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he local food movement in Minnesota is alive and well, as you’ll see in this month’s issue which features multiple articles on food democracy—keeping it local, affordable and free from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Isn’t it ironic that foods can contain GMOs and not have labels telling us that fact, while foods that are organic need to be certified organic? Giant food companies have said that identifying foods with a label stating “Contains GMOs” is like putting a giant ‘poison’ sign on the food. Other countries have banned many items that our U.S. Food & Drug Administration has acknowledged may be harmful or a possible carcinogen, yet they still allow these things in our food. Great Britain and France have both made progress in replacing toxic ingredients with safer alternatives. For example, the McDonald’s Strawberry Sundae in Great Britain is now colored with strawberries, whereas the U.S. uses the dye Red 40. Fanta orange soda in the UK gets its bright color from pumpkin and carrot extract, whereas in the U.S. it’s from Red 40 and Yellow 6. It’s not just the dyes—there are many ingredients that are likely not doing our bodies any favors, and in fact, actually causing harm. The overall situation, with the big companies fighting to preserve their way of making food/ products, reminds me of the tobacco industry crying foul (while lying), followed a few years later by the automobile industry doing the same. It’s possible, in the beginning of making packaged foods with additives for preservation and dyes for aesthetics, there was little to no awareness of any side effects, but there is now. Perhaps in the not-too-distant future, we’ll see the movie or read the book about the massive cover-ups and lobbying the food industry masterminded in order to keep unsafe ingredients in our food. But for now, it’s up to us! Educate yourself, your family and your neighbors. Write your senators and representatives to share what’s important to you. Write to the companies asking that they make beneficial changes. Attend a rally. Shop local and organic. Don’t fret if your budget doesn’t allow you to be 100 percent organic. Start where you are, do what you can and know in your heart that you’re making a difference. Any journey starts with the first step. Here’s to our voice and our freedom to use it! Happy Fourth of July!

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newsbriefs Open Arms of MN Needs Volunteers


pen Arms of MN is seeking volunteers for its kitchen, organic garden and food delivery. This nonprofit organization cooks and delivers food to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, MS or ALS and others that would benefit from assistance with food free of charge. Volunteers are integral to the work of Open Arms, offering opportunities to cook, bake, deliver and plant and harvest food. “Volunteers love working with us because it’s fun, meaningful, and they can immediately see and feel the impact of their work,” states Leah Hébert Welles, executive director. Open Arms meals are tasty, convenient and healthy. Professional chefs focus on using fresh ingredients in meals instead of heavily processed food, so recipients can be assured of great nutrition. They even have an urban farm that produces vegetables for their kitchen during the summer and fall. Open Arms began as a single act of kindness, in 1986, by its founder, Bill Rowe, cooking a meal in his apartment and delivering it to a friend with HIV/AIDS. Nearly three decades later, their operation has grown into a 21,000-square-foot building with a state-of-the-art kitchen that allows them to cook and deliver over 470,000 meals annually, with the help of 2,400 volunteers. In the intervening years, Open Arms and its stakeholders realized that the need for healthy food was the same, whatever the medical diagnosis. So, they opened their arms a little wider to include people living with cancer, MS, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), and HIV/AIDS, as well as their caregivers and dependents. Open Arms also partners with several nonprofit organizations in South Africa to provide food and nutrition to people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Currently, they serve over 800 clients, caregivers and dependent children each week in the greater Twin Cities area. Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave. S., Minneapolis. For more information, call 612-8721152 or visit

Soil Sisters Teach Home Kitchen Skills


elebrating Wisconsin family farms and rural life, a three-day-long Soil Sisters event, to be held from July 31 to August 2 in South Central Wisconsin on farms around Monroe and Brodhead, will feature hands-on workshops and culinary events. The weekend will culminate in the Tour of Farms. The events are all led by more than a dozen women farmers that operate sustainable or certified organic farms. Many of the activities are aimed at families with kids that want to be greeted by goats, sheep, chickens or emus. Depending on the Green Acres workshop, they can spin some fiber, go on a hayride, explore how to start a food business from their home kitchen, learn how to ferment or build a birdhouse, among many other hands-on activities. Culinary events include a Dinner on the Farm and Taste of Place. The Tour of Farms is free on Aug. 2, other events are ticketed. For more information, visit See ad, page 23.

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atural Awakenings of the Twin Cities is giving away tickets to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, in Shakopee. Publisher Jackie Flaherty is holding a drawing for 12 sets of two tickets to the festival, to be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., weekends from August 22 through October 4. Now in its 45th season, the festival is an interactive outdoor event that recreates a fictional, 16th-century English fantasy kingdom. A variety of events include 16 stages with live entertainment, games and activities, 250 artisan booths, food and beverages. Each weekend has its own theme, such as Wine, Chocolate and Romance, Ye Old Pet Fest and Oktoberfest. For children, there are more than 50 free activities, including the Fairy Wing Forest, Dr. Thora Pandora’s Chemistry Experience, fairy wand and pirate tat making, Mermaid Cove, a petting zoo and the Secret Garden. Other children’s offerings include face painting, checkers, fencing, caricatures, and games such as Kings of the Log. Ticket drawings will be held randomly throughout the months of August and September. For more details and instructions on how to enter, visit Location: Renaissance Festival Grounds, 12364 Chestnut Blvd., Shakopee. Free parking. For more information, call 952-445-7361 or visit See ad, page 2.

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eet faculty, students and admissions staff at the Discovery Day event at Northwestern Health and Sciences (Northwestern), in Bloomington, starting at 8:30 a.m., July 11. Attendees can earn scholarships: Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine ($1,000 scholarship), Chiropractic ($1,000 scholarship), Massage Therapy ($500 scholarship), and Undergraduate / Post-Bac Pre-Health ($50 application fee waiver) for those who register by August 10. Prospective students get the opportunity to speak with deans, faculty and current students; learn about the curriculum and clinical internships; broaden their knowledge about the science and practice of health care; hear program information and clinical case studies from faculty; enjoy breakfast or lunch while visiting with faculty and students; find out about the admissions process; tour the campus with a student ambassador and meet other prospective students. The schedule of events can be viewed at their website. The events include introductions to acupuncture and oriental medicine, chiropractic, massage therapy and undergraduate/ post-bachelor pre-health. Northwestern is creating new and collaborative ways to provide integrative, patient-centered care and educate their students to practice using this emerging healthcare model. Northwestern students learn about natural health care beyond their own field of study, are exposed to students in other academic programs, and interact with healthcare providers in multiple disciplines. Cost: Free. Location: 2501 West 84th St., Bloomington. Call 952885-5406 or visit


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newsbriefs King Tooth Gets a Total Makeover


ing Tooth, a holistic dental office in St. Louis Park, received a total office makeover this year. According to owner Dr. Sherif Said, “King Tooth aims to be natural and environmentally sustainable in all areas of practice to better cater to a patient base that is extremely educated.” This includes the recent remodel where they used low- or no-VOC paints, chemical-free flooring and energy- and resource-efficient electrical and plumbing systems. Danielle Furry, office manager, explains how the entire office received a facelift—new furniture, counters, paint and flooring, décor and re-upholstered dental chairs. “It’s a very pampered and relaxed atmosphere that was purposefully designed to be welcoming and relaxing,” says Furry. In 2010, Said joined Dr. Ronald King’s practice because he believed in King’s holistic philosophy in practicing dentistry, and the fact that oral health has a strong impact on the overall wellbeing of the body. In 2010, Said took over ownership of King Tooth upon King’s retirement. Location: 6100 Excelsior Blvd., Ste. East, St. Louis Park. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call 952-929-4545 or visit See ad page 27.

Metamorphosis Center Merges with Dynamic Journey Massage & Wellness


aura Strong, founder of the Holistic Chamber of Minnesota (HCMN), launched The Metamorphosis Center, in 2012, as a sacred and safe space for people to explore all things mind, body, Laura Strong and spirit for personal development. As her vision grew, so did the need for additional space and offerings. To that end, Strong has purchased Dynamic Journey Massage & Wellness, Inc. (DJMW) with plans to merge her two businesses as of July 1. Each business will remain at its current location in Burnsville, with the long-range plan of consolidating into one building. Ann Scarborough, former owner and president of DJMW, is moving to Wyoming, which prompted her search for a buyer who shared her vision for the future of the collaborative business, honored the associates that leased her office space, and guaranteed continuity of care for her massage and lymph therapy clients. As a member of the HCMN, Scarborough served for 14 months as a new member ambassador, where she forged relationships with area schools providing holistic training such as massage and shiatsu therapy and integrative health. She enjoyed promoting the Holistic Chamber because, in her 20 years as a massage therapist, that type of support had not previously been available. Scarborough, who views Strong as “the patron saint of holistic practitioners,” states, “Working with Laura was thrilling because of her passion and vision for helping holistic professionals develop their business skills for financial success.” DJMW unredeemed gift certificates will be honored by massage therapists Dana Buddenbaum and Amy Dale. Other services available include craniosacral, faster EFT, advanced energy healing, hypnotherapy and nutritional counseling. Dynamic Journey Massage and Wellness, 1103 W. Burnsville Pkwy., Stes. 200 and 201, Burnsville. Metamorphosis Center, 1301 Cliff Rd., Ste. 105, Burnsville. For more information, visit and


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arpal tunnel syndrome is typically accompanied by pain, numbness and reduced mobility in the hands and wrists. Research published by the Tehran (Iran) University of Medical Sciences in the DARU Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences has determined that the application of external linseed oil—also referred to as flaxseed oil—can reduce pain and increase mobility for syndrome sufferers. The research tested 100 patients with the condition in two groups—one rubbed placebo oil onto their wrists, while the other applied linseed oil daily over a four-week period. Both groups wore wrist splints at night. After the treatment period, those that applied linseed oil experienced a significant drop in pain scores using the Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire and Function Assessment. The same patients also reported an improvement in mobility and function.

Eating Peanuts Early On Reduces Allergy Risk


eanut allergies in Western countries have doubled during the past decade. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine may help reverse this trend. Researchers found that introducing peanuts during early childhood can actually decrease the risk of developing a peanut allergy later in life. The researchers followed 640 children with a high risk of food allergies, beginning when they were between 4 and 11 months old. Half the children were fed peanuts, while the other half were not given any. All were tested for sensitivities to peanuts prior to and at the end of the study period, which averaged five years. The research found that nearly 14 percent of those that avoided peanuts had a peanut allergy at the end of five years; seven times more than the 2 percent of those that were fed peanuts and displayed subsequent sensitivity.



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ew research from Brigham Young University indicates that social interaction decreases the risk of premature death. Scientists conducted an analysis of actuarial health research from 1980 to 2014 that included more than 3 million people. The study found living alone increased the risk of death by 32 percent, while perceptions of greater social isolation and elevated loneliness showed 29 percent and 26 percent increased risks of early mortality, respectively. The results were consistent among both men and women, but the impact of feelings of isolation or loneliness caused a higher degree of mortality risk for individuals under the age of 65. The mortality rates among the lonely and isolated were comparable to those of individuals that smoked 15 cigarettes a day or were alcoholics. Lead researcher Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D., further noted, “The effect of this is comparable to that of obesity, something that public health takes very seriously.”


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utdoor summer activities can sometimes leave the body a bit bruised and battered. While the tendency is to take extra care of ourselves only after the damage has been done, taking a proactive approach by using herbs to prepare for exertion can cut down on post-workout pain, improve athletic performance and help recovery. Before heading outside to work out, Nature’s Rite Founder Steven Frank recommends using sweet marjoram for muscle cramp relief, peppermint leaf to improve circulation and witch hazel to lubricate muscle fibers. Penelope Ody’s The Holistic Herbal Directory suggests that using these herbs can also cut down on discomfort during strenuous physical activity. Devil’s claw can be applied to provide joint relief. According to Andrew Chevallier’s Natural Health Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, applying juniper berry to flush lactic acid from muscles and white willow bark for pain relief can help to offset effects of pushing the body harder than usual during exercise. After the workout is complete, Ody’s Natural Health Complete Guide to Medicinal Herbs recommends the application of comfrey to increase fibroblast activity for building new muscle fibers and repairing micro-tears in tendons, as well as Arnica montana to break up micro-clots to clear the way for recovery while easing pain. Frank says, “Each of these herbs, roots and bark can be combined in a water decoction to provide the right preparation for outdoor activities. The mixture should be sprayed on or wiped on large muscle groups and joints for maximum effectiveness.” For more information, email or visit See ad, page 2.

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Vermont’s Victory Court Rules GMO Labeling Constitutional In April, a federal court denied a request by powerful food industry groups to block Vermont’s landmark law requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods (GMO).The plaintiffs, including the Grocery Manufacturers Association, had sought a preliminary injunction to stop implementation of Act 120, which passed in May 2014 and will take effect a year from now. U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss’ ruling said that the plaintiffs failed to show that they would suffer “irreparable harm” to warrant an injunction, and that the state had established that the act’s GMO disclosure requirement is constitutional. “This important ruling affirms the constitutionality of genetically engineered food labeling, as well as the rights of Vermonters and U.S. citizens across the country,” states George Kimbrell, senior attorney for the Center for Food Safety and counsel in the case. The ruling came shortly after an analysis by the Environmental Working Group found that industry groups spent $63.6 million last year—triple the amount spent in 2013—to defeat GMO-labeling measures. The general consensus is the Vermont case is likely to go to trial.

Fresh Catch

Community Supported Fisheries Share Bounty of the Sea Community supported agriculture is a growing movement in which subscribers pay farmers for weekly shares of their crops before the growing season starts, benefiting both. The farmers receive an infusion of cash up front and are paid a fair price for the food they produce. Consumers receive fresh food from sustainable, local farms and are often introduced to vegetables and fruits they might not try otherwise. The same concept applies to new community supported fisheries (CSF), which reconnect coastal communities to their local food systems. According to Paul Greenberg, author of American Catch: The Fight for our Local Seafood, 91 percent of the seafood that Americans eat comes from other countries, while one-third of the seafood caught by American fishermen is sold outside our borders. He believes this situation exists because most Americans aren’t willing to pay premium prices for better seafood and domestic fishermen realize better prices overseas. By using the website to find nearby CSF programs, pioneering coastal communities can benefit from both supporting sustainable fishing practices and their local environment while still sufficiently feeding their residents. Source: Mother Nature Network

Fracking Fallout

Waterways, Soils and Animals Poisoned with EPA Approval Surface disposal of water produced by oil and gas drilling is forbidden in the Eastern U.S., but allowed in arid Western states for purposes of agricultural or wildlife propagation. The result: Millions of gallons of water laced with toxic chemicals from oil and gas drilling rigs are pumped for consumption by wildlife and livestock with approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA is issuing permits at nearly a dozen oil fields on or abutting the Native American Wind River Reservation, in Wyoming, for surface application of drilling wastewater without even identifying the chemicals in fluids used for hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, let alone setting effluent limits for the contaminants contained within them. Also, monitoring requirements allow water to be tested long after fracking outflow, or maintenance flushing, is completed. The EPA maintains Clean Water Act jurisdiction on tribal lands. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) Executive Director Jeff Ruch states, “Gushers of putrid, grayish water encrusted with chemical crystals flood through Wind River into nearby streams.” PEER is asking the EPA to rewrite the permits to regulate all the chemicals being discharged and to determine whether the produced water is potable for wildlife and livestock. Source: FrackingUse natural awakenings

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globalbriefs Bee Aware Lowe’s to Stop Selling Toxic Pesticides Lowe’s Home Improvement says it will begin to eliminate neonicotinoid pesticides, a leading contributor to global bee declines, from its stores. This public commitment is the most significant announcement so far for a retailer of its size. Lisa Archer, a spokesperson for Friends of the Earth, says, “We are pleased Lowe’s is listening to consumer concerns and to the growing body of science telling us we need to move away from bee-toxic pesticides by taking steps to be part of the solution to the bee crisis.” The retailer has pledged to phase out neonicotinoids as suitable alternatives become available, redouble existing integrated pest management practices for suppliers and provide additional materials for educating customers about pollinator health. Source:

Mushroom Magic

Fungi Clean Up Toxic Wastes For waterways, soil or even radioactively contaminated areas, the powerful use of mycelium to sequester contaminants is receiving significant attention. Leading American mycologist Paul Stamets, the pioneering founder of Fungi Perfecti, has been working for years with mycore mediation, using mycelium to clean up waste sites. He holds nine patents on the antiviral, pesticidal and remediative properties of mushroom mycelia. Stamets even has an eight-step plan for cleaning up radioactive poisoning and thinks fungi could remediate radiation at the melted reactor sites in Fukushima, Japan. The Ocean Blue Project (, based in Corvallis, Texas, uses locally grown oyster mushroom spores lodged in a coffee grounds mixture. Then they create a “bunker spawn” that’s put into a river to restore polluted aquatic habitat. As the mushrooms grow, they break down toxins and remove pollutants from the river. Mycore mediation also helps with weed control. Source:

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Sun-Fueled Energy Booms in Pioneer States Two years in the making, the Topaz Solar Project, the world’s largest, has begun operating in California, powerful enough to supply 160,000 homes using 9 million photovoltaic solar panels installed across 9.5 square miles. Compared to fossil fuel technology, the facility is projected to remove 377,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year; equivalent to taking 73,000 cars off the road. Unlike some solar plants, Topaz requires no water to generate electricity and makes minimal sound because there are no moving parts, so its total environmental impact is minimal. In Hawaii, where 12 percent of homes have solar panels, handling surplus power is putting pressure on the state’s biggest utility, which now wants to reduce what it pays for the energy. Electricity there is pricey, with monthly bills of $600 to $700 not uncommon. The growing popularity of making electricity at home puts new pressures on old infrastructure like circuits and power lines and cuts into electric company revenue. As a result, many utilities are reducing incentives and adding steep fees. “Hawaii is a postcard from the future,” says Adam Browning, executive director of Vote Solar, a policy and advocacy group based in California.


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Legendary musician Neil Young and his new band, Promise of the Real, featuring Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah Nelson, are calling out agribusiness giant Monsanto’s practices with a new album and summer concert tour. The band’s Rebel Content tour to support their new album The Monsanto Years will kick off on July 5 in Milwaukee and includes Young’s first-ever concert in Vermont, in Essex Junction, on July 19, a state that passed a law requiring food companies to label products that contain genetically modified ingredients. Young, a longtime critic of big agribusiness, has sharply criticized efforts by the Grocery Manufacturers Association to block the Vermont GMO labeling law. “Whatever you think of GMOs,” he maintains, “corporations should not be using massive lawsuits to overturn legitimate, democratic decisions that have strong public backing.” The tour also encompasses Denver, July 8 and 9; Lincoln, Nebraska, July 11; Cincinnati, July 13; Clarkston, Michigan, July 14; Camden, New Jersey, July 16; Bethel, New York, July 17; Wantagh, New York, July 21; Great Woods, Massachusetts, July 22; and Oro-Medonte, Ontario, July 24. Other dates may be added.

t age 10, you twist your ankle playing soccer, believe it is healed, yet at 16 develop headaches and can’t figure out why. Your body has done its best to heal and compensate. Whiplash, dental work, surgery, emotional and physical abuse can all lead to disturbances in the body. Craniosacral Therapy (CST) can help bring the body back into balance and integrate your life experiences. CST is a light-touch approach. Clients remain clothed and lie on a massage table, often going into a deep, relaxed place. CST is a great complement to other modalities such as chiropractic, massage, psychotherapy and physical therapy. It has helped with neck and back pain, TMJ, inflammation, concussion, stress, anxiety, depression and much more. Practitioners of CST listen to the body and allow it to show them where and how restrictions and emotions can be released. Energy is redirected from compensation to proper movement and function. Releasing of tension in the body frees up the spinal cord and cranium, allowing for optimal flow of cerebral spinal fluid. This balancing of the central nervous system results in moving from a state of fight/flight/freeze to rest/restore/digest. When this happens, it allows for clearer thinking, an improved immune system, more balanced mood and easier physical movement. In addition to these improvements, clients report feeling they have come home to themselves and opened to a greater sense of self. Come experience the subtle yet deeply profound work of CST.


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Launching a Kitchen-Based Food Business from Home by John D. Ivanko, Lisa Kivirist and Beth Kregor


epending on the relatively new cottage food laws in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota, home bakers, picklers and jammers can now launch a food business from their home kitchen and sell certain food products to neighbors and friends. The laws in question refer to “non-hazardous” food products, often defined as those that are high in acid with a low pH, like jams, jellies or pickles, or low in moisture, such as breads. Every state’s new cottage food law will specifically answer four key questions about home food production and sale: what products can be sold; where they can be sold; how they can be sold; and how much of each product can be sold. “We have value-added products like salsas, spreads, pickles and jams,” says Erin Schneider, who, with her husband Rob McClure, operates Hilltop Community Farm, in LaValle, Wisconsin. They produce only high-acid food products


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with their organically grown crops. “Our black currant and honey jam is sold before we even make it. Rob has quite the following with his garlic dills.” They sell at a holiday farmers’ market and earn about $2,000 a year. “I’m eager to encourage vendors who have products produced under the Illinois cottage food law,” says Roxanne Junge, market manager for the Glenview Farmers’ Market, in Glenview, Illinois. “The cottage food law is an awesome thing for people to get their foot in the door, try out a new product and sell it direct to their customers. It allows them to do this without investing too much money into the business before they’ve figured out what will sell. Eventually, many of them are able to take the next step to open a storefront or start an online sales business.” “Being able to use our kitchen for the operation made our lives easier,

and it gave us the opportunity to stay in business, as it lowered our costs considerably,” explains Blanca Berthier, co-owner of Mundo Verde, an Illinois company that has been making premium and amaranth granola since 2010. Berthier moved her operations from a certified kitchen into her home after the Illinois cottage food law was passed in 2012. Thanks to the success of her products, Berthier expanded her operation beyond her home kitchen by using a commercial co-packer to manufacture the granola to her exacting specifications. By using the co-packer, her products can be sold at local grocery stores and by direct delivery. “Your best research comes directly from your customers. Ask them what they like and make it,” advises Dorothy Stainbrook, owner of HeathGlen Farm & Kitchen, in Forest Lake, Minnesota. HeathGlen specializes in preserves, syrups and scrubs made from organic fruit harvested at Stainbrook’s farm. What started out of her farmhouse kitchen under Minnesota’s cottage food law exceeded the state’s sales cap, so she opted to build a commercial kitchen onsite to keep up with demand. Some food entrepreneurs choose to rent space in a community or incubator kitchen when they scale up. Cottage foods and specialty food products are ultimately defined by their quality ingredients, distinctive flavors and taste. By meeting a seemingly insatiable appetite for more, these local, small batch food entrepreneurs are rebuilding a community food system. “We think it’s much more important to produce what grows well on our soil and then sell it, so that ecology drives economics, rather than the other way around,” says Schneider. “Paprika peppers, elderberries, hardy kiwi, garlic, pears, currants. These are the plants that are adapted here, and it’s our job as ecologically minded farmers to show how delicious these things can be, fresh or preserved.” Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko are co-authors of Homemade For Sale, a how-to guide for launching a food business from a home kitchen. Beth Kregor is the director of the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship and a founding member of Chicago’s Street Vendors Justice Coalition.

The Smorgasbord of Midwestern Laws by Beth Kregor


he Midwest has a great tradition of home cooking, and its potlucks are legendary. Yet, state laws are sometimes hostile to the home cook that tries to test the market or grow a business selling homemade goodness. Nevertheless, new laws are pending in local state capitols. Be sure to check on the most recent developments nearby before starting ( is a good resource). If the results are not favorable, legislators seem to be listening to enterprising home cooks lately—contact them. In Illinois, a cottage food operation may sell specific baked goods, jams, jellies, preserves, fruit butter, and dry herbs or dry teas, if they have a low pH. The city of Chicago, however, does not allow cottage food operations to sell at the farmers’ markets that the city sponsors. Newly approved legislation now allows individuals to sell up to $36,000 per year at farmers’ markets or, if the products feature a locally grown agricultural product, they may deliver it directly to the consumer.  Also in Illinois, a home kitchen operation may sell up to $1,000 a month in baked goods to consumers, but only if the local city or county has adopted an ordinance allowing it. Chicago has not approved home kitchen operations.  In Minnesota, a new law still pending at press time would allow home cooks to sell up to $18,000 per year of homemade foods that are labeled as homemade and are not potentially hazardous, as well as home-processed or home-canned pickles, vegetables or fruits with a low pH. They would be able to sell at farmers’ markets or directly to the consumer (even over the Internet, if the home cook delivers it personally), as long as they register with the state and take a short food handling class.  In Wisconsin, home-based producers cannot sell anything other than jams, jellies, pickles, sauces, and canned goods with a low pH, and their sales are capped at $5,000 per year. Sales are allowed at farmers’ markets and community events only. Wisconsin has been named by some as the most restrictive state for cottage foods. Home cooks make great lobbyists: canners know how to put the pressure on, and bakers know how to sweeten the pot. To learn more about entrepreneurs’ fights for freedom to serve and sell food across the country, visit Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko are co-authors of the newly released Homemade For Sale, a how-to guide for anyone that wants to launch a food business from their home kitchen (available online and for order in local bookstores). They are also co-authors of ECOpreneuring, Farmstead Chef and Rural Renaissance. Beth Kregor is the director of the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship and a founding member of Chicago’s Street Vendors Justice Coalition. Kregor has written articles and reports on the regulatory barriers that micro-businesses face.


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Minnesota Homegrown by Mikki Morrissette

Minnesota and California might seem worlds apart in terms of general climate, but the Twin Cities area of the Midwest has strong roots in food production. According to the creators of Radical Roots, a documentary about this movement, “The Twin Cities has by far the largest number of food cooperatives in the country, including several of the largest, forming the basis for an alternative food economy, which helped it be named the number one metro area for local food in the nation.”


here are presently more than 30 farmers’ markets in Minneapolis alone. The local urban farming organization, Gardening Matters, estimated that in 2014, Twin Cities gardeners planted on almost 20 acres, producing nearly 450,000 pounds of food valued at $500,000-$1 million. Like California—and everywhere else on the globe—changing weather patterns can have a devastating impact on food production. And in Minnesota, where the growing season is particularly short because of extensive winter conditions, sustainability of local crops is keenly felt. The summer of 2007 was a “watershed moment” for Featherstone Farm owner, Jack Hedin, in terms of understanding the immediate impact of global climate change on agriculture. A series


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of storms in August produced a breathtaking 23 inches of rain in 36 hours, essentially erasing Hedin’s farm from the map because of flooding. He wrote in an essay that was published as an op-ed in The New York Times, “We found butternut squashes from our farm two miles downstream, stranded in sapling branches five feet above the ground. A hillside of mature trees collapsed and slid hundreds of feet into a field below. The machine shop on our farm was inundated with two feet of filthy runoff. When the water was finally gone, every tool, machine and surface was bathed in a toxic mix of used motor oil and rancid mud.” He pointed out that a Minnesota climatologist concluded that three “thousand-year rains” had occurred in the area in seven years. Since then, Hedin has relocated his certified organic 140-acre farm in

southeastern Minnesota and invested in sustainability. The farm produces around 70 varieties of fruits and vegetables for distribution to natural food stores, wholesalers and CSA members throughout the region. In 2011, he installed a 38kv photovoltaic array that produces over half of the electricity consumed in the farm’s packing shed, machine shop, offices and irrigation plant. Featherstone received a USDA grant to upgrade pastures to reduce runoff and protect the Root River watershed. It has transitioned more prime acres to organic management, and allows a longer, soil-building crop rotation to take root. The farm has grown more efficient over the years, allowing a more diverse number of vegetables to be produced per gallon of diesel fuel consumed. This is the necessity of the future, writes Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth. “For 100 years we’ve substituted oil for people. Now we need to go the other way. In a world more prone to drought and flood, we need the resilience that comes with three dozen different crops in one field, not a vast ocean of corn or soybeans. In a world where warmth spreads pests more efficiently, we need the resilience of many local varieties and breeds. In a world with less oil, we need the kind of small mixed farms that can provide their own fertilizer, build their own soil.” McKibben goes on to say that researchers predict it will routinely get so hot that wheat and corn crops will suffer, perhaps as much as a 40 percent drop in yield. In 2003, when heat impacted France, corn production fell by a third,

without synthetic fruit harvests by a chemicals and quarter, and wheat being mindful of by a fifth. At least all the inhabitants 30,000 people died. of our farm—huWisconsin’s mans, animals, Steady Hand Farm bugs and smaller is another example bugs. We also of the new sustainwant our food to able food producer. reach all kinds of The young family people. Healthy, maintaining the safe food ought 70-acre site also not to be a luxury. sponsors a North For 100 years we’ve As our business Minneapolis urban progresses, we substituted oil for people. gardening program will look for opfor youth, and offers Now we need to go the portunities to exan acre of permanent pand our markets other way. In a world habitat for honeyto neighborhoods bees and wild pollimore prone to drought with less access to nators on the farm, fresh produce.” and flood, we need the in partnership with Pollinate Minnesota. resilience that comes with As the couple Mikki Morrissette three dozen different crops is the founder conveys on its website: “We come to this of mplsGreen. in one field, not a vast work with a passion com, whose ocean of corn or soybeans. mission is to build for messing in the dirt, growing safe, awareness of the clean food, and with positive collective ~Bill McKibben a concern for the impact of our infood system. We want terlocking efforts food that is safe to eat for our family in cleaner garbage, renewable energy, and community. That means food raised local food, and smart design.

Three Tips to Sustainability at Home Russ Henry, co-chair of the HomeGrown Minneapolis Food Council, offers this advice: n Buy local, organic food which supports the farmers who are protecting everything from the pollinators we need to the microbial nutrients our diverse underground requires for healthy, sustainable food and watersheds. That means more shopping at local farmers’ markets. n Plant bee- and butterfly-friendly plants to encourage a healthy ecosystem that protects our water, contributes to our food shelf, and sustains food system pollinators. Learn more at n No more Roundup®! We have no business spraying as much pesticide as we do, because we don’t know how it’s affecting the little critters we need. Some of the toxins stick around for many years, breaking down the environment. We need a safe and clean food shed and watershed. Stop using poisons willy-nilly! Additionally, less lawn, more garden! natural awakenings

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farm system from corporate agribusiness.” This way, “Everyone has the right to decide what is grown or raised in their community, whether animals are treated humanely, if family farmers and other food workers are paid a living wage and can collectively bargain and whether people have access to safe, healthy food—as well as the right to know what is in their food, how it is produced and where it comes from.” Peck believes that if we want a cleaner environment, healthier people and more vibrant communities, “We need to be citizens that care about bringing democratic accountability, social justice and ecological integrity to all aspects of our food/farm system.”

Food Democracy By the People, for the People and Toward a Stronger Nation by Melinda Hemmelgarn


o more fully understand the concept of democracy, we can look to some past U.S. presidents. Abraham Lincoln defined it as “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” Thomas Jefferson said, “An informed citizenry is at the heart of a dynamic democracy.” Harry S Truman further recognized that “secrecy and a free, democratic government don’t mix.” By extension, “food democracy” describes a fair and transparent food system in which people have informed choices and control in determining what and how they eat. It’s what happens when we view people as citizens, rather than consumers, and treat food as a human right, reports the Oakland, California-based Pesticide Action Network (PAN). Kelly Moltzen, a registered dietitian in Bronx, New York, and member of the Franciscan Earth Corps, defines it as having the freedom to make choices about the integrity of our food from


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farm to plate, so that we can support the health and well-being of ourselves, the Earth and all organisms that inhabit the ecosystem.

Food Sovereignty Feeds Independence

A PAN report on food democracy describes food sovereignty as the international equivalent of the U.S. movement to re-localize control over our food and farming. It’s rooted in regenerating historically autonomous food systems with, for and by the people. John Peck, Ph.D., executive director of Family Farm Defenders, in Madison, Wisconsin, explains that the term “food sovereignty” was coined about two decades ago by the globally active La Via Campesina, comprised of family farmers, farm workers, fishing folks, hunters, gatherers and indigenous communities around the world. “At its most basic,” Peck says, “Food sovereignty is about reclaiming local democratic control over our food/

Local Food Strengthens Communities

In their report, Deepening Food Democracy, the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), in Minneapolis, describes how U.S. food and farming has increasingly become concentrated, consolidated and controlled by the few. Local food enthusiasts want to take back their food system from industrial, corporate masters that lobby for legislation which denies citizens the right to know how their food is produced or if it contains genetically modified ingredients (GMO). The growing local food movement is as much about returning power to communities, food workers, farmers and farm workers as it is about producing and distributing healthy, sustainably grown food, reports IATP. Anthony Flaccavento, an organic farmer in the Appalachian region of southwestern Virginia, has been working on national food and sustainable farming initiatives for nearly 30 years. In a recent Food Sleuth Radio interview, he described the resulting tremendous, multiple positive impacts of strong local economies, noting that a strong local food system is usually at their center. “Once you have vibrant, diverse local economies,” says Flaccavento, “you have better health, lower crime and incarceration rates—and more civic participation.” Basically, a more democratic food system could help fix many of the maladies ailing our nation today. The steady growth of farmers’

markets, farm to In a food democracy, 10 finalist in the school programs Foundation’s everyone is a stakeholder. Varkey and food policy Global Teacher councils prove that Not only do people have Prize, is reaching Americans are through food. Bioscience Research Project equal access to food, but youth hungry both for Based in New York clean food and an they’re informed, active, City’s South Bronx, Corporate Accountability International enhanced sense of one of the engaged and participating. community. try’s poorest school Fair Food Network While Flaccaven- ~Rose Hayden-Smith, author, districts, he and his to appreciates conSowing the Seeds of Victory students are growscious consumers ing vegetables in Food Co-op Initiative that support local school, thereby food providers, he emphasizes, “Just proving children’s diets, health, school Food First acting locally isn’t enough. We need to performance and future potential. “We re-engage with bigger social and politiFood & Water Watch are contributing to food democracy cal debates, by making sure every child we touch, as well.” regardless of income, zip code and skin Food Policy Councils color, faith or nation of origin, has access to fresh, healthy, nutritious food Growing Vegetables Food Sleuth Radio that they help grow,” says Ritz. and Democracy So far, his Green Bronx Machine Food Voices: Stories from the People After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orlecommunity has raised 30,000 pounds Who Feed Us ans, Jenga Mwendo knew she had to of vegetables. “We’re growing justice,” leave her high-powered job in New Kitchen Gardeners International Ritz announced in his March 2015 TED York City and return to her hometown Talk. “My favorite crop is organically in the devastated Lower Ninth Ward. National Family Farm Coalition grown citizens—graduates, voters and “My parents raised me to contribute,” students who are eating [better] and Mwendo explains. “My first name living healthier lives!” National Farm to School Network means ‘to build’ and my last name means ‘always progressing’.” Kitchen Gardens In 2009, Mwendo founded the Oxfam America “Behind the Brands” Backyard Gardeners Network (BGN), Nourish the World a local nonprofit organization that Roger Doiron is the founder and The Seed Library Social Network restores and strengthens what had once director of Kitchen Gardeners been a thriving, closely knit, self-reliant national (KGI), an online global comSeed Savers Exchange community, rich with backyard gardens munity of some 30,000 people in 100 and citizen engagement. Residents countries that are growing some of went to work, recognizing the potentheir own food. He spearheaded First Table of the Earth tial of community gardens to revitalize Lady Michelle Obama’s White House their neighborhood and bring affordGarden. Doiron’s campaign to bring a Union of Concerned Scientists able healthful food to residents, many food garden back to the White House of them suffering from obesity, heart (presidents John Adams, Jefferson and disease and diabetes. The BGN both revitalized a community garden and converted a blighted lot into a Guerrilla Garden, where people of all ages gather Mid-Career Change  Work/Life Balance to grow food, share stories, embrace their cultural heritage and learn how to Call for a FREE become responsible citizens. Career Consultation. Choose or change your career for a lifetime of “We bring people together and satisfaction and success. Move from confusion make decisions collectively,” says 952-456-8467 to clarity with career choice coaching. Mwendo. “The garden is for our community, by our community.” Understanding the value of involving Work Right. ™ children and teens, she adds, “Kids Kelly M. Lewis Coaching & Associates Live Well. know they will be loved here. This is a Career Choice Coaching Helping people choose nurturing environment.” careers they love. Like Mwendo, Stephen Ritz, a top

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Jackson all had edible gardens) began in 2008, went viral, took root and the rest is history. Today, the first lady continues to champion garden-fresh food to improve children’s health. From his own 1,500-square-foot garden in Scarborough, Maine, Doiron and his wife harvested 900 pounds of organic fruits and vegetables worth $2,200 in a single season. “Talented gardeners with more generous soils and climates are able to produce even more food in less space,” he says, “but maximizing production is not our only goal. We’re also trying to maximize pleasure and health.” Doiron believes, “Quality food is central to well-being and is one of the best ways to unite people of different countries and cultures around a common, positive agenda.” He’s convinced that kitchen gardens will play a critical role in feeding a growing population faced with climate challenges. On July 4, his organization celebrates Food Independence Day as a way to recognize the role of home and community gardens in achieving self-sufficiency.

Saving Seeds, Saving Democracy

Quality food is central to well-being and is one of the best ways to unite people of different countries and cultures around a common, positive agenda. ~Roger Doiron, founder and director of Kitchen Gardeners International harvests and foster good jobs for the next generation of young farmers. As president of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, Gerritsen led a lawsuit against Monsanto in 2011, challenging the validity of seed patents. In a Food Sleuth Radio interview, he explains, “Patented seeds cannot be saved and replanted. To take

that right away from farmers was a terrible mistake on the part of the Supreme Court.” Seed ownership belongs to the people; our seed resource is part of our common heritage. “Genetic engineering was an invention to take away from the commons the ownership of seeds,” he continues. “Regaining control of the seed supply is one of the most pressing battles we have in agriculture.” Gerritsen encourages everyone to plant an organic garden using organic seeds and to advocate GMO labeling. “Let’s let transparency reign, which is a hallmark of a democratic system,” he proclaims. Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and nationally syndicated radio host at, in Columbia, MO (Food She advocates for organic farmers at Enduring-Image.

National Count of Farmers’ Market Directory Listings

Jim Gerritsen operates Wood Prairie Farm with his family in Bridgewater, Maine. He’s dedicated to using organic farming methods to protect the environment and food quality, provide ample

Nationwide tracking of farmers’ markets that listed fewer than 1,800 in 1994 now numbers nearly 8,300 20 years later. Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture


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Anti-Adhesion Xylitol’s anti-adhesive effect was discovered by accident in 1996. A British medical journal published a study, which analyzed past research done with xylitol. Researchers found that there was an additional correlation between xylitol and upper respiratory infections—a correlation researchers didn’t see when the studies were performed originally. The 1996 study found that among the children tested in the studies, those who used xylitol chewing gum had 42% fewer ear infections. Researchers performed subsequent research to answer why there was this correlation. These studies supported the discovery of xylitol’s anti-adhesion property. Xylitol’s anti-adhesive effect interferes with bacteria sticking to tissue. In order for bacteria to thrive, they must attach to the cell membrane. There they metabolize and the body senses the bacteria, it reacts with various responses like congestion, runny nose, against bacterial infections using antibiotics, attempting to kill the bacteria. However, the use of antibiotics produces resistant bacterial strains, which leads to more serious problems. Xylitol’s anti-adhesive property interferes with bacterial adhesion, resulting in bacteria not being able to colonize and thrive; eventually they are washed out. This is an innovative way to avoid antibiotic resistance. Instead of them to become stronger and more resistant, xylitol doesn’t allow the bacteria to cling to the cell and start its metabolic processes. Professionals advise people to regularly wash

their hands to prevent illness. But washing with only water isn’t enough; they must wash with soap. Similarly, just as people should wash their hands, they should also wash their nasal passages. A normal saline solution is like washing with only water. Washing with a nasal spray containing xylitol is like washing hands with soap. Bacteria and People Bacteria, like people, congregate together. This is called quorum sensing. When people start coming together, they form a town or city. Bacteria act similarly; as they sense other bacterial “city.” If a group wanted to take over a city, historically they would send in soldiers to subdue the inhabitants so they could then occupy the city. However, there is no guarantee that they would control everyone, and there may be leftover survivors who rally together. But if that particular city were to have an extreme change in environment, the inhabitants wouldn’t be able to cope and they’d have to leave the city. Changing the environment is much more effective in expelling the inhabitants than attacking with soldiers.

What are Some of Xylitol’s Applications? Studies have shown numerous uses for xylitol, many of which deal with its adverse effects on bacterial adhesion. Sinus, ear, and respiratory infections begin in the nose as we breathe in bacteria which attempt to adhere to the cell membrane. With the use of nasal sprays containing xylitol, the bacteria found in the nose cannot stick to the tissue and are to greater probability that they will not infect the body. Nurse Practitioner Sherril Sego, FNPin this aspect. She says, “Saline nasal rinses containing xylitol have been found to be more effective than traditional saline rinses to reduce the symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis.” One of the best things about xylitol is that it is 100% natural and 100% safe. It’s no wonder so

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Relating this back to bacteria, if we use antibiotics, we are sending in soldiers to between antibiotics and the microorganisms, with both attempting to get stronger. But if we alter the environment in our nasal and sinus passages so that bacteria cannot adhere to the cell surface, and thus thrive, we win the battle.

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Jeffrey Smith Warns Against GMOs by Linda Sechrist


effrey Smith is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, author of Seeds of Deception and director of the documentary Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives. Smith and his organization’s Campaign for Healthier Eating in America are spearheading consumer rejection of genetically modified foods (GM/GMO) in order to force them off the market.

What basics should everyone know about GMOs? Genetic engineering is different from traditional crossbreeding. In engineering six major GMO crops—soy, corn, cotton, canola, sugar beets and alfalfa—a gene from a virus or bacteria was forced into the DNA of the plants. Derivatives such as soy lecithin, soy protein, high-fructose corn syrup and sugar (unless labeled as cane sugar) are in the vast majority of processed foods.

How did GMO foods invade grocery shelves? Many U.S. consumers mistakenly believe that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves GMO crops only after careful study. Instead, the agency claimed it wasn’t aware of any significant difference from other food crops and declared safety testing unnecessary. In reality, according to FDA documents later made public in a lawsuit, the consensus among FDA


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scientists was that GMOs were different and dangerous and needed rigorous, longterm testing to prevent allergies, toxins, new diseases and nutritional problems. When the George W. Bush administration ordered the agency to promote biotechnology as a way to increase U.S. food exports, the FDA responded by creating a new position of Deputy Commissioner of Policy for Michael R. Taylor, a former Monsanto attorney. He later became a Monsanto vice president and is now back at the FDA as the U.S. food safety czar.

Why is Roundup, Monsanto’s weed killer for GMO crops, so toxic? Monsanto portrays Roundup as a benevolent herbicide. This is a lie. Glyphosate, its active patented ingredient, alters biochemical pathways in the body. Scientists such as Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff have linked glyphosate to numerous diseases and disorders, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, gluten sensitivity, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, autism and reproductive disorders. In March, the World Health Organization declared it a probable carcinogen.

How can we avoid unlabeled GMO foods? Eat organic foods, which are not allowed to contain GM ingredients, or products that are labeled non-GMO,

or those that don’t contain derivatives of the current nine GMO food crops, which now include some zucchini, yellow squash and papaya grown in Hawaii or China. Any packaged grocery product not labeled “Non-GMO” or “Organic” is likely to contain at least one GMO; this includes meat and dairy products, from animals that have eaten GM feed. is a reliable resource that lists about 30,000 non-GMO products. A non-GMO diet is recommended by thousands of doctors, as well as the American Academy of Environmental Medicine.

What more can “we the people” do to eradicate GMOs? We are in control, not government agencies. I believe that promoting a stronger message—that GMOs are dangerous and should be avoided—would better serve consumers and the food-labeling movement. High-profile campaigns will continue educating consumers about the dangers of GMOs and the necessity of rejecting them in favor of healthier nonGMO choices, especially for children that are most at risk. The desired result is that food companies will feel the loss of profits and remove GMOs as a liability. The tipping point in the U.S. is almost here. In 2013, the president of Whole Foods announced that when a product becomes verified as non-GMO, sales leap by 15 to 30 percent. Thousands of natural product brands were immediately enrolled for verification. Now conventional brands such as Post Foods’ Grape Nuts, Target’s Simply Balanced brand, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and Chipotle’s restaurant menu are GMO-free. General Mills stopped using GMO beet sugar in Cheerios. When the rest of the food industry sees these non-GMO-labeled products increase in sales in conventional supermarkets, they will be forced to eliminate GMOs as well, to protect their market share. Visit and to educate everyone about the dangers of GMOs. Connect with writer Linda Sechrist at

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acations bring rest and less stress, a change of pace and for some, a break from caring for the family pet, made possible by a growing number of professional pet sitters. “I have more peace of mind with a pet sitter rather than a friend. Even if they’ve already had a long day, sitters still properly take care of the pets,” says Christina Pierce, a federal examiner of financial institutions for consumer protection in Little Rock, Arkansas. “Many professional pet sitters are trained to respond to potential health and other issues. Especially with small animals, early recognition of a problem is key.” Pierce used to have chinchillas, and now has a cat she rescued and relocated from Dallas, Texas, plus two adopted former foster rabbits. “A sitter may be excellent, but not know your breed,” advises Rae Bailey, a retiree in Georgetown, Texas, who regularly uses sitters for her Scottie when she travels. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions.” She notes that dogs are particularly good judges of character, so if one doesn’t like the sitter, simply try another. Pet sitting services use a contract to outline rates, what the sitter will do, the number and duration of daily visits, start and end dates and how the house key is returned when the job is complete. Regular clients may have the sitter keep the key handy. Professional sitters are bonded, insured and background-checked, have experience with a variety of species and breeds, are fairly flexible and love animals. A pre-visit will

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introduce pets and sitter to each other and address any relationship concerns and individual needs, such as medications. “I had a diabetic Westie, a big consideration,” says Diane Meadows, a retired paralegal in San Antonio, Texas. “It was huge for me to hand over the keys and my trust, but our sitter was dependable and knowledgeable.” During one visit, her sitter also alerted Meadows to a possible propane gas leak. At the outset, have the sitter meet all the family pets to ensure mutual comfort. Show the sitter where the leash, toys, treats, food and water dishes are kept, supplies for cleanups, the family vet’s location, hours, office and emergency phone numbers and instructions for any security alarm system. Codes can be personalized and deactivated when no longer needed. Sometimes clients request extra services such as collecting the mail and newspapers, watering indoor plants and leaving lights on. Both young and older dogs need three visits a day to avoid household accidents. Cats are usually fine with one. “Cats like to be pampered. A friendly sitter provides the care she’s used to, in familiar surroundings,” says Anne Moss, whose educational website originates near Tel Aviv, Israel. “Kitty’s more relaxed and receives a higher level of care than at a boarding facility,” she notes. Birds, fish, ferrets and A pet sitting service offers the added benefit reptiles are species of backups in case the requiring special habitats assigned sitter is sick or delayed. In Huntley, that dictate a home stay. Illinois, Diane Muchow, an adjunct instructor at Computer Systems Institute, explains why she prefers a pet sitting service for her black Labrador mix. “Our first sitter was a one-woman business. One day, she forgot to crate the dogs when she left, and we came home to find the evidence of an accident on our new carpet throughout the house,” Muchow says. “We switched to a professional service.” She sees the primary advantage of professional help as dependability and flexibility. “The service has a website to order the shifts we need, which are confirmed by email,” she notes. “It’s handy when my husband travels and I work.” A kennel isn’t for all dogs, says Scott Mell, an area manager for JoAnn Fabrics in Affton, Missouri. He recalls his Bernese mountain dog’s first and only trip to the local kennel. Upon arrival, she climbed on top of the car rather than go inside. “She was adamant,” he says. “I hired a sitter the next day. She loved her sitter’s visits.” Whether pets need special attention, daily walks, a midday backyard break or multiple visits while the family vacations, a pet sitter can provide excellent care. Many owners like to receive daily text message updates and may even e-retrieve bonus selfies of their happy pets from home. Connect with writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelance

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 1 Homeopathy: A Holistic Form of Healthcare – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn some basics about homeopathy and how by working with the immune system it can help with physical, mental and emotional issues. Homeopathy promotes safe and gentle healing. Free. First Wed of each month. Minnesota Center for Homeopathy, 7104 Lake St W, St Louis Park. Teresa Stewart 612-720-2332. Free Beginner’s Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Experience yoga in a friendly intimate setting with others who are brand new to yoga. Free. Inspiring Actions Yoga and Wellness, 1370 Hosford St, Hudson. Living in this Energy – 7-9pm. Learn about energetic frequencies and your life’s path with Laurie Wondra. $30. The Metamorphosis Center 1301 E Cliff Rd, Ste 105, Burnsville. Register at

FRIDAY JULY 3 “Pay-what-you-can” Wellness Night – 7-9pm. We invite you, the first Friday of each month, for a “Pay what you can”-styled Wellness Night. Therapies: Reiki Circle, Colorpuncture, Access Bars & others. Psinergy Natural Health, 1553 Como Ave, St. Paul.

SATURDAY, JULY 4 Tour D’Amico – 8am-3pm. Annual bike ride sponsored by Hiawatha Bicycling club. Rides of varying lengths, followed by tasty Italian lunch. $32. 7804 Olson Memorial Hwy, Golden Valley. Register at Email for more information.

MONDAY, JULY 6 Tai Chi for Arthritis and Balance – 7-8pm. July 6- August 10. Monday and Saturday sections available of this popular, gentle movement class. $65. Normandale Community College. 952-358-8343.

TUESDAY, JULY 7 Green Cleaning – 10am-Noon and 7-9pm. Learn about using DoTerra essential oils to create homemade cleaning supplies. Free. Ronai Brumet, 7675 Lanewood Ln, Maple Grove. Holistic Exchange North – 11am-12:30pm. Join this monthly networking group for tips, sharing, connections and business building. Free. Meta Institute, 5121 Winnetka Ave N, Ste 200. New Hope.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 8 Holistic Chamber of MN Monthly Meetings – 7-9pm. We’re an organization dedicated to supporting each other to grow our holistic businesses. We welcome any business, professional, or practi-


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tioner that promotes a healthy lifestyle as well as products and/or services to enhance general health and well-being. Free for first-time visitors. Metamorphosis Center, 1301 E Cliff Rd, Burnsville.

THURSDAY, JULY 9 Saint Germain on Advanced Alchemy – 7-9pm. Book study group meets again on 7/23. Private home, 445 Highcroft Rd, Wayzata. 952 945-9882. Illona at Medical Careers Information Session – 7:308:30pm. Learn about online courses in medical coding and billing and pharmacy technician. Free. Normandale Community College. 952-358-8343.

SATURDAY, JULY 11 Intuitive Reading Energy Healing Fair – 9am-3pm. Join us for an intuitive reading, energy healing, or one of our free learning sessions. Our hand-picked practitioners are among the best in their field and bring very creative, intimate, and comprehensive experiences for you to sample and enjoy. Metamorphosis Center, 1301 E Cliff Rd, Burnsville. Tai Chi for Diabetes – 11am-12pm. July 11-August 15. Learn movements to massage internal organs and regulate blood sugar. $65. Normandale Community College. 952-358-8343.

SUNDAY, JULY 12 What is My Horse Telling Me? – 9:30am-Noon. Other classes are 7/19 & 7/26. Expand your understanding and appreciation of your pet and people. Three-part workshop for $150. Klein Farm, Inver Grove Heights. Ann Romberg at Ann@ 612-749-0956. Shamanic Drumming Circle – 3-6pm. Drum for healing Mother earth, ourselves and others and go on shamanic journey in a safe container and sacred circle. $10-20 sliding scale. Holistic Gateway Center for the Healing Arts, 1415 6th St NE - 2nd Floor, Minneapolis Strengths of Sensitivity Workshop – 5-7pm. Dr. Kyra Mesich helps you gain appreciation for your natural intuitive and empathic gifts, and discover remedies and approaches to lessen the discomfort & pain we’ve come to accept as sensitive people. $40 includes Dr. Kyra’s book. Healing Elements, 2358 Stinson Blvd, Minneapolis. 612-788-1813.

Journey to Wellness – 4-7pm. Each month will have a new theme, such as stress, gratitude, boosting your immunity. Massage 15 minutes for $10; Quantum Touch 15 minutes for $10; Mini-Hypnosis Session: $15 for 15 min, or $30 for 30 min. Circle of Healing Arts, 299 Coon Rapids Blvd, Ste 105, Coon Rapids. 763-257-7334. Twin Cities Green Drinks – 6-7:30pm. Come listen to Dr. Aubrey Tauer of Cura Earth. The Republic, 221 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis. Metered street parking or hotel ramp.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 15 Holistic Exchange East – 11:30am. Join this monthly networking group for tips, sharing, connections and business building. Free. The Intuitive Pathfinder, 308 Prince St, Ste160, St Paul. Holistic Moms Monthly Meeting – 7-9:30pm. View The Vanishing of the Bees, followed by a presentation on what we can do to help support native bees, by Heather Holm, author of Pollinators of Native Plants. Snacks and beverages provided by our friends at Wedge Table. Wedge Table, 2412 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis.

THURSDAY, JULY 16 Larry Dossey and the Post Modern Science of Whole Life – 6-9pm. New Aging MN presents Larry Dossey, founding editor of EXPLORE: Journal of Science and Healing. Larry draws from his latest book, One Mind, to present evidence for our potential to transform the living, aging, and dying processes. $35. Minneapolis Women’s Club, 410 Oak Grove St, Minneapolis. Contact Jones-Harrison and the Continuum Center for more information. Mind/Body Connection – Feeling Into Your Body Class – 6-8pm. Learn how the mind, body, emotions, and beliefs are connected, why that’s important, how that connection can become impaired, and some simple techniques on how to restore connection. Free. Valley Natural Foods, 13750 Cty Road 11, Burnsville. 952-891-1212.



Cleansing, Weight Management & the Wellness Edge – 10am-Noon and 7-9pm. Learn about 100% natural, safe and cost effective ways to take care of yourself and your family, find natural solutions to your health concerns, and improve your well-being. Free. Ronai Brumet, 7675 Lanewood Ln, Maple Grove.

Reclaim and Own Your Power: A Day of Reflection and Growth – 8:30am-3pm. Join Tom Maher and Cynthia Stavrou for a day of reflection and empowerment. Leave this workshop feeling inspired, refreshed and energized. $79. The Marsh, 15000 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka. Kalsey@

savethedate The Spirit Wellness Center 5th Annual Holistic Fair Over 25 psychics, healers and vendors. Includes free lectures.

July 18 9am-5pm

Admission $5

(Optional services start at $20) Dakota Ridge Best Western Hotel 3450 Washington Dr, Eagan Contact Kellie for more information. 612-804-4463 or

Reiki I Workshop – 9:30am-4:30pm. The focus of Reiki 1 is learning how to practice self-healing. No prior experience is needed. $175. Pre-registration required. For more information go to The Metamorphosis Center, 1301 East Cliff Road, Ste105, Burnsville. Paddle the Gorge – Morning Session 10amNoon; Afternoon session 12:30-2:30pm. The National Park Service, Mississippi River Fund and REI are leading this free public paddle, starting at East River Flats Park in Minneapolis and ending at the Minneapolis Rowing Club. Safety training, canoes, kayaks, and gear, including personal flotation vests, are provided. East River Flats Park, 351 East River Pkwy, Minneapolis. Visit for details and registration. Twin Cities Sustainability Meetup – 11:30am. Zero waste, recycling, and composting workshop. Nokomis Library (Meeting Room), 5100 34th Ave South, Minneapolis.

MONDAY, JULY 20 Essential Oil Class – 6pm. Learn about the best uses of essential oils. Sassafras Health Foods, 2186 3rd St, White Bear Lake. Free, but must register. Call 651-426-0101or email Paula at Paula@ for more information.

TUESDAY, JULY 21 BLS for Healthcare Providers Renewal – 5:309:30pm. CPR and AED Renewal using the American Health Association (AHA) curriculum. $56. Normandale Community College. 952-358-8343.

Second Degree Attunement further amplifies one’s ability to channel Life Force energy. Learn ancient symbols that activate particular healing energies. $225. Sunburst Unlimited, Inc, Creek View Ridge, Minnetonka. 952-426-3525. Ginny.


Studio-One Sixty Intuitive Collective Fair – 9:30am-3pm. Join in a fun and exciting new event in St Paul. I’ve gathered like-minded practitioners who span a variety of services, such as gut health, Reiki, massage therapy and more. Free (cost to work with provider). Studio-One Sixty, 308 Prince St, St Paul. Amy Vasterling:

Invasive Species Traveling Workshop – 8am4:30pm. Learn about invasive species at various locations in the west metro. $25, includes lunch, water, and transportation between locations. Elm Creek Park Reserve Chalet, 12400 James Deane Parkway, Maple Grove. Contact Angela Isackson at 763-694-7817 or for more information.

Reiki Level 1 & Level 2 – 10am-6pm. Sat and Sun classes. After successful completion on Sat, receive a certificate as a First Degree Reiki Practitioner. Any Reiki Level 1 practitioners are welcome to participate in the Level 2 class held on Sunday. $75 Sat/$150 for Sun. Meta Institute, 5121 Winnetka Ave, Ste 200, New Hope.

Reiki Night – 7pm. Come join the Reiki energy exchange as we offer Reiki to each other! No prerequisite, all welcome. $20. The Metamorphosis Center, 1301 E Cliff Road, Ste 105, Burnsville.


Natural Skin Care – 7-9pm. Clean your skin from breakouts and other impurities with pure essential oil extracts and the latest advances in skin care development. Free. Ronai Brumet, 7675 Lanewood Ln, Maple Grove.

Yoga for the Outdoor Enthusiasts – 7-8:30pm. Practicing yoga is an excellent way to develop strength, balance, and flexibility. Join REI’s professional yoga instructor for an all-level class tailored to help enhance your pursuit of season specific outdoor activities. $25 session ($5 for members). Bloomington REI, 750 W American Blvd, Bloomington.

THURSDAY, JULY 23 Holistic Exchange West – 11am-12:30pm. Join this monthly networking group for tips, sharing, connections and business building. Free. Eden Prairie Library, 565 Prairie Center Dr, Eden Prairie.

SATURDAY, JULY 25 American Red Cross Run for Blood 5K – 7-10am. Help the American Red deliver lifesaving blood to those in need by participating in the 7th Annual 2015 Run for Blood 5K and Community Blood Drive. $35. Lake Calhoun, W Calhoun Parkway, Minneapolis. Reiki II Training Workshop – 9:30am-4pm. The

License Compliance for Cosmetology Professionals – 10am-2pm. Meets the State of Minnesota requirements for continuing education, online version also available. $75. Normandale Community College. 952-358-8343.

TUESDAY, JULY 28 Natural Solutions – 10am-Noon and 7-9pm. Replace those expensive, dangerous, toxic over­the­ counter drugs with certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils. Learn about natural, safe and effective ways to provide healthcare for your family. Free. Ronai Brumet, 7675 Lanewood Ln, Maple Grove. Balanced Foods for Balanced Moods – 6-8pm. Learn about the food-mood connection and how to reduce negative moods, increase energy, enhance positive thoughts, improve memory and manage stress through balanced eating and real foods. $30. Mississippi Market, 1500 W 7th St, St Paul. Reiki and Essential Oils Class – 6-10pm. Enhance your Reiki skills with the use of essential Oils. Experience oil blends for each chakra. Price includes a manual and starter oil kit. Must have taken Reiki Level 1. Class meets Tue and Wed evening. Register by July 17. $95. Meta Institute, 5121 Winnetka Ave, Ste 200, New Hope.

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Sunday Morning Meditation Service – 10-11am. This Sunday Morning Alternative is for persons of all traditions who desire spiritual nourishment through a meditation-based service. Suggested donation $5-20. Center for Performing Arts (Sun Room), 3754 Pleasant Ave, Minneapolis.

Backyard Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Designed for all yoga levels. If weather does not permit, we will relocate to a nearby studio. Updates will be posted two hours prior to class time on Facebook. Mats and refreshments provided. $10. Backyard of 20002 Dodd Blvd, Lakeville. CallieCatherineYoga.

Laughter Yoga – 12-12:45pm. Sessions are alternately led by David Schaal and Pete and Jan Girard who are Certified Laughter Yoga Instructors. Fee is donation based for LHSC. Walk-ins welcome! You don’t have to be an LHSC member to attend. Lake Harriet Spiritual Center, 4401 Upton Ave. S, Minneapolis. Backyard Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Designed for all yoga levels. If weather does not permit, we will relocate to a nearby studio. Updates will be posted two hours prior to class time on Facebook. Mats and refreshments provided. $10. Backyard of 20002 Dodd Blvd, Lakeville. CallieCatherineYoga. Spirit Circle – 6-8pm. Third Sun. Meet and share a variety of spiritual topics in an interactive discussion. Mini-services such as healing and readings available after each circle for a nominal cost. $10. RSVP, space limited. The Spirit Wellness Center, Ste 206, 3435 Washington Dr, Eagan. Kellie@ Kundalini Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. Expect a moderate level of physical intensity with modifications given. All levels welcome. Class Pass. Bliss Yoga, 1565 Como Ave, St Paul.

Light Meditation Classes – 6:30-7pm. Be led through a simple mindfulness meditation. Whether you are new to meditation or have been meditating for many years, it can be helpful to meditate with a group and have an instructor lead you in a focused way. Free. Center of Light, 2548 Pleasant Ave, Minneapolis. 612-205-5545. Minneapolis@

tuesday Yoga: All Levels – 9:15-10:45am. Yoga as practiced in the traditional meditative style, offers a holistic approach to total health and fitness. Offered through Healing Waters in White Bear Lake. Class takes place at North Oaks Golf Club. Call 651-653-1660 to register and get information. Little Parachuters – 10:30-11:30am. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children 2-4 years old + parent/ caregiver. Come play with parachute, create fun art, experience sensory activities together in community. $48/8 classes, $8 single class.  Pre-registration encouraged.  New Earth Center, 4180 W Broadway Ave, Ste 300, Robbinsdale.


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wednesday Introductory Presentations on the Transcendental Meditation Program – 12:30-2pm & 7-8:30pm. Transcendental Meditation is easy to learn and offers a lifetime of benefits for health, well-being and development of the human potential. Free. Transcendental Meditation Center, 399 Ruth St N, St. Paul. 651-714-0254. Sip Tea & Move Qi – 4-7pm. Join Ian Lowther for complimentary herabl tea infusions (non-alcoholic & caffeine free) 612-399-6322. Sliding scale $15-40. NE Community Acupuncture, 1224 2nd St NE, Ste 200, Minneapolis. Info@NeCommunity Mindfulness Meditation – 6:30-7pm. Research shows that visualizing light accelerates physical healing and improves mood. In this season of short days and long nights, brighten your life with these weekly light meditations. Free. Center of Light, 2548 Pleasant Ave, Minneapolis. 612-205-5545.

thursday Meditation and Yoga Sampler Program – 6-9pm. Hatha yoga, 6-7p; guided meditation, 7-7:30pm; speakers, 7:30-8:30pm; vegetarian soup and fellowship follow. $15/suggested donation. The Meditation Center, 631 University Ave Ne, Minneapolis. 612379-2386. Planetary Meditation for Peace – 7pm. Join our conscious community for an evening of service to harmonize the world by blessing the Earth through a loving-kindness meditation. $5. Lake Harriet Spiritual Center, 4401 Upton Ave. S, Minneapolis.

friday Group Meditation (Satsang) – 7:30-9pm. Satsang every Fri night, unless otherwise noted. End your work week and begin your weekend with a deep immersion into meditation. No experience necessary. Free, donations gratefully accepted. Highland Yoga Center, 1040 Cleveland Ave S, St. Paul. 612-4080434.

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Belly Dance for Wellness – 10:30-11:30am. Shake it up to soulful rhythms. Join Shari each Saturday to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit with belly dance. $18. Cinema Ballroom, 1560 St. Clair Ave, St. Paul.

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Eila Norberg 750 Main St, /Ste 207, Mendota Hts. 952-380-7543 Access untapped Brain Potential. Lasting transformation in every area of your life: physiological, mental, relational and financial. Experience also new Electro Therapy, for lasting healing. Contact Eila for free consultation and a demonstration.


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Quality chiropractic care. Experience holistic healing and gentle chiropractic adjustments that allow the nervous system to relieve such symptoms as headache, back, neck pain and numbness which allow your body to return to a state of balance and well-being. 22 years’ experience.

MIND AND BODY CHIROPRACTIC Vernon Kuznia, DC, 651-600-3521 3101 Old Hwy 8, Ste 106, Roseville

Mind & Body Chiropractic is a membership practice. Current memberships are $67/mo Individual and $100/mo Family and include all visits and adjustments for the month. Call the office or visit the website to schedule your first visit.


Career Choice Coaching 4820 W 77th St, Ste #104, Edina, MN 55435 952-456-8467 •

Integrative Health Education Center 9700 France Ave S, Bloomington 952-358-9182 •

Work Right. Live Well.TM Find your ideal career. We provide innate talent, aptitude and personality testing and a guided, step-by-step Career Design Method to help you choose a career you love. Be rewarded for being exactly who you are. Work doesn’t have to feel like work. See ad, page 17.

Classes, workshops and certificates offered in Ayurveda, aromatherapy, herbalism, energy medicine, Reiki, Healing Touch, hypnosis, qigong, tai chi, yoga, and more. Integrative healing business classes and professional development. Hands on, experiential learning for holistic wellness. See ad, page 23.



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Improved brain function can relieve symptoms like headache and fatigue and allow for better concentration and balance. Over 23 years of chiropractic experience. Quality, holistic care.

Una Forde, DC 6009 Wayzata Blvd, Ste 106, St. Louis Park 952-922-1478 •


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Una Forde, DC 6009 Wayzata Blvd, Ste 106, St. Louis Park • 952-922-1478






I am known to inspire and transform businesses through my value-focused strategic business coaching and workshops. I help clarify your goals and create a realistic marketing plan using transformational and transactional methods for success.



“Is your Computer being Crabby?” Onsite/In-Home or Office, Bringto-Us Computer Repair services. 2011-12 Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner. Local • Affordable • Honest • Greener.


Kim Pilgrim • 651-366-1112 • 4315 Xerxes Ave S, Minneapolis 5555 Alameda St, Shoreview

Move beyond pain and stress for a more centered, calm, and balanced you. Relieving headaches, neck/ back pain, concussion, anxiety/ depression, and more. “Kim has an intuitive sense that goes to a place of deep healing.” Auto claims accepted. sense that goes to a place of deep healing.” Auto claims accepted.


6100 Excelsior Blvd, St. Louis Park 952-929-4545 • Our goal is to integrate alternative philosophies into conventional dental treatment, because the mouth can influence the rest of the body, and vice versa. See ad, page 27.


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 26.


Ronai Brumett • 763-221-5999 7675 Lanewood Ln, Maple Grove I offer a variety of free classes on the uses of essential oils each month. Please contact me if you would like to receive more information on essential oils or my classes. See ad, page 8.


Your Essential Wellness Center 4517 Allendale Dr, White Bear Township Kari Murlowski • 763-785-4600 Young Living Essential Oils exclusive seed to seal process of selecting the seeds, cultivating, distilling, testing and sealing insures the highest quality, therapeutic grade essential oils for you. We have an oil for that! See ad, page 10.


Nicole Fende • 866-570-5551 I help heart-centered business owners understand their numbers, charge what they’re worth and grow their business by being better informed about this aspect of their business. I’m an author, coach and speaker and everything I do is to help you succeed by embracing the numbers side of your business. See ad, page 18.


Denise Bradley, B.S., Certified Personal Trainer Marie Duncan, MAED., Certified Herbalist • 612-770-4825 As personal trainers, we work cohesively with the client, fostering the transformation of self-discovery, through the modalities of exercise, holism, attainable goals and mindfulness living. Specializing in, home personal training, weight loss, preventive health, rehab services and herbal remedies/consultations.


Sara Shrode, Graphic Designer Minneapolis, MN 612-554-6304 • Ignite the possibilities of your next project by having Campfire Studio design it! Innovative, full-service graphic design studio that takes the essence of a campfire—warmth, stories, community—and infuses it into every design project we do.


2585 Hamline Ave N, Ste C, Roseville • 612-910-1191 Heal your grief and trauma with Induced After-Death Communication (IADC). This miraculous therapy is able to rapidly heal grief and trauma resulting from the death of loved ones, including beloved pets, to a degree never before possible. I’m a Licensed Psychologist in practice since 1999. See ad, page 7.

GRIEF SUPPORT SACRED WHEEL GRIEFWORK Cheryl Downey • 612-272-3977 13942 Echo Park Cir, Burnsville

We often resist the changing power of loss and grief. The ancient wheel and other sacred arts can help lighten heaviness and allow grief’s mysteries to emerge into light. Phone and in-person sessions, workshops and groups. Call for free 20-minute session.


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Moroccan Eco-Biologics’ Vitality Hair Recovery cream is the only all natural and organic product clinically proven to recover hair, reduce scalp itch and dandruff, and improve overall hair and scalp health, with no side effects. See ad, page 8.

HAIR REMOVAL 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; noninvasive Ionic Detoxing and LED Skin Light Therapy. 25 years’ experience and am Certified in the Natural Health Care Field.

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.


Holistic Hypnosis Wellness Center Brenda K Miller, CH 4325 Elmore Ave, Webster, MN 55088 651-398-7047 • Harmonic Spirit advocates wellness through hypnosis and spiritual guidance. Overcome daily challenges, promote wellness, learn mindfulness eating, manage situational stress and bring forth a positive mental attitude. Bring your whole-self into a positive life change and healing process. Awaken your spirit and transform your world.


4189 Centerville Rd, Vadnais Heights • 651-307-0342 As a certified image consultant I help women who struggle with their lack of confidence in their appearance, and they want to develop more credibility, presence and influence in their lives. I help them get their “SEXY” back! See ad, page 2.


Positive solutions from an Abraham-Hicks Law of Attraction perspective. Also, TAROT (Thoth-Crowley deck/Angeles Arrien symbolic interpretations). Also offering Raw Vegan lifestyle coaching, detoxing and food preparation. All issues. Sliding Fee. Please inquire.

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We’re a medically based massage therapy practice that focuses on treating clients with chronic pain, sports injuries, fibromyalgia, accident injuries and more. We accomplish this with the use of therapeutic massage, essential oils and wellness coaching.


Paula Quinlan 612-719-0228 • When it comes to your health there are no quick fixes, no silver bullets. You must give your body the raw materials to rebuild & maintain health: 60 minerals, 16 vitamins, 12 amino acids, 2-3 EFA’s. It’s as easy as 1-2-3. Call today for your copy of Dead Doctors Don’t Lie and learn, earn and serve.

I offer private Reiki healing sessions, Reiki training and certification. I’ve been practicing Reiki 10+ years and have been teaching for 6 years. Reiki is a gentle, yet powerful form of healing that helps reduce stress/ anxiety, find balance and release mental, emotional and physical blocks. It can help lighten your load, increase your vitality and help you feel better overall. See ad, page 22.


W8303 Mann Road, Willard, WI 715-267-7905 • Host your program at our beautiful meditation, spirituality and wellness retreat center located in a Wisconsin woodlands sanctuary. Or come for a personal retreat or attend a retreat program. Delicious homemade vegetarian and gluten-free meals.



Being estranged from your family members doesn’t have to feel so heavy. With the right support, a safe space and a compassionate practitioner guiding the process, you can release the hidden emotional burden you carry. See ad, page 11.

Active Isolated Stretching Minnetonka/St. Louis Park • 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.


Susan Swanson, D.V.M. 651-429-4153 • 1524 Mahtomedi Ave, Mahtomedi Offering a blend of Western and Eastern Medicine including; nutritional counseling, behavior counseling, Chinese Herbs, acupuncture, western herbs, essential oils, homeopathy, flower essences, nutritional supplements, chiropractic, Reiki and more. See ad, page 22.

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Debbie Engelmann, BS, NHD • 952-237-8145 190 S River Ridge Cir, Suite 315, Burnsville Rediscover the “healthy you” naturally! Each healing plan focuses on healing the “whole self” rather than simply stopping symptoms. Using Traditional Naturopathy techniques and Mother Nature’s gifts, gentle healing begins with empowering life-style changes, and much more. Ask for 10% discount on initial consultation.

WELLNESS CENTERS HEART OF TAO RESONANCE ART 612-703-7501 • Heart of Tao Resonance Art is a place to heal your body, mind and spirit, a place to practice new ways of living, and a place to create bright future for yourself and the others. See ad, page 23.






Minneapolis & Hudson, WI 612-568-3538 • How many times have you been told you’re too sensitive? I help you unearth the strength of your sensitivity with fun, life-changing workshops and individual sessions. Flower essence therapy, Reiki, past life regression and more for profound healing and transformation. Visit my website for details about my new Strength of Sensitivity podcast!

PSINERGY NATURAL HEALTH & HOLISTIC WELLNESS SchaOn Blodgett, CCP, BTAT 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.

YOGA LAURA ADRIAN • 651-332-6436 I’m an intuitive healer/teacher and I help people work through blockages, obstacles, disease through the modalities of Kundalini Yoga and Cranio-Sacral Therapy. I offer classes, workshops, intensives and private sessions locally and nationally.

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A free monthly magazine with local and national content about natural health and eco-friendly living.

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A free monthly magazine with local and national content about natural health and eco-friendly living.