Natural Awakenings Twin Cities June 2021

Read the June 2021 edition of Natural Awakenings Twin Cities Magazine. This month is the annual Men's Wellness Issue, where we feature articles on integrative health for men, vegan road tripping, gardening for fitness, inherited trauma & more. Be sure to check out our local content including News Briefs announcements, Community Resource Guide with providers throughout the metro who can meet your individual wellness needs, and all the happenings in the Calendar of Events. There is additional online-only content which can be found at NATwinCities.com. While you are there, be sure to sign up for our Newsletter and Digital Magazine and continue your reading with our archived articles from local experts.

Read the June 2021 edition of Natural Awakenings Twin Cities Magazine. This month is the annual Men's Wellness Issue, where we feature articles on integrative health for men, vegan road tripping, gardening for fitness, inherited trauma & more.

Be sure to check out our local content including News Briefs announcements, Community Resource Guide with providers throughout the metro who can meet your individual wellness needs, and all the happenings in the Calendar of Events. There is additional online-only content which can be found at NATwinCities.com.

While you are there, be sure to sign up for our Newsletter and Digital Magazine and continue your reading with our archived articles from local experts.


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Men’s Wellness<br />



<strong>Natural</strong> Approaches for Robust Vitality<br />


Backyard Workouts<br />

Good for Mind and Body<br />

EATING<br />

VEGAN<br />

o n t h e r o a d<br />


Through Prayer<br />

and Meditation<br />

<strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong> | <strong>Twin</strong> <strong>Cities</strong> Edition | NAtwincities.com





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Sacred Sound<br />

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This Father’s Day, our family has another father to celebrate—<br />

our son, Xander, whose first child, Frances, turns eight<br />

months old soon. Xander himself was blessed with two men<br />

in his life who taught him what it is to be a father.<br />

The first was his grandfather, my stepdad, who raised me from<br />

the age of 2. He was a divorced father who had custody of all six of<br />

his own children and determined that one more in the brood could<br />

not possibly add too much trouble. He was always loving and patient, Candi Broeffle<br />

seldom raising his voice and always ready with an “I love you” and<br />

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When I announced at age 18 that I would soon be a single mother, there was no<br />

judgement. He assured me everything would be fine and that having this baby was going<br />

to be the best thing in the world. Once again, he was right. Xander was Grandpa’s buddy<br />

and there was no one in the world who put more of a glimmer in his eye. He attended every<br />

baseball and basketball game, every band and choir concert and every play he was in.<br />

When Xander was just 1-year-old, I met my husband, Michael, who quickly became<br />

his dad. Michael witnessed his first steps, proudly showing me what he taught Xander<br />

when I got home from work. He held him all night when he was ill, taught him how to<br />

have a loving marriage and showed him that real men cook, clean and do laundry.<br />

One of my happiest moments was when our son told us that he wanted a marriage<br />

like ours—one of deep love, mutual respect, an equitable partnership and a friendship<br />

that continues to grow throughout the years. This is not to say that he did not witness<br />

arguments—he certainly did. But he also learned that disagreements are normal, that<br />

discussion and apologies are a part of the process. These two men taught him how to be<br />

both strong and vulnerable.<br />

So, to all the people who step up and step into a father role—we celebrate you this<br />

Father’s Day and thank you for doing your best to raise the next generation of leaders,<br />

employees, spouses and parents. Your loving impact is much greater than you realize.<br />

In honor of fathers, fatherhood and the divine male within all creation,<br />

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<strong>Natural</strong> Approaches for Robust Vitality<br />

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Travel Tips for Plant-Based Eaters<br />



Backyard Workouts Good<br />

for Mind and Body<br />

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6 news briefs<br />

8 health briefs<br />

10 global briefs<br />

12 diverse<br />

conversations<br />

15 eco tip<br />

20 conscious eating<br />

22 fit body<br />

26 calendar<br />

26 classified<br />

28 resource guide<br />

<strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


Silver Fillings:<br />

Just ugly?<br />

Or harmful too?<br />

This is a picture<br />

of a “Silver”<br />

or “Amalgam”<br />

filling. It is 50 -<br />

52% MERCURY!<br />

If the mercury in<br />

this filling were spilled in a school,<br />

it would be evacuated....<br />

This is a picture<br />

of a “light cured”<br />

composite filling.<br />

They can last as<br />

long or longer<br />

than mercury<br />

fillings with no danger of releasing<br />

harmful heavy metals.<br />

As noted on Dr. Mercola,<br />

Dr. Oz, and 60 Minutes...<br />

Mercury fillings may have a<br />

significant negative impact on your<br />

overall health.<br />

Make <strong>2021</strong> 2017 YOUR year<br />

for healthy choices!<br />

Dr. Madelyn Pearson is the<br />

current president of the<br />

Holistic Dental Association and<br />

has advanced training in safe<br />

mercury removal.<br />

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more info: (651) 483-9800<br />

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news briefs<br />

It’s Time to Order<br />

Your Kwee-Jack<br />

Salmon Shares<br />

<strong>Twin</strong> <strong>Cities</strong> residents can now enjoy wild<br />

Alaskan salmon, thanks to Kwee-Jack<br />

Fish Company. The ordering season for<br />

sustainably harvested wild Alaskan salmon<br />

is underway through August as the company<br />

prepares for the summer fishing season in Bristol Bay, Alaska.<br />

Bristol Bay boasts the largest sockeye (red) salmon run in the world, averaging over 30<br />

million salmon each year for the last few decades. The fishery is vigilantly managed by the<br />

Alaska Department of Fish and Game, who oversee strict regulations for the commercial<br />

harvest of salmon resources. Marine biologists conduct studies each year to predict the<br />

return of salmon in subsequent years.<br />

Sound scientific management combined with the pristine environment of Bristol Bay all<br />

contribute to making wild Alaskan salmon not only one of the healthiest sources of protein<br />

on the planet, but also a truly well-managed resource sustainable for generations to come.<br />

“From a small skiff near the mouth of the Kvichak River in <strong>June</strong> and July, our small crew<br />

of set-net fishermen will hand-pick sockeye from the net to be rapidly chilled, professionally<br />

fileted and deep-frozen at the peak of freshness,” shares Noah Locke, community supported<br />

fishery director. “Each vivid red filet is sushi-grade, with bones removed and skin on one side,<br />

and offers amazing flavor and versatility for a variety of quick and nutritious meals.”<br />

Participate in the community supported fishery (CSF) by ordering 20-pound shares<br />

or 10-pound half-shares of sockeye salmon online at EatWildSalmon.com/msp. The <strong>Twin</strong><br />

<strong>Cities</strong> pick-up event is scheduled for the weekend of September 25 to 26; exact location is<br />

yet to be determined.<br />

Cost: $159.99 for 10-lb. half-shares; $305 for 20-lb. shares. For more information, call 608-<br />

235-1443 or email Noah@EatWildSalmon.com. See ad, page 3.<br />

Get in on the Fun with NATC’s<br />

Father’s Day Giveaway<br />

<strong>Natural</strong> <strong>Awakenings</strong> <strong>Twin</strong> <strong>Cities</strong> (NATC) offers the<br />

chance to win a $100 gift certificate from Home<br />

Depot for that special dad in your life. The giveaway<br />

will take place <strong>June</strong> 1 to 14, is free to enter and open to<br />

all U.S. residents over the age of 18.<br />

“Father’s Day is a time to show your dad just how<br />

much he means to you,” shares Candi Broeffle, publisher<br />

of NATC. “What better way to honor your special person than to win a gift they<br />

will surely enjoy!”<br />

Readers can join in on the fun by following NATC on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter,<br />

or enter directly by visiting NA<strong>Twin</strong><strong>Cities</strong>.com. To view the complete rules and regulations<br />

for the “Father’s Day Giveaway,” visit NA<strong>Twin</strong><strong>Cities</strong>.com/pages/sweepstake-and-contest-rules.<br />

The winner of the Mother’s Day Giveaway in May is Aaron Burrell. Upon reaching out<br />

to let him know he won, it was learned that he is the owner and president of Aaron’s Green<br />

Cleaning Service, Inc. and Aaron’s Green Essentials. NATC is excited to share this resource,<br />

since Burrell uses 100 percent organic, essential oil-based cleaners for his residential and<br />

commercial cleaning clients. He also sells the green products online and in several locations<br />

throughout the <strong>Twin</strong> <strong>Cities</strong> area.<br />

To learn more, visit AaronsGreenCleaning.com.<br />

Courtesy of Kwee-Jack Fish Company<br />

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Bring Healing to a<br />

Healthcare Worker<br />

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its<br />

toll on our nation’s healthcare workers.<br />

Many suffer from exhaustion, stress,<br />

burnout and the trauma of caring for so<br />

many ill and dying patients. Though we<br />

have good news about vaccinations and<br />

a leveling off of new cases, our healthcare<br />

givers still have a lot of work ahead of them. We are not at the finish line yet.<br />

Master health and inner wellness coach, Debbie Mechley, saw the need and was determined<br />

to find a way to bring support and healing to these heroes. Having spent years as an obstetrics<br />

and gynecology nurse as well as a spiritual advisor for a local hospice agency, she understands<br />

the unique needs of those in the healthcare fields.<br />

“Whether it’s a doctor, nurse, radiologist or housekeeper, each healthcare worker has<br />

been stretched to their limits,” explains Mechley. “Not only are they working long hours<br />

under extremely stressful situations, but most have also needed to support children doing<br />

online learning and spouses working from home.”<br />

After several months of concerted effort, Mechley created The Healthcare Renew Program,<br />

a 12-week, on-demand, online coaching program that includes self-awareness tools,<br />

breathing practices, meditations and other helpful techniques. Determined to provide daily<br />

support to those in the program, she also developed daily Quick Renew videos to provide<br />

accountability and help nurses, doctors, caregivers and support staff to heal and renew<br />

from the effects of this crisis.<br />

Understanding that many people want to support our healthcare workers, Mechley created<br />

a gifting program. “Now, you can gift the program to a friend, family member, in memory or<br />

honor of someone or even a stranger,” shares Mechley. “To ensure that we leave no healthcare<br />

worker uncared for, Healthcare Renew will donate a program for every program purchased.”<br />

Cost: $99 (includes one regular and one gift registration). To learn more and to make<br />

purchases, visit HealthcareRenew.com.<br />

Toastmasters Virtual<br />

Open House on <strong>June</strong> 9<br />

North Side Toastmasters will host a<br />

Virtual Open House, from 7:30 to 8:30<br />

a.m., on <strong>June</strong> 9. This free event is open to<br />

the public.<br />

Toastmasters helps its members improve<br />

their communication and leadership<br />

skills by offering opportunities to speak,<br />

listen, evaluate and lead. Members grow at<br />

their own pace and are encouraged by their<br />

club mentor and other members who were all new to this at some point.<br />

The club has been meeting virtually on Zoom since the spring of 2020, and plans to<br />

return to in-person meetings sometime this summer. They are working to create hybrid<br />

meetings where people can attend virtually or in-person at the same meeting.<br />

North Side Toastmasters meets every Wednesday morning from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.<br />

on Zoom. There are clubs that meet at different times and on different days of the week.<br />

Guests may attend Toastmasters meetings at no charge.<br />

Many large corporations offer Toastmasters meetings. Some are limited to company<br />

employees while others are open to all. To search for a club near you, visit Toastmasters.org.<br />

To find out more information and to receive the Zoom link and meeting information, visit<br />

NorthSideMN.ToastmastersClubs.org.<br />

New Publishers to Lead<br />

The Edge Magazine<br />

Lifelong <strong>Twin</strong> <strong>Cities</strong><br />

residents, Kelly and<br />

Steve Wagner have<br />

purchased The Edge<br />

magazine and will<br />

return the publication<br />

to digital and print for<br />

this Summer.<br />

The couple<br />

brings more than 25<br />

years of experience<br />

Steve and Kelly<br />

Wagner<br />

to The Edge in sales, marketing, business<br />

advising, graphic design and web design.<br />

They have worked in companies of all<br />

sizes, from startups to private equity firms<br />

and Fortune 100 firms. They are among<br />

13 founding members of the Community<br />

for Higher Consciousness, a site designed<br />

to bring mind, body and spirit-oriented<br />

practitioners together on a central platform<br />

to share their services, products and visions.<br />

Through the years, the Wagners have<br />

utilized a variety of metaphysical practices<br />

to improve their lives, including reiki, feng<br />

shui, guided imagery, ancestral and other<br />

lifetime clearings, and hypnotherapy.<br />

Former publishers of The Edge, Tim<br />

Miejan and Cathy Jacobsen, announced<br />

last fall that they were retiring and hoped<br />

new owners would bring a renewed vigor<br />

to the publication.<br />

For almost 30 years, The Edge has been<br />

a trusted source at the forefront of a vibrant<br />

holistic health and metaphysical community<br />

in the <strong>Twin</strong> <strong>Cities</strong> and Upper Midwest.<br />

“This will not change,” Kelly explains. “We<br />

intend to go back into print this summer.<br />

We will complement and expand the current<br />

offerings to our community with podcasts,<br />

social media, digital marketing, community<br />

memberships, engaging events and retreats.<br />

We will also expand our resources and<br />

reach by tapping into a larger community<br />

of like-minded people. The pivot due to the<br />

pandemic has created the ability to connect<br />

with our like-minded neighbors who live<br />

down the street or thousands of miles away.”<br />

Steve is an intuitive designer and illustrator<br />

with more than 20 years of graphic<br />

arts, web design and multimedia experience.<br />

Kelly is a mystic, a curious seeker<br />

and a master connector, and will spearhead<br />

sales and marketing, social media<br />

and other business operations.<br />

For more information, visit EdgeMagazine.net.<br />

<strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

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Courtesy of The Edge

health briefs<br />

Nix Sweeteners to Avoid<br />

Spreading Antibiotic Resistance<br />

Four widely used artificial sweeteners—saccharine, sucralose, aspartame<br />

and acesulfame potassium—promote the transfer of antibiotic resistance<br />

genes in both environmental and clinical settings, report researchers at the<br />

University of Queensland, Australia, in The ISME Journal. They found that<br />

these four nonnutritive sweeteners promote horizontal transfer of the genes<br />

between bacteria, furthering the spread of antibiotic-resistant genes in the<br />

intestine. The researchers say the findings provide insight into the<br />

spread of antimicrobial resistance and point to a potential risk associated<br />

with ingesting the artificial sweeteners.<br />

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Cultivate Satisfaction to be<br />

Healthier and Happier<br />

Older people with high levels of life satisfaction—a favorable<br />

attitude toward life—have healthier habits, less depression<br />

and pain, better sleep and a longer life, reports researchers from<br />

the University of British Columbia. They studied nearly 13,000<br />

U.S. adults older than 50 for four years and found that higher life<br />

satisfaction was linked to 26 percent reduced mortality and a 46<br />

percent lower depression rate. People that felt good about their<br />

lives had fewer chronic conditions and pain, exercised more often, were both more optimistic<br />

and likely to be living with a partner and experienced less hopelessness and loneliness. However,<br />

such positive feelings were not associated with fewer health conditions such as diabetes,<br />

heart disease, arthritis or obesity; were not marked by less alcoholic binging or smoking;<br />

and were not affected by frequency of contact with children, family and friends.<br />

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Eat Five Veggies and Fruits<br />

Daily to Live Longer<br />

People that struggle to eat the often-recommended nine<br />

servings of fruit and vegetables each day can relax: The<br />

latest research from Harvard, based on 26 studies of 2<br />

million people from 29 countries, found that two and<br />

three daily servings of fruit and vegetables, respectively,<br />

were linked to the most longevity. Compared to only<br />

two servings of produce per day, five servings lowered<br />

the risk of death overall by 13 percent, cardiovascular<br />

disease by 12 percent, cancer by 10 percent<br />

and respiratory disease by 35 percent. Green, leafy<br />

vegetables, including spinach, lettuce and kale, and<br />

fruit and vegetables rich in beta carotene and vitamin C, such<br />

as citrus fruits, berries and carrots, showed benefits.Starchy<br />

vegetables, like peas and corn, fruit juices and potatoes, did not<br />

appear to reduce the risk of death.<br />

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Improve Sleep<br />

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Weighted blankets that provide a<br />

cozy, swaddled feeling have been<br />

big sellers during the trying days<br />

of the pandemic, and a new study<br />

verifies that they do provide mental<br />

health benefits. Researchers from<br />

Sweden’s Karolinska University<br />

tested 120 patients with depression,<br />

bipolar disorder, anxiety<br />

disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity<br />

disorder for four weeks.<br />

They found that a weighted blanked<br />

led to better sleep and reduced fatigue,<br />

depression and anxiety, and<br />

increased levels of daytime activity.<br />

Weighted blankets are comforters<br />

with tiny pellets or metal chains<br />

woven throughout so that weight<br />

is distributed across the body;<br />

researchers recommend using a<br />

blanket that is about 10 percent of<br />

a person’s body weight.<br />

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global briefs<br />

Gale Force<br />

Offshore Wind Power Gaining Momentum<br />

An 800-megawatt<br />

project,<br />

Vineyard Wind,<br />

off the coast of<br />

Martha’s Vineyard,<br />

is awaiting<br />

final approval by<br />

the Army Corps of<br />

Engineers. Laura<br />

Daniel Davis,<br />

principal deputy<br />

assistant secretary<br />

of land and<br />

minerals at the<br />

U.S. Department of the Interior, says, “The demand for<br />

offshore wind energy has never been greater. The technological<br />

advances, falling costs, increased interest and<br />

the tremendous economic potential make offshore wind a<br />

really promising avenue.” Some two dozen offshore wind<br />

projects are in development along the East Coast.<br />

According to the International Energy Agency, wind<br />

could provide more than 18 times the world’s present<br />

electricity demand and is well-suited to serve heavily<br />

populated areas. For instance, almost 40 percent of<br />

Americans live near the coasts. Offshore wind power<br />

could assist in relieving the dependence on carbon-based<br />

sources of electricity and relieve congestion on the grid<br />

for Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Houston and<br />

Seattle. Offshore turbines are in open waters where wind<br />

is strong and abundant. As the technology has matured,<br />

the turbines have gotten bigger and further out to sea.<br />

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Blockage Busters<br />

World’s Largest Dam Removal Project Underway<br />

An agreement finalized in November 2020 between<br />

farmers, tribes<br />

and dam owners<br />

will result in the<br />

deconstruction<br />

of four aging,<br />

inefficient dams<br />

along the Klamath<br />

River in the<br />

Pacific Northwest<br />

to restore salmon<br />

runs that have<br />

been in decline. The Karuk and Yurok tribes have relied<br />

on the salmon for both sustenance and spiritual wellbeing<br />

throughout their history. The project also signals a<br />

decline in the hydropower industry, which does not seem<br />

as profitable as predicted with the emergence of more<br />

cost-effective and sustainable energy sources such as<br />

wind and solar.<br />

The World Commission on Dams released a report in<br />

November 2000 on the enormous financial, environmental<br />

and human costs and poor performance of large dams.<br />

The commission analyzed dozens of case studies and<br />

more than 1,000 testimonies regarding the outcome of<br />

trillions of dollars invested in dams. After decades of rapid<br />

construction, only 37 percent of the world’s rivers remain<br />

free-flowing. River fragmentation has heavily damaged<br />

freshwater habitats and fish stocks, threatening food security<br />

for millions of people and advancing the decline of<br />

other mammals, birds and reptiles.<br />

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Burn Notice<br />

Sunscreens Harm Hawaiian Reefs<br />

Bill 132, banning sunscreens<br />

containing the chemicals<br />

avobenzone or octocrylene,<br />

has progressed through<br />

the Hawaiian House and<br />

Senate. If it passes, the bill<br />

will go into effect January<br />

1, 2023, to prohibit the<br />

sale or distribution of any<br />

sunscreen containing the<br />

targeted chemicals unless<br />

the buyer has a valid prescription. The outlawed chemicals<br />

can make corals more susceptible to viral infections and<br />

bleaching. Octocrylene can disrupt human hormones and<br />

harm marine animals. Avobenzone is an endocrine disruptor<br />

and can make coral less resilient to high temperatures.<br />

Maxx Phillips, Hawaii director and staff attorney at the<br />

Center for Biological Diversity, says, “This is great news for<br />

our imperiled coral reefs and marine life. People can protect<br />

their skin without harmful petrochemicals while Hawaii protects<br />

public and environmental health.” For those needing to<br />

protect themselves from the sun without harming ocean life,<br />

scientists and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration<br />

recommend products containing non-nanoized<br />

titanium dioxide and non-nanoized zinc oxide.<br />

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Calendar Conundrum<br />

Summer Season Projected to Last Longer<br />

A new study by scientists at the<br />

State Key Laboratory of Tropical<br />

Oceanography, in China, and<br />

published in the journal Geophysical<br />

Research Letters, predicts that if<br />

emissions of greenhouse gases go<br />

unchecked, summers in the Northern<br />

Hemisphere could last nearly<br />

six months by 2100. The impacts<br />

will be felt on human health, agriculture<br />

and ecology, such as the<br />

timing of animal feeding, breeding<br />

and migration, as well as promoting more heat waves,<br />

droughts and wildfires.<br />

The research analyzed six decades of historical daily<br />

climate records and employed climate models to project<br />

future trends. Summer was defined as the onset of temperatures<br />

in the hottest 25 percent of the year and winter<br />

as temperatures in the coldest 25 percent. The number of<br />

summer days in the Northern Hemisphere increased from<br />

78 to 95 between 1952 and 2011.<br />

Avian<br />

Assistants<br />

Wild Birds Trained to<br />

Pick Up Litter<br />

Crows, capable of complex<br />

thought and skilled problem<br />

solvers, can also make and use tools. Now, several projects<br />

aim to enlist crows and other wild creatures as volunteers<br />

to keep the environment tidy. A Dutch company, Crowded<br />

<strong>Cities</strong>, has a device called the CrowBar (Tinyurl.com/Crow<br />

BarInvention) that trains birds to collect discarded cigarette<br />

butts in exchange for food, creating a low-cost solution to a<br />

problem that is labor-intensive for humans.<br />

The machine presents a piece of food next to a cigarette<br />

butt on a platform, training the crow to expect food<br />

there. Then it starts dispensing the food only after the<br />

crow arrives, teaching the crow how the machine operates.<br />

Next, it presents only the cigarette butt, with no food. The<br />

crow starts looking around for the food and accidentally<br />

knocks the butt in, which releases a treat. The last step is<br />

to scatter a few cigarette butts on the ground around the<br />

CrowBar. When the training is complete, the crow will start<br />

collecting butts from the surrounding area and bringing<br />

them to the machine for a reward.<br />

Leftover Love<br />

Olio App Prevents Food Waste<br />

Uneaten food often ends up<br />

in the trash, but Olio, an app<br />

created in 2015 by English<br />

entrepreneurs Tessa Clarke and<br />

Saasha Celestial-One, allows<br />

people with extra food to post<br />

a picture online. Anyone that<br />

wants the food can respond<br />

and pick it up as a gift. There is<br />

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no money exchanged, and no<br />

swapping or bartering. Almost<br />

3.5 million people use Olio in 50 countries. The app claims<br />

to have prevented “3,775 tonnes of CO2 emissions from<br />

entering the atmosphere and eliminating 12,171,045 car<br />

miles from the road.”<br />

Nonprofit Project Drawdown notes, “Almost 1.4 billion<br />

hectares of land; close to 30 percent of the world’s agricultural<br />

land, is dedicated to producing food that is never<br />

eaten; and the carbon footprint of food wastage makes it<br />

the third emitter of CO2 after the U.S. and China, according<br />

to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Reducing<br />

food waste is one of the most effective ways of tackling<br />

the global climate crisis.”<br />

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diverse conversations<br />

This section is dedicated to educate and celebrate the efforts of<br />

those focused on building equity within our community. It is a place<br />

to share ideas, encourage conversations and learn how to be an<br />

active participant in creating sustainable change.<br />

Inherited Trauma:<br />

Is It Real?<br />

Clues to Post Traumatic<br />

Slave Syndrome<br />

by Noah Chen<br />

When he took a look at the world’s collection of religions, Swiss psychiatrist<br />

and founder of analytical psychology Carl Jung was amazed by the number<br />

of similarities and connections that could be drawn between unconnected<br />

cultures around the world. Jung sensed that there might be some force connecting humanity<br />

with the experiences of our collective ancestors. He named this force the “collective<br />

unconscious” and theorized that it was a bundle of images, emotions and memories of our<br />

ancestors’ experiences and that it could be useful in helping the current generation.<br />

It is clear that our ancestors are important insofar as they supply our unique genetic<br />

code—except for identical twins whose code is not technically unique. Our genes are made<br />

up of DNA, half of which is supplied by the mother and half by the father, which shapes a<br />

good deal of our growth and development. It was originally thought that our genes and experiences<br />

did not interact—and, in turn, that how our ancestors chose to live or what they<br />

experienced would not impact our genetic inheritance.<br />

However, recent discoveries in psychology and biology have uncovered a reality closer<br />

to Jung’s theories than many thought possible. Through the study of epigenetics, science is<br />

starting to recognize that it is not only possible that the broad tendencies of our ancestors<br />

shape our current psychology, but that traumas and specific sensitivities of an individual<br />

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can be passed down through numerous<br />

generations. While the possibility of being<br />

closer to our ancestors is exciting for many,<br />

it does put one segment of America’s population<br />

in a complicated position.<br />

Post Traumatic<br />

Slave Syndrome<br />

The truth is that the familial past of many<br />

African Americans contains pain, trauma<br />

and heartbreak as a result of living in a racist<br />

environment. If the experiences of our ancestors<br />

can influence and shape our modern<br />

lives, then what does it mean for those whose<br />

families were forced to survive slavery, Jim<br />

Crow and our current American culture?<br />

Author Dr. Joy DeGruy has spent years<br />

researching and writing about this very<br />

subject. In her seminal book, Post Traumatic<br />

Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of<br />

Enduring Injury & Healing, DeGruy draws<br />

a line of causation from the hostilities that<br />

white people enacted on their Black slaves<br />

to behaviors present in the Black community<br />

today that, DeGruy argues, have<br />

been passed down through the generations,<br />

sometimes intentionally to help the next<br />

generation survive, but sometimes in ways<br />

that are unintentional.<br />

“Social learning theory posits that we<br />

learn from the people in our environment,<br />

not just in terms of what they are literally<br />

teaching us, but by what is being modeled,”<br />

says DeGruy. For Black Americans,<br />

according to DeGruy, this means that the<br />

learned and modeled behaviors typically<br />

have to do with surviving an “incredibly<br />

hostile environment.” It is these behaviors<br />

DeGruy points to as the effects of post<br />

traumatic slave syndrome.<br />

While researching the book, DeGruy<br />

learned that not only were traumatic<br />

behaviors being passed down but so were<br />

genes that had been altered by that same<br />

trauma. “I started to study a little more<br />

about epigenetics,” DeGruy explains,<br />

referencing the recently emerging area of<br />

science that studies how interactions with<br />

our environment impact the expression of<br />

our genes. If someone is placed in a stressful<br />

environment for an extended period<br />

of time, for example, epigenetics predicts<br />

there will be some changes in that individual’s<br />

genetic expression.

DeGruy became especially interested<br />

in epigenetics because the changes to<br />

genetic expression can be passed down<br />

from generation to generation. She realized<br />

this meant that the trauma of slavery might<br />

still be encoded in the genes of many Black<br />

Americans today.<br />

DeGruy recounts an experiment by Dr.<br />

Lei Cao-Lei and associates at the Douglas<br />

Mental Health University Institute and<br />

McGill University. They found that children<br />

of pregnant survivors of a 1998 snowstorm<br />

had a genetic tendency towards obesity—<br />

which may be attributed to that one specific<br />

traumatic experience their mothers had undergone.<br />

“These children weren’t there, and<br />

yet they are exhibiting different biological<br />

responses,” says DeGruy. “I had this moment<br />

where I was like, ‘Wow! What did hundreds<br />

of years of slavery do?’”<br />

In their paper “Cultural Trauma and Epigenetic<br />

Inheritance,” Amy Lehrner and Rachel<br />

Yehuda summarize several other discoveries in<br />

the world of epigenetics and outline the genetic<br />

changes for which environmental interactions<br />

can be responsible. They note that a good deal<br />

of epigenetic research that focuses on inherited<br />

trauma looks at the hypothalamic-pituitaryadrenal<br />

(HPA) axis. This is our internal system<br />

that helps us respond to stress by releasing<br />

chemicals that assist the fight-or-flight<br />

response. The HPA axis is deactivated after<br />

the stressful element has been eliminated or<br />

evaded. It does so by releasing glucocorticoids<br />

and cortisol, compounds that help return the<br />

body to its non-threatened state.<br />

A common way that epigenetic change<br />

manifests is through the mechanism of methylation,<br />

which occurs when a methyl group<br />

molecule (CH 3<br />

) gets attached to DNA, modifying<br />

its function and how it is expressed.<br />

Dr. Kerry Ressler, a Harvard professor and<br />

epigenetic researcher, explains, “Adding that<br />

methyl group on the DNA causes other proteins<br />

to bind to the DNA in different ways and<br />

to read our genes in different ways.”<br />

Studies that looked at the offspring<br />

of women who survived either intimate<br />

partner violence, warzone stress or the<br />

Rwandan genocide found that their HPA<br />

axis had been born methylated; they had<br />

inherited it from their mothers as a result of<br />

severe stress. The effect of the methylation<br />

is that both the mothers and offspring were<br />

These children weren’t<br />

there, and yet they are<br />

exhibiting different<br />

biological responses,<br />

more sensitive to stress and more likely to<br />

develop mental health disorders as a result<br />

of exposure to stress.<br />

Stress Passed through<br />

the Generations<br />

Ressler, working with Dr. Brian Dias, discovered<br />

that stress caused by an individual<br />

stimulus could be passed onto offspring as<br />

well. In their groundbreaking study, mice<br />

were taught to associate painful shocks with<br />

a powerful odor. Soon, the mice demonstrated<br />

a stress reaction to the smell alone, even<br />

when not being shocked. Dias and Ressler<br />

observed that their offspring also exhibited<br />

a similar stress reaction to the smell their<br />

parents grew to fear without ever having<br />

been shocked themselves.<br />

Time and time again, with both humans<br />

and animals, studies have shown that an<br />

abundance of stress in the environment of<br />

the parent makes the child more likely to be<br />

sensitive to stress, which in turn creates a<br />

host of other health issues. While Dias and<br />

Ressler’s findings are specific to mice, and it<br />

is unclear how the results will generalize to<br />

humans, other researchers found epigenetic<br />

changes within the human body that persisted<br />

through multiple generations.<br />

In their paper, Lehrner and Yehuda<br />

discuss findings that children of holocaust<br />

survivors who later experienced combat<br />

were more likely to develop post-traumatic<br />

stress disorder (PTSD), even though they<br />

had not experienced the holocaust themselves.<br />

This heightened sensitivity to stress<br />

was found to be the result of epigenetic DNA<br />

methylation. This concurs with other epigenetic<br />

research that broadly indicates that if<br />

an individual’s parents or even grandparents<br />

were under traumatic levels of stress, there<br />

is an increased likelihood that they will be<br />

more sensitive to stress and develop mental<br />

illnesses as a result of this sensitivity.<br />

Everything is Subject<br />

to Change<br />

While such epigenetic changes may have a<br />

negative effect as far as stress sensitivity is<br />

concerned, Ressler notes that those changes<br />

are likely not permanent. “Whatever is<br />

encoded at the epigenetic state should be<br />

manipulated or reversed at the epigenetic<br />

state,” says Ressler.<br />

Ressler recommends that those who<br />

are more stress-sensitive place themselves<br />

in a supportive rather than a traumatic<br />

environment whenever possible. But, for<br />

some, that may prove easier said than<br />

done, as changing the American cultural<br />

environment to be more conducive to<br />

Black people flourishing would mean<br />

making extensive changes to many American<br />

institutions.<br />

In terms of epigenetics, this means<br />

that reversing these trauma reactions on<br />

the genetic level is less likely to happen as<br />

long as the environment remains hostile.<br />

“You have people who say slavery is over,”<br />

says DeGruy. “Yeah, but the lynchings<br />

occurred. Most of the lynchings occurred<br />

after slavery. But you get this kind of<br />

mythology that slavery is ancient and everything<br />

is fine.” However, individuals and<br />

family units still have immense power to<br />

influence themselves and those for whom<br />

they care.<br />

DeGruy recounts a story where her<br />

daughter’s white workplace superior put<br />

his hands on her hair without consent.<br />

“When my daughter said that this white<br />

man did that to her, every hair on my body<br />

stood up,” says DeGruy. “But my daughter<br />

said to me, ‘Mom, calm down. I got this.’<br />

She said, ‘Thank you for not passing on<br />

your injury,’” recalls DeGruy. “There is a<br />

freeness that she has because I did not pass<br />

along that heaviness.”<br />

A growing body of evidence now<br />

suggests that the experiences of our<br />

ancestors are encoded in our genetics and<br />

might influence a great deal in us, from<br />

a likelihood to develop mental illness to<br />

our distaste of certain smells. For certain<br />

Americans, this means the trauma of the<br />

past is alive today, and only time will tell<br />

if those wounds will ever be fully allowed<br />

to heal.<br />

Noah Chen is a staff writer for the Atlanta<br />

franchise of <strong>Natural</strong> <strong>Awakenings</strong>. He also<br />

dabbles in screenwriting and video game<br />

script writing.<br />

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Courtesy of Healing Our City<br />

diverse conversations<br />

Healing Our City<br />

through Prayer<br />

and Meditation<br />

What began as a need to provide comfort and healing for those experiencing<br />

the deeply rooted and overlapping layers of trauma caused by the COVID-19<br />

pandemic and exacerbated by the George Floyd murder, has grown into an<br />

ever-growing community seeking to share peace and love.<br />

Healing Our City was the brainchild of former Minneapolis city councilman Don Samuels<br />

and, with the help of his wife Sandra Samuels, director of the Northside Achievement<br />

Zone, began with a month-long prayer tent in July 2020. The prayer tent brought thousands<br />

of people from all religions and nationalities together to grieve the losses and collectively<br />

pray for change and a better future.<br />

During that 30 days, people were welcomed<br />

into the tent throughout the day to<br />

sit in silent prayer or meditation for eight<br />

minutes and 46 seconds. They were also<br />

encouraged to write reflections or verbally<br />

share their hopes and dreams for the future.<br />

Artists were invited in to share their<br />

unique ability to heal through creativity.<br />

Once the 30 days were complete, the<br />

on-ground movement went dormant,<br />

although the online presence remained<br />

strong. With the start of the jury selection<br />

in the Derek Chauvin murder trial, this<br />

healing community reemerged in a new<br />

way. Every morning, people from across<br />

the world joined online for 30 minutes<br />

of prayer, silent meditation and reflection<br />

to bring forth healing in our community.<br />

With over 800 people joining on<br />

a daily basis, the community was strong<br />

and growing. This daily ritual continued<br />

through May 25, the anniversary of the<br />

murder of George Floyd.<br />

With encouragement from the community,<br />

it was determined that the movement<br />

must continue in some way. Moving<br />

forward, the committee will focus on<br />

the people in the community who are<br />

doing the work and provide a platform<br />

and voice to these leaders. Additionally,<br />

there is the possibility of a weekly online<br />

meditation and prayer, similar to what<br />

took place this spring.<br />

Greater support is needed. Since<br />

the beginning, Healing Our City has<br />

been supported by a representation of<br />

our community welcoming people of all<br />

faiths, denominations, races and orientations.<br />

For those wishing to support their<br />

efforts, The Center for Leadership and<br />

Neighborhood Engagement is accepting<br />

financial donations on their behalf. Visit<br />

CLNE-MN.org/donate.<br />

Recognizing the positive aspects of<br />

higher technology, not only were people<br />

able to pray for peace in person throughout<br />

the city, they were also able to pray<br />

from home via social media, interact<br />

with other people during the tragedies<br />

and spread positive messages through the<br />

hashtag #healingourcity.<br />

For more information, visit<br />

HealingOurCity.org.<br />

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eco tip<br />

low-smoke pyrotechnics are available<br />

through DMD Systems at AngelFire.com.<br />

Rethinking Fireworks<br />

Greener Ways to Celebrate the Fourth<br />

Synonymous with American Independence<br />

Day, fireworks have been<br />

around for thousands of years. Earliest<br />

versions originated in China, where<br />

people tossed bamboo stalks into a fire<br />

to ward off evil spirits, which exploded<br />

as the hollow areas of the stalks heated<br />

up. Later, a Chinese alchemist invented<br />

gunpowder—a mixture of potassium<br />

nitrate, sulfur and charcoal—that when<br />

poured into bamboo sticks, created the<br />

first fireworks.<br />

Environmental and Health Impacts<br />

Today, most fireworks are made of<br />

non-biodegradable plastics and<br />

harmful chemicals. When set ablaze,<br />

they release smoke and particulate<br />

matter, polluting the ground, air<br />

and water. Viewing fireworks poses<br />

health risks, particularly to people<br />

with preexisting ailments. It’s best to<br />

watch them from far away and upwind<br />

of the launch site or indoors through<br />

a closed window. Pet owners lament<br />

the noise pollution these pyrotechnics<br />

produce, and every year injuries and<br />

fires result when people unsafely light<br />

their own rockets at home.<br />

Greener Fireworks<br />

While climate-neutral fireworks don’t<br />

exist, some products are more ecofriendly.<br />

The Walt Disney Company has<br />

patented a new technology to replace<br />

gunpowder by using compressed air to<br />

launch fireworks—a potentially safer,<br />

quieter and less polluting alternative.<br />

European fireworks manufacturer<br />

WECO Feuerwerk (weco.de) is gradually<br />

replacing plastic components with<br />

compostable, plant-based fibers.<br />

A particularly troublesome compound<br />

is perchlorate, which helps fireworks<br />

burn longer, but inhibits thyroid function<br />

after repeated exposure. A cleaner<br />

alternative is nitrogen, which produces<br />

less smoke and fewer dangerous<br />

byproducts. With less smoke, smaller<br />

amounts of toxic metal salts are needed<br />

to produce the brilliantly colored flames.<br />

For now, nitrogen-based fireworks<br />

are much more expensive and not<br />

widely used in outdoor settings. Indoor,<br />

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Planet-Friendly Alternatives<br />

Drone light shows involve the launching<br />

of hundreds or even thousands of<br />

unmanned aerial vehicles equipped<br />

with powerful LEDs that light up the sky.<br />

The drones are reusable, silent and do<br />

not release chemicals. Because they are<br />

controlled digitally, an almost infinite<br />

combination of movements, colors and<br />

artistic expressions are possible.<br />

Lasers can also paint the night sky.<br />

The most compelling displays are done<br />

professionally, but a colorful and exciting<br />

light show can be created at home<br />

with a portable projector.<br />

To add red, white and blue charm<br />

both indoors and out, solar-powered<br />

or LED string lights or lanterns can<br />

decorate the home.<br />

be pure. be natural. be you<br />



<strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />




<strong>Natural</strong> Approaches for<br />

Robust Vitality<br />

by Ronica O’Hara<br />

Statistically speaking, living long and<br />

well is an uphill battle for most American<br />

men. Compared to women, they<br />

eat worse, smoke more, drink harder, exercise<br />

less and suffer more injuries. They live<br />

on average five fewer years than women. At birth,<br />

they outnumber women 105 to 100, but by age<br />

60, it’s flipped to 95 to 100. Of the 15 leading<br />

causes of death, the only one men don’t lead<br />

in is Alzheimer’s, because many of them<br />

don’t live long enough to develop it.<br />

Men are markedly slow to consult doctors.<br />

Seventy-two percent would rather do<br />

household chores like cleaning toilets, one<br />

survey found, and 37 percent admitted that they<br />

withheld information from doctors to avoid hearing a<br />

bad diagnosis. When more serious symptoms arise like chest<br />

pain or painful urination, they can turn to medical specialists<br />

and the latest technology to get heart stents inserted, kidneys<br />

flushed out and pain lowered with pharmaceuticals. By then,<br />

however, disease can be advanced and the prognosis dimmer.<br />

But that “macho man” approach is ebbing as men—especially<br />

millennials—increasingly adopt proactive integrative strategies<br />

to take control of their health. “As traditional gender roles<br />

continue to fade with the times, there will be less of a stigma<br />

around men’s health care and we’ll start to see more and more<br />

men placing greater importance on their health,” says integrative<br />

internist Myles Spar, M.D., co-author of Integrative Men’s<br />

Health and chief medical officer of Vault, a men’s health care<br />

organization. By dealing head-on with not just a condition’s<br />

symptoms, but also with its physical, mental and emotional<br />

roots, men can become better equipped to enjoy long years of<br />

robust health.<br />

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The leading cause of death for men in the U.S., heart disease<br />

kills one in four men. Half of those that died suddenly exhibited<br />

no previous symptoms. Men develop heart disease 10 years<br />

younger than women on average, possibly because estrogen<br />

has a protective effect on coronary arteries. Stress, especially<br />

in economically beleaguered occupations and areas, takes a<br />

toll, as evidenced by rising drug abuse among men nationwide.<br />

“Overall, it appears that men’s coping with stressful events may<br />

be less adaptive physiologically, behaviorally and emotionally,<br />

contributing to their increased risk for coronary heart disease,”<br />

concludes a State University of New York at Stonybrook study.<br />

SYMPTOMS: chest pain, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, shortness<br />

of breath, extreme fatigue, sensations in arms and legs such<br />

as pain, swelling, weakness or tingling.<br />

NEW RESEARCH: Active, 40-ish men that were able to do 40<br />

pushups had a 96 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease in<br />

the next 10 years than men doing less than 10 pushups, a Harvard<br />

study concludes. A 10-year study of 134,297 people from<br />

21 countries found that eating six ounces or more each week<br />

of processed meat like bacon, sausages and salami was linked<br />

to a 46 percent higher risk of cardiovascular disease and a 51<br />

percent higher risk of death.<br />

INTEGRATIVE APPROACHES: “An integrative model for<br />

heart disease, when done properly, hunts down chronic inflammation<br />

in the body wherever it is and attempts to remedy it<br />

naturally, which is why we have had so much more success and<br />

significantly fewer side effects than conventional medicine,”<br />

says naturopathic cardiologist Decker Weiss, of Scottsdale,<br />

Arizona, a pioneer in the field. Typically, integrative cardiologists<br />

will interview a patient to determine the root causes of<br />

inflammation, including diet, physical activity and emotional<br />

stress. After targeted lab tests, they may prescribe botanicals<br />

along with pharmaceuticals like diuretics and beta blockers to<br />

manage fluids and vital signs. They often focus on repairing the<br />

gastrointestinal tract with specific probiotics and restoring the<br />

endothelium (the inner lining of blood vessels) with nutrients<br />

like magnesium, coenzyme Q10 and alpha-lipoic acid. They’ll<br />

encourage patients to switch to healthier, plant-based diets;<br />

perhaps to undergo a colon, liver or lymph cleanse; and exercise<br />

and use stress-reducing practices like meditation or martial arts.<br />


Erectile dysfunction (ED), the inability to get and keep an erection<br />

firm enough for sex, often drives a man to seek medical<br />

care. An erection—a complex interplay among the brain, hormones,<br />

emotions, nerves, muscles and blood vessels—can be<br />

hampered by such conditions as hypertension, diabetes, obesity,<br />

high cholesterol, insomnia and alcohol use. Although a quarter<br />

of new patients with ED are under age 40, mild and moderate<br />

ED affects approximately 50 percent of men in their 50s and 60<br />

percent in their 60s.<br />

Integrative medicine offers potent strategies such as exercise,<br />

weight loss, good sleep and a varied diet, factors that can reverse<br />

ED, according to Australian researchers. “Men aren’t ever<br />

going to stop eating hotdogs in the name of ‘wellness’, but if you<br />

tell a man that eating hotdogs will impact his ability to get erections,<br />

he’ll never eat a hotdog again,” says Spar.<br />

SYMPTOMS: repeated difficulty getting or maintaining an<br />

erection, reduced sexual desire.<br />

NEW RESEARCH: In a survey of 12 studies involving 8,300<br />

participants, the longer-lasting erection drug Cialis (tadalafil)<br />

beat out Viagra (sildenafil) as the drug of choice by a three to<br />

one margin. Cornell researchers found that of the 48 percent<br />

of older men in one study with ED, only 7 percent had tried an<br />

erection drug, and fewer than half refilled the initial prescription,<br />

partly due to unpleasant side effects.<br />

INTEGRATIVE APPROACHES: An integrative strategy typically<br />

involves a doctor checking and increasing a man’s testosterone<br />

levels if necessary; a thorough checkup and lab tests to<br />

detect and treat causes such as diabetes and high cholesterol;<br />

and vetting and replacing medications such as antihistamines<br />

and blood pressure drugs that might cause ED. For relationship<br />

problems, anxiety or depression, a cognitive behavioral therapist<br />

might be recommended and mindfulness meditation might<br />

be encouraged to reduce stress.<br />

A weight-loss plan featuring more produce and less meat is<br />

typically suggested: men with a 42-inch waist are 50 percent<br />

more likely to have ED than men with a 32-inch waist. Some<br />

foods like arginine-rich oatmeal and antioxidant-rich pomegranate<br />

juice, as well as supplements like DHEA, L-arginine,<br />

zinc and panax ginseng have also proven helpful in studies.<br />

Effective exercises include Kegels to strengthen pelvic floor<br />

muscles, Pilates to build core strength and aerobic workouts to<br />

strengthen blood vessels. Just 30 minutes of walking each day<br />

was linked to a 41 percent drop in risk for ED, Harvard researchers<br />

found.<br />


Prostate cancer affects one in eight men, 60 percent of which<br />

are over age 65. African American men get prostate cancer<br />

younger, have more severe cases and are twice as likely to die<br />

from it. Although it’s not as virulent as most other cancers, it<br />

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equires monitoring, sometimes for<br />

decades, which compels some men<br />

to get serious about diet and exercise.<br />

“If you hear you have cancer,<br />

the rug is pulled out from underneath<br />

you and you feel you’ve lost<br />

your locus of control to surgeons<br />

and other doctors,” says integrative<br />

oncologist Donald Abrams,<br />

of the Osher Center for Integrative<br />

Medicine at the University of<br />

California at San Francisco. “But<br />

lifestyle changes are important, useful<br />

and have an impact, and they’re<br />

something patients themselves have<br />

control over and can decide to do.”<br />

SYMPTOMS: They may be silent<br />

or involve frequent urination, weak<br />

or interrupted urine flow, urinary<br />

leaking, needing to urinate frequently<br />

at night, blood in the urine,<br />

erectile dysfunction or discomfort<br />

when sitting.<br />

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stimulation therapy.<br />

NEW RESEARCH: The more faithfully<br />

that men with localized prostate cancer followed a Mediterranean<br />

diet, the better their disease fared, report University of<br />

Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center researchers. Drinking several<br />

cups of coffee every day may be linked to a lower risk of developing<br />

prostate cancer, suggests a pooled data analysis in the online<br />

journal BMJ Open. A new urine test for prostate cancer is so accurate<br />

it could have eliminated the need for one-third of biopsies<br />

in a recent study of 1,500 patients in the Journal of Urology.<br />

INTEGRATIVE APPROACHES: In a 2018 comprehensive<br />

review of prostate cancer studies published in the Journal of<br />

Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Abrams recommends<br />

a plant-based, antioxidant-rich diet that emphasizes cruciferous<br />

vegetables, tomatoes, soy, pomegranate, green tea and fish-based<br />

omega-3s; limiting meat, sugary drinks and saturated fats; supplementing<br />

with vitamin D 3<br />

and omega-3s while avoiding selenium<br />

and vitamin E; exercising daily, with yoga and tai chi especially<br />

providing mind-body benefits; and using acupuncture to manage<br />

the side effects of conventional treatments. To combat the anxiety<br />

that can arise during the period between a diagnosis and surgery,<br />

Abrams suggests stress-reducing therapies like mindfulness training,<br />

reiki and support groups.<br />


Up to one-third of men may experience<br />

depression, but it’s marked more by bravado<br />

than tears. “Rather than appearing sad, men<br />

with depression are more likely to react with<br />

anger, self-destructive behavior, self-distraction,<br />

or numbing of pain with substance use,<br />

gambling, womanizing and workaholism,”<br />

concludes a major University of Michigan<br />

study in JAMA Psychiatry. Irritability, blowing<br />

up at minor annoyances, sudden spells of<br />

aggression and risky behaviors are other hallmarks.<br />

Men are far less likely than women to<br />

seek treatment and four times as likely to die<br />

by suicide.<br />

SYMPTOMS: Besides anger and irritability,<br />

depressed men are more prone to lose weight<br />

rather than gain it, become obsessive-compulsive<br />

rather than anxious and experience<br />

physical problems like headaches, stomach<br />

ailments and chronic pain.<br />

NEW RESEARCH: Men with moderate to<br />

high levels of what Russian researchers call<br />

“vital exhaustion”, marked by excessive fatigue, demoralization<br />

and irritability, are 16 percent more likely to have a heart attack<br />

within 15 years. The risk doubles for men that never married,<br />

were divorced or became widowed.<br />

INTEGRATIVE APPROACHES: “First, it is important to get a<br />

lab screening to rule out low testosterone, vitamin deficiencies,<br />

anemia and thyroid problems,” says holistic psychiatrist W. Nate<br />

Upshaw, M.D., medical director of NeuroSpaTMS, in Tampa. He<br />

also checks for sleep disorders, treats with cognitive behavioral<br />

therapy and after getting lab results, suggests such supplements as<br />

vitamins B 12<br />

, D 3<br />

and methylfolate. His lab focuses particularly on<br />

transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy, which a 2020 Stanford<br />

study found to be 90 percent effective in relieving drug-resistant<br />

depression. “It restores healthy brain function without medications,<br />

and with essentially no side effects,” says Upshaw, adding<br />

that the approach is particularly good for men that want to avoid<br />

the sexual side effects of antidepressants.<br />

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but when traveling, extra measures are needed to enjoy healthy options<br />

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Much can be done before the trip begins. Research the destination and road trip stops,<br />

says Julieanna Hever, registered dietitian and author of Plant-Based Nutrition (Idiot’s<br />

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Her favorite places are Thai and Mexican eateries, as well as steakhouses for their plantbased<br />

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fresh fruits and veggies.<br />

“We live in an extremely difficult food environment, with a lot of triggers and inputs<br />

that don’t go away even if you’ve been eating a healthy diet for a long time,” says Micaela<br />

Karlsen, Ph.D., senior director of research at the American College of Lifestyle Medicine<br />

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drugs like cocaine or alcohol, so it’s<br />

really a process of withdrawal for people<br />

initially.”<br />

To combat the temptations, especially<br />

when away from home, Hever advises<br />

writing down and clearly understanding<br />

dietary goals and the reasons for eating this<br />

way. “I work with people that are very sick<br />

and with elite athletes. Their goals may be<br />

different from everyday people that want to<br />

have a vacation,” she says. “Do you want to<br />

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diabetes? No. Are you totally healthy and<br />

consciously deciding to splurge once in a<br />

while? That can totally fit into a healthy<br />

lifestyle. What matters most is choosing to<br />

eat whole food, plant-based foods most of<br />

the time.”<br />

Karlsen recommends always carrying<br />

snacks. “Don’t let yourself get too hungry<br />

or too tired, because when people are extra<br />

hungry or run-down, the reward experience<br />

of eating goes up and willpower goes<br />

down,” she explains, adding that dried<br />

fruit, nuts, rice cakes, individually packaged<br />

nut butter and fresh fruits are good<br />

portable snacks to carry. At the hotel,<br />

microwaveable popcorn, as well as oats and<br />

shelf-stable, single-portion almond or soy<br />

milk, will help stave off the munchies.<br />

“I love granola, not only for breakfast,<br />

but also as a snack in the mid-afternoon,”<br />

Karlsen says. “Most store-bought granola,<br />

however, is akin to food crime. Oats are<br />

whole, healthy and cheap, but once oil,<br />

sugar and other stuff are added, the commercial<br />

product is high in fat, way too<br />

sweet and really expensive. The first time<br />

I made granola myself, I was amazed at<br />

how I didn’t even notice that the oil and<br />

sugar weren’t there. It was delicious and so<br />

satisfying.”<br />

According to both experts, a cooler in<br />

the car or a refrigerator at the destination<br />

hotel expands the kinds of home-prepared<br />

foods that can accompany travelers,<br />

including hummus spread over crudités<br />

or sprouted, whole-grain crackers, as well<br />

as any kind of leftover dishes. They both<br />

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tout the convenience and tastiness of nori rolls—a wide variety of<br />

ingredients wrapped in a sheet of dried seaweed. Among Karlsen’s<br />

favorite nori fillings are tempeh baked with tamari and a little<br />

maple syrup, topped with tomato and kale; peanut butter and<br />

pickles; avocado rubbed with umeboshi plum vinegar; and sweet<br />

potato, avocado, red pepper and thinly sliced carrots.<br />

“Food is intertwined in our culture with entertainment, but<br />

thinking about food that way doesn’t really serve our biological<br />

potential for wellness,” says Karlsen. “People are so accustomed to<br />

these highly rewarding, intense foods like buffalo wings, pizza or<br />

chocolate cake that they actually don’t know what it feels like to<br />

enjoy something that’s simple and unrefined.<br />

There’s a lot of enjoyment in healthy<br />

eating. The longer you do it, the<br />

more it becomes enjoyable.”<br />

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2 sheets nori<br />

1 tsp low-sodium miso paste<br />

¼ cup cooked brown rice<br />

½ small Persian cucumber, julienned<br />

1 ½ Tbsp shredded carrots (chard, dandelion greens,<br />

kale and/or spinach)<br />

1 tsp low-sodium tamari<br />

1 tsp sesame seeds<br />

Place nori sheets on a flat surface. Gently and evenly place<br />

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cucumber and shredded carrots on top of miso paste. Drizzle<br />

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Slice into pieces to make them easier to eat.<br />

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1 12-oz jar unsweetened applesauce<br />

10 dates, pitted<br />

1 Tbsp vanilla extract<br />

1 tsp cinnamon<br />

6 cups plus 2 Tbsp thick rolled oats<br />

1 cup sliced raw almonds (optional)<br />

1 cup raisins (optional)<br />

Blend the applesauce, dates, vanilla, cinnamon and 2 tablespoons<br />

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If using an oven, make sure<br />

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turn it every 15 minutes to ensure even<br />

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raisins, if desired.<br />

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1 medium banana, mashed<br />

15-oz can sweet pumpkin puree<br />

¼ cup 100 percent pure maple syrup<br />

1 tsp vanilla extract<br />

2 cups gluten-free, all-purpose, whole-grain flour blend<br />

½ tsp baking soda<br />

½ tsp baking powder<br />

½ tsp salt<br />

1 tsp ground cinnamon<br />

½ tsp ground nutmeg<br />

¼ tsp ground ginger<br />

1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (grain-sweetened)<br />

Preheat oven to 375° F. In a large bowl, combine mashed banana,<br />

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flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg<br />

and ginger. Transfer dry mixture to large bowl and mix together<br />

gently until well combined. Avoid over-mixing to prevent toughness<br />

in the final product. Fold in chocolate chips. Spoon batter<br />

into silicon muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes or until the<br />

muffins are lightly browned. Remove muffins from the oven and<br />

let cool for five minutes. Store in an airtight container.<br />

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heart health. By offering an opportunity for moderate intensity exercise, it<br />

provides a challenging workout with aerobic benefits. According to the U.S. Centers for<br />

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Time spent in the garden can be a dynamic fitness investment, whether it’s for 10<br />

minutes or two hours. “Gardening is a full-body workout that uses every muscle. There’s<br />

bending and squatting, carrying and lifting, digging, walking and reaching high,” says<br />

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Staying active fortifies the immune system,<br />

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a seasoned bodyworker and passionate<br />

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Hale emphasizes working within the<br />

scope of our personal fitness level and taking<br />

advantage of outdoor perks. “The fresh<br />

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benefits not found in a sweaty gym,” she<br />

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With mindfulness, gardening can be a selfpaced<br />

power workout, especially when muscle<br />

groups are treated equally. “Incorporate some<br />

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Chicago-based Stephanie Mansour,<br />

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Mansour highlights the power of raking<br />

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Incorporating some asanas adds another<br />

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Depending upon climate and personal<br />

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Health Freedom<br />

in Minnesota<br />

via MN Statute 146A<br />

by SchaOn Blodgett<br />

Many people may not be aware that the practice of medicine,<br />

in all its forms, is governed mostly by each state<br />

individually. Here in Minnesota, we have a law that the<br />

holistic community needs to understand called the “Unlicensed<br />

Complementary and Alternative Health Care Practices” under<br />

MN Statute 146A.<br />

This law provides not just protection for practitioners of complementary<br />

and alternative medicine (CAM), which also includes<br />

massage practices in our state, it also provides consumer protection.<br />

As a consumer, it is important to know your rights. As a practitioner<br />

in this industry, it is equally important to know what is legally<br />

required and expected of you.<br />

The History and Need<br />

The practice of traditional and natural forms of medicine has not<br />

always been protected. In fact, practitioners in Minnesota previously<br />

faced the potential for fines and even being imprisoned. In<br />

1997, a group of practitioners banded together after they were investigated<br />

and faced fines and prison time for practicing medicine<br />

without a license. Together, they formed the Minnesota <strong>Natural</strong><br />

Health Coalition and a sister organization called the Minnesota<br />

<strong>Natural</strong> Health Legal Reform Project. They worked with the state<br />

legislature to protect not just the rights of Minnesotans to practice,<br />

but also for the public to clearly enjoy the freedom to choose this<br />

form of medicine without fear of being fined or jailed. Their efforts<br />

came to fruition with the law being passed in 2000 and going into<br />

effect on July 1, 2001.<br />

Sadly today, some states do not have these protections and<br />

practitioners are being censored and even jailed. A recent example<br />

is in 2017 where a Certified Holistic Health Coach, CrossFit Level<br />

2 and CrossFit Kids Trainer who lived in Florida faced over $750<br />

in fines as well as jail time for offering dietary advice. In another<br />

case, in 2007, a Tennessee pharmacist was fined $1 million-dollars

for offering natural medicine advice. However, if these practitioners<br />

were in Minnesota, they likely would have been covered<br />

under 146A and not feared facing fines or jail time.<br />

What is 146A?<br />

The law clearly makes it legal in our state to not just offer CAM<br />

therapies without licensure, but also for the public to receive them.<br />

These therapies include but are not limited to: acupressure, anthroposophy,<br />

aromatherapy, Ayurveda, cranial sacral therapy, culturally<br />

traditional healing practices, detoxification practices and therapies,<br />

energetic healing, polarity therapy, folk practices, healing practices<br />

utilizing food, food supplements, nutrients, and the physical forces of<br />

heat, cold, water, touch and light. Additionally, Gerson therapy and<br />

colostrum therapy, healing touch, herbology or herbalism, homeopathy,<br />

nondiagnostic iridology, body work, massage therapy, meditation,<br />

mind-body healing practices, naturopathy, noninvasive instrumentalities,<br />

and traditional Oriental practices, such as qigong energy healing.<br />

The law also lists practices that are not allowed, such as X-rays,<br />

surgery, puncturing the skin, chiropractic or dental techniques,<br />

and more. Additionally, CAM practitioners may not provide a<br />

medical diagnosis or recommend discontinuance of medically<br />

prescribed treatments.<br />

Under 146A.11, practitioners must provide a “Complementary<br />

and Alternative Health Care Client Bill of Rights,” and a copy<br />

must be posted in a prominent location in the office. This important<br />

consumer education document has various required verbiage<br />

that must be included, including a statement that there are no<br />

education or training standards set forth in the law, that the practitioner<br />

must list out their practice business information, including:<br />

address; degrees, training and education background; and the right<br />

for the client to file a complaint with the Minnesota Department<br />

of Health Office of Unlicensed Complementary and Alternative<br />

Health Care Practice. It must also include fee structures, right of<br />

non-retribution, confidentiality statement, and more.<br />

Prohibited conduct is listed under 146A.08 and includes many<br />

things you would expect to be prohibited such as not engaging in<br />

sexual contact with clients. It also says that a practitioner cannot use<br />

the title of doctor, Dr. or physician even if they have a Ph.D.<br />

A recent addition to the law is that licensed medical providers<br />

may now also offer CAM therapies and services and clarifies they<br />

must provide a separate Client Bill of Rights for those services not<br />

governed under their license. As an example, if you are a licensed<br />

provider and suggest to your client or patient to try lavender essential<br />

oil for stress, you likely need to provide them with a 146A<br />

Client Bill of Rights so the client can judge if you actually have the<br />

background to make such a suggestion.<br />

Overall, Minnesotans are fortunate to have a law that clearly<br />

protects the use and practice of the wide and diverse spectrum of<br />

traditional and natural medicine.<br />

SchaOn Blodgett, CCP, BTAT, is a holistic health<br />

professional who incorporates a wide variety of<br />

natural health systems and has over a decade of<br />

advanced training and experience in Esogetic<br />

Holistic Medicine and Colorpuncture. He practices<br />

at his office in Little Canada at Psinergy <strong>Natural</strong><br />

Health & Holistic Wellness. For more information,<br />

call 612-217-4325 or visit PsinergyHealth.com.<br />

Welcome to your<br />

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calendar of events<br />

MONDAY, JUNE 7<br />

Accelerate Your Healing – 6:15-7pm. Learn what<br />

steps to take to get better quicker, stay healthy longer<br />

and save money. Free. Location: MetroEast <strong>Natural</strong><br />

Healing Center, 6993 35th St N #2, Oakdale. RSVP<br />

651-771-1703 or info@NutritionChiropractic.com.<br />

See ad, page 9.<br />

SUNDAYS, JUNE 2, 16 & 30<br />

Peace Meditations – 7pm. You are invited to “attend”<br />

Peace Meditations on Race Relations via Zoom. We<br />

meditate in silence for one hour, holding intention for<br />

the highest possible outcome for our country and the<br />

world, specific to the issue of race and social justice.<br />

Tami Briggs, therapeutic harpist, plays the harp intermittently<br />

throughout the hour to keep our vibration<br />

high and focused. As a powerful group of manifestors,<br />

we are helping shift consciousness and raising<br />

the vibration around this issue that is important to us<br />

all. Tami@MusicalReflections.com for Zoom link.<br />


Hawaiian Loco Moco – 6-7:30pm. Learn how to<br />

make Hawaiian Loco Moco with local chef Henry<br />

Kisitu, who lived in both Uganda and Hawaii before<br />

moving to Minnesota. This delicious Hawaiian<br />

comfort food is made with sticky rice, mushrooms,<br />

beef, gravy and eggs. Free. Online. MSMarket.coop.<br />

THURSDAYS, JUNE 10 & 17<br />

<strong>Twin</strong> Flame Connection– 7-8:30pm. If you have<br />

been curious to know more about your twin flame<br />

connection or would like to understand a twin flame<br />

experience, please join Annette Rugolo for this twopart<br />

series. $48. AnnetteRugolo.com. See ad, page 9.<br />


Beyond Soul Food: Soul Food Time Machine –<br />

12-2pm. In this session, we take a step back into<br />

the history and progression of soul food, our overall<br />

food culture, and how this evolution impacts our<br />

health today. Let’s look at some of the first soul food<br />

cookbooks and recipes by culinary pioneers who gave<br />

definition and character in their creative expressions<br />

of American cuisine. Dishes to be made include jerk<br />

roasted veggies & cheese grits, Accara (black eyed<br />

pea fritters) with spicy kaani sauce, and seasonal herb<br />

sweet tea. Free. Online. MSMarket.coop.<br />

MONDAY, JUNE 14<br />

Muscle Test Your Family – 6:15-7pm. Understand<br />

the basics of muscle testing and learn how you can<br />

test your family at home. Must bring a testing partner.<br />

Free. Location: MetroEast <strong>Natural</strong> Healing Center,<br />

6993 35th St N #2, Oakdale. RSVP 651-771-1703<br />

or Info@NutritionChiropractic.com. See ad, page 9.<br />


Harmonic Alignment Forum with the H.A.O. –<br />

6:30-8:30pm. This is the year of acclimating to a<br />

new way of being. This time is created to support<br />

you in acclimating to the new and awakening consciousness.<br />

Open your mind, explore your edges<br />

and experience group support in this sacred circle.<br />

Participation in these events will bring your energy<br />

into alignment with the Divine, and promote clarity,<br />

health, confidence, and personal power. If you<br />

are called, there is a seat in the circle – you just<br />

need to say YES! $44. NeaClare.com/events. See<br />

ad, page 14.<br />

MONDAY, JUNE 23<br />

Accelerate Your Healing – 6:15-7pm. Learn what<br />

steps to take to get better quicker, stay healthy longer<br />

and save money. Free. Location: MetroEast <strong>Natural</strong><br />

Healing Center, 6993 35th St N #2, Oakdale. RSVP<br />

651-771-1703 or Info@NutritionChiropractic.com.<br />

See ad, page 9.<br />

Weekly Guided & Silent Meditation – 11-11:30am.<br />

Led by a Prayer Chaplain in the Meditation Room,<br />

this meditation is the same one going on concurongoing<br />

events<br />

Please call or check the websites<br />

to ensure the classes or events<br />

are still scheduled for that week.<br />

Free Online Classes – The University of Minnesota<br />

is among the largest public research universities in<br />

the country, offering undergraduate, graduate and<br />

professional students a multitude of opportunities<br />

for study and research. ClassCentral.com/<br />

university/minnesota.<br />

Open to Abundance Challenge - Are you ready to<br />

experience more abundance in your life? This free<br />

14-day challenge is a fun, easy and powerful way to<br />

open to new thinking. Nothing changes by itself; it<br />

requires a catalyst of some sort. This 1challenge is the<br />

spark of inspired action that will launch new thinking,<br />

behaviors and results. The key is to be willing to take<br />

that inspired action – are you ready to say YES? Free.<br />

Courses.NeaClare.com/collections. See ad, page 14.<br />

Midtown Global Market – Mon-Sat 10am-8pm. &<br />

Sun 10am-6pm. If you’re looking for a more unique<br />

shopping experience, head to the Midtown Global<br />

Market, where more than 50 vendors sell food and<br />

trinkets ranging from local produce to Somalian Pastries,<br />

Middle Eastern olives and Asian spices. There<br />

are also cultural events – from musical performances<br />

to Irish step-dancing lessons. Free. 920 East Lake<br />

St, Minneapolis. MidtownGlobalMarket.org/visit.<br />

tuesday<br />

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JULY 10<br />

Northwestern Health Sciences University Virtual<br />

Discovery Day – 10am. Learn how to build your<br />

career promoting lifelong healing in acupuncture<br />

and Chinese medicine or massage therapy. Free.<br />

NWHealth.edu/virtualdd/na. See ad, page 25.<br />

OCTOBER 6-9<br />

<strong>2021</strong> Mount Shasta Retreat – Are you ready to<br />

connect with your deeper and more expanded self?<br />

Mount Shasta is a magical place. The pure energy the<br />

mountain radiates makes it easy to connect with your<br />

deepest essence and to remember your true purpose.<br />

During this Mt. Shasta Retreat, Annette will take you<br />

to places on the mountain that will support you in<br />

receiving the wondrous gifts that Mount Shasta has<br />

to offer. $848. AnnetteRugolo.com. See ad, page 9.<br />

rently at Unity Village. It alternates affirmative prayer<br />

and silence. Donation based. Online. UnityOfThe<br />

ValleyMN.org /events-classes.<br />

wednesday<br />

Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop – 8:30-<br />

9:30am. Patricia Enstad, a licensed social worker<br />

and teacher, will provide a lively introduction to the<br />

practices of Mindful Self-Compassion. She writes:<br />

“As we consider the important tasks that lie ahead,<br />

we will need to support our action with compassion<br />

and resiliency. Subtle, yet powerful, these affirming<br />

and portable methods can be utilized anywhere.”<br />

Free. EastsideFreedomLibrary.org/events.<br />

thursday<br />

Hatha for Everyone – 6-7pm. Everyone is<br />

welcome to this weekly drop-in class. All levels.<br />

Relieve stress, achy joints, improve balance at all<br />

levels and increase your sense of well-being. $12.<br />

Online. TheMeditationCenter.org.<br />

Free Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Join us for a free<br />

weekly meditation. Online. FreeMeditation.com.<br />

friday<br />

Gentle Yoga for Every Body – 10:30-noon. A welcoming<br />

environment for students of all shapes and<br />

sizes. $15. Online options. RiverGardenYoga.com.<br />

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M. Cathcart, L.Ac.<br />

5313 Lyndale Ave S. Minneapolis<br />

DynamicFunctionalHealing.com<br />

Comprehensive holistic care for<br />

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pain-free, energetic life they crave.<br />

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herbs, manual therapies, manual<br />

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Bhakti Wellness Center<br />

7550 France Ave. S, Ste. 220, Edina<br />

Roy@BhaktiClinic.com • 612-859-7709<br />

Dr. Yuan has practiced acupuncture<br />

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disorders, mental disorders, infertility,<br />

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Barb Ryan, LMT • 612-922-2389<br />

Bhakti Wellness Center<br />

7550 France Avenue S, #220, Edina<br />

Specializing in persistent and<br />

chronic pain and mysteries of the<br />

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clients seeking the experience of<br />

deep relaxation and more selfconnection.<br />

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care. See ad, page 19.<br />



Healthy Girls’ Breast Oil<br />

Joyce Sobotta • 715-828-0117 text or call<br />

Holistic breast health consults<br />

with education on the lymphatic<br />

breast self-massage for improved<br />

circulation. Consultations<br />

about pure essential oils for<br />

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Providing spiritual guidance to<br />

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EatWildSalmon.com<br />

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N7915-902 St<br />

River Falls, WI • 715-426-7777<br />

HealthCenteredDentistry.com<br />

Whole Person Dentistry observes<br />

and deals with the mind,<br />

body and spirit, not just your<br />

teeth. This approach to dentistry<br />

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drawn from the world’s great<br />

traditions in natural healing. See ad, page 10.<br />


3434 Lexington Ave. N., Suite 700<br />

Shoreview • 651-483-9800<br />

<strong>Natural</strong>SmilesDental.com<br />

We’re an integrative<br />

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promoting dental wellness<br />

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Dr. Amy Ha Truong<br />

6230 10th St. N., Ste 520, Oakdale<br />

651-731-3064 • PureDentalMN.com<br />

Pure Dental offers integrative,<br />

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biological dentistry for your<br />

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1815 Suburban Ave, St. Paul<br />

ToothBuilder.com<br />

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We are a holistic dental practice<br />

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safe removal of infected teeth as<br />

well as placing ceramic implants and restorations.<br />

See ad, page 15.<br />


1401 Main St, Hopkins<br />

952-475-1101 • ToothByTheLake.net<br />

We build a foundation of trust<br />

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individuals. Understanding<br />

how uneasy some patients<br />

may feel about their dental<br />

visits, we make a difference<br />

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2501 W. 84th St., Bloomington<br />

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Learn about the leading<br />

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See ad, page 25.<br />



Master Hong<br />

Certified Emotion Code Practitioner<br />

11012 Cedar Lake Rd., Minnetonka<br />

952-513-7285 or 914-708-9463<br />

Chronic pain? Suffering from<br />

emotions? Relationship problems?<br />

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you can live your best life. Trial<br />

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Master Dowser<br />

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Is the energy of your home depleting<br />

you or supporting you?<br />

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your head against a brick wall, it<br />

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in your home. To more easily<br />

expand into our light and our<br />

soul purpose, it is important that<br />

the spaces we live energetically<br />

support us. Contact me for more<br />

information on dowsing, environmental healing and<br />

space clearing. See ad, page 9.<br />



Joyce Sobotta • 715-828-0117<br />

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Education about pure essential<br />

oils and the lymphatic system<br />

available on my website. I offer<br />

consultations and custom blends<br />

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health concerns. See ad, page 24.<br />



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1526 St Clair Ave, St Paul<br />

Mastels.com • 651-690-1692<br />

Mastel’s Health Foods is Minnesota’s<br />

oldest health and wellness<br />

store. We carry a full line of<br />

vitamins, minerals, supplements,<br />

herbs and more. We emphasize<br />

organic, biodynamic, biodegradable,<br />

holistic and hypoallergenic<br />

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7550 France Ave. S., #220, Edina<br />

612-859-7709 • BhaktiClinic.com<br />

Bhakti provides a holistic<br />

environment where independent<br />

practitioners come<br />

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path to wellness; mind,<br />

body and spirit. Our providers offer chiropractic,<br />

energy therapy, massage, microcurrent therapy,<br />

acupuncture, psychotherapy and much more so that<br />

you can feel your best, remain healthy & thrive. See<br />

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6993 35th St N #2, Oakdale<br />

651-771-1703 • NutritionChiropractic.com<br />

Nutrition Response Testing<br />

(NRT) is a noninvasive<br />

system of analyzing the<br />

body to determine the underlying<br />

causes of illness and non-optimum health.<br />

Our clinically proven system may be quite different<br />

from any other healing practice you have experienced.<br />

The actual procedure is simple and direct,<br />

with the body providing all of the information and<br />

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Deploy Health Family Practice/<br />

Bhakti Wellness Center<br />

7550 France Ave. S, Ste. 220, Edina<br />

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Dr. Engholm’s practice offers<br />

unlimited office visits,<br />

with most lasting over an<br />

hour. He offers telehealth<br />

and home visits at no additional<br />

charge and his patients<br />

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

after-hours urgent care or emergency room visits.<br />

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