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Yet, I’ve only seen a total of five monarch butterflies this season. The same holds true for many gardeners I know, with some exceptions in our area where surrounding conditions are ideal. Monarch butterflies are our Illinois state insect, yet for another year, overall populations of this annual migrator remain low. Monarch populations are hard to estimate, as the annual migration from Mexico to the Midwest and Canada, and then back to its overwintering territory in Mexico’s forests, includes several generations. Populations may change as they move through Texas and our area, only to bounce back or decrease again late in the season. Much of the research relies on the reports of citizen scientists who work with national groups like Monarch Watch ( and Monarch Joint Venture (, as well as through local organizations. Data for 2017 won’t be available until the winter, but looking at prior year data compared to populations of 20 years ago topping 1 billion, the monarch remains in serious decline. As these butterflies migrate, they need protective rest stops and areas rich with milkweed, the only place where they lay their eggs, and upon which the larvae feed. Scientists attribute the decline to loss of food along the migration path, deforestation in Mexico, drought and the disappearance of milkweed habitat on Midwestern farms. The National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) adds one more factor: rampant use of herbicides containing glyphosate, one of the main ingredients in Monsanto Roundup, to manage vegetation along U.S. highways. Herbicides, combined with highway mowing, have decimated milkweed, and many states are working with environmental groups to study their roadside management policies. But new concerns are rising, says the NRDC, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this year re-approved the registration for Dow’s Enlist Duo, a combination herbicide designed to kill milkweed. You can create a yard that’s hospitable to monarchs and other pollinators by growing native plants instead of ornamentals. Yes, Asiatic lilies and exotic flowers are pretty, but they do nothing for birds, monarchs and other insects that cannot feed on these non-native plants. Monarch Watch offers how-to information for planting milkweed and setting up a butterfly garden. The Chicago Botanic Garden ( has ideas for planting pollinator strips and maintains a beautiful butterfly garden at their Glencoe location. A quick Google search will pull up lots of other monarch and native plant resources. Enjoy your August!

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his morning, I made an exciting discovery in our garden’s small milkweed plants, as my eyes caught a chewing pattern that repeated across several leaves—could it be? After carefully looking at the underside of three leaves, I spotted the little guy, all one-quarter-inch of tricolor striping. The first monarch caterpillar I’ve ever seen in my own garden!

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Traditional Chinese Medicine and Autism


PopTalk! titled Reframing Autism, with Dr. Melanie Katin, DACM, L.Ac., will take place from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. on August 9 in Chicago. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the methods of treatment parents will seek out for autism and spectrum disorders because these are symptomatic problems that other therapies do not address. TCM excels in moderating issues related to gastrointestinal disorders, sleep disorders, sensory processing disorders and ADHD-type behaviors, which are all concurrent with the autism diagnosis. In this talk, attendees will learn basic information about nutritional strategies, acupressure for autism and qigong for autism. Once these quality of life disrupters are calmed and quieted, a child can have better success in responding to their other therapies, and thrive. Katin, on the faculty of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, has specialized in the treatment of children since 2004. Admission: $5 donation. Location: 65 E. Wacker Pl., Room 17-6, Chicago. For more information, call 773-477-4822 or 888-729-4811 or visit See ad on page 17 and in the Community Resource Guide.

Explore the Des Plaines River While Cleaning it Up Photo: Openlands


ith support from REI, local organizations Openlands and Illinois Water TrailKeepers are hosting a Des Plaines River Cleanup paddling event from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., August 19, at the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Dam 1 Woods East. Participants may bring their own boat or use one provided by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. All participants must be at least five years old to canoe. No experience is necessary and lunch is provided. Participants will meet at the Dam 1 Woods East picnic shelter, in Wheeling. The entrance is on the south side of Dundee Road, between Milwaukee Avenue and the Tri-State Tollway. The event is free, but participants must register in advance by emailing their name, the number of people and whether they need a boat to

Real Love Retreat with Sharon Salzberg


hose that want to move beyond the standard definition of love as intense affection, romance, adoration, strong attachment and personal attraction may instead increase awareness and a sense of deep connection with self and others. Rather than fall in and out of love, rise in love. Experience and appreciate love as a more sustaining and Sharon Salzberg sustainable kind of happiness. Sharon Salzberg, one of the most influential meditation teachers in the West, will present her most recent work and upcoming release, Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection, from 9:30 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m., August 19 and 20, at Techy Towers, in Northbrook. An optional evening session is available from 7 to 9 p.m., August 19, with time for questions and guided meditation. This retreat is for both new and experienced meditators. Cost is $340; CEUs available; light continental breakfast and lunch included on both days. Location: Techny Towers, 2001 Waukegan Rd., Northbrook. Register at See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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newsbriefs Gain Life-Affirming Wisdom at BMSE Expo


he Body Mind Spirit Expo at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, in Skokie, will share a weekend of shining insights and life-affirming wisdom from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., August 19 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., August 20. Visitors can enjoy more than 100 exhibitors offering the latest in natural health, personal growth and metaphysics. Among the more than 70 authors, psychics, mediums, channels and healers is Susan Wisehart, author of Soul Visioning: Clear the Past, Create Your Future. American Shaman’s Rebecca Perdieu and Eric Banks will share a compassionate care presentation on the health benefits of CBD. Other speakers include Dr. Paul Ling Tai, Michael Vukelic and Lisa Gniady. Attendees can choose from aura photos, relaxing massages, quality nutritional supplements and natural healing products, or have their future revealed and connect with lost loved ones. All areas of New Thought, from ancient healing traditions to New Age technology, are represented. Cost is $14 for the weekend. Free parking. Location: 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. For advance tickets and $1 off coupon, visit To win a free ticket, sign up at See ad on page 3.

In Her Boots Training Supports Women in Agriculture


omen with the goal of launching an agriculture venture or those already farming will want to attend the In Her Boots workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., August 24, at the Radical Root Organic Farm, in Libertyville. Hosted by farmer Alison Parker and the Rural Women’s Project of the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), the tour offers visitors a behind-thescenes perspective of the 10-acre certified-organic Alison Parker and Huck farm where she and her husband, Alex Needham, raise diversified vegetables for a CSA, farmers’ market and farm stand. The day includes a detailed farm tour, a locally sourced lunch and breakout sessions covering a range of topics of interest to beginning women farmers such as starting agritourism ventures like B&B farmstays, working with state agencies, diversifying, and with the recent lifting of the ban on the sale of home-baked items in Wisconsin, selling baked goods. Because women make up one of the fastest-growing groups of new farmers, this event uniquely looks at farming from a gender lens and provides an inspiring blend of practical information, skill-building, farm tours, resource connections and networking opportunities. Cost is $50 and scholarships are available. For more information, call Lisa Kivirist at 717-778-5775 or email To register for workshops, visit 12


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onprofit Crate Free Illinois will host an event at noon, August 25, at Nana’s Organic, to call attention to the growing impact of Illinois’ concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) on animal welfare and the environment, and showcase their recent petition to the Maschhoffs—the state’s largest factory farmer—to eliminate its use of gestation crates. The group will also discuss the formation of the Illinois Agricultural Advisory Council by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). There will also be a panel discussion on factory farming with Scott Beckstead, rural outreach director for the HSUS, and other local animal welfare and environmental activists. Attendees are invited to stay at the restaurant for an optional lunch, which is not included. Admission is free. Location: 3267 S. Halsted St., Chicago. For more information, email or visit RSVP to Andrew@

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ill Foss and the Higher Dimensions Network will present the course Journey to the Akashic Records from August 25 to 27 at the Omni Severin Hotel, in Indianapolis, to help participants learn advanced skills and practices to access the Akashic records, experience and learn about past-life regression, discover their soul’s purpose, understand and develop intuitive abilities and experience powerful healing. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the Akashic Records and how they can transform lives. Foss describes them as the universal record of past thoughts, actions and events imprinted on the etheric field. Admission is $339. Location: 40 W. Jackson Pl. To register, call 317-414-4402 or email For more information, call 714-706-0402 or 918-770-3810 or visit See ad on page 7.

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he Midwest College of Oriental Medicine is offering distance education courses for those desiring a rewarding career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, herbs and massage, the natural choice for a wide range of healthcare issues. The fall quarter begins September 30. The biological science portion of the program, traditionally offered on weekday evenings, is now available online as LiveStream hybrid courses. Students also earn internship hours in the college clinic. Midwest College offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition, a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine and a Master’s level certification in Acupuncture. Weekday commuting for classes is no longer a problem because with the new distance courses, students come to campus for classes only once a week when they join the LiveStream lecture on the Internet. Each lecture is recorded and uploaded to an educational portal for students to review for the entire quarter. Midwest College of Oriental Medicine has two locations: 6232 Bankers Rd., Racine, WI 53403 and 1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201. For more information, call Admissions Director Liz Warkentin at 262-554-2010, email or visit See ad on page 35.

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thriveMD Introduces Cutting-Edge Technology


his month, thriveMD, located in Schaumburg, is introducing two new services: Ultraviolet blood irradiation (UVB) therapy and the HOCATT™ Plus Sauna system. Both are cutting-edge modalities that offer great health benefits. Ultraviolet blood irradiation (UVB) therapy, a photo-oxidation treatment, consists of briefly exposing a sample of the blood to ultraviolet light. The most dramatic effect is the stimulation of the immune system and specific enzyme systems. Additional benefits include deactivation of toxins, increase in the oxygen-combining power of the blood and oxygen transportation to organs, activation of white blood cells and antiinflammatory effects. The HOCATT Plus Sauna system is a single unit developed for strategic wellness and healing. Using a combination of 10 advanced therapies in one 30-minute session, the HOCATT Plus detoxes the body, improves circulation, boosts energy and strengthens the immune system. Patients receive treatment for common symptoms of illness, anti-aging, weight loss, detoxification, pain management and athletic improvement. Because of the way the technology supports the immune system, cancer patients receiving HOCATT Plus treatments experience fewer side effects while undergoing chemo and radiation therapies. thriveMD has one of only three HOCATT Plus machines in the country. Natural Awakenings readers receive 15 percent off single sessions and already discounted 10-session packages during the month of August. Location: 1355 Remington Rd., Ste. I, Schaumburg. For appointments, call 312-600-5070 or email For more information, visit See ad on page 15 and in the Community Resource Guide.

Learn About the World’s Best Miracle Cures


r. Leon Kolodziej, DC, MH, Ph.D., will present a seminar and slide show on miracle cures from around the world from 1 to 5 p.m., August 12, at Unity Church, sponsored by the Edgar Cayce A.R.E. Topics include the kerosene cure for almost any condition; an enzyme that unclogs arteries without surgery; desert plant oils that keep face and skin youthful and wrinkle-free; a noninvasive cancer test that’s 98 percent accurate; a strange Dr. Leon Kolodziej, vitamin that blocks DC, MH, Ph.D. destruction caused by diabetes; Dr. Willard’s mysterious water; a cloth that relieves arthritis and fibromyalgia; natural cancer treatments used throughout the world; stone oil, the ultimate cure; the most useful Edgar Cayce beliefs; and much more. Cost is $40 for members, $50 for nonmembers. Location: 259 E. Central Rd., Des Plaines. For more information, call 1-847-297-0997 or 1-847-299-6535 or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.


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he American Public Gardens Association has awarded Scott Stewart, Ph.D., executive director of the Millennium Park Foundation, its prestigious Professional Citation, which recognizes members that excel in one or more disciplines generally associated with public horticulture, including botany, horticulture, gardening, conservation, research, education, extension development or administration. Stewart directs the state-of-the-art collection of art, architecture and landscape design that provides the backdrop for hundreds of free public education and cultural events and programs annually. Chicago’s Millennium Park is among the top 10 most-visited sites in the U.S. Casey Schlar, Ph.D., left, executive and has become an international model for the director, American Public Gardens coexistence of landscape harmony with human Association and Scott Stewart life in the heart of a major metropolitan city. For more information, visit


ackie Zaigirdar, a stylist at Organic Roots Eco Salon, in Evanston, has been certified in Head Shape Matters, a mathematical method of formulating haircuts that requires seven weeks of online training and 40 hours of hands-on practice. Few hairdressers have undertaken this extensive course on haircutting, which uses mathematical formulations and a protractor to get the right haircut  for each unique head shape.   Originally from Brazil, she does bridal hair and makeup using natural and chemical-free products at OrJackie Zaigirdar ganic Roots.   Location: 3417 W. Dempster St., Skokie. For appointments, call 847-423-2653 or visit See ad on page 23.

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eborah M. Feltman, M.D., has joined the staff at North Suburban Wellness, specializing in integrative women’s health. With 30 years of experience, she is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist whose passion lies in helping women through life’s many transitions. Feltman is known for her compassion and sincerity in listening to patients and learning about their lives to provide individualized care. After medical school and a residency at Northwestern, Feltman completed a pelvic surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She is also a certified yoga teacher and certified in ayurvedic medicine. Feltman draws from her diverse experience to provide a balanced, blended and personalized treatment plan Deborah M. Feltman, M.D. for each patient.

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Fighting Cancer with Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine (CM) fills gaps in cancer prevention and treatment with the safe use of herbs, bodywork and supplements, as well as mind-body techniques that are beneficial for more than just symptom relief. CM treatments are well-known as complementary therapies to counter side effects that include nausea, pain, fatigue and insomnia from conventional cancer treatment such as chemotherapy and radiation. Acupuncture can also increase patients’ tolerance of conventional care, improving survival rates. CM utilizes a different understanding of the body and disease, using unique diagnostic methods and a holistic approach which fosters profound changes in physiology, increasing the chance of success in cancer treatment. Chinese herbs and diet can also be powerful tools to reduce the risk of relapse.

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A PopTalk! Rethinking Cancer: Changing the Terrain of the Body, will take place at 6:15 p.m., August 3, at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Admission is $5 donation. Location: 65 E. Wacker Pl., Room 17-6, Chicago. For more information, call 773-477-4822 or 888-729-4811 or visit See ad on page 17 and in the Community Resource Guide.

Sufficient Sleep Supports Immunity

A study from the University of Washington, in Seattle, tested the relationship of immune system functioning to lack of adequate sleep. To rule out genetic factors, which experts say account for 31 to 55 percent of individual sleep patterns, researchers tested blood samples from 11 pairs of adult identical twins (genetic matches) with differing sleep habits. They found that the immune system was depressed in the twin that slept less. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans are sleeping 1.5 to two hours less than they did 100 years ago, and more than 30 percent of working people average fewer than six hours a night. Dr. Nathanial Watson, lead author and co-director of the university’s Sleep Medicine Center at Harborview Medical Center, observes, “Seven or more hours of sleep is recommended for optimal health.”

Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. ~Thomas Dekker





Meditating Raises Spirits More than a Vacation


cientists from the University of California at San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School, in Boston, tested the effect of vacations and meditation on the genes of 64 women between the ages of 30 and 60 that were novice meditators. They all spent six days at the same resort in California. Half participated in a meditation program that included yoga, self-reflection exercises and mantra meditation; the other half did not engage in onsite meditation. The researchers also studied a group of 30 experienced meditators already participating in the resort’s meditation program. Blood sample tests and surveys from all 94 women were conducted at intervals: once right before their stay, once right after, a third one month post-vacation and then 10 months after the trip. All the women displayed significant changes to their molecular network pattern after the six days, with the most substantial genetic changes related to immune function and stress response. One month after the resort experience, all groups continued to display improvements. However, the novice meditators showed fewer symptoms of depression and stress for a significantly longer period than the women not participating in the meditation exercise.

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White Tara Retreat for Spiritual Renewal by Carrie Jackson


s an intuitive healer, Tara White has worked with people to foster personal renewal and spiritual connections through yoga, bodywork, acupuncture, herbal treatments and reiki. In 2016, she opened White Tara Retreats, in Richmond, to allow guests to further experience relaxation, reflection and healing. She offers custom retreat weekends for individuals, couples and groups that are private and personalized. The guest suite includes a spiritual sanctuary with a fireplace, a separate bedroom, kitchen and full bath, as well as an individual outdoor patio. The secluded location, natural surroundings and relaxed environment make an ideal getaway for couples looking to reconnect, empty nesters that need a change of pace, family bonding or anyone that needs a few days of solace from the demands of a busy lifestyle.

couple or group’s individual needs and goals. We offer a number of services for them to choose from that help restore the soul, heal the body and refresh the spirit. The 4,000-square-foot house has rooms for meditation, private yoga instruction, reiki, crystal bowl chakra balancing and a spiritual library. We have experts that come in to lead workshops on topics like Meditative Journey on the “Inner Dance”, and special events like a Medicine Wheel Gathering and Rainbow Crystal Healing Ceremony. Bhikkhuni Vimala, a Buddhist monk who was ordained in Sri Lanka, leads a Present Moment Meditation workshop to help participants experience life directly instead of thinking about it, and avoid the anxiety, tension, guilt and regret that comes from being in future or past thoughts.

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When we become aware of our natural surroundings, we can experience spiritual silence and feel a part of something larger than ourselves. Our retreat center sits on an 80-acre nature preserve of rolling hills, oak forests and meadows that is ideal for hiking or exploring the



environment. There is a Native American medicine wheel, which is a sacred place to pray, meditate, contemplate and strengthen our connection with nature. We offer walking meditation workshops that encourage people to move at a pace that matches the soft, swaying trees and fresh air. As they become aware of each step, they fully enter the present moment. The house is also surrounded by rivers and streams, which remind us that energy is always moving and changing. Even in the winter, seeing the trees frozen in ice and walking through the bright, cold snow is invigorating and exhilarating. Being in nature is an oasis from everyday stresses and an affirmation of the universal life force energy that we all are a part of.

How can we increase our universal life force energy? Through meditation, reiki and acupuncture, we are able to get out of our heads and connect to something bigger. As we encounter different thoughts and feelings during the day, our chakras are constantly opening and closing. The vibrations from singing bowls help to balance these. I do a thorough body scan, from root to crown, and see what needs to be adjusted. In reiki, I help to provide universal life force energy healing, or qi. A treatment enhances relaxation and fosters feeling of peace, security and well-being. When we are emotionally, physically and spiritually balanced, we are better able to manage the stresses of everyday life. We are able to respond instead of react to outside triggers and demands with peace and grace. When we stay in the present moment, we are in a state of consciousness totally free of negativity. White Tara Retreat is located at 6603 Oak Hill Dr., in Richmond. For more information, call 815-728-1050, or visit See ad on page 21. Carrie Jackson is an Evanston-based writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. Connect with her at

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n estimated 18 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of sleep apnea. From the Greek expression for “want of breath,” sleep apnea causes cessation of breathing during the night. Bouts usually last from 10 to 30 seconds and can occur from just a few times to several hundred. The main cause is the throat muscles becoming too relaxed during sleep and constricting the airway. Two out of four people with the condition do not even realize they are sleep deprived due to apnea, and thus are at greater risk of suffering from both short-term ailments such as migraines or extreme fatigue, and long-term effects that include stroke and heart disease.


Lose Weight via Diet and Exercise Most people find the problem clears up or is greatly improved when they lose weight. One of the easiest and healthiest ways is eating only fruit from morning until noon, and then eating healthy, nutritious meals for lunch and dinner. Avoid processed, sugar-laden and deep-fried foods. Exercise at least four times a week. Doing moderate exercise for just 40 minutes has been shown to significantly reduce sleep apnea (Sleep journal). Use a 22

medicine ball to follow a trainer tutorial at A mini-trampoline also offers a safe and effective workout. A brisk 20-to-30-minute daily walk is a must for better sleep.


Sleep on Either Side Lying on the back encourages throat muscles to close up and the tongue to fall toward the back of the throat. Shifting onto one side reduces this discomfort and potential apnea episodes. Using one pillow beneath the head allows the neck to rest at a more natural angle, rather than pushing the chin toward the chest, which restricts the airway.


Vitamins D and C Almost everyone is deficient in vitamin D, even many in sunny regions, reports Dr. Joseph Mercola in his report, The Amazing Wonder Nutrient. Wisely managed sun exposure supplies vitamin D—no more than 20 minutes a day, 10 minutes on each side—without suntan lotion. Alternatively, a high-dose of a quality vitamin D supplement measuring 5,000 international units is adequate, but always take it along with vitamin K2, which helps the body process calcium properly to avoid overdose problems.


Our body does not store vitamin C, so we need at least 2,000 milligrams daily to maintain good health. A study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that vitamin C can reduce damage caused by sleep apnea. High-content foods include bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwi fruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas and papayas.


Magnesium, the Master Mineral From 70 to 80 percent of mankind is deficient in magnesium, which has been connected with prevention of degenerative diseases and mental health and is often the missing mineral in an individual’s wellness equation, according to Enviromedica’s Ancient Minerals. It also regulates muscle function, including those in the upper throat involved with apnea. Organic foods and farmers’ market offerings may have higher levels of magnesium, especially those packed with green chlorophyll. Liquid chlorophyll is available in most health stores. Start by drinking one glass (250 milliliters) per day for a week, and then take two tablespoons daily. Spinach, chard, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, kefir, almonds, black beans, avocados, figs, bananas and dark chocolate (avoid brands with white sugar) are good sources.


Helpful Natural Medicines n Just before bedtime, consume one teaspoon of olive oil (or organic honey) combined with three drops of lavender essential oil. n Supplement with serotonin precursor 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), which complements magnesium. n One of the best pure sources of omega-3—a top remedy for sleep apnea by protecting cells from stress—is krill oil (Alternative Medicine Review). Sleep apnea causes long-term oxidative stress and puts severe demands on the body, which is thought to deplete omega-3 levels. Lloyd Jenkins is a certified naturopath native to Canada and owner of the Budwig Cancer Clinic, in Malaga, Spain. He’s the author of seven books and many articles on treating common diseases using natural therapies.

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Combating Stinging Insect Allergies by Lisa Sullivan, MD

Editor’s note: Stinging insects, such as bees, wasps and hornets, are with us all summer and can cause reactions at any time if they sting. But by August and September, wasps such as yellow jackets get particularly aggressive as colonies transition from reproducing worker insects to producing new queens and males, and seek out not just protein, but carbohydrates such as sugary foods from human gatherings. In addition, wasps are more aggressive defending underground nests in lawns and backyards as the new colonies form. Even more docile colony bees (such as honeybees) are more easily provoked as they prepare their colonies for colder weather. Unfortunately, these insects that share our outdoor space may bring unintended harms to children and adults alike if they sting.


t is important to know that anyone can develop a severe insect allergy and even non-allergic individuals can experience a lethal reaction from multiple stings. Anaphylaxis from an insect sting is a systemic, full body, allergic immune response that can be life-threatening. Most people associate anaphylaxis with hives or trouble swallowing, but this is only partially correct. Anaphylaxis can affect all body systems in different combinations, and thus may fail to produce a telltale hive or swallowing clue until it is too late. It is better to think of anaphylaxis as a rapid, downhill spiral of symptoms that can involve any body part or organ, generally within minutes to an hour after it is triggered by an insect sting. For example, if a friend is stung and suddenly becomes ill with vomiting, diarrhea and dizziness, we should suspect anaphylaxis, and not the stomach flu. The same would be true if someone started having problems with their asthma shortly after a sting. Therefore, if someone experiences any symptom other than localized swelling within the first hour of a sting, it is always best to 24

administer injectable epinephrine immediately, and then call 911. A high-risk individual with an insect venom allergy may choose to inject epi-

nephrine even before symptoms appear. This drug works “like magic” to quickly reverse the symptoms, but this effect may be short-lived. Carrying a spare auto-injector (such as an EpiPen or AuviQ) and getting to the emergency room quickly is a must. If with someone that becomes a victim to anaphylaxis or passes out after being stung, don’t hesitate to locate their epinephrine auto-injector and use it. The risk of harm from using it when not needed is negligible compared to the risk of not using it when it’s desperately needed. Also, if they have forgotten or don’t have an injector and appear to be in trouble, don’t be shy to make an announcement. It is likely that someone nearby has one on hand. Even a child’s dose is better than none at all. A more common and less worrisome occurrence is when someone develops a large, localized swelling around the insect sting. Although uncomfortable, they are unlikely allergic, but that is best determined in consultation with a boardcertified allergist. When insects sting, most people experience an immediate localized burning and swelling that can persist for days, due to the venom toxins at the site of injury. The amount of venom injected and the person’s immunity in the skin will determine how large the localized reaction becomes. As long as a

AVOIDING INSECT STING REACTIONS Those that suspect a venom allergy should be formally evaluated and tested by an allergist. If an allergy is confirmed, then the standard of care is to receive three to five years of immunotherapy (allergy shots). Once maintenance immunotherapy is reached, at about three to six months, a patient can enjoy an estimated 97 percent protection against severe sting reactions. n Always carry an epinephrine injector and don’t be afraid to use it. n To avoid getting stung, have a professional eliminate nests on the property. n Avoid perfume, cologne and fragrant soaps. n Choose red colors over black. Dull clothes without designs, preferably red or grey tend to be less interesting to insects. One theory is that because insects see into the UV range to locate flowers, they ignore colors that don’t show up under a black light. n Wear a cap or hat. n Move slowly. If bees or wasps sense danger, they produce a scent to attract others in their colony. n To lessen the chance of a severe reaction, remove all stingers immediately with the swipe of a fingernail or credit card. How fast the stinger is removed is more important than the method used.


local reaction remains limited to the skin and does not appear in other areas of the body, it is generally not life-threatening. An exception would be when a local reaction occurs near the mouth or neck; it may directly impinge on the airway. Local reactions neither increase nor predict an individual’s risk for systemic/anaphylactic reactions. They do, however, increase the likelihood of having larger local reactions in the future.

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age 70. Having a BRCA mutation can also lead to an increased risk of having other cancers, such as peritoneal and cancer in the fallopian tubes. The BRCA gene is not specific to women. Men with family risk factors should also be advised that having the BRCA gene increases a man’s risk for not only breast cancer, but prostate and pancreatic cancers. Additionally, families of Ashkenazi Jewish descent have a higher prevalence of BRCA mutations than other people in the U.S.

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ASSESSING CANCER RISK with Genetic Testing by Leta M. Vaughan DNP, CNM


cancer diagnosis can be a frightful and devastating experience. According to the National Cancer Institute, 1,685,210 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the U.S. in 2016, with the five most common being breast, lung, prostate, colon and rectum, and bladder. Additionally, melanoma, endometrial and pancreatic cancer are ranked in the top 15 of new cancer cases. The U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group states the most common cancer among women of all races, and the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in women, is breast cancer. Lung and colorectal cancer come in as the most common cancers in women and contribute to the leading causes of deaths among women.

Genetics and Cancer

Cancer itself is a harmful mutation, or change, in the DNA. All cells continually change, and if the change causes a mistake, the body typically repairs itself. But with cancer, the mutation continues without repair and is harmful to cell growth. Most cancers are random and develop more frequently with age, but up to 10 percent of cancers are inher26

ited, and increase a person’s chance of not only getting cancer, but developing it earlier in life. Biological family members are those that matter when looking at our inherited genetic family history. Knowing if we carry an inherited mutation can provide us and our healthcare provider assistance in making better and more informed decisions about future screenings for early cancer detection and treatment options if cancer were to be detected.


In 1994, the first BRCA1, or breast cancer gene, was discovered, and the second, BRCA2, in 1995. BRCA genes are inherited mutations that increase a woman’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Both of these cancers, when associated with BRCA mutations, tend to occur earlier in a woman’s life. The BRCA gene can be inherited from either the mother or father, and this is why screening questionnaires look at both sides of a family. It is estimated that 55 to 65 percent of women that inherit a BRCA mutation will develop breast cancer by the age of 70, and up to 39 percent will develop ovarian cancer by


In 2013, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended women that have family members with breast, ovarian, fallopian tube or peritoneal cancer be evaluated to see if they have a family history that is associated with an increased risk of a harmful mutation in one of these genes. After meeting specific criteria for family cancer screening questions, genetic testing is available in the forms of a simple blood or saliva test. It is imperative to use a reputable and established genetic testing laboratory for genetic testing. Perhaps the gold standard in genetic screening, Myriad (Myriad. com) has developed one of the most comprehensive programs for testing both women and their male relatives for hereditary cancer risk. The company has more than 25 years of experience, as well as 99.98 percent accuracy in tests results. Myriad is a dedicated and committed company with the latest in pioneering research and development of innovative molecular diagnostic tests. Their myRisk Hereditary cancer test is a 28-gene panel that screens not only for the BRCA gene, but includes a variety of other genetic mutations which are associated with breast and ovarian cancers, as well as colon, endometrial, lung, melanoma, pancreatic and prostate cancers, and rheumatoid arthritis. Leta M. Vaughan, DNP, CNM, is a nurse practitioner with WomancarePC, which offers the Myriad myRisk Hereditary cancer test, as well as other screenings. For an appointment, call 847-221-4800 or visit For more information about BRCA, visit about-cancer/causes-prevention/genetics/brca-fact-sheet. See ad on page 19.

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etoxification is a popular way for people to take an active role in their health. There are many great diets, supplements, treatments and programs that have been developed to guide us through what is a complicated and often misunderstood process. Detoxification is really about balancing the rate at which the body can naturally eliminate toxins with the rate at which they build up, and then encouraging the natural processes of elimination. Start by identifying toxins that are affecting our body and eliminating those which we most easily can. Removing corn syrup beverages and not smoking are two great examples

of things we don’t need at all and are prime examples of things within our control to change. Environmental factors like air, noise and light pollution may be out of our control, but we can make some different personal choices. Antiperspirants, lawn chemicals and cleaning solutions are examples of less toxic options. The second step is to enhance function through the organs of elimination: skin, lungs, kidneys, liver and intestine (gut). We can encourage liver function, waste elimination and balance intestinal flora with food and herbs, or even rest the system with a fast. The kidneys can be supported by

proper hydration from pure water and fresh juices. Skin can be dry-brushed and bathed regularly. Sweating is great for elimination, whether as part of exercise or in a far-infrared sauna. Deep breathing and postural exercises promote healthy lung function while strengthening the diaphragm. Herbs and nutrients can assist healthy organ elimination, and there are a number of products available to help with the detoxification process. But there is no real “detox in a box”, because detox is not just a two-week process; lowering our total toxic burden is a lifelong series of lifestyle choices. What naturopathic doctors do is guide patients with an individualized plan for detoxification, taking into account their body’s current state of health and personal health goals. This can facilitate more effective elimination and continued enhanced function, which truly brings the detoxification process full circle. Not only will we will end up a higher level of health than when we started, but the benefits will continue as we incorporate this progress into the rest of our life. Thor Conner, ND, LMT, is co-owner of of World Tree Natural Medicine, located at 17W 703-F Butterfield Rd., in Oakbrook Terrace. For more information and appointments, call 630-359-5522 or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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ictorious warriors against cancer are speaking to other patients about their journeys of recovery and healing. Two who regularly speak to physicians, as well, are Glenn Sabin, author of n of 1: One Man’s Harvarddocumented Remission of Incurable Cancer Using Only Natural Methods, and Kathy Mydlach-Bero, author of EAT: An Unconventional Decade in the Life of a Cancer Patient. Their stories demonstrate the healing effectiveness of healthy lifestyle measures still widely categorized as prevention.

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Determined to become free of the chronic lymphocytic leukemia that had defined his life for 20 years, Sabin, who lives near Washington, D.C., appointed himself the subject of his own research experiment. He subsequently became a poster child for the remedial synergy of biological individuality, a whole systems approach to integrative oncology and self-induced healing through lifestyle and supplement interventions. Sabin now 30

dedicates his business development firm, FON Consulting, to advancing integrative medicine as the new standard of care. His mission is to open minds to the idea that knowledge, empowerment and self-efficacy are our best allies against a life-limiting diagnosis, and we can do much to help the healing process. Writing to Joe Biden regarding the vice president’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, he candidly describes America’s present cancer-friendly environment. “The public has become conditioned to existing in a broken food chain that remains in disrepair due to misguided farming subsidies [and] untested or otherwise questionable chemicals (many of which are banned in other countries) that are present in the water we drink, the air we breathe, food we consume and products we use. Current therapies or those in the drug pipeline won’t improve the 50/50 odds of developing cancer. What will have the greatest impact are consumer education toward powerful lifestyle changes and access to the building blocks of basic health.”


combat harmful growth of new blood cells, and the benefits of growing and eating foods containing angiogenesisinhibiting compounds that oppose such growth and so work to prevent, improve and avert recurrences of chronic disease. “Cancer hijacks the angiogenesis process triggered by inflammation and keeps it permanently activated to ensure that cancerous cells receive a dedicated, uninterrupted blood supply,” explains Mydlach-Bero. For three years, she largely consumed only items from the list of angiogenesis-inhibiting foods now posted at These include green tea, strawberries, blackberries, red tart cherries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, cinnamon, purple potatoes, kale, grape seed oil and pomegranate. In 2008, she completely replaced both the drugs to combat the side effects of chemo and radiation and a long-term medication for preventing recurrence with healthful foods. Her physicians were admittedly uncomfortable with her decision to combine chemotherapy and radiation treatments with “food as medicine”, reiki, prayer, meditation, mindfulness


Mydlach-Bero made her remarkable recovery from rare and unrelated aggressive Stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer and a high-grade tumor in her head and neck. To tell her story, the resident of Delafield, Wisconsin, relied on her 18 journals as a surrogate memory to chronicle a 10-year journey of courageous exploration, self-evolution, self-advocacy and self-transformation that connected her with her healing potential. Then the mother of two young daughters, Mydlach-Bero rejected a 21-month prognosis in 2005, along with the notion that disease and medicine would determine her fate. Defying the odds, she applied what she learned from research regarding Avastin, a pharmaceutical created to

and supplement intervention. But that didn’t deter her. To awaken others to the practicality of food as medicine, she founded NuGenesis Farm, in Pewaukee, a nonprofit modeled after her home practice.

Prevention is Paramount

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Pioneering physicians and researchers agree with Sabin and Myldach-Bero that comprehensive prevention, the key to solving the cancer epidemic, is missing from conventional medicine. Leading voices include Dr. Andrew Weil, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Arizona (AzCIM), in Tucson; Dr. Carlos M. Garcia, founder of Utopia Wellness, near Tampa, Florida; advocate Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., founder of, in Richboro, Pennsylvania; and Ajay Goel, Ph.D., director of the Center for Epigenetics, Cancer Prevention and Cancer Genomics at Baylor University Medical Center’s Research Institute, in Dallas. Weil pioneered the earliest efforts to develop a comprehensive curriculum in evidence-based integrative medicine and the field of integrative oncology. “We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. Since 2012 scientific evidence has proven

We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. ~Andrew Weil

that a healthy lifestyle and an antiinflammatory diet can influence various cancers,” says Weil. His curriculum for health professionals and the general public was the first to cite the role of a nutrient-rich, anti-inflammatory diet in cancer prevention and treatment. “Health professionals graduate armed with a better understanding of the complex interactions between cancer, gut microbiome and nutrition,” advises Weil, whose paradigm inspires his chain of True Food Kitchen restaurants. It includes lots of fruits and vegetables, small amounts of non-GMO whole or cracked grains, al dente pasta,

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healthy fats and plant-based proteins from legumes, nuts and seafood as well as poultry and lean, antibiotic-free grass-fed meats, cheese and eggs. Plus, Weil likes white, green and oolong teas, fresh herbs and spices, up to two glasses of red wine a day (less for women; possibly none for those at high-risk for breast cancer), and dark chocolate for antioxidant polyphenols. Integrative Oncology, authored by Weil and Dr. Donald I. Abrams, an integrative oncologist, is mandatory reading for AzCIM students that learn to use complementary interventions in prevention and conventional cancer care. Subjects such as antioxidants, cannabinoids, energy medicine, mindbody medicine, music and expressive art therapies are covered, as well as naturopathic oncology, plus the roles that community and spirituality play in prevention and treatment. Goel’s 20-year career in cancer prevention research has produced a wealth of related articles. Among his findings, he advises, “Curcumin, a yellow compound extracted from turmeric, has become a gold standard for prevention and the natural treatment of many chronic health conditions, including colon cancer. It targets cancer stem cells, disrupts cancer cell communication, triggers cancer cell death and helps to prevent cancerous mutations to cells. It’s also been shown to improve the efficacy of conventional treatments including fewer adverse effects.” He recommends only taking turmeric products with BCM-95 percent active curcuminoids.

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Considering each individual’s biological individuality as a Petri dish, Garcia’s studies help achieve an anti-cancer life. He advises, “There is no ‘one size fits all’ medical protocol box for cancer treatment. Customized modifications to life

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style and diet are required because food nutrients directly impact the mechanisms by which cancer cells grow and spread. The right nutrition can reverse a compromised immune system, which research shows is a major contributor to the development of cancer.” Whether for improvement or prevention, Garcia’s patient protocols always begin with a comprehensive evaluation appointment to learn about the individual he is treating. For cancer patients, his two-phase, eight-week program involves immune-enhancing therapies followed by immunotherapy aimed to de-cloak the camouflaged protein coating of wily cancer cells so the body’s immune system can identify and destroy them.

Mind/Body Detox

To maintain good health, Judy Seeger, a doctor of naturopathy near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recommends a regular detoxification regimen to cleanse environmental and product toxins and toxic emotions. Through experience, she has learned that individuals living with cancer need to substantially support their abnormally functioning elimination system to rid it of dead proteins from destroyed cancer cells and chemotherapy drugs that are overtaxing the immune system. “Clearing out toxic, stressful emotions that produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environment for cancer to propagate is essential,” says Seeger. “Fulfilling the body’s requirement for an ongoing healthy nutritional plan that maintains a healing alkaline environment reduces both the risk of a cancer as well as recurrence.” She has observed that when an individual’s

healing process has stalled despite their doing all the right things to improve their biochemistry, it’s frequently because they haven’t done an emotional detox and lack feeling a spiritual connection to something larger than themselves. Silberstein categorizes cancer as epidemic. She speaks regularly regarding preventing cancer and its recurrence at medical and nursing schools, continuing oncology nursing education programs and universities. “What is needed more than new treatment research is public education regarding the true causes of cancer and continuing education credits in lifestyle training for medical professionals,” she says. Silberstein’s nonprofit organization provides online holistic cancer coach training for health professionals as well as research-based education and counseling on how to prevent, cope with and beat cancer through immune-boosting holistic approaches. The list of books authored by cancer survivors continues to grow, offering helpful insight into how individuals are negotiating the challenges of their healing journey. Two recent books, Surviving the Storm: A Workbook for Telling Your Cancer Story, by Psychotherapist Cheryl Krauter, and Cancer Survivorship Coping Tools: We’ll Get You Through This, by

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Barbara Tako, are particularly helpful regarding the onslaught of toxic feelings and emotions that stress the mind and body—fear, anger, isolation, anxiety, depression and uncertainty, as well as loss and grief. Emphasizing the need for individuals diagnosed with cancer to tell their stories, the authors encourage keeping a journal. The act of getting thoughts and experiences out of the mind and onto paper supports emotional cleansing. “It’s important to share the real story of the emotional storm that is cancer, as well as the ravages of its treatments and invisible, but lingering side effects; to tell the tale of the cancer survivor who is moving from patient to person; and to explore and discover who you are after having faced down your mortality,” Krauter counsels.

Changed Paradigm

Results of the Human Genome Project, as well as the work of Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., stem cell biologist and author of The Biology of Belief, and other epigenetic researchers support the point that “environmental signals” that directly affect our DNA expression include our thoughts, emotions, belief system, exposure to sunlight, exercise and everything we put into our body. Such new science shatters the idea that we are victims of our genes and environment. It shines light on the fact that we have tremendous power to shape and direct our own physical health. Our entire lifestyle is pivotal. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Fresh Looks at Autism Focusing on a Child’s Optimal Potential

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new paradigm shift regarding autism spectrum disorder (ASD) centers on evolving beliefs about the possibilities for those living with autism, as well as the unimagined brilliance they possess and their need for supportive help. Everyone can benefit from the results of hands-on research and experience by parents and caregivers that are finding nontraditional ways to help special needs children deal with issues related to emotional and cognitive detachment and isolation. Momentum for this major shift in perspective is fueled by young adults that are telling their encouraging stories online and in books such as Carly Fleishman’s Carly’s Voice. Parents of the one in 45 children diagnosed with ASD know that their lifetime commitment requires extraordinary courage, perseverance, patience, determination, emotional strength, outside-the-box thinking and unconditional love. These parental characteristics are most cited by those that have mastered related developmental disorders, which they now regard as gifts, because they are thriving. Dr. Andrea Libutti, author of Awakened by Autism: Embracing Autism, Self, and Hope for a New World, offers her insights for understanding the multifac-


eted nature of autism and the need for a personalized plan for healing. Janice Vedrode, a special needs coach, consultant and child advocate in Saginaw, Michigan, founded Spectrum Speaks and writes at to inform parents about numerous issues regarding ASD. “Because I live in a town that didn’t have an existing support group for parents with ASD children, I took it upon myself to get the ball rolling and advise parents that they need to build a dream team—doctors, therapists, special needs teachers, spiritual community, friends and family—that will make sure their child succeeds and lives a happy and successful life,” says Vedrode. Wanting to help both their own two sons with developmental disabilities and others, Boaz and Minerva Santiago, residents of Pembroke Pines, Florida, became early trailblazers ushering in the self-employment movement for special needs individuals. Their Picasso Einstein online educational platform at has launched the #JobCreators Bootcamp Training for parents and professionals and the #JobCreators Integration Program that collaborates with organizations, financial institutions and government agencies.


“If you focus on pursuing a business for your child for the sake of their independence, you won’t get caught up in only the business and money aspects. Self-employment allows even greatly impaired individuals the maximum opportunity to experience independence, not just in the present, but for the rest of their lives,” explains Boaz. He cites an example of a young boy with an avid interest in folding clothing. His parents learned how to create a meaningful job for him by creating a simple small laundry business from the family garage. Although at the beginning he was only asked to fold clothing (which he already expressed interest in), his father now accompanies him around the neighborhood to pass out business cards and promote his service. Being in business has helped him grow as a person. “Begin by assuming your child is competent and make it possible for them to follow their passion and create a future they can be proud of,” advises Boaz. Shining lights are leading the way. With her father’s help, Carly Fleishman, diagnosed at the age of 2 with nonverbal severe autism, wrote a book by striking one computer key at a time that described living in a mind and body afflicted with this condition. Still nonverbal, she hosts a YouTube radio show on which she interviews celebrities via a device that turns keystrokes into verbal language. Kerry Magro, with Autism Speaks, a research and advocacy organization, answered the question, “What Happens to Children with Autism When They Become Adults?” in his TEDx talk, one of his many media ventures. Chris Varney, an “I can” advocate for children’s rights, won rave reviews for his TEDx talk, “My Unstoppable Mother Proved the Experts Wrong.” Such powerful stories specifically relate how parents, grandparents and helpful friends forged networks that freed them and their afflicted children

Check It Out: Chris-Varney-Talk KerryMagroTalk of the inhibiting stigma of autism and enabled them to realize their fullest potential. A bedrock philosophy in supporting ASD and other special needs children is to assume they are competent and learn to see them through God’s lens, rather than the lens of the world. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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prairie ranches, in olive groves or fruit orchards, as well as at urban rooftop farms or near vegetable row crops. “Our mission is to get folks out to the farm and honor the people whose good work brings nourishment to the table,” says organization founder and chef/artist Jim Denevan. More than 90, five-hour events that include appetizers and a guided farm tour are being held all the way through November in more than a dozen states (see “Some of our most popular events feature farmers of the sea, and are set alongside the ocean or other bodies of water,” adds Lisa Supple, publicist for the company. “They feature local fisher people and oyster and abalone farmers.” “Epicurean San Diego offers popup farm dinner events at Dickinson Farm, in National City, California,” explains

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he flip side of enjoying farm to table is taking the table to the farm. Socalled “pop-up feasts” are booming at farms throughout the country during growing and harvest seasons. While the format varies, dinners are typically hosted on working rural or urban farms, last about three hours and include aperitifs and a tour before the meal. Wine pairings or beer tastings and live music may be among the enticing activities offered. Gabriele Marewski, owner of Paradise Farms, near Miami, Florida, was a pioneering forerunner of the trend. For 10 years prior to retirement, she hosted more than 50 chefs, served thousands of guests an organic Dinner in Paradise and raised more than $50,000 for area charities. Periodic onsite dinners continue ( “Many chefs are active in farm-totable dinners on the West Coast. We also see participation among wineries, orchards, cheese makers and breweries,” says A.K. Crump, CEO of TasteTV, in San Francisco, which also supervises “People like to meet the meal maker and know more about the origin of what they eat.” 36

“I started Dinner on the Farm nine years ago to create unique experiences that connect people to the places their food is grown and the people that grow them,” says Monica Walch, whose popup dinners are served picnic-style for friends and families that bring their own tableware. Her company’s Midwest events, usually offered on Minnesota and Wisconsin farms, always feature local chefs, food ingredients and breweries ( “There’s nothing like being comfortably seated in the field where your food is growing and having the opportunity to enjoy it just hours after it’s been picked. Then, add in one-on-one conversations with your chef, brewer and farmer, as well as like-minded community members,” observes Walch, who grew up on an organic dairy farm in Minnesota. Setting the bar for high-end, white tablecloth, adults-only communal events, Outstanding in the Field tours the country to offer a taste of fresh, local cuisine prepared by top regional chefs. They’re known for serving meals on long tables set up in fields on


Guests enjoy appetizers and cocktails at a Dinner on the Farm event at Primrose Valley Farm, in New Glarus, Wisconsin.

owner Stephanie Parker (Epicurean “We strive to completely source our produce from the farm.” The veteran-owned, certified organic Dickinson Farm features heirloom fruits, vegetables and herbs grown on a large city lot. “We have focused on urban farms to inspire more people to grow their own food and to show that you don’t have to live on a huge piece of property in the countryside,” Parker notes. Some pop-up feasts are managed directly by local farmers in partnership with lead chefs. Others serve as annual fundraising events, like The Foodshed Alliance’s Farm to Fork Dinner and Wine Tasting, now in its seventh year ( It’s held at the Alba Vineyard, in

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armers’ markets are full of the bounty of the Midwest now. Each week, new produce appears with the most amazing flavor. Try making this grilled vegetable pasta salad. It is a great recipe for the entire summer season. Use roasted vegetables that are plentiful; asparagus in the spring and early summer, broccoli, carrots and zucchini now, squash in the fall.

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Milford, New Jersey, which practices renewable viticulture. “We already have eight chefs lined up to prepare an eight-course, locally sourced, wine-pairing dinner served among the vines,” explains Kendrya Close, executive director of the alliance. Expert winemakers select each course’s pairing. “We’re proud to be the hardworking roadies that set the stage for America’s rock star farmers,” says Denevan. John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring and Farmstead Chef, operate the Inn Serendipity, in Browntown, WI.

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In a large bowl, combine pasta, roasted vegetables, vinaigrette, grape tomatoes and onion, and toss well. Adjust seasonings adding salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Refrigerate until well chilled. Sprinkle with shaved asiago cheese and basil and serve. Recipe courtesy of Janie Maxwell, MS, RDN, LDN. Maxwell is the executive director of the Illinois Farmers Market Association, an association focused on supporting local farmers, food producers and Illinois farmers markets. Go to to find a farmers’ market near you.

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Foraging for a

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oraging is growing in interest and popularity, thanks in part to the growth of microbreweries and “farm to table” and “field to table” restaurants that source local, farm-raised and foraged ingredients like ramps, dandelion greens, violet flowers, mushrooms, fiddlehead ferns and garlic mustard. People desire these new foods, flavors and smells, and want to experience more. This fascination with foraging is really a return to our roots. Our ancestors fed themselves primarily from foraging acorns, greens, root vegetables, mushrooms, nuts, seeds, fruits and berries that grew in abundance in the forests, meadows and prairies and along the waters’ edge. Families had their favorite spots to harvest, and children carried on the tradition. Many people still enjoy growing an annual garden or going apple picking. It’s a reminder of the pleasure of harvesting food and a connection to nature. Fostering this connection with nature is vital in a time when everything is so convenient. Grocery stores are filled with out-of-season foods—asparagus in November, strawberries and tomatoes in January. This convenience comes with a cost—a loss of flavor and nutrition, variety, connection to the seasons and the missed opportunity to harvest and preserve nature’s bounty. Foraging brings this all back. After learning about some common edible wild plants that grow in and around the


Chicago area, a whole new world will open up, where food is seen everywhere. There’s so much joy in waiting for fruit to ripen, greens to sprout and nuts to grow. After gorging on mulberries, the cherries will be ready, then raspberries, and so it goes. It’s fun to preserve a bit of every harvest to enjoy in the off season. Wild green pesto in winter is incredible; a fresh flavor burst of greens and garlic that awakens the taste buds with a reminder of the coming spring. The taste of foraged food is special not just because the food is wild or fresh, but because of the journey. Learning the skills to find, identify, harvest and prepare edible wild plants can be challenging, so the Resiliency Institute created Let’s Walk and Learn Foraging experiences for people that want to enjoy a taste of foraging. During these foraging walks, participants learn to identify more than 50 edible wild plants, sample some, and leave with an appetite for more. Many of these plants can be found in lawns and parks, so with some good notes and photos, participants can go home and enjoy a few foraged plants for lunch. Those with larger appetites can enroll in the Resiliency Institute’s Edible Wild Plants Certificate Course to learn to identify, harvest and prepare more than 200 wild edible plants. Instructor and lifelong forager Pat


Armstrong will equip students with the knowledge and confidence to become successful foragers through classroom instruction and outdoor plant walks. Every class includes a lunch of foraged foods prepared by Armstrong and the students. Some of the foods eaten this year have been wild greens salads, stinging nettle quiche, lamb’s quarters saag, sautéed ostrich fern fiddleheads, plantain seaweed and purslane cherry salad. Learning to “walk on the wild side” through the Edible Wild Plants Certificate Course is life-enriching. A 2015 graduate, Jean Ruffin, says, “Since taking the [course], I have incorporated several nutritious, wild edible plants into my diet and have been able to spark an interest in edible plant identification in my grandson. Now when we go on vacation or take a walk in the woods, we recognize and appreciate the worth of plants we used to just walk by. And where allowable, we harvest and enjoy them!” Take some time this summer to forage and reconnect with nature. August is time to harvest staghorn sumac flower heads (Rhus typhina), foxtail seeds (Setaria faberi), wild plums (Prunus americana), wild blackberries (Rubus allegheniensis) and chokeberries (Aronia arbutifolia). In September, look for pears (Pyrus communis), acorns, highbush cranberries (Viburunum trilobum), wild grapes (Vitis riparia) and wild rice (Zizania aquatica). The nonprofit The Resiliency Institute is located at 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd., in Naperville. For more information, visit See ad on

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TAKE A HIKE Escape into Nature with a Day Trip by Marlaina Donato


o many, hiking means long-distance treks through forests or backpacking remote terrain. “In reality, it’s more about getting out into green areas close to home,” says Wesley Trimble, of the American Hiking Society. “It’s about immersion in nature.” Day hiking can be easily tailored to personal preferences and interests. “Excellent apps and websites list and describe trails in your area or community. We have a database on our site that’s helpful,” says Trimble ( He’s personally high on old rail lines that have been converted to wide, accessible paths (

A Trail for Everyone Whatever our location, age or fitness level, a hike can provide opportunities for calming solitude or connecting with people we care about. Individuals with disabilities can also get outdoors at accommodating trails such as those at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, in Delaware. There’s always something to be learned in identifying wildlife and plants. “Families can enjoy time walking outdoors together in ways impossible in other settings,” observes Verna Gates, founder of Fresh Air Family, a Birmingham, Alabama, outdoor activities educational foundation. “Nature aids in well-being in many ways.” She points to studies cited at NatureAndForest that reveal how trees emit enzymes into the air that help improve our emotional and physical health. “When I lost a child, the only place I found solace was in nature. Sitting in a patch of wildflowers truly brought me back to living,” recalls Gates. 40

Following a lovely trail, much like inspired cooking, is as intriguing and delightful as we wish it to be. From wildflower paths to wine country trails, the great outdoors invites exploration of woodlands, glens, forests, mountain valleys, coastal areas, bayous, deserts and other terrain. Experienced daytrippers recommend revisiting favorite trails in specific seasons. “I love being in the natural world, be it New Jersey, Florida or Alaska. Every trail offers surprises,” marvels distance hiker Craig Romano ( As the author of several day hike guidebooks, he’s seen firsthand how, “Every part of the country offers different perspectives and forms of beauty. The greatest biological diversity in our country is found in the Great Smoky Mountains, where the rhododendrons are breathtaking in spring.” The world’s largest mapped cave system is in Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park. Hiking to observe other subterranean wonders in Indiana or Virginia’s Natural Bridge Caverns is no less exhilarating than walking Alabama’s covered bridge trail or painter Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch country, in New Mexico. The Appalachian Trail, running between Maine and Georgia, attracts thousands of adventurous long-distance trekkers, but such trails also offer sections ideal for day hikes. Geomagnetic points in Arizona’s vortex region or America’s Stonehenge, in New Hampshire, afford unusual destinations. The wonders of California’s Sonoma County include Planet Walk, a scale model path that illustrates our solar system. The Crater of Diamonds State Park, in Arkansas, is the only place in the world where hikers can dig for diamonds and keep what they find, although quartz diamond sites (semiprecious stones less hard than diamonds) can be accessed at other U.S. locales. Coastal walks lead to discovering sea glass and shells. Arboretums in urban areas offer trails flush with local flora.

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Joining or starting a hiking club based on common interests is one way to go. “One of our guidebook series encourages outdoor enthusiasts to explore the natural world in their immediate backyards. This approach especially appeals to families, first-time trail users and athletes looking for a quick nature fix after work,” offers Helen Cherullo, publisher of Mountaineers Books (, a nonprofit committed to conservation and sustainable lifestyles. Wherever we venture, take nothing but pictures and leave nature untouched. Cherullo reminds us, “Connecting people to treasured natural landscapes leads to active engagement to preserve these places for future generations. The future of public lands—owned by every American citizen—is literally in our hands.” They deserve our vote.

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Recumbent Biking

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ith smoother aerodynamics, improved ergonomics and a sleek presentation, recumbent bikes are quickly gaining a new audience. In the last several years, more people have started turning to recumbent biking for cardiovascular exercise, offroad adventures, an alternative to driving or just to explore the neighborhood. Joe Reichert is the owner of Amlings Cycle in Niles. He says that riders are switching to recumbents for their performance, comfort and style. “For over 40 years, we’ve focused on unparalleled support and service for the entire biking community, which led to a specialization in recumbent bikes and trikes.” Neal Ney has been a member of the Evanston Bicycle Club since 1993, and bought his first recumbent in 1997. The club offers meetings, resources, group rides, camaraderie and a community with a focus on safe recreational riding for adults. Of the more than 600 members, Ney says that only a handful ride recumbents, but that number is slowly growing. “They are more comfortable and make bicycling accessible to people who might otherwise not be able to ride. You can see more stuff. I 42

am almost always the first person on a group ride to spot the hawks.” Dr. Chris Codina is a chiropractor and functional movement specialist at Whole Life Chiropractic, in Hoffman Estates. He works with his clients to restore function, eliminate pain, increase mobility and prevent injuries. “The body was meant to move, and when it doesn’t move properly, things get out of alignment and everything has to work harder to restore balance,” he says. Codina says that the benefits of recumbent biking are myriad. It gets people outside, promotes cardiovascular activity, improves strength and range of motion, increases endorphins and is relatively easy on the body. “Biking in general is a great low-impact alternative to running or even walking, which can be hard on the knee and hip joints. Because you’re not hunched over the handlebars, recumbent biking takes even more pressure off of the wrists, elbows and lower back, and reduces the likelihood of tension and scar tissue in the upper body. It also allows for more free movement and more range of motion in the hips, and is great for people who have hip or back injuries,” says Codina.


Dr. Peter Kozlowski is an Elk Grove Village-based functional medicine doctor who says that riding a recumbent bike can increase many aspects of overall health and wellness, as well as ward off dementia and other degenerative conditions. “We use a functional matrix to address healing. At the core is mental, emotional and spiritual health, and at the base is sleep and relaxation, exercise and movement, nutrition, stress and relationships. Studies show that aerobic exercise can literally improve memory and brain function, increase the size of the hippocampus, and decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Recumbent bikes and trikes are a great option for people who can’t tolerate a regular bicycle,” he says. Besides the physical benefits, recumbent biking is just cool. “You may as well be driving a Ferrari for all the attention you receive. Motorists, pedestrians and other cyclists do double-takes as they watch you breeze by, seemingly without effort,” says Reichert. “There aren’t many things that a 70-year-old man can do that teenagers think is cool, but riding a recumbent bike is one of them. People smile and stare when you ride by,” adds Ney. Being lower to the ground does offer pros and cons. Riders are more able to put both feet down, making stability more efficient. “A lower center of gravity enhances cornering and handling, and recumbents tend to stop faster and more smoothly,” says Reichert. At the same time, the lack of height does pose a risk that motorists won’t be able to see the bikes. Flags and reflectors attached to the back of the bike help with visibility, and many riders find that the notoriety of the bikes makes them more discernable, as well. “Since you’re looking forward and not down, you have more opportunities for eye contact with motorists,” says Ney. Whether it’s for fitness, function or just fun, recumbent bikes and trikes can be safe and effective for people of all ages and activity level. Many people find a restored level of activity and enjoyment with them. “When I made the move to a recumbent bike, it was primarily because of neck problems, but I’ve found the bike more comfortable for my back, wrists and shoulders, as well. I fell in love with bicycling in the 1980s, but with age, I

Amlings Cycle is located at 8140 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Niles. For more information, call 847-692-4240, email or visit Evanston Bicycle Club can be reached at P.O. Box 1981, in Evanston, 60204. For more information, email President@ or visit Whole Life Chiropractic is located at 2500 W. Higgins Rd., Ste. 420, in Hoffman Estates. For more information, call 847-757-5839, email Dr.Codina@ or visit WholeLifeChiroHe. com. See ad in the Community Resource Guide. Dr. Peter Kozlowski is located at 92 Turner Ave, in Elk Grove Village. For more information, call 847-626-5758, email, or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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penlands, one of the nation’s oldest and most successful metropolitan conservation organizations, has launched a free online paddling guide for the water trails of northeastern Illinois ( that provides detailed information on more than 500 miles of water trails for nonmotorized boating on 10 of the region’s waterways and promotes paddling as an inclusive activity for local tourism and outdoor recreation. President and CEO Jerry Adelmann states, “For more than 50 years, Openlands has partnered with many organizations to ensure our waterways are clean, safe and accessible to the public. Friends of the Chicago River was founded as a project of Openlands. We facilitate annual river cleanups around the region and host regular paddling events to foster greater appreciation for nature, from the Calumet to the Kishwaukee.” Associate Greenways Director Laura Barghusen notes, “This resource makes the region’s waterways more accessible to everyone; even individuals new to paddling who might not own their own equipment. This builds upon our work and the work of our partners

to explore some of the most diverse habitats in Illinois.” There are separate guides for the Calumet area, Chicago River, Des Plaines, DuPage River, Fox River, Kankakee River, Kishwaukee River, Lake Michigan, Nippersink Creek and Salt Creek. They contain detailed, step-bystep descriptions for more than 50 trips throughout the region, with information on skill levels, trail length, directions and equipment rental locations. Interactive maps are available for each waterway, indicating launch sites, dams and paddling difficulty along the trail. Paddlers are also encouraged to help keep the site up-todate by reporting log jams, unexpected water traffic, wildlife sightings and other significant observations via the comments for each trail. Openlands developed the Northeastern Illinois Regional Water Trail Plan in 1999 in partnership with Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission, Illinois Paddling Council, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and multiple local government agencies. The Grand Victoria Foundation provided essential support for the implementation of the Plan.

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had gotten the point that I had to ice my neck after every ride. The exciting thing about switching to a recumbent was that I felt like I was back on a high-performance machine. I am riding more miles now than I did 30 years ago,” says Ney. “People find they’re cycling longer and father than before, and arriving at their destination refreshed.” “Once you’ve experienced a recumbent, it’s difficult to ever go back to a conventional bike,” adds Reichert.

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eeing lost, injured or orphaned animals is heartbreaking, but unless a wild animal is in immediate danger from prey or traffic, it’s best to wait and observe. Mothers forage for food and return to the babies intermittently. If in doubt, call a wildlife rehabber for advice. “Rehabilitators are trained, tested, licensed, take continuing education courses and file annual reports. All care provided must meet government standards,” explains wildlife rehabilitator Regina Whitman, of Queen Creek, Arizona, via her Desert Cry Wildlife website. She rehabs rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, skunks, baby javelina and coyote pups. The Dan & Dianne May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Lee’s-McRae College, in Banner Elk, North Carolina, is the only college program in the U.S. that allows students to work hands-on with veterinarians in the rehab center. “We see native species of reptiles, raptors, songbirds and mammals like eastern gray


squirrels,” says Jenna Glaski, a program senior mentor. “When fawns and bobcats are orphaned, it’s usually because the mother has been hit by a car or shot.” In the Georgetown area, South Carolina Coastal Animal Rescue and Educational Sanctuary (SC-CARES) rehabbers care for injured wildlife and other animals. Miss Belle—a doe that was trapped in fencing and temporarily paralyzed trying to get free—received physical therapy and is expected to make a full recovery. Founded in 2004 by Kevin Barton and Linda Schrader, the Wildlife Center of Venice, serves Sarasota and Charlotte counties. Its five acres offers hutches, barns, habitats for squirrels and raccoons, an aviary and a pond for waterfowl. In 2015, volunteers rescued eight striped skunks. Because these mammals are slow and have poor eyesight, wide roads are especially hazardous as they move through diminishing habitat. Skunks eat insects, grubs, rodents, moles and snakes.

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Paul and Gloria Halesworth specialize in hummingbirds at Wild Wing Rehab Hummers & Songbirds, in Ahwatukee, Arizona. “Hummingbird babies require a special formula we import from Europe. A body temperature of 105 degrees causes casual rescuers to think they’re overheated. They pant like dogs if too hot; otherwise, they’re okay,” Paul says. If a nest is found on the ground, reaffix it in a tree. “Duct tape works,” he notes. “Mom will find them.” Released birds are taken to the Desert Botanical Garden, in Phoenix. Rehabbing owls costs significantly more, up to $800 from hatchling to release. The Halesworths refer owls to another rehabber that annually cares for about 500 owls. In Fort Gratiot, Michigan, Back 2 the Wild Rehab rescues all kinds of wild animals. In February, two geese were stuck in a frozen river. Firefighters freed the birds and rehabbers checked them for frostbite. One goose died, but the other was released after the next storm passed through. The Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary, near McCall, Idaho, accepts orphaned bear cubs. Tapping into three decades of research reported by program supervisor Jeff Rohlman, they are vetted and put into a two-acre enclosure to learn to live in the wild until they are old enough for release. Most arrive undernourished and dehydrated; if separated from their mother, they don’t know how to feed themselves or when to hibernate. Dreamcatcher Wild Horse & Burro Sanctuary, in Ravendale, California, doesn’t release rehabbed guests—it provides a lifetime home to roam 1,000 acres in family packs to find their own food and water. Public lands are leased to ranchers for grazing, compelling competition for food between livestock and wild animals, so this is a safer option; the sanctuary also advocates protection of resident mountain lions, badgers, coyotes, hawks and eagles. Barry and Maureen Genzlinger, founders of the Vermont Bat Center, in Milton, have rescued and released more than 125 bats since Barry became a licensed bat rehabilitator for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department in 2013. “We have one bat that lost 95 percent of the skin on a wing,” he says. “After three months, most of it has grown back. In two more months, it should be fine, just in time to hibernate.” Bats can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes in an hour. While some are considered a nuisance, each rescued animal has a place in the overall eco-system. Following the good Samaritan rule allows casual rescuers to keep an animal only long enough to safely transport it to a rehabilitator. Rescue operations always need volunteers to donate time or money to help the cause. For creatures, staying with a healing friend can help but there’s no place like home. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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ecoalertecoalertecoalertecoalerteco Protecting the Great Lakes from a Catastrophic Oil Spill he case against Line 5, the dual 64-year-old petroleum pipelines running under Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac, has deepened. The question now is whether government officials will do anything about it and end the risk of a catastrophic oil spill affecting a large area of the Great Lakes. A report that surfaced in June revealed that Enbridge, the pipeline owner and operator, has for years routinely violated a legal agreement to properly anchor Line 5 against the swift currents in the Straits. The company tolerated lengthy unsupported spans in violation of the 1953 easement agreement through which the state of Michigan granted Enbridge conditional occupancy of the lakebed.

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T “Enbridge’s willful neglect to properly support Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac is a game changer,” says Liz Kirkwood, executive director of FLOW, a Traverse City-based Great Lakes water law and policy center. She said the state now must apply the law, stop Line 5’s oil flow and hold public hearings as it considers the Canadian company’s application to continue to use the decaying steel infrastructure. Ed Timm, Ph.D., an engineer advising FLOW, notes it is likely that damage to the pipe has already occurred because unsupported spans were not detected and repaired in a timely way by Enbridge. A University of Michigan study found that more than 700 miles of shoreline in Lakes Michigan and Huron and on their islands are potentially vulnerable to damage from an oil release in the Straits. On June 29, the state’s Pipeline Safety Advisory Board released an analysis of alternatives to Line 5 that fails to examine existing pipeline infrastructure and that is biased toward allowing Line 5 to continue to operate through new oil pipelines and further expand its operations says Kirkwood. Enbridge was responsible for the nation’s largest-ever inland oil spill in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River watershed in 2010. There have been at least 29 spills from Line 5 releasing more than 1 million gallons of oil and gas into the environment. Public comments on the study of alternatives to the pipeline can be made at by Aug. 4. For more information, visit Additional information is also available at the Oil and Water Don’t Mix website, 46

rees do more than beautify our landscape. These hardworking plants help reduce heat islands, clean our air and water, benefit vulnerable populations, impact real estate value and improve the health of a community. But not all trees are the same; what we grow and where we grow it matters. The Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI), a coalition of leading Chicago area environmental organizations led by the Morton Arboretum, recently launched a resource at to help communities around the Chicago area better understand its tree canopy to improve quality of life. The data reveals that of the 157 million trees in the seven-county Chicago region, 60 percent are comprised of fewer than 10 species, which puts the tree canopy at risk should pests or disease appear. Additionally, nearly one-third of those are invasive species, including the European buckthorn, the most abundant tree in the Chicago region. This resource, compiled by overlaying various data sets that include census information, median income, minority populations, temperature mapping, health data and air quality, plus aerial imagery, was designed to help more than 284 Chicago region municipalities plan for the future by creating a healthier tree canopy across the region. “We saw that there was a gap in knowledge and resources, which makes it especially challenging to persuade cities to focus on trees,” says Lydia Scott, of The Morton Arboretum, and director of CRTI. “With this new resource, CRTI is better equipped to help cities understand the critical function of trees in improving environmental conditions, economic development and overall quality of life.” The data shows that the greatest opportunity for increasing the area’s overall canopy exists on residential land, followed by transit corridors. “Now that we have an inventory of our region’s tree species, our cities can think more critically about what tree species to plant so that we do not experience catastrophic losses in the future,” says Scott. For more information, visit


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Urban Planning Goes Green rates areas for bike friendliness and taps ideas aimed to increase biking networks. To date, they cover Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Fort Collins, Colorado; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tennessee; New Orleans; New York City; Providence, Rhode Island; Portland, Oregon; and Tucson. The nonprofit Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (, encompassing 400 businesses and organizations, is pioneer-

ing a Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) retrofit program. The city water department is collaborating on Green City Clean Water’s plan to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency clean water regulations and foster rain gardens, green roofs and porous pavements. “We help engineer nature back into cities,” says Anna Shipp, interim executive director and GSI manager. “Socially responsible, replicable and environmentally conscious initiatives and policies catalyze local economies and benefit water, air, aesthetics and people’s emotions.”

Early American developers of Washington, D.C., and Savannah, Georgia, strived to recreate the plans of European cities that offered plenty of public squares and parks. Subsequent high-rise apartments in most other U.S. cities that followed lacked certain elements of neighborhood cohesion, as documented in Zane Miller’s book The Urbanization of Modern America. In Boston, Baltimore, New York City and elsewhere, waterfront revitalizations launched in the 1980s helped improve conditions, making use of nature-oriented ideas that are still trending upward. Urban Hub describes how regions like Silicon Valley, in California, and Boston’s Route 128 corridor continue to enjoy mutually beneficial relationships with Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. The concept promotes pedestrianization programs and incentives that increase bike-friendliness, multimodal public transportation such as people-mover sidewalks and car sharing, plus off-hour, no-driving and park-and-ride policies. Join the social media conversation at The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released updated standards on how state agencies should measure mass transit, biking and walking volumes ( States will assess impacts on carbon emissions by tracking walkers, bikers and transit users instead of just comparing rush-hour travel times to freeflowing traffic conditions, which favors highway spending alone. The Big Jump Project at PeopleFornatural awakenings

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Dogs at Work Finding the Right Dog for the Job by Sandra Murphy


very dog needs a meaningful job. Like us, some need help figuring out what they want to be when they grow up; others choose their own specialty. With imagination and experimentation, even a problem pooch can became an unexpected blessing.

Comforting Companions A 7-year-old hound and canine-style Houdini named Gumby was adopted seven times, surrendered to the shelter eight times and thrice became a stray. An unprecedented 11 return trips to the Charleston Animal Society, in South Carolina, convinced the staff he prefers shelter life. Now his selfappointed job is comforting and helping new arrivals adjust to their temporary home. Dentist April Patterson owns Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique and Spa, in Fort Lauderdale. After attending a local Humane Society fashion show, she returned to her office with Oliver, a four-pound Pomeranian mix of undetermined age. This cutie’s job is to steady nervous patients. “It wasn’t planned,” says Patterson. “Oliver will bark nonstop when left alone, but being one of the staff makes him happy. Meeting Oliver is part of our hiring process.” Dory, a yellow Labrador certified therapy dog, is approved by the San Diego district attorney’s office to offer aid in court when a victim or witness testifies in front of the defendant. “Dory was the first court support dog in California and the city’s first of five dog and handler teams,” says Kathleen Lam, a retired attorney and dog handler. “The dogs 48

undergo rigorous testing to demonstrate good behavior in court. Handlers work on long downs and stays, including hand signals.” Dory recently accompanied an 8-year-old girl testifying against her father; he had killed his wife in front of her two years before.

Public Ambassadors Deemed “too large to sell,” Bert, a chocolate Pomeranian, wound up in an Oklahoma shelter. Kathy Grayson, owner of The Hole, a New York City art gallery, saw his photo on and fell in love. She immediately traveled to adopt him. Bert, whom she characterizes as quiet, refined and perfectly suited to the art world, loves being at the gallery and has attended art fairs in major U.S. cities. Follow Bert’s adventures via “Edie, a boxer mix puppy, started training as an assistance dog, but her personality proved better suited to the hospitality industry,” says Julie Abramovic Kunes, public relations manager for the Fairmont Hotel, in Berkeley, California. Kunes’ Edie was hired by the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel in 2011, before making the career move west with her in 2017. A former shelter dog, Edie greets visitors as a community ambassador.

Special Rescue Teams Mas, a water-loving Newfoundland, redefines “rescue dog”. The Scuola Italiana Cani Salvataggio, or Italian School of Rescue Dogs, is the largest national organization in Italy to train dogs and handlers for water rescue. Helicopters can often reach a swimmer in distress more quickly than a boat. The dog jumps out to circle the victim until they can grab her Dory, the first court support harness before swimming to dog in California. shore or a human partner. Mas, the first certified water rescue operative recognized by Italy, France and Switzerland port authorities and coast guards, went on to train her successors. Bloodhounds are renowned for their super sniffers. Lou, a nine-year K9 veteran, on Pennsylvania’s West York Borough Police Department force, ultimately applied for retirement, passing the harness to Prince, a 3-month-old bloodhound. Prince was sworn in by District Judge Jennifer J.P. Clancy in her Spring Garden Township courtroom. The ceremony emphasizes a K9’s status in the community and within law enforcement. Paired with Officer Scott Musselman for eight months of training, the duo will work with the Missing Child Task Force. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at


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down carbohydrates, and one with more eneé S. Barasch, a certified digestive lipase works better to break down fats. In my health specialist, detoxification/purifioffice, we run lab tests to determine the right cation specialist and founder of Nutrimix of enzymes for each person. I take into tional Health Solutions, in Highland Park, consideration factors like family history, diet has been a Chicago area leader in nutrition and overall health. The tests also help detect and digestion education for more than 12 any nutritional deficiencies. Based on the years. She splits her time between seeing cliresults, I might recommend diet modificaents in private sessions, speaking to the comtions and food supplements in addition to munity, writing about digestion issues, being enzymes. an ambassador for holistic digestive health and giving people the ability to connect the How do environmental irritants dots between nutrition and digestion. Although every digestive system is differaffect digestion? ent, many people experience allergy flare-ups We encounter factors in the environment that may be related to how their bodies are every day that can cause irritation and inReneé S. Barasch, LDHS breaking down ingredients in their food. Being flammation, whether that’s someone’s excess aware of our specific digestive needs and taking steps to properfume, secondhand smoke or particles from a constructect the gut can eliminate allergies, improve absorption and tion site. In the springtime, the air is full of dust, mold and take unneeded stress off our organs. other seasonal aggravators. When we breathe these in, they get into our bloodstream in less than 20 seconds. Our Why is thorough digestion so important for bodies then have to break down those extra toxins, which overall health? is a lot of work for the liver, kidneys and gallbladder. If Digestion is one of the main ways the body detoxifies, or they aren’t broken down properly, it results in what people cleanses. If the food you’re consuming isn’t broken down think of as seasonal allergies; runny nose, itchy eyes, red properly and thoroughly, it causes stress on the system as it or blotchy skin. People often miss the connection between moves through, which can lead to symptoms like gas, bloat- allergies and digestion. Instead of going to an allergist, they ing, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea and even insomnia, might just need to have their digestive system checked for depression, psoriasis, eczema and chronic pain. digestive imbalances. Proper digestion also allows for thorough absorption, so your body is able to use the nutrients you’re putting What practices can people do every day to inside it. Undigested food leads to what we call “leaky improve digestion? gut”, where it passes through the gut membrane and into Digestive health is dependent on a number of factors, but it is the bloodstream. This can eventually lead to more serious key to both detoxification and real nutrition. I tell my clients conditions such as Crohn’s and other autoimmune diseases. that ideally, they are looking to digest, absorb, transport, utiIn general, when our food isn’t being digested properly, lize and eliminate the cellular waste that’s put into their bodour bodies aren’t working as efficiently as they can. Food ies. Avoiding environmental irritants and pollutants eliminates becomes a toxin, instead of something that nourishes us. the need to break them down in the first place.

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

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 or visit

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 1 Lammas (Wiccan)

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2 Feng Shui Certification Two Program – Aug 2 & 3. This is the next class in the Feng Shui Certification process that will teach you how to establish your business and become a Certified Feng Shui Consultant. This 77-hr program teaches you feng shui, based on the front door of a space. The Certification One Class is a prerequisite. $378. Oak Brook. Women’s Networking Group – 11:30am-1pm. 1st Wed. Offered through the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce. Buy own lunch. Location varies in Hoffman Estates. 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: 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. Pop Talk! Rethinking Cancer: Changing the Terrain of the Body – 6:15-7:15pm. With Brendan Mattson, DACM. Learn helpful strategies for prevention, treatment, and recovery. Chinese medicine can be a powerful component of integrative care in the West as it is in China. $5 donation at door appreciated. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 855-906-4707.


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FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 TGIF Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. Kick off your weekend with this introductory TGIF Yoga class. Melt away the stress of a long week with a gentle yoga practice to feel rejuvenated and ready for the weekend. All levels welcome. Instructed by Theresa (Terre) Virgilio, RYT. $5 introductory rate. Pure Detox, 417 S Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights. Space limited; register: 847-613-4363.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 Soul Transformation – Aug 5 & 6. 9am-6pm. A retreat where we remove anything blocking and holding us back so we can become magnificent and great. Day 1 is about letting go and releasing/ clearing and understanding what has been blocking us. Day 2 is a high energy day of creating and visualizing our dreams and desires into fruition. Grace Angels, 1800 Dewes St, Ste D, Glenview. More info & registration: 630-210-8688, Heather@ or


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Animal Communication Class – 9:30-10:30am. Do you want to know what your animals are thinking? If you’re looking to improve your bond with them, join us. No experience necessary. $25. Mundelein. 312-231-5607. Let’s Walk + Learn Foraging – 9:30-11:30am. Enjoy a foraging walk led by knowledgeable guide, Dave Odd, to discover the abundance of edible plants growing within our communities. Be introduced to 4-7 edible plants. Learn how to identify the plant, when to harvest, what part to harvest, tips on preparation, and how to ethically wildcraft. $30/individual, $50/pair. Knoch Knolls Forest Preserve, 320 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville. More info: Admissions Information Session – 10am-4pm. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 21st Fl, Administrative Suite Conference Room, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Soil Sisters Tour of Local Farms – 10am-5pm. For several years we’ve opened up our farm for public tours during this weekend-long annual event (Aug 4-6). We’ve decided to take a break from being on the official tour this year so that we can visit neighboring farms in the Brodhead and Monroe areas. You’re invited to take the tour with us. Meet at our farm in Brodhead at 10am and then caravan to several other local farms. Tour guide, Soil Sister Peg Sheaffer. RSVP: Health & Healing Workshop – 1-5pm. EFT, energy vampires and the Bemer. Experience EFT, the gentle tapping to release emotional and physical issues. Similar to 2 private sessions. Success guaranteed. Learn how to protect yourself from energy vampires. Experience free sessions on the BEMER, normally $35/session. $50, $39/preregistration. Insight Awareness, 18110 Martin Ave, Homewood. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or  Commonly Seen Medical/Psychiatric Conditions & Holistic Treatments for the Gifted, Talented & Twice-Exceptional – 2:15-3:15pm. Archana LalTabak, MD, and Jim Lal-Tabak will give an important and ground-breaking presentation with a unique perspective on the common health issues of Gifted, Talented and Twice-Exceptional kids, teens and adults. They will discuss natural and holistic solutions, and strategies which reduce the need for misdiagnoses, medications and the possibility of side effects. Lecture is part of the Annual SENG Conference. Chicago Marriott Naperville, 1801 N Naper Blvd, Naperville. For info: 847-4259355, 224-714-9593 or Register:

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MONDAY, AUGUST 7 The Art of Feminine Presence – 7-9pm. Introductory evening. Learn practical tools to show up in your life and relationships with more confidence and joy. Donation. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Northbrook. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362. Meetup. com/Spiritual-Nourishment-Chicagoland.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 Green Drinks Libertyville – 6:30pm. 2nd Tues. Like-minded people meet to discuss issues of environmental importance and build awareness. O’Toole’s Pub, 412 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville. For more info: or


Pop Talk! Reframing Autism – 6:15-7:15pm. With Dr. Melanie Katin, DACM, LAc. One of the more alarming health concerns in recent years is the incidence of autism and spectrum disorders. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is often one of the methods of treatment parents will seek out, since there are symptomatic problems that other therapies do not address. Learn basic information about: nutritional strategies, acupressure for autism, qigong for autism. $5 donation at door appreciated. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 855-906-4707. Let’s Walk + Learn Plant Id: Summer Flowers – 6:30-8pm. Summer is an amazing time to learn and practice plant ID. Notice all of the details of flowers. Discover how they are designed to maximize reproduction and the difference between male and female flowers. Learn how flowers from the same plant family are similar and what that means. $20, $35/pair. Black Partridge Woods, Lemont. More info:

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10 Admissions Information Session – 5-6:30pm. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 21st Fl, Administrative Suite Conference Room, Chicago. 773-477-4822.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 Wellness Professionals Network – 10-11:30am. A meetup for wellness practitioners with inspired connections and dialog, personal and professional support. Guided Path Psychological Services or Deer Grove Forest Preserve, Palatine. RSVP requested, Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362 or Meetup. com/Spiritual-Nourishment-Chicagoland.

Peacetree Music Festival – Aug 11-12. 2-10pm, Fri; 11am-10pm, Sat. Midwest College is sponsoring the 2-day music, art and camping festival in an effort to “give back” to the community. Peacetree has joined hands with the Shalom Center to help fund the building of their new facility. $20. The Sesquicentennial Bandshell, Pennoyer Park, 3601 7th Ave, Kenosha, WI. PeacetreeMusicFestival@ Free Shiatsu Intro – 7-9:30pm. 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.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 Attaining Neutrality – 9am-12pm. With Ellen Katz. Actualize higher frequencies of awareness and awaken your powerful ability for action. Elevate yourself by cultivating focus, skill and commitment. Reframe your life with a deeper understanding. Apply spiritual concepts such as grace, surrender, and acceptance to support you. Empower your voice to stay true to yourself in a way that does not compromise your emotional and mental states. $70, $60/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. More info & registration:

savethedate Veggie Fest Chicago – Aug 12 & 13. 11am-8pm. Enjoy delicious vegetarian food, food demos with vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and raw food dishes and leading-edge information from doctors and specialists in vegetarianism, spirituality, organic food and ecofriendly living. In addition to more than 100 exhibitor booths, live entertainment and yoga classes, there will be kid-friendly activities. Free parking & admission. Benedictine University, 5700 College Rd, Lisle. Underground Cures “They” Don’t Want You to Know About – 12-5pm. Dr. K (Leon Kolodziej), DC, MH, PhD, presents his seminar series with remedies from around the world which includes Kratom: Cure for Anxiety, Pain and Weight Loss? The Mysterious Bark that destroys fungus and parasites; a non-invasive cancer test that’s 98% accurate; dissolving arterial blockage without surgery as well as 15 of the best Edgar Cayce remedies Dr. K uses in his clinic. $50, $40/A.R.E members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. Chicago IANDS – 2-5pm. Support/study/resource forum for near-death, out-of-body and spiritual experiences, losses. Guest speaker: Echo Bodine, psychic medium, spiritual teacher, healer, ghostbuster, author of 12 fabulous books. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847-251-5758. Natural Awakenings Chicago



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. HydeParkHandmade.

Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival – Aug 18-20. 4-9pm, Fri; 10am-dusk, Sat; 10am-5pm, Sun. New dates this year; moving from Sept to Aug. Downtown Evanston.

Acu-Yoga Workshop – 2-4pm. A blend of yoga postures and traditional systems of acupressure. $25/members, $30/nonmembers. Sky Fitness, 1501 Busch Pkwy, Buffalo Grove. 847-229-0292. Meditation with Kate Merena – 6-7pm. Guided meditation workshop in which you’ll learn to center and focus your mind. Bring your questions and your sense of play. Offered monthly, each session will have a different theme. Aug: Focus. $25/person with early registration, $30 thereafter; HC Members get a discount. Sliding scale available. Hip Circle Studio, 709 Washington St, Evanston. 847-328-5767.


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Energy, EFT & Bemer Workshop – 6-8pm. EFT, energy vampires and the Bemer. Experience EFT, the gentle tapping procedure to release emotional and physical issues. Success guaranteed. Learn how to protect yourself from negative energy. Experience free 8-min BEMER sessions (normally $35/session), for improved blood flow and increased health. Free. Witchy Wearables, 15530 S Cicero Ave, Oak Forest. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or


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THURSDAY, AUGUST 17 Strong Muscles, Strong Bones: Osteoporosis Workshop – 1-2:30pm. $25/members, $30/nonmembers. Sky Fitness, 1501 Busch Pkwy, Buffalo Grove. 847-229-0292. Energy, EFT & Bemer Workshop – 6:30-8:30m. EFT, energy vampires and the Bemer. Experience EFT, the gentle tapping procedure to release emotional and physical issues. Success guaranteed. Learn how to protect yourself from negative energy. Experience free 8-min BEMER sessions (normally $35/session), for improved blood flow and increased health. Free. Garrett Wellness Center, 3020 N Kimball Ave, Chicago. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or  Putting Out the Fire of Chronic Inflammation – 7-8pm. Learn about the top sources and signs of chronic inflammation, plus why it’s so harmful. Madelaine Schaufel, RDN, gives you powerful takehome strategies, using food and lifestyle to reduce inflammation. Palatine Public Library, 700 N North Court, Palatine. Register: Your Self as Your Friend – 7-8:30pm. A refreshing and restorative evening. Receive guidance and simple centering practices so you can embrace more self-love and self-discovery. Donation. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Northbrook. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 Kayaking Mindfully – 9am-12pm. Experience the joys of movement and adventure kayaking for 2 hrs in the Skokie Lagoons. Meld with nature’s slower and gentler pace while engaging in the beauty of the surroundings and wildlife. Expert instruction from John Lionberger precedes being turned loose. No experience necessary. $75, $65/10 days advance. Skokie Lagoons, Glencoe. 847-831-8828. More info & registration: Des Plaines River Cleanup Paddling Event – 9:30am-2pm. Bring own boat or use one provided by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. All participants must be at least 5 yrs old to canoe. No experience necessary; lunch provided. Free, but must register. Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Dam 1 Woods East. picnic shelter, Wheeling. Must register in advance by emailing name, the number of people & whether they need a boat: Real Love Retreat – Aug 19 & 20. 9:30am-4:30pm. Join Sharon Salzberg, one of the most influential meditation teachers in the West, in her most recent work and upcoming release Real Love. This 2-day retreat is for both new and experienced meditators. Optional Sat night program for questions and guided meditation. CEUs available. $340. Techny Towers, 2001 Waukegan Rd, Northbrook. 847-831-8828. More info & registration: Body Mind Spirit Expo – Aug 19 & 20. 10am-7pm, Sat; 10am-6pm, Sun. Visit more than 100 intriguing exhibitors offering the latest in natural health, personal growth and metaphysics. Speakers and workshops. $14 for 2-day entry. North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie. 541-482-3722 x 1. Lamrim: Finding Your Way Home – 11am-1pm. Join us in this workshop for an introduction to Lamrim, the very heart of Kadampa Buddhism, and learn how this practice is a step-by-step guide to finding your way “home” to the natural state of happiness and wisdom within. By following this path we can overcome our burden of negativity and cultivate positive states of mind. A guided Lamrim retreat follows this workshop on Aug 19-23. $15. Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago, 13 Harrison St, Oak Park. Restorative Yoga with Live Music – 7-8:30pm. A healing collaboration with Lucia Cigan (restorative yoga, essential oils) and Nathan Torrence (bamboo bass flute accompaniment). Lucia sequences her restorative yoga workshops to release muscle tension and ease pain in hips, shoulders and low back. The live yoga music, performed by Nathan, will help you relax deeply into supported postures. $30/ at door, $25/early registration. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

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Past Life Regression, Future Life Progression – 12-2pm. Susan Wisehart will facilitate a group guided Past Life Regression and a Future Life Progression going out 100, 500, 1,000 yrs into the future. Future lives are flexible so the choices we make now will determine the quality of life when we return. By understanding our past and future lives, we can make more enlightened choices that heal present physical and emotional problems. Expo admission: $14/online discount; Workshop: $13/print online coupon, $14 at Expo; $25/online pre-register, $30 at Expo. Body Mind Spirit Expo, North Shore Performance Arts Center, Rm 1, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Shokie. Ticket info: To schedule an appt in Susan’s Mundelein or Des Plaines office:

Open Your Chakras with Essential Oils – 7-8pm. Essential oils are amazing little bottles of wonders with incredible abilities. Experience the benefits of essential oils to help open all of your chakras in order to maintain optimum health and well-being. $20. Mundelein. 312-231-5607.

Life Mission Exploration – 2-4pm. A creative space for introspection, uncovering and embracing you, and your uniqueness. Recognize your life mission cues. Donation. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Northbrook. RSVP, Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362.

MONDAY, AUGUST 21 Reiki Level One – 9am-4pm. Get attuned to reiki which enables you to become a channel for this healing energy. Also start a 21-day energetic cleanse that moves through your chakras cleaning and releasing bound energy (including stuck emotions and behavioral patterns). This level reiki is a self-care tool. 6 CE hrs for professional therapists. No prerequisites. $120. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Maya New Moon Manifestation Meditation – 7-8pm. Join a free guided meditation to connect with the Maya Moon Goddess Ix-Chel and Sacred Earth Mother Ix-Mucane to harness the power of the Divine Feminine, the New Moon, and Venus to aid in manifestation for the upcoming month. Call in free to 319-527-3182.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 22 Tapping Stress Away – 12-12:45pm. Learn a short, quick and very effective procedure to substantially reduce stress in the moment. This will be a new life-long tool for when you are feeling stress. A gentle EFT tapping procedure (acupuncture without needles) that no one will know you are using. $20. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or EFT-Tom. com. Register:

Energy, EFT & Bemer Workshop – 5:30-7:30pm. EFT, energy vampires and the Bemer. Experience EFT, the gentle tapping procedure to release emotional and physical issues. Success guaranteed. Learn how to protect yourself from negative energy. Experience free 8-min BEMER sessions (normally $35/session), for improved blood flow and increased health. Free. SoderWorld Wellness, 9500 S Rte 83, WillowBrook. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24 In Her Boots Workshop – 10am-3pm. Tour offers visitors a behind-the-scenes perspective of the 10-acre certified-organic farm with diversified vegetables for a CSA, farmers’ market and farm stand. Also includes locally sourced lunch and breakout sessions covering a range of topics of interest to beginning women farmers. $50; scholarships available. Radical Root Organic Farm, 31330 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville For more info, Lisa Kivirist: 717-778-5775 or To register: Strong Muscles, Strong Bones: Osteoporosis Workshop – 1-2:30pm. $25/members, $30/nonmembers. Sky Fitness, 1501 Busch Pkwy, Buffalo Grove. 847-229-0292.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 Impact of Factory Farming in Illinois – 12pm. Event calls attention to the growing impact of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in IL on animal welfare and the environment. Showcase the organization’s recent petition to The Maschhoffs. Panel discussion on factory farming. Nana’s Organic, 3267 S Halsted St, Chicago. More info: or Journey to the Akashic Records – Aug 25-27. 6-9pm, Fri; 9am-6pm, Sat; 9am-3pm, Sun. Find peace and tranquility. Higher Dimensions Network presents Journey to the Akashic Records with internationally acclaimed Bill Foss. Learn powerful techniques that will help guide you through your personal journey into your past, present, and future. Cost varies. Omni Severin Hotel, 40 W Jackson Pl, Indianapolis.  317-414-4402. Register:

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Port Clinton Art Festival – Aug 26-27. 10am6pm. Rated Best Art Fair 2016 in ArtFairCalendar. com. Highland Park. Altar Building with Crystals and Other Sacred Elements – 2-4pm. Raise your vibration and feel relaxed, calm and centered. Learn to create an energy space in your home that will help you center yourself and open to Divine guidance more quickly and easily with Janel. $25, $20/A.R.E members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.


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MONDAY, AUGUST 28 Lessening Pain with EFT – 7-9pm. Experience and learn a tapping procedure for reducing pain. Learn about the mind and body connection for many pains. Learn a short, quick and very effective procedure to substantially reduce stress in the moment, and lessen the pain. This will be a new life-long tool for when you are feeling stress. A gentle EFT tapping procedure (acupuncture without needles) that is used world-wide. $35, $30/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or  Register:

TUESDAY, AUGUST 29 “How to Let Things Go” Workshop – 7-8:15pm. Greg Barrette, minister of Unity Northwest, will share 3 proven methods of releasing fear and moving into faith. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. Create the Life You Want from the Inside Out – 7:30pm. With Master Stephen Co. Caught in a loop of negative self-talk and doubt? Learn to use energy to disintegrate those negative thought patterns. Feeling weighed down by other people’s drama? Cut those negative connections that drain you. Tired of being tired? Boost your vitality with quick and simple energy generating exercises. Looking for peace of mind at the end of the day? Experience inner peace through a special Heart Centered Meditation. Gain access to your energy blueprint and create changes now. $10 love offering welcome. Elk Grove Village. RSVP: 909-548-0884 or




Beginning Zen Shiatsu –Thursdays, Sept 7-Nov 9. 11am-2pm or 7-10pm. Learn how to give a basic 1-hr shiatsu treatment that you can share with friends and family. Course is a stand-alone offering; also the first 30 hrs of our complete shiatsu certification programs. $450 plus books. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

Admissions Information Session – 5:30-6:30pm. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 21st Fl, Administrative Suite Conference Room, Chicago. 773-477-4822.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Inner Source Retreat in Michigan – Tap into your inner wisdom, enhance mindfulness skills and learn tools to overcome limiting beliefs while immersed in nature. At the coed Inner Source Retreat, facilitated by Jenelle Thurston and Randi Cutler, you’ll dive deep into inner worlds while engaging in a fire walking ceremony, breath work journey, yoga, meditation and intuitive art projects. This serves as a reminder, support system and a toolbox to cultivate a deeper sense of self-empowerment and trust of our intuition and gifts. Veg meals and lodging included. $275 before Aug 14, $299 after. Ronora Lodge & Retreat Center, 9325 Dwight Boyer Rd, Watervliet, MI. For special accommodations: For registration & more info:

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 4th Rock the Green Sustainability Festival – 2-11pm. World class music, eco-education, zero waste and local food. This year’s lineup includes Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Barns Courtney, Mondo Cozmo and more. $50/general admission, $100/VIP, free/kids 10 & under. Reed Street Yards, S 3rd St & Freshwater Way, Milwaukee, WI. More info & tickets:

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Midwest College of Oriental Medicine Distance Education Courses – For those desiring a rewarding career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, herbs and massage, the natural choice for a wide range of healthcare issues. For more info, Admissions Director Liz Warkentin: 262-554-2010, Liz. or

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6 –  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 Midwest Women’s Herbal: Mycelium Mysteries: A Women’s Mushroom Retreat – Eugenia Bone, author and food journalist, will make the keynote address, “Mycophilia.” Other presenters: Sue Van Hook, Mara Penfil, Linda Conroy, Sarah Foltz and Carla Kramer. Retreat will focus on understanding fungi as the grandmothers of our ecosystems, with workshops at beginner through advanced levels. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info & registration:


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Evanston Streets Alive and Green Living Festival – 1-5pm. One mile of Main St will be open for walking, biking, playing, art and community. For this one day Main Street becomes a mile-long public park for all to enjoy. We promote public health, arts and culture, local pride, and environmental awareness. Midwest College is teaming up with Streets Alive as a sponsor for this exciting event and will love you for supporting this fun, free, community-driven project. Main St, from Chicago Ave to Crown Park, Evanston.

Green Living Expo – 10am-3pm. Green businesses and organizations are welcome and invited to interact with McHenry County’s green community. New features include an artist’s walk where visitors can shop and talk with local, sustainable artists. Businesses with appropriate green holiday gift ideas are also encouraged to register. Admission free. McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Hwy 14, Crystal Lake. For sponsors, vendors, exhibitors & artists info and to receive a registration form: 815-479-7765 or

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20% Off Any Supplement with Whole Body Evaluation with Naturopathic Doctor – Thru Aug. Receive a whole-body evaluation by Dr. Alla Arutcheva. 4 tests: Metatron-Oberon diagnostic bio-device, microscopic blood analysis, nail/tongue analysis and iridology. Following appointment Dr. Arutcheva will make recommendations on supplements to improve your health. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130.

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 in live show on 1590 WCGO AM, also available in podcast on, iTunes and podcast apps, and streaming live on and the TuneIn radio app.

$49.99 Spa Manicure + Pedicure – Thru Aug. Enjoy relaxing manicure and pedicure while your finger/toes are soaked, nails filed and cuticles trimmed. Hands/feet are exfoliated and massaged to hydrate, nourish and protect from environmental stress. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130.

Time to Dance – 10:30-11:30am. Also Tues, 1:302:30pm & Fri, 1-2pm. A ballet 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:

$54.99 60-Min Swedish Massage – Thru Aug. Swedish massage offers the classic form of a softtissue massage that relaxes the body, increase blood circulation and lymph flow, enhances range of motion, and eases muscle aches and tension. Ultimately calms the nervous system and reduces stress, excellent for first-time clients. Add $10 more for Deep Tissue. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $54.99 Teen or Refreshing Facial – Thru Aug. Teenage facials designed to specifically address breakouts usually associated with adolescent skin. Refreshing facial is a complexion-tailored maintenance treatment that will help skin holds its balance between regularly scheduled facials. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $64.99 Spa Pedicure and Non-Chip Manicure – Thru Aug. Regularly $75. Toes are soaked, nails filed and cuticles trimmed. Feet are exfoliated and massaged to hydrate, nourish and protect from environmental stress. Get a non-chip manicure with UV3 technology that combines the ease of polish with the permanence of gels. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Gentle and Restorative Yoga Classes Available – $10 cash only. Lovelight Healing Center, 408 Center St, Grayslake. 847-350-7000. Free Communication, Cognition or Swallowing Screening – 7-10pm. By appt Mon-Fri during the 2nd week of each month. For all persons 18 and over. Your skills quickly assessed by a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. Payne Wellness Center, 830 E Higgins, Ste 111Z, Schaumburg.  847-275-8517.

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Midewin Ranger Hike to Bison Pasture – Thru Oct 29. 11am-12pm. Also Sat. You may or may not spot the bison, but you will learn about Midewin’s unique past, present and future in a fun, interactive way, and learn about the dynamics of these fascinating creatures. No reservations required. Meet at the Iron Bridge Trailhead. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. The Mike Nowak Show Radio Program – 1-2pm. Encore presentation of the Saturday 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 meteorologist Rick DiMaio in live show on 1590 WCGO AM, also available in podcast on, iTunes and podcast apps, and streaming live on and the TuneIn radio app.


Loyola Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 16. 3-7pm. The Loyola Plaza, 6550 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago.

tuesday Woodstock Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 8am-1pm. Also Sat. Shop for fresh produce and local products. Woodstock Square Historic District, 205 W Todd Ave, Woodstock. 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. Fatigue Awareness Month at ChiroMend Natural Health Center – Thru Aug. 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: Time to Dance – 1:30-2:30pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: 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. Shiatsu Student Clinic – 7 or 8pm. Clients 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. Women’s Basics Jiu-Jitsu Classes – 7:30-8:30pm. Also Thurs. Come 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 Jiu-Jitsu, 2068 1st St, Highland Park. Jen Zanotti:

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.

Tai Chi Class – 8:15pm. See Sat listing. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929.



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.


Ravinia Farmers Market – Thru Oct 25. 7am-1pm. Rain or shine. Vendors selling local and organic vegetables, fruits, cheeses, baked goods, crepes and other products. Highland Park Ravinia District on Dean Ave at Roger Williams Ave. 847-561-1302.

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Morning Hikes – Thru Aug 20. 8-9am. Grab some fresh air to start your day. Join us for a relaxing walk along Heller’s beautiful trails while we talk about what new things nature has to offer us. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park. 847-433-6901. Free Mini-Stress Relieve Acupuncture Session – 11am-2pm. Also Fri. By appt only. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Ravenswood Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 18. 4-8pm. Offers handmade crafts and homegrown varieties of fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, cheeses, flowers, dairy and more from local and regional farmers, food producers and artisans. Ravenswood Evangelical Covenant Church parking lot, 4900 N Damen Ave, Chicago. Healing Circle with Mark Earlix  – 7-9:30pm. Your opportunity to become free from your body’s distress, aches, pains or sickness. No RSVP needed. Free. Unity Church of Evanston, 3434 Central St, Evanston. Info: 888-380-6388.

thursday Low-Line Market – Thru Oct. 3-7:30pm. Farmers bring an assortment of the best fruits and vegetables their local farms can offer. Also includes Lakeview businesses and performers that fill the low-line area with healthy foods, beer and music. Held under the Southport CTA Brown Line Station, Chicago. Om Zone – 4-8pm. 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.

Time to Dance – 1-2pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register:

saturday Weekly Beer and Wine Making Classes – Make a batch of your choice with the guidance of our instructors. You’ll be sipping and sharing your own fine beverages you will be proud of. Wild Blossom Meadery, 9030 S Hermitage Ave, Chicago. 773-233-7579. 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: 312356-9990 or Dates & locations: 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, & Oak Park Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 7am-1pm. This market offers locally grown produce, sounds of live bluegrass music and the smell of fresh, homemade donuts. Pilgrim Church Parking lot, 460 Lake St, Oak Park. oak-park-farmers-market. Evanston Farmers’ Market – 7:30am-1pm. 58 vendors: fruits, vegetables, meat, flowers, cheese, milk, eggs and bakery items. Reusable and biodegradable bags sold on site. LINK cards accepted, and the Friends of Evanston Farmers’ Markets offers matching funds. Intersection of University Pl & Oak Ave, Evanston. Info, Myra Gorman: 847-448-8045, MGorman@ CityOfEvanston.

friday Stretch Fridays – 10am-5pm. Chain Reflex® Stretch Therapy can help you. Whether you sit at a desk all day, work around the house, play sports, or you’re a weekend warrior. These activities can often lead to unwanted stiffness and joint pain, which can cause injury’s due to lack of mobility and flexibility. Stretching benefits: reduce pain especially in lower back and neck; improve flexibility and mobility; reduce risk of injuries; release endorphins which are natural pain suppressants; decrease stress and muscle soreness. Introductory offer: $85. 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste S5, Northbrook. For an appt: 847-272-3700. Guided Meditation – Thru Aug 25. 10:30-11:30am. With Heartland Meditation. Cook Park Library, 413 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville. For more info: 224-433-6338 or Free Mini-Stress Relieve Acupuncture Session – 11am-2pm. Also Wed. By appt only. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470.


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. Woodstock Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 8am-1pm. Also Tues. Woodstock Square Historic District, 205 W Todd Ave, Woodstock. 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. French Market – Thru Oct 7. 9am-1pm. Purchase small batch goods directly from artisans and purveyors selling produce, flowers, food, craft goods, jewelry and more. St. Johns Ave parking lot north of Central. Get a Joyful Workout with Nia – 9:30-10:30am. Moms! Artists! Entrepreneurs! Nia is a beautiful blend of simple steps and free dance, where anything goes movement wise. Combining martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts, each Nia class tunes your mind and spirit as it tones your body. Take a dash of tai chi, a sprinkle of yoga, a splash of jazz dance, add some playful shouts and calming breaths and bake or sizzle for 55 mins at your desired temperature. All ages, all abilities. Low-impact, barefoot. Wear something stretchy and get ready for the sweetest sweat ever. Also on Tues and Thurs. Your first week of classes is just $7. $14. Raydiant Day Center, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. 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. The Mike Nowak Show Radio Program – 10-11am. The Saturday edition of weekly local radio show focused on gardening and the environment, with lots of humor to wake us up on a Saturday. 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, iTunes and podcast apps, and streaming live on and the TuneIn radio app. Midewin Ranger Hike – Thru Oct 29. 11am-12pm. See Sun listing. Meet at the Iron Bridge Trailhead. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. Quan Yin Meditation – 11am-12pm. Join us for a spiritual meditation session with our ancient Quan Yin dating back from the Ming Dynasty. Free. Rosley’s Rocks and Gems, 4344 N Western Ave, Chicago. Must RSVP: 773-561-7200.

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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.

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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.

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ACUPUNCTURE WHOLE HEALTH ACUPUNCTURE 50 E Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village 847-357-3929

Offering community acupuncture on a sliding scale from $15-$40. Acupuncture is most effective when done consistently and for a full course of treatment. This brings faster relief, so you can get back to work and the things that you enjoy. Pricing lets you afford to have acupuncture simply because it feels good.


Experience more insight and compassion, gain clarity about your deepest desires, and learn supportive strategies for making your dreams come true. Enjoy a more conscious relationship with your Soul with Dr. Howe’s Akashic Records Independent Study/Classes On-Demand Program. Student Advisor, Reading Partners and more.


Wm Thor Conner, ND, LMT Kristina Conner, ND, MSOM 17W703-F Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook Terrace 630-359-5522 Acupuncture is an effective, noninvasive therapy; when combined with naturopathic medicine, there is almost nothing that can’t be addressed. Dr. Kristina Conner has more than a decade of experience healing patients and improving lives.


Nirvana Naturopathics 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook 60062 847-715-9044 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. Now excepting major insurances. Schedule your initial appointment on to find out if acupuncture can help you. Get a healthier and alternative approach to your chronic health conditions. 



Specializing in Pediatric & Adult Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Buffalo Grove 847-541-4878 Vernon Hills 224-656-5279 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 29.


Linda Roberts 312-231-5607 Helping people and animals to heal their past, present, and to live healthy lives is Linda’s passion. Animal Communication provides assistance with behavioral issues, recent adoptions, illnesses, allergies, medical concerns and more. Communication coupled with energy work may benefit all family members. Linda performs and teaches energy sessions, animal communication, shamanism, reiki and belly dance.


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


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Call 847-858-3697 to join us next month ZEN SHIATSU CHICAGO

825 Chicago Ave, Evanston 60202 847-864-1130 You’ll feel the stress melt away like the snow in spring through our relaxation-focused shiatsu massage practice, which offers the same energizing benefits as acupuncture combined with the restorative power of yoga poses. Dress in cozy threads, shiatsu is performed on fully clothed clients. Professional and student therapists available. See ad on back cover.


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


Logan Square location 773-413-0749 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

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!

CERTIFIED FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE PETER KOZLOWSKI, MD 92 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village 60007 847-626-5758

Have you have been dealing with chronic health issues on your own for years? You’ve gone to your medical doctor but their solution has been to take a pill and exercise more? Explore Functional Medicine. Together we will find out what makes you unique and I will help you heal naturally focusing on nutrition, gut health, digestion, hormones and environmental factors.


Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist & Neuro Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner 908-625-8673





4344 N Western Ave, Chicago 60618 773-561-7200 • Founded in June of 1993, we are the premier mineralogical boutique store in Chicago, specializing in geological specimens and ancient healing stones. We are a multigenerational family business. Owner and founder Steven Rosley uses his expertise in the physical and spiritual restorative properties of gemstones to bring you The Center, a place for education, healing, meditation and shopping. Check out extensive selection of chakra stones and make sure to stop in for one of our classes, workshops or events.

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



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.


Life Coach for Women of Faith Business Owners 630-677-2649 I help women of faith who are stuck, broken and exhausted (even though they are brilliant) and can’t figure out why. I show them a powerful path to end the struggle and create powerful profits and amazing freedom by infusing their faith into every area of their business and life.


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 6.

Rev. Jacki Belile, CPC “Clear the Clutter, Find Your SELF”

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.


Tried everything and still in pain? When other traditional and even alternative treatments have failed to resolve chronic physical or emotional pain issues my holistic mindbody-spirit and mindfulness techniques are extremely effective. Free, no risk consultation. I work with people located anywhere in the USA & anywhere in the world by telephone & Skype.


Logan Square location and MojoOwl 773-413-0749

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Interested in using essentials oils to nurture beauty and compliment healthy life? Schedule a session or host a group class today. Hosts receive a free Family Essentials Kit ($125 value) with $35 membership. Email me for details and scheduling.



480 Elm Place, Ste 108, Highland Park 60035 847-207-2034 • Digestive problems? Acid Reflux/ GERD, IBS, Crohn’s, colitis? Let us help you naturally achieve nutritional balance, feel better and enhance the quality of your life. Improve digestion while reducing discomfort and bloating so you can eat the foods you love again. Certified digestive health specialist/enzyme therapist. See ads on pages 9 and 49.


ENLIGHTENED BALANCE CHAKRA SPA 30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F Crystal Lake 815-307-1180

Enlightened Balance is a Spiritual Boutique, Rock Shop and Chakra Spa hosting a monthly Psychic Holistic Fair and Artist Trunk Show. Upcoming dates: Aug 12-13, Sept 9-10, Oct 14-15, Nov 11-12, Dec 9-10.



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.

Visit to get your free sample of Extreme Kleaner, a non-toxic biodegradable multi-purpose cleaner-degreaser aimed to improve air and water quality and reduce negative influences on the environment. See ad on page 5.

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1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-348-0822 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 43.

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.



2400 Ravine Way, Suite 400, Glenview 60025 847-998-5100 Stay healthy with a whole-body, preventative care approach. We use non-fluoridated ozonated water, periodontal herbal treatments, and gluten-free herbal paste. Restorative options include: safe amalgam removal, BPA-free fillings and sealants, non-metal crowns and bridges, sleep apnea and TMJ appliances, and non-acrylic night guards, partials and dentures. Our conservative approach includes: digital X-rays and intraoral camera, non-surgical gum therapies including laser and ozone, and herbal irrigation. Material reactivity testing, saliva pH and microscopic plaque analysis are available. Our natural approach includes dental homeopathy, CranioSacral therapy, and nutritional counseling. Dental discount plan available and PPO insurance plans accepted. See ad on page 16.


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

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


708-955-3634 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.

11952 Oak Creek Pkwy, Huntley 60142 847-659-8500 •

Dr. Sukel is a holistic general dentist, cosmetically restoring teeth without mercury or fluoride. Our digital X-rays and CT cone beam provide 3-D views for detailed diagnosis of root canals, laser gum treatment, missing teeth, implants and dentures. Sleep appliances and TMJ treatments for head and neck pain are also available.


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

HOLISTIC EYE CARE EVANSTON EYE WELLNESS Deana LaBrosse, OD 716 Main St, Evanston 60202 847-350-7952

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.

Many of life’s failures are people that did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. ~Thomas A. Edison




RE:FIT-RESTORING AND ENHANCING THROUGH FITNESS AND INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES Loribeth Cohen, PT Studio Director Mimi Abrams, PT 910 Waukegan Rd, Glenview 60025 847-657-0881 •

At re:fit, we believe that the body and mind interact to create health or “dis-ease.” We address both the underlying causes of pain and the body’s potential for healing. We offer many techniques for treatment and encourage the client to engage in their process of healing by combining physical therapy, IMT and exercise. Feel the difference!

WHOLE LIFE CHIROPRACTIC Christopher Codina, DC 2500 W Higgins Rd, Ste 420 Hoffman Estates 60169

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.


Illinois Center for Progressive Medicine 1002 W Lake St, Chicago 60607 312-243-3338 • 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.


North Shore Health Solutions LTD 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-715-9060 Are your hands or feet burning? Do you have numbness or tingling or pain? Problems sleeping? Are you having regular bowel movements or digestion problems? Previously diagnosed with a Neuropathy condition? Did you know that these issues can all be related?




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


Using IV therapies, PRP, weight management and other natural programs we help conditions like fatigue, brain fog, hormone imbalance, pain, injury, weight gain, decreased performance, tick born disease and more. After an initial consultation, we design your custom program to obtain true optimal health, which includes living a healthy lifestyle and being committed to yourself. See ad on page 15.

Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa offers energy work everyday by appointment or walk-in. Call or check out our website for today’s offerings.


Inner Child Connection Ltd 847-971-1221 Having unique training and experience, Dr. Funda Kahn offers myriad techniques customized for individuals and groups to create peace and harmony in their lives. Trained as an oral surgeon, she committed her life to healing souls. Teaching hypnosis, self-hypnosis, EFT, and “inner child connection” are only the beginning of what she can provide. “Feelings buried alive never die.” –Karol Truman. See ad on page 41.



847-475-3017, voicemail David’s body-centered, holistic approach is designed for health, healing and recovery of one’s authentic self. By accessing the body’s truth, there will be: relief from anxiety, alleviation of guilt and self-criticism, relaxation of body tension/discomfort, inner peace and greater spiritual awareness. Call for a free initial consultation or find further his website. 


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

LAKEVIEW INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE Silvia Panitch, MD, Medical Director 3344 N Ashland Ave, Chicago 60657 773-525-6595

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.


630-210-8688, 312-502-1539 Specializing in intuitive counsel and psychic work including Akashic records, card readings, connection with loved ones, home and business readings/clearings, energy healing, personal mentoring and angel work with children. Working with individuals that have health concerns, mental stress and/or want to find clarity with their life situations.

While we are postponing, life speeds by. ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca


ENLIGHTENED BALANCE CHAKRA SPA 30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180

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.

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


At Unity Northwest Church 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines 60016 847-299-6535 • Full-service bookstore, Cayce remedies, spiritual growth study groups, monthly programs, workshops and holistic fairs, intuitive skills development training, knowledgeable seekers, intuitives, healers and more. Call for hours. See ad on page 33.


1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-831-8828 • Offering more than 200 Courses for Life in personal, professional and spiritual growth and development. Join bestselling author Sharon Salzberg for a 2-day retreat, Real Love, Mindful Connections, August 19-20. Enjoy Kayaking Mindfully, August 19. Call or email for a free course guide. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental.


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7742 W Addison, Chicago 60634 773-589-9996 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. 


2500 W Higgins, Ste 420, Hoffman Estates 847-310-0303

Our wellness clinic averages only a 5-minute wait time before you’re getting natural, safe, and effective treatment with the Doctor. Dr. Kristen specializes in acupuncture, lowforce chiropractic care and food intolerance testing, and uses unique diagnostic tests to uncover the real cause of your health concern. Located at the corner of Higgins and Barrington roads. See ad on page 27.

PSYCHIC & MEDIUM METAPHYSICAL BOUTIQUE ENLIGHTENED BALANCE CHAKRA SPA 30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180

Enlightened Balance is a Spiritual Boutique, Rock Shop and Chakra Spa offering daily readings and energy work by appointment or walk-in.


See Clearly Naturally 815-219-7897 See clearly without glasses, contacts or surgery. Improving eyesight naturally is risk free and offers life-long clarity of sight, improved selfimage and self-confidence, and better eye health. Be coached via phone, Skype, workshop, or inperson, learn these simple, effective techniques that helped countless people of all ages around the world.

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

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.


ENLIGHTENED BALANCE CHAKRA SPA 30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180

Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa offers psychic readings everyday by appointment or walk-in. Call or checkout our website for today’s offerings.


888-380-6388 Become free from your body’s distress, aches, pains and sickness! Healer-intuitive Mark works with biological and neurological diseases, chronic pain and emotional dilemmas—offering spiritual guidance and direction. If you cannot or choose not to leave your home, Mark makes holistic house calls. Personal appointments available at Skokie location, call 888-380-6388.

SPORTING GOODS NEW BALANCE NORTH SHORE 610 Central Ave, Ste 169, Highland Park 60035 847-266-8323

Fitting you in the correct type of shoe for your activity, and in the proper size and width for your feet, is our number one objective. When shoes fit well and your feet are comfortable, your whole body feels better and you can perform at your optimum level throughout the entire day. Largest selection of New Balance footwear and apparel in the Chicago area, with extensive inventory of sizes and widths from 2A-6E. Friendly staff is experienced in helping to resolve or relieve many common foot ailments such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, morton’s neuroma, hammer toe and arch pain. Locally owned and operated since 1995. See ad on page 33.



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


Healthyon Institute 2700 Patriot Blvd, Ste 250, Glenview 60026 847-656-5824, 847-232-9932 Do you want to solve a health issue that has you frustrated? Dr. Tutunikov can help. She will work to get to the root and treat your complex health problem. Dr. Tutunikov’s expertise in personalized functional medicine could be just the fresh approach you need to restore your health. Experience working with most complex chronic diseases, including pain, infertility, anxiety, headaches and more.


Dr. Nicole E. Williams, MD, FACOG 1147 S Wabash Ave, Ste 200, Chicago 60605 312-929-9191 • Imagine something different when you come to your gynecologist’s office: examination space feels “personal,” staff members listen, office hours are convenient. We offer an environment that promotes healing and advanced office diagnostics paired with integrative techniques such as Acupuncture and pelvic floor physical therapy. We listen. We care.

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A year ago, I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease; though frightening, it was somewhat of a relief to finally know what was happening with my body. Eighteen years prior, I discovered a tick on the top of my head and soon after, my health changed. Migraines, aches and pains, weight gain, early onset menopause, rashes, thyroid issues—the list goes on. A genetic test concluded a resistance to detoxifying mold and lyme disease, and these results forced me to make some big life changes. I left my job on a full time basis to work from home, and in order to fully function, my body required energy work weekly.


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August 2017 Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine  

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