seeks to educate mental health and physical health professionals on health at every size, intuitive eating, and how to integrate both into their work. Professionals will learn about the ethics surrounding the medical model in comparison to a HAES perspective, which requires allowing for bodily autonomy of our patients and clients, empowering clients and patients to make their own choices regarding their bodies and enabling clients access to ethical care. 6 CECs. $90. Register at:


monday Come see CELC Middle School in action – Tours by appointment only! Middle School Middle school specialists, 5th – 8th grade. Small class sizes, personalized instruction, robust academics. Limited openings still available for 2020-21. 28 School St, Branford. Contact or call 203-433-4658. For more information, visit Individual and small group tutoring sessions available for Summer 2021 with professional, experienced educators at CELC Middle School in Branford – All subject areas, grades K-9th. Maintain academic skills, rebuild engagement from a “lost” year, develop greater confidence and understanding. 28 School St, Branford. Contact or call 203-433-4658.

markyourcalendar Reopening! Sacred Song Reiki: Wallingford, CT May 15th, 2021 Offering: Reiki, Sound Healing, Sound Healing with Reiki, Crystal Bed Healing, Crystal Bed Healing with Crystal Sound Vibration. Private Sessions by Appointment Only. CDC Protocols Observed. 60 Church Street, Suite 4G, Wallingford, CT 06492 Email: Phone: 508- 517-2400 Visit:

Explorers’ Summer Program happens at CELC Middle School Summer 2021! – 9am-3pm. Weekly sessions begin June 28 through August 6. Safe, fun, all-day summer program. Ages 9 – 12. Maximum 10 students per session. 28 School St, Branford. To register now: or contact: or 203-433-4658.

tuesday Come see CELC Middle School in action – Tours by appointment only! Middle School Middle school specialists, 5th – 8th grade. Small class sizes, personalized instruction, robust academics. Limited openings still available for 2020-21. 28 School St, Branford. Contact or call 203-433-4658. For more information, visit Individual and small group tutoring sessions available for Summer 2021 with professional, experienced educators at CELC Middle School in Branford – All subject areas, grades K-9th. Maintain academic skills, rebuild engagement from a “lost” year, develop greater confidence and understanding. 28 School St, Branford. Contact or call 203-433-4658. Explorers’ Summer Program happens at CELC Middle School Summer 2021! – 9am-3pm. Weekly sessions begin June 28 through August 6. Safe, fun, all-day summer program. Ages 9 – 12. Maximum 10 students per session. 28 School St, Branford. To register now: or contact: or 203-433-4658. Weekly Qi Gong class at The Red Barn in Durham – 6pm-7pm.Qi gong translates to the practice of moving energy. Qi gong focuses on breath and movement to open up the energy flow in the body. There will be brief meditation integrating breathe-work with a combination of chanting, singing bowls, and aromatherapy, and an inspirational reading at the end of each class. $15. For more information, go to

wednesday Come see CELC Middle School in action – Tours by appointment only! Middle School Middle school specialists, 5th – 8th grade. Small class sizes, personalized instruction, robust academics. Limited openings still available for 2020-21. 28 School St, Branford. Contact or call 203-433-4658. For more information, visit Individual and small group tutoring sessions available for Summer 2021 with professional, experienced educators at CELC Middle School in Branford – All subject areas, grades K-9th. Maintain academic skills, rebuild engagement from a “lost” year, develop greater confidence and understanding. 28 School St, Branford. Contact or call 203-433-4658. Explorers’ Summer Program happens at CELC Middle School Summer 2021! – 9am-3pm. Weekly sessions begin June 28 through August 6. Safe, fun, all-day summer program. Ages 9 – 12. Maximum 10 students per session. 28 School St, Branford. To register now: or contact: or 203-433-4658. Weekly Qi Gong class at Elizabeth Park in West Hartford – 9:30am-10:30am. Qi gong translates to the practice of moving energy. Qi gong focuses on breath and movement to open up the energy flow in the body. There will be brief meditation integrating breathe-work with a combination of chanting, singing bowls, and aromatherapy, and an inspirational reading at the end of each class. $15. For more information, go to Open Healing Arts Exchange – 6pm-8pm. (every 2nd Wed of the month). Gather and experience each other’s unique healing modalities. While featuring White Time Energy and Gemstone healing, we welcome all practitioners and anyone interested in giving and receiving a healing and/or curious about the healing arts. $20. Braulttree Wellness Center, Higganum. 860-344-9573. Developing Your Intuition Series (on Zoom) w/ Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8pm. (Wed, May 5th, May 12 & May 19). Tap into your innate ability of “knowing.” Through meditation, sharing and experiential exercises begin to master techniques of accessing your creativity and intuition. The remaining three of the five classes will be held on Wednesdays; May 5th, May 12th, May 19th Series: $97. To join: and pay thru PayPal. I will then send you the Zoom info necessary to attend. For questions, please call 203631-7803, email or visit

thursday Come see CELC Middle School in action – Tours by appointment only! Middle School Middle school specialists, 5th – 8th grade. Small class sizes, personalized instruction, robust academics. Limited openings still available for 2020-21. 28 School St, Branford. Contact or call 203-433-4658. For more information, visit

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ongoingevents Individual and small group tutoring sessions available for Summer 2021 with professional, experienced educators at CELC Middle School in Branford – All subject areas, grades K-9th. Maintain academic skills, rebuild engagement from a “lost” year, develop greater confidence and understanding. 28 School St, Branford. Contact or call 203-433-4658. Explorers’ Summer Program happens at CELC Middle School Summer 2021! – 9am-3pm. Weekly sessions begin June 28 through August 6. Safe, fun, all-day summer program. Ages 9 – 12. Maximum 10 students per session. 28 School St, Branford. To register now: or contact: or 203-433-4658. The Caring Network: Free virtual support group through Microsoft Teams for adults who have lost a loved one – 6pm. (Thurs, May 6th & May 20th). Bridges Healthcare, 949 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford. Information about grief and loss; facilitated open discussion. Adults do not need to register. The group is facilitated by a Bridges counselor and is sponsored by Bridges Healthcare and Cody-White Funeral Home. For more information, please call the Group Facilitator, Brooke Torres M.Ed., at 203 878-6365 ext. 480. or email

Tong Ren Distance Healing Class through Zoom – 7pm-8pm. Tong Ren Therapy is based on the power of our mind creating energy for healing. Using the hammer technique, we hit points on an acupuncture doll to focus the energy on a person. During the Tong ren class people will sit and receive energy. 3 things will be tapped on for each person. Group energy healing will be received and we will send distance healing also. This class also utilizes meditation, sound healing, and inspirational readings. $10. For more information, go to Gem Clinic – 7:30pm-9pm. (3rd Thurs of the Month). This clinic is a workspace for certified UWTGH Practitioners to practice on each other and on members of the public who are interested in healing and awakening through stone healing or simply curious to experience the modality. $20. The Red Barn in Durham, 352 Main St. Durham. RSVP preferred. Bradford: 860-830-5841 or

Individual and small group tutoring sessions available for Summer 2021 with professional, experienced educators at CELC Middle School in Branford – All subject areas, grades K-9th. Maintain academic skills, rebuild engagement from a “lost” year, develop greater confidence and understanding. 28 School St, Branford. Contact or call 203-433-4658. Explorers’ Summer Program happens at CELC Middle School Summer 2021! – 9am-3pm. Weekly sessions begin June 28 through August 6. Safe, fun, all-day summer program. Ages 9 – 12. Maximum 10 students per session. 28 School St, Branford. To register now: or contact: or 203-433-4658.

friday Come see CELC Middle School in action – Tours by appointment only! Middle School Middle school specialists, 5th – 8th grade. Small class sizes, personalized instruction, robust academics. Limited openings still available for 2020-21. 28 School St, Branford. Contact or call 203-433-4658. For more information, visit

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

TURN YOUR PASSION INTO A BUSINESS – Are you ready for a meaningful and creative career that connects you to the community while you work from the comfort of home? If you are passionate about healthy living and enjoy inspiring others to make choices that benefit themselves and the world around them, consider becoming a Natural Awakenings publisher. The New Haven and Middlesex counties edition of Natural Awakenings is for sale! This is a meaningful home-based business opportunity. No previous publishing experience is required. Extensive training and ongoing support is provided. Learn more today! Call: 203-988-1808 or email:

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PART-TIME OFFICE ASSISTANT NATURAL AWAKENINGS IS SEEKING – A positive, person who enjoys talking on the phone and would like to earn some extra income. Ideal candidate will be self-motivated and enjoy working independently. Must have/own computer with internet access and phone. Pay is $15/hour for a maximum of 10 hours per month. Contact us at

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

Applied Kinesiology i s a n e u r o logical 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 23.


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


Robin Barros, IMT-C, CSC, CPLC 5 Gavin Drive, Columbia, CT 860-709-3903

Spirit of the Lotus is a sacred space, warm and welcoming, where you can go for holistic health and healing. Robin uses many modalities to get to the heart of what’s caus-ing you to be in pain, out of alignment or just frustrated with what feels like a block to living your best life. Integrative Manual Therapy, gently helps you release tension from injury, illness or surgery. Intuitive guidance helps you release Physical, Mental & Spiritual baggage, carried for years, lives or generations. As an Advanced Soul Coach & Past Life Coach (R), we clear away inner debris in order to connect you with the wis-dom of your soul. With years of experience and training, you can experience optimal health & wellness.


April Beaman 2 Forest Park Dr. Farmington, CT 212 New London Turnpike Glastonbury, CT 860-415-1150 CT Thermography specializes in medical thermal imaging, also k n o w n a s Th e r m o g r a p h y. Thermography is the use and study of thermograms for detecting and measuring variations of heat emitted for the surface of the body. A thermogram is produced by a highly sensitive, medical infrared camera that accurately maps the temperature variations which are then interpreted by Board Certified physicians known as thermologists. Thermography does not expose the body to radiation or involve contact and is used to aid in the detection of inflammation, disease and cancer. See ad on page 7.


Final Journey, LLC is an in-home euthanasia service for your animal companion that brings comfort and peace during a sensitive and challenging time. See ad on page 23.

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

At Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, we specialize in manual therapy using hands-on techniques to help the body’s natural healing process. We also incorporate traditional programs and modalities to maximize health. 40-minute sessions are conducted one-on-one in private treatment rooms. See ad on page 21.

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

Stress is the plague of the 21st century and the cause of physical and emotional woes. Because of this, my sessions combine my ability to see auras with Reiki, Theta Healing, acupressure and Sound Vibrational Healing to provide deep relaxation and balance. “Tension out! Wellness in” is more than a phrase. For my clients it is a statement of fact. Distance Healing available. See Profile on page 25.

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Combining an array of natural therapies that have been used since ancient times with today’s technology, Salt of the Earth Spa provides a sanctuary for deep transformations, healing and grounding for Mind, Body and Spirit.

Elm City Wellness is an independent, womanowned wellness center with a focus on community healing. Services include a variety of skilled massage, CBD massage, community and private acupuncture, Reiki, craniosacral therapy and organic skin care, including signature, microderm and high frequency facials. Skilled therapists specifically tailor each and every session. Our wellness store features local products, candles, wellness supplies and books, smudge kits and a large range of third-party tested, pharmaceutical grade CBD products. See back cover ad.

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WHOLE BODY WELLNESS CBD MASSAGE 774 Orange Street New Haven, CT 203-691-7653

My goal is to empower you to develop spiritually and professionally. I offer sessions and teach certification classes in Universal White Time (UWT), Lemurian Intuitive, Crystal, and Sound Healing, transformational voice coaching, and guided visualization. I use these techniques, and more to help you to obtain authentic expression, empowerment, and transformation. You can purchase personally attuned crystals, through me. My clients and students gain a renewed clarity and a sense of purpose in working with me.

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