We Are What We Eat

The Impact of Glyphosate

by Joan Palmer

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the Roundup herbicide produced and sold by Monsanto. It is typically used to kill weeds and is used on genetically modified organisms (GMO) that are modified to resist the killing effects of this chemical. This modification is done by mechanically inserting genes into plants’ DNA so they are able to resist dying from this herbicide. Genetically modifying is an artificial process that can only happen in a laboratory and would never happen in nature on its own. Since we are still discovering how genes work, we do not yet know the long-term effects of this process on our health and that of the environment.


February Publisher's Letter

“For the first time in human evolution, the individual life is long enough, and the cultural transformation swift enough, that the individual mind is now a constituent player in the global transformation of human culture.”

~ William Irwin Thompson


Training to Teach Kids the Power of Yoga

Interested in working with kids who want to practice yoga? Become a certified kids yoga teacher that teaches fun and safe classes. The training with Jill Hebert, RDN, E-RYT, will be held February 9-11 at Imagine Studio in West Hartford. Teachers, educators, therapists, counselors, parents, caregivers, nannies, social workers and anyone who loves yoga and kids are invited to attend.


Rally for Renewable Energy

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection recently released a Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES) that would be detrimental to renewable energy in Connecticut. On February 28 from 10am to 5pm, there will be a rally in front of the Hartford State House to let the state government know that the department and the Governors’ Council on Climate Change have a responsibility to represent the people of Connecticut when they develop proposed energy policy for the future.


Keeping Faith: Three Sisters of Story

On February 12 from 7 to 8:30pm at the Hartford Seminary, three storytellers will share stories from their own faiths—Christian, Muslim and Jewish—to transcend differences through a shared belief in the power of compassion and connection.


Wu Healing Center Offers Quantum Energy Treatments

Wu Healing Center in West Hartford is now offering one-hour quantum energy healing sessions using Green Rhyme Cell Physiotherapy to improve cell health in patients of Dr. Ming Wu, PhD. The high-tech Green Rhyme Cell Physiotherapy Instrument emits terahertz waves guided with quantum technology that can penetrate the body up to eight to 12 inches. This physiotherapy can activate dormant human cells, repair damaged cells, liquefy abnormal cells, remove free radicals and activate the body’s self-healing power from the inside out.


Sealife Sanctuary

Greenpeace Lobbies to Create Huge Antarctic Preserve

The South Pole is Earth’s last uninhabited outpost, and Greenpeace seeks to establish an Antarctic sanctuary of almost three-quarters of a million square miles in the Weddell Sea adjacent to the vast continent that would protect whales, penguins and other wildlife.


Bottle Buyback

Britain May Charge Deposit to Reduce Bottle Litter

Britain only recycled 57 percent of the plastic bottles that were sold there in 2016, and is considering charging a deposit fee to reduce litter. Scotland is also introducing a deposit return policy for cans and bottles. Denmark recycles 90 percent and South Australia 80 percent by using deposits as an incentive.


Stress, Resiliency and 21st Century Life

by Brian Luke Seaward

At first glance, Mark’s life looks like a train wreck. His wife of 20 years died suddenly of complications from a chronic disease. Two of his three sons were recently diagnosed with learning disabilities, and the company he worked at for the past three decades laid him off (six years away from retirement) when it merged with another company. In a previous chapter in his life, Mark would have returned to a pattern of self-medication and addiction, but that was then.


Understanding Nutraceuticals

How They Differ from Health Store Supplements

by Linda Sechrist

Savvy consumers seeking products that might help them achieve and maintain good health may be noticing two new categories: medical food and nutraceuticals.


Frugal Foodie

Practical Uses for Aging Produce

by Judith Fertig

When Jacques Pépin was growing up in France during World War II, he watched his mother use every scrap of food to meet the family’s needs, and then send him to live with a farmer in summer so her growing son could eat fresh from the farm. Today, the internationally renowned PBS-TV chef and cookbook author carries these sensibilities forward at his home and studio in Madison, Connecticut.


Complimentary Coaching for Relationship Transition

Catherine Ewing, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Life Coach, located in South Windsor, offers both in-person and online sessions for clients. For the month of February, she is offering complimentary, 30-minute coaching sessions to those dealing with the issue of divorce or the ending of a long-term relationship.


New Exhibit in the Mary C. Daly RSM Art Gallery at Mercy By The Sea

The Mary C. Daly RSM Art Gallery at Mercy By The Sea is presenting photographs by Cindy Fiano, a self-taught photographer inspired by serene seascapes and graceful birds on beaches and in marshes, through March 14.


A Sensory Friendly Day to Enjoy Science

The Miracle League of Connecticut and Connecticut Science Center wants everyone to enjoy the center so on February 28 they will lower the volume and dim the lights specifically for visitors with sensory disabilities. From 10am to 5pm, all visitors may experience the fun of the Connecticut Science Center in addition to activities, arts and crafts. Live science demonstrations will be shown without the usual loud sounds and bright lights.


Bountiful Blessings Expands

Bountiful Blessings Healing & Guidance has expanded services in two new locations. Owner Jo Homar says moving her Connecticut office to Rocky Hill will provide her the space to expand her services and offer studio retail hours for her inspiring and empowering handmade jewelry, art and gifts.


Collaborative Natural Health Partners Welcomes New Member

Amy Smith-Bassett, MSN, APRN will be joining Collaborative Natural Health Partners in March 2018. Amy started her career in 1996 after graduating with her master’s degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University, and began working as a Family Nurse Practitioner at a community health center in the inner city of Chicago. She returned to graduate school for a degree in midwifery at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and practiced as a full-scope Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), attending nearly 300 births since 2003. Amy and her husband moved from Chicago to Connecticut in 2008.


Auto Revolution

Industry Revs Up for Electric Car Future

China, the world’s largest car market, is planning to stop production and sales of traditional energy vehicles in favor of electric vehicles (EV), and the decision has sped up competitive development by U.S. automakers. General Motors is promising to launch at least 20 new electric vehicles in the next six years. “General Motors believes the future is all-electric,” says Mark Reuss, the company’s head of product development.


Veggie Doctors

Cardiologists Urge Plant-Based Hospital Meals

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is advising hospitals in improving patient menus by adding healthy, plant-based options and removing processed meats, which have been linked to 60,000 cardiovascular deaths annually.


Destiny or Choice?

Living with Consequences of Stress

by Pamela and Brad Thompson

Has stress become a way of life? For many of us, the answer seems a resounding “Yes!” In today’s fast-paced life, being stressed-out has become the norm. The thinking has evolved to be, “If I am constantly busy, multi-tasking and running around like the proverbial ‘chicken with its head cut off’, that signifies I am needed, important, useful, and productive.” However, the cost of this constant state is high—often leading to an ongoing barrage of adverse emotional, behavioral and physical symptoms, draining our energy, productivity and ability to think clearly.



by Charlie Chaplin

As I began to love myself, I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.



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