2013 Cans Film Festival

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2013 Cans Films Festival

FILM SCREENING: Genetic Roulette

03/16/2013 – 8:00am

03/16/2013 – 9:00pm

As part of the Cans Film Festival to benefit MN FoodShare, we’ll be showing Genetic Roulette on a continuous loop in our community room throughout the day on Saturday, March 16. This seminal documentary provides compelling evidence against the proliferation of GMOs, citing two decades worth of scientific research. The film is 85 minutes long. Price of admission? One can of healthy food donated to MN FoodShare. Simply drop your donation into the bin in our vestibule before entering the community room.

Dr. Jessica’s story From the Beginning…



In looking ahead to another surgery tomorrow, I have been reflecting on how I ever got to this place. Just over a year ago I had a decision to make.  I had discovered a lump in my breast a few months prior.  After scheduling a physical exam and having it checked out, everything was consistent with it being a fluid-filled cyst.   I had no family history of breast cancer, nor any other risk factors.  I was in excellent health and had breast-fed both of my children                                (nursing is proven to be protective against breast cancer).

Because I was not a candidate for a mammogram due to my frame size and age and there was no indication for advanced imaging, I chose to schedule a thermography scan to seek further information.  Although my initial scan showed tissue stress and inflammation in my breast, there were no characteristics of an active or malignant tumor.  Fortunately, while I was advised to “watch and wait”, I was also further educated on breast health and followed recommendations to eliminate underwire bras, switch to an even more non-toxic deodorant (actually stopped using it altogether), begin dry brushing for lymphatic health, and perfect breast massage. I also did a lot of nutritional work, acupuncture, and exercise to boost my immune function and aid my body with addressing whatever was there.  If my body could build it, it could also break it down.  If it didn’t, perhaps the cyst was not breaking down for a reason.

Months later, the results of my second thermography scan showed no change and the mass was determined to be consistent with an infectious or inflammatory condition. Since there was no infection present, all signs pointed to a cyst. Although thermography is known for being a critical tool in detecting early breast cancer patterns, and those seemed to be absent in my case, there are exceptions to everything.  At my follow up physical in December, my weight had dropped 4 pounds in four months and I was getting sharp pain along my ribs and back on the left side. I dismissed this as stress and missed a critical warning sign.

At this point I just wanted to remove whatever was there, but that was easier said than done. Conventional medicine often requires further testing through mammograms and tissue biopsy.  No thanks. I wanted the mass either drained or removed.  Although the media can be deceiving, research is clear that mammograms are an excessive source of radiation that accumulates throughout one’s life and actually increases the risk of cancer. So, why would I radiate my breast? Although routinely recommended, a biopsy could potentially cross too many barriers and lead to unhealthy cells escaping into the surrounding tissue. I knew enough that it is best to remove a single-solitary mass and hope for clear margins regardless of pathology.  I went in search of and found a surgeon who would do just that.

After consulting with five different surgeons, I hit five dead ends. Not one was willing to even schedule an appointment without me agreeing to do a mammogram and biopsy.  I was determined to find a surgeon that would listen to me and address my health concerns with the least invasive methods (ultrasound and lumpectomy if indicated) . My only option at that time was to book an appointment out-of-state to meet with an open-minded surgeon. Thankfully, at the last minute I was referred to a local surgeon in the Twin Cities who was not only willing to work with me, but who respected my choices in health care.  Finally, I thought I could move forward.  The piece I didn’t plan on was that the ensuing consult with my surgeon would change everything.  What I thought was going to be routine was anything but.  Sure enough, two seconds after placing the ultrasound probe on my breast, there was a subtle pause and exhale from my surgeon. She probably didn’t even notice, but when it’s happening to you, that moment is unmistakable.  I was not dealing with a fluid filled cyst, rather a solid mass concerning in both size and location.  This wouldn’t be as simple as I thought.  I don’t remember walking out of her office that day, or scheduling my upcoming surgery.  But I do remember the quiet drive back to work that morning.  All of a sudden there were so many unknowns.

My surgeon agreed to remove the mass, but it was decided that pathology would be run at the time of the lumpectomy in order to confirm or rule out cancer. If the results did come back positive for cancer, the next step would be to excise surrounding lymph nodes to check for lymphatic involvement.   I was convinced it was standard to be  informed of all possible outcomes, although couldn’t imagine that discussing cancer actually applied to me.  Still, I was confident that that even if cancer was present in my breast it would soon be gone.  Everything would be ok.  I just needed a minor surgery and it would all be over…..


Raising Healthy Eaters

We loved this excerpt from Dr. Mark Hyman’s blog post and felt it was important to share!

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Dr. Hyman is often asked, ( as are we..) How do I raise healthy kids?  What should they eat?

We couldn’t agree more with his advice.

“The more I noticed the cycles of nature paralleled those of humans, the easier my experience was in knowing how to feed my kids as a new father.  When every parenting book provides a different protocol, I learned to trust my intuition which took a load off my sometimes stressed-out parenting mind!”

What to Eat: Local, Seasonal and Whole Foods:

What is local, seasonal or “cool” to eat as a kid will constantly change, but the fundamentals of sound nutrition and family mealtimes are pretty much set.  Fresh, whole, real and if possible, organic food is best.  I often get asked by my patients what a whole food is.  I answer them exactly how I taught my children:

  1. How many ingredients does the food have?  There should really only be one.  A whole food’s ingredient list is simply itself.
  2. Was the food grown in a plant or did it come from one? Real food is grown on a plant, not manufactured in one!  The less processing and steps taken to transform the food is ideal.
  3. Can you picture what the food looked like in its natural state before you bought it? I can picture a chicken easily but chicken nuggets?  Model Healthy Eating- Actions Speak Louder Than Words!

What you eat, how you eat, and why you eat what you do is really important because little people are keen observers who absorb everything you do. Think of them as sponges soaking in all the details from their parents.

*by Dr. Mark Hyman



Friday Night Dinner

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

We are feeling the effects of Cabin Fever around here!   What to make for dinner during this “in-between” season?  Try this delicious take on Pad Thai!  All family members will love!

In this classic Thai dish you can maximize your nutrition by trading carbohydrate-rich rice noodles for low-glycemic and vitamin-A- rich spaghetti squash.  * from Mark Hymans cookbook

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  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F
  2. Brush the cut sides of the squash with 1 tablespoon of the peanut oil. Place the squash, cut sides down, on a baking sheet and roast for 30–40 minutes. The squash is cooked when a knife easily pierces through the skin and flesh. Let cool, use a fork to shred the flesh into spaghetti-like strands, and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl stir together the fish sauce, tamari, and red pepper flakes. Set aside.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large wok or large cast-iron pan over medium-high heat. Add the egg and cook until scrambled, 30–60 seconds, breaking it up. Transfer to a plate and reserve
  5. Pour another tablespoon of the oil into the wok and stir-fry the garlic until aromatic. Season the chicken with a little salt and add it to the pan. Stir-fry the chicken until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Push the chicken to the side and add the shrimp in the center of the pan. Stir frequently until the shrimp are pink and firm, about 3 minutes
  6. Toss in the carrots and stir-fry them for 1 minute. Transfer the contents of the pan to a platter.
  7. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the wok, spread the squash strands out in the pan, and cook for 1 minute without stirring. Flip the pile of strands over and brown them for 2 minutes on the other side.
  8. Pour the sauce into the wok and add the chicken-shrimp mixture, egg, bean sprouts, and scallions. Gently toss to heat through, and squeeze the juice of one lime half over all. Garnish with the peanuts and serve with the other half lime available for table-side squeezing. Any leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.

Lose weight & keep it off!

Metabolic Reset Program

Lake Pointe’s Metabolic Reset Program is a comprehensive program designed to promote weight loss, detoxification and improve metabolism. The appropriate client can expect to lose 15 to 30 pounds of adipose tissue (fat) and bloat without decreasing muscle mass.

As a physician-run program, every potential patient is required to complete a wellness evaluation to ensure that they are an ideal candidate for the program.  Wellness evaluations include detailed a consultation with lab testing and must be completed before beginning the Metabolic Reset Program.  The prices for the evaluation and program are as follows:

Wellness Evaluation: $125.00

Metabolic Reset Program: $1250.00

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The Met Reset Program is a 70 day lifestyle commitment.

In Phase 1 (21-40 days), the focus is on losing adipose tissue, which stores toxins and promotes dis-ease.

 Adipose tissue also acts as an endocrine organ; stimulating inflammation, insulin resistance, and hormone imbalances.

In Phase 2 (30 days), patients expand on the new habits they learned in Phase 1 and gain the knowledge and tools to continue healthy lifestyle changes and maintain their weight loss.

The Met Reset Program will allow you to:

  • Be guided by personal physician weekly check-ins.
  • Be inspired to make healthy lifestyle and food choices.
  • Be motivated by local co-sponsored fitness studios to start or increase your exercise program.
  • Be the Lifestyle

Dr. Jessica “Pays it Forward”

Cancer Free….?  

by:  Dr. Jessica Peterson

To give you the most recent update, I had a double mastectomy in October and will be completing the reconstruction in March. Although I had completed months of chemotherapy, my oncology providers all said that chemo was ineffective against actual breast tissue (although necessary to treat the lymphatic involvement) and that surgery was the only option. They were certain that cancer was still prevalent in my breast. The decision to move forward with this was excruciating. But, when my breast tissue was biopsied, it was the best result I could have hoped for – complete pathological response, aka cancer-free. Beyond just being negative for any cancer cells, my tissue was actually healthy. To be honest, I thought I would feel like the world had lifted off my shoulders, that I was healed. But, why didn’t I feel more relieved? I still felt the weight of the journey ahead. I knew I had not crossed the finish line quite yet.

I chose an aggressive therapy; I had an aggressive cancer. But I also knew that it wasn’t a cure. My best- case scenario comes with a few caveats. My “complete pathological response” actually means “no detectable cancer”, which actually means “hopeful that nothing will grow in 5 years”, which counts as a “cure” according to oncology. And if my cancer were to come back in 5 years and 1 day, the treatment would still be considered a success. MY definition of success means living a healthy, vibrant, long life without cancer! And being cancer-free is up to me.

What needs to be better understood is that cancer is a symptom. And treating the symptom isn’t the same as treating the cause. Chemotherapy was effective at stalling metastasis and brought to a halt what had grown fast and furious. For that, I am very grateful. But truth be told, the drugs themselves are carcinogens. And the consequences of the drugs along with the lesser known, lesser talked about, behind-the-scenes side effects, cannot be an acceptable cost to the body. The work to HEAL from chemotherapy and surgery is tremendous, and necessary. And changing why the cancer was there in the first place is essential to survival.

My career as a chiropractor and my practice in functional medicine is founded in identifying cause, improving the expression of health, and nourishing the power of body’s innate ability to heal, provided the right environment. My journey through cancer has highlighted, more than ever, the need for integrative care. I was able to offset much of the physical devastation of chemotherapy and vastly improved my outcomes by integrating a comprehensive, holistic, individualized approach. As a result, I ended my medical treatment with completely healthy breast tissue, and multiple test results actually showed my physiology to be healthier than before I started treatment. This is not only unheard of – it is remarkable.

I am continuing my work to heal on many levels and keep cancer from ever returning in my body. But, I will start at the beginning and share many of my lessons, what worked and didn’t work for me, and hope to offer insight into a very difficult journey.

I am painfully aware that cancer has touched many of your lives or those close to you. And the outcomes range the entire spectrum. I can only share my story, and will do so respectfully. I ask for your respect in return and appreciate your support along the way. I do not intend for my choices to be advice or recommendations.



“I AM” Confident

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“I AM.”

We are excited for Lisa Van Ahn’s “I AM ” initiative!  The I am initiative teaches women and girls to stay out of proximity with anything that makes them uncomfortable, while challenging them to face their fears.  When you trust yourself you are confident what you feel is right. 

The “i am” initiative is taught in a 60-90 minute seminar format.  It involves engaging girls/women in dynamic positive thinking, positive feeling, and powerful movement.  

Find out how this program will benefit the girls in your life!  www.iaminitiative.com


Smart Kids, Healthy Kids!

Don’t miss Dr. Rakowski’s Public Education class tonight!!

 “Strategies to Enhance Brain and Body Health.”

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   “Medicating children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder       (ADHD) is a double-edged sword, not only because of the steep health risks posed by the medications themselves, but also because many kids labeled with “ADHD” actually do not have ADHD at all.

The use of psychotropic drugs in children has been on a steep upward trend for decades. Writing in the Huffington Post, Lawrence Diller, MD said:

Given the current CDC data, one can safely estimate (based on previously detailed distribution curves) that one of six 11-year-old white boys with medical insurance currently take a stimulant drug at least during the school week… we are the only society currently managing our under performing/misbehaving children with drugs to this degree.”

Many of the children prescribed ADHD drugs do not have ADHD at all. One study determined that about 20 percent of children have likely been misdiagnosed. That’s nearly 1 million children in the United States alone.”  source: Dr. Mercola

Friday:  February 22nd, 2013


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Detox Love: 7 day



Detox Love:  Dr. Rebecca  &  Dr. Carrie both started a 7-day detox Tuesday !

We decided to do a Thursday morning check-in!

It’s Day 3 Dr. Rebecca, How are you feeling?

“I woke up this morning before my alarm clock.  I attended my 6:00 am workout class and left feeling very hungry!  I decided to increase to  3 scoops & dynamic greens in my morning shake.  Looking forward to the rest of the day….”


It’s Day 3 Dr. Carrie, How are you feeling?

“I am definitely heading into detox mode!  I was able to buffer the side effects of a headache by taking 4-6  AdvaClear capsules with each shake…  Happy to see things moving in the right direction!”

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Upcoming Workshop: Your Dream On Fire


Join Lisa Van Ahn 2-23-13.

Class Two: The Strategy Of Desire + The Burning Question

Details: Saturday, February 23rd, 11:30-12:30pm at   the OM collective

Cost: $10







In this workshop I am the facilitator of Danielle LaPorte’s work. She is the creator and I offer a mediation and accountability point for individuals to grow through her books material.

You could absolutely do all of this ON YOUR OWN. However, if you’d like guidance and accountability in navigating her book I would love it if you joined me for this course in living your dream on fire.

This workshop is in her own words a “soulful + practical guide to creating success on your own terms”. In my phrase it is living “your dream on fire”. I am beyond honored to take you on this journey and to guide you in accountability, encouragement, holding you to the integrity of living your dreams.

This monthly class is designed to give you a semi-regular shot of inspiration and motivation for living your dreams out loud, embracing the fear you might feel in going for it, and doing it anyway.

Once a month we will meet to delve into Danielle LaPorte’s ‘Fire Starter Sessions’. We will discuss the chapters of her book as well as complete fire starter assignments to get us geared up for living another month of our dreams on fire.

This class can be taken in succession or you can join us for individual sessions as well. It is not a cumulative course but rather an opportunity to be inspired in living your dream whenever you feel you are ready or inspired by the material.