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Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma), caring humanitarian and spiritual leader, comes to Chicago with her message of love and service. Experience a personal blessing (hug) in a spiritual setting vibrant with live devotional music. Free public programs to enjoy meditation, spiritual discourse, healing arts, and tasty Indian and organic food. VENUE: MA CENTER CHICAGO 41W501 KESLINGER RD, ELBURN, IL 60119

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ey Chicago, it’s June! And after a crazy spring that just couldn’t seem to shake the winter grays and chill, let’s roll out the welcome mat and greet the summer. Perhaps the temperatures are still not quite what we expect and the lake is a tad chilly, but it’s great to be here again! June is a month of possibility and the summer stretches out ahead of us, with evenings outside, casual meals, extra time with friends or family, weekend plans and perhaps a slower approach to our daily lives.

If you follow my letter each month, you know I love any excuse I can find to step outside and reconnect with the world beyond the walls of my office and the keyboard. Of course, many of us spend the bulk of our daytime hours working, focused on our Peggy Malecki jobs and daily tasks and responsibilities. Yet, starting today, I’d like to extend a mutual goal to savor, be thankful and revel in the fleeting season of summer. Make the most of your outside time each day, no matter if it’s an afternoon off, a quick walk from your car to the office or a trip to the grocery store. We’re now in that glorious month when the days are still getting longer. The first colors of dawn stretch over Lake Michigan’s waters in the wee hours of the morning, and the final wisps of sunset linger on past 9 p.m. Whether you’re an early riser or a night owl, it’s a magical time. Make it a point to observe a sunrise or sunset, and the activity happening around you. City, suburbs or rural, no month matches June’s unfolding sensory experiences. While the colorful migration of spring birds has already flown through, the days are still bookended by the songs of robins, cardinals, wrens, finches and our other summer resident birds busily raising their families. Although the cool, damp spring wasn’t favorable to getting an early start on planting my summer veggies (definitely a June tomato planting year), many of the late spring bulbs, trillium, bluebells and other perennial flowers have bloomed on in an amazing display, while the ferns and greenery have slowly grown into a lush background. This year, try to capture new memories and write fresh personal stories. 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 forest preserve 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. 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@NAChicago. com to share your summer stories. And be sure to follow us on Facebook (@Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine), Twitter and Instagram (@NAChicago). Happy Father’s Day and Happy Summer Solstice!

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40th Annual Ravinia Market Open for Business


he Ravinia Farmers’ Market will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday from June 6 through October 31 (closed July 4). The local vendors maintain high standards, offering the freshest organic and regular produce, artisan cheeses, flowers, plants, baked goods, crepes, omelets, breakfast sandwiches, tamales/tacos, pepper jams, farm-cut fresh meats and more. They plan to add a tented chef preparation area for teaching cooking and sampling of vendor products each week; a welcome and information tent; free tote bags; live music; and free drawings. New vendors are welcome. Location: Dean Ave. at Jensen Park, east of the Ravinia train station, in Highland Park. For more information, email Ed Kugler at RaviniaFM@gmail.com or visit RaviniaFarmersMarket.org. See ad on page 39.

Dr. Chi Returns with Tongue and Fingernail Analysis


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 15, at Christian Hills Church, in Orland Hills. He’ll explain how changes in the tongue and nails may indicate issues with digestion, heart and lung disease, thyroid conditions, hormonal imbalances, blood sugar issues and more. Chi will also offer individual tongue and fingernail analysis from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 15 and 16, at Rozich Chiropractic, in Orland Park. Dr. Tsu Tsair Chi Chi received medical training in China and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University. 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 $30 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. Sat. 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 19.

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Shiatsu Summer School Classes Offered


his summer, anyone can learn how to relieve stress and tension using simple, relaxed touch. Zen Shiatsu Chicago will offer a 30-hour Beginning Zen Shiatsu class from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays from June 21 through August 23. Students learn a complete one-hour treatment that can be used with friends and family. No previous experience is necessary. The class covers all the basics of how to give attentive, comfortable touch therapy. The shiatsu routine is effective for pain relief and offers benefits for internal organ health and emotional stress relief. Shiatsu is easy for people of any age or ability to give and receive. No special equipment is required, and recipients can remain fully clothed in soft, comfortable attire. Register by June 15 to receive a $100 tuition discount and a free, professional, 90-minute shiatsu session. Location: 825 Chicago Ave., Evanston. To register, call 847-864-1130 or visit ZenShiatsuChicago.org. See ad in the Community Resource Guide and on the back cover.

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Lama Surya Das Meditation Immersion


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ama Surya Das is a bestselling author and one of the most learned and respected Buddhist teachers in the West. He will conduct a two-day immersion for new and experienced meditators from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., June 23 and 24, at Infinity Foundation, in Highland Park. He is offering Darshan, a spiritual vision, energy transmission and Tibetan healing techniques for the first time ever. Participants can transition from living an ordinary life to embracing a sacred spiritual perception within by becoming open to spiritual sight and experiencing ways to heal with ritual and ceremony. Das’ original, light and lively style rebalances and harmonizes relationships. This powerful, empowering immersion is essential for sacred healing.

Cost: $295; does not include lunch. Continuing education credits are available. Location: 1280 Old Skokie Rd., Highland Park. For more information and registration, visit InfinityFoundation.org. See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

Amma is Coming to Chicago


ata Amritanandamayi, the beloved spiritual leader and international humanitarian, will be visiting Chicago from June 24 through 26. Known as Amma (mother) for her selfless love and compassion toward all beings, she powerfully impacts those who meet her with her embrace (darshan). Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma) Embracing the World (EmbracingTheWorld.org), Amma’s global charity, supports educational programs, disaster relief, housing, schools, orphanages, hospitals, environmental initiatives and more. Enjoy Amma’s free Chicago programs—her teaching, darshan, singing and meditations. Live music, healing arts and delicious vegetarian food are available throughout the programs. Visitors should arrive early to get a token for a place in line. All morning programs begin at 10 a.m., tokens available at 8 a.m.. On June 25, the evening program begins at 7 p.m.; tokens are available at 5:30 p.m. On June 26, the evening program with Devi Bhava begins at 7:30 p.m.; tokens are available at 5 p.m. Mantras are given at this program only. Amma says, “Where there is true love, anything is effortless.” Location: MA Center Chicago, 41W501 Keslinger Rd., Elburn, IL. For more information, call 630-387-5077 or visit Amma.org/chicago. See ad on page 5.

You don’t learn to walk by following the rules. You learn by doing and by falling over. ~Richard Branson 10



Documentary on Plastic Pollution Showing in Highland Park


traws, an award-winning documentary narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins, illuminates the problems related to straws and other single-use plastic pollution that inundates our waterways and oceans, and inspires a new path forward. It will be screened at 7 p.m., June 26, sponsored by Go Green Highland Park. Afterward, there will be a discussion addressing current topics that are of interest to local residents surrounding sustainability and what we can do to “Go Green”. Straws won the Outstanding Achievement Award in Environmental Film at the 2017 Cayman International Film Festival. Location: Highland Park Police Station, 1677 Old Deerfield Rd., Highland Park.

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Discover the Benefits of Salt Therapy Therapeutic Dry Salt Therapy (Halotherapy) is a holistic, natural and complementary way to improve overall wellness and help relieve symptoms of many respiratory and skin conditions—including asthma, cough, sinusitis, COPD, bronchitis, allergies, eczema, psoriasis and more.

Dads receive a FREE salt therapy session, June 18 or 19. Also, purchase any salt lamp by June 30 and receive a FREE salt therapy session.

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Come relax in our adult salt room, or play along with your family in the Kid’s salt room. For appointments and more info: call 847-780-8200 or visit NorthShoreSalt.com 1282 Old Skokie Road, Highland Park


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Online Distance Education at Midwest College of Oriental Medicine


idwest College of Oriental Medicine, with campuses in Racine, WI and Evanston, IL, now offers new online courses. Fundamentals of Oriental Medicine is held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, and Biological Chemistry is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays. Students can log in from anywhere and participate in live-stream lectures. All lectures are recorded and made available for the entire quarter, offering a unique opportunity that fits into busy lifestyles. The summer 2018 quarter begins June 30. All new students qualify to receive a free three-week trial. Since 1979, Midwest College of Oriental Medicine has led thousands of aspiring Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners from the classroom to clinical work, graduation and the formation of their own practices. The college focuses on integrating acupuncture, Chinese herbs and other Eastern modalities with modern Western medicine. Location: 6232 Bankers Rd., Racine. For more information, call 1-800-593-2320, email Liz.Warkentin@Acupuncture.edu or visit Acupuncture.edu. See ad on page 27.

Future Science on Display at Psychotronic Convention


he 40th annual conference of the nonprofit U.S. Psychotronics Association (USPA) will take place from 1:30 p.m., July 20 through 7 p.m., July 22, at the Hyatt Regency in Deerfield, with 19 speakers. With psychotronics, we can amplify our mental intentions using techniques that will change the physical world using the power of our minds in a positive way to heal ourselves, make crops grow bigger and better, and help others in new ways. Attendees can learn from experts, top researchers in subtle energies and vendors, and featuring the Phoenix Bookstore, about radionics, parapsychology and other amazing technologies.

Study Yoga at the Temple of Kriya


he Temple of Kriya Yoga is conducting a Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program between September 22 and May 18, 2019. This eight-month program gives students more time to absorb and apply information, leading to greater retention. The small class size allows for greater individualized feedback and attention. Tuition includes 200 hours of handson experience, a Hatha Yoga Teacher Manual of more than 350 pages, audio Mp3s with asana instructions, and more than 30 Mp3s with lectures on the philosophy of yoga and teaching methodology by Goswami Kriyananda. All required course books, admission to all ongoing hatha yoga classes and a 20 percent discount on all workshops at the Temple during the program are also provided. The Temple of Kriya Yoga has been training yoga teachers for more than 40 years. With highly qualified teachers that have decades of experience, the program is well-established in the community of lifelong students and practitioners of yoga. Location: 2414 N. Kedzie Blvd., Chicago. For more information, call 773-342-4600 or visit YogaKriya.org/php/mttphs.php. See ad on page 2 and at NAChicago.com.

Location: 750 Lake Cook Rd. For special rates through July 17, more information and online registration, visit Psychotronics.org.

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he new Trinity Conference, formerly the Health Freedom Expo, will take place on September 22 and 23 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel. There’ll be more than 100 booths to browse and shop, and applications are still being accepted for booths through June 30. Guests will encounter the latest, cutting-edge products for consumers, practitioners and business owners, along with state-of-the-art electronics, massage techniques and modalities. Trinity Conference is the premier comprehensive natural and alternative health forum in the country, featuring dozens of dynamic health experts, two topical panels, educational lectures and demonstrations. Also, don’t overlook the delicious, organic foods and must-have natural products for home and family. The conference was created to educate and empower attendees. It’s about meeting the people making discoveries and having a hands-on experience with the products and techniques. Best of all, it’s under one roof during one weekend. Everyone has the right to a naturally vibrant and healthy life, and they’ll quickly discover that this is the place to start.

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Admission: $99 for the full weekend, includes exhibit hall, workshops and presentations. Location: 1551 Thoreau Dr. N., Schaumburg. For more information, call 1-888-658-3976, email Info@TrinityConference.org or visit TrinitySchool.org/event/58. See ad on page 9 and at NAChicago.com.

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Regional Plant Symposium Highlights New Diagnostic Test Finds Native Plants Imbalances


he seventh biennial Wild Ones Native Plant Symposium will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., September 29, at the St. John Township Community Center, in Schereville, Indiana. Presentations include Silent Spring and the Birth of the Modern Ecology Movement, with Leslie Goddard, actress and historian; Wild Ones—Stewards of Natural Landscaping, with Donna Van Buecken, retired executive director of Wild Ones; 21st Century Conservation; Where have all the Carson’s Gone?, with Steve Sass; and Native Plant Habitat and Quality of Life, with Craig Zandstra, Lake County Parks landscaper.

Early registration prior to Aug. 31: $30 members/$40 nonmembers. Late registration after Aug. 31: $35 members/$45 nonmembers. No registration after Sept. 14; fee includes continental breakfast and hot buffet lunch. Location: 1515 W. Lincoln Hwy., Schererville, IN. For more information, call Kim at 219-433-5731 or visit gw-WildOnes.org.

Wild Alaskan Seafood Direct to Your Door


ince 2011, Galesburg, Illinois-based Sitka Salmon Shares, a boat-to-doorstep collective of 20 small-boat family fishermen from Southeast Alaska, has been delivering fish-loving Midwesterners the absolute best in premium and sustainable wild Alaskan seafood. Now, Natural Awakenings readers can receive $25 off any 2018 CSF share with promo code NAC18. Not sold in stores, Salmon Shares sells direct to consumers at farmers’ markets and through a community supported fishery (CSF) share program. CSF shares range from three to nine months in duration, include varieties of salmon, whitefish and crustacean, and cost $15 to $25 per pound. Members of Sitka Salmon Shares belong to a community of artisanal hook-and-line fishers, healthy eaters, foodies, environmentalists and Alaskan adventurers in their collective efforts to rebuild America’s seafood system from the ground up. For recipes, farmers’ market information and to order shares, visit SitkaSalmonShares.com. See ad on page 37.





atalia Ivashchenko, ND, owner of Holistic Healthy Path, LLC, uses the new Sensitiv Imago technology to help clients get on the path to a more balanced state of full body health. She says, “An unbalanced body is a compromised health state. Our whole body noninvasive equipment scan provides a 96 percent accuracy snapshot of your current health state to identify underlying sources of health issues.” Other therapies include homeopathy, ayurvedic medicine, botanicals and enzymes. Ivashchenko employs the Sensitiv Imago scanner for initial consultations at her Schaumburg and Homer Glen offices. It provides a full scan Natalia Ivashchenko, ND and diagnosis in one hour, including identification of all possible diseases, causes of diseases, history of diseases and pathogens. It also identifies allergens, food additives, toxic metals, EMF and contaminants. Scanning is a powerful tool to aid in rebalancing the body, says Ivashchenko. A bio-resonance scan can show hereditary predisposition for diseases and includes a non-invasive biochemical blood analysis. Microflora analysis detects viruses, bacteria and other invaders. Allergens and their causes can be revealed, plus the acid/alkali balance in the tissues and changes in organ function. Ivashchenko received Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and Ayurvedic Health Practitioner degrees. She is board-certified by the American Alternative Medical Association as an Alternative Medical Practitioner. Locations: 715 E. Golf Rd., Ste. 206, Schaumburg; 12137 Longmeadow Ln., Homer Glen. For appointments, call 815-793-5651. For more information, visit HolisticHealthyPath.com. See ad in the Community Resource Guide.



fter years of organizing and spreading the word, Chicago Market is coming to the Wilson CTA Stop in Uptown. The lease is signed on the 13,000-square-foot, immaculately restored historic Gerber Building, which will become the home of Chicago’s newest local, sustainable grocery store, and one of the nation’s largest startup food co-ops.

From the enthusiastic folks that attended community meetings organized by founder Greg Berlowitz to a dedicated steering committee and an elected board of directors, Chicago Market has grown to a community of more than 1,000 Owners dedicated to the idea that grocery shopping can be awesome, delicious and fun. Much work still needs to be done, including expanding the Chicago Market community to 2,000 Owners by the end of the year, so help spread the word. For more information, visit ChicagoMarket.coop.




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Acupuncture has been recommended by the World Health Organization for conditions from allergies and asthma to back pain and infertility, but a lesser-known application of acupuncture treatment is facial rejuvenation.

In Chinese medicine, every living being has qi, a kind of life force or energy that circulates through the body. Acupuncture works by targeting the points believed to have blockages of qi that cause illness, and specific points of blockage relate to specific conditions. Facial acupuncture, like other acupuncture treatments, focuses on balancing qi and clearing blockages using extremely fine needles to alert cells to pay attention to the area needled. Acupuncture also enhances healthy cell growth, creates an appealing facial glow and promotes the production of collagen in the skin. Collagen, naturally produced by the body, reduces lines and wrinkles by cushioning skin cells, making skin soft and flexible. Facial acupuncture is commonly used to treat puffy eyes or dark circles, sagging of the neck or double chin, crow’s feet and acne. The best results are achieved through consistent treatment, as opposed to a one-time effort. For facial acupuncture, a schedule of 10 consecutive treatments about three days apart or twice a week is recommended. While it may take consistent sessions to diminish wrinkles, faces will look revitalized and have a healthy glow after just one treatment. Facial acupuncture can be combined with other holistic treatments such as Chinese herbs and foods rich in antioxidants, which have anti-inflammatory and antiaging properties. The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine teaches acupuncture, massage and herbology at campuses in San Diego, New York and Chicago, including a new doctoral program. For more information, call 866-276-0717 or visit PacificCollege.edu. See ad on page 11.




Cardiovascular exercise improves a person’s healthy gut microbes even without making dietary changes, University of Illinois researchers report. In a study of 32 people, 30 to 60 minutes of exercise three times a week for six weeks boosted levels of healthy intestinal bacteria, especially for lean subjects, and less so for the obese. The healthy bacteria produced shortchain fatty acids that reduce the risk of colon cancer. “The bottom line is that there are clear differences in how the microbiome of somebody who is obese versus somebody who is lean responds to exercise,” says Jeffrey Woods, Ph.D., a kinesiology professor at the university.

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Seek 15 Minutes of Device-Free Time When we’re feeling angry, stressed or overexcited, just 15 minutes of being alone without a device can put us into a more peaceful state, reports a University of Rochester study. Young adults, sitting in a comfortable chair away from their devices, were given something to read, told to think about something specific or not given any instruction. Some were asked to sit alone for 15 minutes a day for a week and keep a diary. In all cases, such solo time away from devices helped reduce intense emotions afterward.

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Simple Eco-Houses on the Upswing

A new Ukrainian homebuilding startup called Passivdom uses a 3-D printing robot to produce parts for tiny houses. The machine can print the walls, roof and floor of the company’s 380-square-foot model in about eight hours. The windows, doors and self-contained plumbing, sewage and self-electrical systems are then added by a human worker. Solar energy is stored in a battery. Filtered water collects from humidity in the air. Prices start at $64,000 per house (Passivedom). M.A.DI., in Italy, produces prefabricated A-frame houses in five sizes that can be set up anywhere. The basic model is rated an energy class B, but can be upgraded with an option of adding solar panels to make the structures energy-independent. Homes made by Lifehaus blend low-cost, off-grid appeal with holistic living and luxurious details. The Lebanon company is pioneering energy-neutral dwellings made from locally sourced and recycled materials. Green home dwellers will also be able to generate electricity and grow their own food.

At the North American Climate Summit in Chicago last December, more than 50 mayors from around the globe signed the Chicago Climate Charter, intended to guide cities toward reaching greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals similar to the Paris climate accord. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says each mayor will pursue a customized plan, noting, “We’re all going to get to the same destination in our own way.” President Trump’s intended exit from the Paris agreement has sparked an uproar from leaders worldwide, especially mayors in cities long committed to reducing emissions. Dozens of cities are committed to 100 percent clean and renewable energy goals and pledged to promote clean transit through using zero-emissions buses. Emanuel believes, “Climate change can be solved by human action.” Cities’ actions now may well pay off in the long run.

Deadly Cargo Oil Spill Threatens Ocean Ecology

Experts are warning that the Iranian tanker Sanchi oil spill in January in the East China Sea could potentially be one of the worst in decades. Scientists from the UK National Oceanography Centre and the University of Southampton are monitoring the disaster, believing it could 18



severely impact important reefs, fishing grounds and protected marine areas in Japan. They are also concerned by the toxic nature of the ultra-light, highly flammable oil and unknown impacts. Simon Boxall, with the centre, notes, “It’s not like crude, which does break down under natural microbial action. This stuff actually kills the microbes that break the oil down.”


Cincinnati has contracted with the energy company Dynegy to purchase 100 percent renewable energy to operate most of its municipal facilities through at least 2021. The green energy will power police and fire stations, health clinics, recreation centers and most administrative buildings, including city hall. The city’s greenhouse gas emissions will be cut by more than 9 percent and its utility rates by more than $100,000 annually. The deal will bring the city closer to its goal of running on 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

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Rozich Chiropractic is happy to welcome back Dr. Tsu-Tsair Chi. This is your only opportunity to see Dr. Chi in the Chicagoland area this summer. Dr. Chi is the foremost expert in tongue and fingernail analysis. Fingernail and tongue changes may indicate problems with digestion, heart, lung disease, hormonal imbalance and more. Dr. Tsu-Tsair Chi received his medical training in China and his PhD in Biochemistry from Rutgers State University, in New Jersey. He worked at Squibb, Parke Davis and Omnicron in the fields of cancer and atherosclerosis and is amazingly skilled and knowledgeable about the human body! Dr. Chi is also the formulator and innovator of CHI Products.


Cleanup Cites Worst Plastic Polluters

A week-long beach cleanup and audit at Freedom Island in the Philippines last September exposed the companies most responsible for plastic pollution in the critical wetland habitat. The Greenpeace Philippines and #breakfreefromplastic movement audit, the first of its kind in the country, revealed that Nestlé, Unilever and the Indonesian company PT Torabika Mayora are the top three contributors of plastic waste discovered in the area, contributing to the more than 2 million tons of mismanaged plastic waste in the Philippines, the third-biggest source of plastic ocean pollution per year. See the whole list at Tinyurl.com/TopTenPolluters.



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Now is the Time to Enter Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards Contest It took awhile for spring to get its act together in the Midwest, but plants have a way of making up for lost time. With any luck, the colder than usual spring is long forgotten as Chicagoans watch their gardens catch up to the weather. Gardeners now have a few short weeks in which to finish planting this season’s annuals and vegetables, tidy up the perennial beds, take a few photos and enter the second annual Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards (CEGA). June 20 is the deadline for entering the 2018 version of CEGA, Chicago’s only citywide gardening honors. They are free, open to the public and recognize the hard work and creativity that make the city a healthier, more beautiful and more sustainable place. Last year, nearly 50 gardens representing 26 Chicago wards were recognized in a late summer awards ceremony at the Chicago Cultural Center. With one year under their belts, the CEGA organizers are looking toward a bigger and more competitive contest this year. Most types of garden are eligible— vegetable, ornamental, container, specialized gardens (including green roof or wall, enabling or rain gardens, for example), community gardens, and new this year, urban farms (for profit and not for profit). Garden caretakers can come from a variety categories, including residential, small (up to four units); residential, large (five units and over); schools; other organizations (business, church, fire department, etc.); community; and urban farm. Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards is presented by Advocates for Urban Agriculture, Chicago Community Gardeners Association, Chicago Flower & Garden Show, Chicagoland Gardening, Chicago Park District, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, GreenMark Public Relations, Natural Awakenings Chicago magazine, Shedd Aquarium, The Mike Nowak Show and University of Illinois Extension: Cook County. The contest is open to residents of the city of Chicago. Only one entry per garden will be accepted. Submit online by June 20. Mailed entry forms must be postmarked by June 15. Judging will begin in July. Winners will be notified by late summer, with awards to be presented in a ceremony on October 13. There is no entry fee. To enter online, go to ChicagoGardeningAwards.org/entry-form. For gardener and garden profiles, information and much more, visit CEGA online at ChicagoGardeningAwards.org and follow the awards as the season progresses on Facebook at Facebook.com/ChicagoGardeningAwards. For more information, contact Mike@ChicagoGardeningAwards.com or Peggy@ChicagoGardeningAwards.com. See ad on page 15. 20



Hemp and Cannabis Industry Expo Entourage Clinical Services, one of the first integrated, cannabis-friendly healthcare practices in Illinois, is presenting its inaugural Herbal Health & Science Expo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 10, at Pheasant Run Resort, in St. Charles. Open to both consumers and practitioners, the Expo will feature guest speakers, more than 25 vendors, medical cannabis information and more, while showcasing the latest plant-based products, resources, education and initiatives in an inclusive environment that nurtures involvement with health and science. Asha Oroskar, Ph.D., president and CEO of Orochem Technologies, Inc., will present a technical workshop on cannabidiol. “The health and wellness industries are booming, yet there is a lack of reliable resources for fact-based information,” says Kalee Hooghkirk, director of education, Entourage Clinical Services, citing Global Wellness Institute estimates that the worldwide wellness industry grew by 10.6 percent to $3.72 trillion between 2013 and 2015 and continues to show increases. “The Herbal Health & Science Expo is one of the first in Illinois to connect the wellness, hemp and cannabis industries and is designed to be the central information hub for consumers and practitioners – a place where valuable experts and resources assemble in one place.” Location: 4051 E. Main St. For more information about the Expo or Entourage Clinical Services, call 847-406-0789 or visit EntourageClinicalServices.com.

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ARC Physical Therapy is Committed to Success by Carrie Jackson


dvance Rehabilitation Clinics (ARC), with six locations in the Chicago area, offers outpatient orthopedic physical therapy and cuttingedge techniques to effectively treat pains, strains and injuries. ARC is also one of the few clinics in the Chicago area to practice Fascial Counterstrain (FCS), a therapeutic method that works to release spasms in the body which can cause pain and other debilitating symptoms. Owner Kevin Cronin, PT, ATC , JSCC, established ARC in Elmhurst in 1996. He says, “We use the most advanced treatment techniques available to deliver cost-effective, personalized quality care with exceptional customer service. This commitment provides our patients superior outcomes and lasting solutions for painful and debilitating conditions.” The team at ARC treats a multitude of conditions, including arthritis, sports injuries, sciatica, fibromyalgia, fractures, gait and balance disorders, bursitis, TMJ, tendonitis and almost any other kind of injury. “We see people who have been in car accidents, have sports injuries or hurt themselves on the job, but the majority of our patients have conditions that are the result of buildup over time. The brain and body are great at accommodating in the short term, but if the root cause of the problem isn’t addressed, it will just get worse. We work to reverse what caused the damage in the first place and help patients find proper alignment, form and function,” says Cronin. ARC has a variety of programs to treat common physical therapy concerns. Their pelvic floor health program addresses incontinence, constipation, pelvic pain and dysfunction, erectile dysfunction and other conditions for both men and women. They have a spine treatment 22



Kevin Cronin, PT, ATC , JSCC program that includes the latest advances in spine stabilization and neuromuscular reeducation exercises. Their chronic pain and headache program combines FCS, soft tissue mobilization, gentle neuromuscular manual therapy and simple exercises to address the root cause of the pain. “With just a few treatments, our patients are more productive, are able to sleep better, have more energy and start to experience what it’s like to live without debilitating chronic pain,” says Cronin. ARC also offers golf and running evaluation and performance programs, plus therapeutic massage and educational seminars. The trademark therapy at ARC is FCS, originally developed by Lawrence Jones, DO, in the 1950s, and more recently improved upon by Brian Tuckey, PT, in response to groundbreaking research unveiled at the First World Fascial Congress in 2006 at Harvard Medical School. FCS is

a multi-system approach which uniquely impacts blockages and conditions in the vascular, visceral, nervous and musculoskeletal systems. “FCS uses gentle positioning of the hands and body to compress a strained structure. Shortening the tissue takes pressure off the fascia and allows the body to start to heal. It’s a non-traumatic, manual therapy technique, and when the therapist releases the shortened tissue, the nerve ending and smooth muscle in the fascia are essentially reset, which stops the inflammation and spasm,” says Cronin. Almost any condition, chronic or acute, can benefit from FCS. Organs, nerves, muscles, ligaments, tendons, arteries and lymphatic vessels all can spasm as a natural, protective response to injury. These spasms can lead to pain, tightness, inflammation, edema, headaches, muscle weakness, reduced range of motion and other debilitating conditions. “We are leaning more and more about the importance of fascia, the layer of connective tissue beneath the skin. Almost all of the conditions we treat are related to inflammation in the fascia, and FCS is one of the most effective ways to reduce or eliminate that inflammation,” says Cronin. The team at ARC is thoroughly committed to the well-being of their patients. They use private treatment rooms, state-ofthe-art technology and the most advanced, hands-on techniques available. In addition, every patient is seen by a skilled and licensed physical therapist, not an aide. “We know that in order for a patient to truly succeed during and after treatment, they need to take ownership of their own healing. We do everything we can to support that, including self-help for home and selfempowerment from our caring and professional staff. We say that if you can brush your teeth or take a prescription medication every day, then you can make time to do a few simple excises,” says Cronin. ARC has a strong presence in the community, staying committed to their patient-centered approach. They work with local businesses to provide wellness screening and evaluations, and will provide free consultations with a licensed physical therapist to any patient that comes in. ARC is also able to accommodate patients

that may not otherwise be able to afford treatment with customized payment plans, as well as the ARC Grants Wishes program, which provides treatment at no cost to individuals in need. “The team at ARC really makes a difference in the lives of the people we serve. It is a thrill for me to see our patients reclaim their abilities, to function pain-free and to enjoy more active and productive lifestyles,” says Cronin. ARC Physical Therapy is located at 183 York St., in Elmhurst, with five other locations throughout Chicagoland. For more information, call 630-832-6919, email Info@ ARCPhysicalTherapy.com or visit ARCPhysicalTherapy.com. See ad on this page. Carrie Jackson is an Evanston-based writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings Chicago magazine. Connect with her at CarrieJacksonWrites.com.

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rom red carpets to Teen Vogue magazine, the natural beauty trend has taken the industry by storm. Consumer whims may have sparked its beginnings more than a decade ago, but demand is now spiking profits into the billions. “Consumer need is influencing retailers to offer cleaner formulas reflecting firm ecovalues,” says Karen Behnke, the pioneering entrepreneur who founded Juice Beauty, in San Rafael, California. Behnke aimed to create meaningful change in the industry when she assembled her dream team 13 years ago. The company now owns a trailblazing patent and sets the standard for clinical organics. “We’re excited that traditional department stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Holt Renfrew are adding our products to their beauty departments,” says Behnke, who attributes Juice Beauty’s tremendous growth in recent years to a surge of interest in chemical-free, luxury alternatives.

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Find a guide to toxic personal care products at Tinyurl.com/CosmeticIngredientsGuide. ~Vibrant Wellness Journal most artists have included some green beauty brands in their kits.” Millennials continue to drive consumer demand for higher standards. “Retailers understand that the skincare/makeup landscape is changing,” advises Behnke. “Traditional brands are no longer attracting younger consumers that are demanding organic, clinically validated products.” Denno concurs, stating, “The spotlight on clean products comes from the growing acknowledgement that we can and must do all we can to lower our overall toxic load.”

Demand Escalates Women are fueling the natural beauty movement, yet more men than ever are also seeking healthy alternatives. Grooming products with unisex packaging and fragrances are among top sellers. Informed teen and 20-something buyers are inclined to choose people- and eco-friendly brands that are also cruelty-free. A wide selection of aluminum-free, natural, personal care products including underarm deodorants are showing up in supermarkets. Women are ditching toxic hair dyes and going silver to avoid thinning hair and allergies, and unwittingly, creating a new fashion statement. Plus, there’s growing interest in DIY cosmetics using everyday good-for-you ingredients found in the kitchen. Artisan perfumes are gaining popularity among women that want the mystery and allure of fragrance without the side effects of manmade, chemical-based brands. “Some new customers are frustrated by commercial products giving them headaches, while others say that they just don’t like perfume, when what they actually don’t like is synthetic fragrance chemicals,” says Ananda Wilson, a botanical perfumer and owner of Gather Perfume, in South Hadley, Massachusetts. “It’s inspiring when they smell real plant scents and see how their world lights up! The molecules in natural perfumes are active and interact with personal chemistry, so they unfold differently on each

wearer, creating a unique signature and experience.” Wilson ventured into botanical blends when both awareness and supplies of appropriate ingredients were scarce. “Perfume history is largely rooted in natural materials, but until recently, there was a mass blackout of this precious lineage. When I started, there was barely anything available, and only through a handful of aromatherapy companies,” she explains. Now, Wilson bases her products on botanical infusions from plants she’s grown or collected, including wild beach roses, clover and spring poplar buds. It only takes a whiff to dispel the myth that natural perfumes lack sophistication or tenacity. “Naturals have a breadth of possibilities—opulent white florals, fresh and clean, or dirty and smoky,” expounds Wilson. Eco-beauty is emerging from conscious lifestyle choices and creating the next era of cosmetics. “It’s fun to be called a pioneer in organic beauty,” muses Behnke. “Our products, employees and happy customers comprise an encouraging accomplishment.”

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The chemistry of certain foods and our ability to digest fats, proteins and carbohydrates all play a role in how we run our system. While gluten and lactose are well-known triggers, other food can also affect how we feel after a meal. Two other lesser-known triggers of digestive discomfort are oxalates and high-histamine foods. Oxalates, or oxalic acids, are compounds that naturally occur in many plants, and sensitivity can occur when our bodies take in this chemical. A healthy spinach salad might be a good choice for someone that doesn’t have a problem with oxalates, but for those with systems that are more sensitive, eating a “healthy” spinach salad can cause the immune system to react with an inflammatory response. High-histamine foods, including those that are fermented, cured or vinegar-based, can trigger uncomfortable reactions in our body, as well as headaches, runny nose and mucous. Apple cider vinegar, bone broth, kombucha, alcohol and cured meats are all considered high-histamine foods. A qualified healthcare practitioner can order laboratory urine testing or food panel tests to identify food sensitivities and digestive issues. A 24-hour urinalysis reveals how the body digests fat, protein and carbohydrates, and shows many imbalances from undigested food that can cause many reactions in the body. This test also helps to identify vitamin and mineral deficiencies as well as candida/yeast overgrowth. After proper identification, the practitioner may suggest dietary modification to calm the system, and then gradually re-introduce suspect foods. Other therapies for

Eating Healthy Without Digestive Discomfort by Reneé Barasch


ow well our bodies digest the food we eat affects how we feel and how we maintain good health. Summer is the time of year when more of us experience seasonal allergies, and what we choose to eat can have a direct effect on how our bodies respond to environmental allergens. Some of us also suffer year-round with uncomfortable symptoms that are triggered by the food we eat, and often these foods are part of what we typically think of as a “healthy” diet. Reactions can include headache, runny nose, watery or itchy eyes and digestive disorders such as gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux and joint pain. These symptoms can be worse in spring or late summer, especially when we are exposed to pollen from trees, grass and ragweed. When we eat certain foods that are not broken down properly they pass through our digestive tract and the immune system detects that there is a problem. When the digestive system is not performing optimally, weaknesses occur in the gut as a result of undigested food particles (such as fats, protein, carbohydrates). They can even leak into the bloodstream through the gut, where the immune system recognizes them as foreign objects and starts to defend itself and causes an immune reaction. That’s when we can experience symptoms.




sensitivities vary and may include enzyme replacement therapy and specific supplements to strengthen the digestive system and help minimize reactions. An easy way to reduce digestive discomfort and sensitivity reactions is to substitute foods that are more easily digested, rather than giving up on salad. For example, swap out red lettuce for spinach. Stone fruits like cherries, plums and peaches substitute for high-oxalic blueberries and raspberries, as do apple or pear slices and watermelon. With a little research, it becomes easy to make other food exchanges at the grocery store or farmers’ market. Reneé Barasch is a certified digestive health specialist, detoxification/ purification specialist and the founder of Digestive Health Solutions, located at 480 Elm Place, Ste. 108, in Highland Park. For more information, call 847-207-2034 or visit DigestiveHealthSolutions.com. See ads on pages 7, 49 and in the Community Resource Guide.

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Protective Strategies Against Pollen Allergies by Christopher Krofton


any people suffer from allergies both mild and severe, with ragweed specifically and pollen in general at the top of the list. Selecting plants at home that do not generate pollen is an effective preventive strategy in many cases, but airborne wind-carried pollen respects neither lot lines nor municipal borders, so it will likely drift in anyway. Local governments have their own criteria for landscaping priorities, and the wilderness runs its own course. Yet there are many actions we can take to both reduce or eliminate pollen sources around our home exteriors and also reduce encountering pollen in our daily routine. Plants, like animals, have distinct male and female aspects. Males produce pollen to fertilize the female ovules. Ovules form seeds which, like eggs, contain the nutrients necessary for the development of the embryonic plant. Plants reproduce by pollination, in which pollen grains are transferred from one plant to another. Pollen can be transported by insects such as bees or by the wind. Most cultivated plants with showy flowers are entomophilous (pollinated by insects) and do not cause pollen allergies because their pollen is sticky, not airborne. These plants attract insects with nectar-containing flowers. Trees, grass and ragweed are major sources of pollen and its resulting allergies in the U.S. Trees can aggravate allergies whether or not they are on our property 28



because they release large amounts of pollen that can be distributed miles away from the original source. Trees are the earliest pollen producers, releasing their pollen as early as January in southern states and as late as May or June in northern states. Most allergies are specific to one type of tree, although some people show crossreactivity among trees in the alder, beech, birch and oak families, and also in the juniper and cedar families. Trees that typically

Allergy Prevention Steps During Pollen Season ✿ Design the home landscape without

grass. Choose ground covers, bulbs and other herbaceous plants that don’t produce much pollen or that are pollinated by bees and insects, rather than the wind. Select trees that are pollen-free.

✿ Mow grass at a low height before it goes to seed.

✿ Get rid of ragweed around the property.

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Good for People and the Planet by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist


any people define a livable city as one that is easy to get around in by foot, bike or public transportation. Many also prioritize ready access to fresh, local, organic food via farmers’ markets and community gardens. Others champion affordable housing and cost of living factors, safe neighborhoods with a diversity of people, careful stewardship of clean air and water, and plentiful amenities, including considerable open space and natural settings. Many work to preserve and enhance a sense of place suited to the locale. Partners for Livable Communities, a national nonprofit in Washington, D.C., that renews and restores communities, maintains, “Livability is the sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life, including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity and cultural, entertainment and recreation possibilities.” The American Association of Retired Persons considers livable communities as age-friendly for young and old alike. 30



Along with economic opportunities, a leading stimulus in moving to urban centers is, “More people are looking for a sociable environment where they can walk out of their door to the shops or transit and be among others they recognize who also recognize them,” observes Suzanne Lennard, director of the International Making Cities Livable Conferences, LLC, in Portland, Oregon.  “People who have traveled abroad, especially to Europe, and tasted the quality of life possible in a truly livable, walkable, beautiful and sociable city, often want to find such a place to live themselves.”   Following are a few examples of America’s many livable cities. More are transitioning and evolving as city planners, government officials, businesses and nonprofit community organizations strive to make their hometowns both people- and planet-friendly, often through public and private partnerships.  

Street-Scene Renaissance

In Pittsburgh, revitalization is transforming 10,000 parcels of vacant or abandoned land—some where steel mills formerly



operated—into greenspace, bike lanes and other enticing and productive public areas. “Biking and our food scene have exploded,” says Chris Sandvig, director of policy with the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, which advocates for equitable urban revitalization through their Vacant Property Working Group, helping communities access blighted areas for pennies on the dollar. “We’re now one of the top 10 bicycling commuter cities in the country. People also come here as food tourists due to vibrant local agricultural activity.”   “A related ideal is to create compact, human-scale, mixed-use urban centers in the suburbs that are less expensive to construct— and thus remain more affordable—while placing shops, schools, parks, services, workplaces and public transit within walking and biking distance,” Lennard notes. “This ensures a healthy, affordable and high quality of life for all; suburban, as well as urban.”   Fast-growing Carmel, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis, is following suit. “After years of watching the suburbs sprawl into subdivisions with large lawns, privacy fences and cul-de-sacs, we created a vibrant central core with apartments, townhomes, condos and new options for smaller homes—all within walking distance or a short bike ride to new places to work, shop and dine,” explains Mayor James Brainard. The design efforts serve people instead of cars. “Carmel has spent the last 20-plus years building more than 900 miles of trails and multi-use pathways, enabling residents to commute by bicycle to work and enjoy easy access to a growing number of parks and recreational areas,” says Brainard. To facilitate traffic flow, some 100 roundabouts replaced stoplights and four-way stops. “Reducing traffic congestion has improved our air quality, and saved gasoline and lives.” A new, mixed-use downtown Arts and Design District includes a Center for the Performing Arts with a Center Green that hosts a farmers’ market in summer and an outdoor Christkindlmarkt and outdoor skating rink in winter.   “The old way of doing things in which cities and towns sat back and let the market dictate how a community should be grown must come to an end,” remarks Brainard, advocating the benefits of local governance.  

Smart City Advantages

Key elements of smart cities—sensors, cameras, data analytics and powerful networks that capture and relay vital information— help them become more energy-efficient or quicker to respond to environmental and residential issues. Such products highlighted the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. Reducing traffic can also contribute to safer highways and shorter commutes with decreased greenhouse gas emissions. “Citizens are using apps to monitor issues and alert city managers, improving the livability of their communities,” explains Steve Koenig, senior director of market research with the Consumer Technology Association.   In Boston, the app BOS:311 allows residents to instantaneously notify government departments of pollution concerns, like blocked drains and other environmental or community needs, feeding the information directly into the city’s work order system via their mobile phone. This real-time collaboration results in a cleaner, safer and healthier city.   The Envision Charlotte project encompasses interactive kiosks in 64 businesses and government buildings citywide, gathering energy usage data for office buildings to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. So far, energy consumption has dropped 19 percent, saving companies about $26 million. The program has strengthened economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability.  

Nature in the City

Some cities have focused on the natural environment for improving local livability while mitigating contributions to climate change. Forested open spaces, wetlands and protected watersheds improve air quality, protect drinking water and buffer intense storms. Such areas also connect more people with nature and engage them in communal and healthy outdoor recreation. Portland, Oregon, boasts more than 10,000 acres of parks, plus an innovative Biketown sharing program that has facilitated 160,000 bike trips since its launch in 2016. The city’s Bike Bill requires all new streets to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians by design. Portland also embraces urban gardens and allows residents to raise chickens, bees, goats or rabbits in their backyards.

No one wants to live where pollution runs unchecked or water is unsafe to drink. Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program works to keep stormwater out of sewers and reduce rainwater runoff through decentralized soil-based and plant-based systems, including pervious pavement, green roofs and rain gardens. Begun in 2011, its goal is to reduce rainwater runoff by 85 percent by 2036. Rainwater has become a valuable community resource. The program is just one of many ways that the City of Brotherly Love is transforming itself into one of the greenest in the United States. Overseen by the city’s Office of Sustainability, Greenworks Philadelphia devises long-term sustainability strategies that encompass eight facets, including clean and efficient energy, carbon-neutrality and zero waste. Preparations are already underway to cope with a hotter, wetter future.

Preserving a Sense of Place

Making communities livable goes beyond infrastructure. Actions usually involve preserving, protecting and enhancing what appeals to residents. Santa Fe, New Mexico, is one example of many where livability priorities are guided by the values of its residents and its sense of place. “From our historic public square and marketplaces to outdoor cafes, farmers’ markets and community festivals; from human-scale architecture and balanced transportation to pedestrian and bicycle networks, this place represents shared values,” says Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. “Santa Fe is also full of public art. The city is designed to be safe, creative and inspiring for young and old, families of all kinds and everyone else that comes to see us.”

Good Life as Kids See It

Ultimately, making cities move livable for children can make them highly livable for all. “Children need the same things from a city that we all need, but their needs are greater than ours,” says Lennard. “The environment a child grows up in shapes their health and their mental and social development for the rest of their lives. Our modern, unwalkable suburban environments are contributing to childhood obesity, which has been widely linked to

chronic diseases that in the past were only associated with old age.” She notes, “Children need the exercise of walking or biking to school. They need safe streets so they can become independent and explore their neighborhoods; sidewalks and other outdoor areas where they can play, meet friends and interact with adults in the community; easy access  to nature; beauty in their environment; and intriguing architecture, works of art and other places to stimulate their affection and imagination. As they become teenagers, they need access by foot or bike to a wide variety of resources to broaden their horizons. Don’t we all need these things?”   John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring, operate the Inn Serendipity, wholly powered by renewable energy, in Browntown, WI.

LIVABLE COMMUNITIES TOOLBOX International Making Cities Livable hosts conferences in the U.S. and Europe. LivableCities.org Consumer Technology Association’s Smart Cities, an overview of the latest technology in making cities more smart and livable. Tinyurl.com/SmartCitiesTechnology AARP Livable Communities fact sheets, helpful for communities looking to become more livable. Tinyurl.com/LivableCommunityFacts AARP Livability Index, a livability rating of U.S. localities according to housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement and opportunity. LivabilityIndex.aarp.org Toward Sustainable Communities: Solutions for Citizens and Their Governments, by Mark Roseland. The fourth edition offers a comprehensive guidebook for creating vibrant, healthy, equitable and economically viable places. June 2018


Pets Welcome Here Happy Places to Live and Travel Together by Sandra Murphy


s of last year, 90 million dogs lived in American homes. Including cats, birds, fish, small animals and reptiles, the grand total is 393 million, reports the American Pet Products Association. Pets are considered family members by 95 percent of their people. Accordingly, pets are a key consideration in choosing a friendly place to live or visit. The personal finance website WalletHub analyzed the most pet-friendly U.S. cities encompassing criteria inclusive of access to veterinarians and cost, pet insurance rates, pet-friendly restaurants, pet-centric businesses, dog parks and animal shelters. SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company, ranked cities by dog parks, pet-friendly restaurants and stores, walkability, weather and housing costs. Unsurprisingly, many high picks are in warmer climates.

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says Alexandra Bassett, a professional dog trainer and owner of Dog Savvy Los Angeles. “I hike off-leash in Runyon Canyon and we visit the Pawbar at Pussy & Pooch, a pet lifestyle boutique, to mingle and sample treats. Food is the fastest way to make a dog comfortable in just about any setting.” Irvine and Carlsbad, California, and Portland, Maine, are among the first cities to ban use of toxic pesticides in public areas and homes, following pressure from local groups. Being closer to the ground and smaller in size, pets suffer adverse reactions faster than humans. Contact local environmental groups to help ban harmful insecticides and herbicides in public areas. In Pasco County, Florida, Epperson Community homes exemplify eco- and pet-friendly planning, with open spaces and solar power-lit trails for jogging and walking. Birdhouses throughout the property welcome wild feathered friends. A centerpiece lagoon enhances scenic walks and uses less water and energy than a traditional pool or golf course. Separate paths allocated for bikes and driverless cars keep dog walkers safe.

Colony Cove, in Ellenton, Florida, is a 55-plus retirement community that allows multiple pets, including some breeds banned elsewhere. It maintains a large dog park, and at summer’s end, dogs are welcome to take a dip in the pool. Further, the association offers mobile groomers, photos with Santa and costume contests. All species are welcome at Rose Villa Senior Living, in Portland, Oregon, where residents’ request for an off-leash dog park play area was granted. One resident owns two dogs, two cats and an African gray parrot. The largest-ever Canadian residential project to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum certification, Calgary’s University District, embraces ecological conservation, habitat restoration and long-term conservation management principles. Designed for residents to age in place with their families, recreational fitness amenities include on- and off-leash dog parks, a pet-friendly activity space and paths leading to parks.

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Sara Nick, chief content officer at Sidewalk Dog Media, in Minneapolis, suggests experiencing unique adventures. Dog paddling takes on new meaning via stand-up paddleboarding with a pooch at Minnesota’s Split Rock Lighthouse and Tettegouche state parks. Whatever the weather, equinefriendly pups can ride along in a horsedrawn carriage from Doubletree Carriage Company, in Spring Valley. Dogs are welcome to watch or snooze through film showings at the Long Drive-In, in Long Prairie. Birgit and Jim Walker, authors of Keep Your Paws on the Road: A Practical Guide to Traveling with Dogs, travel by RV in summer with their three dogs to favorite stops like Tombstone, Arizona. “Some tourist areas don’t welcome dogs, but in Tombstone, dogs can go for stagecoach rides and down into a mine with you,” she says. Kim Salerno, president and founder of TripsWithPets.com, in Wake Forest, North Carolina, recommends Kimpton or Aloft hotels. “Kimpton accepts any pet, any size, weight, breed or species. Amenities include a bed, treats, a water bowl and toys


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San Francisco—dog parks, walkability and friendly restaurants Albuquerque—only 28 rainy days a year, plus affordable housing Tucson—50 welcoming restaurants and sunny weather San Diego—200 restaurants, plus a dogs-welcome beach Denver—posted solid scores in all categories Las Vegas—dog parks favored by dry, sunny weather New York City—high on walkability, especially in good weather Sacramento—affordable housing and lots of green space Phoenix—friendly restaurants and shops, plus sunny days Chicago—great walking; bundle up against lake breezes Top 10 list by SmartAsset.com. Find a different, 100 best list at Wallethub.com/edu/most-pet-friendly-cities/5562. June 2018


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Peter Gros on Preserving Wild Nature by Sandra Murphy


eter Gros, co-host of the original Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom TV show, wildlife expert and environmental conservationist, now educates groups of young people that spend more time on their handheld devices than they do outdoors. His message impresses upon the next generation the importance of wildlife and open spaces as they gift us with heartfelt awe and balance, and engage us with nature to offset manmade lives. His 30 years of field experiences include serving as a wildlife lecturer and licensed U.S. Department of Agriculture exhibitor. An active member of the American Zoo and Aquariums Association and the Zoological Association of America, Gros is also on the board of directors of the Suisun Marsh Natural History Association and a trustee for the Cheetah Conservation Fund. He lives in Seattle and spends time in national forests when not speaking to groups.

Which animals are most often displaced by development so that we now share space with them? Deer, raccoons, alligators and coyotes are common neighbors, depending on where you live. The deer population used to be controlled by natural predators like wolves; without wolves, deer can overpopulate. The best thing to remember is that animals go where there’s a food supply. Gardens attract deer; cat or dog food left out 34



brings raccoons. Coyotes and alligators must lose their fear of humans in order to eat. Don’t feed, tease or interact with them. Take photos from a distance. Call your local government animal agency for help or referral to a licensed animal rehabber before “rescuing” an abandoned baby; mothers often spend periods of time away hunting for food.

Why are some animals in danger of being killed on sight? We react to snakes, wolves and bats from a place of unfounded fears: snakes don’t have facial expressions, are seen as cold or slimy and move quickly; wolves are dangerous; bats can tangle in your hair. These are all tall tales. Animals want to avoid us. We’ve reacted to our own fears with needless snake roundups, bounties on wolves and panic when a tiny bat swoops by. Historically, there have been no attacks on humans by wolves, and reintroducing them into Yellowstone National Park has restored a natural balance. Snakes keep disease-carrying rodents away. Bats use their radar to steer clear. We need to understand each animal’s purpose and place in nature. Feeding wildlife corrupts natural behaviors and removes their fear of humans. When we deem them a nuisance or inconvenient, we treat them like they’re disposable and have no value. It’s better for everyone to enjoy the fact that animals are there and keep our distance.

Who else is working to educate people about the importance of wildlife and habitat? Zoos used to be concrete-enclosed collections of animals. Now they are education centers, offering enrichment programs and improved natural habitats to keep the animals active and interested. Waterfalls, swimming pools, trees, puzzles and toys that prompt animals to mimic hunting behaviors help keep a resident animal’s mind and body active. Breeding programs help maintain endangered species. We’re able to study and learn about a species while caring for them. One breeding program I worked with focused on spotted and striped big cats: the leopards and tigers. In another, we used incubators to hatch eggs among a threatened ostrich population. In Big Sur, California, condors have been raised with puppets so they wouldn’t imprint on humans before being released. Nature and science centers across the country are also teaching people about the importance of animals.

What makes you hopeful for the future? Each of us can make a daily difference in preserving our natural world. I’ve been fortunate in being able to showcase wild animals, help endangered or protected species and share what I’ve learned in educational forums. Good news includes sighting of the black-footed ferret, once thought to be extinct. Mountain lions are recovering. We are learning from past mistakes. A big lesson is that what nature provides isn’t in endless supply, so we must be wise and frugal with all of our natural resources.

What are you most passionate about? No one should have a wild or exotic animal as a pet. The animals I show to audiences were bottle-raised or rescued. They can’t be released and so have become animal ambassadors. When people see them, they better understand the importance of nature and wildlife to people and the planet. I’m passionate about preserving wildlife and open spaces. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.

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Tart cherry juice. A study by the University of Rochester, in New York, found that older adults drinking two, eight-ounce servings of tart red cherry juice daily, one in the morning and one at night for two weeks, enjoyed moderate sleep improvement, comparable to taking the herb valerian and melatonin.



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etting enough sleep—or not—has a trickle-down effect. A study in the Journal of Obesity shows that good quality shut-eye helps us reduce stress, lose weight and function better. Research also shows that most Americans would be healthier, happier and safer going about their daily activities if they slept 60 to 90 more minutes each night, according to the American Psychological Association. A consistent sleep routine helps enable a good night’s rest, with activities like going to bed at the same time whenever possible; shutting down the Internet, email and text messaging at least an hour before bedtime; and limiting intake of caffeine and alcohol. Another best practice is eating foods that help us relax, fall and stay asleep. Four primary sleep-promoting vitamins and minerals naturally found in foods are tryptophan, magnesium, calcium and vitamin B6. Some of these help the body produce melatonin, the hormone responsible for regulating the body’s sleep/wake patterns called circadian rhythms. Others enhance serotonin, which carries nerve signals and relays messages in the brain related to mood and sleep. 36



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Kiwi. Full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate, kiwi can help us sleep longer. In a study at Taipei Medical University, in Taiwan, researchers had participants eat two kiwifruits one hour before bedtime for four weeks. Total sleep time improved by 13.4 percent.


Soy. In a Japanese study published in the Nutrition Journal, researchers surveyed 1,076 participants between 20 and 78 on how often they ate soy products, which are rich in sleep-enhancing isoflavones. Those that ate the most soy foods enjoyed deeper, more sustained sleep. Researchers concluded that soy’s isoflavones help regulate the sleep/wake cycle.


Fiber-rich foods. Choices such as chia seeds, nuts and whole grains help promote restorative “slow-wave” sleep, according to the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.


Calcium-fortified yogurt. According to Dr. William Sears, a pediatrician in Pasadena, California, and author of The Baby Sleep Book: The Complete Guide to a Good Night’s Rest for the Whole Family, “Calcium helps the brain use the amino acid tryptophan to manufacture the sleepinducing substance melatonin. This explains why dairy products, which contain both tryptophan and calcium, are some of the top sleep-inducing foods.”


Bananas. Rich in potassium, magnesium, tryptophan and vitamin B6, which are used to make melatonin, bananas help promote good sleep. A study in the Journal of Pineal Research found that men that ate two bananas at a time for a week had a rise in melatonin that reached a peak two hours later; pineapple juice and orange juice also raised those levels.


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Fish. Salmon, halibut, mackerel and tuna help boost the production of vitamin B6, which helps make melatonin. A recent study from the University of Pennsylvania published in Scientific Reports found that eating more fish led both to better sleep and improved cognitive function in children.

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Walnuts. Eating a handful of walnuts an hour before bedtime provides fiber- supporting, restorative, slow-wave sleep, concluded a study in the journal Nutrition. Plus, walnuts are a good source of tryptophan, which helps make serotonin and melatonin; University of Texas researchers also found that walnuts contain their own source of melatonin.


Dark leafy greens. Kale, spinach and collard greens are among the magnesium-rich greens that can help us de-stress and go to sleep, says Dr. Raj Dasgupta, a professor of pulmonary and sleep medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.


Almonds and dates. Nerina Ramlakhan, Ph.D., a London sleep therapist and author of Fast Asleep but Wide Wake: Discover the Secrets of Restorative Sleep and Vibrant Energy, counsels her clients to start at breakfast by eating eight almonds and two dates. These two fiber-rich foods are able to slowly help produce melatonin for later in the day. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).

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t day camp or the pool, on the playing field or in the backyard, kids can get really thirsty, especially as temperatures climb. Although filtered water is always a good choice, sugary, carbonated, artificially colored and flavored beverages can be tempting. Having homemade options ready can entice kids to stay hydrated in a healthy way.

Clued-in Professionals “As a sports nutritionist and mother of active kids, I know there’s a lot of misinformation out there, and I get all kinds of questions from parents about what drinks are best for kids,” says Jackie Berning, Ph.D., a registered dietitian, sports nutrition consultant and professor of health science at the University of Colorado, in Colorado Springs. “Parents need to know that all beverages are not created equal when it comes to hydrating them. The best [healthful] beverages taste good when your child is active, so encourage their drinking more of them,” she says. According to the National Alliance for Youth Sports, the recommended beverage

contents for active kids during sports and other activities should contain at least 100 milligrams (mg) of sodium and at least 28 mg of potassium per eight ounces. It should be noncarbonated. We asked two moms keen on nutrition how they include these elements in drinks that kids will like.

Mom Picks Michele Olivier, the mother of daughters Elliette and Parker, views herself as both a lover of food and a control freak. The Denver, Colorado, recipe blogger started off making food for her baby and toddler. As her kids grew and their nutritional needs changed, she created new recipes, including healthy sports drinks that both balance electrolytes and hydrate. While Elliette loves water and has no trouble staying hydrated, Parker loves juice, so Mom had to “make something that looks like juice, but is healthy,” says Olivier. Four main ingredients are a little frozen fruit left over from breakfast smoothies, a bit of honey for sweetening, a dash of Himalayan sea salt and water,

or herbal tea or coconut water. She might also add fresh mint, ginger or other natural flavorings (BabyFoode.com). Heather Dessinger, a mom of three and blogger of recipes and natural mothering tips from Santa Fe, Tennessee, makes a drink based on coconut water with lime juice, raw honey and sea salt for older kids that play soccer or other warm-weather sports. Dessinger describes herself as a researcher and healthy living DIY fan (Mommypotamus.com).

With homemade drinks, we know exactly what is—and what isn’t—in them. They can be made in batches and kept in the refrigerator. Dessinger relates, “I’ve found that when I make a batch with honey, which is naturally antimicrobial, and store it in the coldest part of the fridge, my homemade sports drink lasts for at least a week.”


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Blackberry + Lemon + Mint Electrolyte Drink Yields: 4 cups 4 blackberries, fresh or frozen ½ lemon, juiced 1 mint leaf 1 Tbsp honey ⅛ tsp Himalayan pink salt 4 cups water, herbal iced tea or coconut water Place all ingredients in a blender and set on high for 45 to 60 seconds or until fruit is completely puréed. Add ice to a water bottle and pour electrolyte water on top to serve. Popsicle Option: Follow the same instructions, but add an additional tablespoon of honey, and then pour the electrolyte drink into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.  Courtesy of Michele Olivier, Tinyurl.com/4SportsDrinks4Kids.

Coconut & Lime Sports Drink Yields: about 4½ cups of bolder taste for older kids 3 cups coconut water 1 cup water or more, based on preference in strength of flavor) ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (lemon is also delicious) ¼ tsp Celtic sea salt or other unrefined sea salt with trace minerals 2 Tbsp raw honey or maple syrup (or more to taste) Few drops of Concentrace mineral drops (optional) Mix all ingredients together and store in a sealed glass container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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ombining regular exercise with quality family time can be an enjoyable and fun way to realize a healthier lifestyle. Running together in fresh air, preferably in natural settings, allows children as young as 5 to safely join in.

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Families and coaches agree that running benefits both body and psyche. “Running as a family is an incredibly bonding experience, putting aside some of the usual conflicts and perceived hierarchies and just coming together,” says William Pullen, a London, England, psychotherapist and author of Running with Mindfulness: Dynamic Running Therapy (DRT) to Improve Low-mood, Anxiety, Stress, and Depression. “Running also gives us a place where we can develop skills like building confidence and competency.” Marc Bloom, of Princeton, New Jersey, author of Young Runners: The Complete Guide to Healthy Running for Kids From 5 to 18 and The Runner’s Bible, concurs, stating, “Running as a family can give parents the opportunity to be good role models by instilling values of health, fitness and togetherness.” Experts emphasize the fun factor. Pullen encourages both parents and kids to get out of their heads and into their bodies. “Concentrating on breath, posture, sensation and location all help make running mindful,” he suggests. 42



For beginners, experts recommend approaching running as a desirable pastime and adopting a slow, easy pace. “Always make running fun, not a chore,” encourages Bloom. “Frame it as being outside, playing and sharing with friends and family. Make a game of it as much as possible.” Whether a family chooses to run in the park or in a community race, experts stress the importance of not setting goals. “Make it pleasurable. Don’t worry about time and distance. Start with short distances, maybe a block or two for novice runners or very young children,” advises running coach Jeremy Sanders, from Winchester, Virginia. “Be patient. Some days, the kids will get cramps. They may whine or get moody. Other days, they will be happy and content. Don’t let one bad run ruin the opportunity to try again another time.” Running coaches and seasoned runners agree that it is wise to tailor runs according to age and fitness levels. “Kids can begin at school age, 5 or 6; but start them with a few minutes and then add more, up to 15 minutes to a half an hour or so a few days a week. Always mix in sprints for short attention spans. Keep it simple. No fancy running shoes are needed when starting, just regular sneakers,” advises Bloom. “For teens, 30 to 45 minutes at a time a few times a week is fine, provided that they have bona fide running shoes.”


Finding inspiration as a family can include running for worthy causes; most communities host charity runs. “This can become a focal point for getting in shape, raising money and running for the greater good, not just yourself,” says Bloom. Mindful running presents regular opportunities to explore new places, focus on details that often go unnoticed and make exercise an active meditation for all involved. “Show kids how to notice what is going on around them when they run,” suggests Pullen. “You can read up and educate yourselves on trees, geology or the change of seasons so they feel a powerful sense of connection and freedom.” Whether running as a family is motivated by a desire to stay fit, get someplace or simply share more quality time, being in the present moment is most important. “Life is not about striving all the time,” exhorts Pullen. “Take the kids out. Keep it fun and make it into an adventure.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com.


“The important thing is to show up. It’s about participation, not breaking personal bests,” Pullen continues. Kids can play a game while running, such as silently counting steps, trees or other runners.” Mindfulness can also include sharing how it feels to run and meeting challenges along the way. Bloom suggests tuning in to nature. “Being in beautiful surroundings or watching for animals can promote mindfulness,” he says. “It can be spiritual.”

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Breathing While Running William Pullen: “Mindful breathing is simply making the observation of one’s breath being the priority over thoughts. Each time the mind interrupts, gently return to the breath. Learning how to do that gently is what it’s all about—it means letting go of forcing, wishing and striving— and just gently doing.” Marc Bloom: “I’m not a fan of instructing young kids how to breathe while running because thinking about a must-do task can spoil the fun, and also seem like homework. Runners breathe naturally through their mouths, with an occasional deep breath through the nose. You can get technical with this, but not for kids. Be aware if breathing gets labored. If kids feel out of breath they’re probably running too fast. Kids love to start off fast, often too fast. Also, normal breathing might feel ‘out of breath’ and wrong to them because they’re not accustomed to it. Explain this to newbies beforehand by telling them what to expect.” Jeremy Sanders: “Everyone is different. Your breathing changes with effort and the more you run, the more you learn what works for you. You can experiment by breathing through only your nose or only your mouth, or in combination, in through the nose and out through the mouth. You can also alter the number of steps between each breath to get a comfortable rhythm going.”

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n a harried world where our work is never done, it’s tough to take timeouts to do nothing. Yet, when we pump the brakes on Americans’ obsessive drive, we discover fresh productivity, creativity and contentment. “We’re socialized to pride ourselves on accomplishment and achievement, yet when you step back, you realize doing nothing produces a valuable currency, especially in enhanced mental health,” says Colleen Long, a Boston psychologist and author of Happiness in B.A.L.A.N.C.E: What We Know Now About Happiness. Italians call it la dolce far niente, or the sweetness of doing nothing, while the Dutch word niksen translates as “doing something without a purpose”. Here are a few tips to reclaim the art of be-ing over do-ing.

Create a “do nothing” ritual. Set aside a special time and make it known. It can start the morning or wind down an evening. It may be meditating a few minutes or enjoying a bit of aromatherapy, wherever the heart leads. Relax into the moment. Acknowledge

guilty feelings when they arise, but don’t heed them. It takes time to undo mental programming and learn to quiet the voice urging, “Don’t just stand there, do something!”

Mindfully do nothing. It’s not about

vegging out with passive activities like watching TV or checking email. It’s a time to come alive to our senses and surroundings, whether listening to music or peoplewatching, free of distractions from phone calls or anxious thoughts.

Doing something is okay. The aim

is to let go of the compulsion to check off every item on our to-do list—but that doesn’t mean blankly staring off into space. These are purposeful moments without a specific purpose. Doodle in a sketchbook, wander around the neighborhood or lie in the grass and look at clouds. Spontaneously go with the flow.

There’s no one way or right way to do nothing. “Just by carving out space,

you’ll get a benefit even if it doesn’t feel like you’re doing it right or perfectly,” advises Long. It looks different for different people. “Before I had kids, my ‘nothing time’ might be just being out in nature or simply doing one thing mindfully at a time, like washing dishes. Now I incorporate the principle into family time. One day a week, I shut off the phone, get on the floor with my kids and just let life get messy.” Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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We Need Clean Waters Streams and Rivers Are Life Links by Avery Mack


reeks, streams and rivers flow into ponds, lakes and oceans, carrying pollution. Keeping large bodies of water clean starts with local waterways. As awareness of this need rises, some rivers in Africa, India, New Zealand and elsewhere are being protected and recognized as living entities, with rights, values and the legal status of people. While court cases brought by commercial interests are challenging such decisions, progress continues on many fronts.

Cleanup Success Stories

“The Fox River’s been our treasure since Native Americans paddled there,” says Barbara Smits, part-owner of Old Northwest Frontier Tours, provider of self-guided auto, bicycle and walking tours via eBook, in

De Pere, Wisconsin. “To see people sail, boat, ice fish or sightsee here again is a joy.” The Fox River Cleanup Project, a multi-year effort covering 13 miles that began in 2009, reduces the health and environmental risks from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in the sediment. Lake Winnebago, source of the lower Fox River, is currently stewarded under the 2000 Lake Sturgeon Management Plan. Recent meetings have sought citizen input for updates in managing sturgeon stock. In Athens County, Ohio, Michelle Shively, in Trimble, is Sunday Creek’s watershed coordinator. “Every minute, 850 to 1,000 gallons of polluted water from an underground mine pool flows into the creek, turning the water orange from iron waste. Once the iron is removed, you need

to do something with it,” she says. Guy Riefler, Ph.D., an associate professor of civil engineering, and John Sabraw, professor of art and chair of a painting and drawing program, both with Ohio University, in Athens, found a way to wash, dry and pulverize recovered iron. It will be sold to Gamblin Artists Colors to make oil paints for artists in mustardy ochre, rusty red and violet tones. Not yet widely available, 500 sample tubes of Reclaimed Earth Violet were featured at an initial fundraiser. “Cleaning water is expensive, but now we’ve turned the problem into a method to fund more work,” says Shively. Throughout history, river dams have been built to provide power or irrigation, prevent flooding and provide municipal water needs. Of approximately 80,000 three-foot-tall or higher U.S. dams, only about 2,500 produce hydropower. Removal of old dams no longer serving their original function can restore entire watershed ecosystems, provide habitat for fish and wildlife, add jobs, improve water quality, reinstate natural sediment and nutrient flow, and save taxpayer dollars. Built in 1929 and abandoned after World War II, demolition of an Eklutna River dam, in Alaska, began in 2016. Curtis McQueen, an Eklutna tribal leader and CEO of Eklutna Inc., which now owns the dam, reported that 300,000 cubic yards of sediment had amassed there, along with junked cars, TVs and other trash. The tribe is the first in the nation to be involved in such a massive project, intended to restore its historic salmon population. In 2017, dams were removed in Alaska, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.

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Water is life, and clean water means health. ~Audrey Hepburn A map at Tinyurl.com/DamRemovals shows dams taken down since 1916. “The good news is that in meetings like the St. Louis River Summit, in Superior, Wisconsin, in March, clean water wasn’t viewed only in a strictly scientific sense, but added the human factor to produce more diverse solutions,” says Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D., the Monterey Bay, California, author of Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do. “The bad news is that most projects are funded, directly or indirectly, by the federal government. Cuts add challenges and stress to looking for solutions.” Cities like Pittsburgh, Superior and Duluth are among many that are protecting, restoring and rejuvenating riverfronts with increased public access, thus rekindling residents’ love for and recognition of the mental and physical benefits provided by their waterways. “We’re in a period of big ideas,” says Nichols. Two can be easily implemented. First, he explains, don’t build right on the water; instead, sit in the “second row”. Second, gain perspective by experiencing changes in waterways. “One way to do this is to spend an hour a day, or even an hour a week, in, on or near the water. Take someone new with you each time,” suggests Nichols. “You’ll see how best to value, promote and defend our right to clean water.” Then teach the kids.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 1 7th Annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference: Honoring Plant Wisdom – June 1-3. Speakers: Tieraona Low Dog, MD, Isla Burgess, Dr. Jody Noé and many more. Join us for a gathering of the feminine; a wide spectrum of Internationally acclaimed herbalists and Earth-based speakers, plant walks, topics including herbs for family health, wild edibles, fermentation, permaculture, movement, herbal wisdom the wise woman ways and much more. Over 60 workshops and plants walks, Kids’ Camp and Teen Camp. Includes preconference classes, workshops and walks, singing, dancing, meals, swimming, red tent communal space and more. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info: MidwestWomensHerbal.com. Yoga Therapeutics: Hips and Knees – 6-9pm. With Gabriel Halpern. Yoga challenges you to find out why you are so tight in different areas of your body. This is especially true of your hips and knees. They deeply affect the ease with which you stand, sit, walk, sleep, think and feel. The mechanics of rotation, flexion, and extension will be taught first, as anatomical facts, and then, through the actions of yoga poses. $65. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600. YogaKriya.org.

savethedate Art Exhibit at Divine Creative Synergy – 6:309:30pm. Art opening. View artwork by local artists and enjoy refreshments. Free. Divine Creative Synergy, 707 Chicago Ave, Evanston. 312-391-8740. DivineCreativeSynergy.com.


savethedate Latina Lifestyle Expo – June 2-3. Features seminars, workshops, culinary oasis, a marketplace and more. Complimentary screenings, exams, vision, bone density testing, zumba, Zen meditation and healthy cooking classes with some of most renowned chefs from Latin American and Chicago. Also features fitness workshops, health and wellness vendors, fashion and beauty vendors as well as guidance on empowerment, careers, technology, beauty, health and wellness, cooking, travel and more. UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago. Tinyurl.com/ChicagoLatinaFestival. ChicagoLatinaExpo.com.

Call Ahead Birds of Midewin: West Side (Driving Tour) – 8:30-10:30am. Also June 16. Birders on this west side car caravan tour may see loggerhead shrikes, Henslow’s sparrows, bobolinks, grasshopper sparrows, meadowlarks, blue grosbeaks, orioles, warblers, and vireos. Binoculars encouraged, photography welcome. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. fs.usda.gov/midewin. Summer Start Holistic Fair – 10am-4pm. Multiple holistic practitioners and vendors emphasizing the work of Edgar Cayce. Free entrance; Sessions with practitioners: $35/30 mins; $70/60 mins. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. HolisticCenterChicago.com. Body Mind Spirit Expo – June 2 & 3. 10am7pm, Sat; 10am-6pm, Sun. Peruse more than 80 exhibitors offering the latest in natural health, personal growth and metaphysics. Among more than 50 authors, psychics, mediums, channels and healers are Reiki Master Brendan McCaw and Sprit Messengers Kim Moore and Cynthia Rose McCaw. Other speakers include Sandy Wilcox, Yasmine Ariel and Halsey Snow, PhD. $14/weekend. Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Dr, Tinley Park. bmse.net. Plant Chicago Market – 11am-3pm. 1st Sat. The only farmers market in Chicago where you’ll find small batch coffee, microgreens, kombucha, naturally leavened bread and fresh vegetables being sold in the same space they’re produced. The Plant, 1400 W 46th St, Chicago. 773-847-5523. PlantChicago.org.

SUNDAY, JUNE 3 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology 17th Annual Community Conference: Older Adult Mental Health: Opportunities and Challenges – 9am-4pm. Breakout Session #16 with Archana Lal-Tabak, MD, and Jim Lal-Tabak: Integrative Medical and Mind-Body Solutions to Managing Chronic Pain. Many older adults have received the message from their healthcare practitioners, and even their loved ones, that they simply have to learn to live with their chronic pain. Learn holistic strategies that can significantly impact their life and change their experience of pain. Roycemore School, 1200 Davis St, Evanston. For more info, Heart of Transformation Wellness Institute: 847-425-9355, 224-714-9593 or BodyMindMedicine.com.

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8 Powerful Secrets of Anti-Aging – 1-4pm. Natural, simple and effective treatments. Dr. K (Leon Kolodziej), continues his popular lecture series with part 2 of anti-aging secrets. Learn the latest scientific and technological breakthroughs in antiaging. Learn about important facts about aging and what you can do to not only slow it down, but possibly to reverse the aging process. How hormones control the aging process and how to boost them. What herbs and teas have been traditionally used by the ancients to keep body and mind young and strong. Products available. $10 admission gives you a credit toward food and drink. The Art Gallery Cafe, 127 Front St, Woodale. 630766-7425. Dr. Leon Kolodziej: 773-589-9996 or DrLeon1@earthlink.net. Angelic Quantum Healing Free Presentation – 6:30-8:30pm. New, revolutionary method based on the notions of quantum physics and holistic vision for people aiming at stepping back into their authentic power. It’ll be practical demonstration on how this method works. Gian Carlo will teach a very fast and powerful method to energetically clean yourself. SunGates Center, 395 E Dundee Rd, Ste 500, Wheeling. 847-345-0988. SunGatesCenter.com.

MONDAY, JUNE 4 1st Monday Spiritual Spa Night – 6-9pm. Holistic practitioners, Guided Meditation, ARE Bookstore and Gift Shop open. Sessions with Practitioners: $35/30 mins; $70/60 mins. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. HolisticCenterChicago.com.

TUESDAY, JUNE 5 World Environment Day

Midewin for Kids: Fun with Fossils – 10am12pm. Learn about fossils in a fun and interactive way. Discover how fossils were formed and where you might find some. Have the opportunity to see and study real fossils. Ages 6-12. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. fs.usda.gov/midewin.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6 Barrington Area Spring Bird Walk – 7am. Get to know nearby nature with Barrington area naturalist Wendy Paulson. Waterproof boots strongly recommended. Don’t forget binoculars. Free. Galloping Hill, meet at Penny Rd Pond parking lot, less than a mile west of Old Sutton/Penny Rd intersection, Barrington. RSVP required, Daniel Wear: 312-453-0230 x 2010  or DWear@audubon.org. CitizensForConservation.org. Qigong Healing & Alignment Course – Wednesdays, June 6-Aug 15. 7:30-8:30am. The principles of Stillness in Movement through Healing and Alignment using Ancient Tao Energy Principles. Led by Master Deanna. Northbrook Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, 1947 Cherry Ln, Northbrook. 847-562-9642. BodyNBrain.com/northbrook. Midewin for Kids: Bird’s the Word – 10am-12pm. Join us as we learn what birds live at Midewin and how they are adapted to different habitats. Our learning experience will include hands-on activities as well as how to use binoculars and a birding hike on crushed limestone and mowed grass paths. Ages 6-10. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. fs.usda.gov/midewin.


Preventing Digestion Problems Before They Start


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

Why is thorough digestion so important for overall health?

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

What role do enzymes play in digestion?

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

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

How do environmental irritants affect digestion?

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

What practices can people do every day to improve digestion?

Digestive health is dependent on a number of factors, but it is key to both detoxification and real nutrition. I tell my clients that ideally, they are looking to digest, absorb, transport, utilize and eliminate the cellular waste that’s put into their bodies. Avoiding environmental irritants and pollutants eliminates the need to break them down in the first place. Chewing your food thoroughly starts the breakdown process before it gets into the digestive system. Eating a healthy mix of protein, fats, whole grains fruit and veggies at each meal may be easier to break down than a giant plate of just pasta or a huge steak. Food that is processed or contains GMOs is much harder for the body to process, so I encourage clients to look for whole foods in their natural form as much as possible. Nutritional Health Solutions is located at 480 Elm Pl., in Highland Park. For appointments, call 847-207-2034. For more information, email NHSolutions@sbcglobal.net or visit DigestiveHealthSolutions.com. June2018 2018 June

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Aging with Vitality & Purpose – 1-3pm. It is never too late to improve your health, to give back, to find meaning in life and to wake up. This is a free workshop based on the book I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality and Life Transformation. Learn new ways to change your mind about how you’re living your life and how to create the natural health and healing that you need towards living to 120 years. Barnes & Nobles, 55 Center St, Skokie. For more info or to register, Christina: 847-362-2724. 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. GreenDrinks.org/IL/Crystal%20Lake. Emotional Release through Myofascial Release Instruction & Young Living Oils – 7pm. Including: “Forgiveness, Innerchild, Release, Harmony, Present Time, and Valor II.” This is a monthly class on the first Wed of each month taught by Sharon M. Vogel, BS-biomedical, BCTMB, LMT, NCBTMB national educator, CLT-LANA Candidate, Lymphatic Practitioner and bodyworker of 27 yrs. Inside Abundant Health, 6300 Kingery Hwy, Ste12, Willowbrook. RSVP: 630-241-4100 or Schedulicity.com/scheduling/SNM966/classes. 

THURSDAY, JUNE 7 Midewin for Kids: Prairie Detectives – 10am12pm. Walk on a real prairie. Use your detective skills to find out what animals live there. Learn about the plants and animals that make their home on a prairie. Ages 4-8. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. fs.usda.gov/midewin. “E-Squared” Class Series – Thursdays, June 7-21. 7pm. 3-wk class series based on the book E-Squared by Pam Grout, led by Megon McDonough. ESquared could best be described as a lab manual with simple experiments to prove once and for all that reality is malleable, that consciousness trumps matter, and that you shape your life with your mind. Rather than take it on faith, you are invited to conduct nine 48-hr experiments to prove there really is a positive, loving, totally hip force in the universe. Love offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. UnityNorthwest.org.


savethedate Celebrate Your Life – June 8-11. This awesome soul fest brings the world’s top dream team of spiritual teachers presenting keynote lectures and workshops for four days. This year’s lineup includes, Lisa Nichols, Neale Donald Walsch, Caroline Myss, Gregg Braden, the Three Mediums and many more powerful spiritual visionaries. Westin Lombard, 70 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard. 480-970-8543. CelebrateYourLife.org. Wellness Professionals Network – 10am-2pm. A meetup for wellness practitioners with inspired connection and dialog, personal and professional support. Deer Grove East Forest Preserve, Dundee Rd (first parking lot west of Hicks Rd), Palatine. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362 or Meetup.com/ spiritual-nourishment-chicagoland.




SATURDAY, JUNE 9 Birds of Midewin: East Side (Walking Tour) – 8:30-10:30am. Also June 23. This east side walking tour will begin at the Welcome Center. Participants will follow tour guides to the Iron Bridge Trailhead to start the hike. You may see blue grosbeaks, loggerhead shrikes, bobolinks, grasshopper sparrows, blackbilled cuckoos, mockingbirds, and brown thrashers. Binoculars encouraged, photography welcome. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. fs.usda.gov/midewin. Psychic Holistic Fair at Enlightened Balance – June 9 & 10. 9am-6pm, Sat; 9am-4pm, Sun. Readings, body balancing, artist trunk shows, classes. Free to enter; Classes starting at $10, Private Sessions starting at $20. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. EnlightenedBalance.com. Energy Healing Workshop – June 9 & 10. 11:30am-5pm & 7-9pm, Sat; 10am-12pm, Sun. Yin Yang Pilates & Yoga is hosting Beyond 1111. This workshop is an experimental journey of empowerment and full restructure so that we can connect with the highest energy available. $333. Yin Yang Pilates & Yoga, 111 S Rand Rd, Lake Zurich. 847719-1800. YinYangPilates.com. Finding True Self Workshop – June 9-10. 12-7pm. Sat; 9am-7pm. The goal of this workshop is to help you open your heart to your own self. Experience principle lectures, group interaction, guided meditation, and personal reflection to open a path of greater understanding of yourself, your motivations and your potential. Designed to help you look honestly and carefully at the mental and emotional patterns that keep you from living your best life. Westmont Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, 215 E Ogden Ave, Westmont. 630-230-0365. BodyNBrain.com/westmont. Chicago IANDS – 2-5pm. Support/study/resource forum for near-death, out-of-body and spiritual experiences, losses. Guest Speaker: David Young, Music for Healing and Meditation, 2 Grammy nominations, gifted flutist and visual artist. Experience a portal between heaven and Earth, a true out-of-body experience. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847-251-5758. ChicagoIANDS.org.

SUNDAY, JUNE 10 Lymphormation – 11am, support group; 12pm, lecture. 2nd Sun. Enjoy an informational lecture on immunity, the lymph system and alleviating inflammation. With Sharon M Vogel, Nationally Board Certified Lymphedema Therapist. Q&A welcome. Detoxifying self-manual lymph drainage is demonstrated and then instructed. All the while, referencing scholarly journals and clinical study. After the talk, complimentary 10-min manual lymph drainage for each rsvp. Free. National Lymphatic Centers, 5002 Main St, Downers Grove. RSVP: 630-241-4100. Lymphatics.net. Herbal Health & Science Expo – 11am-4pm. Features guest speakers, 25-plus vendors, medical cannabis information and more, all while showcasing the latest plant-based products, resources, education and initiatives in an inclusive environment that nurtures involvement with health and science. Asha Oroskar, PhD, president and CEO, of Orochem Technologies, Inc, will present a technical workshop on cannabidiol. Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E Main St, St Charles. 224-387-8108. EntourageClinicalServices.com.

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, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362 or Meetup.com/spiritual-nourishment-chicagoland. Environmental Toxin-Free Homes – 3-3:45pm. Sharon Vogel, BS-Biomedical, CLT, LMT, Lymphatic Practitioner, hosts a monthly free event about effects of product poisoning for those affected by, caretakers or just interested community. First is a support group and Q&A for caretakers, parents, or those with Lyme, etc, followed by a PowerPoint lecture about everyday toxins that go unnoticed but produce profound effects on the body and organs. With 27 years’ experience, we offer expertise and guidance. We will offer easy swap-outs for cleaning the house and body including historic remedies. Inside Abundant Health, 6300 Kingery Hwy, Ste12, Willowbrook. RSVP: 630-241-4100 or Schedulicity.com/scheduling/SNM966/classes.

MONDAY, JUNE 11 KitchFix Tastings at Aligned Modern Health – 7:30-8:30am, breakfast; 12-1pm, lunch. Join us for breakfast and lunch samples, while supplies last. Free. Aligned Modern Health, 216 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago. 773-598-4387. AlignedModernHealth.com. Reiki Share – 4:30-6:30pm. Anyone attuned to Reiki at any level is welcome. This informal gathering of reiki enthusiasts and practitioners is a wonderful opportunity to give and receive reiki; practice your skills and ask questions about your practice; relax and restore yourself with reiki among friends. $15. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org. Free EFT Workshop (Tapping) – 6:30-8:30pm. Experience release of grief, PTSD, digestion issues and more. Plus free 8-min Bemer sessions. Donations appreciated. Insight Awareness, 18110 Martin Ave, Homewood. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or EFT-Tom.com.  Essential Oils 101 for the Absolute Beginner, Intermediate or Massage Therapist – 7-7:45pm. Sharon Vogel, BS-Biomedical, CLT, LMT, Lymphatic Practitioner, hosts a monthly free event about the seeding, cultivation, harvest, distillation, purity,” FDA regulation, poison control, and usages of essential oils for people and pets. Inside Abundant Health, 6300 Kingery Hwy, Ste12, Willowbrook. RSVP: 630-241-4100 or Schedulicity.com/scheduling/SNM966/classes.

TUESDAY, JUNE 12 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: Facebook.com/GreenDrinksLibertyville or GreenDrinks.org. From the Ashes Documentary – 7-8:45pm. Join us for a gripping look at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival pick on the “war on coal,” followed by a Q&A with co-sponsor Go Green Wilmette. Free. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette. 847-256-5025. WilmetteLibrary.info.


Säsgeháh – Moon of Long Daylight Midewin for Kids: Buzzing About the Prairie – 9:30am-12pm. Join us to discover why bees, butterflies, and other insects are so important to all gardens, not just the prairie. Capture some pollinators using sweep nets, look at them through magnified containers and release them. Ages 4-12. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. fs.usda.gov/midewin.

THURSDAY, JUNE 14 Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program Information Session – 6-7pm. Are you thinking about becoming a yoga teacher or would like to deepen your understanding and practice of yoga? Join us to learn about the Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program at the Temple of Kriya Yoga. Come, meet the teachers of the program, ask questions. We have been educating the yoga teachers since the 70s. Free. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600. YogaKriya.org. 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,  350  Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362 or Meetup.com/spiritual-nourishment-chicagoland. Free EFT Workshop (Tapping) – 7-9pm. Experience release of grief, PTSD, digestion issues and more. Plus free 8-min Bemer sessions. Donations appreciated Garrett Wellness, 3020 N Kimball Ave, Chicago. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or  EFT-Tom.com.  Free Shiatsu Intro – 7-9:30pm. Learn the fundamental techniques and philosophies of Zen Shiatsu, and chat with current students and instructors. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org.

FRIDAY, JUNE 15 Eid Ul-Fitr (Islam)

Tongue and Fingernail Analysis Consultations – June 15 & 16. 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. 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. Must RSVP: 708-460-0011.

SATURDAY, JUNE 16 Birds of Midewin: West Side (Driving Tour) – 8:30-10:30am. See June 2 listing. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. fs.usda.gov/midewin.

Circulation Day – 9am-3pm. A yard sale without any money involved. Bring unwanted items and take what you need from what has been left by others. Circulation Day demonstrates that there is always enough to go around, if we simply distribute it correctly. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. Info: 847-297-0997 or UnityNorthwest.org.  Yoga Anatomy Basics: Spine and Pelvis – 10am2:30pm. Learn to understand how the spine functions, its normal range of motion, what to do to keep it healthy, and how the pelvis functions in relation to the spine. $60 before June 13, $70 after. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600. YogaKriya.org. The Peace of Concentration Meditation Workshop – 11am-1pm. Nowadays, it is rare to enjoy even a few moments of mental peace. But by training in concentration, we can keep a peaceful, focused, and open mind even during our most chaotic days, dramatically increasing our happiness and well-being. Workshop is perfect for both beginners as well as for those wishing to engage in our silent Tranquil Abiding retreat in August. $15. Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago, 13 Harrison St, Oak Park. MeditateInChicago.com. Vision Board Workshop – 12-4:30pm. Vision Bboards are a powerful tool to program your subconscious to manifest what you want in life experience a guided meditation to ground and center you, get ideas on how to create your board, learn secrets of how to best use your board and enjoy aromatherapy to energize your intentions. $37. A Healing Soul, Ltd, 555 W Central Rd, Hoffman Estates. 847-370-5181. FreeYourself2BeYourself.org.

SUNDAY, JUNE 17 Father’s Day

Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar and Farmers’ Market – 12-4pm. Meet dozens of vendors at the indoor crafts and farmers’ market while listening to Hyde Park’s finest deejays spinning jazzy, soulful soundtracks to your shopping. Promontory Restaurant, upstairs lounge, 5311 S Lake Park Ave W, Chicago. 312-801-2100. Facebook.com/ HydeParkHandmade. Barrington Area Spring Bird Walk – 5pm. Get to know nearby nature with Barrington area naturalist Wendy Paulson. Waterproof boots strongly recommended. Don’t forget binoculars. Free. Galloping Hill, meet at Penny Rd Pond parking lot, less than a mile west of Old Sutton/Penny Rd intersection, Barrington. RSVP required, Daniel Wear: 312-453-0230 x 2010  or DWear@audubon.org. CitizensForConservation.org.

MONDAY, JUNE 18 Father’s Day Salt Therapy Special – June 18-19. 9am-7pm. Dad’s receive a free salt therapy session to celebrate Father’s Day. Come relax in our adult salt room, or play along with your family in the kids’ salt room. North Shore Salt Therapy, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. Appts: 847-780-8200. NorthShoreSalt.com. Beginning Astrology – 7-9pm. Learn to read your chart for prosperity, health and love. With Lin Boffeli. $25/nonmembers, $20/members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. For chart: 563-580-8990. HolisticCenterChicago.com.

TUESDAY, JUNE 19 Juneteenth

Midewin for Kids: Pond Life – 10am-12pm. Uncover an amazing underwater world. Learn about the insects, amphibians, and mammals that call the pond their home. Dress for getting a bit dirty. Ages 7-12. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. fs.usda.gov/midewin. Let’s Talk Hormones – 6:30pm. Hot flashes, sleep issues, belly fat, low libido—seriously? FreshSkin’s Dr. Ryan Lombardo, DAOM, ABAAHP, BCIM, Lac, discusses safe and effective treatment options to navigate the discomforts of menopause, andropause and hormonal decline. Free. Essence Pilates, 849 Waukegan Rd, Deerfield. RSVP required: Concierge@MyFreshSkin.com.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 Dinner with the Doctors: Treating Headaches Naturally – 6:30-8pm. Do you or a loved one suffer from chronic headaches? Whether they be tension, stress based, migraine or hormonal there are plenty of natural solutions. Learn how to treat headaches without having to depend on prescription or over the counter drugs. Free. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 N Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000. BeOptimal.com. Evening Hike on the Prairie – 6:30-8:30pm. Discover what is blooming this time of year. Hear the wind rustle through prairie grass as the sun begins to set. Enjoy the scents only encountered on an evening stroll on the prairie. Great for families. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. fs.usda.gov/midewin. Gong Journey – 7-9pm. With vibrational sound healer Andre. $30. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. HolisticCenterChicago.com.

THURSDAY, JUNE 21 Summer Solstice Litha (Wiccan and Pagan)

Midewin for Kids: Croaking Around – 10am-12pm. Toad or frog? Learn to identify who is who using live animals. Find out fun facts about these amazing amphibians. Ages 5-12. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. fs.usda.gov/midewin. Beginning Zen Shiatsu – Thursdays, June 21Aug 23. 7-10pm. Learn how to give a basic 1-hr shiatsu treatment that you can share with friends and family. Course is a stand-alone offering; also the first 30 hrs of our complete shiatsu certification programs. $450 plus books. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org. Summer Solstice Celebration – 7:30pm. Celebrate and meditate with us. Dr. Christina will be leading a special meditation to celebrating the Summer Solstice. Refreshments provided. Free, but donations appreciated. Mind Body Healing Center, 77 W Washington, Ste 1704, Chicago. RSVP: 312-285-5287. MindBodyHealingChicago.com.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 22 Feng Shui Certification: Level One – June 22-24. 9:30am-4:30pm. This is the first level in this 77-hr Professional Certification Training based on the teaching of Professor Lin Yun, and is a Gold Level Program respected by the International Feng Shui Guild. Learn many adjustments to floorpans, use of the elements, go to a design center, and participate in a professional Feng Shui Consultation. $837. Drake Oak Brook Hotel, 2301 York Rd, Oak Brook. 630-279-8870. LauriePawli@gmail.com. Reserve: TheFengShuiSchoolOfChicago.com. Feng Shui in a Day – 9:30am-4:30pm. This eye opening class will give you all of the information that you need to apply feng shui to your home. Bring your floor plan to class and learn proper placement of the Bagua, based on the front door, to bring life improvements. Learn, color, shape, flow, feng shui guidelines and tips to use immediately. $135. Drake Oak Brook Hotel, 2301 York Rd, Oak Brook. 630-279-8870. LauriePawli@gmail.com. Reserve:  TheFengShuiSchoolOfChicago.com. Gaehyul Energy Opening Workshop – 7:3010pm. Through this energy opening workshop, you can come to understand the principles of Life Particles and how energy connects the body with the mind to provide healing. Master Magdalena will guide you through the steps on how to connect with Life Particles and how to utilize this energy to create positive change in your life. Mt Prospect Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, 1 W Rand Rd, Mt Prospect. 847-749-1584. BodyNBrain.com/mtprospect.

SATURDAY, JUNE 23 Birds of Midewin: East Side (Walking Tour) – 8:30-10:30am. See June 9 listing. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. fs.usda.gov/midewin. Lama Surya Das Immersion – June 23 & 24. 9am4:30pm. Lama Surya Das is a bestselling author and one of the most learned and respected Buddhist teachers in the West. He will conduct a 2-day immersion for new and experienced meditators offering Darshan, spiritual vision, energy transmission and Tibetan healing techniques. CEUs available. $295; lunch on your own. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. For details & to register: InfinityFoundation.org. Ghosts of the Ammunition Plant – 10am-1pm. 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. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. fs.usda.gov/midewin. Finding True Self Workshop – June 23-24. 127pm. Sat; 9am-7pm. The goal of this workshop is to help you open your heart to your own self. Experience principle lectures, group interaction, guided meditation, and personal reflection to open a path of greater understanding of yourself, your motivations and your potential. Designed to help you look honestly and carefully at the mental and emotional patterns that keep you from living your best life. Northbrook Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, 1947 Cherry Ln, Northbrook. 847-562-9642. BodyNBrain.com/northbrook.




The Life of Yogananda: The Story of the Yogi who became the First Modern Guru – 1-2:30pm. Philip Goldberg will promote and sign his new book. Join us for stories about Yogananda, the yoga master who brought the science of yoga to the Western world. $10. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600. YogaKriya.org. Gaehyul Energy Opening Workshop – 2:30-5pm. Through this energy opening workshop, you can come to understand the principles of Life Particles and how energy connects the body with the mind to provide healing. Master Magdalena will guide you through the steps on how to connect with Life Particles and how to utilize this energy to create positive change in your life. Westmont Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, 215 E Ogden Ave, Westmont. 630-230-0365. BodyNBrain.com/westmont. Living La Vida Yoga – 3-5pm. We’ll explore the Eight Limbs of Classical Yoga, all of which enhance our ability to sustain the true goal of yoga, Divine Union. As challenges arise in integrating yogic teachings into our lives, we’ll also look at issues around desire and attachment, work and money, love and sex, spiritual authorities and institutions, and more. $25. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600. YogaKriya.org.


savethedate Amma Visits Chicago – June 24-26. Mata Amritanandamayi, the humanitarian and spiritual leader known throughout the world as Amma, visits the Chicagoland area. Experience a personal blessing (hug) from Amma, inspirational live music, meditation, spiritual discourse, healing arts, and great vegetarian food throughout 3 days of free public programs. MA Center Chicago, 41W501 Keslinger Rd, Elburn. 630-387-5077. Chicago@macenters.org. amma.org/Chicago. Healing Life Workshop – 9am-7pm. Awaken the 3 powers: physical power, heart power and brain power. Become the best version of ourselves and live a complete and whole life. Mt Prospect Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, 1 W Rand Rd, Mt Prospect. 847-749-1584. BodyNBrain.com/mtprospect. Ancient Oils of Scripture – 3pm. Sharon Vogel, BS-Biomedical, CLT, LMT, Lymphatic Practitioner, hosts a monthly free event about the historically documented ancient oils, current FDA regulation, purity and their amazing usages. Google breast cancer and frankincense or skin care and frankincense and you will be enlightened that these oils are still in use today. Inside Abundant Health, 6300 Kingery Hwy, Ste12, Willowbrook. RSVP: 630-241-4100 or Schedulicity.com/scheduling/SNM966/classes. Pizza at the Farm – 5-7pm. Pizzeria Deville’s Chef John Durning brings his wood-burning oven to the farm to create delicious, farm-fresh pizzas for purchase. We’ll offer farm goodies for purchase as well. Prairie Wind Family Farm, 560 Harris Rd, Grayslake. 847-986-4600. PrairieWindFamilyFarm.com.

MONDAY, JUNE 25 Spiritual Restoration through Meditation, Clearing and More – 6:30-9pm. With Cheryl. $40. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. HolisticCenterChicago.com.

TUESDAY, JUNE 26 Internationally Renowned Healer Malcom Smith – June 26-28. By appt. Experience a transformational healing session with Malcom in person or remotely. $90. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. For appt, Julie: 847-299-6535 or AreChicagoCenter@gmail.com. HolisticCenterChicago.com. Feng Shui Certification: Level Two – June 26-27. 9:30am-4:30pm. Continuation of the Professional Certification Training Program.  Learn about the ancient wisdom of the I Ching, how to bless and clear a space, many adjustments. $378. Drake Oak Brook Hotel, 2301 York Rd, Oak Brook. 630-279-8870. LauriePawli@gmail.com. Reserve:  TheFengShuiSchoolOfChicago.com. Midewin for Kids: Crayfish Corner – 10am12pm. What are they? Learn all about these little crustaceans. Scoop the pond for these little lobsters and learn how to safely handle them. Ages 5-10. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. fs.usda.gov/midewin. Documentary Screening: Straws – 7pm. An awardwinning documentary narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins, illuminates the problems related to straws and other single-use plastic pollution that inundates our waterways and oceans, inspires a new path forward. Sonsored by Go Green Highland Park. Afterward, there will be a discussion addressing current topics that are of interest to local residents surrounding sustainability and what we can do to Go Green. Highland Park Police Station, 1677 Old Deerfield Rd, Highland Park. Facebook.com/ GoGreenHP.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27 Midewin for Kids: Batty Evening – 7:30-9:30pm. Learn about the flying mammal that eats mosquitoes. Become an expert and learn how to tell between myth and fact. Decorate a bat house to take home (1/family). Take a short hike looking for these tiny, wonderful creatures of the night. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. fs.usda.gov/midewin.

THURSDAY, JUNE 28 Midewin for Kids: The Bison Project – 10am12pm. Learn about the majestic bison. See and touch a real bison pelt, skull, horn cap and more. Create history-based bison art to take home. Ages 6-12. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. fs.usda.gov/midewin.

savethedate The Adoption Process from A to Z – 7-9:15pm. Adoption of children has transformed from a secretive event into a mutual family-planning process for both placing parents and for adoptive parents. Attorney Sally Wildman describes adoption fundamentals, share key resources to develop an adoption plan, and highlights new developments in adoption practice. Discussion concludes by considering common needs of adopted children. Registration closes June 26. Course #181-753 under “ONE OF A KIND” in the catalogue. $18/person. New Trier Extension Community Education, New Trier High School, 7 Happ Rd, Northfield. For info: 847-446-6600. To register: bit.ly/2HqywxY.

FRIDAY, JUNE 29 Movie Night: Edgar Cayce, Quick and Easy Home Remedies – 7-9pm. $5. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. HolisticCenterChicago.com.

SATURDAY, JUNE 30 Barefoot Shiatsu – June 30-July 1. 9am-4pm. Barefoot Shiatsu is mat work, integrating the use of feet, knees and elbows for the purpose of applying sustained pressure. We follow general pathways of the classical meridians, focusing on typical stagnant and muscularly tight areas. Techniques demonstrated in supine and prone positions. Emphasis given towards fluidity of transition, and the seamless rhythmic application of techniques. Learn strategies to take the burden off their thumbs and wrists, and learn deep and relaxing techniques to benefit a wide range of clients. No prerequisites; 12 CEs for massage/ physical therapy/nursing professionals. $240. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org. Prairie Farmstead Tour – 9:30-11am. Accompany us on a short and easy 90-min walk from the Iron Bridge Trailhead to learn about the National Register eligible Rodgers/Schumacher Farmstead, continuously farmed from the mid-19th century to 1940 and then, once the buildings were removed, preserved in time. Meet at the Ranger trailer at the Iron Bridge Trailhead. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. fs.usda.gov/midewin. Midewin by Auto – 10am-12:15pm. Explore Midewin by car caravan to view restored wetlands and prairie and observe wildlife. Find out why ecological restoration is so important while experiencing some of Midewin’s best examples of restored prairie. Learn how Midewin will change and what that will mean for wildlife and recreation. Visit one of the remaining ammunition bunkers for a glimpse into the past. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. fs.usda. gov/midewin. Summer Session Begins: Online Distance Education at Midwest College of Oriental Medicine – Fundamentals of Oriental Medicine, 6-9pm on Thursdays and Biological Chemistry, 6-9pm on Mondays. Students can log in from anywhere and participate in online live stream lectures. All lectures are recorded and made available for the entire quarter, offering a unique opportunity that fits into busy lifestyles. All new students qualify to receive a free 3-wk trial. 800-593-2320. Liz.Warkentin@ Acupuncture.edu. Acupuncture.edu.

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Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Certification Training – July 7 & 8. 9am-5pm. EFT is a non-invasive self-healing technique designed to enable the body to heal physical and emotional issues. Join Tom Masbaum for this 2-day training which includes the manual and DVDs. No knowledge of EFT is necessary. CEUs available. $200; lunch on your own. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. For details & to register: InfinityFoundation.org.

Hatha Yoga Teacher Training – Sept 22-May 18. Tuition includes 200 hrs of hands-on experience, a Hatha Yoga Teacher Manual, audio Mp3s with asana instructions, and more than 30 Mp3s with lectures on philosophy of yoga and teaching methodology by Goswami Kriyananda. All required course books, admission to all ongoing hatha yoga classes and a 20% discount on all workshops at the Temple during the program are also provided. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600. YogaKriya.org.

FRIDAY, JULY 20 40th Annual Conference of the U.S. Psychotronics Association – July 20-22. Explore the subtle realms underlying the material universe; bioenergy and the life force; the etheric body; the power of shape and sacred geometry; parapsychology; energy healing; directed intention; and action-ata distance; all from a science or evidence-based perspective. 20 renowned speakers including authors and leading experts in frontier science. Visit the conference vendors offering innovative products, books and services. Pre- and postconference workshops available. Hyatt Regency Deerfield, 1750 Lake Cook Rd, Deerfield. For specific details: Psychotronics.org.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19 A Journey through the Houses of the Horoscope: The Creation of Identity – 12-3pm. Also includes Reading the Houses in Reverse: The Soul’s Process of Reincarnation through the Houses. Understanding zodiacal houses gives insight and understanding of the individual’s psyche and orientation, and the importance of each house’s domain within the horoscope. Reading the houses in reverse shows the process the soul takes to prepare for the next incarnation and to understand the incarnation just finished. $55; $45 early registration by Aug 12. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago. 773-327-7224. Info@LifeForceArts.org. AstrologicalDetails.com.


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Hands of Light & Mahakundalini Workshops and Channeling Sessions DNA Activation is the next quantaum step in humanity’s evolutionary process of ascension. Learn and experience these powerful techniques for self-healing and self-discovery and Self- realization. Explore and expand your consciousness to embody more of your true-self for divine expression. September, 6-8 & 9-10, Michigan City, IN. Download brochure: FrequenciesOfLight33.com. To register: Lisa@FrequenciesOfLight33.com.

Trinity Conference – Sept 22-23. 10am-7pm. Includes more than 100 booths to browse and shop, and applications are still being accepted for booths through June 30. See the latest, cutting-edge products for consumers, practitioners and business owners, along with state-of-the-art electronics, massage techniques and modalities. Features dozens of dynamic health experts, two topical panels, educational lectures and demonstrations. $99 full weekend. Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, 1551 N Thoreau Dr, Schaumburg. 888-658-3976, Info@TrinityConference.org or TrinitySchool.org/event/58.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Wild Ones Native Plant Symposium – 8am3pm. Presentations include Silent Spring and the Birth of the Modern Ecology Movement, with Leslie Goddard, Actress & Historian; Wild Ones: Stewards of Natural Landscaping, with Donna Van Buecken, retired executive director of Wild Ones; 21st Century Conservation; Where have all the Carson’s Gone?, with Steve Sass; and Native Plant Habitat and Quality of Life, with Craig Zandstra, Lake County Parks landscaper. Before Aug 31: $30/members, $40/nonmembers; after Aug 31: $35/members, $45/nonmembers; no registration after Sept 14. St. John Township Community Center, 1515 W Lincoln Hwy, Schererville, IN. Kim: 219-433-5731 or gw-WildOnes.org.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 Mindful Play and Tools for Resilience Retreat – Oct 5-8. 5pm, Fri-12pm, Mon. Join renowned artist and creative explorer Pamela Paulsrud, MFA; calligrapher and NEA scholar Peter Fraterdeus; and holistic counselor and RYT Kate Miller for 3 days of restorative immersion in awareness, creativity and play, deepening perspective and living from intention. No artistic skill required, just a willingness to be open. $525 all-inclusive for 3 nights. Sinsinawa Retreat Center, 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 847-204-9350. MakeAMindfulMark.com/2018-retreat-at-sinsinawa-mound.

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on going events To ensure we keep our community calendar current, ongoing events must be resubmitted each month. DEADLINE: All listings must be received by the 10th of the month prior to publication. Calendar events must be submitted online at NAChicago.com.

monthlyspecialoffers 20% Off Supplements with a Whole Body Evaluation – Thru June. Receive whole-body evaluation by Dr. Alla Arutcheva. 4 different tests: Metatron-Oberon diagnostic bio-device, microscopic blood analysis, nail/tongue analysis and iridology. Get recommendations on types of supplements you need in order to improve your health. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com.

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$64.99 Non-Chip Manicure and Pedicure – Thru June. Get a non-chip manicure with UV3 technology that combines the ease of polish with the permanence of gels. For pedicure, your toes soaked, nails filed and cuticles trimmed, feet exfoliated and massaged. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com. $89.99 Eminence Anti-Aging Facial – Thru June. With a revolutionary, non-surgical approach, and the help of anti-aging masks, serum, and Vitamin C & K concentrated ampoules you will see an increase of collagen production, and your skin regains elasticity and plumpness. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com.


Cosmetic Acupuncture for Face and Neck Special – Thru June. Exciting alternative to plastic surgery and other potentially unhealthy invasive techniques. Face lift and neck lift special: $200 off cosmetic acupuncture package. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-715-9044. NirvanaNaturopathics.com. Free Salt Therapy Session – Thru June 30. Purchase a salt lamp at North Shore Salt Therapy during the month of June and receive one free salt therapy session. North Shore Salt Therapy, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. Appts: 847-780-8200. NorthShoreSalt.com.

sunday Free Basic Yoga/Meditation Classes – Our classes are the perfect 70-min break from the day-to-day hustle and bustle to simply slow down, breathe and focus inside. All Body & Brain Yoga Centers. BodyNBrain.com.

The Edgar Cayce Bookstore Open – 10am-1pm. Also 1st Mon, 6-9pm. Bookstore is always open during scheduled events. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. HolisticCenterChicago.com.

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


$134.99 Swedish Massage & Eminence Mangosteen Facial– Thru June. Add $10 for deep tissue. Enjoy the classic form of a full-body soft tissue massage. The lactic acid complex within the Mangosteen collection works gently to even skin tone, smooth complexion to achieve glowing skin. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com.

podcast apps, and streaming live on MikeNowak. net, the TuneIn radio app and on Facebook at @The Mike Nowak Show.

Wicker Park Farmers’ Market – June 3-Oct 28. 8am-2pm. Includes live acoustic music and local, environmentally responsible food for sale, the market also features monthly children’s cooking classes hosted by The Kids’ Table, chef demonstrations and a community table showcasing area businesses. 1425 N Damen Ave, Chicago. WickerParkBucktown.com.


$124.99 90-Min Massage & Pedicure – Thru June. Add $5 for deep tissue. Enjoy the classic form of a full-body soft tissue massage. Finish off by having your toes soaked, nails filed and cuticles trimmed. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com.

Time to Dance: Ballet – 10:30-11:30am. Also Tues, 1:30-2:30pm & Wed, 7-8pm. A class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: DanceForJoy16@gmail.com. Midewin Ranger Hike to Bison Pasture – Thru Oct 28. 11am-12pm. Also Sat. Volunteer rangers will lead guided hikes to look for bison. Features along the way include a historic farmstead and prairie restoration areas. No reservations required. Meet at the Ranger Trailer at the Iron Bridge Trailhead. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. fs.usda.gov/midewin.

Time to Dance: Sofshu (Tap) – 11:40am-12:10pm. Also Tues, 2:40-3:15pm. A class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: DanceForJoy16@gmail.com. South Shore Farmers’ Market – June 24-Sept 30. 12-5pm. Rainbow Beach Park, corner of 79th & S Shore Dr, Chicago.773-554-8056. Facebook.com/ chisouthshorefm. Putting My Oxygen Mask on First – 1:301:45pm. With Amy Landolt. Join this weekly discussion about self-care. Live on Northshore Acupuncture Center’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/NorthshoreAcupunctureCenter. Qigong – 2-4:30pm. Discover the healing abilities of the ancient practice of qigong. Free qigong and tai chi classes for the inexperienced; also a space for experts to practice their skills. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Ecstatic Breathwork Class – 5pm. 2nd Sun. $20. Mind Body Healing Center, 77 W Washington, Ste 1704, Chicago. 312-285-5287. MindBodyHealingChicago.com.

monday Online On-Demand Akashic Records Certification Classes – Gain the perspective and clarity to make choices leading you to greater possibilities in this lifetime. Classes include Practitioner, Advanced Practitioner, Healing, Discover Your Soul’s Path, Manifesting Your Soul’s Purposes. Save $145 with 5-Class Package. Online. 708-771-5830. LindaHowe.com. All Day Salt Therapy: Bring A Friend Special – Thru June. 9am-7pm. Also Thurs. Bring a friend and discover the benefits of salt therapy, a natural way to improve overall wellness and relieve symptoms of many skin and respiratory conditions. $19/person. North Shore Salt Therapy, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. Appts: 847-780-8200. NorthShoreSalt.com. 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. Earthly-Goods.com.

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. DigestiveHealthSolutions.com. Walk & Stretch – 2-2:45pm. All levels, all ages. Feel great in the fresh air. $15, $10/Punch Pass. Fitness for Active Adults, 742 Sheridan Rd, Highwood. 847-736-2671. Fitness4ActiveAdults@aol.com.

Chakra Balancing Yoga – 5-6pm. With Serena. $20. Mind Body Healing Center, 77 W Washington, Ste 1704, Chicago. To register, Serena: 773-368-4363. MindBodyHealingChicago.com. Community Style Acupuncture Clinic – 5-7:45pm. By Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Interns. First come, first serve. $10/treatment; $5/vets. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 21st Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Meditation – 6-7pm. With Serena. $20. Mind Body Healing Center, 77 W Washington, Ste 1704, Chicago. To register, Serena: 773-368-4363. MindBodyHealingChicago.com. Holistic Cardio: Nia Technique Group Fitness – 6:30-7:30pm. A beautiful, deep class that combines dance (like jazz), martial (like aikido) and healing arts (like yoga). Sense new levels of mind-body awareness as you move to music from all over the world. Taught in over 45 countries, Nia’s blend of choreography and free-dance enhances your physical health, develops your Sensory IQ, and empowers your self-expression. Non-impact, shoes optional, accessible for all levels of fitness. Energized, strong, flexible, balanced, free. Fit to be you. Get ready for a sweet, nurturing sweat. Also Tues, Thurs & Sat, 9:30am. $15. Raydiant Day, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-644-9834. NiaRaydiantDay.Life. Let’s Talk Hemp Oil & Business Opportunity – 7pm. Enhance your health in ways you never knew possible with Liposomal Cannabis/Hemp oil extract. Learn what all the buzz is about with hemp oil. Hear about the new science and research on cannabinoids. We will introduce you to a full spectrum phytocannabindiol hemp extract that doesn’t require a medical card. Free presentation and oil tasting. Starbucks Meeting Room (Streets of Woodfield), 601 N Martingale Rd, Schaumburg. RSVP: 630-309-3409. Mind Body Healing Center Workshop – 7-8pm. With Serena. Topics to be announced on the website. $20. Mind Body Healing Center, 77 W Washington, Ste 1704, Chicago. To register, Serena: 773-368-4363. MindBodyHealingChicago.com.

tuesday Acupuncture Special – If you never tried acupuncture at Nirvana Naturopathics, but are curious, try it for only $25. Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine will check your pulses and insert tiny little needles in your ears. You will be relaxed for 25-30 mins while listening music. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-715-9044. NirvanaNaturopathics.com. 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. ReFitInc.com. Enhance Your Health in Ways you Never Knew Possible – 11:15am-12:15pm. Come hear the research and science behind this one of a kind nano-enhanced hemp oil. Keep The Beat Wellness, Berkson Office Center, 333 Skokie Blvd, Ste 106, Northbrook. RSVP: 847-769-3547.

Complimentary Consultation at ChiroMend Natural Health Center –1-5pm, by appt. Are you feeling older than your age? Brain fog or stress turning you into a zombie? Come and sit down for a 30-min complimentary consultation with one of our board certified physicians to discuss your health and formulate a plan to uncover the real causes of your symptoms. 1834 Glenview Rd, Ste 2W, Glenview. For appt: 847-730-3988. More info: ChiroMend.com. Time to Dance – 1:30-2:30pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: DanceForJoy16@gmail.com. Gentle Yoga – 2-2:55pm. All levels, all ages. Stretch, learn basic yoga poses to lengthen and stretch your muscles. $15, $10/Punch Pass. Fitness for Active Adults, 742 Sheridan Rd, Highwood. 847-736-2671. Fitness4ActiveAdults@aol.com. 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. pdop.org. Time to Dance: Sofshu (Tap) – 2:40-3:15pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: DanceForJoy16@gmail.com. Qigong – 6-8pm. 2nd Tues. Discover the healing abilities of the ancient practice of qigong. Free qigong and taiji classes for the inexperienced; also a space for experts to practice their skills. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Shiatsu Student Clinic – 7 or 8pm. Also Thurs, 11am or 12pm. 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. ZenShiatsuChicago.org. Women’s Basics Jiu-Jitsu Classes – 7:30-8:30pm. Also Thurs. Learn the basics and fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a female-friendly environment. All levels welcome. Co-ed class held: Tues-Thurs, 6-7pm & Sat, 10:30-11:30am. Ilya’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 2068 1st St, Highland Park. Jen Zanotti:  JenZsCoaching@gmail.com. Ilyasbjj.com.

wednesday Green City Market: Lincoln Park – Thru Oct 27. 7am-1pm. Shop and taste fresh, locally sourced produce and market-inspired prepared foods, see chef demonstrations and more. South end of Lincoln Park, N Clark St & N Lincoln Ave, Chicago. GreenCityMarket.org. Ravinia Farmers Market – June 6-Oct 31. 7am1pm. Not held July. Rain or shine. Vendors selling local and organic vegetables, fruits, cheeses, baked goods, crepes and other products. Dean Ave at Jensen Park, east of the Ravinia train station, Highland Park. Ed Kugler: RaviniaFM@gmail.com. RaviniaFarmersMarket.org.

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Stretch & Balance – 10-10:45am. Prevent falling by incorporating balance positions and incorporate stretching large muscles for toned body. $15, $10/Punch Pass. Fitness for Active Adults, 742 Sheridan Rd, Highwood. 847-736-2671. Fitness4ActiveAdults@aol.com. Salt Therapy Happy Hour Special – Thru June. 4-7pm. Discover the benefits of salt therapy, a natural way to improve overall wellness and relieve symptoms of many skin and respiratory conditions. Come relax in our adult salt room, or play along with your family in the kids’ salt room. $19/person. North Shore Salt Therapy, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. Appts: 847-780-8200. NorthShoreSalt.com. Produce Box – June-Sept. 4-7pm. Bronzeville residents can obtain fresh produce and benefit from nutrition education and cooking classes. Boxville, at the 51st Street CTA Green Line Stop, Chicago. GreenCityMarket.org. Time to Dance: Ballet – 7-8pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: DanceForJoy16@gmail.com. M e d i t a t i o n – 7 : 3 0 - 8 : 3 0 p m . Wi t h K e v in. $20. Mind Body Healing Center, 77 W Washington, Ste 1704, Chicago. To register, Kevin: Hello@KevinOberhausen.com. MindBodyHealingChicago.com. Hemp Oil Business Opportunity – 8pm. Learn how to become part of this revolution in health. Hop online to learn more about this work-fromhome business opportunity. We will present a brief 15-min overview. RSVP: 630-309-3409. Meeting ID: 630-309-3409. zoom.US.

thursday All Day Salt Therapy: Bring A Friend Special – Thru June. 9am-7pm. See Monday listing. North Shore Salt Therapy, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. Appts: 847-780-8200. NorthShoreSalt.com. Cardio & Core – 10:15-11am. Move to the beat of the music, basic steps to get your heart pumping. We will incorporate abdominal exercises to feel strong, centered and aligned. The abdominal exercises also help strengthen back areas. $15, $10/Punch Pass. Fitness for Active Adults, 742 Sheridan Rd, Highwood. 847-736-2671. Fitness4ActiveAdults@aol.com. Shiatsu Student Clinic – 11am or 12pm. See Tues listing. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org. Time to Dance: Modern – 1-2pm. A class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: DanceForJoy16@gmail.com.

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Green City Market: Park at Wrigley – 4-8pm. Select Thursdays: June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 5, 12, 26; Aug 16, 30; Sept 6, 13, 20. Shop and taste fresh, locally-sourced produce and market-inspired prepared foods, see chef demonstrations and more. The Park at Wrigley, 3637 N. Clark St, Chicago. GreenCityMarket.org. Yoga Club – 4:30-6:30pm. Led by Julie Kotiw, DC, PCOM Bio Science Chair. No experience necessary. We have supplies including blocks and straps, bring a yoga mat if have one. Feel free to drop-in anytime and leave anytime to accommodate your schedule. Free. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Let’s Talk Hemp Oil & Business Opportunity – 6:30pm. Not held June 14. Come learn what all the buzz is about with hemp oil. Hear about the new science and research on the benefits of cannabinoids. Let us introduce you to a full spectrum phytocannabindiol HEMP oil that doesn’t require a medical card. Presenter: Reuben Haynes. Free. 918 Tuscany Dr, Streamwood. RSVP: 224-244-4837.

friday Silver Sneakers Cardio Strength – All ages, all levels. Have fun, stay fit with friends. $15, $10/Punch Pass. Fitness for Active Adults, 742 Sheridan Rd, Highwood. 847-736-2671. Fitness4ActiveAdults@aol.com. Chain Reflex Stretch Therapy – 10am-5pm. Do you sit at a desk all day? Are you a weekend warrior? Do you like to work in the garden or around the house on the weekends? These activities can often lead to unwanted stiffness and joint pains. Benefits of Stretch Therapy: To reduce pain especially in your lower back and neck; improve flexibility and mobility; decrease stress and muscle soreness. WholeHealth NorthShore, 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste S5, Northbrook. For an appt: 847-272-3700. WholeHealthNorthShore.com.

saturday Free Classes for All at All Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi Locations – Times vary. Body & Brain teaches practitioners to understand and trust their body’s innate wisdom. We offer a wide variety of classes which welcome all levels as it can be modified and meet the needs of the individual’s own physical, emotional, mental and spiritual journey. For details: BodyNBrain.com. Join the Centennial Volunteers – Sat & Sun. Be a part of forest and river revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore 7 special sites along the Chicago and Calumet rivers. To find a group, Ilana Federman: 312356-9990 or Ilana@fotfp.org. Dates & locations:  fotfp.org/event/centennial. Mighty House Radio Program – 7-10am. Funny, friendly experts with answers and ideas to help with all of your home improvement projects. Join Ron Cowgill, Robbie Ehrhardt, Rich Cowgill and the Mighty House team each Saturday morning to get help with all your home improvement and repair issues. On 1590 WCGO AM, 1590WCGO.com and MightyHouse.net.

Green City Market: Lincoln Park – Thru Oct 27. 7am-1pm. See Wed listing. South end of Lincoln Park, N Clark St & N Lincoln Ave, Chicago. GreenCityMarket.org. Oak Park Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 27. 7am-1pm. Locally grown produce, live music and more. Pilgrim Church Parking lot, 460 Lake St, Oak Park. 708-358-5780. Tinyurl.com/y72ug3w9. Palatine Farmer ’s Market – Thru Oct. 7am-1pm. Palatine Train Station Parking lot, 137 W Wood St, Palatine. 847-358-1649. Palatine.il.us/663/Farmers-Market. Evanston Farmers’ Market – Thru Nov 3. 7:30am1pm. 58 vendors: fruits, vegetables, meat, flowers, cheese, milk, eggs and bakery items. Reusable and biodegradable bags sold on site. LINK cards accepted, and the Friends of Evanston Farmers’ Markets offers matching funds. Intersection of University Pl & Oak Ave, Evanston. Info, Myra Gorman: 847-448-8045, MGorman@CityOfEvanston.org. Green City Market: West Loop – June-Oct. 8am-1pm. Shop and taste fresh, locally-sourced produce and market-inspired prepared foods, see chef demonstrations and more. Bartleme Park, 115 S. Sangamon St, Chicago. GreenCityMarket.org. 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. WholeHealthPrograms.com. 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. StretchChi.com. 61st Street Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 9am2pm. South side Chicago’s premier farmers market. Market also features chef demos, live music and more. Experimental Station, 6100 S Blackstone Ave, Chicago. ExperimentalStation.org/market. 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. Midewin Ranger Hike to Bison Pasture – Thru Oct 28. 11am-12pm. See Sun listing. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. fs.usda.gov/midewin. South Shore Farmers’ Market – June 23-Sept 29. 11am-3pm. Quarry Event Center, 2423 E 75th St, Chicago.773-554-8056. Facebook.com/ chisouthshorefm. Introduction to Heartland Meditation – 2-3pm. Learn how the guided, subtraction meditation technique brings positive changes real results. An eye-opening session showing how to reflect on the cluttered thoughts to discard those from the mind. Free. Heartland Meditation, 1444 S Butterfield Rd, Mundelein. 224-433-6338. HeartlandMeditation.com.

classifieds To place a Classified listing, submit your content online at NAChicago.com. 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. AstrologicalDetails.com.

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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. AstrologicalDetails.com.

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

FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS – Allow me to transform the energy of your home to bring positive changes into your life. Our home is a mirror of ourselves. 224-209-1072. FengShuiAlchemy.net. 

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REGISTERED NURSE NEEDED – thriveMD, a functional medicine practice in Schaumburg, seeks a P/T to F/T Registered Nurse to administer therapies prescribed by the physician. Must have excellent IV skills. Email resume/cover letter to hr@thriveMD.org. SEAMSTRESS NEEDED – For high-end clothing in Deerfield/Northbrook area. Part or full time. Mimika Designs. 847-312-3084. Fitted2U@gmail.com.

PRODUCTS CONSTIPATION, WEIGHT LOSS, REGULARITY, CLEANSING – Choose from one-time, onemonth or half-year program to be healthy and have clean gut. 7Remedies.com.

SERVICES ANGEL INTUITIVE-MEDIUM – Connect with loved ones or angels in a loving, safe environment. Energy clearing, healing. Classes available. Sandy Turkington: 847-772-9198. SandyTurkington.com. YOUR LISTING CAN BE HERE – Visit Submit. NAChicago.com/CHI/Magazine-Classifieds.

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

BODYWORK NATIONAL LYMPHATIC CENTERS Sharon M Vogel, LMT, CLT, BCTMB 5002a Main St, Downers Grove 630-241-4100 Lymphatics.net

Sharon Vogel is referred to by Mayo Clinic practitioners, national surgeons and physicians. She offers 27 years’ experience and is Nationally Board Certified, specializing in oncology massage, lymph drainage MLD and myofascial release JFB MFR—all to help assist clients in regaining health. Free consult and treatment the second Sunday of each month, 12-2pm in Downers Grove with RSVP.



Since 1996, Dr. Linda Howe has been teaching and writing about the Akashic Records, the sacred archive of our Souls’ past, present and future possibilities. The Records offer transformation by lending us exactly the wisdom, guidance, and energetic support that we need in this lifetime. Learn more at LindaHowe.com.


Specializing in Pediatric & Adult Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Buffalo Grove 847-541-4878 Vernon Hills 224-206-7903 LisaSullivanMD.com 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 17.

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Diane Roth, BCSI Highland Park, 60035 847-533-3213 • RothSI.com 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  ZenShiatsuChicago.org 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.


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


Logan Square location 773-413-0749 NowStudio8@gmail.com 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 DrMarny@gmail.com DrMarny.com

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!



Mary H. Murphy, LMT, CZB, CST-D 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette 60091 847-920-9292 • ZBWellness.com 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.

Susan Heinemann 847-769-3547 (call/text) GetReliefWithHempOil.com

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

NATURAL REMEDEE HEALTH SOLUTIONS Dee Bayro, CHHC NaturalRemedee.com LetsTalkHempOil.com

The research is overwhelming on the benefits of using phytocannabinoids from hemp. As a certified holistic health advisor, let me help answer your questions and see if hemp oil extract is right for you. Over thousands of studies support the therapeutic benefits of phytocannabinoid diols for over 250 health conditions. I offer the world’s best, one-of-akind hemp extract that has the power of intravenous therapy within a convenient oral, liposomal delivery system. Visit our website or attend a local presentation to learn more about this new science. Get involved with this revolution in health. We are looking for professionals and influencers to work with contact me for more info. See ad on page 23.

DANCE FOR HEALTH CBG INSTITUTE FOR DANCE & HEALTH North Shore School of Dance 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park 60035 DanceForJoy16@gmail.com

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 35.


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


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

ENERGY HEALING NOWSTUDIO.CO AND MOJO OWL Logan Square location and MojoOwl 773-413-0749 NowStudio8@gmail.com

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.


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

HOLISTIC DENTISTRY RADIONICS & GEOPATHIC STRESS Carolina Puentes 773-266-8222 DC@RGSBalancing.com RGSBalancing.com

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

FENG SHUI LAURIE PAWLI, CERTIFIED FENG SHUI CONSULTANT The Feng Shui School of Chicago LauriePawli@gmail.com CreateTheFeeling.com TheFengShuiSchoolOfChicago.com

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



2400 Ravine Way, Suite 400, Glenview 60025 847-998-5100 GlenviewSmiles.com 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 43.


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

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


1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-348-0822 SpyrlChicago.com 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 17.

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Dr. Bernice Teplitsky, DDS, PC 3256 N Ashland, Chicago 60657 773-975-6666 WrigleyvilleDental.com

708-955-3634 EFTWithTom@gmail.com EFT-Tom.com

In addition to state-of-the-art technology and methods offered by most holistic dentists (microscopes, ozone therapy, etc.), we treat you as a partner. We thoroughly explain your unique situation, provide treatment options and keep you comfortable with Netflix, music and paraffin wax treatments. Located off the Brown line. Free garage parking. See ad on page 25.

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.



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

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.

Christopher Codina, DC 33 W Higgins Rd, Ste 735 South Barrington 60010 WholeLifeChiroHE.com

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.





Hawk Eye Health “Keeping an Eye on Your Health” 708-728-5286

1834 Glenview Rd, 2nd Fl, Ste 2W, Glenview 60025 847-730-3988 ChiroMend.com

Cyndy is a Registered Natural Health Practitioner specializing in natural and herbal medicine. She uses a combination of biological analysis of internal organs, checking for food stressors, detoxification and other natural treatments to promote immune, gastrointestinal, mental and emotional wellness.

Experience comprehensive holistic health care. Using a unique combination of therapies including functional medicine, nutrition, physical therapy and chiropractic care, we identify and treat the true cause of problems and not just symptoms. Let us help you get back into your life.

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GLUTEN-FREE BAKERY POPPY’S BAKERY 1234 Main Street 847-555-5555 PoppysBakery.com

Tired of not ever finding delicious baked goods that are gluten-free? Try Us! Poppy’s Bakery has an amazing assortment of breads, cakes, cookies and so much more! Also available for party catering and your Wedding needs.



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KOLODZIEJ CLINIC OF NATURAL MEDICINE Dr. Leon Kolodziej DC, MH, PhD 7742 W Addison St, Chicago 60634 773-589-9996 NaturesHealingRemedies.com

Dr. Kolodziej is degreed or certified in chiropractic, herbal medicine, physiotherapy, acupuncture, sports medicine and nutrition. We use a diverse regime of all-natural treatments including organic herbal supplements compounded specifically for each patient’s conditions. A master herbalist as well as a chiropractor, Dr. K has over 30 years’ experience in treating chronic and non-responsive hard to treat conditions including leaky gut, psoriasis, candida, chronic fatigue and many others. Complete programs for diet, body cleansing and anti-parasite is available. Check out his products at NaturesHealingRemedies.com. See ad on page 43.


Illinois Center for Progressive Medicine 1002 W Lake St, Chicago 60607 312-243-3338 • DrNick.net 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 NorthShoreHealthSolutions.com Are your hands or feet burning? Do you have numbness or tingling or pain? Problems sleeping? Are you having regular bowel movements or digestion problems? Previously diagnosed with a Neuropathy condition? Did you know that these issues can all be related?

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

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


Inner Child Connection Ltd 847-971-1221 FundaKahn@gmail.com InnerChildConnection.com 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 29.

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

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


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

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


Clinical Director, Inner Balance Northbrook, Chicago, Palm Springs 847-224-0244 InnerBalanceNow.com 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 Meetup.com “Inner Balance Meditation” for updates on her events, and visit her at EllenKatz.net.


847-509-8289 MicheleHeather1@yahoo.com MicheleHeather1.com 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.


150 S Wacker Dr, Ste 2400, Chicago 60606 866-566-9494 CKCampbell.com Our practice focuses on helping people who want to reach a resolution and stay out of court. Some of our services include mediation, collaborative family law, adoption, guardianship, and wills and trusts.


At Unity Northwest Church 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines 60016 847-299-6535 • AREChicagoCenter@gmail.com 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 29.


1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-831-8828 • InfinityFoundation.org Offering more than 200 Courses for Life in personal, professional and spiritual growth and development. Join Lama Surya Das, bestselling author, for 2-day intensive, Receiving Spiritual Transmission. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental. Call or email for a free course guide.

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

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.


Holistic Healthy Path, LLC 715 E Golf Rd, Ste 206, Schaumburg 60173 Homer Glen 60491 815-793-5651 HolisticHealthyPath.com

An unbalanced body is a compromised health state. Our whole body noninvasive equipment scan has 96% accuracy snapshot of current health state to identify underlying sources of health issues to create therapies program. Various modalities are used to bring you back to healthy state: therapies, homeopathic/ayurvedic medicine, botanicals and enzymes.


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


2177 Shermer Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-963-6094 YourHealthyFoundations.com 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 19.

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

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

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A year ago, I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease; though frightening, it was somewhat of a relief to finally know what was happening with my body. Eighteen years prior, I discovered a tick on the top of my head and soon after, my health changed. Migraines, aches and pains, weight gain, early onset menopause, rashes, thyroid issues—the list goes on. A genetic test concluded a resistance to detoxifying mold and lyme disease, and these results forced me to make some big life changes. I left my job on a full time basis to work from home, and in order to fully function, my body required energy work weekly.


My daughter highly recommended Shiatsu and I was open-minded after a bit of research. WOW! With the myriad types of bodywork I receive, nothing has the effect as my experience with Polly. I am a new person—on the inside and outside. I can honestly feel myself healing. I am forever grateful and have met a new friend for life. – Laura Kimmel


Schedule a session in our Clinic. Our specialties include Chronic Pain, Autoimmune Disorders, Chronic Illness, and Emotionally Overwhelming States like Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Post-Traumatic Stress. Call 847-864-1130 and ask to book with a Chronic Conditions specialist.


Start a career in shiatsu therapy. Beginning Zen Shiatsu 10-Week Summer Session Jun 21 - Aug 23, Thu 7-10pm 2-Weekend Intensive Jul 20-22 & 27-29, Fri 7-10pm, Sat/Sun 9am-4pm 10-Week Fall Sessions Tue Daytime or Wed Evening

E-mail info@zenshiatsuchicago.org or call 847-864-1130 to sign up today!

or try one of our Free Introductory Workshops Jun 14, Thursday, 7:00-9:30pm Jul 11, Wednesday, 10am-12:30pm To view more class times, visit: zenshiatsuchicago.org/schedule/ www.zenshiatsuchicago.org 825 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL

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Chicago's go to magazine for healthy and sustainable living!