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Indigenous Wisdom Elders Urge Us to Reimagine Life

HEALING The Climate, HEALING Ourselves



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Foods to Counter Climate Change


Nature Programs Build Skills and Character

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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

Contents 15 AWAKENING



16 HEALTHY CLIMATE, HEALTHY PEOPLE Why a Warming Planet is Harming Our Health



19 INTO THE WOODS Nature Helps Kids Build Skills and Character




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22 CHANGING OUR DIET TO COOL THE CLIMATE Good Food Choices Enable Global Health

24 PLASTICS WARS Celebrate Earth Day Locally and Globally

DEPARTMENTS 5 news briefs 7 cover artist 8 health briefs 10 global briefs 11 action alert 12 eco tip 13 inspiration 14 book review 19 healthy kids

10 20 healing ways 22 conscious

eating 24 earth day events 25 calendar 27 resource guide April 2018



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Create A Healthy Home


pring has definitely sprung and there is a new energy in the air this month. This April we focus on Climate Health Updates and Healthy Homes. According to the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, the eight elements that promote a healthy home consist of having a residence that is dry, clean, safe, well ventilated, pest-free, contaminant-free, well maintained and Jody Janati Candi Broeffle energy efficient. We can all agree that home is also where the heart is. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, “He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.” Creating a home that is truly healthy for the mind, body and soul often goes a bit beyond safety and cleanliness and has a lot to do with how the space feels. In her bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, Marie Kondo helps the reader find what she refers to as “joy” in the cleaning process—a concept that may fall short for a number of us when we think about getting our house in order. Her book helps us to overcome resistance to actively achieving a clean and tidy house and we strongly recommend it to inspire you for any type of spring cleaning that you choose to undertake. The Chinese system of feng shui is a 3,000-year-old method of harmonizing individuals with their surrounding environment. The goal is to optimize the energy within one’s living space through intentional practices and the careful placement of objects. This month we’d like to offer you 10 feng shui practices for a more calm and harmonized home: (1) clear your space (2) clean your space (3) remove dangerous furniture (4) fix broken items (5) make your entryway welcoming (6) allow fresh air and light into your home (7) immediately replace burned out lightbulbs (8) bring in plants (9) never have your back to a door (10) love what you keep. Our Facebook question this month is: How do you create a more healthy and joyful home? Please visit us at and join the discussion. We would love to hear successful tips from our readers. Our point to ponder this month is, “Home is the starting place of love, hope and dreams; it is where our story takes place.” Our wish for each of our readers is that your home is always too small to hold all your friends!

Jody Janati & Candi Broeffle, Co-Publishers

news briefs

Organic Bitters for Spring Internal Cleansing


s the seasons change, so do our health and supplementation needs. Many people will turn to bitters in the spring for gentle cleansing and detox. They have been used for centuries to provide relief from stomach upset and indigestion and reflux, but they also aid the body in internal cleansing. Bitters are meant to improve or maintain proper functioning of the liver, such as to support normal levels of inflammation in the body, ensure that toxins are swiftly and effectively eliminated, coordinate the metabolism of sugars and fats, and process hormones. By placing bitters on your tongue, a reflex signal is sent through the vagus nerve directly to the liver, stimulating it to be more effective. Bitters may also support the healthy release of hormones like cholecystokinin (CCK) which stimulate gallbladder contraction. Additionally, skin can act as an early warning system that the liver may be compromised; by using bitters regularly to aid the liver, clearer skin can result. Mastel’s carries Urban Moonshine Organic Bitters which has been making specialized blends since 2008. Their bitters aim to bring the powerful herbs found in nature into your home in an easy-to-use and effective manner. You can find their bitters in five varieties: Original, Citrus, Maple, Cider Vinegar and Calm Tummy as well as their Joy Tonic for occasional anxiety. Location: 1526 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul. For more information, visit See ad page 21.

A Cabaret of Consciousness Special Earth Day Performance


erformer Gina Citoli presents A Cabaret of Consciousness, a heartfelt performance designed to elevate consciousness and inspire the human spirit. The special Earth Day performance of the musical will be held at 2 p.m., April 22, at the Carondelet Center, in St. Paul. This one-woman show features Mama Earth, the voice of the Earth, and a force to be reckoned with. She is part motivational speaker, wise Gina Citoli woman, Broadway diva and rock star, and delivers a powerhouse performance that is made for our times. The show delivers a dynamic and lifeenriching message of promise and inspiration to an awakening people. Citoli has performed internationally and has recorded with Grammy award-winning producer Barry Goldstein. Her music has won awards, been used by NASA in environmental films, and on international CD compilations for world peace. Citoli and her company, Alchemy VII Enterprises, are dedicated to producing performances that take the audience beyond entertainment into “The Extraordinary!” Cost: $30. Location: 1890 Randolph Ave., St. Paul. For more information and tickets, visit and

Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest Comes to Minneapolis May 19 & 20


he 3rd annual Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest (GFFAFest) will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 19, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 20, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The event features a weekend of presentations, food samples and live cooking demos. For those with food allergies or choosing to live gluten-free, it can be difficult to find delicious food options, but it has just gotten much easier. The GFFAFest is the largest expo of its kind in the Minneapolis area and includes more than 75 exhibitors, learning seminars conducted by local and national experts and delicious food samples, including gluten-, dairy- and nut-free options. “The GFFAFest offers consumers a fun way to interact one-on-one with manufacturers and vendors to sample products and learn more about allergy-friendly and gluten-free goods and services,” states Marketing Director of the fest, Lindsey Bockhorst. “We are thrilled to be coming back to the Twin Cities to help support the gluten-free community.” Admission: $15/one-day adult; $25/two-day adult; $12/one-day military and seniors; $5/ children; free/5 years and under. Location: 1301 2nd Ave. S., Minneapolis. For more information, visit GlutenFreeFood See ad, page 31.

Climate change is a terrible problem, and it absolutely needs to be solved. It deserves to be a huge priority. ~Bill Gates April 2018


news briefs

Hawaiian-Style Massage and Healing Arts Workshop Coming in May


omilomi is a healing form of massage and its unique form of bodywork has been handed down for generations through the ancient master healers of Hawaii. The hallmark of lomilomi is the loving connectedness between the practitioner and the client, which is why it means “loving hands massage.” There’ll be two, four-day workshops scheduled between May 3 and 10, at Henderson Healing Hub, in Henderson. The first four-day workshop takes place from May 3 to 6, and will teach a full-body, 60-minute massage as well as an introduction to the history of the Hawaiian Healing Arts and Lomi protocols. The style of massage is derived from three different family traditions carried by Aunty Suzi, from the Holistic Honu Wellness Center, in California. The instructor is Olivia Hageman, who has been studying and practicing Lomilomi for the last 10 years. The second part of this set of workshops will be taught from May 7 to 10, by Aunty Suzi Ko, Lomilomi and Hawaiian healing arts specialist. Ko will oversee the basic course as well as teach plant medicines, spa treatments and advanced Lomilomi techniques. The schedule for this set of workshops is available at Workshops are approved continuing education courses by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Taking the courses will not make participants Lomilomi practitioners but will enable them to give an amazing Lomilomi-style massage. Lomi works with long, flowing strokes to soothe the body and connect to the mind. Working with what they find in the body, the massage therapist customizes the massage for each person and this can vary at different visits for the same person as changes in the body are naturally occurring. “For the past 10 years I have been studying and practicing Lomilomi under Aunty Suzi. This style of massage is incredibly powerful because it works with what we find in the body,” Hageman explains. “To start, you learn the protocol, but in application each client receives a unique session. The results from Lomi work are more significant than other styles of massage. Lomi has also increased the longevity of my massage career because when using forearms, you save your hands and thumbs from overuse.” Cost: $90-$350 depending on workshop(s) selection. Location: 522 Main St., Henderson. For more information and to register, call 507-388-8315 or visit See ad page 11.


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Ladies Night Out at International Village in Bloomington


he businesses at the International Village Professional Building, in Bloomington, are hosting a Ladies Night Out, 6 to 8:30 p.m., April 19. Featuring more than 20 local vendors, live music, food and health screenings, the proceeds from this annual event benefit Gilda’s Club Twin Cities, located in Minnetonka, a nonprofit cancer support community founded in memory of Gilda Radner, comedienne and actress from Saturday Night Live. “We want to create an evening where women can learn, enjoy and shop all in one location and then leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. It’s also a good opportunity to learn more about your health and maybe find a solution for something that’s troubling you,” says Dr. Una Forde, chiropractor and owner of the Golden Sun Chiropractic Wellness Center, one of the event organizers along with Healing Taj Holistic Stretching and Massage. There will be free chiropractic screenings, free range of motion screenings, free chair massages, acupuncture discounts, infrared thermography, hair discounts, free legal Q&A, Young Living Oils, jewelry, gifts, handmade items, free consultations, Nutrition Plus supplements, Younique makeup, live Celtic harp music, and Vertical Endeavors will raffle free passes for indoor rock climbing at all of their locations, plus much more. Food is being donated by Jimmy Johns and Umbria’s, desserts by Mound Spring Garden Catering. Attendees may sign up to win a variety of giveaways from the event’s organizers as well as from some of the vendors. Cost: Free. Location: 220 W. 98th St., Bloomington. For more information, call 952-922-1478. See ad, page 11.

Brave Endeavors Retreat May 4 to 6


omposure Coaching announces the next Brave Endeavors Retreat will be held from May 4 to 6, at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge, in Deerwood. Brave Endeavors Retreats are for individuals who know they are meant to do something more with their lives but may not fully understand what that is. The small group retreat will allow participants the time and space needed to fully explore their past experiences and how these have helped to align them with their future goals. “Brave Endeavors helps my clients to get clear on what their true purpose is,” states Candi Broeffle, retreat leader. “They leave the retreat with a clear plan and actionable steps that allow them to fully realize their dreams. The truly inspiring aspect is how they build friendships and a community that lasts well past the retreat itself.” As a certified professional coach, Broeffle provides participants with an Energy Leadership Index (ELI) assessment and a private debrief prior to the retreat. “This attitudinal assessment helps people understand the energy they bring into different situations and how they can shift their energy to be more effective in their interactions and in life,” Broeffle explains. The three-day, two-night retreat includes private overnight accommodations, meals and all materials. Participants will also receive ongoing support through a Mastermind Group which helps them to stay on track to achieve their goals. Cost: $1,297. Location: 25039 Tame Fish Lake Rd., Deerwood. To register, visit Composure See ad, page 25.

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Burrowing Owl Stephen Blancett


he Soma Serenity Center, offering colon hydrotherapy, opened in March, in Lakeville. The center is owned and managed by Phoenix Galban, a colon hydrotherapist, and is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and by appointment on weekends. Galban has been a certified colon hydrotherapist since 2014. Originally, she became certified by the American Institute of Natural Health, Phoenix Galban and then followed that with certification from the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy (I-ACT). She has also received training in massage therapy, energy medicine, first aid and CPR. Since becoming a certified colon hydrotherapist, Galban has also practiced in California andArizona. “I wanted to create a space that feels like home, where people can experience a safe, warm environment that promotes better lifestyle choices to nourish one’s body, mind and spirit,” Galban says of her new office space. Colon hydrotherapy removes stagnant waste matter and toxic bacteria along with cellular debris from the body. It can offer relief from unhealthy digestive symptoms and often helps achieve greater immunity, enhanced energy, clearer skin, improved mental clarity and a general elevation in mood. Galban says she believes in seeing people as a whole and not as something that is broken. She explains that maintaining a healthy balance for the soma and cleansing as needed may help individuals with a variety of health issues, including preparing for a colonoscopy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), constipation, parasite cleansing, depression, stress and more. Galban discovered colon hydrotherapy when she was looking for answers to her own health challenges. In discovering this ancient modality that was new to her, she also found her path and calling for being in service to others and sharing her knowledge and skills in the practice of colon hydrotherapy.

over artist Stephen Blancett has been making art since childhood, but his style and subjects are ever-evolving. Animals are a new favorite subject of the artist, who typically paints both abstracts and figures portrayed realistically in form, but in bold, unreal colors. “I’ve always had a love for animals,” says Blancett, a resident of Alva, Florida. “I see a lot more wildlife now that I live near a river, especially fish, manatees and alligators, which inspires me to paint them.” Burrowing Owl was commissioned for a fundraiser for Abuse Counseling & Treatment (ACT), an organization that assists victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. “It’s a great reward to know that my art benefits another person in some way,” says Blancett, a longtime supporter of ACT. A former creative director in the advertising and publishing fields with a degree from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Blancett serves as national art director for Natural Awakenings. His work has been featured in numerous publications and galleries around the world, including recent exhibitions in Miami, London, Vienna and Strasbourg.

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health briefs

Whole Grains Help Us Eat Less DeryaDraws /

When overweight adults exchange refined grain products such as white bread and pasta for whole-grain equivalents, they tend to feel full sooner, eat less, lose weight and experience a reduction in inflammation, the journal Gut reports. Researchers from Denmark’s National Food Institute and the University of Copenhagen studying 50 adults at risk for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease found that test volunteers realized these benefits by eating whole grains, and rye in particular.

Ingesting a combination of five herbs while making healthy lifestyle changes significantly reduced symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome in a recent Australian study of 122 women published in Phytotherapy Research. The herbs were Cinnamomum verum (cinnamon), Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice), Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort), Paeonia lactiflora (peony) and Tribulus terrestris (tribulus). Menstrual cycles returned to normal duration for 55 percent of the women, and significant improvements occurred in body mass index, pregnancy rates, hormones, insulin sensitivity and blood pressure. Subjects also exhibited less depression, anxiety and stress.

High-Fat Diet Risks Multiple Sclerosis Relapse A high-fat diet increases the risk of relapse of multiple sclerosis in children by as much as 56 percent, reports The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. A multi-university study of 219 children also found that each 10 percent increase in saturated fat as a share of total calories tripled the risk of relapse. Inversely, each additional cup of vegetables per week cut the risk of the disease by 50 percent.


Herbs Ease Polycystic Ovary Symptoms

A Harvard study of 325 women undergoing fertility treatments found that those consuming the most produce high in pesticide residues, such as strawberries, spinach and grapes, were 18 percent less likely to become pregnant and 26 percent less likely to have a live birth compared to women eating the least amount of pesticide-laden produce. Study co-author Dr. Jorge Chavarro suggests that women trying to conceive should eat organic produce or low-pesticide choices like avocados, onions and oranges. 8

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Less REM-Stage Sleep Linked to Dementia Risk

People that get less rapid eye movement (REM) sleep may have a greater risk of developing dementia, according to a new study published in Neurology. Following 321 people over age 60 for 12 years, Australian researchers found that those that developed dementia spent an average of 17 percent of their sleep time in REM sleep, compared to 20 percent for others. It also took them longer to get to that dream-generating stage.

Nature Videos Calm Prisoners

Maximum-security prison inmates in Oregon that spent an hour a day for a year watching nature videos were involved in 26 percent fewer violent acts compared with fellow inmates, and reported feeling significantly calmer, less irritable and more empathetic. The University of Utah study, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, states, “An estimated 5.3 million Americans live or work in nature-deprived venues. Such removal from nature can result in an ‘extinction of experience’ that can further lead to disinterest or disaffection toward natural settings, or even biophobia (fear of the natural environment). People that infrequently or never spend time in nature will be deprived of the numerous physical and emotional benefits that contact with nature affords.”

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A study published in the journal Science found that forests across Asia, Latin America and Africa release 468 tons of carbon per year, equivalent to nearly 10 percent of the annual U.S. carbon footprint. Thus, tropical forests may no longer be acting as carbon sinks and could be releasing more carbon than they store. Lead author Alessandro Baccini, with the Woods Hole Research Center, in Massachusetts, says, “These findings provide the world with a wake-up call on forests. If we’re to keep global temperatures from rising to dangerous levels, we need to drastically reduce emissions and greatly increase forests’ ability to absorb and store carbon.” Researchers think nearly 70 percent of this loss of carbon storage capacity is caused by small-scale degradation from logging, drought and wildfire. Researchers say that policies to curb deforestation, reduce degradation and restore the integrity of the land could turn forests back into carbon sinks.

Distributed Power

Energy Users Control Own Supplies

Some municipalities spend between 20 and 40 percent of their annual budgets on the energy needed to operate wastewater treatment plants. The city of Thousand Oaks, California, has transformed their biggest energy user into an energy generator. Across the U.S., energy users of all sizes are taking control of their power supply and relieving stress from the grid. That’s the idea behind distributed energy. Atlantic Re:think and Siemens have partnered to explore this burgeoning energy revolution. View a video at

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Solar energy is now the cheapest form of new energy in dozens of countries, with recordsetting solar farms being built worldwide. Researchers have been investigating ways to make transparent solar panels that resemble glass that could be used as window panels at the same time as converting the light that shines on them into electricity. “Highly transparent solar cells represent the wave of the future for new solar applications,” explains materials scientist Richard Lunt, Ph.D., from Michigan State University. “We analyzed their potential and show that by harvesting only invisible light, these devices have the potential of generating a similar amount of electricity as rooftop solar while providing additional functionality to enhance the efficiency of buildings, automobiles and mobile electronics.” As reported in Nature Energy, his team has developed a transparent, luminescent, solar concentrator that looks like clear glass, covered in small, organic molecules adept at capturing only ultraviolet and near-infrared wavelengths of light. The visible light that enables human vision isn’t obstructed, so we can see through the cell. If scaled up to cover the billions of square feet of glass surfaces throughout the U.S., it could potentially supply about 40 percent of our country’s energy needs.

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Sway Congress Save Wild Horses Campaign Update

The Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget again calls on Congress to lift long-standing prohibitions on the destruction and slaughter of wild horses and burros. The budget seeks to cut approximately $14 million of the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Program by selling as many as 90,000 federally protected American mustangs for slaughter to avoid management costs and supply foreign markets with horsemeat. So far, citizens have held the line in favor of America’s iconic equine heritage. As Congress discusses appropriations for 2019, we must continue to press our senators and representatives to stand with the 80 percent of Americans that demand protection for these animals. Make your voice heard today via the online form at SaveWildHorsesNow.

Horses make a landscape look beautiful. ~Alice Walker

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We Need Trees

Arbor Day More Vital Now than Ever

The 147th annual Arbor Day on April 27 encourages tree planting worldwide to replenish lost tree cover including trees wiped out in the recent fires in California and hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) is committed to providing 5 million trees in these areas alone. More than 3,400 U.S. communities will participate as an ADF Tree City. Visit for a current list and criteria for new communities to apply.

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The ADF Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees. org) supports tree-growing programs for 200 nonprofit member groups nationwide via funding, information sharing and forging helpful connections. Trees are much more than aesthetics, says Program Manager Dana Karcher, who most recently welcomed Community Greening, in Delray Beach, Florida, and Outdoor Circle, in Hawaii, into the fold. “Trees clean the air, are a habitat for animals, retain storm water and more.” An affiliated nonprofit program online at encourages tree planting each October. Billings, Montana, earned the latest Arbor Day Celebration Award after 12 elementary schools there engaged in environmental education stations and 180 volunteers planted and pruned trees. Other recent biannual award winners included California’s ReLeaf program and the Atlanta Beltline Arboretum. The need was great even before the world’s forests lost 73.4 million acres of tree cover in 2016, a 51 percent increase over 2015, due to poor forest management, climate change-driven drought and fires, says Global Forest Watch. Hopeful global signs: The largest-ever tropical reforestation project in the Brazilian Amazon aims to plant 73 million trees in the next six years on 70,000 acres. A New Zealand participation goal for the Billion Trees Planting Programme targets planting 100 million trees annually for a decade. In July 2017, volunteers in Madhya Pradesh, India, planted 66,750,000 tree saplings in 12 hours, exceeding the previous record by Uttar Pradesh of 50 million in 24 hours, as part of India’s reforestation pledge of 2 billion new trees by 2030. A $10 annual ADF membership fee includes 10, sixinch-tall seedlings to plant or to donate to a national forest. Karcher’s paramount planting tip: “Dig the hole twice as wide and the same depth of the root ball. If it’s too deep, it’ll suffocate. Give roots space to grow.”

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choose to stand in the circle of unity, there is strength. Each of us has an important part to play in the circle of life to sustain precious relationships among people, Earth and spirit for ourselves, our children and future generations.



Power of Healing

INDIGENOUS WISDOM Elders Urge Us to Reimagine Life


by Anita Sanchez

irst, 27 indigenous elders from 23 North American tribes, two African tribes, a Tibetan Buddhist and a Sami from Finland gathered at Turtle Mountain, in Dunseith, North Dakota, in 1994. Recently, 13 elders from 10 tribes from Russia, Columbia, South Africa and the U.S. gathered in Kauai, Hawaii. Other such gatherings, too, are participating in a shared prophecy supporting world salvation. They offer humanity four sacred gifts of wisdom rooted in their life experiences. This is our invitation to receive them.

Indigenous elders tailor their healing practices to the whole human being, using good medicine, defined as anything or anyone that brings into positive alignment the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical levels. Healing can take many forms, based on tradition, the healer, patient and nature, yet four basic elements or practices are consistent: listening, supportive relationships, unconditional love and committing to creative, positive action.

Power of Hope Hope springs from the choice to tap into an infinite energy source. It may not be understood by modern science, but indigenous wisdom keepers behold an inner certainty of something bigger than us all. When we open ourselves to hope, it is possible to release the pressure and desire to try to know something about everything, and instead free our imagination to create expansive possibilities. Anita Sanchez, Ph.D., is a transformational leadership consultant, speaker, coach and author of the new book, The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times, from which this was adapted. For videos and a song, visit

Power to Forgive the Unforgivable

Forgiveness is releasing ourselves from the prison of pain, hurt or mistreatment. It takes courage and self-love to do this. The reward of this act is freedom to use our energy to create what is life-giving to our self and the lives of those we touch.

Power of Unity

This is a time for us all to become and remain united and steadfast, repairing the world from the misuse of power and greed. When we

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Earth Day

should encourage us to reflect on what we are doing to make our planet a more

sustainable and livable place. ~Scott Peters

My Pretty…and Its Ugly Truth: A Memoir by De’Vonna Bentley-Pittman


e’Vonna Bentley-Pittman shares her life story, offering to comfort and inspire others while baring the painful truth of her upbringing south of Chicago where crime and poverty went hand-in-hand. The author writes detailed memories, unfiltered through the passage of time. These experiences are gut-wrenching and heartbreaking. De’Vonna Yet, she comes out the other side surviving to tell her Bentley-Pittman story and become an advocate for other victims of sexual abuse. This self-published book is not for the faint of heart. Bentley-Pittman explains that she wants to create a connection with others by sharing all of her story and offering hope and comfort to those in the same types of situations. Bentley-Pittman overcame incest, sexual abuse, controlling relationships, drugs, an early pregnancy and much more before she became an author, speaker and healthy sex advocate. She ended up moving to Minneapolis where she eventually went to college and later became a board member of the Sexual Violence Center, in Minneapolis. She shares unflinchingly her faith in God and how He helped her through it all. “God is funny sometimes. He allowed me to believe that I had made a promise to Him, but He was really fulfilling a promise that He’d made to me many years ago.” My Pretty…and Its Ugly Truth: A Memoir by De’Vonna Bentley-Pittman. Published in 2012. Cost: $20 for the trade paperback. $9.99 Kindle.


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Awakening Leadership by Scott V. Black


rue Leadership shows up in a “loop.” It is a continual process that allows for the growth and development of those in the process. If the greatest assets of any organization are the hearts and minds of its people, then the greatest skill or attitude is that of being an effective leader. In 25 years of working with great leaders and developing great leaders, I have learned that the number one weapon formed against us is confusion. A leader’s job is not to answer all questions and fix all problems, but to remove confusion and communicate a vision. There are so many books out there on leadership and team building, it can add to the confusion. I like to train leaders to Keep It Simple Soldier (KISS). Just because something is hard, there is no need to make it worse by making it complicated. Leadership is a loop and it consists of three pieces that feed each other, allowing for the perpetual guarantee of outcome. In the corporate world we call that SOP (standard operating procedure)—because it works!


The first thing we need to know: As leaders we give people permission. A hypocrite is one whose words and actions are incongruent—they don’t match. As a kid, I was raised with the greatest hypocrisy when my father would say, “Do as I say, not as I do.” Our actions give other people permission—good or bad. A picture is said to be worth a thousand words. The average person speaks from 120 to 140 words per minute. One picture is the equivalent of six to eight minutes of non-stop dialogue.


Example takes the permission to a more specific, personal level. It is one thing to have permission, to know that it is okay to do something; it is another to know how to do something. A picture allows for someone to match and model activity and purpose. People don’t need another sermon, they need a picture. Dr. Albert Mehrabian posits that in an agreement gaining presentation, words are only seven percent of communication. Everything else is everything else. Our example is the best explanation of what we want others to do and to be like. When you can demonstrate what your outcome looks like, sounds like and feels like, then you remove confusion from the equation and allow for greater results.

Everything is produced from the environment. Environment is like the soil to a farmer. Good soil produces good produce. Bad soil begets bad produce. If you plant radish seeds, you get radishes. If you plant carrot seeds today, in a few months you will be pulling up carrots. The environment, or culture of an organization, is what produces the repeated results a leader gets. The produce, the outcomes of an organization, are a direct result of the environment in which things were developed. It is critical that this environment is reinforced at all levels of leadership and management and by all team members. When your culture is conscious and controlled, then your team is unleashed to be all they were created to be! Rule number one about being a leader: It’s not about you. Leader, get off yourself, and remember that your number one commodity is hope. A good leader is a Hope Peddler. When you are consciously living life, like it matters, helping grow people with forward looking hope and you understand the leadership loop, the possibilities are more probable. The return on investment of time and resources is magnified. However, the greater result is the “human capital”, because no matter what you do for a living, you help create better leaders. Leaders peddling hope, who give permission to others to “play big”, give an example of a purposeful, passionate, focused, committed, visionary leader for others to emulate. But most importantly, this is done in an environment that supports the implementation and application of said vision. “Thus the brave and aspiring life of one man lights a flame in the minds of others of like faculties and impulse; and where there is equally vigorous effort, like distinction and success will almost surely follow. Thus the chain of example is carried down through time in an endless succession of links—admiration exciting imitation, and perpetuating the true aristocracy of genius.” ~ Samuel Smiles For the past 25 years, Scott V. Black has been the master trainer for Transformational Leadership Training-Leadership Awakening. He is also Radio Host for “Like It Matters Radio,” heard daily from 9 to 10 a.m., in Minneapolis, on Wellness Radio 1570 and For more information, visit


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Why a Warming Planet is Harming Our Health by Lisa Marshall


amantha Ahdoot’s son Isaac was 9 years old when he collapsed from the heat while playing clarinet at band camp. It had been a record-hot summer following a mild winter and early spring, and Dr. Ahdoot, an Alexandria, Virginia, pediatrician, had already noticed a string of unusual cases: A toddler had contracted Lyme disease in the once tick-free region of Northern Maine. A teenager had suffered an asthma attack in February, a full month before she usually started taking allergy medicine. A displaced grade-schooler from out of town arrived traumatized after fleeing a hurricane-ravaged home with her family. But it wasn’t until she saw her son laying on a gurney in the emergency room with an IV in his arm that she fully connected the dots. 16

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“I was aware that the weather had changed a lot since I was kid. But it really didn’t hit home until that day that climate change could affect my health and the health of my children personally,” recalls Ahdoot. “I realized it would be a betrayal of my duty as a pediatrician to sit back and do nothing about it.”

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health issue today. In one recent survey of 1,200 allergists, 48 percent said climate change is already affecting their patients a “great deal” or a “moderate amount.” In another survey of lung specialists, 77 percent said they were seeing patient symptoms grow more severe due to worsening climate-related air quality. In a sweeping review published last October in The Lancet medical journal, a team of healthcare professionals proclaimed that the human symptoms of climate change are “unequivocal and potentially irreversible,” noting that since 2000, the number of people in the United States exposed to heat waves annually has risen by about 14.5 million, and the number of natural disasters annually has increased 46 percent. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also begun to weigh in with a Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative to help local health departments brace for everything from the hazardous air quality associated with more forest fires to the spread of vector-borne diseases like Zika and West Nile as the range and season of mosquitoes and ticks expands. Meanwhile, groups like the newly formed and expansive Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, to which Ahdoot belongs, are being proactive. Its doctors are greening their offices, swapping cars for bikes, buses or carpooling, lobbying lawmakers and encouraging their patients to undertake measures to prevent the problem from worsening. In the process, they say, they might even improve their own health. “We want the public to understand that climate change is not just about polar bears or receding glaciers in the Arctic, but also about our children and our health here and now,” says Ahdoot.

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Flora and Fauna Issues

During the past century, average temperatures have increased between 1.3 and 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit, with annual increases accelerating in recent years as 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017 all set records for ambient heat. Such rising temperatures, combined with increased rain and record-high atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, can have a significant impact on plants— both those that irritate or nourish us, says Howard Frumkin, a medical doctor who co-authored the Lancet report and teaches environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington, in Seattle. Wild, allergy-inducing plants like ragweed and poison ivy are flourishing. Poison ivy is growing faster, larger and more toxic as excess carbon prompts it to produce more of its rash-inducing compound, urushiol. “We are seeing the season for ragweed productivity expanding, with pollen levels rising higher and earlier and lasting longer by several weeks,” advises Frumkin. In 2016, residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota, endured a ragweed season that was 21 days longer than in 1990. Other, desirable crops, like grains, do worse in hotter carbonrich climes, producing less protein and other nutrients, Frumkin notes. Meanwhile, bugs are thriving, with longer seasons and wider ranges in which to reproduce. Mosquitoes’ capacity to transmit dengue fever— the world’s fastest-growing mosquitoborne illness—has risen by 11 percent since 1950, more than half of that just since 1990, according to the Lancet report. Further, the tick that carries Lyme disease is now present in 46 percent of U.S. counties, up from 30 percent in 1998. “My physician colleagues used to treat two or three cases a month during tick season,” says Dr. Nitin Damle, a physician at South County Internal Medicine, in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

Five Steps to Take Today


Swap tailpipes for pedals: Bike or walk instead of driving, especially for distances of less than two miles, which comprise 40 percent of all car trips. A study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that if everyone did this in just 11 cities in the Midwest, not only would carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fall, but it would extend 1,300 lives and save $8 billion in healthcare costs due to better air quality and less sedentary lifestyles.


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red meat results in five times more climate-warming emissions per calorie than chicken, pork, dairy or eggs, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. It also creates 11 times more emissions than the production of potatoes, wheat or rice. Eating less red meat can also decrease an individual’s risk of certain cancers.


Encourage hospitals and doctors’ offices to go green:

The healthcare system is responsible

“Now each of us sees 40 to 50 new cases each season.”

Heat Pollution

Rising heat can also aggravate lung conditions because it promotes the production of ozone, a major lung irritant. With prolonged heat often come wildfires. When one burned for three months in North Carolina in a recent summer, researchers discovered that residents of counties affected by the smoke plume showed a 50 percent increase in emergency trips due to respiratory illness. Like Isaac, more kids are ending up in hospitals due to soaring temperatures, with U.S. emergency room visits for heat illnesses up by 133 percent between 1997 and 2006. Ahdoot recalls a young football player from Arkansas that showed signs of weakness and fatigue during practice, but wasn’t treated right away. He ended

for about 10 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent study by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, Connecticut. Boston-area hospitals recently slashed their overall emissions by 29 percent in five years.


Plant more trees: As they grow, trees remove carbon dioxide from the air. Being around green space has also been shown to boost mental and cognitive health.


Show compassion: Americans,

per capita, emit six times more CO2 than the global average, according to research by Jonathan Patz, a medical doctor who directs the Global Health Institute at the University of WisconsinMadison. In a TED Talk, he observed that U.S. lower-income populations and those in developing countries are often hit hardest by gaseous emissions. “Those most vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change are often the least responsible,” he says. “Doing something about this is a matter of compassion.”

up with heat stroke, kidney failure and pulmonary edema and ultimately required kidney dialysis. “Every summer now, I see the impacts of increasing temperatures and heat waves on kids,” she says. Climate change can also impact mental health, according to a recent review by the American Psychological Association. Exposure to natural disasters can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. Plus, according to research institutions including the University of California, San Diego, and Iowa State University, chronic heat, especially at night, can interfere with sleep and even lead to aggressive behavior. Then there’s the worry about what to do about it, and whether it will be enough. “When you talk with people about what is affecting them, climate is definitely one of the things stressing them out,” says Thomas Doherty, Psy.D., a psychologist April 2018


in Portland, Oregon. “There’s a sense of mystery and powerlessness around it that weighs on people.”

Fresh Perspective, New Hope

Mona Sarfaty, a family physician who is now director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, attests that 69 percent of Americans are aware that climate change is occurring, and more than half agree that human activities are at least partly to blame. Yet only a third believe it could ever harm them personally. “So much of the early focus was on the receding glaciers and the penguins,” she says. “People today still think it will affect ‘those other people over there,’ but not them.” She agrees with the recent focus on imminent health issues, and is encouraged that a growing number of healthcare professionals feel it’s their duty to inform their patients about climate change to mobilize action. “When you talk about climate change not only in terms of the health impact it has on individuals and families, but also in terms of the real-time benefits of taking action against it, people are a lot more interested in doing something,” says Sarfaty. For instance, shifting to clean energy sources like wind and solar instead of coal can effect better air quality and easier breathing now. Cycling or walking to work rather than driving can reduce carbon emissions, boost feel-good brain chemicals and keep weight in check. Writing letters to editors or attending rallies to urge lawmakers to pass climate-friendly policies can not only fend off the anxiety and depression that comes with feeling helpless, but also effect real change. Ahdoot is taking these steps now. She has solar panels on her roof, is assisting the local hospital to reduce its carbon footprint, takes public transportation to work and encourages her kids to walk whenever possible. “I don’t feel powerless at all. I feel empowered and optimistic,” she says. “The more we know, the more we are moved to act. We can all do something small every day to protect our climate.”



iving a healthy life is something to which many of us aspire. Whether your way of staying healthy is eating naturally or spending time at the gym, surrounding yourself with a healthy home and living environment is key to reaching healthy living goals. Physical health is affected by diet and exercise, but mental health can also be affected by many aspects in your life. To boost your well-being through natural living, follow these four simple steps:

1. First and foremost, keeping an organized, clean home can result in a less stressful life. The first step to cleaning your home is removing clutter. Reducing clutter and putting away your belongings can help reduce stress and fatigue. Once you’ve removed clutter, you can begin to deep clean your home. Try using natural cleaners and smells that are soothing to you. Check out the DIY All-Purpose, All-Natural Cleaning Spray recipe below. 2. Once you’ve cleaned your living space, it’s time to clear the air. Let positive energy fill your home in a number of different ways. Open up the windows and let fresh air flow through the halls, or spend some time decorating with things that make you feel happy or relaxed. Listen to music or diffuse essential oils—do what makes you comfortable.

3. Work on keeping your relationships positive. Whether you live with a roommate, a spouse or children, it’s important to keep relationships in check when creating a healthy living environment. The number one way to keep relationships positive when living together is understanding wants and needs—communicate effectively and understand that you may not win every “battle.” If you listen effectively and are willing to accept your differences, you’ll be on your way to living a happier, healthier life at home.

4. Keep your body happy, too. If you’re comfortable with where you’re at physically, you’ll be happier with your life as a whole. Be sure to take care of your body by eating fresh, all-natural foods and getting enough exercise. However, it’s important to find a healthy balance, so indulge every once in a while! If you miss a workout, don’t beat up on yourself; if you have a slice of pizza, don’t feel bad. It’s important to enjoy little indulgences and to stay positive. For all-natural cleaning supplies, essential oils and foods, stop by Mazopiya, located at 2571 Credit Union Dr., Prior Lake. Mazopiya is an all-natural market that features an array of organic produce, all-natural health and wellness products and on-the-go food options. See ad page 32.

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INTO THE WOODS Nature Helps Kids Build Skills and Character


by April Thompson

movement is afoot to get kids grounded in nature. Wilderness awareness programs, also known as primitive skills or Earth-based education, teach life-changing survival skills that build courage, compassion and camaraderie. “We help youth experience a true aliveness in nature. Kids gain knowledge of the outdoors and increase awareness, confidence and self-reliance, while having fun, positive experiences,” says Dave Scott, founder of the Earth Native Wilderness School (, in Bastrop, Texas. They often go on to enthusiastically share what they’ve learned about natural flora and fauna with their families.

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Youth engaged with organizations like this one enjoy gaining nature-oriented survival skills, such as making bows, baskets, shelters and fire. “By making a bow out of a particular type of tree, children discover what type of habitat the tree prefers and how to harvest it sustainably. Indigenous skills like animal tracking also help them relate to wildlife and develop empathy for animals,” says Scott. “When you learn to trust rather than fear nature, you’re more likely to take care of it,” adds Rick Berry, founder of 4 Elements

Earth Education (, a Nevada City, California, nonprofit that helps kids and adults connect with planet Earth via immersion in nature. Leaving room for spontaneity and improvisation is important. While infusing indigenous knowledge into their curriculum, wilderness programs emphasize universal principles such as deep understanding of local environments and life’s interconnectedness. “Fire making is for everybody. Shelter making is for everybody. We are all caretakers of the land,” says Berry. Physical and other challenges, such as walking blindfolded through the woods, heighten sensory perception while building confidence. “The landscape is a great teacher with its uneven ground and obstacles, posing an opportunity to learn agility, practice balance and ultimately, expand awareness,” says Simon Abramson, associate director of Wild Earth (, in High Falls, New York.   Nature-immersion programs like Wild Earth’s further help kids sharpen their observation skills through activities like learning to identify birdsongs and trees. During a popular activity called “sit spot”, children learn to sit quietly, listen and observe from a specific location they may revisit over the course of a day or year to witness nature’s

varied beauty. Another time, they may try “foxwalking”, creeping silently and slowly, or test their “owl vision”, using peripheral vision. For younger kids, instructors may incorporate such skills into a game like “coyote or rabbit,” where by staying still, they can avoid detection by a predator. Kids learn to listen both to nature and their own inner voice, which can be challenging in the midst of dominating peers and authority figures. “We build on the tradition of vision quest, in taking time to get quiet in nature and hear what the heart is saying,” says Berry. Activities may be patterned after natural cycles of the seasons, the four directions and diurnal rhythms. On a bright morning, emphasis is on high-energy, outward-facing activities; day’s end brings a pause to reflect, glean and share what participants have made and learned.

Lasting Life Lessons

Mother Nature’s lessons can be hard-earned, but the outdoor trials that kids experience are often their most honored and memorable moments. Whether youths try out a wilderness program for a season or stay on for years, Earth-based learning can have an enduring impact. They help foster healthy relationships not only with the Earth, but with other people, according to Samuel Bowman, a program coordinator with the Wilderness Awareness School (, in Duvall, Washington. Team-driven activities like building a communal shelter can help kids learn how to work through conflict, listen to others and appreciate differences. “The kids that have come through our programs prove to be creative problem-solvers prepared to handle just about anything. They have focus and commitment, and tend to be service oriented,” observes Abramson, noting that 60 percent of their instructors are alumni. “Thinking back on kids we’ve worked with, you can often see their wilderness journey reflected in their paths as adults, how they are making choices with their heart and pursuing their passions,” concludes Berry. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at April 2018


In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous. ~Aristotle

Touching the Earth The Healing Powers of Going Barefoot by Martin Zucker


elanie Monteith, of San Diego, California, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 24 and plagued by symptoms for 14 years. Simple daily tasks became challenging. She relied on walking aids and walls to keep from falling. Eventually, she quit her job. Every day tested her survival skills. Then, in late 2017, Monteith tried grounding and it changed her life. Grounding, also called Earthing, refers to the discovery of major health benefits from sustained contact with the Earth’s natural and subtle electric charge. Recent research pub-


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lished in the Journal of Inflammation, Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, Neonatology and Health indicates that grounding stabilizes the physiology in many ways, drains the body of inflammation, pain and stress, and generates greater well-being.   Grounding can be as simple as going barefoot in nature, including the backyard, for 30 to 60 minutes once or twice a day on surfaces like grass, soil, gravel, stone and sand. If this isn’t practical, special grounding mats and pads are available online for convenient indoor use while sitting or sleeping; people with compromised health often benefit from more time being grounded. The activity restores a primordial electric connection with the Earth that has been lost with modern lifestyles. We wear shoes with insulating, synthetic soles and live and work elevated above the ground. These overlooked lifestyle factors may contribute to increasing global rates of chronic illnesses. Grounding revitalizes us, akin to charging a weak battery, because our bodies operate electrically and our movements and thoughts are based on electrical signals. We are bioelectric beings. Eighteen years of grounding research in a variety of indoor settings, plus grassroots feedback from around the world, clearly show that our bodies operate more effectively when grounded. We sleep better, have less pain, more energy and even look better. Here are some of the documented benefits.

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Reduction of chronic inflammation “Inflammation is intimately linked to most chronic and aging-related diseases,” says Gaétan Chevalier, Ph.D., a visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego, who has conducted multiple grounding studies. “Grounding seems to be nature’s way to reduce inflammation.”

Enhanced blood flow Thick, sludgy blood is a common feature of diabetes and cardiovascular disorders. Several grounding studies have demonstrated a significant decrease in blood viscosity and enhanced blood flow. “Grounding represents a potent circulation booster; a simple, yet profound preventive and therapeutic strategy,” says integrative cardiologist Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, of Manchester, Connecticut, co-author of the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever!

Decreased stress Tracy Latz, a medical doctor and integrative psychiatrist in Mooresville, North Carolina, has found, “Patients with anxiety issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and depression, often benefit from grounding.”

Improved vagus nerve function The vagus nerve connects with and regulates key organs, including the lungs, heart and intestines. In one study, doctors at the Penn State Children’s Hospital, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, grounded hospitalized premature infants and documented improved vagal function that could potentially boost resilience and reduce complications. “These babies have a lot of health challenges,” observes Dr. Charles Palmer, former chief of the center’s division of newborn medicine. “It seems that they are more relaxed when grounded.” More research is needed. Within a few months of grounding both day and night, 651-429-4153 Monteith’s disease symptoms receded dramatically. Her balance and stability improved when standing and walking. She sleeps more deeply and has more energy. An eye issue for which there is no drug subsided. She says her health continues to improve and she looks forward to living each day. Troy Baker, a recovery consultant for special populations and chief program officer of the nonprofit Adapt Functional Movement Center, in Carlsbad, California, who has been overseeing Monteith’s exercise training schedule, has observed a reduction in the effects of multiple sclerosis since she started grounding. “Her body is more fluid, not as stiff. She moves much better, with increased energy and stamina.”     For more information on grounding, visit Martin Zucker, a former Associated Press correspondent, has written about alternative medicine for 40 years and is co-author of the book Earthing.

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by Judith Fertig

hree years ago, the New York Times added a new word to the world’s food vocabulary: Climatarian (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation), choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit gas emissions), and using every part of ingredients (apple cores, cheese rinds, etc.) to limit food waste. Changing our food choices to support this model can have a ripple effect. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in a 2017 study published in the journal Climatic Change, looked at how diets impact personal health, the healthcare system and climate. They found that adopting a more plant-based diet reduces the relative risk of coronary heart disease, colorectal cancer and Type 2 diabetes by 20 to 40 percent. National annual health care costs could drop from $93 billion to $77 billion. Direct greenhouse gas emissions could annually drop 489 to 1,821 pounds per person. Such an approach involves considering the related water usage, greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint—the energy required to cultivate, harvest and transport food—plus processing associated food waste. Here are some top choices.  

Foods that Go Easy on Water

Hydroponic greens are hands-down winners. The Shelton Family Farm, near Whittier, North Carolina, weekly produces 10,000 to 12,000 heads of hydroponically grown Bibb lettuce. The controlled environment and carefully engineered nutrient delivery systems maximize all resources. “It’s an enclosed system that runs 24/7, and it’s highly efficient from a water-usage standpoint because we recycle the water,” says William Shelton Jr., a fourth-generation family farmer. “The only water that’s actually consumed is what’s taken up and transpired through the plants.” In a moderate climate, energy costs to recycle the water and keep the plants at an even temperature are moderate, as well.

Dry-tilled heirloom tomatoes, okra, melons and quinoa are drought-tolerant and only use available rainfall.  

Foods that Go Easy on Greenhouse Gases

Plants beat meat. “Livestock farming produces from 20 to 50 percent of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions,” says nutritionist and climate activist Jane Richards, of GreenEatz, in Mountain View, California. “You can reduce your footprint by a quarter by cutting down on red meats such as beef and lamb.” An exception is the vegetarian staple of rice. According to researchers at Project Drawdown, a climate solutions organization in Sausalito, California, rice cultivation is responsible for at least 10 percent of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and up to 19 percent of global methane emissions. New farming techniques, like midseason draining of the rice paddies, could cut methane emissions by at least 35 percent. Richards notes, “Meat, cheese and eggs have the highest carbon footprint; fruit, vegetables, beans and nuts, much lower. The carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half that of a meat-lover’s diet.”   Root crops such as carrots, radishes, potatoes and beets have a lower carbon footprint than above-ground plants due to less food waste. A beautiful beet is easier to grow than a bell pepper that blemishes more easily. Seasonal, regional fruit, vegetables, herbs and honey have a lighter carbon impact because they are transported shorter distances. Usually what grows best in a region and is consumed locally is also best for the climate. Foods naturally suited to their environment grow and taste better, and are packed with more nutrients, reports Sustainable Table, an educational nonprofit that builds healthy communities through sustainable eating habits (

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New agricultural developments can also benefit our climate environment. According to Project Drawdown research, perennial grains and cereals could be pivotal in reaching soil, carbon and energy targets. The Land Institute, in Salina, Kansas, has been working with the Rodale Institute, in Berks County, Pennsylvania, to develop a perennial wheat that would not have to be planted from seed each year. This would save soil, carbon and both human and machine energy. Kernza, a new perennial grain proven to prosper in natural grasslands like the Great Plains, is not yet widely distributed. Maria Speck, author of Simply Ancient Grains, advises, “With up to 15-foot-long roots, it can be harvested for five years and uses less fertilizer than conventional wheat. Kernza tastes almost like a cross between rice and wheat—sweet, grassy, mesmerizing.” Michael Pollan, author of Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual and creator of the film Food, Inc., suggests we keep it simple: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” Climatarians would add another guideline—eat as locally as possible. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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arth Day, on April 22, will serve again as a galvanizing force on ways to save our planet. With the theme of End Plastic Pollution, the Earth Day Network (EDN) is setting a specific focus this year on the importance of reducing the use of plastics and finding more Earth-friendly alternatives ( The nonprofit notes that of the approximately 300 million tons of plastic annually produced to make bags, bottles, packages and other commodities worldwide, only about 10 percent is successfully recycled and reused. The rest ends up in landfills or as litter, leaching dangerous chemicals into soil and water, endangering humans and wildlife alike. EDN asks everyone to pledge to switch to sustainable alternatives, subscribe to its newsletter, spread the word via social media, educate and mobilize citizens to demand action, and donate to support the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution that will engage individuals, companies and governments worldwide. Further, EDN is extending people’s ability to take personal responsibility by self-rating and guiding their involvement via practical toolkits. “People can create and follow a plan to reduce their plastic footprint and also share that data to help others via the Billion Acts of Green online campaign,” 24

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says Valeria Merino, vice president of Global Earth Day, adding that participants will be able to create an ongoing record and track their commitments. The initiative is also providing materials, tips on organizing cleanup events and social media tie-ins. Help the Twin Cities celebrate and forward progress in sustainability efforts by participating in these local Earth Day 2018 events.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 Earth Day Cleanup & Garden Work Day – 9amnoon. Volunteer for a morning at Tamarack by cleaning up the grounds and trails, as well as working in the Garden to get it ready for planting. RSVP at Free. Tamarack Nature Center, 5287 Otter Lake Rd, White Bear Township. RamseyCounty.Us/ Residents/Parks-Recreation/Tamarack-Nature-Center Minneapolis Earth Day Cleanup – 9:30am to noon. This is a family-friendly Earth Day tradition provides an excellent opportunity to get outside and work together to help improve this treasured area. To participate, simply show up at either E 36th St & W River Parkway or E 44th St & W River Parkway to sign-in with staff. Earth Day Celebration – 10am-2pm. Enjoy free entertainment, beat a drum in the parade and help with planting at this annual celebration. Top off the day with a slice of cake to celebrate the nature center’s birthday. Free. Harriet Alexander Nature Center, 2520 N Dale St, Roseville. Earth Day: Story Stroll, Service Projects and Native Plant Sale – 10am-2pm. Hike on a Story Stroll, join volunteers removing invasive plants, and get tips to attract pollinators and wildlife to your yard. Free. Richardson Nature Center, 8737 East Bush Lake

Roseville Earth Day Celebration – 10am-2pm. Step into spring with this annual celebration of the earth and the nature center’s 28th birthday! Enjoy free entertainment, beat a drum in our Walking Parade, and help plant something. Learn what kinds of Earth-friendly things are going on in our community. Top off the day with a piece of birthday cake. If you can volunteer, phone Rachel Boggs, 651-792-7028 or email Rachel. Family Earth Day Celebration – 12:30-3pm. All kinds of family fun at this Earth Day celebration: climbing wall, light refreshments and a make-andtake earth art project. Free. Call 651-429-8007 to sign up. Wargo Nature Center, 7701 Main St, Lino Lakes.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22 Earth Day Clean Up – 10am-12pm. Learn more about your state park and trail system; grab you gloves, your pickers and head out to the park. Free ($7 vehicle permit is required). Fort Snelling State Park, 101 Snelling Lake Rd, St Paul. Earth Day River Clean Up – 1-3pm. Clean up the Mississippi and learn green tips for home. Free. Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, 10360 West River Rd, Brooklyn Park. Twin-Cities-Earth-Day-Family-Events Family Funday: Earth Day Celebration – 1-3pm. Naturalist-led and self-guided activities. Community cleanup around the park. Meet animals and create art. Free for all ages. Kroening Interpretive Center, 4900 North Mississippi Dr, Minneapolis.

FRIDAY, APRIL 27 Arbor Day Celebration – Noon-3pm. Come join the Maple Grove Arbor Committee for this year’s free Arbor Day activities. Free. Maple Grove Community Center, Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Rd. Maple Grove. Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration – 1-4pm. Enjoy the day at Wood Lake by planting trees, going on an Earth Day-inspired scavenger hunt and dedicating the Marlene Glaus Overlook. Free. Wood Lake Nature Center, 6710 Lake Shore Dr, Richfield.

TUESDAY, APRIL 24 Earth Day Event – Give Back To Nature – 5:308pm. Bring the family to help take on a variety of projects including litter pick-up, invasive species removal, garden clean up and more. Volunteers can enjoy a cookout before getting to work. Pre-registration on website. Free. Dodge Nature Center, 1701 Charlton St, West St. Paul.

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MONDAY, APRIL 2 Blondie Rockie Bites Sampling – 9am-5pm. Looking for a sweet treat to start off spring? Head to Mazopiya to sample some of their delectable Blondie Rockie Bites. 2571 Credit Union Drive, Prior Lake. Free.

SATURDAY, APRIL 7 Holistic Healing & Psychic Fair – 10am-5pm. You’ll find psychic readers, energy healers, natural skin care products, crystals and stones, jewelry and more. Including hourly seminars. There’s also a special one-hour group gallery reading at 1pm $20 admission. Not everyone will receive a reading. Hampton Inn & Suites, 1019 Paul Bunyan Dr. S., Bemidji, $5-$25. Longevity Health Expo – 10am-5pm. The Longevity Expo offers attendees options to look their best, feel their best and be their best at all ages. 110 exhibitors and visit the main stage filled with ongoing speaker presentations, demonstrations and entertainment all day long. Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Road, Maple Grove. Admission $6 or FREE with a donation for Golden Valley Family Center Food Shelf.

FRIDAY, APRIL 13 Family Friday with New Distraction – 5:30-7:30pm If you’re looking for a 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. Join us for some musical entertainment: Classic Blues, R&B and American Roots. Midtown Global Market, 920 East Lake St., Minneapolis. Free.

SATURDAY, APRIL 14 Awakened Living Open House – 9-noon. Join us for an open house to experience the tranquil healing space of Awakened Living. Enjoy experiencing some of our services and learning more about how we can help you. Come, bring your friends and have a great time. Awakened Living, 3601 Minnesota Drive, Suite 825, Bloomington. Holistic Healing & Psychic Fair – 10am-5pm. You’ll find psychic readers, energy healers, natural skin care products, crystals and stones, jewelry and more. Including hourly seminars. There’s also a Special One-hour Group Gallery Reading at 1pm $20 admission. Not everyone will receive a reading. Courtyard Marriott, 1080 28th Ave. S., Moorhead. $5-$25. Documentary Film: The Phenomenon Bruno Groening – 1-7pm (2 breaks). The sensation from 1949 still relevant today. Who was Bruno Groening? What happened back then? Are the incredible healings still possible today? Free/Donations appreciated. Carondelet Center, Rm 102, 1890 Randolph Ave, St. Paul, 218-464-4044,

MN International Enneagram Chapter Meeting – 6:30-9pm. Instinctual Bias: A Further Exploration based on Mario Sikora’s teachings. Facilitated by Carla Smith. Whether you are able to attend the spring workshop or not, come learn from your MN-IEA colleagues as we explore Mario Sikora’s teachings on the Instinctual Biases and how they show up in our lives. 6:30pm networking, social time & use of the library. Program 7-9pm. Free for members, students and first-time guests.

THURSDAY, APRIL 19 Ladies Night Out – 6-8:30pm. Enjoy an evening out with girlfriends featuring over 20 local vendors, live music, food samples, and health screenings. Proceeds benefit Gilda’s Club Twin Cities. 220 West 98th Street, Bloomington. Free with donation to Gilda’s Club. or

FRIDAY, APRIL 20 Holographic Memory Resolution – Fri. 10am5:30pm, Sat. & Sun. 9:30am-5:30pm Holographic Memory Resolution (HMR), a gentle, client-centered process, allows resolution of painful emotions and physical illnesses due to traumatic events without “re-living” the event or affecting historical memory. The result is release, recovery, and mind-body healing. Learn HMR strategies to help eliminate “stuck patterns,” self-defeating behaviors, negative thinking, and unresolved issues due to trauma. Corondolet Center, 1890 Randoph Ave. Tuition: $500 with a $250 deposit. 24 CEs available. Contact: Nancy Lindgren 612-868-2160.

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save the date Cabaret of Consciousness A Cabaret of Consciousness is an “Extraordinary Musical for Extraordinary Times!” If the Earth had a voice, this groundbreaking one-woman musical would be it. A brilliant powerhouse of a performance. Ignite your imagination, empower your mind, elevate your consciousness.

April 22 • 2pm

(doors open at 1:30pm)

Cost: $30



Heartbeet Sampling – All day. Sample this 100 percent organic, beet-infused smoothie from the reFresh Bar, Mazopiya’s natural coffee, juice and smoothie bar. 2571 Credit Union Drive, Prior Lake. Free.

Blondie Rockie Bites Sampling – 9am-5pm. Looking for a sweet treat to start off spring? Head to Mazopiya to sample some of their delectable Blondie Rockie Bites. 2571 Credit Union Drive, Prior Lake. Free.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28 2nd Annual Spring 2018 Holistic & Intuitive Fair – 10am-5pm. Join us for our 2nd annual Spring Holistic and Intuitive Fair. We will have over 40 vendors sharing a variety of Holistic products and services. Psychic and intuitive readers and healers, merchandise, essential oils, natural health and nutrition options, chair massages, angel and tarot card readers, chemical free cleaning products, local artists, jewelry and more! The Historic Concord Exchange Building, 200 N. Concord St., South St. Paul. $5.


The Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22 Reiki Discussion Group – 2-4pm. This is an open discussion group for reiki practioners, those who wish to be reiki practioners, and those just interested in what reiki is and how it can be used in healing. This group meets once a month in the Magus classroom. Come and share your experiences and learn from your community. Free. Magus Books, 1848 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis. Sign up: Reiki-Discussion-Group/productinfo/MC801523-01.

Holistic Healing & Psychic Expo – 10am-5pm. Heart and Soul Wellness Events and Karmik Channels presents Holistic Healing and Psychic Expo. You’ll find psychic readers, energy healers, natural skin care products, crystals and stones, jewelry and more. I cluding hourly seminars. There’s also a special one-hour group gallery reading at 1pm $20 admission. Not everyone will receive a reading. Holiday Inn, 5637 Hwy 29 S & Hwy 94, St. Alexandria. $5-$25. Documentary Film: The Phenomenon of Healing – 1-7pm (2 breaks). This film documents the worldwide activities of the Bruno Groening Circle of Friends, providing impressive evidence to confirm that help and healing on the spiritual path are possible today. Free/Donations appreciated. SpringHouse Ministry Center, 610 W. 28th St., Minneapolis, 218349-1571,

plan ahead MONDAY, MAY 7 Youth Mental Health First Aid – 8am-5pm. Youth Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces the risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in youth, builds understanding of their impact and reviews common support options. The eight-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-care help. University of Minnesota Medical Center, East Building, 2450 Riverside Ave S, Brennan Center, Minneapolis. Free. Register: youth-mental-health-first-aid-may-7-registration44143741118?aff=es2.

SATURDAY, MAY 12 Shop Local Event – 12-4pm. Learn why shopping local is good for your health (and your wallet!) at Mazopiya’s annual Shop Local event. Get to know local vendors, win door prizes, sample tasty foods, and learn all about eating and living naturally. 2571 Credit Union Drive, Prior Lake. Free.

ongoing events 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. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with worldrenowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations. Minnesota. Midtown Global Market – Mon-Sat 10-8 & Sun 10-6 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.


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sunday Restorative Flow Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. In restorative yoga, props are used to support the body so students can hold poses for a longer period of time, allowing the body to open through passive stretching. Restorative yoga is a very relaxing and rejuvenating practice. The focus is slowing down and calming the mind and body. $18. Healing Elements, 2290 Como Ave, St. Paul. 651-348-6216. Sunday Salsa Dancing – 10:30-11:30am. If you’re looking for a 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. Join Rene Dennis Thompson for Sunday Salsa Dancing. Midtown Global Market, 920 East Lake St., Minneapolis. Free. Midtown

monday Lovingkindness Meditation Practice – 6-7pm. Through ancient, gentle and gradual practices, we learn to let go of fear and ill will and to open our hearts to ourselves and to others, known and

unknown. Our time together will include instruction, guided meditation and discussion. Donation based. River Garden, 455 7th St W, St Paul.

tuesday Weekly Guided & Silent Meditation – 11-11:30am. Led by a Prayer Chaplain in the Meditation Room, this meditation is the same one going on concurrently at Unity Village. It alternates affirmative prayer and silence. Donation based. Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center, 4011 W Hwy 13, Savage. Stress Busters Meditation – Noon-1pm. Join us when you can for a free meditation at the University of MN. Mayo Building, Third Fl. Meditation Space, Minneapolis.



Free Qigong Practice Session – 6-7:30pm. Rhonda Battisto leads practices of self-healing and empowerment every week. A healing meditation follows gentle guided healing movements. Donations accepted yet never expected. Peace of Mind Early Education Center, 9025 Tamarack Rd, Woodbury.

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

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

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

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


Michelle Kitsmiller 3601 Minnesota Dr. Suite 825, Bloomington 952-452-8583 • Michelle assists you in healing on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level via acupuncture and herbal medicine in conjunction with other therapies at Awakened Living. The clinic offers over 36 therapies and services to give clients the most beneficial healing protocol possible.See ad, page 12.

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

I offer Electrolysis (the only proven method of permanent hair removal) on all types of hair; non-invasive Ionic Detoxing and LED Skin Light Therapy. 25 years’ experience and am Certified in the Natural Health Care Field. See ad, page 9.

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


Una Forde, DC International Village Arcade Building 220 West 98th St, Suite 7, Bloomington 952-922-1478 Quality chiropractic care. Experience holistic healing and gentle chiropractic adjustments that allow the nervous system to relieve such symptoms as headache, back, neck pain and numbness which allow your body to return to a state of balance and well-being. 25 years’ experience. See ad, page 11.

Specializing in persistent, chronic pain relief and mysteries of the body. Serving clients covered by auto insurance and worker’s compensation with a doctor’s referral. Also serving clients seeking the experience of deep relaxation and more selfconnection. Skilled and compassionate care. See ad, page 13.

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


Phoenix Galbran 18466 Kenyon Ave., Ste 100, Lakeville 952-595-6565.

Healthy Girls’ Breast Oil when applied with a self-breast massage helps to balance, detoxify, soften breast tissue, improve lymphatic circulation and stimulate the immune system. Improved circulation helps your entire body! See ad, page 23.

Phoenix is an International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy (I-ACT) certified colon hydrotherapist and has been practicing since 2014. Since becoming certified, Phoenix has practiced in California, Arizona and Minnesota. She is also trained in massage therapy, energy medicine, first aid and CPR. See ad, page 22.


Candi Broeffle, MBA, CPC 218-590-2539 Master your business so you can practice your passion. Business coaching for purpose-driven entrepreneurs to clarify your vision, build your confidence and create a soul-centered strategy. Call today for a free Discovery Session and get on your path to business success. See ad, pages 13.


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



You can have a personal audience with your guides and the Archangels and Ascended Masters. Get clarity. Take action. Feel connected. Book your session today and save 25%, using code: IAMWISE17. Or call Nea for a free consult. See ad, page 10.


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Twin Cities Therapy and Counseling Associates 5851 Duluth St, #306, Golden Valley 612-434-6610 •

Lura supports clients who are addressing the effects of Depression, Anxiety and Life Challenges with counseling, art therapy and spiritual support. Serving adults and teens. Most insurances and HSA accepted. See ad, page 15.

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

Whole Person Dentistry observes and deals with the mind, body and spirit, not just your teeth. This approach to dentistry encompasses both modern science and knowledge drawn from the world’s great traditions in natural healing. See ad, page 20.

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

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


Dr. Amy Ha Truong 6230 10th St. N., Ste 520, Oakdale 651-731-3064 • Pure Dental offers integrative, holistic, alternative and biological dentistry for your dental health. We take pride in providing quality, holistic dental care and service for our patients. See ad, page 9.


1401 Main St, Hopkins 952-475-1101 • We build a foundation of trust by treating our patients as individuals. Understanding how uneasy some patients may feel about their dental visits, we make a difference by providing a relaxing and positive experience. See ad, page 6.


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

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


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

ENERGY HEALING HEUPEL’S HEALING HANDS, INC. Teresa Heupel Maple Grove • 701-899-2548

Dealing with pain - whether physical, spiritual, emotional, psychic, psychological, PTSD, or trauma? I can help you alleviate your issue without prescription drugs. I am a Reiki Master and a Shamanic Healer.

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

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

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

100% pure, quality essential oils, and ultrasonic diffusers available on my website. I offer essential oil classes online and in person. Sign up for an essential oil consultation and let me help you create a blend of essential oils that works synergistically for a wide range of health concerns. See ad, page 23.


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


Connie Bjerk 3601 Minnesota Dr. Suite 825, Bloomington 952-452-8583 • Connie assists you in healing on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level via Guided Imagery Therapy and spiritual and life coaching in conjunction with other therapies at Awakened Living. The clinic offers over 36 therapies and services to give clients the most beneficial healing protocol possible. See ad, page 12.

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

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

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

Mastel’s Health Foods is Minnesota’s oldest health and wellness store. We carry a full line of vitamins, minerals, supplements, herbs and more. We emphasize organic, biodynamic, biodegradable, holistic and hypoallergenic products and pride ourselves on stocking hard-to-find items. See ad, page 21.


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

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Cindy Miller • 952-334-7657 7260 University Ave NE Ste 110, Fridley, MN I offer massage, reiki, aromatherapy, reflexology, hot stone massage and raindrop therapy for healing on all levels; physical, emotional, spiritual. New clients can receive a 60-minute massage for $40. Current/previous clients can ask about other special offers.


Theodore Rick Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) International Village Arcade Building 220 West 98th St, Suite 7, Bloomington • 763-913-6722 “I love massage, but too often it feels good temporarily and then the pain and tightness comes back again. I have found with AIS that by stretching and lengthening the fibers, almost like a yoga/massage that the pain doesn’t come back again,” Warren King. See ad, page 11.

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


8120 S Penn Ave, #155, Bloomington MN Michele Rae • 612-310-8876 • Are you ready to align your personal and professional life more fully with your inner essence and passion? Michele’s intuitive and mindful coaching will support, clarify and accelerate creating a life you love. Get started with a free 20-minute phone consultation. See ad, page 9.


Susan Swanson, D.V.M. 651-429-4153 • 1524 Mahtomedi Ave, Mahtomedi Offering a blend of Western and Eastern medicines including; nutritional counseling, behavior counseling, Chinese herbs, acupuncture, Western herbs, essential oils, homeopathy, flower essences, nutritional supplements, chiropractic, reiki and more. See ad, page 21.

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Candi Broeffle, MBA, CPC 218-590-2539

6420 W Lake St (Main screening location) St. Louis Park • 952-926-2511 See website for other locations

Providing life-changing retreats for individuals committed to leading lives filled with purpose, joy, and connection. Experience transformation in multi-day retreats that create awareness and acceptance of your current experiences, while providing the tools needed to design a life of conscious choice. It’s your time to build a fearless life. See ads, pages 25.


Offering safe breast/fullbody screenings using Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging in more than 35 locations. Functional and physiological changes can be detected in early stages with no radiation and no touching. FDA cleared. Use HSA & FSA dollars. See ad, page 11.


Find Your Conversation Peace Dr. Jody Janati • Trainer | Speaker | Author Book a Training Today! • 651-210-2246


Edward C. Sellner St Paul • 651-263-7089 Ed Sellner, trained in dream work at the Jung Institute in Zurich, a former chemical dependency counselor at Hazelden, and a spiritual writer, is available for spiritual guidance to help you understand your dreams, work with your addictions, or navigate your spiritual longings. Start your journey! See ad, page 22.


Vajracharya ZhiChan, Charlotte M Steen • 651-278-0697

Learn 101 things to “say and do” during difficult interactions. Maintain your personal integrity through effective communication strategies that really work. Multiple techniques are offered to ensure you can find your voice, maintain wholeness and go unimpaired while engaging others during difficult interactions. Be cool, calm and collected and set healthy boundaries with others and ultimately find your Conversation Peace. See ad, page 21.


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

PSINERGY NATURAL HEALTH & HOLISTIC WELLNESS 1553 Como Ave, St. Paul 612-217-4325 •

Utilizing well-defined natural wellness tools and therapies customized for you, we make holistic health easy, understandable and affordable. Our process is to help bring you back into balance while educate you along the way.

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