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HEART WILL LOVE Tasty Ways to Boost Heart Health

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ne recent winter evening, I was working at my desk when a very distinctive sound caught my attention. I stopped, listened, went back to work—and there it was again, a loud “Hoo-hoo-hooo hoo-hooo.” My spirit jumped and I smiled. There was no mistaking that a great horned owl was nearby, and as the call came from outside of the house at a level slightly louder than the music selection playing in the background, it was undoubtrfly in one of the nearby oak trees. I hurried to the door and stepped outside to listen. A second great horned owl was calling back from a tree elsewhere on the block, and the conversation continued for several minutes. Over the holidays, I’d heard a few owl backand-forths in the wee hours, but these two were conversing in primetime. (Check out some great horned owl calls and videos at

February is nesting time for owls, and several species either overwinter or pass through the Chicago area. This month, writer Sheryl DeVore tells us about these unique birds in her feature article Mystical Owls: Denizens of the Night Add Wonder to Winter. Reading about them inspires me—and I hope you, as well—to learn more about the wide variety of wildlife present in the city and suburbs at this time of year; which leads me to my second point. We’ve devoted much of this February issue of Natural Awakenings Chicago to our heart health, offering tips, ideas and recipes for maintaining a healthy and strong heart. Our main feature focuses specifically on women’s heart health and some choices we can make to keep our hearts strong with lifestyle and dietary approaches. In the article, writer Lisa Marshall states that 44 million U.S. women have some form of cardiovascular disease, which is now the number one killer of women, according to the American Heart Association. This brings me back to owls, a part of the many wonders of nature we find all around us, even in the dead of winter. There’s still so much of the natural world to be discovered this time of year, be it a magnolia bud tightly closed against the snow, green shoots of early spring bulbs under the leaves and snow, a beautiful sunrise or sunset, the crunch of powder under cross-country skis (or under our boots on the sidewalk) or the silence after a storm. February is a great month to bundle up and get some exercise. Take a walk in a park or forest preserve, or on a local bike path. Bring the kids to one of our area’s many museums and nature centers. Go to the library or a local independent bookstore to learn more about winter wildlife. Attend a nature-inspired event and have fun! Getting outside every day in the winter for more than a brisk walk to the car can help us on the path to a heart-healthy lifestyle, clear our minds of mental cobwebs, soothe emotions and calm our stress. Focusing on finding nature’s wonders on a gray winter day brings joy and serenity, and can boost our mood, too. Standing outside on a crisp, late February morning and hearing that first male cardinal’s territorial song fills my heart with joy at the realization that it’s a glorious winter day and spring is just around the corner.

Happy Valentine’s Day, and a wondrous February to you!


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Discover The Way of the Heart


arah D. Karnes, life transitions coach and area coordinator for the Way of the Heart, will be hosting The Way of the Heart Foundation weekend courses from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from February 15 through 17 and 22 through 24, in Northbrook. Daniel Goodenough, author of Caravan of Remembering, A Road Map for Experiencing the Awakening of Your Life Mission, will be leading the weekend intensives. Goodenough has been passionate since childhood about helping people remember why they have come into this world and who they are here to become. Participants receive simple practices that shift stuck patterns and limiting beliefs; awaken their courage and confidence so they can release inhibitions; and learn an intention process that will help them stay on course and progress with their goals and ideals. Karnes says, “These two weekends are not a just feel-good seminar, they are life-changing and deeply restorative.” Location: Crowne Plaza, Northbrook. For a complimentary session, call 262-745-8362. For more information, email Sarah@SarahD or visit See ad on page 33.

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s a place for everyone to increase their knowledge of alternative health and metaphysical topics, the Body Mind Spirit Expo has become the largest health and wellness expo in the U.S. Now in its 31st year, the expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., March 2, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 3, at the Midwest Conference Center, in Northlake. The best practitioners and vendors from Chicago will join with others from throughout the country to provide the essential tools for discovering overall health and well-being. Retail exhibitors offer everything from natural and holistic health products to spiritual books and enlightened art. Healers at the expo provide treatments ranging from massages and yoga techniques to intuitive readings. Participants can receive a relaxing massage, have their aura photo taken and open themselves to new ideas in a safe environment for growth and exploration. Cost: $14 includes free lectures, demos and admission to the exhibit hall. Location: 401 W. Lake St., Northlake. For more information and a $1 off coupon, call Marcella at 541-482-3722, ext. 2, or visit See ad on page 3. 8


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ichael Marmel, a Chicago certified public accountant and owner of Marmel Accounting, LLC, is offering an opportunity for everyone to help those in need when they work with him to prepare their annual taxes. He says, “This year, tax time isn’t just a stressful experience that you dread, but an opportunity to help those less fortunate than you.” Michael Marmel He offers a different method of tax preparation that gives back while getting the job done by making microloans (small loans that are issued by individuals rather than banks or credit unions) to people around the world facing starvation and preventable disease. Marmel says that many people today cannot donate a lot of money or volunteer their time to help the less fortunate, and his unique approach to tax preparation offers a different way for everyone to give back. “Most people would love to help those suffering, but the average American is just trying to pay the bills,” says Marmel. He adds that every penny that he makes from tax prep is micro-loaned via to people around the world facing starvation and preventable disease. “Populations that live on welfare tend to have a hard time moving away from handouts,” says Marmel. “Loaning money not only gives people a sense of responsibility for their own destiny, but also gives them a new lease on life.” Marmel will give a lecture, Personal Responsibility for Extreme Poverty, at 10 a.m., Mar. 3, at the Body Mind Spirit Expo, in Northlake. Marmel Accounting is at 4433 W. Touhy Ave., Ste. 525, in Lincolnwood. For more information, visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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he Infinity Family Fest, to be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., March 9, will provide playful family fun with interactive hands-on mindful games activities for parents and their children 3 and older. Playshops will include Little Chefs, a hands-on cooking activity with Taste Buds Kitchen; Wiggleworms Music Sing-Along; Amazing Magic, with magician Tim Adamz; Dream Catchers Arts & Crafts; Kung Fu Ninjas; and Animal Quest. The event is sponsored by Yea! Highland Park, Highland Park Healthcare Foundation, and Natural Awakenings Chicago magazine. Infinity Foundation is a nonprofit educational organization that offers more than 200 courses for kids and adults in personal growth and development. Admission is free. Location: 1280 Old Skokie Rd., Highland Park. To register in advance, call 847-831-8828 or visit See ad on page 5 and in the Community Resource Guide.

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Chicago Flower and Garden Show Inspires, Educates and Motivates


he 2019 Chicago Flower & Garden Show, the Midwest’s premier outdoor living and landscape consumer lifestyle show, will take place at Chicago’s Navy Pier from March 20 through 24. The event kicks off on March 19 with the charity benefit preview, Evening in Bloom at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. This year’s theme, “FLOWERTALES: The Story Grows On,” interprets the unique role that flowers, plants and gardens play in the stories of our lives and literature. Visitors can stroll through more than 20 realistic gardens created by local landscape designers, builders and suppliers that will inspire and educate about the possibilities for their yards, gardens and balconies. The Get Growing Foundation is the show’s educational programming and outreach partner of the Show. With workshops and live presentations, the nonprofit organization leads the educational focus. Guests of all ages will enjoy the latest trends and tips to help any garden, and children attending will have numerous hands-on opportunities to learn gardening from the ground up. This year’s show isn’t just about gardening. There will be celebrity chef demos, live music, evening craft beer tastings, other children’s activities, special exhibits, and, of course, master gardener Q&A sessions and an extensive Home and Garden Marketplace to ensure there’s something for everyone. On March 24, The Mike Nowak Show with Peggy Malecki 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

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hicago’s nonprofit Family Farmed will present the 15th annual Good Food Expo March 22 and 23 at the UIC Forum. March 22 is the Good Food Trade Show; and March 23 is the Good Food Festival, the public celebration of the Good Food movement. Demonstrations by star chefs include Jason Hammel, of Lula Café, who’ll receive the Good Food Chef of the Year Award at the March 22 Networking Reception. Others include Rick Bayless, of Frontera restaurants; Top Chef winner Joe Flamm, of Spiaggia; Sandra Holl, of Floriole bakery; and others at the festival’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Chefs at Play Stage. Other highlights include Good Food is Good Medicine panels; the Kids’ Corner, presented by Purple Asparagus; and the Test Your Soil! program conducted by the University of Illinois with Advocates for Urban Agriculture. Attendees will also enjoy the opportunity to meet many farm and food producers at the Good Food Marketplace. Admission to the Good Food Festival is free with registration at; the trade show requires a paid ticket. Location: 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago. See ad at



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he Northbrook Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi center is marking a decade of providing a service to the community that dates back to ancient times. Manager Deanna Patacsil shares that the center has its roots in ancient Korean and other Asian methods to provide health and wellness integrative lifestyle education. “It includes a modernized system of holistic healing and science-based, mind-body practices called Brain Education.” The center offers integrative classes and programs focusing on yoga, tai chi, meditation, martial arts and energy healing. The staff does an individual assessment as to what would be best for a new client entering the program. Breathing properly is essential to overall health, and is done through yoga, tai chi and meditation. “Your brain, gut and intestinal health can react with different levels of oxygen in your body, as modern neuroscience has shown.” says Patacsil. “Breathing properly can not only help repair the cells in your bloodstream and organs, it can also help repair the cells in your brain.” Location: 1947 Cherry Lane, Northbrook. For more information, call 847-562-9642, email or visit


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Harmful bacteria from the genus Mycobacterium have been shown to linger in showerheads and lead to lung infections through inhalation of steam. University of Colorado researchers analyzed 656 biofilms coating the inside of showerheads sent to them by volunteers throughout the U.S. and Europe, and found twice as much mycobacterium in showerheads from households receiving municipal water than in those receiving well water. Chlorine disinfection

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Immigration to U.S. Lowers Healthy Gut Bacteria People in developing nations have much greater diversity in gut bacteria than Americans, but a University of Minnesota study of U.S. immigration has found that six to nine months after moving to the U.S. and eating a Western diet, the gut bacteria of those from countries with predominantly non-Western diets changed to match gut bacteria typical of a Western diet, while their gut bacteria became less diverse and less healthy. These effects increased with the duration of U.S. residence and were compounded across generations. The more “Westernized” a woman’s microbiome, the greater her risk of obesity.


Bitter melon (Momordica charantia), a spiky, cucumbershaped fruit, has traditionally been used in Asian countries to lower blood sugar. Now, researchers at Universiti Sains Malaysia report that it can significantly improve symptoms and reduce the pain of knee osteoarthritis. Half of 75 patients were given a placebo and the other half 1,500 milligrams three times a day of a bitter melon supplement. After three months, the bitter melon group had significantly fewer symptoms and less knee pain and analgesic use, as well as lowered body weight, body mass index and fasting blood glucose levels.

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Our Heart Has Many Facets by Sharon M. Vogel

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When it comes to heart health, let’s contemplate the multifaceted role of the physical, electrical, etherical and emotional heart. Most of us probably feel that our heart is healthy until symptoms arise, which we attribute to heart disease or other common diseases. The physicality of the heart is that it is a muscle which needs an environment rich in a steady stream of blood for pressure, nutrients, oxygen, hormones and more. Muscles need fundamental care to perform and flourish, including exercise for oxygen and nutrient-rich foods. Harvard Health offers a monthly newsletter instructing that the health of the heart can fail, being brought down by a poor diet and lack of exercise, smoking, infection, unlucky genes and more. So it is smart to consider the types of foods that we eat and our overall dietary pattern, rather than focusing on individual nutrients such as fat, dietary cholesterol or specific vitamins. The Mayo Clinic advises that many forms of heart disease can be prevented or treated with healthy lifestyle choices. It is interesting to note that allopathic medicine states that disease can be treated with healthy lifestyle choices. Besides the physical, the heart is also electrical, as its sinus node sets the beat. Billie Topa Tate, a Native American Mescalero Apache, NCBTMB CEU educator and founder of MSI Wellness Center (, in Evanston, recently held a native drumming event to clear away stress and energy blocks. She states that the heart is an individual’s personal drum that holds the heart chakra energy source. Another source for heart wisdom is His Holiness The Dalai Lama, who emphasizes compassion and kindness, and has written, “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” So the physical heart needs nutrients and exercise, and its electrical source gives the beat and holds energy that can clear away stress, perhaps allowing more compassion with which to really live in the present. Whether we are considering the physical heart or the energetic or the emotional heart, let us use the wisdom of these good sources as a well-rounded template for heart health. Sharon M. Vogel, BCTMB, is a licensed bodyworker of 28 years, holds a BS in biomedical sciences, is nationally board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork, a certified lymphedema therapist, licensed massage therapist, and the founder of National Lymphatic Centers, located at 5002a Main St., in Downers Grove. For more information, email See ad on page 13 and in the Community Resource Guide.

Insidious Gum Disease is Easily Overlooked by Bernice Teplitsky Many scientific studies have shown a connection between diseases in the mouth and systemic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, low birth weight and pre-term birth in expecting mothers and osteoporosis. A dentist can be the first to notice signs of a body’s disease before chronic symptoms emerge. The most highly researched of all topics is the connection of gum, or periodontal, disease to some of these systemic issues. This is when bacteria accumulates inside an area between the tooth and gum called a periodontal pocket. A manual toothbrush and floss can go as deep as two or three millimeters to remove harmful bacteria and keep this area clean. But these pockets are sometimes deeper. At least once a year, a dentist or hygienist should be doing periodontal probing, in which a thin tool measures how deep the pockets are. Healthy gums have one to three millimeter pockets because that’s the depth we can keep them clean on our own. Once bacteria get deeper than four millimeters, it is practically impossible to keep the area clean ourselves. Bacteria builds up, multiplies and causes bone loss. Within a few months or years there is bone loss around the teeth that is typically irreversible. If the bacteria isn’t removed, bone loss tends to increase, and eventually a tooth becomes loose because it is no longer surrounded by a substantial amount of bone. After many years, the tooth is so loose that it needs to be removed. During the process as the bacteria builds up, it doesn’t just stay in the gums; the little bugs can travel throughout the whole body. Research has found these bugs in heart tissue, the brain and other organs. As more research comes out, we learn the importance of keeping our teeth clean and making sure we eliminate harmful bacteria so we can live healthy lives. Bernice Teplitsky, DDS, is the owner of Wrigleyville Dental, located at 3256 N. Ashland Ave., in Chicago. For appointments, call 773-975-6666 or visit See ad on page 43 and in the Community Resource Guide.

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If one in five households switched to electronic bills, statements and payments, the collective impact would save 151 million pounds of paper annually, eliminating 8.6 million full garbage bags and 2 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the PayItGreen Alliance. While computers continue to offer significant environmental benefits, there are other “tree-mendous” things we can do to conserve forest resources. n Paper bags can be substituted for plastic bags as trash can liners and serve as compost-ready receptacles for fruit and vegetable scraps. describes many ways to reuse paper bags after cutting them along the seams; use them to wrap gifts and shipping boxes or let the kids paint or draw on them. n Use the blank side of sales receipts, envelopes, shopping lists and other paper scraps to jot down to-do lists, notes and more. The family can keep a small pile that everyone can tap into. Michael Bloomberg at the special advance screening of Paris to Pittsburgh.

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National Geographic Documentary Films, in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies and RadicalMedia, has released the new film Paris to Pittsburgh (free at NatGeoTV. com), a tribute to the impassioned efforts of individuals battling the most severe threats of climate change in their own backyards. Set against the national debate over the United States’ energy future and the Trump administration’s decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement, the film captures what’s at stake for communities around the country and the inspiring ways Americans are responding. The film, which premiered in December in 172 countries in 43 languages, is directed and produced by Emmy Award winner Sidney Beaumont and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Michael Bonfiglio. It features local leaders and everyday citizens telling the stories behind climate-related recovery and resiliency. The documentary illustrates the tireless innovative efforts to reduce carbon emissions, including those in former coal boomtowns such as Pittsburgh, where Mayor Bill Peduto says, “There are now more jobs in renewable energy in the state of Pennsylvania than coal, natural gas and oil combined.” 20


n Replace paper napkins and towels with cloth napkins or portions of old T-shirts that can be washed and reused. n Choose paper products that are gentle on the Earth in how they are made. TreeZero Inc. (TreeZero. com) markets, supplies and distributes 100 percent carbonneutral paper made from recycled sugarcane waste fiber. n Consider “branching out” and help protect trees that are being threatened by overharvesting, development and the effects of climate change by supporting the Alliance for Community Trees (, a national nonprofit that plants trees in communities across the nation. Get the shovels ready to pitch in when the Arbor Day Foundation ( celebrates its 148th annual tree-planting events on April 26—especially important this year due to the destruction of many trees from recent hurricanes and fires.

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Insects around the world are in a crisis, and a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that the problem is even more widespread than scientists first believed. In a pristine rain forest in Puerto Rico, the number of invertebrates—including moths, butterflies, spiders and grasshoppers—dropped 60-fold between 1977 and 2013, probably due to a fourdegree rise in average temperature. The lizards, birds and frogs that fed on them also seriously declined. In 2014, an international team of biologists estimated that globally in the past 35 years, the numbers of invertebrates such as beetles and bees had decreased by 45 percent. Another recent study showed a 76 percent decrease in flying insects in the past few decades in German nature preserves. The food web may be being obliterated from the bottom: Insects pollinate three-quarters of our food crops, feed the birds and fish that are also consumed by larger species and are vital to the decomposition that keeps soil healthy and ecosystems running. “Nature’s resilient, but we’re pushing her to such extremes that eventually it will cause a collapse of the system,” Brad Lister, a co-author of the Puerto Rican study, told the New York Times.

Following the removal two years ago of an obsolete dam in Manville, New Jersey, American shad are successfully spawning in the lower section of the Millstone River. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently observed juvenile fish there for the first time since 1845. American shad (Alosa sapidissima) are the largest member of the herring family and are anadromous, as they spend most of their lives in saltwater, but return to freshwater rivers each spring to spawn. They played an important role in American history and economics. New Jersey Department of Emvironmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe says, “This species has an inherent tendency to recolonize once obstacles are removed from its migratory path.” During the Industrial Revolution, rivers were dammed for electric power and lakes, but during the last decade, dam removal has become a new call to action. Besides preventing fish migrations, dams also harm water quality in rivers by blocking water flow, trapping sediment and changing habitats.

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rough weather. They know where to go to stay high and dry, and are probably in better shape right now than most of us humans, who are scrambling with final preparations.” Historians believe the herds, which number about 100 horses, descend from those brought to the New World by European explorers. Instincts dating back five centuries compel the


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Flotstone Provides Relaxation Through Floating by Carrie Jackson


lotstone, in Lake Bluff, is quickly gaining a reputation as a leadingedge float center and spa. Started by Susie McMurray and her son Patrick in 2018, Flotstone is a place for people to relax, rejuvenate and recalibrate from the stressors of their everyday lives. “Floating is a gentle, holistic way to improve your health and to advance or spark a meditative practice,” says Susie. Although people use floating for a variety of reasons, one of the most immediate benefits is that flotation therapy allows the body to activate the parasympathetic nervous system. “We are constantly being bombarded by stimuli from technology, the environment and perpetual obligations. The constant distractions prevent us from being fully mindful and present, and that can result in the body falling into a state of fight-or-flight. The float will restore your body to the parasympathetic, or rest, digest and heal. With no interruptions, the body begins to release the neurochemicals that correspond with joy. It prompts you to be at one with yourself and your own consciousness,” says Patrick. Once it’s fully relaxed, the body is able to heal itself. Floating has been proven to reduce the symptoms of conditions such as chronic pain, depression, anxiety and fatigue, and help increase circulation, endorphins and creativity. It’s also been shown to decrease the production of cortisol and lactic acid, allowing for faster recovery time. Susie points out, “Many professional athletes have incorporated floating into their training regimens, and teams are installing 24


float tanks in their training facilities because of the incredible improvements they have seen in their athletes’ performance. Floating before a game can help an athlete relax and visualize a successful performance, and floating after a game can aid in recovery.” The McMurrays’ interest in floating came from personal experience. “I was shifting gears professionally, which led to a focus on more self-care, spirituality, healing and meditation. I found floating to be an important catalyst for transformation,” says Patrick. They traveled to conferences and conventions with extensive research into the equipment and systems necessary to set up a center of their own. He notes, “What we now have to offer is a high-end luxury float center where customers can thoroughly relax and rest, and connect to a deeper part of themselves.” Flotstone is designed to be fully welcoming and tranquil. Each of the three private luxury float suites has its own soundproof and lightproof suite with a private shower, towels, robes and other essentials. After showering, customers float effortlessly in the shallow pool filled with an Epsom salt-rich solution. “The air and water are kept at 94.5 degrees, which is skin-receptor neutral, and creates no cues for the skin to report tactile stimulation, so the body can fully relax,” says Patrick. After the float is done, customers shower off any residual salt and may further relax, journal, read, draw or meditate in the lounge area with a complimentary cup of tea. Flotstone is committed to maintaining a pristine environment, and maintains

precision water chemistry and sanitation protocols. “Each tank has its own sanitation unit. The water is first pumped though a one micron filter, then gets dosed simultaneously with 50 to 100 parts per million of hydrogen peroxide and ozone, then feeds through a high-intensity ultraviolet lamp. The pumps run three to four cycles in-between every float, which prohibits contamination. We insist that the quality of the water is equivalent to drinking water, far exceeding the standards for pools or hot tubs,” says Patrick. In addition to the float tanks, Flotstone is equipped with a full-spectrum sauna providing infrared light as gentle, soothing and therapeutic heat. Patrick explains, “The sauna increases blood plasma movement, can stimulate collagen production, decreases pain and muscle spasms and helps oxygenate the body’s cells. This improves circulation and helps jumpstart detoxification through sweating, which is one of the most efficient ways for the body to detoxify.” Flotstone offers 60- and 90-minute float sessions to accommodate clients’ schedules. Customers can purchase individual float sessions, multi-float packages, single sauna visits, or sauna and float combinations. “Floating has cumulative benefits, so the more you do it, the easier it gets for the body to respond, instead of react, to stimuli. Over time, people find they’re more intuitive, in a better vibrational sequence and more in tune with their heart consciousness,” says Patrick. The McMurrays have found that floating has had ripple effects in the community as a whole. Susie shares, “After a float, people are generally nicer, more peaceful and the best version of themselves. This contributes to the greater energy in the community. We are very fortunate to be able to connect with people who pursue healthy, conscious and balanced lives.” Flotstone is located at 57 E. Scranton Ave., in Lake Bluff. For more information, call 847482-1700, email or visit See ad on page 15 and in the Community Resource Guide. Carrie Jackson is an Evanston-based writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. Connect at

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en and Jeff Miller are the owners and operators of Prairie Wind Family Farm, the resident farm within the Prairie Crossing community, in Grayslake. “We’re fortunate to provide healthy, safe food for our community, and we’re glad do our part to build a better food system,” says Jeff. A community supported agriculture (CSA) program allows members to have direct access to high-quality, fresh produce grown locally. Members purchase a farm “share” in the beginning of the season, putting trust in the farmer and as a result, directly supporting the farm business. In return, the farmer provides the freshest seasonal produce available. Prairie Wind Family Farm provides organic vegetables, fresh fruit and pasture-raised egg farm shares year-round. Spring deliveries begin the week of April 29 to communities throughout the area. In addition, the farm provides a weekly newsletter with storage tips, recipes, upcoming event information and updates from the farm field. Shares are now available for the 2019 seasons. “Throughout our 13 years of farming, we’ve fed more than 4,000 families and built a reputation for consistent, fresh, flavorful food produced with integrity. We’ve found that people are looking for ways to better connect to the people who grow their food, and the CSA program provides that opportunity,” says Jeff. He advises, “We value our member relationships and strive to offer other ways to connect with the farm, such as our Pizza Nights on the Farm and family-friendly farm events. In partnership with the Liberty Prairie Foundation, we also offer a successful community gleaning program to engage volunteers with harvesting on the farm. Last year alone, we donated 8,000 pounds of organic produce to local food pantries through gleaning!” For more information and to sign up for the 2019 CSA season, visit See ad on page 39.

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Heart of a Woman The Right Choices Keep It Strong by Lisa Marshall


ometime between the salad and the main course at her grandson’s bar mitzvah, Joyce Lenard, then 69, felt a crushing pressure deep within her chest. A tireless go-getter who had worked in Hillary Clinton’s district office when she was a U.S. senator, raised two daughters and recently donated a kidney to one of them, Lenard had spent months painstakingly planning the 100-guest gala, so when the pain came, she ignored it and got on with the party. She even drove herself to her Long Island home that night. “I just assumed I was having indigestion and it would pass,” Lenard recalls. Hours later, her husband rushed her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a rare, often-fatal form of heart attack, takotsubo cardiomyopathy, in which intense stress literally changes the shape of the heart. Thankful to be alive, she has since taken up meditation, cleaned up her diet and now leads a support group for female heart patients of all ages. Like her, many of them never saw it coming. 26


“Women tend to be the caregivers,” says Lenard. “We take care of our husbands, our families, our friends, our careers, and we often forget about our own health. Then look what happens.” Lenard is among the 44 million U.S. women with cardiovascular disease, an insidious illness that until recently has been erroneously framed as a “man’s disease”. In reality, it is the number one killer of women, responsible for one in three deaths each year, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). By comparison, one in 26 women die of breast cancer. While awareness has risen since 2004, when AHA launched its Go Red for Women campaign, surveys show only 17 percent of women view cardiovascular disease as something that should concern them. It should, experts say, because 80 to 90 percent of cases are avoidable with lifestyle and dietary changes. In some cases, natural remedies can even reverse it. “We have all this sophisticated equipment and all these medications, but when it comes down

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In the late 1990s, researchers discovered women were about as likely as men to be diagnosed with the disease, and far more likely to die from it. “They didn’t have the classic signs and symptoms, so they often went undiagnosed and untreated,” explains Jennifer Mieres, M.D., a cardiology professor at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, in New York. Along with chest pain, women often suffer fatigue, shortness of breath, indigestion, pain in the neck, back or jaw, nausea or anxiety in the months leading up to a heart attack. In more than half of the cases, according to one recent study in the journal Circulation, doctors fail to recognize these symptoms. Then there is the “not now” factor. “I used to see women all the time who said, ‘I have had these symptoms for months, but I just didn’t have time to take care of it,’” says Mieres, co-author of Heart Smart for Women: Six S.T.E.P.S. in Six Weeks to Heart-Healthy Living. Recent research has also shown that women are uniquely vulnerable to developing heart disease in ways that men don’t share. Taking birth control pills (especially while smoking) can boost risk. Complications during pregnancy such as preeclampsia and gestational diabetes can be hard on the heart, increasing vulnerability for years to come. Because estrogen is believed to be cardio-protective, when it wanes during perimenopause and menopause, risk goes up again. “As soon as we hit menopause, our biological milieu starts to change,” says Mieres, noting that “good” cholesterol tends to decrease and “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides tend to increase. Yet, arterial plaque—which can ultimately build up, break loose and cause a heart attack or stroke—starts accumulating as early as age 20, so the earlier women start paying attention, the better.


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to it, the vast majority of cardiovascular disease can be prevented,” says integrative cardiologist Christina Adams, M.D., of the Scripps Women’s Heart Center, in La Jolla, California.


We have all this sophisticated equipment and all these medications, but when it comes down to it, the vast majority of cardiovascular disease can be prevented.

Food Not Meds

Thirty years after the first cholesterol-lowering medication hit the market, so-called statin drugs have become the largest class of medications in the world, with U.S. sales doubling between 2000 and 2010 to reach $20 billion, according to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. While drugs can be appropriate for those already diagnosed with heart disease and at high risk of heart attack or stroke, they are not without serious side effects. Statins can cause chronic muscle pain, memory loss and increased blood sugar, while hypertension drugs can precipitate fainting and kidney damage. For many patients, there’s another way, integrative cardiologists say. Unfortunately, most of the talk about prevention focuses on prescription medications, says Stephen Devries, M.D., executive director of the Chicago-based Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology. “What often gets lost in the discussion are the dietary changes, which can be equally important.” Devries recommends a plant-based Mediterranean diet—low in the saturated fat found in beef, processed meats and cheese—and high in leafy greens, whole grains and the “good” fats found in fatty fish, olive oil and avocados. Specific foods have also been shown to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

Nuts, including walnuts, peanuts and almonds, have been shown to lower LDL. One 2017 study of 77,000 female nurses, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found those that ate peanuts or tree nuts (including almonds and cashews) two or more times per week had a 19 percent lower risk of developing heart disease. Those that ate walnuts once a week cut their risk by 23 percent. Dark purple and red fruits contain compounds called anthocyanins that boost production of nitric oxide, and in turn expand blood vessels, improving circulation. Another recent study, published in the journal Circulation, followed 94,000 women for 18 years and found those that ate four servings or more per week of blueberries and strawberries were a third less likely to have a heart attack. Pomegranates are also key for heart health, with recent research published in the journal Clinical Nutrition showing a daily serving of juice can make platelets less sticky, lower blood pressure and reduce plaque formation. Dark leafy greens like kale and broccoli—which are rich in vitamin K—play an important role in fostering a healthy heart structure, with each serving per week cutting the risk of heart disease by 23 percent, according to the Gaples Institute.

Nurturing the Emotional Heart

No discussion of heart health would be complete without an emphasis on social and emotional health, a critical risk factor which until recently has been largely absent, says Sandeep Jauhar, M.D., director of the Heart Failure Program at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and author of the new book, Heart: A History. But research shows the emotional heart can break, too, as in Lenard’s case. With as many as 90 percent of incidents occurring in women, the condition that landed her in the emergency room often shows up in patients with no signs of obstructed blood vessels or high cholesterol. Rather, factors like financial worries, work stress or the death of or break-up with a loved one can flood the heart with stress hormones, changing its shape to one that resembles a Japanese pot called a takotsubo and weakening it profoundly. “Remarkably, in many cases, once the emotional state returns to normal, so does the heart,” says Jauhar. Longer-term, emotional stress has been shown to lead to platelet aggregation, or stickiness in the blood, which can impact blood flow. Also, constant bombardment by stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol can damage the inner walls of blood vessels, boosting accumulation of plaque.

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♥ Omega-3 fatty acids: Eating fatty fish

or taking fish oil supplements (one to four grams daily of EPA/DHA) has been shown to reduce risk of heart disease in healthy people and lower triglyceride levels and risk of heart attack in those already diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. Walnuts, chia, hemp and flax seeds are excellent vegan sources of Omega-3s.

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♥ Nicotinomide riboside: Fairly new on the supplement scene, this compound, known as NR, has been shown to mimic the beneficial impacts of calorie restriction, improving blood pressure and arterial health in those with mild hypertension. ♥ Garlic: Some studies suggest that garlic, either fresh or in supplements, can lower cholesterol and blood pressure. February 2019


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tion: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes looked at 201 people with coronary heart disease. It found those that practiced meditation were 50 percent less likely to die or have a heart attack or stroke in the span of five years. Finding quiet spaces to retreat to can also be important. A study published in November by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, found that living and working in chronically noisy environments can boost the risk for heart problems. It is also wise to prioritize sleep (at least seven hours per night), because the lack of it can inflame arteries. The bottom line is that a holistic approach is best, says Jauhar. “If you want to live a long life, don’t smoke, eat well and exercise, but also pay attention to the quality of your relationships and your ability to withstand stress and transcend distress. Those are also a matter of life and death.”

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AMAZING EMBRACE The Healing Power of Hugs by April Thompson


These behaviors ugs don’t just feel A Primal Need good; they do also turn down our for Connection good. A simple biological response Mata Amritanandamayi, embrace can boost our to stress and may a 65-year-old Indian spirihealth and mood, connect tual leader better known even improve us spiritually and even help as Amma, has hugged mend society. how our immune tens of millions of people Hugs and other types system works. around the world, earning of affectionate touching her the nickname, “the ~Michael Murphy, can provide numerous hugging saint.” benefits in the face of researcher Amma’s tradition of threats or stress, according hugging people grew organically, from hugto Michael Murphy, Ph.D., a researcher ging someone she noticed in distress, to how with the Laboratory for the Study of she receives massive crowds clamoring for Stress, Immunity and Disease at Carnegie one of her loving, compassionate embraces. Mellon University, in Pittsburgh. “The “A hug is a gesture that reveals the research shows that touch behaviors like spiritual truth that, ‘We are not two—we hugs reduce negative responses to threats are one, ’ ” says Swami Amritaswaruand make people feel happier, more secure pananda, one of Amma’s senior disciples. and more supported.” “In today’s world, where people often feel In a study of 404 adults, Carnegie alienated and lonely, a hug can uplift and Mellon researchers looked at how social support and hugs affected participants’ sus- make us feel reconnected to the people and world around us.” ceptibility to the common cold after being Intention is key to the exchange of exposed to the virus. “People experiencing energy that occurs with a hug, says Amrilots of conflict are more likely to get a cold taswarupananda. “What is important is the when exposed to a virus,” says Murphy. sincerity behind the action—the genuine “But individuals who also tend to receive feeling of love and compassion. A simple lots of hugs appear protected from this adglance or mere touch of the hand can have ditional risk.” 30


that same power to make us feel whole if that genuine, heartfelt connection is there.” Hugs tap into that fundamental human need to belong, says Murphy. “Hugs and other forms of affectionate touch act as powerful reminders that we belong. “These behaviors also turn down our biological response to stress and may even improve how our immune system works.” For example, researchers think that touching might trigger our body to release oxytocin, a hormone that can reduce fear and improve social bonding, Murphy notes. Hugs and the associated oxytocin release can have powerful ripple effects in the body, decreasing heart rate and levels of stress hormones cortisol and norepinephrine, along with improving immune function and pain tolerance. Oxytocin can also trigger the release of feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine.

Bridging Divides With a Hug While Murphy cautions that the jury is out on the effects of hugs on strangers, as most research has been done on embraces between loved ones, Ken Nwadike, Jr. has built a national campaign around the concept. Known as the “free hugs guy”, the former competitive runner began offering up hugs during the 2014 Boston Marathon, the year after the deadly bombing. Nwadike has since brought the Free Hugs Project to more divisive spaces, from political rallies to protests, offering hugs to all to spread love and inspire change. The Los Angeles activist’s all-embracing hugs are a symbol of unconditional love, respect and unity at a time when tensions and political divisions are running high. For Nwadike, hugs are a way of de-escalating conflict and mending the human divide. “Communities are divided because of fear, hatred and misunderstanding. Starting the conversation with kindness, rather than hatred, will get us a lot further,” he says. Consent is always important, and not everyone appreciates an unsolicited hug. But like compliments, hugs are free to give and usually well received. As humans, we bear arms that were built not to harm, but to heal. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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The Amazing Benefits of Purple Fruits and Vegetables

PURPLE POWER by Cynthia Hawkins


here is an abundance of colorful fruits and vegetables. The purpose of each shade is a result of the plant colorant, which initiates the nutritional worth of and healthy benefit of each plant. There is an old saying: “The darker the berry, the sweeter the cherry.” This statement is true, because the darker-colored fruits and vegetables have an enormous amount of vitamins, minerals and nutritional value. The darker fruits and vegetables will cause the body to produce antioxidant anthocyanins, which are resistant to cancer. The bountiful colorants in the plants such as red, blue and purple are what have given significant evidence to prove that there is a hindrance in colon cancer production, as well as many other cancers. According to a 2011 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, anthocyanins can safeguard the body against, strokes, heart disease, inflammation, blood pressure and excess fat.

They can also improve bladder health, possibly putting a stop to urinary tract infections, because they have been known to ward off bacterial diseases from attaching to the urinary tract. This huge complement of antioxidants can assist the body with anti-aging by preventing free radical damage and helping to heal skin ruined from sunburn.

There is an extensive number of anthocyanin-rich extracts in chokeberries, elderberries, acai berries, bilberries, gooseberries, cranberries, blueberries, grapes, eggplant, radishes, cherries, pomegranates, prunes, figs, passion fruit, raisins, red onions, beets and purple grapes. Research from the American Chemical Society has proven that chokeberries and bilberries have the largest quantity of antioxidants. If the pigment color of the plant is very dark, this will indicate an abundance of antioxidants in the food which increase vitamin C levels, in turn boosting the immune system and improving blood circulation. Also, according to research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, bilberries have been known to fight off HL60 leukemia cells. Concord grapes, prunes, red plums and black currants also help regulate blood pressure because of the presence of flavonoids. We can get the same positive effect from eating purple sweet potatoes, purple corn, purple carrots, purple cauliflower and asparagus, all of which are high in anthocyanins. Cynthia Hawkins is a registered natural health practitioner. For more information or to make an appointment, call 708-728-5286. See ad in the Community Resource Guide. February 2 – Saturday 2:00 – 6:30 p.m.

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the change is not made. Reflect and name specifically why the new change has meaning and value to you (not a boss, partner, friend). Imagination is helpful for seeing, feeling and sensing the new change in motion as if it is already in place.


Change in the World by Sarah Karnes


he Greek philosopher Heraclitus wrote, “Change is the only constant in life.” Whether it is a personal decision to change a behavior, a change at work or a surprising change in the body, the ability to engage resilience, courage and clarity makes a big difference. When a person knows they need to make a change, yet procrastinates or avoids making it, their will and courage are weakened. Some people are more welcoming and tolerant of change than others. Those that enjoy an opportunity to learn and grow personally or professionally will see it as a good thing. Those that are very fixed in mindset and routines often become skeptical, and will experience more resistance; their comfort zone will kick and scream. Habits create a feeling of security, so any disruption can create anxiety and fear of the unknown. Changes often feel stressful; just how stressful depends on the individual going through it. The World Health Organization reports that stress has become a worldwide epidemic. Change itself does not necessarily cause the body stress as much as the reaction, fear and/or resistance to the change. Human beings have a remarkable attraction to stories—and those most stressed often tell themselves a very despairing story about themselves, the change afoot or both. This cycle of stressing about the perceived stressors perpetuates the tension. The brain goes into fight-or-flight mode. 32


Our overall life force gets zapped, and the level of stress affecting the heart muscle contributes to heart disease. Tendencies of excess anger, hostility, aggressiveness, urgency, competition and preoccupation with work often accompany that strain. Heart disease is much more common in individuals that experience chronic stress, particularly job stress. When we view stress in a positive way as something that is there to help us, the body believes it, and the physiological response to stress becomes much healthier. The heart muscle responds accordingly. Daniel Goodenough, life mission expert and author, says, “Living in this world offers an opportunity to reinvent ourselves continually. This is a natural part of the living one’s life mission. Life mission is not just career, it is your heart’s calling for being in this world at this time, in the life you are living. Now it’s more important than ever to know why we’re here. This connection to passion is a lifeline to the source of inspiration and energy that keeps humanity going.” Here are some tips for moving forward more gracefully with change: Curiosity allows for a space of kind inquiry and new possibility, instead of reactivity. Get very real with yourself about why the old way is not helpful, workable or sustainable. Take the opportunity to explore the possible outcome of what could transpire if

Get strategic about the conditions that will best support the new change and desired results. Engage a buddy to help with staying accountable. For a change that will ideally happen first thing in the morning, we will do well to set ourselves up for success the night before. For instance, lay out the clothes for that morning walk and put shoes, coat and gloves by the door, ready to go. Be intentional and persistent in repeating a new habit or way regularly. Music teachers often say, “Practice makes permanent.” Practice Mindfulness “Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now, without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” ~James Baraz If the aspirations deep in one’s being are not just a personal inclination, Goodenough says, “Our world stands on the shoulders of those who followed their visions in the past. Evolution, however you may feel about it, is the byproduct of something calling us to a new way. Each time one person, anywhere in the world, listens to that voice coming from within, the world changes in ways hard to map. We know from chaos theory that small, incremental changes can have enormous effects on systems all over the planet. In this “wired” world, these changes are amplified almost instantly everywhere in the world. Each person’s choice to honor the voice of their life mission or not does affect every other person on the planet. The principle of morphic resonance states that anytime anyone anywhere accomplishes something, it will become easier for some-

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and spices is an easy-to-make soup loaded with nutrients and flavor. Allow 40 to 45 minutes to roast the squash.

several slits to allow for escaping steam. Roast whole in the oven for about 45 minutes or until soft and easy to peel and cut.

Butternut Squash Soup

Transfer the roasted squash to a food processor or heavy-duty blender. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Add additional broth to reach desired consistency.

Yields: 4 servings 1 butternut squash, 2-3 lbs, peeled and cut in cubes to equal 4 cups

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Divide into four bowls. For texture and crunch, garnish with roasted pepita or pumpkin seeds.

Hearty Bread

This whole-grain, gluten-free, no-knead, no-mess bread contains flax, sunflower and chia seeds, hazelnuts, oats, coconut oil and maple syrup as a sweetener. Accompanying soup, it makes for a satisfying meal. This recipe is adapted from “Change Your Life Bread” in D’Anca’s book My New Roots.

Let it sit on the counter for at least two hours, or all day or overnight. When the dough retains its shape, even when you pull the sides of the loaf pan or lift the parchment, it’s ready to bake. Preheat oven to 350° F. Place loaf pan in the oven on the middle rack and bake for 20 minutes. Remove bread from loaf pan, place it upside down directly on the rack and bake for another 30 to 40 minutes. Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped. Let cool completely before slicing. Store bread in a tightly sealed container for up to five days. Freezes well. For a quick and easy toast, slice before freezing.

The Pleasures of Pasta

Change Your Life Bread

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Yields: 1 loaf 2 cups shelled raw sunflower seeds 1 cup whole flax seeds 1 cup blanched hazelnuts 3 cups rolled oats (use certified gluten-free oats, if needed) 4 Tbsp chia seeds 6 Tbsp psyllium husks Pinch fresh ground coarse salt, preferably Himalayan 2 Tbsp maple syrup 6 Tbsp coconut oil, liquefied at low temperature in a small pan 3 cups water In a loaf pan lined with parchment, combine all dry ingredients, stirring well. Whisk maple syrup and water together in a measuring cup. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until everything is soaked and dough becomes thick. If it’s too thick to stir, add one or two teaspoons of water until it’s manageable. Smooth the top with the back of a spoon.

Pasta is guilt-free when we use a whole wheat variety that digests more slowly than white flour pasta, avoiding blood sugar spikes, D’Anca says. Gluten-free, grainfree or vegetable pasta can be substituted for whole grain pasta. Fresh asparagus is recommended. If it’s not in season, consider red chard for its bright red and green colors and abundance of vitamins K, A and C. It’s a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron and dietary fiber.

Use red, orange, yellow or a mix of colors 1½ Tbsp fresh thyme leaves 1 lb fresh asparagus, pencil thin is best (if not available, substitute red chard) ¼ cup pitted Kalamata olives ½ cup fresh basil ¼ cup white wine or white wine vinegar Squeeze garlic from its skins into a large skillet. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is reduced and thickened to a sauce (coulis), about 20 to 30 minutes. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta well and place back in the pan. Add tomato coulis and olives. Toss well to infuse flavors. Let warm for 2 to 3 minutes. Serve at once.

Savory Side Dish

Chickpeas are a great source of fiber. Bell peppers, also known as sweet peppers, are available in white, orange, green and purple. Lycopene gives red tomatoes their color, may reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower blood pressure. Yellow tomatoes have twice as much iron and zinc and higher levels of vitamin B and folate to help red blood cells. Darker tomatoes ranging from purple to black produce higher levels of antioxidants for a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Don’t overlook green tomatoes, which are higher in vitamin K and calcium than reds or yellows.

Roasted Chickpeas with Grilled Vegetables Yields: Serves 2, or 4 if dished over quinoa

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Remove the pan and turn the vegetables over. Add the chickpeas and rosemary and return to the oven. Roast for another 30 to 45 minutes until the edges of the vegetables start to turn dark and the chickpeas are browning.

1 cup almond meal ½ cup almond butter ¼ cup raw cacao, organic 3 Tbsp grade B maple syrup 1 tsp organic vanilla ¼ cup raw almonds, ground ¼ cup raw cacao nibs, ground Finely ground nuts like walnuts or hazelnuts, shredded coconut or raw cacao for texture and added flavor

Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar, toss and serve warm as is or over quinoa.

Make a flax “egg” by mixing the ground flax seeds with the water. Let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes until it thickens to an egg consistency.

Burgers for Lunch

These burgers are good either oven baked or grilled, weather permitting. Offer toppings like baby spinach, salsa, nut cheese, pesto, fig jam, mango or slaw. Apple cider vinegar, dill, celery salt and agave nectar to taste makes a dressing for slaw. Thin slices of Granny Smith or Honey Crisp apples add a tang of tart or hint of sweetness.

Black Bean/Veggie Burger 1 16-oz can of black beans, drained, rinsed well and dried on a paper towel ½ red bell pepper, cut in large pieces 1 medium-size onion, cut in large pieces 1 Tbsp chili powder, mild or hot to taste 3 cloves of garlic, rough chopped 1 tsp black cumin 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds 3 Tbsp water Approximately 1 cup bread crumbs (gluten-free if needed) to act as a binder 4 buns or bread of choice 36


Place the bell pepper, onion and garlic in a food processor and process until smooth. Remove the mixture and drain in a fine sieve. Too much liquid will make the burgers fall apart. Place black beans in the food processor and pulse to a thick, sticky consistency. Add the drained red pepper mixture, flax “egg”, cumin and chili spice. Process until lightly mixed. Remove the burger mixture to a bowl. Add bread crumbs until you have a firm burger and form into patties. Grill for 5 to 10 minutes, turning once, or bake in a 350° F oven on a parchment-lined baking sheet for about 5 to 10 minutes on each side.

Guilt-Free Chocolate Dessert

“Chocolate desserts usually include loads of sugar and butter, making them a highly processed and saturated-fat food,” says D’Anca. “These treats deliver the good fat of cacao nibs and the antioxidants of raw cacao.”

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix them to a smooth batter. Chill the batter for about 20 minutes. Roll into either bite-sized or larger balls to serve as is or roll in nuts, coconut or cacao for texture and added taste. For more recipes and information about nutrition and heart health provided by D’Anca, visit Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@

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Root Crop Recipes From a Farm Kitchen

Trim the ends of your celery root and use a sharp knife to peel the bulb.

When the bulbs are peeled, quarter each bulb lengthwise. Add celery root to the pot of simmering liquid. Cover and cook, turning occasionally, until the celeriac is tender (about 30 minutes).

Add ¾ cup buttermilk; mash until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer potatoes to bowl. Sprinkle with green onions and serve.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Remove pot from heat. Use a slotted spoon to transfer pieces to a large cutting board. When cool enough to handle, slice into ¼-inch-thick slices. Layer the sliced celery root in the bottom of an ungreased baking dish. Sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves.

Mashed Potatoes with Rutabagas and Buttermilk

Bring the liquid remaining in the pot to a boil. As the liquid thickens, add mustard, salt, and pepper to taste.

Yields: 8 servings

Pour the mixture over the layered celery root, covering completely.

1½ pounds rutabagas, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces 3 lbs potatoes, peeled, cut into 2-inch pieces 6 Tbsp (¾ stick) butter ¾ cup (or more) buttermilk Chopped green onion or chive tops Cook rutabagas in large pot of boiling salted water until very tender, about 20 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer rutabagas to strainer. Press gently to release any excess liquid.

Add potatoes to same pot of boiling water; cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain well.

Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top, covering completely. Garnish with a sprig or two of thyme and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the liquid is bubbling and the cheese has turned golden-brown.

Celery Root Gratin with Thyme and Parmesan Yields: 6 to 8 servings 1 cup vegetable broth 2 cups heavy cream 2 large celery root (about the size of softballs) 2 Tbsp whole-grain Dijon mustard 1 tsp sea salt Freshly ground pepper to taste 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese In a large pot, bring vegetable broth and cream to a simmer.

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Return potatoes and rutabagas to same pot. Add butter; mash well.

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e store a variety of our fall root crops throughout the winter, as they improve in flavor and maintain nutritional value. Most root vegetables are good sources of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that also helps your body absorb iron. Celery root has a mild celery flavor, so we use it in place of celery in soups, stews and roasted vegetable medleys. Rutabaga works well for mashing, roasting and braising. Root vegetables also store extremely well when wrapped in a plastic bag in your refrigerator,” says Jen Miller, of Prairie Wind Family Farm, in Grayslake.

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hose looking for a way to meet new year’s health goals may consider adding a nutrient-packed salad to the day. Salad is simple, and can be a nutrient powerhouse of beneficial antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and micronutrients. “Salads can be made out of whatever greens and vegetables you have on hand, but for maximum nutrition and taste, pick up most of the vegetables for this recipe at a winter farmers’ market,” says Lauren Woodbridge, a member of the Illinois Farmers Market Association’s board of directors and co-owner of The Kitchen Sink (, a bagel company specializing in organic, local bagels sold at Chicago farmers’ markets.

Kale Salad with Orange Vinaigrette Yields: 2 to 4 servings 1 small head (about 1 cup) of broccoli, chopped and roasted 1 small bunch of kale or whatever looks best, chopped and massaged ½ beet, roasted and slivered 1 Tbsp feta cheese or cheese of choice 1 Tbsp olive oil or 1 Tbsp lemon for massaging the kale Optional: A few slices of onion ¼ avocado

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ~Hippocrates, 460 B.C.

Orange vinaigrette: ½ orange, juiced 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar ½ tsp dried herbs ½ tsp salt ½ tsp cracked black pepper 2 Tbsp olive oil Set oven to 400°F. Roast beet for about an hour or until tender and peel away the skin. Set aside to cool. Lower the oven to 350°F. Toss chopped broccoli in 1 tablespoon olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Roast for about 20 minutes or until cooked and starting to get browned. Remove and set aside to cool. Rinse and chop kale. Massage kale until becomes tender and a darker green color. Whisk together orange vinaigrette – start with red wine vinegar, orange juice, salt, herbs and pepper. Add olive oil and mix. It’s alright if it stays a little separated.

Toss kale in the vinaigrette. The amount made should be the right amount for the salad, but add half first, taste and add the rest as desired. Build salad with kale on the bottom and top with broccoli, beet slivers, onion, feta cheese and other desired toppings. The Illinois Farmers Market Association (ILFMA) supports local food and food systems by giving Illinois farmers’ markets and producers access to resources, education and connections in order to grow healthier and economically vibrant communities. For more information, visit

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hether skiing on Preparing your training. Winter fitness prep fresh powder body should be on classes offer ideal benefits, but on a mountain simple walking or running up top of your list of and down stairs can also do slope, ice skating or snowvacation details. wonders. “Stairs are the closest shoeing, winter recreation offers new opportunities to thing to a hill, and you can get ~Linda Scholl get in shape and a specialcreative with stairs—skipping ized focus for fitness. a stair or hopping. It also has a cardio com “Preparing your body should be on top ponent which helps you adjust to the altitude of your list of vacation details,” says physical of a ski destination,” says Scholl. therapist Linda Scholl, of the University of Maggie Lehrian, owner of Roots Utah Orthopaedic Center. Her ski fitness Yoga Studio, in Hawley, Pennsylvania, classes in Salt Lake City focus on developing attests to yoga’s benefits for conditioning, four muscle groups: quads, hamstrings, glutes “The standing sequences in yoga practice, and core. “Ideally, you should take six to eight especially hatha yoga, are tremendously weeks to prepare for a ski vacation, but three effective at increasing balance and strength weeks’ prep is better than nothing,” she says. in the legs and glutes needed for crossThat also goes for most winter pursuits. country and downhill skiing, skating and Sean Sewell, founder of Mountain snow shoeing.” Fitness School, in Denver, concurs. “People She recommends adding 30 minutes tend to think that these sports are mostly of cardio, such as walking or running, three quad-dominant, but it’s not necessarily the times a week to a balanced yoga practice case. I believe the body works as a unit, and that includes components of strengthis therefore only as strong as its weakest building and stretching. Yoga fosters link, so all muscle groups are important in concentration and endurance and offers the big picture.” unrealized benefits. “Breathwork can be

Winter-Ready Workouts Lunges, single-leg dead lifts and lateral-motion exercises are all well-suited for tailored

extremely helpful when traveling to higher altitudes,” says Lehrian. Yoga also scores high for attaining a confident, healthy beach body for a winter Caribbean getaway,


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with strength-building, core-focused styles such as vinyasa or power flow.

Avoiding Injury Experts agree that the body’s core muscle groups are not only key in getting fit, but play a major role in preventing common injuries. “The core should always be activated during heavy exercises. This keeps the back safe and allows for better power output,” says Sewell. “The core is not just the abdominal muscles. I like to think of the core as an area from the shoulders to the knees and both the front and back of the body.” Proper alignment is paramount. “Skiing involves absorbing a lot of force. It’s literally controlling a fall downhill, so leg alignment is everything,” says Scholl. This applies to many winter sports—including skiing, hockey and ice skating—to avoid injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament, which stabilizes the knee.

Body Basics Being winter-ready also means eating well and staying hydrated, both on and off the slopes. “Eat well and take recovery seriously,” says Sewell. “If you are serious about performance and recovery, then do not skip out on eating.” Scholl recommends drinking plenty of water, avoiding alcohol before hitting the slopes and consuming a good balance of protein and carbohydrates, especially post-workout or after a day of skiing.

Perks of Winter Sports

n Stretching and warming up are a must for mobility, recovery and most importantly, to maximize all exercises. Using foam rollers or a lacrosse ball and yoga and massage are all recommended. n Kettlebell Swing is the best bang-for-your-buck exercise for glutes, core, calorie-burning and endurance. If this is too advanced, a deadlift can replicate many of the same benefits. n Squat for healthy knees, strong quads and core, and better motor control. Try the goblet squat, offset squat, double kettlebell squat or body squat, or whatever else might be more comfortable. n Lunging is a good starting exercise; step-back, front and side lunges are three options. Add weight when proficient with a kettlebell, dumbbell or even a backpack. n Press for upper body strength and a strong core; pushup, chest press, overhead press. Start off with a TRX or a high box for pushups to reinforce good form. Once proficient, progress to floor pushups. n Core exercises are for quicker results, safety and reinforcement for the back. Try planks and hollow holds. According to physical therapist Linda Scholl, the following are recommended for three days a week for six to eight weeks to build strength and skill without overtraining. Repeat each exercise with a 15-second rest. n Hamstrings focus: dumbbell dead lifts standing on one or both legs (three repetitions, 10 each side) n Squats: body weight squat (10, three repetitions progressing to 10, three repetitions each leg)

Choosing a winter sport is ideal to help combat cold weather blues and the all-too-common winter rut. As a bonus, skiing and snowboarding burn a surprisingly high number of calories. In essence, getting outside just makes winter more enjoyable. “Whether it is a solo powder day or a mellow spring day, being in the mountains is empowering and rejuvenating,” says Sewell. Scholl agrees. “It’s important to stay active, regardless of how cold it is outside. Enjoy winter and where you are.”

Tip: Technique matters. Squat with good form: knees over your ankles in both the frontal and sagittal plane (knees in line with your first and second toe and never in front of the toes throughout the entire squat).

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SRI Approaches and Outcomes


How to Align Money With Values


by April Thompson

ow we spend our money is important, but how and where we save it matters just as much. Today’s financial marketplace offers diverse options for values-based investing and banking, regardless of interests or assets. Sustainable, responsible and impact investing is rapidly expanding. Professionally managed assets in the U.S. using socially responsible investment (SRI) strategies grew from $8.7 trillion to $12 trillion in the last two years, according to a 2018 report by the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment. This represents 26 percent—about one in four dollars—of all U.S. assets under professional management.

The Big Bank Break-Up While large numbers of investors are moving their money responsibly, changing bank accounts can still feel difficult to many people, says Fran Teplitz, executive co-director of the Washington, D.C., nonprofit Green America, which works to promote a more sustainable economy. To make the sometimes intimidating bank-changing process a little easier, Green America’s Get a Better Bank campaign at breaks it down into bite-sized steps. “Educate yourself 42


on the issues with the conventional banking industry, from Wall Street speculation to predatory lending practices,” says Teplitz. People don’t need to sacrifice banking needs for their values. Reflect upon what’s important in a financial institution, and then shop around for the right fit. Credit unions and community development banks that lend in local and underserved communities are often great choices, says Teplitz. Green America’s Get a Better Bank database is a great starting point for responsible banking options.

Investing for the Future

For longer-term investing, there are more vehicles available to responsibly assist investors toward their financial and social goals. While responsible investing once meant simply screening out “sin stocks”, like tobacco, guns and gambling, which were available only to investors able to make a large minimum deposit, today there are values-based funds to suit every cause and income level. “Socially responsible investing has come a long way since it got off the ground in this country during the apartheid divestiture movement in the 1980s,” says Gary Matthews, an investment advisor and CEO of SRI Investing LLC, headquartered in New York City.

Fossil fuel-free portfolios are trending, Matthews notes—which Green America encourages. While acknowledging the ever-fluctuating price of oil, Matthews says he’s seen diversified portfolios that eliminate oil, coal and natural gas do better at times than those that include them. A subset of SRI investments, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing focuses less on what sector a company is in than on how they conduct their business. The way companies treat their employees and respond to climate change are factors that may have a positive influence on financial performance. Robo-advisors, a recent arrival in the SRI sector, are online investment services that automate money management. Robo-advisor companies make it easier for people to invest and leverage technology to keep fees down, although they usually do not offer in-depth impact research on the companies within the financial products they offer, according to Amberjae Freeman, of the portfolio management team for Swell Investing LLC, an impact investment company in Santa Monica, California. Swell evaluates thousands of companies to build diversified portfolios of businesses aligned with at least one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Like most SRI firms, Swell offers retirement IRAs (individual retirement accounts), as well as more liquid brokerage accounts, with a minimum initial deposit of $50. While the array of investment options can be daunting, investors should aim for progress, rather than perfection, in their portfolios. As the money and impact in a portfolio grows, so does an investor’s confidence and knowledge. April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at

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Countering some investor concerns about underperforming SRI funds, there is a growing body of evidence to show that money that does good can also do well. The firm Nuveen TIAA Investments assessed the leading SRI equity indexes over the long term and “found no statistical difference in returns compared to broad market benchmarks,” nor any additional risks, according to a 2017 report Responsible Investing: Delivering Competitive Performance.

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A WORD TO THE MONEY-WISE n Verify that a bank is insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), where accounts are insured up to $250,000 per depositor. n Responsible investors can also influence banking practices in their workplaces, religious institutions or professional associations by educating account managers about the issues. Green America has a free booklet for 401k benefits managers at n There are as many names for socially responsible investing (SRI) as there are approaches to it including community, ethical, green, impact, mission-related, responsible, sustainable and values-based investing. What an institution or a fund does and how they do it is more important than how it’s labeled.

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by Sheryl DeVore

Somewhere in a Chicago region woodland, a female great horned owl is sitting on her nest. The wind is blowing and snow dusts her feathers as she incubates two eggs. It’s early February, and her eggs will likely hatch even while winter still has its grip on the region.


inter is nesting time for the great horned owl, one of nine species of owls that can be found in the region year-round or part time. The great horned, along with the barred owl and eastern screech-owl, are yearround residents. In some years, the rare (state-endangered) barn owl also may be found in the Chicago region in all seasons. In autumn, the northern saw-whet owl, short-eared owl, long-eared owl and snowy owl migrate through and/or spend winter here. The burrowing owl, considered a vagrant, has also occasionally been seen in the Chicago area. These elusive raptors have many adaptations that enable them to catch prey at night and avoid detection by predators and humans. For example, many species of owls have a velvet-like substance called a 44


nap covering their feathers, which muffles the sound of the feathers rubbing together when flying.

Specialized hearing and eyesight

Owls also have keen eyesight. Compared with humans, they have more rod-shaped cells in their eyes, which are highly sensitive to light and movement, enabling them to see a mouse running across the landscape. Owls also can see very well during the day, and it’s not unusual for some species, such as a barred owl, to capture prey when it’s light. Owls can’t move their eyes from sideto-side, but they can rotate their heads up to about 270 degrees to see what’s happening around them. An owl’s facial disk, a group of feathers around the eyes, works like a satellite dish, trapping the sound and bringing it to the ears, which are small holes on both sides of the head, one higher than the other. This asymmetrical arrangement helps an owl triangulate on its prey. The great horned owl’s “horns” are not ears, but tufts of feathers used for communication and display.

Nesting owls

Most owl species regurgitate undigestible parts of their meals, which include fur and

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Denizens of the Night Add Wonder to Winter

bones, within pellets. Seeing pellets below a tree indicates an owl visited the area and might even still be close by. The most abundant and mysterioussounding owl in the Chicago area is the eastern screech-owl. It gives haunting calls at night that sound like a horse whinnying, followed by a series of tremolos. Strictly nocturnal, this owl, which can be reddish or grayish, is robin-sized, with a 20-inch wing span. It has tiny ear tufts and yellow eyes. The screech-owl nests in suburban yards and city parks, as well as forest preserves. Its typical habitat is young woods near water. The female lays up to six eggs in a tree cavity, often carved out by a woodpecker. Erecting a screech-owl nesting box could entice it to nest or roost. The great horned owl, also quite common, stands up to nearly 25 inches tall, with up to a 57inch wingspan. It’s most vocal in fall and winter, when mating begins. At dawn or dusk and into the night, a pair repeats a series of five to A great horned owl sits eight hoots. The in a conifer as the wind female lays eggs blows. This owl’s “horns” in an abanabove its head are not doned squirrel, the ears, but feather tufts crow or raptor used for display. nest. Seven weeks after hatching, the young make short flights, but they continue to beg for food all summer from their parents, giving unusual shriek calls at night. The barred owl, less common in the Chicago region than in other parts of the state, can be quite vocal, even during the day, in suburban parks such as those in the Palos area. It gives a riotous call described as, “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?” Males and females also give monkey-sounding calls when pair bonding. It nests in large tree holes in mature woodlands, often near water. The barred

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Mystical Owls:

LEFT: A snowy owl perches on a rock along a fence line in northern Illinois during winter.

will be held at 4 p.m., February 9, at Plum Creek Forest Preserve, in Chicago Heights. Call 708-946-2216 to register. owl is nearly the size of a great horned owl, but it lacks ear tufts and has dark, instead of yellow, eyes and a yellow bill, instead of a dark bill. Both the eastern screech- and barred owl begin nesting later than the great horned.

Winter visitors

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A boreal forest resident, the uncommon northern saw-whet owl is even smaller than a screech-owl, and visits northern Illinois in winter seeking food, mostly white-footed and deer mice, and shelter. Compared with the screech-owl, the saw-whet has no ear tufts and has thin, white streaking on its forehead. In winter, it often roosts low in red cedars, hemlocks and other small conifers, as well as in vine tangles during the day, sometimes returning to the same spot for days or weeks at a time, or even the entire winter. Sometimes birders discover a saw-whet owl and can lead others to see it; this bird is rather tame and won’t fly away, but instead sits still to camouflage itself against tree bark.

A northern saw-whet owl visits the Chicago region in winter, spending the day roosting on a low branch of conifers and hunting at night. It returns north to breed in the boreal forest in summer.

About the size of a crow, but much bulkier, is the short-eared owl, which hunts in grasslands throughout the region as long as snow doesn’t get too deep. At dusk and dawn, it flies low over the grasslands like a large moth hunting for its prey of voles. Endangered in Illinois, the short-eared owl sometimes breeds in large grasslands throughout the state, but rarely in the Chicago region. Places to search for shorteared owls during winter include Bartel and Orland Grasslands, both near Tinley Park, Rollins Savanna, in Grayslake, Pratt’s Wayne Woods, in Bartlett, and Glacial Park, in Ringwood. Uncommon to the Chicago region, but an occasional visitor, the long-eared owl spends most of its time during the day in conifers. Up to 16 inches tall with a wingspan close to 48 inches, the longeared owl is very wary of intruders. It often roosts in groups; one year, a roost of up to 200 birds spent part of the winter at the Morton Arboretum. Another year, several long-eared owls wintered in a downtown Chicago park, a most unusual occurrence. Among the most iconic owl of the Chicago region in winter is the 20-to-27inch tall snowy owl, which breeds across the Alaskan and Canadian Arctic on the treeless tundra. In winter, some snowy owls fly south, roosting and hunting along lakeshores, in airport and agricultural fields and other flat areas. They also perch on utility posts and street lamps, barns and even city buildings. One year, just a few may be spotted in the Chicago region; other years they come in fairly large numbers, which is called an invasion. Snowy owl invasions have been occurring for centuries, and is likely related to food avail-

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A Free Owl Program

A long-eared owl typically roosts halfway up a conifer in Illinois during winter. It sometimes uses deciduous trees that have retained their leaves in winter. ability and number of young raised on the breeding grounds.

Owl watching

Knowing an owl’s preferred habitat and searching for pellets and whitewash, or excrement, beneath vegetation can help someone to discover an owl. The key is patience and being careful not to disturb them, especially when a great horned is on its nest or when other owls are resting on their day roost. It’s best to join a local birding group or attend a nature center program on spotting owls. Sheryl DeVore is the author of four books on birds, including Birds of Illinois and Northern Flights. She also writes nature and science articles for national and regional publications. Contact her at Sheryl.DeVore@

“The owl,” he was saying, “is one of the most curious creatures. A bird that stays awake when the rest of the world sleeps. They can see in the dark. I find that so interesting, to be mired in reality when the rest of the world is dreaming. What does he see and what does he know that the rest of the world is missing?” ~M.J. Rose

February 2019


Proceed With Caution

Essential Oils for Pets How to Use Them Safely by Sandra Murphy


One thing I’d say is, learn spray the exam room ssential oils are derived from all you can before using with lavender between appointments to calm plant-based oils around pets. anxious clients. sources, leading people Sally Morgan, ~Gary Richter, integrative to equate natural with safe; but that’s not always veterinarian and founder of a physical therapist and advanced certithe case. Knowing how Ultimate Pet Nutrition fied practitioner of the and when to use oils is gentle animal bodywork therapy known vital, according to Gary Richter, DVM, an integrative veterinarian and medical director as Tellington TTouch, sees clients in her of Holistic Veterinary Care, in Oakland, Northampton, Massachusetts, office. “I California. A veterinarian trained in the use put a drop of a peace and calming blend of essential oils understands the properties or lavender on the carpet or a pillow,” she of each oil, along with its proper dilution and says. “It relaxes the animal and dissipates application, a subject not generally taught the smells of previous clients. I don’t use in traditional veterinary schools; holistic diffusers. The odor can be too strong for medicine requires additional training. their sensitive noses. There’s also a danger With proper use under professional it could spill and be licked up.” guidance, essential oils can be part of a Certified Professional Dog Trainer larger treatment plan, says Richter. Cats Knowledge Assessed Kim Paciotti, owner of are generally more sensitive to oils because Training Canines, LLC, based in Statesville, they don’t metabolize medicine as effiNorth Carolina, finds the scent of green apciently as dogs, he notes. “As one professor ples relieves anxiety and soothes upset tumused to tell our veterinary class, ‘Cats are mies for dogs and puppies that suffer from not small dogs, so they can’t be treated as if motion sickness. “Cotton balls placed inside they are’—always good to remember.” a small container clipped to the outside of their crates deliver the smell,” she says. “They Soothing Effects don’t have direct contact, but still reap the Just as chamomile tea relaxes humans, anxbenefits, allowing the dogs to self-medicate ious dogs find its scent calming. Some vets by sniffing when they feel the need.”



Pure essential oils are far too strong to use undiluted, Richter says. Age, physical condition and species are so varied that guessing which oil and how to use it can be dangerous to the pet. “Skin irritation like a hot spot or rash is a relatively minor problem that could benefit from the right essential oil. An open wound requires a veterinary visit,” he says. “Some oils aren’t recommended unless under veterinary guidance. Reactions can range from mere annoyance to toxicity.” Wintergreen, melaleuca, pennyroyal, tea tree and pine oils cause the most reported problems for dogs, according to Peppermint, cloves, cinnamon and oregano oil also can be quite strong and require educated use, says Richter. An uneven gait, vomiting, diarrhea, drooling and weakness can be symptoms of toxicity, requiring immediate veterinary care to prevent damage to the central nervous system or organ failure. In its fragrance and taste, plants have defense mechanisms to ward off destructive insects or to attract bees and butterflies. Those same properties can help people and animals. The plant’s natural compounds can ward off fungi, bacteria, parasites or inflammation. However, just reading a label isn’t enough to know which oils will work best for these problems. “The Animal Desk Reference II: Essential Oils for Animals, Second Edition, by Melissa Shelton, is a reader-friendly guide,” says Richter. “I touch on the subject in my book The Ultimate Pet Health Guide: Breakthrough Nutrition and Integrative Care for Dogs and Cats, but for deeper study, I recommend Shelton’s book.” “One thing I’d say is, learn all you can before using oils around pets,” Richter says. “There’s not a one-size-fits-all formula for


Kimberley Wallace, founder of kW Sustainable Brands, in San Diego, burns organic, sweet basil-scented candles for their antiviral, antibacterial properties. Her pugs love the smell. “Our rescue pug has mast cell tumors which compromise her immune system. I do my due diligence to buy all-natural products whenever I can.”

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ust as whales are born with an instinct for the deep, we are born with an impulse toward creating a quality of life. No matter the type of work that leads us there, following that impulse is the destiny of each soul, so we search to find our medium through which aliveness can express itself. Following our instinct for the deep, we find each other. In areas of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, whales sing basically the same song, and when a new verse is added, they all incorporate it. As humans, we have a greater capacity to communicate, yet we resist adding to our common song. Whales occupying the same geographical areas that may include large oceans tend to sing similar songs with local variations, but whales from other regions of the world will sing entirely different songs. Once united, though, they find a common pitch. The songs are constantly evolving over time, and old patterns are not repeated. In essence, whales stay current, freshly updating their communications with each other. It’s a noble task for us all to emulate. Most whales, especially humpbacks, compose patterns of sound that are strikingly resonant with human musical traditions. What helps whales be such good communicators is that sound travels about four times faster in water than on land. Thus, it is profoundly easier to hear in the deep. Dwelling there, we have a better chance of staying current and hearing our common song. When we follow our instinct for the deep, we discover our common song, which brings us alive. Through this unfolding, we make our contribution to the common good. From generation to generation, all that we learn and create adds to this living work of art we call a quality of life. Adapted excerpt from More Together than Alone, by Mark Nepo. Connect at and


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

Why is thorough digestion so important for overall health?

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

What role do enzymes play in digestion?

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

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

How do environmental irritants affect digestion?

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

What practices can people do every day to improve digestion?

Digestive health is dependent on a number of factors, but it is key to both detoxification and real nutrition. I tell my clients that ideally, they are looking to digest, absorb, transport, utilize and eliminate the cellular waste that’s put into their bodies. Avoiding environmental irritants and pollutants eliminates the need to break them down in the first place. Chewing your food thoroughly starts the breakdown process before it gets into the digestive system. Eating a healthy mix of protein, fats, whole grains fruit and veggies at each meal may be easier to break down than a giant plate of just pasta or a huge steak. Food that is processed or contains GMOs is much harder for the body to process, so I encourage clients to look for whole foods in their natural form as much as possible. Digestive Health Solutions is located at 480 Elm Pl., in Highland Park and at 316 Peterson Rd, in Libertyville. For appointments, call 847-207-2034. For more information, email or visit February2019 2019 February

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Love Actually: Time to Make Magic Happen – 6-10pm. Be your best. Event includes a henna artist, a manicurist, tarot readers, a reiki healer, gemstone jewelry and crystals for sale and some other fun vendors. 3323 W Diversey, Chicago. List of vendors on FB events or Eventbrite: Love Actually a selfcare witchy event.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Candlemas (Wiccan)

Moving Forward: Practical Action Steps – 10am12:30pm. Is it time to stop beating yourself up for feeling stuck? Get (kindly) to the core of what is stopping you so you can map your steps and reclaim momentum. $35. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. Training in Mindfulness & Focus: Meditation Mini-Retreat – 10am-12:30pm. In this retreat, discover step by step how to progress from distraction to concentration, free from mental tension and turbulence. From this peaceful place, genuine happiness arises, and we are free to make lasting positive changes within. Retreat will include practical instruction, guided meditations and time for questions; appropriate for beginners and advanced students alike. $20/advance, $25/at door. Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago in Wicker Park, 2010 W Pierce Ave, Chicago. Building Good Habits for the New You – 10am6pm. Does your New Year’s resolution focus on your health? Stop in our Fruitful Yield in Schaumburg for an all-day event, focused on good habits for the new you. It will focus on healthy alternative food choices and supplements for beginners. Free. Fruitful Yield, 168 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg. 847-882-2999. New Year, New Vision – 2-6pm. Celebrate the Chinese New Year by creating an empowering vision board incorporating feng shui elements for prosperity. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 The Spiritual Forum – 10am. Each week we engage in dialogue on spiritual topics and produce a podcast. Come and participate (or listen) as we discuss living spiritually in a complex world. The Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St, Deerfield. Pluto, The Moon’s Nodes and Why You Are Here – 1-4pm. Pluto’s location in the birth chart indicates your soul’s purpose in this incarnation. Pluto shows the “why” of this life, while the nodes’ path shows how that purpose is worked on or played out. Through this we can understand the karma of the individual soul reflected in the natal chart. $55. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago. 773-327-7224.

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Hisä-t áh – Moon of Treacherous Little Winter Left 1st Monday Spiritual Spa Night – 6-9pm. Guided meditation sessions and multiple holistic practitioners emphasizing the work of Edgar Cayce. Entry free; practitioner sessions $35/30 mins, $70/60 mins. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.


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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Is the Keto Diet for Me? – 10am-3pm. Learn how the keto lifestyle can potentially benefit you. Discounted prices offered on keto products and free book for attendees provided by Ancient Nutrition. Free. Fruitful Yield, 168 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg. 847-882-2999. 7th Annual Urban Livestock Expo – 11am-3pm. Organized by Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) & Southside Occupational Academy. Free, fun, family-friendly workshops on raising bees, goats, chickens, ducks, quail and more in your yard. Southside Occupational Academy, 7432 S Hoyne Ave, Chicago. Exploring Your Life Mission, It’s a New Year! – 2-3:30pm. Why am I here? What am I here to do? Who am I here to become? If these questions are relevant you, join us for the continuing Life Mission Sessions. Each session is custom created for, and with, those in attendance. Donation. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362.

Green Drinks McHenry County – 5-7pm. 1st Wed. Come talk about “greening” the future with others. Special presentations each month on a timely environmental topic or green business. Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N Main St, Crystal Lake. Lake.

Crystals for Positively Charged Relationships – 2-4pm. With Janel. Infuse your relationships with love and light. Free crystal included. $25/ARE member, $30/nonmember. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

Nutritional Support for the Aging Brain – 5:306:30pm. Join Neil Levin, CCN DANLA Senior Nutrition Education Manager for NOW Foods, as he discusses beneficial ingredients for brains at any age. Learn about various supplements and different foods we can incorporate into our everyday routines, to support and improve cognitive function. Free. Fruitful Yield, 7230 W North Ave, Elmwood Park. 708-395-5880.

Chicago IANDS – 2-5pm. Support/study/resource forum for near-death, out-of-body and spiritual experiences, losses. Sara Bassett, NDEr, Many transformative experiences. Writer/Psychologist/ Buddhist from St. Louis, MO. $20 donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847-251-5758.


Emotional Wellness and Myofascial Release – 7pm. 1st Wed. With Sharon M. Vogel, CLT, LM. Join us in learning hand postures that release hardened tissue and trauma. We will incorporate essential oil blends. National Lymphatic Centers, 5002 Main St, Ste A, Downers Grove. 630-241-4100. RSVP:

The Spiritual Forum – 10am. Each week we engage in dialogue on spiritual topics and produce a podcast. Come and participate (or listen) as we discuss living spiritually in a complex world. The Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St, Deerfield.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Dinner’s On Us! – 6-8pm. Stress, Hormones & Belly Fat. Mallinckrodt Community Center, 1041 Ridge Rd, Wilmette. Register: 847-665-9877 or FRIDAY,


Psychic Holistic Fair at Enlightened Balance – Feb 8-10. 10am-5pm, Fri; 9am-6pm, Sat; 9am-4pm, Sun. Readings, body balancing, artist trunk shows, classes. Free to enter; classes starting at $10, private sessions starting at $20. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. 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.

Lymphormation – 12-2pm. 2nd Sun. Enjoy a complimentary lymph lecture followed by 10-15min manual lymph drainage with Sharon M. Vogel, CLT-LANA Candidate, LMT, BCTMB. National Lymphatic Centers, 5002 Main St, Ste A, Downers Grove. 630-241-4100. RSVP: Creating More Love in Your Life – 1-3pm. Facilitated by Celeste Magers. In this workshop, use EFT tapping to release many of the memories and beliefs that may be keeping love from flowing freely in your life. You’ll pick up tapping quickly and easily. All welcome. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. Healthy Homes: Environmental Toxin Class – 2-3pm. 2nd Sun. Enjoy a complimentary lecture by Sharon Vogel, CLT, about becoming aware of riding everyday irritants and clinically proven toxins to create a healthy home. National Lymphatic Centers, 5002 Main St, Ste A, Downers Grove. 630-241-4100. RSVP:

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Complimentary Functional Medicine Informative Presentation – 6-7pm. Our providers will give an overview of the therapies offered at thriveMD, as well as explain what sets us apart from traditional medicine and how functional medicine can improve your health. thriveMD, 1355 Remington Rd, Ste I, Schaumburg. 312-600-5070. Green Drinks Libertyville – 6:30pm. 2nd Tues. Like-minded people meet to discuss issues of environmental importance and build awareness. O’Toole’s Pub, 412 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville. For more info: or IL. Heart Health + Movement – 6:30-8pm. For the month of “love,” we have decided to focus on the heart. We will be teaching about how to boost your heart health naturally, as well as the importance that movement plays on keeping the heart healthy and strong. Free. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 N Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000.

Beginning Zen Shiatsu – Feb 15-17 & 22-24. 7-10pm, Fri; 9am-4pm, Sat & Sun. 2-weekend intensive. Learn how to give a basic 1-hr shiatsu treatment that you can share with friends and family. Course is a stand-alone offering; also the first 30 hrs of our complete shiatsu certification programs. $450 plus books. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Resolution Check In and a Great Deal – Feb 1618. Whether your resolutions soared or sunk, Presidents’ Day weekend would be perfect for a 3-day juicing reset or a simple cleanse. Our exclusive 90-min appointment will be for $95.  Restrictions apply. Chicago Colonic, Lincoln-Peterson Professional Bldg, 5962 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago. For appt: 773-728-6800.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17 The Spiritual Forum – 10am. Each week we engage in dialogue on spiritual topics and produce a podcast. Come and participate (or listen) as we discuss living spiritually in a complex world. The Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St, Deerfield.

Reduce Farm Animal Suffering in Illinois: Eating Animals Screening & Fundraiser – 6:30-9:30pm. A feature-length Sundance film, narrated and produced by Natalie Portman; followed by a panel discussion on farm animal welfare. We can make a difference for the millions of animals raised for food on factory farms in Illinois. $25 donation/ticket must be ordered in advance. Dovetail Brewery, 1800 W Belle Plaine Ave, Chicago.

Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar and Farmers’ Market – 12-4pm. Meet dozens of vendors at the indoor crafts and farmers’ market while listening to Hyde Park’s finest DJs spinning jazzy, soulful soundtracks to your shopping. Promontory Restaurant, upstairs lounge, 5311 S Lake Park Ave W, Chicago. 312-801-2100.


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Dinner’s On Us! – 6-8pm. Stress, Hormones & Belly Fat. Gorton Community Center, 400 E Illinois Rd, Lake Forest. Register: 847-665-9877 or

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Valentine’s Day

Search For God Study Group –7-9pm. Also Feb 28. Join us for an open discussion of spirituality based on the readings from Edgar Cayce. Currently, we are working with the book, Your Life: Why It Is The Way It Is and What You Can Do About It. Understanding the Universal Laws. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-2996535.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Nirvana Day (Buddhism)

The Way of the Heart Foundation Training – Feb 15-17 & 22-24. Release stuck patterns and beliefs so you can make the changes you really want. Bring new vitality, clarity and consciousness to your selfimage,  relationships, career, finances and health. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2875 N Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook. To register, Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362 or Gong Sound Journey and Heart Light Activation  – 6-7:30pm. With Lisa Gniady. $25/ARE member, $30/nonmember. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Reiki Level One – 9am-4pm. Get attuned to reiki which enables you to become a channel for this healing energy. Also start a 21-day energetic cleanse that moves through your chakras cleaning and releasing bound energy (including stuck emotions and behavioral patterns). This level reiki is a self-care tool, which is deeply restorative for those of us devoted to giving. $150. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Dinner’s On Us! – 6-8pm. Introducing Stem Cell Therapy. Stir Crazy in Northbrook Court Mall, 1186 Northbrook Ct, Northbrook. Register: 847-665-9877 or What Radar Tells Us about Bird Migration – 7pm. Radar has become an important tool for tracking bird movements. Well-known local birder Geoff Williamson will explain how radar can detect birds, how scientists are using it, how birders can use it during migration to help determine “good” birding days, where to find radar forecasts, and how to interpret the patterns displayed. Free. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park. For more info & complete schedule, Rena Cohen: 847-831-0331.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Soul Visioning: Clear the Past, Create Your Future, an Introduction and Workshop – Introduction, 7-8:30pm; Workshop, Feb 23, 10:30am-4:30pm. Presented by Susan Wisehart and husband, Dave Birr. The 7-step process of Soul Visioning allows you to envision and create in holographic time, your ideal future in the areas of work, career, relationships, finances, health and spirituality. Workshop includes: Guided journeys in holographic time to envision your ideal soul-infused life and a group guided past-life regression to discover talents, relationships, or patterns carried into this life. Introduction: $10/nonmember, $5/member; Workshop: $60/nonmember, $50/member, $70/at door. The Theosophical Society in America, Wheaton. Register: 630-668-1571 x 315 or programs. Private appts available in Mundelein or Des Plaines offices: Your Self as Your Friend – 7-9pm. A refreshing and restorative evening to receive guidance and simple practices, so you can embrace more self-love, energy and joy. Donation. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362.


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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Wild Things Conference – 9am-6pm. Will feature over 100 presentations, 60 exhibits, and a multitude of performances, poster sessions and networking opportunities, all celebrating this region’s nature and how people enjoy and protect it. Keynote speaker Gary Nabhan. Talk:  Restoring Nature, Food and Justice. Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N River Rd, Rosemont. Details: Meditation and Chanting – 4-6pm. Meditation and chanting create new neural pathways for peaceful thoughts, calmer emotions, increased ability to process information, even lessening physical pain perceptions; often giving lasting effects beyond the time you spend in meditation. After meditation, stay for a free chanting experience. Beginners welcome; no experience in meditation or chanting needed. $5. A Healing Soul, Ltd, 555 W Central Rd, Hoffman Estates. 847-370-5181. Radical Acts of Restfulness – 5-6:15pm. There is a war on sleep right now and one of the most rebellious things we could do is take rest. Join Yoli for this monthly immersion into the world of radical restfulness and awakened disobedience. For all bodies and needs. Bring extra pillows, blankets, etc. $25. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Info, Yoli:

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24 The Spiritual Forum – 10am. Each week we engage in dialogue on spiritual topics and produce a podcast. Come and participate (or listen) as we discuss living spiritually in a complex world. The Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St, Deerfield.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Thermography – 9:30am-6pm, by appt. A radiation-free procedure that uses heat images to help to detect cancer in the tissues. Scans available for breasts, torso/female panel and whole body. Prices range from $259-$549. Lovelight Healing Center, 408 Center St, Grayslake. To schedule & for any billing questions, Christine Banerjee: 224-358-2741.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Ancient Oils of Scripture – 7pm. Last Wed. With Sharon M. Vogel, CLT. Join us in learning about the natural remedies from ancient oils. National Lymphatic Centers, 5002 Main St, Ste A, Downers Grove. 630-241-4100. RSVP: Acupuncture & Reiki Happy Hour – 7-8:30pm. Learn about and experience acupuncture and reiki for yourself during this free monthly event. Calandra Center for Health and Wellness, 47 W Polk St, Ste M-5, Chicago. Registration required: 312-796-3965 or

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Dinner’s On Us! – 6-8pm. Stress, Hormones & Belly Fat. Location TBD. More info: 847-665-9877 or Search for God Study Group – 7-9pm. See Feb 14 listing. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

FRIDAY, MARCH 1 One Earth Film Festival Starts – Mar 1-10. Theme: All In. Includes 28 environmental films covering climate change, conservation, food waste, energy and more. Screenings will take place at more than 60 locations throughout Chicago and surrounding counties. More info:

SATURDAY, MARCH 2 A Buddhist Approach to Parenting Workshop – 10am-1pm. Is it possible to be confident and relaxed as a parent instead of feeling stressed, overwhelmed and second-guessing yourself all the time? This morning course will teach practical methods you can use at home to develop and maintain an inner calm and strength, even when your family life is busy, difficult or completely chaotic. By gradually developing a peaceful mind and our inner wisdom, we will become skilled and confident in bringing harmony, stability, and happiness to our family life. $20/advance, $25/at door. Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago in Oak Park, 13 Harrison St, Oak Park.

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savethedate Body Mind Spirit Expo – Mar 2-3. 10am-7pm, Sat; 10am-6pm, Sun. Retail exhibitors offer everything from natural and holistic health products to spiritual books, enlightened art and crystals. Healers provide treatments from massage and yoga techniques to intuitive readings. $14/weekend admission includes free lectures, demos and admission to exhibit hall. Midwest Conference Center, 401 W Lake St, Northlake. Info: 541-482-3722 x 2, or

MONDAY, MARCH 4 Beginning Astrology Level 1 Begins – 7:309:30pm. 6 wks. Learn planets, signs, houses, aspects, interpretation and transits. Beginner or know some astrology, this course provides what you need to go forward in your own astrological studies. $180; $150 by Feb 25. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago. 773-327-7224.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9 Infinity Family Fest – 9am-12:30pm. Playful family fun with interactive hands-on mindful games activities for parents and their children 3 and older. Register online in advance for 1-6 playshops. Atthe-door registration only available if space permits. Free. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. For details & to register:

TUESDAY, MARCH 19 Evening in Bloom at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show – 6-9:30pm. Our Charity Preview Benefit is reinventing itself as part of the 2018 show theme Flowertales, with new experiences aligning flowers, food and fashion. See the Midwest’s iconic Chicago Flower & Garden Show in all its grandeur the evening before it opens to the public. Includes hort couture, a high-energy floral fashion show, with proceeds benefitting Bernie’s Books.  Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago. Info & tickets:

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 Chicago Flower & Garden Show – Mar 20-24. Theme: Flowertales: The Story Grows On. Stroll through more than 20 realistic gardens created by local landscape designers, builders and suppliers. Includes activities, seminars, classes, demonstrations and more. Navy Pier. Info & tickets:

savethedate FRIDAY, MARCH 22 Good Food Expo – Mar 22 & 23. Fri is the Good Food Trade Show; Sat is the Good Food Festival, the public celebration of the Good Food movement. Demonstrations by star chefs, Good Food is Good Medicine panels; Kids’ Corner; and the Test Your Soil! program conducted by the University of Illinois with Advocates for Urban Agriculture. Also enjoy the opportunity to meet many farm and food producers at the Good Food Marketplace. Festival free with registration; Trade show requires a paid ticket. UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago. To register:

SATURDAY, APRIL 6 EFT TELSI Method Workshop – 9am-1pm. With Dr. Funda Kahn, CHI and advanced EFT practitioner. Workshop is for anyone that desires to have more success with EFT or would like to learn an easy way of integrating EFT into their life or consulting practice. The TELSI Method, developed by Kahn, helps to release old life traumas by focusing on title, emotion, location, sensation and intensity. $85. Larry Garret Wellness Center, 3020 N Kimball, Chicago. For more info & registration until Mar 30: 847-971-1221, or

SATURDAY, APRIL 20 Heal Your Life® Teacher Training in Tampa – Apr 20-27. Certification program to teach Louise Hay’s life-changing philosophy. Join Sandra J. Filer, MBA, for this profoundly powerful experience and strengthen your own personal growth as you receive instruction to lead up to 14 different workshops. Hilton Garden Inn, 5312 Avion Park Dr, Tampa. Info & registration, Sandra: 713-201-2020.

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

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

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monthlyspecialoffers YOUR Calendar Listing can be seen by THOUSANDS! $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. $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. $249 Glycolic Peel Package – Buy a package of 5 glycolic peels for $249, get 1 free. Fall is a great time to shed your skin and rejuvenate your face. In addition we are offering a $429 Microblading Special: Purchase a 2-session Microblading Package and get a free bottle of Nerium Night Cream ($120 retail). To schedule, Wellness Empowered: 847-963-6094.

CrainoSacral Therapy Special – Thru Feb. Pathways to pain-free living. $10 off; regularly $85/60-min session. One Mind and Body, 22W550 Poss St, Glen Ellyn. 630-205-1075. Family Salt Day Special – Parents and kids all for price of a regular adult. First-time visit. North Shore Salt Therapy, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. Appt: 847-780-8200. Meditation Teacher Training Program – Enrollment is ongoing, students may register and work through the program at their own pace. Learn different meditation techniques to assist you in finding greater happiness and meaning in everyday life. Learn methodology how to teach meditation to others. $1,580-$1,700. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600. Share the Love – Thru Feb. Mention our holistic clinic, Wrigleyille Dental, to someone that may be in need of a dentist and we will thank you with a free On the Go whitening kit ($69 value). Wrigleyville Dental, 3256 N Ashland, Chicago. 773-975-6666. WODeration Nation – Supporting the best version of you on any given day. WODeration Nation is a community where you can ask any and all of your nutrition, health and fitness questions without judgement.



sunday The Mike Nowak Show Radio Program – 9-11am. Live weekly local radio show focused on gardening and the environment, with lots of humor to wake us up. Author and master gardener Mike Nowak and cohost Peggy Malecki feature a variety of guests and weather/climate scientist Rick DiMaio in live show on 1590 WCGO AM, also available in podcast on, iTunes, Stitcher and podcast apps, and streaming live on, TuneIn radio app and on Facebook at @The Mike Nowak Show. The Edgar Cayce Bookstore Open – 10am-1pm. Also 1st Mon, 6-9pm. Bookstore is always open during scheduled events. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. Logan Square Indoor Farmers’ Market – Thru Mar 31. 10am-3pm. Hosts approximately 20 farmers from within 150 miles of Chicago, offering seasonal produce and humanely pasture-raised livestock. Emporium Arcade Bar Logan Square, 2363 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago. Time to Dance: Ballet – 10:30-11:30am. Also Tues, 1:30-2:30pm & Thurs, 12:30-1:30pm. A class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. CBG Institute for Dance and Health, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: 847-510-3357 or 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: Qigong – 2-4:30pm. Discover the healing abilities of the ancient practice of qigong. Free qigong and tai chi classes for the inexperienced; also a space for experts to practice their skills. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822.

monday 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. Time to Dance: Jazz – 2pm. With Kate Wagner. CBG Institute for Dance and Health, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: 847-510-3357 or



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

tuesday Acupuncture Special – If you never tried acupuncture at Nirvana Naturopathics, but are curious, try it for only $54. Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine will check your pulses and insert tiny little needles in your ears. You will be relaxed for 25-30 mins while listening to music. Nirvana Naturopathics, 707 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 100, Deerfield. 847-715-9044. Cupping Special – A Chinese technique used for generations is the use of suction cups to bring tension and toxins to the surface of the skin from deep layers. Cupping provides excellent relief for back pain, asthma, colds and more. New patient special: 3 cupping sessions for $99. Nirvana Naturopathics, 707 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 100, Deerfield. 847-715-9044. Facial Acupuncture Special – The reportedly safer alternative to surgery or Botox. This cosmetic treatment is an extension of traditional acupuncture. It’s said to naturally help make the skin look younger, smoother, and all-around healthier. And unlike injection procedures, Mei Zen facial acupuncture addresses not only signs of aging, but also the skin’s overall health. Try it for $120. Nirvana Naturopathics, 707 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 100, Deerfield. 847-715-9044. Beginning Mat Pilates – 10-11am. Amanda Kantor, Certified Pilates Instructor, leads a beginning level mat Pilates exercise class. Limited enrollment. $100/4 wks. re:fit, 901 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. For more info & appt: 847-657-0881. Enhance Your Health in Ways You Never Knew Possible – 11:15am-12:15pm. Come hear the research and science behind this one-of-a-kind nano-enhanced hemp oil. Keep The Beat Wellness, Berkson Office Center, 333 Skokie Blvd, Ste 106, Northbrook. RSVP: 847-769-3547. Complimentary Consultation at ChiroMend Natural Health Center –1-5pm, by appt. Are you feeling older than your age? Brain fog or stress turning you into a zombie?  Come and sit down for a 30-min complimentary consultation with one of our board certified physicians to discuss your health and formulate a plan to uncover the real causes of your symptoms. 1834 Glenview Rd, Ste 2W, Glenview. For appt: 847-730-3988. More info: Time to Dance: Ballet – 1:30-2:30pm. See Sun listing. CBG Institute for Dance and Health, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: 847-510-3357 or Plant Clinic Hours – 2-4pm. Held year round. Gardening or houseplant questions? Our horticulturist can help. Bring in photos or a sample of your plant for identification or disease diagnostics. Complimentary houseplant-potting service available, for a suggested donation. You provide the plant and pot and we provide the soil and expertise. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St, Oak Park. 708-725-2400.

MARCH Time to Dance: Tap – 2:40pm. CBG Institute for Dance and Health, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: 847-510-3357 or CBB/Hemp Oil Introduction – 6pm. Learn what all the buzz is about with hemp oil and how it can help you and your pets. Hear about the new science and research on the benefits of phytocannabinoids and why hemp oil may be the missing link in your health journey. Let us introduce you to a full spectrum phytocannabindiol hemp oil that doesn’t require a medical card. After the presentation stay to learn about the joining us spread the mission and the business opportunity. Free. Natural Remedee Heath Solutions, 830 E Higgins Rd, Ste 116, Schaumburg. RSVP: 630-309-3409. Silent Meditation Service – 6pm. Led by Anita Stehmeier. Spending 45 mins in meditation can make a powerful impact on your well-being and quality of life. Being supported by a group makes meditation much easier. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997.

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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.

wednesday Hump Day Health & Fitness – 6am. Join Woderation Facebook live event on myths and tips for health and fitness. Stretch & Balance – 10-10:45am. Prevent falling by incorporating balance positions and incorporate stretching large muscles for toned body. $15, $10/Punch Pass. Fitness for Active Adults, 742 Sheridan Rd, Highwood. 847-736-2671. $7 Community Yoga or Meditation Class – 6:307:30pm. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600. Emotional Wellness and Myofascial Release – 7pm. 1st Wed. With Sharon M. Vogel, CLT, LM. Join us in learning hand postures that release hardened tissue and trauma. We will incorporate essential oil blends. National Lymphatic Centers, 5002 Main St, Ste A, Downers Grove. 630-241-4100. RSVP: Let’s Talk Hemp Oil: The Therapeutic Benefits and Business Opportunity – 8pm. Learn how to become part of this revolution in health. Hop online to learn more about this work-from-home business opportunity. We will present a brief 15-min overview. RSVP: 630-309-3409. Meeting ID: 630-309-3409. Zoom.US.

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thursday Time to Dance: Ballet – 12:30-1:30pm. See Sun listing. CBG Institute for Dance and Health, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: 847-510-3357 or Time to Dance: Modern – 1:30-2:30pm. A class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. CBG Institute for Dance and Health, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: 847-510-3357 or 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. Community Oneness Blessings & Meditation Circle – 7:30-9pm. 1st & 3rd Thurs. The meditation circle is guided. The Oneness Blessing is a nondenominational transference of Universal Energy, divinely designed to help quiet the mind and open the heart. No experience needed; all welcome in this safe space. Free; donations accepted. Be Optimal Holistic Center, 1249 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. Savita: 847-477-3069.

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

saturday Corporate Acupuncture Special – Have you ever wanted a social connection among your employees that promotes health? Creating a corporate culture that facilitates health is paramount. It leads to less sick days and higher productivity, both of which affect your bottom line. You can establish a cohesive facility by trying corporate acupuncture for just $350 for 10-12 employees and we will come to you. Nirvana Naturopathics, 707 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 100, Deerfield. 847-715-9044. Join the Centennial Volunteers – Sat & Sun. Be a part of forest and river revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore 7 special sites along the Chicago and Calumet rivers. To find a group, Ilana Federman:  312-356-9990 or Dates & locations: Stay Free of Allergies for Life – Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques, or NAET, is a dramatic new treatment for the cure of allergies (and sensitivities). It is a specific treatment procedure formulated by combining chiropractic and Chinese Medicine principles applied through spinal manipulation, acupuncture, kinesiology, acupressure and nutrition. Come in for an initial visit to get reverse your allergy today. Nirvana Naturopathics, 707 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 100, Deerfield. 847-715-9044. Mighty House Radio Program – 7-10am. Funny, friendly experts with answers and ideas to help with all of your home improvement projects. Join Ron Cowgill, Robbie Ehrhardt, Rich Cowgill  and the Mighty House team each Saturday morning to get help with all your home improvement and repair issues. On 1590 WCGO AM, and Palatine Winter Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 8am-12pm. 1st & 3rd Sat. Palatine Train Station, 137 W Wood St, Palatine. 847-358-1649. Palatine. Palos Heights Winter Market – 8am-12pm. Held Feb 9, Mar 9. Free parking available. Palos Heights Recreation Center, 6601 W 127th St, Palos Heights. Green City Indoor Market – Feb 2 & 16. 8am1pm. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago.

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Tai Chi Class – 9am. Also Tues, 8:15pm. Reduce stress; increase flexibility and balance; improve muscle strength and definition; increase energy; stamina and agility. Wear flat-soled shoes and loose fitting clothes. $10/class. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929. Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching Class – 9-10am. Stretch and strengthen your hips and shoulders using the revolutionary flexibility method, Ki-Hara. Increase range of motion and decrease pain in half the time of yoga. $5 for first class. Stretch Chi, 410 S Michigan Ave, Ste 841, Chicago. Advance registration required: 773-750-5031. Geneva Green Market: A Winter Farmers’ Market – Thru May. 9am-1pm. A not-for-profit distributional and educational association that promotes local, organic and sustainable products from local artisan farmers and producers who provide freshness, biodiversity and the highest quality foods. First Congregational Church of Geneva, 327 Hamilton St, Geneva. 61st Street Indoor Farmers’ Market – Feb 9, Mar 9, Apr 13. 9am-2pm. South side Chicago’s premier farmers’ market. Market also features chef demos, live music and more. Experimental Station, 6100 S Blackstone Ave, Chicago. ExperimentalStation. org/market. Mind Body Fitness: Nia Technique – 9:3010:25am. A beautiful, deep class that combines dance arts (like jazz), martial arts (like tai chi) and healing arts (like yoga). Sense new levels of mindbody awareness as you move to music from all over the world. Taught in over 45 countries, Nia’s blend of choreography and free-dance enhances your physical health, develops your self-healing capacity, and empowers your self-expression. Nonimpact, shoes optional, accessible for all levels of fitness. Energized, strong, flexible, balanced, free. Fit to be you. Get ready for a sweet, nurturing sweat. Also Thurs, 9:30am. $15/drop-in. Raydiant Day, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-644-9834. NiaRaydiantDay.Life. Winter European Farmers’ Market – Feb 16, Mar 16, Apr 20. 10am-2pm. Get your farmers’ market fix during the off season. Visit favorite farmers and producers, and maybe meet a new favorite. Sugar Beet Food Co-op, 442 S Grove, Oak Park. 708-948-7656. Free 30-Min Consultation with Naturopathic Doctor – Thru Feb. 1am-2pm, appt required. Dr. Arutcheva will go through your symptoms, diet and lifestyle, and will recommend some of the following tests: Metatron-Oberon diagnostic biodevice, microscopic blood analysis, nails and tongue analysis, iridology testing. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Plant Chicago Indoor Farmers’ Market – 11am3pm. 1st Sat thru May. Held in the lobby of The Plant, 1400 W 46th St, Chicago. 773-847-5523. Introduction to Heartland Meditation – 2-3pm. Learn how the guided, subtraction meditation technique brings positive changes real results. An eye-opening session showing how to reflect on the cluttered thoughts to discard those from the mind. Free. Heartland Meditation, 1444 S Butterfield Rd, Mundelein. 224-433-6338.

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


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


Specializing in Anti-Aging Beauty & Wellness FreshSkin Medical Spa & Wellness Center 595 Elm Pl, Ste 208, Highland Park 60035 847-681-8821 • Dr. Josie’s journey has taken her to multiple countries and has given her the unique experience of witnessing how medicine is practiced all over the world.  Her passion in family medicine and aesthetics has led her to advocate a program of eating well, exercising and aesthetics for patients who are passionate about having the best quality of life.  See ad on page 17.

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


Certified Rolfer™ Chicago (Relaxation Station) and Homewood (Insight Awareness) 773-627-2698 • Restore flexibility, revitalize your energy and feel more comfortable in your body with Rolfing® Structural Integration, a form of manual therapy which works on connective tissue to realign and balance your whole body—resolving discomfort, reducing compensations and alleviating pain. Bring about desired change with the only Rolfing® practice in the South Chicagoland area.


Sharon M Vogel, LMT, CLT, BCTMB, MFR 5002a Main St, Downers Grove 6300 Kingery Hwy, Ste 212, Willowbrook 630-241-4100 • Sharon Vogel is referred to by Mayo Clinic practitioners, national surgeons and physicians. She offers 27 years’ experience and is Nationally Board Certified, specializing in oncology massage, lymph drainage MLD and myofascial release JFB MFR—all to help assist clients in regaining health. Free consult and treatment the second Sunday of each month, 12-2pm in Downers Grove with RSVP. See ad on page 13.


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.

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

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

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


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.


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

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

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


Carol G. Sherby, BS, LMT, BCST 22W550 Poss St, Glen Ellyn 630-205-1075

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

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

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.




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


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


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.”





North Shore School of Dance 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park 60035

57 E Scranton Ave, Lake Bluff 60044 847-482-1700

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 25.

Floatation therapy is quickly being recognized as a very safe and effective way to shift into the parasympathetic state of total relaxation. Floating cradles you in its graceful healing waters optimizing your body’s ability to do what it does best, heal! Float effortlessly in over 1,250 lbs of Epsom salt. See ad on page 15.


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

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Outside the Pill Box, Ltd Evanston 60201 847-644-8540 Dr. Marny helps adults and children identify and heal the root causes of their mystery symptoms or chronic health conditions, guiding them to vibrant physical, mental and emotional health. If you’re frustrated by being told everything is normal when it clearly isn’t, or if you’re looking for real solutions instead of pharmaceutical disease management, Dr. Marny can help you.

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2400 Ravine Way, Suite 400, Glenview 60025 847-998-5100 Stay healthy with a whole-body, preventative care approach. We use non-fluoridated ozonated water, periodontal herbal treatments, and gluten-free herbal paste. Restorative options include: safe amalgam removal, BPA-free fillings and sealants, non-metal crowns and bridges, sleep apnea and TMJ appliances, and non-acrylic night guards, partials and dentures. Our conservative approach includes: digital X-rays and intraoral camera, non-surgical gum therapies including laser and ozone, and herbal irrigation. Material reactivity testing, saliva pH and microscopic plaque analysis are available. Our natural approach includes dental homeopathy, CranioSacral Therapy, and nutritional counseling. Dental discount plan available and PPO insurance plans accepted. See ad on page 33.


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

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


233 E Erie St, Ste 814, Chicago 60611 312-280-2299 Dr Gloria Chen offers you the best dental services in a safe and caring environment. Her conscious, holistic approach to dentistry comes from over 30 years of mind, body and spiritual training. Her integrated practice offers TMJ treatment, Craniosacral Therapy and Non-Surgical Gum Treatment. We accept all major insurance. See ad on page 11.


Gaiamed Dental 1535 Lake Cook Rd, Ste108, Northbrook 60062 847-977-1655 Holistic dentistry involves an awareness of care that relates to the entire person. Gaiamed is a fullservice practice using the most biocompatible dental options and laser dentistry (no numbing in most cases). Our services range from non-surgical gum care to mercury- and PBA-free restorations, crowns, bridges, partial and full dentures, children’s dentistry, braces, dental homeopathy and CranioSacral Therapy. See ad on page 13.


Dr. Bernice Teplitsky, DDS, PC 3256 N Ashland, Chicago 60657 773-975-6666 In addition to state-of-the-art technology and methods offered by most holistic dentists (microscopes, ozone therapy, etc.), we treat you as a partner. We thoroughly explain your unique situation, provide treatment options and keep you comfortable with Netflix, music and paraffin wax treatments. Located off the Brown line. Free garage parking. See ad on page 43.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Inner Child Connection Ltd 847-971-1221 Having unique training and experience, Dr. Funda Kahn offers myriad techniques customized for individuals and groups to create peace and harmony in their lives. Trained as an oral surgeon, she committed her life to healing souls. Teaching hypnosis, self-hypnosis, EFT, and “inner child connection” are only the beginning of what she can provide. “Feelings buried alive never die.” – Karol Truman. See ad on page 11.

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

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


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

Using IV therapies, PRP, weight management and other natural programs we help conditions like fatigue, brain fog, hormone imbalance, pain, injury, weight gain, decreased performance, tick born disease and more. After an initial consultation, we design your custom program to obtain true optimal health, which includes living a healthy lifestyle and being committed to yourself. See ad on page 23.

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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


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


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


At Unity Northwest Church 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines 60016 847-299-6535 • Full-service bookstore, Cayce remedies, spiritual growth study groups, monthly programs, workshops and holistic fairs, intuitive skills development training, knowledgeable seekers, intuitives, healers and more. Call for hours. See ad on page 31.


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 and Vision for 2019, February 22. Meditation Excursion Intensive, February 23-24. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental. Call or email for a free course guide. See ad on page 5.


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February 2019 Natural Awakenings Chicago  

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February 2019 Natural Awakenings Chicago  

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