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I love the month of June here in Connecticut! During this “month of leaves and roses” the weather is warm, but not oppressive; the natural beauty of the outdoors reaches its green and floral peak; the farmers markets are open, and we get to enjoy the longest days of the year. Our editorial theme this month is Traditional Eastern Medicine, which has ancient roots dating back thousands of years. All Eastern medicine, regardless of the specific system (e.g. Asian, Indian), share a common healing philosophy—treating the whole person using natural modalities. My first taste of Eastern Medicine was more than 40 years ago, when I learned transcendental meditation. During my 11 years of publishing this magazine, I have explored a number of other Eastern modalities, such as sound therapy, energy healing (e.g. Reiki), yoga, Ayurveda and more. Last fall, I had my first cupping and acupuncture treatment at Golden Gate Oriental Health (check out their Profile on page 15). It was a very relaxing experience and I noticed a significant boost in my overall well-being and mental clarity for the next several days—after just one treatment! One of the healthiest decisions I ever made was to cut back on high glycemic foods. Sugar mimics the effects of an addictive drug —the higher your sugar intake, the more your body craves and it becomes a vicious cycle with potentially serious health consequences. Sugar is one of the biggest culprits in inflammation. Within just a few months of modifying my diet, I lost the 10 pounds of the weight that I had gained after menopause and I have successfully kept it off for more than a year now. The biggest health benefit is that I feel better today at the age of 59 than I did at 39—No kidding! My philosophy about age is that it is just a number. Feeling good at any age is about practicing healthy habits consistently. I feel best when I follow a Mediterranean diet and exercise at least 5 hours a week. Living in appreciation always lifts my spirits—and most importantly, I have ditched the negative beliefs about aging. On that note, enjoy another issue filled with informative reads and inspiring messages. We hope you will treat yourself to some of the powerful and healing classes, workshops and events being offered locally. You can read about these offerings in our news briefs, community calendar and local advertisements. To all of you fabulous Dads out there ... Have a wonderful Father’s Day! Be sure to read our Men’s Health articles in this month’s Fit Body, Healing Ways and Inspiration columns. Also check out the Father’s Day Specials being offered at Walnut Beach Wellness Center in Milford (see their news brief on page 6). Wishing you all a blissful and robustly healthy summer!

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Ground Force Medicine Opens New Location


uilt around the philosophy that no two people are alike and that health and wellness plans should be customized to the individual, Ground Force Medicine has opened a new location in Cromwell to serve patients in Central Connecticut and across the state. Founded by Dr. Sara B. Frawley, ND, a licensed naturopathic physician, the practice offers services and regimens including botanical medicine, nutritional counseling, homeopathy, Reiki, hydrotherapy and Dr. Sara Frawley physical medicine, along with nutrient, hormone and neurotransmitter testing. The practice also offers information on blood type/genotype diets and Nutrigenetic consultations. Ground Force Medicine accepts most in-network insurance plans for ConnectiCare, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare/Oxford, Aetna, CIGNA and United Medicare. Husky (CT) plans will also cover naturopathic medicine treatments for patients under 21. For more information or to make an appointment, call 203-293-7293 or visit Location: Ground Force Medicine, 80 Shunpike Rd., Ste. 101, Cromwell, CT. See Profile on page 13.

Mindfulness Meditation at The Graduate Institute


im Ruggiero will facilitate mindfulness meditation groups at the Graduate Institute on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:45 p.m. and Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Greene Art Gallery in Guilford, Connecticut. The topicdriven sessions include meditation as well as discussions related to mindfulness, such as neuroscience, consciousness, self-care, compassion training, adult development and transformation. Beginner and seasoned meditators are welcome. Twenty years ago, Kimberly Ruggiero gave up a career in the pharmaceuticals industry to embark on a deeper, more meaningful path. During a long, painful battle with neurological Lyme disease, she discovered the transformative effects of mindfulness meditation and the connection between mind, body and spirit. Ruggiero has a bachelors of science in chemistry. She is currently a professional artist, coach, mindfulness teacher and program coordinator for integrative health and healing at the Graduate 6

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Institute, where she received her master’s degree in consciousness studies. The Graduate Institute is a state-accredited graduate school dedicated to promoting an integrative and holistic worldview through the study of health, wellness, education, and personal and professional transformation. To register for Mindful Meditation, call 203-710-5502 or email For more information on The Graduate Institute, visit See ad on page 23.

Amethyst Beauty Lounge Moves to New Location


tarting June 1, Amethyst Beauty Lounge will be in a new location with new features in Woodbridge, Connecticut. There will be an official re-opening celebration on June 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sisters of Amethyst Lounge, Justine and Shondra Weinberg, are known for their eyelash and education services with damage-free lashes. In a new setting, crystalinfused holistic and basic beauty services, such as skincare, Reiki and medicinal aromatherapy, are available. New services and amenities include Shirodhara therapy, sugaring, extended nail care, massage and more. The retail area offers local artisan goods and refillable beauty and household items to create less waste in the home with minimal packaging. Events offered in the space will include sound meditations, Reiki circles and more. Community events will be listed at the space about composting, recycling, clothing swaps and donations, trash pickup hikes and other topics. For more information, visit Location: 1 Bradley Rd., #706, Woodbridge, CT. See Profile on page 11.

Father’s Day Nirvana Package


alnut Beach Wellness is offering Father’s Day must-haves, including a package of one 90-minute Thai massage and one 60-minute deep tissue Ashiatsu massage for $185; this deal is only available until June 17. Other deals include 10 percent off bug spray, food-grade diatamaceous earth (a natural pest and flea/tick control product), and smoothie powder essentials. For the entire month of June,

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there is a 20 percent discount on facials and facial packages. Father’s Day package gift certificates can be purchased directly through the website. For more information or to book an appointment, call 203-693-3893, email or visit Location: Walnut Beach Wellness & Boutique, 41 Naugatuck Ave., Milford, CT See ad on page 46.

Sound Healing Events at Mountain View Wellness

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amden’s Mountain View Wellness has a number of June events on its calendar. On June 7, come to the Gong Journey with Ed Cleveland from 6:30-8 p.m. Sit back, relax and allow the healing sound vibrations of the gong pass over you, bringing a sense of overall peace and ease. The fee is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. On June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there is the Gemstone Singing Bowl Sound Healer Certification Class (Level 1) with Ed Cleveland. Learn how to play and effectively facilitate sound meditations using crystal singing bowls. The fee is $250 per person. This class is part 1 of a 3-part Sound Healer Certification Class. The Tibetan Singing Bowl Certification Class (Level 1) with Marie Menut will take place on June 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is $175 for the level, or $450 for all three levels. Learn about the history of bowls, and how to choose, sound and listen to your bowl. You will also learn how to use your bowl to balance and heal yourself and others. Mountain View Wellness is a wellness center offering weekly yoga classes, trainings, workshops wellness and healing. This includes crystals, boards, energy work, sound healing, medita-

For more information and to register, call 475-202-6155 or visit Location: Mountain View Wellness, 4193 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT.

Do You Have Back Pain That Won’t Go Away?


f you are experiencing back pain that won’t go away, the cause may be coming from areas not previously considered. The most well-known causes are spinal pathology, arthritis and poor core strength. There are other structures and dysfunctions that can cause back pain, such as the sacrum, the pelvis, rib cage, leg muscles and thoracic spine. These other dysfunctions do not show up on imaging and can only be detected through movement analysis. Take advantage of our complimentary movement analysis screenings to get to get to the root of your problem. The 10-minute sessions will be held at Physical Therapy Services of Guilford in Branford, Connecticut. They will be held on June 18 and 27 from 4-5 p.m. To reserve a spot or to make an appointment for a more convenient time, call 203-315-7727. Location: Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, 500 East Main St., Ste. 310, Branford, CT. See ad on page 19.

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his year’s thematic study at CELC Middle School is entitled Heritage, Ethnicity, and Quest for Freedom. Students each chose countries to study for a research paper from where there were a large number of people who emigrated to the U.S., focusing primarily on the “push/pull” factors involved. Students now embark on “theme-project work,” bringing their research to a new level as they work toward CELC’s “share day” event, which takes place June 7. Students are designing and building elaborate “living museum” interactive displays, and

dressing in costume to portray an invented persona representing someone from the country they have studied. This involves creating an authentic historical fiction account of their persona’s family, occupation and lifestyle, and eloquently sharing this story. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions and experience in an interactive way all that the students have learned. Some of the countries include China, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, Cuba, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Africa and Cambodia. Interactive displays are being shared on June 7 from 12:304:30 p.m. at Soundview Family YMCA, located at 628 East Main Street, Branford, Connecticut. For more information, call 203-433-4658 or email See ad on page 14.

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ilis Philpott of Soul Healing Journey, LLC will facilitate training in 13th Octave LaHoChi from June 20 to 23 in Shelton. 13th Octave LaHoChi is an ancient hands-on healing modality that conducts life/God force and infuses the individual with wholeness, balance and well-being. “La” means light and love of God. “Ho” means movement while “chi” refers to life force. The 13th Octave is a process of conscious union Eilis Philpott within the heart of God. When LaHoChi is joined with the energies of the 13th Octave, the squaring effect is comparable to a nuclear reaction. The result is accelerated healing, a calm mind and stimulation of spiritual awareness. 13th Octave LaHoChi is also used to accelerate personal growth, to reawaken a sense of joy and to increase an awareness of intuition. This training includes a combination of lecture, hands-on experiential instruction and discussion. Students will learn to how to be a conduit of the 13th Octave LaHoChi healing energies in order to relieve physical, mental, emotional and spiritual pain and blockages. There will be energy downloads through meditation and initiations as well as hands-on healing sessions. Upon completion, all receive certificates to practice 13th Octave LaHoChi. The knowledge and power of the LaHoChi was hidden following the fall of Atlantis and now is being resurrected by Lau Tzu, St. Germaine of the Violet Flame, Universal Mother Mary, Archangel Raphael and Albert Einstein and many other ascended masters. Because initiation into the 13th Octave is so transformative, there is no need for previous training in Reiki or other healing modalities. The workshop will take place June 20 to June 23. The cost is $555 per person, which includes all materials. A deposit of $200 is required to register. Payment plans are available. Philpott has been actively teaching the 13th Octave LaHoChi for the past three years and launched the Academy for Soul Healing in fall 2018. The academy supports the growth and

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Exploring the Supply Ponds and Pisgah Brook Watershed


n Connecticut Trails Day on June 1, come out with the Branford Land Trust to explore the Supply Ponds and Pisgah Brook Watershed at 8:45 a.m. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the purchase of Supply Ponds by the Town of Branford. The original acquisition of 359 acres in 1969 has grown to over 1,100 acres of protected open space today. This hike will traverse through the original Supply Pond property, as well as the more recently acquired Queach Property, Pisgah Brook and Saltonstall Mountain. The hike—led by Rich Shanahan, Matt Reed, Bill Horne and Harry Merrick—will be approximately 5 miles long (about 3 hours), but shorter routes will be available as well. This is a moderate to slightly difficult hike, as the trail is mostly level and gently rolling with a short, half-mile section of steeper, somewhat rocky terrain. Trail may be muddy over stream crossings. Hiking boots, walking poles and water are suggested. Leashed, well-mannered dogs are welcome. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the main Supply Ponds parking lot at the ends of Short Rocks Road and Chestnut Street, off Route 1. (Rain Date: June 2 at 8:45 a.m.) CT Trails Day, held the first weekend in June every year, is the largest celebration of trails in the nation, including more than 230 events taking place statewide. All CT Trails Day events are free, open to all, and guided by people who are knowledgeable about activities like hiking, biking, horseback riding, running, trail maintenance, kayaking, educational watching, letterboxing, geocaching and more. Additional information can be found at The CT Trails Day Hike is a BRANFORD375 Event. Branford is celebrating its 375th anniversary this year and the Branford Land Trust is proud to sponsor events that highlight the town’s natural beauty.

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n June 1, come to Ansonia Nature Center for its Connecticut Trail Day event. Join the nature center’s director, Alison Rubelmann, and Ranger Daniel Bosques at 9 a.m. for a free morning walk. Discover the beauty of the center’s typical New England woodland during the CT Forest and Park Association’s annual trails day weekend. Preregister for this moderate hike, which will also focus on the land’s history and the Paugasucks settlement. Bring water, a snack and bug spray, and wear sturdy shoes. This is suitable for older children and adults. For children ages 3-5-years old, Mud Kitchen Madness will take place on June 15 at 1 p.m. The children will use water and dirt to “cook up” mud pie masterpieces with pots, pans, spoons,

bowls and other materials. They will learn a physical understanding of volume, measuring and the effects of water on soil. The program will be gently supervised by Ranger Amie. Bring your own apron, towels and a change of clothes as the children will get quite muddy. Preregister as the class is limited to 20. The fee is $6 for each child. The Field Trip: Silver Sands Mollusk Walk on June 22 at 9:30 a.m. will be a natural history walk with Tim Chaucer, the director of Milford Marine Institute, Inc. and Gulf Pond Museum. The up to 90-minute leisurely interpretive walk will focus on Connecticut’s marine mollusks, including finding examples, handling them, and learning the differences between the gastropods and pelecypods. Preregister for the walk and meet in the Silver Sands parking lot at 9:15 a.m. On June 30, the Themed Guided Hike: Wild Medicine in the Park will happen at 1 p.m. Join Ranger Jess for a guided themed hike and wild plant foray. You will hike around the nature center property, hunting out wild medicinal plants, and learning to 10

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Using Homeoprophylaxis for Better Health


n June 18 at 6:30 p.m., Holistic Moms Network’s New Haven County chapter will host a presentation with Yashasvi Jhangiani on homeoprophylaxis, the use of homeopathic nosodes for disease prevention. It may be a viable option to consider for protecting you and your family from infectious diseases. The goal of homeoprophylaxis is to introduce the human system to the energetic components, or nosodes, of particular diseases in order to stimulate the immune system to produce immunity. The nosodes are highly diluted, energetically potentized preparations of the relative disease pathogen or human discharges produced in relationship to the particular infection. Upon repetition of the particular remedy, it is understood that some aspect of the susceptibility of that disease has been fulfilled.

Practicing since 1994, Jhangiani is a homeopathic educator with the bachelor’s degree in homeopathy from Mumbai University. In addition to being board certified by the Council for Homeopathic as a certified classical homeopath, she is registered with the North American Society of Homeopaths and the National Center of Homeopathy. Jhangiani is also an EMT with the Westport EMS since 2003. The mission of Holistic Moms Network, a nonprofit support and discussion network, is to connect parents who are interested in holistic health and green living. It welcomes people wherever they are on their own holistic path in an environment that does not judge. The New Haven County chapter follows the Holistic Moms Network’s drive to encourage parents to use their innate sense of what is best for their children and the Earth while learning more about healthcare and parenting options. Living healthy and living green is not an endpoint, but an ongoing journey. For more information, visit CT-New-Haven or RSVP to Tori Lawlor at or on Facebook event. Location: Woodruff Family YMCA, 631 Orange Ave, Milford, CT.

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Business summary/primary services offered: Specialty lash services, holistic skin care, massage, nail services. Adding more services and events in the near future! The retail space focuses on beauty, sustainable items for home use and local artisans with minimal carbon footprint. How is your holistic business different from that of others in your field? We focus not only on the health and wellbeing of our clients, we have a strong connection to the community and the environment. We consider our space a safe haven for lashes, skin, beauty and wellness. What benefits should customers expect fromyour services and/or products? Clients can experience hassle-free mornings with damage-free lash services, feel relaxed and rejuvenated with services like crystal infused holistic skincare/massage, Reiki and medicinal aromatherapy. Feel great knowing all services provided are environmentally conscious in a safe and clean environment. How is your holistic business evolving in 2019? In order to grow into a true wellness center, we recently relocated! New offerings will be Shirodhara therapy, meditations and more community events. Our grand re-opening on June 29th (10am-4 pm) will offer an abundance of information and fun—join us! What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your holsitc business? Our attention to quality and cleanliness cannot be overlooked, with our approach towards mother earth and our community. It is why our clients trust us with their beauty and wellbeing for many years, we invite you to experience it!

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Summary of education offered: CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School is Connecticut’s only experientially-based middle school, serving 5th-8th students. CELC is small by design. Each student is valued, seen, heard, and integral to the whole. Students come from a variety of towns throughout Connecticut, from families looking for a program that engages and deepens learning. What is different about the education you offer? Designed to empower youth, CELC’s curriculum offers innovative opportunities both in and out of the classroom. This includes engaging academics, a wide range of weekly outdoor education experiences, guest speakers, and multi-media art classes with professionals in their field. Presenting young people with the chance to interact through genuine experience prompts thoughtfulness and common sense. There is room for discussion, logic, imagination, and experimentation – uncertainty and shyness move towards confidence and. accomplishment. Authentic new learning is supported each day, serving as a bridge to give the academic and developmental needs a place to emerge, grow, and flourish. Are you planning any enhancements or changes in your curriculum or new courses/programs in 2019-20? A new addition for CELC is an internship program that is open to students in high school and beyond who are interested in learning to work within an experientially-based academic setting. Interns will take on a leadership role, both in and out of the classroom. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about your school? A real success story, CELC builds resilient and competent students who are ready and eager to take on the challenges of high school and beyond, as inquisitive learners and compassionate citizens of the world. We would love to have people come visit and see us in action, as this is the best way to really understand CELC’s educational philosophy and practice.

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Imbibe Less to Lower Blood Pressure Even moderate alcohol consumption—seven to 13 drinks a week—increases the risk of high blood pressure, according to a new analysis of the health records of 17,000 U.S. adults. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers found that the average blood pressure among nondrinkers was about 109/67, among moderate drinkers 128/79 and among heavy drinkers 153/82, based on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the years 1988 to 1994. The higher readings could be the result of alcohol’s affect on the brain and liver, or because it raises caloric intake, partly by increasing appetite, say the researchers. 12

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Eat Med Diet to Boost Performance What we consume can boost our body even in the short term, a new study from St. Louis University shows. After eating the Mediterranean diet for just four days, athletes ran faster than after eating a Western diet. In the study, published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, seven women and four men ate one of two diets for four days: the Mediterranean, with its emphasis on whole fruits and vegetables, nuts, olive oil and whole grains, or the Western, high in trans and saturated fats, dairy, refined sugars, refined and highly processed vegetable oils, sodium and processed foods. After a nine-to-16-day break, they followed the other diet. The athletes exercised on a treadmill for five kilometers after each diet and were found to have run 6 percent faster after following the Mediterranean diet, despite similar heart rates and perceived levels of exertion.

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Regardless of the type of protein consumed, lowcarb diets significantly increase the risk of atrial fibrillation (AFib), according to a study presented at the latest annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology. Analyzing the records of almost 14,000 people over a 20-year period, researchers found that diets such as Atkins, ketogenic and paleo, which emphasize protein instead of fruits, vegetables and grains, boosted the risk of AFib by 18 percent compared to diets with moderate carb intake. Researchers theorize that consuming less produce and fewer grains may aggravate inflammation, while eating high amounts of protein and fat may increase oxidative stress. Both conditions are linked to AFib, in which the heart beats irregularly, potentially causing palpitations, dizziness and fatigue. It’s also linked to a five-fold increase in strokes.


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For those that don’t move vigorously throughout the day—whether stuck behind a desk or lying on a couch in front of a screen— there’s good news in a recent American Cancer Society study: Replacing just 30 minutes a day of stationary time with such moderate physical activities as brisk walking and dancing reduces the risk of dying over 14 years by a whopping 45 percent. Even light activities such as walking slowly, playing pool and doing housework like vacuuming for half an hour reduce mortality risk by 15 percent.

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Business summary/Primary services offered: My practice consists of yoga classes that are infused with Reiki, sound, and crystal healing. I also offer private Reiki sessions that blend traditional Reiki healing with crystal healing, leaving you refreshed and at peace. What first drew you to this profession? How it made me feel mentally, physically, and spiritually. My practice helped to bring an awareness to my body and everything around me in a way that I didn’t know possible. These holistic healing modalities have helped me grow through personal struggles that have impacted my life greatly. My hope is to give others the opportunity to find healing and growth through yoga, Reiki, sound, and crystal healing. How is your work different from others in your profession? My yoga classes aren’t your typical vinyasa flow, my practice blends different healing modalities making your experience one of a kind. What should a client expect from working with you? Clients have told me that they feel uplifted and supported when I share my practice with them. I make sure to hold sacred space so that we feel safe to be vulnerable and transparent with one another, allowing us to be our true, innate selves. How is your practice evolving in 2019? Sunset Savasana: flowing with Mother Nature has begun and we will be celebrating our one year anniversary on Sunday, July 7th with a really fun event. Check out our Facebook page or our website for more information. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your practice? Last month I received my Reiki Master certification, deepening my Reiki practice and understanding of energetic healing. I hope to share Reiki with others because it has changed my life and to see others benefit from it is truly magical.

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Sara B. Frawley, ND 80 Shunpike Road, Suite 101, Cromwell, CT 850 N. Main Street Ext., Bldg 2, Suite 3C, Wallingford, CT 203-293-7293 &

Practice/Primary services offered: I am a Naturopathic Doctor who prides herself on treating the whole person and getting to the root cause with food sensitivity, neurotransmitter and nutrient testing. I practice the philosophy of “doing no harm” by helping the body to restore itself with herbs, nutrients and energy healing. What first drew you to this profession? I found this profession while on my own journey towards health. As an ex-fast food junky, I started figuring out in my 20’s that what I was eating had a huge impact on my mental health. I came across this profession while looking at graduate schools and just knew, this was what I was supposed to do for the rest of my life. How is your work different from others in your profession? Like all good Naturopaths, I treat the whole person. As a recovering chemist, my knowledge of biochemistry and research allows me to be your medical detective. I investigate what is going on with you, specifically. Also, I do take most major insurances. What should a patient expect from working with you? To do “the work”. I’m not here to fix you. I’m here to guide you on your healing journey. How is your practice evolving in 2019? I just expanded to a 2nd location in Connecticut! I am the only Naturopath in Cromwell. I also just launched my own supplement company, Ground Force Supplements, which has the only NAC that can be taken in a capsule or as a powder. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your practice? I understand the struggles to grow and heal. I will never judge you for your actions. At my practice, I will accept you for who you are and where you are on your journey.

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What benefits should patient New York, aNY 10001expect from working with you? Patients will experience reduction of toxins to promote positive 917-794-5173 health outcomes, boost energy, and gain relief from pain. How is your practice evolving in 2019? Because we recognize that patients need continuing support energetically, mentally and physically after removal of physical disease and symptoms, we are integrating more lifestyle education, coaching and support for maintaining the health of the patient long term. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your practice? We offer treatments that complement Western Medicine. Our patients have experienced cures for life long ailments by providing natural health remedies. Your initial consultation is free.

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Jennifer Pierre, ND, MPH - Medical Director 867-869 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, CT 203-387-1540 Practice/Primary services offered: Naturopathic Medicine, Nutritional Counseling, Botanical Medicine and Acupuncture. What first drew you to this profession? Since childhood, I dreamed of practicing medicine. Frustration with how my health concerns were handled, and dissatisfaction during my medical externships solidified my decision not to pursue conventional medicine. Additionally, my adamancy for a more patient-centered health care system intensified once I completed a professional degree and training in public health (MPH). When I discovered Naturopathic Medicine, it was a full circle moment— I found the medicine I had been searching for my entire life. How is your work different from others in your profession? Like most NDs, I place a heavy emphasis on nutrition. However, my counseling background enables me to identify the emotional aspects that compound the physiological symptoms; these aspects also inhibit compliance necessary for improved health. I also incorporate acupuncture and other Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities into many treatment protocols with great success. What should a patient expect from working with you? Education, Tools and Comprehensive Diagnosis. My research training contributes to my comprehensive approach, so I investigate all the factors causing your dis-ease. I often uncover a previously overlooked piece, that completes the puzzle. I educate my patients on their condition, provide them with practical tools, and hold them accountable; thus supporting total health. How is your practice evolving in 2019? We are currently engaged in a rebranding campaign showcasing a fresh new look! With the addition of three new physicians, we boast a diversity of skillsets to address various conditions. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your practice? At Revive, we have a solid team of physicians who provide truly unique services. Upon visiting, you will experience a healing center filled with resources for revitalization of the body, mind and spirit.

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USA Today has reported that concerns about climate change are giving women pause about bearing children. The U.S. birthrate has been falling for years, and in 2017, it was 60.3 births per 1,000 women, the lowest fertility rate since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began keeping such records in 1909. Related causes such as women marrying later, worries about the economy and the difficulty of finding affordable child care have all been suggested. But prospective parents are also thinking about the increased frequency and intensity of storms and other natural disasters such as drought and wildfires. Further, geopolitical unrest and scarcity of water and other resources are convincing some to at least postpone their decision to increase the population. 16

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Earth’s Atmosphere Extends Past Moon

The scientific boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space is the Kármán line, 62 miles high. But a team of astronomers have published evidence in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics that the geocorona, a tenuous cloud of neutral hydrogen in the outermost region of the Earth’s atmosphere that glows in far-ultraviolet light, extends much farther than the moon. The discovery means that telescopes positioned in the geocorona will need to have some of their settings adjusted for deep-space observations.

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Researcher Giuseppe Scionti, owner of Nova Meat, in Barcelona, Spain, has developed a synthetic meat substitute using vegetable proteins that imitate protein complexes found in real meat. Produced using a 3-D printer, it can mimic the texture of beef or chicken. The specialist in biomedicine and tissue engineering has been working for 10 years on bioprinting different synthetic tissues such as artificial corneas, skin and ears.

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With the world facing a future of climate change and water scarcity, finding an environmental way to cleanse drinking water is paramount. Researchers in China contend they are working on a method to remove bacteria from water that’s both highly efficient and environmentally sound. By shining ultraviolet light onto a two-dimensional sheet of graphitic carbon nitride, the team’s prototype can purify two-and-a-half gallons of water in one hour, killing virtually all the harmful bacteria present. This technique of photocatalytic disinfection is an alternative to current eco-unfriendly water filtration systems such as chlorination or ozone disinfection.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine Ancient Medicine, Modern Benefits by Nick Edgerton


raditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a medical system that has been cultivated over the last 2,500 years. Today, in China, TCM is an accepted medical system alongside allopathic or conventional medicine. A hospital in China may have an acupuncture floor, along with other specialty floors such as an oncology floor, where a patient may get acupuncture with their chemotherapy treatment. In the U.S., TCM is gaining acceptance by conventional medical doctors, as well as popularity amongst patients. There is something to be said about a system of medicine that has stood the test of so much time—it must help. Most people in the U.S. know about TCM because of acupuncture. However, this is just one of the four major pillars of the system. TCM is a holistic medicine system that uses Chinese dietetics, therapeutic massage (Tui Na), movement therapy such as qigong and tai chi, Chinese herbal medicines and acupuncture. TCM revolves around the concept of qi or chi, which loosely translates to 18

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“life energy” or “vital energy”. Qi courses through a living species via meridians which correspond to specific organs that are responsible for specialized functions. When there is a disruption in the flow of qi, symptoms present. TCM focuses on the whole person— truly holistic approach. A TCM practitioner will take a patient’s pulse and ask them to stick their tongue out. The pulse is assessed for more than just rate and rhythm, but other factors such as depth, force and location are also taken into consideration when diagnosing a pulse quality. The tongue is analyzed as well, looking at the color, presence of a coat, cracks, scalloped edges and size. These two diagnostic tools help the practitioner diagnose the patient with specific disharmonies. Acupuncture points, as well as herbs, nutrition and unique movement therapies, are chosen based on this diagnosis and applied during a treatment. Diagnosis in TCM is different than western medicine. As an example, consider headaches. This can be a diagnosis in western medicine, requiring a treatment

to reduce the pain. However, in TCM, it is a symptom of an imbalance. One may have headaches due to deficiency of yin, or excess of yang. Or it may be related to kidney or liver organ disharmonies. When these organs are referenced as being out of balance, it does not mean the patient has kidney or liver disease. When TCM treatments are applied to these disharmonies, then the headaches should improve. In fact, very often other symptoms improve too; a complex case of five or more chief complaints may find improvement across all parameters when getting acupuncture. Sleep quality improves, energy improves, digestion normalizes and more. TCM is often referred to as a theory of medicine because modern science has been unable to measure qi. There have been recent studies showing evidence that the muscle fascia network may be related to the meridians; much of TCM focuses on interacting with the fascia (acupuncture, massage, qigong and tai chi). A Harvard scientist recently found that acupuncture affects the muscle and the fascia similarly to a stretch technique, which helps explain

why acupuncture, yoga and physical therapy all reduce pain with similar efficacy. Acupuncture is the relatively painless insertion of sterilized, single-use, stainless steel needles into specific points in the body. The needles have various lengths and diameters—all extremely small (~0.20mm diameter). There are more than 400 acupuncture points on the human body, often found in depressions, where the muscle fascia planes overlap. These locations serve as access points to qi in the meridian. The acupuncture needles stimulate the qi at the needle site at various depths, usually never more than one centimeter. This can either tonify the qi for that meridian and organ if deficient, or disperse and move the qi in that meridian if it is stuck. If qi is an energetic principle, and science does not have the proper tools to measure it, it is unfair to discredit it as a therapeutic concept. There are many studies proving the efficacy of acupuncture in treating various conditions, including but not limited to: insomnia, anxiety, low back pain, headaches, osteoarthritic pains, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disease and plantar fasciitis. Most major insurance companies will cover acupuncture for certain diagnoses. Imagine if acupuncture was combined with the rest of TCM, such as proper nutrition, herbal medicine, movement therapy and therapeutic massage; the results would probably improve even more significantly. One area of medicine that acupuncture is gaining strong support in is fertility and pregnancy. It can help boost fertility, as well as reduce pain associated with pregnancy, swelling and edema, nausea, vomiting, headaches and even turning a breech position. Dr. Nick Edgerton is a Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist practicing with Collaborative Natural Health Partners with an interest in functional cardiology, nutrigenomics and gastrointestinal disharmonies. He is accepting new patients at the Manchester, West Hartford and Columbia office locations. Connect at

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by Janice Messino

ccording to Traditional Chinese Medicine, everything is energy. “Everything that makes up a human being, mind-body-spirit, correlates at an energetic level to something ‘external’ in nature. We can use the vibrational frequency of nature and these principles of natural law to heal and balance our bodies and emotions,” says the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation. This energy includes the five primary organs—the heart, kidneys, liver, spleen/ stomach and the lungs—which are an important foundation of Chinese medicine. These organs carry out the essential roles of creation, conversion and direction of the blood and qi (energy). They distribute the qi throughout the body via a refined network of channels. Emotions are said to relate with the following corresponding bodily organs: anger with the liver, happiness with the heart, thoughtfulness with the heart and spleen, fear with the heart and kidneys, surprise with the heart and gallbladder, and anxiety and sadness with the heart and lungs. 20

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Each organ also relates to a season, a taste and an earth element.

The Heart

In the system of ancient Chinese medicine, the five organs operate essentially in mutual dependency, but the heart still retains the prime position as the leader. The season of the heart is summer. The color of blood is another sign of the spirit of the heat of summer. In Chinese medicine, the heart houses the mind, and because of this, emotions particularly affect the heart. Summer is a time of expansion; days are long, and joy (and sometimes overstimulation) comes from the heart. The heart doesn’t like heat, whether it is internal (overexcitement) or external (hot weather). Too much heat expressed as anger or having repressed anger will damage the heart and spirit. Health awareness involving the heart includes heart palpitations, chest pain, mental confusion and anxiety related to stress. There are physical and emotional

Kidneys store our essence—the most refined substance of our material body. This governs the aspects of reproduction, growth and development. It is said that we inherit part of our essence (pre-birth qi) from our parents. The season associated with the kidney is winter. Fear is the emotion associated with the kidney. If you have panic attacks or anxiety, the body may be expressing that kidney energy is low or imbalanced. Other issues related to the kidney include fertility, PMS, menopause problems, low back and knee pain, low energy with declining vitality and other aging issues. To strengthen the kidneys, avoid stress and meditate. According to the National Institutes of Health, the practices of qigong and tai chi can help lower back and knee pain. The taste that relates to the kidneys is salty. Foods that strengthen the kidneys include: bone broth; briny seafood; black colored foods such as black beans, dark colored mushrooms, seaweed and miso; and warm food like soup. There is an acupressure point which stimulates a key point on the kidney channel. It may be sore when you massage it purposefully, but this means you’re hitting the right spot to stimulate

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changes we can make to protect from possible concerns, such as engaging in activities including: laughter, listening to calming music, meditation with a focus on slow and deep breaths and smiling more. Another thing you can do is to place your hands one on top of the other over your chest area. Make a connection with your heart. Feel it beating. Make small circular motions three times in each direction. Excess heat within the body can be caused by an unbalanced diet, especially too much alcohol, spicy or fried foods. Bitter is the flavor that corresponds to the heart. Bitter foods clear excessive heat. You can support your heart function through diet by including dark leafy greens, parsley and cooling foods like cucumber and watermelon.


Emotions are said to relate with the following corresponding bodily organs: anger with the liver, happiness with the heart, thoughtfulness with the heart and spleen, fear with the heart and kidneys, surprise with the heart and gallbladder, and anxiety and sadness with the heart and lungs.


your body’s energy foundation, which will help to relieve symptoms such as night sweats, hot flashes, hypertension, insomnia, anxiety and headaches. The location is at the exact center of the bottom of each foot. Starting with your left foot, massage this point decisively using your thumb or even a tennis ball.

The Liver

Liver is the energy of spring. The energy of the liver spreads out and rises upward to the head, which diffuses and ensures the smooth flow of qi throughout our body, allowing us to store the qi. The liver is the detoxifier for the body. When the liver is disordered, this will cause emotional symptoms. When the qi rises to the head, it can create strong emotions like anger, irritation, headaches, high blood pressure, dizziness, insomnia and poor digestion. The flavor for the liver is sour. Suggestions to clear the liver include dark vinegar to unblock liver qi, and any sour foods such as lemon, dandelions, green and peppermint tea. To promote a healthy liver, try laughter, social interaction and going for slow walks—especially in nature. An acupressure point to press firmly on is located on the palm of the hand, about one inch below the little finger and ring finger point.


The Spleen/Stomach

In contrast to our kidneys’ pre-birth essence, the spleen and stomach are the “root of later heaven,” because of the ability to affect one’s health destiny after birth. The spleen/stomach controls digestion by the transformation of food, by converting food to energy. The spleen/stomach is the cornerstone to our health via thinking and intellect. It is of the earth element and controls digestion. If the spleen/stomach is sluggish, results can be poor memory, poor digestion and food sensitivities.

To create a happier spleen, avoid overthinking and worry. To strengthen the spleen/stomach, avoid simple carbohydrates and eat more naturally sweet, yellow and orange foods, such as carrots, whole grains, bananas, yellow squash and raw or cooked fruit. After balancing the spleen there is often less craving of sweets. Acupressure for stomach health starts just below your navel and up to the breastbone. Massage this area gently by placing one hand on top of the other and slowly making five clockwise circles. Reverse direction and make five more circles. You will find this also removes a buildup of gas, speeds digestion and helps with nausea.

The Lungs

The lungs are the place where the body holds despair, and as with any other organ, the energy it holds can be a reason for illness. The lungs house the immune system and are the first defense of the body. They fight pathogens when they enter the body, govern the qi by virtue of the breath and give circulation and movement to the qi. The close association of qi and breath explains why rhythmic breathing is so beneficial to the lungs. When the lungs are not functioning properly, there is often found depression, low energy and respiratory illnesses. The season of the lungs is autumn. If you tend to catch respiratory illness, it is especially important to take care of this organ. Foods for the lungs involve pungent foods such as garlic, ginger, green onions and button mushrooms. To keep lungs healthy, spend time with friends and family, practice slow rhythmic breathing and learn to let go of emotional and physical things you no longer need. Stretch by raising one hand, palm facing the sky with the other to the earth; stretch as well as is comfortable and hold. Reverse, and do this slowly nine times. This not only strengthens lung energy, but also increases your overall energy levels, giving you extra qi for healing and living. Janice Messino is the owner of Zenpora, Create Health, and has certifications in Integrative Health and Healing, qigong, Therapeutic Recreation, sound healing, therapeutic touch and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. She offers classes and individual sessions offering methods of pain reduction and relaxation. Connect at 860-970-7383 or

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handful of mushrooms a day just might keep the doctor at bay, according to a mounting body of research providing powerful evidence of the fungal kingdom’s abilities to promote health and fight disease. “Mushrooms are pretty spectacular. All edible species benefit the immune system and together, support just about every system in the human body,” says Stepfanie Romine, an Asheville, North Carolina, health coach and author of Cooking With Healing Mushrooms: 150 Delicious Adaptogen-Rich Recipes that Boost Immunity, Reduce Inflammation and Promote Whole Body Health. When Robert Beelman started doing nutritional research on mushrooms 20 years ago, they were touted for what they didn’t have: fat, calories, sugar, gluten and cholesterol. “Today, we can talk about all the good things they contain: fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other important micronutrients,” says the director of the Center for Plant and Mushroom Foods for Health at Penn State University. Beelman’s research has focused on several micronutrients that are bountiful in mushrooms, including the amino acid ergothioneine, an antioxidant not found in significant amounts in any other plant-based food source. Ergothioneine levels decrease with age, and larger drops are associated with cognitive impairment, he says. Several large epidemiological studies in Japan and Singapore have significantly correlated higher mushroom consumption with decreased rates of dementia. Countries where residents eat larger amounts of mushrooms also enjoy a higher average life expectancy, even after controlling for other variables, says Beelman. Lion’s mane is one variety known to protect cognitive health; it stimulates nerve growth factor, a protein that promotes healthy brain 22

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Cordyceps and reishi mushrooms are also adaptogens—botanicals used for centuries in Asian medicine to help the body adapt to stresses, regulate bodily functions and support the immune and adrenal systems, according to Romine. Turkey tail is one such medicinal mushroom, a longtime treatment for cancer and other diseases in Asia. The tree-based fungus contains polysaccharide-K (PSK), that is believed to inhibit cancer cell growth and repair immune cell damage after chemotherapy. “Medicinal mushrooms have been approved adjuncts to standard cancer treatments in Japan and China for more than 30 years and have an extensive clinical history of safe use”, either alone or combined with radiation or chemotherapy, according to a literature review published by the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute. Oyster mushrooms, another fungal superstar, contain cholesterol-lowering lovastatin, plentiful B vitamins and up to 30 percent protein, according to Paul Stamets, one of the world’s leading mushroom authorities. Oysters are also the most easily digestible mushroom, according to mycologist and herbalist Christopher Hobbs, author of Medicinal Mushrooms: An Exploration of Tradition, Healing & Culture. Hobbs’ 2017 article in HerbalGram, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Botanical Council, cites 122 different studies supporting the safety and efficacy of medicinal mushrooms such as oysters.

More Than a Pizza Topping There are myriad creative ways to incorporate mushrooms into a diet, says Romine, who recommends aiming for a half-cup daily cooked serving. “Mushrooms are nature’s sponges, and will take on the flavor of any sauce, so start simply and add sauces sparingly.” She suggests sautéing mushrooms with a neutral oil, then adding wine or sherry and finishing with fresh herbs. Cooking with wine can help unlock the beneficial compounds the fungi contain, says Romine. Fresh or dried culinary mushrooms like oysters, shiitakes or maitakes can also be great additions to morning meals like savory oatmeal or tofu scrambles. Powdered mushroom extracts, available online or in health stores, are an easy way to infuse meals with fungi’s beneficial properties. They mix well into everything from raw desserts and baked goods to teas and smoothies. Whole mushrooms that are tough, like reishi and chaga, can be boiled to extract the healthful elements and consumed as a tea or used for soup broth. Romine says raw mushrooms are

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not as flavorful, digestible or nutritional as cooked. While a mushroom-rich diet can help protect and promote health, Romine cautions that they are not a cure-all or a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. To address specific health concerns, she recommends working with a dietician or clinical herbalist to develop appropriate and effective ways to incorporate mushrooms into a health regimen.

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LIVING AYURVEDA Your Guide to Summer Living by Melissa Pytlak


ummer is here; in the world of Ayurveda, that means an increase in Pitta dosha. Pitta is one of the three doshas, or functional energies, in the Ayurvedic system. Pitta, along with Vata and Kapha, form the three primary energies of transformation, movement and structure. These doshas, when balanced, indicate health of mind, body and spirit for the individual. However, these doshas can go out of balance; when not corrected, it can lead to imbalances that limit the health of the individual. Since Ayurveda is all about living in rhythm and harmony with our environments, it is useful to understand how nature’s cycles impact the balance of our doshas. Pitta produces heat and is expressed through the sun’s energy in nature. So just as the weather changes and the temperature increases during the summer months, so too does Pitta dosha.

A Brief Overview of the Three Doshas

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stood once we are able to understand the five elements or Mahabhutas that comprise all matter in the universe. They are earth, water, fire, air and ether. Ayurveda, the science of life, recognizes these five elements in everything that surrounds us. Each of the three doshas has a unique combination of these elements. A common sense understanding of everyday objects can be used as prior knowledge on which to build an understanding of Ayurveda. For instance, we recognize a rock as inert unless acted upon by some external force, fire as a source of light to see in the darkness, and the wind as movement of air seen in the dancing limbs of the trees. All of these elements of nature are comprised of some combination of these five elements, and correspond with characteristics of the three functional energies. The three doshas are Kapha, Vata and Pitta. Kapha consists of earth and water, Vata consists of air and ether, and Pitta consists of fire and water. Kapha is the energy of cohesion, binding together to create structure and is composed of earth and water. The inert

rock represents Kapha dosha. Vata energy is responsible for movement and vibration, consisting of air and ether. The wind represents Vata dosha. Pitta is the energy of transformation and its elemental constitution is mainly fire with enough water to control the burning heat. The fire that provides the light to see the rock and the wind through the trees represents Pitta dosha. In humans, Pitta is responsible for regulating body temperature, digesting food and converting it into nutrients. Pitta drives our agni, our digestive fire, and, in Ayurveda, we are what we digest. Pitta helps us to see, to form clear thoughts, practice discernment, to be confident and to speak to the point. However, in excess, Pitta can manifest as anger, intense hunger, intense jealousy, rage or other symptoms.

Signs of Aggravation

When Pitta dosha accumulates, we may experience some of the following symptoms: n Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, oily skin, acne, skin blisters n Gastritis, ulcers, acid reflux, heartburn,

Since Ayurveda is all about living in rhythm and harmony with our environments, it is useful to understand how nature’s cycles impact the balance of our doshas. irritability, anger, sharp pain, sharp headaches n Fevers, infections, inflammations, excessive perspiration, red hot eyes, desire for cool drinks, burning, hyperacidity and insomnia n Dizziness, sensitivity to heat and light, ringing in ears n Acidic smell to feces, sweat, urine, skin, breath, jaundice, yellow hue to skin and skin infections n Vertigo, dizziness n Excessive thirst, perspiration or urination

Causes of Aggravation

Apart from summer aggravating Pitta dosha, some other lifestyle choices, food intakes and activities add to the already increasing Pitta dosha during the summer months; it is a good idea to remain mindful of the signs of Pitta aggravation and to make lifestyle adjustments accordingly should we notice our Pitta is on the rise. n Eating very sour, salty, pungent or fried food increases Pitta dosha. So it is wise to limit intake of yogurt, fermented foods and citrus fruits as well as heating spices like black pepper, ginger and cayenne. n Smoking, consumption of alcohol, hallucinogenic drugs or excessive use of medical drugs also leads to an increase in Pitta dosha. n Outdoor activities in the afternoon, especially strenuous activities and sun exposure, increase Pitta dosha. n Excessive competition or excessive intellectual stimulation increase Pitta dosha. n Anger, irritability and sexual indulgence are also responsible for increasing Pitta dosha. It is important to keep in mind that Ayurveda is about avoidance of extremes and following a moderate path, so as our Pitta increases through any of the means above, it is important to adopt lifestyle routines and choices that help to maintain a healthybalance of Pitta dosha.

Here are six tips for reducing Pitta dosha this summer: 1. Eat a Pitta-pacifying diet: One of Pitta’s qualities is that it is Hot. Consume foods, drinks and herbs that reduce the heat of Pitta dosha. For example, limit use of heating spices like ginger and chili powder. Choose foods that are sweet, bitter and astringent over foods that are spicy, sour or salty. Eat cooling foods such as cucumber, corn, raw vegetables, and herbs like cilantro, coriander and fennel. Eat cooling fruits such as grapes or watermelon. 2. Practice yoga to reduce Pitta dosha: Forward folds are cooling to the body, so try postures such as standing and seated forward folds including Paschimottanasana or Janu Sirsasana. Restorative yoga postures are also cooling to the body. Try a restorative forward fold by sitting with legs crossed or extended wide, resting the head and arms on a chair or the support of bolsters and props. 3. Practice Pranayama, or breath control: Slow, deep breathing is calming to the body and mind, and can reduce the mental intensity of Pitta dosha. Try a cooling breath like Sitali. To practice Sitali breath, curl the tongue into a straw and suck air in through it. Basically, inhale through the curled tongue to feel the cooling effect of the air on the tongue. Exhale normally through the nose. 4. Practice meditation: Meditation, combined with the slow, steady flow of the breath, helps to cool and soothe the mind. Perhaps practice a brief mediation before each meal, taking time to breathe deeply and to notice the breath and the mind in the present moment. This can be the conscious breaths to help reset the mind. 5. Avoid overscheduling and make sure to schedule time to do nothing: Over-activity can lead to burnout and, in the summer, social engagements have a tendency to increase. Remember that is okay to say no sometimes in order to maintain balance. Selfcare should not go on vacation during the busy summer months. 6. Hydration is happiness: Water helps to cool and to balance the summer heat. Activities like swimming, walking barefoot in wet grass or soaking the feet in cool water help to reduce heat. It is important to hydrate well especially after exercise in the summer. The hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. are the Pitta times of day so it is best to avoid direct sun or outdoor exercise during this time. Melissa Pytlak is a certified Ayurvedic wellness counselor and registered yoga teacher. She offers Ayurvedic consultations to help clients understand their unique constitution and to create sensible lifestyle transformations. Connect at 203-305-5531 or See ad on page 46. June 2019


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‘CHASING LIFE’ by Jan Hollingsworth


uring nearly two decades with CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta has covered wars, natural disasters and the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Along the way, the Westerntrained, practicing neurosurgeon has explored myriad health topics, including the science of alternative medicine and the benefits of medical cannabis, the subject of his CNN docuseries, Weed. He’s written three books: Chasing Life: New Discoveries in the Search for Immortality to Help You Age Less Today, Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds and a novel-turned-TV series, Monday Mornings. CNN’s chief medical correspondent recently found himself in Japan, soaking in a scalding bath—a form of stress relief practiced there—along with owl cafés and forest bathing. The visit was part of a sixcountry, immersive journey in some of the happiest and healthiest places on Earth— including India, Bolivia, Norway, Italy and Turkey—to explore ancient traditions and modern practices that lead to a healthy and meaningful life. The result: Chasing Life, a new docuseries that aired in April and May, is now available on demand via cable/satellite systems, the CNNgo streaming platform and CNN mobile apps. 26

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What inspired your interest in exploring holistic and alternative healing?

On a very basic level, a lot of people are surprised to hear that U.S. life expectancy has dropped three years in a row and the cost of health care is more than $3.5 trillion a year. Yet there are places around the world where people are living happier, healthier lives for a lot less, and longer. They must be doing something that’s beneficial, and we wanted to find out what that might be: What do places around the world have to teach us?

To what do you attribute the reemergence of traditional Indian healing practices?

Ayurvedic medicine is widely practiced in India among the healthiest people in that part of the world. It’s stood the test of time, so it’s worth exploring. In the U.S., we have an amazing medical system for people who are sick, but they aren’t doing as well as expected [which is why] there’s an open-mindedness that’s happening about one of the oldest medical traditions.

What role might ancient traditions play in reshaping 21st-century health care?

If you look at chronic disease in the U.S.,

one could make the argument that 70 to 80 percent of it is entirely preventable—most of it related to our food. When you look at the Ayurvedic diet, how does a culture come up with a way of eating going back thousands of years? In the U.S., most of our diet is based on palate. With Ayurveda, it is more about the function of food: Every morsel must have some function. The type of food, the timing and the temperature at which it is cooked is also important. If we really are a little more thoughtful about how we view the calories we’re consuming, it can make a big difference in our health. When we say food is our medicine, what does that really mean? In India, they’re showing us what it means. It’s not that taste is sacrificed; it’s just that Ayurveda was driven by function and palate came after.

What was the most surprising discovery you made on this journey?

There were a lot of surprises along the way. If you look at the U.S. and life expectancy, there are a lot of countries that are pretty similar in terms of economics, labor force and other things. But what is happening in the U.S. is pretty unique in a lot of ways. In the U.S., this notion of rugged individualism is a marker for success. We’ve seen high rates of social isolation and loneliness—and the toxicity of that. Italy is one of the healthiest places in the world, and a lot of that has to do with social fabric. That this social cohesion could be so protective, even without paying attention to things like diet and exercise—I think the power of that surprised me.

What is an important takeaway for you from this experience? There is a long-held belief that wealth will buy health. In Bolivia, there is an indigenous tribe that has virtually no evidence of heart disease and they don’t even have a healthcare system. We shouldn’t automatically equate health to wealth. There are a lot of things we can do in our lives that can help—right now. Jan Hollingsworth is the national editor for Natural Awakenings.

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Meditation with Sound Vibration In the Corporate Environment by Priscilla Gale


ffective stress management programs in the corporate environment not only improve the health and wellness of each individual employee, but the health and wellness of the company as a whole. Stress in any form (physical, mental or emotional) activates the sympathetic nervous system, triggering the release of hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which directly impact blood pressure, immune functions, blood glucose and inflammation. When the nervous system is chronically activated by stress, the excess of circulating hormones creates dysfunctions such as irritability, high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, anxiety, insomnia and other maladies. For successful companies to remain competitive in today’s global marketplace, they need to possess a clear vision of their goals as well as the inspiration to be innovative, with both leadership and teamwork

focused toward success. The success of any business begins with the individual, as inspiration and innovation are born at the individual level. Every person that realizes there are infinite possibilities around them experiences limitless creativity when not seriously limited by stress. One form of stress management is mindful meditation, based on 2,500-yearold Buddhist principles of being attentive to the “right here, right now” present in order to sense the infinite eternal state of consciousness throughout the whole body and whole being, thus shifting our crazybusy thinking mind into infinite stillness, peace and silence. Gongs, Himalayan singing bowls and crystal singing bowls are powerful methods to shift the mind into stillness and reduce stress. They create an ocean of sound that is profoundly relaxing, activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which naturally supports the

increase of disease-fighting immune cells to balance the over-amped, over-taxed sympathetic nervous system. Water serves to conduct sound waves and the body is largely comprised of water. The vibrations gently reverberate, traveling over, around and through the body to calmly relax and soothe. Sound travels from the outer ear throughout the body via the vagus nerve, impacting brain waves, as well as respiratory and heart rates. Blood pressure drops and breath is restored to its natural rhythm. Gongs and bowls induce a holistic resonance and a spontaneous meditative state in the mind, effortlessly creating a cleansing process for the subconscious mind. As it’s not music that follows a melody, the logical analytical part of the brain can’t figure it out, thus allowing for the mind to completely disengage, empty, and blissfully float into a peaceful, deep, meditative state. There, the turmoil and stresses of everyday life begin to be released, cleared, cleansed and washed away. Sound meditation empowers employees to succeed and lead more balanced, fulfilling and productive lives both at home and in the workplace. Clinical studies have shown an increase in mental clarity, concentration and awareness, enhanced productivity and efficiency, improved communication, confidence, overall health and well-being and reduced stress. Companies benefit from reduced health care costs, decreased absenteeism due to illness, employee loyalty, less personnel turnover and increased employee retention. Priscilla Gale is a Reiki Master/Teacher of three traditions, a certified Medical Intuitive & Spiritual Counselor, an ordained minister in the Universal Brotherhood Movement, a Consciousness Bars practitioner, Reconnective Healing practitioner, crystal singing bowls practitioner and holds a master’s certification in Himalayan singing bowls. She travels extensively throughout the New England area performing public sound healing meditations with both Himalayan and crystal singing bowls, as well as offering private sound healing sessions with a crystal healing bed. Connect at 978-897-8846 or June 2019




It’s All About the Sugar by Dr. Jennifer C. Pierre


hether recently diagnosed or suffering for years, there is a particular four letter word that has come to plague many of us: PCOS. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, affects 6-10 percent of reproductive-age women; it is one of the most common causes of irregular menses and infertility. Along with an unpredictable menstrual cycle, women with PCOS often experience significant weight gain, acne and unwanted hair growth (hirsuitism). Much of this is due to the stimulation of androgens (male hormones), including testosterone. So how does all this start? To answer this question, let’s take a look at the physiology.

The Role of Insulin in PCOS Pathogenesis

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from food and drive it into the cells of the body where it is used for energy. If glucose overconsumption occurs, insulin is secreted quicker than it can be used, and excess glucose builds up in the blood, resulting in hyperglycemia. Long term, the pancreas overcompensates by producing more insulin. This insulin builds up in the blood (hyperinsulinemia); but for reasons not completely understood, the body no longer responds to this insulin, a condition known as insulin resistance. If blood sugar remains uncontrolled, the risk for diabetes increases to four times more than the general population. Insulin resistance appears to be the main driver in the development of PCOS. Excess insulin can overstimulate androgen production from insulin receptors in the ovaries. Other proposed mechanisms that merit further research include

exposure to external androgens sometime before puberty, increased nervous system stimulation to the ovaries, and/or a possible genetic predisposition to increased androgen production caused by a defect in the ovarian theca cells. The prototypical woman with PCOS has symptoms that probably started as early as her teen years. She indulged in sweet carbonated drinks, salty carbs and saturated fats from her favorite fast food locale. At first she noticed the weight gain, then the missed periods. She decides to get on birth control to “regulate” her periods, never thinking about the problem again until she is in her 20s or 30s, and intends on having a child. She gets off birth control only to learn that her periods are still irregular, but, to her surprise, they were never regulated. For many women, what is equally frustrating is the length of time it takes to get diag-

nosed. A survey from the Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism revealed that it generally takes two years and up to three different healthcare providers to receive a diagnosis. As a result, the time it takes to receive treatment is further prolonged.

PCOS Treatment Options Allopathic or Naturopathic?

Conventional treatment for PCOS often includes Metformin, a pharmaceutical drug designed to lower blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity in the body. Many women are prescribed hormonal contraceptives to address irregular menses by lowering androgens like testosterone, the culprit behind acne and hirsuitism. For infertility, clomiphene and letrozole are often used to induce ovulation. These medications are aimed at treating the symptoms, and not without side effects, so results vary in terms of efficacy. Naturopathic treatment of PCOS is comprehensive, including dietary counseling, physical activity recommendations, nutritional/herbal supplementation and often times acupuncture. Some allopathic physicians are needlessly apprehensive about naturopathic medicine because they are not familiar with the various treatments. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained in both pharmaceutical interventions and herbal medicine, so they are able to present a holistic view of how naturopathic and conventional treatments may or may not work together. The good news is that we can explore multiple avenues to healing. Because PCOS is multifactorial, it is often advantageous to consult with multiple health care practitioners to figure out a treatment that works best for you.

Ditch the Sugar

If nothing else, focus on sugar intake. This is something we alone can control. Consume a diet rich in fiber, leafy greens, healthy fats and lean protein. In particular, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and kale contain sulforaphanes, substances that encourage the breakdown of excess hormones in the liver. Beans contain fiber, protein and are a source of inositol, a nutrient which has

Naturopathic treatment of PCOS is comprehensive, including dietary counseling, physical activity recommendations, nutritional/herbal supplementation and often times acupuncture. yielded positive effects on blood sugar. Avoid saturated fats, dairy and red meat. If we must have dairy, choose organic and make sure the meat comes from grassfed animals to avoid additional hormone disruption. Even some presumably healthy foods can raise insulin levels, so be sure to avoid high glycemic foods until hormone levels are under control. In conjunction with exercise, there has been promising information concerning time-restricted diets such as intermittent fasting (IF). Studies show that IF can be effective in addressing obesity and reducing blood sugars. Speak to an ND or nutritionist about whether this may be right.

Move on It!

Moderate levels of physical activity have shown to be successful in the reduction of insulin resistance. This is favorable information not only for those with PCOS, but also diabetics. An added benefit of exercise is combating obesity. Weight loss can be a challenge with PCOS, but it is not impossible. A study in the International Journal of Obesity found high-intensity interval training workouts three times a week to be effective in reducing body fat percentage, particularly in the abdominal region. Lastly, serious consideration should also be given to yoga; numerous studies have demonstrated increased circulation, blood sugar reduction and mood elevation. Look to the East Side of Medicine Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used for thousands of years to treat

various conditions. The aim is to find the underlying disease pattern and bring the body into balance. Chinese herbal medicine can be combined with conventional medications to improve efficacy. In regards to PCOS symptom management, the main focus in TCM is to induce ovulation. A TCM practitioner may use a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy to achieve this goal. A commonly used TCM herbal formula is white peony and licorice, which has been effective in lowering androgen levels and promoting ovulation. Dong quai is another popular herb used in Chinese medicine used to strengthen and balance the uterus and improve fertility. Research studies show that acupuncture can help increase uterine and ovarian blood flow, lower testosterone and alter the release of hormones from the pituitary gland. In addition, acupuncture can assist with the symptoms of anxiety and depression often seen in PCOS patients. A licensed acupuncturist or ND trained in the use of TCM can assist in utilizing these ancient healing methods.

Hope Lies Ahead

While there is no established “cure” for PCOS, treatment and guidance from a ND can lead us to balanced hormonal levels and a visible decline of symptoms. Using many of the aforementioned protocols, many NDs can attest to substantial reductions of immature ovarian follicles “cysts,” regular menstrual cycles and improved fertility in their patients. Lifestyle changes are often lifelong, starting with initial rigidity, and graduating to a maintenance protocol as the condition improves. There is no easy solution, but with dedication and the proper guidance, we can improve our reproductive and overall health. Dr. Jennifer C. Pierre is a licensed naturopathic physician in Connecticut and Arizona. She currently serves as the medical director of Revive Wellness Center in New Haven, CT. She focuses on women’s health, autoimmune diseases, chronic disease and stress/anxiety. Connect at 203-387-1540, or See Profile on page 15. June 2019


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Dentistry for a Good Night’s Sleep Sleep Breathing Disorders Begin with Jaw Alignment by Dr. Mark A. Breiner


ou need your sleep! Not getting proper sleep impairs your immune system, is implicated in your being more sensitive to pain and is often an underlying cause of depression. What are some of the things that may prevent you or your child from getting a proper night’s sleep? Activating your brain before bedtime by working on your computer or smartphone can delay the onset of sleep. Sleeping in a room not dark or quiet enough is another problem. One of the hugely overlooked causes of improper sleep is a sleep breathing disorder (SBD). This is a situation where you are not getting enough oxygen, which causes conscious or unconscious arousals from sleep that disrupt your natural sleep cycles. SBD affects both children and adults and numerous studies link SBD to ADD/ADHD, chronic fatigue, bedwetting, aggression, depression, restless sleep and more.

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ing refreshed; breathing too loudly while sleeping; grinding or clenching your teeth; or waking up with a headache. Most often, the biggest contributor to SBD is the tongue being too far back in the throat, thereby narrowing the air passage. One of the possible treatments is to use a sleep appliance that pulls the tongue forward. The usual reason that the tongue is back in the throat is that the mouth is too small for the tongue. This restriction of space is due to jaws that are underdeveloped and thus too small both in width and in a front to back direction. Also, the bite is usually over-closed (the chin is too close to the nose). The abnormal jaw relationship often causes temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). In fact, the association between TMD and SBD is found to be extremely common. The lack of proper jaw development starts as a child, often due to extended bottle feeding, pacifier use and poor nutrition. Some other factors are heredity, finger sucking and tongue tie. Tongue tie refers to the band of tissue that tethers the tongue to the floor of the mouth. When the band is so tight that you cannot touch

the roof of your mouth with your tongue when your mouth is wide open, you are tongue-tied. The tongue is a unique orthodontic instrument and helps develop the roof of your mouth and the width of your jaws. When you are tongue-tied, proper jaw development doesn’t occur, and the problems start.

What to look for in your child

Anything that indicates a lack of space for the tongue is a warning sign that there may be a problem, especially if the symptoms listed above are present. Other important warning signs include: bedwetting, chronic allergies, difficulty in school, nightmares, mouth breathing, daytime drowsiness, snoring, aggression, restless sleep, grinding teeth, talking in sleep, sleep walking, frequent headaches, speech problems and excessive sweating while asleep. Parents should look for: crowding of the baby or permanent teeth; the lower jaw is too far back compared to the upper jaw; and when closed the upper front teeth cover all or most of the lower front teeth. Breathing while sleeping should be very quiet; if it isn’t, this may indicate a prob-

The lack of proper jaw development starts as a child, often due to extended bottle feeding, pacifier use and poor nutrition. Some other factors are heredity, finger sucking and tongue tie. lem. Grinding of the teeth in a child will almost always be due to worms or to an SBD problem. If your child has enlarged tonsils, it impinges on the airway and also retards midfacial development. Dry lips due to chronic mouth breathing are another warning sign. Nine out of 10 children exhibit one or more of the above symptoms. If there is a problem, depending on the severity, various treatments are available. However, ultimately the underlying lack of jaw space will need to be addressed by expanding the jaws to allow the tongue to come forward out of the airway. With this goal in mind, the right dentist will offer orthopedic/orthodontic treatment to correct the problem. It is best to begin treatment as early as possible.

Warning signs in adults

If the abnormal jaw development remains uncorrected in childhood, problems will persist and may even become worse as an adult. The SBD may become critical enough that diseases associated with sleep apnea may manifest. These include hypertension, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and acid reflux. In the mouth, look for gum recession, abfraction (ditching of the tooth at the gum line), tongue tie, teeth fracturing and tooth imprints on the sides of the tongue. When you close your mouth, do your upper front teeth close over your bottom front teeth so that you cannot see all or most of your lower front teeth? Are your teeth crowded? Do you grind or clench your teeth? Do you notice popping, clicking or noises in the jaw joint in front of your ears? All of these are potential signs of trouble. If it seems that there is an SBD problem, you may be able to do a Home Sleep Test, and a medical sleep specialist will evaluate the data. Depending on the findings, there are different options, including referral to a medical sleep specialist for a C-PAP machine, fabricating a sleep appliance or correcting the problem orthopedically/orthodontically. Of course, as a preventative measure, the best time to start treatment is during childhood to allow for proper development of the jaws and adequate room for the tongue.

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OPEN YOUR EYES To Eye Health by Himanshu Bharadwaj


yes are considered a reflection of our body and soul. Majority of our perception of the senses are transmitted through our eyes. It is difficult to imagine a world that is blank, dark and invisible without eyesight. Yet we ignore the gift of eyesight and take it for granted. We start paying attention to eyes only when there is a problem diagnosed.

a person’s health. Bright eyes indicate a happy frame of mind. Other common causes for eye problems are sudden temperature variations (for example, diving into cold water on a hot day), excessive gazing without resting the eyes, disturbed sleep patterns, or incorrect sleep postures where head is either too high or too low.

Common Causes for Eye Problems

Note: Always consult a trained health professional to evaluate and address health issues. Do not start any treatment that involves introduction of any material into the eyes without consulting a trained healthcare practitioner.

The two ancient scriptures of traditional Ayurveda medicine, Sushruta Samhita and Vaghbata Samhita, identified 64 and 94 different eye diseases respectively. Today, stress, anger, anxiety, alcohol, spicy food, pollution, and hours spent watching TV and computer screens are common causes for eye problems. Risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and stroke are also the same for eyes. According to Ayurveda, eyes are created from the fire element (pitta) and ruled by the sun. Thus, eyes are more likely to be irritated on hot summer days. Eyes and brain are closely related because vision happens in the brain. Our fatigue, stress and emotional reactions are projected through the eyes. Merely looking at the eyes, we can find information about 32

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Simple Tips for Healthy Eyes

n Put cotton wads soaked with rose water on the eyelids before going to sleep to relax the eyes. n Splash cold water into the eyes in the mornings while holding some water in the mouth and eyes open. It helps improve blood circulation and relaxes eye muscles. Do not use hot water in this process. n Rose water drops can also be used to hydrate and clean the eyes. n Watch TV from a distance that is not too close depending on the size of the screen.

n Do not read either in dim or too bright light. n Wear sunglasses while driving or when in bright sunlight. n Lie down for 15 minutes and put cucumber slices or milk-soaked cotton balls on the closed eyelids to relax the eyes. n Avoid sudden temperature changes in the body. For example, with a hot sweaty body, wait for 10-15 minutes for the body to adjust before taking a bath or splashing water over eyes. Sudden temperature changes between a cool air-conditioned environment to hot outdoors or a heated indoors to a cold outdoors is unhealthy. n Nasal drops of salty warm water can help dissolve mucus and relieve stress on eye muscles. n Walk bare feet every day in the early morning on the grass for about 15 minutes. The dewdrops on the grass will help improve eyesight.

Screen Devices

When we are in front of screen devices for a long period of time, we blink less than normal times a minute, resulting in dry eyes. Redness, burning sensation, blurred vision and dry eyes are symptoms of computer vision syndrome or digital eye strain. Eye exercises improve blood circulation to

Eyes and brain are closely related because vision happens in the brain. Our fatigue, stress and emotional reactions are projected through the eyes. Merely looking at the eyes, we can find information about a person’s health. the eyes, reduce strain on the eyes and also improve the power of concentration. When using screen devices, lighting should be half of the normal room illumination. There should not be any glare on the screen. Computer monitor should be slightly below eye level and about two feet away from the face. After working for about 20 minutes, look away from the screen at an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds to avoid looking at something closely for too long. Give eyes some rest by taking a walk, blink eyes to keep them moist, close eyes for some time or exercise them. Adjust font sizes, brightness, contrast and angle of the screen devices to avoid eyes getting stressed.

Sleep and Eyes

Sleep and eye health are related; lack of sleep and staying up late affects eye health. Try going to bed at the same time every day. Spend 15 minutes preparing for sleep by doing sleep meditation. Wake up early every morning around the same time. Massaging the feet and scalp with mustard oil, coconut oil, ghee or castor oil is good for the eyes and helps with sleep. Put a couple of drops of ghee or clarified butter in both nostrils before going to sleep. It helps get sound sleep and aids with all kinds of sleep disorders. Mix a few almonds, fennel and sugar as powder in a glass of warm milk. Drinking this milk before going off to sleep improves quality of sleep and the eyesight.

Foods for Healthy Eyes

Green leafy vegetables like spinach, stewed apple, sprouted chickpeas, milk, carrots,

citrus fruits, almonds, broccoli, corn, beetroot, kale, strawberries and blueberries are helpful for healthy eyes. Ghee or clarified butter is a cooling oil and good for dry fatigued eyes. Having 1-2 teaspoons of this butter balances pitta and improves eyesight. Drink a lot of water every day. Constipation affects eye health. Avoid caffeinated drinks as they can increase toxicity and dehydrate the body.


Cook grated carrots in milk with cardamom pod and almonds. This carrot pudding is delicious and also improves eyesight. Take ½ teaspoon of almond powder, add raw sugar and anise seeds in it. Mix them in a warm cup of milk. Drinking this milk will improve eye health. Take out seeds from a pod of black cardamom, mix them with honey and chew slowly for some time. This improves vision if taken every day.


One of the main ingredients of Triphala is amalaki/amla, or Indian gooseberry, which is a great antioxidant and source of vitamin C. It prevents the development of cataracts, strengthens eyesight and boosts immunity. Triphala possesses anti-inflammatory, fever-reducing, pain-killing, antibacterial, antimutagenic, stress-relieving, anticancer and blood-glucose lowering properties. One spoon of Triphala powder can be eaten with water after dinner or its fine powder can be used as a flush to clean the eyes. A Triphala eye wash helps refresh and rejuvenate tired eyes. Drinking few spoons of amla juice daily with water improves retinal cells and promotes healthier capillaries of the eyes.

Yoga and Meditation

tion pose and corpse pose (Shavasana) are helpful for eye health. Anulom Vilom and Kapalbhati pranayama, or breathing exercises, are very good for the eyes. Sit straight, breathe normally and look directly at the eye level. Now move the eyes upwards and stay for a few seconds. Look downwards and stay for a few seconds. Now look to the left and to the right; stay in each direction for a few seconds. Now slowly rotate the eyes clockwise a few times and then anticlockwise. Try blinking the eyes quickly for a few seconds. These simple eye exercises, when done a few times daily, improve eye health. Sit in a meditation pose and rub palms of the hands together rapidly for 10-15 seconds. Close the eyes and create a cup-like shape with the palms on the eyes blocking the light. Take deep breaths and relax in this position for 1 to 5 minutes a couple of times a day. With closed eyes, meditate on the darkness and follow the breaths. This exercise relieves stress, increases blood circulation and improves eye health. Himanshu Bharadwaj, a designer by profession, teaches yoga, meditation and holistic cure. He also conducts meditation sessions for stress relief and creativity enhancement. Connect at or

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hen it comes to chiseling muscles, recovering from injury or reducing stress, men are finding that hitting the pool might even surpass hitting the gym. “Water aerobics is a great form of exercise for men looking to sculpt their bodies, because water offers multidirectional drag resistance that assists in developing muscle balance within the body,” says Denver aquatic fitness trainer Sean Sullivan. Pool workouts offer men and women of all ages and condition a low-impact, energizing way to get fit and burn calories. From specialized classes for patients with Parkinson’s disease to relief from the pain of arthritis and fibromyalgia, water aerobics harbors benefits for everyone. The Mayo Clinic adds improved cardiovascular health to the reasons why more men are joining classes that were previously considered to be a women’s domain. A recent meta-analysis of 14 studies published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that aquatic exercise can significantly lower blood

pressure. Another study published in the Asian Journal of Sports Medicine reached a similar conclusion when men that underwent 55 minutes of aquatic exercise three times a week exhibited marked reductions in hypertension.

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Water aerobics classes, which don’t involve swimming, are conducted in waist-high water. These vertical workouts provide 75 percent more resistance than land-based exercise. “When you perform a bicep curl in the water with no equipment, not only do you exercise the bicep muscle on the way up, but because of drag resistance, you’re also exercising your triceps muscle on the way down, for a balanced workout,” says Sullivan. Exercise physiologist Clinton Maclin, of the Piedmont Atlanta Fitness Center, in Georgia, concurs. “Aqua aerobics helps all muscle groups benefit from increased endurance, resistance and range of motion.” For optimum fitness, Maclin recommends

getting wet for a minimum of two-and-a-half hours per week to stay in condition. The heart is also a muscle that benefits greatly from aquatic fitness. “Hydrostatic pressure is a property of water that aids in blood flow return to the heart, which may lead to a reduction in heart rate,” says Sullivan. “It’s a physiological benefit from simply immersing oneself in water.”

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Less Pain, More Flexibility A number of recent studies have shown that aquatic exercise can ease pain in conditions such as fibromyalgia and also improve flexibility in joints. It’s recommended by both the Osteoarthritis Research Society International and by the American College of Rheumatology. In the water, older individuals can exercise without the risk of falling. “The water creates buoyancy, making it less likely to make sudden movements. The low impact of the water allows longer participation time, mobility and stability,” says Maclin. “Seniors can participate in higher-intensity movements and perform more activities, even while injured.” Aqua aerobics helps improve balance and is also a boon to soft tissue. “Warm water provides a tremendous benefit to tendons and ligaments, adding mobility, flexibility and well-being,” notes instructor and fitness trainer Márcia Wilken, in Shawano, Wisconsin. “Seniors can benefit most from water exercise at least twice a week. It can also improve cognitive thinking and helps to promote a better sleep pattern.”

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Rehabilitation, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis Aquatic therapy in warm water helps to facilitate recovery after joint surgery and injuries, including anterior cruciate ligament tears in the knee. “Warm pools are a great environment for young athletes recovering from sports-related injuries. Hydrostatic pressure reduces swelling of the injured area, allowing for greater range of motion. Buoyancy reduces the load placed upon the injured area and reduces pain,” says Sullivan. “The properties of water allow injured athletes to begin the recovery process sooner.” For individuals with Parkinson’s, the American Parkinson Disease Association recommends aquatic exercise for improved balance and pain reduction. In 2014, the European Journal of Experimental Biology published an eight-week Iranian study involving 60 men with multiple sclerosis that concluded it improved balance. Water resistance does a body good, but the experts suggest one-on-one attention for best results. “I strongly recommend finding an aquatic fitness and rehabilitation specialist, because not all exercises are beneficial for everyone,” says Sullivan. Wilken agrees. “A trainer can teach technique and different ways to move in the water, as well as proper breathing and good body alignment. It will double the benefits.” Marlaina Donato is the author of several books on spirituality and clinical aromatherapy. She is also a composer. Connect at

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Nature’s Toolbox The Key to Prostate Health by Melanie Laporte


he prostate is about the size of a walnut, yet this tiny gland can be the source of major problems for many men. Most potential health risks are preventable and treatable with proper diet, lifestyle changes—and a new array of natural approaches. Holistic and integrative practitioners are looking beyond traditional supplements like saw palmetto, lycopene, pygeum and green tea extract to treat common conditions such as enlargement of the prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which can develop as men grow older. Rob Raponi, a naturopathic doctor in Vaughan, Ontario, sees men struggling with nocturia, an effect of BPH that wakes them during the night with the urge to urinate. “It interrupts your sleep, which accumulates and starts to interrupt your day,” says Raponi, who uses zinc-rich ground flax and pumpkin seeds to ease BPH urinary symptoms and inflammation. He’s also achieving positive results by utilizing combinations of rye grass pollen extract. He says, “It seems to work wonders.”

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with prostate cancer, the second-leading cause of male deaths in U.S. However, it’s also one of the most preventable cancers. “The key is to make our body inhospitable to mutating cells which could form cancer that ultimately threatens your life,” says Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., director of the Integrative Medicine Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston. Part of the answer may lie in the human gut, which makes diet central to addressing prostate issues. According to a recent review of research published in Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, the microbiome—a community of microbes that supports digestion and the immune system—may influence prostate inflammation and the development of prostate cancer. “The microbiome’s ability to affect systemic hormone levels may also be important, particularly in a disease such as prostate cancer that is dually affected by estrogen and androgen levels,” it concludes.

The Nutritional Factor

“A plant-centered diet with low-glycemicload foods feeds your microbiome, which is at its healthiest and will thrive when it’s fed healthy soluble fibers provided exclu-

sively from the plant world,” says Cohen, the author of Anticancer Living: Transform Your Life and Health with the Mix of Six. Antioxidants and plant nutrients counterbalance oxidative stress and damage, adds Cohen. “Cruciferous and bracken vegetables—raw kale, broccoli, Swiss chard, dark leafy greens and soy—invigorate the prostate. Also, a couple of Brazil nuts per day give a healthy dose of selenium to decrease risk factors.” Jim Occhiogrosso, a Fort Myers, Florida-based natural health practitioner and author of Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life, notes that most incidences of prostate cancer are slow growing and not aggressive. “One of my first clients was in his early 80s, was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and treated it with only herbs. Fifteen years later, in his mid-90s, he still has prostate cancer. He’s still doing fine and getting around, albeit slowly.” Occhiogrosso says he uses herbal mixtures of saw palmetto, “which is a good supplement for beefing up the immune system—also solar berry, mushroom extracts, vitamin C and full-fraction vitamin E.” Mark Stengler, a naturopathic doctor and co-author of Outside The Box Cancer Therapies: Alternative Therapies That Treat and Prevent Cancer, recommends a blend of five grams of modified citrus pectin, 200 milligrams of reishi mushroom and 1,000 milligrams of green tea extract taken two to three times per day, plus vitamin D. The five-year survival rate for men diagnosed with prostate cancer is about 98 percent, and it’s been rising for the last few years. Early diagnosis is critical, says Raponi. “If you stop prostate cancer when it’s still in stage one or early on, the five-year survival rate is 100 percent, but if it’s later on, it starts to drop into the 70s.” The same measures employed to prevent prostate issues—whole foods, natural herbs and regular exercise—should still be pursued, but more aggressively if cancer should develop. “The intensity becomes more salient after diagnosis,” says Cohen, “but we don’t need a diagnosis to up our game with healthy living.” Melanie Laporte is a licensed massage therapist and health writer based in Austin, Texas.


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have worked in the corporate world, served as a missionary in the Middle East during 9/11 and the Iraq War, been assaulted with a knife, launched a small business and a nonprofit and suffered deep loss at the early deaths of dear friends, but nothing has terrified or paralyzed me more than fathering my own son. It has demanded me to first face my own father-story with an intensity and intentionality I would rather flee than engage. My parents more than adequately provided for my physical needs. I had friends, lived in the suburbs and even had a horse. From the outside looking in, I had nothing to complain about. Any time the haunting ache of father-hunger emerged from my soul, I quickly squelched it, telling myself to simply move on. It is the story of most men in my generation. I continued to live as if all was well until I married and had a son of my own. I was now a father, and the weight of this title sent my soul into a tailspin. What is father? Who am I as father? What does it mean to father? And finally, with the force of a left upper jab to the jaw: How was I fathered? I realized that to father him, I, myself, still needed to be fathered.

In my conversations with men about their father-stories, the most frequent sentence I hear is, “My dad did okay. He did the best he could.” But no child wants an “okay” dad. Every child longs for a dad to know, see, pursue, hope, envision, create and bless. Franciscan friar and author Richard Rohr states, “If we do not transform our pain, we will transmit it in some form.” Untransformed pain from our father, whether from his absence, vacancy or violence, will inevitably be transmitted to our children. I can only take my son as far as I myself have gone. Our sons were born into an already existing story—our story—and for them to know who they are, we need to know who we are, in all of our glory and pain. From this place of freedom, we can usher our sons into a manhood we can come to know together. Reprinted with permission from Chris Bruno, the director of the Restoration Counseling Center of Northern Colorado and the president of the Restoration Project. He is the author of Man Maker Project: Boys are Born, Men are Made.


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calendar of events SATURDAY, JUNE 1 Connecticut Trail Day – 9am. Discover the beauty of Ansonia Nature Center’s typical New England woodland during the CT Forest and Park Association’s annual Trails Day weekend. This moderate hike will also focus on the history of the land, and we will visit the settlement of the Paugasucks. Bring water, a snack, and bug spray, and wear sturdy shoes. Suitable for older children and adults. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Reiki II – 9:30am-2pm. Reiki II attunes higher frequencies of energy. Second Degree or Reiki II certification class teaches ancient, powerful and precise healing symbols. Gain the ability to heal mental, emotional, and past life issues from a distance. $150. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. Contact Gayle: 203-265-2927.

MONDAY, JUNE 3 CBD 101 – 6:30pm. Join Dr. Kathryn Ronzo, Naturopathic doctor as she explains the health benefits of CBD while answering any questions you may have on the topic. Free class with goody bag included. Space limited. Elm City Wellness, 774 Orange St, New Haven. 203-691-7653.

THURSDAY, JUNE 6 Learn How to Use a Pendulum – 7:30pm. $15. At the Red Barn In Durham, 352 Main St, Durham for more info call Jennifer at 860-573-9893 or visit: New Haven Community Circle Dance – 7:30pm-9:30pm. Move in the footsteps of our ancestors as we enjoy traditional dances from many cultures, as well as contemporary pieces choreographed in the spirit of ancient folk dance. All dances are taught and no experience is necessary. Suggested donation $8. Friends Meetinghouse, 225 East Grand Ave, New Haven. 203-467-1069,



Are You An Empath? – 9:30am-12pm. Are you sensitive to other people’s energies? Can you walk into a room and “feel” what has been going on? If so you are most likely an EMPATH. Learn tools and techniques to positively utilize your abilities as well as ground and protect yourself from negative energies. $55. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927.

Text Neck – 6:30pm. Join Annie Crocker, LMT as she discusses the rise of neck dysfunction and discomfort due to chronic cellphone use. She will walk you through a self-care massage and posture routine to help lengthen and reset muscle memory so poor posture can be a thing of the past. + Goody-bag. $25. Space limited. 203- 691-7653.

CT Deep Fishing Education Program – 9:30am3:30pm. This is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about fish identification, how and where fish live, fishing tackle and techniques, fishing laws and regulations, how to tie a strong knot, how to clean and cook your catch, sportsmanship and safety, how to cast, and where to catch fish. Open to everyone 7 years old and up; children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult. To register or for more information call the Chief Instructor, Dave Connelly: 203-231-0946. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Gemstone Singing Bowl Sound Healer Certification Class, Level 1 with Ed Cleveland – 10am4pm. Learn how to play and effectively facilitate sound meditations using crystal singing bowls. Part 1 of a 3-part Sound Healer Certification Class. $250. Mountain View Wellness, 4193 Whitney Ave, Hamden. Register online or call 475-202-6155. Mantras for the Revolution – 6:30pm - 8:30pm. During this interactive experience with Hanifa Nayo Washington, you will learn and sing a mantra for each energy center. You will be gently lead to experience authentic connection, sacred play and deep release to revive your energetic core. Donation-based. Breathing Room Yoga Center, 216 Crown St, New Haven. 203-562-LOVE.



ECKANKAR Path of Spiritual Freedom invites you to our Light and Sound Service – 10am. Awaken your spiritual understanding of everyday life with inspirational talks and uplifting music. Open your heart and experience more fully the presence of God as we sing HU, an ancient sound that’s the essence of all sounds. Free.

Interactive displays focused on the Theme of “Heritage, Ethnicity, and Quest for Freedom in America” Presented by Students of CELC Middle School – 12:30pm-4:30pm. Will be shared and open to the public. Soundview Family YMCA, 628 East Main St, Branford. Support this student work – all welcome! Information: 203-433-4658 or

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.

Are You an Empath? Do You Feel Everyone’s Emotions As If they Were Your Own? – 6pm. Are you exhausted at the end of the day after being around lots of negative people? If you said yes to any of these questions, you may be an Empath! $25. 352 Main St, Durham.

Free Community Meals Presented by Master’s Table Community Meals: Dinner – 4pm-5:30pm. Free. Open to the public. No RSVP. Donations graciously accepted. Assumption Church Hall, 61 N. Cliff St, Ansonia. For more information, call 203-732-7792.

Gong Journey wth Ed Cleveland – 6:30pm-8pm Sit back, relax, and allow the healing sound vibrations of the gong pass over you bringing a sense of overall peace and ease. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Mountain View Wellness, 4193 Whitney Ave, Hamden. Register online or call 475-202-6155.


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Grounding to Mother Earth – 6:30pm- 8:30pm. The more grounded to Earth, the easier it is to access other dimensions and shield the body from electromagnetic interference enabling a life filled with a secure, rational and loving manner, $30, Gayle Franceschetti, Wallingford. 203-265-2927.

TUESDAY, JUNE 11 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 you were born to a certain family. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. Contact Gayle: 203-265-2927,

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 FANCI Annual Meeting and Potluck Supper – 5:30pm. If you’re a FANCI member who can’t make the regular meetings, now is the time to find out what we’ve been up to! Reports and the election of officers will take place. Bring your own table setting and a dish to share (12 servings), and your ideas and suggestions for next year’s activities. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

FRIDAY, JUNE 14 Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic Medicine for Mental Health Professionals: One Day Retreat or Two Day Retreat including CECs – June 14, 9am-4:30pm & June 15, 8am-12:15pm. Theory and application of yoga and Ayurvedic medicine to support client care with practical, hands on techniques. Location: Mercy by the Sea, 167 Neck Rd, Madison. For more information and to register, visit Learn How to Create Crystal Grids – 6pm. $25. The Red Barn In Durham, 352 main St, Durham. For more information, call Jennifer at 860-573-9893 or visit

SATURDAY, JUNE 15 Social Justice and Ethics: Contemporary Explorations – 9:30am-3:30pm. “Social Justice and Qur’anic Social Ethics: Contemporary Explorations” with Celene Ibrahim, PhD. Explore individual and collective understandings of social ethics and our ideas about social justice. Suitable for individuals of all backgrounds, but of particular benefit to those engaged in community activism, advocacy and interfaith solidarity efforts. $85 includes program and lunch. Location: Mercy by the Sea, 167 Neck St, Madison. 203-245-0401.

Young Living Essential Oils – 10am-11:30am. Help align your mind, body, spirit. Learn to take control of your and your pet’s health with therapeutic grade oils. Free class. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927 or Mud Kitchen Madness – 1pm. For children ages 3-5 years old. Use water and dirt to “cook up” mud pie masterpieces. Children will learn a physical understanding of volume, measuring, and the effects of water on soil. They will have pots, pans, spoons, bowls, and other materials to play in the mud. Program will be gently supervised by Ranger Amie. Bring your own apron, towels and a change of clothes. Your children will get muddy from head to toe so make sure they wear old clothes and shoes you don’t care about. Class limited to 20. Fee: $6 each. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

MONDAY, JUNE 17 CBD for LMTs – 6pm. Looking for a new way to provide your clients w/ a better massage experience while incorporating CBD? There are many factors you’ll want to consider, like potential benefits, risks, question of legality. In this 2-hour workshop, we’ll address these concerns and how to incorporate CBD into your practice. $129. Full Moon Meditation w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Align w/new energies of full moon. Opportunities for allowing spiritual energies to reach human hearts and minds. Tap into this vast pool of energy. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927 or

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 Circle of Women – 7pm-9pm. Join in sacred space to discover and strengthen your authentic self, learn to listen and speak from the heart. We celebrate moving into Summer Solstice, meet our Summer Animal Ally. Women’s Ways are compatible with all spiritual paths. $25. Central Wallingford. Call Susan to explore/reserve space. 203-645-1230.

THURSDAY, JUNE 20 Celtic Prayer Circle: Summer Solstice – 7pm8pm. Celebrate the Summer Solstice, a time when light triumphs over darkness and seeds sown blossom. Free. Mercy by the Sea, 167 Neck Rd, Madison. Call 203-245-0401 or visit Summer Solstice Ladies Night at Shore Line Trolley Museum – 7pm-9pm. Join us for a social hour with appetizers, wine, and angel card readings at our Sprague Station building. Then climb aboard one of our beautifully restored antique trolley cars for a sunset ride through the peaceful tidal marsh in Branford. On the return trip, we will tour some of the Museum’s unique collection of historic trolleys. 203-468-6277.

FRIDAY, JUNE 21 Summer Solstice Lovelight Yoga with Sal Nunz and Sally Noel – 6pm-7:30pm. Uplifting and opening, this celebration will weave soothing hatha yoga with kundalini kriyas all set to live music. A perfect blend to begin this creative solar season. By Donation – fundraiser for the OHYA Festival. Raven’s Wing Yoga, 19 South Main St. Branford. 203-488-9642. Register at: or at the door.

Summer Solstice Meditation w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Align with the energies in nature when they are at their fullest and the Divine energies touch your mind/body & soul of all living things. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927 or Summer Solstice Yoga Atop East Rock – 7pm-8pm. This all-levels vinyasa flow class outdoors at the summit of East Rock Park will include sun salutations to create “tapas” or inner heat that cleanses the body followed by a calm, inward journey of meditation and savasana. Come enjoy open skies and open minds! Donation-based. Breathing Room Yoga Center, 216 Crown St, New Haven. 203-562-LOVE. Full Moon Gong Kundalini & Meditation – 7pm-9pm. With Barbara, Steve and Mary Jayne. Experience live gong sound healing tones, Kundalini, and meditation to put mind/body at ease. $22/session, $60/3. Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277.

SATURDAY, JUNE 22 Field Trip: Silver Sands Mollusk Walk – 9:30am. Meet the Nature Center staff at Silver Sands State Park for a natural history walk. Join Tim Chaucer, Director of Milford Marine Institute, Inc. and Gulf Pond Museum, for a leisurely interpretive walk to learn more about Connecticut’s marine mollusks. Find examples of 2 of the 5 groups of mollusks, discuss and handle them, and learn the differences between the gastropods and pelecypods and which ones are vegetarians or carnivorous. Walk will last about 60 to 90 minutes. Meet in the Silver Sands parking lot at 9:15 am. Fee: $6 per person. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Explore Redwing Pond – 1pm. Join Ranger Dawn to learn what critters inhabit our beautiful Redwing Pond. Start with a short talk on the types of reptiles, amphibians, and insects you will see during your exploration. Head to the pond with nets and buckets to collect and observe these creatures. At the end participants will release the animals back into their home, the pond. Family-friendly program; children must be accompanied by an adult. Wear appropriate clothes and shoes for this wet and muddy adventure. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.


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Women’s Circle: Opening the Heart Chakra with Erin Bartolome and Crystal Mollica – 2:30pm4pm. This workshop is for women seeking community – a sacred space to be seen, heard and supported. Meditation, crystal healing, restorative yoga and breath work, conscious listening circle. All Welcome. Cost: $20. Space limited/pre-registration required. Raven’s Wing Yoga, 19 South Main St, Branford. 203-488-9642.

SUNDAY, JUNE 23 Holistic Wellness Psychic Fair – 12pm-5pm. Our vendors are a variety of local artisans and wellness professionals with services and goods for sale. Our readers are well vetted, highly skilled and sought out by many in the region! Suggested donation: $5. The Red Barn In Durham, 352 Main St, Durham. Free Community Meals Presented by Master’s Table Community Meals Dinner: Sizzle into Summer! w/ DJ Phyllis – 4pm-5:30pm. Free. Open to the public. No RSVP. Donations graciously accepted. Assumption Church Hall, 61 N. Cliff St, Ansonia. For more information, call 203-732-7792.

MONDAY, JUNE 24 CBD & Natural Pain Management – 6:30pm. Join Dr. Kathryn Ronzo, Naturopathic doctor, as she discusses the benefits of CBD when it comes to pain management along with other natural modalities to help combat acute and chronic pain syndrome. $15. Space is limited. Elm City Wellness, 774 Orange St, New Haven. 203-691-7653.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26 DIY Soy Candles – 6:30pm-9pm. Make your own scented candle with all-natural soy wax! Ascent Soy Candles guides us step-by-step through the wax melt and pour process. $35 includes all materials and your choice of a coffee or tea latte in One World’s Cafe. Hosted by One World Wellness, 967 N High St, East Haven. Advanced registration only:

THURSDAY, JUNE 27 Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope – 9am-11:45am. 3 CEC credits. Film Screening and Discussion about resilience and how to support those who have experienced toxic stress, and childhood trauma. $30. Please register at CWC, 2321 Whitney Ave, Suite 401, Hamden. Tea Blending Workshop – 6pm-8pm. Join Holly in creating you own herbal tea! Learn about the different elements of herbs and how to blend for flavor and specific benefits. Suggested $10 donation. Hosted at Massaro Community Farm, 41 Ford Road, Woodbridge. Please call Massaro Farms at: 203-736-8618 to reserve your spot.


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

SATURDAY, JUNE 29 Tibetan Singing Bowl Certification Class Level 1 with Marie Menut – 10am-5pm. Learn about history of bowls, how to choose, sound, and listen to your bowl. Learn how to use your bowl to balance and heal yourself & others. $175/level, $450 all 3 levels. Mountain View Wellness, 4193 Whitney Ave, Hamden. Register online or call 475-202-6155.

SUNDAY, JUNE 30 Themed Guided Hike: Wild Medicine in the Park – 1pm. Join Ranger Jess for our Sunday guided themed hike. She will take you on this wild plant foray! You’ll hike around the Nature Center property hunting out wild medicinal plants and learning to identify them. She will also teach you how to make them into medicine. Sample some edible plants along the way too! Yum—For children 8 years old and up accompanied by an adult. Fee: $6 per person. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Registration/information: 203-736-1053.


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sunday Community Vinyasa Yoga – 10:45am -11:45am. Strengthen your yoga practice with Renee every Sunday! Sliding scale of $10-$17. Walnut Beach Wellness & Boutique, 41 Naugatuck Ave, Milford. Mystical Market and Craft Fair - 11am4pm. (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,, Community Acupuncture – 12pm-2pm. (Every last Sunday of the month). Treatments are given in a group setting, where multiple clients are treated simultaneously in reclining chair or cushioned yoga mats. Initial visit is $40, follow-ups are on a sliding of $25-$40. Dr. Suzanne Woomer, ND, L.A.c. Walnut Beach Wellness & Boutique, 41 Naugatuck Ave, Milford. Meditation to reduce stress + learn to cure one ailment each week – 5pm-6pm. Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 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.


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 – 9:45am-11am. Monday Admissions Tours (or by appointment). Come see us in action! Real-world learning, personalized approach, 5th - 8th grade. Only a few openings remain for 2019-20. Contact now. RSVP: 203-433-4658 or 28 School St, Branford. Guided Meditation Circle – 10am-11am. A weekly meditation Circle in a very relaxed setting using mindfulness meditations, discussions about mindfulness and how to have a successful practice. No experience necessary. $10 Investment. Healing Room, 10 Carina Rd, North Haven. Please call: 203-214-9486. Alignment Yoga with Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate – 10am-11:30am. 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). 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. 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/ Boutique Yoga Therapy, Kundalini and Meditation with Leesa Sklover Ph,D, LPC, C-IAYT – 5:30pm-6:30pm. Short Beach Union Church,14 Pentacost St., Branford. $18. By reservation or text 917-860-0488 by 4:30pm. Reservation for first and all classes/questions: Kundalini Yoga Class at Guest House Retreat – 6pm-7:15pm. Through physical movement, breath work and meditative practice, Kundalini Yoga builds strength, stability, and balance. This practice gives us the tools to drastically change our physical, psychological, and spiritual condition. Consider it a full mind/body upgrade. By Donation, no set fees. 318 West Main St, Chester.

Mon-Sat: Individual and Small Group Tutoring Sessions Available Now for Summer 2019 with Professional, Experienced Educators – At CELC Middle School, Branford, Reasonable rates. All subject areas, grades K-9th. Maintain academic skills, develop greater confidence and understanding. Contact: 203-433-4658 or

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 cash/check or $12.00 credit card. Kneading Hands Yoga & Massage, 760 Main St S, Unit F, Southbury. 203267-4417.


Reiki Shares at the Red Barn In Durham – 12:30pm with Gina and 6pm with Stephanie. The Red Barn in Durham, 352 Main St, Durham.

Yoga with Marlene – 9:30am & 6:30pm. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360.

Healthy-Steps, The Lebed Method w/Susan Sandel – 3:45pm-4:45pm. (Every Tuesday). Gentle therapeutic exercise/mvmnt prog. Helpful for breast cancer survivors/chronic health conditions. Free. Sponsored by Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center of Integrative Medicine. Location: Madison House, 34 Wildwood Ave, Madison. Details: 203-457-1656. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement 5 Week Class Series – 6pm-7pm. Learn to move easily with simple movements that help to relieve pain and restore your body to its natural ease. $50 for 5 weeks or $15 drop in. Carol Meade Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. 203-415-8666 or Free weekly Tuesday Meditation classes – 6pm7pm. (those who would like instruction can come at 5:45pm). Open to all and fully accessible. Instruction provided for beginners. No reservations necessary. Walk-ins welcome. Program offered in cooperation with New Haven Insight and the New Haven Zen Center. New Haven Free Public Library. 133 Elm St, New Haven. 203-946-8138. Free Reiki Sessions: The Universal Reiki Plan – 7:30pm-8:30pm. (& 8:30pm-9:30pm Thurs). Reiki teachers Jeannette and Jim of ReikiOvertones and students offer free Reiki sessions. Appt. only. Love offering appreciated. 95 Harris St, Fairfield. Details: Jim and Jeannette 203-254-3958.

wednesday Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 12pm-1pm. Experience a qigong form for rebalancing and strengthening body, mind and spirit. For all abilities and levels of health. Schedule Available online. 1st class free (reg. $5). Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Info: 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/ Are you interested in exploring your ability to tap into spirit and receive messages form the other side? – 6pm (Starting June 19 for 4 Wednesdays). Did you know that we are all able to tune in and hear messages from those who have crossed over? $200. 352 Main Street Durham Ct call Steph at 914 -330-1474. The Caring Network: Free Support Group for adults who have lost a loved one – 6pm-8pm. (6/5 & 6/19). Information about loss and grief with facilitated open discussion. Bridges Healthcare, 949 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford. Sponsored by Cody-White Funeral Home, 203-874-0268 or Brooke Torres M.Ed., 203-878-6365 Ext. 480. Alignment Yoga with Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate – 6pm-7:30pm. 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).

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

thursday Community Acupuncture at Elm City Wellness – (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays). Community Acupuncture is done in a traditional Chinese- style group setting, which amplifies the healing power of the work with the presence of others. Initial $50. Returns $30. Elm City We l l n e s s , 7 7 4 O r a n g e S t , N e w H a v e n . 203-691-7653. Boutique Yoga Therapy, Kundalini and Float Yoga and Gong Bath with Leesa Sklover Ph,D, LPC, C-IAYT – 8:30am-9:30am. By reservation. Text 917-860-0488 by 10pm the night before. Little Bay Annex- Branford. $18. Reservation required for first and all classes/questions: 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. Ropes Yoga – 8:50am-9:50am. 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. 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. Are You Looking for a Place to Gather with Other Spiritually Minded People? – 6pm-7pm. If this sounds like you, come join us at the Red Barn in Durham, 352 Main St, Durham. $5.


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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. Women’s Guided Meditation and Healing Circle – 7pm-8pm. Come sit in a safe space, learn to breathe and set intentions to help focus and regroup. All levels welcome. Meditations run 30-45 minutes in length. Thursdays/ $5. Location: Now n’ Then Therapeutic Massage, 187 Montowese St, Branford. Contact Anna to register 203-871-9367 or register online at The Heart of Recovery – 7:30pm-9pm, a weekly meditation and recovery group for those recovering from addictions of all kinds. We will honor the traditions of anonymity, confidentiality and no cross-talk. Meetings will include meditation instruction, practice, readings and discussion. Free. The Shambhala Center of New Haven, 85 Willow St, Building B,

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. 203-4158666 or DrumSpeak For Awakening – 7pm-9:30pm. (Every 2nd Friday of the month). For personal growth and awakening to de-stress, relax, release, and have fun. Suggested $5-$20 donation. Lead by Chantal Guillou-Brennan, IEMT, CHT, QHHT. Walnut Beach Wellness & Boutique, 41 Naugatuck Ave, Milford.

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). 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. Women’s Boutique Yoga Therapy, Kundalini, Float Yoga and Gong Bath with Leesa – 11:30am12:30pm. $18. By reservation. text 917-860-0488 by 9 am. Reservation for first and all classes/questions: At Annex. Register for address. 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: Women’s Gathering – 2pm-4pm. (Every last Saturday of the month). A women’s circle is a safe and sacred space for women to come together, be seen, and be heard. Anyone who identifies as a woman and is dedicated to their personal journey of healing, empowerment, and self-discovery is welcome! Sliding scale of $5-$15. Facilitated by Stephanie Macleay, Reiki Master, medium, & Registered Dietitian. Walnut Beach Wellness & Boutique, 41 Naugatuck Ave, Milford.

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

LYME DISEASE AMERICAN LYME DISEASE FOUNDATION – Dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment, of Lyme disease and other tick-borne i n f e c t i o n s . Ly m e , C T. I n f o : a l d f . c o m . CT LYME RIDERS, INC. – Founded in 2007 by motorcyclists Sandy Brule & Tony Gargano. A 501(c)(3) non profit public charity aiming to bring awareness to the public about Lyme Disease. Events & info. 860-537-0255,

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community resource guide EDUCATION



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 14.


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 14.


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 23.

Patricia Babey, BS Certified Hypnotist Certified Pain Management Specialist Certified Reiki II Practitioner Madison, CT 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 8.


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 23.

HYPNOSIS MIND-BODY TRANSFORMATION Diane Bahr-Groth, CHy, TFTdx 1177 High Ridge Road Stamford, CT 203-595-0110


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

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

Fast, effective methods for weight, stress, fear, pain, smoking, etc. Certified Hypnotherapist, Thought Field Therapy, Time Line Therapy, NLP and Complementary Medical Hypnosis, since 1989.

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community resource guide NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS KARENMARIE LACONTE, ND Office Locations in Bridgeport, Shelton and Orange, CT 203-260-0078

Dr. LaConte, a Naturopathic Physician, is a UBCNM graduate. Her mission is to facilitate better mind body connections with patients, using only natural remedies, (herbals, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, natural supplements, Far Infrared Sauna). Areas of concentration: Endocrine (thyroid disorders, diabetes: type 1 and 2), GI conditions, allergy testing, stress and anxiety management.


Adam Breiner, ND, Director Elena Sokolova, MD, ND David Brady, ND, CCN, DACBN 501 Kings Highway East, Suite 108 Fairfield, CT 203-371-8258 Using state-of-the-art science combined with centuries-old healing modalities, our caring naturopathic doctors correct underlying imbalances and address issues which may interfere with the body’s abilityto heal itself. Treatment protocols or therapies include: Abdominal Manual Therapy, Acupuncture, Allergy Desensitization, Chinese Medicine, Colonics and other Detoxification Protocols, Electro-Dermal Screening, Energy Medicine, FDA-cleared Phototherapy, Functional Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Hormonal Balancing, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Metabolic Typing, Nutritional Assessment, RealTime EEG Neurofeedback, and other therapies. See ad on page 23.

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

At Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, we specialize in manual therapy using hands-on techniques to help the body’s natural healing process. We also incorporate traditional programs and modalities to maximize health. 40-minute sessions are conducted one-on-one in private treatment rooms. See ad on page 19.

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

Stress is the plague of the 21st century and the cause of physical and emotional woes. Because of this, my sessions combine my ability to see auras with Reiki, Theta Healing, acupressure and Sound Vibrational Healing to provide deep relaxation and balance. “Tension out! Wellness in” is more than a phrase. For my clients it is a statement of fact. See ad on page 34.



Patricia Babey, BS Certified Hypnotist Certified Pain Management Specialist Certified Reiki II Practitioner Madison, CT 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 8.


113 Simsbury Road, West Granby, CT 860-764-9070

We offer a unique certification program blending the science of nutrition with the hands-on components of sustainable gardening practices. We use food and herbs to make kitchen medicine, teach basic culinary skills, and practice foraging for and using nutrient-rich wild food. Now enrolling for fall 2019. See ad on, page 7.


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

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An organic, holistic wellness center for supportive, preventive care. Experience the highest quality care though massage, Ashiatsu, manual lymphatic drainage, cranial sacral therapy, Reiki, Thai bodywork, Chinese medicine including acupuncture, Tui na, cupping, Naturopathic medicine, yoga therapy and classes, and holistic skincare. Find your support network through our community circles. Gain knowledge and empowerment through our workshops and classes to gain control of your life, health and happiness. Our store is stocked with organic bulk herbs, supplements, essential oils, raw ingredients and more to support your journey to optimal health.


Elm City Wellness is an independent, womanowned wellness center with a focus on community healing. Services include a variety of skilled massage, CBD massage, community and private acupuncture, Reiki, craniosacral therapy and organic skin care, including signature, microderm and high frequency facials. Skilled therapists specifically tailor each and every session. Our wellness store features local products, candles, wellness supplies and books, smudge kits and a large range of third-party tested, pharmaceutical grade CBD products. See ad on page 19.


Patricia Babey, BS Certified Hypnotist Certified Pain Management Specialist Certified Reiki II Practitioner Madison, CT 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 8.


Melissa Pytlak Yoga Instructor Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor 203-305-5531 Melissa invites you to come home to yourself and awaken the healer within. Offering private and group instruction in yoga and Ayurveda, Melissa guides you to connect with your True Self and to trust that you already possess all the wisdom you need to heal yourself in order to return to your innate state of harmony and health. Melissa enjoys teaching group classes but particularly loves the magic that unfolds in helping people one on one. If you need a little guidance on your path of wellness, please reach out for a free 10-minute consultation.

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yoga * music * wellness * food * dance Experience the Spirit Festival, a celebration of wellness, yoga, music, and dance — in affiliation with Riverfront Recapture and BaliSpirit Festival. This event will provide a safe and moving space for discovering new paths to harmony, healing, creativity, and community. 48

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