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ur May issue arrives with spring in the air, the lazy days of summer in our dreams and the memories of past seasons fresh in our minds. This is the time of year that awakens my desire to dig in the dirt and spend long days in the gardens—or at least begin planning to do so. This month’s issue is packed full of articles that remind me of my childhood days on the farm in northern Minnesota. My parents, Bob and Sharon, loved to garden, raise animals, and “live off the land” as much as possible. Most of the winter months were spent reading Mother Earth News, Farmers’ Almanac and any book Candi Broeffle by Rodale Press; and spring was the time to put this new knowledge into action. Baby goats and pigs were being born and there were numerous trips to the feed store to get “just a few more” chicks to raise for eggs and meat. Even now, I can smell the scent of baby animals and fresh straw, and it makes me smile. Truth be told, I didn’t enjoy the gardens much as a child. It was a lot of work—tilling, planting, weeding, harvesting, canning or prepping for freezing, then tearing it all out at the end of the year, only to start again the next year. We had many large gardens, enough to feed a family of nine for the entire year. It truly felt like child labor, especially in my teen years. Today, I appreciate the lessons I learned as a child and I love to put them into action, even in small ways. I plant raised gardens with enough produce to can tomatoes for the winter and enjoy fresh cucumbers and zucchini all summer, but in no way could I feed my family for a year on the small harvests I bring in! There is comfort, though, in digging my hands in the dirt, smelling the earth and feeling the sun on my face. It’s in these moments that I feel Mom and Dad are still with me, encouraging me to listen to the plants, hear what they need, and tell them how I appreciate all they do for us. We’ve been talking to plants for years, but did you know they talk to each other? This month, April Thompson’s article, “Plants Talk: Discover Their Secret Language,” shares a fascinating look at how they communicate to defend themselves and assist their neighbors in the most extraordinary ways. If you want to create lasting memories with the little ones in your life, consider getting them out of the house and into the garden. In “Gardening for Kids: The Fun of Growing Their Own,” Ronica A. O’Hara shows us how this helps grow healthy, veggie-loving kids as well. This month’s issue includes many articles by our local contributors, including articles on eye health, mental and emotional health, and discovering our intuition. There is true wisdom within these pages. Finally, to all the people who play the role of Mother in another’s life, may the love you have given return to you a hundredfold. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Mushrooms for Food, Medicine and Healing the Environment


he coordinators of the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference will present Mycelium Mysteries: a Women’s Mushroom Retreat, on September 27, 28 and 29, in Almond, Wisconsin. Gina Rivers Contla This event will focus on understanding fungi as the grandmothers of our ecosystem and mushrooms as medicine. Keynote speakers include Katherine MacLean, Ph.D., with Mama Mushroom: Navigating Birth, Caregiving & Death with Psilocybin Mushrooms; and Gina Rivers Contla, with Guardians of the Ecosystem: Can Mushrooms Speak to Trees and Save the Bees? The retreat also offers workshops at beginner through advanced levels. Topics include Wild Mushroom Skills, such as gathering, identification and preparation, with recipes; Mushroom Nutrition; Mushroom Medicine, with home remedies; and Mushroom History. Workshops will be presented by Cornelia Cho, M.D., Sarah Foltz Jordan, Linda Conroy, Linda Grigg, Sonia Horowitz and others. Register at Vendor spots, sponsor opportunities, work exchange and scholarships are still available. See ad, page 19.

New Political Radio Show Extends Conversations to Kitsch Tastes


M950 Radio, The Progressive Voice of Minnesota, announces a new show to their lineup, entitled Mission Accomplishers, airing from 7 to 8 p.m., Saturday evenings. Though you may come to expect debate on political talk radio, this show could provide a breath of fresh air. While still commenting on the news of the day, co-hosts Hunter Hawes and Erik Nelson strive to push the dialogue into more amusing topics. Hunter Hawes and Erik Nelson Jacob Wood, a long-time AM950 listener, shares, “I love how Mission Accomplishers seems to come completely out of left field (pun intended) and offers a nice, refreshing, open-ended format that makes it really fun to listen to.” Wood continues, “The hosts are good conversationalists and I like the weird ideas they come up with. Good to hear some young, progressive minds!” You can expect discussions about everything from what fast food under socialism would look like, to debates about soda, and talks about the charisma of wrestlers. For more information, visit Subscribe to the podcast for bonus content.

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itka Salmon Shares announces their eighth season as the leading Community Supported Fishery (CSF) in the Midwest. For those not familiar with a CSF, it works like a farmer’s box or community supported agriculture (CSA), but instead of vegetables and fruits, it’s wild-caught Alaskan seafood delivered to your door. The sashimi-quality fish is blast frozen to ensure optimal freshness. Each share, which may include a variety of salmon, halibut, tuna, cod, crab or prawns, also includes chef-created recipes to expand meal options. New membership shares are rolling out every month through September. As a merry band of talented, multigenerational fishermen, Sitka Salmon Shares has forged a better way to fish sustainably, with traceability back to the exact boat and fisherman who caught your fish. This is “Know Your Fisherman” and it’s changing the landscape of seafood in the Midwest. “In a world confused by seafood mislabeling and overfishing, where even the term ‘wild-caught’ does not mean much anymore, CSF’s have found a better way,” says Richie Mann, Minnesota manager for Sitka Salmon Shares. “Over my five years with Sitka Salmon Shares, I’ve learned the only way to truly fish sustainably is through a lot of hard work, a lot of love and an old-fashioned hook and line.” With Mother’s Day just around the corner, any of their shares would make a great gift for mom and for Mother Earth. Cost: Starting at $89/month. For more information, visit Also find them at farmers’ markets throughout the Twin Cities; see Calendar of Events for details. See ad, page 2. May 2019


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he Upper Midwest Hanmi Buddhist Association is hosting an Open House and Celebration, from 7 to 9 p.m., on May 22, in joy and gratitude for their first 108 days in business at their new location. Festivities include an introduction to the Chinese Mystery School dharma talk and meditation teaching, door prizes and savory treats. After learning two of the meditations of the Chinese Mystery School’s Foundations for Self-Realization, the Treasure Vase Qi Dharma and Calming and Relaxing Dharma, one participant shared, “This was much more profound than any other meditation I have participated in before. The instructions were clear and the pacing was just right. I look forward to practicing these at home. Very nice setting to learn in, too.” The Upper Midwest Hanmi Buddhist Association opened their new shrine on February 3, the eve of the Chinese New Year. They have since been offering daily Chinese Mystery School spiritual healing services and hosting meditation classes, so people can learn at least one of the many different Chinese Mystery School (Hanmi Buddhism) meditation practices that are open to the public. All faiths are welcome. Location: 80 County Rd. C West, #804, Little Canada. For more information, call 651-2780697 or visit See ad, page 11.

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ebecka Lassen announces the release of her first book, Socially Accepted Intuition, on May 7, strategically chosen to coincide with Trust Your Intuition Day, which is celebrated in the same week. In the book, Lassen candidly shares her own intuitive journey, including her isolation growing up in a small town in North Dakota, and her attempts to find her place by moving to a different town, joining the military, and starting college, in that order. She approaches it all with fun, logic and reason—giving permission to the reader to find what being intuitive really means for them. “I’ve always been creative, but never thought about writing professionally,” shares Lassen. “Writing has allowed me to express my creativity but also to help me follow my passion of being a positive influence for others and help people find their true selves.” Lassen invites you to celebrate the book launch with a party to be held from 5 to 8 p.m., on May 17, at the Modist Brewing Company, in Minneapolis. The celebration will include a meet and greet with the author, book signing and raffle prizes. Cost (book launch party): Free. Location: 505 N. 3rd St., Minneapolis. Book cost: $9.99/paperback; $4.99/Ebook. Available at or Eye of Horace, 910 W. Lake St., Minneapolis. For more information, visit See ad, page 26.

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Japanese researchers interviewed 1,003 Tokyo women over 70 years old about which of 16 types of exercise they did, including dancing, calisthenics, jogging, golf, ball games, hiking, yoga, bicycling and tai chi. In eight years of follow-up, those that danced were 73 percent less likely to be classified as impaired in any of the “activities of daily living” such as walking, cooking, dressing and bathing—a result not produced by the other physical activities. “Dancing requires not only balance, strength and endurance ability, but also cognitive ability: adaptability and concentration to move according to the music and partner; artistry for graceful and fluid motion; and memory for choreography,” writes lead author Yosuke Osuka, of the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology.

Forty-eight percent of American adults have some form of cardiovascular disease, reported the American Heart Association (AHA) in its annual update. The increase is partly due to 2017 updated guidelines redefining high blood pressure as greater than 130/80 millimeters of mercury rather than 140/90, which raised the number of Americans with diagnosed Twin Cities Edition

hypertension from 32 percent to 46 percent. American heart disease deaths rose from 836,546 in 2015 to 840,678 in 2016. Studies show that about 80 percent of all cardiovascular disease can be prevented by controlling high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, along with healthy practices like not smoking, says the AHA.

Women in menopause that are mindful and nonjudgmental of their thoughts are less irritable, anxious and depressed, reports a Mayo Clinic study recently published in Climacteric, the journal of the International Menopause Society. Researchers gave questionnaires to 1,744 menopausal patients 40 to 65 years old and found that those with higher mindfulness scores struggled less with common menopausal symptoms. Mindfulness didn’t lower hot flash and night sweat symptoms, however.


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Simply changing a diet to include more fruit and vegetables can boost mental well-being, say British researchers from Leeds and York universities. Examining health data of 40,000 people, they concluded those that eat more produce have a better psychological state, and that eating just one extra portion of fruits and vegetables a day could have a positive effect equivalent to around eight extra days of walking a month for at least 10 minutes at a time. A meta-analysis of 16 studies by the UK’s University of Manchester found the mood-boosting effect was particularly strong for women, and it worked with different types of diets, indicating a particular approach is not necessary. When dietary changes were combined with exercise, even greater improvements resulted.


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Walking, cycling, climbing stairs and other aerobic activities may improve brain function not only in older people, but also in younger folk, according to a Columbia University study published in Neurology. The study recruited 132 people between 20 and 67 years old that didn’t exercise and had below-average fitness levels. Half stretched and toned four times a week for six months and half exercised aerobically on a treadmill, stationary bike or elliptical machine. When they were evaluated for their executive function thinking skills—regulating behavior, paying attention and achieving goals—the aerobics group improved twice as much as the stretching group. “The people who exercised were testing as if they were about 10 years younger at age 40 and about 20 years younger at age 60,” says study author Yaakov Stern, Ph.D.

Swedish seniors that took coenzyme Q10 and selenium during a fouryear study were still benefiting 12 years later with a reduced cardiovascular mortality risk of more than 40 percent. In the original study, Linköping University researchers gave 443 independently living seniors over 70 years old either a placebo or 200 milligrams of CoQ10 and 200 milligrams of selenium per day. Those on the supplements showed a reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, improved heart function, less hospitalization, more vitality and a better quality of life. Twelve years later, the researchers examined autopsies and death certificates, and found the supplement-takers had a lower risk of death compared to the placebo group, even if they had diabetes, high blood pressure or ischemic heart disease.

Prenatal Yoga Reduces Caesareans and Labor Pain

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First-time mothers that practiced yoga beginning in the 30th week of pregnancy had fewer caesareans, fewer low-weight newborns and milder and briefer labor pains. They were also less likely to require painkillers or labor inducement. The Mangalore, India, hospital study, published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, included 150 women 20 to 35 years old that were pregnant for the first time and had no prior yoga experience. Half of the women did not do yoga, while the other half took 30-minute yoga classes once every week or two. Women in the yoga group were also more comfortable after giving birth.

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Being at least 68 years old didn’t deter Wisdom, a Laysan Albatross, from recently hatching another chick. The world’s oldest known banded wild bird, which roosts at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, in Hawaii, has birthed and raised more than 30 chicks in her lifetime. She and her mate-for-life Akeakamai spent about two months incubating the new egg, and now they’ll raise the chick for five to six months before it flies out to sea. It is uncommon for albatross to return, lay and hatch an egg every single year, but the pair has produced a chick each year since 2006, say U.S Fish and Wildlife Service officials. 12

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Poisoned Pastures


As the Appalachian economy struggles with the loss of three-fifths of its coal mining jobs in the last three decades, a surprising option is emerging for some: beekeeping. The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective offers beekeeping training, including bees and equipment and ongoing mentoring, for displaced coal miners and low-income residents of mining towns; so far, about 35 people are participating. Landowners are donating property for the beehives, which will be maintained without pesticides or antibiotics. Honey from a single hive can bring in about $750 a season, or $15,000 per 20, and additional money can be made selling the beeswax for candles and lip balm. The beekeeping collective is part of Appalachian Headwaters, a nonprofit formed in 2016 with a $7.5 million lawsuit settlement from coal mine operator Alpha Natural Resources for violations of the Clean Water Act. The money has been used to fund environmental restoration projects and to develop sustainable economic opportunities in the coal mining communities of West Virginia.


Miners Becoming Beekeepers

Higher federal standards for energy-efficient light bulbs established two years ago are in the process of being rolled back by the U.S. Department of Energy, part of a move toward widespread deregulation by the current administration. Consumers stand to lose about $100 per household per year in electric bill savings if the higher standards are not implemented, say critics. The wasted energy could result in more power plant pollution, which harms the environment and contributes to health problems like asthma. The plan would also stifle innovation, eliminating a powerful regulatory incentive for manufacturers and retailers to invest in high-quality, energy-efficient LED light bulbs.

Nuclear Testing Linked to Radioactive Milk

The hundreds of nuclear bombs detonated on a remote Nevada test site during the Cold War produced radioactive fallout that led indirectly to the deaths of 340,000 to 690,000 Americans, concludes a recent study by economist Keith Meyers, Ph.D., of the University of Southern Denmark. Meyers conducted the research for his doctoral dissertation while attending the University of Arizona. By combining National Cancer Institute data measuring the radioactive element Iodine-131 in local cow milk with countyby-county mortality data, he found heightened death rates in the Midwest and Northeast between 1951 and 1973. The finding suggests that airborne radiation contaminated pastures that, in turn, made milk radioactive and led to the human ingestion of slow-acting, but fatal radioactive isotopes. In comparison, an estimated 200,000 to 350,000 people in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki died directly from the atomic bombs dropped on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively.


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Human Composting at the End of Life

Washington is poised to become the first state to make it legal to compost human remains. A bill allowing for the process, called natural organic reduction, as well as another called water cremation, has passed the state senate and is making its way to the house for a vote. Human composting involves placing a body in a tubular vessel and covering it with natural materials like wood chips and straw. Over several weeks, microbial activity breaks down the body into about a cubic yard of soil. Recompose, a company that wants to offer the practice as an alternative to traditional methods, worked with Washington State University to test its safety for environmental and human health. Six people donated their bodies for the study. The method alleviates much of the carbon footprint associated with both cremation and traditional casket burial.

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Eye Care that Begins with Hope at Bhakti Wellness Center by Rebecka Lassen


or 17 years, Mats Sexton has been giving his clients something that many optometrists cannot—hope. In 2003 he was trained in a specific acupuncture protocol specializing in eye disorders—Macular Regeneration. A few years ago, he began instructing seminars and has taught nearly a hundred acupuncturists in this protocol, one of them being Cassandra Rose, an acupuncturist at the Bhakti Wellness Clinic, in Edina. The two are now partnering at Bhakti to provide macular regeneration service and to educate the community with the foundational understanding that treating eye disorders requires a whole-body, harmonic (rhythmic) approach, offering clients not just hope, but the reality of possible change in their vision.

The option nobody is talking about.

Many people who have been given a diagnosis of a chronic degenerative eye condition are often told that there is no option other than a slow slide into loss of vision. “That’s the paradigm,” states Guy Odishaw, founder of Bhakti Wellness Center. “At no point are they offered anything in the nature of hope. It’s just an expectation that it only goes one way.” It doesn’t have to be that way. Research shows there is an ability to change the course of chronic degenerative eye conditions. Macular Regeneration can be used for clients with retina issues, macular degeneration and some congenital eye disorders. To some degree, it can also help with issues such as glaucoma and Sjogren’s Syndrome (dry-mouth, dry-eyes). This holistic and natural protocol does not support concerns with nearsightedness, farsightedness or cataracts. Sexton says, “I can’t fix everyone’s vision, but in about 85 percent of cases, there’s some improvement, and all clients experience some level of change to overall wellness.”

Holistic Expectations

Sexton can say that because this approach to eye care is not just focused on eye disorders. It is focused on whole-body rhythmicity and function. When clients come into the clinic for help with chronic vision concerns, there is an understanding and expectation that Macular Regeneration involves a whole-body approach. The body functions as one system. It’s difficult to effectively treat anything if you compartmentalize the treatment. Sexton explains, “Think of a tree and imagine your eyes as the leaves. You can care for the leaves, make them look shiny and beautiful, but if you’re not treating the roots, you’re not going to get true long-term benefits. You have to reach the roots to get to the heart of the issue.” The protocol requires a commitment on the part of the patient as it’s not unreasonable to expect 50 to 80 treatments in a year to address something that has developed over the past 40 years. That being said, people have often noticed changes in their vision within 10 to 20 treatments, such as their vision seems brighter, clearer or has more acuity. Sexton has seen clients drop five lines on the eye chart within 10 treatments. “It’s insane,” he shares, “but it can happen.”

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Much of the Macular Regeneration protocol requires active involvement with self-care at home. It involves working on overall health and rhythmicity of the body. There are plenty of evidence-

Research shows there is an ability to change the course of chronic degenerative eye conditions. Macular Regeneration can be used for clients with retina issues, macular degeneration and some congenital eye disorders. based practices to get started with your own natural vision protocols, including: • Binary beats. Download an app on your phone so you can listen to binaural beats throughout the day or at night when you sleep. You can even find some on YouTube. • Audio-Visual Entrainment (AVE). This technique utilizes pulses of light and sound at specific frequencies to gently and safely guide the brain into various beneficial brain wave patterns. You can easily purchase a device to use at home. • Nutrition. A low-carbohydrate, highquality fat diet that’s going to decrease inflammation. Eating a double handful of leafy greens a day is key as is avoiding anything with hydrogenated oils. Be sure to read labels. • Hydration. Drink water. Eye tissue is moist. If they dry out, it could possibly thicken the tissues and cause plaque buildup that could lead to potential eye disorders. • Sunglasses. Protect your eyes from ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. On June 17, Bhakti Wellness Center is hosting an informational seminar on functional ophthalmology and the science of this approach. Cost: Free. Location: 7550 France Ave. S., Ste. 220, Edina. For more information, visit See ad page 21. Rebecka Lassen is an author, writer, professional speaker, and holistic healer. She is currently completing the requirements needed for a certification in Integrative Health and Healing at Anoka Ramsey Community College by serving as an intern for Natural Awakenings Twin Cities magazine. For more information, visit May 2019


The daily choice to prioritize caring for oneself can ultimately lead to an experience of self-love and wholeness.

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o be female is to be Self-care does life coach and author of blessed with an innate not necessarily Expectation Hangover: Overgift for multitasking, coming Disappointment in have to involve Work, Love, and Life. but in our fast-paced, jamtime; it’s a way The San Diego-based packed world, daily life for most women is a juggling act motivational speaker views of being. that can come with a steep self-care to be as vital as edu~Christine Hassler price tag if self-care isn’t on cation. “Women are not taught the to-do list. Depression, anxiety and in high school and college how to take care feeling overwhelmed are all too common. of themselves. Prioritizing self-care is so According to the National Alliance on important. I see so many young women Mental Illness, one in eight women experiwith adrenal or thyroid burnout and eating ence depression during their lifetime— disorders. All of that comes down to stress, twice the rate of men. relationship to self and lack of self-care.” The personal interests of women in Seasons of a Woman’s Life their 30s and 40s trying to balance motherhood and career often get lost in the tangled Each decade poses unique challenges. For underbrush of daily logistics. There can women in their 20s and early 30s, combe a deep longing for identity well into the paring and finding one’s own path can be significant. “The feminist movement of our 50s, especially when children leave the nest. Fears of aging and loneliness often accommothers’ generation opened doors, but so pany women 60 and older. By passionately many 20- and 30-something women have and joyously taking care of body and spirit, interpreted that as, ‘I have to do everything women of any generation can find renewal. and be everything,’” says Christine Hassler, 16

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Women play vital roles in family and community, much like the foundation of a sound building, and if self-care is not the bedrock, all that is supported by it is likely to be compromised. “I believe we’ve taken the bait, the promise that if we arrange our life circumstances just so, we’ll feel ease and happiness. We’re getting to a place as a collective where we see a bankruptcy in that,” says Miami-based holistic women’s psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogan, bestselling author of A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives. Body-mind-spirit self-care is the heart of Brogan’s approach, and self-love is the lifeblood. “Self-love is quite elusive for most of us, perhaps because our selfesteem is contingent [upon it], and we only feel good about ourselves under certain circumstances. The daily choice to prioritize caring for oneself can ultimately lead to an experience of self-love and wholeness,” says Brogan, who compares a ritualized system of daily self-care that comes first to putting on the proverbial oxygen mask before attempting to meet the needs of others. “Balancing self-love and caring for others starts with recognizing and accepting that it’s possible for you to effectively do both. Self-love at the soul level is the catalyst for healing on all levels, which in turn drives our level of self-worth,” concurs Teigan Draig, a spiritual life coach and busy home-schooling mom in Spencerville, Ohio. She reminds us that putting our needs above the wants of others is not being selfish, but is an emotional necessity that helps women get out of the loop of self-defeatism and self-sabotage. “The first step to finding your fire is learning to love yourself, all of yourself. Self-care and selflove are a total wellness package.”

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Benefits of Self-Nourishment

Many psychologists agree that self-care can help to improve concentration, promote relaxation, fortify relationships and boost productivity. Most women crave more metime, but don’t know how to implement change. “Without a premise of self-care, we react based on stress patterns. We react with more tension, irritability, guilt and obligation. We say, ‘Yes’ when we want to say, ‘No’. However, when we take stock in our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, we’re less reactive,” observes Hassler, who underscores self-care as an investment for life. “Most women have inner critics and a negative relationship with self. Self-care is essential so we can turn down the volume of the inner critic, stop peoplepleasing and make self-honoring choices.” Balancing motherhood and career or other obligations can leave many women running on empty and resentful. “We would never tell a loved one who desperately needed some TLC to get over it and just keep going. As busy women, when we don’t take the time to care for ourselves, the consequence is our children getting a mom who is preoccupied, anxious and disconnected,” says women’s life coach Veronica Paris, in San Diego. Catering to everyone’s desires and spreading ourselves too thin can backfire. Paris asks, “How do I want my kids to look back on me as a mother? By taking the time to self-care, we’re taking accountability for how we want to show up in our world rather than shapeshifting from one situation to the next. We can teach our children how to do the same.”

Our Emotions As Wellspring

For too many women, another common byproduct of self-neglect can be emotional numbing and feeling “flatlined”. A toxic or addictive relationship to food, alcohol or shopping can be a symptom of a deep need to nourish the self and give a voice to suppressed feelings. “One of our greatest challenges is that we’ve become disconnected from our deep seat of power, which is our capacity to feel,” says Brogan. “We’ve been enculturated to disregard our experience of feeling emotions, and because of this, it’s been reduced to a very narrow bandwidth.” Brogan believes that it is key for women to reestablish a connection to nature’s

Sometimes my daily me-time was only five minutes here or 10 minutes there, but it saved my sanity. ~Teigan Draig rhythms and their own feminine, fluid energy, as well as giving up the need to control. “I think it’s the work of many women to understand that we’re not here to meet the needs of everyone on the planet—and with our loved ones, it disempowers them as much as we’re feeling disempowered. We’re here to meet our own needs and then offer compassion and caring in a way that comes from a more boundaried space.”

SIMPLE SELF-CARE STRATEGIES 4 Schedule me-time on the calendar. 4 Unplug from gadgets. 4 Spend lunch breaks in the park. 4 Rest before hitting the wall of exhaustion. 4 Take 10 minutes to stretch and breathe in the morning. 4 Meditate in the shower; choose a luxurious, natural, body wash. 4 Wear your favorite jewelry. 4 Designate a beautiful tea cup or coffee mug to use on hectic work days. 4 Buy yourself flowers; take yourself out to lunch or a museum. 4 Sprinkle lavender, rose geranium or ylang ylang essential oil on your sheets. 4 Opt for a gentle workout instead of a high-intensity session when tired. 4 Choose a healthy breakfast. 4 Play, be silly and be a kid again. 4 Designate 15 to 20 minutes after the workday to color, doodle or journal. 4 Listen to your favorite music during commuting or cleaning the house. 4 Abandon perfectionism. 4 Connect to a higher power, however you define it, even if it is inner peace.

Hassler affirms that when women are fully present, every aspect of life can be viewed through a clearer lens. “Self-care helps us tap into our super power, which is our intuition, and by doing that, we know what we need and act on that.”

Thrive With Small Changes

Beginning the day with self-care can be as simple as taking the time to meditate and breathe deeply for a minute or two before getting out of bed and opting for a healthier breakfast. Feeding our senses and feasting on what gives us joy can be a way of life. “Self-care does not necessarily have to involve time; it’s a way of being,” says Hassler. “The more time we spend on self-care tells the subconscious mind that we’re worth it.” Draig suggests setting personal boundaries, and part of this means reserving time for ourselves. “When I became a new mother, I was running on fumes. Sometimes my daily me-time was only five minutes here or 10 minutes there, but it saved my sanity. Learn to schedule selfcare time in your calendar as you would anything else,” she says, noting, “My house was not always spotless, but it was a trade I was willing to make so I could take care of myself and be a better mother.” Being innovative can be an ally. “Ten minutes walking the dog or taking the baby out in a stroller can become 10 minutes spent saying positive self-affirmations,” suggests Paris. “That 15-minute drive can be spent deep breathing instead of listening to the news on the radio.” Blooming into our best possible self is returning to our essence. “It’s about taking off the masks, no longer living according to expectations and other people. It’s about radical self-acceptance,” says Hassler. Each decade poses an invitation to grow and commit to self-nourishment. “There will be days where you feel like you can’t get the hang of it, but you’ll arrive, and when you do, no matter what age you are, it can be magical,” Draig says. Marlaina Donato is a composer and author of several books in women’s spirituality and holistic health. Connect at May 2019



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by April Thompson

hile flowers are We underestimate cues, weigh different alternaknown to lean what plants can tives and allocate resources in toward light, a very sophisticated ways,” says do because their Richard Karban, professor of growing body of research communication is entomology at the University is demonstrating plants also respond to sounds and of California at Davis and the invisible to us. scents—and then herald the author of Plant Sensing and ~Heidi Appel news to their neighbors. Far Communication. from being passive life forms, members of the plant kingdom are adept Better Living Through at interacting with their environments and Chemistry Early evidence of plant communication with each other. was discovered by accident, according to “Plants don’t have specialized sense orJack Schultz, senior executive director of gans, but like animals, plants are very capable research development at the University of of sensing their environment. They perceive


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Toledo, in Ohio. “In the 1970s, researchers began to notice plants under attack respond by increasing defensive chemistry—things that make a plant distasteful or toxic to predators,” he says. Researchers noticed that control plants also seemed to respond to their neighbors being attacked. Since then, Schultz, Karban and other investigators have discovered that plants emit complex profiles of odors in the form of volatile compounds that can be picked up by other plants, as well as insects. Studying sagebrush in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Karban found that plants under duress emit chemical cues that trigger nearby plants to increase their defenses. These odors vary with the type of threat and time, working to attract pollinators during the day and fending off enemies at night, Schultz says. A plant being eaten by an insect may release a chemical that attracts predatory insects looking for herbivore prey. “There is a clear adaptive advantage in attracting the ‘enemy of your enemy’, who can act as a bodyguard for the plant being attacked.” Smells are just part of a plant’s multisensory life, says Heidi Appel, a professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo and one of Schultz’s collaborators. Appel’s research with collaborator Rex Cocroft, at the University of Missouri, demonstrates they’re listening for threats, too. Her lab exposed plants from the mustard family to the sound of a caterpillar feeding, with control plants in silence or “listening” to a recording of the wind or other insects, and found that those vibrations didn’t effect the same defensive-priming response as that of the plant-munching caterpillar. “Plants have no special sense organs,


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them grow. Perhaps, but not for the reasons one might hope, says Appel. “Whenever we feel a sense of connection to another life form, we are more likely to take better care of it,” says the reNature’s Networks searcher. “We underestimate what plants can do Karban’s lab isolated plants to determine that because their communication is invisible to us. their chemical signals were transmitted by air ~Heidi Appel Yet we also have to be careful about overestimatrather than soil or root systems. Yet researcher ing their abilities. We need an understanding to Suzanne Simard, a professor of forest ecology at be driven by science, and not wishful thinking.” the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, is digging into the underground connections, finding that trees are interacting with one April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Contact another below the ground in complex ways. her at Trees have a symbiotic relationship with fungi that’s built on a mutually beneficial exchange of nutrients, says Simard. This underground network links root systems of trees together, enabling them to exchange carbon, water and other nutrients in a kind of natural balance sheet. Simard discovered these networks had hubs—typically older “mother trees”—that can connect to hundreds of saplings For all who love God and send them excess carbon that can quadruple their survival rates. ECK Light and Sound Services Simard also found that trees engage in “defense signaling” simiFirst Sundays, 10:00 a.m. lar to plants, increasing their natural defenses in response to damage Spiritual Exploration Classes inflicted on their neighbors, but only if the mycorrhizal networks of Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. Experience the Sound of Soul fungi that aid in sending such messages are intact. Simard’s research Third Sundays, 10:00 a.m. seeks to understand how environmental threats like climate change 7450 Powers Blvd., Chanhassen, MN 55317 • (952) 380-2200 and logging may further disrupt these communication networks. • Recognizing all of the communication that exists between ECKANKAR, the Path of Spiritual Freedom plants, we might wonder if human words of encouragement can help so their sophisticated sense of hearing is very surprising,” says Appel.



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Honoring Our Emotions Why It’s Important to Get in Touch with Feelings by Joyce Sobotta


via the vagus nerve have onoring our Once we identify the been linked to modulatemotions means emotion and where it is ing mood and distinctive to fully underin our body, it is easier to types of fear and anxiety. stand where these In a 2014 study conthoughts are comfigure out why we feel the ducted at ETH Zurich, ing from and how to way we do. researchers discovered handle them. When that messages also travel we take time to under“downstream” from the conscious mind stand what caused an emotion by examining it in a kind and loving way, we can learn how through the vagus nerve, signaling your organs to create an inner calm so you can to release it from our body. “rest-and-digest” during times of safety, or to prepare your body for “fight-or-flight” A Need to Act On and in dangerous situations. In other words, Release Certain Emotions among its many functions, the vagus nerve A 2015 study from the University of Texas, is responsible for regulating emotions. in Austin, found that when we suppress When we take deep, mindful breaths, our emotions, we become more aggressive. we are tuning into our vagus nerve and It’s been found that when feelings of anger, literally massaging the intensity of our sadness, grief or frustration are ignored, emotions. they can lead to more stress on the body. Once we identify the emotion and Over time, untreated stress can lead to an where it is in our body, it is easier to figure increased risk of diabetes, problems with out why we feel the way we do. When we memory, aggression and depression. examine it more thoroughly, it becomes easier to understand and let it go. That is Tuning Into Our Body why the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is so effective. This is one of the best It’s time to tune into our body and honor ways to honor our emotions. the emotions that are present. Take time Deal with one emotion at a time and to breathe. Identify where feelings are recognize there may be other feelings that stuck in our body. Then, by diaphragmatic need to be released. We get to listen to and breathing, we will activate our vagus be conscious of the messages we receive. nerve—the longest of the cranial nerves. Chronic fatigue or pain, an accident or an Signals traveling from the gut to the brain 20

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illness are all signs that tell us to change, reevaluate and move forward to a better place. What changes can we make for our highest good? No emotions are bad, not even the unpleasant ones. They all have something to tell us. Any emotion can be considered good if we experience it fully and act on the message we get. Knowing what we are feeling in the moment is like coming home to our inner self, the self where we can feel, joy, peace and love.

Listening To Our Heart

As we work with our emotions, our best guides are our intuition and our heart. Go to a place of stillness—a sacred place where we connect with our higher self. Our intuition is working all the time; for instance, when choosing an essential oil for a physical or mental condition. It helps us make decisions and choices. With a clear intention, when we feel the energy or hear the message, it is easier to trust and be confident in our choice. We all can benefit from honoring our emotions, trusting our intuition and accepting the lessons we are given. Joyce Sobotta has a BS in education and certifications in holistic aromatherapy and reflexology. She is the founder/owner of Healthy Girls Breast Oil and offers consultations and presentations to empower women with knowledge for natural breast health. For more info, visit Aromatherapy See ad, page 31.



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Breast Implant Warriors Unite by Linda Sechrist


he U.S. Surgeon General’s warning on cigarettes hasn’t prevented individuals from smoking, nor has the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) list of risks and complications associated with breast implants kept women from undergoing voluntary breast augmentation. Since 1997, the number of saline- and silicone-filled breast implant surgeries has tripled. According to the National Center for Health Research (NCHR), more than 400,000 women and teenagers undergo breast implant surgeries every year, with 75 percent for augmentation of healthy breasts and 25 percent for reconstruction after mastectomies. The marked increase in surgeries implanting these Class III “high risk” medical devices includes many women that undergo procedures to replace old implants that have broken or caused other problems. An estimated 40,000 U.S. women a year have the surgery to remove the implants entirely. These “explants” stem from a variety of issues, from rupture or delayed wound healing to broken implants that have caused breast pain, capsule contracture, spontaneous deflation, breast lesion, infection, wrinkling/ scalloping and necrosis. Another reason for removal is the growing concern about the reported incidence of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a treatable T-cell lymphoma, and breast 22

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implant illness (BII) associated with both silicone and saline implants. The FDA first sounded the alarm about the rare lymphoma in 2011, linking it to implants with textured, Velcro-like outer shells. In February, the federal agency issued a letter to healthcare providers seeking to increase awareness “about an association between all breast implants, regardless of filling or texture,” and BIAALCL. On the issue of BII and other problems reported by women with implants, the FDA has remained largely silent, suggesting that “studies would need to be larger and longer than these conducted so far.” However, the number of women with implants reporting health problems has prompted the FDA to demand that two manufacturers of the devices conduct proper long-term health studies. The agency sent out letters in March warning of deficiencies in FDA-required research and the possibility that their products could be taken off the market. The move is considered to be a victory for patient activism. HealingBreastImplantIllness has become a sanctuary for more than 68,000 women that report a range of symptoms associated with BII. Nicole Daruda, of Vancouver Island, Canada, says she created the group to support women that visited her website,, where she told her personal BII story that began with

implant surgery in 2005. “I never anticipated an avalanche of women’s stories about the symptoms that I endured before having my explant surgery in 2015.” After hearing from other women, Daruda felt affirmed in her suspicions that implants had caused her fatigue, brain fog, memory loss, headaches, joint and muscle pain, hair loss, recurring infections, swollen lymph nodes, rashes, irritable bowel syndrome and problems with thyroid and adrenal glands. “I believe that various doctors pigeonholed my symptoms into the category of autoimmune disorders because few general practitioners are aware of BII.” Diana Hoppe, M.D., a board-certified OB/GYN in Encinitas, California, never heard of BII until earlier this year. “Doctors rely on published, evidence-based study results, and while there are none linking connective tissue disorders and breast implants, I suspect that the outcomes of studies conducted by breast implant manufacturers are equally as suspicious as the outcomes of studies done by the manufacturers of cigarettes.” One longtime BII combatant says, “My body mounted an all-out war, in the form of a foreign body immune response.” She learned about BII from BreastImplantIllness, but is unable to afford the explant surgery that would remove the apparently toxic invaders. NCHR reports that at the time of explant surgery, approximately three out of five women have had implants and their unhealthy symptoms for 10 years or more. After explant surgery, 89 percent of the women report improvement. However, explant surgery is just the first step. Daruda used chelation and the protocols of Gerson Therapy, a natural treatment that activates the body’s ability to heal itself through an organic, plant-based diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and supplements. “It took me four years to recuperate,” she says. “It didn’t take that long to know the lesson I wanted to share with other women: Self-love and self-worth are more important than society’s false concepts of beauty. The essence of who we are is not tied to any body part.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Empower Up and Step Out of the Closet by Amanda Rangel


any people don’t know that they are fundamentally experiencing life differently than the people around them. For an empath, being in a room with people, family, friends or strangers and knowing what others are feeling or sometimes even thinking, is a normal occurrence. Of course, at the time this begins to happen at a young age, there is no way to really process what is occurring. There is no way to be consciously aware that what they are experiencing is not typical, that it isn’t something that all other people around them are experiencing. An empath is just being themselves with no manual, no adult, school or educational program ever letting them know that what they are experiencing is different than the status quo of the other humans in their small rural town, big city or household. In an effort to fit in, an empath may push away this ability and bury it deep down so they can be “normal” for years, decades or even a lifetime. For some reading this, this may not resonate—this ability to sense, feel and experience the energy of others. Most people are not empaths; to be one, many things have to fall into place, which is a future discussion. And although everyone has the ability to be open to the energy around them, everyone receives the insights at different levels. In a world where the feminine energy of feeling has been suppressed for so long, most don’t use their energetic ability or have simply turned it off. Many empaths do this in order to cope with life and to function the way that others tell them they should function.

So, what is an empath and why is it important to know?

If you’re not an empath, chances are you know someone who is, so please continue on to get to know more about those that you love who may not be openly sharing their experience with you. There are many facets and varying levels of skill sets to an empath. The most simple definition of an empath could be “a person who is highly sensitive to the energy around them to the extent that they may feel what others are feeling before the other is aware of their own emotions.” Even science will say everything is energy, but the thing most don’t realize is that empaths are on the leading edge of experiencing energy in a human body and translating that energy from the invisible realm to the real world. Empaths are able to quickly tap into the emotions of others. If untrained or unaware of their gift, they could associate or “take on” the emotions or feelings of others without realizing they are unnecessarily claiming the energy of someone else as their own. A trained empath will be aware of their own energy and of that of others and quickly and efficiently disassociate from anything that does not benefit them energetically. Sometimes an empath (or introvert which is different but can have some similarities) will say that walking into a room of people drains them. The reality is that this does not need to be the case. Knowing one’s own energy and separating it, when desired, from the energy of others can become a smooth and easy process that does not drain an empath but instead empowers them. When one is able to clearly differentiate their own energy, emotions and feelings from those of others, they can begin to know what others need in order to help elevate them in a beautiful and almost magical way. This is a superpower of a trained empath and a gift the universe is waiting for empaths to share more openly. An example of an empath’s experience could be this: Imagine two people, perhaps a married couple, having a relaxing and peaceful day. They walk into an elevator. Almost immediately, the empath of the duo can start to feel agitated and kind of snippy towards the person they are

with. This would not be their typical behavior so it would feel unusual. A trained empath with awareness would immediately check in to see what had changed both internally and externally around them. Walking into the elevator would be the difference they would notice. They would check in with their intuition and process what was happening with the person they were with. They may come to realize that the two people in the elevator before them had been arguing and the energy of the previous anger was still in the elevator. The married couple just happened to walk into it, and because the empath was caught off guard, they picked up on the anger, agitation and snippiness unintentionally. Immediately upon receiving this awareness, an empowered empath would clear their own energy (and that of the elevator) and be able to instantaneously move back into their normal emotional state of relaxation and peace. The ability to be at cause in this type of situation is a learning and growing process; it doesn’t happen without training or heightened awareness. The tools an empowered empath uses to take charge of their life and take ownership of their energy and emotions are available to anyone ready to take that leap into their own personal growth and development.

A tip for empaths that is simple, but not always easy: Bring awareness to your environment.

If you notice your emotional state change dramatically out of nowhere, scan your internal and external environment. Check in to the energy of the food or beverage you have just consumed or see if you have perhaps walked into something energetically that you do not want to accept and realize that you don’t have to. It’s not scary or good or bad, it simply is what is happening. There are so many layers to being an empath and a wonderful start to any empowerment process is to stop and bring more awareness to what is happening in every moment. Know that there are others like you, and in this high-tech world, if you are interested in connecting to your community and tribe, they are only a Google search away. Amanda Rangel is co-founder of IntraAwareness. She is a Life and Law of Attraction Coach specializing in Empath, Career and Relationship Development. For more information, call 612-930-2662 or visit See ad, page 3. May 2019


The Mother Our Souls Need Connecting With the Energy That Made Us

place—the Earth herself. It has been said that when you lavish your attention on the Earth—on a flower, or a stream or any aspect of nature—that energy loves you right back. In the book series The Ringing Cedars, Anastasia refers to the land you live on and love as, “Love dissolved in space.” You can feel this when you travel to parks and gardens, farms and yards that have been loved by those who live there. This mothering energy is available to each of us from the Earth and from Mother Nature—no matter what has happened with your biological mother. So here is my prescription for a glorious Mother’s Day. Call your mother—in spirit, if she is no longer in a body—or if speaking with her directly is too painful. Here’s a special prayer: “With my Spirit, I send Divine Love to my mother’s Spirit.” That’s it. Just say this prayer. With your whole heart. And let go of the outcome. Happy Mother’s Day. Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. The full text of this excerpt, reprinted with permission, appears at © Christiane Northrup, Inc. All rights reserved.

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his Mother’s Day, I want to tell you about a different way to think about your mother and about yourself—a way that is deeply true and liberating, no matter what is going on with your mother. On a soul level, we’re old friends with our mothers. And they signed up for assisting us on our souls’ journeys big time— by being willing to take on the role of our mother. And no matter how well they did or didn’t do that job, we have a job, too: to realize that though we might not have had the mother we wanted, we all got the mother our souls needed. What’s more, every single one of us can connect right now with the mother energy that made all of our bodies in the first


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Colors are the smiles of nature. ~Leigh Hunt





ire a trainer. Walk 10,000 steps. Eat vegan. Eat keto. Practice yoga. When it comes to the health of our bodies, many folks are on top of it, using good food, exercise and regular checkups in their prevention and maintenance plans. All of these are good action steps to prevent physical ailments, but what would a plan for good mental health include? Mental health needs our daily attention just as our bodies need daily care. We have no problem thinking about daily routines, e.g. brushing our teeth, staying hydrated, eating well and taking supplements and vitamins. As well, we can create preventative routines and practices for our mental health, including:


Regaining energy derived from sleep. Sleep has a vibration unto itself called waves and those waves create a drain of fluid down our spine. Every night that needs to occur in order to remain in good health physically and mentally. The energetic vibrations from sleep are a powerful healer and should be protected as the most important factor in all disease prevention.


Detaching (the art of letting go). Keeping at a distance the energy that saps us and often creates a spin of worry. Reduce your stressors by detaching from people, events, worry and even cultural mandates such as body image, climbing the ladder of success, pushing ourselves beyond normal limits and comparison with others. These are heavy energies that weigh you down emotionally and create both physical and emotional diseases. Being in the energy of love. It’s the highest of vibrations and the core vibration of all energy therapies. Love yourself and let that vibration fill you with healing energy.

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Spending time with the good energy of friends, family and community. Preventing isolation and loneliness are essential to good mental health.

Enjoying art, music and nature as they provide healing vibrations for our minds. Colors vibrate, notes of music vibrate our chakras (spinning energy centers) and the energy of Mother Earth is deeply healing. Walk barefoot, sing, and gaze at the colors of flowers—all are high vibrations. Using energy therapy for mental health, as it is both preventative and therapeutic, ties the routine together. Thoughts are energy. Emotions are energy. Because energy therapy is a vibration, it will go where it needs to go. It’s a fact of physics that if a vibration is too low (depression) or too high (anxiety), a modulated vibration will create balance when added to the body by the practitioner’s hands. This is called entrainment.

If thoughts and emotions are in a panic, introducing energy therapy will calm and support as it aids in bringing the emotions into balance. Breathing becomes easier. Sleep often returns. If the emotions are heavy, as in depression, the vibration of energy therapy helps to gently nudge the emotions into balance, creating space and even perspective. We all know that perspective can change how we think about a situation. Over time, energy therapy can help in the letting go process. That fight with Aunt Marge just doesn’t seem so important. The limiting belief that we are not enough can shift and confidence has the opportunity to emerge. The throat opens and we can find ourselves speaking up in situations that once frightened us. For instance, after a reiki session in the hospital for a leukemia patient, a new perspective opened for him. The overwhelming heaviness of the disease shifted to a more manageable event in his life. His big ah-ha moment was the subtle shift into hope of living life well in spite of the circumstances. Even though the pain was still there, his perspective about it changed. Energy therapy helps lighten the load of the pain and the emotional toll of worry. Consider energy therapy in your mental health care routine for prevention, healing and maintenance. Christina Gregory is a Master Reiki practitioner at the Bhakti Wellness Center, in Edina. For more information, call 612-839-5255 or visit Bhakti See ad, page 21.

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the decisions and be in charge of the care of the garden as much as developmentally possible,” advises Sarah Pounders, senior education specialist at, in Burlington, Vermont.

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t’s May, and the temperature is rising, as is the sap and green shoots. It’s the perfect time to involve kids in growing their own garden that will get them outdoors, teach them planning and perseverance, and develop their motor, literacy and scientific skills. A South Korean study found that gardening provides both high- and moderate-intensity exercise for kids. It

builds good eating habits, too: A British study of 46 9- and 10-year-olds found that they ate 26 percent more vegetables and fruit after growing a school garden, and a University of Florida study of 1,351 college students showed them more likely to eat veggies if they had gardened as children. For the most gratifying results, give kids a sense of ownership. “Let them make

Order some seed catalogues, look online—or better yet, take a child to the local garden nursery. Let them decide what to grow. Their choices are as diverse as their interests. Veggies, flowers and plants that draw butterflies each have their own appeal. Some, like sunflowers, radishes and lettuce, are fast-growing, offering quick gratification. Or, they can choose a theme. “If your child likes Italian food, plant tomatoes and basil. If they enjoy Mexican food, then peppers and cilantro. For flowers—zinnias and cosmos—let them make flower arrangements from early summer into the fall,” suggests Susan Brandt, of Bristow, Virginia, co-founder of the gardening site Visiting a plant nursery offers the perfect opportunity to put kids on the path to healthy living. Point out and discuss the differences between organic and nonorganic seeds and between chemical fertilizers containing Roundup—labeled “Keep Out of Reach of Children”—and organic fertilizers containing fish, seaweed and other natural nutrients.

Choose the Spot

A three-foot-by-three-foot plot is an ideal size for a child’s garden, as long as it gets lots of sunshine. If living in an urban area, go with pots of soil in a sunny window.

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Get the Right Tools

For young kids with short attention spans, small plastic spades, rakes and hoes might work. But older kids need hardier tools. Get them properly fitted garden gloves, plus sunhats and sunscreen.

Plant the Seeds

Help them read and interpret the seed package directions, if necessary, and use a ruler to measure proper spacing. “I always try to have a mix of plants that start from seed and from transplants, so that kids can have both immediate and delayed gratification,” says Pounders.

Water, Weed and Mulch

Show them how to use the watering can or hose properly, usually watering only when the soil is dry to a depth of one inch. They can mix their own non-

toxic pesticide out of vinegar and salt, and spread such organic mulches as straw, newspaper, grass clippings and leaves to discourage weeds.

Get Scientific

“They can look at the soil to see all the living creatures in it, which is especially fun through a microscope,” says Dixie Sandborn, an extension specialist at Michigan State University. “They can learn about vermiculture by making a worm bin and feeding the worms their table scraps.” With a ruler, they can measure the growth of various plants and create a chart comparing rates. By taking photos or drawing pictures on a daily or weekly basis, they can compile an album, along with their commentary on weather patterns.

Have Fun

“Let them add personal touches like stepping stones, signs and other decorations that let them express their personality in their garden space,” says Pounders. Help them build a scarecrow, bird feeder, toad house, bird bath, sundial or a tent. Make a teepee or small enclosure and cover it with flowers, vines or climbing beans.

Harvest the Crop

After picking ripe vegetables, kids can find recipes and prepare snacks or a dish; arrange plucked flowers in vases and take photos; do craft activities with seeds, plants and flowers, like making potpourri or framing dried flowers; or throw a garden-themed party with favors that include herbs or seed packets. “You could have a ‘pa-jam-a’ party. Kids could wear their pajamas, pick berries, and make jam to take home,” suggests Sandborn. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based freelance health writer. Connect at

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ur eyes are considered one of our most valuable body parts, often described as the “window to the soul”. But eye health can often be overlooked, so to speak, in our busy lives. As we age, our vision declines, and in today’s screen-heavy times, blue light may hasten eye problems. Supplements such as lutein and zeaxanthin have popularly been used to help keep eyes strong. Addressing blue light exposure has become a new focus for the supplement industry. Blends that include superfruits, vitamins and minerals are specially formulated to reduce eye strain and stress. This article discusses lutein and zeaxanthin supplementation as well as lifestyle changes that can positively affect the health and longevity of your eyes. Lutein and zeaxanthin. These are carotenoids found commonly in vegetables and other plants, giving them their yellow or reddish hue. Everyone has heard that carrots are good for your eyes, but orange peppers, eggs and corn are also foods that contain high levels of both carotenoids. Lutein and zeaxanthin are strong antioxidants that protect your body against free radical damage that can occur as a result of exposure to pollution, strong chemicals and their odors or cigarette smoke. Your eyes are constantly exposed to the air and light (except when sleeping) which can lead to additional damage as a result of free radical exposure. Antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin work well together to cancel out free radicals so they are unable to cause further damage to your eyes. Lutein and zeaxanthin are the only carotenoids that accumulate in the retina based in the back of the eye at the macula. Exposure of the eyes to the sun and to blue light is combated by lutein and zeaxanthin as they work as a natural sunscreen, absorbing excess light energy. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a particular concern people face as they age. Genetic susceptibility is a major factor in the development of AMD so look to your family history of eye health, if possible, and start supplementing early to combat its effects. Supplementing with lutein and zeaxanthin has shown in clinical studies to protect against AMD as well as its progression to blindness. While there is no established recommended daily

allowance or adequate intake, the dosage that has been found to be effective in reducing the risk of AMD is as low as 6mg per day. In addition to supplementing with lutein and zeaxanthin, other lifestyle changes such as improving the diversity and nutrition of one’s diet also has a holistic impact on total health that affects the health and performance of the eyes. All supplements should be taken in conjunction with a balanced lifestyle of a healthy diet, exercise, quality sleep and limiting exposure to screens. Sunglasses when outdoors and blue light-blocking glasses for indoors, if one has a job that requires many hours in front of a computer or other screen, may help reduce the number of harmful rays to which your eyes are exposed regularly. Supplements are a great way to make sure that you are getting all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body needs to be in optimal health. While not a substitute for good lifestyle choices, they can provide the extra boost you may need, based on your personal biology, life story and family history. Be sure to check with your doctor or health professional before adding new supplements to your routine, especially if you are on other medications. Keep your eyes looking toward a healthy future! Alina Hornfeldt is the marketing manager at Mastel’s Health Foods. Find her work at MastelsHealthFoods. Mastel’s Health Foods is located at 1526 St. Clair Ave., St Paul. For more information, call 651-6901692 or visit See ad, page 11.

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Within three days, it was like I had a new dog. She no longer destroys things, she is calm, she is more engaged with her environment. ~Cindy Hesse Stephen Cital, a veterinary technician in San Jose, California, co-founded the Facebook group Veterinary Cannabis Academy. He agrees that the purity of the extraction method is significant. He also notes that price is not necessarily an indicator of quality. “A 30-cc bottle of CBD could cost $70 at a concentration of 700 milligrams [7 mg per cc]. However, it’s possible to find the same volume at the same price at a concentration of 1,000 milligrams [10 mg per cc].” Some products don’t contain CBD at all, only hemp extract, Cital explains. “For people who don’t understand the labeling, this can be very misleading.” CBD is one of 104 cannabinoids found in both industrial hemp and marijuana plants. Fullspectrum hemp extracts contain the entire profile of cannabinoids, including trace amounts of THC.

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ith the explosion of cannabidiol (CBD) products on the human medical scene, many pet owners are looking into this hemp plant derivative as a natural means of medicating their fourlegged family members. A study conducted by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, in Ithaca, New York, found that CBD can be effective in treating some of the same ailments in pets as it does in humans. “I’ve used CBD on dogs and cats suffering from arthritis, anxiety and seizures,” says Angie Krause, DVM, a veterinarian with Boulder Holistic Vet, in Colorado. “I’ve even used CBD to treat cats with chronic respiratory infections.” Unlike CBD from marijuana, which in most cases is a Schedule I narcotic that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration considers highly subject to abuse, CBD from industrial hemp contains less than 0.3 percent of the psychoactive component THC. It is legal under federal law and can be sold nationwide, subject to state regulations. However, choosing the right CBD product is complicated by the number of confusing options. “There are so many products on the shelves with different concentrations and formulations,” says Krause, who considers the extraction method used during production to be one of the most important factors. She favors CO2 (carbon dioxide) extraction over solvent extraction methods: “CO2 leaves no residue behind that could harm the bodies of small animals such as dogs and cats.”

Broad-spectrum hemp extracts contain everything but the THC. Cital says it’s always best to start with full- or broadspectrum products for the “entourage effect”, in which the cannabinoids work in concert. Isolates of additional cannabinoids can be added as needed, he says. When choosing a product to purchase for a pet, he recommends going with companies that are able to present the consumer with a certificate of analysis by a third party. “The certificate will show the complete profile of the CBD 651-429-4153 product, including cannabinoid, terpene, residual solvent, pesticide, bacteria, mycotoxin, fungicidal and elemental profiles,” he says. Cital notes that the elemental profile is especially important. “Hemp is very good at absorbing what is in its environment, including heavy metals such as lead.” Krause favors CBD products with minimal ingredients that “should be as simple as possible,” she says. “No xylitol, no artificial colors or sweeteners.” Cindy Hesse, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, also believes that CBD for pets should be as pure as possible. Her Cocker Spaniel, Reina, is both blind and deaf. Because of her handicaps, Reina experienced extreme anxiety to the point of destroying her metal crate, furniture and door frames. Reina’s vet put her on the antidepressant and antianxiety drugs Prozac and trazadone, but these only helped for a short period. After attending a CBD conference in Florida, her veterinarian decided to see if the compound might help the dog—his first patient to use CBD. The results, Hesse says, were amazing. “Within three days, it was like I had a new dog. She no longer destroys things, she is calm, she is more engaged with her environment. I recommend CBD oil to everyone I know who has a pet with health issues.” When deciding whether to give CBD to a pet, Krause and Cital recommend working with a veterinarian to ensure the proper dosage. “People can certainly work with CBD on their own with their pets,” says Krause, “but it’s important to get the dosing and concentration right to make it worthwhile.” Kajsa Nickels is a freelance writer and a music composer. She resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Contact her at

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Intro to Esogetics Crystal Therapies – 10am-6pm. In this class you will learn multiple therapies using the Esogetics Crystal Activator of the Colors, Polarity Crystals, as well as the Elemental Crystals and Crystal Tattoos. $108. Psinergy Natural Health & Holistic Wellness, 80 County Rd C West, #802, Little Canada.

Soulful Saturday – 8:30am-6:30pm. Workshops, Psychic Readings & Energy Work. Full-day workshop, $75. Single workshop, $30. Readings & energy work vary. No Knots Massage, 445 Broadway Ave, St Paul Park.

For The Health of It Fair – 10am-2pm. There will be kids play zones, adult fitness classes, plus prizes/ giveaways. Meet local health vendors in your area! Free to all Anoka-Ramsey Community members. Adrenaline Sports Center, 8310 147th Ave NW, Ramsey.

and peace with you. $30 pre-register/$35 at the door. The Metamorphosis Center, 8646 Eagle Creek Pkwy #101, Savage.

Holistic Healing and Psychic Expo – 10am-5pm. This will be a day of enlightenment, learning and fun. You will find psychic readers, energy healers, natural products, crystals and stones, jewelry and more. $5$60. enVision Hotel Saint Paul South, 701 Concord St S, South St Paul.

FRIDAY, MAY 10 Jade Egg for Mother’s Day – 3-6pm. The Jade Egg is an ancient practice for restoring inner strength: pelvic floor, vaginal, psychological, energetic and spiritual strength. $74, $134 with egg. Mind Is Body Therapies, 710 W 40th St, Minneapolis.

Create Your Reality: Meditation & Oneness Blessings – 11am-12pm. Receive tools designed to connect you with the limitless resources within to manifest your ideal reality into being. Pre-register $25/Drop-in $30. 1955 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis.

Crystal Grid Experience™ Minneapolis – 6:307:30pm. Experience a customized crystal healing with a crystal grid set up in the room, as well as on and around you. Each month & location features new crystals! $25 in advance, $30 at door. Sacred Space, 1955 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis.

Golden Purifier | Shamanic Journeying Monthly Series – 12:30-1:30pm. Learn about Shamanic Journeying and how it can be used as a spiritual technology for growth, healing, and connecting, as well as have your own unique journeying experience. Pre-register $25/Drop-in $30. 1955 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis.

SATURDAY, MAY 11 2nd Annual Holistic Healing and Psychic Expo – 10am-5pm. This will be a day of enlightenment, learning and fun. You will find psychic readers, energy healers, natural skin care products, crystals and stones, jewelry and more. $5-$50. Hjemkomst Center, 202 First Ave N, Moorhead.

Personal Renewal Workshop – 2-4pm. This is a group life-coaching program for people at all stages of life. The goal of the workshop is to have you leave feeling renewed and motivated to use self-care techniques to cultivate your own practice at home. $35. Yoga Sol, NE Minneapolis.


An Evening with the Archangels & Ascended Masters – 6:45-9pm. Nea is called to create sacred space for these guides to share their messages of divine love

Driftless Outdoor Show – 3-4pm. Kayaks, canoes, bikes, camping, fishing, archery, hiking, equipment and

Be Your Treasure! A Chinese Mystery School Foundational Teaching – Receive the full Treasure Vase Qi Dharma teaching. Realize how to use your mind and the integration of the Three Mysteries to create a profound change on many levels. $30/workshop; $75/full day of workshops. No Knots Massage, 445 Broadway Ave, St Paul Park.

special event Free Documentary Film “The Phenomenon of Healing” People from around the world share their moving testimonies of healing through the teachings of Bruno Groening. Many experience the healing energy during the film. Free, donations appreciated.

May 18 • 1-7pm. SpringHouse Ministry Center 610 West 28th St, Minneapolis.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, MAY 18-19 Intro to Esogetics Colorpuncture – 9am-5pm. During this 2-day workshop you will learn several light treatments that you can begin experimenting with in your practice or use for self-healing. $250. Holistic Gateway Center for the Healing Arts, 1415 6th St NE, 2nd Floor, Minneapolis.


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Excelsior Farmer’s Market – 2-6pm. Join us right in the heart of Excelsior! The market takes place on Water Street between 2nd & 3rd Street. Lots of produce, good food, music, fun and Sitka Salmon Shares fish! Free. 20 Wishes – 6:30-8:30pm. This gathering aims to create a community to support every wish, dream, passion, and desire we have for ourselves over the next year and beyond. Free. 3601 Minnesota Dr #825, Bloomington.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 Open House & 108 Day Celebration – 7-9pm. Festivities will include an introduction to the Chinese Mystery School dharma talk and meditation teaching, door prizes, and savory treats. No Cost. Bring a savory treat to share if you would like to. Upper Midwest Hanmi Buddhist A, 80 County Rd C West #804, Little Canada.

FRIDAY MAY, 24 Crystal Grid Experience™ | St. Paul – 6-7pm.

looking ahead special event Experience a customized crystal healing with a crystal grid set up in the room, as well as on and around you. Each month & location will be unique and customized. Pre-register $25/ Drop-In $30. 2290 Como Ave, St Paul.

SATURDAY, MAY 25 Northeast Farmers’ Market – 9am-3pm. The market takes place on the corner of University and 7th Ave. Lots of farmers, produce, food samples, music, fun and Sitka Salmon Shares fish. Free. St. Boniface Church Parking Lot, 629 NE 2nd St, Minneapolis. Holistic Healing and Psychic Expo – 10am-6pm. This will be a day of enlightenment, learning and fun. You will find psychic readers, energy healers, natural products, crystals and stones, jewelry and more. $5-$50. Holiday Inn Detroit Lakes-Lakefront, 1155 Hwy 10 E, Detroit Lakes. Linden Hills Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Experience the best-of-the-best indie-gredient makers, farmers of produce and proteins, food trucks and pop-up food movers and shakers and of course Sitka Salmon Shares fish! Outdoors at Settergren’s Hardware, 2813 West 43rd St, Minneapolis.

MAY 31-JUNE 2 8th Annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference – Includes workshops, plant walks, kids’ camp, teen herbal camps, red tent space, fire circles, singing circles, delicious locally sourced farm-to-table meals and more. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI.




Women’s Wilderness Experience-Apostle Islands Sea Kayaking & Yoga – This retreat is an amazing opportunity to get into the flow of life. What better way to do that than in a sea kayak, exploring on Lake Superior!

National Qigong Association Annual Conference Dr. Duke Samson will present a keynote address, East Meets West in the Human Brain on Friday evening. Chunyi Lin will present the Plenary session. Price listed on website.

June 14-16 Rochester Kahler Grand Hotel 20 SW Second St, Rochester. 888-815-1893

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special event Mycelium Mysteries: A Women’s Mushroom Retreat Retreat will focus on understanding fungi as the grandmothers of our ecosystems, with workshops at beginner through advanced levels. Keynote speakers: Katherine MacLean, PhD, Mama Mushroom: Navigating Birth, Caregiving & Death with Psilocybin Mushrooms; Gina Rivers Contla, Guardians of the Ecosystem: Can Mushrooms speak to trees and save the bees? Workshops presented by Cornelia Cho, MD, Sarah Foltz Jordan, Linda Conroy, Linda Grigg, Sonia Horowitz and more.

This workshop will provide empaths (people sensitive to energy) with foundational training to share their much-needed gifts, love, and light with the world. Super Early Bird $947 thru 5/31/19; Standard $997.

June 21-23 • 9:30am-6:30pm Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center, Chaska.

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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. GROOVE Movement Class – A fun, simple and exciting way to experience dance that nurtures body, mind, heart, and soul. No dance experience required. All fitness levels welcome. Classes use all genres of music and include a warmup, dance, stretching, and a brief meditation. Midtown Global Market – Mon-Sat 10am-8pm. & Sun 10am-6pm. If you’re looking for a more unique shopping experience, head to the Midtown Global Market, where more than 50 vendors sell food and trinkets ranging from local produce to Somalian Pastries, Middle Eastern olives and Asian spices. There are also cultural events - from musical performances to Irish step-dancing lessons. Free. 920 East Lake St, Minneapolis. MidtownGlobalMarket. org/visit.

sunday Chinese Mystery School’s Sunday Services – 9:15am-12pm. Introductory Dharma talk and meditation teaching. Spiritual healing services for your body, mind and spirit. Buddhist prayer services. Donation. Upper Midwest Hanmi Buddhist A, 80 County Rd C West #804, Little Canada.

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

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

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.

APRIL 23 - MAY 7 Pain: Moving Beyond Suffering – 6:30-8pm. We will discuss the root of pain, options at each stage, tools to deal with symptoms, and elements of healing. Topics include nutrition, sleep, mindfulness, guided imagery, and much more. $50/Session.

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Light Being Tribe Gathering | Online – 6-7am. These events occur monthly and are live and Interactive. Come with your questions & curiosity and continue your journey of expansion in a like-hearted worldwide community. Complimentary. Zoom Online. Max Meditation Technique – 6:30-7:30pm. Experience a guided meditation, combining ancient meditation techniques with modern NeuroLinguistic Programming to help both beginning and experienced meditators quiet the mind and connect for a relaxing and meaningful meditation. $15. Healing Elements, 2290 Como Ave, St. Paul. 651-348-6216. Total Health Workshop January 9, 1919 - December 2020 – 6:30-8pm. This monthly workshop is designed as an opportunity to expand your understanding of the most current natural health solutions available. Complimentary. Hope Clinic, 9220 Bass Lake Rd #245, New Hope.

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: JPatpatia@gmail or 651-730-2078.

friday Gentle Yoga for Every Body – 10:30-noon. A welcoming environment for students of all shapes and sizes. $15 drop-in. River Garden Yoga, 455 W 7th St, St. Paul.

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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. Friday Chat & Play Social – 7-9pm. Let’s get to know each other and talk about energy, holistic health, psychic abilities, spirituality and much more. Free. J & S Bean Factory, 1518 Randolph Ave, St Paul. Hosted by SchaOn at Psinergy. TC-Energy.

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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.

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Master your business so you can practice your passion. Business coaching for purpose-driven entrepreneurs to clarify your vision, build your confidence and create a soul-centered strategy. Call today for a free Discovery Session and get on your path to business success. See ad, page 14.



Dori Tossen 763-639-9133 • As Health Coach and holistic practitioner, Dori works with clients to reach their health goals. With the use of bioresonance and other complimentary therapies, she guides clients in supporting their bodies through individualized plans that help on their healing journey. See ad, page 31.


8120 S Penn Ave, #155, Bloomington MN Michele Rae • 612-310-8876 • Are you ready to align your personal and professional life more fully with your inner essence and passion? Michele’s intuitive and mindful coaching will support, clarify and accelerate creating a life you love. Get started with a free 20-minute phone consultation. See ad, page 25.


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

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

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

We ’ 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 30.


Dr. Amy Ha Truong 6230 10th St. N., Ste 520, Oakdale 651-731-3064 •

We catch your fish, one at a time, with lots of love and care. The fish is then landed individually portioned, vacuum-sealed and blastfrozen to lock in that justcaught taste. Every month during fishing season, you get a box of wild Alaskan seafood handdelivered to your door by one of our Sitka Salmon Stewards. See ad, page 2.


Twin Cities Edition

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 18.

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

We are a holistic dental practice devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art dental procedures that result in beautiful, long lasting smiles! We specialize in safe removal of infected teeth as well as placing ceramic implants and restorations. See ad, page 24.


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 14.


Specializing in creating homes that support the next step in optimal health. Carrigan Curtis Design Build, LLC uses a combination of Building Biology principles, green building techniques and BioGeometry design concepts to design, remodel & build new homes that support the health and well-being of the home’s occupants, the Earth and each part of the team that works on your home. See ad, page 32.


Office of Admissions 2501 W. 84th St., Bloomington, MN 55431 • 952-885-5409 Discover a challenging curriculum that blends evidenceinformed study with a foundation in philosophy. Study chiropractic, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, massage therapy, nutrition, post-bac pre-health/ pre-med or complete your B.S. in human biology. See ad, page 8.


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.


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


Christina Gregory, Master Reiki Practitioner Bhakti Wellness Center, 7550 France Ave S., #220, Edina • 612-839-5255 When the body or emotions are out of balance and pain is ever present, manifested as physical or mental health issues, energy therapy boosts the healing process. Alone or coupled with other therapies it becomes a powerful healing tool. See ad, page 21.


Children and some adults have the ability to see the spirits that are living among us. Others will hear or see unexplained noises or movement. Read the first two chapters in my book for free at I share many experiences that explain what’s happening and what can be done. See ad, page 33.

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 31.


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

Voted Best Esthetics Clinic in Edina, 2016 & 2017. Look great and feel great with Microcurrent Facial, your skin will feel so soft you won’t believe it’s yours. Often called a “non-surgical facelift” it reduces wrinkles, puffy eyes, lifts, tones, restores your youthful glow. See ad, page 21.


Robin Gast, GROOVE Facilitator 612-276-5625 • GROOVE – a fun group dance experience that changes your body, mind, attitude and mood. Everyone’s welcome on the Dancefloor – all shapes, sizes, ages, and abilities. If you can move, you can GROOVE! No experience required. All fitness levels welcome. See ad, page 31.


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 11.


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 29.

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.

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

Bhakti provides a holistic environment where independent practitioners come together to offer an integrative path to wellness; mind, body, and spirit. Our providers offer chiropractic, energy therapy, massage, microcurrent therapy, acupuncture, psychotherapy and much more so that you can feel your best, remain healthy & thrive. See ad, page 21.

May 2019



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


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


IntraAwareness Energy Healing, Massage & Bodywork Minneapolis, MN •

MEDITATION UPPER MIDWEST HANMI BUDDHIST ASSOCIATION Shifu Charlotte M. Steen 80 County Road C West, #804, Little Canada, MN 55117 • 651-278-0697

Have your own Mystical Bodywork + Energy Work + Spiritual Coaching experience with Ian while lulling into a peaceful trance where clients have been known to communicate with ancestors, angels & guides, while honoring their body and detoxifying unwanted baggage. See ad, page 3.

Offering spiritual healing for body, mind and spirit; Teaching Chinese Mystery school (Hanmi Buddhist) meditations; and conducting dharma rites to support you and your loved ones. Be the peace, the joy, the radiant health that you seek-be your change. See ad, page 11.



The only Progressive Talk Radio station in Minnesota. We strive to provide the best progressive programming available and feature national talkers Bill Press, Thom Hartmann, Stephanie Miller, Norman Goldman, and more. We are also dedicated to local programming that creates a community forum for important Minnesota Progressive issues. See ad, page 40.

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

Offering empirical & sciencebased natural health therapies including Esogetics/Colorpuncture, basic Ayurvedic Medicine, as well as spiritual/energy-based therapies like Access Consciousness Bars, I-Ching, reiki and more. See ad, page 13.



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Twin Cities Edition


Nichole Hirsch Kuechle 520 Tamarack Ave., Long Lake 612-418-3801 • Nutrition Response Testing is a non-invasive protocol of analyzing the body to determine the underlying causes of less than optimal health by looking at how well each organ, gland or set of tissues is functioning. Within two visits, we’ll discover what areas of your body are lacking support and determine what it needs to heal itself at a cellular level. See ad, page 34.


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 31.


Bhakti Wellness Center • 7550 France Ave. S. Suite 220, Edina 612-564-9947 • As a Licensed Psychologist and holistic practitioner, Fran works with clients to identify areas of potential growth, obstacles to growth, and processes that facilitate healing and transcendence of those obstacles. She provides traumainformed therapy that supports your goals of resiliency, healing and feeling better. See ad, page 21.

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

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

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

Are you looking for the personal experience of God? Eckankar can help you fulfill your dream. We offer ways to explore your own unique and natural relationship with the Divine through personalized study to apply in your everyday life. See ads, pages 9 and 29.

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