March 2018 Publisher's Letter

The words “healthy food” may elicit groans or a grumble from some because there has been a pervasive storyline that if something is healthy, it must not taste very good. That is so far from the truth! The more I learn about food and nutrition—real nutrition, not the kind pushed by lobbyists via the ADA food pyramid—the more excited I get about the topic. I’ve been happily surprised to learn how much I love some items now acknowledged to be among the healthiest of foods.


OrganiConn 2018: Organic Farming, Gardening, Food and Advocacy

Connecticut Northeast Farming Association’s (CT NOFA) 36th Annual Winter Conference, OrganiConn, presented in cooperation with Western Connecticut State University and its Jane Goodall Center for Excellence in Environmental Studies, will take place on March 10 from 8am to 5pm.


Hartford’s Divinely Fit Summit 2018

The Divinely Fit Summit 2018 will take place in Hartford on March 10 from 8am to 3:30pm, aiming to help attendees achieve a new outlook on their personal, spiritual, mental and physical fitness, says organizer Karla C. Medina, BBA, MPP, owner of Sudor Taino Group Fitness.


Local Holistic Chamber Chapters Expanding

The Connecticut chapters of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce (HCC) are growing rapidly and seeking new members among holistic practitioners, holistic-minded businesses and green/sustainable businesses. National and local benefits are available to members, including promotional opportunities to help grow your business. In addition, members receive discounted rates to exhibit, speak or read at the upcoming Passport to Wellness Expo in April. There are still a few exhibitor and speaking slots available at the event, expected to draw approximately 700 attendees from the northeast, but those interested are encouraged to inquire soon.


Unique Warren Caylor Séances in Glastonbury

Physical Medium Warren Caylor returns to The Healing in Harmony Center, in Glastonbury, for two Séances on March 23 and 24, each at 7pm. Physical Mediumship, in deep trance state, shows us the possibilities of what spirits can do, independent of the medium’s physical participation.


Grassroots Gumption

Sweet Potato Project Encourages Enterprise

The Sweet Potato Project, started by journalist Sylvester Brown, Jr., will work in partnership with St. Louis University and a small cadre of local nonprofits called the North City Food Hub to hold culinary, small business, horticulture, restaurant management, and land-ownership classes and business incubator opportunities this spring. The goal is to enable at-risk youths in North St. Louis to grow food and make money through food packaging and distribution. The project encourages people to become innovative, self-sufficient players in today’s expanding global economy.


Sickly Salmon

Uncontrolled Lice Threaten Fish Industry

A surge in parasitic sea lice that attach themselves to and feed on salmon, killing or rendering them unsuitable for dinner tables, is disrupting salmon farms in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, Norway and Chile. Wholesale prices for the species have already increased 50 percent over last year, leading to higher consumer prices for everything from salmon fillets and steaks to more expensive lox on bagels.


Gooseberries are Good for the Gut

Researchers from Malaysia’s Islamic Science University tested 30 patients with gastrointestinal issues, dividing them into three groups. One received lactose, a placebo; another group was given omeprazole, an over-the-counter remedy; and the third Phyllanthus emblica Linn, an ayurvedic treatment for gastrointestinal issues also known as Indian gooseberry.


Going Beyond Vitamin C

Supercharge Immunity with a Food Pharmacy

by Kristin Pomeroy

At this time of year we seem to hover between flu and allergy season, so it’s an important opportunity to take ownership of our own health and well-being. We all know the basics when it comes to avoiding colds and flu, “Wash your hands”, “Don’t stay up too late or you’ll get sick”, “Take your vitamins”. Sometimes even when we think we’re doing everything right, we still wake up with that telltale tickle in the throat or stuffy nose, sure signs that something unwanted may be brewing.


The World’s Healthiest Cuisines What Five Countries Can

Teach Us about Good Eating

by Judith Fertig

Americans love to explore ethnic cuisines and then put their own “more is better” spin on them, like a Chinese stir-fry turned into chop suey with fried rice or a pasta side dish super-sized into a whole meal.


Soil, Plant and Health Effects of Glyphosate

On March 24 from 1 to 5pm, The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition (TIOSN) is grateful for the unique opportunity to bring two world-class research scientists to the community to present information about the effects of Roundup and its active ingredient, glyphosate. Dr. Don M. Huber is a professor emeritus of plant pathology for Purdue University and Dr. Stephanie Seneff is a research scientist for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They will present information about the effects of glyphosate on soil, plant and human health.


Travel the Earth Chakras

Every living being has energy centers known as chakras. Mother Earth is no exception; our planet has chakras that span the globe. A new venture, Earth Chakra Tours, has now launched and is designing opportunities for spiritual beings like you to travel to these earth chakra sites. Imagine a vacation filled with worldly adventures, divinely inspired ceremonies and a delightful collection of like-minded co-creators—your soul family.


National Leader to Teach Holistic Stress Management

Brian Luke Seaward, PhD, nationally acclaimed author and speaker as well as a favorite presenter at The Graduate Institute, will host an upcoming Holistic Stress Management Instructor Workshop, April 12 through 15, at the Doubletree Hotel in Windsor Locks. This certification workshop is designed to train health educators with an interest and background in stress management to teach, direct or facilitate quality presentations/workshops at their worksite. The focus of this workshop is holistic—honoring the integration, balance and harmony of mind, body, spirit and emotions for optimal well-being.


Year of Reiki Program Offered in Manchester

The Ed Cleveland Reiki & Sound Therapy Training Center in Manchester is now offering a Year of Reiki program, an extensive offering of trainings to earn certification as Reiki Master, in addition to workshops, practical exercises, private sessions, Reiki shares and support along the journey.


Universal White Time Gemstone Healing

Universal White Time (UWT) is a special healing modality that has only recently been made available to humanity. Bradford Tilden is currently one of a handful of people in the world certified to present it, which he’ll do on May 12, 19 and 26, from 1 to 5pm, at Unicorn Meadow Farm in Suffield.


Wind Harvest

Floating Farm Helps Power UK Needs

Hywind, the first floating wind farm in the UK, is located 15 miles offshore of Peterhead, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Its five turbines with a 30-megawatt capacity will provide clean energy to more than 20,000 homes to help meet the country’s ambitious climate change targets. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says, “The government’s commitment to the development of this technology, coupled with Statoil’s [lithium] battery storage project, Batwind, positions Scotland as a world center for energy innovation.” Hywind is operated by Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil ASA and Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co.

Leafy Greens Lower Risk for Heart Disease

Leafy greens, which are rich in vitamin K, have again been shown to provide outsized benefits for heart health. Researchers from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University found that a reduced intake of vitamin K1 leads to more than triple the risk of an enlargement of the heart’s left ventricle, which reduces blood pumping volume, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition.


Wu Healing Center

Applying Centuries of Wisdom to Modern Life

by Nicole Miale

Ming Wu, a 20th generation practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), has been teaching for almost three decades, but it is his love of learning that exemplifies his approach to life and infuses his mission to improve the well-being of all people. He has a PhD in Chinese medicine, is an AOBTA certified practitioner, and a licensed massage therapist (LMT). He has studied Chinese medicine since he was 7 years old and began studying tai chi, qigong, Tui Na massage and herbal medicine at an early age with his father. He became a certified tai chi master and Qigong master at age 23 and is the 20th generation practitioner of the Fengyang TCM system, which has been passed down to him with wisdom gained over 1,730 years.


Detoxification and Digestion Support

Ginger, Lemon and Turmeric Concentrate Recipe

by Ayelet Connell

At this time of year many of us and our families are still plagued with the typical winter immune issues like colds, stomach bugs and the flu. Here is a fantastic immune-boosting and digestion-supporting recipe using ginger, lemon and turmeric.


Spice Up Healthy Cooking

Six Seasonings with Surprising Payoffs

by Amber Lanier Nagle

Spices add a punch of extra flavor to our favorite dishes, but they also possess proven health and wellness properties. From regulating blood sugar to reducing inflammation to helping control appetite, behold the magnificent six.


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