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contents 5 newsbriefs 10 healthbriefs

11 globalbriefs

10 12 ecotip

13 healingways 18 healthykids


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.




Five Solutions for Sleep Apnea by Lloyd Jenkins

20 inspiration


22 naturalpet 24 calendar

14 LIVE CANCER-FREE Natural Ways to Prevent and Heal Cancer by Linda Sechrist

27 classifieds 28 directorylistings

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he quest for learning… One of the things I love to do is attend conferences and retreats. I enjoy connecting with others, learning new things, questioning old ways and stepping out of the day-to-day routine to get a new perspective on life. When I purchased my Natural Awakenings franchise six years ago, I had plans of hosting my own event like many other Natural Awakening publishers. I think it’s a natural result of being exposed to so many amazing practitioners, life-changing tools/techniques and groundbreaking businesses. Learning, sharing resources, building on existing skills to help create our BEST LIFE… What does your BEST LIFE look like? For everyone, it looks different. But for all of us, it’s something for which we strive. Once identified, how do we achieve it? For some, it may mean to go inside ourselves and journal our way out. Others may seek out a friend, a coach or another form of professional guidance. Silence, gardening, running, painting, a walk by the sea or listening or playingmusic are some of the ways we connect to ourselves and create that deep listening to the Universe talking to us. With help from some friends and other Natural Awakening publishers, I decided to create my first event—Your Shining Life Expo: Finding the Tools & Resources to Creating the Life You Want. This experiential-type expo will bring together a wide variety of businesses and practitioners. Here is my planning list for people, products and businesses I am seeking: Sponsors; exhibitors; 20 classes/workshops put on by different exhibitors/ speakers; hourly giveaways; massage, yoga + other bodywork/fitness; lots of samples/giveaways from advertisers/exhibitors; coaches (Life, Health, Nutrition); live music; Write Your Book—the author’s corner with authors and publisher resources; tiny home; green products/services; realty; finances; green grave burials; retreat centers; learning how to podcast or do Facebook Live; and so much more! What are you looking for? Maybe you’ll find it at Your Shining Life Expo, on Sunday, October 8, at the Doubletree Hotel, in St. Louis Park (West End). Let me know which types of workshops or exhibitors appeal to you so that we can be sure to seek some out and ask them to participate in our event. If you are a practitioner or business owner looking to offer your services and would like to exhibit, conduct a workshop or participate in a panel discussion, please contact me. I can be reached at 763-270-8604, or visit The website is updated weekly. Cost for attendance is $10 at the door; $5 online. A select amount of free tickets will be offered soon through promotions, giveaways, exhibitor passes and more. So much good energy going on here! To Your Best Life,

Jackie Flaherty, Publisher

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newsbriefs CranioSacral Therapist Joins Natural Smiles Dental Care


atural Smiles Dental Care is excited to welcome Jackie Lowe, CranioSacral Therapist and certified lactation educator counselor. CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light Jackie Lowe touch treatment technique focused on releasing restrictions within the craniosacral system. This system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord as well as the attached bones. These areas extend from the bones in the skull, face and mouth all the way down to the tailbone area. An imbalance or restriction within this system can cause sensory, motor and/or neurological dysfunctions.  Anyone can benefit from the therapeutic balancing of CranioSacral Therapy, including adults suffering from headaches, TMJ pain or chronic facial pain, as well as children who are in orthodontics. Oftentimes the primary causes of crowded teeth and malocclusion can relate to improper or inadequate cranial movement. Therefore, treating children who are currently in orthodontic treatment or who have had a history of braces can help their bodies more readily accept the changes being made to their mouths and teeth. As a Lactation Educator Counselor, Lowe is also able to help nursing mothers who are having difficulties with feeding their babies. The birth process itself can sometimes cause infant cranial restrictions which directly affect the proper motions of the tongue, lips and throat. Lowe is able to screen the babies for possible tongue and lip ties which can physically inhibit their ability to latch. Ultimately, she aims for the successful physical, spiritual and emotional bond to occur between mother and baby. She explains, “As a mother, wife and lover of all things holistic and healing, my mission is to provide nourishing support and healing to families so that they may be functioning at their highest levels.”

Natural Smiles Dental Care is an integrative and family dental office that specializes in holistic dental care for the whole family. Owner Dr. Madelyn Pearson and her associate, Dr. Agnes Schindler, are passionate about holistic and biological dentistry which looks at the entire health of the patient and not just the mouth. Location: 4700 Lexington Ave. N, Ste. D, Shoreview. For more information and to make an appointment, call 651483-9800 or visit See ad, page 9.

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newsbriefs Protecting the Great Lakes from a Catastrophic Oil Spill


he case against Line 5, the dual 64-year-old petroleum pipelines running under Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac, has deepened. The question now is whether government officials will do anything about it and end the risk of a catastrophic oil spill affecting a large area of the Great Lakes. A report that surfaced in June revealed that Enbridge, the pipeline owner and operator, has for years routinely violated a legal agreement to properly anchor Line 5 against the swift currents in the Straits. The company tolerated lengthy unsupported spans in violation of the 1953 easement agreement through which the state of Michigan granted Enbridge conditional occupancy of the lakebed. “Enbridge’s willful neglect to properly support Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac is a game changer,” says Liz Kirkwood, executive director of FLOW, a Traverse City-based Great Lakes water law and policy center. She said the state now must apply the law, stop Line 5’s oil flow and hold public hearings as it considers the Canadian company’s application to continue to use the decaying steel infrastructure. Ed Timm, Ph.D., an engineer advising FLOW, notes it is likely that damage to the pipe has already occurred because unsupported spans were not detected and repaired in a timely way by Enbridge. A University of Michigan study found that more than 700 miles of shoreline in Lakes Michigan and Huron and on their islands are potentially vulnerable to damage from an oil release in the Straits. “On June 29, the state’s Pipeline Safety Advisory Board released an analysis of alternatives to Line 5 that fails to examine existing pipeline infrastructure and that is biased toward allowing Line 5 to continue to operate through new oil pipelines and further expand its operations,” says Kirkwood. Enbridge was responsible for the nation’s largest-ever inland oil spill in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River watershed in 2010. There have been at least 29 spills from Line 5 releasing more than 1 million gallons of oil and gas into the environment. Public comments on the study of alternatives to the pipeline can be made at MIPetroleum by Aug. 4. For more information, visit Additional information is also available at the Oil and Water Don’t Mix website,

Eclipse Expo Set for August 12 in Shakopee


he Eclipse Expo, hosted by Laurie Wondra, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on August 12, in Shakopee. A variety of practitioners will be on hand offering readings, energy Laurie Wondra work, helping attendees find their spirit animal totem, and more. Some sessions will be on a walk-in basis; most should be booked online. Wondra, a psychic medium, shaman and energy worker, is the coordinator and hostess for this event. She will be available for scheduled readings which can be reserved online. Special rocks, crystals and other tools of divination will be for sale. Alisha James, owner of High Bun Hippies, will be on hand offering her self-care and all-natural skin products. Other practitioners include Jake Wondra who will help attendees discover their power animal/spirit animal and get connected to them; Ericka M. Hakanson, energy healer, reiki master and a skilled massage therapist with additional training in healing touch and kinesiology will be offering sessions; and Jen Gallager will be sharing information on Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT or Tapping) as a self-help tool to neutralize physical and emotional pain (EFT has been described as acupuncture without the needles). Kayla Michaels, psychic, speaker and teacher, will be available for individual readings. Mariela D’Angel, coach and reiki practitioner, will provide mini education sessions during the day. Two yoga sessions will be offered in the backyard by the pool; bring your own yoga mat, (meditation) pillow and blanket (there will be no materials available). Workshops include: (Hatha)Yoga/ Meditation lesson 1: 10:15-11:15 a.m.; (Hatha)Yoga/Meditation lesson 2: 3:454:45 p.m.; Workshop 1–Being a Powerful Co-creator in Life & Understanding Mind: Noon-12:45 p.m.; Workshop 2–Connecting with the Quantum Energy Field (bring notebook and pen): 2-2:45 p.m. Cost: Free to attend. Cost for sessions vary by practitioner. Private home, 6903 Sussex Ln., Shakopee. For more information, visit


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Conference for Women & Spirituality Moves to Rochester


he 36th annual Women & Spirituality Conference moves to Rochester this year for the first time. The two-day event is scheduled for September 16 and 17, and consists of workshops, discussions, exhibits, dialogue, discovery and celebration. Founded by Cindy Velduisen and hosted by Minnesota State University, Mankato, for 35 years, the conference provides a supportive setting for a dialogue of mutual respect between people from many spiritual and religious traditions. A multi-faith gathering to celebrate diversity, spiritual experience and healing, the weekend events include the conference with a keynote and six workshop selections from 84 offerings with registration in advance and at the door. The conference also includes the following events which are free and open to the public: Exhibit area and Wellness Retreat Room with 90 merchants, nonprofits and healers; La Mese delle Donne art exhibit and show; and Maker’s Space with opportunities to create art with Teaki Garcia. The keynote address, How to Turn Your Faith (whatever faith that may be) Into Action, will be presented by Becca Stevens, author, speaker, priest, social entrepreneur, founder and president of Thistle Farms (, the largest social enterprise in the U.S. run by women survivors. Cost: $75 in advance, $85 at the door; Senior or Student $40 in advance, $50 at the door; One-day pass $45 in advance, $55 at the door. Location: Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Dr. Center SE, Rochester. For a full list of presenters, exhibitors and information, visit WomenAndSpirituality. org. See ad, page 5.

atural Awakenings Twin Cities will host the Your Shining Life Expo, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 8, at the Doubletree Hotel, in St. Louis Park. This day-long event will include exhibitors, a bodywork area featuring an array of workshops, interactive sampling of products and services, hourly giveaways and more. “Feeling so fortunate in what I do—being able to connect with so many fabulous people and businesses promoting personal growth and well-being—who are eco-friendly, forward-thinking, heart-centered and amazing, I felt compelled to create a venue to bring them all together,” says Twin Cities’ Natural Awakenings owner/publisher, Jackie Flaherty. With help from a few friends and other Natural Awakenings publishers, Flaherty decided to create her first event—Your Shining Life Expo: Finding the Tools & Resources to Creating the Life You Want. This experiential-type expo will showcase a wide variety of those businesses and practitioners who support the upliftment of humanity through individual empowerment via healthful, wholesome living, breathing and thinking in every way. The expo will include sponsors; exhibitors; classes/workshops; hourly giveaways; massage, yoga and other forms of bodywork/fitness; samples/giveaways from advertisers/exhibitors; coaches (Life, Health, Nutrition); live music; Write Your Book, the author’s corner including publishers’ resources; tiny home; green products/services; realty; finances; green grave burials; retreat centers; advice on how to podcast or do Facebook Live; and more. For all those who understand the merits and benefits of taking charge of their own well-being, this is an ideal opportunity to connect with all manner of helpful people, modalities, services and products under one roof. Taking it one step further, Flaherty, as producer of the expo, is asking readers for input as to the types of workshops, exhibitors, services and products they would like to see up-close at the event. For practitioners and business owners looking to offer their services and/or products and exhibit, conduct a workshop or participate in a panel discussion, applications are now being accepted. Sponsorships for the event are also available; please ask. Cost: $10/door; $5/online. Location: 1500 Park Place Blvd., Minneapolis. For more information, email or visit See ad, page 21.

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September articles include: Yoga Practice Tips Enhancing Elderhood Healthful Recipes and so much more!

newsbriefs Win Tickets to Renaissance Festival in August


atural Awakenings Twin Cities is giving away tickets to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, in Shakopee. Publisher Jackie Flaherty is holding a drawing for five sets of two tickets to the festival, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., on weekends, from August 19 through October 1, plus Labor Day. The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is an interactive outdoor recreation of a fictional, 16th-century English fantasy kingdom. A variety of events include 16 stages with live entertainment, games and activities, 250 artisan booths, food and beverages. Each weekend has its own theme and there is a wide array of things for children to do. Rules for the Giveaway Drawings for the free tickets will be held randomly throughout August. Each winner will receive a pair of tickets. There will be five pairs of tickets (total of 10 tickets) given away this month to be used at any time during this year’s Minnesota Renaissance Festival. There are three ways to enter: Facebook, Twitter and by mail. Entrants can enter multiple times, but once they’ve won, they cannot win again. 1. Mailed Entrants - Mail your name and address along with a mention of #MNRenFest to Natural Awakenings Magazine, P.O. Box 120052, St. Paul, MN 55112. 2. Facebook - Like the Natural Awakenings Twin Cities Facebook page and create your own comment about #MNRenFest or Like, Share or Post one of the other #MNRenFest comments on the page. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Natural Awakenings comment or another reader’s comment. Each entry will be numbered and a winner will be drawn at random in August. 3. Twitter - Follow @NAtwincities on Twitter and tweet or retweet a message with mention of #MNRenFest during the month of August. Each entry will be numbered and winner(s) will be drawn at random in August. Winners will be contacted via a private message on Facebook or Twitter, depending on how they entered the contest. People who enter through the mail will be sent their tickets immediately if they are selected. For contest questions, contact Jackie Flaherty. Location: Renaissance Festival Grounds, 12364 Chestnut Blvd., Shakopee. Free parking. For more information, call 952-445-7361 or visit See ad, page 23.

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UMN Renames Centers in Honor of Earl E. Bakken


he University of Minnesota announced that it has renamed two health-focused interdisciplinary centers in honor of Earl E. Bakken, in recognition of his support of the university and his field-shaping legacy. The centers will now be called the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center and the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing. “Renaming these centers is our way of honoring the spirit Earl E. Bakken of discovery and innovation that Earl Bakken has instilled in everyone he has encountered through his work at the university,” states Eric Kaler, president of the University of Minnesota. “He has been an inspiration to our faculty, staff and students and his efforts have helped us become leaders in finding new ways to promote health and healing in the communities we serve.” Both interdisciplinary centers break the mold in exploring new ideas and fostering innovation. Bakken has a unique appreciation for both the art and science of health care as demonstrated by his long-standing support for the university’s Center for Spirituality & Healing, focused on research, outreach and education of integrative health and well-being. The center launched the nation’s first master’s degree in health coaching, conducts pioneering research, consults with healthcare systems on care model innovation and supports corporate and community-based organizations advancing health and well-being programming. Bakken was an early mentor for the center’s founder and director, Mary Jo Kreitzer, and he continues to be a strong advocate for integrative approaches to health and healing. “Mr. Bakken is one of our most illustrious and accomplished alumni, and his work has a continuing impact on millions of people daily around the world,” Kreitzer explains. “He has inspired us to think bigger, to try to fulfill the immense potential we have to improve the health and well-being of people and communities around the world.” The new names for these centers will take effect immediately as a tribute to Bakken’s legacy, his ongoing mentorship of faculty and students and his support of the university. For more information, visit


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Sufficient Sleep Supports Immunity


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study from the University of Washington, in Seattle, tested the relationship of immune system functioning to lack of adequate sleep. To rule out genetic factors, which experts say account for 31 to 55 percent of individual sleep patterns, researchers tested blood samples from 11 pairs of adult identical twins (genetic matches) with differing sleep habits. They found that the immune system was depressed in the twin that slept less. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans are sleeping 1.5 to two hours less than they did 100 years ago, and more than 30 percent of working people average fewer than six hours a night. Dr. Nathanial Watson, lead author and co-director of the university’s Sleep Medicine Center at Harborview Medical Center, observes, “Seven or more hours of sleep is recommended for optimal health.”


Scientists from the University of Oxford and the Chinese Medical Academy studied 500,000 healthy adults in China for seven years, tracking medical records of illnesses and deaths. They found that a 100-gram serving of fruit per day (primarily apples and oranges) reduces the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke by one-third.

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Meditating Raises Spirits More than a Vacation


cientists from the University of California at San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School, in Boston, tested the effect of vacations and meditation on the genes of 64 women between the ages of 30 and 60 that were novice meditators. They all spent six days at the same resort in California. Half participated in a meditation program that included yoga, self-reflection exercises and mantra meditation; the other half did not engage in onsite meditation. The researchers also studied a group of 30 experienced meditators already participating in the resort’s meditation program. Blood sample tests and surveys from all 94 women were conducted at intervals: once right before their stay, once right after, a third one month post-vacation and then 10 months after the trip. All the women displayed significant changes to their molecular network pattern after the six days, with the most substantial genetic changes related to immune function and stress response. One month after the resort experience, all groups continued to display improvements. However, the novice meditators showed fewer symptoms of depression and stress for a significantly longer period than the women not participating in the meditation exercise.

globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Accepted Misfits

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Sea Mammals Freed from Showtime The California Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement Act, sponsored by Congressman Adam Schiff, is aimed to end the famous SeaWorld orca shows. “It means no more wild capture, no more breeding. We would essentially phase out the captive orcas that are currently in these water parks,” says Schiff. This means that SeaWorld must end their Shamu shows by the end of this year. However, the animals already at the San Diego park will continue to live there. Parks in Orlando and San Antonio will end their shows by 2019. Under pressure from activists and faced with declining ticket sales, SeaWorld is now moving to end its theatrical orca shows and breeding program. They announced the unveiling of a new attraction this summer, Orca Encounter, as an educational experience. Gabriela Cowperthwaite, director of the documentary film Blackfish, says that the new show is designed to make the audience feel better, not the animals. “The trainers aren’t safe, and the whales aren’t happy,” she states. “They’re still just doing manic circles around concrete swimming pools.” The company is developing its first SeaWorld park without orcas in the Middle-Eastern country of Abu Dhabi.

Due to customer requests and petitions, more stores are beginning to stock the one in five pieces of produce that never made the cut before due to quirky shapes or other blemishes. Often, these are displayed next to their better-looking, more expensive counterparts to give consumers an eco-friendly choice. The 133 billion pounds worth of misshapen or scarred fruits and vegetables annually plowed under, buried in a landfill or fed to livestock is sharply at odds with the reality that 48 million Americans face food insecurity. Whole Foods Market created a pilot program in some of its California stores, testing sales in April 2016 with Imperfect Produce (, a service that delivers to homes. Walmart brought weatherblemished apples to 300 of its Florida stores to kick off their imperfect role in the movement. Five Pittsburgh Giant Eagle stores call their program Produce with Personality, and focus on navel oranges, russet potatoes, peppers and apples. Fourteen Hannaford stores in Albany, New York, offer the Misfits line, while donating unsold produce to local nonprofits. Hy-Vee’s 242 stores, located in eight central states, rolled out the Misfits last December.



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Urban Planning Goes Green Early American developers of Washington, D.C., and Savannah, Georgia, strived to recreate the plans of European cities that offered plenty of public squares and parks. Subsequent high-rise apartments in most other U.S. cities that followed lacked certain elements of neighborhood cohesion, as documented in Zane Miller’s book








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The Urbanization of Modern America. In Boston, Baltimore, New York City and elsewhere, waterfront revitalizations launched in the 1980s helped improve conditions, making use of nature-oriented ideas that are still trending upward. Urban Hub describes how regions like Silicon Valley, in California, and Boston’s Route 128 corridor continue to enjoy mutually beneficial relationships with Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. The concept promotes pedestrianization programs and incentives that increase bike-friendliness, multimodal public transportation such as peoplemover sidewalks and car sharing, plus off-hour, no-driving and park-and-ride policies. Join the social media conversation at The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released updated standards on how state agencies should measure mass transit, biking and walking volumes ( States will assess impacts on carbon emissions by tracking walkers, bikers and transit users instead of just comparing rush-hour travel times to freeflowing traffic conditions, which favors highway spending alone. The Big Jump Project at PeopleFor rates areas for bike friendliness and taps ideas aimed to increase biking networks. To date, they cover Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Fort Collins, Colorado; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tennessee; New Orleans; New York City; Providence, Rhode Island; Portland, Oregon; and Tucson. The nonprofit Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (, encompassing 400 businesses and organizations, is pioneering a Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) retrofit program. The city water department is collaborating on Green City Clean Water’s plan to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency clean water regulations and foster rain gardens, green roofs and porous pavements. “We help engineer nature back into cities,” says Anna Shipp, interim executive director and GSI manager. “Socially responsible, replicable and environmentally conscious initiatives and policies catalyze local economies and benefit water, air, aesthetics and people’s emotions.”


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Our body does not store vitamin C, so we need at least 2,000 milligrams daily to maintain good health. A study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that vitamin C can reduce damage caused by sleep apnea. High-content foods include bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwi fruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas and papayas.

4 Get a Good Night’s Sleep Five Solutions for Sleep Apnea by Lloyd Jenkins


n estimated 18 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of sleep apnea. From the Greek expression for “want of breath,” sleep apnea causes cessation of breathing during the night. Bouts usually last from 10 to 30 seconds and can occur from just a few times to several hundred. The main cause is the throat muscles becoming too relaxed during sleep and constricting the airway. Two out of four people with the condition do not even realize they are sleep deprived due to apnea, and thus are at greater risk of suffering from both short-term ailments such as migraines or extreme fatigue, and long-term effects that include stroke and heart disease.


Lose Weight via Diet and Exercise Most people find the problem clears up or is greatly improved when they lose weight. One of the easiest and healthiest ways is eating only fruit from morning until noon, and then eating healthy, nutritious meals for lunch and dinner. Avoid processed, sugar-laden and deep-fried foods. Exercise at least four times a week. Doing moderate exercise for just 40 minutes has been shown to significantly reduce sleep apnea (Sleep journal). Use a

medicine ball to follow a trainer tutorial at A mini-trampoline also offers a safe and effective workout. A brisk 20-to-30-minute daily walk is a must for better sleep.


Sleep on Either Side Lying on the back encourages throat muscles to close up and the tongue to fall toward the back of the throat. Shifting onto one side reduces this discomfort and potential apnea episodes. Using one pillow beneath the head allows the neck to rest at a more natural angle, rather than pushing the chin toward the chest, which restricts the airway.


Vitamins D and C Almost everyone is deficient in vitamin D, even many in sunny regions, reports Dr. Joseph Mercola in his report, The Amazing Wonder Nutrient. Wisely managed sun exposure supplies vitamin D—no more than 20 minutes a day, 10 minutes on each side—without suntan lotion. Alternatively, a high-dose of a quality vitamin D supplement measuring 5,000 international units is adequate, but always take it along with vitamin K2, which helps the body process calcium properly to avoid overdose problems.

Magnesium, the Master Mineral From 70 to 80 percent of mankind is deficient in magnesium, which has been connected with prevention of degenerative diseases and mental health and is often the missing mineral in an individual’s wellness equation, according to Enviromedica’s Ancient Minerals. It also regulates muscle function, including those in the upper throat involved with apnea. Organic foods and farmers’ market offerings may have higher levels of magnesium, especially those packed with green chlorophyll. Liquid chlorophyll is available in most health stores. Start by drinking one glass (250 milliliters) per day for a week, and then take two tablespoons daily. Spinach, chard, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, kefir, almonds, black beans, avocados, figs, bananas and dark chocolate (avoid brands with white sugar) are good sources.


Helpful Natural Medicines n Just before bedtime, consume one teaspoon of olive oil (or organic honey) combined with three drops of lavender essential oil. n Supplement with serotonin precursor 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), which complements magnesium. n One of the best pure sources of omega-3—a top remedy for sleep apnea by protecting cells from stress—is krill oil (Alternative Medicine Review). Sleep apnea causes long-term oxidative stress and puts severe demands on the body, which is thought to deplete omega-3 levels. Lloyd Jenkins is a certified naturopath native to Canada and owner of the Budwig Cancer Clinic, in Malaga, Spain. He’s the author of seven books and many articles on treating common diseases using natural therapies.

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LIVE CANCER-FREE Natural Ways to Prevent and Heal Cancer by Linda Sechrist


ictorious warriors against cancer are speaking to other patients about their journeys of recovery and healing. Two who regularly speak to physicians, as well, are Glenn Sabin, author of n of 1: One Man’s Harvarddocumented Remission of Incurable Cancer Using Only Natural Methods, and Kathy Mydlach-Bero, author of EAT: An Unconventional Decade in the Life of a Cancer Patient. Their stories demonstrate the healing effectiveness of healthy lifestyle measures still widely categorized as prevention.

Whole Life Triumphs

Determined to become free of the chronic lymphocytic leukemia that had defined his life for 20 years, Sabin, who lives near Washington, D.C., appointed himself the subject of his own research experiment. He subsequently became a poster child for the remedial synergy of biological individuality, a whole systems approach to integrative oncology and self-induced healing through lifestyle and supplement interventions. 14

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Sabin now dedicates his business development firm, FON Consulting, to advancing integrative medicine as the new standard of care. His mission is to open minds to the idea that knowledge, empowerment and self-efficacy are our best allies against a life-limiting diagnosis, and we can do much to help the healing process. Writing to Joe Biden regarding the vice president’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, he candidly describes America’s present cancer-friendly environment. “The public has become conditioned to existing in a broken food chain that remains in disrepair due to misguided farming subsidies [and] untested or otherwise questionable chemicals (many of which are banned in other countries) that are present in the water we drink, the air we breathe, food we consume and products we use. Current therapies or those in the drug pipeline won’t improve the 50/50 odds of developing cancer. What will have the greatest impact are consumer education toward powerful lifestyle changes and access to

Avastin, a pharmaceutical created to combat harmful growth of new blood cells, and the benefits of growing and eating foods containing angiogenesisinhibiting compounds that oppose such growth and so work to prevent, improve and avert recurrences of chronic disease. “Cancer hijacks the angiogenesis process triggered by inflammation and keeps it permanently activated to ensure that cancerous cells receive a dedicated, uninterrupted blood supply,” explains Mydlach-Bero. For three years, she largely consumed only items from the list of angiogenesis-inhibiting foods now posted at These include green tea, strawberries, blackberries, red tart cherries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, cinnamon, purple potatoes, kale, grape seed oil and pomegranate. In 2008, she completely replaced both the drugs to combat the side effects of chemo and radiation and a long-term medication for preventing recurrence with healthful foods. Her physicians were admittedly uncomfortable with her decision to combine chemotherapy and radiation treatments with “food as medicine”,


the building blocks of basic health.” Mydlach-Bero made her remarkable recovery from rare and unrelated aggressive Stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer and a high-grade tumor in her head and neck. To tell her story, the resident of Delafield, Wisconsin, relied on her 18 journals as a surrogate memory to chronicle a 10-year journey of courageous exploration, self-evolution, self-advocacy and self-transformation that connected her with her healing potential. Then the mother of two young daughters, Mydlach-Bero rejected a 21-month prognosis in 2005, along with the notion that disease and medicine would determine her fate. Defying the odds, she applied what she learned from research regarding

reiki, prayer, meditation, mindfulness and supplement intervention. But that didn’t deter her. To awaken others to the practicality of food as medicine, she founded NuGenesis Farm, in Pewaukee, a nonprofit modeled after her home practice.

Prevention is Paramount

Pioneering physicians and researchers agree with Sabin and Myldach-Bero that comprehensive prevention, the key to solving the cancer epidemic, is missing from conventional medicine. Leading voices include Dr. Andrew Weil, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Arizona (AzCIM), in Tucson; Dr. Carlos M. Garcia, founder of Utopia Wellness, near Tampa, Florida; advocate Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., founder of, in Richboro, Pennsylvania; and Ajay Goel, Ph.D., director of the Center for Epigenetics, Cancer Prevention and Cancer Genomics at Baylor University Medical Center’s Research Institute, in Dallas. Weil pioneered the earliest efforts to develop a comprehensive curriculum in evidence-based integrative medicine and the field of integrative oncology.

We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. ~Andrew Weil “We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. Since 2012 scientific evidence has proven that a healthy lifestyle and an anti-inflammatory diet can influence various cancers,” says Weil. His curriculum for health professionals and the general public was the first to cite the role of a nutrient-rich, anti-inflammatory diet in cancer prevention and treatment. “Health professionals graduate armed with a better understanding of the complex interactions between cancer, gut microbiome and nutrition,” advises Weil, whose paradigm inspires his chain of True Food Kitchen restaurants. It includes lots of fruits and vegetables, moderate amounts of whole or cracked grains, al dente pasta, healthy fats and plant-based proteins from legumes, nuts and seafood as well as poultry and lean, antibiotic-free grass-

fed meats, cheese and eggs. Plus, he likes white, green and oolong teas, fresh herbs and spices, up to two glasses of red wine a day (less for women; possibly none for those at high-risk for breast cancer), and dark chocolate for antioxidant polyphenols. Integrative Oncology, authored by Weil and Dr. Donald I. Abrams, an integrative oncologist, is mandatory reading for AzCIM students that learn to use complementary interventions in prevention and conventional cancer care. Subjects such as antioxidants, cannabinoids, energy medicine, mindbody medicine, music and expressive art therapies are covered, as well as naturopathic oncology, plus the roles that community and spirituality play in prevention and treatment. Goel’s 20-year career in cancer prevention research has produced a wealth of related articles. Among his findings, he advises, “Curcumin, a yellow compound extracted from turmeric, has become a gold standard for prevention and the natural treatment of many chronic health conditions, including colon cancer. It targets cancer stem cells, disrupts cancer cell communication, triggers




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cancer cell death and helps to prevent cancerous mutations to cells. It’s also been shown to improve the efficacy of conventional treatments including fewer adverse effects.” He recommends only taking turmeric products with BCM-95 percent active curcuminoids.

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Considering each individual’s biological individuality as a Petri dish, Garcia’s studies help achieve an anti-cancer life. He advises, “There is no ‘one size fits all’ medical protocol box for cancer treatment. Customized modifications to lifestyle and diet are required because food nutrients directly impact the mechanisms by which cancer cells grow and spread. The right nutrition can reverse a compromised immune system, which research shows is a major contributor to the development of cancer.” Whether for improvement or prevention, Garcia’s patient protocols always begin with a comprehensive evaluation appointment to learn about the individual he is treating. For cancer patients, his two-phase, eight-week program involves immune-enhancing


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therapies followed by immunotherapy aimed to de-cloak the camouflaged protein coating of wily cancer cells so the body’s immune system can identify and destroy them.

Mind/Body Detox

To maintain good health, Judy Seeger, a doctor of naturopathy near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recommends a regular detoxification regimen to cleanse environmental and product toxins and toxic emotions. Through experience, she has learned that individuals living with cancer need to substantially support their abnormally functioning elimination system to rid it of dead pro-

teins from destroyed cancer cells and chemotherapy drugs that are overtaxing the immune system. “Clearing out toxic, stressful emotions that produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environment for cancer to propagate is essential,” says Seeger. “Fulfilling the body’s requirement for an ongoing healthy nutritional plan that maintains a healing alkaline environment reduces both the risk of a cancer as well as recurrence.” She has observed that when an individual’s healing process has stalled despite their doing all the right things to improve their biochemistry, it’s frequently because they haven’t done an emotional detox and lack feeling a spiritual connection to something larger than themselves. Silberstein categorizes cancer as epidemic. She speaks regularly regarding preventing cancer and its recurrence at medical and nursing schools, continuing oncology nursing education programs and universities. “What is needed more than new treatment research is public education regarding the true causes of cancer and continuing education credits in lifestyle training for medical profes-

sionals,” she says. Silberstein’s nonprofit organization provides online holistic cancer coach training for health professionals as well as research-based education and counseling on how to prevent, cope with and beat cancer through immune-boosting holistic approaches. The list of books authored by cancer survivors continues to grow, offering helpful insight into how individuals are negotiating the challenges of their healing journey. Two recent books, Surviving the Storm: A Workbook for Telling Your Cancer Story, by Psychotherapist Cheryl Krauter, and Cancer Survivorship Coping Tools: We’ll Get You Through This, by Barbara Tako, are particularly helpful regarding the onslaught of toxic feelings and emotions that stress the mind and body—fear, anger, isolation, anxiety, depression and uncertainty, as well as loss and grief. Emphasizing the need for individuals diagnosed with cancer to tell their stories, the authors encourage keeping a journal. The act of getting thoughts and experiences out of the mind and onto paper supports emotional cleansing. “It’s important to share the real story of the emotional storm that is cancer, as

well as the ravages of its treatments and invisible, but lingering side effects; to tell the tale of the cancer survivor who is moving from patient to person; and to explore and discover who you are after having faced down your mortality,” Krauter counsels.

Changed Paradigm

Results of the Human Genome Project, as well as the work of Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., stem cell biologist and author of The Biology of Belief, and other epigenetic researchers support the point that “environmental signals” that directly affect our DNA expression include our thoughts, emotions, belief system, exposure to sunlight, exercise and everything we put into our body. Such new science shatters the idea that we are victims of our genes and environment. It shines light on the fact that we have tremendous power to shape and direct our own physical health. Our entire lifestyle is pivotal. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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t a time when autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects 3.5 million Americans, Kenneth Bock, M.D., has two reassuring convictions about this modern epidemic: It’s never too late to treat ASD, and you may not need psychotropic drugs to do it. Known worldwide for his work with ASD, Bock uses an individualized, multifaceted approach with his patients, favoring a blend of nuanced, natural treatments like metabolic balancing, dietary modification, gastrointestinal restoration, immune system regulation and the elimination of environmental toxins. In his recent book, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies, he explains his biomedical approach and why it’s effective, even in teens and adults. Treating Underlying Problems Bock has treated many older teens whose behavior significantly improved after he got them on the right medications, or off multiple medications, in order to address the underlying factors contributing to their autism symptoms. Bock’s treatment regimen always begins with a thorough physical assessment. He believes every teen and


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young adult deserves to be looked at from a biomedical approach. “We look at each person as an individual and figure out what’s the proper diet for this person, what are the proper targeted nutrients, whether they have an issue with heavy metals and chemicals—many do—and whether they need to be detoxified,” he says. They may need nutrients to help with detoxification and metabolism, like glutathione or N-acetyl cysteine (NAC). Also promising are sulforaphanes, compounds found in cruciferous vegetables. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, researchers at Johns Hopkins found that sulforaphanes reduced the symptoms of ASD in people ages 13 to 27. Autism Subtypes While psychotropic medications might serve a purpose early on and may be needed long term, he says, ultimately the practitioner needs to address the underlying problems contributing to the symptoms. In order to know which physiological areas to treat and in what order, Bock identifies each ASD patient by subtype: gut-brain axis issues; immune system issues (immune deficiencies, recurring infections and hyperimmune reactiv-

ity, including allergies and autoimmunity); inflammation (often in the gut and brain); nutritional deficiencies or imbalances; hormonal issues, including thyroid or adrenal imbalances; and metabolic imbalances (such as methylation issues). “Some of these kids are hugely constipated, have abdominal pain or have diarrhea, and those symptoms may cause behaviors that are said to be autistic. If they have acid reflux and they’re in pain, and all you do is attribute the pain to them being autistic and acting out, it’s really a shame. Because if you give them medicine for reflux or give them a diet and nutrients that can heal the lining of the upper GI tract, the behaviors can disappear without psychotropic medications. I’ve seen that many times.” Bock’s practice in Red Hook, New York offers a variety of antiinflammatory treatments, including a diet that eliminates gluten (found in many grains) and casein (found in dairy). “Sometimes removing those makes a huge difference,” he says. He also prescribes nutrients with anti-inflammatory properties, such as vitamin D, probiotics, curcumin and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as certain herbs. Reversing ASD The goal is not to “cure” ASD, but rather to reverse it, so the patient recovers as much function as possible. Early intervention is best, he adds, and fortunately pediatricians now have tools enabling them to spot red flags for ASD in children as young as 6 months to a year old. He recommends starting biomedical evaluation and treatment in addition to behavioral therapies as soon as there are clues that a child might have an autismrelated issue. “Sometimes we’re very successful, other times we’re moderately so—and sometimes not,” Bock says. “But I’d say the vast majority of people we see, including adults, show improvement.” Kenneth Bock, M.D., sees patients from around the world and consults with physicians, companies and institutions, as well as patients and their families. To learn more, visit

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 Crystal Healing Sessions – 7-8:15pm. A combination of energetic healing modalities like reiki, sonic vibration, crystals and meditation to create a hypnotically soothing experience to reset your mind and rekindle your spirit. $35. Tula Yoga & Wellness, 99 Snelling Ave N, St Paul. Drumming Circle – 7-8:30pm. Drumming circle with the sacred Buffalo Drum led by Laurie Wondra. Bring a drum or use one provided. Join us for this magical night of drumming. No registration or experience required. $10. Lake Harriet Spiritual Center, 4401 Upton Ave, Minneapolis.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 Brew Your Own Kombucha Workshop – 9-10am. Learn how to make the tasty drink and leave with detailed instructions and a “Scoby” (that’s a starter) to start your own home brewing, as well as a bottle that you make at the workshop to drink later. $25. Blissful Balance, 6861 Upper Afton Rd, #103, Woodbury. Massage Basics – 10am-5pm. Designed for people who are considering a career in massage and bodywork, or for those who would like to learn a simple and safe massage sequence to practice on family and friends. Learn a variety of basic massage techniques for the head, neck, back, arms and legs. $75.. CenterPoint Massage & Shiatsu Therapy School & Clinic, 5300 W 35 St, St Louis Park. Metaphysical Swap Meet – Noon-6pm. We are opening up our space for a swap meet for our friends that have metaphysical items that need to find new homes. Items can be for sale or trade. $5 for a table. Limited table space. Please email to reserve Info@ Enchanted Awakenings, 2020 County Rd F East, White Bear Lake.


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Mindfulness Meditation Retreat – 1-5pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to further your understanding of mindfulness or inspire a daily practice. This half-day practice period invites you to intentionally step away from daily routines and the busyness of everyday life for the purpose of renewal. $49. Mayo Meditation Space, Mayo Memorial Bldg, 3rd Fl, 420 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis.

Enchanted Expo – 10am-8pm. Over 25 vendors, readers and healers. Services ranging from tarot readings to reiki healings. Free lectures. $5. Best Western White Bear Country Inn, 4940 Hwy 61 N, White Bear Lake.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 15 Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga – 10am-noon. Enjoy two hours floating on the open water, touring the Lake Minnetonka Shoreline. After spending some time acclimating to the water and getting steady on your board, Kristi will guide you through a playful yoga practice. No need to have any Paddle board experience. $60. Spirit of the Lake Yoga & Wellness, 244 Water St, 2nd Fl, Excelsior.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16 Environment & Sustainability Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Join the Environment & Sustainability Committee at its monthly meeting, always open to the public. Free. For more information, contact Jamie Long at Linden Hills Recreation Center, 3100 W 43rd St, Minneapolis.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18 Introduction to Mudras – 6-7pm. Mudras are simply yoga with your hands. These hand gestures can be done with yoga poses, pranayama and meditation or on their own. They channel life force energy that can be used for healing, balance and stress reduction. $20.

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failures are people that did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. ~Thomas A. Edison

Green Lotus Yoga, 750 Main St, #100, Mendota Hts., An Evening with the Archangels and Ascended Masters with Nea Clare – 7-9pm. Messages will be given that are appropriate for those attending. Personal guides may also respond. Time will be allotted for questions and answers. $30. Contact Nea for more information at 612-227-3854 or of the Valley, 4011 W Hwy 13, Savage. Circle of Light - Energy Circle, Intuitive Readings & Group Event – 7-9pm. Laurie Wondra delivers messages from angels, guides, and loved ones who have crossed over. She will give pointers about raising your vibration frequency to connect with your intuition, plus how and why our energy is affected by the world around us. $20. Lake Harriet Spiritual Center, 4401 Upton Ave. Minneapolis.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 How to Write to an Angel – 10am-noon. Everyone has angels who belong to them. Find out who yours are and begin a conversation. This workshop gives you a simple, accessible way to find loving answers to your most pressing personal questions by using pen and paper and an open heart. $35 incl. book. Private Home, 28 Benhill Rd, St Paul.

plan ahead WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Discover Past Lives, Dreams, and Soul Travel – 7-8:30pm. Class also meets 9/13, 9/20, 9/27. Explore past lives, dreams, and Soul Travel for more freedom and guidance in your life. Free. 952-380-2200. Eckankar, 7450 Powers Blvd, Chanhassen.


Community HU Song – 10-10:30am. In our fast-paced world, are you looking to find more inner peace? Experience the divine love and inner peace of chanting HU, a sacred name for God. Free. 952-380-2200. Eckankar, 7450 Powers Blvd, Chanhassen.



Total Solar Eclipse – 11am-5pm. A total lunar eclipse crosses the country. Beginning at 11:43am and ending at 2:29pm is the first total solar eclipse visible from the United States since 1979, and the first eclipse to sweep the entire nation in 99 years. Minnesota won’t lose the sun completely; 84% of the eclipse will be visible.

The Energy Fair – Hundreds of workshops and exhibits are open to the public. Keynote speakers, music, family friendly, local food, beer and more. Free. Harriet Island Park, 200 Dr Justus Ohage Blvd, St Paul.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24 DIY Kit Club – Hand Soap – 6-7pm. Make your own homemade hand soap using natural ingredients and your favorite essential oil combos. Class kit includes all of the ingredients you need. $10 (includes DIY kit). Mazopiya Natural Food Market, 2571 Credit Union Dr, Prior Lake.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 Mantras: The Sacred Formulas – 6:30-8:30pm. Chanting, mediation and mantras are a wonderful combination to take the inward journey as taken by many sages and seers for liberation and achieving higher goals. $40. Tula Yoga & Wellness, 99 Snelling Ave N, St Paul.

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Introduction to Yoga Nidra – 2-5pm. Yoga Nidra is an ancient practice which allows us to understand the psychology of sleep, the one who sleeps and the one who witnesses deep sleep. $65. Tula Yoga & Wellness, 99 Snelling Ave N, St Paul.

4th Rock the Green Sustainability Festival – 2-11pm. World class music, eco-education, zero waste & local food. This year’s lineup includes Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Barns Courtney, Mondo Cozmo and more. $50/General admission; $100/VIP. Kids 10 & under free. Reed Street Yards, S 3rd St & Freshwater Way, Milwaukee. More info and purchase tickets:


Women, Wine & Chocolate – 6:30-8:30pm. Why does this keep happening to me? Whether it’s headaches, weight gain or hair loss, stress affects us all. Come destress, relax and share about the stressors in your life. Learn from others who may be going through the same things. $10. Awakened Living, 3601 Minnesota Dr, #825, Bloomington. 952-452-8583.


Open Streets Franklin – 11am-5pm. Explore your neighborhood and local businesses as you bike, walk or roll on streets closed to vehicle traffic and opened up to community. Seward Co-op, 2823 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16-17 Women & Spirituality Conference – This two-day conference and consists of workshops, discussions, exhibits, dialogue, discovery and celebration.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 John Edward Live Event – 3-5pm. A John Edward “group” event is reading intensive. There will be question and answer sessions and messages from the other side. $100 and $175 VIP tickets (limited). Minneapolis Airport Marriott, 2020 American Blvd E, Minneapolis.

OCTOBER 6-8 Midwest Women’s Herbal: Mycelium Mysteries: A Women’s Mushroom Retreat – Oct 6-8. Eugenia Bone, author and food journalist, will make the keynote address, “Mycophilia.” Other presenters: Sue Van Hook, Mara Penfil, Linda Conroy, Sarah Foltz and Carla Kramer. Retreat will focus on understanding fungi as the grandmothers of our ecosystems, with workshops at beginner through advanced levels. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info and registration:



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sunday Gentle Flow Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Allows students of all levels to flow at a slower pace. Incorporating intentional movements paired with breath work to promote relaxation and re-connection of the mind and body. $18. Healing Elements, 2290 Como Ave, St. Paul. 651-348-6216.

monday Lovingkindness Meditation Practice – 6-7pm. Through ancient, gentle and gradual practices, we learn to let go of fear and ill-will and to open our hearts to ourselves and to others, known and unknown. Our time together will include instruction, guided meditation and discussion. Donation based. River Garden, 455 7th St W, St Paul. Silent Meditation – 7-8pm. Meditators of all levels and approaches are welcome. A few grounding and centering exercises are offered to begin. Sign up in the foyer at the Center, contact the facilitator, Ingela at, or call the center between 11am-3pm T-Th (office hours). Donation based. Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center, 4011 W Hwy 13, Savage.

tuesday Weekly Guided & Silent Meditation – 11-11:30am. Led by a Prayer Chaplain in the Meditation Room, this meditation is the same one going on concurrently at Unity Village. It alternates affirmative prayer and silence. Donation based. Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center, 4011 W Hwy 13, Savage. Stress Busters Meditation – Noon-1pm. Join us when you can for a free meditation at the University of MN. Mayo Building, Third Fl. Meditation Space, Minneapolis. Hand Drum for Beginners – 5:30-6:30pm. Participants will learn hand drum technique using West African Drums. No need to own a drum; the center has plenty to share, but some drumming experience needed such as Intro to Hand Drum. $10. Women’s Drum Center, 2242 University Ave W, St Paul.



Nia Dance – 5:30-6:30pm. Calling all the movers and shakers out there! Let’s dance in community and have some fun! Dance at your own pace and level of comfort. Led by Nia dance teacher Jody Polson. Please bring a water bottle and a yoga mat or beach towel for cool-down and dress comfortably. Love offering. Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center, 4011 W Hwy 13, Savage.

Free Qigong Practice Session – 6-7:30pm. Rhonda Battisto leads practices of self-healing and empowerment every week. A healing meditation follows gentle guided healing movements. Donations accepted yet never expected. Peace of Mind Early Education Center, 9025 Tamarack Rd, Woodbury. Introductory Presentations on the Transcendental Meditation Program – 6:30-8pm. Transcendental Meditation is easy to learn and offers a lifetime of benefits for health, well-being and development of the human potential. Free. Twin Cities TM Center, 5215 Edina Industrial Blvd, #300, Edina. “What is…” Series – 6:30-7:30pm. This free weekly series has a new topic and speaker each week. Visit the website for updated information. Free. Psinergy Natural Health, 1553 Como Ave, St Paul. Weekly Meditation – 7-8pm. This facilitated group meditation is offered each week with its own meditative focus: Chanting, HeartMath, Shamanic Drumming, Hope Wednesdays with the Y.O.U. and the Healing Drum Circle. Donation based. Unity North Spiritual Center, 11499 Martin Street NW, Coon Rapids.

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thursday Hatha for Everyone – 6-7pm. Everyone is welcome to this weekly drop-in class. All levels. Relieve stress, achy joints, improve balance at all levels and increase your sense of well-being. $10. Meditation Center, 631 University Ave NE, Minneapolis. Free Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Join us for a free weekly meditation. Sahaja Yoga Meditation, Eden Prairie City Hall, 8080 Mitchell Rd, Eden Prairie. Contact or 651-730-2078.

friday Gentle Yoga for Every Body – 10:30am-noon. A welcoming environment for students of all shapes and sizes. $15 drop-in. River Garden Yoga, 455 W 7th St, St. Paul.


makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~Melody Beattie

Drop-in Meditation – 5:15-6pm. A guided meditation presented through the lens of a Wisdom Practice (gratitude, compassion, and inquiry). $20 (or donation). Aslan Institute, 4141 Old Sibley Memorial Hwy, Eagan.

saturday Cardio Fitness Drumming – 8-8:30am. Burn calories in a fun way with this full-body workout that doesn’t feel like a workout. Free. Nutrition Hub, 7880 University Ave NE, Fridley. Text or call to reserve your spot. 612-787-2582.

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BREAST HEALTH AROMATHERAPY NATURE’S WAY Healthy Girls’ Breast Oil Joyce Sobotta • 715-878-4474

Healthy Girls’ Breast Oil when applied with a self-breast massage helps to balance, detoxify, soften breast tissue, improve lymphatic circulation and stimulate the immune system. Improved circulation helps your entire body! See ad, page 22.


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Una Forde, DC International Village Arcade Building 220 West 98th St, Suite 7, Bloomington 952-922-1478 Improved brain function can relieve symptoms like headache and fatigue and allow for better concentration and balance. Over 25 years of chiropractic experience. Quality, holistic care.


420 Delaware Street S.E. Minneapolis, 612-624-9459 • The University of Minne

sota’s Center for Spirituality & Healing offers academic courses, a master’s degree in integrative health and wellbeing coaching, and various lectures and community classes - including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindful Self-Compassion, and Inspired Cooking for Healthy Lives.

DENTIST HEALTH CENTERED DENTISTRY N7915-902 St River Falls, WI • 715-426-7777

Whole Person Dentistry observes and deals with the mind, body and spirit, not just your teeth. This approach to dentistry encompasses both modern science and knowledge drawn from the world’s great traditions in natural healing.


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Quality chiropractic care. Experience holistic healing and gentle chiropractic adjustments that allow the nervous system to relieve such symptoms as headache, back, neck pain and numbness which allow your body to return to a state of balance and well-being. 25 years’ experience.

NATURAL SMILES DENTAL CARE 4700 Lexington Ave N, Suite D Shoreview 651-483-9800

We’re an integrative practice committed to promoting dental wellness and overall assistance to the whole person. We desire to participate in the creation of healthier lives, while being sensitive to physical, philosophical, emotional and financial concerns. See ad, page 9.

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Dr. Amy Ha Truong 6230 10th St. N., Ste 520, Oakdale 651-731-3064 • Pure Dental offers integrative, holistic, alternative and biological dentistry for your dental health. We take pride in providing quality, holistic dental care and service for our patients. See ad, page 22.

QUANTUM TOUCH ENERGY HEALING Camille Bernards Certified Quantum Touch Practitioner 11417 NW Hanson Blvd, #101, Coon Rapids 612-599-1931 •

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Frank DiCristina Minneapolis • 612-384-1334 Frank DiCristina, Environmental Consultant, frequently lectures on dowsing of the earth energies and their potential biological impact on our health. He also consults with the general public and working professionals about how to create healthy, healing homes and workplaces.


Master Hong Certified Emotion Code Practitioner 9672 63rd Ave N, Maple Grove 763-208-4246 or 914-708-9463 Chronic pain? Suffering from emotions? Relationship problems? Life not going as planned? The Emotion Code is a tool I use to help you break through any emotional and spiritual blocks so you can live your best life. Trial session only $35.


Quantum Touch is a method of natural healing that works with your body energy to promote optimal wellness. It can reduce pain, stress, inflammation - whatever your body needs. The energy goes to where it’s needed most. New client special, $50.




1526 St Clair Ave, St Paul • 651-690-1692

Mastel’s Health Foods is Minnesota’s oldest health and wellness store. We carry a full line of vitamins, minerals, supplements, herbs and more. We emphasize organic, biodynamic, biodegradable, holistic and hypoallergenic products and pride ourselves on stocking hard-to-find items. See ad, page 20.



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100% pure, quality essential oils and ultrasonic diffusers available on my website. I offer essential oil classes online and in person. Sign up for an essential oil consultation and let me help you create a blend of essential oils that works synergistically for a wide range of health concerns. See ad, page 22.

We carry over 3,500 products for your health and wellness including essential oils and diffusers, bone broth and so much more! We have nutritionists on hand to answer your questions and we offer $10 off with every $50 purchase (excluding food). See ad, page 23.



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Ignite the possibilities of your next project by having Campfire Studio design it! Innovative, fullservice graphic design studio that takes the essence of a campfire—warmth, stories, community—and infuses it into every design project we do.

Annette offers transformation classes and personal sessions that help you and your home align with the highest energy of the universe. Classes will empower you to transform the energy in your home and personal energy field. Personal sessions will help you release karmic patterns, retrieve your soul pieces and align you with your soul purpose. See ad, page 22.

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NORTHWESTERN ACADEMY OF HOMEOPATHY 7104 W. Lake Street, St. Louis Park 763-746-9242 •

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Cindy Miller • 952-334-7657 7362 University Ave, Ste 303, Fridley I offer massage, reiki, aromatherapy, reflexology, hot stone mas-sage and raindrop therapy for healing on all levels; physical, emotional, spiritual. New clients can receive a 60-minute massage for $40. Current/previous clients can ask about other special offers. See ad, page 10.


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MAZOPIYA NATURAL FOOD MARKET 2571 Credit Union Dr, Prior Lake 952-233-9140 •

Offering a variety of natural, organic, and local food and products—with a focus on Native American ven-aking control of your health through dors—Mazopiya is your ticket to healthy living. Stop by our reFresh Bar, grab a to-go meal or sign up for a class today. See ad, page 31.



Nutritional Therapist, Caterer Personal Chef and Educator • 612-239-7525

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