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March is the time of year when the northern hemisphere begins its tilt toward the sun; the yin energy of winter is replaced by the emergence of color, light and life. It is a welcome sign of hope in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida massacre, which sent shockwaves throughout America and opened up old wounds for so many here in Connecticut. Looking for inspiration, I found a quote by William Ellery Channing, one of Unitarianism’s leading theologians: “Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict,” he said. Whenever we fall as an individual or a nation, we are presented with an opportunity to create new ways of being, thinking and acting. Lightworkers always come out of darkness, and this time those lightworkers are children; many have found their voice and are taking the lead in a movement toward a more peaceful planet. This brings hope and inspiration as these are our future teachers, healers, business executives and politicians. Bring it on kids! There are a lot of great reads packed into these 48 pages. This month’s Healthy Food issue includes mouth-watering ethnic and healthy recipes from around the world. It includes ways to spice up healthy cooking and naturally boost your immune system. Be sure to check out the immune-boosting syrup recipes on page 32. The soil, plant and health impacts of glyphosate, an herbicide, are well documented. Learn more in “We Are What We Eat: The Impact of Glyphosate” by Joan Palmer, founder of The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition (TIOSN). On March 24, there will be a presentation at TIOSN on the effects of glyphosate by Dr. Don M. Huber, a professor emeritus of plant pathology for Purdue University and Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For details, see TIOSN’s news brief on page 6. Our community calendar and news brief sections are filled with free health talks and wellness events taking place during this active spring season. Explore! May the new season’s arrival fill you with newfound hope and eagerness to spring forward into a vibrant and healthy lifestyle.

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40th Lecture Series at Thyme & Season


hyme & Season is celebrating 20 years in business and its 40th series of free health outreach to its community this fall. Starting March 8, and running into the beginning of June, there will be lectures presented by physicians and other health care professionals every Thursday, starting promptly at 7 p.m. Reservations are not required. A 20 percent supplement coupon is offered to those who attend. The spring schedule is as follows: March 8 St. Hildegard’s Healing Foods & Remedies with Debra Anastasio, ND March 15 Healthy Bones with Matthew Robinson, ND March 22 Health, Healing, Enlightenment 101 with Robert Lee, ND, MS, MA April 5 Allergies & Homeopathy with Louise Sanchione, ND, CCH April 12 Nutraceutical Lecture: Redefining Aging with Roslyn Rogers, certified nutritional consultant April 19 Get Your Head On Straight with James Sensenig ND April 26 Different Kinds of Diets with Matthew Fisel, ND May 3 Healthy Gut, Healthy Weight with Brigitta Jansen, MS May 10 5 Most Important Things To Do For Your Health with Jasmine Manning, ND May 17 Journey Inside the Cell with Mark Vandenberg May 24 Emotional Freedom Techniques with Therese Baumgart, certified EFT practitioner May 31 Ayurveda 101 with Lisa Bok June 7 Brain Health with Nina Manipon, ND


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For more information on Thyme & Season and the Spring lectures, call 203-407-8128 (extension 2) or visit Location: Thyme & Season Natural Food Market, 3040 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT. See ad on page 23.

Health Talks Coming to The Common Bond Market


his March, The Common Bond Market is introducing a four-week series of free health talks. From March 7 through 28, there will be lectures presented by physicians and other health care professionals every Wednesday, starting promptly at 7 p.m. Reservations are not required. A 20 percent supplement coupon is offered to those who attend. The workshops being held are as follows: March 7 Avoiding Sugar: The Chronic Conditions Caused by Long-term Consumption of Sugar with Joseph Gariepy, SR, ND March 14 10 Strategies for Everyday Wellness with Elisa Panza, ND March 21 Natural Medicine Cabinet 101 with Kristine Rabel, MS, CTRS, nutritionist, Reiki practitioner March 28 Discover a Simple Self-help Technique That Changes Lives with Terry Hernon, certified EFT practitioner For more information on The Common Bond Market and the March lectures, call 203-513-8200, or visit and @TheCommonBondMarket on Facebook and Instagram. Location: The Common Bond Market, 40 Huntington St., Shelton, CT. See ad on page 23.

Soil, Plant and Health Effects of Glyphosate


n March 24 from 1-5pm, The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition (TIOSN) is grateful for the unique opportunity to bring two world-class research scientists to the community to present information about the effects of Roundup and its active ingredient, glyphosate. Dr. Don M. Huber is a professor emeritus of plant pathology for Purdue University and Dr. Stephanie Seneff is a research scientist for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They will present information about the effects of glyphosate on soil, plant and human health. Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world.

For more information and to register, call 860-764-9070 or visit Location: Holcomb Farm, North Barn Pavilion, 113 Simsbury Rd., West Granby, CT. See ad on page13.

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Spring 2018 Passport to Health and Wellness Expo


n April 22, the Holistic Chamber of Commerce (HCC) will present the The Spring Passport to Health and Wellness Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bristol. This will be the first spring expo; the event will occur twice a year. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with more than 75 sponsors and exhibitors as they learn more about the available resources to help promote healthy living and a healthy lifestyle. Visitors will have the chance to gain inspiration by visiting the booths and participating in the scheduled events. There will be a keynote speaker in addition to the inspiring speakers. Attendees will get a program and a “Passport to Health & Wellness Flyer” with prizes for checking out the exhibitors. The flyer is designed to encourage attendees to visit the many participating sponsors and exhibitors. Many exhibitors will be giving away items to those participants whose completed passports are drawn at various times throughout the event. The event will be donating to the Children’s Medical Center ( and Angie’s Spa (, and all funds will be matched up to $2,500 for each benefit. The funds will be used directly for patient care and no administrative costs will detract from the benefit given to recipients of each organization. More details about the Passport to Health & Wellness will be posted in advance of the expo to those that pre-register to attend; you will also receive a discounted price. The expo will offer discounted rates for HCC members as exhibitors and speakers. Applications for exhibitors/speakers are available at For more information, call Shirley R. Bloethe at 860-989-0033 for the New Haven and Shoreline area, and Whitney Christina at 860830-1180 for the Hartford/Avon area.

Learn About Food Waste and How It Impacts our Lives


s part of an ongoing study of ecology and sustainability, CELC Middle School students have launched a project with Food Rescue US. Join CELC and Food Rescue US for a reception/informational meeting on March 4 to bring awareness about this exciting program. They will also introduce the people who want to volunteer with helping deliver food while working with the partnering organizations. CELC students work with local organizations in food service-oriented businesses, such as restaurants and retail stores to repurpose food that is “too good to be wasted,” but that would otherwise be thrown away. CELC partners these organizations with senior centers, local community dining rooms and other groups that can put the food to good use; they also deliver the food directly to these locations. There is more food that is wasted in the United States than most people even realize. Food Rescue US makes it possible for food to be brought to where it is needed, as well as alter the amount of food that is thrown away. Food Rescue US makes it easy for volunteers to make a large impact in helping solve the problem of food insecurity that is linked to lack of access.


Countries worldwide are discussing its detrimental effects on the environment and human health. Many nations have already banned or limited its use in agriculture. The event will take place at Holcomb Farm in West Granby; a Q&A session will follow the presentations. The fee per person is $15. TIOSN would like to extend a special invitation to farmers. Farmers that register in advance may attend this presentation at no cost.

For more information on the event, visit Events/1863136480405470. Expo location: DoubleTree by Hilton, 42 Century Dr, Bristol, CT.

For more information, contact Melinda or Maria at 203-433-4658 or Location: 28 School St., Branford, CT. See ad on page 35.

Medicare Changes for Physical Therapy


tarting in January of 2018, Medicare has mandated that patients will no longer be allowed to go above their established cap for physical therapy (unless it’s hospital-based). Consequently, use your visits wisely. If you are experiencing pain in your neck, upper back or lower back, Physical Therapy Services of March 2018



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news briefs Guilford’s biomechanical approach may alleviate your discomfort. Oftentimes, patients attend therapy one-two times per week for one-on-one, 40-minute sessions of advanced care. Physical therapy exercises are done at home, so each session typically is tailored around structural changes, not just repetitive exercises. Take advantage of Physical Therapy Services of Guilford’s complimentary 10-minute screening to assess how you can benefit from this approach. Meet with Phyllis Quinn P.T. on March 20 or 27 between 4 and 5 p.m. for a 10-minute appointment to discuss your symptoms; she will help you decide if physical therapy might be a good option for you. Call to register. If these times are not convenient, call to schedule another time.

Springing Forward with Institute for Holistic Health Studies


he Institute for Holistic Health Studies (IHHS) at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) announced its spring 2018 events taking place at WCSU’s Midtown campus in Danbury, Connecticut. The Sahaja Yoga meditation series, which began in January 9, will be held on March 13, April 10 and May 8 at 7 p.m. in Warner Hall’s Room 103. It will continue on the second Tuesday of each month through the end of 2018. On March 7, Dr. Sarah Poulin will present An Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture as part of the lunchtime Wellness Wednesday workshops series. On April


For more information and to register, call 203-315-7727. Location: Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, 500 East Main St., Ste. 310, Branford, CT. See ad on page 9.

A Sensory-friendly Day for Science


he Connecticut Science Center wants everyone to be able to enjoy what it offers. That’s why they are lowering the volume and dimming the lights for children with sensory disabilities on March 27 starting at 10 a.m. All visitors will get the fun of the Connecticut Science Center plus lots of activities, arts and crafts, and live gallery science demonstrations without the usual loud sounds and bright lights. All are welcome. Sensory Friendly Day is presented by the Miracle League of Connecticut. Tickets are $14 online and in advance, or $16.95 at the door (1-to-1 aides are always free).

Bristol-based Miracle League of Connecticut (MiracleLeagueCT. org) is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing recreational and sporting opportunities for children with physical and/or cognitive challenges at accessible facilities. With more than 150 hands-on exhibits, a 3D digital theater, four educational labs, and daily programs and events, the Connecticut Science Center offers exploration for children, teens and adults. From physics to forensics, geology to astronomy, visitors have the sciences at their fingertips. For more information, contact Group Sales Account Manager Brit Montmeat at 860-520-2112 or BMontmeat@CTScienceCenter. org. Location: Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, CT. 8

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4, naturopathic physicians Drs. Andrew Cummins and Mara Davidson will present The Medicinal Benefits of Tea. All Wellness Wednesday workshops are held at 12:30 p.m. in White Hall’s Room 127. The third annual Health, Wellness and Fitness Fair will be held on April 19 in the Bill Williams gym in Berkshire Hall. The mission of the Institute for Holistic Health Studies is to provide the university and greater Danbury area with an opportunity to engage in and explore different aspects of holistic and integrative health through programming and instruction. Their holistic perspective on health and healing integrates conventional healing with traditional and modern alternative practices from around the world. The programs sponsored by the Institute for Holistic Health Studies are free and open to the public. For more information, contact IHHS Director Christel Autuori at Location: WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St., Danbury, CT.

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Are You FoodCorps’ Next Local Service Member?


oodCorps AmeriCorps service member applications are open through March 15 for the 2018-19 session. The organization recruits talented leaders for a year of full-time, paid public service building healthy school food environments in limitedresource communities. You’ll teach students to grow, cook and taste new foods, building their skills and changing their food preferences. You’ll collaborate with teachers on integrating food into the curriculum

and help organize field trips to local farms or visits from local chefs. A cafeteria experience will be cultivated that steers students towards the healthiest options and gets them excited to try new foods. You’ll work with food service directors and farmers to get local foods onto the lunch line and get kids in the cafeteria to try samples during taste tests. Together with the school community, you’ll work to ensure that the whole school environment—from hallways to classrooms to cafeteria to grounds—celebrates healthy food. You’ll plan family cooking nights to engage parents and organize healthy fundraisers like school garden markets. Depending on the school and community you serve, the amount of time you spend across these areas will vary. Some of Connecticut’s service sites in New Haven and Middlesex Counties where students have volunteered in the past include public schools, community health centers and farms in Meriden, Naugatuck, New Haven, Woodbridge and Waterbury.

For more information and to apply, visit

Inventive Marketing with Holistic Chamber of Commerce


he New Haven Chapter of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce (HCC) business education topic for its March meeting is Crushing It with Inventive Marketing Options on a Budget. It will be presented by Shirley R. Bloethe, an event coordinator, speaker, and holistic marketing mentor to small business owners in holistic businesses in Connecticut. The informational session will be held during the chapter’s monthly business meeting on March 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Middletown Wellness Collaborative. Find ways to promote your business without breaking the bank in this informative presentation. The meeting is free to HCC members and interested first-time guests. The regular fee is $15. To register, visit The Holistic Chamber of Commerce is an expanding organization representing holistic professionals, practitioners and businesses. It is a welcoming community of like-minded individuals with the goal of helping to heal the world and the inhabitants that live within it by empowering members to build their business through business education, networking and community events. For more information, visit holistic-chamber-of-commerce-ct/or contact New Haven Chapter President Shirley R Bloethe at 860-989-0033 or Earleen Wright Vice President at 203-215-3222 or Location: Middletown Wellness Collaborative, 955 South Main St., Bldg. A, Middletown, CT.


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Shoreline Healing Practitioners to Offer Array of Holistic Services


atherine Steinberg, a Guilford resident and psychotherapist for over 30 years, has created a new concept with a constellation of other Shoreline healing practitioners. It addresses the needs of the whole person that have not been adequately met by traditional methods and institutions. Rubee’s Constellation connects potential clients with healing practitioners that can help an individual on a multitude of levels, whether it is physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and/or relationally.

The recently launched website,, lists 30 categories of services and the practitioners that provide them, including astrology, energy psychology and medicine, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), expressive arts, feng shui, forgiveness coaching, life coaching, Reiki, stress management, wealth management, yoga and more. A calendar of workshops and events is also on the website. The Constellation model was designed to promote connection and collaboration. Only trusted practitioners are invited to participate that can consult with each other to offer clients an integrative treatment plan. The goal is to empower people to heal themselves and live in balance with joy and integrity. Rubee’s Constellation plans to expand beyond the shoreline to a national presence. Some forms of healing can take place without face-to-face interaction; people are not limited by where they live in order to participate in various forms of healing. Also, when traveling to different regions of the country, the Constellation can be a resource of practitioners to contact for services. Potential clients are not charged to use the website. Each provider and client negotiates fees for services. For more information, visit To find out more about practitioners, connect with Catherine Steinberg at 203-453-5091 or


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Freedom Lawn: Let Nature Do the Job


n March 20 at 6:30 p.m., Holistic Moms Network’s New Haven County chapter will host a presentation focused on how to have a beautiful yard without toxic chemicals and a brief talk on pesticide side effects. Some of the topics to be covered include composting; the advantages of organic land care for the yard, garden and children; testing soil samples; and more. The monthly meeting takes place in Milford, Connecticut.

A local pioneer rooting for the health of the environment, Ann H. Bermanin was born Canada in 1934. In her 10 years as chair of Milford’s Environmental Concerns Coalition, the organization educated the mayor and the city about the environment, worked on state bills for the pesticide use ban on K8 school yards, and ran Contest for Freedom Lawn with the help of Dr. Laurel Lobovits. “We managed many projects over the 10 years with the help of a very active environmental group of Milford citizens. It has waned these last few years, but we are hoping that with newer young people, it will begin to flourish again. There is so much to be done to save our environment for the next generations,” says Bermanin. Holistic Moms Network is a nonprofit support and discussion network that welcomes all people wherever they are on the holistic path in an environment that does not judge. The member chapter, open to the public, meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Woodruff Family YMCA, 631 Orange Avenue, Milford, Connecticut. Children are welcome. For more information, visit or HMNNewHaven.

Unique Warren Caylor Séances in Glastonbury


hysical Medium Warren Caylor returns to The Healing in Harmony Center, in Glastonbury, for two Séances on March 23 and 24, each at 7pm. Physical Mediumship, in deep trance state, shows us the possibilities of what spirits can do, independent of the medium’s physical participation. A séance with Caylor is like no other séance you have experienced. During the session, he will be in a cabinet

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news briefs (enclosed space) with arms and legs taped to a chair and his mouth gagged. Participants, sitting in darkness, will witness levitation of objects, ectoplasm, direct voice (voices occurring in the room without the physical interaction of the medium), teleportation of objects and apports (objects appearing without physical contact). Objects will have glow-in-the-dark tape on them so audience members can see them. The audience is the energy generator as Caylor’s guides orchestrate the event. Meet Luther, Yellow Feather, Tommy, Jessica, Winston Churchill and more. Every night brings something different as the group will sing, laugh and be entertained by the spirit team. Sessions limited to 20 people. Cost is $100, cash or check. For more information and to register, call 860-430-9801 or email

New Morning Hosts Film and Reception Spotlighting Rare Crops


ver heard of the Long Island Cheese Pumpkin? Bootleggers corn? Hank’s X-Tra Special Baking Bean? On March 3, join the organic food and farming community at New Morning Market in Woodbury for a rare bean reception at 5pm, followed by a discussion and film screening of Deeply Rooted at 6pm. CT NOFA’s Executive Director Jeff Cordulack and Slow Food Metro North’s chairperson, Donna Simons, will introduce the film, discuss Slow Food’s mission and the Slow Food Ark of Taste, a growing catalogue of rare foods and species that were almost forgotten. Guests will learn about these nearly lost foods and sample a few dishes made with them before the film. For nearly four decades, John Coykendall’s passion has been preserving the farm heritage—the seeds and stories—of a small, farming culture in Southeastern Louisiana. Nominated for two 2017 Suncoast Emmy Awards, Deeply Rooted ( chronicles how Coykendall has tracked down and safeguarded rare and heirloom varieties of crops from the region and safely returned them to the descendants of farmers who described them to him decades earlier. His specialty is hundreds of bean varieties. Light refreshments will be available thanks to New Morning Market; BYOB is welcome. The suggested donation for this mini-fundraising event is $10-$50 per person. An opportunity to make additional donations and new memberships will be available at the event.

Reservations can be made at 203-308-2584, or To invite friends via Facebook, visit Facebook. com/Events/1435896623202660. Location: New Morning Market, 129 Main St N, Woodbury.

Launching into Spring with a Hike


he Sleeping Giant Park Association (SGPA) invites you to join them on their Spring Hikers’ Hike on March 11. Hike along with experienced leaders who know and love the “Giant”. Since the pace will be faster than that of other SGPA hikes—and the duration and length greater—this hike is for experienced hikers only. You should plan for a strenuous hike over rough terrain, lasting about four hours. Meet at the bulletin board by the kiosk near the park entrance at 11 a.m. It is advisable to bring snacks and water in a day pack. Wear suitable hiking shoes. The hike is free and open to the public. Advance registration is not necessary; however, minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Out of consideration for other hikers, dogs are not permitted on the hike. For hike cancellations or rescheduling, check the breaking news link at or For more information, visit Inquiries can be directed to the SGPA Hiking Committee at The Sleeping Giant Park is located on Mt. Carmel Avenue (off Whitney Avenue) in north Hamden, CT. The park entrance is directly across the street from Quinnipiac University.

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~Bertrand Russell

March 2018


Gooseberries are Good for the Gut Researchers from Malaysia’s Islamic Science University tested 30 patients with gastrointestinal issues, dividing them into three groups. One received lactose, a placebo; another group was given omeprazole, an overthe-counter remedy; and the third Phyllanthus emblica Linn, an ayurvedic treatment for gastrointestinal issues also known as Indian gooseberry. The research found the herbal treatment resulted in less pain, vomiting, sleep loss and other issues. Participants’ intestinal walls also showed signs of significant healing. The researchers concluded, “Findings indicate that the ethanolic extract of P. emblica fruits has gastroprotective effects in humans that justify its traditional use.” 12

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Research from Duke University Medical School indicates that eating red meat and poultry increases risk for Type 2 diabetes. Published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the Singapore Chinese Health Study followed 63,257 adults between ages 45 and 74 for an average of 11 years each. It was determined that meat and poultry consumption increased diabetes incidence by 23 and 15 percent, respectively.


Leafy greens, which are rich in vitamin K, have again been shown to provide outsized benefits for heart health. Researchers from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University found that a reduced intake of vitamin K1 leads to more than triple the risk of an enlargement of the heart’s left ventricle, which reduces blood pumping volume, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition. Researchers followed diet records for 766 participants ages 14 to 18 and monitored their vascular structure and functionality. When compared to those with the highest intake of vitamin K1 from foods such as spinach, cabbage and other leafy, green vegetables, those with the lowest intake were more likely to experience vascular enlargement.

Eating Meat Raises Diabetes Risk

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY DETERS ALZHEIMER’S According to a study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers discovered the risk of dementia can be halved by engaging in physical activities like walking, dancing and gardening, which significantly improve brain volume in the hippocampus region and the frontal, temporal and parietal lobes. The scientists studied 876 participants for 30 years and completed a longitudinal memory test of the patients, which were 78 years old on average, and followed up with MRI brain scans. They recorded their physical activity and logged caloric output every week. Two other studies found that any exercise that raises our heart rate and produces sweating for a sustained period will benefit cognitive health as we age. One meta-analysis of 36 studies from Australia’s University of Canberra found that exercise improved cognition by an average of 29 percent for those older than 50; another small group study from Germany’s Otto von Guericke University, in Magdeburg, specifically showed that dancing benefits seniors’ cognition.


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Toxic Effects of Lead on Reproductive Health

Saunas Lower Blood Pressure

In a new working paper from the West Virginia University Department of Economics, authors Daniel S. Grossman and David J.G. Slutsky found that during the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan, from 2014 to 2016, there was a 58 percent rise in fetal deaths, and 275 fewer births compared to adjacent areas near Detroit.

University of Eastern Finland research on 1,621 men found that four to seven saunas per week can cut high blood pressure risk in half. Their conclusion states, “Regular sauna bathing is associated with reduced risk of hypertension, which may be a mechanism underlying the decreased cardiovascular risk associated with sauna use.�



TEEN MARIJUANA USE FOSTERS DEPRESSION Research from the University of Pittsburgh followed 158 boys and young men until the age of 22. Brain scans revealed that the teenagers using marijuana between the ages of 14 and 19 had a higher risk of depression as young adults. Marijuana users also had the lowest educational achievements. They suffered impaired connectivity in the nucleus accumbens part of the brain, which plays a central role in the reward circuit tied to two essential neurotransmitters: dopamine, which promotes desire; and serotonin, which affects satiety and inhibition. Another recent study of 521 Washington State University students noted that depressed 12-to-15year-olds were more likely to be using marijuana by age 18.

Positive Outlook Powers Osteoarthritis Patients Research at Penn State University published in the journal Health Psychology shows that being more enthusiastic and optimistic about getting things done upon waking up in the morning increases the physical activity of osteoarthritis patients throughout the day, resulting in more exercise and reduced symptoms. The study followed 135 osteoarthritis patients for 22 days.

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Renewable Energy Subsidies Lag Far Behind

The G20 nations, comprising the world’s biggest economies, provide four times more public financing to support fossil fuels than renewable energy, says a report from the environmental coalition Oil Change International ( TalkIsCheapOilReport). This took place even though German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced climate change as the heart of the agenda at the Hamburg summit in July 2017. The public financing—in soft loans and guarantees from governments along with huge fossil fuel subsidies—makes coal, oil and natural gas cheaper to use in the short run because both the front-end and back-end costs are undisclosed.

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Sweet Potato Project Encourages Enterprise

The Sweet Potato Project, started by journalist Sylvester Brown, Jr., will work in partnership with St. Louis University and a small cadre of local nonprofits called the North City Food Hub to hold culinary, small business, horticulture, restaurant management, and land-ownership classes and business incubator opportunities this spring. The goal is to enable at-risk youths in North St. Louis to grow food and make money through food packaging and distribution. The project encourages people to become innovative, selfsufficient players in today’s expanding global economy. Brown says, “Success doesn’t always mean you’ve made a lot of money; it can also mean you’ve survived poverty or managed to create something.” 14

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Uncontrolled Lice Threaten Fish Industry

A surge in parasitic sea lice that attach themselves to and feed on salmon, killing or rendering them unsuitable for dinner tables, is disrupting salmon farms in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, Norway and Chile. Wholesale prices for the species have already increased 50 percent over last year, leading to higher consumer prices for everything from salmon fillets and steaks to more expensive lox on bagels. Scientists and fish farmers are working on new ways to control the pests. Fish Farmer magazine states that losses by the global aquaculture industry could be as high as $1 billion annually. The only hope is to develop new methods to control the spread of the lice, which are naturally present in the wild, but thrive in the tightly packed ocean pens used for fish farming.

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Hywind, the first floating wind farm in the UK, is located 15 miles offshore of Peterhead, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Its five turbines with a 30-megawatt capacity will provide clean energy to more than 20,000 homes to help meet the country’s ambitious climate change targets. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says, “The government’s commitment to the development of this technology, coupled with Statoil’s [lithium] battery storage project, Batwind, positions Scotland as a world center for energy innovation.” Hywind is operated by Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil ASA and Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co.


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Marine Algae Could Nourish Growing World Population

According to the United Nations, more than 800 million people today are regularly undernourished. By 2050, a rise of another 3 billion in global population is expected to escalate pressure on food supplies. The challenge means providing not just sufficient calories, but also a balanced diet for good health. Fish present a viable solution, but most of the world’s inventory is already overharvested. Some scientists propose “cutting out the middle fish” via the commercial production of marine microalgae as a staple food. They produce fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, polymers and carbohydrates that humans need and that can be used to feed animals and farmed fish. Microalgae are found in both freshwater and marine aquatic systems. Only a handful of algal species are used commercially now, but hundreds of strains have similar potential. Meanwhile, innovators at Copenhagen’s future-living lab SPACE10 created the Algae Dome, a 13-foot-tall urban ecostructure powered by solar energy that pumps out oxygen and produces food in a closed-loop arrangement. This hyperlocal food system grows microalgae, which are among the world’s fastest-growing organisms and can thrive on sunshine and water almost anywhere.

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Along with naturally beautifying a home, many indoor plants help purify air quality often contaminated by chemicals found in common household products and furnishings. A recent study by the State University of New York at Oswego found that bromeliads absorbed up to 80 percent of pollutants from volatile organic compounds (VOC) emitted by paint, furniture, printers, dry-cleaned clothes and other household products. Other plants that scored highly for purifying the air of VOCs in airtight container tests were dracaena and spider plants ( In related news, peace lilies have been shown to be effective in reducing airborne ammonia. NASA scientists have discovered that Boston fern, rubber plants, English ivy, devil’s ivy, peace lily, mum and gerbera daisies help clear the air of the formaldehyde often used in insulation, carpeting and particleboard furniture. ( Environmental scientist B.C. Wolverton’s book How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Home or Office cites ferns as another good plant for removing formaldehyde from the home. Ferns are nontoxic, making them good indoor plants for pet owners per the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Indoor levels of formaldehyde can also be reduced by potting areca palm, amstel king ficus and weeping fig plants, according to The website also cites how dragon tree plants can help remove xylene (used in solvents), trichloroethylene (found primarily in adhesives) and toluene (a solvent and gasoline additive) from the air. Beyond improving air quality, indoor plants also boost ambient oxygen levels, lower mold counts and serve as a natural humidifier and mood enhancer.

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The World’s Healthiest Cuisines What Five Countries Can Teach Us about Good Eating by Judith Fertig


mericans love to explore ethnic cuisines and then put their own “more is better” spin on them, like a Chinese stir-fry turned into chop suey with fried rice or a pasta side dish supersized into a whole meal. “We’ve Americanized dishes to the extent that they don’t have their original health benefits,” says Dr. Daphne Miller, a family physician in the San Francisco Bay area and author of The Jungle Effect: The Healthiest Diets from Around the World—Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You. Here are five popular—and healthy— world cuisines, known for their great dishes, star ingredients and health-enhancing practices.

Traditional Japanese

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Add dried seaweed to this list. Beyond sushi, it’s a delicious ingredient in brothy soups, where it reconstitutes to add a noodle-like quality, slightly smoky flavor and beneficial minerals, including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, vanadium and zinc. A study in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition linked the longevity of Okinawan residents to eating seaweed, a staple of macrobiotic diets. New York City culinary instructor and cookbook author Hiroko Shimbo prefers dried wakame seaweed, readily available in the U.S. Practices. Shimbo grew up in Tokyo, Japan, where her mother helped her surgeon father’s patients by preparing foods that helped them recover quickly. Shimbo believes wholeheartedly in Ishoku-dogen, a Japanese concept often translated as, “Food is medicine.”

South Indian

Ingredients. South India—including the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana—offers many plant-based dishes that feature coconut, rice and spices such as turmeric, known for decreasing inflammation, according to the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Varieties of dried split peas called dal [dal is singular and plural] are used in vegetable curries and ground to make the gluten-free savory crepes known as dosa or puffy white idlis for a snack or breakfast. South India native and current Minneapolis resident Raghavan Iyer, teacher, consultant and author of many cookbooks, including 660 Curries, says, “One technique that gives vegetable dishes a lift is dry-frying or toasting whole spices. It adds complexity and nuttiness.” Simply heat a cast iron skillet, add the whole spices and

Shimbo says, “I eat fairly well, treating food as blessings from nature that keep me healthy and energetic. I do not often indulge in expensive, rich foods.” She prefers eating foods in season and small portions, listening to what her body craves. When feeling the need for minerals and vitamins, she makes a brothy soup with just a little dried wakame, which reconstitutes to four times its dried volume. A second practice supporting healthy well-being is hara hachi bu, or “Eat until your stomach is 80 percent full.” It requires self-discipline to eat slowly and decline more food. But this restraint supports a widely accepted fact that “It takes about 20 minutes for the brain to receive the message that the stomach is full. If we eat slowly, we get the message at the right time, even if we want a few more bites. If we eat too quickly, by the time our brain sends the message, we have probably eaten too much,” says Shimbo. One Great Dish: Japanese soups offer nutrition and flavor in a bowl. Shimbo’s Eata-Lot Wakame Sea Vegetable Soup in her cookbook The Japanese Kitchen: 250 Recipes in a Traditional Spirit can be made with chicken or vegetable broth. Other healthy ingredients like sesame oil, fresh ginger, scallions and garlic boost its health benefits.


dry fry until spicy aromas arise; then add them to a dish. Practice. South Indian meals usually comprise many small, highly flavored, colorful, plant-based dishes served with rice. They yield a pleasant aroma and sensation of fullness without overdoing it, says Iyer. One Great Dish: A vegetable/legume curry such as tamata chana dal, or smoky yellow split peas is simple to make. Iyer cooks dried, yellow, split peas with potatoes and turmeric, then dry-fries dried chilis and spices, and purées them in a blender for a no-fat, vegan and glutenfree dish. In Iyer’s view, “The epitome of comfort food is a bowl of dal and rice.”

Garden-to-Table Italian

Ingredients. There’s American-Italian, as in pizza with pepperoni and double cheese, and then there’s real Italian dishes dating back to the Etruscans. Healthy Italian starts with the love of growing things. Whatever grows in the garden is best, served simply with extra virgin olive oil; a recent Temple University study found it preserves memory and wards off Alzheimer’s. Eugenia Giobbi Bone, co-author of Italian Family Dining: Recipes, Menus, and Memories of Meals with a Great American Food Family, says, “My palate was formed with the flavors of homegrown foods. Cooking in central Italy is all about bringing out the flavor of a few very fresh, well-grown ingredients. That means primarily seasonal eating, with lots of vegetables and little meat in summer, the opposite in winter. There isn’t a lot of fuss to the culinary style, which instead depends on interesting, but simple combinations of foods and techniques.” Practice. Italian families’ view of healthful garden-to-table includes the exercise attained from gardening. “We have a good work ethic in our family,” remarks Bone, who lives in New York City and Crawford, Colorado. “We are of the mentality that physical work is satisfying, even when it is hard.” From her father’s family, Bone has learned to break a meal into small courses and to eat heavier during the day and lighter at night because this helps maintain a healthy weight, according to many studies including one published in the UK journal Diabetologia.

One Great Dish: Dress up pasta with a seasonal vegetable sauce, such as caponata, an eggplant and tomato mixture, or include primavera via spring vegetables and basil, or arrabbiata, featuring tomatoes and red pepper flakes.


Ingredients. “So much about Lebanese cuisine is ‘on trend’ with our tart and sour flavors from lemon, sumac and pomegranate molasses, a wide array of vegetarian and vegan dishes, plus a tradition of pickling, called mouneh, and yogurt and cheesemaking,” says food blogger Maureen Abood, author of Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh and Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen. “Lebanese cuisine is extraordinarily healthy, fitting squarely into the Mediterranean diet.” Abood lives in East Lansing, Michigan, where she loves to use summer cherries and berries in her Lebanese-inspired dishes. According to Abood, another reason why Lebanese food is so popular is that Lebanese immigrants to the U.S. now outnumber the native population of their mother country. Practice. Gathering to share food is a hallmark of Lebanese hospitality. “The Lebanese style of eating includes maza; many small shared plates of remarkable variety,” says Abood. “Food as medicine” is also a Lebanese practice, according to a study in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. One Great Dish: “Many of my favorite Lebanese dishes are plant-based,” says Abood. “We love to stuff everything from cabbage to summer squash to grape leaves with vegetarian fillings, and cook them in a garlic or tomato broth. Every week, we make and eat mujaddara, a lentil and rice or bulgur pilaf with deeply caramelized onions.” Pair with any Lebanese salad, such as one she makes with sweet cherries and walnuts for “a perfectly healthy and crazy-delicious meal.”


Ingredients. Vietnamese cooking emphasizes fresh herbs and leafy greens, green papaya, seafood, rice and condiments. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that green or unripe papaya contains more healthy

carotenoids (lutein, beta-carotene and lycopene) than tomatoes or carrots. Practice. The preferred style of Vietnamese cooking is steaming or simmering, using less fat. It also encourages communal eating, with each diner dipping an ingredient into a cooking pot. Cooked foods are accompanied by fresh salad greens, including herbs served as whole leaves. One Great Dish: Vietnamese hot pot is a favorite of Andrea Nguyen, whose Vietnamese family emigrated to California. Nguyen, author of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors, blogs about food at VietWorldKitchen. com and now lives near San Francisco, California. “This is a slow, cook-it-yourself kind of meal. Set it up, relax with some organic wine or beer and enjoy. Flavors develop and the hot pot transforms as you eat,” she says. “At the end, you’ll slurp up the remaining broth and noodles.” See French Bonus: While croissants and triple-crème brie might not seem part of an ideal diet, rediscover two healthy practices from the French: Eat less and eat together. Ongoing studies at Cornell University show that we eat less if offered less. When researcher Paul Rozin, Ph.D., a psychology professor with the University of Pennsylvania, compared portions in Paris, France, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Philly portions were 25 percent larger. It’s also reflected in the two countries’ cookbook recipes. Rozin further found that French diners spent more time eating those smaller portions—perhaps explaining the French paradox: Most French eat rich foods and drink wine, yet don’t get fat. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS ( March 2018


Cook-It-Yourself Ethnic Recipes

Eat-a-Lot Wakame Sea Vegetable Soup

Yields: 4 servings

Smoky Yellow Split Peas (Tamatar Chana Dal) This vegan and gluten-free recipe traces its roots to Southeast India, where roasting spices to yield nutty-hot flavors creates a layered experience. Yields: 6 cups 1 cup yellow split peas  1 lb potatoes (Yukon gold or russet), peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes  ¼ tsp ground turmeric  2 to 4 dried red cayenne chiles (like chile de arbol), stems discarded  1 Tbsp coriander seeds  1 tsp cumin seeds  1 medium-size tomato, cored and diced  2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems  1½ tsp coarse kosher or sea salt   Measure the peas into a medium-size saucepan. Cover with water and rinse the grains by rubbing them in-between fingertips. Drain and repeat three to four times until the water, upon rinsing the peas, remains fairly clear. Measure and pour 4 cups of water into the pan and bring it to a boil over mediumhigh heat. When some foam arises, scoop it out and discard it.   Add the potatoes and turmeric to the peas, stirring once or twice. Lower the heat to 20

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medium-low and cover the pan. Stew the mélange, stirring occasionally, until the peas are tender, but still firm-looking and the potatoes are cooked, 20 to 25 minutes. While the peas and potatoes cook, preheat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Once the pan feels hot (a palm held close to the bottom usually feels the heat within 2 to 4 minutes), sprinkle in the chiles, coriander and cumin.

1 Tbsp sesame oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 Tbsp peeled and julienned ginger 3 scallions, both green and white parts, cut into thin disks 4¼ cups chicken or vegetable broth ¼ cup sake 1 Tbsp instant wakame sea vegetable, soaked in cold water for 2 minutes and drained 1 Tbsp white sesame seeds, toasted in a skillet Tamari to taste Ground white pepper to taste In a medium pot, heat the sesame oil over medium heat until it’s hot, but not smoking. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the white part of the scallions, reserving the green part, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

Toast the spices, shaking the pan very frequently, until the chiles blacken and smell smoky-hot and the seeds turn reddish brown and smell strongly aromatic (nutty with citrus undertones), 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the chicken broth and sake, then bring the mixture to a boil. Add the wakame and the sesame seeds. Season the soup with a few drops of tamari and ground white pepper, and add the green part of the scallions.

Transfer this spice blend to a blender jar and plunk in the tomato. Purée, scraping the insides of the jar as needed, to make a smooth, reddish brown paste with a smoky aroma. Once the peas are cooked, scrape the spicy, well-seasoned tomato paste into the pan. Stir in the cilantro and salt.   Set the heat to medium-high and vigorously boil the dal, uncovered, stirring occasionally, to allow the flavors to mingle and the sauce to slightly thicken, 12 to 15 minutes. For a thicker sauce, mash some of the peas and potatoes with the back of a spoon. Serve warm.

After a few strong stirs, serve piping hot in individual bowls.

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Recipe of Hiroko Shimbo from The Japanese Kitchen; permission from Quarto Publishing Group USA.

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This soup satisfies a body’s call for a dish rich in minerals and vitamins.

Cherries with Parsley, Walnuts and Pomegranate Vinaigrette This salad combines fresh summer fruits from the U.S. and Lebanon. Pomegranate molasses is a bottled condiment available at Middle Eastern markets and specialized grocers. Yields: 8 servings 1 qt sweet cherries, pitted and halved ⅓ cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped ¼ cup flat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped 2 tsp pomegranate molasses Juice of ½ lemon 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil Pinch kosher salt

Pasta with Caponata Try adding a sliced avocado or a can of tuna fish packed in olive oil. Yields: 4 servings Caponata: 2 Tbsp olive oil ¾ lb eggplant, peeled and diced (about 2 cups) 1 celery rib (about ½ cup) 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup) 1 small tomato, coarsely chopped (about ½ cup) 2 Tbsp capers packed in vinegar 2 Tbsp wine vinegar 2 tsp natural sugar, optional 1 Tbsp pine nuts Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Pasta: ¾ lb farfalle or penne pasta 1 can tuna packed in olive oil, drained (optional) 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan 2 Tbsp julienned fresh basil leaves For the caponata, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the eggplant and cook over medium-high heat, for 15 minutes, until lightly browned, mixing often.

Remove the eggplant with a slotted spoon and add the onions and celery to the skillet. Lower the heat and sauté, stirring occasionally. When the celery is tender, in about 10 minutes, add the tomatoes. Cover and continue to cook, mixing the vegetables together, for 10 minutes more. Add the eggplant. Drain the capers and soak them in cold water for 15 minutes. Rinse and blot on a paper towel. In a small pan, heat the vinegar and natural sugar together. As soon as the mixture boils, add desired amount of capers and pine nuts, then salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 1 minute, and then add to the eggplant mixture. Cook over a low heat for 5 minutes. Adjust the seasoning.

In a decorative small salad bowl, combine the cherries, walnuts and parsley. In a small prep bowl, whisk the pomegranate molasses, lemon juice, olive oil and salt until it emulsifies. Dress the salad with the vinaigrette and serve immediately, or later, at room temperature. Recipe courtesy of Maureen Abood (

Transfer to a large serving bowl. The dish is best at room temperature, but can be cold. For the pasta, bring a big pot of salted water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook until al dente, drain and pour over the caponata. Add the tuna if desired. Toss gently and garnish with the Parmesan cheese and fresh basil. Recipe courtesy of Eugenia Bone (Kitchen March 2018


matory agent than aspirin or ibuprofen. Try adding a little turmeric and ground black pepper to soups, salads and sauces.

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SPICE UP HEALTHY COOKING Six Seasonings with Surprising Payoffs by Amber Lanier Nagle


pices add a punch of extra flavor to our favorite dishes, but they also possess proven health and wellness properties. From regulating blood sugar to reducing inflammation to helping control appetite, behold the magnificent six.

Garlic (Allium sativum)

“There’s a lot of evidence that suggests garlic supports heart health,” says Rosalee de la Forêt, a clinical herbalist and author of Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies that Heal. A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition tracked the blood pressure of 79 patients with uncontrolled hypertension and found that the mean systolic blood pressure of those consuming two 240-milligram capsules of aged garlic extract a day for 12 weeks significantly decreased compared to those taking one capsule or a placebo. 22

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“Garlic may also reduce the duration and severity of colds and flu when taken at the onset of symptoms and each day afterwards,” says de la Forêt, citing a study published in Clinical Nutrition. “I mince a clove and mix it with honey to make it easier to swallow.”

Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

Dr. Lipi Roy, a clinical assistant professor at the New York University School of Medicine and blogger at SpicesForLifemd. com, considers turmeric the golden spice of life. “In addition to its role in Indian and Asian cuisine, turmeric is used in traditional Indian medicine to treat common ailments like stomach upset, ulcers, flatulence, arthritis, sprains, wounds and skin and eye infections,” she says. A study published in Oncogene concluded that curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) was a more potent anti-inflam-

Used in India for 4,000 years, black pepper may be the most popular spice of our era. “Black pepper can increase the amount of nutrients your body absorbs from other food and spices,” says de la Forêt. A study published in Plant Medica concluded that subjects consuming a small amount (20 milligrams) of an extract of black pepper showed an increase of retained curcumin in their bodies. For maximum benefits, grind whole peppercorns directly onto food at mealtime.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia and Cinnamomum verum)

“One of cinnamon’s super powers is that it may help regulate blood glucose in patients with Type 2 diabetes,” Roy says. In a study published in Diabetic Medicine, subjects taking two grams of cinnamon daily for 12 weeks exhibited much better blood sugar control. Roy suggests sprinkling it on oatmeal, apples, pumpkin pie and brownies. Roast chicken flavored with cinnamon and other spices is another treat.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

“Ginger is a rhizome people have traditionally used medicinally to help with digestive issues, including upset stomachs and nausea,” says Karen Kennedy, of Concord, Ohio, a horticulturist and educator at the Herb Society of America. In a study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, researchers concluded that gastric emptying and relief was more rapid after subjects with frequent or severe stomach upsets ingested 1.2 grams of ginger. Ginger is also linked to increased circulation and reduced inflammation. A study published in Phytotherapy Research

Herbs are not spices although the term spice is sometimes used to encompass them all. An herb is the leaf of a plant when used in cooking. Spices can be buds, bark, roots,berries, seeds or any other part of a plant, and are often dried. ~McCormick Science Institute noted that this spice also worked in alleviating migraines equal to the pharmaceutical sumatriptan (Imitrex). According to a study in the journal Arthritis, it’s an effective tool in the battle against rheumatoid arthritis. Ginger adds a zing of healthy flavor to hot teas and stir-fried veggies such as broccoli, green beans, carrots or mushrooms.

Paprika (Capsicum annuum)

A common spice added to Hungarian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish and Indian cuisine, paprika is rich in natural carotenoids (the orangey pigment in many plants with antioxidant power) and capsaicin, both of which may decrease mortality from chronic illnesses. Another benefit of this capsaicincontaining spice is its ability to control appetite. In research published in the journal Physiology and Behavior, participants that consumed red pepper spice had a slightly higher core temperature and energy expenditure after a meal than the control group. The study further suggested that those that consumed capsaicin-containing spices like paprika ate fewer calories per day and had less interest in food. “Paprika is a great salt alternative, too,” says Roy. “Too often, people think they are craving salt, but they aren’t. They are craving flavor, and paprika gives a nice kick to chili, salad, grilled cheese and so many other foods.” Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia (


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WE ARE WHAT WE EAT The Impact of Glyphosate


by Joan Palmer

lyphosate is the active ingredient in the Roundup herbicide produced and sold by Monsanto. It is typically used to kill weeds and is used on genetically modified organisms (GMO) that are modified to resist the killing effects of this chemical. This modification is done by mechanically inserting genes into plants’ DNA so they are able to resist dying from this herbicide. Genetically modifying is an artificial process that can only happen in a laboratory and would never happen in nature on its own. Since we are still discovering how genes work, we do not yet know the long-term effects of this process on our health and that of the environment. Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world with the U.S. using 25 percent of it, making us the world’s largest user. Traces of this are now found in human and animal urine samples, and in the blood of pregnant women around the world. We are exposed through the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. Originally patented as an antibiotic, glyphosate disrupts the shikimate pathway in biological systems. While humans don’t directly use a shikimate pathway, the 24

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bacteria in our soil and bodies’ do. Minerals are digested by the soil biology, making them available to the plant through the root system. Healthy plants provide us with nutrient-rich food. When the shikimate pathway in biology is disrupted by glyphosate, life becomes mineral-deficient, susceptible to disease and a factor in long-term health issues. The chemical also chelates minerals, meaning it binds with them and makes them unavailable. Without certain minerals, plants and humans are unable to make compounds necessary for good health. Mineral deficiencies make us susceptible to health problems of all kinds. Glyphosate’s antibacterial and chelating properties affects the soil bacteria and the plants that are grown in this soil. Further up the chain, it influences the health of those that eat these plants. Now it is being linked to many serious health issues, and this is only the tip of the iceberg. More research is still being done and publicized; an educated and empowered populace may be our best and only hope to change regulations and practices which may be harmful in so many ways.

Avoiding Glyphosate Be Empowered In Your Backyard Growing our own food using sustainable regenerative practices reduces our carbon footprint. It is also a satisfying and clean way to supplement what we eat. Studies show working in healthy soil helps build our gut bacteria. One of the bacteria found in soil actually activates serotonin in the body, making us feel happier. Here are some ways to avoid potentially harmful chemicals like glyphosate and help the environment at the same time: n Support local farmers that practice growing food sustainably and without chemicals. This also reduces our carbon footprint, stimulates the local economy and sends a message about keeping our community clean. n Eat and drink organic produce and beverages. This will reduce your level of exposure. n Avoid eating foods known to be genetically modified to withstand glyphosate. Soy, corn, canola, alfalfa, cotton, sorghum

and their derivatives have higher levels of contamination. n Consume more sulfur-containing foods. These have compounds that help eliminate glyphosate and other toxins through the detoxification process. These include cruciferous vegetables—such as broccoli, cabbage, bok choy and Brussel sprouts— and alliums, including garlic, onions and leeks. n Ingesting fermented foods helps populate the healthy bacteria in our guts while keeping less desirable strains in check. n Eating wild foods and herbs grown in our own backyards is helpful—provided that we don’t spray chemicals there. Many of these are mineral-rich and are known to support the kidneys and liver, both big players in the detoxification process. These include stinging nettles, burdock, chickweed, wild onions, ramps and, ironically, dandelions. n Dandelions seem to be the bane of homeowners and businesses’ seeking the perfect lawn but all parts of this prolific plant are edible and able to help rid the body of glyphosate. Rather than viewing this weed as a nuisance that requires battle, see it as the sunny, powerful plant that is. n To learn more about glyphosate and how it affect soil, plant and human health, come to Holcomb Farm on March 24 to hear two experts talk about these topics ( Meet other concerned people, bring questions and join the discussion. Joan Palmer is the director of The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition. Connect at Joan@ See ad, page 13.

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here is a flash of red as the cardinal lands on a nearby branch, then blue jays screech about their dominating this yard. Wild canaries flutter about looking for seeds. What bright colors and activities. Music of Jennie wrens warble around the yard as they fly here and there seeking a good nesting spot. We should watch and listen to the fascinating activities in our backyards. Perhaps the spring peepers and other frogs are still singing in a nearby pond or marsh. What insects do we hear now? Spring sun warms the earth, stimulating so much new growth, especially across the backyard. What plants can we see? Our yards are much more than green grass and clover. Nestled in among these favorites are strawberry plants, heal-all, buttercup 26

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and many other plants that have much to teach us about natural ecology. Go barefoot and explore these wondrous plants. Walking barefoot in dewy morning grass is very beneficial. Not only do we absorb good energies from this, but it is also relaxing and soothing.

Our yards are much more than green grass and clover. Nestled in among these favorites are strawberry plants, heal-all, buttercup and many other plants that have much to teach us about natural ecology.

The invasive dandelions, plantain and garlic mustard growing in the grass are so resilient that they are considered “pests” by many people who try to get rid of them. Yet each has remarkable value as food— especially in spring salads, stir-fries and vinegars—and are even useful as insect repellents. Some think of the yard as a green desert that requires mowing once a week. Others feel the green plants tickling our bare feet and appreciate the magic carpet of cool relief on hot days. Many children sit in a grassy yard to contemplate the bugs, spiders and earthworms living there. Our yards are fascinating ecologies that resemble a salad bar for some or a medicine isle to others. A hot dry yard is a xeriscape requiring little or no watering, yet offers rugged

The invasive dandelions, plantain and garlic mustard growing in the grass are so resilient that they are considered “pests” by many people who try to get rid of them. Yet each has remarkable value as food—especially in spring salads, stir-fries and vinegars—and are even useful as insect repellents. grasses, sedges, plantains and feathery pineappleweed; the latter is a fragrant chamomile and delightful tea ingredient. Purslane is another low, creeping herb/weed among the grasses that also offers delicious vitamins to wild edible collectors. Wet, marshy yards offer various mosses and lichens among the grasses that cover the ground, grow slowly, and also absorb valuable water for the surrounding vegetation and critters living in these environments. Look carefully among the low, wet foliage in the yard to find some rare, beautiful liverworts clinging to the earth. They are very fragrant. Also look for various mushrooms that grow up in many grassy areas and provide extra nutrients for surrounding shrubs and trees. Squirrels and chipmunks love to eat these fungi as well as various slugs and snails.

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Spring dandelion greens are readily picked, cleaned and steamed as a spinach substitute that is a good cleansing herb for the liver. Fresh-picked dandelion blossoms are easily dipped in a light cornmeal/egg batter and fried for a delicious appetizer or vegetable. Some of our elders (grandparents) collected dandelions in spring to make a fine wine, and even collected many dandelion roots to use in teas and coffee.


Plantain leaves, both narrow and broad, are fine additions for other stir-fried greens; they can even provide a soothing, healing Band-Aid placed over cuts, sunburns or stings. Healing benefits come from the essence of oils in the natural leaves, which can even make these leaves soothing additions on the feet to help relieve foot problems and aching, tired feet. Simmer a small handful of plantain leaves for 10 minutes, then pour into a cool pan of water to soak the feet for relief. Garlic Mustard Garlic mustard is a ubiquitous, fast-growing biennial herb that overtakes hedgerows gardens and roadsides. Since it self-sows readily, we now have it everywhere. If we enjoyed eating it, we might keep it in control. The tiny white flowers, soft green leaves and even the green seedpods are each edible and delicious raw and steamed; they can be served in pastas, salads and as vegetables with a variety of other foods and sandwiches. The fragrant garlic mustard also acts as a good insect repellant; when eaten by us, we become less appetizing to stinging bugs, spiders and ticks. Take a small handful of fresh garlic mustard stems and tie them into a bandana around a pet’s neck as an easy insecticide. Bees and wasps pollinate countless flowers; they are helped by visiting hummingbirds, butterflies, moths and fireflies—each comes for their choice seasonal resources. Insects and spiders seek their special host plants; some of these are on the menu of the passing turtles, frogs, foxes, coyotes and mice that visit our backyards. Our backyards are unique living centers of life for countless visitors, including some we may never see. From the bats at night that eat mosquitoes and other troublesome insects, to the neighborhood skunks who come to eat the Japanese beetles and other harmful garden pests, to the resident snakes that help protect the gardens from pests, we are grateful to share our backyards with a wide range of creatures. E. Barrie Kavasch, an accomplished author and illustrator who resides in Kent, CT,, is best known for her works on American Indian cultures, cuisines and healing. She is an ethnobotanist, herbalist, folklorist, poet, dreamer and shamanic practitioner. Connect at

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Beyond Vitamin C Boost the Immune System for Optimal Health by Brooke Adams Law


abin fever sets in for many at the end of the long winter. We’re ready for warmer weather, fresher air, brighter mornings and longer evenings. And we’re definitely ready for the end of cold and flu season, which has been particularly difficult for many this year. It raises the question: how can we ensure that our immune systems are still up to the task of protecting us as winter slowly wanes? The truth is that many of us don’t think much about our immune systems until they’re compromised. We may be lax about how to support our immunity until we wake up one morning with sinus 28

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congestion, a deep cough, or a high fever and fatigue. Here are some tips from local experts to boost the immune system—not just at the end of winter, but throughout the year.


Experts agree that the foundation of a healthy immune system is a healthy lifestyle. “The body has a perfectly working immune system that will take care of you if you take care of it,” says Glen Colello, co-owner of Catch a Healthy Habit Café in Fairfield. “When we burn the candle at

both ends, drink alcohol, have too much daily stress, or eat food that doesn’t support the immune system, eventually your immune system won’t be able to keep you healthy.” If our lives are characterized by stress, lack of sleep, an unhealthy or inconsistent diet, and no down time, our immune systems will suffer. Making key lifestyle changes can reap huge benefits.


Sleep is critical to the body’s ability to fight infection. In the “Behaviorally Assessed Sleep and Susceptibility to the Common Cold” study conducted in 2015, subjects

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will suffer. Making key lifestyle changes can reap huge benefits. who had slept less than six hours a night the previous week were four times more likely to catch a cold when exposed to germs as compared to those getting more than seven hours of sleep. To boost immunity, try setting a bedtime alarm to ensure that you have enough time to get seven to eight hours of sleep per night.


“You are what you eat,” as the old adage goes. And the immune system is as strong or as weak as the food on our plates at every meal. A diet rich in antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, fiber-rich fruits and vegetables gives our bodies the tools they need to fight infection. Likewise, minimizing our intake of added sugar can boost immune system function. “Studies have shown that eating a sugary snack or meal can depress the immune system for several hours, making us more vulnerable to getting the flu,” says Anna Perelli, a certified holistic health counselor at the Centre for Natural Healing in Norwalk. “Avoiding excess sugar can keep the immune system working at the level needed to fend off viral infections.”

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The negative effects of stress on the immune system are well-documented. Unfortunately, stress is something that all of us face at one point or another; it can be acute, such as a death in the family or a serious illness, or chronic, which can include a high-stress job with constant emergencies. It is how we manage the stress we encounter that matters. Using healthy mechanisms to cope is crucial; these can include practicing yoga, learning meditation, connecting with friends, engaging in religious activities, and getting help from a mental health professional. Conversely, drinking too much; overeating sugary, processed foods; and binge-watching television are likely to compound our stress and compromise our immunity even more. Once we’ve laid the foundation for a healthy lifestyle, we can turn to our toolbox of natural remedies to support our immune systems further to prevent colds and flu.

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Many fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices have been proven to contain compounds that boost the immune system, and fight viruses and bacteria that cause colds and flu. To amp up an already healthy diet, Colello serves his customers loaded ginger shots to boost immunity. The shots contain pressed

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gingerroot, turmeric, black pepper, cayenne pepper and lemon juice. He himself takes one every day, along with a daily glass of green juice. The cafe’s popular Tara’s Juice is a blend of kale, cucumber, celery, lemon, ginger, romaine and green apple. “It’s loaded with antioxidants and nutrients to help you fight off colds,” says Colello. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) recommends herbal mushrooms for a variety of health benefits, including prevention of many illnesses. Catch a Healthy Habit Café brews up “magic mushroom” elixirs. One of its popular concoctions blends reishi and shaga mushrooms with almond milk, cinnamon, mesquite powder, dates, cacao powder and coconut oil to create a thick chocolaty smoothie.


Elderberries are finally getting the mainstream credit they deserve as immune-boosting powerhouses. Taken preventatively, elderberries have been proven to prevent infection; taken after infection, this powerhouse berry prevents the spread of a virus through the respiratory tract. Elderberry syrups are available over the counter at health food stores and at area apothecaries, such as the Centre for Natural Healing or Twin Star Herbal Apothecary in New Milford. It’s also easy to make syrup at home, simmering the dried berries with ginger and cinnamon sticks to make an extract and mixing it with honey. Dried elderberries can also be steeped to make a tea. Experts recommend consuming elderberry regularly to prevent colds, and increasing the dosage at the first sign of illness.

Essential Oils

Clinical studies have shown that several essential oils contain antiviral and antibacterial properties, in addition to their ability to calm or energize. A quality immunity blend of essential oils can ward off colds and flus. The Centre for Natural Healing mixes a Thieves Immune Blend, which combines the antimicrobial properties of clove, lemon, eucalyptus, cinnamon, rosemary and tangerine. Perelli recommends rubbing a few drops on the soles of the feet 30

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Once we’ve laid the foundation for a healthy lifestyle, we can turn to our toolbox of natural remedies to support our immune systems further to prevent colds and flu. for daily protection. Oregano oil is another potent antiviral. It can be taken internally, rubbed on the skin or added to a diffuser. Peppermint and frankincense can also boost immune function, says Colello. Mix a few drops of each in the palms with a little olive oil and inhale deeply several times. Vitamins and Nutritionals/Supplements Zinc deficiency is linked to severe immune dysfunction. Our bodies use zinc to create T cells—which ward off infection—and to neutralize free radicals. Aside from vitamin C, it is one of the most important supplements to add to an immune-boosting regimen. Be sure to choose a formula with no additives or fillers. Pure Encapsulations and Garden of Life both make a highquality zinc supplements. Perelli recommends a base dose (the level found in a multivitamin); take a higher dose at the onset of cold or flu systems. Perelli highly recommends the Natura Health Products’s Throat and Gland Spray. Two to three sprays morning and night will work for cold and flu prevention. Dosage can be increased at the first sign of feeling rundown or unwell. Glutathione is an important antioxidant that can prevent cell damage and therefore increase immune function. “It’s really the #1 antioxidant,” says Dr. Mark Joachim, a chiropractor and functional medical practitioner in Norwalk. “And because of high stress levels, our bodies don’t produce enough of it.” Glutathione has proven effective when administered to cancer patients intravenously; other research questions whether it’s effective taken as a supplement by mouth. Joachim notes that NAC (N-acetylcysteine), a precursor to glutathione, can boost the body’s production of glutathione.

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Chiropractic care has been shown to stimulate the immune system, says Joachim. Weekly adjustments are best for keeping the nervous system functioning optimally to support immunity.

When We Do Get Sick

When we do get sick, it can be frustrating to be told by a medical doctor that the only recourse is fluids, rest and time. Those things are certainly important, but what else can we do to boost our immune response and shorten our recovery time? At the first sign of an illness—whether it is a tickle in the throat, sinus congestion or generally feeling run down—try adding one or more of these products to your current immune boosting protocol. n Silvercillin: Try taking a teaspoon a day at the first sign of illness, says Perelli. Composed of pure silver complexed with purified water, this spray is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial that can prevent viral replication. n Flew Away: Perelli also recommends Natural Health Products’ Flew Away capsules to boost immune response to a bacteria or virus. It contains elderberry and propolis—both antiviral herbs— and is great to take after being in a crowded place or when first feeling run down. n Vitamin C to saturation: Vitamin C is truly one of the foundational building blocks for a strong immune system. When the immune system is fighting a pathogen, high doses of vitamin C can strengthen the immune system. Drawing on the work of Linus Pauling, Joachim recommends taking vitamin C “to saturation” during an illness. At the first sign of a cold or flu, take one dose of vitamin C (around 500 mg). The next day, take the same dose at the same time. Later in the day, add a second dose of 500 mg. Keep adding doses of vitamin C until you begin experiencing gastrointestinal discomfort, which indicates that the body has reached saturation. Once that discomfort is experienced, drop one dose and maintain that dosage

Clinical studies have shown that several essential oils contain antiviral and antibacterial properties in addition to their ability to calm or energize. A quality immunity blend of essential oils can ward off colds and flus. until the cold or flu has passed. (Note that because vitamin C is water soluble, it can’t be overdosed.)


Several environmental factors can impact our immune function as well. Colello noted that flu “mania” happens mainly in the wintertime, which is when we spend most of our time indoors. Indoor air quality can have a negative effect on our immunity. Be sure to get outside for at least 20-30 minutes a day for a brisk walk. Take deep breaths of fresh air and soak up what little winter sunlight is available. Likewise, be sure to get ductwork cleaned once a year, says Joachim. For those who are particularly sensitive to air quality—such as people with asthma or those who have more respiratory symptoms when they’re sick—consider purchasing a high-quality indoor air filter. At the very least, open the windows for a little while each day to let the air circulate. Get into the habit of handwashing upon returning home. Frequently disinfect common surfaces—including cellphones, door knobs and the TV remote—with a natural solution of one-part distilled water and one-part white vinegar. Adding a few drops of essential oils can sweeten the scent. Implementing just a few of these practices for yourself and your family members will help your household welcome the spring feeling strong and healthy. Brooke Adams Law is a freelance health and parenting writer based in Stratford. Connect at March 2018


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Immune-Boosting Syrup Recipes


he ease of preparation, delicious taste and effectiveness will make these mixtures winter staples. They contain simple immune-enhancing ingredients that are beneficial for fighting off the common cold and flu. The pantry cough syrup also decreases respiratory symptoms. Note: These recipes are loved by children and adults. However, please do not give to a child under the age of 12 months due to risk of botulism.

Easy Elderberry and Rose Hip Oxymel

A traditional oxymel recipe is a preparation of herbs extracted in a mixture of vinegar and honey. For this recipe, apple cider vinegar is recommended due its tried-andtrue reputation of treating a vast number of acute and chronic conditions. Apple 32

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cider vinegar has potent antimicrobial benefits necessary to fight viruses associated with the common cold and flu. Honey has earned its respect in the medical community by being a powerful antimicrobial. The broad range of antimicrobial properties of honey has shown to inhibit bacterial and viral infections. Honey has also shown to inhibit influenza virus replication, making it a useful treatment for the flu. This oxymel recipe calls for two herbs: elderberry and rose hips. They are readily

obtained at any health food store that sells bulk herbs. Elderberry is a beloved herb that has become a popular remedy for preventing and treating the cold and flu due it isanti-viral properties. The flavonoid constituents found in elderberries have been shown to inhibit the ability of viruses to infect host cells. In addition, studies have shown that elderberries decrease the severity of symptoms and duration of illnesses. The health benefits of rose hips are due to its vitamin C and flavonoid content. Vitamin C has proven to lessen the duration and severity of the cold and flu as well. Also, studies have shown that rose hips are helpful for diseases related to oxidative stress, including skin disorders, Alzheimer’s, renal disease, diabetes, cancer and many more.


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Ingredients: ½ cup dried elderberries ½ cup dried rose hips Organic apple cider vinegar Local honey Instructions: Add ½ cup of elderberries and ½ cup of rose hips in a quart jar. Add 1½ cups of honey over the dried herbs. Add 1½ cups of apple cider vinegar over dried herbs. Shake well. Store away from sunlight/excessive heat and shake daily. After 10 days, strain elderberries and rosehips, and bottle the dark purple liquid. Discard the strained elderberries and rosehips. Enjoy within one year of preparation. Dosage: Preventative: Adult: ½ tsp per day Child: ¼ tsp per day Therapeutic: Adult: 1 tsp three times per day Child: ½ tsp three times per day

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This recipe calls for three staple ingredients: onions, garlic and honey. Garlic has been used for centuries to fight infectious disease caused by different bacterial agents. Its potent anti-microbial properties are due to allicin, one of its constituents. Allicin has shown to block enzymes that play a role in bacterial and viral infections. In addition, allicin exhibits immunomodulatory effects by increasing immune-

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enhancing cells. In order to reap the full medicinal benefits of garlic, the cloves must be crushed to release allicin. Onions contain quercetin, which is the component responsible for the antimicrobial properties. Studies have shown that quercetin inhibits the replication of rhinovirus (virus that is responsible for the majority of the common colds), decreases viral load after an infection and lowers the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines. It also improves lung function when respiratory symptoms are present. Ingredients: 1 yellow onion, chopped 3 cloves of garlic, smashed 1 cup of raw local honey Instructions: Place chopped onion and smashed garlic into a bowl. Pour in one cup of raw local honey, and cover onion and garlic. Cover bowl. Let sit for 6-12 hours. Strain liquid from the onions and garlic. Refrigerate syrup for up to two weeks. Dosage: 1 tablespoon every two-three hours while symptoms persists Lindsey Wells, ND is a naturopathic physician at the Center for Integrative Health in Wilton. Her practice focuses on pediatric primary care and consultative care for autism spectrum disorder, other neurodevelopmental disorders and various chronic illnesses. Connect at 203-834-2813 and

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ver since skin cancer scares penetrated the national psyche in the mid-1980s, Americans have been conditioned to cover up and slather on sunscreen when we leave the house. Now experts say we haven’t been doing ourselves a favor, even when strictly using all-natural formulas. We’ve been blocking the sun’s life-giving rays, essential for the body’s production of vitamin D, and possibly prompting a host of health problems.

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“Ninety percent of the vitamin D we get comes from the sun, and exposing arms and legs for a few minutes a day is enough for most people with no risk of skin cancer,” says Registered Nurse Sue Penckofer, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Nursing at Chicago’s Loyola University. She’s the lead researcher for the Sunshine 2 Study, a clinical trial investigating the vitamin’s vital role in relieving depression. “Every tissue and cell of your body requires vitamin D to function properly,” says Michael Holick, Ph.D., a medical doc-

tor who has pioneered vitamin D research at the Boston University Medical Center. A 40-year professor at the Boston University School of Medicine, he’s a fervent advocate of sensible sun exposure. “Vitamin D is actually a hormone, essential for bone and muscle health. It plays a significant role in reducing the risk of infectious diseases, including cardiovascular problems and certain cancers, contributes to brain function and memory, and elevates mood, all while reducing early mortality,” explains Holick, author of The Vitamin D Solution: A 3-Step Strategy to Cure Our Most Common Health Problem. Yet, he says, about half of all Americans are among the 1 billion people worldwide that are vitamin D deficient. Published vitamin D research in the U.S. National Library of Medicine turns up 74,486 studies and citations dating back to 1922, with nearly half done in the past 10 years; 478 of the total were authored or co-authored by Holick or cited his research. His work confirms that sensible sun exposure and supplementing with natural

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203-433-4658 vitamin D3 brings vitamin D levels to the optimal 40 to 60 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml). New research from the University of Surrey, in the UK, found D3 twice as effective in raising vitamin D levels as D2, which is often synthetically produced. While the human body manufactures vitamin D as a re sponse to sun exposure, eating certain foods like fatty fish, egg yolks and cheese can help. Fortifying foods with the vitamin is controversial. “It’s interesting that the right sun exposure will correct D deficiency rapidly, but won’t create an excess. Our bodies stop producing the hormone vitamin D once we have enough,” says Dr. Robert Thompson, an obstetrician, gynecologist and nutrition specialist in Anchorage, Alaska, and author of The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know.

Bare Minimum Holick, who differentiates between unhealthy tanning and healthy sun exposure, recommends exposing arms and legs to noonday sun for five to 10 minutes three times a week for most people. He adds, “Everyone needs 1,500 to 2,000 international units of vitamin D3 [supplements] a day year-round, and obese people need two to three times that much, because their ability to manufacture vitamin D is impaired.” Penckofer’s research confirms that fair-skinned people absorb the sun’s rays easily and quickly, while darker-skinned people have a natural sunblock, so they need much longer sun exposure to absorb the UVB rays that trigger the production of vitamin D. She remarks that inadequate vitamin D is a possible explanation for the greater risk of high blood pressure observed in African-Americans. Holick contends that anyone living north of Atlanta, Georgia, cannot get enough winter sun exposure to maintain optimal vitamin D levels. “While vitamin D can be stored in the body for up to two months, a winter-induced deficiency is a convincing explanation for the seasonal affective disorder that strikes many in northern states in January, just two months after the weather turns too cold to get sufficient sun exposure,” explains Penckofer. “In Alaska, we eat lots of fatty fish and take D supplements in winter. We know there’s no chance we’re getting the D we need from the sun, even when we’re sunbathing in negative 30 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures,” quips Thompson. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Food Is Medicine: 101Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at

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hen Jacques Pépin was growing up in France during World War II, he watched his mother use every scrap of food to meet the family’s needs, and then send him to live with a farmer in summer so her growing son could eat fresh from the farm. Today, the internationally renowned PBS-TV chef and cookbook author carries these sensibilities forward at his home and studio in Madison, Connecticut. “In Europe, and certainly in France, healthy food is much more expensive,” he says. “In America, a chef may have the person that washes dishes also prepare salads. With lettuce, he’ll cut off the whole top, cut out the heart and throw out the rest.” U.S. restaurant kitchens mirror home kitchens, where the average family throws away a quarter of the food they buy, wasting an average of $2,200 a year. These scraps mean wasted food and money at home, plus misspent resources to grow and transport the food. According to a report by the National Resource Defense Council, “Getting food to our tables eats up 10 percent of the total U.S. energy budget, uses 50 percent of U.S. land and swallows 80 percent of the fresh water consumed in the United States.”

To save money and also live better, here are just some of many easy ways to use up every bit of fresh produce we buy.

Asparagus Ends

Self-described “frugal foodie” Diana Johnson, of Auburn, Washington, never lets asparagus ends go to waste. With the help of a blender, she turns them into a creamy asparagus soup—minus the cream—that her family loves (

Broccoli, Swiss Chard and Spinach Stems

Thrifty cooks know the magic of quick pickles. Recycle the brine from pickles and pack thinly cut stems of broccoli, Swiss chard and mature spinach into the jar until covered with the brine, then seal and refrigerate. In a few days, these quick pickles will be ready for snacking and sandwiches.

Carrot and Beet Tops

Very fine carrot tops can be used like parsley. With a food processor or high-speed blender, transform them into a favorite pesto or salsa verde recipe, suggests Registered

Dietitian and nutritionist Madeline Basler, of Long Island, New York. One of her go-to’s is her Earth Day Carrot Top Pesto (Tinyurl. com/CarrotTopPestoRecipe). Beet greens can be sautéed like spinach, in a little extra-virgin olive oil with garlic, as a veggie side.

Fruit Snippets Stray grapes, a half-finished peach, overripe bananas, wrinkly berries and the core of a pineapple can all go in the freezer, and then into a smoothie.

Leftover Wine Freeze what’s left in the bottle in ice cube trays, suggests Anisha Jhaveri, a film writer and wine lover in New York City. It can add flavor to soups and stews, sauces and desserts like wine-poached pears.

Lemon Peels The limonene in lemon peels is a natural cleaner and degreaser, says blogger Jill Nystul, of Salt Lake City, Utah. She makes her own Citrus Vinegar All-Purpose Cleanser by simply packing lemon peels in

a jar and topping with vinegar. See how at

Vegetable Peels and Trimmings Instead of throwing out onion skins, carrot peels, celery leaves and tough leek stems, collect them in a freezer bag over time and store in the freezer. When enough has accumulated to fill a pot, make homemade vegetable stock, suggests Sonnet Lauberth, a certified holistic health coach, blogger and cookbook author in Seattle ( how-to-make-perfect-vegetable-stock-for). At home, Pépin makes “fridge soup” once a week. “Whatever is left in the fridge—carrots, lettuce, a piece of leftover meat or whatever else I made the other day—goes into the soup,” says Pépin. “We finish it with some vermicelli or polenta or good bread.” A delicious meal, shared with family and friends, makes frugality festive. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

ANSONIA NATURE CENTER 104 acres of wooded hills and grassy fields, miles of nature trails, streams, a two-acre pond, wet meadows, upland swamp, butterfly & hummingbird garden, woodland wildflower and fern garden, community gardening, childrens’ playscape, visitor center, animals & nature exhibits, classes and more!

(203) 736-1053

Nine Tips to Tackle Food Waste at Home


onathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (And What We Can Do About It), suggests many ways to curb this habit at, Here are some suggestions from him and others:


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Avoid clutter in the refrigerator and freezer; if we can’t see it, we won’t eat it.

Treat expiration and sell-by dates as just guidelines. There is wiggle room in both, advises Bloom.


Donate extra pantry items to food banks and places that provide hot meals for those in need.

Shop smart. Plan meals for the week with a detailed shopping list, suggests Madeline Basler, a certified dietitian nutritionist in Long Island, New York.




Save, transform and eat leftovers. “Eat down the fridge,” counsels Kim O’Donnell, a chef and cookbook author in Portland, Oregon. Turn leftovers into frittata, sandwich fillings, pasta sauces and soups. In this way, we’re not eating quite the same meal again.


Store food in safe, sealable glass containers, so it’s easy to see.

Preserve the bounty of the garden. Learn how to make quick pickles, pasta sauces and foods to freeze. Join a food exchange. Emily Paster, cofounder of Chicago Food Swap, helps farmers, foragers, home cooks, gardeners, bakers and canners trade or barter their produce and products.


Go social. PDX Food Swap, in Portland, Oregon; BK Swappers, in Brooklyn, New York; and ATX Swappers, in Austin, Texas, combine food exchange events with a potluck. March 2018


calendar of events THURSDAY, MARCH 1 Full Moon Meditation with Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Align with new energies of Full Moon. Opportunities for allowing spiritual energies to reach human hearts and minds. Tap into this vast pool of energy. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd. Wallingford 203-265-2927.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 Young Living Essential Oils – 9:30am-11am. 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. Maple Sugaring for families – 11am. Join us as the Nature Center staff presents an introduction to making maple syrup the old-fashioned way, and help us to choose just the right tree for tapping into this sweet treat! Fee: $6 per person. For all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

SUNDAY, MARCH 4 Learn How to Effectively Reduce the Problem of Food Waste in Our Communities: Informational Meeting – 1pm-2pm. Food Rescue US makes it very easy for volunteers to make a large impact in helping solve the problem of food insecurity that is linked to lack of access. CELC Middle School, 28 School St, Branford. RSVP: Restorative Yoga Workshop w/ Saskia Bergmans Smith – 2pm-4pm. Relax and retreat from everyday life, using guided passive stretching to release tension and nurture the body from the inside out. $27adv./$33 – Pre-Registration Recommended. Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277.    Nature and Play for Children Ages 8-12 with Autism and Other Developmental Delays – 2:30pm-4:30pm. Gently led by Ranger Amie, this group will explore ways to introduce your child to playing indoors and outdoors at the Nature Center. Monthly activities include meeting animal friends, taking a walk or easy hike, and nature crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the class. Free. Limited to 10 children with adult. Session 3 activity: Bark rubbing/leaf drawing. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, A n s o n i a . P r e r e g i s t e r. S p a c e i s l i m i t e d : 203-736-1053. Goddess Energy Empowerment Group – 2:30pm6:30pm. Monthly group for women to embody/ anchor their divine feminine energy through selfdiscovery, self -love using intuitive development, energy healing, meditation, movement, wellness, etc. It’s a playgroup for your soul. $50. Soul Star Healing, Guilford. Contact 203-397-6073 or .


New Haven/Middlesex

Free Community Meals Presented by Master’s Table Community Meals: Dinner – 3:30pm-5pm. (winter hours). Free. Open to the public. No RSVP. Donations graciously accepted. Assumption Church Hall, 61 N. Cliff St, Ansonia. For more information and in case of inclement weather, call for updates. Dinner will not be rescheduled. 203-732-7792.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 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.

SATURDAY, MARCH 10 Free Breakfast Provided by Assumption Church Breakfast Club & Masters Table Community Meals – 9am-10am. Join us for a hot breakfast or a cup of coffee. All are welcome! Assumption Church Hall, 61 N Cliff St, Ansonia. For more information and in case of inclement weather, call for updates. Breakfast will not be rescheduled. 203-732-7792. Retreat: Finding Healing in Art – 9:30am3:30pm. Jan Blencowe, a Certified Journey Circles Facilitator and artist, guides participants in creating a personal healing art journal. $110. Includes materials fee and lunch. Mercy by the Sea Retreat Center, 167 Neck Rd, Madison. 203-245-0401. Four/Five Agreements Intensive w/Gayle Franceschetti – 9:30am-9pm. This Intensive will deepen your understanding and practice of The Four/Five Agreements and guide you toward the life you really want to live. $200. 36 Cheshire Rd. Wallingford 203-265-2927. Family Yoga w/ Sherri Sosensky – 1pm-2pm. Simply Magical Fun for families! Faces light up, bodies move and groove, children sing, jump, strike poses and play musical yoga games, interacting with their adults. $18 Drop In per family. $45/3 sessions. Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277.   Craft: Create Your Own Pet Rock – 2pm. Ranger Jess will hold this crafting extravaganza! She’ll take you outside to find the perfect rock-friend for you to decorate and dress up back at the Nature Center building. Paint is just one of the craft supplies we will have available. This class is for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

SUNDAY, MARCH 11 Free Community Meals Presented by Master’s Table Community Meals: Dinner – 3:30pm-5pm. (winter hours). Free. Open to the public. No RSVP. Donations graciously accepted. Assumption Church Hall, 61 N. Cliff St, Ansonia. For more information and in case of inclement weather, call for updates. Dinner will not be rescheduled. 203-732-7792.

MONDAY, MARCH 12 Group Past Life Regression – 6:30pm-8-30pm. Discover reasons for current fears, recurring dreams or personality tendencies. Attendees explore past lives, learn reasons for repeat patterns or why they were born to a certain family. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. Gayle 203-265-2927.

TUESDAY, MARCH 13 Free Parent Panel Discussion: Finding the Right School When Mainstream Does Not Fit – 6:30pm7:30pm. Come hear from parents who have sought local independent and magnet schools for their children, are happy with their choice, and can describe why they are happy. Guilford Free Public Library, RSVP: Meditation/Mindfulness Circle – 6:30pm-7:30pm.  Hosted by Jackie Piazza. We will be exploring breath/body awareness, gratitude, kindness/compassion meditations and more, followed by discussion and sharing. $10. Healing Room, 10 Carina Rd, North Haven. Please call to reserve your spot or if you have questions: 203-214-9486.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15 Spring Term Junior Rangers – Registration begins Thurs. Mar. 15. Calling all kids 11 to 14 years old who love nature! Has your child wanted to work with animals, garden, help maintain our trails, and help with special events? This is the opportunity to help the Nature Center in our 8-week after-school program, starting on Thurs. April 12 at 3:30pm. Parental permission is required. Class size is limited; this class fills up fast! Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

SATURDAY, MARCH 17 Kids Yoga Teacher Training – 9am-7pm. (3/17 & 3/18). Geared toward teachers, caregivers, OT’s, PT’s and yogis, this 20-hour training incorporates music, stories, games and props in a playful and educational way that engages toddlers to tweens! $595. Breathing Room Yoga Center, 216 Crown St, New Haven. 203-562-LOVE, Retreat: Wisdom of the Cosmic Story and Aging – 9:30am-3:30pm. Sr Margaret Galiardi, OP leads exploration of what the wisdom of the cosmic story can teach us about aging. $65. Includes lunch. Mercy By the Sea Retreat Center, 167 Neck Rd, Madison. 203-245-0401. The Art of Animal Tracking – 10am. Naturalist and educator Andy Dobos will take you on a wildlife tracking walk through the Nature Center’s fields and forests. There are always clues left behind by the animals for us to decipher, telling a story of their habits and lives. Get to know our beloved wildlife that much better. Wear good boots and extra layers; there will be a lot of standing and time off trail. For ages 6 and up. Fee: $6 per person. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Information/ registration: 203-736-1053.



Interactive Open House at CELC Middle School – 11am-1pm. Find out about CELC Middle School, offering academically rich real-world learning, personalized approach, 5th - 8th grade. Meet teachers and students, stay for art, music, science activities, enjoy refreshments. CELC Middle School, 28 School St, Branford. RSVP: 203-433-4658 or

Join us for a Spring Equinox Gathering at Jacob’s Beach in Guilford – 12pm-3pm. (inclement weather indoors.) We will gather in meditation, chanting and healing as we anchor this powerful energy to create the world we wish to live in. Vegan Potluck after. $20. Soul Star Healing. For more information, contact 203-397-6073 or

Nature as a Mentor: Building Your Authentic Foundation with Marlow Shami – 2pm-3:30pm. Discover with teacher and healer Marlow Shami how every day and anywhere nature can guide, calm, inform, and restore you. Enjoy a beautifully illustrated talk, out-of-door nature connecting activities, and deep guided visualization. This 90-minute workshop is designed for adults seeking inspirational guidance and healing restoration within their daily lives. Fee: $6 per person. Adult program. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

Astronomy: Radio Telescope – 7pm. Come to Ansonia’s darkest location for some unusual night sky viewing with Bob Carruthers. View the first quarter moon and geo-stationary satellite using Bob’s small radio telescope. He will explain how he made this fairly simple telescope out of a satellite dish and teach you how you can make your own. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

MONDAY, MARCH 19 Developing Your Intuition Series w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8:30pm. (5 Mondays: March 19 & 26, April 2, 9 & 16th Series). Tap into your innate ability of “knowing.” Thru meditation, sharing and experiential exercises begin to master techniques of accessing your creativity and intuition. $97. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927.

TUESDAY, MARCH 20 Spring Equinox – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Access the new Spring energies that facilitate manifesting opportunities and initiating new endeavors. These energies also facilitate the balance of the masculine and feminine within each of us. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. Call: 203-265-2927 or email:.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 Circle of Women – 7pm-9pm. Join in sacred space to discover and strengthen your authentic self. Celebrate Spring Equinox and bring your life into balance. Healing the world one woman at a time. $25. Central Wallingford. Call Susan to explore/ reserve space. 203-645-1230.s

FRIDAY, MARCH 23 Owl Prowl: Raptor Woods Hike – 5pm. Visitors will take a guided hike through the Raptor Woods and explore how our senses change with the setting of the sun. We will learn how nocturnal animals have adapted to the night life. Guests will search for and call the owl species that call CT home. The night will end in the Visitor Center, meeting one of our resident owls! For ages 8 and up. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Young Living Essential Oils – 6:30pm-8pm. Help align your mind, body, spirit. Learn to take control of your health with therapeutic grade oils. Free class. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927.

MONDAY, MARCH 26 Restorative Iyengar Yoga – 6pm-7:30pm. All Restorative yoga practices started with the Iyengar family. Go to the source and experience the source of your inner resources and peace. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). See Me As I Am-Peace for Soul and Mind Experiential Monday Lectures with Leesa Sklover Ph.D., LPC, C-IAYT – 6pm-7:30pm. Learn techniques to heal your mind and life everywhere you go.  Music meditation, Yoga Therapy, Mindfulness and Imagery techniques. Ideas and story to know peace in challenging times. ($25 donation appreciated) Madison Beach Hotel, 94 W. Wharf Rd, Madison. 917-860-0488.

TUESDAY, MARCH 27 Meditation/Mindfulness Circle – 6:30pm7:30pm.  Hosted by Jackie Piazza. We will be exploring breath/body awareness, gratitude, kindness/compassion meditations and more followed by discussion and sharing. $10. Healing Room, 10 Carina Rd, North Haven. Please call to reserve your spot or if you have questions: 203-214-9486.

THURSDAY, MARCH 29 Full Moon Meditation w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Align w/new energies of Full Moon. Opportunities for allowing spiritual energies to reach human hearts and minds. Tap into this vast pool of energy. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31 The Art of Self-Nurturing: Honoring the Divine Feminine – 2pm-4pm. This workshop for women includes practical information through lecture, meditation, and restorative yoga. $30-35. Breathing Room Yoga Center, 216 Crown St, New Haven. 203-562-LOVE.


Séances with

UK Physical Medium, Warren Caylor The Healing in Harmony Center in Glastonbury, CT

Friday, March 23 or Saturday, March 24

7pm (doors locked at 6:30pm) $100 per person (cash or check only)

Warren will be in a cabinet (enclosed space) with arms taped to a chair and his mouth gagged. Participants will witness levitation of objects, ectoplasm, direct voice, teleportation of objects and materialization of objects. Don’t be afraid of the dark as this is a fun and engaging event with Warren’s Spirit Team. Every night brings something different. Space is limited for each session so register today!

To register, call Priscilla Bengtson:

860-430-9801 Email

or visit

markyourcalendar The Effects of Glyphosate on Soil, Plant & Human Health March 24, 1pm-5pm

The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition (TIOSN) brings two world-class research scientists to present information about the effects of Roundup and its active ingredient, glyphosate. Dr. Don M. Huber is a professor emeritus of plant pathology for Purdue University and Dr. Stephanie Seneff is a research scientist for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Q & A session will follow the presentations The fee per person is $15. Farmers who register in advance may attend at no cost.

To register, call 860-764-9070 or visit Holcomb Farm, North Barn Pavilion 113 Simsbury Rd, West Granby March 2018



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.

sunday Mystical Market and Craft Fair – 11am-4pm. (The 3rd Sunday of every month). Psychics, vendors, artisans, holistic practitioners & more. Free admission, vendor’s fees vary. The Ruby Tree, Sherman Village Shopping Center, 670 Main St South, Woodbury. 203-586-1655, Christina@therubytreect. com, Sunday Guided Hikes – 1pm. Join a Nature Center guide on Sunday afternoons for fun, exercise, and learning about our trails! See the above listings for hikes with a specific theme. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Information/registration: 203-736-1053. Queer Dharma – 7:30pm-9pm. A forum for practice and discussion relating all dharma traditions and the experience and concerns of LGBTQI individuals and their friends. All are warmly welcome regardless of experience, spiritual tradition, age, sex, gender identity, or sexual/affectional orientation. Each meeting will include meditation instruction, practice, readings and discussion. Free. The Shambhala Center of New Haven, 85 Willow Street, New Haven, Building B.


Meditation – 1:30pm. Silent, sitting meditation for anyone to attend. For all levels. Beginners welcome! Meditation begins and ends promptly on time. Donation-based event; no set fees. New England Meditation Center, 455 Boston Rd, Old Saybrook. For more information, visit: https://www.meetup. com/New-England-Meditation-Center/events/ Meditation Mondays – 6pm-7pm.Offered every Monday at Elm City Wellness. A 7pm meditation will be added if the 6pm class is full. Classroom is small, so reserve your spot in advance. $5. 774 Orange St, New Haven. 203-691-7653 or Women’s Guided Mindfulness Meditation Group – 7pm-8pm. Ladies are you stressed? High Demands? Take a moment in a safe space & learn how to set intentions to help focus and regroup. All levels welcome. Meditations run 30-45 minutes in length. Mondays/ $10. Location: Now n’ Then Therapeutic Massage, 187 Montowese St, Branford. Contact Anna to register 203-871-9367 or register online at Qigong for Health – 7pm-8pm. Learn a practice that invigorates the internal energy, relieves stress, tones and stretches the muscles and connects the mind and body. $15/class. Tranquil Mountain Internal Arts. Location: Shoreline Center for Wholistic Health, 35 Boston St, Guilford. Info: 860-301-6433.


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. 203267-4417.

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.

CELC Homeschool Mondays at Bushy Hill Nature Center – 9am-12pm. (Mondays: 3/26 & 4/23). Join CELC Middle School and Bushy Hill for an exciting array of educational experiences, to be held at the Bushy Hill Nature Center, Ivoryton. $25 per session per attendee Contact Brendan. Register Now! 860-767-2148.

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.

T h i n k i n g A b o u t M i d d l e S c h o o l ? Vi s i t Connecticut’s Only Experientially-based Middle School. Monday tours – 9:45am-11am. CELC Middle School offers academically rich realworld learning, personalized approach, 5th - 8th grade. Openings available for 2018-19. CELC Middle School, 28 School St, Branford. RSVP: 203-433-4658. Visit

Fiber Arts Group – 6pm. Get together with others to work on your fiber arts projects! Bring any kind of fiber work: knitting; felting; crocheting, etc. A great way to dedicate time to your handiwork and socialize too. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Information/registration: 203-736-1053.

Meditation/Mindfulness Meditation Circle Led by Jackie Piazza – 10am-11am. For beginners and experienced meditators. We will be doing meditations such as breath and body awareness, gratitude, kindness/compassion and more. Cost $10. Located at Healing Room, 10 Carina Rd, North Haven. Please call to reserve your spot in the circle: 203-214-9486.


New Haven/Middlesex

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. 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. info@

wednesday Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 12pm1pm. Experience a qigong form for rebalancing and strengthening body, mind and spirit. For all abilities and levels of health. Schedule Available online. 1st class free (reg. $5). Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Info: Meditation – 1:30pm. Silent, sitting meditation for anyone to attend. For all levels. Beginners welcome! Meditation begins and ends promptly on time. Donation-based event; no set fees. New England Meditation Center, 455 Boston Rd, Old Saybrook. For more information, visit: https://www.meetup. com/New-England-Meditation-Center/events/ Stony Creek Yoga for Stress Relief – 5:45pm-7pm. Classes led by Gina Macdonald MA, LPC. Sessions include breathing techniques, yoga poses and relaxation techniques. Emphasis on movement, flow and release of tension.. Beginning yoga experience recommended along with loose clothing and a yoga mat. Newcomers please arrive early. $10/session. Willoughby Wallace Library. 146 Thimble Island Rd, Stony Creek. Contact Gina: 203-710-6665. Centering Prayer – 6pm-7pm. Mercy by the Sea sponsors two ongoing Centering Prayer groups. A weekly prayer group is held every Wednesday evening from 6pm-7pm in the chapel. A second Centering Prayer session is held monthly on the first Saturday of the month. There is no charge for the sessions, however, free-will donations are always appreciated. No prior experience in Centering Prayer is required. For more information, call: 203-2450401 or visit: Alignment Yoga – 6pm-7:15pm. With Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate. Refine your yoga practice with optimal alignment practices that make you stronger, more flexible, and more emotionally stable. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). YogaInMiddletown. The Caring Network: Free Support Group for adults who have lost a loved one – 6pm-8pm. (3/7 & 3/21). Information about loss and grief. Facilitated open discussion. Bridges, 949 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford, For information or brochure: Cody-White Funeral Home, 203-874-0268 or Facilitator Cynthia Dodd, M. Div, 203-878-6365 ext 344.

Yoga with Marlene – 6:30pm. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Meditation In the World @ Guest House Retreat – 7pm-8pm. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced meditator, join us every week as we are led in the practice of focusing our awareness. Helping you find calm within everyday demands and stress. Free. 318 West Main St, Chester. 860-322-5770.

thursday The Milford Chamber’s ‘Health & Wellness Council’ – 8:30am-9:30am. (2nd Thurs. monthly). Group is comprised of businesses in the health and wellness industry. 5 Broad St, Milford. 203-8780681., Ropes Yoga – 10am-11am. With Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate. Experience yoga poses in new and liberating ways. Therapeutic and challenging. Great for scoliosis and back problems. Expert instruction since 1991. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown, 860-347-YOGA (9642). Yoga with Marlene – 10am & 6:30pm.Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body – 6:30pm. Hatha Yoga instructor and practitioner Pam Mellitz will lead us into a healthier lifestyle through stretching, breath control and gentle exercise. The 90-minute classes require a mat or thick towel; dress for easy movement. Class is limited to 12 students. $7 per class. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Call Pam to register at: 203-888-4124. 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.

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. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Class – 10:30am-11:30am. It only takes an hour to feel good again. Aren’t you worth it? $15 drop in or class cards. Carol Meade Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. 203-415-8666 or

Intuitive Readings w/Susane Grasso – 11am-3pm. Usui and Karuna Reiki Master and Clairvoyant Susane sees auras/mirrors of soul/emotions and physical being. Now also a certified Doreen Virtue Angel Reader. $1/min. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

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

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

Applied Kinesiology is a neurological evaluation to find and treat dysfunction. Different because it addresses causes instead of chasing pains, Dr. Healy tests if a therapy alleviates dysfunction, finding immediate answers as to which provides the most improvement. Chiropractic, craniosacral, myofascial and acupressure are among the therapies Dr. Healy uses. Generally, no single cure exists as disease and dysfunction typically involve multiple areas of the body. The goal of any therapy—physical, chemical, or emotional—is to improve function; a combination of therapies typically yields the best results. See ad on page 15.



Improve communication, increase understanding, learn caring ways to resolve conflict.Nancy Butler brings 25 years of experience to her compassionate and effective work with couples. Weekly Sessions: • In-depth 3 Session Relationship Consultation • Communication Coaching • Individual Couples Intensive Weekend Retreats.


CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School provides experientially-based education with a personalized approach to learning, designed to empower young people to thrive. Our students come from a variety of towns throughout Connecticut, from families looking for a program that engages and deepens learning, where their children can flourish during these important and impactful 5th - 8th grade years. See ad on page 35.


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Accredited, Non-profit Graduate School offering holistic programs in contemporary & emerging fields 171 Amity Road, Bethany, CT 203-874-4252 The Graduate Institute offers holistic master’s degrees and certificate programs for adult learners. Programs include Integrative Health and Healing, Ecotherapy and Cultural Sustainability, Writing and Oral Tradition, Organizational Leadership, and more. Programs are just one weekend a month. See ad on page 25.


501 Kings Highway East, Suite 108 Fairfield, CT 203-371-0300 Dr. Mark A. Breiner is a pioneer and recognized authority in the field of holistic dentistry. With over 30 years of experience, he is a sought after speaker and lecturer. His popular consumer book, Whole-Body Dentistry, has been sold worldwide. See ad on page 25.


Patricia Babey, BS Certified Hypnotist Certified Pain Management Specialist Certified Reiki II Practitioner Madison, CT 06443 203-980-0022 A client centered practice created to assist you in improving every aspect of your life by tapping into the natural power of your brain. Release weight, stop smoking, reduce stress, and manage pain. You can change just about anything with hypnosis. Each session is personal, customized and tailored for you. Don’t let your brain hold you back any longer from achieving the lifelong dreams you deserve. Free consultations. See ad on page 15.

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


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


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At Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, we specialize in manual therapy using hands-on techniques to help the body’s natural healing process. We also incorporate traditional programs and modalities to maximize health. 40-minute sessions are conducted one-on-one in private treatment rooms. See Profile on page 9.

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Stress is the plague of the 21st century and the cause of physical and emotional woes. Because of this, my sessions combine my ability to see auras with Reiki, Theta Healing, acupressure and Sound Vibrational Healing to provide deep relaxation and balance. “Tension out! Wellness in” is more than a phrase. For my clients it is a statement of fact. See Profile on page 33.



Patricia Babey, BS Certified Hypnotist Certified Pain Management Specialist Certified Reiki II Practitioner Madison, CT 06443 203-980-0022 A client centered practice created to assist you in improving every aspect of your life by tapping into the natural power of your brain. Release weight, stop smoking, reduce stress, and manage pain. You can change just about anything with hypnosis. Each session is personal, customized and tailored for you. Don’t let your brain hold you back any longer from achieving the lifelong dreams you deserve. Free consultations. See ad on page 15.


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A client centered practice created to assist you in improving every aspect of your life by tapping into the natural power of your brain. Release weight, stop smoking, reduce stress, and manage pain. You can change just about anything with hypnosis. Each session is personal, customized and tailored for you. Don’t let your brain hold you back any longer from achieving the lifelong dreams you deserve. Free consultations. See ad on page 15.

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Ancient healing element stops a cold before it starts


a 2-day sinus headache. When her gently in his nose for 60 seconds. CopperZap arrived, she tried it. “I am “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold went away completely.” It worked shocked! My head cleared, no more headache, no more congestion.” again every time he felt a cold coming Some users say copper stops nighton. He has never had a cold since. time stuffiness if they use it just before He asked relabed. One man said, “Best sleep I’ve tives and friends to had in years.” try it. They said it Users also report success in stopworked for them, ping cold sores when used at the first too. So he patented sign of a tingle in the lip. One woman CopperZap™ and put it on the market. said, “I tried every product on the market over 20 years. Some helped a little, Soon hundreds New research: Copper stops colds if used early. of people had tried but this stopped it from happening in the first place.” it and given feedback. Nearly 100 perColds start when cold viruses get in The handle is sculptured to fit the your nose. Viruses multiply fast. If you cent said the copper stops their colds hand and finely textured to improve if used within 3 hours of the first sign. don’t stop them early, they spread in contact. Tests show it kills harmful Even up to 2 days after the first sign, your airways and cause misery. if they still get the cold it is milder and microbes on the fingers to help prevent But scientists have found a quick the spread of illness. they feel better. way to stop a virus. Touch it with Users wrote things like, “It copper. Researchers at labs and unistopped my cold right away,” and versities worldwide agree — copper is “antimicrobial.” It kills microbes, such “Is it supposed to work that fast?” Pat McAllister, age 70, received as viruses and bacteria, just by touch. one as a gift and called it “one of Four thousand years ago ancient the best presents ever. This little Greeks and Egyptians used copper to purify water and heal wounds. Now we jewel really works.” People often use CopperZap know why it worked so well. for prevention, before cold signs Researchers say a tiny electric appear. Karen Gauci, who flies often Sinus trouble, stuffiness, cold sores. charge in microbe cells gets short-cirCopper may even help stop flu if cuited by the high conductance of cop- for her job, used to get colds after used early and for several days. In a crowded flights. Though skeptical, she per. This destroys the cell in seconds. lab test, scientists placed 25 million tried it several times a day on travel Tests by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show germs die fast days for 2 months. “Sixteen flights and live flu viruses on a CopperZap. No viruses were found alive soon after. not a sniffle!” she exclaimed. on copper. So some hospitals switched The EPA says the natural color Businesswoman Rosaleen says to copper touch surfaces, like faucets change of copper does not reduce its when people are sick around her she and doorknobs. This cut the spread of ability to kill germs. MRSA and other illnesses by over half, uses CopperZap morning and night. CopperZap is made in the U.S. of “It saved me last holidays,” she said. and saved lives. pure copper. It carries a 90-day full “The kids had colds going around and The strong scientific evidence gave money back guarantee and is available around, but not me.” inventor Doug Cornell an idea. When for $49.95 at or tollSome users say it also helps with he felt a cold coming on he fashioned free 1-888-411-6114. sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a smooth copper probe and rubbed it ew research shows you can stop a cold in its tracks if you take one simple step with a new device when you first feel a cold coming on.


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