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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!
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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
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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.
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Rounding the Corner
Podcast Launches on
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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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,”
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 Parker.edu.
Sheila Julson is a regular contributor to
Natural Awakenings magazine.
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Drink Beet Juice to Lower
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
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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
for more than a year. Women that are pregnant
or planning to become pregnant should
take a daily prenatal vitamin and mineral
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Nations Band Together to
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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.
Deforestation Alert System
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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
and other groups
had to use reports
from volunteers or
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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.
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
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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
(PlantYourChange.com), 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) (ArborDay.org)
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
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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
AND OUR HEALTH
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,”
“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-
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.”
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
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
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
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 SandraYeyati@gmail.com.
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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
Chronic pain causes psycho-emotional
issues for an individual such as
depression and anxiety. It may interfere
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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
manual therapist, corrective
exercise specialist and pelvic
floor specialist working out
of South Minneapolis. For
more information, call 612-735-9993 or visit
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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
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 ewg.org; 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: ConsumerReports.com 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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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 Amazon.com.
“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 TheVeganInsider.com,
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 OHaraRonica@gmail.com.
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 cdc.gov. AudubonPortland.org
offers tips on living with a variety of urban wildlife.
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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.
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.
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,
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
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
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
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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.
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.
Reach out at JuliePeterson2222@gmail.com.
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WEDNESDAYS, MARCH 31–MAY 19
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.
SATURDAY, APRIL 10
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. MSMarket.coop.
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.
THURSDAYS, APRIL 15-29
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.
SATURDAY, APRIL 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. NeaClare.com/
events. See ad, page 30.
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 MCN6.org
For more information, visit Eckankar.org,
TempleofECK.org or Facebook.com/
Eckankar. See ad, page 3.
save the dates
FRIDAY, MAY 7
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. MidwestWomensHerbal.com. See ad, page 31.
THURSDAYS, MAY 20, 27, JUNE 3
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.
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
the country, offering undergraduate, graduate and
professional students a multitude of opportunities
for study and research. ClassCentral.com/
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
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. FreeMeditation.com.
Gentle Yoga for Every Body – 10:30-noon. A welcoming
environment for students of all shapes and
sizes. $15. Online options. RiverGardenYoga.com.
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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
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DYNAMIC FUNCTIONAL HEALING
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.”
ZUOBIAO (ROY) YUAN, LIC. AC,
Bhakti Wellness Center
7550 France Ave. S, Ste. 220, Edina
Roy@BhaktiClinic.com • 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,
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE &
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.
AROMATHERAPY NATURE’S WAY
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
about pure essential oils for
emotional and physical health.
Custom blends created for you.
See ad, page 8.
GOLDEN SUN CHIROPRACTIC
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.
Soul Coach, Author
We are in a time of fast evolution
and we have the opportunity to
release deeply held emotional
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karmic lifetimes that are keeping us stuck. The tools
I have acquired and honed for more than 20 years
will help you move beyond the stuck places in your
life and help you align with the light of your soul.
You will receive tools of empowerment that will
help you continue on your life’s path and soul’s
journey. See ad, page 17.
Candi Broeffle, MBA, CPC
Master your business so you can
practice your passion. Business
coaching for purpose-driven entrepreneurs
to clarify your vision,
build your confidence and create
a soul-centered strategy. Call today
for a free Discovery Session
and get on your path to business
success. See ad, page 30.
SOUL PURPOSE COACH
& HOLISTIC HEALER
Barbara Brodsho, MA
612-444-9751 • BarbaraBrodsho.com
Providing spiritual guidance to
help live your purpose and thrive
utilizing your soul’s Akashic
Record. Discover your soul’s
innate gifts, create a vocation that
aligns with your soul’s passion,
and gain new perspective, clarity
and insight about your life’s
challenges by understanding the
lessons your soul chose to experience. Schedule a free
discovery session to learn how to create a purposefilled
life. See ad, page 8.
SPIRITUAL ALIGNMENT ACTIVATOR
NeaClare.com • Nea@NeaClare.com
You are a Divine Being! Are you
longing for clarity, spiritual connection
and access to personal
wisdom? Let’s talk. Book your
session today and save 25%,
using code: IAMWISE. Email
Nea for a free consult. See ad,
HEALTH CENTERED DENTISTRY
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.
NATURAL SMILES DENTAL CARE
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 • PureDentalMN.com
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.
SEDATION AND IMPLANT DENTISTRY
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.
TOOTH BY THE LAKE
1401 Main St, Hopkins
952-475-1101 • ToothByTheLake.net
We build a foundation of trust
by treating our patients as
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.
EMOTION CODE HEALING
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
session only $35.
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.
AROMATHERAPY NATURE’S WAY
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 • CampfireStudio.net
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
Mastels.com • 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.
HOUSING - SUPPORTIVE
ADULT FOSTER CARE
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.
BHAKTI WELLNESS CENTER
7550 France Ave. S., #220, Edina
612-859-7709 • BhaktiClinic.com
Bhakti provides a holistic
environment where independent
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 2.
Active Isolated Stretching (AIS)
International Village Arcade Building
220 West 98th St, Ste. 7, Bloomington
HealingTaj.com • 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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DR. ISAAC M. ENGHOLM
Deploy Health Family Practice/
Bhakti Wellness Center
7550 France Ave. S, Ste. 220, Edina
DeployHealthFP.com • 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
children (added to adult member). See ad, page 2.
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7550 France Ave. S. Suite 220, Edina
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As a Licensed Psychologist,
Fran provides holistic, traumainformed
therapy to help clients
identify areas of potential
growth, obstacles to growth,
and processes that facilitate
healing and transcendence. She
also provides QEEG (brain
mapping) and neurofeedback
services that facilitate increased brain efficiency.
See ad, page 2.
Let's Talk Natural Wellness
In-depth interviews with natural health
professionals who share the latest
information for you to lead a
healthier, happier life.
Sundays from 10-11 am
Podcasts available at AM950Radio.com
AM950 THE PROGRESSIVE VOICE
The only Progressive Talk Radio
station in Minnesota. We strive to
provide the best progressive
programming available and
feature national talkers Thom
Hartmann, Stephanie Miller, Mike
Crute and Brad Friedman. We are
also dedicated to local programming that creates a
community forum for important Minnesota Progressive
issues. See ad, page 32.
SKINCARE - NATURAL
SILK ROAD WELLNESS
Annie Qaiser and Sameen Khan
Silk Road Wellness is the
first fully halal-certified
wellness brand in USA. A
bold fusion of East and
West, the distinctive skincare
and wellness line is a
unique combination of
traditional healing systems, prophetic traditions and
contemporary natural beauty standards. All products
are free of artificial coloring, preservatives and fillers
and are packaged in eco-friendly and reusable
packaging. See ad, page 19.
ECKANKAR TEMPLE OF ECK
7450 Powers Blvd., Chanhassen
952-380-2200 • Eckankar.org
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 3.
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CELEBRATING 27 years in THE business of