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EARTH DAY SPOTLIGHTS SPECIES Protection Is the Focus of 2019 Campaign by Ronica A. O’Hara


n April 22, eco-conscious citizens will come together again in communities across the country to celebrate Earth Day and work for the planet’s healthy, sustainable future. This year, the Earth Day Network (EDN) is asking people to join its Protect Our Species campaign to raise awareness of the crucial roles that plants and animals play in the ecosystem and the current threats faced by many of them. The nonprofit cites that the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction in 60 million years because of human activity, including climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides. But the good news, EDN says, is that the rate of extinctions can be slowed, and many of our declining, threatened and endangered species can still recover if we work together now. This will necessitate a united global movement of consumers, voters, educators, faith leaders and scientists that demands immediate action. EDN is asking people to advocate for government policies that protect species and their habitats, and to continue to build on the worldwide efforts that embrace the value of nature. It is also asking people to undertake such individual actions as adopting a plant-based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use. More information, including teach-in toolkits and facts on threatened species, from whales to insects, can be found at



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elcome to a new month, a new season and our annual celebration of Earth Day! Over the years, Earth Day has evolved to become a weeklong, even monthlong, observance to mark the anniversary of the start of the modern environmental movement that occurred on April 22, 1970. After this past winter’s arctic blasts, spring’s arrival is all that much sweeter and welcome. The snowdrops are blooming, soon to be followed by other early spring bulbs like crocus and glory of the snow. I’m especially looking forward to the bright yellow daffodils that will be blooming later this month! And then come the tulips and late spring bulbs, but I’m jumping ahead of the season … Our woodlands and shade gardens will soon be brilliant Peggy Malecki with spring ephemeral flowers, which appear, bloom and vanish by late in the season. This month, writer Sheryl DeVore introduces us to many of our native spring wildflowers and gives tips on some of the best places to see them in “Flowers on Parade in Local Woodlands.” Writer Avery Mack guides us in choices to make our own backyards more sustainable and supportive to native pollinators, birds and other wildlife in “Native Intelligence: Planting an Eco-Friendly Yard.” We hear the word “sustainability” used a lot lately. It denotes the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level, as well as the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance. According to the UN World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED) landmark 1987 report, sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability is a critical factor in our survival. The Earth Day Network ( 2019 Earth Day campaign, named Protect Our Species, aims to raise awareness of the crucial roles that plants, animals and insects play in the ecosystem and the imminent threats faced by many of them. This web of life is inextricably woven into the habitats that form our planet’s life support system. Each link in the chain that is lost or broken—from the smallest microbe to the largest mammal—will have a profound effect on future generations. Sustainability is the theme of this issue of Natural Awakenings Chicago, beginning with our main feature, “Power Switch: Taking a Home Off the Grid.” Writer Jim Motavalli offers an in-depth dive into sources of alternative energy, costs, technologies and special considerations—including the availability of government tax credits and the option to make a partial transition to green power without leaving the grid entirely. Another idea we share often with you is how the food we choose contributes to our health and the overall health of the planet. Our Wise Words section features writer April Thompson’s interview with Ocean Robbins on personal and planetary health. She also explores a growing trend that’s bringing people together in “Potluck for the 21st Century: Breaking Bread, Building Community.” As always, I encourage you to step outside each day and marvel in the seasonal transition. Find creative ways to connect with the natural world and share your knowledge and discoveries with others. Revel in the birdsong, thrill to the greenery and flowers. Walk in the woods, visit a local river or the lake or explore new things in your own backyard. Put in some native plants or participate in a local clean-up, prairie restoration or planting event. Paint, draw, write a poem or start a journal this spring. The list is as endless as your imagination.

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Silence the Inner Critic with Meditation


adampa Meditation Center Chicago will present a talk and meditation, Silencing The Inner Critic, with international teacher Kadam Lucy James, at the Newberry Library from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., April 4. No meditation experience is required. She will show practical and inspiring methods for letting go of attitudes about ourselves that limit us, weigh us down and prevent us from living to our full potential. “There is nothing fixed about us; through changing our thoughts, we can become who we want to be. By learning to accept ourselves happily within an understanding of our enormous capacity for freedom and growth, we will begin to awaken a source of deep peace and wisdom from within,” says James. A three-week series, Overcoming Self-Criticism & Blame, will follow the talk from 7 to 8 p.m. on April 11, 18 and 25 at 2010 W. Pierce Avenue, in Wicker Park, and 13 Harrison Street, Kadam Lucy James in Oak Park. Admission is $17 in advance/$20 at the door. Location: 60 W. Walton St., Chicago. Register at For more information, call 708-763-0132 or visit

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he Resiliency Institute is offering three permaculture plant courses in Naperville this month that will cover vines, groundcovers and fungi. These sessions are ideal for homeowners that want to incorporate permaculture and forest garden techniques into their gardens. n 7 to 9 p.m., April 10: Vines ($35) Annuals, perennials, plus Fermenting 101. Fermenting is a necessary skill for preserving the garden’s bounty. Learn some basic fermenting information and techniques. n 7 to 9 p.m., April 17: Groundcovers ($30) Sun and shade. n 7 to 9 p.m., April 24: Fungi ($45) Learn edible varieties for a forest garden. Inoculate a log with mushroom spores, and then take it home and watch them grow. Key plants for permaculture will be available in their annual plant sale. Pre-orders for their McDonald Farm plant sale are due by April 6 for pick-up on May 11. Course fee: $95 for the series. Location: 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd., Naperville. For more information, call Jodi Trendler at 630-477-9910. Register online at See ad at

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holesome Health Pharmacy will hold a cannabidiol (CBD) product overview and hemp oil sampling event from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., April 12, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 13, in Hoffman Estates. Matt Dhingra, Pharm.D., and Kristen LePage, ND, LAc, will explain the benefits of several different hemp oil products they carry, along with information for those interested in learning more about hemp oil. Attendees may also learn about intermittent fasting support programs, homeopathy, acupuncture, custom medicine and Nature-throid, available at the pharmacy. “Hemp oil can have endless amounts of benefits, which may include fighting temporary inflammation, relieving everyday stress, calming joint discomfort, aiding in sleep, promoting a healthy heart and much more,” says Dhingra. “Hemp extract also is used to make CBD oil, which may help to reduce anxiety and depression, reduce acne, and can even have neuroprotective properties, along with many others. Hemp oil extract works in the body due to its relation with the endocannabinoid system (ECS).” Hemp oil can sometimes interact with medications, and it is important to be aware of these interactions before starting to take it. Location: 2069 Barrington Rd., Hoffman Estates. For more information, call 224-653-9878 or visit See ad on page 29.

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Kirtan event with The Bhakti Caravan Band and Ellen Radha Katz, psychotherapist and clinical director of Inner Balance, in Northbrook, will take place from 8-10 pm on April 13 at Yoga Now, in downtown Chicago. Kirtan is a form of devotional meditation that involves call-andresponse mantras sung in ancient Sanskrit, evoking protective and healing energy. The practice is The Bhakti Caravan Band known to expand our awareness and reduce stress.  Breath, mantra, rhythm and melody all combine to heal our energy fields. No prior experience is necessary; beginners are welcome. Cost: $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Location: 742 N. LaSalle Dr., Chicago. For tickets and more information, visit the Events page at For more info on Katz, visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

Milagro World Center to Open Resale Location


he grand opening celebration of Wild Raspberry will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., April 27, at Arlington Club Commons, 9 Huntington Lane, in Wheeling. The resale shop offers gently used clothing for women and men, new and pre-owned jewelry, books, music, miniworkshops, a coffee bar and more. As an initiative of the Milagro World Center, the store is part of the global movement toward sustainable living. Donating clothing or buying secondhand helps the textile recycling industry divert 20 billion pounds of post-consumer textile waste from landfills. In addition, hundreds of gallons of fresh water are saved that would otherwise be required to grow cotton fiber and manufacture new items.

Manifesting a Soulmate with Arielle Ford


rielle Ford, bestselling author of the Soulmate Secret: Manifest the Love of Your Life with the Law of Attraction, will conduct a daylong workshop, Manifesting a Soulmate, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., April 27, at Infinity Foundation, in Highland Park. Participants will engage in a hands-on, content-rich focus on forgiveness and powerful techniques to create the partner of their dreams, important things to do to prepare heart, mind and spirit, and how to prepare the home to receive a soulmate. Ford will show how to have a lifetime of happiness and love by practicing powerful rituals and processes designed to manifest a soulmate. Attendees will discover the best ways to meet, date and mate potential partners. Transformational rituals and other energetic shifting will empower them to create and attract the perfect partner; prepare a Arielle Ford soulmate wish list and engage in a release ritual; and renew the intention to manifest a soulmate with a new perspective, ability and certainty.

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isconsin’s inspiring community of women farmers championing local food and family farms will gather at Soil Sisters, the award-winning, largest women farmerled event of its kind in the nation, from August 2 through 4. The event has been featured in Midwest Living, Modern Farmer and Living the Country Life, and received a 2018 Edible Madison Local Food Hero award. Participants will tour, taste, learn and play in this multifaceted weekend involving more than 20 women-owned farms in and around Monroe, Brodhead, New Glarus and Blanchardville, in South Central Wisconsin. Women represent approximately 11 percent of primary operators on all farms in Wisconsin, a higher number than neighboring Midwest states. The state has 1,180 organic farms, second in the country only to California. Highlights include the Taste of Place at Cow & Quince restaurant, a Farm to Table Dinner at Dorothy’s Range and a Pizza on the Farm fundraiser held at Inn Serendipity Farm and Bed & Breakfast. Additionally, restaurants feature specials throughout the weekend showcasing many local ingredients. Soil Sisters is made possible by the Wisconsin Farmers Union Foundation, the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service and Renewing the Countryside. For more information and to register, visit

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rames is a new tool for mindfulness and self-exploration. Designer Melanie McCalmont says, “If you love science, art, technology, travel and spirituality, Frames is a modern way to use visual allegory for creative problem solving. Frames starts by asking yourself an important, but unanswered, question in your life and then laying out four random cards from the deck (a frame). As your brain makes meaning from the Frames visual allegory, hidden areas of your inner data are unlocked.” Inner data, according to McCalmont, is the sum of all of our physical, intellectual and spiritual experiences. She says, “When we get insights to our answer, our intuition responds with a state of alignment with our purpose.” Frames cards are beautifully illustrated by international British artist David Hallangen, free of gender and class references. The Frames User Guide contains instructions, card summaries and help on interpretation.

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Zen Shiatsu Accepting New Clients With Chronic Pain


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ligned Modern Health, which offers patients functional medicine and clinical nutrition, acupuncture, chiropractic physical medicine, physical rehabilitation and massage therapy, has opened new clinics in the Danada Square Mall, 75 E. Danada Square, in Wheaton; and inside of Melody Farm Mall, 925 N. Milwaukee Avenue, in Vernon Hills. Both clinics offer all services and will be open Tuesday through Saturday. Aligned Modern Health, which has 17 clinics in the Chicago area, is focused on helping people live pain free through non-invasive, evidence-based care. “We are excited to be expanding into both Wheaton and Vernon Hills, and are eager to begin serving its residents,” says Bill Fiely, co-founder and chief marketing officer at Aligned Modern Health. “The professionals at our clinics are ready to help patients alleviate physical ailments and maintain their active lifestyles.” With a patient-centered approach that individualizes all treatment plans, Aligned Modern Health is a top-rated health care provider that has received accolades as the Best Sports Rehabilitation in the Midwest and Best Sports Massage from Competitor magazine. For more information or to schedule an appointment at any of the 17 Aligned Modern Health Chicagoland locations, call 773-598-4387 or visit See ad on page 15 and at

Raden Wellness Center Expands Services


aden Wellness Center, in Highwood, a functional medicine-based, integrative treatment center for patients of all ages, is expanding their services. Now patients can receive functional nutrition and peptide therapy, comprehensive specialized testing, integrative pediatrics, precision medicine, integrative psychiatry, customized IV nutrition, IV ketamine and ozone. Co-owner and clinical director Mara Raden, Pharm.D., says, “We started Raden Wellness in efforts to offer patients a very different approach to conventional medical practices.” “Our innovative use of laboratory assessments helps us to determine the cause of your condition and then develop an effective, individualized treatment so that life can begin again,” says Donald Raden, M.D., co-owner and clinical director. Raden focuses on a variety of IV therapies because oral absorption of vitamins and minerals only yields about 20 percent effectiveness; IV administration allows for 100 percent absorption to help patients feel better, faster. The IV center is fully staffed by highly trained registered nurses. Conditions treated include migraines, chronic Lyme, autoimmune conditions, digestive issues, mold/metal toxicity, mood, depression and anxiety, autism, OCD, PTSD and more. Location: 200 Green Bay Rd., 2nd Flr., Highwood. For more information or to make an appointment, call 847-964-0326 or visit Raden Wellness and Raden IV Center on Facebook.

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The heavy use of household cleaning disinfectants may contribute to changes in infant gut bacteria and weight gain, reports a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. University of Alberta researchers collected fecal samples and studied the gut health of 757 babies between the ages of 3 and 4 months; then restudied the children at 1 and 3 years old. They found that children in households that used disinfectants at least once a week had higher body mass index (BMI) scores and elevated levels of Lachnospiraceae, gut microbes linked in other studies to insulin resistance and metabolic disorders. Babies in households that used vinegar or other eco-friendly cleaners had lower BMI scores and much lower levels of a family of bacteria that includes E. coli.

By mixing food additives with human gut microbes in petri dishes, scientists at the Czech Republic’s Institute of Microbiology found that gut microbes with antiinflammatory properties were highly susceptible to being harmed by additives, while microbes with pro-inflammatory properties were mostly resistant. “We speculate that permanent exposure of human gut microbiota to even low levels of additives may modify the composition and function of gut microbiota, and thus influence the host’s immune system,” wrote the authors.

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Sperm counts have plunged by half in the last 40 years among American and European men, according to a recent review of scientific studies. In a new doubleblind study of 56 infertile men, researchers at Iran’s Qazvin University of Medical Sciences found that curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric, can boost sperm counts. Each day for 10 weeks, half of the men took 80 milligrams of curcumin nanomicelle, in which curcumin is better absorbed; the other 28 were given a placebo. The researchers found that the curcumin significantly boosted sperm count and motility. 16



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Drinking lots of sugar-sweetened sodas and juices significantly increases the risk of chronic kidney disease, reports a new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Using health questionnaires for 3,003 African-American adults in Jackson, Mississippi, covering a 13-year period, the researchers found that the top third of subjects, those consuming the most sugar-sweetened drinks, were 61 percent more likely to develop kidney disease than those in the bottom third.

Probiotics Ease Bipolar Disorder Research on 66 patients with bipolar disorder found that patients receiving probiotic supplements were three times less likely to be rehospitalized than those given a placebo. The study from the Sheppard Pratt Health System, in Baltimore, gave half of discharged patients a placebo and the other half a capsule containing two probiotics, Bifidobacterium lactis (BB-12) and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG). Within 26 weeks, 24 of the 33 people that received the placebo returned to the hospital, but only eight of the 33 on probiotics were readmitted. The probiotic treatment was especially effective for those experiencing considerable inflammation, say researchers.

Stress May Be Worse in the Evening Acute, late-day stress may be harder on our bodies, say researchers at Japan’s Hokkaido University. They measured the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in 27 young, healthy volunteers, and then put them through 15 minutes of stressful events that included making a speech and doing mental math. Half of the volunteers were tested two hours after awakening, the other group 10 hours after awakening. The subjects’ levels of cortisol, which helps provide the body with energy in the face of a perceived need for fight or flight, rose strongly in the morning, but not in the evening, suggesting that the human body is more equipped to deal with stress early in the day and becomes more vulnerable later. 18


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Ten years after the groundbreaking documentary Planet Earth, an eight-part sequel, Our Planet, shows even more rapturous scenes of our planet’s most precious species and fragile habitats. Premiering globally April 5 on Netflix, it was filmed during four years in 50 countries across every continent, involving more than 600 film crew members and 3,500 days spent in such habitats as the remote Arctic wilderness, the vast landscapes of Africa and the diverse jungles of South America. The series, narrated by world-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough, is a joint venture of Netflix, the World Wildlife Federation and Silverback Films, whose director Alastair Fothergill was the creator of the critically acclaimed original Planet Earth and Blue Planet series. “Our Planet will take viewers on a spectacular journey of discovery showcasing the beauty and fragility of our natural world,” says Attenborough. “Today, we have become the greatest threat to the health of our home, but there’s still time for us to address the challenges we’ve created, if we act now. We need the world to pay attention.”


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Scientists at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressed concern over a recent ruling by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that opens the door to widespread use of the antibiotics streptomycin and oxytetracycline to spray commercial citrus crops. The antibiotics, which are often used on people, can kill insects that transmit a bacterium that causes citrus greening, which renders fruit small and bitter. But the EPA ultimately ruled that the economic benefits outweigh concerns about antibiotic resistance and potential harm to the environment, people and wildlife. The USDA says the amount of antibiotic exposure to people who eat fruit or juices still will be far less than what people are exposed to when prescribed antibiotics by their doctor. The antibiotics will have to be sprayed repeatedly over years just to keep the trees alive and producing fruit until they succumb to citrus greening. Public interest groups are protesting the action.


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Environmental risks are the top three concerns among the 1,000 global decision-makers surveyed in the latest Global Risks Perception Survey of the World Economic Forum (WEF). For the third straight year, “extreme weather” ranked first, followed by “failed climate change mitigation” and “natural disasters”. The survey was part of a WEF annual report produced in advance of the recent confab of global leaders in Davos, Switzerland. The World Bank has calculated that the real cost of natural disasters to the global economy is $520 billion per year.

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Nuclear Waste Disposal Remains Elusive

A new report issued by environmental watchdog Greenpeace details the growing global dangers of accumulating nuclear waste that will remain hazardous for hundreds of centuries. Several of the designated storage facilities in the seven countries surveyed are nearly filled to capacity now. Unresolved safety issues across the industry include fire risk, venting of radioactive gases, environmental contamination, failure of containers, terrorist attacks and escalating costs. More than 65 years after the start of the civil use of nuclear power, 250,000 tons of highly radioactive spent fuel exists in 14 countries, and underground storage, seemingly the most viable option, has encountered major obstacles.

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The Endangered Species Act seems to be working, with more than 75 percent of marine mammals and sea turtles protected by the act recovering, according to a new peer-reviewed study by scientists at the Center for Biological Diversity published in the academic journal PLOS ONE. North Atlantic green sea turtle nests on Florida beaches have increased by more than 2,000 percent and Hawaiian humpback whales more than 1,100 percent between 1979 and 2005.

Every minute, the equivalent of an entire garbage truck of plastic gets dumped into our oceans, reports the World Economic Forum. Many of the materials are disposable, single-use plastic products like straws, bags and Styrofoam containers, which some cities and towns have banned. This type of citizen action is increasingly blocked by the Plastic Industry Association (PIA), which has spent big money to successfully ban plastic bag ordinances in 10 states where 70 million Americans live. This means local communities are prohibited from taking effective action that could reduce the plastics that litter our streets and pollute our waterways. The Sierra Club is calling on nine major corporations that are members of the PIA to withdraw from it with an online petition. So far, two have indicated they will not be renewing their memberships this year: Clorox (which owns companies like Burt’s Bees, Brita and Glad) and the Ascena Retail Group (which includes Ann Taylor and Loft). To participate, sign the online petition at Other action steps, including tweeting and involving friends, are also detailed.

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ood revolutionary Ocean Robbins has dedicated his life to inspiring others to rethink their food choices to transform both personal and planetary health. It’s a path forged in part by his father, John Robbins, who walked away from the family ice cream company, BaskinRobbins, to become an acclaimed health advocate and author. Together, father and son founded the 500,000-plus-member Food Revolution Network, an online education and advocacy platform that works for healthy, sustainable, humane and delicious food for all. Ocean launched Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!) at age 16, and directed the organization for 20 years. Ocean’s new book, 31-Day Food Revolution: Heal Your Body, Feel Great, and Transform Your World, aims to help individuals revamp their diets, and in turn, themselves and their communities. It distills his lifetime of knowledge and wisdom on food, health and activism into an accessible how-to guide. Learn more at

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choices that are best for us personally also happen to be best for the planet. Eating a plant-based diet, organically grown when possible, is not only linked to the best statistical outcomes for long-term health and well-being, it also helps ensure healthy topsoil, water and a stable climate for future generations.

In what ways have you seen members of the Food Revolution Network transform their communities?

We hear incredible stories from members all over the world who are seeing radical changes in their health—reversing heart disease, losing weight, gaining energy and mental clarity. And we also hear inspiring stories of people turning food deserts into wonderful oases of healthy living; for example, Ron Finley, in South Central Los Angeles, who is known for saying that drive-throughs kill more people than driveby shootings in his neighborhood. He planted vegetables for the community in the curbside dirt strip in front of his home—and got cited by the city for it. He ended up getting the laws changed, and has since started The Ron Finley Project to create an urban community food hub where the community can come together to plant, learn and nourish themselves.

What are some ways busy people can connect with like-minded individuals to support healthy lifestyle and diet changes? Start by finding out if you have loved ones who do share your food values, and nurture those relationships. Lean into those healthy relationships; you might be surprised how many people around you are also quietly trying to achieve similar goals. You can also ask friends and family to be a food ally; even if they are not a full participant in your health regimen, they might be a fan or friend. That can mean preparing particular foods if you come for dinner or simply checking in on how you are doing with your goals and commitments. You can widen your circle of healthy eating through meal swaps or other shared meal programs. It’s always easier to cook in larger quantities, and there is the added benefit of greater social connection with shared meals. If you are looking for new friends and allies, it helps to connect to organizations that are already promoting healthy food hubs. There are many listed in the back of 31-Day Food Revolution. So many people struggle with loneliness, and some are afraid they will feel even more isolated if they step out into a healthy eating regimen. On the contrary, you can become a magnet for people who care about their world and aren’t content with the status quo. These friendships can often become deeper and more valued than ever.

What has been one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in living a lifestyle against the societal grain, and how have you overcome it? Impatience. I grew up eating all-natural food; my parents almost named me Kale, and I ate a lot of it growing up. At a certain point, I saw that I had become judgmental and dogmatic when encoun-

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In many situations in life, we have to compromise—but when it comes to food, the choices that are best for us personally also happen to be best for the planet. ~Ocean Robbins tering people whose choices did not align with my own, though as Martin Luther King Jr. said, we have no moral authority with those who can feel our underlying contempt. I have since developed a profound respect for each individual’s unique values, needs, experiences and priorities. I advocate for people’s right to make their own choices about what they need. My goal is to help facilitate people’s choices, and to do so with compassion. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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iva, which means unity in Swahili, is a nonprofit organization founded in 2005 by Matt Flannery and Jessica Jackley after attending a class on theoretical microfinance at the Stanford School of Business. They were so inspired by what they heard they decided to open a crowdfunding company to loan money to people living in extreme poverty, allowing them to start businesses, pay tuition, invest in their farms, make community improvements and more. Extreme poverty is defined by the World Bank as living on less than $1.90 per day. At first, the two were skeptical that people living in extreme poverty could be loaned money instead of being given monetary gifts outright as in the past. During the first year, only $3,500 was loaned. By the end of the year, though, 97.1 percent of the money was repaid. Flannery and Jackley had founded the sustainable microcredit concept through Kiva ( To date, Kiva, which is funded by individual donors, has loaned more than $1 billion to more than 2 million borrowers around the world. Notable donors include Reid Hoffman, founder and CEO of LinkedIn. Lending to Kiva is especially attractive with the new tax law, which makes charitable donations nondeductible if they are less than $12,000 for singles and $24,000 for married people. This means that lending, which is also not tax-deductible, is on an equal footing as charity donations. Setting up an account with Kiva is simple, and their website is extremely user-friendly. After providing a bank

account from which the loaned funds will be taken, the user is given the option of choosing which causes they would like to lend to. Patrons can choose for example, women, or refugees, or women refugees. The next step is to choose someone specific for the loan— every recipient’s profile comes with a picture, the amount they need and a short description of their predicament. The default loan amount is $25. Kiva can locate, vet and communicate with those in need through its field partners, which are paid using the interest taken on the loans. Interest is 10.4 percent, and the loan is payable after 12 months. The newest concept within Kiva is Direct Loans, which are interest-free, and truly provide the highest level of giving. The benefits of the microloan industry cannot be underestimated. For example, if a goat farmer receives a $25 loan to buy a goat, he then passes that $25 to the goat seller, which pays the $25 to his child’s school, which gives the $25 to their bus driver, that uses the $25 to buy groceries in the market, and on and on. Consequently, the actual impact of a $25 loan is massive. The fact that it is paid back after a year means that there is minimal impact to the lender. Michael Marmel is the owner of Marmel Accounting, located at 4433 W. Touhy Ave., Ste. 525, in Lincolnwood. For more information, visit and See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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in Indianapolis published in the Journal of Speech Pathology & Therapy shows the significant effects of theater arts on individuals with autism spectrum disorder. “Creative arts therapy can be successful in supporting children with autism, especially ways to practice social skills,” says Marshall. “The drama therapist uses role play, improv and games in order to facilitate interpersonal communication.”

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THE ART OF HEALING Creative Therapy Aids Recovery by Marlaina Donato


or decades, creative expression has been a valuable tool in healing, and expressive arts therapy—the integrated application of two or more art forms—is now considered a life-changing modality for veterans and anyone else struggling with anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Also called creative arts therapy, this form of psychotherapy helps patients to process and express what is often beyond verbal language using music, art, dance, theater and writing as its primary modes of communication. “Individuals need no previous arts experience in order to benefit from working with a certified creative arts therapist,” explains Azizi Marshall, founder and CEO of the Center for Creative Arts Therapy, in Downers Grove, Illinois. The National Intrepid Center of Excellence—an outpatient clinic specializing in traumatic brain injuries at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Maryland—ranks creative arts therapy among the top five most effective approaches in helping veterans. A study of combat veterans and creative arts therapy conducted at Concordia University, in Montreal, reported considerable progress, especially in areas of expressing emotions resulting from trauma and gaining 28


understanding of symptoms such as depression, thoughts of suicide and insomnia. Psychotherapist Cathy Malchiodi, Ph.D., has authored several books, including The Art Therapy Sourcebook, and uses expressive arts therapy in her Louisville practice. “I’ve worked with soldiers for the past 10 years, and find that much of their healing comes about through telling their stories on stage or participating as an actor within a play or improvisation.” Malchiodi also incorporates mindfulness practices, visual arts, music and some simple forms of yoga in her sessions.

Creative Arts Therapy for Multiple Diagnoses

Expressive arts therapy is also making a positive impact on those suffering from panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, addictions, eating and attention disorders, dementia and chronic physical illness. “Creative arts therapy can be used across life challenges; for example, dance or movement therapy has supported women with breast cancer and eating disorders,” says Marshall, who has also witnessed the power of drama therapy to help reduce feelings of fear in clients diagnosed with anxiety and PTSD. A 2015 study at Butler University,

The multitasking neurotransmitter dopamine is one of the brain’s natural antidepressants and plays a key role in feeling pleasure and reinforcing habits. It reaches its highest levels during the initial stages of love, observing something of beauty or creating art. A recent Drexel University study published in The Arts in Psychotherapy shows the neurological effects of drawing, coloring and simple doodling. Increased circulation in the area of the brain correlating to pleasure and reward was evident, and this dopamine-dominant response is responsible for decreasing symptoms of anxiety and increasing feelings of joy and accomplishment. Psychotherapist Doreen Meister, in Oakland, California, encourages her clients to focus on the process of creating, rather than the result. “Expressive therapies are an extension of the self-discovery continuum. I often hear, ‘I draw like a 2-year-old.’ To this I say, ‘Great! Draw like a 2-year-old!’ I believe that somewhere, many of us are told that creative expression must be a certain way. Creativity is a natural state, a human quality that we are born with, and the product of creation is not as important as the process.” Creativity from a clinical perspective allows for new emotional vantage points, distance from situations and viewing experiences through a different lens. “Bringing in creativity offers a wider palette of tools or access points, and gives us another way to understand ourselves,” says Meister. “Creativity as a life force is accessible to all of us.” Marlaina Donato is an author and composer. Connect at

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acred space is most often associated with places of worship, but it can be any place that connects us to meaning or joy. In the blur of daily living, nooks of inspiration and beauty provide spiritual sustenance, remind us of our dreams or celebrate lovely memories. Having “bliss corners” in the home or workplace is a wonderful way to stay connected to the positive. Most parents or grandparents can confess to having a bliss corner on the refrigerator door where drawings and accomplishments of young family members are proudly displayed. Having a place of inspiration in any room doesn’t have to take up much space and can easily add to the décor. It can be as simple as a wedding veil hanging on a bedroom wall or a bowl of shells, sea glass or sand from a beach vacation in the bathroom. It can be sentimental with dried flowers from a momentous occasion or a small table dedicated to loved ones with framed photos or letters and a piece of cloth that holds special memories. Corners of bliss fulfill their purpose best in places where they can remind us to follow our heart’s “true north” or help us to foster inner peace during busy days. Such places are office desks and bedroom nightstands near an alarm clock. The kitchen is an ideal room in the house for sacred space; designating a corner to light a candle during meal prep; filling an old teapot with fresh flowers every week; and displaying the photo of someone who once nourished us are all beautiful ways to bring more meaning into our relationship with food. Cultivating bliss can be a form of active meditation, simple rituals that can include prayer or other forms of mindfulness. On more practical levels, it can be an opportunity to bond with loved ones. Creating a bliss corner can be a creative and fun activity for teens to express a passion, whether it be a hobby, sport or favorite singer. Many of us have boxes of mementos or nostalgic things from childhood taking up space in a closet. Making a bliss corner is the perfect way to remind us why we kept them in the first place. Maya Whitman writes about natural health and living a more beautiful life. Connect at

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Qigong Healing:

How to Reverse Disease Naturally AN INTERVIEW WITH QIGONG PRACTITIONER JEFF PRIMACK (Part 2 of 2) Michelene Bell: What is your favorite Qigong exercise to share with others?

This interview was conducted by Michelene Bell, publisher of In Light Times Magazine. Jeff Primack is a Qigong teacher that has studied with many Qigong masters from all over the world and has taught over 50,000 people in live seminars. Michelene Bell: How does Qi heal people? How is Qigong different from yoga or exercise? Jeff Primack: Qigong is an ancient “energy strengthening art” combining powerful breath techniques and slow movement. Dr. Oz praises Qigong saying, “If you want to live to be 100, do Qigong!” There is a powerful magnetic field in the hands that increases/regulates blood circulation. Doing Qigong a person can circulate as much blood as if jogging for 2 miles, but while standing perfectly still in one place! Ordinary exercises, like jogging, cause the release of Cortisol (also known as the “stress hormone”), which breaks down muscle tissue. In Qigong, your body is totally relaxed, yet blood is mobilized to flow more powerfully. People feel increased pulsation of in their hands while making the movements. Because there is no stress response, the blood can enter areas that may have been blocked off for years. This is why Qigong is so good at reducing body pain. Microcirculation to the forehead is increased and digestion is greatly improved. No other exercise offers this level of circulation to organs and glands.

Jeff Primack: If there was only one technique I could share with the Earth, it would be 9-Breath Method. The most powerful Qigong systems rely on BREATHING TECHNIQUES to get their effects. Qi Revolution event teaches people a blend of movement, meditation and breathing techniques. Our transmission of this knowledge is precise and exact. Instruction of breathing is specific and we provide all important details needed for success. When performed correctly 9-Breath Method is scientifically proven to improve red blood cell structure in under a minute. Qigong student Peter Blake’s blood sample (bottom of column 1) reveals clumped cells before doing any breathing techniques. After a 45-second round of the 9-Breath Method the image on right side reveals the red blood cells are a much rounder shape. This shows how blood circulation is improving on the cellular level by doing this breath technique. The Qi feeling is awesome!


Jeff Primack: Some foods, like Kiwi, have open lungs and have reversed Asthma in 100’s of attendees we’ve seen since teaching Qi Revolution starting back in 2005. It could be the vitamin C in kiwi is very high, but it’s most likely a combination of many phytochemicals that help improve breathing. Asparagus is another time-tested food that helps people reverse cancer and keep the immune system functioning properly. It is rich in Glutathione, a master detoxification enzyme produced by your liver. Eating asparagus raises the body’s level of Glutathione and increases the liver’s capacity to detoxify. We learned from REAL PEOPLE what FOOD PROTOCOLS give live-saving results for cancer, heart disease, diabetes and we share this wisdom at all our events.

Monica Stecker was diagnosed with fast growing leukemia. Within 7 months following our Food-Protocol for Cancer she was in complete remission, stunning her doctors!

Michelene Bell: What does Qi feel like to a new person who has never done it?

Michelene Bell: What drives you to charge only $199 for the 3-Day Seminar?

Jeff Primack: During the 9-Breath Method this vibration of energy warms up the abdomen. That is from the enlivening of the blood from oxygenating yourself at the highest levels. With further repetitions of breathing techniques this warmth turns into a tangible electrical force that heals. It’s hard to be angry or worried when feeling a lot of Qi, because the vibrational current gives a profound peace and reminds us we have the light of Spirit inside ourselves. When someone “lays hands” on another person while doing these breathing techniques, it sends a wave of healing Qi into that person. Thousands of Qi Revolution attendees have said they were pain-free after doing a breathing session, likely due to endorphin release. Studies show that beta-endorphin, the feel good bliss molecule produced by the pituitary gland, is 10x a more potent painkiller than morphine. A natural high is always its own reward and dissolves stress far better than pharmaceuticals.

Jeff Primack: My life has been greatly enhanced using the Qigong and Food-Healing knowledge. During my training I vowed to make Qigong accessible to the common people. I feel compelled to make these energizing practices available to all of society, not just for people with thousands of extra dollars to spend on seminars. Money ideally should not be a factor in someone’s decision to learn Qigong healing methods. Our goal is to share it with millions of people. People simply need to try Qigong! This is what drives me to keep it affordable.

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Food-Healing at Qi Revolution. How do specific foods help to reverse specific diseases?

(Part 1 of this interview appeared in the March issue.) “Qi Revolution” comes to Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles, IL from April 27-29. Jeff Primack and 20 Instructors will teach 3 days of Amazing Qigong for $199. Veterans are admitted free of charge. To reserve tickets and for more info, call 800-298-8970 or visit See ad on page 9.

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It’s turned out to be one of the best investments we’ve ever made—financially and environmentally.

Power Switch Taking a Home Off the Grid by Jim Motavalli


esse Stafford and Alyssa Craft quit their jobs in 2015, bought five acres of remote land far away from utilities and began building their 36-foot-by-36-foot timber frame home from scratch. Next up was a septic system, then a clean water source and, of course, alternative energy. Their rooftop solar panels are backed up by a reliable Honda generator. They had some setbacks, which is to be expected. Now they’re blogging about it. “We didn’t want corporate jobs, we didn’t want to live in the city, commute to work or have a mortgage payment,” they write in their online homestead journey at Off-the-grid living has become downright fashionable, especially for the eco-conscious. But leaving the rat race isn’t easy, and it’s not for everyone. Yet, anyone that wants to become more energy-independent can succeed without moving to an isolated cabin; and there’s never been a better time, because prices keep coming down and technology keeps improving. Choosing the best option depends on several factors, including the specific residence, climatic zone, town and neighborhood. 32


Preliminary Considerations Power source: Choose from among

solar ($12,000 to $50,000, depending on the system’s size), wind ($6,000 to $22,000, including installation) or geothermal ($20,000 to $25,000).

Ample resources: Find out if there’s

steady wind, plentiful sun, a place to install geothermal pipes and whether the home is properly oriented for solar without obstruction by trees or tall buildings.

Electricity needed: Get a quick average

by adding up the wattage of all appliances, and then add 50 percent. The American average is 10,000 kilowatt-hours annually, although frugal folks can make do with less. The local utility company can also estimate energy needs based on past usage. Realize that alternative energy doesn’t need to be an all-or-nothing proposition. For instance, a solar system doesn’t have to power the whole house. A smaller and cheaper array with battery backup can be connected to essential services like the water heater, refrigerator and electric stove, with the grid handling heavier loads. Ad-

vantages are lower upfront cost and access to the grid when needed. Connecting to the grid makes sense for all alternative power sources, because wind and solar are intermittent, and don’t always provide power. Also, most states offer net metering, which requires the local utility to pay for the electricity a homeowner puts back into the grid.

Solar: Plunging Costs Solar panels for electricity, usually made of silicon, consist of photovoltaic cells that convert sunlight into direct current (DC). Their cost has come down dramatically in recent years. In January, the average solar panel cost $3.14 a watt, a bottom line of roughly $18,000 with a six-kilowatt system big enough for most homes. The price fell 6.5 percent from January 2018, reports, a solar vendor pricing source. A federal tax credit covers 30 percent of the cost, so the out-of-pocket cost for a system would be approximately $13,000 if installed before year’s end, when the full residential tax credit is available. Partial tax credits will be available until they are phased out in 2022. Ron Blumenfeld, a retired doctor in Fairfield, Connecticut, serves on his town’s sustainability task force and “went live” with his rooftop installation six years ago. “It’s turned out to be one of the best investments we’ve ever made—financially and environmentally,” he says. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is working toward residential solar to generate power at just five cents per kilowatt-hour by 2030, which means it will be far cheaper than grid electricity. Consumers can either buy a system outright or—as a popular alternative—lease the system with no upfront costs. Leasing companies like SolarCity (now part of Tesla) pioneered this approach, in which consumers agree to buy electricity from the system installed on their roof.

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~Ron Blumenfeld, a six-year solar convert in Fairfield, Connecticut


Whether to add the extra expense of battery backup is important. A pair of Tesla Powerwalls will cost about $14,000 installed and store enough electricity to power a home for seven days. It’s suitable for people looking to go off the grid because the sun doesn’t always shine, and power generated on sunny days can be stored and used when it’s overcast. Off-the-grid solar is not just for those living in sun-rich states. Installers can look at a property—often remotely, through applications like Google Earth—and determine if solar is appropriate. Sometimes a few trees will have to be sacrificed, but the benefits are manifold, and not just because there will be power during grid blackouts.

Wind: If the Resource is Right Wind power accounted for the largest share of renewable energy growth in 2017, reports the International Energy Agency, but it’s in its infancy for homeowners, partly due to an average cost of $48,000 to $65,000 per installed project. Residential turbines have been installed in all 50 states, but many parts of the U.S. have marginal resources. Check the Department of Energy wind resource guide for local data at WindExchange.Energy.Gov. The best-case scenario is strong winds plus few neighbors close to a large property (and lenient zoning laws). Wind may work for the 19.3 percent of the population that lives in rural areas and the 21 million American homes built on properties of an acre or more. However, it isn’t for everyone. James Weston, of Greene, Maine, installed his turbine 10 years ago, and considers his rooftop solar panels a better investment. “By the time you put up your 100-foot tower to get the tower above the tree line and optimize the wind resource, the return isn’t there,” he says, noting that his savings from the turbine amount to a few hundred dollars a year. Bergey WindPower, maker of the 10-kilowatt BWC Excel 10 turbine ($31,770), recommends that a property have at least a 10 mph average wind speed, coupled with high electricity prices of 10 cents per kilowatt-hour or more. Also consider the neighbors: The system’s turbine is typically installed on an 80-to-100-foot tower, and so-called “viewshed” objections

Residential wind power is in its infancy in the U.S. have taken down many projects (including Cape Wind, in Massachusetts). With annual maintenance, the DOE reports that small wind turbines should last about 20 years, the same basic lifespan as solar panels. The federal production tax credit for wind is available this year, but won’t be available afterwards. Some states offer incentives. A useful small wind guidebook can be found at WindExchange.

Geothermal: Available Anywhere

Some common misconceptions about home geothermal are that consumers need to live in one of the planet’s “hot spots” (think Iceland, California or Utah). But the truth is the Earth’s temperature just below the surface almost anywhere is a constant 45 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and the Northeast and Midwest have the highest geothermal adoption rates. Geothermal doesn’t necessarily require a large piece of property. Local geology will be a factor in siting and sizing the system. Geothermal systems use underground pipes filled with refrigerant that absorbs warmth from the ground through a heat exchanger. In summer, that same underground temperature can be tapped to cool

a home, combining heating and air conditioning in one system. While it necessitates a relatively high upfront cost, low operating costs mean the systems can pay for themselves in less than 10 years. Most include a ground-source heat pump with a 50-year warranty. For a 2,500-square-foot home, an average offthe-electrical-grid system will cost $20,000 to $25,000 to install. Bill Martin, in Quincy, California, runs an efficient three-ton geothermal system installed in 2014. “It’s been a very good experience,” he says. “I’m ecstatically happy.” The same 30 percent federal tax credit that applies to solar also applies to geothermal for systems installed by 2020. States also provide incentives. A detailed guide on availability is available at GeothermalHeatPumpListing.

Special Considerations

Buildings, especially older structures, are usually sieves in terms of energy loss, so before investing in a system, check to see if the local utility provides free energy audits. Even if it’s not free, it’s worth finding out if the home needs new windows or strategically applied insulation. There are scammers in every field, and alternative energy is no exception. Ask providers for references to previous customers and check for online cautions from the Better Business Bureau, Yelp and others. Alternative energy in any form can save money and precious resources. Explore the options thoroughly and choose wisely before pulling the plug. Jim Motavalli, of Fairfield, CT, is an author, freelance journalist and speaker, specializing in alternative energy, clean automotive and other environmental topics. Connect at

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roperties with moving water have a fourth sustainable power source available to them: hydroelectric. If opting to harness the energy in a nearby flowing stream or river, 10-kilowatt microhydropower systems can power even large homes. They combine piping from the water source to a turbine, pump or waterwheel with an alternator or generator, regulator and wiring. According to Home Power magazine, a fully installed hydro system for the average use of a modern household might cost $20,000 to $100,000. April 2019


~Michael Fleischacker

However, what’s wild isn’t necessarily native. These days, the woods and forests are rife with alien species that escaped from non-native gardens or were planted to perform some specific purpose that went awry. Kudzu, for instance, was imported from Asia and installed along roadways to prevent soil erosion. The perennial vine, which can grow up to a foot per day, has become the plague of the South, rooting out native plants and toppling trees under the sheer weight of its smothering foliage. In 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a report summarizing numerous studies that concluded that non-native plants disrupt the food web and present a growing problem for “organisms that depend on native plants for food, shelter and places to rear their young.”

One drawback to cultivars is what those “improved” traits can affect. “The native serviceberry (Amelanchier) has small, bright red berries birds love to eat,” Fleischacker says. “Because they add color to a winter yard or are used for wreaths and décor, cultivars were bred to produce larger berries. Birds choke on the bigger berry, unable to swallow them.” A current, multi-year research project at the Mt. Cuba Center’s native botanical gardens in Hockessin, Delaware, is seeking to determine whether certain cultivars are as attractive to insects as their native counterparts. What’s certain, say the experts: A gardener can’t go wrong with indigenous plants. “Native varieties have longer growing seasons, a decades-long lifespan and tight plant groupings to prevent weed growth,” Fleischacker says. Despite the perception by some that natives are boring, they can be showier than their cultivar cousins and also thrive in their region’s unique conditions. “I keep my yard as natural as possible to co-exist with my neighbor, the Hiawatha National Forest, and its small animals and birds,” says Monica Cady, co-founder of the Herbal Lodge and a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa tribe in Hessel, Michigan.

Natives vs. Nativars

Going Native

NATIVE INTELLIGENCE Planting an Eco-Friendly Yard


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aintaining a grassy yard or ornamental shrubs can be time consuming and less than ecofriendly. That’s why conservation-minded gardeners are turning to lush, native landscaping as an aesthetically pleasing alternative to spartan, water-free xeriscaping. Native plants not only save water, they enhance local ecosystems by providing food and shelter for birds, bees, butterflies and wildlife. “Indigenous plants build healthy soil and retain and replenish ground water,” says Michael Fleischacker, chair of landscape architecture and environmental sciences at Delaware Valley University, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Accustomed to the climate and nutrients in their habitat, they don’t need the extra fertilizer required by exotic transplants. Natives are also better equipped to fend off harmful insects, reducing the need for pesticides. “When pests did show up, I used insecticidal soap and neem oil. Both are great ecofriendly remedies,” says Kimberly Button, an Orlando-based freelance journalist and author of The Everything Guide to a Healthy Home: All You Need to Protect Yourself and Your Family from Hidden Household Dangers. A genuine indigenous plant in the U.S. predates European settlement. These natives grew in the wildlands of the regions where they evolved and adapted over hundreds or thousands of years. 34


While the harm caused by many invasive plants that evolved in a foreign habitat is well-documented and profound, the ecological impact of plant variations derived from native species—known as cultivars or nativars—is sometimes more subtle. Cultivars have been developed to highlight specific traits, like larger blooms or longer bloom times. They may be bred for a stronger scent, or have the scent bred out of them in pursuit of another trait, making them less enticing to pollinators and wildlife.

Transitioning to native landscaping isn’t as daunting as it might seem. Small changes can make a difference, and local plant nurseries can assist. Some may have a staff horticulturalist to help distinguish the natives from the nativars and to steer gardeners clear of invasive, water-guzzling, nutrient-needy non-natives that will spread quickly and overwhelm the landscape. Going native isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition, says Fleischacker. “Consult a local nursery or landscaper about adding


Native varieties have longer growing seasons, a decades-long lifespan and tight plant groupings to prevent weed growth.

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Equitable Opportunity in the Great Outdoors by Ellicia Sanchez


s scientists, politicians and media outlets advocate for conservation initiatives, a new generation of novice environmentalists is taking center stage. The national nonprofit Student Conservation Association (SCA) provides young adults with the tools and training necessary to make a career in the natural sciences. As part of its mission, the SCA strives to amplify underrepresented voices in the environmental sciences. Their Chicago branch added a special twist: each season, they hire an all-female crew of young conservationists and give them hands-on training in ecological restoration. Each winter, Daiva Gylys, SCA Chicago program manager, begins the hiring process for a new season. “Our program is a bit different than others because we accept young women of all experience levels,” she explains. Some participants are college students at local universities actively studying the conservation sciences. Others are young adults simply interested in doing their part to help the environment and their community. Members of the women’s crew typically range in age from 18 to 25, but the SCA as a whole recruits teenagers, as well. “What matters most is that our crews are made up of individuals with a passion for being outdoors,” says Gylys. Members of the women’s program participate in a multitude of activities, from workshops and classes in native plant iden-



tification to woodworking and chainsaw seminars with local arborist associations. Each season, crew members are expected to procure a herbicide operator license, which entails taking a detailed exam with the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Seasons run for a period of six months, and during that time, the women work at several natural restoration sites across the south side of Chicago. Many of the restoration projects are collaborative efforts with the National Audubon Society and Chicago Park District. At these sites, crews perfect their skills in a wide variety of restoration techniques. By the end of their time with the SCA, members are proficient in invasive species removal, trail maintenance, herbicide application and operating several different power tools. Participants also periodically attend natural science conferences to establish professional connections with experts in the field. As a result, SCA alumni often move on to work in diverse subsets of the conservation movement. “For example, we have alumni who are now technicians for park districts and forestry groups, environmental advocates involved in public policy, and even some who went on to work in the urban agriculture movement,” Gylys explains. Ensuring these women become familiar with tangible restoration skills makes such career paths a possibility. Eventually, SCA Chicago hopes to offer a

yearlong program in the basics of habitat restoration. SCA Chicago’s women’s program coordinator Chris-Michael Tena expounds upon the benefits associated with having an all-female restoration group. “Anecdotally, the all-women’s crew feels more empowered to make and learn from mistakes and openly support each other… It’s great seeing women learning from each other, especially in a male-dominated industry,” he says. Tena seeks to augment the presence of minority groups in the conservation sector through his work at the SCA by attending seminars and conferences specifically focused on creating opportunities for underrepresented groups in the environmental sciences. As he states, “It’s all about creating equity for all people in the great outdoors.” As the conservation revolution proceeds to evolve and permeate increasingly diversified sectors of society, young people of all backgrounds will continue to explore the environmental sciences as a potential career. In order to make a successful career in any industry, proper training is paramount. Advocacy groups such as the SCA provide the necessary foundation for the next generation of environmental leaders. When young people are given the opportunity to fully appreciate and understand nature, the entire planet receives a renewed chance at a healthy, sustainable future. Learn more about SCA Chicago’s programs and special initiatives, including upcoming volunteer events, at, or call 312-239-1661. Ellicia Sanchez is an intern with Natural Awakenings Chicago and The Mike Nowak Show, and a graduate of the Loyola University Chicago Institute of Environmental Sustainability. As an alumna of SCA Chicago, she is passionate about raising environmental awareness and is working to pursue a master’s degree in the conservation sciences. Contact her at

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SCA Women’s Crew and Chicago Park District Technician Kelly Bougher after a great day of restoration at Big Marsh Park.

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shrinkage. includes a store locator function. Another good option is wet cleaning, whereby fabric is laundered in a computer-controlled washer and dryer that uses water—along with specialized soaps and conditioners instead of solvents—and spins its contents much more slowly than a typical home washing machine. Because wet cleaning is free of hazardous volatile organic compounds like those in perc, it eliminates health and safety risks, as well as environmental hazards associated with traditional dry cleaning, according to As an added benefit, the equipment and operating costs are lower. While the biggest disadvantage to wet cleaning is that it produces waste water, it’s still a highly energy-efficient method. Another method is liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) cleaning, in which some commercial cleaners use the pressurized gas in combination with other gentle cleaning agents to dissolve and remove dirt, fats and oils in clothing instead of using perc; or consider simply handwashing delicate clothes and fabrics in a mild, non-toxic detergent, and then hanging them outside to dry.

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on Parade IN LOCAL WOODLANDS by Sheryl DeVore


ur surrounding woodlands are primed to delight flower lovers during April and May. Pushing their way through the forest floor and opening their blooms are bloodroot and spring beauty in early April, trilliums and Virginia bluebells in late April to early May, and wild geraniums and May apples in May, among many others. These wildflowers are called spring ephemerals because they bloom in early spring, then disappear almost as quickly as they came. “Seeing the spring ephemerals renews my soul,” says botanist Cassi Saari, president of the Northeast Chapter of the Illinois Native Plant Society ( “It’s almost like I’m coming out of hibernation every year. Today, there are only a few places in the region where you can find them in high abundance and diversity.” Habitat destruction and degradation of our local natural areas has caused them to disappear. Habitat restoration efforts are being done to protect wildflowers in natural areas throughout the Chicago region. Saari and other spring ephemeral lovers are already out in late February or early March to spot the first bloomers, which include skunk cabbage. Humans can barely see the tiny



yellow flowers, but spring’s first awakening insects can find skunk cabbage by smell to pollinate the plant. “Skunk cabbage can come out so early because it creates its own heat and can melt the snow,” Saari says. “It’s one of few wildflowers in our region adapted to do that.” April and May are the prime months to search for spring ephemerals in full bloom. “They’ve adapted to this time of year when the trees’ leaves haven’t come

Left: Bloodroot (center) and spring beauty (lower right) flowers in Lake County.

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out yet,” Saari explains. “They are taking advantage of this time when there’s more sunlight reaching them.” Ephemerals, which are native, can be confused with spring flowering bulbs such as tulips or daffodils, which are not native, according to the University of Illinois Extension Service (Web.Extension.Illinois. Edu). Most spring ephemerals die back to the ground after they bloom, but often the leaves of bulbs like tulips remain visible well into early summer. Saari has special places in the Chicago region to search for specific wildflowers. These include Harms Woods ( harms-woods), in Glenview, where visitors can view hepatica, wild geranium and trout lily, among others. She visits Lake County to search for great white trillium, which has declined in number because of deer overbrowsing, but are now bouncing back due to restoration programs. Two places to enjoy great white trilliums among other ephemerals carpeting the forest floor are the Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area (, in Riverwoods, and Captain Daniel Wright Woods Forest Preserve (, in Vernon Hills. One of Saari’s favorite places to see spring ephemerals is Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area (DNR.Illinois. gov/Parks/Pages/SilverSprings.aspx), in Yorkville. “It’s a beautiful woodland in spring,” she says. “Dutchman’s breeches grow there in abundance. They are the cutest—they look like little white pants.” Although it’s fun to go traipsing all over the region hunting for spring ephemerals, Saari suggests choosing one natural area near home and visiting it once or twice a week throughout April, May and early June. “You learn so much by going to the same place. You see the progression of the wildflowers,” she says. Sandy Miller, president of the Laketo-Prairie chapter of the Wild Ones (, visits Reed Turner Woodland Preserve ( visit-reed-turner-woodlands), in Long

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Left: Virginia bluebells in southern Cook County

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Marsh marigolds at Ryerson Conservation Area near Riverwoods Grove, in spring to watch the succession of ephemerals blooming, with Virginia bluebells at the beginning of spring and May apples and jack-in-the-pulpit toward the end of the spring. “If we don’t have the native flowers growing, then we won’t have native birds and insects and other animals,” says Miller, a Grayslake resident. Saari notes that most ephemerals cannot tolerate a lot of disturbance, although spring beauty, one of the hardiest, will even grow in lawns. As climate changes and temperature and moisture change from year to year, the peak blooming times can vary

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Great white trillium at Wright Woods near Vernon Hills

for spring ephemerals. Fifty or more spring ephemeral species can be seen in our area. Below is a list from earlier to later of some of the more common bloomers in northern Illinois. Peak blooming times vary from north to south, plus wildflowers overlap in blooming time. Sheryl DeVore writes nature and science articles for national and regional publications, and has written four books on birds and nature. Contact her at Sheryl.Devore@

Some Spring Ephemerals of the Chicago Region Hepatica (Hepatica nobilis) Bloodroot (Sanguinaria candensis) Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) Marsh marigold (Caltha palustris) Spring beauty (Claytonia virginica) Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica) False rue-anemone (Enemion biternatum) Prairie trillium (Trillium recurvatum) Large white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) Trout lily (Erythronium americanum) May apple (Podophyllum peltatum) Wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

Spring Wildflower Walks Here are four wildflowers walks to attend. Registration is required. Call first. April 20 – 1 p.m. Spring Wildflower Walk Sagawau Environmental Learning Center 12545 W. 111th St., Lemont. Free. Call 630-257-2045 April 28 – 2-4 p.m. Woodland Wildflowers and Wildlife Ryerson Conservation Area 21950 Riverwoods Rd., Riverwoods $5-$7. Call 847-968-3321 May 11 – 9:30-11 a.m. Wildflower Walking Tour Emily Oaks Nature Center 4650 Brummel St., Skokie $5-$6. Call 847-677-7001 May 11 – 1-3 p.m. Wonders of Wildflowers Messenger Woods 13800 W. Bruce Rd., Homer Glen Free. Call 708-946-2216

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~Jared Gold, co-founder of MealTribes


Breaking Bread, Building Community by April Thompson


mericans are eating alone more than ever, with adults going solo for nearly half of all meals, according to consumer research consultants at the Hartman Group. Yet, fellowship-minded foodies are bucking the trend by finding new and unique ways to bring strangers, colleagues and friends together for healthy, home-cooked meals. Meal sharing not only builds community and camaraderie; it can also save time and money and minimize food waste. Eating with others can also encourage mindful consumption, a boon to physical and mental health. A number of emerging ideas and platforms from around the block to across the globe are helping singles and families young and old connect over food.

Linking Diners Through Technology “I wanted to find a place to create more meaningful conversations and meet new people than bars where people often meet up, and thought home is that place. Who 40


doesn’t like dinner parties or potlucks?” says Jared Gold, co-founder of MealTribes, in Washington, D.C. Within two years, MealTribes has grown to more than 200 members that can host or join potlucks via a private Facebook group open to area residents in their 20s and 30s. To encourage participants to be fully present, the group encourages guests to leave their phones in their bags. Instead of strict food do’s and don’ts, MealTribes encourages attendees to bring a contribution that makes them proud. However, guests are discouraged from bringing alcohol in lieu of a food dish to avoid it becoming the focus of the table. “Lasting friendships and business opportunities have come from our potlucks,” says Gold. “Even skeptics have come away from events feeling like they got the best-case scenario; nice people, homey environment, with good food and conversation.” Jay Savsani, co-founder of Meal Sharing, in Chicago, got the idea for the

“Airbnb of meals” after seeking out a home-cooked dinner while backpacking in Cambodia. He was invited to a farm feast in the countryside, connecting with local hosts over great conversation and delicious food. “I returned home wanting to find a way to use technology to recreate that serendipitous moment,” says Savsani. Today, the platform uses technology to connect curious diners with affordable, home-cooked meals in 150 countries. “The concept is open; we encourage hosts to make whatever they believe in,” says Savsani. “That can be a top chef serving nine-course meals or a simple spaghetti someone offers for a few bucks or even free.” Savsani says the meal becomes secondary to the deeper social interactions that can manifest through these gatherings. “We even got an inquiry from a local fire department interested in hosting meals to get to know people in the community better.”

Organically Grown Gatherings Lilia Fuquen, who directs the Food and Community project in Virginia, participates in several gatherings intended to nurture community through food. Fuquen’s project aims to bring people across the state together to document, celebrate and share traditional, contemporary and emerging foodways, initiating a deeper conversation about and the connections between food, place, culture and community. Last fall, the project convened more than 200 people around a feast celebrating indigenous foods, people and foodways in Virginia. The meal was prepared from locally farmed and foraged ingredients representative of the diverse native culinary traditions of the region, including greens,

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Combine the ricotta and Parmesan cheeses in a small bowl, and add the lemon zest, salt and red pepper flakes. Add to the spinach mixture in the sauté pan and mix well. Add cooked spaghetti, and some of the pasta water as needed. Garnish with chives and serve warm.

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Sauté shallot in olive oil until soft. Add the spinach and toss well to break up the spinach clumps.

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n April, we see the spinach planted in fall spring back to life with new growth of textured leaves. We also transplant new spinach plants to enjoy tender baby spinach, so we have a flurry of greens at the farm! Use spinach, rainbow swiss chard or your favorite hearty spring green in these recipes,” says Jen Miller, of Prairie Wind Family Farm, in Grayslake.

Lemon Ricotta Pasta with Spinach Yields: 4 to 6 servings 4 cups spinach, chopped 8 oz. uncooked spaghetti 1 large shallot, minced 1 Tbsp olive oil ¼ cup ricotta cheese ¼ cup Parmesan Reggiano, grated Zest from one half lemon ¼ tsp salt, to taste 1 pinch dried red pepper flakes ¼ cup chopped chives Bring a pot of well-salted water to a boil over high heat. Blanch the spinach for 5 minutes. Remove spinach from water using slotted spoon, squeezing out as much of the water as possible. Chop again and set aside. Keep the pot of water boiling, and add the spaghetti noodles. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside, retaining about 1 cup of liquid from cooking the noodles.



Add olive oil to a large Dutch oven or soup pot. Heat over medium, then add the onions, carrots, celery. Cook for 10 minutes or until tender. Add in the tomato puree and broth, stir and bring to a simmer. Once bubbling; cover, reduce heat to low. Add in spinach, stir until the spinach has wilted and salt and pepper if needed. Ladle soup into bowls and top with Parmesan Reggiano, minced oregano and extra freshly ground black pepper. Recipe courtesy of Jen Miller, of Prairie Wind Family Farm, which grows a wide variety of certified organic vegetables and pastureraised hens for eggs and provides fresh fruit to CSA members, delivered to north and western suburban locations. Early summer shares start in June. For more information and to sign up for this year’s harvest, visit

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1 cup diced yellow onion 1 cup sliced carrot half-moons (about 1 large to 2 medium) ¾ cup diced celery 1 (32 oz.) jar tomato puree 8 cups (2 quarts) vegetable broth 2 handfuls of winter spinach Freshly grated Parmesan Reggiano for serving Minced fresh oregano for garnish

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rtichokes are a bright green, slightly sweet and earthy vegetable. They are biggest and most vibrant in the spring from March to May. When preparing this vegetable, trim the leaves of their prickly edges and cut out the core before eating the tender hearts. They can be steamed, baked or broken down into hearts before adding them to various recipes. They pair very well with lemon, anchovies, garlic, tomatoes and white wine—a recipe right there. Artichokes are rich in vitamin C, fiber and a chemical called cynarin, which may help support liver function. “If you didn’t like them the first time, try them again—marinated, on a pizza or as part of a delicious dip,” says Lauren Woodbridge, a member of the Illinois Farmers Market Association’s Board of Directors and co-owner of The Kitchen Sink (, a bagel company specializing in organic, local bagels sold at Chicago farmers’ markets.

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any of us Walking and hiking Individuals in the study equate fitness that walked six hours a balance the body with going week lowered their risk through natural move- of dying from cancer to the gym, but a good ment, oxygenation hike in a natural environand cardiovascular and ment can foster unique respiratory disease. It of the cells and the benefits for both body also shows that just two use of our muscles and psyche. as they were designed hours of walking per Hiking or walking week could significantly to be used. outdoors not only proimprove health. motes heart health, help“Walking and hik~Dami Roelse ing to balance both blood ing balance the body sugar and blood pressure, it increases hip through natural movement, oxygenation bone density to help reduce fractures, of the cells and the use of our muscles according to research on postmenopausal as they were designed to be used,” says women from the ongoing Nurses’ Health Dami Roelse, of Ashland, Oregon, author Study. Navigating uneven terrain also of Walking Gone Wild: How to Lose Your necessitates lateral movement, which can Age on the Trail. “Walking is in our genes; strengthen core muscles and improve balDNA molecules need to be stimulated ance more significantly than working out regularly to express themselves, and walkon a treadmill or cycling. ing does just that. It also improves mood and cognition.” Walk and Live Longer The beauty of hiking is that it offers Any kind of walking can be a great boon a tailored experience according to ability to health. Recent research by the Ameriand personal interests. Day hikes, whether can Cancer Society involving 140,000 in the countryside or in urban botanical older adults correlates a lower mortality gardens or parks, are uplifting and ideal for rate with even short intervals of walking. any fitness level.

Longer or overnight treks with a backpack of supplies offer healthy challenges and opportunities for total immersion in nature. Bringing the kids on a hike offers family fitness time and a healthy way to unplug from technology and sneak in a fun learning experience about local flora and fauna.

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Exercise stimulates feel-good neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, but getting a workout in a natural setting fortifies the whole nervous system. A 2015 study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science led by Stanford University researchers shows that walking in nature for 90 minutes decreases activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex, the region of the brain most affected by depression. In contrast, individuals that walked in an urban environment did not reap the same results. Another 2015 study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology shows that nature walks improve memory and decrease anxiety in teens. The Japanese philosophy of shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing”, woven into Japanese Shinto and Buddhist traditions, has become an important part of science-based health care in Japan. A significant 2009 study by Japanese researchers published in Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine shows that just 20 minutes of walking in the woods decreases stress hormones. Forest bathing has also been shown to speed postoperative healing, improve concentration in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and fortify immunity with an increased number of NK, or natural killer cells. Naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley, in Washington, D.C., knows about Mother Nature’s therapeutic gifts firsthand. “I participated in some of the health research both in the field and the lab during a forest bathing trip to Japan,” says the author of The Joy of Forest Bathing: Reconnect with Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life. “My vital signs were checked before and after shinrin-yoku walks, and in the lab my brainwaves were

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etting kids off the couch and into the great outdoors can be a challenge when they tend to be better acquainted with the popular Angry Birds video game characters than with the real warbling ones. Unfortunately, studies show that digital devices, parental work overload and media-stoked fears of the outside world are currently making our kids nature-deprived. Yet, they have an instinctive love of the outdoors, experts agree. “When given free access to nature, children’s play follows the same patterns all around the world,” says prominent environmental educator David Sobel, author of Wild Play: Parenting Adventures in the Great Outdoors. “All kids like creating special places, going on adventures, befriending animals, following maps and paths, and so on.” The more we encourage them, the more likely they’ll discover the thrills of the natural world—and numerous studies show that they’ll then be calmer and less stressed,

better able to concentrate and less likely to be obese. Kids also are more “responsive and connected” when they are talking outdoors with adults than talking indoors, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. Here are some simple ideas to get started:

Build fairy houses. In a park, forest or backyard, ask the child to find a quiet spot, like the base of a tree or under a bush, and build a tiny house using only their imagination and natural materials such as sticks, bark, grass, pebbles, feathers and pinecones. “The fun is ageless and connects you to nature in magical and memorable ways,” says Tracy Kane of Maine, whose website,, offers ideas and books. Befriend a bug. Help them look for

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guidebooks or online to learn the critters’ names and traits.

Engage in real-life tweets. Show them how to listen carefully for bird songs and count how many different ones they hear. See if they can imitate the tweets or find words that describe them. Check out a bird-song beginner’s guide at Audubon. org/news/a-beginners-guide-common-birdsounds-and-what-they-mean. Create mud art. “Make a batch of mud and use it to create sculptures, paint a masterpiece or just use it to jump in and get messy with,” suggests MaryEllen Mateleska, director of education and conservation at the Mystic Aquarium, in Connecticut. Make dolls and critters. Kids can

use hibiscus or hollyhock flowers and toothpicks to make dolls with flowing skirts. Or they can collect leaves of different shapes and sizes and glue them together to create leafy creatures. “You can take it an extra step by inventing a story and creating a one-of-a-kind storybook,” says Mateleska.

Grow a garden. Using a kid-sized plot

of land—it can even be a big pot of dirt— give them a trowel, a watering can and easy-to-grow seeds such as radishes and carrots. Not only will they get exercise, a Texas A&M University study shows gardening makes kids more likely to choose veggies for snacks.

Invent a cozy hideaway. Under the

limbs of a big tree, old blankets and pillows can be used by a child to build a “secret” hiding place, stocked with lemonade, apples and fun books.

Incorporate digital delights. Rather than competing with digital devices, integrate them into the nature experience. “A phone app like iNaturalist lets kids take a picture and will identify the creature or plant for them,” says science teacher Jemma Smith, of The Education Hotel, a UK-based tutoring service. “Or have them take three artistic pictures of nature.”

Try geocaching. This game for older

kids requires them to use their phones as a GPS to find tiny treasure boxes that have already been hidden all over the countryside. “Most boxes have small trinkets to swap and a tiny book to sign their name,” says Smith.

Time It. Simply set the timer for an hour,

open the door into the back yard and let the kids “go at it,” as does writer Attiyya Atkins, a mother of four in Pompano Beach, Florida. “Mostly it’s self-play, but I come out sometimes and teach them about nature, or we do art projects with leaves, rocks or dirt. It’s always naturally fun, and they’re pretty tired afterwards!”

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Initially, it might help to apply catnip or attach a feather toy to make the scratching area especially appealing. Discourage any feline from scratching on inappropriate surfaces by attaching double-sided tape or inflated balloons to rugs or furniture that are off limits.

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here’s nothing as endearing as a bigeyed kitten hopping sideways across the floor or curled into a small ball of fluff on our lap. Getting a new kitten started off on the right foot will ensure they grow up to be a healthy and happy companion.


Prepare a sanctuary for the family’s new kitten.

When bringing a new kitten (or adult cat) into their new home, it’s best to separate the new addition in a little bed-andbreakfast-like setup of their own for at least a week. Put their litter box, bedding, food and toys in their space and keep noise, confusion and foot traffic to a minimum.


Provide warm, snuggly sleeping quarters.

Felines, especially tiny ones, like their environment warmer than what humans generally prefer. Look for bedding that hasn’t been treated with flame-retardant chemicals such as PBDE; Swedish scientists have linked the chemical, commonly found in foam, to hyperthyroidism in cats. The best choice is wool, which is naturally flame resistant.

3Consider crate training.

Most cats fight being put into a carrier because it only happens when someone’s about to take them to a place they don’t want to go to. That’s why it’s a good idea to set up a carrier for a kitten on their first day



home. Entice them to enter on their own using food treats, toys and comfy bedding.


Go slow with family introductions.

Introduce other members of the household to the new kitty one at a time. Ideally, introductions occur in a neutral location, like the living room, when the kitten ventures out to investigate.


Offer this tiny carnivore the nutrition they were born to eat.

To provide the very best start in life, feed the little one either a homemade or commercially available, nutritionally balanced, fresh food diet (preferably raw) designed for cats at all stages of life.


Help the kitten learn to love their personal litter box.

Most kittens can use a litter box at about four weeks. Just make sure its walls are low enough that they can hop in and out on their own. If a kitten or cat is avoiding the box, there’s likely a reason: location, type of litter or failure to clean it often enough.


Provide appropriate climbing and scratching surfaces.

Climbing and scratching are natural feline behaviors. Try burlap, cardboard and

Think like a cat and buy or create toys that draw out their hunting instincts. A piece of string wrapped around the end of a stick dragged on the ground will bring out the stalker in almost any cat. So will ping-pong balls or small wads of paper flicked across the floor.


Indulge most kittens’ love of boxes.

When cats in the wild feel threatened, they head for trees, dens or caves for safety. Domestic kitties don’t have that option, so their obsession with hiding in boxes may be an adaptation. Providing “hidey holes” may also help a kitten acclimate faster to their new home and family.


Provide easy, safe access to the outdoors.

Indoor cats need time outside. Consider building or buying a safe, secure, outdoor enclosure (catio) for them to hang out in when the weather is nice.


Consider adopting two kittens at the same time.

One of the best ways to avoid many common behavioral problems is to adopt a pair of kittens. Because they crave stimulation and interaction, adopting two provides instant playmates to occupy each other’s time. Karen Becker is a proactive, integrative doctor of veterinary medicine who consults internationally and writes for Mercola Healthy Pets (


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Preventing Digestion Problems Before They Start


eneé S. Barasch, a certified digestive health specialist, detoxification/purification specialist and founder of Nutritional Health Solutions, in Highland Park, has been a Chicago area leader in nutrition and digestion education for more than 12 years. She splits her time between seeing clients in private sessions, speaking to the community, writing about digestion issues, being an ambassador for holistic digestive health and giving people the ability to connect the dots between nutrition and digestion. Although every digestive system is different, many people experience allergy flare-ups that may be related to how their bodies are breaking down ingredients in their food. Being aware of our specific digestive needs and taking steps to protect the gut can eliminate allergies, improve absorption and take unneeded stress off our organs.

Why is thorough digestion so important for overall health?

Digestion is one of the main ways the body detoxifies, or cleanses. If the food you’re consuming isn’t broken down properly and thoroughly, it causes stress on the system as it moves through, which can lead to symptoms like gas, bloating, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea and even insomnia, depression, psoriasis, eczema and chronic pain. Proper digestion also allows for thorough absorption, so your body is able to use the nutrients you’re putting inside it. Undigested food leads to what we call “leaky gut”, where it passes through the gut membrane and into the bloodstream. This can eventually lead to more serious conditions such as Crohn’s and other autoimmune diseases. In general, when our food isn’t being digested properly, our bodies aren’t working as efficiently as they can. Food becomes a toxin, instead of something that nourishes us.

What role do enzymes play in digestion?

Enzymes are the catalyst for food to be digested. They help to deliver the nutrients to the cells and increase absorption. When food is steamed, broiled, roasted, boiled, fried, stewed, canned, pasteurized or microwaved, the naturally occurring enzymes in it are destroyed. I recommend that everyone take a specific digestive enzyme supplement. That enzyme depends largely on your diet, and how your body breaks down fats, carbs and protein. Testing is recommended to determine which enzyme is right for you.

An enzyme with higher amylase content helps break down carbohydrates, and one with more lipase works better to break down fats. In my office, we run lab tests to determine the right mix of enzymes for each person. I take into consideration factors like family history, diet and overall health. The tests also help detect any nutritional deficiencies. Based on the results, I might recommend diet modifications and food supplements in addition to enzymes.

How do environmental irritants affect digestion?

We encounter factors in the environment every day that can cause irritation and inflammation, whether that’s someone’s excess perfume, secondhand smoke or particles from a construction site. In the springtime, the air is full of dust, mold and other seasonal aggravators. When we breathe these in, they get into our bloodstream in less than 20 seconds. Our bodies then have to break down those extra toxins, which is a lot of work for the liver, kidneys and gallbladder. If they aren’t broken down properly, it results in what people think of as seasonal allergies; runny nose, itchy eyes, red or blotchy skin. People often miss the connection between allergies and digestion. Instead of going to an allergist, they might just need to have their digestive system checked for digestive imbalances.

What practices can people do every day to improve digestion?

Digestive health is dependent on a number of factors, but it is key to both detoxification and real nutrition. I tell my clients that ideally, they are looking to digest, absorb, transport, utilize and eliminate the cellular waste that’s put into their bodies. Avoiding environmental irritants and pollutants eliminates the need to break them down in the first place. Chewing your food thoroughly starts the breakdown process before it gets into the digestive system. Eating a healthy mix of protein, fats, whole grains fruit and veggies at each meal may be easier to break down than a giant plate of just pasta or a huge steak. Food that is processed or contains GMOs is much harder for the body to process, so I encourage clients to look for whole foods in their natural form as much as possible. Digestive Health Solutions is located at 480 Elm Pl., in Highland Park and at 316 Peterson Rd, in Libertyville. For appointments, call 847-207-2034. For more information, email or visit April2019 2019 April

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Traditional Japanese Shoden Reiki Level 1 for Acupuncturists – Apr 6-7. 9am-5pm. This class is NCCAOM certified for 13 PDA/CEU. The personal practice that can help you balance work and life, reduce stress, and find more joy, ease and  fulfillment in everything you do. Known to some as a healing technique, this form of reiki unlocks its essence as a way of life and discovery of true self. Calandra Center for Health and Wellness, 47 W Polk St, Ste M-5, Chicago. Register: 312-796-3965 or

Beginning Zen Shiatsu – Tuesdays, Apr 2-Jun 4. 11am-2pm. 10-wk course. Learn how to give a basic 1-hr shiatsu treatment that you can share with friends and family. Course is a stand-alone offering; also the first 30 hrs of our complete shiatsu certification programs. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 Green Drinks McHenry County – 5-7pm. 1st Wed. Come talk about “greening” the future with others. Special presentations each month on a timely environmental topic or green business. Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N Main St, Crystal Lake. Lake. EFT Workshop – 6:15-8pm. Experience release of grief, stress, PTSD and digestion issues. Learn a 5 second negative energy release procedure. Drop the grief from the loss of a loved one, pet, personal relationship. Donation. SoderWorld Wellness Center, 16 W 501 Nielson Ln, Willowbrook. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or  Emotional Wellness and Myofascial Release – 7pm. 1st Wed. With Sharon M. Vogel, CLT, LM. Join us in learning hand postures that release hardened tissue and trauma. We will incorporate essential oil blends. National Lymphatic Centers, 5002 Main St, Ste A, Downers Grove. 630-241-4100. RSVP: Wine, Wrinkles and Wellness – 7-8pm. Looking for ways to stop the clock, and reverse aging inside and out? Come join us. Bring a friend and you both with receive free gifts valued at $10. Come sample some amazing anti-aging products for cellular health, fine lines and wrinkles and receive a set of hydrating and moisturizing eye patches to give the area under your eyes a youthful glow. Wellness Empowered, 2177 Shermer Rd, Northbrook. RSVP, Mary: 224-628-1246. Beginning Zen Shiatsu – Wednesdays, Apr 3-Jun 5. 7-10pm. See Apr 2 description. $450 plus books. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

THURSDAY, APRIL 4 Silencing the Inner Critic – 6:30-7:45pm. In this talk and meditation, international guest teacher Kadam Lucy James will show practical and inspiring methods for letting go of attitudes about ourselves that limit us, weigh us down, and prevent us from living to our full potential. There is nothing fixed about us; through changing our thoughts we can become who we want to be. By learning to accept ourselves happily within an understanding our enormous capacity for freedom and growth, we will begin to awaken a source of deep peace and wisdom from within. Presented by Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago. $17/advance, $20/at door. The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St, Chicago.



Inspired Living Expo – Apr 6 & 7. 12-6pm, Fri; 10am-5pm, Sun. Featuring Dr. Brian Clement from the Hippocrates Health Institute. Includes more than 20 presentations, demonstrations, classes and raffles. Also more than 90 exhibitors offering holistic therapies, sessions, screenings and products for positive, holistic, organic, alternative solutions in every area of life, including environment, animals, home and family. Crystals, jewelry, art and readings, too. Free viewing of the movie HEAL and Q&A with practitioners 6-9pm, Sat. $10/1 day, $15/2 days. D’Andrea Banquet & Conference Center, 4419 Northwest Hwy (U.S. 14), Crystal Lake. Tickets: Catwalk for Water – 7-11pm. Includes hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, raffles, a silent auction and music. Guests will be treated to a “trashion” show, featuring outfits created by Gordon Salon stylists and the community using only recycled and upcycled materials. Benefits the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Fields BMW Northfield, 700 W Frontage Rd. Tickets:

SUNDAY, APRIL 7 The Spiritual Forum – 10am. Join other spiritual journeyers for facilitated dialogue on spiritual topics, which we record as a podcast. To learn about each week’s topic subscribe to our newsletter on website. A meditation group meets at 9am and A Course in Miracles group meets at 11:30am. The Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St, Deerfield. Hyde Park Handmade Bazaar – 12-4pm. Meet dozens of vendors while listening to Hyde Park’s finest DJs spinning jazzy, soulful soundtracks to your shopping. Promontory Restaurant, upstairs lounge, 5311 S Lake Park Ave W, Chicago. 312-801-2100.

Introduction to the Chakras – 9am-4pm. Study the specific attributes of the 7 primary chakras, which an emphasis on assessing whether a chakra is functioning smoothly, or is out of balance. Will discuss the correlation between each chakra and a client’s physical symptoms, emotional distress, life challenges and chronic behavioral patterns. $150. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Roots of Health: Candida and Leaky Gut – 5:306:30pm. Join Dr. Kalli Prater as she discusses gut health and its roots to all health and well-being. Gut health is the foundation to wellbeing, and we need to support this system now more than ever. We’ll discuss what causes leaky gut and candida problems, why they affect so many, and simple solutions to support gut health, and talk about diet, lifestyle issues and supplements that support all things gut health. Free. Fruitful Yield Elmwood Park, 7230 W North Ave, Elmwood Park. 708-395-5880. CBG Lecture – 7-8pm. Have you heard about CBG, the non-psychoactive precursor to CBD and THC? Learn about the phenomenal published research demonstrating CBG’s neuro-regenerative effects in animal studies on ALS, MS, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, concussion and CTE. Come for a fascinating hour of the latest information on this “Stem Cell” of cannibinoids. Wellness Empowered, 2177 Shermer Rd, Northbrook. RSVP, Mary: 224-628-1246. Vines, Annuals, Perennials plus Fermenting 101 – 7-9pm. Fermenting is a necessary skill for preserving the garden’s bounty. Learn some basic fermenting information and techniques. $95/series. The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville. 630-477-9910. Register:

THURSDAY, APRIL 11 Yoga for Arthritis Training – Apr 11-14. 9:30am4:30pm. Over 40 million people in the U.S. have a form of arthritis. The techniques contained in Yoga for Arthritis training were proven effective in a 7-year study. Learn how to safely teach students with arthritis who come to your general classes, as well as therapeutically oriented groups or privates. $595. Ganesha Yoga, 2054 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago. 773-904-7870. Introduction to Stem Cells – 6-7:30pm. Sheraton Hotel, 1110 Willow Rd, Northbrook. Register: 847-665-9877 or


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Cannabidiol (CBD) Product Overview and Hemp Oil Sampling – Apr 12 & 13. 9am-7pm, Fri; 9am3pm, Sat. Matt Dhingra, PharmD, and Kristen LePage, ND, LAc, will explain the benefits of several different hemp oil products they carry, along with information for those interested in learning more about hemp oil. Also learn about intermittent fasting support programs, homeopathy, acupuncture, compounded medicine and Nature-throid, available at the pharmacy. Wholesome Health Pharmacy, 2069 Barrington Rd., Hoffman Estates. 224-653-9878.

Green Drinks Libertyville – 6:30pm. 2nd Tues. Like-minded people meet to discuss issues of environmental importance and build awareness. O’Toole’s Pub, 412 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville. For more info: or IL.

Women Wellness Professionals Network – 1011:30am. A meetup for wellness practitioners with inspired connection and dialog, personal and professional support. GPPS Office, 201 E Dundee Rd, Palatine. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362.


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Psychic Holistic Fair at Enlightened Balance – Apr 12-14. 10am-5pm, Fri; 9am-6pm, Sat; 9am4pm, Sun. Readings, body balancing, artist trunk shows, classes. Free to enter; classes starting at $10, private sessions starting at $20. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180.

Expansive Extended Gong Bath – 7-9pm. With Richard Rudis. Experience a dynamic gong bath with sacred sound overtones and harmonics that touch the realms where emotional balance, cellular healing, and spiritual awareness expand. Absorb this vibrational sound healing experience that frees up, boosts and shifts your energy. $40. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. For details & to register:



Soul Transformation Retreat­ – Apr 13-14. 9am4pm. With Heather Faun Basl. A 2-day retreat where we remove and clear thought patterns and energies that are preventing us from living life in freedom. Unlock your potential and be the light you are meant to be. $299. Glenview. Register: HeatherFaunBasl. com/classes-2. Pre-Certification EFT Workshop – 9:30am5:30pm. Experience and learn EFT basics. This is the first of 2 days for certification for “EFT With A Guarantee.” The class is for someone new to EFT and for professionals. Full certification requires 2 full days plus practice sessions. $95. SoderWorld Wellness Center, 16 W 501 Nielson Ln, Willowbrook. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or  Chicago IANDS – 2-5pm. Support/study/resource forum for near-death, out-of-body and spiritual experiences, losses.  Guest speaker Jane Deforest, NDEr, psychic medium, artist, author, leader of Portland IANDS.  $20 donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston.  847-251-5758. Kirtan with Radha Ellen Katz and The Bhakti Caravan – 8-10pm. Kirtan is a traditional form of devotional meditation through singing call and response mantras, evoking protective and healing energy from our creative Source. It raises spirit, expands consciousness and reduces stress. Beginners welcome. $10/advance, $15/at door. Yoga Now, 742 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago.


Palm Sunday (Christianity) The Spiritual Forum – 10am. Join other spiritual journeyers for facilitated dialogue on spiritual topics, which we record as a podcast. To learn about each week’s topic subscribe to our newsletter on website. A meditation group meets at 9am and A Course in Miracles group meets at 11:30am. The Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St, Deerfield. Lymphormation – 12-2pm. 2nd Sun. Enjoy a complimentary lymph lecture followed by 10-15min manual lymph drainage with Sharon M. Vogel, CLT-LANA Candidate, LMT, BCTMB. National Lymphatic Centers, 5002 Main St, Ste A, Downers Grove. 630-241-4100. RSVP: Healthy Homes: Environmental Toxin Class – 2-3pm. 2nd Sun.  Enjoy a complimentary lecture by Sharon Vogel, CLT, about becoming aware of riding everyday irritants and clinically proven toxins to create a healthy home. National Lymphatic Centers, 5002 Main St, Ste A, Downers Grove. 630-241-4100. RSVP:

Headache Relief: East/West Solutions – Apr 15 & 22. 9am-4pm. In this 2-day practical course, explore headache relief using both East Asian and Western assessment, differential diagnostic clinical considerations, and bodywork and non-bodywork treatment approaches. Accessory approaches consider include clinical aromatherapy, liniments, the use of cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, hydrotherapy and others. $300. 12 CEs for professional therapists. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Beginning Astrology Level 2 – Mondays, Apr 15-May 20. 7:30-9:30pm. 6 wks. Learn Transits, Progressions, Synastry, Composite Charts, Solar Arcs and Solar Returns. Requires basic astrological knowledge and a knowledge of interpretation. $180; $150/registration by Apr 8. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago. 773-327-7224.

TUESDAY, APRIL 16 NOW Sports: Products Backed By Science – 5:306:30pm. Bryan Morin, NOW Sports Educator, will be sharing information on NOW Sports products and the importance of using clean supplements to achieve your fitness goals. NOW is certified by Informed Sport, the World’s leading anti-doping agency. Free. Fruitful Yield Schaumburg, 168 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg. 847-882-2999. Welcome Back, River Otters! – 7pm. River otters have returned to the Chicago area in 2015 after decades of absence caused by trapping, habitat destruction and poor water quality. Chris Anchor, a senior wildlife biologist with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, will share the story of their discovery, the factors behind their return, and what the future holds for their survival locally. Free. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park. For more info & complete schedule, Rena Cohen: 847-831-0331.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17 Free Shiatsu Intro – 10am-12:30pm. Learn the fundamental techniques and philosophies of Zen Shiatsu, and chat with current students and instructors. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. “Who Am I” Class – 7pm. Led by Uma Girish, Grief and Loss Guide. She works with spiritually oriented women who are struggling through different kinds of life transitions. She helps them heal from loss and transform their pain into purpose so that they can make meaning of their loss and find joy again. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997.

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Wine, Wrinkles and Wellness – 7-8pm Looking for ways to stop the clock, and reverse aging inside and out? Come join us. Bring a friend and you both with receive free gifts valued at $10. Come sample some amazing anti-aging products for cellular health, fine lines and wrinkles and receive a set of hydrating and moisturizing eye patches to give the area under your eyes a youthful glow. Wellness Empowered, 2177 Shermer Rd, Northbrook. RSVP, Mary: 224-628-1246. Groundcovers: Sun and Shade – 7-9pm. $95/ series. The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville. 630-477-9910. Register:

THURSDAY, APRIL 18 Stress, Hormones & Belly Fat – 6-7:30pm. Join us for this free educational seminar on the connections among stress, hormones, belly fat and your health, presented by national speaker and wellness expert Dr. Meena Malhotra, lead medical doctor at Heal n Cure clinic. If you’re sick of just putting band-aids on big problems and are looking for a completely different approach to medicine, this is it. Maggiano’s Old Orchard, 4999 Old Orchard Shopping Ctr, Space A28, Skokie. Register: 847-665-9877 or Your Self as Your Friend – 7-8:30pm. A refreshing and restorative evening to receive guidance and simple practices, so you can embrace more self-love, energy and joy. Donation. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362.


Good Friday (Christianity) Passover begins at sundown (Judaism) Barefoot Shiatsu: Feet, Knees and Elbows in Shiatsu – Apr 19-20. 9am-4pm. Barefoot Shiatsu is mat work, integrating the use of feet, knees and elbows for the purpose of applying sustained pressure. Techniques will be demonstrated in supine and prone positions. Emphasis is given towards fluidity of transition, and the seamless rhythmic application of techniques. $300. 12 CEs for professional therapists. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.


See for latest events. Clean Beauty with Mineral Fusion – – 11:30am12:30pm. What is “Clean Beauty” and why is it important? Discover what makes natural skin care and cosmetics the healthy and radiant choice. Free. Fruitful Yield Elmwood Park, 7230 W North Ave, Elmwood Park. 708-395-5880.

SUNDAY, APRIL 21 Easter (Christianity) Ridvan begins (Bahai’i)

The Spiritual Forum – 10am. Join other spiritual journeyers for facilitated dialogue on spiritual topics, which we record as a podcast. To learn about each week’s topic subscribe to our newsletter on website. A meditation group meets at 9am and A Course in Miracles group meets at 11:30am. The Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St, Deerfield.

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Oral Cancer Clinic Day – 9am-1pm. Performing free screenings in honor of Oral Cancer Awareness month. Appointment preferred but not necessary. Wrigleyville Dental, 3256 N Ashland, Chicago. 773-975-6666.

CBG Lecture – 7-8pm. Have you heard about CBG, the non-psychoactive precursor to CBD and THC? Learn about the phenomenal published research demonstrating CBG’s neuro-regenerative effects in animal studies on ALS, MS, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, concussion and CTE. Come for a fascinating hour of the latest information on this “Stem Cell” of cannibinoids. Wellness Empowered, 2177 Shermer Rd, Northbrook. RSVP, Mary: 224-628-1246.

Stress, Hormones & Belly Fat – 6-7:30pm. Join us for this free educational seminar on the connections among stress, hormones, belly fat and your health, presented by national speaker and wellness expert Dr. Meena Malhotra, lead medical doctor at Heal n Cure clinic. If you’re sick of just putting band-aids on big problems and are looking for a completely different approach to medicine, this is it. Maggiano’s Old Orchard, 4999 Old Orchard Shopping Ctr, Space A28, Skokie. Register: 847-665-9877 or



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Stress, Hormones & Belly Fat – 6-7:30pm. Join us for this free educational seminar on the connections among stress, hormones, belly fat and your health, presented by national speaker and wellness expert Dr. Meena Malhotra, lead medical doctor at Heal n Cure clinic. If you’re sick of just putting band-aids on big problems and are looking for a completely different approach to medicine, this is it. Gorton Community Center, 400 E Illinois Rd, Lake Forest. Register: 847-665-9877 or

Qi Revolution – Apr 27-29. Qigong exercises and food-based healing will be covered in detail by Jeff Primack and 20 other instructors. The Nine-Breath Method, a signature technique taught to more than 50,000 people so far at Qi Revolution, allows for this transformation. $199/3 days. Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E Main St, St. Charles. Reservations required: 800-298-8970.

Ancient Oils of Scripture – 7pm. Last Wed. With Sharon M. Vogel, CLT. Join us in learning about the natural remedies from ancient oils. National Lymphatic Centers, 5002 Main St, Ste A, Downers Grove. 630-241-4100. RSVP: Acupuncture & Reiki Happy Hour – 7-8:30pm. Learn about and experience acupuncture and reiki for yourself during this free monthly event. Calandra Center for Health and Wellness, 47 W Polk St, Ste M-5, Chicago. Registration required: 312-796-3965 or Fungi – 7-9pm. Learn edible varieties for a forest garden. Inoculate a log with mushroom spores, and then take it home and watch them grow. $95/ series. The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville. 630-477-9910. Register:

Manifesting a Soulmate – 9am-4:30pm. Finding a soulmate or true love can be confusing or challenging. Join Arielle Ford, author of The Soulmate Secret: Manifest the Love of Your Life and a firsttime bride at the age of 44, for this workshop. CEUs available. $110. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. For details & to register: What You Plant Matters: The Collective Impact of Urban Habitat on People and Nature – 10-11:30am. Join Dr. Abigail Derby Lewis, Senior Conservation Ecologist and the Chicago Region Senior Program Manager at The Field Museum of Natural History as she discusses research results from the museum’s urban monarch conservation design effort, highlighting the role cities can play in helping to support monarchs and other pollinators, and share tips on how to make gardens (or balconies) pollinator friendly. Free. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Chicago. 847-256-6952.

Wild Raspberry Grand Opening – 10am-7pm. The Milagro World Center resale shop offers gently used clothing for women and men, new and preowned jewelry, books, music, mini-workshops, a coffee bar and more. Arlington Club Commons, 9 Huntington Ln, Wheeling. 224-676-1125. Gabriel ZuZu Luxe Beauty Event – 11am-2pm. Reserve your spot with one of Gabriel’s Professional Make Up Artists today at your Schaumburg Fruitful Yield. Free make up consultations are available and receive a free gift with purchase. Theme: It’s All About the Eyes. Free. Fruitful Yield Schaumburg, 168 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg. 847-882-2999.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28 Workers Memorial Day Easter (Russian Orthodox)

The Spiritual Forum – 10am. Join other spiritual journeyers for facilitated dialogue on spiritual topics, which we record as a podcast. To learn about each week’s topic subscribe to our newsletter on website. A meditation group meets at 9am and A Course in Miracles group meets at 11:30am. The Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St, Deerfield. Babaji Festival Celebrating Life’s Blessings – 11:30am-1:30pm. Celebrate Satguru Babaji, the spiritual preceptor of the Kriya Yoga lineage, with music, meditation, lectures and more. Be inspired to celebrate your spiritual journey with others. Free; love offerings appreciated. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600. Exploring Your Life Mission: Expanding What Is Possible – 2:30-4pm. Why am I here?  What am I here to do? Who am I here to become? If these questions are relevant you, join us for the continuing Life Mission sessions. Each session is custom created for, and with, those in attendance. Donation. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. Sarah Karnes:  262-745-8362. Intention Mapping Mini-Sessions – 4:30-6pm. The key to manifesting is clarity of intention. Book a 30min consult to clarify and strengthen your intention, so you can successfully direct your energy and attention toward manifesting. $25, $20/registered by Apr 27. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362. Register:

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Stress, Hormones & Belly Fat – 6-7:30pm. Join us for this free educational seminar on the connections among stress, hormones, belly fat and your health, presented by national speaker and wellness expert Dr. Meena Malhotra, lead medical doctor at Heal n Cure clinic. If you’re sick of just putting band-aids on big problems and are looking for a completely different approach to medicine, this is it. Deerfield Golf Club & Learning Center, 1201 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods. Register: 847-665-9877 or


Become An Expert Intuitive – 6-wk intensive online class and work group presented by Milagro World Center with intuition pioneer and best-selling author Penney Peirce. To register:





Illinois Vipassana Meditation Center Annual Open House – 12-4pm. Offering Q&A with meditation teachers, tour of the indoor facilities and delicious food. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Vipassana meditation courses that take place here year-round. All welcome, including children. Free. Illinois Vipassana Meditation Center, 10076 Fish Hatchery Rd, Pecatonica. 815-489-0420.

Feng Shui Professional Training Certification: Level Two – May 21-22. 9:30am-4:30pm. Continuation of Professional Training includes off-site space clearing, I Ching, wealth adjustments, feng shui business guidelines and much more. $387. Oak Brook location. Registration required, Laurie Pawli: 630-279-8870 or

THURSDAY, MAY 9 Health Lecture: Spring Detox with Herbs, Spices and Ayurveda – 6-8pm. With Archana Lal-Tabak, MD, and Jim Lal-Tabak of Heart of Transformation Wellness Institute SC. Herbs and spices have been used for health and healing for thousands of years. The ancient system of ayurveda (The Science of Life) uses herbs and spices in cooking and as medicinal preparations. Learn how to turn your food choices into healing support for your mind and body. Spice and Tea Exchange of Evanston, 1615 Sherman Ave, Evanston. Jim: 224-914-9593; Archana: 847-425-9355. 

Feng Shui in a Day Class – 9:30am-4:30pm. Learn how to feng shui your own home in this energizing and informative class with mini-analysis and bagua placement on your personal space. $135. Oak Brook location. Registration required, Laurie Pawli: 630279-8870 or Feng Shui Professional Training Certification: Level One – May 17-19. 9:30am-4:30pm. The Feng Shui School of Chicago, a Gold Standard School, provides an intensive Professional Certification Training.  This 3-day in-person class includes Bagua placement, flow of chi, use of crystals, mirrors, bedroom balance, color analysis, front door energy, 5 elements, yin and yang, off site field work and certification test.  $837. Oak Brook location. Registration required, Laurie Pawli: 630-279-8870 or

SUNDAY, MAY 19 Holistic Health Fair – 10am-4pm. Explore holistic choices in taking care of your mind body and spirit, and meet over 40 practitioners from SE Wisconsin and NE Illinois. Free admission. DoubleTree by Hilton, Outlet Mall I94 & Hwy 165, Pleasant Prairie, WI. 262-515-1472.


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WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 The Adoption Process from A to Z – 7-9:15pm. Adoption of children has transformed from a secretive event into a mutual family-planning process for both placing parents and for adoptive parents. Attorney Sally Wildman describes adoption fundamentals, share key resources to develop an adoption plan, and highlights new developments in adoption practice. Course #191-753 under “ONE OF A KIND” in the catalogue. Registration by May 20 is requested. $18/person. New Trier Extension Community Education, New Trier High School, 7 Happ Rd, Northfield. Info: 847-446-6600. Register:


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8th Annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference: Honoring Plant Wisdom  –  May 31-June 2. Speakers: Venice Williams, Mimi Hernandez, and special guest Susun Weed, along with a wide spectrum of knowledgeable and inspiring instructors. Includes workshops, plant walks and a kids’ camp, as well as teen herbal camps, red tent space, fire circles, singing circles, delicious locally sourced farm-to-table meals and more. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 Soil Sisters Tour of Local Farms – Aug 2-4. Tour, taste, learn and play in this multifaceted weekend involving more than 20 women-owned farms in and around Monroe, Brodhead, New Glarus and Blanchardville, in South Central Wisconsin. Highlights include the Taste of Place at Cow & Quince restaurant, Farm to Table Dinner at Dorothy’s Range and a Pizza on the Farm fundraiser held at Inn Serendipity Farm and Bed & Breakfast. Additionally, restaurants feature specials throughout the weekend showcasing local ingredients. For details:

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monthlyspecialoffers $65 Aromatherapy Massage with Tranquil Essential Oils – Thru Apr. Add $5 for deep tissue. Experience a soothing massage with all-natural and calming essential oils. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $85 Microscopic Blood Analysis – Apr. With naturopathic Dr. Arutcheva. Analysis gives information of tissue damage in the body caused by environmental influences, parasites, acidity, free radical activity, hormonal imbalances, stressors and toxicities. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $99 50-Min Swedish Massage & Manicure/Pedicure – Thru Apr. Add $10 for deep tissue. Enjoy the classic form of a full-body soft tissue massage. Then enjoy Antalee’s classic manicure and pedicure with seasonal foot scrub and moisturizing mask. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $99 Anti-Aging Facial with Hydra Peel – Thru Apr. This facial utilizes Hydra peel to help the skin increase production of collagen and restore elasticity in the skin. Micro-absorption technology fills the skin cell membrane with nutrients. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $139 60-Min Swedish Massage & Eminence Bright Skin Facial – Thru Apr. Add $10 for deep tissue. Experience the classic form of full-body soft tissue massage and brighten the skin with the Eminence Organic Bright skin facial. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Family Salt Day Special – Parents and kids all for price of a regular adult. First-time visit. North Shore Salt Therapy, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. Appt: 847-780-8200. Meditation Teacher Training Program – Enrollment is ongoing, students may register and work through the program at their own pace. Learn different meditation techniques to assist you in finding greater happiness and meaning in everyday life. Learn methodology how to teach meditation to others. $1,580-$1,700. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600. WODeration Nation – Supporting the best version of you on any given day. WODeration Nation is a community where you can ask any and all of your nutrition, health and fitness questions without judgement.



Gluten-Free Monday – 10am-8pm. All gluten-free grocery items 10% off all-day long. Free. Earthly Goods Health Foods, 6951 Grand Ave, Gurnee. 847-855-9677.


sunday Putting My Oxygen Mask on First – With Amy Landolt. Join this weekly discussion about self-care. Check Facebook for time. Live on Northshore Acupuncture Center’s Facebook page: The Mike Nowak Show Radio Program – 9-11am. Live weekly local radio show focused on gardening and the environment, with lots of humor to wake us up. Author and master gardener Mike Nowak and cohost Peggy Malecki feature a variety of guests and weather/climate scientist Rick DiMaio in live show on 1590 WCGO AM, also available in podcast on, iTunes, Stitcher and podcast apps, and streaming live on, TuneIn radio app and on Facebook at @The Mike Nowak Show. The Edgar Cayce Bookstore Open – 10am-1pm. Also 1st Mon, 6-9pm. Bookstore is always open during scheduled events. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. Logan Square Outdoor Farmers’ Market – 10am3pm. 2nd Sun  in May then weekly through Oct 27. Hosts approximately 20 farmers from within 150 miles of Chicago, offering seasonal produce and humanely pasture-raised livestock. Logan Blvd between Milwaukee & Whipple, Chicago. Time to Dance: Ballet – 10:30-11:30am. Also Tues, 1:30-2:30pm & Thurs, 12:30-1:30pm. A class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. CBG Institute for Dance and Health, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: 847-510-3357 or Qigong – Held Apr 7. 2-4:30pm. Discover the healing abilities of the ancient practice of qigong. Free qigong and tai chi classes for the inexperienced; also a space for experts to practice their skills. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. For specific dates: 773-477-4822.

Footbath Detox Mondays – 11am-6pm. Sluggishness, fatigue, low energy and poor sleep? A 30-min ionic footbath stimulates cells to release toxins and rebalance the cellular system that is responsible for overall health. The process continues after the toxins are dislodged during treatment, allowing your entire body to function optimally. Save $10. Nutritional Health Solutions, 480 Elm Pl, Ste 108, Highland Park. 847-207-2034. Time to Dance: Jazz – 2pm. With Kate Wagner. CBG Institute for Dance and Health, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: 847-510-3357 or

tuesday Acupuncture Special – If you’ve never tried acupuncture at Nirvana Naturopathics, but are curious, try it for only $54. Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine will check your pulses and insert tiny little needles in your ears. You will be relaxed for 25-30 mins while listening to music. Nirvana Naturopathics, 707 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 100, Deerfield. 847-715-9044. Cupping Special – A Chinese technique used for generations is the use of suction cups to bring tension and toxins to the surface of the skin from deep layers. Cupping provides excellent relief for back pain, asthma, colds and more. New patient special: 3 cupping sessions for $99. Nirvana Naturopathics, 707 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 100, Deerfield. 847-715-9044. Facial Acupuncture Special – The reportedly safer alternative to surgery or Botox. This cosmetic treatment is an extension of traditional acupuncture. It’s said to naturally help make the skin look younger, smoother, and all-around healthier. And unlike injection procedures, Mei Zen facial acupuncture addresses not only signs of aging, but also the skin’s overall health. Try it for $120. Nirvana Naturopathics, 707 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 100, Deerfield. 847-715-9044.

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Light School – 9-10:15am. Weekly gathering with Heather Faun Basl on various spiritual topics and subjects. Have tea with Heather and expand your soul. Aurora. Topics & info: HeatherFaunBasl. com/lectures-1. Beginning Mat Pilates – 10-11am. Amanda Kantor, Certified Pilates Instructor, leads a beginning level mat Pilates exercise class. Limited enrollment. $100/4 wks. re:fit, 901 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. For more info & appt: 847-657-0881. Complimentary Consultation –1-5pm, by appt. Are you feeling older than your age? Brain fog or stress turning you into a zombie? Come and sit down for a 30-min complimentary consultation with one of our board certified physicians to discuss your health and formulate a plan to uncover the real causes of your symptoms. ChiroMend Natural Health Center, 1834 Glenview Rd, Ste 2W, Glenview. For appt: 847-730-3988. More info: Time to Dance: Ballet – 1:30-2:30pm. See Sun listing. CBG Institute for Dance and Health, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: 847-510-3357 or Plant Clinic Hours  – 2-4pm. Held year round. Gardening or houseplant questions? Our horticulturist can help. Bring in photos or a sample of your plant for identification or disease diagnostics. Complimentary houseplant-potting service available, for a suggested donation. You provide the plant and pot and we provide the soil and expertise. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St, Oak Park. 708-725-2400. Time to Dance: Tap – 2:40-3:20pm. CBG Institute for Dance and Health, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: 847-510-3357 or CBD/Hemp Oil Introduction – 6pm. Learn what all the buzz is about with hemp oil and how it can help you and your pets. Hear about the new science and research on the benefits of phytocannabinoids and why hemp oil may be the missing link in your health journey. Let us introduce you to a full spectrum phytocannabindiol hemp oil that doesn’t require a medical card. After the presentation stay to learn about the joining us spread the mission and the business opportunity. Free. Natural Remedee Heath Solutions, 830 E Higgins Rd, Ste 116, Schaumburg. RSVP: 630-309-3409. Silent Meditation Service – 6pm. Led by Anita Stehmeier. Spending 45 mins in meditation can make a powerful impact on your well-being and quality of life. Being supported by a group makes meditation much easier.  Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. Qigong – 6-8pm. 2nd Tues. Discover the healing abilities of the ancient practice of qigong. Free qigong and taiji classes for the inexperienced; also a space for experts to practice their skills. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Shiatsu Student Clinic – 7 or 8pm. Receive a 45-min session from an advanced Zen Shiatsu student. Sessions are performed in a group setting with instructor observation. $35/45-min or $90/3 treatments. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130.

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Hump Day Health & Fitness – 6am. Join Woderation Facebook live event on myths and tips for health and fitness.

Corporate Acupuncture Special – Have you ever wanted a social connection among your employees that promotes health? Creating a corporate culture that facilitates health is paramount. It leads to less sick days and higher productivity, both of which affect your bottom line. You can establish a cohesive facility by trying corporate acupuncture for just $350 for 10-12 employees and we will come to you. Nirvana Naturopathics, 707 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 100, Deerfield. 847-715-9044. Join the Centennial Volunteers – Sat & Sun. Be a part of forest and river revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore 7 special sites along the Chicago and Calumet rivers. To find a group, Ilana Federman:  312-356-9990 or Dates & locations: Stay Free of Allergies for Life – Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques, or NAET, is a dramatic new treatment for the cure of allergies (and sensitivities). It is a specific treatment procedure formulated by combining chiropractic and Chinese Medicine principles applied through spinal manipulation, acupuncture, kinesiology, acupressure and nutrition. Come in for an initial visit to get reverse your allergy today. Nirvana Naturopathics, 707 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 100, Deerfield. 847-715-9044. Mighty House Radio Program – 7-10am. Funny, friendly experts with answers and ideas to help with all of your home improvement projects. Join Ron Cowgill, Robbie Ehrhardt, Rich Cowgill  and the Mighty House team each Saturday morning to get help with all your home improvement and repair issues. On 1590 WCGO AM, and Palatine Winter Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 8am-12pm. 1st & 3rd Sat. Palatine Train Station, 137 W Wood St, Palatine. 847-358-1649. Palatine. Tai Chi Class – 9am. Also Tues, 8:15pm. Reduce stress; increase flexibility and balance; improve muscle strength and definition; increase energy; stamina and agility. Wear flat-soled shoes and loose fitting clothes. $10/class. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929. Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching Class – 9-10am. Stretch and strengthen your hips and shoulders using the revolutionary flexibility method, Ki-Hara. Increase range of motion and decrease pain in half the time of yoga. $5 for first class. Stretch Chi, 410 S Michigan Ave, Ste 841, Chicago. Advance registration required: 773-750-5031.

Community-Style Acupuncture Clinic – 5-7:45pm. By Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Interns. First come, first serve. $10/treatment; $5/vets. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 21st Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Emotional Wellness and Myofascial Release – 7pm. 1st Wed. With Sharon M. Vogel, CLT, LM. Join us in learning hand postures that release hardened tissue and trauma. We will incorporate essential oil blends. National Lymphatic Centers, 5002 Main St, Ste A, Downers Grove. 630-241-4100. RSVP: Let’s Talk Hemp Oil: The Therapeutic Benefits and Business Opportunity – 8pm. Learn how to become part of this revolution in health. Hop online to learn more about this work-from-home business opportunity. We will present a brief 15-min overview. RSVP: 630-309-3409. Meeting ID: 630-309-3409. Zoom.US.

thursday Time to Dance: Ballet – 12:30-1:30pm. See Sun listing. CBG Institute for Dance and Health, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: 847-510-3357 or Time to Dance: Modern – 1:30-2:30pm. A class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. CBG Institute for Dance and Health, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: 847-510-3357 or

friday Mindfulness & Wellness: Managing Stress, Creating Health, Encouraging Balance – 1:15-2:30pm. With Archana Lal-Tabak, MD, and Jim Lal-Tabak. Learn about mind-body connection and variety of mindfulness exercises. Experience natural stress reduction strategies and tools. Each class is selfcontained and a new wellness-educational topic and mindfulness technique presented every week. Series of 4 classes or  individual class. Scholarships and work study available. Drop-ins welcome. Heart of Transformation Wellness Institute, 1618 Orrington Ave,  Ste 206,  Evanston. RSVP: 847-425-9355, 

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AKASHIC RECORD READING – Open the record of your soul’s journey to find information to support you in your life right now, heal your past and help you into your future. Heal. Grow. Investigate. Find direction. Lin Ewing: 847-609-0034.

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BOOKS THE WORD OF THE PROPHETS IS BEING FULFILLED FROM ABRAHAM TO GABRIELE – Uninterrupted for over 4,000 yrs, the word from the Kingdom of God has flowed with the great plan for the return of all fallen beings to the eternal Father’s House. Free eBook copy.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES TREATMENT ROOM FOR RENT – Perfect for chiropractor, naprapath, nutritionist, shiatsu, reflexologist or office space. In Lincoln Park Wellness Center. More info: 773-868-4062. YOUR LISTING CAN BE HERE – Visit Submit.

MEDIA SALES: CHICAGO & SUBURBS – Excellent opportunity for flexible part-time work with great rewards. Natural Awakenings Chicago is seeking a self-motivated professional with strong interpersonal and communication skills to introduce businesses to the benefits of advertising in print and online. Ideal candidate must be self-motivated, organized and creative in sourcing suitable clients and events to target in Chicago and suburbs. You must enjoy conversing on the phone and in face-to-face meetings, as well as enjoy working both from your home and from the road throughout the metropolitan area, and have previous relationship-based ad sales experience. You’ll need at least 20 flexible daytime hours per week to prosper. Occasional weekend and evening time needed to attend events and network. Pay is generous commission, plus bonuses. Email your info, a brief description of your experience and your phone number to SEAMSTRESS NEEDED – For high-end clothing in Deerfield/Northbrook area. Part or full time. Mimika Designs. 847-312-3084. VOLUNTEER MEETING COORDINATOR – The International Association for Near Death Studies is looking to hire a spiritually minded meeting coordinator for their popular monthly lectures at Evanston Hospital. Checkout our YouTube videos. Marcia: 847-778-4688.


Geneva Green Market: A Winter Farmers’ Market – Thru May. 9am-1pm. A not-for-profit distributional and educational association that promotes local, organic and sustainable products from local artisan farmers and producers who provide freshness, biodiversity and the highest quality foods. First Congregational Church of Geneva, 327 Hamilton St, Geneva. 61st Street Indoor Farmers’ Market – Apr 13. 9am-2pm. South side Chicago’s premier farmers’ market. Market also features chef demos, live music and more. Experimental Station, 6100 S Blackstone Ave, Chicago. Mind Body Fitness: Nia Technique – 9:3010:25am. A beautiful, deep class that combines dance arts (like jazz), martial arts (like tai chi) and healing arts (like yoga). Sense new levels of mindbody awareness as you move to music from all over the world. Taught in over 45 countries, Nia’s blend of choreography and free-dance enhances your physical health, develops your self-healing capacity, and empowers your self-expression. Nonimpact, shoes optional, accessible for all levels of fitness. Energized, strong, flexible, balanced, free. Fit to be you. Get ready for a sweet, nurturing sweat. Also Thurs, 9:30am. $15/drop-in. Raydiant Day, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-644-9834. NiaRaydiantDay.Life. Winter European Farmers’ Market – Apr 20. 10am-2pm. Get your farmers’ market fix during the off season. Visit favorite farmers and producers, and maybe meet a new favorite. Sugar Beet Food Co-op, 442 S Grove, Oak Park. 708-948-7656. Plant Chicago Indoor Farmers’ Market – 11am3pm. 1st Sat thru May. Held in the lobby of The Plant, 1400 W 46th St, Chicago. 773-847-5523. Introduction to Heartland Meditation – 2-3pm. Learn how to meditate using a guided technique of reflecting and cleansing. Join us for an eye-opening session that shows how the human mind works, what to do to tackle stress, and how you can find your true self through meditation. Free. Heartland Meditation, 1444 S Butterfield Rd, Mundelein. Advance registration required: 224-433-6338.

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ACUPUNCTURE AND TRADITIONAL ORIENTAL MEDICINE LANA MOSHKOVICH, LAC, ND, MSOM Nirvana Naturopathics 707 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 100, Deerfield 60015 847-715-9044

We use acupuncture to help you get immediate relief from acute or chronic pain. Combining Western and Chinese Medicine, we can treat and resolve insomnia, anxiety and women’s health issues, plus chronic conditions. Major insurances accepted. Schedule your initial appointment on Nirvana Get a healthier and alternative approach to your chronic health conditions.


Acupuncture, NAET Allergy Elimination, Reiki, Classes/CEU Located in Chicago’s South Loop & Arlington Heights 312-796-3965 CCHW offers: acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, NAET Allergy Elimination, reiki, Access Consciousness Bars and a variety of classes. Classes are available for adults, children and CEU for acupuncturists. We believe that when someone has the tools to help themselves that the possibilities are endless.


Brendan Gibbs, Certified Rolfer®, PMA®-CPT, LMT, PTA 5301 Clark St, Fl 2, Chicago 60640 773-963-2358 Structural Integration-Rolfing®, Pilates and Movement Education help to realign and balance body in space and in movement. Improve postural and movement patterns to move freely, stand taller and straighter, reduce pain, injury rehabilitation, have more energy and feel younger.

ZEN SHIATSU CHICAGO 825 Chicago Ave, Evanston 60202 847-864-1130

You’ll feel the stress melt away like the snow in spring through our relaxation-focused shiatsu massage practice, which offers the same energizing benefits as acupuncture combined with the restorative power of yoga poses. Dress in cozy threads, shiatsu is performed on fully clothed clients. Professional and student therapists available. See ad on back cover.



Kristina Conner, ND, MSOM 17W703-F Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook Terrace 630-359-5522 It’s all connected, body mind and spirit. Let’s combine your self-knowledge and intuition with my expertise in Naturopathic and Traditional Chinese Medicine to forge your unique pathway to optimal health. Specializing in internal and hormonal health for women of any age.

Certified Rolfer™ Relaxation Station, 10655 S Hale Ave, Chicago 60643 773-627-2698 Rolfing® SI is a unique form of Structural Integration that promotes good posture and body alignment. It achieves this through manipulation of connective tissue and movement education to release, realign and balance the whole body. Rolfing SI also aims to rejuvenate and revitalize you as it diminishes and relieves pain, stiffness and chronic stress.


Mary H. Murphy, LMT, CZB, CST-D 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette 60091 847-920-9292 • Zero Balancing (ZB) works with the flow of chi through the skeletal system. Gentle, and energizing, a ZB session leaves the client with a wonderful feeling of body-mind integration and energized relaxation. ZB can help relieve body pain, emotional distress and boost well-being. Received clothed, ZB addresses the whole person.



Specializing in Anti-Aging Beauty & Wellness FreshSkin Medical Spa & Wellness Center 595 Elm Pl, Ste 208, Highland Park 60035 847-681-8821 • Dr. Josie’s journey has taken her to multiple countries and has given her the unique experience of witnessing how medicine is practiced all over the world.   Her passion in family medicine and aesthetics has led her to advocate a program of eating well, exercising and aesthetics for patients who are passionate about having the best quality of life.  See ad on page 13.

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Sharon M Vogel, LMT, CLT, BCTMB, MFR 5002a Main St, Downers Grove 6300 Kingery Hwy, Ste 212, Willowbrook 630-241-4100 • Sharon Vogel is referred to by Mayo Clinic practitioners, national surgeons and physicians. She offers 27 years’ experience and is Nationally Board Certified, specializing in oncology massage, lymph drainage MLD and myofascial release JFB MFR—all to help assist clients in regaining health. Free consult and treatment the second Sunday of each month, 12-2pm in Downers Grove with RSVP.


Diane Roth, BCSI Highland Park, 60035 847-533-3213 • Structural Integration (SI) realigns, rebalances and re-educates the body through manual therapy and movement education. Chronic pain, bad posture, tired and achy bodies are signs that the body is out of balance. SI benefits include decreased pain, injury rehabilitation, improved posture, ease in movement, and increased flexibility and stamina.


The research is overwhelming on the benefits of using phytocannabinoids from hemp. As a certified holistic health advisor, let me help answer your questions and see if hemp oil extract is right for you. Over thousands of studies support the therapeutic benefits of phytocannabinoid diols for over 250 health conditions. I offer the world’s best, one-of-akind hemp extract that has the power of intravenous therapy within a convenient oral, liposomal delivery system. Visit our website or attend a local presentation to learn more about this new science.  Get involved with this revolution in health. We are looking for professionals and influencers to work with contact me for more info. See ad on page 25.

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HEALTHY LIVING INTERNATIONAL Susan Heinemann 847-769-3547 (call/text)

We’re expanding our team globally. Looking to partner with businessand health-minded people who want to incorporate the world’s finest hemp extract CBD products into their 2019 revenue plans. Call to schedule an online virtual coffee meeting and learn more about this forward-thinking business opportunity. No parties, no monthly meetings, work at your own schedule to meet personal financial goals.


DANCE FOR HEALTH CBG INSTITUTE FOR DANCE & HEALTH North Shore School of Dance 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park 60035

Discover the healing art of dance in ballet-based classes. Dance is proven to have both physical and psychological benefits. Two current classes: Dance for Joy for cancer survivors, and Time to Dance for those 55 years or older. Taught by dancer teacher Lisa Gold and Lynne Chervony Belsky, MD. See ad on page 5.


InteriorWerx 312-479-7893 Are you feeling unfocused and desire to get your life back on track? Seeking solutions for health issues or emotional balance? Susan is an emotional frequency intuitive using her empathetic skills to help.  Call Susan a call for a 15-min complimentary phone consult and see if it’s a good tool for you! 


150 S Wacker Dr, Ste 2400, Chicago 60606 236 S Washington St, Ste 202, Naperville 866-566-9494 Looking for an alternative way to handle your legal matter? We offer collaborative divorce, mediation, elder law mediation, divorce consulting, premarital agreements, document review/drafting, guardianships, wills/trusts, estate administration and probate. Our philosophy is to provide a personalized level of service and care, and help our clients reach a resolution.



480 Elm Place, Ste 108, Highland Park 60035 316 Peterson Rd, Libertyville 60048 847-207-2034 Digestive problems? Acid Reflux/ GERD, IBS, Crohn’s, colitis? Let us help you naturally achieve nutritional balance, feel better and enhance the quality of your life. Improve digestion while reducing discomfort and bloating so you can eat the foods you love again. Certified digestive health specialist/enzyme therapist. See ads on pages 7 and 49.


You can now learn feng shui in the Chicago area. The Feng Shui School of Chicago is recognized as a Gold Level School, the highest standard established by the International Feng Shui Guild.  We teach basic “Feng Shui in a Day” classes, as well as a comprehensive 77-hour “Certified Feng Shui Consultant Training Program”. A “layering” approach is taught using Form, Best Personal Direction, and Front Door Bagua placement. Laurie is a student of Grand Master Professor Lin Yun, Katherine Metz and Denise Linn. 


57 E Scranton Ave, Lake Bluff 60044 847-482-1700 Floatation therapy is quickly being recognized as a very safe and effective way to shift into the parasympathetic state of total relaxation. Floating cradles you in its graceful healing waters optimizing your body’s ability to do what it does best, heal! Float effortlessly in over 1,250 lbs of Epsom salt. See ad on page 21.



Outside the Pill Box, Ltd Evanston 60201 847-644-8540


Albany Park, Chicago 312-536-0720 Let me help you heal physical and emotional issues, work toward life purpose and regain your laughter and smile. I use many different energies in the healing process, including reiki, crystals, acupressure, aromatherapy and intuitive readings. Most people feel positive results right away. Please call me and I would be happy to help you.

Dr. Marny helps adults and children identify and heal the root causes of their mystery symptoms or chronic health conditions, guiding them to vibrant physical, mental and emotional health. If you’re frustrated by being told everything is normal when it clearly isn’t, or if you’re looking for real solutions instead of pharmaceutical disease management, Dr. Marny can help you.

Carol G. Sherby, BS, LMT, BCST 22W550 Poss St, Glen Ellyn 630-205-1075 Carol Sherby uses gentle CranioSacral Therapy to help treat pain and dysfunction associated with a wide range of medical issues, including concussions, migraines, neck and back pain, torticollis, autism, chronic fatigue and more. She takes a holistic approach to healing, and how constrictions to nerve fibers can arise in response to physical injury, stress or emotional trauma. Through CST technique, massage and reflexology, balance can be achieved, promoting wellness in mind, body and spirit.



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2400 Ravine Way, Suite 400, Glenview 60025 847-998-5100 Stay healthy with a whole-body, preventative care approach. We use non-fluoridated ozonated water, periodontal herbal treatments, and gluten-free herbal paste. Restorative options include: safe amalgam removal, BPA-free fillings and sealants, non-metal crowns and bridges, sleep apnea and TMJ appliances, and non-acrylic night guards, partials and dentures. Our conservative approach includes: digital X-rays and intraoral camera, non-surgical gum therapies including laser and ozone, and herbal irrigation. Material reactivity testing, saliva pH and microscopic plaque analysis are available. Our natural approach includes dental homeopathy, CranioSacral Therapy, and nutritional counseling. Dental discount plan available and PPO insurance plans accepted. See ad on page 35.


1585 N Barrington Rd, Ste 106, Hoffman Estates 60069 847-884-1220 1440 Maple Ave, Ste 2A Lisle 60532 630-810-1280

State-of-the-art holistic methods of dental care in a relaxed environment. Having extensive knowledge of the correlation between oral and overall health, Dr Boehm offers bio-friendly materials compatible with your body. Services include mercury-free fillings and crowns or bridges, safe mercury removal, fluoridefree office, electrodermal screening, homeopathy, cranial osteopathy, orthodontics and jaw orthopedics, laser treatment of gum disease and ozone therapy.


Gaiamed Dental 929 Ridge Rd, Wilmette 60091 847-977-1655 Holistic dentistry involves an awareness of care that relates to the entire person. Gaiamed is a full-service practice using the most biocompatible dental options and laser dentistry (no numbing in most cases). Our services range from non-surgical gum care to mercury- and PBA-free restorations, crowns, bridges, partial and full dentures, children’s dentistry, braces, dental homeopathy and CranioSacral Therapy. See ad on page 23.


Dr. Bernice Teplitsky, DDS, PC 3256 N Ashland, Chicago 60657 773-975-6666 In addition to state-of-the-art technology and methods offered by most holistic dentists (microscopes, ozone therapy, etc.), we treat you as a partner. We thoroughly explain your unique situation, provide treatment options and keep you comfortable with Netflix, music and paraffin wax treatments. Located off the Brown line. Free garage parking. See ad on page 45.

HOLISTIC HEALTH PRACTITIONER CYNTHIA HAWKINS, RNHP, CIWC, PTA, SFI Hawk Eye Health “Keeping an Eye on Your Health” 708-728-5286

Cyndy is a Registered Natural Health Practitioner as well as a Certified Massage Therapist, who specializes in natural medicine, consisting of plants, herbs, supplements and much more. She uses a combination of biological analysis of internal organs, checking for food stressors, detoxification and other natural treatments to promote immune, gastrointestinal, mental and emotional wellness.


Inner Child Connection Ltd 847-971-1221 Having unique training and experience, Dr. Funda Kahn offers myriad techniques customized for individuals and groups to create peace and harmony in their lives. Trained as an oral surgeon, she committed her life to healing souls. Teaching hypnosis, self-hypnosis, EFT, and “inner child connection” are only the beginning of what she can provide. “Feelings buried alive never die.” – Karol Truman. See ad on page 25.


22W550 Poss St, Glen Ellyn 60137 630-460-1211 Christy Studant is an ayurveda practitioner, yoga/Pilates teacher and Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. Through pulse and tongue assessment, she uses some of the most profound natural techniques to help rebalance the body systems, mind and spirit through herbal and nutrition detoxification, Shirodhara, chakra balancing and healing energy yoga for rejuvenation, as well as life coaching.

HEAL N CURE MEDICAL WELLNESS Meena Malhotra, MD, ABIM, ABOM 1122 Willow Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-686-4444

Specializing in medical wellness, weight loss, hormone balancing, diabetes, fibromyalgia, and anti-aging using integrative and functional medicine. We find and resolve the root cause of medical conditions and achieve outstanding, lasting results for our patients, many of which had almost given up on wellness goals. Free educational seminars.  PPO insurance and Medicare accepted for covered services.

thriveMD – OPTIMAL HEALTH WHOLE LIFE SPINE & SOFT TISSUE Christopher Codina, DC 33 W Higgins Rd, Ste 735 South Barrington 60010

Constantly foam rolling or taking meds to get through the day, just for it to come back? Learn how something that is easily treated and commonly found in the body may be the reason for your pain. Schedule your free consultation today to learn more Conveniently located and insurance accepted.


North Shore Health Solutions LTD 800 Oak St, Ste 111, Winnetka 60093 847-715-9060 Are your hands or feet burning? Do you have numbness or tingling or pain? Problems sleeping? Are you having regular bowel movements or digestion problems? Previously diagnosed with a Neuropathy condition? Did you know that these issues can all be related?

Dr. Greg Seaman 1355 Remington Rd, Ste I, Schaumburg IL 60173 312-600-5070

Using IV therapies, PRP, weight management and other natural programs we help conditions like fatigue, brain fog, hormone imbalance, pain, injury, weight gain, decreased performance, tick born disease and more. After an initial consultation, we design your custom program to obtain true optimal health, which includes living a healthy lifestyle and being committed to yourself. See ad on page 11.


Clinical Director, Inner Balance Northbrook, Chicago, Palm Springs 847-224-0244 Ellen’s 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist integrates a conscious approach to healing old patterns through a mix of trauma and mindfulness-based psychotherapies, HMR, Lifeline, The Work (Byron Katie), energy medicine and somatic awareness. Join “Inner Balance Meditation” for updates on her events, and visit her at

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Office Locations: Chicago, Glenview, Naperville, Aurora 630-210-8688 Medium, healer, channel, medical intuitive, spiritual teacher and mentor. Heather offers and teaches intuitive readings, energy healing, angel healing, Akashic records, intuitive development, meditation, manifestation, soul transformation retreats and helps you evolve to the next level. Look into Heather’s Light School and Children’s Energy Academy.


847-509-8289 Get clarity, direction and empowerment as we release old patterns and blockages that keep you feeling stuck in life. Using Soul Memory Discovery, Michele helps you work with your angels and guides to practice new inner processes and expand into your highest good and true self. Michele is also intuitive and a Reiki Master Teacher.


At Unity Northwest Church 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines 60016 847-299-6535 • Full-service bookstore, Cayce remedies, spiritual growth study groups, monthly programs, workshops and holistic fairs, intuitive skills development training, knowledgeable seekers, intuitives, healers and more. Call for hours. See ad on page 21.


1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-831-8828 • Offering more than 200 Courses for Life in personal, professional and spiritual growth and development. Expansive Extended Gong Bath, April 14. Manifesting a Soul Mate with Arielle Ford, April 27. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental. Call or email for a free course guide.

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4433 W Touhy, Ste 525, Lincolnwood 60712 773-456-9729 Accounting with heart. Would you like to improve the lives of some of the poorest people on this planet while getting your taxes done? All our earnings are first loaned to Most tax returns are $200. Accounting is $35/hr. We utilize cutting-edge technology to drastically reduce your costs and improve efficiency.


Wm Thor Conner, ND, LMT Serving Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Lombard & surrounding area 630-359-5522 Naturopathic Doctors empower people to take charge of their own health, with an approach is effective in most conditions. We use the tools of modern medicine to focus on the whole person, and use the least invasive, most effective therapies featuring botanical, nutritional, physical and Chinese medicine. Call for free 15-minute consultation.



Associate Professor, Rush University Med. School Antalee Wellness 1836 Glenview Rd, 2nd Fl, Glenview 60025 847-486-1130 • Dr. Arutcheva uses bio resonance technology and microscopic blood analysis to analyze the condition of the body’s organs and systems. Based on your test results and discussion, she will identify necessary supplements and lifestyle changes to help achieve optimal health and emotional balance. Consultations can include whole body evaluations, autoimmune disorders, digestive tract health, hormonal imbalance, thyroid health, stress management, weight loss, more.


Rowena Dziubla, Owner 773-849-4990 Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn No time for a gym schedule? I offer one-on-one virtual coaching to help reach your fitness goals—on your schedule. As a coaching professional, I make sure our time is tailored to your needs and delivers content to produce results. 12-week sessions, additional coaching available. Text now to book a discovery call.




Holistic Healthy Path, LLC 715 E Golf Rd, Ste 206, Schaumburg 60173 Homer Glen 60491 815-793-5651 • An unbalanced body is a compromised health state. Our whole body noninvasive equipment scan has 96% accuracy snapshot of current health state to identify underlying sources of health issues to create therapies program. Various modalities are used to bring you back to healthy state: therapies, homeopathic/ayurvedic medicine, botanicals and enzymes.

Oasis Studio, 4705 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago 60630 773-979-5351

Since the time of the pharaohs, reflexology has helped people of all ages by restoring balance to the body’s systems. A natural pain/stress reliever, reflexology also addresses more serious health concerns. You deserve a restorative, calming and healing experience that facilitates “blooming into wellness.” Highly qualified, professional, Certified Reflexologist.




REGENERATIVE MEDICINE CARING MEDICAL REGENERATIVE MEDICINE CLINICS Dave Woznica, MD Danielle Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C 715 Lake St, Ste 600, Oak Park 60301 708-462-6377 •

Specialists in stem cell therapy, PRP and H3 Prolotherapy: the most scientifically curative regenerative injection method for chronic pain, sports injuries and arthritis. Since 1993, we’ve helped patients who have plateaued with other pain “management” treatments to permanently resolve their pain, nerve entrapments and disabling symptoms without surgery or medication.


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2177 Shermer Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-963-6094 Whole Body Thermometry (WBT) is a safe, accurate, prevention-centered way to assess functional changes in the body. This infrared scanning device is accurately and efficiently driven by sophisticated mathematical algorithms. WBT works by identifying specific temperature patterns coming from internal organs, before and after the body is exposed to a cooling stress.



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“When I first started receiving shiatsu from Misha, I was having frequent migraine headaches, often lasting for 3 days. I was also having episodes of pain in my right shoulder and neck as a result of an old injury. I had a frequent “catching” in my neck that would trigger a burning pain all the way down my shoulder and arm. After seeing Misha for a few months, my headaches are now rare and much shorter, and I no longer have the intense pain in my shoulder and neck. Shiatsu left my whole body feeling freer and less restricted. The freedom has carried over into renewed creativity in my artistic work.”

– Amber

WORK WITH MISHA. Schedule a session in our clinic. Our specialties include chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, chronic illness, and emotionally overwhelming states like anxiety, panic attacks and post-traumatic stress. Call 847-864-1130 and ask to book with Misha or any chronic conditions specialist.


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April 2019 Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine  

Chicago's go-to resource for living a healthy and sustainable lifestyle!

April 2019 Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine  

Chicago's go-to resource for living a healthy and sustainable lifestyle!