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2008 Winter Farmer Directory

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Cold Relief the Yogi Way


What Your Body Needs


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What is Guided Imagry?

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Editor’s Note Welcome and Happy New Year! After the last picture is taken, the last cookie is eaten, and the last present is gushed over, I hope that you can find a sense of balance as your New Year kicks off and you return to a calmer and more organized schedule. I have always found that this is the time, when our adrenaline is down and our stress has released, that the winter catches up with us. It is after all the hustle and bustle that we begin to relax, and then we get sick. I hope this isn’t true for all of you, but if this is the case, I hope this issue will give you some good pointers on how to beat that January crash. “Herbs for Longevity” is a great article about natural herbs that we can keep on hand to ward off invading germs. But if you do happen to catch a germ or two, hopefully our body boost article “Cold Relief the Yogi Way” can help you ease back to health. This issue also features a great stress relieving neck stretch, some green living tips, natural pet care, great hair without chemicals, and an introduction to guided imagery, in case you need to get away for a while. We hope that the issue finds you well and ready for the post-holiday calm. Remember, it is never too late to do something for yourself. Until next time, be well! --Arwen Rasmussen

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Try sending a different type of Valentine greeting this year. Instead of a traditional romantic card, how about one that loves the earth as well as the recipient? National greeting card maker Grow-A-Note has card packs printed with soy ink and embedded with wildflower seeds. You can plant the whole card in the ground and the paper will recycle naturally into the soil as the seedlings grow (www.greenfieldpaper. com). You might also enjoy Plant-A-Tree gift tags that will grow blue spruce trees or wildflowers when planted in the ground ( html). For a local option, visit www.galleriadegaia. com and check out Kjerstin Hallin’s lovely eco card offerings such as “Love Grows” wildcards which include wildflower seeds and planting instructions.

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Herbs for Longevity By Joan Hamilton


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Rosemary Gingko Biloba Leaf

Longevity is defined as a long duration of life, but you can have a long life without being well. So in addition to longevity you will want to focus on well-being. There are basic lifestyle changes to increase your well-being before you add herbs to increase longevity. Diet: Does your diet energize and rejuvenate you? Water: Do you drink enough? Air: Are you dedicating a few minutes each day to conscious breathing exercises? Exercise: The body needs to move and stretch daily. Rest: The body and brain require six to eight hours of rest everyday. Hobbies: Hobbies make life interesting and fun, which helps to lighten stress levels and contribute to well-being. Once you’re doing the basics, you may want to consider adding herbs in your diet to increase your longevity. But first you should understand the body and what can decrease your longevity. Metabolism refers to all of the chemical reactions that take place in our body. In this process energy is released for use by the body. One waste by-product of metabolism is free radicals. To counteract free radicals our body produces antioxidants. Antioxidants help repair the damage to the body that the free radicals have done. As you age your body becomes less efficient in producing energy and antioxidants. There are also many things in the environment that can cause free radicals in your body. Chemical exposure, sun damage and toxins that have invaded your body and have built up in your tissues can all cause free radical formation that destroys and damages cells. Not only does this age your bodies at an increased rate, but it also increases your vulnerability to degenerative diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and many autoimmune diseases. Now let’s talk about herbs that can counteract these negative, harmful effects. There are many herbs that have a rich source of antioxidants that will help slow the ageing process and promote longevity. These herbs will help keep free radicals in check. Some of these herbs you even have in your kitchen and already use in your cooking. All you need to do is pick an herb that you don’t use very often and add it to your diet. The richest sources of antioxidant producing herbs are found in the mint family. Oregano, rosemary, self-heal, thyme, sage, peppermint and spearmint are the richest of these sources. From these, oregano tops the list, with self-heal coming in second. Others that show a less significant effect are horse balm, mountain mint, caraway, dill and fennel. Rosemary alone has around two-dozen different antioxidants, many of which have similar effects as the latest drugs for treating Alzheimer’s. Beyond these simple herbs, here is a more extended list – but by no means exhaustive – of herbs that will promote longevity and their effects on the body.

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Astragalus is an herb used to increase the efficiency of the immune system. It helps to raise metabolism, strengthen digestion and promote circulatory health. It is used to both prevent and treat long-term infections as well as being a very helpful medicine for viral infections. Recommended Dose: two to three tablets or capsules (supplements typically contain 500mg of astragalus) or 3-5 ml of tincture three times per day. Astragalus has no known side effects when used as recommended. Bilberry contains a flavonoid (antioxidant) called anthocyanosides, which increases the flexibility of the capillaries thereby increasing blood flow. This herb helps prevent atherosclerosis and venous insufficiency and helps generate overall good health of the circulatory system. Recommended Dose: 240-480 mg per day, divided into two or three doses. There are no known side effects, contraindications or interactions with other drugs. Echinacea, a familiar herb for many people, aids the immune system against viral infections, regeneration of cellular connective tissues, and the epidermis (skin). It’s also very helpful in preventing tissue inflammation due to harmful foreign toxins, making it a helpful allergy treatment. Recommended Dose: One gram three times a day, it is recommended that this herb be used for no more than eight weeks followed by a one-week rest period. Some texts recommend two weeks followed by a resting period of one week but most agree that you not exceed eight weeks. If this herb is used continuously, its effectiveness will decrease. There are no known contraindications except one precaution: those that are allergic to ragweed might have an allergic reaction to this herb. Fo-Ti, also known as Ho shou wu, is an herb used in Chinese medicine known to help improve health, stamina and resistance to diseases. Fo ti prevents premature gray hair, promotes red blood cell growth, and enhances the health of the liver and

kidneys. Recommended Dose: 3-5 grams in tea form drunk three times a day or taking five 500mg tablets three times per day. This root may cause loose stools or diarrhea, nausea, skin rash or, if taken in large does, numbness of the extremities. Use the recommended dose carefully. Garlic has antibiotic action similar to penicillin, but unlike penicillin it only destroys harmful bacteria. Garlic raises protective HDLs (high-density lipoproteins) and decreases harmful LDLs and triglycerides. These actions all help in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Garlic aids in cancer prevention by raising a liver enzyme known to detoxify the body of carcinogens. Recommended Dose: 400-500 mg once or twice a day or 4g of fresh garlic per day. No contraindications for this herb, but some people may be sensitive to it and experience heartburn and flatulence. Ginkgo Biloba improves central and peripheral nervous system functioning, mental acuity and balance, general circulation and diminishes impotence. Recommended Dose: 120-160 mg per day with maximum of 240 mg per day. Results are evident after using for six to eight weeks. No serious side effects, though some people may develop mild headaches, mild upset stomach or skin allergies. Ginseng helps increase memory and learning by improving circulation. It also reduces cholesterol and protects the liver from toxins as well as strengthening the lungs. Before taking ginseng understand that there is American Ginseng that is grown in eastern North America and Asian ginseng (including both Korean and Chinese ginseng) which grows in China, Korea and Japan. Because each ginseng is a different variety of plant, each has a different effect on the body. For instance American Ginseng helps to reduce the heat of the respiratory and digestive system whereas the stronger Asian variety heats up the blood and circulatory system.

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For further reading

The Holistic Herbal by David Hoffmann The Natural Pharmacy by Lininger, Wright, and Brown Today’s Herbal Health by Louise Tenney The Cure is in the Cupboard by Dr. Cass Ingrams Herbs for your Health by Steven Foster Herbs for Longevity & Well-Being by Rosemary Gladstar

Online is a great online resource for immediate questions. Ginseng is an immunostimulant, meaning it boosts your immune system. Recommended Dose: 100mg one to two times a day. If you have high blood pressure use ginseng with caution and avoid ginseng during pregnancy. Milk Thistle is one of the most beneficial herbs for protection, detoxification and regeneration of the liver. Milk thistle stimulates your body to produce superoxide dismutase, which is one of two primary antioxidants the body can manufacture. Recommended Dose: In the first eight weeks the recommended dose is 420 mg, after that the dosage can be reduced to 280 mg per day. There are no known serious side effects, contraindications, or drug interactions. Oregano’s greatest quality is its antioxidant level. It has 42 times the antioxidant activity as apples and 12 times that of oranges. Antioxidants play a vital role in the prevention of many forms of cancer. Oregano also relieves spasms in bronchial passages and is useful in treating rheumatoid arthritis. Reishi Mushrooms, called the “Elixir of Immortality,” improve the healing ability of the human body. This herb helps to lower blood pressure, strengthens the immune system, includes anti-tumor properties, and improves liver functions and oxygen

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utilization as well as inhibiting histamine release. Recommended Dose: 1 gram taken three times a day. Side effects can include dizziness, dry throat, nosebleed and upset stomach after long-term use. Although rare skin rashes and allergic reactions have occurred in those taking this herb, they have been few and far between. People taking anticoagulant medications should not take Reishi Mushrooms. Rosemary works on the circulatory system and is a treatment for high blood pressure. Rosemary is quite versatile showing improvement for people that have rheumatic disorders as well as premature baldness (by stimulating increased activity to hair follicles). It even helps relieve depression symptoms. Recommended Dose: 4-6 grams daily. Caution, rosemary essential oils should not be taken internally and rosemary should not be used by pregnant women. So how long before you see the results of herbs? Everyone is different, but there are a few things to take into consideration.

Are you taking herbs because you have a medical condition or because you are improving your longevity? If you have some health-related symptoms, focus on an herb for that symptom first. If you are taking herbs because you have a medical condition, how long have you had the problem? Generally you take herbs for one month for every year you have had the problem. How many different health issues are you trying to treat at once? The more problems you have the longer it will take to treat. Are you adding other methods along with herbal therapy? For example: exercise, massage, diet, supplements, counseling, chiropractic, acupuncture, water therapy, meditation, etc. These other methods could speed along the process of healing. And don’t forget the necessity of the basics mentioned at the start of this article. Start with the basics of diet, water intake, exercise, rest, etc. and then add herbs one at a time for longevity. If you are taking herbs for longevity you should give yourself what the Chinese call the “100-day cultivation period” or about

three months to evaluate your progress. Many people will experience some immediate results, but nourishing and rebuilding your body takes time. Gradually you will see improvements. Some improvements you might look for could be sleeping better, increased energy, improved digestion and decrease in negative health symptoms. As you increase the amount of antioxidants in your diet your body will be better able to stave off the degenerative effects of free radicals. Make sure you research your herbs before taking them or consult an herbalist, and enjoy your travels along the road to well-being and longevity! Joan Hamilton is a Wisconsin Certified massage therapist with further training in hot stone therapy, medical massage, myofascial release and pregnancy massage. She began her professional career as a Radiological technologist for Luther/Midelfort, received training and taught massage therapy for five years and is currently working on her master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition with a secondary degree in herbal studies. Joan believes integrating alternative treatments that have been used for thousands of years into Western medicine can help make us whole.

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2008 WINTER farmer Directory

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CC’s Jersey Crème Yogurt Spring Valley, WI 715-778-5044 Handmade Yogurt Class Apple Eau Claire, WI 715-834-9060 Apple wood & chips, gourmet preserves & spreads Community Homestead Osceola, WI 715-294-3038 Certified Organic baked goods, herbs, beef, chicken, lamb, eggs Coon Creek Family Farm Mondovi, WI 715-834-4547 Certified organic, Grassfed/ pastured meats & poultry, herbs, organic eggs, straw, hay and earthworms

Coon Creek Meats & Produce Coon Valley, WI 1-800-540-9121 Eggs, Fresh-baked goods, Cider, Honey, Maple Syrup. Natural/pasture raised meat and poultry, Soap, herbs Country Cheesecakes Bloomer, WI 715.568.5692; kalholst@ A wide variety of cheesecakes, whole and by the slice, available at farmer’s market and on the farm; also do weddings and special events. Cowsmo Compost Cochrane, WI 608-626-2571 Compost/manure Crystal Ball Farms Osceola, WI 715-294-4090 Certified organic dairy; 20 flavors of ice cream, free range chickens, hamburger, fresh breads, “cage free” eggs, fresh produce Dach’s-N-Belt’s Farm Hillsboro WI 608-489-2199 Natural, grass-fed beef

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Dancing Doe Farms LLC Chaseburg, WI 608-483-2693 Pasture raised chickens, turkeys, eggs

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[farmer Directory] Ninepatch Hamburg, WI 715-443-6647 Grass-fed, Natural, Pasture Raised Poultry, Eggs, Beef, Pork, & Lamb. Norden Valley Naturals Eleva, WI 715-287-4403 Free-Range Turkey, Pork, Beef, & Chicken Nordic Hills Farm Ontario, WI 608-435-6571 Grass-fed Beef, Turkey, Pork, Lamb, & Broilers Northstar Bison Rice Lake, WI 715-234-9085 100% grass-fed bison, organic pasture chicken, turkey, and lamb; organic shrimp, pastured beef, pork, elk and ostrich. Ship coast to coast weekly. Served at Northwoods Brew Pub and Sweeney’s. North Creek Community Farm Prairie Farm, WI 715-455-1569 Natural, Grass-fed American Buffalo On Fire! Ovens 715-643-3473 Baked goods (at Just Local Food Co-op) On Twin Lakes Birchwood, WI 715-354-3210 Grass-fed/pastured Beef, Pork. Maple Syrup, Honey, & Artisan Work

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Pure Sun Family Farm River Falls, WI 715-425-9488 Organic Dairy, Free Range Chicken, & Pork Rainbow Homestead Viroqua, WI 608-637-2544. Naturally-grown Beef, Lamb, Pork, & Poultry Raven Croft Farm Glenwood City, WI 715-265-7520 Certified organic/Grass-fed Beef & Lamb. Honey, Eggs Ritscher Family Farm Alma, WI 608-685-3660. Naturally-grown, Grass-fed Beef & Poultry

RiverWinds Farm Boyd, WI 715-667-3499 Grass-fed, Hormone & Antibiotic-Free Lamb & Beef Wools & Yarn Rocky Hill Farm Winona, MN 507-452-8951 Bison Sandstone Ridge Farm La Farge, WI 800-228-1943 Natural, pasture-raised Lamb, Wool Sibby’s Ice Cream Westby, WI 608-634-3828 Organic Ice Cream

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10th Annual Midwest Value Added Agriculture Conference

Bringing together value added producers and advocates of local food systems for the benefit of all An exciting addition this year- The Value Added Conference will be held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Local Food Summit. The Summit celebrates the diverse array of local food initiatives underway in Wisconsin.

2nd Annual Wisconsin Local Food Summit **Keynote Speaker John Ikerd**

For more information, call Lindsay at 715.834.9672 or visit

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[farmer Directory] Silver Bison Ranch & Shop Baldwin, WI 715-684-2811 All natural Buffalo. Native American art, jewelry, fur, music, books, leather

Spring Vale Charolais Prairie Farm, WI 715-455-1857 Anitbiotic/hormone Free Beef

Smith Gardens Community Farm Cochrane, WI 608-626-2122 Handcrafted Goat Milk Soap and Natural Body Care Products, Free-range chickens & goats Snow Bound Bison Barron, WI 715-537-3386 or 296.3847 snowboundbison@chibardun. net 100% grassfed and grazed Bison. Chicken & eggs.

Pat and Nancy Snyder Chippewa Falls, WI 715- 723-8159 Naturally Raised Beef Star Prairie Trout Farm Star Prairie, WI 715-248-3633 Fresh Rainbow Trout

Sweetland Farm Menomonie, WI 715-232-8785 Certified Organic, Dairy, Beef, Chicken, Duck, & Turkey The Winona Farm Winona, MN 507-454-3125 Grass-fed Beef, Chicken, Goat, Lamb, Pork, Eggs, Compost/Manure Tipperary Bison Co. Knapp, WI 651-492 4089 Naturally-grown, Grass-fed/ pastured Bison, Compost/ Manure

Stremcha’s H & P La Crosse, WI 608-786-0031 Apples, pumpkins, gourds, honey

Twin Valley Farm Prairie Farm, WI 715-455-1719 Naturally-grown Bison

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Watkins-Oberli Family Farms Barron, WI 715-357-6220 Eggs, Meat West Ridge Farm Stanley, WI 715-644-3400 Cheese, Ice Cream, Gift Shop Wolf Honey Farm, Inc. Baldwin, WI 715-684-2095 Honey Westwood Pastured Poultry Menomonie, WI 715-235-8516 Grass-fed Meats & Poultry Compost/Manure Wheatfield Hill Organics 1-888-255-0491 Durand, WI 54736 Certified Organic, Grass-fed/ pastured Beef. CSA May to October Wild Crescent Farm Boyd, WI 715-667-3203 Grass-based farm offering Organically raised Broilers, Turkeys, Sheep, Beef; Eggs. Wisconsin Organics Cadott, WI 715-289-3676 Eggs, Goat Cheese, Chicken, Goat, Pork

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Wooddale Farm Crafts 715-288-6918 Cornell, WI Fresh Eggs, Maple Syrup & Crafts. Woolies for Ewe Rice Lake, WI 715-234-3595 Honey, Wool & Herbs Your Local Co-ops Bluff County Co-op Winona, MN 507-452-1815 Island City Food Co-op Cumberland, WI 715-822-8233 Just Local Food Co-op Eau Claire, WI 715-577-5564

Menomonie Market Co-op Menomonie, WI 715-235-6533 Mill Pond Market Eleva, WI 715-287-4646 Viroqua Co-op Viroqua, WI 608-637-7511 Whole Earth Coop River Falls, WI 715.425.7971 If you would like to be in the May/June farmer directory or if there are changes to your listing, please contact us by April 1st, 2008.

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Chippewa Falls native Ryan Bechard is not your average engineer. To start with, his degree is in business management. When he came up with idea for the Ag Oil Press, he was manufacturing waste oil heating systems under the product name, Inc. Though some might be amply impressed with the ability to heat using any type of oil (used car oil, vegetable oil used for frying, etc.), Ryan had a larger long-term vision – and that’s what led to the development of the Ag Oil Press (AOP). His idea was to create a system of ultimate sustainability and no-waste processing of farm products. The really big picture: people burning their own oil, and farmers creating and using their own oil and selling it to their neighbors. Here’s how it works. Any type of seed, grain, or nut can be put in the press (it’s fed in by an auger from a small storage bin above the oil press). Plastic or steel tubes direct the flow of seed to the oil press. The seed is crushed under thousands of pounds of pressure, forcing the oil out of the seed’s cells. The byproduct of the pressing is a nutrient-dense meal which has been cold-pressed (never gets hotter than 100ºF); the natural vitamins, enzymes, minerals and proteins are perfectly preserved. The meal can be mixed with other feed. The veggy oil can be used to run machines, heat buildings (i.e., using King Built heating systems), and more. If you’re wondering if there is any wasted byproduct, the answer is no. For example, Bob Schauf, a highly successful and innovative farmer in Barron, uses an AOP to create fuel for his machinery, vehicles and heating systems (it burns totally clean) while using the nutrient-dense high protein pressed meal to feed his livestock. A farmer would glean 90 to 110 gallons of veggy oil per acre growing sunflower or canola. If canola is grown as a spring/winter harvest that would mean 180 to 220 gallons per acre. Though consumer models are not yet available, Bechard anticipates production to begin on countertop models of oil presses by spring 2008. Soon the thought of pressing your own fresh flax seed oil will be a real option. The AOP can press sunflowers, soybeans, canola, flax, cotton seed, linseed, nuts, and much, much more. Bechard and a small staff manufacture the oil presses and heating systems in a warehouse right in Eau Claire. Though they’re shipped worldwide, Bechard’s desire is to continue making a difference locally. And he is. Markquart dealerships use their waste oil from hundreds of car oil changes a day to heat their buildings, thanks to KingBuilt heating systems. Local farmers are jumping on board. And at-large consumers are burning veggy oil purchased from farmers in KingBuilt models that are a boiler and water heater all in one. “The idea is really to be saving the earth from all this waste and to be able to create our own fuel source,” Bechard explains. Reuse, recycle, and innovate could be his creed. If you’re interested in learning more about Ag Oil Presses, making your own oil, heating your home with all forms of oil, or otherwise saving the earth’s resources, Bechard welcomes the chance to visit with you. Visit or to learn more.

“Making Connections” at the Midwest Value Added Agriculture Conference and WI Local Food Summit

The 2nd annual Wisconsin Local Food Summit will be held in conjunction with the 10th annual Midwest Value Added Agriculture Conference on January 24th and 25th, 2008. Making Connections is the theme for the upcoming Summit & Conference, which bring together value-added agricultural producers and advocates of local food. One registration allows you to participate in both events, which will take place at the Plaza Hotel and Suites in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. For more information on registration, please contact Lindsay Raab at John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri, will give the key note address. Professor Ikerd is the author of several titles, including Return to Common Sense and Sustainable Capitalism. General session speakers include Will Allen, founder of Growing Power; Kelly Cain, director of the UW River Falls St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development; Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Rod Nilsestuen; and Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Gene Hugoson. The Wisconsin Local Food Network is sponsoring events for students, including a poster display and writing contest. Wisconsin college students or student groups can submit posters that highlight local food projects, including organic and sustainable agriculture projects, food security and consumer research, economic and environmental benefit studies, and more. Students registering posters by January 11th will be entered into a drawing for a free conference registration and other prizes. For more information, please contact Tracey Mofle at Undergraduate students are invited to participate in the writing contest by submitting poems, short stories, and creative essays that celebrate food, agriculture and local communities. The winners will receive a free conference registration and an opportunity to read their creative work for conference participants during the evening of Thursday, January 24th. For more information, please contact Joel Friederich at

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Happenings in the Valley

January/February 2008

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January 3 Spirit of Living Network “Aromatherapy for the Soul” presented by Joyce Sobotta 6:30 - 8 pm ▪ FREE Altoona Public Library, 1303 Lynn Ave, Altoona ▪ 832-7250 The Spirit of Living Network offers learning experiences that integrate body, mind and spirit, and is a place to share your gifts of healing and receive support from one another. Meetings are the first Thursday of the month at the Altoona Public Library. January 7 Spiritual & Psychic Network Meeting ▪ 10 am – 12 ▪ FREE Borders Eau Claire ▪ 832-7250 Join Judy Meinen of Angel Care Healing Touch and many of her friends and associates to discuss healing, paranormal and psychic phenomena of all kinds! January 8 Manifesting Miracles, Heaven Sent Hypnotherapy ▪ 7-8 pm $10 ▪ 833-1096 to register. Don’t let life just happen to you--take control and live the life of your dreams. Learn 3 steps to manifesting your dreams and creating miracles. Make this your first step in creating a new reality for the New Year. Be sure to bring a journal as we will be taking notes, making lists, and re-creating ourselves anew in this Manifesting Miracles Year of 2008!! January 8 Natural Solutions to Fibromyalgia ▪ 6pm ▪ FREE Tenold Chiropractic and Rehab 3814 Oakwood Hills Parkway 715-833-8777 to register Seminar on fibromyalgia in-

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tarot, runes, stones, and other mediums; visit various healers offering massage, ionic foot deJanuary 9 tox, reflexology and other mo1:23 PM ▪ Discovery Workshop dalities; and shop for jewelry, An experiential hands-on tinctures, paintings and other workshop using a combination products from our artisans. of breath, touch, movement, and focus to create and allow January 15 inner awareness. $35 Workshop Meat: Organic, free-range, held at the Helios Center 815 grass-fed, MSG free. Come Main Street, Menomonie. To learn about the important benregister e-mail:appointments@ efits of eating good, well raised or call animal products. Get info 715-235-7333. and your questions answered to what all those terms on the January 11 package mean. Presented By: LUNCH & LEARN—HUMOR Randy and Lynn Anderson from & INSPIRATION FOR THE Anderson Farms NEW YEAR First Lutheran Church, 1005 Noon-1:00pm ▪ $10, preOxford Ave. Eau Claire, WI registration by January 9th is 6:30 pm ▪ FREE ▪ More Info required ▪ Includes lunch from 836-7645 or drjodiswartz@ Menomonie Market deli. or www.holisticWESTconsin Credit Union, East Branch conference room, 3333 Schneider Avenue, Menomonie, January 17 WI 54751 (across Hwy 29 Exploring Yoga Nidra from the hospital) New Year’s For further information, check resolutions—love ‘em or hate The Yoga Center website www. ‘em—either way you’ll receive, email a healthy dose of humor and, or call inspiration to begin 2008 in 715-830-0321. good spirits. Presenter Blaine Halverson brings an energy to January 19 his speaking that draws upon his Reiki Level I Class w/ Judy background as a youth minister, Meinen, RN salesperson, trainer, manager, 9 am - 4 pm ▪ Cost: $150 and born motivator.! 1119 Regis Court, Ste 220, Eau Claire ▪ 715.832.7250 Januay 12 http://www.angelcarehealingWinter Warm-up Psychic Faire Wholistic Healing Arts Center Discuss history, key concepts, 10am - 5pm ▪ FREE ▪Cost for physiology, ethics and uses of services and products Reiki. Receive Reiki I attune1119 Regis Ct, Ste 210-220, ment and give practice sessions. Eau Claire ▪715.831.9144 or No previous experience neces877.955.9444 sary. Advanced registration http://www.angelcarehealingrequired. Come experience readings from a variety of psychics, using

January 19 Angel Connections, Heaven Sent Hypnotherapy 1-3pm ▪ $20 ▪ call 833-1096 to register ▪ In this workshop you will learn how to talk to angels. Participants will learn about the four clairs (claircognizant, clairsentient, clairaudient, clairvoyant) and how to develop them further, receive basic training on using angel cards, animal cards and books to develop your own intuition, along with a guided imagery exercise that will teach you the art of relaxation. We will also touch on using a pendulum. Finally, we will close with hypnotherapy to help you connect with angels. Come and learn how to talk to angels. This can be a powerful tool in helping you make good decisions and live the life you were meant to be living. January 22 Partnering with Sacred Heart Center Healthy Living for this workshop “Mind, Spirit Connections, Emotional Well Being” ▪ Fee: $20 Many chronic physical problems have an emotional component which the body holds in its subconscious. Therapeutic essential oils and “Emotional Freedom Technique” are important considerations in releasing these patterns. Create personal blends. Essential oils, supplies, and handouts are included. Workshop is presented by Joyce Sobotta, CA educator, and CR, 6:30 -8:00pm ▪ Wholistic Healing Arts Center, 1119 Regis Ct, #210, Eau Claire ▪ Call to reserve your spot with Joyce at 715-878-4474 or 828-0117

January 23 1:23 PM ▪ FREE The Fourth Leg. In this class we weave together the science, philosophical meaning and individuality of Network Spinal Analysis and Somato Respiratory Class held at the Helios Center 815 Main Street, Menomonie. To register e-mail: or call 715-235-7333. January 24-25 The 2nd annual Wisconsin Local Food Summit will be held in conjunction with the 10th annual Midwest Value Added Agriculture Conference. Making Connections is the theme for the upcoming Summit & Conference, which bring together value-added agricultural producers and advocates of local food. One registration allows you to participate in both events, which will take place at the Plaza Hotel and Suites in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. For more information go to Keynote speaker by John Ikerd, author of Return to Common Sense and Sustainable Capitalism.

S. Barstow, Eau Claire 715.832.7250 Explore characteristics, personalities, behaviors and life purposes of the Indigo and Crystal children. Discuss what kind of support is needed by these rebel warriors (Indigo) and sensitive youth (Crystal). Discover if you or someone you know is an Indigo or Crystal.


February 4 Spiritual & Psychic Network Meeting 10 am – noon ▪ FREE Borders Bookstore, Eau Claire 715.832.7250 Join Judy Meinen of Angel Care Healing Touch and many of her friends and associates to discuss healing, paranormal and psychic phenomena of all kinds!

February 6 1:23 PM ▪ Discovery Workshop An experiential hands-on workshop using a combination of breath, touch, movement, and focus to create and allow inner awareness. Cost $ 35 Workshop held at the Helios Center 815 January 26 Main Street, Menomonie. To Ayurveda and Skin Care register e-mail: For further information, check appointments@helioswellness. The Yoga Center website www. com or call 715-235-7333., email, or call February 7 715-830-0321. Spirit of Living Network “The Light Behind the Devil’s January 26 Advocate” presented by Rev. Angel Care Workshop: Indigo & Clayton Bowman Crystal Children 6:30 - 8 pm ▪ Free 9 am - 5 pm ▪ Cost: $125 Altoona Public Library, 1303 Ramada Convention Center, 205 Lynn Ave, Altoona

715.832.7250 The Spirit of Living Network offers learning experiences that integrate body, mind and spirit, and is a place to share your gifts of healing and receive support from one another. Meetings are the first Thursday of the month at the Altoona Public Library.

February 12 Toxicity, Detoxification and Heavy Metals ▪ 6pm ▪ FREE Tenold Chiropractic and Rehab 3814 Oakwood Hills Parkway 715-833-8777 to register Seminar on determining your toxicity levels and how to rid them from your body

February 7 B2B Networking Night 5-8pm ▪ Florian Gardens, Angel Card Readings will be offered for $10 at the Heaven Sent Hypnotherapy Exhibit.

February 11-13 The Wholistic Healing Arts Center will host Pam Ryerse, clinical themographer “Operation Prairie Heat” Free training seminars, sharing important breast health tips ▪ FREE February 8-9 Monday 6:30 ▪ Tuesday noon Health, Healing, and Wellness and 6:30 ▪ Wednesday noon. Connection For more information and Feb 8:5-9pm ▪ Feb 9: 9-3 pm scheduling imaging appointA gathering for individuals who ments Tues. and Wed 8am – whish to explore the evolving 6pm, call Joyce at 715-828-0117 nature of wellness, integrating body, mind, and spirit through February 15 complementary and alternative LUNCH & LEARN—HAPPY therapies in the Chippewa Val- CHINESE NEW YEAR! ley. ▪ Cost: $150 both days; $89 Noon-1:00pm ▪ $10, prefor Sat only ▪ Contact CVTC for registration by February 13th more info at 833-6417 or www. is required. Includes a festive lunch from the Menomonie Market deli. February 12 Young & Associates, Inc./ Attracting Love, Heaven Sent Menomonie Goju Karate,1807 Hypnotherapy ▪ $10 ▪7-8pm. Wilson Street NE, Learn how to attract more love Menomonie, WI 54751 (North into your life by changing the Menomonie, near Kmart) way you look at yourself and Dr. Simei Tong and members teaching respectful communica- of the Chinese Friendship and tion with your inner mind. If you Scholarship Association will don’t like the scene you’re in, if share information about the you’re unhappy, if you’re lonely, food, customs, and celebration change your scene. Write a new of Chinese New Year. CFSA is a play. Learning to love yourself non-profit organization affiliated in healthy ways is the first step with UW-Eau Claire that seeks in attracting more love into your to promote understanding and life. appreciation of Chinese culture and history to people in the

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Weekley Events Spirituality Discussion Group Meeting Every Wednesday, 7 pm - 10 pm FREE Borders Bookstore, Eau Claire 715.832.7250 An informal gathering to discuss Angels, healing, paranormal and psychic phenomena, and other fun topics. Healing Choices Tai Chi Classes 2711 Pleasant Street • Eau Claire 852-0303 • All classes 1 hour. Mondays: 6:00pm & 7:00pm Wednesdays: 10:00am & 11:00am Thursdays: 6:00pm & 7:00pm Nia Classes Stacey Beck, Instructor 533-0464 Tuesday nights 6:15-7:15pm Thursday nights 5:45-6:45 pm. Open to members and non-members • Highland Fitness, Eau Claire Hypnosis Today with Richard Marano B.S., C.H. from Hypnosis Center of Eau Claire Every Wednesday - 8pm & every Friday at 11am CTV(Channel 11) Yoga every Wednesday at 9:30am-11:00am at the Unity Christ Center, 1808 Folsom Street, Eau Claire (715)836-0010

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The Yoga Center 412 1/2 Water Street • Eau Claire • 830-0321 Mondays: 8:00 - 9:00am Pilates 9:30 - 11:00am Breathing 12-12:45pm Beginning Yoga 1:00- 2:00pm Chair Yoga@Senior Center 5:30-7:00pm Continuing Yoga 7:15-8:45pm Multi-level Yoga Tuesdays: 5:15 - 6:45pm Multi-level Yoga 7:00 - 8:30pm Meditation Wednesdays: 9:00 - 10:30am Multi-level Yoga 5:30 - 7:00 pm Beginners Yoga Thursdays: 7:00 - 8:30 am Multi-level Yoga 5:00 - 6:00 pm Yogilates Friday: 9:00 - 10:30am Ayurveda & Yoga 12-12:45 pm Multi-level Yoga Sunday 5:15-6 pm Basic Meditation 6-7 pm Yoga book discussion group Pilates Yoga and Beyond 4913 River Glen Court, Eau Claire, WI 54703 832-7335. Drop-in rate $15.00 Monday – Yoga, 5:00pm Wednesday – Yoga, 4:15pm Pilates, 5:30 pm Thursday – Yoga/Pilates, 12 noon Saturday – Pilates – 8:00 am Yoga, 9:00 am If you are new to the studio, please call (715.832.7335) or sheri@ in advance to register.

February 19 Organic Lawn Care/Garden Care Learn about ways to care for lawn and garden without chemicals that are dangerous to your family and the environment. Presented By: Nature’s Pride Organic Lawn Care First Lutheran Church, 1005 Oxford Ave. Eau Claire, WI 6:30 pm ▪ FREE More Info 836-7645 or or February 19 “Love, Peace, Joy and Abundance” ▪ Fee: $20 ▪ This workshop will introduce you to the use of therapeutic essential oils and “Emotional Freedom Technique”, which will release unwanted emotional patterns and bring love, peace, joy and abundance into our life. Create personal blends. Essential oils, supplies and handouts are included. Workshop is presented by Joyce Sobotta, CA educator, CR. and Carol Langkamp RN, WCMT, NCTMB, 6:30-8:00pm Wholistic Healing Arts Center, 1119 Regis Ct #210, Eau Claire. Call to reserve your spot with Joyce at 828-0117 or Carolyn at 852-0577 February 20 1:23 PM ▪ FREE ▪ The Fourth Leg. In this class we weave together the science, philosophical meaning and individuality of Network Spinal Analysis and Somato Respiratory Class held at the Helios Center 815 Main Street, Menomonie. To register e-mail: or call 715-235-7333. February 20 Meet n’ Eat sponsored by Wisconsin Wellness Directory hosted at Sacred Heart Center for Healthy Living on Wednesday 6-8pm ▪ Free ▪ Bring a friend or two and a desire to savor some delectable delights. We welcome providers who are listed on the directory, businesses interested in being listed and curious community residents who want to know more about wellness options in our area.

www.WisconsinWellnessDirec- February 23 is a division of Heaven Learning the Chakras for SelfSent Hypnotherapy. Discovery & Healing begins For further information, check February 23 The Yoga Center website www. Winter Ayurveda, email For further information, check, or call The Yoga Center website www. 715-830-0321., email, or call 715-830-0321.


Curves 6 Weeks to Change (weight mgmt. program) Meets weekly starting Jan. Strategies…for Stress Man- 14 agement 3198 London Rd. location: January 8, January 22 & Mondays @ 7:30pm and February 5 Tuesdays @ 6am A Series of three evening ses- 3029 N. Hastings Way locasions designed for learning tion: Thursdays @ 1:30 pm how stress affects the body, For more info: Nikki @ mind and spirit and what to do 552.8783 about it! Session 1: Recognizing UWEC Wellness Classes stressors. Focus on learning Yoga-Dance Studio relaxation practices Feb 4, 11, 28, 25 Session 2: Exploring the Mar 3, 10 body-mind connection and Monday 6pm – 7pm & coping skills for daily stress. 7:15pm – 8:15pm Session 3: Outline approach- $26.25 UWEC Students & es for change. Participants Faculty/Staff will develop an individual plan $45.00 Community Members for changing their response to a daily stressor. 6:30-8:30 pm Cost: $75 Barbara Wheeler, MA, Lac, WCMT. Call 715-832-2005 to reserve your chair. Group size is limited, call today!

February 23 Angel Care Workshop: Earth Angels w/Judy Meinen 9 am - 5 pm ▪ Cost: $125 Ramada Convention Center, 205 S. Barstow, Eau Claire 715.832.7250 Discover what kind of Incarnated Angel you are, based on

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Cold Relief the Yogi Way by Sarah Pederson

The famous yogi, BKS Iyenger reminds us that “nature alone is the ultimate cure. The belief underlying yoga therapy is to enable the human system to function as efficiently, effectively, and naturally as it can.” A third of Iyenger’s book Yoga, The Path to Holistic Health, is dedicated to sequencing poses for specific ailments. He suggests sixteen poses for the common cold. I will share with you a handful of poses that I’ve personally found to be helpful in alleviating some of the symptoms of the common cold, including nasal obstruction and mucus, sore throat, sneezing, coughing and headaches.

1. A simple and effective pose you can enjoy amidst the body aches is inverted lake pose. Laying either on the floor, bed or couch, simply put the legs up the wall. Legs can be straight or bent as is comfortable for you. In class we use a bolster under our hips so it feels like the bottom of our spine, the coccyx, is just over the edge. Placing a rolled towel, blanket or pillow under the hips will help. Arms will be open, palms up, away from the body. This pose is great for several reasons but I find most beneficial is it’s effect on the lymphatic system. Because the lymph moves in one direction (upward), this pose is fantastic to get the lymph moving. The “lake” in the name implies that lymph will first travel up the legs and pool in our lower abdomen and gently spill over and then pool again around the neck. Anyone who stands on their feet often or who have varicose veins, this is great for you too. 2.

Reclining bound angle pose helps when the chest is stuffy and breathing is compromised. This pose can be done without props but I would recommend using three rolled bath towels and a small pillow or hand towel. Sitting on the floor, bring the bottoms of the feet together and place two of the rolled towels under the knees. With the third rolled towel, place behind hips so that as one gently lowers the torso onto the floor, it is directly underneath the upper half of the spine. Place the small pillow or hand towel under the head. This is a great way to slowly stretch the muscles of the chest, inner thighs and hips. Having the chest and head higher than the lower body aids in breathing.

3. A variation of inverted staff pose is easy to do while lying in bed. With head at the edge of the bed, slowly lower the back of he head, shoulders and upper back over the edge with arms either above head for floor support of placing them where comfortable. Hang out for several breaths to allow the adrenal, thyroid, pituitary and pineal glands to be stimulated. The gently traction on the spine feels great. Do not practice this during a headache. If you start to feel dizzy, gently bring the body back onto the bed.

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Finally, in yoga and Ayurveda, a small vessel, called a neti pot is used to help clear mucus from the nasal passages. Filling the neti or even a small tea pot with warm salt water, insert spout into left nostril while tipping head forward and to the right. Allow the saline solution to pour out the other nostril. Be sure to do this over a sink or the bath tub. When I first started using a neti pot, I had to try several times to get this to work. Be persistent and patient. This same treatment can be done without the neti pot by simply cupping a small amount of salt water in the hand. While closing one nostril, quickly sniff the water into the other nostril. A mild to moderate burning sensation should be expect, as well as the mucus to clear quickly after. Sarah Pederson is a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Registered Yoga Teacher living and working in Eau Claire, WI. Owner of Gaia Massage & Yoga, LLC she offers a variety of yoga and bellydancing classes, as well as workshops and continuing education certifications. She is currently attending a three year program through The Christine Center called Spiritual Deepening for Global Transformation. Deeply grounded in the belief that we can heal ourselves, Sarah brings an eclectic mix to both the massage table and the yoga mat.



The next sequence of poses is what I call the downward-dog warm-up. Start in table pose, which is on your hands and knees with fingers spread wide. Take a deep breath in and as you exhale collapse the hops towards the heals (like curling into a ball). Inhaling lift body back into table pose, exhale and lift hips up and back so that the spine becomes long. Tilt the hips forward and put as much bend in the knees as you need. Allow head to hang towards the floor. Inhale and gently come back to table pose and repeat the entire sequence several times. Allow the breath to guide the movement. Rest in child’s pose (hips on heels, just like before) for several breaths or lay on your back.

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What Your Body Needs By Cherie Oman

In case you’re feeling reluctant to join in January’s fitness frenzy, let me remind you why you really do need to get and/or stay fit and then provide you with exercises appropriate for your age, interests and fitness level! “If exercise could be packed into a pill, it would be one of the most widely prescribed medicines in the world,” say many experts in the health care and fitness arenas. “Okay, okay!” you say. “I agree that I need to get fit, but should I be belly dancing, walking, skiing, doing yoga, or lifting weights?” The answer depends on a few factors. When beginning a fitness routine you need to consider your age, current fitness level and any chronic or special conditions you may have. For Every Body No matter what your age is, your fitness routine always needs to include the following three components: aerobic exercise, strength training, and stretching. Researcher and author Dr. Wayne Westcott of Mature Fitness states, “Unfortunately, although most Americans know that aerobic exercise is important for improving cardiovascular fitness and for losing fat, many neglect to stretch daily or to perform the two to three days per week of strength training that it takes to become truly fit.” A study conducted by Louisiana State University found that stretching actually increases strength. Study author Arnold Nelson explained that stretching and exercise have similar effects on a cellular level. The American Heart Association (AHA) suggests that all healthy adults between ages 18 and 65 should do the following in order to maintain health and reduce the risk of chronic disease: 1. At least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity five days a week. Moderate activity is equivalent to a brisk walk that causes the heart to beat faster. You do not need to do all 30 minutes at the same time, but the activity should take place in segments of at least 10 minutes, or 2. At least 20 minutes of vigorous activity three days a week. Vigorous activity, such as jogging or running quickly, raises the heart rate and causes you to breathe quickly, and 3. At least two non-consecutive days of muscle-strengthening exercise each week. Eight to 10 exercises should be performed during each session. To maximize strength development, a weight should be used that allows eight to 12 repetitions of each exercise. This could include a progres-

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sive-weight training program, exercises or calisthenics that involve weight-bearing activity or activities such as stair climbing. Early Years If you are a healthy young woman of child bearing age, your options are almost endless. The key will be in finding something that fits into your schedule and that is enjoyable enough for you to continue. To meet the AHA suggested aerobic requirement (either 30 minutes/day five days a week of moderate activity or 20 minutes/day three days a week of vigorous activity), you might choose to bike, jog, hike, or walk briskly. If weather doesn’t permit, use a tread mill, elliptical, go “mall walking”, or join a local gym. Curves, for example, provides a full fitness routine in just 30 minutes a day. A fun alternative would be to take some dance lessons or use an instructional dance video with your kids! To provide the strengthening component recommended by the AHA, you’ll need to do some resistance exercises or activities. Make sure you work all major muscle groups including your arms (triceps and biceps), shoulders (traps and deltoids), chest (pectorals), abdominals, legs (quads) and behind (glutes). You can find specific exercises for these muscle groups in a multitude of printed and online sources, including the book Strong Women Stay Young by Dr. Miriam Nelson and www.womenshealthmag. com. Stretching provides increased strength and flexibility, wider range of motion, improved circulation, better posture and balance, and reduced risk of injury. While the jury is out on stretching both before and after a workout, experts agree that one should Benefits of Exercise: Increased Energy & Endurance Mental Health Emotional – Improved self esteem, decreased stress, depression & anxiety • Intellectual – Improved memory • Weight Control • Improved Muscle Tone • Strengthened Immune System • Decreased Risk of Cancer • Decreased Risk of Heart Disease • Decreased Risk of Osteoporosis • Increased Muscular & Skeletal Strength • Faster Recovery from illness & injury • Improved Sleep • Improved Joint Health • Increased Metabolism • Enhanced Digestion • Controlled Blood Pressure • Controlled Diabetes • Decreased Age Related Memory Loss • Improved Balance • Improved Ability to Perform Daily Activities • Decreased Risk of Age-Related Diseases • Increased Life Expectancy • • •

always stretch after exercising, as muscles are already warmed up and receptive. It’s also a great way to cool down. Be sure to hold each stretch a minimum of 15 seconds, relaxing into the stretch. Never bounce (which could tear your muscles), and remember to breathe! Prime Time Approaching middle age is often accompanied by an expanding middle! The primary cause is a slower metabolism which occurs as fat gradually replaces muscle. Most women experience about a pound or two of weight gain per year during pre-menopause and menopause. This doesn’t have to be the case, though! While fitness guidelines remain the same for women in this stage of life, strengthening is especially important for two reasons. 1) Metabolism automatically speeds up with muscle strengthening, minimizing weight gain and promoting weight loss. 2) Weight bearing exercise makes and keeps our skeletal system strong, reducing the risk of developing osteoporosis (which afflicts one in two women). While resistance and weight training exercises are most efficient for strengthening, jumping rope, hiking and skiing are also beneficial weight-bearing activities. Team sports such as soccer, volleyball, or basketball also fall under this umbrella. Don’t forget to stretch afterward! Silver Status Quality and length of life are major incentives for continued exercise in senior years. It is especially important for senior adults who wish to remain independent to exercise as inactivity leads to muscle shortening, tightening, and weakening. Exercise is also crucial to the health of cardiovascular systems and defense against disease. It is never too late to reap the benefits of exercising, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. Death rates of sedentary women 65 years and older who began walking a mile a day cut their rates of death from all causes by 50%! Healthy seniors without functional limitations should abide by the AHA guidelines above, while incorporating exercises that improve balance to help prevent falls. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommend four types of exercises for seniors who want to stay healthy and independent: strength, balance, stretching, and endurance (or aerobic) exercises. To improve balance, try Tai Chi, ride a bike, or do these exercises: 1) Walk heel-to-toe. Position your heel just in front of the toes of the opposite foot each time you take a step. Your heel and toes should touch or almost touch. 2) Stand on one foot (while waiting in line at the grocery store or at the bus stop, for example). Alternate feet. 3) Stand up and sit down without using your hands. Whatever stage of life you are in, get involved in a fitness routine that includes aerobic activity, strengthening exercises, and stretching. Schedule various activities and exercises in your daily planner, enlist a friend or family member to exercise with, and reap the benefits now and for the rest of your life! Cherie Oman owns the two Curves women’s fitness centers in Eau Claire. She credits Curves for giving her increased strength, energy and a smaller waist! She welcomes your comments and questions at Sources:,,, www.,,, www.webmd. com,,,,,

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HYPNOSIS TODAY by Dr. Richard Marano

Hypnosis today is now widely used on its own or as an adjunct for many therapeutic purposes, clinical as well as psychological. Hypnosis has been scientifically validated as a valuable tool to help people with almost anything they truly wish to change or positively enhance about themselves. Since 1958 the American Medical Association has recognized and approved the use of hypnosis for pain management, smoking cessation, elimination fears and phobias and much more. There is nothing “magic” or “supernatural” about hypnosis. Beware of anyone who uses those terms. In 1996 a National Institutes of Health panel ruled hypnosis as an effective intervention for alleviating pain from cancer and other chronic conditions. Hypnosis also works well with other “alternative” methods of healing such as Reiki, acupuncture, massage, foot reflexology and more. Today, as many people now understand the mind-body connection better and accept that stress can exacerbate mental, emotional and/or physical illness, the potential curative power of hypnosis is becoming more acceptable. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state in humans. When in a state of hypnosis, the patient, who is never asleep or unconscious, gains access directly to the subconscious and unconscious parts of the mind. They are highly open to suggestion and can produce remarkable results. The participant does not give up control to any other person. “A hypnotic participant is in a more intense version of a state we all go into often, whether a daydream, or absorbed in a good book or listening to music,” says Suzanne Little, a hypnotherapy specialist at Manhattan’s Continuum Center for Health and Healing. She goes on to say that, “Hypnosis is about slowing down, way down, and narrowly focusing your attention on your goal or goals. It’s one of the most potent non-pharmacological methods for relaxing we have.” Dr. Mark Goloff, psychologist in the Department of Pain Medicine at New York’s Beth Israel Medical Center, explains, “The scientific theory of hypnosis is as remarkable as it is simple. When in a deeply relaxed state the unconscious parts of the brain that compel us to smoke or to have irrational thoughts, even to


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breath, sweat, maintain heartbeat, etc., become more open to suggestion than with our conscious minds. Ordinarily it’s quite difficult to tell the autonomous nervous system what to do, however when one is in a hypnotized state the vast neural network can be persuaded, for instance, to modify pain signals, relax spasmodic bowel muscles, and more.” It’s safe, helpful and refreshing. And it just might be right for you! Richard Marano is a NGH certified Hypnotherapist at the Hypnosis Center of Eau Claire. He has been in private full time practice for over 5 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin and has graduated from the Leidecker Institute of Hypnosis, IL and the Banyan International School of Hypnosis, St. Paul. His weekly Community Television program, Hypnosis Today, can be seen locally on channel 11 at 8 PM Wednesdays and 11 AM on Fridays.

What is Guided Imagery?” By Ann D. Collier, Ph.D.

My first experience with guided imagery was at a special forum in college at UCLA. A man called Jan said we could learn how to access our inner wisdom by relaxing our bodies and minds and then imagining going inward to talk to a special “guide,” who was really part of ourselves. Jan turned the lights down, had about 50 of us lay down on the floor and close our eyes, and then talked us through this amazing, magical, awakelike directed-dream. During the imagery, I met my “inner wise woman” (she looked like an old, Native American woman to me) who gave me three “gifts” that I still remember to this day. I woke up feeling refreshed, quiet, alert, and marvelously transformed. What was it? What did it do? Guided imagery, mental imagery, and visualization all refer to the same activity. Guided imagery is not a new technique; it is well established in many indigenous practices, religions (e.g., Hinduism, Judaism), and traditional medicines (e.g., Chinese medicine). During a state of physical relaxation, you are directed to visualize different scenes, scenes that can be story-based, metaphorical, or dream-like. Essentially, guided imagery is like a waking dream. Guided imagery is often thought of as a way to access the images of your unconscious mind, or your “inner self,” in order to resolve problems, promote insights, and bring about changes. It may be conducted by you alone or with a guide, such as a friend, a parent, or a mental health practitioner. Most often guided imagery is led by a guide. Trained practitioners usually work interactively with images that arise out of your own imagination, teaching you how to access and utilize the insights and solutions of your inner mind. This allows for specific, empowering images that help you change. How is it different from hypnosis? While they both appear to be very similar and often overlap, they are not the same. In both guided imagery and hypnosis you achieve an initial state of relaxation. But in hypnosis, an individual’s relaxation is enhanced through deepening techniques, and the person becomes highly susceptible to suggestions. Change occurs through these suggestions. There is often the expectation that the practitioner will provide the solution to the problem (by providing the suggestions). Not all hypnosis involves guided imagery, and guided imagery does not necessarily result in a hypnotized state. The skill for using guided imagery is not the same as the skill for using hypnosis. Thus, if you have had little success using hypnosis, you may still find guided imagery to be quite helpful. What happens during imagery? Typically, the client is first placed in a calm, receptive state with the verbal guidance of a trained practitioner. The relaxation can be achieved through using different techniques, including deep muscle relaxation, focused breathing, imagining white light calming your body, etc. The choice of the relaxation technique is often influenced by the provider, and is usually something he/she

is comfortable with. Once in a truly deep state of relaxation, the person is encouraged to find the image of a safe, very personal, and serene site that may or may not actually exist in reality. This can be anything from a scene in the mountains, at the beach, at a lake, a special home away from home, or special spot created uniquely by the person. The key is for the person to feel as much emotional security as possible in this place. Then the adventure usually begins. Maybe the practitioner has a particular goal, such as to reduce stress or anxiety, manage the constant pain of a chronic condition, or to assist in the healing process. The practitioner will usually present a story-line to the person, and let his/her imagination take over. The hope is that following several successful sessions with a practitioner, the person can use the technique on his/her own with the use of written instructions or special tapes. How does it work? Underneath our conscious awareness, the brain is functioning in a constant state of flux and alterations. The growing field of neuroscience conceptualizes alterations in brain activity as “states of consciousness.” States of consciousness can occur spontaneously, can be evoked by physical and physiological stimulation, can be caused by diseases, and can be induced by psychological means. Psychologically induced changes in consciousness include rhythm-induced trance, relaxation, hypnosis, and also guided imagery. Research indicates that changes in consciousness are usually accompanied by significant reductions in autonomic and central nervous system arousal and cortical arousal. During these altered states, there appears to be a transition of awareness from active thinking processes to a silent, yet alert state. More specific research has even found changes in the cerebral cortex, specifically frontal inhibition, especially in the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex.

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healing paths What can it be helpful for? First, what it should not be used for. Guided imagery should not be used in place of conventional medicine or surgery in cases of a serious disease or condition. It is also not recommended for psychotic patients who often cannot distinguish the difference between suggested images and reality. After that, the only risk in using guided imagery would be in viewing it as a cure-all rather than as a complement to conventional medicine. Research indicates that guided imagery can be used to reduce stress by lowering blood pressure and slowing heart rate and to help treat insomnia, obesity and phobias. It can be used for problem solving and to increase creativity and imagination. It has also been shown to assist in sports training and rehabilitative medicine. Guided imagery has multiple applications in medicine, including respiratory disorders, cancer, and chronic diseases. For example, researchers at Ohio State University in Columbus found that people with cancer that used imagery during chemotherapy felt more relaxed, better prepared for their treatment and more positive about their care. They also coped better with the side effects of chemotherapy than those who didn't use the techniques. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston found that visualization decreased menstrual distress and changed the length of menstrual cycles in women ages 21 to 40. Investigators at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, found that visualization was associated with an increase of breast milk production in mothers of infants at a neonatal intensive care unit. How hard is it to learn? Most people can use guided imagery successfully, especially with some practice. Just like learning to play a musical instrument or play a sport, it takes persistence and patience. Most people suggest practicing imagery for 15 to 20 minutes a day initially to ensure that you're learning to do it properly. As you become more skilled and comfortable with the techniques, you'll be able to use it over shorter time periods throughout the day. While there are many books on the subject, the most effective images are the ones that have personal meaning to you. When battling tumors, people sometimes imagine that their healthy cells are plump, juicy berries, while their cancerous cells are dried, shriveled pieces of fruit. They might picture their immune cells as strong powerful sharks that eat and carry away the cancer cells.

Another image for healing is that the immune cells are silver bullets coming in and annihilating the tumor cells. Other experts recommend actually personifying your condition and "reasoning" with it. This way you also have a chance to learn from your condition. If you're plagued by headaches, for example, you might imagine your headache as a gremlin, tightening a rope across your temples. Ask the gremlin why he's there and what you can do to make him loosen his grip. He might "tell" you that you have had too little sleep, too much junk food, or not enough rest and time away from work. Take his advice, and there is a good chance your headaches will subside, experts say. If you are looking for a book to help you get started, there are quite a few excellent resources. I like Thirty Scripts for Relaxation, Imagery & Inner Healing) by Julie T. Lusk, and Guided Imagery for Groups: Fifty Visualizations that Promote Relaxation, Problem-Solving, Creativity, and Well-Being, by Andrew E. Schwartz. The Lusk book includes scripts on everything from relaxation techniques, weight loss and stop smoking techniques to finding your inner guide. The Schwartz book is more geared towards using imagery with groups, and would be quite helpful for parents, teachers, and clergy. I frequently use guided imagery with my 7 and 8 year old children, and they love it. There is a series of books by Maureen Garth: 1) Starbright: Meditations for Children; 2) Moonbeam: Meditations for Children, and 3) Earthlight: New Meditations for Children. These books were written for parents, teachers, and counselors, and include lovely, easy to use, scripts for the novice. The scripts can be easily modified to suit your child’s spiritual (or non spiritual) preferences, hobbies and interests. When having trouble sleeping, my kids love having me talk to them about the “Giant Mama Panda Bear.” Her image has become quite a special friend to them. They find the huge, cuddly Giant Mama Panda Bear to be irresistible. They easily fade off into their sleep whilst imagining playing colored ball games with baby panda, while Giant Mama Panda Bear is nearby. Whatever your use, good luck in your mental travels! Ann Collier, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and works part-time as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. She also works with Barry Weiss of Music Specialties as a collaborating contributor to “The Power Within” (, a series of visualization DVD’s.

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A Natural Period by Abby Czeskleba

Let’s face it: that “time of the month” is not nearly as pleasant as feminine hygiene product commercials make it out to be. These five days of the month cause more pain than pleasure - they rob us of our daily energy and sometimes the will to live. So when one well-known commercial wishes you a “happy period,” it clearly defies logic. While you may not find many effective alternatives to killing the pain, you can find alternatives to traditional disposable pads and tampons. These natural, reusable products are not only better for you, but also for the environment and your wallet. The Problem with Disposable Feminine Hygiene Products Disposable products contain chemicals that may cause allergic reactions or problems for women with sensitive skin. The plastic and glue backing on disposable pads decrease air circulation and create an environment in which some bacteria thrive. This can cause odor and exacerbate any

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1. TYPE A (high estrogen : low progesterone ratio): Nervous tension, weepiness, anxiety, mood swings and irritability. Periods start suddenly and are heavy with clots. 2. Extra help: Vitamin E 3. TYPE B (high progesterone : estrogen ratio): Stress is a big factor in this type and the mood changes and irritability will lean more towards aggression than depression. Aggression or depression is just energy which is either directed outwards (aggression) or inwards (depression). Weight gain, swelling of hands and feet and breast tenderness. 4. Extra help: Vitamin C with bioflavonoids. Reduce salt. Be aware that processed foods often have high amounts of salt in them. Include a natural diuretic such as celery or Juniper in your diet. Drink more water to flush your system out. Your kidneys work better when the fluid intake is high. 5. TYPE C: Often associated with fluctuations in blood sugar levels, can include headache and fatigue, moodiness and irritability due to drops in blood sugar level. 6. Extra help: Magnesium is very important as it assists in insulin metabolism. Also, eat smaller meals frequently and include starchy and complex carbohydrate foods like pasta, potatoes, vegetables and quality proteins (lean meat, fish, etc.). Avoid sugar and refined foods. 7. TYPE D (low estrogen: high progesterone ratio): Emotional changes like depression, forgetfulness, insomnia, and confusion. 8. Extra help: Kelp, spirulina, and potassium oxide. Eat simple foods that are easily digested. Visit Detail.aspx?ArticleId=9033 and to learn more.

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pre-existing vaginal irritation. This plastic sheeting may also cause perspiration, rashes and other irritations, and can leave you more susceptible to yeast infections. Women also report allergic reactions to disposable pads, most likely caused by bleaching residues. Low levels of dioxin have been found in almost every major brand of tampon (except 100% organic cotton). Dioxin forms during the bleaching process and is often released into ground water. Dioxin is a known carcinogen and has been linked to cervical cancer, breast cancer, endometriosis, and immune system suppression. There is much scientific debate as to whether there is such a thing as a “safe level” of dioxin exposure. To Your Health Many women who make the change to natural products report decreased PMS symptoms, less cramping, as well as a shorter and lighter period after switching. Those women who have irritated skin from disposables have gotten great relief from using cloth – some even find it more comfortable. Others switch because of overall health concerns, such as the risk of getting Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). The bacteria that cause TSS are naturally found in menstrual blood. When the flow of menstruation is cut off and kept in the body, bacteria have the opportunity to grow to toxic levels. Roughly 35% of the fluids absorbed by a tampon are not menstrual blood, but natural body fluids produced to moisturize and cleanse the vagina. Tampon use can also increase the propensity for yeast infections. Natural Products and the Environment On average, each woman uses approximately 11,000-13,000 menstrual pads or tampons during her menstruating years. According to the National Women’s Health Network, the environmental problems related to feminine hygiene products is even greater than those caused by disposable diapers. Pads and pantyliners are almost exclusively made from wood products. Oftentimes, the wood comes from old growth forests, which are not a renewable resource. When old growth forests are clear cut for pulping, entire ecosystems are wiped out, only to be replaced by tree farms. In the processing of this wood pulp, thousands of tons of sludge and harsh contaminates such as chlorine dioxide are released into our waterways, causing untold damage to wildlife and human health. Every major brand of tampons is made of a cotton-rayon blend. Tampons often come with a plastic or plastic coated wood fiber applicator. Both tampons and their applicators do not decom


What Are My Choices? Here are just a few types of natural products for you to choose from. • Organic Tampons: made from organic cotton and they are FDA approved. Cost:$6 box of 20. • Cloth Pads: similar to disposable pads, only they’re reusable. Cost: $11-14 /pad • Menstrual cups: catch menstrual flow rather than absorbing it. (Cups can take awhile to figure out, so it’s recommended that you either use a cloth pad or a panty-liner for your first few cycles while you figure out the most comfortable placing.) Cost: $32-$35 • Sponges: sea sponges are harvested right from the ocean floor by sea divers and then washed and sterilized for use. They are inserted internally and absorb menstrual fluid much like a tampon would. Before using, you need to wet the sponge and squeeze excess water out, then insert. Sponges need to be replaced sooner than cups and great heed needs to be taken in washing to keep it sanitary. Cost: $8.00/2-pack

pose in sewage treatment systems like other organic wastes. They often cause these systems to get clogged, and end up released into the ocean still intact. Thousands of tampon applicators wash up on coastal beaches every day. Almost every menstrual pad on the market has a plastic backing and a layer of adhesive, both of which will last for generations to come in our landfills. Many also contain additional chemicals to enhance their absorbency or scent. Visit to learn more about the benefits of natural products. Natural Products Equal Natural Savings If the average woman does in fact use 11,000-13,000 pads or tampons during her menstruating years, then 550 - 650 boxes of 20 pads or tampons at an average of $4.00 per box equals a grand total of $2,400-$2,600. (This estimation does not include the cost of panty-liners.) On the other hand, natural products are reusable and last approximately five years.

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Changing Things up without the Chemicals By Geri Falch

January is a common time when people are ready for a change – winter has thoroughly set in, New Year’s Resolutions are being made, and nails and hair are starting to need a little “boost.” This year, when you consider pampering yourself with a new hair color or a nice set of nails, you don’t have to settle for traditional chemical, fume-ridden products and services. Now there are organic options! But do they work as well? Does organic hair color still stink? No! At last, you can get your hair colored without having to put up with the burning eyes, tingling scalp, headaches and stinging throat that some people experience during chemical hair coloring. What causes that pungent odor is the chemical reaction taking place; it creates ammonia that in turn swells the hair and makes the color penetrate. With organic colors, most people notice an herbal, pleasant scent. If there’s no ammonia, does an organic color last as long? Yes! Here’s how it works. Gentle dryers are used to swell the hair during an organic color service (instead of ammonia), which allows the color to absorb into the hair. There’s less damage to the hair and no absorption into the skin/scalp, unlike traditional colors. Organic hair colors last anywhere from 6-8 weeks, depending on the rate of outgrowth, with no fading. Are ammonia-free and organic color services the same? No. Ammonia-free hair colors are safer than traditional hair colors, but there are still harmful ingredients in them. They can go darker but not much lighter. They can be used to change the tone of hair, but tend to be less effective in changing color significantly. Organic colors are still chemical services, but they are made

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from totally organic ingredients. (Chemical service in that natural color is being removed and another color is being applied.) Organic hair colors are effective for everything including hi-lights, lo-lights, foils, lightening, darkening, changing tones, etc. They work as quickly as chemical colors without the chemical ingredients. What part of an organic manicure or pedicure is actually organic? The oils, lotions, salts, and polish are all organic and therapeutic. In our salon, we use vegan nail polish, which lasts as long, dries as quickly and is as brilliant in color as traditional nail polish. Another nice thing about organic nail colors is that they are available in smaller bottles. This means less is thrown to waste as the polish gets old (most people find their polish goes bad before their bottle is even close to empty) – easier on you and on the earth. If you’re not a salon type and want safer at-home products, be aware that not everything labeled “natural” or “organic” truly is. Check for the USDA’s National Organic Program seal, read the label, and become an ingredient detective. If the company only lists key ingredients and doesn’t include a full list of ingredients (on the products themselves or on their websites), that’s a red flag. And of course, if you want to go totally natural and organic, skip the colors and nail treatments altogether. There are several organic hair products, such as pureology, which work fabulously and provide beautiful luster and shine to hair. Great natural nail care includes cleaning and trimming, natural buffers, good lotions, etc. If you want something new but don’t want the harmful chemi-

cals of traditional hair and nail services, try going organic. As a cancer survivor, choosing to use products and services which would not subject me to so many harmful and carcinogenic substances was an important choice. As with many of my clients, I have enjoyed being able to “change things up” without suffering from all the negative side effects! Geri Falch is a breast cancer survivor and owner of Spring Street Studio in Chippewa Falls, WI, the only full-service salon in Northwestern Wisconsin which offers organic hair colors, manicures and pedicures.

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Our Winter Friend: the humidifier By Kathryn Flehmer, Staff

Sledding, skiing, skating, dry skin, and runny noses. That’s how winter visits Wisconsin. Along with fun in the snow, the dry air and cold weather can make many people quite uncomfortable. Because cold air holds less moisture than warm air, the winter months can take a toll on the body. Low humidity dries out your skin and mucous membranes, increases static electricity, and it makes it seem colder than it actually is. One great remedy to all these effects is a humidifier. The most common type is called an evaporative humidifier. A reservoir holds cold water and dispenses it into a basin. A wicking filter absorbs water from the basin. A fan then blows air through the moistened filter. As it passes through the filter, it evaporates some of the water there, sending the water into the air. A steam humidifier, also referred to as a “vaporizer,” boils water and releases the warm steam into the room. This is the simplest humidifier, and is the least expensive at the onset. However, it has the highest energy costs. Because of burn potential, steam vaporizers can be dangerous around children. There are no bacterial or mineral concerns with this technology. An impeller humidifier has a rotating disc that flings water at a comb-like diffuser. The diffuser breaks the water into fine droplets that float into the air. These droplets are seen as a cool fog exiting the humidifier. An ultrasonic humidifier uses a metal diaphragm vibrating at an ultrasonic frequency to create water droplets. It is usually silent and also produces a cool fog. Both impeller and ultrasonic humidifiers have low energy costs but do raise two concerns. First, if the water gets too old, the water is sprayed into the air along with any bacteria it contains. Cleaning the tank regularly is a must. The second concern is minerals in the water. If you have water with a high mineral content, these two designs send minerals into the air, most noticeable as dust. A wick/evaporative system uses a cloth, foam wick, or sheet to draw water out of the reservoir. A fan blowing over the wick lets the air absorb moisture. Some humidifiers monitor the relative humidity of the air and will turn on and off when appropriate, which will save both money and energy. Humidifiers can be in-

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stalled as small portable room units or can be integrated into your furnace for full-house humidity control. Choices: ♦ Vicks - Cool Mist Impeller Humidifier - V420 - roughly $20 ♦ Holmes Large Room Cool Mist Humidifier w/ Accuset roughly $50 ♦ Holmes - Accuset Plus Console Humidifier - Wick/Evaporative System roughly $250 (delivers up to 10 gallons of cool, soothing moisture per day – extended life filter) ♦ Honeywell HWM450 Quick Steam 4.0 gallon warm moisture humidifier - roughly $55 Recommended for larger sized rooms (850-1400 square feet) ♦ Medisana HAH2000QBP deluxe ultrasonic personal humidifier - roughly $50 Humidifies up to 1000 cubic feet in 2 hours. ♦ Vicks V5100N Ultrasonic Humidifier – roughly $50 Operates up to 20 hours per filling. Where to find them: Most drugstores, hardware stores or pharmacies carry a variety of humidifiers. You can also find them at national retail locations such as Target, Wal-Mart, and Pamida.

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Back Pain and Your Feet By Dr. Jay LaGuardia

Each fall and winter, there seems to be a surge of back problems that are often related to foot problems. A summer of wearing flip flops can be especially detrimental to young developing feet and spines. Your local chiropractor might be talking to you about your feet and its effect on your spine. Here’s why: In eighteen years of practice I have seen all too frequently on-going back problems that could be corrected and prevented with proper evaluation of the feet – yes, the feet. Your feet are the foundation of your body. They support you when you stand, walk or run. They also prevent the joints of all lower extremities from injury (i.e., ankle, knee, hip, low back) when mechanically working well. Your feet will perform better when all muscles, arches and bones are in their ideal stable positions. The foot is constructed with three arches which, when properly maintained, give exceptional support and strength. These three arches form a supporting vault that distributes the weight of the entire body. If there is compromise of one arch in the feet, the other arches must compensate and are subject to additional stresses which usually result in further compromise. It is a chain reaction. Healthcare professionals know alleviating pain in one part of your body often requires treating another part. The pain in your neck or low back could actually be caused by a spinal misalignment that is from unbalanced positioning in your feet. As we walk, there is a fine interplay

between the movements of the lower extremities and the balancing of the spine. Normal gait causes repetitive motions to occur from the feet to the head. The most common of the arch deformations is known as pronation, which is a flattening of the inside of the foot causing an excessive weight bearing load on the inside of the feet. Often with excessive pronation, the ankles will roll in, the knees will approximate (knock knees) and the hips will roll out, resulting in an unbalanced pelvis and spine. Another common arch deformity is supination, where just the opposite occurs. Excessive load occurs on the outside of the foot. The loss of the arch height with excessive pronations causes pelvic tilt and a lateral curvature of the spine to develop. This results in spinal subluxations where the vertebra(e) become immobilized, causing tissue changes (inflammation, muscle splinting, nerve tension). If left uncorrected this will result in spinal decay, arthritis and potential disc problems. Correction of the cause and its secondary effect are critical to well-being and quality of life. Custom-made flexible orthotics can restore balance and provide feet and spine stability. Once this has been achieved, mobilization of the feet is necessary to restore proper placement of the bones in the arch of the feet. Along with correction of the spinal subluxation, specific stretching exercises for the spine are then recommended to help eliminate the abnormal patterns that have developed. During

this time, avoidance of lengthy periods of standing and walking is best and running should only gradually be reintroduced. Significance of this problem should not be underestimated. Latest research indicates orthotic use can be beneficial as early as eight years old. Long-term effects of feet problems, if left unresolved, could include: bunions, planter fasciitis, heel spurs, Achilles tendon and knee problems as well as hip and spinal damage. Being proactive can save you time, money and needless suffering. Take control of your wellbeing and have your feet evaluated today. Your back will thank you! Dr. Jay LaGuardia has been practicing chiropractic for 18 years, has been the director of Stucky Chiropractic Clinic for the past 12 years, is a lecturer across the country and is one of the developers of the Living Well Series, a mind-body-spirit wellness program.

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Neck Stretch

Denny Clark, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chippewa Falls, WI

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Do you find yourself having pain and strain in your neck area and want to reduce it for little cost and time? Your neck pain could be caused from your postural habits. Tipping your head to speak on the telephone, working long hours without breaks at the computer, driving in stressful conditions, overdoing a workout, and even back-pack strain. Any activity that forces the natural curve out of the neck can be the cause of neck pain. Most of the daily activities we do involve work that takes place in front of our bodies, with our head forward. Our neck curve works its best and is strongest when it is curved slightly forward allowing our head to rest directly above our shoulders; this is a pain free posture. The positions that promote postural distortions put asymmetrical loads onto bones and soft tissues of the neck, negatively affecting your overall well being and causing pain. Attention to working posture along with this easy-to-do, cost-effective stretch will reduce the damaging effects of neck pain. 1. The materials you’ll need are a thin full size bath towel and rubber bands. Lay the towel out flat, and fold in half lengthwise. Firmly roll it up, forming a tight cylinder. Place the rubber bands around the towel to keep it from unraveling. 2. Place the rolled up towel on the floor or a mat no thicker than one inch and lie down on the towel. Place the small of your neck on the fulcrum, the uppermost part of the towel. Keep your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. 3. In order to ensure that you do not over do it, set your timer for a time you’re comfortable with from two to five minutes. Slowly increase the stretch time up to 20-25 minutes a session over several weeks from your starting point. 4. After you have completed your stretch on the towel, roll onto your side and slowly come up from the side lying position. Once you are up and sitting straight, turn your head slowly left and right several times and then look up for 20-45 seconds. You have completed the cervical stretch and are ready for your day or (if you do the stretch before bed) a good night’s sleep. 5. It is recommended that the stretch be done daily in order to achieve the best results. Some stretching is better than none, and taking the time to protect your neck can reap lifelong rewards. This stretch, when done properly and on a consistent basis can help alleviate neck tensions and pain associated with our busy lifestyles. If you begin to experience an increase of pain, you may have an area of your neck that cannot be stretched and may need to be checked. As with any exercise, if you have a nerve, joint, bone, or vascular disorder, consult a health care professional who understands the importance of proper neck curvature and biomechanics for guidance o care if necessary before performing this stretch.

HypnoBirthing® - A Beautiful Experience By Susan Greuel, CH

Having a baby is a normal, natural beginning of life, and, despite common misconceptions, nature never intended for it to be painful. The female body is perfectly designed to nourish, grow, and protect the unborn child and then to birth that child naturally just as perfectly. Nature provides us with pain to tell us when something is wrong. But there is nothing wrong with having a baby. It does not make sense that nature can create such a perfect little human being but would then create intense pain to bring the child into the world. No other creature experiences suffering with childbirth when there is nothing wrong. The uterus, which houses the baby, is also perfectly designed with two sets of muscles that work in harmony: the round, horizontal muscles which stay closed during pregnancy to allow the baby to be nourished and safe, and a set of long vertical muscles that pull up during labor to allow the horizontal muscles to relax open, allowing passage for the baby. Your entire body can offer an example of how these muscles work in perfect harmony. Just hold your arm straight out in front of you and bend it at the elbow and then straighten it again. There is nothing uncomfortable about that motion. There are two sets of muscles working together that are necessary to allow that arm to bend. The muscles on top of your arm must shorten, (or draw up) to allow the arm to be pulled up, while the muscles under your arm relax open. Then to straighten the arm, the reverse is true. The muscles underneath must shorten (or draw up) while the muscles on top relax open allowing your arm to straighten

again. Every set of muscles in the body - including the uterus works the same way without any discomfort. What causes pain in uncomplicated labor is fear. The body only knows one way to react to fear or stress and that is “fight or flight.” When someone is stressed, the body releases stress hormones called catecholamines which direct all of the body’s resources (including blood and oxygen), to the arms and legs so that the person can fight for their life or run. This serves a very useful purpose if you are in a life or death situation. However, the brain does not know the difference between a “life and death” stress and a “fear” stress, so these hormones are released with any type of stress. Because of all the “horror stories” about birthing as well as the movies depicting women in agony, women have been conditioned to “fear the pain” of childbirth. So when the woman goes into labor with fear, her fear releases the stress hormones, which causes most of the blood and oxygen in her body (including her uterus), to be redirected to her arms and legs so she can “fight or flee.” This causes those horizontal muscles to clamp down like a vice so that when the vertical muscles begin to pull up, two sets of muscles are fighting each other rather than working in perfect harmony. An example of this is to take that same arm that moved so effortlessly a moment ago and hold the arm out. Now tense the arm as hard as you can and try to bend it. The muscles are no longer working in harmony, and it becomes uncomfortable. As soon as you relax the arm again, easy mobility returns. The same principle applies to childbirth. Eliminating the “feartension-pain” cycle is necessary in order for the woman’s body to function as it was designed to. HypnoBirthing® - The Mongan Method is a series of classes that can help expectant parents to birth their baby naturally and more comfortably--the way nature intended.

Between October 2005 and November 2006, 596 parents’ birth reports were sent to the HypnoBirthing Institute. Of the 596 birth reports, 99 were from outside the United States. The information presented here was derived from the 497 birth reports from HypnoBirthing® couples in the US.

Labor interventions: HypnoBirthing® mothers used far fewer interventions during their labors than other mothers. Hypnobirthing stats in purple, LTM II stats in burgandy.

To learn more about HypnoBirthing and local class offerings, contact Motivated Minds Hypnosis at 715-563-3812.

Does Hypnobirthing work? 17% of HypnoBirthing® (HB) mothers birthed via Cesarean section, compared to 32% of the mothers in LTM II. The CDC reported the Cesarean rate for all births in 2004 was 29.1%. HB data does not differentiate between primary and repeat Cesareans.

These statistics reveal a high level of success and satisfaction. The most comprehensive data currently available on birthing in the United Sates are from Listening to Mothers II Report of the First National U.S. Survey of Women’s Childbearing Experiences. New York: Maternity Center Association, October 2006 (LTM II.) Limited data is also available from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2004 (CDC). Therefore, data from those reports were used in order to have a comparison for the data from HypnoBirthing couples ( HypnoBirthing_Outcome_Highlights.pdf).

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Holistic Pet Pampering By Kimberly Moe

More people are becoming aware of holistic practices and what they can do for us. We are eating better, getting away from the preservatives, getting massages and healing treatments, and using herbs and essential oils. All of these things can help people live longer, happier lives. These things are also available for your animal friends. Much like your own life can be enhanced, you can give animals care and a better life with holistic care. Canine Massage People say, “I pet and rub my dog all the time.” That equates to your child giving you a back rub versus you receiving a professional massage. As with humans, there are particular strokes and acupressure points that help your animal – but you need to be trained how to do them properly. A correct massage can help you assess and maintain wellness in your pets. Massage comforts tired muscles and relieves pain, increases circulation to specific areas, strengthens the body by stimulating muscles, maintains and restores flexibility, increase blood flow to help alleviate pain, and energizes the mind. Massage is great to help get you closer to your pet and give him back some personal love and attention as he gives you. One-onone contact is not only healing for your pet, but for yourself as well. Massage is one of the many ways to achieve this bonding. Massage is especially helpful for geriatric dogs, those with arthritis, hip dysphasia, and breathing problems, as well as pets suffering from a loss and those who have been abandoned and abused. Anyone can learn to massage their own pet. It is healing, comforting to the pet, and creates a special bond between human and pet. Energy Healing for Animals Healing can be defined as the ability to heal all levels of a person’s being through animating the vital force within. You may be familiar with benefits of the laying of hands and working with the energy available to all of us through Reiki, Metaphysical Healing and many other practices. These practices also work on animals, especially if you know how to approach and work with them. Remember, unlike us, when we feel bad and want a treatment of any sort, we go have one done. With an animal it is different.

Bailey gets a facial massage. Just because you think they want or need a treatment does not mean they want one. Like massage, healing energy treatments can help in many situations, reaching mind, body and spirit. Distant healing allows us to help animals in cages at the zoo, shelters, and in the wild that we think are suffering. Animals feel the energy stronger than humans. Sometimes it’s too strong and they’re uncomfortable unless you’re giving it from a distance. When they have had enough they will let you know. When they do not want it they will let you know. Animals can go into what is called a Reiki nap, where they rest and rejuvenate. I have been able to call animals into my surroundings using Reiki and Metaphysical Healing – energy work can be very powerful and rewarding. My belief is at least one person in every household should know how to use Energy Healing for those they love. Would this world be a better place? Would there be less suffering? I think so. Communication is Key The ability to communicate with and respect animals is the first step in being able to give them any healing. Animals know what’s good for them, so do not force them. There are different ways to give healing energy to an animal, and as you communicate with them, you’ll recognize what fits the animal best. An animal can read our thoughts; they know through see, smell and taste. Their keen senses are beyond what we’re used to in humans, and this should affect how you approach healing your pet. It is in everyone’s reach to learn how to communicate to their pet through simple means. Are you going to know what they are thinking? Can you read their mind like they do yours? Some people can do this naturally; for others it must be practiced and learned. Pet Health & Beauty Have you thought about switching to all-natural products and food for your pet? It only makes sense that if you avoid harmful chemicals yourself you avoid them for your pets as well. In my practice, I have been seeing more and more dogs with allergies and skin problems. Feeding a good natural food and using natural shampoos and products can only help. All-natural soaps made with essential oils, ear cleaners, teeth cleaners, as well as oils for

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anxiety, separation, and more are just as effective on your animals as they are on you. However there are dangers if not used properly. Check out the next issue of Second Opinion as we go deeper into essential oils, which ones are safe, where to get them, and the potential dangers for your pets. What about the chemicals you use to keep pests away? Many people put poisons on their animals to rid them of fleas and ticks, and then they pet, touch and hug them. This can not be good. There are natural remedies to keep pests at bay, like Therapeutic Naturals’ natural sprays and beds made of herbs and red cedar. What about unpleasant fur odors? The best natural remedy to treat nasty smells like skunk spray: saturate the animal with apple cider vinegar and then bathe. This also works to put right on a dead skunk before removing. How about the chemicals on your yard, or the sprays you use to get rid of pests? Remember, animals lick their feet and fur, you and your kids pet them… you see the line of thinking. Think of every time you throw a ball, it rolls on the ground, and your pet picks it up in his mouth. How many lawn and garden chemicals are your animal friends ingesting through regular play? Lymphoma is a cancer caused largely by the chemicals in many people’s yards and around the house. We used to fertilize and use weed killers to get that “perfect” lawn, until we lost our threeyear-old German Shepard. They figured it was lymphoma. After researching it further, I learned many experts agree these chemi-

cals play a big part in this cancer. Instead of using harsh chemicals that can be harmful to your pets and you, try planting natural herbs in the yard to create a more natural looking lawn and using cedar mulch around plants as natural pesticides. Summing It Up Holistic Care is all of these things – massage, healing, using natural products, avoiding chemicals. Anyone can start to live a healthier life with very simple changes for them and their animals. But remember: Holistic care is a complement to modern medicine and vet care. It should not be a replacement. Holistic practitioners do not diagnose illness. It is wise to always tell your vet if your pet is receiving any type of holistic care, especially if they are on medications. Let’s not abuse this very old and remarkable way of healing, but let’s certainly enjoy the benefits. Kimberly Moe has been a no tie groomer for over 15 years. She now has her Masters and Dr in Metaphysics, and is a Master of Metaphysical Healing, Master/Teacher in Reiki and animal Reiki, Certified canine massage provider, Certified Aroma Therapist, animal Aroma Therapist and has her own line of natural products for people and animals called Therapeutic Naturals. She offers classes around NW Wisconsin and the Twin Cities area on all of the healing and communicating practices discussed in this article.


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Growing Pains?

By Dr. Jodi Swartz

“Mommy, my legs hurt.” Have you heard you child say this or have you said it yourself? These pains are commonly referred to as growing pains. They are most frequent in children ages 2-12. There is no known medical cause for growing pains. According to a study done in 2004, it was found that 36.9% of children ages 4-6 have experienced these pains, or nearly one-third of this population! Most of the time complaints of growing pains are brushed off and parents are told they’re a normal part of the growth process. But why should growing, a normal and natural process, be painful? Are there any options to eliminate this? Chiropractic is one option. Looking from a biomechanical standpoint, the body grows rapidly during the first years of a child’s life. If something interferes with this process, there may be problems. For example, what if a baby is put in a walker before they are ready to walk? This premature assistance can alter biomechanics which can lead to postural abnormalities. Other examples include birth trauma, sports injuries, heavy backpacks, a fall, and sedentary lifestyles (too much TV). How can chiropractic help? An exam of the spine is performed to locate areas of misalignment contributing to stress on the body. The altered biomechanics and spinal misalignment, most commonly in the lower back and pelvis, create imbalances in the quadriceps, hamstrings, and calf muscles, which can contribute to leg pain. Pelvic misalignment can lead to leg-length inequalities; the child is unevenly distributing his or her weight, placing additional stress and strain not only on the spine, but feet, ankles, and knees as well. If there is stress in one area of the body, the rest of the body will compensate for this stress. An article published in Dynamic Chiropractic (September 1992) showed a strong correlation between a lower back/pelvic misalignment on the side of the leg pain. The clinical experience of this author was a rapid, sometimes instantaneous, resolution of symptoms with chiropractic adjustment. And I have noticed firsthand in my practice that chiropractic adjustments offer quick and great improvement of these symptoms. Remember, chiropractic is very safe, effective, and natural. There may also be some nutritional components, including getting enough water, that need to be evaluated and addressed in children suffering from these pains. Certain exercises may also be beneficial. Parents should be concerned and aware of the physical stresses on a child’s spine such as: backpacks, posture, and sitting for long periods of time. These, too, can contribute to a child’s physical discomfort. Chiropractic has a great success rate in treating children who complain about “growing pains.” We look to find the cause and correct it versus trying to cover up the symptoms. It also feels good for the parent not to see their child suffering at night or have to stop playing due to pains in their legs. Jodi Swartz is a chiropractor at Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Eau Claire. She has a special emphasis in pregnancy and children. She is currently training to be a certified doula.

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Eco-Flooring by Jennifer Quinlan

Today’s Great Green Flooring Choices 1. Bamboo: matures in just a few years and is touted as one of the most sustainable alternatives to wood. Available in a variety of colored planks, this fast-growing, durable grass can be used anywhere you might use traditional hardwood flooring. Look for formaldehyde-free adhesives to limit installation fumes. a. Best for: living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens b. Average cost/square foot: $4-$8 2. Cork: This cushiony flooring option is resistant to rot and fire, mutes sound effectively, and recovers quickly from furniture dents. It creates minimal manufacturing waste and properly maintained cork flooring can easily last 40+ years. Seek out planks with low- or no-VOC sealants like carnauba wax. Be advised that it does not respond well to water (bathroom is not a good place for cork flooring) nor should it be installed over radiant floor heating (it’s a natural insulator). a. Best for: living and family rooms b. Average cost/square foot: $3-$7 3. FSC-Certified Wood: Certification by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) promotes ecological and socially responsible forestry, helps maintain biodiversity, and requires foresters respect the rights of workers and indigenous communities. Not all FSC-certified companies sell only certified wood, though, so ask your retailer or look for the FSC logo to ensure you’re getting certified wood. a. Best for: kitchens, dining and living rooms b. Average cost/square foot: $3-$6 4. Natural Fiber Carpet: Biodegradable, nontoxic and renewable alternatives to synthetic carpeting include fibers such as jute, coir, and sisal. If you get modular carpet, you can replace tiles from high traffic areas without replacing carpet in a whole

room. Some companies even recycle worn out tiles. a. Best for: living rooms, stairs, bedrooms b. Average cost/square foot: $4+ 5. Linoleum: Not the vinyl imitations that have taken over many household kitchens over the years, true linoleum is made from plant-based materials such as linseed oil, pine resin, and powdered cork. It requires minimal processing and lasts up to 40 years. Some types will give off a certain odor during installation, but the smell wears off in a few days. Apart from this, true linoleum is touted as being antimicrobial and easy to install and clean. a. Best for: bathrooms and kitchens b. Average cost/square foot: $5-$9

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Green Building By Thomas Midthun

Here are just a few frequently asked questions about green building: What is it? What are green products? Where are they available? Are they affordable? Here are some answers to help you get more informed on this important subject. Green building is the practice of building residential and commercial structures that lessen the negative impact that the buildings have on their occupants and the environment. Minimizing environmental impact, while maximizing material energy and water saving techniques, is the green way of building. Residential and commercial buildings account for 25% of the world’s wood harvest, 17% of the world’s fresh water usage, create 33% of the world’s CO2 emissions, and use 40% of the materials and energy worldwide. The enormity of these figures illustrates the large scale impact that buildings have on our environment. Common sense planning, design, construction, and disposal methods are ways to reduce this environmental impact. There are five basic areas of importance in the green building approach:

1. Site planning 2. Water management 3. Energy management 4. Materials use and disposal 5. Indoor environmental air quality The combined efforts of building owners, architects, engineers, contractors, utilities companies, interior designers and landscapers are needed to address the overall efficiency and environmental quality of the structures we build. Designs that utilize natural lighting, minimizing energy loss, conserve water resources and create a healthy indoor air environment naturally lessen the impact on the environment while creating a better quality of life for the occupants. Our homes and offices contain many products and furnishings that contain toxic materials or emit toxic gases in their curing or aging process. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed data that shows indoor air as being two to five times as polluted as the outdoor air in any given area. These figures remained the same for rural settings or urban areas. Our indoor environments contain products such as cabinets, flooring materials, paints and finishes, cleaning products, furnishings as well as other items that contain VOC’s (volatile organic compounds). Off-gassing is a toxic gas emitting property of these VOC’s. A VOC-containing product could be the formaldehydebased glue used in your cabinetry or stains and finishes that give off toxic cases until fully cured or dried. In some cases, the offgassing can be a long-term event. That “new car smell” is another example of off-gassing. The products used in the manufacture of the plastic dash, upholstery materials, carpeting, rubber, etc. are curing and giving off toxic gases. Many home furnishings, mattresses, flooring materials, and cleaning products have that noticeable off-gassing of VOC’s as well. As building technology has made it possible for us to build air-tight, energy efficient structures, attention now must be paid to health-efficient building systems. The EPA has established a site for consumers to locate and purchase products that are low in VOC emissions. Information on recycle-ability of products, energy savings, water savings, and products with low emissions features is all provided in the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) program ( Independent laboratories and certification programs for green building standards and green product qualification are setting

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standards nation-wide. Energy Star programs, Forest Stewardship Council, Green Seal, Green Guard, Carpet and Rug Green Label, and Scientific Certification Systems are all good sources of information on methods and products. How materials and products are used to construct and furnish our buildings, the environmental impact of production, and the use and disposal of products are all factors in considering the “green-ness” of such products. There are no perfect green methods, nor perfectly green products. There are always trade-offs. The negative impact on the environment in the production of fiberglass windows, for example, can be outweighed by the energy efficiency of the product (very efficient) and the longevity of the product. It is very durable, has a long lifespan, and thus minimizes disposal (landfill) space. Rapidly renewable resources are inherently green. Fast regenerating woods, organic cotton and wool products, cork and bamboo for flooring, and straw and flax products used to manufacture flooring materials are all desirable alternatives to traditional materials. The number and variety of green products is an amazing combination of common sense and technology. We have access to kitchen counter tops made form recycled paper, recycled glass tiles, recycled denim for insulation, low- and no-VOC-emitting paints and finishes, wool and natural fibre carpets, formaldehydefree cabinetry, and a wide range of energy efficient and water conserving products. As demand for green products and practices increases, costs will decrease. Building and living green does not have to be cost-prohibitive. Formaldehyde-free plywood costs 15%-20% more than standard glued plywood, energy-efficient appliance are no more costly than others, and water-saving products though potentially more costly initially, save money in the lifetime of the product. Recycled products are also generally cost effective. Lessening the load on our landfills is something green everyone can do. Green building is an attitude. It is a message to future generations that we can improve our quality of life and health, while minimizing the negative impact on our indoor and outdoor environments. Whether you’re planning a building project or not, you can adapt your lifestyle to live a little greener more easily than you might have thought.

If you’re considering a construction project and want to go green but don’t know where to find a “green contractor,” suggests you shop around and always ask for several references. Here are a few websites you might find helpful: • - non-profit Co-op America’s Green pages lists architects and designers screened for commitment to social and environmental responsibility. • - the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) is a network green builders may belong to. This group works to ensure “that economic power resides locally, sustaining healthy community life and natural life. A few Local Wisconsin options: • Green Wave Builders – or 715.495.3856, e-mail • Next Step Energy Systems – – 715.830.9337 • Todd Osmam - 608.872.2525 - specializing in straw bale but also offering conventional green building • Home Green Home – 608.637.3633 – Retail provider of sustainable building supplies • Green Interiors – 715.832.4798 - Tiffany Coggins specializes in “green” decorating and renovations for your home • Wisconsin Green Builders Alliance -

With decades of experience in construction and remodeling, Tom Midthun is currently the owner of Green Wave Builders and provides green construction and remodeling, product information, and consulting services.

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January - February 2008  

A Second Opinion Magazine

January - February 2008  

A Second Opinion Magazine