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I am optimistic that 2017 will be a year of healing, expansion and realization of our individual and collective power. I truly believe all of this is possible if we are willing to let go of our attachment to old patterns, our mindset of fear and doubt—and continue our grassroots efforts. Brenda Tate Photography Whether you are a healer or looking to be healed, we hope our January edition will feel like a warm hug. This month (and every month) our editorial and rich array of local events and classes (see our community calendar) offer information and insights to help support you in enhancing your experience of wellness on many levels. This month, our editorial features also offer guidance to help you affordably utilize effective medicine and complementary modalities. I believe that access to healthcare should be an entitlement, not a privilege. I also feel that we need to take more personal response-ability for our own wellness by taking better care of ourselves and staying informed about options for healing and wellness that are not limited to the treatments offered by the medical establishment. I have a 20-year background in critical care nursing, so I appreciate the value of conventional medicine. We need well-trained health care professionals, who provide high-level, acute care for trauma victims and those who are critically ill. However, we can no longer afford to ignore the growing cost of chronic health issues (such as obesity, chronic obstructive lung disease and diabetes), which can potentially lead to serious complications requiring the need for complex, extended care in a hospital setting. In many cases, the consequences are: an endless revolving door (multiple hospital admissions) and/or a poor patient outcome—The utilization of resources is astronomical. In 2017, healthcare spending is expected to reach $4.3 trillion! As you will read in our local interview article: “Traditional vs. Non-traditional Health Care: How Does the Changing Nature of Healthcare Help Patients?” Dr. Diana Lopusny (Holistic Pediatrician in Milford) and Dr. Kevin Healy (Chiropractor and Applied Kinesiologist in Madison) both agree that integrative medicine is the wave of the future. Not only does the blend of traditional and non-traditional medicine offer a holistic approach to patient care, which could prove to be cost effective, but there is an increasing demand for this more balanced approach. Enjoy our great reads. Happy 2017!

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ay the New Year bring you good fortune on January 28, 2017. Mark the Year of the Rooster, one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, with an Asian cultural celebration at One World Wellness. The celebration takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on January 28. Presented in cooperation with Seven Stars Tai Chi, the event brings awareness of different facets of Asian culture, including the healing arts and healthy cuisine. Highlights include a Taoist Yoga class, tea tasting, qigong workshop and bibimbap potluck luncheon. Instructors Cindy and George Hoag will lead an exploration of qigong exercises. Practiced for hundreds of years in China, it helps balance, nurture and enhance physical and emotional well-being. The Hoags have 25 years of Chinese martial arts experience and are certified instructors and judges by the United States Wushu Kung Fu Association. This experiential workshop will guide you through a simple eight-movement qigong set. The movements can be utilized in the standing or sitting postures to increase blood flow and circulation of chi, or energy, to vital organs, joints and the spine; this can help alleviate stress and the aches and pains of arthritis as well as strengthen the immune system. There will also be a short demonstration and brief group introduction to tai chi. Admission per person is $25 online or $30 at the door. For more information and to register, visit OneWorld-Wellness.com. Location: One World Wellness & Yoga Collective, 967 N. High St. (Rt. 100), East Haven, CT.


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elissa Conroy is now offering 1:1 Health Coaching services, including The Total Transformation 90-day Program and the 14-day Cleanse Reset. “The average person makes the same resolution 10 separate times without success, [and that it is due to] lacking the right system, support Melissa Conroy and accountability a health coach provides to reach their goals and make lasting health transformations,” explain Conroy. To learn more about the new services, clients can book a free Total Transformation Discovery Session to discover what has been keeping you from having the health and body you want. You will look at developing a powerful vision for what a total health transformation means for you and your life. In addition, discover which foods and lifestyle habits are sapping your energy and bringing your body down. Together, you will help create a step-by-step plan to create a total transformation in 90 days. For more information or to schedule a free Total Transformation Discovery Session, visit RootsRisingAlchemy.com, email RootsRisingAlchemy@gmail.com or call 203-673-9491. See ad on page 45.

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im Preveza, the owner of Life Full Yoga in Madison, Connecticut, is opening up more private yoga sessions to help people with New Year’s resolutions. The center is also offering new premium packages with discounts of 15 percent to help people commit to yoga goals. The Resolution Package includes five private sessions and a month of unlimited yoga classes. The Commitment Package includes 11 privates and three months of unlimited yoga classes. The new premium packages were created for longer term goals, such as dealing with an injury, gaining confidence to join a class, working on transformational life goals, or exploring yoga philosophy or meditation.  Other session options are available to customize what you need and/or want.  “One private a week will give people the personal attention needed to help begin or deepen a yoga practice. Cover whatever interests you, particular poses, mediation, relaxation, building a home practice, exploring modifications and variations for poses…you name it. There is so much to explore,” says Preveza.  

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he New Haven Chapter Holistic Chamber of Commerce (HCC) business education topic this month is Free and Low-Cost Programs for Small Holistic Businesses, presented by Susan Chen, a business development project manager with the state of Connecticut. The informational session will be held during their monthly business meeting on January 12 at 6:30 p.m. at First Church of Christ Woodbridge at 5 Meeting House Lane, Woodbridge, Connecticut. The meeting is free to chamber members and interested first-time guests. The regular fee is $15. The chamber is also presenting a member spotlight on January 19 from 6:30-8 p.m. What is naturopathic medicine? What does a naturopathic doctor really do? Find out the history, philosophy of treatment and the modalities utilized in naturopathic medicine with Dr. Jasmine Manning. Case

studies will also be shared. The cost is $10 for guests and free to HCC members. The event will be held at 250 W. Main Street in Branford, Connecticut. The Holistic Chamber of Commerce is an expanding organization representing holistic professionals, practitioners and businesses. It is a welcoming community of like-minded individuals with the goal of helping to heal the world and the inhabitants that live within it by empowering members to build their business through business education, networking and community events. To register, visit Meetup.com/HCC-New-Haven. For more information, visit NewHavenHolistic.org, or contact New Haven Chapter President Jiayuh Chyan at 203-228-1777 or NewHaven@HolisticChamberofCommerce.com. See ad on page 24.

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s your back feeling the stresses of this holiday season? The human spine has 24 facet joints linking the vertebrae to each other and 24 joints attaching the ribs to the vertebrae. It does not take much to lock up any of these 48 joints, which can then lead to back pain. A short screening can help determine whether or not any of these joints are immobile and the cause of your back pain. Free 10-minute screenings will be held at Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, located in Branford, Connecticut. They will be offered on January 23 from 3-4 p.m. and January 16 from 4-5 p.m. For reservations, call Physical Therapy Services of Guilford at 203-315-7727. Location: Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, 500 East Main St., Ste.310, Branford, CT. See ad on page 33.

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tarting January 22 and ending March 26 at Valley Spirit Cooperative and Wellness Center in Washington Depot, Alex Boianghu will present a 10-week series exploring the map of the subtle body, which includes the chakras and energy channels. The practices of Tsa (channels) Lung (energy)

were developed in Tibet during the 11th century as a way to support meditation practice. Since humans are energetic beings, stagnation and blockages in the energetic system also create physical and mental dis-ease. You will learn the nine breathings of purification, which prepare the channels for Tsa Lung. In addition, Boianghu will teach the five Tsa Lung movements and special breath retention techniques that help in clearing subtle body blockages. The class will be taught by Boianghu, who completed a five-year training program with Alejandro Chaoul of Ligmincha International. The series is $250 per person ($225 for early registration before January 15).

he World Conscious Pact presents Chaski Fest for Standing Rock at Danbury’s A Common Ground Community Arts Center on January 28 at 6pm. It’s a free concert to gather donations and raise awareness about the next steps regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Attendees will hear first-hand accounts from those returning from Standing Rock, enjoy live poetry by Danbury’s Atom Rush and traveling monk Atulananda Swami from Chile, followed by traditional sounds from the Ecuadorian Andes and more. The community is invited to enjoy the free public show to gather donations for Oceti Sakowin camp and learn about the next steps for resisting the DAPL. Energy Transfer Partners has vowed to complete the pipeline and 575 water protectors are still facing charges. As conscious community members, now is the time to stand in solidarity and learn how we can ensure the protection of water and sacred lands. The battle for water is not over yet; learn what’s ahead and how you can support water protectors. Chaski is the indigenous Quechua word for messenger. Chaski Fests are worldwide gatherings of conscious artists and activists united as messengers for the rights of nature. For more information, visit WorldConsciousPact.org, email WorldConsciousPactNortheast@gmail.com, call 203-448 9886 or connect on Facebook with World Conscious Pact Northeast. Location: A Common Ground Community Arts Center, 33 Crosby St, Danbury.

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eremy Youst, a certified Somatic breath therapy practitioner and the founder and director of the internationally accredited Power of Breath Institute in Spofford, New Hampshire, will be holding a weekend class at The Graduate Institute in February (tentatively scheduled for the second weekend in February. Call 203-874-4252 for date confirmation). In 30 years of facilitating for individuals and groups, Youst has logged in over 6000 two-hour client sessions. Since 1989, he has trained in various methods of breathwork, from rebirthing to transformational breath, holotropic and the Butekyo method. The Power of Breath Institute specializes in bringing Somatic Breath Therapy training to individuals and professionals who wish to become certified through its two three-year training program. The Graduate Institute offers master degrees or certificates in integrative health and healing, consciousness studies and more, with weekend courses at The Graduate Institute’s  locations in Connecticut. Programs are based on an integrative holistic perspective and are specifically designed to empower students to reach their full potential in both their personal healing. Coursework and professional lives. Course studies are educational, transformational, inspiring and includes stress management, homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, nutrition, art therapy, naturopathic medicine, energy medicine and more. Faculty is comprised of practitioners and educators, including Dr. David Forbes, past president of the American Holistic Medical Association; Dr. Bernie Siegel, author and retired surgeon; Henry Grayson, Ph.D., author and creator of Synergetic Therapy; C. Norm Shealy, a pioneer in energy medicine; and Caroline Myss, one of the world’s leading voices in spirituality, health and human consciousness.  “I have seen the changes in our students when they achieve new levels of self-empowerment and discovery, as well as prepare themselves for higher levels of professional work,” says Siegel. The Graduate Institute is located on 171 Amity Road in Bethany. For more information, visit Learn.edu or call 203-874-4252. See ad on page 19.

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study from Drexel University, in Philadelphia, has linked autism spectrum disorder with prenatal exposure to organochlorine chemicals. The researchers examined 1,144 children born in southern California between 2000 and 2003 with mothers that had enrolled in a state-sponsored prenatal screening program. Blood tests were taken during their second trimester of pregnancy, a critical time for neurodevelopment, to measure exposure to organochlorine chemicals, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and pesticides such as DDT. These compounds were banned from production in the U.S. in 1977, but remain in the environment. It’s well known that they can cross the placental barrier, impacting neurodevelopment in fetuses. The researchers selected participants based on previous health diagnoses: 545 children with autism spectrum disorder and 181 with intellectual disabilities, plus 418 free of both issues as a control group. They found a 50 to 82 percent increased autism risk in children with the highest levels of four identified PCB compounds in utero, based on which ones were present. “The results suggest that prenatal exposure to these chemicals above a certain level may influence neurodevelopment in adverse ways,” says Kristen Lyall, Sc.D., assistant professor in the university’s A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, promising further related studies.


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clinical trial from the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine found that participants in a six-day, ayurvedic-based, well-being program showed metabolic improvements in blood tests for inflammation, cardiovascular disease risk (CDR) and cholesterol levels. Study participants consisted of 119 healthy men and women between the ages of 30 and 80. Sixty-five experienced a panchakarma program, a detox and rejuvenation protocol involving a vegetarian diet, meditation, yoga, massage, herbal therapy and other healing therapies. The other 54 served as a control group. Blood was analyzed before and after the test period. The researchers, led by Dr. Deepak Chopra, found measurable decreases in 12 phosphatidycholines (cell-membrane chemicals) associated with cholesterol, inflammation, CDR and Type 2 diabetes risk. They acknowledge that due to the short duration of the trial, the immediate changes were likely attributable to the vegetarian diet; more research is needed to determine the complementary role of the other therapies. “It appears that a one-week panchakarma program can significantly alter the metabolic profile of the person undergoing it,” remarks Chopra.



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Recirculating Jet Air Linked to Illness Aerotoxic syndrome is the medical term for the illness caused by exposure to contaminated air in jet aircraft, and it’s causing that ailment, plus the permanent disability and even death of airline employees and passengers. Whistleblowers have been met with ridicule and termination. The problem has been called the “asbestos of the airline industry” by critics. French scientist Jean-Cristophe Balouet, Ph.D., who discovered the syndrome in 1999, thinks it may have already affected 250,000 pilots, cabin crew and passengers worldwide. In 1963, aircraft moved from drawing fresh air into the cabin to “bleeding” part of it from the engines. The synthetic oil used by jets contains organophosphates used in pesticides and nerve gas, and was banned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for residential use in 2001 because of known toxicity. The byproducts of these carcinogenic organophosphates can also include aldehydes and carbon monoxide. Airplane seals wear out and there are no chemical sensors onboard aircraft to detect fumes— only noses to detect the “dirty sock” odor. The Aerotoxic Association continues to push for air quality detectors on all planes and the Cabin Air Quality Act sponsored by California Senator Dianne Feinstein. For more information, visit Aerotoxic.org.

Massive Tree-Planting Against Climate Change Indian officials report that volunteers planted more than 49 million trees on a single day in 2016, surpassing the 2013 world record of 850,000 in Pakistan. An estimated 800,000 volunteers worked for 24 hours planting 80 species of saplings raised in local nurseries along roads, railways and other public land. The effort is part of the commitment India made at the Paris Climate Conference in December 2015. The country agreed to spend $6 billion to reforest 12 percent of its land and bring the total forest cover to 235 million acres by 2030, or about 29 percent of its territory. Trees sequester carbon dioxide from the air and reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. India has experienced substantial loss of its forest cover in recent centuries as people cut down trees for firewood, pasture and development. Still, saplings need water and care and are susceptible to disease. Mortality rates can reach 40 percent after such massive tree plantings. Other countries are also replanting trees. Last December, African nations pledged to reforest 100 million hectares (386 square miles). A wide range of stakeholders from countries to companies also signed on to the non-binding New York Declaration of Forests that month, with the goal of halving deforestation by 2020 and ending it by 2030. Source: National Geographic

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Maryland Bans Bee-Killing Pesticides Maryland is the first state in the nation to pass strict restrictions on pesticides thought to be responsible for significant reductions in bee populations with enactment of its Pollinator Protection Act. Maryland lost more than 60 percent of its hives in 2015, each containing up to 20,000 honeybees, making it one of the states with the highest recorded declines. The national average is about 42 percent, yet across the country, farmers and gardeners are still using pesticides linked to colony collapse disorder. Globally, more than one-third of the world’s food supply could be a risk if these and other pollinators are lost. Neonicotinoids are one potent class of systemic pesticides introduced to agriculture in the 1990s that have been linked to bees’ demise. In recent years, pesticides such as Knockout Ready-to-Use Grub Killer, Ortho Bug B Gon, and AllIn-One Rose & Flower Care have been made available to consumers and beekeepers have noticed a corresponding increase in bee deaths. The Maryland law bans the use of neonicotinoids by everyday consumers that have been spraying home gardens and trees with these deadly pesticides. Farmers and professional gardeners are exempt from the law. A similar law is awaiting the governor’s signature in Connecticut. Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture has not officially recognized the well-researched link, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing it. Source: BeyondPesticides.org


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Monks Free Creatures from Certain Doom A handful of monks from the Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society living on Canada’s Prince Edward Island spent a day buying up all the live lobsters they could find at the local fish market, and then chartered a boat. Once out to sea, they recited a brief prayer over their writhing cargo and set them loose in the Atlantic. “The whole purpose for us is to cultivate this compassion toward others,” says one of the monks. “It doesn’t have to be lobsters, it can be worms, flies, any animals; it can also be driving slower, so we don’t run over little critters on the street.” One participant, Victoria Fan, says, “It’s rethinking the way you normally see these creatures. Their happiness is as important as your happiness, their suffering is as important as your suffering.”

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California lawmakers have enacted a bill that aims to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. It extends previous efforts such as the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 instituted to reduce emissions by 2020, along with another piece of legislation that vows to boost legislative oversight of climate change programs organized by the California Air Resources Board. Supporters say that emissions rules have created new jobs and led to billions of dollars of investment in California’s clean energy sector. Opponents argue that the strict targets have caused some job losses, particularly in oil manufacturing. The state, having the world’s eighth-largest economy, has further announced a goal of fighting climate change and improving air quality by putting 1.5 million zero-emission state cars on the road by 2025.

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cientists from the University of Colorado have determined that individuals older than 65 that run three times a week will likely burn oxygen at the same rate as a 20-year-old runner. Despite being more than four decades older, these runners spend a similar amount of metabolic energy as their younger counterparts. Published in the American College of Sports Medicine journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the study tested 15 older and 15 younger runners. Each ran a minimum of three times a week for at least 30 minutes each time during the prior six months. The subjects were tested on a specialized treadmill that measured the force applied to the running belt. Each person ran for five minutes during each test at different speeds between 4.5 and 6.5 miles per hour. Regardless of running mechanics and technique, the older runners utilized their metabolic energy at a similar rate as the young runners at all speeds. “Our prior research suggests that the muscles themselves are becoming less efficient. I think of it as your body is like a car. Your body has its own fuel efficiency, and what we’ve seen is that the fuel efficiency in muscles is reduced in older adults that are sedentary or only walk occasionally,” says lead researcher and Professor of Kinesiology Justus Ortega. goodluz/Shutterstock.com

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esearch published in the American Journal of Medicine found that treating people with a blend of cold-pressed sesame oil and rice bran oil significantly normalizes blood glucose levels. Testing involved 400 men and women for eight weeks, including 300 that had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, by replacing cooking oils in their diet with a blend of sesame and rice bran oil. The researchers, from Japan’s Fukuoka University and India’s Council of Medical Research, divided the patients into four groups. For two months, 100 healthy people and 100 Type 2 diabetes patients replaced their cooking oils with the sesame/rice bran blend, another 100 Type 2 diabetes patients were treated with five milligrams per day of the diabetes drug glibenclamide (glynase in the U.S.) and the remaining 100 Type 2 diabetes patients were treated with a combination of the same dosage of glibenclamide, along with consuming the sesame/rice bran oil blend over the two-month period. After four weeks and eight weeks, the researchers found the diabetes patients that consumed the oil blend had significant reductions in fasting and post-meal blood glucose levels. They also had lower levels of glycated hemoglobin, triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) and improved high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (“good” cholesterol). Those treated with the diabetes drug without consuming the oil blend showed none of the same improvements.


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Dr. Bernie Siegel Takes Time With Holistic-Minded Parents


he New Haven County chapter of Holistic Moms Network is honored and blessed to host Dr. Bernie Siegel for its January 17 meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Milford Public Library. In Siegel’s What We Can Learn From Children’s Drawings presentation, he will be showing slides of drawings by children and talking about what a useful tool they can be for a parent to use. Attendees are asked to bring pictures done with crayons by themselves and their family. Have your kids draw their home and family while you do the same plus a picture of yourself using all the colors you want on white paper. This monthly meeting of the HMN chapter will take place at the Milford Public Library, located at 57 New Haven Avenue in Milford, Connecticut. Bernie Siegel, M.D., is an internationally recognized expert in the field of cancer treatment and holistic medicine. He is an American writer and retired pediatric surgeon who writes about the patient and the healing process relationship. He is well-known for his Love, Medicine and Miracles bestseller and numerous other books. In The Art of Healing, released in 2013, Siegel focuses on what is revealed in 60 illustrations by patients. And his newest title, Love, Animals & Miracles: Inspiring True Stories Celebrating the Healing Bond, offers humorous, heartfelt real-life stories that exemplify the healing and connections that animals offer us. Siegel has also been named one of the top 20 Spiritually Influential Living People on the Planet by the Watkins Review. Calling

New Haven County home, he and his wife/coworker Bobbie have five children and eight grandchildren. 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.   The member chapter, open to the public, normally meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Woodruff Family YMCA, 631 Orange Avenue, Milford, Connecticut. Children are welcome. For more information, visit HolisticMoms.org or Facebook. com/HMNNewHaven.

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January 2017



A UNIQUE APPROACH To Wellness & Weight Loss by Lori Bloomis


ost of us have been slaves to food in one way or another, all our lives. Quite literally, what we eat controls many aspects of our existence—how we look and feel, our range of productivity and performance, the quality of our emotional experiences, whether we stay well or fall prey to disease, even the quality of our sleep and the nature of our dreams. We hear of all the health benefits of losing weight. Won’t it be great to lower your risk for diabetes?  Your blood pressure may go down. Less stress on your heart!  You may no longer need some of the prescription medications you’re taking. Of course you’ll look better too.  Who wouldn’t want to lose weight? If you are overweight, you have probably gone through the never ending struggle of trying to find the magic diet to lose those extra pounds and keep them off. We get caught up in this dieting merry-go-round where we con16

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tinually lose the battle of the bulge. So we begin to cut out our favorite foods and all those things that are supposed to be bad for us. Maybe we even lose a little weight. Unfortunately, most of the time we either don’t make our weight loss goals, or we lose weight and then gain it back. You think to yourself: “If only I tried harder, If only I had more willpower.” We blame our parents and our genes. We look at the people who seem to eat anything they want and never gain and wonder, “Why is it so easy for them and so difficult for me?” The reason that fad diets don’t work is that they do not match up with reality. The idea that there is one diet right for everyone is false. There never has been and there never will be such a thing. This is why in the past 300 years, literally thousands of books have been written on the subject, but there has never been one diet that worked for everyone. The reality is, that as individ-


uals, we are as unique on a biochemical level as we are in our fingerprints. This is known as biochemical individuality. Our genes define our uniqueness in terms of how we look—height, weight, color of hair, skin, eyes, facial features, etc. They also define our nutritional requirements, and the foods that are right, and wrong, for us. If you’re overweight and have tried a simple fix like cutting carbs or going low fat, you were probably disappointed with the results. Like most quick fixes, these simple solutions don’t get to the heart of the problem. We want our bodies to burn calories and we want to feel energized, but somehow the foods we eat are just not giving us the fuel we need. Even though it seems like we’re eating less and less, those few calories we are eating end up going straight to our mid-section. The right diet will keep you feeling energized and keep your metabolism high so you burn up stored calories. You wouldn’t put unleaded gas into a diesel engine, would you? In the same way, eating the wrong foods is giving your body the wrong fuel.  Knowing how you metabolize nutrients and exactly what foods support your body, and your mind, is the key to successful weight loss The best way to lose weight and determine the foods that are good for you is by designing a whole foods plan based on understanding and identifying your body’s unique metabolism. Once you recognize your metabolic individuality, everything changes. The balance shifts, the tables are turned—suddenly you’re the one in control of food, it’s not in control of you. Eating right is no longer a complex challenge and food is no longer your adversary. When you know what YOU need to eat, and how to choose foods that effectively sustain your body’s unique style of functioning, eating is what it should be—easy and enjoyable. We are as unique as our fingerprints and our bodies process food in unique ways. Have you ever seen the infomercials with stunning testimonies for raw fruits and vegetables and fresh juices? All those people seem so healthy and energized. Yet Eskimos can live on mostly fatty whale blubber and they have no problem with heart

disease. The Masai of Africa have remarkable health, and eat eating almost all animal products and little if any vegetables.  Some people actually need to eat fat in order to lose weight. Others need to have lots of protein, or very little. A low carb diet makes some people gain weight, and others lose. Every BODY is different.  Imagine the sense of excitement and empowerment you’ll have the first time you go to the supermarket and select groceries in a truly well informed and targeted way—rather than being forced to make purchases in a random, haphazard fashion, based largely on guesswork about what might or might not be good for you or your family. Think of the freedom you’ll experience once you’re able to identify, with certainty, what kind of meals or snacks can make you feel great and give you high levels of energy and endurance for hours at a time. Won’t it be liberating to know exactly what you can eat anytime you need to be at your best for a business presentation or a tennis match, to take an exam or embark on a long road trip? What’s more important than knowing how to choose just the right sustenance to enable you to put in a long day at the office, enjoy your kids, pursue your hobbies, work in the yard, or relax at home?  You’ll wonder how you’ve managed to function all these years without this fundamental self-awareness of proper nourishment. When you start to eat correctly, you’ll experience lots of positive changes that will sharply improve the quality of your life. Some of these benefits will occur right away, others will take a while longer. 
 n Here are the kinds of improvements you can expect: n Natural, permanent weight loss, without struggle, deprivation or hunger n Your food will be efficiently converted to energy rather than stored as fat
 n You’ll enjoy plenty of physical and mental energy following meals and snacks

n You’ll feel full and hunger-free, 4 to 5 hours after meals
 n You’ll lose your cravings for sweets and starchy foods n Improved resistance to colds, flu, recurrent infections n Reversal of chronic or degenerative health disorders
 n Slowing of the aging process
 n Digestive problems—indigestion, gas, bloating -- will subside
 n Your ability to concentrate will be significantly enhanced
 n You’ll enjoy a renewed sense of wellbeing and positive mental outlook
 n Irritability, anxiety, depression, and hyperactivity will fade away You no longer will need to rely on willpower alone. The secret to achieving weight loss success is not working harder, but working smarter. You don’t want to beat yourself up or deprive yourself. You want a diet that will give your body the proper fuel for burning calories and losing weight.   As the old adage says, “If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’re going to keep getting what you’re getting.” Rather than guessing which foods are right for you, you will know what foods are going to target your problem.

How does it work?

Once how you metabolize food is identified, you’ll receive your food list and get detailed info about your body’s needs. Foods will be divided up by category—meats, grains, vegetables, fruits, etc. Within each category there will be foods that will help you lose weight. Other foods on the list will make you gain weight. There are also foods that fall somewhere in between. You will learn what combinations and ratios of food are best for your body. Eating the right foods in the right amounts is simple with this information. Many people are shocked when they receive their food list. Some of the

foods they thought were bad are actually good for them. Some of the foods they heard were good for dieting simply don’t agree with them. It’s an eye opener for most people. Implementing the diet takes a new way of thinking for many. For example some people have whole milk on the list of good-for-me and skim milk the opposite. We’re conditioned to think low-fat milk is better but for some of us, lipids in the diet can keep the metabolism burning calories.  Let’s face it, if going fat-free were the solution for everyone, would we have so much obesity today? The Life Center offers a medically supervised weight loss program that is covered by most insurances. You will have your own naturopathic physician and your own nutrition/life coach guiding you along the way. They will help you discover Your metabolic uniqueness and help you reach your ideal weight and a higher level of wellness. Knowing how to support the way your body functions is a fundamental selfawareness that all of us should have. Lasting changes in behavior do not occur overnight, so you will receive a lot of support to transform how you nourish yourself. The coach will provide emotional support and encouragement, and the doctor will monitor your health as your weight decreases. The results have been amazing, they have a 90% success rate and have been voted the #1 weight loss program in the area 3 years in a row. Lori Bloomis is a Life Coach/Health Coach/Emotional eating specialist with more than 30 years of experience in healthcare. Bloomis is the director of weight loss program at The Life Center dedicated to helping each individual live a full healthy life on both a physical and emotional level. She will guide you through an individualized weight loss program that matches your nutrition to your metabolism, and provide you with support for emotional eating. The Life Center Offices are located in North Haven and West Hartford 203-239-3400. TheLifeCenterofCT.com. See ad on page 13.

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January 2017


With Self-Care Tools by Ariana Rawls Fine


ith stressful work environments, life-and-death decisions and long hours, nurses in our modern healthcare system increasingly suffer from burnout and compassion fatigue. Fifteen years ago, Mary E. Harris, CCRN, a cardiac ICU nurse at Yale New Haven Hospital and a board-certified holistic nurse, created a holistic retreat for the organization’s nurses to learn how to feel healthier and revitalized doing their life-saving work while avoiding burnout. Through discussion, presentations, journaling, yoga, drumming and guided meditation, the participating nurses delve into personal self-care


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beliefs and self-renewal practices. Cathy Alvarez, RN, the assistant patient services manager at Yale New Haven Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Center, continues in Harris’ footsteps leading the monthly Nurture the Nurse retreats. In addition to being a certified holistic nurse and nurse manager and leader, Alvarez is a Reiki II practitioner. As of April 2016, inpatient and outpatient nurses are also able to qualify for six contact hours by taking the eighthour program, which is held one Friday a month September through June at the Mercy by the Sea Retreat and Conference Center, located in Madison, Connecticut. Combined with Alvarez’s promotion efforts—such as increasing communications with nursing managers and uploading program updates to the organization’s computer screensavers—the retreat is


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full each month with waitlists. “Although our goal is to offer this amazing retreat to everyone in our organization, we need to focus our current resources on nurses. We maintain the number of nurses in each group at 12 to foster a sense of community and intimacy that allows them to talk more freely in the smaller group setting,” explains Alvarez, who began leading the program in September 2015. January’s retreat will focus on supporting the nurse leader, including assistant nurse managers, clinical nurse specialists, nursing directors and others. The Nurture the Nurse retreat begins in the morning with one hour of self-care information and tools. The dynamics of energy, the barriers of taking care of ourselves at work and what nurses Cathy Alvarez are currently doing are some of the subjects covered. “We put self-care into perspective versus doing regular things. We learn about power of the breath, simple yoga stretches, fruit-infused water, and so many other observations and ways to bring self-care to ourselves at home and at work,” says Alvarez. Patrick Moore, ND, a nutritional scientist with an extensive background in nutritional and botanical medicine, then focuses on supplements, using food as medicine, super foods and more with the nurse particiPatrick Moore pants. The day also includes yoga, a Djembe drum circle, self-reflection journaling time and guided imagery. By understanding and heeding their own self-care needs and patterns of behavior, the nurses can better handle the stress of their positions and model healthier behavior for their patients and coworkers, states Alvarez. Ariana Rawls Fine is editor of Natural Awakenings Fairfield County and New Haven/Middlesex Counties. She resides in Stratford with her family.

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A New Year ... A New Way by Donatella Moltisanti


s the intense, transformative and unpredictable 2016 has drawn to a close, we wonder what the new year of 2017 is going to be like. While no one really knows what the future brings, it is interesting to look at a few different traditions and perspectives to understand what 2017 is bringing into our lives and our future. From the perspective of the science of numerology, the year 2017 has the power of the number One. According to numerologists, the mystical properties of numbers influence everything in the world. The number One has the inherent vibration of new beginnings: the energy of the master, the director and the pioneer to influence our lives. This year is all about the power of the individual! It will not be about the masses, others or other’s opinions, but rather the power of one’s voice and one’s actions. The influence of the number One will allow hidden talents, ideas and projects to find their light and a path to be. Ambition and action will flourish effortlessly. New and 20

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unique initiatives will become common; they will be supported independently because of the inspiration and courage that their energy will support within us. They will show up on a personal level using our leadership abilities and talents. Now is the time to invest in a dream or a business idea. This year’s energy will support us developing and expanding our interests, and increasing our status and recognition. Passion, creativity, commitment and self-confidence is what we need as we walk on a path that supports us in our personal expression like never before. It’s our opportunity to shine, and without concerns about what others do or think. The year 2017 will call upon our star to ignite our light, for us to participate and to contribute to the whole, to learn new things, to perfect old skills and to be seen. Another strong influence this year is brought in by the Fire Rooster from the tradition of the Chinese New Year. According to the Chinese calendar, the 2017 Fire Rooster will make its entrance on January 28 with the second New Moon, after the Solstice. Excelling in the qualities of leadership and organization,

the Fire Rooster is fully supporting the energy of the number One. Its characteristics include leadership, the ability to handle big tasks, efficiency at multitasking, high intelligence and a good sense of humor. The Rooster personality is being passionate about networking activities and supporting charities that will influence an active social life; it’s reliable, honest and trustworthy. The number One is calling for Oneness. Spirituality is also a big theme for 2017. One is the number of the Creator, Consciousness and Light. When multiplied or divided by itself, it remains the same; it is compared to the unchangeable and immutable energy of the Spirit. Our Spirit will benefit from the number One vibration; like a silent and invisible supporter, it will help us, in spite of everything, to keep a positive attitude. According to the principle of the Law of Attraction, we will need to be aware of avoiding nesting negativity or pessimism in our inner space, so as to not feed or align with other people’s negativity. It will require a great effort of consciousness to maintain the desired frequency in our space and to influence the whole. This is the year of a great spiritual evolution, a time to shine into a oneness that develops within, so as to spread without. Even though it looks like discrimination and separation wants to take place in our apparent social involution, we are called upon even more deeply to be a positive influence with our benevolent actions and personal expressions. This year is calling us to own the right to show up and speak up, and to use our voices to make a difference in the world. The energy of One and the influence of the Rooster are here to rediscover the power of the individual. It is to support and inspire the leader within us, to know that everyone counts and every emotion is important, and that our attitude makes a difference in the big picture. In spite of the rampant fear of social discrimination and separation, this year’s overall influence will support our approach to solidarity, kindness and brotherhood. While the political and economical world may seem out of our control, the reality is that we can choose to step into action as the leaders of our lives and decide who to support with our dollars and our opinions. In 2017, people will feel called to voice their solidarity towards the less fortunate. While stupor and powerlessness often took place in 2016, action, courage and an active expectation for justice will be more tangible in 2017. This is the year of action, free will and awakening. We are all One and we are all called in to make it a great year! Moltisanti is a planetary healer, sound healer, singer, Voice of the Whales channeler, divine intervention master, angels healer writer, holistic counselor and VitalitySoul Courses and Retreats founder. Connect at VitalitySoulWorkshops@gmail.com and DonatellaMoltisanti-NewMoon.com. See Profile on right.

practitionerprofile Donatella Moltisanti 875 East Broadway, Milford, CT Phone: 855-ANGELS-5 Vitalitysoulworkshops@gmail.com DonatellaMoltisanti-newmoon.com Practice Summary/Services offered: Planetary Healer, Sound Healer, Singer, Voice of the Whales Channeler, Divine Intervention Master, Angels Healing, Writer, Holistic Counselor, VitalitySoul Courses and Retreats Founder. What first drew you to this profession? My natural tendency for understanding the Spiritual World since I was a child. Special Training/Certifications: Opera Singer; Sound Healer; Breathing Awareness; Shamanic Initiation; Light and Energy Worker; Divine Intervention Master; Angels Healing Technique “Bel Vaspata” What should a client expect from working with you and/or your program? Regeneration, inner calmness and a brighter future. My programs include: • Mamas Forum and Papa’s Forum – An Online Course for Mothers and Fathers of all ages. This work focuses to better understand how to bring healing within families’ patterns and to create a clear path for their children’s future. • A monthly New Moon Meditation to guide people to Co-Create in the fertile space of the moon cycles. • Work with Couples in private Sessions and Retreats to facilitate personal and relationship growth. • One on One Weekend Retreats • Group Sound Healing Workshops • One on One Private Intuitive Healing Sessions and Energy Work. Are you planning any practice/service enhancements or changes for 2017? Sound Healing has many positive healing and transmuting effects on the human psyche; in 2017 I’ll be hosting Sound Healing Concerts. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your work? I have been a Holistic Counselor and Energy Worker for the past 30 years. Not only experience, but deep ingrained wisdom is what makes my approach unique and effective. I bring spiritual insights into my clients’ lives, with the power of love, faith and hope. natural awakenings

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Traditional vs Non-Traditional Healthcare How does the Changing Nature of Healthcare Help Patients? by Angela Pascopella


t’s a new year with a new president and potentially new federal health care system for the nation. While traditional medicine is sometimes driven by what health care insurance companies will cover or not in terms of dollars and cents, the changing nature of health care is good news for patients. While some local non-traditional physicians still say medical doctors and western medicine overall is wary of their tactics, such physicians feel that patients are more knowledgeable about different options. And the more knowledge the better in healing. Traditional doctors may still resist the homeopathic route or anything that doesn’t purport western medicine in the form of medication and surgery as answers, but more are opening up to the fact that more patients seem to want other solutions. And this integrative paradigm is a win-win for patients and physicians. “The patient is searching around among many different professionals. Some are talking to each other; some don’t want that relationship,” says Dr. Kevin Healy, a chiropractor and applied kinesiologist in Madison. He points out that some traditional doctors are finally acknowledging that peppermint oil might be helpful, for example. Peppermint oil has been known to relieve sore


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muscles, and has antimicrobial properties so it can help freshen bad breath and soothe digestive issues. Right now, Dr. Healy says the nation is seeing a sharp rise in ADHD and prescribing medication for it, which manipulate a child’s dopamine levels. Cases and diagnoses of ADHD have increased dramatically in the past few years, according to healthline.com. The American Psychiatric Association says that 5 percent of American children have ADHD. But the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 11 percent of American children, ages 4 to 17, have the disorder. That’s an increase of 42 percent in eight years. But Dr. Healy, who sees patients from Massachusetts to New Jersey, says that instead of just prescribing medication, he would like to work with a gastroenterologist, for example, study the blood levels of patients and find out why patients’ dopamine levels are low, which can make someone feel fatigued and have mood swings and memory loss. He believes that food might be connected to such problems. For example, Peyer’s patches are small masses of lymphatic tissue found in the small intestine. They form an important part of the immune system by monitoring intestinal bacteria populations and preventing the growth of pathogenic bacteria in the intestines. “I’m a kinesiologist and I could find what food allergens can be inflaming the gut,” he says. “Doctors need to leave the egos at the door and need to acknowledge that we don’t know everything. Use the patient’s nervous system as a diagnostic tool. Try to fix the patient and find out what went wrong in the first place.” Although medication and surgery certainly have their place and are necessary with many medical ailments, many patients want to rely less on medications if and where possible. Some patients may also tend to seek out alternatives in frustration because western medicine failed them, or at least did not treat their illnesses, but instead just masked the symptoms for a period of time. They can’t lose weight, their hair is falling out, and they have serious digestive problems. No one else can help them.

Non-judgmental medicine

People as far as Brooklyn and across Connecticut come with their children to see Dr. Diana Lopusny, a Holistic Pediatrician in Milford. She calls herself an “integrative pediatrician” who doesn’t NOT believe in western medicine and antibiotics, but gives parents a voice in their children’s health. “A lot of parents are embracing this integrative life,” Dr. Lopusny says. “We do a lot of homeopathy, we use a lot of herbs, and we support integrative medicine. We use naturopaths and we use chiropractors. We Dr. Diana Lopusny believe in allowing the body to heal naturally.” She adds that when children are ready to receive vaccinations, she requires that parents first read up on vaccinations

and what ingredients they include as well as side effects. “Parents shouldn’t rely on me solely; they need to be aware of the potential issues,” she adds. Then, she discusses with each parent if they want all the vaccines, or just some vaccines, or none at all. Dr. Lopusny usually gives one vaccine per month per baby. “Parents have to know what we are doing with their baby,” Dr. Lopusny says. “We’re a pro-choice and non-judgmental practice. If they don’t want to vaccinate, that’s fine. If they want to do them all, that’s fine. That’s the difference--we help guide parents.”

Time, money

Healthcare spending is expected to reach $4.3 trillion in 2017, according to reports published online. Non-traditional physicians in the area agree that the western medical system is overbooked. Doctors can’t give patients more than a few minutes during appointments. Sometimes, they spend more time looking at a computer, reviewing a patient’s medical history and checking off certain medical health codes, which correspond to what health insurance companies would pay for, instead of really listening to the patient’s needs or ailments that day. To find the best doctors, physicians say patients should call the local hospital. And talk to the head nurse in the intensive care unit or emergency room. Look at testimonials online and consider the medical school of the doctor—is it a reputable school? Also, what kind of feeling do you get? Listen to your gut instinct, Dr. Healy suggests. Some doctors don’t even put their hands on patients anymore. And patients need to ask—”How confident do you feel in their expertise? Are they personable? Are they open minded?” “I’ve been educating the patient instead of talking over their head,” Dr. Healy says. “I’ve pushed patients to stay loose, stay flexible, and I’ve pushed many patients to yoga and swimming. Chiropractic isn’t everything,”

When MDs take up non-traditional therapies Noting that patients do want more solutions, some MDs are moving away from the conventional model by bolstering their knowledge with additional training in functional medicine, such as acupuncture or homeopathy. While it’s comforting seeing traditional doctors are acknowledging such benefits, Dr. Healy says MDs should leave the experts to that. “Even with my extensive education in medicine, I’m not going to remove your gallbladder,” Dr. Healy says. “I like that they are looking and recognizing that they don’t know everything and they see there are benefits to other therapies,

but I’m not going to start handing out antibiotics,” he says. For example, medical doctors might want to push vitamins to patients, which may be helpful for certain conditions. But if a doctor is not an expert, they might not know all the facts. Take vitamin E, Dr. Healy says. One study found that there were 17 percent more cases of prostate cancer among men who took vitamin E alone than among men who took a placebo, according to the October 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. But the bottom line, from DrSinatra.com, is that you can be safe taking vitamin E, as long as you take it with other antioxidants. DrSinatra.com says this: You want to take up to 400 IU of vitamin E with mixed tocopherols, along with other antioxidants such as 100 to 200 mg of vitamin C and/or 50 to 150 mcg of selenium to protect against the pro-oxidative effect of vitamin E. And Dr. Healy pointed out that “a big fad now is Vitamin D.” But he cautions that it’s also fat soluble and in order for it to be helpful, patients must take fish oil with it for the body to absorb it properly. “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing,” he says.

March on Washington

Aside from the natural path, Dr. Lopusny believes food is underrated when it comes to healing the body. “Most of the time when you deal with skin issues, it’s also a gut issue or inflammation from food,” she says. And instead of prescribing Steroids, which is typical traditional protocol, she investigates if it’s an allergy to a certain food. She recently had a baby with eczema, whose parents ate a lot of South American foods, including tortillas. Dr. Lopusny first had the mother, who is breast-feeding, and the baby go on a gluten and dairy-free diet. This diet helped heal the eczema but not completely. Dr. Lopusny then realized it was the corn in the mother’s and baby’s diet that was still causing the eczema. Shortly after taking corn from her diet, the eczema cleared up. It makes Dr. Lopusny determined to march on Washington, D.C., figuratively, and advocate that medical schools in the U.S. teach about the nutrition/disease link. “Sadly we don’t even have nutrition classes in med school,” she says. “Before I die, I’m going to Washington D.C. and advocate for nutrition in medical school training. Food is medicine--that’s the bottom line.”

Future of medicine

Dr. Lopusny and Dr. Healy agree that integrative medicine is what more people want. And the medical field will move toward the non-traditional approach as people ask for more options. “This is the wave of the future. We are the pioneers,” Dr. Lopusny says. “I’m going to be in heaven looking down. This will happen because there is no way the world will stay the way it is.” Dr. Kevin Healy

Angela Pascopella is a freelance writer and works full-time as managing editor at a national trade publication. natural awakenings

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What are some of the most significant natural alternatives you report on in Honest Medicine? The ketogenic diet is one standout because it was the standard of care for children with epilepsy in the 1920s— until pharmaceutical companies began to produce lucrative anti-seizure


medications; then its use diminished through a lack of proponents in the medical field. Its use was revived in the 1990s due to the efforts of Jim Abrahams, a Hollywood writer/director, father of a child with epilepsy and one of my heroes. I found small studies that proved that the ketogenic diet successfully stops children’s seizures nearly 70 percent of the time. This highly effective alternative has none of the negative side effects of antiseizure drugs. Most doctors aren’t in favor of the diet approach and instead often prescribe affected children up to three or four meds as an easier option. The diet follows Hippocrates’ dictum, “Let food be thy medicine.” Another standout is intravenous alpha lipoic acid, pioneered since the 1970s by Dr. Burt Berkson, who used it mainly for end-stage liver disease and diabetic neuropathy. He saved many people from needing liver transplants with infusions of this powerful, versatile antioxidant. photo by Keith Peterson


ollowing up on the success of her bestselling book Honest Medicine: Effective, Time-Tested, Inexpensive Treatments for LifeThreatening Diseases, Julia Schopick plans to spread awareness of the efficacy of low-dose naltrexone (LDN) in treating autoimmune and other ailments later this year with a new book coauthored with professional writer Don Schwartz. Her first book, endorsed by many leading integrative health practitioners, earned the top National Indie Excellence Award for Alternative Medicine. It taps into nearly 200 scientific studies, with her research into innovative treatments driven by a quest that she and her late husband both believed added 15 years to his life after a terminal prognosis at age 40. The former English teacher at Long Island University and Virginia State University, now an Oak Park, Illinois resident, has contributed to the American Medical Association publication AM News, writes online and print guest columns and shares her journey in media interviews.

Did anything surprise you? I chose to include effective treatments that are non-toxic and inexpensive. I didn’t realize that several of them were effective for many different conditions. For example, LDN has been used since the mid-1980s to treat autoimmune diseases, of which there are more than 100; it also treats some cancers and AIDS. Research shows good results

for conditions as varied as multiple sclerosis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and Parkinson’s, because all of them have an autoimmune component if they are not directly autoimmune diseases. Similarly, the ketogenic diet is now being studied as a treatment for cancers, especially brain tumors, brain injuries, autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Intravenous alpha lipoic acid is also used to address autoimmune diseases, some cancers and other conditions.

Are you finding that people are increasingly moving away from drugs and, if so, why? Yes. The norm used to be that patients followed their doctors’ orders without question, which routinely entailed prescription drugs. Today, people are realizing that drugs often come with horrendous side effects. Consider, for instance, that ads for some injectible treatments for autoimmune diseases caution against side effects of cancers, including lymphomas. A side effect of some multiple sclerosis drugs is a serious brain infection called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, or PML. People are listening closely, reading and researching their health issues, and don’t want risky side effects, especially when safer options are available.

In dealing with chronic illnesses, how crucial is it for caregiver and patient to maintain a positive, optimistic attitude? Multiple studies, like those referenced in Mind Over Medicine, by Dr. Lissa Rankin, and Radical Remission, by Kelly Turner, Ph.D., show that a positive state of mind is crucial to healing. One of the benefits I report in my book is that patients and caregivers will do even more research looking for alternatives when doctors tell them nothing else can be done. And many find healing treatments; there are many such cases reported in my book. I like the African proverb, “When you pray, move your feet.” Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine.

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For generations, Christian communities have operated health care sharing ministries (HCSM) to collectively share the cost of each other’s medical bills as an alternative to outside insurance. Members are exempt from current Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) mandates. Liberty HealthShare, a nonprofit HCSM chartered by the Mennonite church, believes that everyone has the right to practice religion as they see fit. Their members share a commitment to personal health and sharing in the burden of health expenses with others that have these values. “Many in the functional and integrative medical arenas also believe in these principles,” says Tom Blue, of Richmond, Virginia, a director with The Institute for Functional Medicine. “Cost sharing feels very familiar; you present your card to your provider, but there’s no set network of providers, which is favorable for those seeking more progressive forms of care.” Expanding upon this model, Blue worked with the company to create its Liberty Direct program (LibertyDirect.org). Individuals pay an annual membership fee plus a monthly share amount. After fulfilling their annual unshared amount of out-of-pocket expenses (similar to a deductible), participants’ healthcare costs—including approved naturopathic and alternative treatments—can be submitted as expenses to be shared by the group. Liberty Direct provides financial advantages to DPC practitioners and patients by subsidizing membership fees; it favors nutrition over chronic prescription dependence by reimbursing physician-prescribed nutritional supplement and pharmaceutical expenses under the same terms. Members must be in good health with a lifestyle that helps sustain wellness, including good nutrition, exercise and abstinence from tobacco use and drug and alcohol abuse. The program also accepts approximately 7 percent of applicants on provisional terms when pre-existing conditions such as hypertension, obesity and diabetes can be improved through lifestyle changes. They pay an extra fee per month to cover the cost of a health coach; when they achieve their goals, they become full members paying regular rates.

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he latest National Health Interview Survey available, from 2012, shows an annual expenditure of $30.2 billion in out-of-pocket costs for complementary health approaches, benefiting 33 percent of adults and 12 percent of children, and representing about 10 percent of out-of-pocket U.S. healthcare costs. Insurance rarely covers complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in full. As provider networks shrink, premiums rise and the future of healthcare reform remains uncertain, health-conscious consumers yearn for innovative ways to afford this kind of care.

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When Dr. Chad Krisel worked at an urgent care center, he saw up to 55 patients a day. Since opening Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville (IntegrativeAsheville.org), in North Carolina, with Dr. Brian Lewis, he averages 12 patients a day. His team provides a membership-based practice in a payment model known as direct primary care (DPC). Endorsed by the American Academy of Family Physicians, DPC is broadly accessible. By applying simplicity, sustainability, quality and collaboration, their integrative practice provides comprehensive care for less than what many pay for phone service. “DPC removes traditional financial incentives and conflicts of interest because membership fees fund us. Our only incentive is to help and heal patients,” Krisel explains. Paying for memberships out-of-pocket (often electing high-deductible plans) or via a health-sharing plan, clients 26

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“The economics are staggering,” says Blue, who used to pay $760 a month for insurance with a $12,400 deductible and now pays a monthly share of $449 with a family unshared amount of $1,500. HCSMs are affordable because of restricted overhead budgets. Plus, they appeal to naturalhealth conscious clients and can decline unsuitable applicants. “This concept of communal cost sharing works—Liberty’s share amounts decreased in 2013 and have not changed since,” comments Blue.


Told she was past medical hope, Kari Gray, of Kahului, Hawaii, sought to heal from cancer using natural medicine. “When thousands of dollars spent for natural protocols were denied reimbursement by my insurance company, I saw that the system needs to change,” Gray recalls. CAM therapies still deemed “unproven” by traditional insurance companies gave Gray a second chance at life. Following remission, she began a 20-year search for alternative medicine insurance. Finding none, in 2014, she created GreenSurance (MyGreenSurance.com). Serving people that proactively care for their health and prefer natural medicine as primary care, GreenSurance developed an evidence-based and science-backed list

of 40-plus covered CAM modalities, including thermography, energy therapy, biofeedback, essential oils and homeopathy. It also covers conventional medical and emergency care. Enrollees of the member-owned organization are supplied third-party payer information for provider direct billing once the member’s out-of-pocket amount is met. They use any state-licensed provider and the program is often more affordable than traditional insurance. GreenSurance is currently investing resources to broaden consumer access to the tax advantages of a health spending account (HSA). H.R. 1752 would allow enrollees in any healthcare-sharing program to open an HSA. “Simply, we’re a co-op whose members empower us to create an exempt program that protects members from ACA penalties and traditional health insurance,” says Gray. “More, we’re a grassroots movement for change.” Krisel notes, “Doctors too, are livid about the current status of America’s healthcare system. Be vocal about what’s important to you. The more voices heard in Washington, the more change we’ll see.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com).

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Know What a Policy Covers

Before using a complementary or integrative service, inquire about specifics: Sometimes preapproval or a referral is required to qualify; coverage may be limited to a certain network of practitioners; verify visit limits or the number required; and get details of out-of-pocket costs. Keep insurance-related communications records, including notes on calls and copies of bills, claims and letters, to help with any claim disputes.

Explore Available Options

Ask the insurance provider about coverage of CAM approaches, including whether a rider or supplement to the standard plan is required to cover them. Inquire about discount programs, such as when members pay for fees and out-of-pocket costs, but at a lower rate. State insurance departments and professional associations for

complementary health specialties may know which insurance companies cover specific CAM approaches.

Ask Practitioners About Payments

When seeing a complementary or integrative practitioner, clarify payment and insurance details before the first visit. Learn the cost of initial and follow-up appointments; how many appointments are needed; additional costs such as for tests, supplements or equipment; and if they offer an incomebased sliding scale. Also confirm which insurance plans are accepted and if the patient or provider files claims. When insurance doesn’t cover a service, inquire about installment plans and discounts for cash payments. Jeanette Dietl/Shutterstock.com

onventional insurance rules adversely affect Americans’ consideration of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). According to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, acupuncture, chiropractic and massage therapy use increased over the prior decade, but only among those without insurance. For those with progressive policies, coverage for CAM approaches is usually only partial.

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Flexible spending accounts offered by some employers allow participants to set aside pretax dollars for health-related expenses. Health savings accounts can be established by individuals with high-deductible health plans to save for medical expenses. Contributions are tax-deductible and interest is tax-free. Source: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health natural awakenings

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ettlebells can replace almost all other exercise equipment in providing an all-in-one workout, combining strength and cardio benefits,” explains Shelly Bumpus, an Athletics and Fitness Association of America-certified personal trainer and owner of the Studio Women’s Fitness Center, in Scott, Louisiana. Bumpus often uses kettlebells in strength and conditioning exercise classes to afford a balanced full-body workout that’s fun and engaging. “Consistent kettlebell training imitates and strengthens movements we use to function in daily life,” explains Athena Concannon, an American College of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer and healthy lifestyle blogger at AchieveWithAthena.com, in Boston. For example, actions like lifting grocery bags and standing up from a sitting position become easier.


She notes that the growing popularity of different kinds of functional training in the past decade has bolstered recognition of kettlebell benefits as people seek ways to move away from assisted weight machines toward natural body movements. Kettlebells now show up in circuit training, CrossFit and both functional fitness and step classes. People see results because, “It takes multiple small and large muscle groups to redirect movement while maintaining control with a kettlebell, requiring more muscle recruitment than with a traditional dumbbell; it’s because its shape provides unbalanced weight resistance that strengthens a multitude of different muscles,” explains Julie Joffrion, owner of All-Inclusive Health, in New Orleans. A kettlebell’s configuration requires exercisers to pay close attention to



maintaining a neutral spinal posture and avoid locking knees and wrists to avoid pain or injury. By starting with a smaller weight and focusing on form first, exercisers build a foundation that allows them to more fully enjoy the benefits. Momentum training with kettlebells also compares favorably to traditional dumbbells or weighted bars. “The distinctive shape and weight distribution allows for a variety of exercises and grip positions that are not as comfortable and effective or even possible with a dumbbell,” says Joffrion. Although kettlebells have been popular with Russian athletes since the 1700s, they are a relatively new addition to U.S. fitness clubs. “I first learned about kettlebell fitness in 2005 when some gyms were purchasing them. However, because trainers didn’t yet know how to use or instruct on proper movement of the bells, they sat dormant for awhile. I started using them and fell in love. After a few months, I knew this would be something I’d stick with for a long time,” recalls

Learn more at Tinyurl.com/ KettlebellsFitnessStudy. Lorna Kleidman, an accomplished kettlebell champion who has earned gold awards in 17 national and international competitions. Now the founder of KettleX, a business focused on making kettlebell fitness available to everyone through DVDs, private sessions, online coaching and seminars, Kleidman says, “The beauty is that the bells keep you strong and looking great, no matter what your age or fitness experience. I’ve rarely met a person that didn’t get hooked after working out with the appropriate bells, be it a child or an 80-year-young client. “They are excellent for power, cardiovascular enhancement, endurance and physical symmetry, which is important for the health of the tissues and joints. At the same time, they create a healthful-looking physique, including toned arms, flat abs and a round, lifted butt.” she adds.

Participants completing 20 minutes of a high-intensity kettlebell workout burned an average of 20 calories per minute in a study sponsored by the American Council of Exercise. The researchers compared this level to running a six-minute mile and credited the more intensive calorie burn as a result of challenging the total body, which quickly raises the heart rate when performed with speed. The study concluded that kettlebell training is especially beneficial for those that want to fit in a time-efficient, total body workout. Proponents go a step further, claiming that kettlebells can deliver increased benefits in half the time of traditional workouts. Bumpus advises, “If you’re solely interested in building strength and muscle power, stick with free weights, but if you’re looking for a way to burn fat while increasing muscular and cardiovascular endurance, kettlebells are a valuable option to incorporate into your training.” Taylor Geiger is a freelance writer in Phoenix, Arizona. Connect at TaylorGeiger.wordpress.com.

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While free-feeding dry food is easier for owners and allows a cat to snack at will, some take advantage and overeat, often from boredom. To help the transition from always-available dry food to mealtime wet food, use kibble as a special treat. Food puzzles, widely available online or in pet supply stores, will keep Kitty busy during the day. Homemade feeding puzzles work, too; put a small amount of kibble in a cardboard tube or small box, tape the end shut and randomly cut small holes in the sides. Kitty will have to roll the tube or fit a paw inside to retrieve a treat. “Free-feeding dry food is comparable to a constant supply of Fritos on our desk,” says Jackson Galaxy, author of Cat Daddy. “As far as the myth that dry food cleans teeth, I ask, do you floss with Melba toast? Dry food leaves plaque. A grain-free, wet food adds needed mois-

ture and fat to their diet. A cat’s teeth are designed to rip and tear, not crunch.” “Changing my cat’s food to an all-wet diet slimmed her down to a healthy weight. I hated the smell, but it made sense to me that dry food was just carbs,” says Pichette. “At first, she whined at not having food all the time, but got used to it, and now she can eat treats in moderation. The cool thing is we’re all enjoying her increased energy and playfulness.” Cats are obligate carnivores, which means their natural diet comprises 90 percent meat and 10 percent vegetable matter. A roaming cat’s native routine is to search for food, hunt, catch and eat, groom and nap. Because each catch is small, they eat frequently. “There’s still an ancestor cat inside domesticated felines, a ‘raw’ cat that wants to hunt for its food,” explains Galaxy. “We need to play into that thinking and feed at intervals; ideally, every five hours or so, or at least in the morning, after work and about an hourand-a-half before bedtime.” While the family’s morning and evening schedules mean just a quick scoop of food in the bowl, the third meal should be an interactive one. “A battery-operated toy or waving a laser light around is not play,” says Galaxy. “Interactive play is not texting with one hand and wiggling the fishing pole toy with the other. You have to get up and move to let the cat search for the toy, watch and wait, then pounce. It engages the animal mentally and physically and brings the raw cat to the surface. When you reach the point of diminishing returns, the pet is tired and it’s time for a meal.” His foundation improves lives of shelter animals, teaching staff to clicker train, entertain and exercise their cats to make them more adoptable. After an active day, the cat will be ready for bed, syncing its rhythm with the rest of the household. “A full play session satisfies natural instincts and prevents the cat from hunting your ankles as you sleep,” advises Galaxy. “It’s not a luxury to have a variety of toys; it’s a necessity for having a quality relationship with a healthy cat.”

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4 Merkaba Meditation Series – 6:30pm-8:30pm. (Jan 4, 11 & 18). The Mer-Ka-Ba is the vehicle for ascension which extends into all possible dimensions. Learn how to “turn on” these geometric energy fields around our bodies connecting with our breath. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927 or return2love3@gmail.com.


Free Reiki Clinic w/Eileen Anderson: Critical Care Nurse, Reiki Practitioner – 2pm-5pm. Relax/ Revive/and Heal with a 10 minute chair treatment. Edge of the woods, 379 Whalley Ave, New Haven. ReikiWithEileenAnderson.com. Reiki I class w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 1pm-6pm. Learn about Usui and Holy Fire energy, their histories, and how to use this energy for yourself and others. Placement (Attunement) given. Certificate and manual included. $125. Hamden. Info/Registration: 203-415-4791. Master’s Table Community Meal – 3:30pm-5pm. Free. Open to the public. No RSVP. Donations graciously accepted. Assumption Church Hall, 61 N. Cliff St, Ansonia. In case of inclement weather, call for updates. The dinner will not be rescheduled. 203-732-7792 or MastersTableMeals.org.

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

Community Yoga Class w/ Karen Hogg to support Love 146 – 6pm-7pm. an international human rights organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation. By donation – suggested $10, but give what you can afford. All proceeds go to Love 146. Check our website for other Community classes. Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277. YourCommunityYoga.com.



Restore, Reflect, Resolve, Relax, & Renew – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Explore your Intentions for a New Year to bring about positive change. Gentle/Restorative Yoga. Meditation and Journaling. Guided Relaxation. $40. Life Full Yoga, 20 Wall St, Madison. kim@lifefullyoga.com. LifeFullYoga.com.

Young Living Essential Oils – 6:30pm-8pm. Help align your mind, body, spirit. Learn to take control of your health with therapeutic grade oils. Free class. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford Gayle 203-265-2927 or return2love3@gmail.com.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 Jewelry Making Class: Pendulum Earrings – 11am. Learn to make chandelier earrings that suit your personal style. Early registration recommended. Free with minimum purchase. KanduBeads in the Watch Factory Shoppes, Cheshire. 203-4398689. KanduBeads.com. Free Reiki clinic w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 12pm3pm. Enjoy a 10-15 min. session of Reiki and learn about healing energy. Thyme and Season, 3040 Whitney Ave, Hamden. Information: 203-415-4791. Our very own D. Jaffe will teach you her own step by step technique for making an award winning ombre polymer floral lei chain – 1pm. $55 + required materials. Early registration required. KanduBeads in the Watch Factory Shoppes, Cheshire. 203-439-8689. KanduBeads.com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 ECKANKAR Religion of the Light and Sound of God, invites you to our Worship Service – 10am. Hear inspirational talks and uplifting music to awaken spiritual understanding in everyday life. Free. Eckankar Temple at Rt.66 & Harvest Wood Rd, Middlefield. eckankarct@gmail.com. CT-Eckankar.org.


New Haven / Middlesex

TUESDAY, JANAURY 10 Pet Loss Grief Support Group – 1pm. Losing a beloved animal can be tragic and a very emotional time for humans. Susan Wilson has created this support group for those who have lost an animal or have one in the process of moving on. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Register/ information: 203-736-1053. Angelspeake™ Class w/RMT, Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Ask empowering questions, awaken intuitive senses, receive signs/loving messages/guidance from angels, guides, loved ones. $33/class. ($25 Returning Students bring Manuals.) Wallingford. Register: 203-913-3869. PersonalHarmonyandHealth.com.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12 Full Moon Meditation w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Align w/new energies of Super Full Moon. Opportunities for allowing spiritual energies to reach human hearts and minds. Tap into this pool of energy. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. Gayle: 203-265-2927. Return2love3@gmail.com.


SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 Free Breakfast Provided by Assumption Church Breakfast Club & Masters Table Community Meals – 9am-10:30am. Join us for a hot breakfast or a cup of coffee. All are welcome! Assumption Church Hall, 61 N Cliff St, Ansonia. For more information, call 203-732-7792. Reiki I Certification w/RMT, Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm or two 1/2-Days/ Eves. Provides empowering foundation for selfhealing, support for personal challenges/goals/ relationships and treating others. Wallingford. $150 Pre-Class Consult/Register: 203-913-3869 PersonalHarmonyandHealth.com. Jewelry Making Class: 3 Stranded Beaded Bracelet – 11am. Learn to make an intricate bracelet using beads to make it your own. Free with min purchase. Early registration recommended. KanduBeads in the Watch Factory Shoppes, Cheshire. 203-439-8689. KanduBeads.com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy of Environmental and Social Justice – 12pm-4pm (& Mon, Jan 16, 10am-4pm). Join the Nature Center at the Yale Peabody Museum, 170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven. The Peabody will once again offer world-class performances and educational activities for visitors of all ages, in honor of Dr. King and his efforts to ensure justice for all people. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Register/ information: 203-736-1053. Reiki II class w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 1pm-6pm. Increase your Holy Fire Reiki knowledge and energy. Learn the basic Reiki symbols and distant healing. Placement (Attunement) given. Certificate and manual included. $150. Hamden. Info/Registration: 203-415-4791. Mindful, Kick-Ass Strength – 2pm-4pm. A yoga class covering REAL confidence in the age of the selfie. Confidence is the consciousness of your own powers. It is not boastful, or ego driven, but rather a celebration of your gifts. $35. Breathing Room, 817 Chapel St, New Haven. 203-562-LOVE. BreathingRoomCT.com. Sunday Sound Meditation – 5:30pm-6:30pm. Group sound meditation with ancient healing instruments. Set in idyllic forest setting with warm fireplace in Chester. Matts and chairs provided. $22. 860-322-4492. TheSoundRetreat.com.

MONDAY, JANUARY 16 Group Past Life Regression – 6:30pm-8-30pm. Discover reasons for current fears, recurring dreams or personality tendencies. Attendees explore past lives, learn reasons for repeat patterns or why they were born to a certain family. $20.  Wallingford.  Contact Gayle: 203-265-2927. return2love3@gmail.com.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 New Year’s 40 Day Sadhana – Join a 40-day yoga (Jan 18-Feb 27). Daily practice with observation & reflection can create positive & meaningful change in one’s life. 40 Days: $140. 30 Days: $125. 21 Days: $100. Breathing Room Yoga Center, 817 Chapel St, New Haven. 203-562-LOVE. BreathingRoomCT.com.

Mindful Healing Meditation & EFT w/ RMT/ Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 6:30pm8:30pm or Tues. 1/24, Engage in [+] Energy insights and create lasting, healthy transformations. $25. Wallingford. Register: 203-913-3869 or PersonalHarmonyandHealth.com. A Circle of Women – 7pm-9pm. Join in sacred space to discover and strengthen your authentic self. What you’ve been looking for has been looking for you. Healing the world one woman at a time. $25. Central Wallingford. Call Susan to explore/reserve space. 203-645-1230.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 Reiki II Cert. w/RMT, Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm or two 1/2-Days/ Eves. Receive empowering keys to mentalemotional clarity, balance; support for empathic challenges/relationship healing. Wallingford. $175 Pre-Class Consult/Register: 203-913-3869. PersonalHarmonyandHealth.com. Jewelry Making Class: Braided Wrapped Bracelet with Silver – 11am. Learn to make this amazingly popular bracelet using hemp or leather. Personalize with beads to make it one of a kind. Early registration recommended. Free with minimum purchase. KanduBeads in the Watch Factory Shoppes, Cheshire. 203-439-8689. KanduBeads.com. Free Reiki clinic w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 12pm3pm. Enjoy a 10-15 min. session of Reiki and learn about healing energy. Thyme and Season, 3040 Whitney Ave, Hamden. Information: 203-415-4791. Activity Day and Open House! CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) – 1pm-3pm. Find out what an experience-based middle school education is all about. Try art, music, science activities, and enjoy some refreshments! CELC Middle School, 28 School St, Branford. RSVP: mandm@CTExperiential.org. Back to Basics: Natural Lip Balm – 1:30pm. Soothe your lips with your own homemade lip balm! Join Ranger Dawn and learn how to make lip balm with natural ingredients such as beeswax and essential oils in this easy and fun workshop. Take home a sample! Materials Fee $10 per person. Space limited. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Donatella Moltisanti’s Sound Healing Concert – 5:30pm-7:30pm. All is Sound. The whole earth is a song. Sound is medicine, and it has been used by ancient mystics for thousands of years to bring a state of Inner Peace and Divine Silence that creates a state of Union with all that Is. Participating in a Sound Healing Concert with Donatella is an opportunity for anyone that wants to bathe in a harmonious field of higher vibrations to achieve unknown states of Inner Harmony. Location: 875 East Broadway, Milford. Contact: https://donatellamoltisantisicilyretreat.com/sound-healing-concerts/

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 ART/Master Reiki Classes w/ Anita Jones, RMT – Become a Holy Fire II Reiki Master. Increase your skills and techniques, as well as learn to teach Reiki to others. Three day workshop, or alternative dates, Placements given. Certificate and manual included. $850. Hamden. Info/Registration: 203-415-4791.

Grandmother Turtle: An Iroquois Tale – 2pm. Storyteller Leslie Elias will tell us the Iroquois creation myth, a story of sky people and water animals and how the earth came to rest on Grandmother Turtle’s back. During this workshop, children will create a mask and perform the creation myth for their families. Materials fee $10 per person. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Register/information: 203-736-1053. Master’s Table Community Meal – 3:30pm-5pm. Free. Open to the public. No RSVP. Donations graciously accepted. Assumption Church Hall, 61 N. Cliff St, Ansonia. In case of inclement weather, call for updates. The dinner will not be rescheduled. 203-732-7792 or MastersTableMeals.org.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24 Field Trip: Behind the Scenes at the Peabody Museum – 3:30pm-4:30pm (meet at museum at 2:45pm). A guide will take you to visit two different curatorial divisions; you’ll learn how the collections are stored and organized, and have the opportunity to glimpse some hidden treasures that rarely see the light of day! Tours not open to children under 12. $15 per person. Space limited. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 Young Living Essential Oils – 6:30-8pm. Help align your mind, body, spirit. Learn to take control of your health with therapeutic grade oils. Free class. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. Contact Gayle: 203-265-2927 or return2love3@gmail.com.

Reiki III ART Cert. w/RMT Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm or two 1/2-Days or Eves. Promote/Deepen personal and client lasting, healthy transformations Advanced Techniques w/ Crystal/Stone healing & manifesting grids. Wallingford. $200. Pre-Class Consult/Register: 203-9133869.PersonalHarmonyandHealth.com. Jewelry Making Class: Elegant Pearl Knotting – 11am. Learn to use the art of pearl knotting to explore the wonderful intricacies of incorporating beading silk into your designs. KanduBeads.com early registration recommended. Free with minimum purchase. KanduBeads in the Watch Factory Shoppes, Cheshire. 203-439-8689. Special Edition of Playground Mouse – 2pm. Come hear the adventure of Playground Mouse, who was found at our beloved old playground …. a fun story of a local mouse growing, meeting some friends, and his release back into the great outdoors. We will create a Playground Mouse of your own to take home and care for. Donate $10 and you will receive a copy of the adventures of Playground Mouse. All donations will help feed the animals at the Nature Center. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Register/information: 203-736-1053

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Jewelry Making Class: Gaia Pendant – 6:30pm. Learn the fundamentals of wire-wrapping to make a pendant which will impress the heck outa your friends. $35 + required materials. Early registration required. KanduBeads in the Watch Factory Shoppes, 116 Elm St, Cheshire. 203-439-8689. KanduBeads.com.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 Being a Spiritual Warrior in times of change w/ Katherine “Kitty” Moore – (Jan 27, 28 & 29). Resistance that holds a high moral ground is blessed by invisible powers and has an extraordinary capacity to shift the situation. For yogis and non-yogis alike. Check our website or call for full details. Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277. YourCommunityYoga.com. CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School Hosts National Geographic Geography Bee – 1pm. For students grades 4-8. Free and open to the public - come to support our young geographers! Blackstone Memorial Library, 758 Main St, Branford. Information: mandm@CTExperiential.org.

Darkness cannot

drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 Year of the Rooster New Year’s Celebration – 9am-1pm. One World Wellness & Seven Stars Tai Chi present a day of Taoist healing arts and bibimbap luncheon. $25 online / $30 at the event. One World Wellness & Yoga, 967 N High St, East Haven. OneWorld-Wellness.com.

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ongoingevents sunday EFT Emotional Freedom Technique w/RMTHolistic Coach Diane Esposito – By appt. 7 Days/ week. Phone/In-Person. Relax, refresh w/take-home techniques and insights to “release stress/pain”, heal and expand free-spiritedness. Wallingford. Register/ Complimentary Pre-Session questions: 203-9133869. PersonalHarmonyandHealth.com. Mystical Market and Craft Fair – 11am-4pm. (The 3rd Sunday of every month). Vendors, artisans, holistic practitioners, and like-minded folk. Free admission, vendors fees vary. The Ruby Tree, Sherman Village Shopping Center, 670 Main St South, Woodbury. Information, call: 203-586-1655, email: Christina@therubytreect.com, or visit: TheRubyTreeCT.com.

monday Pilates/Barre Community Class – 8am. This class is a mix between pilates moves to strengthen core muscles and the Barre technique to sculpt and lean our arms and legs. Discount price of $10.00 cash/ check or $12.00 credit card. Kneading Hands Yoga & Massage, 760 Main St S, Unit F, Southbury. 203-267-4417. KneadingHands.net. 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. Iyengr Yoga Fundamentals & Level I – 6pm7:15pm. Begin or refine your yoga practiceas you safely learn how optimal alignment makes you stronger, more flexible, and more emotionally stable. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). YogaInMiddletown.com. 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. tmiarts.com.

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


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Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Class – 12pm-1pm. Improve how you move in every day movement sequences. $15 drop-in or class card. Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Contact Carol Meade: 203-415-8666. info@massage2movement.com. Healthy-Steps, The Lebed Method w/Susan Sandel – 3:45pm-4:45pm. Gentle therapeutic exercise/mvmnt prog. Helpful for breast cancer survivors/chronic health conditions. Free. Sponsored by Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center of Integrative Medicine. Location: Madison House, 34 Wildwood Ave, Madison. Details: 203-457-1656. Karate Club – 5pm-5:45pm. (Tues, Jan 10-Feb 7). For children in grades K-6, students will engage in various martial arts techniques and activities while learning important skills such as discipline, focus, self-control, and confidence. Tuition: $45 per 5-week session. Includes a Karate Club T-shirt and white belt. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Call Chief Instructor Adam Rylski at 203-671-6903/203-931-1979, or the Ansonia Nature Center: 203-736-1053. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Class – 6pm-7pm. (5 Week Series begins Jan 3). Learn to find ease and comfort in every day movements related to neck and shoulders $50/5 weeks. Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Call Carol 203-415-8666. info@massage2movement.com. 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. Yoga/Pilates – 5;15pm. Yoga All Levels – 6:30pm7:30pm. Vinyasa Style Yoga with a Slow Flow Adaptable Yoga for All Levels of Experience. $19 Drop-in or $45 Monthly Unlimited Yoga Pass for New Students. Life Full Yoga, 20 Wall St, Madison. 203-350-3616. LifeFullYoga.com.  Free Reiki Sessions: The Universal Reiki Plan – 7:30pm-8:30pm. (& 8:30pm-9:30pm Thurs). Reiki teachers Jeannette and Jim of ReikiOvertones and students offer free Reiki sessions. Appt. only. Love offering appreciated. 95 Harris St, Fairfield. Details: Jim and Jeannette 203-254-3958. info@ReikiOvertones.com. Qigong for Health – 7:45pm-8:45pm. 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: MECA, 28 Washington Ave, North Haven. Info: 860-301-6433. tmiarts.com.


wednesday Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 12pm1pm. Experience a qigong form for rebalancing and strengthening body, mind and spirit. For all abilities and levels of health. Schedule Available online. 1st class free (reg. $5). Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Info: EmeiQigongChan.com. Stony Creek Yoga for Stress Relief – 5:45pm7pm. Classes led by Gina Macdonald MA, LPC. Sessions include breathing techniques, yoga poses and relaxation techniques. Emphasis on movement, flow and release of tension.. Beginning yoga experience recommended along wit loose clothing and a yoga mat. Newcomers please arrive early. $10/session. Willoughby Wallace Library. 146 Thimble Island Rd, Stony Creek. Contact Gina: 203-710-6665. Weekly Meditation Circle – 6pm. (Jan 4, 11, 18 & 25). There is no experience needed. By attending our weekly circle you can make your practice more routine. We are committed to helping you maintain a consistent practice of meditation for your health and well-being. Meditation is a practice of self-care. Investment $10. Healing Room, 70 Wall St, Madison. 203-245-5137. HealingRoomllc.com. Centering Prayer Group – 6pm–7pm. Come pray in silence and “rest in God.” No charge, although a free-will donation would be appreciated. Mercy by the Sea Retreat and Conference Center, 167 Neck Rd, Madison. For more information, call 203-2450401 or visit MercyBytheSea.org. Alignment Yoga: Intermediate/Advanced – 6pm7:15pm. With Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate. Refine your yoga practice with optimal alignment practices that make you stronger, more flexible, and more emotionally stable. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). YogaInMiddletown.com. The Caring Network: Free Support Group for adults who hve lost a loved one – 6pm-8pm. (Jan 4 & 18). Information about loss and grief. Open discussion. Bridges, 949 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford, For information or brochure: Cody-White Funeral Home, 203-874-0268 or Facilitator Cynthia Dodd, M. Div, 203-878-6365 ext 344. Yoga with Marlene – 6:30pm. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Meditation In the World @ Guest House Retreat – 7pm-8pm. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced meditator, join us every week as we are led in the practice of focusing our awareness. Helping you find calm within everyday demands and stress. Free. 318 West Main St, Chester. 860-322-5770.

thursday The Milford Chamber’s ‘Health & Wellness Council’ – 8:30am-9:30am. (2nd Thurs. monthly). Group is comprised of businesses in the health and wellness industry. 5 Broad St, Milford. 2 0 3 - 8 7 8 - 0 6 8 1 . p r i s c o @ p r i s c o p r. c o m , Milfordct.com. Yoga with Marlene – 10am & 6:30pm.Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body – 6:30pm. Our seasoned Hatha Yoga instructor and practitioner, Pam Mellitz, will lead us into a healthier lifestyle through stretching, breath control and gentle exercise. The full 1.5 hour classes require a mat or thick towel; dress for easy movement. Class is limited to 12 students. $7 per class. Please call Pam to register at 203-888-4124. Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 6:30pm7:30pm. (Every Thurs. except the 1st Thurs. of month). Experience a qigong form for rebalancing and strengthening body, mind and spirit. For all abilities and levels of health. Schedule Available online. 1st class free (reg. $5). Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Info: EmeiQigongChan.com.

saturday Akashic Record or Angelic Reading w/RMT, Diane Esposito – By Appt. 7 Days/week. Phone/ In-Person. Ask empowering questions, awaken to signs, receive loving messages/guidance from masters, teachers, loved ones, angels/guides. Develop spiritual senses.  Wallingford. Register: 203-913-3869. PersonalHarmonyandHealth.com. Simple Moves 5 Week Series – 9am-10am. (Begins Jan 7). Learn easy exercises based on Feldenkrais and Qi Gong $50/5 weeks Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Contact Carol Meade: 203-415-8666. info@massage2movement.com. Alignment Yoga: Intermediate/Advanced – 9am10:30am. With Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate. Refine your yoga practice with optimal alignment practices that make you stronger, more flexible, and more emotionally stable. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). YogaInMiddletown.com. Yoga All Levels – 9am-10am. Vinyasa Style Yoga with a Slow Flow Adaptable Yoga for All Levels of Experience. $19 Drop-in or $45 Monthly Unlimited Yoga Pass for New Students. Life Full Yoga, 20 Wall St, Madison. 203-350-3616. LifeFullYoga.com. 

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.

Ropes Yoga – 11am-12pm. (Jan 14, 21, 28). 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. 860-347YOGA (9642). YogaInMiddletown.com.


ReikiShare: The Universal Reiki Plan – 11am1:30pm. Pre-register to share Reiki and join in a FREE workshop to make it a Reiki day! The 3rd Sat. of every month. Free (“love offering”). Bloodroot Rest. 85 Ferris St, Bridgeport. Reservation only. Jim or Jeannette: 203-254-3958. info@ ReikiOvertones.com.

CT Experiential Learning Center(CELC) – Seeking students, parents, teaching artists of all ages who would like to teach and present short courses/ workshops geared toward middle school-aged students. Bring your passions, skills, and talents on Fridays to CELC! School Street, Branford. Contact mandm@CTExperiential.org. 

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Yoga with Marlene – 9:30am. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Intuitive Readings w/Susane Grasso – 11am-3pm. Usui and Karuna Reiki Master and Clairvoyant Susane sees auras/mirrors of soul/emotions and physical being. Now also a certified Doreen Virtue Angel Reader. $1/min. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. EnchantedGuilfordct.com.

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