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Nutrition Upgrades Strategies for Better Health

Air Care for Kids Keeping the Home Front Allergy-Free

Natural Remedies for Pet Allergies

Water Rescue

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Contents 16 NUTRITION UPGRADES Five Strategies for Better Health

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19 GETTING TO THE ROOT CAUSE OF ALLERGIES

A Breakthrough Approach

20 SAVING A DROP TO DRINK

Our Role in the Coming Water Crisis

22 AIR CARE FOR KIDS

Keeping the Homefront Allergy-Free

23 A TECHNICAL BREAK-

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DOWN TO ALLERGIES

The Spiritual Side of the Physical Condition

24 HEALING FROM GENETICALLY ALTERED FOODS

Another Reason to Go Organic

26 EXERCISE

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VS. ALLERGIES All the Right Moves

28 DELICIOUS DISCARDS

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Making Meals From Mainly Scraps

30 FIGHT BACK NATURALLY

When Allergies Put the Bite on Pets

32 WHERE DO YOU GO When You’re Not Present?

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his month as I was considering the cover for magazine, I came across the one I ultimately chose for this issue. I chose it because of how much it resembled my grand puppy Jade, whose picture is below. That mischievous look, the happy tail, and those ears! Is it just me, or do you see the resemblance as well? Jade is the pride and joy of her parents, Xander and Emily, my son and daughter-in-law. Along with her adopted dog brother CJ, she brings so much happiness and love into their lives. Pets give us Candi Broeffle a sense of purpose, unconditional love and a reason to get up in the morning—in Jade’s case, very early in the morning. She is a bit skittish and has a bark that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end. She is also highly intelligent as you can tell by the way she looks at you and how quickly she picks up the training her parents provide. She has certainly been a welcome addition in her parents’ lives and the lives of the people who love them. You can even follow her on her Instagram! @ JadeThePupper. This month’s focus is on natural approaches to allergy relief for yourself, your children and your pets. There are several excellent articles, including one especially for pets. Author Sandra Murphy shares the symptoms you can watch for and simple steps you can take to provide relief. Local author Michele Schramm introduces us to “dirty genes” and how they can impact allergies. This information will no doubt provide insight to many who have long suffered with no answers as to the causes of their allergies. The path to better health may just be an article away. Wishing you wellness,

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Business Strategy Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs Begins in April

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andi Broeffle, publisher of Natural Awakenings Twin Cities and owner of Composure Coaching, offers a six-week Business Strategy Bootcamp for small business owners that will begin April 3 at the Bhati Wellness Center, in Edina. Over the course of six weeks, participants will create a full strategic plan to promote business growth. “Hundreds of people have gone through this program and as a result of the work they did, nearly all experienced growth of 25 percent or more in the two years proceeding,” says Broeffle. “The entrepreneurs who’ve attended report not only business growth, but personal growth as well.” Each week includes hands-on activities, technical instruction and success mindset training. By the conclusion of the program, participants will have created a full strategic plan and clear actions to stay on track. They will have a clearer understanding of their financials, marketing and where their business is headed. The program also includes six monthly Mastermind meetings to stay on track, add accountability and continue the connection with their peers. Broeffle continues, “Owning a business is hard, and many people don’t understand what it’s like to work 12-hour days along with the stress of being responsible for every detail of a business. This program gives participants the ability to work on their business, not just in their business.” Cost: $499/single owner; $599/partnership. Location: Bhakti Wellness Center, 7550 France Ave. S. #220, Edina. For more information, visit ComposureCoaching.com. See ad page 31.

L’BRI Skincare Presentation with Wine and Cheese or Champagne Brunch

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ring your friends and enjoy some time away as you experience natural skincare that will make you look and feel fantastic. Beth Thierfelder, L’BRI independent consultant, will be demonstrating aloe-based skincare products at two separate events. From 6:30 to 8 p.m., on March 22, attendees will enjoy wine and light appetizers as Thierfelder takes them through a full skincare regimen. From 10 a.m. to noon, on March 23, attendees will enjoy a champagne brunch as Thierfelder takes them through the basic skincare regimen along with make-up application. “L’BRI is a natural aloe vera-based skincare line that contains no propylene glycol, drying alcohols, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, artificial dyes or parabens,” says Thierfelder. “The products are of the highest quality while also remaining affordable.” Aloe vera barbadensis stabilized gel is the first ingredient in all of L’BRI’s skincare products. The products also contain natural vitamins, herbs, sea plants and botanicals formulated to heal and rejuvenate the skin. People who are sensitive to many skincare products find that L’BRI products are safe and effective for their needs. All attendees will receive a free gift and prizes will be awarded throughout the events. Cost: Free. For more information, visit LBRI.com/NaturallyFree. For location and to RSVP, visit LBRI_GirlsNightOut.eventbrite.com or LBRI_ChampagneBrunch.eventbrite.com. See ad page 30.

The Highs and Lows of Thyroid Health A Roller Coaster Ride for Many Women

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linical Master, Nichole Hirsch Kuechle, will offer a Highs and Lows of Thyroid Health workshop, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., on March 11, at the My Healthy Beginning Long Lake Natural Health Center. Working primarily with women for the past seven years, Kuechle observed approximately 40 percent of her practice was due to thyroid health. It is shocking to hear that children as young as 6 years of age are struggling with thyroid dysfunction. Thyroid issues aren’t just a concern for middle-aged women any more. Living in a perpetual state of toxicity is taking a toll on human bodies. This is happening due to the increasing nutritional deficiencies in foods, the negativity heard in conversation and the media, the horror and violence portrayed on the big screen, and in what people are using for personal and body care products. These days, life happens mostly indoors where air is most toxic. Many people eat well except for weekends, holidays, social situations, family outings and staff meetings, leaving them feeling less than fulfilled and mostly bloated, irritable and restless. This pace, this life, this food, these choices, add up. Picture a car in “park” with the pedal to the metal, burning rubber. That’s the thyroid. It’s burning out. It’s unhappy and it’s blaming its misfortune on other glands and organs, just hiding out hoping never to be found, for the game it’s playing is all too fun. Join Kuechle and discover that there’s hope in putting an end to this current state of ill health. Cost: Free. Location: 520 Tamarack Ave., Long Lake. For more information, email Info@MyHealthyBeginning.com or visit MyHealthyBeginning.com. See ad page 31. March 2019

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Psinergy Tech Earns 2018 Angie’s List Super Service Award

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sinergy Tech is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2018. “Service pros that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award represent the best in our network, who are consistently making great customer service their mission,” states Angie’s List founder, Angie Hicks. “These pros have provided exceptional service to our members and absolutely deserve recognition for the exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year.” Angie’s List SSA 2018 winners have met strict eligibility requirements which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List and undergo additional screening. “It’s amazing to think that this is our eighth year in a row receiving this award and that Angie’s List honors a small, local and independent computer repair shop like ours. We plan on continuing the same levels of customer service for years to come,” expresses André Thomas, one of the two owners of Psinergy. “While this past year has had its fair share of stress, we love what we do and we put everything into it. Thank you to our clients for taking the time to share their thoughts.” Psinergy TechWarrior St. Paul is the computer repair branch of Psinergy LLC specializing in the needs of individuals and small, local businesses. Their focus is on repairing, when it makes sense, instead of contributing more toxic waste to landfills. Psinergy Tech has been listed on Angie’s List since 2010. This is the eighth consecutive year Psinergy Tech has received this honor. Location: 80 County Rd. C. West, Ste. 802, Little Canada. For more information, call 612234-7237 or visit PsinergyTech.com. See ad page 5.

Four-Month Deep Dive into Being Human

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ichele Rae and Nina Roberts Salveson have opened registration for their four-month transformational workshop, Being Human: Entelechy Rising—Realizing Potential in the New Era, to be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on March 16, April 13, May 18 and June 22, at the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community Center, in Minneapolis. This immersion journey is designed to upgrade participants’ inner navigation system, expand the heart opening, strengthen core values and sacred guiding principles and expand one’s vibrational frequency. “We are emerging into a new era with new spiritual tools available that will support us as we are propelling into our next level of serving, loving and living,” states Rae, cofacilitator. “We are revisioning Being Human with new quantum energies, structures and paradigms aligned with higher vibrations. It is an amazing time to be on the planet!” In addition to the four live meeting days of teaching, practices and instruction, there will be one-on-one coaching and webinar gatherings, materials and recordings intervening weeks. Cost: $525. Location: 4401 South Upton Ave., Minneapolis. For more information, visit CenterWithin.com/shop. See ad, page 38.

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Lemon Balm Lowers Blood Pressure, Reduces LDL Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a soothing herb from the mint family, can significantly improve the condition of patients with chronic stable angina, reports a recent study in the Journal of Herbal Medicine. Researchers at Iran’s Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences tested 80 patients with the condition, which involves chest pain linked to a lack of blood flow to the heart. The patients were given three one-gram doses a day of lemon balm powder or a placebo. After two months, the patients given the lemon balm had significant reductions of “bad” low-density cholesterol (LDL), both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and increased workout capacity, a measure of heart function. 10

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A Harvard study was conducted on the diets of nearly 28,000 male health professionals spanning two decades between their 50s and 70s and published by the American Academy of Neurology. It found those that drank orange juice and ate leafy greens, berries and dark orange and red vegetables suffered significantly less memory loss than others. Subjects reported every four years and were examined for both thinking and memory skills. Those that ate about six servings of vegetables a day were a third less likely to develop poor thinking skills than those consuming two servings; those that drank orange juice every day were half as likely to develop poor thinking skills as those drinking one serving per month. Men that ate larger amounts of fruits and vegetables 20 years earlier were less likely to develop similar problems, whether or not they kept eating larger amounts of fruits and vegetables later.

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Vegetables and Orange Juice Protect Memory

Herbs Make Worthy Prebiotics Ginger, black pepper and holy basil, mainstays in traditional medicines as anti-inflammatories, also contain significant prebiotic potential that could help gut health, report researchers from India’s National Institute of Nutrition, in Hyderabad. Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) and ginger (Zingiber officinale) showed significantly higher prebiotic activity, especially of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species, when compared to the well-known prebiotic fructooligosaccharide (FOS). Black pepper (Piper Nigrum) had prebiotic effects similar to FOS.

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Meditating or listening to classical music altered biomarkers associated with cellular aging and Alzheimer’s disease in adults experiencing memory loss, according to a recent West Virginia University study. The 60 participants had subjective cognitive decline, including forgetting familiar names and losing objects, a condition that may be a preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s. For 12 minutes a day, they either listened to instrumental classical music or did a kirtan kriya meditation involving chanting, visualization and finger poses. After three months, all subjects had increases in a key beta amyloid peptide protective from Alzheimer’s, as well as better memory, mood, sleep and quality of life, while the meditation group experienced significantly better improvements. Activity in two chromosomal markers of cellular aging—telomere length and telomerase activity—increased for both groups, especially among those that practiced more frequently or started with lower cognitive scores. The improved biomarkers were maintained or even strengthened three months after the study ended.

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Light Pollution Disturbs Sleep Being exposed to high levels of artificial outdoor light at night contributes to insomnia and greater use of sleeping pills, reports a new study from South Korea’s Seoul National University College of Medicine. The researchers studied the records of 52,027 people without diagnosed sleep disorders—60 percent of them women—and correlated their sleeping pill use with their residential location relative to artificial outdoor light intensity. The brighter the outdoor lighting, the more likely were sleep issues and the greater and more frequent use of sleeping pills. The study joins other research that has shown that artificial nighttime lighting—outdoors and indoors—disrupts circadian rhythms, potentially leading to such metabolic and chronic diseases and conditions as cancer, diabetes, obesity and depression.

Pine Bark Soothes Prostate Benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH), a condition that affects half of men older than 60, is related to increased prostate gland size and a reduced flow of urine from the bladder. To test the effectiveness of the pine bark extract Pycnogenol on BPH, researchers from Italy’s D’Annuncio University divided 75 men with the condition into three groups: One was given 150 milligrams a day of Pycnogenol, another received standard non-drug management and the third was given conventional drug treatment. The researchers found that urination frequency, urgency, intermittency and nighttime occurrences significantly improved after 60 days of treatment among the pine bark extract group.

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Rose Hip Reduces Cold Symptoms During the six months of Denmark’s frigid winter, 107 study volunteers took either two grams of liquid rose hip (marketed as Hyben Vital) or a placebo daily. University of Copenhagen researchers found that the rose hip group experienced 18 percent fewer colds, as well as significantly fewer symptoms such as coughing, headache, muscle stiffness and fatigue when they did get a cold.

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Earth’s Extremities on the Edge The North Pole and South Pole each have unique, pristine environments, virtually untouched by civilization, but a pair of federal studies cast doubt upon their future status. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in a study based on satellite data, warned that ancient glaciers in West Antarctica, thought to be more stable than those to the east, are “waking up” and beginning to dump ice into the sea, which could further contribute to rising sea levels.

A second NOAA study reported that glaciers at the top of the world are also thawing, melting and breaking down. According to that document, the Arctic is undergoing a period of “record and near-record warmth, unlike any period on record.” Lead Arctic NOAA researcher Emily Osborne announced at a major geoscience conference, “The Arctic is experiencing the most unprecedented transition in human history.”

Liquid Fuel Stores Solar Energy

Solar power is cheap and plentiful, but there has been no way to store it efficiently. Scientists from Chalmers University of Technology, in Gothenberg, Sweden, are developing a liquid molecule composed of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen that when exposed to sunlight, rearranges the bonds between its atoms into an energized new isomer. In this way, energy from the sun is captured between the isomer’s strong chemical bonds and stays there even when the molecule cools down to room temperature. When the energy is needed, the fluid is drawn through a catalyst that returns the molecule to its original form, releasing energy as heat. “The energy in this isomer can now be stored for up to 18 years,” says Chalmers University nanomaterials scientist Kasper Moth-Poulsen. “And when we come to extract the energy and use it, we get a warmth increase, which is greater than we dared hope for.” The hope is that this warmth can be used for domestic heating systems, powering a building’s water heater, dishwasher, clothes dryer and more. The scientists claim the fluid can now hold 250 watt-hours of energy per kilogram, double the energy capacity of Tesla’s Powerwall batteries. Moth-Poulsen believes the technology could be available for commercial use within 10 years.

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A new project by Oskar Pernefeldt, a graduate student at Beckmans College of Design, in Stockholm, Sweden, has designed a new flag for the entire planet to be used worldwide in a move toward unity. Its minimalist design shows seven rings intertwined on a deep, sea-blue background, forming a flower in the middle. Simple and contemporary, the flag evokes the Earth’s natural beauty. “The blue field represents water, which is essential for life,” writes Pernefeldt. “The flower’s outer rings form a circle which could be seen as a symbol of Earth as a planet, and the blue surface could represent the universe.” The flag has yet to be adopted by any official government agencies. 12

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Bionic Leaf 2.0, a new, artificial photosynthesis system developed by a team headed by Harvard University scientists, takes in carbon dioxide, water and sunshine to create a sugary fuel. Solar energy splits up a water molecule, and bacteria turn hydrogen and carbon dioxide into liquid fuel, mainly isopropanol, which could be used someday to power a car. An improvement on their prior effort a year earlier, the new system has a catalyst made of cobalt and phosphorus, increasing the efficiency of the reaction to 10 percent. Normal photosynthesis in plants is just 1 percent efficient at converting solar energy to biomass. This technology has the potential to bring another type of solar energy to the planet, especially in the developing world.

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Near-Death Experiences Can Be Learned

“Meditation-Induced Near-Death Experiences: a 3-Year Longitudinal Study,” published in Mindfulness, concludes that some Buddhist meditation practitioners can willfully induce near-death experiences (NDE). These profound psychological events typically occur in people close to actual or perceived death. The ability to willfully induce such experiences could help scientists better understand the phenomenon, which has been difficult to research. “The practice of using meditation to gain a better understanding of death is longstanding, particularly in Buddhism, where ancient texts exist to help spiritual practitioners prepare for or gain insight into the process of dying,” says study author William Van Gordon, of the University of Derby, in England. “Unlike regular near-death experiences, [12] participants were consciously aware of experiencing the meditation-induced NDE and retained control over its content and duration. Also, compared to regular forms of meditation, the meditation-induced NDE led to a five-fold increase in mystical experiences and a four-fold increase in feelings of non-attachment,” explains Van Gordon.

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Artificial Wood Resists Fire and Water

A new, lightweight synthetic wood has been created that is as strong as wood, but without its traditional vulnerability to fire and water, as reported by Shu-Hong Yu, a materials chemist at the University of Science and Technology of China, in Hefei, and the author of a study published in Science Advances. It’s made of polymer resin and chitosan, a sugar polymer derived from the shells of shrimp and crabs. Adding human-made or natural fibers to the mix could also help. The new material does not require years to grow and repels water; samples soaked in water and a strong acid bath for 30 days scarcely weakened, while balsa wood lost two-thirds of its strength and 40 percent of its crush resistance. The new material is also difficult to ignite, and stopped burning when it was removed from the flame. Its porosity creates an air-trapping capacity that could make it suitable as an insulation for buildings, but eco-friendly alternatives to the polymer resins are needed to broaden interest in its utility. March 2019

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Spring Decluttering

Many Benefits of Reorganizing

Spring is the season of renewal, and on the home front, that means cleaning, organizing and reducing clutter. While we apply natural, eco-friendly cleaning agents, the act of moving items around offers the opportunity to rearrange or eliminate some of them, providing a fresh look and a sense of comfort, order and control. To clear clutter, Christa O’Leary (ChristaOleary.com), founder and CEO of Home in Harmony Lifestyle, based in Boston, and author of Home in Harmony: Designing an Inspired Life, suggests that decluttering is best accomplished in small chunks every day to allay feeling overwhelmed, with the help of someone “who knows you have made the commitment and will hold you accountable.” She says stacks of paper and folders “zap your energy and mojo” and take away from productivity and efficiency, along with testing the patience of family members. O’Leary’s website offers tips that provide simple solutions for tackling such areas as magazine stacks and cluttered closets. She relates that a mom recently emailed her to say that her 7-year-old daughter did it as well, and “made a cute, adorable space.” MotherEarthLiving.com suggests first compiling a to-do list and enlisting someone to help with the physical and psychological aspects of the task at hand: letting go of items that can be donated to charitable organizations and thrift shops, where they can benefit someone else; and being creative in storing seasonal clothing, extra towels or decorations in old military-style trunks, stacks of vintage suitcases or under beds. Along with making the bedroom more visually appealing, removing items and materials can also create a tranquil setting for a more restful night’s sleep. RealSimple.com suggests getting rid of old pillows that may be filling up with dust, germs and bacteria; spare bedsheets that we never use; knickknacks that clutter the bedside table and all traces of food and beverages.


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Youth Climate Strike Coming to U.S. Demanding immediate action, students are taking part in climate strikes around the world, and on March 15, young activists in the U.S. will add their voices to the escalating #FridaysForFuture movement. It was bolstered in January by 16-yearold climate activist Greta Thunberg, of Sweden, calling for the first global climate strike while attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Action in this country is being supported by such environmental groups as 350.org, Extinction Rebellion and the Sunrise Movement.

Recent climate strikes have taken place throughout Europe, Australia and elsewhere. A rally in Brussels on January 31 drew approximately 35,000 people. Teen climate activist Jamie Margolin, the founder of This is Zero Hour, says that youth across the U.S. will “show our legislators that we need a ‘Green New Deal.’” For more information or to participate, contact ClimateStrike USA@gmail.com or find on Twitter #ActOnClimate or #ClimateStrike.

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Five Strategies for Better Health by Melinda Hemmelgarn

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pringtime brings a desire to clean up our diets and refresh our plates. Here are five worthy strategies for upgrading nutrition and greeting the season with a renewed sense of well-being. n Ditch dieting. According to the Boston Medical Center, an estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year and spend more than $30 billion annually on weight-loss products. Despite this hefty investment, restrictive diets don’t work, says Sandra Aamodt, a neuroscientist based in northern California. Aamodt co-presented the Neurobiology of Dieting: Evidence for Improving Mental Health With a Self-Care Approach session at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) annual meeting last October in Washington, D.C. “Diets are not harmless,” Aamodt explains. “They create stress, persistent hunger, 16

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trigger eating disorders such as binge eating and even make people fatter over time.” It’s better to take a kinder approach, says Rebecca Scritchfield, a Washington, D.C.-based registered dietitian and Aamodt’s co-presenter. Scritchfield is the author of Body Kindness: Transform Your Health From the Inside Out – and Never Say Diet Again. She teaches her clients to value their self-worth regardless of body size, practice mindful eating and focus on overall self-care: Think enjoyable physical activity, adequate sleep and positive self-talk. Mindful eating includes paying attention to thoughts and feelings that trigger eating such as hunger, but also stress, boredom and loneliness, says Californiabased registered dietitian Andrea Lieberstein, who wrote Well Nourished: Mindful Practices to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Feed Your Whole Self, and End Overeating. She encourages clients to identify voids in their lives and fill them

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n Learn how to cook and garden. The best

dietary upgrade starts in our own kitchens, where the cook controls the ingredients. Home cooking with fresh, whole foods is at the heart of feeding ourselves well. Processed food manufacturers would like us to equate cooking with drudgery or think that cooking takes too much time, yet this couldn’t be further from the truth. Tanmeet Sethi, an integrative physician at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency, in Seattle, established a culinary medicine program that includes both cooking and gardening classes. Sethi says, “Eating is sacred; it’s our connection to the earth.” She also believes there is wisdom in the way food has been traditionally cooked. Sethi recommends a Mediterranean eating pattern for

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with healthy relationships and pleasurable activities, rather than food. The “health at any size” philosophy is accepted by a growing number of health and nutrition experts, including Annie Kay, a registered dietitian and registered yoga therapist at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She’s the author of Every Bite is Divine: The Balanced Approach to Enjoying Eating, Feeling Healthy and Happy, and Getting to a Weight That’s Natural for You. Kay injects compassion into her work, promoting stress reduction, conscious eating and finding peace for individuals to reach their natural weight.


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its power to reduce depression and ward off chronic diseases. She also promotes the “herb and spice pharmacy” to reduce inflammation and treat and prevent disease. For example, she says, “Ginger and turmeric both act on the same biochemical pathways as antiinflammatory medicines.” Cooking and eating together as a family has multiple benefits, too, improving children’s nutrition, self-esteem and school performance. Best of all, says Sethi, “Family meals allow us to connect with the people we love.” Put away phones, turn off screens and truly tune in to each other. Connecting to the earth through gardening also improves our health, according to both Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, a registered dietitian and associate director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Diana Dyer, a Michigan-based organic farmer, registered dietitian and author of A Dietitian’s Cancer Story: Information & Inspiration for Recovery & Healing. They promote gardening as a way to interact with nature, reduce stress and improve quality of life. With just a small patch of soil, home and community gardens provide a ready source of affordable, fresh and nutritious vegetables and herbs. n Eat to protect our planet. According to the

American Public Health Association, climate change is a major threat to our population. Droughts, fires, storms and flooding create obvious challenges to growing crops, but new research also shows how increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere decreases the nutritional quality of food, leading to lower levels of protein and minerals. One solution is to change the way we farm and eat. For example, Jennifer Jay, Ph.D., a professor of environmental engineering in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California Los Angeles, calculated the carbon footprints and climate impacts of a variety of food choices. In general, she says, the fewer animal products in our diets, the lower the greenhouse gas impact. But meat and other animal products

Seventy percent of our immune system is in the lining of the gut. ~Tanmeet Sethi, an integrative physician at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency, in Seattle. need not be totally off the table. Simply choose smaller portions and when possible, purchase local pasture-raised products produced without antibiotics and hormones. Organic food production introduces less fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and greenhouse gases into our environment. So, what’s best for the planet is best for us. Jay provides easy, plant-based and planet-friendly recipes at Meals4Planet.org. n Support gut health. Around 400

B.C., Hippocrates said, “Bad digestion is the root of all evil.” Fast forward through the centuries to today, and one of the hottest areas of research in health, medicine and nutrition revolves around the microbiome; more specifically, the community of microorganisms living in the gut. “Seventy percent of our immune system is in the lining of the gut,” explains Sethi, which is why she advises,“Feed the bacteria in your gut real food.” Similarly, Teresa

Martin, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator based in Bend, Oregon, emphasizes the value of unprocessed, highfiber, organic plant foods to nourish gut bacteria and maintain microbial balance. Speaking at the same recent meeting, Martin described multiple ways gut bacteria influence our physical and mental health, including nutrient absorption, body weight and blood sugar control, bone density, inflammation and mood. Microbes in the colon digest and ferment plant fibers into short-chain fatty acids, which help ensure a thick, healthy, intestinal mucus lining. Martin notes, “When we don’t eat enough plants, we can’t make enough short-chain fatty acids,” which are key to gut-brain crosstalk and control of appetite and mood. Martin recommends eating 35 to 50 grams of fiber per day from food, not supplements. She also warns against “microbial assassins” such as antibiotics, processed meats, high-fat diets, refined carbohydrates, added sugars and artificial sweeteners, plus the emulsifiers polysorbate 80 and carboxymethylcellulose, which are commonly added to foods like ice cream and baked goods to improve texture and extend shelf life. All contribute to microbial imbalance, the loss of microbial diversity and leaky gut—the inability to keep offending food compounds like gluten and intact milk protein out of the bloodstream—leading to food intolerance, inflammation and autoimmune disorders.

Eat-Right Resources Dorothy Sears: beta.prx.org/stories/225407 Food Sleuth Radio interviews: exchange.prx.org/series/32432-food-sleuth-radio “The Great Nutrient Collapse:” Tinyurl.com/GreatNutrientCollapse The Kick Diabetes Cookbook: An Action Plan and Recipes for Defeating Diabetes, by Brenda Davis. BrendaDavisRD.com Mediterranean diet pyramid: Tinyurl.com/OldWaysMediterraneanDiet The Obesogen Effect: Why We Eat Less and Exercise More but Still Struggle to Lose Weight, by Bruce Blumberg Tanmeet Sethi: beta.prx.org/stories/243771 Whole Grain Hierarchy: Youtube.com/watch?v=nkFJZUIUeEA Why Diets Make Us Fat: The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession with Weight Loss, by Sandra Aamodt March 2019

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n Try intermittent fasting and smart meal timing. Allowing

the body at least 12 hours without food intake benefits gut microbial diversity, says Martin. Intermittent fasting, or eating patterns in which no or few calories are consumed between 12 to 16 hours, can protect against a variety of metabolic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, perhaps in part due to the effect on gut microbes. Dorothy Sears, associate professor of medicine and associate director of the Center for Circadian Biology at the University of California, San Diego, studied the effect of intermittent fasting, or “time-restricted feeding”, on the risk of breast cancer recurrence. In a study of more than 2,300 breast cancer survivors, Sears discovered the women that fasted for at least 13 hours a day reduced breast cancer recurrence by 36 percent, regardless of other dietary factors. Putting this into practice, if the last meal of the day ends at 6 p.m., the first meal of the next day would not begin before 7 a.m. In addition to this “prolonged nightly fasting,” Sears says that when we eat affects the way our bodies handle calories. She recommends eating during the first half of the day, when the sun is up and our enzyme and hormone systems are best able to handle calories, control blood sugar and body weight. Spring forward with these five tips and enjoy better health. Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “food sleuth”, is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and nationally syndicated radio host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at FoodSleuth@ gmail.com. Tune into Food Sleuth Radio through iTunes, Stitcher and KOPN.org. 18

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Quick Tips for Enjoying Good Food, Fast 1. Cook once, eat twice (or more). Smart, busy cooks use this wise, old home economics strategy. A big pot of soup, stew or chili makes many servings of easy-to-heat leftovers. Store extra servings in glass, never plastic, for quick, heat-and-serve meals. Add a side salad and fruit for dessert for a nourishing, fulfilling meal.

5. Experiment with helpful cookbooks. Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Ex-

press provides 404 seasonal dishes that can be prepared in 20 minutes or less. Betty Crocker, the renowned classic teacher, shows beginning cooks how to make standard dishes from scratch. For delicious vegetarian meals, check out Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. And to enrich children’s taste buds, invite them into the kitchen with The Kids’ Multicultural Cookbook: Food & Fun Around the World, by Deanna F. Cook.

2. Master the omelet. Eggs, preferably free-range and organic, make fast, easy, affordable meals. Get creative with personalized omelet fillings. For example, in a tablespoon or more of olive oil, quickly sauté any combination of seasonal vegetables like potatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms, asparagus, kale or spinach. When tender, slide vegetables into a bowl. Add a few more drops of olive oil to the pan and pour in beaten eggs. When eggs are almost set, top them with sautéed vegetables and a sprinkle of cheese. Cover the pan, set heat to low and when cheese is melted, it’s time to eat. For an alternative filling, try beans, avocado, cheese, onions or peppers with a side of salsa.

ingredient labels to remove the big offenders: refined flours, sugar and substitutes, artificial colors and additives that harm gut microbes, including polysorbate 80 and carboxymethyl cellulose.

3. Use an electric pressure cooker. Say goodbye to sodium-laden,

8. Stock up with grab-and-go snacks. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, nut but-

BPA-lined cans of beans. With today’s safe and easy electric pressure cookers, a pot of un-soaked dry beans can be ready in less than an hour. Use cooked beans in a variety of quick, delicious dishes, including hummus, burritos, soups, chili and veggie burgers. For tips on vegetarian cooking and stress-free pressure cooking, visit TheVeggieQueen.com.

4. Make friends with farmers.

Find local farmers’ markets for the most flavorful, fresh, seasonal produce. For those not sure what to do with kohlrabi or a strange-looking squash, farmers and fellow shoppers will gladly provide ideas. It’s like going to a community party with fellow foodies—much more fun than a trip to the grocery store.

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6. Invest in a microplane grater or handheld rasp. Add a punch

of flavor and pizzazz with this versatile kitchen tool. Use it to add freshly grated garlic, ginger and turmeric; plus lemon, lime and orange zest.

7. Purge cupboards of packaged, processed foods. Read

ters and plain yogurt (sweeten to taste with local honey, seasonal fruit and cinnamon) make satisfying, high-nutrient snacks.

9. Keep assorted organic herbal teas handy. Unsweetened herbal teas

make cozy companions during prolonged nighttime fasting. Staying well hydrated is key to mental performance and weight control, too. Thirst often masquerades as hunger, so drink water or tea first, then reassess appetite.

10. Put fun and pleasure back into eating. Host a potluck with

friends to share cooking and clean up, or have a picnic with kids of all ages. Put flowers or a candle on the table and play soothing music—it all enhances digestion and encourages mindful eating. Bon appétit!

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Registered dietitian Brenda Davis, of British Columbia, also recommends wholefood, plant-based diets to reverse Type 2 diabetes. She developed a “whole-grain hierarchy” to identify the most gut-friendly, least-processed grains, including cracked oats, brown rice, barley, buckwheat, sprouted grain, wheat berries and kamut. Along with beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables, Davis says these foods nourish beneficial gut microbes and reduce inflammation.


Getting to the Root Cause of Allergies A Breakthrough Approach by Michele Schramm

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ccording to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America, nearly 50 million Americans (that’s one in five) suffer from some type of seasonal allergy. Conventional wisdom tells us that allergies are due to overactivity of the immune system which causes damaging responses that can affect the whole body. Some of the most common allergens include pollen, animal fur, dust and certain foods. Allergy symptoms occur when the body responds to these potential allergens by producing a chemical called histamine which works by helping to counteract the allergen. While over-the-counter decongestants and antihistamines immediately help to decrease symptoms, they also increase the risk of side effects. More importantly, they fail to address the root cause of the problem and you will likely continue to have allergies. In the world of complementary medicine, experts agree that gut issues are the underlying cause of seasonal allergies and food sensitivities. Seventy-percent of the immune system is in the gut, and when the gut is irritated, it reacts to everything. Strategies commonly cited for healing the gut include an elimination diet, the use of powerful gut-healing nutrients and stress management. These are all excellent suggestions. But what if you are one of the people who have tried all these strategies and still suffer from allergies? The new kid on the block when it comes to the root cause of unexplainable or difficult (impossible) to fix health issues is “dirty” genes. Genes can be born dirty or merely act dirty in response to your environment, diet or lifestyle, causing lifelong chronic health problems including allergies. When it comes to dirty genes, there are two types, both of which present a host of symptoms and disorders. In his book, Dirty Genes, author Ben Lynch, N.D., discusses seven genes he calls the “Super Seven”. They are extremely common, well-researched and have the most far-reaching effects on the body. The gene that is most relevant to allergies is the D-amino acid oxidase (DAO) gene which is responsible for expelling the histamine that lives outside the cells, mainly in the gut. Histamine is a biochemical messenger that affects immune response and gut function as well as thought and emotion. Those with a dirty DAO gene overreact to histamine and, as a result, are more likely to develop food sensitivities and allergic reactions, including hives, runny nose and itchiness, food sensitivities, car and sea sickness, leaky gut, migraines, indigestion and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Keep in mind that every moment of every day your genes are writing a document about

your health. What do you suppose will happen when you eat a diet that is high in sugar and processed foods, skimp on sleep and routinely work 60-plus hours per week? The document will read like your worst nightmare: Please give this woman horrendous PMS, “seasonal” allergies that seem to last most of the year, mind-numbing fatigue, plenty of acne and a touch of rosacea. On the flip side, when you care for your body in conscientious ways including mindful eating of healthy fats, plenty of sleep and carving out time for fun, you see a totally different document: Please give this woman healthy, glowing skin that makes her look 10 years younger, abundant energy, symptomfree periods and no seasonal allergies. In Dirty Genes, Lynch shows how to identify and optimize both types of dirty genes by cleaning them with targeted, personalized plans, including healthy eating, restful sleep, stress relief, environmental detox and other holistic and natural means. Contrary to what so many scientists and doctors believe, our genetic destiny is not fixed. We have the capacity to turn genes on and off—this process is called epigenetics. We have the power to transform our genetic destiny through a combination of diet, supplements, sleep, stress relief and reduced exposure to environmental toxins. More good news is once you understand what makes your genes dirty and how to clean them up, you can make changes that help you feel better than you ever thought you could. Michele Schramm suffered with food and environmental allergies from early childhood. Genetic testing through 23AndMe.com as well as questionnaires found in Dirty Genes provided her tremendous insight into the problems that had plagued her since she was 2 years old. As a student of natural healing for more than 15 years, she is pleased to now be able to share these new protocols for optimizing health and vitality. Schramm has a BA in psychology and a master’s degree in education and is a certified nutritional therapy practitioner and biofeedback specialist. She is the owner of Optimal Wellness Solutions, located at 2565 Hamline Ave. N, Ste. A, Roseville. For more information or to schedule a complimentary health coaching consultation, visit RosevilleOptimal Wellness.com. See ad page 14. March 2019

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severe rationing, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. Arizona’s Lake Mead, which supplies water to 22 million people, could run dry by 2021, report researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California at San Diego.

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Saving a Drop to Drink Our Role in the Coming Water Crisis by Jim Motavalli

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lthough climate change gets most of the attention, the international water crisis looms just as large. The World Economic Forum has ranked water scarcity as the top long-term environmental risk globally for the next decade; the United Nations reports that 1.2 billion people—a fifth of the world’s burgeoning population—live in regions of water scarcity; and as many as 700 million around the globe are already suffering from water deprivation. The U.S. is not in a water crisis— yet—but serious problems loom on the

horizon in places like Southern California and the desert Southwest. Los Angeles and San Diego rely on mountain snow in the north to melt and replenish rivers and lakes. But record high temperatures and a shortfall of winter storms—problems aggravated by climate change—have greatly reduced available water supplies. In the Southwest, Colorado River reservoirs were at record lows last summer. As the region continues to use more water than can be replaced by rain and snow, places like Phoenix may experience

Online Calculator

WaterFootprint.org offers an online calculator that allows us to figure out our daily use of water and compare it to that of other households.

“Fortunately, through conservation, more water-conscious consumption and smarter management of water, we can replenish and repair the water cycle. But we must make this a priority and pick up the pace,” says Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project and author of Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity. Right now, we’re addressing a 21stcentury crisis with 20th-century tools. Leaky pipes, broken water mains and faulty meters are responsible for the loss of 2.1 trillion gallons of water annually in the U.S., according to the American Water Works Association. And our lifestyles are extremely water-intensive. For instance, it takes 3,120 gallons of water to produce one smartphone; watering a 1,000-square-foot lawn even once uses 620 gallons of water. Here are some simple steps everyone can take. Doing them won’t crimp our lifestyles, but it will help us hold on to our finite and threatened fresh water supply: 4 Eat less meat. The water required to produce one quarter-pound hamburger is equivalent to 30 showers, according to NationalGeographic.com. One serving of poultry uses 90 gallons.

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4 Track down water leaks, which typically waste 10 gallons daily. Common leak sites are faucets, shower heads, swimming pools, garden hoses and pipe joints. 4 Replace old, leaky toilets with efficient models bearing the WaterSense label, or simply put a brick in the toilet tank to reduce consumption with each flush. To check a toilet for leaks, put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and see if any of it transfers to the bowl without flushing. 4 Wash only full loads of laundry and use right-size load settings. Typically, the washing machine accounts for 15 to 40 percent of a household’s indoor water use. Consider a more water-efficient, front-loading washer. 4 Take shorter, five-minute showers with a low-flow showerhead (saving more than 10 gallons compared to the 10-minute version), turn off the water while brushing teeth and shave with a full basin rather than open taps. 4 Wash the car less often: The process uses as much as 150 gallons of water. Driving may not seem to have much to do with water use, but the Water Footprint Calculator (WaterCalculator.org) reports, “Water is used in great quantities during fuel extraction, refining and production.” So taking public transportation, combining errands or joining a car pool will reduce our water footprint.

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Fortunately, through conservation, more water-conscious consumption and smarter management of water, we can replenish and repair the water cycle. But we must make this a priority and pick up the pace. ~Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project 4 Reduce lawn watering to a one-hour soaking once a week, rather than daily. Water in the morning—before 10 a.m.— when it’s cooler, so grass roots can absorb moisture before it evaporates. If watering must be done in the evening, try between

4 and 6 p.m., which gives the grass blades time to dry before nightfall. Jim Motavalli is the author of eight books, and contributes to The New York Times and Barron’s.

Hard Facts About H20

What It Takes to Make Our Stuff An eye-popping amount of water is needed to grow or manufacture what we eat, buy and use on a daily basis. Although it’s impossible to reduce our water use to zero, it’s helpful to know how much water is required, so that we’re less inclined to overbuy or waste. 1 cup of coffee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 gal. 1 hamburger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 660 gal. 1 gallon of milk. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 879 gal. 1 pound of wheat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 gal. 1 pound of soybeans . . . . . . . . . . . . 216 gal. 1 orange. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 gal. 1 pound of chocolate. . . . . . . . . . 3,170 gal. 20 pounds of dog food . . . . . . . . 4,000 gal. 1 pair of cotton jeans. . . . . . . . . . 2,108 gal. 1 smartphone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,190 gal. 1 car tire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 518 gal.

1 avocado. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 gal. 1 pound of chicken meat. . . . . . . . 468 gal. 1 pound of barley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200 gal. 1 pound of rice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 450 gal. 1 pound of almonds. . . . . . . . . . 1,900 gal. 1 egg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 gal. 1 slice of bread. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 gal. 1 pair of leather shoes. . . . . . . . . 3,626 gal. 1 cotton T-shirt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 659 gal. 1 car. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13,737 to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21,926 gal.

Sources: Friends of the Earth, NationalGeographic.com, WaterFootprint.org

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Air Care for Kids Keeping the Homefront Allergy-Free

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n allergy is a dramatic overreaction of the immune system to environmental agents that are harmless to most people. Antibodies fight allergens with the release of histamines, and a runny nose, red eyes, sneezing, coughing, rash or hives can be the tangible result. Common around age 10, allergies often fade later in life, so children are often most sensitive to their causes. Outdoors, the problem could be pollen from trees or plants. Indoors, chemicals, dust mites, mold or pet dander are common culprits. An allergist can help identify them. Author of Clearing the Air One Nose at a Time: Caring for Your Personal Filter, pediatrician Hana Solomon, M.D., in Columbia, Missouri, focuses on a natural approach to prevent, rather than treat, symptoms. “Thirty years ago, we didn’t have specialty cleaning products,” she says. “Natural solutions work; sometimes just a cotton cloth and water are enough.” Frisco, Texas-based Urban Hydration uses vegan-friendly, cruelty- and glutenfree ingredients and herbal extracts to ensure their cleaning products don’t contain parabens, synthetics, polybeads and toxic chemicals. Their home and spa collections are kept as natural as possible without requiring refrigeration. Lemon extract 22

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and coconut oil are key ingredients in their all-purpose spray, dishwashing solution and fabric refresher. Microscopic dust mites live in upholstery, carpets and mattresses. They are the cleanup crew for the millions of dead skin cells humans shed daily. “If a child is allergic to dust mites, get rid of the carpet. Hang blinds on the windows. Vacuum heat vents,” Solomon says. “Use allergen-free pillows, no down or feathers, and a mattress cover. Wash it and bedding once a week. Reduce the number of toys and stuffed animals in use, wash [them] frequently and store others. Go unscented.” Leslie Fischer, an eco-minded mom and entrepreneur in Chicago, reviews mattresses for adults and babies at SustainableSlumber.com/reviews. “Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) off-gas from the mattress and disrupt sleep, but also trigger allergy symptoms, asthma and hives,” she says. “An organic mattress is a better choice.” Natural fabrics are the best option for bed linens. Kathryn Kellogg, author of the Going Zero Waste blog in Vallejo, California, lists 17 sustainable and eco-friendly bedding brands. For her own use, she chose organic cotton sheets from a family-owned business (Tinyurl.com/EcoFriendlyBeddingBrands).

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Pajamas are also important. Look for comfy organic fibers that wick moisture, are hypoallergenic and fire-resistant. Merino wool’s millions of tiny air pockets create a micro-climate to keep sleeping kids toasty in cold weather and cool in summer heat. Pallet furniture is trendy, but keep in mind that chemical residue or insecticides may remain in the porous wood, as well as E. coli or listeria from food transports. A safety checklist can be found at Tinyurl. com/PalletSafety. Often overlooked, indoor mold can live year-round in damp places like bathrooms. A DecoLife bath mat made of natural diatomaceous earth and resilient plant-fiber is antibacterial, non-slip and contains no colorants. It dries within three minutes to prevent mold or mildew from forming. Instead of dropping wet towels and washcloths into the hamper, hang them to dry and launder weekly. Lemon juice keeps faucets sparkly clean and fresh-smelling. Vinegar cleans glass shower doors. Ditch the old shower curtain; most are made with PVC and release chemicals into the air. Install a rain showerhead to avoid water spray, and use a fast-drying hemp or organic cotton curtain. Opt for natural flooring; bamboo and cork are both sturdy and sustainable, but have a large carbon footprint due to shipping distances. Linoleum, updated and colorful, is available with marbled, stone-like, flecked and woodgrain patterns. Antistatic and antibacterial, it withstands kids and pets, requiring only a mild cleanser and damp mop to stay clean. Pets are often blamed when a child develops allergies. It’s actually their dander that causes the reaction. Rather than giving Sparky away, use pet-friendly wipes on fur and feet to remove dander and allergens carried in from outdoors. The Daily Shep offers tips at Tinyurl.com/TheDailyShepTips. Kids bring allergens into the house, too. Leave shoes outside the door, schedule an early bath and change to indoor garb for the evening. A high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter will help clean the air. Connect with freelance writer Avery Mack at AveryMack@mindspring.com.

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When an allergy is formed from a traumatic past experience, it is recorded in the unconscious mind.

A Technical Breakdown to Allergies

The Spiritual Side of the Physical Condition by Jeremiah Rangel

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he Western world of medicine will share that allergies are 100 percent physical and relief can only be received through medication. Western medicine will share that there are no cures for allergies, but will prescribe medicine a person can take to avoid or lessen the episode from occurring. Although this mindset works for some, there are many of us awakening to the fact that there is something more happening—something deeper. As a coach who has helped over 5,500 clients and invested over 150,000 hours in personal growth and development, every single one of my clients who had their allergies cured through Oneness Neuro-Linguistic Programming (ONLP) all had a traumatic experience when they were younger that needed to be addressed and dissolved. There is a certain point in life when allergies start. Some people inherit their allergies from their parents and some choose the lesson of allergies before birth. An example is of a couple who were going through a divorce and fighting a lot. This couple had a newborn baby, and since we all make choices with the resources we have available at the time, the baby intelligently developed asthma for its survival. In other words, the baby could feel the energy of her parents and brought negative attention to herself through the creation of an allergy to bring the parents together. The parents stopped fighting when they needed to focus their attention on their child in the hospital. “Coincidentally” as the parents paid attention to the sweet baby, the baby’s allergies lessened and disappeared, but would flare up again when the parents’ energetic turmoil would begin again. When an allergy is formed from a traumatic past experience, it is recorded in the unconscious mind. A traumatic past experience does not need to be something that would be considered “traumatic” to an adult; it could be something that is traumatic to a child considering the resources a child has available to them. For example, the first time a parent tells their child “no” could be a traumatic experience to that child if they are accus-

tomed to always hearing “yes.” When the traumatic experience occurs, the mind of the person does not know how to process the information and this disconnect can be stored in the body. Think of it as a movie where the closing scene goes unfinished so the ending is in limbo. Because the body and mind are intertwined, they will intelligently come up with a system to remind the person to go back and finish or close out the scene. The body and mind will then use any opportunity to remind the person to pay attention and close out the ending of the story, e.g. an allergy flare-up or chronic pain. The key to healing chronic pain or an allergy is then in the awareness, openness and willingness of an individual to go back to the root of the issue and provide resources to the younger part that did not know how to process the information at that younger, less evolved age. Because this process can often go deeper than one can consciously go by themself, it is wise to have the assistance of someone who can guide them through the process. An ideal candidate for an allergy or chronic pain cure would be someone who is open to seeing the deeper spiritual lesson behind the ailment. If a person can see the problem as a teacher and be open to receiving the lesson, the healing can occur quickly and effectively. What one must also realize is that sometimes there can be layers, and once the unconscious mind realizes that it is in a place to receive help to heal an “unfinished story”, it may bring up another issue or problem to be healed—a domino effect of healing can occur. Jeremiah Rangel is developer and trainer of ONLP, a holistic system of healing that started in Minneapolis. ONLP combines spiritual and psychological technologies and/or strategies to fully integrate healing on multiple levels, including physical ailments such as allergies and chronic pain. For more information, visit IntraAwareness.com. See ad, page 2. March 2019

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Roundup and Gut Health

Healing From Genetically Altered Foods Another Reason to Go Organic by Marlaina Donato

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wenty-five As I dug deeper, I put Although U.S. regulators years ago, the the pieces together of generally regard these first genetically foods to be safe, the ubiqthe relationship between modified (GM) crop uity of GMOs in the food GMOs, gut health and chain and a lack of recame to market in the form of a tomato engisubsequent diseases. search on their long-term neered for a longer shelf effect on human health ~Michelle Perro, pediatrician, life. Today, as much as have ignited controversy author and executive director among scientists, consum80 percent of food in the of GMO Science U.S. contains GMOs (as ers and even governments. they are best known) and most of the world’s Much of the research has been conductgenetically engineered crops are treated with ed in other countries—more than 60 have glyphosate herbicides, primarily Monsanto’s banned GMOs—and most studies have Roundup. focused on the health effects of the glypho Unlike hybrids produced by convensate used on these crops, which the World tional breeding, GMOs are created in a Health Organization in 2015 declared a laboratory, often incorporating DNA from probable human carcinogen. “Glyphosate other species, such as bacteria and viruses. adversely affects the mitochondria, neuResearching the potential health effects rotransmitter production and hormones,” “must be our number one priority, because says Smith, whose recent documentary, GMO technology is replacing nature,” says Secret Ingredients, presents stories of people Jeffrey Smith, executive director of the that overcame chronic illnesses by eliminatInstitute for Responsible Technology, in ing GMOs from their diets. Fairfield, Iowa. “The altered genomes are Smith recently conducted a survey passed on to future generations.” published in the International Journal of 24

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“Roundup can loosen the tight junctions between our cells,” explains Smith. “This can lead to leaky gut, which can contribute to inflammation and numerous diseases.” Dr. Akil Palanisamy, a Harvard-educated physician and author of The Paleovedic Diet: A Complete Program to Burn Fat, Increase Energy, and Reverse Disease, concurs. “I do believe that the microbiome is crucial for health, and by switching to organic, we eliminate the potential microbiome-damaging effects of glyphosate.” Palanisamy, based in San Francisco, emphasizes glyphosate’s known ability to cause DNA damage and potentially induce cell death. “It may be a contributing factor to Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, infertility and gastrointestinal disorders,” he says. “It is impossible in the U.S. to just eliminate GMO foods from the diet, so eating organic is the only way to guarantee avoiding GMO foods. This automatically also reduces pesticides from the diet.”

Anecdotal Evidence

Dr. Michelle Perro, a pediatrician, author and executive director of GMO Science, in San Rafael, California, became involved when she came across research by plant biologist Dr. Arpad Pusztai, one of the first scientists to raise concerns about the safety of genetically modified foods. “I was able to correlate his findings with the change in children’s health that I was beginning to notice in my own practice,” says Perro. “As I dug deeper, I put the pieces together of the relationship between GMOs, gut health

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Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine in which 3,256 respondents reported improvement in a number of health problems after they switched to largely non-GMO and organic diets. “Many of the conditions that improved in the survey participants are similar to the health issues found in lab animals fed GMOs or the associated herbicide Roundup,” he wrote. More than 85 percent reported improvement from digestive disorders. It is possible that glyphosate, which is antibiotic in nature, may disrupt the delicate balance of the microbiome, a community of microbes that inhabit the gut.

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and subsequent diseases.” Perro has seen improved health in her patients once a cleaner diet is introduced. “Parents have the ability to help reverse chronic disorders plaguing their children, including asthma, eczema, food allergies and neurocognitive disorders such as autism and ADHD [attention deficit hyperactivity disorder].” Palanisamy has also seen significant changes in his patients’ health when they heed his advice and avoid GMOs. “Often, they report improvement in digestion, mood, brain fog and energy levels.” The body is designed with the innate ability to heal, says Pero. “Chronic diseases can be reversed when organic nutrition is the foundation.” The Hartman Group’s Organic & Natural 2018 report reveals that 46 percent of American shoppers now seek GMO-free food. “The tipping point here in the United States has begun,” says Smith. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books on spirituality, health and wellness and a composer. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.

Healing Strategies

Go-to Tips

n Eat a variety of detoxifying foods like cruciferous vegetables, ground flaxseeds, parsley, beet greens (the leafy tops of beetroot), cilantro and chia seeds.

n Eat organic when possible, especially oats, wheat and other grains, soy, corn, beans and lentils. n Look for the “Non-GMO Project Verified” seal on labels.

Dr. Michelle Perro (for children): n Eat as much organic foods as possible and eliminate processed foods from a child’s diet.

Advice From the Experts Dr. Akil Palanisamy:

n Sweat in a sauna or steam room 15 to 20 minutes once or twice a week to stimulate toxin release (infrared saunas are a good alternative for those that can’t tolerate the heat of traditional saunas).

n Don’t drink tap water; use a quality water filter.

n Take 15-minute home baths with onequarter-cup of bentonite clay.

n Strive to have a daily bowel movement.

n Seek a foundation of nutritional medicine and individualized treatment strategies employing nutraceuticals, herbs, homeopathy and manipulative medicine.

n Add fiber to diet such as psyllium husk or fruit pectin.

n Consider an elimination diet, beginning with dairy and gluten.

n Drink lots of purified filtered water every day.

n Strive to eliminate pesticides in the child’s environment, including at schools, playdates and homes of relatives.

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Exercise vs. Allergies All the Right Moves by Marlaina Donato

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Exercising regularly ened immune systems easonal allergies plague more than creates a cumulative are also factors, leav26 million Amerieffect in the body, helps ing many feeling too cans, according to the miserable to engage in speed up metabolism Asthma and Allergy physical activities. Foundation of America, and improves immunity, Yet, research shows with numbers on the that exercise can help so you could find rise in recent years. ease allergy symptoms even less allergies This is due in part to a and lessen severity. A occurring over time. survey of 2,000 allergy dramatic increase in the ~Stephanie Mansour, amount of airborne polsufferers sponsored by the len, a possible byprodUK National Pollen and fitness expert uct of climate change. Aerobiology Research Environmental and lifestyle Unit showed those that exercised the most stress, inadequate nutrition and weakhad the mildest symptoms.

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Boosting heart rate through aerobic activities such as running, walking, jumping rope, treadmill routines, tennis and team sports like volleyball or basketball seems to offer anti-allergy benefits. Vitamin C can also help. Researchers from the Faculty of Sports Science at Chulalongkorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand, found that 70 percent of participants that took a vitamin C supplement and ran for half an hour experienced decreased nasal congestion and sneezing. “Exercising regularly creates a cumulative effect in the body, helps speed up metabolism and improves immunity, so you could find even less allergies occurring over time,” says Stephanie Mansour, fitness expert and former allergy sufferer from Chicago. “I used to get allergy shots for a runny nose and headaches during certain times of the year, but personally transformed my allergies through expanding my lungs and chest and balancing out my nervous system.” The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy recommends gentler forms of exercise, and cautions against vigorous workouts such as Crossfit or long runs that can be counterproductive and exacerbate allergy flare-ups. Mansour recommends yoga, Pilates, walking or weight training— especially when congestion is a factor.

Try Some Yoga Mansour, a certified yoga instructor, attests to the benefits of the practice. To ease the symptoms of allergies, she recommends yoga both for its physical effects and its breath benefits. “Yoga can also help bring equilibrium to the nervous system and help the body

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relax. When the body is in a healthy balance and relaxed, it’s more effective at warding off things like infection or allergies.” Registered nurse and yoga instructor Kristin Brien, of New York City, concurs. “A yoga practice trains and strengthens the vagal nerve, which activates the parasympathetic nervous system—rest and digest mode—and turns off the inflammatory response,” Brien says. “When we are under chronic stress, our nervous systems react as though our bodies are under constant threat, thus making some of us more susceptible to hypersensitive reactions to offending seasonal antigens like pollen and ragweed.” Yoga practitioners across the board recommend inverted poses such as the plow, shoulder stand and downward facing dog to relieve allergy-related congestion. While yoga can be beneficial, inverted poses should be avoided by anyone with high blood pressure, glaucoma or retinal issues due to increased pressure in the blood vessels of the head, and some experts emphasize that allergy sufferers and asthmatics should avoid hot yoga and other demanding forms during flare-ups. A gentle approach goes a long way. Ideally, Brien recommends asanas that anyone can do, including legs up the wall, supported bridge pose, supported reclined goddess pose and child’s pose.

Warm-Up No matter the type of exercise, warming up can play a key factor. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, stretching before activity and boosting heart rate helps to maximize exercise and its symptom-reducing effects.

Create a Healthy Space Lessening the body’s burden by making small changes in living or workout space can also optimize the benefits of exercise. Brien, an allergy sufferer and asthmatic, recommends using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to reduce circulating allergens and also wiping down all surfaces, including yoga mats, floors, window sills and vents. During drier, colder times of the year, Mansour recommends using a humidifier to add moisture to the air and improve breathing.

Exercise may not cure seasonal allergies, but it can lessen related symptoms, along with effecting a more balanced nervous system and better overall health. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books and a composer. Connect at AutumnEmberMusic.com.

Helpful Workout Tips Before and After:

and mold counts are highest

n Use a nasal saline spray beforehand.

n When it’s warm, dry or windy outside

n Change clothes and shower after outdoor exercise; wash workout clothing exposed to pollens.

n On busy roads where exhaust fumes can irritate bronchial and nasal passages

Consider Wearing:

n Wraparound sunglasses to avoid allergens getting into eyes n A breathable mask to filter allergens during outdoor activity

Avoid Exercising:

n When tired, sick or under significant stress; all three states prompt the immune system to react more severely to allergens

Caution:

n Don’t exercise for at least two hours after an allergy shot to avoid significant side effects.

n In the morning when pollen

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Delicious Discards

Making Meals From Mainly Scraps by April Thompson

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ood scraps are no It’s fun to challenge the planet and good for longer relegated to the pocketbook. Forty yourself to create just making soup, percent of food produced something delicious out goes uneaten, stock and sauces that hide of something no one unnecessarily filling the their true nature. Creative chefs are reawakening to would think edible, like landfill with hundreds the possibilities of skins, my banana peel cake. of billions of dollars of cores, rinds and other food,” says Lindsay-Jean ~Lindsay-Jean Hard parts we’ve needlessly Hard, a chef in Ann been throwing away, with startling results. Arbor, Michigan, and the author of Cooking “Cooking with scraps is good for With Scraps: Turn Your Peels, Cores, Rinds,

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and Stems into Delicious Meals. Yet the real driving force behind Hard’s unusual, scrap-based recipes is the joy of creativity and innovation. “It’s fun to challenge yourself to create something delicious out of something no one would think edible, like my banana peel cake,” says Hard. Mads Refslund, a Danish chef living in New York City, seeks nature in food by cooking and serving it on the plate. “In nature, there is no ugly, no trash, just cycles of change. Using all the parts is a way of respecting the plant, the fish, the animal and its life,” says the co-author of Scraps, Wilt & Weeds: Turning Wasted Food into Plenty. Tama Matsuoka Wong, forager and coauthor of Scraps, Wilt & Weeds, points to the cultural relativism of cooking, noting that our ancestors or other cultures may think that modern Americans are throwing away the best parts of our food. “Some of the best flavor and nutrients can be found in vegetable, fruit and fish skins that often get discarded,” says Matsuoka Wong. Both Scraps, Wilt & Weeds and Cooking with Scraps are intended as reference guides to provide inspiration to home chefs, rather than rigid cookbooks to be followed with precision. Matsuoka Wong suggests trying to work with the ingredients at hand, using substitutions as needed, instead of buying an ingredient just to follow a recipe. Cooking from scraps requires a shift in mindset about our food and a new mindfulness about our habits in the kitchen, says Matsuoka Wong. “Before automatically throwing something away or composting, pause and think, what might I do with this?” she says. Hard suggests choosing one new ingredient at a time to work with, old bread being an easy one to start with. “Stale bread can easily be transformed into breadcrumbs and croutons that can add nice texture to a lot of dishes,” says Hard. “Nail a couple things you can make out of anything, like fried rice or frittatas, which are both very accepting of most any ingredient you add,” says Matsuoka Wong. Hard agrees that simple, hearty dishes like layered casseroles or tasty tempura can be great ways to clean out the odds and ends in the crisper. Sometimes the toughest ingredients can yield the tastiest meal. Hard admits to having been stumped by what to do with

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the non-fleshy part of artichoke leaves, which can be tough and bitter, until she developed a recipe for artichoke leaf nachos. Edible weeds, leaves, stalks and stems of all kinds, including celery, asparagus ends and carrot tops, make for great pesto, which is itself a versatile ingredient—great for sandwiches, dips, pastas and more—and it freezes well, Hard says. Fish scales can be fried and eaten like potato chips; they are a crunchy bar snack in Japan, notes Matsuoka Wong. Fish carcasses or shrimp shells can also be boiled down into stock for risotto or seafood chowder, suggests Hard. Fruit cores can be boiled into sweet syrup for cocktails or nonalcoholic refreshments, or distilled down into vinegars. Fruit peels can be crisped up into a healthy snack or boiled into a tea. Hard likes to infuse tequila with beet peels for a dramatic look and a little extra flavor. Fruit or vegetable tops such as pineapples, strawberries, cucumbers and leftover herbs can be used to infuse water or vinegar. Water from canned beans, known as aquafaba, is a great stand-in for egg whites to make everything from homemade vegan mayo to fudgy brownies. “Cooking with scraps shouldn’t be intimidating or overwhelming or feel like a chore: They’re just ingredients,” says Hard. “The more you cook using these recipes, the more familiar the concepts will become, and you’ll realize how easy it is to adapt them to make them your own.”

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FIGHT BACK NATURALLY

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When Allergies Put the Bite on Pets pringtime doesn’t just mean warmer weather, colorful flowers and greening grass. It also brings seasonal allergies. For pets, it can be a miserable time of year, because dogs and cats are lower to the ground and pick up allergens on their fur. Grass, weeds, pollen, lawn chemicals, fertilizers and fleas can trigger reactions such as itchy skin, raw paws, sneezing fits and general discomfort. Due to the warmer temperatures of the past decade, flea allergies in dogs have risen 12 percent, while cats have seen a whopping 67 percent increase. Environmental allergies are also up 30 percent for dogs and 11 percent for cats, according to the 2018 State of Pet Health Report from the Banfield Pet Hospital, in Vancouver, Washington. The most common environmental allergens include dust mites, mold, fabric, feathers and cleaning solutions.

Symptoms A dog’s itching will often manifest between the toes, on the wrists, “armpits”, groin, legs, ears, eyes and back, just in front of the tail. In the quest for relief, dogs will lick, chew, pull out hair and scratch, often leaving bare spots or open wounds that 30

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may get infected. Cats will pull hair, scratch ears and develop a rash or bare spot on the stomach or inside the legs. In extreme cases, a veterinarian will give an injection to calm the itchiness before more damage is done. Owners can use that lull to investigate what is causing the allergy.

Fleas For fleas, there are more natural ways to end the cycle than using potentially toxic pet treatments. Diatomaceous earth (DE) is affordable, non-toxic and safe, made from fossils of marine life crushed into a superfine powder. Its deadly effect on insects stems from piercing their hard shells so they become dehydrated. It does not harm mammals. Be sure to buy food-grade DE, not the kind that’s designed for use in pools and gardens. Simply dust the dog to the skin with the powder and sprinkle it on bedding, rugs and carpets. Cats tend to have more favorite nap spots than dogs, so vacuum first to get rid of any flea eggs. Sprinkle the DE and leave it in place for a couple of weeks. Vacuum again. DE can be hard on regular vacuums, but a Shop-Vac is up to the task.

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4 A change in cleaning products. Use unscented, all-natural cleansers. Put the dog or cat in another room when vacuuming so they don’t breathe dust. A new cat litter can trigger allergic reactions. Look for unscented, dust-free litter. 4 Plastic bowls. Switch to stainless steel bowls for food and water. 4 Seasonal flowers and grasses. Pet-friendly wipes will remove excess pollen when the dog comes in after outdoor time. A twice-weekly bath during the worst of the season and weekly as blooming subsides will wash away pollens. An oatmeal shampoo is soothing; don’t use tea tree oil-based shampoos, which may further irritate skin. Be sure to dry the fur. Wet bedding can cause mold, another allergen.

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4 Dust mites. Replace worn beds and bedding on a regular basis. Look for natural fabrics and fillings; no down or feathers. Wash weekly. 4 Lack of proper filtration. The air conditioner will capture incoming pollen: Be sure to change the filter often.

Be Proactive 4 Check the paw pads. If they’re irritated or red and raw, ask the vet for a salve to ease the pain while they heal. Be sure to wipe paws when coming into the house. 4 Take a look inside the ears. Allergies can lead to earaches, so watch for red, inflamed skin or black, tar-like goop. Either requires a vet visit and a prescription salve. 4 If dog walks are part of regular exercise, ask neighbors or local park employees if they’ve sprayed pesticides or treated grassy areas. 4 Add a small amount, based on weight, of Omega-3-rich fish oil to food to soothe and smooth the skin. Diligence in spotting symptoms can stop itching in its tracks when remedies are in place or at hand. Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.

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When your mind or emotions pull you into the past, you are being pulled out of the present. There are some wonderful things happening in the world, however, our news cycles don’t report these because they don’t sell. One site you may want to subscribe to is Optimist Daily.com. This organization has taken on the task of finding and reporting all the wonderful solutions happening around the world and the people and organizations that are making a positive difference. Aside from negative feelings like worry and fear that take you out of the present, something as wonderful as hope can bring you back. When you place all of your hope on the future, you are waiting for something to happen that will save you from your today. You may feel you will be happy in the new house you’re saving for or in the new job that will hopefully happen after you’re done with school or the next relationship. If you find yourself waiting to be happy until something changes in your life, you will most likely be chasing a carrot on a string. This quote by Bil Keane seems quite appropriate: “Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.”

Where Do You Go When You’re Not Present? by Annette Rugolo

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n important aspect of enlightenment is the ability to be present. The question to ask when talking about presence is not, how do you stay present, but where do you go when you’re not present? In other words, what takes you away from a state of being present? An easy way to begin finding out is by considering these four places where most people go.

The Past

When your mind or emotions pull you into the past, you are being pulled out of the present. The past holds many memories and emotions for us and if these are not resolved, we end up reliving the past every time our thoughts or emotions take us there. It’s difficult to stay in the present when our thoughts and emotions live elsewhere. Even if the past was good and wonderful, you can be pulled out of the present by thinking the past was better than your life is right now. If you are reliving the past because of the warm, wonderful memories it holds for you, it might be because you feel the best of your life has already been lived and your current or future life will never measure up. When you do this, you miss the magic that every moment holds.

The Future

There’s a saying that 99 percent of the things we worry about never materialize. All of that energy—when used in the present moment—can transform your life. Every time you allow yourself to worry about things that may never happen, you are dissipating your life force and the ability to resolve whatever is happening in your life right now. Fear is another waste of energy. So many people are afraid of the future, including for their children and/or grandchildren. Being overwhelmed by the news and hearing everything that is happening around the world, it’s easy to fall into a fearful state. 32

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The teeter totter effect takes you out of a state of presence where you compare yourself to others. When you are trying to feel better about yourself, you will look around and feel that everyone has a better life than you. You will see people with more money, better jobs, better relationships, better health and overall better lives. Sometimes, in order to feel better about yourself, you will look around and see others not as fortunate as you. You then feel better about yourself and your life because at least you have a better job, better home and better relationship than those you see. Both ways will take you out of the present moment and out of alignment with your own essence, your own inner light, beauty and spiritual gifts that you alone have brought into the world to share. The Inner Diamond method has helped many people live in the present moment, stay aligned with their inner light and consciously awaken to their spiritual gifts and life purpose. Annette Rugolo is a master instructor certified by Marie Diamond and has been teaching Inner Diamond meditation classes since 2002. She is passionate about helping people transform their lives and their environments. Her company, Conscious Life Resources, offers classes, consulting and transformation products to help people align and create a powerful connection with the universe and Mother Earth. For more information, visit AnnetteRugolo.com. See ad page 21.


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SATURDAY, MARCH 23 2nd Annual Holistic Healing and Psychic Expo – 10am-5pm. This will be a day of enlightenment, learning and fun. You will find psychic readers,

Eat What You Love - Batch Cooking Workshop – 6-7:30pm. Nichi will share her tips, tricks and secrets to successful batch cooking. You will cook a dish, share recipes and eat some good for you wholesome food! $5. My Healthy Beginning, 520 Tamarack Ave, Long Lake. MyHealthyBeginning.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 30 Opening Your Channel Workshop – 9:30am-4pm. During this workshop you will learn how you are in connection with Spirit. You will learn how to use your own gifts to improve personal clarity and confidence in what you know. $222. The Metamorphosis Center, 8646 Eagle Creek Pkwy, Suite 101, Savage. NeaClare.com. Holistic Healing and Psychic Expo – 10am-5pm. This will be a day of enlightenment, learning and fun. You will find psychic readers, energy healers, natural skin care products, crystals and stones, jewelry and more. $5-$25. Holiday Inn & Suites Owatonna, 365 NW 43rd St, Owatonna. HeartAndSoul.pb.gallery.

SUNDAY, MARCH 31 Home Improvement & Design Expo – 10am-4pm. Don’t miss your opportunity to explore up to 150 exhibitors featuring the latest products, services and information to help turn your dream home into a reality. $6 or free with food shelf donation. HealthEast Sports Center 4125 Radio Dr, Woodbury. MediaMaxEvents.com.

looking ahead SATURDAY, APRIL 5 Longevity Health Expo – 10am-4pm. Offers attendees options to look their best, feel their best and be their best at all ages. 110 Exhibitors and ongoing speaker presentations, demonstrations and entertainment all day. MediaMaxEvents.com.

MAY 31-JUNE 2 8th Annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference – Honoring Plant Wisdom - May 31-June 2. 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. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. MidwestWomensHerbal.com.

JUNE 21-23 Empathology 101 – This 3-day empathic workshop is designed to accelerate the fire of your life’s purpose, discover hidden dormant spiritual gifts, and receive esoteric spiritual and psychological technologies that will help you to know yourself better. IntraAwareness.com.

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and experienced meditators quiet the mind and connect for a relaxing and meaningful meditation. $15. Healing Elements, 2290 Como Ave, St. Paul. 651-348-6216. HealingElementsWellness.com.

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

ongoing Free Online Classes – The University of Minnesota is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Class-Central.com/ University/Minnesota. GROOVE Movement Class – A fun, simple and exciting way to experience dance that nurtures body, mind, heart, and soul. No dance experience required. All fitness levels welcome. Classes use all genres of music and include a warmup, dance, stretching, and a brief meditation. AeroDanceFitness.com. Midtown Global Market – Mon-Sat. 10am-8pm. & Sun 10am-6pm. If you’re looking for a more unique shopping experience, head to the Midtown Global Market, where more than 50 vendors sell food and trinkets ranging from local produce to Somalian Pastries, Middle Eastern olives and Asian spices. There are also cultural events - from musical performances to Irish step-dancing lessons. Free. 920 East Lake St, Minneapolis. 12951 Weaver Lake Road, Maple Grove. Midtown Global Market - MidtownGlobalMarket.org

sunday Restorative Flow Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. In restorative yoga, props are used to support the body so students can hold poses for a longer period of time, allowing the body to open through passive stretching. The focus is slowing down and calming the mind and body. $18. Healing Elements, 2290 Como Ave, St. Paul. 651-348-6216. HealingElementsWellness.com.

thursday Sunday Salsa Dancing – 10:30-11:30am. Join Rene Dennis Thompson for Sunday Salsa Dancing. Free. Midtown Global Market, 920 East Lake St., Minneapolis. MidtownGlobalMarket.org/events.

monday Loving Kindness Meditation Practice – 6-7pm. Through ancient, gentle and gradual practices, we learn to let go of fear and ill will and to open our hearts to ourselves and to others, known and unknown. Our time together will include instruction, guided meditation and discussion. Donation based. River Garden, 455 7th St W, St Paul. RiverGardenYoga.com.

tuesday Weekly Guided & Silent Meditation – 1111:30am. Led by a Prayer Chaplain in the Meditation Room, this meditation is the same one going on concurrently at Unity Village. It alternates affirmative prayer and silence. Donation based. Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center, 4011 W Hwy 13, Savage. UnityOfTheValleyMN.org. Stress Busters Meditation – Noon-1pm. Join us when you can for a free meditation at the University of MN. Mayo Building, Third Fl. Meditation Space, Minneapolis. CSH.umn.edu.

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Max Meditation Technique – 6:30-7:30pm. Experience a guided meditation, combining ancient meditation techniques with modern NeuroLinguistic Programming to help both beginning

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

friday Gentle Yoga for Every Body – 10:30-noon. A welcoming environment for students of all shapes and sizes. $15 drop-in. River Garden Yoga, 455 W 7th St, St. Paul. RiverGardenYoga.com. Drop-in Meditation – 5:15-6pm. A guided meditation presented through the lens of a Wisdom Practice (gratitude, compassion, and inquiry). $20 (or donation). Aslan Institute, 4141 Old Sibley Memorial Hwy, Eagan. AslanInst.com. Friday Chat & Play Social – 7-9pm. Let’s get to know each other and talk about energy, holistic health, psychic abilities, spirituality and much more. Free. J & S Bean Factory, 1518 Randolph Ave, St Paul. Hosted by SchaOn at Psinergy. Meetup.com/TC-Energy.

saturday Cardio Fitness Drumming – 8-8:30am. Burn calories in a fun, way with this full body workout that doesn’t feel like a workout. Free. Nutrition Hub, 7880 University Ave NE, Fridley. Text or call to reserve your spot. 612-787-2582. Facebook.com/ TheNutritionHub.Fridley.

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SEDATION AND IMPLANT DENTISTRY 1815 Suburban Ave, St. Paul ToothBuilder.com 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 26.

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ENERGY HEALING EMOTION CODE HEALING

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.

GRACE, LOVE AND LIGHT

Camille Bernards Certified Quantum Touch Practitioner 11417 NW Hanson Blvd, #101, Coon Rapids 612-599-1931 • GraceLoveLight.com 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 11.


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Darcy Diann, Certified Massage Therapist ~ Energy Practitioner 612-986-0131 • DarcyDiann.com 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 BhaktiClinic.com 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.

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

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ESTHETICS MICROCURRENT FACIALS

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

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