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Natural Options for Fertility

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by Patricia Almeida, BSN, LMT

Most pregnant women will eat healthier, avoid toxic chemicals and refrain from certain activities in order to have a healthy baby. It’s important to note that a natural holistic approach to fertility can also be helpful, especially for the 7.5 million women in the U.S. who the CDC reports have impaired fecundity (impaired ability to get pregnant or carry a baby to term). There are many natural and effective options to improve women’s fertility—one of these is Mercier Therapy.

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The Conduit Center

Connecticut’s Sound Meditation Pioneers

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by Terry Wolfisch Cole

Owen James and collaborator Jeff Nickell are the Co-Founders of The Conduit Center, an East Hartford-based studio offering Sound Meditation—deep relaxation accompanied by live music. The Conduit Center, which opened in 2010, also provides boutique yoga classes and workshops and numerous styles of massage.

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Bridge Healing Arts Center Gets Cooking with New Vegetarian Chef

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The monthly meet-and-greet open house events at the new Bridge Healing Arts Center (BHAC) in Farmington have quickly become the hottest gathering of holistic practitioners in the state. On March 23, more than 30 professionals came to check out the 20,000-square-foot complex and find a new home for their practice.

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Active Isolated Stretching for Injury Prevention and Long-term Vitality

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Karen Kramer, RN, HNC, owner and director of Optimal Being in Canton, is now offering Active Isolated Stretching (AIS.) This wellness modality improves the body’s stretch reflex in conjunction to specific manual release of individual muscles.

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New Natural Awakenings App

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The Natural Awakenings healthy living, healthy planet lifestyle app has been upgraded with a brand-new look and updated features. The changes to the free app, which has already been downloaded by 40,000-plus users, will make keeping up with the best choices for a green and healthy lifestyle easier than ever.

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Local Natural Pregnancy Expert

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Dr. Jaquel Patterson

Naturopathic Care by Doctor Jaquel
34 Jerome Avenue Suite 306, Bloomfield
888-811-0112
DrJaquel.com

How would you summarize your business or services?

I provide naturopathic care with a focus on women’s health. We take into consideration diet and lifestyle modifications in addition to nutritional supplementation, herbal medicine, homeopathy and acupuncture.

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Local Natural Pregnancy Expert

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Patricia Almeida, BSN, LMT

Mercier Therapy of Connecticut
20 Avon Meadow Ln, Ste 230, Avon
860-987-3823
MercierTherapyOfCT.com

How would you summarize your business or services?

We offer holistic services for women with menstrual difficulties and fertility challenges.

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Letter from the Publisher

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In May, our attention naturally turns to our mothers. As we approach Mother’s Day, it’s great to know that we’re all being a little more thoughtful and thankful for all the mothers around us. Parenting is no easy task for either parent, but in my experience, the moms I’ve observed create much of the glue that holds our families and our homes together.

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Heart-Based Leadership

Women Mobilize to Heal the World

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by Linda SechRist

The Heart to Lead: Women as Allies for the Greater Good, a documentary film directed and produced by Cheryl Gould, of Naples, Florida, explores the emerging paradigm of heart-based feminine leadership and how it is attuning women to their inner strengths, beliefs, each other and our Earth. “Women’s deeper unity of being is empowering them to take action and lead. Women who once longed for a culture that would reflect their highest priorities are now creating one in which they support each other and make a difference,” says Gould.

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Mastering Self-Defense

Staying Aware Avoids Problems

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by Aimee Hughes

“I began my personal training in the Non-Violent System (NVS) of self-defense with Grandmaster Verkerke in 1996,” says Eddie Rose, senior instructor of NVS Peace in the Midst of Non-Violence at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs, Florida. This aspect of the martial art form seicho jutsu was created by Canadian Daniel Verkerke, Ph.D., as a simple self-defense system to teach and perpetuate nonviolence; he continues to share it with the public, law enforcement, corporations and private security firms in the U.S. and internationally.

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A Healthy Bladder During and After Pregnancy

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by Dr. Ayelet Connell & Dr. Joyce Chung-Quiros

For most pregnant woman, bladder control is a common topic. Outside of this circle of women, it is less commonly talked about, but it continues to be a challenge for many women, sometimes years after pregnancy. According to the National Association for Incontinence, urinary incontinence is twice as common in women as in men. For many women, maintaining a healthy bladder during and after pregnancy requires some extra resources.

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Golfers and Sponsors Needed for Golf Tournament Benefiting Local Food Banks

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ShopRites of Canton and West Hartford are seeking support for the 7th Annual Partners in Caring Golf Tournament on May 22 at Farmington Woods in Avon. The tournament raises funds to support regional and local food banks in Connecticut, which feed thousands of people. Sponsors, donors and golfers are all needed for this worthy cause.

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Training in Sustainable Nutrition and Gardening

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Become immersed in sustainable food practices through a yearlong program from The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition (TIOSN). The program begins in September 2017 and participants move through life changing, hands-on practices in the science of nutrition, local/sustainable gardening practices, culinary skills, kitchen medicine and sustainable foraging.

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Celebrating the great grassroots awakening... Lightworkers Unite to Play!

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As a well-spring of pro-active grassroots energies grows, two holistic community leaders have been inspired to organize a new kind of “party” in Connecticut. On Saturday, May 20, Robin Clare and Lois Grasso will co-host “Lightworkers United to Play” at the Unity Church in South Windsor.

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Local Natural Pregnancy Expert

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Dr. Ayelet Connell

Integrative Wellness & Physical Therapy
34 Jerome Ave, Suite 305, Bloomfield
860-519-1916
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How would you summarize your business or services?

We specialize in a holistic form of physical therapy called Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT.) Whether you experience leg/foot swelling, bladder issues, bowel challenges or other issues, IMT can provide comfort during pregnancy and prepare for an easier delivery with fewer complications.

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Local Natural Pregnancy Expert

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Dr. Joyce Chung-Quiros

Integrative Wellness & Physical Therapy
34 Jerome Ave, Suite 305, Bloomfield
860-519-1916
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How would you summarize your business or services?

I offer the Webster Technique to help with sacral and pelvic constraints during pregnancy, including hormonal changes, weight gain and postural changes. Safe and effective, it optimizes the health and comfort for mother and baby.

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Local Natural Pregnancy Expert

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Dr. Tonya Pasternak

Collaborative Natural Health Partners
315 East Center St, Manchester
860-533-0179
CTNaturalHealth.com

How would you summarize your business or services?

Naturopathic medicine offers advanced diagnostic testing looking at everyone’s unique biochemistry—from hormones to genetics, as well as utilizing therapies such as craniosacral, acupuncture and nutrition.

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Natural Motherhood

Creating the Best Start for New Life

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by Deborah Shouse

“A woman’s body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture and give birth,” says Dr. Carol J. Phillips, an Annapolis, Maryland, prenatal chiropractor, doula and author of Hands of Love: Seven Steps to the Miracle of Birth.

Judith Lothian, Ph.D., associate editor of the Journal of Perinatal Education, professor of nursing at Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey, and a natural childbirth educator, knows the significance of women’s deep intuitive instinct. “Women who feel supported and encouraged can tap into their own wisdom and find deep satisfaction in giving birth naturally. The process itself perfectly prepares mother and baby to continue on their journey together.”

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Milk Minus the Moo

Evaluating Alternatives to Dairy

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by Judith Fertig

When dietary concerns, food sensitivities or curiosity prompt us to try alternative milks, it helps to know the basic facts about the leading types, to choose the best ones for us.

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Taggart Siegel Seeks to Seed an Agricultural Revolution

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by April Thompson

For more than 30 years, Taggart Siegel has produced award-winning films on little-known aspects of the natural and cultural world. His diverse documentaries range from the story of a Hmong shaman immigrant adjusting to American life to a Midwestern organic farmer that salvaged his family’s farm.

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