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Happy July! Summer’s light, warmth and blossoms ring in the season with a burst of vigor. I welcome that around and within me. It never ceases to amaze me how much more energy I have after a summer-prep “spring cleaning.” Since my recent detoxification cleanse, I have felt inspired to clear clutter out of other areas of my life, as well (such as my basement). Removing clutter also opened up space to fill with new ideas and opportunities. In just the last few days, while also working on deadline, I signed up for a workshop, spent time with family and friends, received a Reiki healing, attended a sound healing, recommitted to my swimming regimen and enjoyed reintroducing healthy solid foods back into my body starting with a salmon salad. This renewed energy and momentum has simply reinforced that when I keep my agreements with my body, the positive results spill over into other aspects of my life. What we eat is at the core of how well we feel. Our nutrition choices impact our health either negatively or positively. In addition to articles and event listings for a vibrant summer, several of this month’s items focus on different aspects of food, offering multiple tidbits about this vast subject. Carol Alt speaks about eating a primarily raw food diet. Melinda Hemmelgarn shares information about food safety. Kris Carr and Chef Chad Sarno offer healthy summer recipes adapted from Crazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 Plant-Empowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution. There is even information about how agricultural methane may be a contributing factor to climate change and ways people have sought to mitigate those effects while also aiming to ensure quality beef and dairy products. As this month’s article “Let Kids Just Be Kids” suggests, it is important to create unstructured time to play, which can help encourage innovation, creativity, collaboration and problem-solving (valuable skills at any age!). When we fill the spaces that arise through clearing clutter, spontaneity can help ensure we have presence to what is. As a good balance, I find that spending time watching the wildlife in my yard and/or meditating and inviting into such spaces a sense of serenity can also offer a different kind of vital energy that helps sustain me. Summer can be so enlivening. It helps us tune in to our senses and feel refreshed (consider the sun on your face or sipping ice water on a hot day, hearing birdsongs—or, this year, the cicadas—smelling newly mowed grass, tasting the sweet first bite into a fresh strawberry). As you clear any clutter in your life this season, here’s to finding the space for all that brings you a sense of well-being: activities; rest/renewal; and, don’t forget the play! “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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16 globalbriefs 19 wisewords 23 inspiration 24 greenliving 26 fitbody

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

19 RELISHING RAW FOOD Supermodel Carol Alt on How Eating Raw Keeps Her Vibrant by Beth Bader




The Latest Facts about Organics, Pesticides, Seeds and More

15 30 consciouseating 32 healthykids 16 34 naturalpet 23 SAVOR SUMMER by Melinda Hemmelgarn

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26 WACKY WORKOUTS More Giggles than Groans by Sandra Murphy

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Mitigating Methane On the Farm by Nancy Cohen

30 HEALTH RULES Crazy, Sexy, Savvy, Yummy by Judith Fertig


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Unstructured Fun by Madeline Levine


Lurking GMOs May Hurt Our Pets by Dr. Michael W. Fox

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n addition to enhancing fitness, cycling, an activity which can be done alone or in community, offers a feeling of freedom, heightens the senses and enables a sustainable means of transport. With a philosophy of selling unforgettable experiences, not just items, Zane’s Cycles (with locations in Branford and Fairfield) provides bikes, parts and accessories, as well as forums for finding information, sharing ideas and growing community. To improve performance and comfort, they offer expertise in the Specialized Body Geometry Fit System. As active community participants, they are involved with numerous events throughout the year. Zane’s Duathlon at the Ponds, an off-road duathlon training series held every other Wednesday evening in summer, includes races at 6 p.m. Additionally, Sunday mornings into September they host a moderately paced local road bike ride (15-19 mph average) leaving from their Branford location.

Stay Cool and Natural for the Summer!


icensed Massage Therapists Jan Marie King and Deborah McMahon of Amazing Retreat Therapeutic Massage in Naugatuck are delighted to introduce the new Cool Lift Face Massage, a technique developed by Nature’s Stones, Inc. Founder Patricia Mayrhofer and her staff. This energetic massage for the face incorporates heated and cool stones, manual lymphatic drainage therapy and a honey lift lotion. A cleanser is applied to the skin to remove dirt and oils, followed by yogurt to exfoliate. These products are removed with warm moist towels. Lymphatic drainage and manual massage techniques are then utilized to promote relaxation of facial muscles, reduce fine lines and dark under-eye circles and tighten the skin on the face, neck and upper chest. Hot stone massage eliminates toxins. Cool marble stones help reduce inflammation and puffiness and uplift energy. The face massage culminates with warm moist towels and the honey lift lotion. A new favorite for both men and women, this one-and-a-half hour Cool Lift Face Massage normally costs $90, though Natural Awakenings readers will receive a $10 discount for appointments scheduled this July and August. King and McMahon also offer services including therapeutic massage, reflexology, myofascial therapy, Reiki and other healing modalities. Massages are customized to meet individual client’s needs and enhance the journey to achieving and sustaining wellness. The duo offers packages and monthly specials, and partners with to provide returning veterans with free massages once a month. Amazing Retreat is reachable at 35 Porter Ave., Suite 5B in Naugatuck, CT, 203.729.2786, See ad on page 8.

Since buying the business at age sixteen, owner Chris Zane grew this neighborhood bike shop into a nationally recognized bike store. In his book published in 2011, Reinventing the Wheel: The Science of Creating Lifetime Customers, he shares his philosophy and the importance of culture, empowerment and customer engagement. Believing customer satisfaction sustains a healthy business, Zane’s offers the option to repair, replace, or refund money if customers are not completely content with an item purchased from their company. Zane’s (Branford) is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 to 4 p.m. at 330 East Main Street, Branford, CT, 203.488.3244, 6

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Bringing Joy Back to Teaching and Learning


ith over thirty years of experience as a special education teacher in grammar and middle schools, Connecticut resident Catherine Iaccarino offers a broad perspective on teaching and learning. In her debut book “Memoirs of Teaching; The Good, The Bad and The Inappropriate with Strategies for Teaching to Children Not to Tests” she shares tales from the classroom along with educational strategies to help infuse teaching and learning with joy and meaning. She invites educators to depart from the scripted text and explore teaching through the senses, including a sense of humor, sense of wonder and accomplishment and common sense. Learn how Shakespeare’s “wild and crazy Henry V and Hamlet” inspire and motivate students. Discover ways English and other subjects, including history and Native American culture, facilitate deeper, more pleasurable learning for students which transcends the page and offers insights into their selves and lives. As a Kirkus Review suggests “Parents can use this valuable resource not only to familiarize themselves with challenges faced in the classroom, but also to reinforce beneficial educational habits at home… Recommended reading for all educators, from starry-eyed neophytes to seasoned veterans…” Iaccarino has lectured and lead workshops in the U.S. and China. She is a summer teacher at the Center for Coastal Ecology (and will teach this summer at who makes occasional guest appearances on the locally televised “Classroom Connections.” “Memoirs of Teaching…” is available via,, and on kindle. For speaking events/workshops, interviews or other information, email or visit

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his summer, the Pardee-Morris House in New Haven will conclude “In Season,” its series of informal talks exploring locally grown food and/or beverages. The remaining lectures include a July 14 talk about oystering and an August 11 discussion about local produce. Talks are led by local individuals. They begin at 2 p.m. and last about one hour. Q&A follows each talk. Admission to Pardee-Morris House is free on Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m. through August 25. Other upcoming events include the annual Twilight Concert series showcasing local musicians (Wednesdays July 3 and natural awakenings

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24 and August 14) and visits by The Readmobile, New Haven Library’s library on wheels (August 2 and 16). The New Haven Museum’s Pardee-Morris House is a 6,000 square foot 18th-century farmhouse on the east shore of New Haven harbor. Built by Amos Morris around 1750, the house was burned by the British during their raid on New Haven in 1779 and rebuilt by the Morris family. It was purchased in 1915 by William Pardee, a descendant of the Morris family, who hoped to make it his home. Pardee died in 1918 and willed the property, along with a small endowment, to the New Haven Museum, then known as the New Haven Colony Historical Society. Today, it is open seasonally for events, classes and tours. The Pardee-Morris House is reachable at 325 Lighthouse Road in New Haven, CT, 203.562.4183,

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5th Annual Pet Fair, Dog Walk & 5K


he Meriden Rotary is excited to announce its Central Connecticut Pet Fair partnership with the Connecticut Humane Society. Now in its fifth year, this family event combines activities with the opportunity to support the Meriden Rotary Foundation and help the Connecticut Humane Society save the lives of homeless pets. This year’s affair includes: a certified 5K road race; Dog Walk; Kids’ Fun Run (1/2 mile run for kids aged 12 and younger); an expanded Pet Fair with vendors and animal welfare groups; activities like pet interactive games, pet psychic, caricaturist, live music, bounce house, and face painting; animal demonstrations including K-9 police demo, dog musical freestyle, rally obedience; prize drawings; pet costume contest; and, more! Participants are invited to help the Connecticut Humane Society “stuff the bus” with unexpired, unopened adult cat and dog food for its pet food pantry. This rain or shine event offers activities for the whole family. 5K check

in/registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by the road race at 9 a.m. The Kids’ Fun Run begins at 8:45 a.m. Dog Walk check-in/registration starts at 9 a.m., with the race at 10 a.m. The Pet Fair begins at 10 a.m. Fees include $30 for the 5K (First 100 runners receive a tech shirt, all others get a t-shirt), $5 for the Kid’s Fun Run, and $15 for the Dog Walk (one person, and up to two dogs). For information, or to register, visit

Yoga Teacher Training for Central Connecticut


otus Gardens Yoga School announces a 200-hour yoga teacher training at their affiliate studio, Yoga Center of Collinsville. Classes will begin August 24 and meet one weekend each month. Early bird registration for the classes ends on July 20. Space is limited. Interested students are invited to attend a free Meet and Greet session at the Yoga Center on Saturday, July 20 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. to participate in a studio tour and open discussion about the training. Lotus Gardens Yoga School offers one of the nation’s first comparative theory 200-hour yoga teacher training programs and is recognized as a registered school by Yoga Alliance. This training will expose students to several of the major styles of yoga. Participants will also learn therapeutic techniques for working with common injuries, diseases and specialties. Upon successful completion of this certificate program, students will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT200 yoga teacher. Lara Ward, founder and director of Lotus Gardens, will lead the certification program. Ward is a 25-year experienced yoga teacher and has provided 30 teacher training programs to students in the past. Yoga Center of Collinsville is located at 10 Front Street in Collinsville, CT. For information, call 860.354.6241, or visit 3040 Whitney Ave. in Hamden

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TGI Offers Health Coaching/Patient Navigation


he Graduate Institute (TGI) has created an Integrative Health Coaching and Patient Navigation Certificate program, ontinuing its tradition of offerthe first in Connecticut to coming information and resources bine these vital new healthcare to help enhance the health of occupations. Health and wellfamilies, communities and the ness coaches work in diverse planet, Green Life Guides, LLC, settings from corporate wellness publisher of GreenBrideGuide. centers, health clubs and medicom (launched in 2009), ancal fitness facilities to hospitals, nounces the birth of its new ecoclinics and private practices. Their services can be integrated friendly pregnancy and parenting into existing health professions, such as nursing, primary website care, exercise and mental health intervention, and physical The launch of is the natural extension and occupational therapy. Patient navigation is an occupafor eco-conscious brides who relied on GreenBrideGuide. tion designed to guide patients through an increasingly comcom for their wedding and are now stepping into motherplex system, including everything from accompanying them hood and wanting to create a non-toxic environment for their on doctor’s visits and filling out insurance paperwork to combabies. features a variety of content. municating with specialists and pharmacies and maintaining Dr. Sydney Spiesel, a pediatrician and immunologist with a health records. “Taken together, Health Coaching and Patient private practice in Woodbridge, CT and service as a Clinical Navigation is a rapidly emerging field that facilitates sustainProfessor of Pediatrics at Yale University’s School of Mediable lifestyle change, supports wellness and disease prevencine, provides video content on everyday health topics of tion, provides individual assistance to patients and caregivers concern to parents, such as vaccine information and dealing to help overcome health system barriers, and enables timely with common behavioral problems. The site also offers a seaccess to quality medical psychosocial care,” said Christi lection of products including name brands and artisanal and Holmes, Executive Director of TGI’s 12-credit program. Intehandmade items at every price point. All products include grating the art of health coaching with the science of patient content about their origins and health information that helps navigation, the program provides comprehensive training show why a specific product and/or material may be a wise which enables practitioners to facilitate successful patient eco choice. helps with eco-parenting outcomes while promoting healthy living. Upon completion, dilemmas by sharing information on topics ranging from how students will be well situated to enter this emerging profesto avoid chemical exposure and everyday toxins to baby sion and eligible to apply for their professional coaching proofing essentials. It offers new moms assistance with sortcredential with the International Coach Federation. ing through information overload and ideas for raising happy and healthy kids. Aiming for an easy-to-use layout, products Learn more about this and other TGI programs at an can be filtered by price point, age, color and theme. AddiOpen House on Wednesday, July 31 at 5:30 p.m. Register: tional features include carbon offsets with every order and 203.874.4252,, or visit free shipping on orders over $100. See ad on page 7.

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Arts & Imagination at Kate’s Camp for Kids


ate’s Camp for Kids! is a summer arts day camp for boys and girls (ages 5 to 10). Focusing on music, theater, visual art and dance, it brings together arts experts and professional teaching artists from Community Music School and Tracy Art Center. Each week-long session (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., $230/week) offers a range of activities. Campers use their imaginations to create music, art, movement, and characters, culminating in a performance for family and friends which unifies all of the art forms. Kate’s Camp for Kids! takes place at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (“The Kate”), with visual art classes at Tracy Art Center across the street. At session one (July 15-19, Fiddle & Folk-it’s a hoedown!) string players learn traditional American


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tunes and different techniques, non-fiddlers play dulcimers and rhythm instruments and everyone learns dances and creates artwork. At session two (July 22-26, Broadway Beginners: Bugz Musical theater) campers pitch in at the musical picnic. Session three (July 29-August 2, Earth, Water, Fire, Air) explores nature and the planet’s history through the arts. Session four (August 5-9, Broadway Beginners: Hats!) utilizes clever rhyming script and songwriting to examine hats. Campers aged 10+ can learn staging and choreographing of Broadway show tunes in The Kate Players ($185), which meets Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. starting July 16. The Kate: 300 Main Street in Old Saybrook, CT. Camp Physicians: Wildwood Pediatrics. To register: 860.767.0026, Scholarships available.

Gratitude Begets Good


esearchers at the Greater Good Science Center (UC Berkeley) suggest that people who practice gratitude consistently report benefits like: stronger immune systems; lower blood pressure; more joy/optimism; greater generosity/compassion; and, diminished loneliness/isolation. Anne Kubitsky’s “Look for the Good Project” ( February, 2012 edition) invites everyone to consider for what and whom they are grateful. Since inviting people to create and send postcards answering the query “What makes you grateful?” Kubitsky has received responses from around the world and shared them online and in a traveling exhibit. To spread the good feeling, she compiled submissions to be

released this fall in a book titled “What Makes You Grateful? Voices from Around the World.” Summer events (through August 14), made possible by local business sponsors (Zane’s Cycles, G-Zen, Trailblazer, Mercy Center, Friends of Hammonasset, R.J. Julia, Reclamation Lumber and Shoreline Times) include: a community art project offering everyone the chance to participate by sharing gratitude on “art doors” at sponsor sites; an art trail displaying postcards on weather-proof signage along Hammonasset Beach bike trail (with the ocean and other jewels of nature as backdrop); and, a scavenger hunt in which participants literally look for the “good” on little cards (at sponsor locales) that they photograph, send to Kubitsky with a statement about what they’re grateful for ( and leave for others. Events are also scheduled at Mercy Center (July 6-August 14, including Diana Lyn Cote’s one-a-day-for-a-leap-year postcards) and a July 23 program at Guilford Library. For information, visit or

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New Book Talks of Cancer’s Gifts


hen Bob Heffernan’s melanoma reached his lung, it was said he had a five percent chance of living five years. That was seven years ago. Cancer is seen as a horrifying disease. According to Heffernan, however, alongside ndividuals and the fear and suffering, his experience with cancer has also families seeking provided numertime away from ous soul-nourishing life’s chaos in a BODY/MIND/SPIRIT gifts. He relays some place of quiet magine being diagnosed with a disease of these unexpected as seemingly minor as melanoma contemplation that quickly progresses to stage four gifts in the 25 chapcancer, where the chances of survival are invited to drop to less than 10% in five ters years. And, of his new book, take a guided the options are only surgery, a handful of Gifts With tough FDA-approved treatments,Cancer’s and a risky canoe tour of the Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh at the experimental therapy hundreds of miles from h home. Love and Hope. HefConnecticut Audubon Society’s Coastal Center in Milford. Usually we think of cancer as an ugly, terrifying disease. But Bob fernan shares stories amazing journey against all odds tells an uplifting story of The marsh offers an abundance of birds and other Heffernan's wildlife, perseverance, hope, and positivity that will inspire all cancer patients. with readers ranging as well as appealing vistas. Upcoming Family Canoe ProHe found that alongside fear and suffering, from thenumerous trauma of cancer provides gifts that gram dates include Saturdays July 13 and 27, August 10, nourish the human soul. It’s a story about treatment through the how we can fi nd goodness and beauty September 7 and 21, and Sundays July 7, September 8 and in emotional even the most terrible challenge and life highs throws at us: cancer. 22, and Oct. 6 and 20. Advance registration is required. lows of the disease. He Connecticut Audubon Society’s Coastal Center at Milford BOB HEFFERNAN shares his journey, today serves as executive director of three Point is located on an 8.4-acre barrier beach and situated state trade associations and holds a BA which tookfromhim from degree in journalism next to the 840-acre Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh and Wildlife University, Washington. He isAmerican also the Yale to the National Management Area at the mouth of the Housatonic River. The author of another book, Cabinetmakers, Story of the Three-Year Battle to Establish the of U.S.Health Department in Institutes Center promotes awareness of Long Island Sound’sof ecosysEducation. He and his husband Allen live in New Milford, Bethesda, MD where Connecticut. tem, birds, wildlife and habitats and provides access to tidal U.S. $XX.XX he underwent a new salt marshes, barrier beaches, tide pools and coastal dunes. experimental technolA favorite locale among bird-watchers, The Coastal Center ogy that retrieved and also offers a full range of educational exhibits, programs and cultivated killer cells events for all ages, a tide pool demonstration tank, a saltfrom his body. Now, marsh laboratory and meeting rooms. Its grounds contain the three years later, he is healthy and beating the odds. Cancer’s 8-acre Smith-Hubbell Wildlife Refuge and Bird Sanctuary, a Gifts With Love and Hope offers an uplifting story of perseboardwalk and observation platform, and a 70-foot covered verance and optimism which aims to inspire other patients observation tower for panoramic vistas. Viewers around the and their families and friends to find goodness and beauty world watch the Center’s seasonal Osprey Cam, operated even in the most horrible of circumstances. from an 18-foot tall nesting platform. Heffernan, age 57, lives in New Milford with his husband, Allen, and serves as executive director of Connecticut’s horThe Coastal Center is located at 1 Milford Point Road in ticultural industries (floral, nursery, greenhouse, landscape). Milford, CT. For program fees and information, contact He is also co-chair of the patient advisory council at Yale’s 203.878.7440, or visit Cancer Hospital. milford-point.

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Fresh Foods & Fun at CT Farmer’s Markets


nce again, ‘tis the season for finding local and fresh foods while connecting with other community members at Connecticut’s diverse farmer’s markets. Connecticut has over 100 farmers’ markets, many of which are affiliated with the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) and/or the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition programs. Among this year’s New Haven/Middlesex county market options are: Sundays in Chester (, East Haven (Town Hall), Milford-Devon Section (120 Bridgeport Ave., Rt. 1), New Haven’s Edgewood Park ( and Westbrook (Tanger Outlet Center); Tuesdays in Hamden (, Middletown’s South Green (also Thursdays), Seymour Senior Center’s parking lot (Pine Street), and Waterbury’s South End (Washington Park House, Sylvan Avenue); Wednesdays in Cromwell (52 Missionary Road), East Haddam (Town Grange), Milford/Woodmont ( WoodmontFarmersMarket.html), Naugatuck (the Green on Church Street), Downtown New Haven (, and Old Saybrook (also Saturdays,; Thursdays in Clinton (61 East Main St.), Durham (, Fair Haven (, Southbury (, Waterbury (Brass City Mall’s west parking lot and the Town Green on West Main Street), and West Haven Green (also Saturdays). Fridays in Essex (Main Street behind Griswold Inn), Hamden (, Higganum Village (, Madison (Town Green); Middletown’s North End (, and New Haven’s “The Hill” (; Saturdays in Bethany (, Ivoryton Village Alliance Farmer’s Market (Summit Street), Meriden (The Hub, intersection of State and East Main Streets), Milford (, New Haven’s Upper State Street ( and Wooster Square (, North Guilford (, and Wallingford (

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Stone Fruits Keep Waistlines Trim

A Bevy of Berry Benefits


ome favorite summer fruits, like peaches, plums and nectarines, may help ward off metabolic syndrome, a collection of conditions including high blood sugar levels and excess fat around the waist that can lead to serious health issues such as stroke, heart disease and diabetes. A study by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, presented at the American Chemical Society’s 2012 National Meeting & Exposition, reported that pitted fruits contain bioactive compounds that can potentially fight the syndrome. According to food scientist Luis CisnerosZevallos, Ph.D., “The phenolic compounds in the fruits have anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory and antidiabetic properties… and may also reduce the oxidation of the bad cholesterol, or LDL, which is associated with cardiovascular disease.”

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he U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new food pyramid, MyPlate (, is based on its 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, aimed at helping people make better food choices. Fruits and vegetables should comprise half our “plate,” and dark green veggies are the USDA’s top choice of nutrients. Kale leads the list of helpful leafy greens for many reasons. Like its cousins in the Brassica family—broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and collards—kale is a lowcalorie, nutrient-dense powerhouse of antioxidants, including vitamins A and C. Per calorie, kale contains more iron than beef and more calcium than milk, and it is better absorbed by the body than most dairy products. A single serving (about one cup, chopped) provides 5 percent of the recommended daily intake of fiber, plus two grams of protein. The versatile veggie—it is tasty steamed, braised or baked—is also a rich source of both omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. Best of all, kale is a “green” green, high on the sustainability scale. Growing one pound of kale uses about 23 gallons of water; raising a pound of beef necessitates more than 2,400. Sources:;

Iced Tea has Issues


t is peak season for iced tea, but this warm-weather favorite may not be the ideal choice to counter dehydration. Iced tea made from black tea contains high concentrations of oxalate, one of the key chemicals that lead to the formation of kidney stones, a common disorder of the urinary tract that affects about 10 percent of the U.S. population. “For people that have a tendency to form the most common type of kidney stones, iced tea is one of the worst things to drink,” reports Dr. John Milner, an assistant professor with the Department of Urology at Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine. While all black tea contains oxalate, dietitians note that people tend to imbibe more of it when it’s on ice than when it’s hot.


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electable strawberries serve up some sweet health benefits. Studying the effects of strawberries on cardiovascular health, heart disease and diabetes, scientists at the University of Warwick, UK, discovered that extracts from the fruit activate a protein called Nrf2, which increases antioxidant and other protective measures in the body and helps decrease blood lipids and cholesterol that can lead to cardiovascular problems. The scientists plan to continue their research in order to identify the most healthful varieties of strawberries, how they are best served or processed and the amount to eat for optimum benefits.

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n the United States, healthcareacquired infections (HAI) result in 100,000 deaths annually and add an estimated $45 billion to healthcare costs. Common HAI microbes that often contaminate items within hospital rooms include methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycinresistant enterococcus (VRE). Few strategies have been clinically proven to reduce the spread of these infections, but copper’s antimicrobial properties are promising. According to a recent study published in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, placement of bed rails, tables, IV poles and nurse’s call buttons in intensive care unit hospital rooms reduced the number of HAIs in patients by more than half.

Nature’s Own Sports Drink


f Mother Nature chose an ideal sports drink for light-to-medium exercise, it might be coconut water, the clear liquid found most abundantly inside young, green coconuts. That’s the conclusion reached by Indiana University Southeast lecturer Chhandashri Bhattacharya, Ph.D., in presenting his research to the American Chemical Society. “Coconut water is a natural drink that has everything your average sports drink has and more,” says Bhattacharya. “It has five times more potassium than Gatorade or Powerade. Whenever you get cramps in your muscles, potassium will help you get rid of them.” A 12-ounce serving of coconut water may also help balance the typical American diet, which is too low in potassium and too high in sodium derived from excess salt; individuals consuming such diets tend to have twice the risk of death from heart disease and a 50 percent higher risk of death from all disease-related causes. Coconut water is also high in healthful antioxidants.

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he chemical DEHP, a phthalate used widely in household plastics, may change how rat heart cells use energy, according to a new study by George Washington University, in the District of Columbia. By shifting heart cells to depend on fatty acids as an energy source more than usual, DEHP may ultimately increase the longterm risk of heart attack and heart failure. The findings raise concerns about similar effects of plasticizers in humans. Earlier work from the same research team reported that DEHP causes irregular rhythms in cultured heart cells. DEHP is frequently used for medical blood bags and tubing and is found in foods packaged in plastics, especially fatty foods like milk products, oils and fish or seafood.

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t’s common knowledge that a mother’s diet during pregnancy makes a measurable difference in the health of her child. Now, new research suggests that what a mom eats before becoming pregnant might be important, too. According to a study in the online edition of The FASEB Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, the foods eaten by a group of non-pregnant female mice chemically altered their DNA, and these changes were later passed on to their offspring. The DNA alterations, called “epigenetic” changes, due to an inadequate maternal diet dramatically reduced the animals’ ability to metabolize many essential fatty acids that are essential to health. natural awakenings

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A Handy Atlas for Eating Local Strolling of the Heifers, a Vermontbased local food advocacy group, has released its second annual Locavore Index, tracking the availability and use of locally produced foods and ranking states based on their committed support. Using recent data from multiple sources, the index incorporates farmers’ markets, community supported agriculture (CSA) operations and food hubs in its per capita comparison of consumer interest in eating locally sourced foods, known as locavorism. The top five states for accessibility of local foods are Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Iowa; the bottom five are Florida, Louisiana, Arizona, Nevada and Texas. The organization’s Executive Director, Orly Munzing, says the purpose of the index is to encourage local food efforts by supporting farm-to-school programs, urging hospitals and nursing homes to purchase local foods and asking supermarkets to buy from local farms. View the ranking of every state at

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Animal welfare organizations serving cities around the country are discovering that shopping malls are ideal places to find forever homes for needy pets. At the Coronado Mall, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Darlene Arden teaches volunteers to clicker-train cats and dogs to make them more adoptable. The SPCA in Cattaraugus County, New York, sets up a highly successful location for adoptions and raising donations in the Olean Center Mall every holiday season. The Dumb Friends League, in Denver, Colorado, maintains an off-site location at The Shops of Northfield-Stapleton, and the Collier County Humane Society, in Naples, Florida, turned a defunct pet shop in the Coastland Center mall into a thriving adoption center staffed by volunteers. Some shelters motivate the public to embrace and encourage the technique of trap/neuter/release (TNR) as a way to control feral cat populations. Aimee Gilbreath, executive director of the Found Animals Foundation, states, “We launched the groundbreaking Michelson Prize and grant program aimed at developing a non-surgical, single-dose sterilizing agent for cats and dogs. This type of product will help shift pet population control from lethal to non-lethal methods by dramatically reducing the number of pets coming into shelters.” Learn more at pet-spay-neuter.


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Honeybee-Killing Pesticides Banned in Europe Colony collapse disorder, a mysterious ailment that has been killing large numbers of honeybees for several years, is expanding, wiping out 40 to 50 percent of the hives needed to pollinate many of America’s fruits and vegetables. Some beekeepers and researchers cite growing evidence that a powerful class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, which hinder the bees’ brain learning function and leave them unable to make the connection between floral scents and nectar, could be a key factor. Although manufacturers claim the pesticides pose no threat to bees, a recent British honeybee field study found enough evidence to convince 15 of 27 EU member governments and the Executive European Commission to support a twoyear ban on three of the world’s most widely used agricultural pesticides in this category, starting this December. The action followed a European Food Safety Authority report in April that indicated these toxins pose an acute risk to honeybees. Source: Voice of America

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One Life Yields Two Forests Jadav “Molai” Payeng spent 30 years single-handedly planting a 1,360-acre forest in his native India. The extraordinary, yet humble, eco-conscious farmer stands as a shining example of what one person can accomplish to make the world a better place. Now he is planning on devoting his next 30 years to planting another forest. Payeng makes a living in the forest he planted, rearing cows and selling milk in the nearest town with his wife and three children. He says, “I feel sad when I see people felling trees. We have to save the nature, or else we all will perish.” In 1979, when Payeng was 16, he began planting vegetation to transform the landscape after seeing wildlife perish from exposure along a barren sandbar near his home in northern India’s Assam region. Decades later, the lush ecosystem he created is now a safe haven for a variety of large and small species that include birds, deer, rhinos, tigers and elephants impacted by extensive habitat loss. Source:

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Protecting a Natural Laboratory The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is working to preserve a tract known as the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), a world-renowned freshwater research facility in Northwestern Ontario that takes research out of the lab and into the environment, where scientists can isolate the effects of specific pollutants on aquatic ecosystems. Over the past four decades, research conducted at the ELA has provided scientific evidence of the environmental effects of acid rain, phosphorous and other pollutants that has informed policy around the world. With new pressures like climate change and poorly understood emerging contaminants such as chromite, nanoparticles and endocrine disrupters, the logic for continued support is strong. IISD President and CEO Scott Vaughan emphasizes the mission is to be an independent, world-class research facility for freshwater ecosystems science, maintained “in the public domain and in the public interest.”

Poisoned Poisson Fish Rendered Scentless by Pollution

Fish living in lakes tainted with metals are losing their sense of smell, prompting worries about dwindling populations, because when dissolved metals contact fish nostrils, their neurons shut down to protect the brain. Fish use their sense of smell to navigate murky waters, find mates and food, and avoid predators. The effect of metals has been linked to impaired reproduction and growth, but this secondary, “covert toxic” effect is described by Keith Tierney, a University of Alberta assistant professor, this way: “If you can’t smell food or avoid predators, you’re more likely to die.” The good news from Canadian researchers, as reported in the journal Ecotoxicology and Environment Safety, is that such harm to fish can be reversed. When study co-author Greg Pyle, a professor at Alberta’s University of Lethbridge, and his research team relocated yellow perch from Ontario lakes contaminated with mercury, nickel, copper, iron and manganese to a cleaner lake, the fish regained their sense of smell within 24 hours. Most of the contaminated lakes involved have a metallic mix, making it hard to determine precisely which pollutants are to blame. Copper is high on the list of suspects; its agricultural and manufacturing use has more than doubled in the United States over the past three decades, according to the Copper Development Association. Source: Environmental Health News

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You Care About Your Family’s Health We do too. Our natural health experts share helpful information, insights and tips you’ll like.

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Neotame is the New Aspartame NutraSweet, a formerly Monsantoowned company, has developed a new version of Aspartame, called Neotame. It’s 3,000 times sweeter than table sugar and about 30 times sweeter than Aspartame. Not yet available directly to the public, Neotame is used to sweeten commercially processed foods, but is not required to be listed on package labels of non-certified organic foods. Neotame is more stable at higher temperatures than Aspartame, so it’s approved for use in a wider array of food products, including baked goods. One of the byproducts created when our bodies break down these sweeteners is formaldehyde, which is extremely toxic even in tiny doses. In the U.S. National Library of Medicine, which contains more than 11 million medical citations, Neotame research fails to include any double-blind scientific studies on toxicity in humans or animals. Nutrition expert Dr. Joseph Mercola notes that individuals experiencing side effects from Aspartame or Neotame can file a report with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at Source:

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Nanocellulose, a material derived from tree fiber and some grain stalks, could now potentially be sourced from blue-green algae in sufficient quantities to cost-efficiently create ultra-thin media displays, lightweight body armor, a one-pound boat that carries up to 1,000 pounds of cargo, and a wide range of other products. R. Malcolm Brown, Jr., Ph.D., a biology professor at the University of Texas at Austin, presented his team’s findings at an American Chemical Society conference as a major step toward “one of the most important discoveries in plant biology.” Brown’s method uses genes from the family of bacteria that produces vinegar and secretes nanocellulose. The genetically altered algae, known as cyanobacteria, are entirely self-sustaining. They produce their own food from sunlight and water and absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, offering a natural way to reduce this major greenhouse gas. Brown says bacterial nanocellulose can be used to create ballistic glass, aerospace materials or even wound dressings, because it retains its stiffness and strength even when submerged in liquid. Its most obvious application would be in paper, cardboard and display industries. Source:


“Raw” seems like an easy diet to prepare, but some of the methods can take time and special equipment. What’s a simple starting point?

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Using a blender, you can make everything from soup to dessert. Start with things like guacamole, salsa and soups. You can also use a pot and hot water (up to 115 degrees) to warm kelp noodles to add to a blended soup. You can make a mousse from raw chocolate and avocado. Also begin to think of a dehydrator as a crock-pot that works while you’re away. It’s a simple option once you are in the habit of using it. Of course, you’ll want to make all kinds of fresh salads.

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I grew up like other kids on Long Island. Mom cooked spaghetti and macaroni and cheese. Dad would sometimes grill a piece of meat until it was dead a second time. On weekends, we ate pizza or Chinese takeout. I never realized broccoli was green, because overcooking turned it gray. One day, I got sent home from a job because they said I was not in “swimsuit condition.” A friend recommended a physician that specialized in raw food diets, which was the first I’d heard of it. So I tried a raw diet, cold turkey, and felt better immediately. Today I eat raw food as an antiaging agent and natural medicine that makes me healthier; it’s also a filler that makes me less hungry. My holistic lifestyle no longer includes any over-the-counter drugs. These days, my system runs efficiently, like an electric golf cart. When I need to go, I go. When I need to stop and sleep, I sleep. The body can work phenomenally well if we just let it.

I look for foods that I know will be raw. If I have any doubts, I ask the chef. If there’s any question, I just don’t eat it. There’s a bit of discipline in this. You have to eat on a schedule and make sure you are getting the food you need. I may lunch even if I am not hungry, especially when I know I’ll be dining out later. It’s important to make sure you are not feeling deprived and hungry; otherwise you may find yourself craving things like the bread on the table.

Do you ever miss cooked foods and sometimes indulge? My diet is 75 to 95 percent raw. When you eat raw foods, you feel so much better that you don’t want to eat anything else. My one indulgence is munching on popcorn when my favorite sports team plays.

Do you have any final advice on exploring a raw diet? Relax and have fun trying different things. If you cheat, it’s okay. If you feel deprived in any way, go eat. Above all, enjoy the adventure. Beth Bader is the co-author of The Cleaner Plate Club and blogs at

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Six Ways to Eat Safe

The Latest Facts about Organics, Pesticides, Seeds and More by Melinda Hemmelgarn


ot fun in the summertime begins with fresh, sweet and savory seasonal flavors brought to life in al fresco gatherings with family and friends. As the popularity of farmers’ markets and home gardening surges onward, it’s time to feast on the tastiest produce, picked ripe from America’s farms and gardens for peak flavor and nutrition. Similar to raising a sun umbrella, learning where food comes from and how it’s produced provides the best protection against getting burned. Here’s the latest on some of the season’s hottest food issues to help families stay safe and well nourished.

Local Organic Reigns Supreme

Diana Dyer, a registered dietitian and garlic farmer near Ann Arbor, Michigan, observes, “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy local, and that’s kind of the same thing.” Purchasing local foods whenever possible has many merits, including shaking the farmer’s hand, asking about farming methods and developing sincere relationships. Buying local also supports the local economy and contributes to food security. Yet “local” alone does not necessarily mean better. Even small farmers may use harmful pesticides or feed their 20

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livestock genetically modified or engineered (GM, GMO or GE) feed. That’s one reason why the smartest food choice is organic, with local organic being the gold standard. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic certification label ensures that strict national organic standards—prohibiting the use of antibiotics, hormones and GM feed and ingredients—have been met. Plus, organically raised livestock must have access to the outdoors and ample time on pastures, naturally resulting in milk and meat with higher levels of health-protecting omega-3 fatty acids. Still, organic naysayers abound. For example, many negative headlines were generated by a recent Stanford University study that questioned whether or not organic foods are safer or more healthful than conventional. Few news outlets relayed the researchers’ actual conclusions—that organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria; children on organic diets have significantly lower levels of pesticide metabolites, or breakdown products, in their urine; organic milk may contain significantly higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids; and organic produce contains higher levels of health-protecting antioxidants. Jim Riddle, former organic outreach coordinator at the University of Minnesota, in Lamberton, explains that organic farming methods are based on building and improving the soil, promoting biodiversity and protecting natural resources, regardless of the size of the farm. Healthier ecosystems, higher quality soil and clean water will produce healthier plants, which in turn support healthier animals and humans on a healthier planet.

Pesticide Problems and Solutions

Children are most vulnerable to the effects of pesticides and other environmental toxins, due to their smaller size and rapid physical development. Last December, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement that asserted, “Beyond acute poisoning, the influences of low-level pesticide exposures on child health are of increasing concern.” The organization links pesticide exposure to higher risk for brain tumors, leukemia, attention deficit disorders, autism and reductions in IQ. Because weeds naturally develop resistance to the herbicides designed to kill them, Dow AgroSciences has genetically engineered seeds to produce crops that can withstand spraying with both the systemic herbicide glyphosate (Roundup), and 2,4-D, one of the active ingredients in Agent Orange, used as a defoliant in the Vietnam War. The latter is commonly applied to lawns and wheat-producing agricultural land, even though research reported in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives links exposure to 2,4-D to birth defects and increased cancer risk. Dow AgroSciences’ new GE seeds await regulatory approval. Eric Mader, program director at the Portland, Oregonbased Xerces Society for the conservation of invertebrates and pollinator protection, warns that broad-spectrum pesticides kill beneficial insects along with those considered pests. Mader recommends increasing the number of beneficial insects, which feed on pests, by planting a greater diversity of native plants on farms and in home gardens.

Demand for GMO Labeling

Despite California’s narrow defeat of Proposition 37, which would have required statewide labeling of products containing GMOs, advocates at the Environmental Working Group and the Just Label It campaign are pushing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for nationwide GMO labeling. Responding to consumer demand, Whole Foods Market recently announced that it will require GMO labeling in all of its U.S. and Canadian stores by 2018. Filmmaker Jeremy Seifert’s powerful new documentary, GMO OMG, should give the movement a major push, as well. The 2013 film explores the danger in corporate patenting of seeds and the unknown health and environmental risks of engineered food. Seifert says, “I have a responsibility to my children to hand on to them a world that is not poisoned irreparably.” As for the promise that GMOs are required to “feed the world,” he believes it’s a lie, noting that it’s better to “feed the world well.”

Seed Freedom and Food Choice

Roger Doiron, founder and director of Kitchen Gardeners International, headquartered in Scarborough, Maine, celebrates Food Independence Day each July Fourth. Doiron believes that growing, harvesting, cooking and preserving food is both liberating and rewarding, and patriotic. More than 25,000 individuals from 100 countries belong to his nonprofit network that focuses on re-localizing the world’s food supply. Food freedom starts with seeds.

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Saving and trading heirloom, non-hybrid, non-GMO seeds is becoming as easy as checking out a library book. Several libraries across the country are serving as seed banks, where patrons check out seeds, grow crops, save seeds and then donate some back to their local library. Liana Hoodes, director of the National Organic Coalition, in Pine Bush, New York, is a fan of her local Hudson Valley Seed Library. The library adheres to Indian Physicist Vandana Shiva’s Declaration of Seed Freedom and makes sure all seed sources are not related to, owned by or affiliated with biotech or pharmaceutical corporations. In addition to preserving heirloom and open-pollinated varieties, each seed packet is designed by a local artist.

Finicky about Fish

Grilled fish makes a lean, heart-healthy, low-calorie summer meal. Some fish, however, may contain chemicals that pose health risks, especially for pregnant or nursing women and children. For example, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nearly all fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury, which is toxic to a baby’s developing nervous system. Both the EPA and local state health departments post consumption advisories that recommend limiting or avoiding certain species of fish caught in specific locations. For several decades, Captain Anne Mosness, a wild salmon fisherwoman, operated commercial fishing boats in Washington waters and from Copper River to Bristol Bay, Alaska. She worries about the threat of pollution from industrial aquaculture, plus the effects of genetically engineered salmon on wild fish populations, coastal economies and ecosystems. Mosness explains that AquAdvantage Salmon, a product of AquaBounty Technologies, was created “by inserting a growth hormone gene from Pacific Chinook and a promoter gene from an eel-like fish called ocean pout into Atlantic salmon.” She questions the FDA approval process and failure to address unanswered questions about the risks of introducing “novel” animals into the food supply, as well as related food allergies and greater use of antibiotics in weaker fish populations. “The salmon farming industry already uses more antibiotics per weight than any other animal production,” comments Mosness. The FDA’s official public comment period on GMO salmon closed in April, but consumers can still voice concerns to their legislators while demanding and applauding national GMO labeling. GMO fish may be on our dinner plates by the end of the year, but with labels, consumers gain the freedom to make informed choices. Consumers can also ask retailers not to sell GMO fish. Trader Joe’s, Aldi and Whole Foods have all committed to not selling GMO seafood. natural awakenings

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Antibiotic Resistance

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotics are one of the greatest public health achievements of the past 100 years. However, one of the most critical public health and economic issues we currently face is the loss of these drugs’ effectiveness, due in large part to their misuse and overuse in industrial agriculture. Dr. David Wallinga, senior advisor in science, food and health at the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy, says that about 80 percent of all antibiotics are given to farm animals for two reasons: to prevent illness associated with living in crowded, stressful and often unsanitary conditions; and to promote “feed efficiency”, or weight gain. However, bacteria naturally mutate to develop resistance to antibiotics when exposed to doses that are insufficient to kill them. Wallinga points out that antibiotic-resistant infections, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), cost our nation at least $20 billion annually and steal tens of thousands of American lives each year. Most recently, hardto-treat urinary tract infections (UTI), were traced to antibiotic-resistant E. coli bacteria in chickens. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria exist in our environment, but are more likely to be found in conventionally, rather than organically raised meat and poultry, which by law must be raised without antibiotics. Consumers beware: the word “natural” on food labels does not provide the same protection. The good news is that according to Consumers Union research, raising meat and poultry without antibiotics can be accomplished at minimal cost to the consumer—about five cents extra per pound for pork and less than a penny per pound extra for chicken. Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “Food Sleuth”, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at KOPN. org, in Columbia, MO ( She advocates for organic farmers at

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Savor Summer Revel in Blissful Indulgences by April Thompson


rom freshly picked cherries to moonlit hikes, summer offers endless free gifts. Its lingering daylight reminds us to step outside, take a deep breath and savor life’s simple joys. “Summer is a time to enjoy the small things in life, which are often the sweetest,” counsels Janet Luhrs, author of The Simple Living Guide and founder of the online Simplicity School (Simplicity “Kids do this instinctively, like seeing who can throw a rock furtherest into the water. I’m happy just having a simple backyard dinner with friends, reading a book in a city park or paddling a canoe.” Here are some summer classics to expand our own “to savor” list. Feast on Earth’s bounty. Make the most of summer’s cornucopia of candysweet berries, rainbow-colored heirloom tomatoes and other natural treats abounding at local farmers’ markets. Get wet. Go skinny-dipping in a hidden creek, run through sprinklers in shorts or swimsuit or round up the neighborhood kids for a trip to a local water park, lake or public pool. Water games like Marco Polo and underwater tea parties never grow old, even for grown-ups. Commune with creatures. Who can resist the winking lightning bugs, flickering dragonflies and songs of an evening insect chorus? Summer immerses us in nature. See how many animals that eagle-eyed friends and family members can spot during visits to area parks and preserves. Read by sunlight. The pleasure of reading heightens with natural light and fresh air. Pick an easy read to take to the beach or a hammock with sunglasses and a glass of herbal sun tea. Celebrate community. ‘Tis the season for free local festivals, picnic con-

certs, open-air movies and state fairs. Invite a friend or make a Dutch treat of it, even organize an informal potlatch block party. Take a day trip. Consider the healthy dose of activities that exist close to home. Delightful discoveries await the curious when traveling by local waterway, walking trail or bicycle path. Map a flexible route, allowing ample time for unexpected stops. Try something new. Summer is a chance to be adventurous. Step into a bright, pastel shirt or tropical sundress, and then revel in the compliments. Move from an indoor exercise routine to a free yoga class in a shady park and test ride a standup paddleboard. Look up. Summer skies offer more drama than daytime TV. Perch on the porch at sunrise, sunset or before a thunderstorm rolls in. On a clear calm night, lie back on a blanket and trace constellations while watching for shooting stars and meteor showers. Capture memories. Gather a pocketful of seashells, press wildflowers from special spots, make breadand-butter pickles from the garden and print favorite snapshots to spark happy summer memories any time of the year. Do nothing. In the midst of so many marvelous options, we can also give ourselves permission to cancel our own plans on a whim and just do nothing. Simple daydreaming can lead to good ideas and inner rhapsodies. Summer is the best time to just be. “Try to not to plan more than one thing in a day this summer,” advises Luhrs. “Otherwise, you’ll end up cutting short activities to rush off to the next thing instead of enjoying what’s already in front of you.”

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A Green Night’s Sleep for Travelers Pioneers Show the Way to Eco-Friendly Stays by Avery Mack


hen your company motto is ‘true to nature’, you have to follow through,” says Tom Tabler, director of sales and marketing for the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. “We look at everything, from the biodegradable ink pens in the guest rooms to the staff’s summer uniform.” Managers’ sport coats consist of lightweight plastic fibers and rubber from recycled materials. “They breathe fine, are comfortable and look great,” Tabler remarks. Hotel construction adhered to eco-friendly practices. A 100-acre bird sanctuary followed the onsite discovery of endangered golden-cheeked warblers. The 36-hole golf course is certified by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program and deemed the most eco-friendly in the United States by the PGA Tour. The hotel’s four pools and a lazy river for tubing honor the region’s dry climate; water reclamation via closed loop natural catchments and rain retention ponds keep guests afloat


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and the golf course green. Also in Texas, the Four Seasons Hotel Austin has a “zero waste” goal, requiring the recycling of 90 percent of all onsite waste. Shadowboxes above trash cans show guests examples of what is and isn’t recyclable, while unused soap and other toiletries are donated to local women’s shelters. “We have placed sufficient containers, so there’s no excuse not to recycle,” says Kerri Holden, senior director of public relations. “In April, we were at

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the 70 percent compliance mark. We hope to reach our 90 percent goal by year’s end.” She notes that after management cancelled weekly dumpster service, only one six-by-six-foot trash container remains. Even worn linens become cleaning rags. The saltwater swimming pool uses soda ash, rather than harsher chlorine chemical treatments. Kitchen scraps are composted and become fertilizer for the hotel’s herb and vegetable garden and flowerbeds. Natural compost bags in guest rooms collect banana peels, apple cores and other organic food waste. At the end of the year, guests that composted during their visit receive a thank-you letter and The Nature Conservancy plants a tree in their name in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, one of the world’s most endangered tropical forests ( Boston’s Colonnade Hotel, built in the 1970s, grows greener with each upgrade. “We replace systems with the greenest possible solutions,” explains Keith Alexander, director of property operations. Guest room windows have been replaced with filmed and insulating twinned panes to save power year-round. Electrolyzed water is now used for cleaning; a higher pH works as a nontoxic degreaser, while a lower pH turns water into a sanitizer, eliminating the need for chemical cleansers and gloves. Next, the hotel plans to install a large commercial dishwasher that will use electrolyzed water instead of chlorine-based cleaners. California’s Cavallo Point Lodge, near San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, opened in Sausalito in 2008 as the newest national park lodge and the only one with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. It was built in the early 1900s to house Fort Baker’s military families. While renovations have enlarged the rooms, wood door framing maintains the rustic appearance and the wood floors are either original or made from repurposed wood. “We learned a lot while updating the lodge,” says General Manager Euan Taylor. “We discovered that the tin ceiling tiles were painted with lead-based paint. Instead of using harsh chemicals, we froze each tile, gave it a slight twist and the paint fell off.” Unsurprisingly, food for the lodge

restaurant and onsite cooking school is purchased from local farmers. In Big Sur, California, the awardwinning Post Ranch Inn specializes in repurposing materials. Wood from old growth redwood wine casks accent walls in guest rooms. Fallen trees become benches dotting walkways. Dinnerware is made from recycled glass and any broken plates are recycled again. The honey used for a special spa facial treatment comes from 18 onsite beehives. Daily updates on energy savings via the Inn’s 208 kW, 990-panel solar power system can be viewed at Tinyurl. com/PostRanchInnMonitor.

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What do bikini-clad gorillas, hoop dancing, aerial silk acrobatics, anti-gravity yoga and Pilates on the water have in common? They are among the most enjoyable ways to burn calories and increase strength.

On the Run

In Mankato, Minnesota, runners and walkers dressed like gorillas, many embellished with bikinis, tutus and football jerseys, take part in the annual Gorilla Run to benefit the nonprofit North Mankato Miracle League and Fallenstein Field, a fully accessible softball field for children with mental or physical challenges. This year, a local DJ dressed as a banana led the pack of 600 gorillas through the 2.4-mile course, raising $30,000. Next April, pro athletes and other volunteers will again pitch in to set the pace for other cities that want to ape their act. Travis Snyder’s family-friendly Color Run, founded in Draper, Utah, and launched in Tempe, Arizona, in early 2012, has caught on in more than 100 U.S. cities as a way for novice runners to have a stress-free, untimed, fun day. Sixty percent of the participants have never

run a 5K (three-plus miles) race before. Staff and volunteers throw brightly colored cornstarch on the runners at regular intervals, making the finish line a virtual rainbow. The larger runs boast thousands of participants. There are only two rules: wear a white shirt at the starting line and finish plastered in color.

On the Water

For anyone looking for a unique water workout, Tatiana Lovechenko, founder of Fort Lauderdale Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), has an answer. “We have paddleboard boot camps and sunrise and sunset tours, on the ocean or the Intracoastal Waterway, based on conditions. Safe and eco-friendly LED lights, our latest innovation, let us see the fish below and make sure boats see us at night.” Their SUP manatee tour is particularly popular. “This endangered species congregates in less-traveled waterways.

They often come up out of the water to look at us,” says Lovechenko. “We’re not allowed to touch them and must stay alert in case they bump the boards and dump us into the water. They’re gentle, but immense.” If basic SUP isn’t enough, onboard yoga or Pilates can be added. “It’s easy on the joints for those with knee or ankle problems,” Lovechenko advises. Regardless of the level of experience, “Yoga paddleboarding naturally calls for a calm mind, steady breathing and attention to balance. With Pilates, working out on a board in water that’s 10 to 20 feet deep activates a different set of muscles.”

ments ( Lessons). Instructional DVDs and classes are available to revive and enhance childhood hooping abilities. “Hooping spans genres from classical to hip-hop, tribal to lyrical, depending on who’s spinning the hoop and what’s spinning on the turntable,” says Jacqui Becker, Hoopnotica’s director of content development and lead master trainer, in Brooklyn, New York. “When I carry a hoop around town, people light up. It’s like walking a puppy, but an even better workout, with no cleanup.”

Dancing in Air

Dancing on Land

Hoopnotica, on a roll here and in Europe, reintroduces play into physical fitness with fresh, fun, expressive move-

Aerial silk classes take exercising to new heights. Cirque du Soleil-style and more elegant than rope climbing, students don’t have to be in peak shape to start. “Just show up and want to learn,” says international performing aerialist Laura Witwer, who teaches how to climb fabric attached to steel rigging 16 to 25 feet high in New York City spaces. “We work close to the floor for beginners,” she explains. “They learn to climb, then to hang upside-down, and then tie knots. We’ve had all body sizes, shapes and ages in

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class; it’s a great way to stretch and add strength.” Yoga can also take to the air with anti-gravity classes that position participants in fabric slings or hammocks that relax joints and help the body realign itself. Christopher Harrison, founder and artistic director of AntiGravity Yoga, in New York City, is a former worldclass gymnast and professional dancer on Broadway, two professions that are tough on the body. “As an aging athlete whose passion continued, but whose body had been ripped apart by numerous surgeries, yoga healed and rejuvenated my mind and body,” he remarks. “In order to take pressure off the joints, I took my performance company from tumbling off the ground to hanging up into the air by inventing apparatus that allowed us to fly.” Whether by land, sea or air, adventurous souls are discovering new ways to recharge mind, spirit and body. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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Mitigating Methane

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he request for an article about agricultural methane was accompanied by a photo of a cow expelling fire. Originally thinking it was a joke, I quickly learned otherwise. There is hefty debate about all aspects of sustainability… and agricultural methane, though a small slice of the (cow) pie of international sustainability concerns, can impact environmental health. The Greenhouse Gas Effect begins as a natural process in which earth’s climate is regulated by radiant heat from the sun. Some radiation reaching earth is absorbed by land and oceans, while some is reflected back into space. Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere (e.g.: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and fluorinated gases) trap much of this emitted heat, preventing it from radiating back into space (similar to a greenhouse). Greenhouse gases exist and can be released naturally (e.g.: plant matter decay) and this process is beneficial in that surface temperatures are warm enough to enable life on earth. However, human activities like burning fossil fuels for heat, electricity and transportation increase amounts of these gases in the atmosphere, thereby exacerbating the greenhouse effect and contributing to what’s termed “global warming.” Among the results are more intense storms (think Hurricane Sandy), heat 28

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waves, droughts, flooding and rising sea levels, which affect plants, animals/humans and landscapes. Rather than focus on skepticism, or FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) scenarios, however, perhaps it is key to recognize that changes occur and behaviors can impact their severity. People are working together globally to mitigate any impacts, including advice about “reducing, reusing, recycling, renewing,” minimizing electricity/hot water use, planting trees, buying local, and so on. Methane (CH4) can be both a positive energy source and a destructive greenhouse gas. It is said to have a shorter lifespan (approximately 9-15 years) and be emitted in smaller quantities than carbon dioxide (CO2), though its ability to trap heat in the atmosphere is over 20 times greater. Emitted during the production and transport of coal, natural gas and oil, it can also be generated from the decomposition of organic matter in such places as landfills, wetlands, rice paddies, in termites(!) and agricultural settings. Though a small percentage of global methane comes from the agricultural sector, the gas from ruminant animals, such as cattle, has caused much debate. The grass cows eat is initially stored in the first of four stomach chambers, the rumen. Cows regurgitate the material (“cud”) and chew it again to break it down. Bacteria in the stomach

then ferment the plant material, resulting in the production of methane. For over a decade, scientists, farmers and others worldwide, including groups like the Global Methane Initiative, have engaged the international community in a collaborative effort to ensure cost-effective methane abatement, recovery and energy conversion methods. Among their explorations have been the inclusion of coriander and turmeric in sheep diets, giving garlic to cows, adjusting grain feed to include alfalfa and flaxseed, and feeding cows fish oil (which, some say, will help the heart and circulatory system, thereby improving meat quality). In Connecticut, several farmers are integrating sustainability measures, such as capturing, fermenting and burning manure to produce electricity. One method utilized in other countries and fairly new to the U.S. is anaerobic (without oxygen) digestion (AD) technology in which methane from manure and agricultural waste management systems is captured and converted into energy for heating, cooling and electricity. In some instances, surplus electricity can be used in neighboring operations or a local utility grid. Digesters have the added benefit of odor reduction and nutrient management, thereby enhancing sanitation and environmental health.

“Though a small percentage of global methane comes from the agricultural sector, the gas from ruminant animals, such as cattle, has caused much debate.” AD facilities are costly, said to run from tens of thousands to several million dollars. The Connecticut Clean Energy and Finance Investment Authority has re-released a request for Proposals (RFP) for AD projects. Commercial, industrial and institutional facilities in Connecticut offering such technologies are eligible for a grant, loan or power purchase incentive ( applications accepted through February 27, 2015). The Freund family (, runs one of Connecticut’s multi-generational farms which was first among those with a methane digester (they built their first in 1976). They have used the digester to produce hot water/ heat for their house, office and cow milking parlor. With a plug flow digester, they are now also able to separate liquid and solids. The liquid is put back on the fields to fertilize crops and the biodegradable manure-fiber is used to create CowPots, nutrient-rich seed starter pots (available for purchase). As members of Canaan Valley Manure Agricultural Co-op, the Freunds also work with other local farmers to deal with excess nutrients which can pollute

area waterways. Their aim is to “keep clean water clean and dirty water contained.” Though they have made great progress, they are constantly monitoring their practices and believe they are still on the cutting edge of experimental engagement. While acknowledging that human activity and inconsistent regulations worldwide are prime factors in global environmental problems, Diane and Paul Miller ( are among local farmers doing their part to mitigate the effects of agricultural waste. They want to build an anaerobic digester and are working through legislative channels to meter and sell the resulting heat/

“In Connecticut, several farmers are integrating sustainability measures, such as capturing, fermenting and burning manure to produce electricity.” electricity at full value ( Seeing pros and cons in everything, Paul Miller advocates balance and awareness. He uses that approach when considering such things as what to feed his cows to keep them healthy and how to rotate pasture schedules to ensure top nutrition levels. It may surprise some to know that even GMO corns were originally developed to offer hearty, bug-resistant, drought-tolerant feed, and that it takes effort, labor, energy and acres to nourish the world. Some people argue that eating less meat would save the planet. Others say it’s not so simple and would be dangerous to drastically alter and upset the eco-system. Would alternatives (like soybeans) bring their own environmental impacts? Many think it is feasible to produce meat (milk, cheese and ice cream…) that’s planet-friendly. Wherever one stands regarding agriculture and global warming, negative environmental impacts are no laughing matter. Thank you: Bill Duesing, Theresa Freund, David Goldberg, Deb Legge, Paul Miller, Rick Ross,, doag,,, ctnofa. org,,,,,,, mnn. com,,, Nationalgeographic. com,,,,,, npr. org,,,,,, Shapingtomorrowsworld. org,,, Thinkglobalgreen. org,,,,, natural awakenings

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Health Rules Crazy, Sexy, Savvy, Yummy by Judith Fertig


n summer, when many fruits, herbs and vegetables are at their peak, it makes sense to harness their power for the family’s benefit. “Some people flock to plant-empowered living for better health, others because of their spiritual beliefs, to support animal welfare, respect the environment or best of all, because it tastes great,” says wellness activist Kris Carr, a documentary filmmaker, New York Times bestselling author and the educational force behind Carr joined the wellness revolution after being diagnosed with a rare disease. It proved to be the incentive she needed to change her eating habits and find renewed power and energy. Her new book, Crazy Sexy Kitchen, with recipes by Chef Chad Sarno, celebrates the colors, flavors and powers of plants that nourish us at the cellular level. Her main tenets include a focus on: Reducing inflammation. Inflammation is caused by what we eat, drink, smoke, think (stress), live in (environment), or don’t do well (lack of exercise). At the cellular level, it can lead to allergies, arthritis, asthma, heart disease, diabetes, digestive disorders and cancer, according to Victoria Drake, Ph.D., of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State Univer-


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sity, who culled the latest research ( infocenter/inflammation.html). Creating an acid/alkaline balance. “Tilting the pH scale in the alkaline direction is easy with a diet filled with mineralrich plant foods,” says Carr. It also means minimizing meat, dairy, sugar, eggs, commercially processed foods, coffee and alcohol. Drinking produce. Green juices and green smoothies are ideal. “They are the most important part of my personal daily practice, one that I will never abandon,” Carr notes. Carr and her husband, Brian Fassett, whom she met when he edited her documentary, Crazy Sexy Cancer, share the juice and smoothie making responsibilities. “We make enough to have two 12-ounce servings of green drinks a day. Our recipes are often guided by what’s available in the fridge,” she advises. The secret is a three-to-one ratio of three veggies for every piece of fruit. Kale reigns in their home. The dark leafy superfood is especially suited for smoothies, salads and sautés. They like kale’s generous helping of vitamin K for maintaining strong bones. Carr’s Crazy Sexy Kale Salad is dressed with vinaigrette that includes flax oil, which she notes is high in omega-3s to promote healthy brain function. It’s also a well-known antiinflammatory food. “Make sure to buy cold-pressed, organic flax oil in a dark bottle and store it in the fridge,” she advises, “because light and heat may turn the oil rancid. I like Barlean’s brand, but there are many other quality flax oils available. Since it is sensitive to heat, I use it mostly in salad dressings and smoothies.” Carr maintains that, “By decreasing the amount of acidic inflammatory foods while increasing the amount of healthy and alkaline plant foods, you flood your body with vitamins, minerals, cancer-fighting phytochemicals, antioxidants and fiber.” This supports the body in maintaining and repairing itself. She further points out, “Once your body repairs, it can renew. That’s big-healer medicine. You might as well get a business card that reads: self-care shaman.” Award-winning cookbook author Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood

Easy Summer Recipes “Many of my recipes have been influenced by cultural experiences, twists on favorite childhood meals or newly discovered ingredients,” says Chef Chad Sarno. “The strawberry smoothie is among Kris Carr’s favorites. Few dishes have proved to be as timeless and widely beloved as the kale salad.”

Strawberry Fields Smoothie

Enjoy the nostalgic tastiness of strawberry milk sans moo juice or powdered junk. Strawberries are phytonutrient factories, supplying the body with a bounty of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrients. Yields 2 servings 3 cups cashew or nondairy milk of choice 2 cups fresh strawberries 1 Tbsp lemon zest 1 small orange, peeled 1 banana 1½ cups loosely packed spinach

Crazy Sexy Fridge Foods Each week, Kris Carr stocks her fridge with what she considers “whole, plant-based deliciousness.” One of the biggest secrets of eating healthy, she says, is being prepared. “Always keep a well-stocked arsenal of healthy ingredients at your disposal,” she advises. “At the very least, you’ll always be ready to whip up a green juice or smoothie.” n Canning jars filled with

n Flax oil

n Flax bread

ready-to-drink homemade smoothies and green juices

n Kale, parsley, spinach,

cauliflower, cucumber, bell peppers and citrus fruits

n Vegan buttery spread n Vegan mayonnaise n Raw sauerkraut n Vegan sausages n Cacao powder

Blend all ingredients until smooth in a high-speed blender.

Crazy Sexy Kale Salad

Kale is the king of leafy veggies and rules this prevention-rocks salad. Serve it solo with a favorite cooked grain, or wrapped in nori or a gluten-free tortilla. Crown this kale creation by adding chopped fresh herbs or favorite diced vegetables. To be fancy, serve the salad wrapped in a cucumber slice. Yields 2 to 3 servings 1 bunch kale, any variety, shredded by hand 1 cup diced bell peppers, red, yellow or orange ¼ cup chopped parsley 1½ avocados with pit removed, chopped 2 Tbsp flax oil 1½ tsp lemon juice Sea salt, to taste Pinch of cayenne, to taste 1 cucumber Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Massage and mix using both hands to “wilt” the kale and cream the avocado (takes just a minute or two). Then serve. For a fun touch, cut a thin lengthwise slice of cucumber and create a circle to outline each serving of salad, stitching the ends of the cucumber slice together with a toothpick. Place the salad in the cucumber ring and then serve. Source: Adapted from Crazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 Plant-Empowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution, by Kris Carr with Chef Chad Sarno. natural awakenings

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Letting Kids Just Be Kids

They Thrive on Natural, Unstructured Fun by Madeline Levine

Well-meaning attempts to fill a child’s summer with enriching activities may do more harm than good. Why not let kids just be kids?


Self-initiated and self-directed play otions of summer as endless free means the child is calling the shots and time—to climb trees, chase firelearning what comes naturally. If a child flies, build a fort in the woods, strums a guitar because he loves it, maybe set up a lemonade stand—have that’s play. When being instructed, the been supplanted in many families by child may enjoy the experience, but it’s pricey summer camps or other highly not the same, because the motivation is structured activities. But unstructured at least partly external. play isn’t wasted time; it’s the work of The American childhood, a vehicle for Thinking back to our Academy of Pediatdeveloping a basic set of life skills. Research own best childhood rics recommends that children play outside as published in Early memory, it won’t be much as possible—for Childhood Research & Practice shows that a class or lesson, but at least 60 minutes a day—yet almost half of children that attend the time we were America’s youth rouplay-based rather than academic preschools tinely aren’t getting any allowed to just be. become better students. time outside, according Child development expert David to study findings reported in the Archives Elkind, Ph.D., author of The Power of of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Play, maintains, “Play is essential to Outdoor play helps combat childhood positive human development.” Various obesity, acquaints them with their larger types teach new concepts and conenvironment and supports coping skills. Every child is different. But as Dr. tribute to skills, including helpful peer Kenneth R. Ginsburg, a professor of relations and ways to deal with stress.


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pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania and a leading expert on resilience, remarks, “Every child needs free, unscheduled time to master his or her environment.” Play is valuable because it miniaturizes the world to a manageable size and primes kids for learning. Consider the complexities involved in a game of chase. Kids develop social skills in organizing and agreeing on rules, and then participate in the physical and creative actions of the actual activity while resolving conflicts or disagreements during its course—providing a foundation for excelling in school and even the business world. Solitary play also provides problem-solving practice. A young girl playing with her dolls may try out different ways of handling the situation if one of them “steals” a treat from the dollhouse cookie jar before tea is served. Because youth haven’t yet developed a capacity for abstract thinking, they learn and discover more about themselves mainly by doing. Developing small self-sufficiencies gives kids a sense of power in a world in which they are, in fact, small and powerless. This is why kids love to imagine dragon-slaying scenarios. Taking risks and being successful in independent play can increase confidence and prepare them to resist peer pressures and stand up to bullying. Given our global challenges, tomorrow’s adults will need the skills developed by such play—innovation, creativity, collaboration and ethical problem solving—more than any preceding generation. A major IBM study of more than 1,500 CEOs from 60 countries and 33 industries in 2010 found that the single most sought-after trait in a CEO is creativity. To survive and thrive, our sense of self must be shaped internally, not externally. We need to learn and focus on what we’re good at and like to do; that’s why it’s vital to have kids try lots of different activities, rather than immersing them full-time in parental preferences and dictated experiences. Leading experts in the field agree that considerable daily, unguided time not devoted to any structured activity facilitates their investment in the emotional energy required to develop their own identities.

It is this sense of self In the end, learnMost experts agree that provides a home ing who we are pribase—a place to retreat, that kids should have marily takes place not throughout life. more unstructured in the act of doing, but Ultimately, everyin the quiet spaces befree time than one must rely on their tween things, when we own resources and structured playtime. can reflect upon what sense of self or they’ll we have done and always be looking for ~ Dr. Kenneth R. Ginsburg who we are. The more external direction and of these quiet spaces validation. Mental health workers say families provide for kids, the better. that produces kids that take unnecessary risks, have poor coping skills and Madeline Levine, Ph.D., a clinical are vulnerable to substance abuse. psychologist and educator in San FranBusiness leaders say such a tendency cisco, CA, is the author of New York produces workers that need too much Times bestsellers, Teach Your Children time, resources and direction to be Well and The Price of Privilege. See really valuable.

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Summer Play

Seven Ways to Let a Kid be a Kid by Madeline Levine

Why not make summer fun again? Here’s how.

hang out with family and friends.

4 Follow the principle that regular playtime is vital for everyone.

4 Encourage freerange (not pre-packaged), natural and spontaneous play— like a sandbox in the backyard, blocks and impromptu neighborhood soccer games, instead of an amusement park, elaborate toys and soccer camp.

4 Get in touch with our own playfulness. Kids really do model what they see. Present a picture of adulthood that children will want to grow up to emulate. 4 Tell the kids it’ll be a laid-back summer. Ask them to create a fun bucket list of which activities they want to keep... and which they want to toss. Parents may be shocked by what they say they want to quit doing. Sometimes kids do things because we want them to, and somehow we fail to notice their heart hasn’t been in it. 4 Arrange low-key times with friends and family. This may mean turning down some invitations and setting aside an evening as family night. Make sure kids have regular opportunities to just

Leap, and the net will appear. ~John Burroughs

4 Make sure children also have total down time for lying in the grass looking at the sky, or sitting on the sidewalk sharing a stick of all-natural gum with a friend. 4 Show trust in giving youngsters some freedom. Choice is the hallmark of true play. Have confidence that when a child is off on his own and enjoying and directing himself in activities he chooses, that is his “job”. The chances are that whatever innocent activities he’s doing of his own free will are better than any “enriching” activity we might impose on him. natural awakenings

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Pet Food Perils Lurking GMOs May Hurt Our Pets by Dr. Michael W. Fox


ike a canary in a coal mine, dogs serve as sentinels, drawing our attention to health hazards in our shared home environment and in the products and byproducts of the food industry.

Multiple Health Issues

In the mid-1990s, as genetically engineered or modified (GE, GM or GMO), corn and soy were becoming increasingly prominent ingredients in both pet food products and feed for farm animals, the number of dogs reported suffering from a specific cluster of health problems increased. It also became evident from discussion among veterinarians and dog owners that such health problems occurred more often among dogs eating pet food that included GM crops than those consuming food produced from conventional crops. The conditions most cited included allergies, asthma, atopic (severe) dermatitis and other skin problems, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, recurrent diarrhea, vomiting and indigestion, plus abnormalities in liver, pancreas and immune system functions. People often reported failed treatments and harmful side effects to prescribed remedies (e.g. steroids), as well as problems with various manufactured

prescription diets after their attending veterinarians diagnosed their animals with these conditions. According to a 2011 study in the journal Cell Research, in engineering crops like corn and soybean, novel proteins are created that can assault the immune system and cause allergies and illnesses, especially in the offspring of mothers fed GMO foods. Diminished nutrient content is a concurrent issue. “The results of most of the few independent studies conducted with GM foods indicate that they may cause hepatic, pancreatic, renal and reproductive effects and may alter hematological, biochemical and immunologic parameters,”concluded Artemis Dona and Ioannis S. Arvanitoyannis, of the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology at the University of Athens Medical School, in their 2009 study on the effect of GM foods on animals.

“Look first for the USDA Certified Organic label. Next, look for other words and terms on the package indicating it comprises natural, humane, free-range, grass-fed and GMor GE-free ingredients. Watch out for chemical preservatives, artificial coloring, byproducts, GMOs, irradiation/radioisotope treatment, hormones and antibiotics. In short, seek out whole organic foods appropriate to the species.” ~ Dr. Michael Fox Such problems are caused partly by the inherent genetic instability of GM plants, which can result in spontaneous and unpredictable mutations (Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews). DNA in GM foods is altered by the genetic engineering process; it can be incorporated by gut bacteria and may alter their behavior and ecology in the digestive tract. Likewise, when digestive bacteria incorporate material from antibioticresistant genes, engineered into patented GM foods crops to identify them, it could have serious health implications, according to Jeffrey M. Smith in his book, Genetic Roulette, and Terje Traavik and Jack Heinemann, co-authors of Genetic Engineering and Omitted Health Research.

What Pet Owners Can Do Look for pet foods that are free of GM corn and soy, and/or organically certified. Pet food manufacturers that use U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) certified organic ingredients—and especially those that don’t use corn, soy, canola, cotton byproducts (oil and cake) or sugar beet, which are more common-

ly genetically engineered, or imported rice, which can have GM strains—can legitimately claim “No GMO Ingredients” on their packaging. Information, plus tips on avoiding hidden GMO ingredients are available at Many websites also provide recipes for home-prepared diets for companion animals, including DogCatHome Let responsible pet food manufacturers know of consumers’ concerns and heed Hippocrates’ advice to let our food be our medicine and our medicine be our food. Enlightened citizen action is an integral part of the necessary revolution in natural agriculture aimed at promoting more ecologically sound, sustainable and humane farming practices, a healthier environment and more healthful, wholesome and affordable food for us and our canine companions. Michael Fox, author of Healing Animals & the Vision of One Health, is a veterinarian with doctoral degrees in medicine and animal behavior. Find GMOfree pet food brands and learn more at


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MONDAY, JULY 1 John Adzima Nature Education Day - Call Ansonia Nature Center to learn more, help out, or for other information: 203.736.1053. Save The Date! Tues. Oct.1: “Renewal-Women Rising” – 8:30am-5pm. The Idea Circle for Women Conference. Speakers focus on career, body /health & spirit. Relax w/holistic practitioners. Enjoy boutiques, networking & more! Be inspired! Anthony’s Ocean View. 860.575.4970,

TUESDAY, JULY 2 Free Shoulder Consultation – 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.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 Library Yoga – 1-2pm. Christine Ucich combines movement and breath to teach SunDo, a Taoist yoga and meditation practice. All levels; bring a mat. $5. Drop-ins welcome. New Haven Public Library, 133 Elm St. For questions about this & other yoga classes at the library: 203.946.8835.

THURSDAY, JULY 4 Independence Day 5000 – 7:30am reg., 9am start. All abilities of runners/walkers welcome. Bring friends/family-course is spectator-friendly. Entertainment & more. 80 Foran Rd. Milford. 203.387.8704, Independence Day Celebration – 9am-5pm. Celebrate American’s birthday circa 1876 at Mystic Seaport. Picnic, play croquet, craft hats & cheer at the parade. Rousing 1876 Independence Day ceremony + Mystic Silver Cornet Band concert. Mystic. 860.572.0711, Madison 4th of July Fireworks – 9:30pm (Rain date: 7/5). The main public viewing locations are from Surf Club Park & West Wharf Beach. Parking limited. Free shuttle bus from park-&-ride commuter lot exit 61 off I-95 at Rte. 79/Durham Rd. Madison.

FRIDAY, JULY 5 Introductory Massage Special! – Massage Savvy offers affordable, quality massage. Introductory special: $49/one hour. Loyalty program w/discount on multiple massages. No member fees or contracts. 2514 Boston Post. Rd. Guilford. (rear entrance). Schedule an appt.: 203.453.8667, Field Day: K thru 4th Grade – 2-3:30pm. Spend time outdoors! Lawn games, relay races & other physical challenges keep kids moving. Weather too hot? Then it’s time for water balloons & playing in


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the shade. Reg. required. James Blackstone Memorial Lib. 758 Main St. Branford. 203.488.1441 x323.

SATURDAY, JULY 6 Reiki Clinic w/Anita Jones, RMT – 11am-3pm. Enjoy a 10-15 min. session of Reiki and learn about healing energy. Thyme & Season. 3040 Whitney Ave. Hamden. Info: 203.415.4791.

SUNDAY, JULY 7 Reiki I w/Anita Jones, RMT – Learn about Reiki energy, its history and how to use it for self and others. Attunements given. Manual and certificate included. Hamden. $125. Info/Register: 203.415.4791. Night Hike – 7:30pm. w/Rangers Martin & Wendy. Follow wooded paths looking for glowworms in the leaf litter. Conclude w/an “explosion” of beetles in the Lampyridae family (lightning bugs & fireflies). Free. Pre-reg. Ansonia Nature Center. 10 Deerfield Rd. Ansonia. 203.736.1053.

MONDAY, JULY 8 Thrive Chiropractic and Wellness Opens its Doors for Business! – Formerly Creative Body Therapies, Dr. Katey Hauser (Cofrancesco) has opened Thrive with a new sense of inspired purpose. Located above the Wells Fargo Bank. 260 Amity Rd. Woodbridge. 203.387.5015. Circle of Love/Spiritual Empowerment Group w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30-8pm. Delve within to enhance 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, Qigong for Health – 7-8 pm. Learn an easy practice to connect the mind and body, invigorate the internal energy, and relieve stress with focused intention. 4-week series. $55. Shoreline Center for Wholistic Health. 35 Boston St. Guilford. Info: Tranquil Mountain Internal Arts 860.301.6433.

TUESDAY, JULY 9 Free Foot Screening – PT Services of Guilford is offering a FREE foot screening. Call today to find out more about Anodyne Therapy for foot pain. Let staff help with feeling better! PT Services of Guilford. 500 East Main St. Ste. 310. Branford. 203.315.7727. Angelspeake™ Class w/ASpke™ Facilitator Diane Esposito – 6:30-8:30pm. Communicate w/angels, guides, loved ones. Receive support, guidance, mini-readings. Develop clairaudience, clairvoyance, clairsentience. $33/1st cls. & materials/$25 after. Wlfgd. Reg.: 203.284.1204,

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 Guided Meditation w/Emotional Freedom Technique – 6:30-8:30pm (& Tues. 7/23). w/Diane Esposito, RMT/Holistic Coach. Relax/rejuvenate/ balance emotions. Boost self-esteem. Clear aura/ chakras-feel better. Connect w/angels/guides. $20, 5@$15/Cls. Wlgfd. Reg.: 203.284.1204,

THURSDAY, JULY 11 The Affordable Health Care Act: What you need to know, NOW! – 6pm. Randi Oster ( clarifies the 906-page law, covers top 10 changes , cost, eligibility, business coverage, Medicare deductions, more. Free. New Haven Public Library. 133 Elm St. 203.946.8835. Yin Yoga Teacher Training w/Josh Summers – July 11-14: 6:30-8pm (Thurs.), 9am-5pm (Fri.-Sun.). Suitable for teachers who want to incorporate yin yoga into their teaching & anyone simply wanting to deepen their understanding of Yin Yoga. $445. Fresh Yoga. 319 Peck St. New Haven. Free Health Talk “Shopping in the Beauty Aisle” w/ Dr. Debra Anastasio, ND – 7pm. Details for teeth, skin, hair, nails, makeup - what to look for, what to avoid. Thyme & Season. 3040 Whitney Ave. Hamden. (1 mi. s.of Sleeping Giant, 1/4 mi. n. end of Rt. 40 connector I-91 ex.10). Info: 203.407.8128.

FRIDAY, JULY 12 Nature’s Child: Flies--Butters & Dragons – 10:30am. Learn about special adaptations & Nature Center habitats of butterflies & dragonflies. $6/ family ($4 for Ansonia res./family-level FANCI membs.). Pre-reg. Ansonia Nature Center. 10 Deerfield Rd. Ansonia. 203.736.1053. Holographic Sound Healing w/Randeane Tetu – 7:30-8:30pm. Vibrational sound assists the body’s natural healing ability, nourishes emotional self & nurtures the soul’s highest purpose. Release old patterning/balance energy/stimulate healing. $15. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203.453.4000.

SATURDAY, JULY 13 Goddess, Tarot, Rune & Past Life Readings w/ Lisa Morrison – 12-4pm. 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. You Are Invited to a Free Workshop/discussion on “Are You Ready for a Spiritual Change?” – 1-2:30pm. Held in conjunction with the 2013 Eckankar Regional Seminar. Learn to find and listen to inner guidance. Crowne Plaza Hotel. Cromwell. Back to Basics: Making Natural Bug Repellents – 2pm. Make some sprays & creams that bugs hate! Ranger Dawn Sotir will share the ingredients and her expertise about nature’s ability to deter pests. $8/includes all ingredients & instruction. Pre-reg. Ansonia Nature Center. Ansonia. 203.736.1053.



Reiki II w/Anita Jones, RMT – Increase Reiki knowledge and energy. Learn the basic symbols, how they can be used and distant healing. Attunement given. Manual and certificate included. $150. Hamden. Info/Register: 203.415.4791.

Free Health Talk “Remarkable Healing Effect of Whole Food” w/Bill Klar, Macrobiotic Chef – No reservation. Thyme & Season. 3040 Whitney Ave. Hamden. (1 mi. s.of Sleeping Giant, 1/4 mi. n. end of Rt. 40 connector from I-91 ex.10). Info: 203.407.8128.

Goddess, Tarot, Rune & Past Life Readings w/ Lisa Morrison – 12-4pm. 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. Pilates with Bands – 12:30-1:45pm. Traditional standing and mat Pilates class using resistance bands to challenge students’ stability and core strength. Get a powerful, mindful physical workout! No Pilates experience needed. Yoga in Middletown. 438 Main St. 860.347.YOGA (9642),

MONDAY, JULY 15 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. Workshop: Diederik Wolsak (Choose-again. com) – 9:15am-4:30pm. Clear deep depression. Unblock relationship gifts. Uncover happiness barriers. $175/incl. breakfast/lunch. Guest House. Chester. Karen Urbano 860.304.9633, S e a r c h Yo u Tu b e : D i e d e r i k Wo l s a k o r : Creative Mindfulness Summer Camp! – 10am12pm (Mon.-Thur. thru August 22). Enjoy mindful movement thru yoga, eat a healthy snack & express self through art. Boys & girls, 5-12 years. $80/4 days, $150/8 days; 2 week format. Small class size. OneJoy Ctr. for Wellness. Hamden. Register: 203.804.0024.

TUESDAY, JULY 16 Summer Nature Days – July 16-Aug. 9. Four weeks of discovery-based learning about the natural elements and the world humans share with the wild ones living in the park’s fields and woodlands. Ansonia Nature Center. 10 Deerfield Rd. Ansonia. Info: 203.736.1053. Herbal Self-Care for the Whole Family – 5:307pm. w/Alison Birks MS (AHG) CNS. Learn how to use herbs to treat a variety of common ailments & safely administer them to children/other family members. Free. Reg. required. New Morning Store. 129 Main St. North. Woodbury. 203.263.4868.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 Year of the Snake – 11am-2pm. Beardsley Park Zoo will showcase native & exotic snakes & discuss their differences through a hands-on program complete w/a snake themed craft. All ages. Kellogg Environmental Ctr. 500 Hawthorne Ave. Derby (wheelchair access). Info: 203.734.2513,

Craft Expo 2013 – July 18-21. In celebration of its 56th year, the annual Craft Expo will showcase 175+ nationally-recognized craft artists on the Guilford Green. Details: 203.453.5947,

FRIDAY, JULY 19 Buy Tickets Now for Dinner on the Farm on Sept. 1 – Annual farm-to-table dinner (4:30-9:30pm) offers a tour of Massaro Community Farm. & a fabulous, chef-prepared meal featuring the farm’s fresh produce & served at tables right in the fields. 41 Ford Rd. Woodbridge. 203.736.8618,

SATURDAY, JULY 20 FREE Reiki clinic w/Anita Jones, RMT – 11am3pm. Enjoy a 10-15 min. session of Reiki and learn about healing energy. Thyme & Season. 3040 Whitney Ave. Hamden. Info: 203.415.4791. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Class: Connecting Legs into Back – 12:30-1:30pm. Learn how to release low back pain and move with greater ease. $13. Holistic Therapies Classroom. 15 South Elm St. Wallingford. Carol Meade 203.415.8666, Butterflies, Dragonflies & Redwing Pond –2pm. Explore the pond & meet the six-legged, fourwinged insects who inhabit fields, meadows & pond edges. Easy walk after a brief description of the lifestyles of these insects & their fascinating behavior. Free. Pre-reg. Ansonia Nature Center. 203.736.1053. Laughter Yoga – 3pm (3rd Sat. – call to confirm). Release healing endorphins, promote wellbeing, enhance creativity, decrease weight/pain/ stress. Come w/an open mind. Embrace childlike playfulness. No poses/mats. $15/class. 1st class free. The Life Center. 2 Broadway. North Haven. 203.239.3400.

SUNDAY, JULY 21 Reiki III w/Anita Jones, RMT – Deepen Reiki knowledge. Learn meditations and techniques for enhancing Reiki energy. Attunement given. Manual and certificate included. $250. Hamden. Info/Register: 203.415.4791.



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“CHANGE YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS CHANGE YOUR LIFE” Explore the spiritual nature of ourselves as soul through workshops, group discussions, talks, and creative arts.

JULY 12-14 Held at:

MONDAY, JULY 22 Full Moon Meditation w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30-8:30pm. 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,,

Crowne Plaza Hotel &

Eckankar Temple FREE seminar passes available to newcomers at the registration desk.

Introductory workshop

TUESDAY, JULY 23 Free Back Consultation – 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.

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calendarofevents Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement 6-Week Class Series – 6:30-7:30pm. Explore ways of moving the back to ease pain and create greater mobility. $60/6 weeks. Holistic Therapies Classroom. 15 South Elm St. Wallingford. Contact: Carol Meade 203.415.8666,

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24 A Circle of Women – 7-9pm. Join in sacred space to discover and strengthen authentic self, celebrate “womens’ ways,” live in rhythm with the seasons and cycles of life. Healing the world one woman at a time! $25. Holistic Therapies. 15 South Elm St. Wallingford. Register: Susan 203.645.1230.

THURSDAY, JULY 25 Group Guitar Lesson w/David Zemper, Woodbury Guitar Ctr. – 6pm. Ever wanted to take guitar lessons? Just want to brush up on skills? Dave offers professional group guitar lessons for musicians of all levels! Free! Reg. required. New Morning Community Rm. 129 Main St. North. Woodbury. 203.263.4868. Third Annual “Night of Beauty” – 7-9pm. Demos, samples, info, raffle, health & beauty reps, makeup artist, Reiki, coffee & tea & fun! (See also 7/11 beauty primer).Thyme & Season. 3040 Whitney Ave. Hamden. (1 mi. s.of Sleeping Giant, 1/4 mi. n. end of Rt. 40 connector from I-91 ex.10). 203.407.8128.



intro to one’s power animal & the natural gem for heightened energy. $1/min. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Glfd. 203.453.4000,

SUNDAY, JULY 28 Pilates on the Portable Reformer – 12:30-1:45pm. Curious about The Reformer, Joseph Pilates’ famous invention, but haven’t had the chance/ money? Portable equipment simulating traditional Reformer exercises will be used. All levels. Yoga in Middletown. 438 Main St. 860.347.9642,

MONDAY, JULY 29 Free Hand Pain Screening – Hands always aching? Want to find relief without injections or medications? Come in for a FREE hand pain screening. Let staff help with feeling better! PT Services of Guilford. 500 East Main St. Ste. 310. Branford. 203.315.7727.

TUESDAY, JULY 30 Woodbridge Concert Series: The British Invasion Tribute – 6pm. Gazebo on the Green. (Rain moves the event to Center Gym). 4 Meetinghouse Ln. Woodbridge. Yoga Basics – 6-7:15pm. Flexibility & Stress Relief (all levels, gentle-moderate challenge). Learn/ expand upon this unique presentation of yoga, additional awareness & movement practices to renew body/mind/spirit. $17/drop-in. Shoreline Wholistic. Guilford. 203.488.1700,

Hu Chant – 7-7:30pm (every 4th Friday). Join in a group chanting of HU: A love song to God. Singing HU can open one’s heart to God’s love and transform life. It can help w/experiencing more divine love, joy and spiritual freedom. Eckankar Temple. Rt. 66. Middlefield.




Reiki III ART Cert. w/RMT Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm (or request 2 half-days/eves). $200/ cert. advanced techniques/crystals/stones. (RI: 8/3 $150/cert.; RII: 7/20 $175/cert.). Mastership/Reiki sessions by appt. Wallingford. Register & free pre-class consult: 203.284.1204,

Thimble Islands Cruise –10:15am through 4:15pm hourly. $12/adults. $10/seniors. $6/12 & under. Sea Mist, LLC. Thimble Islands Cruise. Stony Creek. 203.488.8905,

Bilingual Stay & Play – 10-11am. Bilingual stories, songs & playtime in Spanish & English. For children ages 0-4 with a parent/caregiver. New Haven Public Library – Mitchell Branch. 37 Harrison St. New Haven. Info: Sharon Lovett-Graff 203.946.6514,

Children’s Yoga Teacher Training – 10am4:30pm. Learn theory, postures & protocols to bring Polarity Yoga to students ages 2 thru 8 years. No prior yoga experience necessary. Earn 14 CEU’s. $79. OneJoy Center for Wellness. 60 Connolly Pkwy. Hamden. Debi Testa, CYT, BCPP 203.804.0024.


Sugar Blues w/Liz Robert – 11am-12pm. Crave sweets or run out of energy? Have mood swings? Unable to lose weight? Learn how sugar impacts health, tips to overcome cravings & healthy alternatives to treat self w/o deprivation. Free. Reg. req. New Morning. 129 Main St. North. Woodbury. 203.263.4868.

New Witnesses to the Pequot War – 1-2:30pm. Pequot War researchers Dr. Kevin McBride & David Naumec share new insights about the battle & war based upon their archaeological & historical research & present a 40-min. prog. produced by the History Channel. Free w/Museum admission.

Mobile Pantry Distribution in Branford – 1011am. Connecticut Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry will be onsite to provide fresh and healthy food for those in need. Monthly on the first Friday. 26 Jefferson Rd. Branford. Info: 203.469.5000, ctfoodbank.

Readings w/Jessie – 11am-3pm. Clairvoyant/Intuitive/Spirit Guide Artist Jessie offers readings & is avail. to present a drawing of one’s Spirit Guide,


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SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 Reiki I & II Certification w/RMT, Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm. (RI: Sat 8/3 $150; RII: Sat 7/20 $175; RIII: 7/27 $200, or request 2 halfdays or evenings). Mastership & Reiki sessions by appt. Wlgfd. Register & Free pre-class consult: 203.284.1204,

SUNDAY, AUGUST 4 Zane’s Cycles Sunday Rides – Local road bike ride leaves from Zane’s Cycles parking lot, Branford. Moderately paced (15-19 mph avg.) w/a mix of rolling hills, climbs & coastal views. Receive 10% off accessory purchases after that day’s ride. Info: Chris or Greg 203.488.3244, Salsa with Alisa! – 2-4pm. Join Alisa from New Haven based Alisa’s House of Salsa and learn how to perfect Latin dance moves. Live DJ. Free. Market Island across from J. Crew. Broadway. New Haven.

MONDAY, AUGUST 5 Zingo Lacrosse Boys Summer Clinic – 9am-12pm (8/5-8/9, Girls Clinic: 7/15-7/19). Oxford Parks & Rec. presents an intro to the game of lacrosse (grades 1-6) in a fun, relaxed atmosphere taught by US Lacrosse member, Rich Allaire. $125, $135/ non-Oxford res. Details: 203.888.2543 X3041, Let’s Eat Our Way Through The Nutmegs Book Discussion – 6:30pm. For children entering grades 4-6. Discuss “Saving Arm Pit” by Natalie Hyde. Includes snacks related to the book. Free. Registration is required. 801 Boston Post Rd. Madison. Register: 203.245.8722,

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6 Bi-weekly Food Demo at Massaro Farm – 3-6pm. Taste the weekly harvest on the farm. Free. 41 Ford Rd. Woodbridge. 203.736.8618, Opera in the Park – 6:30 pm. Founded in 2000, the Salt Marsh Opera Company is dedicated to producing high-quality, professional opera in CT & RI & to making its productions available to the entire community. Old Saybrook Town Green. Info: 888.788.4188,

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7 12th Annual Shakespeare on the Shoreline: “Much Ado About Nothing” – 7:30pm. Bring picnics, blankets/chairs & enjoy theater under the stars as laughter & tears take turns in this classic play including tragedy & comedy. Free. Guilford Town Green. 31 Park St. 203.453.3890,

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sunday Free Tea/Talk & Option to Shop w/RMT Diane Esposito – Avail. daily. Move to the heart of healing w/unique[+] Reiki energized crystals/stones/jewelry & color therapy silk florals. Awaken physical/spiritual senses. Readings $10/10 mins. Appt. req’d. Wlgfd. 203.913.3869, bks Yoga – 8:30-10am. Give the self an hour & a half of bliss. In the meantime, gain flexibility & tone muscles in a playful, nurturing & safe environment. $16/class series-discounts available. Shoreline Ctr. for Wholistic Health. 35 Boston St. Guilford. Barb Shanley 203.214.2564, Mystical Christian Sunday Service at Center of Light – 9:30am. A positive, inclusive service. Includes meditation, singing, teaching from mystical texts, mystical communion & blessings, followed by brunch & discussion. 844 Grand Ave. New Haven. 203.785.9085, Prenatal Yoga – 9:30-11am. Students practice poses and movements that appropriately stretch and strengthen the body while preparing for delivery physically and psychologically. No yoga experience needed. Yoga in Middletown. 438 Main St. 860.347. YOGA (9642), Prenatal Yoga – 10:30 am. w/Lillian. Safe/gentle class highlights postures, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques to strengthen body, alleviate discomfort, connect w/baby, prepare for optimal birth. Breathing Room. 817 Chapel St. New Haven. 860.227.5640. Prenatal Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. A yoga practice especially for the expecting Mom. Soothing discomfort, cultivating strength & flexibility & connecting with baby & other Moms in a sweet & sacred way. First class free. Raven’s Wing Yoga. 19 South Main St. Branford. 203.488.9642, Guided Hikes – 1pm. Ansonia Nature Center. 10 Deerfield Rd. Ansonia. Info: 203.736.1053. Prenatal Yoga w/Kami Mikelis – 6:30-7:45pm. A refuge of peace/inspiration. Celebrate bodies/babies through pregnancy. Promote vibrant prenatal health, prepare mind/body for birth, nursing, motherhd. New students: $30/2-wks. unlimited classes. Fresh Yoga. 319 Peck St. New Haven. 203.776.9642.


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Angelic/Intuitive Readings, Reflexology, Reiki, EFT, Guided Imagery w/RMT/Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – Mon.-Sat. Includes Aromatherapy. Most sessions also by phone. Reiki practitioner certifications wkly. Mention ad for $10 off 1st session. Wallingford. 203.284.1204, Vinyasa – 9:30-10:45am. w/Melissa Hall. Move, flow and refresh for the rest of the day! New student special: $30/2-weeks unlimited classes. Fresh Yoga. 319 Peck St. New Haven. 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. Vinyasa Yoga – 12-1pm. this class helps to fund crisis intervention and support groups at Women and Family Life Center. 96 Fair St. Guilford. Call to confirm time & logistics: 203.458.6699, $5 Community Class at Fresh Yoga – 12:151:15pm. 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. 203.776.9642.

Law of Attraction in Action Group – 10-11:30am. Feel the vibrations of dreams! Lively discussion that will assist in embracing these principles in daily life through guided imagery & meditation. $20. Shoreline Center for Wholistic Health. 35 Boston St. Guilford. Linda Busk, LCSW 203.464.0556. Yin Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Take a shape, relax deeply into stillness, learn how to be w/self. Class creates positive stress on the body’s connective tissue to help rejuvenate & find a new experience of flexibility. $30/2-wks. unlimited classes. Fresh Yoga. 49 Orange St. New Haven. 203.776.9642. Power Flow Yoga – 6:30-8pm (& Thurs.). Creative Vinyasa sequencing, conscious alignment, breath awareness, meditation, relaxation. Spiritualize physical form/honor yoga’s powerful transformative lineage/move to amazing music! New student $30/3. Breathing Room. 817 Chapel St. New Haven. 860.227.5640. Shanti Mission Meditation & Healing w/Maitreya – 7pm (call for dates). Master healer/ powerful teacher/inspired sacred musician w/extensive music therapy background & passion for sound’s healing power. Private healing sessions pre meditation. $150. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Glfrd. 203.453.4000. Shanti Mission Meditation & Healing w/Stellar Maya – 7pm (call for dates). Teacher/master healer/spiritual mentor empowers release of energetic blockages that can cause emotional/spiritual/ mental/physical disharmony. Sr. disciple of Shakti Durga. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Glfrd. 203.453.4000. Restorative Yoga w/Ellen Lenson – 7:15-8:30pm. Restorative yoga is about moving mind/body away from normal activity and into a relaxed state of being. Poses held for 5-20 minutes w/props. New students $30/2-weeks unlimited classes. Fresh Yoga. 319 Peck St. New Haven.203.776.9642.

Qigong – 7-8pm. Learn a practice that invigorates the internal energy, relieves stress, tones and stretches the muscles, and connects the mind and body. $15/class. Shoreline Center for Wholistic Health. 35 Boston St. Guilford. Info: Tranquil Mountain Internal Arts 860.301.6433,

Free Reiki Sessions: The Universal Reiki Plan – 7:30-8:30pm (& 8:30-9:30pm Thurs.). Reiki teachers Jeannette & Jim of ReikiOvertones & students offer free Reiki sessions. Appt. only. Love offering appreciated. 95 Harris St. Fairfield. Details: Jim & Jeannette 203.254.3958,


T’ai Chi Ch’uan/Qigong – 7:35-8:35pm. Beginner class. A martial art w/relaxed movement helps to focus mind, reduce stress, improve balance, and strengthen the body. East/West Healing Arts Center. 410 State St. North Haven. Call to confirm details: Bob 860.301.6433.

Stress Relief & Meditation Class – Explore several mind/body tools that can be used in everyday life. Share stories, gain support, have fun and find methods that work. $60. Call to confirm details: The Life Center 203.239.3400, Yoga with Marlene – 9:30am/6:30pm (classes also offered Mon. 10:30am/7:15pm, 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.

wednesday Introductory Massage Special!! – Massage Savvy offers affordable, quality massage. Introductory special: $49/one hour. Loyalty program w/discount on multiple massages. No member fees or contracts. 2514 Boston Post. Rd. Guilford. (rear entrance). Sched. an appt.: 203.453.8667,

Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 12-1pm (& Thursdays 6:30pm-7:30pm except 1st Thurs.). Experience a qigong form to rebalance & strengthen body/mind/spirit. All abilities/health levels. 1st class free. Regularly $5. Holistic Therapies Classrm. 15 South Elm St. Wallingford.

Healthy-Steps, The Lebed Method – 3-4pm/Mddltwn, 5:45-6:45pm/Madison. (No class 7/4). w/ Susan Sandel. Gentle therapeutic exercise/mvmnt prog. Helpful for breast cancer survivors/chronic health conditions. Free. Sponsor: Mddlsx. Hosp. Ctr. for Survivorship & Integrative Med. 203.457.1656.

Soul Chill Yoga w/Sally – 6-7:30pm. Soothing yet invigorating, take the more intense practices & slow them down & space them out with supportive & yin poses, helping to balance & calm for meditation. Drop-in & class cards welcome. Raven’s Wing Yoga. 19 South Main St. Branford. 203.488.9642.

Intuitive Readings w/Barbara D’Addio – 2:306pm. Psychic/Intuitive, Shaman practitioner, Energy worker, Reiki Master, National Certified Hypnotist, Cert. Past Life Regression Therapist, EFT, Numerology, In Touch Therapy. $1/min. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203.453.4000.

Ashtanga-Vinyasa w/Iris – 5:45-7:15pm. Based on the primary series of Ashtanga Yoga. Learn sun salutations, basic standing postures, and deep breathing. New student special: $30/2-weeks unlimited classes. Fresh Yoga. 49 Orange St. New Haven. 203.776.9642.


Forrest Basics – 5:30-7pm. Learn to make space in the joints and alleviate the pain, tightness and stiffness that accumulate throughout the day. New student special $30/2-weeks unlimited classes. Fresh Yoga. 319 Peck St. New Haven. Info: 203.776.9642.

Vinyasa Yoga Class ALL LEVELS – 6-7pm. w/ Elizabeth Fiorillo, RYT. $10/session. Drop-ins welcome . Judy’s Emporium. 28 School St. Stony Creek. Contact for any questions:

Advanced Yoga – 5:30-7:15pm. w/Sandra Kopell, Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate. Refine practice with in-depth instruction and sophisticated sequencing in fully equipped studio. Similar class Saturdays at 10:45am. Yoga in Middletown. 438 Main St. 860.347.YOGA (9642), 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. Soul of Happiness: Real Food For Your Body, Mind & Spirit – 7-9pm. A salon meeting every 2nd Wednesday starting June 12. Current discussion will be framed with Sonia Choquette’s book “Traveling at the Speed of Love.” Milford Barnes & Noble. Info: 203.305.8091,

thursday Qigong Group Healing and Silent Meditation – (1st Thursday 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: 203.500.6492. The Milford Chamber’s ‘Health & Wellness Council’ – 8:30-9:30am. (2nd Thurs. monthly). Group is comprised of businesses in the health and wellness industry. 5 Broad St. Milford. 203.878.0681,, Yoga with Marlene – 10am/6:30pm (classes also offered Mon. 10:30am/7:15pm, Tues. 9:30am/6:30pm, Wed. 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. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Class – 12pm. Want to move better with less pain? Try this class. $13/drop-in. Holistic Therapies Classroom. 15 South Elm St. Wallingford. Carol Meade 203.415.8666,

Process Free Group 2nd Thurs. of the month – 6:30pm Suite 306. 1449 Old Waterbury Rd. Southbury. Info/Register: 203.733.1805, or look for the group on Introduction to Christian Mysticism and Meditation – 7:30-9pm. (6-wk. series). Find God inside self. Overview of teachings and practices of Christian Mysticism, includes guided meditations. The Center of Light. 844 Grand Ave. New Haven. 203.785.9085, New Haven Community Circle Dance – 7:309:30pm (First Thursdays). Dances from many cultures as well as contemporary pieces created in the spirit of ancient folk dance. All dances taught. $8. The Friends Meetinghouse. 225 East Grand Ave. New Haven. Info: 203.467.1069.

friday I Love Kickboxing Class – Class gets attendees in the best shape of their life. Strengthen & tone body. Burn over 800 calories in one hour. Aiki Academy of Self Defense. Call for details: 203.484.2020, Christie & Great Bear, Intuitive Private Sessions – Appt. rec. Walk-ins welcome. Participants discover where they stand in this moment/what information they need to clearly move forward in life. $20/20min. Rock Garden. 17 S. Main St. Branford. Confirm details: 203.488.6699, 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. Gentle Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. A great class for beginners, expectant mothers and woman of all stages of life. $60/6 week session, or $15. drop-in. Women and Family Life Center. 96 Fair St. Guilford. Confirm details: 203.458.6699,

Introductory Massage Special!! – Massage Savvy offers affordable, quality massage. Introductory special: $49/one hour. Loyalty program w/discount on multiple massages. No member fees or contracts. 2514 Boston Post. Rd. Guilford. (rear entrance). Sched. an appt.: 203.453.8667, Stony Creek Intermediate Level Hatha Yoga Classes – w/Gina Macdonald MA, LPC. Walk-ins welcome. $10/session. Willoughby Wallace Library. Thimble Island Rd. Stony Creek. Branford. Call for details: 203.488.1886. BaGua & XingYi in Shelton – 8am (Meet at the Slab). BaGua (PaKua) is a Chinese art of moving meditation and self-defense based on the Book of Changes (the IChing). BaGua emphasizes the use of circular movements and the open palm. XingYi (Hsing-I) emphasizes the use of vertical actions and the fist. Free. Info: 985.210.8089. Introductory Workshops – 7/13, 8/10 & 9/7. 9am12pm. Attend an introductory workshop for HFI’s Human Relations Training Program. Introductory Workshops to Understanding and Changing Yourself and Your Relationships. Free, CEUs available for $35. Hartford Family Institute, 17 S Highland St, West Hartford. Register: 860.236.6009. Reiki Practitioner Certification – 9am-3pm w/Diane Esposito, RMT/Holistic Coach. $150/ Reiki I: 2nd Sat.; $175/Reiki II: 3rd Sat.; $200/ Reiki III: 4th Sat. $450/mastership by appt. Reiki & angels, private cls/sess. avail. Wlgfd. Reg./free pre-class consult: 203.284.1204, ReikiShare: The Universal Reiki Plan – 11am1:30pm. Pre-register to share Reiki & 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, Intuitive Readings w/Lisa Morrison – 12-4pm (7/13 & Sun. 7/14). Goddess, Tarot, Rune & Past Life Readings. Lisa believes readings should balance humor, healing & inspiration. Her intention is to help restore balance/encourage wholeness. $1/ min. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203.453.4000.

Intuitive Readings w/Susane Grasso – 11am-3pm. Usui & Karuna Reiki Master & Clairvoyant Susane sees auras/mirrors of soul/emotions & physical being. $1/min. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203.453.4000,

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CONNECTICUT HERB ASSOCIATION (CHA) – Member org. created by a group of enthusiasts w/ the desire to educate & share the diverse world of herbs, as well as to create a local network of herbrelated resources. A forum for info. exchange & events around the state.



CONNECTICUT ADOPTION & FAMILY SERVICES – Mission: to create, strengthen & support families through the adoption/permanent placement of children in safe & loving homes. Free info. sess. 7pm, 1st Thurs. monthly. Panera. 1201 Boston Post Rd. Milford. Reg. by 3pm Wed.: 860.444.0553,

CONNECT KIDS – Learn about CT history, people, government & culture. Find things to do, places to go & explore, people to meet & reasons to be proud to be a Connecticut Kid.

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,

ARTS REGISTER NOW: ACES EDUCATIONAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS InterAct SUMMER THEATRE – 9am-3pm MondaysFridays. Summer theatre program for ages 11-16 runs July 1-20. 55 Audubon St. New Haven. Details/ Register: 203.795.9011, 203.777.5451.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY WORK PART-TIME FROM HOME TO MARKET EMERGING NATURAL PRODUCTS COMPANY. Must be self-motivated, enthusiastic, able to work independently. High earning potential in this direct sales business. Serious inquiries only, call 203.231.3240.

CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CONNECTICUT VOICES FOR CHILDREN – Mission: to promote the well-being of Connecticut’s young people and their families by advocating for strategic public investments and wise public policies. Connecticut Voices for Children. 33 Whitney Ave. New Haven. 203.498.4240.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS THE CHILDREN’S COMMUNITY PROGRAMS OF CT, INC. – Serving children, youth & families in South Central Connecticut since 1999. Committed to providing diverse & creative support services to children & families throughout CT to ensure that every child counts. New Haven. 203.786.6403,


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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,

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING ANNAHAVEN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES – Provides treatment for depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Obesity, spiritual counseling and anger management for adults and children. Office and home visit sessions are available. Call now to schedule an appointment. 203.606.2071. You have the right to be HAPPY.



FAMILY RAMBLES WITH WALKCT – WalkCT Family Rambles, led by trained guides, bring families, fun & the outdoors together. Outings offered on the last weekend of every month, January through December. Info: CT Forest & Park Assoc. 860.346.2372,

DANCING WITH PARKINSON’S – w/Laura Richling. For those w/Parkinson’s & related disorders (& loved ones). Explore & create mvmnt. in a variety of dance styles to live music. No exp. nec. Walkers, canes, wheelchairs welcome! Middletown Sr. Ctr. Mondays. Info:

FOOD ISSUES THE NEW HAVEN FOOD POLICY COUNCIL – A volunteer advisory board addressing local & regional food issues & impacts on individuals, communities, businesses, the environment & local government. Meets 3rd Wed. 8-9:45am/ City Hall – public welcome. 203.773.3736, NEW HAVEN FARMS, INC. – Promotes health & community dev. through urban agriculture. Affordable fresh fruits/vegetables for those affected by diet-related chronic disease. A community response to intersecting crises: diabetes/obesity/ environmental degradation/poverty. 203.915.1892,

HEALING FROM GRIEF COVE CENTER FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN – Provides hope/healing for grieving children/teens. Helps them understand the grieving process, how to communicate/ask for help/avoid negative effects of unresolved childhood grief & offers support in a safe, healing environment. Meriden. 800.750.2683, CT HOSPICE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUPS – New groups offered periodically throughout the year including day/eve groups serving adults who’ve lost a loved one (spouse, parent/ family member, partner, or friend). Registration required. Free. Branford. Info: 203.315.7544.

LYME DISEASE AMERICAN LYME DISEASE FOUNDATION – Dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment, of Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. Lyme, CT. Info:

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT HIGHER HEIGHTS YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMS, INC. – Mission: to change the lives of under-represented college bound students to empower, encourage & equip them to obtain a post-secondary education. “Inspiring Young Minds, Elevating a Community.” New Haven. 203.859.6647,

TRAVEL/PER DIEM NURSE OPPORTUNITIES EXPAND YOUR PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE, WHILE EARNING COMPETITIVE PAY, ENJOYING FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING, SATISFYING YOUR SENSE OF ADVENTURE AND DISCOVERING THE COUNTRY. Registered Nurses MUST have a minimum of 12-18 months of acute care experience in the last 24 month period. To submit an application so you can be considered immediately for available nurse positions in your local area or around the country visit: and enter access code 8119.

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 ADVANCED ALLERGY RELIEF

Anne Mitchell, ND North Haven and West Hartford Offices 203.239.3400 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.

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Specializing in Advanced Allergy Therapeutics Betty Brainerd, ND 203.738.0020, Guilford, CT 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 8.


Madison, CT 203.245.9317 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 27.


Decluttering and organizing years of ‘STUFF’ can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t know where to start. A trained, objective eye may be the catalyst you need. Specialties include Decluttering & Organizing, Senior Downsizing, and Preparing your home for sale. Call to schedule a free on-sight consultation.


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 8.


5520 Park Ave, Ste 301, Ffld Town Line Merritt Pkwy, Exit 47 203.371.0300 Dr. Mark A. Breiner is a pioneer and recognized authority in the field of holistic dentistry. With over 30 years of experience, he is a sought after speaker and lecturer. His popular consumer book, Whole-Body Dentistry, has been sold worldwide. See ad on page 25.


Diana Lopusny, M.D., F.A.A.P. 88 Noble Avenue, Suite 101, Milford, CT 203.874.2800 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.

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Shari Specland, LMT# 000375 2 Broadway, North Haven, CT 1007 Farmiington Ave, West Hartford, CT 203.239.3400 Deep relaxation, softening muscles, slow breaths, soothing sounds, gentle healing . Shari Specland, LMT, MA will help you return to yourself with a peaceful heart. By balancing your chakras and balancing your body, you can bring balance to the rest of your life.You’ll relax in ways only 25 years of Shari’s experience as a massage therapist and energy healer can help you find. See ad on page 13.


2514 Boston Post Rd Guilford, CT 203.453.8667 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 13.


2 Broadway, North Haven, CT 1007 Farmington Ave, Suite 7A West Hartford, CT 203.239.3400 Integrative Health Solutions so that you can feel better, look better and have the energy you need! The best of modern, scientific medicine alongside ancient healing traditions. Address the root cause of imbalance and find wellness in mind, body and spirit. Most insurances accepted.. See ad on page 13.


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Betty Brainerd, ND 203.738.0020, Guilford, CT New breakthrough advanced allergy treatment for the whole family! ADD/ADHD, digestive, skin and respiratory problems, PMS/menopause, fatique, high cholesterol, and more. Cleansing and detox programs. Therapeutic far infrared sauna. Botanical medicine, homeopathy, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, Bowen therapy (the homeopathy of bodywork).


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.


Everlastings, by Arlene Bouley The Carriage House At The Gate House West 2614 Boston Post Rd, Guilford, CT 203.458.1298 Everlastings offers a Full Service, Holistic, and Organic Approach to Hair and Body, and Features, Organic and Dimensional Color, Highlights, Bodywaves, Relaxers and Razor cuts. Please call for your individual consultation. See ad on page 27.

ORGANIC SKIN CARE PANGEAORGANICS.COM/unfoldandbegin Cheshire, CT 06410

What you put on your body is just as important as what you put into your body. Keep it organic and chemical free. Try Pangea Organics. Email me at to learn more or go to unfoldandbegin.


Lisa Burton, MPH 203.804.0024 You Can Shift Chaos to Calm! Learn natural and effective strategies to Experience More Ease, More Joy, & More Peace along your Parenting Journey. Our Private Coaching, Support Groups & Workshops are designed to make your Best Parenting, Even Better! Create that joyful, well-balanced family lifestyle you desire and deserve. See ad on page 27.

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Linda Maude, PT 111 New Haven Ave. Derby, CT 06418 203.735.8336

2 Broadway, North Haven, CT 1007 Farmington Ave, Suite 7A, West Hartford, CT 203.239.3400

Specializing in evaluation & treatment of musculoskeletal imbalance & injuries. Results achieved that traditional physical therapy may not. Therapeutic approaches such as manual therapy, craniosacral, visceral manipulation and vestibular rehab. State of the art facility for strengthening and overall rehabilitation.

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.



Sacred Song Reiki


978.897.8846 Priscilla Gale, of Sacred Song Reiki, utilizes multiple healing modalities and techniques along with Reiki, including Himalayan and Crystal Singing Bowls, Reconnective Healing, and Magnified Healing.


Juliette Storch is a transformational & conscious living coach who for over 20 years has worked with corporations and individuals to build strategies, manifest dreams, create opportunities and unlock their soul’s purpose. With her mantra, “Change your mind, Change your story, Change your life, Change the world” she specializes in coaching clients who know they are meant for more, feel like something is missing and are ready to breakthrough what’s holding them back from having their BIG life.



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 27.

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Natural Awakenings Network (NAN) Discount Card Program Today! Call:

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How will the program work once it launches? NAN Cardholders (“Members”) purchase an annual card to visit local practitioners/businesses (“Providers”) who offer a NAN program discount (of their choosing) on products/services involving personal and/or planetary health & well-being.

What’s in it for you as a Provider? 1ST YEAR OF PARTICIPATION IS FREE! $88/year annual fee will apply after the 1st year only if you choose to continue participating. n

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Healthy Living Practitioners/Businesses, Have you Signed-Up?




Eileen Denny, D.C. 2842 Old Dixwell Avenue Hamden, CT 203.407.8468

Karen Obier, Reflexologist 410 State Street, Suite 8 North Haven, CT 203.645.2188



129 Main Street North Woodbury, CT 203.263.4868

Psychotherapy-Adults in Transition Emotional & Spiritual Aspects in Health Care 8 Riverview Street, Essex, CT 860.461.7569

June Can Reiki Master Practitioner International Channel & Medium 203.230.1197



Dr. Joel Segalman, MD 714 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 203.755.0489

Dr. Jason Belejack, N.D. 16 Main Street, Durham, CT 203.824.7428



Dr. Candice Pollack, D.C. 444-B Washington Avenue North Haven, CT 203.691.5581



Dr. Keith Mirante, D.C. 15 Meigs Avenue, Madison, CT 203.245.8217

Christopher Chialastri, LMT#005812 Home Visits for Massage Therapy East Haven, CT 203.430.3163



91 Beverly Heights, 2nd Floor Middletown, CT 860.986.2017

KellyAnn Carpenter 203.533.9823

24 Parnassus Road, Unit 15 East Haddam, CT 860.873.8760

MARY ELLEN MONEYMAKER HYPNOTIST 6 Way Road Middlefield, CT 860.349.7039

NATURAL FAMILY HEALTH Dr. Leigh White, N.D. 410 State Street North Haven, CT 203.980.0465



Venice Walters 203.508.3871

Raymond Daneault PO Box 190, Milford, CT 800.217.1963

Aadil Al-Alim & Faith Bredwood 203.389.0089

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