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ebruary is in so many ways an in-between month when we transition from the depths of winter to, “Hey, it’s almost spring!” It can test our spirits and our resiliency, but it can also make our hearts sing with the delightful signs of the coming warmer days. On the one hand, we’re still in the middle of a Chicago winter, when we can have subzero temperatures (the record low for Chicago was -8 degrees F back in 1899), nasty wind chills and lots of snow (13.6 inches of the stuff was recorded at O’Hare Airport in the February 1, 2011 blizzard). Then again, the highest recorded temperature for the month was 75 degrees on February 27, 1975. As climate variability affects our temperatures and precipitation, the extremes will become even more noticeable. Peggy Malecki Perhaps more obvious to our eyes, the wintery tunnel of darkness starts to pull back in earnest, the days get longer and we pick up more than an hour and 10 minutes of daylight over 28 days. For those affected by seasonal affective disorder (SAD), the increased sunlight can help to ease symptoms (be sure to read Leta Vaughan’s article in this issue, Seasonal Affective Disorder and Vitamin D, for more information about this condition). I’m a lifelong resident of the Chicago area and its seasonal variations, but I enjoy the soul-soothing transition as we start to move back toward our Midwest growing season. By now, I’ve amassed a collection of organic seed and native plant catalogs from the likes of Seed Savers Exchange, Johnny’s Seeds, Nature & Nurture Seeds, High Mowing, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Territorial Seed Company and Prairie Moon Nursery (plus a rather intriguingly titled booklet called Seeds from Italy—capers, anyone?). At the beginning of February, it’s time to take stock of last year’s seed packets, stop daydreaming about the huge sunny garden I wish I had, and get real about what I’ll actually be growing from seed this year and place my orders! By late in the month, it’ll be time to start the long-lead peppers and cool-weather kale under the LED grow lights (and get ready ti start checking them multiple times a day for signs of new seedlings!). Out-of-doors, we can easily find signs of the seasonal transition that’s happening in February. If you have a garden, move aside the mulch and you’ll see hardy bulbs like snowdrops, glory of the snow and crocus stretching their thin leaves toward the sky. On some of the trees and shrubs, leaf buds start to get fatter. Perhaps my favorite February sign that spring is near is the sudden song of the male cardinal. Although these colorful red birds are with us all year, the growing daylight signals the cardinals to begin their “birdie-birdie-birdie” territorial call by mid-month, a song our weary Midwestern ears have not heard since last summer. I encourage you to step outside this month and seek out the subtle signs of this transitional month. Revel in the remaining days of winter, yet look forward to the spring. Make plans for a garden, be it a single window or patio container, an extensive backyard or your contribution to a school or community garden. Listen for the cardinal’s song and savor every day.


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Celebrate the New Year with Edgar Cayce


rom 6:30 to 9 p.m., February 5, and the first Monday of each month, the Edgar Cayce Holistic Center will be offering expanded services. The Center houses an extensive collection of excerpts from Cayce’s more than 14,000 readings on health and metaphysical matters which is open to the public, along with a knowledgeable staff to support researchers. Drop in and meet people that work with this knowledge every day or register for more formal activities. In February, for example, they have a series of classes such as Food Preparation/Eating As A Spiritual Practice on February 3, Malcolm Smith, International Healer, February 6 through 8 by appointment only, Valentine’s Day—Crystals For Love, on February 14, and Solar Eclipse in Aquarius—time to create what you want, on February 17. Private appointments are also available. Practitioners and topics will rotate from month to month. The bookstore has a wide range of metaphysical titles and a free lending library for A.R.E. members, plus one of the largest selections of Cayce products and remedies in the U.S. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday, the first Monday of each month from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and always during events and lectures. Location: 259 E. Central Rd., Des Plaines. For more information, call 847-299-6535 or visit See ad on page 25 and in the Community Resource Guide.

Former Navy Commander Giesemann to Speak at Evanston Hospital


hicago IANDS will host former U.S. Navy Commander Suzanne Giesemann at 2 p.m., February 10, in the Frank Auditorium at Evanston Hospital. She holds a master’s degree in national security affairs and has served as special assistant to the chief of naval operations and an aide to the chairman of the Joint Suzanne Giesemann Chiefs of Staff (during 9/11). Now, after a life-changing, neardeath experience, Giesemann is an evidential medium and author of 23 books. In addition to her writing, she gives private readings, connecting people with their loved ones that have passed and addresses questions about the purpose of life, the nature of reality and attuning to higher consciousness. An acclaimed inspirational speaker, her gift of communication with those on the other side provides stunning evidence of life after death. Her work has been recognized as highly credible by afterlife researcher Gary E. Schwartz and the late author Wayne Dyer.

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February Bioneers Speakers Address Hope


he 2018 Great Lakes Bioneers Speaker series is themed The Path of Hope and will take place on February 13 and 27, at McHenry County College. This annual series brings community together for meaningful conversations about sustainability topics that affect everyone. At 7 p.m., February 13, speakers Dr. Michael J. Schuck, professor at the Department of Theology of Loyola University Chicago and Dr. Nancy C. Tuchman, director of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola, will discuss The Path of Hope: Integral Ecology for Home and Hemisphere. The presentation will focus on how scientific clarity, ethical guidance, spiritual engagement and direct action are the four connected steps needed to help heal the Earth, locally and globally. On February 27, Dr. Jim Nienhuis, a professor at the University of WisconsinMadison Department of Horticulture, will lead two conversations. At noon, Nienhuis will talk about Renaissance art and vegetables as presented in paintings, and what we can learn about how vegetables have changed dramatically over the last 500 years.              At 6 p.m., February 27, Nienhuis will share the science and stories behind an international project led by his lab at UWM that is working with Women Farming Cooperatives in rural areas of Central America to promote sustainable vegetable production. Each presentation is independent, allowing participants to attend any or all events. Admission is free and preregistration is not required. Location: 8900 U.S. Hwy. 14, Crystal Lake. For more information, call the MCC Sustainability Center at 815-479-7765, email Sustainability@ or visit See ad on page 47.

It’s Time To Dance for Seniors


he CBG Institute for Dance and Health will present Time to Dance: Ballet, Modern and Tap—classes for people ages 55 and over. The teachers are Lynne Belsky, Lisa Gold and Lorraine Chase. Ballet classes are held from Lynne Belsky 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and Lisa Gold Tuesdays; 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays; and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Sundays. Modern classes are held from 1 to 2 p.m., Thursdays. Sofshu (tap) classes are held from 2:40 to 3:15 p.m., Tuesdays; and 11:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., Sundays. The first class is free. Drop-ins are welcome, but preregistration is requested. Location: North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave., Highland Park. For more information or to register, call 847-510-3357 or email See ad on page 17 and in the Community Resource Guide.

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Body Mind Spirit Expo in Northlake

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he Body Mind Spirit Expo will share a weekend of shining insights and life-affirming wisdom from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., March 3, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 4, at the Midwest Conference Center, in Northlake. Visitors can enjoy more than 100 exhibitors offering the latest in natural health, personal growth and metaphysics. Among more than 70 authors, psychics, mediums, channels and healers are bestselling authors Dianne Bischoff James and Susan Wisehart. Other speakers include Lisa K., Tami Gilbert, Dr. Paul Ling Tai and Sandy Wilcox. Attendees can choose from aura photos, relaxing massage, 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: 401 W. Lake St., Northlake. For advance tickets and a $1 off coupon, visit See ad on page 3. Natural Awakenings Chicago readers can enter to win a free ticket to the Body Mind Spirit Expo at

Learn About Jin Shin Jyutsu at Zero Balancing Wellness Center


s part of the Zero Balancing Wellness Series, Tari Heap will speak about practical and easy energy work tools for health and well-being from 7 to 8:30 p.m., March 7. Heap states, “Jin Shin Jyutsu is a profound yet simple way of tapping into the existing wisdom of the body for the purpose of bringing greater harmony to our whole being. “Participants will learn how to use practical tools to Tari Heap manage big emotions like fear, worry, grief and anger on an energetic level, as well as help themselves with common health challenges like headaches, colds, digestive upsets and more. “By balancing the flow of life energy in the body, we are reminded that we are not separate from nature. We are nature. A deep pulse of perfect harmony is always present within each of us and is part of our divine blueprint. Jin Shin Jyutsu accesses this deep pulse and brings us back into balance.” Heap has been a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner and self-help instructor since 1991. Cost: $30. Location: Zero Balancing Wellness Center, 809 Ridge Rd., Ste. 200, Wilmette. Register (required) at 847-920-9292. See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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PYRL is offering the Level 1 “pre-training” instructor course during the two weekends of March 9 to 11 and March 16 to 18 at its Highland Park studio. The training is the prerequisite first step to becoming a certified Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis instructor. Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis methods address the entire body, opening energy pathways, decompressing the spine, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. This unique approach coordinates movement, breath and mental focus to expand an individual physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Gyrotonic exercises use specialized equipment to allow a full 360-degree range of motion while Gyrokinesis exercises are completed on mats and stools. Following successful completion of the initial course, prospective teachers advance to the Foundation Training course and then become apprentices and complete additional coursework prior to certification, says SPYRL lead instructor Amy Pena. The March course will meet both Fridays from noon to 7 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekend days.

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he 12th annual Going Green Matters Community Fair will take place from noon to 4 p.m., March 11, at the Michigan Shores Club, in Wilmette. Those looking for ways to live more sustainably can find practical options for their home, garden, dining, recreation and transportation needs at this fun fair for all ages. The fair is sponsored by Go Green Wilmette and the village of Wilmette. Visitors can record their own experiences at the “What’s your Green Story?” booth, join the One Sky Project and nosh at a solar-powered food truck after checking out the latest electric and hybrid cars. Other highlights include booths from national and regional environmental organizations, an energy bike and a free LED bulb. Household batteries and bicycles, working or not, can be recycled.

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Chicago Flower Show is Better Than Ever


he 2018 Chicago Flower & Garden Show, with a theme of Flowertales: Every Garden Has a Story to Tell, from March 14 through 18 at Navy Pier, has switched to a five-day format instead of nine, allowing for the freshest blooms and an extensive offering of activities. An Evening in Bloom charity fundraiser preview will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m., March 13, featuring the “Hort Couture” fashion show. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. “Bernie’s Book Bank will open the show with an exciting entrance garden that celebrates the rich experiences books and gardens bring to our lives, from childhood through adulthood,” says Tony Abruscato, show owner and director. A Get Growing Series and Gardening Live and seminar series will teach guests of all ages, from garden basics to tips for seasoned gardeners. In addition to the two dozen walkable gardens built by the industry’s notable professionals, there are daily presentations led by experts, daily celebrity chef demonstrations roll-up-your-sleeves-and-do container Potting Parties and ongoing Stem Studio cutflower arranging classes. On March 18, The Mike Nowak Show will be broadcasting live from 9 to 11 a.m. on 1590 WCGO radio, streaming live from and live on Facebook at The Mike Nowak Show. For more information and tickets, visit See ad at Enter to win tickets at

Eat, Learn, Connect, Repeat at the Good Food Festival


s part of FamilyFarmed’s 14th annual Good Food EXPO, the Good Food Festival returns March 24 to celebrate food that is local, sustainable, humane and fair. The EXPO brings together families, producers, top chefs and experts to celebrate the fast-growing Good Food movement. Workshops include Good Food Is Good Medicine, Reducing Food Waste and more. Participants can shop for local foods at the Good Food Marketplace; watch celebrity chef demonstrations with Sarah Grueneberg, Rick Bayless, Ina Pinkney and others; participate in micro-workshops and have their backyard soil tested in the Organic Valley Good Food Commons; connect kids to food with the Purple Asparagus Kids’ Corner and Scavenger Hunt; eat at the Good Food Court; and much more. Also, brighten food and drink with homemade vinegars in a Master Class with author Michael Harlan Turkell, and Abe Conlon and Adrienne Lo, from Fat Rice. Free admission, but preregistration is required. Location: 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago. Also purchase necessary Master Class tickets at See ad at 14


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he seventh annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference will be held from June 1 to 3 in Almond, Wisconsin, and registration is now open. This premier event offers excellence in herbal learning opportunities and is renowned for its highquality instructors, food and community experience. This year’s featured speaker, Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, is the author of many herbal and natural health books, including the National Geographic publication Life is Your Best Medicine. She will speak about The Greening of Medicine. The main conference includes more than 65 workshops and presentations for both the novice and the experienced herbalist. Participants will have the opportunity to choose from herbal medicine making, herbs for specific body systems, plant walks, mushroom forays, personal and/or spiritual growth, mental health and more. In addition to the main conference, preconference workshops and immersions will offer in-depth learning experiences on specific topics, including Building Relationships with Plants; Herbs for the Endocrine System; and a Birth Doula Certification Program. The conference offers a kid’s camp and a teen program. There is a red tent space for women to gather, a marketplace, swimming, meals, archery, fire circles, an evening dance party and more. For more information, visit See ad on page 11 and at Enter to win one free weekend pass at

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HOLISTIC STRATEGIES for Optimal Fertility Health by Carrie Jackson


tarting a family can be an exciting time, but for couples that are having trouble conceiving it can be incredibly challenging and stressful. Diana Zic is a health and wellness coach specializing in fertility health, a registered yoga teacher and registered prenatal yoga teacher. By exploring factors such as career, spirituality, physical activity, relationships and nutrition, she empowers and supports clients to uncover how they can be their most fertile selves. “I work with clients to develop a deeper understanding of food and lifestyle choices that work best for them to improve their energy, balance, health and happiness,” says Zic. Fertility issues are more common than many people think, but they are often ignored or overlooked. “Many of my clients feel it’s just them struggling with their fertility health imbalances, when in reality one out of every eight couples have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining pregnancy,” says Zic. She helps her clients explore potential physical, emotional, mental, hormonal and environmental reasons that they might not be conceiving. Zic’s interest in fertility stems from her own challenges in conceiving. “My husband and I assumed that when we were ready to start a family, it wouldn’t be difficult to do. It seemed our friends were having children without an issue, but after trying for some time to get pregnant on our own with no success and enduring a litany of tests with my gynecologist, we sought help from a fertility specialist. We thought we took good care of ourselves and didn’t understand why our journey had to begin this way, but we also didn’t understand all the factors that led to optimal fertility,” she says. Pressure from both family and friends or internal stress or relationships issues can have a significant impact on a 22


Diana Zic couple’s ability to conceive. “How you perceive or manage anxiety can greatly affect fertility. If the body is in a state of chronic stress or overwhelmed, it intuitively doesn’t want to support or begin another life, it wants to heal the stress.” says Zic. She uses yoga to help her clients connect their mind, body and spirit along their fertility exploration. “Yoga is a helpful tool to decrease stress, anxiety, heartache and disappointment that often comes along with this very difficult journey. I encourage my students to find what works best for their bodies while using conscious and controlled breathing techniques,” she explains. Yoga is also a viable alternative form of exercise for pregnant women and those trying to conceive. “While the goal of some kinds of exercise is to lose weight or gain muscle, this can cause undo strain on the body. My Yoga for Fertility class, which I teach at Pulling Down the Moon, in Chicago, has a less-intense effect. It focuses on balancing the nervous system, increasing blood flow to the pelvis, helping to detoxify

the body with certain poses and bringing clarity to the mind,” explains Zic. Although for most couples the focus is largely on the woman, the man’s health and well-being are equally important in conception. “Sperm count, concentration, motility and morphology, or shape, all matter. If these are abnormal, it makes it much more difficult for the sperm to meet the egg at the appropriate time. Assisted reproductive technology can help with these abnormalities,” says Zic. Men can seek additional help and support from a urologist or other specialists to explore lifestyle changes, supplements and medication that might help. Zic also works with men. “If the male’s sperm DNA is damaged, there will be a decreased chance of fertilization, decreased chance of the embryo implanting to become pregnant and increased risk of the child being born with serious birth defect or genetic diseases. Also, evidence shows it may cause miscarriages, but studies have also shown that eating a healthy diet and taking the correct supplements can help prevent and reverse the DNA damage,” says Zic. Many people feel like fertility health is out of their control, but simple lifestyle habit changes can yield positive results. “Basic things like cutting out processed foods, managing stress, getting adequate exercise, not drinking alcohol in excess, eating nutritious foods that supply the vitamins and minerals you need daily and drinking plenty of water can make a huge difference in fertility health,” says Zic. “My approach to fertility health and wellness is holistic. Does stress at their job or in their relationship cause them to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent them from exercising? As we work together, we look at how all parts of their life affects their fertility health as a whole.” Diana Zic is located at 1038 W. Monroe St., Chicago. For more information, call 312-523-1453, email or visit See ad on page 23. Carrie Jackson is an Evanston-based writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. Connect at

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ithin the last decade, acupuncture has steadily moved toward the mainstream. As the danger of addictive narcotic pain relievers becomes a frequent headline, more people are seeking non-pharmacological approaches for relieving pain and discomfort. Natural Awakenings caught up with Dr. William Dunbar, Ph.D. and president of Midwest College of Oriental Medicine (MCOM), to learn how acupuncture can be a solution to today’s opioid crisis, and how the school is poised to prepare students for the integration of acupuncture into Western medicine.

How has acupuncture been used for pain management, and what is its role going forward as we deal with today’s opioid crisis? For most of my professional career of 37 years, my specialty was acute and chronic pain management. As a staff acupuncturist, I was part of a multi-specialty team addressing patients’ needs at Cook County Hospital, in Chicago, and part of a rehabilitation team at Columbus Hospital, in Chicago. Because many patients could not take opiates due to prior medical conditions, alternative strategies were successfully employed to control and eliminate post-surgical and chronic pain. The team developed a solution, which was a combination of acupuncture, physical therapy and massage, with acupuncture as the main component. What I’m seeing across the country is that, finally, the medical field has identified that opioids are a huge problem in our society, and acupuncturists 24


place for acupuncture in typical medical centers. While we train people to be independent practitioners, we also give them the necessary skills to work in a conventional medical setting. That dovetails with this opioid crisis. In order to deal with it, graduates can’t be sole practitioners; they have to integrate their practice with the medical doctors that are treating these patients with chronic and post-surgical pain. Acupuncture is going to be one of the biggest therapies to serve as an adjunct to conventional medicine once practitioners realize that there is an opportunity to lower the dosages—or even completely eliminate opioids—with a non-pharmaceutical solution.

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are positioned incredibly well to deal with chronic and post-surgical pain. The body has internal mechanisms— endorphins—that we produce to control pain as part of our normal physiology. These neurochemicals are increased by stimulating acupuncture points, so this modality not only controls the pain, it decreases inflammation and breaks the inflammatory cycle.

How is MCOM preparing its students for the integration of acupuncture into pain management? We’re one of the few colleges of acupuncture that actually has a curriculum element specifically created for post-surgical pain and chronic pain management. Using the treatment concepts developed over many years in these integrated settings, our graduates enter practice with all the necessary tools to treat a wide variety of conditions presented by patients. What we did as a college was to recognize early on that there would be a

The College offers a component of the program through distance education, though obviously students can’t learn acupuncture needle insertion online. The purpose of distance education is to offer our basic sciences, such as anatomy and physiology, that are taught weekday evenings without requiring the student to drive to the campus during the week. For the distance courses, a faculty member presents a live lecture and takes questions, using multimedia tools that support this type of education. Since 2014, I have participated in programs at the Harvard-Macy Institute at Harvard Medical School which are designed to promote the use of technology in medical education. I joined other medical professionals in learning how to use Twitter and other various online platforms, and how to integrate all widgets and tools into lectures. As a student in the Design Learning and Technology graduate program, I have been able to bring these cutting-edge course design concepts to MCOM. The College offers two innovative programs, which contain distance education and newly re-designed course elements: the 36-month combined Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine; and the 27-month Acupuncture Therapist Certificate program.

Graduates of both programs are eligible for licensure in 46 states after passing components of a national board examination.

How does MCOM serve the community? At our training clinic, we charge either $20 (Racine) or $25 (Evanston) per visit, making it affordable for patients on fixed incomes and pensions to come in twice a month because of our discounted fees. We also offer a $5 anti-stress treatment at both campuses, treating stress points that affect the nervous system, thus providing relaxation. My goal has always been to keep treatment fees as low as possible to give students the widest variety of experiences.

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Banishing Body-Image Blues

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any young women don’t feel comfortable in their own skin. A 21st-century global study sponsored by Unilever’s Dove brand found that 90 percent of girls from 15 to 17 years old wanted to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance, especially their body weight. University of Minnesota research following adolescents for 10 years showed that about half of the female participants had dieted in the previous year, twice the number of males. Tracy Anderson, a mother of two and fitness expert, has spent the last 18 years working with women seeking balance in their bodies. In her recent book, Total Teen: Tracy Anderson’s Guide to Health, Happiness, and Ruling Your World, she observes, “Teens are depleted from comparing themselves to the shapes of others and from scolding themselves: ‘I should be thinner, I should be able to fit in those pants, I should be in better shape.’ But looking good on the outside must start with feeling good on the inside.”

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Anderson believes we feel most happy and fulfilled and accomplish the most when our minds are calm, clear and alert. “If young women learn to connect with their mind, identify when their thoughts are anxious or stressed, and practice conscious breathing and meditating to regain a calm, centered state, they’ll be able to rebalance themselves for the rest of their lives,” she says. “By keeping a thought journal for a while and noticing when their thoughts have negative undertones, they can retrain their attitude.” Live a complaint-free day once each 26


week. Every time a negative thought pops up, expel it and focus on a positive aspect of the idea or experience. Also invest a few moments each day feeling thankful for successful aspects of life. “After a while, these exercises become habitual,” says Anderson. “Happy, high-achieving people fill their minds with positive, uplifting thoughts, affirmations and sincere gratitude. It’s widely proven to work.”

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“Most teens can eat junk food all day long and still wake up the next morning ready to take on the world,” Anderson says. But such an unhealthy routine “shapes eating patterns for the rest of their lives, eventually catching up with them.” She strongly believes every young woman should routinely ask herself, “Is this real food?” “A potato is a real food, or whole food, but instant mashed potatoes are processed. A fresh ear of corn is a whole food; corn chips are processed. If you want to feel strong and healthy and look great, eat whole foods,” says Anderson. Also, note how the body responds to eating specific foods. Here

again, a journal can help. “Jot down how a food made you feel after 15 minutes, an hour and two hours. Are you alert or sluggish? What signals are your stomach and brain sending? It’s useful information to make better ongoing food choices,” Anderson advises. She also advocates drinking plenty of water and eating organic foods when possible, and warns teens against skipping meals or snacks when their developing bodies feel the need for fuel.

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For some teens, exercise movements don’t feel comfortable or natural, which hinders them from doing healthful exercise. “I’ve found that if a young woman practices exercises for a while privately, she’ll become more comfortable and confident over time,” says Anderson. “It’s like learning a foreign language, musical instrument or any skill. You master the basics first and build on them. With practice, you start feeling more at ease.” In her book, Anderson offers many step-by-step, illustrated workout moves designed to daily tone arms, legs and abs, and increase strength and flexibility. Many incorporate fun dance components that work well with music. “Regular exercise releases endorphins—the hormones that make us feel happier and better about ourselves,” she says. “For young women navigating the


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Be On the Ball Putting Extra Fun into Fitness by Marlaina Donato


heir playful appearance as a beach ball look-alike makes exercise balls welcome props in home workouts, gyms and yoga studios. “They’re a fun training tool for every age, from children to maturing Baby Boomers,” says Dennis Fuchs, CEO of TheraGear, in Sumas, Washington. “Exercise balls are affordable and offer many benefits, from enhanced mobility to reduced risk of injury and increased athletic performance.” Originally developed by Italian plastic manufacturer Aquilino Cosani in 1963 as a toy called the Gymnastik and then used by British and Swiss physical therapists to help orthopedic patients, the ball has since come a long way to serve fitness needs. Also known as Swiss, stability, balance, physio- and Pilates balls, this colorful piece of equipment can range in size from 14 to 34 inches to be appropriate for a user’s height (

Core Strength Without Strain Stability balls are recommended by fitness trainers and chiropractors for their ability to build core strength and increase flexibility of pelvic muscles without putting unnecessary strain on the back. “The core is a series of muscles used in almost all functional movement; tailored exercises focus both on abdominal and back strength and pelvic and hip stability,” explains Linnea Pond, an exercise instructor at the Pocono Family YMCA, in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Using an exercise ball also promotes full body conditioning. “Swiss ball training connects the brain with stabilizer muscles, improving gross motor skills and upper body strength, as well,” Fuchs elaborates. “These versatile training balls help equip an individual to handle the functional demands of sports and everyday life.”

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stroke patients and others recovering from injury. “A stroke deadens part of the brain, and to regain movement in an affected arm or leg, an unaffected part of the brain must take over the lost function. The goal of the therapist is to establish new neural pathways through repetition and visual reinforcement. We have patients do simple exercises with the ball hundreds of times so these pathways start to form,” explains Bob Schrupp, a physical therapist and founder of Therapy Network, in Winona, Minnesota. One goal for physical and occupational therapists is to help clients perform rehabilitation exercises that also motivate them to continue exercising. While the ball is an excellent tool in clinical settings, Schrupp cautions, “After a stroke, or if you’re older or in poor health, it’s always best to check with your doctor or physical therapist to determine if stability ball exercises are appropriate.”

Pregnant Women and Senior Fitness Balance balls, when used properly, can offer a safe way for pregnant women, children and seniors to stay fit. Exercising with a ball can help older individuals increase flexibility, especially in the hips, with cardiac strengthening as a bonus. Pregnant women can safely increase and maintain abdominal strength as the baby grows, and in doing so, care for muscles that will help them through labor. “Pregnancy can throw a woman off balance, and a growing baby puts pressure on internal organs. Pressing the back on a stability ball against a wall offers support for squats. Sitting on a ball helps maintain good posture and pelvic mobility, and reduces low back pain,” explains Pond. Incorporating the ball into yoga or Pilates routines prompts different muscles into action because it calls on the body’s learned ability to sense and respond to movement, termed proprioception. Pond says, “Proprioception is challenged just from sitting on the ball; there are immediate physical adjustments made to maintain posture and stability. In yoga, the ball is another tool to increase flexibility and balance.”

School and Workplace Exercise balls are increasingly replacing traditional chairs in classrooms and offices, and teachers are reporting better grades and attention span as a result, while workers appreciate better-toned muscles and enhanced balance. Maintaining good posture by sitting on the ball also increases blood circulation throughout the body, including the brain. Regarding the equipment’s eyecatching appearance, Schrupp sees a helpful bonus: “The ball is a big, colorful reminder to perform your exercises.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at



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ADVERSITY How to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle by April Thompson

At one time or another, an estimated 70 percent of people experience a life-altering traumatic event, and most grow stronger from surviving it, according to decades of research by leading institutions like Harvard and Yale universities and the University of Pennsylvania. We can prepare now for life’s inevitable hurdles and setbacks by developing the skills and tools of resilience.


t’s an incredibly hopeful message: We can go through the most terrible things imaginable and still get through to a better place,” says David B. Feldman, associate professor of counseling psychology at California’s Santa Clara University and co-author with Lee Daniel Kravetz of Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success. Such researchers have found that, like elastic stretched beyond its normal limits, people often don’t just bounce back to their old form, but stretch and expand in new ways. The pair conducted in-depth case studies of survivors of extreme traumatic experiences that went on to do bold things. Just one case in point: After losing a leg in a car accident, college basketball player Casey Pieretti reinvented himself as a successful Hollywood stuntman. According to many studies, 60 to 80 percent of people grow in some way from personal trauma, known as “post-traumatic growth”, according to Feldman. “It can be as simple as appreciating each day more. It can mean deepening relationships. It may result in a renewed sense of spirituality. Or, it might take one’s life in a dramatically different direction,” he says. Ila Eckhoff, a financial executive in New York City, has experienced more than her share of challenges: developing cerebral palsy as a toddler, enduring



12 childhood surgeries, losing her mother at age 11 and four years ago, her husband. “All of the struggles and losses brought me here, now,” says Eckhoff. “Nobody ever said life was easy. We have greater appreciation for the things that we had to struggle to achieve.” Choosing self-directedness instead of self-pity in the face of challenges differentiates those that thrive from those that merely survive, observes Catherine Morisset, a life coach from Ottawa, Canada, who specializes in resilience. “It’s taking responsibility for life and managing the way you want to live it. We all have choices, even in the face of difficulty,” she says.

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“Challenges don’t define you. How you respond does,” remarks Doug Hensch, an executive coach and author of Positively Resilient: 5½ Secrets to Beat Stress, Overcome Obstacles,

and Defeat Anxiety. He attests that having Forces instructors and civilians. They found a growth mindset is vital, focusing on people that rebounded strongly often shared strengths without disregarding areas needcommon attributes, including embracing a ing improvement. spiritual outlook and social network. Maintaining a balanced outlook that’s In 2013, Damon Redd, of Boulder, realistic, yet positive, enables individuals to Colorado, awoke to a severe flooding move on from trauma. For supersurvivors, event, with his home and business burbeing pragmatic serves them far better ied under five feet of mud and water that than a false sense of optimism about bad nearly wiped out his clothing business, situations, Feldman found, Kind Design, overnight. Parents do a saying, “They grieved loss“It was the hardest thing es, but thought realistically disservice to their I’ve ever gone through, about what to do next.” to lose everything I had kids when they “Optimism in the built. It also gave me a try to remove best sense is focusing on new perspective on what’s adversity from their important. It made me the positive without denying the negative, while aware that you can replace lives. When little focusing on what’s in your physical things, but you things go wrong, control,” notes Hensch. rather than rush to can’t replace memories. Martin Seligman, My mind was blown away fix it, let the kids known as the “father of by the support I received.” figure out a solution. positive psychology”, Redd ended up paying found that when people They’ll realize it’s not forward the kindness. “We take setbacks personthe end of the world. cleaned and repaired 1,500 ally, viewing them as pairs of gloves in our in~Doug Hensch permanent, pervasive and ventory that were damaged personal, they develop a that day, and are donating sense of learned helplessness that inhibits them to search-and-rescue teams and ski growth and happiness. “It’s important not patrols. The more good you do, the more to ‘catastrophize’ or generalize a failure and good other people will do,” Redd professes. extend it to other areas of life,” says Dr. Ste Altruism and owning a moral code is ven M. Southwick, a professor of psychiatry another common characteristic of resilient at Yale University School of Medicine who individuals, according to Southwick. Having focuses on post-traumatic stress disorder a purpose is a huge indicator of whether a and resilience. person will rise to the occasion. “You can endure almost anything if you have a mission, or believe what you are doing has meaning. Make Caring Connections It gives you great strength,” he says. Social networks are critical in the face of challenges, resilience experts agree. “When In 2016, Bobbi Huffman lost her high we are wronged or feel unsafe, it’s natural to school sweetheart and husband to suicide withdraw when we should do the opposite,” a few days before Valentine’s Day. As she says Feldman. “It’s also not the number of began to process the tragedy, she saw two friends you have, or even how much time choices ahead: “Drop into a deep depresyou spend with them, that matters. All you sion and give up or focus on our deep love need is at least one person you can count on.” for one another, get into therapy, and make “We are built to be connected with oth- a difference by inspiring, encouraging and ers. It has a significant impact in regulating helping others,” says Huffman. She chose the latter, asking for professtress,” says Southwick, a co-author of Resilsional help and signing up for the 16-mile ience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges, from West Haven, Connecticut. Overnight Walk for Suicide Prevention, Over the past two decades, Southwick and in New York City. “Getting into the best his colleagues have studied three groups shape of my life at age 50 became my that have come through harrowing events: passion. As I walked through the night, I being Vietnam War prisoners, Special reflected on our beautiful memories as a


Helpful Organizations provides a supportive space online for survivors of trauma and adversity to share stories, connect with others and get help from experts. Resilience-Project normalizes setbacks and failures as part and parcel of professional and personal growth, and provides Stanford University students and faculty a platform to swap stories and coping strategies. conveys an interactive e-learning platform developed by the University of Texas at Austin to foster a better understanding of resilience and develop related skills.

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Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story documents the journey of chef and outdoorsman Eduardo Garcia, whose life changed irrevocably when he was jolted with 2,400 volts of electricity while hiking in Montana. Garcia lost his hand, ribs and muscle mass, but survived the injury with the help of his former partner, and became an athlete and speaker for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Unbroken depicts the life of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini, who survived 47 days on a raft after a near-fatal plane crash in World War II, only to be captured by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. The film is based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Laura Hillenbrand, herself the survivor of a disabling chronic illness. The 33 tells the true tale of 33 miners trapped inside a mine in San Jose, Chile, for more than two months, the longest such entrapment in history. All were rescued alive. Wild is based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of her solo hike of 1,000-plus miles on the Pacific Crest Trail without any training, following the loss of her mother and marriage. February 2018


couple. It was an amazing, healing experience,” reflects Huffman. Forgiveness—whether for others or ourself—is another key to help us move forward, reports Feldman. “Often, people can get stuck in blame, but resentment keeps people shackled to the past. If and when a person is ready to forgive, widespread research indicates that it can lead to better health outcomes.”

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Experts point out that there isn’t any one perfect formula or single must-have trait for building resilience, and none we can’t develop. Learning a skill like mindfulness is an easy place to start. “Resilient people don’t try to avoid stress, but learn how to manage and master it,” says Southwick. “Mindfulness meditation requires practice, but through it, you can learn to regulate emotions and relax the nervous system.” Eckhoff practices mindfulness several times a day with a one-minute gratitude meditation. “I have five things I am most grateful for. I close my eyes, take a deep breath and say them. It brings me focus, reduces stress and reminds me of how lucky I am,” she says. Morisset suggests making incremental changes to strengthen our resilience muscles. “Success builds success and failure builds failure, so do something you know you can accomplish and build on that,” she counsels.

Writing can also be a good coping tool, according to Hensch. “Just write about your emotions. It’s amazing how much you can learn about yourself and how calming it can be.” Good times are the best times to begin “resilience training” notes Hensch. “I sought out a therapist once I had turned the corner after my divorce and was dating someone and my business was taking off. It was precisely because I knew something else would likely happen, and I wanted to be better prepared for it,” he recalls. Applying positive self-talk when something blindsides us helps, as does not expecting to handle things perfectly. “There’s nothing wrong with just staying afloat when you’re in the middle of trauma or adversity. One key to happiness in life is just managing expectations. It’s okay to be anxious, sad and worried at times—in fact, it’s healthy,” says Hensch. Hardships are just that: hard. However, with time and experience, resilient individuals come to trust their ability to get through them, large and small. “Resiliency is not about how you bounce back from a single traumatic event; it’s how you respond every day to the challenges that life presents,” Eckhoff has learned. “Repetitive use of this ‘muscle’ builds strength and enables you to do more and sometimes, the impossible.” Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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ow do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning once penned this unforgettable line to her husband and fellow poet, Robert Browning. Let us also count the ways to improve our loved ones’ heart health: Lower blood pressure. Modulate irregular heartbeats. Avoid plaque build-up in arteries. Improve blood flow to the heart. We can love our hearts with 10 superfoods that just might make perfect ingredients for a Valentine’s Day meal, starting with dark chocolate.


Cocoa powder. Cacao’s flavanols lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke and act as antioxidants to prevent inflammation. Dr. JoAnn E. Manson, a physician, doctor of public health and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, confirms, “Between 400 and 900 milligrams (mg) a day of cocoa flavanols may favorably affect several mechanisms and pathways related to cardiovascular disease prevention.” Not all chocolate is created equal. Manson recommends chocolate with cocoa or cacao as the first ingredient, not sugar. She 34


and her colleagues are currently conducting the Cocoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study, a large-scale, randomized study of 18,000 U.S. men and women testing the benefits of ingesting 600 mg per day of cocoa flavanols.



Just one-half cup of berries a day can provide plenty of phytonutrients and antioxidants for decreasing inflammation and preventing heart disease, says Wendy Bazilian, a doctor of public health and registered dietitian in San Diego, and author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients. “Whirl them into a breakfast smoothie, add them to a green salad or combine them with dark chocolate for a tasty, heart-healthy dessert,” she advises.



Full of omega-3 fatty acids, wild-caught salmon (about two six-ounce weekly servings) helps reduce systemic inflammation and risk of developing atherosclerosis, hypertension and stroke, according to Dr. Josh Axe, of Nashville, Tennessee. Beyond prevention, omega-3s in oily fish are also


Pumpkin seeds. High in mag-

nesium—about 764 mg per cup— roasted pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, top the list of heart-healthy nuts and seeds. Magnesium is an important electrolyte that helps the heart fire on all cylinders and not skip a beat. Improvements in lipid profiles can occur with a daily intake of 365 mg, or about a half-cup, of pepitas. Enjoy roasted pumpkin seeds as a snack or scatter them in a salad, bowl of chili or soup for a delicious crunch.


Avocados. Fresh avocados supply

magnesium, plus they’re a good source of potassium, another electrolyte the heart needs for optimum functioning. “You probably know bananas and citrus fruits are top sources of potassium, but I like avocados because they also supply healthy fats,” says Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, a board-certified cardiologist with the HeartMD Institute, in Manchester, Connecticut.


Almonds. Sinatra recommends a handful of almonds a day to raise HDL, a form of “good” cholesterol he likens to a “lipid garbage truck” that picks up oxidized “bad” LDL in the bloodstream and carries it to the liver for processing.


Extra-Virgin Olive Oil.

Cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil with a high phenol content can help lower blood pressure (via about two tablespoons daily), make more efficient and protective HDL cholesterol, and protect the inner lining of arteries.


Beet Juice.

A 2015 study in the journal Hypertension found that two daily eight-ounce glasses of beet juice can help reduce high blood pressure. Beets contain a natural dietary nitrate found in previous studies to lower high blood pressure. Enjoy beet juice in smoothies, as a tart drink known as a “shrub” (beet juice with raspberry vinegar) or in soups like borscht.


Garlic. Allicin, the sulfur compound that gives garlic its distinctive aroma, helps keep blood thin and flowing optimally, says Sinatra. The freshest chopped garlic offers the best benefits, according to a study from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.


Pomegranate. Drinking about

one cup of pomegranate juice a day for three months can improve blood flow to the heart, reports a study in the American Journal of Cardiology.

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world. “He ran it as a special after he had made it for family meals and staff lunches and everyone loved it.” Bier Zot utilizes as much organic and sustainably grown food as possible. “Having a menu flavored in European inspiration makes this pretty easy as most

Europeans have the luxury of great local farmers markets,” says Unkefer. Bier Zot’s chèvre comes from just up the road at Door County Creamery. They’re able to use produce from local farms and feature a menu that changes seasonally to accom-

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modate what’s fresh during the growing season. “Almost 100 percent of our produce is grown in northeast Wisconsin; our beef, eggs and pork are from Door County,” Unkefer explains. “Chicken and cheese are from Wisconsin. It really typifies our approach to buying local, which is broken down by areas. We first try to buy from Door County, then Northeast Wisconsin, followed by the rest of Wisconsin, and then the Midwest. We utilize products from Wildwood Farms, Spring Creek Farms, Waseda Farms and Peninsula Pork.” Any preserved or frozen eggplant or peppers can be used in this recipe. A growing number of people grow their own produce in backyard gardens, regularly shop farmers’ markets or belong to a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm. Eggplant and peppers freeze well and are easy to enjoy throughout the year. Bier Zot recommends grilling the eggplant and then marinating it in olive oil. “Comfort convenience food at its finest,” says Unkefer. “You can then keep that marinated eggplant in the refrigerator for a few days, ready to make a sandwich whenever a craving kicks in.” “Saison Dupont pairs so well with this dish, because although it is a lighter beer, the hop presence is enough to balance the richness of the basil chèvre,” says Bier Zot bar manager Ryan Castelaz of this classic Belgian farmhouse ale. Castelaz possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of the styles, varieties, flavor profiles and back stories of the beers offered at Bier Zot; call him a beer poet. The beer menu is broken down into sections based on the style of beer and each food item includes a food pairing suggestion. Of course, their brats go with every style of beer. Bier Zot also offers a “tasting flight”, where beer connoisseurs or the curiously adventurous can sample glasses from the aged to sour types. For omnivores, meat also works well in this recipe. “The simplicity of the Zacusca lends itself to great additions like other vegetables, or meats like lamb or chicken,” says Unkefer.

Aubergine Zacusca Yield: 1 sandwich Ingredient note: Chèvre is a type of soft cheese made from goat’s milk. Look for organic, local chèvre if possible, and try to avoid cheese that’s wrapped in plastic. Younger, softer chèvre is best for spreading on a sandwich. Use an open cheese package as quickly as possible, ideally within the week. Sandwich: 1 pita or flatbread 1-2 Tbsp basil chèvre 1 cup spring mix lettuce 3-4 pieces of grilled and marinated eggplant, cut into quarters 2 slices heirloom tomato 1 thinly sliced red onion ¼ tsp ground cumin and sea salt

Eggplant Marinade: ½ cup olive oil 1 lemon, juiced 1 clove (1 tsp) garlic, chopped 2 sprigs fresh thyme

Grill slices of marinated eggplant until soft and fully cooked over medium heat, and then set side. Warm the flatbread or pita slightly, and then spread with basil chèvre.

Basil Chèvre: 2 oz fresh basil leaves, finely chopped 10 oz chèvre 1 tsp lemon juice To make eggplant marinade, combine olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and thyme in bowl. Slice eggplant into ½-inch thick quarter slices, and then add to marinade and let sit overnight in refrigerator. To make basil chèvre, combine fresh basil, chèvre and lemon juice, mixing well with a spoon. Set aside or refrigerate before using in sandwich.


Lay a generous amount of spring mix, followed by grilled eggplant, onion and heirloom tomatoes. Sprinkle with ground cumin and sea salt. Eggplant can be warm or

Recipe Courtesy of Bier Zot, Sister Bay, Door County, Wisconsin. John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist are co-authors of Farmstead Chef, Homemade for Sale and ECOpreneuring, and they operate the Inn Serendipity, in Browntown, WI. For more information, visit

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Dressing 1/3 cup finely chopped shallot 3 Tbsp white wine vinegar 3 Tbsp finely chopped parsley leaves 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil


Thinly slice (or shave with a mandoline) radishes and red onion. In sauce pan on medium heat, lightly toast walnuts for five to 10 minutes until you can begin to smell them. Allow to cool and add to vegetables. Mix dressing ingredients and pour over vegetables. Toss to coat and add salt and pepper to taste.

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Jen Miller says, “Many of our root vegetables are grown from the late summer into the fall. In the fall, we harvest and store them for the winter months. Beautyheart radishes, also known as watermelon radishes, are particularly wonderful, as their flavor is soft and slightly sweet, and they provide an amazing magenta color to this salad. Pair this salad with a favorite winter sandwich or soup and enjoy!”

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Minestrone Soup Good Ole Minestrone Hits the Spot for Comfort Food “One of the first recipes I made for a crowd was minestrone soup from the More with Less Cookbook,” says Janie Maxwell. “I still look at recipes for minestrone soup to be inspired and see what others add. It is a flavorful winter soup and the great thing is that it can be made vegan or vegetarian from what’s on hand. Add some leftover cooked vegetable or substitute premade rice or pasta for variety. This soup can be made quickly, but I prefer letting it simmer for at least an hour to let the flavors blend. The soup I make changes, but is always a crowd pleaser on a cold winter’s day.”

Minestrone Soup Use a large stock pot, add: 2 Tbsp olive oil 3 oz thick-cut, uncured bacon, diced, or other diced pork (omit for vegan or vegetarian version.) Cook over low heat until browned, then add: 1 large yellow onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced

5 carrots, peeled and chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped Sauté together until soft, then add: 1 Tbsp tomato paste 2 (15 oz) cans cannellini beans 10 cups chicken or vegetable stock, prefer homemade 28 oz can diced tomatoes 1 tsp dried thyme Salt and pepper to taste

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ood allergies have become a growing public health and safety issue, with reactions to peanuts and tree nuts doubling in the past decade. True food allergies affect 15 million Americans, including 6 million children, with one in six at significant risk of anaphylaxis. Even though 25 percent of Americans report what they perceive as a food allergy, the problem only affects 3 percent of adults and 8 percent of children. Many times, they are experiencing an intolerance, not a true allergy. To distinguish intolerance from allergy, it helps to know that food intolerance is an adverse reaction that has no immune system involvement and is not life-threatening. Some examples include gastrointestinal upset (milk/lactose), nervous system hyperactivity (coffee/caffeine), vascular headache or congestion (wine/sulfites) and skin irritation (orange/citrus). A true food allergy is an immune system overreaction to a specific protein found in food. It can have both immediate and delayed effects, and can vary in sever40


ity from person to person. Manifestations of food allergy can include anaphylaxis (hives, flushing, vomiting, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, dizziness and death), atopic dermatitis (eczema rashes), gastrointestinal allergy (vomiting, diarrhea, cramping, oral itching/swelling, esophagitis) and asthma. Food allergy usually begins in infancy or early childhood as the result of both nature (heredity) and nurture (environment). Our immune system is trained from day one to distinguish harmless proteins (self, foods and environment) from harmful proteins (bacteria, viruses, parasites and toxins). In the case of food, a healthy gut is supposed to label a food as harmless the first time it passes through. The food is then ignored in the future. If the gut cell malfunctions, or if a food sneaks by the labeling process (leaks through an unhealthy gut, skin lesion/rash or unhealthy respiratory tract), other parts of the immune system may misinterpret it as harmful, and then remember the food to be recognized and acted upon in the future. Food mislabeling by the immune

system also seems to have a predilection for certain foods—only eight types of food account for 90 percent of all food allergies (milk, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish). Some researchers think these foods may resemble pathogens, and once they sneak by, are forever labeled as such. Others speculate that the immune system is confused by our artificially processed food supply. Still others blame our packaged food and fast-food choices, which are cross-contaminated with large amounts of potential allergens and routinely fed to infants and young children. More recently, some are looking at the body’s vitamin D level, which is compromised in modern culture, but necessary for proper immune function. To help prevent allergic sensitization to food, there are some practical measures that parents of babies can take. Consider breastfeeding for the first three months or more with an emphasis on hind-milk to help promote gut balance and immunity (see La Leche League at Learn about the eight most common food allergens and plan to introduce them (in consultation with a doctor) one at a time on a healthy day. Wash hands after handling or eating high-allergen foods and before interacting with a baby. Avoid fast food and choose foods with simple ingredients, without warnings of cross-contamination. Seek medical advice sooner than later for chronic gastrointestinal problems, skin problems and respiratory problems, as they can increase the likelihood of food allergy. Develop a good skincare regimen that includes regular bathing, followed by a hypoallergenic skin cream barrier and consider vitamin D supplementation under the supervision of a physician. Once a food allergy manifests, strict avoidance of the food and prompt recognition and treatment of allergic symptoms are the only options. If started early enough (infancy to early childhood), a medically advised elimination diet can help the immune system “forget” it is allergic, allowing reintroduction of milk, egg, soy and wheat 95 percent of the time. Early detection and elimination diets have also shown success with peanuts 20 percent or more of the time. Newer studies report methods for


Anaphylaxis Symptoms by Lisa Sullivan, M.D. Anaphylaxis is a systemic, full body, allergic immune response that can be life-threatening. Most people associate the word “anaphylaxis” with hives or trouble swallowing. This is only partially correct. Anaphylaxis can affect all body systems in various combinations and thus may fail to produce a tell-tale hive or swallowing clue. 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 its trigger (e.g. food). For example, if a food allergic friend ingests something and then suddenly becomes ill with vomiting, diarrhea and dizziness, one should suspect anaphylaxis and not food poisoning or the stomach flu. The same would be true if an individual started having problems with their asthma shortly after eating. Therefore, if a food allergic individual experiences any symptom other than mild discomfort within an hour of ingesting a suspect food, administer epinephrine and call 911. medically monitored food desensitization by wearing an allergen patch or receiving a vaccine. Although encouraging, these methods need to be proven safe and effective before recommending general use. If a food allergy is suspected, it is best to have it detected early and managed by a boardcertified allergist. Lisa Sullivan, M.D., specializes in pediatric and adult allergy, asthma and immunology, with offices in Buffalo Grove and Vernon Hills. For more information, visit See ad on page 39 and in the Community Resource Guide.

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easonal affective disorder (SAD) was formally recognized by clinicians in the 1980s as a form of depression most commonly noticed in the winter. Research shows SAD to affect 4 to 6 percent of the general population with up to 75 percent of these individuals noted to be women. Experts relate SAD to a lack of sunlight alone, so with the onset of the winter months, days become shorter and people are exposed to less sunlight. With days becoming longer in early spring, symptoms of SAD subside. For instance, SAD occurs seven times more often in the cloudy state of Washington than in sunny Florida. Symptoms of SAD may include grumpiness, sadness, irritability, increased appetite, weight gain, feelings of tiredness and lack of concentration. Even though we do not know the exact cause of SAD, studies have shown depressive symptoms to be related to issues within our circadian rhythm, melatonin levels and hypothalamus. The circadian rhythm, or body clock, is known to be disrupted by lack of sunlight and may result in depression. The hormone melatonin affects sleep and mood. It is thought that the hypothalamus needs sunlight in order to stimulate the aspect of the brain which controls sleep, mood and appetite, as well as the production of serotonin. Those with SAD often have lower levels of serotonin. In 1999, researchers confirmed a direct link between exposure to sunlight and the production of vitamin D. In 2014, a research team, led by Alan Stewart, of the College of Education at the University

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of Georgia, published their findings in the journal Medical Hypotheses, which correlated taking a supplement of Vitamin D to decreased symptoms of SAD. Vitamin D production occurs when the ultraviolet rays in sunlight strike the skin. Some foods, such as the flesh of fatty fish (salmon, tuna and mackerel) and fish liver oils contain a fair amount of vitamin D. In the U.S., fortified foods such as milk provide a good source of dietary vitamin D. Vitamin D has been shown to be required for a variety of healthy body functions, and lately has been a topic of interest in the treatment of SAD. A blood test is used to determine the level of vitamin D in the body. Vitamin D supplementation in the form of D3 has been demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of SAD. Depending on a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lab values and symptoms, doses can range from 1,000 to 10,000 international units (IUs). Supplements are readily available and inexpensive. If an individual exhibits feelings of being down, irritable, moody or has trouble sleeping, they may have SAD. Their healthcare provider can check the vitamin D level and prescribe the recommended supplementation as needed. Dr. Leta M. Vaughan, DNP, CNM, is a nurse practitioner with WomancarePC, which offers vitamin D testing, the Myriad myRisk Hereditary cancer test, and other screenings and lab panels. For an appointment, call 847-221-4800 or visit See ad on page 13.


Dry Skin as We Age by Leta Vaughan


s we age, our oil glands produce less oil, causing our skin to become drier, which can lead to wrinkles and sagging. Other factors, including genetics, diet, lifestyle, sun exposure and smoking can affect how our skin changes as we age. By avoiding excessive sun and keeping skin moist and hydrated, we can help to preserve the functioning of oil glands over time. With more months of low humidity winter air ahead of us, we can take steps every day to lessen and treat dry skin, including avoiding long hot water baths and showers; applying lotion while our skin is still damp; and using glycerin-based soap and a lanolin-based lotion or oil to hold in moisture. Avoiding dehydrating foods and beverages such as alcohol, caffeinated drinks and spicy dishes also helps reduce dryness. Drinking as much water as possible contributes to keeping skin hydrated. Also consider installing a room humidifier, which will add moisture to the air and help reduce another potential cause of dry skin. A Doctor of Nursing Practice, Leta M. Vaughan, DNP, CNM, sees patients at WomanCarePC, where women have full service to not only gynecology and obstetrics, but also to counselors, nutrition and exercise support, massage therapy, medical spa and functional medicine. For more information, call 847-221-4800 or visit See ad on page 13.

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Service Dog Resources

Do-Good Dogs Do Almost Anything

Service Animals Train to Help People in Need by Sandra Murphy


ervice dogs help an aging population live full lives in spite of limitations, no matter the size, age or breed of dog. Plus, hundreds of thousands of canines make living with disabilities both possible and more pleasant.

The Rules “Service dogs don’t eat on duty, and should be on the floor, not put in a handbag or shopping cart,” advises Maggie Sims, project manager for the Rocky Mountain Americans with Disabilities Act Center, in Colorado Springs. “If the dog disrupts business, the person can be asked to remove the animal and then return. Emotionalsupport dogs are not provided for by the disabilities act, because the dog does not perform a specific task. “We get calls from people concerned about fake service dogs when owners try to bring them into places where pets generally aren’t allowed. Usually, they’re the ones that behave badly,” Sims says. Service animals are not required to wear a special vest or have documentation. 44


Educating the Public A motorcycle accident left Matthew Smith dependent on using a wheelchair or crutches. An administrator at Comcast Cable, in Baltimore, Maryland, Smith relies on his pit bull, Jericho, to fetch dropped items, open doors and help him maintain balance. “Gravity is my specialty,” he jokes. “If I fall, he braces me so I can get up. Moving about stresses my shoulders, so Jericho pulls the wheelchair on days when I’m in pain.” Although working service dogs should not be petted or approached, Smith tells Jericho, “Go say ‘Hi,’” if someone asks to approach him. “Pit bulls have an undeserved bad reputation, so I’ll take a minute to let people meet him to change that perception. When Jericho is the subject of conversation, it also takes the spotlight off of me,” he says. Jericho was trained by Apryl Lea, a certified assistance dog trainer for the Animal Farm Foundation’s Assistance Dog Program, in Kingston, New York. She explains, “The pit bulls I train are from

TO CONTACT AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT CENTERS: Ten centers serve the U.S. and calls are directed to the one closest to the caller. Call 800-949-4232 or visit TO SUPPORT THE TAILS OF HOPE FOUNDATION: This nonprofit provides critical and lifesaving help to veterans, first responders and search-and-rescue teams. Operating on donations, it covers the cost of purchasing a trained dog, as well as lifetime veterinary care when necessary. LEARN ABOUT DOGS TRAINED FOR SPECIAL CONDITIONS: Parkinson’s disease – Davis Phinney Foundation at ForParkinsons Disabled children – Alzheimer’s disease/dementia – Rover. com/canine-caregivers-dementia-alzheimers Sight-impaired – SAMPLE SERVICE-DOG VIDEOS: A pit bull-lab mix that saves a veteran having a seizure: SavesVeteran A pug that helps a veteran with posttraumatic stress: CalmsPTSD shelters, and must be good with people and other animals and be comfortable in social settings that match the person’s lifestyle.”

Overcoming Obstacles “When a counter is too high, a service dog can pass money to the cashier. Dogs will pull a rope to open a heavy door. In the event of seizures or fainting, our dogs react based on location; at home, they find another family member, but in public, will stay with their person,” Lea says. The muscles of a patient with

When someone brings a dog into a place of business, we can legally ask only two short questions: “Is this animal needed for a disability?” and “What tasks has the animal been trained to do in relation to the disability?”


Parkinson’s disease may freeze while walking. Dogs brace against a resulting fall or touch the person to help unfreeze the muscles. Tethered to an autistic child, the dog provides distraction from repetitive behaviors like flapping hands or crying, while keeping the child in a safe area. Some dogs are trained to track the child, as well, in case of escape. Likewise, dogs can give Alzheimer’s disease patients a bit of freedom without getting lost.

Sounding Alerts Hearing dogs alert their hearing-impaired person to the sound of a doorbell or ringing phone. In the car, they’ll nudge the driver with a paw if they hear a siren. Riley the Chihuahua’s job is caring for Jennifer Wise, an aromatherapist and owner of Enchanted Essence, in Toledo, Ohio. Wise has a neurological disease that affects her legs and makes her prone to falls. “Riley’s trained to bark for help if I am unable to get up,” she explains. “If barking fails, he’ll grab someone’s pant leg or shoelaces and pull in my direction. He’s small, but determined.” Michelle Renard, a stay-at-home mom in Woodstock, Georgia, relies on Mossy, a goldendoodle trained by Canine Assistants, in nearby Alpharetta, to detect high- and low-blood sugar levels. “She’s never wrong,” says Renard.

Comfort and Joy Linda Blick, president and co-founder of Tails of Hope Foundation, in Orange County, New York, observes, “A veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder may not show outward symptoms, but have anxiety. Dogs are trained to turn on the lights, lick their person’s face or apply reassuring pressure by lying across their person’s chest to bring them out of night tremors. “One of our veterans was so uncomfortable in public, it was difficult for him to even speak to the veterinarian about his dog’s torn knee ligament,” Blick explains. “For the sake of the dog, he managed to discuss care, a big step for him.” As Sims states, “True service dogs literally give people with disabilities their lives back.”

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CITY HOMESTEADING Creating Sustainable Urban Living


by Randy Kambic

omesteading is a broad field. “Along with planting produce, we encourage people to compost, change how they use water, learn about biochar—a long-term soil amendment that returns carbon to the earth—and employ creative economics, including bartering and food-sharing systems,” says K. Ruby Blume, of Grants Pass, Oregon, who founded the Institute of Urban Homesteading, in Oakland, California, a decade ago ( She’s also co-author of Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living. Blume was recently engaged to invite speakers and coordinate presentation content for the three-day online Gardening and Homesteading Skills Summit hosted by The Shift Network. Last October, 20 leading farmers, master gardeners, homesteaders and other experts shared innovative, environmentally friendly advice for providing food and adopting eco-friendly practices. Blume, who grows fruit and vegetables and raises chickens, sheep and bees on 22 acres, plans to launch her Fantastic Farm Store this month, and will offer spring classes at her institute, as well as at 46


the Rogue River Community Center, in southern Oregon. “Everyone should grow their favorite vegetable from seed; think about the animal if eating meat; and take a nature field study class. These all connect us to nature and our world,” advises Blume.

Food as Medicine David Crow, teacher, author of In Search of the Medicine Buddha and founder of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures (, is a leader in research and development of growing herbs for medicine, working from Grass Valley, California. He extols the importance of gardens of all types—backyards, schools, neighborhoods and public spaces. “They can strengthen communities, beautify life and reduce crime,” he says. In his home state, he helped launch The Learning Garden, at Venice High School, in 2001. “It’s an eye-opener for youngsters, and they take pride in ownership.” People without a garden plot can place a pot inside or on a balcony or find a community garden. “Medicinal plants don’t have to be a luxury of the wealthy. You can spend a fraction of the $30 for a drug prescription

in growing most of them, and then trade for others with neighbors,” says Crow. He particularly values oregano, thyme, rosemary, lavender and basil. To increase yields, home gardeners may consider daily drip irrigation—a system of tubes positioned just above the soil, with tiny holes spaced at regular intervals. It can conveniently work on a timer with an automatic shutoff during rain. Other benefits include water conservation and better soil structure by avoiding puddles from manual watering. “Drip irrigation can be especially helpful during dry spells, which can run two to four weeks in many climates,” says Robert Kourik (, landscape consultant, horticultural researcher and author of Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and Climate, and last year’s Understanding Roots. “It can be effective for virtually any fruit or vegetable, except water crops like rice and cranberries.”

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Carol Venolia, author, speaker and architect in Santa Rosa, California, (ComeHome has designed homes of straw, earth and sustainably sourced and reclaimed wood throughout the West. She consults on greening schools, healing centers, camps and eco-villages, and stresses the benefits of sunlight as in her new e-book, Get Back to Nature Without Leaving Home. She says, “Sunlight’s many wavelengths, shifting directions and intensities render biological effects that keep us functioning well. Watch how it enters your home; changes occur daily and seasonally.” It’s easy to move furniture to align with sunshine. In warmer climates, attach plant trellises or fabric awnings outside windows to filter or direct reflected light. “Add a potted plant to a window and a picture of a natural scene on a wall. Take the time to get out into woodlands,” advises Venolia. She commends Marc Rosenbaum, of South Mountain Company, in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, as a green building leader who “brings a soulful approach, as well as engineering, data and technology efficiencies, to a project.” Along with green building goals like zero net energy, Rosenbaum strives to create homes that

are healthy, comfortable, resource-efficient, durable and adaptable by the people that inhabit them. Along with being part of the slow food movement and do-it-yourself trends, Blume believes, “Homesteading gives people the feeling they are making a positive difference by making sustainable changes in their lifestyle and home.” For summit recordings or transcripts and notices of upcoming events like the online annual Plant Medicine Telesummit in March, visit Randy Kambic, an Estero, FL, freelance editor and writer, regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

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Popular Needlework Crafts Go Green

Whether for function, decoration or personal gifting, the skillful hobbies of yarn arts such as knitting, quilting, weaving, stitching, sewing, crocheting and macramé are going strong. The difference these days is that doing it eco-responsibly is enhancing the process. “More people are making and handdyeing their own yarn,” says blogger Ann Budd (, of Boulder, Colorado, former editor of Interweave Knits magazine and author of Knitting Green. “The results are beautiful with different color combinations, and even striping.” Also, more yarn is American-sourced. “Shearing and dyeing are done here to cut down on the overall carbon footprint,” explains Budd, who conducts workshops for shops and clubs, plus two annual learning retreats. This year’s are in Savannah, Georgia, from April 26 to 29, and in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, from September 20 to 23. suggests Green Mountain Spinnery ( as a U.S. source of certified organic,

natural fiber yarns processed without toxic oils, chemicals or dyes; Ecobutterfly Organics (, for vegan-friendly, fair trade and botanically dyed organic cotton yarns and fiber, recycled glass beads, buttons and kits; and Organic Cotton Plus (, offering certified organic woven and knit fabrics, hemp and hemp-blended fabrics, threads, ribbons and vegetable-based dyes. Interweave (, a craft magazine publisher, provides video and online education. Learn how to avoid potential hand and arm pain from repetitive motions with the new book Knitting Comfortably: The Ergonomics of Handknitting ( by San Francisco physical therapist and needlework teacher Carson Demers. For many needlework fans, charitable volunteering keeps their fingers flying. Members of the nonprofit Mittens for Detroit ( make mittens, gloves, hats and lapghans for children and adults in need. Donna Davis, of Roswell, New Mexico, has knitted hats for African newborns, wool items for Eastern European orphans and scarves for American artists. Learn more at February 2018


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SELF-LOVE by Charlie Chaplin

s I began to love myself, I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.

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Today, I know, this is AUTHENTICITY. As I began to love myself, I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it RESPECT. As I began to love myself, I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it MATURITY. As I began to love myself, I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it SELF-CONFIDENCE.

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As I began to love myself, I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm.

Today I call it SIMPLICITY. As I began to love myself, I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health—food, people, things, situations and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is LOVE OF ONESELF. As I began to love myself, I quit trying to always be right, and ever since, I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is MODESTY. As I began to love myself, I refused to go on living in the past and worrying about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it FULFILLMENT. As I began to love myself, I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection WISDOM OF THE HEART. We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know that is LIFE. Chaplin’s World museum, in Switzerland, opened in 2016 (

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Preventing Digestion Problems Before They Start


An enzyme with higher amylase content helps eneé S. Barasch, a certified digestive break down carbohydrates, and one with more health specialist, detoxification/purificalipase works better to break down fats. In my tion specialist and founder of Nutritional office, we run lab tests to determine the right mix Health Solutions, in Highland Park, has been a of enzymes for each person. I take into considerChicago area leader in nutrition and digestion ation factors like family history, diet and overall education for more than 12 years. She splits her health. The tests also help detect any nutritional time between seeing clients in private sessions, deficiencies. Based on the results, I might recomspeaking to the community, writing about digesmend diet modifications and food supplements tion issues, being an ambassador for holistic in addition to enzymes. digestive health and giving people the ability to connect the dots between nutrition and digesHow do environmental irritants tion. affect digestion? Although every digestive system is differWe encounter factors in the environment every ent, many people experience allergy flare-ups Reneé S. Barasch, LDHS day that can cause irritation and inflammation, that may be related to how their bodies are breakwhether that’s someone’s excess perfume, secondhand smoke ing down ingredients in their food. Being aware of our specific or particles from a construction site. In the springtime, the air digestive needs and taking steps to protect the gut can eliminate is full of dust, mold and other seasonal aggravators. When we allergies, improve absorption and take unneeded stress off our breathe these in, they get into our bloodstream in less than 20 organs. seconds. Our bodies then have to break down those extra toxins, Why is thorough digestion so important for which is a lot of work for the liver, kidneys and gallbladder. If overall health? they aren’t broken down properly, it results in what people think Digestion is one of the main ways the body detoxifies, or cleansof as seasonal allergies; runny nose, itchy eyes, red or blotchy es. If the food you’re consuming isn’t broken down properly and skin. People often miss the connection between allergies and thoroughly, it causes stress on the system as it moves through, digestion. Instead of going to an allergist, they might just need to which can lead to symptoms like gas, bloating, acid reflux, have their digestive system checked for digestive imbalances. constipation, diarrhea and even insomnia, depression, psoriasis, What practices can people do every day to eczema and chronic pain. Proper digestion also allows for thorough absorption, so your improve digestion? Digestive health is dependent on a number of factors, but it is body is able to use the nutrients you’re putting inside it. Undigestkey to both detoxification and real nutrition. I tell my clients that ed food leads to what we call “leaky gut”, where it passes through ideally, they are looking to digest, absorb, transport, utilize and the gut membrane and into the bloodstream. This can eventually eliminate the cellular waste that’s put into their bodies. Avoiding lead to more serious conditions such as Crohn’s and other autoenvironmental irritants and pollutants eliminates the need to immune diseases. In general, when our food isn’t being digested break them down in the first place. properly, our bodies aren’t working as efficiently as they can. Food Chewing your food thoroughly starts the breakdown process becomes a toxin, instead of something that nourishes us. before it gets into the digestive system. Eating a healthy mix of What role do enzymes play in digestion? protein, fats, whole grains fruit and veggies at each meal may be Enzymes are the catalyst for food to be digested. They help to easier to break down than a giant plate of just pasta or a huge deliver the nutrients to the cells and increase absorption. When steak. Food that is processed or contains GMOs is much harder for food is steamed, broiled, roasted, boiled, fried, stewed, canned, the body to process, so I encourage clients to look for whole foods pasteurized or microwaved, the naturally occurring enzymes in their natural form as much as possible. in it are destroyed. I recommend that everyone take a specific Nutritional Health Solutions is located at 480 Elm Pl., in digestive enzyme supplement. That enzyme depends largely Highland Park. For appointments, call 847-207-2034. on your diet, and how your body breaks down fats, carbs and For more information, email or visit protein. Testing is recommended to determine which enzyme is right for you. January2018 2018 February

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Candlemas (Wiccan and Pagan) Mineral Fusion Beauty Tour – Feb 2-3. 11am-4pm. Looking for a cleaner, more natural makeup line? Look no more. Mineral Fusion is coming to your local Fruitful Yield to educate on the benefits of incorporating natural make up into your everyday routine. Makeup artists will be offering on-site consultations. Sign up in store or call today to reserve your spot. Free. Fruitful Yield, 168 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg. 847-882-2999. Principles of Finding Your True Self – 7:309:30pm. The goal of this mini-workshop is to help you open your heart to your own self. Experience a small principle lecture, group interaction, guided meditation, and personal reflection to open a path of greater understanding of yourself, your motivations, and your potential. Westmont Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, 215 E Ogden Ave, Westmont. 630-230-0365.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Palatine Winter Farmer’s Market – 8am12pm. 1st & 3rd Sat thru Apr. Palatine Train Station, 137 W Wood St, Palatine. 847-358-1649. Faith in Place Winter Farmers’ Market – 9am1pm. Purchase soups, jams, baked goods, salsas, meats, honey, winter-available produce, more to support your local farmers. Stone Temple Missionary Baptist Church, 3622 W Douglas Blvd, Chicago. 312-733-4640 x 123. Herb/Seed Starting Demo – 11am-1pm. Learn about propagating herbs and starting herbs by seed. This will be hands-on and  there is a suggested donation for Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse Friend’s group to continue the work and programming provided through the greenhouse.  Kilbourn Park, 3501 N Kilbourn Ave, Chicago. Plant Chicago Indoor Farmers’ Market – 11am3pm. 1st Sat thru May. The Plant, Lobby, 1400 W 46th St, Chicago. 773-847-5523. Experience Complete Release of Grief – 12:303:30pm. Drop the grief from the loss of a loved one, pet, personal relationship or business. Plus free Bemer session. $30/$40. Soderworld Wellness, 9500 S Rte 83, Willowbrook. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or 

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Call Ahead Food Preparation/Eating as a Spiritual Practice – 2-4pm. “Today the vegetables would like to be cut by someone who is singing God’s name,” Hafiz. With Dr. Richard Bisceglie and Janelle (Center for Holistic Medicine). $25/nonmembers, $20/members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. Candlemas: A New Awakening under the Frost – 7-9pm. Imbolc, or Candlemas, marks the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox. It is the true start of Spring, a new awakening under the sparkling frost of the slumbering fields. Now is when we start our Spring cleaning, not only of our homes, but also of our bodies and minds. It is a good time for purification diets (particularly for the liver and gall bladder) and for new perspectives, ideas, plans and goals. A guided Journey creates an opening of consciousness for participants to receive the seasonal guidance for their goals. Afterwards, everyone shares their experience in an atmosphere of support and camaraderie. $22/ advance, $29/at door. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Register:

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4 120 Club Session – 9am-7pm. All are welcomed to the 120 Club. Based on the new book, I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years by Ilchi Lee, the 120 Club is a series of 5 sessions for people who want to live a healthy, happy and more meaningful life. You don’t have to read the book to join but it’s something to consider. Mt Prospect Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, 1 W Rand Rd, Mt Prospect. 847-749-1584. Gong Bath Meditation – 1-2:15pm. During gong meditation, emotional transformation is produced as it reduces tension, releases blocks and stimulates circulation. The result is a reorganization of the emotional energy and feelings that are tied into the body. It clears nerve endings and regenerates the parasympathetic system, which is ruled by sound. $20/pre-register, $25/at door. Yin Yang Pilates & Yoga, 111 S Rand Rd, Lake Zurich. 847-719-1800. Cannabis/Hemp Oil Free Presentation – 2:30pm. Why cannabis/hemp oil extract may be the most important supplement you add to your health regime. Learn what all the buzz is about with hemp oil. Hear about the new science and research on the benefits of cannabinoids. We will introduce you to a full spectrum phytocannabindiol hemp oil that doesn’t require a medical card. Special Guest Jane Hurst, Master herbalist. Trillium Yoga, 925 Toft Ave, Antioch. RSVP: 847-366-1267.

Guided Meditation using Cannabis/Hemp Oil Extract – 6pm. Focus on deep cleansing and clearing of spiritual blocks and old energy. An opportunity to try a one-of-a-kind liposomal hemp extract prior to meditating. This meditation will allow your nervous system to begin to relax and fully unwind, giving your body a chance to finally surrender and let go. The hemp oil used is non-psychoactive with only/under .002% THC, and it’s legal in all 50 states. $5. Diana Kushenbach Academy of Spiritual Arts, 6458 College Rd, Lisle. RSVP: 630-269-0115. Angelic Quantum Healing: Free Introductory Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. This is a new method based on the notions of quantum physics and holistic vision. This method rapidly facilitates energetic balance. It’s a highly innovative approach to connect ourselves to the infinite power of the cosmos, to harness it from within. Learn about Angelic Quantum Healing, practical demonstration, fast and powerful method to energetically clean yourself. SunGates Center, 395 E Dundee Rd, Ste 500, Wheeling. 847-345-0988.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Wellness Balanced – Tip the scales in your favor. Wellness Balanced will help you keep those resolutions. 90 days of surprisingly simple strategies to inspire you to be your best. Registration is free in Feb. Invest your time, you’re worth it. Online. Info: 847-251-8626 or Winter Nutritional Detox Program Start – 1010:45am. First day of winter program. Registration required. Online. $89/person. 312-259-7585. Let’s Talk Phytocannabinoids from Hemp Oil: Free Presentation and Oil Tasting – 6:30pm. Mondays thru Feb. Learn what all the buzz is about with cannabis/hemp oil extract. Hear about the new science and research on the benefits of using phytocannabinoids. We will introduce you to a full spectrum phytocannabindiol hemp oil that doesn’t require a medical card. Special guests: 2/5 & 26, Jane Hurst, Master Herbalist; 2/12 & 26, Dr. Nicholas Lorenz, Naprapath; 2/19,  Vito Alberga, LCSW. Bodhi Heart Center, The Center for New Pathways, 830 E Higgins Rd, Ste 113B, Schaumburg. RSVP: 630-309-3409. Liposomal Cannabis/Hemp Oil Free Presentation and Tasting – 6:30pm. Mondays in Feb. Learn what all the buzz is about with hemp oil. Hear about the new science and research on cannabinoids. We will introduce you to a full spectrum phytocannabindiol hemp extract that doesn’t require a medical card. Special guest speaker Dr. Rob Heinemann explains this one-of-a kind liposomal delivery system. L’Chaim Center, Deerfield Park Plaza,  405 Lake Cook Rd, Suite 207, Deerfield. RSVP: 773-655-1431. Experience Complete Release of Grief – 6:308:30pm. Drop the grief from the loss of a loved one, pet, personal relationship or business. Plus free Bemer session. $25/$35. Insight Awareness, 18110 Martn, Homewood. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or 

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Free Essential Oils for Stress Management – 7-8pm. With Amy Landolt. Not managing your stress well can lead to weight gain, problems sleeping, damaging your relationships and even impede your body’s ability to prevent or heal from serious conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Learn the basics about doTERRA’s Certified Pure Therapeutic-Grade essential oils, and how they can be used to manage your stress and support the body and mind naturally. You may also want to register for the Chinese Medicine for Stress Management class immediately following. Northshore Acupuncture Center,  5225 Old Orchard Rd, Ste 5, Skokie. RSVP required, Amy:  815-814-1319. Free Chinese Medicine for Stress Management – 8-8:30pm. With Amy Landolt. Not managing stress well  can lead to weight gain, problems sleeping, damage to your relationships and even impede your body’s ability to prevent or heal from serious conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Learn how you can utilize Chinese medicine to manage your stress, have your questions about acupuncture answered, and to try a complimentary stress relief treatment (as interested). You may also want to register for the Essential Oils for Stress Management class immediately preceding. Northshore Acupuncture Center, 5225 Old Orchard Rd, Ste 5, Skokie. RSVP required, Amy: 815-814-1319.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Acupressure Healing Class – Also Feb 22. Utilizing our acupressure healing tools (Wooden Pillow, Healing Life Wand) for a deeper and more localized healing experience. You’re actually giving yourself a massage and learning to open any painful points in your body, naturally. You become your own healer. Northbrook Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, 1947 Cherry Ln, Northbrook. 847-562-9642. Northbrook@  Malcolm Smith, International Healer – Feb 6-8.  9am-6pm, by appt. Come experience international Healer Malcolm Smith who channels healing energy  from God and has, for 35 years, used his gift to relieve pain, disease and suffering from thousands. Some remote sessions available. $90/30-min. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. To schedule:  847-299-6535 or

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 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: Moms Helping Moms Work from Home – 2-5pm. Come meet our team from for an informal interview. Learn about working from home with a generous benefits and compensation plan. The Lucky Monk Restaurant, 105 Hollywood Blvd, South Barrington. For an appt: 847-530-5999. 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.

A Fresh Start: Detox and Cleanse Support Simplified – 6-7:30pm. Join Dr. Kalli Prater as she discusses the many ways we can detoxify our lives. Learn about simple and substantial ways that you can start making today, to make a significant impact on your health and wellness. Will also discuss and dispel myths related to healthy detoxification programs and help give you the tools to decide what steps are right for you. Lecture geared toward helping everyone make their health and wellness goals a reality in 2018 and beyond. Free. Fruitful Yield, 7230 W North Ave, Elmwood Park. 708-395-5880. Experience Release of Digestion Issues – 6-8pm. Release negative emotions that are affecting your body. Plus free Bemer session. $30/$40. Soderworld Wellness, 9500 S Rte 83, Willowbrook. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or  Hempy, Happy, Healthy – 6:30pm. Got pain, stress, worry, lack of energy? Join us to learn about a pharmaceutical-grade canabinoid diol hemp oil. Hear the research and science behind this one-of-a kind nano-enhanced liposomal delivery system with optimal bioavailability. Yellow Elephant, 3421 Church St, Evanston.  RSVP required (call/text): 847-769-3547.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Hempy, Happy, Healthy – 1pm. Got pain, stress, worry, lack of energy? Join us to learn about a pharmaceutical-grade canabinoid diol hemp oil. Hear the research and science behind this one-of-a kind nano-enhanced liposomal delivery system with optimal bioavailability. ARC Performance, 650 S Wheeling Rd, Wheeling.  RSVP required (call/ text): 773-655-1431. Experience Release of Digestion Issues – 1:303:30 & 6:30-8:30pm. Release negative emotions that are affecting your body. Plus free Bemer session. $30. Heaven meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or  Hempy, Happy, Healthy – 6:30pm.  Got pain, stress, worry, lack of energy? Join us to learn about a pharmaceutical-grade canabinoid diol hemp oil. Hear the research and science behind this one-of-a kind nano-enhanced liposomal delivery system with optimal bioavailability. Wonders of Nature and Health,  714 S Buffalo Grove Rd, Buffalo Grove. RSVP required (call/text): 773-655-1431.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 ESSENTIAL RESTorative Yoga – 7-8:15pm. With Felicia Holtz. Treat your mind and body to a deep healing experience. Restorative postures are enhanced and heightened with the application of carefully chosen doTerra essential oils. $15 or class card. North Branch Yoga, 8056 Lincoln Ave, Skokie. 847-906-3547. 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, FEBRUARY 10 Finding True Self Workshop – Feb 10-11. The goal of this workshop is to help you open your heart to your own self. Experience principle lectures, group interaction, guided meditation, and personal reflection to open a path of greater understanding of yourself, your motivations and your potential. Designed to help you look honestly and carefully at the mental and emotional patterns that keep you from living your best life, this workshop is perfect for you to get back on track or experience personal transformation to reconnect with your true nature. Also held at the Westmont location: Westmont Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, 215 E Ogden Ave, Westmont. 630-230-0365. Northbrook Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, 1947 Cherry Ln, Northbrook. 847-562-9642. northbrook.  Faith in Place Winter Farmers’ Market – 9am1pm. Purchase soups, jams, baked goods, salsas, meats, honey, winter-available produce, and more to support your local farmers. United in Faith Lutheran Church, 6525 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago. 312-733-4640 x 123. 61st Street Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. South side Chicago’s premier farmers market. Market also features chef demos, live music and more. Experimental Station, 6100 S Blackstone Ave, Chicago. Chicago IANDS – 2-5pm. Support/study/resource forum for near-death, out-of-body and spiritual experiences, losses. Guest Speaker: Suzanne Giesemann, author of 12 books. NDEr; Former Navy Commander turned Psychic Medium, inspiring story of the girl-next-door. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847-251-5758. Kirtan with Radha and The Bhakti Caravan – 7:30-9:30pm. Expand your consciousness, your capacity for joy and healing, and have fun as you support this fundraiser for the Infinity Foundation, a local non-profit that provides conscious courses for all. $10 by Feb 1, $15 after.  Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Faith in Place Winter Farmers’ Market – 8:30am1pm. Purchase soups, jams, baked goods, salsas, meats, honey, winter-available produce, and more to support your local farmers. First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights, 1903 E Euclid Ave, Arlington Heights. 312-733-4640 x 123. Solful Sunday with a Feng Shui Consultant – 1-4pm. Join us for a complimentary get together, a group potluck where we share a warm and loving space and host a wonderful guest speaker Marianne Kaplan, a professional Feng Shui Consultant. Marianne will share with us the feng shui energy highlights of 2018, and will talk about the importance of creating vision boards that work. Feel free to bring healthy snacks or fruit to share. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. 847-924-5708.

Forgiveness is the final form of love. ~Reinhold Niebuhr February 2018



savethedate Introductory Meditation Class for Spiritual Awareness – Mondays, Feb 12-26. 7:30-8:30pm. Whether you call it contemplation or prayer of attention, every spiritual tradition recommends meditation to help achieve a peaceful fulfilling life. At these workshops practice focusing on the inner light so that we can embark on your spiritual journey. Come to learn the basic steps so you can practice this technique at home or anyplace you can sit in silence. With Surbhi Bhatia and Manish Mittell. Lisle Public Library, 777 Front St, Lisle. 630-971-1675.


Maha Shivarati (Hinduism) Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday (Christianity) 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 Tao of Unity Workshop – 7-8:30pm. Taught by Greg Barrette, minister of Unity Northwest Church. Workshop compares the Eastern Chinese teachings of the Tao with Unity’s Western Christian-based philosophy. The readings from the Tao Te Ching will be supplemented with Unity authors, the Gospel of Thomas and the writings of Chuang Tse. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. Partner Yoga Date Night – 7:15-8:45pm. With Diana Zic. If you’ve never tried partner yoga, you need to experience this. Better than dinner and a movie, this special date night class will teach you and your partner how to stretch and breathe away the stresses of the week as well as reconnect you in body and mind. Spend time together doing something that is good for you. All levels. Pulling Down the Moon, 770 N LaSalle St, Ste 800, Chicago. Preregistration required: 312-321-0004 or

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Ash Wednesday (Christianity) Valentine’s Day

Free Classes: Share the Love and Love Yourself – Feb 14 & 15. We welcome family, friends, first timers and old, to come and enjoy free class to learn to love yourself. We are delighted and excited to show you this innovative training method that is designed to heal, relax and restore your natural health and wellness. Our classes are the perfect 70-min break from the day-to-day hustle and bustle to simply slow down, breathe and focus inside. Northbrook Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, 1947 Cherry Ln, Northbrook. 847-562-9642.



savethedate Love is Contagious! Spread Love through Meditation – 5:30-6:30pm. By giving away any object of this world we are left with less of it. By giving and sharing love freely to all we meet increases our reservoir of love. Join us to look at how we can spread love freely and how meditation helps replenish and deepen this love within us. With Neeraj Sethi. City of Chicago Meditation Group meets Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm. Brooks Building, 223 W Jackson Building, Chicago. Info, Lavina: Experience Complete Release of Grief – 7-9pm. Drop the grief from the loss of a loved one, pet, personal relationship or business. Plus free Bemer session. $25/$35. Garrett Wellness, 3020 N Kimball Ave, Chicago. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or  Valentines’ Day Crystals for Love – 7-9pm. Learn which crystals help you connect with Divine Love. Enjoy a guided meditation to connect with your own heart chakra. With Janel. $15/nonmembers, $10/members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Nirvana Day (Buddhism) Hisā-i-ah (Moon of Treacherous Little Winter Left)

Find Your Career in TCM or Massage – 5-6:30pm. Come and meet us at the campus to see what Pacific College career is right for you. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 21st Fl, Chicago. RSVP: 855-906-4707.


Lunar New Year – Year of the Dog (Shinto and Hinduism)

savethedate Keys to Health – 7-8:30pm. Please join Tim Fior, MD, Family Practice, Homeopathy, who will explore some simple keys to better physical and mental/emotional and spiritual health through meditation. 3rd Fri Talks, 6:30-8pm. Hoffman Estates Willow Recreation Center, 3600 Lexington Dr, Hoffman Estates. More info, Shyam & Madhuri Ahuja: 630-730-2924, 877-4-SANGAT or Reboot, Rebalance and Vision for 2018 – 7-9:30pm. Power up your life for 2018 with three dynamic experientials: Kathleen Rude, shamanic practitioner, Christine Sonnen with angelic guided meditations, and Susan Wisehart in a guided journey to vision your future. This is a mini-fundraiser supporting Infinity’s sustainability and programming initiatives. Enjoy wine, cheese and dessert along with socializing. $85, $75/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. Register: To schedule an appt with Susan in her Mundelein or Des Plaines office:

Beginning Zen Shiatsu – Feb 16-18  & 2325.  7-10pm, Fri; 9am-4pm, Sat/Sun. Learn how to give a basic 1-hr shiatsu treatment that you can share  with friends and family.  Course is a standalone offering; also the first 30 hrs of our complete shiatsu certification programs. $500; $450 with early registration plus books. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Palatine Winter Farmers’ Market – 8am-12pm. 1st & 3rd Sat thru Apr. Palatine Train Station, 137 W Wood St, Palatine. 847-358-1649. Palatine. Palos Heights Winter Market – 8am-12pm. Palos Heights Recreation Center, 6601 W 127th St, Palos Heights. Free parking available. farmers-market. Greenhouse Open House – 10am-12pm. Learn about what goes on at Kilbourn Park’s Organic Greenhouse and  about volunteer opportunities throughout the growing seasons.  Light refreshments. Free. Kilbourn Park, 3501 N Kilbourn Ave, Chicago. RSVP:

savethedate Experience Complete Release of Grief – 1:304pm. Drop the grief from the loss of a loved one, pet, personal relationship or business. Plus free Bemer session. $30. Heaven meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or  Solar Eclipse in Aquarius – 2-4pm. Time to create what you want. With Lin Boffeli. If you need a birth chart, contact after signing up for the class. $25/nonmembers, $20/members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Faith in Place Winter Farmers’ Market – 10am2pm. Purchase soups, jams, baked goods, salsas, meats, honey, winter-available produce, and more to support your local farmers. Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 E 35th St, Chicago. 312-733-4640 x 123. Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar and Farmers’ Market – 12-4pm. Meet dozens of vendors at the indoor crafts and farmers’ market while listening to Hyde Park’s finest deejays spinning jazzy, soulful soundtracks to your shopping. Promontory Restaurant, upstairs lounge, 5311 S Lake Park Ave W, Chicago. 312-801-2100. Facebook. com/HydeParkHandmade.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19 President’s Day

savethedate Experience Release of Digestion Issues – 6:30-8:30pm. Release negative emotions that are affecting your body. Plus free Bemer session. $25/$35. Insight Awareness, 18110 Martn, Homewood. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or 

YOUR Calendar Listing can be seen by THOUSANDS! TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Going Native: A Personal Restoration Story – 7pm. For the past 35 yrs, Ders Anderson has been restoring a 2 1/2-acre property in McHenry County that was once home to a dairy farm. Over the yrs, the Openlands Greenways Director and Land Conservancy of McHenry County board member has planted and seeded 150 native forbs, grasses, shrubs and trees on the site; bringing back native prairie, wetland and savanna plus a rich array of wildlife. He will discuss his journey as well as the many  surprises encountered along the way. Free. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park. For more info & complete schedule, Rena Cohen: 847-831-0331.

savethedate The Adoption Process from A to Z – 7-9:15pm. Attorney Sally Wildman explores fundamentals of adopting a child and basic legal steps of this process. Highlights include different types of adoption, resources for initiating a search for an available child, and today’s trend of “openness.” New Trier Extension Community Education. Course #181-753 under “ONE OF A KIND” in the catalogue. Registration closes Feb 18. $18/person. New Trier High School, 7 Happ Rd, Northfield. For info: 847-446-6600. To register:

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 A Plastic Ocean Film Screening – 1-3pm & 7-8:30pm. An international team of adventurers, researchers, and ocean ambassadors go on a mission around the globe to uncover the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the surface our seemingly pristine ocean. Free. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette. 847-256-5025. Dinner with the Doctors: Heart Health – 6:308pm. Learn tools to help your heart be healthy during the month of love. This month’s class will be interactive and offer insight on cardiovascular health and the holistic approaches to regain balance. Free, includes light dinner. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 N Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000.




An Open Evening of Intuitive Readings – 7:309:30pm. Join Mel Doerr, a renowned psychic, for a fun, spontaneous, open evening of intuitive readings. He will do a mini-reading for everyone who attends. Doerr is donating the proceeds from this evening toward underwriting Infinity’s Gala. Space limited. $45, $35/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. For details & to register:

Essentials of CranioSacral Therapy – Feb 26 & Mar 5. 9am-4pm. This 2-day course is a practical introduction to the theory and practice of the biodynamics of craniosacral balancing. Learn essential ways to perceive the body’s intrinsic movement dynamics, rhythms and pulsations. 12 CE hrs for bodywork professionals; open to the general public. $240. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.



Homewood Indoor Farmers’ Market – 8am12pm. Last Sat each month thru Apr. Marie Irwin Center, 18120 Highland Ave, Homewood. Village.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Faith in Place Winter Farmers’ Market – 9am2pm. Purchase soups, jams, baked goods, salsas, meats, honey, winter-available produce, and more to support your local farmers. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 393 N Main St, Glen Ellyn. 312-733-4640 x 123. Feng Shui Vision Boards Infused with Crystals Workshop – 10am-5pm. Join us to create vision boards according to feng shui energy balancing system and infusing them with crystals and gemstones for the power is accelerated. Set 2018 to be the best and most productive year yet and let’s manifest our dreams. Presented by Marianne Kaplan a professional Feng Shui Consultant. Bring images that inspire you or illustrate your desires for the upcoming year or few years in advance. Crystals and other materials provided. Early bird discounts available. $158. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. 847-924-5708. Registration required: Understanding Astrological Interceptions – 12:30-5:30pm. Interceptions, not visible or recognized within the person’s environment, are energies and needs that have neither been recognized nor met. Learn what they mean, karmic implications, interpretation, and how to overcome these obstacles and blockages. You may bring charts to discuss for class interpretation. 30 mins for lunch (not included). $75; $65 early registration by Feb 18. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago. 773-327-7224.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Hempy, Happy, Healthy – 6:30pm. Got pain, stress, worry, lack of energy? Join us to learn about a pharmaceutical-grade canabinoid diol hemp oil. Hear the research and science behind this one-of-a kind nano-enhanced liposomal delivery system with optimal bioavailability. Wild Lavender Acupuncture Clinic, 830 W End Court, Ste 700, Vernon Hills. RSVP required (call/text): 773-655-1431. Let’s Talk Liposomal Cannabis/Hemp Oil: Free Presentation and Oil Tasting – 6:30pm. Learn what all the buzz is about with cannabis/hemp oil extract. Hear about the new science and research on the benefits of using phytocannabinoids.  We will introduce you to a full spectrum phytocannabindiol hemp oil that doesn’t require a medical card. Healthy Foundations, 2177 Shermer Rd, Northbrook. RSVP: 630-309-3409.  

savethedate Meditation Olympics: Winning Tips for Improving Your Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Olympic athletes spend countless hours improving their skills in order to compete and win medals. By studying the traits of these dedicated athletes, we can improve our meditations. This interactive class will involve discussions along with tips for helping us achieve our meditation goals. With Brian Waterloo, Sales and Marketing Executive. Bronzeville Community Clubhouse, 3847 South Giles Ave, Chicago. More info, Susan Glend: 917-279-2489.

Acupressure Healing Class – See Feb 6 listing. Northbrook Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, 1947 Cherry Ln, Northbrook. 847-562-9642. Northbrook@ Hempy, Happy, Healthy – 6:30pm. Got pain, stress, worry, lack of energy? Join us to learn about a pharmaceutical-grade canabinoid diol hemp oil. Hear the research and science behind this one-of-a kind nano-enhanced liposomal delivery system with optimal bioavailability. Dr. John Jung Chiropractic/ Functional Medicine/Acupuncturist, 2015 S Arlington Heights Rd, Ste 100, Arlington Heights. RSVP required (call/text): 773-655-1431.

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. ~Michelangelo

February 2018


savethedate FRIDAY, MARCH 2 One Earth Film Festival Starts – Mar 2-11. Theme: This Is the Moment. High-quality environmental films followed by solutionoriented programs and discussions led by highly regarded environmental experts and advocates. Green Carpet Gala held Mar 2 at Presbyterian Church of Chicago Church, 115 E Delaware Pl, Chicago. Various times & locations. More info:

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 Body Mind Spirit Expo – Mar 3-4. 10am-7pm, Sat; 10am-6pm, Sun. The expo brings to life a positive, healing environment. Includes presentations, more than 100 exhibitors and live entertainment. $14 weekend admission; free parking. Midwest Conference Center, 401 W Lake St, Northlake. For more info:

SUNDAY, MARCH 4 Sky Yoga School 200-Hr Yoga Teacher Training – Mar 4-Jun 17. 12-8:30pm. Whether you are looking to grow your practice or aspire to teach, Sky Yoga Teacher Training will immerse you into an in-depth understanding of the different components of yoga, and develop you into a skillful, successful, and inspiring yogi and teacher. Enroll online today. $2,495-$2,695. Sky Yoga School, 1501 Busch Pkwy, Buffalo Grove. 847419-7128.

MONDAY, MARCH 5 Beginning Astrology Level 1 (6 Wks) – 7:309:30pm. Learn planets, signs, houses, aspects, interpretation and transits. Complete beginner or know some about astrology, this course will provide what you need to go forward in your own astrological studies. $180; $150 early registration by Feb 26. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago. 773-327-7224.

savethedate WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 The Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu – 7-8:30pm. With Tari Heap. Jin Shin Jyutsu uses the wisdom of the body to bring harmony to our whole being. You will easily learn to use practical tools to help manage emotions like fear, worry, grief and anger on an energetic level as well as health challenges like headaches, colds, digestive upsets. $30. Zero Balancing Wellness Center, 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette. 847-920-9292.

FRIDAY, MARCH 9 Gyrotonic Teacher Training – Mar 9-11 & 16-18. 12-7pm, Fri; 10am-5pm, Sat & Sun. Level 1 “pretraining” instructor course is the prerequisite first step to becoming a certified Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis instructor. $1,075. Spyrl Chicago, 1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park. 847-348-0822.

SUNDAY, MARCH 11 Going Green Matters Community Environmental Fair – 12-4pm. Looking for ways to live more sustainably? Find great choices for home, transportation, garden and recreation at this fun, all-ages fair. Free. Michigan Shores Club, 911 Michigan Ave, Wilmette. Free LED bulb & exhibit details:

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 Chicago Flower & Garden Show – Mar 14-18. Enjoy 30 stunning gardens and floral displays and visitors can roll up their sleeves to participate in more than 100 activities, seminars, classes, demonstrations and events. $5-$15. Navy Pier. For more info:

savethedate The Adoption Process from A to Z – 7-9:15pm. Attorney Sally Wildman explores fundamentals of adopting a child and basic legal steps of this process. Highlights include different types of adoption, resources for initiating a search for an available child, and today’s trend of “openness.” Adult and Community Education Lyons Township. Course #70100 under “HOME & FAMILY” in the catalogue. Registration closes Mar 12. $30/family. Lyons Township High School, North Campus, Rm 116, 100 S Brainard Ave,  LaGrange. To register: 708-579-6573  or

THURSDAY, MARCH 22 Natural Approaches to Psychiatry and Medicine – 9-11am. With Archana Lal-Tabak, MD, and Jim Lal-Tabak, BA of Heart of Transformation Wellness Institute. In assisting children, adolescents and adults of all ages, it is imperative to include the mind-body connection with the latest research and clinical correlates available in trauma and development literature. We will look at the commonly seen medical and psychiatric conditions and invisible disabilities in the general population, twice-exceptional and learning asynchronies that are evident in all communities though often unrecognized. Integrative approaches to treatment including lifestyle changes, multi-sensory needs for learning and natural options will be reviewed. EI Credits: 5 Working with Families. $15/nonmembers, free/ Attachment Matters members. The Theraplay Institute,  1840 Oak Ave, Ste 320, Evanston. 800-884-7914, 847-256-7334.

SATURDAY, MARCH 24 Good Food EXPO – Join us for a day celebrating good food: local, sustainable, humane and fair. Discover new artisanal goods from over 150 exhibitors, learn from workshops and chefs demos, and explore our familyfriendly programming. Free but pre-registration required. UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago. To register:


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

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monthlyspecialoffers $30 Non-Chip Manicure – Thru Feb. Add $10 for Hand Treatment. Receive a beautiful and relaxing manicure, where your fingers are soaked, nails filed and cuticles trimmed. Then our non-chip manicure with UV3 technology combines the ease of polish with the permanence of gels. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130.

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$65 Swedish Massage with Feet Treatment – Thru Feb. Add $10 for deep tissue. Experience the classic form of full-body soft tissue massage. Excellent for first-time clients. In addition, massage therapists will help to heal the effects of the dry and cold Chicago weather, by exfoliating and hydrating your feet. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $85 90-Min Swedish Massage – Thru Feb. Add $10 for deep tissue. A classic form of full-body soft tissue massage. Excellent for first-time clients. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $145 Aromatherapy Massage with Stress Reduction Oil & Eminence Chocolate Mousse Facial – Thru Feb. The most effective form of Aromatherapy combines the nurturing power of touch with great penetrating force of carefully chosen pure essential oils to produce the profound sense of relaxation. Along with that, our Eminence Chocolate Mousse Facial fights the visible signs of aging. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130.

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

markyourcalendar 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. Community-Style Acupuncture Clinic – 5-7:45pm. By Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Interns. First come, first served. $10/treatment; $5/ vets. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 21st Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822.


Time to Dance: Sofshu (Tap) – 11:40am-12:10pm. Also Tues, 2:40-3:15pm. A class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register:

You Dance: Nia! Fun Fitness Fusion – 9:3010:30am. Also Thurs & Sat. Combines dance arts (like Modern Jazz Dance), martial arts (like Tae Kwon Do) and healing arts (like yoga). Using music from all over the world, each class begins with a focus and intent to guide your movement “flavor” and help you develop the conditioning, energy, and self-healing you crave. Based on 52 simple moves everyone can learn, each routine combines both choreography and free dance, where anything goes movement-wise. Low-impact. All ages, all abilities. Wear something stretchy and get ready for the sweetest sweat ever. $15/drop-in. Raydiant Day, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. NiaRaydiantDay.Life.

Logan Square Indoor Farmers’ Market – Thru Mar 25. 10am-3pm. Hosts approximately 20 farmers from within 150 miles of Chicago, offering seasonal produce and humanely pasture-raised livestock. Emporium Logan Square, 2363 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago.

Putting My Oxygen Mask on First – 1:301:45pm. With Amy Landolt. Join this weekly discussion about self-care. Live on Northshore Acupuncture Center’s Facebook page: Facebook. com/NorthshoreAcupunctureCenter.

Beginning Mat Pilates – 10-11am. Amanda Kantor, Certified Pilates Instructor, leads a beginninglevel mat Pilates exercise class. Limited enrollment. $100/4 wks. re:fit, 901 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. For more info & appt: 847-657-0881.

Time to Dance: Ballet – 10:30-11:30am. Also Tues, 1:30-2:30pm & Wed, 7-8pm. A class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register:

Qigong – 2-4:30pm. Discover the healing abilities of the ancient practice of qigong. Free qigong and taiji classes for the inexperienced; also a space for experts to practice their skills. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822.

Enhance Your Health in Ways you Never Knew Possible – Thru Feb. 11:15am-12:15pm. Come hear the research and science behind this one of a kind nano-enhanced hemp oil. Keep The Beat Wellness, Berkson Office Center, 333 Skokie Blvd, Ste 106, Northbrook. RSVP: 847-769-3547.

sunday The Mike Nowak Show Radio Program – 9-11am. Sunday edition of the weekly local radio show focused on gardening and the environment, with lots of humor to wake us up. Author and master gardener Mike Nowak and cohost Peggy Malecki feature a variety of guests and weatherman/climate scientist Rick DiMaio in live show on 1590 WCGO AM, also available in podcast on, iTunes, Stitcher and podcast apps, and streaming live on, the TuneIn radio app and on Facebook at @1590WCGO.

Free Acupuncture for Veterans – 11am-4pm. PTSD, chronic pain, addiction, arthritis, headaches, insomnia, digestive issues, IBS, tension, anger, anxiety, panic attacks, discover how acupuncture can restore your health and make your life normal again. Deerfield Community Acupuncture, 405 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 211, Deerfield. 312-804-1957.

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Complimentary Consultation at ChiroMend Natural Health Center –1-5pm, by appt. Are you feeling older than your age? Brain fog or stress turning you into a zombie?  Come and sit down for a 30-min complimentary consultation with one of our board certified physicians to discuss your health and formulate a plan to uncover the real causes of your symptoms. 1834 Glenview Rd, Ste 2W, Glenview. For appt: 847-730-3988. More info: Time to Dance – 1:30-2:30pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: Time to Dance: Sofshu (Tap) – 2:40-3:15pm. 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. Yoga for Fertility – Thru Mar 6. 5:30-7pm. No class Feb 20. With  Diana Zic. Learn a series of yoga postures designed to improve fertility by increasing blood flow into the pelvis, releasing stress and anxiety, and balancing life energy flow in the body. Also explore teachings from yoga philosophy. Pulling Down the Moon, 770 N LaSalle St, Ste 800, Chicago. Preregistration required: 312-321-0004 or Qigong – 6-8pm. 2nd Tues. Discover the healing abilities of the ancient practice of qigong. Free qigong and taiji classes for the inexperienced; also a space for experts to practice their skills. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Shiatsu Student Clinic – 7 or 8pm. Receive a 45-min session from an advanced Zen Shiatsu student. Sessions are performed in a group setting with instructor observation. $35/45-min or $90/3 treatments. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130. Women’s Basics Jiu-Jitsu Classes – 7:30-8:30pm. Also Thurs. Learn the basics and fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a female-friendly environment. All levels welcome. Co-ed class held: Tues-Thurs, 6-7pm & Sat, 10:30-11:30am. Ilya’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 2068 1st St, Highland Park. Jen Zanotti:

wednesday Free Mini-Stress Relieve Acupuncture Session – 11am-2pm. Also Fri. By appt only. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Time to Dance: Ballet – 7-8pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register:

thursday Time to Dance: Modern – 1-2pm. A class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: Yoga Club – 4:30-6:30pm. Led by Julie Kotiw, DC, PCOM Bio Science Chair. No experience necessary. We have supplies including blocks and straps, bring a yoga mat if have one. Feel free to drop-in anytime and leave anytime to accommodate your schedule. Free. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Om Zone – 6-8pm. For those looking for new approaches to live naturally in the modern world. Share ideas about what works and get support in making healthier choices or just chill out to manage stress. Each week will feature a different modality, and there are no limits on topics. World Tree Natural Medicine, 17W703-F Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook Terrace. 630-359-5522.

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

saturday Free Classes for All at All Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi Locations – Dates subject to change due to workshop schedules and special events. For details: 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, and

Evanston Ecology Center Winter Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr 9. 8am-12pm. Ecology Center at the Ladd Arboretum, 2024 N McCormick Blvd, Evanston. Info, Matt Poole: 847-448-8147, MPoole@

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Green City Indoor Market – Thru Apr. 8am-1pm. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago. For specific dates: 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. 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. 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. Free 30-Min Consultation with Naturopathic Doctor – Thru Feb.11am-2pm, appt required. Dr. Arutcheva will go through your symptoms, diet and lifestyle, and will recommend some of the following tests: Metatron-Oberon diagnostic bio-device, microscopic blood analysis, nails and tongue analysis, iridology testing. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. 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.

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

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.

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

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

HELP WANTED ARE YOU HIRING? – Find your next team member. Call 847-858-3697 or submit online at Submit.

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

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

SERVICES INTERPRETATION SERVICE – For your nightly peradventure. Every one is told to you in such a way that requires trained assistance, these come to pass. 708-513-4634. YOUR LISTING CAN BE HERE – Visit Submit.

In our 2016 Readership Survey, readers responded… 66% have been reading Natural Awakenings for more than 2 years

60% have one or more college degrees

21% purchase from our advertisers between 1 and 3 times per month

88.1% purchase healthy or organic food

34.2% share their copy with 2 or more additional readers

47.1% regularly attend spiritual or healing events

84.7% are female 47.7% between 35 and 54 years of age

47.4% regularly attend exercise or fitness events

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


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


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 OnDemand Program. Student Advisor, Reading Partners and more.


Specializing in Pediatric & Adult Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Buffalo Grove 847-541-4878 Vernon Hills 224-206-7903 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 39.

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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.


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.


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

Logan Square location 773-413-0749 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!


The research is overwhelming on the benefits of using phytocannabinoids from hemp. As a certified holistic health advisor, let me help answer your questions and see if hemp oil extract is right for you. Over thousands of studies support the therapeutic benefits of phytocannabinoid diols for over 250 health conditions. I offer the world’s best, one-of-a-kind hemp extract that has the power of intravenous therapy within a convenient oral, liposomal delivery system. Visit our website or attend a local presentation to learn more about this new science. Get involved with this revolution in health. We are looking for professionals and influencers to work with contact me for more info. See ad on page 11.

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

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

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.

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.





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

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

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

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 17.


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.

Logan Square location and MojoOwl 773-413-0749

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.

RADIONICS & GEOPATHIC STRESS Alex Puentes 773-266-8222

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


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


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.


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 29.


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


2400 Ravine Way, Suite 400, Glenview 60025 847-998-5100 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 27.

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

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.

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

As a Biological dentist, I recognize the impact of toxic substances and only use materials and procedures that are systemically compatible with your body. We offer a wide variety of procedures from general to cosmetic, ozone therapy, laser dentistry, safe mercury removal, TScan bite adjustment for TMJ, Earthing chair, infrared sauna and restoration of porcelain implants, all in a safe and relaxing atmosphere. See ad on page 21.

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.



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.

1834 Glenview Rd, 2nd Fl, Ste 2W, Glenview 60025 847-730-3988 Experience comprehensive holistic health care. Using a unique combination of therapies including functional medicine, nutrition, physical therapy and chiropractic care, we identify and treat the true cause of problems and not just symptoms. Let us help you get back into your life. See ad on page 19.



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

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.


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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.

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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?


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

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE 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.


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.


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 info on 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


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 family law, adoption, guardianship, and wills and trusts.

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.


847-509-8289 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.

SOUL SESSIONS WITH KOZ Koz Kritzer Evanston 60202 312-380-9068

Do you feel stuck, lost or wonder why you are here? Let Koz help you look into your Soul, find the answers you seek and discover your True Self. Through Soul Readings, Coaching and Clearings, you’ll gain the meaningful information needed to live your authentic life from the inside out.


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 in-person, learn these simple, effective techniques that helped countless people of all ages around the world.


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 25.




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. Reboot, Rebalance, Vision for 2018, workshop for a shamanic journey, guided angelic and future lie progression journeys February 16. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental. Call or email for a free course guide.


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. 

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.


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

Ma ke a ever yday h e a lthy day! February 2018





Ethnic Cuisine

plus: Super Spices Our Readers are Seeking Providers & Services for: Cooking Schools/Classes • Ethnic Eateries Community Co-op Gardens • Food Fairs Garden Supplies • Green/Vegan Restaurants Organic Food Stores/Farmers’ Markets


Climate Health Update


Natural Care First

plus: Healthy Home

Our Readers are Seeking Providers & Services for: Earth-Friendly Landscapers • Plant Care Electric Vehicle Dealers • Green Builders Recycling Services • Solar Panel Providers Wood Alternative Sources

plus: Personalized Medicine

Our Readers are Seeking Providers & Services for:

Acupuncture • Alternative Healing Chiropractic • Fitness/Health Clubs Homeopathy • Integrative Physicians Natural/Organic Foods • Pilates/Yoga Spas... and this is just a partial list!

Contact us to learn about marketing opportunities and become a member of the Natural Awakenings community at:

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 15.


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


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SmartTalk for the North Shore

Weekday Afternoons Have NEVER Been Smarter. Tired of all the yelling, finger-pointing and blaming on the radio? Your weekday afternoons and weekends can be a whole lot smarter… with 1590 WCGO, your SmartTalk radio station! SmartTalk is radio to think by…intelligent, thoughtprovoking conversation without the name calling! Your solutions-oriented outlet covering the key issues of the day. No more dumbing down of America! At WCGO, we raise the bar by providing intelligent discourse with our top shelf menu of thinkers including Jim

Blasingame, Kate Dalley, Blanquita Collum, Daniel French, Citizen Kelly and George Noory. Weekends are fun, entertaining and educational with Mighty House Home Improvement Radio, The Mike Nowak Show with Peggy Malecki, Mike Jackson Outdoors, Richie Zie’s Chicago History and Automotive Museum, Playtime with Sid & Bill featuring Kerri Kendall, Gentleman Grochowski and Beyond The Beltway. Your North Shore outlet for inspiring, smart and fun radio!

Chicago quality with North Shore focus.

1590 WCGO

February 2018



e c n e r r o T n a Nath



As a young woman who has suffered traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries from a car accident, finding relief from the chronic effects is monumental. I have suffered from tension and cramping literally from head to toe, with constant contractions in my calf, feet, toes, and migraines. Following a treatment I feel great, but what is more important is the lasting relief I’m noticing. I am able to sleep deeper, move more fluidly, and feel peace in my mind and body overall, a peace I never thought I’d gain again after the trauma. Nate tracks progress, notices the changes, and helps me notice and feel them, too. His work is his passion – my relief and peace mean as much to him as to me – he is a true healer.




Schedule a session in our Clinic.

Our specialties include Chronic Pain, Autoimmune Disorders, Chronic Illness, and Emotionally Overwhelming States like Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Post-Traumatic Stress. Call 847-864-1130 and ask to book with Nathan or any Chronic Conditions specialist.


Start a Career in Shiatsu Therapy. E-mail or call 847-864-1130 to sign up today! Beginning Zen Shiatsu 2 Weekend Intensive Session Feb 16-18 & 23-25, Fri 7-10pm, Sat/Sun 9am-4pm 10 Week Sessions March 27 - June 5, Tuesdays 11am-2pm March 28 - May 30, Wednesdays 7-10pm 10 Week Summer Session June 21 - August 23, Thursdays 7-10pm or try one of our

Free Introductory Workshops February 9, Friday, 7:00-9:30pm March 21, Wednesday, 7:00-9:30pm To view more class times, visit:


The Massage School Alternative Holistic bodywork rooted in Asian healing philosophies 825 CHICAGO AVENUE, EVANSTON Approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education



CEs Available

February 2018 Natural Awakenings Chicago magazine  

Chicago's premier source for fresh info about leading a healthy and sustainable lifestyle! More info at

February 2018 Natural Awakenings Chicago magazine  

Chicago's premier source for fresh info about leading a healthy and sustainable lifestyle! More info at