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TheWorld’s Healthiest Cuisines

Sunshine on Our Shoulders Makes Us Happy and Healthy

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Make Your World Wondrous Again

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More Than Just a Spice


Makes Us Happy and Healthy




What Five Countries Can Teach Us about Good Eating




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DEPARTMENTS 5 news briefs 7 business spotlight 8 health briefs 10 global briefs 12 eco tip 14 healing ways 22 wise words

23 inspiration 24 natural pet 26 calendar 28 resource guide March 2018



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e live in a time in which we have more access to all manner of foods and spices than ever before. Online stores, specialty shops and even grocery stores offer us the chance to try food options we have never come across until now. This month, we are excited to “dish” on ethnic cuisines and super spices. We encourage Jody Janati Candi Broeffle our readers to spice up their lives and experiment with more exotic food choices. During the colder months, we tend to savor food a little more and use it to find comfort and make our surroundings more inviting. Warm, sultry foods and hot, spicy drinks often make the list and we seem more open to diverse flavors. Taste and smell are closely related and both can offer us memorable experiences with friends and family. Did you know that smell is the number one catalyst linked to memory? This means, you may not remember your Great Aunt Bertha, but you will remember how her house smelled during a particular holiday. It makes sense why some realtors ask you to bake something when there is to be a house showing—to make your house more “homey” for potential buyers. In a sense, our olfactory system gives us an opportunity to create smell/taste memories with the people around us. Think back to your most desirable holiday or family food favorites; what foods stand out the most for you? Are you continuing these traditions with your family or perhaps making new food memories? Cinnamon can coincide with many winter memories. Try combining equal portions of cinnamon and applesauce to create a robust smelling dough. Roll it out, cut shapes with cookie cutters and punch a hole in them with a straw. From there, simply let them air dry and they will bond together into ornaments to hang in your house or to offer to others. Adults and children alike will enjoy the activity and remember the fun winter smell, and you will find that this project is also pet-friendly. What foods and spices add flavor to your life? Our Facebook question this month is: In what interesting and creative ways do you use your favorite spices? Please visit us at and join the discussion. We would love to hear successful tips from our readers. Our point to ponder this month reminds us, “Variety is the spice of life”—so get out there and grab a dash of flavor for your day!

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news briefs

Spring Equinox Celebration on March 20


enterPoint is holding their Spring Equinox Celebration: Meditation & Qigong, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., on March 20, at their location in St. Louis Park. This event is open to anyone interested in learning more about meditation and qigong. The Spring Equinox is an inspirational time of progress and new growth. The seeds planted today bring the transformation of tomorrow. Celebrate the spring of your renewal with qigong movements to embody the changes of this time. Set intentions for growth and use the available energy to blossom a bright future. Participants will create a personal talisman representing their gratitude and personal growth intentions for the upcoming season. Celebrate the concept that the past supports the present which creates the future. Attendees will leave this class feeling grounded, peaceful and inspired. CenterPoint’s vision of education in therapeutic bodywork combines the best from Asian massage styles with Western massage therapy; they are dedicated to preserving and integrating the philosophies, principles and practices of these diverse approaches. Combining knowledge and skill from training in massage therapy, Japanese shiatsu, reflexology, Swedish massage, trigger point therapy and deep tissue massage provides the foundation for a truly therapeutic and holistic approach. Cost: $15 before March 15, then $30. Location: 5300 W. 35th St., St. Louis Park. To register, call 952-562-5200. For more information, visit

Hanmi Buddhist Temple Opens in St. Paul


hrough the kindness and generosity of the owners of Psinergy Health & Wellness, SchaOn Blodgett and Andre Thomas, on February 15, the Upper Midwest Hanmi Buddhist Association opened a small Hanmi Buddhist temple at 1553 Como Avenue, in St. Paul. Special prayer services (dharma rites) for the Chinese New Year were held that evening and will continue through March 2. In Buddhism, the first lunar month is known as a special time of miracles; to that end, a full schedule of Hanmi Buddhist Spiritual Healing Services for those in the community will be offered. These services will be held Sunday to Friday, with Thursday evening services focusing on learning a healing meditation as well. For those seeking some form of healing—physical, mental, emotional, spiritual—perhaps this time will be auspicious for you. Come and join in when you can. RSVP is preferred but drop-in is also welcome. Healing services are offered on a donation basis. Those who would like to receive long distance healing can either ask for a photo blessing with an offering of $1/day (person’s photo along with their name and birthdate is placed on the altar at the temple and prayed upon daily). The other option is to join the prayer list with name and birthdate. The offering for this is: Do whatever you can to help those in your field every day for the prayer list duration. Email your requests to Thursday sessions will focus on learning a Hanmi Buddhist healing meditation. Topics are as follows: March 1: Balance Weight, March 8: No session, March 15: Calcium Enrichment, March 22: Diabetes Self-Healing, March 29: Self-Healing for Various Illnesses, April 5: Wisdom Dew Beauty Yoga, April 12: Balance Weight, and April 19: Calcium Enrichment.

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A Revolutionary Approach to Trauma Resolution Therapy


e do not get over trauma, we get through trauma. The average person holds the static energy of trauma in many sites within the body. These dense Brent Baum energies hold immense power resulting in emotional and physical illness. Holographic Memory Resolution (HMR), a gentle, client-centered process, allows resolution of painful emotions and physical illnesses due to traumatic events without “reliving” the event or affecting historical memory. The result is release, recovery and mind-body healing. Experience a deeper sense of peace and freedom from pain after an HMR session. Learn HMR strategies to help eliminate “stuck patterns”, self-defeating behaviors, negative thinking and unresolved issues due to trauma. A three-day HMR Training Workshop will be held April 20 to 22, at Carondelet Center, in St. Paul, for both professionals and non-professionals and particularly those individuals interested in Integrative Medicine and Energy Psychology. Tuition: $500 with a $250 deposit. 24 CEs available. Location: 1890 Randolph Ave., St. Paul. For more information on HMR or its developer, Brent Baum, visit To register, call 224-558-4342.

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Metamorphosis Center Reopens in New Location


he Metamorphosis Center has reopened at its new location, 8646 Eagle Creek Parkway (off Highway 169), Suite 101, in Savage. Owner Laura Strong moved the center from Burnsville in order to create a space more conducive to the types of events that are hosted there: meditation gatherings, qigong sessions, drumming circles, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Tapping sessions and empowerment circles as well as many other types of healing, inspiration, health and wellness events. A major feature that has been added to the center’s offerings is a monthly membership that includes free access to six events each month for $49. Membership benefits also come with a Metamorphosis tote bag featuring their new mascot, Flutter, 10 percent off all retail purchases and early registration for their Intuitive Fairs. For more information, call 612-730-2250 or visit

Two-Thousand Expected to Attend Longevity Expo at Maple Grove Community Center


ore than 2,000 people are expected to attend the Longevity Expo, to be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on April 7. Billed as the largest one-day health and wellness event in the Upper Midwest, it will take place at the Maple Grove Community Center, Maple Grove. At the Longevity Expo, a production of Media Max Events, attendees recent statistics show 73 percent of consumers are switching over to a healthier lifestyle. At the Longevity Expo, attendees will be able to sample natural foods and vitamins, consult with fitness trainers and coaches, find clubs and social groups to keep them active, discover health and wellness products and services, talk to an attorney about wills and trusts, investigate safety and security products as well as mobility products and check out travel and adventure services. Other exhibitors will showcase green home living and energy-efficient products. Live seminars and demonstrations will be presented throughout the day with drawings held and prizes awarded. Free goodie bags will be given to the first 100 people through the door. Cost: $6 at the door or free with donation of a non-perishable food item. Location: 12951 Weaver Lake Rd., Maple Grove. For more information, visit

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Mazopiya [ma-zō-pē-ya]

O 108 Days of Kindness; 108 Days of Transformation


xperience 108 Days of Hanmi Buddhist meditation to know yourself, change yourself, overcome yourself. Would you like to join together with others who are interested in raising the vibration of our world, seeking 108 people who are willing to invest 108 days toward positive transformation? To this end, there is a full calendar of dharma teachings being offered for those who are interested in learning more involved Hanmi Buddhist meditations and joining the 108-Day Group. Find a meditation practice that interests you, share your intent and begin practicing. The 108-Day Group practice is for both daily meditation as well as to resolve daily to better ourselves—to become more compassionate, selfless, more capable to respect all, help all, forgive all, and to forge and allow others an easier path ahead. There will be several opportunities for group members to meet together, share their learnings, celebrate together and practice together.

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ffering classes, a deli, catering, a coffee/juice/ smoothie bar and to-go meals, Mazopiya, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s natural food market in Prior Lake, isn’t your average grocery store. In the Dakota language, mazopiya means “a store, a place where things are put away and kept.” Its straightforward name is consistent with the store’s natural, fresh-from-the-earth foods that contain no pesticides, preservatives or artificial ingredients. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is committed to food that’s both good for the body and for Unci Maka or Grandmother Earth. This also means putting a focus on Native American products available to local communities.

Native American Products and Vendors Mazopiya partners with local businesses to bring real, budget-conscious food to your table. You’ll find whole food choices and products, so you get what’s fresh, in-season, minimally packaged, reasonably priced and produced by businesses with ethical practices, many from the local community. Whenever possible, Mazopiya features the tribal community’s organic farm, Wozupi Tribal Gardens. Wozupi produces fruit, vegetables and herbs. You’ll find Wozupi throughout the store—in the produce section and salad bar, at the deli, in the 100 percent organic, non-GMO juices and smoothies at the reFresh Bar, and in the refrigerated section for fly-off-the-shelf organic eggs (medium and large brown). Red Lake Nation Fishery delivers premium freshwater fish from the lakes of northern Minnesota. Thunder Island Coffee Roasters provides USDA-certified organic coffee from the Shinnecock Indian Reservation. Beaded pieces of art honoring the Native American spiritual connection with nature come from the SweetGrass Trading Company, a northern Minnesota studio. Mazopiya’s vendors help the store supply local, natural and organic Native American foods and products. Sip on Native American-produced organic coffee. Pick up items for smudging (including abalone shells). Explore traditional indigenous foods, including smoked white fish and wild rice. It’s all at Mazopiya where locally produced and sourced food and products meet healthy, natural living. Mazopiya is located at 2571 Credit Union Dr. (across from the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel), Prior Lake. See ad on the back cover.

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Leafy Greens Low- Eating Meat Raises er Risk for Heart Diabetes Risk Research from Duke University Medical School indiDisease cates that eating red meat and poultry increases risk for Type 2 diabetes. Published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the Singapore Chinese Health Study followed 63,257 adults between ages 45 and 74 for an average of 11 years each. It was determined that meat and poultry consumption increased diabetes incidence by 23 and 15 percent, respectively.


Leafy greens, which are rich in vitamin K, have again been shown to provide outsized benefits for heart health. Researchers from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta Universityfound that a reduced intake of vitamin K1 leads to more than triple the risk of an enlargement of the heart’s left ventricle, which reduces blood pumping volume, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition. Researchers followed diet records for 766 participants ages 14 to 18 and monitored their vascular structure and functionality. When compared to those with the highest intake of vitamin K1 from foods such as spinach, cabbage and other leafy, green vegetables, those with the lowest intake were more likely to experience vascular enlargement.


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According to a study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers discovered the risk of dementia can be halved by engaging in physical activities like walking, dancing and gardening, which significantly improve brain volume in the hippocampus region and the frontal, temporal and parietal lobes. The scientists studied 876 participants for 30 years and completed a longitudinal memory test of the patients, which were 78 years old on average, and followed up with MRI brain scans. They recorded their physical activity and logged caloric output every week. Two other studies found that any exercise that raises our heart rate and produces sweating for a sustained period will benefit cognitive health as we age. One meta-analysis of 36 studies from Australia’s University of Canberra found that exercise improved cognition by an average of 29 percent for those older than 50; another small group study from Germany’s Otto von Guericke University, in Magdeburg, specifically showed that dancing benefits seniors’ cognition.



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Toxic Effects of Lead on Reproductive Health

Saunas Lower Blood Pressure

In a new working paper from the West Virginia University Department of Economics, authors Daniel S. Grossman and David J.G. Slutsky found that during the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan, from 2014 to 2016, there was a 58 percent rise in fetal deaths, and 275 fewer births compared to adjacent areas near Detroit.

University of Eastern Finland research on 1,621 men found that four to seven saunas per week can cut high blood pressure risk in half. Their conclusion states, “Regular sauna bathing is associated with reduced risk of hypertension, which may be a mechanism underlying the decreased cardiovascular risk associated with sauna use.”



TEEN MARIJUANA USE FOSTERS DEPRESSION Research from the University of Pittsburgh followed 158 boys and young men until the age of 22. Brain scans revealed that the teenagers using marijuana between the ages of 14 and 19 had a higher risk of depression as young adults. Marijuana users also had the lowest educational achievements. They suffered impaired connectivity in the nucleus accumbens part of the brain, which plays a central role in the reward circuit tied to two essential neurotransmitters: dopamine, which promotes desire; and serotonin, which affects satiety and inhibition. Another recent study of 521 Washington State University students noted that depressed 12-to-15year-olds were more likely to be using marijuana by age 18.


Positive Outlook Powers Osteoarthritis Patients Research at Penn State University published in the journal Health Psychology shows that being more enthusiastic and optimistic about getting things done upon waking up in the morning increases the physical activity of osteoarthritis patients throughout the day, resulting in more exercise and reduced symptoms. The study followed 135 osteoarthritis patients for 22 days.

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Wind Harvest

Renewable Energy Subsidies Lag Far Behind

The G20 nations, comprising the world’s biggest economies, provide four times more public financing to support fossil fuels than renewable energy, says a report from the environmental coalition Oil Change International ( TalkIsCheapOilReport). This took place even though German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced climate change as the heart of the agenda at the Hamburg summit in July 2017. The public financing—in soft loans and guarantees from governments along with huge fossil fuel subsidies—makes coal, oil and natural gas cheaper to use in the short run because both the front-end and back-end costs are undisclosed.

Grassroots Gumption

Sweet Potato Project Encourages Enterprise

The Sweet Potato Project, started by journalist Sylvester Brown, Jr., will work in partnership with St. Louis University and a small cadre of local nonprofits called the North City Food Hub to hold culinary, small business, horticulture, restaurant management, and land-ownership classes and business incubator opportunities this spring. The goal is to enable at-risk youths in North St. Louis to grow food and make money through food packaging and distribution. The project encourages people to become innovative, selfsufficient players in today’s expanding global economy. Brown says, “Success doesn’t always mean you’ve made a lot of money; it can also mean you’ve survived poverty or managed to create something.” 10

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Uncontrolled Lice Threaten Fish Industry

A surge in parasitic sea lice that attach themselves to and feed on salmon, killing or rendering them unsuitable for dinner tables, is disrupting salmon farms in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, Norway and Chile. Wholesale prices for the species have already increased 50 percent over last year, leading to higher consumer prices for everything from salmon fillets and steaks to more expensive lox on bagels. Scientists and fish farmers are working on new ways to control the pests. Fish Farmer magazine states that losses by the global aquaculture industry could be as high as $1 billion annually. The only hope is to develop new methods to control the spread of the lice, which are naturally present in the wild, but thrive in the tightly packed ocean pens used for fish farming.

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Hywind, the first floating wind farm in the UK, is located 15 miles offshore of Peterhead, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Its five turbines with a 30-megawatt capacity will provide clean energy to more than 20,000 homes to help meet the country’s ambitious climate change targets. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says, “The government’s commitment to the development of this technology, coupled with Statoil’s [lithium] battery storage project, Batwind, positions Scotland as a world center for energy innovation.” Hywind is operated by Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil ASA and Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co.


Floating Farm Helps Power UK Needs

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Marine Algae Could Nourish Growing World Population

According to the United Nations, more than 800 million people today are regularly undernourished. By 2050, a rise of another 3 billion in global population is expected to escalate pressure on food supplies. The challenge means providing not just sufficient calories, but also a balanced diet for good health. Fish present a viable solution, but most of the world’s inventory is already overharvested. Some scientists propose “cutting out the middle fish” via the commercial production of marine microalgae as a staple food. They produce fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, polymers and carbohydrates that humans need and that can be used to feed animals and farmed fish. Microalgae are found in both freshwater and marine aquatic systems. Only a handful of algal species are used commercially now, but hundreds of strains have similar potential. Meanwhile, innovators at Copenhagen’s future-living lab SPACE10 created the Algae Dome, a 13-foot-tall urban ecostructure powered by solar energy that pumps out oxygen and produces food in a closed-loop arrangement. This hyperlocal food system grows microalgae, which are among the world’s fastest-growing organisms and can thrive on sunshine and water almost anywhere.

Veggie Renaissance Brits Cutting Back on Meat Eating

In 2015, the World Health Organization labeled bacon, sausage, hot dogs and other processed meats with the same carcinogenic label as for cigarettes. According to the Mintel Meat-Free Foods 2017 Report (Tinyurl. com/MintelMeatReport), 28 percent of Britons have now drastically reduced their meat intake. Reasons vary. About 49 percent of those polled that have given up meat or are considering it say they feel prompted by health warnings. Other motivators include weight management (29 percent), worries about animal welfare (24 percent) and environmental concerns (24 percent).

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Along with naturally beautifying a home, many indoor plants help purify air quality often contaminated by chemicals found in common household products and furnishings. A recent study by the State University of New York at Oswego found that bromeliads absorbed up to 80 percent of pollutants from volatile organic compounds (VOC) emitted by paint, furniture, printers, dry-cleaned clothes and other household products. Other plants that scored highly for purifying the air of VOCs in airtight container tests were dracaena and spider plants ( In related news, peace lilies have been shown to be effective in reducing airborne ammonia. NASA scientists have discovered that Boston fern, rubber plants, English ivy, devil’s ivy, peace lily, mum and gerbera daisies help clear the air of the formaldehyde often used in insulation, carpeting and particleboard furniture. ( Environmental scientist B.C. Wolverton’s book How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Home or Office cites ferns as another good plant for removing formaldehyde from the home. Ferns are nontoxic, making them good indoor plants for pet owners per the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Indoor levels of formaldehyde can also be reduced by potting areca palm, amstel king ficus and weeping fig plants, according to The website also cites how dragon tree plants can help remove xylene (used in solvents), trichloroethylene (found primarily in adhesives) and toluene (a solvent and gasoline additive) from the air. Beyond improving air quality, indoor plants also boost ambient oxygen levels, lower mold counts and serve as a natural humidifier and mood enhancer.


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More than Just a Spice


by Alina Hornfeldt

ome supplements have been around since ancient times and have continued to be a popular way to assist our bodies in overcoming ailments. One of these you may have heard of lately is turmeric. This bright orange rhizome is part of the ginger family and native to India. The standout color is recognizable in naturally dyed items as well as curry dishes. But did you know that besides being beautiful and tasting delicious, turmeric has numerous health benefits? Two of the most prominent are its anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant support. Turmeric has been touted as an anti-inflammatory all-star recently and with good reason. Inflammation in the body comes in two forms: acute and chronic. Acute inflammation is necessary for healing wounds and injuries. Chronic inflammation shows up in many different ways and can be caused by environmental factors such as smoking, stress, excess weight, poor diet, excessive alcohol consumption, pollution and poor oral health. Low-level chronic inflammation is believed to contribute to the majority of chronic Western diseases, including heart disease, cancer, various degenerative diseases, Alzheimer’s and more. Adding turmeric to your routine can help fight chronic inflammation every day. Turmeric contains curcumin which is able to block NF-kB, a molecule that travels into the nuclei of cells and can turn on the genes connected with inflammation.

NF-kB is believed to play a major role in many chronic diseases. Studies show curcumin has an effectiveness similar to that of prescription anti-inflammatory drugs—without the side effects. Many choose turmeric capsules as a supplement as opposed to just eating turmeric as a spice because the supplements often contain black pepper which has been shown to increase the bioavailability of the curcumin found in turmeric. Antioxidants are also a hot topic for those looking to improve their health naturally. Oxidative damage is one of the leading causes of aging and is also a contributing factor to chronic disease. Free radicals entering the body through the air we breathe being polluted from living in cities, the food we eat containing artificial dyes and flavorings, and our skin being exposed to toxins, react with fatty acids, DNA and proteins in our bodies. Antioxidants are extremely beneficial in our modern world because they protect us from free radicals. Even living a healthy lifestyle, some free radical exposure is inescapable. Curcumin, along with being anti-inflammatory, is also a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals and boost our body’s antioxidant enzymes. Curcumin is a great all-natural way to fight free radicals on two fronts: by blocking them directly as well as stimulating the body’s own mechanisms. Inflammation and free radicals aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, but by adding turmeric to your supplement library, you are well on your way to living a healthy lifestyle just like the traditional holistic practitioners have for thousands of years. Drop by and join Mastel’s Health Foods in celebrating their 50th Anniversary and check out the turmeric and curcumin they carry in many different forms. Their staff is experienced, very knowledgeable and available to help you find which type best suits your needs. Mastel’s is located at 1526 St. Clair Ave., St Paul. For more information, call 651-690-1692 or visit Mastels. com. See ad page 15. Alina Hornfeldt is the marketing manager at Mastel’s Health Foods. Find her work at

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Sunshine on Our Shoulders

Makes Us Happy and Healthy by Kathleen Barnes


ver since skin cancer scares penetrated the national psyche in the mid-1980s, Americans have been conditioned to cover up and slather on sunscreen when we leave the house. Now experts say we haven’t been doing ourselves a favor, even when strictly using all-natural formulas. We’ve been blocking the sun’s life-giving rays, essential for the body’s production of vitamin D, and possibly prompting a host of health problems.

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“Ninety percent of the vitamin D we get comes from the sun, and exposing arms and legs for a few minutes a day is enough for most people with no risk of skin cancer,” says Registered Nurse Sue Penckofer, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Nursing at Chicago’s Loyola University. She’s the lead researcher for the Sunshine 2 Study, a clinical trial investigating the vitamin’s vital role in relieving depression. “Every tissue and cell of your body requires vitamin D to function properly,” says Michael Holick, Ph.D., a medical

doctor who has pioneered vitamin D research at the Boston University Medical Center. A 40-year professor at the Boston University School of Medicine, he’s a fervent advocate of sensible sun exposure. “Vitamin D is actually a hormone, essential for bone and muscle health. It plays a significant role in reducing the risk of infectious diseases, including cardiovascular problems and certain cancers, contributes to brain function and memory, and elevates mood, all while reducing early mortality,” explains Holick, author of The Vitamin D Solution: A 3-Step Strategy to Cure Our Most Common Health Problem. Yet, he says, about half of all Americans are among the 1 billion people worldwide that are vitamin D deficient. Published vitamin D research in the U.S. National Library of Medicine turns up 74,486 studies and citations dating back to 1922, with nearly half done in the past 10 years; 478 of the total were authored or co-authored by Holick or cited his research. His work confirms that sensible sun exposure and supplementing with natural

At least 10 hours a week outdoors in sunshine is crucial for children under 6 for development of healthy eyes. Otherwise, the risk of myopia increases, which in turn lends risk for cataracts and glaucoma in adulthood. ~University of Sydney Adolescent and Eye Study of 2,000 children vitamin D3 brings vitamin D levels to the optimal 40 to 60 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml). New research from the University of Surrey, in the UK, found D3 twice as effective in raising vitamin D levels as D2, which is often synthetically produced. While the human body manufactures vitamin D as a response to sun exposure, eating certain foods like fatty fish, egg yolks and cheese can help. Fortifying foods with the vitamin is controversial. “It’s interesting that the right sun exposure will correct D deficiency rapidly, but won’t create an excess. Our bodies stop producing the hormone vitamin D once we have enough,” says Dr. Robert Thompson, an obstetrician, gynecologist and nutrition specialist in Anchorage, Alaska, and author of The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know.

Bare Minimum Holick, who differentiates between unhealthy tanning and healthy sun exposure, recommends exposing arms and legs to noonday sun for five to 10 minutes three times a week for most people. He adds, “Everyone needs 1,500 to 2,000 international units of vitamin D3 [supplements] a day year-round, and obese people need two to three times that much, because their ability to manufacture vitamin D is impaired.” Penckofer’s research confirms that fair-skinned people absorb the sun’s rays easily and quickly, while darker-skinned people have a natural sunblock, so they need much longer sun exposure to absorb the UVB rays that trigger the production of vitamin D. She remarks that inadequate vitamin D is a possible explanation for the greater risk of high blood pressure observed in African-Americans. Holick contends that anyone living north of Atlanta, Georgia, cannot get enough winter sun exposure to maintain optimal vitamin D levels. “While vitamin D can be stored in the body for up to two months, a winter-induced deficiency is a convincing explanation for the seasonal affective disorder that strikes many in northern states in January, just two months after the weather turns too cold to get sufficient sun exposure,” explains Penckofer. “In Alaska, we eat lots of fatty fish and take D supplements in winter. We know there’s no chance we’re getting the D we need from the sun, even when we’re sunbathing in negative 30 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures,” quips Thompson. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Food Is Medicine: 101Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at

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The World’s Healthiest Cuisines What Five Countries Can Teach Us about Good Eating by Judith Fertig


mericans love to explore ethnic cuisines and then put their own “more is better” spin on them, like a Chinese stir-fry turned into chop suey with fried rice or a pasta side dish supersized into a whole meal. We’ve Americanized dishes to the extent that they don’t have their original health benefits,” says Dr. Daphne Miller, a family physician in the San Francisco Bay area and author of The Jungle Effect: The Healthiest Diets from Around the World—Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You. Here are five popular—and healthy— world cuisines, known for their great dishes, star ingredients and health-enhancing practices.

Traditional Japanese

Ingredients. The dietary benefits of green tea, fermented soy and mushrooms like shiitake and maitake are well documented. 16

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Add dried seaweed to this list. Beyond sushi, it’s a delicious ingredient in brothy soups, where it reconstitutes to add a noodle-like quality, slightly smoky flavor and beneficial minerals, including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, vanadium and zinc. A study in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition linked the longevity of Okinawan residents to eating seaweed, a staple of macrobiotic diets. New York City culinary instructor and cookbook author Hiroko Shimbo prefers dried wakame seaweed, readily available in the U.S. Practices. Shimbo grew up in Tokyo, Japan, where her mother helped her surgeon father’s patients by preparing foods that helped them recover quickly. Shimbo believes wholeheartedly in Ishoku-dogen, a Japanese concept often translated as, “Food is medicine.”

South Indian

Ingredients. South India—including the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana—offers many plant-based dishes that feature coconut, rice and spices such as turmeric, known for decreasing inflammation, according to the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Varieties of dried split peas called dal [dal is singular and plural] are used in vegetable curries and ground to make the gluten-free savory crepes known as dosa or puffy white idlis for a snack or breakfast. South India native and current Minneapolis resident Raghavan Iyer, teacher, consultant and author of many cookbooks, including 660 Curries, says, “One technique that gives vegetable dishes a lift is dry-frying or toasting whole spices. It adds complexity and nuttiness.” Simply heat a cast iron skillet, add the whole spices and

Shimbo says, “I eat fairly well, treating food as blessings from nature that keep me healthy and energetic. I do not often indulge in expensive, rich foods.” She prefers eating foods in season and small portions, listening to what her body craves. When feeling the need for minerals and vitamins, she makes a brothy soup with just a little dried wakame, which reconstitutes to four times its dried volume. A second practice supporting healthy well-being is hara hachi bu, or “Eat until your stomach is 80 percent full.” It requires self-discipline to eat slowly and decline more food. But this restraint supports a widely accepted fact that “It takes about 20 minutes for the brain to receive the message that the stomach is full. If we eat slowly, we get the message at the right time, even if we want a few more bites. If we eat too quickly, by the time our brain sends the message, we have probably eaten too much,” says Shimbo. One Great Dish: Japanese soups offer nutrition and flavor in a bowl. Shimbo’s Eata-Lot Wakame Sea Vegetable Soup in her cookbook The Japanese Kitchen: 250 Recipes in a Traditional Spirit can be made with chicken or vegetable broth. Other healthy ingredients like sesame oil, fresh ginger, scallions and garlic boost its health benefits.


dry fry until spicy aromas arise; then add them to a dish. Practice. South Indian meals usually comprise many small, highly flavored, colorful, plant-based dishes served with rice. They yield a pleasant aroma and sensation of fullness without overdoing it, says Iyer. One Great Dish: A vegetable/legume curry such as tamata chana dal, or smoky yellow split peas is simple to make. Iyer cooks dried, yellow, split peas with potatoes and turmeric, then dry-fries dried chilis and spices, and purées them in a blender for a no-fat, vegan and gluten-free dish. In Iyer’s view, “The epitome of comfort food is a bowl of dal and rice.”

Garden-to-Table Italian

Ingredients. There’s American-Italian, as in pizza with pepperoni and double cheese, and then there’s real Italian dishes dating back to the Etruscans. Healthy Italian starts with the love of growing things. Whatever grows in the garden is best, served simply with extra virgin olive oil; a recent Temple University study found it preserves memory and wards off Alzheimer’s. Eugenia Giobbi Bone, co-author of Italian Family Dining: Recipes, Menus, and Memories of Meals with a Great American Food Family, says, “My palate was formed with the flavors of homegrown foods. Cooking in central Italy is all about bringing out the flavor of a few very fresh, well-grown ingredients. That means primarily seasonal eating, with lots of vegetables and little meat in summer, the opposite in winter. There isn’t a lot of fuss to the culinary style, which instead depends on interesting, but simple combinations of foods and techniques.” Practice. Italian families’ view of healthful garden-to-table includes the exercise attained from gardening. “We have a good work ethic in our family,” remarks Bone, who lives in New York City and Crawford, Colorado. “We are of the mentality that physical work is satisfying, even when it is hard.” From her father’s family, Bone has learned to break a meal into small courses and to eat heavier during the day and lighter at night because this helps maintain a healthy weight, according to many studies including one published in the UK journal Diabetologia.

One Great Dish: Dress up pasta with a seasonal vegetable sauce, such as caponata, an eggplant and tomato mixture, or include primavera via spring vegetables and basil, or arrabbiata, featuring tomatoes and red pepper flakes.


Ingredients. “So much about Lebanese cuisine is ‘on trend’ with our tart and sour flavors from lemon, sumac and pomegranate molasses, a wide array of vegetarian and vegan dishes, plus a tradition of pickling, called mouneh, and yogurt and cheesemaking,” says food blogger Maureen Abood, author of Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh and Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen. “Lebanese cuisine is extraordinarily healthy, fitting squarely into the Mediterranean diet.” Abood lives in East Lansing, Michigan, where she loves to use summer cherries and berries in her Lebanese-inspired dishes. According to Abood, another reason why Lebanese food is so popular is that Lebanese immigrants to the U.S. now outnumber the native population of their mother country. Practice. Gathering to share food is a hallmark of Lebanese hospitality. “The Lebanese style of eating includes maza; many small shared plates of remarkable variety,” says Abood. “Food as medicine” is also a Lebanese practice, according to a study in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. One Great Dish: “Many of my favorite Lebanese dishes are plant-based,” says Abood. “We love to stuff everything from cabbage to summer squash to grape leaves with vegetarian fillings, and cook them in a garlic or tomato broth. Every week, we make and eat mujaddara, a lentil and rice or bulgur pilaf with deeply caramelized onions.” Pair with any Lebanese salad, such as one she makes with sweet cherries and walnuts for “a perfectly healthy and crazy-delicious meal.”


Ingredients. Vietnamese cooking emphasizes fresh herbs and leafy greens, green papaya, seafood, rice and condiments. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that green or unripe papaya contains more healthy

carotenoids (lutein, beta-carotene and lycopene) than tomatoes or carrots. Practice. The preferred style of Vietnamese cooking is steaming or simmering, using less fat. It also encourages communal eating, with each diner dipping an ingredient into a cooking pot. Cooked foods are accompanied by fresh salad greens, including herbs served as whole leaves. One Great Dish: Vietnamese hot pot is a favorite of Andrea Nguyen, whose Vietnamese family emigrated to California. Nguyen, author of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors, blogs about food at VietWorldKitchen. com and now lives near San Francisco, California. “This is a slow, cook-it-yourself kind of meal. Set it up, relax with some organic wine or beer and enjoy. Flavors develop and the hot pot transforms as you eat,” she says. “At the end, you’ll slurp up the remaining broth and noodles.” See French Bonus: While croissants and triple-crème brie might not seem part of an ideal diet, rediscover two healthy practices from the French: Eat less and eat together. Ongoing studies at Cornell University show that we eat less if offered less. When researcher Paul Rozin, Ph.D., a psychology professor with the University of Pennsylvania, compared portions in Paris, France, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Philly portions were 25 percent larger. It’s also reflected in the two countries’ cookbook recipes. Rozin further found that French diners spent more time eating those smaller portions—perhaps explaining the French paradox: Most French eat rich foods and drink wine, yet don’t get fat. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS ( March 2018


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For the caponata, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the eggplant and cook over medium-high heat, for 15 minutes, until lightly browned, mixing often. Remove the eggplant with a slotted spoon and add the onions and celery to the skillet. Lower the heat and sauté, stirring occasionally. When the celery is tender, in about 10 minutes, add the tomatoes. Cover and continue

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In a small pan, heat the vinegar and natural sugar together. As soon as the mixture boils, add desired amount of capers and pine nuts, then salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 1 minute, and then add to the eggplant mixture. Cook over a low heat for 5 minutes. Adjust the seasoning.

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or Irish people (and many who are not Irish!), March is the month to celebrate the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, on March 17. The Irish whom he converted to Christianity back in the early fifth century were a people who valued their families and tribes and especially appreciated the bonds of friendship. One particular type of friendship that these early people had a great deal of respect for was what they called an “anamchara”, Gaelic for “friend of the soul” or “soul friend”, someone with whom you could share your most intimate secrets and struggles without fear of being judged or condemned. A saying common among the Irish was, “Anyone without a soul friend is like a body without a head,” thus affirming the importance of having such a person in one’s life. This soul friend was associated with a great deal of compassion and wisdom, someone who in many ways acted as a spiritual mentor or guide. To find such a person was highly beneficial to one’s own process of self-understanding and soul-making.

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Because the Irish were matriarchal in their origins, they had a profound appreciation of women’s gifts and leadership. Not only were women significant spiritual leaders called “druidesses” but warriors and heads of tribes. When Christianity came along, some of the greatest and most well-known of the spiritual leaders were women, including Brigid, Ita, Samthann and Hild, all soul friends to their communities. Besides human soul friends, female and male, many of the saints had angelic ones as well. Christian Irish believed in the existence of these invisible guides as guardian angels and soul friends. Manifestations of God’s care, these angels seemed to appear at crucial turning points in the lives of the saints, often offering guidance in their dreams, helping them discern their callings or the paths they should take in life. St. Patrick had such a guide who appeared in his dreams and advised him to return to Ireland as a missionary after he had escaped from there as a slave. What all the stories and sayings of the Irish saints reveal is that mentoring and spiritual guidance were considered an important if not essential part of one’s spirituality; if one was seeking to deepen that spirituality, it was very helpful to find a soul friend. All the saints seem to have been changed profoundly by these relationships— whether human, angelic or dream figures—or whether they offered a compassionate ear or a challenging word. They were keenly aware, as are many today, that inner healing happens when we openly and honestly acknowledge to another person our concerns, grief and spiritual diseases, and that God is very close to those who speak as friends do—heart-to-heart. If a person today is looking for a spiritual mentor, director or guide, this Irish soul friend tradition offers insights into the qualities such a person should have (realizing, of course, that no one is perfect).

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A soul friend should possess the important characteristic of maturity. She or he can have all the talents and book knowledge while still a young person, but there is a wisdom that only comes with age, with facing one’s own questions, crises and suffering. Age definitely does not guarantee maturity or wisdom but it can help a great deal.


Often arising from the first, and certainly one of utmost importance, is that of compassion: the ability to hear what another is attempting to put into words; to understand without judging; to be with another in pain.


Genuine respect for others, their stories, their times of anguish and feeling lost as well as times of joy and celebration. This respect begins with reflection upon one’s own story so that reasons for gratitude and praise can be discovered there. If

a person has no sense of his or her own life as a sacred journey, it is difficult to imagine how that person can hope to help others discern the holiness of theirs.


The ability to keep things confidential, a form of respect for what has been disclosed and for the very real need we all have for privacy. Confidentiality builds trust and is expected of any professional counselor or guide in our society today. It certainly can be expected of the spiritual guide.


Self-disclosure, the willingness to share parts of one’s own journey when and where appropriate. If one presupposes that the soul friend speaks of a relationship characterized by mutuality, reciprocity, equality and rapport, it necessarily follows that encounters with this soul friend are not monologues. To be a soul friend includes the willingness to be honest and not hide behind what Carl Jung called a smokescreen of professional, fatherly (or motherly) authority. This willingness to share also helps others feel more comfortable in disclosing personal aspects of his or her own life. Any sacred journey is a journey shared.


Her or his need to be somewhat of a scholar, one who is continually reflecting on personal questions and experiences in regard to meaning and wholeness. Knowledge of psychology, of course, can help a great deal in understanding the many-faceted dimensions of the human personality and this mystery we call life.


The ability to discern the movements of the heart. This gift is an attribute that has been equated with the image of “physician of souls”, someone with the ability and training to diagnose spiritual disease or addictions as well as to make recommendations for spiritual wholeness and health. In many ways, the soul friend is also a midwife—a person intimately involved in the process of helping another bring something to birth—what Jung would called “the greater Self within.” But whether doctor or midwife, the soul friend who acts in a professional capacity needs to have some form of training as well as intuition in learning to listen to and identify the movements of the heart. All of these characteristics are rooted ultimately in the individual soul friend’s or spiritual guide’s spirituality—the awareness and appreciation of the mystery of one’s own story and of the inherent goodness of one’s own life. It can be helped, as St. Patrick’s life was, by paying attention to our dreams.

Ed Sellner, of Immram, received his doctorate in pastoral theology and spirituality from the University of Notre Dame. He did his clinical work at Hazelden in chemical dependency where he was an outpatient counselor and consultant. A professor at St. Catherine University, in St. Paul, he taught and administered programs for 35 years. He has been a spiritual guide for some time, and continues to teach 651-429-4153 graduate courses at St. Catherine’s in Jungian psychology and spiritual direction. He is the author of numerous books in mentoring, Celtic spirituality and spiritual traditions East and West. Many of his books can be found at See ad, page 15.

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or 30 years, international bestselling author, teacher and speaker Ilona Selke has inspired thousands of people worldwide to create a more fulfilling life by discovering the power of their consciousness. She’s the author of six books, including Dream Big: The Universe is Listening and The Big Secret, co-authored with Jack Canfield. Her Living from Vision course, available in six languages including Chinese, teaches how to use the power of visualization to tap into our highest potential and deepest dreams in order to manifest miracles. Born in the Himalayas to German parents, Selke spent her first three years in Afghanistan speaking Persian and German, and then grew up in Germany. She moved to the U.S. at age 20 to study philosophy, where she met her husband and partner, Don Paris. The couple spent 25 years studying and communicating with dolphins in natural waters, experiences shared through her books Wisdom of the Dolphins and Dolphins, Love and Destiny. They split their time between a geodesic dome home on a Northwest Pacific island and the Shambala retreat center they founded in Bali.

What is key to manifesting our dreams and desires? It’s a four-step process. First, form a clear description in your mind, positively framed and based on your passion. No matter how big the dream, if you are behind it heart and soul, you will manifest miracles. Next, imagine the scenario as if it has already happened. The third and most vital step is to feel the feeling of your fulfilled wish as if it has already manifested. 22

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Fourth, create a metaphorical image that represents the feeling. By applying this method, our clients have manifested a desired pregnancy, funding for an overseas orphanage and redemption of a suicidal teen. In the latter case, the young man went on to focus on his dream of learning jazz piano well enough to play benefit concerts for children being treated for cancer.

Which universal principles are at work behind manifestation? We live in a conscious, interactive universe, and it is listening. Our Western scientific mindset may not support the idea, but thousands of years of mystical teachings, as well as new understanding via quantum physics, teach that the observer is an intri-

cate part of what appears to be solid matter. In practice, it means we can communicate intentionally with the universe. When we learn to do so, it responds to us.

How do our thoughts affect our reality? All our thoughts, subconscious as well as conscious, affect how things manifest around us. If we have contradictory beliefs, it is hard to manifest things. For example, if we say we want money, but somehow believe that money is dirty, evil or undeserved, then we are pushing and pulling against ourselves. It’s important to dive into our subconscious mind and heart, and deal with the negative feelings that dwell there, such as hurt, sadness and trauma. Make this a daily activity—cleaning your emotional being. Eventually, your subconscious and conscious mind as well as the superconscious will all point in one direction and you will see your desired results. We guide people to build their success, aspirations and dreams in alignment with their deepest values as well as their purpose in life. Uniting purpose and direction is tremendous fuel for moving in the direction of your dreams.

Why does choosing goals aligned with our purpose make them manifest more easily? Personal goals and inner purpose are not always aligned for everyone. However, when you take time to become aware of your deepest dreams, you may find that a part of your purpose is embedded in them. Be aware that many people confuse their larger life purpose with their talents. Our talents are what we love to do, what we are good at. Yet our deeper purpose actually is to shine more light and share more love. That is the common true root to our purpose. My suggestion is to read books that share success stories from those that are living on purpose and provide step-by-step instructions on how to get there. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at



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e are all born with magic, but somewhere along the way, life tends to stomp it out of us. When we are living in our magic, we become curious, passionate and energetic. We thrive. Here are five ways to begin to reclaim our own special vibrancy.


LIVE WITH EARTH’S CYCLES Our planet teaches by example how to live in harmony with the seasons. Rest in the winter, awake to new beginnings in spring and rejoice in summer’s bounty. Give extra thanks in autumn. Live by and with the land, and watch how goodness magically blooms into being.


EXERCISE INTUITION Trusting in our intuition is generally discouraged from a young age. We’re taught to ignore it in favor of logic, following social scripts and displaying expected behaviors. We’re told whom to look to for answers, definitions of right and wrong and true and false, and that grown-ups always know best. A powerful way to counteract this conditioning is to come to trust ourselves. Intuition is like a muscle—the more we use it, the more powerful it becomes. The spiritual “still small voice” won’t lead us astray.


COMMUNE Speaking our truth is transformative. To be heard, validated and supported is a

powerful catalyst of personal growth and supports self-worth. Whenever possible, make time to meet with kindred spirits and share personal stories, wisdom and struggles around the proverbial fire.


CELEBRATE Spend time thinking about what it is that comprises the essence of oneself and celebrate it—that is where magic lives. Often, the qualities that carry our magic may have been put down. Sensitivity can be considered weakness. Determination might be termed stubbornness. But if we unabashedly love and celebrate these qualities in ourself, we begin to re-conceptualize them as sources of strength and power, and magic seeps through.


STOP ACCEPTING THE MUNDANE Let go of anything that does more to limit rather than propel progress. Review media habits, relationships, jobs and character traits, and be ruthless in pruning what needs to go. Try to interact only with people, activities and things that produce glowing feelings of inspiration, fulfillment and buzzing vitality. Assess habits honestly and choose meaningful substance over comfort, ease and familiarity. Paige Leigh Reist is a writer from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, who blogs at March 2018


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cats prefer self-serve,” observes veterinarian Carol Osborne, owner of the Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic, in Ohio. “Now they leave my house plants alone.” Both cats and dogs may show improved gastric intestinal health as a result.



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is the rule of thumb,” says Osborne. She counsels against serving Fido onion, garlic, corn or mushroom sprouts. Peas, sunflowers, radishes, alfalfa and clover are suggested; they are all tasty and easy to grow.

Birds “We encourage people to make their own sprouts. It’s easy to get quality seeds for legumes or grains from Whole Foods, BobsRed or Nuts. com,” says Ann Brooks, president of the all-volunteer Phoenix Landing Foundation, in Asheville, North Carolina. They provide educational activities and facilitate adoption of birds, from parakeets to macaws. Sprouts from the store can be risky, because of bacteria, she cautions. “If not growing your own, the only one I recommend is the organic crunchy mix from Be sure to get the freshest date possible.” “One of my favorite sprouts is mung beans, because they appear in two days or less. Birds like the crunch,” says Brooks. “Sprouts are safe to leave in the cage all day because they are live foods.”


Horses When adding sprouts to a horse’s regular diet, it’s important to balance the intake. “A lot of barns feed forage three times a day. I know of a couple that feed one meal of sprouts and the other two of hay,” says Clair Thunes, Ph.D., a consulting equine nutritionist with Summit Equine Nutrition in Sacramento, California. “Several companies sell systems for large-scale growing.” The sprouts grow with matted roots in what is called a biscuit, weighing about 18 pounds. Difficult to mix with other feed, the biscuits are fed separately, roots and all.

Instead of sprouting one kind of seed per jar, consider creating a mix. “Because of sporadic drought conditions, the idea of growing your own fodder became more popular, thinking it might make forage supply more dependable and possibly cheaper after initial startup costs,” Thunes explains. “Owners have a sense of control over what the horse eats, there’s less reliance on a supplier and the seeds are less expensive than hay. Due to moisture and nutritional differences, you can’t swap sprouts and hay pound for pound. It’s best to consult a veterinarian or nutritionist.” Sprouts contain a lot of moisture and have an inverted calcium phosphorus ratio that has to be accounted for she says. Horses enjoy barley, sunflower and flax sprouts for variety. The high moisture content may help reduce the risk of intestinal impaction and resulting colic.

Good for All “Sprouts are a healthy form of nutrition and a hip way for both pets and people to enjoy greens,” says Osborne. “They’re a great go-to powerhouse of nutrition, often more nutritious than the adult plant.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@mind

Sprouting Tips 4 Always use organic seeds. and are additional sources. 4 Seeds sprout in water or soil. Avoid direct sunlight. 4 Practice good hygiene to avoid bacteria. Rinse seeds several times a day to prevent mold. Once the sprouts show a bit of green, dry them to remove excess moisture before refrigerating. 4 Refrigerate for up to a week for peak freshness, but no longer. 4 Use a mix of seeds or one kind at a time. Discard any seeds that don’t sprout with the rest. 4 Sunflower seeds produce a particularly high volume of sprouts.


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calendar of events


FRIDAY, MARCH 2 Spiritual Symposium – 6-8:30pm. Meet the Team from Karmik Channels. Ronald Quin, Michele Borowski and Raymond Bearhawk, offering an experienced filled, hands-on perspective. $35. Chase on the Lake Hotel, 502 Cleveland Blvd, Walker.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 Healthy Life Expo – 10am-5pm (Sat & Sun). Annual healthy living event with vendors, samples, demonstrations, speakers and much more. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave St, Minneapolis. $6 entry (or free with ad found in Natural Awakenings). Holistic Healing & Psychic Expo – 10am-5pm. Join us for a day of enlightenment. You’ll find psychic readers, energy healers, natural skin care products, crystals and stones, jewelry and more. Including hourly seminars. There’s also a Special onehour Group Gallery Reading at 1pm. $5-$25. Chase on the Lake Hotel, 502 Cleveland Blvd, Walker.

TUESDAY, MARCH 6 Embody Wellness: Environmental Wellness – 6:30-8:30pm. We will help you become aware of how your environment impacts your health and how to counterbalance its effects. You will learn how your body gives you clues to how your thoughts, food, environment, and relationships are affecting you. $50. Awakened Living, 3601 Minnesota Drive, Suite 825, Bloomington.

THURSDAY, MARCH 8 Health Education Series: Boosting Your Immune System. – 6:30-8:30pm. Join us for an evening of cutting edge information and activities to improve your wellbeing. Bring a friend as we explore various health care practices and therapies while sharing a wealth of information on important health topics. $20 [$15 if you bring a friend]. Southtown Office Park Conference Rooms 135/145, 8120 S Penn Ave., Bloomington. A Woman’s Journey Towards Global Leadership – 7-8:30pm. Hear from World Health Organization, Dr. Teguest Guerma who played a key role in the WHO’s 3 by 5 Initiative, which provided antiretroviral treatment to patients with HIV/AIDS in low- and middle-income countries. Her visit coincides with International Women’s Day. Free. St. Catherine University, Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine building. Aroma Freedom Technique: Group Session – 7-9pm. Aroma Freedom Technique (AFT) is a stepby-step process for identifying and releasing negative thoughts, feelings, and memories that interfere with reaching our goals and dreams by using essential oils to trigger a permanent shift in how we view ourselves and the world around us. $20. Psinergy Natural Health & Holistic Wellness 1553 Como Ave., St Paul.

SATURDAY, MARCH 10 Activating Your HeartSong Retreat – 9am-4pm. Join us for a day of retreat, setting time aside to relax,


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contemplate and connect. During our time together, we will discuss relaxation practices, share stories, experience healing exercises and meditations with live harp music. We will also have time to walk the labyrinth, journal and reflect. $99. Synairea Retreat Center, 12811 Norell Road S. Hastings. Embody Wellness: Open House – 9am-12pm. Join us for an open house to experience the tranquil healing space of Awakened Living. Hear a talk on supplementation at 9am and enjoy some samples. Join a group guided imagery at 10:30am and experience the biomat and Alpha Stim. Free. Awakened Living, 3601 Minnesota Drive, Suite 825, Bloomington. NW Health Sciences University: Discovery Day 9am. Explore a career path in natural health, tour the school and receive an application fee waiver scholarship. Free. 2501 W. 84th Street, Bloomington. Braving Authenticity: Be Yourself Imperfectly 1-5pm. Brave your authenticity by facing your fears, releasing expectations of perfection and building on the foundation of who you truly are in this halfday experience. $49. Thrive Therapy, 190 River Ridge Circle S. #208, Burnsville. braving-authenticity-be-yourself-imperfectlytickets-42399177080.

MONDAY, MARCH 12 Making Herbal Remedies – 7-8pm. Don’t have time to make a decoction. Can’t wait four to six weeks to make a tincture. Perhaps your remedy calls for a lozenge. Then pop a pill. In this class, we will cover the positive and negative sides to herbal capsules, pills, lozenges, and pastilles. This is a fasted paced class, covering many topics and uses for these specific remedies. Come prepared to make herbal lozenges. $23. Magus Books, 1848 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis. West Metro Enneagram Discussion Group – 7-8:30pm. Discussion Topic: The Enneagram and Spirituality: Point 2 – Holy Will/Freedom. Free. 8085 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, lower level conference room. Parking and entrance is in the rear of the building. Questions? Please email West MetroDiscussion@MN–


Treasure Vase Qi Dharma Meditation Class – 12-3pm. Learn how to use this meditation practice to transform your body into its own treasure vase, eternally bright, radiant, and filled with life force. Additional practices include the methods for self-heating and self-cooling the body, so that one no longer suffers the extremes of one’s environment. $38-$108 offering. Psinergy Health & Wellness, 1553 Como Avenue, St. Paul.

TUESDAY, MARCH 20 Spring Equinox Celebration: Meditation & Qigong – 6-7:30pm. The Spring Equinox is an inspirational time of progress and new growth. The seeds planted today bring the transformation of tomorrow. Celebrate the spring of your renewal with Qigong movements to embody the changes of this time. Set intentions for growth and use the available energy to blossom a bright future. $15. CenterPoint, 5300 W. 35th St., Minneapolis. Embody Wellness: Time Management – 6:308:30pm. Many people wish there were 36 hours in a day to be able to accomplish more. For some, there never seems to be enough time. Learn what will give us time to accomplish what we need and play a little. $50. Awakened Living, 3601 Minnesota Drive, Suite 825, Bloomington.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 Drama Free Communication – 6-8pm. You are Response-Able! Join Dr. Jody Janati and learn 101 things to “say and do” during difficult interactions. Be cool, calm and collected and set healthy boundaries with others and ultimately find your “Conversation Peace.” $20. Lund’s & Byerlys Conference Room,7171 France Avenue South, Edina.

FRIDAY, MARCH 23 Minneapolis Yoga Conference – 9am. The Minneapolis Yoga Conference is an exploration of what yoga is. It is designed to serve the community not as a proclamation of answers, but instead as an unending set of questions. Our primary aim is to explore the practice of yoga in an open, welcoming space for everyone in the yoga community. $375 and up. Hyatt Regency, 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.


Embody Wellness: Mindfulness – 6:30-8:30pm. Mindfulness, helps us enjoy our lives to the fullest extent. You will learn tools to help you to stay focused on the present, changing all aspects of your life for the better- your relationships, work, and leisure. $50. Awakened Living, 3601 Minnesota Drive, Suite 825, Bloomington.

Holistic Healing & Psychic Expo – 10am-5pm Heart and Soul Wellness Events and Karmik Channels presents Holistic Healing and Psychic Expo. Join us for a day of enlightenment with psychic readers, energy healers, natural skin care products, crystals and stones, jewelry & hourly seminars. $5. Monticello Community Center, 505 Walnut St., Monticello.



Crystals: Practical Tools for Practical Use – 1-4pm. Join Laurie Wondra to discuss how crystals are a powerful and easy way to use energy in multiple ways, to clear, manifest, calm, protect and heal. Spend time learning about the crystal world and how to use in everyday life. $40. 6903 Sussex Ln., Shakopee.

Rhythms of Nature Retreat – 3-4:30pm. (Sat & Sun) In this collective retreat we’ll explore the rhythms of nature, such as the egg to caterpillar to cocoon to butterfly and as it relates to our own cycles. The transformation process (the way we see it) isn’t about rejecting who you are or trying to fix your imperfections. It’s about connecting to where you’re at and seeing what

areas in your life could be more spacious and fluid. $140. Baker Park Reserve, 4001 County Rd 24, Maple Plain.

TUESDAY, MARCH 27 Embody Wellness: Fear – 6:30-8:30pm. What are you afraid of? How is this sabotaging your life? What if fear wasn’t a factor? There is healthy fear, and immobilizing fear. Learn more about fear and how to turn it around and make it work for you! $50. Awakened Living, 3601 Minnesota Drive, Suite 825, Bloomington.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28 Connection and Attunement Gathering – 6:308:30pm. Join us for teachings on observations of current energetic shifts, paradigms, understandings and structures in our personal, interpersonal and professional lives. Share your wisdom and insight. $25. Center Within, 8100 South Penn Ave, Suite 155, Bloomington.

THURSDAY, MARCH 29 How Cooking Can Change Your Life – 7pm. Wellbeing Lecture by Michael Pollan where he makes a compelling case that cooking is one of the simplest and most important steps people can take to improve their family’s health and well-being, build community, help fix our broken food system, and break our growing dependence on corporations. $5 and up. University of Minnesota Campus, Northrup Auditorium, Minneapolis.

FRIDAY, MARCH 30 Awaken to the Secret of Miracles – 8:30am-9pm. Fri/Sat. and 9-11am. Sun. Want to discover how to awaken to your full spiritual potential? You are invited

to the 2018 ECK Springtime Seminar. Hear featured speaker, Sri Harold Klemp. Also enjoy other dynamic speakers, creative arts, and inspiring workshops. Program includes free events for those new to Eckankar, the Path of Spiritual Freedom. Hilton Minneapolis. 952-380-2200. Temple of ECK Open House – Noon-4pm. Fri/Sat. You are invited to an open house at the Temple of ECK, the worldwide center for the Eckankar teachings. Enjoy tours, live music, videos, spiritually inspired art, and refreshments. Open to people of all faiths. 952380-2200. Eckankar, the Path of Spiritual Freedom, 7450 Powers Blvd, Chanhassen.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31 Prajna Akas’agarbha Wisdom Moving Meditation Class – 9am-1pm. This moving meditation uses 16 mudras & visualizations along with one mantra to awaken one’s alya seeds to bring greater health, clarity, wisdom and wealth. As one continues the practice over time, wisdom opens up and one is able to live in alignment with the comings and goings of the Universe. $49-$168 offering. Psinergy Health & Wellness, 1553 Como Avenue, St. Paul.

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


save the date 7th Annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference: Honoring Plant Wisdom Speakers: Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., Isla Burgess, Dr. Jody Noé and many more. Join us for a gathering of the feminine; a wide spectrum of Internationally acclaimed herbalists and earthbased speakers, plant walks, topics including herbs for family health, wild edibles, fermentation, permaculture, movement, herbal wisdom the wise woman ways and much more. Over 60 workshops and plants walks, Kids’ Camp and Teen Camp. Includes pre-conference classes, workshops and walks, singing, dancing, meals, swimming, red tent communal space and more.

June 1-3

Cost: $300 555-123-4567

Medicine Buddha Empowerment & Dharma Teaching – 1-5pm. The Medicine Buddha Extinguish Disaster & Prolong Life Practice is an ancient Buddhist practice for healing, protection, the prevention of illness and disease, as well as to extinguish disaster, extend life, and to bring forth

Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info:


joints, improve balance at all levels and increase your sense of well-being. $10. Meditation Center, 631 University Ave NE, Minneapolis.

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.

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.

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

good luck. $300. Psinergy Health & Wellness, 1553 Como Avenue, St. Paul. events-projects.

Stress Busters Meditation – Noon-1pm. Join us when you can for a free meditation at the University of MN. Mayo Building, Third Fl. Meditation Space, Minneapolis.



Free 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.

thursday Hatha for Everyone – 6-7pm. Everyone is welcome to this weekly drop-in class. All levels. Relieve stress, achy

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.

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.

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Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide, email to request our media kit.



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


Candi Broeffle, MBA, CPC 218-590-2539 Master your business so you can practice your passion. Business coaching for purpose-driven entrepreneurs to clarify your vision, build your confidence and create a soul-centered strategy. Call today for a free Discovery Session and get on your path to business success. See ads, pages 21 & 23.

I offer Electrolysis (the only proven method of permanent hair removal) on all types of hair; non-invasive Ionic Detoxing and LED Skin Light Therapy. 25 years’ experience and am Certified in the Natural Health Care Field. See ad, page 5.




Nea Clare • 612-227-3854

Specializing in persistent, chronic pain relief and mysteries of the body. Serving clients covered by auto insurance and worker’s compensation with a doctor’s referral. Also serving clients seeking the experience of deep relaxation and more selfconnection. Skilled and compassionate care. See ad, page 12.


You can have a personal audience with your guides and the Archangels and Ascended Masters. Get clarity. Take action. Feel connected. Book your session today and save 25%, using code: IAMWISE17. Or call Nea for a free consult. See ad, page 24.


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

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

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

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 12.

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


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


Barb Ryan, LMT • 612-922-2389 Bhakti Wellness Center 7550 France Avenue S, #220 Edina

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

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

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

We’re an integrative practice committed to promoting dental wellness and overall assistance to the whole person. We desire to participate in the creation of healthier lives, while being sensitive to physical, philosophical, emotional and financial concerns. See ad, page 14.


Dr. Amy Ha Truong 6230 10th St. N., Ste 520, Oakdale 651-731-3064 • Pure Dental offers integrative, holistic, alternative and biological dentistry for your dental health. We take pride in providing quality, holistic dental care and service for our patients. See ad, page 13.


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 25.

ENERGY HEALING Bogdan Borkowski, Certified Reconnection & Reconnective Healing Practitioner 147 Linden Rd. Prescott, WI 54021 • 715-262-3342

Catalyst for The Healing Energy, Bogdan Borkowski is a certified Reconnection and Reconnective Healing practitioner. Experience the free Gift of Open Heart and stay for Healing Session. Call or email to schedule your session. There is no believing. There is only experience!

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

ENERGY HEALING Teresa Heupel Maple Grove • 701-899-2548 Dealing with pain - whether physical, spiritual, emotional, psychic, psychological, PTSD, or trauma? I can help you alleviate your issue without prescription drugs. I am a Reiki Master and a Shamanic Healer.

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

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

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

100% pure, quality essential oils, and ultrasonic diffusers available on my website. I offer essential oil classes online and in person. Sign up for an essential oil consultation and let me help you create a blend of essential oils that works synergistically for a wide range of health concerns. See ad, page 12.


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

HEALTH FOOD STORES MASTEL’S HEALTH FOODS 1526 St Clair Ave, St Paul • 651-690-1692

Mastel’s Health Foods is Minnesota’s oldest health and wellness store. We carry a full line of vitamins, minerals, supplements, herbs and more. We emphasize organic, biodynamic, biodegradable, holistic and hypoallergenic products and pride ourselves on stocking hard-to-find items. See ad, page 15.


2571 Credit Union Dr, Prior Lake 952-233-9140 • Offering a variety of natural, organic, and local food and products—with a focus on Native American vendors— Mazopiya is your ticket to healthy living. Stop by our reFresh Bar, grab a to-go-meal or sign up for a class today. See ad, page 32.

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

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


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

To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead. ~Bertrand Russell March 2018




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


Candi Broeffle, MBA, CPC 218-590-2539 Providing life-changing retreats for individuals committed to leading lives filled with purpose, joy, and connection. Experience transformation in multi-day retreats that create awareness and acceptance of your current experiences, while providing the tools needed to design a life of conscious choice. It’s your time to build a fearless life. See ads, pages 21 & 23.



2571 Credit Union Dr, Prior Lake 952-233-9140 • Offering a variety of natural, organic, and local food and products—with a focus on Native American vendors— Mazopiya is your ticket to healthy living. Stop by our reFresh Bar, grab a to-go-meal or sign up for a class today. See ad, page 32.


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


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

Edward C. Sellner St Paul • 651-263-7089 Ed Sellner, trained in dream work at the Jung Institute in Zurich, a former chemical dependency counselor at Hazelden, and a spiritual writer, is available for spiritual guidance to help you understand your dreams, work with your addictions, or navigate your spiritual longings. Start your journey! See ad, page 15.


Vajracharya ZhiChan, Charlotte M Steen • 651-278-0697 We are here to share Hanmi (Chinese Esoteric) and Chinese Chan Buddhism with Minnesotans and with all who are interested in receiving spiritual healing, in learning these life-changing meditation practices, or in requesting Buddhist prayer services. Aspire to be one who respects all, forgives all, helps all without expecting anything in return. Practice Esoteric Buddhist meditations so that you can know yourself. Once you know yourself, you can change yourself. Once you begin to change yourself, you will be able to overcome yourself. See ad, page 12.

Offering a blend of Western and Eastern medicines including; nutritional counseling, behavior counseling, Chinese herbs, acupuncture, Western herbs, essential oils, homeopathy, flower essences, nutritional supplements, chiropractic, reiki and more. See ad, page 21.


6420 W Lake St (Main screening location) St. Louis Park • 952-926-2511 See website for other locations Offering safe breast/fullbody screenings using Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging in more than 35 locations. Functional and physiological changes can be detected in early stages with no radiation and no touching. FDA cleared. Use HSA & FSA dollars.


Find Your Conversation Peace Dr. Jody Janati • Trainer | Speaker | Author Book a Training Today! • 651-210-2246 Learn 101 things to “say and do” during difficult interactions. Maintain your personal integrity through effective communication strategies that really work. Multiple techniques are offered to ensure you can find your voice, maintain wholeness and go unimpaired while engaging others during difficult interactions. Be cool, calm and collected and set healthy boundaries with others and ultimately find your Conversation Peace. See ad, page 12.


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.

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EXPERIENCE YOUR TRUE IDENTITY “As Soul, you are like a balloon that rises above the ground. The higher you go, the farther you can see. And the farther you can see, the better you can plan your life.” —Harold Klemp, The Language of Soul

You’re invited to these FREE seminar events. Saturday, March 31, 2018 2:00–3:30 p.m. Dreams, Soul Travel, and the Wonder of You! (workshop and discussion)

7:00–9:00 p.m. Sri Harold Klemp, the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master reveals secrets to living an awakened life as Soul. HILTON MINNEAPOLIS | 1001 Marquette Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN ECKSEMINARS.ORG | (952) 380-2200


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