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ecently, I was at a Chicago restaurant with a friend, and the server brought us two tall glasses of water with ice—with a pretty black straw already stuck into each glass. My friend asked why the restaurant had presumed we automatically wanted plastic straws. The server was a little surprised, and offered to remove the straws from our glasses. She was even more stymied when we added that no, now that she had brought them, we’d keep the straws rather than throw them away, unused. Plastic straws are ubiquitous, and their use-once-and-toss design is creating big problems. They aren’t recyclable, and so end up in landfills, in garbage cans and on our streets. Being light in weight, they easily drift into storm sewers and ultimately, to Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, other waterways and oceans. Discarded straws and single-use plastic items (utensils, Peggy Malecki plates, soda bottles, lids, bags, etc.) aren’t just eyesores, they have major impacts on wildlife. You’ve likely seen images of dead birds, fish and other marine life on beaches around the world with stomachs full of plastic debris and skin pierced by straws and bits of plastic junk. In early March, I had the pleasure to meet filmmaker Linda Booker, whose documentary Straws was included in the 2018 One Earth Film Festival (StrawsFilm.com). Along with many other artists, she’s on a mission to raise awareness about single-use plastics and the terrible effects they are having on our environment. According to her website, “It’s estimated every day 500 million-plus plastic straws are used once and tossed in the U.S. alone. Ocean Conservancy ranks straws as the number five most-found litter item on beaches.” Beginning this Earth Month, we challenge you to start saying no to plastic straws and other single-use plastics and find reusable alternatives. It’s easier than it may seem. For example, ask your server NOT to bring a straw with your beverage. Tell the bartender to skip the little plastic stir-straw. Break the habit to unwrap the plastic straw. Bring home the plastic fork and knife and reuse it. Or better yet, if it is wrapped in plastic, leave the unopened package at the restaurant. To make a more proactive choice, invest in a reusable straw; there are many on the market made of stainless steel, glass and other washable and reusable materials—and remember to carry it with you. Bring your own reusable mug or cup to fast dining restaurants, it is perfectly okay to use them, and you may even start an educational conversation with someone in line (don’t ask me how I know this). Here in Chicago, the Shedd Aquarium is leading the way in reducing single-use plastics and is now in the second year of the #SheddTheStraw campaign. Check out the portal on its website (SheddAquarium.org/sheddthestraw) to learn about plastic pollution and find alternatives. Its’ staff also working with area restaurants to find alternatives to plastic disposables. And, the aquarium is walking its talk. According to its website, “The aquarium has eliminated single-use plastics, such as straws, utensils, individual condiment containers and shopping bags, from its restaurants and stores while also providing plastic recycling receptacles for guests and staff members.” The effort has gone nationwide, and Shedd is a founding member of the Aquarium Conservation Partnership, a group of more than 20 accredited aquariums across the U.S. focused on educating and leading the way in reducing plastic pollution using “a mixture of consumer, business and policy strategies” via its In Our Hands campaign (OurHands.org). Tell us what you are doing in your own family to reduce your use of single-use plastics. We’d love to include your ideas next month, so please send us a note at Editor@ NAChicago.com, via Facebook @NAChicagoMagazine or on Twitter @NAChicago. Happy April to you! 6



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ext month the Wicker Park Bucktown (WPB) Chamber of Commerce hosts its inaugural Wellness Expo and Rejuvenation Crawl on Sunday, April 8 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at A.N. Pritzker Elementary (2009 W. Schiller Street, Chicago). Tickets are just $10 and provide access to 40 vendors offering everything from fitness and healthy nutrition to meditation, pet care, spa services and new self-care techniques. Plus, do good while feeling good: all funds generated through ticket sales for the event will benefit the Play on Pritzker Campaign at A.N. Pritzker Elementary School—helping to provide an improved outdoor play area and multi-sport field for students. Visit www.wickerparkbucktown.com for more information on participating vendors and tickets. We sat down with WPB Chamber Executive Director Pamela Maass to learn more about what attendees can expect to see, do and learn at this exciting first-time health and wellness event!

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What can attendees expect at the Wellness Expo and Rejuvenation Crawl? Maass: This is not your typical “grab handouts and go” event; each of our 40 vendors at the Wellness Expo is offering an interactive engagement, so that you can educate yourself. Participating businesses include: Canine Crews, Trek, Chicago Athletic Clubs, Dynamic Salon, Essential Acupuncture Chicago, Fresh Market Place, Arc’teryx, Athletico, Joriki, Health Source and Nike. Be sure to check our site for a complete list! Check out the Wellness Expo and then head out on the Rejuvenation Crawl to visit businesses throughout Wicker Park and Bucktown.

Why is the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce launching this new event? Maass: Our neighborhoods have so many different health and wellness services that are well established and highly personalized. Our inaugural Wellness Expo and Rejuvenation Crawl is a great way to bring together the wide variety of fitness, beauty, wellness and self-care practitioners in Wicker Park and Bucktown, which are a big part of our community.

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n addition to providing holistic psychology and alternative health care services, the Mind Body Healing Center will be offering weekly yoga and meditation classes, as well as monthly breathwork workshops this spring. Monday classes include Chakra Balancing Yoga with Serena from 5 to 6 p.m.; Meditation with Serena from 6 to 7 p.m.; and a special workshop with Serena from 7 to 8 p.m. (topics to be announced on the website). On Wednesdays, Meditation with Kevin is held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Yoga mats will be provided, and participants should wear comfortable clothing. Ecstatic breathwork classes will be held on the second Sunday of the month starting at 5 p.m. Mind Body Healing Center provides individual and couples therapy, neuro-emotional technique (NET), hypnotherapy, Bioscan testing, functional medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy and reiki. The center has space to lease for additional practitioners to provide services and host classes and workshops. All classes are $20 preregister. To register, call Serena at 773-368-4363 or email Kevin at Hello@KevinOberhausen.com. Location: 77 W. Washington, Ste. 1704, Chicago. For appointments, call 312-285-5287. For more information and email bulletins, visit MindBodyHealingChicago.com. See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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cHenry County Gardenfest 2018, presented by University of Illinois Extension McHenry County master gardeners and McHenry County College (MCC), will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 7, at the college. Participants will learn about new garden trends, plants and techniques at this daylong series of seminars and workshops. The keynote speaker is Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens, in Janesville, Wisconsin, discussing The Sensory Garden. Other Gardenfest topics include Developing a Pollinator’s Paradise, Fun and Fabulous Terrariums, Cooking with Herbs, and Feng Shui and Zen Meditation Gardens, in addition to many how-to classes. Twenty breakout sessions presented by industry experts, University of Illinois extension educators, master gardeners and MCC instructors will cover a plethora of gardening topics. In addition, dozens of exhibitors will be selling books and garden-related products and demonstrating their crafts. Cost: $50, including lunch. Location: 8900 U.S. Rte. 14, Crystal Lake. Register at McHenry.edu/gardenfest. For more information, call 815-479-7570. 10



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erri Hager, LCSW, is an Oak Park psychotherapist who specializes in anxiety, grief, medical issues, individuals with LGBT issues and their parents. She will talk about how anxiety can impact the nervous system, and will teach a simple method to help soothe and calm the body and mind from 7 to 8:30 p.m., April 12, at the Oak Park Library. She states, “Do you sometimes have racing thoughts, insomnia or panic attacks? We live in very comTerri Hager, LCSW plicated times, and most of us experience at least some level of anxiety. In spite of our current stressors, each of us has the ability to rebalance and attain calm and peace; we have an inner blueprint for health.” Hager, who also conducts distance therapy, will share helpful techniques for stress relief. Admission: free. Location: 834 Lake St., Oak Park. For more information, visit TherapyForPeace.com. See ad on page 19.

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ordon Salon, an Aveda lifestyle salon that uses naturally derived, ecofriendly products, will celebrate Earth Month by hosting fundraising events to benefit the Alliance for the Great Lakes. April 14 brings their annual Catwalk for Water ($35 and up) from 7 to 11 p.m. at Fields Infiniti Glencoe. In addition to hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, raffles, a silent auction and live music by the band 20 Over, guests will be treated to a “trashion” show, featuring outfits created by Gordon Salon stylists and the community using only recycled and upcycled materials. On April 27, a special Yoga for Agua class will take place at Gordon Salon at Yogaview, in Wilmette ($20). This suggested donation includes a 75-minute class taught by Heather Martello, small bites and wine. In 2017, the Gordon Salon team raised $13,000-plus for the cause.

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Looking Good with Proper Eye Health


n observance of Women’s Eye Health Month, Evanston Eye Wellness will host an open house event from 5:30 to 8 p.m., April 19, featuring their Dry Eye Institute. There will be dry eye screenings, demonstrations of MiBo Thermoflo treatment and mini-facials with Arbonne products, as well as eyefriendly nutritional snacks. “Dry eye disease is a chronic, multifactorial condition. Over-the-counter treatments can cause more harm than good,” states owner Dr. Deana LaBrosse. “It is important to find the root cause of any condition to find the most effective treatments.”

Location: 716 Main St., in Evanston’s Main-Dempster Mile. For more information, call 847-859-6877 or visit EvanstonEyeWellness.com. See ads in the Community Resource Guide. Dr. Deana LaBrosse

Peterson Garden Project to Host Organic Edible Plant Sale


he annual nonprofit Peterson Garden Project (PGP) Organic Edible Plant Sale will include cool crops on April 21 and 22, and hot weather crops from May 4 to 6. This year is better than ever, with all organic plants and a new location in the heart of Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. The sale is geared toward urban and small-space gardeners with items not found anywhere else in Chicago, including easy-to-grow organic plants, seeds, books, tools, compost, fertilizer and more. All proceeds support free community programs that include scholarships for garden members, the Grow2Give program that grows and donates organic veggies to local food pantries, free garden education, and free cooking classes for youth, refugees and seniors at the Community Cooking School. Attendees can buy the book Fearless Food Gardening in Chicagoland, and expert gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. The May event will include a bake sale with sweet and savory treats donated by local chefs, home cooks and Community Cooking School instructors. BYOB transport container for small potted seedlings and other purchases. Location: 1101 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago (across from the Aragon Ballroom). For more information, visit bit.ly/PGP_PlantSale18 and PetersonGarden.org.

Northbrook Celebrates Earth and Arbor Day


orthbrook’s Earth & Arbor Day Celebration will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon, April 21, on the Village Green in Downtown Northbrook. As part of the Green Expo, the village of Northbrook and the Northbrook Park District are hosting 50 vendors with Earth-friendly products, ideas and concepts for home or business. Clean-up teams will meet at 8:30 a.m. on the Village Green, and each team will be assigned specific areas to collect debris and windblown trash. Look for the special sign and win a prize. Between 9 a.m. and noon, attendees can enjoy the exhibits, information on living green, demonstrations, giveaways, free tree seedlings, pony rides, children’s activities and entertainment. Northbrook residents are encouraged to participate in the special recycling collection and document shredding event in the west side commuter parking lot by the METRA station. Location: corner of Shermer and Meadow roads. For a schedule of events and list of recyclable items, call 847-664-4129 or visit Northbrook.Il.US/EarthDay.

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A Center Chicago will host An Evening of Ragas Concert with Rahul Sharma and Aditya Kalyanpur from 6:30 to 9 p.m., April 21. The live benefit concert of ragas will feature Master of Santoor Shri. Rahul Sharma and Tabla Maestro Shri. Aditya Kalyanpur in what will be their only joint performance in the Chicago area on this tour. Proceeds will benefit the humanitarian and charitable projects of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, (Amma). Ellen Radha Katz

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Tickets are $100, $50 and $30; ages 9 to 21 are $15; children 8 and under are free. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Ragas.eventbrite.com. Location: MA Center Event Hall, 0N585 MA Center Dr., Elburn. Kirtan: Meditation and Mantra, with Ellen Radha Katz and The Bhakti Caravan Band, will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., April 22, at Infinity Foundation. Kirtan is the chanting of mantras and call-and-response devotional phrases that elevate the spirit, open the heart and raise collective consciousness. The audience may bring a small percussion instrument. Neither experience in singing nor kirtan is necessary. Cost: $15/$10 if paid 10 days in advance. Location: 1280 Old Skokie Rd., Highland Park. For tickets, call 847-831-8828. See ads in the Community Resource Guide.

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Wilmette Theatre Hosts Psychic Paul Selig


he Wilmette Theatre will present Paul Selig, a psychic, medium, teacher and award-winning author of several channeled texts, at 7 p.m., April 27. Chicago journalist Jenniffer Weigel will interview him about techniques for aligning to a new life and a practical program for Paul Selig personal growth. Selig will also do some live channeling and have a Q&A with the audience. This program is part of an ongoing series that explores different paths to spiritual enlightenment, including the monthly Conversations with Weigel, covering topics from near-death experiences to speaking with loved ones from the other side. Tickets: $40 in advance at WilmetteTheatre.com or $50 at the door. Location: 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette. For more information, call 773-398-6154 or email Shelly@BurgeonAgency.com.

Your Chance to See Rare and Endangered Species


he award-winning photography of Illinois native Carol Freeman, featuring the state’s rarest species from endangered owls to dragonflies, is the subject of her exhibition, Endangered Beauty, through June 24 at the Chicago Academy of Sciences Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Freeman set out in 2003 to photograph all of the 483 threatened and endangered species that were listed in the state at the time. She calls it “the ultimate labor of love” to inspire viewers to care, protect and preserve the most vulnerable plants and animals. Freeman is the founder of the Team Green Environmental Network, which has created Nature Trading Cards that enable people to learn more about both common and rare species in the Midwest. Team Green’s mission is to educate, enlighten and inspire people to reconnect with and learn to appreciate nature. The exhibit is included in the price of general admission. Location: 2430 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago. For more information, call 773-755-5100 or visit NatureMuseum.org.




Adoption Tax Credit Update for 2018


hanks to broad-based support and intense contacts with members of Congress last fall, the recently amended federal tax currently includes permanent federal adoption tax credit benefits for adopting families. These benefits include a federal tax credit for qualified adoption expenses incurred in adopting an eligible child. In some cases, this benefit may include expenses for a failed adoption. The full credit amount can be claimed for families that adopt a state-qualified special needs child. Another key benefit that was continued in present tax law is an exclusion from taxable income for employer-provided adoption assistance received by an adopting family. The IRS has issued 2018 maximum income tax credit per child and maximum exclusion from adopting family income amount; the maximum amount for both is $13,840, with phase-out range for both. The maximum amount of these benefits is adjusted yearly. When preparing to adopt a child, a key step is to consult with a tax adviser to determine applicable tax credits for the family. Law Offices of Sally Wildman are located at 200 N. LaSalle St., Ste. 2750, in Chicago and in Northbrook by appointment. For appointments, call 312-726-9214 or email Sally@SWildmanLaw.com. For more information, visit SWildmanLaw.com.

Become a Meditation Teacher at Home


he Temple of Kriya Yoga is enrolling students in their 12-month online home study Meditation Teachers Training Program. It requires attendance at one retreat for certification and includes access to the temple’s Internet education portal and free Wednesday night meditation at the temple. All levels are welcome. Participants may study from the comfort of their own home and at their own pace. Topics include ancient techniques from yogic, Buddhism, Christianity, Zen, Agama, Shinto and Sufi traditions, as well as the opportunity to learn about mantra, Sanskrit and fasting. The online community provides additional study materials; retreats offer in-depth, one-on-one training, and graduates receive a certificate suitable for framing.

Location: 2414 N. Kedzie Blvd., Chicago. To enroll or for more information, call 773-342-4600 or visit YogaKriya.org/php/mttphs.php. See ad on page 2 (inside front cover) and at NAChicago.com.



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or more than 23 wonderful years, the Celebrate Your Life festival has been creating the most awesome soul fests in the world, and this year is no different. From June 8 through 11, some of the greatest spiritual visionaries of our time will gather to present keynote sessions and intensive workshops focusing on living a life filled with more joy, love, consciousness and peace.

Gathering for Humanity Retreat in Santa Fe

T Lisa Williams, John Holland, Collette Baron-Reed The roster includes Lisa Nichols, Neale Donald Walsch, Gregg Braden, Caroline Myss, Anita Moorjani and an exclusive appearance of The 3 Mediums—John Holland, Colette BaronReid and Lisa Williams. There will be unique vendors, amazing, life-changing workshop sessions, soul music, an opportunity to network spiritual businesses, make new soul-tribe connections, enjoy great food and more. Participants will hear from the world’s greatest spiritual mediums in person, explore their spiritual direction and embrace the guidance of spirit, uncover the magic and beauty of their soul, feel connected to our inner wealth of joy and happiness and connect with their soul-tribe. Location: Westin Lombard, in Yorktown Plaza. To register, call 877-300-7352 or visit CelebrateYourLife.org. See ad on page 3.

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he Gathering for Humanity, Awaken Through the Seeds of Knowledge and Wisdom retreat conference is being held from May 16 through 20 at The Chi Center, in Santa Fe. This powerful and timely five-day gathering for unity and awakening is taking place during a pivotal moment on Earth. A mandate of Spirit through universal healer Mayan Grandmother Flordemayo, the Gathering is an urgent calling to all of humanity committed to increasing the light and coherence on the planet. “At this critical time on Earth, we as Elders recognize the inherent need for humanity to move in a different way—our habits, what we hold true, how we see our place in nature, with the universe and within our hearts—must shift,” she says. Flordemayo was shown that each of us is holding a piece of the puzzle that will catapult us in the direction of personal and collective healing, wisdom and harmony. “Collectively we will go through a process of incredible cosmic remembrance. This Gathering will be a catalyst and a sanctuary for the emergence of the sacred into form,” she explains. “Indigenous Elders, hosts, honored guests and musical guests will weave their gifts through the healing journey, activating energies of the land in a retreat environment to transform and realign body, mind and spirit. Sacred seeds of awakening will be planted at this event, which you may grow in your own communities through practice, inner wisdom and higher vibration.” According to Flordemayo, the Gathering represent four different organizations brought together through a calling of spirit, aligned in a common vision to form a new global alliance. Gathering hosts include Flordemayo and The Path, Master Mingtong Gu and The Chi Center, Matthew Reifslager and The Wholeness Crystal Earth Project, and Madi Sato and Timothy McLaughlin and Praising Earth. “Our purpose is an alliance of prayer, wisdom, education and healing for our Mother Earth—for all her inhabitants, for all children and for the next seven generations in the four directions,” says Flordemayo. “The Gathering for Humanity is not just a one-time event. It is a movement. We invite you to join us and thank you for moving with us with love, light, compassion and peace.” For more information, visit GatheringForHumanity.org. See ad on page 15.




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When overweight adults exchange refined grain products such as white bread and pasta for whole-grain equivalents, they tend to feel full sooner, eat less, lose weight and experience a reduction in inflammation, the journal Gut reports. Researchers from Denmarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Food Institute and the University of Copenhagen studying 50 adults at risk for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease found that test volunteers realized these benefits by eating whole grains, and rye in particular.

Ingesting a combination of five herbs while making healthy lifestyle changes significantly reduced symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome in a recent Australian study of 122 women published in Phytotherapy Research. The herbs were Cinnamomum verum (cinnamon), Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice), Hypericum perforatum (St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wort), Paeonia lactiflora (peony) and Tribulus terrestris (tribulus). Menstrual cycles returned to normal duration for 55 percent of the women, and significant improvements occurred in body mass index, pregnancy rates, hormones, insulin sensitivity and blood pressure. Subjects also exhibited less depression, anxiety and stress.

High-Fat Diet Risks Multiple Sclerosis Relapse A high-fat diet increases the risk of relapse of multiple sclerosis in children by as much as 56 percent, reports The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. A multi-university study of 219 children also found that each 10 percent increase in saturated fat as a share of total calories tripled the risk of relapse. Inversely, each additional cup of vegetables per week cut the risk of the disease by 50 percent.


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A Harvard study of 325 women undergoing fertility treatments found that those consuming the most produce high in pesticide residues, such as strawberries, spinach and grapes, were 18 percent less likely to become pregnant and 26 percent less likely to have a live birth compared to women eating the least amount of pesticide-laden produce. Study co-author Dr. Jorge Chavarro suggests that women trying to conceive should eat organic produce or low-pesticide choices like avocados, onions and oranges. 18



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A study published in the journal Science found that forests across Asia, Latin America and Africa release 468 tons of carbon per year, equivalent to nearly 10 percent of the annual U.S. carbon footprint. Thus, tropical forests may no longer be acting as carbon sinks and could be releasing more carbon than they store. Lead author Alessandro Baccini, with the Woods Hole Research Center, in Massachusetts, says, “These findings provide the world with a wake-up call on forests. If we’re to keep global temperatures from rising to dangerous levels, we need to drastically reduce emissions and greatly increase forests’ ability to absorb and store carbon.” Researchers think nearly 70 percent of this loss of carbon storage capacity is caused by small-scale degradation from logging, drought and wildfire. Researchers say that policies to curb deforestation, reduce degradation and restore the integrity of the land could turn forests back into carbon sinks.

Distributed Power Energy Users Control Own Supplies

Some municipalities spend between 20 and 40 percent of their annual budgets on the energy needed to operate wastewater treatment plants. The city of Thousand Oaks, California, has transformed their biggest energy user into an energy generator. Across the U.S., energy users of all sizes are taking control of their power supply and relieving stress from the grid. That’s the idea behind distributed energy. Atlantic Re:think and Siemens have partnered to explore this burgeoning energy revolution. View a video at Tinyurl.com/ TheThousandOaksSolution.




Solar energy is now the cheapest form of new energy in dozens of countries, with record-setting solar farms being built worldwide. Researchers have been investigating ways to make transparent solar panels that resemble glass that could be used as window panels at the same time as converting the light that shines on them into electricity. “Highly transparent solar cells represent the wave of the future for new solar applications,” explains materials scientist Richard Lunt, Ph.D., from Michigan State University. “We analyzed their potential and show that by harvesting only invisible light, these devices have the potential of generating a similar amount of electricity as rooftop solar while providing additional functionality to enhance the efficiency of buildings, automobiles and mobile electronics.” As reported in Nature Energy, his team has developed a transparent, luminescent, solar concentrator that looks like clear glass, covered in small, organic molecules adept at capturing only ultraviolet and near-infrared wavelengths of light. The visible light that enables human vision isn’t obstructed, so we can see through the cell. If scaled up to cover the billions of square feet of glass surfaces throughout the U.S., it could potentially supply about 40 percent of our country’s energy needs.


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French President Emmanuel Macron awarded 18 climate scientists from the U.S. and elsewhere millions of euros in grants to relocate to his country for the rest of Donald Trump’s presidential term. Macron’s “Make Our Planet Great Again” grants are meant to counter Trump’s intent on the climate change front following his declaration to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. One winner, Camille Parmesan, of the University of Texas at Austin, who is working at an experimental ecology station in the Pyrenees charting how human-made climate change is affecting wildlife, says that in the U.S., “You are having to hide what you do.”

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Pacific College

What draws students to study TCM?


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he Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM), with locations in Chicago, New York and San Diego, offers training in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and bodywork therapy education. Since 1986, the school has been at the forefront of student education, advancing the standards of the holistic medicine profession while offering acupuncture, massage and other therapeutic treatments for patients in a private or group clinic setting. Brendan Mattson is a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine (DACM) and serves as academic dean of graduate studies at PCOM. Mattson draws from his training in TCM, bodywork, qigong, Chinese language and Chinese history in his teaching and curriculum development. He notes that PCOM’s integrative approach, seasoned alumni network, community involvement, commitment to personal growth and career development, and unique doctoral programs all contribute to its unparalleled reputation. 22



TCM is a system of medicine that looks at how the body is functioning as a whole, and includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, therapeutic massage, and mind/body exercises such as qigong and tai chi. Acupuncture is becoming embraced as mainstream intervention for pain management, but also has a wide range of applications that include digestive issues, depression and anxiety, fertility support, stroke recovery and alleviating side effects from drugs. Many students at PCOM come from conventional medicine backgrounds, including nursing and pharmacy. They find that TCM allows them more opportunity to connect with patients and get to know their whole story, so they can treat them more effectively. We ask questions about the patient’s overall constitution, including things that may seem unrelated to the chief complaint, such as appetite, menstrual cycles, quality of sleep and how they respond to stress. Acupuncturists create personalized treatment plans that balance subjective and objective information. Acupuncture is a low-risk, high-reward treatment. Patients can feel remarkably better with a few sessions, which can be incredibly rewarding for a practitioner.

How can TCM be used in clinical practice?

The majority of our students at PCOM will pursue their own private practice, which allows them the flexibility to see as few or as many patients as they want, and set their schedule to accommodate other commitments. This also allows them to develop a deeper relationship with their patients and move away from a traditional healthcare model, where the doctor has limited time with each patient. The PCOM curriculum has a strong focus on inter-professional communication and mentoring students on how to work with other health care providers. Although more people are turning to TCM, there are still some cases where conventional medicine is necessary, and that’s why we focus on an integrative approach. Acupuncture and other TCM treatments are ideal for alleviating side effects of medicines that are crucial for treatment of many chronic conditions, for example. Safety comes first in any healthcare model, and PCOM graduates have a robust bioscience education in addition to the TCM training. PCOM also offers students the opportunity to practice in off-site clinics, providing community-based acupuncture and holistic health education to populations that may otherwise not have access to it. We have relationships with many programs around the city, including at Heartland Health Center, Chicago Women’s Health Center, Project Vida and Stroger County Hospital Pain Clinic.

What is unique about the PCOM doctorate program?

PCOM is the first college in the Midwest to offer accredited doctoral programs in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. We also offer a transitional doctorate to acupuncturists who already

have master’s degrees, but are looking to further their education. The added doctoral competencies focus on evidence-informed practice, advanced integrative diagnosis, integrative case management, current healthcare systems, inter-professional communication and practice-based learning. The curriculum at PCOM was developed by doctoral educators, subject matter experts and experienced distance education designers, and focuses on the skills needed to practice in the emerging multi-disciplinary clinics and hospital-based practices. Each subject is approached in a way that enriches the acupuncturist’s understanding of Chinese medicine, biomedicine and their cross-pollination. Graduates become confident advocates for patients and for Chinese medicine, and may also have access to higher pay scales and more opportunities in academia. PCOM offers financial aid and scholarships, flexible class schedules, and an international network of alumni to provide ongoing support. Small class sizes allow for person-centered learning and for the students to fully engage in the community of PCOM and the larger TCM profession. They come away as wellrounded professionals with the compassion, substance, and intuition to make a difference in whatever path of healing they pursue. The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is located at 65 E. Wacker Pl., 21st Fl., in Chicago. For more information, call 773-4774822, email Admissions-Chi@PacificCollege. edu or Clinic-Chi@PacificCollege.edu or visit PacificCollege.edu. See ad on this page and in the Community Resource Guide. Carrie Jackson is an Evanston-based writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. Connect with her at CarrieJacksonWrites.com.

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Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi for Holistic Healing by Carrie Jackson


ody & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, a national group of centers with 13 locations in the Chicago area, is a leader in health, wellness, and integrative lifestyle education. Deanna Lee is the manager and head instructor at the Northbrook location, and says that Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi is a place for people to focus on a healthy mind, body and spirit. “We help clients heal themselves so that they can experience optimal health, more energy, a positive attitude toward life and can be more conscious contributors to the community,” says Deanna. The inspiration for Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi is founder Ilchi Lee, a Korean energy healer who used Tao principles and ancient holistic traditions to heal the community. He opened his first studio in Korea in 1985, and while he stays true to the original principles and intentions of these practices, he has modernized and systematized them over time to make them more convenient and adaptable to modern society, now known internationally as brain education. Today, the practice stresses five essential goals. They help people open and cultivate their energy system, develop their full brain potential, understand their true value as a whole person, live for the benefit of others and live life as a journey toward fulfillment and completion. “Our philosophy is based on the Earth Citizen Movement (EarthCitizen.org), which says that our primary responsibility is to care for the people and the planet. We work together as a community to create a healthier, safer and more sustainable world. The more people are connected to and understand themselves, the better able they are to recognize their impact on the world around them. They are more in control of their relationships, actions, habits, thoughts and emotions, which has ripple 24



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cago) to set reminders throughout the day. People can tailor the app to help with stress relief, weight management, core strength, stretching and deep breathing. “The app is a way to incorporate simple, practical tools into your busy lifestyle, and helps to mindfully and intentionally reset, whether that’s one minute of quiet or one minute of movement,” says Deanna. Students can sign up for monthly or annual memberships, buy 10-class punch cards or just drop in. “Most people enjoy the accountability that comes with going to a studio. They owners and instructors greet them by name and they feel part of a community with the other students. Our smaller class sizes allow for personal attention, guidance and feedback,” explains Deanna. The studio offers classes seven days a week, including evening classes to accommodate busy schedules. Lee acknowledges that some of the ancient practices and beliefs can be easily shared with people of any background, but stresses that it all comes back to focusing inward, not just paying attention to physical health and conditioning only. “We see holistic health as a lifestyle that includes the body, thoughts, spirit, emotions, connection to self and community. Focusing outward on external factors depletes your energy and can make the chakras and the body weak. When you are centered and grounded internally, then you are able to help others and be a positive force in the community,” says Deanna. Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi is located at 1947 Cherry Lane, in Northbrook. For more information, call 847-562-9642, email Northbrook@BodyNBrain.com or visit BodyNBrain.com/Northbrook. See ad on page 25. Carrie Jackson is an Evanston-based writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. Connect with her at  CarrieJacksonWrites.com.

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INDIGENOUS WISDOM Elders Urge Us to Reimagine Life


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irst, 27 indigenous elders from 23 North American tribes, two African tribes, a Tibetan Buddhist and a Sami from Finland gathered at Turtle Mountain, in Dunseith, North Dakota, in 1994. Recently, 13 elders from 10 tribes from Russia, Columbia, South Africa and the U.S. gathered in Kauai, Hawaii. Other such gatherings, too, are participating in a shared prophecy supporting world salvation. They offer humanity four sacred gifts of wisdom rooted in their life experiences. This is our invitation to receive them.

Power of Healing

Power to Forgive the Unforgivable

Power of Hope

Forgiveness is releasing ourselves from the prison of pain, hurt or mistreatment. It takes courage and self-love to do this. The reward of this act is freedom to use our energy to create what is life-giving to our self and the lives of those we touch.

Power of Unity

This is a time for us all to become and remain united and steadfast, repairing the world from the misuse of power and greed. When we choose to stand in the circle of unity, there is strength. Each of us has an important part to play in the circle of life to sustain precious relationships among people, Earth and spirit for ourselves, our children and future generations.

Indigenous elders tailor their healing practices to the whole human being, using good medicine, defined as anything or anyone that brings into positive alignment the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical levels. Healing can take many forms, based on tradition, the healer, patient and nature, yet four basic elements or practices are consistent: listening, supportive relationships, unconditional love and committing to creative, positive action.

Hope springs from the choice to tap into an infinite energy source. It may not be understood by modern science, but indigenous wisdom keepers behold an inner certainty of something bigger than us all. When we open ourselves to hope, it is possible to release the pressure and desire to try to know something about everything, and instead free our imagination to create expansive possibilities. Anita Sanchez, Ph.D., is a transformational leadership consultant, speaker, coach and author of the new book, The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times, from which this was adapted. For videos and a song, visit FourSacredGifts.com.

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Practices for Spring by Laurie Pawli


o matter how long winter is, spring is sure to follow.” This is one of my favorite proverbs that reflects the energy of the return of spring, and a time to create a new cycle in life. This is the moment where the process of planting new seeds, of shedding the sleepiness of winter and re-energizing our outlook takes place. It’s about soaking up the fragrance of Mother Earth’s aroma, creating stability in life and renewing beginnings. In the tradition of feng shui, we can look to the ba-gua, or nine-square grid, for information on spring. It can be placed over the floor plan of a space to identify each area and how it relates to life. The family area connects to the season of spring, and is the left center side of a home as we enter through the front door of a space. The color that influences family/spring is green, with the element of wood being an additional way to create improvement in the family area. Here are a few examples of items that can be used to activate the wood energy in a space—trees, stalks of bamboo, jade plants, trees with rounded leaves, upright bookshelves, armoires, vertical rectangular paintings and a tall chest of drawers are all items that can be used to increase the vibration. This area also represents the connection of our families. If there are any issues, conflicts or misunderstandings between members of the family, this is the place to set our intention and make a feng shui adjustment. One of those adjustments might be as simple as placing a photo of the family in happy times, with the

thought of creating that bond once again. That is the basic part of feng shui, but, aahh, there is so much more to the meaning of the family and spring area. If we are beginning to think of a new idea or create a new business, this is the area of our home to plant the seeds of new thoughts to flourish. If the thought of beginning a family is on our mind, head on over to the family area. Let’s imagine a lotus flower resting on top of our head, with each petal representing the sprouting of a new idea. The perfect place to sit and reflect on any new possibility and watch the ideas develop is the left center of the home. This is an all-important area when it comes to money, too. If finances are needed to pay the rent or have enough for daily necessities, just enhance the family area. One adjustment might be to place three stalks of bamboo in a green, rectangular container with water (representing money), stones (representing the grounding earth element), and eight pennies (representing money and the metal element). Set an intention and be grateful for the abundance that will appear. Health can be enhanced by incorporating food that represents the wood element, which can also heighten good eating habits in preparation for the arrival of spring. Adding foods that are green in color can help perk up the wood element in the body, which includes eating plenty of young plants, fresh greens, sprouts, basil, asparagus, celery, green onions and grains such as quinoa. Remember that just as the roots of the trees provide the grounding, energetic force of the family/spring area, we want to balance our home and life using feng shui that allows us to sway, bend and create the feeling that it provides in our environment. Laurie Pawli is the founder and director of The Feng Shui School of Chicago. For more information, email LauriePawli@gmail.com or visit TheFengShuiSchoolOfChicago.com and CreateTheFeeling.com. See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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Why a Warming Planet is Harming Our Health by Lisa Marshall


amantha Ahdoot’s son Isaac was 9 years old when he collapsed from the heat while playing clarinet at band camp. It had been a record-hot summer following a mild winter and early spring, and Dr. Ahdoot, an Alexandria, Virginia, pediatrician, had already noticed a string of unusual cases: A toddler had contracted Lyme disease in the once tick-free region of Northern Maine. A teenager had suffered an asthma attack in February, a full month before she usually started taking allergy medicine. A displaced grade-schooler from out of town arrived traumatized after fleeing a hurricane-ravaged home with her family. But it wasn’t until she saw her son laying on a gurney in the emergency room with an IV in his arm that she fully connected the dots. 28



“I was aware that the weather had changed a lot since I was kid. But it really didn’t hit home until that day that climate change could affect my health and the health of my children personally,” recalls Ahdoot. “I realized it would be a betrayal of my duty as a pediatrician to sit back and do nothing about it.”

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Ahdoot, now a vocal climate change activist, is among a growing number of healthcare professionals that have begun to reframe climate change not as a concern for elsewhere or the future, but as a pressing U.S. public health

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issue today. In one recent survey of 1,200 allergists, 48 percent said climate change is already affecting their patients a “great deal” or a “moderate amount.” In another survey of lung specialists, 77 percent said they were seeing patient symptoms grow more severe due to worsening climaterelated air quality. In a sweeping review published last October in The Lancet medical journal, a team of healthcare professionals proclaimed that the human symptoms of climate change are “unequivocal and potentially irreversible,” noting that since 2000, the number of people in the United States exposed to heat waves annually has risen by about 14.5 million, and the number of natural disasters annually has increased 46 percent. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also begun to weigh in with a Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative to help local health departments brace for everything from the hazardous air quality associated with more forest fires to the spread of vector-borne diseases like Zika and West Nile as the range and season of mosquitoes and ticks expands. Meanwhile, groups like the newly formed and expansive Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, to which Ahdoot belongs, are being proactive. Its doctors are greening their offices, swapping cars for bikes, buses or carpooling, lobbying lawmakers and encouraging their patients to undertake measures to prevent the problem from worsening. In the process, they say, they might even improve their own health. “We want the public to understand that climate change is not just about polar bears or receding glaciers in the Arctic, but also about our children and our health here and now,” says Ahdoot.

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Flora and Fauna Issues

During the past century, average temperatures have increased between 1.3 and 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit, with annual increases accelerating in recent years as 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017 all set records for ambient heat. Such rising temperatures, combined with increased rain and record-high atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, can have a significant impact on plants— both those that irritate or nourish us, says Howard Frumkin, a medical doctor who co-authored the Lancet report and teaches environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington, in Seattle. Wild, allergy-inducing plants like ragweed and poison ivy are flourishing. Poison ivy is growing faster, larger and more toxic as excess carbon prompts it to produce more of its rash-inducing compound, urushiol. “We are seeing the season for ragweed productivity expanding, with pollen levels rising higher and earlier and lasting longer by several weeks,” advises Frumkin. In 2016, residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota, endured a ragweed season that was 21 days longer than in 1990. Other, desirable crops, like grains, do worse in hotter carbonrich climes, producing less protein and other nutrients, Frumkin notes. Meanwhile, bugs are thriving, with longer seasons and wider ranges in which to reproduce. Mosquitoes’ capacity to transmit dengue fever— the world’s fastest-growing mosquito-borne illness—has risen by 11 percent since 1950, more than half of that just since 1990, according to the Lancet report. Further, the tick that carries Lyme disease is now present in 46 percent of U.S. counties, up from 30 percent in 1998. “My physician colleagues used to treat two or three cases a month during tick season,” says Dr. Nitin Damle, a physician at South County Internal Medi-

Five Steps to Take Today


Swap tailpipes for pedals: Bike or walk instead of driving, especially for distances of less than two miles, which comprise 40 percent of all car trips. A study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that if everyone did this in just 11 cities in the Midwest, not only would carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fall, but it would extend 1,300 lives and save $8 billion in healthcare costs due to better air quality and less sedentary lifestyles.


Eat less red meat: Producing

red meat results in five times more climate-warming emissions per calorie than chicken, pork, dairy or eggs, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. It also creates 11 times more emissions than the production of potatoes, wheat or rice. Eating less red meat can also decrease an individual’s risk of certain cancers.


Encourage hospitals and doctors’ offices to go green:

The healthcare system is responsible

cine, in Wakefield, Rhode Island. “Now each of us sees 40 to 50 new cases each season.”

Heat Pollution

Rising heat can also aggravate lung conditions because it promotes the production of ozone, a major lung irritant. With prolonged heat often come wildfires. When one burned for three months in North Carolina in a recent summer, researchers discovered that residents of counties affected by the smoke plume showed a 50 percent increase in emergency trips due to respiratory illness. Like Isaac, more kids are ending up in hospitals due to soaring temperatures, with U.S. emergency room visits for heat illnesses up by 133 percent between 1997 and 2006. Ahdoot recalls a young football player from Arkansas that showed signs of weakness and fatigue during practice, but wasn’t treated right away. He ended

for about 10 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent study by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, Connecticut. Boston-area hospitals recently slashed their overall emissions by 29 percent in five years.


Plant more trees: As they grow, trees remove carbon dioxide from the air. Being around green space has also been shown to boost mental and cognitive health.


Show compassion: Americans,

per capita, emit six times more CO2 than the global average, according to research by Jonathan Patz, a medical doctor who directs the Global Health Institute at the University of WisconsinMadison. In a TED Talk, he observed that U.S. lower-income populations and those in developing countries are often hit hardest by gaseous emissions. “Those most vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change are often the least responsible,” he says. “Doing something about this is a matter of compassion.”

up with heat stroke, kidney failure and pulmonary edema and ultimately required kidney dialysis. “Every summer now, I see the impacts of increasing temperatures and heat waves on kids,” she says. Climate change can also impact mental health, according to a recent review by the American Psychological Association. Exposure to natural disasters can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. Plus, according to research institutions including the University of California, San Diego, and Iowa State University, chronic heat, especially at night, can interfere with sleep and even lead to aggressive behavior. Then there’s the worry about what to do about it, and whether it will be enough. “When you talk with people about what is affecting them, climate is definitely one of the things stressing them out,” says Thomas Doherty, Psy.D., a psychologist April 2018


in Portland, Oregon. “There’s a sense of mystery and powerlessness around it that weighs on people.” Mona Sarfaty, a family physician who is now director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, attests that 69 percent of Americans are aware that climate change is occurring, and more than half agree that human activities are at least partly to blame. Yet only a third believe it could ever harm them personally. “So much of the early focus was on the receding glaciers and the penguins,” she says. “People today still think it will affect ‘those other people over there,’ but not them.” She agrees with the recent focus on imminent health issues, and is encouraged that a growing number of healthcare professionals feel it’s their duty to inform their patients about climate change to mobilize action. “When you talk about climate change not only in terms of the health impact it has on individuals and families, but also in terms of the real-time benefits of taking action against it, people are a lot more interested in doing something,” says Sarfaty. For instance, shifting to clean energy sources like wind and solar instead of coal can effect better air quality and easier breathing now. Cycling or walking to work rather than driving can reduce carbon emissions, boost feel-good brain chemicals and keep weight in check. Writing letters to editors or attending rallies to urge lawmakers to pass climate-friendly policies can not only fend off the anxiety and depression that comes with feeling helpless, but also effect real change. Ahdoot is taking these steps now. She has solar panels on her roof, is assisting the local hospital to reduce its carbon footprint, takes public transportation to work and encourages her kids to walk whenever possible. “I don’t feel powerless at all. I feel empowered and optimistic,” she says. “The more we know, the more we are moved to act. We can all do something small every day to protect our climate.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at LisaAnnMarshall.com. 30



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Fresh Perspective, New Hope

Citizen Scientists Wanted


by Megy Karydes

cience gathers data and knowledge that can lead to solving problems, making new discoveries and applying them to our everyday lives. Often, though, there’s far more data to be observed and collected over large areas than there are research scientists; enter the citizen scientist. Citizen scientists are members of the public that collaborate with professional scientists to collect and report data relating to the natural world. Whether someone is interested in trees, birds, butterflies or other aspects of nature, there are many ways to get actively involved and make a real and lasting contribution through local nonprofit organizations. Although April 14 is Citizen Science Day (Tinyurl.com/ CitizenScienceDay), we can participate and make a difference every day. “You don’t have to have a degree in science to contribute to scientific research,” states Dr. Christine Rollinson, a forest ecologist at The Morton Arboretum and someone who often uses citizen scientists to help with research projects.

Contributing to the Greater Good A lot of science doesn’t require specialized equipment or anything more than our eyes and a willingness to learn, according to Rollinson. In fact, some of the best data she’s seen collected came from a journalist or an amateur birder that kept a log

of when things happened year after year. Citizen scientists are vital to her work, and she notes that some research, particularly climate-related, is harder to achieve without them. “It’s only through volunteer engagement we can get the observations across the state, country or globe that we need to really understand how our world works,” she explains. Citizen scientist networks allow Rollinson and others to expand the number of observations far beyond what paid staff alone could do. “Our citizen scientists allow us to observe dozens to hundreds of plants every week, something that would nearly be a full-time job for a single employee and would result in other areas of research we perform not being done,” she says.

Lifelong Learners

While nonprofit organizations benefit from the work of citizen scientists, the volunteers enjoy another benefit; remaining lifelong learners while they contribute. Doug Taron, chief curator at the Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, works with citizen scientists through the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network in the process of collecting quantitative data on butterfly populations. The information is used by land managers to evaluate longterm trends in a changing landscape. For those that want to learn more

Turning Data Into Action

Taron points out that citizen scientists provide a valuable service to both the scientific and general communities. The results from their work are often put into practice in the form of new exhibits and real-world examples used by educational programs. “Some of our curators have been able to publish analyses using the citizen science data,” he notes. Results from the compiled data show real-time data, such as the rise and fall of butterfly populations, says Taron. The same

applies to bird monitoring efforts. “Many local researchers use our bird data, which allows them to understand how birds are using habitats and to gauge the success of their conservation efforts,” adds Pollock.

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about birds, the Bird Conservation Network (BCN) has been promoting bird conservation and preserving and restoring bird habitat in the Chicago Region for close to 20 years. “Bird monitoring is a chance to observe the birds of our region and to spend time with them in their habitats,” explains Judy Pollock, co-coordinator of the BCN Survey, which observes breeding birds at parks and preserves. “It offers the opportunity to get to know them better and learn their habits and distribution, and often the locations are quite beautiful.” “Our citizen scientists have gained a much deeper appreciation for the life cycles of trees,” notes Rollinson. “Many had never thought about where the flower that eventually becomes an acorn is actually located or what it looks like. While closely observing trees, they were sometimes astounded at how much could change from week to week, even in summer, or just how much variability there can be among species or even trees of the same species. Our observers also really enjoy focused, quiet time outside on our grounds and just getting to feel connected to our trees and institution on a more intimate level.”

Doug Taron and citizen scientists The data collected by The Morton Arboretum citizen scientists is critical to understanding how different species and trees from specific regions respond to climate, according to Rollinson. “In the future, we plan to use our citizen science data to make more accurate predictions of when and where the best spring blooms and fall colors can be seen on our grounds,” she adds.

How to Get Involved

Anyone can become a citizen scientist,

although there are some things each organization seeks from its volunteers. “In order to join the BCN Survey, a person needs to know the breeding birds of our region by sight and sound, and be comfortable spending a morning making observations in a natural area,” Pollock shares. She recommends that those interested in learning their birds join birding trips offered by local clubs listed at BcnBirds.org. Those interested in joining the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network may visit Bfly.org. “Training is required and consists of a talk on how to collect data using our protocol and a talk on basic butterfly identification,” says Taron, who also notes that a schedule of upcoming training sessions can be found on the museum’s Upcoming Events page. The Morton Arboretum uses resources developed by the National Phenology Network to train its volunteer citizen scientists to observe the timing of leaf out, fall color, flowering and other key events for trees on their grounds. “This training is essential to help ensure consistent data collection across many observers and helps them build self-confidence,” says Rollinson. Check the adult courses at MortonArb.org/ learn-experience/adult-programs for a list of upcoming training sessions and other opportunities to get involved. Whatever it is that motivates an individual to go from bystander to active citizen scientist, everyone agrees they are an integral component to the way we understand the world around us. “It’s lots of fun!” says Taron. Megy Karydes is a Chicago-based writer, ghostwriter and founder of Karydes Consulting, a marketing and communications agency (MegyKarydes.com).

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Paul Hawken Shares a Plan to Reverse Global Warming by Linda Sechrist


or author Paul Hawken, a leading environmental entrepreneur working with a coalition of research fellows, advisors and expert reviewers, the climate goal is drawdown, or reversing global warming—the point in atmospheric time when the concentration of greenhouse gases peaks and begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. Hawken edited Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, a compendium of the 100 most substantive solutions that already exist.

Are you optimistic about achieving the goal?

Why is drawdown the goal? If we don’t name the goal, we are unlikely to achieve it. To date, language like mitigation, stabilization and reduction has been used to address climate change. These goals are not particularly ambitious and will do little to preserve civilization. Those verbs are about slowing the amount of released gases, but do not reverse them. If you are going the wrong way down a road which heads straight over a cliff, slowing down is not a helpful goal. We need to turn around, and that is what drawdown research is all about.

Why and how did you do the research? We wanted to know if it was game over with respect to global warming, or could we reverse the buildup of greenhouse gases with techniques and practices already underway? We gathered a qualified and diverse group of 70 researchers from around the world to identify, research and model the 100 most substantive existing solutions. They modeled the impact the solutions will have if they continue to scale in a rigorous, but reasonable way, and what the cost and profits would be. All carbon data was based on peer-reviewed science. Economic data came from respected international institutions like the World Bank. The goal of the 32



tion is the most powerful lever available for breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty while mitigating emissions by curbing population growth. Ranked seventh, family planning, particularly in low-income countries, impacts world population. For women to have children by choice rather than chance and to plan their family size and spacing is a matter of autonomy and dignity. Together, these two solutions would account for significant reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050. The United Nations estimates a difference between the high and median population projections in 2050 of 10.8 billion versus 9.7 billion. The difference is almost entirely determined by availability of family planning.

book was to present the findings and describe the solutions in ways that fascinated and informed, accompanied by images that enlivened and inspired.

What are the top 10 solutions? The top 10 solutions, in order, are: refrigerant management, wind turbines, reduced food waste, plant-rich diet, tropical forests protection, educating girls, family planning, solar farms, silvopasture—the intentional combination of trees, forage plants and livestock as an integrated, intensively managed system— and rooftop solar. All 100 are listed at Drawdown.org/solutions-summary-by-rank.

Did any of the solutions surprise you? None of the solutions surprised us, but their rankings did. For example, educating girls, number six, has a dramatic bearing on global warming. Women with more years of education have fewer, healthier, children and actively manage their reproductive health. Educated females realize higher wages and greater upward mobility, contributing to economic growth. Educa-

Drawdown is not about optimism, hope or pessimism. It is a reality project. The science on climate change is amazing, if not stunning. It is the best problem statement humanity has ever created, which I see as a gift, not a curse. Global warming is feedback from the atmosphere. The Earth is a system, and any system that does not incorporate feedback fails. It holds true for our body, ecosystems, social systems and economic systems. The knowledge of global warming and its potential impacts is creating huge breakthroughs in energy, transport, agriculture, housing, urbanization and materials. If it wasn’t for the science of climate change, we would be destroying our planet faster than we already are. Focusing repeatedly on the problem does not solve the problem. Diagnosis is not prognosis unless we give up. The science of what will happen if we do not act has been here for a long time. What Drawdown points out is that humanity is on the case. The plan we refer to in the book’s subtitle is not our plan; we found a plan being activated by the collective intelligence of humanity. This is a different story than one of gloom and doom. It is a story of innovation, creativity and generosity—that is who we are. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.

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Safer Spring Cleaning by Thor Conner


any common household cleaning products contain chemicals that can be linked to asthma, cancer, hormonal disruption, developmental and reproductive disorders, and neurological toxicity. They are sold without being required to disclose information about safety. Here is a partial list of some of the most common offenders.

are overusing our bacterial defenses and creating bacteria that are resistant to both household antibacterials and medical antibiotics. The solution: Simple soaps and detergents with short ingredient lists are effective in most situations, especially in the home.

THE CHEMICAL: Ammonia. This powerful irritant is

THE CHEMICAL: Pthalates. These chemicals maintain the fragrance in scented products, and are also added to plastics to keep them flexible and resilient. They are found in vinyl (floors, pipes and furniture), plastic packaging, toys, shower curtains, detergents, dish soap, personal hygiene products (soap, shampoo, deodorant, nail polish and hair spray) and even toilet paper.

common in glass cleaners and polishes.

The problem: Pthalates are endocrine disruptors and interfere with cell replication, thus causing developmental and reproductive problems. Pthalate exposure is encountered mostly by inhalation, but they are also well-absorbed through the skin (transdermal), bypassing most of the body’s natural mechanisms that sequester toxins safely for processing, and get stored in the organs.

The solution: Cheap vodka will lend the same sparkle without the pain, and toothpaste makes an excellent metal polish.

The solution: It is now quite easy to find unscented versions of most products. A few plants and an essential oil diffuser (or opening the window) are great ways to freshen up a room.

THE CHEMICAL: Triclosan. This is an antibacterial agent found in dish and hand soaps, cosmetics, toothpastes and deodorant labeled as “antibacterial”. It is often infused in toys and kitchenware. Triclosan and other antibacterial agents have to be disclosed on a label by law. The problem: Triclosan is linked to endocrine and immune dysfunction; however, the bigger concern with antibacterial soaps is that they 34



The problem: Ammonia is a naturally occurring substance that evaporates easily and leaves a nice sparkle, but also makes for instant lung irritation. Mixing ammonia and bleach will create a poison gas, so be careful.

THE CHEMICAL: Chlorine. The main component of bleach, chlorine is a common addition to toilet bowl cleaners, laundry whiteners, scouring powders, mildew removers and of course, tap water. The problem: Exposure is ubiquitous; we get exposed by using the cleaners through inhalation and transdermally, but also through drinking and bathing in unfiltered municipal water. Like ammonia, acute (temporary) exposure to concentrated chlorine is irritating to the lungs and skin; chronic (long-term) exposure can lead to asthma and bronchitis. Unlike ammonia, chlorine is a halide, like iodine, and thus a serious thyroid function disrupter. The solution: Bon Ami, baking soda, vinegar and borax powder work well for most uses. Chlorine-free, oxygen-based powders are readily available on the market. Simple filters on drinking water

and in the shower will reduce exposure through tap water.

THE CHEMICAL: Sodium hydroxide. Lye used to be one of the main ingredient in what our ancestors called soap, back when it could cause burns to eyes and other mucus membranes. The corrosive chemical called sodium hydroxide is the active part of lye, and these days, we mostly use it for oven cleaners and drain openers.


The problem: Breathing too much Easy-Off or Drano fumes can give us a sore throat that lasts for days. The solution: Baking soda and elbow grease will clean any oven, and enzyme-based drain openers and mechanical drain snakes work well for any clog.

THE CHEMICAL: Quaternary ammonium compounds (QUATS). Fabric softeners, liquid and sheets, along

with household cleaners with an “antibacterial” function on the label use QUATS, which are more widespread in industrial kitchen and hospital settings. The problem: As another antibacterial substance, QUATS have the same effect triclosan does by way of creating resistant microbe strains. They are potent skin irritants, and there is good evidence that they contribute to asthma. Dryer sheets also infuse everything with micro-particles of fiberglass that are not toxic, but inhalation of fiberglass is bad in the long run. The solution: Instead of using fabric softeners, adding a bit of white vinegar to the rinse cycle will remove soap residue and prevent static cling (along with dryer balls). A mix of white vinegar, a few drops of tea tree oil and water in a spray bottle makes for a fine, inexpensive, QUAT-like cleaner.

THE CHEMICAL: 2-butoxyethanol. This is a sweetsmelling solvent that’s a cousin of antifreeze, a glycol esther. Found in many window, kitchen and multipurpose cleaners, 2-butoxyethanol is not legally required to be listed on the consumer label, even if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires safety precautions in industrial use. The problem: According to the Material Safetly Data Sheet (safety info sheet) for glycol esther, inhalation causes acute sore throat and contributes to pulmonary edema, and liver and kidney damage over time. Using one of these cleaners in a confined space like a bathroom can result in exposure exceeding workplace safety standards.

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Changing Our Diet to Cool the Climate

Good Food Choices Enable Global Health by Judith Fertig


hree years ago, the New York Times added a new word to the world’s food vocabulary: Climatarian (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation), choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit gas emissions), and using every part of ingredients (apple cores, cheese rinds, etc.) to limit food waste. Changing our food choices to support this model can have a ripple effect. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in a 2017 study published in the journal Climatic Change, looked at how diets impact personal health, the healthcare system and climate. They found that adopting a more plant-based diet reduces the relative risk of coronary heart disease, colorectal cancer and Type 2 diabetes by 20 to 40 percent. National annual health care costs could drop from $93 billion to $77 billion. Direct greenhouse gas emissions could annually drop 489 to 1,821 pounds per person. Such an approach involves considering the related water usage, greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint—the energy required to cultivate, harvest and 36



transport food—plus processing associated food waste. Here are some top choices.  

Foods that Go Easy on Water

Hydroponic greens are hands-down winners. The Shelton Family Farm, near Whittier, North Carolina, weekly produces 10,000 to 12,000 heads of hydroponically grown Bibb lettuce. The controlled environment and carefully engineered nutrient delivery systems maximize all resources. “It’s an enclosed system that runs 24/7, and it’s highly efficient from a waterusage standpoint because we recycle the water,” says William Shelton Jr., a fourthgeneration family farmer. “The only water that’s actually consumed is what’s taken up and transpired through the plants.” In a moderate climate, energy costs to recycle the water and keep the plants at an even temperature are moderate, as well. Dry-tilled heirloom tomatoes, okra, melons and quinoa are drought-tolerant and only use available rainfall.   

Foods that Go Easy on Greenhouse Gases

Plants beat meat. “Livestock farming produces from 20 to 50 percent of all

manmade greenhouse gas emissions,” says nutritionist and climate activist Jane Richards, of GreenEatz, in Mountain View, California. “You can reduce your footprint by a quarter by cutting down on red meats such as beef and lamb.” An exception is the vegetarian staple of rice. According to researchers at Project Drawdown, a climate solutions organization in Sausalito, California, rice cultivation is responsible for at least 10 percent of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and up to 19 percent of global methane emissions. New farming techniques, like mid-season draining of the rice paddies, could cut methane emissions by at least 35 percent. Richards notes, “Meat, cheese and eggs have the highest carbon footprint; fruit, vegetables, beans and nuts, much lower. The carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half that of a meat-lover’s diet.”   Root crops such as carrots, radishes, potatoes and beets have a lower carbon footprint than above-ground plants due to less food waste. A beautiful beet is easier to grow than a bell pepper that blemishes more easily. Seasonal, regional fruit, vegetables, herbs and honey have a lighter carbon impact because they are transported shorter distances. Usually what grows best in a region and is consumed locally is also best for the climate. Foods naturally suited to their environment grow and taste better, and are packed with more nutrients, reports Sustainable Table, an educational nonprofit that builds healthy communities through sustainable eating habits (SustainableTable.org).

Hopeful Developments

New agricultural developments can also benefit our climate environment. According to Project Drawdown research, perennial grains and cereals could be pivotal in reaching soil, carbon and energy targets. The Land Institute, in Salina, Kansas, has been working with the Rodale Institute, in Berks County, Pennsylvania, to develop a perennial wheat that would not have to be planted from seed each year. This would save soil, carbon and both human and machine energy. Kernza, a new perennial grain proven

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to prosper in natural grasslands like the Great Plains, is not yet widely distributed. Maria Speck, author of Simply Ancient Grains, advises, “With up to 15-foot-long roots, it can be harvested for five years and uses less fertilizer than conventional wheat. Kernza tastes almost like a cross between rice and wheat—sweet, grassy, mesmerizing.” Michael Pollan, author of Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual and creator of the film Food, Inc., suggests we keep it simple: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” Climatarians would add another guideline—eat as locally as possible. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).

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Preheat oven to broil. Use an oven-safe, 8-inch omelet pan. Melt the butter in the omelet pan over moderate heat.

Sauté until tender and slightly browned. Add whisked eggs to pan. Allow the bottom eggs to set. Gently lift the set eggs to allow the runny eggs to move to the bottom of the pan. Repeat the process until there is only a slight amount of runny eggs on top. Adjust heat to be sure to not let the eggs brown on the bottom.

Spring is Asparagus Season by Janie Maxwell


am very excited for warmer days and the hint of spring as April rolls in. But beyond warmer and longer days, it means spring produce is here!” says Janie Maxwell, of the Illinois Farmers Market Association. “This recipe includes fresh farmers’ market asparagus. There is nothing like locally produced asparagus! It is tender and flavorful.” She notes, “Here are some tips on picking the most flavorful asparagus. Asparagus has the best flavor and is more tender if it isn’t dried out. Thin or thick stalks are both full of great flavor; what matters is freshness, how recently it was picked. Once you get the asparagus home, treat it like cut flowers if you aren’t going to use it immediately. Trim off the bottom of the stalk and place it standing up in water and refrigerate until you are ready to use.” The new season is just beginning, so this recipe includes farm-fresh eggs, asparagus, fresh greens and portabella mushrooms; all available at local farmers’ winter markets this spring.




Add cheese and place in oven, set on broil, and let cook until top is set and cheese is beginning to brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from oven and plate. Cut into quarters and serve with a tomato jam or salsa, (many farmers’ markets sell tomato jam, fresh tomatoes preserved as a jam). Salsa works, as well. Add salt and pepper to taste. This is a great time to use a finishing salt instead of table salt, such as French, Fleur de Sel or Himalayan pink salt. Serve with mixed greens.

Asparagus and Mushroom Frittata Yields: 4 servings 2 Tbsp butter 6-10 stalks asparagus, stalk trimmed and discarded, cut into 1-inch pieces 8 portabella mushrooms, washed, stems removed, cut into slices 4 farm-fresh eggs, whisked 2 Tbsp shaved Parmesan cheese Ground pepper and salt to taste Tomato jam or favorite salsa (optional) Finishing salt (optional)

Janie Maxwell, MS, RDN, LDN, is the executive director of the Illinois Farmers Market Association (ILFMA), which supports local food and food systems by giving Illinois farmers’ markets and producers access to resources, education and connections in order to grow healthier and economically vibrant communities. For more information, visit ilfma.org.



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Spring Salad Bowls from Prairie Wind Family Farm

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en Miller says, “In my farm kitchen, spring is a time to clean the refrigerator in preparation for plenty of spring vegetables. Winter storage vegetables are used in salads, soups and slaws. Here are two salad bowls: one that I make to use up winter storage veggies, and one to invite in spring’s vegetable bounty.”

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Vegetarian Lentil Salad with Winter Sweetened Spinach and Carrots Yields: 4 servings 1 cup bulgur 2 cups vegetable broth 2 cups lentils 1½ cups carrots, sliced thin 1½ cups mature spinach, sliced thin ¼ cup pepitas

Roasted Chicken, Quinoa and Dill Salad with Spring Radish and Cucumber Yields: 4 servings 1 cup quinoa 2 cups chicken broth 1½ cups radishes, sliced thin 1½ cups cucumber, sliced thin 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken ¼ cup almonds

Recipes courtesy of Jen Miller, of Prairie Wind Family Farm, which grows a wide variety of certified organic vegetables, pasture-raised hens for eggs and provides fresh fruit to CSA members, delivered to north and western suburban locations. Spring shares start in April. For more information and to sign up for the CSA season, visit PrairieWindFamilyFarm.com. See ad on this page.

Dressing ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil ⅓ cup rice wine vinegar 2 Tbsp shallot, minced 1 Tbsp fresh dill ¾ tsp salt ½ tsp pepper

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Dressing ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil ⅓ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice 2 Tbsp shallot, minced 1 Tbsp fresh parsley ¾ tsp salt ½ tsp pepper Bring bulgur and vegetable broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer; cover with a lid. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes; let stand covered for 5 minutes. In a small saucepan, simmer lentils in water to cover by 2 inches until just tender, but not falling apart, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain well and let cool slightly.

Bring quinoa and chicken broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer; cover with a lid. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes; let stand covered for 10 minutes.

Make dressing by whisking oil, juice, shallot, parsley, salt and pepper in large bowl. Add cooked bulgur, lentils, vegetables and toss to coat. Sprinkle with pepitas and serve at room temperature or cold.

Make dressing by whisking oil, vinegar, shallot, dill, salt and pepper in large bowl. Add cooked quinoa, vegetables, chicken and toss to coat. Sprinkle with almonds and serve room temperature or cold.



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ardening is good for body and soul, but long hours and repetitive movements can negatively impact even the fittest body. While stiffness and pain patterns might manifest in the lower back, shoulders, legs and hands, performing a few yoga poses can lessen pain, increase flexibility, boost stamina and prevent injury. “Every action needs a counter action for structural balance to be maintained. Repetitive movements can tighten fascia, restrict movement and compromise nerve impulses,” explains Asheville, North Carolina, yoga teacher and back care specialist Lillah Schwartz, author of Healing Our Backs with Yoga: An Essential Guide to Back Pain Relief. “What goes into spasm tends to remain in spasm,” observes Schwartz, who has helped many people overcome back pain and other chronic structural issues. Practicing yoga before, during or after spending time outside also promotes mind-body awareness which helps us tune into our body’s natural rhythms and prevent physical problems in the first place. Here are some basics to consider when working in the garden.

Great agility and strong muscles cannot compensate for being in one position too long, over-reaching or fatigue. “Listen to your body’s messages such as, ‘It’s time for a rest,’ or, ‘That’s too heavy,’” recommends Schwartz. Remember to take regular breaks to rest, stretch and drink water. Chicago






Strike a Pose

Doing yoga regularly will condition the body, but incorporating asanas, or poses, while gardening can be both a fun and practical way to avoid overstressing certain muscle groups and keep the spine and hamstrings supple. Using props in the garden environment such as fences, a wall or a chair can provide convenient support. Feel free to perform all poses before or after gardening, and all except numbers one and five in the garden.

1. Downward Facing Dog pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana) with feet placed against a support

2. Warrior 1 pose (Virabhadrasana I) 3. Straddle Forward Fold pose (Prasarita Padottanasana) 4. Standing Scissor Twist (Parivrtta Hasta Padasana) standing close to and bracing against a wall or fence

5. Locust pose (Salabhasana) 6. Squat Pull Spinal Traction (Ardha Malasana in traction)

Take a Breath

“Conscious breathing involves both the body and the mind. Long, slow inhalations and exhalations help us tune into our body,” says Schwartz. “Using long breaths when stretching in the garden can help muscles find relief.” To reduce pain:

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n Stop and breathe. Take slow, deep breaths with a pause (inhalation retention) between inhalation and exhalation. n Don’t resist the pain or allow self-judgment. n Wait for a release.

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rom birds and elephants to dolphins, animals, whether by instinct or learned behavior, have discovered ways to cope with parasites, pests, aches and pains. This science of self-medication is called zoopharmacognosy (zoo for animal, pharma for drug and cognosy for knowing). At home, a dog or cat that eats grass is practicing it to eliminate parasites or hairballs. Donald Brightsmith, Ph.D., of Texas A&M University, directs the Tambopata Macaw Project in the lowlands of southeastern Peru, studying the many macaws and other parrots that gather clay to eat as a supplement. First thought to help remove toxins from their bodies, clay adds needed sodium to their diet, researchers now believe. A pregnant elephant in Kenyaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tsavo Park was observed by ecologist Holly

Dublin, Ph.D., to travel miles to find a tree not normally eaten. Four days later, the elephant gave birth. Dublin discovered that Kenyan women make a drink from the same leaves and bark to induce labor. While studying Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) in the Sabangau peat swamp forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, primatologist Helen MorroghBernard, Ph.D., of the University of Exeter, UK, observed an orangutan chew the leaves of a plant that were not part of its usual diet until it formed a lather. The orangutan spit out the leaves and used the lather much like humans apply a topical pain reliever. While animals have been known to eat certain plants when ill, hers may be the first sighting of an animal creating a salve. Nearby villagers grind the leaves to make

a balm for sore muscles and inflammation. Morrogh-Bernard believes humans learned this topical application from apes and passed it down through the generations. In the Red Sea, bottlenose dolphins rub against bush-like gorgonian corals covered by an outer layer of antimicrobial mucus that may protect them from infection, according to dolphin researcher Angela Ziltener, of the University of Zürich, Switzerland. “It’s amazing how much we’ve learned, but forgotten,” says Ira Pastor, CEO at Bioquark Inc., in Philadelphia, a life sciences company developing biologic products to regenerate and repair human organs and tissues. “We live with other organisms which from a health and wellness perspective are much further advanced than humans. No other species tries to cure with any single solution. Nature employs multiple options. We’re not appropriately imitating nature yet. We need to do more.” Cindy Engel, Ph.D., of Suffolk, England, author of Wild Health: Lessons in Natural Wellness from the Animal Kingdom, says, “Animals rely on plants to provide them with the essentials of life, making their health intimately dependent on plant chemistry to provide everything they need to grow, repair damage and reproduce.” She continues, “Wild animals carry diseases that affect livestock and humans. It’s sensible to explore why they’re successful in fending off the worst effects in order to find ways to improve our own health,

We feel the answers for the future will be found in the past, not in chemical factories. ~Ira Pastor instead of just trying to eradicate the disease. We can learn from behavioral selfhelp strategies animals employ.” Accomplishing this is more difficult than ever, she believes, because today’s severely shrinking habitat makes it hard to find truly wild animals and plants. “Over the last 100 years, we’ve done a horrible disservice to all life by destroying habitat and exploring only a small percentage of what nature has to offer,” agrees Pastor. “As patents expire, pharma has to change. It’s important to develop botanicals. We’re advised to vary our diet and exercise, yet take the same dose of the same pill daily. We’ve studied dead organisms under microscopes, but living organisms, even as small as microbes, can communicate helpful positive reactions.” Western medicine has strayed from what nature offers to keep us healthy. Now is the time to take care of both the planet and all living beings on it. “We’ve discarded thousands of years of evidence,” says Pastor. “We cannot destroy the bounty of possibilities.”

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movement is afoot to get kids grounded in nature. Wilderness awareness programs, also known as primitive skills or Earth-based education, teach life-changing survival skills that build courage, compassion and camaraderie. “We help youth experience a true aliveness in nature. Kids gain knowledge of the outdoors and increase awareness, confidence and self-reliance, while having fun, positive experiences,” says Dave Scott, founder of the Earth Native Wilderness School (EarthNativeSchool.com), in Bastrop, Texas. They often go on to enthusiastically share what they’ve learned about natural flora and fauna with their families.

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Youth engaged with organizations like this one enjoy gaining nature-oriented survival skills, such as making bows, baskets, shelters and fire. “By making a bow out of a particular type of tree, children discover what type of habitat the tree prefers and how to harvest it sustainably. Indigenous skills like animal tracking also help them relate to wildlife and 44



develop empathy for animals,” says Scott. “When you learn to trust rather than fear nature, you’re more likely to take care of it,” adds Rick Berry, founder of 4 Elements Earth Education (4eee.org), a Nevada City, California, nonprofit that helps kids and adults connect with planet Earth via immersion in nature. Leaving room for spontaneity and improvisation is important. While infusing indigenous knowledge into their curriculum, wilderness programs emphasize universal principles such as deep understanding of local environments and life’s interconnectedness. “Fire making is for everybody. Shelter making is for everybody. We are all caretakers of the land,” says Berry. Physical and other challenges, such as walking blindfolded through the woods, heighten sensory perception while building confidence. “The landscape is a great teacher with its uneven ground and obstacles, posing an opportunity to learn agility, practice balance and ultimately, expand awareness,” says Simon Abramson, associate director of Wild Earth (WildEarth.org), in High Falls, New York.  

Nature-immersion programs like Wild Earth’s further help kids sharpen their observation skills through activities like learning to identify birdsongs and trees. During a popular activity called “sit spot”, children learn to sit quietly, listen and observe from a specific location they may revisit over the course of a day or year to witness nature’s varied beauty. Another time, they may try “foxwalking”, creeping silently and slowly, or test their “owl vision”, using peripheral vision. For younger kids, instructors may incorporate such skills into a game like “coyote or rabbit,” where by staying still, they can avoid detection by a predator. Kids learn to listen both to nature and their own inner voice, which can be challenging in the midst of dominating peers and authority figures. “We build on the tradition of vision quest, in taking time to get quiet in nature and hear what the heart is saying,” says Berry. Activities may be patterned after natural cycles of the seasons, the four directions and diurnal rhythms. On a bright morning, emphasis is on high-energy, outward-facing activities; day’s end brings a pause to reflect, glean and share what participants have made and learned.

Lasting Life Lessons

Mother Nature’s lessons can be hardearned, but the outdoor trials that kids experience are often their most honored and memorable moments. Whether youths try out a wilderness program for a season or stay on for years, Earth-based learning can have an enduring impact. They help foster healthy relationships not only with the Earth, but with other people, according to Samuel Bowman, a program coordinator with the Wilderness Awareness School (Wilderness Awareness.org), in Duvall, Washington. Team-driven activities like building a communal shelter can help kids learn how to work through conflict, listen to others and appreciate differences. “The kids that have come through our programs prove to be creative problemsolvers prepared to handle just about anything. They have focus and commitment, and tend to be service oriented,” observes

Abramson, noting that 60 percent of their instructors are alumni. “Thinking back on kids we’ve worked with, you can often see their wilderness journey reflected in their paths as adults, how they are making choices with their heart and pursuing their passions,” concludes Berry. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature (CoyotesGuide.com) is an inspirational publication for teachers, mentors and parents based on ancient worldwide cultural wisdom, including mythic animal stories, nature-based ceremonies and survival tools. The Tracker School (TrackerSchool.com), founded by wilderness expert Tom Brown in 1978, offers 75 classes on wilderness survival skills and a list of tracker clubs and affiliates across North America and beyond. Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature and Survival for Children is another respected resource.

Children & Nature Network (ChildrenAnd Nature.org) connects children, families and communities with nature through evidence-based resources and tools, broadbased collaboration and grassroots leadership. This international initiative was co-founded by Richard Louv, renowned author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Earth Skills Alliance (EarthSkills Alliance.com) is a collective of youth program leaders dedicated to Earth skills instruction. Its annual conference and other platforms share best practices and experiences.

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pring is here, and seasoned gardeners know that it is time to get out into the vegetable garden. Growing our own food can be an empowering experience, allowing us to control what goes into the soil and onto the plants. For those new to gardening or planning their first veggie garden, knowing how to start can be daunting. New gardeners can ensure a successful start in the vegetable garden by following a few simple steps. Here are a few rules of thumb to get growing and harvesting homegrown vegetables. Start by selecting a site for the garden. A location close to the back door means it is likely to be well maintained and we will use it more often if it is handy. Snipping a few herbs at dinnertime will be convenient and quick. Water is needed for seeding, transplanting and all throughout the plant’s life, so locate wisely in close proximity to a water source, but avoid low, poorly drained areas in the yard where puddles might form. If drainage is a problem, consider 46



using raised beds. It can be reassuring to remember that few gardeners have the perfect location and conditions. Select a site for the garden in full sun away from large trees and shadows cast by the house or garage. Vegetable gardens require as much sunlight as possible—leafy salad greens need at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. Coolseason crops like beets, parsley, green onions, cabbage, radish and Swiss chard can tolerate a bit more shade than warm-season fruiting crops such as tomatoes, peppers and squash that require eight to 10 hours of light per day. A south or southwest exposure is ideal, allowing

vegetable plants to capture as much sunlight as possible. Well-drained, fertile soil is essential for a productive vegetable patch. Perform a soil test, especially in a new garden bed. Soils with pH readings between 6.0 from 7.0 are about right. The addition of organic matter, including composted cow manure—a gardener’s “black gold”—is an efficient way to add nitrogen on a slowrelease basis. Sources of organic matter found in home gardens such as leaves and grass clippings can be used to amend garden soils by layering an inch or two on top and loosening the soil to at least eight inches deep. Adequate organic matter in the garden improves drainage in our heavy clay soils, provides sites for nutrient storage and encourages soil organisms, earthworms and mycorrhizae to promote plant growth. Paying close attention to the quality and condition of garden soil will reward us with a bountiful harvest. Start small, selecting vegetables that we like to eat or that are expensive to buy. Growing interesting heirloom varieties not readily available in grocery stores is a brilliant idea. It is easy to build on successes if we are not overwhelmed by too large a garden space to begin with. Select a few easyto-grow crops, six or seven frost-tolerant varieties for the spring and the same number of warm season/ summer varieties for planting in June. Lisa Hilgenberg is the horticulturist at the Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden, in the Chicago Botanic Garden, located at 1000 Lake Cook Rd., in Glencoe. For more information, call 847-835-5440 or visit ChicagoBotanic.org. Follow her on Twitter @hilgenberg8 and on Instagram @hilgenberg8. Follow the Chicago Botanic Garden on Facebook @Chicago Botanic Garden and on Twitter and Instagram @ChicagoBotanic.

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Timing is Everything Cool-season vegetables:

Warm-season vegetables:

Very hardy, direct sow seed as soon as soil can be worked ● Radish (Early Scarlet Globe, Rudolf and Crunchy Royale) ● Spinach (Covair, Bloomsdale) ● Peas (Super Sugar Snap, Sugar Ann, Blue Podded Shelling)

Plant mid to late May DIRECT SOW ● Snap beans (Provider) ● Corn (Silver Queen, Oaxacan Green Dent, Two Inch Strawberry Popcorn) ● Squash (Summer squash- Yellow Crookneck, Jaune et Verte, Dunja)

Transplant into the garden a month before last frost ● Broccoli (Arcadia, Blue Wind, Di Ciccio) ● Collards (Flash, Vates) ● Kale (Lacinato, Scarlet) ● Parsley (Giant of Italy, Titan) ● Cabbage (Early Jersey Wakefield) ● Green Onions (Evergreen Bunching)

Frost-tolerant vegetables: Two weeks before last frost date DIRECT SOW ● Beets (Bull’s Blood, Touchstone Gold) ● Swiss Chard (Five Color Silverbeet, Rhubarb Red) ● Carrot (Yaya, Bolero) ● Mustard (Garnet Giant, Golden Frills) ● Thyme (German Winter) TRANSPLANT ● Lettuce (I grow 70 varieties each year! This spring, we are planting heirloom lettuces with interesting stories) ● Cauliflower (Snow Crown, Veronica) ● Chinese Cabbage (Bilko, Tokyo Bekana)

Direct Seeding Versus Transplants

Directly sow means the seeds are planted in a row in the garden. Large-seeded peas and beans are best directly sown into the garden. Direct sowing is best for root vegetables like carrots, beets and radish, and for those that do not like their roots disturbed, like corn, squash and cucumbers. Transplanting means the seeds are started indoors, and then the “starts”, or small plants, are planted out in the garden. Transplanting helps gardeners get a jump on growing longer-seasoned vegetables or those that are tricky to germinate, like broccoli, cabbage, peppers and tomatoes.

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The average last frost date in the Chicago area is April 27 and can vary two weeks in either direction. Here is a list of vegetables and their ideal times to sow or transplant, along with Lisa Hilgenberg’s recommendations for new varieties that will be grown at the Chicago Botanic Garden this year.

TRANSPLANT ● Dill (Fernleaf) ● Oregano (Greek) ● Sage (Common sage and Berggarten) ● Sunflowers (We have many sunflower varieties growing this summer in the Fruit and Vegetable Garden, come to have a look and select a favorite! Teddy Bear-small plant, double flower. Moulin Rouge-burgundy. Buttercream.)

Heat-loving vegetables: Plant after all danger of frost has passed SEED ● Basil (Genovese, Mrs. Burns Lemon, Cardinal) ● Cucumber (Snow’s Pickling, Lemon, Northern Pickling) ● Winter squash (Winter Luxury, Rouge Vif D’Etampes, Waltham) ● Lima beans (Fordhook 242) ● Watermelon (Moon and Stars) TRANSPLANT ● Eggplant (Rosa Bianca, Patio Baby, Fairy Tale) ● Peppers (Fish, Marconi Red) ● Sweet potato (Beauregard) ● Tomatoes (Fred’s Tie-dye, Cream Sausage, Dejena Lee’s Golden Girl, San Marzano)

Seed Sowing Tips

Mark straight rows on finely raked garden soil. Space the seeds uniformly in the row after reading the recommended spacing for individual veggies on the seed packet. Plant them carefully at the proper depth. Cover the seeds and tamp them down to ensure the seed has contact with the soil. Gently water on mist setting and keep moist under germination. Thin plants to give them room to grow when they are young—an inch or two tall is the right time. April 2018


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The 147th annual Arbor Day on April 27 encourages tree planting worldwide to replenish lost tree cover including trees wiped out in the recent fires in California and hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) is committed to providing 5 million trees in these areas alone. More than 3,400 U.S. communities will participate as an ADF Tree City. Visit Tinyurl.com/USATreeCityDirectory for a current list and criteria for new communities to apply. The ADF Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees.org) supports treegrowing programs for 200 nonprofit member groups nationwide via funding, information sharing and forging helpful connections. Trees are much more than aesthetics, says Program Manager Dana Karcher, who most recently welcomed Community Greening, in Delray Beach, Florida, and Outdoor Circle, in Hawaii, into the fold. “Trees clean the air, are a habitat for animals, retain storm water and more.” An affiliated nonprofit program online at NeighborWoodsMonth.org encourages tree planting each October. Billings, Montana, earned the latest Arbor Day Celebration Award after 12 elementary schools there engaged in environmental education stations and 180 volunteers planted and pruned trees. Other recent biannual award winners included California’s ReLeaf program and the Atlanta Beltline Arboretum. The need was great even before the world’s forests lost 73.4 million acres of tree cover in 2016, a 51 percent increase over 2015, due to poor forest management, climate change-driven drought and fires, says Global Forest Watch. Hopeful global signs: The largest-ever tropical reforestation project in the Brazilian Amazon aims to plant 73 million trees in the next six years on 70,000 acres. A New Zealand participation goal for the Billion Trees Planting Programme targets planting 100 million trees annually for a decade. In July 2017, volunteers in Madhya Pradesh, India, planted 66,750,000 tree saplings in 12 hours, exceeding the previous record by Uttar Pradesh of 50 million in 24 hours, as part of India’s reforestation pledge of 2 billion new trees by 2030. A $10 annual ADF membership fee includes 10, six-inch-tall seedlings to plant or to donate to a national forest. Karcher’s paramount planting tip: “Dig the hole twice as wide and the same depth of the root ball. If it’s too deep, it’ll suffocate. Give roots space to grow.” 48



Save Wild Horses Campaign Update

The Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget again calls on Congress to lift long-standing prohibitions on the destruction and slaughter of wild horses and burros. The budget seeks to cut approximately $14 million of the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Program by selling as many as 90,000 federally protected American mustangs for slaughter to avoid management costs and supply foreign markets with horsemeat. So far, citizens have held the line in favor of America’s iconic equine heritage. As Congress discusses appropriations for 2019, we must continue to press our senators and representatives to stand with the 80 percent of Americans that demand protection for these animals. Make your voice heard today via the online form at Tinyurl.com/ SaveWildHorsesNow.

Horses make a landscape look beautiful. ~Alice Walker


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. Nutritional Health Solutions is located at 480 Elm Pl., in Highland Park. For appointments, call 847-207-2034. For more information, email NHSolutions@sbcglobal.net or visit DigestiveHealthSolutions.com. April2018 2018 April

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MONDAY, APRIL 2 The Edgar Cayce Bookstore is Open – 6-9pm. And our circulating files (compilations of Edgar Cayce’s channeled readings) available for reference. Join our guided meditation starting at 6:30pm followed by silent meditation from 7:30-9pm or experience an intuitive counseling session, a healing reflexology session, and/or 30 mins of deep infrared biota sessions. Free Entry; $35/30-min sessions with practitioners/intuitives. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. HolisticCenterChicago.com. Tao Lecture – 7:30-9pm. Introduction to Tao energy principles, practice and living- enlightenment for everyday living. Mt Prospect Body & Brain, 1 W Rand Rd, Ste C, Mt Prospect. 847-749-1584.

TUESDAY, APRIL 3 Advanced Akashic Records Certified Practitioner Class – 7-9pm. Tuesday evenings, Apr 3-June 9. Live online interactive video class with Dr. Linda Howe, author of the COVR award-winning book How to Read the Akashic Records: Accessing the Archive of the Soul and Its Journey. 8 sessions with Dr. Howe plus 10 bonus sessions. Exchange Akashic Readings. View class recordings at your convenience. For more info: 708-771-5830 or LindaHowe.com.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 Go Green Highland Park Meeting – 12:151:30pm.  1st Wed. All welcome. If you’d like to be involved but can’t attend, email us. Madame ZuZu’s, 582 Roger Williams Ave, Highland Park. More info:  GoGreenHP2014@gmail.com. GoGreenHP.org. 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. GreenDrinks.org/IL/Crystal%20Lake. Tao Lecture – 7:30-9pm. Introduction to Tao energy principles, practice and living-enlightenment for everyday living. Glen Ellyn Body & Brain, 30 S Park Blvd, Glen Ellyn. 630-858-2190.


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Shinrin-Yoku Free Fridays – 5:30-6:30pm. 1st Fri. Free introductory Shinrin-yoku walks led by Certified Forest Therapy guides.  Shinrin-yoku is a practice of spending time in nature and forested areas for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness and happiness.  Naperville Riverwalk. More info: TheResiliencyInstitute.net.

SATURDAY, APRIL 7 McHenry County Gardenfest 2018 – 7:30am4pm. Presented by University of Illinois Extension McHenry County master gardeners and McHenry County College (MCC). Learn about new garden trends, plants and techniques at this daylong series of seminars and workshops. Keynote speaker is Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens, in Janesville, WI, discussing The Sensory Garden. $50, including lunch. 8900 U.S. Rte 14, Crystal Lake. 815-479-7570. Register: McHenry.edu/gardenfest. Palatine Winter Farmers’ Market – 8am-12pm. 1st & 3rd Sat thru Apr. Palatine Train Station, 137 W Wood St, Palatine. 847-358-1649. Palatine. il.us/663/Farmers-Market. Faith in Place Winter Farmers’ Market – 9am1pm. Purchase soups, jams, baked goods, salsas, meats, honey, winter-available produce, and more to support your local farmers. Annunciation of Our Lady Episcopal Church, 5725 Stearns School Rd, Gurnee. 312-733-4640 x 123. FaithInPlace.org. Many Lives, One Source: Understanding Karma, Grace, Reincarnation and Your place in the Divine Plan – 9am-5pm. With Peter Woodbury, from A.R.E. Headquarters. $119/nonmembers, $99/members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. HolisticCenterChicago.com.

Introduction to Buddhism: Finding Real Freedom – 11am-1pm. People often talk of external freedom, but what about inner freedom? Freedom from our negativity, our frustration, our anxieties. Learn how Buddha’s teachings can bring real freedom, from the inside out, and how to practically apply those concepts to your daily life, leading to a happier, less stressful life. Workshop includes teaching, guided meditation and discussion. $15. Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago in Wicker Park, 2010 W Pierce Ave, Chicago. MeditateInChicago.org. Plant Chicago Indoor Farmers’ Market – 11am3pm. 1st Sat thru May. The Plant, Lobby, 1400 W 46th St, Chicago. 773-847-5523. PlantChicago.org. Finding True Self Workshop – Apr 7-8. 12-8pm, Sat; 9am-8pm, Sun. The goal of this workshop is to help you open your heart to your own self. Experience principle lectures, group interaction, guided meditation, and personal reflection to open a path of greater understanding of yourself, your motivations and your potential. Designed to help you look honestly and carefully at the mental and emotional patterns that keep you from living your best life, this workshop is perfect for you to get back on track or experience personal transformation to reconnect with your true nature. Westmont Body & Brain, 215 E Ogden Ave, Westmont. 630-230-0365.


Hanamatsuri/Buddha Day (Zen Buddhism)

savethedate Wellness Expo and Rejuvenation Crawl – 10am-6pm. Experience more than 40 vendors offering ways to balance and restore the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual areas of life through fitness, healthy nutrition and new self-care techniques. Ticket sales benefit the Play on Pritzker Campaign at A.N. Pritzker Elementary School. $10. Wicker Park & Bucktown. More info & tickets: WickerParkBucktown.com. Lymphormation – 11am, support group; 12pm, lecture. 2nd Sun. Enjoy an informational lecture on immunity, the lymph system and alleviating inflammation. With Sharon  M Vogel, nationally boardcertified Lymphedema Therapist. Q&A welcome. Detoxifying self-manual lymph drainage is demonstrated and then instructed. All the while, referencing scholarly journals and clinical study. After the talk, complimentary 10-min manual lymph drainage for each RSVP. National Lymphatic Centers, 5002 Main St, Downers Grove. RSVP: 630-241-4100. Lymphatics.net. Gong Bath Meditation – 1-2:15pm. During gong meditation, emotional transformation is produced as it reduces tension, releases blocks and stimulates circulation. The result is a reorganization of the emotional energy and feelings that are tied into the body. It clears nerve endings and regenerates the parasympathetic system, which is ruled by sound. $20/pre-register, $25/at door. Yin Yang Pilates & Yoga, 111 S Rand Rd, Lake Zurich. 847-719-1800.

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Create Your Life Vision Board Workshop – 1-6pm. A vision board is a way to sell your own ideas to yourself, to intentionally define your dreams and create a vision board that will attract your ideal outcomes to you. $108. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600. YogaKriya.org.

MONDAY, APRIL 9 Yoga Fundamentals: 6-Wk Beginner Series – 6:30-7:45pm. New to yoga or want a refresher? 6-wk series breaks down poses for proper alignment, options for different bodies and benefits. No experience necessary, come as you are. $100. Nirvana Yoga Studio, 211 Park Ave, Barrington. NirvanaYogaStudio.com. Experience Complete Release of PTSD &/or Grief – 6:30-8:30pm. Drop the grief from the loss of a loved one, pet, personal relationship or business. Plus free Bemer session. $25/$35. Insight Awareness, 18110 Martin Ave, Homewood. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or EFT-Tom.com. 

TUESDAY, APRIL 10 Equal Pay Day

Women’s Wellness Expo – 5-8pm. Connect with good women, helpful services and products. De-stressing with Sarah Karnes. McHenry County College, 8900 US-14, Crystal Lake. Sarah:  262-745-8362. Amber@LakeviewCounselingServices.com. 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: Facebook.com/GreenDrinksLibertyville or GreenDrinks.org.


Yom Hashoah begins at sundown Shinrin-Yoku “Tune Your Senses” Series – 5:30-7:30pm. 7-wk series (Apr 11, 18, 25 May 2, 9, 16, 23). Shinrin-yoku is a practice of spending time in nature and forested areas for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness and happiness. $175. Greene Valley Forest Preserve, Naperville. More info & to register: TheResiliencyInstitute.net.

THURSDAY, APRIL 12 Healthy Body, Healthy Planet – 6-8pm. The National Vegetarian Museum presents Brian Waterloo, National Sales Manager at Manna Organics, has first-hand knowledge of the benefits of a plant-based diet. Snacks provided by Manna Organics. You can visit The National Vegetarian Museum’s exhibit at the library from Apr 2-27. Free. Northtown Library, 6435 N California Ave, Chicago. 773-360-1907. VegMuse.org. Tools for Dealing with Anxiety in Turbulent Times – 7-8:30pm. With Terri Hager, LCSW. She will talk about how anxiety can impact the nervous system, and will teach a simple method to help soothe and calm the body and mind. Free. Oak Park Library, 834 Lake St, Oak Park. TherapyForPeace.com. SFG Study Group – 7-9pm. Join for an open discussion of spirituality based on readings from Edgar Cayce. Free. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. HolisticCenterChicago.com.

FRIDAY, APRIL 13 Barrington Area Spring Bird Walk – 8am. Get to know nearby nature with Barrington area naturalist Wendy Paulson. Waterproof boots are strongly recommended.  Don’t forget binoculars.  Free. Meet at Cuba Marsh, Park in parking lot off east side of Lake Zurich Rd just  south  of EJ&E RR tracks, Barrington. RSVP required, Daniel Wear: 312-453-0230 x 2010  or DWear@audubon.org. CitizensForConservation.org. Let Us Change Your Luck, and Gain an Extra Buck – 9am-8pm. Stop in to anyone of your local Fruitful Yield stores and earn double points on all purchases. Haven’t joined the club yet? Sign up for free at any of our 13 locations. Fruitful Yield, 7230 W North Ave, Elmwood Park. 708-395-5880. ESSENTIAL RESTorative Yoga – 7-8:15pm. With Felicia Holtz. Treat your mind and body to a deep healing experience. Restorative postures are enhanced and heightened with the application of carefully chosen doTerra essential oils. $15 or class card. North Branch Yoga, 8056 Lincoln Ave, Skokie. 847-906-3547. NorthBranchYoga.com. Yoga Nidra, Reiki and Singing Bowls – 7-8:30pm. Enter deep relaxation as you are guided through yoga nidra, conscious sleep. Enter deep relaxed awareness through breathing, body awareness and relaxation techniques. Disengage negative mental talk, detach from unconscious habits. You may choose to receive reiki. Wash away what no longer serves you with sounds of crystal singing bowls. $25 by Apr 6, $30 at door. JAI Yoga Studio, 37 E Northwest Hwy, Palatine. 224-567-0838. Facebook.com/ events/399518530490206.

SATURDAY, APRIL 14 Citizen Science Day

61st Street Farmers’ Market – 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. ExperimentalStation.org/market. Eternal Souls of Life after Life – 9am-4:30pm. Join Raymond Moody, bestselling author of Life After Life, for a full-day workshop. Become informed about the 9 elements and key features in Near Death Experiences and Shared Death Experiences. Expand your consciousness and gain a deeper perspective of what occurs during and after dying. $115, $85/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. For details & to register: InfinityFoundation.org. Therapeutic Touch Workshop: A Healing Practice of the Heart and Hands – 10am-5pm. Therapeutic Touch is a gentle, healing practice to bring balance, peacefulness and well-being to those who are ill, dying or stressed. It is an evidence-based healing therapy that incorporates compassionate use of universal energy. With Qualified Therapeutic Touch Practitioners Dr. Marilyn Johnston-Svoboda, RN, EdD; Lisa Leamy, RN, BSN, and Janet Wehr, RN. $45 includes lunch. Swedenborg Library, 77 W Washington St, 17th Fl, Chicago. RSVP: 312-346-7003 or Info@SwedLib.org. SwedLib.org.

Finding True Self Workshop – Apr 14-15. 12-8pm, Sat; 9am-8pm, Sun. The goal of this workshop is to help you open your heart to your own self. Experience principle lectures, group interaction, guided meditation, and personal reflection to open a path of greater understanding of yourself, your motivations and your potential. Designed to help you look honestly and carefully at the mental and emotional patterns that keep you from living your best life, this workshop is perfect for you to get back on track or experience personal transformation to reconnect with your true nature. Northbrook Body & Brain, 1947 Cherry Ln, Northbrook. 847-562-9642. Chicago IANDS – 2-5pm. Support/study/resource forum for near-death, out-of-body and spiritual experiences, losses.  Guest Speaker: Dawn Silver, DN,  Crystals! Cosmic Origins of Crystal Healing!  Learn which stones are best suited for your ancestral patterns. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847-251-5758. ChicagoIANDS.org. Catwalk for Water – 7-11pm. Includes hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, raffles, a silent auction and live music by the band 20 Over. 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. $35 and up. Fields Infiniti Glencoe, 2100 Frontage Rd, Glencoe. GordonSalon.com.


Ganä-hdogó-nah Moon of Many Leaves What is and What Should be: The Inner Alchemy of Transformation – 9:30-11:30am. Lecture with Dawn Yager, who began formal training of mediation and Eastern philosophy in 1993. She trained with many teachers and systems of yoga but credits GoSwami Kriyananda with breaking all limiting thought patterns that may have held about her own physical and spiritual being. After attending Ball State University for neuropsychology and Coastal Carolina University pursuing both business and the arts she experienced a paradigm shift and entered the Kriya Yoga Seminary her senior year and went on to be ordained as Swami Ambikanada. Dawn is a powerful and inspiring teacher. $25 before Apr 12, $30 after. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600. YogaKriya.org. Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar and Farmers’ Market – 12-4pm. Meet dozens of vendors at the indoor crafts and farmers’ market while listening to Hyde Park’s finest deejays spinning jazzy, soulful soundtracks to your shopping. Promontory Restaurant, upstairs lounge, 5311 S Lake Park Ave W, Chicago. 312-801-2100. Facebook.com/HydeParkHandmade. Astrological Progressions: Personal Unfoldment and Evolution – 1-4pm. $55; $45 early registration by Apr 8. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago. 773-327-7224. Info@LifeForceArts.org. AstrologicalDetails.com.

MONDAY, APRIL 16 10-Day Restful Sleep Challenge – With Northshore Acupuncture Center. Each day, challenge participants will receive an email with actions to take to support their sleep. For more info, Amy Landolt: 815-814-1319. Enroll: RestfulSleepChallenge.com.

April 2018


Beginning Astrology – 7-9pm. Course teaches you how to read your own chart and relate astrology to you personally. Make sure you give Lin your birth information so a chart can be prepared for you before class. $25/nonmembers, $20/members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. Lin Boffeli: 563-580-8990 or LBoffeli@gmail.com. HolisticCenterChicago.com. Beginning Astrology Level 2 – Mondays, Apr 16May 21. 7:30-9:30pm. Learn Transits, Progressions, Synastry, Composite Charts, Solar Arcs and Solar Returns. Requires basic astrological knowledge and a knowledge of interpretation. $180; $150 early registration by Apr 9. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago. 773-327-7224. Info@ LifeForceArts.org. AstrologicalDetails.com.

TUESDAY, APRIL 17 300 New Bird Species in 20 Days & Elephants, Too – 7pm. Join  Red Hill Birding’s  Josh Engel and 5 local birders, including Lake/Cook’s Rena and Sonny Cohen, as they revisit their 2016 trip to Namibia and Botswana, complete with 5-ft-tall bustards, hundreds of mammals at Etosha National Park, a hungry hippo joining the group for dinner, and video of the adventure. Free. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park. For more info & complete schedule, Rena Cohen: 847-831-0331. LakeCookAudubon.org. Plant a Prairie Garden – 7-8:30pm. Edie Rowell of the Little Garden Club of Wilmette takes you on a guided tour to transform both large and small spaces in your yard into beautiful Pocket Prairie Gardens in just 6 easy steps. Free. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette. 847-256-5025. WilmetteLibrary.info.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 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. ZenShiatsuChicago.org. Plant a Prairie Garden  – 1-2:30pm. See Apr 17 listing. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette. 847-256-5025. WilmetteLibrary.info. How to Thrive in a Toxic World – 6:30-8pm. This month’s class will be interactive and offer insight on how to thrive, despite all the toxins we are exposed to. Due to toxic overload in our air, homes, food, and even emotions, it is very important to have tools and strategies to not only limit toxic load, but help the body detoxify properly. Free. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 N Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000. BeOptimal.com.

THURSDAY, APRIL 19 Evanston Eye Wellness Open House – 5:308pm. Features dry eye screenings, demonstrations of MiBo Thermoflo treatment, mini-facials with Arbonne products, as well as eye friendly snacks. Evanston Eye Wellness, 716 Main St, Evanston. 847-859-6877. EvanstonEyeWellness.com. Your Self as Your Friend – 7pm. An evening of TLC for your spirit. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Northbrook RSVP, Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362 or Meetup.com/spiritual-nourishment-chicagoland.




FRIDAY, APRIL 20 Restorative Yoga with Acupuncture: Spring Cleanse – 7-8:30pm. With Tabitha Carney and Amy Landolt. Experience a holistic spring detox for your body and mind. Relax into restorative yoga poses that gently stimulate the release of tension and toxins from your body followed by ear acupuncture treatments. $30. Shanti Yoga Studio, 7646 W Touhy Ave, Chicago. 224-585-7785. ChicagoShantiYogaStudio.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 Ridvan begins (Baha’I’)

Palos Heights Winter Market – 8am-12pm. Free parking available. Palos Heights Recreation Center, 6601 W 127th St, Palos Heights. PalosHeights. org/farmers-market. Palatine Winter Farmers’ Market – 8am-12pm. 1st & 3rd Sat thru Apr. Palatine Train Station, 137 W Wood St, Palatine. 847-358-1649. Palatine. il.us/663/Farmers-Market. Northbrook’s Earth & Arbor Day Celebration – 8:30am-12pm. Includes 50 vendors with Earthfriendly products, ideas and concepts for home or business. Clean-up teams meet at 8:30am and each team will be assigned specific areas to collect debris and windblown trash. Village Green, corner of Shermer & Meadow rds, Northbrook. For a schedule & list of recyclable items: 847-664-4129 or Northbrook.il.us/EarthDay. Essentials of CranioSacral Therapy – Apr 21-22. 9am-4pm. This 2-day course is a practical introduction to the theory and practice of the biodynamics of craniosacral balancing. Learn essential ways to perceive the body’s intrinsic movement dynamics, rhythms and pulsations. 12 CE hrs for bodywork professionals; also open to the general public. $240. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org. Tapping the Unlimited Power of the Akashic Records – 9am-4:30pm. The Akashic Records are a vast field of information and vibrations, containing every detail of your past lives, present solutions, and future potentials. Join Sandra Anne Taylor, bestselling author of The Akashic Records: Unlock the Infinite Power, Wisdom and Energy of the Universe for this day-long workshop. $115, $85/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. For details & to register: InfinityFoundation.org. Earth Day Celebration & Peace Fire – 10am3pm. Hosted by Shift2Green and the Des Plaines Park District. Day includes activities and learning sessions for the whole family, exhibits and more. $5 donation. Historic Methodist Campground, 1900 E Algonquin Rd, Des Plaines. 773-800-9174. More info: hmc1860.org. Peterson Garden Organic Edible Plant Sale – Apr 21-22 & May 4-6. 12-4pm, Fri; 10am-4pm, Sat & Sun. Get ready to grow your own organic food! Peterson Garden Project’s Edible Plant Sale is back, and this year is better than ever with all organic plants and a new location in the heart of Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. All proceeds support PGP’s free community programs. 1101 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago. More info: bit.ly/PGP_PlantSale18 or PetersonGarden.org.

An Evening of Ragas Concert – 6:30-9pm. A live benefit concert featuring Master of Santoor Shri. Rahul Sharma and Tabla Maestro Shri Aditya Kalyanpur in what will be their only joint performance in the Chicago area this tour. MA Center Chicago, 41W501 Keslinger Rd, Elburn. Facebook.com/ events/177016969585320.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22 Earth Day

Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program Information Session – 11am-12pm. Thinking about becoming yoga teacher? We have a great program to help you accomplish this goal. We have been running the program since the 70s and trained hundreds of teachers. Come and learn more about this in-depth course and meet the teachers. Free. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600. YogaKriya.org. Happy Hips Hatha Yoga Workshop – 1-4pm. With Agnieszka Miskiewicz. Not a “hip opening” workshop but rather a nuanced approach to healthy hips where students are able to access what their hips need most: more space in the joint, more strength, more flexibility, or a combination of approaches. Will also look at how a healthy balanced pelvis and maintaining healthy curves of the spine help (biomechanics) heal the hips. All welcome. $40 before Apr 20, $50 after. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600. YogaKriya.org. Earth Citizens Unite March – 1:30-3:45pm. Body & Brain supports the nonprofit, Earth Citizens Organization. We will be marching from Grant Park to Millennium Park to raise awareness and have a talk about how to create natural health, happiness and peace for ourselves, our community and the whole Earth. Start at 1135 S Michigan Ave by the Agora sculpture and finish at Millennium Park. EarthCitizens.org. Kirtan with Radha and The Bhakti Caravan – 2-4pm. Expand your consciousness, your capacity for joy and healing, and have fun as you support this fundraiser for the Infinity Foundation, a local non-profit that provides conscious courses for all. $15. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. InfinityFoundation.org. Super Skillful Self Care – 2-4pm. Sarah Karnes will guide you in addressing your emotional, mental and spiritual needs so you can stop the energy drain created by negative self-talk, over-giving and comparison. Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W Church St, Libertyville. ThePresentMomentInc. com/currentEvents/sarah-karnes.html.

MONDAY, APRIL 23 Experience Complete Release of Digestion Issues – 6:30-8:30pm. Release negative emotions that are affecting your body. Plus free Bemer session. $25/$35. Insight Awareness, 18110 Martin Ave, Homewood. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or EFT-Tom.com.  Tao Lecture – 7:30-9pm. Introduction to Tao energy principles, practice and living-enlightenment for everyday living. Westmont Body & Brain, 215 E Ogden Ave, Westmont. 630-230-0365.


American Day of Remembrance The Master Mind Principle Seminar – 7pm. Led by Greg Barrette, minister of Unity Northwest Church. Learn a powerful 7-step group prayer technique, adapted from Napoleon Hill’s groundbreaking methods. Then have an opportunity to practice this process and form Master Mind groups. No experience necessary. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. UnityNorthwest.org. 


See NAChicago.com for latest events. Qigong and Meditation Evening Class – 6:30pm. Taught by Emmett Sylvester and Mona Cecala. $15. Alternative Health Center, 800 E Northwest Hwy, Ste 101A, Mt. Prospect. 847-873-1490.


Take Our Sons/Daughters to Work Day How to Make Change for the Better – 7-8pm. Get unstuck. Overcome fear. Navigate change with God as your companion. Speaker: Janet Hegarty, CSB. Second of three talks in the series “Life Changing Strategies: A Spiritual Approach.” Free. The Park Center, 2400 Chestnut Ave, Glenview. More info: csglenview.org/life-changing-strategies. Experience Complete Release of Digestion Issues – 7-9pm. Release negative emotions that are affecting your body. Plus free Bemer session. $25. Shorewood Hypnosis Center, 102 Jefferson St, Shorewood. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or EFT-Tom.com.  SFG Study Group – 7-9pm. Join for an open discussion of spirituality based on readings from Edgar Cayce. Free. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. HolisticCenterChicago.com.

FRIDAY, APRIL 27 Arbor Day

Yoga for Agua – The $20 suggested donation includes a 75-min class taught by Heather Martello, small bites and wine. Benefits the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Yogaview, 1231 Green Bay Rd, Wilmette. GordonSalon.com. Mineral Fusion Beauty Tour – Apr 27-29. 11am4pm. Looking for a cleaner, more natural makeup line? Look no more. Mineral Fusion is coming to educate on the benefits of incorporating natural make up into your everyday routine. Makeup artists will be offering on-site consultations. Free. Fruitful Yield, 168 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg. Register: 847-882-2999. Paul Selig at the Wilmette Theatre – 7pm. Selig is a psychic, medium, teacher and award-winning author of several channeled texts. Chicago journalist Jenniffer Weigel will interview him about techniques for aligning to a new life and a practical program for personal growth. Selig will also do some live channeling and Q&A with the audience. $40/advance, $50/ at door. 1122 Central Ave, Wilmette. 773-398-6154. WilmetteTheatre.com.

Exploring Full Moon Traditions and Practices – 7-9pm. Learn how to harness the beautiful and powerful energy of the full moon to enhance and enrich your days. With ARE Chicagoland Team. Free. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. HolisticCenterChicago.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28 Workers Memorial Day

Homewood Indoor Farmers’ Market – 8am12pm. Last Sat each month thru Apr. Marie Irwin Center, 18120 Highland Ave, Homewood. Village. Homewood.il.us. Qigong Workshop for Health and Longevity – 9:30am-5:30pm. Workshop open to new and continuing practitioners and includes gentle and mindful movements and stretches, breathing exercises, discussions and guided meditations in order to tap into one’s qi or vitality. $179. Techy Towers and Retreat Center, 2001 Waukegan Rd, Northbrook. Pre-registration required: HoldenQiGong.com/ health-and-longevity. Beltane: May Day – 7-9pm. Join us as we take a shamanic journey to bless the sacred marriage of female and male, of body and soul, in each of us. A guided journey creates an opening of consciousness for participants to receive the seasonal guidance for their goals. Afterwards, everyone shares their experience in an atmosphere of support and camaraderie. $22 /advance, $29/at door. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org.


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SUNDAY, APRIL 29 Int’l Dance Day

Exploring Your Life Mission – Dive in for a deeper look at who you are,  why you are here, and what you are here to do,  it matters. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Northbrook RSVP, Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362 or  Meetup.com/spiritual-nourishment-chicagoland. Healing Life Workshop – 9am-7pm. Learn to heal your gut health, mental well-being, promote emotional stability and more with the Acupressure Healing Tool: Healing Life Wand.  Mt Prospect Body & Brain, 1 W Rand Rd, Ste C, Mt Prospect. 847-749-1584. BellyButtonHealing.com. Spring Fling at Lovelight Healing Center – 10am3pm. Card readings, aura photos, chair massage, local artists. As well as rocks, crystals, jewelry and more. Lovelight Healing Center, 408 Center St. Grayslake. 847-350-7000. Lovelighthc.com.


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WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 Barrington Area Spring Bird Walk – 8am. Get to know nearby nature with Barrington area naturalist Wendy Paulson. Waterproof boots are strongly recommended. Don’t forget binoculars. Free. Meet at Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Rd off of Palatine Rd, Barrington. RSVP required, Daniel Wear: 312-453-0230 x 2010  or DWear@audubon.org. CitizensForConservation.org.

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savethedate FRIDAY, MAY 11 An Evening of Cosmic Comedy – 7-9pm. Join the fun as the “turban-powered” Swami Beyondananda creates a field of hearty laughter and inspired celebration, and bring your friends, because when it comes to laughter, the more the merrier. $20/advance, $25/at door. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600. YogaKriya.org.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 Gathering for Humanity 5-Day Retreat Conference – May 16-20. A  powerful  conference for unity and awakening at this pivotal moment on Earth. Join indigenous elders and other spiritual voices in guidance, blessings, sacred ceremony and higher wisdom. Experience the transformational energies of the Santa Fe area. A mandate of Spirit through universal healer Mayan Grandmother Flordemayo, the Gathering is an urgent calling to all of humanity committed to increasing the light and coherence on the planet. The Chi Center, 40 Camino Vista Clara, Galisteo, NM. Tickets, registration & schedule: GatheringForHumanity.org.

THURSDAY, MAY 17 Integrative and Natural Approaches towards Wellness and Wholeness for Gifted, Talented and Twice Exceptional Children – 7-8:30pm.  With Archana Lal-Tabak, MD, and Jim Lal-Tabak.  Many gifted and talented children exhibit both medical and mental/emotional symptoms. Often these individuals are very sensitive and may not respond well to conventional treatments.

savethedate Natural and holistic solutions for these sensitive and bright individuals will be discussed. Webinar. For more info, Jim Lal-Tabak: 224-714-9593 or Archana Lal-Tabak: 847-425-9355 or BodyMindMedicine.com. Register: sengifted.org/programs/ senginars.

FRIDAY, JUNE 1 7th Annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference:  Honoring Plant Wisdom – June 1-3. Speakers: Tieraona Low Dog, MD, Isla Burgess, Dr. Jody Noé and many more. Join us for a gathering of the feminine; a wide spectrum of Internationally acclaimed herbalists and Earth-based speakers, plant walks, topics including herbs for family health, wild edibles, fermentation, permaculture, movement, herbal wisdom the wise woman ways and much more. Over 60 workshops and plants walks, Kids’ Camp and Teen Camp. Includes pre-conference classes, workshops and walks, singing, dancing, meals, swimming, red tent communal space and more. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info: MidwestWomensHerbal.com.

FRIDAY, JUNE 8 Celebrate Your Life – June 8-11. This awesome soul fest brings the world’s top dream team of spiritual teachers presenting keynote lectures and workshops for four days. This year’s lineup includes Lisa Nichols, Neale Donald Walsch, Caroline Myss, Gregg Braden, the Three Mediums and many more powerful spiritual visionaries. Westin Lombard, 70 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard. 480-970-8543. CelebrateYourLife.org.

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monthlyspecialoffers $65 Body Exfoliation with Feet Treatment – Thru Apr. Body exfoliation is a reviving treatment that returns a youthful glow, as the entire body is exfoliated to buff away dead skin cells with a blend of special exfoliating products. Treatment includes scrub, mask and hot towels. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com. $65 Swedish Massage with Cannabis Oil for Pain Relief – Thru Apr. Experience the classic form of full-body soft tissue massage, excellent for first-time clients. Cannabis oil helps to relieve intense pain in muscles and joints. Add $10 for deep tissue. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com.

$79.99 Eminence Blueberry Detox Cleansing Facial – Thru Apr. Looking for a great way to experience a detoxifying facial? This naturally exfoliating facial will cleanse pores deeply and tone the look of skin. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com. $89.99 50-Min Swedish Massage & Manicure/ Pedicure – Thru Apr. Enjoy the classic form of a full-body soft tissue massage. Package includes Antalee’s classic manicure and pedicure. Add $10 for deep tissue. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com.

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$149.99 90-Min Swedish Massage & Eminence Spring Refreshing Facial – Thru Apr. Experience the classic form of full-body soft tissue massage. Also enjoy a great pick me up just in time for the spring season with our Eminence Spring Refreshing Facial. Includes skin analysis, cleanse, skin polish, masque & hydration. Add $5 for deep tissue. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com.


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The Mike Nowak Show Radio Program – 9-11am. Sunday edition of the 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 weatherman/climate scientist Rick DiMaio in live show on 1590 WCGO AM, also available in podcast on MikeNowak.net, iTunes, Stitcher and podcast apps, and streaming live on MikeNowak.net, the TuneIn radio app and on Facebook at @1590WCGO. Time to Dance: Ballet – 10:30-11:30am. Also Tues, 1:30-2:30pm & Wed, 7-8pm. A class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: DanceForJoy16@gmail.com. Time to Dance: Sofshu (Tap) – 11:40am-12:10pm. Also Tues, 2:40-3:15pm. A class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: DanceForJoy16@gmail.com. Putting My Oxygen Mask on First – 1:301:45pm. With Amy Landolt. Join this weekly

Qigong – 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. 773-477-4822. Ecstatic Breathwork Class – 5pm. 2nd Sun. $20. Mind Body Healing Center, 77 W Washington, Ste 1704, Chicago. 312-285-5287. MindBodyHealingChicago.com.

monday Online On-Demand Akashic Records Certification Classes – Gain the perspective and clarity to make choices leading you to greater possibilities in this lifetime. Classes include Practitioner, Advanced Practitioner, Healing, Discover Your Soul’s Path, Manifesting Your Soul’s Purposes. Save $145 with 5-Class Package. Online. 708-771-5830. LindaHowe.com. 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. Earthly-Goods.com.

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. DigestiveHealthSolutions.com. Chakra Balancing Yoga – 5-6pm. With Serena. $20. Mind Body Healing Center, 77 W Washington, Ste 1704, Chicago. To register, Serena: 773-368-4363. MindBodyHealingChicago.com. 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. Meditation – 6-7pm. With Serena. $20. Mind Body Healing Center, 77 W Washington, Ste 1704, Chicago. To register, Serena: 773-368-4363. MindBodyHealingChicago.com. Let’s Talk Hemp Oil & Business Opportunity – 6:30pm. Enhance your health in ways you never knew possible with Liposomal Cannabis/Hemp oil extract. Learn what all the buzz is about with hemp oil. Hear about the new science and research on cannabinoids. We will introduce you to a full spectrum phytocannabindiol hemp extract that doesn’t require a medical card. Free presentation and oil tasting. The Center for New Pathways, 830 E Higgins Rd, Ste 113B, Schaumburg. RSVP: 630309-3409. Also held at L’Chaim Center, Deerfield Park Plaza, 405 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 207, Deerfield. RSVP: 773-655-1431. Holistic Cardio: Nia Technique Group Fitness – 6:30-7:30pm. A beautiful, deep class that combines dance (like jazz), martial (like aikido) and healing arts (like yoga). Sense new levels of mind-body 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 Sensory IQ, and empowers your self-expression. Non-impact, 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 Tues, Thurs & Sat,  9:30am. $15. Raydiant Day, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-644-9834. NiaRaydiantDay.Life. Mind Body Healing Center Workshop – 7-8pm. With Serena. Topics to be announced on the website. $20. Mind Body Healing Center, 77 W Washington, Ste 1704, Chicago. To register, Serena: 773-368-4363. MindBodyHealingChicago.com. Introductory Meditation for Spiritual Awareness – 7-8:30pm. 4-wk sessions in Apr & May. Each month, a 4-wk course walks attendees through the why, how and what of meditation. Apr facilitator: Renate Lanotte and Brian Waterloo; May facilitator: Varsha Bhatia. Wheaton Community Center, 1777 S Blanchard St, Wheaton. For more info, Bob Gallagher: 630-561-5425 or BobG1938@gmail.com.

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tuesday 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. ReFitInc.com. Enhance Your Health in Ways you Never Knew Possible – 11:15am-12:15pm. Come hear the research and science behind this one of a kind nano-enhanced hemp oil. Keep The Beat Wellness, Berkson Office Center, 333 Skokie Blvd, Ste 106, Northbrook. RSVP: 847-769-3547. Complimentary Consultation at ChiroMend Natural Health Center –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. 1834 Glenview Rd, Ste 2W, Glenview. For appt: 847-730-3988. More info: ChiroMend.com. Time to Dance – 1:30-2:30pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: DanceForJoy16@gmail.com. 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. pdop.org. Time to Dance: Sofshu (Tap) – 2:40-3:15pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: DanceForJoy16@gmail.com. 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. Also Thurs, 11am or 12pm. 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. ZenShiatsuChicago.org.

Women’s Basics Jiu-Jitsu Classes – 7:30-8:30pm. Also Thurs. Learn the basics and fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a female-friendly environment. All levels welcome. Co-ed class held: Tues-Thurs, 6-7pm & Sat, 10:30-11:30am. Ilya’s Brazilian JiuJitsu, 2068 1st St, Highland Park. Jen Zanotti: JenZsCoaching@gmail.com. Ilyasbjj.com.

wednesday Free Mini-Stress Relieve Acupuncture Session – 11am-2pm. Also Fri. By appt only. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. NirvanaNaturopathics.com. Weekly Guided Group Meditation using Hemp Oil – 7pm. At this meditation, have the opportunity to try a one-of-a-kind liposomal Hemp extract prior to meditating. This meditation will allow your nervous system to begin to relax and fully unwind, giving your body a chance to finally surrender and let go. The hemp oil used is non-psychoactive with only/under .002% THC, and it’s legal in all 50 states. Free. The Center for New Pathways, 830 E Higgins Rd, Ste 113B, Schaumburg. RSVP: 630-309-3409. Time to Dance: Ballet – 7-8pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: DanceForJoy16@gmail.com. Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. With Kevin. $20. Mind Body Healing Center, 77 W Washington, Ste 1704, Chicago. To register, Kevin: Hello@KevinOberhausen.com. MindBodyHealingChicago.com.

thursday Shiatsu Student Clinic – 11am or 12pm. See Tues listing. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org. Canes, Walkers & Wheelchair Class – 1212:45pm. Ease into stretching for flexibility, balance and strength. Sitting and/or standing positions. All levels, all ages. Stay fit, have fun. Fitness for Active Adults, 742 Sheridan Rd, Highwood. Fitness4ActiveAdults@aol.com. Time to Dance: Modern – 1-2pm. A class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: DanceForJoy16@gmail.com.

Yoga Club – 4:30-6:30pm. Led by Julie Kotiw, DC, PCOM Bio Science Chair. No experience necessary. We have supplies including blocks and straps, bring a yoga mat if have one. Feel free to drop-in anytime and leave anytime to accommodate your schedule. Free. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Om Zone – 6-8pm. For those looking for new approaches to live naturally in the modern world. Share ideas about what works and get support in making healthier choices or just chill out to manage stress. Each week will feature a different modality, and there are no limits on topics. World Tree Natural Medicine, 17W703-F Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook Terrace. 630-359-5522. WorldTree@comcast.net. TheHealingPowerOfNature.com. Let’s Talk Hemp Oil & Business Opportunity – 6:30pm. Come learn what all the buzz is about with hemp oil. Hear about the new science and research on the benefits of cannabinoids. Let us introduce you to a full spectrum phytocannabindiol HEMP oil that doesn’t require a medical card. Presenters: Carole Lyon & Reuben Haynes. Free. West Ridge Cafe (inside West Ridge Church), 3300 Encounter Lane, Elgin. RSVP: 847-910-8033 or 224-244-4837.

friday Chain Reflex Stretch Therapy – 10am-5pm. Do you sit at a desk all day? Are you a weekend warrior? Does shoveling snow cause you pain in your body? These activities can often lead to unwanted stiffness and joint pains. Benefits of Stretch Therapy: To reduce pain especially in your lower back and neck; improve flexibility and mobility; decrease stress and muscle soreness. New Year’s special: $85. WholeHealth NorthShore, 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste S5, Northbrook. For an appt: 847-272-3700. WholeHealthNorthShore.com. Free Mini-Stress Relieve Acupuncture Session – 11am-2pm. Also Wed. By appt only. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. NirvanaNaturopathics.com.

saturday Free Classes for All at All Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi Locations – Times vary. Body & Brain teaches practitioners to understand and trust their body’s innate wisdom. We offer a wide variety of classes which welcome all levels as it can be modified and meet the needs of the individual’s own physical, emotional, mental and spiritual journey. For details: BodyNBrain.com.

Spring is Nature’s way of reminding us that every day is worthy of celebration.




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: 312-3569990 or Ilana@fotfp.org. Dates & locations: fotfp. org/event/centennial. 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, 1590WCGO.com and MightyHouse.net. Evanston Ecology Center Winter Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr 9. 8am-12pm. Ecology Center at the Ladd Arboretum, 2024 N McCormick Blvd, Evanston. Info, Matt Poole: 847-448-8147, MPoole@CityOfEvanston.org. Green City Indoor Market – Thru Apr. 8am-1pm. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago. For specific dates: GreenCityMarket.org. Tai Chi Class – 8:45am. 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. WholeHealthPrograms.com. 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. StretchChi.com. Metabolic Balance – 9:30-10:30am. Healthy weight loss through personalized all-natural nutritional program. If you are serious about taking steps forward to achieve a healthy lifestyle and your ideal weight make your intention a realty. Free consultation ($150 value). Mind Body Health Center, 6650 N Northwest Hwy, Ste 215, Chicago. For appt: 773-614-6454.

classifieds To place a Classified listing, submit your content online at NAChicago.com. AKASHIC CONSULTATION 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. AstrologicalDetails.com.

AROMATHERAPY SUPPLIES ORGANIC ESSENTIAL OILS – Melt and pour soap bases, carrier oils and more at wholesale prices. Shop today: BetterLivingNaturals.com.

ASTROLOGY ASTROLOGY – Understand yourself, your motivations, your feelings. Recognize your talents, strengths, successes. Overcome difficulties and confusion. Astrology can help pull it all together. Relationships. Career. Plan the future. Serious astrology for serious seekers. Private, personal consultations. Lin Ewing: 847-609-0034. AstrologicalDetails.com.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS EMERGENCIES CAN STRIKE AT ANY TIME – Wise food storage makes it easy to prepare with tasty, easy-to-cook meals that have a 25-year shelf life. Free sample. Call 800-620-8157.

HELP WANTED ARE YOU HIRING? – Find your next team member. Call 847-858-3697 or submit online at Submit. NAChicagoNorth.com/CHI/Magazine-Classifieds. 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 Info@NAChicago.com. SEAMSTRESS NEEDED – For high-end clothing in Deerfield/Northbrook area. Part or full time. Mimika Designs. 847-312-3084. Fitted2U@gmail.com.

PRODUCTS CONSTIPATION, WEIGHT LOSS, REGULARITY, CLEANSING – Choose from one-time, onemonth or half-year program to be healthy and have clean gut. 7Remedies.com.

HEALTH PRODUCTS GOT KNEE PAIN? BACK PAIN? SHOULDER PAIN? – Get a pain-relieving brace little or no cost to you. Medicare Patients call Health Hotline now! 1-800-589-0629.

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Introduction to Heartland Meditation – 2-3pm. Learn how the guided, subtraction meditation technique brings positive changes real results. An eye-opening session showing how to reflect on the cluttered thoughts to discard those from the mind. Free. Heartland Meditation, 1444 S Butterfield Rd, Mundelein. 224-433-6338. HeartlandMeditation.com.

It is spring again. The Earth is like a child that knows poems. ~Rainer Maria Rilke

April 2018


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Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care & green living in our community.


Nirvana Naturopathics 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook 60062 847-715-9044 NirvanaNaturopathics.co Trained in both Western and Oriental Medicine, we use acupuncture and a dietary approach along with herbal medicine to resolve musculoskeletal pain, internal medicine health issues, insomnia, anxiety and women’s health. We accept major insurances.  Schedule your initial appointment on  NirvanaNaturopathics.com  to find out if acupuncture can help you. Get a healthier and alternative approach to your chronic health conditions.


“Advanced Akashic Records Certified Practitioner” – Live online interactive video class with Dr. Linda Howe, author of How to Read the Akashic Records: Accessing the Archive of the Soul and Its Journey. April 3-June 9. Exchange Akashic Readings. View class  recordings at your convenience. 


Specializing in Pediatric & Adult Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Buffalo Grove 847-541-4878 Vernon Hills 224-206-7903 LisaSullivanMD.com Dedicated to the highest standards in allergy, asthma and immunology care, we strive to maintain a patient-centered focus while providing comprehensive and quality service. All ages and ailments are welcome, and will benefit from our holistic and integrative approach to immune support and sleep. Member: North Shore Independent Physician Coalition. See ad on page 11.

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Sharon M Vogel, LMT, CLT, BCTMB, Lymph 5002a Main St, Downers Grove 1763 Freedom Dr, Ste 125, Naperville 630-241-4100 Lymphatics.net Sharon Vogel is referred by the Mayo Clinic, national surgeons and physicians. She offers 25 years’ experience and is nationally board certified, specializing in clinical procedures alleviating muscle spasms, rotator cuff issues, swelling and lymphedema through manual lymphatic drainage, trigger point and cranial and myofascial release—all to assist in regaining health. Free consult and treatment second Sunday of each month, 12-2pm in Downers Grove with RSVP.


Diane Roth, BCSI Highland Park, 60035 847-533-3213 • RothSI.com 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.


825 Chicago Ave, Evanston 60202 847-864-1130  ZenShiatsuChicago.org 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.


Mary H. Murphy, LMT, CZB, CST-D 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette 60091 847-920-9292 • ZBWellness.com 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.


Bernhard Groth, Cert Executive Coach Member: Int’l Coach Federation (ICF) Location: Chicago 60613 Sunday afternoons: RSVP: Meetup.com/CoachTraining If you are a solo-preneur, high-potential, manager or in transition, start mastering the art of coaching! Topics: Listening, questioning, feedback, behavioral coaching & coaching conversations. Format: Stand-alone sessions, roleplay. Invest in yourself! ROI 4x-8x. You don’t pay for coaching, you pay for results!


Logan Square location 773-413-0749 NowStudio8@gmail.com Safe, gentle and highly effective, CranioSacral Therapy, helps you heal from the inside out. It quiets the mind and helps relax the nervous system, which allows the body to start working on healing. Upledger trained. Over 18 yrs experience. People are often amazed at how much of a difference they feel after several sessions. Even one session can leave you “floating.”

MARNY TURVILL, MD Evanston 60201 847-644-8540 DrMarny@gmail.com DrMarny.com

Has your life been taken over by PTSD, a concussion or other TBI, chemical sensitivities, anxiety, or a child with learning or behavior problems? If you are ready to take back control and thrive, contact Dr. Marny now! You can feel better, think better and behave better without medications!


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 17.

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

I invite you to try the world’s finest hemp extract products and start feeling better. Scientific studies show that phytocannabinoids found in hemp oil provide therapeutic benefits for more than 250 common health issues. Our hemp oil is easy to take orally, and formulated for greatest absorption and effectiveness. I am looking to lock arms with business and health minded people. Visit my website GetReliefWithHemp.com or attend a local presentation to learn more. Call or text 847-769-3547.

COACHING & COUNSELING CLEAR CENTER COACHING Rev. Jacki Belile, CPC LivingWellMinistries.net “Clear the Clutter, Find Your SELF”

Are you overwhelmed with the demands of your full life or the bold decisions that beckon you? Do you need help living from your core values (Center) in your high-stress leadership role? I specialize in customized plans for slowing down, listening deeply and acting decisively—day in and day out. Single sessions and discount packages both available to meet your needs.

DANCE FOR HEALTH CBG INSTITUTE FOR DANCE & HEALTH North Shore School of Dance 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park 60035 DanceForJoy16@gmail.com

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.


708-955-3634 EFTWithTom@gmail.com EFT-Tom.com EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques, is a simple, gentle and very effective tapping procedure on the acupuncture spots, or acupuncture without needles. In individual EFT sessions Tom offers a 100% guarantee of success or no charge. 6,000 individual sessions, mostly on the phone. Emotional and many physical issues fade away. Initial call free.

ENERGY HEALING NOWSTUDIO.CO AND MOJO OWL Logan Square location and MojoOwl 773-413-0749 NowStudio8@gmail.com

Intuitive healer, Nors can help you learn more about your true self and its needs. Balance your chakras, and learn how to help them. Connect with your angels and spirit guides and clear the negative energy away so you can be your best self. I often use astrology in my work and sometimes healing modalities like cupping and reflexology. Unblock your creativity and move forward.


Alex Puentes 773-266-8222 • 708-704-3088 AP@RGSBalancing.com RGSBalancing.com

Looking for alternative healing? Radionics is a process of broadcasting beneficial energy frequencies to people, animals, plants, buildings, businesses, etc., with the objective of getting them balanced and well. Does your home/business feel eerie? Do you feel ill, uncomfortable, cold, tired in that space? Can’t sell/ rent? An energetic cleaning is what you need.



480 Elm Place, Ste 108, Highland Park 60035 847-207-2034 • DigestiveHealthSolutions.com 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.

The Feng Shui School of Chicago LauriePawli@gmail.com CreateTheFeeling.com TheFengShuiSchoolOfChicago.com

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. 


1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-348-0822 SpyrlChicago.com GYROTONIC® and  GYROKINESIS®  exercises work for everyone: youth, adult, seniors, injured, back pain, underexercised, weekend warriors and elite athletes. Enjoy this natural way to gain flexibility and mobility, taught by licensed senior trainer and studio director Amy Pena. Call today to schedule  individual and group training sessions. See ad on page 41.


Vibe High Wellness 312-404-6677 VibeHighWellness.com I help women remodel their lives and bodies with the right system, support and accountability to transform their health and body for good. If what you’ve been doing is no longer working and you’re looking for solutions to get you where you want to be, schedule your first session, free.


2400 Ravine Way, Suite 400, Glenview 60025 847-998-5100 GlenviewSmiles.com 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 37.

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

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, fluoride-free office, electrodermal screening, homeopathy, cranial osteopathy, orthodontics and jaw orthopedics, laser treatment of gum disease and ozone therapy.


708-955-3634 EFTWithTom@gmail.com EFT-Tom.com EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques, is a gentle, simple yet very successful process for releasing emotional and many physical symptoms. Every session, mostly on the phone, has a guarantee of success. It is that wonderful. Over 6,000 individual sessions and hundreds of classes over the last 11 years. Tom Masbaum, EFT Advanced, is the Founder of EFT With A Guarantee.

WHOLE LIFE SPINE & SOFT TISSUE HOLISTIC DENTISTRY CHICAGO Elizabeth Strzelecka, DDS 7460 W Belmont, Chicago 60634 773-745-3636

As a Biological dentist, I recognize the impact of toxic substances and only use materials and procedures that are systemically compatible with your body. We offer a wide variety of procedures from general to cosmetic, ozone therapy, laser dentistry, safe mercury removal, TScan bite adjustment for TMJ, Earthing chair, infrared sauna and restoration of porcelain implants, all in a safe and relaxing atmosphere.

Christopher Codina, DC 2500 W Higgins Rd, Ste 420 Hoffman Estates 60169 WholeLifeChiroHE.com 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.

Dr. Bernice Teplitsky, DDS, PC 3256 N Ashland, Chicago 60657 773-975-6666 WrigleyvilleDental.com 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.

HOLISTIC MEDICINE 1834 Glenview Rd, 2nd Fl, Ste 2W, Glenview 60025 847-730-3988 ChiroMend.com Experience comprehensive holistic health care. Using a unique combination of therapies including functional medicine, nutrition, physical therapy and chiropractic care, we identify and treat the true cause of problems and not just symptoms. Let us help you get back into your life.

EVANSTON EYE WELLNESS Deana LaBrosse, OD 716 Main St, Evanston 60202 847-350-7952 EvanstonEyeWellness.com

Healthy eyes, “Look Great, See Great and Feel Great!” We help get you there by providing a highly personalized eye examination with a holistic approach. In addition to glasses and contacts, we offer medical eye care and a Dry Eye Treatment Center. All ages welcome. Insurance accepted.




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?

MIND BODY HEALING CENTER 77 W Washington, Ste 1704 Chicago 60602 312-285-5287 MindBodyHealingChicago.com

As a community of alternative health care providers, we treat both the emotional and physical aspects of your health, and specialize in depression, anxiety, women’s health and pain management in private and group sessions. We provide psychotherapy, diagnostic assessment, chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition,  massage, energy work, yoga classes, meditation and more. Insurance accepted. Available evening and weekends.


Inner Child Connection Ltd 847-971-1221 FundaKahn@gmail.com InnerChildConnection.com 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 11.




North Shore Health Solutions LTD 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-715-9060 NorthShoreHealthSolutions.com




Illinois Center for Progressive Medicine 1002 W Lake St, Chicago 60607 312-243-3338 • DrNick.net Dr. LeRoy has 20 years of experience in collaborating with his patients to determine why they are not well. He specializes in investigative work that includes a detailed discussion, examination and laboratory testing, then creates an integrative treatment plan that often includes diet and nutrition changes, acupuncture, chiropractic and other lifestyle modifications. Dr. LeRoy is best known for breast thermography, HPV treatment and GI problems.

Silvia Panitch, MD, Medical Director 3344 N Ashland Ave, Chicago 60657 773-525-6595   LakeviewIntegrativeMedicine.com

Balance your spiritual, emotional, psychological and physical well-being, and get the tools to heal. We integrate Western medicine methods of functional and internal medicine with modalities including acupuncture, biofeedback, chiropractic, nutrition, enzymes, amino acids, bio-identical hormones, homeopathy and neurotransmitters. Specializing in women’s health, weight control, pain management, gastrointestinal issues, adrenal fatigue and food allergies.


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

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.


At Unity Northwest Church 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines 60016 847-299-6535 • AREChicagoCenter@gmail.com 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.


Clinical Director, Inner Balance Northbrook, Chicago, Palm Springs 847-224-0244 InnerBalanceNow.com 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 Meetup.com “Inner Balance Meditation” for updates on her events, and visit her at EllenKatz.net.


1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-831-8828 • InfinityFoundation.org Offering more than 200 Courses for Life in personal, professional and spiritual growth and development. Daylong workshops with bestsellers: Raymond Moody, Eternal Souls of Life after Life, April 14, Sandra Anne Taylor,  Tapping the Unlimited Power of the Akashic Records, April 21. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental. Call or email for a free course guide.


847-509-8289 MicheleHeather1@yahoo.com MicheleHeather1.com Do you feel stuck? Mentally blocked or can’t make a decision? Michele helps you identify and release issues keeping you from full expression of your Essences. Surround yourself by the love of your Guides to release issues for an awesome, humbling and life-transforming experience. Michele is also psychic and a Reiki Master Teacher.



7742 W Addison, Chicago 60634 773-589-9996 NaturesHealingRemedies.com Dr. K treats chronic and non-responsive conditions using chiropractic care along with acupuncture, physiotherapy, herbs, diet, nutrition, supplements and cleansing of the liver and colon. A master medical herbalist and chiropractor with over 30 years’ experience, Dr. K formulates and uses herbal supplements for internal cleansing, healing and weight loss. 

NATUROPATHIC CONSULTATION DR. ALLA ARUTCHEVA, MD, PHD, ND Associate Professor, Rush University Med. School Antalee Wellness 1836 Glenview Rd, 2nd Fl, Glenview 60025 847-486-1130 AntaleeHolistic.com

When your body is in an imbalanced state, your health is compromised. Dr. Alla Arutcheva’s Full Body Check Up  is a non-invasive,  highly reliable  test that can provide you with a snapshot of your current state of health. She can also identify which supplements your body needs for optimal healing benefits.


Wm Thor Conner, ND, LMT Kristina Conner, ND, MSOM 17W703-F Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook Terrace 630-359-5522 TheHealingPowerOfNature.com Naturopathic Doctors empower people to take charge of their own health, and this practice is effective with most conditions. We use a whole person focus featuring botanical, nutritional, homeopathic, physical, energetic and Chinese medical approaches. Call for a free 15-minute consultation.


2177 Shermer Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-963-6094 YourHealthyFoundations.com 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. See ad on page 21.

208 S Jefferson St, Ste 204, Chicago 60661 866-566-9494 CKCampbell.com Our practice focuses on helping people who want to reach a resolution and stay out of court. Some of our services include mediation, collaborative family law, adoption, guardianship, and wills and trusts.

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April 2018 Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine  

Chicago's healthiest magazine!

April 2018 Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine  

Chicago's healthiest magazine!