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elcome to summer, which from my point of view, is the best time of the year. Warm weather, long days of sunlight, green everywhere you look—and fresh veggies in abundance! Between our backyard and community gardens, farmers’ markets and even our regular stores that carry local produce, those of us with access to these abundant resources can finally have almost all the just-picked tomatoes, squash, beets, arugula, cukes, peppers and fruit that we could ever want. Blessed with overflowing gardens, many of us resort to canning, pickling, baking or other means of putting away summer’s bounty for the winter. Others give tomatoes and zucchini by the bagful to friends, coworkers and strangers on the train. Eventually, we run out of takers for our overflowing gardens—but not really—there are a lot of people nearby we may not have considered that would love to share our extra veggies in their evening meals. This month, we explore the topic of Food Democracy, a term coined in the mid-1990s by British food policy academic and former farmer, Professor Tim Lang. Boiling it down, food democracy concerns the “fulfillment of the human right to safe, nutritious food that has been justly produced.” In other words, access to safe and nutritious food is an inalienable right of everyone, no matter their economic status or position in life. A quick Google search pulls up myriad sources about the topic, providing a wealth of both sobering and inspiring information about how our ever-growing global wealth gap is related to the food gap of poverty, urban/ suburban/rural food deserts and the obesity and chronic disease epidemic that has become commonplace. Up to one in six Americans struggle with hunger, yet 40 percent of the food in this country gets thrown away. Not good numbers. So what does food democracy have to do with too many tomatoes in your garden? Plenty! Did you know that you can donate your garden’s bounty to a local food pantry and help someone else to put a nourishing and delicious summer meal on their family’s table? Thanks to the efforts of many organizations and government agencies, food depositories are able to legally receive and distribute quality produce to those in need. The 1996 Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act was also enacted to protect those who donate “apparently fit” food in good faith. One of the most convenient ways to locate a local pantry for your produce is through, which works hard to ensure gardeners can find good outlets for their produce. Gardeners can search their database to find registered pantries within a specified distance and includes the hours that donations are accepted. Other options in the Chicago area include Common Pantry (CommonPantry. org), a Northside pantry with refrigeration capability to accept both fresh produce and dairy. Chicago Community Gardens ( operates its Share The Harvest Program, which works with community garden groups that produce specifically for food pantry donation. Also, check with churches, synagogues and other community groups for places where your bounty will go to good use. Happy Fourth of July, Happy Summer and here’s to a glorious season of sunlight and smiles!


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r. Odette Suter, DVM, will give a presentation, Say Goodbye to Your Pet’s Allergies, at 6:30 p.m., July 14, at Page’s Healthy Paws, in Wauconda. Suter is a local holistic veterinarian who practices functional medicine. She’ll explain how to tell what ails our animals and how to do more than cover up symptoms with drugs that can make conditions worse, resulting in higher vet bills. Suter states, “If this is your goal, then you need to understand the flaws of the healthcare system that animals and humans alike are locked into. To turn around your animal’s health and prevent them Dr. Odette Suter, DVM from suffering, we need to radically turn around our approach to health and healing.” She will discuss a system that supports a healthy and happy animal life: one that eliminates the underlying cause of excessive scratching, recurrent hot spots, ear infections, gastrointestinal problems or any other health issues animals might be suffering from and as a result allows their bodies to function optimally. In her practice of concierge veterinary medicine, Suter offers care beyond the customary attention to include individualized wellness programs offered in the comfort of the animal friend’s home whenever possible.

elebrating Wisconsin family farms and rural life, a three-day Soil Sisters event to be held from July 31 to August 2 in South Central Wisconsin on farms around the Monroe and Brodhead areas, will feature hands-on workshops and culinary events. The weekend will culminate in the Tour of Farms. The events are all led by more than a dozen women farmers that operate sustainable or certified organic farms. Many of the activities are aimed at families with kids that will be happy to be greeted by goats, sheep, chickens or emus. Depending on the Green Acres workshop, they can spin some fiber, go on a hayride, explore how to start a food business from their home kitchen, learn how to ferment or build a birdhouse, among many other handson activities. Culinary events include a Dinner on the Farm and Taste of Place.   The Tour of Farms is free on Aug. 2, other events are ticketed. For more information, visit See ad on page 33.


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Buddhist Monk-Nun Maytawee to Appear at Solful Gifts


olful Gifts, in Wheeling, will present special guest Maytawee, a Buddhist Monk-nun who has worked with Eckhart Tolle, from noon to 5 p.m., July 26, as part of a Serendipity event. She will be offering healing and animal communication sessions, as well as a free presentation. Serendipity is a fusion of a customer appreciation day mixed with an open house and a mini-expo, featuring free educational presentations, an intuitive gala with Matawee readings and healing sessions, mindful people networking, music, snacks and an opportunity to learn about and purchase mindful gifts for one’s self and others. Oksana Gritsenko, a Mind and Life Coach and founder of Solful Gifts, Inc., says, “People love receiving gifts that are not only beautiful, but meaningful and unique.” At the expo, there are many options to choose from: rare gems and crystals set in sterling silver jewelry; astrological or numerological reports; natural wellness products and services; intuitive readings; healing sessions and much more. Admission is free. Natural Awakenings readers receive a 10 percent discount in the store. Location: 1040 S. Milwaukee Ave., Ste. 130, Wheeling. For more information, call 847-924-5708 or visit See Maytawee’s ad on page 9. 10



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ortexHealing® is a holistic energy-healing art that works solely with Divine light and consciousness. It derives its name from a particular energy-vortex that is an interface between our physical world and the Divine presence whose energy and consciousness is accessed in this art. A five-day training in VortexHealing will be given by Terrie Rolands, from Terrie Rolands August 1 through 5 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at the Comfort Inn O’Hare. A VortexHealing practitioner that has just taken the basic training can channel 49 unique forms of Vortex energy from this energy-vortex, all guided by Divine intelligence, or channel the transformative consciousness of this Divine presence. This enables VortexHealing to work very deeply on the physical and emotional level, as well as to release the karmic level of issues rooted in the incarnational personality that are transformed directly by Divine consciousness. The focus of VortexHealing is about deep transformation, not just in the physical body but in the whole psyche. The power of VortexHealing to create transformation is easily demonstrated by doing a one-minute healing on a musical instrument. The sound of the instrument improves remarkably, illustrating what VortexHealing is capable of doing with a human energy system. The ultimate goal of all Divine lineages is to transform the human being deeply enough to create spiritual awakening—an awakening to our true nature, which is the ultimate healing. VortexHealing offers a path to such an awakening, guided by pure Divinity. The local Chicago VortexHealing meetup is a great way to experience this wonderful healing art first hand; events will be hosted in July (see Calendar for specific dates and details).

arla Goldberg, an energy healer and Spiritual Response Therapy (SRT) practitioner with more than 12 years of experience, is now offering her services for Insightful Energy Therapy. She works with clients on clearing negative energies, entities, emotions, blocks, interferences and projections that are imprinted on their Akashic soul records from this life, Marla Goldberg as well as past-life traumas. After experiencing miraculous life shifts herself, Goldberg was driven to learn this powerful technique. Goldberg’s SRT services begin with connecting to one’s spirit’s High Self. She then helps address issues from childhood, removing the legacy of past energies from homes and businesses, conquering toxic and limiting thought patterns, bringing balance to body and mind and gaining access to the power of one’s life.   Goldberg will also be participating at the Mind, Body, Spirit Expo at Skokie’s North Shore Center for Performing Arts on August 15 and 16. “I welcome you to stop by for more information about what type of transformation you’d like to see in your life,” says Goldberg. Helping people with their life’s shifts is a lifework. As she likes to say, “Shift happens, begin your shift with Insightful Energy Therapy.”



Goldberg works in person and phone consultations. For appointments, call 847-275-5584 or visit See ad on page 17 and in the Community Resource Guide.

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fter hosting more than 50 successful fundraising events, local bake-athome pizza concept Bake425° wants to partner with more nonprofit organizations this summer to support the causes that matter most to its customers. The in-store fundraisers are simple to set up. Sponsors pick a date from Sunday through Thursday that’s at least two weeks away, and Bake425° provides artwork for promotional emails and flyers. Fifteen percent of every order associated with the event directly benefits the sponsored cause. The community-focused fundraising events are a natural extension of the pizzeria’s commitment to local, “farmto-crust” ingredient sourcing. They offer sponsors the opportunity to create awareness for their causes while supporting their neighbors, the farmers and artisans that make such unique, fresh flavors possible. Past fundraisers have benefited Habitat for Humanity, Highland Park High School’s Charity Drive, the Infant Welfare Society, Glencoe Community Garden, Evanston Youth LaCrosse, A Meal to Heal and Jewish Council for Youth Services. Hosting a fundraiser is free. Bake425° has locations in Highland Park, Glencoe, Winnetka, Evanston and Lake Forest, with additional locations opening soon in Hinsdale and Barrington. To schedule an event, email Fundraising@Bake425. com. For more information, visit See ad on page 33.

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igong practitioner Jeff Primack and 20 other instructors will lead a large group to practice together at this year’s amazing qigong Healing event, from September 12 through 15, at the Schaumburg Convention Center. New for 2015 is a greater scientific and evidence-based approach, and the lineup includes a large qigong/energy component, including breathing techniques, the best natural high there is, and creativity activators. Correct food, breath and blood-circulating exercises will open the root chakra, which releases internal energy (kundalini) up the spine, boosting the endocrine system and, therefore, longevity. Primack says, “After 100 events and 50,000 attendees, we’ve upgraded the curriculum to what people said in surveys was most useful in life. Qi Revolution focuses on foodhealing protocols for cancer, diabetes and heart disease.” Cost: $149 for all four days. Location: 1551 N. Thoreau Dr., Schaumburg. For more information, call 800-298-8970 or visit See ad on page 2.

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olistic general dentist Dr. Kevin Boehm, who has been practicing in Chicagoland for 22 years, is certified in orthodontics, nutritional consulting and craniosacral therapy. He is the past president of the Holistic Dental Association and currently sits on its board of directors. K. Boehm DDS & Associates speKevin Boehm, DDS cializes in safe mercury removal, offers ozone therapy, infrared therapy, bio-meridian feedback and a number of high-quality supplements and products from Energetix, Dental Herb Company, Biotics and Ortho Molecular among others. The doctor and most of his staff travel between two locations in Hoffman Estates and Lisle, so patients will always see a familiar face. Locations: 1585 N. Barrington Rd., Ste. 106, Hoffman Estates (847-884-1220); and 1440 Maple Ave., Ste. 2A, Lisle (630-810-1280). For more information, visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.


eri Calandra, LAc, LMT, RMT, has opened a second office at 2015 South Arlington Heights Road, Suite 111, in Arlington Heights. Calandra Acupuncture offers acupuncture, herbs, Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET), Reiki, Access Consciousness Bars and the Bengston Energy Healing Method. Calandra is trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine and NAET Allergy Elimination, and is a Reiki master teachTeri Calandra, LAc, er. She uses an integrated approach to LMT, RMT uncover and treat the underlying imbalances that lead to complex chronic conditions such as stress, pain, digestive dysfunction, autoimmune disorders, ADHD, chemical sensitivity and infertility. She also empowers patients with a variety of classes. All NAET Allergy Elimination patients receive tools to help themselves at home.

Original Chicago location: 47 W. Polk St., Ste. M-5, inside Equilibrium Energy+Education, Dearborn Station. For more information, a complimentary 15-minute complimentary phone consultation and appointments, call 312-515-9492 or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

Forever Living Provides Top-Quality Aloe Nutrition


he essential goodness in aloe vera makes it an excellent source of nutrition,” states Forever Living business and products consultant Krzysztof (Christopher) Pernak. “Our exclusive aloe drinks are rich cocktails containing pure aloe pulp and liquid that nourish your body, benefit your digestive system, amplify your energy level and deliver pure nutrition with every serving.” The Aloe barbadensis miller species used in Forever Living products is said to be the crème de la crème of the aloe family. Grown in privately owned plantations, Forever Living takes great pains to ensure both the quality and purity of their plants and uses only the best ingredients in their products. “Carrying the International Aloe Science Council seal of approval, our special harvesting and stabilization processes preserve aloe in its freshest form for maximum benefits,” says Pernak. In addition to aloe vera products, Forever Living also carries Sonya cosmetics, energy drinks, bee products and other products for nutrition, weight management, sports performance, skin care and personal care. For more information, call 847-650-2734 or visit See ad on page 20.


Urgent Health Care with a Holistic Approach in Wilmette


orth Shore Holistic Health, LLC, the practice of Angela Waltman, FNP, AHN-C, is a blend of urgent and holistic health care, combining an eclectic blend of Eastern and Western medicine. Waltman has been a holistic family nurse practitioner since 1998, with extensive experience in emergency care and family medicine. She provides a variety of offerings, including urgent care needs for colds, coughs and minor Angela Waltman, FNP, illnesses and inAHN-C juries, all with an approach to mind, body and spirit. Waltman is passionate about mindfulness and mediation, and offers classes in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. She is also a Reiki master and her practice includes aspects of Pranic healing, chakra balancing and other energy modalities. Waltman provides a program called Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster, which can also be very effective for those undergoing chemotherapy or suffering from chronic pain. She loves what she does and is working toward a Ph.D. in Holistic Theology. Location: 22 Poplar Dr., Wilmette. For more information, call 773-454-2644 or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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ody & Brain, with 10 convenient Chicagoland locations, is giving away free copies of the book The Solar Body: The Secret to Natural Healing, by Ilchi Lee, plus bonuses, at Extras include a free week of classes at local Body & Brain centers and an almost 90 percent discount off the online course. The book describes simple and easy ways to enhance innate natural healing ability. Sustaining ourselves with our own natural processes will let us shine brightly with health, vitality, a sunny attitude, sparkling eyes, radiant skin and a glowing spirit. A deepened connection toward our authentic, natural self will not only restore our full capacity for health and happiness, it will give us the energy and integrity to improve the lives of those around us. The secret behind the method is temperature. Through movements, breathing, and awareness, we raise our temperature to improve immunity, metabolism, circulation, mood and optimism. For Chicago area locations and more information, visit See ad on page 5.

kudos Collective Resource, an innovative composting business in Chicago that delivers collection containers and returns to pick them up filled with food scraps and other compostable materials, has won the Green America Spring 2015 People & Planet Award, rewarding small businesses that have built social and environmental considerations into their catering and event services. For more information, visit

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Holistic Health • Spiritual Growth • Meditation • Psychic Development EFT: RELIEVING NEGATIVITY AND STRESS with Tom Masbaum Saturday, July 11, 10am-4pm


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New Custom Team Events from Peterson Garden Project


eterson Garden Project (PGP) now offers custom programs focused on food and community for team building, health and wellness and outreach initiatives, and also does private events in their kitchen and gardens. President and Executive Director LaManda Joy states, “A day out of the office can do wonders for team productivity! We provide fun and meaningful team building experiences in our teaching kitchen and gardens. Crafted just for your group, a day with PGP can build team effectiveness, morale and provide a new, life-changing perspective on community and food.” If a team wants to connect with the community, understand the food system from the ground up and get their hands dirty, there are special initiatives intended for groups of 10 or more. Smaller groups and individuals that just want to help for a day can visit the website’s volunteer page. The teaching kitchen and gardens are available to like-minded organizations and individuals for unique private experiences and supports PGP’s nonprofit mission. Location; Community Cooking School at Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway, Chicago. For more information about custom events, email or visit

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are More than Just a Headache by Megy Karydes


rupti Gokani, M.D., a boardcertified neurologist and founder of Glenview-based Zira Mind and Body Center, states, “Whether we would like to believe it or not, a migraine doesn’t just happen. Rather this type of headache is an intervention that occurs from above, telling you that your body is out of balance, that your body is not in harmony and it needs to get into harmony.” Gokani continues by explaining that according to ayurvedic principles, a migraine is a spiritual intervention designed to capture our attention with an attack of pain to evoke a re-evaluation of our life, looking within to discover imbalances. “Migraine occurs when we are disconnected,” she states. Migraines affect between 36 and 40 million Americans, yet many never get a formal diagnosis nor proper treatment from a migraine specialist, according to the American Migraine Foundation. Even more people suffer from ordinary headaches, according to Gokani. She explains the difference: “Migraine is a specific type of neurological condition that involves the brain, the blood vessels and inflammatory peptides. A true migraine attack generally is one-sided, moderate to severe in intensity and associated with nausea, vomiting, light, smell and/or sound sensitivity. These attacks generally stop people from doing their day-to-day tasks and often lead one to climb into bed and sleep to relieve the pain.” Other kinds of headaches are described by location, severity of pain and associated symptoms. Gokani trained in family practice and psychiatry until finding her passion in the field of neurology. She is also a certified master clinical psychopharmacologist. After desiring to learn a more 26

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systems-based approach to healing, she then trained in ayurveda through two distinct programs, the Kerala Ayurveda Academy and the Ayurvedic Training for Health Professionals, which are offered in conjunction with Maharishi University and Scripps Integrative Medicine center, in La Jolla, California. Her primary interest is in understanding the migraine condition and how to manage it, and Gokani has focused her practice on this for more than a decade. “During this time, I have also created protocols to help those with digestive issues, fatigue, insomnia, mood issues, difficulty focusing and more,” she notes. “I have taken a far more holistic approach to balancing the mind and body the more I have worked with patients, as many patients come in with a multitude of complaints during their initial consultation with me.” Gokani uses both Eastern and Western medicine in her pain management approach. For headaches, and migraines specifically, she cites classic triggers as the most common culprits: stress (good


or bad, such as getting married or getting a divorce), weather shifts, foods, hormone imbalances, lack of sleep and skipping meals. Managing those triggers brings relief, which she’s able to do by helping patients identify and balance their dosha, or mind/body type. The holistic approach Gokani favors is ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old system of healing that many people believe was the first system of healing to classify headaches based on a person’s dosha. “The three types are Vata (wind type), Pitta (fire type) and Kapha (earth type),” Gokani explains. “Depending on which dosha is affected, head pain will occur in different locations and with different intensities. For example, if the Vata dosha is imbalanced, which can occur if you are eating too many cold, dry foods, traveling or not sleeping enough, your pain will likely be located in the back of the head and neck area. The Pitta type and Kapha type headaches have different triggers and different locations of presentation.” “To me, the fundamental cause of migraine is not living in alignment with your mind-body type,” notes Gokani. “Stress is basically when the mind and body are not living in harmony with the world around us. If you go to a job that you hate or you feel is too high-pressured and constantly wish you could be spending time with your kids at home, you will always feel a sense of stress and anger with your work. This can in turn activate your nervous system to work against you, rather than in harmony with you, and thus lead to cycles of pain.” Diet can be an important factor, as well. “If you eat foods that are heating, such as spicy foods, but have a Pittatype ‘fire’ nature, you will be stressing your digestion by eating foods that activate, rather than balance your gut,” observes Gokani. “If you allow yourself to live a life for others and do not live authentically, you will create stress, and this will in turn imbalance you, and can lead to pain.” During the course of studying integrative medicine, especially ayurveda, and treating patients, Gokani realized there are some important principles that apply to both her own migraine patients and those she wasn’t seeing. She began putting into writing the decade of experi-

ence and knowledge she has gleaned about the mind while attending conferences, reading books, speaking with practitioners and completing more advanced training in integrative medicine and ayurveda. Then, four years in the making, she wrote The Mysterious Mind, a practical guide for people looking for answers. “The more I wrote, the more I realized that this book is not just for migraine patients, but for anyone who has a mind that is not optimal,” explains Gokani. The book is intended to help not only those struggling with headaches, but also conditions such as insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, irritability or difficulty focusing. Find The Mysterious Mind exclusively at or her office. To schedule an appointment with Gokani at Zira Mind and Body Center, 1332 Waukegan Rd., in Glenview, call 224-521-1212. For more information, visit Megy Karydes is a Chicago-based freelance writer. Find her on Instagram at @megykarydes.


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echnology has indisputably made what was once unfathomable and mysterious, transparent and predictable, fueling our desire and dependence for more of what we can easily control and visibly trust. While the technological innovations of this age continue to stretch the boundaries of what is possible, we persist in limiting our own potential. In the face of natural uncertainty and instability, we stick to tendencies toward stress, anxiety and conflict as means to our goals. To navigate this life unbounded by worry, conflict and strife when there is no “app for that” or pill that will dissolve our obstacles, we must first look within. Inner knowing, or noetics, is as essential to our daily lives as technology, if not more so. The Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) is dedicated to researching the realms of internal wisdom in an effort to liberate humanity from restricting beliefs and behaviors. More than 40 years of consciousness research at IONS suggests that cultivating an open-hearted curiosity is the potent antidote to constricting fears, contentions and regrets. When we are free from thoughts, emotions and reactions that breed negativity, we are empowered to enact positive change within our own lives, our communities and the larger world. Based on the IONS Transformation Model, here are pivot points we can use to change our view right now. 28

It’s not all in your mind

We each have a unique perspective. The particular nature and combination of our circumstances and life experiences shape our personal beliefs, thoughts and behaviors, and vice versa. This influences how we see ourselves, what we desire, and how we interact with others, even if we’re not aware of it. Worldviews also influence how we present ourselves to the world. The constellation of personal values, beliefs, assumptions, attitudes and ideas that make up our worldview have an affect on our goals, desires, relationships and behaviors.

It (really) all depends on how you look at it Sometimes things happen that seem too coincidental to be explained, because in addition to reason and scientific

observation, there are other ways of knowing, such as intuition and direct experience that inform our perspective of the world around us. Intuition and logical reasoning influence our every action, and our lives shift depending on the decisions we make that rely more on one than the other.

The beauty of “I don’t know”

The personal nature of reality reveals the futility of being right, and that more can be gained if we approach our own and others’ points of view with curiosity. Whether we’re rebuilding after a catastrophe, mending a broken friendship or healing self-inflicted wounds, an ability to flow with the unfamiliar and explore the unknown with courageous curiosity allows us to thrive in the face of adversity. Possibilities expand when we replace our compulsion to be right with receptivity.

We are part of something bigger

We are part of a complex, fluid, interconnected universe: what we do influences the world around us, and the world influences us, even when we are not aware of exactly how. In this information age, there are now innumerable virtual spaces for people to connect and create powerful waves of change. We are already harnessing this awareness of interdependence through the cultures of start-ups and cooperative movements, where everyone has a valued role in creating something larger that the sum of its parts, for the benefit of all.

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n May 1961, President John F. Kennedy’s televised speech before a joint session of congress challenged members to appropriate funds for landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth. Those words stirred the spirit of imagination and exploration in Edgar Mitchell. By 1966, the former naval officer, aviator, test pilot and aeronautical engineer had joined Project Apollo as one of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s fifth group of astronauts. In 1971, as the lunar module pilot of Apollo 14, he and Alan Shepard walked on the moon while their crewmate Stuart A. Roosa orbited its surface aboard the mission command module Kitty Hawk. The sixth person to walk on the moon, Mitchell, the author of The Way of the Explorer, co-founder of the Institute for Noetic Sciences (IONS) and chairman of Quantrek, Inc., logged nine hours of lunar surface exploration time, more than any other astronaut. More than 50 years later, it is possible to debate whether the last living member of the Apollo 14 crew, whose accomplishments have secured him a place in the annals of aerospace legend, will be more remembered for exploring inner space than outer space. As an inductee of the prestigious Leonardo da Vinci Society for the Study of Thinking, Mitchell belongs to an elite group of the world’s greatest living thinkers. His induction honors 40-plusyears of intellectual pursuit, dedication and a tireless search to discover common ground between science and spirit within the inner reaches of human consciousness. The catalyst for this search was Mitchell’s desire to gain a deeper understanding of the transformative awakening he experienced on the ride back to Earth. 30

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No longer preoccupied with work tasks, Mitchell gazed intently out the window of the command module as it rotated to maintain thermal equilibrium with the sun. During every twominute rotation, he observed the Earth, Moon and Sun passing by, as well as a magnificent, 360-degree panorama of star-filled heavens. His realization that the molecules of his body and the molecules of the spacecraft had been born in an ancient generation of stars elicited a visceral experience of being interconnected with all things and a state of spiritual ecstasy. The results of his personal explorations led Mitchell to co-found IONS in 1973. The nonprofit parapsychological research institute looks at spiritual experiences from the view of quantum science, and performs scientific research into a transcendental potential capable of inspiring global civilization to collective systemic actions that move


toward a more sustainable future. Through Quantrek, Mitchell collaborated with a stellar interdisciplinary team of degreed scientists that used scientific methods to study the quantum hologram (QH) model, which Mitchell calls “nature’s mind”. Focused primarily on the quantum attributes of nature’s mind—entanglement, coherence, resonance and non-locality—Quantrek’s research succeeded in accelerating the advancement of knowledge regarding the ultimate nature of reality. By embracing the goal of empirically establishing a unified theory of nature that incorporates the phenomenon of consciousness and a synthesis of thinking capable of linking disparate schools of thoughts in physics, Mitchell was able to describe a new cosmology that holds a promise for a necessary evolution of how we see ourselves in relation to the reality around us. Mitchell’s nature’s mind model holds great potential for demonstrating empirically that everything in the universe is part of the same whole and derived from the same source. This means that human beings, when compelled by scientific findings, may come to realize that in this interconnected and interdependent universe, what one does to others, one does to oneself. This interconnected and interdependent universe may bring us full circle to reconsider an insightful statement made by the president in his “Moon Shot” speech. “…In a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the moon… it will be an entire nation.” In July 1969, when the U.S. population was only about 200 million, the collective imagination of 600 million armchair explorers worldwide enthralled and entrained with the image of Neil Armstrong taking one giant leap for mankind. It is possible that Mitchell’s new quantum hologram cosmology might also be capable of igniting another collective moment, in which we all take one more quantum leap in a collective consciousness that benefits all of mankind. Astronaut Edgar Mitchell is a keynote speaker for the IONS 16th International Conference, Jul. 22 to 26, at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort. For more information on the conference, presenters and The Science of Being: The Spirit of Community theme, visit

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by John D. Ivanko, Lisa Kivirist and Beth Kregor


epending on the relatively new cottage food laws in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota, home bakers, picklers and jammers can now launch a food business from their home kitchen and sell certain food products to neighbors and friends. The laws in question refer to “non-hazardous” food products, often defined as those that are high in acid with a low pH, like jams, jellies or pickles, or low in moisture, such as breads. Every state’s new cottage food law will specifically answer four key questions about home food production and sale: what products can be sold; where they can be sold; how they can be sold; and how much of each product can be sold. “We have value-added products like salsas, spreads, pickles and jams,” says Erin Schneider, who, with her husband Rob McClure, operates Hilltop Community Farm, in LaValle, Wisconsin. They produce only high-acid food products with their 32

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consciouseating organically grown crops. “Our black currant and honey jam is sold before we even make it. Rob has quite the following with his garlic dills.” They sell at a holiday farmers’ market and earn about $2,000 a year. “I’m eager to encourage vendors who have products produced under the Illinois cottage food law,” says Roxanne Junge, market manager for the Glenview Farmers’ Market, in Glenview, Illinois. “The cottage food law is an awesome thing for people to get their foot in the door, try out a new product and sell it direct to their customers. It allows them to do this without investing too much money into the business before they’ve figured out what will sell. Eventually, many of them are able to take the next step to open a storefront or start an online sales business.” “Being able to use our kitchen for the operation made our lives easier, and it gave us the opportunity to stay in business, as it lowered our costs considerably,” explains Blanca Berthier, co-owner of Mundo Verde, an Illinois company that has been making premium and amaranth granola since 2010. Berthier moved her operations from a certified kitchen into her home after the Illinois cottage food law was passed in 2012. Thanks to the success of her products, Berthier expanded her operation beyond her home kitchen by using a commercial co-packer to manufacture the granola to her exacting specifications. By using the co-packer, her products can be sold at local grocery stores and by direct delivery. “Your best research comes directly from your customers. Ask them what they like and make it,” advises Dorothy Stainbrook, owner of HeathGlen Farm & Kitchen, in Forest Lake, Minnesota. HeathGlen specializes in preserves, syrups and scrubs made from organic fruit harvested at Stainbrook’s farm. What started out of her farmhouse kitchen under Minnesota’s cottage food law exceeded the state’s sales cap, so she opted to build a commercial kitchen on-site to keep up with demand. Some food entrepreneurs choose to rent space in a community or incubator kitchen when they scale up. Cottage foods and specialty food products are ultimately defined by their quality ingredients, distinctive flavors and taste. By meeting a seemingly insatiable appetite for more, these local, small batch food entrepreneurs are rebuilding a community food system. “We think it’s much more important to produce what grows well on our soil and then sell it, so that ecology drives economics, rather than the other way around,” says Schneider. “Paprika peppers, elderberries, hardy kiwi, garlic, pears, currants. These are the plants that are adapted here, and it’s our job as ecologically minded farmers to show how delicious these things can be, fresh or preserved.”


The Smorgasbord of Midwestern Laws by Beth Kregor he Midwest has a great tradition of home cooking, and its potlucks are legendary. Yet, state laws are sometimes hostile to the home cook that tries to test the market or grow a business selling homemade goodness. Nevertheless, new laws are pending in local state capitols. Be sure to check on the most recent developments nearby before starting ( is a good resource). If the results are not favorable, legislators seem to be listening to enterprising home cooks lately—contact them. In Illinois, a cottage food operation may sell specific baked goods, jams, jellies, preserves, fruit butter, and dry herbs or dry teas, if they have a low pH. The city of Chicago, however, does not allow cottage food operations to sell at the farmers’ markets that the city sponsors. Newly approved legislation now allows individuals to sell up to $36,000 per year at farmers’ markets or, if the products feature a locally grown agricultural product, they may deliver it directly to the consumer. Also in Illinois, a home kitchen operation may sell up to $1,000 a month in baked goods to consumers, but only if the local city or county has adopted an ordinance allowing it. Chicago has not approved home kitchen operations. In Minnesota, a new law still pending at press time would allow home cooks to sell up to $18,000 per year of homemade foods that are labeled as homemade and are not potentially hazardous, as well as home-processed or home-canned pickles, vegetables or fruits with a low pH. They would be able to sell at farmers’ markets or directly to the consumer (even over the Internet, if the home cook delivers it personally), as long as they register with the state and take a short food handling class. In Wisconsin, home-based producers cannot sell anything other than jams, jellies, pickles, sauces and canned goods with a low pH, and their sales are capped at $5,000 per year. Sales are allowed at farmers’ markets and community events only. Wisconsin has been named by some as the most restrictive state for cottage foods.

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Home cooks make great lobbyists: canners know how to put the pressure on, and bakers know how to sweeten the pot. To learn more about entrepreneurs’ fights for freedom to serve and sell food across the country, visit Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko are co-authors of the newly released Homemade For Sale, a how-to guide for anyone that wants to launch a food business from their home kitchen (available online and for order in local bookstores). They are also co-authors of ECOpreneuring, Farmstead Chef and Rural Renaissance. Beth Kregor is the director of the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship and a founding member of Chicago’s Street Vendors Justice Coalition. Kregor has written articles and reports on the regulatory barriers that micro-businesses face. See ad on this page.

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Living the Good Carb Revolution

Recipes FROM The PlantPure Nation Cookbook

by Luis Zapp

Written by Kim Campbell


n the last century, we have gone from about five pounds of sugar per person per year to more than 140 pounds; if we add the huge amounts of highly refined carbs that we eat every day (white bread, rice, potatoes, chips, pastries, etc.), we end up with a type of nutrition that encourages fat production and accumulation in the body with no escape route, and the added consequences of constant exposure to daily extreme blood sugar highs and lows. Up until a couple of centuries ago, we didn’t have unlimited access to food, especially highly refined, high-glycemic carbohydrates. What is commonplace to us today: grocery stores, convenience stores, restaurants, fast food, sugars, snacks and sodas, really appeared in the horizon less than 100 years ago. Thus our ability to modify, change and transform foods has grown at a pace thousands of times faster that our ability to evolve as a species to digest them in a healthy way. Our primal instincts keep us in love with (or addicted to) sweet foods because they represent a quick and easy energy boost that our bodies needed for survival in a harsh environment. We evolved to obtain and save every single molecule of that energy source we could get our hands on by converting any sugars or carbs that we could not use immediately into fat. On top of this, there is a perverse trap: our addiction to sugar. Recent studies show very clearly that our brain is stimulated by sugar in an incredibly similar way to hard drugs such as cocaine; the more we consume, the more we need to feel good, and it becomes a vicious cycle. The sum of our metabolic makeup, sugar addiction, bad carb 34

dominance in the marketplace and lack of alternatives, makes it very difficult to escape the trap. Most current dietary trends and research all seem to be pointing in a similar direction: reduce or eliminate sugar, avoid bad carbs, go back to eating more wholesome foods, cook less and eat more raw or fresh, favor vegetables, eat more protein and more recently, eat more healthy fats. Lifestyle changes are always challenging, but there’s plenty of scientific data and studies today that show the beneficial effects of replacing highly refined high glycemic carbs (those we convert into sugar very fast) with “good carbs” such as ancient grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. By substituting bad carbs with good carbs and reducing all forms of sugar intake considerably, we can transform our health and turn our body into a fat-burning machine, with stable sugar and insulin levels, reduced inflammation and a happy gut, which by means of billions of friendly bacteria, keeps us energized and feeling great. Get creative in the kitchen or look for better options in the marketplace. If we really need to cheat, only do it in-between meals on an empty stomach and eat half the normal amount. Being healthy is not about being miserable, but making good choices at least 80 percent of the time and indulging in smaller quantity less than 20 percent of the time. Follow that rule of thumb and be healthy. Luis Zapp is the founder and president of Zapp’s Dancing Grains, headquartered in Glenview. For more information, call 847-786-5600, visit or visit them on Facebook at DancinGrains. See ad on page 35.


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their community, whether animals are treated humanely, if family farmers and other food workers are paid a living wage and can collectively bargain and whether people have access to safe, healthy food—as well as the right to know what is in their food, how it is produced and where it comes from.” Peck believes that if we want a cleaner environment, healthier people and more vibrant communities, “We need to be citizens that care about bringing democratic accountability, social justice and ecological integrity to all aspects of our food/farm system.”

Local Food Strengthens Communities

Food Democracy By the People, for the People and Toward a Stronger Nation by Melinda Hemmelgarn


o more fully understand the concept of democracy, we can look to some past U.S. presidents. Abraham Lincoln defined it as “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” Thomas Jefferson said, “An informed citizenry is at the heart of a dynamic democracy.” Harry S Truman further recognized that “secrecy and a free, democratic government don’t mix.” By extension, “food democracy” describes a fair and transparent food system in which people have informed choices and control in determining what and how they eat. It’s what happens when we view people as citizens, rather than consumers, and treat food as a human right, reports the Oakland, California-based Pesticide Action Network (PAN). Kelly Moltzen, a registered dietitian in Bronx, New York, and member of the Franciscan Earth Corps, defines it as having the freedom to make choices about the integrity of our food from farm to plate, so that we can support the health and well-being of ourselves, 36

the Earth and all organisms that inhabit the ecosystem.

Food Sovereignty Feeds Independence

A PAN report on food democracy describes food sovereignty as the international equivalent of the U.S. movement to re-localize control over our food and farming. It’s rooted in regenerating historically autonomous food systems with, for and by the people. John Peck, Ph.D., executive director of Family Farm Defenders, in Madison, Wisconsin, explains that the term “food sovereignty” was coined about two decades ago by the globally active La Via Campesina, comprised of family farmers, farm workers, fishing folks, hunters, gatherers and indigenous communities around the world. “At its most basic,” Peck says, “Food sovereignty is about reclaiming local democratic control over our food/ farm system from corporate agribusiness.” This way, “Everyone has the right to decide what is grown or raised in


In their report, Deepening Food Democracy, the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), in Minneapolis, describes how U.S. food and farming has increasingly become concentrated, consolidated and controlled by the few. Local food enthusiasts want to take back their food system from industrial, corporate masters that lobby for legislation which denies citizens the right to know how their food is produced or if it contains genetically modified ingredients (GMO). The growing local food movement is as much about returning power to communities, food workers, farmers and farm workers as it is about producing and distributing healthy, sustainably grown food, reports IATP. Anthony Flaccavento, an organic farmer in the Appalachian region of southwestern Virginia, has been working on national food and sustainable farming initiatives for nearly 30 years. In a recent Food Sleuth Radio interview, he described the resulting tremendous, multiple positive impacts of strong local economies, noting that a strong local food system is usually at their center. “Once you have vibrant, diverse local economies,” says Flaccavento, “you have better health, lower crime and incarceration rates—and more civic participation.” Basically, a more democratic food system could help fix many of the maladies ailing our nation today. The steady growth of farmers’ markets, farm to school programs and food policy councils prove that Americans are hungry both for clean food …continued on page 38


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Jim Gerritsen operates Wood Prairie Farm with his family in Bridgewater, Maine. He’s dedicated to using organic farming methods to protect the environment and food quality, provide ample harvests and foster good jobs for the next generation of young farmers. As president of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, Gerritsen led a lawsuit against Monsanto in 2011, challenging the validity of seed patents. In a Food Sleuth Radio interview, he explains, “Patented seeds cannot be saved and replanted. To take that right away from farmers was a terrible mistake on the part of the Supreme Court.” Seed ownership belongs to the people; our seed resource is part of our common heritage. “Genetic engineering was an invention to take away from the commons the ownership of seeds,” he continues. “Regaining control of the seed supply is one of the most pressing battles we have in agriculture.” Gerritsen encourages everyone to plant an organic garden using organic seeds and to advocate GMO labeling. “Let’s let transparency reign, which is a hallmark of a democratic system,” he proclaims. Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and nationally syndicated radio host at, in Columbia, MO (Food She advocates for organic farmers at Enduring-Image.

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The True Cost of the

Food We Eat by Danielle Nierenberg and Emily Nink

Imagine if the price of a hamburger included the costs of cleaning up pollution from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) or medicating people with heart disease; the hamburger might be bumped off the dollar menu if all those external costs of the beef industry were considered.


rue cost accounting is a method of better aligning externalized costs of production with endproduct values. Many organizations such as the Sustainable Food Trust ( The Story of Stuff Project (, and the Lexicon of Sustainability ( are working to account for the true costs of food and agriculture, which include social, health and environmental consequences. Accounting for these external costs can lead to policy recommendations for fixing market failures, which occur when constraints prevent a market system from operating efficiently. Worldwide, it is estimated that 75 billion tons of soil are lost every year at a cost of approximately $400 billion per year, or about $70 per person, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Crop loss from overuse of pesticides is estimated to cost $520 million just in the United 40

States. According to the World Economic Forum, the cumulative costs of cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer and diabetes in low- and middleincome countries are likely to surpass $7 trillion by 2025, an average of nearly $500 billion per year. These externalized health and environmental costs of agriculture are not reflected in the market prices for food products, but eventually paid for by sick consumers and taxpayers, representing a massive market failure. Other healthcare costs are associated with agricultural inputs and occupational hazards. Endocrinedisrupting hormones, found in many pesticides and plastics, cause a disease burden of up to $359 billion per year, or 2 percent of Europe’s gross domestic product. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 167 agricultural workers suffer a lost work time injury every day in the United States, with 5 percent of these injuries resulting in permanent impair-


ment. Public Health Reports estimates that agricultural occupational injuries cost an estimated $4.57 billion in 1992. Food waste also adds to the externalized costs of agriculture. According to the FAO, $700 billion in natural resources, including $172 billion of wasted water, $42 billion of cleared forest and $429 billion of greenhouse gases are wasted every year when edible food is thrown away. The FAO estimates that the world wastes a third of the food produced annually. These market failures can be corrected through the creation of more accurate economic models and policy recommendations. It’s possible to rein in external costs and reduce the harm to our health and environment without abandoning farmers that are already struggling to make ends meet. Diversified systems reduce the yield gap between organic and conventional systems and restore valuable ecosystem services, reducing farmers’ input costs and offsetting externalities. According to one study, the global net value of ecosystem services could exceed fertilizer and pesticide costs even if used on only 10 percent of the global arable land area. Agriculture can become the solution to the problems of climate change, malnutrition and diet-related disease, rather than contributing to them. Agriculture is unique in that it utilizes natural capital—land, water and ecosystem services—at the front end, and also influences its future viability through its production practices. By investing in more sustainable production practices instead of borrowing from future natural capital, agriculture can actually improve environmental outcomes through carbon capture, soil building and sustainable water management. A robust vision of true cost accounting therefore aims not only to reduce negative externalities, but also to compensate farmers for social benefits and positive externalities that result from food production. Consumers can join the organization Food Tank in accounting for the true costs of food and agriculture by signing the pledge at   Danielle Nierenberg is president of Food Tank ( and Emily Nink is a Food Tank research assistant.

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Anti-Adhesion Xylitol’s anti-adhesive effect was discovered by accident in 1996. A British medical journal published a study, which analyzed past research done with xylitol. Researchers found that there was an additional correlation between xylitol and upper respiratory infections—a correlation researchers didn’t see when the studies were performed originally. The 1996 study found that among the children tested in the studies, those who used xylitol chewing gum had 42% fewer ear infections. Researchers performed subsequent research to answer why there was this correlation. These studies supported the discovery of xylitol’s anti-adhesion property. Xylitol’s anti-adhesive effect interferes with bacteria sticking to tissue. In order for bacteria to thrive, they must attach to the cell membrane. There they metabolize and the body senses the bacteria, it reacts with various responses like congestion, runny nose, against bacterial infections using antibiotics, attempting to kill the bacteria. However, the use of antibiotics produces resistant bacterial strains, which leads to more serious problems. Xylitol’s anti-adhesive property interferes with bacterial adhesion, resulting in bacteria not being able to colonize and thrive; eventually they are washed out. This is an innovative way to avoid antibiotic resistance. Instead of them to become stronger and more resistant, xylitol doesn’t allow the bacteria to cling to the cell and start its metabolic processes. Professionals advise people to regularly wash

their hands to prevent illness. But washing with only water isn’t enough; they must wash with soap. Similarly, just as people should wash their hands, they should also wash their nasal passages. A normal saline solution is like washing with only water. Washing with a nasal spray containing xylitol is like washing hands with soap. Bacteria and People Bacteria, like people, congregate together. This is called quorum sensing. When people start coming together, they form a town or city. Bacteria act similarly; as they sense other bacterial “city.” If a group wanted to take over a city, historically they would send in soldiers to subdue the inhabitants so they could then occupy the city. However, there is no guarantee that they would control everyone, and there may be leftover survivors who rally together. But if that particular city were to have an extreme change in environment, the inhabitants wouldn’t be able to cope and they’d have to leave the city. Changing the environment is much more effective in expelling the inhabitants than attacking with soldiers.

What are Some of Xylitol’s Applications? Studies have shown numerous uses for xylitol, many of which deal with its adverse effects on bacterial adhesion. Sinus, ear, and respiratory infections begin in the nose as we breathe in bacteria which attempt to adhere to the cell membrane. With the use of nasal sprays containing xylitol, the bacteria found in the nose cannot stick to the tissue and are to greater probability that they will not infect the body. Nurse Practitioner Sherril Sego, FNPin this aspect. She says, “Saline nasal rinses containing xylitol have been found to be more effective than traditional saline rinses to reduce the symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis.” One of the best things about xylitol is that it is 100% natural and 100% safe. It’s no wonder so

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Relating this back to bacteria, if we use antibiotics, we are sending in soldiers to between antibiotics and the microorganisms, with both attempting to get stronger. But if we alter the environment in our nasal and sinus passages so that bacteria cannot adhere to the cell surface, and thus thrive, we win the battle.natural awakenings

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Jeffrey Smith Warns Against GMOs by Linda Sechrist


effrey Smith is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, author of Seeds of Deception and director of the documentary Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives. Smith and his organization’s Campaign for Healthier Eating in America are spearheading consumer rejection of genetically modified foods (GM/GMO) in order to force them off the market.

What basics should everyone know about GMOs? Genetic engineering is different from traditional crossbreeding. In engineering six major GMO crops—soy, corn, cotton, canola, sugar beets and alfalfa—a gene from a virus or bacteria was forced into the DNA of the plants. Derivatives such as soy lecithin, soy protein, highfructose corn syrup and sugar (unless labeled as cane sugar) are in the vast majority of processed foods.

How did GMO foods invade grocery shelves? Many U.S. consumers mistakenly believe that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves GMO crops only after careful study. Instead, the agency claimed it wasn’t aware of any significant difference from other food crops and declared safety testing unnecessary. In reality, according to FDA documents later made public in a lawsuit, the consensus among FDA 42

scientists was that GMOs were different and dangerous and needed rigorous, longterm testing to prevent allergies, toxins, new diseases and nutritional problems. When the George W. Bush administration ordered the agency to promote biotechnology as a way to increase U.S. food exports, the FDA responded by creating a new position of Deputy Commissioner of Policy for Michael R. Taylor, a former Monsanto attorney. He later became a Monsanto vice president and is now back at the FDA as the U.S. food safety czar.

Why is Roundup, Monsanto’s weed killer for GMO crops, so toxic? Monsanto portrays Roundup as a benevolent herbicide. This is a lie. Glyphosate, its active patented ingredient, alters biochemical pathways in the body. Scientists such as Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff have linked glyphosate to numerous diseases and disorders, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, gluten sensitivity, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, autism and reproductive disorders. In March, the World Health Organization declared it a probable carcinogen.

How can we avoid unlabeled GMO foods? Eat organic foods, which are not allowed to contain GM ingredients, or products that are labeled non-GMO,


or those that don’t contain derivatives of the current nine GMO food crops, which now include some zucchini, yellow squash and papaya grown in Hawaii or China. Any packaged grocery product not labeled “Non-GMO” or “Organic” is likely to contain at least one GMO; this includes meat and dairy products, from animals that have eaten GM feed. is a reliable resource that lists about 30,000 non-GMO products. A non-GMO diet is recommended by thousands of doctors, as well as the American Academy of Environmental Medicine.

What more can “we the people” do to eradicate GMOs? We are in control, not government agencies. I believe that promoting a stronger message—that GMOs are dangerous and should be avoided—would better serve consumers and the food-labeling movement. High-profile campaigns will continue educating consumers about the dangers of GMOs and the necessity of rejecting them in favor of healthier nonGMO choices, especially for children that are most at risk. The desired result is that food companies will feel the loss of profits and remove GMOs as a liability. The tipping point in the U.S. is almost here. In 2013, the president of Whole Foods announced that when a product becomes verified as non-GMO, sales leap by 15 to 30 percent. Thousands of natural product brands were immediately enrolled for verification. Now conventional brands such as Post Foods’ Grape Nuts, Target’s Simply Balanced brand, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and Chipotle’s restaurant menu are GMO-free. General Mills stopped using GMO beet sugar in Cheerios. When the rest of the food industry sees these non-GMO-labeled products increase in sales in conventional supermarkets, they will be forced to eliminate GMOs as well, to protect their market share. Visit and to educate everyone about the dangers of GMOs. Connect with writer Linda Sechrist at

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earned platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Community status, along with Boulder, Colorado, and Portland, Oregon, from the League of American Bicyclists (LAB). On the other hand, “A biker doesn’t get proper leg extension if the seat is too low,” he says, possibly leading to leg muscle strains. “The legs should be almost, but not totally extended at the lowest point in the pedaling motion.”

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Savvy Cycling Keep the Hard Knocks Out of Biking by Randy Kambic


eople are biking more than ever. Recreational bicycling ranked second to running as the favorite outdoor activity among both youths (6 to 24 years old) and adults (25-plus) in a recent Outdoor Industry Association study. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) further reports that from 2000 to 2012 the number of Americans biking to work rose from 488,000 to 786,000. This positive trend also means more crowded bike lanes and other pathways challenge the community infrastructure’s ability to keep up, raising safety concerns. Plus, we naturally want to avoid aches and pains while enjoying the myriad benefits of pedaling.

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“Having the right bike for one’s needs that’s properly fitted is crucial,” says Dan Moser, a founder and steering committee member of the BikeWalkLee community coalition and a traffic safety consultant in Fort Myers, Florida. “Use a local bike shop whose mechanics test and adjust the bikes they sell.” A bike mechanic can determine the proper seat height and ideal distance from the handlebars to the seat tube. Back, knee or hip pain may develop if a 44

cyclist has to stretch their legs to get to the pedals, explains Tim Bustos, a bicycling consultant in Pensacola, Florida, and former bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for Davis, California, which


The latest NHTSA study charted 49,000 bicycle accidents in 2012, 1,000 more than the year before. Biking only in daylight and avoiding alcohol could improve those numbers because 48 percent of biker fatalities occur beginning at 4 p.m. and 37 percent involve a driver or bicyclist that has been drinking. Even well-marked bike lanes don’t guarantee safety, so caution is required. Some motorists are careless about entering bike lanes and don’t correctly stop at crosswalks or look behind before opening car doors. David Takemoto-Weerts, a bicycle program coordinator at the University of California, Davis, member of the city’s Bike Transportation Advisory Committee and LAB-certified instructor, suggests keeping at least five feet from the sides of cars to avoid being hit. Cy-

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f a community has seen a growth in cycling accidents, has few safety education programs in place or roadway infrastructure isn’t biker-friendly, individuals can take action. Dan Moser, a Southwest Florida transportation safety consultant, suggests forming alliances with non-bikers to approach civic leaders: “Consider including pedestrian accommodations and frame the issue as one of everyone having access to a safe environment, including bike and foot travelers, and the value of recreation and exercise to the community.” Use the criteria found at Tinyurl. com/CommunityBikeabilityChecklist to evaluate the quality of the local biking environment. The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly America program invites communities to apply for technical assistance and receive customized


feedback and advice on improving local conditions at Bikes Belong, a consortium of suppliers and retailers, plus individuals and club members, supports the creation of protected bike lanes and provides community grants and supportive resources at Many state highway authorities, police and park and recreation departments conduct bike rules and safety programs for the public. Check for local resources online.

clists are wise not to weave in and out of traffic, to signal turns and watch out for runners, walkers and pedestrians as they abide by normal traffic rules and flow. Takemoto-Weerts says that bikers sometimes overlook using the stop signal (left arm extended downward) to alert bikers behind them. Wearing a helmet should be a standard practice. The University of North Carolina’s Highway Safety Research Center, in Chapel Hill, reports that wearing a helmet reduces the overall risk of head injuries by 85 percent. “Cyclists are part of traffic, whether operating on a road, pathway or a combination,” says Moser. “Being acutely aware of one’s surroundings and minimizing distractions, following the rules of the road and pathway, and being prepared to deal with others’ mistakes are all vital.”

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Dr. Kim Martin, a certified functional medicine practitioner and chiropractor with North Shore Health Solutions, in Northbrook, Illinois, says that recreational bikers have visited her for knee, hip and neck soreness or strains. In addition to ensuring they’re employing proper leg extension, she advises, “Pedal a little faster in a lower gear; ideally, 75 to 90 revolutions per minute, which is easier on the knees and lessens muscle fatigue than traveling slower in a higher gear.” She explains that the correct seat height facilitates proper alignment of hips and a full rotation; if not, energy is forced outward, stressing the hips. Martin adds that the neck might experience strain from tilting the head up for long periods. “This can occur by wearing a helmet that is too low or forward in the front or poor-fitting eyewear that inches forward down the nose.” Right after a long ride, Martin suggests that riders gently bend downward over their crossed legs a few times, alternately switching legs, and also slowly bending the head up and down, sideways and then in a circular motion for a couple of minutes. “Overall,” she says, “the key is to have fun.”

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PURR-FECT PET SITTERS Make Sure Your Pet Enjoys Your Vacation, Too by Sandra Murphy


acations bring rest and less stress, a change of pace and for some, a break from caring for the family pet, made possible by a growing number of professional pet sitters. “I have more peace of mind with a pet sitter rather than a friend. Even if they’ve already had a long day, sitters still properly take care of the pets,” says Christina Pierce, a federal examiner of financial institutions for consumer protection in Little Rock, Arkansas. “Many professional pet sitters are trained to respond to potential health and other issues. Especially with small animals, early recognition of a problem is key.” Pierce used to have chinchillas, and now has a cat she rescued and relocated from Dallas, Texas, plus two adopted former foster rabbits. “A sitter may be excellent, but not know your breed,” advises Rae Bailey, a retiree in Georgetown, Texas, who regularly uses sitters for her Scottie when she travels. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions.” She notes that dogs are particularly good judges of character, so if one doesn’t like the sitter, simply try another. Pet sitting services use a contract to outline rates, what the sitter will do, the number and duration of daily visits, start and end dates and how the house key is returned when the job is complete. Regular clients may have the sitter keep the key handy. Professional sitters are bonded, insured and backgroundchecked, have experience with a variety of species and breeds, are fairly flexible and love animals. A pre-visit will introduce


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WEDNESDAY, JULY 1 Canada Day Mata Amritanandamayi (AMMA) Visiting Chicago – July 1-3. Enjoy receiving AMMA’s hugs (Darshan) and blessings. Immerse yourself in a sea of her love, her higher consciousness and devotional commitment to taking care of the Earth and those who are truly in need. Free. M.A. Center Chicago, 41W501 Keslinger Rd, Elburn. Women’s Networking Group – 11:30am-1pm. 1st Wed. Offered through the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce. Buy own lunch. Location varies around Hoffman Estates. Go Green Highland Park Meeting – 121:30pm. 1st Wed. All are welcome to attend. If you would like to be involved but are unable to attend the meetings, email us. Madame ZuZu’s, 582 Roger Williams Ave, Highland Park. More info: Healing Circle – 6:30-9pm. 1st Wed. Wide variety of healers and healing modalities available: Soul retrieval, removing entities, portals and windows; Reconnective Healing; Spiritual Psychology, Connective Tissue Specialist, Energetic Transformation; Touch for Health, Energetic Transformation; Bioenergy practitioner, Spiritual counselor, Ancient techniques healer and more. All healers welcome. Donation $20; limit of one 30-min session/night. SunGates Center, 395 Dundee Rd, Ste 500, Wheeling. Limited number of sessions can be booked in advance: 847-345-0988.

THURSDAY, JULY 2 $10 Adjustment Kids’ Day – 5-6pm. 1st Thurs. Dr. Joseph Brannigan and staff provide kid and teen adjustments, plus free ice cream, a treasure chest, coloring and movies. Teens welcome too. Fee will be used to send a kid to camp at Parkview Church. Brannigan Chiropractic Center, 1400 Ravinia Pl, Orland Park. Appt required: 708-966-4413.

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SUNDAY, JULY 5 “No Experience Necessary” Watercolor Painting – 10am. Instructor: Kathleen Beening. Class focuses on combining your inner creative Goddess with techniques such as wet-into-wet, dry brush and working with the color wheel. You will be proud to display your finished painting by the end of class. Instructor available after class for private chakra and intuitive sessions. $50 includes all materials. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. Registration required: 815-307-1180. For more offerings:

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Solful Sunday with Maytawee: Buddha Within – 1-4pm. Maytawee, Thai Buddhist Monk Nun, will be offering unique guided meditation for all participants. Also enjoy a themed spiritual networking/ potluck. Free. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. More info and to register: 847-924-5708 or

MONDAY, JULY 6 Connect with the Healing Angels – 7-8:30pm. Would you love to connect and have access to the Archangels’ support and messages? The truth is you can. The angels are right here with us every day. In this uplifting class filled with experiences working with the 9 healing archangels, you will experience each one’s loving support. $20. INSIDE, 1241 N Green St, McHenry. 815-245-9673.

TUESDAY, JULY 7 SoulCollage Workshop – 10am. Instructor: Dr. Lindsey. Have you ever wanted to see your thoughts spring to life in a beautiful and artistic way? SoulCollage is a creative practice that can gently guide you into learning about your own psyche through the use of collaged pictures. It can help you focus, reduce stress, find your inner truth and find answers to your questions. Instructor available after class for private spiritual and intuitive sessions. $25 includes all material. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. Registration required: 815-307-1180. For more offerings: Class for Kids: Music with Gymboree – 1010:45am. Gymboree’s active approach to musical learning introduces your child to a variety of different musical styles. Through singing, dancing, movement games and instruments, children learn important musical building blocks and build a foundation of musical skills to grow on. Free. Whole Foods Market Schaumburg, 750 N Martingale Rd, Schaumburg. 847-585-5807. Spiritual Practices Bootcamp – 10am-12pm or 7-9pm. Join a deep dive into Bodhi Spiritual Center’s 8 Spiritual Practices during these experiential classes, including field trips to a Chicago labyrinth and sunrise beach meditation. These divine drop-in classes run each Tuesday, June 23-July 26. July 7 focus: Forgiveness. Facilitated by Rainbow Weldon. $30/drop-in. Bodhi Spiritual Center, 2746 N Magnolia Ave, Chicago. 773-248-5683. For schedule: Free Shiatsu Intro – 10am-12:30pm. Learn fundamental techniques and philosophies of Zen Shiatsu, and chat with current students and instructors. Free. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Zero Balancing Study Group – 6:30-9pm. With Mary Murphy. For current or past Zero Balancers. $15. Zero Balancing Wellness Center, 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette. Pre-registration required: 847-920-9292.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 8 Garden Designs with Water in Mind – 1-2pm. Wilmette residents and former Go Green Wilmette Alternative Yard tour participants, Laura Smith and Cathy Taylor, discuss the beautifully practical ways their yards have been designed to provide native habitat and manage storm water. Get tips for diverting storm water from foundation while retaining it to nurture plants on dry days. This year’s AYT is July 19. Free. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette. 847-256-6935. Farm Ridge Hike – 6:30-7:30pm. Come learn about organic food production during a farm hike at Sandhill Organics’ Grayslake farm. Farmer Jeff will discuss organic growing practices, pest and disease management, season extension and more. Free. Prairie Crossing Farm, 32400 N Harris Rd, Grayslake. Advance registration required: UFOs, Crop Circles, St. Malachy’s (1139AD) Prophecy – 6:30-8:30pm. Prophecy that this is the last Pope, Jesus, Maitreya, Save our Planet. How are they all related? An evening of information and discussion. Plenty of information to take home and nothing to join. Free. Garrett Wellness, 3020 N Kimball, Chicago. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634. Golf Fitness Clinic – July 8 & 15. 7-7:45pm. Learn how to improve your golf game through golf fitness training. In this clinic you will learn a Golf-Specific Warm-Up and Golf-Specific Exercise which will increase your range of motion on and off the golf course. $15. North Shore Naprapathic, 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste S5, Northbrook. Reserve a spot by July 7 or 13: 847-272-3700. Dowsing with a Pendulum – 7-8:30pm. Dowsing is a tool to help you explore the unseen world of subtle energies. Learning to use a pendulum correctly, you have the ability to consciously access infinite information, knowledge and wisdom. The pendulum acts as a bridge from our consciousness to our intuition. $35. INSIDE, 1241 N Green St, McHenry. 815-245-9673. Inner Brilliance Bright Body Tuning – 7:309:30pm. Align your inner energy centers with your master blueprint for health and success. Enjoy new levels of self-direction and right action. Experience more joy, clarity, ease and flow. Take home a custom energy alignment tool for staying tuned up. Also on July 30. With Peter Kime, creator of Raydiant Pathways. $25; $30 after July 5. Raydiant Day Center for Raydiant Life Fitness, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. Register:

THURSDAY, JULY 9 Upgrade Your Brain and Make That Shift In Your Life That You Have Always Wanted – 7-8:30pm. Did you activate your higher brain today? The pre-frontal cortex (higher brain) is our executive functioning center and expresses joy, confidence, and clarity. Would you like to learn how that is possible? See how the evolutionary Higher Brain Living system changes your brain and changes your life. Free. The Awaken Studio, 410 S Michigan Ave, Ste 414, Chicago. 312-881-9591. RSVP: SecondThursday.

FRIDAY, JULY 10 Movies that Move Us – 8-10pm. Join us to watch movies that motivate, movies that matter. After the show, share your reactions, thoughts, heart and mojo for creating a more connected, inspired and inspiring community. Bring beverages and snacks to share and suggestions for our next selection. Doors open at 7:30pm, movie starts at 8pm. Also July 31. Showing: Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds. Suggested donation: $10. Raydiant Day Center for Raydiant Life Fitness, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. Register:

SATURDAY, JULY 11 Psychic Intuitive Development Class – 10am. Instructor: Rebecca Brown. The best way to improve intuition is to practice with other people. In this class you will clear out the cobwebs, relax the body tension and quiet the racing mind. The class is like a vitamin shot for your imagination. Instructor available after class for private chakra and intuitive sessions. $25. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. Registration required: 815-307-1180. For more offerings: EFT: Relieving Negativity and Stress – 10am4pm. With Tom Masbaum. Learn how to use Emotional Freedom Technique to change your life. $40, $35/A.R.E. members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. Info & register: 847-2996535. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634. Psychic Holistic Fair – 11am-6pm. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa offers monthly Psychic Holistic Fairs on the 2nd full weekend each month. The majority of our practitioners have been featured on TV, radio, podcasts, magazines and books. Each day of the event has many options and each day the options are different. Our Retail Boutique is open during the event and we also have different Artist Trunk Shows out front each day. First come, first served. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. For more offerings: Chicago IANDS Presents: Rich Martini – 2-5pm. Guest speaker: Rich Martini,  author, filmmaker, award-winning American film director, producer, screenwriter and freelance journalist. Support/study group/resource/forum for spiritual experiences, near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences, losses, research. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847-251-5758. Halo Moon Performance – 7:30-9:30pm. In a small coffee shop at the foothills of the whispering mountains four friends met for the first time. This seemingly chance meeting quickly led to a river of sound: rhythms, harmonies, subtle dynamic words and music were soon to fill the air. $15. INSIDE, 1241 N Green St, McHenry. 815-245-9673.

SUNDAY, JULY 12 Psychic Holistic Fair – 11am-4pm. See July 11 description. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. For more offerings: Bountiful Eatery 3rd Anniversary Party – 124pm. Everyone is invited. Free samplings by Swirlz Cupcakes, Karma Kambucha and much more. Bountiful Eatery, 3312 N Broadway 3312 N Broadway, Chicago. 773-687-9811.

Beyond the Chaos: A Meditation and Kundalini Yoga Class – 6:30-8pm. With Guru Nischan Khalsa. $20 pre-paid by July 11; $25 after. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000.

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Call Ahead Learning the Language of the Tarot – 1-5pm. Join America Martinez, an Intuitive Consultant, for a lecture that will define the symbols, laying out a spread and the practical application of both Tarot and Angel cards so as to deepen your intuition. Please bring own Tarot or Angel cards with you. $50. Zero Balancing Wellness Center, 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette. Pre-registration required: 847-920-9292. Make Your Own Personal Labyrinth – 2-5:30pm. Labyrinths are an ancient technology for questing with your inner self to Universal Heart. Learn about labyrinth design and how to incorporate colors, symbols, and geometries in your own design to further open inner doors. Take home your custom calendar-size labyrinth you trace with your finger for personal journey work. Tuition includes canvas, paint, and ornamental accessories. Led by Peter Kime, creator of Raydiant Pathways. $50; $60 after July 8. Raydiant Day Center for Raydiant Life Fitness, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. Register:

MONDAY, JULY 13 Obon (Buddhism) Introduction to EFT – 6:30-9pm. Experience emotional and physical relief. 2 CEs. Free; donations appreciated. Beyond Wellness, 16345 Harlem Ave, Tinley Park. 708-614-6860. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634. Spiritual Practice: Practical Tools for Everyday Life – 7-8pm. Explore: Breathing and Mindfulness, an easy way to raise consciousness; Using the power of speech to uplift the everyday lives of us and those around us; Personal prayer, a technique of using our own words to connect; Understand the awe of our personal soul/sole correction. Free. The Center for Holistic Medicine, 240 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods/ Deerfield. For more info & to RSVP: 847-236-1701.

How to Make a Difference in Your World Workshop – 7-8:15pm. With Greg Barrette, minister of Unity Northwest Church. The greatest experience that you can ever have is to shine your light in the world around you. By expressing that inner light you will generate a powerful field of truth energy that will make a real difference in the world. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. A Guide to Prime-Time Health – 7:30-9pm. Discover how to make crucial behavior and lifestyle changes and delay age-related health issues with Prime-Time Health, a book by physician and author Dr. William Sears. This practical program aims to help you live pain-free, disease-free, stress-free, and medicationfree, including 5 steps you can put to use right away. Free. Mount Prospect Public Library, 10 S Emerson St, Mount Prospect. 847-253-5675.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 15 Fast Track Group Release Part 2 – With Maytawee. The Present Moment, 521 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville. For more info, times & RSVP: 847-367-1581,, Chef-in-Residence Workshop – 5:30-10pm. Learn about preparing healthy meals with local, seasonal produce. Led by Terri Salminen, professional chef and culinary instructor from the Netherlands, and Lindsey Shifley, passionate food educator and intuitive cook from Mundelein. $65/person. Prairie Crossing Farm, 32400 N Harris Rd, Grayslake. Register:

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Wellness Wednesday Institute – 6:45-8pm. 3rd Wed. Class explores the 5 brain wave frequencies, how they affect the body, mind and spirit, and various vibration meditations to bring you back into equilibrium. Explore, awaken and journey toward a healthier life and environment. Learn how to manifest an abundant, boundless life of love, peace and happiness by shifting your frequency. $25. Awaken Your Spirit & Embrace Your Journey, 319b Harrison St, Oak Park. To register: 312-720-2638,

Fast Track Group Release Part 1 – With Maytawee. The Present Moment, 521 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville. For more info, times & RSVP: 847-367-1581,,

Golf Fitness Clinic – 7-7:45pm. See July 8 listing. $15. North Shore Naprapathic, 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste S5, Northbrook. Reserve a spot by July 13: 847-272-3700.


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 Digestive Health for Weight Loss – 6:307:30pm. Certified Digestive Health Specialist Reneé Barasch helps clients reduce and eliminate symptoms of heartburn, gas/bloating, constipation, diarrhea and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). She will describe the process of digestion and explain why digestion is crucial to proper nutrition and weight management. Learn why standard treatments for digestive problems provide only temporary relief and what is needed to correct the underlying cause. Tash Fitness, 8816 N Bronx Ave, Skokie. Registration required: 847-379-5777.

THURSDAY, JULY 16 Healing and Animal Communication Sessions – 1:30-6pm. With Maytawee. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. More info: 847-924-5708. Essential Oils with the Zyto – 5pm. Instructor: Kim Rader. Are you intrigued by the buzz about essential oils and their uses for wellness, emotional balance and more? Class includes your personal Zyto Bio Feedback Analysis to help reach your full balanced potential. No pressure opportunity to purchase essential oils at wholesale prices. $35. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. Registration required: 815-307-1180. For more offerings:

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Say Goodbye to Your Pet’s Allergies – 6:30pm. Odette Suter, DVM, will discuss a system that supports a healthy and happy animal life—one that eliminates the underlying cause of excessive scratching, recurrent hot spots, ear infections, gastrointestinal problems or any other health issues animals might be suffering from and as a result allows their bodies to function optimally. Free. Page’s Healthy Paws, 540 S Rand Rd, Wauconda. To reserve a seat: 661-993-1979 or Bring Your Dreams to Life – 7-8:30pm. Attend a live demonstration of the Higher Brain Living method, a revolutionary system that activates the most evolved part of your brain, evokes states of extreme well being and supercharges your capacity to create the life for which you’ve longed. Free if preregister 72 hrs advance. 5225 Old Orchard Rd, Skokie. Register: Sacred Group Dance – 7-8:30pm. With Maytawee. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. More info: 847-924-5708. SolfulGifts. com. VortexHealing® Remote GroupHealing Session: Embracing the Unknown – 7-8:30pm. With Certified VortexHealing Practitioner Jason Janiak. Every moment in life is an opportunity, that which can allow for new and wonderful possibilities to emerge. While these may not always play out as we would like, how we align with them can ultimately influence their unfolding. As we shift towards accepting and Embracing the Unknown more fully, knowing we have no idea what the next moment will bring, how much more can life open up to us. Free remote healing session; can attend from the comfort of your own home. For details, Jason: 708-212-8694, Meetup. com/ChicagoVortexHealing.

Great things are done when men and mountains meet. ~William Blake Manifestation Meditation – 10am. Instructor: Lisa DeMars. Transform what seem to be insurmountable issues in relationships, family, finances, career and health. Bring about clarity so confusion, tension, anxiety and behavior patterns that sabotage your desired results are brought into harmony. Using techniques of focusing we will resolve points of contention to achieve the results you desire. Instructor available after class for private chakra and intuitive sessions. $20. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. Registration required: 815-307-1180. For more offerings: Inner Guidance: Our Divine Birthright Workshop – 10am-12pm. Free workshop by Author Anne Archer Butcher. “I think of inner guidance as a GPS—a global positioning system that is all-wise and all-knowing.” Sponsored by Eckankar. Northern Illinois University Naperville, 1120 E Diehl Rd, Naperville. Info: 1-888-I-SING-HU (1-888-474-6448) or Music of the Spheres – 10am-4pm. With Ron Hounsell and Garfield Sallman. Explore the importance of music in our daily lives, from Plato to Edgar Cayce’s viewpoint, the psychological qualities of human perception, and the technical aspects of sound presented as an experiential workshop. $40, $35/A.R.E. members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. Info & register: 847-299-6535.


Spiritual Tools for Mastering Life’s Challenges Seminar – 10am-9pm. Free 1-day seminar. Workshops: Inner Guidance: Our Divine Birthright, 10am; How to Live and Make It in This World, 1:30pm. Sponsored by Eckankar. Free materials; facilitated roundtables; national speaker. Northern Illinois University Naperville, 1120 E Diehl Rd, Naperville. Info: 1-888-I-SING-HU (1-888-474-6448) or

Beginning Zen Shiatsu – July 17-19 & 24-26. 7-10pm, Fri; 9am-4pm, Sat/Sun. Learn 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.

Celebrate Your Beautiful Self-Healing Fair – 11am-4pm. Looking for resources to help you grow every part of your being? Join us at the Celebrate Your Beautiful Self Healing Fair. Find practitioners and holistic therapies that help you be your best, mind, body and spirit. Service Provider inquiries are also welcome. Free. INSIDE, 1241 N Green St, McHenry. 815-245-9673.

Ready to Ignite your Divine Feminine Power? – 7:30-9pm. New moon Women’s Spirituality Group journey. $10. On the beach, 1051 Pratt, Chicago. Must RSVP: 773-203-9412.

SATURDAY, JULY 18 Eid-Ul-Fitr (Islam) Buddha Within Talk – With Maytawee. Raydiant Day Center for Raydiant Life Fitness, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. For more info, times & RSVP: 847-869-6477,, Angel-Based Tarot Cards: Access on a Deep Personal Level Archangels and Angels – July 18-19. 9:30am-4:30pm. This exciting, fun, hands-on, and empowering 2-day retreat is designed for attendees to develop skills to successfully work with Angel Based Tarot Cards. Participants who successfully complete the retreat will be awarded a certificate of completion that is suitable for framing. $295. Techny Towers, 2001 Waukegan Rd, Northbrook. 847-831-8828.

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Local Vendor Fair – 12-4pm. Join for a celebration of local foods and the people that make them. We will have more than 20 local vendors sampling their delicious products throughout the store. Whole Foods Market Schaumburg, 750 N Martingale Rd, Schaumburg. 847-585-5807. Finding True Self Workshop – July 18 & 19. 12-7:30pm, Sat; 9am-7pm, Sun. Designed to help you look at the mental and emotional patterns that keep you from living your best life, this workshop generates a powerful transformation that helps you reconnect with your true nature. Two days of physical exercises, group interaction, meditation and reflection help you open a path of greater understanding of yourself, your motivations and your potential. $145. Northbrook Body & Brain Center, 1947 Cherry Ln, Northbrook. RSVP by July 11: 708-226-0245.

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SUNDAY, JULY 19 Fast Track Group Release – With Maytawee. Raydiant Day Center for Raydiant Life Fitness, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. For more info, times & RSVP: 847-869-6477. Men’s Group – 9-10am. Every 3rd Sun. The group’s focus is on metaphysical study of prominent male characters featured in the Bible. Examine their life purpose, their journey and the corresponding archetypes at work within their personalities. Group participants will introspectively examine how these metaphysical characters and archetypes are actively at work within their own lives today. Free. Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St, Deerfield. 847-337-3866. Go Green Wilmette’s 3rd Annual Alternative Yard Tour – 9-11am. For details: Astrological Progressions: Personal Unfoldment and Evolution – 1-4pm. Astrological progressions show personal evolution as we age from birth going forward; the internal experiences and changes as the natal planets progress forward in time. Learn how to progress the planets and how to understand what the progressed planets show and how they interact with the natal planets. $55, $45 registration by July 12. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont Ave, Chicago. 773-327-7224. Solful Sunday – 1-4pm. Free themed spiritual networking/potluck. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. More info: 847-924-5708 or How to Meditate When You Don’t Know How, You’ve Never Done It, and You’re Really Not Sure You Want To Do it Anyway – 1:30pm. With Linda Brakeall. Learn very simple techniques that will have you deeply meditating in short order. You might want to bring a blanket or mat and a pillow because some people are better at meditating lying down. All welcome. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997.

MONDAY, JULY 20 Mandala Sacred Movement – With Maytawee. Raydiant Day Center for Raydiant Life Fitness, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. For more info, times & RSVP: 847-869-6477. Intuition Insight 101 – 10am. Instructor: Fran Verzosa. Have you ever replayed something that has happened in your life wishing you had made different choices or taken a different path? Did you feel this way because somewhere inside of you knew what was going to happen? Learn how to trust your inner truth and learn intuitive tools that will help you confirm what is in your heart. Instructor available after class for private chakra and intuitive sessions. $25. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. Registration required: 815-307-1180. For more offerings:



Fast Track Group Release – With Maytawee. Infinity Foundation, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. For more info, times & RSVP: 847-831-8828.

Maytawee at Solful Gifts – 1:30-6pm. Sign up for individual Fast Track (1.5hr) or Animal Communication sessions (30mins, 1hr). Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. More info: 847-924-5708.

Summer Cooking Camp for Kids: Ages 5-8 – July 21-23. 11:30am-2:30pm. Sign your young chef up for 3 days of fun in the kitchen. We’ll broaden our palates and sharpen our skills with cuisines from all over the world. Tuition includes lunch, snack, craft activity, apron and plenty of new recipes to recreate at home. $200. Whole Foods Market Northbrook, 840 Willow Rd, Northbrook. 847-205-5353. Free Heart Healthy Dinner Diabetes Event: Diabetes Breakthrough – 6:15pm, check in; 6:30pm, begins. Presented by: Kim Martin, DC, CFMP. Type II diabetes is reversible. We review the world’s 40+ most well-respected doctors, nutritionists, dietitians, pharmacists, and scientists reveal how to reverse Type II Diabetes at the recent Reversing Diabetes World Summit 2014. Type II diabetic adults only. The Happ Inn, 305 Happ Rd, Northfield. Reservation required: 847-715-9060.


savethedate IONS 16th International Conference: The Science of Being The Spirit Of Community – July 22-26. Join an inspiring gathering of explorers in the study of consciousness and interconnection. Scientific, environmental and spiritual luminaries spark new insights and impart tools you can immediately apply in everyday life. Includes Don Miguel Ruiz, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Marianne Williamson, Edgar Mitchell, ScD. Music, meaningful conversations, and experientials are woven into a rich tapestry of renewal and transformation. Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort, 3500 Midwest Rd, Oak Brook.

Group Healing Workshop with Maytawee at Solful Gifts – 6:30-9:30pm. With Maytawee, Thai Buddhist Monk. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. More info: 847-924-5708. VortexHealing® GroupHealing Session: Optimizing the System – 7-8:30pm. With Certified VortexHealing Practitioner Jason Janiak. Clearing, energizing and strengthening the various aspects of the system, including the energy pathways, chakras and more. Helping to remove blockages in the system causing disharmony, allowing for the body to become more fluid/open. $20. Elevated Delights, 1701 Quincy Ave, Ste 30 Naperville. For details, Jason: 708-2128694, Meetup. com/ChicagoVortexHealing.

FRIDAY, JULY 24 Society for Intuitive Research – 7-9pm. The School of Metaphysics has given over 40,000 intuitive readings to people from all over the world. Once a month, we meet to listen to and discuss these intuitive reports. Open to the public so come find out how you can tap into the wisdom of subconscious mind. Free. School of Metaphysics, 222 W Wilson, Palatine. 847-991-0140.

SATURDAY, JULY 25 The Best of Kryon InnerActive Weekend – July 25-26. Sat seminar of “The Best of Kryon,” with Dr. Lee Carroll, Dr. Amber Wolf, Monika Muranyi and Michelle Karen. Sat evening: join Amber Wolf for a special evening event of The Lemurian Sisterhood Sacred Circle. Sun luncheon: Navigating the New Normal. Sun evening Despacho ceremony. Boback’s Sig Events & Conf Center, 6440 Double Eagle Dr, Woodridge. More info, times, rates & to register:

EFT for Stress & Digestive Issues – 3-5pm & 6:30-9pm. 6 CEs. Milwaukee, WI. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634.

Maytawee at Holistic Happenings – 7925 W 171st St, Tinley Park. More info, times & RSVP: 708-429-3052.

Chef-in-Residence Workshop – 5:30-10pm. See July 15 listing. $65/person. Prairie Crossing Farm, 32400 N Harris Rd, Grayslake. Register:

Shaman Heart WonderWalk and Workshop – 1:30-5:30pm. Let nature’s deep intelligence help you with any dream or challenge in this indoor-outdoor workshop. Awaken your heart’s ability to see, know and communicate using 21st-century shamanic art, then go on self-directed WonderWalk to receive nature’s guidance for your heart quest. Reconvene to share insights. Includes WonderWalk Field Journal with portal drawings encoded for deepening your experience. Led by Peter Kime, co-founder of Raydiant Day. $40; $45 after July 22. Raydiant Day Center for Raydiant Life Fitness, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. Register:

How to Be Calm When Others Are Not Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. Martha Creek is a phenomenal presence throughout Unity. She has a playful approach and also takes seriously the times that we live in and the challenges of thinking more clearly about families, communities, congregations and leadership. Workshop designed for anyone who is on a path of self-realization. $20. Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St, Deerfield. 847-337-3866.

Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower. ~Hans Christian Andersen

Solar Body Natural Healing Workshop – 2-4pm. Like the sun that generates life-giving heat without fail, a Solar Body charges itself with limitless energy. Come and experience this method to help you zap away physical imbalances and old, heavy emotions and fill up on rejuvenating light. Free. Orland Park Body & Brain Center, 9204 W 159th St, Orland Park. RSVP: 708-226-0245 or

SUNDAY, JULY 26 Serendipity Event with Maytawee at Solful Gifts – Unique mind, body and spirit boutique expo. Free educational presentations, intuitive readings, healing sessions and more. Meet Maytawee, Thai Buddist Monk, 12-5pm. Free admission. Mention Natural Awakenings and receive 10% discount from Solful Gifts on Crystal and Gemstone Jewelry. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. More info: 847-924-5708, Initial Awakening Workshop – 9am-6pm. This workshop helps you open up energy pathways, strengthen your core, and awaken your energy sense deeply. Enhance inner focus by delving deeper into the feeling of your physical body. $190. Mount Prospect Body & Brain Center, 1 W Rand Rd, Ste C, Mt Prospect. RSVP: 708-226-0245. Grounding Barefooted: Promote a Sense of WellBeing – 1-4pm. With Kathleen Rude at the beautiful Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve discover a variety of ways to connect with the Earth, become grounded and relieve stress. Discover how to connect to the world quickly and profoundly. Experience being fully in your body, present to the moment, tapped into mental and emotional clarity, feeling calm, prepared, and connected. Rain date: Aug 2. $60; $50/10 days advance. Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve, N of Highwood, Sheridan Rd & Old Elm Rd, Highwood. 847-831-8828.

MONDAY, JULY 27 Pain is a Problem – 7-8pm. Whether it be back, neck, shoulder, foot or head pain, we can all agree pain is a problem. Discuss integrative solutions to your pain. You don’t have to live like this. Dr. Biscegli will incorporate live demonstration into his lecture. Free. The Center for Holistic Medicine, 240 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods/Deerfield. For more info & to RSVP: 847-236-1701.

TUESDAY, JULY 28 Summer Cooking Camp for Kids: Ages 9-12 – July 28-30. 11:30am-2:30pm. See July 21 description. $200. Whole Foods Market Northbrook, 840 Willow Rd, Northbrook. 847-205-5353.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 29 Fast Track Group Release – With Maytawee. So Well, 4819 Main St, Skokie. For more info, times & RSVP: 847-676-5571.

THURSDAY, JULY 30 Healing and Animal Communication Sessions – 1:30-6pm. With Maytawee. Sign up for individual Fast Track (1.5hr) or Animal Communication sessions (30mins, 1hr). Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. More info: 847-924-5708,,

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Ajna Light Individual Sessions – 6-7pm. 5-, 10-, 15-mins. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. More info: 847-924-5708.


Sacred Group Dance – 7-8:30pm. With Maytawee. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. More info: 847-924-5708.

Buddha Within Talk – With Maytawee. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 Third Ave, Rockford. For more info, times & RSVP: 815-963-4815.



Guru Purnima (Hinduism) – Blue Moon Buddha Within Talk – With Maytawee. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Northbrook. For more info, times & RSVP: 847-224-0244. Soil Sisters – July 31-Aug 2. Jam-packed culinary event celebrates Wisconsin’s family farms and rural life in and around the farming communities of Monroe and Brodhead, Wisconsin. Tour area farms, take part in on-farm workshops and enjoy homegrown foods. More info: Final Fridays: Taste of Bodhi “Under the Stars” – 7pm. Hear live music and lounge with like-minded people and expand your social life with conscious Chicagoans. Relax and recharge; kick off your weekend with inspiration. Dinner in the courtyard at 7pm ($15) followed by live music courtesy of the Booty Movement Coalition from 8-10pm. BYOB. Bodhi Spiritual Center, 2746 N Magnolia Ave, Chicago. 773-248-5683. Music and Sacred Geometry – 7-9pm. With Ron Hounsell. A lively discussion focusing on the relationship of music to sacred geometry in this free community event. Love offerings accepted. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. Info & register: 847-299-6535. Full Moon Shamanic Healing Drum Circle – 7-9:30pm. The moon guides us towards a deeper understanding of life. Join with us in celebrating the powerful energies of the full moon and express your highest self in a most beautiful fairy garden. $10. Location TBD. More info, INSIDE: 815-245-9673.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 Fast Track Group Release Workshop – With Maytawee. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Northbrook. For more info, times & RSVP: 847-224-0244.


Fast Track Group Release & Labyrinth Awakening – Aug 8-9. With Maytawee. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 Third Ave, Rockford. For more info, times & RSVP: 815-963-4815., Certification Class for EFT With A Guarantee™ – Aug 8-9. 9am-5pm. Experience relief of chronic pain, emotional and physical for yourself and to help others. Learn a simple, gentle yet very effective lifelong tool for self healing. Money back guarantee that you will be glad you attended the workshop. 14 CEs. $225, $195/advance registration. Insight Awareness, 18110 Martin Ave, Homewood. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 9 Awakening Within Workshop, Monks Blessing – With Maytawee. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 Third Ave, Rockford. For more info, times & RSVP: 815-963-4815. Mandala Sacred Movement, Monks Blessing – With Maytawee. Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Dr, Rockford. For more info, times & RSVP: 815-877-0118.

MONDAY, AUGUST 10 Buddha Within Talk – With Maytawee. INSIDE, 1241 N Green St, McHenry. For more info, times & RSVP: 815-245-9673.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 11 Awakening Wisdom – Aug 11-13. With Maytawee. INSIDE, 1241 N Green St, McHenry. For more info, times & RSVP: 815-245-9673,,

FRIDAY, AUGUST 14 Mandala Sacred Movement – With Maytawee. INSIDE, 1241 N Green St, McHenry. For more info, times & RSVP: 815-245-9673.



Awakening Within Workshop, Monks Blessing – With Maytawee. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Northbrook. For more info, times & RSVP: 847-224-0244.

Fast Track Release – With Maytawee. INSIDE, 1241 N Green St, McHenry. For more info, times & RSVP: 815-245-9673.

savethedate Body Mind Spirit Expo – Aug 15-16. 10am-7pm, Sat; 10am-6pm, Sun. Expo brings to life a positive, healing environment. 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. Body Mind Spirit Expo has become the largest health and wellness expo in the United States, creating an arena for the public to increase their knowledge of alternative health and metaphysical topics. $12 weekend admission; free parking. North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie. 541-482-3722 x 1. bmse. net. Veggie Fest – Aug 15 & 16. 11am-8pm. Enjoy delicious vegetarian food, food demos with vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and raw food dishes and leading-edge information from doctors and specialists in vegetarianism, spirituality, organic food and eco-friendly living. In addition to more than 100 exhibitor booths, there will be kid-friendly activities that include face painting and arts and crafts. Free parking & admission. Benedictine University, 5700 College Rd, Lisle.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16 Buddha Within Meditation, Monk Blessings – With Maytawee. INSIDE, 1241 N Green St, McHenry. For more info, times & RSVP: 815-245-9673.

SEPTEMBER Clairvoyant Training – Starts mid-September. Clairvoyant Meditation 101, introductory class is a prerequisite to our year-long program. Learn to read energy, develop your intuition, have clairvoyant tools to assist you in your spiritual growth, and create a life in color. Having fun and eating chocolate is a part of it all. All clairvoyants are welcome. Clairvoyants Center of Chicago, 518 Lee, Evanston. 847-757-2838. For more events:

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Qi Revolution: Healing Event – Sept 12-15. We’ve upgraded the curriculum to the most useful in life. Focus on Food-Healing protocols for cancer, diabetes and heart disease. New in 2015 is a greater “Scientific and Evidence-Based” approach to our presentations. Lineup includes a big qigong/energy component to the experience. Qigong Practitioner Jeff Primack and 20 other instructors will be leading a large group to practice together. $149/4-days. Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 Thoreau Dr N, Schaumburg. 800-298-8970.

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ongoingevents Daily All Month 15% Off Supplements – Thru July. During a visit with Dr. Arutcheva, receive 15% off on all supplements offered at Antalee. Arutcheva can guide you towards choosing which supplements can be most beneficial in order to improve overall health. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $32 Spa Pedicure – Thru July. Enjoy a pedicure at Antalee where we soak toes, file nails and trim cuticles. Get your feet exfoliated, messaged, hydrated and nourished to protect them from environmental stressors. Includes hot stone foot massage. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $65 Organic Deep Cleansing Facial – Thru July. Customized facial offers deep exfoliation, hydration and extractions, using all-natural and organic ingredients. Products are specific to individual skin types—from sensitive to dry or dehydrated. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $75 Digestive System Check Up – Thru July. With Dr. Arutcheva. 80% of all diseases begin in the digestive tract. It is very important to have your digestive system under control, because your health depends on what you eat, how you digest food and how you absorb and eliminate waste and toxins. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $89 Any 90-Minute Massage with Free Hand Treatment – Thru July. Choose from: Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, aromatherapy, reflexology, prenatal, sports, Reiki or cranial-sacral therapy. Receive free hand treatment incluings exfoliation, mask and moisturizing. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Crystal Readings and Healings –11am-5pm. Start spring with a crystal reading and healing. Receive a complimentary rose quartz, clear quartz or amethyst with any healing or reading. Appt or drop-in. $40. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. 847-564-6159. Dental Discount Plan – Allows patients without dental insurance to receive quality dental care at affordable prices. Gaiamed is offering free tooth whitening to each enrolled adult. Gaiamed Dental Spa, 929 Ridge Rd, Wilmette. For details & appt: 847-977-1655 or Free Microscopic Plaque Analysis with New Patient Adult Cleaning & Exam – Thru July. Only $119/adult, $90/child under 13. Cleaning and exam, non-insured first visit only. Must mention this ad. A Center For Dental Healing, 1300 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-998-5100. Intuitive and Medium Readings – Receive unlimited time for your reading. Appt or drop-in. $40 special. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. 847-564-6159. Mind, Body Fitness Classes – 8am-8pm. Pilates, yoga, dance, Aerial Hammock, Reformer and more. $17-$35. Pilates Plus, 654 S Roselle Rd, Schaumburg. 847-923-1201. More info:

Upstairs Hair Affair Special – Thru July. First-time clients get a free haircut with any color service, a $60 value. Upstairs Hair Affair, 5901 Dempster St, Ste 203, Morton Grove. 847-737-5315. White Lotus Teacher Training Registration Now Open – 200-hr teacher training with Marlene Rucks and Anita Maher. With 30 years experience between us, we offer a hands-on program that will help you to feel confident about your teaching future. Nirvana Yoga Studio, 232 E Main St, Barrington. 847-277-1333.

Sunday Organic Facials – Sun & Mon. $45/45 mins plus free Salt relaxation room session ($15 value). So Well, 4819 Main St, Skokie. Appt required: 847-676-5571. Jefferson Park Sunday Market – Thru Oct. 9:30am1:30pm. 2nd & 4th Sun. Food and craft vendors and entertainment. Jefferson Park, corner of Lawrence & Long, Chicago. 773-282-3879. Feminine Divine Support Group – 10-11:30am. Through study and ritual we learn the impact of the Divine Feminine and how much her wisdom, healing is needed. Through supporting and sharing our intuitive wisdom, authentic greatness, healing powers, we manifest beauty, harmony. Join our support group honoring the Sacred Feminine; become the Feminine Divine. Women’s Wisdom, The Dance Building, 1330 Webford, Des Plaines. 847-258-7225. Logan Square Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 25. 10am3pm. Food, music, entertainment, socializing, fun. Held on Logan Blvd from Milwaukee Ave to Whipple St, Chicago. Transmission Meditation – 11am-12pm. An easy yet effective way to deepen your soul connection and at the same time offer you a way to help our world in a unique, energetic way. All welcome. No prior meditation experience or a particular belief system required. Free. Oak Park. 800-860-8035. Out Chicago Radio Program – 11am-1pm. The only local and live LGBT radio show in the Chicago Metro Area. Out Chicago is an outstanding new show about LGBT life, current events and civil rights hosted by Scott Duff, a Chicago-based actor, comedian, theatre educator and activist. On WCPTAM 820, WCPT-FM 92.7 (North), WCPY-FM 92.5 (West), and WCPQ-FM 99.9 (South). Call-in: 773-763-WCPT. Sage and Smudging Class – 11am-5pm. With Sophia. Get a personal saging sand spiritual cleanse. Learn how to sage your belongings, vehicles and home. Receive a complimentary sage stick for personal use. $25. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. For appt: 847-564-6159. Weight Loss and Healthy Lifestyle Program – 12pm. A nutritionist and a health coach are onhand to answer questions and explain how simple changes in lifestyle can make a big difference. Learn proper nutrition and information on living a healthy, vibrant lifestyle. Wonders of Nature, 714 S Buffalo Grove Rd, Buffalo Grove. 847-229-9450.

Open-Level Hatha Yoga – 12-1:15pm. With Charlotte Hammond. Start your week right with a gift to yourself. Open-level Hatha at a true urban lotus with an experienced teacher. Plenty of parking. Ring buzzer for access. $10, cash only. Urban Lotus Yoga, 2950 W Chicago Ave, Ste 201, Chicago. 312-547-9247. Dreams Come True Manifesting Theatre – 1-2:30pm. Create, direct and rehearse scenes of joy, fulfillment, prosperity you wish to experience in this artistic workshop. Practice the life you want to live and have fun doing it. Be a manifesting star and a Dream Maker cast member. Acting experience not necessary. Live your dream. WomensWisdom, 1330 Webford, Des Plaines. 847-258-7207. Community Tai Chi/DahnMuDo Class – 2-3pm. Gentle but powerful movements that strengthen muscles and joints, improves your blood and energy circulation, correct skeletal imbalances, plus enhance your focus, concentration and confidence. Based on the Korean healing martial art, DahnMuDo (the way of limitless energy). Free or donation. Donations go to nonprofit Earth Citizens Organization for Heroes Leadership Program. Orland Park Body & Brain Center, 9204 W 159th St, Orland Park. RSVP: 708-226-0245 or Spiritual Gathering – 6-7:30pm. In a world where killing is sport, war is entertainment, and betrayal is common, how do we make peace? Join us every Sunday for a Spiritual Gathering open to the public. An opportunity to partake in a discussion focusing on the meaning of inner and outer peace. Peace, an idea whose time has come. School of Metaphysics, 222 W Wilson St, Palatine. 847-991-0140.

Monday Acupuncture Sessions – Mon, Wed & Sat. $25/45 min in group setting or $45/private session. So Well, 4819 Main St, Skokie. Appt required: 847-676-5571. Gentle Yoga – 10-11am. Be introduced to yoga, a relaxing, gentle class. First class free; $12. Keep The Beat Wellness, 333 Skokie Blvd, Ste 106, Northbrook. 847-559-1992. Pilates Bootcamp: Open Level – 10-11am. Our group class will not only sculpt and tone long lean muscles, but will also improve endurance, stamina, balance, alignment and of course core strength. $25. Pilates Studio of Lake Bluff, 61 E Scranton Ave, Lake Bluff. 847-615-0959. 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.

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Medium Mondays – 5-8pm. Ask questions, communicate with a loved one, find guidance with your angels. June special $25. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. For appt: 847-564-6159. 50/50 Class: Zumba and POUND – 6:30-7:30pm. Aliza Mor, nationally certified instructor for over 5 years, will get the party started with 30 mins of Zumba followed by 30 mins of POUND (weighted drum sticks are used for a cardio/strength workout). Beginners are very welcome and no judgment is allowed here. Tash Fitness, 8816 N Bronx Ave, Skokie. Registration required: 847-379-5777.

Tuesday Nia Cardio Dance – 5:30-6:25pm, Tues & Thurs. Also Mon, Wed, Fri, 11:30am. Nia tunes your mind and tones your body. 52 simple moves combine with great music to bring flexibility, agility, mobility, strength, and stability to your body. All ages. All abilities. Practiced barefoot. Bring a mat for floor work. Led by Aliess Kime, Certified Nia Teacher. $14/drop-in; monthly passes and punch cards available. Raydiant Day Center for Raydiant Life Fitness, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. Register: Shiatsu Student Clinic – 7 or 8pm. Also Fri, 11am or 12pm. Clients receive a 45-min session from an advanced Zen Shiatsu student. Sessions are performed in a group setting with instructor observation. Live shakuhachi and singing bowl music is provided by Jia Senghe. $35/45-min or $90/3 treatments. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130. Yoga Nidra Zero Stress Zone – 7-8:30pm. 1st Tues. With Savita (Laura Jachim). Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten, Ste 107, Northbrook. 847-477-3069. Yin/Yang Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. Promotes flexibility and healing, develops the flow of energy in your body and enlivens your innate ability to move with fluidity, power and grace. Master Paulie Zink style. $12-$17. Chicago Yoga Center, 3047 N Lincoln Ave, Unit 320, Chicago. 773-327-3650. Tai Chi Class – 8:15pm. Also Sat, 9am. 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.

Wednesday Near Infrared Sauna Sessions or Infrared Massage Traction Table – Wed-Fri. $15/30 mins. So Well, 4819 Main St, Skokie. Appt required: 847-676-5571.

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Wellness Wednesdays – Your choice of Oxygenated Rife Lymphatic Detox, MediCupping or Raindrop Technique. $40. 150 E Cook Ave, Ste 101, Libertyville. For appt, Teresa: 224-888-1170 or 561-881-4321. Morning Yoga Class – 9:30am. Also Sat. With Svetlana Stillman. A great way to start your day. House of Ayurveda, 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste C6, Northbrook. 224-723-5797. Happy Hour Free Acupuncture – 11am-12pm. Initial evaluation and treatment for instant pain relief or any health concerns. For videos look up Deerfield Community Acupuncture on YouTube. The best doctor is in your body. Get well naturally. Free. Deerfield Community Acupuncture, 405 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 211, Deerfield. 847-845-4090. Pilates Bootcamp: Open Level – 11am-12pm. See Mon description. $25. Pilates Studio of Lake Bluff, 61 E Scranton Ave, Lake Bluff. 847-615-0959. Guided Meditation – 12:45-2pm. Relax and experience the stress-relieving benefits of meditation led by Dr. Om Johari. Free. Palatine Public Library District, 700 N North Court, Palatine. Registration required: 847-358-5881.

Thursday Happy Hour Free Acupuncture – 11am-12pm. Initial evaluation and treatment for instant pain relief or any health concerns. For videos look up Deerfield Community Acupuncture on YouTube. The best doctor is in your body. Get well naturally. Free. Deerfield Community Acupuncture, 405 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 211, Deerfield. 847-845-4090. Chakra Thursdays – 11am-7pm. Receive a chakra evaluation and rebalance your chakras with Candace. $40. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. For appt: 847-564-6159. Therapeutic Support Group for Teen Girls – 6-7pm. With Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Heather Murphy. For ages 15-18 years old. Topics include self-esteem, body image, relationships, anxiety, relational aggression and bullying, and stress management. Courage To Connect Therapeutic Center, 2400 Ravine Way, Ste 600, Glenview. For more info: 847-730-3042 or Meditation Thursdays at the Center, Rosley’s Rocks and Gems – 6:30-7:30pm. Join us for our weekly night of centering. Meditation guided then silent; all levels welcome, and all questions welcome. Free. 4344 N Western Ave, Chicago. 773-561-7200.

Friday Shiatsu Student Clinic – 11am or 12pm. See Tues listing. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130.

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Mindfulness Class – 12:15-1:15pm. Each class will consist of guided mindfulness exercises such as sitting and walking. No previous experience necessary; class also supports those who are experienced practitioners. An open practice so can come and go as need to. With Eric Lieb, Certified Mindfulness Trainer. $10/pre-register, $12/drop-in. Center for Holistic Medicine, 240 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods/ Deerfield. For more info & to RSVP: 847-236-1701. Loving Kindness Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Free group guided meditation for peace and relaxation. We have been providing this free community event in Evanston for over 14 years. Drop-ins welcome as no registration is required and all of the supplies are provided. 2153 Ashland Ave, Ste 3, Evanston. 847-866-0505.

Saturday Mighty House Radio Program – 8-11am. 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 WCPT-AM 820, WCPT-FM 92.7 (North), WCPY-FM 92.5 (West), and WCPQ-FM 99.9 (South). Call-in: 773-763-WCPT. Morton Grove Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 17. 8am-12pm. No market held July 4. Locally grown produce. Morton Grove Civic Center, 6140 Dempster St. Tai Chi Class – 9am. See Tues listing. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929. Indoor Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Year round. Heritage Prairie Farm, 2N308 Brundige Rd, Elburn. 630-443-5989. Wonders of Nature Open House – 10am-5pm. Come in for a free testing on heavy metals, parasites, PH level and condition of your immune system. Drop-in and see what our Wellness and Detox Center has to offer you. Wonders of Nature, 714 S Buffalo Grove Rd, Buffalo Grove. 847-229-9450. Psychic Saturday – 11:30am-6:30pm. Psychic readings. $25. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. For appt: 847-564-6159. Vet Talk Radio Program – 6-7pm. Program hosted by U.S. Marine Corps Vet Antonio Correa and Fred Newson of the U.S. Navy. Both men have lived the life of a military man, and now they are working to give a voice to the veterans. Gain a new perspective on the issues facing veterans today. On WCPT-AM 820, WCPT-FM 92.7 (North), WCPYFM 92.5 (West), and WCPQ-FM 99.9 (South).

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

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

great rewards. Natural Awakenings Chicago is seeking a self-motivated professional with strong interpersonal and communication skills to introduce businesses to the benefits of advertising to our community in print and online. Ideal candidate must be self-motivated, organized and creative in sourcing suitable clients and events to target in Chicago and suburbs. You must enjoy conversing on the phone and hosting face-to-face meetings, as well as enjoy working both from your home and from the road throughout the metropolitan area, and have previous relationship-based ad sales experience. You’ll need at least 20 flexible daytime hours per week to prosper. Occasional weekend and evening time required to attend events and network. Pay is generous commission, plus bonuses. Email your name, a brief description of your experience and your phone number to

DONATE YOUR CAR GOT AN OLDER CAR, BOAT OR RV? – Do the humane thing. Donate it to the Humane Society. 800-433-8641.

HEALTH PRODUCTS GOT KNEE PAIN? BACK PAIN? SHOULDER PAIN? – Get a pain-relieving brace little or no cost to you. Medicare Patients call Health Hotline now! 1-800-589-0629. LIFE ALERT – 24/7. One press of a button sends help fast. Medical, fire, burglar. Even if you can’t reach a phone. Free brochure. 800-431-9356.

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PRESCRIPTION SAVINGS STOP OVERPAYING FOR YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS – Save up to 93%. Call our licensed Canadian and International pharmacy service to compare prices and get $15 off your first prescription and free shipping. 800-307-5192.

SELF-IMPROVEMENT Dynamic ConstEllations by Lisa DeMars — Using techniques of Dynamic Constellations we’ll resolve any points of contention, transform any hurt from these unresolved issues then rebuild the situation to achieve the results you truly desire. Transform your insurmountable issues in relationship, family, finance, career and health. Call or email today: 312-945-8318 or Dynamic.

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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care & green living in our community. acupuncture DEERFIELD COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE

405 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 211 847-845-4090 Quick pain relief, long-lasting results, sliding scale pricing of $20$40/treatment where you pay what you can afford. Offering acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in truly peaceful and healing environment. Open early/late hours, 7 days a week. For more info, testimonials, or to schedule an appointment, call 847-845-4090 or visit

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

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

acupuncture & traditional oriental medicine LANA MOSHKOVICH, LAc, ND, MSOM

1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook 60062 847-508-1470 Trained in both Western and Oriental Medicine, I use acupuncture and a dietary approach along with herbal remedies to resolve musculoskeletal pain, internal medicine health issues, insomnia, anxiety and women’s health. Schedule your initial appointment on to find out if acupuncture can help you. Get a healthier and alternative approach to your chronic health conditions.

animal shelters Harmony House for Cats 2914 N Elston, Chicago 60618 773-293-6103 •

Harmony House for Cats is a cageless, no-kill, eco-friendly, Platinum-LEED shelter dedicated to rescuing and rehoming injured and abandoned cats. New volunteers, supporters and adopters are welcome. The huge sunny adoption rooms provide a natural home-like environment for both cats and people.

beauty & wellness Noktivo NATURAL BEAUTY

5425 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago 60625 (Located inside Chroma K8 Beautique) 773-908-2263 • Come visit Chicago’s natural beauty destination providing a healthy pampering experience without the harmful chemical smells or ingredients. Skilled technicians provide natural manicures and pedicures and a wide range of organic, vegan and non-toxic beauty products are available to purchase. Everything is meant to keep people and the environment healthy and beautiful. Treat yourself today. 

bodywork Roth Structural Integration

Diane Roth, BCSI Highland Park, 60035 847-831-3213 • 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.

allergy relief Calandra Acupuncture South Loop and Arlington Hts 312-515-9492

Offering a variety of modalities to help you feel better, including NAET Allergy Elimination, acupuncture and Reiki. We thrive to work with your primary medical doctors to offer the highest quality complimentary care and welcome patients who haven’t found relief through traditional western medicine. Also offering informational and certification classes.

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Zero Balancing Wellness Center

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.

brain health Marny Turvill, MD Evanston 60201 847-644-8540

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

coaching & counseling David Scott Bartky

Certified Law of Attraction Life Coach “Phone Coaching At Its Best” 973-444-7301 The Law of Attraction is always operating in your life. Are you using it to attract what you want? I will teach you processes and techniques so you’ll not only start to attract what you want (a relationship, more money, more clients, etc.), you’ll also become more excited about life.


Dr. Robbie Maller Hartman, PhD, PCC 847-831-5660 Professional certified life coach and licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience in health and wellness. Specializing in emotional eating issues, non-dieting weight loss, healthy lifestyle coaching, mindfulness meditation training, and stress management. Mentored by bestselling author Geneen Roth, as seen on Oprah. Call for a complimentary phone consultation.


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.

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Sheree Nathanson, ACC, CSC 847-274-8696 Fill your life with joy and harmony using techniques and support from a certified life coach. Sheree is passionate about helping you to succeed, and provides direction and feedback for your ongoing success, as well as tips in conscious living from her world-class mentors. Call for free phone consultation.

RESOLUTIONS COACHING & CERTIFICATION TRAINING Tim Marshall, Cht, NLPT, MC 25 E Washington • 233 E Erie 312-854-2270

Achieve higher performance and motivation. Do you want peace of mind eliminating uncontrollable fear? Are you sad yet want to be happier, or angry but want inner calm? Stop smoking. Eat less. Reduce stress, anxiety, compulsions. Enjoy life more with greater success. 30+ years hypnosis and NLP experience. Free phone consultation.

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Marla Levitt Goldberg 847-984-0440 • 847-275-5584


Reneé S. Barasch, LDHS 480 Elm Place, Ste 108, Highland Park 60035 847-207-2034 • Digestive problems? Acid Reflux/ GERD, IBS, Crohn’s, colitis? Let us help you naturally achieve nutritional balance, feel better and enhance the quality of your life. Improve digestion while reducing discomfort and bloating so you can eat the foods you love again. Certified digestive health specialist/enzyme therapist. See ad on page 15.


Lori Hirshman, I-ACT certified 1535 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 113 (behind Northbrook Court), Northbrook 60062 Add’l location: Colonics in Grayslake, 408 Center St 773-551-5083 • You don’t need to suffer any more! We offer a relaxing and private environment where discretion and absolute cleanliness is never taken for granted! Our I-ACT certified practitioners have more than 12 years experience in Colon Hydrotherapy, Guided Programs, Life/Nutritional Coaching, all to help you make better choices for yourself.


Jim Kolar, Rph 3479 N Broadway, Chicago 60657 773-525-0766 Save-Rite is your locally owned compounding specialist in Lakeview. Besides dispensing traditional medication, we work closely with your doctor to customize medications for pediatric care, sports medicine, pain management, veterinary needs and a wide range of hormone replacement therapies (BHRT). We also offer a variety of medical equipment and daily living supplies so that you’ll always enjoy a healthy lifestyle.  Free delivery to Lakeview and surrounding areas. See ad on page 6.

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essential oils DoTERRA Essential Oils Allison Lutze

Be On Guard. Up your cleaning game. Add DoTerra’s On Guard to your natural cleaning solution to kill germs and pathogens. On Guard is a blend made up of wild orange, clove bud, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary making it safe for you and the environment. Contact me for more information.

EFT (emotional freedom techniques) TOM MASBAUM, EFTADVANCED



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

Karen Duewel 847-772-0212

Young Living oils and supplements with natural plant extracts can support women’s health throughout the various phases of life; providing temporary relief from cramps, nausea, hot flashes and emotional swings. For daily challenges, consider lavender or Stress Away to relieve daily stress, encourage relaxation and reduce nervous tension.  Enjoy life naturally. See ad on page 13.

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Chi Balancing Center Located in Art of Natural Healing 7773 Lake St, River Forest 60305 708-366-8002

Laurie Pawli, Certified Feng Shui Consultant

Reiki Master David Riddle has used the Akashic Records in his energy work sessions since 1998. In Akashic EnergyworkSM, David connects the energy body held within the Akashic Records to the individual using hands on healing. This brings energy to the client for health, happiness and karmic relief.

Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa

4344 N Western Ave, Chicago 60618 773-561-7200 •

30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180

Join us at our new location, The Center, where we offer the widest selection of chakra healing stones, rough crystals, collectors’ pieces and specialty items. Come meditate in the crystal skull room, relax and heal on our new Amethyst Biomat™, and see our skilled and professional readers and healers.

Offering daily intuitive and energetic healing sessions. Offerings include: aura analysis and clearing, soul synergizing, SoulCollage chakra balancing, singing bowl sessions, chakra channeling, chakra dowsing, crystal chakra balancing, chakra healing touch, crystal grid sessions, shamanic sessions, Vivaxis connection alignment, reflexology and Reiki. Appointments recommended.


Want to feel more flow and joy in your life? Do toxic thoughts limit your potential or block clear thinking? Marla will help release blocks, interferences, negative energies, entities and emotions that may be left from your past. Call today to schedule a consultation. See ad on page 17.

The Feng Shui School of Chicago

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

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green/healthy foods & restaurants ARYA BHAVAN

2508 W Devon, Chicago 60659 773-274-5800 • Arya Bhavan offers a menu of authentic vegan, raw, gluten-free and organic Indian dishes, prepared with healthy ingredients, no GMO or MSG, and a careful mix of ayurvedic Indian spices with nutritional properties that benefit both mind and body. We help you “Eat Well, Feel Well, Think Well, Heal Well!” See ad on page 39.

green real estate KATIE HAUSER

Baird & Warner Green Broker 847-212-5214 I understand that heating, cooling, energy efficiency and commuting distance are important to your home buying and remodeling decisions. As a NAR Green Broker, I’ll help you find the dream home that meets your sustainable lifestyle. Working together, we’ll locate the best resources to make green improvements and sustainable renovations.

holistic dentistry DR. ALLA AVER, DDS

1300 Waukegan Rd, 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, nonsurgical gum therapies including laser and ozone, and herbal irrigation. Material reactivity testing, saliva pH and microscopic plaque analysis are available. Our natural approach includes dental homeopathy, craniosacral therapy, and nutritional counseling. Dental discount plan available and PPO insurance plans accepted. See ad on page 35.

K. BOEHM, DDS, & Associates

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

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

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Dr. Yvette Collins

122 S Michigan Ave, Ste 1212, Chicago Across from the Art Institute 312-335-1441 Dr. Collins encompasses a holistic philosophy incorporating innovative approaches to patient care. Specializing in Oxygen/Ozone therapy that can enhance dental treatments, reduce toxicity and eliminate gum infection. Services include: non-invasive periodontal therapy, removal of metal fillings, nonmetal restorations, digital X-rays, Bio-Compatibility materials testing and lymph gland relaxation treatments.

Holistic Dentistry Chicago Elizabeth Strzelecka, DDS 7460 W Belmont, Chicago 60634 773-745-3636

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

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

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

TAF G. PAULSON, D.D.S., P.C. 233 E Erie St, Ste 816, Chicago 60611 312-944-7444

We offer gentle holistic dentistry that supports vibrant well-being in a caring and peaceful environment. Our Conscious Care includes mercury-free fillings; non-surgical periodontal therapy; digital X-rays; safe, biocompatible materials; bacterial analysis using a microscope; dental homeopathy and nutritional counseling. We guide you to dental wellness thorough education. Free indoor parking. See ad on page 45.

Dr. Andie T. Pearson

Gaiamed Dental 929 Ridge Rd, Wilmette 847-977-1655 Holistic dentistry involves an awareness of care that relates to the entire person. Gaiamed is a full-service practice using the most biocompatible dental options. Our services range from nonsurgical gum care to mercury-and-PBA-free restorations, crowns, bridges, partial and full dentures, children's dentistry, braces, implants, dental homeopathy, and craniosacral therapy. See ad on page 11.

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2035 N Milwaukee Ave, Riverwoods/Deerfield 60015 847-947-8622 Dr. Rasekh’s practice philosophy emphasizes education, prevention and minimally invasive dentistry. Enter our modern and calming dental facility, allow the ambiance to put you at ease, and be certain that excellent care awaits you. We offer, digital X-rays, biocompatible materials, mercury- and metal-free restorations, children’s dentistry and smile design and analysis. See ad on page 23.


Dr. Bernice Teplitsky, DDS, PC 3256 N Ashland, Chicago 60657 773-975-6666 Helping you reduce the risk of diseases such as diabetes and heart disease by using stateof-the-art technology, biocompatible, custom materials, practicing mercury-safe dentistry, and treating you like a partner in health.

holistic fitness COMFY FITNESS

2115 N Damen, Chicago 60647 312-373-0727 Disenchantment or intimidation of the classic gym setting keeps many from getting into shape. If this sounds like you, Comfy Fitness can help. Our trainers will guide and teach you how to reach your health and fitness goals while leaving you looking forward to your next workout. Call for a free fitness assessment today.

holistic health practitioner Alive AND WELL NATURALLY

Teresa Lopez, LPN 150 E Cook Ave, Libertyville 60048 224-888-1170

Your lymphatic system can become unbalanced and overburdened from daily exposure to toxins in air, food and water, causing pain and inflammation that can lead to chronic degenerative diseases. We offer lymphatic detoxification to restore your cells’ natural energy levels and restore proper lymph function. See website for full list of services.

FEEL GOOD AGAIN HEALTH Amy Andrews 847-361-6238

Amy is a health detective and hormone whisperer who uses evidencebased lab work to help people who suffer from overweight, fatigue, depression, hormonal and digestive issues. If your tests are “normal” but you don’t feel right, you can uncover the hidden causes, rebuild health and feel good again.


847-361-6259 • Now it’s your turn to take control of life and heal old pain and hurt. I can help you to empower yourself to heal and release the things that seem to block you in life. Using Access Consciousness and the Akashic Records, let’s work together to make your life joyful again.


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


312-399-6040 • Holistic nutritional therapist, licensed personal trainer and life coach. Solutions for weight loss, cardiovascular and digestive issues, sensitivities, disease prevention and management, muscular and bone health, sleep and hormone issues, individualized diets: vegetarian/vegan and sports nutrition. Menu planning, cooking lessons and grocery store tours. Also works with children.

Wonders of Nature Detox & Wellness Center

714 S Buffalo Grove Rd, Buffalo Grove 60089 847-229-9450 • Are you ready to feel better about yourself and learn to live a healthy lifestyle? At the center we provide health coaching, Bio Resonance computer diagnostic test, ionic foot detox, lymphatic drainage, infrared body wrap, LID-phototherapy, non-surgical liposuction. Call for a free consultation.


Karen Levy Bashkin RN, MN 224-558-7646 Toxic chemicals in your home may be making you and your family sick. I can teach you how to reduce the toxic load in your personal environment and strengthen your immune system by increasing appropriate nutrients. I am a registered, licensed Master’s Prepared Nurse providing individual consultation to guide you on the road to health. Call for confidential consultation.


holistic home organizer HOME SPACE ORGANIZING Jody Casden 847-209-0083 

A holistic approach to organizing and letting go of clutter. HSO recognizes the tools for restoring and creating nourishing spaces. HSO is green and sustainably conscious and provides creative solutions. We understand that an environment that nourishes you improves emotional and physical wellness. Call today to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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IL Center for Progressive Medicine 1002 W Lake St, Chicago 60607 312-243-3338 • Dr. LeRoy has 20 years of experience in collaborating with his patients to determine why they are not well. He specializes in investigative work that includes a detailed discussion, examination and laboratory testing, then creates an integrative treatment plan that often includes diet and nutrition changes, acupuncture, chiropractic and other lifestyle modifications. Dr. LeRoy is best known for breast thermography, HPV treatment and GI problems. See ad on page 25.


North Shore Health Solutions LTD 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-715-9060 •

Dr. Kristen Bobik, DC 2500 W Higgins, Ste 420, Hoffman Estates 847-310-0303 The

Our wellness clinic averages only a 5-minute wait time before you’re getting natural, safe, and effective treatment with the Doctor. Dr. Kristen specializes in acupuncture, low-force chiropractic care and food intolerance testing, and uses unique diagnostic tests to uncover the real cause of your health concern. Located at the corner of Higgins and Barrington roads. See ad on page 13.

Dr. Kim Martin, DC, FASA, BCIM, CFMP, is a certified gluten-free practitioner in Northbrook. She specializes in “Solving the Mystery of Your Chronic Condition” using Functional Medicine, blood work, stool samples and saliva. Free Healthy Heart Dinner & Diabetes Lecture event July 21. Call 847-715-9060 for more details. See ad on page 25.

Mind Body Healing Center DR. EUNICE DEANE

6137 N Elston Ave, Chicago 60646 773-631-5001 Dr. Deane is a premier holistic chiropractic physician who offers total body solutions to chronic health and pain challenges. She treats all three sides of the triangle of health­—structure, chemical and emotions— to resolve problems at the root cause. If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, and want to flip the switch from pain and chronic illness, Dr. Deane can help. Call for appointment. See ad on page 27.

Dr. Jerry P. Gore, MD

77 W Washington, Ste 1704 Chicago 60602 312-285-5287

We treat both the emotional and physical aspects of your health and specialize in depression, anxiety, digestive disorders and pain management. We provide diagnostic testing such as Biomeridian screening and apply natural interventions such as psychotherapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, nutrition, massage and energy work. Insurance accepted. Available evening and weekends.


Center for Holistic Medicine 240 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods/Deerfield 60015 847-236-1101

Angela Waltman FNP, AHN-C 522 Poplar St, Wilmette 60091 773-454-2644

Dr. Gore is director, supervisor and staff physician. He obtained his MD from the University of Illinois School of Medicine and his post-graduate work at Northwestern Institute of Psychiatry. He has over 30 years of experience blending nutrition, supplements, homeopathy, psychotherapy and collaborating with other practitioners at the center to offer a truly holistic medicine practice. See ad on page 29.

Angela provides a blend of Eastern & Western Medicine, offering care for urgent needs such as coughs, colds and minor injuries. Her Prepare For Surgery/Heal Faster program is incredibly helpful and works for chemo and chronic pain, too. She teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) & Mindfulness meditation, also Healing Energy Work. Truly Mind, Body & Spirit Care...

Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account. ~Anne Wilson Schaef

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Dr. Kevin J. Regan, DC, DABCA 118 N Clinton, Ste 103, Chicago 60661 312-876-1600 •

Do you have pain or inflammation that won’t go away? Is stress making you ill? Therapeutic treatment with the Magnesphere© will balance out and energize you through a total body immersion into a bio-magnetic field. The Magnesphere© provides deep relaxation and stress relief through a combination of science and holistic intervention.

holistic medicineayurveda Monica Yearwood

3807 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago 60618 773-697-3640 Monica Yearwood is an ayurvedic practitioner who empowers her clients with experiential practices. Her focus is digestive health, detoxification and lifestyle. Monica’s programs integrate diet, herbology and practices that cultivate awareness such as meditation and yoga. She runs programs out of her ayurvedic center, Hamsa Ayurveda & Yoga, in Chicago.

holistic physical rehabilitation LIFEWAVE INSTITUTE, LLC

Dr. Andrew Serlin, DC 3113 Dundee Rd, Northbrook 60062 224-723-5693 • Pro athletes heal quickly with aquatic therapy and so can you at one of the only facilities in Chicagoland with a warm water pool featuring an underwater treadmill. LifeWave Institute combines chiropractic, massage, aquatic and land-based rehab with practices of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Chi Kung and acupuncture to deliver comfortable and effective muscular and joint pain relief.

Elisa Sue Rabin, MS, OTRL Founder & Director: The Center for Integrative Body Mind Sciences Private sessions & 4-day Wellness Intensives 847-579-1177

Elisa is an integrative healthcare practitioner specializing in pain relief and gut-brain disorders. She expertly applies advanced techniques to release inflammation and re-patterns symptoms associated with IBS, fibromyalgia, migraines, depression, stress and hormonal imbalance. She is a compassionate communicator, and partners with each client to create a relationship for deep exploration and integration.

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integrative medicine MARCO DE LA CRUZ, MD

Three locations: Lincoln Park, Roselle, McHenry 773-248-6200 • SelfHealthMD is your resource for comprehensive integrative, preventive and restorative medical services. Taking a mind, body and spirit approach to your health, we teach you self-health strategies and techniques you can use for optimal health. Services include: comprehensive evaluations, natural medicine treatments, BHRT, nutritional counseling, IV therapy. New patients receive a copy of Balancing Act: A Mind-Body-Spirit Approach to Optimal Health by Dr. De La Cruz.

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

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

DR. CHERYL SCHWARTZ, DO Center for Holistic Medicine 240 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods/Deerfield 60015 847-236-1701

I specialize in Internal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. My goal is to help people in good health maintain their well-being, while assisting those with health problems to feel better and move to a more positive path. I manage general internal medicine issues as well as treat appropriate patients with Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, a hands-on method of healing. See ad on page 29.

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integrative psychotherapy SUSAN ATCHISON, LCPC

A Healing Soul, Ltd. NW Suburbs; 847-370-5181 Have pain, anxiety, indecision or depression been making your life miserable? I can help you to have a happier, more fulfilling life. Using a holistic approach, we’ll balance and renew your body, mind and spiritual selves. For lasting results—to feel lighter and more whole—call today for your appointment.

BODY BASED PSYCHOTHERAPY Ellen Goode, CADC, CBT, ICST, CMT City & Suburbs • 312-504-4106

Want more from life? If you tried some other therapy or self help before and felt some deeper conflict was unseen or unresolved, it probably was. Mind/Body Therapy goes deeper and broader than other approaches. Helping clients with addictions, relational problems, abuse, personal and spiritual growth, etc. since 1988. Free initial consultation.

David H. Johnson, LCSW

847-475-3017, voicemail Lasting results for happier, productive lives is the goal of my bodycentered psychotherapy. People of all ages come to me in pain due to trauma, childhood issues and addiction. My holistic approach helps to resolve wounds of the mind, body and spirit where recovery is not only possible but inevitable. Call for free initial consultation.


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

integrative soul coaching Peter Kime, MA

Center for Raydiant Life Fitness Evanston • 847-869-6477 Experience more joy, energy, inner knowing and direction. Creator of Raydiant Pathways, Peter Kime, uses Raydiant Touch and Ixion Raydiant Integrations to revitalize your core energy body and empower your Soul Light Intelligence. He partners with you to stop self-sabotaging behavior, step free of limiting beliefs, and create the life your heart yearns for. Free initial consultation. See ad on page 17.

intuitive consultation MICHELE HEATHER

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

lifelong learning & personal growth INFINITY FOUNDATION

1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-831-8828 • Offering more than 200 Courses for Life in personal, professional and spiritual growth and development. Two-day retreats with bestselling authors include: Using Angel Based Tarot Cards with Radleigh Valentine, July 17-18; Real Love with Sharon Salzberg, August 1-2; Healing Power Pathways with Cyndi Dale, August 15-16. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental. Call or email for a free course guide.


Holistic and Cultural Arts Center 1241 N Green St, McHenry 60050 Live near McHenry? Looking for fun, affordable things to do? We’re your relaxed, creative hangout. Get a shiatsu massage, hear original music, make new friends, tap into your inner healer. Reasonable rental rates. Mention this ad for 20% off a shiatsu massage. Find your whole new world INSIDE. All ages. See ad on page 29.

naturopathic consultation DR. ALLA ARUTCHEVA, MD, PhD, ND

Associate Professor, Rush University Med. School Antalee Wellness 1836 Glenview Rd, 2nd Fl, Glenview 60025 • 847-486-1130

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

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Alison Egeland, ND


Schaumburg 847-895-8180

Dr. Alison is a Naturopathic Doctor with additional training in Functional Medicine. Considering each individual’s unique combination of genetics, lifestyle, environmental exposures, to uncover and treat underlying imbalances that lead to complex, chronic conditions such as GI disorders, chronic fatigue, autoimmune issues, thyroid and adrenal imbalances, metabolic disorders, chemical sensitivity and hormone imbalances.

Live a More Functional Life By Building Better Balance 847-748-8313

What could you do if you were pain free? I can help you replace constriction and pain with confident movement. My approach includes Occupational Therapy, Feldenkrais Method, Reflex and Vestibular integration. Effective for individuals suffering from fibromyalgia, arthritis, car accidents, trauma and neurological issues. Call me today. Most insurance accepted.

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650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove 60007 847-564-6159

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Charlotte Hammond, MS, RD, LDN, RYT 150 N Michigan, Ste 800, Chicago, 60601 312-547-9247, Registered and Licensed Dietitian providing integrative nutritional counseling and Medical Nutrition Therapy for weight management, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, osteoporosis, special needs, bowel disorders, vegan/vegetarian diets, dietary transition, mindful eating, detoxification, safe supplementation and more. Also available for grocery store tours, cupboard clean-out, menu management and seminars.

Looking for answers and solutions to current issues in your life? The answer may lie in understanding your past lives. With over 22 years experience, Candace works with you to gain a conscious awareness of how your past lives and relationships affect who you are today. Call or text for appointments. See ad on page 31.

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Marilyn Kortendick, S/D-EFEL Barrington, 847-858-6440

NORTH SHORE BEDDING 984 Willow Rd, Ste H, Northbrook 60062 847-291-6770

We offer a safe and cost-effective alternative to conventional mattresses, in a low-pressure, relaxing sales environment. Full selection of only all-natural and organic latex mattresses, pillows and accessories, including Natura, Savvy Rest, Suite Sleep and Sleeptek. Locally owned and operated since 1983. See ad on page 23.

Become a more empowered, authentic you through personal and spiritual development. Work with the horse that mirrors your emotions using this information to navigate your world more clearly. Work with a spiritual director to help you discover how to come home to you. Horse clinic June 20. Contact us for information.

preventive medicine DR. LYNNE BELSKY

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Living Well MD 1535 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 306, Northbrook 60062 847-418-2030

Solay Wellness / So WELL 4819 Main, Skokie 847-676-5571

So Well is your unique destination for wellness in Skokie. Enjoy our Salt Relaxation Room, $15/session; Infrared Salt Sauna, $15/session or Heated Massage Beds, $15/session. While you’re here, discover over 300+ artisan crafted, organic and fair trade Salt crystal lamps, bath & beauty, healthy gourmet, natural home products and more to continue your wellness journey. To learn more, or order securely, call or visit website.

Care for body, mind, and spirit with personalized, integrative medical care. Concierge physician dedicated to helping you stay healthy, prevent disease, and feel your best. See ad on page 45.

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Psychic & medium CANDACE

650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove 60007 847-564-6159 Inspire joy and love in your life. Find answers to your challenges with the help of Candace’s psychic intuition. Specializing in chakra balancing, spiritual cleansing, past life regression and tarot/angel cards. More than 22 years experience. Call or text for appointments. See ad on page 31.

Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa 30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180

Offering daily psychic, medium and intuitive sessions in a unique boutique-like environment. Offerings include: channeled medium connections, tarot & oracle readings, divinely guided soul paintings, pendulum spiritual guidance, spirit animal discovery singing bowl sessions, palm reading, constellation readings, problem resolution sessions, animal path readings, rune casting, numerology and spiritual blessings and attunements. Appointments recommended.

spiritual & life renewal Bodhi Spiritual Center

2746 N Magnolia Ave, Chicago 60614 773-248-LOVE A dynamic, conscious community rooted in Universal Spiritual Principles. Celebration Service on Sundays at 10am. Music, inspiring message and a loving community. Childcare provided for birth-4; youth programming for 5-18. Midweek Grace on Wednesdays is 7-8pm. Experience your own Sacred sound, then sit back and enjoy the healing sound of the gong. 

THE EDGAR CAYCE HOLISTIC CENTER AND BOOKSTORE 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 16.


734-769-7794 FB: Naturopathic School of Ann Arbor Diploma program choices: Traditional Naturopathy & Master Herbalist. Licensed school established 2009. Commutable schedule, hands-on experiential, Herb Lab, Herbal Apothecary & Dispensary, supervised clinical internship, open houses. Visit website for bios, overview, catalog, testimonials, schedules, news and admissions information.

spiritual boutique Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa 30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180

Destination location offering a comprehensive selection of spiritual and metaphysical supplies, extensive crystals and rocks, unique artisan art and jewelry, organic teas, vintage precious and semiprecious jewelry and artifacts, essential oils and other natural products. In our boutique-like environment you can enjoy classes and daily psychic and chakra-based sessions too.

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650 Meacham, Elk Grove 60007 847- 564-6159 Intuitive Resources is a spiritual boutique conveniently located in the northwest suburbs. Our large selection of services includes Reiki, chakra therapy (cleansing and balancing), Tarot card and intuitive readings, past life regression, etc. Our shop offers a large variety of spiritual gifts to choose from: candles, crystals, books, jewelry, sage/incense and much more. Open Monday through Friday from 11am-8pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm. See ad on page 31.


610 Central Ave, Ste 169, Highland Park 60035 847-266-8323 Fitting you in the correct type of shoe for your activity, and in the proper size and width for your feet, is our number one objective. When shoes fit well and your feet are comfortable, your whole body feels better and you can perform at your optimum level throughout the entire day. Largest selection of New Balance footwear and apparel in the Chicago area, with extensive inventory of sizes and widths from 2A-6E. Friendly staff is experienced in helping to resolve or relieve many common foot ailments such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, morton’s neuroma, hammer toe, and arch pain. Locally owned and operated since 1995. See ad on page 17.


Rev. Carol Saunders 375 Elm St, Deerfield 60015 847-337-3866 We are a Unity spiritual community with practical and inspirational teachings that emphasize you as a divine creation. Our Sunday services are current, relevant and uplifting. We welcome everyone. Family friendly. Sunday Celebration Service with indie/pop/rock music by The Grateful Living 10am at the Patty Turner Center, in Deerfield.

yoga, meditation & healing arts SAT NAM YOGA CHICAGO

West Loop: 1304 W Washington Blvd 312-818-5791 Immerse yourself in a soulful community. $20 for 2 weeks of Unlimited Yoga (new students). Kundalini, vinyasa, hatha, yin, partner yoga, restorative, tween girls’ creative yoga, qigong, meditation, gong baths, moon rituals and healing circles. Energy/body work by appointment. All ages, all levels.

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Rooted in universal principles of change and balance, the study of Zen Shiatsu enriches your life while you learn to help others. Learn to relieve aches and pains through acupressure and assisted stretching while also listening to the deeper messages our bodies have to tell us. Try an entry-level class and decide if our program is the one you’ve been looking for.

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