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Step outside, smile up at the sky and maybe kick off your shoes. We’re looking at the start of summer, the happy beginning of long days and open possibilities. Perhaps the temperatures are not exactly to our perfect definition of “summer in Chicago”, or the mix of sun and clouds could be better, but wow, it’s great to be here again. If you read my column regularly, you know I love any excuse I can find to get outside, and I hope you do, too. So, starting today, our goal is to savor and revel in the fleeting season of summer. Yes, we all must work and many of us spend much of our days indoors, but I’m asking you to make the most of the time you do have to write new stories and make new memories in the summer of 2017. Do you remember back in grade school, when the end of the school year was finally here? If you were like me, you attended a school without air conditioning, and the teachers opened the windows to let in some fresh air. The sounds of birds and lawn mowers and people outside followed the breeze into your classroom. Ten days, then six, then three and then—finally—school was out until Labor Day!! The summer loomed ahead of us, and the next school year was impossibly far away. Of course, we didn’t all have the same childhood experiences, but we all enjoy some special memory of a past summer season. I still get a giddy feeling every year around Memorial Day. The whole summer is ahead of us. I‘m inspired to be outside at every possible opportunity, or at least open wide my office window to connect with the season and listen to the birds. This summer, try to recapture some childhood wonder and excitement. Find any reason to step away from your daily routine for a quick blast of summer. If you can, visit the lake, picnic at a park or put your hands into the garden dirt. Dance in the warm rain. Sit on the steps in early June and whistle your reply to a robin’s evening song. Pick a dandelion, marvel at its complexity and then close your eyes and blow the seeds to the breeze. Watch the fireflies. Run through a sprinkler. Stay out really late on the longest day of the year. Renew your spirit and refresh your soul. I leave you with daydreams of the coming summer. Send us a note at Editor@ to tell us your stories and share some new memories. Happy Father’s Day and Happy Summer Solstice!

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aste Marketing has become the new management company, with Ed Kugler as manager, for the Ravinia Farmers Market. Kugler, a Highland Park resident since 1959, was the first sprout farmer to have a booth when the market began in 1978. The Ravinia Farmers Market will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays beginning June 7 through October 25. On opening day, June 7, in Jensen Park, the kickoff event will be a fundraiser for the Organic Teaching Garden (OTG). Natural Environments (, a certified organic farm owned by Robert Boyce in Lake Zurich, has partnered with OTG to create a large tent housing the North Shore’s largest, locally grown, certified organic plant sale at affordable prices. OTG has been the teaching garden for more than 200 students at Highland Park High School AP Environmental Science classes since 2010. Other longtime vendors and new faces will be selling local and organic vegetables, fruits, cheeses, baked goods, crepes and other products. Location: Highland Park Ravinia District on Dean Ave. at Roger Williams Ave. Ample parking is available. For more information, call 847-561-1302. Email or visit See ad on page 38.

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arah Karnes, a life coach and facilitator with The Way of the Heart, shares practical tools to strengthen women’s confidence, voice and personal power. Women tend to take great care of those around them, yet overlook the self-care they need, which creates a disconnect from their personal empowerment and feminine essence, that can lead to anxiety, blocked intuition and leadership challenges. The Art of Feminine Sarah Karnes Presence circles give foundational support and the kind of community they need to become empowered, radiant agents of change. Introductory sessions will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., June 8 and July 6. (Meetup. com/spiritual-nourishment-chicagoland). Other upcoming events include Life Mission Exploration from 2 to 4 p.m., June 4, a creative space for introspection and self-discovery. Attendees will recognize their life mission cues. ( Your Self as Your Friend, a refreshing and restorative evening, provides guidance and simple centering practices to embrace more self-love from 7 to 8:30 p.m., June 15. ( Cost: donation. Location: Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd., Ste. 107, Northbrook. To RSVP (required), call 262-745-8362, email or visit See listing in the Community Calendar and ad on page 17. 10


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howcasing some of the exquisite homes and gardens in Southwest Michigan’s Harbor Country, the annual Heartland Alliance Home & Garden Tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EDT), June 10, in Lakeside, Michigan. All proceeds from the event will support the continuing work of Heartland Alliance to advance human rights and respond to human needs of vulnerable populations. Just an hour from downtown Chicago, properties on the tour vary in style and are chosen based on each home’s unique design and décor created by outstanding interior designers, architects and horticultural enthusiasts. Among the highlights of the tour will be a Tigerman McCurry home, designed by acclaimed architects known for their architectural tradition of innovative design and construction. Heartland Alliance, one of the world’s leading anti-poverty organizations, works in communities in the U.S. and abroad to serve those that are homeless, living in poverty or seeking safety. Tickets are $110; VIP and lunch options are available. Registration is located at 14931 Lakeside Rd., Lakeside, Michigan. For more information, visit and CHI/Contests and sign up today for your chance to


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r. Tsu Tsair Chi, an international expert in the Eastern medicine art of tongue and fingernail analysis, will present a free lecture and book signing from 7 to 9 p.m., June 16, at Christian Hills Church, in Orland Hills. He will explain how changes in the tongue and nails may indicate issues with digestion, heart and lung disease, thyroid conditions, hormonal Dr. Tsu Tsair Chi imbalances blood sugar issues and more. Chi will also offer individual tongue and fingernail analysis from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 16 and 17, at Rozich Chiropractic, in Orland Park. Chi received medical training in China and a Ph.D. from Rutgers. He has worked at Squibb, Parke Davis and Omnicron in the fields of cancer and atherosclerosis. Chi is a board-certified naturopathic physician who is skilled at analyzing fingernails and the tongue to detect underlying ailments. Rozich Chiropractic founder Dr. Richard Rozich is a board-certified chiropractic physician in practice for more than 25 years in the southwest suburbs. Personal analysis with Chi costs $35 and must be scheduled in advance. Fingernail analysis requires nails to be free of any polish or acrylic. Fri. lecture location: 9001 W. 159th St., Orland Hills. Analysis location: 8000 W. 159th St., Ste. 2W, in the AJ Smith Federal Savings Bank building, Orland Park. RSVP to 708-460-0011. See ad on page 13.

Learn About Clean Energy at the 28th Annual Energy Fair


he Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is hosting its 28th annual Energy Fair, an event featuring hundreds of workshops and exhibits related to clean energy. The Fair will be held in Custer, Wisconsin, at the MREA’s outdoor fair grounds from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 18. New this year, a second Energy Fair will be held the weekend of September 9 and 10 at Harriet Island Park, in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a solar professional day September 8. The Energy Fair will feature a variety of keynote speakers like JB Straubel, cofounder and chief technical officer of Tesla; CEO and co-founder of GRID Alternatives Erica Mackie, whose work brings renewable energy access to low-income communities; sustainable farm owner Chris Holman; professor and journalist for Midwest Energy News Kari Lydersen, and others. Also presented will be an exclusive airing of the documentary Between Earth and Sky, accompanied by a special question-and-answer session with director Paul Allen Hunton. Fair attendees can enjoy live music throughout the weekend with performances by Cory Chisel and Adriel Denae, Davina and the Vagabonds, and many more, all performing on a human-powered main stage. The Fair also features over 250 workshops and 200 exhibits related to clean energy and sustainable living. There will be live demonstrations on sustainable food, alternative construction, solar and more. A delicious variety of food vendors, refreshments and solar-brewed beer will be available for purchase. Cost: Varies (see website for details); free Father’s Day admission for dads on June 18 when accompanied by their child. Location of June event: 7558 Deer Rd., Custer. For more information, call 715-592-6595, or visit See ad on page 43.



Spiritual Leader Amma is Coming to Chicago


ata Amritanandamayi, one of India’s foremost spiritual leaders and an inspiring humanitarian known globally as Amma (mother) for her selfless love and compassion toward all beings, will be visiting the Chicagoland area from June 20 to 22. Her unconditional love and compassion finds expression through a caring Amma embrace. Amma has so far embraced more than 34 million people. She inspires, uplifts and transforms via her global charities, Embracing the World ( Amma states, “Where there is true love, anything is effortless.” Individuals may experience a personal blessing (hug) from Amma, enjoy inspirational live music, meditation, spiritual discourse, healing arts, and great vegetarian food throughout the three days of public programs. Admission is free. Location: MA Center Chicago, 41W501 Keslinger Rd., Elburn, IL. For more information, call 1-630-387-5077, email or visit See ad on page 21.

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ama Surya Das, a bestselling author considered by some as one of the most learned and respected Buddhist teachers in the West, will conduct a two-day retreat, Mindful Awakening, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., June 24 and 25, with an optional Saturday program from 7 to 9 p.m., in Northbrook. Mindfulness is the essential heart of Buddhist teachings. Participants will cultivate mindful awareness and lucid presence, enabling them to live more fully and truly inhabit each and every moment; increase calm and inner peace; focus; and increase attention span, effectiveness, patience and resilience. They will Lama Surya Das discover methods to deal with challenging emotions, which is essential to leading a healthy, well-balanced and harmonious life. Das’ light and lively teaching style includes discussion, meditation and mindfulness practices for both new and experienced meditators. Cost is $300 (includes a light continental breakfast and lunch) if registered by May 25; $340 after. CEU and lodging are available. Location: Techny Towers, 2001 Waukegan Rd., Northbrook. For more information and registration, visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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asmine Metz, owner of Escape Salon, in Northbrook, is now offering the Bemer Method to help people improve their quality of life. She will host an introductory event from 1 to 3 p.m., June 25, to show how Bemer technology has improved the health of millions worldwide in a non-invasive and natural way. Bemer applications promote better blood flow, better sleep, more energy, better quality of life and well-being. The ease of use makes Bemer a favorite for users, whether in ill health or in top shape. Metz says, “Bring a guest to learn about an amazing technology from Germany.” Light refreshments will be served. As Thomas Edison said, “The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” Admission is free. Location: 1249 Shermer Rd., Ste. 200, Northbrook. To RSVP, call 847-753-9000. For more information, visit See ad on page 13.

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Vedic Master to Appear in Chicagoland


hivYog Chicago is hosting Avdhoot Shivanand Ji, a master of ancient Vedic practices and recognized worldwide yogi scientist, who will be leading three deep meditation and healing events near Chicago. On July 14, he will conduct the Advanced Durga Saptashati, 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. From July 15 through 17 comes the Shiv Yog Cos- Avdhoot Shivanand Ji mic Healing, a powerful process of higher dimensions. With the empowerment and activation of the third eye by Ji, seekers are able to obtain improved health and spiritual growth ( From July 20 through 25 at the Shiv Yog Intensive Advait Sri Vidya Meditation Level 1, 2 and 3: he will teach the long-kept secret meditation of spiritual and worldly success. Through practicing this deep meditation, seekers are able to remove karmic influences that block success and growth and are able to live a more fruitful life ( Additional events will be held across the U.S. in the following cities: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Orlando, New York, San Jose and Virginia. For more information, visit Admission is free for the Jul.14 event. Register (required) at ShivYogGlobal. com/usa/Chicago. For locations and more information, call Vasanti Bhatt at 847-598-0727, Apurva Bhatt at 847-903-5841 or email ShivYog. See ad on page 13.

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Veggie Fest Adds New Attraction


eggie Fest Chicago will be held this year from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., August 12 and 13, at Benedictine University, in Lisle. Yoga classes are a new feature this year, in addition to coupon books for thousands of dollars of merchandise redeemable at local vendors and the opportunity to take the popular 14-day vegetarian challenge. Not-to-be-missed keynote speakers on healthy living include Kim Allan Williams, Sr., M.D., past president of the American College of Cardiology and chief of the division of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center; and Terry Mason, M.D., chief operating officer of the Cook County Department of Public Health. One of the largest vegetarian food and lifestyle festivals in North America, Veggie Fest includes a huge international food court; health professionals speaking on diet, lifestyle and environmental issues; engaging food demonstrations by restaurant owners, chefs and authors; a children’s tent with face painting, clowns and crafts; live music from some of Chicago’s best bands; and more than 100 vendor booths to explore.

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he McHenry County College (MCC) Sustainability Center will hold its annual Green Living Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., November 4, at the MCC gym/multipurpose room and surrounding areas at the college, in Crystal Lake. Green businesses and organizations are welcome and are invited to sign up now to interact and showcase their businesses with McHenry County’s green community. The Expo has drawn 700 to 900 attendees in past years. 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 to the event is free. Location: McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Hwy. 14, Crystal Lake. For sponsors, vendors, exhibitors and artists information and to receive a registration form, call 815-479-7765 or email Sustainability@ See ad on page 15.

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indsey Parker Novak, syndicated “At Work” columnist and certified life and executive coach, has launched a new website,, which features practical and proven steps for people wanting to turn their dreams into realistic goals to achieve success. Novak says, “As a workplace advisor since 1995, I’ve advised millions of readers, helping them to achieve win-win situations, and coached proLindsey Parker Novak fessionals in one-on-one sessions after mass corporate downsizings. Today’s workplace is far different than 1995, so I stay abreast of the changing fields and business etiquette.” Novak helps individuals that want to discover and redirect their focus in life and careers. Thanks to technology, she can meet with clients around the world via Skype, email or phone, as well as in person. With her background and training in psychology and communications, Novak helps clients to identify the emotional blocks that may affect their decisions, as well as build confidence, express themselves clearly and create successful business and personal relationships. She also provides professional image consulting and executive coaching services. Novak’s offerings also include writing and editing resumes, cover letters, business writing, marketing flyers, workplace articles and more. “I’ve been described as a pleasant workaholic who is happy to work all hours to help anyone. I treat all with respect and every project with importance,” states Novak.

Weems Offers a Fresh Look at Maintaining Health


ooniti J. Weems, MSW, M.Div., is a doctor of naprapathy and owner of Well With My Soul Holistic Health Center, in the Old Irving Park community of Chicago. She specializes in manual medicine, nutritional counseling and adjunctive techniques such as aroma touch, energy healing, Sooniti J. Weems massage therapy, wellness coaching and whole food supplements to correct suffering caused by connective tissue disorders. Some common conditions include headaches, neck and low back pain, sciatica, muscle spasm, fibromyalgia, strains/ sprains, repetitive motion syndrome, carpal tunnel, stress, lifestyle and diet. Weems draws upon more than 20 years of healthcare experiences to provide exceptional service. She says, “We offer a range of tests and assessments, including postural analysis and pre/post range of motion testing to determine which course of treatment is right for you.” Natural Awakenings readers receive $10 off their first visit. Location: 4337 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago. For appointments, call 773-978-6145. For more information, email or visit

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Say Goodbye Boyce Offers the Cream of the Organic Crop


egistered Landscape Architect Rob Boyce, owner of Natural Environments, is a plant guy. He sells certified organic plants and veggies at his greenhouses and area farmers’ markets, as well as offering landscape and design services; plus, he’s a florist. The Lake Zurich greenhouses carry heirloom vegetable plants, native and pollinator plants, organic blooming annuals, perennials and herbs, compost and mulch in bags, available every day. Boyce says, “Stop into our vintage greenhouses to see just how we grow all the beautiful plants. Our sales area is a meandering path with displays that help you visualize how plants will look in your garden. Step into the greenhouses and select your plants from an even larger selection.” He can be found Wednesdays at Ravinia Farmers Market; Thursdays at Antioch Farmers’ Market; Saturdays at Deerfield Farmers’ Market; and Sundays at Buffalo Grove Farmers’ Market. “At Natural Environments, providing great products and a personalized shopping experience are more than just words—it’s what we do,” says Boyce. “Our knowledgeable staff shares a passion for the green industry and is always willing to take the time and make sure the customer’s wants and needs are met.” Greenhouse location: 23520 Old McHenry Rd., Lake Zurich. For hours and more information, visit See ad on page 44.

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xtreme Energy Solutions, Inc., creator of Extreme Kleaner products, has released a new mobile app designed to provide convenience and a user-friendly experience to customers. The products are nontoxic and biodegradable and include a multipurpose cleaner/degreaser and a window cleaner, both made in the United States. The app will allow customers to order product directly from it, and provide easy access to the company’s social media and brand websites; quick location of a nearby retailer; special coupons, discounts and promotions; tips on cleaning and making environmentally sustainable purchases, and more. Extreme Energy Solutions also plans to maximize the use of this tool by creating several promotions, special discounts, contests and drawings for its mobile app users throughout 2017. The app can be downloaded and used at the iTunes/Apple Store, as well as the Google Play/Android store. “With the rapid market adoption of the Extreme Kleaner product line, the next logical step was to create a mobile app for the product to enhance the customer experience. This new tool allows us to offer the customer more ease and convenience of service and it also provides a platform for us to increase customer engagement which helps foster community and build more brand loyalty,” commented Jeff Smith, communications director of Extreme Energy Solutions. To get the Extreme Kleaner app for Apple/iTunes: extreme-kleaner/id1188063291 or To get the Extreme Kleaner app for Google/Android: BargainMobileApps.ExtremeKleaner or For more information about Extreme Kleaner, visit See ad on page 5.

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esearch from the University of Medical Sciences and Technology, in Khartoum, Sudan, tested the efficacy of ginger, cinnamon and a combination of both in reducing root canal infections. The study tested infections associated with 50 teeth involved in root canals. They were divided into five groups. One was treated with a paste of extract of ginger, another of cinnamon, and another with both of them. The final two groups were divided into a positive control group treated with calcium hydroxide with iodoform paste, and a negative control group was left untreated. The researchers recorded the number of colony forming units (CFU) of bacteria—individual bacteria units capable of growing into a colony—before and after the treatments. The extract of ginger group showed the most effectiveness, with a reduction from 83 CFUs to 26.5, suggesting that ginger may help treat or prevent root canal infections. The cinnamon group saw their status reduced slightly, to 77.8 CFUs, and the combination caused a decrease to 49.7.

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esearchers from the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, have studied the rapid increase in Lyme disease in the northern U.S. Only 11 cases of the disease, which annually impacts about 300,000 Americans, were reported in 2015 in Alabama, a state of approximately 5 million residents. Meanwhile, there were 491 confirmed cases in Vermont, with a population of less than 700,000. The researchers studied the life cycle, metabolism and behavior of black-legged ticks, collecting larvae from several eastern areas. They discovered that ticks live longer in cooler temperatures with higher levels of humidity, making northeastern climates ideal, because longer lives mean increased chance of contact. Southern ticks stay hidden underfoot in layers of leaves to stay cool and damp, making them less likely to find a human host than their northern counterparts, which reside on leaves and trees. “There has been a lot of research aimed at finding out what makes blacklegged ticks more efficient hosts for Lyme disease in the north than in the south,” explains Roger LeBrun, an entomology professor at the University of Rhode Island and co-author of the study. “People have looked at everything from the effects of temperature on tick life cycles to the types of animals the ticks feed on. Probably all of these factors play roles, but our results suggest that evolutionary pressure to conserve moisture by staying under the leaf litter surface is a critical factor.” 20






Fresno County Superior Court Judge Kristi Kapetan has ruled that the state of California will require Monsanto to place a cancer warning label on the company’s Roundup weed killer. The ruling is the first of its kind in the U.S. and comes after a branch of the World Health Organization labeled the product’s primary ingredient, glyphosate, as a “probable human carcinogen.” Glyphosate, an odorless and tasteless toxin, has been manufactured by Monsanto for more than 40 years and sold in more than 160 countries. Monsanto will have one year to affix the warning label to all relevant products.




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n more than 18 years of treating patients, Dr. Laurie Goldman has used holistic treatments, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, alternative medicine and lifestyle modification to promote health and wellness. As a functional medicine doctor and medical director at Clear Path Wellness, in Arlington Heights, she specializes in holistic, integrative and lifestyle medical approaches with a compassionate, thoughtful and individualistic manner. Goldman is a traditionally educated medical doctor who specialized in psychiatry and has maintained a private practice since 1999, but after learning more about integrative health, she realized the old model wasn’t working. “Conventional medicine is really just disease management and treating symptoms, often with pills and other short-term fixes. Functional medicine puts the emphasis on identifying the root causes of a disease so you can prevent it in the first place,” says Goldman. She opened Clear Path Wellness in 2015 to offer patients a person-centered approach that incorporates alternative therapies in a supportive and positive environment. Goldman treats patients with a variety of emotional and physical conditions, including depression, anxiety, thyroid disorders, insomnia, hormone imbalances, obesity, nutritional deficiencies, diabetes and memory loss. Many patients come to Clear Path Wellness after being told by other doctors that they are fine or their symptoms aren’t real. “Patients will say that their lab tests are normal, but they 24

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still feel bad. They might be lethargic, depressed, have memory problems, suffer from joint pain or be developing diabetes. We look at a variety of factors that could be affecting their health, such as diet, exercise, stress and sleep patterns,” explains Goldman. She uses alternative treatments such as biofeedback, neuro-biofeedback, meditation, and breathing exercises. Functional medicine focuses on preventing illness before it begins. “I spend a lot of my time educating my patients on how to understand, and then improve, the quality of their health. Many people have problems that they don’t know exist, or they know something is wrong and they just don’t address it. Our quality of life is directly related to our overall health and wellness and how we’re func-


tioning. Most diseases don’t happen overnight. Conditions like cancer and dementia take years to grow, and there are changes we can make every day to reduce those risks,” notes Goldman. The doctor focuses on the five key elements of health and how they all work together to support overall wellness. She looks at nutrition, movement, detoxification, hormones and the nervous system, and advises, “Diet is key, especially with so much of our food these days being over-processed and full of toxins. We need to put whole, nourishing food into our body to give it energy. Exactly what that food is and what quality it is varies from person to person, but I work with my patients to find an eating plan that’s right for them,” she says. Clear Path Wellness has a health coach and a nutritionist on staff that meet with patients individually and in groups. Clear Path offers lifestyle and wellness programs on mind/body renewal, detoxification and brain focus. The programs last from three to 12 months and can be individual or in a group. “Many people like the classes because they allow patients to develop a community and feel supported, both of which are extremely beneficial for success. They have a sense of connection and accountability which are often missing from our lives these days. In spite of social media, we are actually more isolated than ever, and may not even know our neighbors, even though we pass them on the street every day,” says Goldman. Many patients complain of symptoms brought on by poor diet and lifestyle choices. Goldman sees sugar, gluten, dairy, stress, lack of sleep and not enough exercise as culprits for a number of problems that manifest physically and emotionally. “Stress these days is out of control and comes from so many sources. It affects every system in the body and exacerbates the disease process. Many people are in a constant ‘fight-or-flight’ state because their nervous system never feels safe. This can raise cortisol and insulin levels, lead to weight gain, induce anxiety and depression, and make people feel generally unwell. The key is understanding stress and finding healthy ways to cope with it,” says Goldman.

She acknowledges that true patient-centered care may include a range of modalities, and often collaborates with specialists, primary care physicians, psychotherapists, naturopaths, advanced practice nurses and other clinicians to establish the right course of treatment for a patient. “I want to give my patients the education and tools to be an advocate for their own health. At the end of a program or a session, they hopefully understand their body and their own physical, social, emotional, nutritional and mental needs, so they can make informed decisions to be healthy now and further down the road,” says Goldman. Clear Path Wellness is located at 1655 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Ste. 202 E, in Arlington Heights. For appointments, call 847-686-6666. For more information, email or visit See ad on page 27.

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he Springs of in monthly educaVernon Hills tional seminars,” says is a 70-bed, Schachter. stand-alone memory Programs at care facility located Springs of Vernon in Vernon Hills that Hills focus on creating specializes in resimeaningful moments dents with Alzheimer’s for the residents so and other dementia. they still have a sense Tina Schachter is the of purpose. A typical executive director and day starts with the staff explains that they offer assisting residents with care to residents with activities of daily living a variety of cognitive (ADL). “It’s important conditions. “Dementia that residents get up, Tina Schachter is an umbrella term shower, shave, put on for memory loss. Alzheimer’s disease clothes and accessories that they help is the most common and probably the choose and feel comfortable in. This most well-known, but there are over 70 gives them a sense of pride and owndifferent kinds of dementia. We have ership in their day,” notes Schachter. residents with Parkinson’s, Lewy Body After breakfast, the morning includes disease, frontal temporal lobe demencognitive challenges like word games, tia, vascular dementia and many more physical activities such as chair yoga or varieties. What matters to us is underballoon volleyball and creative events standing the person they were before like coloring or crafting. The afternoon the disease and treating them with might bring a music performance, cookperson-centered care and respect,” says ing class, sing-along or tai chi. Schachter. “Sensory stimulation is vital for people with cognitive decline. Our Dementia affects the way the brain processes information, and this can man- activities focus on programs that allow them to hear, smell, feel, see and taste. ifest in difficult behaviors such as agitation, anxiety, phobias, hallucinations and Music, especially, actually helps stimudelusions, as well as physical problems late the brain cells and also can trigger like incontinence, muscle weakness, memories,” says Schachter. The facility balance issues, trouble swallowing and regularly welcomes visitors, including many others. In end-stage dementia, the volunteers that run the pet, music and body essentially shuts down, and people art therapy programs. need total care for everyday function One particularly special program ing. The staff at Springs of Vernon Hills at Springs of Vernon Hills is their spa. is specially trained to meet the needs of Schachter says the room, which can the residents in every stage of the disease accommodate three residents at a time, process. “All of our staff members, from helps them to relax and rejuvenate. nurses to housekeeping to maintenance “Residents go in accompanied by a crew, start with an intensive, 12-hour caregiver and are greeted with soft dementia training course and participate music and warm lights. They can get a 26


neck massage, aromatherapy, use foot warmers or just sit and enjoy the peaceful environment. Many of our residents come from a generation that is not used to being pampered. We are giving them permission to notice how good it feels to be taken care of,” Schachter says. Safety is of paramount concern at the facility, and The Springs of Vernon Hills is one of the only facilities in the area to have motion detectors in every room. With this state-of-the-art technology, this safety precaution can preclude falls. The facility also has an enclosed courtyard where residents can enjoy being outside without the risk of traffic or getting lost. During the warmer months, they have plants, veggie gardens and bird feeders that the residents help maintain. Residents receive a comprehensive care plan in place upon admission, which is reviewed by the entire care team every three months. “As their physical, cognitive and emotional conditions change, so does the way we provide for them. We want to make sure all of their needs are being met,” says Schachter. The facility also offers onsite hospice care so that residents can age in place without having to relocate at the end of their lives. Schachter says The Springs of Vernon Hills has a strong management team that truly loves being able to provide for their residents every day. “We want the family members and loved ones to continue to be the sister, son or best friend, while our staff can be the caregivers. We strive to create meaningful moments for our residents and provide engaging activities that keep them conformable, stimulated and safe. While they may not be able to create new memories or access old ones, they can still find enjoyment in the moment, and that is our ultimate goal,” says Schachter. The Springs of Vernon Hills is located at 350 S. Milwaukee Ave., in Vernon Hills. For more information, call 847-634-9300, email Tina.Schachter@JEASeniorLiving. com or visit See ad on page 25. Carrie Jackson is an Evanston-based writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. Connect at

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ne in three people will develop Vitamin C Therapy: According shingles (Herpes zoster) during to Dr. Thomas E. Levy, vitamin their lifetime. Although the C has been successfully used in painful skin eruptions last only a few treating shingles’ skin rash and weeks, chronic pain can persist for blisters. In one study by Dr. Frederick several months and seriously impair Klenner, eight such patients received quality of life long after the red rash 2,000 to 3,000 milligrams (mg) of marks disappear. vitamin C by injection every 12 hours,   Also concerning is that the rate supplemented by 1,000 mg in fruit of shingles is on the rise, according to juice every two hours. Seven reported a multidisciplinary review of relevant complete pain relief within two hours literature by PLOS, a nonprofit openof the first of five to seven injections. access science publisher. The cause   As early as the mid-20th century, may be widespread use of the chickena study by Dr. Mohammed Zureick of pox vaccine. A decade-long Australian 327 shingles patients demonstrated that study published in the Medical Journal vitamin C injections effected complete of Australia showed that as its use rose, resolution of the outbreaks in all of so did the incidence of shingles. them within 72 hours.   Shingles is acknowledged as being   far more serious than chicken pox. Dr. Fruits and Vegetables: Diets low Joseph Mercola, founder of the healthin micronutrients including vitacare website, reports mins, minerals and antioxidants shingles can also lead to neuropathy, can increase the risk by depressmeningitis, hearing loss and blindness. ing the immune system. In a British   Fortunately, there are six safe and community-based study published in the effective drug- and vaccine-free ways to International Journal of Epidemiology, reprevent shingles or ease symptoms. searchers followed 243 shingles patients   Chicago 28


in 22 general practices in London with a control group of 483 individuals with no history of the ailment. Those eating less than one piece of fruit a week had more than three times the risk of herpes zoster versus those eating more than three a day. The same pattern occurred when they looked at combined fruit and vegetable intake.    Capsaicin: Postherpetic neuralgia is a complication of shingles that can last long after initial symptoms disappear. Topical capsaicin, the spicy compound in hot peppers, may be an effective treatment.    In a double-blind study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 32 elderly patients with chronic postherpetic neuralgia were treated with either capsaicin cream or a placebo. After six weeks, almost 80 percent of capsaicin-treated patients experienced relief. The researchers noted that because capsaicin avoids problems with drug interactions and systemic toxicity, it should be considered a first choice in management. A study of 143 Canadian patients in Clinical Therapeutics yielded similar results. Then, in a two-year followup of 77 of the patients, 86 percent showed continued benefits from the single six-week trial with no serious adverse effects.    Acupuncture: In a Chinese study of acute shingles cases in the journal Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, 72 patients were randomly divided into two groups. One received acupuncture around the margins of the outbreak. The others received acupuncture plus moxibustion—a traditional Chinese therapy that burns dried mugwort near the skin—of the area around the needling. The acupuncture group had a relief rate of 85.3 percent, with the cessation of herpes eruptions, quicker scab healing and reduced residual neuralgia. Moxibustion-treated patients were cured within three days with a rate of 97.4 percent.    Tai Chi: A study in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society found that tai chi boosts immunity to the varicella zoster virus. In


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a randomized trial of 112 healthy adults, one group did tai chi for 25 weeks while another received health education. After 16 weeks all were vaccinated with VARIVAX, the live, attenuated Oka/ Merck varicella zoster virus vaccine. Results showed the tai chi group had nearly twice the levels of cell-mediated immunity to the virus compared to the control group; tai chi alone increased immunity about as much as the shingles vaccine plus yielded significant improvements in physical functioning, bodily pain, vitality and mental health. In a University of California-Los Angeles study, 36 men and women over 60 were assigned either to a tai chi or control group. For 15 weeks, the tai chi practitioners received three, 45-minute instruction classes a week; their cellmediated immunity to the varicella zoster virus rose 50 percent plus they experienced significant improvements in physical functioning.   Light Therapy: In a study published in Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine, 25 patients with severe pain in the first week of zoster rash


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were divided into a prevention group (receiving the drug acyclovir for 10 days, plus UVB light therapy three times a week until pain relief was reached or a maximum of 15 sessions); a control group received just the drug. After one month, 58.3 percent of the light therapy patients were pain-free, compared to 38.5 percent of the drug group. At three months, the ratios rose to

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83.3 percent versus 53.8. The researchers concluded that UVB phototherapy in the acute stage of shingles might reduce the incidence and severity of lingering neuralgia. Margie King was a corporate attorney for 20 years before becoming a health writer in Lower Gwynedd, PA. Connect at

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eneé S. Barasch, a certified digestive down carbohydrates, and one with more health specialist, detoxification/purifilipase works better to break down fats. In my cation specialist and founder of Nutrioffice, we run lab tests to determine the right tional Health Solutions, in Highland Park, mix of enzymes for each person. I take into has been a Chicago area leader in nutrition consideration factors like family history, diet and digestion education for more than 12 and overall health. The tests also help detect years. She splits her time between seeing cliany nutritional deficiencies. Based on the ents in private sessions, speaking to the comresults, I might recommend diet modificamunity, writing about digestion issues, being tions and food supplements in addition to an ambassador for holistic digestive health enzymes. 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 in the spring that may be related to how their every day that can cause irritation and inReneé S. Barasch, LDHS bodies are breaking down ingredients in their flammation, whether that’s someone’s excess food. Being aware of our specific digestive needs and takperfume, secondhand smoke or particles from a construcing steps to protect the gut can eliminate allergies, improve tion site. In the springtime, the air is full of dust, mold and absorption 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


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A majority of Americans feel pain on a daily basis.

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Such statistics expose the magnitude of the problem of chronic pain. “It’s daunting, but there are many natural ways to address it that are inexpensive, effective and with what I call side benefits rather than negative side effects,” says Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, of Kona, Hawaii, author of the smartphone app Cures A-Z. Complementary, integrative or functional medicine, all names for a holistic approach to health care, offer a comforting wealth of gentle ways to address chronic pain, most of which the vast majority of conventional medical doctors are unaware, says Daniel Cherkin, Ph.D., senior investigator emeritus with the Group Health Research Institute, at the University of Washington, in Seattle.

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ccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, 25 percent of Americans, or 76.2 million, are suffering from pain that lasts more than 24 hours at this very moment: Ouch! Lower back pain alone keeps Americans from going to work a total of 149 million days each year, costing the U.S. economy $100 to $200 billion, reports the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Other common types of chronic pain affect musculoskeletal tissues, knees, hips or the neck. Migraines and severe headaches plague 16.6 percent of adults over 18, per a National Health and Nutrition Survey. Neurological discomfort can reach as high as 12.4 percent, estimates a study from the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Even visceral or organ pain associated with heart disease, cancer and pelvic diseases occur in at least 20 percent of the global population, according to the International Association 32

for the Study of Pain, in Seattle. If chronic pain is affecting you, you feel it and want relief—right now.  

Watch Out for Opioids

Unfortunately, conventional medicine often has little to offer most pain patients. Even for something as pervasive as back pain, surgery and steroid injections are usually an unsatisfactory first line of defense, having mixed results at best, seconded by prescriptions for addictive opioid painkillers. Dr. Nora D. Vokov, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, told the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control in 2014 that there were an estimated 2.1 million people in the U.S. suffering from substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012. The problem is worsening. Every day, 1,000 people are treated in emergency rooms for misusing prescription opioids, according to


“Effective natural treatments include yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic, meditation, lifestyle changes and exercise,” notes Cherkin. “But since they’re not in most doctors’ medical training or learned repertoire for pain relief, patients aren’t offered the opportunity to try them.”

What Helps Relieve Pain

Here are just some of the many natural and affordable forms of pain relief.

Try the Yass method: Mitchell Yass,

Ph.D., of St. John’s, Florida, author of The Pain Cure Rx, is busting the myth that musculoskeletal pain is often caused by osteoarthritis. “Arthritis or joint deterioration is rarely the cause of joint pain,” says Yass. He points out that 90 percent of people over 60 have herniated discs, but no associated pain. Yass treats patients based on his observation that in up to 98 percent of the cases he sees, weak muscles are the underlying cause of joint pain, and strengthening them provides relief. He says his prescribed exercises are usually


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effective in days or a few weeks. “Pain is an indication of tissue in distress. For example, pain in the shoulder area is often an impingement of the bicep,” he says. His prescription is strengthening exercises using hand weights for the trapezoid, tricep and serratus anterior muscles. His book suggests a detailed self-diagnosis program and the necessary exercises to strengthen muscles and relieve joint pain (more at

Address underlying trauma: Osteopath Maud Nerman, of Novato, California, author of Healing Pain and Injury, has broad experience in treating neurological problems and brain injuries and often focuses on physical and emotional trauma as an underlying cause of chronic pain. She explains that the autonomic nervous system that directs unconscious body functions like breathing, digestion and heartbeat is interrupted by such trauma. “Trauma literally shocks the nervous system,” she says. “The body cannot turn off the ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction, causing a firestorm of inflammation that can lead to a variety of serious diseases, overwhelming the body’s ability to manage its own healing.” Her work has showed how readjusting the body, restoring breathing and reactivating the autonomic nervous system can provide relief in short order. Consider lifestyle, diet and supplements: “Pain is like the ‘check oil’ light on a car’s dashboard. It signals that something needs attention,” says Teitelbaum, author of Pain Free 1-2-3. “If the oil light goes on, putting a Band-Aid over it or smashing it with a hammer won’t help.” Teitelbaum recommends an energy optimization approach he dubs SHINE that addresses underlying causes of chronic pain that has worked for 91 percent of the people he’s treated for fibromyalgia and muscle pain.   Sleep—Eight to nine hours a night helps replenish energy and heal muscles.

Hormones—Treat hormone imbalances even if lab tests are “normal”.

Immunity—Dysfunctional immune

systems and persistent infections can lead to chronic pain.

Nutrition—In Teitelbaum’s studies, op-

timizing nutritional support, especially B vitamins, vitamin D, ribose, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and magnesium, was helpful. A healthy, high protein, low sugar diet is effectively complemented by a variety of herbs and nutrients, primarily curcumin, boswellia, willow bark and fish oil, nutrients that widespread studies show stop pain better than pharmaceuticals. He’s also a strong proponent of eliminating sugar entirely because it causes inflammation.

Exercise—Daily exercise speeds the

healing process and after 10 weeks following the first four SHINE steps, will increase the capacity to exercise. For migraines, Teitelbaum advocates vitamin B2 (riboflavin). Numerous studies support the effectiveness of dosages of 400 milligrams per day to prevent migraines. After just six weeks of use, a German study published in the European Journal of Neurology shows thats taking a daily riboflavin supplement cut the number of migraine days in half for participants and significantly reduced the amount of migraine medication needed.

Tap for Relief: Also known as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Tapping Solutions founder Nick Ortner, of Newtown, Connecticut, says “Tapping sends a calming signal to the amygdala in the brain, turning off the fight or flight stress response and allowing the body to heal.” The physical tapping opens up the body’s energy meridians and allows them to relax so the natural healing process can take place, Ortner explains. EFT combines tapping on specific body points while repeating appropriate affirmative statements such as: “Even though I have this [pain], I love, accept and forgive myself.” He recalls a woman that arrived at a seminar he led with a toothache that had lasted for years. Doctors had done X-rays, seen an infection and prescribed antibiotics to no good effect. He asked her if she recalled when the pain began; without hesitation, she answered, “When my mother passed away unexpectedly.” “So we started working together and the pain reduced significantly right away

and eventually disappeared completely,” says Ortner. A follow-up with her dentist showed no sign of the former problem. Up to now, the EFT research is positive. One study from the Energy Medicine University, in Mill Valley, California, found it helped people with chronic pain (some coping with severe fatigue and fibromyalgia) feel physically and emotionally better in as little as a month; another from the Foundation for Epigenetic Medicine, in Santa Rosa, California, showed substantially reduced trauma in institutionalized abused teenagers after just one EFT session.

Meditation vs. Medication: Meditation may not resolve the underlying cause of chronic pain, but research from the University of Alabama demonstrates it can interrupt pain signals to the brain. It’s at least as effective as opioid painkillers in relieving chronic pain, according to a study led by Cherkin at the University of Washington. His team’s 342 subjects that had experienced back pain weekly for at least a year were offered either eight meditation and yoga classes, eight cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) sessions or just keeping up their own regular daily routines that did not include yoga and meditation. The results, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, confirm what numerous other studies have reported: 44 percent experienced a “meaningful reduction” in pain within six months of the meditation or CBT sessions, equal to results reported by people taking addictive opioid pharmaceuticals. More, the pain relief continued for up to two years, even if the subjects stopped doing actual sitting meditation. “Meditation changes the way people think about pain and how they develop skills to keep it from becoming a major focus in their lives,” observes Cherkin. Regardless of the mechanism, experts in a holistic approach to chronic pain relief agree that encouraging self-control, self-determination and self-empowerment makes a huge difference in patients’ abilities to control pain more naturally and effectively. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at

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TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE Alleviates Chronic Pain by Carrie Jackson


rendan Mattson is a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine (DACM) and serves as academic dean of graduate studies at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM). For more than 30 years, PCOM has provided superior student education and hands-on patient care to those looking for holistic alternatives to conventional medicine. The school offers training in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and bodywork therapy education, as well as acupuncture, massage and other therapeutic treatments for patients in a private or group clinic setting. Mattson received extensive training at the Shanghai Shuguang Hospital, in China, and specializes in relieving chronic pain associated with cancer care. He notes that TCM is an efficient and sustainable way for patients to find relief from a multitude of physical and emotional symptoms because it looks at how the body is functioning as a whole. TCM can be especially efficient in treating persistent conditions such as chronic pain associated with fibromyalgia, headaches, cramps, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and more.

How does TCM differ from conventional Western medicine? Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete system of medicine that has been around for about 2,000 years. It is a holistic, individualized view of a person’s health. Instead of focusing on the condition, we treat the patient who happens to have the condition. 34

guards the muscle or injury to try to protect it, which blocks the energy flow and slows healing. If the cause of the pain came from a recent sports injury or other soft tissue injury, we tend to see quicker results in treatment. However, degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis can require regular treatment for longer duration to manage flare-ups. At PCOM, we usually start with acupuncture, which can come in the form of cupping, moxibustion, or gua sha, as well as needling. We complement that with instruction in simple forms of tai chi, which improves joint stability, flexibility and endurance. We also teach qigong, which, like mindfulness meditation, can help people calm their thoughts, induce the relaxation response and develop a new relationship with their body. Modern medicine often turns to medications such as opiates to suppress the central nervous system, but these can lead to addiction and harmful side effects.

What can people do to prevent or inhibit chronic pain?

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We also use inspiration and metaphors from nature to understand how a body should function and understand why it dysfunctions. We look at cyclical changes to help harmonize the body’s natural circadian rhythms. We also use herbal medicine to change the internal environment of the body when it gets out of balance. Warming herbs like cinnamon and ginger can help people who have colder constitutions, and cooling herbs like mint and chrysanthemum can alleviate extra heat in the body.

What makes chronic pain so difficult to treat? Chronic pain is often the result of a past trauma, and the body has been holding on to tension for a long time. The nervous system goes into a “fight-or-flight” mode and the body unconsciously


A key aspect of TCM is getting people to be an active participant in their health, instead of passively receiving care. The more patients can become aware of their own body’s rhythms and cycles, the more efficiently a practitioner can help them to find harmony. Regulating sleeping and eating patterns and paying attention to how certain foods affect them is extremely important. People have different constitutional balances and may notice pain flare-ups when they eat foods that are overly processed or are inflammatory, such as sugar and refined flour. Herbal supplements can help regulate those constitutional imbalances, as well. Anything people can do to regulate the flow of qi, the life energy in the body, will help them feel better overall. Qi is not a mystical concept, but rather a descriptive term that can refer to a subjective sense of vitality or the efficiency of an organ’s functions, but also to more palpable forms like gas or fluid movement. That literal gas, when it gets stuck in the GI tract, can lead to discomfort that we consider an example of qi stagnation. Movement, meditation,

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FAMILY SCREEN TIME How to Set Boundaries in the Digital Era by April Thompson


inecraft. Pokemon. Snapchat. Digital media dominates childhood. That time youngsters used to spend playing with friends, being with family or sleeping has been zapped. According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 8-to-10-year-olds are daily


exposed to nearly eight hours of onscreen media and heavy media users are twice as likely to report poor grades. Conscientious and concerned parents are setting limits on screen time and reclaiming family time. Experts, too, are working to define a “new healthy” at a


time when many activities, from homework to shopping, are moving online. “How can you begin to limit kids’ screen time when teachers are increasingly using media?” queries Pediatrician Corinn Cross, who practices in Los Angeles. “It’s hard. None of us grew up with this level of technology, and it’s moving faster than any advice can.”  

Nip It Early

Cross co-authored the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recently updated digital media guidelines, which shifted from strict time limits to greater flexibility for and within different age groups. For children under 18 months, the recommendation is to avoid media altogether outside of video chats with loved ones. In the older age ranges, the guidelines are less prescriptive and more about setting individual limits that ensure getting enough sleep and physical activity along with achieving other developmental needs. Cross believes excessive screen time is particularly detrimental for younger kids that have fewer waking hours and more developing to do. “Toddlers don’t learn well from screens, so you will have limited return from using screens for education,” she observes.   Kathy Marrocco, an Oakland Township, Michigan, blogger with, initially worried about her kids’ potential adverse exposure to radiation from cell phone use. Her concern soon turned to other big impacts of digital media encroaching on their lives. She cites a study of 3,000 parents of grade-school-aged kids, which found that nearly two-thirds of the children are using their devices at night instead of sleeping, with a corresponding drop in concentration, memory and energy.   Marrocco maintains firm boundaries with her daughter, 13, and son, 18, prohibiting the use of electronics at the kitchen table and in their rooms at night, in line with AAP recommendations. “They can only have devices in their room at night if they are in offline ‘airplane mode’ so they won’t be tempted to check or respond to incoming messages,” she says.   Kids don’t sleep well next to their phones, agrees Cross, a mother of three, ages 4, 6 and 8. “They have trouble falling and staying asleep.” She also

doesn’t let her children use e-readers instead of books.

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Psychotherapist Nicholas Kardaras, Ph.D., an addiction expert and executive director of The Dunes, a rehab clinic in East Hampton, New York, is even firmer about screen time, having seen some kids go off the digital deep end. Delaying the onset of screen exposure is the most critical step a parent can take, suggests Kardaras. “There’s no evidence to suggest media exposure is beneficial to child development. Most tech geniuses, including the founders of Google, Amazon and Apple, were not exposed to it until adolescence. “Treating digital addiction is challenging because you can’t be digitally abstinent in this society,” he continues. “Prevention is the key.” Digital media abuse can have lasting developmental impacts, according to Kardaras, author of Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking our Kids and How to Break the Trance. cites numerous studies on the effects of such intensive use, from increased prevalence of attention deficit disorder to higher rates of depression. Brain imaging studies from institutions such as the medical schools at Indiana University and University of Utah have shown how heavy exposure to digital media has effects on the brain similar to substance addiction, reports Kardaras, affecting areas of the brain linked with functions like impulse control, brain connectivity and processing speed. In his practice, red flags for potential digital addiction include strong reactions when devices are taken away, disinterest in “offline” activities, worsening of interpersonal relationships and dropping grades. Modeling good practices is as important as monitoring kids’ behavior, suggests Cross. In her household, all electronic tablets and cell phones are kept in a drawer when not in use. “If I have work to do or have to take a phone call, I’ll go to another room, then come back and be present with the kids,” she says. “Quality, face-to-face time is important.”   Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at natural awakenings

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ummer is high season for grilling when just about anything sizzled over high heat tastes great. Grill masters Karen Adler and Judith Fertig recently put this theory to the test when they fired up their grills—gas and charcoal—to cook bruschetta, panini,

“No patio pizzeria repertoire is complete without a signature grilled bread. It’s one of the easiest and most flavorful appetizers ever,” says Adler. This dish starts with good whole grain bread, liberally brushed with extra-virgin olive oil on both sides, and then grilled and topped with any number of vegetable mixtures, from fresh sliced tomatoes to sautéed bell peppers or broccoli rabe and garlic. “The bread slices should be big enough to manage on the grill grates with long-handled grill tongs,” she says. “Simply cook on each side until the bread has good grill marks, then add toppings.” For flatbread, Fertig suggests starting with a pound of fresh pizza dough—healthy grain, if preferred—cut into four pieces. Pat each piece into an oval on a floured surface. “The good thing about flatbread is that it can be just about any shape, so the pressure is off to make it perfectly round.” Brush each oval with olive oil before transferring it directly onto the hot grill grate. When the dough bubbles up like a pancake, turn it with grill tongs and cook the other side. Then top the grilled flatbread with mixtures like honey, pistachios and chive blossoms or freshly chopped herbs and grated pecorino cheese. “Grilled flatbread can go vegan, vegetarian or ‘omnivore-ean’,” she says.  

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Another variation is to step up from flatbread to small, individual pizzas, or pizzettes. For this, use the same fresh pizza dough, but roll it into four perfect rounds. One by one, the rounds go on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brushed with olive oil. “Placing the dough on the oiled parchment paper first and then flipping it upside-down on the grill grates helps keep the dough’s shape better than placing it directly on the grates by hand. This quick flip-and-peel motion is easy once you do it a time or two. Keeping the pizzas small also makes them easier to maneuver on the grill,” advises Adler. After each pizzette bubbles up like a pancake, it needs to be turned and moved to the indirect, or no-heat, side of the grill. There, it gets pizza toppings and can sit for a while with the grill lid closed, so the toppings melt. Served with a fresh salad or summer fruit, a flatbread or pizzette makes for a perfect summer meal on the grill. Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO.


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Baby Arugula, Ricotta, Sea Salt and Olive Oil Pizzas Yields: 4 (6-to-8-inch) pizza servings Fresh baby arugula on top gives this pizza a fresh first bite, with creamy, tangy, salty and grill-icious to follow.   1 cup ricotta cheese ¼ tsp dried red pepper flakes 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil ¼ tsp coarse sea salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 lb prepared pizza dough, garlic and herb-flavored, if possible; whole wheat, natural grain or gluten-free if preferred

Unbleached all-purpose or gluten-free flour for rolling out and dusting Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing ¼ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese 4 cups baby arugula (about 6 oz) Stir together the ricotta, red pepper flakes and olive oil in a small bowl and adjust the seasonings to taste. Set aside.   Prepare an indirect medium-hot fire in the grill, with heat on one side and no heat on the other.   Divide the dough into four portions. On a floured surface, pat or roll each portion into a 6-to-8-inchdiameter circle.   Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush olive oil into a circle that’s a little larger than a pizza, and then place a pizza on the oiled circle. Brush the top of the pizza with olive oil.   Lift the pizza by holding the ends of the parchment paper. At a height of about 6 inches above the grill, flip the circle of dough onto the hot side of the grill grates. Quickly peel off the parchment and close the lid. Grill the pizza for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it has good grill marks.  



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For the sautéed broccoli rabe, in a large skillet on the stovetop, heat 2 tablespoons of water and add the broccoli rabe and garlic. Cook until soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Drizzle with the olive oil and season with the red pepper flakes and salt. Adjust the seasonings to taste. For the bruschetta, prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill. Brush each slice with the olive oil and grill 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until it has good grill marks.   Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the wilted broccoli rabe on each bruschetta and serve warm.

Broccoli Rabe and Garlic Bruschetta Yields: 8 servings Hearty greens such as broccoli rabe, kale, Swiss chard and spinach are interchangeable here. A quick sauté until greens are wilted keeps dark colors brilliant. Pile the greens, still dripping with olive oil, atop the toasted bread for an appetizer or delicious side with pasta or pizza.   For the sautéed broccoli rabe: 8 oz broccoli rabe, chopped 1 large garlic clove, thinly sliced 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 /8 tsp kosher or sea salt Pinch of red pepper flakes (less than 1/8 tsp)   For the bruschetta: 8 slices (½-inch-thick) of Italian country (or gluten-free) bread 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil  

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Green Car Buying Tips Fuel Economy Plus Sales Incentives Equal Big Savings by Jim Motavalli


hile some carmakers are filling showrooms with everlarger gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles (SUV) thanks to lower gas prices, some car buyers want to do just the opposite and go greener with their wheels. Fortunately, more eco-friendly options exist than ever before—many of which come with surprising personal benefits in addition to a cleaner, greener planet. The green share of the U.S. auto market, combining battery electrics, hybrids and plug-in hybrids, peaked at 3.8 percent in 2013, according to the Automotive News Data Center. Despite a record 59 models available now, the share was just 2.87 percent in 2016. As Millennials—the generation that could be buying 40 percent of all new vehicles by 2020—fully emerge into the marketplace, eco-car numbers could zoom, although some think it’s possible they’ll by shunning car purchases for car-sharing services. “The market has continued to shift to crossovers and big SUVs, and there aren’t many hybrid models available in those categories,” says Sam


Abuelsamid, senior research analyst at Navigant Research. “We expect that to change in the next couple of years, when vehicles like the hybrid Ford Explorer reach the public.” Navigant projects only 3.4 percent annual compounded growth in hybrid sales by 2025, but a much more robust 31 percent rise in battery-run electrics. “Conventional hybrids without a plug no longer have the halo they once had,” says Bradley Berman, founder of “The cutting edge has moved to electric cars with ever-bigger battery packs and longer electric range. With gas prices at relatively low levels, the green car market remains a small niche.”

Getting a Green Bargain

Many of the greener choices are now a tremendous bargain for consumers. The federal government currently offers a tax credit of up to $4,500 for electrified vehicles, and many states kick in with added subsidies. Highlights include maximums available for electric vehicles (EV) with big batteries: California, $1,500 in rebates, plus single-occupant use of the


high-occupancy vehicle lanes; Colorado, $5,000; Connecticut, $3,000; Delaware, $2,200; Maryland, $3,000; Massachusetts, $2,500; Michigan, $2,500; Pennsylvania, $2,000; Rhode Island, $2,500; Texas, $2,500; and Utah, $750. The Prius Prime is a prime example of the savings available. The acclaimed plug-in hybrid, with an electric range of 25 miles, starts at $27,100, before subsidies (starting prices are before destination costs). In California, it would be $21,100. This means this well-equipped plug-in hybrid is, for state purchasers, approximately $3,585 less than a base Prius liftback hybrid ($24,685). It’s a buyer’s market for green cars, as manufacturers incentivize them to meet federal and California fuel economy averages. Buyers are encouraged to act now before subsidies disappear. Hyundai is taking an interesting approach with its green Ioniq line, offering, beginning this year, affordable battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the same midsized car platform. “This is about freedom for the customer—they can choose the level of electrification that fits them,” says Mike O’Brien, Hyundai vice president of corporate and product planning.  

Great Green Choices

Here are some more good choices.

Chevrolet Bolt

Battery electric: Chevrolet Bolt

With the Bolt—GM’s first battery electric since the EV1—the buyer can get from zero to 60 miles per hour (mph) in 6.5 seconds from its 200-horsepower motor plus attain 238 miles of range from its huge, 60-kilowatt-hour battery, winning it 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year, Green Car Journal’s 2017 Green Car of the Year and 2017 North American Car of the Year from a jury of automotive journalists. Prices start at $36,620, but subsidies can top $10,000.


Audi A3 e-tron

Plug-in hybrid: Audi A3 e-tron

The power (204 horsepower) and zeroto-60 mph time capability is similar to the Bolt, but the A3 offers a more sumptuous cabin and Audi’s celebrated driving dynamics. The electric range is a mere 16 miles, but 380 miles total using the 1.4-liter, four-cylinder gas engine. Prices start at $38,900, but it qualifies for a $4,500 federal tax credit and some state subsidies, too.

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Hybrid car: Toyota Highlander

Mildly updated for 2017, the Highlander is the only three-row hybrid SUV currently available, making it worth considering. Good news includes a power increase in the 3.5-liter V-6 (to 306 horsepower), although there’s a small fueleconomy penalty. The hybrid is rated at 30 miles per gallon in the city, 28 highway and 29 combined. The bottom line cost starts at $36,270 without subsidies. Other worthy cars: The fuel cellpowered Honda Clarity, Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Tucson (for southern Californians); any of the Ioniqs; the versatile plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt; and the quick BMW i3 and i8 and Tesla Model S if the budget allows. Jim Motavalli is an author, freelance journalist and speaker specializing in clean automotive and other environmental topics. He lives in Fairfield, CT. Connect at



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n June 20, at 11:24 p.m., Chicagoans can perform the annual ritual of saying hello to the sun on the first day of summer. The word solstice is from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that the sun

appears to stop at this time and again at the winter solstice. With the anticipation of summer weather comes the inevitable planning of how to make this summer different and better than any summer, ever. There’s nothing like the anticipation of

flipping through the calendar, staring at the coming summer and dreaming of warm days and all the things we’ll do to enjoy them. Whether it’s a short weekend jaunt to Galena, a weeklong trip to Door County, the two-week drive to the Grand Tetons or simply a staycation, one question permeates all summer planning—what will the weather be like? Summer’s weather is our ultimate best friend or worst enemy. Temperatures in June average 75 on the 1st to 84 by the 30th. Overnight lows rarely drop below 60 and we typically get three to four inches of rainfall. July can get hot, with afternoon highs averaging close to 84 to 85 degrees most of the month with similar rainfall in June. August is our wettest month, with rainfall averaging close to five inches and afternoon temperatures routinely in the lower 80s. By the end of the month, overnight lows can drop into the lower 50s as the vernal equinox approaches. However, recent questions regarding our Earth’s warming and the increasing variability of our seasons make a long range summer prediction slightly more challenging. By May, the Chicagoland area had already experienced 14 days above 70 degrees (twice the norm), two days above 80 degrees and nearly six inches more rain than last year. Oddly enough, we had less than one inch of snow in January and February combined. To make climate scientists rub their eyes even more, we

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he Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards (CEGA) come to the Windy City this summer, providing an opportunity for Chicago gardeners to strut their stuff. CEGA will acknowledge the individuals, communities, schools and other institutions that contribute their time and energy to make the city of Chicago a beautiful, sustainable and welcoming place to live. The inaugural competition includes four garden types within four categories, as well as a separate category for community gardens. The four garden types that are eligible to receive the awards include ornamental, vegetable, container and specialized gardens (such as green roofs and walls, rain gardens, enabling gardens, sidewalk cafes and others). The four categories are residential small, residential large, schools and other organizations (such as churches, businesses, fire stations, etc.). To highlight the value of neighbors that work together to create healthier and greener areas, 12 community gardens throughout the city will be recognized in a separate category. There is a special emphasis on sustainable gardens, those that incorporate native plants, harvest rainwater, employ the use of compost, transform turf into garden space, use recycled materials and cater to birds and wildlife. Sponsored by The Mike Nowak Show, University of Illinois Extension, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago Community Gardeners Association and Natural Awakenings Chicago, the competition is open to residents of the city of Chicago. Entries are being accepted until June 23. Gardens will be judged during the month of July and the awards ceremony will be held in September. For more information and to enter, visit and click on the Chicagoland Excellence and Gardening Awards graphic. To become a judge, call Illinois Extension at 773-233-2900 or email Sponsorships for this event are still available; contact Mike Nowak at See ad on page 47.


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affected body part is touched, bumped or moved about, which may spur aggressive behavior, so show tender care and respect. Relief typically comes when the pet rests the affected part.

Calcarea carbonica This remedy may ease deeply aching arthritis, particularly if bony or fibrous tissue has formed around joints. Avoid cold and dampness. Signs alerting a veterinarian to the problem may include muscle weakness, fatigue from exertion and a feeling of chilliness or sluggishness (these pets may also be hypothyroid).

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Homeopathy for Joint Injury and Pain Six Remedies for Relief by Shawn Messonnier


oint disease, specifically arthritis, is a common problem in dogs and cats, especially as they age. The causes are many and include obesity, inflammation, immune dysfunction and normal wear and tear in joints. Conventional therapies include steroids, non-steroidal medications, analgesic medications to control pain and surgery, when applicable. Clinical signs of arthritis include joint stiffness, pain, difficulty getting up and down, a pet’s decreased desire to walk or exercise and increased aggression due to pain. Keep in mind that other causes may be misdiagnosed as “arthritis”, but are related to another disease. Many natural therapies for joint disease include acupuncture, chiropractic, cold laser treatment, physical therapy, Chinese and Western herbal therapies, nutrition and diet, homotoxicology and homeopathy. Several key homeopathic remedies recommended for human relief in osteoarthritic knee, hip 48

and finger joints by Dr. Vikas Sharma, of Chandigarh, India, may also be helpful for pets with joint injury and pain, according to The Arthritis Solution for Dogs & Cats (PetCareNaturally. com). Consult a holistic veterinarian for individual treatment options.

Arnica This is a mainstay of homeopathy, as noted in the New World Veterinary Repertory, and applies to anything related to bones and joints. It is useful for chronic arthritis, especially if the painful parts of the body seem to worsen when moved or touched.

Bryonia Alba It’s especially helpful for pets showing signs of stiffness and inflammation with pain made worse as the pet moves, especially when rising and lying down. Offset cold dry weather with warmth and humidification. Discomfort is aggravated when the


Pets with advanced arthritis showing joints that are thickened or deformed may benefit from kali. Stiffness and pain are typically worse in the morning from cold, damp weather, so that’s an ideal time for applying prescribed treatment.

Rhus toxicodendron This is useful for many arthritic pets and especially those with rheumatoid arthritis, which is rare. The remedy is also beneficial for pets that start the day stiff and in pain, but improve with continued movement. Protect them from cold, wet weather conditions.

Ruta graveolens Another widely recognized arthritis remedy, ruta grav is for pets whose symptoms may be exacerbated by cold and damp and exertion. It may be prescribed for affected and damaged tendons and capsules of the joints, when arthritis may have developed from overuse, repeated wear and tear and associated chronic inflammation. The practice of functional medicine teaches combinations of complementary therapies suited to the individual pet’s needs. Homeopathics can be a beneficial element in treating animals suffering from a variety of joint disorders. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets.



On Fatherhood The Lifelong Lessons of Being a Dad by Ben Greenman


hat is being a father? It’s, at least in part, about beginning. It is rejuvenating to locate ourself near the start of a child’s life. There are so many chances to get it right. The thought that we might also get it wrong flits across our mind, but it’s gone before we can even shiver at its presence. It’s also about returning to that question again and again, each time failing to acquire additional insight. “What isn’t being a father?” is a better question. Being a father isn’t indifference, but neither is it a steady stream of calm wisdom or a place of consistent self-control or a clearly delineated set of exercises engineered to help produce

self-knowledge in offspring. Bridges are engineered. We stare into our little one’s eyes, beaming thoughts that we hope are received, translated and appreciated, waiting for a beam to come back to us. Child rearing is worked toward, clumsily, imperfectly, with a deep and near religious faith in trial and error. Children are refined over time with the assistance of many imperfect philosophies. When our second child opted in, my wife and I compared baby pictures of the two boys. “They look different,” I said. “That’s not why I’m looking at them,” she said. “I want to remember this.” I remember looking at the pictures with her only because she has told me about it.

If, in part, fatherhood is remembering things that did not exactly happen, it is also forgetting things that did happen, some transformative to a degree that I could not have imagined five seconds before they occurred. Afterwards, I knew I would never be the same again. But I was. As children grow, they are not the same again. Parenting boys instead of babies is already a grand departure from everything I have learned up until now and I am just coming to see that it will always be this way. Recently, in trying to figure out when a man that is not a father becomes a man that is a father, I remarked to my sons, “Even though I know being a father has changed me forever, I remember certain things that happened, but not as many as I would have thought.” My older son explained, “Maybe it’s because you are thinking of us more than yourself. Maybe you want time to pass so we can get to the next thing in our lives.” My younger son zeroed in, “The problem is that you think it’s parenting when really it’s childing.” He’s right. What is being a father? It’s letting someone else be a child. It’s suffering through certain kinds of abstract pain so that they don’t. It’s bearing the brunt of disappointments so that they can go on feeling invincible. It’s teaching how to forget as much as it is teaching how to remember… but it is still very near the beginning. Ben Greenman is a widely published author and journalist in Greater New York. Connect at


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FRIDAY, JUNE 2 Barrington Area Spring Bird Walk & Hike – 7am. Get to know nearby nature with Barrington area naturalist Wendy Paulson. Waterproof boots are strongly recommended for these hikes. Don’t forget your binoculars. Free. Meet at Headwaters, parking lot on Wichman Rd off north side of Rte 72, Barrington. RSVP required, Dan Jacobson: 312-453-0230 x 2002 or DJacobson@Audubon. org.

savethedate Body Mind Spirit Expo – June 3 & 4. 10am-7pm, Sat; 10am-6pm, Sun. Peruse more than 90 intriguing exhibitors offering the latest in natural health, personal growth and metaphysics. Among more than 50 authors, psychics, mediums, channels and healers are international author and empowerment specialist Robert Novak and Ehryck “Soul Man” Gilmore, lecturer and author of Why Am I Stuck and Law of Attraction 101. $14/weekend. Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Dr, Tinley Park. 541-482-3722 x 1.

The Power of Castor Oil – 7-9pm. Audrey Vercillo, lifetime A.R.E. member, “The Castor Oil Lady” will demonstrate external applications of castor oil recommended in hundreds of readings by Edgar Cayce. Free. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.



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Backyard Botanic Plant Sale – 8am-3pm.Held by the Highland Garden Club. Plants come from the gardens of the members of the club, who will be on hand to share gardening tips. Independence Park, Stewart & Central sts, Evanston.

The Highs and Lows: A Talk on Blood Pressure – 6:30-7:30pm. With Dr. Jordan Leasure, who is board certified in Chiropractic and pursuing a specialty in Functional Medicine and a Diplomate in Nutrition. Learn healthy eating tips, common causes of high blood pressure and supplement regimen to compliment your current medications or alternatives in lieu of common medical interventions. $25. North Shore Pro-Active Health, 112 W Lake St, Libertyville. 847-362-4476.

Angel Healer Certification Course: Levels 1-4 – June 3-4, 24-25, July 8-9, 15-16. 8:30am-6:30pm. A 111-hr program allowing you to serve others confidently as an Angel Healer upon completion. Angel levels must be completed sequentially. Learn 12 archangels and 3 other angels for a total of 15 angels for certification. Master Angel Healer Certification requires this certification to register. Grace Angels, 1800 Dewes St, Ste D, Glenview. More info & registration: 630-210-8688, Heather@GraceAngels. com or Animal Communication Class – 9:30-11am. Do you want to know what your animals are thinking? If you’re looking to improve your bond with them, join us. No experience necessary. $25. Mundelein. 312-231-5607. Nature Day, Nature Spirits and Healing – 10am5pm. Day packed with presentations from a Shaman, teachings about nature spirits and elementals, along with current science and healing qualities of nature, and a discussion on crystal connection with nature. $55, $50/A.R.E members; $35/private sessions. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.


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: 262-7458362.


TUESDAY, JUNE 6 Lakefront Birding – 7:30am. With Chicago area naturalist Wendy Paulson. Dress for weather and bring binoculars. Walk will be cancelled only in the event of extreme bad weather. McCormick Place Bird Sanctuary, 2301 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. RSVP required, Dan Jacobson: 312-453-0230 x 2002 or Pop Talk on Chronic Pain Remedies – 6:157:15pm. With Keith Brewer. The practice of qigong is a simple, free, and powerful way to relieve chronic pain and reduce stress levels. This pop-talk will give a short history of qigong; it will then teach some basics of breathing and posture and a short qigong set designed to de-stress and re-energize. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 855-906-4707. Dreams: Letters from God Workshop – 7-8:30pm. One-third of your life is spent sleeping and dreaming. Learn why you dream, how to interpret dreams, and how dreams can be used to solve problems. Also learn a specific technique that will allow you to interpret any dream after being led through two guided imagery meditations to practice this method. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997.


For only $20 YOUR Calendar Listing can be seen by THOUSANDS! Calendar-Listings WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7 Women’s Networking Group – 11:30am-1pm. 1st Wed. Offered through the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce. Buy own lunch. Location varies in Hoffman Estates. Go Green Highland Park Meeting – 12:151:30pm. 1st Wed. All welcome. If you’d like to be involved but can’t attend, email us. Madame ZuZu’s, 582 Roger Williams Ave, Highland Park. More info: Green Drinks McHenry County – 5-7pm. 1st Wed. Come talk about “greening” the future with others. Special presentations each month on a timely environmental topic or green business. Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N Main St, Crystal Lake. Stress, Hormones & Health: A Natural Approach to Optimizing your Health – 7pm. Are you tired of fatigue, brain fog, and lack of motivation? Are you tired of the weight gain, bloated feelings, and not enjoying anything? Do you go to your doctor only to be told that you lab tests are normal, even though you know something is wrong? Do you feel depressed and/or anxious? Are you tired of the denial of your feelings? Imagine enjoying your life at optimal health. With Dr. Laurie Goldman, MD, a 20+ year practicing psychiatrist, national author, spirited speaker. Clear Path Wellness, 1655 N Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights. To register: 847-686-6666.

THURSDAY, JUNE 8 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, JUNE 9 Doctoral Clinic Treatment for Geriatric Patients – June 9-13. Know anyone 65 or over who could benefit from targeted Oriental Medicine clinical treatment? Contact Pacific College of Oriental medicine to set up an appointment with our DAOM students, MD, and LAc expert supervisor/teacher team. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 855-906-4707. Fearless Compassion: The Empowerment of Avalokiteshvara –  Imagine a world filled with inspiring examples of fearless compassion and kindness. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to become such an example and discover pure happiness for yourself in the process? At this special 2-day event (Jun 9 & 10), Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Dorje will grant the empowerment of Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of compassion. This empowerment is a blissful guided meditation that awakens our limitless potential for compassion and kindness, through which we can experience a peaceful and happy mind

all the time. Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago in Wicker Park, 2010 W Pierce St, Chicago. For complete details:

savethedate Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference: Honoring the Wise Women of the Past, Present and Future – June 9-11. Speakers: Tammi Sweet, Ubaka Hill, Lisa Ganora, Whapio and Robin Rose Bennett and many more. Over 60 workshops and plants walks, Kids’ Camp and Teen Spiral. Includes pre-conference classes and workshops. Personal growth workshops, singing, dancing, plant walks, meals, swimming, red tent communal space and more. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info: Barrington Area Spring Bird Walk & Hike – 7am. Get to know nearby nature with Barrington area naturalist Wendy Paulson. Waterproof boots are strongly recommended for these hikes. Don’t forget your binoculars.  Free. Meet at Galloping Hill at Penny Road Pond parking lot, less than a mile west of Old Sutton/Penny Rd intersection, Barrington. RSVP required, Dan Jacobson: 312453-0230 x 2002 or Habits & Your Personal Velocity: A Leadership in Business & Personal Education Interactive Breakfast Seminar – 7:30-9am. Have you ever wondered why some people are more productive than others? It’s not genetic; it’s the result of strong habits. Join Highland Park Bank and Trust and the return of Tim Parenti to explore the scientific understanding of habits, how to form them, and the key drivers to ensuring habit success. Free. Highland Park Bank and Trust, 1949 St. Johns Ave, 2nd Fl board room, Highland Park. Space limited; must RSVP: 847-432-9988. Wellness Professionals Network – 10-11:30am. A meetup for wellness practitioners with inspired connections and dialog, personal and professional support. Guided Path Psychological Services, 201 E Dundee Rd, Palatine. RSVP requested, Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362 or

SATURDAY, JUNE 10 Fearless Compassion: The Empowerment of Avalokiteshvara – Imagine a world filled with inspiring examples of fearless compassion and kindness. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to become such an example and discover pure happiness for yourself in the process? At this special 2-day event (Jun 9 & 10), Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Dorje will grant the empowerment of Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of compassion. This empowerment is a blissful guided meditation that awakens our limitless potential for compassion and kindness, through which we can experience a peaceful and happy mind all the time. Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago in Wicker Park, 2010 W Pierce St, Chicago. For complete details: Arlington Heights Garden Club Plant Sale – June 10 & 17. 7:30am-12:30pm. On sale: perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, grasses, ground covers, herbs, native plants and more for sun and shade areas. Master Gardeners available for questions. Arlington Heights Farmers’ Market, Vail & Fremont. 847-514-0414 or


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Call Ahead Ghosts of the Ammunition Plant – 10am. In 1940, the U.S. Government acquired over 36,000 acres of land to build an ammunition plant. Why here? And how was it built and operated? Learn about the deadly explosion during World War II. Tour the inside of one of the few remaining warehouses and an ammunition storage bunker. Tour lasts about 3 hrs with travel over unimproved roads, including gravel and potholes. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370.

Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds Documentary Screening – 1-3pm. This provocative and emotionally gripping documentary puts the spotlight on the threat to seeds, which provide everything from the clothing we wear to the food we eat. Free. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette. 847-256-6952.

TUESDAY, JUNE 13 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

Heartland Alliance Home & Garden Tour – 10am-5pm. Properties on the tour vary in style and are chosen based on each home’s unique design and décor created by outstanding interior designers, architects and horticultural enthusiasts. $110; VIP and lunch options available. 14931 Lakeside Rd, Lakeside, MI. More info: HomeAndGardenTour. com or

Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds Documentary Screening – 7-9pm. This provocative and emotionally gripping documentary puts the spotlight on the threat to seeds, which provide everything from the clothing we wear to the food we eat. Free. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette. 847256-6952.

Wells Street Art Festival – June 10-11. 10am-5pm; 10am-10pm, live music. A juried fine art and music festival with approximately 150 artists. Produced by Old Town Merchants and Residents Assoc. Old Town, Wells St between North Ave & Division, Chicago.

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All About Animals – 12-4pm. Bring the kids and enjoy some time with our animals. Feed the goats, pet the sheep, and collect eggs from the chickens. Say hello to Daisy the Donkey and get to know Valentine, our Jersey cow. Learn all about caring for baby chicks and see how we are using goats to clear invasive brush from our woods. Bring a picnic lunch if you’d like. Afternoon refreshments provided. RSVP appreciated but not required. Sandhill Family Farms, 16228 W Skinner Rd, Brodhead, WI. 608247-9684. Chicago IANDS – 2-5pm. Support/study/resource forum for near-death, out-of-body and spiritual experiences, losses. Guest Speaker: Jenniffer Weigel, Emmy-award winning TV personality, author of great new book, Psychics, Healers, & Mediums. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847-251-5758. Live Demo: Shiatsu for Fears and Anxiety – 5-7pm. Learn how shiatsu can be used to address fears or phobias of known or unknown origins. Watch as shiatsu is used to help someone with these conditions; hear their history and response to treatment. Stay for Q&A to meet practitioners and ask questions about your own case or someone else’s. Free. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. To register or to volunteer as a demo receiver: 847-864-1130.

SUNDAY, JUNE 11 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.


Chair Yoga – Thursdays, June 15-29; July 20-Aug 3. 9:15-10:15am. Enjoy the many benefits of traditional yoga while practicing in a chair and achieve physical and mental fitness. Receive individualized attention from certified yoga instructor, Cynthia Gran. Appropriate for anyone. $120, $115/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. Stress, Hormones & Health: A Natural Approach to Optimizing your Health – 7pm. Are you tired of fatigue, brain fog and lack of motivation? Are you tired of the weight gain, bloated feelings, and not enjoying anything? Do you go to your doctor only to be told that you lab tests are normal, even though you know something is wrong? Do you feel depressed and/or anxious? Are you tired of the denial of your feelings? Imagine enjoying your life at optimal health. With Dr. Laurie Goldman, MD, a 20+ year practicing psychiatrist, national author, spirited speaker. Clear Path Wellness, 1655 N Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights. To register: 847-686-6666. 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. Inner-Balance-Meditation. Experience Shiatsu: A Free Workshop – 7-9:30pm. 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.

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savethedate The 28th Annual Energy Fair – June 16-18. 9am-10pm, Fri & Sat; 9am-5pm, Sun. Celebrate clean energy and sustainability. Enjoy 250+ workshops, 200+ exhibitors, inspiring keynotes featuring JB Straubel, CoFounder of Tesla, live music, camping, family fun, great food, and more. $15/day; $35/weekend; Free for volunteers and MREA Members. Reduced ticket prices before May 17. Midwest Renewable Energy Association, 7558 Deer Rd, Custer, WI. 715-592-6595. Tongue and Fingernail Analysis  Consultations –June 16 & 17. 9am-5pm, by appt. Personal consultation with Dr. Tsu Tsair Chi, an international expert in the Eastern medicine art of tongue and fingernail analysis. Fingernail analysis requires nails to be free of any polish or acrylic. $35. Rozich Chiropractic, 8000 W 159th St, Orland Park. Appt required: 708-460-0011. Barrington Country Garden & Antique Faire – June 16-17. 10am-4pm. $45 by June 11; $55 after. Early Buy ticket $80 to shop French Market and Avant Garden before Faire opens, 8:30-10 a.m. Friday only; special shuttle. Free parking and shuttle Fri: Barrington High School, 616 W Main St; Saturday park at 800 Hard Rd only. 847-381-7367. Tongue & Fingernail Analysis Free Lecture  & Booksigning – 7-9pm. Dr. Tsu Tsair Chi, international expert in the Eastern medicine art of tongue and fingernail analysis will discuss how changes in your tongue and nails may indicate issues with digestion, heart disease, lung disease, thyroid conditions, hormonal imbalances blood sugar issues and more. Christian Hills Church, 9001 W 159th St, Orland Hills. More info: 708-460-0011.

SATURDAY, JUNE 17 Arlington Heights Garden Club Plant Sale – 7:30am-12:30pm. See June 10 lisitng. Arlington Heights Farmers’ Market, Vail & Fremont. 847-5140414 or Tongue and Fingernail Analysis  Consultations –June 16 & 17. 9am-5pm, by appt. Personal consultation with Dr. Tsu Tsair Chi, an international expert in the Eastern medicine art of tongue and fingernail analysis. Fingernail analysis requires nails to be free of any polish or acrylic. $35. Rozich Chiropractic, 8000 W 159th St, Orland Park. Appt required: 708-460-0011. Sound Healing 101 – 11am-6pm. A unique opportunity to experience a variety of sound healing instruments, methodologies and techniques such as tuning forks, chakra energy activation, vocal toning and more. $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.

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Private Sessions for In-Depth Healing & Heart Awakening Work – 2-6pm. Privately explore healing the hurt and fears of your inner child and following the wisdom of your heart’s inner guidance for greater spiritual growth, happiness and


fulfillment in your life. $70/hr. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. To schedule: 847-299-6535 or Barrington Area Spring Bird Walk & Hike – 5pm. Get to know nearby nature with Barrington area naturalist Wendy Paulson. Waterproof boots are strongly recommended for these hikes. Don’t forget your binoculars.  Free. Meet at Galloping Hill at Penny Road Pond parking lot, less than a mile west of Old Sutton/Penny Rd intersection, Barrington. RSVP required, Dan Jacobson: 312453-0230 x 2002 or

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savethedate Mata Amritanandamayi (AMMA) Visiting Chicago – June 20-22. Receive AMMA’s hug (darshan) and blessings. Imagine being immersed in a sea of love and experience Amma’s higher consciousness, her endless devotion to caring for our Earth and anyone truly in need. Programs are free, including music, meditation, food and more. M.A. Center Chicago, 41W501 Keslinger Rd, Elburn.


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THURSDAY, JUNE 22 31st Annual House & Garden Walk – 10am-3pm. $75 by June 20; $95 after. Lunch available at $15 each. Registration and ticket pick-up is 9:30am1:30pm at North Shore Congregation Israel, 1185 Sheridan Rd, Glencoe. event/houseandgarden.

SATURDAY, JUNE 24 Glenview Gardeners Plant Sale – 8am-12pm. Most plants for $1. Proceeds support the care of the Grove’s Kennicott Garden. Wagner’s Farmers’ Market, Lake & Wagner rds, Glenview. Certification Class for EFT With A Guarantee – June 24 & 25. 9am-5pm. Workshop for both beginners and experienced EFT Practitioners. 12 CEs for Psychologists, MTs, RNs & LPNs. Experience life changing release of emotional and physical symptoms in the workshop. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen. Become an “EFT With A Guarantee™” Practitioner. Learn basic EFT plus how to guarantee success in every EFT session for yourself & for your clients. Experience relief for yourself. $225, $195/ advance registration; $95 repeat of “EFT With A Guarantee” Certification class and other discounts for prior attendance at any of Tom’s 6-hr or longer workshops. Money back guarantee. Soderworld Wellness Center, 16 W 501 Nielson Ln, Willowbrook. To register: 630-455-5885. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634. Energy Medicine Essential Techniques & Chakra Balancing & Clearing – 9am-6pm. In this handson workshop in the morning, learn about the subtle energies of your body and how to work with them for healing and to create more energy in your life. The afternoon workshop builds on the essentials of energy medicine with chakra balancing. Balance your own chakras as you clear out old, stagnant energy to bring in vibrant, new energy. Take either the morning Energy Medicine Essentials session or the afternoon Chakras session alone for $60/advance, $65/at the door, or save by taking both sessions for $115/advance, $125/at door. DePaul University Lincoln Park Campus, 2320 N Kenmore Ave, Chicago. 831-419-1083. Lama Surya Das Retreat: Mindful Awakening – June 24-25. 9:30am-4:30pm, Sat & Sun; 7-9pm, optional Sat program. Join Lama Surya Das, who is one of the most learned and respected Buddhist teachers in the West, for a 2-day retreat. CEUs available. $340. Techny Towers, 2001 Waukegan Rd, Northbook. 847-831-8828.

Beginning Zen Shiatsu – Thursdays, June 22-Aug 24. 1am-2pm or 7-10pm. 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.

Garden Walk – 10am-2pm. Hosted by the Gardeners of Central Lake County. Self-guided walk showcases 6 Libertyville gardens. Free. Maps & directions:


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.

Ohiaihgo:nah – Great Ripening of Berries Moon Maya New Moon/Venus Meditation – 7-8pm. Join author and Maya seer John Kralovec for a Maya New Moon/Venus meditation to understand the cosmic forces of the upcoming moon cycle, release the old and set intentions for the upcoming period. Free. Teleconference: 319-527-3182.

North Shore Art League’s Art in the Village – June 24-25. 10am-5pm. Approximately 70 juried artists from across the nation. Hubbard Woods Park, 939 Green Bay Rd, Winnetka.

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CEU Class: Qigong for Practitioners, Patients & Students – 9am-5:30pm. An Oriental medicine practitioner training is not complete without an understanding of qi mechanism. Qigong exercises and meditations are the best tools to provide a first-hand understanding of the flow of qi in the body and its guidance through various organs and body parts. Presented by Marie-France Collin. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 855-906-4707. 24th Annual Oak Park River Forest Garden Walk – 10am-4pm. Rain or shine. Nine unique gardens and one neighborhood created space will be featured in this self-guided tour. Plein Air artists and a sculptor will be in some gardens. $15/ advance, $13/FOPCON members; $20/day of. More info: or 2017 Garden Walk and Unique Boutique – 10am-4pm. Presented by Arlington Heights Garden Club. Features 5 residential gardens. Master gardeners, representatives from the Village of Arlington Heights and an arborist will answer questions. $10/ advance; $15/day of. The walk starts at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, 110 Fremont St, Arlington Heights. 847-255-0133. 28th Annual Garden Walk – 12-5pm. With Evanston Environmental Association/Garden Walk Committee. Rain or shine. Will showcase 8 private gardens, including 2 formal, European style gardens, a sculpture garden and a secluded, fully landscaped residential pond hidden within a condominium community. Evanston. Tickets & more info: Bemer Method Introduction – 1-3pm. With Jasmine Metz. Learn how Bemer technology has impacted the health of millions worldwide in a non-invasive and natural way. Bemer applications promote better blood flow, better sleep, more energy, better quality of life and well-being. Admission free. Escape Salon, 1249 Shermer Rd, Ste 200, Northbrook. RSVP: 847-753-9000. For more info: Glenview Gardeners Garden Walk – 1-4pm. Free. Addresses, map & garden descriptions: Meditation – 2-4pm. Janel will guide you to choose crystals to help balance your chakras, clear blockages, assist with meditation and connect with your higher self, angels and guides. $25, $20/A.R.E members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. 23rd Annual Garden Walk – 2-6pm. Features a variety of Park Ridge gardens, refreshments and a raffle. $10/advance, $15/day of. More info:



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Malcolm Smith, International Healer – June 27-29. 9am-6pm, by appt. Come experience international Healer Malcolm Smith who channels healing energy from God and has, for 35 years, used his gift to relieve pain, disease and suffering from thousands. Some remote sessions available. $90/30-min. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. To schedule: 847-299-6535 or


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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.



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THURSDAY, JULY 6 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.

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:


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.

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.




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.


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. A program of Evanston Public Library and Chicago Bar Association’s Law at the Library monthly free legal information series on today’s hot legal issues, this program is followed by a brief question and answer session. Free. Evanston Public Library, Seminar Room (3rd Fl), 1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston. Preregistration requested: 847-448-8630 or For more details:

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: 847-598-0727; Apurva Bhatt: 847-903-5841 or Registration required:


savethedate All Things Wellness Expo – 10am-6pm. Mind, body, spirit expo. 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 gongs and percussions, and Al Jewer with his flutes. Vendors, readers, speakers and entertainment. 5435 Bull Valley Rd, McHenry. More info, Carolyn Greenleaf: 224-241-6645 or

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 Animal Communication Class – 9:30-11am. Talking with your animals can be easy. Listening to them can be rewarding. Learn how to communicate using telepathy and enrich your life with animals. $25. Mundelein. 312-231-5607. Commonly Seen Medical/Psychiatric Conditions & Holistic Treatments for the Gifted, Talented & Twice-Exceptional – 2:15-3:15pm. Archana LalTabak, MD, and Jim Lal-Tabak will give an important and ground-breaking presentation with a unique perspective on the common health issues of Gifted, Talented and Twice-Exceptional kids, teens and adults. They will discuss natural and holistic solutions, and strategies which reduce the need for misdiagnoses, medications and the possibility of side effects. Lecture is part of the Annual SENG Conference. Chicago Marriott Naperville, 1801 N Naper Blvd, Naperville. For info: 847-4259355, 224-714-9593 or Register:


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


savethedate 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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$55 Teen or Refreshing Facial – Thru June. Teenage facials designed to specifically address breakouts usually associated with adolescent skin. Refreshing facial is a complexion-tailored maintenance treatment that will help skin holds its balance between regularly scheduled facials. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130.

Classes in Applied Metaphysics – 7:30-10:30pm. Know the creator within you. Practice concentration, visualization, dream interpretation, and meditation with classmates and a teacher. Meet each week to receive Universal Truth. New class every month. $20. School of Metaphysics, 5021 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago. 773-427-0155.

$60 Swedish Massage with Hand Treatment – Thru June. Receive a 60-min Swedish, the classic form of soft-tissue massage. Also receive complimentary hand treatment. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130.


$79 Eminence Organic Microgreens Facial – Thru June. This customized facial uses all-natural and organic ingredients that harness the powerful actions of the leafy microgreen ingredients to cleanse and protect the skin from drying environmental stressors. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $120 90-Min Swedish Massage & Pedicure – Thru June. Add $5 for deep tissue. Receive a classic form of soft-tissue massage. Finish off by having toes soaked, nails filed and cuticles trimmed. Your feet will be exfoliated and massaged to hydrate, nourish and protect. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $135 Swedish Massage + Eminence Organic Facial – Thru June. Add $10 for deep tissue. Receive a 60-min Swedish, the classic form of soft-tissue massage. Also includes customized Eminence Organic Facial which offers deep exfoliation, hydration and extractions, using all-natural and organic Eminence ingredients. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Complimentary Anti-Aging Consultation and Skin Analysis – With Dr. Promila Banerjee. Learn about the new revolutionary Scition Dual Wavelength, the most advanced FDA-approved hybrid laser along with Broadband Light. Zero downtime. Halo Laser & Aesthetic Medicine, Waukegan Rd, Northfield. 847-260-7300. 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.

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. 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: 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. Endless Waves: 5Rhythms Embodied Movement Practice/Conscious Dance – 11am-1pm. Explore the 5Rhythms (flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness) using all styles of music in a welcoming community. Each event begins with a warm-up, followed by a short discourse or instruction and then time for unguided movement. $20, $180/10 sessions. 4146 N Elston, Chicago. 815788-8553. Yoga for Strength and Silence – 12-1:30pm. Enjoy a rejuvenating hatha class closed with restorative poses and guided meditation. Align body and mind for the days ahead. $10. Urban Escape Healing, 1049 N Ashland Ave, Chicago. 312-547-9247.

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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. Ecstatic Dance – 1-3pm. Gather in our sacred space, set intention, move, dance, sweat, let go, energize. It’s a fun free-form workout meditation. $15 or class pass. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. 847-475-1500. Free Qigong Class – 2-4pm. No class June 25. 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. 855-906-4707.

monday Gluten-Free Monday – 10am-8pm. All gluten-free grocery items 10% off all-day long. Free. Earthly Goods Health Foods, 6951 Grand Ave, Gurnee. 847-855-9677. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470.

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. 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, Chicago. 855-906-4707. Gentle and Restorative Yoga Classes – 5:30 & 7pm. Also Wed. $10/cash drop-in. Lovelight Healing Center, 408 Center St, Grayslake. 847-350-7000.

tuesday Woodstock Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 8am-1pm. Also Sat. Shop for fresh produce and local products. Woodstock Square Historic District, 205 W Todd Ave, Woodstock.

Beginning Mat Pilates – 10-11am. Amanda Kantor, Certified Pilates Instructor, leads a beginning level mat Pilates exercise class. Limited enrollment. $100/4 wks. re:fit, 901 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. For more info & appt: 847-657-0881. Community Acupuncture – 1-2pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. 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. Free Yoga Class – 6-7:15pm. With Julie Kotiw, DC. Feel free to drop-in anytime and leave anytime to accommodate your schedule. The class is run more like a club than a class. We have some supplies (blocks & straps) but bring a yoga mat if you have one. Zero experience necessary. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 855-906-4707. Free Qi Gong Class – 6-8pm. 1st 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. 855-906-4707. 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 – June 7-Oct 25. 7am1pm. 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.

Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Ravenswood Farmers’ Market – June 7-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. Gentle and Restorative Yoga Classes – 5:30 & 7pm. Also Mon. $10/cash drop-in. Lovelight Healing Center, 408 Center St, Grayslake. 847-350-7000. 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. Move and Include: Open Floor Embodied Movement Practice/Conscious Dance – 7:15-9:15pm. A movement practice that explores what it means to be a fully embodied being, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Through movement, we find ways to connect more deeply with ourselves and each other and develop resources to help us live a move balanced, embodied life. $20, $180/10 sessions. 54 Brink St, Crystal Lake. 815-788-8553.

thursday Community Acupuncture – 1-2pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Create Health Everyday – 7pm. 3rd Thurs. Looking for new approaches to live naturally in the modern world? Need support in making healthier choices? Want to share your ideas about what works? Then Creating Health Everyday is for you. Creating health is a not a single choice, but an everyday process with each choice contributing to the result. To make it easier, join us as we support each other in our journey to better health using natural medicine. Share your ideas and learn new information in a supportive group setting. Free. World Tree Natural Medicine, 17W703 Butterfield Rd, Ste F, Oakbrook Terrace. 630-359-5522.

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.

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Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20$40. 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:  312-356-9990 or Dates & locations: Mighty House Radio Program – 7-10am. Funny, friendly experts with answers and ideas to help with all of your home improvement projects. Join Ron Cowgill, Robbie Ehrhardt, Rich Cowgill and the Mighty House team each Saturday morning to get help with all your home improvement and repair issues. On 1590 WCGO AM, & Oak Park Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 7am-1pm. This market offers locally grown produce, sounds of live bluegrass music and the smell of fresh, homemade donuts. Pilgrim Church Parking lot, 460 Lake St, Oak Park. oak-park-farmers-market.

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

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

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: 847448-8045, 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

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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. Edible Wild Plants Certificate Course – 9:30am3:30pm. 3rd Sat. Over the course of 10 months learn 200 edible wild plants that grow in our bioregion through classroom and home study, 20 hrs of guided plant walks, and by eating and preparing recipes every class. Earn a certificate and an edible wild plants recipe book. $660/10 mos. The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville. 630-425-4285. 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. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470.

HELP WANTED ARE YOU HIRING? – Find your next team member. Call 847-858-3697 or submit online at Submit. MEDIA Sales: CHICAGO and SUBURBS – Excellent opportunity for flexible part-time work with great rewards. Natural Awakenings Chicago is seeking a self-motivated professional with strong interpersonal and communication skills to introduce businesses to the benefits of advertising in print and online. Ideal candidate must be self-motivated, organized and creative in sourcing suitable clients and events to target in Chicago and suburbs. You must enjoy conversing on the phone and in face-to-face meetings, as well as enjoy working both from your home and from the road throughout the metropolitan area, and have previous relationship-based ad sales experience. You’ll need at least 20 flexible daytime hours per week to prosper. Occasional weekend and evening time needed to attend events and network. Pay is generous commission, plus bonuses. Email your info, a brief description of your experience and your phone number to


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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.


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 25.

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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 19.


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.


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

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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!

Call us at 847-858-3697 for more information.

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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.

RESOLUTIONS COACHING & CERTIFICATION TRAINING Tim Marshall, Hypnosis/NLP Trainer 25 E Washington • 233 E Erie 312-854-2270

Achieve higher performance and motivation. Do you want peace of mind eliminating uncontrollable fear, anxiety, stress, sadness? Or are you hungry for inner calm? Stop smoking. Eat less. Reduce compulsiveness. Enjoy life more with greater success. 30+ years hypnosis and NLP experience. Free phone consultation. Near Millennium Park & Northwestern Memorial Hospital.



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.



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 30.


Logan Square location 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.


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.

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

Discover the healing art of dance in ballet-based classes. Dance is proven to have both physical and psychological benefits. Two current classes: Dance for Joy for cancer survivors, and Time to Dance for those 55 years or older. Taught by dancer teacher Lisa Gold and Lynne Chervony Belsky, MD. See ad on page 25.


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.

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. ~Albert Einstein 58


FAIRS AND EXPOS 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: June 10-11, July 8-9, Aug 12-13, Sept 9-10, Oct 14-15, Nov 11-12, Dec 9-10.


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.




2400 Ravine Way, Suite 400, Glenview 60025 847-998-5100 Stay healthy with a whole-body, preventative care approach. We use non-fluoridated ozonated water, periodontal herbal treatments, and gluten-free herbal paste. Restorative options include: safe amalgam removal, BPA-free fillings and sealants, non-metal crowns and bridges, sleep apnea and TMJ appliances, and non-acrylic night guards, partials and dentures. Our conservative approach includes: digital X-rays and intraoral camera, non-surgical gum therapies including laser and ozone, and herbal irrigation. Material reactivity testing, saliva pH and microscopic plaque analysis are available. Our natural approach includes dental homeopathy, CranioSacral therapy, and nutritional counseling. Dental discount plan available and PPO insurance plans accepted. See ad on page 41.


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.

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 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 41.

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.

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

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

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


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

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!

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

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


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


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

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 15.

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

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


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.


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



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

KATE WILAMSKA, LCSW, CT IADC, EMDR, Hypnosis 847-212-4499 voice/text in English & po polsku

If you suffer due to losses of health, job, relationship, loved one, faith or life purpose, I will help you transform what remains, so you can be the person you were meant to be and to live a better life. I cannot change the past, but we can work together to improve your future.


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.


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 49.


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, Lama Surya Das, for a 2-day retreat, Mindful Awakening, June 24-25. 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. 

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

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



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

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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.

July articles include: Your Relationship with Money Forward Fashion that’s Sustainable & Affordable Benefits of Natural Detoxing and so much more!


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 11.


Psychotherapist / Certified Metabolic Balance® Coach Mind Body Health Center 6650 N Northwest Hwy, Ste 215, Chicago 60631 773-313-3757 In her clinical practice, Angelika specializes in Nutritional Psychology and integrative mind-body therapy. Her area of expertise includes eating disorders, weight management, body image struggles and emotional eating. As a Certified Metabolic Balance Coach, she will guide you through this all-natural personalized weight management program that will help to achieve long-lasting effects. See ad on page 29.

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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 18.

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Fitting you in the correct type of shoe for your activity, and in the proper size and width for your feet, is our number one objective. When shoes fit well and your feet are comfortable, your whole body feels better and you can perform at your optimum level throughout the entire day. Largest selection of New Balance footwear and apparel in the Chicago area, with extensive inventory of sizes and widths from 2A-6E. Friendly staff is experienced in helping to resolve or relieve many common foot ailments such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, morton’s neuroma, hammer toe and arch pain. Locally owned and operated since 1995. See ad on page 23.


Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa offers psychic readings everyday by appointment or walk-in. Call or checkout our website for today’s offerings. Call today for more information! 239-530-1377 or visit

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2177 Shermer Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-963-6094 Whole Body Thermometry (WBT) is a safe, accurate, prevention-centered way to assess functional changes in the body. This infrared scanning device is accurately and efficiently driven by sophisticated mathematical algorithms. WBT works by identifying specific temperature patterns coming from internal organs, before and after the body is exposed to a cooling stress. See ad on page 27.


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

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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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June 2017 Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine  

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June 2017 Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine  

Chicago's greenest, healthiest magazine!