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few months ago, I discovered a catchy song by Jason Mraz that starts with a crowing rooster and a simple little “Doo-doo-doo-doo-doodoo-do-do-do.” Fun. And then I heard the first couple of verses and the lyrics rang true.

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Whenever my head starts to hurt / Before it goes from bad to feeling worse / I turn off my phone / I get down low / And put my hands in the dirt I try to stop the world from moving so fast / Try to get a grip on where I’m at / and simplify / This dizzy life / And put my feet in the grass I’m going back to the Earth / I’m going back to the Earth / I’m going back to work / I’m going back to the Earth *

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What I like so much about this song, other than it’s a fun tune, is that it’s about unplugging, clearing our heads and getting back to what’s real, instead of constant deadlines, worries and Bluetooth-induced stress and alternate realities. As someone who’s online and on the phone a lot every day, the simple and focused practice of yanking a few garden weeds, taking a walk, eating an apple outside instead of at my desk or even watering houseplants are all part of a daily routine that helps clean out some of the mental accumulation of information overload. Seemingly unavoidable physical “toxic overload” is rampant, and we see its effects every day in our health and relationships, and that of our friends and family. It’s not only the chemicals we breathe, touch and ingest in everything from personal care and household products to carpeting and clothing, it’s the asphalt residue and lawn chemicals our pets track into the house, air pollution, hidden toxins in our food (organic or conventional) and more. Trying on a daily basis to get a handle on our world and deal with the constant barrage of information, 24/7 schedules, political partisanship, social injustices, world events, climate change, family pressures, earning a living, etc., leads to mental and emotional overload. And so does chasing and trying to keep up with the latest trends (which can include dietary fads, electronic gear or our Facebook feed). It all adds up and can be overwhelming and toxic to our health. Pick a couple of areas to detox in your life and get started. This month, we bring you several articles with a focus on how to do just that—physically and mentally—ways to help our bodies eliminate toxins, ideas to have more fun and forget about our smartphones for a while, recipes to enjoy the amazing summer berries hitting the markets and a lot more. Hey, we even take a look at detoxing our pets. We hope you’ll enjoy this issue of Natural Awakenings Chicago and try out some of the ideas our authors present. And if you have other thoughts and suggestions for ways to detox physically, mentally or emotionally, please drop us a note at

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or those looking for new approaches to live naturally in the modern world, the Om Zone will begin hosting meetings in July from 4 to 8 p.m. every Thursday at World Tree Natural Medicine, in Oakbrook Terrace. Share ideas about what works and get support in making healthier choices or just chill out to manage stress. Wm. Thor Conner, ND, CNS, LMT, owner of World Tree Natural Medicine, notes, “Creating health is a not a single choice, but an everyday process, with each choice contributing to the result.” To make it easier, they use natural medicine, acupuncture, chair massage, hydrotherapy, meditation and reiki at no or low cost. The goal is to learn strategies, methods and tools to help manage our stress reactions. Each week will feature a different modality, but there are no limits on topics. Location: 17W703-F Butterfield Rd., Oakbrook Terrace. For more information, call 630-359-5522, email or visit TheHealingPowerOfNature. com. See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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aureen Zwier, digital artist and owner of Zwier Digital Arts, will be participating in four juried art shows in Chicago and Lake County this summer.

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These festivals, especially Port Clinton, feature artists from across the country and attract top-tier interior designers, gallery owners, art collectors and shoppers. They will be showing the very latest artwork and trends in home, business, hospitality, wellness and public space décor.

Noted Psychiatrist Addresses NearDeath Experiences


he author of Life After Life, the first major book on near-death experiences (written in 1975) guest speaker Raymond Moody, Ph.D., M.D., will talk from 2 to 5 p.m., July 8, at the Chicago International Association for NearDeath Studies (IANDS) meeting in the Frank Auditorium in Evanston Hospital. Topics may include psychiatry, medical ethics, human consciousness studies, death and dying, peak experiences and the paranormal, Raymond Moody grief and bereavement, the healing power of humor, personal growth and self-actualization, creativity and critical thinking enhancement, and classical philosophy. Moody is a renowned psychiatrist and celebrated bestselling author with 11 titles to date. He has served on the faculty at the University of Virginia, the University of Nevada, East Carolina University and West Georgia College. Moody is widely published in professional journals and regularly appears on TV and radio. Admission is $20, with free covered parking; Location: 2650 Ridge Ave., Evanston. For more information, call 847-251-5758 or visit

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imi Shekoski, Ph.D., a certified natural vision improvement teacher and holistic natural health doctor, is the owner of Happy Eyesight Studio, in Crystal Lake, offering holistic natural vision improvement coaching services to people of all ages. She will conduct four weekly classes for better vision from 7 to 9 p.m., July 11, 18 and 25, and August 1, at Infinity Foundation, in Highland Park. The classes can benefit people with vision conditions that include middle-age sight with reading problems, nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, cataracts and glaucoma. Participants will learn the renowned Bates Method, fusion and mind-training techniques for lifelong good vision and healthy eyes. Many people improve their eyesight naturally using these simple, yet very effective techniques, often in a short Mimi Shekoski period of time.

eartland Meditation is collaborating with the Cook Library, in Vernon Hills, to provide guided meditation from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Friday through August 25. The theme of the July 28 session is Breaking Down Walls, Improving Relationships through Meditation, in observance of the International Day of Friendship on July 30. Stressful personal and work life filled with strained relationships is detrimental to one’s emotional health. This is why it is important to implement natural, healthy solutions. Heartland Meditation would like to contribute to the international community’s efforts in promoting friendship and inspiring understanding to cultivate peace and a comfortable mind for all. With meditation, people’s relationships and lives can be greatly improved.

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newsbriefs Harness the Magic of Feng Shui for a New Career


pcoming classes at the Feng Shui School of Chicago will show students how to add feng shui to their homes. Choose from an intensive, eye-opening, one-day class based on the front door or commit to a three-day class, the first step in becoming a certified feng shui consultant. Certified Feng Shui Consultant Laurie Pawli says, “External movement creates internal shift to describe the shift of energy when feng shui is applied to the home. When an object or piece of furniture is placed in the home using feng shui guidelines, people can actually feel the difference. It allows the energy to move throughout the house in a different way to create the feeling of a re-energized vibration in the space.” The 77-hour Gold Level certification program, recognized by the International Feng Shui Guild, teaches the basics and advanced techniques, along with how to establish a business. This class will participate in field work, including feng shui consultation and space clearing sessions. Location: One Oakbrook Club Dr., Ste. B-101, Oak Brook. For more info, call 630415-7703 or visit and See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

Tuition Drop for Massage Students


he Pacific College of Oriental Medicine’s Chicago campus is now enrolling for fall classes with a new schedule, new format and new price. Students will have the opportunity to become a massage therapist in 12 months or less, attending class only two days a week. Tuition has been reduced from $14,270 to $9,990 for the massage certificate, including textbooks. The only regionally accredited massage school in Chicago, Pacific teaches both Eastern and Western clinical massage modalities, preparing pupils to be a well-rounded therapist. Financial aid is available for qualified students.

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newsbriefs Women’s Retreat to Focus on Fungi’s Role in Nature


idwest Women’s Herbal will present Mycelium Mysteries: A Women’s Mushroom Retreat, from October 6 through 8, in Almond, Wisconsin. Eugenia Bone, author and food journalist, will make the keynote address, “Mycophilia,” a story of community and how mushrooms can be the window by which we understand nature and ourselves in a deeper way. Other presenters include Sue Van Hook, Mara Penfil, Linda Conroy, Sarah Foltz and Carla Kramer. Registration is now open for the event. A key component in the quality of our soil, fungi are key players in the Earth’s health and the path of human culture around the globe. Yet, few study fungi, and it is considered to be a neglected megascience, and their mycelium, a mystery. The retreat will focus on understanding fungi as the “grandmothers of our ecosystems”, with workshops at beginner through advanced levels. Topics include wild mushroom skills, ethnomycology, fungal ecology, and fungi and human health. This is a place to share knowledge and get comfortable with using mycological skills in a supportive community. Register at Vendor spots are still available. See ad on page 11.

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regory W. Seaman, M.D., practiced anesthesia before pursuing his passion for preventive medicine. He has always had a strong personal interest in true health optimization and seeking out educational experiences not offered as part of traditional medical training. Through his journey, Seaman has become proficient in many areas of preventive and anti-aging medicine utilizing IV vitamin and nutrient therapies, platelet-rich plasma, intramuscular vitamin injections, medical weight loss and bioidentical hormone replacement, as well as other cutting-edge technology and treatments. Gregory W. Seaman, M.D. Seaman’s true passion lies in getting patients excited about their health again. He states, “At thriveMD, we take a proactive, whole body approach to health care. We refer to this philosophy as ‘health optimization’ and work with people to treat the causes of disease, not just the symptoms. We use a wide range of tests specifically tailored to identify underlying deficiencies and the causes of disease. Health optimization involves all areas of wellness.” Natural Awakenings readers receive 10 percent off services on their first visit. Location: 1355 Remington Rd., Ste I, Schaumburg. For appointments, call 312-6005070 or email For more information, visit See ad on page 15 and in the Community Resource Guide.



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e:fit, a progressive health and wellness center in Glenview, is now offering cutting-edge bio-electromagnetic-energy-regulation (BEMER), a healing technology that’s used in more than 48 countries. It works as a pulsed electromagnetic signaling device which has been scientifically proven to enhance blood flow and oxygen by 29 percent after just two, eight-minute sessions a day. Registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, BEMER increases concentration, relaxation and sleep, and is said to even regenerate organs overnight, using the sleep program. Demonstrations are available on a mat or chair designed to provide individual comfort. Location: 910 Waukegan Rd., Glenview. For appointments, call 847657-0881. For more information, visit See ad on page 15 and in the Community Resource Guide.




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Coal Phase-Out Boosts Health

he province of Ontario began a complete phase-out of its coal-fired power plants in 2005, with all of them having closed by 2015. While the costly measure was expected to produce minor air quality improvements, officials predicted that the resulting health benefits would accrue $3 billion in annual healthcare savings for the community. Realized savings can be seen in the drastic reduction of smog days in Ontario, down to just one since 2014. “Let’s compare that to 2005, when residents of the Greater Toronto Area suffered through 53 smog days while coal, with its toxic emissions, provided 19 percent of the province’s power,” says Vanessa Foran, president and CEO of The Asthma Society of Canada. “It’s obvious that shutting Ontario’s coal plants has helped clean the air; it’s also given a new lease on life to millions that suffer with asthma.” More proof of the medical benefits come from an assessment conducted by Toronto Public Health in 2014. It reported a 23 percent reduction in air pollution-related premature deaths in the city between 2000 and 2011, as well as a 41 percent reduction in related hospital admissions during the same period.

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esearch from the University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, has established that structured physical activity following a stroke can significantly improve cognitive function in survivors. The study used data from 13 clinical trials that included 735 participants to analyze general cognitive improvement, executive function, attention and working memory, as well as the impact of different types of physical activity. Researchers found that exercise following a stroke produced cognitive improvements in both attention and speed in processing information. They further discovered that a combination of aerobic exercise and strength training produced the maximum cognitive improvements. “We found that a program as short as 12 weeks is effective at improving cognition, and even patients with chronic stroke can experience improvements in their cognition with an exercise intervention,” says lead author Lauren E. Oberlin, a graduate student at the university. 16




Colicky Babies Respond to Acupuncture


esearch from Sweden has found that acupuncture helps reduce the crying of colicky babies. The study monitored 147 babies between the ages of 2 and 8 weeks with colic at four separate Swedish public child health centers. The babies were divided into three groups; each visited the clinic twice a week for two weeks. One group received “gold standard” care plus five minutes of minimal acupuncture, one group received standard care plus five minutes of acupuncture and one group received standard care only. After two weeks, both acupuncture groups showed a reduction in crying time by the second week and at a later follow-up. More babies dropped to less than three hours of crying per day in the acupuncture groups than the control group, removing them from the colic category altogether. No adverse effects were recorded.

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rystals and minerals have or subtle guidance, and that’s how been on the Earth for centuthey help us. Sometimes it’s the color ries, long before humans and and sometimes it’s the properties, but animals inhabited the they bring us beauty and planet. So it goes without comfort in the world. saying they have a lot of If you’ve ever seen an ‘energy’ in them; energy amethyst geode, then you that can help us,” says know how bewitching Nors Beatriz, owner of they can be,” she exChicago’s MojoOwl, a plains. showroom and heal Gems and crystals ing center in the Logan have been important Square neighborhood to Beatriz since she of Chicago. In addition started collecting them to carrying her own many years ago, and she handmade jewelry, believes they changed Beatriz offers crystals, her life. When she turned energy healing, reiki and 53 in 2016, she realized Nors Beatriz and BK CranioSacral services at her body could no longer MojoOwl. do massage work and Beatriz says she tells was starting to burn out. people that when they’re She explains, “I wanted attracted to a stone, it is to focus more on the because that stone has a message for energy and the CranioSacral work that them. “They don’t do the work for you, I already did. I also realized that I had but they can help give us some peace a huge hobby of making jewelry and

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an equally huge collection of crystals. What better way of making a living than having more fun in your life with things you already have fun with?” She explains, “Jewelry making is very healing for me. I love working with natural gems and crystals. I enjoy figuring which way to drill them or what’s the best way to show off their beauty. Colors and the combinations and the meanings of stones is mindboggling. It’s fun to play with gems and fun to be around them. It gives me lots of energy and joy to be around them.” The MojoOwl showroom is open by appointment only, and Beatriz says that if she’s there, people can knock on the window and she’ll ask them in. She plans to add regular hours this summer. Clients can get a reading, experience energy healing and get assistance from Beatriz in picking out jewelry and crystals best suited to them. “All the jewelry is about creating wearable, fun talismans, charms or touchstones for people to have some connection. I love making tiny, pretty things and I want to have a sense of playfulness. I’m a huge recycler, and often use old gold or silver chains to make newer pieces, or I can repair other jewelry to incorporate newer stones. Everything is done by hand, with a lot of positive energy,” says Beatriz.   MojoOwl is located at 3323 W. Diversey Ave., in Chicago, and Beatriz often has a booth at fairs around the city. Call 773-413-0749 or visit, Facebook and Instagram for events. See ad for NOWStudio in the Community Resource Guide.

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Launched in 1981, our Farming Systems Trial is the longest-running North American research project comparing organic versus conventional grains such as corn and soybeans; it has allowed us to compare yields, water and energy use, soil organic matter, nutrient density, profitability and other factors. In 2016, we introduced our Vegetable Systems Trial, a side-by-side comparison for organic versus conventional produce. We expect organic management practices that improve soil health can enhance nutrient density in vegetables and so benefit farmers’ lives and eating habits worldwide. In 2016, we launched the Organic Farmers Association (OrganicFarmers, creating a valuable information exchange and unified voice for domestic certified organic producers. This national membership organization focuses on policy issues, including the Farm Bill, subsidy programs, animal welfare standards and contamination from conventional farm fields.

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What is the status of the organic farming industry? As a whole, it has seen great growth, in large part due to increasing demand resulting from consumer awareness. In 2015, organic was a $43 billion industry in the U.S., with Millennial householders leading the way. Still, only

so they can increase their productivity and success. We are expanding our research in nutrient density. The Institute works to understand the difference in nutrient levels, such as proteins, vitamins and minerals, in organic and conventional foods and how farmers can grow nutrient-packed food.

Can the public provide input to the 2018 Farm Bill? President Trump’s proposed “skinny” budget seeks to gut many federal programs, including those designed to protect the environment, so we need to urge elected representatives to stand up for organic farmers as the new bill develops. Historically, heavily funded commodity crop interests fight against assistance programs that encourage low-income people to buy healthy foods. Organic agriculture made strides in the 2014 Farm Bill, which provided increased support for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program, crop insurance, organic research and organic certification costsharing programs. To help meet surging demand for organics, it’s important to support initiatives like the Conservation Reserve and Transition Initiatives programs that provide resources for farmers to move from synthetic chemical farming to organic methods.

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Besides healthier food, what other benefits of organic farming have convinced late adopters to convert? Healthy soil, full of billions of beneficial microorganisms, is a major byproduct of regenerative organic farming. Organic farming creates diverse, healthy ecosystems that protect wildlife. However, any agricultural model that’s fixated on yields at the expense of soil health will incur a steep price as those farms won’t remain productive for future generations. Regenerative organic farming facilitates storage of carbon in the ground, making it integral to addressing the climate crisis. Organic Manifesto makes the case plain; to optimize your own and the planet’s health—buy, grow and eat organic food.

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Why is a regular detoxification so important? A toxin is any barrier to our health. They can come from chemicals, what we eat or drink, our thoughts and

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How can a more thorough detox be beneficial? The majority of normal detoxification happens in the liver through a twophase pathway. The rest of the process happens through the skin, kidneys and bowels. Exercise, sweating and even crying will help move toxins out of the body. Meditation, guided breathing, biofeedback and other emotional releases have been proven beneficial as well, and there are a number of apps available to help with this. I recommend my patients undergo a deeper detoxification several times a year to make sure that everything is working as efficiently as possible. This starts with a food plan that is easy for the body to digest. Although cleanses and fasts have become trendy recently, the organs actually need nutrients to work properly. Fish, vegetables and rice are all good choices, complemented with physician-grade supplements like B vitamins, antioxidants and magnesium. Programs like Clear Change can help provide proper nutrition while enhancing the body’s natural metabolic detoxification process.

What natural and holistic treatments help with detoxification? I recommend my clients start their deep detox with at least one acupuncture session. It can help mitigate any symptoms that might arise and also can

reduce stress, which adds to toxicity. Chiropractic care can also be beneficial because the whole purpose of taking care of the spine is to make the entire body work better together. One of the most basic things people can do is to get adequate sleep. That is when the body repairs and rebuilds, and the system gets rid of the extra toxins that are accumulating. Sleep also encourages nutrients like vitamins and minerals to get into the discs in our back and puff up with hydration, which is what we want. This helps eliminate back pain that can lead to misalignment. Regular exercise, even 30 minutes of walking a day, helps with detoxification and improves the aging process, helping everything work better.

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n Appreciate the passing nature of time and life. Even while doing something disagreeable, slowing down and affirming the preciousness of the moment can sometimes render alternative perspectives. n Be open to discovery and surprise. This is especially helpful if we are constantly locked in by assumptions about people or things. Think how politicians might benefit by being open to the possibility of discovery or surprise during delicate negotiations. The same principle can hold true with family and friends. n Step outside the box of personal judgments and consider the bigger picture of life. Replace the prison of self-criticism often stemming from comparing ourselves with idealized media images with appreciation of the many facets of who we are and what we can become. Psychologist Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D., is past editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, president-elect of the Existential-Humanistic Institute and adjunct faculty at Saybrook and Columbia universities, in New York City. His books include Awakening to Awe, The Polarized Mind and The Spirituality of Awe: Challenges to the Robotic Revolution. Visit


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raveling can be tricky for those trying to eat a plant-based diet, especially on long stretches of highway. More than 33 percent of Americans, or 100 million-plus people, are eating vegan/vegetarian meals more often, even if they do not adhere to a strict plant-based lifestyle, concluded a 2011 Harris Interactive study commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group. Here is what the discerning traveler can do when hunger strikes. Start by looking for vegan pit stops before you go. Identify a plant-friendly

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Vegan DIY Room Service by Dustin Harder Field Roast Grain Meat Italian Sausage (optional) Large piece of aluminum foil Iron and ironing board Preheat hotel or travel iron; the linen setting works well. While the iron is preheating, place tortilla on a square of aluminum foil large enough to enclose the tortilla. Sprinkle half the cheese on one half of the tortilla, top with peppers and onions, spoon over the marinara and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Fold the other half over the toppings, and then fold the foil over the entire Pizzadilla, completely closing the edges of the foil. Place the foil packet on the ironing board and the iron on the foil packet. Iron it out to flatten slightly and then leave iron on the foil packet for 2 minutes, flip and repeat. Open foil, cut the Pizzadilla in half and it’s ready to eat.

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“This is the crisp that I make for crew member birthday celebrations! Add ice cream to make it refreshing,” says Jen Miller, co-owner of Prairie Wind Family Farms. Yields: 6 servings


idsummer is the time for berries in the Midwest. Farmers’ markets are brimming with berries of all types; buying in bulk is the way to save money and create a supply that lasts into well into the winter. Buy a few extra pints or pounds of berries and freeze some. It is simple and takes very little time. First, don’t wash the berries before freezing. Place them on a rimmed baking sheet or cookie sheet. They can be close together, but should not touch. Place the baking sheet in the freezer and let berries freeze completely. Empty the berries into freezer-quality Zip-Lock bags and place back in the freezer. Try freezing in snack-size bags to add to yogurt in single servings or in larger amounts. Freezing berries this way means berries won’t stick together and can be removed by the scoopful as needed. Right now, enjoy berries in salads, smoothies, added to yogurt or just eat them by the handful.

Summer Berry Salad Combine the sweetness of berries with the rich flavor of dark, leafy greens for an inviting summer salad. Choose different ingredients all season long. Shop at a local farmers’ market for the most flavorful and freshest ingredients. In a large serving bowl, combine: Large bunch of fresh spinach, lettuce or kale 1 cup of fresh blueberries, blackberries or raspberries 3 green onions, chopped ½ cup chopped nuts or pumpkin seeds ½ cup gorgonzola or feta cheese To make the dressing, combine in a bowl: ¼ cup balsamic vinegar 2 Tbsp local honey Whisk in: ½ cup high-quality olive oil Salt and pepper to taste

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Dogs Need Detoxing Too


Ways to Detox Your Dog

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Good nutrient sources to add to doggie meals include:

Vitamin A: liver, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, dark leafy greens, eggs Vitamin C: berries, citrus, red bell peppers (or berry powder supplements; one-half teaspoon per 25 pounds of weight) Vitamin E: grains, seeds and their oils, wheat germ oil Vitamin D: liver, eggs, oily fish like sardines, mackerel, salmon B vitamins: liver, venison (or moringa leaf powder supplement, one-half teaspoon per 25 pounds) Zinc: red meat, poultry Magnesium: dark leafy greens, seeds, fish Selenium: oily fish, grass-fed beef and beef liver, free-range chicken, egg Turmeric: a powerful supplement to help treat and prevent gene damage caused by heavy metals and glyphosate (one-eighth to one-quarter teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight per day, combined with a healthy fat like coconut oil and some freshly ground black pepper for better absorption).


ou know that mercury is bad for people. John Moore, a prominent 20th-century mercury and dental health researcher, regarded mercury as a ubiquitous contaminant of everything from plastics to concrete and medicine. But what about your dog? Pets also routinely encounter mercury and other toxic metals like aluminum and lead. For humans, eating whole, organic and even biodynamic food has become imperative to avoid heavy metals. That’s also true for canines. A species-appropriate raw diet including veggies is often recommended. And any raw meaty bones should be the joints and not the long bones unless purchased from a company that tests for heavy metals. Here are some preventive and remedial steps.

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Heal leaky gut first. Like humans, pets with leaky gut will have food allergies. Remove causes like vaccines and processed foods; support the liver; rebalance with prebiotics, probiotics and digestive enzymes; replenish with a healthy whole foods diet, along with aloe, slippery elm and marshmallow root; and restore with homeopathic remedies. Follow up with fermented veggies as part of the diet. Consult a naturopathic veterinarian for treatment.

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plus its ability to assimilate critical nutrients. Add a teaspoon or two for small dogs; one to three tablespoons for larger dogs.


Raw food for detox. Discard commercially processed

foods and chemical synthetic vitamins. Go for raw and whole foods, add fermented foods and supplement intelligently with whole food-based supplements. Organic sources, grass-fed animals and even biodynamic food sources are ideal.

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da as it can release 60-plus toxic substances, including ethanols and the heavy metals it eats. Eliminate all carbs, sugar and grains from the dog’s diet.

Greens, minerals and herbs. The use of juvenile

grasses is detoxifying and provides necessary magnesium during a detox. Sea vegetables can supply calcium, iodine and trace minerals. Herbs like curcumin, ginger and cayenne are potent antioxidants; ginger and turmeric help with DNA repair. Nutrients from green leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli can enter cells and reduce inflammation; broccoli sprouts also apply, with the most effective delivery method via a concentrated powder. Blend or lightly steam veggies to enhance digestion, then add one tablespoon for smaller dogs, or three to four for larger dogs.

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Organ meats. A dog should have organ meats from clean animals at least once a week or as 10 percent of its diet.

As the body detoxifies, symptoms and discharges may occur. These are less common for dogs with raw, speciesappropriate diets and minimal vaccinations. Visible results include old dogs displaying more energy and sharper cognitive function and awareness. Eyes are clearer. Fatty tissues shrink down, coats fill out and become shinier and skin becomes healthier. As the largest organ, skin reflects the state of the immune system as a whole. A concentrated detox to overturn health issues relies on doctor protocols and individualized treatment. An everyday gentle detox generally keeps pets healthier. Patricia Jordan is a naturopathic veterinarian in Cape Carteret, NC. Learn more at

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vitamins. Whole foods may be properly supplemented with gentle chelators like open cell wall chlorella and super foods like spirulina.

Probiotics plus. Probiotics help restore healthy gut bac-

teria, repair genes, synthesize nutrients and help remove mercury from the body. Cultivating a gut garden of beneficial bugs boosts health. Add a teaspoon or two of kefir or fermented veggies to the dinner of small dogs, up to a tablespoon or two for larger animals. A high-quality refrigerated probiotic supplement is an option; if it’s made for animals, follow the package directions; for human products, assume the dose is for a 150-pound person and adjust for the dog’s weight. Amino acids, the primary building blocks of proteins, are integral to detoxification; feeding a dog a variety of meats, along with fish and eggs, will provide these. Digestive enzymes also support health; a supplement should include many kinds. Cellulase, a plant enzyme that helps digest plant material, also extracts mercury, which destroys naturally occurring enzymes.


Plan meals with prebiotics. Prebiotics occur naturally

in common high-fiber foods including cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and spinach. Carrots, beets and spirulina also benefit the gut. Establishing a healthy gut restores the body’s natural detoxification function,

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Four Reasons to Break a Sweat The Fast Path to Flushing Toxins


20 participants published in BioMed Research International found that their sweat samples contained a range of toxins, including pesticides DDT/DDE, endosulfan, methoxychlor and endrin. Nearly all parent compounds of these pesticides were evident, demonstrating that sweating is an effective way of excreting and diminishing the body’s toxic burden. One sweat sample contained some pesticides not present in the subject’s blood or urine samples, suggesting that some pesticides are only mobilized and eliminated through sweating.


Phthalate (plasticizer): Phthalate, found in plastic products, is also removed through sweat. Research published in the Scientific World Journal evaluated blood, sweat and urine samples from 20 individuals and discovered that all of them contained the common mono2-ethylhexyl phthalate (MEHP). The concentrations of this toxin in sweat were more than twice as high as those in the urine, showing that sweating may be the best way of ridding the body of this endocrine-disrupting compound.


by Deanna Minich

octors, health experts and fitness gurus tell us that we should break a sweat every day—and for good reason. Sweat not only activates a host of benefits tied to healthboosting exercise, perspiring itself is curative. Whether sitting in a sauna, walking on a warm day or working out, sweating is a necessary bodily function with powerful healing effects. By clearing out a range of toxins, sweat plays an essential role in the body’s natural detoxifying function. Here are some of the toxins it helps eliminate:

organic pollutants (solvents, fumigants and insecticides): A clinical study of

Heavy metals: Another study of 20 patients reported in the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology found that subjects’ sweat contained about 24 times more cadmium, 19 times more nickel, 16 times more lead and almost three times more aluminum than their urine. Overall, sweat proved more effective than urine at removing 14 of the 18 heavy metals studied. It also contained and, therefore, expelled larger quantities of 16 of the 18 metals than the blood samples did. Of all the metals, aluminum was found at the highest concentrations in sweat, with zinc, copper and nickel also occurring at relatively high levels.


Bisphenol A (BPA): Researchers reporting in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health examined the blood, urine and sweat of 20 participants for BPA, an endocrine-disrupting toxin found in canned foods, plastic water bottles and other items. Of the 20 sweat

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samples collected, 16 contained BPA, while only 14 urine and 2 blood samples tested positive for the toxin. This reveals that sweat is the most effective way of removing BPA build-up in the body; just as vital, it demonstrates that testing blood or urine for toxicity levels may not present the whole picture. A wide range of activities, including exercising and engaging in sports, can help us break a sweat. A low-impact option is spending time in a sauna. Notably, in a focused study, the sweat from an infrared sauna expelled more bismuth, cadmium, chromium, mercury and uranium than that produced by a steam sauna. The steam sauna caused higher levels of arsenic, aluminum, cobalt, copper, manganese, nickel, lead, tin, thallium and zinc to be excreted (Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology). Hydration is essential in maximizing all these health benefits. Failure to hydrate properly during and after sweating can lead to other health problems. An easy rehydration practice is to step on the scales right before and after sweating; the weight lost is the optimum amount of water to drink afterwards (Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine). For reference, one pound of water is slightly less than a one-half liter. Sweat contains minerals essential for optimal functioning of the whole body. Following excessive sweating, it’s important to replace the minerals lost, especially zinc, copper, selenium, chromium and potassium. Coconut water is a good source of potassium; nuts, seafood, whole grains and legumes generally contain relatively high doses of zinc, copper, selenium and chromium. The next time the couch and air conditioning beckon, think of all the “sweaty” benefits about to be sacrificed. Breaking a sweat might seem like an effort, but it keeps internal detox systems healthy and optimally functioning. Deanna Minich, Ph.D., is an author, teacher and researcher, as well as founder of Food & Spirit, a framework to integrate ancient healing traditions with modern science. She leads online detox programs as part of her whole-self approach to health. Connect at





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Take Toxins Out of Your Life by Meredith Montgomery


he term “detox” has been gaining traction in health circles, but cleansing practices have existed for millennia, ranging from Egyptian hydrotherapy to Medieval Lenten practices and Native American fasting, smudging and sweat lodges. The truth is that we need cleansing now more than ever—to rid our bodies of chemical overload and our minds of negative thinking. The Environmental Defense Fund has counted more than 100 chemicals produced in the U.S. that are present in everyday products and hazardous to humans and the environment. “Our body is a natural detoxifier, ridding itself of toxins through pooping, peeing, sweating and shedding skin. But in our current toxic overload situation, it’s not always an efficient process,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D., an author and functional nutritionist in Washington state. Some experts believe many commercial detoxification programs are unsafe, extreme and ineffective. “Psychologically, a short-term cleanse can act as a stepping stone if you’re eating fast food and donuts every day,” says

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Dr. Michael Greger, a Washington, D.C., physician specializing in clinical nutrition and author of How Not to Die. “What matters more is longterm—what you’re eating a decade from now. No quick fix is going to do it, it’s a lifestyle change.”

Feed Your Microbiome

When the microbiome becomes depleted, overall health is affected. Dr. Robynne Chutkan, a gastroenterologist at Georgetown University Hospital, founder of the Digestive Center for Wellness, in Washington, D.C., and author of Gutbliss and The Microbiome Solution,

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“Health and wealth have become associated with cleanliness, yet the opposite is probably true,” assesses Chutkan. “Kids come in from the playground to use hand sanitizers and eat processed snacks. Instead, discard the microbiome-disrupting sanitizer and provide fresh vegetables for them to eat outside. We don’t want kids exposed to any serious pathogens, but


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explains, “The GI tract is the body’s engine, and microbes are the worker bees that operate the machinery so that digestion and toxin removal can happen.” She recommends switching to a plant-filled diet to effectively repopulate the microbiome and be aware of how food is grown. “Much store-bought produce, even organic options, is grown in depleted soil. Seek out biodynamic farmers that prioritize nutrientrich soil to foster microbes,” Chutkan says. Even planting a couple of herbs or microgreens on the kitchen windowsill can make a difference. “Just picking those herbs and getting your hands in healthy dirt increases your exposure to health-promoting microbes.”

getting a little dirty is essential.” Studies have found that children with pets are more likely to have fewer allergies and infections and take fewer antibiotics than those living in pet-free households (Clinical & Experimental Allergy and Kuopio University Hospital, Finland). Pets that venture outdoors bring healthy microbes inside; so does fresh air, which purifies poorer quality indoor air. Chutkan also warns of excessive bathing. “When we scrub ourselves, we rub off microbes and naturally occurring oils; unless we’re filthy, we just need to gently rinse.” Marketers convince consumers that products with toxic ingredients are necessities, but coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and honey can effectively replace many toiletries.

Burn Fat Cells

According to ayurveda, burning fat fuels detoxification because toxins from preservatives, pollutants, pesticides and other damaging chemicals are stored in our fat cells. When fat is metabolized and used as an energy source, the toxins are released, ready to be flushed out. “When we’re not burning fat, toxins can accumulate, cause congestion in the lymphatic channels, overwhelm the liver and ultimately be deposited back into fat cells or stored in the arteries, heart and brain,” comments Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner Dr. John Douillard, of Boulder, Colorado. He’s the author of Eat Wheat and a former director of player development and nutrition advisor for the New Jersey Nets professional basketball team.

5 Ways to Detox Every Day by Meredith Montgomery


s soon as we start eating healthier diets, our body is able to detoxify more efficiently and diseases begin to be reversed,” says Dr. Michael Greger, a physician and creator of Follow these tips to enhance the detoxification process at mealtimes.


Eat broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables raw or chop them at least 40 minutes before cooking to maximize intake of the phytonutrient sulforaphane, which boosts detoxifying enzymes in the liver. For the time-crunched, Greger suggests adding a small amount of any type of raw cruciferous vegetables to the cooked ones.


Always choose colorful produce, with the exception of white mushrooms and cauliflower. “White foods are stripped of nutrition,” says Greger. Pigment indicates the richness of antioxidants that keep the body functioning efficiently. He likes adding shreds of economical and long-lasting red cabbage as an everyday garnish.


Follow the seasons, because nature provides the ideal harvest for each season—heavier, denser foods in winter, like wheat, dairy, roots, nuts and seeds; and cooling, high-energy fruits and vegetables in summer. Dr. John Douillard, creator of the 3-Season Diet Challenge, remarks that research suggests that gut microbes are meant to change with local seasonal foods to optimize digestion, mood and immunity.


Avoid plastics by limiting intake of foods stored or cooked in plastic, especially cling wrap, which is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a known carcinogen, according to the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer. Also avoid canned goods unless labeled bisphenol A (BPA)-free. “A lot of toxins enter our bodies through processed, overcooked and fried foods,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D. “As we replace these foods with nourishing options, we need to also minimize plastic packaging.”


Filter water because, “We are primarily made of water, so if we’re drinking and bathing in contaminated water, it impacts health,” says Minich who recommends using a national testing laboratory to assess home tap water. The results can then be coupled with the Environmental Working Group’s buying guide ( to determine the most appropriate water filter to deal with the contaminants that may be present.

Reboot with a Quick Cleanse

To stimulate the body’s natural ability to burn fat, Douillard recommends a four-day, at-home detox cleanse. “The digestive system is responsible for delivering nutrients and escorting dangerous toxins out of your body; if you can’t digest well, you can’t detoxify well,” he says. Unlike drastic fasts and juice cleanses, which can deplete nutrients,

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Work toward eating three meals a day—a light breakfast, big lunch and light and early dinner—without snacking in-between, and fasting for 13 hours each night. Douillard notes, “This regimen should be maintained beyond the cleanse because it gives the body a chance to use up its carbohydrates—its normal, go-to fuel—and switch to its calmer, more stable, detoxifying fuel— body fat.”

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Adapt the cleanse to avoid strain, because when under stress, the lymphatic system shuts down and the body stores fat and toxins. “If three meals a day with no snacks is not possible yet, have a nonfat high-protein snack and plan to eat more protein at your next meal,” suggests Douillard. “Or start with four meals, and work your way down to three.” Aim to drink half your healthiest body weight in ounces of roomtemperature water every day, while also sipping warm-to-hot water—believed to soften the intestinal tract, move the lymph and hydrate the cells more effectively than cold water—every 10 to 15 minutes for two weeks. Plain water has a hydrating effect that not even lemon water can replicate.

Emotional Release

“Toxins are best understood less as poisons than as barriers—obstacles to the life and health we truly want,” says Minich. As a functional medicine nutritionist, she believes that food as medicine is only one aspect of full-spectrum health. Her approach revolves around clusters of nutritional, anatomical, psychological and spiritual life issues that can be jointly detoxified, supported and healed. “Good eating alone will not necessarily solve our emotional woes or stop our limiting beliefs and toxic self-talk,” she explains in Whole Detox, a book based on a whole-life, whole-systems, whole-foods approach to detoxification. “We need to remove all the barriers that impede our growth. Limiting thoughts, as well as heavy metals and pesticides, are toxic barriers that weigh us down, sapping energy that might be used for better things.” Her 21-day program is designed to establish long-term lifestyle changes with simple habits. She recommends monitoring our emotions and tracking thoughts with daily writing exercises. “Look at yourself like you’re examining a food label to get to the root of limiting patterns,” she says, encouraging questions such as, “Is this thought healthy for me?” or, “Do I want this thought in my being?” Be mindful of speech as well; swearing, exaggerating and interrupting can have deleterious effects, while uplifting af-



he recommends stimulating fat metabolism with a cleanse that starts each morning with melted ghee followed by a simple nonfat diet throughout the day. According to research published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, ghee, a clarified butter, has been proven to remove environmental toxins by attaching to toxic fats. Kitchari, the staple of the meal plan, is a nourishing and easy-to-digest, porridge-like blend of beans, rice and Indian spices. “When you eat a mono diet of just kitchari, your body can transfer the energy that normally goes toward digestion into cleansing and healing other systems,” says Douillard. For those not ready to maintain such a limited diet, he recommends a polydiet with the option to add seasonal steamed vegetables, oatmeal and other gluten-free grains.

firmations can inspire positive actions. She attests that visualization can help prevent the creative self from shutting down, another aspect of toxicity. “Be intuitive and imaginative; allow creative expression to flow. Before you can manifest what you want in life, you have to envision it.” Minich wants patients to invite introspection by taking a few minutes each day to be in solitude and silence, allowing meaning and purpose to surface. Daily stress relief practices such as meditation, yoga, self-massage and mindful breathing can foster stress reduction. “Life shouldn’t feel like an emergency. We need to navigate around stress so we’re not inundated by it,” counsels Douillard. By extracting toxins through sweat and circulating nutrients, physical activity is equally important for detoxification, but it’s also a form of self-love. “It expands your sense of possibilities, freeing you to go where you will and to carry burdens lightly,” Minich says. In this age of personalized medicine, Minich encourages patients to focus on the parts of a detox program that they need most, whether it’s diet, exercise, massage, emotional wellbeing or spirituality. She reminds us that the desire and need to cleanse is universal.“Detox is as old as humankind.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLiving

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any people are confused about what detoxification really means and why they should do it. Our bodies are “detoxing” from toxic substances all the time through the normal metabolic functions of digestion, respiration and metabolism that allow a toxic substance to be eliminated from the body via urine, feces, respiration or sweat. This occurs mainly in the liver, but the skin, lungs, lymph and kidneys are also involved. To perform this metabolic process, we need specific nutrients such as vitamin C, the B vitamins, magnesium, trace minerals and more to power the reactions needed for detoxification and elimination. If toxins cannot be rendered benign or eliminated, they may be stored in fat cells, or continue to circulate in the bloodstream, creating symptoms such as fatigue, joint pain, allergies, autoimmunity and an overall foggy feeling. Although the body is equipped to convert and eliminate toxins from the body, if the liver and other organs are not able to keep up with the amount entering or being generated by the body, they will accumulate. If we are exposed to a lot of toxins through our work, diet or environment, or are deficient in any of the required nutrients for detoxification, the liver will not be able to keep up with the load and toxins will accumulate, even with very low exposure. Many people may be vitamin- and mineral-deficient due to the lack of nutrients in the food supply, poor digestion and other factors. Under these conditions, it is very difficult for the liver to detoxify toxins generated in the

course of normal metabolism, let alone under the toxic burden we are exposed to in our environment—and our health is compromised. A detoxification program is a lifestyle change intended to support, promote and accelerate the normal and natural detoxification process. The intent is to help support the body’s natural detoxification process and eliminate accumulated toxins, which then eliminates the symptoms or illnesses caused by the toxins. In this way, it is safe and effective. However, many people have a negative experience when doing a detox program, such as severe headaches, anxiety, intense fatigue, cold or flu-like symptoms and others. These symptoms are likely to occur when we stimulate the release of accumulated toxins faster than the liver and other organs can detoxify and eliminate them. Just as someone that walks 15 minutes a day would suffer greatly if they tried to run a marathon, our liver cannot be expected to go from

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Fun Ways to Get Outside This Summer

Be a Kid Again With Your Own Family by Sandra Murphy


ummer is calling and so is the great outdoors. Here are some super vacation sites, inviting activities and ideas to spark summer fun with your family.

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“Hiking teaches kids respect for the outdoors and animals,” says Branch Whitney, a Mount Charleston, Nevada, author of three books on hiking. “Near Las Vegas, in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, sandstone rock affords a rare sight—year-round running water and lush ferns.” Ralph Stover State Park, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, offers easy walking trails and climbing rocks. When water levels are high, Tohickon Creek challenges paddlers and whitewater rafters.

Zip Lines and More

Holding the Guinness World Record for the longest and largest continuous eco zip line canopy tour in the world, historic Banning Mills, in Whitesburg, Georgia, will thrill tweens and teens. Enjoy a slower pace on the 12-mile Hike and Bike Trail, with nine suspension bridges, including the longest of its kind in North America. Stay in ecofriendly lodges, cabins and tree houses.

Family Week

From July 30 to August 4, the Omega Institute, in Rhinebeck, New York, will host Family Week. Grownups attend workshops while kids participate in specialty camps; everyone convenes for meals, free time and evening entertainment. The campus relies on sustainable energy and local agriculture. Free tours are available at the environmental education center.

Camp in Style

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cot, grill, food storage and sun shower are provided. “Compared to other accommodations, each night at a Tentrr campsite saves 245 gallons of water and reduces CO2 output by 54 pounds per campsite,” estimates Michael D’Agostino, Tentrr’s founder and CEO. The secluded Lumberland, New York, campsite, along the Delaware River, sets its roomy tent on a wooden deck. Attractions include Adirondack chairs for unwinding and a nearby farmers’ market and restaurant. Enjoy hiking, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, swimming and fishing. Tentrr provides required life jackets and a shuttle to meet paddlers at their destination for the return trip to camp. From its original 35 sites, the organization recently expanded to 250 campsites, predominantly from Pennsylvania to Maine. This fall, they’ll also open sites in the Pacific Northwest from Northern California to Washington state. 

Head for the Beach

At Natural Bridges State Park, in California, visitors relish viewing shorebirds, migrating whales, seals and playful otters. Moore Creek forms freshwater wetlands and a salt marsh. There’s also a Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve. At Kama’ole Beach Park III, in Maui, Hawaii, the small waves are so clear that fish can be seen from the surface. Snorkeling gear rentals are available. Shaved ice stands keep everyone cool. Lakefront beaches like West Beach at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, on Lake Michigan’s southern tip, attract kids. They can earn beachcomber badges in the Junior Ranger program by finding three different-colored rocks or telling what plants they saw most often. In late August, Mayflower Beach, in Dennis, Massachusetts, hosts its annual local sand sculpture contest with divisions for kids and families creating the art together.

Go Farming

FarmWise, near Alpine Valley, in southeastern Wisconsin, gives children a personal peek into where their food comes from. They learn about life on a farm by tending livestock and farm pets, pruning fruit trees and weeding the garden. They also prepare snacks with the fruits of their day’s labor. The emphasis is on doing the work themselves, be it planting seeds or feeding pigs.

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Science Saturdays at the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park, in San Francisco, are held every weekend with a focus on environmental education, park restoration, climate change science experiments, nature walks and citizen science excursions. “There are no other centers like it in the U.S.,” says staffer Jacqueline Murray. Learn more about this Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Platinum living classroom at

Staycation Ideas

Organic sidewalk chalk, fairy garden and birdhouse kits, and ideas for imaginatively using found items keep kids busy and happy; see BellaLuna Letterboxing combines a contemporary scavenger hunt, hike and mysterious clues; participants have fun locating hidden boxes and collecting stamp marks in personalized logbooks. Whether on a one- or two-week vacation or a weekend away, a daytrip or backyard activity, there are plenty of nurturing outdoor options for kids of all ages to experience when the weather heats up. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ natural awakenings

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but this is the time it is easy to become forgetful about watering. Make sure the garden and containers are watered consistently, especially containers, as those will dry out faster. During the peak of the summer, it is best to water early in the morning or later on in the evening. This allows the plant to have maximum absorption. Using irrigation is also a great way to ensure proper watering.

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nce July comes around, a lot of people think of gardening season to be at a lull. One may weed, water and harvest here or there, but July is in the middle between planting and harvesting. Here are some gardening tips for July to have great success and not feel that July slow-down.

especially around the beginning of July. Harvest fall-planted garlic and use that space to tuck in a couple potatoes, tomatoes or even beets. It is not too late to get a lot of vegetables planted that will bring pleasing later season results. This is also a good time to expand container plantings. Containers can be placed on the sides of a garden bed, as well as around the house, porch, patio or deck—or even an empty spot in the driveway.


Now is the time to plant second crops, which are the

second planting of a crop grown earlier in the season and now done. Come in behind the final days of the old crop with a second planting of the same crop or a different one to take that space in the garden until fall. A



Be aware of problems or pests, because July is the peak

time for situations to arise. Whether it’s powdery mildew on vine crops, the potato beetle or even worse, the tomato horn worm, this is when the problems occur. Check plants often to keep any issues at bay.


First, don’t leave empty spaces in the garden beds. This is a great idea,

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It may seem obvious that watering is important for plants,

good example of a second crop option is bush beans, which take 40 to 60 days from seed to harvest. When planted in May, by the time July comes around they are ready for a second planting. Consider this also with cool-weather crops like kale and lettuce for the fall.


Most importantly, do not give up. July is the

time many people will feel like they are failing and give up until next year. If weeds are the problem, take a short amount of time and weed a little bit every evening. If consistent watering is a problem, look at investing in an irrigation system. Pests and problems all have solutions. Sometimes the issue isn’t much of a problem at all. Reach out to local resources or a knowledgeable gardening friend. While July can seem like a slow time for the gardener, there is always much to do. Joey and Holly Baird are the founders of The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener, an online how-to resource for home gardeners. For information on vegetable gardening and more, visit

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Garden Clubs Help Beautify Roads Displays of flowers populating highway meridians, road embankments and adjacent green spaces are often due to the efforts of garden clubs working with state departments of transportation (DOT). Some of these pioneers also inspire other clubs to pursue similar collaborations, often with public support. “The people of Texas have joined wholeheartedly in what Lady Bird Johnson started,” says Linda Love, roadside beautification chairperson of the Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. (, headquartered in Fort Worth. Their committee recognizes planting projects on state and county highways assisted by 320 local clubs encompassing about 10,000 members. She points to particularly attractive areas along highways 75 in Richardson, plus highways 45 and 35 extending south of Dallas, where concentrations of blue bonnets “look like lakes,” says Love. Other planted native flower patches include Indian paintbrush and gaillardia. She notes that the state prohibits mowing of blue bonnets until after they’ve bloomed and dropped their seeds; picking rules preserve their beauty. Gail Hill, chair of The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.’s ( roadside beautification committee, based in Winter Park, reports the Ella P. Wood Paths of Sunshine Award Program that partners with the Florida Wildflower Foundation ( recognizes the efforts of state DOT maintenance crews in establishing and maintaining roadside wildflowers. “The department has run a strong program for decades,” she says. Local clubs are encouraged to petition elected officials for new resolutions to develop roadside wildflower projects. “About half of Florida’s counties have passed resolutions, including most recently, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties,” says Hill. This year, the Raleigh-based The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. (, with more than 200 chapters, is working with the state DOT to commemorate the centennial of America’s entry into World War I by planting red poppies and bachelor buttons. Roadside Development Chairperson Pat Cashwell reports that about 1,500 acres of wildflowers, including cosmos, are planted annually on state and county highways each summer and fall, largely funded by the sale of special license plates, with awards to highway department crews. “We get letters from people after they drive through the state commenting on the floral beauty,” she enthuses. Many garden clubs also establish flowers in parks, schoolyards, church properties and other public locations.

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An article published by the journal PLOS One reflects the opinion of researchers affiliated with France’s National Institute for Agricultural Research that a large portion of studies on genetically modified (GM/GMO) crops are rife with conflicts of interest. They state that many have been tainted because someone that worked on a study was also an employee of a company producing them. The study investigated direct financial conflicts of interest, but not other factors such as authors being members of advisory boards, co-holders of patents or consultants to GM companies. Out of 579 published studies analyzed, some 40 percent showed a possible conflict of interest. The authors noted that the suspect studies had a much higher likelihood of presenting a favorable outcome for GMOs compared to others. The majority of these studies (404) were American; 83 were Chinese.

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Neonic Pesticides Again Linked to Decline

A study in the journal Nature Communications examined wild bee populations relative to the use of controversial neonic (neonicotinoid) pesticides from 1994 to 2011, and discovered that extinction rates paralleled their use on plants throughout the country. The 34 species analyzed experienced a 10 percent population drop across the board, with five of the species seeing a decrease of 20 percent or more, and the most-impacted group declining by 30 percent. Researchers say this indicates that up to half of the population decline could be attributed to the use of neonics. “It contributes, but there is a bigger picture,” says Jeffrey Pettis, an entomologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Beltsville Bee Laboratory, in Maryland. Other factors are thought to include parasites such as varroa mites and nosema fungus (a bacterial disease known as foulbrood) plus viruses, drought and loss of habitat. Meanwhile, the Friends of the Earth (FOE) environmental group has launched a petition calling on the Ace and True Value hardware companies to follow Lowe’s and Home Depot’s example of phasing out the pesticides. FOE says, “If these garden retailers don’t act fast, they’ll lose customers. A new poll shows that 66 percent of Americans prefer to shop at Lowe’s and Home Depot because they’ve committed to stop selling bee-killing pesticides.” Take action at

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Endangered Species Protection Act May Go Extinct The federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), passed in 1973, strengthened earlier federal protections for animals that had been nearly wiped out by humans. The act faces opposition from those that believe it both unfairly protects animals that poach livestock and restricts land use. At a recent hearing titled Modernizing the Endangered Species Act, Republican Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, head of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said the ESA is not working anymore. Natural Resources Committee Chairman Republican Congressman Rob Bishop of Utah opines that the act has never been used for the rehabilitation of species and instead has been controlling the land, saying, “It has been hijacked.” Yet Daniel M. Ashe, president and chief executive of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, says, “The Endangered Species Act is the world’s ‘gold standard’ for conservation and protection of animals.” According to many experts, the world’s flora and fauna are experiencing a global extinction crisis caused by human activity, but we have also learned how to protect species and help them recover. Eight species that would probably have disappeared already were it not for the ESA include the black-footed ferret, humpback whale, bald eagle, American alligator, grizzly bear, Florida manatee, California condor and gray wolf.

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Enlightening Ideas about Money

Think Independence, Intimacy, Integrity by April Thompson


oney influences our choice of job or home, and sense of security, worth and power; it can also make life more or less convenient. Yet, despite its essential importance, money is often a forbidden topic among family members.

Money Talk Taboo “We are not taught how to have a relationship with money on a psychological or spiritual level; it isn’t part of our culture,” explains Bari Tessler, a Boulder, Colorado, financial therapist and author of The Art of Money. “The majority of our parents and grandparents didn’t receive a financial education, so they don’t understand emotions that relate to money or how to talk about it.” Tessler works with individuals, couples and creative entrepreneurs to help them “claim their worth in the world

and bring their skills and values into the marketplace,” she says. Money is a frequent source of tension among couples, but Tessler notes it wasn’t even talked about in her graduate-level psychology training. “Money is emotional territory for people. You can’t just go to a financial planner, plot a budget and be on your merry way,” she observes.

Shifting Our Perceptions To change our relationship with money, Tessler says we need to understand our “money stories” that include the ways in which our personal experiences, together with subconsciously inherited familial and cultural attitudes, shape how we think about money. “The first step to changing our money habits is being willing to deal with the tough issues,” says Mayuri Onerheim, author of Money Spirituality Conscious-

ness, a retired accountant and spiritual teacher of the Diamond Approach of selfrealization, in Larkspur, California. “There is no change without some discomfort. It’s part of the spiritual journey.” Self-care, forgiveness and acceptance are important throughout this process, advises Tessler, because many people bring feelings of guilt and shame to their relationship with money. She recommends doing a “body check-in” to become aware of our physical reaction to related issues, whether it’s going on a reckless spending spree or bracing to ask for a raise. This stage paves the way for the practical work of learning to manage our money in alignment with our values, goals and dreams. It begins with developing practices to track, review and reflect upon spending and earning patterns.

Tactical Tools Tessler recommends utilizing one of many free financial tracking tools like, or MoneyMinder She also suggests we rename their preloaded budget categories to reflect our personal relationships to the areas of spending (e.g., “sanctuary” rather than mortgage; “my dream vacation” for savings targeted for time off; or “life happens” for late fees). For an enlightened view of cash flows, Onerheim suggests translating what was spent on something into the hours it took to earn the money. “This perspective can transform how we allocate resources and what we’re willing to spend money on,” she says. Vicki Robin, co-author of the bestseller Your Money or Your Life, espouses a similar approach: thinking of money in terms of hours of life energy. “Continually asking yourself whether you actually got fulfillment in proportion to life energy spent in each subcategory awakens the natural sense of knowing when enough is enough,” she writes. Tessler and Onerheim both encourage rethinking the idea that all earning is good and all spend-

Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will. ~Nelson Mandela



We have ups and downs in life, and the same is true of our finances. ~Bari Tessler ing is bad: “It’s about balancing needs and wants, and we need joy in life. It’s not about saving every penny and not enjoying yourself,” says Onerheim.

A Rewarding Journey Becoming financially conscious ultimately helps us fulfill our responsibility to be a good steward of the planet’s resources, according to Onerheim. “Money is a representation of myself in the world, so I want to take responsibility for where my money goes.” “Financial integrity is achieved by learning the true impact of your earning and spending, both on your immediate family and on the planet,” agrees Robin. “It is knowing what is enough money and material goods to keep you at the peak of fulfillment—and what is just excess and clutter.” All call for celebrating progress on the journey to financial well-being and know-how. “Take baby steps and reward yourself along the way,” counsels Tessler. “This is a lifelong journey.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at


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Avoid Binge Drinking During Summer Holidays by William Pelarenos


he bookends of summer are Memorial Day and Labor Day, when summer vacations, graduation parties, weddings, festivals and picnics bring alcohol-laden events that can lead to unintentional binge drinking, which occurs when someone does not pay attention to the amount of alcohol they are consuming. Whether or not we choose to drink at a party, friends and relatives may over-indulge, and their resulting actions can affect others.


Binge drinking can be defined as consumption of a large amount of alcohol over a short period of time, either intentionally or not. Whether drinking beer, wine or mixed drinks, attention should always be paid as to how much of each we are imbibing. Alcohol consumption affects the entire the body, but especially the brain. The phrase, “When you get to drinking, you stop thinking,” is true, as ordinary, logical decisions are grossly affected while under the


influence. Alcohol-fueled problems can range from arguments between friends and family to drunk driving or even acts of violence. Summers in Chicago are way too short, and while it’s fun to attend parties, be smart about it. The best way to avoid problems is to drink in moderation and always after eating. People that drink on an empty stomach will get drunk faster than those that have eaten first. It’s also unwise to consume alcoholic beverages when taking certain medications. This information is printed on the label. Wise choices include drinking non-alcoholic beverages and keeping an eye on family members and friends that begin drinking too much. Over the July 4 holiday weekend, alcohol and backyard fireworks can be a dangerous combination. Many emergency room visits are made on this holiday by both partiers and bystanders that happen to get in the way. The biggest warning is to never drive under the influence of alcohol or get in a vehicle with someone that may have been drinking. Telltale signs of inebriation include slurred speech, bloodshot or watery eyes and delayed reaction time, especially during conversation. The inability to answer simple questions is usually a major clue. Movements such as swaying, staggering or using solid objects for support all indicate impairment of coordination and reflexes. Maybe they are leaning up against the car or using the car door for support while entering and exiting the vehicle. If someone is suspected of being under the influence of even a small amount of alcohol, have a sober designated driver be the chauffer or call a taxicab or rideshare. It’s an expensive lesson if we’re stopped by the police for driving for under the influence of alcohol (DUI). For starters, the car will be impounded, for which almost all jurisdictions charge a fee ranging anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars, plus towing and storage fees, which must be paid to get the vehicle released. If we allow someone to drive our own vehicle while they are under the influence of alcohol, we can also be charged with a crime. The Illinois Vehicle Code defines this as a Class A misdemeanor.

Sleeping it off in the car also puts a person at risk of being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Even if the engine is off and the keys are not in the ignition, they may be charged with DUI just for being in the vehicle. This falls under the legality of having physical control of the vehicle, so sleeping in the car or putting an intoxicated friend into their car to sleep is definitely not a good idea. DUI laws in Illinois are a very complex issue, and an arrest requires the services of an experienced attorney. Taking days off work to go to court and pay fines can be costly, and the after effects of injuring or killing someone while DUI are even worse. Drive safely and drive sober.

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Meditation Can Transform Lives AN INTERVIEW WITH LOUIS A. RITZ


improve our thoughts or ouis A. Ritz, Ph.D., behaviors. However, since serves on the faculty the early 1990s, there has of the department of been an increasing appreneuroscience of the Uniciation for “neuroplasticity” versity of Florida College of within the central nervous Medicine, where his focus system. That is, our neuronal is on education of medical connections can be altered and graduate students. He through various experiences is also the director of the such as physical exercises, campus Center for Spirituallearning and memory tasks, ity and Health, which offers and practice with musiworkshops, academic procal instruments. Of note, grams and interdisciplinary Louis A. Ritz scientists are starting to research ventures explorexplore the impact of meditation on brain ing the impact of spirituality on health. circuitry to determine whether meditation He is a speaker at the 2017 Veggie Fest, sponsored by Science of Spirituality, held can have a role in neuroplasticity. from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., August 12 and Does meditation have a positive impact 13, at Benedictine University. on the brain? The physiology of meditation was first What is the foundation described by Drs. Robert Wallace and of personal growth? Herbert Benson in 1972. These researchAs we journey through life, we are coners described how meditation resulted in stantly changing and evolving. Personal a hypometabolic state in which respiragrowth may come in the areas of education and heart rate were decreased, blood tion, health and wellness, psychology or pressure was reduced and overall stress spirituality. In order to grow spiritually, of the body was diminished. It appears it has been suggested we must alter our that meditation can affect the central thought patterns and our subsequent behaviors. Central to these changes is the nervous system by decreasing the activity of our “fight-or-flight” response and human central nervous system. Medical science is now exploring how meditation increasing the activity of the rest and digest response: the two functions of the influences the brain and how meditation autonomic nervous system. may be used as a therapeutic intervenThe next wave of medical studtion for vexing medical challenges which ies in more recent years has mapped are associated with the central nervous out regions of the human brain that system, such as intractable pain, addicare activated or deactivated during tion and cognitive decline. meditation. It has been demonstrated What is the meaning of that areas of the cerebral cortex, the brain “plasticity”? site of higher cognitive functions, can For much of the past century, medical actually be enlarged through meditascientists believed that the adult human tion. Through the spiritual practices of brain was hard-wired. The pathways meditation, our brains can be altered. and connections between nerve cells in How does meditation help to control the brain were thought to be fixed and the wandering mind? immutable. If nerve cells or their conWithin the human brain are two prominections were injured or destroyed, there nent neural circuits. One circuit is called would be a loss of functions related to the attention network and the other is those nerve cells. If the brain is hardcalled the default mode network. The wired, it would be difficult to change or 48


attention network allows us to maintain our focus and concentration while engaged in a given task or while meditating. The default mode network promotes mind wandering and daydreaming. When one circuit is active, the other will be inactive. To be successful in life, no matter what the task, one must be able to maintain one’s focus and concentration. Whether one is an athlete, a businessperson, a musician, a scientist, an engineer or a physician, concentration is the key to success. Meditation helps to strengthen the attention network and to minimize the role of the default mode network in our daily activities. How does meditation help modify our behavior? Working through the brain’s circuits, meditation can aid us in changing and improving our behaviors. There is mounting scientific evidence that meditation may help with behavioral problems associated with compulsive disorders, autism, depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD]. By training our thought patterns with meditation, we may be able to alter brain circuits that cause undesirable behaviors. What is the path to self-transformation? The goal of life, according to Sant Rajinder Singh Ji, author of Spark of the Divine, is to know our true nature. While it may appear that we are our body or our mind, we are really our soul—a spark of the divine. Transformation into an individual centered in our true self; our spiritual nature, requires a lifestyle involving meditation and ethical living. The process begins with developing a right understanding of spiritual teachings and understanding of the true values of life. From right understanding, by working through the circuits of the brain, we can develop proper thinking, proper speech and proper actions. This spiritual transformation will allow us to experience that which is sacred within each of us. By doing so, we will fulfill the primary goal of our life: to know our self and to know God. Veggie Fest admission and parking are free. Location: 5700 College Rd., Lisle. For more information, call 630-9551200 or visit See ad on page 7.


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

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

Chewing your food thoroughly starts the breakdown process before it gets into the digestive system. Eating a healthy mix of protein, fats, whole grains fruit and veggies at each meal may be easier to break down than a giant plate of just pasta or a huge steak. Food that is processed or contains GMOs is much harder for the body to process, so I encourage clients to look for whole foods in their natural form as much as possible. Nutritional Health Solutions is located at 480 Elm Pl., in Highland Park. For appointments, call 847-207-2034. For more information, email or visit

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 5 Women’s Networking Group – 11:30am-1pm. 1st Wed. Offered through the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce. Buy own lunch. Location varies in Hoffman Estates. Go Green Highland Park Meeting – 12:151:30pm. 1st Wed. All welcome. If you’d like to be involved but can’t attend, email us. Madame ZuZu’s, 582 Roger Williams Ave, Highland Park. More info:

Millennium Art Festival – July 7-9. 11am-6pm, Fri; 10am-6pm, Sat; 10am-5pm, Sun. A national juried fine art festival with approximately 100 artists. Lake St at Michigan Ave, Chicago. AmdurProductions. com/millennium-art-festival.

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SATURDAY, JULY 8 thriveMD Vitamin D Special – Stay out of the sun, get a Vitamin D shot. Buy 1 get 1 free. Today only. thriveMD, 1355 Remington Rd, Ste I, Schaumburg. 312-600-5070. How to Meditate Workshop – 10am-1pm. Learn the basics of meditation, including benefits you can expect and the practical details of meditating. Find out how to set up a meditation space, how long to meditate, what to focus on, and techniques to help overcome distractions. Workshop includes teaching, guided meditation and time for questions. $15. Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago, 13 Harrison St, Oak Park. Ice Cream Demo – 2-3pm. Learn how to make ice cream using all-natural ingredients and even some items from the garden. We will have herbs and berries and maybe some surprise unusual ingredients. Hands-on so come ready to either help with the harvest or assembling ingredients. $5 to pay for supplies. Kilbourn Park, 3501 N Kilbourn Ave, Chicago.

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

Chicago IANDS – 2-5pm. Support/study/resource forum for near-death, out-of-body and spiritual experiences, losses. Guest Speaker: Raymond Moody, MD, PhD.  Wrote first book on NDEs: Life After Life (1975) and others. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847-251-5758.



The Art of Feminine Presence – 7-9pm. Introductory evening. Learn practical tools to show up in your life and relationships with more confidence and joy. Donation. Inner Balance Office, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362.

FRIDAY, JULY 7 DAOM Geriatric Health Clinic – July 7, 8 & 10. Patients receive an in-depth consultation and treatment from a team of highly experienced and licensed acupuncturists. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. PCOM Clinic: 773-477-1900.

Guru Purina (Hinduism) Reiki Level 1 – 9am-4pm. Get attuned to reiki which enables you to become a channel for this healing energy. You will also start a 21-day energetic cleanse that moves through your chakras cleaning and releasing bound energy (including stuck emotions and behavioral patterns). At this level reiki is a self-care tool, which is deeply restorative for those of us devoted to giving. No prerequisites. $120, 6 CE hrs. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Calendar-Listings MONDAY, JULY 10 Free Health & Healing Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how you are affected by other peoples’ energy and how to protect yourself. Experience and learn EFT, the gentle tapping therapy: emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen. Free BEMER sessions. Great health benefits (increased blood flow, energy). Great business opportunity. 2 CEs available for LCPC, LCSW, RRN, MT, etc. Insight Awareness, 18110 Martin Ave, Homewood. 708-957-1284. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or 

TUESDAY, JULY 11 Gyrokinesis Class – Tuesdays, July 11-Aug 15. 9:30-10:25am. 6-wk session. Lengthen and strengthen your spine and body. Spyrl Chicago, 1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park. 773-814-2071. Experience Shiatsu: A Free Workshop – 10am12:30pm. Shiatsu is a hands-on therapy that relieves tension, maintains the health of the organs, and helps you to cultivate the healthy feeling you want to have in your body. At this event, we’ll empower you with some basic shiatsu techniques that you can share with others. Have a chance to both give and receive shiatsu. Will demo some advanced applications of shiatsu, and we’ll talk a bit about our certification training. No prerequisites. All welcome. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. 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 Improve Your Eyesight Naturally – Tuesdays, July 11-Aug 1. 7-9pm. See clearly without glasses, contacts or surgery. Improving eyesight naturally is risk free, offers life-long good vision and healthy eyes. Learn these simple yet effective Bates Method that helped countless people of all ages for the last 100 years. $85, $75/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 815-354-8856.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12 Marma Treatments and Dosha Consultations – 9am-6pm. Cost varies. Lovelight Healing Center, 408 Center St, Grayslake. 847-350-7000.

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Pop Talk: Natural Detox Options – 6:15-7:15pm. Seanna Tully covers why one might need to detox and how to go about it with dietary and lifestyle measures. She will discuss how Traditional Chinese Medicine has techniques that can naturally support the detox process as well. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 855-906-4707. Gyrokinesis Class – Wednesdays, July 12-Aug 16. 6:30-7:25pm. 6-wk session. Lengthen and strengthen your spine and body. Spyrl Chicago, 1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park. 773-814-2071. Dinner with the Doctors – 6:30-8pm. Have questions? We offer lessons in health and holistic living. Find out how Be Optimal can support you on your health journey. Free. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 N Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000. 6 Reasons Why We’re Always Exhausted – 7-8pm. Uma Girish, grief guide & award-winning author, will discuss how imbalance shows up in your life and how you can correct it; why pushing through is a bad idea and depletes your energy; how rest is so much more than a good night’s sleep, and what unresolved grief has to do with exhaustion. Free. Pure Detox, 417 S Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights. 847-613-4363. New Class in Applied Metaphysics –7:3010:30pm. Hone the power of your inner mind and practice mental exercises that enhance your growth through concentration, visualization, meditation, dream interpretation, and much more. We are a loving community that enjoys learning and growing in consciousness. The course in the Mastery of Consciousness meets weekly. Access your true power. $20 donation. School of Metaphysics, 5021 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago. 773-427-0155.

THURSDAY, JULY 13 Bon (Buddhism)

Enneagram and Spirit Class – 7pm. Led by Jim Ware. The class will open with a short review of the Enneagram. Then, we’ll use the Enneagram in class to discover how to best stay “above the 5” on the Spiritual Thermometer. For those new to the Enneagram, you can go online for free and take a short assessment to see what your type may be: Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997.

FRIDAY, JULY 14 Bastille Day Advanced Durga Saptashati – With Avdhoot Shivanand Ji, Vedic Mater. A sacred practice of celestial sounds. This is a sacred meditation for good health, peace of mind, prosperity, success, goal achievements and dynamism in life through the chanting of powerful mantras. For location & more info, Vasanti Bhatt: 847-598-0727; Apurva Bhatt: 847-903-5841 or Registration required: Gyrokinesis Class – Fridays, July 14-Aug 18. 1011am. 6-wk session. Lengthen and strengthen your spine and body. Spyrl Chicago, 1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park. 773-814-2071.

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

savethedate Poetry & Storytelling – 6:30-8:30pm. Join us for an evening of sharing stories and poetry. This can be your own writings or by one of your favorite writers. Share your words, and insights with others. Space limited, please reserve your spot. Free; donations accepted. Divine Creative Synergy, 707 Chicago Ave, Evanston. 312-391-8740.

Relationship Astrology: Synastry and Composites – 12:30-3:30pm. When 2 or more people come together in love, marriage, friendship, business, etc, they have many levels on which they relate. Comparing their individual birth charts to one another shows what brings them together, their difficulties, challenges, eases and successes within that connection. Join us to understand your connections. $55; $45 by July 9. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago. 773-327-7224. Life Mission Exploration – 2-4pm. A creative space for introspection, uncovering and embracing you, and your uniqueness. Recognize your life mission cues. Donation. Inner Balance Office,  350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. RSVP, Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362.

Emerging Technologies in Consciousness, Subtle Energy and Radionics – July 14-16. 7pm, Fri7pm, Sun. Join us at the 39th conference of the U.S. Psychotronics Association. Twenty speakers on subtle energies research, radionics and parapsychology. $225 early bird. Hyatt Regency Deerfield, 1750 Lake Cook Rd, Deerfield. For more info: 815-355-8030, or

SATURDAY, JULY 15 Shiv Yog Cosmic Healing – July 15-17. With Avdhoot Shivanand Ji, Vedic Mater. A powerful process of higher dimensions. With the empowerment and activation of the third eye by the Shiv Yogi master, the seeker is able to obtain improved health and spiritual growth. For location & more info, Vasanti Bhatt: 847-598-0727; Apurva Bhatt: 847-903-5841 or Registration required: Spiritual Pendulum Dowsing – 11am-6pm. Experience Emotional and mental vibrational healing, spiritual enlightenment and divine self-realization with Steven Hanauer. $65, $55/A.R.E. members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. Admissions Information Sessions – 12-1pm. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 21st Fl, Administrative Suite Conference Room, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Your Self as Your Friend Workshop – 2-4pm. Deep refreshment and restoration. Receive guidance and simple centering practices, so you can embrace more self-love and self-discovery. RSVP by July 10. Jai Yoga, 37 E Northwest Hwy, Palatine. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362.

SUNDAY, JULY 16 Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar and Farmers’ Market – 12-4pm. Meet dozens of vendors at the indoor crafts and farmers’ market while listening to Hyde Park’s finest deejays spinning jazzy, soulful soundtracks to your shopping. Promontory Restaurant, upstairs lounge, 5311 S Lake Park Ave W, Chicago. 312-801-2100. HydeParkHandmade.


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Nelson Mandela Int’l Day The Age of Consequences Documentary Screening – 1-3pm & 7-8:30pm. The Hurt Locker meets An Inconvenient Truth. The Age of Consequences investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of U.S. national security and global stability. Free. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette. 847-256-5025.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19 Everybody Deserves a Massage – 12:30-4:30pm. Receive a complementary bodywork treatment by Pacific College of Oriental Medicine students as part of ABMP’s national “Every-Body Deserves a Massage Week.” Experience a combination of Eastern or Western bodywork. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Free Health & Healing Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how you are effected by other peoples’ energy and how to protect yourself. Experience and learn EFT, the gentle tapping therapy: emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen. Free BEMER sessions. Great health benefits (ncreased blood flow, energy). Great business opportunity. 2 CEs available for LCPC, LCSW, RRN, MT, etc. Insight Awareness, 18110 Martin Ave, Homewood. 708-957-1284. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or 

THURSDAY, JULY 20 Shiv Yog Intensive Advait Sri Vidya Meditation Level 1, 2 & 3 – July 20-25. Avdhoot Shivanand Ji, Vedic Mater, will teach the long-kept secret meditation of spiritual and worldly success. Through practicing this deep meditation, the seeker is able to remove all of the karmic influences that block success and growth and is able to live a more fruitful life. For location & more info, Vasanti Bhatt: 847598-0727; Apurva Bhatt: 847-903-5841 or ShivYog. Registration required:

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Lunch & Learn: REMIX by Giselle Wasfie – 121pm. These 100% natural, essential-oil-based therapies use botanicals, crystal healing, and the principles of energy medicine to deliver mind-body healing in an effective and individualized way that’s modern and fresh. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 20th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Your Self as Your Friend – 7-8:30pm. A refreshing and restorative evening. Receive guidance and simple centering practices so you can embrace more self-love and self-discovery. Donation. Inner Balance Office, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362. Reiki/Energy Share – 7-9pm. Gathering of reiki & energy practitioners of every level for an evening of session sharing and discussion. 3rd Thurs every month. Free. Divine Creative Synergy, 707 Chicago Ave, Evanston. RSVP required: 312-391-8740.

FRIDAY, JULY 21 thriveMD Parents Day – Moms and dads, relax with a Nutritional IV 20% off. By appt only. thriveMD, 1355 Remington Rd, Ste I, Schaumburg. 312-600-5070. ArtFest Michigan Avenue – July 21-23. 10am-5pm. A national juried fine art festival with approximately 100 artists. Michigan Ave at the base of the Chicago Tribune Building, Chicago. AmdurProductions. com/art-fest-michigan-ave. Community Acupuncture – 4-8pm. $30. Lovelight Healing Center, 408 Center St, Grayslake. 847-350-7000. Beginning Zen Shiatsu – July 21-23 & 28-30. 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 stand-alone offering; also the first 30 hrs of our complete shiatsu certification programs. $500 plus books. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

savethedate Aromatherapy Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. Topic: Dreams. Learn the basics of aromatherapy and create a blend using specific essential oils for exploring your dreams. $30 includes 1/2 oz bottle of Essential Oil Blend. Divine Creative Synergy, 707 Chicago Ave, Evanston. RSVP by July 19: 312-391-8740.

SATURDAY, JULY 22 Advanced Angel Tarot Card Certification Training – July 22-23. 9am-4:30pm. With Radleigh Valentine. Learn how to use angel tarot cards to work with guardian angels and archangels to heal and harmonize every aspect of life. Novices and those with tarot skills will benefit from plenty of interactive time. $295. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. More info & registration:

Karma Can Be A Real Pain – 12-4pm. Past life clues to current life maladies. Determine how pastlife regression and soul writing can assist in the healing process with Joanne DiMaggio, MA, Cht. $45, $40/A.R.E. members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.


Såskeh hah – Long Daylight Moon Transform Your Life by Uncovering Your Past Lives – July 23-27. Private sessions by appointment only. With Joanne DiMaggio, MA, Cht. Private past-life regression or soul writing sessions available. $150/2-hr private session. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. Maya New Moon Manifestation Meditation – 7-8pm. Join author and Maya Seer John Kralovec for a guided meditation to connect with the Maya Moon Goddess Ix-Chel and Sacred Earth Mother Ix-Mucane to harness the power of the Divine Feminine, the New Moon, and Venus to aid in manifestation for the upcoming month. Free. Teleconference: 319-527-3182.


savethedate The Adoption Process from A to Z – 7-8:30pm. Attorney Sally Wildman prepares you on basic legal steps of adopting a child and raises key requirements for different types of adoption. Highlights of workshop include resources for locating your child and discussion of “openness” in today’s practices. Sponsored by Chicago Public Library and Chicago Bar Association Law at the Library. Free. Harold Washington Library, Chicago Authors Room, 7th Fl, 400 S State St, Chicago. For info: 312-747-4300 or Ms. Highley: 312-554-2013. harold-washington-library-center-events.

TUESDAY, JULY 25 How to Meditate Workshop – 7-8:15pm. Led by Greg Barrette, minister of Unity Northwest. Workshop focuses on the practices and methods of meditation that will move you deeper into the presence of your innermost Being. How can you make this contact with the divine? Where is “the secret place of the most high” and how can you experience it in your times of meditation? Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997.


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THURSDAY, JULY 27 10th Annual Peak Harvest Farm Dinner – 6pm. This event unites friends in celebration of our programs and partners that help build local food and farm systems. Galleria Marchetti, 825 W Erie St, Chicago. More info:



FRIDAY, JULY 28 thriveMD International Friend Day – Bring a friend and each of you will receive 10% off any service. By appt only. thriveMD, 1355 Remington Rd, Ste I, Schaumburg. 312-600-5070. Guided Meditation: Breaking Down Walls, Improving Relationships through Meditation – 10:3011:30am. In observance of the International Day of Friendship on July 30. With Heartland Meditation. Cook Park Library, 413 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville. For more info: 224-433-6338 or Past Life Regression Training for Mental Health Professionals – July 28-30. 10:30am-5:30pm, Fri; 9:30am-5:30pm, Sat & Sun. Expand the scope of your practice with past life regression therapy. Susan Wisehart, author of Soul Visioning: Clear the Past, Create the Future, leads the 3-day program covering philosophy, ethics, practice, legal considerations, healing interventions and much more. Limited to licensed/certified mental health professionals. $550, $499/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. More info & registration: Free Health & Healing Workshop – 6-8:30pm. Learn how you are effected by other peoples’ energy and how to protect yourself. Experience and learn EFT, the gentle tapping therapy: emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen. Free BEMER sessions. Great health benefits (ncreased blood flow, energy). Great business opportunity. 2 CEs available for LCPC, LCSW, RRN, MT, etc. Beyond Wellness, 16345 S Harlem Ave, Tinley Park. 708-614-6860. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or 

SATURDAY, JULY 29 Feng Shui Certification One Program – July 29-31. This 3-day class is the first step in becoming a Certified Feng Shui Consultant.  The 77-hr program, recognized by the International Feng Shui Guild, will teach you the basics to advanced techniques of feng shui, along with teaching you how to establish your business as a Certified Feng Shui Consultant. The next class, the 77-hr program, recognized by the International Feng Shui Guild, will teach you the basics to advanced techniques of feng shui, along with teaching you how to establish your business as a Certified Feng Shui Consultant. Certification Two may be taken Aug 2 & 3. $738. Oak Brook. Feng Shui in a Day – 9:30am-4:30pm. Learn how to feng shui your own home with this intensive “eye opening” 1-day class based on the front door of your space. Learn many tips to immediately shift the energy in your home, how to place the 9 square grid (bagua) over your floor plan, and have a mini-consultation of your space. This is the first day of the Certification class. $135. Oak Brook. Closed Loop Food Fest – 10am-6pm. Join Plant Chicago for our annual summer celebration of delicious food, excellent music, and (of course) closing waste loops. In addition to the fest, we’ll have our regular Farmers’ Market from 10am-2pm. $10 suggested donation; $5/Back of the Yards residents. The Plant, 1400 W 46th St, Chicago. closed-loop-food-fest-tickets-34897455228.

Restorative Yoga with Live Music – 7-8:30pm. A healing collaboration with Lucia Cigan (restorative yoga, essential oils) and Nathan Torrence (bamboo bass flute accompaniment). Lucia sequences her restorative yoga workshops to release muscle tension and ease pain in hips, shoulders and low back. The live yoga music, performed by Nathan, will help you relax deeply into supported postures. $30/ at door, $25/early registration. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

SUNDAY, JULY 30 Medicine Wheel Gathering, Rainbow Crystal Healing Ceremony – 10am-4pm. The Medicine Wheel teaches us the sacred law of relationship. As each of us learns how to live in a sacred manner, how to walk in a way harmonious to all of creation, we put our steps on the path of love and harmony. The Rainbow Crystal Ceremony has helped many people feel a closer connection with the earth and everything on her. It will help you become aware of your connection with all of life. Instructor: Wicarpi hena iyo hiya - Lakota pipe carrier. Please bring a crystal, tobacco, a rattle and frame drum if you have one and own lunch. White Tara Retreat, 6603 Oak Hill Dr, Richmond. 815-728-1050.

savethedate All Things Wellness Expo – 10am-6pm. Mind, body, spirit expo. Speakers, vendors, readers, practitioners, food and entertainment. Experience or learn various holistic possibilities that inspire, enlighten, guide and facilitate healing on multiple levels. Featured speaker Dr. Darren Weissman. Also Sherry LaMarche & Carolyn Greenleaf. Plus, Michael Bettine with his amazing gongs and percussions, and Al Jewer with his flutes. Prepay for discounts toward entry and events; seating is limited. 5435 Bull Valley Rd, McHenry. 815-3637007.


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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2 Feng Shui Certification Two Program – Aug 2 & 3. This is the next class in the Feng Shui Certification process that will teach you how to establish your business and become a Certified Feng Shui Consultant. This 77-hr program teaches you feng shui, based on the front door of a space. The Certification One Class is a prerequisite. $378. Oak Brook.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 Soul Transformation – Aug 5 & 6. 9am-6pm. A retreat where we remove anything blocking and holding us back so we can become magnificent and great. Day 1 is about letting go and releasing/clearing and understanding what has been blocking us. Day 2 is a high energy day of creating and visualizing our dreams and desires into fruition. Grace Angels, 1800 Dewes St, Ste D, Glenview. More info & registration: 630-210-8688, or Learn Animal Communication – 9:30-10:30am. Awaken your natural ability to communicate with all beings. Improve your relationship with your animal friends and know what they’re trying to tell you. $25. Mundelein. 312-231-5607.

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Soil Sisters Tour of Local Farms –10am-5pm. For several years we’ve opened up our farm for public tours during this weekend-long annual event (Aug 4-6). We’ve decided to take a break from being on the official tour this year so that we can visit neighboring farms in the Brodhead and Monroe areas. You’re invited to take the tour with us. Meet at our farm in Brodhead at 10am and then caravan to several other local farms. Tour guide, Soil Sister Peg Sheaffer. RSVP: EFT With A Guarantee, Muscle Testing & the Bemer: Summer Special – 1-5pm. Learn about and actually experience EFT, the gentle tapping therapy for emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen. Learn 6 or more ways to muscle test. Learn how you are effected by other people’s energy and how to protect yourself. Free 8-min BEMER sessions. FDA approved. Great health benefits and a great business opportunity. 5 CEs available for LCPC, LCSW, RRN, MT, etc. $50/ at door, $30 if preregistered by July 22, $39 with any other preregistration. Insight Awareness, 18110 Martin Ave, Homewood. 708-957-1284. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or 

savethedate Commonly Seen Medical/Psychiatric Conditions & Holistic Treatments for the Gifted, Talented & Twice-Exceptional – 2:15-3:15pm. Archana Lal-Tabak, MD, and Jim Lal-Tabak will give an important and ground-breaking presentation with a unique perspective on the common health issues of Gifted, Talented and TwiceExceptional kids, teens and adults. They will discuss natural and holistic solutions, and strategies which reduce the need for misdiagnoses, medications and the possibility of side effects. Lecture is part of the Annual SENG Conference. Chicago Marriott Naperville, 1801 N Naper Blvd, Naperville. For info: 847-425-9355,  224-714-9593 or Register:

savethedate SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 – SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 Veggie Fest Chicago – Aug 12 & 13. 11am-8pm. Enjoy delicious vegetarian food, food demos with vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and raw food dishes and leading-edge information from doctors and specialists in vegetarianism, spirituality, organic food and ecofriendly living. In addition to more than 100 exhibitor booths, live entertainment and yoga classes, there will be kid-friendly activities. Free parking & admission. Benedictine University, 5700 College Rd, Lisle.

Create the Life You Want from the Inside Out – 7:30pm. With Master Stephen Co. Caught in a loop of negative self-talk and doubt? Learn to use energy to disintegrate those negative thought patterns. Feeling weighed down by other people’s drama? Cut those negative connections that drain you. Tired of being tired? Boost your vitality with quick and simple energy generating exercises. Looking for peace of mind at the end of the day? Experience inner peace through a special Heart Centered Meditation. Gain access to your energy blueprint and create changes now. $10 love offering welcome. Elk Grove Village. RSVP: 909-5480884 or

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

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

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Green Living Expo – 10am-3pm. Green businesses and organizations are welcome and invited to interact with McHenry County’s green community. New features include an artist’s walk where visitors can shop and talk with local, sustainable artists. Businesses with appropriate green holiday gift ideas are also encouraged to register. Admission free. McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Hwy 14, Crystal Lake. For sponsors, vendors, exhibitors & artists info and to receive a registration form: 815-479-7765 or

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daily all month $39.99 (50 Min) or $84.99 (90 Min) Swedish Massage – Thru July. Add $10 for deep tissue. The classic form of full-body soft tissue massage. Excellent for first time clients. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $80 Candida Check Up with Naturopathic Doctor – Thru July. Dr. Arutcheva offers diagnostic tests that can reveal candida overgrowth with high probability and guide you through special programs to control the grown of candida and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $89.99 90 Massage + Scrub – Thru July. Receive a 60-min Swedish, the classic form of soft-tissue massage. In addition, for 30 mins, get a back exfoliation treatment. This reviving treatment returns that youthful glow as your back is exfoliated to buff away dead cells with custom blends. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $165 90-Min Massage + Organic Eminence Facial – Thru July. Add $5 for deep tissue. Choose from the variety of 90-min massages: Swedish, Deep tissue, aromatherapy, sports, reflexology, prenatal; add $10 for hot stone. In addition, receive our customized organic deep cleansing facial. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Free Eye Treatment with Anti-Aging Facial – Thru July. With a revolutionary, non-surgical approach, and the help of anti-aging masks, serums, and Vitamin C & K concentrated ampoules see an increase of collagen production, and your skin will regain elasticity and plumpness. This facial also includes the use of galvanic/ultrasonic machines that helps ampoules penetrate deeper into the skin layers. The last touch is a special facial & décolleté massage. Free eye treatment includes cleansing, hydrating and calming treatment. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Gentle and Restorative Yoga Classes Available – $10 cash only. Lovelight Healing Center, 408 Center St, Grayslake. 847-350-7000. Free Communication, Cognition or Swallowing Screening – 7-10pm. By appt Mon-Fri during the 2nd week of each month. For all persons 18 and over. Your skills quickly assessed by a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. Payne Wellness Center, 830 E Higgins, Ste 111Z, Schaumburg.  847-275-8517.


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

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. 847-2072034. Loyola Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 16. 3-7pm. The Loyola Plaza, 6550 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago.

Time to Dance – 10:30-11:30am. Also Tues, 1:302:30pm & Fri, 1-2pm. A ballet class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register:

Community Style Acupuncture Clinic – 5-7:45pm. By Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Interns. $10/treatment. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 21st Fl, Administrative Suite Conference Room, Chicago. 773-477-4822.

Midewin Ranger Hike to Bison Pasture – Thru Oct 29. 11am-12pm. Also Sat. You may or may not spot the bison, but you will learn about Midewin’s unique past, present and future in a fun, interactive way, and learn about the dynamics of these fascinating creatures. No reservations required. Meet at the Iron Bridge Trailhead. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370.


The Mike Nowak Show Radio Program – 1-2pm. Encore presentation of the Saturday edition of the weekly local radio show focused on gardening and the environment, with lots of humor to wake us up. Author and master gardener Mike Nowak and cohost Peggy Malecki feature a variety of guests and meteorologist Rick DiMaio in live show on 1590 WCGO AM, also available in podcast on and podcast apps, and streaming live on and the TuneIn and Stitcher radio apps. Qigong – 2-4pm. No class July 23. Discover the healing abilities of the ancient practice of qigong with Keith Brewer, ACTQA Certified. Open to everyone. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822.

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Woodstock Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 8am-1pm. Also Sat. Shop for fresh produce and local products. Woodstock Square Historic District, 205 W Todd Ave, Woodstock. Beginning Mat Pilates – 10-11am. Amanda Kantor, Certified Pilates Instructor, leads a beginning level mat Pilates exercise class. Limited enrollment. $100/4 wks. re:fit, 901 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. For more info & appt: 847-657-0881. Time to Dance – 1:30-2:30pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: Plant Clinic Hours – 2-4pm. Held year round. Gardening or houseplant questions? Our horticulturist can help. Bring in photos or a sample of your plant for identification or disease diagnostics. Complimentary houseplant potting service available, for a suggested donation. You provide the plant and pot and we provide the soil and expertise. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St, Oak Park. 708-725-2400. Qigong – 6pm. 2nd Tues. Discover the healing abilities of the ancient practice of qigong with Keith Brewer, ACTQA Certified. Open to everyone. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Shiatsu Student Clinic – 7 or 8pm. Clients receive a 45-min session from an advanced Zen Shiatsu student. Sessions are performed in a group setting with instructor observation. $35/45-min or $90/3 treatments. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130.

Women’s Basics Jiu-Jitsu Classes – 7:30-8:30pm. Also Thurs. Come learn the basics and fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a female-friendly environment. All levels welcome. Co-ed class held: Tues-Thurs, 6-7pm & Sat, 10:30-11:30am. Ilya’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 2068 1st St, Highland Park. Jen Zanotti: Tai Chi Class – 8:15pm. See Sat listing. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929.

wednesday Ravinia Farmers Market – Thru Oct 25. 7am-1pm. Rain or shine. Vendors selling local and organic vegetables, fruits, cheeses, baked goods, crepes and other products. Highland Park Ravinia District on Dean Ave at Roger Williams Ave. 847-561-1302. 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. Free Mini-Stress Relieve Acupuncture Session – 11am-2pm. Also Fri. By appt only. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Ravenswood Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 18. 4-8pm. Offers handmade crafts and homegrown varieties of fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, cheeses, flowers, dairy and more from local and regional farmers, food producers and artisans. Ravenswood Evangelical Covenant Church parking lot, 4900 N Damen Ave, Chicago. Mindfulness for Modern Life Meditation Class – 7-8:30pm. Join us to learn Buddhist methods for developing inner peace, overcoming stress, and finding lasting happiness. Each class includes guided meditation, teaching and discussion. No registration or prior experience needed. Everyone welcome. $10. Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago, 2010 W Pierce St, Chicago. Healing Circle with Mark Earlix – 7-9:30pm. Your opportunity to become free from your body’s distress, aches, pains or sickness. No RSVP needed. Free. Unity Church of Evanston, 3434 Central St, Evanston. Info: 888-380-6388.

thursday Om Zone – 4-8pm. For those looking for new approaches to live naturally in the modern world. Share ideas about what works and get support in making healthier choices or just chill out to manage stress. Each week will feature a different modality, but there are no limits on topics. World Tree Natural Medicine, 17W703-F Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook Terrace. 630-359-5522.

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Coming Next Month Reframing Autism Plus: Rethinking Cancer August articles include: Preparing Autistic Children for Adulthood Preventing Cancer Natural Solutions to Sleep Apnea and so much more!

friday Stretch Fridays – 10am-5pm. Chain Reflex®  Stretch Therapy can help you. Whether you sit at a desk all day, work around the house, play sports, or you’re a weekend warrior. These activities can often lead to unwanted stiffness and joint pain, which can cause injury’s due to lack of mobility and flexibility. Stretching benefits: reduce pain especially in lower back and neck; improve flexibility and mobility; reduce risk of injuries; release endorphins which are natural pain suppressants; decrease stress and muscle soreness. Introductory offer: $85. 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste S5, Northbrook. For an appt: 847-272-3700. Guided Meditation – Thru Aug 25. 10:30-11:30am. With Heartland Meditation. Cook Park Library, 413 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville. For more info: 224-433-6338 or Free Mini-Stress Relieve Acupuncture Session – 11am-2pm. Also Wed. By appt only. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Time to Dance – 1-2pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register:

saturday Weekly Beer and Wine Making Classes – Make a batch of your choice with the guidance of our instructors. You’ll be sipping and sharing your own fine beverages you will be proud of. Wild Blossom Meadery, 9030 S Hermitage Ave, Chicago. 773-233-7579. Join the Centennial Volunteers – Sat & Sun. Be a part of forest and river revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore 7 special sites along the Chicago and Calumet rivers. To find a group, Ilana Federman: 312-3569990 or Dates & locations: fotfp. org/event/centennial. Mighty House Radio Program – 7-10am. Funny, friendly experts with answers and ideas to help with all of your home improvement projects. Join Ron Cowgill, Robbie Ehrhardt, Rich Cowgill and the Mighty House team each Saturday morning to get help with all your home improvement and repair issues. On 1590 WCGO AM, & Oak Park Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 7am-1pm. This market offers locally grown produce, sounds of live bluegrass music and the smell of fresh, homemade donuts. Pilgrim Church Parking lot, 460 Lake St, Oak Park. oak-park-farmers-market.

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Evanston Farmers’ Market – 7:30am-1pm. 58 vendors: fruits, vegetables, meat, flowers, cheese, milk, eggs and bakery items. Reusable and biodegradable bags sold on site. LINK cards accepted, and the Friends of Evanston Farmers’ Markets offers matching funds. Intersection of University Pl & Oak Ave, Evanston. Info, Myra Gorman:  847-448-8045,


Tai Chi Class – 8:45am. Also Tues, 8:15pm. Reduce stress; increase flexibility and balance; improve muscle strength and definition; increase energy; stamina and agility. Wear flat-soled shoes and loose fitting clothes. $10/class. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929. Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching Class – 9-10am. Stretch and strengthen your hips and shoulders using the revolutionary flexibility method, Ki-Hara. Increase range of motion and decrease pain in half the time of yoga. $5 for first class. Stretch Chi, 410 S Michigan Ave, Ste 841, Chicago. Advance registration required: 773-750-5031. Woodstock Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 8am-1pm. Also Tues. Woodstock Square Historic District, 205 W Todd Ave, Woodstock. Get a Joyful Workout with Nia – 9:30-10:30am. Moms! Artists! Entrepreneurs! Nia is a beautiful blend of simple steps and free dance, where anything goes movement wise. Combining martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts, each Nia class tunes your mind and spirit as it tones your body. Take a dash of tai chi, a sprinkle of yoga, a splash of jazz dance, add some playful shouts and calming breaths and bake or sizzle for 55 mins at your desired temperature. All ages, all abilities. Low-impact, barefoot. Wear something stretchy and get ready for the sweetest sweat ever. Also on Tues and Thurs. Your first week of classes is just $7. $14. Raydiant Day Center, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. Metabolic Balance – 9:30-10:30am. Healthy weight loss through personalized all-natural nutritional program. If you are serious about taking steps forward to achieve a healthy lifestyle and your ideal weight make your intention a realty. Free consultation ($150 value). Mind Body Health Center, 6650 N Northwest Hwy, Ste 215, Chicago. For appt: 773-614-6454. The Mike Nowak Show Radio Program – 1011am. The Saturday edition of weekly local radio show focused on gardening and the environment, with lots of humor to wake us up on a Saturday. Author and master gardener Mike Nowak and cohost Peggy Malecki feature a variety of guests and weatherman/climate scientist Rick DiMaio in live show on 1590 WCGO AM, also available in podcast on and podcast apps, and streaming live on and the TuneIn and Stitcher radio apps. Midewin Ranger Hike – Thru Oct 29. 11am-12pm. See Sun listing. Meet at the Iron Bridge Trailhead. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. Quan Yin Meditation – 11am-12pm. Join us for a spiritual meditation session with our ancient Quan Yin dating back from the Ming Dynasty. Free. Rosley’s Rocks and Gems, 4344 N Western Ave, Chicago. Must RSVP: 773-561-7200. Introduction to Heartland Meditation – 2-3pm. Learn how the guided, subtraction meditation technique brings positive changes real results. An eye-opening session showing how to reflect on the cluttered thoughts to discard those from the mind. Free. Heartland Meditation, 1444 S Butterfield Rd, Mundelein. 224-433-6338.


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

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


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


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


Nirvana Naturopathics 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook 60062 847-715-9044 Trained in both Western and Oriental Medicine, we use acupuncture and a dietary approach along with herbal medicine to resolve musculoskeletal pain, internal medicine health issues, insomnia, anxiety and women’s health. Now excepting major insurances. Schedule your initial appointment on to find out if acupuncture can help you. Get a healthier and alternative approach to your chronic health conditions. See ad on page 41.



Specializing in Pediatric & Adult Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Buffalo Grove 847-541-4878 Vernon Hills 224-656-5279 Dedicated to the highest standards in allergy, asthma and immunology care, we strive to maintain a patient-centered focus while providing comprehensive and quality service. All ages and ailments are welcome, and will benefit from our holistic and integrative approach to immune support and sleep. Member: North Shore Independent Physician Coalition. See ad on page 23.


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


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


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


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


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

MARNY TURVILL, MD Evanston 60201 847-644-8540

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

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

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


Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist & Neuro Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner 908-625-8673 Tried everything and still in pain? When other traditional and even alternative treatments have failed to resolve chronic physical or emotional pain issues my holistic mindbody-spirit and mindfulness techniques are extremely effective. Free, no risk consultation. I work with people located anywhere in the USA & anywhere in the world by telephone & Skype.

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

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


Certified Life & Executive Coach 312-399-0140 I help you uncover your gifts, learn your options, create an action plan, and stay focused to achieve your goals. My 20 years of unique experiences and top education will be your guide. Free 10-minute consult to see if we’re a fit. Strict confidentiality. Credentials and testimonials on website.



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


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

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


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

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

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


Discover the healing art of dance in ballet-based classes. Dance is proven to have both physical and psychological benefits. Two current classes: Dance for Joy for cancer survivors, and Time to Dance for those 55 years or older. Taught by dancer teacher Lisa Gold and Lynne Chervony Belsky, MD. See ad on page 43.



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



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

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

Enlightened Balance is a Spiritual Boutique, Rock Shop and Chakra Spa hosting a monthly Psychic Holistic Fair and Artist Trunk Show. Upcoming dates: July 8-9, Aug 1213, Sept 9-10, Oct 14-15, Nov 11-12, Dec 9-10.

Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice. ~Wayne Dyer natural awakenings

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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-hr “Certified Feng Shui Consultant Training Program.” A “layering” approach is taught using Form, Best Personal Direction and Front Door Bagua placement. Laurie is a student of Grand Master Professor Lin Yun, Katherine Metz and Denise Linn. 


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


homeopathy, CranioSacral therapy, and nutritional counseling. Dental discount plan available and PPO insurance plans accepted. See ad on page 18.

GYROTONIC® and  GYROKINESIS® exercises work for everyone: youth, adult, seniors, injured, back pain, underexercised, weekend warriors and elite athletes. Enjoy this natural way to gain flexibility and mobility, taught by licensed senior trainer and studio director Amy Pena. Call today to schedule individual and group training sessions. See ad on page 32.


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


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


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.

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



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.


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


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.

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.

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

At re:fit, we believe that the body and mind interact to create health or “dis-ease.” We address both the underlying causes of pain and the body’s potential for healing. We offer many techniques for treatment and encourage the client to engage in their process of healing by combining physical therapy, IMT and exercise. Feel the difference! See ad on page 15.



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

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

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

It takes a great man to be a good listener.


~Calvin Coolidge


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



Clinical Director, Inner Balance Northbrook, Chicago, Palm Springs 847-224-0244

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.


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

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

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


Inner Child Connection Ltd 847-971-1221 Having unique training and experience, Dr. Funda Kahn offers myriad techniques customized for individuals and groups to create peace and harmony in their lives. Trained as an oral surgeon, she committed her life to healing souls. Teaching hypnosis, self-hypnosis, EFT, and “inner child connection” are only the beginning of what she can provide. “Feelings buried alive never die.” –Karol Truman. See ad on page 23.


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

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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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 47.

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1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-831-8828 • Offering more than 200 Courses for Life in personal, professional and spiritual growth and development. Join bestselling author Radleigh Valentine for Tarot Card Certification Training, July 22-23 and Sharon Salzberg for a 2-day retreat, Real Love, August 19-20. Call or email for a free course guide. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental.


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


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

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


440 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 2 Deerfield 60015 847-236-9310

Specialists in treatment of complex and treatment-resistant neuropsychiatric disorders and chronic pain conditions for all ages. We offer a distinctive, thorough approach to patient evaluation, with proven cutting-edge treatments including BrainSPECT functional imaging and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, with the Chicago area’s only multi-person hyperbaric chamber. See ad on page 13.

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

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


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


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

Our wellness clinic averages only a 5-minute wait time before you’re getting natural, safe, and effective treatment with the Doctor. Dr. Kristen specializes in acupuncture, lowforce chiropractic care and food intolerance testing, and uses unique diagnostic tests to uncover the real cause of your health concern. Located at the corner of Higgins and Barrington roads. See ad on page 21.

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

Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa offers psychic readings everyday by appointment or walk-in. Call or checkout our website for today’s offerings. 62



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

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My friend recommended I try shiatsu to help heal my lingering injuries from several car accidents and sports injuries—including a torn disk and two bulging disks in my lower back, ongoing stiffness and pain in my neck and shoulders, and difficulty walking and exercising due to misfiring of the nerves in my left leg. After three one-hour Zen Shiatsu treatments, I regained flexibility, strength, and felt no pain continuously for four months. Deep healing has occurred in my body, mind, spirit and soul! My outlook is more positive, re-vitalized, and filled with bright hope for the future. Is it any wonder I am taking the beginning Zen Shiatsu course to learn more about this wonderful healing art?

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