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ay is marked as a time of change, renewal and growth. We see it in Mother Earth and we see it in ourselves. In this spirit, I ask you to join with me in thanking my business partner, Jody Janati, for her work in transitioning us into the “new norm” of publishing a magazine, and wishing her huge success as she moves out of her role as co-publisher to focus her efforts on her consulting and speaking career. I especially want to thank her for her vision and enthusiasm in leading us into this great adventure— Candi Broeffle I couldn’t have done it without her. May is also the month to dream over seed catalogs, plan for the outdoor activities we’ll enjoy, and think about the projects that need to be completed by summer’s end. For many of us it also leads into the season for graduation parties, weddings and family reunions. It is for all these reasons that May is the perfect time to focus more deeply on our health and wellbeing. There are many articles within these pages from which to learn and grow: • “Healing the Hard Stuff ” – Linda Sechrist introduces us to the importance of the mind, body and spirit connection and tapping into our own intuition. • “A Revolution to Cleanse Toxins” – Joyce Sobotta helps us understand the importance of cleansing toxins from our lymphatic system and provides practical tips to do so. • “Esogetics and Colorpuncture: Effective Forms of Naturopathy” – SchaOn Blodgett introduces us to light therapy and shares research on its effectiveness. • “Coaching Tips to Improve Your Self-Care” – Michele Rae shares a tool to help you determine the areas in your life you may want to improve and provides strategies to enable you to do so. As the plants begin to peek through the ground and the sun warms our extended days, I encourage you to open your windows and allow the fresh air to cleanse your home and renew your spirit. Enjoy all this season has to offer. Happy Mother’s Day to all the people who play this role in the lives of others—your care and love are greatly appreciated!

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Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference in Wisconsin


he seventh annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference, to be held June 1 to 3, in Almond, Wisconsin, will include transformation and plant medicine as women from all over the world gather to rekindle the wild within or deepen their knowledge of plants. Participants will walk away from this time together in the woods empowered and inspired. This year’s featured speakers include Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, Isla Burgess, MSc, Dip PE, and Dr. Jody Noe, along with a wide spectrum of knowledgeable and inspiring instructors. There will be more than 65 workshops, plant walks, kids’ camp, teen herbal camps, red tent space, fire circles, singing circles, delicious, locally sourced farm-to-table meals and more.

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Bent Paddle’s ‘Festiversary’ May 12 in Duluth


ent Paddle is turning five-years old and will celebrate with an outdoor festival—a Festiversary party—at their brewery, from 2 to 8 p.m., on May 12, in Duluth. The block party will take place at the brewery’s West Michigan Street block and the neighborhood parking lots. There will be two stages of live music, curated food trucks, games and family-friendly activities as well as entertainment, community connections and, of course, a whole lot of Bent Paddle beer. The event will take place rain or shine, and it is suggested that attendees dress accordingly, ideally in layers. This is an all-cash event and pets are not allowed. Complimentary bicycle parking will be provided by Continental Ski & Bike. Cost: $25 at the gate or $20 for people 21 and older when purchased online or at their tap room. Online tickets must be purchased 48 hours before the event. $10 for 15-plus-year-olds and designated drivers; free for ages 14 and younger. Location: 1832 & 1912 W. Michigan St., Duluth. For more information, call 218-279-2722, email or visit

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Dr. Truong to Co-Host Ladies’ Night Out


r. Amy Ha Truong is excited to be engaging with the many women who are conscious about their health and wellness. Truong and Pure Dental will co-host MetroEast Nutrition and Chiropractic’s Ladies’ Night Out and discuss holistic dental health. The event takes place from 5:30 to 8 p.m., on May 17, in Oakdale. Attendance is free; bring a friend or two. Joining with other awesome women in your life and beyond, enjoy an evening filled with wellness, shopping, noshing and fun, including fabulous food, drinks, door prizes, complimentary massage and nutritional testing. Talk to experts along various wellAmy Ha Truong ness lines, including safe beauty products, essential oils, toxic-free homecare, filtered water, thermography, acupuncture, personal training and holistic dentistry. It’s important to remember when thinking about health and wellness, we need to include teeth in the conversation. “Our mouth is connected to our body and our body influences our mouth,” says Truong. “I’m glad to co-host the event to share the importance of oral care and how it’s connected to the whole body.” At Pure Dental, they combine conventional and holistic health to guide their patients towards dental wellness. They take pride in providing each patient with the individual attention needed by practicing high-quality care dentistry. They utilize the most up-to-date technology and continually seek educational opportunities to ensure they remain abreast of the latest techniques and treatment options in holistic and family dental care. They are accepting new patients at this time. Cost: Free. Location: MetroEast Nutrition & Chiropractic, 6993 35th St. N, Oakdale. To pre-register, call 651-771-1703, email or visit https:// Pure Dental combines conventional and holistic health to guide their patients towards dental wellness. Location: 6230 10th St. N., #520, Oakdale. For more information, call 651-731-3064, visit or See ad page 5.

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ellness Radio 1570 announces the addition of a new program to their lineup of shows. Twin Cities Wellness Today airs from noon to 12:30 p.m., every Saturday, and features the station’s General Manager, Nic Anderson, as the show host. The focus of the new program is to showcase trusted experts that will discuss current health and wellness related topics. The Twin Cities continues to prioritize health and wellness and the local radio station is a prime example. Their programming is a mix of both national and local experts in all different fields and speNic Anderson cialties. “Health and wellness are very broad topics that are different for every person and family. Wellness Radio 1570 aims to touch on mental, physical, emotional, spiritual and financial wellness. Our goal is to empower people of the Twin Cities to be more proactive about their health versus being reactive,” states Anderson. Twin Cities Wellness Radio 1570 is a 24/7 radio station found on the AM dial and can also be heard on the station’s app, IHeart Radio, TuneIn and Smart Speakers as well as streamed live from their website, See ad page 2.

2018 U.S. Health Freedom Congress in St. Paul


ou are invited to participate in the profound gathering of 30 health freedom organizations to deliberate on promoting health freedom in our nation. The U.S. Health Freedom Congress, hosted by the National Health Freedom Coalition, will meet from June 10 to 12, in St. Paul. Health freedom is the goal of many organizations and countless individuals, and the U.S. Health Freedom Congress brings them together in one place to enhance their progress. Some of the issues discussed last year were GMO labeling, keeping organic standards meaningful, vaccination exemptions and freedom to practice the healing arts. Included in this year’s congress are many exciting activities. The Meet and Greet on Sunday evening will include a presentation from a local raw milk dairy farmer followed by a drumming workshop and ceremony. After the congress activities on Monday evening, there will be a presentation by Diane Miller, JD, entitled Lobbying 101, followed by the movie The Pathological Optimist, A Profile of Dr. Andrew Wakefield. The event will culminate on Tuesday evening with a Health Freedom Awards Banquet honoring many leaders for their achievements in health freedom. The keynote speaker for the 2018 banquet is Jim Turner, Esquire, of Citizens for Health. Turner’s passion, humanity and activism in health freedom have been an inspiration to leaders in the movement for decades. Cost: $30 Monday night includes Lobbying 101 and movie; $35 Tuesday night keynote speech (no dinner), $75 with organic banquet dinner; $275 all events on all days (includes food for all days). Location: InterContinental Hotel, St. Paul. For more information, call 608-295-3827, email or visit See ad page 2.

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New Organ is Really Old News

In late March, the science world announced the discovery of a new organ. Called the interstitium, it has garnered a fair amount of recent press. For practitioners of John F. Barnes Myofascial Release and many others, this is old news. It is exciting to have the recognition, for sure. Fascia is found throughout the body—under the skin, around all organs, around and within muscles and at every joint. Its prevalence in the body means it matters in your health and well-being. The reports, one in Scientific Reports, claim this “new organ” may play a role in spreading cancer, affecting lymph flow and other medical matters. The current “discovery” is largely related to the realization by particular physicians that the system they thought was simply dense collagen is, in fact, a fluidfilled system of connective tissue throughout the body. And when this system is constricted by physical or emotional trauma, ill health develops. Researchers and practitioners specializing in fascia have been meeting since 2015 internationally to discuss the latest research and treatment. John F. Barnes has been treating patients and instructing practitioners on fascial release for more than 40 years. There is a benefit to all this fresh news about this new organ. It highlights again the importance and value of attending to this connective web throughout your body. Relieving restrictions in this system helps a host of health issues, including chronic pain, restricted motion, fibromyalgia, anxiety and others. Barb Ryan,an LMT, practices John F. Barnes Myofascial Release. For more information and appointments, call 612-922-2389 or email Mention this Health Brief and receive 10 percent off first visit. See ad page 19.

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New guidelines that change the criteria for healthy blood pressure mean that nearly half of U.S. adults are now considered to have high blood pressure. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have redefined the condition as being 130/80 instead of 140/90, a change considered by critics as overly beneficial to pharmaceutical companies. This criteria includes 80 percent of people over 65, triples the diagnosis for men under 45 and doubles it for women younger than 45. The revised guidelines encourage adopting lifestyle strategies in early stages of rising blood pressure like exercise, diet, weight loss and smoking cessation. Evidence-based alternative methods noted in a Canadian study include coenzyme Q10, dark chocolate, qigong, slow breathing, Transcendental Meditation and vitamin D. 8

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In a survey of 171 midlife American women, more than 80 percent reported using complementary and alternative medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine researchers discovered. The most common choice was herbal teas, followed by women’s vitamins, flaxseed, glucosamine and soy supplements. Only 34 percent of the non-Hispanic white women and 14 percent of the Hispanic women discussed it with their doctors.


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Young Women Outdo Male Peers in Oxygen Uptake Young women process oxygen about 30 percent faster and more efficiently than men when they begin exercising, according to a new study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. The ability to extract oxygen from the blood is an important fitness marker, which the researchers tested by having 18 young men and women exercise on treadmills. The women’s superior results indicate they are naturally less prone to muscle fatigue and poor performance. “The findings are contrary to the popular assumption that men’s bodies are more naturally athletic,” observes lead author Thomas Beltrame, Ph.D. Previous research had found that older men and male children tend to have faster oxygen uptake than women.

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When an adult looks into the eyes of a baby, a synchronization of brain waves occurs that could indicate an intention to communicate, concludes a Cambridge University study of 36 infants. This coordinating supports the baby’s early learning and communication skills, according to the researchers. The effect, which researchers measured via electroencephalogram (EEG)-wired skullcaps, was strongest with eye-to-eye contact and weaker when the adult’s head was turned away. The more vocalizations—little sounds—the baby made, the greater their brainwaves synchronized with the adult.

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Seniors Eating Mediterranean Diet Retain Independence Seniors that ate a Mediterranean diet high in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts and legumes were able to live independently longer, had fewer falls and fractures, and were less frail, according to recent research. In a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, University College London researchers analyzed the eating habits and health data of 5,789 participants in studies in France, Spain, Italy and China. “People that followed the Mediterranean diet the most were overall less than half as likely to become frail over a nearly four-year period compared with those that followed it the least,” says lead author Katy Walters, Ph.D. The researchers also noted that the plant-based diet may help older people maintain muscle strength, activity, weight and energy levels.

Acetaminophen Linked to Delayed Language Skills Girls born to 754 Swedish mothers that used acetaminophen during pregnancy showed less ability in acquiring early language skills at 30 months of age, report Mount Sinai Health System study researchers. If the mothers took acetaminophen more than six times in early pregnancy, their daughters (but not their sons) were nearly six times more likely to have language delays than girls born to mothers that didn’t take the drug. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 65 percent of pregnant women in this country use acetaminophen, which is marketed for pain and fever relief in Tylenol and Exedrin, and included in many overthe-counter formulations such as NyQuil and Robitussin.

Yoga Soothes the Blues Taking a 90-minute hatha yoga class twice a week for eight weeks steadily lowered symptoms of depression in all 20 men and women with mild to moderate forms of clinical depression that participated in a recent University of California, San Francisco, study. Another 18 depressed adults attending an attention control class for the same period of time, afterwards had somewhat lower depression scores overall, but less than half the improvement, plus they showed greater mood fluctuation.

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Meds in Urban Streams Drive Microbial Resistance

A new study published in the journal Ecosphere confirms that in urban streams, persistent pharmaceutical pollution can cause aquatic microbial communities to become resistant to drugs. Researchers evaluated the presence of pharmaceuticals, including painkillers, stimulants, antihistamines and antibiotics, in four streams in Baltimore, Maryland. Then they measured the microbial response to drug exposure. Selected study sites represented a gradient of development from suburban to urban. Emma Rosi, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and lead author on the study, explains, “Wastewater treatment facilities are not equipped to remove many pharmaceutical compounds. We were interested in how stream microorganisms, which perform key ecosystem services like removing nutrients and breaking down leaf litter, respond to pharmaceutical pollution. When we expose streams to pharmaceutical pollution, we are unwittingly altering their microbial communities, yet little is known about what this means for ecological function and water quality.”

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Recycled Plastic Transforms into Prosthetics The emerging technology of three-dimensional (3-D) printing can benefit the world in many ways. Re:Purpose for Good, in Australia, creates robotically 3-D printed prosthetic devices from recycled plastic and e-waste. It’s difficult to customize prosthetics, so more invasive surgery is often needed to make standard sizes fit the patient. Other companies produce 3-D printed prosthetic hands and arms, but Re:Purpose for Good customizes both hands and feet at a much lower cost. The company’s robotics and prosthetics engineer Gerardo Montoya, who had been working on 3-D printing prosthetics for children in Mexico, merged the idea with a desire to do something about the 8 million tons of plastic entering the oceans. Along with plastic waste, they also use e-waste such as discarded smartphones that have all the circuitry and microprocessors needed for advanced features. The company even plans to teach their prosthetic-making process to children as part of their science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum, so they can learn 3-D printing skills. They’re making it open source so more people can get involved without patent restrictions.


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Africans Unite to Save Rhinos

The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit aims not only to protect rhinoceroses in South Africa by patrolling the Balule Nature Reserve, in Greater Kruger National Park, but to also be a role model in their communities. It’s the first majority-female, anti-poaching unit in the country. Founded in 2013 by Transfrontier Africa NPC to protect the Olifants West Region of Balule, the Black Mambas were invited within a year to expand into other regions, and now protect all boundaries of the reserve. These 32 young women and two men want their communities to understand that the benefits are greater through rhino conservation rather than poaching, as they address the local social and moral decay that results from poaching. Their concern is also for their children’s sake because the sham economy has corrupted morals and brought narcotics into their communities. To make a donation, visit

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Scientists have called for glitter to be prohibited due to the threat it poses to wildlife. The glistening, decorative, plastic microbead powder may seem harmless, but environmental researchers report it’s a dangerous pollutant, particularly in oceans. Trisia Farrelly, Ph.D., of New Zealand’s Massey University, notes, “Their diminutive size and sparkling appearance make them appealing to animals, which will eat them.” Seven U.S. states now restrict the use and sale of products with microbeads; California was the first in 2015. The British government will ban rinse-off microbeads—plastics of less than one millimeter in length—found in exfoliating scrubs, shower gels, toothpaste and even on greeting cards. Plastics are found in a third of all fish caught in Great Britain, according to a study by Richard Thompson, Ph.D., professor of marine biology at Plymouth University. He says of shower gel with glitter particles, “That stuff is going to escape down the plughole and potentially enter the environment.”

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The British supermarket chain Iceland is planning to eliminate or drastically reduce plastic packaging for more than 1,000 of its house-label products by the end of 2023, switching to paper-based trays instead. Nigel Broadhurst, joint managing director of Iceland, explains that the typical ready meal was packaged in a particularly bad way. “It is currently in a black plastic tray. That black plastic is the worst possible option in terms of toxins going into the ground and the ability to recycle that product.” He also notes that instead of the usual plastic bag, grocers could put netting around a bunch of apples the same as with oranges. Iceland’s research found that 80 percent of shoppers would endorse a supermarket’s move to go plastic-free.

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Artistically decorated rocks featuring inspirational messages are turning up in Mobile, Alabama, and along the Gulf of Mexico shoreline as part of The Kindness Rocks Project ( Anyone can paint rocks and “plant” them for someone else to discover. Likewise, everyone is invited to hunt for kindness rocks. Those that find a rock are free to take it, plant it somewhere else or leave it for someone else to find. The grassroots movement was created to spread inspiration and motivation for unsuspecting recipients through the random placement of the rocks in public spaces. The goal is to encourage others to find creative ways to reach out and brighten someone else’s day unexpectedly, whether it’s through kindness rocks, love notes or random acts of generosity.


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Recycling IQ

Take a Quiz to Help the Planet

As ambitious folks undertake spring cleaning, questions arise about what is and isn’t recyclable, as well as how to do the right thing on an ongoing basis. The world can benefit from our efforts: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that every ton of recycled paper saves the energy equivalent of 322 gallons of gasoline, while a ton of aluminum cans saves 21 barrels of oil. Putting the wrong items into a recycle bin demands extra time and effort at local facilities. We can test our knowledge by taking this short true or false quiz. Please note that local standards may vary, so check for specifics. 1. Both paper and plastic bags are recyclable.

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2. All paper in the form of phone books, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, office paper and paperboard, is recyclable. 3. Cardboard pizza boxes can be recycled despite absorption of grease and food residue. 4. Aluminum, steel and tin-plated cans can all go in the recycling bin. 5. Some of these items are recyclable: Styrofoam food containers and cups, used paint cans, sewing needles, non-empty aerosol cans, garden hoses and clothing. 6. Recycling broken glass is the same as intact glass. 7. It’s easy to recycle a broken or outmoded cell phone or laptop computer. 8. It’s vital to recycle office and other paper. Answers: 1. False; generally, only paper bags are recyclable unless a grocer or big-box retailer has its own program for plastic bags. 2. True 3. False 4. True, if free of harmful chemical residue. 5. False; generally, none are recyclable. Notable exceptions for foam are detailed at; shipping storefronts may accept foam packing peanuts. 6. False; put broken light bulbs and other shattered glass in the trash; bring all fluorescent bulbs to a local building supply store. 7. True; many consumer electronics retailers and manufacturers, states and charities offer options to recycle or donate devices. Visit RecyclingForCharities. com,, or 8. True; 30 percent of landfill trash generated annually is paper, outweighed only by plastic and food waste.


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A Revolution to Cleanse Toxins by Joyce Sobotta


nytime is a great time to clean and throw out old and nolonger-used stuff. Why do we hang onto clothing and shoes that we have not worn for years? Why do we keep so many things in our kitchen and home that we no longer use because we have replaced them with something that works better? Now is the time for a peaceful revolution and new beginnings. It is best to let the old patterns of our care go to make room for new and revolutionary ideas. Our bodies need regular renewal as well. Our lymphatic system—the body’s cleansing mechanism—supports every system in the body, including our immune, digestive, detoxification and nervous systems. It is a vast network made up of tiny vessels, nodes and a spleen. Keep your lymph fluid moving freely. The lymphatic system’s primary function is to isolate infection and debris and transport it through filtration points known as lymph nodes. A blocked lymph system can become a breeding ground for pathogenic materials. If not carried away with movement or a light massage, these infected lymph cells can travel to other parts of the body. If they are cancer cells, they can begin to grow cancer (metastases) in other body parts such as the bone marrow.   Painful and tender fibrocystic breasts, which are not signs of cancer, may be the cause of lymphatic system blockage. That pain and tenderness may be coming from restricted circulation. For example, a collection of toxins may be trapped when a bra is worn. Studies show women with fibrocystic breasts can often obtain dramatic improvement without surgery simply by taking off their bra. Breasts have a generous supply of lymphatic nodes. Because the lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump, movement and gentle massage are the only ways to purge the breasts of these toxins. Anything that slows down the cleansing of these toxins increases the risk of developing symptoms and/or disease.

• Stretch and exercise regularly every day to increase the amount of oxygen in your cells • Give yourself a loving, gentle, breast self-massage to improve lymphatic circulation • Use pure essential oils to cleanse, balance, detoxify and stimulate the immune system • Make lifestyle changes to cleanse fear, anxiety and stress—both physical and mental • Adapt an attitude of gratitude and forgiveness to cleanse and set yourself free Become aware of body signals that give a message. Ask what the message means and listen to your innate wisdom to get the answers you need. Take time to become aware, learn and find practical ways to integrate the revelations you receive. This may be the beginning of a peaceful revolution in your body to cleanse it from old patterns and toxins and live a healthier life. Joyce Sobotta has a BS in education and certifications in holistic aromatherapy and reflexology. She is the founder/owner of a home-based international business renowned for Healthy Girls Breast Oil—a unique essential oil blend for breast health. She offers consultations and presentations to empower women with knowledge for natural breast health. For more information and video, visit Aromatherapy See ad page 19.

Steps to Cleanse Toxins from Your Breasts

• Let your breasts jiggle without a bra to detoxify themselves • Drink plenty of quality water throughout the day, with lemon in your water upon awakening • Clean up your diet, avoiding anything that causes food sensitivities and allergies • Breathe deeply and slowly from your diaphragm for the natural movement of lymph May 2018


complexity of chronic illness, as well as our present ecological view of the body. Today we’re examining how all the networks of our biology intersect in a dynamic process that creates health when in balance or disease when out of balance,” attests Bland, whose career has focused on searching for a unifying principle behind all healing that can be used to discern the best possible therapy for specific individuals. Incorporating what he learned from Linus Pauling, Ph.D., two-time Nobel Prize laureate, and Lee Hood, M.D., Ph.D., as well as systems biology and practicing lifestyle medicine, Bland founded the nonprofit Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute (PLMInstitute. org) in 2012. Seeking to transform the entire medical approach to chronic illness, the Seattle-based organization is a virtual and onsite hub for health professionals, researchers, educators and the public to share ideas and converse about how personalized functional medicine can be delivered to everyone as an improved standard of care.


Role of Genetics

Functional Medicine Leads the Way by Linda Sechrist

Historical Overview During the last 25 years, a less drug-based grassroots model for dealing with chronic illnesses in the U.S. has emerged. First labeled holistic, the movement gained momentum as alternative approaches morphed into being considered complementary to conventional medicine, warranting studies by the National Institutes of Health. Responding to public interest, an integrative model of care that focuses on the whole person has taken root in medical institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio. The latest evolution to a systems-oriented, patient-focused clinical model of functional medicine, which seeks to address causes of illness, rather than simply treat symptoms, has been garnering increasing interest by the public and pioneering medical professionals. It’s now maturing into personalized functional medicine.

New Standard of Care One of the best-prepared, traditionally trained medical professionals in explaining this approach is Jeffrey S. Bland, Ph.D., recognized as the father of functional medicine, and author of The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life. He co-founded, with his wife, Susan, the Institute for Functional Medicine, in Washington, which provides a system geared to understanding the complexity of chronic illness and design individualized programs for more effective healing. “Medical science didn’t have the advanced technology 25 years ago to perform the research that now helps us better understand the 14

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The National Human Genome Research Institute, in Bethesda, Maryland, maintains that an evolved approach to medicine starts with using an individual’s genetic profile to determine the best path to preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases. By 2003, scientists had delivered the first essentially complete sequence and map of all the genes in the human body. Three decades ago, the medical fraternity had few reliable explanations for the origins of chronic health issues. Today, accepted factors include predispositions for a specific disease related to an individual’s genome, along with contemporary epigenetic influences such as nutrition, environment and lifestyle. None of these elements, however, necessarily define our destiny. “This genomic personalized medicine approach is creating friends among all healing arts practitioners because it facilitates our using information to design a less-toxic environment, lifestyle, diet and treatment to meet an individual’s specific needs and particular circumstances that led to a disease,” says Bland. “Diseases are only names assigned to a collection of symptoms,” says Bland. “They don’t indicate how the individual became afflicted. If 10 patients with Type 2 diabetes each had epigenetic variations that triggered getting the condition, it would be unwise to treat them all the same; it’s far better to treat those factors that specifically led to the disease.” Addressing the concern that genetic test results might be used to deny someone health insurance, Bland notes, “This is a significant misunderstanding about genetic testing. Our genes don’t tell us how we are going to die. They tell us how we should live. Understanding how our genes can help us live to 100 is a model of enlightenment. Those that practice this systems biologyapproach are counting on functional personalized medicine becoming the updated standard of care.” Physicians often offer genetic testing services. At-home DNA testing can be done using a saliva collection kit mailed to a laboratory, offering both ancestry and health information that must be interpreted by an informed professional. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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ost of us have a desire to keep expanding and aligning with our authentic self in all aspects of our life. Continual improvement begins with mindful self-reflection. How satisfied are you in various aspects of your life? Which areas feel expansive and give you energy? Which areas feel out of synch and deplete you? Taking time to honestly assess your current experience without judgement is a self-care gift you can give yourself. Here is a tool to help you get started. The eight sections in the Wheel of Life represent different aspects of your life. Change one or more areas so each closely represents what is important to you. Then, take a moment to reflect on each section. For example: • Health: How strong and balanced are your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing? • Finance: Do you have a sense of abundance and ease in your finances? • Friends and Family: Do you have meaningful, supportive and nurturing relationships? • Significant Other: Are you delighted with your partner and the intimacy you share? • Fun and Recreation: Do you regularly make time for relaxing, creativity and play? • Career and Business: Are you contributing to your work or your community in a way that feels productive and impactful? • Personal Growth: What opportunities and practices do you engage in that develop you emotionally, mentally and spiritually? • Physical Environment: Do your home and work spaces energize and support you? With the center of the wheel as 0 (not satisfied) and the outer edges as 10 (highly satisfied), rank your level of satisfaction in each section. Then, connect all your lines to create a new outer edge. This new perimeter represents the wheel of your life. If this were a real wheel, how bumpy would the ride be? Once completed, create a few goals to support the changes you desire. Which area would you improve first? Write down three action steps to move you closer to living a life you love.

Here are examples from my own life to give you some ideas. A few years ago, I was diagnosed with prediabetes. After a self-assessment in my health area, I chose to change to an anti-inflammatory diet by increasing healthy fats and greens. Today, my lab values are normal and the soreness in my joints is greatly reduced. Professionally, I went through a big shift as well. Examining my career, I determined that parts of my work utilized my strengths and passions and other parts of the job did not. I thrive guiding people and organizations as we create self-directed strategies to implement the changes desired and optimize potential. In 2005 I dedicated myself full time to my holistic coaching practice where I support clients as they balance their mind-body-heart and express their passions into the world. I have never looked back. There is profound freedom when you make choices every day that support living a life you love. Improving one area of your life begins to enhance your underlying sense of wellbeing. Through mindful living, you more often notice what is occurring without judgement. You increase your capacity to direct your attention, live in the present moment and clarify your intentions. This improves your ability to achieve goals, be creative and remain calm and focused. You become more confident, optimistic and fulfilled. Michele Rae provides holistic coaching for personal, professional and organizational transformation and is the founder of The Center Within, LLC. Rae’s clients become more confident and engaged as they enhance their gifts, talents, wisdom and passions and expose and unblock limiting beliefs, stuck patterns and fears. Rae is the author of Living from the Center Within: Co-Creating Who You are Becoming. She offers workshops, events and classes throughout the Twin Cities designed to support your personal and professional development. For more information, call 612465-9775, email or visit See ad page 5.

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HEALING THE HARD STUFF Natural Approaches Resolve Major Illnesses by Linda Sechrist


lthough natural health enthusiasts may recognize alternative healing modalities as a preferred approach to treatment, in the face of major health issues, even they tend to join the crowd that’s turning first to conventional medicine. Thus, many gentler modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, co-authored by doctors of naturopathy Michael T. Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, remain largely untapped resources. Ignored because they are unsupported by traditional sciencebased medicine, holistic measures such as acupuncture, energy medicine, essential oils, herbs, detoxification, health-promoting diets, homeopathy, prayer and meditation, supplementation, yoga, massage and naturopathy are sacrificed in favor of often painful medical procedures and prescription drugs which can’t claim to permanently cure anything and can have many harmful side effects. 16

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Lack of Awareness

“A patient that dabbles in holistic medicine for minor health issues such as indigestion, headache or insomnia often turns to conventional methods after receiving a serious diagnosis such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer because they are scared,” observes holistic physician Dr. Wendy Warner, medical director of Medicine in Balance, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The co-author of Boosting Your Immunity for Dummies suggests that relatively few people turn to natural solutions for both preventive and therapeutic measures because they’re unaware they exist. Integrative oncologists and endocrinologists that are aware of the benefits of natural complementary methods are scarce. Relatively few conventional doctors are educated in functional medicine. “Yet complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage and some essential oils can support the immune system and help an individual deal with stress experienced from coping with their illness,” says Warner.

Rob Wergin, an experienced energy medicine practitioner, speaks from experience regarding clients that consult him for lifethreatening diagnoses. “When I see them, they’re desperate and have exhausted all conventional methods. I’m their lastditch effort,” remarks Wergin. The most frequent reason he hears is, “My family, friends and doctor told me not to waste my money on charlatans.” “People find it challenging to put faith in natural methods and are nervous about going against a doctor’s advice until they feel or see positive results; even these may not provide sufficient motivation to continue with alternative treatments,” he says. “I believe this is the result of the influence of pharmaceutical ads promising results, the medical community’s belief in proof solely through clinical trials, websites like Quackwatch. com and well-meaning friends insisting that the conventional route is the only way to go. It’s sad to see the gravity of these influences pulling clients back into solely believing in the Western model of medicine,” says Wergin. Ann Lee, a doctor of naturopathy, acupuncturist and founder of the Health for Life Clinic, Inc., in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, notes, “This mindset continues to get reinforced by insurance companies that do not cover alternatives. Paying out of pocket for medical expenses also influences a patient’s choices.” Kelly Noonan-Gores and Adam Schomer, director and producer, respectively, of the documentary film HEAL, suggest that unconscious conditioning plays the biggest role in an individual’s choices. “We are deeply conditioned to view medical specialists and prestigious medical institutions as the ones with all the answers. Sometimes they do and sometimes they


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don’t,” says Noonan-Gores, who intends to have her film awaken viewers to the possibilities of alternative paths of healing. As just one other example noted in the film, thousands have used the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), tapping on their body to help release the trauma and stress often associated with illness.

“Before, I wasn’t familiar with EFT, which I continue to use and benefit from. However, despite everything I’ve learned, I can’t give up on all Western medicine, put my faith in alternatives and let my intuition and faith guide me to healing. It’s easier to be skeptical than to have faith,” Lee says.

website that reaches hundreds of individuals worldwide. She advises, “Reach out to people that you see are having positive results with a different healing system than yours. Ask them to show, help and teach you. I’ve seen many people restored to health by using methods that science is only beginning to understand.”

Resistance to Change

Quiet Role Models

Sheila Tucker, a resident of Navarre, Florida, has been a registered nurse for 20 years, practicing in hospital settings such as critical care, emergency and administration. “I know and understand doctors, surgeries and pharmaceutical treatments and hospitals,” says Tucker, who recalls that throughout her life she was taught to believe in a system that suddenly stopped working for her. “In 2014, I was dying from a rare autoimmune condition, requiring fulltime care, and planning my funeral. Doctors had tried everything, yet my health continued to decline. When I saw a friend’s Facebook posts about her use of essential oils, I was curious, but reluctant to reach out, and didn’t want anyone to know that I called her for advice,” recalls Tucker. “Shortly after my friend arrived with her oils, my husband came home with our daughter, who had strep throat and a fever. She made us promise to use selected oils through the night and prayed with us.” Tucker attributes the miracle of her daughter’s turnaround the next morning to shifting her paradigm and opening her up to believing in the healing power of essential oils. Thanks to her friend and role model, Tucker learned how to use therapeuticgrade oils, supplements and a healthy diet to cleanse her body of the heavy toxic load accumulated from several years of expensive drug treatments. Today, she is a healthy and enthusiastic advocate, and her personal results opened the eyes of her physician to the point where she also shifted her own philosophy of healing. Tucker now offers educational classes in her office and online through her

“Outside of any dominant paradigm, it’s easier to cast suspicion than to make curious inquiry and, over time, working within a dominant worldview creates polarity, the antithesis of ‘wholism’. An inclusive approach integrates all medical and complementary approaches, as well as interaction with the natural world,” says Patrick Hanaway, a family physician and founder of Family to Family Medicine, in Asheville, North Carolina. Hanaway, the former director of medical education for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the first medical director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, explains, “Doctors have a rigorous job filled with responsibility. Change is difficult and investigating vastly different ways of practicing medicine requires a degree of curiosity and openness. I am heartened by thought leaders and heads of top medical schools who are presently opening up to functional medicine, natural medicine and complementary approaches.” “The paradigm shift we are ushering in has been 50 years in the making,” assesses Hanaway. “Some medical professionals are immersed in a polar view of right and wrong, offering personal attacks and disparaging comments to maintain control of the dialogue. This is not appreciated by patients who look to the doctor as a teacher—the Latin docere means to teach. “The movement to change medicine and the cultural paradigm of healing is a marathon, not a sprint, and those of us involved are prepared to stay the course.”

“The conventional medical community wants to maintain the model in which they have heavily invested centuries of time, energy and money. Patients that investigate integrative and complementary medicine may resist hearing that in order to get well, they might need to change their worldview and lifestyle, take a leave of absence from their job, develop a spiritual practice, exercise or maybe even leave a toxic relationship,” says Schomer. “Conventional medicine says take this pill and keep living your life the same way,” says Schomer. “We are not demonizing doctors, pharmaceuticals or the medical system. We simply believe that individuals are more empowered to heal when they take control of their health.” Eva Lee, a resident of Los Angeles featured in the documentary, suffers from a rare and unpredictable form of blistering skin inflammation. “I’ve tested negative for faulty genes and all sorts of rare viruses and bacteria, which helped point me towards holistic methods. So far, following the directives of Dr. Mark Emerson, a chiropractor specializing in nutrition, in Maui, Hawaii, who I met while filming, has helped my body become healthier and deal with inflammation levels that rapidly reduced as soon as I detoxed and eliminated meat and dairy from my diet,” says Lee. Still, it’s hard for her to accept that her condition could be due to the type of stress and suppressed emotions that Anthony William explores in his book Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal.

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ransitioning through menopause and the years of perimenopausal hormone fluctuation leading up to the finale can be physically and emotionally challenging for many women. Consistently following a healthy diet and positive lifestyle are important, and health researchers, doctors and midlife women can attest to the multidimensional benefits of exercise. Perks may include reduction of menopausal discomfort, better brain function, stronger bones and reversal of estrogen dominance syndrome that can set the stage for fibroids, cystic breasts, cancer, migraines and weight gain.

Get Moving

Studies of 3,500 women in South and Central America have shown that a more active life reduces hot flashes and night sweats. The results, published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, reveal that sedentary individuals often experience increased intensity of related symptoms like insomnia and irritability. Aerobic exercise such as regular walking, hiking, swimming or biking might also help the brain produce neurochemicals that are compromised when estrogen levels drop. Sue Markovitch, author and owner of Clear Rock Fitness, in Columbus, Ohio, recommends aerobic exercise. “I believe our bodies were made to move. One of the amazing gifts of fitness is it’s truly never too late. When we incorporate daily movement in our lives, all the other systems in the body will work more according to plan. Simply taking a daily walk helps balance brain chemistry,” says Markovitch, who specializes in improving fitness levels for women over 40. “Walking is fitness magic, whether it’s on a treadmill, outside or in the pool. Get your heart rate into an aerobic zone, preferably for 30 to 45 minutes. I’ve heard testimony 18

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after testimony of improved sleep, less back or joint pain and better mood.” She also suggests adding a few weekly sessions of resistance training to daily walks. Most health professionals agree that balance is the key. Jeanne D. Andrus, a menopause expert and author of I Just Want to Be ME Again, in Covington, Louisiana, recommends cardio, resistance training and exercise that increases flexibility and core strength. “For a beginner, this may include two to four days of walking, one to three days of strength training and one to three days of yoga or Pilates, with the goal being three and a half hours of activity per week.” Of course, all of these need to be at appropriate levels for the woman’s condition and goals,” advises Andrus. According to studies led by Helen Jones, Ph.D., from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, three, 30-to-45-minute aerobic sessions a week reduced hot flashes and yielded the most significant results.

Go Easy

While some conventional approaches suggest vigorous exercise, many holistic professionals caution against extremes. “It’s important to individualize, and in my ongoing research it’s clear that the high-intensity strength and sculpting approach so often promoted and perceived as necessary to maintain shape, weight and health is a myth,” says Dr. Eden Fromberg, an obstetrician, gynecologist and founder of Holistic Gynecology New York, in Manhattan. Instead, Fromberg recommends an integrated approach to exercise that supports connective tissue and joints. While some forms of exercise including yoga are perceived as gentler than others, she warns against an all-or-nothing strategy, noting, “Intense, deep stretching and joint-straining may cause injury more easily during hormonal transition.” Andrus concurs, “If high cortisol levels are involved and accompanied by insomnia, stress placed on the body by rigorous exercise will increase these levels and actually lower available energy.” She also advises adopting a non-aggressive approach for osteoporosis. “Weight-bearing exercise is a must, but if bone loss is already present, start much more gradually to ensure that bones are protected.”

Lighten Up

Exercise can be more enjoyable than doing chores. Recreational activities such as dancing, biking or hopping on the swings at the playground are fun ways to do something good for both body and spirit. Menopause can be a time for personal expansion and an invitation for self-care that might have been neglected or postponed. Fromberg believes we can all revitalize our resources at any stage of life, and the years surrounding menopause call for us to tune into ourselves even more. “What seems like a disruption is an opportunity to listen deeply and reimagine and reorganize one’s life on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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fter Los Angeles native Kelly Noonan-Gores spent 20 years in front of the camera as an actress, she turned her talents to producing award-winning films like Tooken, Beneath and Take a Seat. She considers her latest, the documentary HEAL (HealDocumentary. com),to be her ultimate achievement. “I included as many inspiring stories of healing change as possible to expand viewers’ beliefs in what’s possible, to alter the narrative around mystery illnesses being incurable or cancer equaling death,” says Noonan-Gores. When she was prescribed Prilosec for acid reflux at age 28, Noonan-Gores decided she was too young and otherwise healthy to become dependent


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on it. By taking an integrative nutrition course, she realized the possibilities of alternative healing methods, catalyzing an ongoing exploration into optimizing life and health through the powers of mind, body and spirit. “We are not the passive victims of faulty genes; our lifestyle choices, thoughts, and beliefs shape our health,” says Noonan-Gores, a longtime practitioner of yoga and meditation. HEAL features uplifting interviews with the scientists, visionaries and healers that inspired her, including Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, Marianne Williamson and patients diagnosed with diverse ailments that sought different healing modalities to take their health into their own hands.

What are some common elements in the stories of patients featured in HEAL? One common thread revolves around our subconscious programming. From the time we’re born, we are downloading “programs” or belief systems from society, parents, teachers and whoever and whatever else is in our environment. Many have learned through their own healing journeys of negative belief systems running their lives; each one had to become aware of these beliefs in order to change. Another is that when events are too painful, we consciously suppress or unconsciously repress them, and that trauma stays in our cells and might manifest in disease. To move that stuck energy, we must heal that emotional trauma to allow physical ailments to transform. A third theme is understanding how stress affects our lives and immune systems, and doing things to manage or mitigate it through tools like meditation or breath work. Some of the patients worked with spiritual psychologists using Emotional Freedom Techniques to release past stress held in their body, shifting beliefs to a trusting, non-victim place. Dietary shifts also made a difference. In acute healing, we realize the effect of different foods which can reduce or exacerbate inflammation.

Which messages in how the body and mind collaborate to promote healing are audiences keying in on? Visualization is a powerful and widespread

tool in healing; we can use imagination to reframe and tell a different story. Research has shown that visualizations can affect brain chemistry and lessen side effects. The mind is conditioned to go to the worst-case scenario; we can instead retrain it to focus on the best-case scenario, and what we want to happen, increasing the likelihood it will occur.

What role do faith and belief systems play in the healing journey? It all comes down to what we believe. If you believe in and expect an effect, like what we see with a placebo, the brain will create and release natural chemicals that might be prompted by a targeted drug. Believing you are a victim of genes and circumstance induces stress, whereas having faith in a loving universe produces greater ease.

How do emotions influence health and healing? Gregg Braden and Joe Dispenza, in-

terviewed in HEAL, discuss how rage, jealousy, trauma and fear put the body in a stress response and create inflammation and other detrimental effects. But love, kindness, joy, gratitude and compassion release healing hormones and neurochemicals like oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine. It’s empowering to know that when negative emotions arise, you can become aware of and release them, then pivot to focus on gratitude or do something that cultivates joy. It’s a moment-by-moment choice.

Healthy people require a healthy planet; how can we apply these same principles to bring our world back into balance?

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Loneliness is never a problem with a cat around. “Cats need to be fed, have litter changed and be brushed,” says Lisa Bahar, a therapist and clinical counselor at Lisa Bahar Marriage and Family Therapy, in Newport Beach, California. “Being comforted by a cat helps with depression and isolation.” While at Indiana University Bloomington Media School, Jessica Gall Myrick, Ph.D., now associate professor at Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park, discovered watching cat videos isn’t just fun, but a way to feel more energetic and positive. With some 94 million YouTube tales of cat adventures online, there’s no lack of available mood boosters.

Exercise Some cats enjoy leashed walks, presenting opportunities to mindfully enjoy nature and make friends. At home, a cat’s hunting skill and human creativity can be tapped using do-it-yourself treat dispensers and toys or inventive games.

Improved Health Talking to kitty can make a bad day better. A lap cat prompts enforced timeouts and excuses to nap. Petting reduces tension and stress. Aimee Gilbreath, executive director of the Michelson Found Animals Foundation, in Los Angeles, points to a study from Life Sciences Research Institute, in Pretoria, South Africa, showing, “Simply


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petting a cat can reduce stress-related cortisol, while increasing serotonin and oxytocin.” The Second National Health and Nutrition Examination Study Mortality Follow-up concluded that having a cat lowers risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) and cardiovascular disease including strokes, making cats a novel path to a healthier heart. When researchers reporting in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America measured the purring sound of domestic cat purrs, they discovered these resonate at 25 and 50 Hertz (Hz), the two low frequencies that best promote bone growth and fracture healing. Purrs also have a strong harmonic near 100 Hz, a level some orthopedic doctors and physical therapists use for ultrasound therapy. A child under a year old living with a cat is only half as likely to develop allergies to pets, ragweed, grass and dust mites, much as inoculations guard against disease and boost immune systems. The study, published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy, followed children from infancy to age 18. French researchers discovered autistic children age 5 and older that had a cat were more willing to share, offer comfort to others and show empathy. Sharing cat responsibilities tightened family bonds. Cats like routine, especially for meals, making them good pets for Alzheimer’s patients that may lose track of time. Many people like the added warmth of a nearby sleeping cat at night. Fifteen minutes of exercise, followed by a snack, will put kitty on the owner’s sleep schedule.

Cats are Low-Maintenance Overall, cats are self-sufficient animals, requiring only love, food and a spotless litter box. Self-cleaning, most cats don’t require regular trips to the groomer for haircuts and a bath. Scratching posts keep nails short. A snack, playtime or welcoming puddle of sunshine persuades kitty that it’s naptime. “In rescue, we say dogs are toddlers and cats are teenagers. Cats live without constant oversight,” says jme Thomas, co-founder of Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, in Redmond, Washington. “They’re good pets for busy people. Adopt two at the same time so they bond and aren’t lonely.”

Cats are Eco-Friendly A New Zealand study reports that cats have a lower carbon footprint than dogs, comparing dogs to a Hummer and cats to a Volkswagen Golf. Dogs eat more beef, incurring red meat’s huge footprint. “Because cats eat less than most dogs overall, it saves money, too,” says Gilbreath. Everyone needs someone to care for and love. With about 77 million cats living in U.S. households and more in shelters or rescues, there’s plenty of people- and planet-friendly love to be651-429-4153 found. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouis

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Esogetics and Colorpuncture Effective Forms of Naturopathy by SchaOn Blodgett

We know today that man, essentially, is a being of light. ~ Fritz-Albert Popp, Ph.D.


sogetic Holistic Medicine and Colorpuncture are forms of naturopathy that Peter Mandel began developing in the 1970s along with Biophysicist Fritz-Albert Popp, Ph.D., and encompass knowledge from the wide range of natural health treatment systems, including acupuncture, chromotherapy and others, all rolled into one complete system. One of Esogetics’ goals is to bring an understanding of “old-world knowledge” (esoteric) into the “modern scientific age” (energetics). Colorpuncture focuses mostly on introducing new, correcting information via specific light frequencies, or colors, through specific points on the body. Esogetics is based on the principle that the cells communicate via light or biophotons. While in ancient texts they hint at this information, Popp showed that unhealthy cells give off different wavelengths/frequencies versus their healthy counterparts. Popp also showed that the double helix of the DNA structure is able to attract light to it, absorb it, and more amazingly, give it off intelligently. From this, Popp suggests that this may be the primary form of communication of the body. We know today that different color frequencies provide specific information which can help influence our state of being. Esogetics’ aim is to introduce, through acupuncture points, meridian systems and other sensitive points, new correcting information via this natural base code or language while also providing for consistent, reproducible results or reactions.

More than Just Colored Light Therapy While the application of specific light frequencies on defined points of the skin to produce an effect is amazing, it is only one portion of Esogetics. Additionally, there are predefined sound therapies that use binaural beats and key frequencies, Synapsis Brainwave therapies that introduce healthy oscillations of frequencies at the same intensity as our brainwaves, crystal therapies that help to “reorganize” the information, and more. Each protocol/system of Esogetics is rigorously tested and observed before it is ever released to the greater professional community or public to help ensure reproducible results. 24

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No system of medicine is complete without having a way to subjectively and objectively analyze what is going on as well as how a person is responding to therapy. Esogetics utilizes several forms of analysis, relying on not just one tool but several, to confirm what we are seeing over and over again. The tools we are trained in and use include Non-Diagnostic Iridology, Finger Polarity and Foot Line Reflexology Points, Puttkamer Organ Segments, Abdominal Analysis by Yamamoto, Tongue Analysis, Facial Physiognomy, Brainwave Frequency Points, and most interestingly, the Kirlian EEA. Note: Holistic Health Analysis is not meant to replace appropriate medical diagnostic tests.

Clinical Research and Reaching the Mainstream In today’s world, clinical studies and research are very important. While Esogetics has not produced large scale studies, there are smaller scale studies, mostly empirical in nature. One study with 12 Swiss hospital patients with a median age of 85.8 years old with pain had 89 percent of patients reporting reduction or elimination of pain with weekly sessions during one year. A more recent study by Elizabeth Carr, AP, CCP, MS, and Portia Deborah Wilson, BA, with clients with multiple sclerosis found that nearly 80 percent of patients reported improvement in the quality of their lives. Additionally, we know that light has the power to heal; it uplifts the mood in the winter months, is gentle enough for babies with jaundice, yet strong enough for pain management. NASA reports that IR light is used for common and extremely painful side effects from chemotherapy and radiation therapies, and it is now so commonplace that light therapy devices are available at stores like Target for helping with acne. While some still consider light therapy and biophotons “pseudoscience”, more organizations around the globe are dedicating money, time and research to this amazing, gentle and profound medium for healing. Available in more than 20 countries by more than 20,000 trained professionals, Esogetics and Colorpuncture are still widely unheard of here in the U.S. Classes have been taught at Bastyr University, in Washington, and Normandale College, in Minnesota, as well as other well-known acupuncture, naturopathic and massage schools around the country. In Germany and Switzerland, they have been recognized by private health insurers while also being registered with EMR, ASCA and SVNH. Colorpuncture has also been discussed on Healing Quest, a TV show that airs on PBS, and in radio interviews. Books on the subject have been published, including Energy Psychology Using Light and Color by Manohar Croke, MA, Dipl. ECP, and The Sense and Nonsense of Sickness and Pain by Peter Mandel. In conclusion, Esogetics is a fantastic, in-depth system for health and overall well-being that is ever evolving to meet the needs of today and the future. SchaOn Blodgett, CCP, BTAT, is a holistic health professional at Psinergy Natural Health & Holisti Wellness, a branch of Psinergy LLC, located in St. Paul. For more information on these and other treatments, call 612217-4325, email or visit See directory listings, pages 28 & 30.

calendar of events TUESDAY, MAY 1 Embody Wellness: Stress Management – 6-8pm. Come understand what stress is, how greatly it affects your body, and the harm accumulated stress currently exhibits in your life. Leave with tools to help you eliminate, manage and move through stressors. $50. Awakened Living, 3601 Minnesota Dr, #825, Bloomington. Balance Weight Meditation Class – 6:30-8pm. Would you like support in balancing your weight? Your commitment to the change involves a daily meditation practice of about 10 min/day. All are welcome. Class includes overview, learning the meditation practice and questions. $12. RSVP at 651-278-0697 or 12 spots available. Island Time Massage, Valley Ridge Mall, #1465A. Stillwater.

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:

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. Free. Mazopiya, 2571 Credit Union Drive, Prior Lake.


#EmergingProud Film Screening – 6:30-9pm. Film screening begins promptly at 7pm. After the screening of the film, there will be a panel discussion with Dr Kyra Mesich, Shannon Sondrol, Tim Cope and Heather Nardi. Lake Harriet Spiritual Center, 4401 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis.

Embody Wellness: Emotional Awareness – 6-8pm. Emotions are the driving force in our lives. Learn how to navigate yours and other’s emotional waters. $50. Awakened Living, 3601 Minnesota Dr, #825, Bloomington.



Health Education Series: Practicing Mindfulness – 6:30-8:30pm. Collaborating partners providing integrative health and wellness services. $25. Healing Happens Here, Southtown Office Park Conference Rooms #135/145, 8120 S Penn Ave, Bloomington.

Feng Shui the Original Minimalist – 6:30-8:30pm. Everyone deserves to have a home that is their sanctuary. $15+ suggested donation. NE Minneapolis (Exact location emailed on day of the event). Jenner Linden. 612-500-1979.



Your Soul on Tap: A Change in Consciousness One-Day Retreat – 9am-4pm. This day-long retreat is held at Harmonic Spirit Center of Peace. Twenty-three acres of nature 35 miles south of the Twin Cities with a chance to take a deep breath and unwind. Harmonic Spirit, 4325 Elmore Ave, Webster. $97-$197. 651-398-7047 Brenda@

Spiritual Symposium – 6-8:30pm. Ronald Quin & Michele Borowske share their perspective of the spiritual world. Ron shares his knowledge of intuition, mediumship and the constant shifting of energies between the living and the deceased. Michele shares her strengths in the areas of healing from past lives, soul retrieval and karma clearing. $35. Double Tree by Hilton, 2200 Freeway Blvd, Brooklyn Park.



Chipotle Corn Salsa Sampling – All day. Stop by to taste-test our house-made chipotle corn salsa. Made with organic corn, red onion, jalapenos and smoky chipotle peppers, this dip offers summerfresh flavors in each zesty bite. Mazopiya, 2571 Credit Union Dr, Prior Lake.

Holistic Healing and Psychic Expo – 10am-5pm. Join us for a day of enlightenment, learning and fun. Psychic readers, energy healers, natural skin care products, crystals and stones, jewelry and more, including hourly seminars. $5-$25. Double Tree by Hilton, 2200 Freeway Blvd, Brooklyn Park.


Mother’s Day Retreat – 1-4pm. Join us (or treat a mother you know) to a day of restful yin and restorative yoga practice, aromatherapy, guided relaxation, tea, healthy treats and time to just be at ease. Our focus will be on loving-kindness, practicing it first for ourselves and then for others. $50. Healing Elements, 2290 Como Ave, St Paul.

TUESDAY, MAY 15 Embody Wellness: Belief Systems – 6-8pm. What we believe helps bring order to our world. Much of what we currently believe we learned before the age of seven. Most of us don’t dig into whether or not those beliefs continue to match what we desire for our lives and our future. Some of our long held beliefs may be subconsciously holding us back from the very things we dream about for ourselves. What is it that may be holding you back? $50. Awakened Living, 3601 Minnesota Dr, #825, Bloomington.

THURSDAY, MAY 17 Connection and Attunement Gathering – 6:308:30pm. Join our monthly gatherings designed to cultivate intention, support and encouragement for each other on our way to sustaining wholeness and holiness in our lives. Led by Michele Rae, this group session includes mindfulness, energy, meditation, expressive or movement practices. $25. Center Within, 8100 S Penn Ave, #155, Bloomington. MetroEast Nutrition and Chiropractic’s “Ladies’ Night Out” – 5:30-8pm. Gather the awesome women in your life and join us for a night of wellness, shopping, food, and fun including Fabulous Food, Drinks & Door and Complimentary Massage

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& Nutritional Testing! Free. MetroEast Nutrition & Chiropractic, 6993 35th St N, Oakdale. 651-7711703.

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Spring Forest Qigong Level Two for Healing – 9am5pm Sat; and 9am-1pm Sun. Rhonda Battisto guides 4 new healing movements to: Increase your healing energy - Develop your power of visualization techniques - Improve energy flow in the body - Detect & clear energy blockages - Heal many health conditions/ concerns. Prerequisite: Level 1 (home study or cert.) $249. Golden Essence Healing Arts, 1590 Thomas Lakes Dr, #112, Eagan.

7th Annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference: Honoring Plant Wisdom

SATURDAY, MAY 19 Invest in Your Abundance – 10am-1pm. Learn an ancient Hanmi Buddhist moving meditation practice that aligns you with the Universe and supports you in creating more abundance, more radiant health and more peace. $108. 651278-0697. Divine Time, 14555 S. Robert Tr, #304, Rosemount.

SUNDAY, MAY 20 Beyond Grief – 9am-6pm. This workshop was designed to: help you move forward, heal your grief, reclaim your power and get back in alignment. Four speakers. One workshop. $97-$197. Re/ Max Building, 7700 France Ave S, Bloomington.

TUESDAY, MAY 22 Embody Wellness: Nutrition – 6-8pm. There are so many different ways to eat, how do you know what’s right for you? Delve into how nutrition (or lack of) affects you, creating a healthy mindset around food, and steps you can take to be more nourished. $50. Awakened Living, 3601 Minnesota Dr, #825, Bloomington.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 Mango Matcha Smoothie Sampling – All day. For an organic, nutrient-dense boost of energy, sample the Mango Matcha smoothie from Mazopiya’s reFresh Bar. Packed with mangos, bananas, spinach, matcha and creamy coconut milk, this refreshing treat is the perfect pick-me-up. Mazopiya, 2571 Credit Union Drive, Prior Lake.

MONDAY, MAY 28 Happy Memorial Day!

TUESDAY, MAY 29 Embody Wellness: Environmental Awareness – 6-8pm. We’ll help hone your awareness of environmental impacts on your health and what you can do to counterbalance its effects. You’ll discover skills in awareness to recognize how your body is affected. We will address thoughts, food, environment, and relationships. $50. Awakened Living, 3601 Minnesota Dr, #825, Bloomington.

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

June 1-3 Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI.

SATURDAY, JUNE 2 WaterFest 2018 – 11am-4pm. Join us for a free, family festival celebrating our clean lakes with fun outdoor activities and hands-on learning about local watershed topics. Free. Phalen Regional Park, 1600 Phalen Dr, St Paul.

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

—from musical performances to Irish step-dancing lessons. Free. 920 East Lake St., Minneapolis.



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 world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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. 651348-6216.

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


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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 – 1111:30am. Led by a Prayer Chaplain in the Meditation Room, this meditation is the same one going on concurrently at Unity Village. It alternates affirmative prayer and silence. Donation based. Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center, 4011 W Hwy 13, Savage.

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.


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 22.

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.


Barb Ryan, LMT • 612-922-2389 Bhakti Wellness Center 7550 France Avenue S, #220 Edina Specializing in persistent, chronic pain relief and mysteries of the body. Serving clients covered by auto insurance and worker’s compensation with a doctor’s referral. Also serving clients seeking the experience of deep relaxation and more selfconnection. Skilled and compassionate care. See ad, page 19.

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.

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

Healthy Girls’ Breast Oil when applied with a self-breast massage helps to balance, detoxify, soften breast tissue, improve lymphatic circulation and stimulate the immune system. Improved circulation helps your entire body! See ad, page 19.

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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 9.


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.


Dr. Aleshka Calderon-Santini 6409 City W Pkwy, #105, Eden Prairie 952-855-7656 • We’re dedicated to improving your health with natural, effective and safe chiropractic care. Utilizing the Pierce Results System, we provide contemporary testing and imaging to understand the root cause of health challenges and create a plan to help you get better. See ad, page 22.


Dr. Amanda Haeg 6409 City W Pkwy, #105, Eden Prairie 952-855-7656 - We’re dedicated to improving your health with natural, effective and safe chiropractic care. Utilizing the Pierce Results System, we provide contemporary testing and imaging to understand the root cause of health challenges and create a plan to help you get better. See ad, page 22.

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Candi Broeffle, MBA, CPC 218-590-2539


Phoenix Galbran 18466 Kenyon Ave., Ste 100, Lakeville 952-595-6565. 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 15.

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 19.


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


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André Thomas 1553 Como Ave, St. Paul 612-234-7237 •

“Do you have a sick Computer?” We Keep Computer Repair Simple. Onsite/In-Home or Office, Bring-to-Us Computer Repair Services. 2011-17 Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner. Local • Greener • Highly Rated


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.

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.

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

We ’ r e a n i n t e g r a t i v e practice committed to promoting dental wellness and overall assistance to the whole person. We desire to participate in the creation of healthier lives, while being sensitive to physical, philosophical, emotional and financial concerns. See ad, page 7.


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 5.


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 11.

ELECTROLYSIS 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 5.


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.

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 19.


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

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

Mastel’s Health Foods is Minnesota’s oldest health and wellness store. We carry a full line of vitamins, minerals, supplements, herbs and more. We emphasize organic, biodynamic, biodegradable, holistic and hypoallergenic products and pride ourselves on stocking hard-to-find items. See ad, page 23.


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


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 22.

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.

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Cindy Miller • 952-334-7657 7260 University Ave NE Ste 110, Fridley, MN


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 23.

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.

NATURAL FOOD CO-OP 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.


2700 Campus Drive, Plymouth 866-999-9191 -

Candi Broeffle, MBA, CPC 218-590-2539 Providing life-changing retreats for individuals committed to leading lives filled with purpose, joy, and connection. Experience transformation in multi-day retreats that create awareness and acceptance of your current experiences, while providing the tools needed to design a life of conscious choice. It’s your time to build a fearless life. See ad, page 19.


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!


Eniva Health specializes in optimizing health outcomes. Since 1998, we’ve been a trusted source for high quality, safe and effective wellness products. Manufactured in Plymouth, our dedicated team of wellness experts control the entire process from design to delivery.

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Vajracharya Charlotte M. Steen 651-278-0697 •

Let me help you be the peace, the radiant health, the abundance, and the joy that you seek. Receive Hanmi Buddhist spiritual healing. Learn a Hanmi Buddhist meditation for your daily practice. Request prayer services for yourself & loved ones. All are welcome. Sign up today! See ad, page 13.


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


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


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

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Recharge at Mazopiya’s reFresh bar, featuring 100% organic and GMO-free juices, smoothies, and coffees.

952.233.9140 • 2571 CREDIT UNION DRIve, PRIOR LAKE, MN

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