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Ahhhh ... the smell of fall is in the air. I love autumn—the
crispness in the air, moody days of cold rain and the oranges,
reds and yellows of changing leaves. Summers are usually too
hot for my liking and winters are too cold, but spring and autumn are
As a child growing up on the farm, fall was a most busy time,
bringing in the last of the season’s produce, completing the canning,
and butchering the hogs and cows. I realize the latter is not a popular
viewpoint today, especially with our vegan friends, but this was back
in the 1970s and 1980s and values and mores were quite different.
I loved this time as the whole family came together. Often, our neighbors would join
in as my parents had been so generous to share their abundant produce all summer long.
From mid-September through Thanksgiving, our home was filled with people working
together—laughing, talking and teasing— as we “put up” our food. The wood stove filled
the house with cozy, dry heat that warmed you deep into your bones, forcing out the chill
from being outside just minutes earlier.
Mornings were often spent cleaning out the gardens, while afternoons and evenings
were filled with cleaning, chopping and canning the produce. My mother was so proud of
a root cellar filled with jars of beans, carrots, pickles, beets and jellies as well as hundreds of
pounds of fresh potatoes, carrots, onions turnips, pumpkins and squash. My parents were
not monetarily wealthy by any means—they were poor—but because of their knowledge of
farming and gardening, we were never short on food. That root cellar was security, knowing
that everything needed until next summer was there to feed the family of nine.
Three of my siblings and both of my parents have long since passed, but the memories
of being together will never fade. All I must do is step outside on a cool October day,
close my eyes and breathe in the crisp air, and I am instantly transported to that kitchen
of love—inner wealth beyond measure.
This autumn and onward, may we all be so blessed,
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Ways to Live Simpler and Lighter
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20 FALL FRUITS FOR
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22 HEALTHY BREAST
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24 WATER SCARCITY WOES
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Simple Steps to Well-Being
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How Cannabidiol Benefits Dogs
6 news briefs
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12 global briefs
14 eco tip
20 conscious eating
22 healing ways
24 green living
28 healthy kids
30 fit body
32 natural pets
36 resource guide
coming in the november
mental health issue
plus: Brain Health
for Your Pet
Our pets become an important part
of our families and it is natural that
we want the best for them. We take care
of them on a physical level by providing
them with high nutritional food, a safe
and comfortable home and exercise to
Beginning at 7 p.m., on October
12, Annette Rugolo is offering a threeweek
Energy Healing for Your Pet
webinar for those interested in providing additional ways to support and keep their pets
healthy. Rugolo has been assisting both people and pets for over 20 years to help clear
and align their energy fields, allowing the healing energy to flow. She has found over the
years that pets are much more responsive to energy work than humans. This is due to the
fact they do not have the expanded energy fields that humans have, and they do not carry
much of the baggage that we do.
Years ago, Rugolo was asked to help a four-year-old dog named Ruby who had not
walked for six weeks. The owners tried everything their veterinarian recommended but nothing
helped. As a last resort, they called Rugolo and asked if she was able to do anything for
their beloved pet. During the session, Rugolo discovered that the dog had been carrying some
emotional trauma from an experience of being lost as a puppy. This emotional trauma had
affected Ruby’s nervous system along with creating pressure on her tail bone and back legs,
which ultimately affected her walking. During the session, the emotional trauma was cleared
and Ruby regained the use of her legs and started walking again.
Not all physical ailments are connected with an emotional trauma, but it is helpful
to clear whatever emotional energy is affecting your pet to help them live a longer and
Many of our pets are also creating a mental body and have a desire to communicate with
us. As pet owners, we may feel or receive their thoughts telepathically. Along with helping
them clear emotional traumas and patterns, we can also help them develop their mental body
which benefits not only our pet but us as well.
Annette Rugolo, an environmental healer, soul coach and teacher, specializes in clearing
the energy from homes, offices and land. Her book, Soul Whisperer: Releasing Lost Souls,
helps people understand the world of wandering spirits.
For more information and/or to register, visit AnnetteRugolo.com/product/energy-healingfor-your-pet.
Learn more at AnnetteRugolo.com. See ad, page 33.
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for the Prevention
and Treatment of
The Minnesota Brain Clinic will
offer a Functional Health Forum
from 6:30 to 8 p.m., on October
28. Presenters, Dr. Richard Sinda,
certified functional medicine and age
management practitioner, and Guy
Odishaw, practitioner of neurofeedback
and bioelectric medicine, will
share a natural protocol that is available
for people with early dementia
and Alzheimer’s disease.
The forum includes information about the Bredesen Protocol which was developed by
neurologist Dr. Dale Bredesen. Bredesen developed this approach to predict and prevent
cognitive decline through a variety of holistic lifestyle changes. It is a personalized approach
that may include diet changes, supplements, treating pathogens, addressing toxin exposure,
optimizing sleep and more.
Coupled with bioelectric medicine, which uses device technology to read and modulate
the electrical activity within the body’s nervous system, patients experience a holistic
approach to treating early dementia.
“It’s stressful and frightening for both the patient and the family when there is a diagnosis
of dementia or Alzheimer’s,” states Odishaw, “but there is hope, and that is what Dr.
Sinda and I are here to share.”
Cost: Free. Location: 7550 France Ave. S., Lower Level, Edina. Participants can also attend
online. To register, email Lisa@idInHealth.com.
MetroEast Natural Healing
Center, in Oakdale, has put
together a special event to help
people get through the fall and
winter months with confidence.
Healthy Diet for a Healthy Immune
System will begin at 6:15 p.m., on
October 13, and will teach the basics
of the immune system, which foods
negatively impact the immune system, how to nourish the immune system with food and lifestyle
factors that stress the body and those that improve health. Participants will get to sip on
“Immune Tea” while they learn plus leave with an Immune Foods Recipe Guide.
The workshop will be led by nutrition expert, Chelsea L. Kazmierczak-Goethel, an advanced
clinically trained Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner who is currently pursuing
her Master of Science degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition.
This event is free to attend and participants are encouraged to bring a friend or family
member that might also benefit from learning how a healthy diet and incorporating
immune-boosting foods can greatly impact their ability to thrive all winter long.
Art That Transcends
Exhibit Opens in Edina
The Bhakti Art Gallery invites the public
for the opening
of the exhibit,
Art That Transcends,
beginning at 6:30
p.m., on October
7. Enjoy original
work that will stir
one’s soul, meet
the artist and enjoy
of other art lovers. Annie Merrell
“I’m a latein-life
artist and have found that it’s never
too late to create new dreams and even see
them grow,” shares Merrell. “May you follow
your passions in life as well and may you be
blessed in the process.”
The exhibit will run through December
31. The public is welcome to enjoy the
gallery where art will be available for viewing
and purchase, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Monday through Saturday.
The Bhakti Gallery is an artists’ cooperative,
supporting local artists and the connection
between art and health. The gallery
is within the Bhakti Wellness Clinic and this
is the seventh art show at this location.
Location: 7550 France Ave. S., Ste. 220,
Edina. For more information, visit Bhakti
Clinic.com. For those that are interested in
displaying their art in the gallery, call Guy
Odishaw at 612-859-7709.
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HALAL BEAUTY & WELLNESS
Location: 6993 35th St. N., Oakdale. For more information and to register, call 651-771-
1703 or email Info@NutritionChiropractic.com. See ad, page 9.
Mastel’s Health Foods Named Retailer
of the Year by Vitamin Retailer Magazine
On August 1, Vitamin Retailer magazine named Mastel’s
Health Foods the winner of Retailer of the Year. The
award recognizes Mastel’s longstanding commitment to
health and wellness while supporting the local community.
A previous winner was national chain Sprouts Farmers
“We are incredibly honored to be chosen as Vitamin
Retailer magazine’s Retailer of the Year 2021. Our team here
now is as strong as it has ever been in the wake of one of
the most difficult times to operate a small business,” shares
Lauren Gaffney, general manager at Mastel’s. “The loyalty of
our customers and the passion for the work we do here have
kept us around for over 50 years, and we look forward more
than ever to the future of Mastel’s.”
Staff members at Mastel’s are highly educated in the
natural health fields. Many have various educational backgrounds, such as ayurvedic and
traditional Chinese medicine, herbalism, nutritional and health sciences. Others are practitioners
on the side as herbalists, nurses, nutritional therapists, body workers, ayurvedic specialists
and a former owner of a natural health store. All staff receive multiple in-person and
remote trainings to ensure the breadth of knowledge to which their customers have become
The goal at Mastel’s Health Foods is to provide a safe and welcoming environment in
order to assist customers in achieving their health goals through education, guaranteed
high-quality supplements and natural products. Independently owned and operated,
Mastel’s has been serving the Twin Cities since 1968.
Location: 1526 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul. For more information, visit Mastels.com. See ad, page 23.
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Near Death Experience
For those that have experienced or believe
they may have experienced a near death
experience (NDE), there is now someone
they can speak to who truly understands.
Tracy Sigfrid is a multiple NDE survivor
who helps others to frame their event and
provides a safe space to process what has
happened that is free of judgement.
Sigfrid understands how difficult it can be to share this event with friends or family. “You
can talk with people who have not experienced an NDE,” she explains, “but it is more clearly
understood by someone who has also experienced their own NDE.”
People will be able to clear any confusion they may be feeling and will be validated
in their personal journey. Those that have had an NDE often report that once they
understand what has occurred, they have increased intuition and are often able to bridge
previously difficult relationships, resulting in more clarity and a deeper understanding of
what is important in life.
“NDEs are unlike anything else you may have ever experienced,” continues Sigfrid.
“There is not a team to turn to, yet you need support because what you have experienced
is so profound and life-changing.”
Cost: $50/half-hour, $80/hour. Private sessions can be in-person, by phone or online.
For more information or to schedule a session, call 952-381-2850.
People are People
In America, it is said that each person can
climb to their place of happiness. In truth,
however, the struggle it takes to get there can
be great, and others may not fully understand
what this happiness can be. Beginning
in October, Infusion Health Podcast offers a
monthly mini-series called People are People
in which they discuss life in America.
“There is a saying that goes, ‘Give a man
a fish, he eats for a day; teach a man to fish, he
eats forever,’” shares Rachel Kass, co-host of
the podcast. “In this series, we are not teaching
listeners how to be a millionaire, rather
we offer an enlightening conversation on why
each person chooses a different path in their
life.” Each month holds a different theme.
October - Safety and Survival: Clothing,
shelter, nourishment, defense and transportation,
exploring why some people choose the
minimum, while others seek the maximum,
and yet others just cannot seem to get ahead.
November - Understanding and Growth:
Culture, arts, education, adornment, religion
and self-belief, discussing spirituality, enlightenment
and self-expression and how we show
up in the world.
December - Connection and Acceptance:
Socially, personally, emotionally, a
time for giving and learning how to really see
others. Though it is not easy with so much
pain in the world, the hosts will explore how
to grow out of this unique time and build
beauty around ourselves.
Additional upcoming topics include
Contribution and Creation, Esteem, Identity,
Significance and Self-Direction, Freedom
For more information, visit LoveInfusion
Health.editorx.io/mysite. To apply to be
a guest on the Infusion Health Podcast, email
LoveInfusionHealth@gmail.com. See ad,
Develop One’s Natural-Born Ability:
Become a Certified Transformational Coach
For those looking for a way to improve
their coaching skills or that have
determined now is the time to become a
certified professional coach, the Transformational
Life Coaching Course may be the
right choice. Beginning November 6, this
23-month program meets one weekend a
month and will provide a robust skillset
to assist others in getting to the root of the
issue so it can be released, healed and transformed
in order for their clients to blossom
into their best selves.
In contrast to many other coaching
programs, this course will offer a thorough hands-on learning environment in which
participants can practice and experience coaching skills while learning them. They will
watch demonstrations of the material being taught and receive one-on-one feedback
from the instructors to enhance the learning process.
The Transformational Life Coaching Course will teach all the skills needed to assist
people in achieving their goals, breaking through obstacles, and maintaining success in
any area of their lives. Participants will be able to understand how a problem is linguistically
coded at the unconscious level through the use of language, and structure their
language to produce the most profound change in the least amount of time.
Successful completion of the program earns the following certifications: Transformational
Life Coach; Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP); Master
Practitioner of NLP; Master Practitioner of Humanistic Neurolinguistic Psychology; and
Master Practitioner of Hypnosis. Upon certification, coaches will be able to work with
clients one-on-one, online or in person, in business environments and more.
Blue Lotus Training and Consulting is a state-licensed private career school through
the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. “We strive to provide the optimal learning environment
to enhance the learning experience for the student,” states Mirtha Solis, owner
and instructor. “This is truly a one-of-a-kind opportunity to fully integrate your existing
skills while layering in new techniques at a deeper, more profound level.”
Cost: $6,800. To learn more, visit BlueLotusTraining.com. To listen to the Green Tea
Conversations podcast interview with owner and lead instructor Mirtha Solis, visit
Does This Sound Like You?
Or harmful too?
This is a picture
of a “Silver”
filling. It is 50 -
If the mercury in
this filling were spilled in a school,
it would be evacuated....
This is a picture
of a “light cured”
They can last as
long or longer
fillings with no danger of releasing
harmful heavy metals.
As noted on Dr. Mercola,
Dr. Oz, and 60 Minutes...
Mercury fillings may have a
significant negative impact on your
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Eat Strawberries to
Improve Blood Vessel Health
A new study from Chicago’s
Illinois Institute of
that strawberries increase
flow in blood vessels and
reduce systolic blood pressure.
In the randomized,
trial, overweight and obese
adults with moderately high
cholesterol were assigned
to drink either a beverage
containing 25 grams of
powder or a similar drink without the strawberry powder
twice daily for four weeks, followed by a four-week
washout period. An hour after consumption, the strawberry
powder improved flow-mediated dilation, indicating
healthier blood pressure function; systolic blood pressure
was lower even four weeks later.
Exercise More to Counter
Risks of Poor Sleep
Poor sleepers can cut their
health risks by exercising
more, reports a new study
of 380,055 middle-age
people in the British Journal
of Sports Medicine. Both
physical inactivity and poor
sleep are independently
linked to a heightened risk
of cardiovascular disease,
cancer and death, but Australian
that more exercise lowers
the consequence of poor
sleep. People that ate better, drank less alcohol and were
more physically active also tended to sleep better. The
lower the sleep score, the higher were risks of death from
any cause, including cardiovascular disease and ischemic
stroke. Those at the bottom of the scales with both poor
sleep scores and little physical activity had a 57 percent
higher risk of death from any cause. People that were
younger, female, thinner or better off financially tended
to have healthier sleep scores, as did those that ate more
fruits and vegetables, spent less time seated, had no
mental health issues, never smoked, didn't work shifts,
drank less alcohol and were more physically active.
NEW PRACTICE MEMBER SPECIAL
Consider Barberry to
Reduce Diabetes Markers
Barberries (Berberis integerrima),
the tart, red fruits
that grow on bushes, have
been used for centuries
in traditional medicine for
digestive issues, and now
evidence has emerged
from Iranian researchers
that barberry extract can
help lower Type 2 diabetes
markers. For eight weeks,
30 patients were given
1,000 milligrams of barberry
extract daily, along with
the standard anti-diabetic medication metformin, while
another 35 patients were given only metformin. Afterwards,
fasting blood sugar levels were significantly lower
among the barberry group as were HbA1c levels, which
measure blood sugar levels for two to three months.
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Skip Southern Food
to Avoid a Heart Attack
The fried foods,
meats and sugarsweetened
of a Southernstyle
have dire consequences
reports the American Heart Association. A 10-year study
of 21,000 people found that those that eat the Southern
diet regularly have a 46 percent higher incidence of sudden
cardiac death compared to those that don’t eat those
foods. By contrast, people that closely follow the Mediterranean
Diet —which emphasizes vegetables, fruits, fish,
whole grains and legumes with little meat or dairy—have a
26 percent lower risk of sudden cardiac death.
Avoid Infant Formulas
with Added Sugar
to certain foods
which is why
the University of
Center and the University of Buffalo has raised concerns
about the added sugar prominent in many baby formulas,
especially cows’ milk formulas. The researchers tested 97
infants and 44 toddlers that were either breastfed or given
various formulas for up to 15 months. The infants given
formulas with added sugar had significant weight gain
compared to infants that were breastfed or given formulas
without added sugar. The sugar in formulas was found to
be almost double the amount of sugar in breast milk. The
researchers theorized that the added sugar not only raised
the risk of weight gain, but also made it likely the children
drank a greater amount. “Efforts by policymakers and
pediatricians to educate mothers on lower-sugar options
when breastfeeding is not feasible may enhance preventive
measures of childhood obesity,” write the authors.
RAZ Mobility Launches
RAZ Mobility, a provider of
mobile assistive technology,
now offers the RAZ Memory
Cell Phone. This cell phone
takes simplicity to the extreme,
designed to address the unique
needs of people with dementia
and other forms of memory loss,
and is well-suited for individuals
with intellectual disabilities.
According to the Alzheimer’s
5.8 million Americans
have Alzheimer’s dementia,
with one in 10 people over the
age of 65 diagnosed with the
disease. The number of people
with dementia is expected to
increase rapidly as the proportion of the population 65
and older increases.
The RAZ Memory Cell Phone consists of only one screen.
It is always on and includes pictures and names of up to six
contacts and a button to call 911. There are no applications
or settings to cause confusion, no notifications or operating
system updates, and no distractions. Users simply tap and
hold the picture of the person they wish to call.
Caregivers manage the RAZ Memory Cell Phone
through a simple online portal. The portal is used to create
and edit the contacts and track the location of the phone
and its user. They can also select an option to restrict
incoming calls to people in the user’s contacts, thereby
avoiding unwanted calls such as predatory robocalls.
Cost: $309. For more information or to order the device, visit
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Return Native Lands
Throughout the country,
land is being transferred to
or co-managed by Indigenous
culturally and ecologically
with the former occupants
and local communities to
accommodate their perspective and participation in the
management of the land, wildlife and plants. Some tribes
are using traditional knowledge of how to support wildlife,
use prescribed fires and protect ancestral grounds.
In California, a land trust recently transferred 1,199 acres
of redwood forest and prairie to the Esselen tribe. In Maine,
the Five Tribes of the Wabanaki Confederacy recently reacquired
a 150-acre island with the help of land trusts. Other
recent land transfers to tribes with the goal of conservation
have taken place in Oregon, New York and elsewhere.
Traditional Ecological Knowledge, a system of Indigenous
management styles that evolved over centuries
of culture immersed in nature, is increasingly seen by
conservationists as synergistic with the global campaign
to protect biodiversity and manage nature in a way that
hedges against climate change. The Nature Conservancy
has institutionalized the transfer of ecologically important
land with its Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities
Program worldwide. Erin Myers Madeira, director of
the program, says, “Indigenous people are the original
stewards of all the lands and waters in North America, and
there’s an extensive knowledge and management practices
that date back millennia.”
Using Enzymes to Recycle Plastic
A more sustainable
approach for recycling
(PET) plastic used
in single-use beverage
bottles, clothing and food
packaging, has been
found by Bio-Optimized
Technologies to keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills
and the Environment (BOTTLE) consortium, which includes
the U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable
Energy Laboratory and the UK University of Portsmouth.
A paper, “Techno-economic, life-cycle, and
socioeconomic impact analysis of enzymatic recycling
of poly(ethylene terephthalate),” in the journal Joule,
shows that enzyme-recycled PET has potential advantages
over conventional, fossil-based methods across
a broad spectrum of energy and carbon impacts.
The concept could lead to new opportunities for
PET recycling and create a mechanism for recycling
textiles and other materials also made from PET that
traditionally are not recycled. PET ranks among the
most abundantly produced synthetic polymers in the
world; roughly 54 percent is used in the manufacture
of clothing and carpet. “From all the plastics that were
produced since the 1950s, less than 10 percent of it
has ever been recycled,” says Avantika Singh, first
author of the paper. “Most waste plastics end up in
landfills.” BOTTLE is addressing plastic pollution by
developing energy-efficient, cost-effective and scalable
recycling and upcycling technologies; and formulating
modern plastics to be recyclable by design.
Dentistry: Are You Missing Vital Information?
Avoid Putting Toxic Materials In Your Mouth / Body!
Doctors have said, “99% of Disease Starts In The Mouth,” How Is Your Oral Health?
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Forever Chemicals Banned in Maine
Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), nicknamed “forever
chemicals”, are a class of 9,000 ubiquitous compounds
found in fracking wells, food packaging, cookware, cosmetics
and dental floss. They are resistant to degrading
and accumulate in the environment and our bodies. In
lieu of federal regulation, the state of Maine has enacted
a wide-ranging ban on the use of all PFAS by 2030 for
all purposes unless considered unavoidable. Chemical
& Engineering News calls this action a world first. Lawmakers
hope this precedent will motivate manufacturers
and others in the industry to move to safer alternatives
that don’t include toxic chemicals. European countries
Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden
are also considering restrictions on the use of PFAS.
Food Waste Complicates Effort
to Slow Climate Change
Although more than 900
million people around the
world don’t have enough
to eat, the World Wildlife
Fund (WWF) disagrees
with the conclusion of the
United Nations World Food
Program, which tracks indicators
of acute hunger across 92 countries, that the world
needs more food. In a report, Driven to Waste, WWF estimates
that 2.5 billion tons of food are wasted every year
around the world on farms, at retail stores, restaurants,
homes and during post-farm transportation, storage,
manufacturing and processing.
The nonprofit suggests that food waste should be
viewed not only in relation to world hunger, but also in the
context of climate change. Food production consumes
vast amounts of land, water and energy in ways that contribute
to the global climate crisis. They claim that food
waste accounts for 10 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions
More than one billion acres of land is used to grow food on
farms that could be used for rewilding efforts that have been
shown to mitigate the effects of climate change. Shortening
long food supply chains, for example, could give farmers
greater knowledge of their end markets to help estimate
food production needs more accurately. Giving farmers
more flexibility to negotiate with buyers could help them
invest in waste-reducing training and technology.
Oceans are Key to Controlling Climate
A UK Environmental Justice Foundation report states
that countries must recognize the important role that
oceans have in limiting climate change and enact policies
to protect marine ecosystems. More than 50 percent
of the Earth’s biological carbon is captured by
animals and plants living in or around oceans, but this
“blue carbon” and its associated ecosystems have
been neglected in climate policy, according to a letter
accompanying the report. Conservation International
notes that up to 10 times more carbon is stored in coastal
habitats than in tropical forests. Seagrass meadows
store nearly 20 billion tons of carbon worldwide. The
report states that oceans could soak up large quantities
of atmospheric carbon if their ecosystems are restored
Those ecosystems are threatened by rising water
temperatures, acidification, overfishing and commercial
shipping, and lead author Isabella Shraiman says,
“There has been a tendency for policymakers to silo
environmental action: conservation policy is formulated
separately from decarbonization policy, to the detriment
of both. What we need now is ambitious, holistic
and joined-up action. Blue carbon solutions can be a
low-hanging fruit within an ambitious climate mitigation
policy portfolio and address the triple emergency of the
climate crisis, biodiversity collapse and human rights.”
holistic and the
Neighborly Groups Share More and Waste Less
CONSIDER THESE FACTS:
The average American creates almost
five pounds of solid waste per
day, according to the U.S. Environmental
Only 26 percent of Americans
know most of their neighbors.
Americans, with 4 percent of the
world’s children, throw away 40
percent of the world’s toys.
Rebecca Rockefeller and Liesl
Clark, neighbors on Bainbridge
Island, near Seattle, realized there
was a simple way to change these
trends. They created the first local
Buy Nothing group in 2013, which has grown to 4 million members in 44
countries. In 2020, Clark and Rockefeller co-authored The Buy Nothing,
Get Everything Plan: Discover the Joy of Spending Less, Sharing More, and
GIVE OR GET GOODS
People can join a local Buy Nothing group through Facebook. The groups
provide a free platform to give, ask, borrow and lend items. It’s also a
place to thank others in the community.
Just about any item or service can be exchanged, as long as it’s legal.
Food is commonly shared among group members. Clothing, toys and
equipment for children are popular, too. Gifts of self, including talent and
time, are also allowed. For example, members can offer to spend time with
elderly neighbors or do yard work for them.
Kari Seaverson DDS
John Seaverson DDS
Tooth by the Lake
HOLISTIC GENERAL DENTISTRY
Hopkins, MN 55343
As the name implies, nothing
may be bought or sold in the group.
Once a group gets too big, usually
more than 1,000 or 1,500 members,
it is split into smaller neighborhood
groups. People can only belong to
one Buy Nothing group.
IN GOOD FUN
Giving an item away to the first
person that replies to a post is
discouraged. Buy Nothing administrators
ask givers to keep a
post active long enough for many
members of the group to see it
and state their interest. The giver
is also encouraged to be creative
in how they select the person that
receives the item or service when
multiple people are interested.
Popular methods include asking
people to post cute pet photos
or share a joke. These threads
enhance the amiable nature of
Exchanging items through a Buy
Nothing group results in neighbors
getting to know each other, diverts
tons of discarded items from
landfills and decreases pollution
To find a local Buy Nothing group,
visit BuyNothingProject.org or
It is the simple things
of life that make
living worthwhile, the
things such as love
and duty, work and
rest, and living close
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by Joyce Sobotta
Getting to understand and know your breasts is an important part of a balanced
health routine. This is why it makes sense to honor them every day with a loving
self-massage instead of just “looking for lumps” once a month.
Breasts are sensitive to hormonal changes, and nonmalignant lumps or thickening
often go away over time. Breast lumps are common for women in their 40s when hormones
are changing. Premenstrual swelling may be normal, or it may be an indicator
of impaired thyroid function.
Cysts are fluid-filled and can change their shape and size and move freely all over
the breast surface. This proves they are benign because free movement is not found in
the case of cancerous lumps. Cysts are more profoundly seen near the upper and outer
region of the breast or closer to the armpit. Large fluid-filled cysts of fibrous lumps,
while non-cancerous, can reflect overexposure to harmful chemicals and toxic buildup
combined with poor lymph flow. Lumpy, bumpy breasts most likely contain too
many toxins, and those toxins are primarily estrogenic.
When there is too much estrogen in relationship to progesterone and other
hormones, it causes an imbalance. Breast pain or hot flashes may be symptoms. Pills
with hormones such as birth control or Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) have
either estrogen or progesterone or both. They may not be exactly right for a particular
woman, or she may react to the additives or synthetics in the pill. Side effects of
synthetic estrogens may damage the DNA and cause mutations. Hormone levels can be
easily checked with a saliva test.
Breast cysts that are fluid-filled are diagnosed by placing a needle in them under
Large fluid-filled cysts
of fibrous lumps, while
non-cancerous, can reflect
overexposure to harmful
chemicals and toxic buildup
combined with poor
local anesthetic and aspirating the contents.
Sometimes, an ultrasound is necessary
to determine if it is a cyst or a solid
lump. A cyst will disappear following an
aspiration and no further treatment is
necessary. If the ultrasound shows a simple
cyst and the woman does not want a
needle stuck into her breast, the cyst can
be watched with repeated exams. Most
cysts disappear with menopause. Changes
in diet and a simple, loving breast selfmassage
will help greatly.
Many women are not sure what they
are supposed to feel when they do the
breast exam. There may be lumps and
tenderness causing confusion. This is
why it is important to get to know your
breasts and practice the lymphatic breast
self-massage daily to let go of tension and
get in touch with your body.
Joyce Sobotta is a certified
certified reflexologist, and
founder of Healthy Girls
Breast Oil, an exclusive
essential oil blend she
created. Sobotta is available
for consultations for natural health and
loves to create essential oil custom blends
for her clients. For more information, visit
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Less Stuff, More Joy
Ways to Live Simpler and Lighter
on Mother Earth
by Ronica O’Hara
When holistic wellness coach and personal trainer
Sergio Rojas saw his contract with a trucking
company terminated by the pandemic, he and his
wife Krista turned it into an opportunity to step away from a
life of too much stuff and over-scheduled activities. “When life
gets too complicated and there’s too much going on, you get
stressed and irritated easier,” he says. “You don’t feel connected
The couple sold their 4,200-square-foot house in Dubuque,
Iowa, along with 85 percent of their belongings and spent
eight months living out of suitcases exploring the southeastern
United States and Latin America with their 14-year-old daughter
and 12-year-old son. “We wanted our kids to see what it’s
like to downsize, to live with less,” says Rojas.
After considering Vancouver and Miami, they settled in the
Atlanta area in a townhouse half the size of their Iowa home
not far from extended family. “A simpler life lets you focus on
what’s important,” he says. “We have deep, deep conversations
with our kids, and dinner can be a two-and-a-half-hour experience,
with a game of cards and singing songs.”
Not everyone moves in such dramatic fashion toward a
simpler lifestyle, but thanks in part to the lessons of COVID-19,
intentionally living with less is gaining currency across the
country. “The pandemic gave us an uninvited sample of a more
minimalist and simple life, and we have all become acutely
aware of what feels good to let go of and what’s really important
to us,” says minimalist blogger Ema Hidlebaugh, of
According to research from the multinational consulting firm
Accenture, the pandemic made consumers more mindful of
purchases, more conscious of food waste and more interested
in sustainable, local options. Other polls found that two out of
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three Americans adopted more eco-friendly habits during the
pandemic, and that 52 percent are open now to living in a van.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach for simpler living; each
person crafts what best fits their values and needs. Three common
strands have emerged: minimalist simplicity—living with
less clutter and busyness; ecological simplicity—living with
the sustainability of the planet as the priority; and conscious
simplicity—driven by deep personal and spiritual values. The
approaches can overlap, yet each has its unique flavor. None
has an end stage: All are dynamic explorations and encourage
continual experimentation and growth.
With time, they often merge together. In an in-depth study
published in the International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology,
people living long-term minimalist lifestyles reported
spending more time with family and friends, volunteering,
engaging in pro-ecological behaviors, making sustainable and
ethical purchases, and choosing to spend money on experiences
rather than material objects. They described their mental space
as a feeling of clear-headedness, spaciousness and lightness, and
some said that stripping back to minimal possessions enabled
them to strip back to their true identity.
Moving toward simplicity often starts with a decision—sometimes
thrust upon us—to reconsider how to spend our energy.
“Whatever you own, owns you,” counselled pacifist, mystic and
environmental activist Peace Pilgrim in the 1980s—a sobering
thought, given that the average American household is estimated
to hold 300,000 separate items, from T-shirts to coffee
cups. As one woman told her, “I’ve just realized I’m working my
fingers to the bone to provide a home for my furniture!”
Minimalism involves “owning less, practicing sufficiency and
improving the quality of life by not indulging in consumerism,”
says Aniruddha Pangarkar, assistant professor of marketing at
the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, whose study on the
topic appeared in the Journal of Business Research. “By practicing
minimalism, consumers can achieve life-goals through
experiencing well-being, satisfaction, happiness and peace.”
A 2019 YouGov survey reported that 17 percent of Americans
describe themselves as minimalists, 23 percent would like to become
one and 31 percent have no interest in the idea. Historically,
minimalism in America goes back to the Quakers and Henry
David Thoreau’s writings, but it gained new life in 2014 with Marie
Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. She says holding
each object and asking, “Does it spark joy?” If it doesn’t, thank it
and toss it, she advises. After her Netflix series ran in 2019, thrift
stores reported a dramatic upswing in donations.
Because research suggests that clutter is linked to depression,
fatigue and higher levels of stress, decluttering alone can be lifechanging.
Journalist Ellen Pober Rittberg, of Brooklyn, moved
into a one-room studio when she downsized from her house. “I
could have chosen a one-bedroom apartment, but it would have
meant more places to put things that I probably didn’t need to
acquire,” she says.
Asking if something “sparks joy” can also be applied to
everything from friendships to jobs to food and finances,
whittling away what is not essential. As millennials are discovering,
renting instead of owning a home frees up weekends
for fun instead of home repairs. Using Lyft or Uber and mass
transit saves money otherwise spent on car loans, repairs and
gas. Spurning designer brands opens up funds for trips to Yellowstone
“Even though everyone embraces minimalism differently, each
path leads to the same place: a life with more time, more money
and more freedom to live a more meaningful life,” advise Joshua
Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus in their top-rated blog
TheMinimalists.com, which has 20 million followers. “Getting
started is as simple as asking yourself one question: How might
your life be better if you owned fewer material possessions?”
This green approach means “to choose ways of living that touch
the Earth more lightly and that reduce our ecological impact on
the web of life,” writes eco-activist Duane Elgin in his seminal
book Voluntary Simplicity. Half a century ago, the Whole Earth
Catalog kicked off the movement with its Earth-centered living
strategies. Today, thousands of websites and books offer stepby-step
ecological advice, recycling has become commonplace,
electric cars are the hottest sellers and according to the National
Retail Federation, 70 percent of American consumers value
sustainability in products.
Lowering our impact on the planet means living more simply
with less. Among other strategies, this means going without
household plastics or lawn chemicals; gardening and buying
local produce in season to lower shipping emissions; choosing
equipment and clothes made to last many years; and reducing
energy consumption at home, work and on the road. Sustainable
living can be as simple as using a personal mug when ordering
a latte or as complex as joining a stockholders’ rebellion
to force sustainable corporate policies. It also can mean returning
to the simpler practices of yesteryear, such as line-drying
clothes and bonding more closely with the natural world.
For Barbi Gardiner, owner of The Outdoor Apothecary,
in Plainfield, Connecticut, embracing a simpler, sustainable
lifestyle after leaving a high-pressure job meant “adopting a
do-it-yourself attitude” that included starting a permaculture
garden, composting, raising chickens, foraging and cooking
wild food, and creating healing remedies from homegrown
and foraged herbs. “Nature is the medicine for what ails us,”
Deeply held values, not money and possessions, shape this
form of simpler living, sometimes called soulful or conscious
simplicity. Its focus is on life-enhancing experiences, inner
growth, spirituality, natural health, creativity, nurturing
relationships and social action. Owning bling has little allure.
“With conscious simplicity, we can seek lives that are rich with
experiences, satisfaction and learning, rather than packed
with things,” writes Elgin.
Sometimes passion is the driver. Alex Honnold, the renowned
rock climber profiled in Free Solo, lived in a van for 10 years
while scaling Yosemite’s El Capitan and other formidable peaks.
He donates one-third of his income to global solar power
initiatives. Millennials like him are finding stuff less enticing:
The Harris Group reports that 72 percent of them say they
would rather spend money on experiences than material things.
A study from San Francisco State University found that the
happiness of buying something new like a car or a laptop fades
over time, while spending money on an experience provides
joy long after the experience
Deeply held values
can mandate a simpler
life. Ross Martinie Eiler
found his calling 15
years ago when he read
about the voluntary
poverty of the Catholic
which offers hospitality
to the homeless in 178
centers worldwide. “It
struck me as an authentic
way of living that’s
true to the beauty and
goodness of the religion,”
Today his life is built
around the Bloomington,
He, his wife Andrea
and their four children
live communally in
four houses with other
members and guests,
sharing meals, belongings
and easy-going conversations with the homeless. He
tunes pianos part time for money, half of which he donates
to the community. For fun, he pounds the keys in a rollicking
The committed communal life isn’t always easy. “Every day
there’s a new challenge that needs a new approach. Against my
will, I’ve been forced to become a better person,” he chuckles.
“I have little money on paper—I’m probably in the bottom 10
percent—but I don’t need anything. And yeah, I feel it’s very
right for me.”
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Living Lighter Checklist
Some Ways to Up Our Game in Simpler Living
n Buy only what we truly need
n Prune clothes and books
n Declutter, category by category
n Repair, don’t replace
n Purchase for quality, not quantity
n With each new purchase, give
away something old
n Choose paperless receipts
n Digitalize books and movies
n Use a budgeting app to
n Reduce food waste
n Go slow: slow food, slow fashion
n Consider moving into a
n Unsubscribe from catalogs
and retail emails
n Give away clothes not worn
for a year
n Re-examine social commitments
n Use reusable tote bags
n Eliminate duplicates
n Drive less and walk, bike and
ride mass transit more
n Eat more plants, less meat
n Grow our own food
n Compost food scraps
n Go plastic-free in the house
n Conduct a home energy audit
n Install solar for home energy
n Use green cleaning supplies
n Save water with toilet and
n Air-dry clothes
n Switch to an electric or
n Buy quality clothes in
n Recycle whenever possible
n Buy pre-used items
n Use reusable bags and
n Make DIY beauty products
n Volunteer for local eco-activities
n Boycott products that
n Campaign for environmental
policies and candidates
n Spend on experiences, not stuff
n Minimize shopping online
n Detox social media accounts
n Scale back TV and cable
n Savor nature with a daily walk
n Plant trees locally
n Volunteer often
n Commit to a cause
n Use holistic medicine
n Take a personal growth course
n Meditate or pray daily
n Explore yoga, tai chi or
a martial art
n Take up a creative pursuit
n Explore the local area
n Sign petitions or organize drives
n Get involved in a worthy cause
n Invest to delegitimize fossil
fuels and deforestation
n Donate to worthy environmental
or social causes
Fall Fruits for Savory Dishes
fresh approaches to autumn flavors
by April Thompson
Move over, summer berries and stone fruits—‘tis the
season for a cornucopia of fall fruits, including
crunchy apples, chewy figs and tart pomegranates. By
taking a page from the playbooks of orchard chefs, home cooks
can flex the unique flavors and health powers of these autumn
delights with savory mains and sides.
Fall fruits boast many healthful properties, from the apple’s
plentiful soluble fiber and vitamin C to heart-healthy lycopene
and beta-carotene found in orange-skinned persimmons. Pears
are also loaded with pectin, which helps lower cholesterol, fight
diabetes and promote gut health. Opting for light, savory preparations
of fruit such as seasonal salads and soups over sugary desserts
makes them an even healthier choice.
Healdsburg, California, restauranteur Kyle Connaughton
creates dishes highlighting different fruit varieties for his restaurant’s
11-course menu, which changes daily. “This region was
actually known for its heirloom apples and cider-making long
before it was known for wine. We have these incredible heirloom
fruits, including experimental varietals from the 1800s that no
one even knows what they are. So many varietals got lost in the
quest to grow fruit bigger and faster,” says Connaughton, who
runs SingleThread Farms with his wife Katina. Their 25 acres
include an heirloom fruit orchard, olive trees, beehives, grapevines
and chicken coops that supply fresh ingredients to their
“Some pear varieties are very crisp and dense, and poach and
roast well, whereas other soft-skin varieties are better pureed
into drinks or sorbet,” says Connaughton. He creates dishes that
celebrate all of the season’s bounty, and in California, fall brings
persimmons and Dungeness crab. “Persimmons have a fibrous
texture that don’t blend well into sauces and don’t freeze well for
things like sorbets, which we like to make with other fall fruits like
pomegranate. We prefer to use them in savory dishes, like a first
course of cold steamed crab with persimmon.”
The orchard also grows Asian pears, which SingleThread Farms
tends to use raw, often paired with raw fish. “Asian pears are very
crisp, but not incredibly sweet, with an undertone of acidity. It has
the watery crunch of a jicama that makes a nice backdrop for raw
fish dishes like sashimi,” says Connaughton.
While the restaurant’s innovative menu focuses on small
bites in curious combinations, the Connaughtons frequently
have a simple family meal before the dinner service. In autumn,
they will often toss together a salad featuring local goat or blue
cheese; bitter chicory, frisee or radicchio greens; roasted fall hazelnuts
or walnuts; and figs, persimmons or pomegranates from
the orchard, served with a vinaigrette made with pomegranate
molasses and macerated shallots.
The pink-fleshed, mountain rose apple, an autumn specialty of
the Hood River Fruit Loop region of Oregon, often makes its way
into salads at the dinner table of Katrina McAlexander, a thirdgeneration
farmer and owner of Grateful Vineyard, in Mount
Hood. This 51-acre orchard and vineyard, brewery, winery and
tasting room boasts more than 500 fruit varieties, including 150
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kinds of apples alone. Grateful Vineyard hosted the cooking competition
show Top Chef this year for a Fruit Loop challenge, with
competitors coming up with savory dishes such as pear risotto
and scallops with an apple shallot relish.
McAlexander’s fall salads often feature fennel, herbs and arugula,
topped with croutons made from leftover pizza dough. Pears
and apples from the orchard also get pickled, a nod to McAlexander’s
One of the vineyard tasting room’s signature dishes is an orchard
pear pizza, with Anjou pears, caramelized onion and other
savory ingredients on a base of olive oil and a long-ferment crust.
The kitchen also uses pears in a vegan ceviche, tossing them with
red onion, tomato, cucumber, cilantro and lime.
As the weather starts to shift, fruit adds a nice dimension to
warming soups for chilly fall days. Adding cooked apples or pears
to classics like puréed carrot or squash soup provides an extra
dose of sweetness and fiber; sneak in fall greens like kale for even
more nutrients. Fruits also help fill out hearty grain bowls alongside
fall veggies like carrots, arugula and sweet potato, particularly
paired with nutty grains like farro.
Connect with Washington, D.C., freelance writer April Thompson at
Pear and Lentil Salad
A few handfuls of arugula
A few handfuls of spinach
½ pear, sliced into thin slices
2 Tbsp chopped pecans
¼ cup cooked lentils
¼ cup pomegranate seeds
¼ cup feta or goat cheese
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
¼ cup olive oil
2 Tbsp maple syrup
¼ tsp cinnamon
Salt and pepper
Pour a desired
amount of dressing
onto the salad and
toss. Store the rest in
Recipe by Maria Roberts
courtesy of USA Pears.
Pear Barley Salad
⅓ cup walnuts
1 cup uncooked barley
1 cup cooked chickpeas
2 green Anjou pears, divided
⅓ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
¾ cup crumbled feta
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
1 handful baby arugula
3 Tbsp red onion, minced
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
⅓ cup olive oil
2 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp dried oregano
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp pepper
walnuts in a small
skillet. Let cool.
Add minced onion in a
small bowl with the vinegar
and let marinate while you prep
Chop 1-½ pears and save remaining half for fanning and
decorating the salad.
Add cooked barley, chickpeas, pear, sun-dried tomatoes,
arugula, parsley and feta to a large bowl. Mix the
remaining dressing ingredients with the vinegar
and red onion, and whisk until combined.
Pour dressing over salad mixture and toss to
coat. Taste and season with additional salt and
pepper, if needed.
Recipe by Brittany Mullins (@eatingbirdfood),
courtesy of USA Pears.
Healthy Breast Basics
Lifestyle Choices to Lower Disease Risks
by Sandra Yeyati
One in eight women in the United States develops
breast cancer in the course of her lifetime.
“Notably, only five to 10 percent can be blamed
on inherited gene mutations, and merely 13 percent of
women with breast cancer have a first-degree relative with
a history of disease,” says Kristi Funk, a board-certified
breast surgeon in Santa Monica, California, and medical
director of PinkLotus.com. “It’s empowering to realize
that the causes for the vast majority of breast cancer are
under our control in the choices we make every day.”
“Whenever you lift fork to mouth, you move
closer to cancer, or farther away,” says the
author of Breasts: The Owner’s Manual—a
vegan proponent. “Plants, legumes and
whole grains provide nutritional armor
for your cells, decreasing cancer risk.
They release molecules that scavenge
free radicals, eliminate carcinogens,
prevent and repair DNA damage,
identify and destroy harmful cells,
inhibit the supply of blood to tumors,
stimulate the immune system,
regulate hormone metabolism and
reduce inflammation.” Funk recommends
regular consumption of cruciferous
vegetables, leafy greens,
soy, ground flaxseed, berries,
matcha green tea, mushrooms,
turmeric, aloe vera, garlic,
onion, chives and cacao.
Functional doctor Elizabeth
Boham, the medical
director of Dr. Mark Hyman’s
in Lenox, Massachusetts,
proposes a balance of animal
and vegetable protein, as long
as the animal sources are good,
like eggs, salmon or grass-fed beef
without antibiotics. “Organic, non-
GMO soy like tofu or edamame may decrease
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a woman’s risk of breast cancer, but avoid bad soy that’s added
to processed food, including soybean oils and soy lecithins,”
she advises. “I also suggest cutting back on dairy for women at
high risk of breast cancer because it naturally contains growth
hormones, which may cause things to grow in our body that we
don’t want to grow.”
Citing a clear association between alcohol consumption and
breast cancer risk, Boham recommends eliminating or moderating
drinks to no more than five a week. She also highlights
the importance of seven to nine hours of sleep and relaxation
techniques to improve stress response.
Maintaining a healthy weight is also important. “Our body
fat is where hormones get turned into estrogen, which has
been associated with an increase in breast cancer,” Boham
says, adding that 35 grams of fiber per day will feed healthy
bacteria in the gut which helps eliminate used-up estrogen
and other toxins. “Avoid xenoestrogens, too, which can act
on the estrogen receptor, such as BPA in plastics and store
receipts, parabens in skincare products and pesticides and
herbicides on lawns and in non-organic foods.”
Boham suggests eliminating refined and processed carbohydrates
like bread, white rice and cookies, which cause blood
sugar to spike and the body to produce insulin, the hormone
that lowers blood sugar after every meal. “Over time, people
develop insulin resistance, causing it to produce even more
insulin to do its job. Those high levels of insulin can encourage
cancer growth,” she explains.
Carlos Garcia, M.D., director of the Utopia Cancer Center
(UtopiaCancerCenter.com), in Oldsmar, Florida, and author of
Cancer is a Symptom, uses liver and gallbladder flushes, colonic
irrigations and coffee enemas to help the body purge toxins.
“Gut flora imbalances compromise the immune response and
nutritional absorption. Yearly colonic irrigation with recolonization
is essential in the prevention of disease,” he explains.
Some women experience breast tenderness or pain and
lumpy, bumpy breast tissue; having dense breasts can increase
breast cancer risk, Boham says, noting that too much caffeine
or an iodine deficiency can exacerbate these symptoms. She
recommends consuming less coffee and more iodine-rich foods
like nori, kelp powder or seafood.
According to Boham, there isn’t enough good research to say
that we should never wear underwire bras, but good lymphatic
flow and circulation to the area is important and can be facilitated
with daily movement, exercise and sweating to remove
stuck toxins and support the detoxification system.
Boham says many women find their breast cancer during a
self-exam. “Know your own body. If something looks or feels
different, if you feel a lump that shouldn’t be there or see a shift
in the skin, a dimpling or a pulling, have it checked. It’s often
nothing, but you could find the cancer early, which makes all
the difference in the world.”
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Water Scarcity Woes
A Global Problem That’s Getting Worse
by Jeremiah Castelo
Water scarcity is a legitimate concern.
It is true that the hydrologic cycle, the process in which
the Earth circulates water throughout its ecosystems, is
a closed-loop cycle that neither adds nor takes away water. In
theory, the amount of water on Earth will always remain
the same. But problems occur when the hydrologic
cycle is disrupted, causing some regions to grow
arid while others get constant floods. The
human activities that disrupt that process
include the building of dams, the
industrial pollution of waterways, the
paving of roads, excessive drilling
and bottled water privatization.
Here are 10 of the most alarming
water scarcity facts that the
world is currently facing.
By 2025, half of the
world’s population will be
living in areas of water stress
as people will be unable to
access the water they need.
Climate change, population
growth, agricultural demands
and mismanagement of water
resources all contribute to the
growing water crisis.
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The world’s population will
rise to 9.7 billion by 2050, leaving
even more people in water-stressed
conditions. An estimated 60 percent
of all surface water on Earth comes from
river basins shared by separate nations and
almost 600 aquifers cross national boundaries. In
places where water is already scarce, this can lead to
Three in 10 people on Earth currently do not have access to
safe and clean water. According to the World Health Organization, 2.1 billion
people do not have access to a safely managed water source. An estimated 263 million
people must travel over 30 minutes to access water that isn’t clean, and 159 million still
drink from untreated surface water sources.
One in three people worldwide does
not have access to a toilet. Around 2.3
billion people lack access to even basic
sanitation services, forcing them to either
practice open defecation or use pit latrines
and buckets. Fecal contamination in the
water supply is a major cause of deadly
waterborne diseases such as hepatitis A,
norovirus and E. coli.
Annually, 1.6 million people die from
waterborne diseases. Of the 5 million
people that become ill from bad water,
most are children.
Water privatization causes harm.
When corporations site water bottling operations
in developing countries like India
and Bolivia, they significantly deplete supplies
needed by local farmers. In the U.S.,
when a struggling public water or electricity
utility sells their rights to a private
corporation, household water and sewer
services typically become, respectively, 59
percent and 63 percent more costly.
In the U.S., 2.1 trillion gallons of
clean water is lost each year due to poor
infrastructure, including old, leaky pipes
and broken water mains. David Le France,
CEO of the American Water Works Association,
estimates that repairing America’s
water infrastructure will be a trilliondollar
program. Due to divided efforts in
governmental decision making, adequate
policies and budgeting are often difficult to
Often, water burdens fall upon women,
some of whom walk four miles a day
just to fetch water that is likely contaminated.
In sub-Saharan Africa, for example,
it takes about six hours to carry a 44-pound
container of water from a source that often
has the potential to make them sick, according
to the Global Water Institute.
One-third of the world’s largest
aquifers are water-stressed. Underground
aquifers are naturally replenished through
rainfall and surface water, but a deficit occurs
when more water is pumped out than
replenished. Eight of the biggest aquifers,
including those in Saudi Arabia, northwestern
India and Pakistan, are not being
replenished at all.
Meeting the United Nations’ sustainable
development goals for the water
crisis will cost $114 billion per year.
Attaining these critical goals will be timeconsuming,
expensive and may face political
division. Yet the cost of not doing so is
also high. Addressing healthcare needs due
to water-related diseases and poor sanitation
costs $260 billion globally each year.
Water scarcity is real. To ignore it or
to assume that it is only a problem of the
Water Scarcity Solutions
1Save Water Limit the use of water
and of washing machines. Take
short showers instead of full baths.
Educate Empower people to help
2 by showing them how to prevent
and mitigate water scarcity problems
now and in the future.
3Recycle Water Learn about and
employ available technologies to
recycle rainwater and other water
used at home.
4Support Water Conservation Allocate
money and time to help water
conservation efforts around the world.
Improve Farming Practices Farming
and irrigation practices 5
and technologies need to become
Use Fewer Chemicals in Farming
6 To ensure clean water and reduce
water shortages, farmers need to decrease
their use of chemical fertilizers
and pesticides, which leads to groundwater
developing world is to be blind to the
reality that the rest of the world is experiencing.
Excessive water consumption and
poor water management are factors that
can be controlled. Supporting clean water
initiatives will certainly help the movement
against the global water crisis. Finally,
educating ourselves and raising awareness
is a task we should all take on.
Jeremiah Castelo is the founder of World
WaterReserve.com, which publishes information
on water scarcity and purification
methods. This article is excerpted and
reprinted with permission.
7Improve Sewage Systems Improving
sewage systems in underserved
areas will help to provide clean drinking
water and prevent disease and
Better Water Distribution
8 Infrastructure To prevent severe
water shortages in times of drought,
efforts are needed to connect poor
people in developing countries to public
Support Clean Water Initiatives
9 Donate money, time and skills to
organizations worldwide that are working
to bring clean water to areas that
don’t have it.
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Four Tips to Navigate Grief
by Nea Clare DallaValle
One side effect of living through a global pandemic is experiencing a significant loss.
Many deaths have been a tangible and reasonable experience of pain, sadness and grief.
What many may not think about as loss or even grief-worthy may be impacting their
sense of well-being and security in profound ways, including losing a job, job insecurity, lack of
routine, and loss of closeness and trust with family and friends. These are all ways that one experiences
a sense of loss which impacts feelings of safety, security and normalcy, and collectively,
we have been going through this for over 18 months with no clear end in sight.
There is a popular metaphor of boiling a frog where the water temperature increases
slowly and steadily over time, and the frog does not even realize it is in hot water. In many
ways, living with this level of continuous stress, uncertainty and loss begins to feel normal,
and one gets used to the experience. The only problem is that no matter how well they get
accustomed to the constant stress, it does not address the mental, emotional and physical
toll it has on the well-being of the person.
A Few Thoughts on Grief
Most think that grief accompanies tragedy, unexpected catastrophe or death. Yet, no matter
how reasonable it may be to experience grief, culturally, it is difficult to know how to address
it. The grieving process derails routine and everyday life and makes simple tasks difficult to
accomplish. It is messy, time-consuming, uncontrollable and unpredictable, and worst of all,
there is very little that can be done to bypass or circumvent the experience.
There is also another less obvious and less acknowledged type of grief. This kind of
grief is anticipatory. It is what happens when someone is aware of an impending change.
More often than not, this kind of grief gets mixed up with worry, making it harder to
recognize. In many ways, this is the kind of grief that has been experienced throughout
the pandemic. The pain, loss and tragedy of what is being lost lives in the imagination and
becomes a weight on the heart.
Imagination is a powerful tool. What is held in the imagination can generate emotions,
stress and hormonal responses in the body. Imagine having a nightmare. One will
wake up feeling scared, the heart racing, perhaps there is sweating, yet nothing has actually
happened. The body responds to what is imagined the same as it reacts to what is
real. So, when feeling worried, insecure and unsettled, one will often imagine the worst,
which creates a stress response.
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What Can Be Done
The experience of grief is overwhelming
and can show up and interrupt life at the
most inopportune time and in the most
unexpected ways. Therefore, learning how
to face this kind of emotional chaos is not
only helpful but necessary. Below are four
tips that have helped many people face this
emotional chaos with a new level of selfcompassion
1Acknowledge the grief: It is
okay to be sad. It is okay to be
angry. It is okay to wish that everything
and everyone could just go back to the
way it was. But to be okay, one must first
acknowledge that this is happening. Consider
what is causing the sadness, what is
desired to be different, what is missing or
longed for, and what is upsetting. Write it
down. Think it out. Talk about it.
2Lean into the emotions: When
the emotions rise up—the anger,
grief, frustration and sadness—lean into
the feelings. Imagine a toddler throwing a
temper tantrum, kicking the floor, screaming,
tossing herself around, and crying so
hard she is choking. At that moment, she
does not want to answer questions about
what is wrong; she needs to let it play out.
She needs to know that someone is there,
listening, keeping her safe, giving her space
to feel it all.
Grief is like that, too. It is not reasonable
or rational. There may be a trigger and
there may be no trigger. What is for sure
is that the mind/mental body will not help
one figure it out, but emotions will.
Reduce the pressure: The
most common complaint about
the grieving process is how inconvenient
it is to get back to normal. The response
is to just power through, to get busy
with work or tasks to muscle through
the experience. Unfortunately, this can
result in prolonging the grieving experience.
Instead, create space in the day to
let the pressure of emotions release.
Look at one’s schedule and add time
to sit quietly, listen to music, journal or
just be in nature. Do something enjoyable—perhaps
curling up in a quiet corner
with a blanket and a cup of hot tea or
walking your dog. The key is to make
room in the day for grief and self-care.
The only problem is that no matter
how well we get accustomed to the
constant stress, it does not address
the mental, emotional and physical
toll it has on our well-being.
Talk about it: Finally, this may be the most obvious, but
4 talking about the grief is essential. Speaking is a powerful
tool for processing complex and challenging emotions and
experiences. When spoken, the thoughts spinning take shape and
move through the voice into the world where one can hear what is
being experienced. It makes everything more real. Friends, family,
counselors, coaches, therapists and support groups are all great
resources to hold space and hear what is being said.
While none of these actions will reduce the pain or discomfort
of grieving, they support in honoring oneself and what is being
experienced. When given the time, energy and attention to feel the
feelings, one will find their way through the uncertainty and back to
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Talking to Kids About Climate Change
What They Need to Know from Those They Trust
by Sandra Yeyati
As scientists have been predicting,
climate-related fires, floods and
drought are becoming commonplace.
Our children are seeing and
hearing about them on social media and
the news or living through them in their
own neighborhoods. Kids have questions.
They’re afraid, anxious and angry about
inheriting these problems.
“We’re living a climate emergency, so
we should talk about it honestly with
our children whenever they ask us. They
deserve to hear it from trusted messengers,
the people they know and love, such
as parents, guardians and teachers,” says
Harriet Shugarman, the New York City
author of How to Talk to Your Kids About
Climate Change: Turning Angst into Action,
who trained with Al Gore’s Climate
Reality Project and founded the online
Fostering a Love of Nature
For our youngest children, “You want to
be calming and reassuring, engendering a
sense of safety and love of nature. This is
the time to go outside and connect with
the many delights of our world,” says
integrative psychotherapist Leslie Davenport,
the San Francisco author of All
the Feelings Under the Sun: How to Deal
with Climate Change, an illustrated book
for 8-to-12-year-olds published by the
American Psychological Association.
United Kingdom-based children’s book
author Catherine Barr offers a gentle and
enjoyable way to develop love and concern
for nature in her 10 Reasons to Love
picture book series that showcases endangered
animals. “When talking to children
that young, it’s important to present
climate issues in positive ways, encouraging
kindness, inclusivity, empathy and
understanding,” says the former Greenpeace
campaigner. “Young children are so
impressionable. It’s best to empower them
with hope than scare them unnecessarily.”
Still, Shugarman notes, “It’s not too
young to say that we turn off lights when
we leave a room to save energy. Sometimes
our kids think that fruit comes
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from the grocery store. We should
remind them where it really grows.”
Learning the Facts Together
According to Davenport, as kids reach
9 and beyond, they tend to be mentally
and emotionally capable of processing
more complex concepts and emotions.
This is the time for parents to present
vetted, science-based facts as objectively
as possible. “There’s a tendency to want
to either sugarcoat or over-dramatize.
We flip from ‘It’s not so bad; it’ll be fine’,
to ‘It’s too late; there’s nothing I can do.’
Neither of those views are helpful or accurate,”
Barr recommends that parents stick
to the facts and encourage curiosity.
“Parents shouldn’t feel that they have to
have all the answers. It can be a journey
of learning with your children to look
something up together,” the author of
The Story of Climate Change advises.
“It’s also a good idea to empower kids to
challenge grownups. A child can start a
conversation at the dinner table by asking,
‘Where did this fish come from?’ or
‘Could we grow our own carrots?’ or ‘Are
Davenport’s book toggles between the
presentation of environmentally triggered
realities and calming, reflective exercises
such as journaling or deep breathing.
“The idea is that when you hear difficult
news or have a difficult experience, you
go back and forth between talking about
or processing it and something that helps
you regulate or calm your nervous system,”
she explains. This approach helps to
build resiliency, which Davenport defines
as the capacity to stay present, openminded,
open-hearted and clear in the
face of life’s challenges.
Finding Hope in Action
“We can give our kids hope by pointing
to people that are working to address
the climate crisis, including the uprise of
youth voices, as well as efforts to save animal
species, build resiliency in cities and
reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” says
Shugarman. “It’s also critical that parents
show their kids that they care about the
crisis and are doing things like reducing
energy use, driving electric cars, voting
for pro-climate candidates and supporting
climate education in schools.”
“People think you have to talk about
how awful the world is going to be, but
I think you can turn that upside-down
and offer a strong, positive message of
hope,” says Barr. “We need to help kids
understand that the choices they make
and the things they do can lead to a
more sustainable, fairer way of living.”
“According to climate scientists,
if we don’t do anything, we’re in big
trouble, and if we intervene and make
significant changes, we’re still going to
feel impacts, but it’s not too late,” says
Davenport. “Encourage kids to become
part of meaningful change. Our actions
make a difference.”
Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional
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Simple Steps to Well-Being
by Laura Paisley Beck
People that wear a fitness watch get a little buzz on the wrist as a reminder to get
more steps in each hour, but many ignore the simple opportunity that exists
to exercise upright for free anytime and anywhere. “Yes, we take walking for
granted,” says Alexia McClerkin, a Houston chiropractor whose clients include professional
and elite athletes. “Most people only walk as far as it takes to get to their car.”
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Sitting is the New Smoking
According to On Your Feet America, Americans sit 10 hours or more each day, and
that sedentary habit is considered hazardous to our health. It may contribute to climbing
obesity rates in the U.S., currently at 44.5 percent among those ages 40 to 59.
Today’s most common preventable diseases are directly linked to obesity, the key word
Walking briskly daily has proven to increase metabolism, lower both blood pressure
and resting heart rates, and burn calories. Other benefits include improving mobility,
equilibrium and stamina.
Benjamin Horning, a Laguna Hills, California, chiropractor and author of A Kid’s
Guide to a Healthy Spine, says, “I’m a big believer that movement is life. I recommend
that if you can move, get moving. Walking is a good starting point. If you can walk instead
of drive, go for it. If you’re stuck indoors,
schedule 15-to-20-minute walks in
your calendar.” It’s important to put it in
the calendar because, he says, “You have
to make it real.” McClerkin recommends a
minimum of 30 minutes of brisk walking
a day to increase blood flow throughout
the entire body, especially the legs.
Oh, the Places to Go
In the U.S., dogs and humans face similar
obesity statistics with similar obesityrelated
health issues like heart disease
and Type 2 diabetes. Taking dogs out
for brisk walks helps prevent and reduce
Horning says that people may not
realize how walking a dog conditions
their own bodies. With natural surfaces
like grassy or gravel trails and dirt paths,
“there are so many neurobiological adjustments
you’re making,” he says. Every
nature walk provides an opportunity
for our bodies to practice balance and
sharpen its reflexes.
“Proper shoes make a world of difference,”
McClerkin says. They can help prevent
plantar fasciitis, hammertoe and many
other causes of pain and discomfort.
Anya Jensen, of AnyasReviews.com, a
shoe review website, suffered painful foot
health issues and discovered the lifechanging
results of wearing “barefoot”
shoes, which have a flat sole and high
flexibility. Now she makes it her mission
to educate others that fashion doesn’t have
to compromise health. “Walking was an
important part of my health journey,” she
says. “The feet literally are your foundation
when you’re walking. Walking in
pointed-toed shoes, you’re missing out on
so many benefits for your physical health.”
Jensen walks with her kids daily in nature
and is proud of their mobility. “With the
kids, we need a destination and we pack
snacks,” she says. “I like how the world has
opened up to us because we’re prepared.
We’re wearing the right shoes. We can
encounter hills, rocks or the right tree.”
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McClerkin and Horning both ask patients to
be mindful of their limitations when taking
on a new physical activity and to be careful
to prevent injuries when adding brisk
walks to a daily routine for the first time.
“Too heavy a walk on cement and other hard
surfaces like roads can cause shin splints,”
McClerkin says. “Walk on a track to prevent
injuries from an uneven surface.”
“Just be responsible,” says Horning. “Walking
is so beneficial. The basics of health
just can’t be ignored or taken for granted.”
Humans walk upright on two feet, unlike
any other animal on Earth. Walking
allows us to connect with our bodies and
environment in a very special way, something
we can take advantage of instead of
taking for granted. Let’s go for a walk.
Laura Paisley Beck is a freelance writer
in Madison, Wisconsin. Reach out at
Tips for Healthy Walking
n Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.
n Fuel up with whole foods like fruit
n Stretch before and after walking.
n Wear proper shoes with good arch
support and wide toe boxes.
n Wear wicking clothing layers,
reflective for dark hours.
n Invite canine friends.
n Have a regular walking buddy to
keep each other committed.
n Keep the pace/heart rate up, perhaps
using a fitness watch to stay on track.
n Consider adding poles for a full
body workout and increased stability.
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Cannabis and Canines
How Cannabidiol Benefits Dogs
by Caroline Coile
Struck with severe arthritis, Topper,
a 7-year-old Ibizan Hound, was in
such pain he could hardly walk. He
had to be carried outside to eat or use the
bathroom, and medication wasn’t working.
On a friend’s recommendation, his owner,
Christy Moore, of Florence, Arizona, gave
him cannabidiol (CBD). “Within three
days, he could walk on all four legs and I
was crying tears of joy,” she recalls. “It was
the miracle we needed.”
Topper is among the thousands of furry
family members that have found relief with
CBD, one of 113 cannabinoids found in cannabis
(hemp) plants. Success stories abound
of how CBD has helped dogs overcome
anxiety, reduce seizures and even beat cancer.
Cannabinoids, including CBD and the
psychoactive compound THC, are substances
that mimic the naturally occurring
chemicals produced in all vertebrates.
Receptors for these endocannabinoids are
found throughout the body, especially in
the brain, nervous system and immune
system, as well as the heart, lungs, liver,
spleen, intestinal tract, muscles, bones
and both the reproductive and circulatory
systems. They act as master regulators that
signal other systems when to speed up or
slow down, working to stabilize the body
and return it to homeostasis. Cannabinoids
from the cannabis plant affect these same
receptors, each in slightly different ways.
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Unlike THC, which is toxic for dogs at
prescribed human dosages, the most significant,
documented side effects of CBD
are diarrhea and changes in some liver
enzyme values after several weeks. The
main concern with CBD is that it inhibits
cytochrome P450, a chemical in the body
responsible for metabolizing most drugs.
That means CBD could affect the effective
potency of a prescribed drug.
What Research Shows
While thousands of reports on CBD’s
effect on laboratory animals and humans
have been published, only a few
have been conducted with dogs or cats.
Still, CBD seems promising for arthritis,
anxiety, itchiness and possibly seizures,
cancer and other maladies.
ARTHRITIS: In a Cornell University
study, some dogs were initially so
decrepit that their owners considered
euthanasia, but after just days on CBD
they were trotting around and even
climbing stairs. A Baylor University study
found similar improvement.
ITCHINESS: An Australian study found
CBD reduced itchiness, inflammation
and skin lesions by 51 percent after eight
weeks of treatment. An American study
also found CBD significantly reduced
reports of itchiness.
CANCER: Cannabinoids are reported
to induce cancer cell death and prevent
metastasis. A Cornell University study
found that CBD along with a standard
chemotherapy drug reduced cancer
cell proliferation in vitro more than the
chemotherapy drug alone. Anecdotal
reports from veterinarians have claimed
CBD shrunk cancer cells or put dogs
BEHAVIOR: Despite those reports,
no controlled study has shown CBD
to be more effective than prescription
medications in reducing anxiety. A
University of Kentucky study found
physiological measurements of anxiety in
response to noise were not significantly
different for CBD versus a placebo, and
were worse compared to trazodone (a
drug commonly prescribed for anxiety).
A University of Western Australia study
found shelter dogs with aggressive
tendencies exhibited less aggression toward
humans after two weeks of taking CBD.
SEIZURES: Many anecdotal reports hail
CBD’s success in combatting seizures
in dogs, but the single controlled study
delivered only moderate results. A
Colorado State University study found
CBD only worked with some dogs, and it
reduced, but didn’t eliminate, seizures.
OTHER: Evidence from laboratory
animals supports CBD’s effectiveness
in promoting bone healing, fighting
infection, treating inflammatory bowel
disease, slowing degenerative myelopathy,
quelling nausea and relieving pain.
Broad-spectrum products work better
than isolated CBD because they use
the whole cannabis plant. Choose those
with third-party certificates of analysis
of potency and testing for heavy metals,
mycotoxins or pesticides. Avoid human
edible products that often contain ingredients
such as xylitol that are toxic to pets.
Aim for about 0.1 to 0.2 milligram per
kilogram of a dog’s weight, given twice
daily by mouth. Work up gradually, but
beware that more is not always better with
CBD, because sometimes the response is
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Discuss CBD with a veterinarian, but realize
that not all of them are familiar or comfortable
with the subject. CBD, like many
supplements and drugs designed for humans
and used on canines, is not yet approved by
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Overall, the evidence is compelling that
CBD can help some conditions. The endocannabinoid
system is the largest system
in the body and the least explored. CBD
is not a miracle drug, but it may be the
miracle our four-footed friends need.
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A RAY OF HOPE IN CHAOTIC TIMES
By Monte Leach and Marc Gregory
Even in these chaotic and
perilous times, there is reason
Humanity finds itself at a major
crossroads: Do we choose the path
of selfish separatism and inequality
based on greed and competition,
leading to the destruction of ourselves
and planet Earth; or the path of
cooperation and sharing leading to
global peace and prosperity?
Here to help us make the correct
choice stands a group of Teachers
unparalleled in their enlightenment
and wisdom, unequaled in their
ability to love and to serve. They
are the Masters of Wisdom. At
their head stands a being of the
most extraordinary compassion
and insight: Maitreya, the World
Teacher. As the one awaited under
various names by all major religious
traditions, and as a Teacher for all
humanity, Maitreya is here — along
with the Masters of Wisdom — to
guide us safely into the future.
The existence of these great
Teachers was first made known in
the West in the late 1800s by Helena
Blavatsky, who lived among the
Masters of Wisdom in the Himalayas
for three years. In the early 20th
century, Blavatsky’s work was
continued by Alice A. Bailey, and,
more recently, by British esotericist
and artist Benjamin Creme. All three
of these authors and educators were
trained by, and worked directly with,
the Masters of Wisdom.
According to the Ageless Wisdom
tradition, as it is known, these highly
advanced Teachers have lived in the
remote areas of the world through
the ages, helping and guiding
humanity from behind the scenes.
Through his work over many years,
Benjamin Creme made it known that
at this critical time for humanity and
the planet, the Masters of Wisdom,
headed by Maitreya, are coming
forward now to live among us and
teach us directly.
The path to peace
Maitreya and the Masters of Wisdom
are teachers in the broadest sense of
the word. They have attained mastery
over themselves, and as enlightened
individuals devote all their time and
energy in loving service to humanity.
They are not here to establish a
new religion, but to show us how to
live together in peace. This is simpler
than we imagine, Maitreya has said.
The key is an equitable sharing of
the Earth’s resources among all the
world’s people. Through sharing
we lessen global tensions, generate
greater trust and cooperation among
the nations — and begin to build
a world where all have the basic
necessities of life and live in balance
with the environment.
Unless we share the world’s
resources, there will never be
economic and social justice in the
world. Without justice, no peace.
Without peace, little hope for the
future, as we have weapons that can
destroy all life on Earth — weapons
that almost surely would be used
in any future widescale
With the future of the
planet at stake, what will
it take for us to abandon
competition, conflict and
division, and begin to
manifest the grand ideals of
sharing, justice and peace?
What’s needed is a
change of attitude, a change
of consciousness — above
all a change of heart in
humanity. It is that which
Maitreya and the Masters of
Wisdom can inspire.
It is a monumental task to be
sure. Fortunately, we have the help
of monumental figures living among
us now — a circumstance, according
to the Ageless Wisdom tradition,
that has never before taken place
in recorded history. This group of
enlightened teachers, as they touch
the hearts of people everywhere, will
galvanize us into action, helping us to
lead our leaders toward the creation
of a just and peaceful world. In the
millions across the globe who are
increasingly voicing their concerns
for the health of our planet and
demanding change in our political,
economic and social systems, we see
this needed change of mind and heart
already beginning to take place.
At this crossroads for humanity,
the path ahead is up to us. Maitreya
has said, “Sharing and Justice,
Brotherhood and Freedom are
not new concepts. From the dawn
of time mankind has linked his
aspiration to these beckoning stars.
Now, my friends, shall we anchor
them in the world.”
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calendar of events
MONDAY, OCTOBER 4
Muscle Test Your Family – 6:15-7pm. Understand
the basics of muscle testing and learn how you can
test your family at home. Must bring a testing partner.
Free. Location: MetroEast Natural Healing Center,
6993 35th St N #2, Oakdale. RSVP 651-771-1703
or Info@NutritionChiropractic.com. See ad, page 9.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5
Infusion Health Podcast: Breaking the Chains
of Ancestry Slavery and War – 9am. Join guest,
Ellen Cassia Silva, as she discusses Constellation
Energy Therapy and healing generational pain
to move forward and release re-occurring addictions
that happen due to family dynamics. Free.
LoveInfusionHealth.editorx.io/mysite. See ad, page 13.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7
Art That Transcends Art Show Opening – 6:30pm.
Enjoy original art work by Annie Merrell that will
stir your soul! Meet the artist and enjoy the company
of other art lovers. Free. Location: 7550 France Ave.
S., #220, Edina. BhaktiClinic.com. See ad, page 3.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 11
Accelerate Your Healing – 6:15-7pm. Learn what
steps to take to get better quicker, stay healthy longer
and save money. Free. Location: MetroEast Natural
Healing Center, 6993 35th St N #2, Oakdale. RSVP
651-771-1703 or Info@NutritionChiropractic.com.
See ad, page 9.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12
Infusion Health Podcast: People are People: Safety
and Survival – 9am. Co-hosts Rachel Kass and Cris
Patrick will dig into why some people choose the
minimum, while others strive for the maximum,
and yet others cannot seem to get ahead. Free. Love
InfusionHealth.editorx.io/mysite. See ad, page 13.
TUESDAYS, OCTOBER 12, 19
Energy Healing for Your Pet - Do you have a pet
that needs some energetic support? It is time to
learn the Inner Diamond tools to support the health
of your pet and connect with and support your pet’s
soul group. Join us for this three-week webinar. $98.
Your-Pet. See ad, page 33.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13
Healthy Diet for a Healthy Immune System –
6:15-7pm. Join us to learn how our immune system
works against invaders, which foods negatively
impact the immune system and how to nourish your
immune system with foods. Free. MetroEast Natural
Healing Center, 6993 35th St N #2, Oakdale. RSVP
651-771-1703 or Info@NutritionChiropractic.com.
See ad, page 9.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14
Autumn Solar Energy Workshop Webinars
– 7-8pm. All Energy Solar illustrates how
solar power has never been more affordable
or easier to install. Learn the basics of a solar
photovoltaic (PV) system; how to determine
if solar is right for a property; the economic
benefits and financing options; overview of
incentives available, and more. Free. Social.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16
Beyond Soul Food: Soul Fusion – 12-2pm. In this
session, we will talk about the versatility of soul
food and use it as inspiration to create a diverse
spread of fusion dishes that celebrate cuisine from
around the world. As we create this delicious plantbased
meal, we will explore the healing properties
of the herbs and spices we use to build flavors. Free.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17
Fall Wellness Fair – 12-4pm. Join us for a fall
wellness extravaganza with loads to do from shopping
to fitness to heart sound recordings! Free.
Location: 7 Vines Vineyard, 101 MN 96, Dellwood.
NutritionChiropractic.com/events. See ad, page 9.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19
Infusion Health Podcast: Time for Me Teas –
9am. Join herbalist Kate Whorlow as she shares the
herbs to use at any time or the special ones to grab
for when you are ill or in pain. Also learn how to
find the best herbs and herbalist for you. Free. Love
InfusionHealth.editorx.io/mysite. See ad, page 13.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20
Muscle Test Your Family – 6:15-7pm. Understand
the basics of muscle testing and learn how you
can test your family at home. Must bring a testing
partner. Free. Location: MetroEast Natural Healing
Center, 6993 35th St N #2, Oakdale. RSVP
651-771-1703 or Info@NutritionChiropractic.
com. See ad, page 9.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26
Infusion Health Podcast: Tarot and Psychic Medium
– 9am. Join guest, Corbie Mitleid, and learn
how tarot cards and psychic readings are not only for
time of death or in a Hallow season, but anytime. We
will also discuss how to not allow fear to block you
from getting a reading. Free. LoveInfusionHealth.
editorx.io/mysite. See ad, page 13.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27
Budget Cooking: Butternut Squash Pasta with
Kale – 5:30-6:30pm. This virtual, budget-cooking
class features a warming butternut squash pasta with
hearty kale that can feed four people for less than
$15 and can be adapted based on what is in your
pantry. Free. Online. MSMarket.coop.
Accelerate Your Healing – 6:15-7pm. Learn what
steps to take to get better quicker, stay healthy longer
and save money. Free. Location: MetroEast Natural
Healing Center, 6993 35th St N #2, Oakdale. RSVP
651-771-1703 or Info@NutritionChiropractic.com.
See ad, page 9.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28
Functional Forum for the Prevention and Treatment
of Early Dementia – 6:30-8pm. The Minnesota
Brain Clinic offers a Functional Health Forum
with presentations by practitioners Dr. Richard
Sinda and Guy Odishaw who will share a natural
protocol that is available for people with early dementia
and Alzheimer’s disease. Free. Online or in
person at 7550 France Ave. S., Lower Level, Edina.
Email Lisa@IDInHealth.com to register.
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 27.
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PLANT-BASED SUPPLEMENTS – Get
Greens, Chlorophyll, Oil Blends, Electrolytes,
Cleansers, Herbal Teas & more. All organic. See
special offer for free samples. TerraLifeStore.
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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/
Open to Abundance Challenge - Are you ready to
experience more abundance in your life? This free
14-day challenge is a fun, easy and powerful way
to open to new thinking. Nothing changes by itself;
it requires a catalyst of some sort. This challenge
is the spark of inspired action that will launch new
thinking, behaviors and results. The key is to be
willing to take that inspired action – are you ready
to say YES? Free. Courses.NeaClare.com/collections.
See ad, page 6.
Midtown Global Market – Mon-Sat 10am-8pm. &
Sun 10am-6pm. If you’re looking for a more unique
shopping experience, head to the Midtown Global
Market, where more than 50 vendors sell food and
trinkets ranging from local produce to Somalian Pastries,
Middle Eastern olives and Asian spices. There
are also cultural events – from musical performances
to Irish step-dancing lessons. Free. 920 East Lake
St, Minneapolis. MidtownGlobalMarket.org/visit.
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
Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop – 8:30-
9:30am. Patricia Enstad, a licensed social worker
and teacher, will provide a lively introduction to the
practices of Mindful Self-Compassion. She writes:
“As we consider the important tasks that lie ahead,
we will need to support our action with compassion
and resiliency. Subtle, yet powerful, these affirming
and portable methods can be utilized anywhere.”
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.
Connecting you to the leaders in natural health
care and green living in our community.
To find out how you can be included in the
Community Resource Guide, email Publisher@
NAtwincities.com to request our media kit.
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.”
BENJAMIN KOTHE, L.Ac.
Bhakti Wellness Center
7550 France Ave. S, Ste. 220, Edina
Roy@BhaktiClinic.com • 612-859-7709
Incorporating modern scientific
knowledge and the ancient
healing wisdom of the past,
Kothe serves his patients with
the empathy and compassion of
one who understands the psychological
and physical pain
that comes with illness. 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 3.
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 23.
Soul Coach, Author
We are in a time of fast evolution
and we have the opportunity to
release deeply held emotional
and mental patterns along with
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 33.
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 29.
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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 11.
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, page 6.
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.
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 9.
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,
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 29.
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 14.
2501 W. 84th St., Bloomington
NWHealth.edu • 952-888-4777
Learn about the leading health
science programs including
Acupuncture and Chinese
Medicine, Massage Therapy
and more. Prepare for success
at a leading natural integrative
medicine university. See ad, page 27.
Some people are in such utter darkness
that they will burn you just to see a light.
Try not to take it personally.
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 33.
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 23.
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 23.
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 3.
Spread the love
wherever you go.
Let no one ever
come to you
6993 35th St N #2, Oakdale
651-771-1703 • NutritionChiropractic.com
Nutrition Response Testing
(NRT) is a noninvasive
system of analyzing the
body to determine the underlying
causes of illness and non-optimum health.
Our clinically proven system may be quite different
from any other healing practice you have experienced.
The actual procedure is simple and direct,
with the body providing all of the information and
feedback needed. See ad, page 9.
NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE
NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE
Tracy D. Sigfrid, NDE Guide
firstname.lastname@example.org • 952-381-2850
Helping others transition after a
Near Death Experience (NDE)
to find purpose and meaning in
their life journey. Tracy is a
multiple NDE survivor and will
help to guide you through your
NDE event. To schedule a private
confidential session, contact
Tracy at 952-381-2850.
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 3.
FRAN BIEGANEK, MS, LP
Bhakti Wellness Center
7550 France Ave. S. Suite 220, Edina
612-564-9947 • FranBieganekTherapy.com
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 3.
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 40.
INFUSION HEALTH PODCAST
Join hosts Rachel Kass and Cris
Patrick as they bring together the
best of Western medicine and
Eastern healing fusing the
education of both, to create the
best you. No health subject is left
untouched, but DISCLAIMER,
we are not professionals. We give suggestions in the
lighter subjects and bring in professionals for the
deeper ones. See ad, page 13.
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 ecofriendly
and reusable packaging. See ad, page 7.
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 27.
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Nature’s Virus Killer
Copper can stop a cold
before it starts
Scientists have discovered a
natural way to kill germs fast.
Now thousands of people
are using it against viruses and bacteria
in the nose and on
when cold viruses
get in your nose.
fast. If you don’t
stop them early,
they spread and
of studies, EPA and
university researchers have confirmed
that viruses and bacteria die almost
instantly when touched by copper.
That’s why ancient Greeks and
Egyptians used copper to purify water
and heal wounds. They didn’t know
about microbes, but now we do.
Scientists say the high conductance
of copper disrupts the electrical balance
in a microbe cell and destroys the cell in
Tests by the EPA (Environmental
Protection Agency) show germs die
fast on copper. So some hospitals tried
copper for touch surfaces like faucets
and doorknobs. This cut the spread of
MRSA and other illnesses by over half,
and saved lives.
The strong scientific evidence gave
inventor Doug Cornell an idea. When
he felt a cold about to start he fashioned
a smooth copper probe and rubbed it
gently in his nose for 60 seconds.
“It worked!” he exclaimed. “The
By Doug Cornell
New device puts copper right
where you need it.
cold never got going. That was
September 2012. I use copper in the
nose every time and I have not had a
single cold since then.”
health claims,” he
said, “so I can’t
say cause and
effect. But we
know copper is
friends to try it.
the same thing, so he patented
CopperZap® and put it on the
Soon hundreds of people had
tried it. The feedback was 99%
positive if they used the copper
within 3 hours after the first sign
of unwanted germs, like a tickle
in the nose or a scratchy throat.
Early user Mary Pickrell
said, “I can’t believe how good
my nose feels.”
“What a wonderful thing!”
exclaimed Physician’s Assistant Julie.
Another customer asked, “Is it supposed
to work that fast?”
Pat McAllister, 70, received one for
Christmas and called it “one of the best
presents ever. This little jewel really
Frequent flier Karen Gauci had been
suffering after crowded flights. Though
skeptical, she tried copper on travel
days for 2 months. “Sixteen flights and
not a sniffle!” she exclaimed.
Businesswoman Rosaleen says when
people around her show signs of cold or
flu, she uses copper morning and night.
“It saved me last holidays,” she said.
“The kids had crud going round and
round, but not me.”
Attorney Donna Blight tried copper
for her sinus. “I am shocked!” she said.
“My head cleared, no more headache,
no more congestion.”
A man with trouble breathing
through his nose at night tried copper
just before bed. “Best sleep I’ve had in
years!” he said.
In a lab test, technicians placed 25
million live flu viruses on a CopperZap.
No viruses were found surviving soon
Dr. Bill Keevil led one of the teams
confirming the research. He placed
millions of disease germs on copper.
“They started to die literally as soon as
they touched the surface,” he said.
Some people press copper on a lip
right away if a warning tingle suggests
unwanted germs gathering there.
The handle is curved
and textured to increase
contact. Copper can
kill germs picked up on
fingers and hands after
you touch things other
people have touched.
The EPA says copper
still works even when
CopperZap is made
in the U.S. of pure
copper. It has a 90-day full money back
guarantee. It is available for $79.95. Get
$10 off each CopperZap with code
Go to www.CopperZap.com or call
Buy once, use forever.
Statements are not intended as
product health claims and have not been
evaluated by the FDA. Not claimed to
diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any
Dr. Bill Keevil:
Copper quickly kills