Natural Awakenings Twin Cities August 2023

Read the August 2023 edition of Natural Awakenings Twin Cities magazine. This is our annual Self-Empowerment Issue featuring articles on stepparenting success, steps for successful school year transition, lifelong learning, mushroom for fun and health, letting nature heal itself, navigating food restrictions at school and so much more! Be sure to check out our local content, including News Brief announcements, Community Resource Guide with providers throughout the metro who can meet your individual wellness needs, and all the happenings in the Calendar of Events. There is additional online-only content that can be found at NATwinCities.com.

Read the August 2023 edition of Natural Awakenings Twin Cities magazine. This is our annual Self-Empowerment Issue featuring articles on stepparenting success, steps for successful school year transition, lifelong learning, mushroom for fun and health, letting nature heal itself, navigating food restrictions at school and so much more!

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


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Staying Young With<br />

Continuing Education<br />

Navigating Food<br />

Restrictions at School<br />


on Letting Nature<br />

Heal Itself<br />



Navigating the<br />

Complexities of<br />

Blended Families<br />



AUGUST <strong>2023</strong>

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It’s back to school time once again, along with bringing back wonderful<br />

memories of the days my son was young. The final weeks<br />

of summer brought thoughts of whether we did enough to make<br />

lasting memories for him as well as the stress of trying to fit in the<br />

final vacation, annual dentist and doctor appointments, the required<br />

haircut and shopping for new clothes and school supplies. It also was<br />

a time to plan quick meals and establish routines for the impending<br />

after-school activities.<br />

Inevitably, this was the busiest time at work as well. The community<br />

college where I worked would welcome new students and<br />

Candi Broeffle<br />

move quickly on new projects and academic programs. Nearly everyone with whom I<br />

worked faced the same struggles at balancing work responsibilities and family obligations.<br />

Looking back, I wish I would have relaxed, prioritized differently, and enjoyed the<br />

time with my son more.<br />

I used to get confused when my grandparents would tell my parents to enjoy the time<br />

they had with their children when they could, because they would be gone too soon. Here<br />

I am today, thinking the same way. You see, as parents of young children that are working<br />

to build a career, it can seem daunting to complete all the responsibilities we have in front<br />

of us. It seems incredibly important to build the career of our dreams, reach our goals, and<br />

build a comfortable life for our family.<br />

Like so many friends that are my age, I look back now on the career that seemed to<br />

be so important as a diminishing memory. Since leaving the college, there have been new<br />

opportunities, different goals, and expanding dreams and I now realize this will continue<br />

throughout my life. This is one lesson we learn as we age—there is always more ahead.<br />

We now have the opportunity to do things differently with our grandchild, and I will<br />

make myself available the same way my parents made themselves available to my son.<br />

This is the gift of grandchildren: We get to implement the lessons we learned as a parent<br />

and support our children as they learn their own lessons. Thankfully, there is no need for<br />

regret—just gratitude for the opportunity to share in the lives of those we love.<br />

Here’s to the education!<br />

Candi Broeffle, Publisher<br />

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6 news briefs<br />

8 health briefs<br />

10 global briefs<br />

12 wise words<br />

18 conscious eating<br />

22 healthy kids<br />

27 calendar<br />

29 resource guide<br />

<strong>August</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


news briefs<br />

Silver Fillings:<br />

Just ugly?<br />

Or harmful too?<br />

This is a picture<br />

of a “Silver”<br />

or “Amalgam”<br />

filling. It is 50 -<br />

52% MERCURY!<br />

If the mercury in<br />

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

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

This is a picture<br />

of a “light cured”<br />

composite filling.<br />

They can last as<br />

long or longer<br />

than mercury<br />

fillings with no danger of releasing<br />

harmful heavy metals.<br />

As noted on Dr. Mercola,<br />

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

Mercury fillings may have a<br />

significant negative impact on your<br />

overall health.<br />

Make <strong>2023</strong> 2017 YOUR year<br />

for healthy choices!<br />

Dr. Madelyn Pearson is the<br />

current president of the<br />

Holistic Dental Association and<br />

has advanced training in safe<br />

mercury removal.<br />

Call or visit our website for<br />

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

www.<strong>Natural</strong>SmilesDental.com<br />

Start a Career<br />

in <strong>Natural</strong> Health<br />

Enrollment is now open for fall and winter courses at<br />

Trinity School of <strong>Natural</strong> Health, a premier resource<br />

for holistic health education, with graduates from all 50<br />

U.S. states and more than 40 countries. Founded in 1991,<br />

the school’s diverse online curriculum provides comprehensive<br />

knowledge and skills to help turn a passion for<br />

healthy living into a fulfilling career. Graduates often use<br />

their education in private practices, group clinics, retail<br />

stores, online businesses, public education or writing jobs.<br />

Certifications are available for a wide range of natural health specialties, including<br />

health coaching, naturopathy, aromatherapy, homeopathy, holistic fitness, herbalism,<br />

iridology, nutritional consulting and ZYTO bioenergetics. Led by instructors with practical<br />

expertise, these online courses provide students the flexibility to work when their schedules<br />

allow, while offering interactive and structured classroom settings to keep students motivated<br />

and on the path toward graduation.<br />

Programs begin every four weeks. For more information or to enroll, call an enrollment<br />

specialist at 800-428-0408, option 2, or visit TrinitySchool.org. See ad on page 26.<br />

Author Introduces a Guide to<br />

Supporting and Optimizing the<br />

Brain <strong>Natural</strong>ly<br />

David Tomen searched for years to find relief after his<br />

diagnosis of adult attention deficit disorder and Post<br />

Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). After Ritalin lost its<br />

effectiveness, he began to read clinical studies to learn more<br />

about how Ritalin worked, searching for something new that<br />

would provide similar benefits. This led him to implement a<br />

methodically researched regimen of supplements and lifestyle<br />

changes resulting in his brain working better than ever before.<br />

Tomen is now sharing his story and research with others<br />

that are looking for ways to deal with their own brain health<br />

and cognition issues. In Head First: 2nd Edition, the author provides detailed reviews of 102<br />

of the most popular natural supplements used today, supported by hundreds of peer-reviewed<br />

clinical studies from leading research institutions and universities around the<br />

world. Written in easy-to-understand language, readers can now decide which supplements<br />

they should try and which ones they should avoid.<br />

“There is no other book out there like Head First,” Tomen states. “The book is devoted<br />

exclusively to natural supplements—not smart drugs such as Ritalin or Adderall. You<br />

do not need a prescription for supplements because they can be found at any local health<br />

food store or vitamin shop.”<br />

Tomen breaks down complex neuroscience and how the brain works so readers can<br />

better understand how supplements work. He also includes two chapters on his recommendations<br />

that can be used to help those suffering from anxiety, autism, attention deficit<br />

hyperactivity disorder, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, PTSD, traumatic<br />

brain injury and more.<br />

“You can literally turn your life around if you take care of your Head First,” Tomen<br />

exclaims. “This saved my life, and I know that with this information you can get relief from<br />

whatever brain health issue you are dealing with, too.”<br />

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

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Healing on the Water<br />

Event in Stillwater<br />

Lisa Green, owner and therapist at Island<br />

Time Spa, in Stillwater, is hosting<br />

a day of healing and discovery on<br />

<strong>August</strong> 13. Healing on the Water is two<br />

fantastic events in one. The free Healer’s<br />

Showcase will be held from 9 a.m. to 1<br />

p.m., at Island Time, in Stillwater. The<br />

showcase features a variety of vendors<br />

and healers ready to offer products and<br />

services that promote well-being. Be<br />

one of the first 100 guests and receive a<br />

complimentary gift bag.<br />

Participants can then join the Paddle<br />

Boat Adventure on the breathtaking<br />

St. Croix River with renowned psychic,<br />

author and speaker Echo Bodine. Bodine<br />

will speak on her experiences in the<br />

psychic and spiritual world, providing<br />

plenty of time to answer questions from<br />

the audience. The boat ride is from 2 to<br />

6 p.m. and will provide another opportunity<br />

to interact with various healers<br />

and vendors that provide massage, reiki,<br />

sound healing, crystals and more.<br />

“Every day, I work with people who<br />

are in pain—and they don’t need to be in<br />

pain,” Green shares. “There are so many<br />

different modalities that can help, and<br />

this event is an opportunity to showcase<br />

what is locally available.”<br />

Hope Academy<br />

Now Enrolling<br />

for the Fall<br />

Hope Academy, a private,<br />

affordable-for-all,<br />

Christ-centered, classical<br />

academy founded as an opportunity-equalizer<br />

for urban<br />

youth, is now enrolling<br />

new students for the fall. The<br />

mission of Hope Academy is<br />

to foster hope in God within<br />

the inner-city neighborhoods<br />

of Minneapolis by providing youth with a remarkable, God-centered education.<br />

Today, Hope Academy serves over 575 students in grades K-12, with a vision<br />

of growing to 1,200 Minneapolis students over the next 10 years. A fast-growing<br />

school, many families are considering enrolling their children. According to recent<br />

enrollments and questionnaires, families have indicated they are movable in their<br />

receptivity toward God-centered education that provides an environment for their<br />

children to participate in a wide range of programs and experience a school setting<br />

that is large and diverse enough to not limit their children’s opportunities.<br />

In a recent survey of parents at Hope, 80 percent said they recall visiting the<br />

academy due to the kindness and friendliness of staff, while 33 percent of parents said<br />

that the nurturing environment played a large role in their committing to the academy.<br />

These statistics show the genuineness and compassion of Hope’s staff for students and<br />

their families.<br />

“We went through the admissions process, met some of the staff here, and we<br />

visited the school,” shares Hope Academy parent Sarah Naranjo. “Feeling so comfortable<br />

here, I was just like ‘Nope, this is a no-brainer, this is where we are going to<br />

send our kids.’”<br />

Location: 2300 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis. Schedule a tour at HopeSchool.org/tour. For<br />

more information, call the Admissions Team at 612-489-5154 and/or visit HopeSchool.org.<br />

See ad, page 3.<br />

Cost: $50 includes the event, lunch, access<br />

to a cash bar and a complimentary gift<br />

bag. Location for Healer’s Showcase: 1940<br />

Greeley St. S., Stillwater. Location of<br />

Paddle Boat Adventure: Stillwater River<br />

Boats, 525 Main St. S., Stillwater. For<br />

more information, call 952-466-3364 or<br />

visit IslandTimeSpa.com.<br />

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health briefs<br />

Maximizing Lutein in<br />

Green Smoothies<br />

Research indicates that lutein is<br />

essential for eye health, suppresses<br />

inflammation and offers cardiovascular<br />

health benefits. Because<br />

the human body cannot make this<br />

powerful antioxidant, it is important<br />

to include it in the diet by<br />

eating dark, leafy vegetables, such<br />

as spinach and kale.<br />

A new study in the journal Nutrients<br />

has found that coconut milk<br />

is the most effective plant-based<br />

milk to liberate lutein from spinach<br />

in green smoothies. The scientists<br />

from Linköping University, in Sweden,<br />

tested 14 liquids, and only<br />

four increased lutein liberation<br />

in spinach smoothies. Compared<br />

to blending spinach with water alone, coconut milk without additives was<br />

found to improve lutein liberation by 42 percent. Improved lutein liberation<br />

was also found with high-fat cow’s milk (36 percent), medium-fat cow’s<br />

milk (30 percent) and coconut milk with additives (25 percent). Researchers<br />

noted that soy milk with and without additives actually reduced lutein<br />

liberation by 40 percent and 61 percent, respectively.<br />

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Diet May Impact<br />

Risk of Miscarriage<br />

One in six pregnancies ends in miscarriage.<br />

While there are many known<br />

causes, including chromosomal<br />

problems and infections in the womb,<br />

nearly half of pregnancy losses remain<br />

unexplained.<br />

Researchers at the University of<br />

Birmingham, in the UK, analyzed<br />

20 studies that examined the eating<br />

habits of 63,838 healthy women<br />

of childbearing age in the months<br />

before and shortly after conception<br />

to see whether there was evidence of<br />

an association with a lower or higher<br />

chance of miscarriage. The review,<br />

published in the journal Fertility and<br />

Sterility, found that, compared to low<br />

consumption, high intake of fruit was<br />

associated with a 61 percent reduction<br />

in miscarriage risk, and high<br />

vegetable intake was associated with<br />

a 41 percent reduction.<br />

Risk reduction was also linked to<br />

dairy products (37 percent), grains<br />

(33 percent), seafood (19 percent)<br />

and eggs (19 percent). The evidence<br />

was uncertain for red meat, white<br />

meat, fat and oil, and sugar substitutes.<br />

The researchers looked at<br />

whether specific types of diets (such<br />

as the Mediterranean Diet or Fertility<br />

Diet) were also linked to miscarriage<br />

risk, but they could not find evidence<br />

that following any of these diets lowered<br />

or raised risk.<br />

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Colon Cancer Rising<br />

Among Young Adults<br />

Colon cancer is on the rise<br />

in young adults, according<br />

to a report published in the<br />

journal Science. Colorectal<br />

cancer diagnosed in<br />

individuals under the age of<br />

50 is known as early-onset<br />

colorectal cancer (EOCRC).<br />

The most common symptoms<br />

include abdominal<br />

pain and rectal bleeding.<br />

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Patients with EOCRC are<br />

often diagnosed with more<br />

advanced-stage disease and have worse survival rates<br />

compared to a later onset of the disease.<br />

EOCRC has risen at a rate of 2 to 4 percent per year since<br />

the 1990s and is anticipated to become the leading cause<br />

of cancer death in those aged 20 to 49 by the year 2030.<br />

One in five colorectal cancer (CRC) cases diagnosed today<br />

are in people younger than 55, compared to one in 10 cases<br />

in 1995, according to the American Cancer Society.<br />

The increased risk is carried through generations due<br />

to changes in environmental risk factors that disproportionately<br />

affect those born in recent decades compared<br />

to those born earlier. Obesity and other conditions related<br />

to metabolic syndrome, such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia,<br />

hyperglycemia and Type 2 diabetes are associated<br />

with CRC risk. Dietary factors, such as sugar-sweetened<br />

beverages, red and processed meat, and Western diets,<br />

have also been implicated, as has the increased use of antibiotics,<br />

environmental toxins and higher rates of cesarean<br />

sections and other surgical procedures. Other possible<br />

reasons include genetics, low screening rates and misdiagnoses.<br />

Researchers also call for more research on the<br />

microbiome for EOCRC early detection and assessment.<br />

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Tattoo Science and Concerns<br />

People have decorated<br />

their bodies with<br />

tattoos for millennia<br />

for ceremonial and<br />

religious reasons, and<br />

many people today<br />

use them as a form<br />

of self-expression.<br />

Tattoo inks are usually<br />

made of a mixture of<br />

solid particles, molecular<br />

dyes, binders and<br />

water. The color of the<br />

tattoo comes from light<br />

being reflected or absorbed<br />

by the particles and dyes. While tattoo artists must<br />

be licensed to operate for safety reasons, the inks used for<br />

tattoos are unregulated in the U.S.<br />

Researchers from Binghamton University, in New York,<br />

analyzed almost 100 inks and found that even when these<br />

products included an ingredient label, they were not accurate.<br />

The team also detected particles that could be<br />

harmful to cells.<br />

“Every time we looked at one of the inks, we found<br />

something that gave me pause,” says John Swierk, Ph.D.,<br />

the project’s principal investigator. “For example, 23 of 56<br />

different inks analyzed to date suggest an azo-containing<br />

dye is present.” Although many azo pigments do not cause<br />

health concerns when they are chemically intact, bacteria<br />

or ultraviolet light can degrade them into another nitrogen-based<br />

compound that is a potential carcinogen. In<br />

addition, the team analyzed 16 inks using electron microscopy,<br />

and about half contained particles small enough to<br />

get through the cell membrane and potentially cause harm.<br />

Once this data has been peer reviewed, the findings will<br />

be posted at WhatsInMyInk.com to help consumers and<br />

artists make informed choices.<br />

13MoonsPublishingServices.com<br />

<strong>August</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


global briefs<br />

El Niño Is Here<br />

New Species<br />

Found in Deep-Sea<br />

Mining Zone<br />

photo courtesy of Dell_Technologies__community<br />

sripfoto/ShutterStock.com<br />

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, El<br />

Niño and La Niña are the warm and cool phases of a climate pattern across<br />

the tropical Pacific. The patterns shift back and forth every two to seven<br />

years and vary in strength, causing changes in ocean temperature that<br />

lead to droughts, floods and heat waves in different parts of the world.<br />

El Niño has the strongest influence on U.S. winter weather, but in the<br />

summer, it reduces hurricane activity in the Caribbean and Atlantic. The<br />

pattern also makes it wetter across the southern third to half of the country,<br />

including California, while regions in the Pacific Northwest and parts<br />

of the Ohio Valley are dry and warm. Outside the U.S., El Niño brings drier<br />

weather to Australia, Indonesia, India, and parts of southern Africa and<br />

northern South America, and wetter conditions in Southeast Argentina,<br />

parts of Chile and Northeast Africa.<br />

This year’s El Niño formed earlier than usual, increasing the possibility of<br />

a strong effect on the weather, which when combined with human-caused<br />

warming, could result in record high global temperatures. Experts also say<br />

it is possible that record hot Atlantic Ocean water may counteract El Niño’s<br />

usual suppression of hurricanes this year.<br />

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Biologists have discovered more<br />

than 5,000 new species of marine<br />

life in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone<br />

(CCZ), an untouched seabed in<br />

the Pacific Ocean spanning nearly<br />

2 million square miles between<br />

Hawaii and Mexico. Remarkably,<br />

approximately 90 percent of the<br />

species are entirely new to science.<br />

In a paper published in the journal<br />

Current Biology, scientists provided<br />

the first list of CCZ species,<br />

although most of them have not<br />

yet been named or described. The<br />

checklist focuses on multicellular<br />

animals dwelling on the ocean floor.<br />

This research is crucial for assessing<br />

the potential consequences<br />

of deep-sea mining in the CCZ.<br />

The seafloor is rich with cobalt,<br />

manganese, nickel, copper and<br />

zinc—minerals that are critical for<br />

renewable energy technologies.<br />

Already, 31 exploration contracts<br />

have been awarded to several mining<br />

companies. Excavation in the<br />

CCZ has not yet begun, and scientists,<br />

activists and governments<br />

have urged caution until researchers<br />

are able to evaluate and better<br />

understand the impact that mining<br />

would have on this unique marine<br />

ecosystem.<br />

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Power Walking Innovation<br />

Climate Victory Gardens<br />

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A basic law of physics states that energy cannot be<br />

created or destroyed. Kinetic energy pushes us forward<br />

each time we take a step. According to the Mayo Clinic,<br />

the average American takes 3,000 to 4,000 steps a day,<br />

with many aiming for 10,000 or more. That’s a great deal of<br />

energy that gets transferred to the ground unused.<br />

As a design and technology student in London, Laurence<br />

Kemball-Cook devised a plan to collect the secondhand<br />

energy of footsteps and store it in a usable format. In<br />

2009, a kinetic floor tile that could generate clean electricity<br />

was born. Today, Kemball-Cook is CEO of Pavegen,<br />

one of many companies looking for ways to advance<br />

sustainable energy. Pavegen has installed more than 200<br />

projects in 37 countries.<br />

Pavegen’s sidewalks are made of tile-like triangular<br />

platforms. When someone steps on a tile, a flywheel is<br />

activated to spin extremely fast, generating power that<br />

is sent to and stored in a battery. Although these smart<br />

sidewalks do not have the capacity to power entire cities,<br />

they can provide energy to office spaces, shopping<br />

malls, neighborhoods with streetlamps, sports games and<br />

music festivals. While the company works to lower costs<br />

and extend their application, Pavegen has been using its<br />

energy-producing sidewalks as an educational tool for<br />

sustainability awareness.<br />

During World War II, an estimated 20 million Americans<br />

planted individual and community “victory gardens” to<br />

assist the war efforts by producing more than 40 percent<br />

of the fresh fruits and vegetables consumed in the country<br />

at the time. As the world faces a different kind of threat<br />

today, Green America is encouraging and training people<br />

to plant “climate victory gardens” to restore soil health and<br />

draw down carbon as a way to help solve the climate crisis.<br />

The project invites people to log their garden on an<br />

online map (GreenAmerica.org/climate-victory-gardens),<br />

showing the cumulative impact of their effort. More than<br />

20,000 climate victory gardens have already been planted,<br />

collectively sequestering approximately 4,740 tons<br />

of carbon per year, which is equivalent to eliminating the<br />

emissions from driving more than 39 million miles.<br />

The mission of Green America, a nonprofit, is to mobilize<br />

and empower consumers, investors, businesses and the<br />

marketplace to create a socially just and environmentally<br />

sustainable society. Green America provides information<br />

on regenerative gardening in down-to-earth terms for<br />

beginners and seasoned pros. They also provide resources<br />

on related topics, such as organic fertilizers and pesticides,<br />

raising chickens, growing food indoors, composting,<br />

supporting pollinators and building a rain barrel.<br />

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wise words<br />

Maria Rodale<br />


by Sophia Ellis Kreider<br />

guidance, I tend to really mess things up,<br />

so even when I don’t understand the path,<br />

I have to follow it.<br />

Bestselling author, activist and<br />

gardener Maria Rodale is a board<br />

member of Rodale Institute, a<br />

nonprofit dedicated to growing the regenerative<br />

organic agriculture movement<br />

through research, farmer training and education.<br />

She is the former CEO of Rodale<br />

Inc., the global health and wellness media<br />

company that published notable books<br />

and magazines, including Al Gore’s An<br />

Inconvenient Truth.<br />

Her own books include Organic<br />

Manifesto: How Organic Food Can Heal<br />

Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us<br />

Safe, as well as Scratch: Home Cooking for<br />

Everyone Made Simple, Fun, and Totally<br />

Delicious. In her latest work, Love, Nature,<br />

Magic: Shamanic Journeys into the<br />

Heart of My Garden, Rodale leads readers<br />

through her relationship with the plants,<br />

animals and insects that inhabit her garden<br />

and shares the life lessons these often<br />

misunderstood creatures taught her.<br />

Why did you write this book?<br />

It was a combination of sensing that<br />

“spirit” wouldn’t allow me not to and the<br />

recognition that I could write the book<br />

in my own way, with humor and irreverence.<br />

It’s been my experience that once<br />

we begin following the path that spirit<br />

provides for us, things become easy. As<br />

someone on the older side of life, I’ve also<br />

noticed that when I don’t listen to that<br />

photo courtesy of Rodale Institute<br />

What is the most significant<br />

message nature is trying to<br />

share with us?<br />

The overarching message, which has been<br />

reinforced since I wrote the book, is that<br />

nature wants to feel free to do whatever it<br />

needs to do to heal things. The more we<br />

try to control nature, the more frustrated<br />

it gets. The same is true for people;<br />

the freer we feel, the happier and more<br />

productive we are. All efforts to control,<br />

whether it’s controlling human behavior<br />

or landscapers trying to control the<br />

landscape, are not helpful in any way. If<br />

we want to solve the climate crisis or the<br />

environmental crisis, we need to allow<br />

nature to be free and do its job.<br />

The other message I received from<br />

nature relates to humans’ tendency to<br />

search for plants, take them, hoard them,<br />

eat them and rub them on our skin. In<br />

reality, we don’t need to do these things<br />

to benefit from plants. We can simply be<br />

in harmony with them in order to absorb<br />

their healing energy. So again, it’s about<br />

freedom, releasing control and trusting<br />

our relationship with plants and nature.<br />

What role does courage play in<br />

exploring what plants, insects<br />

and animals have to teach us?<br />

Many of us are afraid of having new experiences<br />

or have anxiety about things we don’t<br />

understand. When this happens, we can<br />

choose to stay in the fear or encourage ourselves<br />

through it. When we choose courage<br />

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and curiosity, we often learn a new<br />

skill or power. For example, when I<br />

was journeying and getting to know<br />

mosquitos and ticks, I felt afraid but<br />

chose to keep going. While I didn’t<br />

come to love the mosquitos and<br />

ticks, I developed compassion and<br />

respect for them.<br />

To understand what nature is<br />

communicating to us, we need<br />

to get curious and unlearn what<br />

our parents and culture taught<br />

us about how our garden should<br />

look or how we should interact with it. We can ask ourselves,<br />

“What am I afraid of? Where did the fear come from?” and<br />

listen for the answer.<br />

What role does personal trauma play<br />

in healing our planet?<br />

Trauma is the root of everything—crime, abuse and all the things<br />

that make us unhappy and destructive, both towards each other and<br />

nature. That’s one of the reasons I was excited to share the parents’<br />

creed in the milkweed chapter. The creed teaches that in order to<br />

stop trauma, we must raise kids well from the start. The challenge<br />

is that our culture doesn’t provide the information we need to minimize<br />

our mistakes or prevent trauma in the first place. Openness<br />

to learning about ourselves is key to healing trauma. When we heal<br />

our traumas, we are less likely to project trauma onto other living<br />

beings, including nature.<br />

If people respond to life with curiosity instead of fear, and love<br />

instead of control, we can evolve amazingly fast and have fun doing<br />

it. This is the wonderful work we can accomplish together with<br />

nature—envisioning and building new systems and ways of being<br />

on this beautiful Earth.<br />

Sophia Ellis Kreider is a freelance writer in Lancaster, PA, and a<br />

regular contributor to <strong>Natural</strong> <strong>Awakenings</strong>. Connect at Sophia<br />

EllisKreider@gmail.com.<br />

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by Linda Sechrist<br />

It’s never too late to take an evening drawing class at the local<br />

high school, learn a language with the help of an app or get<br />

one-on-one tutoring from a piano instructor. Adults of any age<br />

can find personal and professional benefits when they engage<br />

in what is termed “lifelong learning”. It is a great way to spice up<br />

retirement, acquire skills for a coveted promotion, master new<br />

technology, express creativity or simply keep the mind sharp.<br />

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Lifelong learners are generally<br />

curious, self-motivated and<br />

passionate individuals. Their<br />

continuing educational pursuits<br />

can lead to mental and<br />

emotional benefits, including<br />

healthier, more fulfilling lives.

Brain Benefits<br />

In a study published in the journal Psychological Science involving<br />

200 seniors, neuroscientists at the Center for Vital Longevity<br />

at The University of Texas at Dallas found that sustained<br />

engagement in cognitively demanding, novel activities—such as<br />

learning digital photography or quilting—significantly enhanced<br />

memory function in older adults. The researchers were surprised<br />

to discover that the control group, which engaged in fun, social<br />

activities without learning a new skill, did not perform as well in<br />

memory tests.<br />

In a report published in the journal Neurology, Dr. Keith Johnson<br />

from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical<br />

School found that people engaged in higher levels of intellectual<br />

stimulation throughout their lives can delay the onset of memory<br />

problems and other symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, although it<br />

does not represent a cure for the illness.<br />

The mind is a use-it-or-lose-it tool, says Dr. Lise Van Susteren,<br />

a general and forensic psychiatrist in Washington, D.C. “What<br />

better way to use our short-term<br />

and long-term memory than to<br />

engage in lifelong learning? The<br />

older we get, the less likely we are<br />

to exercise short-term memory.<br />

We program our phones with<br />

numbers we call regularly. We store passwords and usernames<br />

in our computers and never attempt to memorize credit card<br />

numbers,” she explains. “We’re not using our brains enough,<br />

leaving us open to being replaced by AI [artificial intelligence].<br />

The brain is a muscle to be exercised regularly or like a car that<br />

you must keep tuned up.”<br />

Susteren points to a five-year study of London taxi drivers,<br />

which found that the hippocampus, a part of the brain that is<br />

crucial for long-term memory and spatial navigation, was larger<br />

than average in the brains of these cabbies. What’s more, the<br />

neuroscientists at University College London were able to show<br />

through magnetic resonance imaging that this gray-matter growth<br />

occurred over a four-year period after the drivers had memorized<br />

an intricate network of 25,000 streets and thousands of routes to<br />

tourist attractions and city hotspots. According to Van Susteren,<br />

this study suggests that intensive learning can spur the brain to<br />

grow over time.<br />

Making Every Day Count<br />

Ingrid Bianca Byerly, director of the Humanitarian Challenges<br />

Focus Program and senior lecturing fellow in the Thompson<br />

Writing Program, at Duke University, describes lifelong learners<br />

as audacious, curious and fun-loving people that passionately<br />

seize the day. In a TEDxStGeorge talk entitled “The New Fountain<br />

of Youth: Lifelong Learning”, she recounts the invigorating<br />

experience of being on the faculty of three Semester at Sea<br />

voyages, where she taught undergraduate students and lifelong<br />

learners world music and public-speaking advocacy for global<br />

humanitarian causes.<br />

“Entering college, you’re asking yourself, ‘What am I going to<br />

do for a job and a paycheck?’ and at retirement, you’re asking,<br />

‘What is my purpose, and what am I going to do with the rest<br />

of my life for my personal fulfillment and enrichment?’” Byerly<br />

expresses admiration for lifelong learners that pursue life goals,<br />

learn to play musical instruments, take art classes, climb mountains<br />

or write memoirs, and surmises that the secret to staying<br />

young and keeping the mind alive is adult education.<br />

Life-Altering Pursuits<br />

A study of London taxi drivers suggests<br />

that intensive learning can spur<br />

the brain to grow over time.<br />

For some lifelong learners, seeking new opportunities and embracing<br />

change are compelling motivators. Take Maia Toll, for<br />

example. In 2006, she followed a whim to study herbalism with<br />

a traditional healer in Ireland. For the elementary school teacher<br />

living in Beacon, New York, botanical herbs had only been a<br />

hobby up to that point.<br />

“Apprenticing with Eleanor changed everything,” she says of<br />

her experience with her Irish-based mentor. “I had the space in<br />

my life and money from selling my<br />

house. Three months turned into<br />

nearly a year, and upon returning<br />

home, I continued studying for<br />

four more years.”<br />

Toll left her teaching career to<br />

become a full-time herbalist and is now the co-owner of a shop<br />

called Herbiary, with locations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and<br />

Asheville, North Carolina, where she lives. She has taught herbalism<br />

at West Chester University in their School of Public Health,<br />

led a study program in the Amazon rainforest and written several<br />

books, including her latest, Letting Magic In. As she explains,<br />

“Lifelong learning can change your life at any age.”<br />

A Greater Commitment to Learning<br />

For 30 years, Jim Walker was a labor representative for the California<br />

School Employees Association. He recalls teaching a labor-law<br />

class as an adjunct instructor for Los Angeles Trade-Technical<br />

College and estimates that about 80 percent of his students<br />

were lifelong learners, which he defines as adults between the ages<br />

of 30 and 45 that are interested in the subject matter for personal<br />

or professional reasons rather than satisfying a requirement for a<br />

college degree.<br />

“It was obvious to me that these lifelong learners were more<br />

dedicated students than college students. They were like sponges<br />

and wanted to absorb everything. Occasionally during classes,<br />

it was the lifelong learners that were on their phones googling<br />

the subject and updating my facts,” says Walker, who admits that<br />

when he had more free time in retirement, he enrolled in meteorology<br />

and astrology courses to satisfy longstanding interests of<br />

his own.<br />

The Joy of Achieving Milestones<br />

In love with learning and the sense of accomplishment she feels<br />

whenever she masters a subject, Doreen DeStefano, of Root Caus-<br />

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es Holistic Health & Medicine, in Fort Myers, Florida, has been<br />

earning degrees since 1987. She holds bachelor’s degrees in nursing<br />

and exercise physiology, master’s degrees in criminology and<br />

public business administration, and doctorates in natural health<br />

and nursing practice. “In medicine, there is always something new<br />

to learn,” she says. “I think that’s why I chose this field. It’s fun to<br />

learn the latest thing.”<br />

Resources<br />

There are numerous opportunities for learning, in person and online.<br />

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n For people that work full time, many cities offer evening classes<br />

at high schools, colleges or civic centers on a wide range of<br />

subjects.<br />

n Museums and art institutions commonly host demonstrations<br />

and in-depth instruction by local artists.<br />

n A neighborhood music store can lead to connections with<br />

musicians that tutor burgeoning rock stars.<br />

n For those harboring thespian aspirations, a hometown improv<br />

group or regional theater may be holding auditions or offering<br />

acting classes.<br />

n Dance studios help people step up their ballroom dance skills.<br />

n Contact a chef or visit a kitchen supply store for cooking<br />

lessons.<br />

n A nearby botanical garden or gardening shop may offer howto<br />

classes for growing native or pollinator plants.<br />

n Pick up sewing tips at the fabric store.<br />

n If a class is not offered, create a study group that meets at a cafe<br />

or park to learn together.<br />


n To become proficient in a new language, check out apps like<br />

RosettaStone.com and Duolingo.com.<br />

n YouTube.com is an endless source for instructional videos of<br />

every variety.<br />

n Visit Ted.com for informative and inspiring TED talks by global<br />

experts in their respective fields.<br />

n For students that wish to learn while taking nature walks, a<br />

vast world of podcasts awaits.<br />

n For transformational learning, try MindValley.com,<br />

UbiquityUniversity.org and Gaia.org.<br />

n Coursera.org offers many streaming courses, documentaries<br />

and films.<br />

n Auditing university classes at prestigious, world-class schools<br />

is just a click away. Visit these popular sites, many of which<br />

offer courses for free: Harvard University (pll.Harvard.edu/catalog/free),<br />

Stanford University (Online.Stanford.edu/free-courses),<br />

EdX (EdX.org) and The Open University (Open.edu).<br />

Linda Sechrist has been a contributing writer to <strong>Natural</strong> <strong>Awakenings</strong><br />

publications for 20 years.<br />

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Four Steps for a Smooth Transition<br />

to a Successful School Year<br />

by Bethany Habbena<br />

It is that time again—summer is winding down and the energy for school in the fall<br />

is ramping up. Along with the excitement and anticipation for school to start, there<br />

also come anxieties. There are so many pieces that need to be put in place for the<br />

fall transition to go smoothly, as well as plenty of planning and preparation that need<br />

be done before the first day of school. All of this can be overwhelming, but taking a few<br />

steps ahead of time can help adequately prepare for the upcoming school year.<br />

Steady Morning Routine<br />

The first step is to subtly get the mind and body into the routine of the school year. One<br />

effective way to accomplish this is to start a consistent morning routine. Often, when<br />

in the summer vacation mode, a schedule can be very loose or nonexistent. Start with a<br />

simple morning routine of getting up at the same time every day. This will prepare children<br />

by starting to get them in the rhythm of a routine before the beginning of the school<br />

year. No one likes getting up early so, if possible, plan something fun to do right after<br />

breakfast. Children will be much more inclined to jump into the routine when there is an<br />

event to which to look forward.<br />

Healthy Lunch<br />

Provide children with a healthy lunch around the same time every day. This is another way to<br />

get children into the rhythm of the day and school year. Oftentimes in the summer, lunch is<br />

more relaxed as parents are not home or simply do not have the time to prepare three meals<br />

every day. Once the school year approaches, it’s important to have healthy lunches each day.<br />

This not only prepares a child by acclimating them to a schedule, but also feeds their brain<br />

and allows for a healthy rejuvenation before the beginning of the school year. Some brain-<br />

healthy foods to incorporate include berries,<br />

walnuts, fish and leafy greens.<br />

Create a Study Space<br />

for the Fall<br />

Once homework rolls in, having a study<br />

space is vital for focus and efficiency. Get<br />

ahead of the game and invest in setting<br />

aside a space to get work done. Other<br />

places in the home can be very distracting,<br />

especially to younger students. Setting<br />

aside time and a place for homework has<br />

shown to be effective in promoting structure<br />

for children. Prepare now and find a<br />

desk or table for homework time. There<br />

may already be a space in the home that’s<br />

ready to become the homework spot.<br />

Go Shopping<br />

Build up the anticipation and excitement<br />

for the school year<br />

by shopping for school<br />

necessities. Excitement<br />

is contagious; build it by<br />

going on special outings to<br />

prepare for the school year<br />

and the student will start<br />

to feel the same excitement.<br />

If we do not have the<br />

time or the energy to go out shopping,<br />

order needed supplies online. Be creative<br />

with it—play a game or scavenger hunt<br />

for school supplies—even a bingo game<br />

in which the prizes are school supplies<br />

will excite and encourage the student.<br />

Taking these simple preparation<br />

steps will provide structure and stability<br />

before the school year so everyone can<br />

enjoy the summer while it is here, yet<br />

welcome the school year with excitement.<br />

Bethany Habbena is the<br />

marketing and communications<br />

specialist at Hope<br />

Academy, in Minneapolis,<br />

an affordable private school<br />

that aims to foster hope in<br />

God within the inner-city<br />

neighborhoods of Minneapolis by providing<br />

youth with a remarkable, classical,<br />

Christ-centered education. Located at 2300<br />

Chicago Ave. S, Minneapolis, schedule a tour<br />

at HopeSchool.org/tour or call the Admissions<br />

Team at 612-489-5154. See ad, page 3.<br />

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conscious eating<br />

Childhood Food Allergies,<br />

Intolerances and Sensitivities<br />


by Veronica Hinke<br />

It’s back-to-school season, and for students<br />

with food issues, meal planning<br />

is as important as lining up classroom<br />

supplies and extracurricular schedules.<br />

Paramount in their minds is to avoid<br />

ingredients that might cause unappealing<br />

reactions or compromise health, while not<br />

stressing about the risks or feeling cheated<br />

that they cannot eat the same things as<br />

their friends.<br />

Diagnosis<br />

Often, food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances<br />

are incorrectly used interchangeably<br />

when, in fact, the symptoms, treatments<br />

and safety recommendations differ.<br />

Consult a physician for a proper diagnosis<br />

and a nutritionist for dietary guidance.<br />

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FOOD ALLERGIES cause an almost<br />

immediate, potentially deadly immune<br />

response (anaphylaxis) requiring an<br />

epinephrine shot. Symptoms include a<br />

drop in blood pressure, narrowing of the<br />

airways, rashes, nausea and vomiting.<br />

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control<br />

and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 20<br />

percent of students with food allergies<br />

will have a reaction at school. Eight ingredients<br />

account for 90 percent of food<br />

allergies: milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree<br />

nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans.<br />

FOOD INTOLERANCES result from an<br />

inability to digest certain foods due to<br />

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an enzyme deficiency or irritable bowel<br />

syndrome. The most common forms of<br />

intolerance are caused by lactose, histamine<br />

and gluten.<br />

Food sensitivities provoke delayed<br />

symptoms (sometimes days after eating a<br />

problematic ingredient), including diarrhea,<br />

rashes, joint pain, digestive problems,<br />

fatigue and brain fog. Among children,<br />

common triggers are lactose, gluten, grains,<br />

legumes, soy, corn and yeast.<br />

Emotional Concerns<br />

According to Karen Raden, an Illinois-based<br />

registered dietician and<br />

certified clinical nutritionist, the goal is<br />

what she calls “food freedom”: the empowerment<br />

of students to make informed<br />

choices that feel best for them and their<br />

bodies. “Even if a child’s options are<br />

limited, it’s important to allow them to<br />

make substitutions. The less restricted,<br />

the better. It’s not just about the science;<br />

there’s a lot of emotion that goes into it,<br />

too,” she says.<br />

Dr. Dawn Huebner, a psychologist,<br />

author and parent coach in Sacramento,<br />

California, says, “There is danger associated<br />

with allergies, and anxiety results<br />

when you overestimate the danger. In<br />

children, this can morph into anxiety<br />

about eating with other people or touching<br />

things in the classroom. Many parents<br />

are intent on making uncomfortable feelings<br />

go away, so they end up minimizing<br />

feelings, telling their children to simply<br />

not worry.”<br />

A better approach, Huebner says, is to acknowledge<br />

the child’s reality and empathize<br />

with them. “Say to your child in a really direct<br />

way, ‘Yes, that’s hard to see your friends<br />

eating ice cream or cupcakes that you don’t<br />

get to have.’ Even though there are food<br />

substitutions, it doesn’t make up for the fact<br />

that a student doesn’t get to be a regular kid,<br />

eating what everyone else gets to eat.”<br />

Ready-to-Eat Options<br />

Huebner suggests that parents help their<br />

children develop skills to overcome temptation,<br />

rather than berating or punishing<br />

them for occasionally sneaking forbidden<br />

foods. At all times, delicious alternatives<br />

should be readily available.<br />

Theresa Diulus, a Texas-based nutrition coach, believes in empowering kids by keeping<br />

ready-made foods in clearly marked bins that kids can easily access. She stocks the pantry<br />

with gluten-free oatmeal and coconut or cassava flour cake mixes, and stores frozen,<br />

gluten-free waffle or pancake batter in batches to save time when a safe and delicious<br />

treat is needed.<br />

Food Substitutions<br />

Replacing essential nutrients that might be missing once certain foods are eliminated is<br />

another key objective. “If dairy is the problem, for example, we worry about bone health<br />

and need to make sure the child is getting calcium from nondairy sources,” Raden explains.<br />

“I like to find out what their favorite foods are and modify them. Food issues are<br />

more prevalent these days. We’re really lucky now that there are very good substitutes for<br />

eggs, dairy and gluten.”<br />

Raden recently adapted a shepherd’s pie recipe by using gluten-free flour and<br />

almond milk. For people that cannot tolerate regular eggs, she recommends using a<br />

“flax egg” in baked goods, which combines one tablespoon of flaxseed meal with three<br />

tablespoons of water.<br />

Family Meals Made Easy<br />

When they were little, Caroline Somers’ two daughters developed extensive food intolerances<br />

and food allergies with inflammation, gastrointestinal bloating and digestive<br />

distress. Tasked with reimagining her family’s diet, the president of Suzanne Somers<br />

Companies created new versions of her favorite recipes, which will be featured in her<br />

upcoming cookbook, Served: From My Family Table to Yours.<br />

“Many people deal with family members who have food preferences or intolerances<br />

to foods, and it can turn the person preparing foods into a short-order cook—no gluten<br />

for this one; vegan for that one; this one will eat fish but no dairy. It can make your<br />

head spin,” says Somers. Her Vietnamese Spring Rolls recipe addresses this predicament<br />

by serving the ingredients family-style and inviting each person at the table to<br />

assemble their own spring roll according to their food preferences and restrictions.<br />

Veronica Hinke is a food historian and author of The Last Night on the Titanic: Unsinkable<br />

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1 palm-sized piece of fresh ginger<br />

½ cup toasted sesame oil<br />

Peel the ginger and thinly dice it. Heat the oil in a sauté pan over<br />

medium-high heat. Add the diced ginger and fry until golden<br />

brown—approximately 6 to 8 minutes—stirring frequently to<br />

brown evenly. Transfer the crispy ginger to a small serving bowl<br />

with a tiny spoon.<br />

To accommodate a family with differing dietary needs due to<br />

food allergies, sensitivities or intolerances, this dish is served<br />

family-style, allowing diners to assemble their own spring rolls,<br />

choosing from the ingredients that fit their food restrictions.<br />



1 8-oz package of 8¾-inch rice spring roll wrappers (24 wrappers)<br />

1 bunch Thai basil (or Italian basil), leaves only<br />

1 bunch fresh mint, leaves only<br />

1 bunch fresh cilantro, leaves only<br />

3 cups coconut jade pearl rice (recipe below)<br />

2 mangoes or papayas, pitted, peeled and sliced into long, thin strips<br />

4 Persian cucumbers, julienned into long, thin strips<br />

6 carrots, julienned into long, thin strips<br />

¼ cup crispy ginger (recipe below)<br />

1 head romaine lettuce, thinly sliced<br />

1 head red leaf lettuce, thinly sliced<br />

2 cups sesame ginger vinaigrette (recipe below)<br />

1 cup peanut sauce (recipe below)<br />

Sriracha to taste<br />


1 15-oz bag (2¼ cups) Lotus Foods Jade Pearl Rice (or jasmine rice)<br />

1 14-oz can unsweetened coconut milk<br />

1¼ cups water<br />

Pinch of sea salt<br />

Do not rinse the rice. Combine rice, coconut milk, water and salt<br />

in a pot and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to a simmer<br />

and cook for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for<br />

10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve. Can also be prepared in a<br />

rice cooker with the same ratios.<br />

photo by Caroline Somers<br />


1 cup toasted sesame oil<br />

¾ cup rice wine vinegar<br />

¼ cup tamari (or soy sauce)<br />

2 Tbsp grated fresh ginger<br />

1 Tbsp dried hot mustard<br />

Combine all the ingredients in a jar with fitted lid. Cover and shake<br />

until well combined. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.<br />


½ cup creamy peanut butter<br />

1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger<br />

2 cloves garlic, pressed<br />

2 Tbsp palm sugar<br />

2 Tbsp sweet chili sauce<br />

1 lime, juiced<br />

1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar<br />

1 Tbsp tamari (or soy sauce)<br />

1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil<br />

2 to 3 Tbsp warm water<br />

Heat the peanut butter in a medium bowl in the microwave for<br />

20 to 30 seconds. Add the ginger, garlic, sugar, chili sauce, lime<br />

juice, vinegar, tamari and sesame oil, and whisk to combine. Add<br />

the warm water to thin the sauce to desired consistency. Store in a<br />

covered jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.<br />

To assemble a spring roll, dip one rice wrapper completely in a<br />

shallow bowl of warm water for about 5 seconds. Remove and<br />

spread flat on a plate or chopping board. Place basil leaves down<br />

the center. Continue to top the single strip with mint, cilantro, a<br />

thin layer of rice, mango, cucumber, carrot, a few pieces of crispy<br />

ginger and lettuce. Do not overstuff.<br />

Fold up the bottom first, then fold over one side of the wrapper,<br />

tucking and rolling the filling into a compact cylinder, leaving the<br />

top end open. Serve the rolls with bowls of sesame ginger vinaigrette,<br />

peanut sauce and sriracha. Repeat to make desired number<br />

of rolls, using any combination of ingredients.<br />

Recipe and photo courtesy of Caroline Somers.<br />

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and rice flour instead of gluten-containing white flour to lightly<br />

coat the chicken, helping to keep the meat juicy and tender.<br />


1 to 2 chicken breasts (depending on size), cut into 1-inch pieces<br />

¼ cup rice flour<br />

½ tsp salt<br />

2 grinds of fresh pepper<br />

3 Tbsp vegetable oil<br />

1-inch section of ginger root, peeled and chopped<br />

1 scallion, sliced<br />

1 broccoli crown, chopped<br />


1 Tbsp gluten-free tamari<br />

1 tsp rice wine vinegar<br />

½ tsp toasted sesame oil<br />

2 tsp honey<br />

In a bowl, combine the rice flour with salt and pepper. Toss the<br />

chicken in the mixture and set aside. In a large, nonstick pan,<br />

heat 1 tablespoon oil on medium high heat and add the ginger<br />

and white part of the scallions, quickly stir frying for 1 minute.<br />

Add the broccoli and continue cooking until slightly tender.<br />

Remove from the pan to a platter.<br />

Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan. Cook the chicken,<br />

stirring occasionally until lightly browned on all sides. Meanwhile,<br />

stir together the glaze ingredients in a small bowl. Once the<br />

chicken is cooked, add the glaze to the pan and cook for 1 minute<br />

to thicken it. Add the broccoli and remaining green parts of the<br />

scallions and combine to heat through. Serve over rice or noodles.<br />

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Blended families are complex and often challenging. A marriage between two people<br />

that already have children creates new relationships with individuals that were strangers<br />

not long ago. The newlyweds must nurture their own kids while forming new<br />

bonds with stepchildren, and the children may need to figure out how to accept a stepparent<br />

into their lives, share physical and emotional space with stepsiblings or spend part of their<br />

time in their other parent’s home.<br />

It’s a lot to ask. Imagine this through the eyes of a young child or teenager. It might be<br />

confusing, frustrating or infuriating. Fortunately, there are methods to knit a blended family<br />

into a strong and enduring tapestry.<br />

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Beat the Odds<br />

According to Julee Peterson, a California-based<br />

therapist at Helping Blended<br />

Families, 65 percent of families are blended.<br />

It is the new norm. And yet, the U.S.<br />

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention<br />

estimates that 23 percent of second<br />

marriages end in divorce after five years<br />

and 39 percent dissolve after 10 years. Peterson<br />

notes, “Many reputable scholars still<br />

project the overall divorce rate for all marriages<br />

to be between 40 and 50 percent.”<br />

To avoid becoming part of these statistics,<br />

it is crucial to manage expectations before<br />

creating a blended family. “What roles<br />

do you see each other playing? How are<br />

you going to handle discipline, experience<br />

holidays, safeguard your relationship or<br />

deal with divorce drama?” asks Christina<br />

McGhee, MSW, author of Parenting Apart:<br />

How Separated and Divorced Parents Can<br />

Raise Happy and Secure Kids.<br />

See the Child’s Point of View<br />

McGhee, who prefers to be called “bonus<br />

mom” by her two stepchildren, cautions<br />

parents not to underestimate the amount<br />

of stress that blended families experience<br />

due to different parenting styles, uncooperative<br />

coparents and revolving schedules.<br />

“But it’s still possible to create an environment<br />

where everybody feels connected and<br />

accepted,” she asserts.<br />

“Even very young children pick up on body<br />

language and stress,” says McGhee. “Kids can<br />

do remarkably well having one household

that is grounded, balanced and supportive with parental figures that<br />

validate their feelings, shield them from conflict, create opportunities<br />

for conversation and remain consistent and predictable.”<br />

Set Practical Boundaries<br />

While it’s okay if a stepchild is not comfortable with a stepparent<br />

right away, “the child should have an understanding of the importance<br />

of the stepparent in their life, and that the stepparent should<br />

be treated with respect,” says attorney Victoria Kelly, a partner at<br />

Sefton Kelly Family Law, in Naperville, Illinois.<br />

Although a couple may be excited to embark upon a<br />

blended-family adventure, their children may feel pressured into<br />

instantly liking or accepting a stepparent. “Kids may feel a loyalty<br />

conflict or worry about betraying the other parent if they accept<br />

the stepparent,” says McGhee, suggesting that stepparents encourage<br />

and support one-on-one time with the other parent. “It’s critical for<br />

bonus parents to honor the history that your bonus children have,”<br />

she advises. “Part of their lives didn’t include you. Respect that.”<br />

Collaborate With the Coparent<br />

“You have zero control over the decisions that coparents make—<br />

what they do, what they say, the rules that they establish,” says<br />

McGhee. “But you always have a choice about how you respond<br />

and how you engage. Focus on what you can control.”<br />

“It’s important to have an open line of communication with the<br />

other parent, but if the other parent is not comfortable speaking with<br />

the stepparent, that boundary should be respected," advises Kelly.<br />

“All families can benefit from monthly meetings.”<br />

“Often, there are issues that kids are navigating behind the scenes<br />

that don’t make it on our parent radar,” McGhee notes, suggesting<br />

that parents set up a transition time when children are moving<br />

between households, such as a gathering around the dinner table to<br />

talk about the things that took place while apart. “Kids need some<br />

emotional space to shift gears,” she says. “When they’re with the<br />

other parent, keep communication open, so that when the children<br />

come back through the door, they don’t get sensory overload.”<br />




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vitamin D. This is an important factor, as most commercial<br />

button mushrooms are grown in the dark, so unless<br />

they have been exposed to light, they will not convert the<br />

necessary compounds. Wild mushrooms, particularly those<br />

exposed to sunlight, are ideal for promoting health, although<br />

it should be noted that sitting mushrooms at home in a sunny<br />

window for a day or two before eating them will enhance<br />

their vitamin D content.<br />

This information is inspiring because I am continually<br />

trying to find ways to increase the nutrient density of<br />

my food. There has been a lot of attention in recent years<br />

paid to studies indicating that vitamin D is an important<br />

nutrient for maintaining health and many providers of<br />

health care are encouraging their patients to ingest vitamin<br />

D supplements. As with nutrients in general, I prefer<br />

to introduce them through food, not capsules or pills. I<br />

really do trust that with information and creativity, we can<br />

Mushrooms for Health,<br />

Nourishment and Fun<br />

by Linda Conroy<br />

As a big fan of cooking and eating mushrooms, I<br />

remember long hikes during last year’s spring<br />

morel mushroom hunt, the puffball mushrooms<br />

we found in our neighbor’s field last summer and how<br />

abundant the chanterelle mushrooms were in the woods.<br />

We ate mushrooms often, and I am confident our immune<br />

systems were thanking us.<br />

I have long been an avid wild harvester, preferring to<br />

find my food in the woods or fields rather than the grocery<br />

store. Mushrooms made me nervous for a long time.<br />

Prior to moving from the west coast to the Midwest, I was<br />

comfortable harvesting only two types of mushrooms, and<br />

even then I was very careful, as one should be. Today I am<br />

happy to say that I enjoy harvesting 20-plus mushroom<br />

varieties, and each year I add to my repertoire.<br />

I have long been aware of the immune-boosting benefits<br />

of eating mushrooms and know that they contain a<br />

wide spectrum of nutrients, including B vitamins, vitamin<br />

K, copper, potassium, selenium and other trace minerals.<br />

So I was not surprised when I recently read an article in<br />

the Acres USA farming magazine that research is being<br />

conducted on their vitamin D content. Similar to humans,<br />

assimilate the nutrients we need through our food.<br />

So while I will continue to eat whatever mushroom is<br />

presented to me, I am more committed than ever to eating<br />

wild or homegrown mushrooms on a regular basis. If you<br />

decide to harvest your own mushrooms, be sure to consult<br />

a reliable field guide or spend time with someone knowledgeable<br />

about mushrooms. A good book is Start Mushrooming,<br />

by Stan Tekiela, and in many areas you can find<br />

a local mycological society that will offer forays and other<br />

learning opportunities. Also, growing mushrooms outside<br />

your doorstep is a good way to have them readily available<br />

and to learn to recognize them when you do see them in the<br />

wild environment.<br />

Incorporating mushrooms into your diet is fun and<br />

easy. Add them to soups, stews, stir fry vegetables, omelet,<br />

quiche and even stuffed. Use your imagination. I suspect<br />

you can think of many other ideas, as well.<br />

Shiitake mushrooms are one of my favorites for eating.<br />

They are easy to grow and increasingly easy to find at farmers<br />

markets and natural grocery stores. Below is a recipe for<br />

a simple mushroom pate that I love to serve as an appetizer<br />

or for a light lunch.<br />

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¼ cup of cultured cream or yogurt (I like piima cream, but<br />

any cultured cream or yogurt will work)<br />

Warm oil/fat in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add<br />

sliced mushrooms, shallots and garlic and stir to combine,<br />

cooking until mushrooms begin to sweat.<br />

Add fresh thyme and wine and stir to combine. Let cook<br />

until mushrooms are nice and soft, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add<br />

tamari and stir again to combine.<br />

Shiitake Mushroom Pate<br />

2 Tbsp oil or fat (I like lard, but olive oil will work)<br />

1 lb mushrooms, sliced (I prefer shiitakes and/or maitakes<br />

as they contribute a deep umami (savory) flavor. If it is<br />

morel season, they add a nice flavor. However, any mushroom<br />

will work)<br />

2 whole shallots, scallions or onions peeled and thinly sliced<br />

2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced<br />

1 Tbsp fresh thyme (dried will work if you do not have<br />

fresh)<br />

¼ cup wine (a dry wine is ideal. I often add one of my<br />

homemade herbal wines. Dandelion is one of my favorites)<br />

1 Tbsp tamari (add more to taste)<br />

Transfer mixture to the bowl of a food processor and pulse<br />

until a rough purée forms. Add cream to the food processor.<br />

Pulse until a creamy purée forms, season with more<br />

tamari, if needed.<br />

Transfer to a bowl and serve with baguette, crackers<br />

and cheese.<br />

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Green Seniors: Migrating Monarchs – 10-11am.<br />

Follow the journey of this amazing butterfly from<br />

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East Lake Mystery Book Club – 6:30-7:30pm. Join<br />

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Lactation Lounge with Ramsey County Health –<br />

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 15<br />

212 Degrees and Beyond: An Overview of Using<br />

Boiling Water and Pressure Canning to Safely Preserve<br />

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Open Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Practice yoga with your<br />

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Mending Circle – 6-7:30pm. Bring an item of<br />

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Spanish Conversation Group – 6-7pm. Meet up to<br />

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Community Cooks at New Salem Lutheran<br />

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Lowertown Trivia Night – 6-8pm. Bring your friends<br />

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Pest Detective – 6:30-8pm. Learn how to prevent,<br />

identify, and respond to pests and problems that<br />

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Virtual Community Conversation with Psilocybin<br />

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Citizenship Class – 3:30-5pm. Join Literacy<br />

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Keystone FoodMobile Distribution – 10am-12pm.<br />

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This service is available to anyone in need. Free.<br />

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Puzzle Pals – 12:30-4:30pm. Join every third Sunday<br />

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and share in the experience. Free. 21300 John Milless<br />

Dr., Rogers. Hclib.BiblioCommons.com/events.<br />


East Lake Vegan Recipe Club – 6:30-7:30pm. If<br />

you are curious about vegan cooking, this virtual<br />

club is for you. Each month participants make recipes<br />

from popular cookbooks prior to meeting, then<br />

share their reflections with the group. Free. Online.<br />

HCLib.BiblioCommons.com/events.<br />

Women in the Woods: Nature Trivia – 7-8:30pm.<br />

Come test your knowledge of the outdoors here in<br />

Minnesota with a friendly trivia competition. Use<br />

your wits and wisdom (and maybe some guesswork)<br />

to answer trivia about plants, animals, geology and<br />

other intriguing aspects of nature. $20. Main Property,<br />

Farm Entrance 3, 1701 Charlton Street, West<br />

St. Paul. DodgeNatureCenter.org/event.<br />

WED-SAT, AUGUST 16-19<br />

Mount Shasta Retreat – During this retreat,<br />

Annette Rugolo will take you to places on the<br />

mountain that will support you in receiving the<br />

wondrous gifts that Mount Shasta has to offer.<br />

With her experience as a spiritual guide, she<br />

will support you in letting go of old fears and<br />

limitations and opening to the incredible love and<br />

wisdom that is within you. For more information,<br />

visit AnnetteRugolo.com.<br />

save the date<br />

Fall Retreat for<br />

Healthcare Providers<br />

Four-day group retreat for healthcare<br />

providers to learn more about and experience<br />

ketamine-assisted therapy and<br />

psychedelic integration breathwork in a<br />

supportive container.<br />

September 7-10<br />

Cost: $2,959 for shared cabin,<br />

$3,379 for single.<br />

Red Clover Ranch, Soldiers Grove, WI<br />

For more information, visit<br />

DriftlessIntegrativePsychiatry.com/FallRetreat.<br />

<strong>August</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


save the date TUESDAY, AUGUST 8<br />


Women’s Mushroom<br />

Conference<br />

This weekend-long women’s mushroom<br />

conference focuses on understanding fungi<br />

as the Grandmothers of our ecosystems.<br />

Silently shaping the soil beneath our feet,<br />

fungi are key players in Earth’s health<br />

and the trajectory of human culture<br />

around the globe. Still, we find ourselves<br />

in a time where the study of fungi is considered<br />

to be a neglected megascience,<br />

their mycelium, a mystery.<br />

September 22-24<br />

Almond, WI<br />

For more information, visit<br />

MyceliumMysteries.com.<br />



Out on a Limb Dance – 10:30-11am. Join and explore<br />

jazz, ballet, and tap dancing. Best for ages 2-5. No<br />

registration necessary. Free. 2180 North Hamline Ave.,<br />

Roseville. RCLReads.BiblioCommons.com/events.<br />

Family Storytime Guest: Metro Dance Center –<br />

10:30-11:15am. Join Metro Dance Center as they<br />

share a story, dance demonstrations and get you up<br />

and moving. Appropriate for ages 2-5. No registration<br />

is required. Free. 4560 Victoria St., N., Shoreview.<br />

RCLReads.BiblioCommons.com/events.<br />

Free Summer Meals – 12-1pm. To help bridge the<br />

summer gap, the library is partnering with Saint Paul<br />

Public Schools to provide free meals to all youth 18<br />

or younger. Free. 461 N Dale St., Saint Paul. Sppl.<br />

BiblioCommons.com/events.<br />

Campfire Book Club – 3-4pm. K-2nd grade<br />

students will practice their oral reading skills and<br />

read some of the new picture books we have in our<br />

collection, while older 3rd-6th grade students will<br />

have the opportunity to discuss books, discover<br />

new genres, and meet other readers their age. Free.<br />

Rondo Community Library, 461 N. Dale St., Saint<br />

Paul. Sppl.BiblioCommons.com/events.<br />

MONDAY, AUGUST 7 & 14<br />

Rap and Poetry Writing – 5-7pm. Participants will<br />

practice using rap and poetry writing as tools for creative<br />

self-expression. For kids grades 6-12. Materials<br />

provided. Free. 1315 Lowry Ave., N. Minneapolis.<br />

Hclib.BiblioCommons.com/events.<br />

28 <strong>Twin</strong> <strong>Cities</strong> Edition NAtwincities.com<br />

Tinker Tuesday – 1-2:30pm. Young tinkers can join<br />

for the weekly craft project, or have unstructured<br />

craft time with access to our Maker Cart. Free.<br />

400 10th St. NW., New Brighton. RCLReads.<br />

BiblioCommons.com/events.<br />

Nature After Dinner: Prairie Pollinators – 6:30-<br />

7:30pm. Spend an evening learning about amazing<br />

insects. Practice catching and releasing pollinators<br />

in your insect net while you learn about their role<br />

in the prairie. $5. Main Property, Main Office<br />

Entrance 1, 365 Marie Avenue W., West St. Paul.<br />

DodgeNatureCenter.org/event.<br />

TUESDAYS, AUGUST 8, 15, 22<br />

Bucket Drumming – 3-4pm. All ages are invited<br />

to discover the incredible rhythms and music you<br />

can create with a simple bucket. No registration<br />

required; materials provided. Free. 4440 Humboldt<br />

Ave. N., Minneapolis. Hclib.BiblioCommons.<br />

com/events.<br />

TUESDAYS, AUGUST 8, 15, 22, 29<br />

Board Game Tuesday at Sun Ray – 4-6pm. Come<br />

play an old favorite or try something new. All ages<br />

welcome. Free. 2105 Wilson Ave., Saint Paul.<br />

Sppl.BiblioCommons.com/events.<br />


Createch – 3:30-7pm. Explore technology,<br />

games, music and art in a drop-in setting. For<br />

ages 12-18. Free. 1200 Payne Avenue, Saint Paul.<br />

Sppl.BiblioCommons.com/events.<br />

WEDNESDAYS, AUGUST 9, 16, 23<br />

Youth Chess Club – 3:30-5pm. Welcome all<br />

youth who want to play chess with other youth.<br />

Play for fun and to learn chess basics. Free.<br />

8500 W. Broadway Ave., Brooklyn Park. Hclib.<br />

BiblioCommons.com/events.<br />

THURSDAYS, AUGUST 10, 17<br />

Warrior Cats Adventure Club – 4-5pm. Read the<br />

Warrior Cat books by Erin Hunter and continue<br />

the adventure through a role playing game and<br />

create your own cat character. Free. 2576 Mounds<br />

View Boulevard, Mounds View. RCLReads.Biblio<br />

Commons.com/events.<br />

Preschool Storytime in the Garden – 10:30-<br />

11:30am. Join us at the Urban Roots Children’s<br />

Garden for a weekly storytime ​followed by a<br />

garden activity. Free. 1110 Payne Ave., Saint Paul.<br />

Sppl.BiblioCommons.com/events.<br />


Petite Concert – 10:30-11:15am. Join for a live<br />

musical performance. Children will sing and<br />

move to well-known children’s songs in this<br />

45-minute program for ages 2-6. Free. 2180<br />

North Hamline Ave., Roseville. RCLReads.Biblio<br />

Commons.com/events.<br />


Comedy Magic with Brodini – 10am-4pm. Laugh<br />

until you cry at Brodini’s amazing magic tricks,<br />

where kids are a part of every show. He performs a<br />

variety of tricks that will leave you wanting to learn<br />

the magical arts yourself. Free. 1456 White Bear<br />

Ave., Saint Paul. Sppl.BiblioCommons.com/events.<br />

Pollinator Puppet Show – 10:30-11:15am. Join<br />

for stories, songs, and rhymes designed to enhance<br />

your child’s early literacy skills. Appropriate for<br />

ages 2-5. No registration required. Free. 4560<br />

Victoria St., N., Shoreview. RCLReads.Biblio-<br />

Commons.com/events.<br />

MONDAYS, AUGUST 14, 21, 28<br />

Yard Games & Outdoor Activities – 1:30-3pm.<br />

Youth are invited to explore the outdoors surrounding<br />

the library with nature backpacks and<br />

identification guides, and to play a variety of yard<br />

games. Free. 1314 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.<br />

Hclib.BiblioCommons.com/events.<br />


Bike Maintenance for Youth – 4-6pm. Entering<br />

grades 4-6. Bring a bike to practice on if you have<br />

one or hang out and watch repair demonstrations.<br />

Free. 1315 Lowry Ave. N., Minneapolis. Hclib.<br />

BiblioCommons.com/events.<br />


Llamas at the Library – 4-6pm. Learn about and<br />

lounge with the curious, sociable creatures when<br />

Carlson’s Lloveable Llamas visit the library.<br />

Free. 4026 28th Ave. S., Minneapolis. Hclib.<br />

BiblioCommons.com/events.<br />


Story Stroll: The Thing About Bees – All Day.<br />

Stroll through the park next to the library and enjoy<br />

reading the oversized storybook, The Thing About<br />

Bees. Free. West 7, 265 Oneida St., Saint Paul. Sppl.<br />

BiblioCommons.com/events.<br />


Out in Nature – 10:30-11:30am. For families with<br />

young children come and participate in different nature<br />

inspired crafts, activities and encouraging curiosity in<br />

the world around them. Free. West 7, 265 Oneida St.,<br />

Saint Paul. Sppl.BiblioCommons.com/events.<br />


Snake Discovery – 11am-12pm. This program covers<br />

reptiles both large and small, common and rare.<br />

We slither around the world to meet reptiles from<br />

every continent they’re found on. Free. 90 West 4th<br />

St., Saint Paul. Sppl.BiblioCommons.com/events.<br />


Interactive Movies – 1-3pm. Have a fun, active<br />

movie viewing experience and learn ways to make<br />

screen-time less passive. Materials provided. Free.<br />

8500 W. Broadway Ave., Brooklyn Park. Hclib.BiblioCommons.com/events.<br />

Stories in Spanish – 3-3:30pm. For children of<br />

all ages to develop and practice Spanish language<br />

skills. Join us as we read stories and encourage interactive<br />

dialog in Spanish. Free. 5280 Grandview<br />

Square, Edina. Hclib.BiblioCommons.com/events.<br />


Outdoor Play – 10:30-11:30am. Age 4 & younger.<br />

Drop in and play outside in the Children’s Reading<br />

Garden. Prepare to get a little wet, maybe even<br />

dirty. Free. 2180 North Hamline Ave., Roseville.<br />


community resource<br />

guide<br />

Connecting you to the leaders in natural<br />

health care and green living in our<br />

community. To find out how you can be<br />

included in the Community Resource<br />

Guide, email Publisher@NAtwincities.<br />

com to request our media kit.<br />




Barb Ryan, CMT, CSD • 612-922-2389<br />

Bhakti Wellness Center<br />

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Specializing in persistent and<br />

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See ad, page 23.<br />



Soul Coach, Author and Teacher<br />

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We are in a time of fast evolution<br />

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See ad, page 21.<br />


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Candi@ComposureCoaching.com<br />

763-270-8604<br />

ComposureCoaching.com<br />

Master your business so you can<br />

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NeaClare.com • Nea@NeaClare.com<br />

Would you like to say “YES” and<br />

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so, I can help! Book a strategy<br />

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for extraordinary women<br />

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coaching has tremendous transformative power in<br />

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N7915-902 St<br />

River Falls, WI • 715-426-7777<br />

HealthCenteredDentistry.com<br />

Whole Person Dentistry observes<br />

and deals with the mind,<br />

body and spirit, not just your<br />

teeth. This approach to dentistry<br />

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from the world’s great traditions<br />

in natural healing.<br />


3434 Lexington Ave. N., Suite 700<br />

Shoreview • 651-483-9800<br />

<strong>Natural</strong>SmilesDental.com<br />

We’re an integrative<br />

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promoting dental wellness<br />

and overall assistance to<br />

the whole person. We<br />

desire to participate in the<br />

creation of healthier lives,<br />

while being sensitive to physical, philosophical,<br />

emotional and financial concerns. See ad, page 5.<br />


Dr. Amy Ha Truong<br />

6230 10th St. N., Ste 520, Oakdale<br />

651-731-3064 • PureDentalMN.com<br />

Pure Dental offers integrative,<br />

holistic, alternative and biological<br />

dentistry for your dental health.<br />

We take pride in providing<br />

quality, holistic dental care and<br />

service for our patients. See ad,<br />

page 9.<br />



1815 Suburban Ave, St. Paul<br />

ToothBuilder.com • 651-735-4661<br />

We are a holistic dental practice<br />

devoted to restoring and enhancing<br />

the natural beauty of your smile<br />

using conservative, state-of-the-art<br />

dental procedures that result in<br />

beautiful, long-lasting smiles! We<br />

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1401 Main St, Hopkins<br />

952-475-1101 • ToothByTheLake.net<br />

We build a foundation of trust<br />

by treating our patients as<br />

individuals. Understanding<br />

how uneasy some patients<br />

may feel about their dental<br />

visits, we make a difference<br />

by providing a relaxing and<br />

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2300 Chicago Ave. S.<br />

Minneapolis, MN 55404<br />

612-489-5154 • HopeSchool.org<br />

Hope Academy is a private,<br />

Christ-centered opportunityequalizer<br />

education for<br />

inner-city youths. Currently<br />

we serve 550 students in<br />

grades K-12, with a vision<br />

of growing to 700 students. We encourage your<br />

questions and welcome your presence. Contact us<br />

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Master Hong<br />

Certified Emotion Code Practitioner<br />

11012 Cedar Lake Rd., Minnetonka<br />

952-513-7285 or 914-708-9463<br />

Chronic pain? Suffering from<br />

emotions? Relationship problems?<br />

Life not going as planned? The<br />

Emotion Code is a tool I use to<br />

help you break through any<br />

emotional and spiritual blocks so<br />

you can live your best life. Trial<br />

session only $35.<br />

<strong>August</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />




Mary Rice<br />

YourHealingConnection.com<br />

YourHealingConnection@gmail.com<br />

Mary uses The Body Code* to<br />

transform the lives of her clients.<br />

This comprehensive energetic<br />

healing method, developed by Dr.<br />

Bradley Nelson, allows her to<br />

quickly and easily identify specific<br />

imbalances that can underlie<br />

chronic ill health, pain and<br />

discomfort, dysfunction, and stress. Dr. Nelson<br />

discovered that you can access the wisdom of the<br />

subconscious to identify and address the energetic<br />

imbalances that cause health problems. The “hidden”<br />

root causes of disease and dysfunction are these<br />

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Master Dowser<br />

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Is the energy of your home depleting<br />

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To more easily expand into our<br />

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important that the spaces we live<br />

energetically support us. Contact<br />

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Ignite the possibilities of<br />

your next project by<br />

having Campfire Studio<br />

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of a campfire—warmth, stories, community—and<br />

infuses it into every design project we do.<br />



1526 St Clair Ave, St Paul<br />

Mastels.com • 651-690-1692<br />

Mastel’s Health Foods is Minnesota’s<br />

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Dr. Jones is a registered naturopathic<br />

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naturopathic medicine and holistic<br />

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She works alongside patients to<br />

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Bloomington<br />

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Are you looking for the<br />

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30 <strong>Twin</strong> <strong>Cities</strong> Edition NAtwincities.com

Nature’s Germ Killer<br />

Copper can stop germs<br />

before you get sick<br />

Scientists have discovered a<br />

natural way to kill germs fast.<br />

Now thousands of people<br />

are using it against viruses and bacteria<br />

that cause<br />

illness.<br />

Colds,<br />

flu, and<br />

many other<br />

illnesses start<br />

when viruses<br />

get in your<br />

nose and<br />

multiply. If<br />

you don’t<br />

stop them<br />

early, they spread and cause misery.<br />

Hundreds of studies confirm<br />

copper kills germs like viruses,<br />

bacteria, and fungus almost instantly,<br />

just by touch.<br />

That’s why ancient Greeks and<br />

Egyptians used copper to purify water<br />

and heal wounds. They didn’t know<br />

about germs. Now we do.<br />

The National Institutes of Health<br />

and the American Society for<br />

Microbiology vouch for the power of<br />

copper to kill germs.<br />

Scientists say copper’s high<br />

conductance disrupts the electrical<br />

balance in a germ cell and destroys it<br />

in seconds.<br />

The EPA recommends hospitals<br />

use copper for touch surfaces such as<br />

faucets and doorknobs. This cuts the<br />

spread of MRSA and other illnesses by<br />

over half, and saves lives.<br />

The strong scientific evidence gave<br />

inventor Doug Cornell an idea. He<br />

By Doug Cornell<br />

made a smooth copper probe with a tip<br />

to fit in the bottom of the nostril where<br />

viruses collect.<br />

When he felt a tickle in his nose like<br />

a cold about<br />

to start,<br />

he rubbed<br />

the copper<br />

gently in his<br />

nose for 60<br />

seconds.<br />

“It<br />

worked!” he<br />

exclaimed.<br />

“The cold<br />

never<br />

happened.” That was 2012.<br />

Now he’s gone 11 years without<br />

a cold. “I used to get 2-3 bad colds<br />

every year. Now I use my CopperZap<br />

right away at any sign I am about to get<br />

sick.”<br />

After the initial success, he asked<br />

relatives and friends to try it.<br />

New research: Copper kills bad germs in seconds.<br />

Users say:<br />

“It works! I love it!”<br />

“I can’t believe how good my nose<br />

feels.”<br />

“Is it supposed to work that fast?”<br />

“One of the best presents ever.”<br />

“Sixteen flights, not a sniffle!”<br />

“Cold sores gone!”<br />

“It saved me last holidays. The kids<br />

all got sick, but not me.”<br />

“I am shocked! My sinus cleared,<br />

no more headache, no more<br />

congestion.”<br />

“Best sleep I’ve had in years!”<br />


They all said it worked, so he<br />

patented CopperZap® and put it on the<br />

market.<br />

Soon hundreds of people had tried<br />

it. 99% said copper worked if they<br />

used it right away at the first sign of<br />

bad germs, like a tickle in the nose or a<br />

scratchy throat.<br />

Soon people found other things they<br />

could use it against:<br />

Colds and Flu<br />

Covid<br />

Sinus trouble from germs<br />

Cold sores or fever blisters<br />

Canker sores that get infected<br />

Mold allergies<br />

Congestion or stuffiness<br />

Drippy nose<br />

Hay fever worsened by bacteria<br />

Strep throat<br />

Pink Eye and Styes<br />

Skin infections<br />

Infected sores<br />

Cuts or wounds getting infected<br />

Thrush and Tongue Infections<br />

Warts<br />

Ringworm<br />

The handle is curved and textured to<br />

increase contact with fingers and hands<br />

in case you touch things sick people may<br />

have touched.<br />

Scientists placed millions of viruses<br />

on copper. “The viruses started to die<br />

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<strong>August</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


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