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ichole Hirsch Kuechle of My Healthy Beginning announces the opening of registration for an introductory Nutrition Response Testing training for holistic practitioners. The one-day training will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on June 8, in Long Lake. In this training, participants find the hidden key to what is holding up not only their health but the health of those already in their practice. “My training with Nichole and Ulan Nutrition Systems has opened my eyes to the underlying causes of our unresolved health conditions,” says William Hammer, OD, “After just one day of training, I can see there is so much more for me to learn and yet I have a confident starting point to make a difference for my patients.” Participants will discover the five stressors causing dysfunction and disease in the clients they see in their practice and will learn the initial steps to getting those stressors handled.

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East Meets West: Bridging the Gap


he National Qigong Association (NQA) will be holding their annual conference from June 14 to 16, at the Kahler Grand Hotel, in Rochester. The conference is open to the general public and all those interested in discovering or furthering their understanding of the ancient healing practice of qigong. The NQA is the premier organization nationwide for networking and coordinating students, teachers, supporters and professionals. The weekend event will feature a powerful selection of informative workshops presented by leaders in the fields of qigong, Taiji Chuan and the Energetic Arts. The keynote speaker is Dr. Duke Samson, neurosurgeon and author of more than 150 scientific, peer-reviewed publications and textbooks. His presentation will incorporate the conference theme: Western and Chinese Medicine, with emphasis on the structure and function of the central nervous system, brain and spinal cord. Chunyi Lin, an internationally recognized qigong teacher with a master’s degree in holistic healing, will be hosting a workshop on revolutionary techniques to activate one’s energy. The popular Tao Wow event traditionally held on Saturday evening will include qigong demonstrations and entertainment. Vendor representation and a silent auction will also take place during the conference. Registration is available for the full conference with an option to participate in individual sessions or just one day. Military veterans receive 50 percent off the full conference. Location: 20 2nd Ave. SW, Rochester. For more detailed information and to register, visit See ad, page 25.



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eing sensitive to the energy, emotions and feelings of others and not knowing how to handle it can feel lonely. But you are not alone. Amanda Rangel, of IntraAwareness, announces a new course entitled Empathology 101, to be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., June 21 to 23, in the Twin Cities. “I went 29 years before I was awakened and first heard the word empath,” shares Rangel. “It was at that time that I realized why no one else in my small world talked about the unique things I was experiencing. No one could give me clarity about the ‘knowings’ that I had because no one around me was having them.” This course is for those who just recently discovered or have known for a very long time that they are different. Even though you can’t use your physical senses to tangibly know what is going on, energetically or intuitively you know deep down that your experience here on Earth is something just a little bit different than those around you. No matter where you are on your journey, you will leave this course upgraded and empowered with tools for enhancing your unique life. Cost: $997 (includes continental breakfast and lunch daily). Location: Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center, 1 Oakridge Dr., Chaska. To register, go to (registration closes June 14). For more information, call 612-930-2662 or email See ad, page 3.

atural Awakenings Twin Cities (NATC) announces the third annual Your Shining Life Expo, to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., on November 9, at the Radisson Hotel North, in Roseville. The day-long event is designed to help attendees find the tools and resources needed to create the life they want to live. “We had great feedback last year from both the participants of the event and the exhibitors,” says Candi Broeffle, NATC publisher and expo producer. “Your Shining Life Expo is a magical event that brings together the highest caliber of exhibitors, speakers and professionals who generously give of their time, expertise and care.” This event is made possible with the support of the sponsors, exhibitors and NATC advertisers. If you are a practitioner or business owner seeking to expand your reach with people interested in living healthier, happier lives, this is the perfect opportunity to exhibit your products and services. Sponsorship opportunities with significant benefits for your business are still available. Location: 2540 N. Cleveland Ave., Roseville. For more information, email Candi@NATwinCities. com or visit

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Getting in the Flow: Activating Your Vessel ea Clare and Michele Rae have joined together to create the necessary space for powerful conversations to take place throughout the year. Though the spiritual teachers have worked together before, this powerful new collaboration promises something bigger, including free online meetings, an all-day workshop and a three-day retreat. “This year we have been called into a new level of service which includes making room for people to share their experiences, welcoming new ideas and thoughts and helping to flip the script on how knowledge is conveyed,” Clare states. “Our service is as much about creating the space as it is modeling how to create a supportive and uplifting collaborative environment.” As people experience the new and ever-expanding 5th dimensional energies, they are being invited to surrender the need for individuality and learn how to be part of a shared consciousness. “This seems so straightforward, but when it comes to implementation, there is no clear path laid out,” Rae explains. “We come to discover our way to higher levels of consciousness through our awareness and our experiences, and the more we share our experiences, the more we come to see the way.” You can get involved in three ways. Join a free, live broadcast, In the Flow Weekly Conversations, at 11:30 a.m., every Wednesday, on Facebook via The Wisdom Collective Facebook page. This online community will provide the space for you to align and learn to work with these new energies. An all-day workshop, Activating Your Vessel: Expanding You, will be held on June 15, in Bloomington, and is designed to guide you in aligning to your divine nature and enhance your capacity to create a life you love. In the Flow Retreat, to be held August 9 to 11, at Cove Point Lodge, in Beaver Bay, will be a special time of connection, collaboration and personal discovery in which you will be attuned to and learn to work with the Diamond Frequencies. For more information, email or visit See ad, page 34.


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wakened Living, a leading alternative medicine clinic in Bloomington, has added organic CBD oil to its line of therapeutic products. Warfighter Hemp CBD oil is USDAcertified organic, third party tested and sustainably produced in the U.S. to provide a quality and reliable level of treatment. The Warfighter product line includes tinctures, capsules, lotions and bath bombs in a range of doses from 150 mg to 3,000 mg that can be recommended to suit an individual’s specific needs. Patches and higher doses are available upon consultation. “Adding CBD oil to our clinical treatment options is such an exciting step as it has been shown to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, sleeplessness, pain, seizures and PTSD,” shares Michelle Kitsmiller, licensed acupuncturist and co-owner of Awakened Living. Warfighter Hemp contains no artificial additives or preservatives and uses only organic hemp oil, CBD and organic peppermint oil (in the peppermint version). It offers both zero THC and full-spectrum which contains, along with the amount of CBD listed on the bottle, other cannabinoids in trace amounts. All Warfighter Hemp products, including full-spectrum, contain less than 0.3 percent THC as regulated by law. Location: 3601 Minnesota Dr., Ste. 825, Bloomington. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 952-452-8583 or visit Awakened See ad, page 4.

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Sitka Salmon Shares: True Wild and the Evolving Landscape of Seafood in the Midwest


mall-boat fishermen are the heart of the ocean just as small farms are the heart of the Midwest. Now, the fisherman and the farmer have something to talk about and it’s about to get wild. Wild can differ greatly in meaning from one person to the next. Wild, to a young child, might be taking a precarious step on the jungle gym and conquering a fear. To a hydrobiologist it might mean the unrestricted flow of an ephemeral river into the mighty Mississippi. And to a small group of fishing families in Sitka, Alaska, that fish with the company, Sitka Salmon Shares, wild simply means seafood—line caught, traditional, traceable, transparent, real, sacred and delicious wild seafood. Wild is a way of life, and while the term is subjective in almost every way, most people can agree wild is good, wild is innate and wild needs protection, sometimes from the very species protecting it. Enter the landscape, Sitka Salmon Shares. This unconventional company has forged itself into a 100 percent traceable and sustainable, vertically integrated, boat-to-doorstep communitysupported fishery. Here’s how: • 100 percent traceable – Means tracing the exact fish to the exact boat that caught it and knowing the exact fishing grounds where it was caught. No secrets. No mystery. • Vertically integrated – Means Sitka Salmon Shares owns and controls their entire seafood supply chain. From hook to fillet knife to the trucks delivering the fish, Sitka Salmon Shares can monitor the whole process. Furthermore, this high-quality ocean protein is sold directly to the consumer— all 6,000 members of the Sitka Salmon Shares community. • Boat-to-doorstep – Means what it sounds like. They bring the world’s most premium seafood directly to the front door of their members’ homes every month. • Community Supported Fishery (CSF) – Similar to community supported agriculture (CSA), a CSF sells a share of their seasonal product directly to its share members each month, cutting out grocery stores, precious shelf time, senseless packaging and the unnecessary carbon footprint. All of this allows people to go right to the source for their food. Getting to know your farmer and your fisherman could be the greatest thing you do for yourself, your family and Mother Earth.

Sitka Salmon Shares believes that everyone should have access to responsibly harvested fish that tastes as delicious as the day it was caught. They also believe in supporting the community that stewards this ocean resource. This belief is catalyzed by approaching business from an education-first platform while putting people and ecosystems in the forefront. Apparently, this triple bottom line approach works because as the company approaches 2020, they have methodically become the nation’s largest CSF from Alaska and have big plans for the future. President Nic Mink and Vice President Marsh Skeele (a fisherman himself) would tell you that, “Largest means nothing if we aren’t constantly self-regulating and integrating our model with fully sustainable and traceable practices.” What’s more, their promise, We’re Really Fishing, has encapsulated what it means to fish seasonally and sustainably in the North Pacific Ocean. This promise means that when a particular fishery, as an example, sockeye salmon, is not registering the numbers the Alaskan Department of Fish and Game deems healthy, then Sitka Salmon Shares supplements their monthly seafood share boxes with another, more healthy and sustainable salmon species, perhaps coho or keta. This promise is widely known and accepted by their members as the only true way to steward the ocean sustainably. What is so incredible about all of this is not that premium and sustainable seafood is now available to the average person in the Midwest, or that the ecosystems producing the seafood are finally being considered to the highest degree, or even that the education surrounding the ocean’s fisheries is being presented daily to their members and the general public. Instead, the most incredible piece to this story is that people have a chance to really know their fisherman and the fishing families that catch their food. They can connect with their food. Their community comes first, a concept we all thrive on as a species. Community is at the forefront of every decision and policy the company makes and this community connection is happening at the table over more than just salmon. Sitka Salmon Shares fish for a majority of the white fish species and more, including halibut, lingcod, Pacific cod, rockfish, spot prawns, Dungeness crab and the list goes on. This variety is at the heart of the sustainable issue. By offering a variety of 21 different fish each season, they can counter the historical fishing practice of demanding a specific type of fish any time of the year. Instead, their members support an ocean offering a plethora of delicious seafood all within the allotted seasons. Flipping the question, “What can you catch for me today?” to “What did you catch for me today?” is an approach integral to the future of our oceans. In the end, there’s no questioning the health benefits of seafood for the human body, from long chain omega-3s for brain and cardiovascular health to vitamin D and protein for overall body health. The American Heart Association suggests eating at least two meals of seafood a week. However, the sourcing and quality of that seafood, especially in the Midwest, has been an issue, until now. Every Sitka Salmon share offers something special and unique to the member. With affordable prices and door-step delivery, coupled with professionally created recipes for each fish, Sitka Salmon Shares brings the community to the fish and the fish to the community. For more information, visit or on Facebook and Instagram @SitkaSalmonShares. See ad, page 23. June 2019


Imbibe Less to Lower Blood Pressure Even moderate alcohol consumption—seven to 13 drinks a week—increases the risk of high blood pressure, according to a new analysis of the health records of 17,000 U.S. adults. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers found that the average blood pressure among nondrinkers was about 109/67, among moderate drinkers 128/79 and among heavy drinkers 153/82, based on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the years 1988 to 1994. The higher readings could be the result of alcohol’s affect on the brain and liver, or because it raises caloric intake, partly by increasing appetite, say the researchers. 10

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Eat Med Diet to Boost Performance What we consume can boost our body even in the short term, a new study from St. Louis University shows. After eating the Mediterranean diet for just four days, athletes ran faster than after eating a Western diet. In the study, published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, seven women and four men ate one of two diets for four days: the Mediterranean, with its emphasis on whole fruits and vegetables, nuts, olive oil and whole grains, or the Western, high in trans and saturated fats, dairy, refined sugars, refined and highly processed vegetable oils, sodium and processed foods. After a nine-to-16-day break, they followed the other diet. The athletes exercised on a treadmill for five kilometers after each diet and were found to have run 6 percent faster after following the Mediterranean diet, despite similar heart rates and perceived levels of exertion.

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Regardless of the type of protein consumed, lowcarb diets significantly increase the risk of atrial fibrillation (AFib), according to a study presented at the latest annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology. Analyzing the records of almost 14,000 people over a 20-year period, researchers found that diets such as Atkins, ketogenic and paleo, which emphasize protein instead of fruits, vegetables and grains, boosted the risk of AFib by 18 percent compared to diets with moderate carb intake. Researchers theorize that consuming less produce and fewer grains may aggravate inflammation, while eating high amounts of protein and fat may increase oxidative stress. Both conditions are linked to AFib, in which the heart beats irregularly, potentially causing palpitations, dizziness and fatigue. It’s also linked to a five-fold increase in strokes.


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For those that don’t move vigorously throughout the day—whether stuck behind a desk or lying on a couch in front of a screen— there’s good news in a recent American Cancer Society study: Replacing just 30 minutes a day of stationary time with such moderate physical activities as brisk walking and dancing reduces the risk of dying over 14 years by a whopping 45 percent. Even light activities such as walking slowly, playing pool and doing housework like vacuuming for half an hour reduce mortality risk by 15 percent.

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Take Magnesium to Optimize Vitamin D Magnesium seems to optimize vitamin D, increasing the vitamin’s utilization for those with insufficient levels and decreasing it in those with excessive amounts. In a randomized trial of 250 people between ages 50 and 85 that were considered at risk for colorectal cancer, researchers at the VanderbiltIngram Cancer Center found that changes in blood levels of vitamin D were significantly affected by the intake of magnesium—a mineral in which 80 percent of Americans are deficient. In addition to supplements, magnesium-rich foods include dark leafy greens, beans, whole grains, dark chocolate, nuts, avocados and fatty fish such as salmon.




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Internet users can help fight global deforestation even while surfing. German online search engine Ecosia, now used in 183 countries, diverts its advertising revenue from click-throughs to planting trees worldwide to the tune of more than 52 million since 2009. With each search, the company says, it removes around two-anda-half pounds of carbon dioxide from the air. Christian Kroll, Ecosia’s founder, wrote, “Climate change is a very real threat, and if we’re to stop the world heating above the 1.5 degrees warned about in the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] report, we need to plant trees at scale.” Kroll suggests that if Ecosia were to get as big as Google, they could absorb 15 percent of all global carbon dioxide emissions. Users can find it at

Baby Balking

Climate Change Discourages Childbearing

USA Today has reported that concerns about climate change are giving women pause about bearing children. The U.S. birthrate has been falling for years, and in 2017, it was 60.3 births per 1,000 women, the lowest fertility rate since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began keeping such records in 1909. Related causes such as women marrying later, worries about the economy and the difficulty of finding affordable child care have all been suggested. But prospective parents are also thinking about the increased frequency and intensity of storms and other natural disasters such as drought and wildfires. Further, geopolitical unrest and scarcity of water and other resources are convincing some to at least postpone their decision to increase the population. 12

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Far Out

Earth’s Atmosphere Extends Past Moon

The scientific boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space is the Kármán line, 62 miles high. But a team of astronomers have published evidence in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics that the geocorona, a tenuous cloud of neutral hydrogen in the outermost region of the Earth’s atmosphere that glows in far-ultraviolet light, extends much farther than the moon. The discovery means that telescopes positioned in the geocorona will need to have some of their settings adjusted for deep-space observations.

3-D Meat

Printer Produces Plant-Based Substitute

Researcher Giuseppe Scionti, owner of Nova Meat, in Barcelona, Spain, has developed a synthetic meat substitute using vegetable proteins that imitate protein complexes found in real meat. Produced using a 3-D printer, it can mimic the texture of beef or chicken. The specialist in biomedicine and tissue engineering has been working for 10 years on bioprinting different synthetic tissues such as artificial corneas, skin and ears.

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With the world facing a future of climate change and water scarcity, finding an environmental way to cleanse drinking water is paramount. Researchers in China contend they are working on a method to remove bacteria from water that’s both highly efficient and environmentally sound. By shining ultraviolet light onto a two-dimensional sheet of graphitic carbon nitride, the team’s prototype can purify two-and-a-half gallons of water in one hour, killing virtually all the harmful bacteria present. This technique of photocatalytic disinfection is an alternative to current eco-unfriendly water filtration systems such as chlorination or ozone disinfection.

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Norwegian Nudge

Countries Learn from Recycling Strategy

In Norway, up to 97 percent of the country’s plastic bottles are recycled, and other countries are taking note. The government’s environmental taxes reward companies that are eco-friendly. If a company recycles more than 95 percent of its plastic, then its tax is dropped. Customers pay a deposit on each bottled product they buy. To get back their money, they must return their used bottles to one of the 3,700 machines found in the country’s supermarkets and convenience stores. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation estimates that if current global trends continue, plastic trash in the ocean will outweigh fish by 2050.

Revamping Recycling China Forces U.S. Cities to Change Specs

China, one of the world’s main importers of recyclable waste, is rejecting shipments that are more than 0.5 percent impure, so loads contaminated by a greasy pizza box, disposable coffee cups and the odd plastic bag could end up in the local landfill instead. Most single-use cups, for instance, are lined with a fine film of polyethylene, which makes the cups liquid-proof, but also difficult and expensive to reprocess. Most waste management facilities will treat the cups as trash. Since China banned impure plastics, many U.S. municipalities no longer accept plastics numbered 3 to 7, which can include yogurt cups, butter tubs and vegetable oil bottles. Another contamination culprit is food residue. Washing out food scraps from recyclables can be just as important as putting the appropriate item in the recycling bin.

Action Alert

Banish Toxic Air in Plane Cabins

Flying safety is more than making it to our destination; it’s about the air we have to breathe while in the skies. Toxic fume events can occur when air, contaminated by engine exhaust, fuel fumes, de-icing fluids and/or ozone, enters the aircraft cabin through the jet engine intake. Exposure to even low levels of these contaminants can incapacitate passengers and crew, and long-term exposure could lead to debilitating health issues. In April, U.S. Representative John Garamendi (D-CA) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the Cabin Air Safety Act (H.R. 2208) to protect commercial airline passengers and crew from toxic cabin air. Follow its progress at GovTrack.US. The bill would require training on toxic fumes for all pilots, crew members and flight attendants; make sure the Federal Aviation Administration maintains a record of all reports of and conducts investigations into all toxic fume occurrences; and direct the airline industry to install detectors in the air supply system of planes to locate sources of contamination. Contact a congressional representative, listed on GovTrack. US, to support the bill.

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Endangered Frogs Keep Millions of Acres as Habitat

A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the protected status of 1.8 million acres of critical California mountain habitat for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs and the mountain yellow-legged frogs, species that have declined by 90 percent, and Yosemite toads. In 2017, a year after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated the land as protected under the Endangered Species Act, the California Cattlemen’s Association challenged the decision. U.S. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden stated the group had failed to establish that any of its members suffered injury from the designation. June 2019


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Heavy rains, leaky pipes and floods can lead to mold growth, which can create poor and even toxic indoor air quality. Irritating the eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs of both moldsensitive and nonallergic people, mold can also cause immediate or delayed respiratory symptoms; some can be extremely severe in individuals prone to asthma. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that people with a weakened immune system are at higher risk of health effects from mold, which can also instigate a chronic cough. Toxic reactions can include pulmonary hemorrhaging in infants and memory loss in young children. A roof leak, burst pipe or malfunctioning water heater can all set the stage for mold to take root, sometimes hidden behind walls and cabinetry. Even in homes that haven’t been damaged by excessive water, mold can be found wherever humidity levels are high, including basements, garages and showers. Proper ventilation and repair of leaky fixtures can help keep mold growth at bay. According to the CDC, mold growth can be removed from hard surfaces with soap and water. Natural antimicrobials such as plain white vinegar and baking soda are also powerful cleansers; tea tree oil is a natural, antibacterial and antiseptic fungicide that can kill black mold on impermeable surfaces. Remediation of extensive mold growth on drywall and other permeable building materials is best left to professionals to arrest its spread and prevent toxic spores from becoming airborne. There are many companies that use eco-friendly “green� methods and materials. If choosing to go the DIY route, sequester the area to be worked on and use specialized HEPA filters and a respirator to avoid inhaling spores. Use protective goggles and gloves throughout the entire process. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggests that surface sampling may be useful to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated. Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals that have specific experience in designing mold sampling protocols, sampling methods and interpreting results.


Kill It Naturally

Molecular Hydrogen A Key Player in Brain Health


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ydrogen is one of the most abundant elements on Earth. We need to drink water to be hydrated, but many may not really understand why. Hydrogen is a gas. In 1839, British scientist Sir William Robert Grove found that it has the ability to create energy through electrolysis. He found that by encasing platinum strips in separate sealed bottles and submerging them in sulfuric acid, a current flowed between the two and water was created. For many years, natural health practitioners have been sharing the need for antioxidants in our diets to reduce oxidative stress in the body. There are two types of oxidative stress. One is a naturally occurring oxidation that is created in the metabolic process (as well as in other natural body functions). This is considered good for the body to function normally. The other is reactive oxidative stress caused by environmental factors such as electromagnetic field (EMF), toxins in the air or by the processed foods

we eat. Antioxidants are useful but their downside is they are non-discriminatory, meaning they will neutralize both naturally occurring “good” oxidation as well as reactive oxidative stress. In 2007, a group of scientists from Japan had a breakthrough in the understanding of hydrogen gas. They were able to show that hydrogen could neutralize free radicals. Since then, there have been over 400 additional studies on hydrogen and its effects on overall health. Studies have found hydrogen seems to neutralize reactive oxidative stress while not interfering with the metabolic process, allowing the body to better function and, in turn, have improved health. It’s been found to protect the brain from stroke damage, improve memory and cognition in Alzheimer’s patients, lower “bad” LDL and boost “good” HDL cholesterol levels, and balance glucose and insulin, preventing or slowing diabetes. With hydrogen’s ability to neutralize reactive oxidative stress and improve brain health, it is easy to see why it is being studied so closely in many areas of health, suggesting that hydrogen is a key player not only in brain health but in the health of the whole body. There are many hydrogen products on the market, from pre-bottled water units to hydrogen drops. To ensure you are getting the amount of hydrogen you are seeking, you can buy an inexpensive hydrogen water testing kit and check to make sure the amount reported on the package is the actual amount in the product. Dori Trossen, health coach, holistic practitioner and owner of Mind Body Soul, LLC, utilizes nutrition, bioresonance, dietary theories and practical lifestyle management techniques to create customized wellness plans for her clients. For more information, call 763-639-9133 or visit See ad, page 30.

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Brain-Savers Smart Strategies for Preventing Dementia


by Melinda Hemmelgarn

ith 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, there’s no shortage of advice on how to enhance, preserve and restore brain function. Judging from the assortment of brain training games and apps to the multitude of books promising ways to avoid or even reverse dementia, a growing number of aging Americans want to know the best strategies for preventing and treating cognitive decline and memory loss.

Prevention: A ‘No-Brainer’

As with any disease, prevention throughout the life cycle is key, but especially important for Alzheimer’s—the leading cause of dementia worldwide. According to the 16

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Alzheimer’s Association, the illness is considered a slowly progressive brain disease that begins well before symptoms emerge. Despite predictions that the number of afflicted Americans will reach nearly 14 million by 2050, there are no drug cures. David Perlmutter, M.D., a board-certified neurologist based in Naples, Florida, and an editorial board member of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, summarizes a recent study evaluating the effectiveness of currently available Alzheimer’s medications. “Not only were Alzheimer’s patients who were taking these drugs not gaining any benefit, but their rate of cognitive decline was worsened when they were on the Alzheimer’s medications,” thus making lifestyle risk reduction even more critical.

Food as Medicine

Martha Clare Morris, Sc.D., a nutritional epidemiologist at the Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago, and author of Diet for the MIND: The Latest Science on What to Eat to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Cognitive Decline, says, “Given that Alzheimer’s disease is known as an oxidative-inflammatory disease, there has to be a dietary influence.”

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Dale Bredesen, M.D., a professor in the UCLA Department of Neurology and author of The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline, has studied the disease’s neurobiology for decades. He believes drug therapies have failed because scientists neglected to focus on why individuals develop the disease in the first place. He emphasizes, “Alzheimer’s is not a single disease,” even if the symptoms appear to be the same. Bredesen says it’s the result of the brain trying to protect itself from multiple metabolic and toxic threats. Bredesen developed the ReCODE (reversal of cognitive decline) protocol, an ambitious, comprehensive and personalized therapeutic program that includes genetic, cognitive and blood testing, plus supplements and lifestyle improvements, including stress reduction, improved sleep, diet and exercise. With the goal of identifying and treating the individual’s pathway to disease, ReCODE addresses fixing five key areas he believes form the underlying origins and progression of Alzheimer’s disease: insulin resistance; inflammation/infections; hormone, nutrient and nerve growth factors; toxins; and dysfunctional nerve synapses. The Lancet International Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care also advocates multiple points of action. By addressing nine “potentially modifiable risk factors” throughout the lifespan, the commission says, “More than one-third of global dementia cases may be preventable.” These factors include maximizing education in early life; controlling hypertension, obesity and hearing loss in mid-life; and in later life, managing depression and diabetes, increasing physical activity and social contact, and not smoking.


From two decades of research involving more than 10,000 people, Morris developed the MIND diet, which stands for “Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay”. It’s a hybrid of the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets, modified to include specific components from each that offer the most protection against dementia. Morris identifies 10 brain-healthy dietary components: leafy greens, vegetables, berries, whole grains, nuts, seafood, poultry, beans and legumes, olive oil, and one glass of wine per day; plus five unhealthy components to limit: sweets and pastries, red meats, fried and fast foods, whole-fat cheese and butter or margarine containing trans fat. Morris found those individuals that most closely followed the dietary recommendations lowered their risk for Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 53 percent, while those following the diet moderately well showed a reduction of about 35 percent. Morris acknowledges a number of common aging-related, yet treatable, conditions that can cause “dementialike symptoms,” including low thyroid hormones and vitamin B12 deficiency. She also identifies specific brain-protective compounds including vitamins E, B12,

folate and niacin, plus lutein, omega-3 fatty acids, beta carotene and flavonoids found in colorful fruits and vegetables, tea and nuts. She is currently testing the MIND diet, plus a mild calorie restriction on 600 individuals 65 to 84 years old living in Boston and Chicago; results are expected in 2021. The Alzheimer’s Association is also recruiting individuals for a new lifestyle intervention study. Aarti Batavia, a registered dietitian based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a certified practitioner of functional medicine trained in the ReCODE protocol, says, “Diets that are good for the heart are good for the brain.” But she also warns that many common medications such as statins, antihistamines, some antidepressants and proton pump inhibitors (that reduce stomach acid, which is required for absorbing vitamin B12) can increase the risk for dementia.

Smart Steps

As we continue to discover how genetics, environment and lifestyle factors intersect, take the following smart steps to promote longevity and vibrant brain health:


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n The Alzheimer’s Association diet study: n Beyond Pesticides: n Blue Zones: n Brain Health Education and Research Institute: n assesses effectiveness and safety of supplements conducive to brain health. n Glycemic index and load: n Integrative Environmental Medicine, edited by Aly Cohen, M.D., and Frederick vom Saal, Ph.D. n Food Sleuth Radio interviews: Aarti Batavia: to be posted on Food Sleuth site this month Brenda Davis:, Brenda Davy: Teresa Martin:, Martha Clare Morris: David Perlmutter: to be posted on Food Sleuth site this month Dorothy Sears:

About Wheat and Other Grains When considering whether to restrict or include grain in one’s diet, consider the following: n Individuals with celiac or non-celiac gluten sensitivity should avoid wheat and other gluten-containing grains such as barley and rye. n According to nutritional epidemiologist Martha Clare Morris, diets rich in high-fiber whole grains, including wheat, decrease inflammation and oxidative stress, and improve cognition. She says, “Diets higher in fiber are linked to lower rates of diabetes and heart disease,” both of which increase risk of dementia. n Author Brenda Davis’ “grain hierarchy” promotes whole, intact grains as key in controlling blood sugar. n Whole grains are high in vitamins E and B, which protect against cognitive decline. n Dr. David Perlmutter, who supports high-fiber diets, but advocates avoiding gluten, warns against shopping in the gluten-free aisle. Foods there might not have gluten, he says, but they’re going to “powerfully raise your blood sugar.” n Choose organic grains to avoid exposure to pesticide residues. June 2019


the risk for dementia. Brenda Davis, a registered dietitian in Vancouver, British Columbia, and author of The Kick Diabetes Cookbook: An Action Plan and Recipes for Defeating Diabetes, advises reducing the glycemic load of the diet by limiting refined carbohydrates and sugars, and eating a high-fiber, plant-based diet. Dorothy Sears, Ph.D., a member of the executive committee of the Center for Circadian Biology at the University of California, San Diego, says it’s not just what we eat that matters, but when. She discovered multiple metabolic benefits, including reduced blood sugar, with prolonged nightly fasting—13 hours between the last meal at night and the first meal in the morning. Brenda Davy, Ph.D., a registered dietitian and researcher at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, says hydration can influence blood sugar, weight and cognition, especially among middle-aged and older populations. She recommends drinking two cups of water prior to meals to moderate food intake.


Focus on ‘good’ fats: Olive oil,

nuts, avocados, and omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty, cold-water fish protect both the heart and brain. Michael Lewis, M.D., based in Potomac, Maryland, recommends an “omega-3 protocol” to help his patients recover from traumatic brain injury, which can increase risk for dementia.


Spice up your diet: Batavia recom-

mends cooking with brain-protecting herbs and spices such as turmeric, cinnamon, thyme and rosemary, which can help reduce inflammation and risk for dementia.

a hormone called brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which is responsible for stimulating neuron growth and protecting against cognitive decline.


Mind your gut: Western medicine



Prioritize sleep: All brain (and gut)


has historically separated the brain from the rest of the body. But research on the “gut-brain axis” shows there’s communication between our gut microbes and brain, plus direct links to neurodevelopmental disorders and dementia. “What goes on in the gut influences every manner of activity within the brain: the health of the brain, the functionality of the brain, the brain’s resistance to disease process and even mood,” says Perlmutter. Both Perlmutter and Teresa Martin, a registered dietitian in Bend, Oregon, emphasize the importance of high-fiber plant foods that gut microbes need to produce beneficial, short-chain fatty acids to protect against inflammation, insulin resistance and “leaky gut”.

experts recommend adequate sleep— seven to eight hours each night—to restore body and mind.


Exercise: Both Morris and Perlmutter recommend aerobic activities in particular, like walking, swimming and cycling, to improve blood circulation to the brain and increase the production of

Avoid environmental toxins:

Exposure to pesticides, pollutants and heavy metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic can increase the risk of neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Choosing organic food both reduces exposure to toxins and protects water quality and farmworker health. Virginia Rauh, Ph.D., deputy director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, in New York City, spoke at the National Pesticide Forum in Manhattan in April. She explains that of the 5,000 new chemicals introduced each year, “at least 25 percent are neurotoxic,” and even very low-level exposure can harm children’s neurodevelopment.

Socialize: In studies of “Blue Zone”

populations that enjoy longevity with low rates of dementia, social engagement appears to be the secret sauce for quality of life. Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “Food Sleuth”, is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and nationally syndicated radio host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at

Dietitian Teresa Martin suggests:

n Strive to eat a wide variety of plant species and at least 30 grams of fiber every day (some cooked and some raw). n Limit “microbial assassins”, including refined carbohydrates and added sugar (no more than 25 grams or six teaspoons of added sugar per day); sugar substitutes; food additives such as polysorbate-80 and carboxymethylcellulose; smoking and vaping; chronic stress; antimicrobial soaps and sanitizers; antibiotics; proton pump inhibitors; high-fat diets; and processed meats. n Move every day for at least 30 minutes; don’t sit for more than 30 minutes and get outside. n Relax with yoga, meditation or mindfulness. n Sleep seven to eight hours each night. 18

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Brain health is simply a piece of our whole being. All parts of us work together to be in balance, healthy and vibrant.

How Traditional Chinese Medicine Views Brain Health


by Michelle Kitsmiller

eeping our brain healthy and functioning at a high level is important. The mainstream view of the health of our brain relates to how we reason, learn, judge, problem solve, communicate, build emotional connection, regulate emotions, perspective experiences, and more. There are several things you can do to keep your brain healthy, many which will come as no surprise, and most being well known. Exercise, deep breathing (to keep well oxygenated), proper nutrition, mental stimulation, socialization and sleep are all vital to be at peak performance mentally. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the brain is called the “Sea of Marrow” and considered an extraordinary organ. Its function is to control memory, concentration, sight, hearing, touch and smell. Things we tend to give more importance—like consciousness, thought and mind—tend to be functions associated with the heart and, in part, the liver and kidneys. In general, the brain isn’t treated directly but through the other organ systems of the body. When those systems are not functioning and are unable to nourish and support the brain, symptoms like poor memory, lack of concentration, dizziness, ringing in the ears and blurred vision can occur. Each organ system supports a type of nourishment, energy and function to the brain and body. Understanding this makes everything we can do for brain health important because it is all entwined; taking care of the entire body, mind and soul gives us the best outcomes for the quality of life we desire. Exercise for liver qi – Smoothing liver qi provides the energy of the body to course freely and smoothly, warding off depression and providing overall health to the nervous system. Oxygenation for lung qi – Deep breathing is important for the overall health of the body, including the immune system. When you take complete, full breaths of vibrant, life-giving oxygen into the lungs, it’s disseminated throughout the body and used for protection, including the brain. Oxygenated blood helps improve energy, decrease systemic inflammation by improving digestion and decrease acidity in the body.

Proper nutrition for the spleen – Not only does the spleen help the body digest and utilize energy from food, it’s part of the system that helps to digest emotions. The body can then use the food in the best way possible for energy and nourishment of all the organs, including the heart and brain. Mental stimulation and socialization for the heart – Nourishing the heart yin and warming the heart yang are equivalent to feeding the soul. Having experiences that expand thinking and create community provides feelings of purposefulness and continues to bring harmony to our mental and spiritual aspects. These processes or situations allow our spirit to rest, help bring in good thoughts, and provide an internal environment for peace. Sleep is also necessary to rest the soul in the heart so it’s functional on a daily basis. When this is accomplished, our emotions stay in balance, our consciousness is at peace, we feel more positive, and we make better decisions. Sleep also provides the downtime your organs need, particularly the kidneys, so they can continue to support the energetic functioning of all the other organs. Nighttime is the yin time of the day and all about rest and recuperation from the day’s events, providing your body, mind and soul space to prepare for the needs of the next day. Brain health is simply a piece of our whole being. All parts of us work together to be in balance, healthy and vibrant. Creating brain health is creating systemic health: mind, body and soul. Michelle Kitsmiller is a licensed doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine and an herbalist, certified through the Mind Body Institute in Mind Body Medicine. She utilizes an integrative approach to health and wellness where functional medicine meets TCM. For more information and to book an appointment, call 952-452-8583 or visit See ad, page 5. June 2019


with prostate cancer, the second-leading cause of male deaths in U.S. However, it’s also one of the most preventable cancers. “The key is to make our body inhospitable to mutating cells which could form cancer that ultimately threatens your life,” says Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., director of the Integrative Medicine Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston. Part of the answer may lie in the human gut, which makes diet central to addressing prostate issues. According to a recent review of research published in Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, the microbiome—a community of microbes that supports digestion and the immune system—may influence prostate inflammation and the development of prostate cancer. “The microbiome’s ability to affect systemic hormone levels may also be important, particularly in a disease such as prostate cancer that is dually affected by estrogen and androgen levels,” it concludes.

Nature’s Toolbox The Key to Prostate Health by Melanie Laporte


he prostate is about the size of a walnut, yet this tiny gland can be the source of major problems for many men. Most potential health risks are preventable and treatable with proper diet, lifestyle changes—and a new array of natural approaches. Holistic and integrative practitioners are looking beyond traditional supplements like saw palmetto, lycopene, pygeum and green tea extract to treat common conditions such as enlargement of the prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which can develop as men grow older. Rob Raponi, a naturopathic doctor

in Vaughan, Ontario, sees men struggling with nocturia, an effect of BPH that wakes them during the night with the urge to urinate. “It interrupts your sleep, which accumulates and starts to interrupt your day,” says Raponi, who uses zinc-rich ground flax and pumpkin seeds to ease BPH urinary symptoms and inflammation. He’s also achieving positive results by utilizing combinations of rye grass pollen extract. He says, “It seems to work wonders.”

Confronting Cancer According to the American Cancer Society, about one in nine men will be diagnosed

The Nutritional Factor

“A plant-centered diet with low-glycemicload foods feeds your microbiome, which is at its healthiest and will thrive when it’s fed healthy soluble fibers provided exclusively from the plant world,” says Cohen, the author of Anticancer Living: Transform Your Life and Health with the Mix of Six. Antioxidants and plant nutrients counterbalance oxidative stress and damage, adds Cohen. “Cruciferous and bracken vegetables—raw kale, broccoli, Swiss chard, dark leafy greens and soy—invigorate the prostate. Also, a couple of Brazil nuts per day give a healthy dose of selenium to

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decrease risk factors.” Jim Occhiogrosso, a Fort Myers, Florida-based natural health practitioner and author of Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life, notes that most incidences of prostate cancer are slow growing and not aggressive. “One of my first clients was in his early 80s, was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and treated it with only herbs. Fifteen years later, in his mid-90s, he still has prostate cancer. He’s still doing fine and getting around, albeit slowly.” Occhiogrosso says he uses herbal mixtures of saw palmetto, “which is a good supplement for beefing up the immune system— also solar berry, mushroom extracts, vitamin C and full-fraction vitamin E.” Mark Stengler, a naturopathic doctor and co-author of Outside The Box Cancer Therapies: Alternative Therapies That Treat and Prevent Cancer, recommends a blend of five grams of modified citrus pectin, 200 milligrams of reishi mushroom and 1,000 milligrams of green tea extract taken two to three times per day, plus vitamin D. The five-year survival rate for men diagnosed with prostate cancer is about 98 percent, and it’s been rising for the last few years. Early diagnosis is critical, says Raponi. “If you stop prostate cancer when it’s still in stage one or early on, the five-year survival rate is 100 percent, but if it’s later on, it starts to drop into the 70s.” The same measures employed to prevent prostate issues— whole foods, natural herbs and regular exercise—should still be pursued, but more aggressively if cancer should develop. “The intensity becomes more salient after diagnosis,” says Cohen, “but we don’t need a diagnosis to up our game with healthy living.” Melanie Laporte is a licensed massage therapist and health writer based in Austin, Texas.

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by Rebecka Lassen

aster Hong Kim is the owner and teacher at Body and Brain Yoga, in Maple Grove. His career in healing started in South Korea in 1998, where he studied energy healing, qigong, holistic yoga and meditation and became an Emotion Code Practitioner. Before finding his path, he was an engineer and overwhelmed with health issues. “I didn’t know who I was,” Kim states. “I was just living my life.” He grew tired of being unhappy and made the choice to prioritize his time and energy to his healing. “I found my true self, my heart fully opened, and then amazing things happened—my body healed itself.” Kim’s journey led him to teach the same principles that helped him many years ago. One of these principles, Brain Education, is a five-step system that was developed by Ilchi Lee, one of the leading innovators with human brain potential development. Lee is the founder of Body and Brain Yoga with locations throughout the world, including over a hundred in the U.S. Kim believes the most important thing we can do for our brain health is to know who we truly are. “Without knowing who you are, you cannot find inner balance. Without inner balance, you cannot find balance in your life.”

Five-Step Brain Education System


Brain Sensitizing

The first step is to bring overall awareness to your senses to encourage the ability to stay present. Your thoughts need to be connected to your body. If you allow your thoughts to go outside of yourself, your energy follows outward as well. You then experience tiredness, feel worn out and overwhelmed. If you bring your mind back into your body, the energy comes back. You can do this by focusing on inner joy and happiness instead of chasing outward stimulation. One simple thing you can do to help connect the body and brain is body stretching. Simple actions such as rotating all of your joints and tapping helps improve blood flow and increase energy. When you start focusing on your body while moving, you may find some concerns like sore knees, painful hips or an aching shoulder. To this end, Kim shares, “If you don’t know your problems, you cannot solve the issues.”


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Brain Mastery


Brain Versatilizing

You can use physical and mental exercises to keep your brain versatile and flexible. Certain exercises have been shown to create new synapses in the brain. When you change the circuit in your brain, you can adapt more quickly to new thought processes and lifestyle habits. A simple exercise to try is the Pinkie and Thumb Switch. • Make your hands into fists with palms facing you. • Point your left thumb and right pinkie. Now bring them back in and point your right thumb and left pinkie. • Keep switching left and right. You may need to move one finger at a time at first, but work up to switching the fingers on both hands simultaneously. See how fast you can switch them back and forth.


Brain Refreshing

Since birth, we’re fed information from our parents and society. We are living with their preconceptions and beliefs. Brain refreshing is like washing our brain from all preconceived thoughts and emotions so we can increase our emotional intelligence and start fresh.


Brain Integrating

We have three main interconnected layers of brain—vertically it’s the neocortex, limbic system and central core (brain stem). Horizontally it’s the left (logical) and right (creative). We must integrate all of these layers so we can maximize our brain power. Doing so helps us answer questions such as, what kind of person have I been? What kind of person do I want to become? What past pain am I ready to forget? Who do I need to forgive? Once you are able to answer with honesty and without judgment, you’ll be ready for the final step.

The final step means we are the master of our own life. We utilize everything—our body, emotions and information—to achieve what we truly want in life. Being the master of our brain means we are aware of the influences on our mind, and we have the ability to choose what will be an influence over us. Brain Education is more than just developing a healthy brain. It can help you discover what you truly want. Kim explains, “Once you know who you are, you’ll become healthy, truly happy and you will feel peace.” Body and Brain Yoga is located at 9672 63rd Ave. N., Maple Grove. For more information, visit

Rebecka Lassen is an author, writer, professional speaker and holistic healer. She recently completed the requirements for Integrative Health and Healing, at Anoka Ramsey Community College, by serving as an intern for Natural Awakenings Twin Cities magazine. For more information, visit

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NEUROFEEDBACK An Opportunity to Regain Brain Health by Fran Bieganek


indsey waited sentation of it, meaning Research has shown in the office symptoms actually different brainwaves are their with fear in exacerbate in the spring associated with different and summer seasons. her eyes. Her mood was depressed, and In addition, 19.7 milmoods and brain states. she was experienclion (8.1 percent) of adults ing a full-blown panic attack. She cried as in the U.S. experience an anxiety disorder she explained how anxiety and panic, both each year. Some of the symptoms associated the result of a severe medication reaction, with these mood states include cognihad stolen her life. For the past several tive slowing, difficulty concentrating and months she had gone from a young woman focusing, brain fog, sleep disruption, lack of fully engaged in her life to a young woman motivation, inability to find enjoyment, hywho was feeling trapped—unable to work, pervigilance, depressed or anxious mood, be alone, sleep, drive or enjoy her family. sympathetic nervous system over-activation Lindsey was just a shell of her true self. (rapid heart rate, tense muscles, physical That was just two months ago. Today, agitation) and constant worry. Lindsey is vibrant and calm. She has gone Since Lindsey’s disordered mood back to work, is driving, hanging out with symptoms had been the result of a severe her kids and family, sleeping well and medication reaction, she was interested in panic-free. She is thriving. The fear has trying to manage her depression, anxiety disappeared from her eyes, replaced by a and panic with an alternative to medicalook of aliveness. tion. After an assessment and discussion, Lindsey’s struggle with depression she agreed to a treatment plan that focused and anxiety is unfortunately a common on neurofeedback training. one. Statistics from the National Institute Research has shown different brainof Mental Health suggest that an average waves are associated with different moods of 17.3 million (7.1 percent) adults and and brain states. More specifically, there 3.2 million (13.3 percent) teenagers exis evidence that there are functional brain perience Major Depressive Disorder each abnormalities (brainwave dysregulations) year. Many people struggle with depresassociated with anxiety and panic. Moresion year-round. In fact, 10 percent of the over, electroencephalogram (EEG) studies people who suffer with Seasonal Affective have shown that depression symptoms are Disorder (SAD) have a summer-type preassociated with functional asymmetries


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In neurofeedback training, you learn to regulate your brainwave activity while receiving feedback from a visual or auditory signal.

The regulation occurs as the result of an operant conditioning process. The brain is rewarded with visual and auditory stimulation when it’s behaving in a regulated manner. In essence, the brainwaves are changing as you watch a video or listen to music. Neurofeedback training is similar to a workout at the gym. As you work your brain muscle, it begins to function more efficiently. The end result is a more regulated pattern of brainwave activity—a more functional muscle. The change in brainwave (EEG) activity that results from neurofeedback training is associated with a change in neural structures and networks which can lead to reduction of symptoms associated with mood disorders like anxiety and depression. With consistent, dedicated work (training), the neural changes become permanent. Lindsey chose to start with an alphatheta training along with at-home use of audiovisual entrainment technology. Neurofeedback training consisted of 20-to-30-minute sessions, two days a week. During a typical session Lindsey would have several sensors placed on her head sending information about the electrical activity (brainwave patterns) to a computer program that would then reward her with auditory stimuli when the brainwaves presented in a more efficient pattern. The more

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(brainwaves that are not synchronized) in the frontal cortex of the brain. Neurofeedback (brain training) can be used to address these abnormalities and, subsequently, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. The first step in training the brain is to do an assessment to determine the health of the brain’s functioning. This is done by conducting a quantitative electroencephalogram (QEEG). This assessment records brainwave activity through sensors that are placed on the head (via a cap). The sensors are gathering information about the spontaneous electrical activity occurring in the brain. The data that is gathered is then analyzed to identify areas that are dysregulated (over-functioning or under-functioning). This dysregulation can present itself as the symptoms of anxiety and depression. The data from the QEEG informs what type of neurofeedback training may be called for to address the dysregulation that shows up.

her brain got rewarded, the more frequently it demonstrated the desired brainwave patterns. For her part, Lindsey would sit back, relax and let her brain get a workout while she reclined in a chair. At her sixth session, Lindsey reported that she had begun to notice significant changes. She had gone to work for a full shift and didn’t feel any anxiety or muscle tension (which had been present since she began having the mood issues). She was pleased and continued to steadfastly train. Several sessions later, she reported, with a smile on her face and a glimmer in her eyes, that she had gone running with her daughter. These reports were her subjective experience of the changes that were occurring as her brain was becoming more regulated. Regulated brain equals a reduction and a potential resolution of symptoms. After 15 sessions, the true Lindsey appeared. A vibrant, articulate, energetic, funny, courageous, strong and social young woman, she reported how good she was feeling—how she felt like herself again. Lindsey continues neurofeedback training as permanent change requires consistent and persistent workouts.

Brain health occurs when brain functioning is well regulated. Neurofeedback can effectively train the brain to

develop organized, regulated patterns of functioning. Research and anecdotal evidence provide support for this noninvasive, alternative treatment. Neurofeedback offers hope for resolution of the symptoms we see in anxiety and depression. For anyone who suffers or knows someone who suffers with mood-related symptoms, neurofeedback training holds much promise. Fran Bieganek is a licensed psychologist practicing holistic psychotherapy at Bhakti Wellness Center, in Edina. She, along with Guy Odishaw, BCST (clinic owner), and Andrea Chazin, MS, Spec. Ed., is a member of the Neurofeedback Team at the Bhakti Brain Health Clinic which specializes in QEEG assessment, neurofeedback training and neuromodulation treatments for a variety of psychological and physical disorders. For more information, email or visit See ad, page 31.

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The Minimalist Family Trading Clutter for Calm by Meredith Montgomery


hen Denaye Barahona, of New York City, became a parent, she felt compelled to buy everything for her son. “We are inundated as a culture with so many products for our kids that it’s hard to differentiate what we need; it really wears us down,” she says. While working on her Ph.D. in child development, Barahona discovered—both in research and personal experience—that kids actually thrive with less stuff. And so she began her journey toward minimalism


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by purging toys and clothes, eventually founding Cary Fortin and Kyle Quilici, of San Francisco, believe time is better spent experiencing life with people than managing, organizing, cleaning and buying things. Their book New Minimalism: Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living is a call to adopt a more mindful life. Fortin says, “You decide first what you value, how you want to spend your days, how you want to feel, and then reflect

Time is precious, especially for parents. More free time is gained when a toy collection is significantly reduced, but other benefits result, as well. A 2018 University of Toledo study published in Infant Behavior and Development suggests toddlers engage in more focused and creative play when faced with fewer choices. “Kids who previously tore through bins or who didn’t care about their belongings immediately begin engaging with toys more appropriately and for longer periods of time,” says Barahona, the author of Simple Happy Parenting: The Secret of Less for Calmer Parents and Happier Kids. Research also indicates that our limited stores of willpower are depleted more quickly when we are flooded with decisions. “When you have less stuff in a room and less choices to make, your mental state actually improves—you have more clarity and can focus better,” she says. “Because kids are so much more easily stimulated, they feel the impact of a chaotic room even more than adults.” Minimalism also arms children with self-reflection tools and introduces them to the process of letting go and donating. “They learn to ask ‘Am I enjoying


these values in your physical space.” “Minimalism is not about living in a tiny home and never owning more than 100 things; it’s about figuring out what brings value and purpose to your life and letting go of the rest,” says Atlanta’s Zoë Kim, author of Minimalism for Families: Practical Minimalist Living Strategies to Simplify Your Home and Life.

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this? Could I repurpose it?’ while understanding that some things we can mend and enjoy for long periods of time, and other things we outgrow— which we can then give away,” says Fortin.

Because kids are so much more easily stimulated, they feel the impact of a chaotic room even more than adults.

13 pairs you rarely wear.” When active and storage items accumulate in the same space, the need to sort through extra “stuff ” wastes time and energy, she says. “We’ve all lost our keys when we’re already ~Denaye Barahona running late and then sudWhere to Start denly we’re yelling at our Experts agree that in family households, kids. Simplifying so we can prevent these the shift toward minimalism should begin scenarios positively impacts our mood and with the adults. “It gives them time to our ability to be present with our kids.” understand how the process feels and Although the decluttering process models the behavior for their children,” starts with the parents, children should says Fortin. be involved as much as possible, and in a Barahona streamlines her home by positive light. “Kids don’t like cleaning up, focusing on active spaces. “Active items but with ongoing conversations and small are the things you use regularly, such as consistent shifts, children see how less your two favorite pairs of jeans—not the stuff can lead to more time for enjoyable

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SUNDAY, JUNE 2 Linden Hills Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. The market hosts the best-ofthe-best indie-gredient makers, farmers of produce and proteins, food trucks and pop-up food movers and shakers! Settergren’s Hardware, 2813 West 43rd St. Minneapolis.

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Divine Waters: Shamanic Journeying Monthly Series – 12:30pm-1:30pm. Journey with the drum and rattle to the Divine Waters within to receive a powerful ancient clearing for yourself and your ancestors. Attuned to your personal internal Divine Waters so that you may travel there anytime you want. Pre-register $25, drop-in $30. 1955 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis.

Medicine Buddha Empowerment & Dharma Teaching – 1-5pm. This is an ancient Buddhist practice for healing, protection, the prevention of illness and disease, as well as to extinguish disaster, extend life, and to bring forth good luck. $300. Must pre-book. Upper Midwest Hanmi Buddhist Association, 80 Co Rd C West, #804, Little Canada.

Rooted and Thriving – 1:30-4pm. Through Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and Earthwork you will learn timeless practices that help strengthen yourself so that you can navigate life’s challenges with ease and comfort. $30. Langford Park, 30 Langford Park, St Paul.

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

Embody Wellness: Emotional Awareness – 6:308:30pm. Emotions can be uncomfortable physically and mentally. Come, learn how to navigate yours and other’s emotional waters. $50. Awakened Living, 3601 Minnesota Dr, Ste 825, Bloomington.


June Networking Social – 6:30-8pm. Hosted this month at Spring Cafe in Como Park. All Business Professionals are Welcome! Topic Starter for June: “What, if anything, do you use to clean the air in your home and office?” Free. Spring Cafe at the Como Pavilion,1360 Lexington Parkway N, St Paul., 952-373-8401.

Embody Wellness: Stress Management – 6:30-8:30 pm. Come to understand what stress is, how greatly it affects your body, and the harm that accumulated stress currently exhibits in your life. Leave with tools to help you eliminate, manage, and move through stressors. $50. Awakened Living, 3601 Minnesota Dr, #825, Bloomington.

SATURDAY, JUNE 8 Nutrition Response Testing One-Day Training – 9am-5pm. Learn the Nutrition Response Testing procedure. Hands on drilling. Free health check. $99. My Healthy Beginning, 520 Tamarack Ave, Long Lake. Breath of Awareness: Meditation & Oneness Blessings – 11am-noon. During this guided meditation followed by Oneness Blessings you will receive insights on how to upgrade your relationship with your breath

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 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.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 14 Crystal Grid Experience | Minneapolis – 6:30pm7:30pm. 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. PreRegistration highly recommended to reserve your spot. Pre-register $25/Drop-In $30. 1955 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis.

SATURDAY, JUNE 15 Nude Yoga – 9:15-10am. Enjoy a gentle yoga class for men and women at Avatan, a friendly nude campground just north of the Twin Cities. Free with daily grounds fee or $45 couple/$30 single for a full day of nude, non-sexual, relaxing fun in the sun. Avatan. com, 763-434-4922. Activate Your Vessel: Expanding You! – 9:30am4:30pm. Join Nea Clare and Michele Rae for this collaborative and one-of-a-kind workshop to help you learn to acclimate to the new and ever-expanding 5th Dimensional Energies. $99/person or $149 if you bring a friend. Lunch provided. Southtown Office Park, 8120 Penn Ave S, 2nd Floor Conference Rm, Bloomington. Chinese Mystery School’s Foundations for SelfRealization I & II – 10am-5pm. Treasure Vase Qi Dharmas -10am-12:30pm. Calming & Relaxing Dharma Meditation: 2-5 pm. These first meditations build your foundation to a new way of being you, just better. $68/one; $108/both; $300 three-weekend series. Upper Midwest Hanmi Buddhist Association, 80 County Rd C West #804, Little Canada.

MONDAY, JUNE 17 True Wild - An Alaskan Fish Cooking/Story Class – Minnesota Manager for Sitka Salmon Shares and co-host and food writer//photographer Amanda Paa from Heartbeet Kitchen will take you on a journey through the oceans and lands of Alaska. Enjoy incredible fresh salmon, a drink and some truly fantastic stories. $25. The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Ave W, Falcon Heights.

TUESDAY, JUNE 18 Embody Wellness: Belief Systems – 6:30-8:30 pm. Many of our beliefs were learned in childhood. Most of us don’t dig into whether those beliefs coincide with what we desire. Some beliefs may be holding us back from our dreams. $50. Awakened Living, 3601 Minnesota Dr, #825, Bloomington.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 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. Free. Zoom online.


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FRIDAY-SUNDAY, JUNE 21-23 Empathology 101 3-Day Workshop – 9:30am6:30pm daily. This workshop will provide empaths (people sensitive to energy) with training so they can get to know themselves better and share their much-needed gifts, love, and light with the world. $997 (includes lunch). Registration closes June 14. Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center, Chaska.

SATURDAY, JUNE 22 Chinese Mystery School’s Foundations for SelfRealization III & IV – Diamond Wisdom Dharma, 10am-12:30pm; Dhyana Yoga Dharma, 2-5pm. Continue, strengthen, deepen your transformation with Hanmi Buddhism’s next foundation meditations. $68/one; $108/both; $300 three-weekend series. Upper Midwest Hanmi Buddhist Association, 80 County Rd C West #804, Little Canada.

SUNDAY, JUNE 23 Embody Wellness: Nutrition – 6:30-8:30pm. Delve into how nutrition (or lack of) affects you, creating a healthy mindset around food, and steps you can take to be more nourished. $50. Awakened Living, 3601 Minnesota Dr, #825, Bloomington.

JULY 25-28 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!

SEPTEMBER 19-23 aqua exercise, a poolside reception and a dance. Discounted rate, $25/Singles-Couples. 763-434-4922, Chinese Mystery School’s Foundations for SelfRealization V – 10am-1pm. Prajna Akas’agarbha Moving Meditation: 10am-1pm. Learn the practice that awakens your alaya seeds, transforms your living to be in alignment with the universe and its movements. $108, $300 three-weekend series. Upper Midwest Hanmi Buddhist Association, 80 County Rd C West #804, Little Canada.

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Abundant Living Series (3 Classes) – 6:30-9pm. Nea Clare will share simple and effective tools and resources to help you co-create your life, your way.

Boundary Waters Canoe + Water – This 4-night/5day trip offers an ideal introduction to paddling, backcountry camping, team-building, and unwinding from our responsibilities. The journey is designed to balance activity and challenge with connection and rejuvenation. Nature itself reduces stress, balances emotions and makes us more creative.

SEPTEMBER 27-29 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. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info & registration:

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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. University/Minnesota. GROOVE Movement Class – Various days, times, and locations. 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.

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. 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. Awakened Living, 3601 Minnesota Dr #825, Bloomington.



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$15. Healing Elements, 2290 Como Ave, St. Paul. 651-348-6216. Chinese Mystery School’s Healing Meditation Series – 6:30-8pm. A different Hanmi Buddhist meditation teaching each week: June 5: Wisdom Dew Beauty Yoga; June 12: Balance Weight; June 19: Diabetes Self-Healing; June 26: Self-Healing for Various Illnesses. Upper Midwest Hanmi Buddhist Association, 80 Co Rd C West, #804, Little Canada. 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. 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.

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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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 26.


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 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 20.


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.


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 31.


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 11.

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 11.


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 31.


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 14.


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 30.


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 5.

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

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

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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 31.


2565 N Hamline Ave., Suite A, Roseville 651-340-1233 •

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


Theodore Rick Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) International Village Arcade Building 220 West 98th St, Ste. 7, Bloomington • 763-913-6722

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 5.


IntraAwareness Energy Healing, Massage & Bodywork Minneapolis, MN •

“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.

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

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.

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.



SchaOn Blodgett, CCP, BTAT 80 County Rd. C West - Ste. 802 Little Canada/Roseville 612-217-4325 •

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.


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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 4.


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 27.


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


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 31.

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

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

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