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letterfrompublisher “I’m very pleased with each advancing year. It stems back to when I was forty. I was a bit upset about reaching that milestone, but an older friend consoled me. ‘Don’t complain about growing old – many, many people do not have that privilege.’ ~Earl Warren It has been fourteen years since I turned forty—the so-called old age of youth—“the over the hill” years, according to some stereotypical beliefs. Contrarily, my fortieth decade turned out to be a time of re-birth, re-invention, and many more significant milestones. My decision to go out on a limb and enter the unfamiliar world of publishing was one of those milestones, which has contributed immensely to my personal and professional growth. I now revel in great health and enjoy the privilege of doing work that I love and feel passionate about. How sweet is that? On May 19, I will be celebrating my 54th birthday—sort of a bittersweet milestone, as this was the age at which my mother succumbed to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)—one more reason to count my blessings for being healthy. Though mom has been gone 35 years, not a day of my life goes by without feeling influenced in some way by her mentorship. She possessed an uncanny ability to tap into a person’s heart and intuitively identify their natural gifts (as she did with me). Thanks to her gentle and persistent guidance, I chose a rewarding career path of helping others, originally, in critical care nursing and then later on, as facilitator for personal and planetary wellness through Natural Awakenings magazine. Here’s to honoring my beautiful mother—and mothers everywhere!

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My editor, supporter and dear friend, Nancy Cohen, who has been an intrinsic member of our Natural Awakenings family for 7 years, is moving on to work in a new venue. Nancy would probably prefer no show of fanfare. However, I must take a few moments to acknowledge her huge contribution to the magazine (and to my life) for which I will always be grateful. A quote by Gladys Browyn Stern reads: “Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” That said, thank you Nancy for your stupendous work as editor and writer for our magazine. Thank you for the boundless enthusiasm you brought to your work every day, your steadfast dependability and your gentle support beginning with my early days as publisher. Working with you has been a delightful, heart-felt experience and a true gift. You possess a golden talent for writing and we wish you the best success in your new endeavor. On that misty-eyed note, we hope you enjoy our Women’s Wellness, plus Bodywork edition, which offers a rich array of insights on: awakening your sixth sense (intuition); mindful body movement; healing benefits of massage therapy; conscious fashion; therapeutic horseback riding, and more… Happy Mother’s Day!

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he Therapeutic Recreation Center will conduct mounted and unmounted equine-assisted therapy programs at Miles Hill Farm, in Guilford, this summer in a new full-day program, the Equine Experience, for beginning to advanced riders from 7 to 15 years old. An open house will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., May 4, at the farm about equine programs. Offering opportunities to engage with both arts and animals as forces for healing, the Therapeutic Recreation Center is a gathering place for children and adults, including those with disabilities. A variety of unique and innovative programs are administrated by Animal Assisted Therapy Services and the Beth Patella Center for Music, including early childhood music, drumming circles, sound therapy, therapy dog training, canine-assisted therapy programs and educational seminars. In addition, yoga, JourneyDance, modern dance, and Reiki certification is offered at the center. For information, call 203-804-5343 or visit See ad on page 25.

Ledwith Moves Weight-Loss Programs to Madison


ina Ledwith, a certified holistic health coach and educator, has relocated her office to share space with Danielle Graham, of Synergy Health and Fitness, 7 Orchard Park Road, in Madison. Ledwith is the founder of Holistically Well, where she offers one-on-one coaching, seasonal whole food cleanses and monthly workshops, among other services. Her next seasonal cleanse program, based on all whole foods, starts May 8 and will run through May 22. She will also host a workshop on June 2 about Eating for Energy. Diet programs promise lasting results, but that part can be really challenging. Ledwith has been there and done that—she lost the same weight so many times she lost track, and also suffered from digestive issues unresolved by doctors for more than a decade. That’s when she decided to change the way she was eating and earned numerous certifications in the health and nutrition field so she can teach what she learned to people looking to make lasting changes in their health and wellness with no dieting and lasting results. For information, call 203-278-2195 or visit See ad on page 15.

The Fitness Haven Moves to Erector Square


he Fitness Haven, gyms/1014/west-allis-wi-53214 formerly located on State Street, has moved to a new location with more space and parking at Erector Square, 315 Peck Street, in New Haven. The Fitness Haven’s new multi-use exercise facility offers classes for all exercise needs, including Zumba, dance, yoga, sculpting and Piloxing. The East Rock Dance School, Mia Fitness and Indy Dance are based there, too. The Fitness Haven will host a community yoga class for women and girls 8 and up from 4 to 5:30 p.m., May 11, in honor of Mother’s Day. Members that sign up during May will receive a discount on any monthly membership package. To reserve a Fitness Haven membership or to find out more about the center, call 203-562-2833 or visit


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Advanced Spine and Sport Offers Pettibon System


r. David Durso, owner of Advanced Spine and Sport, is the only licensed chiropractor in Connecticut who is certified in the Pettibon System, which focuses on rehabilitating and correcting spinal distortions while attaining pain relief and disc rehydration. Patented equipment such as the wobble chair and repetitive cervical traction are used to ensure proper hydration and have a warming up effect on all spastic muscles. The wobble chair is a unique device for reducing low back pain in treating pregnant women, as well. Depending on each patient’s condition, a treatment plan is devised to attain optimal results. Durso also utilizes soft-tissue mobilization, a technique supporting proper muscle healing and flexion-distraction, which helps to increase joint mobility and reduce muscle spasms. Among his newest offerings is the Spinal Rejuvenation Program, which has proven results with herniated discs, sciatica, and chronic neck/low back pain. It includes the only table that utilizes decompression and total body vibration at the same time for maximum results. Location: 501 Boston Post Rd., Orange, CT. For appointments, call 203-553-9300 or visit

Walking Partners for Friendship and Exercise


omenWalking is a community of women that believe that many of life’s challenges and stresses can be reduced, reframed and reshaped when women take a walk together and like to interact with walking partners. “It’s fun to meet up for a walk, step outside to stretch your legs and have a real conversation; something women instinctively do,” says WomenWalking founder Joy Regan. Women 18 and older can join WomenWalking to search for walking partners in the same town or even a different

state, chat online to network and coordinate walk schedules. Walking partners provide companionship, friendship, community, inspiration and networking resources and help motivate each other to get outside. “Walking is energizing, relaxing and steps us into a healthier, more balanced and joyful life,” says Regan. A single parent for many years, Regan spent a lot of time working and raising her children, often missing peer companionship and a sense of connection with her community. She says about the program, “It’s a perfect way to get yourself outside for a walk to meet and connect with the women in our communities.” To join or for more information, email: or visit

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New App Helps Reduce Childhood Obesity


he new Saucony Run4Good app turns exercise time into real dollars to support the Women & Family Life Center’s (W&FL) empowerment program for girls, Girls Coach Girls Run. W&FL has been awarded a Saucony Run For Good Grant and an opportunity to double the contribution through community participation during the month of April. Girls Coach Girls Run is a peer mentoring running program that provides advanced leadership skills for high school and middle school girls and prepares them to mentor fourth

grade girls through a running-based program and address issues related to nutrition, self-esteem, body image, healthy lifestyles, relationships and conflict resolution. The girls learn their own strength, mentally and physically, as they prepare for a noncompetitive 5K run. All miles run or walked that are logged in during the month of April on Saucony Run4Good, a GPS-enabled app will go toward the W&FL goal of 10,000 miles. The app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store. An Android version of the Saucony Run4Good app can also be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. For more information, visit Watch a video at View app links at

Connecticut Hypnosis Adds Reiki Services


eidi Vollmer, MEd, CH, Usui Reiki master and owner of Connecticut Hypnosis, in Southbury, has added Reiki to he menu of services. Reiki is a technique that addresses both chronic and acute conditions, gently and powerfully promoting balance among all the body’s systems. Reiki can alleviate pain and stress, promoting healing and relaxation. Reiki is not only healthful, but pleasurable. Vollmer states, “We use hypnosis, NLP, past-life regression and Reiki to help you with weight loss, freedom from smoking and stress reduction. Taking the first step toward a healthy life is effortless with our free initial screening and affordable payment plans designed to fit any budget. Ask us how to become a hypnotist yourself.” For more information, call 203-733-1805 or visit See ad on page 45.

Meyer Wants to Protect Playgrounds from Toxic Chemicals


tate Senator Ed Meyer, representing Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison and North Branford, has taken a strong position on pesticides and GMO seeds in proximity to all state residents, but especially students. He says, “I recently helped lead a bill through the Envi-

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ronment Committee which will extend the state’s current toxic pesticide ban to high schools, playgrounds, athletic fields and municipal greens. We will also ban the use of genetically modified grass seed in Connecticut. Grass grown from this seed has been modified to withstand the largescale use of Roundup and pesticides. Such use leads to invasive weeds developing a resistance to Roundup, necessitating the use of even more toxic chemicals that could cause harm to Connecticut’s waterways, parks and the children who play on them.” He explains that genetically modified grass seed has also been shown to be very difficult to contain, allowing it to spread into the wild, and adds, “I believe this ban is critical to protect families and pets from the harmful effects of excessive pesticide exposure.” Contact Sen. Ed Meyer at Legislative Office Bldg., Room 3200, Hartford, Connecticut 06106. Capitol telephone: 860240-0455, 1-800-842-1420. Web:

Frenzel Brings Additional Expertise to The Life Center


he Life Center, an integrative wellness center specializing in pain management, weight loss, allergy relief and naturopathic primary care, in North Haven and West Hartford, has added the services of Dr. Sergei Frenzel. Specializing in diabetes, chronic fatigue, men’s health, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic pain, arthritis, anxiety, obesity, pediatrics, depression, hypertension and psychology he treats those looking for treatment that is tailored to individual needs with a natural and scientifically based approach. Frenzel trained as a medical doctor in Ukraine with a specialization in psychology, and then chose to become a naturopathic doctor, graduating from the University of Bridgeport in 2007. With 30 years of experience in caring for patients in both naturopathic and conventional medicine, he offers quality of care to patients from which they can truly benefit and heal. His dual degrees make him a true integrative practitioner, well-versed in the therapeutic use of vitamins, herbs, acupuncture and holistic pain management. For appointments, call 203-239-3400 or visit for more information. See ad on page 13.

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Reiki Shaman to Make Local Appearances


alter Luebeck, shaman, author and musician, will be conducting five events in May. Rainbow Reiki First Degree will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 10 and 11, in New Haven. This entry-level class is based on Usui Reiki, but goes far beyond. Cost is $380. An Evening with Walter Luebeck and Frank Arjava Petter will be presented from 8 to 10 p.m., May 10, at the Dolce Norwalk Hotel and Conference Center, in Norwalk. These two world renowned Reiki masters will talk about Reiki and spiritual healing. Cost is $50. Rainbow Reiki Second Degree takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 12 and 13, in North Haven. Cost is $700. A Magic Drumming Concert with Walter Luebeck will be held at 8 p.m., May 13, in North Haven. Cost is $15/$10 for Luebeck students. Rainbow Reiki Advanced Metaphysical Healing will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 14, 15 and 16, in North Haven. $450.

Proceeds benefit YMCA annual campaign and programming including the new Livestrong at the YMCA program, a 12-week free activity and support program for adult cancer survivors. The event drew close to 2,500 visitors and competitors last year and is open to runners and walkers of all ages. The Healthy Living Expo is one of the largest outdoor health fairs in central Connecticut. Location: 961 S. Main St., Cheshire, CT. Register for the races at For more information, call 203-2723150 or visit



f 560 middle and high school students throughout Connecticut that participated in this year’s Connecticut State Science and Engineering Fair at Quinnipiac University, from March 11 to 15, about 150 became finalists and special award winners. This was the first time that Connecticut Experiential Learning Center of Branford (CELC) students entered the state fair, and five students out of seven that entered were among the finalists.

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YMCA Races and Health Expo in Cheshire


he Cheshire Community YMCA SEA Dog Road Races and Healthy Living Expo will be held on May 18, at Bartlem Park, in Cheshire. The SEA DOG 5K run/walk, a 10K run, Kid’s Doggie Dash Fun Runs and the Cheshire Y Cup Elementary School Relay are all part of the fun. A Healthy Living Expo featuring local vendors and exhibitors of health-related products and services will be held at the site.

The fair is open to students in grades seven through 12 in the state. The aim is to attract young people to the field of science and engineering and develop critical thinking skills. It is supported by hundreds of academic and industrial organizations throughout Connecticut and is run solely by volunteers. CELC is located in the Old School House in Stony Creek, CT, 28 School Street, Suite G (2nd floor). CELC is currently continuing to register students for the 2014-2015 academic year. For information, or to register, contact Melinda or Maria at 203-433-4658,, or visit See ad on page 15.


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new, noninvasive infertility treatment has met with highly favorable results. In a recent study published in the journal Midwifery Today, 40 of 48 women between ages 28 and 42 that underwent two or more sessions of Merciér Therapy achieved pregnancy within the first year; 32 of those used the method alone (no other artificial fertilization/insemination techniques). The four-year study was presented at the 2013 World Congress of Low Back and Pelvic Pain. The Merciér Method was developed by Jennifer Merciér, a midwife and holistic women’s health practitioner. The regimen includes six hours of pelvic organ massage manipulation, along with a supplement program and continuous monitoring. She explains, “Our protocol is a gentle and noninvasive visceral manipulation of the female reproductive organs that helps to increase general organ mobility and blood flow, which enhances optimal function.” A documentary on the protocol, Fertility: The Shared Journey with Merciér Therapy, premieres this month (

Drinking Cow’s Milk While Nursing Linked to Infant Eczema


ew research has found that if a mother drinks cow’s milk during the period that she is breastfeeding, it raises her infant’s risk of experiencing skin allergies. The study, published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand, followed 62 mothers and their infants from birth through 4 months of age. Researchers from Bangkok’s Mahidol University assembled the mothers and infants into two groups. Mothers in one group drank cow’s milk during the first four months of breastfeeding; the control group did not. Eight of the children with mothers drinking cow’s milk had skin allergies, versus two of the children in the control group. All of the mothers exclusively breastfed their infants throughout this period. An earlier study published in the British Medical Journal followed 124 mothers, 97 of which breastfed their babies. Of those that breastfed, 48 drank no milk or other dairy products and 49 drank milk. Infants in the milkdrinking group experienced 21 cases of eczema, while the no-milk group had only 11 cases. Overall, between the breastfed and non-breastfed infants, the breastfed infants had lower incidences of eczema regardless of the mother’s diet.

study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that a daily multivitamin supplement with selenium significantly slows the advance of HIV among those with the virus. The researchers tested 878 asymptomatic, HIV-infected people over two years that had never taken antiretroviral medications. The test subjects were split into four groups, with members of each receiving separate medications—multivitamins, multivitamins plus selenium, selenium alone or a placebo—for five years. The multivitamins contained vitamins B, C and E. Those given multivitamins plus selenium experienced a 54 percent reduction in low counts of a critical immunity cell factor (called CD4) compared to the placebo group. This group also experienced a 44 percent reduction in other events known to accompany the progression of HIV, including AIDS-related deaths. The researchers concluded: “In antiviral, therapy-naive, HIV-infected adults, 24-month supplementation with a single supplement containing multivitamins and selenium was safe and significantly reduced the risk of immune decline and morbidity.”

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Healthy Homemade Infant Food Reduces Kids’ Allergies


study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reports that infants that were fed more homemade foods comprising a higher percentage of fruits and vegetables were less likely to develop food allergies. In assessing youngsters of the same age, researchers from the University of Southampton Medical College, in the UK, followed 41 children that had developed food allergies by the age of 2, alongside 82 non-allergic infants. After tracking the toddlers’ diets with food diaries and conducting allergy testing, the researchers found that infants fed more of the healthier homemade diet had a significantly lower incidence of food allergies as toddlers.

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ccording to the National Institutes of Health, lower respiratory infections are more prevalent worldwide than HIV, malaria, cancer and heart attacks. Those that suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis or asthma are especially prone reports the journal PLOS Medicine. Treatment can be especially difficult when it’s unclear if the cause is a virus, bacterium or fungus. The typical Western practice of ingesting pills spreads drugs throughout the body instead of treating only the air-side of the lungs, where the problem is located. It’s better to target the active treatment agent only where it’s needed. A study in the European Journal of Clinical Micriobiology & Infectious Diseases suggests delivering a fine droplet mist from a nebulizer directly atop the invading pathogens and replenishing often to keep the area moist with antimicrobials. This can achieve far greater local dosing with far lower systemic penetration. Choose an antimicrobial that kills all three potential types of pathogens so the physician won’t need to guess the proper drug or try them sequentially. A more natural option is to avoid drugs. Clinical studies by the Klearsen Corporation and laboratory work at National Jewish Hospital have shown that locally administering an enhanced aqueous colloid of silver in the recommended manner will clear even the most stubborn pathogens. Plus, it has no adverse side effects. When dosing with a liquid colloid of silver concentration of 50 parts per million (ppm) or more, the suggested protocol is usually three milliliters, three times per day. For acute infections, the dose can be administered every two waking hours. Using a nebulizer is essential to achieve the effective microdroplets required to reach all areas of the lungs. Inhaling the nebulized mist deep into the lungs will coat the invading pathogens. Note that a vaporizer isn’t suitable, because its steam delivery will leave the active ingredients behind. Steven Frank has researched respiratory infection therapies for 15 years and holds three related patents. Study sites include the Institute for Tuberculosis Research, National Jewish Hospital and Klearsen Corporation. He presented respiratory clinical trial results to the American Naturopathic Medical Association in 2006. He can be reached at See inside front cover ad.

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May is National Bike Month, and more universities continue to commit to bicycling as a sustainable, healthy and environmentally conscious transportation choice. Recently, Harvard University joined Princeton and Yale as an official Bicycle-Friendly University (BFU), and the League of American Bicyclists designated 14 new BFU members, expanding the program to 58 colleges in 30 states across the U.S. with more to come. When New York City opened registration for a public bike-sharing program, Citi Bike, more than 5,000 people signed up within 30 hours. Similar demand for more cycling options is happening across the nation where shared bicycle programs are taking root (see The popular Washington, D.C., Capital Bikeshare program began operating in September 2010, and is now the nation’s largest, with 200 locking docks able to accommodate more than 1,800 bright-red bicycles. As in many programs, people can sign up for a short-term stint or an annual membership using either a credit card online or at a station kiosk. Then they can unlock a bicycle and return it to any station within the system. All rides under 30 minutes are free, after which escalating fees kick in, encouraging people to make short trips and to keep more bikes available for other riders. For more information, visit

Solar Surge

Global Rise in Sun-Generated Power Last year, the U.S. joined Germany, Italy, China and Japan in producing more than 10 gigawatts of solar production nationwide. Now, other countries have awakened to the opportunity and are on their way to catching up. The popular Scandinavian retailer IKEA has sold $10,000 solar panels in 17 British outlets. Peru recently started a National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program to connect 2 million of its poorest residents with solar power. In the first phase, 1,601 solar panels were installed to power 126 impoverished communities. The plan is to install about 12,500 photovoltaic systems for 500,000 households at an overall cost of $200 million. Earth Hour India is helping citizens to switch to solar energy in villages that previously had no electricity. Woodlands stores, in partnership with World Wildlife Foundation-India, has launched a collection drive across the country, inspiring individuals to donate to help light up more than 100 households in three villages in Madhya Pradesh with solar power. The residents had traditionally depended on forest resources for their energy needs.

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World Turtle Day Sounds Alarm Since 2000, people around the globe have celebrated World Turtle Day, held this year on May 23, to increase respect for and knowledge of the world’s oldest creatures. Susan Tellem, co-founder with Marshall Thompson of American Turtle Rescue (ATR), states, “These gentle animals have been around for about 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing as a result of the exotic food industry, habitat destruction and the cruel pet trade.” They believe that turtles may be extinct within 50 years and suggest ways to increase their chances for survival for future generations: n Never buy a turtle or tortoise from a pet shop; it increases demand from the wild. n Never remove turtles or tortoises from the wild unless they are sick or injured. n If a tortoise is crossing a street, pick it up and gently place it on the other side

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Activist Turns City Food Waste into Rural Soil Jeremy Brosowsky had an epiphany at a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, greenhouse a few years ago that set him on a more sustainable path: “What if we could take our garbage and grow food in it?” He was in the Midwest to learn about urban agriculture at Growing Power, the pioneering urban farm of McArthur Genius Fellow Will Allen, and was considering starting a rooftop agriculture business. Allen’s emphasis on the importance and elusiveness of fertile soil intrigued him. “If you don’t dramatically improve the soil, you cannot grow food in cities,” Brosowsky realized. His solution was to create Compost Cab (, a Washington, D.C.-based service that picks up and delivers urban food waste to local farms for composting. Nearly 100 cities already divert food waste from landfills, but Brosowsky emphasizes, “Composting is not just about waste reduction. It’s about food production, education, jobs and creating social benefits.” He hopes to roll out Compost Cabs in other cities.

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Organic Food Labeling Causes Confusion A recent Harris Poll of 2,276 U.S. adults showed that concern for the environment is growing, but Americans may not be ready to spend more for organic food. More than half think that labeling food or other products as organic is just an excuse to charge more. Yet more than half of respondents also believe that organic foods are healthier than non-organic. At the same time, only 23 percent know what the term “dirty dozen” means in regard to organic food; it’s the Environmental Working Group’s annual list of foods consumers should always buy in organic form due to high pesticide levels in conventional farming. 14

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he Connecticut Naturopathic Physicians Association (CNPA) testified on March 14 to the state legislature about an important proposal for updating, modernizing and expanding the naturopathic scope of practice in the state. Connecticut naturopathic physicians (ND) are seeking the ability to prescribe specific legend drugs; write prescription for devices and durable medical equipment; and perform minor office procedures. Currently, the Connecticut Department of Public Health defines the scope of naturopathic practice as dietary and lifestyle counseling, as well as performing a limited number of natural therapies, such as physiotherapy and hydrotherapy. These strict guidelines also prevent the doctor from being able to prescribe anything beyond natural supplements. From their Practitioner Licensing and Investigations Naturopathic Study Guide, naturopathic physicians can only prescribe substances that are non-narcotic substances and do not require the written or oral prescription of a licensed practitioner to be dispensed. Dr. David M. Brady, vice provost and associate professor of clinical sciences at the University of Bridgeport, home of the area’s largest naturopathic education program, says the current antiquated licensing law in Connecticut for naturopathic doctors significantly impedes the ability of health-conscious consumers in the state to access a broader scope of medical care. “The effort to gain an expanded scope of naturopathic practice is an attempt to catch up with what other states have already been doing for years,” says Brady. He believes this could reduce the risk of prescription-related injury or death, because naturopathic doctors focus primarily on dietary and lifestyle changes. Brady explains, “The experience in other states with prescriptive authority for NDs has shown that they use medication judiciously, and perhaps more conservatively, than their conventional medical counterparts, with an impeccable safety record.” The CNPA is hopeful the law will be modified in 2014. To support this effort, individuals may visit the CPNA Legislative Action website at naturopathic/CNPA and create a profile. Then they may write a letter to their legislators by clicking on the sidebar topic, Support Expanded Naturopathic Scope of Practice. Donations are also accepted.

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pushed Teague to take a leap of faith—close her psychotherapy practice and enroll in a filmmaking class. Teague recognizes that a deeper wisdom activated her response. She observes, “The individuals I was counseling about their restless desire for something better mirrored my own discontent, and my restlessness was an emotional response to what was emerging. “Today, I no longer concern myself with making the right decision. I trust that whatever the circumstances are, I need to listen, observe and reflect, because ‘now’ contains information for my next step,” she advises. Amanda Owen, counselor, coach and author of Born to Receive: 7 Powerful Steps Women Can Take Today to Reclaim Their Half of the Universe, has studied the state of receptivity that Teague references. Owen explains, “Receiving is a dynamic and productive state. When the body is relaxed and the mind and nervous system are calm, we become receptive and can feel and intuit subtle information contained in the energy received from external and internal environments.

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ur body is a wellspring of priceless wisdom. Yet heeding our innate voice seems constantly tested as society distracts us with the busy acquisition of external knowledge and rewards more visible work. Those used to focusing outwardly over-stimulate their five senses and so tend to disconnect from their body’s deep innate intelligence—our sixth sense, also known as intuition. The resulting joylessness, discontent, isolation, depression and illness have sent millions in search of a real solution that discerning experts believe already exists within. Our ultimate guide to the fountain of personal health and happiness, they believe, could well be our own intuition.

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“Our parasympathetic nervous system is engaged when we’re in this listening state. In contrast, rushing through the day engages our ‘fight-or-flight’ sympathetic nervous system. Busyness and mind chatter drowns out the valuable information that intuition provides,” Owen notes. An intuitive energy therapist, Marilyn Eppolite strongly relies on intuitive guidance in her southern New Jersey practice, believing it emanates from her body’s intelligence. “I listen and it’s always present,” she says. Eppolite shares an example of a time she received a clear image and perceived the bodily sensations of a grieving small child from a female client that a psychotherapist had referred. “When I described what I was sensing, her tears flowed and she also connected to the feeling,” she says. “It provided the needed breakthrough she needed to access her feelings and move forward in therapy.” Eppolite is keenly aware when roadblocks—busyness, willfulness and a fearful, restless mind—create interference. “These feed each other and can rarely be separated. I can’t hear or feel my intuition when my energy and attention are willfully directed outward,” she observes. Abandoning the drive for personal control and surrendering to stillness is how Eppolite signals her body’s intelligence that she’s ready for whispers of guidance. “I sense that surrender as strength and trust that the information received is for my greatest good, even if I don’t fully understand it,” she remarks. “Discernment is necessary because deep wisdom frequently comes in segments that I must piece together and put into action before more of it bubbles up from within.” The teachings of Yogeshwari Kamini Desai, Ph.D., combine Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. As

the director of education and lead teacher of the Amrit in the Buddhist concept that mindfulness of the body alMethod of Yoga, at the facility in Silver Springs, Florida, lows us to love fully. She finds, “It brings healing, wisdom Desai instructs on listening to the voice of intuition identiand freedom.” fied as prana in yogic tradition, which she characterizes as She relates how she is led to direct a client’s attention “the energy that enlivens and carries out all balancing and to their own body’s intuition, which works best when she life-giving processes in nature. is following her instincts, rather than thinking. “After one “It speaks through the body as sensations, impulses session, my client, who had been silently experiencing and urges,” she says. “This ‘inner divining rod’ informs numerous feelings in her stomach, asked me why I had us what feelings, thoughts and actions are moving us into touched her abdomen. I was just intuitively led to that part alignment with our source and what of her body.” is moving us out of alignment.” Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, also a Quieting the mind and strengthenPh.D., medical intuitive and co-author ing the directives of prana through mediof All is Well, notes that everyone has a tation, yoga and being in nature moves connection to intuition. “We get a gut us away from what we tell ourselves feeling and sadness in our heart from and back to directly responding to its our inner intelligence that we don’t promptings. “Absorbed in the present know what to do with. While some moment and bodily sensations, we conindividuals consult a practitioner, nect with inner guidance,” explains Deothers listen to their body’s intuitive sai. “With practice, our mind becomes a language and reflect on their insights servant to inner intelligence. It can both and dreams—the language of soul,” direct our lives and make us sensitive to says Schulz. “Intuition can speak softly early symptoms suggesting oncoming through symptoms,” she observes. illness,” she adds. “Eventually, when disregarded, it can “There is growing interest in become a full-blown illness.” energy medicine and developing Biochemist and author of Secrets a deeper connection to the body’s of Our Cells: Discovering Your Body’s intelligence through yoga and energy Inner Intelligence, Sondra Barrett, practices like qigong and tai chi Ph.D., is awed by the body’s cellular because people are tired of taking intelligence. “Our cells are invismedications that don’t heal the root ible, so we don’t think of ourselves as Fearlessly following cause of health problems,” comcellular beings. However, a deeper ments Dr. Sue Morter, founder of understanding of our constitution and our intuition frees us to Morter Health Center, near Indianapthat our cells speak to each other and fully live an authentic olis, Indiana, and the healing phecollaborate harmoniously could inspire nomenon she terms Energy Codes. us to befriend our body’s intelligence and satisfying life. A regular practice of any one of for life,” she says. “We might shift from these disciplines expands sensory wanting to fix an ache or pain to underfunction to encompass internal recognition and referencing standing that our cells are warning us of something.” of subtle information. Sonia Choquette, a global consultant who recommends Morter teaches how to awaken gut feelings, personal we rely on our sixth sense as our first sense, has authored power and self-love to restore wholeness left behind in purseveral books on intuition. She finds, “With intuition, we suit of external sources of happiness. “Participants learn to have a personal compass and an ally in discerning what is trust their gut more than the opinions of others, which turns authentic and true for us so that we won’t be tugged and up the volume on the whispers of intuition,” she explains. pulled in different directions when we make decisions.” After Pat Hall, a therapeutic bodyworker in Augusta, Laurie McCammon, co-author of Enough: The Rise of Georgia, read Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight, she was the Feminine and the Birth of the New Story, was relaxing certain a habit of listening to mental chatter interfered with and reflecting with two friends when intuition graced her feeling and interpreting her body’s helpful promptings. “Jill’s with a message of information-laden energy: “I am enough. experience of her body as energy and her mind as silent We are enough. I have enough. We have enough. Enough!” when the left lobe of her brain shut down due to a stroke was The experience inspired them to collaborate on an e-book my ‘Aha!’ moment,” says Hall. For her, heeding inner guidcelebrating the grassroots groundswell toward a major shift ance took practice and a commitment to dismantling reactive in the world. “I believe intuition is an aspect of The Grand thought patterns and habits, plus discerning between intuPlan, which always moves us toward greater expansion, ition and distracting chatter. inclusion and an ever more mature and loving response to “Mind chatter generally creates fear, negativity and life,” says McCammon. pressure to do something,” she explains. “Intuitive guid Ute Arnold, founder, director and teacher of the Unergi ance is gentle, expansive and undemanding.” Hall believes School of Body-Psychotherapy, in Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania, natural awakenings

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Spend time with your feelings: Write down how you feel about your job, relationships, house, health and what’s going on in the world. Build and strengthen feeling receptors: Choose one feeling and spend the day with it. Notice every time you see that feeling expressed in yourself or someone else. Don’t judge it or form an opinion about it; just notice. Receive everything: Pay attention to what you are feeling. Don’t worry about what you will do with what you feel or your thoughts about those feelings. Just receive them. You can decide later what you want to do with them. Maintain a flexible “thermostat”: When you want to freak out or shut down, check in with your feelings instead. Be present, engaged and genuine. The feeling and associated intuition need your attention and the present is the time to attend to them. Source: Adapted from Born to Receive, by Amanda Owen


With your busy schedule, how do you find time to work out and stay in shape? I think it’s been about momentum. I had the good fortune of training and eating well since I went off to play volleyball in college. That sort of steam made it easier as I added work, a partner and children. I think it’s more difficult for women that don’t have that experience. When they enter “the real world” and add a big career or long hours, a partner or family, it becomes difficult to establish that grounding in healthy practices. You have to create the environment in which you are going to succeed. That takes years. At some point, you have to be honest with yourself. For me, I know I won’t get exercise or anything else done if I stay home. There are some things I can go to a gym to do that I can also do at home but know I won’t, so it’s about creating an environment that activates good intentions.

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abrielle Reece has been called one of the world’s most influential women in sports and one of its most beautiful athletes. In her 20s, she built a career as both a fiercely competitive pro volleyball player and a fashion model. Since then, she’s written books and become an expert on women’s peak fitness and overall well-being, all while raising three daughters with her husband, Hawaiian surfer Laird Hamilton. Plus, she volunteers for environmental organizations such as the National Resources Defense Council and RainCatcher, a nonprofit bringing safe drinking water to people in need.

How do you find time for and balance all the roles you play in life—athlete, spouse, parent, businesswoman and volunteer? Juggling life is hard for everyone. Living day-to-day, taking care of kids and paying bills is a challenge. There are ways to make it all more manageable, but for me, there is a level of discomfort, challenge and difficulty, as well as moments of joy. I think women are sometimes thrown off-balance by some difficulty, instead of saying, “OK, how am I going to strategize and make it all work for me and my family?” We don’t give enough credit to having great girlfriends. I don’t mean people you go to lunch with—I mean real allies. People that give you good advice and are strong for you, that will

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take your kids and you’ll take theirs. I think that is an underutilized tool. I always encourage women to approach life with a strategy and use each other to help navigate it, because that makes it a little easier.

Which role is most important to you and where does selfcare fit in? At this time in my life, being a mother is the most important. When my girls are older and more independent, then their demands on my time will lessen. But I don’t think I’d ever blindly put one role over the other, because they are all connected. I just approach them with different parts of my personality. My work is intellectual, while being a mom is instinctual. Being in a relationship is a whole other ball of wax that I approach with the same diligence. Taking care of myself is at the center because I wouldn’t be able to do anything successfully if I am not well myself.

Laird and I are usually quick to be on board with anything that involves the environment and people. These causes are near and dear to everybody, but make special sense for us, given the amount of time we have lived and worked outside.

As a mother, do you feel a special concern for being a good environmental steward? I felt this way even before I had children because I had the luxury of playing beach volleyball. I grew up in the Caribbean and have always tried to be a benefactor of the beautiful outdoors. It adds another layer of motivation when you start thinking about your kids and the opportunities they will or will not have in their future. In Hawaii, the Polynesians traditionally didn’t believe in ownership, but in being stewards of an area. That’s how I feel about the place where we live now. The ultimate for me would be to leave it better than I found it. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., whose specialties include health and science. Visit

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oga has rightfully become synonymous with natural health and wellness in the public mind. The benefits of this ancient practice are studied regularly by the National Institutes of Health and in universities across the U.S., where scientists continue to explore the positive affects of yoga on many functions of our body’s systems. Larry Schmitt, a chemical engineer with a curvature of the spine, began attending a lunchtime yoga class at work 10 years ago. “I wanted to loosen my hamstrings,” he explains. “In my fourth class, I had a nirvana-like experience. A few months later, I realized my back no longer hurt.” With a renewed body and great sense of peace, Schmitt set out to understand more about yoga and its deeper aspects. Schmitt’s job working with hazardous powders requires health monitoring, and he reports, “I reviewed my lung function from 10 years ago to today. As I get older, my lungs are getting healthier.” the experience inspired him to become a yoga teacher and conduct weekly classes while he continues to pursue his original career. Joining longstanding findings that yoga’s physical postures, combined with centered breathing and focused awareness, relieve back and neck pain and lower heart rate and blood pressure, new research indicates the whole body practice aids in the treatment of breast cancer, Type 2 diabetes and epilepsy. Other studies are examining yoga’s usefulness in the treatment of mental health issues such as post-trau-

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Whoa! to Limitations Therapeutic Horseback Riding Strengthens Kids by Cyndee Woolley


ach “Zachman” Aldridge was born healthy, but at just 10 weeks, he was hospitalized at the hands of his birth father. Suffering from a brain aneurism, partial paralysis and multiple broken bones from shaken baby syndrome, Zach’s mother, Rebekah, was told that he might live for a year. Rebekah’s hope for a miracle was granted as her son’s life extended into weeks, months and years. Yet, at 4, the effects of the injury still prevented Zach from walking or talking like other children. “While some people are resigned to leave special children like Zach confined to a wheelchair, therapeutic horseback riding gives them more options and improves their quality of life,” advises Kim Minarich, execu-


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n 1886, Dr. William Murrell stated in the British Medical Journal, “Massage is of such inestimable value in the treatment of many intractable diseases that it is regretted that so little is known about it in this country, and that it is so rarely employed as a therapeutic agent.” A 2013 survey by the American Massage Association (AMTA) showed that a majority of us are choosing massage therapy to treat such conditions as stress and pain management, according to Winona Bontrager, the association’s immediate past president. Of 1,007 adults surveyed, 75 percent opted for it within the previous year for stress or medical reasons, and 88 percent view massage as effective for pain relief. “A growing body of evidence shows that massage therapy can be effective for a variety of health conditions,” reports Bontrager, adding that massage is rapidly becoming recognized as an important part of health and wellness. Cody Landis, a licensed massage therapist and instructor at the Swedish Institute’s College of Health Sciences, in New York City, explains, “In the last few

years, massage therapy research has been focusing more on the mechanisms by which the potential health benefits may be occurring—looking at the response of the brain, the immune system and the mechanisms of repair inside of muscle cells themselves.”

Relieves Stress

An AMTA survey reported that 32 percent of positive respondents used massage to relieve stress, and numerous recent studies have confirmed this. Research from Harvard Medical School shows that massage reduces pain and anxiety while increasing sleep and quality of life among metastatic cancer patients. Boston Medical Center researchers saw similar results among 60 cancer patients that underwent port placement surgery; 20-minute massages before and after surgery reduced participants’ stress and anxiety. Australian researchers reporting in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery found that massage reduced pain, anxiety and muscle tension following heart surgery among 152 cardiac surgery patients. A study from Japan’s Toho University School of

Pharmaceutical Sciences showed that aromatherapy massage significantly reduced psychological stress among elderly nursing home residents.

Reduces Depression

A study from Nashville’s Meharry Medical College of 43 HIV patients revealed that Swedish massage reduced their symptoms of depression. Lead researcher Russell Poland, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, observes, “When we designed the study, we didn’t expect to see such a large effect of massage. We remain surprised.” The benefit was echoed by a University of California-Los Angeles study of 95 volunteers that displayed increases in their production of oxytocin hormone simultaneous with reductions in adrenocorticotropin hormone. Oxytocin is linked to compassion, empathy, maternal affection and social connection, while lowered adrenocorticotropin effects less stress.

Relieves Pain

Researchers in the Gynecology and Obstetrics Department of Brazil’s University of Sao Paulo studied 46 birthing women and determined that lumbar massage during labor reduced pain by 27 percent. In another study at Beijing’s Chinese PLA General Hospital, deep massage brought relief to 64 patients suffering from chronic low back pain. Relief was reported by a third of 110 headache patients in a Turkish medical school study. Dhaka Medical College Hospital, in Bangladesh, found similar results in a study of 500 headache sufferers, many of which had

migraines. Research from the University of Miami’s School of Medicine showed that massage reduced arthritis pain and increased both grip strength and range of motion among 42 rheumatoid arthritis patients. Lead researcher Tiffany Field, Ph.D., director of Miami University’s Touch Research Institute, says, “We have known that massage therapy reduces substance P, [a neuropeptide] which causes pain, and that it increases serotonin, the body’s natural pain killer. We also know that deep sleep is critical to lowering substance P, increasing serotonin and reducing pain.”

Expands Acceptance

Lucy Liben, dean of massage therapy at the Swedish Institute, affirms the recent research as evidence documenting the numerous health benefits of massage therapy. “More and more consumers are seeking massage therapy for help with a variety of medical issues and conditions. Doctors are increasingly referring patients for such treatment and hospitals are enlisting more therapists to provide care for patients,” says Liben. “Perhaps most importantly,” she adds, “research is offering us guidance in our work as massage therapists in how to provide the most effective care for chronic pain or musculoskeletal problems, during cancer treatment, during the changes of pregnancy or for any number of other health-related issues.” Case Adams is a California naturopath and author of 25 books on natural healing. Learn more at

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Body Ease Fluid, Flexible Movement Can Be Ours by Sarah Todd


ad habits are hard to break—and it’s even harder to eliminate those we are unaware of. Many people experience pain from unconscious physical patterns such as hunching over a computer keyboard or holding a musical instrument at an uncomfortable angle, but don’t know how to identify and change limiting positions. This calls for body movement re-education.

Alexander Technique

“Let’s say you’re a runner and didn’t realize that you were running in a lopsided way,” explains Alexander Technique practitioner Beret Arcaya, who has taught the practice in New York City for almost 30 years. Students learn to retrain their thinking, movements and posture for better natural alignment. “It helps you understand how you’re making an argument between yourself and gravity,” she says. Invented by Australian thespian F. Matthias Alexander at the end of the 19th century as a means of improving his onstage presence, the Alexander Technique is highly regarded by actors and entertainers, yet anyone can benefit from it, according to Arcaya. In typical one-on-one sessions, Alexander movement practitioners use a light, gentle touch and verbal instruction to show students how to realign their head, neck and upper back while standing in front of a mirror, which helps the rest of the body attain a more natural position. Next, students learn to move through

routine activities like sitting, walking and bending in ways that replace damaging habits with easier movements. The technique is easily modified to meet individual needs, Arcaya says, citing a former student that suffered from hemophilia. “He could hardly bend his knees, and he had little mobility in one elbow; he was terribly stiff,” she recalls. While the technique couldn’t treat the disease, “It allowed him to skillfully use his remaining uninjured tissue.” One day, when he returned from a three-mile walk with his young son, he was beaming. “‘I walked with a freedom and a lightness,’ he said, ‘I didn’t want to stop.’” A 2008 study in the medical journal BMJ found that patients with chronic back pain experienced long-term benefits from Alexander Technique exercises and lessons. People with Parkinson’s disease also improved their walking, speech, posture and balance through Alexander training, according to a 2002 study in Clinical Rehabilitation.

Feldenkrais Method

Others in need of movement reeducation use the method founded by physicist, electrical engineer and judo black belt holder Moshé Feldenkrais in the mid-20th century. Feldenkrais was familiar with the Alexander Technique, and the two methods share the same fundamental goal of helping students change harmful patterns through movement exploration, touch and dialogue. The Feldenkrais Method avoids concepts of “right” and “wrong”. Instead, the

practitioner leads students through gentle, slow-movement sequences, mostly on the floor, while asking questions about subtle details as they experience options. This sharpens sensory awareness of how to perform each movement with maximum ease. In one-on-one sessions, the student is passive while the practitioner’s hands suggest various non-habitual movements to widen his repertoire. It all increases flexibility, balance, fine motor skills and overall physical self-awareness. Feldenkrais stated, “What I’m after isn’t flexible bodies but flexible brains; to restore each person to their human dignity.” Seniors that practiced the Feldenkrais Method enhanced their balance and mobility, according to a 2010 study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. It may also alleviate symptoms of nonclinical depression, according to a 2011 pilot study reported in the Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association.

Trager Approach

Another entry point to such a bodily reawakening is the Trager Approach, invented by Dr. Milton Trager, an athlete who suffered from a congenital spinal deformity. “The intention of the practitioner in a Trager session is to introduce the client to a series of playful and pleasurable sensations as the session unfolds,” says practitioner Martha Partridge, of New York City, who works primarily with people that have Parkinson’s disease. During tablework sessions, practitioners “bring awareness” of a specific movement by rocking, cradling and gently rotating a client’s body, Partridge explains. The feeling of effortless movement is further ingrained through a series of mental gymnastics, termed mentastics, that clients can do at home. The objective, says Partridge, is to help people have a sense of joy in everyday, common movement. All three bodywork techniques can help people banish bad habits for good. “Gradually, aches and pains will go away,” Arcaya says. “You can undo the imbalances that have done you wrong.” Then go forward, doing things right. Sarah Todd is a freelance writer in Brooklyn, NY. Connect at

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Probiotic Foods Can Fix a Troubled Gut


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Gas, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea and constipation—each of these digestive issues indicates an imbalance of “good” and “bad” intestinal bacteria.

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hronic digestive discomfort is distressingly common. More than 60 million Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), notes Dr. Mark Pimentel, director of the Gastrointestinal Motility Program at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, in Los Angeles, and author of A New IBS Solution. Many are too embarrassed to mention it to their doctor, so they suffer silently and learn to live with it.

Multiple Culprits

While digestive distress can visit most of us occasionally, regular bouts have increased due to high-stress lifestyles and unhealthy diets, according to Dr. Dustin James, a St. Louis, Missouri, gastroenterologist and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Digestive Health. “Getting home late after a stressful day, eating a high-fat meal and then going to bed is a recipe for problems,” he says. James advises a food-free interlude of four to six hours before bedtime and notes that prescription and over-thecounter heartburn medications can actually worsen the problem over time. Pimentel, citing his own research, also suggests that even a minor case of food poisoning may unbalance digestive bacteria enough to cause problems for years. “We think food poisoning leads to bacterial overgrowth,” says Pimentel. In his clinical experience, James says about 10 percent of IBS cases can be connected to the food poisoning theory. Although such cases are typically treated with an antibiotic, rifaximin, many experts ironically attribute bacterial overgrowth to the

use of antibiotics. All antibiotics, taken for any reason, indiscriminately kill both good and bad intestinal bacteria, ultimately creating unbalanced bacteria colonies in the digestive tract, says James. “There can be bad long-term effects,” he advises. James’ antibiotics theory is affirmed by a major Australian review of current research on the links between antibiotics and intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Sugar is another culprit as are antibiotics in dairy products and meats, which can also aggravate digestive problems. Sugar feeds the growth of unfriendly bacteria and yeast and antibiotics kill friendly bacteria, contributing to imbalances. The U.S. obesity epidemic has even been linked to digestive problems. In a study published in the journal Frontiers of Public Health, researchers at the University

of California-Berkeley warn against long-term exposure to antibiotics through their widespread use in the dairy and meat industries. One animal study from Washington University, in St. Louis, showed that intestinal bacteria tend to extract more nutrients—and more calories—from the same foods when eaten by obese animals than when ingested by thinner ones. This helps explain why obese people tend to stay obese without heroic measures.

Good Food Solutions

There is considerable agreement that probiotics—live bacteria such as those contained in fermented foods like quality yogurt—help rebalance beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract and ease ailments that include IBS. Due to U.S. food regulations, yogurt is routinely pasteurized, which kills its probiotic benefits; conscientious suppliers then add active digestive microorganisms, like Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, back into their products. “Check yogurt labels for specific names of the species and a certification that it contains live cultures,” counsels Maria Marco, Ph.D., an assistant professor of food science at the University of California-Davis. Coconut yogurt may be preferred by those with dairy-free diets. Dairy is acidforming and can be difficult to digest. Many fermented foods can provide the same probiotics to ease digestive woes and restore a healthy balance

of the right bacteria. Sauerkraut, rich in Lactobacillus and other strains of healthy bacteria, is at the top of the list. It’s easy to make super-healthy sauerkraut at home with shredded organic cabbage and salt. Other fermented foods to put high on a natural probiotic list include: miso, kefir, tempeh, soft cheese, kimchi, sour pickles and sourdough bread. James recommends two daily servings of high-quality yogurt or other fermented foods to obtain the 2 to 5 billion live bacteria needed to restore gut health. “Every human is unique; try different products in search of what works,” he says. Probiotic supplements may be more effective for people with serious digestive distress that need higher bacterial counts and the product label may provide specifics of the bacteria and strains. “For example, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG is a strain that has been proven to be effective against antibiotic-induced diarrhea,” Marco explains. High-quality probiotics usually require refrigeration to keep the bacteria alive. In addition, there are many nonfermented foods, including certain juices, candies and energy bars, with specific strains of bacteria added that have probiotic effects. Kathleen Barnes is the author of a wide variety of natural health books including 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health, with Dr. Hyla Cass. Connect at

Safe Digestive Relief In addition to fermented foods, these foods offer digestive relief. Ginger: Safe enough to quell the nausea of early pregnancy, ginger can offer relief from nausea, gas and even colic in babies. Peppermint Oil: A traditional remedy now validated by science, peppermint oil can relieve irritable bowels and heartburn. Consider enteric coated (acid resistant) capsules that can impact the small intestine, where relief is needed. Fennel: This mildly licorice-flavored seed hasn’t been extensively studied, but lovers of Indian cuisine have traditionally used it to promote smooth digestion after consuming curryladen meals. Sources: American Botanical Council; Mayo Clinic, MN; Baylor University, TX; University of Michigan; University of Rochester, NY

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Pain-Free Pooch Five Natural Therapies that Work by Jennifer Kachnic

Because dogs won’t always let us know when they’re hurting, some people assume they don’t experience pain the same way we do, but that’s not the case. Instincts retained from their wild heritage will generally prompt them to hide pain as it’s a sign of weakness.


he truth is that arthritis and muscle or joint injuries are just as uncomfortable for dogs as they are for us, and many canine illnesses generate significant pain. While conventional medications can ease discomfort, they’re not the only or even the best options in many cases. Alternative therapies can be helpful in managing and relieving pain and work best as part of a whole body wellness program designed for a dog’s individual needs. To that end, always consult with an integrative veterinarian before starting any new treatment. Together, practitioner and owner will note that some of the following modalities may be contraindicated in some situations—for example, massage should never be performed on or near a tumor. Canine Massage: Dogs love massage because they crave being touched. Physical contact from another being provides a calming effect and brings comfort. Skin, the largest sense organ in the body, is loaded with sensory receptors and nerve endings that register touch, temperature and pain, and send information to the brain. Massage


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therapy relaxes muscles and also stimulates endorphins, increases circulation, elevates oxygen levels, flushes toxins, helps with inflammation, strengthens the immune system and accelerates healing. All of these benefits can contribute to effective pain management. Acupuncture and Acupressure: Both of these time-honored modalities are based on the concept of keeping vital energy flowing through the body and seek to stimulate key points along the energy meridians beneath the skin. Acupuncture involves the insertion of small needles at these points, while acupressure uses fingers to apply pressure to the same points. Both modalities are widely known to assist in managing pain and anxiety. Energy Healing: Here, the practitioner improves the flow of energy in an animal’s body using a range of gentle and powerful natural therapies. During a treatment, the trained healer sends subtle energy through the hands to promote physical and emotional balance and healing. While conventional medicine follows the belief that treatments for disease or injury must be strictly biological, energy medicine works to restore

the patient’s health by treating the mind, body and spirit in nonphysical ways. Energy healing modalities available for dogs include Reiki, qigong, Healing Touch and Tellington Touch. Cold Laser Therapy: Developed more than 20 years ago, cold laser therapy has become a popular alternative treatment around the world for aches and pains in dogs. It directs highly concentrated coherent light waves to muscles, tissues and organs, reducing inflammation and muscle spasms. It’s also applied to disc and other spine-related issues. Low-level cold laser therapy is painless, noninvasive and takes only minutes. The effects are similar to those provided by non-steroidal medications, with negligible negative side effects. Hydrotherapy: The benefits of swimming are renowned. When dogs swim, they feel a resistance to movement, which makes a vigorous fiveminute swim virtually equivalent in energy expended to a five-mile run. Some dogs like swimming even better than running. Hydrotherapy, which includes exercise on an underwater treadmill combined with swimming, is particularly helpful. The effect on senior dogs is especially dramatic, affording them a painless and enjoyable way to move about and exercise. Water’s natural buoyancy supports the dog, lessens stress on joints, facilitates greater movement and provides a safe and healthful form of exercise for those suffering injuries, disease or pain. The best choice of therapies for an individual animal will depend on the dog’s condition and recommendations by the family veterinarian. Selected and practiced properly, these complementary modalities can make a major impact in a canine’s physical and emotional well-being, while minimizing or even eliminating the need for medications. Jennifer Kachnic is the author of Your Dog’s Golden Years: Manual for Senior Dog Care Including Natural Remedies and Complementary Options. She is a certified canine massage therapist, animal Reiki practitioner and certified therapy dog handler with the American Humane Association. Learn more about this president of The Grey Muzzle Organization at


clothing design can align perfectly with the colors, shapes, substances and energies of feng shui’s five elements. Because feng shui connects divine energy to physical form, I realized I could dress my client’s spirits, as well as their surfaces.” Fashion Feng Shui, Maggiore’s international corporate legacy, maintains that combining intention and the five elements with awareness of our personal style attracts what we desire. Holistic image and lifestyle consultant and lead trainer Andréa Dupont, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, states that the first step is discovering our “essence”, or primary element. “You can’t dress yourself until you know yourself. I ask clients, ‘If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?’ Once we establish an individual’s inner strengths and core element, the results can be life changing.”   

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FENG SHUI FASHIONISTA Dressing with Conscious Intention by Gail Condrick


aking up on the morning of a big presentation to secure city funding for a new park, you’re confident that you’ve done your homework: You’ve prepared handouts, memorized key points of an environmental impact study and lined up community supporters. Opening the closet presents a different kind of challenge: What’s the most effective way to dress?

Dressing Our Essence

Wardrobe consultants that apply the principles of feng shui to clothing believe the jacket we choose to wear carries as much impact as our words. Clothing pieces and accessories selected with conscious awareness and intention can bring us into harmony and balance, energize our life and transmit subconscious messages about our values. Feng shui clothing stylists believe the five elements of nature—wood, fire, earth, metal and water—connect in an unending cycle of harmony that keeps the world in balance. Following an authentic and harmonious lifestyle connects us with this cycle and the environment in a more natural balance of human motion and planetary sustainability. As pioneering stylist Evana Maggiore observed in Fashion Feng Shui: The Power of Dressing with Intention, “I came to the conclusion that clothing is your body’s most intimate environment and energetically influences your life in the same way that your home and business décors do. Body coloring and shape, style, personality, lifestyle, goals and

For Denise Medved, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, owner of Feng Shui Style, wardrobe consciousness shows respect for our individuality and the environment. “When I choose to dress in natural fibers such as cottons, leathers, silks or wools, or their vegan complements in manmade fibers, it represents the life force of plants and animals and builds qi, or energy,” says Medved. She suggests assembling an outfit embracing three of the five elements. “A water/wood/fire triad might be black, woven, silk trousers; an organic, cotton, floral print shirt; and a red, recycled wool jacket. Personalizing this with the surprise of grandmother’s yellow stone pin on the lapel adds creative flair and earth and metal elements.” Nature’s jewelry energizes and circulates qi.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Practicing the three basic tenets of sustainability together with principles of feng shui keeps our wardrobe and closet resonating with life. Consultants agree that a wardrobe representing the five elements allows endless possibilities of creative combinations and reduces the need for having to keep up with new fashion trends. Shopping for such treasures at consignment and thrift stores, plus estate sales, allows us to reuse and repurpose clothing, energizing our budgets, closets and attitudes. Recycling items that pack closets and no longer suit our needs frees space and energy to create a wardrobe that is authentically ours. The Practical Encyclopedia of Feng Shui, by Gill Hale, also contains helpful advice for bringing out an intended inner message and making a statement. The color green conveys the wood element, or individuals that are public spirited and energetic. Red suggests fire, the color of inspiring leaders. Supportive and loyal earth personalities gravitate to khaki, while resolute, metal people may select grey. Natural communicators that view life holistically will be reflected in the water element of black. A feng shui philosophy provides guidelines for living in harmony with the natural world and in conscious awareness of life. Each choice expresses a stylistic living intention that will be noticed by the world. Gail Condrick is an archetypal consultant and Nia Technique faculty member. Connect at natural awakenings

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Contraceptive Pill Chill Dangers Include Cancer, Strokes and Fatigue by Kathleen Barnes


or more than 50 years, women have appreciated the freedom that birth control pills offer. They simply take a little pill every day and rest easy, fairly assured that an unplanned pregnancy won’t occur. However, there’s actually a lot not to love about “The Pill”, especially its long-term side effects. “The sexual freedom that women have fought so hard to obtain has been won at a terrible price,” advises Naturopathic Doctor Sherrill Sellman, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, author of The Hormone Heresy: What Women Must Know about Their Hormones. That price includes blood clots and even death from heart attacks and strokes in young women. As early as 1963, an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association linked The Pill to venous thrombosis, or blood clots. By 1968, at least one cancer journal, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, had linked cancer to the use of the steroid hormones contained in oral contraceptives. In 1973, Scandinavian researchers warned of the link between oral contraceptives and strokes. “In December 2002, the U.S. government published its biannual Report on Carcinogens that added all steroidal estrogens to the list of known human carcinogens,” says Sellman, “The grav-


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ity of this finding cannot be overstated: All estrogens used in HRT [hormone replacement therapy] and oral contraceptives have now been proven unequivocally to cause cancer.” Yet, regardless of the many downsides, The Pill remains the most common method of birth control worldwide, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with usage by 16 percent of married American women. Elsewhere, users include 29 percent of British women and 40 percent of women in France and the Netherlands.

pharmacist, certified clinical nutritionist and author of The Pill Problem. Oral contraceptives deplete more bodily nutrients than any other class of drugs, says Pelton, who blogs regularly at However, he adds, women taking The Pill even as long as 10 years may not notice any obvious health problems. “Maybe she’ll first notice a lack of energy, but doesn’t connect the dots and realize that magnesium, B12 and numerous other nutrients involved in energy production are depleted,” he explains. The nutrient-depleting effects of The Pill were recognized as early as 1975 in a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, but it carried no recommendations for replacing them. Some of these nutrients are essential for the production of brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, including mood-elevating dopamine. An affected woman can become depressed, a condition closely linked to the use of The Pill, according to a German study published in 2013 in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry. The Pill’s steroidal hormones also reduce the body’s natural accumulations of disease-preventing antioxidants, increasing vulnerability to diseases of aging, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease, according to Pelton.

Filches Vitamins

“Birth control pills are vitamin robbers, and this is the source of the health risks that accompany the use of The Pill,” says Ross Pelton, a registered

Nutrients Women on The Pill Need 4 BHRT* 4 Chrysin 4 Coenzyme Q10 4 DHEA 4 Folic acid 4 L-methlyfolate 4 Magnesium

4 Melatonin 4 Vitamin B2 4 Natural progesterone 4 Vitamin B6 4 Nettle root 4 Vitamin B12 4 Omega-3 oils 4 Vitamin C 4 Probiotics 4 Zinc 4 Selenium 4 Tyrosine * Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (for perimenopausal and menopausal women) Source: Ross Pelton,

Dangerous Downsides Mount n Birth defects n Blood clots n Birth defects n Cancer (breast, uterine and colon) n Cardiovascular disease n Decreased sexual

desire n Depression n Fatigue, low energy and anemia n Fluid retention and weight gain n Heart attack n High blood pressure

n Migraine n Osteoporosis n Sleep disorders n Stroke n Vaginal yeast infections n Weakened immune system

Sources: American Heart Association; University of Milan, Italy; Berlin Center for Epidemiology and Health Research, Germany; Women’s College Research Institute, Canada; Columbia University, NY; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of Parma, Italy; Wingate University, NC; Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, NJ; Institute of Health Sciences Research, Melbourne, Australia Women that decide to keep taking The Pill should add an array of specified supplements to counterbalance the nutrient loss, advises Pelton. Replacing nutrients should, in the long term, neutralize the negative effects of The Pill, even cancer and blood clots, he assures. Better yet, say Sellman and Pelton, stop taking The Pill and switch to safer forms of contraception. It may

take months or even years for the nutrient imbalances to be fully corrected, so start now.

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nurse in West Hollywood, California. She cautions against the potential risks of using estrogen patches, shots and vaginal rings, and recommends avoiding anything that contains estrogen. “Not using The Pill doesn’t mean you have to rely on withdrawal or the rhythm method, both of which are notoriously unreliable,” says Lucille, preferring what she terms “barrier methods”, like diaphragms, cervical caps and male and female condoms. She notes, “Cervical caps are just as effective as The Pill and you can put them in and leave them a little longer for a bit more spontaneity.” Female condoms are even more convenient, she explains: “They fit much like a diaphragm and they can be left in place as long as eight hours.” Instead of potentially toxic spermicides, Lucille recommends using lemon juice, which, she says, is equally effective. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books including the Basic Health Publications User’s Guide to Natural Hormone Replacement. Connect at

Although no natural forms of estrogen are suited for birth control, safe and effective natural forms exist, advises women’s health expert Holly Lucille, a naturopathic doctor and registered

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SATURDAY, MAY 3 A Healthier, Happier You – 9am-11:30am. Bring awareness to how you hold emotions in the body that creates defense patterns, which keeps you limited and disempowered. This intro. workshop will discuss mind/body approach. Free. 90 E Main St, Clinton. RSVP Laura: 203-645-6959. Grounding: Experiential workshop – 9am-1pm. The more grounded to Earth, the easier it is to access other dimensions and shield the body from electromagnetic interference enabling a life filled with a secure, rational and loving manner, $75. Wallingford. 203-265-2927. Iyengar Yoga: Ropes Workshops – 10:45am12:45pm. Experience yoga poses in new and liberating ways with wall ropes. This workshop will


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focus on twists. No experience necessary. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, 860-347-YOGA (9642). Maypole Ribbon Pearl Necklace Class at KanduBeads Studio – 11am-12pm. Free with $15 purchase. Join us for a fun class on using ribbon and pearls to create a delicate necklace to celebrate May Day! KanduBeads, 346 Quinnipiac St, Wallingford. Bring a Friend! 203-793-7348. FREE Reiki clinic w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 11am3pm. Enjoy a 10-15 minute session of Reiki and learn about healing energy. Thyme and Season, 3040 Whitney Ave, Hamden. Info: 203-415-4791. Handmade Jewelry Sale – 11am-4pm. Featuring work of Tony Thibodeau at KanduBeads. Join us for a Trunk Show of beautiful Filigree jewelry. Tony will be in our studio w/ his best work for sale before Mother’s Day! KanduBeads, 346 Quinnipiac St, Wallingford. 203-793-7348.

SUNDAY, MAY 4 Reiki I class with Anita Jones, RMT – 1pm-6pm. Learn about Reiki energy, its history and how to use it for yourself and others. Attunement given. Certificate and manual included. Hamden. $125. Info and Registration: 203-415-4791. Open House. Miles Hill Farm – 2pm-4pm. Information on therapeutic equine programs and “The Equine Experience” summer program for ages 7-15. Animal Assisted Therapy Services, 1250 Long Hill Road, Guilford. 203-804-5343 or R e s t o r a t i v e Wo r k s h o p – 2 p m - 4 p m . w / Saskia Bergmans. Relax and rejuvenate from stress using healing asanas and meditation. Leave feeling refreshed. $30 / $25 pre-register. 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277. Wildlife Rehabilitation Open House – 2pm-4pm. Program introduces work of wildlife rehabilitators and what to expect if you become one. Will also cover “first aid” if you observe a wild animal in need. Free. Presenter: Dawn Sotir. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Register: 203-736-1053. NY City Kirtan Band MA KIRTAN in Concert! ­­­­­­­­­­­– 6:30pm. Ensemble of Bhakta musicians using Kirtan, powerful meditation through music and chant. Relax, restore and rejoice w/ recording artist Satya Franche and her band. $20. Avant Garde Holistic Ctr, 328 E Main St, Branford. RSVP: 203-481-8443.

MONDAY, MAY 5 Experiencing Back Pain? Come in for a free Back Consultation w/PT Services of Guilford – Stop back pain NOW! Come visit for a FREE consultation. Find pain relief without medication! PT Services of Guilford, 500 East Main St, Ste 310. Branford. 203-315-7727.

Feng Shui Color Therapy Class w/RMT/Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 12pm-2pm. Uplift your spirit. Feel inspired. Learn to stimulate focus and flow to release, refresh, balance and enhance [+] Energy w/Florals, Crystals and Stones. $25. Register: 203-913-3869. Circle of Love/Spiritual Empowerment Group w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8pm. Delve within to enhance your ability to tap into divine energy. Join the unconditional loving energy of this open and evolving group lead by spirit. $15. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927,

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 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. Gayle: 203-265-2927.

THURSDAY, MAY 8 Whole Food Cleanse with Gina Ledwith, CHHC – (May 8 through May 22). Regain health, lose weight, boost energy, reduce cravings and more! $147 (includes all materials and support sessions). For info and to register contact Gina: 203-278-2195 or email: Attend a free Information Session on The Graduate Institute’s Master of Arts in Learning and Thinking program – 4pm. At Wesleyan University, Fisk Hall, Room 413. Learn more at: or register:

FRIDAY, MAY 9 Stress Management: Skills for Thriving – 7pm9pm. Learn skills to immediately reduce stress and rediscover your inner peace. Taught by Branwen OShea-Refai, (15 yrs teaching experience in wellness, meditation, yoga, and stress reduction). Invest in your Self! $30. 41 Village Ln, Bethany. Preregistration required. Call Branwen: 203-393-1717. Holographic Sound Healing w/Randeane Tetu – 7:30pm-8:30pm. Vibrational sound assists the body’s natural healing ability, nourishes emotional self and nurtures the soul’s highest purpose. Release old patterning/balance energy/stimulate healing. $15. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

SATURDAY, MAY 10 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 and treating others w/balance and love. Wallingford. $150. Pre-Class Consult/Register: 203-913-3869.

Naugatuck River Cleanup – 10am-12pm. Join Nature Center and Naugatuck River Revival Group to help clean up Ansonia’s treasure! Explore the beauty and impairment of the river and its watershed. Will meet at the Ansonia River Walk. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Info and register: 203-736-1053. Make it for Mom Charm Bracelet Class at KanduBeads Studio – 11am-12pm. Free with $15 purchase. Join us for a fun class on making charm bracelets perfect for Mother’s Day! Celebrate Mom with gems and rare stone beads. KanduBeads, 346 Quinnipiac St, Wallingford. 203-793-7348. Goddess, Tarot, Rune & Past Life Readings w/ Lisa Morrison – 12pm-4pm. Lisa believes that readings should be a balance of humor, healing and inspiration. Her goal is to help restore balance and encourage wholeness of self. $1/min. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. Find Out Why Parents Choose CELC For Middle School Education – 1pm-3pm. Dynamic program, small classes, exceptional academics with hands-on and real-world learning experiences for 5th-8th grade students.  Informational meeting. Branford.  RSVP: Yoga for Cyclists and Racers – 2:30pm-4:30pm. Prepare the body for biking by building flexibility, improving recovery, enhanced durability, increased muscle power, and learn to harness the core and breath. All levels welcome. $30. Inspirational Movie “Brilliant Moon” – 7pm. Life and teachings of Tibet’s Buddhist teacher Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Featuring Dali Lama, Richard Gere and Lou Reed. Guided Meditation to follow movie. $5 suggested donation. Avant Garde Holistic Ctr, 328 E Main St, Branford. RSVP: 203-481-8443. An Evening with Walter Luebeck and Frank Arjava Petter – 8pm-10pm. Two world renown Reiki Masters’ (and long-time friends) will discuss Reiki and Spiritual Healing. Enjoy a spontaneous and joyous evening. $50. Dolce Norwalk Hotel and Conference Center, Norwalk. Contact RSVP Marie:

SUNDAY, MAY 11 JourneyDance – 10:30am-12pm. Therapeutic Recreation Center, 19 Hazel Terrace, Woodbridge. 203-804-5343. Readings w/Julie – 12pm-3pm. Intuitive clairvoyant in practice for 5 yrs, Julie assists through divination of animal totems, meditation and ancient tarot w/messages of the past to bring clarity/vision to the future. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

MONDAY, MAY 12 Free Manual Therapy Therapeutic Consultation – Had physical therapy w/o relief? Try manual therapy, hands-on treatment. 40 minutes one-on-one w/staff. Feel better. Experience the difference! Call for FREE consultation. PT Services of Guilford, 500 East Main St, Ste 310. Branford. 203-315-7727.

TUESDAY, MAY 13 Functional Anatomy w/Ellen Heed – 9am5:30pm. The art of assessing your student or client in order to streamline the healing process. The course is theoretical and experiential. Be prepared to take notes and do some yoga. $350 and $25 material fee. Fresh Yoga, 319 Peck St, New Haven. Angelspeake™ Class w/RMT, Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Ask empowering questions, awaken to signs, and receive loving messages/guidance from angels, guides, loved ones. Develop spiritual senses. $33/class and materials. Wallingford. Register: 203-913-3869. A Healthier, Happier You – 6:30pm-9pm. Bring awareness to how you hold emotions in the body that creates defense patterns, which keeps you limited and disempowered. This intro. workshop will discuss mind/body approach. Free. 90 E Main St, Clinton. RSVP Laura: 203-645-6959.  Full Moon Hike: Full Flower Moon – 7:30pm. Flowers are starting to bloom in the woodlands along the trails. Join our Nature Center naturalist, Wendy Sabol, and Ranger Martin for this fragrance night hike. $1. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Register: 203-736-1053. Magic Drumming Concert with Walter Luebeck – 8pm. Enjoy an evening of spiritual healing w/ Walter’s powerful voice and drums. Don’t miss this soul-stirring, sound healing opportunity! $15: general public. $10: Walter’s class enrollees. 473 Washington Ave, North Haven. RSVP Marie:


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CORE ENERGETICS 5/3 at 9am-11:30am 5/13 at 6:30pm-9pm Core Energetics helps bring consciousness to how the body holds emotions, which creates defense patterns... This introductory workshop will discuss and demonstrate mind/body approach

CONFLICT RESOLUTION FOR MANAGERS AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS Saturday May 17 8am-12pm $125/pp Techniques for having difficult conversations with employees. Bring a workplace issue you would like to discuss.


90 E Main St, Front Office Clinton, CT

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 Milford Soul of Happiness Club – 6pm-8pm. Speaker Joy Van Hemert presents: “Acting as if: Live Your Dreams Now.” Joy discusses how to align yourself with the Universal principles to consciously create the life you want with love and a sense of fun. Cafe Atlantique, 33 River St, Milford. Info: Juliette 203-305-8091. Full Moon Meditation w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Align w/new energies of full moon. Opportunities for allowing spiritual energies to reach human hearts and minds. Tap into this vast pool of energy. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927.

FRIDAY, MAY 16 Advanced Pranayama with Yoganand Michael Carroll For Yoga Teachers or serious yogis – Fri 6pm-9pm, Sat-Tues 8am-4:30pm. Explore the effects of combining pranayama with bandhas, and experiment with ways to incorporate them into a deep spiritual practice. $499. The Nest, 1008 Main St, Branford. 203-488-9642. Intro Talk on A Course in Miracles w Michael Robinson – 7pm-8pm. Central theme of ACM is forgiveness. Michael, an ordained Interfaith minister and certified Spiritual Counselor, facilitates groups where these principles are taught, studied and integrated into our daily lives. $10 Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

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FRIDAY JUNE 6 3-7pm Beginners to intermediate yoga classes with Lotus Gardens Yoga School’s graduating class of teachers. LOCATION:

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calendarofevents SATURDAY, MAY 17 Conflict Resolution for Small Business Owners and Managers – 8am-12pm. Techniques on conflict resolution. Bring an issue to the workshop. $125/ per person. 90 E Main St, Clinton. RSVP Laura: 203-645-6959.  Reiki II Cert. w/RMT, Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm or two 1/2-Days/Eves. Receive empowering keys to mental-emotional clarity & balance and love that transcend time & space w/ support for empathic challenges. Wallingford. $175. Pre-Class Consult/Register: 203-913-3869. Intro. to Ayurveda – 10:30am-12:30pm. Explore how Indian Holistic Medicine brings ancient healing to the modern being. Come learn about doshas, aromatherapy, and the techniques and benefits of daily self-care practices. Pretty Polymer Textured Jewelry Class at KanduBeads Studio – 11am-12pm. Free with $15 purchase. Join us for a fun class on making simple jewelry from textured polymer clay! Bring a Friend! KanduBeads, 346 Quinnipiac St, Wallingford. 203-793-7348. Readings w/Julie – 11am-3pm. Intuitive clairvoyant in practice for 5 yrs, Julie assists through divination of animal totems, meditation and ancient tarot w/messages of the past to bring clarity/vision to the future. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

SUNDAY, MAY 18 Intuitive Readings w/Susane Grasso – 12pm-4pm. Usui and Karuna Reiki Master and Clairvoyant Susane sees auras/mirrors of soul/emotions and physical being. $1/min. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. The Wild Energy of Raw Foods – 1pm4pm. Therapeutic Recreation Center, 19 Hazel Terrace, Woodbridge. 203-804-5343. Crystal Bowl Concert Meditation – 7pm. Early seating/ 7:30pm event. Shift the energy in and around your body. Reestablish physical, emotional, mental, spiritual well being all under an illuminated celestial ceiling. $15. Avant Garde Holistic Center, 328 E Main St, Branford. RSVP: 203-481-8443.

MONDAY, MAY 19 PT Services of Guilford Offers Free Hand Pain Screening – Hands always aching? Want to find relief without injections or medications? Come in for a FREE hand pain screening. Feel better! 500 East Main St. Ste. 310. Branford. 203-315-7727.

TUESDAY, MAY 20 Food Additives and Artificial Sweeteners to avoid class w/ Dr. Wilkinson – 6pm-8pm. Hormonal Imbalance; Child behavior issues; Metabolism disruption; fatigue, weight; depression; anxiety, and achy joints. Avant Garde Holistic Center, 328 E Main St, Branford. RSVP: 203-481-8443.


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Astral Travel – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Learn to safely travel the mental and ethereal realms to free self from the limitations of the earth’s plane and the laws of time and space. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. Register: 203-265-2927.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21 Meditation & Feng Shui for the Chakras w/ RMT/Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 6:30pm8:30pm (& Tues. 5/27). Engage w/[+]Energy insights/skills/habits for lasting, healthy transformation. Create more love for self/those around you. $25 or 2 at $20/Class. Wallingford. Register: 203-913-3869 or A Circle of Women – 7pm-9pm. Join in sacred space to discover and strengthen your authentic self, celebrate “womens’ ways”, speak and listen from the heart and womb. Live in rhythm with the seasons, meet animal ally. Healing the world one woman at a time. $25.Wallingford. Call Susan to reserve space: 203-645-1230.

THURSDAY, MAY 22 Have a Demanding & Willful Child? – 6pm. Discover the Secret to JoyFilled Parenting. Learn to eliminate power struggles, build cooperation and restore family peace. Ages 0-12 yrs. $10. OneJoy Ctr for Wellness, 60 Connolly Pky, 7C, Hamden. RSVP: Lisa Burton, MPH, OTR/L 203-804-0024. Food Additives and Artificial Sweeteners to Avoid w/Dr. Bethanie Wilkinson – 6:30pm-8pm. Clinton Public Library, Clinton. Call to reserve: 860-908-1045. Color and Light Workshop w Karen – 6:30pm8:30pm. Join in the fun of designing your own painting! Stress free! Paint, collage material, glitter and all other supplies are included. $35. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

FRIDAY, MAY 23 Sound Healing Experience – 7pm-8pm. Come feel the penetrating power of vibration! Using Tibetan bowls, drums, and her training as a healer, Branwen will create a safe resonant heart space for you to relax into your true being. $15. 41 Village Ln, Bethany. Register at: 203-393-1717. Crystal Grid Workshop w/ Karen – 7pm-8:30pm. Crystal grids are geometric forms that facilitate an energy flow using stones and patterns. Stones placed in a particular shape heighten energetic vibrations. Bring the crystals that you would like to work with. $20. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

SATURDAY, MAY 24 Reiki I w/Gayle Franceschetti – 9am-1pm. Reiki is the science and art of activating, directing and applying natural, universal life energy, to promote energy balancing, healing and wholeness. Materials/ certificate included. $125. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927,

Reiki III ART Cert. w/RMT Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm or two 1/2-Days or Eves. $200. Promote/Deepen personal and client lasting, healthy transformations. Advanced Techniques w/ Crystal/Stone healing and manifesting grids. Wallingford. Pre-Class Consult/Register: 203-913-3869. Ashtanga Yoga Immersion – 9:30am-11:15am. Join Aixa for a monthly invigorating Vinyasa practice inspired by the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga. $20 drop in. The Nest, 1008 Main St, Branford. Pretty Polymer Textured Jewelry Class at KanduBeads Studio – 11am-12pm. Free with $15 purchase. Join us for a fun class on making simple jewelry from textured polymer clay! Bring a Friend! KanduBeads. 346 Quinnipiac St, Wallingford. 203-793-7348. Free Reiki clinic w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 11am3pm. Enjoy a 10-15 minute session of Reiki and learn about healing energy. Thyme and Season, 3040 Whitney Ave, Hamden. Info: 203-415-4791. Readings w/Julie – 11am-3pm. Intuitive clairvoyant in practice for 5 yrs, Julie assists through divination of animal totems, meditation and ancient tarot w/messages of the past to bring clarity/vision to the future. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

SUNDAY, MAY 25 Readings w/Julie – 12pm-3pm. Intuitive clairvoyant in practice for 5 yrs, Julie assists through divination of animal totems, meditation and ancient tarot w/messages of the past to bring clarity/vision to the future. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. Reiki II class with Anita Jones, RMT – 1pm6pm. Increase Reiki knowledge and energy. Learn the basic symbols and distant healing. Attunement given. Certificate and manual included. Hamden. $150. Info and Registration: 203-415-4791.

MONDAY, MAY 26 Free Shoulder Consultation at PT Services of Guilford – Why suffer with shoulder pain when something can be done about it? Come see staff for a FREE shoulder consultation. Find pain relief without medication! PT Services of Guilford, 500 East Main St, Ste 310, Branford. 203-315-7727.

THURSDAY, MAY 29 Readings w/Julie – 11am-3pm. Intuitive clairvoyant in practice for 5 yrs, Julie assists through divination of animal totems, meditation and ancient tarot w/messages of the past to bring clarity/vision to the future. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

FRIDAY, MAY 30 Soul Retrieval – 7pm-8:30p.m. Shamanism workshop w/Lisa Morrison. Come to an evening of journeywork and healing for the purpose of Soul Retrieval. Please bring a blanket and wear comfortable clothing. $25. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

SATURDAY, MAY 31 Intuitive Readings w/Susane Grasso – 11am-3pm. Usui and Karuna Reiki Master and Clairvoyant Susane sees auras/mirrors of soul/emotions and physical being. $1/min. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. Crystal Spiral Chakra Pendant Class at KanduBeads Studio – 11am-12pm. Free with $15 purchase. Join us for a fun class on making a Crystal pendant wrapped in copper to use for Chakra and crystal healing purposes! KanduBeads, 346 Quinnipiac St, Wallingford. 203-793-7348. Back to Basics:Wild Food Forav – 2pm-4pm. Hike “the wilds” of the Nature Center w/ Alison and Dawn to learn where the foraging spots are located. You’ll learn to recognize the edibles in your own back yard too! After the walk, prepare a wild food “sampler” to enjoy! $5 per person. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Register: 203-736-1053. Thai Yoga Partner Workshop with Liza Dousson – 3pm-5:30pm. With Live Gongs from The Conduit You’ll be guided through a flow to give or receive from your partner Thai Yoga Therapy’s healing power. $60/couple. Raven’s Wing Yoga, 19 S Main St, Branford. 203-488-9642.

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Free Foot Screening at PT Services of Guilford – Call today to find out more about Anodyne Therapy for foot pain. Increase circulation, reduce pain and stiffness. Feel better! PT Services of Guilford, 500 East Main St, Ste 310. Branford. 203-315-7727.

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Free Eating for Energy Workshop Hosted by Gina Ledwith, CHHC – 6:30pm-8:00pm. Learn what life could be like with abundant energy and which foods are best for increasing your energy. Synergy Health and Fitness, 7 Orchard Park Rd, Unit 5, Madison. Register: 203-278-2195 or email:

TUESDAY, JUNE 3 Free “Intentional Living” interest group meeting at The Graduate Institute – 7pm-9pm. Open to all who wish to explore topics related to living life with greater intention and meaning. 171 Amity Rd, Bethany. RSVP:

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ongoingevents IMPORTANT: Please submit all NEW ongoing calendar listings online at (click Events Calendar button on home page). After originally submitting a listing you must notify publisher, Gail Heard at: by the 10th of each month in order to keep the listing in the next upcoming edition and/or make any changes. Listings that are not confirmed each month will automatically be deleted. For questions contact Gail Heard: 203-988-1808. Moderate Yoga – 8:45am-9:45am. A Kripalu inspired class that unites breath with movement. This is a well-rounded class that both tones and stretches the body. IFoundFitness, 190 Main St, Deep River. Info: 860-961-4507.

sunday Sunday Morning Yoga – 8am-9am. This Kripalu based practice will stretch and tone muscles, relieve stress and anxiety. Class geared toward all levels, modifications always given.  Hour-long class will leave attendees feeling restored and replenished. IFoundFitness, 190 Main St, Deep River. Info: 860-961-4507. Yoga Tune Up® – 8:30am-9:30am. A conscious corrective exercise format to improve strength, flexibility & coordination. Excavate unhealthy tension patterns/blind spots & discover a “new normal” while returning to complete physiological balance. Fresh Yoga, 319 Peck St, New Haven.

monday $5 Community Flow at Fresh Yoga – All are welcome. All students will be encouraged to move mindfully, feel every breath and explore their own unique expression of each yoga pose. No experience necessary. Fresh Yoga, 49 Orange St, New Haven. For times/details: 203-776-9642,  Introductory Massage Special! – Open daily! Massage Savvy offers affordable, quality massage. Intro special: $49/one hour Swedish or firm, $59/deep muscle. Loyalty program w/discount on multiple massages. 2514 Boston Post Rd, Guilford (rear entrance). Appts: 203-453-8667.

Vinyasa – 9:30am-10:45am. w/Melissa. Move, flow and refresh for the rest of the day! Fresh Yoga, 319 Peck St, New Haven. Info: 203-776-9642. Yoga with Marlene – 10:30am/7:15pm (classes also offered Tues. 9:30am/6:30pm, Wed. 6:30pm, Thurs.10am/6:30pm, & Fri. 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.

tuesday Intuitive Readings w/Susan Margaret – 11am3pm (5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, Sat 5/3 & Sun 5/4). A medium who has done psychic readings for 43 years, Susan uses playing cards/basic astrology & reads palms in her readings. $1/min. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. Healthy-Steps, The Lebed Method – 3:45pm4:45pm. w/Susan Sandel. Gentle therapeutic exercise/mvmnt prog. Helpful for breast cancer survivors/chronic health conditions. Free. Sponsor: Middlesex Hosp. Ctr. for Survivorship and Integrative Medicine, Madison. Details: 203-457-1656.

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Dancing Through Pregnancy: Total Pregnancy Fitness – 6pm-7pm. Social support and expertise on stress, discomfort and fitness during pregnancy, birthing and motherhood. Time-tested and evidence based. 4 classes: $40m/$60nm; $15m/$20nm per class. JCC, 360 Amity Rd, Woodbridge. Susan Donovan: 203-387-2522. Holistic Moms Network, Middlesex County CT – 7pm-9pm (last Tuesdays). Nonprofit organization connecting parents interested in holistic health and green living. 1st meeting free. United Church of Chester. 29 West Main St, Chester. To contact, confirm dates or see topics, visit: Free Reiki Sessions: The Universal Reiki Plan – 7:30pm-8:30pm (& 8:30pm-9:30pm Thurs.). Reiki teachers Jeannette and Jim of ReikiOvertones and students offer free Reiki sessions. Appt. only. Love offering appreciated. 95 Harris St, Fairfield. Details: Jim and Jeannette 203-254-3958.

wednesday Wellness Wednesdays – Pamper with Spa Facial and cut and style w/ Alberto $85 ($120 Value) and shop at our New Age Fair Trade Eco-friendly Boutique. Get 10% off w/ this ad. Avant Garde Holistic Center Salon Spa Boutique (a Body Mind and Soul Experience), 328 E Main St, Branford. 203-481-8443. Moderate Yoga – 8:45am-9:45am & 6:15pm7:15pm (follows 5:30-6pm spin class). A Kripalu inspired class that unites breath with movement. This is a well-rounded class that both tones and stretches the body. IFoundFitness, 190 Main St, Deep River. Info: 860-961-4507. Intro to Yoga – 9am-10am. Certified yoga instructor Rebecca Santillo will guide you through the basic postures and breathing techniques to help you release tension, gain strength, and improve your balance. $12 Patricia’s School of Dance, 202 N Plains Industrial Rd, Wallingford.

Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 12pm1pm (& 6:30pm-7:30pm Thurs. other than 1st of mo.). Experience a qigong form for rebalancing and strengthening body, mind and spirit. For all abilities and levels of health. 1st class free (reg. $5). No classes May 14/May 15. Holistic Therapies Classroom, Wallingford.

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.

Library Yoga at New Haven Public Library – 1pm-2pm. Bring a mat. Various instructors. $5. 133 Elm St, New Haven. Info: 203-946-8835.


Stony Creek Yoga for Stress Relief – 5:45pm7pm. Classes taught by Gina Macdonald MA, LPC will emphasize the breath with flowing movement (pranayama). $10/session. Basic yoga required. Willoughby Wallace Library. 146 Thimble Island Rd, Stony Creek. Contact Gina Macdonald: 203-710-6665. Yoga with Marlene – 6:30pm (classes also offered Mon. 10:30am/7:15pm, Tues. 9:30am/6:30pm, Thurs.10am/6:30pm, & Fri. 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.

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 , Healthy-Steps, The Lebed Method – 3pm-4pm. w/Susan Sandel. Gentle therapeutic exercise/mvmnt prog. Helpful for breast cancer survivors/chronic health conditions. Free. Sponsor: Middlesex Hosp. Ctr. for Survivorship and Integrative Medicine. Middletown. Details: 203-457-1656. Iyengar Yoga – 5:30pm: Back Care and Fundamentals, ongoing, 7pm: Levels I & II. Align and awaken self while deepening understanding of Yoga. Expert instruction. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, 860-347-YOGA (9642).

Introductory Massage Special! – Open Daily. Massage Savvy offers affordable, quality massage. Intro special: $49/one hour Swedish or firm, $59/deep muscle. Loyalty program w/discount on multiple massages. 2514 Boston Post Rd, Guilford (rear entrance). Appts: 203-453-8667. Yoga with Marlene – 9:30am (classes also offered Mon. 10:30am/7:15pm, Tues. 9:30am/6:30pm, Wed. 6:30pm, & Thurs.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. Mixed-Level Yoga w/Nancy – 9:30am-10:45am. Covers the range of Basics & Vinyasa classes. Warm up key areas of the body prior to moving into flowing sequences. Modifications/variations offered to increase/decrease intensity of the class. Fresh Yoga, 319 Peck St, New Haven. 203-776-9642. Intuitive Readings w/Susane Grasso – 11am-3pm. Usui and Karuna Reiki Master and Clairvoyant Susane sees auras/mirrors of soul/emotions and physical being. $1/min. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. Family Organic Gardening – 3:30pm-5pm. Food Corps member Eileen Garcia and ANC will lead activities in organic garden. Learn how to grow variety of fruits/vegetables. Dress for gardening w/ closed-toe shoes. Free. Potential to take home fresh produce! Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. 203-736-1053.

saturday Reiki Practitioner Certifications: wRMT/Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – Why Reiki? When we awaken mental/emotional/energetic clarity and balance w/the power of love anything is possibleeven with prickly people/challenges/changes. Wallingford. Free Preclass consult: 203-913-3869. Stony Creek Intermediate Level Hatha Yoga Classes with Gina Macdonald MA, LPC – 8:30am-10am. Walk-ins welcome. $10/session. Willoughby Wallace Library. 146 Thimble Island Rd, Stony Creek. Contact Gina: 203-710-6665. Free Jewelry Making Classes – 11am-12pm. Every Saturday at KanduBeads in Wallingford with a $15 purchase. Join us every Saturday at KanduBeads Studio for a fun, one hour intro to making jewelry by hand. 346 Quinnipiac St, Wallingford. 203-793-7348. Prenatal Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. (Starts 5/10). Students practice poses and movements that appropriately stretch and strengthen the body while preparing for, or recovering from, delivery physically and psychologically. No yoga experience needed. Yoga in Middletown. 438 Main St. 860-347-YOGA (9642). ReikiShare: The Universal Reiki Plan – 11am1:30pm. Pre-register to share Reiki and join in a FREE workshop to make it a Reiki day! The 3rd Sat. of every month. Free (“love offering”). Bloodroot Rest. 85 Ferris St, Bridgeport. Reservation only. Jim or Jeannette: 203-254-3958. Pilates – 1-2pm. w/Certified Pilates Instructor. Pilates exercises develop strength, flexibility and breath control as they address both spinal mobility and stability. Beginners welcome. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, 860-347-YOGA (9642).

Power Vinyasa – 4:30pm-5:45pm. Heated (80+ deg.) flowing class based on Baptiste Vinyasa Power Yoga. Vigorous, fast-paced series of poses condition the whole body, offer peace of mind & the ability to move more powerfully/authentically. Fresh Yoga, 49 Orange St, New Haven. 203-776-9642.

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ALLERGY RELIEF ARE YOU SNIFFLING, SNEEZING OR WHEEZING? – Do you have asthma, hay fever, sinusitis, eczema or other allergy symptoms? At Advanced Allergy Relief, we offer a safe, rapid elimination of allergic reactions. NO AVOIDANCE, NO MEDICATIONS OR SUPPLEMENTS, NO NEEDLES, NON-INVASIVE CHILD-FRIENDLY, EFFECTIVE. 203-239-3400.

ALS SUPPORT THE ALS ASSOCIATION CONNECTICUT CHAPTER – Leading the fight to treat & cure ALS through research & advocacy while empowering people w/Lou Gehrig’s Disease & their families to live fuller lives w/compassionate care & support. 4 Oxford Road, Unit D4. Milford. 203-874-5050.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH BHcare – A state-licensed, non-profit behavioral health care provider serving Lower Naugatuck Valley, Greater New Haven & Shoreline communities. It provides comprehensive behavioral health, prevention & domestic violence services to improve the lives & health of individuals, families & communities. 203-736-2601.

GRASSFED BEEF GRASSFED BEEF! – 100% all natural Grass Fed and Grass Finished Beef. No hormones. No a n t i b i o t i c s . Tr y a s t e a k o r a p o u n d o f burger! Available for sale by the individual cut, sampler box, or by the half. 860-974-9004.

HEALTH, EXERCISE & WELL-BEING THE ANSWER IS YES, WALKING WORKS! – Get motivated today by joining a diverse membership of women walkers. Find a walking partner near you. PartnershipInCommunity.



PT–APRN – Established Naturopathic practice in Stratford seeks open-minded, experienced nursing professional. Hours and salary negotiable. 203-874-4333 or

COME JOIN US FOR A HUGE CT EVENT OF MIND, BODY & SPIRIT – Sun. Nov 2! Seeking Spiritual Readers and Vendors of Mind, Body & Spirit; Handcrafted Artists & Crafters; Green Products. 203-733-6560, Info;

ROOMS & SPACE FOR RENT – Established holistic center, new age boutique, spa. Branford. Opportunities for practitioners & cosmetologists. Rooms & halls for classes, concerts & events. Artists can display their retail items in the boutique. 3 floors, plenty of parking. 203-481-8443.

HEMORRHOIDS GOT HEMORRHOIDS? – Now there is an easy non-surgical treatment that eliminates bleeding, pain, and swelling of hemorrhoids. It is quick, painless, and effective. There is no need to suffer any longer.Covered by most insurance. Call The Life Center for RELIEF. 203-239-3400.

OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT OFFICE SPACE AMITY – Dynamic, integrative practice expanding, currently ND, LMT, Bowen Reiki. Looking for like-minded practitioners. Newly renovated well lit w/ground level entrance, views of West Rock. Easy access to Routes 15, 69, 63 Whalley Ave. Searching for Integrative Medicine, NP, CNM, DO, PA or MSW, etc. Please contact clinic director Dr. Lou Cofrancesco. SPACE FOR RENT OR SHARED – Southbury, CT Exit 16 off I 84. Perfect for the practitioner or professional wanting to get out of their house! Shared waiting room, utilities included. Internet is extra. Call Heidi at 203-733-1805.

HOLISTIC THERAPY KATE GORMAN IS A LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER – Serving individuals and families at Preferred Pediatrics in Milford and at Revive Wellness in New Haven. Counseling. Brain reprogramming. Holistic approaches. To set up an appointment contact:

HYPNOSIS/ LIFE COACHING HYPNOSIS THERAPY CENTER – Providing the help you need to Relax & Resolve: stress, anger, anxiety, emotional issues, bad habits or the past. Life Coaching for personal & professional development. Psychic Readings for insights or Music Therapy to re-balance the mind & body. Madison. 203-245-6927.


PARKINSON’S SUPPORT CONNECTICUT CHAPTER, AMERICAN PARKINSON DISEASE ASSOCIATION – Mission: “To Ease the Burden, To Find A Cure” for those w/Parkinson’s Disease & their caregivers in CT. Education, support & socialization. 860-2489200,

PART-TIME MEDICAL ASSISTANT PART-TIME MEDICAL ASSISTANT NEEDED FOR MILFORD HOLISTIC PEDIATRICIAN’S OFFICE – Mon., Tues. & Thurs. through late June when hours switch to Mon. & half-day on Fridays. Candidate must be able to cover vacations as needed & have some pediatric experience. Part-time hours available. Will discuss hours at interview. Info.:

AMERICAN LYME DISEASE FOUNDATION – Dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment, of Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. Lyme, CT. Info: CT LYME RIDERS, INC. – Founded in 2007 by motorcyclists Sandy Brule & Tony Gargano. A 501(c)(3) non profit public charity aiming to bring awareness to the public about Lyme Disease. Events & info. 860-537-0255,

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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide visit our website and click our Advertise menu. ALLERGY



Kevin Healy, DC

Do you have asthma, hay fever, sinusitis, excema or other allergy symptoms? Are you careful about what you eat because of food allergies or intolerances? At Advanced Allergy Relief, we offer a safe, rapid elimination of allergic reactions. No medication, No Needles, Child friendly, Effective.

Applied Kinesiology is neurological evaluation to find dysfunction. It addresses problems instead of chasing pains. Dr. Healy tests if a therapy benefits the dysfunction and finds immediate answers about which result in the most improvement. Chiropractic, craniosacral, myofascial, and acupressure are among the therapies Dr. Healy uses. No single cure exists since disease (which includes a state of dysfunction) typically involves many areas of the body. The goal of any therapy-physical, chemical, or emotional-is to improve function, and a combination of therapies has the best results. See ad on page 40.

Anne Mitchell, ND North Haven and West Hartford Offices 203-239-3400

Shoreline Natural Health Care, LLC

Specializing in Advanced Allergy Therapeutics Betty Brainerd, ND Guilford, CT 203-738-0020


Are you suffering from allergies or sensitivites? Would you like to live life without medications or the need to avoid certain foods, animals, or other offending substances? We can help you. Our Advanced Allergy Therapeutics results in elimination of allergic reactions. Noninvasive, no needles, safe for all ages.


Improve your quality of life w/ empowering guidance & support. Move to the Heart of Healing w/ Diane Esposito, RMT/Holistic Coach/author of Play, Heal, Love! The Art of Creating Healthy Relationships. Be inspired; create habits & boundaries that heal w/in-person or phone Readings, Reiki, Reflexology, EFT, Angelspeake, Meditation. See ad on page 20.


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Madison, CT 203-245-9317

CONNECTICUT EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING CENTER 28 School Street Branford, CT 06405 203-433-4658

CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) of Branford is a dynamic middle school program that provides small classes and combines exceptional academics with hands-on and real-world learning experiences to fit the academic, social, and emotional needs of the 5th–8th grade student. Contact us to schedule a visit or for more information at: or call 203.433.4658. See ad on page 15.


Accredited, Non-profit Graduate School offering holistic programs in contemporary and emerging fields 203-874-4252 The Graduate Institute offers holistic master’s degrees and certificate programs for adult learners. Programs include Integrative Health and Healing, Ecotherapy and Cultural Sustainability, Writing and Oral Tradition, Organizational Leadership, Integrative Health Coaching and Patient Navigation, and more. See ad on pages 9 and 17.


Gina Ledwith 7 Orchard Park Road, Unit 5 Madison, CT 06443 203-278-2195 Ready to be free of dieting restrictions and deprivation? Gina will show you how to easily lose weight with a whole foods approach that will leave you feeling satisfied and amazing! She specializes in weight loss, digestive health and healing with food. Change your life! Call today for a free session! See ad on page 15.

HEALTH FOOD thyme and season natural market

3040 Whitney Avenue Hamden, CT 06518 203-407-8128 Our 16th year! Open 7 days : M-F 8:00-7:30; Sat 9-7; Sun 10-5 One of the largest selections of natural, organic, non-GMO, glutenfree & vegan foods in the area - local produce, organic & free-range meats / poultry, local artisan cheese, sustainable fish, organic baby food, quality pet food & remedies, safe cleaning & paper products, fair trade chocolate & coffee. Vitamin, mineral, herb and whole food supplements, homeopathic & ayurvedic remedies and a Certified Nutrition Counselor to assist you; Health Talks by health profs Thurs eves Spring & Fall. Pick up a healthy hot breakfast or lunch MonSat: 4 entrees & 6 soups plus salads, sandwiches, sushi, & wraps. A dedicated helpful staff.


5520 Park Ave, Ste 301, Ffld Town Line Merritt Pkwy, Exit 47 203-371-0300





2514 Boston Post Rd Guilford, CT 203-453-8667

328 East Main Street Branford, CT 203-481-8443

Dr. Mark A. Breiner is a pioneer B o d y, m i n d & and recognized authority in thea body soul experience to field of holistic dentistry. With mind PAMPER honor all aspects over 30 years of experience, & SHOP of one’s being, in soul he is a sought after speaker and RESTORE experience a Mediterranean lecturer. His popular consumer book, Whole-Body Dentistry, has been sold world- retreat ambience. Ayurveda; Reiki; Hypnotherapy; Psychic Medium; Shamanic Practices; Sacred wide. See ad on page 25. Geometry; Heartmath; Kirtan; Yoga; Meditations; Crystal Bowl Healing; Harmonic Gong Immersion; HOLISTIC PEDIATRICIAN & Inspirational Movies. Fair trade, eco-friendly, metaphysical, jewelry, gifts, hand-made crystals, PREFERRED PEDIATRICS décor, natural hair/skincare. Hair artistry, color, Diana Lopusny, M.D., F.A.A.P. hilite, curly hair experts, spa facials, microderms 88 Noble Avenue, Suite 101, Milford, CT & massage. See ad on page 7. SALON • SPA • BOUTIQUE • HOLISTIC CENTER 328 East Main Street, Branford


Dr. Diana Lopusny, a board certified pediatrician, has years of hands-on experience with infants and children ages 0-22. Her personalized blend of conventional and homeopathic medicine offers her patients traditional, loving, and modern care.


Branwen OShea-Refai, LCSW Bethany, CT 203-393-1717 Branwen, a LCSW, Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Sound Healer, Healing Touch Practioner, and Intuitive has 17 years experience as a holistic counselor. Utilizing Yoga, Talk Therapy, Sound Healing, Meditation, and Energetic Wellness. Treating trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, eating disorders, pain, and stress in children and adults.


HYPNOSIS/REIKI CONNECTICUT HYPNOSIS Heidi Vollmer, M.Ed, CH Southbury, CT 203-733-1805

We use hypnosis, NLP, past life regression and Reiki to help you with weight loss, freedom from smoking and stress reduction. Now taking the first step toward a healthy life is effortless with our free initial screening and affordable payment plans designed to fit any budget. Ask us how to become a hypnotist yourself.

A dynamic network of licensed therapists offers quality massage to reduce tension/anxiety, relax body & mind, enhance immune system, lessen muscle pain/tension, offer headache relief, improve sleep. Programs include: Intro. special $49/one hour, multiple massage discounts & corporate on-site chair/event massage. See ad on page 27.

NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS Shoreline Natural Health Care, LLC Betty Brainerd, ND Guilford, CT 203-738-0020

Effective treatment of chronic Lyme disease, digestive issues, arthritis, diabetes, fatigue, weight gain, PMS/menopause, etc. Personalized care may include detection of healthcompromising factors, diet/lifestyle counseling, detox, far infrared sauna, herbal/nutritional supplements, homeopathy & acupuncture. Also: advanced allergy detection/treatment for the whole family (no needles).


Adam Breiner, ND, Director Elena Sokolova, MD, ND David Brady, ND, CCN, DACBN Fairfield/Trumbull town line 203-371-8258 Using state-of-the-art science combined with centuries-old healing modalities, our caring naturopathic doctors correct underlying imbalances and address issues which may interfere with the body’s ability to heal itself. Treatment protocols or therapies include: Abdominal Manual Therapy, Acupuncture, Allergy Desensitization, Chinese Medicine, Colonics and other Detoxification Protocols, Electro-Dermal Screening, Energy Medicine, FDA-cleared P h o t o t h e r a p y, F u n c t i o n a l Medicine, Herbal Medicine, H o m e o p a t h y, H o r m o n a l Balancing, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Metabolic Typing, Nutritional Assessment, RealTime EEG Neurofeedback, and other therapies. See ad on page 25.

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communityresourceguide RECREATION CENTER



Nutrition Response Testing is a non-invasive system of analyzing the body to determine the underlying causes of ill or non-optimum health. Causes include foods, metals, chemicals, immune challenges, allergies, and more. The doctor works one on one to make meaningful and educated changes as needed in the patient’s diet. The majority of supplements used are organic whole food. The system determines when supplements are needed or no longer needed. Results have been outstanding!

Center unites Beth Patella Center for Music & Animal Assisted Therapy Services. Innovative programs for all children & adults, including those w/disabilities. Early Childhood Music; Music for persons w/Disabilities; Drumming; Sound Therapy; Canine/Equine Assisted Therapy; Veterans Wounded Warrior Equine Project & more. See ad on page 25.

63 Church Street, Guilford, CT 203-453-0232

linda myers

Certified Nutrition Counselor, FiFHi Thyme and Season Natural Market 3040 Whitney Avenue Hamden (Rt. 10, Mt Carmel) CT 06518 203-407-8128 Ext. 2 Complimentary Counseling Mon. through Fri. 9am – 4:30pm. Nutrition plus vitamin, mineral, herb and whole food supplements, homeopathic & ayurvedic remedies; Fellow of the Institute for Human Individuality. Supplement and H&B Manager; Director of our Wellness Outreach Lecture Program now in its 30th series, offered free, most Thursday evenings each Spring and Fall. Call for possible participation; check website for schedule.


Everlastings, by Arlene Bouley The Carriage House At The Gate House West 2614 Boston Post Rd, Guilford, CT 203-458-1298



203-305-8091 Juliette Storch is a Certified Intuitive Healer and Life Coach. As a Modern Mystic, Muse & Medium her method is untraditional, powerful, and rooted firmly in the tradition of her Huguenot forebears—witches and wise women. With an open channel to dimensions beyond this one, Juliette brings messages of those who have passed from this life, connects you with your guides and uncovers negative energies that still affect you from past millennia. By magically blending Eastern essences with Spirit, she activates your chakras and channels the beings and voices that are the pieces of the puzzle of you. Sharing space and words with Saints and Archetypes, Juliette tells the story of your heart, your essence, your very Soul… and opens the gateway to flowing Spirit, ready to guide you to your next elevation. Working with Juliette is an unexpected experience. It’s a leap into the darkness... because you must change the dark before your heart can fill with light. Take the veil away from your eyes and see the magical life that you want...Let Juliette open the door to manifest your ABUNDANT LifesPath! See ad on page 8.

Everlastings is a full-service hair salon & spa whose passion & mission is to provide healthier, more natural organic alternatives to salon services. All products are chemical-free. You will leave feeling fulfilled, refreshed and cared for. See ad on page 20.


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Jenna Henderson, ND 2 Broadway, North Haven, CT 1007 Farmington Ave, Suite 7A, West Hartford, CT 203-239-3400 Get off the dieting merry-goround and FINALLY achieve your ideal weight. We offer a medically supervised weight loss program with whole foods, individualized nutrition, emotional eating support, meal planning and weight loss coaching. MOST INSURANCES ACCEPTED See ad on page 13.


19 South Main St. Branford, CT 203-488-9642 Rooted in the sacred teachings of yoga, Raven’s Wing is an inviting & safe place for all who desire positive change. Gentle, beginner, moderate and vigorous classes offered, as well as monthly workshops, kirtan and seasonal celebrations. Ayurveda and private instruction also offered. See ad on page 40.


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Meet Some Who Have Already Joined Our Family: ADVANCED PHYSICAL MEDICINE CHIROPRACTIC AND WELLNESS CENTER Dr. Candice Pollack, D.C. North Haven, CT 203-691-5581

ADVANCED SPINE & SPORT Dr. David Durso, D.C. Orange, CT 203-553-9300

ATLAS CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Adam Church, D.C. East Haven, CT 203-466-1111

COASTAL CHIROPRACTIC AND WELLNESS Dr. Keith Mirante, D.C. Madison, CT 203-245-8217


Joan S. Gilbert Hamden, CT 828-551-0420


Middletown, CT 860-986-2017

CT FARM FRESH EXPRESS, LLC East Haddam, CT 860-873-8760



June Can, Reiki Master Practitioner International Channel & Medium 203-230-1197

Dr. Eileen Denny, D.C. Hamden, CT 203-407-8468

DOROTHY MARTIN-NEVILLE, PhD Psychotherapy-Adults in Transition Emotional & Spiritual Aspects in Health Care Essex, CT 860-461-7569


Venice Walters 203-507-0889




Dr. Jason Belejack, N.D. Durham, CT 203-824-7428

Guilford, CT 203-453-8667



Christopher Chialastri, LMT#005812 Home Visits for Massage Therapy East Haven, CT 203-430-3163


Dr. Leigh White, N.D. North Haven, CT 203-980-0465


Karen Obier, Reflexologist North Haven, CT 203-645-2188

JOANN DUNSING HYPNOSIS Joann Dunsing Milford, CT 203-907-7710

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

CHASE PARKWAY PODIATRIC GROUP, LLC Sports Medicine Dr. Joel Segalman, MD 203-270-6724


Aadil Al-Alim & Faith Bredwood 203-389-0089

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Introduction to Forrest Yoga To Benefit 108 Monkeys taught by Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Trainees supervised by Ana Forrest, Creatrix of Forrest Yoga

Friday-Sunday 1:30-3:30 PM May 9-11th & May 16-18th Suggested Donation $5 No experience necessary! Location: 319 Peck St


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