Natural Awakenings Twin Cities April 2021


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This month’s issue is dedicated to my mother, Sharon Broeffle,

who we lost eight years ago due to complications of diabetes.

April is the month of her birth, and for Natural Awakenings,

our Sustainability Issue. Though I could honor her in our annual

Diabetes Issue, I prefer to honor the woman who loved the Earth

and is forever tied to its energies.

I grew up in the ‘80s, a time of excess, rapidly advancing technologies

and the “me” generation. However, my mother yearned Candi Broeffle

for a more simple life and made a conscious decision to turn back

time by removing all gas and oil appliances and replacing them with a wood heater and

cookstove. Our clothing was cleaned in a wringer washer and hung on the line to dry.

Thankfully, she kept the electricity, though we came to believe it was only so she could

remind us to turn off the lights as we left the room.

She worried about the Earth and the effects humans’ excess would have on it. Plastic

bags were not allowed in our home and weekends were often spent cleaning the roadsides

long before there was an Adopt-a-Highway program. She yearned to own solar

panels and a windmill, but unfortunately the budget did not allow for this.

My mother was deeply connected to nature, often telling us to take off our shoes or

get our hands in the dirt so we could connect to the Earth. We would spend time in the

woods, gathering fuel for the cookstove and showing gratitude to the trees who provided

for us. She would spend hours with us laying in the fields watching the clouds pass by

and trying to find the pictures hidden in their white fluffiness. She talked to the plants—

in our home, gardens and forests—telling them how beautiful and strong they were and

thanking them for their sustenance. She preferred the company of animals over that of

humans, often saying they were more accepting, loyal and loving.

My mother had a particular fondness for birds, so much so that she convinced my

father to put in a large picture window in the living room so they could watch the birds

come to the birdfeeders perched just outside. We didn’t own a color TV until I was 16

years old, and only then because PBS was hosting a multi-week bird special and my

mother wanted to see them in all their colorful glory.

This issue would make her particularly proud with our focus on creating bee-friendly

lawns; the health concerns caused by climate change; creating healthy, non-toxic homes;

the importance of getting children into nature; and of course, the benefits (never the cons)

of keeping birds as pets. Did I mention she had several parrots, parakeets and cockatoos?

Mom, this one is for you!

In Love,

Candi Broeffle, Publisher

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22 healing ways

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26 calendar

28 resource guide

April 2021


news briefs



Finding Strengths

in Your Differences

Join business and relationship coach

Candi Broeffle, Thursday evenings,

beginning May 20, to create a more vibrant

relationship with your spouse or partner.

This virtual workshop will help couples

find the understanding, self-awareness and

communication skills they need to feel

confident in their relationship and to nurture their life together, rather than degrade

their relationship with resentments that cause separation and pain.

Utilizing CliftonStrengths, couples will identify their top five signature themes that act as

a filter through which they show up in their relationships. The purpose of this workshop is to

discover opportunities to complement each other’s strengths and help build a better relationship.

At the conclusion of this three-week workshop, both lifestyles—as an individual and as a

couple—are enhanced with a greater sense of awareness and appreciation for one another.

Learning to respect a partner’s differences can soften potential areas of conflict. Often,

people fall in love with someone quite different from themselves. This is instinctual in order

to create balance. However, when a partner is so different, it can feel alienating. This workshop

was created to help couples understand, appreciate and work with their differences.

“Whether you are planning your wedding or you have been married for 40 years, everyone

who attends will learn a great deal about themselves and their partner,” promises Broeffle.

Cost: $129/couple before April 23. $149 after April 24. Registration includes two online Clifton-

Strengths assessments and a customized 90-minute personal debrief of its results. Workshop is

limited to 10 couples. To register, visit See ad, page 30.

Your Open Channel

Workshop with Nea


Developing and refining intuitive gifts

can be challenging, but even more so

when you are trying to do it on your own.

Nea Clare, activation coach and spiritual

teacher, is passionate about creating a safe,

engaging and fun environment for people to explore, develop and refine their intuitive

gifts. “We are all channels of Spirit, and our biggest challenge is getting to know what that

is for ourselves,” states Clare.

Beginning April 16, Clare is offering Your Open Channel, a five-week intuition

development workshop for individuals who are already aware of and have started to

work with their intuitive gifts and want to explore them deeper. Each session will include

guidance shared by Clare, group practice, other sharing and discussion.

Clare’s own journey into channeling began in a reiki share group, and she personally

knows that personal experience is what creates clarity and confidence. “Each of us is unique,

and the way we connect with Spirit and learn to work with our gifts is unique,” Clare explains.

“In this workshop, I want you to learn to love working with your gift in your own way.”

This workshop is for people who want to increase their confidence, connection and

capability with their intuitive gifts. Psychics, mediums, channels, intuitive healers and

medical intuitives are invited to apply.

Cost: $59. Space is limited. Location: via Zoom. Dates: April 11, 18, 25; May 2 and 16.

Register now, See ad, page 30.

Rounding the Corner

Podcast Launches on

April 25

Co-hosts Nea Clare and Candi Broeffle

announce the launch of a new podcast,

Rounding the Corner, for those who are

ready to make positive change in their

lives. The initial show will be introduced

at 10 a.m., April 25, on Green Tea Conversations

radio show on AM 950.

Rounding the Corner is about helping

to become the best version of one’s self. It

is for people who have been working hard

to create the life they desire, yet do not

feel like their efforts are really paying off.

“We’re here to help spark you to take action

to create a life you truly love,” explains

Clare. “You get the support and knowledge

of trusted coaches, and the opportunity to

learn how valuable life coaching can be to

helping you reach your goals.”

Each week, the co-hosts will discuss

topics such as overcoming anxiety and

fear, finding more joy in life, strengthening

relationships, and more. They will provide

valuable insights and supportive tools

to help participants shift their thoughts,

emotions and behaviors to attract greater

success and fulfillment.

Broeffle shares, “Each show will

include actionable steps you can use immediately

to help you move into the life of

which you’ve been dreaming.”

Listeners can join the conversation as the hosts

continue the discussion on the new social media

platform, Clubhouse. For more information,


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usiness spotlight

Parker University Embraces

Collaborative Approaches to Health Care

by Sheila Julson

As society continues to embrace integrative

health care models, students pursuing careers

in wellness disciplines and health professionals

wanting to enhance the skills they can offer patients

are seeking formal training to meet current

needs. Because of today’s growing demand for

collaborative care, Parker University has developed

curricula that employ more interdisciplinary


“Eastern and conventional medicine both

work well, but when you combine the disciplines,

they work even better,” advises Dr.

Tammy Fogarty, dean of health and human

performance. “We like to use a collaborative approach,

not just in academics, but also in our on-campus clinics.”

In addition to being ambitious, compassionate and energetic, students are prepared

for careers as industry leaders with techniques and knowledge gained from real-world

experience. Founder Dr. James Parker established a set of principles that continues to

guide students on a campus that honors tradition but encourages innovation.

Parker University offers a wide variety of degree programs, including bachelor’s degrees

in integrative health, psychology, strength and human performance, as well as associate

degrees in massage therapy, occupational therapy assistant and radiologic technology.

Several online master’s degrees are also offered in functional nutrition, strength and

human performance, neuroscience and clinical neuroscience, and public health. The university

continues to offer the doctor of chiropractic degree. Due to their diverse offerings,

Parker is fortunate to have a faculty from different health-related fields that contributes

to its interdisciplinary approach to health and wellness.

“In our programs, the curriculum encourages students to identify the root cause of

an ailment or disease, and in some instances, they need to seek treatment options outside

of one field,” Fogarty says. “Our chiropractic students, while going through the chiropractic

program, are eligible to enroll in any of our master’s degree programs. When they

graduate, not only are they chiropractors, but they also have a master’s in a complementary

field. This gives them an opportunity to provide an interdisciplinary approach to

health and wellness.”

Fogarty cites Parker’s neuroscience program as another example of the university’s

interdisciplinary approach. The new Synapse: Human Performance Center exemplifies

this approach by offering the latest in neuroscience and evidence-based therapies for patients

and brings together diverse healthcare professionals to one location. This prototype

clinic showcases professionals from such

diverse fields as chiropractic, neurology,

physiology, occupational therapy, massage

therapy and nutrition, working together to

provide a patient-centered, collaborative

approach to care.

Fogarty says that when chiropractors

attend continuing education seminars,

they take an hour-long class in nutrition or

exercise training to earn continuing education

credits, but there’s no formal education.

“So, what we can offer our students

is to not only graduate with a chiropractic

degree, but also a master’s degree in a

related field they want to specialize in.”

The master’s degree in functional

nutrition is an interprofessional graduate

program for chiropractors, doctors of osteopathic

medicine, nurse practitioners,

exercise physiologists and dietitians seeking

to enhance their skills and promote

nutrition education in a variety of settings

at the mastery level. The program’s

mission is to provide graduates with the

ability to communicate the link between

functional nutrition, health promotion

and disease prevention with more extensive


“We have chiropractors, nurses and

nurse practitioners that are enrolling into

the program,” Fogarty explains. “They

are licensed professionals. Within their

license, nutrition is included in their scope

of practice, but they don’t have formal

training. We’re starting to see more healthcare

practitioners that want to be able to

offer nutrition to their clients, but want

more than just a certification.”

Parker University is also developing

bridge programs that more easily

allow students to gain knowledge across

disciplines to better serve patients. “We

offer our students a variety of degrees so

they can earn an associate’s, bachelor’s

and a master’s degree in another field that

supports a collaborative health approach,”

Fogarty concludes.

Parker University is located at 2540 Walnut

Hill Ln., Dallas; Synapse is located at 2618

Electronic Ln., Ste. 100, Dallas. For more

information, call 1-800-637-8337 or 214-

902-2429, or visit

Sheila Julson is a regular contributor to

Natural Awakenings magazine.

April 2021


Courtesy of Parker University

health briefs

Drink Beet Juice to Lower

Blood Pressure

Hypertension is a global disease that particularly affects

people in low-income communities, but a new study by

the UK University of Nottingham suggests that beetroot

juice may be a practical solution for people with high blood

pressure that have little access to diagnostic help or money

for medication. Researchers divided 47 people between 50

and 70 years of age in Tanzania into three groups. For 60

days, one group drank nitrate-rich beetroot juice and folic

acid; another was given nitrate-rich

beetroot juice and a placebo; and the

third drank nitrate-depleted beetroot

juice. The researchers found that

systolic blood pressure dropped by

10.8 millimeters (mm) Hg (mercury)

in the nitrate-rich plus folic acid group

and 6.1 mm Hg in the nitrate-rich and

placebo group. Studies have shown

that the high level of nitrates in beets

is converted by the digestive system

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Gain Official Nod

In updated 2020-2025 dietary guidelines, the U.S. Department of Agriculture

and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have endorsed the

specific use of certain supplements, noting that under-consumption of some

nutrients among Americans is linked to health concerns.

The guidelines advise that infants being fed breast

milk exclusively or partially should be given a

vitamin D supplement of 400 IU per day beginning

soon after birth and perhaps continuing

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global briefs

Group Hug

Nations Band Together to

Preserve One-Third of the Planet

While human activity has transformed 75 percent of the

Earth’s surface and 66 percent of ocean ecosystems, the

Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity

and Ecosystem Services determined in a 2019 assessment

that approximately 1 million plant and animal species are

threatened with extinction, some in mere decades. In response

to the crisis, more than 50 countries representing 30

percent of the world’s land-based biodiversity, 25 percent

of its land-based carbon sinks, 28 percent of important

areas of marine biodiversity and more than 30 percent of

ocean carbon sinks have united as the High Ambition Coalition

for Nature and People (HAC 30x30), avowing to preserve

30 percent of the planet’s land and oceans by 2030.

The group announced its goal at the One Planet Summit

for Biodiversity in January, hosted by French President Emmanuel

Macron, along with the World Bank and the United

Nations. “We call on all nations to join us,” Macron said in

the video launching of the plan. Biologist E.O. Wilson has

called for the “conservation moonshot” of protecting half of

the land and the sea. Goals include preventing biodiversity

loss, solving the climate crisis and preventing pandemics.

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World Watchers

Deforestation Alert System

Mitigates Climate Change

Deforestation, which contributes to warming the planet,

is a key factor behind the 40 percent increase in atmospheric

carbon dioxide since the beginning of the industrial

age. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

Administration, the global average atmospheric

carbon dioxide concentration in 2018 was 407.4 parts

per million, higher than it’s been in almost 1 million years.

Avoiding deforestation is much better than conducting

reforestation efforts after the fact, and should be a key

global climate change mitigation strategy, says Jennifer

Alix-Garcia, a researcher at Oregon State University.

The Global Land Analysis and Discovery System

(GLAD), founded in 2016 by the University of Maryland’s

Department of Geographical Sciences, is based on

high-resolution satellite imaging from the NASA Landsat

Science program. Subscribers can access data via a free

interactive web application, Global Forest Watch. So far,

forest loss has

declined 18 percent

in African nations

where GLAD

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Wilderness Woes

National Wildlife Refuges are

Overwhelmed and Understaffed

President Theodore Roosevelt designated

Florida’s Pelican Island as the first unit of what

would become the National Wildlife Refuge

System in 1903 to shield brown pelicans from

hunters. Now, the world’s largest set of 568

refuges, encompassing 95 million acres dedicated

to preserving wildlife, is under pressure

from increasing numbers of visitors, maintenance

needs and chronic underfunding. The

system has lost more than 700 staff positions

since 2011, despite growing by 15 refuges.

Managers of the system under the authority

of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)

report that staff morale is low.

Local conservation nonprofits have stepped

in with fundraising and volunteers, but the lack

of resources throughout the refuge system is limiting its capacity to provide

healthy habitat for birds and other wildlife. Essential infrastructure is crumbling

and staff can’t provide the community outreach and visitor services they want

to offer. The FWS oversees 25,000 structures and 14,000 roads, bridges and

dams. Many of them have fallen into disrepair due to a lack of funding. Advocates

claim that a remedy will require $900 million per year, while the system’s

2020 budget was only $502.4 million.

Honest Ingredients

Protecting the Organic Marketplace

Global sales of organic products

totaled $90 billion in 2017 according

to the 2018 edition of the study The

World of Organic Agriculture, published

by the Research Institute of Organic

Agriculture and Organics International.

In the U.S., the figure is $50

billion, or 5 percent of all grocery store

sales. Demand for organic products

is increasing, more farmers cultivate

organically, more land is certified

organic and 178 countries report organic farming activities.

The challenge is to safeguard organic standards from large corporations that

buy up organic brands and try to weaken U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

requirements. This has led to an erosion of both organic standards and consumer

trust in the organic labeling of products such as eggs, milk and grains.

To restore public trust, the Organic Consumers Association is committed to

exposing the fraudulent players in the organic industry while fighting for stronger

organic protections. At one time, states could develop their own rules for

organic food production and processing. But in 1990, Congress passed the

Organic Foods Production Act, which created the National Organic Program and

the National Organic Standards Board. Foods labeled USDA Organic are the gold

standard for health and sustainability.

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eco tip

The Benefits of Planting Trees

More Foliage Means Lower Temperatures

Planting more trees can slow down climate change. Science magazine reports,

“The restoration of trees remains among the most effective strategies for

climate change mitigation.” The Arbor Day celebrations this month make it an

apt time for taking actions that benefit both urban areas and open spaces.

More than 166,000 square miles of forest habitat—approximately the size

of California—in the tropics and subtropics have been decimated in the last

13 years, and about 2.7 million square miles of forest worldwide remain

threatened, according to a recent study by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Some major ways to take action include:

Avoid buying products linked to deforestation.

Pressure lawmakers to make supply chains sustainable while

balancing the need for regulation with the concerns of farmers

and businesses. Urge policymakers to enact zero-deforestation

policies and bolster the rights and control of forests for local

communities and indigenous people, says the WWF.

Donate spare change. By joining Plant Your Change for All

(, all debit or credit card purchases

are automatically rounded up to the nearest dollar and the

balance applied toward planting trees. Working together

with the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) (

and Eden Reforestation Projects, the initiative has already

planted more than 3 million trees, offsetting 5 million miles of

vehicle carbon emissions.

Become a member of the ADF and receive 10 free trees, along with tree

nursery discounts; help to qualify a community to receive the Tree City USA

designation; or get involved with National Arbor Day, generally celebrated

on the last Friday in April, but observed on different days in some states. The

organization’s website includes ideas for conducting virtual celebrations

if local chapters are not holding public events due to the pandemic. Also

consider participating in other ADF programs such as the Alliance for

Community Trees and NeighborWoods Month.

Support the planting of city trees.

According to a recent study from

the U.S. Forest Service reported

in, the nation’s

urban canopies, currently home

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by Russ Henry

Spring is in the air and, soon, people will be reconnecting outdoors, smelling flowers

and hoping to catch sight of bees, birds and butterflies on the breeze. Right now, pollinators

need a friend, and everyone who has a lawn or landscape can play a critical role

in uplifting the ecosystem in their own yard. Blooming trees and shrubs, pollinator patches

and bee-lawns are a few favorite strategies for bringing in the bees.

Pollinators do a big job that helps the whole planet, but they are facing the threat of

extinction around the world. Bees and other insects buzz from flower to flower, delivering

and blending pollen wherever they go. This allows plants to pollinate and make fruit

and seeds. Without pollinators, we would lose over one-third of the food we eat.

The state of Minnesota recently named a new State Bee to help bring attention to the

plight and potential of pollinators. The Rusty Patch bumblebee is facing extinction due to

habitat loss and widespread pesticide use. As an “indicator species”, we know that if Rusty

goes, so too will many important pollinators because the plants and strategies that help

Rusty likely help a big list of other native pollinators, too.

There are many landscape features that can play critical support roles for pollinators.

Blooming trees and shrubs like apple, basswood, crabapple, catalpa, dogwood, honey-locust

and serviceberry are adored by bees and butterflies. Plant trees with compost and wood

mulch also support their establishment.

Pollinator patches are another perfect way to provide a happy place for beneficial

insects. Plants like meadow blazing-star, Joe Pye weed and milkweed are mega-monarch

magnets that will bring in droves of butterflies. Asters, bee balm and calamintha will feed

honeybees and bumblebees throughout the growing season.

Early spring is the perfect time to plan for a plentiful season of pollinator protection.

Making plant lists, prepping sites and soils, signing up for garden coaching sessions and

spreading compost are excellent early spring activities to keep gardeners buzzing until planting

time. A strong pollinator patch plant list will include a wide variety of native plants that

will bloom throughout the growing season. Spring is also the perfect time to start a new

compost bin so the compost will be ready to spread by fall. Compost helps plants grow and

bloom, and provides more support for Rusty and all his friends.

Bee-lawns are causing a buzz in neighborhoods across Minnesota. Developed by pollinator

advocates and championed by the University of Minnesota, bee-lawns are a low maintenance

replacement for regular grass lawns. Filled with blooming, ground-cover flowers and

short, native fescue grasses, bee-lawns support pollinators and people. Bees, butterflies and

other pollinators can find the delicious nectar they need in a bee-lawn, and people save time

and money because bee-lawns don’t need to be mowed.

Local vendors have started selling beelawn

seed mix and some landscape contractors

offer bee-lawn installations. Starting

a bee-lawn is easy with the right seed mix.

The best bee-lawn seed mixes contain Dutch

white clover, self-heal, creeping thyme, and

four types of fescue grass, including sheep,

hard, chewing and creeping red fescues.

Together, this mix feeds over 80 species of

Minnesota native bees.

There are rapid and moderately paced

methods for transitioning to a bee- lawn.

Tools for the job include shovels, a sod

cutter, a seed spreader, and a core aerator

machine, all of which can be rented locally.

For a rapid transition, strip away existing

grass with a shovel or sod cutter. Aerate

the ground thoroughly, spread bee-lawn

seed and compost, and cover with a seed

blanket. For a more moderate approach,

aerate and overseed into existing lawns

three times per season. Spring, late summer

and early fall are the best times to overseed

with bee-lawn mix.

Bee-lawns transform outdoor spaces

and grow health for the whole community.

Pesticides and synthetic fertilizers can be

avoided entirely, lawn mowers can go to

rust, and pollinators are supported with

all-season blooms after a lawn has been

transitioned from conventional maintenance

practices into a beautiful bee-lawn.

This spring, Rusty Patch and his pollinator

pals will be drawn into yards with

abundant blooms from a variety of native

plants, especially where large trees and

shrubs are covered in flowers. Homeowners

who want to see the most enchanting bugs

that nature ever invented can start planning

now to provide a peaceful place for pollinators

to play in their own landscape.

Russ Henry is a naturalist,

gardener, soil health specialist,

educator, and owner of

Minnehaha Falls Landscaping.

As a Certified Soil Life

Consultant, he scientifically

explores and supports soil health—the

foundation for beauty and productivity in all

landscapes. Henry has a passionate commitment

to protecting and growing ecosystems

across Minnesota. For more information, visit

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The Human Costs

of a Warming Planet

by Sandra Yeyati


Global warming is not just threatening polar bears far away in the Arctic, and its

effects are not somewhere in the distant future. With every new wildfire, hurricane

and flash flood, people are understanding that the warming of the planet

poses dire consequences for human health right here, right now. It’s personal, and while

some sectors of the population are unfairly and disproportionately impacted, we are all

in harm’s way.

This is no time to panic, say climate

and public health advocates, but rather a

moment for preparation, adaptation and

mobilization. Prospects are hopeful as we

tackle new realities together and evolve our

conversations about climate change so we

can build resilient, thriving communities.

The good news is that many of the individual

and policy changes we need to make

are exciting opportunities for positive

transformation and justice.


Health Threats in Our Midst

The warming of the planet is becoming

more noticeable. “That historic two weeks

anywhere in the United States where it’s

the heat wave of high summer is now six

weeks to two months,” says Jay Lemery,

M.D., professor of emergency medicine at

the University of Colorado and co-author

of Enviromedics: The Impact of Climate

Change on Human Health. “There are parts

of the Middle East now where you can’t be

outside and meaningfully cool your body

during certain parts of the day.”

“With warming, we’re seeing drought,

wildfires, hurricanes, extreme precipitation,

flooding and sea level rise, all of

which have health consequences,” says

Surili Patel, director of the Center for Climate,

Health and Equity at the American

Public Health Association. “With rising

temperature and heat waves, we’re seeing

heat stroke, dehydration, diarrheal disease,

cardiovascular distress and respiratory

illnesses. Extreme weather like wildfires,

hurricanes and flooding cause direct injuries,

as well as vector-borne illnesses (Lyme

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disease carried by ticks or dengue fever

and malaria by mosquitoes), mold and

harmful algal blooms that happen when it’s

really hot, but also show up in places that

otherwise wouldn’t have because of the

combination of heat and flooding.”

Lemery notes that incidences of mosquito-

and tick-borne diseases are moving

higher in altitude and latitude, affecting

historically naive populations that have

not had levels of disease immunity, the

infrastructure or cultural habits to protect

them. “These are huge killers worldwide,

and we’re seeing more and more of that,”

he says.

“When you have a warmer winter, spring

starts earlier, trees bloom early and pollen

season starts early too, and longer exposure

to pollen increases your risk of having an

asthma attack,” says Professor Amir Sapkota

at the University of Maryland School

of Public Health, adding that the Northeast

is heavily impacted by this phenomenon.

“Here in Colorado, in the summer heat,

we have these huge swaths of wildfire

smoke hanging over Denver, and people

come in to the emergency department.

Their inhalers aren’t working anymore, and

they’re having chest pain and shortness of

breath when they’re on oxygen at baseline,”

says Lemery. “These are people normally

able to walk across a parking lot with their

walker and their oxygen, but now they

can’t. We see this all summer long, and

we admit them for asthma exacerbation,

shortness of breath and COPD (i.e., emphysema),

but what we don’t write down is

that the air quality is the worst it’s been all

year, or that it’s the hottest day of the year.”

“Air pollution contributes to climate

change, but it also gets into your lungs

and irritates them, exacerbating chronic

respiratory illnesses, and can even lead to a

heart attack,” says Jennifer Roberts, director

of the Path of Positive Communities

program at EcoAmerica, noting that the

biggest culprits are carbon emissions from

coal-burning power plants, diesel fuels and

ground-level ozone, which is created when

pollution reacts to heat and sunlight.

“With sea level rise, things are flooding

more often and we get septic tanks

overflowing, sending fecal matter into

our drinking water supplies and expos-


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ing us to diarrheal diseases. We also see

offices and industrial sites getting flooded

and, whether it’s paint, fertilizers or other

toxins, those get into our water and it’s very

unhealthy,” Roberts says.

The Most Vulnerable Among Us

Certain segments of the population are

more at risk. “Lower socioeconomic groups

are suffering more from extreme heat

events. The urban heat island effect, which

unfortunately correlates very well with

poorer neighborhoods, means that they’ll

have heat waves seven to 10 degrees hotter

in their neighborhoods than surrounding

places with more green space,” Lemery says.

“You see the public health infrastructure less

robust to be able to attend to communities

of color—like you saw with COVID. There

are also physiologic vulnerabilities. Climate

change affects the very young, the very old

and the very sick much more because of

their preexisting vulnerabilities, and then

we have geographic vulnerabilities—people

who live on the coast without sea walls or

in flood plains. As sea level rise proliferates,

and that data is really straightforward,

they’re going to be going under increased

storm surge stress and flat-out flooding.”

Achievable Public

Health Solutions

The experts agree that it’s important to

frame climate change as a public health

issue because it brings a sense of urgency

to act. “If it isn’t a crisis, if it isn’t something

we’re seeing every day on the front page,

then you forget about it. And when you

forget about it, the funding doesn’t come,”

says Patel, whose work focuses on underprivileged

communities that need special

attention and funding.

Sapkota advocates for the development

of early warning systems so that

local health departments can anticipate

and adapt to impending extreme weather

events, directing resources to the most

impacted and vulnerable communities. In

some cases, moving people out of flood

plains and vulnerable coastal areas through

eminent domain might be needed.

Lemery believes that doctors are in a

prime position to counsel their patients

on preventive measures against climate

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hazards with “credible messaging repeated

over and over again with clarity and no

hedging: Wear a mask. Stay indoors during

high-heat events. Don’t let children play

outdoors when the air quality index is at a

dangerous level.”

There are many ways to mitigate threats.

As experts point out, we know what to

do, and it’s just a matter of putting our

attention and resources on their implementation.

“One of the biggest ways is let’s

remove the sources of harmful spewing

pollution—move away from coal, oil and

gas—and invest in clean sources of energy,

which will also create jobs in these new

industries,” says Patel.

Another big step would be to promote

mass transit and active transportation—

walking and biking—over individual, gasguzzling

vehicles. Patel advocates for local

investments in bike lanes and sidewalks

that encourage the switch. Both Lemery

and Roberts express excitement about

clean-running electric cars as potential

game-changers in transportation.

Planting trees and vegetable gardens are

easy, community-building solutions. “Trees

are very beneficial to everything from

shade to water filtration to producing oxygen

and taking up carbon,” says Roberts,

who adds that much can be done to restore

and protect streams, ponds and lakes from

the ill effects of pollution and development.

“You get volunteers to clean up the gunk

and increase regulations for developers to

keep stuff out of the waterways.”

Eco-Anxiety and Making

Positive Change

Jessica Schiff, a second-year master of

science student at the Harvard University

T.H. Chan School of Public Health, struggles

with eco-anxiety—the depression,

anxiety or dread associated with climate

change. She says, “It impacts the decisions I

make for my life and the future, just trying

to think about overall impacts. Where is

my food coming from? Do I want to have

kids or adopt? Should I live in the suburbs

or the city because of transportation and

fossil fuel consumption? This all adds a

layer of unease or uncertainty about the

future. Sometimes I look at Greta [Thunberg]

and how far she’s taken things, and

feel guilty about not taking things to such an

extreme. Is it hypocritical for me to care about

climate change but still eat meat occasionally

or take a plane to explore the world?”

Schiff deals with eco-anxiety by taking

action. “We’re not going to reverse climate

change at this point, but that doesn’t mean

that we shouldn’t take steps to slow it down

or reduce emissions. There are many small

things we can each do, like biking or walking

instead of taking a car or bus and reducing

our use of plastic. It’s a process. You

can’t do it overnight, but if you make a lot

of small changes, and if everybody makes

small changes, that has a bigger effect.”

Roberts acknowledges the power of

small, individual actions, but stresses that

we should not let the big polluters off the

hook. “We need to continue to press for

policy changes, holding polluters accountable,

passing regulations based on protecting

human health and climate, requiring

cleaner cars and buildings, and more.

That’s the only way we will get to the scale

of change needed to truly bring global

warming to a halt.”

Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional writer.

Reach her at

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Hard Flaccid


recent webinar by Herman & Wallace

Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute

entitled “Sexual Medicine in Pelvic

Rehab” featured the most current information

on pelvic conditions, including Chronic

Pelvic Pain Syndromes (CPPS). One

syndrome, Hard Flaccid (HF), is so new to

the medical world that most physicians have

not heard of it. Indeed, a quick search on

PubMed reaps only four research studies—

all completed in 2020. Urology News in the

UK published an article in November 2018,

but people have been talking about it in chat

rooms since around 2015.

HF may be mistaken for the more

common Peyronie’s syndrome. They both

share some symptoms such as pain, erectile

dysfunction, loss of girth and shortening

of the penis, and possible curvature of the

penis. Whereas Peyronie’s tends to occur in

the person’s 50s or 60s, caused by a build-up

of scar tissue around the erectile tissue in the

penis and a possible genetic propensity, HF

happens to men in their 20s and 30s with

unknown etiology, although they almost

always have a history of trauma to the penis.

The name reflects the decreased blood

flow to the area, causing the flaccid penis

to remain partially hard. Men with HF

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also have decreased urine flow, sensory

changes in the penis (numbness, tingling),

constant cramping in the pelvis, and the

glans remains flaccid during erection. Deformities

such as indentations, hour-glass

figure or a narrowed band toward the base

sometimes occur.

Chronic pain causes psycho-emotional

issues for an individual such as

depression and anxiety. It may interfere


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with sexual pleasure, erode self-esteem or

decrease quality of life. A good support

system, regular exercise and good sleep architecture

are essential to maintaining the

rhythms of life that will help manage daily

stress that can exacerbate chronic pain.

For those who feel they may have HF,

get help immediately. While it is never too

late to seek out assistance, chronic pain is

harder to treat the longer it is left untreated.

A pelvic floor specialist can administer acupuncture,

biofeedback or cognitive behavioral

therapy. Instruction in meditation/mindfulness

techniques and breathing techniques

will likely be given in order to down-regulate

the nervous system. A plan of stress reduction

will be discussed with a therapist who

may also instruct how to use a pelvic wand

for myofascial release and give exercises to

perform at home. Medications or surgery are

rarely required for CPPS conditions.

While there is much more to be

learned about this particular disorder, HF

can be treated now within the parameters

of CPPS. There is hope and there are men

who are finding lasting relief from this pain.

Melissa Cathcart is a

licensed acupuncturist,

manual therapist, corrective

exercise specialist and pelvic

floor specialist working out

of South Minneapolis. For

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April 2021


green living

Healthy Home

How to Detoxify a Living Space

by Yvette Hammett

As the world moves into its second year of a viral pandemic,

many of us are still spending most of our time at

home—working, exercising, hanging out with family and

as with any other year, cooking and cleaning. There’s no better

time to take stock of these surroundings and purge them of any

toxins—gases, inhalants or fumes—that may be contributing to a

harmful environment.


Start with the air. Research shows that indoor air is two to five

times more toxic than the air outside, due to inadequate ventilation.

This condition, coupled with fumes from synthetic fibers,

makeup, paints, cleansers or even a baby’s plastic toys, can

contribute to health issues and a less environmentally beneficial

abode. A straightforward solution—in addition to getting rid

of the pollution-causing objects—is to open the windows and

use fans to recirculate the air. A high-efficiency particulate air

(HEPA) filter can safely remove many contaminants, but don’t

spritz a commercial air freshener: A University of Washington

study found that eight widely used air fresheners released an

average of 18 chemicals into the air, some of them hazardous,

including the likely human carcinogen acetaldehyde.

Purge plastics. Perfluorinated compounds PFAS and PFOS,

known as “forever chemicals”, are found in nonstick cookware,

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water-repellent clothing, stain-resistant

fabrics and carpets, some cosmetics, and

products that resist grease, water and oil.

They have been found to cause a wide

range of health problems from kidney and

testicular cancers to endocrine disruptions.

Consider doing a clean sweep of the

house to determine which of these can be

replaced, paying special attention to plastics.

“If you really limit plastics to a few

things, you are fine,” says Heather Patisaul,

Ph.D., a neuroscience and toxicology expert

at North Carolina State University.

Reconsider kitchenware. Eliminate all

nonstick cookware, Patisaul advises. “Use

ceramic and other materials that do not

have perfluorinated chemicals.”

Debbie Steinbock, a nutrition counselor

at Mindful Family Medical, in

Boulder, Colorado, suggests replacing

plastic storage containers, which can

leach chemicals when heated. “Use a cast

iron skillet and use glass jars and mason

jars for food storage.”

Chuck out toxic cleaners. Many commercial

kitchen, bathroom and other

cleaning products are loaded with chemicals

linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive

disorders, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity.

They can be particularly toxic

for children: A recent Canadian study

found that repeated use of a disinfectant

reduced beneficial gut bacteria in toddlers,

probably contributing to obesity. A good

place to start in cleaning out the cleaners

is at the Environmental Working Group

(EWG) website; its Healthy Living

Home Guide evaluates the health risks of

2,500 cleaning products. It also advises a

simple strategy of using vinegar and water

or baking soda.

Get the lead out. Andrew Rooney, deputy

director at the National Toxicology Program

of the National Institute of Environmental

Health Sciences, sees lead, which

causes brain damage and other serious

defects, as a major risk present in water

supplies and the paint of older homes.

“The thing I want to emphasize is there is

no safe level of lead exposure, so eliminating

exposure sources is the best protection

for your health,” he says.

Drinking water contamination comes from the distribution lines and plumbing fixtures,

with lead leaching out from repairs or adjustments. “Having your household water

tested by a certified lab is the best option to determine if you have water issues,” he says.

Consult state and local health agencies for guidance on lead paint or lead in the water

lines and how to remove it. Also consider a water filter: has a comprehensive

rating of models from pitchers to under-sink setups.

Take it a step further. The new EWG downloadable Healthy Living app makes it easy to

use a smartphone to check out 120,000 products for toxic ingredients, including cosmetics

and foods. “It has a barcode scanner to scan your favorite lipstick or shampoo, and

it will pop up an ingredient list and give it a score,” says Patisaul. The database includes

ingredients not found on packaging and scores products on a zero to 10 scale. “It pretty

much has to be water to get a zero,” she says.

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healthy kids

Nature to the


Kids Come Alive Outdoors

by Ronica O’Hara

As Angela Hanscom of Barrington, New Hampshire, watched her preschool

daughters at play, she realized that a surprising number of their friends had

problems with balance, coordination and muscle weakness, conditions she was

attuned to as a pediatric occupational therapist. Teachers told her that compared to past

years, young children were falling out of chairs and bumping into each other and walls

more often—all evidence of poor proprioceptive skills, the “sixth sense” ability to feel and

position the body in space.

Hanscom also realized that almost none of the children played outdoors, which “fascinated

and scared” her. Nationwide, even before the lockdowns and online schooling

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brought on by the pandemic, the average

child spent seven hours per day looking

at screens and only seven minutes per day

playing freely outdoors. Recent studies

show that today’s children have poorer

hand grip strength, slower running speeds

and lower cardiovascular fitness levels

than previous generations. Meanwhile, a

growing body of research finds that spending

time in nature makes kids happier,

healthier and more functional.

Hanscom’s solution was to establish

TimberNook, camps in which children

from 18 months to 14 years of age are

encouraged to explore natural settings in

imaginative, largely unstructured, minimally

supervised play. Now in its eighth

year, 38 TimberNook-affiliated camps are

located in the U.S., Canada, the UK and

Australia. Hanscom’s book, Balanced and

Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play

Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable

Children, has garnered more than 300 fivestar

reviews on

“Children thrive physically, mentally and

emotionally when they are given frequent

outdoor play experiences, especially with

other children. When children do not get

enough of these opportunities, it comes at

a great cost to their development,” she says.

Journalist Richard Louv, author of the

seminal Last Child in the Woods, agrees.

“The scientists who study the human

senses no longer talk about five senses,

they list conservatively nine or 10, and

some believe that humans have as many as

30 senses,” he says. “Yet today, children and

adults who work and learn in a dominating

digital environment expend enormous

energy blocking out many of the human

senses—including ones we don’t even

know we have—to focus narrowly on the

screen in front of the eyes. That’s the very

definition of being less alive. What parent

wants his or her child to be less alive? Who

among us wants to be less alive?”

That dawning realization is motivating

parents and teachers to find ways to

get their children actively involved with

nature in ways that open their senses

while also moving their bodies. This often

means hitting the local trails and nature

preserves, sometimes with binoculars,

bug jars, bird and plant guides and a

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scavenger list in hand. “‘Hiking’ can be

a bit of a drag to young children, but

‘exploring’ (while still hiking) helps open

their minds to the beauty and wonder of

the outdoors,” says Tanya Gray of Woodstock,

Georgia, a homeschooling blogger


To improve kids’ hearing, Lilach Saperstein,

an Israeli audiologist who hosts the

podcast All About Audiology, asks children

to close their eyes and describe only what

they hear. “The wind, the rustle of leaves, a

running water stream, crickets, birds, their

own breathing, the swish of their sleeve

or pant—this is a great way to introduce

mindfulness, as well.”

To awaken sight, sound and smell, Boston

plein air artist Diana Stelin hands kids

paper and art supplies out in nature. “Allowing

kids to sit with sounds around them

and with smells of various seasons makes

them truly feel part of our grand universe.

It also allows their minds to quiet down

and reset, making them pay more attention

to detail, to their inner landscapes and to

people around them.”

To engage the sense of taste, Malorie

Thompson, editor of,

takes her children foraging for edible

plants on treasure hunts on a trail or

around their Northern California neighborhood.

She says, “Bonus activity: use the

foraged food to make a meal afterward!”

Most of all, nature should be both physical

and fun. “Point excitedly at the full moon,

shout at it and say hello. Pick up leaves and

chestnuts and rocks and create beautiful art

together. Stop to smell the twigs and flowers

and roll on the grass—who can make

it faster down the hill? Make sandcastles

and animals. Tie colorful ribbons on tree

branches. Look for the shapes of animals in

the clouds,” says Milana Perepyolkina, of

Salt Lake City, who wrote about forest bathing

in Gypsy Energy Secrets.

“The only way to get your children to

be excited about nature is for you to be

excited about nature first,” she notes.

Health writer Ronica O’Hara can be

reached at

Family Time in the Woods

Richard Louv, a prominent nature writer and a co-founder of The Children & Nature

Network (C&NN), offers 500 ways for families and communities to connect to the

natural world in his book Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life. Here are

more wise words.

Be a hummingbird parent. One parent says, “In the range from helicopter to neglect—I

probably fall a bit more toward helicopter. In fact, I call myself a hummingbird

parent. I tend to stay physically distant to let them explore and problem-solve, but

zoom in at moments when safety is an issue (which isn’t very often).” Notice that she

isn’t hovering over her kids with nature flash cards. She stands back and makes space

for independent nature play—albeit not as free as she experienced as a child; this play

is important, nonetheless.

Create or join a family nature club. Nature clubs for families are beginning to catch

on across the country; some have membership lists of 400-plus families. The idea is

that multiple families meet to go for a hike, garden together or even do stream reclamation.

We hear from family nature club leaders that when families get together, the kids

tend to play more creatively—with other kids or independently—than during singlefamily

outings. C&NN’s Nature Clubs for Families offers a free downloadable guide on

how to start your own.

Get the safety information you need. Become familiar with good resources for safety

tips in the outdoors, including those with information on how to guard against ticks.

Check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s

offers tips on living with a variety of urban wildlife.

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healing ways

Breathe Easy

Natural Remedies for Allergy Woes

by Ronica O’Hara

As the one in five Americans suffering from allergic rhinitis can miserably testify,

the fragrant breezes of spring aren’t much fun when they bring on sneezing,

coughing, watery eyes and a runny nose. The fifth-most common chronic disease

in the country, allergic rhinitis—also known as hay fever—is aggravated in spring by rising

pollen levels, but can occur year-round from exposure to mold, household dust mites,

pet dander and vehicular air pollution.

Common remedies like over-the-counter

antihistamines and decongestants bring

their own share of afflictions, including

drowsiness, dry mouth, blurred vision and

dizziness. “By undertaking natural therapy

for allergies, however, one can avoid and

mitigate the unpleasant symptoms of allergies

with no need for medication,” says

Carrie Lam, M.D., an integrative and functional

medicine doctor in Tustin, California.

“Instead of loading up on drugs, you

can take care of yourself in a more natural

way and avoid nasty side effects.” Here are

some non-pharmaceutical approaches.

Probiotics: In a 173-person, double-blind

study, a probiotic blend of Lactobacillus

gasseri KS-13, Bifidobacterum bifidum

G9-1 and Bifidobacterium longum MM-2

lowered hay fever symptoms and improved

participants’ quality of life during allergy

season, report University of Florida researchers

in the American Journal of Clinical

Nutrition. (Read labels to locate these

strains in yogurts, kefirs and supplements.)

Sublingual Immunotherapy: To desensitize

the body, small amounts of specific

allergens in the form of tablets or liquid

drops are placed under the tongue, making

it a gentler and safer process than allergy

shots. Numerous studies have shown it to

be safe and efficient in the treatment of

respiratory tract allergies, reports JoAnn

Yanez, ND, executive director of the

Association of Accredited Naturopathic

Medical Colleges (AANMC). After getting

a diagnosis and a first dose from a health

practitioner, the tablets or drops can be

taken at home.

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Quercetin: Found naturally in apples,

berries, red grapes, red onions, red wine

and black tea, this antioxidant inhibits the

release of histamine and hampers the IgE

antibodies formed during allergic reactions.

As a 400-milligram (mg) supplement,

it takes about a month to kick in.

Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica): When

freeze-dried as an extract or used as a tea,

this prickly roadside weed is a nontoxic

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natural antihistamine. In one study, 58 percent of participants

found that 300 mg per day relieved their symptoms.

Omega-3s: Anti-inflammatory fatty acids found in such foods as

tuna, salmon, walnuts and flaxseed oil can help reduce symptoms,

research suggests. In a Japanese study, eating fish lowered

respiratory symptoms for women, while fast food and sugary

drinks worsened respiratory stress.

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Nasal Rinse: Using a neti pot with saline solution to rinse allergens

out of nasal passages provides quick relief for stuffy, runny,

irritated noses. In one study, people using them reported a 64

percent improvement in chronic sinus symptoms and a better

quality of life. An ancient Ayurveda technique popularized by

Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Oz, the pots cost about $20 in pharmacies.

Nasal sprays, although easier to use initially, aren’t as effective,

studies show.

Unpasteurized Honey: “Local honey contains tiny amounts of

pollen from nearby flowers, which can make you less sensitive

when you’re exposed to them outdoors,” says chiropractor and

nutritionist Josh Axe, Nashville-based author of Ancient Remedies.

A Malaysian study of 40 hay fever sufferers found that high

doses of local honey, taken along with an antihistamine, reduced

sneezing and nasal decongestion more effectively than the antihistamine


Acupuncture: Based on established research, the American

Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation

recommends acupuncture for hay fever patients that want to

avoid pharmaceuticals.

Homeopathy: To stimulate the body’s natural healing process,

homeopathy uses highly diluted doses of herbs and other substances.

Although it’s best to work with a homeopath, two helpful

remedies commonly found in health food stores are Allium cepa

30C, for watery eyes, sneezing and a runny or irritated nose; and

Kali bichromicum 30C, for persistent sinus congestion with thick

nasal discharge.

Anti-Allergen Cleaning: Simple steps recommended by

AANMC to lower airborne allergens include using a highefficiency

particulate air (HEPA) filter in the vacuum cleaner;

replacing AC filters frequently; changing out of clothes and

showering when coming in from the outdoors to rinse off pollen;

leaving shoes outside; changing the air filter in the car; and

avoiding toxic inhalants with synthetic ingredients like perfumes,

body sprays, scented candles, room sprays, air fresheners and

dryer sheets.

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Kata May is a



macaw. “It’s nice to

come home and

have a conversation

with a snuggly

bird,” says Joshua Luther,

who took over care of the avian

when he was 13 years old and she was

11. Now 17 years later, Kata May holds

a commanding presence in Luther’s

home in Columbus, Wisconsin. “She’s set

up where our dining room should be, so my wife

and I can sit and talk or play with her.”

Luther notes that the cherished pet has a bit of a temper and can

bend the bars on her $1,000 cage if she’s bored or angry. Considering the bird has a bite

force of 1,800 pounds per square inch, it’s sensible to keep her happy, which could be for

another 50 years.

Complex Commitment

Birds follow only dogs and cats as the country’s favorite companion animals, according to

the American Veterinary Medical Association. Lovebirds, budgies and canaries have an average

lifespan of eight or more years, but can live to be 20. Typically, larger birds live longer.

Because it’s common for birds to outlive their owners, the Avian Welfare Coalition, based

in St. Paul, Minnesota, helps ensure these pets are included in wills and estate planning.

Birds need to chew, and if they play outside their cages, must be kept away from hazardous

items. Besides droppings, birds also create dander and dust. “Cleaning her cage and the

room is a two-hour project every week,” says Luther.

There’s also the potty mouth. Kata May learned some unsavory phrases from her previous

owner. She sometimes screams, “Shut the hell up!” or, “Turn that #@%&ing thing up!”

to get the TV at the desired volume.

Babette de Jongh, an animal communicator and romance author in Bay Minette, Alabama,

once knew a bird that routinely screamed, “Fire!” resulting in 911 calls.

“Birds can be loud,” says de Jongh. “They generally try to be louder than the ambient

noise in the room.”

Luther agrees, saying, “You can hear my bird yell from a city block away.”

Happy and Healthy

Talking birds are delightful. Some mimic

human language, others understand word

meanings and use them appropriately.

“Birds are as intelligent as a young child

and as emotionally temperamental as a

toddler,” says Mary Miller, who has raised

budgies and the small- to medium-sized

parrots known as conures at her home in

Buffalo and has worked with other birds

in rescue facilities.

Luther agrees that birds don’t just

mimic what they hear. “They understand

like a 2- to 3-year-old child. When we are

cooking dinner, she will ask, ‘For me?’ or,

‘Can I have some?’”

Kata May also articulates her fondness

for the pizza delivery person with, “I love

you!” Then, “Mmmmmm, thank you,” in

anticipation of a treat.

Even without words, birds are excellent

companions. “If raised correctly and interacted

with on a regular basis, birds can

be very affectionate. They are highly intelligent

and social animals, so they form

deep and lasting bonds with humans,”

says de Jongh.

Nutrition is key to a raising a bird.

Leslie Moran, a Reno-based holistic

animal nutrition and care consultant,

is working to end avian malnutrition

through the Healthy Bird Project, which

conducts nutritional research on exotic

species. Traditional grain and seed mixes

lack essential nutrients and contribute to

unbalanced protein intake for caged and

companion birds. Moran’s goal is to move


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the food industry toward the inclusion of

more wholesome choices. “Fresh fruits

and vegetables can be purchased at the

grocery store, but parrots need specific,

high-quality, tropical bird food, which

can be hard to find,” says Luther.

Keeping a tropical animal healthy also

requires bathing, temperature control,

clean air and water, exercise and mental

stimulation. Costs vary. Owning a small

parakeet could include the purchase

or adoption price ($12 to $65); cage

($30 and up); food; toys; and checkups

(typically less than $200 a year). A large

macaw might cost $500 to $5,000. Supplies,

food and vet care could top $2,000

the first year.

Don’t Shop, Adopt

Birds are available from breeders and

pet stores, but there are many needing

adoption. Sanctuaries struggle to care

for animals with such long lifespans and

complex needs, including diet, space,

intellectual stimulation and emotional

bonding. Lacking proper care, birds may

develop mental illness and pluck out

feathers or bite, but happy birds can be

snuggly, social and fun.

Rosemary Wellner, of Mountainside,

New Jersey, has owned parakeets, cockatiels

and lovebirds. Currently, she has two

parrots, the oldest is 24. “Many people do

not understand… but birds feel true attraction

for their companions—and who

doesn’t want to be loved?” she says.

Julie Peterson is a health and wellness writer.

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Women Transform Their Bodies from The Inside

Out – 5:30-7:30pm. This eight-week, holistic, live virtual

workshop seeks to bring you back into balance and

empowers you to reclaim your true, natural, feminine

beauty. From a place of compassion and acceptance,

you can change your relationship with your body, and

change your life—by going deep within, listening to

the wisdom of your body, and taking care of yourself.

You’ll learn to address your underlying needs and

meet the hunger that resides in your soul. Cost: $599.

Honor-Your-Body. See ad, page 8.


Beyond Soul Food: How Did We Get Here? –

12-2pm. As we experiment together with soul food

recipes, we’ll dig a little deeper to uncover the relationship

between this history and its connection to our

overall food system, culture, power, our health and

the impacts therein. Free. Online.

featured event

Your Open Channel

Workshop with Nea Clare

Developing and refining intuitive gifts

can be challenging, but even more so

when you are trying to do it on your

own. Beginning April 16, Nea Clare is

offering Your Open Channel, a fiveweek

intuition development workshop

for individuals who are already aware

of and have started to work with their

intuitive gifts and want to explore it

deeper. Each session will include guidance

shared by Clare, group practice,

other sharing and discussion.

April 11, 18, 25, May 2 and 16


See ad, page 3.


How to Meet a Fairy – 7-8:30pm. Are you being

called to heal and to reawaken your connection to

Mother Earth? Are you ready to make a conscious

connection with your earth guides and elementals?

in this three-week webinar, you will connect with

your personal earth guides, learn about your body

elemental and how you can work together for the

healing of your body, experience individual and

group healings to release karmic energy that created

separation, and more. $98. AnnetteRugolo.

com. See ad, page 17.


Harmonic Alignment Forum with the H.A.O.

– 6:30-8:30pm. 2021 is going to be a year of acclimating

to a new way of being. We have crossed

the threshold into the Aquarian Age and are now

attuning to the Harmonic consciousness (Divine

Feminine). The Harmonic Alignment Forum

is a monthly channeled lesson by The H.A.O.

(Harmonic Alignment in Oneness) as channeled

through Nea Clare. Participants will be invited to

join a guided meditation, receive sacred teachings

and join in the open Q &A. $44.

events. See ad, page 30.

featured event

Discover Your Highest


Sri Harold Klemp, the spiritual leader

of Eckankar, shares wisdom through

stories and spiritual insights that bring

meaning, connection and humor to the

workings of Spirit in everyday life.

Fridays at 7pm

Watch on Channel 6 or via

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save the dates


10th Anniversary Midwest Women’s Herbal

Conference: Healing the Earth, the People and the

Plants – May 7-9. Keynote speaker Rosemary Gladstar

and many other amazing herbalists and healers.

Enjoy a healing community and rich learning

environments as well as an artisan marketplace and

more. Early registration discount available until Apr

1. See ad, page 31.


Finding Strength in Difference: A Workshop for

Couples Who are More Different (aka Complementary)

than They Realize - 6:30-8:30pm. Utilizing

CliftonStrengths, couples will discover the

understanding, self-awareness and communication

skills they need to feel confident in their relationship

and to nurture their life together, rather than

degrade their relationship with resentments that

cause separation and pain. Cost: $129/couple before

April 23. $149 after April 24. ComposureCoaching.

com. See ad, page 30.

ongoing events

Please call or check the websites

to ensure the classes or events

are still scheduled for that week.


Free Online Classes – The University of Minnesota

is among the largest public research universities in

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professional students a multitude of opportunities

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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.


Weekly Guided & Silent Meditation – 11-11:30am.

Led by a Prayer Chaplain in the Meditation Room,

this meditation is the same one going on concurrently

at Unity Village. It alternates affirmative prayer

and silence. Donation based. Online. UnityOfThe /events-classes.


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. $12.


Free Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Join us for a free

weekly meditation. Online.


Gentle Yoga for Every Body – 10:30-noon. A welcoming

environment for students of all shapes and

sizes. $15. Online options.

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resource guide

Connecting you to the leaders

in natural health care and green

living in our community. To find

out how you can be included in the

Community Resource Guide, email to

request our media kit.



M. Cathcart, L.Ac.

5313 Lyndale Ave S. Minneapolis

Comprehensive holistic care for

active adults seeking to enjoy the

pain-free, energetic life they crave.

Services include acupuncture &

herbs, manual therapies, manual

lymph drainage, corrective exercise,

pelvic floor rehab and micro/

nano needling. “Because your

quality of life matters.”


Bhakti Wellness Center

7550 France Ave. S, Ste. 220, Edina • 612-859-7709

Dr. Yuan has practiced acupuncture

and Chinese medicine since

1993, and is a current faculty

member at American Academy

of Acupuncture and Oriental

Medicine. His expertise includes

cancer care, musculoskeletal

disorders, mental disorders, infertility,

digestive disorders and

eye disease such as macular degeneration. See ad,

page 2.




Barb Ryan, LMT • 612-922-2389

Bhakti Wellness Center

7550 France Avenue S, #220, Edina

Specializing in persistent and

chronic pain and mysteries of the

body. Also providing care to

clients seeking the experience of

deep relaxation and more selfconnection.

Skilled and compassionate

care. See ad, page 2.



Healthy Girls’ Breast Oil

Joyce Sobotta • 715-828-0117 text or call

Holistic breast health consults

with education on the lymphatic

breast self-massage for improved

circulation. Consultations

about pure essential oils for

emotional and physical health.

Custom blends created for you.

See ad, page 8.



Una Forde, DC • 952-922-1478

International Village Arcade Building

220 West 98th St, Suite 7, Bloomington

Quality chiropractic care. Experience

holistic healing and gentle

chiropractic adjustments that

allow the nervous system to relieve

such symptoms as headache,

back, neck pain and numbness

which allow your body to

return to a state of balance and

well-being. 25 years’ experience.



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life and help you align with the light of your soul.

You will receive tools of empowerment that will

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journey. See ad, page 17.


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Barbara Brodsho, MA

612-444-9751 •

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utilizing your soul’s Akashic

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Nea Clare •

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and access to personal

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Nea for a free consult. See ad,

page 30.



N7915-902 St

River Falls, WI • 715-426-7777

Whole Person Dentistry observes

and deals with the mind,

body and spirit, not just your

teeth. This approach to dentistry

encompasses both modern

science and knowledge

drawn from the world’s great

traditions in natural healing. See ad, page 21.


3434 Lexington Ave. N., Suite 700

Shoreview • 651-483-9800

We’re an integrative

practice committed to

promoting dental wellness

and overall assistance to

the whole person. We

desire to participate in the

creation of healthier lives,

while being sensitive to physical, philosophical,

emotional and financial concerns. See ad, page 11.

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Dr. Amy Ha Truong

6230 10th St. N., Ste 520, Oakdale

651-731-3064 •

Pure Dental offers integrative,

holistic, alternative and

biological dentistry for your

dental health. We take pride in

providing quality, holistic dental

care and service for our patients.

See ad, page 10.


1815 Suburban Ave, St. Paul


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 12.


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 19.



Master Hong

Certified Emotion Code Practitioner

11012 Cedar Lake Rd., Minnetonka

952-513-7285 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

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Master Dowser

Is the energy of your home depleting

you or supporting you?

If you feel like you are hitting

your head against a brick wall, it

may be the wall of dense energy

in your home. To more easily

expand into our light and our

soul purpose, it is important that

the spaces we live energetically

support us. Contact me for more

information on dowsing, environmental healing and

space clearing. See ad, page 17.



Joyce Sobotta • 715-828-0117

Education about pure essential

oils and the lymphatic system

available on my website. I offer

consultations and custom blends

that work synergistically for a

wide range of emotional and

health concerns. See ad, page 8.



Sara Shrode, Graphic Designer

612-554-6304 •

Ignite the possibilities of

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graphic design studio that takes the essence

of a campfire—warmth, stories, community—and

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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 8.




License #1102359 • 763-600-6967

8600 Northwood Parkway, New Hope

Providing a caring and supportive

home for adults, no

matter their abilities. With

28-plus years of experience,

we offer a nurturing and family-like

environment for up to

four residents who are elderly and/or have developmental

disabilities. Residents receive assistance

with personal cares, meal prep and feeding assistance,

medication administration, transfers and

mobility, transportation and advocacy. We treat your

loved one like family.



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

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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

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Deploy Health Family Practice/

Bhakti Wellness Center

7550 France Ave. S, Ste. 220, Edina • 612-712-4423

Dr. Engholm’s practice offers

unlimited office visits,

with most lasting over an

hour. He offers telehealth

and home visits at no additional

charge and his patients

can call 24/7, which reduces the need to utilize

after-hours urgent care or emergency room visits.

Memberships are $75/mo for adults, and $25/mo for

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