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ike many of you have experienced, 2018 was an unprecedented time of growth, learning and healing for me. I am especially grateful for the opportunity to publish Natural Awakenings Twin Cities magazine and for the ability to work closely with the small business owners who bring this magazine to our readers each month through their advertising support and editorial collaboration. Having attended many events and expos this past year, I have been Candi Broeffle honored to introduce new readers to Natural Awakenings and have enjoyed meeting long-term readers who shared memories of their favorite articles and positive experiences with our advertisers. Building these connections and deepening these relationships are even more fulfilling than I dreamed possible when I purchased this magazine. As I look to 2019, I am excited for the many opportunities that lay ahead, including a new radio show I will be hosting on AM950 called Green Tea Conversations. Please join me at 10 a.m., on Sunday mornings, as I conduct in-depth interviews with natural health professionals about the latest modalities, practices and methods available to help us lead healthier, happier lives. The overall theme for 2019 is overcoming fear, which can more easily be done when we gain knowledge about our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. This knowledge increases our confidence, allowing us to more fully trust our own intuition—the gut feeling we have that guides us in making better life decisions. The inaugural show on January 6 will feature an interview with the founder of Natural Awakenings Twin Cities magazine, Jackie Flaherty. We will learn about her journey in starting the publication seven years ago, some of her fondest memories, the challenges she overcame and perhaps get a peek into her future plans. Show topics in the coming weeks will include creating healthy homes, natural approaches to pain relief and holistic dentistry. All shows are recorded and can be received online or anywhere you get your podcasts. The promises of 2019 include deep connection, expanded knowledge and abundant wellness—I’m putting it out there. Won’t you join me? Wishing you prosperity,

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Personal Discovery Awaits at Body Mind Spirit Expo


ow in its 31st year, Body Mind Spirit Expo has become the largest health and wellness expo in the U.S. The expo creates an arena for the general public to increase their knowledge of alternative health and metaphysical topics. Returning to Minneapolis, February 23 to 24 and November 16 to 17, at the Earle Brown Heritage Center, the expo brings to life a positive healing environment. The best from Minneapolis join with others from throughout the country to provide the essential tools for discovering overall health and well-being. Retail exhibitors offer everything from natural and holistic health products to spiritual books and enlightened art. Healers at the expo provide treatments ranging from massages and yoga techniques to intuitive readings. Weekend admission of $12 includes free lectures and demos as well as admission to the exhibit hall. Rejuvenate—receive a relaxing massage, have your aura photo taken and open yourself to new ideas. The expo offers a safe environment for growth and exploration, so mark your calendar for the entire weekend. Location: 6155 Earle Brown Dr., Brooklyn Center. For more information and a $1 off coupon, call Marcella at 541-482-3722 ext. 2 or visit See ad page 3,

Pure Dental Celebrates ThreeYear Anniversary with Expansion


ure Dental, a holistic, family dental practice, recently added another dental chair to meet the growing demand for holistic dental care. “We’re happy to announce we’ve added another dental chair to accommodate for the growth in our practice,” says Dr. Amy Truong. Additionally, the doctor and staff are celebrating their three-year anniversary. “I’m very proud of my team. They make sure patients feel welcome every time they arrive in our office. It’s been an amazing three years!” Pure Dental launched in December 2015 and continues to proudly serve locally in the Oakdale, Maplewood and Woodbury areas and the extended region by providing high-quality patient care for families. “With our existing partnerships in chiropractic and naturopathic care, we continue to grow to better serve our patients’ needs,” shares Truong. “We would like to express our gratitude to our patients for referring their friends and family. We hope by adding this additional chair we will continue to build new relationships and strengthen our existing ones.” Pure Dental combines conventional and holistic health to guide patients towards dental wellness. They provide up-to-date technology and continually seek educational opportunities to ensure they remain abreast of the latest techniques and treatment options in holistic and family dental care. Location: 6230 10th St. N., Ste. 520, Oakdale. For more information, call 651-731-3064 or visit See ad page 46.

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he eighth annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference, to be held from May 31 through June 2, in Almond, Wisconsin, will include transformation and plant medicine as women from all over the world gather to rekindle the wild within or deepen their knowledge of plants. Participants will walk away from this time together in the woods feeling more empowered and inspired. This year’s featured speakers include Venice Williams, Mimi Hernandez and special guest Susun Weed along with a wide spectrum of knowledgeable and inspiring instructors. Williams is executive director of Alice’s Garden Urban Farm, in Milwaukee. Hernandez, a registered herbalist, is executive director of the American Herbalists Guild. Weed is an author and voice in the Wise Woman Tradition. Participants will enjoy plant walks and workshops on topics that include herbs for family health, wild edibles, fermentation, permaculture, movement, herbal wisdom, wise woman ways and much more. This year’s conference also plays host to a kids’ camp as well as teen herbal camps, red tent space, fire circles, singing circles, delicious locally sourced farm-to-table meals and more. Early bird rates are available until Jan. 14. For more information and registration, visit MidwestWomens See ad page 32. January 2019


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ero Dance Fitness is bringing Groove Dancefloors to locations throughout the Twin Cities. Groove is a different way to work out that doesn’t just have the participant follow an instructor’s dance moves. Instead, while a facilitator provides basic choreography, the participant makes each movement their own by adding exactly the style they want, based on whatever feels right for their level of fitness. The World Groove Movement was founded in 2011, by Misty Tripoli, creator of The Groove Method, after 20 years of teaching movement and spending 10 years as an elite trainer, inspiring thousands through her love of dance, truth and higher consciousness. Her powerful yet surprisingly simple method to movement, mindfulness and balance, easy and accessible to everyone, has evolved into a dance movement with Groove Dancefloors in over 25 countries. All genres of music are used. Classes typically run about an hour and include a warmup, dance, stretching and a brief meditation. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat for stretching/meditation if desired. No dance experience is required and all fitness levels are welcome. Some seating is included in and around the dancefloors for those participants that need to take a break or wish to groove from a seated position without being separated from the class. For more information, including class times and locations, call 612-276-5625 or visit See ad, page 27.

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ichele Schramm, holistic nutritional therapy practitioner and owner of Optimal Wellness Solutions, will lead two, five-week RESTART classes, 6:30 to 8 p.m., on Wednesdays, January 16 to February 13, and 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., Saturdays, January 19 to February 16. RESTART is a nutritional education, sugar detox and support group which creates an empowering combination. “The program is a simple, powerful way to give your body a vacation from sugar and processed foods,” says Schramm. “With a three-week sugar detox built in, the program focuses on how to use real food to boost energy and cut sugar/carb cravings.” Participants report experiencing increased energy, fewer aches and pains, more restful sleep, weight loss, improved digestion, clarity and focus and decreased anxiety. According to Schramm, “This class embodies what we believe at Optimal Wellness Solutions—that the body has an amazing capacity for healing and repair when given the proper tools: a whole food diet, ways to manage stress, adequate sleep, hydration and movement.” Cost: $199 per person, includes workbook, cookbook and 30-minute coaching session. $348 for two people when registered together. Pre-registration required. Location: 2565 Hamline Ave. N., Ste. A, Roseville. For more information and registration, call 651-340-1233 or visit See ad, page 4.

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Women that feel highly stressed on a daily basis have a lower ability to conceive, report Boston University School of Medicine researchers. In a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, 4,769 couples that were trying to conceive were followed for a year. Those women with the highest self-reported stress were 13 percent less likely to conceive than women that reported little stress. Men being under high stress had no effect on conception, but couples were a quarter less likely to conceive if the man’s stress score was low and the woman’s was high, which the researchers termed “partner stress discordance.” In North America, about one out of four women and one out of five men of reproductive age report daily psychological stress.

Nettle, a common roadside weed, may offer hope for sufferers of inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. Research from Iran’s University of Medical Sciences tested 59 patients with inflammatory bowel disease in a 12-week, double-blind clinical trial with an extract of nettle leaf (Urtica dioica). Those receiving the nettle leaf extract had lower blood levels of the C-reactive protein inflammatory marker along with a significant improvement in their inflammatory bowel disease quality-of-life scores.

Daily Walks Make Kids Healthier Thanks to a program called The Daily Mile, Scottish schoolchildren have shown improvements in their fitness and body composition, researchers from the universities of Edinburgh and Sterling report. Started by a teacher in 2012, the initiative encourages children to run, jog or walk around their school grounds during a 15-minute recess from classes in addition to normal activity and physical education lessons. For the study, 391 pupils between 4 and 12 years old wore accelerometers to record their activity and were checked for body fat and overall fitness. Compared to a control group, they increased their physical activity by 9.1 minutes a day, lowered sedentary time by 18.2 minutes, ran 42 yards farther and


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significantly lowered their body fat. “[The study] suggests that The Daily Mile is a worthwhile intervention to introduce in schools, and that it should be considered for inclusion in government policy, both at home and abroad,” says study author Colin Moran, Ph.D. To date, the Scottish Government has extended it to half of the country’s primary schools, plus nurseries, colleges, universities and businesses. The Daily Mile Foundation reports that 3,600 schools in 35 countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Jamaica, the Netherlands and the U.S., have embraced the program.


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Eating Mediterranean Diet Helps Save Eyesight The risk of late-stage, age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness worldwide, can be lowered by 41 percent by eating a Mediterranean diet, according to a new study presented by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). The research, which followed nearly 4,500 French and Dutch adults aged 55 and older for 21 years, found that no single food component lowered the risk; rather, it was the nutrient-rich diet itself. The findings correlate with previous research that links the Mediterranean diet, typically rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes, fish and olive oil, to a longer lifespan and a lower risk of heart disease and cognitive decline. “You are what you eat,” says AAO spokesperson Emily Chew, M.D. “It’s time to take quitting a poor diet as seriously as quitting smoking.”

Artificial Sweeteners Harm Gut Microbes Six popular artificial sweeteners approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration—aspartame, sucralose, neotame, saccharine, advantame and acesulfame potassium-k—were found to be toxic to digestive gut microbes in a new paper published in Molecules. Researchers at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University tested each sweetener along with 10 sports drinks that contained them. They discovered that otherwise healthy bacteria found in the digestive system became toxic when they came into contact with even one mg/ml (less than onehundredth of a teaspoon) of the artificial sweeteners.

Optimism Linked to Better Heart Health Being upbeat helps heart health, reports a new review of research from Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Analyzing dozens of studies on psychological wellbeing involving hundreds of thousands of people, the researchers found that the most optimistic people are more likely to kick a smoking habit, exercise regularly and favor fruits and vegetables over processed meat and sugary foods. Mindfulness programs such as meditation, yoga or tai chi can help enhance optimism by reducing anxiety and stress while boosting quality of life, say the study authors. The researchers also highlighted a 2017 study that found that women in the top quarter of optimism were 40 percent less likely to die from heart disease.

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In the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and California, the 80,000-ton Great Pacific Garbage Patch is growing. Encompassing 600,000 square miles, the world’s largest such dump is twice the size of Texas, according to a three-year mapping effort by eight organizations. “To solve a problem, we need to understand it first,” says Boyan Slat, CEO of Dutch-based nonprofit The Ocean Cleanup. “The bad part is that there is more [there] than what we thought. The good part is that most of the plastic is still large objects. Just 8 percent of the plastic is micro plastic. It’s not too late to do something about it.” Fishing gear comprises an estimated half of the debris. The Ocean Cleanup intends to capture, concentrate and ship the materials from the patch back to land.

Exmoor Ponies Beat the Odds The Exmoor pony, which inhabits an area bordered by Devon and Somerset counties in England, is currently listed as endangered by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. It’s believed that these ponies derive from the original prehistoric horse that made the trek from Alaska to Great Britain some 130,000 years ago. Today, about 150 Exmoor ponies roam free on the moor and many more are being reared on farms in other parts of the UK. The Exmoor ponies benefit the environment, attract visitors and increase awareness of environmental conservation.

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The Problem With Bottled Water Is the Bottle One million plastic bottles are sold around the world each minute. Most are used for bottled water, and most end up in the trash. As demand grows, especially in China, so does the bottle problem. According to environmental watchdog Euromonitor, if the present rate of consumption is not reduced, humans will use an estimated half a trillion plastic bottles a year by 2021. The French mineral water brand Evian is part of the problem, but is working on a plan to address it through a new approach. The company plans to use 100 percent recycled plastic by 2025 and to partner with a nonprofit focused on collecting ocean plastic.


People relying on plant-based diets can find it challenging to honor their philosophies when enjoying a night out in a beer hall. But in Quincy, Massachusetts, the tavern Rewild is giving hope to those that want to get a little buzzed and still trust the menu. Owner Pat McAuley is working with chef Will Hernandez to offer vegan food at affordable prices. McAuley says, “There’s no other place in Massachusetts that you can go have a few beers, hang out with friends and eat plant-based food. My primary goal of the whole project is to just bring plant-based food in a social and fun way.”

If Your Walls Could Speak by Annette Rugolo


ave you thought about the energy in your home and what it would tell you if it could speak? There is a very popular saying that “everything is energy” and it is especially true when it comes to the energy created by everyone who lives and has ever lived in your home. “Everything is energy” means that emotional energy such as fear, anger, hate and grief as well as energy created by love, joy, compassion and peace creates certain vibrations that continue to exist once birthed. The emotion hate carries a lower vibration than that of love. You may have felt this difference when you’ve been around someone spewing hate as opposed to someone in a state of joy. When people talk about “clearing the air”, they are not usually referring to the energy created over decades or even centuries, but there is an understanding that some kind of energy between two people or a group of people needs to be cleared to return everyone to a place of harmony.

The energy created in a home, both positive and negative, not only hangs out in the air but is also absorbed into the walls and furniture. I

encountered this situation recently when a client called to let me know something had changed in her house—what had felt light was now feeling heavy. I had cleared her home of negative vibrations a year before and she and her family had been enjoying the benefits of their energetically uplifting space. During our phone conversation, we began talking about various events that had occurred since I had last seen her, including the death of her mother-in-law and the move of her father-in-law into a nursing home. She then informed me that it was somewhat stressful because they had to make room in her home for all of her in-laws’ furniture until they could give it to family or sell it. When I questioned her about when her home started to feel heavy, she realized it was after the furniture was moved in. What she had taken into the house was all of the vibrational energy created for over 50 years by her in-laws who argued a lot and had been sick for more than 10 years. Once I knew where the energy came from, it helped me know what to do to clear it. Many of the realtors I have talked with over the years understand that energy remains in the house after someone moves out. They describe one type of house as a divorce house. Many times, if a couple sells a house after an especially bitter divorce, the couple that moves

Think of negative energy as a cloud that hangs out in the space. into the house will be divorced within two to three years. That couple moves out, another moves in and also is divorced after a few years. Thus, the house becomes known as the “divorce house”. Think of negative energy as a cloud that hangs out in the space. This cloud of energy, even though it can’t be seen, affects the people living in the home. If they cannot stay above the negative energy, they are influenced by it. It can be compared to how we feel when there are cloudy days for more than a week. It begins affecting our mood, how we feel and how we respond to others. When the sun returns, everything feels so much brighter and lighter. This is exactly how people feel after clearing the energy of their homes. Clearing old, stale, negative energy allows higher levels of prana into the space and it actually looks and feels brighter.

The start of a new year is a great time to clear the air. Along

with decluttering and refreshing our homes physically, it is just as important to do some energetic clearing. Some ways to begin clearing your space is by burning sage, playing high frequency music or sprinkling salt in the corners of a room. Many people use black tourmaline to absorb negative energy. Green plants in a home will also act as natural filters for negative energy. Space clearing meditations are also helpful. The space clearing method used by some professional dowsers gets to the source of the disturbed energy and goes deeper as it clears the energy not only hanging around in the air but also from the walls and furniture. This can also be used for land and businesses. Many dowsers work onsite or remotely. Annette Rugolo is the author of Soul Whisperer: Releasing Lost Souls. She has been transforming homes through dowsing and space clearing since 2005 and has been teaching classes since 2006. For more information about the class or having your home energetically healed, call 612-605-8608. To receive a free, guided Space Clearing Meditation, visit Annette See ad, page 18. January 2019


All adversity leads to light if we allow it. During this dark period of time while I was ill, I found The International Institute for Building Biology and Ecology. This long-standing institute has taught me how to find my way out of the environmental nightmare I faced and get past the fear. Building Biology teaches by empowering us to assure our own health in the homes in which we live. If you are in the market for a new home to heal in, or if you have a mysterious illness and suspect that your environment might be playing a part in your ill health, take your first step towards better health by looking at the environment around your house.


GETTING BEYOND ILLNESS CREATE A HEALTHY HOME Lessons of a Personal Journey by Carrigan Curtis


early three years ago, I signed a three-year lease for a small home in a lovely area west of Minneapolis where I planned to stay while looking for the perfect property to build my “dream home”. Within only a month of living in the house, I found myself becoming increasingly sick. I couldn’t shake the extreme fatigue I felt which at times resulted in the need to sleep all day. My digestive system shut down, limiting my diet to almost only organic vegetables, and my brain was clear and active for only few hours a day. I had suffered from mold poisoning many years before and suspected early on that the cause of my drastic and rapid health deterioration was due to mold in the house. I began in earnest to find the source of my illness. My search revealed that the house did indeed have a moisture-intrusion problem resulting in mold, which had not been obvious when I viewed the home in February (mold is generally dormant in the winter). I soon learned that the moisture problems were due to shoddy workmanship on a remodel the landlord had done some 10 years earlier and the lack of consistent maintenance since then, which had created the mold growth within the walls and around improperly installed plumbing lines. Now, after nearly three years of pushing a very reluctant landlord to repair the problems, I am finally in good, albeit precarious, health. When it dawned on me that my lease was up in only a matter of months, I actually felt paralyzed instead of being overjoyed that I would finally be leaving the source of such a long and debilitating illness. Fear of the buildings we live in is a common result for people who suffer from environmental illnesses such as multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), electro-hypersensitivity (EHS) or have suffered from mold-induced illnesses similar to what I experienced over the last few years. The battle for my health had made me battle weary and the thought of facing the possibility of issues with a new home was frightening.


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Electromagnetic radiation is on the raise and can cause EHS among other major health issues, according to the 2012 BioInitiative Report. If you are looking for a new home, make sure you are at least a mile away from the nearest cell phone tower. Look for a home that does not have a radio frequency enabled smart electrical meter or look into opting out of the meter and have it replaced with an analog electrical meter. If neither of these are options, have a Building Biology Electromagnetic Radiation Specialist (EMRS) inspect your home for ways to make the environment less electromagnetically toxic for you.


Living near conventional farmland can contribute to an unusually high level of pesticides in our blood which greatly increases health disorders, according to the American Journal of Public Health. Pesticides and herbicides used on crops can contribute to MCS illness. Even if you are over a mile away from farmland, the pesticides and herbicides can stay in the air for extended periods of time and react with sunlight to form new, even more toxic chemicals. It’s best to be at least a couple of miles away from conventional farmland and have a high-quality waterfiltration system installed.


Marshland and lakes are beautiful, but can increase the amount of moisture in your environment. When moisture is combined with warmth and certain building materials, mold is inevitable. Longterm exposure to mold hidden in walls can cause numerous health concerns. Ensuring all exterior gutters are in working order, caulking around windows and doors and proper soil levels to direct water away

Fear that a “sanctuary” will never be realized is a very real issue when we lack the knowledge to repair our health and our homes. ~ Carrigan Curtis from the house can all go a long way in making sure the outside of the house is water tight. When moisture levels are high in the surrounding environment due to lakes or marshland, air filtration and air exchange systems are vital to keeping the interior of the building dry. Once you have dealt with your home’s outside environmental issues by shielding EMRs, making sure your home is pesticide and herbicide free, and dealing with any moisture intrusion issues, then you can start looking at how to create a healthy home on the interior. Here are some items to consider:

n Mold is an immune suppressant, and long-term exposure to mold allows viruses and bacteria to take hold in your body and make you ill. Take a look under your sinks and in your basement. If the areas smell at all musty, then there is probably a mold and moisture problem. Testing for mold can sometimes help locate the source of the issue, but generally if you see any sign of long-term water intrusion, you should seek out professional help to locate the source and remove all drywall, wood or carpet that has been in contact with moisture. Our homes should be our sanctuaries from the hectic pace of the world. Fear that a “sanctuary” will never be realized is a very real issue when we lack the knowledge to repair our health and our homes. We all deserve good health, and by learning the importance of maintaining, repairing and protecting our home environments, we can find ourselves living in the healthy home of which we have always dreamed. Carrigan Curtis is a residential designer and a licensed general contractor in the Twin Cities area. She owns Carrigan Curtis Design Build, LLC and has an educational background in green building and BioGeometry and is a certified Building Biology Advocate. For more information, call 612-2823470 or visit See ad page 30.

n The first priority for a healthy indoor environment is a bedroom sanctuary where you can rest and allow your body to heal and repair each night. To shield your body from EMRs that might be unavoidable and out of your control, you can sleep under a shielded canopy from Safe Living Technologies. A canopy can reduce radio frequencies from cell towers and smart meters to very low levels as long as the electrical circuits have been shut off in the bedroom while using the canopy. n Cleaning products, laundry detergent and personal hygiene products generally contain an overabundance of chemicals, all of which can impair your immune system’s ability to properly deal with “intruders”. Make sure you check labels and throw away any suspect products. There are great substitutions available these days with natural and organic ingredients at your local co-op. n Your garage can be a constant source of pollutants. Most of us store a plethora of chemicals in it and running the car engine produces combustion byproducts that linger for up to eight hours after the car has been driven out. Seal the door between the garage and the house so the carbon monoxide and other toxins don’t flood into your house every time you open the service door. Exit the garage from the overhead or side door and enter the main house from the outside instead. January 2019


seniors at Chicago’s Rush University found that eating leafy greens once or twice a day slowed mental deterioration.

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ith the merry-making furor of the holidays behind us, it’s that time of year when our bodies are crying out for some detox and rejuvenation. Aside from getting back to the basics—a healthy diet and daily exercise—we can take a page from traditional Chinese and Indian medical practices and holistic approaches and use natural, organby-organ procedures to renew our bodies and restore inherent vitality. “Strengthening our organs is critical because the organs create the vital essences of life, and our emotional and mental health depends to a great extent on how healthy our organs are,” notes T. Caylor Wadlington, a doctor of Oriental medicine and acupuncture teacher in Denver. “In working to revitalize and re-energize the organs, we renew not just our physical body, but also our sense of well-being.” Here’s a guide to a gentle fix-up campaign for the five organs considered vital for life in both Western and Eastern medicine: 16

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Boost the Brain

“Stress can lead to imbalance of the brain’s neurotransmitters, making it more difficult to focus, concentrate, relax and sleep—but it’s reversible, and the brain can absolutely heal from these effects under the right circumstances,” says integrative neurologist Ilene S. Ruhoy, M.D., Ph.D., of the Center for Healing Neurology, in Seattle.

Assess it: If you find it hard concentrating, sleeping, getting things done, remembering where things are and not being grouchy, the brain could be on stress-related overload. See a doctor if teeth grinding, high blood pressure, shortness of breath, fainting or dizziness develop. Eat this: The top brain boosters are easy to swallow—dark chocolate, berries, nuts and avocados, along with oily fish, reports WebMD. Also, a five-year study of 950

ommends boswellia, long used in Asian and African medicine. It targets cerebral inflammation, stimulates the growth of neurons, enhances cognition, lowers depression and alleviates learning and memory problems.

Try this movement: Shake it. Alter-

nating slow movements, or even rest with one-to-two-minute bursts of intense, all-out, heart-pounding moves like Zumba dancing, jogging or lunges increases important proteins called the neurotrophic factor that help brain cells grow, work and live longer, reports a new study from Canada’s McMaster University.

Rejuvenate the Heart

Stress also increases hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which drive up blood pressure, blood sugar and inflammation, says holistic cardiologist Joel Kahn, M.D., of Detroit, author of The Whole Heart Solution: Halt Heart Disease Now with the Best Alternative and Traditional Medicine.

Assess it: Shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, anxiety, panic and swollen feet or ankles are signs the heart may be overloaded. Get medical help immediately if there is unusual deep exhaustion, unexplained weakness, nausea, dizziness, chest pain or pain that spreads to the arms. Eat this: “The best foods for a stressed

heart are those rich in magnesium. I like a giant green, leafy salad, often organic arugula, with blueberries, pumpkin seeds and walnuts,” says Kahn.

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Drink this: Green tea is proven to

Drink this: hot, golden turmeric milk,

made with organic soy or nut milks, a heaping tablespoon of turmeric (a potent anti-inflammatory also shown to reverse Alzheimer’s “brain tangles”), a pinch of black pepper and maybe an organic pumpkin spice mix.

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strengthens and tones heart muscles, suppresses deadly blood-clotting signals, fights inflammation and lowers heart attack risk, studies show. European doctors routinely prescribe it for managing mild heart failure, either alone or with drugs.

Try this movement: Hop on a bike:

Cycling 20 miles a week slashes heart disease risk by half, reports the British Medical Journal. Also, do slow stretches every day: A Japanese study found a correlation between flexibility of the body and of the arteries.

Cleanse the Lungs

Family holidays may not always be unconditionally loving, which can induce stress, anger and sadness—emotions linked in laboratory studies to decreases in lung function. “You can actually give


Assess it: Trouble breathing, shortness

of breath and a cough that won’t go away are signs of stressed-out lungs. If there’s coughing up of blood or mucus, or discomfort or pain when breathing, see a doctor.

Eat this: A 10-year study of 650 Euro-

pean adults found that eating apples and tomatoes two or three times a day, along with other fruit, speeds the healing of smoke-damaged lungs and seems to slow down the lungs’ natural aging process.

Drink this: a juice combining cilantro,

carrot, celery and ginger. According to the Lung Institute, cilantro helps remove heavy metals, carrots provide vitamin A to repair lung tissue, celery helps flush out carbon dioxide and ginger removes irritants from the lungs.

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Low levels seem to be linked to a higher risk of respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to a review of clinical studies in Advances in Nutrition.

Try this movement: To loosen the

airways when tense, the American Lung Association recommends slowly breathing in through the nose for two counts with the mouth closed. Purse the lips as if to whistle, and then breathe out slowly and gently through the lips to a count of four.

Detox the Kidneys The kidneys are hardworking, fist-sized organs just below the back rib cage that filter waste and toxins out of 200 quarts of blood a day.

Assess it: Fatigue, feeling cold, short-

ness of breath, itchiness, swollen hands or feet, a puffy face, metallic-tasting food and ammonia-smelling breath are signs of growing kidney stress. See a doctor if experiencing kidney pain, weakness, lightheadedness, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, extreme thirst or decreased urination.

Eat this: Bone broth, wheat, millet, black sesame seeds, chestnuts, mulberries, raspberries, strawberries and walnuts are recommended by herbalist and acupuncturist Irina Logman of the Advanced Holistic Center, in New York City, to restore the kidneys.

An Ounce of Prevention

y taking a few forward-thinking steps, we can protect ourselves proactively from dangers to our vital organs:


Just say Om! Meditation enlarges parts of the brain concerned with memory, body awareness and emotional control, concluded a review of 21 neuroimaging studies from 300 meditators. InsightTimer. com, a meditation app, makes it easy to meditate for even five minutes a day.


yourself a stress asthma attack,” says Maui naturopath Carolyn Dean, M.D., ND, author of The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Women’s Health.

Every night, write down two or three things to be grateful for. Heart patients at the Uni-

versity of California, San Diego, that did this for two months had reduced heart inflammation and improved cardiac biomarkers. “Appreciating even the littlest things builds a heart-protective habit of gratitude,” says study author Paul J. Mills, Ph.D., a professor of family medicine and public health.


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To energize sluggish kidneys, try a quarter teaspoon of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) in water. In a British study of 134 people with advanced chronic kidney disease, this easy strategy reduced the rate of kidney decline to normal levels. Check with a doctor if under nephrology care.


Examine the ingredients in prescriptions and over-the-counter meds to make sure daily intake of acetaminophen doesn’t exceed 3,000 milligrams; accidental overuse is the biggest cause of liver failure in the U.S. January 2019


Supplement with this: Dandelion tea

helps to cleanse and strengthen the kidneys and a new study in Renal Failure reports that it also protects the kidneys from damage by certain toxins.

Try this qigong movement: Rub the palms together to warm them, and then place them on the kidney areas. Slowly massage in circular motions 12 times, and then reverse direction.

Shore up the Liver

“The liver is critical for detoxifying the body, but higher sugar and alcohol consumption over the holidays, as well as more stress, can increase toxin buildup that can damage the liver, which is why it’s important to take steps to help it recover,” says functional chiropractor Jennifer R. Welch, DC, of Iowa Functional Health, in Clive, Iowa.




musky-smelling breath, itchy red palms and mental sluggishness are early problem signs. Advanced symptoms that require medical care are yellowish skin, abdominal pain, swollen legs and ankles, ongoing fatigue, dark urine and pale stool.

Full-Body Boosters

Eat these: A Chinese study linked liver disease with low potassium levels, so consume sweet potatoes, tomato sauce, beet greens, beans, blackstrap molasses and bananas.


few daily to-dos that benefit the whole body:

Walking. A mere 20

minutes a day extends sleep up to an hour and lowers early mortality risk by 20 percent.

Drink this: Sip probiotic drinks like kombucha, kefir and yogurt-based smoothies. The probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus significantly lowered liver damage linked to excess acetaminophen in a recent Emory University laboratory study.

Adaptogens. Taking super-herbs such as astralagus, ashwagandha and rhodiola in tinctures, capsules or tea helps us adapt to stress.

Supplement with this: Milk thistle

Turmeric. An antioxidant and anti-

has been shown in Italian animal studies to decrease and even reverse damage to the liver caused by medications, alcohol, antibiotics, pollution and heavy metals.

Try this yoga movement: With feet shoulder-width apart, make circles with the hips, pushing the torso farther and farther outward with each circle. Reverse direction. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based freelance health writer. Connect at

inflammatory powerhouse proven to ward off cancer, heart disease and dementia.

Nature. A dose of greenery a day keeps the blues away—and also guards against heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and early mortality from all causes, a review of 140 studies shows. Sources: Harvard University School of Medicine, Dr. Andrew Weil (DrWeil. com), American Journal of Preventive Medicine,

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or lime. “The citrate makes water, as metabolized, more alkaline, which helps to remove acid from the blood, bring pH into balance and prevents bone, heart and further kidney damage,” says Phoenix nephrologist Mandip S. Kang, M.D., author of The Doctor’s Kidney Diet: A Nutritional Guide to Managing and Slowing the Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease.

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eurofeedback, often referred to as “brain training”, is a specialized application of biofeedback that functions to change brain circuitry by changing the way the brain processes information. In essence, it utilizes the brain’s natural capacity to change, leading to enhanced self-regulation. This form of treatment provides individuals of all ages a sense of agency to regulate their own nervous system, leading to better adaptation skills. During the training process, the client’s brain is observed in action from moment to moment. The desired outcome of neurofeedback training is changes in brainwave patterns. The desired change in brainwave activity is specific to the individual and to the condition being treated or the skill enhancement of focus. The process begins with a comprehensive mapping of the brain, referred to as quantitative electroencephalography (qEEG). The data from the qEEG is used to inform treatment protocol. In the treatment protocol clients monitor and analyze brain signals that are picked up by surface electrodes placed on the scalp. Then the signal from the electrodes is processed by a computer and the client receives feedback about key brainwave frequencies. The information about the brainwave activity is shown to the client (via a video game) who then tries to change the activity level. The client receives auditory and visual feedback about those attempts. When the client is successful in making brainwave activity changes to more desirable patterns, they receive a reward (the audio or visual feedback). When these small changes are repeatedly reinforced (an operant conditioning process), it leads to brain changes. The brain is being “shaped” by this active process. Repeated experience results in increased connections among neurons and in greater strength in the existing connections (this is natural brain training in action). The learning that happens through neurofeedback training is permanent.

Primary research findings on neurofeedback support its effectiveness with a variety of applications in the categories of cognitive skill enhancement, peak performance enhancement and symptom reduction. One main area of supported application is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD results from experiencing trauma. Trauma is defined as damage to the mind, body and spirit that occurs as the result of either a severely distressing event (big T trauma) such as rape, sexual abuse, assault, war, accident, terrorism, etc., or a series of intensely stressful experiences (little t trauma) such as emotional neglect and/ or abandonment, bullying, living in significant chaos, family violence, neighborhood violence, social exclusion, etc. Trauma disrupts neurocognitive development often leading to socio, emotional and cognitive impairments which leave individuals more prone to adopting health-risk behaviors leading to negative health/well-being outcomes (heart disease, obesity, liver disease, cancer, chronic lung disease, anxiety, depression, chemical abuse, suicide, absenteeism, impaired work productivity, financial problems). Neurofeedback helps individuals to retrain the parts of their brain that may have been impacted by trauma. In addition to treating trauma-related responses, neurofeedback has been found to be effective in the following:

Cognitive Skill and Peak Performance Enhancement

• improving working memory performance • increasing motivation and cognitive performance enhancement • improving cognitive processing speed and executive function • increasing focus and improving grades • athletic performance enhancement • music performance enhancement

Resolution of Condition Symptoms

• reducing hyperactivity and impulsivity, improving attention and reducing emotional and behavior disturbances in children with ADHD • significantly improving executive functioning: inhibiting impulses, enhancing focus and ability to attend to information • reducing affect dysregulation

• producing significant improvements in depression • improving effects of ADHD: attention, hyperactivity, distraction • facilitating pain management: directly affecting the processing of pain perception • improving the level of daily functioning in children with autism spectrum disorder (less aggressive; more cooperation; better communication, attention span and sensory motor skills) • significantly reducing headache frequency in patients with recurrent migraines • reducing of symptoms related to attention and mood in individuals with traumatic brain injury Considering the potential for enhanced brain functioning that the research is suggesting, the potential long-term impact of neurofeedback is a sense of empowerment and well-being for the individual. Fran Bieganek is a licensed psychologist practicing holistic psychotherapy at Bhakti Wellness Center, in Edina. She has been practicing for over 20 years and currently specializes in the areas of trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, stress management, developmental transitions and well-being, working with individuals and couples. In addition to her therapy practice, she has taught psychology courses at several colleges in Minnesota. To contact her, email FranBieganekmslp@ See ad page 9.

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Sharon Bruckman—a he year was 1994. The real “natural America Online awakening” is about dreamer and entrepreneur in her own right— opened the first each of us waking up was quietly laying the gateway to the World to who we truly are and foundation for what Wide Web; Jeff Bezos founded the fledgling the kind of world we would become the largbehemoth Amazon; and can create together. est franchise publishing network in the natural Deepak Chopra installed ~Sharon Bruckman health industry: Natural the first bricks on his Awakenings magazine. path to enlightenment “America’s natural wellness and sustainwith the publication of his book The Seven ability movements were in their infancy Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide when we started,” says Bruckman. “Now to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams. Perhaps not coincidentally, genetically the seeds that were planted in fertile soil are benefiting people nationwide, as well as engineered tomatoes entered the U.S. food throughout our precious planet.” supply that year, spawning a GMO food Woven from the threads of grit, revolution that transcended the age-old inspiration and perhaps serendipity, debate between pesticides and organics. the magazine was a tapestry of health, Frankenfoods, as they are called, were the healing and mindfulness. Its successful leading edge of a cultural awakening. Naples debut was quickly followed by a Meanwhile, in the sleepy, sunsecond edition in Sarasota. drenched beach town of Naples, Florida, 22

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By 1999, it was clear that Americans had a voracious appetite for well-researched, practical information about the latest natural approaches to nutrition, fitness, personal growth and sustainable living. The Natural Awakenings franchise was born that year, conceived as a local magazine in many different communities—now 74 markets in the U.S.—anchored by a national editorial team that explores and anticipates the latest trends in mind, body and spirit. Readership of the print magazines is 2.8-million strong, plus a broad online and digital reach. Bruckman’s holistic-minded passion for health, wellness and integrative therapies has awakened in like-minded entrepreneurs a desire to embrace her mission. As Paul Chen, publisher of the Atlanta franchise puts it: “Awakenings of the heart speak to our desire for deeper and stronger personal relationships. Awakenings of the mind speak to our desire to learn more, faster, and optimize our mental capacities. Awakenings of the soul speak to our desire to develop greater love and compassion for all living beings equally and an increasing understanding of and connection with whatever it is we believe lies beyond our small, individual human selves.” The magazine, in turn, has awakened its readers to new ways of connecting both with their communities and each other. Natural Awakenings has become a go-to guide for local community events, products and practitioners in all of its markets. “We love to spread light,” says Bruckman. “Natural Awakenings has played a significant role in fueling the wellness revolution I saw emerging all those years ago, propelled by the kindred spirits who read, advertise and contribute

Natural Awakenings Mission Statement To empower individuals to live a healthier lifestyle on a healthier planet. To educate communities on the latest in natural health and sustainability. To connect readers with local wellness resources and events, inspiring them to lead more balanced lives. to our magazines. Our publishers are torchbearers aligned with the vision of a healthier world and the mission to facilitate that transformation.” During a lifetime of holistic-minded entrepreneurship, Bruckman, a constant gardener, continues to personally tend each new crop of ideas that germinate on the pages of her magazines which bear the imprint, “Healthy Living, Healthy Planet.” By identifying and responding to a simple need in one community, she has tapped into a universal spirit that exceeded her wildest expectations. “If you have the heart, vision and enthusiasm to help make the world a better place, a greater force just might step in to enable success beyond anything you imagined. The real ‘natural awakening’ is about each of us waking up to who we truly are and the kind of world we can create together.” We can’t always be shaded by the trees that we grow, yet after 25 years, the seeds Bruckman planted have branched across a nation and borne fruit that will make a difference in countless lives for many years to come. It is my honor to join her on this journey as Natural Awakenings celebrates its silver anniversary. Jan Hollingsworth is the national editor of Natural Awakenings magazine.




hinese medicine recognizes 12 major meridians that run through the human body. Seasonally, you have different meridians that are affected by the weather. In the winter months, the bladder and kidney meridians need extra support as these are adversely affected by dryness. It’s important to drink a lot of water and use humidifiers to avoid dehydration and undue stress on these meridians. If you use salt in your diet, then it’s important to use healthy types like Himalayan, Celtic, unprocessed sea salt or naturally occurring vegetable salts from sea vegetables or celery. Winter is also a good time for inner reflection and working through fears and anxieties as these weaken the kidney meridian. This meridian governs the brain, hair, ears and bones as well as willpower. If you’re experiencing symptoms of poor memory and concentration or hair loss, tinnitus or weak bones and teeth, then the kidney meridian is most likely out of balance. In his book, Love Your Organs, Love Yourself, Warren King states, “In Chinese medicine kidneys are viewed as the center of the vital force or chi so it’s important to keep them strong.” One method that can help determine what’s going on with the body is health kinesiology (HK). This is a holistic method that uses kinesiology (muscle testing) to identify specific stressors affecting the body’s meridians, e.g. negative thoughts, environment, food allergens, sensory stimulation, etc. HK uses sustained touch on acupuncture and other points to bring the flow of energy in the body’s meridians (energy channels) into balance. If the kidney or bladder meridians are adversely affected, then having them checked by an HK practitioner could help determine the underlying cause of the symptoms. There are types of food that can support healthy bladder and kidneys, including broccoli, celery, cranberries, cucumbers, leafy greens, dandelion, seaweed vegetables, burdock root and horsetail tea. Both the kidney and bladder meridians are used in acupuncture to treat lower back pain as well as menstrual complaints, fatigue and other conditions. Using a ginger compress over the kidneys is one way to help strengthen them. This also helps with muscle tension, kidney stones, kidney inflammation, prostate infection or bladder inflammation. Discontinue the compress if the pain worsens during this treatment.

How to Make a Ginger Compress

• Four to five ounces of grated ginger • One gallon of boiling water Put grated ginger in a cheesecloth bag and place in simmering water. Simmer for five minutes. (Be careful not to continue boiling the water as that destroys the benefits of the ginger.) Soak a cotton towel in the ginger water and apply to lower back while lying on your stomach. The compress should be as hot as tolerable. To help keep the heat in the soaked cloth, cover it with another towel or two. Apply new compresses as needed to keep the heat in, allowing them to remain on for 20 to 30 minutes. Do not use the ginger compress on a baby, the very elderly or anyone experiencing a high fever. For ongoing lower back pain, seek chiropractic care or consult your healthcare provider. There may be a pinched nerve affecting the muscles or organs or other more serious condition requiring further investigation by a trained healthcare practitioner. Dr. Una Forde serves clients at the Golden Sun Chiropractic Wellness Center, 220 W. 98th St., Ste. 7, Bloomington. For more information, call 952-922-1478, email or visit See listing, page 33. January 2019


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Cannabis as a Healing Therapy by Amber Lanier Nagle


ustin Sulak, D.O., opened a private osteopathic manipulation, hypnotherapy and integrative medicine practice in Hallowell, Maine, in 2009, the same year the state’s voters expanded its medical cannabis law. At that time, he was one of the few physicians in Maine willing to certify patients to use cannabis legally. As of this writing, 33 states now allow medical marijuana, and 10 of them allow its recreational use. Cannabis initiatives continue to find their way onto state ballots with each election cycle.

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Today, Sulak’s practice serves thousands of patients that use cannabis for authorized medical purposes. He educates medical professionals and patients on its safe, clinical use, while continuing to explore its therapeutic potential. Visit to learn more.

What led you to become a national advocate for the therapeutic potential of medicinal cannabis?

After trying cannabis in my teens, I realized what I had been told about the herb was not true, and I began thinking more critically about mainstream and natural approaches to health. Cannabis helped me make deeper connections with people, nature, music and spirituality. In college, I worked with social and political activists to learn and spread the truth about cannabis— that it’s a plant that has been used by humankind for thousands of years; that it has the potential to address many of our healthcare and environmental problems; that it’s been a victim of propaganda; and that it’s safe for most people. Then, as a first-year medical student, I attended a conference lecture on the endocannabinoid system, a powerful physiological system our bodies use to stay healthy and respond to illness and injuries, and I saw the incredible therapeutic potential of cannabis in a new light.

It’s a plant that has been used by humankind for thousands of years. Today, there’s enormous evidence, including a 2017 report from the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, concluding that cannabis can be a safe and effective medicine for treating many conditions.

Which conditions are your patients using medical cannabis for?

My two offices in Maine currently follow approximately 8,000 patients who use medical cannabis, and of those, about 70 percent suffer from chronic pain, many of whom are able to eliminate or decrease their dependence on opioids. Post-traumatic stress disorder is the next most common diagnosis we treat with cannabis, with excellent results where other medications fail. Medical cannabis is like a magnet for conditions that fail to respond to conventional medical approaches, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, dementia, Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, epilepsy, movement disorders, tick-borne disease, brain and spinal cord injuries and more.

How do you address concerns that cannabis is a gateway drug and can become addictive?

Research proves that medical cannabis actually serves as an exit drug, not a gateway drug. One study of 350 medical cannabis users in California found 40 percent of the subjects used cannabis as a substitute for alcohol, 26 percent as a substitute for illicit drugs, and 66 percent as a substitute for prescription drugs. Any time a person can replace a harmful substance with a safer substance like cannabis, it’s a step in the right direction. Cannabis dependence does exist, but is uncommon. One study published in the journal Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology found that only 9 percent of those who try cannabis illicitly develop dependence, compared to 24 percent of those who try heroin. Cannabis withdrawal is mild and

similar in intensity to caffeine withdrawal, and most people don’t have any trouble stopping using cannabis, when and if they need to.

Are there any side effects?

The common adverse effects of cannabis are mild, especially when compared to other drugs. A 2008 review found that in 23 randomized controlled trials, there was no higher incidence of serious adverse events following medical cannabis use compared with control. Dizziness was the most common non-serious adverse effect. Other common adverse effects include euphoria, altered consciousness, acute panic or paranoid reaction; altered motivation; impaired attention, memory and psychomotor performance; tachycardia; orthostatic hypotension; dry mouth; and increased appetite.

If someone lives in a state that has legalized medicinal cannabis and thinks it may help a disease or condition, what should be their first step?

The ideal first step is to find a medical provider with experience in the medical cannabis field. The Society of Cannabis Clinicians ( is a good resource. Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer based in Northwest Georgia. Connect at

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by Emily Courtney

The Gut-Autism Connection

A Promising Approach to Healing


ith the diagnosis Kids with ASD all,” says Kenneth A. Bock, M.D., of Bock Integrative of autism specmay have Medicine, in Red Hook, New trum disorder inflammation in York, author of Healing the (ASD) on the rise—now the brain, and New Childhood Epidemics: affecting one in every 59 Autism, ADHD, Asthma, school-age children, accordwe’ve learned ing to estimates from the U.S. that it can be very and Allergies. The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Centers for Disease Control much related to Disorders. and Prevention (CDC) — inflammation ASD encompasses a identifying effective, interange of disorders characgrative remedies is more of the gut. terized by repetitive behavimportant than ever. ~Kenneth A. Bock, iors and impaired social “You may have five M.D. skills and communication. kids with ASD that are very Although it includes four different in how they present distinct conditions, one of its hallmarks is and what contributes to the disorder, so how much it varies from person to person one size and one treatment does not fit

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Children with ASD frequently experience gut issues such as constipation or diarrhea; a review from the International Society for Autism Research indicated that nearly 47 percent of autistic children exhibited at least one gastrointestinal (GI) symptom. And, the more severe a child’s GI symptoms, the more severe the autism, according to a study in BMC Gastroenterology. Not coincidentally, research is finding that these digestive conditions and the accompanying ASD may be connected to the gut microbiome, an ecosystem of trillions of microbes living in the digestive tract. “Kids with ASD may have inflammation in the brain, and we’ve learned that it can be very much related to inflammation of the gut,” explains Bock. “The gut and immune system—which are intimately connected because the majority of our immune system is in the gut—are two of the most crucial systems involved in autism spectrum disorders.” It turns out that kids with ASD have less bacterial diversity in their guts than non-autistic kids, along with an imbalance between good and bad bacteria. This dysbiosis of the gut flora leads to problems with improper immune function, inflammation and a leaky gut barrier. It all comes down to the gut-brain axis, by which the gut and brain communicate with each other. When the microbiome isn’t balanced, not only is this vital communication system broken, but toxins and pro-inflammatory molecules that trigger ASD-like behaviors can cross the blood-brain barrier.



and how different the restrictions can be for each child. The very nature of the condition lends itself to integrative approaches that can be significantly effective, says Bock. “ASD is really a whole-body disorder that affects the brain, so a whole-body approach makes so much more sense.” From specialized diet and supplement regimens to a variety of alternative therapies, parents have a wealth of complementary options from which to choose. One integrative approach, however, is showing exceptional, research-backed promise: healing the gut.

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Experts say prioritizing gut health can relieve both GI issues and ASD symptoms.

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For children with ASD, reinforcing the intestinal barrier and restoring balance to the microbiome can have profound health effects. “With dysbiosis and an overly permeable gut, inflammatory molecules can leak into the circulatory system, travel up to the brain and cross the blood-brain barrier, causing inflammation. A lot of it originates in the gut, so when we treat the gut, we can restore microbial balance, diversity and resilience to the ecosystem—and in doing so, decrease inflammation, help restore the appropriate blood-brain barrier and bring the brain back into more of a balance,” advises Bock. Before embarking on a treatment plan, Bock emphasizes the importance of working with a qualified healthcare practitioner to determine where a child fits in terms of subtypes of ASD, along with any other individual contributing factors. Although autism spectrum disorder is complex, using holistic strategies that address the whole body can make all the difference. “I see thousands of kids on the spectrum, and the

vast majority of them improve with an integrative approach to treatment, and more and more kids are actually recovering,” notes Bock. Emily Courtney is a freelance health and wellness writer and editor living in northern Colorado. Connect at EmilyCourtneyWrites@

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ith plenty of snow yet ahead in 2019, Minnesotans must balance the beautiful seasonal landscape with the inevitable shoveling of snow. Clearing sidewalks and driveways of snow can often require a lot of time and effort. While shoveling can be a great workout, heading out to clear snow without proper preparation, equipment or biomechanics can lead to injury. According to a 2007 study in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine that evaluated shovel-related injuries and emergencies in the U.S., the most common mechanism of injury (53.9 percent) was due to acute musculoskeletal exertion (a.k.a. exercise injury) and the second most common mechanism of injury (20 percent) was due to slips and falls. Here are some tips to help stay safe while shoveling this winter. Preparation. One of the best ways to prevent a shoveling incident is to start with the proper equipment: • Shovel – The ideal shovel should stand about chest high. This will allow for a straight back while shoveling and prevent excess stress and strain on the lower back. Wider shovels are best used for pushing snow while narrow shovels will keep loads more manageable when carrying snow. • Salt – When there is a winter storm on the way, lay plenty of salt along walkways to prevent icy patches that could cause trouble while shoveling. Slick spots increase the chance of a slip and fall that may lead to more serious injuries. • Warm up – Prepare to take on the snow by stretching, going for a short walk or marching in place to warm up. This is particularly important when shoveling first thing in the morning when joints tend to be stiffer and temperatures cooler. • Bundle up – Wear plenty of layers when heading outside to protect from frostbite and keep muscles warm and flexible. Execution. Utilizing proper biomechanics will allow for both efficient and safe shoveling this winter: • Start early – The best time to begin shoveling is before snow has had a chance to pile up. Shoveling a few inches of snow at a time will prevent heavy loads by avoiding dense, compacted snow. If multiple inches have piled up, try skimming the top few inches off first then working down through the snow in layers.


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• Push – Push snow as far as possible before scooping. This will not only decrease stress and strain on the spine, it will also reduce occurrence of throwing heavy scoops of snow that could lead to injury. • Lifting – The best form for lifting snow involves maintaining a straight back and bending with the knees. While scooping snow, have one hand on the handle and the other near the scoop; start with one leg in front of the other, bend at the knees, scoop, and then stand. Avoid any twist of the torso by walking snow to pile it up rather than throwing it. Alternating which foot is forward for lifting snow will help maintain a more balanced workout. • Breathe – Improper breathing while shoveling can create excess tension throughout the body. To maintain adequate amounts of oxygen and blood flowing, go slow and take breaks when needed. Secret Weapon. Regular chiropractic care helps to maintain proper motion throughout the spine. Ensuring adequate motion of each of the spinal bones will avoid excess stress and strain that could lead to future injuries. If a shoveling injury does occur, be sure to stop in to see a chiropractor sooner rather than later to ensure proper correction. Remember, not everyone is physically fit enough for shoveling. Individuals should consult their primary care physician prior to shoveling snow. Stop shoveling if you experience symptoms such as lightheadedness, dizziness, shortness of breath or tightness in chest, neck, arms or back, and call 911. Dr. Amanda Haeg, a Minnesota native, grew up active in multiple sports. After a sports injury left her barely able to walk and chiropractic care allowed her body to heal, she realized chiropractic was how she was meant to serve others. She is now the owner of Cadence Chiropractic, in Eden Prairie, where she utilizes objective technology specialized in the movement of the spine. She strives to correct the structure and function of the spine to help children and families get well and stay well. For more information, visit

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TECHNOLOGY MEETS A BIG OBSTACLE Health Impacts by Patti and Doug Wood


n neighborhoods across the country, telecom crews are busy installing new wireless antennas on telephone poles and lamp posts in anticipation of the next generation of communication technology, known as 5G. There’s a lot of hype about how this new technology will change our lives, and it certainly may, but not necessarily in the way we want or expect. First some background: 5G uses the existing 3G and 4G networks and adds a new layer of radiofrequency (RF) microwave radiation to transmit large amounts of data. It’s much faster and more powerful than the existing networks, but it only works over short distances. As a result, the rollout of 5G will require a vast network of millions of new antennas installed in close proximity to homes and apartments. But is constant exposure to RF microwave radiation from wireless antennas safe?

Research Proves Danger

Researchers and cell phone companies have known for years that RF microwave radiation can cause serious health problems, and a recent study by the National Toxicology Program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) confirmed that prolonged exposure to microwave radiation can cause oxidative stress that can lead to cancer. A 2018 study of exposure to radiation from cell towers, conducted by the renowned Ramazzini Institute, in Italy, showed similar biological effects. This and the NIH study build on a large and growing body of published, peer-reviewed, independent (non industry-funded) studies showing biological harm from RF microwave radiation. For years, the wireless industry has downplayed the potential health effects of exposure to this type of radiation, casting doubt on the research (and researchers) and promoting the false narrative that there is no credible science linking exposure with health effects. While science is slow, and it is very difficult to draw a straight line between a particular exposure and a disease, we have sufficient evidence to be extremely careful around RF microwave radiation. That’s why many people are raising questions about the wisdom of installing these powerful 5G antennas so close to our homes.

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No Way to Escape

While cell phone users have the option to use a headset, a speakerphone or a car phone, or not to use a cell phone at all if they choose, no such option exists for people who live in close proximity to a 5G wireless antenna. It will be emitting powerful microwave radiation 24/7, every day, week after week, year after year, whether the nearby residents use the service or not. There is no way to escape. So do the benefits of 5G outweigh these risks? According to the wireless industry, 5G will facilitate the Internet of Things (IoT), improve the accuracy of driverless cars and help with national security in some unspecified way. While some people may feel that it’s critical to have their toaster talk to their refrigerator, or to have a driverless car navigate its way to their home, it’s hard to argue that these things constitute a necessary public service. The fact is, 5G is not required in residential areas for national security or public safety. It is not needed to improve cell phone service and will not close the digital or the rural divide. However, it will put certain populations at higher risk for health problems, including unborn children and young children, those with implanted medical devices, the elderly, people with hypersensitivity to RF microwave radiation and anyone with a compromised immune system. In other words, a lot of people.

A Federal Issue

Unfortunately, there is little your local government can do to stop the rollout of 5G. This is a federal issue, and while local governments have limited flexibility on the placement of antennas, only the federal government can stop the industry-funded race to roll out 5G. Citizen groups opposing the wireless build-out are sprouting up wherever 5G antennas are being installed, and many of them have joined together as Americans for Responsible Technology. The organization has also established a website for political action, Most Americans recognize freedom of choice as a fundamental value in our society. No one has the right to force American citizens to endure involuntary exposure to harmful radiation in their own homes. How this issue will be resolved over the next few years remains to be seen. Patti and Doug Wood are the founders and directors of Grassroots Environmental Education, a nonprofit environmental health organization based in Port Washington, NY.

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Michelle Kitsmiller 3601 Minnesota Dr. Suite 825, Bloomington 952-452-8583 • Michelle assists you in healing on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level via acupuncture and herbal medicine in conjunction with other therapies at Awakened Living. The clinic offers over 36 therapies and services to give clients the most beneficial healing protocol possible. See ad, page 4.


Barb Ryan, LMT • 612-922-2389 Bhakti Wellness Center 7550 France Avenue S, #220, Edina Specializing in persistent, chronic pain relief and mysteries of the body. Serving clients covered by auto insurance and worker’s compensation with a doctor’s referral. Also serving clients seeking the experience of deep relaxation and more selfconnection. Skilled and compassionate care. See ad, page 9.

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

Healthy Girls’ Breast Oil when applied with a self-breast massage helps to balance, detoxify, soften breast tissue, improve lymphatic circulation and stimulate the immune system. Improved circulation helps your entire body! See ad, page 20.


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 26.


Una Forde, DC International Village Arcade Building 220 West 98th St, Suite 7, Bloomington 952-922-1478 Quality chiropractic care. Experience holistic healing and gentle chiropractic adjustments that allow the nervous system to relieve such symptoms as headache, back, neck pain and numbness which allow your body to return to a state of balance and well-being. 25 years’ experience.


Patty Kelley • 651-492-1752 Together we’ll create a plan to reach your nutritional goals, whether they are identifying food sensitivities, tackling weight control, or feeding a finicky family. I have been there. I provide personal coaching sessions, recipes & meal plans. First session free.


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 ad, page 15.


Dori Tossen 763-639-9133 • As Health Coach and holistic practitioner, Dori works with clients to reach their health goals. With the use of bioresonance and other complimentary therapies, she guides clients in supporting their bodies through individualized plans that help on their healing journey. See ad, page 21.

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AM950: The Progressive Voice of Minnesota


M950 is the only Progressive Talk Radio station in Minnesota. We strive to provide the best progressive programming available and feature national talkers Bill Press, Thom Hartmann, Stephanie Miller, Norman Goldman, Amy Goodman, and Brad Friedman. We are also dedicated to local programming that creates a community forum for important Minnesota Progressive issues. Weekend programs highlight local lifestyle shows including: Connections Radio with engaging conversations that explore both the celebrations and challenges of living; Awakened Living Infusion Radio Show which focuses on topics concerning health, wellness, spirituality, emotions, and life issues from new perspectives; Food Freedom Radio where we envision a food system respectful of the water, soil, planet and people; and Native Roots Radio for discussions on national and local Native American news and events. You will also enjoy Pet Connections to discuss the joys of being a pet owner; Philosophy Talk for intelligent and insightful conversations; and Laughing Matters where we invite the funniest comedians in town to unleash their wit as they discuss the breaking news stories of the week. Be sure to subscribe to our free AM950 newsletter to learn about upcoming events and news happening at AM950. The newsletter is the first place you will hear about special events with our hosts. For more information, including the full lineup of shows and to listen live or on-demand, visit See ads, pages 29 & 31.


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 24.


André Thomas - A+ Certified 80 County Rd. C West - Ste. 802 Little Canada/Roseville 612-234-7237 • “Do you have a sick Computer?” We Keep Computer Repair Simple. Onsite/In-Home or Office, Bring-to-Us Computer Repair Services. 2011-17 Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner. Local • Greener • Highly Rated.


Annette Rugolo


et 2019 be the year you SHINE! Each of us has an inner light and spiritual gifts to offer, but often we have developed habits and patterns that can keeps our light dimly lit and prevents us from stepping into what our soul has come here to do. I offer tools and resources to help you connect with your brilliance and align you with your soul purpose. I experienced this myself over 20 years ago and the tools and techniques I learned changed my life. No matter where you are on your journey, my goal is to provide you with tools that will help you clear away the blocks so you can move forward with greater ease into what you came here to do. Visit my website for more information about the personal transformation tools I use. I also invite you to read about the many ways I’ve helped others in my 2018 book, Soul Whisperer: Releasing Lost Souls. There are two free chapters that you can read on the book’s website and this will give you an excellent idea of the work that I do and how I may be able to help you. Annette Rugolo is a speaker, author, global teacher and transformational mentor. She teaches classes and leads workshops as well as helping individuals including children. For more information, call 612-394-3736 or visit For book information, visit See ad, page 18.


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

Whole Person Dentistry observes and deals with the mind, body and spirit, not just your teeth. This approach to dentistry encompasses both modern science and knowledge drawn from the world’s great traditions in natural healing. See ad, page 27.

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

We ’ r e a n i n t e g r a t i v e 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 8.

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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 46.

SEDATION AND IMPLANT DENTISTRY 1815 Suburban Ave, St. Paul 651-735-4661

We are a holistic dental practice devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art dental procedures that result in beautiful, long lasting smiles! We specialize in safe removal of infected teeth as well as placing ceramic implants and restorations. See ad, page 21.


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 12.


Specializing in creating homes that support the next step in optimal health. Carrigan Curtis Design Build, LLC uses a combination of Building Biology principles, green building techniques and BioGeometry design concepts to design, remodel & build new homes that support the health and well-being of the home’s occupants, the Earth and each part of the team that works on your home. See ad, page 30.

Awakened Living


wakened Living is an integrative clinic that immerses you in your healing potential and personal growth through a network of natural therapies designed specifically for you. With over 30 services including acupuncture, Intra-Personal Guided Imagery Therapy, life and spiritual coaching, cupping, face reading, Biomat and a far-infrared sauna, we provide a host of opportunities to create a healing and wellness plan that fits your needs, goals, desires and time. We also offer quality products that can help facilitate physical, mental and emotional change. From Apex Energetics with its top of the line bioavailable supplementation which can help shift into or create an optimal physical environment for healing, to Floracopeia Essential Oils and Flower Essences which can elevate and move emotions and mental states for your highest good, and more. It is our personal mission to help you attain a state of being for yourself you have not yet imagined, in all areas of your life. Beyond our services and products, we also provide many opportunities through programs and classes that will engage you in personal growth via physical, mental, emotional and spiritual means. We are here to meet you where you are and assist you in creating a joyful experience of growth and healing. Connie Bjerk and Michelle Kitsmiller are also cohosts of the Awakened Living Infusion Radio Show which airs Saturdays at 10:00a.m. on AM950 Radio. The shows are podcasted and can be listened to on their website,, AM950’s website, iTunes, and wherever you get your podcasts. Location: 3601 Minnesota Dr., #825, Bloomington. For more information, call 952452-8583 or visit See ad, page 4.

Bhakti Wellness Center


t Bhakti Wellness Center, you will find highly experienced professionals who spend the time with each client to provide quality treatment. While relief from injury, chronic pain, stress or other symptoms may bring you to our center, our emphasis on cultivating health will keep you coming back. Through holistic healing therapies, we help remove the burdens and barriers that block or interfere with the body’s natural healing processes. Here, our experienced health care providers take a whole person approach to each client through alternative medicine and natural healing, delivered in a warm, caring and supportive manner. We conveniently offer a variety of massage, natural medicine and energy medicine services in one location. We help people reduce symptoms, improve conditions, but most of all restore health. Our focus is on long-term health, vitality and well-being. Our goal is to facilitate healing and help you attain wellness. Services include: QEEG Neurofeedback, Neurotherapy, Chinese Medicine, Massage, Holistic Mental Health, Facials, Chiropractic, Community Acupuncture, Community Microcurrent, Hypnotherapy, Direct Primary Care, and so much more. Location: 7550 France Ave S., Ste. 220, Edina. For more information, call 612-8597709 or visit See ad, page 9. January 2019


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Buzz Frenzy


uzz Frenzy loves small businesses. Our entire team shares the entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic that goes into building a successful business, particularly one that impacts people right where they live, work or play. Dan Stocke and his Buzz Frenzy team members have founded and operated multiple successful small businesses. We understand the challenges of working for yourself all too well. “Small business operators run sales, HR, IT, marketing, maintenance and much more—sometimes all of that before noon,” Stocke will tell you. “Time is scarce for small businesses, so we are committed to helping small businesses simplify marketing, which is a time-sapping, make-or-break task.” Marketing can seem complicated, confusing and too expensive. Buzz Frenzy, however, allows a business owner to easily and economically tap into world-class, high-octane digital marketing. We help the business reach customers right where they are, tapping the effectiveness and deep connections possible via social media. Buzz Frenzy has added power to the hashtag (yes the #). For a set monthly budget (as little as $50 a month) a business posts to Facebook like normal and adds their chosen hashtag, aka #Buzztag. Buzz Frenzy then continually scans Facebook, finds their #Buzztag, and boosts their post through powerful audience targeting. It’s so simple and powerful, you’ll think it’s almost magic. We look forward to creating a buzz for your business. For more information visit, See ad, page 2.

Carrigan Curtis Design Build, LLC


emodeling and construction specializing in creating homes that support the next step in optimal health. Carrigan Curtis Design Build, LLC uses a combination of building biology principles, green building techniques and biogeometry design concepts to design, remodel and build new homes that support the health and well-being of the home’s occupants, the earth and each part of the team that works on the home. We offer holistic building and design solutions for healthy and harmonious homes. Treat yourself to the best home services available and set up a consultation with Carrigan Curtis. Begin your journey towards unparalleled service and design. Visit the Healthy Home section of our website to learn more about the many benefits of creating and living in a healthy green home. For more information call 612-282-3470 or visit, See ad, page 30.

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Office of Admissions 2501 W. 84th St., Bloomington, MN 55431 • 952-885-5409 Discover a challenging curriculum that blends evidenceinformed study with a foundation in philosophy. Study chiropractic, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, massage therapy, nutrition, post-bac pre-health/ pre-med or complete your B.S. in human biology. See ad, page 27.


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.


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’s energy to promote optimal wellness. It can reduce pain, stress, inflammation and so much more. New client special $45. See ad, page 20.


Darcy Diann, Certified Massage Therapist ~ Energy Practitioner 612-986-0131 • Therapeutic Massage combined with Energetic Facilitation promotes a healthy balanced being and encourages personal transformation. Physical ailments are addressed as well as restoration and tuning of the energetic body fields and chakras. Levels of healing are experienced physically, internally and vibrationally. Sessions by appointments only.

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Christina Gregory, Master Reiki Practitioner Bhakti Wellness Center, 7550 France Ave S., #220, Edina • 612-839-5255 When the body or emotions are out of balance and pain is ever present, manifested as physical or mental health issues, energy therapy boosts the healing process. Alone or coupled with other therapies it becomes a powerful healing tool. See ad, page 9.


Children and some adults have the ability to see the spirits that are living among us. Others will hear or see unexplained noises or movement. Read the first two chapters in my book for free at I share many experiences that explain what’s happening and what can be done. See ad, page 18.


Composure Coaching Candi Broeffle, MBA, CPC


ollowing a passion and seeking to do good in this world, should be easier. As an entrepreneur, you work 60 hours a week and often miss out on what’s important, time with your family and friends. Worse yet, trying to understand the financial, marketing and human resources side of your business is confusing and leaves you feeling insecure. As an entrepreneur herself, Broeffle understands how overwhelming running a business can be. For the past three decades she has purposefully sought out the knowledge and skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur. Now she’s taken the best of what she’s learned and developed specialized coaching programs that will help entrepreneurs like yourself breakthrough to a better business. Broeffle provides business and marketing coaching for purpose driven entrepreneurs. As a certified professional coach in Core Energy Coaching, Broeffle provides individual and group coaching programs and Mastermind Groups to help you grow your business. Utilizing the principles of attraction marketing, she can help you clarify your marketing message so more of the clients you love to work with are attracted to your business instead of you chasing after them. Philosophy: “Composure is a state of tranquility and serenity, feeling secure and confident in all aspects of your life. If you seek to make a difference, build your community and feel more connected and purposeful, then you’re the entrepreneur I love to work with. Together we will create the plan and build the skills you need to grow your business, so you can lead the life you deserve.” For more information, visit See ad, page 15.

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

100% pure, quality, essential oils, and ultrasonic diffusers available on my website. I offer essential oil classes online and in person. Sign up for an essential oil consultation and let me help you create a blend of essential oils that works synergistically for a wide range of health concerns. See ad, page 20.


Jessie Odishaw, Microcurrent Esthetics Technician • 612-859-7709 Bhakti Wellness Center, 7550 France Ave S., #220, Edina •

Voted Best Esthetics Clinic in Edina, 2016 & 2017. Look great and feel great with Microcurrent Facial, your skin will feel so soft you won’t believe it’s yours. Often called a “non-surgical facelift” it reduces wrinkles, puffy eyes, lifts, tones, restores your youthful glow. See ad, page 9.

Crystal Rock Healing


rystal Rock is a full-line metaphysical store that manufactures our own products. Our product line includes rocks/crystals, organic essential oil products, natural stone jewelry, sages/incense, chakra items, teas, tapestries and much more. Most days we have on-site readers, healers and classes. We also offer spaces for rent by the hour or day. Come check us out. We offer a monthly subscription Spirit Box which you can purchase individually ($39.99) or monthly ($29.99). Each month we have a different theme such as Chakras, Prosperity, Love, Protection, Seasons or Smudging. We include instructions for using the products as well as How-to Tips. Randomly we may include in some boxes an intuitive reading or other type reading with some of the amazing people that we work with in our three stores. We sell wholesale on all of our products. Visit and click on wholesale to sign up. You must have a tax resale number to do so. Location: 4399 Lake Ave., White Bear Lake. For more information, call 651-426-4128 or visit See ad, page 19.

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Health Centered Dentistry


t Health Centered Dentistry, we practice what we refer to as “Whole Person Dentistry.” An approach to dentistry that promotes health and wellness instead of only treating “dis”ease. Whole Person Dentistry observes and deals with the mind, body and spirit of the patient, not just his or her “Teeth.” This approach to dentistry encompasses both modern science and knowledge drawn from the world’s great traditions in natural healing. We offer the following services: Safe, mercury-filling removal at the request of our patients; Orthopedic orthodontics for children, teens, and adults; we aim to avoid any unnecessary extractions; TMJ therapy; Dental sleep medicine – oral appliance solutions to snoring and sleep apnea; and 3D cone beam X-rays for expert diagnosis. John D. Laughlin III, DDS, past president of the Holistic Dental Association, has been a holistic dentist for nearly 40 years. Location: N7915 902 St., River Falls, WI. For more information call, 715-426-7777 or visit See ad, page 27.


Robin Gast, GROOVE Facilitator 612-276-5625 • GROOVE – a fun group dance experience that changes your body, mind, attitude and mood. Everyone’s welcome on the Dancefloor – all shapes, sizes, ages, and abilities. If you can move, you can GROOVE! No experience required. ALL FITNESS LEVELS WELCOME


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



ur mission is to awaken, elevate and expand the consciousness of humanity by developing leadership within the changemakers, spiritual butterflies and light beings of our planet. Combining physical, psychological, spiritual and financial technologies from across the planet, we assist our clients to remember why they were born and help them develop all of the personal resources they need to achieve a fulfilled life we call “Total Life Mastery”. We offer OnenessNL 101 Weekend Courses, HNLP Practitioner, Hypnotherapy and further advanced trainings in the psychological world as well as 60-minute monthly classes at Sacred Space Meditation + Yoga in NE Mpls. Learn more here: If you’re looking for coaching or hypnotherapy to gain healing, clarity or peak performance in life, we have a team of highly skilled professionals available for you. Our services are heart-centered with real-world practical results. Spiritual World training is by invitation for those who have reached a certain level within the psychological world. However our upcoming Empathology 101 on June 21 to 23, will be open to all. Follow us on Facebook to be the first to know when registration opens. We look forward to helping you shine even brighter together! For more information call, 612-930-2662 or visit or See ad, page 2. 38

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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 5.


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 48.

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Connie Bjerk 3601 Minnesota Dr. Suite 825, Bloomington 952-452-8583 • Connie assists you in healing on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level via Guided Imagery Therapy and spiritual and life coaching in conjunction with other therapies at Awakened Living. The clinic offers over 36 therapies and services to give clients the most beneficial healing protocol possible. See ad, page 4.

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.



t Mazopiya, a natural food market located in the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community near Shakopee and Prior Lake, many healthy, fresh, and organic food and beverage options are available. Mazopiya [ma-zō-pē-yah], which stands for “a store, a place where things are put away and kept” in the Dakota language, focuses on supporting a healthy, sustainable community. Much of the market’s inventory is locally produced, grown and sourced. When you visit Mazopiya, you’re visiting more than just a grocery store. Mazopiya offers something for every type of grocery shopper. The store features a fresh deli with many to-go options; the reFresh Bar, which includes coffee, juice and smoothies that are all 100 percent organic and GMO-free; kombucha on tap; and their most popular item, YUM-me bowls. In addition to the many foods that are free of pesticides, preservatives and artificial ingredients, Mazopiya offers a health and wellness section, as well as a number of free classes throughout the year. Classes cover a wide array of healthy living tips and tricks, so there’s something for everyone. Location: 2571 Credit Union Dr., Prior Lake. For more information, call 952-233-9140 or visit See ad, page 48.

INTEGRATED HEALTH BHAKTI WELLNESS CENTER 7550 France Ave. S., #220, Edina 612-859-7709 •

Bhakti provides a holistic environment where independent practitioners come together to offer an integrative path to wellness; mind, body, and spirit. Our providers offer chiropractic, energy therapy, massage, microcurrent therapy, acupuncture, psychotherapy and much more so that you can feel your best, remain healthy & thrive. See ad, page 9.


Loey Colebeck • 952-201-2966 Loey is a Holistic Mental Health a n d I n t e g r a t i v e We l l n e s s professional who provides multilevel support for everyday wellness and deep transformational processes. Services include Flower Essence Therapy and Training, somatic trauma integration/Constellations/IoPT (Identityoriented Psychotrauma Therapy), and Daoist Jade Egg practices. Skype appointments available.

My Healthy Beginning


ith over 20 years experience serving the community as a Birth/Postpartum Doula, Craniosacral Therapist, Bradley Birth Educator and Lifestyle Educator, our founder, Nichole Hirsch Kuechle, also published the former My Healthy Beginning magazine right here in the Twin Cities. Now a Clinical Master in Advanced Nutrition Response Testing, she has successfully grown our practice to include two associates in Nutrition Response Testing, two childbirth educators and two additional birth/postpartum doulas. We are ready to meet the needs of your growing family. In office success stories include thyroid concerns, infertility, digestive issues, headaches, pain, skin irritations and eczema, anxiety, weight issues, bowel imbalances, and more. We invite you to take advantage of this directory special offer of 75% off an initial visit & report of findings. Call 612-418-3801 and mention this profile to get started for only $37.50. Location: 530 Tamarack Ave., Long Lake. For more information, visit See ad, page 15. January 2019


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Natural Smiles Dental Care


atural Smiles Dental Care is an integrative practice that is committed to promoting dental wellness and overall assistance to the whole person. We desire to participate in the creation of healthier lives, while being sensitive to physical, philosophical, emotional and financial concerns. Our doctors take the time to get to know each patient individually, in order to personalize every wellness treatment plan. At Natural Smiles Dental Care, we have created an atmosphere where we take the time to listen to and understand your oral health needs. We want your visit to be as comfortable and relaxed as possible. We keep current on the latest skills and technology to provide you with quality, professional dental care. Our team will treat you as we would members of our family. We look forward to developing long-term relationships with each individual and family who trusts us with their dental needs. Dr. Madelyn Pearson, owner of Natural Smiles, has been a holistic dentist since becoming a dentist and is a past president of the Holistic Dental Association. Dr. Agnes Schindler joined the practice in 2015, has embraced integrative dentistry and continues to bring new ideas to us all. Location: 4700 Lexington Ave. N., Ste. D, Shoreview. For more information, call 651483-9800 or visit See ad, page 8.

2565 N Hamline Ave., Suite A, Roseville 651-340-1233 • Optimal Wellness Solutions offers a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to wellness designed to relieve stress & pain, transform trauma, detoxify the body & promote life-long health & vitality. Services include Massage & CranioSacral Therapy, Network Spinal Analysis, Ionic Detox Footbaths, Nutritional Therapy, InfraRed Therapies, yoga, and a variety of topical wellness classes. See ad, page 4.


IntraAwareness Energy Healing, Massage & Bodywork Minneapolis, MN • Have your own Mystical Bodywork + Energy Work + Spiritual Coaching experience with Ian while lulling into a peaceful trance where clients have been known to communicate with ancestors, angels & guides, while honoring their body and detoxifying unwanted baggage. See ad, page 2.


Nea Clare Channel of Divine Wisdom, Spiritual Intuitive, and Transformational Life Coach


ea Clare began her journey in 2012, when she became a certified life coach and Reiki Master. It was her work as a Reiki Master that opened her to receiving direction from her Spiritual guides to begin channeling message from the Archangels and Ascended Masters. In saying yes to this work, Nea Clare opened the door to discovering her true purpose— to help others discover their own Divinity. Nea Clare makes your discovery process delightfully fun and forever life-changing. Coaching with Nea Clare can be done one-on-one or as part of one of her coaching groups. She helps her clients to awaken to their own Divine nature by removing emotional, mental, spiritual and karmic blocks. Each person has their own path, and she works with her clients to create a program that aligns their needs. As a spiritual intuitive, Nea Clare works directly with the Archangels and Ascended Masters in sharing messages, developing workshops and providing clarity for her clients. She specializes in teaching workshops on building spiritual connection, manifesting and life mastery practices. For more information, visit To schedule a free 20-minute discovery session, call 612-227-3854 or email See ad, page 26. 40

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The only Progressive Talk Radio station in Minnesota. We strive to provide the best progressive programming available and feature national talkers Bill Press, Thom Hartmann, Stephanie Miller, Norman Goldman, and more. We are also dedicated to local programming that creates a community forum for important Minnesota Progressive issues. See ads, pages 29 & 31.


Experience super-simple automated social media marketing. Buzz Frenzy is the most efficient, automated, Facebook advertising tool for small business. See ad, page 2.

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Theodore Rick Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) International Village Arcade Building 220 West 98th St, Ste. 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.


Learn how you can use ancient Chinese Esoteric (Hanmi) Buddhist practices to create peace, joy, and radiant health in your life and to open up your wisdom. Serving all with an open heart-mind through Hanmi Buddhist spiritual healing services, meditation classes, and dharma rites for you and your loved ones. Realize your PEACE! BE YOUR CHANGE!


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 48.

With the new year comes a refueled motivation to improve on the past one. ~Gretchen Bleiler

Optimal Wellness Solutions


e offer a well-rounded menu of holistic, healing practices designed to support mind, body and spirit. This support is provided through therapeutic services, nutritional consultation and education designed to relieve stress and pain, transform trauma, detoxify the body and promote life-long health and vitality. The center’s multidisciplinary approach includes massage & CranioSacral Therapy, nutritional therapy, Network Spinal Analysis, ionic detoxification footbaths, reiki, reflexology, aromatherapy, health coaching and several additional therapies. Every service, product and class offered at Optimal Wellness is created and offered with a specific philosophy in mind. A deep knowing that the body has an amazing capacity for healing and repair when given the proper tools: a whole food diet, ways to manage stress, adequate sleep and hydration, movement, and a means to detoxify. A warm, welcoming atmosphere, kind, supportive practitioners, and amazing clients creates a community of hope and healing that empowers individuals to lead vibrant, healthy lives. Location: 2565 Hamline Ave. N., Unit A, Roseville. For more information call, 651640-1233 or visit See ad, page 4.

Psinergy Natural Health & Holistic Wellness


ith a background in the fast-paced world of corporate America, small business management and resultsdriven sales, SchaOn is no stranger to stress and burnout. With his diverse training in various branches of natural medicine techniques, SchaOn utilizes this knowledge to help even the busy professional maintain their health holistically without sacrificing who they are or want to be. Services Offered: Esogetic Holistic Medicine (Colorpuncture, Kirlian EEA, Infrared Pain therapies, I-Ching therapies, Joint Symbol therapies, etc); Herbal/basic Ayurvedic Medicine; Complex Homeopathics; Access Consciousness “the Bars”; Classes and Workshops on Natural Medicine. (See website for full list & education) Areas of Specialty: Burnout and stress management for the busy, fast-paced, intense professional who wants to be healthy and vibrant; those looking for natural options for their long-term health and wellness; and trauma recovery. Awards/Recognitions: Best of Minneapolis, Holistic Medicine Practitioner: 2015, 2016; Expert Panelist, Healthy Life Expo, 2011, 2012, 2013; Invited Guest Speaker, Naturopathy 2017 in Melbourne Australia. Philosophy: As a healer, it is not my job to make you perfect. Instead, it is to meet you where you are along your own path and travel with you on your journey however it unfolds and be a guide. Location: 80 County Rd. C West, Little Canada. For more information call, 612-2174325 or visit January 2019


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Psinergy Tech


ith over 29 years of computer repair and service experience, André brings a wealth of knowledge to the local Twin Cities community. Even with his deep love for technology, he focuses on being in harmony with the natural surroundings and finding a more holistic balanced approach between the user and the technology of today. Services Offered: Windows PC Repair and Maintenance, including: Virus/Spyware/Malware Removal and Repair, Computer Optimization & Tune-ups, Hardware and Software Updates, Operating System Corruption Repair, Data Recovery Services, Laptop Repairs including DC Jack Repair, Laptop Screen Replacement, Motherboard Replacements, WiFi/Network setup, Password resets and more. Areas of Specialty: PC/Windows 3.1 to Windows 10, Windows Server, Home Users, SOHO Users, Smaller Businesses Awards/Recognitions: Angie’s List Super Service Award: 2011-2017, ThreeBestRated: Best Business of 2017, MerchantCircle: Top Merchant 2010, 2012 Philosophy: Just like the human being, computers need things like wellness checks (tune-ups), a strong immune system (up-to-date anti-virus software), and de-stressing routines (defragging). When things go awry, you want someone who specializes in bringing it back to optimal health. Location: 80 County Rd. C West, Little Canada. For more information call, 612-234PCDR (7237) or visit

Pure Dental


r. Amy Ha Truong was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, and received her Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2009. She is a compassionate and caring dentist who enjoys treating patients of all ages. Truong is the first accredited member of the International Association of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) in Minnesota, which means she has passed the IAOMT educational program, and is accredited in advanced training of biological dentistry, including certification in the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique. Wellness Services Offered: BPA-free white fillings, mercury-free fillings, all ceramic/porcelain crowns, biocompatibility testing, teeth whitening, veneers, Invisalign. Areas of Specialty: With holistic and integrative dentistry, we treat and educate our patients that our mouth is connected to our body and our body influences our mouth. Philosophy of Healing: At Pure Dental, we combine conventional and holistic health to guide our patients towards dental wellness. We take pride in providing each patient with the individual attention needed by practicing high-quality care dentistry. We do this by using the most up-to-date technology and continually seek educational opportunities to ensure we remain abreast of the latest techniques and treatment options in holistic and family dental care. We are accepting new patients, and we look forward to building a relationship with you. Location: 6230 10th St. N., Ste. 520, Oakdale. For more information call, 651-731-3064 or visit See ad, page 46. 42

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NATUROPATHY PSINERGY NATURAL HEALTH & HOLISTIC WELLNESS SchaOn Blodgett, CCP, BTAT 80 County Rd. C West - Ste. 802 Little Canada/Roseville 612-217-4325 •

Offering empirical & sciencebased natural health therapies including Esogetics/Colorpuncture, basic Ayurvedic Medicine, as well as spiritual/energy-based therapies like Access Consciousness Bars, I-Ching, reiki and more.


Nichole Hirsch Kuechle 520 Tamarack Ave., Long Lake 612-418-3801 • Nutrition Response Testing is a noninvasive protocol of analyzing the body to determine the underlying causes of less than optimal health by looking at how well each organ, gland or set of tissues is functioning. Within two visits, we’ll discover what areas of your body are lacking support and determine what it needs to heal itself at a cellular level. See ad, page 15.


Susan Swanson, D.V.M. 651-429-4153 • 1524 Mahtomedi Ave, Mahtomedi Offering a blend of Western and Eastern medicines including; nutritional counseling, behavior counseling, Chinese herbs, acupuncture, Western herbs, essential oils, homeopathy, flower essences, nutritional supplements, chiropractic, reiki and more. See ad, page 20.

The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents. ~Salvador Dali

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Bhakti Wellness Center 7550 France Ave. S. Suite 220, Edina 612-564-9947 • As a Licensed Psychologist and holistic practitioner Fran works with clients to identify areas of potential growth, obstacles to growth, and processes that facilitate healing and transcendence of those obstacles. She provides traumainformed therapy that supports your goals of resiliency, healing and feeling better. See ad, page 9.

REIKI REIKI ENERGY HEALING, LLC Jaimie Bahl 6775 Cahill Ave., #205B, Inver Grove Heights 612-362-0113 •

Reiki promotes the health/wellness of mind, body and spirit. It assists with many ailments that are physical or emotional, bringing the body into a balance, relaxed and focused state. We hold stress and manifest illnesses by blocking our energy centers, knowns as Chakra’s. Reiki opens the flow and helps our bodies heal naturally.


4399 Lake Ave, White Bear Lake 612-202-7803 • Crystal Rock, LLC is a full-line metaphysical store that manufactures its own products. Product lines include rocks/crystals, organic essential oil products, natural stone jewelry, sages/incense, teas, tapestries, and much more. Featuring readers, healers, and classes as well as spaces for rent by the hour. See ad, page 19.

SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS ECKANKAR TEMPLE OF ECK 7450 Powers Blvd., Chanhassen 952-380-2200 •

Are you looking for the personal experience of God? Eckankar can help you fulfill your dream. We offer ways to explore your own unique and natural relationship with the Divine through personalized study to apply in your everyday life. See ad, page 11.

Sedation and Implant Dentistry Dr. Karl Anderson, DDS, MS, NMD, IBDM, DICOI


t Sedation and Implant Dentistry, our mission is the total health and wellness of our patients. We intend to take the time to learn what your goals are, answer your questions, and discuss the best options for you. Above all else, we want to you feel comfortable and confident while in our care. We want to make getting to know you our top priority because once we understand who you are, we can better serve you. Dr. Karl Anderson holds a Dental and Masters of Science degree from the University of Minnesota Dental school. His specialty degree is in the field of periodontics and he has placed and restored dental implants since 1985 and on the cutting edge of dentistry. Anderson has been involved in the development of several implant products and has extensive experience in placing bioceramic dental implants and restorations along with many years of safely removing root canaled and infected teeth. Anderson is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor and is uniquely educated and versed in abilities to safely remove toxins from the oral environment. He understands the correlation between dental toxins and chronic disease. We utilize ozone, platelet rich fibrin, and homeopathic remedies to facilitate bone healing. Anderson is SMART certified (safe mercury removal) and a longtime accredited member of The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. He has lectured as guest faculty of his alma mater, the American College of Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine. Location: 1815 Suburban Ave., St. Paul. For more information, call 651-735-4661 or visit See ad, page 21.

Tooth by the Lake


ooth by the Lake has been a holistic general dentistry practice since 1982. This philosophy means we offer many choices of dental materials, dental treatment and alternatives to traditional dentistry. We specialize and love doing safe amalgam removal, ozone therapy and sharing our knowledge in alternative health. We are concerned about you and the role your mouth is playing in your overall health. We build a foundation of trust by treating our patients as individuals. Understanding how uneasy some patients may feel about their dental visits, we make a difference by providing a relaxing and positive experience. Dr. Kari Seaverson grew up in central Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2000. Since joining the practice in 2002, she has taken many hours of continuing education in both traditional and holistic dentistry and loves to learn. Dr. John Seaverson grew up in northern Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2000. Dr. Seaverson has been voted a “Top Dentist” in the Mpls/St. Paul Magazine as well as voted a Top Dentist by Minnesota Monthly. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Location: 1401 Main St., Hopkins. For more information, call 952-475-1101 or visit See ad, page 12. January 2019


calendar of events SATURDAY, JANUARY 5 Focused Awareness | Meditation & Oneness Blessings – 11am-noon. Expand your ability to focus your awareness in order to manifest what you want in life. Pre-register $25/Drop-In $30. 1955 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis. FocusedAwareness. Phoenix Rising | Shamanic Journeying Monthly Series – 12:30pm-1:30pm. Align with the energy of the Phoenix so that you may illuminate shadows of the past and rise into 2019. Pre-register $25/ Drop-In $30.1955 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 Crystal Grid Experience™ – 6:30pm-7:30pm. Experience a customized crystal healing with a crystal grid set up in the room, as well as on and around you. Pre-register $25/Drop-In $30. 1955 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis. CrystalGrid111.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 13 Comfort & Nurture One Day Retreat – These retreat days are designed to help you refuel and center yourself as well as take tools away from the event that help keep you centered throughout the month. You may also find you build new connections too. $75. Art Works Eagan, 3795 Pilot Knob Rd., Eagan, 612-791-3001,

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16 RESTART Program – The program focuses on how to use real food to boost energy and cut sugar/carb cravings. Optimal Wellness Solutions, 2565 Hamline Ave N, Roseville. 651-340-1233,

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19 Transcending Trauma: The Complementary Roles of Holistic Psychotherapy and Energy Medicine – Explore how holistic psychotherapy and energy healing can guide you in your continued journey to transcend the impact of trauma. $20. Bhakti Wellness Center, 7550 France Avenue, Edina. 612-255-4491,

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24 Promises to Keep – This monthly class is key for the new direction it can give your life. Based off agreements you make with yourself, we’ll take you on a step by step journey of self-discovery. $50/mo. Awakened Living, 3601 Minnesota Drive, Bloomington. 952-452-8583,

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 FREE Documentary Film : “The Phenomenon Bruno Groening” – 1-7 pm. This film traces the dramatic events of Bruno Groening’s life with original film and sound recordings, more than 50 eyewitness interviews and elaborate film re-enactments. Free, donations appreciated. SpringHouse Ministry Center, 610 W 28th Street, Minneapolis, 952-649-1978.


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looking ahead SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 FREE Documentary Film: “The Phenomenon of Healing” – 1-7pm. Healing on the spiritual path-for many people, this sounds too good to be true, however, this impressive film shows that this is possible. Free, donations appreciated. Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, 218-464-4044. Illuminating Conscious Leadership: Professional Development – Join us for a 3-month training program designed to develop change agents who live from a place of wholeness and personal balance to increase the health and wellbeing of their organizations and communities. $595. The Center Within, 8100 S Penn Ave., Bloomington.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15 SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17 OnenessNLP™ 101 Certificate Course – 9:30am6:30pm Daily. Consciously connect to your Unconscious Mind and Higher Consciousness while learning techniques and tools to communicate more clearly and create the Life You Want. $379 through 1/16/19. Northeast Minneapolis.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Body Mind Spirit’s Psychic & Healing Symposium – 10am-6pm Sat. 10am-5pm Sun. Retail exhibitors offer everything from natural and holistic health products to spiritual books, enlightened art and crystals. Healers provide treatments from massage and yoga techniques to intuitive readings. $12/weekend admission includes all lectures, demos and admission to exhibit hall. See ad this issue for $1/off admission. Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Dr. Brooklyn Center. 541-482-3722,,

FRIDAY, MAY 31 8th Annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference: Honoring Plant Wisdom – Speakers: Venice Williams, Mimi Hernandez, and special guest Susun Weed, along with a wide spectrum of knowledgeable and inspiring instructors. Includes workshops, plant walks and a kids’ camp, as well as teen herbal camps, red tent space, fire circles, singing circles, delicious locally sourced farm-to-table meals and more. Early bird rates available until Jan 14. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI.

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12 Health and Fitness Expo – 9:30am-1:30pm. Massage therapists, healthy foods and supplements, chiropractors and wellness leaders and more will be at this annual expo. Enjoy free access to the fitness center, membership discounts, wellness assessments and more fun freebies. Free. New Brighton Community Center, 400 10 St NW, New Brighton. 651-638-2143.

JANUARY 25-26 Women’s Expo – Sat 1-10pm. Sun 9am-5pm. Visit our marketplace, participate in workshops, take a full fitness class (or two), see demonstrations and see what’s new and exciting in food, wellness, fashion, beauty, home and community. $15-$70. Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Dr, Brooklyn Center.

FEBRUARY 9-10 Healthy Life Expo – 10am-5pm both days. This annual two-day event is the Midwest’s largest health and wellness show. We’ll feature over 200 exhibitors and have demonstrations, giveaways, product sampling, prizes, four stages of speakers and more. $6. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis.

FEBRUARY 9 Ham Lake Snow Bowl – 10am-3pm. This one-day event is packed! Medallion hunt, fat Tire bike race,


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snowmobile races, broomball tournament, ice fishing contest, business expo, snow sculpting, craft fair, food, beverages, contests, sliding hill and other activities. Ham Lake Park, 153 Ave, Ham Lake.

MARCH 22-24 Minneapolis Yoga Conference – This is the largest yoga conference in the nation. Check the website for daily times of this three-day event. 1-day is $195. 2-day is $295 and 3-day is $395. Hyatt Regency, 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.

APRIL 6 Longevity Expo – 10am-5pm. Look your best, feel your best and be your best at any age. There will be over 100 exhibitors, speakers, demonstrations and entertainment all day long. $6 or free with food donation. Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove.

$15; Two-day adult $25; One-day military and seniors $12; Children $5; 5-years-old and under, free. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave S, Minneapolis.

MAY 31-JUNE 2 8th Annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference: Honoring Plant Wisdom – May 31-June 2. Speakers: Venice Williams, Mimi Hernandez, and special guest Susun Weed, along with a wide spectrum of knowledgeable and inspiring instructors. Includes workshops, plant walks and a kids’ camp, as well as teen herbal camps, red tent space, fire circles, singing circles, delicious locally sourced farm-to-table meals and more. Early bird rates available until Jan 14. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info:

NOVEMBER November Green Gifts Fair – 10am-5pm. This annual event promotes shopping local and shopping green. Check the website for this year’s theme, workshops, exhibitors, etc. $1. Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis. Check their website for the 2019 date.


Psychic Expo at Lake Harriet – 10am-6pm. Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, 4401 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis.

Healthy Life Expo – 10am-5pm both days. This annual two-day event is the Midwest’s largest health and wellness show. We’ll feature over 200 exhibitors and have demonstrations, giveaways, product sampling, prizes, four stages of speakers and more. $6. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis.

MAY 18-19


The Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest – 10am-4pm. Join us for a weekend full of food with presenters and live cooking demos. Highlights include food tasting and education from a wide range of exhibitors, many of them local businesses. One-day adult

Your Shining Life Expo – 9am-4:30pm. We feature a variety of health and wellness exhibitors, speakers, workshops and loads of giveaways. Free. Radisson Hotel, 2540 N Cleveland Ave, Roseville.

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