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SHOPRITE KIDS DAY Sunday, August 20 OPENING NIGHT presented by Yale Monday, August 21 Featuring mixed doubles with Martina Navratilova and Mats Wilander

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Every August is a special month, as it marks another anniversary of the launch of Natural Awakenings New Haven/Middlesex counties edition. Our magazine is in its 11th year of publishing! I want to begin my publisher’s letter by extending my deepest appreciation to you, our wonderful readers and advertisers, without whom we would not exist or thrive. Your loyalty, is an expression of your ongoing commitment to personal, communal and planetary wellness. Thanks to all of you! We are officially in the Dog Days of summer, which always brings out my lazy side and obsession with spending every moment outdoors, given the long winters in Connecticut. Every year at this time, I create a make-shift office out on my back deck so I can work while enjoying the symphony of birdsongs, cicada mating calls and frequent visitations from my squirrel and chipmunk friends—Just a nature freak I guess. Every August our editorial theme focuses on children’s wellness. This month, we are taking a comprehensive look at the autism spectrum. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 68 children has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Our feature articles examine how this developmental challenge, while specifically affecting the brain, actually involves the whole-body. Collective treatment is not only beneficial, but vital in order to enhance wellness and a happy and successful life. Educational needs of the autistic child will also be discussed, along with other topics relating to children's overall wellness. Appropriate use of vaccinations has come under close scrutiny for some years now and recently, it has become a land mine of intense controversy and debate. That being said, research has shown a significant correlation between the escalation of vaccine injections and the sharp increase in autism and learning and behavior disorders. Whatever your current position is on the use of vaccines, I urge you to read “Evaluating the Role of Vaccines and Their Safety: More Independent Research is Needed,” by Dr. Sue McIntosh, a retired pediatrician specializing in hematology and oncology. We hope you enjoy our informative reads this month. Be sure to check out our local news briefs and community calendar activities, which run the gamut from outdoor festivals to wellness workshops. Thanks to all of you for keeping this 11-year old child vibrant and growing!

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Treatment Study for Children with Autism and Anxiety


he Yale Child Study Center is conducting a treatment study of cognitive behavior therapy for children with autism and anxiety. This federally funded study is supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a childhood onset disorder that is diagnosed by social deficits and restricted repetitive behaviors. Forty percent of children with autism also suffer from anxiety. The center’s team is testing whether cognitive behavioral therapy is successful in treating anxiety in children with autism. In order to participate, children must be between the ages of 8 and 14. Participants are randomly assigned to cognitive behavior therapy for anxiety or to psycho-education and supportive therapy. Families randomized to psycho-education and supportive therapy will be offered cognitive behavior therapy after completion of the study. The study is also testing brain mechanisms of anxiety by using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) specifically to determine if reduction of anxiety after therapy parallels changes in brain mechanisms of emotion regulation. To complete this goal, we ask all participants to complete an fMRI before and after treatment. Participation in this study includes free assessments, free therapy, and up to $350 for participation. For more information, contact Tess Gladstone at 203-737-7662 or, or Dr. Denis Sukhodolsky at 203-785-6446 or Denis.Sukhodolsky@Yale. edu. See ad on page 25.

Building, Creating, Exploring at CELC Middle School


T Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School has an Activity Day and Open House on August 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the public to learn more about this experientially based middle school in Branford, Connecticut. You are invited to come meet teachers and students; stay for the


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art, music and science activities; and enjoy refreshments. CELC is designed to empower youth during a period of life that is often regarded as a time to just get through. This time can be joyful, powerful and exhilarating, filled with passion and new ideas about oneself and the world. Real-world learning is a major aspect of CELC’s curriculum. Students are able to delve into learning in a hands-on and minds-on way. Students learn to behave as a supportive community as they are involved in a variety of environments and experiences. For all of CELC’s subject areas, students receive individualized attention with small class sizes and can build skill in small steps. The school provides challenge while balancing frustration levels with opportunities for success. For reservations for CELC’s Open House, call 203-433-4658 or email For more information, visit Location: 28 School St., Branford, CT. See ad on page 25.

CT Open Hits New Haven in August


t’s time for summer action at one of Connecticut’s most exciting sporting events, the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies. The tournament celebrates 20 years of women’s professional tennis in Connecticut this year, with confirmed players to date include World No. 10 and returning champion Agnieszka Radwanska, World No. 12 Petra Kvitova and American Sloane Stephens. Expect more players from across the world to be added.

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To celebrate 20 years of women’s tennis in Connecticut, 18-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Navratilova returns to the tournament to play the Monday, August 21 evening session in an exhibition mixed doubles match against Mats Wilander, a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion. Back by popular demand is the Powershares Series with legends John McEnroe, Michael Chang, Mark Philippoussis and James Blake. On Thursday, August 24, following the women’s quarterfinal, Chang will play Blake, and on Friday, August 25, following the WTA semifinal, McEnroe will take on Philippoussis, with the winners of each matchup competing in a final on Friday night. The men’s matches will be one set each. The tournament features an exciting and entertaining

festival of activities for adults and kids that includes the Aetna FitZone, live music performances, local food trucks, kids’ activities, and more. The tournament is honoring military members and veterans with a special United Technologies Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, August 26. Other events include ShopRite Kids Day on August 20, Opening Night Ceremony presented by Yale University on August 21, and Courtgirls & Cocktails on August 22. The tournament is committed to benefitting the local community by supporting women’s, youth, military and other Connecticut causes throughout the state. Take the Spin Bike Challenge to raise money for Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven.

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egistration is now open for the seventh annual Step by Step to a Healthier Milford, an annual six-week, self-walking campaign. The ceremonial kickoff event will take place on September 23 at 9 a.m. at Walnut Beach Pavilion in Milford, Connecticut. The event is presented by the Milford Regional Chamber’s Health & Wellness Council (HWC). Registration at $20 a person is open to individuals and corporate teams. Registrants who cannot attend the kickoff can still participate. Step by Step to a Healthier Milford will benefit the Milford Chamber Trust’s scholarships support for students planning to enter college studies in the HWC to its members and the general public. The event’s title sponsor is Edgewell Personal Care. Other sponsors include Stonebridge Restaurant (gold); Carriage Green at Milford, VNA Community Healthcare, and Always Best Care Senior Services (silver); Natural Awakenings New Haven & Middlesex counties (media); The Milford Bank (pedometer), and American Medical Response (goodie bag). HWC member sponsors include Boys & Girls Village, Clinical Research Consultants and Dr. Victoria Rothenhausen. The HWC, founded in 2006, is comprised of entrepreneurs and those working in the health and wellness industry. Monthly meetings are held the second Thursday at the Milford Chamber Conference Room at 8:30 a.m.

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Natural Remedies to Support Health and Wellness

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earn about herbal cordials, elixirs and essences by joining Melissa Conroy, a “wholistic” health and wellness coach with Roots Rising Alchemy, on August 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Held at Twin Star Herbal Education & Community Apothecary in New Milford, Connecticut, Conroy will be exploring the connections between the physical, emotional, intuitive and spiritual aspects of the heart and how these connections impact our daily lives. During this hands-on Melissa Conroy. workshop, participants will learn how to tap into their heart’s guidance as a means of relieving stress and living a more intuitive, empowered life. Herbal remedies to support overall heart health physically, emotionally and energetically will be discussed. Participants will experience a guided mediation to drop into a space of love and healing as well as take home an herbal heart remedy. Simple practices will be shared which can easily be embedded into daily life to heal, love and live from the heart. For more information, call 203-673-9491, email or visit RootsRisingAlchemy. Location: Twin Star Herbal Education & Community Apothecary, 57 Bank St., New Milford, CT. See ad below.

Getting to Know Other Holistic Parents


he New Haven County chapter of Holistic Moms Network will host its monthly meeting on August 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Woodruff Family YMCA in Milford, Connecticut. Holistic Moms Network is a nonprofit support and discussion network that welcomes all people wherever they are on

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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.

An Integrative Approach to Weight Loss


he East-West Integrative Health Clinic in Branford, Connecticut, is offering a weight loss program designed to help patients come up with a plan to optimize weight loss and improve health. There are multiple factors affecting the ability to lose and gain weight. This program enhances metabolism to burn fat for energy while maintaining healthy muscle and giving the body the nutrition to stay Dr. Lisa Rosenberger healthy. It includes a sustainable and simple eating plan, and basic exercise and science-based recommendations. The practices services include naturopathic medical visits, Chinese medicine evaluation, acupuncture, nutritional counseling, and supplement and medication evaluation. For more information, call 203-915-9125 or visit EWIHealth. com. Location: East-West Integrative Health Clinic, 217 Montowese St., Branford, CT. See ad on facing page.

Are Upper Back Knots Causing You Pain?


rom 3-4 p.m. on August 29 and 31, Phyllis Quinn, a physical therapist with Branford, Connecticut’s Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, will be offering a free 10-minute assessment of the upper back/rib area. Take advantage of the free

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From Grape to Fruit Kinds, It’s Wine Time


he 11th Annual Shoreline Wine Festival, taking place August 12 (noon-7 p.m.) and 13 (noon-6 p.m.), will celebrate fine wines from Connecticut wineries and vineyards with the backdrop setting of a farm orchard. This two-day festival is a ticketed event that affords you the opportunity to taste a range of wines from grape wines to fruit wines and from wineries across Connecticut. Also enjoy a tour of the Bishop’s Orchards Winery, numerous

wine seminars given by local wine experts, live music and entertainment, and a chance to visit with local vendors and artisans. Food offered at the event is an additional charge. Tickets are only valid for one of the two days; you may not use one ticket for both days. Advanced tickets are available until August 4 at the following prices: $30 for a Saturday or a Sunday adult ticket, and $60 for a V.I.P. ticket for either day. As of August 5, the price will increase to $35 and $70, respectively. A designated driver ticket for either day is $10. This event is presented and hosted by Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market and Winery in Guilford, Connecticut. Participating wineries include Jones Family Farms, Hopkins Vineyard, Holmberg Orchards & Winery, Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Jonathan Edwards Vinyards, DiGrazia Vineyards, Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market and Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery. For more information, visit or Location: Bishop’s Orchards Guilford Farm Market & Winery, 1355 Boston Post Rd., Guilford, CT.

Find Your ‘Dog-mate’ at Connecticut Shelter Adoption Event


omeward Bound CT will be holding an adoption event on August 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the North Haven Fairgrounds to help rescues and shelters find forever homes for their dogs. The Animal Haven, Inc., Brass City Rescue Alliance, CT Animal House, Friends of Bristol Animal Shelter, Kenway’s Cause, Ledyard Animal Control, Manchester Animal Control and Where The Love Is Rescue are just some of

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screening to see if your knots are rib problems or muscular, and if physical therapy could help you. Do you experience those annoying knots in the upper back area? They are often related to using the area to lift, push or pull. Exercise and trying to “work out” those areas give temporary relief. But the source of the problem can be upper ribs that become jammed. The ribs attach onto the sternum in front and the thoracic vertebrae in the back. The first rib is much higher than most people realize, coming just under the collar bone. Manual therapy can offer lasting relief.

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the shelters and rescues that will be at the event. The mission of Homeward Bound CT is to find homes for thousands of dogs languishing and dying in kill shelters across the country. They do this by creating adoption events for the rescues to bring their dogs at no cost to them. Shelters or rescues, vendors and volunteers who are interested in participating in this event can register at Location: North Haven Fairgrounds, 290 Washington Ave., Rte. 5, North Haven, CT.

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ho’s ready for a fun dog day at Black Hog Brewery in Oxford, Connecticut? Join the brewery for a Pints & Pups adoption event and fundraiser on August 12. Come from 1-5 p.m. to adopt a new furry family member, have a beer, grab a grilled cheese from The Caseus Cheese Truck, support local vendors and have fun, all while raising money for CPR Adoption Center (

Black Hog Brewery is donating $1 of every pint sold that day from 1-8 p.m. to the CPR Adoption Center. There will also be a grilled cheese eating competition at 5 p.m. and a raffle at 4:30 p.m. Get local dog treats from Pupcake Bakery ( and doggie bow-ties from Bow·da·cious Pup (; both vendors will be donating a percentage of their proceeds directly to the organization as well. For more information on the event, visit Events/1484858211582135 or Event/Pints-for-Pups-Dog-Adoption-Day-Feat-The-CheeseTruck. Location: Black Hog Brewing Co., 115 Hurley Rd, Bldg 9A, Oxford, CT.

Celebrating Sustainability and Earth-friendly Practices at Green Expo


n September 9, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., the CT Folk Festival & Green Expo will present their annual free festival at New Haven’s Edgerton Park. The lineup celebrates the best in folk music and beyond. New for 2017, The Ballroom Thieves and LivingstonTaylor will co-headline the main stage as well as highlighting Forlorn Strangers. The Green Expo highlights over 75 exhibitors. A suggested $10 donation helps to continue CT Folk’s community efforts. Vendors include artisans and exhibitors with innovative ideas and hand-made products for sustainable lifestyles. The New Alliance Foundation Performance Tent will host cultural performances, such as healing drums percussion workshops, “Be Green” presentations and garden tours. The Green Kids’ Village offers hands-on activities and entertainment to engage children of all ages with yoga and hooping workshops, an arts and creativity corner, on-going projects and a huge puppet parade at 3:45 p.m. Other musical performers include Kate Callahan, Greg Cornell & The Cornell Brothers, The End of America, Ladybird, Steven Pelland, The Promise is Hope, Amy Soucy and Roger Sprung. Now in its second decade, The CT Folk Festival & Green Expo has organically grown into one of Connecticut’s leading folk festivals as well as presenting one of the largest green expos in the state. The festival’s mixture of arts, cuisine and culture proves there is something for everyone. For more information, visit Location: Edgerton Park (intersects Whitney Ave. near the Hamden town line), 75 Cliff St., New Haven, CT.

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Sufficient Sleep Supports Immunity


study from the University of Washington, in Seattle, tested the relationship of immune system functioning to lack of adequate sleep. To rule out genetic factors, which experts say account for 31 to 55 percent of individual sleep patterns, researchers tested blood samples from 11 pairs of adult identical twins (genetic matches) with differing sleep habits. They found that the immune system was depressed in the twin that slept less. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans are sleeping 1.5 to two hours less than they did 100 years ago, and more than 30 percent of working people average fewer than six hours a night. Dr. Nathanial Watson, lead author and co-director of the university’s Sleep Medicine Center at Harborview Medical Center, observes, “Seven or more hours of sleep is recommended for optimal health.”

Massage Relieves Chronic Back Pain


esearchers from Indiana University-Purdue University, in Indianapolis, set out to find out if massage therapy—typically an out-of-pocket expense not covered under most insurance plans—can provide effective treatment for individuals suffering with chronic back pain. The study followed 76 primary care patients with chronic back pain for 24 weeks. The researchers measured pain, disability and quality of life at the beginning of the study, after 12 weeks and again after 24 weeks of massage therapy. Each patient was referred to a licensed massage therapist for 10 no-cost sessions in a real-world environment during the initial 12 weeks. More than half of the patients that completed the core study reported clinically meaningful improvements for physical and mental measures. For bodily pain, 40 percent were clinically improved. Older adults and Baby Boomers reported the highest percentage of changes. Plus, the study found that sufferers that avoided taking painkillers were twice as likely to experience reduced pain than those using opioids.


EATING FRUIT LOWERS CARDIAC RISK Scientists from the University of Oxford and the Chinese Medical Academy studied 500,000 healthy adults in China for seven years, tracking medical records of illnesses and deaths. They found that a 100-gram serving of fruit per day (primarily apples and oranges) reduces the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke by one-third.

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Chinese Fungi Relieve Asthma Suffering

esearchers from Capital Medical University, in Beijing, China, tested the effectiveness of Cordyceps sinensis, a traditional Chinese medicine derived from fungi, on the treatment of patients with moderate-to-severe asthma. They followed 120 subjects, divided into two groups of 60. One group received a capsule containing 1,200 milligrams of Cordyceps sinensis three times daily for three months. The control group was treated with conventional medications. Health-related quality of life was measured, along with the incidence of asthma exacerbation, pulmonary function and inflammation indicators in both groups. The Cordyceps sinesis group reported reduced asthma symptoms, improved lung function, a better inflammatory profile and an overall better quality of life when compared to the conventional treatment group.



Son of a Sailor Sussex University researchers in the UK tested the brain activity of 17 healthy subjects as they listened to a series of soundscapes from either natural or artificial environments. Brain scans and questionnaires found that natural sounds led to relaxation and positive feedback, while artificial sounds activated stress and anxiety-related brain activity.

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Cover artist Karyn Robinson captures the beauty and joy of everyday life, inspired by the colorful people and landscapes of the desert Southwest. She works in bright, primary colors and clean, simple compositions that accentuate the elegant forms of ordinary objects from poolside drinks to prickly cacti. This cover work, Son of a Sailor, was inspired by a photograph Robinson took of a woman and child gazing into the Pacific Ocean. “I love photographing people and then painting the images. As I paint, I make up stories about the people,” says Robinson. “That’s how Son of a Sailor came to be. I took the photograph in San Diego, which has a large Navy presence. I thought maybe they were waiting for someone far away to make his way home.” Robinson started painting just before being diagnosed with breast cancer, and art became a therapeutic lifeline for her. “If there is a silver lining to the experience, it’s that it brought me the gift of painting,” says Robinson. A freelance writer and television producer, Robinson lives, works and paints in Phoenix, Arizona, and is a member of the Scottsdale Artists League.


MAPLE SYRUP GIVES GOOD GUT Researchers from the University of Rhode Island have discovered that pure maple syrup contains inulin, a complex carbohydrate that serves as a prebiotic. It encourages growth of beneficial gut bacteria and extends the lengthy list of beneficial vitamins and minerals contained in this natural sweet. Consume it in moderation, limited to a few times a week.


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Accepted Misfits

Due to customer requests and petitions, more stores are beginning to stock the one in five pieces of produce that never made the cut before due to quirky shapes or other blemishes. Often, these are displayed next to their better-looking, more expensive counterparts to give consumers an eco-friendly choice. The 133 billion pounds worth of misshapen or scarred fruits and vegetables annually plowed under, buried in a landfill or fed to livestock is sharply at odds with the reality that 48 million Americans face food insecurity. Whole Foods Market created a pilot program in some of its California stores, testing sales in April 2016 with Imperfect Produce (ImperfectProduce. com), a service that delivers to homes. Walmart brought weather-blemished apples to 300 of its Florida stores to kick off their imperfect role in the movement. Five Pittsburgh Giant Eagle stores call their program Produce with Personality, and focus on navel oranges, russet potatoes, peppers and apples. Fourteen Hannaford stores in Albany, New York, offer the Misfits line, while donating unsold produce to local nonprofits. Hy-Vee’s 242 stores, located in eight central states, rolled out the Misfits last December.


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Tuna Turnaround

Lower Mercury Levels Tied to Drop in Coal Emissions Levels of highly toxic mercury contamination in Atlantic bluefin tuna are rapidly declining, a trend that has been linked to reduced mercury emissions in North America, according to a new study published in Environmental Science & Technology. Average mercury concentrations dropped by more than 2 percent per year, for a total decline of 19 percent between 2004 and 2012. Scientists believe that most of that reduction has occurred because of a shift away from coal, the major source of mercury emissions, to natural gas and renewable fuels. Pollution control requirements imposed by the federal government have also cut mercury emissions, but these have been rolled back or eliminated by President Trump’s commitment to “bring back coal.”

The California Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement Act, sponsored by Congressman Adam Schiff, is aimed to end the famous SeaWorld orca shows. “It means no more wild capture, no more breeding. We would essentially phase out the captive orcas that are currently in these water parks,” says Schiff. This means that SeaWorld must end their Shamu shows by the end of this year. However, the animals already at the San Diego park will continue to live there. Parks in Orlando and San Antonio will end their shows by 2019. Under pressure from activists and faced with declining ticket sales, SeaWorld is now moving to end its theatrical orca shows and breeding program. They announced the unveiling of a new attraction this summer, Orca Encounter, as an educational experience. Gabriela Cowperthwaite, director of the documentary film Blackfish, says that the new show is designed to make the audience feel better, not the animals. “The trainers aren’t safe, and the whales aren’t happy,” she states. “They’re still just doing manic circles around concrete swimming pools.” The company is developing its first SeaWorld park without orcas in the Middle-Eastern country of Abu Dhabi.

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Buzzing RoboBees

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Harvard University researchers led by engineering professor Robert Wood have introduced the first RoboBees—bee-sized robots that can ascend and hover in midair while tethered to a power supply. The project is a breakthrough in the field of micro-aerial vehicles. It has previously been impossible to pack all the components onto such a tiny workable robot framework and keep it lightweight enough to fly. The researchers believe that within 10 years, RoboBees could artificially pollinate a field of crops, a critical development if the commercial pollination industry cannot recover from the severe bee losses of the past decade.


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Waterways Granted Personhood This year, the Whanganui River, in New Zealand, became the first in the world to be granted the same legal rights as a person. Equally vital, a court in northern India has given the sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers, as well as several glaciers, the legal status of “living human entities” to help in the preservation and conservation of the country’s highly polluted waterways, thus allowing polluters to be sued. These decisions are variants of “rights of nature” measures that date back to the 1970s. More than three dozen U.S. localities have ordinances ascribing varying types of rights to nature or to specific natural objects. In America, rights of nature activism usually takes the form of ballot initiatives that emerge to contest the power of corporations wherever local natural resources are seen as being threatened. The first such ordinance was passed in 2006, when Tamaqua Borough, in Pennsylvania, sought to protect the town’s drinking water from the nearby dumping of sewage sludge. More recently, an ordinance from the Boulder (Colorado) County Protectors, with assistance from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, asserting the “right to a healthy climate,” was recognized as a federal constitutional right by Judge Ann Aiken, of the U.S. District Court in Oregon. Source: BBC

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Australian scientists have launched a project to bury tens of thousands of teabags in wetlands around the world to discover how efficient different kinds of wetlands are at capturing and storing carbon dioxide. Already, more than 500 citizen scientists are involved on every continent but Antarctica. The bags will be monitored over a three-year period, and then dug up and measured at intervals of three months, six months and each year after that. Wetlands are important for carbon capture and storage, a process known as carbon sequestration, holding up to 50 times as much carbon as a comparable area in a rainforest; some are better than others. There are hundreds of thousands of wetlands around the world, and a standardized technique for monitoring the carbon sink is needed for accurate comparison—but monitoring devices can be expensive to install. Faster decay of the tea inside the bag means more carbon is being released into the atmosphere, while a slower rate means the soil is holding the carbon. Once researchers can establish which wetlands are most effective at carbon sequestration, work can begin on protecting and restoring them, and ensuring they are not disrupted. Volunteers that contact BlueCarbonLab. org will receive a kit containing teabags and information on how to bury them.


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Urban Planning Goes Green Early American developers of Washington, D.C., and Savannah, Georgia, strived to recreate the plans of European cities that offered plenty of public squares and parks. Subsequent high-rise apartments in most other U.S. cities that followed lacked certain elements of neighborhood cohesion, as documented in Zane Miller’s book The Urbanization of Modern America. In Boston, Baltimore, New York City and elsewhere, waterfront revitalizations launched in the 1980s helped improve conditions, making use of nature-oriented ideas that are still trending upward. Urban Hub describes how regions like Silicon Valley, in California, and Boston’s Route 128 corridor continue to enjoy mutually beneficial relationships with Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. The concept promotes pedestrianization programs and incentives that increase bike-friendliness, multimodal public transportation such as people-mover sidewalks and car sharing, plus off-hour, no-driving and park-and-ride policies. Join the social media conversation at The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released updated standards on how state agencies should measure mass transit, biking and walking volumes ( States will assess impacts on carbon emissions by tracking walkers, bikers and transit users instead of just comparing rush-hour travel times to free-flowing traffic conditions, which favors highway spending alone. The Big Jump Project at rates areas for bike friendliness and taps ideas aimed to increase biking networks. To date, they cover Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Fort Collins, Colorado; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tennessee; New Orleans; New York City; Providence, Rhode Island; Portland, Oregon; and Tucson. The nonprofit Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (, encompassing 400 businesses and organizations, is pioneering a Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) retrofit program. The city water department is collaborating on Green City Clean Water’s plan to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency clean water regulations and foster rain gardens, green roofs and porous pavements. “We help engineer nature back into cities,” says Anna Shipp, interim executive director and GSI manager. “Socially responsible, replicable and environmentally conscious initiatives and policies catalyze local economies and benefit water, air, aesthetics and people’s emotions.”

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or 40 years, Social Psychologist Ellen Langer has conducted pioneering research on the power of our minds to shape health and well-being. Langer’s work demonstrates that changing what we think and believe can transform not only our experiences, but also our bodies— a once-radical idea now common among neuroscientists. Her unconventional experiments often involve mind tricks: taking elders’ subjective thoughts back 20 years to reverse objective metrics of aging; fostering weight loss in a group of hotel maids by simply suggesting that their jobs qualify as exercise; and even changing blood sugar levels in diabetics by speeding up or slowing down perceived time during a video game session. Affectionately dubbed the “Mother of Mindfulness”, Langer was the first female professor to earn tenure in Harvard University’s psychology department. A prolific writer and scientist, she has authored more than 200 related articles and 11 books, including Mindfulness; The Power of Mindful Learning; On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity; and Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. Langer lives, paints, works and observes the world from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn more at

What is mindful learning, and how can we best practice it? All learning is mindful; the only way to learn is by noticing new things. When we stop observing and get into our heads, wondering if that answer was right or if we responded quickly enough, we exit learning mode and enter mindlessness, where no learning can really take place. Part of what makes travel exciting, for example, is that we are primed to experience new things and pay attention to them, but actually, newness surrounds us at all times, no matter where we are. What makes us mindless is the mistaken notion of already knowing, when everything is always changing.

What techniques, with or without meditation, can we adopt to change our mindset and mental habits to reduce stress and increase health and happiness? Most mindlessness occurs by default, rather than design. If we all realized that through mindfulness we could look better, feel better, be better received and do better things—all claims that are supported by scientific research—it wouldn’t be hard to choose. Meditation is essentially a tool to lead you to the simple act of intentional

Mental constructs are positions we consider as accepted certainties. When a physician makes a diagnosis, most people take it as a certainty and behave accordingly. Assuming that pain, decline or failure is inevitable can cause an individual to give up hope of complete recovery. But science only suggests probabilities, and if we understand this, we’ll go to work on a solution. We have a tremendous amount of control over our health that goes

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noticing, but many routes lead to that destination. One way to learn mindfully is to learn conditionally; to see the world as “it would seem that” and “could be”, which is very different than “it is.” If we recognized that evaluations occur in our heads rather than the external world, much of our stress would dissipate. Negativity and stress are typically a result of mindless ruminations about negative things we think are inevitable. If we simply ask ourselves why the dreaded event might not occur, we’d be less stressed. Next, if we ask ourselves how it may actually be a good thing if it does happen, again stress would diminish. 





My fascination with the ability of our mind to change our health began when my mother’s diagnosed metastasized breast cancer disappeared, a fact the medical world could not explain. Since then, my own prognosis related to a smashed ankle from a Beth Israel teaching hospital physician with the Harvard Medical School, stating that I would always walk with a limp and never play tennis again, has been completely overturned. My mission coming out of these two experiences is to determine how we can apply our mental capacities to increase control of our health and well-being.

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AUTISM: A Whole Body Disorder Affecting the Brain Collective Treatment Efforts Yield Better Results by Gabriella True


ccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 68 children has autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. Autism typically affects individuals in five areas: communication, social skills, learning, behaviors and medical. Dr. Bernard Rimland challenged the notion that autism has a psychological origin rather than a physical one in his 1964 book, Infantile Autism: The Syndrome and Its Implication for a Neural Theory of Behavior. Scientific studies continue to challenge the traditional view that autism is genetically hardwired and not treatable. Treating the medical issues can positively impact the other four areas. Autism is complex. We cannot heal a child overnight. Some treatments may create rapid improvements while others happen more slowly. But the collective effect of several treatments can be considerable. Behavior is one way a child with autism communicates. When a child is not feeling well, behaviors can worsen. Too often, practitioners don’t look at the


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underlying medical problems; parents are told behaviors and health problems are “just part of the autism” so they are not given tools to help their child. The key is to work with an integrative doctor who will treat autism as a wholebody disorder that affects the brain. Healing the body not only helps the child feel better, but also improves their brain function. A combination of traditional and medical therapies helps a child reach their full potential. Children can become happier, healthier and able to function at a higher level; some even lose their autism diagnosis.

Common Medical Conditions in Autism

There are many medical conditions that occur at the same time as autism. Co-morbid conditions can affect the digestive, immune and nervous systems as well as the brain and the body’s biochemical processes. What do those conditions look like? Children can have bloated bellies, frequent illnesses or they haven’t been

Neurologic •Seizures •Sensory issues Gastrointestinal •Leaky gut syndrome, or intestinal hyperpermeability •Dysregulated microbiome •Malabsorption •Reflux esophagitis •Inflammatory bowel disease Metabolic •Vitamin and mineral deficiency •Methylation disorder •Elevated ammonia •Serotonin/melatonin deficiency •Folate autoimmunity •Mitochondrial dysfunction Each child has a unique biochemical, genetic and medical profile. Not every child has difficulties in all areas but they may have several. We may need to address multiple deficiencies, environmental insults and toxins in a child whose genetics make them vulnerable to begin with. Issues can be reduced, managed or even resolved. There is no fixed protocol and treatment plans must be tailored to each child. They are based on appropriate medical testing, combined with an examination of family history and the current medical profile, including what autistic behaviors/symptoms are prominent. An integrative physician will examine the patient’s metabolic foundation and then treat the underlying cause of the condition. First, they

will look at what the child is getting too much of and what he is not getting enough of. This often includes environmental changes, such as reducing toxic exposure, limiting electromagnetic fields and dietary changes. Then the practitioner reinforces the adjustments with vitamins, minerals and good fats. The next focus is on the gut, mitochondria, methylation, immune system and other areas of need. It is key to remember these comorbid conditions are interrelated. When one system is not functioning, the others are either over-compensating or not functioning fully. For example, if a child is born with a defect in their methylation pathway—such as the MTHFR gene mutation—then they are predisposed to detoxification issues, which may result in a toxic overload. Once the body has too many toxins, it is susceptible to increased allergies or intolerances. This can lead to inflammation, pathogen overload—such as yeast, bacteria or viruses—and gut problems like diarrhea, bloating, pain and constipation. This burden precipitates immune dysfunction and oxidative stress, making the vicious cycle get worse. Dr. Nancy O’Hara of Center for Integrative Care in Wilton begins treatment by determining, “what this child needs to get that he or she is not getting enough of. The first thing is diet. Go gluten- and casein-free 100 percent for three months. If it is not a ‘Wow,’ then continue with a good anti-inflammatory diet, less carbs, less sugars. Essential fatty acids are essential for a reason. Then add in a good probiotic. I then look at the individual child and what they need. Look at their history; it is not all about expensive tests.”

Gastrointestinal Issues (GI) and Gut Bacteria

Children with autism are more likely than typically developing peers to have a GI disorder. One study indicates that up to 91 percent of children with autism have a wide range of GI issues. These children have gut dysbiosis, or an imbalance of good to bad microbes in the gut. Yeast levels can be high; signs of yeast overgrowth are diaper rash, headaches, inappropriate laughter, sleep disturbances, gut pain and

constipation. Both constipation and diarrhea make gut dysbiosis worse, which contributes to immune and metabolism problems. The bad microbes produce toxins that can compound a leaky gut (permeable intestinal walls), which impairs absorption, digestion, immune function and detoxification. A leaky gut allows toxins to pass into the blood stream and some can cross the brain blood barrier. Bacteria also trigger inflammation and negatively affect the immune system. Gut bacteria produce neurotransmitters that inhibit or activate brain function. With treatment, common improvements can be better focus; improved sleep; and less hyperactivity, GI pain, constipation or diarrhea, selfinjury or anxiety.

Treating GI Issues with Diet

In order for the body to function correctly, it needs nutrient-dense foods that are not laden with chemicals, allergens and excito-toxins. Artificial and high inflammatory foods contribute to a leaky gut and food colorings and preservatives can increase hyperactivity. The most common diet utilized is gluten-free/casein-free, or GF/CF, but many need to tailor the diet to address specific needs. Certain foods may need to be removed due to allergies and intolerances. Even without a positive allergy (IgE) or intolerance (IgG), some children see positive changes with the removal of common food allergens. Further dietary changes can be helpful, such as lowering histamines, limiting carbohydrates, following a ketogenic diet and reducing oxalate. There is no one-size-fits-all diet; most need to be modified. “I have seen children improve dramatically when a therapeutic diet tailored to their individual history and symptoms is utilized properly. For many of my clients, their biggest fear is that if they take away the few foods their picky child relies on, they won’t have anything to feed them. In most cases, when we remove the problem foods, we actually see kids broaden their food choices as their gut heals and their “drug of choice” is no longer available,” says Vicki Kobliner, MS RDN, of Holcare Nutrition in Wilton.

Treating Dysbiosis

There are various treatment protocols to treat dysbiosis, which is a microbial imbalance or maladaptation. Children with autism sometimes have low levels of certain enzymes and need to take digestive enzymes. Probiotics help populate the gut with good bacteria. Antifungal medications are often added to treat dysbiosis. Parasite treatments may also be added especially if behaviors increase at the full or new moon.

Immune Disorders

A healthy immune system should recognize foreign organisms, eradicate pathogens, prevent a subsequent infection from the same organism and not cause injury to self. Many autistic children have a dysfunctional immune system due to immune dysfunction, hypersensitivity, autoimmunity and/or inflammation. Any autistic child with recurrent infections or atypical reactions should have an immune evaluation. Some may have a primary immune deficiency, or PI, making them susceptible to chronic infections. An autistic child with chronic sinus symptoms, asthma, respiratory infections, GI issues or eczema should also be evaluated for IgE and IgG food and environmental allergies or intolerances as these can cause behaviors. “Eighty percent of the immune system comes from the gut,” says Dr. Darin Ingels, ND, BCIP, of Ingels Family Health in Fairfield. “Many immune and autoimmune problems stem from bacteria that are a normal part of the microbiome. The infection may be the initial problem, but it’s what the infection does to one’s immunity and how it turns on itself, creating autoimmunity, that matters. Kids keep going on antibiotics for months or years and relapse when they stop. It is not just about treating the infection; one must modulate the immune system without suppressing it and must not kill the normal flora in the process.”


A subset of autistic children has Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Disorders, or PANS, or Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infection

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(PANDAS). The hallmark symptoms are sudden onset OCD, food restriction, anxiety, emotional lability, depression, aggression, behavioral regression, decline in learning abilities, sensory and motoric changes, sleep disturbances and enuresis. It is a clinical diagnosis and not based on one test. Treatment typically starts with antibiotics, often for an extended period of time. Subsequent treatments, depending on clinical assessment and lab tests, include immune modulation with corticosteroids, intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) and plasmapheresis. Natural anti-inflammatory, natural immune supporting therapies, and natural anti-microbials are often utilized to promote further healing.

Metabolic Disorders

Individuals with ASD may have several metabolic disorders. Mitochondrial (mito) metabolism A 2010 study indicated that 80 percent of those enrolled had mito dysfunction (not mito disease). Mitochondria are in almost every cell; they are responsible for creating energy for the body’s functions. When mitochondria are dysfunctional, many symptoms occur including developmental delay or regression, seizures, headaches, low muscle tone, intellectual disability, GI issues and fatigue. Neuropsychiatric symptoms can include attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, OCD and depression. Some triggers of mito dysfunction are overload of toxins and metals, certain pathogens, stress, gene mutations, and mineral and vitamin deficiency. Mito dysfunction treatment is multi-factorial. •Support with supplements, such as L-carnitine, vitamin C and E, CoQ10, B vitamins and others. •Increase meal frequency and hydration. •Avoid mito toxins, such as acetaminophen, valproic acid and beta-blockers. •Exercise moderately. •Check folate levels as they are integral for mitochondrial function. Some individuals have positive FRa auto-antibodies, which, when treated, can show improvements in social interaction, attention and communication. 22

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Some see immediate improvements while others never see an improvement but treatment can delay the progression of the disease. Redox metabolism Treatments for oxidative stress can be beneficial. Glutathione metabolism can be improved with methylcobalamin B-12. NAC, or N-acetyl cysteine, can reduce oxidative stress and irritability. Treatments may improve core symptoms, hyperactivity, language and general functioning.

Neurologic Disorders and Sleep Disorders Seizures Seizures disorders are more prevalent in individuals with ASD than typically developing individuals. Some studies show that up to 38 percent of individuals with autism have epilepsy. Seizures are most commonly treated with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). When AEDs are not effective by themselves, non-AED treatments are typically used. The most favorable treatment is a low-carbohydrate diet (ketogenic, modified Atkins). Other treatments include IVIG, steroids and Vagus Nerve stimulator. Sleep disorders Problems sleeping are exceedingly common. Behaviors are usually exacerbated as a result. One study shows a defect in the gene that makes melatonin; however, not all sleep issues are resolved by melatonin. GI issues, specifically GERD/reflux, can disrupt sleep. Foods that trigger GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, should be eliminated; these include tomatoes, garlic, citrus, vinegar, carbonated drinks, high fat foods and others. A comprehensive GI workup by a gastroenterologist, including scopes, should be considered. Seizures should be considered as they can disturb sleep. PANS can trigger sudden onset sleep issues. If a child is unable to fall asleep for hours, rule out yeast, parasites, phenol sensitivity, and vitamin and mineral deficiency like magnesium and iron. Neurotransmitter Dysfunction Several neurotransmitter deficiencies

are seen in ASD. These include amino acids (GABA, glutamate), cholinergic (acetylcholine), hormone (oxytocin) and amino acids (serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine). Auto-antibodies can also disrupt neurotransmitter function. Many medications used in ADHD to control dopamine and norepinephrine neurotransmission cause negative side effects in children with ASD. There are some promising possibilities though. Medications targeting GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid) and glutamate may be effective due to abnormal excitatory/inhibitory balance. This intervention may improve language and core deficits. In some, galantamine can be effective in improving language and social functioning as it modulates acetylcholine. Current research continues to prove that we need to further develop the way we think about and treat autism. Why does it matter that many people still believe that autism is lifelong and not treatable, or not something some children can recover from? Maybe because it means less funding is dedicated to research and treatment. It also means that most traditional therapies are discontinued after the primary years, closing the opportunities for growth and development of skills. It closes the door on hope when the door should always be left open for a child or an adult with autism to reach his/her full potential. Continued growth should be encouraged and celebrated. Treating these co-morbid conditions does not negate the acceptance of a child’s uniqueness and autism. Making someone feel better and healthier should never be considered a problem. Treatment and acceptance can coexist. Gabriella True is the mother of twin boys, one of whom has autism and PANS. She is the board president of New England PANS PANDAS and the coordinator for Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)’s Connecticut chapter. She and her family reside in Connecticut. Connect at See ad on page 17.

Autism Journey: Steps for Success by Gabriella True Implementing and continuing medical treatments requires a long-term commitment. The path is not easy but the results can make it all worth it. Step 1: Find support from other families. Autism can be isolating but there are many families in similar situations; finding others as advice and support from other families can be crucial. Step 2: Start working with a doctor who understands the complexities of a child with autism and how their symptomology, behaviors and medical profile drive a treatment plan. Step 3: Triage the issues. What are the top three to five deficits the child has? What are his/her child’s strengths that we want to support? What are the medical interventions to improve the deficits and the strengths? We don’t want to overload ourselves and the child. Choose a select number of interventions to implement within a sixmonth to one-year span. Step 4: Understand the process. We need to educate ourselves on the medical basis behind treatment protocols so we can address positive and negative reactions so when reactions occur, there is a plan in place to handle them. At the start of each protocol, it is key to know why we are doing it, what are the positive/negative reactions we may see, and how we will assess whether to continue or not.

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nation issues, fine and gross motor delays, depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, seizures, and immune and gut issues. With this wide band of difficulties, meeting the educational needs of a child with autism can be extremely difficult. One child may do very well with a few accommodations to support their need for extra time and social skills support; another may struggle with basic daily living skills or with communication, self-care and social functioning, which would require direct support through an individualized education plan (IEP) for schooling. Typical IEP services include, but are not limited to applied behavior analysis (ABA), occupational, physical, speech and social skills therapies. Others include executive functioning, study skills, organizational, vocational and transitional support.

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ow autism is displayed in children on the spectrum varies widely; thus their needs can be very different. One child may be on the higher functioning Asperger’s syndrome side while another may be at the other end with low cognitive functioning coupled with a greater level of social difficulties. The individual with autism whether on the low end or high end of the spectrum struggles in different ways, but they both have trouble with connecting socially. On the surface, an individual with higher functioning autism may seem more neurotypical; however, it is hard for them engage socially—along with other issues—and this can create stress and anxiety. Although a child may be high-functioning and appear to not need a lot of support, the reality is that their internal and social struggles are real. Common symptoms of autism include difficulty with communication and social interactions, obsessive interests and repetitive behaviors. Behaviorally, individuals with autism may display poor eye contact, compulsive behavior, persistent repetition of words or actions, impulsivity, repetitive movements or even self-harm. Associated issues can include problems with attention —such as inattention, limited attention capacity or hyperfocusing on restricted interests— poor speech, pragmatic language difficulties, learning and processing problems, sensory processing difficulties, coordi24

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The laws protecting the educational rights of those with autism—or any disability—are complex. The meetings to coordinate services in the schools for a child are complex as well. In order to ensure that the individual child’s needs are being met, it is critical to understand the difference between an IEP and a 504 plan. The “504” is adopted from Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of a disability. The law requires schools to eliminate any barriers that prevent students with such disabilities from participating fully in or accessing their education. It requires a written 504 plan setting forth reasonable accommodations that will be made to give the child equal educational access. The range of accommodations that “level the playing field” to make curriculum more accessible vary; they can include seating in the front of the classroom, reading assistance, organizational support, a social skills group and much more. Some higher functioning children with autism are able to compensate with high intellect; they can do very well academically with a good 504 plan that provides for accommodations in social interactions or other areas.

What is an IEP?

The Federal Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) provides for free and appropriate education, or FAPE, services for children with disabilities in specific categories, including adaptive, cognitive, communications, physical or social-emotional development. IDEA requires that eligible students aged 3-21 receive a written IEP. An IEP is a plan for the delivery of special education and related services that provides for personalized instruction in order to make meaningful progress in school at no cost to the parents. It should describe the child’s learning problems, identify the services to be provided, set annual goals and define how progress will be measured. For students with a disability who require specialized instruction, they fall under IDEA and need an IEP to meet their unique educational needs. Both laws have specific rules and regulations that protect the rights of the eligible disabled student. There is govern-

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Evaluating the Role of Vaccines and Their Safety More Independent Research is Needed by Dr. Sue McIntosh


ainstream medicine in the United States requires children to receive more than 70 vaccinations by the age of 20. The escalation of injections over the past 30 years— along with sharp increases in genetically modified foods, environmental exposure to glyphosate and other toxins, and constant electromagnetic effects— mirrors the shocking increase in autism, learning and behavior disorders, allergies, autoimmune disease, obesity, diabetes, depression and cancer. Childhood diseases of old—such as measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox—were not generally severe infections. They made children sick for a few days and conferred life-time immunity. Natural immunization occurs when we receive a contagious virus or other germ into our bodies via the respiratory (breathing) or gastrointestinal (digestive) routes; both of these are lined with a plethora of immune cells, including different types of lymphocytes. These immune guardians not only make antibodies (Th2 response) but program 26

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other cells to kill or sequester the invader (Th1 response). Vaccines are usually delivered via subcutaneous (under the skin) or intramuscular (into the muscle) injections, an unnatural route of germ access to the human body. The purpose of vaccination is to stimulate artificial antibodies and cellular immunity to germs causing significant disease. Time has proven, however, that this immunity is not long-lived and requires multiple injections and boosters. The vaccine germ itself may cause illness. Modern polio outbreaks are almost always due to the polio vaccine strain in vaccinated individuals; these children might be given up to six polio boosters in the name of preventing disease. Measles, mumps and other former childhood diseases now appear in adults, where their effects may be more serious. Increasingly, strain identification may not be performed in modern outbreaks; instead, the diseases are presumed to be introduced by unvaccinated children in

misleading media reports. Is the “herd immunity” theory in fact unraveling? The primary components in a vaccine are a weakened germ or its infective proteins in a solution of adjuvants—oils or metals promoting inflammation—preservatives, and remnants from the manufacturing process. Viruses or bacteria are grown in labs on sheets of animal, bird or human cells. Polio viruses are grown on monkey kidney cells, some of which were found to be infected with SV40 and other simian cancer viruses in past years. Animal DNA fragments, lab chemicals such as embalming fluids and antifreeze, contaminating viruses, monosodium glutamate (MSG), food proteins, antibiotics and other unwanted ingredients end up being included in the final product, whether in trace amounts or outright names on the list of vaccine ingredients. These compounds stay in the human host: SV40 has been found in a variety of pediatric cancers and leukemias; DNA fragments can contribute to allergies and autoimmune disease; and MSG can produce over-excitability of brain neurons. Adjuvants—oils, nanoparticles, mercury and aluminum—are present in all vaccines to hold the virus or antigen in place in the muscle near the injection so that prolonged immune response can occur. Nano-crystals of aluminum

The purpose of vaccination is to stimulate artificial antibodies and cellular immunity to germs causing significant disease. Time has proven, however, that this immunity is not long-lived and requires multiple injections and boosters.

may not be excreted from the body but can spread throughout the blood and lymphatic systems into the brain and central nervous system; this can then provoke inflammation in other areas of the body and accumulate in the brain over time. Although mercury has received more attention as a neurotoxin, aluminum is probably worse and much more prevalent in vaccines. Another key aspect is that aluminum and mercury are synergistic; they exaggerate each other’s toxicities. Aluminum is an endocrine disruptor, shreds mitochondrial and cell membranes, inflames the digestive tract, produces free radicals, and interferes with glucose and calcium metabolism. Aluminum has increasingly been associated not only with autism spectrum issues but also with Guillain-Barre syndrome, optic neuritis, encephalitis, multiple sclerosis and chronic dementias of older adults. Adjuvants alone—primarily aluminum—can cause an illness of fatigue, muscle and joint pain, irritability, cognitive defects and nerve dysfunction. There is even an associated term, ASIA, or autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants. ASIA itself can be mild to severe and incapacitating, but it also heralds a propensity for exploding into more well-known autoimmune and inflammatory diseases if more aluminum is added in the form of additional vaccines. Accepted obstetric practice includes administration of influenza, TDaP and other vaccines to pregnant women; these present an adjuvant load of heavy metals to the developing fetus. Then, within 24 hours of birth, a newborn is given the first of three hepatitis vaccines with each hepatitis B vaccine containing more aluminum than the EPA “safe” level for an adult. In their first 18 months, children are given nearly 5,000 mcg/L of aluminum, compared to the recommended safe limit of 25 mcg/L for adults. The prevailing American healthcare system is managed by mainly wellmeaning professionals that may have ties to the bio-pharmaceutical industry; due to the financial power of these companies, that industry is influencing medical and nursing education; professional journals; research; hospitals;

Although mercury has received more attention as a neurotoxin, aluminum is probably worse and much more prevalent in vaccines. Another key aspect is that aluminum and mercury are synergistic; they exaggerate each other’s toxicities. health clinics; and regulating agencies on the local, state, national and international levels. We need to question if we are living in a “corporatocracy” where personal and parental freedoms have become subservient to the profits of these big businesses. It is important to note that even though The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is a federal agency, the Congress-established CDC Foundation connects the CDC with private-sector organizations. The agency is also an assignee for over 50 vaccine patents. This is concerning as the government agency is the one designing U.S. vaccination policies. And it becomes more alarming when we understand that vaccine manufacturers are immune from liability in the U.S. following the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act in 1986 and another ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011. The question arises as to whether vaccines are safe. Manufacturers are required to perform animal and sometimes human studies regarding antibody response and short-term toxicity—which is usually less than 30 days post-vaccination, and always less than 60 days. Placebo studies for comparison usually use the same adjuvants rather than a true saline placebo, undercutting any possibility of finding adjuvant toxicity. Most vaccine research in the U.S. is designed,

funded and interpreted by the bio-pharmaceutical industry, with all its inherent bias. This calls into question much of Western medical research in recent years as many studies are directly or indirectly funded by the drug and vaccine industry, a point further made by a number of former medical journal editors. Thus it falls to the public to prove safety and toxicity. So we need to ask the hard question about whether we and our children need vaccines. When compared to vaccinated children, unvaccinated kids have reportedly had significantly less instances of sudden infant death, improved infant mortality, less otitis media and pneumonia, and far less incidences of allergies, seizures, bipolarity, learning disability and autism. Humans with an intact immune system—exposed to nature, soil, animals and other humans—can develop large permanent libraries of antibodies and cellular protectants. If we want healthy babies and children, we need to step up to the plate and evaluate the role of vaccines. More independent research on vaccine safety is desperately needed as the recommended vaccination schedule for children only continues to grow. A large, independent study of unvaccinated versus vaccinated children and/or adults should be done. Eliminating vaccines might well mean changing our ways of life: educating privately; disengaging from medical and educational tests and “guidelines,” and detachment from “old school” requirements and certifications. We need to go back to being a society where it is common to concentrate on clean water, good nutrition, exposure to nature, spiritual development and community. The vaccine issue requires courage to follow different paths. Those who would control us need our participation; without it, they will fade away. Dr. McIntosh is a retired pediatrician specializing in pediatric hematology and oncology. Connect at

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Inspired Play at All-Abilities Playgrounds Sunshine, Fresh Air and Play Benefit All by Sheri Hatfield


lay is the birthright of all children. It is through play that all children—regardless of their physical, emotional or mental abilities—decode the world and learn. Play has been shown to improve social and language skills, physical and mental health and decrease stress. These reasons are why access to safe places to play is critical for all children today. Imagine being the parent of a child with limited abilities, or physical or emotional needs; these can make a trip to the local playground near impossible. For a child in a wheelchair, the playground is typically a place to get sunshine, fresh air and watch other children play. For a sight-impaired child, a typical playground is fraught with potential dangers. And for a child with autism, it can be complicated and 28

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even unsafe, possibly causing the fightor-flight instinct to kick in. In the 2010 United States Census, it was estimated that 12 percent of the population has a severe disability that affects at least one function of daily living. However, these folks live with others who care for them in their daily lives. At times, the existence can be lonely for both caregivers and people with disabilities. Inclusive play areas give both of them the opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy the sunshine as well as potentially meet others for some much-needed social interaction. All-abilities or all-access playgrounds are popping up across the world and throughout Connecticut. Thanks to caring parents and communities, these playgrounds are designed to ensure that children of all ages and

abilities have a safe place to play. These playgrounds are designed according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines and typically use the Inclusive Play Guideline as a starting point for the creation of the play environments. The Inclusive Play Design Guide ( was developed by a group of playground and child development experts as an inspirational resource to guide the creation of outdoor play environments for people of all abilities. The team considers typically developing children; children with neurological disabilities such as autism; those with intellectual disabilities such as Down syndrome or fetal alcohol syndrome; children requiring wheelchairs or medical equipment; individuals with physical disabilities

All-abilities or all-access playgrounds are popping up across the world and throughout Connecticut. Thanks to caring parents and communities, these playgrounds are designed to ensure that children of all ages and abilities have a safe place to play. and/or social/emotional difficulties; and siblings, parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers and other community members. They also take into consideration adults with disabilities; a playground is a good place for a recovering veteran to learn to use limbs again, enable stroke or Parkinson’s patients to get outdoor exercise safely, or allow adults with disabilities a judgment-free zone to play. Inclusive playgrounds provide a space for children to connect and interact with others they might not typically meet. Play allows children to explore and communicate on their own level without the guidance and direction of adults. Inclusive play areas mean that a typically developed child can interact with an autistic child or someone with limited physical abilities. This can help build understanding and empathy for others, and allow the differently-abled child to share what they can and can’t do in terms of play. Often times, if left to their own devices, the children will figure out a perfect way for them to play with one another. Sometimes the typically developed child can be the “hands and feet” while the differentlyabled child is the storyteller or “imaginer”. When her son Adam became sick with bacterial meningitis, the last thing Kate Mlodzinski was thinking about was building him a playground. He was

in the hospital for four months, two of which he was in a coma. All his family was concerned about was keeping him alive. Their Connecticut community in Tolland rallied around the family bringing meals, helping around the house and surrounding the family with love. When Adam was finally able to return home, he was a different boy. He had lost his sight and experienced up to 10 epileptic seizures a day. The 15-year old now had the abilities of a sevenyear old. One day, a friend and neighbor, Alison Knybel, mentioned that the community still wanted to help. What began as “school bus stop conversations” about building a playground for kids with disabilities turned into Adam’s Adventure, an inclusive playground in Tolland. “Alison is really the driving force behind Adam’s Adventure,” said Mlodzinski. “She took the idea and ran with it. She researched different playgrounds around Connecticut and raised the money to make it happen.” After years of fundraising and dedication, Adam’s Adventure opened in May 2016, nearly six years after Knybel began her initial research. The all-accessible playground is wheelchairfriendly featuring sponge-like flooring to soften falls, and a roller table that allows children to pull themselves out of their chairs and along the playscape. It also features a sensory board created by three University of Connecticut students. The playground is also fenced in, making it safer for kids who have a tendency to run. “I think it’s a place where parents cannot worry about their children and watch them having fun,” remarked Mlodzinski. “The joy, laughter, running around is good for everyone. People have said that it’s easy to get to, fun and they can take their kids there for hours to play.” In fact, Adam himself recently returned to the playground named after him. He enjoyed playing on the swings and teeter-totter at a memorial service held at the playground for the cofounder Knybel who died unexpectedly this spring. “He had no idea the playground was named after him, or created because of him, but it was fun to watch him enjoy it,” his mother said. Kids are naturally curious; play al-

lows them to explore that curiosity in age-appropriate ways. Inclusive play areas provide the space and opportunity for all levels of ability to interact, ask questions and better understand the world around them. For instance, imagine a wheelchair-enabled child watching a veteran practice walking on prosthetic legs at the playground. It can provide education, inspiration and a long-lasting connection that neither would have found in other places. The same goes from typically developing children interacting with a child with different abilities; it might inspire them to ask to see what it is like in a wheelchair or to pretend not to have use of their legs. This not only levels the playing field but also creates empathy for others. Susan Jacoby, a psychiatric nurse practitioner and owner of Neuropsychology Consultants, is another mother of a special needs child who was inspired to create a much-needed resource in her community. When she realized there was no real support for families going through what she was experiencing with her child, she created Devon’s Place, an all-abilities access playground in Norwalk. Situated near Stepping Stones Children’s Museum, Devon’s place is an 85 percent accessible playground in the Fairfield County area. Remember, all-abilities play areas means these places are also perfect for able-bodied adults to “get their play on” too. Take a swing, slide the stress away and connect on a completely different level with the community. Sheri Hatfield is a freelance writer, marketing professional and advocate for play who lives in Shelton with her son. Connect at To locate all-abilities playground in different areas of Connecticut, visit When traveling, search by state to find a playground in other locations as well. Many of these playgrounds are started and maintained by nonprofit organizations that are always looking for volunteers and supporters to help them keep their spaces open.

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be full of energy in the morning and less groggy. A good night’s sleep is critical for brain repair and body detoxification. If a child isn’t sleeping well, explore gentle sleep-promoting aids such as lavender oil, magnesium and/or valerian root. It is also important to check blood sugar levels. Low blood sugar is a common cause of night waking. If a child is eating too many processed and sugary foods and not enough protein, fat and fiber, there’s a good chance that they may be on a blood sugar rollercoaster. A child who constantly has temper tantrums, prolonged tantrums or difficulty transitioning may have also low blood sugar. An inexpensive blood sugar monitor for home use can be used to check a child’s levels. The best time for a reading is on a fasting level, so it is good to check before breakfast. The optimal blood sugar range is between 70 and 85. You should know that high

The Role of Anxiety in Chronic Disorders Increase Sleep, Reduce Sugar for Less Anxiety by Maria Rickert Hong


oes anxiety cause physiological issues or do physiological issues cause anxiety? It’s challenging to know which comes first. It may be that both statements are correct. Anxiety shows up as many kinds of somatic symptoms, including gastrointestinal distress, headaches, sleep problems, irritability, racing thoughts, poor concentration, heart palpitations, fatigue and worrying. Taking steps to relieve symptoms of anxiety is the key to recovering children from neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and sensory processing disorders. Easing these problems is also helpful for those with chronic disorders, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mood disorders and autoimmune issues. In children on the spectrum, anxiety can be caused by damage to their developing neurological systems. For example, many of these children have retained primitive reflexes such as a retained Moro reflex and/or startle reflex that leaves them in a state of 30

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permanent fight-or-flight. The Moro reflex, usually present in babies up to four-months old, is a reflex responding to excessive stimulation of the senses, such as a sudden noise, touch, loss of support or light. In addition, children with neurodevelopmental disorders, also typically have an incorrectly functioning sensory system. Lights, sounds, tastes, smells and touch can be too little or too much. The vestibular systems of these children are usually out of kilter; they may not have proper body awareness or age-level-appropriate gross motor skills.

Tips for Reducing Anxiety

Fortunately, there are ways to promote a state of calm. One way is to ensure a good night’s sleep. Children may be going to bed later than is optimal for promoting health. We want the child’s body in sync with its circadian rhythm. For a child, this means going to bed far earlier than an adult does. A baby would have a 5:30 or 6pm bedtime while a 10-year old would have an 8pm bedtime. A child that has slept well will

blood sugar puts a lot of wear-and-tear on the adrenals and causes inflammation, both of which can cause symptoms of anxiety. There are other ways to lower stress and anxiety but these two tips are paramount. If we were tired and cranky from a lack of quality sleep and bloodsugar problems, wouldn’t we also be more prone to anxiety? Maria Rickert Hong, AADP, is a certified holistic health counselor and the author of Almost Autism: Recovering Children from Sensory Processing Disorder. She is a board member, the media director and a blogger for Epidemic Answers, a nonprofit focused on chronic illness prevention and healing. The 501(c)3 organization is also the sponsor of The Documenting Hope Project, a documentary demonstrating that recovery from chronic childhood conditions is possible. Connect at

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Set Out a Welcome Mat for a Soulmate by Arielle Ford


ust as we need to create space in our daily schedule to nurture a new relationship, we must create space in our home to welcome in new love. It’s called “feathering the nest”. Think about the first time that our soulmate will walk into our home—what they will they see, smell and feel. Even an inviting, cozy environment may need an upgrade. The underlying vibration or feeling of a place reflects the home’s energy. Whatever has happened there since its beginning, including arguments, illnesses or times of loneliness, have all left an unseen layer of negative energy. You could say that the walls “talk”. To begin preparing our home to welcome a mate, first remove the clutter. Piles of magazines, stacks of unshelved books and excessive furnishings are blocking and keeping in old energy and preventing good, clean new energy from flowing. Be sure to remove all photographs and souvenirs that are reminders of past lovers; throw them away or put them in a box away from your home. These daily, unconscious memory triggers keep you stuck in the past. Clearing everything out is like putting out a cosmic welcome mat to the Universe that we are now ready, willing and available to receive new love. Next, it’s time to dispel the unseen energies. The fastest, easiest method is the Native American technique of smudging. The smoke will purify the space. Light a piece of white sage on a

small plate and when it is smoking (not flaming) run the smoke up, down and around every room, closet, door and window frame throughout the entire home. Alternatively, on a sunny day, open all the doors and windows and, applying a broom and imagination, sweep out the old energies. Just as nature abhors a vacuum and calls in matter to fill the empty space, so making space in our home assists in calling in love. Consciously create “space” by placing an empty nightstand on “their” side of the bed, plus have at least one empty dresser drawer waiting for them. Create inviting space in a closet and clear a shelf in a bathroom cabinet. If we have a two-car garage and have been parking in the middle, pick a side and begin only parking on “our side”. The most essential ingredient to “feathering the nest” is a strong intention to remove any old, outdated, limiting or negative energies that may be preventing love from finding its way to our door. Once free from unwanted clutter and obstructions, it becomes our sanctuary of vibrant, attractive energy. Arielle Ford is the author of 11 books, including Turn Your Mate Into Your Soulmate and The Soulmate Secret: Manifest The Love of Your Life With The Law of Attraction. Her latest, Inkspirations: Love By Design, is a transformational coloring book. She lives in La Jolla, CA. Learn more at

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“I started Dinner on the Farm nine years ago to create unique experiences that connect people to the places their food is grown and the people that grow them,” says Monica Walch, whose popup dinners are served picnic-style for friends and families that bring their own tableware. Her company’s Midwest events, usually offered on Minnesota and Wisconsin farms, always feature local chefs, food ingredients and breweries ( “There’s nothing like being comfortably seated in the field where your food is growing and having the opportunity to enjoy it just hours after it’s been picked. Then, add in one-on-one conversations with your chef, brewer and farmer, as well as like-minded community members,” observes Walch, who grew up on an organic dairy farm in Minnesota. Setting the bar for high-end, white tablecloth, adults-only communal events, Outstanding in the Field tours the country to offer a taste of fresh, local cuisine prepared by top regional chefs. They’re known for serving meals on long tables set up in fields on

prairie ranches, in olive groves or fruit orchards, as well as at urban rooftop farms or near vegetable row crops. “Our mission is to get folks out to the farm and honor the people whose good work brings nourishment to the table,” says organization founder and chef/artist Jim Denevan. More than 90, five-hour events that include appetizers and a guided farm tour are being held all the way through November in more than a dozen states (see “Some of our most popular events feature farmers of the sea, and are set alongside the ocean or other bodies of water,” adds Lisa Supple, publicist for the company. “They feature local fisher people and oyster and abalone farmers.” “Epicurean San Diego offers popup farm dinner events at Dickinson Farm, in National City, California,” explains

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Pizza on the Farm event at Dream Acres, served by a waiter on stilts, in Rogers, Minnesota. owner Stephanie Parker (Epicurean “We strive to completely source our produce from the farm.” The veteran-owned, certified organic Dickinson Farm features heirloom fruits, vegetables and herbs grown on a large city lot. “We have focused on urban farms to inspire more people to grow their own food and to show that you don’t have to live on a huge piece of property in the countryside,” Parker notes. Some pop-up feasts are managed directly by local farmers in partnership with lead chefs. Others serve as annual

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A Trail for Everyone Whatever our location, age or fitness level, a hike can provide opportunities for calming solitude or connecting with people we care about. Individuals with disabilities can also get outdoors at accommodating trails such as those at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, in Delaware. There’s always something to be learned in identifying wildlife and plants. “Families can enjoy time walking outdoors together in ways impossible in other settings,” observes Verna Gates, founder of Fresh Air Family, a Birmingham, Alabama, outdoor activities educational foundation. “Nature aids in well-being in many ways.” She points to studies cited at NatureAndForest that reveal how trees emit enzymes into the air that help improve our emotional and physical health. “When I lost a child, the only place I found solace was in nature. Sitting in a patch of wildflowers truly brought me back to living,” recalls Gates.

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Hiking in nature is a ready way to reset frazzled nerves. Explorers’ Heaven Following a lovely trail, much like inspired cooking, is as intriguing and delightful as we wish it to be. From wildflower paths to wine country trails, the great outdoors invites exploration of woodlands, glens, forests, mountain valleys, coastal areas, bayous, deserts and other terrain. Experienced daytrippers recommend revisiting favorite trails in specific seasons. “I love being in the natural world, be it New Jersey, Florida or Alaska. Every trail offers surprises,” marvels distance hiker Craig Romano ( As the author of several day hike guidebooks, he’s seen firsthand how, “Every part of the country offers different perspectives and forms of beauty. The greatest biological diversity in our country is found in the Great Smoky Mountains, where the rhododendrons are breathtaking in spring.” The world’s largest mapped cave system is in Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park. Hiking to observe other subterranean wonders in Indiana or Virginia’s Natural Bridge Caverns is no less exhilarating than walking Alabama’s covered bridge trail or painter Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch country, in New Mexico. The Appalachian Trail, running between Maine and Georgia, attracts thousands of adventurous long-distance trekkers, but such trails also offer sections ideal for day hikes. Geomagnetic points in Arizona’s vortex region or America’s Stonehenge, in New Hampshire, afford unusual destinations. The wonders of California’s Sonoma County include Planet Walk, a scale model path that illustrates our solar system. The Crater of Diamonds State Park, in Arkansas, is the only place in the world where hikers can dig for diamonds and keep what they find, although quartz diamond sites (semiprecious stones less hard than diamonds) can be accessed at other U.S. locales. Coastal walks lead to discovering sea glass and shells. Arboretums in urban areas offer trails flush with local flora. Joining or starting a hiking club based on common interests is one way to go. “One of our guidebook series encourages outdoor enthusiasts to explore the natural world in their immediate backyards. This approach especially appeals to families, first-time trail users and athletes looking for a quick nature fix after work,” offers Helen Cherullo, publisher of Mountaineers Books (, a nonprofit committed to conservation and sustainable lifestyles. Wherever we venture, take nothing but pictures and leave nature untouched. Cherullo reminds us, “Connecting people to treasured natural landscapes leads to active engagement to preserve these places for future generations. The future of public lands—owned by every American citizen—is literally in our hands.” They deserve our vote. Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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eeing lost, injured or orphaned animals is heartbreaking, but unless a wild animal is in immediate danger from prey or traffic, it’s best to wait and observe. Mothers forage for food and return to the babies intermittently. If in doubt, call a wildlife rehabber for advice. “Rehabilitators are trained, tested, licensed, take continuing education courses and file annual reports. All care provided must meet government standards,” explains wildlife rehabilitator Regina Whitman, of Queen Creek, Arizona, via her Desert Cry Wildlife website. She rehabs rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, skunks, baby javelina and coyote pups. The Dan & Dianne May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Lee’s-McRae College, in Banner Elk, North Carolina, is the only college program in the U.S. that allows students to work hands-on with veterinarians in the rehab center. “We see native species of reptiles, raptors, songbirds and mammals like eastern gray squirrels,” says Jenna Glaski, a program


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senior mentor. “When fawns and bobcats are orphaned, it’s usually because the mother has been hit by a car or shot.” In the Georgetown area, South Carolina Coastal Animal Rescue and Educational Sanctuary (SC-CARES) rehabbers care for injured wildlife and other animals. Miss Belle—a doe that was trapped in fencing and temporarily paralyzed trying to get free—received physical therapy and is expected to make a full recovery. Founded in 2004 by Kevin Barton and Linda Schrader, the Wildlife Center of Venice, serves Sarasota and Charlotte counties. Its five acres offers hutches, barns, habitats for squirrels and raccoons, an aviary and a pond for waterfowl. In 2015, volunteers rescued eight striped skunks. Because these mammals are slow and have poor eyesight, wide roads are especially hazardous as they move through diminishing habitat. Skunks eat insects, grubs, rodents, moles and snakes. Paul and Gloria Halesworth specialize in hummingbirds at Wild

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Wing Rehab Hummers & Songbirds, in Ahwatukee, Arizona. “Hummingbird babies require a special formula we import from Europe. A body temperature of 105 degrees causes casual rescuers to think they’re overheated. They pant like dogs if too hot; otherwise, they’re okay,” Paul says. If a nest is found on the ground, reaffix it in a tree. “Duct tape works,” he notes. “Mom will find them.” Released birds are taken to the Desert Botanical Garden, in Phoenix. Rehabbing owls costs significantly more, up to $800 from hatchling to release. The Halesworths refer owls to another rehabber that annually cares for about 500 owls. In Fort Gratiot, Michigan, Back 2 the Wild Rehab rescues all kinds of wild animals. In February, two geese were stuck in a frozen river. Firefighters freed the birds and rehabbers checked them for frostbite. One goose died, but the other was released after the next storm passed through. The Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary, near McCall, Idaho, accepts orphaned bear cubs. Tapping into three decades of research reported by program supervisor Jeff Rohlman, they are vetted and put into a two-acre enclosure to learn to live in the wild until they are old enough for release. Most arrive undernourished and dehydrated; if separated from their mother, they don’t know how to feed themselves or when to hibernate. Dreamcatcher Wild Horse & Burro Sanctuary, in Ravendale, California,

doesn’t release rehabbed guests—it provides a lifetime home to roam 1,000 acres in family packs to find their own food and water. Public lands are leased to ranchers for grazing, compelling competition for food between livestock and wild animals, so this is a safer option; the sanctuary also advocates protection of resident mountain lions, badgers, coyotes, hawks and eagles. Barry and Maureen Genzlinger, founders of the Vermont Bat Center, in Milton, have rescued and released more than 125 bats since Barry became a licensed bat rehabilitator for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department in 2013. “We have one bat that lost 95 percent of the skin on a wing,” he says. “After three months, most of it has grown back. In two more months, it should be fine, just in time to hibernate.” Bats can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes in an hour. While some are considered a nuisance, each rescued animal has a place in the overall eco-system. Following the good Samaritan rule allows casual rescuers to keep an animal only long enough to safely transport it to a rehabilitator. Rescue operations always need volunteers to donate time or money to help the cause. For creatures, staying with a healing friend can help but there’s no place like home.

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calendarofevents FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 Full Moon Gong Kundalini & Meditation – 7pm-9pm. w Barbara and Steve. Experience live gong sound healing tones, Kundalini, and meditation to put mind/body at ease $22/session, $ 6 0 / 3 . Yo u r C o m m u n i t y Yo g a C e n t e r, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 6, Butterflies and Dragonflies – 1pm. Enjoy your Sunday afternoon at the park on our guided hike. Explore the Redwing Pond and our meadows for these beautiful six-legged, four-winged insects. The guide will show you our native butterfly gardens and teach you the benefits of native plants to our CT butterflies and dragonflies. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Full Sturgeon Moon Hike – 7:30pm. The Native American fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. Join our staff on a hike in our meadows to watch as this reddish moon rises. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Number of participants is limited so please pre-register. Fee: $3 per person. Wear appropriate footwear. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

MONDAY, AUGUST 7 Iyenger Yoga Summer Camp for Adults – 9am-11am. (Daily Mon-Fri). Experience the eight limbs of yoga: physical postures, breath practices, yoga philosophy. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). 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.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 Iyenger Yoga Summer Camp for Adults – 9am-11am. (Daily Mon-Fri). Experience the eight limbs of yoga: physical postures, breath practices, yoga philosophy. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642).

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9 Iyenger Yoga Summer Camp for Adults – 9am-11am. (Daily Mon-Fri). Experience the eight limbs of yoga: physical postures, breath practices, yoga philosophy. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642).

Gallery Reading w/ Jean Mandeville – 7pm8:30pm. Jean is a Trance Medium, who has served in Spiritualist Churches throughout New England. Jean teaches Mediumship Development courses, Introduction to Pendulum, Red Light Séance (Transfiguration), Past-Life Regression, Inspirational and Automatic Writing, Spirit Inspired Art and Introduction to Trance Mediumship. $35. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. 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, or

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10 Iyenger Yoga Summer Camp for Adults – 9am-11am. (Daily Mon-Fri). Experience the eight limbs of yoga: physical postures, breath practices, yoga philosophy. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642).

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 Iyenger Yoga Summer Camp for Adults – 9am-11am. (Daily Mon-Fri). Experience the eight limbs of yoga: physical postures, breath practices, yoga philosophy. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). Numerology Workshop w/ Jennifer Jean – 7pm8:30pm. Each soul has chosen its life challenges, lessons and purposes for soul growth in a lifetime, which can be revealed through your numerology profile.  Numerology can be used for self-understanding, improve relationships, plan major events, name changing, choosing a business or baby name and to evaluate the energy of a property.  Come and see what your name can reveal about you. $20. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 Discover your Animal totems: A Guided Journey Circles with Jan Blencowe – 9:30am-3:30pm. Have you noticed that you are drawn to certain animals or that certain animals always seem to cross your path?  Traditions say that by discovering which animals you are drawn to and delight in, you can open pathways of self-discovery, personal growth and healing in your life. Fee:  $65. Includes lunch. To learn more and to register: Mushroom Identification for Beginners –10am. Join a foraging family who hunt, photograph, identify, and love to eat the fungi in New England for a discussion and walk at the Ansonia Nature Center. We will dispel common myths, learn how to safely identify mushrooms with visual clues and guidebooks, and discuss mycophagy, the cooking and eating of wild mushrooms. After the lecture we’ll walk the property to search for wild fungi and put our newly learned skills to the test. Fee: $5. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. .


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SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 ECKANKAR Religion of the Light and Sound of God invites you to our Light and Sound Service – 10am-11:15am. With fellowship afterward. Hear inspirational talks and uplifting music to awaken spiritual understanding in everyday life. Free. Eckankar Temple at Rt.66 & Harvest Wood Rd, Middlefield. Readings with Celeste Lamarre-Vernale – 11am5pm. I am an intuitive psychic medium. I get my information in multiple ways and look forward to sharing messages from those who have passed with you. I focus in on you first and then expand into the other side to see who is around to talk to you. These readings can be incredibly healing and moving. I speak to everyone from passed loved ones, guides, angels and even pets. We have more people by our side than we can imagine. $1/minute. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. Reiki I class w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 1pm-6 pm. Info/ Learn about Usui and Holy Fire Reiki energies, their histories, and how to use this energy for yourself and others. Certificate and manual included. Placement given. $125. Hamden. Registration: 203-415-4791.

MONDAY, AUGUST 14 Crystal Toning w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm8pm. Experience a unique method of healing by combining the energies of crystals with toning, creating an individualized healing experience in a group setting on many levels. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927,

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16 A Circle of Women – 7pm-9pm. Join in sacred space to discover and strengthen your authentic self, live in rhythm with the seasons. What you are looking for is looking for you. Healing the world one woman at a time. $25. Central Wallingford. Call Susan to explore/reserve space. 203-645-1230.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18 Divine Soul Blueprint Class w/ Barbara Yager Learn to Manifest Your Dreams! – 7pm-8:30pm. We choose what we would like to manifest and then wait for the consequences of those choices to show up in our experiences. But what if your choices are not in true alignment with who you are at soul level? Do you want to make better choices and manifest more authentically with who you really are? Learn what a Soul Blueprint is and how following it will help you to manifest greater abundance, joy, fulfillment, health and more! $20. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 Day of Mindfulness with Jerry Silbert, M.D – 9:30am-3:30pm. Join us for a day of mindfulness— a practice to reduce stress and to live fully, as poet Mary Oliver reminds us, “your one wild and precious life.” We will practice clarity of mind, focus, and the non-judgmental observation of experience as it unfolds from moment-to-moment. Fee:  $50. Includes lunch. To learn more and to register:

Free Reiki clinic w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 2:30pm4:30pm. Enjoy a 10-minute session of Reiki and learn about healing energies. Thyme and Season, 3040 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Info: 203-415-4791.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 Reiki II class w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 1pm6pm. Increase your Reiki knowledge and energy. Learn the basic Reiki symbols and distant healing. Certificate and manual included. Placement given. $150. Hamden. Info/Registration: 203-415-4791.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 Hu Chant – 7pm-7:30pm. Join us for a group chant of HU a love song to God. Singing HU can open your heart to God’s love and transform your life. It can help you experience more divine love, joy, and spiritual freedom. Free. Eckankar Temple, Rt 66, Middlefield. Every 4th Friday.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 Turtle Talk – 1pm. Anthony Pierlioni is the Senior Director of the TurtleRoom, an online radio show dedicated to these fascinating reptiles and the people who love them. He’ll share his knowledge and some turtle species with us at the Nature Center. Connect at Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 Cattail Mat Weaving – 10am-2pm. (& Sat Sept 2, 10am-2pm). Week 1 we will begin to collectively work on a mat made from the cattail reeds, and week 2 we will add the finishing touches to our mat. Learn how Native Americans from the Eastern Woodlands would use these reeds! Pack a bag lunch, and be prepared for swampy conditions. This program is for adults only. Fee: $6 per person covers both weeks. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Activity Day and Open House at Connecticut’s Only Experientially-based Middle School – 11am–1pm. Find out about CELC Middle School academically rich real-world learning, personalized approach, 5th - 8th grade. 28 School St, Branford. 203-433-4658, RSVP: or Visit:

MONDAY, AUGUST 28 REBOOT Early Morning Challenge – 6:30am7:30am. (Weekdays, Aug 28-Sept 1). Beat the summer heat! Start your day out right with a good stretch and a calm mind. We set intentions and encourage each other through the week. 5 classes for $25! Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 29 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, or



TACA’s Connecticut chapter is one of 32 TACA chapters across the country. TACA CT hosts meetings, events and coffee talks throughout the year. All parents, caregivers and professionals are welcome to attend. TACA hosts educational speakers on important topics and allows parents and caregivers to connect with one another to stay informed on the latest information in the autism world. All first time attendees receive TACA’s Autism Journey Guide to keep as a resource at no charge.

Coffee Talks resuming in Fall 2017

Join us for coffee and conversation about all things autism.

TACA believes in early diagnosis, intensive therapies and medical intervention for children affected by autism. With early intervention, medical treatment unique to each person’s needs and necessary support services for families many children can improve greatly and some can recover from their autistic symptoms. We believe the future is not defined for many children affected by autism. Hope and recovery is possible. •

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ongoingevents sunday 30-60 Minute Angel Reading w/Intuitive RMT/ Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – By Appt. Daily. Ask empowering questions, awaken to signs, receive support, loving messages/guidance from angels, guides, loved ones. Develop spiritual senses. Release fear, worry, anxiety. From $45. Pre-Session Consult/Register: 203-913-3869. 30-60 Minute EFT Emotional Freedom Technique Session w/Intuitive RMT/Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – By Appt. Daily Phone/Skype. Relax, refresh w/Techniques & insights to “release anxiety/stress/pain”, expand free-spiritedness, focus, and clarity; breathe/live peacefully. From $45. Pre-Session Consult/Registration: 203-913-3869. 30-60 Minute Holistic Coaching Session w/ RMT, Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – By Appt. Daily Phone/Skype. Receive empowering keys to mental-emotional clarity, balance; support for empathic challenges/relationship healing. Pre-Class Consult/Registration: 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,, Giant Hike – 1pm. Have you ever wondered where the owls nest or where the deer sleep? Join an Ansonia Nature Center Park Ranger on a Guided Hike, every Sunday at 1pm! Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Information/Register: 203-736-1053.

monday Pilates/Barre Community Class – 8am. This class is a mix between pilates moves to strengthen core muscles and the Barre technique to sculpt and lean our arms and legs. Discount price of $10.00 cash/ check or $12.00 credit card. Kneading Hands Yoga & Massage, 760 Main St S, Unit F, Southbury. 203-267-4417. 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.


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Monday Night Trail Run – 5:30pm-6:30pm. (August & Sept). This is a call to all of the runners who want something that is out of the ordinary! Ranger Dan will lead you through our 156-acre network of trails, while you burn off the weekend’s extra calories. We guarantee that this Free program is the best way to start off your week. Wear appropriate footwear. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Qigong for Health – 7pm-8pm. Learn a practice that invigorates the internal energy, relieves stress, tones and stretches the muscles and connects the mind and body. $15/class. Tranquil Mountain Internal Arts. Location: Shoreline Center for Wholistic Health, 35 Boston St, Guilford. Info: 860-301-6433.

tuesday Family Organic Garden Program – (Tues, August through November). Ansonia Nature Center will be continuing family-friendly activities in our organic garden. Learn about growing a variety of fruits and vegetables. Dress appropriately; keep in mind you will get water and soil on your clothing. Free, with the potential to take home fresh local produce! Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. 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. 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 Free weekly Tuesday Meditation classes – 6pm7pm. (those who would like instruction can come at 5:45pm). Open to all and fully accessible.  Instruction provided for beginners.  No reservations necessary. Walk-ins welcome. Program offered in cooperation with New Haven Insight and the New Haven Zen Center. New Haven Free Public Library. 133 Elm St, New Haven. 203-946-8138.

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://www.meetup. com/New-England-Meditation-Center/events/ Free Reiki Sessions: The Universal Reiki Plan – 7:30pm-8:30pm. (& 8:30pm-9:30pm Thurs). Reiki teachers Jeannette and Jim of ReikiOvertones and students offer free Reiki sessions. Appt. only. Love offering appreciated. 95 Harris St, Fairfield. Details: Jim and Jeannette 203-254-3958.

wednesday Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 12pm1pm. Experience a qigong form for rebalancing and strengthening body, mind and spirit. For all abilities and levels of health. Schedule Available online. 1st class free (reg. $5). Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Info: Stony Creek Yoga for Stress Relief – 5:45pm7pm. 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. 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 The Caring Network: Free Support Group for Adults Who Have Lost a Loved One – 6pm-8pm. (August 2 & 16). 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.




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. 203-8780681.,

30-60 Minute Askashic Record Reading w/ RMT, Diane Esposito – By Appt. Daily. Ask empowering questions, awaken to signs, receive support, loving messages/guidance from masters, teachers, loved ones. Develop spiritual senses. Release fear, worry, anxiety. From $45. Pre-Session Consult/Registration: 203-913-3869.

Yoga with Marlene – 10am & 6:30pm.Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 6:30pm7:30pm. (Every Thurs. except the 1st Thurs. of month). Experience a qigong form for rebalancing and strengthening body, mind and spirit. For all abilities and levels of health. Schedule Available online. 1st class free (reg. $5). Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Info: Qigong Group Healing & Silent Meditation – 6:30pm-8pm. (1st Thurs. of the month). All levels of health addressed. No experience necessary. Fee: donation. Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Contact Pat for more information if this is 1st attendance: 203-500-6492. Meditation – 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://www.meetup. com/New-England-Meditation-Center/events.

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. 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

30-60 Minute Distant Reiki Sessions w/Intuitive RMT, Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – By Appt. Daily Phone/Skype. Relax, Release, Refresh yourself. Receive empowering foundation for self-healing, meeting personal challenges, goals, & create healthy relationships. From $45. Pre-Session Consult/Register: 203-913-3869. 30-60 Minute Mindful Healing Guided Meditation w/Intuitive RMT/Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – By Appt. Daily Phone/Skype Engage in [+] Energy insights; create, healthy transformations, relationships, empowering habits. Experience letting go w/the language of EFT Emotional Freedom Tech. From $45. Pre-Session Consult/Register: 203-913-3869. 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. Creature Feature – 12pm. Have you always wanted to pet a dove or hold a bearded dragon? Here’s your chance!  Come meet the Nature Center’s Resident Animals every Saturday at noon! Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Information/Register: 203-736-1053. Meditation – 1:30pm. Silent, sitting meditation for anyone to attend. For all levels. Beginners welcome! Meditation begins and ends promptly on time. Lecture every other Saturday. Donation-based event; no set fees. New England Meditation Center, 455 Boston Rd, Old Saybrook. For more information, visit:

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AUGUST Autism Spectrum Children’s Dental & Eye Health

SEPTEMBER Rethinking Cancer Yoga

OCTOBER Life Design Medical Massage

NOVEMBER Metabolic Imbalances Silent Retreats

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HOLISTIC OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT WE ARE ACTIVELY LOOKING FOR A LMT, ESTHETICIAN OR WELLNESS PRACTITIONER WITH A FOLLOWING – to rent space in an established massage therapy office in Milford, CT. Rent is $325 per month with shared utilities Please call 203-878-8123.


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

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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 8.

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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IMPRESSIONS SERVICES Raymond Daneault 800-217-1963

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Diane Esposito, RMT/Holistic Coach 203-913-3869




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Natural Awakenings New Haven & Middlesex AUGUST 2017  

Autism Spectrum