November 2018 Letter From Publisher

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
~ Melody Beattie


Happy, Active Life Strategy with Jacqueline Kane

Jacqueline Kane of the Bridge Healing Arts Center in Farmington, is offering a free gift to those seeking to live pain-free and get started on the path to a happy, active life. Receive this gift by visiting and clicking on the link to receive “4 Steps To Pain Free Days”.


Essential Health CT Opens in West Hartford

Essential Health CT is a newly opened unique destination that offers a collection of services to support a natural lifestyle, optimize health and provide relief from chronic health problems. Anchored by Dr. Allie Mendelson’s chiropractic practice, Essential Health also features a natural foods market, therapeutic massage, yoga, a far-infrared sauna, a Signature Grass Fed Meat Program and more.


Sharing the Light’s November Anniversary and Holistic Fair

Avon’s Sharing the Light Wholistic Center will host several events and specials this month, including a Usui Reiki certification, a craft and holistic fair, anniversary celebration and Small Business Saturday deals.


Celebrate Astrology with New Age Fair

The Astrological Society of Connecticut is presenting its New Age Fair in Wethersfield on November 18 from 10am to 4pm.


Sand Mandala and Longevity Blessings

Tibetan Delegation to Visit Connecticut

Valley Spirit Wellness Center in Washington Depot will host a special delegation of Tibetan Yungdrung Bön Buddhist monks from November 6 to 10. His Eminence (HE) 7th Kündrol Namkha Trinley Wangyal Rinpoche will be bestowing the longevity blessings and empowerment of the long-life deity, Drenpa Namkha.


Supercharge Your Immune System

Natural Ways to Stay Healthy

by Kathleen Barnes

Like many other health conditions, challenges to our immune systems are on the rise. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 26.5 million adults and kids have asthma, 50 million have allergies and up to 20 percent get the flu each year. Catching a cold is common, with U.S. adults generally coping with two or three a year and children about twice as many.


No More Acid Agony

Ways to Reduce Acid Reflux and GERD

by Susan Berman

Many people are not aware that gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can be a precursor to esophageal cancer. Who is at risk for this disease? What are the risk factors? Is it hereditary? Does it matter if you are female or male? Do current medications affect acid reflux symptoms?


Clearing the Clutter

Strategies to Find More Space and Peace

by Margarita M. Cossuto

Decluttering the home is a good way to improve overall well-being. Being in a space that is clutter-free can have tremendous emotional and psychological effects. And in the process of focusing on your home, you are also focusing on yourself. Taking time to organize your home and manage the clutter can bring about many positive benefits, such as reducing stress, saving time down the road, and bringing a sense of relaxation and peace. Here are some steps you can take to keep clutter from accumulating in your home and establishing an organizational system that works for you.


Thanksgiving Desserts

Plant-Based Pies for Every Palate

by Judith Fertig

Gratitude for the bounty in our lives has been a constant in every American Thanksgiving since the Pilgrims’ first celebration at Plymouth Plantation. What has changed is the menu.


Experience a Day of Creative Enlightenment

The 5th Annual New Age & Craft Expo will take place on November 4 from 10am to 5pm, at Wyndham Southbury.


Virtual Hypnotic Bypass Procedure for Weight Loss

Jan Bartrop-Babbitt, multi-certified, professional clinical hypnotherapist at REAL Change Therapy, has received her certification in the Sheila Granger method, Virtual Hypnotic Bypass Procedure for weight loss. This is a drug-free, non-surgical weight loss solution.


Abstract Artist Offers ‘Audio Artwork’ at Upward Gallery

Upward Gallery’s new Gallery series features British-native Sabrina John, whose “Audio Artwork” is being featured at the gallery now until December.


Revolution Integrative Health Opens in Farmington

After being part of a group for years, Miriam Schwartz, MSN, APRN, a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner, has opened her own practice, Revolution Integrative Health, where she will continue providing comprehensive wellness care.


Happiness Corner

by Terry Chriswell

Every November as Thanksgiving rolls around, we’re reminded to be grateful; literally “giving thanks” for all we have. What if we put that mindset into practice every day of the year?


Breast Thermography

Redefining Early Detection

by April Beaman

According to the American Cancer Society, one out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Therefore, women must use every means available to detect changes in their breast tissue before receiving such a diagnosis. If abnormalities are detected early, the survivability rate is up to 100 percent. Since most tumors take years to grow, the earliest indication of an abnormality allows for the earliest possible intervention with the least invasive treatments.


Natural Immune Boosters for Kids

How to Power Up Their Defenses

by Marlaina Donato

Strong immunity is a cornerstone of optimum health, and may be weakened or enhanced by what we eat and how we manage our emotions. Starting young in incorporating good ongoing habits can go a long way toward building a better immune response to whatever a person encounters.


Healthy Home

Forgotten Keys to Wellness

by Nick Edgerton

Home is the keystone to our environment since we spend about two thirds of our life there. Over the last few decades, there have been thousands of new chemicals introduced to the environment, and many of these are found in our homes. Some of the new compounds have potential health concerns associated with them so it is valuable to learn about the different aspects of a healthy home.


Mad to Mindful in 60 Seconds or Less

Push Your Own Buttons for Calm

by Lois Grasso

Searching for relief from the stress and anxiety of living a fast-paced life in 2018? Much of that stress is the result of having too many “buttons” that other people can easily “push”. When they do push our buttons, the brilliant part of our brain puts the brakes on, the fear center shifts into overdrive, and we peel out into fight, flight or freeze without conscious thought. This autonomic nervous system reaction is now recognized as the root cause of most physical and emotional discomfort and disease. It’s also what makes us blow up at the ones we love most, ruining our peace of mind and self-esteem—and perhaps theirs, too.


Testing Our Hydration IQ

by Ronica O’Hara

Myths abound regarding proper hydration—many of them encouraged by purveyors of bottled water. Gauge personal hydration know-how by answering these true-or-false questions.


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