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22 EAT WHEAT AGAIN Eight Ways to Restore Gut Health

24 DON’T OVERFEED FIDO Plus Other Tips to Keep a Dog Cancer-Free

26 10,000 STEPS AND COUNTING Keep Moving to Stay Fit

DEPARTMENTS 5 news briefs 7 book review 8 health briefs 11 global briefs 14 eco tip 15 inspiration 20 healing ways 22 conscious

eating 24 natural pet

8 26 fit body 29 directory

listings 37 ongoing events 38 2018 highlights January 2018



letter from the publishers


he new year offers us an opportunity to make new healthy life choices. We can manage our daily life PUBLISHERS Candi Broeffle Jody Janati stressors by deciding to EDITORS Cheryl Hynes become a more active Randy Kambic piece of the peace. Ram DESIGN & PRODUCTION Sara Shrode Dass states, “Turn your melodrama into a mellow drama.” CONTACT US As new publishers P.O. Box 292 Moose Lake, MN 55767 of Natural Awakenings Ph: 763-270-8604 Twin Cities (NATC), it is our intention for you to live your best SUBSCRIPTIONS life and thrive. We may Subscriptions are available by sending $25 not be able to control the world around us, but we (for 12 issues) to the above address. can control our thinking. Is your mind full or are you mindful? Distress can be moved to a healthy level of eustress when mindfulness is present. In December, we had the privilege to visit the NATIONAL TEAM corporate office in Naples, Florida, to learn more CEO/FOUNDER Sharon Bruckman about our magazine and how we might use it to NATIONAL EDITOR Alison Chabonais Jody Janati Candi Broeffle better serve our readers. The trip reinforced that we MANAGING EDITOR Linda Sechrist made the right decision and we were reinvigorated NATIONAL ART DIRECTOR Stephen Blancett to get everything running smoothly. SR. ART/MKTG. DIRECTOR Steve Hagewood The stressful feelings, accompanied with trying to keep up with everything, have FINANCIAL MANAGER Mary Bruhn been overwhelming at times. We know that the underlying components of stress contain FRANCHISE DIRECTOR Anna Romano feelings of both hurt and worry. Have you noticed that when you are worried and full of FRANCHISE SUPPORT MGR. Heather Gibbs anxiety you are merely thinking of things that haven’t occurred yet? Your thoughts are fo WEBSITE COORDINATOR Rachael Oppy cused on the future rather than on the now and the stress grows. Likewise, when you are NATIONAL ADVERTISING Kara Scofield feeling hurt and angry, you are allowing yourself to relive past events. Focusing on past thoughts can cause a lot of unnecessary tension. Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation Coming back to the present moment and being here now allows you to be more 4933 Tamiami Trail N., Ste. 203 natural and relaxed. One mantra that has worked well for us is, “I am figuring it out.” It Naples, FL 34103 Ph: 239-434-9392 • Fax: 239-434-9513 has kept us grounded and on task. We’ve even chalked up some of our mistakes as “good character building moments” so we can remain calm and centered during the process. In other words, we have learned it is important to be easy on one’s self. Another mindset we have adopted is the shift from “have to” thinking to “choose to” thinking to “get to” thinking. We have realized that we don’t have to do anything. We © 2018 by Natural Awakenings. All rights reserved. chose this path and will continue to choose it each month. Better yet, we have come to see Although some parts of this publication may be that we get to do it. We get to work with people like you who have chosen a similar mindreproduced and reprinted, we require that prior permission be obtained in writing. set. We are all in this together. Our Facebook question this month is: What do you do to Natural Awakenings is a free publication distributed reduce the stress in your life? Please visit us at locally and is supported by our advertisers. Please and join the discussion. We would love to hear successful tips from our readers. call to find a location near you or if you would like copies placed at your business. As we move into 2018, we encourage you to continue to consciously make choices We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in that will improve your life. Our point to ponder this month comes from the late Dr. the articles and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. Wayne Dyer, who urged us to, “Change the way you look at things and the things you Check with a healthcare professional regarding the look at change.” appropriate use of any treatment. Happy New Year Everyone!

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Natural Awakenings Family of Franchises Keeps Growing


atural Awakenings Publishing Corp. (NAPC) welcomed two new publishers to a recent training session at the corporate headquarters in Naples, Florida. The NAPC staff spent several days with these entrepreneurs, discussing the ins and outs of taking over publication of existing NatuJody Janati, Candi Broeffle ral Awakenings magazines in Washington, and Steve Ellis D.C. and the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Founded by Chief Executive Officer Sharon Bruckman with a single edition in Naples in 1994, Natural Awakenings has grown to become one of the largest, free, local, healthy living publications in the world, serving more than 3.5 million readers each month via more than 80 magazines published in cities across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. “Our devoted family of publishers, supported by advertisers, informs readers of many leading-edge national and local resources that offer paths to a happier, healthier and longer life,” says Bruckman. “Our active and growing readership has helped increase interest in naturally healthy living that has influenced mainstream America and is beneficial for people and the planet.” For a list of locations where Natural Awakenings is published or to learn more about franchising opportunities, call 239-530-1377 or visit See ad, page 28.

Pure Dental Celebrates TwoYear Anniversary as a Leading Holistic Dental Provider


ure Dental, a holistic family dental practice, recently celebrated their two-year anniversary. Launched in December 2015, Pure Dental has been proudly serving locally in Oakdale, Maplewood and Woodbury and providing high-quality patient care for families in the Twin Cities area and other parts of Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa and Wisconsin. Today, the clinic continues to grow with partnerships in chiropractic and naturopathic care to better serve their patients' needs. “We have added another dental chair to accommodate for the growth in our practice,” says Dr. Amy Truong. To celebrate, the Pure Dental staff went to Create Space and made wood signs at their anniversary and holiday party. “I appreciate each and every member of our team for their hard work and dedication,” Truong acknowledges. “We would like to express our gratitude for the opportunity to serve our neighborhood and Twin Cities’ metro. We look forward to more years of providing patient comfort and care, healthy smiles and familyfriendly service.” Pure Dental combines conventional and holistic health to guide patients toward dental wellness. They take pride in providing each patient with individual attention and the highest quality dental care using the most up-to-date technology and continually seeking educational opportunities to ensure they are abreast of the latest techniques and treatment options in holistic and family dental care. Pure Dental is now accepting new patients and they look forward to building relationships with their new clients. Location: 6230 10th St. N., Ste. 520, Oakdale. For more information, call 651-731-3064 or visit or See ad, page 13.

Aslan Half-Day Zen Meditation Retreat


ll are welcome to attend the Aslan Half-Day Zen Meditation Retreat, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on January 20, at the Aslan Institute. Enjoy the gift of silence and stillness and experience six hours of simple, elegant Zen mindfulness practice. Participants will do zazen (sitting meditation), walking meditation, listen to an instructional and supportive teaching and have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with an experienced meditation teacher. Those with retreat experience will testify to the power of silence and stillness to help quiet the mind and open the heart. There will be time at the beginning and end for questions and discussion. No previous meditation experience is required; meditators of all levels are invited. Beginners are especially encouraged to attend. Attendees are asked to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and pack a bag lunch. Tea is provided. Cost: $35 (scholarships available). Location: 4141 Old Sibley Memorial Hwy., Eagan. For more information or to register, call 651-686-8818, email or visit

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news briefs

Extreme Kleaner Promotes Main Street Premium Brand through Small Businesses


n order to help encourage support for small businesses, Extreme Kleaner has created a new program to partner with selected locally owned retailers through the exclusive placing of its Main Street Premium Brand in those stores. The brand helps consumers identify the stores that are participating in this partnership. Locally owned businesses offering Extreme Kleaner include select hardware stores, building centers, pet supply stores, auto parts stores, small food markets and other specialty retailers. Extreme Kleaner’s parent company, Extreme Energy Solutions (EES), has promoted this movement via its Tour of Stores initiative, where through on-site visits EES representatives encourage local communities to patron stores that offer EES products. “We are proud to partner with locally owned small businesses in offering our products,” says Extreme Kleaner/EES Representative Samuel K. Burlum, who explains that the partnership acts as a market advantage to aid small businesses in being competitive with powerful big box retailers. “Through this program we are looking to promote both the local store as the community’s go-to authority for its retail offerings and our products, which are designed to offer a higher quality without the high price.” For a list of current stores, visit See ad, page 40.

Natural Stress Relief Found in the Heart of the Twin Cities


sinergy Natural Health & Holistic Wellness has a wide variety of classes, workshops and group activities starting in January to aid people in their quest for a healthier life. Classes for help with natural stress relief include Simple Stress Reducers for the Busy Professional; Signals of the Body and Activating Dreams for Healing; and Aroma Freedom Technique. Workshops include Treasure Vase Qi Dharmas; and Calming & Relaxing Dharma. Holistic medicine, self-care, full-day courses include Esogetics Holistic Medicine; Colorpuncture for Me and My Family; and Intro to Esogetics Crystal Therapies. Psinergy is conveniently located in the center of the Twin Cities near the Minnesota State Fair Grounds and Como Park off Snelling and Como avenues in St. Paul. They’ve been offering natural health services in the area for more than nine years. Individual sessions include therapies from holistic health systems like Esogetics Colorpuncture and Ayurveda, energy healing modalities like Access Consciousness Bars and reiki, as well as many others. Location: 1553 Como Ave., St. Paul. For more information, call 612-217-4325 or visit

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Aroma Freedom Technique Workshop in St. Paul


indy Miller will be offering a monthly workshop on Aroma Freedom Technique (AFT) at the Psinergy office in St. Paul. The next class is scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m., on Cindy Miller January 12. Attendees will learn about using essential oils to transform emotions and realize their heart’s desire by combining psychology and aromatherapy. Miller, a certified AFT practitioner, will be offering this class monthly. “Each month the workshop has a new focus which can be taken alone or combined with the other classes,” she explains. “AFT is a step-by-step process designed to be learned and used by anyone who wants more freedom in their life.” This is an entirely new approach to aromatherapy, one that uses the power of pure essential oils to instantly and irresistibly shift a person’s mental state, mood and ability to take positive action. Through this process people learn how to identify what they really want in life, what may be blocking them and how to release these blocks in a matter of minutes. A​​​​​​FT uses the power of scent to gently shift awareness away from negative thoughts, feelings and memories, and to initiate a positive outlook and attitude. This results in greater confidence and inner freedom. Dr. Benjamin Perkus developed AFT by integrating his 20 years of clinical experience with his 15 years of work with essential oils. Even those who have never used oils before or don’t know the first thing about psychology have been impressed by how simple and powerful it is. Miller, a licensed massage therapist with an office in Fridley, has been using essential oils in her massages for years and likes to make her own massage oils using a variety of combinations of essential oils. Cost: $20. Location: 1553 Como Ave., St Paul. For more information, call 952-3347657 or visit See Directory Listing, page 33.

The Massage School Starts Next Therapy Program in February


he Massage School, in St. Paul, offers a year-long, 600-hour program in professional massage therapy. Their next session begins on February 6 at 6:30 p.m. The Massage School also offers $33 (includes tax) onehour student massages in their student clinic. Clinic hours for massages are on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. In addition to the St. Paul location, the school has two campuses in Massachusetts. Their mission is to provide outstanding massage education that is both practical and affordable. Their student clinic serves a threefold purpose in that it helps to provide an exceptional education at one of the lowest tuitions in the country; provides practice and experience for graduates to excel in the field; and offers affordable massages for the public. “We love the win-win-win design of our school,” says co-founder Alexei Levine. “It’s good for the community, good for the school and great for our students.” Location: 801 Front Ave., St. Paul. The next massage therapy program will begin on Feb. 6. To schedule a massage, call 651-280-7474 and leave a message. For more information, visit See ad, page 10.

book review

A YEAR OF INSPIRED LIVING: Essays and Exercises for Self-Reflection


gnore those who say life doesn’t come with a manual. Kelly McGrath Martinsen has exactly the guide you need to make life richer and more insightful with her new book, A Year of Inspired Living: Essays and Guided Journaling for Self-Reflection. This is the handbook for anyone who wants to embrace a better life. Through entertaining anecdotes and guided journal pages, A Year of Inspired Living helps the reader create their very own personalized self-help book. Martinsen, who is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Long Island magazine, has designed exercises for each month that include room for reflections, lists to seize the most from life, and culminate in writing your very own “publisher’s letter”, just as she does in her magazine. The letter provides space to reflect on that month’s personal inspiration. By digging deep and really talking about issues from the heart, Martinsen guides readers to contemplate their own feelings, hopes and dreams, including: • Narcissism: How often do you think it’s all about you? • Manifest: Can you really expect to attract abundance without putting in the work? • Food: In what ways does your relationship to food affect your life? • Tomorrow: Is the future your junk closet for things you don’t want to face today? • Kindness: Will this change the world if we become its conduit? This interactive book also includes a hashtag (#AYOIL) so that readers can share their insights and experiences, giving solitary readers the group support they need to make lasting change for their best year ever. A former pharmaceutical company manager, Martinsen now sows connections in the wellness and inspiration world and is at work on future books about living an evolving life, raising conscious children and applying the power of faith. Available at, and other online retailers. Health Communications, Inc.; $12.95.

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health briefs

Researchers at the Imperial College London say that five servings of fruits and vegetables is a good start, but more is better. After conducting a worldwide meta-analysis of 2 million people that compared early mortality rates from cardiovascular disease and cancer, they recommend eating at least 10 three-ounce vegetable and fruit servings per day, which could prevent up to 7.8 million premature deaths each year.

AEROBICS KEEP THE BRAIN YOUNG Simple movement turns out to be the best way to lift mood, improve memory and protect the brain against age-related cognitive decline, according to Harvard Medical School researchers in an article, “Aerobic Exercise is the Key for Your Head, Just as It is for Your Heart.” Even brisk walking or jogging for 45 minutes can alleviate depression. The Journal of Physical Therapy Science notes that aerobic workouts can help people feel less stressed by reducing levels of the body’s natural stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. 8

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Daily Produce Servings Prevent Early Death


Healthy diet options of spinach and kale may also help keep our brains fit. In a study from the University of Illinois appearing in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 60 adults between 25 and 45 years old having higher levels of lutein, a nutrient found in green, leafy vegetables, avocados and eggs, had neural responses more on par with younger people than others of their own age. Lutein is a nutrient that the body can’t make on its own, so it must be acquired through diet. It accumulates in brain tissues and the eyes, which allows researchers to measure levels without using invasive techniques.

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Lutein in Greens and Eggs Slows Cognitive Aging

Hemp Oil Cuts Seizure Frequency in Half

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Research from the New York University Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center has found that cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive extract of hemp oil, significantly reduces seizure rates in epileptics. Scientists there tested 120 children and young adults with epilepsy and found that the cannabidiol group’s number of seizures per month decreased from 12.4 to 5.9 compared to a statistically insignificant change in the placebo group.

RED WINE LESS TOXIC THAN WHITE Alcohol has been linked with cancer in about 3.6 percent of cases worldwide, due to the presence of acetaldehyde, which damages DNA and prevents it from repairing itself. A study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention that involved 200,000 people found a distinct connection between white wine in particular and melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. Sun exposure is a well-known cancer risk, but this and other studies have found that subjects often develop melanoma primarily on the trunks of their bodies, which are usually covered by clothing, and it is almost always curable if the cancer is caught early.


Eating fish at least twice a week may significantly reduce the pain and swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis,in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints, creating swelling and pain. Studies have already shown the beneficial effect of fish oil supplements on rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, but a new study of 176 participants at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, found that increasing the amount of fish containing omega-3 they ate weekly as a whole food lowered their disease activity. The Arthritis Foundation estimates that about 1.5 million people in the U.S. have the disease; women far more often than men.

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A Swiss study gave volunteers $25 a week for four weeks, and told half of them to spend the money on themselves and the others to spend it to benefit others. Subsequent brain scans revealed a link between the altruistic acts and feelings of contentment, activating neurons in the ventral striatum associated with happiness. Even the intention alone to be more generous was enough to create these changes, and the amount spent did not influence the increase in levels of well-being. The discovery sheds fresh light on why many people feel gratified when giving, even when it costs them something.

Mercury/Autism Brain Research Alert As the debate rages between health officials and vaccine critics about possible links to autism, mercury seems to be a specific bone of contention. It has long been present in the form of thimerisol, a preservative that inhibits bacterial contamination. Under government pressure, amounts have been reduced by the pharmaceutical industry to trace levels or eliminated, except in commonly recommended flu vaccines, some of which contain the food emulsifier polysorbate 80, which disrupts the blood-brain barrier and helps create an extremely effective delivery system for escorting neurotoxic ethylmercury and other heavy metals straight to the brain. The U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences reports that ethylmercury, in particular, gets metabolized into even more toxic inorganic mercury and remains in the brain for years.


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Sugar Linked to Depression The journal Scientific Reports recently published a study that confirmed a link between a diet high in sugar and common mental disorders. In 2002, researchers from Baylor College found that higher rates of refined sugar consumption were associated with higher rates of depression. A 2015 study that included nearly 70,000 women found a higher likelihood of depression in those with high added sugar intake, but not in those with a high intake of naturally occurring sugars such as those found in fruit. The World Health Organization recommends that people reduce their daily intake of added sugars to less than 5 percent of their total energy intake; Americans typically consume three times that much. Meanwhile, one in six people worldwide suffers from a common mental problem such as a mood or anxiety disorder.

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Generosity Cheers Mind, Body and Spirit


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global briefs

Urban Trees

City Greenery Boosts Public Health

Urban trees help reduce obesity and depression, improve productivity, boost educational outcomes and reduce incidences of asthma and heart disease for residents, yet according to The Nature Conservancy, American cities spend less than a third of 1 percent of municipal budgets on tree planting and maintenance. As a result, U.S. cities are losing 4 million trees per year. Each summer, thousands of unnecessary deaths result from heat waves in urban areas. Studies have shown that trees are a cost-effective solution. Too often, the presence or absence of urban nature and its associated benefits is tied to a neighborhood’s income level, resulting in dramatic health inequities. In some American cities, life expectancies in different neighborhoods located just a few miles apart can differ by as much as a decade. Not all of this health disparity is connected to the tree cover, but researchers are increasingly finding that neighborhoods with fewer trees have worse health outcomes, so inequality in access to urban nature can lead to worse health inequities.

Cigarette Cutback Higher Prices Lower Use

Research from the Medical University of Vienna found in a 30-year study that increasing prices for tobacco products by 5 percent reduced tobacco use by 3.5 percent.


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Veggie Doctors

Cardiologists Urge Plant-Based Hospital Meals

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is advising hospitals in improving patient menus by adding healthy, plant-based options and removing processed meats, which have been linked to 60,000 cardiovascular deaths annually. The ACC Heart-Healthy Food Recommendations for Hospitals states, “At least one plant-based main dish should be offered and promoted at every meal.” ACC also urges that processed meats such as bacon, sausage, ham, hot dogs and deli meats should not be offered at all. These guidelines extend to hospital cafeterias and onsite restaurants. The American Medical Association has also passed a resolution that calls on hospitals to provide similarly healthy meals. Processed meats are now considered carcinogenic to humans, according to the World Health Organization. A 50-gram serving a day—one hot dog or two strips of bacon—increases colorectal cancer risk by 18 percent. “Too many heart disease patients have had their recovery undermined by bacon and hot dogs on their hospital trays,” says Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the nonprofit Physicians Committee. January 2018


Coming Next Month


Living Plus: Meditation Styles

February articles include: Pathways Toward Personal Resilience

Finding Your Meditation Style Heart Healty Foods

Crackdown Needed

Glyphosate Found in Breakfast Foods

Of 24 breakfast food samples tested by the Alliance for Natural Health USA, 10 showed the presence of glyphosate. Executive and Legal Director Gretchen DuBeau states, “We expected that trace amounts would show up in foods containing large amounts of corn and soy. However, we were unprepared for just how invasive this poison has been to our entire food chain.” In the study, the chemical, now revealed to be a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization, was found in oatmeal, bagels, eggs, potatoes and non-GMO soy coffee creamer. The presence of glyphosate in dairy products may be due to bioaccumulation in the tissue of animals. DuBeau adds, “Glyphosate has been linked to increases in levels of breast, thyroid, kidney, pancreatic, liver and bladder cancers, and is being served for breakfast, lunch and dinner worldwide. The fact that it is showing up in foods like eggs and coffee creamers, which don’t directly contact the herbicide, proves that it’s being passed on by animals that ingest it in their feed. This is contrary to everything that regulators and industry scientists have been telling the public.”



global briefs

and so much more!

Plumbing Progress

Australia’s Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training at Deakin University is practicing an affordable way to increase the availability of potable (drinkable) water in needy areas of the world. The project involves collecting plastic garbage from around the Pacific Islands and turning it into pellets, which are then extruded as 3-D printer filament to make replacement plumbing parts, often in short supply in those locations. That effort is called 3D WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), and the children’s charity Plan International Australia will be the first recipient (

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Recycled Plastics Put to Good Use

Meatless Millennials

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Young Vegetarians Worry Meat Industry

The 2017 Chicken Marketing Summit in North Carolina involved hundreds of leaders from fast-food chains, marketing agencies and poultry production companies discussing the fact that Americans are eating less poultry—and what to do about it. Richard Kottmeyer, a senior managing partner at Fork to Farm Advisory Services, explained that Millennials need to be “inspired and coached” to consume more animal products, according to an article published on, an industry website. “Compared to their parents, Millennials are more likely to believe in evolution and accept that climate change is occurring. They seek out facts and science to better understand a complex world, but the poultry industry doesn’t have any fact-based information to defend its cruel, unsanitary practices,” states animal rights advocate Nathan Runkle via The majority of chickens raised for meat have been bred to grow so large so quickly that they collapse under their own unnatural weight. North Carolina has enacted an “ag-gag” bill, making it illegal to photograph or videotape animal abuse.

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Eco Pesticide

Safer Product Controls Citrus Pests

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Department of Pest Regulation have approved CRS Plus, an aerosol pheromone biopesticide product that disrupts the mating cycle of Aonidiella aurantii, also known as California Red Scale (CRS). Pheromones do not kill or damage the target insects, and are species-specific, so pollinators and other beneficial insect species are not affected. CRS attacks all aerial parts of citrus trees, including twigs, leaves, branches and fruit. Heavy infestations can cause reduced fruit quality, yellowing and dropping of leaves, dieback of twigs and limbs and even death of the tree.

Recycling Crusade

San Francisco Moves Toward Zero Waste The San Francisco Department of the Environment’s list of materials allowed in blue recycling bins has been expanded to include plastic bags, paper coffee cups, ice cream containers, milk or juice cartons and textiles; it is also downsizing refuse bins. It’s all part of a shift to using dual-compartment trucks to collect refuse from black bins and organic waste from green bins, with a dedicated truck for recyclables. A national leader in recycling, the city is one of the first to attempt a zero-waste target year of 2020. California has a goal of 75 percent recycling by 2020, having achieved a 44 percent rate in 2016. Los Angeles is making progress with a new commercial waste recycling system. Washington, D.C., has also expanded its list of accepted materials for recycling bins, but still doesn’t include plastic bags. With recent improvements to automated and optical sorting technology, some companies are becoming more accommodating about what they will accept.

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Health & Wellness Issue


Feature: Natural Stress Relief Plus: Understanding Nutraceuticals Feature: Living Courageously Plus: Meditation Styles

Healthy Food Issue


Feature: Ethnic Cuisine Plus: Super Spices Feature: Climate Health Update Plus: Healthy Home

Women s Health Issue


Feature: Natural Care First Plus: Personalized Medicine Feature: Livable Communities Plus: Natural Beauty

Nutrition Issue


Feature: Farmers Rooted in Health Plus: Anti-Inflammatory Diet Feature: Simplified Parenting Plus: Multilevel Healing

Body Movement Issue


Feature: Joint Health Plus: Yoga for Flexibility Feature: Game Changers Plus: Chiropractic


Feature: Immune System Boosters Plus: Safe Drinking Water Feature: Uplifting Humanity Plus: Holidays

Recreate Comfort

Secrets to Better Furniture

A new year can prompt us to refresh the look and feel of our home. Eco-minded individuals may wish to spruce up a treasured piece of furniture or find a replacement that’s light on environmental impact.

MConsider wood furniture made from

sustainably harvested forests and tree farms or reclaimed wood. Find explanations of Forest Stewardship Council certification requirements at

MChoose vintage and secondhand furniture to extend its life with a bonus of nostalgia. Avoid painted furniture from the early to mid-20th century, which may contain lead, or use a paint-testing kit.

MLook for furniture with organic substances such as natural wood finishes, naturally tanned leather or organic cotton. Look for Greenguard product certification to ensure low toxicity (

MSome businesses, like Upholstery on Broadway, in Arlington, Massachu-

setts, conduct money-saving classes for people that want to learn to repair or restore their own furniture. Owner Kevin Kennedy finds, “People bring in their own projects, often wing chairs and side chairs, along with stray pieces of materials. As long as they have ‘good bones’ [solid wood frames], new fabric can add many years.” For those afraid of making mistakes in cutting fabric, “We help them measure carefully first, and that relieves their anxiety.” A carpenter’s rule is to measure twice, cut once.

MGet creative. cites Pentatonic, a furniture line made from

100 percent recycled materials, including glass, plastics and metals, for easy assembly without tools. Standardized components deliver efficient manufacturing and shipping; each part has an identification number with the manufacturer’s date and location, and the type of waste used in production.

MIn replacing furniture, make sure the old piece gets reused, as well. Sell it via,, local classifieds or a yard sale; donate through or a local thrift store; or just give it away.

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Expect a Miracle

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Five Ways to Manifest Our Desires by J. Marie Novak

zons and bust through comfort zones. Bumps and bruises may occur, but bravery is rewarded. Miracles are not beyond our grasp, but we may need to extend our reach in ways we’ve never done before.


Help Others Receive the Miracles They Pray For

Experience the bliss of being a giver. Share what others need. Sponsor a child’s education. Give unused belongings to people that desperately need them. Offer words of encouragement. It all matters more than we realize.ç

Trust Intuition


ccording to a Pew Forum study, nearly 80 percent of Americans believe in miracles. When we think we can’t handle burdensome difficulties on our own, we often seek help from a higher power, pleading: Cure me or my loved one of this illness. Aid me in providing for myself and my family. Bring me someone to love. Help me resolve this intensely painful situation. Protect loved ones from the harm they’re subjecting themselves to. If we want miracles to unfold in our lives, we must actively participate in their manifestation. Here are five ways to manifest more miracles in our lives.



Be Grateful for Everything

Gratitude deserves its positive buzz. When we’re grateful, our energy changes

and our light shines. Our perspective shifts from scarcity to abundance. We bring forth divine blessings by being tuned into the giving nature of the creator of all. When we live in a state of gratitude, good people, opportunities and blessings arrive.


Stop Using Excuses to Do Nothing

When we take a positive step in our lives—it can be anything—a way forward will often appear that may be unrelated to the blessing we receive. For example, clearing out clutter may clarify a career move. Taking a course to build a new skill may introduce us to a new friend. In beginning a new exercise routine, we may discover self-confidence in other areas of life.


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When we listen to our intellect instead of our inner heart-and-soul guidance system, we get turned around and off course. We all have an inner knowing that can help us get where we want to go. Divine wisdom always trumps the human mind. When we tune into it and trust what it’s telling us, we invite miracles into our lives. We all have the power to participate in creating miracles for ourselves and others by bringing to fruition what did not seem remotely possible. It’s easy to start by practicing these five miraclecreating strategies. J. Marie Novak is an author, life transformation mentor and founder of the Believe and Create online community. Learn how to believe in and create the life you were born to live at

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DIAL DOWN STRESS How to Stay Calm and Cool by Lisa Marshall


hether from natural disasters, divisive politics, unmanageable workloads or a smartphone culture that makes it tough to unplug, U.S. adults are feeling more strain now than they have at any other time in the past decade, according to the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Stress in America Survey. One in three say their stress has increased in the past year and one in five rate the level at eight or more on a scale of one to 10. About three in five, or 59 percent, say they believe this is “the lowest point in the nation’s history” and nearly two-thirds say concerns about our nation’s future (including its health care, economy and international relations) are key sources of their stress. “We’re seeing significant stress transcending party lines,” notes Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D., the association’s CEO. All that stress is having a powerful impact on health, with as many as 80 percent of visits to primary care physicians characterized as stress-related, according to the American Medical As16

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Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one. ~Hans Selye sociation. Workplace stress accounts for 120,000 deaths a year—more than influenza, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease combined—according to a 2015 Stanford University study. Yet, empowering news has emerged amid this epidemic of anxiety-related illness. Research shows that by eating right, exercising and changing our mindset about stress itself, we can buffer our bodies from many health hazards. “Unfortunately, you can’t always avoid the things that stress you out. But you can control how you respond to stress before it takes over your life,” says Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D., a Mill Valley, California, psychologist and author of the recent book The Stress-Proof Brain: Master Your Emotional Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity.

Our Brain on Stress

Whether it’s an urgent email from the boss or a rude motorist driving unsafely, tense situations elicit a physiological response remarkably similar to what might occur if we were chased by a lion. Deep inside an almond-shaped region of the brain called the amygdala, an alarm goes off, signaling the release of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that boost heart rate, usher extra blood to muscles, hasten breathing and spike blood sugar to provide more fuel for the brain to react. Evolutionarily, this response was key to early human survival, providing the energy boost needed to flee predators. Even today, it has its upside, says Greenberg. “In the short term, stress can be exciting and even beneficial, revving you up so you can put your passion and energy into something.” But chronic excess can lead to high blood pressure and blood sugar, inflammation, cognitive problems and a hair-trigger response to stress, in which our body overreacts even to mild annoyances. It can also, research suggests, accelerate aging by

eroding the protective caps on our chromosomes, called telomeres. “Think of the stress response as an elastic band,” says Dr. Mithu Storoni, a Hong Kong physician and author of the new book Stress Proof: The Scientific Solution to Protect Your Brain and Body — and Be More Resilient Every Day. “If you pull it and it snaps back immediately, that’s fine. But if you pull it too intensely or too frequently, it doesn’t snap back, and there are lots of downstream consequences.”

Stress-Proofing Our Body Eating right can better protect our bodies, says New York City Registered Dietitian Malina Malkani. She recommends loading up on nutrient-dense, high-fiber foods like leafy greens, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds during stressful times, because they can slow our rate of digestion and minimize unhealthy dips and spikes in blood sugar. Beneficial, bacteria-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi are other foundational foods for stress-resilience, says Storoni, because they can dampen bodily inflammation that arises from chronic tension. They can also replenish bacterial strains like lactobacillus and bifidobacteria which, according to studies of college students, tend to decrease when we feel pushed beyond our limits to handle what’s coming at us. One 2016 study of 171 volunteers, published in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, found that those that ate yogurt containing lactobacillus plantarum daily for two months had fewer markers of stress in their blood. Another study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007 found that when 132 adults drank a probiotic-infused milk drink daily for three weeks and were then subjected to an anxiety-prone situation, their brains reacted more calmly than those of a control group. “Probably the most important thing you can do to make your body stress-resilient is to maintain a healthy ecosystem of bacteria in your gut,” advises Malkani, who recommends exchanging dessert for lowsugar yogurt every day and taking probiotic supplements as well as steering clear of sweetened beverages and refined carbohydrates. The spice turmeric is also a good

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e can take charge and do even more things to keep stress at bay in the first place, says Christine Carter, Ph.D., a University of California, Berkeley, sociologist and author of The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less. “I’m all about prevention,” she says. “There are many ways to set up your life to be less stressful.”


Multitask less, monotask more:

“The brain was not evolved to multitask and it can be stressful when we try to do so,” says Carter, referencing a Stanford University study. “At the end of the day, we end up feeling fried.” She recommends setting up a “fortress against interruption” for an hour or two each day when we feel most alert. Put the phone on mute, don noisecanceling headphones and ask coworkers or family members to not interrupt your focus on an important priority.


Don’t be a chronic media checker: Eighty-six percent of

Americans say they constantly or often check their email, texts or social media accounts, according to the latest Stress in America Survey. Half of U.S. workers say they respond to every email within a half-hour. Carter recommends instead scheduling a block of time at the beginning and end of each day for the task. During weekends and evenings, disable email and social media notifications. Research shows the more often we check, the more stressed we are. One recent study of British office workers found that checking email almost immediately boosts heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels, while refraining causes the stress response to subside.


Limit choices: Making decisions can

be stressful, and we are all faced with an increasing number of them every day. To limit a personal decision-making load, get boring. Devise a meal plan that doesn’t vary from week to week (unless it’s a happy creative outlet). Stock the wardrobe with favorite styles of shirts and shoes in different

colors. Select and stick with one brand of natural toothpaste or granola.


Don’t overthink things: Ruminating on past events and relationship problems can be a great source of stress in the present moment. If there’s nothing that can be done about it, stop thinking about it. Literally visualize a stop sign when the thought bubbles up.


Daydream: Idle times, like standing

in line, sitting in traffic or showering can allow our brain to rest and recover from hassles. Embrace such opportunities and don’t clutter them up with technology; leave the phone and radio off.


Meditate: Invest 10 minutes daily to

sit still, focus on breathing, visualize an image or stare at an object and try to keep thoughts from drifting. Brain imaging studies published in the Brain Research Bulletin show that “Through [such] meditation, it’s possible to rewire your brain to create a new, stronger circuit that keeps your emotional reactivity under control,” says Dr. Mithu Storoni, who has published a book on the topic.


Heighten spirituality: Whether it’s regularly attending religious services, yoga meditation sessions or quiet walks in the woods, a spiritual practice can be a powerfully effective means of coping with stress and mitigating its health impacts. Duke University research shows that people regularly engaged in a spiritual practice are more likely to survive heart surgery, recover better from stroke, have shorter hospital stays and become depressed and stressed less often. “Spirituality connects you to the broader world, which in turn enables you to stop trying to control things all by yourself,” explains Dr. Roberta Lee, an integrative physician, in her book The SuperStress Solution. “When you feel part of a greater whole, it’s easy to understand that you aren’t responsible for everything that happens in life.” January 2018


People with a stress-hardy mindset may temper stress as an “excite-and-delight” challenge in adventurous situations. Others “tendand-befriend”, reaching out to help and comfort in times of tragedy. Studies show that when participants are told, “You’re the kind of person whose performance improves under pressure,” it does—by as much as one-third. ~Harvard Medical School Healthbeat

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cells, and aggravate the physical impacts of stress, says Storoni. “If you want to exercise to relieve the stress you just experienced, keep it at low intensity,” counsels Storoni. If possible, work out in the morning, as it can boost melatonin levels at night, helping you get to sleep faster, she notes.

Stress-Proofing Our Mindset While diet and exercise can buffer our body from the impacts of chronic stress, a shift in mindset can keep it from becoming chronic in the first place, says Greenberg.“The goal is not to eliminate stress, but to put it in its place—to use its energizing and motivating 18

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aspects to take care of what needs to be done, and then relax,” and stop paying attention to it. This, she says, requires being mindful of what’s happening in the present moment. “When you feel your heart racing at the sight of another urgent demand at home or work, stop what you are doing, take a deep breath and tune into what’s happening in your body,” advises Greenberg. She notes that when the highly reactive amygdala “hijacks the brain”, we often say and do things in the heat of the moment that we later regret. Waiting just a moment (like counting to 10) allows the more rational part of our brain (the prefrontal cortex) to kick in. “It allows you to go from panic to, ‘I’ve got this.’” Greenberg observes that we often feel most stressed when we feel out of control. When faced with a daunting task, it may help to make a list of the things we have control over and a list of the things we can’t control—then make a plan to act on the manageable one and let the others go. “Mindfulness is also about keeping our self-judging and ruminating mind at bay, which may keep repeating, ‘I’m not doing enough,’” she says. “Realize that you do not have to listen to every thought that comes into your head. Ask yourself, ‘What is the most important thing for me to focus on right now?’” Greenberg also says it’s important to aim to broaden and brighten our view in tough times, explaining, “Feeling stress biases your brain to think in terms of avoiding threat and loss, rather than what you can gain or learn from the situation.” Start by jotting down three ways this challenging situation may be beneficial in the long run; also make a list of things and people we are grateful for, she suggests. “Practicing gratitude helps you realize that you have a choice about what to focus your attention on and you don’t have to let stressors take all the joy out of life,” according to Greenberg. As an added bonus, “You’re less likely to take your stress out on loved ones when you think about what they mean to you and how they have helped you,” she says. Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at


stress-buster due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to help normalize blood sugar, Storoni notes. Despite our natural craving for comfort food, it’s a good idea to go easy on saturated fats in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic situation, because stress slows fat metabolism. In one recent study, Ohio State University researchers asked 58 women about their previous day’s stressors, and then fed them the fat-loaded equivalent of a double cheeseburger and fries; the stressedout women burned 104 fewer calories. “If a woman had a stressful day at work every day and ate a meal like this, she could easily gain seven to 11 pounds in a year,” says study author Jan KiecoltGlaser, a professor of psychiatry and psychology and director of the university’s Institute for Behavioral Medicine. Exercise, too, can help combat stressrelated illness. But Storoni attests that not all exercise is created equal. One recent study in the Journal of Physiology found that in animals daily moderate exercise (the equivalent of a light jog) can boost levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a critical brain protein diminished by stress and sleep deprivation, significantly more than weight training or intense exercise. On the flip side, excess strenuous exercise (laps around the track or an intense gym workout) can boost inflammation, whither brain

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he American Art Therapy Association describes art therapy as “a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages.” It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness and achieve insight. Art therapy can be used to treat psychological distress such as anxiety or trauma. In many cases, it might be used in conjunction with other psychotherapy techniques such as group therapy or cognitive-behavioral therapy. • Some situations in which art therapy might be utilized include: • Children with learning disabilities • Adults experiencing severe stress • Children suffering from behavioral or social problems at school or at home • People experiencing health problems or challenges • Children or adults who have experienced a traumatic event An art therapist may use a variety of art methods including drawing, painting, sculpture and collage with clients ranging from young children to the elderly. Clients who have experienced emotional trauma, physical violence, domestic abuse, anxiety, depression and other psychological issues can benefit from expressing themselves creatively. How does an art therapy session differ from the average art class? While art therapy may involve learning skills or art techniques, the emphasis is generally first on developing and expressing images that come from inside the person. Art Therapy is about the process, not the product.

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In a study conducted on a college campus with 84 student volunteers, researchers measured the effects on anxiety (pre-exam week) with exercises that introduced “free-form” coloring, complex circular mandalas and templates for plaid designs. The results of the study clearly supported the hypothesis that coloring either the mandala or the plaid design for 20 minutes was even more effective at reducing anxiety levels than the free-form drawing sessions.

Why this happened

Like the mandala, the plaid design was complex enough that it required a certain amount of attention to complete, but was not so complex that it required excessive thought or focus. Both designs provided structure. If anxiety is a type of “inner chaos”, then using the mandala and plaid designs provided a way for participants to “organize” their feelings. By providing a safe environment and an array of art materials, clients at Twin Cities Therapy & Counseling can benefit from a creative process that enhances their counseling experience and becomes a way for them to develop methods for self-help and self-assurance. Lura L. Smedstad, MS, LPC has combined the aspects of effective therapeutic art processes and a sound cognitive behavioral therapy approach to create a counseling practice that brings healing and support to both adult and teenage clients. She specializes in helping her clients alleviate the effects of trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss issues to establish workable, sustainable life goals and healthy relationships. Twin Cities Therapy & Counseling is located at 5851 Duluth St., Ste. 306, Golden Valley. For more information, call 612-2028703 or visit See ad, page 24.

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UNDERSTANDING NUTRACEUTICALS How They Differ from Health Store Supplements by Linda Sechrist

Savvy consumers seeking products that might help them achieve and maintain good health may be noticing two new categories: medical food and nutraceuticals.


edicalized terminology is now being used to describe certain products we may already have been buying from brand-name dietary supplement companies and retailers, and they have a higher price tag. One common example: powdered protein meal-replacement shakes that can cost up to $16 more than a retail store brand, as nutraceutical and medical food purveyors want to differentiate their products as having clinical research and development behind them. This raises the bar on the quality of contents and assures consumers of third-party testing for proof of ingredients. Although both are regulated under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, there is no legal distinction between dietary supplements and nutraceuticals, yet each serves different purposes. Dietary supplements, comprising

Medical foods and nutraceuticals, orally administered dietary products formulated to support the management of conditions such as compromised gut function, age-related muscle loss, metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, are subject to standard food and safety labeling requirements of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Although they may be used under medical supervision, patients don’t need a prescription. Many healthcare practitioners, including dietitians, currently recommend them under a physician’s direction.

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Unlike pharmaceuticals, which are accountable to the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, patent-protected and supported by expensive testing documentation, nutraceuticals are not. However, many manufacturers do choose to undergo costly testing. Like all dietary supplements, the majority of which do not undergo third-party testing, they are regulated by DSHEA, which defines and regulates labeling and claims of benefits related to classic nutrient-deficiency diseases.

Private Quality Control Xymogen is strictly a physician’s line of nutraceuticals, explains Cheryl Burdette, a doctor of naturopathy and director of clinical research and outreach for the company. “In our manufacturing process, to avoid contamination and validate ingredients, every batch is third-party assayed by an independent laboratory, whereas some companies only do this for every fifth or 20th

lot. Xymogen’s validation extends to packaging and controlling the level of humidity because it affects how ingredients oxidize,” says Burdette. Gary Kracoff, a registered pharmacist and naturopathic doctor at Johnson Compounding & Wellness, in Waltham, Massachusetts, researches the nutraceuticals that he carries and recommends for his clients. “I like professional-grade nutraceuticals because their formulas are researched and science-based. They are excellent products for specific purposes. Individuals that take the medical foods come to appreciate their disease-modifying therapeutic results. While pricier, they include healthier sources of carbohydrates and fats, as well as natural, rather than synthetic nutrients to provide what the body needs to return to a state of balance,” says Kracoff. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings who blogs at

Why Healthy Women Get Breast Cancer by Joyce Sobotta


ll too often when a woman receives an abnormal mammogram report, she is thrust into the belief that she must take some drastic measures in order to be a survivor. Too many perfectly healthy women, because of abnormal test results, find themselves acting too quickly because of anxiety and fear of what might happen. Many women don’t take time to ask questions, research and learn what is available to them. Too often I’ve heard horror stories of a ductal carcinoma diagnosis where surgery is suggested the following week. Perhaps a double mastectomy is suggested or encouraged because “it” may spread to the other breast. Many women are on autopilot when it comes to emotions. They react with what they have learned from their parents or what is the norm with their friends. They fail to take time to research and learn there are improved ways to deal with emotions, especially about breast health.

Understanding Your Emotions

Dr. Thomas Hudson, in his book, Journey to Hope, writes a chapter on understanding and expressing emotions. He quotes James Paget from his book, Surgical Pathology, “The cases are so frequent in which deep anxiety, deferred hope and disappointment are quickly followed by the growth and increase of cancer.” Another recent study shows chronic repression of anger is a recurring theme. Women who have the ability to express their emotions live longer and have a better quality of life. Hudson says dealing with our emotions starts with awareness. Becoming aware is simply listening to our inner self. The first step is to name the emotion we are feeling. There is a difference in what we feel and what we think we feel. For instance, rejected is an opinion and different from feeling brokenhearted; overworked is an opinion and different from feeling frustrated; and neglected is an opinion, different from feeling lonely. We often confuse the feeling with what we think.

Acknowledge the emotion as our own. No one can make us mad or sad; we can only do that to ourselves. Another person may pull the trigger to our emotions but it doesn’t do us any good to blame anyone else for our feelings. We get to take full responsibility to understand them. Only when we take steps to deal with our emotions can we move to a higher level of consciousness and health. The next step is to identify where in the body we feel the emotion. Many emotions are perceived to be in the chest area which includes the heart, lungs, breasts, throat and shoulders. When we can identify where the emotion is in our body, we are getting closer to being able to release it. Always take time to allow and become calm. Ask questions and listen to the deeper message with meditation or simply being quiet. The answers will come. Once you have heard the message, you need to act on it, otherwise the whole process will be for nothing. Emotions are not bad, not even the unpleasant ones. They all have something to tell us. Any emotion can be

considered good as long as we experience it fully and act on the message we receive. Knowing what we are feeling in the moment is like coming home to our inner self, the self where we can feel, joy, peace and love. Joyce Sobotta has a B.S. degree in education and certifications in holistic aromatherapy and reflexology. She is the founder/owner of Healthy Girls Breast Oil, a home-based, international business. She is available for presentations, consultations and essential oil classes. For more information, visit See ad, page 20. January 2018


EAT WHEAT AGAIN Eight Ways to Restore Gut Health by John Douillard


he New York University Langone Medical Center recently reported that 74 percent of Americans experience some form of digestive distress, a quarter are obese and more than 100 million U.S. adults are pre-diabetic and don’t know it. While many blame such problems on eating wheat, some food

scientists disagree, including those citing two major studies by Harvard researchers; following more than 100,000 people for 25 years, they concluded that those eating the most wheat compared to low-gluten folks had a 13 percent lower diabetes risk and no greater risk of heart disease. While the standard American


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diet, which includes highly processed wheat, is likely responsible for many of these health concerns, plenty of science links a diet rich in whole grains, including whole wheat, to weight loss, better digestion and lower blood sugar. The Mediterranean Diet, replete with whole grains and wheat, is still revered as one of the healthiest-known diets. Centenarians that live in the famed “blue zones”, recognized for their longevity-enhancing environment and lifestyles, eat a nonprocessed, whole-food diet rich in whole grains and wheat. Many Americans that are gluten-sensitive today digested wheat fine when they were young. At some point, our ability to digest foods that are a bit harder to digest, like wheat and dairy, became compromised. It’s possible to reboot.

Delete Processed Foods

The first step toward reestablishing digestive strength is avoiding all processed foods. A study in the journal Diabetes Care linked a processed food diet to a 141 percent increase in belly fat, high blood sugar and high cholesterol. It further showed that a diet of whole grains, including wheat, reduced the risk of these health concerns by 38 percent. Monitor these ingredients to achieve a healthier diet. n Avoid all added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Allow nothing more than six grams of naturally occurring sugar per serving. n Avoid fried foods and baked goods made with refined cooking oils used to preserve them like bread, muffins, cookies, energy bars, most packaged foods and chips. n Eat bread that’s only made of organic whole wheat, salt water and starter.

Restore Liver and Gallbladder Function

Highly processed vegetable oils are used as preservatives in most packaged foods, including bread. Processing these oils renders them indigestible. Linked to congestion of the liver and gallbladder, they disable liver bile so it can’t

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break down either good or bad fats, also making it insufficient to buffer stomach acids. Without adequate bile production to neutralize stomach acid, the stomach won’t produce the needed acid to digest proteins like gluten and the casein in dairy. This malady has effected a huge spike in gallbladder surgeries and epidemic levels of obesity, high blood sugar and food intolerances. To boost bile flow, enjoy these foods daily: n Eat one red beet and one apple a day— either raw, cooked, juiced or blended. Add celery and make a bile-flow smoothie. n Consume one teaspoon of both coconut oil and high-quality olive oil per day. n Eat more artichokes, bitter roots and leafy greens. n Drink fennel and fenugreek tea with meals.

Strengthen Stomach Fire

Instead of taking digestive enzymes or a hydrochloric acid-based stomach acid pill, stimulate the stomach to make its own

acid and the small intestine and pancreas to produce digestive enzymes. This is best done regularly with the following five spices: n Use ginger, cumin, coriander, cardamom and fennel. Studies published in journals such as Molecular Nutrition & Food Research and the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry suggest that when these five spices are used together —as a supplement, in cooking or to flavor food—they act as a total upper digestive reset. These five-star spices: 4 Stimulate digestion 4 Increase bile flow, pancreatic and small intestine enzyme activity, and fat and sugar metabolism 4 Decrease H. pylori, an opportunistic acid-producing microbe, from adhering to the stomach 4 Decrease gas and bloating 4 Support optimal weight, microbiology health, growth of good gut bacteria and elimination

4 Act as powerful free-radical scavengers Following these simple steps of nutrition will set gluten sufferers on the right path to retraining the body to digest and enjoy wheat again. John Douillard, a Boulder, CO, doctor of chiropractic and creator of the wellness website, is the former director of player development and nutrition advisor to the New Jersey Nets NBA team. He is author of the book Eat Wheat: A Scientific and Clinically-Proven Approach to Safely Bringing Wheat and Dairy Back into Your Diet. Learn more at

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Don’t Overfeed Fido Plus Other Tips to Keep a Dog Cancer-Free


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ancer is the leading cause of canine fatalities in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Often diagnosed too late, the risks, heartache and expense of aggressive traditional treatments have many people searching for healthy alternatives. Although the causes are not well understood, we can give our companion the best possible chance of prevention.

1Avoid Pet Obesity

In studies across species, caloric restriction has been shown to help prevent tumor development and progression. Obesity is strongly linked to increased cancer risk in humans and is assumed so in dogs. For people, cancer is also connected with excessive glucose, increased insulin sensitivity, inflammation and oxidative stress. Overfeeding a dog is not a loving thing to do.


Choose an Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Creating or promoting inflammation raises cancer risk by facilitating abnormal cells to proliferate. Current research suggests cancer is actually a chronic, inflammatory disease. Because cancer cells require the glucose in carbohydrates as an energy source, limit or eliminate carbs present in processed grains, fruits with fructose and starchy vegetables. Cancer cells generally can’t use dietary fats for energy, so appropriate amounts of good-quality fats are nutritionally healthy. Another major contributor to inflammation is poor-quality, processed pet food, which is typically high in omega-6 fatty acids and low in omega-3. Omega-6s increase inflammation; omega-3s do the reverse.


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A healthy, moist dog diet contains real, whole, organic, nonGMO (genetically modified) foods, preferably raw—also plenty of high-quality protein, including muscle meat, organs and bone; moderate amounts of animal fat; high levels of EPA and DHA (omega-3 fatty acids, such as those present in krill oil); and some fresh-cut ground veggies; plus antioxidant-rich fruit. Consider adding both vitamin/mineral and other supplements like probiotics, digestive enzymes, medicinal mushrooms and super green foods. Work with a holistic or integrative veterinarian to determine the best regime.

3Reduce Exposure to Toxins

Harmful toxins include chemical pesticides like flea and tick preventives, lawn chemicals, tobacco smoke, flame retardants and all common household cleaners. A six-year study by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, at Tufts University, showed that exposure to lawn pesticides, specifically those applied by lawn care companies, raised the risk of canine malignant lymphoma up to 70 percent. Conventional flea and tick preventives are pesticides, whether spot-on treatments, pills, dips, solutions, shampoos or collars. Chemical spot-on products attracted U.S. Environmental Protection Agency attention based on reports of 40,000 adverse events in 2008, including 600 animal deaths. Because avoiding all toxins is nearly impossible, consider periodic detoxification based on a vet’s recommendation. For a dog with constant exposure to toxic chemicals all summer, a daily oral detox protocol is sound. If the only source is a monthly dose of a flea and tick product, limit a detox to the week after each pill or topical treatment.

If titer tests indicate low vaccine levels (unlikely), try a booster for only the specific viruses that titered low, and only those to which the animal has a real risk of exposure. Combination vaccines (four to eight viruses in one injection), a standard booster at many veterinary practices, is not recommended.


Maintain Physical Integrity Until at Least 18 to 24 Months of Age

Studies from Purdue University, the University of California, Davis, and others show a clear link between spaying/neutering and increased cancer rates in dogs, especially large breeds. These include increased risk of osteosarcoma in Rottweilers neutered or spayed before their first birthday; double the risk of bone cancer in neutered or spayed large, purebred dogs versus intact (not neutered) dogs; and three to four times the cancer rates for spayed female golden retrievers versus intact females. Opting for ovarysparing spays (hysterectomy) is another option that preserves sex hormones while rendering the animal sterile. Applying these five suggestions in caring for a dog throughout its life offers a pet a good chance for a cancer-free and overall healthy, high-quality life. Karen Becker, a doctor of veterinary medicine, is a proactive, integrative practitioner who consults internationally and writes for Mercola Healthy Pets (


Refuse Unnecessary Vaccinations

To properly maintain a dog’s first line of defense—the immune system—don’t overstimulate it with vaccines. Tailor vaccine protocols to minimize risk and maximize protection, considering the dog’s breed, background, nutritional status and overall vitality. A good protocol with healthy puppies is to provide a single parvovirus and distemper vaccine at or before 12 weeks of age, and a second set after 14 weeks. Cautious vets then order a titer test (at a lab that uses the immunofluorescence assay method) two weeks after the last set of vaccines. If the dog has been successfully immunized, it’s protected for life.

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10,000 Steps and Counting Keep Moving to Stay Fit


by Kathleen Barnes

e have become a nation of couch potatoes. The average American takes only 5,900 steps a day, somewhat better than the sedentary Brits that average less than 4,000. The notion that overall we need to take 10,000 steps a day to be physically fit started with manpo-kei, a 1960s Japanese marketing tool to sell pedometers. While the 10,000 steps concept lacks specific supporting science, it’s widely acknowledged that we are healthier the more that we move. Affixing a target number to it helped spread the notion of the benefits of walking, says Catrine Tudor-Locke, Ph.D., a walking behavior researcher at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Tudor-Locke is a proponent of the walking goal, although she readily admits the real objective is to get people moving more. “Any opportunity to walk more, more frequently and farther, wherever that is—it all adds up,” she says.

Making 10,000 Steps Possible For those already physically fit and physically active, 10,000 steps is a no-brainer. However, it’s never too late to start for those with exercise programs that have been supplanted by a too-busy-toworkout lifestyle. There’s probably no easier exercise than walking, says Dr. Melina Jampolis, the Los Angeles author of The Doctor on Demand Diet. “Walking is the number one exercise I recommend to most of my patients, because it is exceptionally easy to do, requires only a supportive pair of quality sneakers and 26

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has tremendous mental and physical benefits that increase just by getting outside in the fresh air.” The biggest bang for the increased effort is the first 3,000 to 4,000 steps between the sedentary baseline and 10,000 steps, Tudor-Locke explains. “Still, 10,000 steps is the magic number for the average American,” says Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. “That specific number of steps seems to help break down insulin resistance, an underlying cause of Type 2 diabetes. We’re not exactly sure how this happens, but we know that this amount of exercise takes the glucose from the blood where it is a hazard to the cells, so that it becomes less hazardous.”

Exponential Health Benefits Many more well-documented health benefits of a walking program include: 4 increased heart health 4 lower blood pressure 4 stronger muscles 4 improved balance 4 weight control 4 natural stress relief Several studies from places like Harvard Medical School’s affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital also show that a brisk walking program nearly cut in half the risk of early death in breast cancer patients. Most exercise experts note that a walking pace that leaves the walker only slightly out of breath reaps the greatest rewards. “One hundred steps a minute is a good cadence,” advises Tudor-Locke. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least 150 minutes of exercise weekly, or 30 minutes five days a week, for virtually everyone. Many experts don’t believe it’s necessary to move for 30 minutes straight. Ten-minute increments work fine; so a quick morning walk around the block, another outing during the lunch hour and a refreshing walk with the dog after work can do the trick. Some evidence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion suggests that varying walking speed is even more effective in overcoming insulin resistance and burning calories.

Counting Up Roizen recommends wearing a pedometer or using a free iPhone app (no need for a fitness band), mainly to keep up awareness of our daily step count. There’s no age when we don’t need to walk anymore. If a consistent 10,000 steps does wonders for health, some ask if more would be better. “Ten thousand is the answer for health and longevity, but 12,000 or more makes a difference for fitness and calorie burning, so go for it!” Roizen says. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at

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ew research shows you can stop a cold in its tracks if you take one simple step with a new device when you first feel a cold coming on. Colds start when cold viruses get in your nose. Viruses multiply fast. If you don’t stop them early, they spread in your airways and cause misery. But scientists have found a quick way to stop a virus. Touch it with copper. Researchers at labs and universities worldwide agree — copper is “antimicrobial.” It kills microbes, such as viruses and bacteria, just by touch. Four thousand years ago ancient Greeks and Egyptians used copper to purify water and heal wounds. Now we know why it worked so well. Researchers say a tiny electric charge in microbe cells gets short-circuited by the high conductance of copper. This destroys the cell in seconds. Tests by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show germs die fast on copper. So some hospitals switched to copper touch surfaces, like faucets and doorknobs. This cut the spread of MRSA and other illnesses by over half, and saved lives. The strong scientific evidence gave inventor Doug Cornell an idea. When he felt a cold coming on he fashioned a smooth copper probe and rubbed it gently in his nose for 60 seconds. “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold went away completely.” It worked

Some users say it also helps with sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a 2-day sinus headache. When her CopperZap arrived, she tried it. “I am shocked!” she said. “My head cleared, no more headache, no more congestion.” Some users say copper stops nighttime stuffiness if they use it just before bed. One man said, “Best sleep I’ve had in years.” Users also report success in stopping cold sores when used at the first sign of a tingle in the lip. One woman said, “I tried every product on the market over 20 years. Some helped a little, but this stopped it from happening in the first place.” The handle is sculptured to fit the hand and finely textured to improve contact. Tests show it kills harmful microbes on the fingers to help prevent the spread of illness.

again every time he felt a cold coming on. He reports he has never had a cold since. He asked relatives and friends to try it. They said it worked for them, too. So he patented CopperZap™ and put it on the market. Soon hundreds of people had tried it and given feedback. Nearly 100 percent said the copper stops their colds if used within 3 hours of the first sign. Even up to 2 days after the first sign, if they still get the cold it is milder and they feel better. Users wrote things like, “It stopped my cold right away,” and “Is it supposed to work that fast?” Pat McAllister, age 70, received one as a gift and called it “one of the best presents ever. This little jewel really works.” Sinus trouble, stuffiness, cold sores. People often use CopperZap Copper may even help stop flu if for prevention, before cold signs apused early and for several days. In a pear. Karen Gauci, who flies often for her job, used to get colds after crowded lab test, scientists placed 25 million live flu viruses on a CopperZap. No viruses flights. Though skeptical, she tried it were found alive soon after. several times a day on travel days for The EPA says the natural color 2 months. “Sixteen flights and not a change of copper does not reduce its sniffle!” she exclaimed. ability to kill germs. Businesswoman Rosaleen says CopperZap is made in the U.S. of when people are sick around her she pure copper. It carries a 90-day full uses CopperZap morning and night. money back guarantee and is available “It saved me last holidays,” she said. for $49.95 at or toll“The kids had colds going around and free 1-888-411-6114. around, but not me.” ADVERTORIAL

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BEAUTY AARK ADVANCED ELECTROLYSIS & ADVANCED WELLNESS Diane Christofferson 704 - 9th Ave NW, New Brighton 651-636-4049 •

I offer Electrolysis (the only proven method of permanent hair removal) on all types of hair; non-invasive Ionic Detoxing and LED Skin Light Therapy. 25 years’ experience and am Certified in the Natural Health Care Field. See ad, page 20.


Barb Ryan, LMT • 612-922-2389 Bhakti Wellness Center 7550 France Avenue S, #220 Edina Specializing in persistent, chronic pain relief and mysteries of the body. Serving clients covered by auto insurance and worker’s compensation with a doctor’s referral. Also serving clients seeking the experience of deep relaxation and more selfconnection. Skilled and compassionate care. See ad, page 24.

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 20.


Candi Broeffle, MBA, CPC 218-590-2539 Master your business so you can practice your passion. Business coaching for purpose-driven entrepreneurs to clarify your vision, build your confidence and create a soul-centered strategy. Call today for a free Discovery Session and get on your path to business success.


Quality chiropractic care. You can have a personal audience with your guides and the Archangels and Ascended Masters. Get clarity. Take action. Feel connected. Book your session today and save 25%, using code: IAMWISE17. Or call Nea for a free consult. See ad, page 38.


Una Forde, DC International Village Arcade Building 220 West 98th St, Suite 7, Bloomington 952-922-1478 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


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1553 Como Ave, St. Paul 612-234-7237 • “Is your Computer being Crabby?” Onsite/In-Home or Office, Bring-to-Us Computer Repair services. 2011-15 Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner. Local • Affordable • Honest • Greener.

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SchaOn Blodgett, CCP, BTAT

Psinergy Natural Health & Holistic Wellness


ith a background in the fast-paced world of corporate America, small business management and results-driven sales, Blodgett is no stranger to stress and burnout. With his diverse training in various branches of natural medicine techniques, Blodgett utilizes this knowledge to help even the busy professional maintain their health holistically without sacrificing who they are or want to be. Services Offered: esogetics holistic medicine/colorpuncture, kirlian energy emission analysis, infrared pain therapies, i-ching therapies, joint symbol therapies, sound therapies and more; basic ayurvedic medicine, complex homeopathics & nutritionals, access consciousness “the bars”, classes and workshops on natural medicine & esogetics. (See full list of training in Blodgett's Client Bill of Rights) Areas of specialty: Burnout and stress management for the busy, fast-paced, intense professional who wants to be healthy and vibrant without needing to put your life on hold, as well as those looking for natural options for their long-term health and wellness. Awards/Recognitions: MerchantCircle: Circle of Excellence, 2010-11, Top Merchant, 2010, 2012, Community Leader 2010-current; Best of Minneapolis, Holistic Medicine Practitioner: 2015, 2016; Expert Panelist, Healthy Life Expo, 2011, 2012, 2013; Invited Guest Speaker, Naturopathy 2017 in Melbourne Australia. Philosophy: “As a healer, it is not my job to make you perfect. Instead, it is to meet you where you are along your own path and travel with you on your journey however it unfolds and be a guide.” Psinergy Natural Health is located at 1553 Como Ave. near Como Park and the State Fair Grounds in St Paul, MN. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 612-217-4325 or visit See Directory Listing, page 36.

Health Centered Dentistry


t Health Centered Dentistry, we practice what we refer to as “Whole Person Dentistry.” An approach to dentistry that promotes health and wellness instead of only treating “dis”ease. Whole Person Dentistry observes and deals with the mind, body and spirit of the patient, not just his or her “Teeth.” This approach to dentistry encompasses both modern science and knowledge drawn from the world’s great traditions in natural healing. We offer the following services: Safe mercury filling removal at the request of our patients; Orthopedic orthodontics for children, teens, and adults; we aim to avoid any unnecessary extractions; TMJ therapy; Dental sleep medicine – oral appliance solutions to snoring and sleep apnea; and 3D cone beam X-rays for expert diagnosis. John D. Laughlin III, DDS, past president of the Holistic Dantal Association, has been a holistic dentist for nearly 40 years. Dr. John Reed, DDS, has been a dentist for over 25 years. Health Centered Dentistry, N7915 902 St., River Falls, WI. 715-426-7777. See ad, page 9. 30

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COUNSELING LURA SMEDSTAD, M.S., LPC Twin Cities Therapy and Counseling Associates 5851 Duluth St, #306, Golden Valley 612-434-6610 • Lura supports clients who are addressing the effects of Depression, Anxiety and Life Challenges with counseling, art therapy and spiritual support. Serving adults and teens. Most insurances and HSA accepted. See ad, page 24.

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. See ad, page 9.

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 7.


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 13.

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1401 Main St, Hopkins 952-475-1101 • We build a foundation of trust by treating our patients as individuals. Understanding how uneasy some patients may feel about their dental visits, we make a difference by providing a relaxing and positive experience. See ad, page 22.


54165 Audubon Dr, Sandstone, MN 55072 888-404-7743 •

Private, non-profit environmental learning and ‘green’ conference and retreat center near Sandstone, MN. Diverse 535 lakeside acres, with 7 miles of trails, lodging capacity for 160+, large lakeside dining hall and variety of meeting spaces to accommodate any size group. See ad, page 25.

Natural Smiles Dental Care


atural Smiles Dental Care is an integrative practice that is 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. Our doctors take the time to get to know each patient individually, in order to personalize every wellness treatment plan. At Natural Smiles Dental Care, we have created an atmosphere where we take the time to listen to and understand your oral health needs. We want your visit to be as comfortable and relaxed as possible. We keep current on the latest skills and technology to provide you with quality, professional dental care. Our team will treat you as we would members of our family. We look forward to developing long-term relationships with each individual and family who trusts us with their dental needs. Dr. Madelyn Pearson, owner of Natural Smiles, has been a holistic dentist since becoming a dentist and is a past president of the Holistic Dental Association. Dr. Agnes Schindler joined the practice in 2015, has embraced integrative dentistry and continues to bring new ideas to us all. Natural Smiles Dental Care, 4700 Lexington Ave. N., Ste. D, Shoreview. 651-4839800. See ad, page 7.


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.

HEUPEL’S HEALING HANDS, INC. Teresa Heupel Maple Grove • 701-899-2548

Dealing with pain - whether physical, spiritual, emotional, psychic, psychological, PTSD, or trauma? I can help you alleviate your issue without prescription drugs. I am a Reiki Master and a Shamanic Healer.

Pure Dental


r. Amy Ha Truong was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota and received her Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2009. She is a compassionate and caring dentist who enjoys treating patients of all ages. She was the first accredited member of the International Association of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) in Minnesota, which means she has passed the IAOMT educational program, and is accredited in advanced training of biological dentistry, including safe removal of amalgam fillings. Wellness Services Offered: BPA-Free White Fillings, Mercury-Free Fillings, All Ceramic/Porcelain Crowns, Biocompatibility Testing, Teeth Whitening, Veneers, Invisalign. Areas of Specialty: With holistic and integrative dentistry, we treat and educate our patients that our mouth is connected to our body and our body influences our mouth. Philosophy of Healing: At Pure Dental, we combine conventional and holistic health to guide our patients towards dental wellness. We take pride in providing each patient with the individual attention needed by practicing high-quality care dentistry. We do this by using the most up-to-date technology and continually seek educational opportunities to ensure we remain abreast of the latest techniques and treatment options in holistic and family dental care. We are accepting new patients, and we look forward to building a relationship with you. Pure Dental, Dr. Amy Ha Truong DDS, 6230 10th St. N., Ste. 520, Oakdale. For more information call 651-731-3064 or visit or PureDentalMN. See ad, page 13. January 2018


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Tooth by the Lake



ooth by the Lake has been a holistic general dentistry practice since 1982. This philosophy means we offer many choices of dental materials, dental treatment and alternatives to traditional dentistry.  We specialize and love doing safe amalgam removal, ozone therapy and sharing our knowledge in alternative health. We are concerned about you and the role your mouth is playing in your overall health. We build a foundation of trust by treating our patients as individuals. Understanding how uneasy some patients may feel about their dental visits, we make a difference by providing a relaxing and positive experience.


Dr. Kari Seaverson, DDS; Dr. John Seaverson, DDS. Tooth by the Lake, 1401 Main St., Hopkins. 952-475-1101. See ad, page 22.


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

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.

AROMATHERAPY NATURE’S WAY Essential Oils Joyce Sobotta • 715-878-4474

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 20.

Joyce Sobotta Educator, Certified Aromatherapist, Certified Reflexologist


oyce Sobotta holds a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She was introduced to pure essential oils in 2002 and immediately started teaching their benefits. She presented at the State Alzheimer’s Conference in 2003 and 2004. She completed a NHAC certification course in 2003. In 2006 she completed the certification course in Reflexology through the International Institute of Reflexology. That year her sister, who was 10 years younger, died of metastasized breast cancer. The following year a thermographer asked her if she would create a breast oil using pure essential oils. Sobotta was thrilled with the opportunity to research, find the essential oils that would be beneficial for breast health, and created Healthy Girls Breast Oil, an exquisite, effective, essential oil blend for breast health, now an international business. She learned about the lymphatic system, created a Lady Lymph poster and illustrations for a self-lymphatic massage she avidly promotes. Sobotta offers presentations, classes and consultations answering concerns such as breast pain, tenderness and lumps. She teaches the importance of the lymphatic system and how to use pure essential oils, to detox, balance and stimulate the immune system. For more information or to order her products, call 715-575-9784 o r visit Aromatherapy See ad, page 20. 32

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Sara Shrode, Graphic Designer Minneapolis, MN 612-554-6304 • 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.

HEALTH FOOD STORES MASTEL’S HEALTH FOODS 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 25.

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

Homeopathy is a safe, effective path to healing. We offer low-cost homeopathic care for everyone. Clinic is staffed by advanced students and supervised by faculty.

INTUITIVE YOUR LIFE CORE Laurie Wondra • 612-584-8673

Massage School


he Massage School offers a year-long, 600hour program in professional massage therapy. In addition to the St. Paul location, the school has two campuses in Massachusetts. Their mission is to provide outstanding massage education that is both practical and affordable. Their student clinic serves a threefold purpose in that it helps to provide an exceptional education at one of the lowest tuitions in the country; provides practice and experience for graduates to excel in the field; and offers affordable massage to the public. “We love the win-win-win design of our school,” says co-founder Alexei Levine. “It’s good for the community, good for the school and great for our students.” Location: 801 Front Ave., St. Paul. The next massage therapy program in St. Paul will begin on Feb. 6. To schedule a massage, call 651-280-7474 and leave a message. For more information, visit See ad, page 10.

Gifted Shaman, psychic medium, Laurie Wondra has known of her abilities to communicate with Archangels, Ascended Masters, helpers of the Universe and people that have died since a small child. Today she uses her gifts to deliver messages that help bring direction, clarity and healing. Laurie works in the light grids, healing and expanding your energy fields that help and catapult you on your journey. Laurie also is a Transformational Life Coach.


Cindy Miller • 952-334-7657 7362 University Ave, Ste 303, Fridley I offer massage, reiki, aromatherapy, reflexology, hot stone massage 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.

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. ~Marcus Aurelius



t Mazopiya, a natural food market located in the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community near Shakopee and Prior Lake, many healthy, fresh, and organic food and beverage options are available. Mazopiya [ma-zō-pē-yah], which stands for “a store, a place where things are put away and kept” in the Dakota language, focuses on supporting a healthy, sustainable community. Much of the market’s inventory is locally produced, grown, and sourced. When you visit Mazopiya, you’re visiting more than just a grocery store. Mazopiya offers something for every type of grocery shopper—the store features a fresh deli with many to-go options; the reFresh Bar, which includes coffee, juice, and smoothies that are all 100 percent organic and GMO-free; kombucha on tap; and their most popular item, YUM-me bowls. In addition to the many foods that are free of pesticides, preservatives and artificial ingredients, Mazopiya offers a health and wellness section, as well as a number of free classes throughout the year. Classes cover a wide array of healthy living tips and tricks, so there’s something for everybody. If you’re interested in learning more about Mazopiya, visit Mazopiya, 2571 Credit Union Dr., Prior Lake, MN 55372. For more information, call 952-233-9140 or visit See ad, page 2. January 2018


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Theodore Rick Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) International Village Arcade Building 220 West 98th St, Suite 7, Bloomington • 763-913-6722 “I love massage, but too often it feels good temporarily and then the pain and tightness comes back again. I have found with AIS that by stretching and lengthening the fibers, almost like a yoga/massage that the pain doesn’t come back again,” Warren King.

Audubon Center


he Audubon Center of the North Woods (ACNW) is an independent, nonprofit environmental learning and ‘green’ conference and retreat center located on Grindstone Lake near Sandstone—halfway between the Twin Cities and Duluth. Situated on 643 acres with over 7 miles of trails, ACNW offers guests a casual and relaxed atmosphere, the opportunity to be immersed in nature, and a north woods experience that is closer to home. A leader in renewable energy— ACNW uses a combination of geothermal, solar and wind technologies—with capacity for groups of any size. A variety of lodging and meeting facilities are available, ranging from a 5-bedroom historic lodge to modern accommodations. In addition to traditional meeting rooms, there are also a number of dispersed classrooms, such as a yurt, log cabin and wildlife barn. A large lakeside dining hall with huge stone fireplace provides a beautiful setting for wonderful, scratch-based meal service. Programming options are available to groups—ranging from teambuilding and naturalist programs to a high ropes course and wildlife programs.


Charlotte Steen • 651-278-0697 Serving all with an open, heartmind through Hanmi Buddhist spiritual healing services, meditation classes and prayer services. Visit our website or sign up for our newsletter to keep updated with our offerings and what might work best for you and where you’re at now. See ad, page 24.


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 2.

Audubon Center of the North Woods, 52962 Audubon Dr., Sandstone, MN 55072. 888-404-7743. See ad, page 25.


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3601 Minnesota Dr, Suite 825 Bloomington • 952-452-8583 Awakened Living is an integrated health clinic that immerses you in your healing potential and personal growth through a network of natural therapies designed specifically for you. Our clinic has over 36 therapies and services, including acupuncture and guided imagery, that we integrate to give people the most beneficial healing protocol possible.


54165 Audubon Dr, Sandstone, MN 55072 888-404-7743 •

Private, non-profit environmental learning and ‘green’ conference and retreat center near Sandstone, MN. Diverse 535 lakeside acres, with 7 miles of trails, lodging capacity for 160+, large lakeside dining hall and variety of meeting spaces to accommodate any size group. See ad, page 25.


Melissa Olson- Board Certified Traditional Naturopath and BioEnergetic Practitioner 10591 165th St W • Lakeville, MN 612-991-6759 • I help people feel their most vibrant self by looking for the underlying causes of dis-ease in the body and supporting the body’s natural healing mechanisms using homeopathic or herbal remedies. Homeopathic weight loss is also available. Contact me for a FREE 20-minute consult to learn more.

The truth is that there is no actual stress or anxiety in the world; it’s your thoughts that create these false beliefs. You can’t package stress, touch it or see it. There are only people engaged in stressful thinking. ~Wayne Dyer

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NUTRITION AMY NADEAU FOOD AND NUTRITION Nutritional Therapist, Caterer Personal Chef and Educator • 612-239-7525

Do you suffer from digestive discomfort, brain fog, or high blood sugar? Would you like to forge a new relationship with the food you eat? Call for a free consultation and start taking control of your health through real food!


8120 S Penn Ave, #155, Bloomington MN Michele Rae • 612-310-8876 • Are you ready to align your personal and professional life more fully with your inner essence and passion? Michele’s intuitive and mindful coaching will support, clarify and accelerate creating a life you love. Get started with a free 20-minute phone consultation. See ad, page 5.


Susan Swanson, D.V.M. 651-429-4153 • 1524 Mahtomedi Ave, Mahtomedi Offering a blend of Western and Eastern medicines including; nutritional counseling, behavior counseling, Chinese herbs, acupuncture, Western herbs, essential oils, homeopathy, flower essences, nutritional supplements, chiropractic, reiki and more. See ad, page 24.


54165 Audubon Dr, Sandstone, MN 55072 888-404-7743 •

Private, non-profit environmental learning and ‘green’ conference and retreat center near Sandstone, MN. Diverse 535 lakeside acres, with 7 miles of trails, lodging capacity for 160+, large lakeside dining hall and variety of meeting spaces to accommodate any size group. See ad, page 25.

Candi Broeffle Business Coach


ollowing a passion and seeking to do good in this world, should be easier. As an entrepreneur, you work 60 hours a week and often miss out on what’s important, time with your family and friends. Worse yet, trying to understand the financial, marketing and human resources side of your business is confusing and leaves you feeling insecure. As an entrepreneur herself, Broeffle understands how overwhelming running a business can be. For the past three decades she has purposefully sought out the knowledge and skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur. Now she’s taken the best of what she’s learned and developed specialized coaching programs that will help entrepreneurs like yourself breakthrough to a better business. Broeffle provides business and marketing coaching for purpose driven entrepreneurs. As a certified professional coach in Core Energy Coaching, Broeffle provides individual and group coaching programs and Mastermind Groups to help you grow your business. As a StoryBrand Certified Guide, she can help you clarify your marketing message so more of the clients you love to work with are attracted to your business. Philosophy: “Composure is a state of tranquility and serenity, feeling secure and confident in all aspects of your life. If you seek to make a difference, build your community and feel more connected and purposeful, then you’re the entrepreneur I love to work with. Together we will create the plan and build the skills you need to grow your business so you can lead the life you deserve.” For more information on Candi Broeffle, MBA, CPC, call 218-590-2539, email or visit

Jody Janati, Ed.D.


or those facing conflicts, Dr. Jody Janati can help you find your “conversation peace” She’s a trainer, speaker, conference facilitator and author. She offers a variety of public and professional workshops on conflict reduction tactics and effective communication skills. During her academic career she has worked in administration, taught for the Minnesota state prison system and consulted for numerous organizations throughout the U.S. She has also authored five books. Visit her website for a full list of training topics and online offerings. Janati is also the author of DailyOm’s bestselling online class, Protect Yourself from Control Dramas. For more information on Dr. Jody Janati, trainer, speaker and author, call 651-210-2246, email or visit January 2018


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André Thomas Psinergy Tech


ith over 28 years of computer repair and service experience, Thomas brings a wealth of knowledge to the local Twin Cities community. Even with his deep love for technology, he focuses on being in harmony with the natural surroundings, and finding a more holistic balanced approach between the user and the technology of today. Services Offered: Windows PC Repair and Maintenance, including: Virus/Spyware/Malware Removal and Repair, Computer Optimization & Tune-ups, Hardware and Software Updates, Operating System Corruption Repair, Data Recovery Services, Laptop Repairs including DC Jack Repair, Laptop Screen Replacement, Motherboard Replacements, WiFi/Network setup, Password resets and more. Areas of specialty: PC/Windows 3.1 to Windows 10, Windows Server, Home Users, SOHO Users, Smaller Businesses Awards/Recognitions: Angie’s List Super Service Award: 2011-2016, ThreeBestRated: Best Business of 2017, MerchantCircle: Top Merchant 2010, 2012 Philosophy: “Just like the human being, computers need things like wellness checks (tuneups), a strong immune system (up-to-date anti-virus software), and de-stressing routines (defragging). When things go awry, you want someone who specializes in bringing it back to optimal health.” Psinergy Tech is located at 1553 Como Ave., near Como Park and the State Fair Grounds in St Paul, MN. For more information, call 612.234.7237 or visit See directory listing, page 29. 36

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Providing life-changing retreats for individuals committed to leading lives filled with purpose, joy, and connection. Experience transformation in multi-day retreats that create awareness and acceptance of your current experiences, while providing the tools needed to design a life of conscious choice. It’s your time to build a fearless life.

Offering safe breast/fullbody screenings using Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging in more than 35 locations. Functional and physiological changes can be detected in early stages with no radiation and no touching. FDA cleared. Use HSA & FSA dollars.

Candi Broeffle, MBA, CPC 218-590-2539


6420 W Lake St (Main screening location) St. Louis Park • 952-926-2511 See website for other locations



4401 Upton Ave S Minneapolis • 612-922-4272

Find Your Conversation Peace Dr. Jody Janati • Trainer | Speaker | Author Book a Training Today! • 651-210-2246

Raise your consciousness by attending our classes, workshops and Sunday services led by amazing speakers. Raise your vibration in our beautiful historic building. Let our community help you on your spiritual journey as you feel the love of our heart-based community. Visit our website for all we offer, including our annual Conscious Living Expo on April 7, 2018.

Learn 101 things to “say and do” during difficult interactions. Maintain your personal integrity through effective communication strategies that really work. Multiple techniques are offered to ensure you can find your voice, maintain wholeness and go unimpaired while engaging others during difficult interactions. Be cool, calm and collected and set healthy boundaries with others and ultimately find your Conversation Peace.




Vajracharya ZhiChan, Charlotte M Steen • 651-278-0697 We are here to share Hanmi (Chinese Esoteric) and Chinese Chan Buddhism with Minnesotans and with all who are interested in receiving spiritual healing, in learning these lifechanging meditation practices, or in requesting Buddhist prayer services. Aspire to be one who respects all, forgives all, helps all without expecting anything in return. Practice Esoteric Buddhist meditations so that you can know yourself. Once you know yourself, you can change yourself. Once you begin to change yourself, you will be able to overcome yourself. See ad, page 24.

PSINERGY NATURAL HEALTH & HOLISTIC WELLNESS 1553 Como Ave, St. Paul 612-217-4325 •

Utilizing well-defined natural wellness tools and therapies customized for you, we make holistic health easy, understandable and affordable. Our process is to help bring you back into balance while educate you along the way.

The number one root of all illness, as we know, is stress. ~Marianne Williamson

ongoing events


Please call or check the websites to ensure the classes or events are still scheduled for that week.

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. 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.

sunday Restorative Flow Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. In restorative yoga, props are used to support the body so students can hold poses for a longer period of time, allowing the body to open through passive stretching. Restorative yoga is a very relaxing and rejuvenating practice. The focus is slowing down and calming the mind and body. $18. Healing Elements, 2290 Como Ave, St. Paul. 651348-6216.





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.

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.



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.

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.

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.


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.

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. TheNutritionHub.

Optimism is

the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. ~Helen Keller

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Meditation Styles plus: Living Courageously February articles include: Finding Your Perfect Meditation Style Heart Healthy Foods Pathways Toward Personal Resilience

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2018 highlights calendar The Daily Calendar for January can be found on our website— and will also be sent out with our monthly e-newsletter. You can send a request to to have the PDF of the Daily Calendar emailed to you. The Daily Calendar will return in the February issue. Please call or check the website for any updates or changes to events before attending. When we list them so far ahead of the dates, things may change.

EVERY MONTH Holistic Chamber of MN – 2nd Wednesday of the month. 7-9pm. This organization is dedicated to supporting each other to grow holistic businesses and welcomes any business, professional, or practitioner that promotes a healthy lifestyle as well as products and/ or services to enhance general health and well-being. Free to first time guests. Check website for meeting locations each month. Holistic Mom’s Monthly Meeting – 3rd Wednesday of the month. – 7-9pm. Become a member and take advantage of all that the Holistic Moms Network has to offer – join in the conversations on our online forums, affiliate with a local Chapter, and share your voice and passion for holistic health and green living. Together, we can build a healthier and more sustainable future. Free. Check website for meeting location.

JANUARY Sat Jan 6 – Annual Health & Fitness Expo – 9:30am1:30pm. Seminars, samples, speakers and much more at this annual event. Free. New Brighton Community Center, 400 10th St NW, New Brighton. For more information, visit

FEBRUARY Sun Feb 4 – Super Bowl. Minneapolis hosts the 2018 Super Bowl. Sat Feb 10 - Ham Lake Snowbowl - 10am-3pm. Ice fishing contest, broomball tournament, snow sculpture contest, Fat Tire Bike Race, crafts, food, dog pull, kids’ games, silent auction and more. $3. Ham Lake Park, Ham Lake.

entertainment. Product sampling and lots of information to start living a healthier life. Cost $6 or free with admission of the ad in this issue. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1302-2nd St, Minneapolis. Fri Mar 23- Sun Mar 25 – Minneapolis Yoga Conference - Fri 8am-10pm/Sat 6:30am-7:30pm/ Sun 6:30am-5pm. Join the 5th annual event for all or part of the weekend’s line-up of activities. Hyatt Regency, 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis. Sat Mar 24 – Twin Cities Women’s Expo – 9am5pm. Food, fashion, fun & shopping, fitness, relaxation, pampering, self-care, premium exhibitors, awesome talks and goddess empowerment. $10. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1302-2nd St, Minneapolis.

APRIL Sat Apr 7 – Conscious Living Expo – 10am-5pm. Live with a deeper awareness of self and community. Join us for this zero-waste event with prizes, food and fun as well as workshops, samples and demonstrations. Free. Lake Harriet Spiritual Center, 4401 Upton Ave, S Minneapolis. 612-922-4272. Sat Apr 7 – Longevity Expo – 10am-5pm. Join others for this 5th annual event centered around health and wellness and vibrant living. Speakers, samples, giveaways and demonstrations. Cost: $6; free with ad or ticket or food shelf donation. Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove.


April 22 is Earth Day. Check Natural Awakenings and calendars in your area for events going on to help celebrate and clean our little corner of the Earth.

Sat, Mar 3 and Sun, Mar 4 – Healthy Life Expo 10am-5pm. Over 200 vendors promoting health, balance and success in all areas of life. Three stages of speaker presentations, demonstrations and live

Thu April 30 and Fri May 2 – Midwest Solar Expo – This is the 5th annual conference. DoubleTree by Hilton, Park Place, Minneapolis.

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MAY Sat May 19 and Sun May 20 – Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest – 10am-4pm. Vendors, speakers, giveaways, samples and much more at this two day event. $15. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis.

JUNE Fri Jun 1 – Sun Jun 3 – Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference – Attend the largest herbal conference in this region that focuses on women’s health. This event has more than 40 workshops including pre-conference intensives, movie screenings, evening entertainment, plant walks and vendors. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. Sat Jun 15-17 – The Energy Fair: Clean Energy & Sustainable Living – Fri, Sat, 9am-10pm; Sun, 9am4pm. The Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s annual Energy Fair, featuring more than 250 workshops/demos, 200 exhibitors, a clean transportation show, keynotes, music, great food, local beer and more. $15/day, $35/weekend, free/volunteers and MREA members, reduced ticket prices before Jun 5. 7558 Deer Rd, Custer. 715-592-6595.

SEPTEMBER Sun Sep 16 - Twin Cities Veg Fest – 11am-5pm. Twin Cities Veg Fest is a project of Compassionate Action for Animals. Contact Laura Matanah at for more information. Harriet Island Regional Park, St Paul. Sat Sep 29 and Sun Sep 30 - Minnesota Pet Expo – 10am-5pm/Sat and 11am-4pm/Sun. Check out 100 + pet friendly exhibitors and rescue groups, live demonstrations, great giveaways and discounts, talent and costumes contests and more. Bring your pet. $5/day. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1302-2 St, Minneapolis.

NOVEMBER Sat Nov 17 - Sun Nov 18 - Healthy Life Expo 10am-5pm. Over 200 vendors promoting health, balance and success in all areas of life. Three stages of speaker presentations, demonstrations and live entertainment. Product sampling and lots of information to start living a healthier life. Cost $6 or free with admission of the ad in this issue. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1302-2nd St, Minneapolis. Sat Nov 17 Do It Green Gift Fair – 10am-5pm. Check their website to confirm this 2018 date of the Annual Green Gifts Fair. The magazine went to press before the date was posted on the website. Midtown Global Market, 920 E Lake St, Minneapolis.

TO BE ANNOUNCED Your Shining Life Expo – The date has not been set for this event. Please check the website or watch in Natural Awakenings for the 2018 big event.

Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm

MINNEAPOLIS CONVENTION CENTER 1301 2nd Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55403

FREE Paid admission for the first person gets the second person in FREE! (Must present ad. Regularly $6 per person.)





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3 Visit up to 200 exhibitors offering the latest products, services and information for better health and fitness. 3 3 stages of free speakers! 3 Free food sampling including gluten free 3 FREE goodie bag for the first 100 people in line! 3 Join the Back Road Kickers for dancing and lessons! 3 Meet local radio personalities from KDWA and KYMN Radio – spin the prize wheel to win prizes 3 Meet Dr. Chuck, head of the 45TV Institute of Laughter on KSTC

3 Demos all weekend including: yoga, martial arts, in-home fitness equipment and more! 3 The SMART place to find resources for looking your best, feeling your best and being your best! 3 Visit Staci from KS95! Spin the prize wheel for prizes! 3 Enjoy a day of pampering and product sampling with mini massages, beauty make-overs, and more! 3 Come early and stay late! There is plenty to see and do throughout the weekend! • Got a Healthy Product or Service? Exhibit here! (952) 238-1700

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