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A Few Drops of Detoxified Iodine Can Change Your Life Give Your Body the Natural Boost it Needs Causes of Iodine Deficiency The Hidden Deficiency { The Best I Ever Felt }

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Having the proper amount of iodine in our system at all times is critical to overall health, yet the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that iodine deficiency is increasing drastically in light of an increasingly anemic national diet of unpronounceable additives and secret, unlabeled ingredients. This deficit now affects nearly three-quarters of the population.A Growing Epidemic

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Symptoms range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and skin and hair problems. This lack of essential iodine can also cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers; and in children, intellectual disability, deafness, attention deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University and the French National Academy of Medicine.

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e’re learning more every day about the importance of our food choices—not just the types of food, but the quality of what we choose to ingest. This month’s issue takes a look at the meat industry with a high-level overview of how it got to where it is and how we can make better choices, if not all the time, at least some of the time. Consider this statement by Mike Callicrate, a rancher educated in the industrial model of meat production, “The same chemical compounds that athletes are banned from using in baseball are used to produce our food animals, which our children eat in the hot dogs at the ballgame.” What’s the solution? Some suggestions are to reduce the amount of meat you eat and buy from local, sustainable sources. Yes, you will pay a little more, but some things are worth the price. Spend more time and money at farmers’ markets or sign up for a full or half share of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Fortunate for us, Minnesota has hundreds of them; visit You are what you eat is a truism in every sense: Physically, one’s countenance reflects one’s diet; mentally and emotionally, one’s thought processes and moods are alchemically positively or negatively affected. Eating healthier allows for clearer thought, ease in focus and concentration, and can lead to higher levels of consciousness. Mental health is critically important, and it’s usually easier to start with outer changes such as the diet. The smallest tweaks, such as found in the health brief, “Apple Munching Makes Healthier Shopping” (page 9), where research was done with shoppers ingesting either an apple or a cookie prior to doing their shopping, segue into bigger changes. The shoppers who ate the apple made far healthier choices than those that ingested the sugary, floury cookie. Making healthier choices during the shopping experience translates into a healthier larder therefore healthier eating at home. It’s a form of mindfulness that’s easily integrated into daily living. Every time a conscious choice is made toward our own healthful sustenance, it effects automatic healthful sustainability for the planet—a dual win. Clean up our own “act” and we clean up our home. Each little choice delivers up rewards, which pile up higher and higher in the self-esteem bank, so that we feel good about who we are and what we are doing for ourselves and our home on Mother Earth. We have become the good stewards.

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E Community Acupuncture + Wellness Center (NECA) has expanded to include a variety of wellness services, all at the same location in northeast Minneapolis where they have been serving the community for seven years. New on board are a doctor of naturopathic medicine, a craniosacral/myofascial release/lymphatic drainage specialist and a tui na master. To complement the advanced acupuncture and bodywork services, their acupuncturists are providing cupping and tui na therapies. There will also be monthly workshops on health and wellness. “NE Community Acupuncture + Wellness Center is dedicated to providing a variety of wellness services on a sliding fee scale to make healthcare affordable to all,” states Noah Frohlich, L.Ac., founder and acupuncturist. “We are proud to announce the expansion of services and a deeper level of integrative care available at the new center.” Location: 1224 2nd St. NE, Ste. 201, Minneapolis. For more information, call 612399-NECA (6322) or visit

Food & Farms Weekend in April


his spring, the Audubon Center of the North Woods (ACNW), near Sandstone, will once again be holding their unique, all-inclusive Food & Farms Weekend, from April 15 to 17. This one-of-a-kind experience brings together people committed to farm-to-table sustainable food practices. Throughout the weekend, participants attend a variety of expert-led workshops, off-site field trips to local farmers and producers, and enjoy engaging evening presenters. “Grow it, raise it, preserve it, prepare it” is the tagline of this special event, with its primary focus on assisting participants in getting back to basics while also learning new skills surrounding the most elemental of our needs and pleasures: food. A few benefits of local, sustainable food sources and practices include personal satisfaction, superior taste and freshness, greater nutritional value, reduction in grocery expenses and lessening of one’s environmental footprint. With an array of workshops and classes instructed by experts, including cooking, preserving, growing, composting, beekeeping, dehydrating and so much more, attendees have much from which to choose. Additionally, advanced naturalists from the center will lead guided nature hikes and a sustainable energy tour. On-site accommodations include comfortable lodging, delicious scratch-made meals and access to the Audubon Center’s 535 acres and more than seven miles of trails. The all-inclusive weekend fee covers lodging, meals and all activities.

years, presents the best of new research and techniques in the fields of neurodevelopment and sensory-motor-reflex integration at a free community information meeting, from 2 to 5 p.m., on March 5, in Chanhassen. Oliver presents information on two programs that can be used to address concerns for some of the following: Autism, ADD, ADHD, OCD, LD, anxiety, attention, boundaries, motor, sensory, stress, trauma, gravity, vision, speech, auditory and insomnia, among others. Learn about the interacting body/ brain systems that support and shape mental, emotional and physical development, why the body senses are the foundation of all learning, and what can happen during development to facilitate or impair learning and behaviors. Location: Chanhassen Recreation Center, 2310 Coulter Blvd. (near intersection of Hwy. 5 and Galpin Blvd.), Rm. 2, Chanhassen. RSVP; 952920-1502. For more information, visit

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ttend a free Solar Power Hour and discover the benefits of solar energy for your home, small business or farm. This one-hour presentation discusses solar market trends, describes the basic components of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system, outlines the evaluation process for installing solar PV and introduces incentive options and economic benefits. For your convenience, they’ve also created a Virtual Solar Power Hour. They strongly encourage you to attend a live event for the most up-to-date and locally relevant information. Solar Power Hours are all free and open to the public. For a list of dates and locations, visit They are always looking for organizations, municipalities and companies that are interested in solar, and in conducting Power Hour events throughout the area. Contact to request information on hosting a Solar Power Hour. For more information, visit

Introduction to Higher Consciousness for 20- to 35-Year-Olds


aurie Wondra and Lana Peterson will lead a workshop for 20- to 35-year-olds looking to explore the basics of spiritual practices, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on March 5, at Lake Harriet Spiritual Center, in Minneapolis. ParticiLaurie Wondra pants will learn about meditation, yoga, crystals, intentions, ceremonies and more. Wondra states her purpose is to be a teacher and speaker who provides the connection for information and messages about energy and mysticism and how to bring this into practical understanding and use for everyday living. Peterson’s personal experience with Wondra several years ago started her on her own journey toward understanding energy, the meaning of being a light worker and conscious living through experiences in real time. Peterson says her dream is to help others become aware and understand in authentic space. Cost: $60 (includes healthy lunch, snacks, crystals and a book). Location: 4401 Upton Ave. S., Minneapolis. Register at


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Conscious Living Expo at Lake Harriet Spiritual Community in April


he Lake Harriet Spiritual Community (LHSC) will hold its fourth annual Conscious Living Expo, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on April 2. The zero-waste event is free and will offer prizes, food and fun. Located in the Linden Hills neighborhood, LHSC is a thriving spiritual community that honors and explores the unique connection to the Divine. The expo will include a variety of exhibitors, workshops and demonstrations in the areas of holistic health, green products, alternative energy, nutrition and other health-related activities. There will be refreshments available as well as free Internet access. “We were looking for a way to connect with our local community, to include our neighbors and bring people into the Linden Hills neighborhood,” says organizer Gary Perisian. “There are a lot of green and holistic alternatives in this area. We hope to bring about more awareness for more people as the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community is all about being aware and living more consciously.” Cost: Free. Location: 4401 Upton Ave. S., Minneapolis. For more information on the expo and for vendor details, call Gary Perisian at 612-483-0616 or email GPerisian@yahoo. com. For more information on LHSC, call 612-922-4272 or visit

kudos Licensed Psychologist Gary R. Beaver, who is a provider of Induced After-Death Communication therapy, will be one of the presenters at the International Congress on After- Death Communication, held March 19 to 20, in Saint Malo, France ( or Induced after-death communication Gary R. Beaver is a miraculous therapy that can rapidly heal grief and trauma resulting from the death of loved ones (including beloved pets) to a degree never before possible. Beaver explains that in a successful session, clients will have a direct, unmediated experience, which most experiencers believe to be an authentic encounter with the deceased loved one or beloved pet. For more information, call 612-910-1191, email GaryRex or visit See ad, page 5.

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n the summer of 2015, Pamela Cole, president and founder of Femicorp, created and launched her new product, the She*Pak feminine ice pack. This product can be used to treat discomfort caused by a variety of conditions which include yeast infections, vaginitis, post-partum vaginal delivery, sexual pain conditions and post-menopausal intimacy. Cole has nearly two decades of experience as a physical therapist and a clinical wound specialist at a local wound clinic. She has been an associate professor at the University of Minnesota for 11 years, and taught wound care in their Physical Therapy program. She’s also a clinical consultant in the field of wound healing. Tissue repair is her passion. Years ago, after suffering a series of yeast infections with severe symptoms, Cole could not find anything on the market to immediately help relieve her discomfort and soothe her tissues while waiting for the medication to work. A licensed physical therapist, she knew that inflammation could effectively be relieved with ice, so she arranged some ice packs in and around her tissues and finally felt relief. “I knew there had to be a better way so I set out to create a product that would be a clean, safe and dignified way to get relief for vaginal irritation,” says Cole. For more information, visit She*Pak is also available at and in some local stores such as Park Nicollet Health Care Products and Smitten Kitten. See ad, page 21.

series of classes and workshops led by Cheryl Downey will be held at Joyful Connections, in Spring Lake Park, during March and April. Downey, a shaman and grief-healing practitioner, is a retired hospice chaplain with a master’s degree in Divinity. Downey has partnered with Amy Nesdahl, Reiki master and owner of Joyful Connections, to bring this series of classes and workshops to those who are ready to deepen their self-aware- Cheryl Downey Amy Nesdahl ness and empower their lives. An Introduction to Shamanism class will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., March 16, wherein participants will become familiar with the powers of the four directions of the Sacred Wheel to discover their own energy patterns and reveal their essential nature. They will learn the importance of energy movement and balancing as well as sacred shamanic tools and their usefulness in shifting energy. A Mother Energies class will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., on April 19, at which attendees will learn the characteristics of each of the Mother Energies: Nurturing Mother, Rainbow Mother, Death Mother and Crazy Woman. They will identify their experiences of these energies in themselves and recognize the Mother Energy they are by nature. They will create their own Sacred Wheel to ground their understandings of the Mother relationships and learn the importance of allowing and honoring each of them. A Healing the Heart of Grief Workshop takes place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on April 30, wherein participants will move through shamanic teachings and guided visualizations in all directions around the Sacred Wheel to discover where they hold onto grief energies. They’ll capture their healing and insights in sacred art and close with gifts of Reiki as personal healing blessings. “Grief energies want to shift and move in freedom so as to release what no longer serves us and deepen the space for power to live. However, we tend to want to control—even stop—that movement, for many reasons, both conscious and unconscious,” explains Downey. Cost: Classes are $35 each and the Grief Healing Workshop is $75 (bring sack lunch to this one). Location: 950 County Hwy. Rd. 10, Ste. 117, Spring Lake Park. For more information, visit or

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Magnolia Bark Knocks Out Head and Neck Cancer Cells


ead and neck cancers include cancers of the mouth, throat (pharynx and larynx), sinuses and salivary glands. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, more than 55,000 Americans are diagnosed with head and neck cancer, and almost 13,000 die from these diseases annually. A study from the University of Alabama and the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center found that a magnolia herb extract called honokiol may treat these cancers. It tested human cancer cell lines in the laboratory from different parts of the body, including the mouth, larynx, tongue and pharynx. The researchers found that the honokiol extract halted the growth of each of these cancer cells and induced cell death. Lead researcher Dr. Santosh K. Katiyar and his colleagues wrote, “Conclusively, honokiol appears to be an attractive, bioactive, small-molecule phytochemical for the management of head and neck cancer, which can be used either alone or in combination with other available therapeutic drugs.”

Probiotics Reduce Aggressively Negative Thoughts


ecent research from the Netherlands’ Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition has discovered that negative and aggressive thinking can be changed by supplementing with probiotic bacteria. The triple-blind study followed and tested 40 healthy people over a period of four weeks that were split into two groups; one was given a daily probiotic supplement containing seven species of probiotics and the other, a placebo. The subjects filled out a questionnaire that measured cognitive reactivity and depressed moods using the Leiden Index of Depression Sensitivity, which measures negative and depressed thinking. After four weeks, the probiotic group showed significantly lower scores in aggression, control issues, hopelessness, risk aversion and rumination, compared to the placebo group. “The study demonstrated for the first time that a four-week, multispecies, probiotic intervention has a positive effect on cognitive reactivity to naturally occurring changes in sad mood in healthy individuals not currently diagnosed with a depressive disorder,” the researchers concluded.

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Apple Munching Makes for Healthier Shopping

Channel-Surfing Couch Potatoes May Lose Cognitive Skills


ating an apple before buying groceries may help consumers make healthier shopping decisions. This was the finding of three studies on healthy food purchasing conducted by Aner Tal, Ph.D., and Brian Wansink, Ph.D. In the research, published in the scientific journal Psychology and Marketing, 120 shoppers were given an apple sample, a cookie sample or nothing before they began shopping. The researchers found those that ate the apple purchased 28 percent more fruits and vegetables than those given the cookie, and 25 percent more fruits and vegetables than those given nothing. A related study by Tal and Wansink investigated virtual shopping decisions. After being given a cookie or an apple, 56 subjects were asked to imagine they were grocery shopping. They were shown 20 pairs of products—one healthy and the other unhealthy—and asked to select the one they would buy. Consistent with the results of the first study, those that ate the apple most often chose the healthy option.

Metal and Mineral Imbalances May Produce Migraines



esearch from Turkey’s Yüzüncü Yil University has concluded that migraines may be linked with higher levels of heavy metals in the blood and deficiencies in important minerals. The research tested 50 people, including 25 diagnosed with migraines and 25 healthy control subjects. None of those tested were taking supplements, smoked, abused alcohol or drugs or had liver or kidney disease or cardiovascular conditions. Blood tests of both groups found that those with frequent migraines had four times the cadmium, more than twice of both the iron and the lead and nearly three times the levels of manganese in their bloodstreams compared to the healthy subjects. In addition, the migraine group had about a third of the magnesium, about 20 times less zinc and almost half the copper levels compared to the healthy group. “In light of our results, it can be said that trace element level disturbances might predispose people to migraine attacks,” the researchers stated.

esearchers from the University of California at San Francisco, working with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and other research agencies, have found that watching television may affect cognition, specifically as it relates to executive function and processing speeds. The study followed 3,247 people over a 25-year period, beginning in their early adult years. Those that frequently watched television during their early adult years had a 64 percent higher incidence of poor cognitive performance compared to less frequent television watchers. This was after adjusting results for the effects of many other known lifestyle factors that affect cognition such as smoking, alcohol use and body mass index. The effects of television watching worsened when combined with reduced physical activity during young adult years. Those with low physical activity and a high frequency of watching television were twice as likely to have poor cognition compared to those that had low television viewing combined with high physical activity during that period.

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Nixing Monsanto Guatemala Just Says No

The government of Guatemala has repealed legislation dubbed the “Monsanto law”, which was approved last year to grant the biotech giant special expansion rights into ecologically sensitive territory, after widespread public protest. The demonstrations included groups of indigenous Mayan people, joined by social movements, trade unions and farmers’ and women’s organizations. Following political party battles, the Guatemalan Congress decided not to just review the legislation, but instead cancel it outright. The Monsanto law would have given exclusivity on patented seeds to a handful of transnational companies. Mayan people and social organizations claim that the new law would have violated their constitution and the Mayan people’s right to traditional cultivation of the land in their ancestral territories. Lolita Chávez, of the Mayan People’s Council, states, “Corn taught us Mayan people about community life and its diversity, because when one cultivates corn, one realizes that a variety of crops such as herbs and medicinal plants depend on the corn plant, as well.”


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Colleges and universities are changing how they purchase and prepare food in their dining halls to provide students healthy, sustainable meal options, with many of them working to source food locally. American University, in Washington, D.C., purchases more than a third of the food served in its cafeterias within 250 miles of its campus. McGill University, in Montreal, spends 47 percent of its food budget on produce from its own campus farm and growers within 300 miles. Middlebury College, in Vermont, partners with seasonal local vendors, including those operating its own organic farm. Taking it a step further, Boston University cafeterias serve meal options that include organic, fair trade, free-range, vegetarian-fed, hormone- and antibiotic-free, sustainably harvested food items to students. Cornell University composts about 850 tons of food waste from its dining halls each year. At Duke University, surplus food is donated to food banks, and both pre- and post-consumer scraps are composted. Other steps include the University of California, Berkeley’s new Global Food Initiative to address food security in a way that’s both nutritious and sustainable, and efforts at the University of Illinois to recycle cooking oil for biodiesel production. Source:


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High Harvest

Indoor Gardening is Looking Up The world’s largest indoor farm, in Japan, covers 25,000 square feet, with 15 tiers of stacked growing trays that produce 10,000 heads of lettuce per day, or about 100 times more per square foot than traditional methods. It uses 99 percent less water and 40 percent less power than outdoor fields, while producing 80 percent less food waste. Customized LED lighting helps plants grow up to two-and-a-half times faster than normal, one of the many innovations co-developed by Shigeharu Shimamura. He says the overall process is only half automated so far. “Machines do some work, but the picking is done manually. In the future, though, I expect an emergence of harvesting robots.” These may help transplant seedlings, harvest produce or transport product to packaging areas. Meanwhile, Singapore’s Sky Farms, the world’s first low-carbon, hydraulically driven, urban vertical farm, runs on a Sky Urban Vertical Farming System, making the most of rainwater and gravity. Using a water pulley system, 38 growing troughs rotate around a 30-foot-tall aluminum tower. A much bigger project, a 69,000-square-foot vertical indoor garden under construction at AeroFarms headquarters, in Newark, New Jersey, will be capable of producing up to 2 million pounds of vegetables and herbs annually.

Critter Cuisine

Edible Insects Can Help Feed the Planet

Consumer goods giant Unilever has pledged to eliminate coal from its energy usage within five years and derive all of its energy worldwide solely from renewable sources by 2030. The company will become carbon-positive through the use of renewable resources and by investing in generating more renewable energy than it needs, selling the surplus and making it available to local communities in areas where it operates. About 40 percent of the company’s energy use currently comes from green sources. Paul Polman, company chairman, says the goal is “really doable.” He cites a new factory in China powered by wind and solar energy and a Paris office building that already contributes green electricity to the power grid.

Insect expert and bug farmer Sarah Beynon, Ph.D., a research associate for England’s University of Oxford, reports, “Two billion people eat insects every day, and not just in the West. In fact, insects are extremely good for you and eating them is good for the planet, too.” Western governments are enthusiastic about the potential of entomophagy—the human practice of eating insects—for feeding growing numbers of people sustainably. By 2050, humans will require 70 percent more food, 120 percent more water and 42 percent more cropland. Meat production is predicted to double, and conventional production consumes extraordinary volumes of land and water resources. A recent British Food and Agriculture Organisation report suggests that there are more than 1,000 known species of edible insects. Insects are extremely nutritious, containing lots of calcium, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids, and are low in cholesterol. They’re also packed with protein; by weight, crickets can contain more protein than beef.

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Court Overrules Law Gagging Animal Abuse Probes U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill has written that in a pivotal case of animal cruelty undercover reporting, the Idaho Dairymen’s Association responded to the negative publicity by drafting and sponsoring a bill in a class known as Ag-Gag legislation that criminalizes the types of surreptitious investigations that expose such violent activities. Seven other states currently have similar Ag-Gag laws on the books. Winmill declared the law unconstitutional in his decision, stating that its only purpose is to “limit and punish those who speak out on topics relating to the agricultural industry, striking at the heart of important First Amendment values.” The law was deemed to violate the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, “as well as preemption claims under three different federal statutes,” cites Winmill. “This ruling is so clear, so definitive, so sweeping,” says Leslie Brueckner, senior attorney for Public Justice and co-counsel for the plaintiffs in the case. “We couldn’t ask for a better building block in terms of striking these laws down in other states.” Source: Food Safety News

Surging Organics

Costco Shoots Past Whole Foods Market Whole Foods Market, founded in 1978, grew to be the number one seller in the nationwide movement toward organic and natural eating, with more than 400 stores. But mainstream grocers such as Wal-Mart and Kroger have since jumped on the bandwagon, and smaller players like Trader Joe’s and The Fresh Market have proliferated. Now Costco has moved into the current number one position, illustrating the market potential of budget-conscious consumers that desire to eat better. Source: The Motley Fool


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Kitchen Recipes for Daily Energy Savings The kitchen is a hotbed of energy consumption when family meals are being prepared and even when dormant. Appliances make a big difference, and the tools and methods we cook with can reduce utility bills. According to Mother Earth News, cooking in a convection oven is 25 percent more efficient than a conventional oven. Switching to an Energy Star-approved refrigerator that consumes 40 percent less energy than conventional models can save up to $70 in energy bills annually, according to They suggest performing defrosts routinely and keeping the door tightly sealed, especially on an older model. Position the fridge so that it isn’t next to heat sources such as sunlight, the oven or dishwasher. While cooking, refrain from opening and closing a hot oven door too frequently, put lids on pots while heating and select the right size pans. Cooking with a six-inch-diameter pan on an eight-inch burner wastes more than 40 percent of the heat produced. For cleanup, a full load of dishes in a water-efficient dishwasher uses four gallons of water versus 24 gallons for hand washing, according to flow meter manufacturer Seametrics. A slow cooker uses less energy and needs less water to wash afterward (, plus it doesn’t strain household air conditioning as a stove does. It’s good for cooking hearty stews and soups made from local seasonal vegetables, steaming rice, making yogurt and baking whole-grain breads. Consider taking a break from the kitchen by ordering a week’s worth of organic, natural meals and ingredients delivered to the door by an eco-friendly meal distribution service, which cuts down on individual trips to the grocery. Search online for local service options.

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COLOR ME CALM Grownups De-Stress with Adult Coloring Books


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oloring books are no longer solely the domain of children. Immersion in this fun, creative pastime by adults even for just 30 minutes can constitute a focused meditation that relieves stress. Doctor of Psychology Nikki Martinez, in Chicago, says that famed psychotherapist Carl Jung believed coloring helps patients release anxiety. “It uses both sides of the brain and improves organizational and fine motor skills,” says Martinez. “After I underwent a major surgery, I was on bed rest for eight weeks, and adult coloring books were a lifesaver. They passed the time, were pretty and kept me in a constant state of calm. I devoured them.” Publishers Weekly reported combined 2015 sales of 1.75 million copies for the 10 bestselling adult coloring books through November. This trend was years in the making, originating when parents colored with their kids and sometimes on their own. Adults around the world now join coloring book clubs, hold related parties and take coloring breaks at work. Last fall, Barnes & Noble hosted the one-day All-American Art Unwind, where customers colored and uploaded their results to Instagram and Twitter. Hallmark sent a crew of artists and calligraphers to select locations to help customers color their greeting cards. “We scheduled a coloring session for a 55-plus community workshop,” relates Ninah Kessler, a licensed clinical

social worker with the Sparks of Genius Brain Optimization Center, in Boca Raton, Florida. “People had so much fun they wouldn’t leave. It’s creative, portable and inexpensive. You never face blank paper because the lines are there; you just pick the colors. There’s no stress about possibly making mistakes.” “Animals, jungle or floral themes, and Zen-inspired mandalas are popular. Customers like realistic, intricate drawings,” explains Idalia Farrajota, a Dallas executive with Michaels craft stores, which offers free, in-store coloring sessions and provides supplies. (Download a free sample book at BotanicalColoringPages.) Johanna Basford, a renowned illustrator from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is a hit with colorists, catering to their penchant for nature with Secret Garden, Enchanted Forest and her latest, Lost Ocean. “My daughter wanted to color her life, not do generic drawings,” says Dieter Marlovics, prompting him to establish, in Chicago. “Really-Color converts photos into coloring book pages to make individually tailored pages.” Try these eco-tips: Sprout pencils, made with sustainable wood and fruit-and-vegetable-based dyed clay instead of lead, are topped by non-GMO seeds that can be planted when the pencil becomes short. Inktense’s water-soluble brightly colored pencils mimic pen and ink; add water for translucency. Select recycled paper books, soy crayons, watercolor paints and non-toxic markers.







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Tooth by the Lake Creating healthy smiles since 1982 by Kate Hillenbrand


hoosing the right dentist is no less important than choosing the right medical doctor because oral health can be an indication of future general health.

Tooth by the Lake amalgam fillings turned her (TBTL) dental office has been health around within days. creating healthy smiles in Teeth and gums are an the Hopkins area since 1982 integral part of the body and when Dr. Dwight Tschetter a key entry point to its nourfounded the practice. Dr. ishment. Toxicity, disease or Kari Seaverson now owns the infection can spread through full-service practice, and her the bloodstream to every tishusband, Dr. John Seaverson, sue, organ and cell if proper recently joined the team of oral hygiene combined with Dr. Kari Seaverson holistically minded dental healthy diet isn’t followed. practitioners. All are members “Our patients embrace of the International Academy of Oral this type of dentistry,” says Dr. Kari. “Many Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) and see alternative health practitioners such the Holistic Dental Association and are as naturopathic doctors or chiropractors. actively involved in continuing their eduDiet has the greatest impact on oral health cation in traditional and holistic dentistry. and our patients already eat clean, are Holistic dentistry means that TBTL’s gluten free and dairy free. They’re very concerns go beyond oral health. They health conscious and want their dental know there’s a symbiosis between health practice to align with what they’re already of teeth and overall health and provide following at home.” comprehensive information to support A mercury-free office, TBTL follows this philosophy so patients can make safe methods for amalgam removal and well-informed decisions about treatkeeps current on procedures and non-toxments and lifestyle choices. ic materials for fillings, crowns, bridges Dr. Tschetter introduced Dr. Kari to and dental implants that will not adverseholistic dentistry when he brought her ly impact the immune system. “Amalgam to her first IAOMT meeting. She became fillings don’t last forever; they crack and convinced of its efficacy after seeing the crumble and leach toxic mercury into the dramatic improvement in a girl who prebody. Some people are chemically sensiviously had problems walking and talking. tive,” Dr. Kari explains. “They seek us out While medical doctors were unable to di- because they know we’ll use materials agnose the cause, the removal of the girl’s that are helpful to them.”


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Dr. Kari goes on to say there are different theories for detoxing heavy metals from the body. “If you use chelation methods prior to amalgam removal, it can actually pull metals from your fillings into your body. We recommend people just be healthy. Detoxification can be done later under supervision of their health care provider.” The dentists at TBTL believe in putting patients at ease. Their staff is friendly, skilled and knowledgeable. Only the most advanced dental techniques—both eastern and western—are used along with biocompatible materials. Their newly remodeled environment is relaxing, nurturing and supportive. According to Dr. Kari, “Our remodel will be complete later this month. We’ve doubled the space, added more operatories so there are seven bays, expanded the waiting room and added an infrared sauna room for our patients and a break room for our staff.” Drs. Kari and John have been practicing dentistry since graduating from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2000 where Dr. John is now an adjunct professor. They live in Chaska with their two boys, Jack and Cole. The office is located at 1401 Main St., Hopkins. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 952-4751101. For patient testimonials, visit See ad, page 21. Kate Hillenbrand is a freelance writer, certified holistic health coach and the owner of Gut Instincts by Kate based in Minneapolis.

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even many Americans that still like the taste of hamburger and steak have sided with Berry; they want sustainably raised, humane and healthful red meat.

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n his essay The Pleasures of Eating, Wendell Berry, a Kentucky farmer and poet, writes: “If I am going to eat meat, I want it to be from an animal that has lived a pleasant, uncrowded life outdoors, on bountiful pasture, with good water nearby and trees for shade.” He, like a growing number of conscious eaters, wants no part of the industrial meat system in which animals are raised in concentrated animal feeding operations. Media coverage has helped educate

consumers previously unaware of how their food is produced and why it matters. The documentary film Food Inc., as well as books like Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser and The Chain, by Ted Genoways, describe common livestock industry practices that mistreat animals, pollute water and air, endanger workers and threaten public health. With increased understanding of the connections between diet and health, climate, environment and social justice,

Every five years, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines are revised to reflect the latest nutritional science. In 2015, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee attempted to include the concept of sustainability. The committee, which included top nutrition scientists, defined sustainable diets as “a pattern of eating that promotes health and well-being and provides food security for the present population while sustaining human and natural resources for future generations.” It made the case that a diet higher in plant-based foods and lower in animal-based foods both promotes health and protects the environment—resulting in lower greenhouse gas emissions, and less energy, land and water use. But political pressure from the livestock industry prevailed, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell jointly announced, “We do not believe that the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are the appropriate vehicle for this important policy conversation about sustainability.” Instead, they advised the committee to focus solely on nutritional and dietary information.

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In her book Food Politics, nutritionist and author Marion Nestle explains that recommendations to decrease consumption have never been popular with the food industry. Nonetheless, Roni Neff, Ph.D., who directs the Center for a Livable Future’s Food System Sustainability and Public Health Program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore, recommends consuming less red meat in particular, because of its large environmental footprint. Neff points out, “Thirty percent of greenhouse gas emissions are connected to red meat.” However, not all red meat is created equal. In her book Defending Beef, environmental lawyer and cattle rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman makes a case for sustainable meat production, noting, “Well-managed grazing could be part of an effective strategy to combat climate change.” In their book The New Livestock Farmer, authors Rebecca Thistlethwaite and Jim Dunlop praise the increase in farmers producing pasture-raised, ethical meats and the growing number of farmers selling directly to people that reject the industrial system. Neff likewise supports such sustainable livestock agriculture, which integrates pasture-raised animals on farms, rather than isolating them on feedlots, where they typically eat a grain-based diet (such as genetically engineered corn) and receive growth stimulants, including hormones and antibiotics.

Because climate change is accelerating and is already causing a multitude of adverse effects, and the footprint of our current food system is massive, we urgently need to create a national food supply that is both healthy and sustainable. ~Dr. Walter Willett, Harvard School of Public Health

implants to promote growth. Yet the European Union Scientific Committee on Veterinary Measures Relating to Public Health reports that the use of natural and artificial growth hormones in beef production poses a potential risk to human health, especially among children. Concerns about growth-promoting drugs led the American Academy of Pediatrics to call for studies that direct-ly measure their impact on children through milk and meat. The President’s Cancer Panel Report on Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk also states, “Growth hormones may contribute to endocrine disruption in humans.” Their dietary recommendations include choosing meat raised without hormones and antibiotics.

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Risky Hormones and Antibiotics Mike Callicrate, a St. Francis, Kansas, rancher educated in the industrial model of meat production, is considered an expert on its negative consequences. He served as an advisor for Food Inc., and Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Callicrate observes, “The same chemical compounds that athletes are banned from using in baseball are used to produce our food animals, which our children eat in the hot dogs at the ballgame.” According to the USDA, about 90 percent of feedlot cattle receive hormone

Antibiotic resistance is now one of the world’s most critical public health problems, and it’s related to misuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Antibiotic resistance—when bacteria don’t respond to the drugs designed to kill them—threatens to return us to the time when simple infections were often fatal.” Veterinarian and food safety consultant Gail Hansen, of Washington, D.C., explains that bacteria naturally develop resistance anytime we use antibiotics. “The problem is overuse and misuse; that’s the recipe for disaster.” She explains that more than 70 percent of the antibiot-

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ics sold in the U.S. are not To be interested A Friends of the Earth report, Chain Reaction: used to treat sick animals, in food, but not in How Top Restaurants but to promote growth and reduce the risk of food production, Rate on Reducing Use of Antibiotics in Their Meat infection related to raising is clearly absurd. Supply, revealed that most animals in unsanitary, meat served by Ameriovercrowded spaces. ~Wendell Berry can’s top chain restaurants A recent report by come from animals raised the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states: Adding antibiotics in industrial facilities where they are fed antibiotics. Only two out of 25 chains, to the feed of healthy livestock “often Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread, leave the drugs ineffective when they are report that the majority of their meat needed to treat infections in people.” The AAP supports buying meat from is raised without routine antibiotics. A recent study by Consumers Union also organic farms, because organic farming found antibiotic-resistant bacteria on rules prohibit the non-therapeutic use of retail meat samples nationwide. antibiotics. Stacia Clinton, a registered In California, Governor Jerry Brown dietitian in Boston who works with the signed Senate Bill 27, making his the first international nonprofit Health Care state to ban the use of routine low doses Without Harm, assists hospitals in both of antimicrobial drugs that are medically reducing meat on their menus and increasing purchases of meat from animals important to humans to promote livestock weight gain or feed efficiency. The bill raised without antibiotics. The goal is to doesn’t go into effect until January 2018, reduce the growing number of antibiotbut will contribute to making meat safer ic-resistant infections that cost hospitals and patients billions of dollars each year. and antibiotic drugs more effective.

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Select grass-fed and grass-finished meats. Look for the nonprofit American Grassfed Association (AGA) certification, which ensures animals eat only grass and forage from the time of their weaning until harvest, and are raised without antibiotics or hormones ( AGA standards apply to ruminant animals only: beef, bison, goat, lamb and sheep. Support Country of Origin Labeling. This mandates that retail cuts of meat must contain a label informing consumers of its source. The U.S. meat industry has worked to stop such labeling. Beware of misleading labels. “Natural” provides no legal assurance about how an animal was raised. “Vegetarian feed” may mean GMO corn and/or soy. (See Buy directly from family livestock farmers. Check out sites like and

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Pay attention to portions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture serving size weighs three ounces, about the same size as a deck of cards. Think of meat as a side dish and balance the rest of the plate with vegetables, leafy greens, beans and other legumes. Once a week, cut out meat. Participate in Meatless Mondays ( Assume all retail meat carries bacteria that can cause food-borne illness. Practice safe food handling as directed on package labels. (Also see and

Red and Processed Meats Targeted

Dietary advice to reduce the consumption of red and processed meats, regardless of how the animals are raised, is not new. Kelay Trentham, a registered dietitian in Tacoma, Washington, who specializes in cancer prevention and treatment, points out that joint reports from the World Cancer Research Fund International and American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) since 2007 have recommended restricting consumption of red meat to less than 18 ounces a week and avoiding processed meats. In 2015, the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified processed meat (like hot dogs, ham, sausages, corned beef and beef jerky) as “carcinogenic to humans” and red meat (beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, horse and goat) as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Risk increases with amount consumed, and the evidence is strongest for the relation of processed meats to colorectal cancer. Trentham explains some factors that make red and processed meats risky. “Heating or smoking meat creates cancer-causing compounds. Processed meats contain salts, nitrates and nitrites; a chemical mélange of preservatives that can increase risk,” she says. Trentham and Karen Collins, a registered dietitian and advisor to the AICR, concur that the form of iron found in meat also contributes to cancer risk. Still, the IARC report recognizes, “Eating meat has known health benefits.” Meat is a rich source of protein and B vitamins, iron and zinc. Livestock feed further influences nutritional composition, with meat from cattle raised on pasture (grass) containing higher levels of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids compared to meat from animals fed grain. According to medical doctor and National Institutes of Health researcher Captain Joseph Hibbeln, consuming fewer omega-6 fatty acids and more omega-3s may be one of the most important dietary changes for cutting the risk of chronic diseases, reducing inflammation, improving mental health, enhancing children’s brain and eye development and reducing worldwide incidence of cardiovascular disease by 40 percent. When it comes to eating meat, the agricultural practices, quantity consumed,

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and methods of processing and cooking make a difference. It turns out that what’s good for the environment is good for animals and people, too.

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hannon Hayes, farmer, nutritionist and author of The Farmer and the Grill: A Guide to Grilling, Barbecuing and Spit-Roasting Grassfed Meat… and for Saving the Planet, One Bite at a Time, says cooking grass-fed steaks at too-high temperatures, especially when grilling, is a common mistake. The West Fulton, New York, food expert describes how to achieve “a gorgeous sear on the outside, and a pink and juicy inside.” When working on a grill, light only one side. When hot, sear an inch-and-aquarter-thick steak for no more than two minutes per side, with the grill lid off. Make sure fat drippings don’t flare up flames, which will blacken and toughen the meat. After the sear, move the steaks to the

unlit side of the grill and put the grill lid on. Let them finish cooking indirectly for five to seven minutes per pound. The lower temperature cooks the internal muscle fibers, but prevents them from contracting too rapidly and becoming chewy. As an alternative to grilling, use an oven and cast-iron skillet. Preheat the oven to 300° F. Next, heat the skillet over a high flame until smoke begins to rise off its surface. Coat the skillet with butter or tallow, then sear the meat for two minutes per side. Turn off the stove; leave steaks in the pan and move them to the oven, where they can finish cooking for five to seven minutes per pound. Source:

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The Eyes Tell Our Story How Integrative Doctors See Into Whole-Body Health by Linda Sechrist


o poets, the eyes have long been known as windows to the soul. Systemically trained ophthalmologists, optometrists and functional




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well as sites for potential glaucoma and macular degeneration. The connection between overall health and eye health is rarely addressed during conventional eye exams, which are based on standard protocols for prescribing eyeglasses, drugs or surgery. Conventionally trained optometrists and ophthalmologists, lacking education in nutrition and alternative approaches, treat the eyes as isolated organs. In contrast, systemically oriented, holistic eye experts treat them as integrated parts of the whole body. Eye doctors like Marc R. Grossman,doctor of optometry, a co-founder of Natural Eye Care, Inc., of New Paltz, New York, and Edward C. Kondrot, a medical doctor and founder of the Healing the Eye & Wellness Center, in Fort Myers, Florida, take such a preventive and integrative approach. They recommend good whole foods nutrition, supplemented with antioxidants and plant-based formulations of omega-6 and omega-3 oils, together with adequate sleep and exercise. Key complementary treatments can be effective in improving sight and reversing some conditions. Grossman, also a licensed acupuncturist, explains in his book Greater Vision: A Comprehensive Program for Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Clarity how he incorporates the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of vision into his philosophy of eye care. At Somers Eye Center, in Somers, New York, he uses a full range of mind-body therapies, combined with conventional methods to address dry eye syndrome, nearsightedness, farsightedness, macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma. Kondrot, a leading board-certified homeopathic ophthalmologist, uses a slit-lamp binocular microscope to examine the complex living tissue of the eyes. The author of 10 Essentials to Save Your Sight, he’s experienced in regeneration nutrition and maintains that our overall health impacts our vision. His toolbox includes multimodal protocols like homeopathy, detoxification, oxygen therapy, low-level microcurrent to stimulate cellular activity, palming (using the hands

over closed eyes) and other alternative methods to reverse visual loss. He regularly uses the Myers’ cocktail, an intravenous therapy with a high concentration of B-complex and C vitamins, taurine (an amino sulfonic acid), trace minerals and zinc. “Regardless of your eye condition, regular eye exercises can increase eye muscle flexibility and support circulation for better delivery of oxygen, essential nutrients and the flow of energy to the eyes,” says Grossman. He notes that “Aerobic Exercise Protects Retinal Function and Structure from Light-Induced Retinal Degeneration,” a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience in 2014, was the first of its kind to link physical exercise with improved retinal health and prevention of common eye diseases. While Kondrot emphasizes that vitamins A, C, D and E are essential to eye health, particularly in preventing macular degeneration, he cautions that taking a supplement is no substitute for expanding the diet to include foods such as kale, spinach, parsley, collard greens, cooked broccoli, green peas, pumpkin and Brussels sprouts. All include lutein and zeaxanthin, two types of important carotenoids contained within the retina and found in the leaves of most green plants. Digestive enzymes, probiotics and the amino acid betaine are also necessary to facilitate better absorption of nutrients. Dr. Connie Casebolt, board certified in family medicine and founder of GFM Wellness, in Greenville, South Carolina, practices with a whole bodymind perspective and incorporates supplements in patient disease prevention and wellness plans. “As the eye is bathed in the same chemicals and nutrients as the rest of the body, eye conditions can be affected by problems affecting the rest of the body,” she says. “Low adrenals can contribute to macular degeneration. Additionally, disruption of the energy flowing through acupuncture meridians related to teeth affected by root canals can also affect the eyes. “ She likes the book Whole Body Dentistry, by Mark Breiner, a doctor

of dental surgery, because it includes numerous case histories of systemic illnesses, including eye disorders, that improve with better oral health. “Trying to sustain good health and avoiding toxins such as tobacco and excess sugar can definitely help in maintaining good vision,” explains Casebolt. Sensitive, complex and composed

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hree million cats end up in shelters every year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Owners cite landlord restrictions or allergies in the family as leading reasons. Often, the animal is blamed for an easily fixed behavior problem; the Wake County Animal Center, in Raleigh, North Carolina, interprets rationales such as, “Kitty has a sensitive stomach [throws up] or pees under the bed [likely a urinary tract infection].” “I prefer to call such things issues, not problems. They’re often evidence of natural instincts that need to be redirected,” says Anne Moss, owner of, from Tel Aviv, Israel. “A vet visit will rule out physical concerns so you can move on to behavioral issues.” Once a cat’s adapted to living with humans, life becomes more pleasant for everyone. Cats can be trained. Dallas cat owner Bettina Bennett of advises, “Start early, attach rewards and be consistent. Our four cats don’t scratch the furniture, come when called and know when it’s bedtime.” Clicker training works well, adds Becky Morrow, a doctor of veterinarian medicine who teaches at Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh. “I have 13 cats living in my home and a sanctuary housing 65 more. They’ve learned to walk on a leash and obey commands.” Dr. Jeff Werber, a Los Angeles veterinarian, has found that scratching furniture, biting people, nocturnal activity, throwing up and ignoring the litter box are the five most common complaints. Scratching lets Kitty leave her scent, stretch and shed old claws. He suggests, “Get a scratching post, but don’t put it in an-out-of-the-way location. Cats like to be where we are. Start with it in the center of the room and gradually move it to the corner.”

Measure how tall a cat is when standing on her hind legs with front legs fully extended. Get a post that is half again as tall so she can really stretch. Gently rub her paws on the post first, and then dab on a bit of catnip as added enticement. Cats don’t like unfamiliar textures, so avoidance training tools can include laying aluminum foil or backing-side-up carpet runners over furniture arms and cushions plus double-sided sticky tape at the corners to preserve upholstery. When humans become a target for a cat’s 651-429-4153 pounces, use toys as decoys. A short play session will satisfy their desire to hunt. Leave curtains open so she can see outside, clear shelves for climbing and have a cat tree or window shelf for optimum viewing. A nearby bird feeder will hold a feline’s attention for hours. Werber advises, “For undisturbed household sleep, get the cat toys out about an hour before your bedtime. Fifteen minutes of play will tire a pet. Let him calm down and then feed him. A full cat is a sleepy cat.” Some cats nibble, while others gulp food and then throw up. The recommended antidote is to feed smaller amounts several times a day. Cats should eat both dry and wet food to get carbohydrates and meat, Werber advises. Throwing up can be a sign of hairballs, even if unseen. Put the cat on a natural hairball remedy once a day for four days, then two times a week, until the vomiting stops. A touch of non-petroleum jelly on the cat’s nose or a bit of fish oil or pumpkin in her food will work. When cats ignore the litter box, note what’s changed— the type of litter, location of the box, a lurking stray cat or the pet’s health. Arthritic cats find it hard to climb into a tall-sided box. Felines feel vulnerable when using the box, and like to know what’s around them—a lidless box makes them feel safer says Werber. The rule is to have one more litter box than there are cats. If the house is more than one story tall, food, water, beds and litter should be available on every level. “All cats should be kept indoors, microchipped and wearing a colorful collar and tags,” says Werber. Colors give birds fair warning if a cat ever goes outside. With time and attention, any cat can become an active, well-behaved family member. Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelance

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Taste the Rainbow, Expand Your Palate with New Colorful Veggies by Judith Fertig


mericans’ vegetable habits are in a rut. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly 50 percent of the vegetables and legumes available in this country in 2013 were either tomatoes or potatoes. Lettuce came in third, according to new data released in 2015, advises Tracie McMillan, author of The American Way of Eating. Further, 87 percent of U.S. adults did not meet basic vegetable serving recommendations from 2007 through 2010, a fact cited in the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey. Yet, urban supermarkets overflow with a wealth of common and exotic vegetables, often displayed sideby-side: broccoli and broccolini, green bell and Japanese shishito peppers, and iceberg lettuce and leafy mâche, or lamb’s lettuce. Trying one new vegetable dish a week is a great way to increase our vegetable literacy, says functional medicine expert Terri Evans, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Florida. “Our diet should be 60


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percent produce—40 percent vegetables and 20 percent fruit,” she says. “To keep this sustainable for the long term, we should eat what tastes good, not what we think is good for us. Some days, we crave the sweetness of carrots; other days, the bitterness of artichokes or the heat of hot peppers. Our bodies can tell us what we need.”

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Going Green. Dark green and slightly peppery arugula is good with a little olive oil and lemon juice. Finely shredded Brussels sprouts bulk up a mixed salad, while adding the benefits of a cancer-fighting cruciferous vegetable. Instead of mineral-rich baby spinach, try baby Swiss chard, suggests Matthew Kadey, a registered dietician in Waterloo, Ontario. He also suggests microgreens, the tiny shoots of radishes, cabbage, broccoli and kale, all rich in vitamins C and E. Squash It. Varieties of summer and winter squash add color, body and flavor to one-dish meals, with the added benefits of B vitamins, magnesium and fiber. LeAnne Campbell, Ph.D., author of The China Study Cookbook, simmers a mix of fresh chopped vegetables including yellow summer squash or

zucchini, and flavors with coconut and curry powder. Vegan Chef Douglas McNish, of Toronto, makes an okra and squash gumbo in the slow cooker. Sneak in a Smoothie. Change up a smoothie routine by swapping out the usual baby spinach for a blend of cucumber, apple and fresh mint, or else sweet potato and carrot, suggests Sidney Fry, a registered dietitian and Cooking Light editor, in Birmingham, Alabama.   Snack Attack. An array of colorful vegetables served with dips and spreads can be an easy way to experiment with veggies. Carrots in deep red, vibrant yellow, purple and orange are delicious raw and supply beta-carotene, promoting eye health. Leaves from pale green Belgian endive spears are tender and crunchy. Orange or “cheddar” cauliflower has a more creamy and sweet flavor than its pale cousin.    “Colors equal health, and the more colors we eat, the better our overall health,” says Susan Bowerman, a registered dietitian, lecturer in food science and nutrition at California State Polytechnic Institute, San Luis Obispo, and co-author of What Color Is Your Diet? “We also have to be willing to try new foods or new varieties of foods, or maybe to prepare unfamiliar foods in a way that will make them taste good, so that we will be willing to add more plant foods to our diet.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle. from Overland Park, KS.


TUESDAY, MARCH 8 New Moon Drumming Circle – 7-9pm. Fillmore Room or Patio. Join together in the energy of new beginnings and manifestation. The circle will include heartbeat drumming and opportunities for sharing as we co-create together. Bring your own drum if you have one. Unity Church, 4000 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 5 Reiki I Training – 9am-3pm. Reiki I focuses on the beginning: self-healing and an understanding of how to treat yourself. $125. Register at Joyful Connections, 950 County Hwy 10, Ste 117, Spring Lake Park.

TUESDAY, MARCH 1 Information Session for Therapeutic Coaching & Reiki – 6:30-8:30pm. Meet an instructor, tour the school and learn about the new therapeutic coaching class. Free. Class repeats on April 1. RSVP at 763–533–6527. Meta Institute, 5121 Winnetka Ave, Ste 200, New Hope.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2 Movie Night: Food Matters – 6:15-8pm. Features interviews with leading health experts who reveal the best natural healing choices you can make for you and your family’s health. Walker Library, Calhoun Room, 2880 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis. Art of Mindfulness – 7:45-8:45pm. Being mindful makes it easier to savor the pleasures in life as they occur, helps you become fully engaged and creates a greater capacity to deal with adverse events. $65. Normandale Community College, 9700 France Ave S, Bloomington 952–358–8343. ce/classes.

THURSDAY, MARCH 3 Infinite Way Meditation – 9-10am. Meditation on the first Thursday of each month. Time will be spent listening to a CD by Joel Goldsmith, sitting in the silence, and then having a short discussion. Freewill offering. Unity Church, 4000 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley. Parents are Hypnotists, Too – 6-8pm. Childhood is when attitudes, beliefs and values form in your child’s mind. Learn how to be that positive influence that shapes your child’s life. Free. Fare Hypnosis Center, 8353 Crystal View Rd, Ste 201, Eden Prairie.

FRIDAY, MARCH 4 Boogie Night: Big 70s NIA Dance Party – 7-8:30 pm. An extended version of a Nia class for all ages, all genders. Beth Giles will guide you with simple Nia choreography. $15/pre-register or $20/at the door. Tula Yoga & Wellness, 99 Snelling Ave N, St Paul. “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.

Wellness Wednesday – 6-9pm. Sacred Toning by Neil, mini-sessions with healers, intuitive readers and more. Join us and build community through healing. Donation to practitioner, Bremer Bank Community Room, 2965 White Bear Ave, Maplewood. 651–283–2426. Attend a Solar Power Hour – 7pm. Attend a free Solar Power Hour and discover the benefits of solar energy for your home, small business or farm. Free. Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville.

markyourcalendar Family Fitness Expo Over 70 vendors. Many offering discounts, giveaways, free samples, raffles and more.

Holistic Chamber of Minnesota – 7-9pm. We welcome 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 for first–time visitors. Metamorphosis Center, 1301 E Cliff Rd,Ste 105, Burnsville.

Free to attend. (Must be present for some of the raffles)

March 5 • 9am to 8pm

Spring Food Therapy Class – 7-8:30pm. Fun and informative wellness workshop on how to select, prepare and enjoy healthy food for the spring season according to Chinese therapeutic principles. NE Community Acupuncture + Wellness Center,1224 2nd St NE, Ste 201 Minneapolis.

Maple Grove Community Center 12951 Weaver Lake Rd Maple Grove. Pollinators, Plants and You – 10am-noon. Learn how to create a new garden, start seeds in milk cartons, design a garden with native plants, support pollinators, and so much more. Bring any extra seeds to share. Nativity Lutheran Church, 3312 Silver Lake Rd, St Anthony.


Free Tai Chi Open House – 12:30-1:30pm. Tai Chi for beginning health follows the tai chi from the Arthritis Foundation program. Come to our Free Open House for an introduction to Tai Chi and to practice Tai Chi for health. Free. Normandale Community College, 9700 France Ave S, Bloomington 952–358–8343.


Right Here, Right Now – 3-4pm. An introductory class to mindfulness and meditation; focusing on the present moment to increase creativity, productivity and happiness. Free. Healing Elements, 2358 Stinson Blvd, Minneapolis. 612–788–1813.

Empowerment Concert – 7-8:30pm. Experience the musical concert designed to raise your vibration and affirm your soul’s highest virtues. $30. The Metamorphosis Center, 1301 E Cliff Road, Ste 105, Burnsville. Register at

Psychic Gallery with Alison James – 6:30-8pm. Intuitive forum with Q&A and messages from loved ones in the after-life, including pets. Interactive experience, audience participation welcomed $45 preregistration online or $50 cash walk–in. Healing Elements, 2358 Stinson Blvd, Minneapolis. 612–788–1813.


Hypnosis is a Natural State of Mind – 12-12:45pm. Learn about hypnosis at this free workshop. Free. Fare Hypnosis Center, 8353 Crystal View Rd, Ste 201, Eden Prairie. Family Day at Wedge Table – 10-11:30am. The Wedge Table, Blooma Yoga and Wellness, and City of Lakes Waldorf School bring you Family Day. Free. Wedge, 2412 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis.


Intuitive Reading Fair – 9am-4pm. Our handpicked practitioners are among the best in their field and bring very creative, intimate, and comprehensive experiences for you to sample and enjoy. Free learning sessions/paid practitioner sessions. Metamorphosis Center, 1301 E Cliff Rd, Ste 105, Burnsville.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – 2-3:15 pm. This Experiential Introduction by Judith Lies is ideal for those who want to learn more about MBSR and how it can change your life. Free. Register by 3/1 at 612–343–1623. River Garden Yoga, 455 W 7th St, St. Paul.

Intro to Hand Drum – 1-3pm. Introductory workshop for women/girls to learn techniques applicable for a variety of hand drums such as the conga, djembe and ashiko. $30. Women’s Drum Center, 2242 University Ave W, St Paul.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 13 Essential Oils for Skin Care Workshop – 9am4:30pm. Hands-on learning to see, touch and play with a wide variety of base ingredients and essential oils for the skin. $159 (includes all oils used in class and take home blend)To register, call 612–802–9483. Jodi Baglien’s Well Being + Wisdom Studio, 221 1st Ave NE Osseo. A Journey into the Faerie Realm and Sacred Animal Realm – 1-3pm. Faeries also help you experience joy, magical encounters with animals and a newfound love of nature. Led by Molly Friedenfeld. $25. Metamorphosis Center, 1301 E Cliff Rd, Burnsville. Max Meditation – 7-8pm. Use a full spectrum of meditation techniques breathing, deep-body relaxation, passive, active and guided meditation. $10. New Earth Center, 4180 W Broadway Ave, Ste 300, Robbinsdale.

MONDAY, MARCH 14 Medicine Wellness Garden – 6-7pm. Growers from Little Earth Community Garden talk about how they live out cultural values around growing and using traditional and medicinal plants to improve their wellness. Free. Hamline Midway Library, 1558 Minnehaha Ave, St Paul.

TUESDAY, MARCH 15 No More Chemicals in Our Parks – 5-8pm. Speak out against pesticide use at the park board meeting. Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, 2117 W River Rd, Minneapolis. 612–230–6404. Cafe Scientifique –7-9pm. The Physics of Confections: Cotton Candy, Soft Cookies, and Brittle Crackers. $5–$12. Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis. Tuesday Night Meditation – 7-8pm. Each class will have a different focus to cultivate stress reduction, healing, and expanded awareness. $12 or 3 for $25. Sunbeam Healing Arts, 2803 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis. 612–405–3380. Sunbeam–

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16 Minnesota Humane Lobby Day – 9am-3pm. Visit the state capitol and lobby their state senator and representative on bills affecting animals $8 (includes coffee and box lunch). Email CCoughlin@ for more information. Christ

Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, 105 University Ave W, St Paul. Fast Food, Good Food, Package–Free Food 6-8pm. We’ve forgotten how fast, simple and wonderfully satisfying it can be to prepare delicious meals in our own kitchens for the people we love. Free. Valley Natural Foods, 13750 County Rd 11, Burnsville. Holistic Moms Monthly Meeting – 7-9pm. There are many complementary and alternative health care options. Join us to hear from a panel of experts tonight. Speaker info on our website. Fuller Park Recreation Center, 4800 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis. Intuition Development – 7-9pm. Learn more about our intuitive senses and be introduced to exercises that you can do on your own to develop and open your intuition. $95. Sunbeam Healing Arts, 2803 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis. 612–405–3380. Sunbeam– Shamanism Class – 7-9pm. Shamanism is not a religion or a system of beliefs. It’s an awakening to the unseen worlds of energy and power unique to each person’s experience. $35. To register go to or SacredWheelCenter. com. Joyful Connections, 950 County Hwy 10, Ste 117, Spring Lake Park.

Meditation in the Kriya Yoga Tradition – 10am4pm. This advanced mediation practice centers on a self–realization fellowship. Reverend Alan Pritz will share foundational philosophy, lifestyle guidelines and two introductory practices related to the traditions and perspectives of your Inner Sound. $149. Normandale Community College, 9700 France Ave S, Bloomington 952–358–8343. Self–Care Yoga for the Back – 2-4pm. Yoga for the back can ease suffering through muscle identification and stretching. These carefully designed routines are designed to alleviate pain and promote a healthy back with a pain free range of motion. $35. Normandale Community College, 9700 France Ave S, Bloomington 952–358–8343. Normandale. edu/ce/classes. Right Here, Right Now – 3-4pm. An introduction class to mindfulness and meditation; focusing on the present moment to increase creativity, productivity and happiness. Free. Healing Elements, 2358 Stinson Blvd, Minneapolis. 612–788–1813. Spring Equinox Sound Journey – 7-8:30pm. An evening of sonic inner adventures designed to evoke and stimulate an enhanced sense of well-being, spiritual connectedness, healing and meditative journeying. $25. Must register. Yess Yoga, 23 E 26th St, Minneapolis.

MONDAY, MARCH 21 Fit Club – 6:30-7:30pm. All levels are welcome to this monthly workout. Bring a towel and wear comfortable clothes. Free. First Baptist Church of Anoka, 1235 Park St, Anoka.



Minnesota Plug–In Vehicle Owners’ Circle Meeting – 6-9pm. These meetings are free and open to anyone who owns or is interested in purchasing a PEV. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave S, Minneapolis. 651–428–3155.

Reiki & Essential Oils Class – 6-9:30pm. Class meets 3/22 and 3/23. Enhance your reiki skills with the use of Essential Oils. $95 includes manual and starter oil kit. (Must have taken a Reiki Level 1). Register by 3/15. Meta Institute, 5121 Winnetka Ave, Ste 200, New Hope. 763–533–6527.

SATURDAY, MARCH 19 Maple Syrup Day – 10am-3pm. Learn which trees in the woods are maple trees, the history and process of making maple syrup. Help tap trees, collect and haul sap, and observe the sap being processed in to liquid gold maple syrup. Enjoy brunch before or after. $5-$15. Audubon Center of the North Woods, 54165 Audubon Dr,

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another. ~John Dewey

Hormone Balance – 6-9pm. Thyroid hormones significantly influence growth development, mood, reproductive functions and your metabolism. Receive practical strategies to improve the function of the hormone. $49. Normandale Community College, 9700 France Ave S, Bloomington 952–358–8343.

SATURDAY, MARCH 26 Ramsey County Fix–it Clinic – Noon-3pm. Bring your broken household goods and clothing in need of repair. Please also bring any tools and supplies you think might help with the job. Free. Merriam Park Library, 1831 Marshall Ave, St Paul. Co.Ramsey.Mn.Us.

SUNDAY, MARCH 27 Metta Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. Each class will be dedicated to a person, community or place that we’d like to send energy, loving-kindness and healing to. $5–$15 (Pay what you can.) Svasti Yoga, 3751 Bloomington Ave S, Minneapolis. Max Meditation – 7-8pm. Use a full spectrum of meditation techniques breathing, deep-body relaxation, passive, active and guided meditation. $10. New Earth Center, 4180 W Broadway Ave, Ste 300, Robbinsdale.


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TUESDAY, MARCH 29 Detoxifying Foods for Your Body – 6-8pm. Learn which foods are best for detoxifying your organs and entire body. Led by Jackie Mart who will be cook three simple and delicious detox recipes during this class. Free.Valley Natural Foods, 13750 County Rd 11, Burnsville.

THURSDAY, MARCH 31 Metro Blooms Raingarden Workshop – 6-9pm. Help keep our lakes and rivers clean while creating a beautiful and bee/butterfly-friendly habitat in your yard. 9 Longfellow Park Rec Center, Minneapolis. Meditation with Signing Bowls – 7-8pm. Laurie Wondra leads a deep meditation in the Salt Cave with Tibetan bowls. $30. Salt Cave Minneapolis, 4811 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis.


look ahead SATURDAY, APRIL 2 Conscious Living Expo – 10am-4pm. Vendors, speakers, samples, demos and more. Free. Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, 4401 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis. For more information call Gary Perisian at 612-483-0616. LakeHarrietSpiritual

SATURDAY, APRIL 9 Aveda Blaine’s Women’s Fair – 10am-2pm. Enjoy free hair styling, massages, makeup applications, chakra readings, samples. Shop from local vendors. Ticket price TBA. Aveda Experience Center, 4000 Pheasant Ridge Dr. NE, Blaine. For more information, call 763-951-4250.

savethedate 5th Annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference Guest speakers: herbalists and authors, Winona LaDuke, Susun Weed, Isla Burgess, Dr. Jody Noe and many more. Over 60 workshops and plants walks, kids’ and teen camp. Plus swimming, evening entertainment, marketplace, red tent, film screenings, roundtable discussions on building herbal community and much more. Preconference workshops topics include: Herbs for Digestive Health, Herbal Pharmacy: Outside The Box, Recovering the Sacred, Arrow in Her Bow; Initiating the Next Step in Your Life’s Promise and Rhythm, African Dancing and Drumming. An additional event held Oct 7-9 with elder herbalist Rosemary Gladstar and friends. Discounts offered for registering for both. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI.

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

sunday 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.

monday Cardio Fitness Drumming – 6-7pm. 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.Fridley. 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.

tuesday 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.

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 po-

tential. Free. Transcendental Meditation Center, 399 Ruth St N, St. Paul. 651-714-0254. Transcendental-Meditation-Twin-Cities.

thursday Meditation and Yoga Sampler Program – 6-9pm. Hatha yoga, 6-7pm; 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.

friday Gentle Yoga for Every Body – 10:30am-noon. A welcoming environment for students of all shapes and sizes. $15 drop-in. River Garden Yoga, 455 W 7th St, St. Paul. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – 5:30-6:45pm. Kundalini Yoga is a powerful and practical tool to cultivate clarity, inner peace, personal power, wellness, and prosperity. Led by Laura Adrian. $15 drop-in. River Garden Yoga, 455 W 7th St, St. Paul.

saturday Cardio Fitness Drumming – 8-8:30am. Burn calories in a fun, way with this full body workout that doesn’t feel like a workout. Free. Nutrition Hub, 7880 University Ave NE, Fridley. Text or call to reserve your spot. 612-787-2582. TheNutritionHub.Fridley. 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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Fee for classifieds is $1 per word per month with a 20-word minimum. To place listing, email content to Deadline is the 10th of the month.

To find out how to be included in the Directory Listings, email Jackie@ to request a media kit.


Britney Vervinck, Independent Distributor 815-710-0149 • Have you tried that crazy wrap thing? Tighten, tone, firm and even reduce the appearance of fine lines and cellulite in 45 minutes. Mention this ad to receive $10 off your first body contouring or facial wrap.


Una Forde, DC 6009 Wayzata Blvd, Ste 106, St. Louis Park 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. 22 years’ experience.



1821 St. Clair Ave St. Paul, MN 55105 • 218-251-7608 Rolfing addresses fascia, the body’s web of connective tissue, and movement re-education to help release tension and pain, and improve balance, coordination, posture, and performance. Find long lasting relief and experience your body’s full potential.

SPREAD YOUR WINGS – Add a Rejuvenation Studio to your existing beauty, fitness or health/ wellness business. Bring in new customers, gain revenue from several sources, and your customers will love it! For more information, check out:

HELP WANTED ADVERTISING SALES – Natural Awakenings is seeking experienced advertising sales people who enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Position is commission based. If you’re a motivated people person, call Jackie at 763-270-8604.

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 23.

CAREER KELLY M. LEWIS COACHING & ASSOC. Career Choice Coaching 4820 W 77th St, Ste #104, Edina, MN 55435 952-456-8467 •

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free therapy. ~Douglas Horton


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Work Right. Live Well. 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 7.


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


“Is your Computer being Crabby?” Onsite/In-Home or Office, Bring-to-Us Computer Repair services. 2011-14 Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner. Local • Affordable • Honest • Greener.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY LAURA ADRIAN • 651-332-6436 As an intuitive CranioSacral Therapist and Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Laura helps people overcome challenges and live their potential. She offers local healing, classes, workshops and retreats.


Metamorphosis Wellness Center 1103 W Burnsville Pkwy, Burnsville 612-226-3649 • CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle yet deeply healing technique that accesses your body’s innate wisdom to heal. Helping to free your body of the tension and pain held in the tissues and find balance once again.






Cheryl Downey • 612-272-3977 13942 Echo Park Cir, Burnsville

Jose and Katy • 763-477-1965 HealthyAndHappyTogether@ HealthyAndHappyTogether.

Lacking energy and motivation to gain control of your nutrition and fitness level? Let’s do it together! We can guide you to personal success to a better future for you and yours.

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 17.

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.


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 21.


Annette Rugolo, Master Dowser 612-605-8608 Is the energy of your home supporting you or keeping you stuck? Cure the negative and enhance the positive with a consultation and create a home filled with light. Email Annette and ask for a free e-book. See ad, page 9.

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. See ad, page 23.


FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE YOUNIQUE HEALTH & CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Maureen Hyde, DC • 612-314-9333 New Brighton, MN 55112

Natural Solutions for chronic conditions. Whole food nutritional supplements and gentle chiropractic care. Complete Healing Memberships: unlimited complimentary chiropractic and supplements. $35/2-visit intro offer, $45/Family.



1206 Thomas Ave, St Paul, MN 651-307-5257 • 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 13.



Diane Christofferson 704 - 9th Ave NW, New Brighton 651-636-4049 •

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.


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.



7104 W. Lake Street, St. Louis Park 763-746-9242 •

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 5.

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.

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8353 Crystal View Rd #201 Eden Prairie • 952-934-1315

Paula Quinlan • 612-719-0228

Hypnosis services to help you live your best life- eating healthy, quitting smoking, increased self-confidence, reduced stress and more. We also offer hypnosis training for new hypnotists as well as continuing education for hypnotists/other professionals. See ad, page 8.

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.



Kate Hillenbrand • 612-323-7369 What’s your gut telling you when you have heartburn or elimination problems? I’m a certified holistic health coach, I understand body language and know which foods love you back. Call for a free strategy session

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!



Susan Swanson, D.V.M. 651-429-4153 • 1524 Mahtomedi Ave, Mahtomedi

Intuitive Counselor 612-220-4222

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 23.

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.


Theodore Rick Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) Offices in Minnetonka & St. Louis Park • 763-913-6722


Reiki Master Teacher 950 County Hwy 10, Suite 117 Spring Lake Park, MN • 763-229-9988

“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.


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I offer private Reiki healing sessions, Reiki training and certification and teach classes on energy. Reiki is a gentle, yet powerful form of healing that helps reduce stress/ anxiety, find balance and release mental, emotional and physical blocks. See ad, page 31.


W8303 Mann Road, Willard, WI 715-267-7507 • 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.


Marsha Boie 2190 Como Ave, St Paul, MN 55108 • 651-646-8855 See how much easier travel planning can be when you use a travel planner: vacation, family reunion, cruise, girlfriend’s getaway, romantic weekend for two. Our experience and connections are priceless. What can we do for you?


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.


5000 West 36th St, Suite 205 St. Louis Park, MN 55416 952-356-0041 Our mission is to restore and rebalance your hormone levels to the best range for you - so you can feel like yourself again - before you had symptoms. Sign up for your free ‘The Natural Hormone Secret’ e-book. See ad, page 10.


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March 2016


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natural awakenings

March 2016


March Natural Awakenings  

A free monthly print and online magazine devoted to healthy lifestyles and eco-friendly living (helping the earth).

March Natural Awakenings  

A free monthly print and online magazine devoted to healthy lifestyles and eco-friendly living (helping the earth).