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Help for Arthritic Pets

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Break Free of Chronic Pain


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The Lifelong Lessons of Being a Dad by Ben Greenman


New Kind of Treatment for Macular Degeneration by Mats Sexton


JOINT INJURY AND PAIN Six Remedies for Relief

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ccording to the National Institutes of Health, chronic pain is often defined as any persistent pain lasting more than 12 weeks. It may arise from an initial injury such as a back sprain or there may be an ongoing cause such as illness. However, there may also be no clear cause. Other health problems such as fatigue, sleep disturbance, decreased appetite, and mood change, often accompany chronic pain. Chronic pain may limit a person’s movements which can reduce flexibility, strength and stamina. This difficulty in carrying out important and enjoyable activities can lead to disability and despair. We may be lulled into a false sense of safety by slick advertising and ubiquitous availability, but prescription drugs are not always the answer (look to the opioid epidemic as a harbinger). Our desire for long-term well-being requires us to investigate the root cause and resolve it at that level. Pain is our body’s way of telling us to do just that. Fortunately, we have a wealth of local holistic experts ready and willing to solve your pain—without dangerous drugs. I wish we had more people and businesses to share their info through Natural Awakenings, reaching out to the many among us who need their help. Who and what are you looking for? Help me to find those resources to include in the magazine, helping us solve life’s problems while helping to grow wholesome businesses. While the focus this month is on physical pain, there are also resources available for emotional pain. The American Chronic Pain Association has an excellent guide that covers allopathic and alternative approaches to dealing with chronic pain, Guide_2017.pdf. You do not have to live with chronic pain. We are blessed to live in the beautiful, forward-thinking Twin Cities where so many options and experts are available to help. Which one will be your “golden ticket” to reducing pain in your life? To all the dads out there—thank you for a most important role you play— Happy Father’s Day.

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newsbriefs Nourish Family Wellness


ourish Family Wellness (Nourish), opened in the summer of 2016 in New Brighton, offers a wide range of wellness services for women and children. Begun with a vision by Dr. Elizabeth Berg, who has a passion for caring for pregnant women and babies, of being an all-encompassing facility, the clinic offers chiropractic, craniosacral, massage, acupuncture, breastfeeding support, yoga, prenatal wellness, and metabolic and nutritional health for people of all ages. Nourish is a family-friendly wellness center focused on natural health care beginning with care for the mama-to-be while her baby is just a twinkle-in-the-eye. Berg explains, “Proper alignment and nutrition before and during pregnancy help a mama to feel better, enter motherhood healthy and can shorten her labor, based upon a study completed by Dr. Joan Fallon.” Berg’s own experience as a pregnant mom who later struggled with breastfeeding due to low milk supply pushed her to pursue advanced training for Lactation, Spinning Babies, Craniosacral and Webster Technique Certification through the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association to help other moms feel better during pregnancy and nourish their babies with ease. Nourish doesn’t just offer care during pregnancy. Along with Berg, Dr. Jillian Skluzacek specializes in the care of infants with breastfeeding difficulties due to lip or tongue tie, offering craniosacral and light touch care. Lyndsey Robinson works with mamas to help breastfeeding get off to a good start. Dr. Rachel Alioto provides naturopathic medicine utilizing a unique blend of homeopathy, muscle testing, functional medicine and lifestyle recommendations to help increase energy and focus for women. Kari Michalski runs Thrive Midwives, a homebirth practice. Crystal Harris is a yoga instructor offering practice for families, relaxation, strength and focus. Britta Scanlon, a childcare provider with a degree in Early Elementary Education, blows bubbles, sings songs and reads stories to the kids, enriching them while moms relax and pursue their health. Berg had another vision with Nourish, and that was to provide her staff of mostly working moms with free onsite childcare. “It’s hard enough being a working mom,” Berg expresses, “so I wanted to create a model that I wish more businesses would adopt—a family-friendly work environment. It’s not always quiet, but it sure provides a lot of joy and eases the stresses of motherhood.” Location: 525 Main St., Ste. 200, New Brighton. For more information, call 651-797-4822 or visit

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newsbriefs National Wellness Conference June 19 to 21


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he National Wellness Conference (NWC) will hold its 42nd annual conference June 19 to 21, at the St. Paul River Centre. Presented annually by the National Wellness Institute (NWI), the NWC is a wellness immersion that includes professional development and personal enhancement programs, wellness activities, entertainment, exhibit hall and more. It is the premier professional health promotion and wellness conference for unparalleled continuing education and remarkable personal renewal. The NWC theme for 2017 is Cultivating Cultures that Flourish: Foundations and Innovations in Wellness Promotion. Continuing Education Credits (CEC) are available for the conference. CEC providers will be updated as approved status is granted. NWC programming focuses on all six dimensions of wellness: Emotional, Occupational, Physical, Social (includes Environmental), Intellectual and Spiritual. Conference programming typically includes the following tracks: Coaching, Community Wellness, General Wellness, Higher Education, Integrative Health/Mind-Body-Spirit, Personal Renewal, Physical Wellness, Public Health/Clinical, Wellness for Special Populations and Worksite Wellness. The NWC Exhibit Hall will open at 4 p.m., on June 18 through 20, where vendors can promote their products and services directly to health promotion and wellness leaders from across the country and around the world. The NWI community of professionals draws from every facet of health and wellness promotion including worksite wellness, government agencies/community outreach, education, mind-body therapy, spiritual wellness and health care.

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Green Lotus Opens in Annandale


reen Lotus Yoga and Healing Center (Green Lotus) recently opened its fourth location at 700 Norway Drive, Suite 105, in Annandale. The welcoming single-floor space holds a beautiful studio for yoga, meditation and other classes as well as private instruction. It also contains four quiet healing rooms for therapeutic massage, Thai yoga massage, infrared sauna and energy work. The center’s Gather® healing ing Space provides students and clients a quiet space in which to visit, reflect and enjoy a cup of tea. Green Lotus was founded in 2007 to bring community-based, integrated yoga and wellness centers to the Twin Cities. Co-founders Marcia Appel and Merry Beth Freienmuth founded the Partner Green Lotus Group in 2014 and began licensing their trademarked studio to new licensees. Their first location was in Lakeville in 2007, followed by Mendota Heights in 2011 and Eden Prairie in 2015. For more information, call 320-261-5177 or visit


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Learn About Clean Energy at the 28th Annual Energy Fair


he Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is hosting its 28th annual Energy Fair, an event featuring hundreds of workshops and exhibits related to clean energy. The Fair will be held in Custer, Wisconsin, at the MREA’s outdoor fair grounds, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 18. New this year, a second Energy Fair will be held the weekend of September 9 and 10 at Harriet Island Park, in St. Paul, with a solar professional day on September 8. The Energy Fair will feature a variety of keynote speakers like JB Straubel, co-founder and chief technical officer of Tesla; CEO and co-founder of GRID Alternatives Erica Mackie, whose work brings renewable energy access to low-income communities; sustainable farm owner Chris Holman; professor and journalist for Midwest Energy News Kari Lydersen, and others. Also presented will be an exclusive airing of the documentary Between Earth and Sky, accompanied by a special question-and-answer session with director Paul Allen Hunton. Fair attendees can enjoy live music throughout the weekend with performances by Cory Chisel and Adriel Denae, Davina and the Vagabonds, and many more, all performing on a human-powered main stage. The Fair also features over 250 workshops and 200 exhibits related to clean energy and sustainable living. There will be live demonstrations on sustainable food, alternative construction, solar and more. A delicious variety of food vendors, refreshments and solar-brewed beer will be available for purchase. Cost: Varies (see website for details); free Father’s Day admission for dads on June 18 when accompanied by their child. Location of June event: 7558 Deer Rd., Custer. For more information, call 715-592-6595 or visit See ad, page 19.

Duir Massage & Wellness Opens in Fridley


indy Miller, licensed massage therapist, opened Duir Massage & Wellness in April at 7362 University Avenue, Suite 303 in Fridley. Previously, Miller had shared an office with other body workers at a different Fridley location. Miller, who also owns Mystic Bookkeeping, has worked as a massage therapist since 2008. By combining various massage techniques with aromatherapy and reiki, she is able to address not only one’s physical health but also mental, emotional and spiritual health. Cindy Miller Miller earned her diploma in Massage Therapy from the Minnesota School of Business and is educated in a variety of massage techniques, including Swedish, hot stone, heated bamboo, craniosacral and reflexology. For more information, call 952-334-7657 or visit See ad, page 11.

Extreme Kleaner Mobile App Now Available


xtreme Energy Solutions, Inc., creator of Extreme Kleaner products, has released a new mobile app designed to provide convenience and a user-friendly experience to customers. The products are nontoxic and biodegradable and include a multi-purpose cleaner/degreaser and a window cleaner, both made in the United States. The app will allow customers to order product directly from it, and provide easy access to the company’s social media and brand websites; quick location of a nearby retailer; special coupons, discounts and promotions; tips on cleaning and making environmentally sustainable purchases, and more. Extreme Energy Solutions also plans to maximize the use of this tool by creating several promotions, special discounts, contests and drawings for its mobile app users throughout 2017. The app can be downloaded and used at the iTunes/ Apple Store as well as the Google Play/ Android store. “With the rapid market adoption of the Extreme Kleaner product line, the next logical step was to create a mobile app for the product to enhance the customer experience. This new tool allows us to offer the customer more ease and convenience of service and it also provides a platform for us to increase customer engagement which helps foster community and build more brand loyalty,” comments Jeff Smith, communications director of Extreme Energy Solutions. To get the Extreme Kleaner app for Apple/ iTunes: or TinyURL. com/n2urgwt. To get the Extreme Kleaner app for Google/Android: Play.Google. com/store/apps/details?id=com.BargainMobileApps.ExtremeKleaner or TinyURL. com/l6bqtek. For more information about Extreme Kleaner, visit ExtremeKleaner. com. See ad, page 32.

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businessspotlight Myths About Travel Agents ravel agents are making a comeback and they are doing so in a new way. Many travel consumers wonder, “Why do I need a travel agent when I can book online and save money?” Here are a few myths about travel agents and reasons to consider using one.

Shannon Anderson

Myth #1: Travel agents cost money. Most travel agents get deals and promotions that are not available on the website booking engines. They have access to hotels with free breakfast, Wi-Fi, free upgrades and a late checkout.

Myth #2: If I have a problem, the site where I made booking arrangements can help me. Often you are on your own, especially if you used a discount website. If you book a trip online and have a family emergency, you are on your own. If you book with a travel agent, you have a personal resource to get the situation handled as they have access to many resources to assist travelers. Myth #3: Travel agents charge surcharges and fees on top of the price. Some certainly do but most get paid on commission by hotels, airlines and resorts. The benefit of their experience is the number one reason to work with them. They have many options available to book travel and many also have coworkers with experience and a travel network they can lean on to help with research and booking or to help solve problems that can come up while traveling. Myth #4: The need for travel agents is being replaced by the Internet. Some things can’t be replaced by technology. Personal touch is one of them. The internet is a valuable resource but it cannot replace the expertise, guidance and personal service of a travel agent. At a time when travelers are stressed out with hectic schedules, travel agents have all of the information at their fingertips, saving valuable hours of surfing on the web. Agents can also offer insider tips based on experience and relationships with resorts, airlines, etc. Myth #5: Travel Agents are trying to cheat me if they don’t quote me the cheapest rate. Cheaper doesn’t always equal better. Longer waits, inadequate resources and ungodly hours for travel can all change a dream vacation into a nightmare. Consider using a travel agent for your next vacation. What have you got to lose? Shannon Anderson has more than 25 years of travel research experience and loves to help her clients plan their perfect vacation. For more information, call 763-3604642, email or visit

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Ginger Relieves Infected Root Canals


esearch from the University of Medical Sciences and Technology, in Khartoum, Sudan, tested the efficacy of ginger, cinnamon and a combination of both in reducing root canal infections. The study tested infections associated with 50 teeth involved in root canals. They were divided into five groups. One was treated with a paste of extract of ginger, another of cinnamon, and another with both of them. The final two groups were divided into a positive control group treated with calcium hydroxide with iodoform paste, and a negative control group was left untreated. The researchers recorded the number of colony forming units (CFU) of bacteria—individual bacteria units capable of growing into a colony—before and after the treatments. The extract of ginger group showed the most effectiveness, with a reduction from 83 CFUs to 26.5, suggesting that ginger may help treat or prevent root canal infections. The cinnamon group saw their status reduced slightly, to 77.8 CFUs, and the combination caused a decrease to 49.7.

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. ~Jim Rohn


Fresno County Superior Court Judge Kristi Kapetan has ruled that the state of California will require Monsanto to place a cancer warning label on the company’s Roundup weed killer. The ruling is the first of its kind in the U.S. and comes after a branch of the World Health Organization labeled the product’s primary ingredient, glyphosate, as a “probable human carcinogen.” Glyphosate, an odorless and tasteless toxin, has been manufactured by Monsanto for more than 40 years and sold in more than 160 countries. Monsanto will have one year to affix the warning label to all relevant products.

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Vitamin D Helps Babies Grow Strong Bones and Muscle




esearchers from McGill University, in Montreal, Canada, have discovered a connection between vitamin D supplementation during infancy and a healthier ratio of muscle and fat in toddlers. “We were very intrigued by the higher lean mass and the possibility that vitamin D can help infants to grow both healthy skeletons and amounts of muscle, yet less fat,” says Hope Weiler, one of the study’s authors and director of the Mary Emily Clinical Nutrition Research Unit at the university. The original 2013 study, which followed 132 infants given one of four different dosages of vitamin D daily during their first years, confirmed the connection with strong bones. The 2016 study used the same data to explore the impact of vitamin D supplementation on the toddlers’ body fat levels. The researchers found that children given more than 400 international units per day during the first year of life had an average of 450 less grams of body fat at age 3. They also found a correlation between the supplementation and lean muscle mass in the youngsters during their first three years.


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Inactive Lifestyle Accelerates Aging


etting off the couch and just moving may help slow the aging process in women that do not lead active lifestyles. Researchers from the University of California at San Diego measured the telomere lengths of white blood cells in 1,481 women between the ages of 64 and 95. Telomere lengths are a measure of aging within genes. After adjusting for other health and lifestyle factors, the researchers found that the women with less physical activity had shorter telomere lengths than those with more active lifestyles.

Healthy Eating Can Improve Bone Density in Women

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he importance of calcium for bone health in women is widely known. Now a new study suggests that a diet of foods considered low-inflammatory, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, may help reduce bone loss and fracture risk. Researchers from Ohio State University calculated the dietary inflammatory index (DII) of 160,191 participants using data from the Women’s Health Initiative clinical trials’ baseline food frequency questionnaires. Comparative DII data were then recorded three and six years later among 10,290 study participants to determine any changes in their individual scores. Results were also compared with the number of hip fractures reported annually for the subjects, along with bone mineral density levels from the subgroup. Women with lower DII scores had less bone loss in their hips after six years.

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Clarity for Expiration Dates on Food Many Americans have been confused by the “Sell By” labels on groceries for 40 years. Now, the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the two largest industry trade groups, are adopting voluntary standardized regulations to clarify. Instead of using up to 10 different phrases to communicate safety, they have settled on just two: “Use By”, a safety designation to indicate when perishable foods are no longer good; and “Best if Used By”, an estimate of when the manufacturer thinks the product should be consumed for peak flavor. Studies show that consumers generally believe the current labels all signal whether a product is safe to eat, and that it will still be okay well after its so-called expiration date. At the same time, prematurely tossed groceries dominate landfills and produce greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and a coalition of environmental groups have been urging the industry to clear this up. The change is scheduled to take hold in July 2018.

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Common Agrichemicals Endanger Hundreds of Species Under the Obama administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found in its first rigorous nationwide analysis of the effects of pesticides on endangered species, that 97 percent of the 1,800-plus animals and plants protected under the Endangered Species Act are likely to be harmed by malathion and chlorpyrifos, two commonly used pesticides; another 78 percent are likely to be hurt by another, diazinon. But now the new EPA administration under President Trump has declined to ban chloripyrifos; the decision may be challenged in court. All three pesticides are organophosphates widely used on crops such as corn, watermelon and wheat. Last year, the World Health Organization announced that malathion and diazinon are probable carcinogens. Based on the EPA’s conclusions, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service will issue biological opinions to identify mitigation measures and changes to pesticide use to ensure that targeted products will no longer potentially harm any endangered species. As part of a legal settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity, the biological opinions are due by December.

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Banning Bags Is Making a Difference Governments worldwide are taking control of a pollution problem with bans on different forms of plastic, including shopping bags. The Indian state of Karnataka has completely banned the use of plastic. No wholesale dealer, retailer or trader can now use or sell plastic carrier bags, plates, cups, spoons, cling film or even microbeads. San Francisco became the first U.S. city to ban plastic shopping bags in 2007, and in 2014 it banned plastic water bottles on city properties. Since then, they have included Styrofoam and thermocol (polystyrene). Hawaii introduced a ban on single-use plastic bags in 2015. Coles Bay, Tasmania, was the first town in Australia to ban disposable plastic bags in 2003, using 350,000 fewer than in 2002. Ethiopia, France and Morocco have followed suit. It’s all part of a global movement to protect the life of oceans and other bodies of water. Take the Greenpeace Plastic Pledge at

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Autonomous Autos

Driverless Cars Promise Safety and Savings Hyundai demonstrated its Ioniq autonomous, or driverless, hybrid car concept at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, demonstrating that such vehicles— equipped with sophisticated sensors, GPS and computers—could be for sale within five to seven years. Safety is paramount. Estimates for the U.S., based on a 2013 Eco Center for Transportation study, projected that if 90 percent of vehicles were autonomous, the number of driving-related deaths would plummet from an annual 32,400 to approximately 11,300. “Drivers are excited that driverless cars will offer 90 percent fewer U.S. traffic accidents, 40 percent lower insurance costs, the end of drunk driving accidents and newfound freedom for seniors and people with disabilities,” says Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association. Its 2016 report Self-Driving Vehicles: Consumer Sentiments found that nearly 75 percent of consumers surveyed like the proffered benefits. In Driverless, authors Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman highlight significant ecological benefits, including McKinsey research findings that driverless cars will yield up to 20 percent fuel savings, and a corresponding reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Their smoother driving also extends a vehicle’s life. Ford intends to deliver a fully autonomous vehicle for ride sharing in 2021, according to Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company president and CEO. Companies such as Uber and Lyft already are testing driverless vehicles in pilot cities.


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Beauticians Empowered to Fight Domestic Abuse An amendment to a law that governs the cosmetology industry in Illinois recognizes that the relationship between hairdressers and their customers may help curb domestic abuse and sexual assault. Salon workers are required to take one hour of training every two years to know the signs and provide resources to help clients. Without the training, cosmetologists, hairstylists, nail technicians and aestheticians will not be able to renew their licenses. Angela Smith, a Chicago hairstylist, has heard many whispers of mistreatment by spouses or partners, of being choked, chased or emotionally abused. “Everybody doesn’t talk, but once you build a relationship, it comes up,” she says. The law does not require salon workers to act on their suspicions, but helps them to recognize warning signs and be equipped to pass along helpful information. Available support includes hotlines, safe houses, restraining orders and access to legal professionals. For more information, visit Chicago

Tips to Avoid and Treat Poison Ivy Rash Avoiding even slight contact with poisonous vines that secrete toxic oil goes far in preempting nasty blistering, skin pain and itching. If contact occurs, natural remedies can help prevent and diminish symptoms. Recognition helps. In the North and West, it’s usually a shrub; in the East, Midwest and South, a vine. Watch out for a cluster of three leaves; the color changes seasonally. For outdoor walks or hikes, maximize skin protection by wearing longsleeved shirts, hats, rubber gloves, socks and closed-toe shoes. Also thoroughly rinse skin that may have come into contact with poison ivy in lukewarm soapy water using a washcloth or hand towel for friction as soon as possible to remove the damaging oil (video at n Stay watchful; a rash sometimes doesn’t appear for 12 to 72 hours after contact ( n If a rash develops, soak in cool water baths containing an oatmeal-based product like Aveeno or oatmeal soap. n Lavender, peppermint, tea tree, Roman chamomile, myrrh, eucalyptus and cypress essential oils all offer anti-inflammatory and other soothing properties (recipes at n Natural treatments found at include applying apple cider vinegar or brewed and chilled black tea; their tannins and other compounds lower inflammatory reactions. n To reduce itching, suggests baking soda baths and pastes. Ditch the Itch Cream has natural ingredients such as colloidal oatmeal, oat extract, tea tree and neem oils that can provide temporary relief, according to Applying cool paper towels may be helpful; also try witch hazel. Over-the-counter cortisone cream or even calamine lotion is a last resort. n Avoid scratching as an infection may develop through opening a blister. If breathing or swallowing worsens, eyes swell or a rash develops in or near the mouth, head to an emergency room or urgent care center.

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treated in emergency rooms for misusing prescription opioids, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A majority of Americans feel pain on a daily basis.

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Such statistics expose the magnitude of the problem of chronic pain. “It’s daunting, but there are many natural ways to address it that are inexpensive, effective and with what I call side benefits rather than negative side effects,” says Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, of Kona, Hawaii, author of the smartphone app Cures A-Z. Complementary, integrative or functional medicine, all names for a holistic approach to health care, offer a comforting wealth of gentle ways to address chronic pain, most of which the vast majority of conventional medical doctors are unaware, says Daniel Cherkin, Ph.D., senior investigator emeritus with the Group Health Research Institute, at the University of Washington, in Seattle.


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ccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, 25 percent of Americans, or 76.2 million, are suffering from pain that lasts more than 24 hours at this very moment: Ouch! Lower back pain alone keeps Americans from going to work a total of 149 million days each year, costing the U.S. economy $100 to $200 billion, reports the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Other common types of chronic pain affect musculoskeletal tissues, knees, hips or the neck. Migraines and severe headaches plague 16.6 percent of adults over 18, per a National Health and Nutrition Survey. Neurological discomfort can reach as high as 12.4 percent, estimates a study from the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Even visceral or organ pain associated with heart disease, cancer and pelvic diseases occur in at least 20 percent of the global population, according


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to the International Association for the Study of Pain, in Seattle. If chronic pain is affecting you, you feel it and want relief—right now.  

Watch Out for Opioids

Unfortunately, conventional medicine often has little to offer most pain patients. Even for something as pervasive as back pain, surgery and steroid injections are usually an unsatisfactory first line of defense, having mixed results at best, seconded by prescriptions for addictive opioid painkillers. Dr. Nora D. Vokov, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, told the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control in 2014 that there were an estimated 2.1 million people in the U.S. suffering from substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012. The problem is worsening. Every day, 1,000 people are

“Effective natural treatments include yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic, meditation, lifestyle changes and exercise,” notes Cherkin. “But since they’re not in most doctors’ medical training or learned repertoire for pain relief, patients aren’t offered the opportunity to try them.”

What Helps Relieve Pain

Here are just some of the many natural and affordable forms of pain relief.

Try the Yass method: Mitchell Yass, Ph.D., of St. John’s, Florida, author of The Pain Cure Rx, is busting the myth that musculoskeletal pain is often caused by osteoarthritis. “Arthritis or joint deterioration is rarely the cause of joint pain,” says Yass. He points out that 90 percent of people over 60 have herniated discs, but no associated pain.


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Yass treats patients based on his observation that in up to 98 percent of the cases he sees, weak muscles are the underlying cause of joint pain, and strengthening them provides relief. He says his prescribed exercises are usually effective in days or a few weeks. “Pain is an indication of tissue in distress. For example, pain in the shoulder area is often an impingement of the bicep,” he says. His prescription is strengthening exercises using hand weights for the trapezoid, tricep and serratus anterior muscles. His book suggests a detailed self-diagnosis program and the necessary exercises to strengthen muscles and relieve joint pain (more at Address underlying trauma: Osteopath Maud Nerman, of Novato, California, author of Healing Pain and Injury, has broad experience in treating neurological problems and brain injuries and often focuses on physical and emotional trauma as an underlying cause of chronic pain. She explains that the autonomic nervous system that directs unconscious

body functions like breathing, digestion and heartbeat is interrupted by such trauma. “Trauma literally shocks the nervous system,” she says. “The body cannot turn off the ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction, causing a firestorm of inflammation that can lead to a variety of serious diseases, overwhelming the body’s ability to manage its own healing.” Her work has showed how readjusting the body, restoring breathing and reactivating the autonomic nervous system can provide relief in short order.

Consider lifestyle, diet and supplements: “Pain is like the ‘check oil’ light on a car’s dashboard. It signals that something needs attention,” says Teitelbaum, author of Pain Free 1-23. “If the oil light goes on, putting a Band-Aid over it or smashing it with a hammer won’t help.” Teitelbaum recommends an energy optimization approach he dubs SHINE that addresses underlying causes of chronic pain that has worked for 91 percent of the people

he’s treated for fibromyalgia and muscle pain. Sleep—Eight to nine hours a night helps replenish energy and heal muscles.

Hormones—Treat hormone imbalances even if lab tests are “normal”.

Immunity—Dysfunctional immune

systems and persistent infections can lead to chronic pain.

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timizing nutritional support, especially B vitamins, vitamin D, ribose, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and magnesium, was helpful. A healthy, high protein, low sugar diet is effectively complemented by a variety of herbs and nutrients, primarily curcumin, boswellia, willow bark and fish oil, nutrients that widespread studies show stop pain better than pharmaceuticals. He’s also a strong proponent of eliminating sugar entirely because it causes inflammation.

Exercise—Daily exercise speeds the healing process and after 10 weeks following the first four SHINE steps, will

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A Natural Method of Healing by Camille Bernards


uantum Touch (QT) is a very safe and effective way of reducing pain naturally. The body has an extraordinary ability to heal itself and QT helps to maximize that capacity. QT addresses the root cause of disease and creates the space for true healing to occur, rather than just working on symptoms. Given the proper conditions, the body innately knows how to return itself to 100 percent wholeness. Everything in the Universe is energy. Everything vibrates at different frequencies; there is a tendency for the frequencies to come together. Most often, the slower vibration will rise to match the faster vibration (resonance and entrainment). A QT practitioner learns how to focus and amplify life force energy by combining various breathing and body awareness exercises. By working with life force energy, we use the principles of resonance and entrainment (meeting and matching the vibration of energy) to facilitate healing. When that energy field is placed around an area of pain, stress, inflammation or disease, that part of the body will entrain to the higher frequency and allow one’s own biological intelligence to do whatever healing it deems necessary. Some of the benefits of QT include: • Pain relief • Stress relief • Reduced inflammation • Minimized digestive disorders • Countering fatigue QT does not claim to treat or heal specific conditions and its effectiveness is based on the individual’s ability to heal. Results will vary. Camille Bernards is a certified Quantum Touch practitioner with an office in Coon Rapids. For more information and appointments, call 612599-1931, email Camille@GraceLove or visit See ad, page 22.


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increase the capacity to exercise. For migraines, Teitelbaum advocates vitamin B2 (riboflavin). Numerous studies support the effectiveness of dosages of 400 milligrams per day to prevent migraines. After just six weeks of use, a German study published in the European Journal of Neurology shows thats taking a daily riboflavin supplement cut the number of migraine days in half for participants and significantly reduced the amount of migraine medication needed.

Tap for Relief: Also known as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Tapping Solutions founder Nick Ortner, of Newtown, Connecticut, says “Tapping sends a calming signal to the amygdala in the brain, turning off the fight or flight stress response and allowing the body to heal.” The physical tapping opens up the body’s energy meridians and allows them to relax so the natural healing process can take place, Ortner explains. EFT combines tapping on specific body points while repeating appropriate affirmative statements such as: “Even though I have this [pain], I love, accept and forgive myself.” He recalls a woman that arrived at a seminar he led with a toothache that had lasted for years. Doctors had done X-rays, seen an infection and prescribed antibiotics to no good effect. He asked her if she recalled when the pain began; without hesitation, she answered, “When my mother passed away unexpectedly.” “So we started working together and the pain reduced significantly right away and eventually disappeared completely,” says Ortner. A follow-up with her dentist showed no sign of the former problem. Up to now, the EFT research is positive. One study from the Energy Medicine University, in Mill Valley, California, found it helped people with chronic pain (some coping with severe fatigue and fibromyalgia) feel physi-

cally and emotionally better in as little as a month; another from the Foundation for Epigenetic Medicine, in Santa Rosa, California, showed substantially reduced trauma in institutionalized abused teenagers after just one EFT session. Meditation vs. Medication: Meditation may not resolve the underlying cause of chronic pain, but research from the University of Alabama demonstrates it can interrupt pain signals to the brain. It’s at least as effective as opioid painkillers in relieving chronic pain, according to a study led by Cherkin at the University of Washington. His team’s 342 subjects that had experienced back pain weekly for at least a year were offered either eight meditation and yoga classes, eight cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) sessions or just keeping up their own regular daily routines that did not include yoga and meditation. The results, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, confirm what numerous other studies have reported: 44 percent experienced a “meaningful reduction” in pain within six months of the meditation or CBT sessions, equal to results reported by people taking addictive opioid pharmaceuticals. More, the pain relief continued for up to two years, even if the subjects stopped doing actual sitting meditation. “Meditation changes the way people think about pain and how they develop skills to keep it from becoming a major focus in their lives,” observes Cherkin. Regardless of the mechanism, experts in a holistic approach to chronic pain relief agree that encouraging self-control, self-determination and self-empowerment makes a huge difference in patients’ abilities to control pain more naturally and effectively. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at

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followed 243 shingles patients in 22 general practices in London with a control group of 483 individuals with no history of the ailment. Those eating less than one piece of fruit a week had more than three times the risk of herpes zoster versus those eating more than three a day. The same pattern occurred when they looked at combined fruit and vegetable intake.    Capsaicin: Postherpetic neuralgia is a complication of shingles that can last long after initial symptoms disappear. Topical capsaicin, the spicy compound in hot peppers, may be an effective treatment.    In a double-blind study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 32 elderly patients with chronic postherpetic neuralgia were treated with either capsaicin cream or a placebo. After six weeks, almost 80 percent of capsaicin-treated patients experienced relief. The researchers noted that because capsaicin avoids problems with drug interactions and systemic toxicity, it should be considered a first choice in management. A study of 143 Canadian patients in Clinical Therapeutics yielded similar results. Then, in a two-year follow-up of 77 of the patients, 86 percent showed continued benefits from the single six-week trial with no serious adverse effects.

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ne in three people will develop shingles (Herpes zoster) during their lifetime. Although the painful skin eruptions last only a few weeks, chronic pain can persist for several months and seriously impair quality of life long after the red rash marks disappear.   Also concerning is that the rate of shingles is on the rise, according to a multidisciplinary review of relevant literature by PLOS, a nonprofit openaccess science publisher. The cause may be widespread use of the chickenpox vaccine. A decade-long Australian study published in the Medical Journal of Australia showed that as its use rose, so did the incidence of shingles.   Shingles is acknowledged as being far more serious than chicken pox. Dr. Joseph Mercola, founder of the healthcare website, reports shingles can also lead to neuropathy, meningitis, hearing loss and blindness.   Fortunately, there are six safe and effective drug- and vaccine-free ways to prevent shingles or ease symptoms.


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Vitamin C Therapy: According to Dr. Thomas E. Levy, vitamin C has been successfully used in treating shingles’ skin rash and blisters. In one study by Dr. Frederick Klenner, eight such patients received 2,000 to 3,000 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C by injection every 12 hours, supplemented by 1,000 mg in fruit juice every two hours. Seven reported complete pain relief within two hours of the first of five to seven injections.   As early as the mid-20th century, a study by Dr. Mohammed Zureick of 327 shingles patients demonstrated that vitamin C injections effected complete resolution of the outbreaks in all of them within 72 hours.   Fruits and Vegetables: Diets low in micronutrients including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can increase the risk by depressing the immune system. In a British community-based study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, researchers



Acupuncture: In a Chinese study of acute shingles cases in the journal Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, 72 patients were randomly divided into two groups. One received acupuncture around the margins of the outbreak. The others received acupuncture plus moxibustion—a traditional Chinese therapy that burns dried mugwort near the skin—of the area around the needling. The acupuncture group had a relief rate of 85.3 percent, with the cessation of herpes eruptions, quicker scab healing and reduced residual neuralgia. Moxibustion-treated patients were cured within three days with a rate of 97.4 percent.


Tai Chi: A study in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society found that tai chi boosts immunity to the varicella zoster virus. In a randomized trial of 112 healthy adults, one group did tai chi for 25 weeks while another received health education. After 16 weeks all were vaccinated with VARIVAX, the live, attenuated Oka/Merck varicella zoster virus vaccine. Results showed the tai chi group had nearly twice the levels of cellmediated immunity to the virus compared to the control group; tai chi alone increased immunity about as much as the shingles vaccine plus yielded significant improvements in physical functioning, bodily pain, vitality and mental health. In a University of California-Los Angeles study, 36 men and women over 60 were assigned either to a tai chi or control group. For 15 weeks, the tai chi practitioners received three, 45-minute instruction classes a week; their cell-mediated immunity to the varicella zoster virus rose 50 percent plus they experienced significant improvements in physical functioning.   Light Therapy: In a study published in Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine, 25 patients with severe pain in the first week of zoster rash were divided into a prevention group (receiving the drug acyclovir for 10 days, plus UVB light therapy three times a week until pain relief was reached or a maximum of 15 sessions); a control group received just the drug. After one month, 58.3 percent of the light therapy patients were painfree, compared to 38.5 percent of the drug group. At three months, the ratios rose to 83.3 percent versus 53.8. The researchers concluded that UVB phototherapy in the acute stage of shingles might reduce the incidence and severity of lingering neuralgia.   Margie King was a corporate attorney for 20 years before becoming a health writer in Lower Gwynedd, PA. Connect at



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On Fatherhood

The Lifelong Lessons of Being a Dad by Ben Greenman


hat is being a father? It’s, at least in part, about beginning. It is rejuvenating to locate ourself near the start of a child’s life. There are so many chances to get it right. The thought that we might also get it wrong flits across our mind, but it’s gone before we can even shiver at its presence. It’s also about returning to that question again and again, each time failing to acquire additional insight. “What isn’t being a father?” is a better question. Being a father isn’t indifference, but neither is it a steady stream of calm wisdom or a place of consistent self-control or a clearly delineated set of exercises engineered to help produce self-knowledge in offspring. Bridges are engineered. We stare into our little one’s eyes, beaming thoughts that we hope are received, translated and appreciated, waiting for a beam to come back to us. Child rearing is worked to-


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ward, clumsily, imperfectly, with a deep and near religious faith in trial and error. Children are refined over time with the assistance of many imperfect philosophies. When our second child opted in, my wife and I compared baby pictures of the two boys. “They look different,” I said. “That’s not why I’m looking at them,” she said. “I want to remember this.” I remember looking at the pictures with her only because she has told me about it. If, in part, fatherhood is remembering things that did not exactly happen, it is also forgetting things that did happen, some transformative to a degree that I could not have imagined five seconds before they occurred. Afterwards, I knew I would never be the same again. But I was. As children grow, they are not the same again. Parenting boys instead of babies is already a grand departure from everything I have learned up until now and I am just coming to see that it will always be this way. Recently, in trying to figure out when a man that is not a father becomes a man that is a father, I remarked to my sons, “Even though I know being a father has changed me forever, I remember certain things that happened, but not as many as I would have thought.” My older son explained, “Maybe it’s because you are thinking of us more than yourself. Maybe you want time to pass so we can get to the next thing in our lives.” My younger son zeroed in, “The problem is that you think it’s parenting when really it’s childing.” He’s right. What is being a father? It’s letting someone else be a child. It’s suffering through certain kinds of abstract pain so that they don’t. It’s bearing the brunt of disappointments so that they can go on feeling invincible. It’s teaching how to forget as much as it is teaching how to remember… but it is still very near the beginning. Ben Greenman is a widely published author and journalist in Greater New York. Connect at



Open Your Eyes to a New Kind of Treatment for Macular Degeneration by Mats Sexton


ore often than not, when people are diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease such as macular degeneration, they are told by their ophthalmologist, “There’s nothing you can do.” However, nothing could be further from the truth. The growing field of Chinese medicine ophthalmology can be a savior for vision. While most people associate Chinese medicine with acupuncture only, there are actually five branches to this comprehensive and holistic approach to wellness, including massage, herbology, nutrition and exercise. Undoubtedly, most people wince when the words “acupuncture” and “eyes” are used in the same sentence. However, there are several acupuncture protocols that use acupoints on the hands and feet which can help with vision. AcuNova, developed in Denmark by John Boel, takes a neurologic approach to disease and involves the insertion of just two tiny needles in the hand and two in the feet. Some recipients of a series of about 20 treatments have even begun driving again. Typically, the acupuncturist will use additional points on the limbs to help with overall systemic health. But, to be clear, no needles go in the eyes! Chinese medicine does not view macular degeneration as an eye disease, but rather it’s regarded as a systemic circulatory issue. The plaques or “drusen” that build up in the retina are virtually the same as any other atherosclerotic plaques found throughout our bodies as we age. Thus, if only the eyes are considered in the course of treatment, there is little chance for lasting visual improvement and restoration of overall health. Nutrition is a top priority. While the typical course of action is to take eye vitamins, the better course is to actually eat real food. Bodies crave whole foods and need to eat surprisingly little to equal the amount of nutrients in the supplements. About two leaves of kale, a handful of almonds and

an orange will provide the same nutrients as the leading eye supplements. Increasing intake of vegetables and leafy greens in general is a fundamental step to improving vision. Along with nutrition, herbology in Chinese medicine can be an important tool to complement the effects of treatment. Unlike most vitamin supplements, the ingredients in Chinese herbals are often things we don’t typically eat, such as flowers, roots and other parts of plants. Chinese “tea pills” are inexpensive, easy to swallow and a very effective addition to any course of treatment. Lastly, some form of daily aerobic activity such as yoga, tai chi, walking, running or swimming is mandatory in helping your eye condition and systemic well-being. For the more adventurous, there are programs for blind snow skiing and tandem bicycling. There is no need to give up your favorite activities because of low vision. Inactivity invites stagnation, poor circulation and a decline in our body’s ability to properly move blood through our vessels, food through our gut and even to think clearly. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, consider opening your eyes to a new kind of treatment like Chinese medicine. Despite what you may have been told, there actually is quite a lot you can do to improve your sight. Mats Sexton, LAc, DiplAc, has been practicing Chinese medicine for 20 years and has specialized in the treatment of degenerative eye diseases since 2003. He is licensed through the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice and is committed to improving and saving the sight of his clients while making the experience enjoyable and educational. For more information, call 952-922-2141 or visit

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oint disease, specifically arthritis, is a common problem in dogs and cats, especially as they age. The causes are many and include obesity, inflammation, immune dysfunction and normal wear and tear in joints. Conventional therapies include steroids, non-steroidal medications, analgesic medications to control pain and surgery, when applicable. Clinical signs of arthritis include joint stiffness, pain, difficulty getting up and down, a pet’s decreased desire to walk or exercise and increased aggression due to pain. Keep in mind that other causes may be misdiagnosed as “arthritis”, but are related to another disease. Many natural therapies for joint disease include acupuncture, chiropractic, cold laser treatment, physical therapy, Chinese and Western herbal therapies, nutrition and diet, homotoxicology and homeopathy. Several key homeopathic remedies recommended for human relief in osteoarthritic knee, hip and finger joints by Dr. Vikas Sharma, of Chandigarh, India, may also be helpful for pets with joint injury and pain, according to The Arthritis Solution for Dogs & Cats ( Consult a holistic veterinarian for individual treatment options.

This is a mainstay of homeopathy, as noted in the New World Veterinary Repertory, and applies to anything related to bones and joints. It is useful for chronic arthritis, especially if the painful parts of the body seem to worsen when moved or touched.

Bryonia Alba It’s especially helpful for pets showing signs of stiffness and inflammation with pain made worse as the pet moves, especially when rising and lying down. Offset cold dry weather with warmth and humidification. Discomfort is aggravated when the affected body part is touched, bumped or moved about, which may spur aggressive behavior, so show tender care and respect. Relief typically comes when the pet rests the affected part.

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Calcarea carbonica This remedy may ease deeply aching arthritis, particularly if bony or fibrous tissue has formed around joints. Avoid cold and dampness. Signs alerting a veterinarian to the problem may include muscle weakness, fatigue from exertion and a feeling of chilliness or sluggishness (these pets may also be hypothyroid).

Kali carbonicum Pets with advanced arthritis showing joints that are thickened or deformed may benefit from kali. Stiffness and pain are typically worse in the morning from cold, damp weather, so that’s an ideal time for applying prescribed treatment.

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This is useful for many arthritic pets and especially those with rheumatoid arthritis, which is rare. The remedy is also beneficial for pets that start the day stiff and in pain, but improve with continued movement. Protect them from cold, wet weather conditions.

Ruta graveolens Another widely recognized arthritis remedy, ruta grav is for pets whose symptoms may be exacerbated by cold and damp and exertion. It may be prescribed for affected and damaged tendons and capsules of the joints, when arthritis may have developed from overuse, repeated wear and tear and associated chronic inflammation. The practice of functional medicine teaches combinations of complementary therapies suited to the individual pet’s needs. Homeopathics can be a beneficial element in treating animals suffering from a variety of joint disorders. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets.

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Reclaiming Your Power –7-9pm. This workshop invites you to cut through old patterns of selflimitation and tap into your innate strength and power center. Yoga helps us to train the body from the inside out—a reminder that we are powerful beings capable of just about anything. $40. Tula Yoga, 99 Snelling Ave, St Paul.

Gluten-Free Cherry Chicken Pasta Salad Samples – 7am-8pm. This blend of fresh cherries and organic chicken will have you craving more from the first bite. Free. Mazopiya Natural Food Market, 2571 Credit Union Dr, Prior Lake.

SATURDAY, JUNE 3 Self-Care Saturday – 9am-2pm. Tapping/EFT Circle with Julie Jacky; clear energy while connecting and communicating with Archangels, Ascended masters, guides or loved ones to hear information about past/ present or future with Laurie Wondra; infrared sauna sessions $5; Lemongrass Spa pampering; discounted self-care items like books, CDs, DVDs, journals; healthy snacks, and giveaways. Free to attend/varying prices for sessions. Blissful Balance, 6861 Upper Afton Rd, Woodbury. WaterFest 2017 – 11am-4pm. “Make Waves” at this free, family festival celebrating our clean lakes that offers fun and an opportunity for outdoor hands-on learning about clean water, wildlife, and land and water conservation. Free. Lake Phalen Park, 1600 Phalen Dr, St Paul.

MONDAY, JUNE 5 Brown Bag Lunch Series Topic: Men’s Health – 121pm. Join us on the first Monday of each month for our Brown Bag Lunch Series where we provide lunch and share some educational knowledge on a specific health topic. This month it is all about Men’s Health. $10. Mazopiya Natural Food Market, 2571 Credit Union Dr, Prior Lake. BURST Exercise Outdoor Boot Camp – 6-6:30pm. High-intensity, short duration workout to shock the body’s physiology into becoming a muscle-building, fat-burning machine. $10. Powderhorn Park (Meet at top of the hill by the playground on the south side of the park by 35th St.), 3400 15th Ave S, Minneapolis.

TUESDAY, JUNE 6 Resilience and Balance: Creating Your Resilience Toolkit with Lisa Bobyak – 5-7pm. Engage in and learn numerous resilience techniques and strategies during this interactive learning experience. Develop a personal resilience toolkit so you can rise above the big and the little stresses of life. $45. Northtown Library, 711 County Hwy 10 Frontage Rd, Blaine.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7 ECK Wisdom on Conquering Fear – 7-8:30pm. Class also meets 6/14, 6/21 and 6/28.   Would you like to face challenges in your life with greater spiritual self-confidence? Learn simple exercises, and gain insight to loosen fear’s grip and lead a happier life. Free. 952-380-2200. Eckankar, 7450 Powers Blvd, Chanhassen.


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Meditation Workshop – 6:30-8pm. Have you ever wondered about the benefits of meditation and how to do it properly? Come find the answers to your questions on meditation with Anna Weins. Free for members/Drop-in rate for non-members. Yoga Pod Minnetonka, 12993 Ridgedale Dr, #103, Minnetonka.

FRIDAY, JUNE 9 Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference: Honoring the Wise Women of the Past, Present and Future – June 9-11. Speakers: Tammi Sweet, Ubaka Hill, Lisa Ganora, Whapio and Robin Rose Bennett and many more. Over 60 workshops and plants walks, Kids’ Camp and Teen Spiral. Includes pre-conference classes and workshops. Personal growth workshops, singing, dancing, plant walks, meals, swimming, red tent communal space and more. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info: Drumming Circle with Laurie Wondra – 7-8:30pm. Please join us for this night of drumming, blessing, enjoying the energies of mother earth, father sky and our heart love. $10. Lake Harriet Spiritual Center, 4401 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis.

SATURDAY, JUNE 10 Kayaking Essentials for Women – 9am-noon. Learn safety skills and proper paddling techniques with qualified instructors. Equipment provided. Reservations required. $50. Bryant Lake Regional Park, 6800 Rowland Rd, Eden Prairie. 952-941-4518. Massage Basics – 10am-5pm. Massage Basics is designed for people who are considering a career in massage and bodywork, or for those who would like to learn a simple and safe massage sequence to practice on family and friends. $75. CenterPoint Massage & Shiatsu Therapy School & Clinic, 5300 W 35 St, St Louis Park. Yoga Pod’s Namaste on The Bay – 10:30-11:30am. Join YogaPod for breathtaking views of Lake Minnetonka, the sun beaming down and a cold fresh local brew to wash down your practice, you’re sure to have a good time, rain or shine. $15 members/$20 nonmembers. Wayzata Brew Works, 294 Grove Lane E, Wayzata. Hennepin County Fix–it Clinic – Noon-4pm. 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. Eastside Neighborhood Services, 1700 2nd St NE, Minneapolis. Free Intro to Yoga Workshop – 12:30-1:45. This workshop, especially designed for newcomers to

Green Lotus, will give an overview of the different styles of yoga and help you decide which classes are best for you. Free for first-timers/$10 for repeat guests. Green Lotus, Lakeville and Mendota Heights locations. Empowerment Concert for Inner Harmony – 7:30-9pm. Enjoy an evening of original and popular songs aligned with creating Inner Harmony. Harmonizing our mind’s attention with our heart’s intention of love, peace and joy creates a wealth of healing and self-empowerment. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Metamorphosis Center, 1301 East Cliff Rd, #105, Burnsville.

SUNDAY, JUNE 11 Open Garden Night – 6:30-8pm. Open Garden Nights are an intentionally welcoming, open space for our community to gather. Live acoustic music happens, light refreshments, informal garden tours and good conversation. Free. Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden, 3201-22nd Ave S, Minneapolis.

MONDAY, JUNE 12 Spring Forest Qigong – 10:30am-noon. Certified Instructor and Master Healer Rhonda Battisto guides adult students of all ages through self-healing and self-empowerment practice; theory, gentle guided healing movements and sitting meditation. 2nd & 4th Mondays. $15/$60 for 5. Holistic Gateway Center for the Healing Arts, 1415 6th St NE, 2nd Fl, Minneapolis. A Better You – 6-8pm. Are you in the way of you? Join Dr. Shanna and work through your own personal blocks and irrational beliefs that keep you from the best, happiest person you can be. $35. Total Health and Healing Center, 11417 Hanson Blvd NW, #101, Coon Rapids. Thyroid Support – 6:30-7:30pm. Angela McGuire of Better Wellness will present on a topic that affects us all- your thyroid and how to best support this very important organ. Free. Cook & Henriksen Chiropractic, 529 2nd St, #D (under Dough Boys Pizza), Hudson, WI. Superfood Smoothies Made Simple – 7-8pm. Learn about recipes and the best ingredients for energy, clearer skin, weight loss, inflammation, cancer killing and cleansing the body. Samples and recipes included. $15. Lunds Lake St, 1450 W Lake St, Minneapolis.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14 RESTART with Amy Nadeau – 6-7:30pm. Class meets Thursdays until July 12. This 5-week program helps remove toxins, such as sugar, from your diet and gives your body the boost it needs to find optimal health. $179. Office Building, 5005 Old Cedar Lake Rd S, #104, St. Louis Park.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 Taste of Shiatsu – 6-8pm. Shiatsu is a Japanese bodywork modality rooted in the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It uses the same points and meridians as acupuncture, but with finger pressure, no needles. Free. CenterPoint Massage & Shiatsu Therapy School & Clinic, 5300 W 35 St, St Louis Park. New Moon Renewal Workshop – 12:30-2:30pm. Whether you are starting new projects, planning a new venture, beginning a new relationship or are cultivating a new way of being in a current relationship or in the world, this class will bring forth practical ways of finding inspiration for peace and happiness.$35. Spirit of the Lake Yoga & Wellness, 244 Water St, 2nd Fl, Excelsior. 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 to first time visitors. Metamorphosis Center, 1301 E Cliff Rd, #105, Burnsville.

FRIDAY, JUNE 16 The 28th Annual Energy Fair – Jun 16-18. 9am10pm, Fri and Sat; 9am-5pm, Sun. Celebrate clean energy and sustainability. Enjoy 250+ workshops, 200+ exhibitors, inspiring keynotes featuring JB Straubel, Co-Founder of Tesla, live music, camping, family fun, great food, and more. $15/day; $35/weekend; Free for volunteers and MREA Members. Reduced ticket prices before JUNE 17. Midwest Renewable Energy Association, 7558 Deer Rd, Custer, WI. 715-592-6595.

SATURDAY, JUNE 17 Free Yoga – Noon-1pm. Join us for a beginnerfriendly, flow-based class. We welcome everyone whether they have been here before or are here for the first time. Free. Yoga Pod Minnetonka, 12993 Ridgedale Dr, #103, Minnetonka. Minnetonka.


MONDAY, JUNE 19 Yoga & Solstice Meditation: Honor the Sun – 7-8:30pm. Learn the significance of the Summer Solstice and participate in a ritual to honor the sun, an all-level yoga practice, and a special meditation to connect to nature’s annual rhythm and the cycle of life. $20. Green Lotus, 18480 Kenyon Ave, Lakeville.


Three Mindset Shifts to Accelerate Weight Loss & Health – 7-9pm. Your body can’t go where your mind refuses to go. Join Jenn Espinosa-Goswami shares how she got her mind in shape as she dropped 100 pounds and kept it off. Free. Think Bank Community Room, 3655 Hazelton Rd, Edina. TwinCitiesMn.

SATURDAY, JUNE 24 Ramsey County Fix–it Clinic – 10:30am-1:30pm. 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. Maplewood Library, 3025 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood. RamseyCounty.Us.

SUNDAY, JUNE 25 Girls’ Self Love & Gratitude Workshop – 3-4:30pm. This is a mind and body workshop for young girls that emphasizes principles of self-love, personal power and the beauty that comes from allowing their light to shine from within. $35. Lunds & Byerlys, 3945 W 50th St, Edina.

MONDAY, JUNE 26 Spring Forest Qigong – 10:30am-noon. Certified Instructor and Master Healer Rhonda Battisto guides adult students of all ages through self-healing and self-empowerment practice; theory, gentle guided healing movements and sitting meditation. 2nd & 4th Mondays. $15/$60 for 5. Holistic Gateway Center for the Healing Arts, 1415 6th St NE, 2nd Fl, Minneapolis. BURST Exercise Outdoor Boot Camp – 6-6:30pm. High intensity, short duration work-out to shock the body’s physiology into becoming a muscle-building, fat-burning machine. $10. Powderhorn Park (Meet at top of the hill by the playground on the south side of the park by 35th St.), 3400 15th Ave S, Minneapolis.

Elk Bratwurst Samples: Organic Italian Volcano Juices Samples – 7am-8pm. Taste the tenderness of fresh elk meat, then hydrate with natural Italian juices that are bursting with flavor. Free. Mazopiya Natural Food Market, 2571 Credit Union Dr, Prior Lake.


Make & Take’ Rain Barrel Workshop – 6-7:30pm. What’s one of the simplest, high-impact ways to save water and help protect our local watersheds? Using a rain barrel. Thanks to Coca-Cola Refreshments of Eagan, Friends of the Mississippi River has 30 used syrup containers for participants to turn into rain barrels. $35. Register by June 19. Wellstone Center, 178 Robie St E, St Paul.



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Organic Cantaloupe Samples – 7am-8pm. This sweet, juicy organic cantaloupe is one you’ll never forget. Free. Mazopiya Natural Food Market, 2571 Credit Union Dr, Prior Lake. RESTART with Amy Nadeau – 2-3:30pm. Class meets Fridays until July 28. This 5-week program helps remove toxins, such as sugar, from your diet and gives your body the boost it needs to find optimal health. $179. Office Building, 5005 Old Cedar Lake Rd S, #104, St. Louis Park.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 5 The Miraculous Power of Your Imagination – 7-8:30pm. Achieve your goals, solve problems, and unfold spiritually through the gift of your imagination. Free. 952-380-2200. Eckankar, the Path of Spiritual Freedom, 7450 Powers Blvd, Chanhassen.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12 Easy Steps to Soul Travel – 7-8:30pm. Learn dynamic exercises for Soul Travel, expand your consciousness, solve problems, and move closer to the heart of God. Free. 952-380-2200. Eckankar, the Path of Spiritual Freedom, 7450 Powers Blvd, Chanhassen.

SUNDAY, JULY 16 Community HU Song – 10-10:30am. In our fastpaced world, are you looking to find more inner peace? Experience the divine love and inner peace of chanting HU, a sacred name for God. Free. 952380-2200. Eckankar, the Path of Spiritual Freedom, 7450 Powers Blvd, Chanhassen.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19 Discover Keys to Secret Worlds – 7-8:30pm. Discover truth for yourself, explore your inner worlds, and gain more spiritual freedom today. Free. 952380-2200. Eckankar, the Path of Spiritual Freedom, 7450 Powers Blvd, Chanhassen.


savethedate The Spirit Wellness Center 7th Annual Holistic Fair Over 25 psychics, healers, and vendors plus free lectures!

July 22 • 9 am-5 pm Admission $5 - preregister $25 for 25 min in the Mobile Salt Truck. Dakota Ridge, Best Western Hotel 3450 Washington Drive Eagan MN 55122 Info: call Kellie at 612-804-4463 or email:

WEDNESDAY, JULY 26 Spiritual Problem Solving – 7-8:30pm. Overcome obstacles, release fears, and open the heart center for more happiness and spiritual growth. Free. 952380-2200. Eckankar, the Path of Spiritual Freedom, 7450 Powers Blvd, Chanhassen.



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

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

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



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

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

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

friday Gentle Yoga for Every Body – 10:30am-noon. A welcoming environment for students of all shapes and sizes. $15 drop-in. River Garden Yoga, 455 W 7th St, St. Paul. Drop-in Meditation – 5:15-6pm. A guided meditation presented through the lens of a Wisdom Practice (gratitude, compassion, and inquiry). $20 (or donation). Aslan Institute, 4141 Old Sibley Memorial Hwy, Eagan.

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