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Laser Dentistry is Changing All Aspects of Dental Care The alternative medical and dental fields have been educating patients about the oral bacteria/body connection for years. Now it appears that mainstream doctors are doing the same. New scientific clinical studies show that the bacteria found in the lungs, organs and atherosclerotic plaque in the arterial system are specific to the mouth. How is this possible? While brushing, eating and especially during dental work, the bacteria in your mouth can get into the bloodstream (called bacteremia) and move throughout the body. The body is also challenged by an inflammatory reaction when the bacteria in the blood goes to the liver. As the liver clears or cleans the blood, the bacteria triggers an enzyme release that results in a whole-body inflammatory response. If these bacteria are consistently released, your body stays in a chronic state of inflammation. What’s the solution? You wouldn›t want to completely remove all of the oral bacteria, because there are certain helpful species that are needed for digestion. The goal is to keep the good bacteria at a healthy level and never allow the bad, or pathogenic, types to move in. Laser dentistry presents a simple way to sterilize the mouth before your gums are probed or teeth are cleaned. To further sterilize and treat the pockets under the gums and around the teeth, we finish each cleaning with a subgingival (under the gum) herbal irrigation. It's a painless, simple and easy way to prevent bacteremia during the cleaning. This method also reduces the variety and amount of pathological bacteria to such a low level that adequate protection can be continued by implementing good home care of your teeth. For more information about this simple procedure and other methods of nonsurgical laser gum care and eliminating tooth sensitivity, and to schedule your appointment, call our office at the number below:

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nce upon a time, while attending college in South Florida, I stumbled across “a situation” in the parking lot of my school: several homeless men (in those days we simply called them “beach bums”) were chasing something on the ground. As I got closer to them, I saw a small, green bird running for its life. The little creature was making all kinds of noise—evidently scared—when it suddenly turned and ran straight for me. As it got closer, I leaned over and offered it my arm, which it gratefully accepted. The bird crawled up to my shoulder and hid behind my neck. It was then that the beach bums yelled at me to give the bird to them. Thinking quickly, I shouted back to them, “Oh thank you so much! You helped me find my poor, lost, little bird!” And to avoid any confrontation, I handed them the $10 bill I had in my wallet. Luckily, the three men walked away without further incident. No one answered the “found pet” newspaper ads I placed, so the bird became mine. That event took place 35 years ago; it was the day I met my closest little friend, Bonzo. It took another 21 years after our initial meeting, for me to discover that “Bonzie” was a she. Out of the clear blue sky, on January 18, 2001, little Bonzie laid an egg! Needless to say, my husband and I watched this take place with our jaws on the floor. Through every change and every major event in my adult life, Bonzie has been there by my side. When I first got married, she sat on my shoulder and drove with me on my move from Florida to Texas. And when my husband got promoted, she again made the long trip with me from Texas to Georgia. A few years after that, we found ourselves moving, yet again, and there she was—on my shoulder—making the drive from Atlanta to Naples, Florida. For such a small creature, she was very well traveled. When I first found her, I was very impressed with myself for “saving one of God’s creatures” and rescuing her from certain doom. But during these past 35 years—two-thirds of my life—I’ve come to realize that it was Bonzie who’s rescued me from times of loneliness and sadness. She saw me through the deaths of my parents and then through a divorce. A constant companion who made quiet, little macaw noises in my ear. I can’t even imagine what life would’ve been without her. On February 12 of this year, I lost my closest little friend: she was 60 years old. There’s a hole in my heart that will never again be quite full. But I have the most wonderful memories of time spent with her—this little, green creature that, quite literally, ran into me. This month’s feature story, “Mission: Animal Rescue,” on page 32, tells us that all animals need our help. There are so many dogs, cats and even birds in shelters that absolutely long to be part of a family. If you or your family feel as though you’re missing something, perhaps you should consider adopting an appropriate pet. Animals bring endless joy to our lives—please consider adding some “furry” or “feathered” joy to yours. Suzzanne Siegel


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he city of Evanston has been named one of three finalists, along with Cleveland and Seattle, to represent the United States in the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Earth Hour City Challenge. Finalists were chosen because of their progress to date in transitioning toward a climate-friendly future. Everyone now has an opportunity to vote online for the challenge winner. The city that advances as the U.S. Earth Hour City Capital will receive funding from WWF for local climate readiness efforts and go on to compete with cities from 16 other countries for the title of Global Earth Hour Capital. Evanston’s selection recognizes a 100 percent renewable energy program for residents and small businesses and an ambitious climate action goal to reduce the community’s greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2016. Vote at through Mar. 27.

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nline classes to obtain accreditation in nutritional therapy and herbalism are being offered at the Portland Community College (PCC) Institute for Health Professionals. Taught by KP Khalsa, president of the American Herbalists Guild (AHG), registration begins on March 4 for the term starting March 30. As in previous years, the class offering may also be attended at the PCC CLIMB Center for Advancement. KP Khalsa The 12-month nutritional therapy series, approved by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, prepares students to take the national credentialing exam. The six-term herbalism series, a highly suitable parallel program, provides in-depth training for a career in herbal medicine, with corresponding credit hours used toward a registered herbalist credential through the AHG. This marks the fourth year that PCC has conducted such classes to provide dynamic training to current and future complementary health practitioners. Class location: 1626 S.E. Water Ave., Portland, OR. For more information or to register, call 971-722-6627, email or visit See ad on page 29.

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. ~Helen Keller


ee Wallace is an author, actress (E.T: The Extraterrestrial) and healer who will be leading a workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 7, at the Libertyville Civic Center. Sponsored by The Present Dee Wallace Moment, Inc. (, Wallace promises to create an inspiring and fun experience of the glorious opportunity and blessing of being our own creator, saying, “Taking control of your own creation, you can ultimately affect your future. When you really understand that you are the moment and the director of that moment, you consciously stay present in creating your desire. The biggest challenge is to hold yourself in harmony with what you want and allow it to flow in. It can be tricky, but it is easy to understand once you comprehend the formula.” Cost is $99 (no lunch). Tickets must be purchased in advance. For group pricing, email Location: 135 W. Church St., Libertyville. Register at currentEvents/dee-wallace.html.

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ccess Bars facilitator Zulma Verdejo and her daughter Siris Rivas, a Speech-Language Pathologist who works with children with autism and their families, will raise funds which go to the nonprofit Steppin’ 4 Autism in Milwaukee. Funds will help to give children with autism iPads to work on communication, behavior, social and academic skills using special apps. Access Bars facilitators will donate their time by conducting 20-minute sessions for a minimum of $20 ($50 value) in the Rogers Park area from 2 to 6 p.m., March 7. Both Verdejo and Rivas have been working with the Access Bars tools of Gary Douglas and Dr. Dain Heer to give back to the community in infinite ways. Verdejo is a retired Spanish bilingual teacher and massage therapist. She is also the mother of two special needs adults and the aunt of a nephew with autism, so she can relate to the challenges and blessings of any parent raising a child with special needs. For more information and location, call 847-567-4978 or visit

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he ninth annual Going Green Matters Community Environmental Fair will take place from noon to 5 p.m., March 8, at the Michigan Shores Club of Wilmette. Electronics, bicycles, shoes, textiles and Styrofoam will be recycled from noon to 4 p.m. at Central Elementary School. The event venue has changed due to the recent fire at the Women’s Club of Wilmette, but the Fair will go on as planned. This fun, all-ages fair will help everyone looking for simple ways to live more sustainably and make great choices for their home, garden, recreation and transportation needs. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill will present their thought-provoking display, Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin, inspired by the centennial of Daniel Burnham’s Plan of Chicago. In addition to enjoying the green cars, cooking demonstrations and nature exhibits, participants can get answers to questions about home energy savings, organic gardening, rain barrels, local green initiatives, the latest green products and more. Visitors can produce electricity on the energy bike, buy plants for pollinators and relax in the Go Green Café. Admission is free. Location: 911 Michigan Ave., Wilmette. Recycling location: 910 Central Ave., Wilmette. For more information, visit See ad on page 2.

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Experience Access Consciousness, Gain Clarity Through Akashic Records


elen Gitlevich will present an Access Processes Workshop on Reciprocating Dimensionalities, at 6:30 p.m., March 9, at Health Box Clinic, in Glenview. The event is designed for people with neck and low back pain. Access Processes works with the body’s energies to facilitate change and transform. Gitlevich will also offer a two-day class, Access Your Personal Akashic ReHelen Gitlevich cord Wisdom, from 3 to 9 p.m., March 14, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 15, at Best Western Plus Glenview-Chicagoland Inn & Suites. Akashic Records also offer the opportunity to heal wounds of the past that block us or sap our energy and power. Attendees will learn to access their own Akashic record using a vibrational key in the form of a sacred prayer. Gitlevich says, “Ask questions of the Akashic masters to gain clarity at a crossroad and be able to make accurate decisions for your personal life and business. Clear money blocks and open money flow into your life.” Gitlevich became an M.D. and remained in practice until a personal illness. She then decided to pursue her passion for helping others in different ways. She is now a certified Akashic Records teacher, a Body Process facilitator, an Access Consciousness certified facilitator and Reiki master. Cost for Reciprocating Dimensionalities is $75. Location: 3633 W. Lake Ave., Glenview. Cost for Access Your Personal Akashic Record Wisdom is $350. Location: 4514 W. Lake Ave., Glenview. To RSVP to either event, call 847-361-6259, email or visit or See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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rom a 250-pound Saint Bernard to a five-pound Chihuahua, many breeds can be found at the 23rd annual Chicagoland Family Pet Expo, from March 20 to 22, at Arlington International Racecourse. America’s largest family pet expo all under one roof features world-class entertainment, demonstrations, the latest pet products and hundreds of animal rescue groups. Highlights include the Baseball Pet Parade and Contest; That Guy with the Birds performing parrots; a Chicago Herpetological Society reptile fest of wonderful crawling pets; Bow-WOW! Happy Jack Trick Act; the International Cat Association cat show; and rescue pets.


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o receive a gift of harmony and balance or a gift of prosperity and abundance, or give someone a gift of unconditional love or success, there is a place to find all that and much more. “We love finding a gift for you that matters, custom picked, beautifully packaged with a special message,” says Oksana Gritsenko, a Mind and Life Coach and founder of Solful Gifts, Inc. “People love receivOksana Gritsenko ing gifts that are not only beautiful, but also meaningful and unique. There are many options to choose from: rare gems and crystals set in gorgeous sterling silver jewelry and beautifully packaged, astrological or numerological reports that can help us understand better who we are and make productive choices in life, coaching, emotional energy healing sessions and much more.” On March 22, Solful Gifts, in Wheeling, will sponsor, in collaboration with other mindful businesses, a unique Serendipity Event from noon to 5 p.m. The event is a fusion of a customer appreciation day mixed with an open house, featuring free educational presentations, an intuitive gala with readings and healing sessions, mindful networking, music, snacks and opportunities to purchase meaningful gifts for the self and others, all in a joyful welcoming atmosphere. It’s a day of nourishment for the mind, body and soul. For a limited time, Solful Gifts is offering a free My Best Year strategy session ($159 value) to the first 12 Natural Awakenings readers. Location: 1040 S. Milwaukee Ave., Ste. 130, Wheeling. Call or text Oksana at 847-924-5708 or email with the code “NaturalAwakenings12” and claim the session while supplies last. Visit Facebook at Solful Gifts and for more information.

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aster Stephen Co will share Pranic Healing in the Chicago area with a series of free introductory workshops geared toward learning and experiencing practical techniques for a wide variety of benefits. The world-renowned healer, bestselling author and energy expert will present a talk, Healthy Body and Sharp Mind with Master Stephen Co Pranic Healing and SuperBrain Yoga, at 7:30 p.m., March 24, at Yoga Now Chicago; Discovering the Healing Secrets of the Lord’s Prayer, at 7 p.m., March 25 at Unity of Chicago; and Experience the Healing Powers of the “I AM” Essence in You, at 7 p.m., March 26, at Unity of Naperville. Co will discuss how energy, or prana, can enhance health, prosperity and spiritual development; clarify common assumptions and misconceptions about the energy body (aura) and chakras; and provide simple and effective tips for how to immediately put key learning to use in daily life. He’ll also demonstrate a healing session and guide the groups in powerful energy-generating exercises and meditation, all meant to improve health and overall well-being.

Locations: Yoga Now Chicago, 742 N. LaSalle Dr., 2nd fl.; Unity in Chicago, 1925 W. Thorne Ave.; and Unity of Naperville, 1600 Shore Rd. For more information or to register, call the U.S. Pranic Healing Center at 909-548-0884 or 888-470-5656, email or visit See ad on page 3.


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The Adoption Process from A to Z


hose considering adoption of a child and those ready to start the process may explore the world of adoption through a workshop presented by Sally Wildman, JD, a frequent speaker and Chicago and Northbrook attorney with more than 15 years of experience in this field. Her workshop, The Adoption Process from A to Z, from 7 to 9:15 p.m., April 8, offers a unique opportunity to learn about fundamentals of the adoption process and new trends in this field. Wildman will distinguish various types of adoption available—agency, private, agency-assisted, related, foreign and foster parent. She identifies key steps required in preparing to adopt a child, including home study, foster parent licensing, interstate process and immigration requirements. Wildman helps people understand factors that determine whether an adoption will be secure. Wildman also shares best options for selecting community resources, adoption agencies, attorneys, and related professionals. The discussion concludes by considering common needs of adopted children and openness with original family members.

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earn how to rejuvenate and illuminate body, mind and spirit at any age or in any condition. Author John Van Auken, one of the best-known teachers of world-famous seer Edgar Cayce’s concepts, will present a workshop with techniques and tools for deeper meditation and awakened intuition, soul growth, God consciousness and vibrant health for a John Van Auken more abundant, joyful life, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 18, at Oakton Community College, in Des Plaines. Van Auken will help participants reach their spiritual life force that is intimately and ultimately connected to all of life, all of time, and all of space—that self that is true and in touch with the eternal. We can wield the powers of broader awareness, healthier vitality, purpose and meaningfulness when in touch with the infinite. The life force is within us, within our spirit and mind; with the tools of dreams, intuition, kundalini and meditation, we awaken and activate it. Location: 1600 E. Golf Rd., Room 1610, Des Plaines. For complete pricing options and to register, call A.R.E. Headquarters at 800-333-4499 or visit EdgarCayce. org/FieldConferences and use code FE15SD. See ad on page 13, in the Community Resource Guide and at

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n inspiring gathering of explorers in the study of consciousness and interconnection, presented by the nonprofit Institute for Noetic Sciences (IONS), will include music and meaningful conversation, woven into a rich tapestry of renewal and transformation, from July 22 through 26, at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort. Plan ahead to attend and save with an early registration discount. Among the many presenters, Don Miguel Ruiz, bestselling author of The Four Agreements, will share ways to cultivate a happier personal journey. Visionary futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard will discuss the current role of spirituality in social and scientific evolution. Spiritual teacher and author Marianne Williamson will speak about the mental shift underway for humanity from fear to love, and IONS founder astronaut Edgar Mitchell will share his visions and efforts for humanity. Prices listed online. Save $50 in March with code Awaken2015 at Noetic. org/Conference2015. Location: 3500 Midwest Rd., Oak Brook. See ad on page 21.

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G Organic Salon, located on Chicago’s Northwest Side, offers all-organic spa services that include classic and youth firming facials and waxing. New staff member Christina Diprina, a licensed esthetician, says, “Clients realize it’s important not to put toxins in their hair. Likewise, the skin is the largest organ of the body, and we should only place high-quality, non-toxic products on our skin, too.” Diprina says she provides clients with a relaxing, natural facial and massage using organic products, adding that she also tries to educate them about the potential harm toxins can do to the body. Another new professional at the salon, Mallory Navarra, is a nine-year experienced stylist who had been looking to get away from toxic chemicals at other salons. Navarra says she has noticed a big difference in the look and feel of hair treated with the products they use at this salon. All ingredients used at BG Organic Salon, a Certified Organics Products salon, are derived from plant-based sources. These toxin-free products are suitable for those with sensitive or normal skin, pregnant women and cancer survivors that do not want harsh chemicals or formaldehyde near their skin. Manager Jessica Soifer asks, “Why fill our cells with chemicals when natural products will both beautify us and keep us healthy?” Natural Awakenings readers receive 10 percent off any hair service and complimentary deep conditioning treatment with any hair service. Men will receive a complimentary scalp massage that will rejuvenate hair (new clients only). Location: 6704 N. Northwest Hwy., Chicago. For more information, call 773-763-6322 or visit See ad on page 41.

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scape Salon, located in an 1881 historical home in Northbrook, is now offering an organic additive called Olaplex, which is used in organic hair color. It is derived from a new molecule that prevents breakage. As a result, hair colorists will never have to worry about damaging a client’s hair during color processing. With multiple worldwide patents, Olaplex chemists are famous for helping to stop organs and transplants from being rejected by the body. These same medical polymer researchers have now solved a problem that’s existed since the development of hair color. Olaplex also allows a permanent wave to be done on the same day as color. Escape Salon specializes in organic hair care in a relaxed atmosphere. They also offer nail services in a cheery sunny, room separated from hair services. Owner Jasmine Metz says, “My salon is an extension of how I live my life, and that is to constantly grow and be the best I can be so that I can offer my clients top-quality service and top-quality organic products.” Location: 1249 Shermer Rd., Ste. 200, Northbrook. For more information, call 847-753-9000. See ad on page 15.

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he informative, inspiring and fun 11th annual FamilyFarmed Good Food Festival and Conference, held from March 19 to 21, is leading the Good Food movement that’s transforming the way we eat for the better. Chicago’s UIC Forum is hosting this celebration of entrepreneurs and producers that are rapidly expanding our local and sustainable food systems in the Midwest. On Thursday, the Good Food Financing and Innovation Conference connects funders with food businesses to be enhanced with presentations by fellows in FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Business Accelerator. On Friday, the Good Food Trade Show, Food Policy Conference and School Food Conference have three powerful tracks for food industry experts, the trade and food policy makers. In the evening, the Localicious Party pairs regional farmers with Chicago’s top chefs that value local sourcing. On Saturday, the Good Food Festival presents the biggest public gathering in the three-day event, featuring a day of inspiring speakers, workshops, demonstrations, a trade show floor and more. Visitors will learn from Chicago’s top chefs and get tips from gardeners, food artisans, and more at the DIY-focused Good Food Commons. The exhibit hall is the place to meet more than 150 Good Food producers and vendors. There will be great food for purchase, and for the first time at the festival, craft beverages. FamilyFarmed is family-friendly, with a Kids’ Corner sponsored by Purple Asparagus. Catch the Urban Farm Bus Tour and visit four locations that are growing food and jobs right in Chicago. Location: UIC Forum, University of Illinois at Chicago. For more information, visit See ad on page 4.


he Sugar Beet Food Co-op, a community based, memberowned, full-service grocery store, has met its fundraising goal of $1.8 million and will begin construction at 812 W. Madison Street, in Oak Park, promptly as soon as permits are approved. The Sugar Beet Food Co-op will be open to the public, and member/owners will receive store discounts, voting rights and patronage dividends. The money came from three primary sources: member owners, traditional loans and a Village of Oak Park tax increment financing (TIF) grant. Member/owners of the co-op also stepped up to invest in the community grocery store. Out of 950 member owners, more than 60 member loans were received. Cheryl Muñoz, founder of the Sugar Beet Co-op, says, “We have reached a huge milestone for this community project. Residents have rallied around the Sugar Beet and its mission and have shown their support. We are grateful to all of our lenders, partners and member owners who have helped us achieve our goal.” The Sugar Beet Co-op will create 20 to 30 new local jobs, generate sales tax revenues for the Village of Oak Park and support local farmers and producers. The Co-op will also fill a consumer demand for local, organic produce and products and serve as a hub for educating the community about more sustainable and healthier food choices. “Our growing membership base further demonstrates the support we have for this grocery store,” notes Tom Hollinden, president of the Sugar Beet Co-op Board. “Over 900 households from our community have already become member/owners, and many have stepped forward to help fund the grocery store opening.” Membership can be purchased at

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study published in the Nutrition and Cancer Journal reveals that the herb thyme is more than a cooking spice. Scientists tested a methanol extract of Thymus serphyllum—also referred to as wild thyme—on two types of breast cancer cells and found that it was able to kill them in laboratory testing. The testing also found the extract to be safe for healthy normal breast cells. The researchers state that wild thyme may provide the means for a promising natural cancer treatment.

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esearchers from the Wake Forest School of Medicine found that mindfulness meditation significantly reduced the number and duration of migraines among 19 episodic migraine patients. Ten were given eight weeks of mindfulness classes with instructions for adding personal meditation in-between sessions. The other nine received typical migraine care. Those in the meditation group experienced an average of 1.4 fewer migraines per month, which averaged nearly three hours less than the ones experienced by those in the control group. Pain levels of the headaches reported by those in the meditation group averaged 1.3 points lower on a scale of one to 10.



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ntuitive and Spiritual Resources, in Elk Grove Village, is more than just a place to buy candles. Candace, who opened the store in February 2012, says the community feel is what sets it apart from other metaphysical stores. “People will come in and sit down, pick up a book and make themselves at home,” she says. “They might take their shoes off and sit of the floor. It’s very relaxed.” Candace is always willing to share her time, energy, and expertise with her customers. She is a self-described psychic and medium who discovered her gift at the age of 3 after a near-death experience in her uncle’s pool. “I crossed over to the other side, but I don’t think I completely crossed over,” she says. “It was beautiful. There were angels telling me that it wasn’t my time, and that they were going to send be back with a special awareness.” Candace says she has the ability to see the past, present and future with pinpoint accuracy. She can pick up on people’s energy without them saying a word, and can help people communicate with loved ones that have died. With more then 22 years of experience as a medium, she has helped hundreds of people to connect and heal. Candace has been interested in metaphysical healing for most of her life. “While my friends were saving their money to go to the mall, I’d save to buy crystals and books at metaphysical specialty stores,” she says. “I’ve always had a passion, but I knew that I wanted to be a better store owner than some others I saw. I would be much more helpful, and give them my time.” Intuitive and Spiritual Resources is a neighborhood one-stop shop for spiritual and metaphysical needs., with a variety of candles, tarot cards, crystals, books, jewelry, sage, incense and ceremonial items used by many religions. “We can meet anybody’s spiri26

tual needs,” Candace says, adding that she can help direct people to the tools they need to heal. For example, obsidian stone is thought to remove negative energy and provide protection, so she might recommend that for somebody who is under constant emotional attack and stress at work. Many of Candace’s customers come from the immediate vicinity or by word of mouth. “People come seeking all different kinds of healing,” she says. Some are looking to put difficult childhoods behind them, some have been victims of domestic violence or were sexually molested, some have been in unhealthy relationships either at home or at work.


Candace does a lot of work with people that are having issues in their relationships. “When people are unbalanced themselves, they are a magnet for attracting the wrong people,” she says. By eliminating negative energy, aura cleansing and moving through past-life regression, Candace helps people find peace in their relationships


mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Sometimes people come in and don’t even know what they’re looking for, but they usually find what they need. “I have a chakra station, a section dedicated to the angels and St. Michael, and other sections for Mother Mary, St. Jude, and the archangels,” says Candace. “I have a specific shelf that is all Tibetan, with prayer wheels, incense, bracelets, singing bowls and tons of crystals.” The store carries a wide variety of crystals, ranging from dime-sized to three feet tall from locations all over the world, including Africa, Australia and Brazil. As a healer, Candace also makes house calls to help people with smudging—purifying a space with the smoke of sacred herbs to clear negative energy—and to bless their homes. She makes customized candles and crystals to address specific needs and concerns that people might have. For example, some parents send their teenagers to the store to get a crystal for their keychain to help protect them when they’re driving. Because she spends so much energy helping others heal, Candace makes sure to keep herself restored and rejuvenated. She gets a therapeutic massage once a week, sees a Reiki master and practices Reiki on herself. “Every day when I go into the shop, I send out a bubble of light and protection,” she says. “I recharge with crystals and go on spiritual retreats three times a year in Sedona.” Candace sees herself as a tool to send messages, but says she isn’t the one doing the hard work. “I don’t think I’m transforming people’s lives,” she says. “The guides above are using me as a gift. I’m just helping people make decisions. I’m very grateful for my gifts and for this opportunity.” Intuitive and Spiritual Resources is located at 650 Meacham Rd., in Elk Grove Village. For more information, call 847-564-6159. See ad on page 27 and in the Community Resource Guide. Carrie Jackson is an Evanston-based writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings Magazine. Connect with her at

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GREENS! New Ways to Prepare these Nutritional Powerhouses by Nava Atlas


or seasonal eaters, farm market shoppers and members of community supported agriculture, vegetable greens have become a normal part of everyday diets. Recognized as the most nutrient-rich group of veggies, they deliver multiple benefits. Greens are a top source of vitamin K, essential to bone health, and are abundant in vitamins A, B (especially folic acid) and C. They deliver considerable antioxidants and chlorophyll, widely known to protect against cancer, and are anti-inflammatory, according to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a family physician in Flemington, New Jersey, who specializes in nutritional medicine. Fuhrman notes, “The majority of calories in green vegetables, including leafy greens, come from protein, and this plant protein is packaged with beneficial phytochemicals. They’re rich in folate and calcium, and contain small amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.” Hardy greens, like kale, chard and collards, are good sources of accessible calcium. Only about 30 percent of calcium from dairy products is absorbed, but according to Registered Dietitian Ginny Messina, “For certain leafy green vegetables, rates are considerably higher. We absorb between 50


and 60 percent of the calcium in cruciferous leafy green vegetables like kale and turnip greens.” Tasty and versatile, greens can add interest and value to every meal. Here’s how. Smoothies and juices. Spinach tastes so mild in smoothies and juices that we barely know it’s there. Kale and collards add a mild greens flavor. A big handful or two of spinach or one or two good-size kale or collard leaves per serving is about right. Greens blend well with bananas, apples, berries and pears. A high-speed blender is needed to break down kale and collards; a regular blender is sufficient for spinach. An online search for “green smoothies” will turn up many recipes. Use “massaged” raw kale in salads. Rinse and spin-dry curly kale leaves stripped from their stems, and then chop into bite-sized pieces. Thinly slice the stems to add to another salad or lightly cooked vegetable dishes or simply discard. Place the cut kale in a serving bowl. Rub a little olive oil onto both palms and massage the kale for 45 to 60 seconds; it’ll soften up and turn bright green. Add other desired veggies and fruits and dress the mixture.


A favorite recipe entails tossing massaged kale with dried cranberries, toasted or raw cashew pieces, vegan mayonnaise and a little lemon juice. Massaged kale also goes well with avocados, apples, pears, Napa or red cabbage, carrots, pumpkin seeds and walnuts. It can alternatively be dressed in ordinary vinaigrette, sesame-ginger or tahini dressing. Add hardy greens to stir-fries. The best stir-fry greens are lacinato kale, collards or chard. Rinse and dry the leaves, and then strip them from the stems. Stack a few leaves and roll them up snugly from the narrow end. Slice thinly to make long, thin ribbons and then cut them once or twice across to shorten; adding thinly sliced stems is optional. Add the strips to the stir-fry toward the end of cooking. They blend well with broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, bok choy, asparagus and green beans. Soy sauce, tamari and ginger add flavor. Use leafy spring greens in salads. Look beyond lettuce to create invigorating warm-weather salads. Use lots of peppery watercress (a nutritional superstar), baby bok choy, tender dandelion greens, tatsoi and mizuna (Japanese greens are increasingly available from farm markets). Combine with baby greens and sprouts, plus favorite salad veggies and fruits for a clean-tasting and cleansing repast. Learn to love bitter greens. Add variety to the meal repertoire with escarole, broccoli rabe and mustard greens. These mellow considerably with gentle braising or incorporation into soups and stews. Heat a little olive oil in a large, deep skillet or stir-fry pan; sauté chopped garlic and/or shallots to taste. Add washed and chopped greens, stir quickly to coat with the oil, and then add about a quarter cup of water or vegetable stock. Cover and cook until tender and wilted, about five minutes. Traditional additions include raisins and toasted pine nuts, salt and pepper and a little apple cider vinegar. Nava Atlas is the author of the recent book, Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes, from which this was adapted. Visit



ealth foodies can step it up a bit by discovering how to make delicious raw kale salads—sometimes referred to as massaged kale salads. Literally massaging this hardy green with olive oil, salad dressing or mashed avocado softens it for easier chewing, brightens the color and improves its flavor. A favorite kind of kale for salads is curly green kale. Lacinato kale works well, too, as long as it isn’t too large and tough prior to massaging. Even when kale isn’t the main leafy green in a salad, adding a few prepared leaves can up the nutrient value of any kind of green, grain or pasta salad. For each of the following recipes, start with a medium bunch of kale (about eight ounces), or more or less to taste. Finish each salad with sea salt and freshly ground pepper, if preferred.

Southwestern-Flavored Kale Salad

To the massaged kale, add two or three medium-sized fresh ripe tomatoes, a peeled and diced avocado, one to two cups cooked or raw fresh corn kernels, some red bell pepper strips and optional chopped green or black olives. Flavor with freshly squeezed or bottled lime juice, a little olive oil and some chopped cilantro. To up the protein for a main dish, add some cooked or canned, drained and rinsed, black or pinto beans and then sprinkle pumpkin seeds over the top.

Mediterranean Kale Salad

To the massaged kale, add two or three medium-sized chopped fresh ripe tomatoes, strips of sun-dried tomato, plenty of bell pepper strips and chopped or whole cured black olives. For protein, add a cup or two of cooked or canned, drained and rinsed, chickpeas. Top with thinly sliced fresh basil leaves.

Kale and Avocado Salad

Add a peeled and diced avocado, plus thinly sliced red cabbage to taste, sliced carrots, diced yellow squash, halved red and/or yellow fresh grape tomatoes and sunflower or pumpkin seeds. Optionally, add a little more olive oil in addition to that used for massaging and some freshly squeezed or bottled lemon or lime juice.

Asian-Flavored Kale Salad

Massage the kale with dark sesame oil instead of olive oil as an option. Add a medium-sized red bell pepper, cut into narrow slices, three stalks of bok choy with leaves, sliced (or one sliced baby bok choy) plus one or two thinly sliced scallions. Dress with a sesame-ginger dressing. Optional additions include some crushed toasted peanuts or cashews, steamed or boiled and chilled corn kernels and about four ounces of baked tofu, cut into narrow strips.

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e’ve heard them time and time again: fitness tips that guarantee we’ll meet our goals if we follow them. The truth is that some can hurt more than help. Here are seven fitness myths that are best to ignore. No pain, no gain. It’s true that what we put into our workout has a direct impact on results. However, this doesn’t mean workouts should be painful. If something hurts during exercise, try a different move instead that targets the same muscle group to see if the feeling persists; adjust the form in case improper execution is the culprit or give it a rest and return when ready. Muscle soreness can be expected after a tough workout and can persist for a day or two afterward. Try not to confuse soreness or the discomfort felt from fatigued muscles during a workout with pain. In the presence of an injury, it’s often best to modify activities that contribute to the pain or refrain from workouts pending expert medical


advice. “Working through the pain” might actually make things worse in the long run. Never exercise a sore muscle. Muscle soreness is a sign that the muscles are changing. It’s okay to feel sore for a day or two after a workout. If it appears that the body’s stability or ability to maintain proper form will be affected by the soreness, then wait another day. However, if soreness isn’t severe, working out may actually help to relieve it by warming the muscles and stimulating blood flow. A few good activity choices for sore muscles after lifting heavy weights the day before include light cardio, stretching, yoga and light resistance training. Lifting weights makes women look bulky. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Building big, bulky muscles requires testosterone—and lots of it. Men typically have 20 to 30 times more testosterone than women. For women, strength training is well-known to be

key in toning and sculpting muscles, maintaining healthy joints and bones, boosting metabolism and even improving mood and confidence. Don’t be afraid to pick up heavier weights. To lose a belly, crunch the abs. Yes, abdominal exercises strengthen the core muscles. However, if we carry a layer of fat on top of those muscles, the belly will remain. To lose a belly, continue regular ab work while focusing on cardio exercises, strength training moves for the whole body and eating properly. The best time to work out is in the morning. The best time to work out is whenever it fits into our schedule. The more exercise, the faster the results. Not true. When it comes to working out, an appropriate balance of hard work and rest is the best option. Overusing the body actually prevents muscles from growing, resulting in decreased strength, endurance and metabolism (i.e., caloric burn). Plus, becoming overly fatigued often leads to sloppy form, which may lead to injury. Listen to the body and rest at least one day a week or more if a break is needed. Reduce calorie intake to lose weight. The body needs enough fuel to function, especially if it is regularly working hard. Eating less is not always the answer to losing weight. If we’re not eating enough, the body may think it’s starving, which causes it to store fat instead of burning calories, so eating too infrequently or not enough can sabotage weight-loss efforts. Eating smaller, more frequent meals allows the body to metabolize calories more effectively. Leslie Perry Duffy is a FIRM workout program master instructor and entrepreneur in Columbia, SC, who contributes to from which this was adapted.

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infusion into the pet’s testicles causes them to atrophy. It’s less invasive, with a lower chance of infection and less pain, and reduces testosterone. For feral cat populations where traps haven’t worked, megestrol acetate, derived from progesterone, added to food acts as birth control to slow or stop colony growth.” Treatment of laboratory animals has also improved. “There have been three significant changes since 1984,” says Cathy Liss, president of the nonprofit Animal Welfare Institute, in Washington, D.C., founded in 1951 ( “General housing conditions are better, the number of government-owned chimpanzees has decreased and laboratories no longer obtain dogs and cats from random sources, so no stolen pets end up in labs.”

MISSION: ANIMAL RESCUE Big and Small, They Need Our Help by Sandra Murphy


very creature in the animal kingdom has an essential purpose, yet through human interference, animal life overall has become so imbalanced as to signal a tipping point for Earth. Extreme care for the rapidly growing population of a relative handful of pet breeds stands in stark contrast to trending extinction of dozens of other species. Fortunately, in addition to the efforts of dedicated volunteers, conservationists and supportive lawmakers, every one of us can make a real difference.

Home Pet Rescues

Zack Skow started by volunteering with a nearby dog rescue organization. He became director, and then in 2009 founded his own nonprofit, Marley’s Mutts (, in Tehachapi, California, pulling many kinds of dogs out of Los Angeles shelters. “A lot of rescues are breed-specific; I think mutts deserve an equal chance,” says Skow, now the executive director. “Small dogs get adopted faster, so we 32

get the larger mixes, including pit bulls and Rottweilers.” Currently, the facility continues to expand its services, working with pet foster homes; providing medical care for severely abused animals in need of rehabilitation and socialization; and managing visits to prisons, mental health facilities and schools. “We take in who we can help. To see a dog triumph over tremendous odds gives people hope,” says Skow. Recently, volunteers pulled 70 dogs from Los Angeles shelters, fostered them for a month and then transported them east to adoption facilities where conditions were less crowded. Spay/neuter is the best solution to pet overpopulation, says Ruth Steinberger, national founder of Spay First, headquartered in Oklahoma City ( From 20 years of experience, she explains that in locations and situations in which surgery is impractical, “We’ve had great results using calcium chloride in ethyl alcohol, done under sedation. A slow


She reports that animals now are subject to only one experiment, retired for adoption instead of being euthanized, and furnished with natural living conditions on-site—vertical space, an enriched environment with mental and physical stimulation, interaction with other animals and appropriate food and bedding. “Most lab animals are rats and mice,” says Liss. “Any animal has the capacity to suffer. It’s up to us to treat them humanely.”

Farm Animal Stewardship

“Animals become ambassadors,” says Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary’s three locations in New York’s Finger Lakes region, Los Angeles and northern California ( and author of Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food. “People are distanced from food sources. Once you learn that sheep love to be petted and pigs like belly rubs, you know an animal as an individual. The best way to help is to share information, farm animal videos and plantbased recipes, so people can see that going meatless is about far more than just eating produce.”

Musician Sir Paul McCartney, author of The Meat Free Monday Cookbook, took the message to schools in 2012. Now students around the world participate in meat-free lunch programs. The adult initiative of going meatless for one or more days extends to 35 countries on six continents. Pigs, cows, horses, peacocks and an alpaca live in harmony at local nonprofit Cracker Box Palace Farm Animal Haven, in Alton, New York (CrackerBox, which spurs recovery from illness, neglect or abuse. “People get animals without doing research on their care or habits. That’s how we got the peacocks—they have a bloodcurdling scream,” says Farm Manager Cheri Roloson, who rents out their goats as nature’s landscapers to clear brush. Mistreated animals also provide therapy for returning military veterans and abused children at Ranch Hand Rescue, in Argyle, Texas (RanchHand Kids find it easier to talk about their experiences with an animal that has also endured cruel treatment, like Spirit, a horse that received precedent-setting surgery to repair a leg that had improperly healed after being broken by a baseball bat. Conscious chicken farms, too, are making an impact. “Chickens can be well-treated and have a healthy, decent life,” says Jason Urena, marketing manager with NestFresh, which operates 20 small farms and five processing plants, concentrated in Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Texas to reduce its carbon footprint ( Starting with cage-free hens, the Denver company grew based on nationwide customer requests for certified cage-free, free-range, organic, pastureraised and nonGMO (genetically modified) eggs. “We’re the first in the country to offer certified non-GMO eggs,” attests Urena. He explains that in the process for certification, feed is inspected at every step, from planting seed (usually corn

“Pets are considered property, and until that changes, it’s harder to make a difference. Farm animals have no rights at all. Animals are sentient beings with rights commensurate with the ability to feel pain and even be valued members of the family. They deserve far more than a property classification.” ~Diane Sullivan, assistant dean and professor, Massachusetts School of Law or soy) to storage in silos and mill grinding, to allow traceability for potential problems and avoid cross-contamination.

Wildlife Habitat Preservation There are few places on Earth that humans haven’t impacted fragile ecosystems. Loss of habitat and lack of food sources are critical issues. Bats are a bellwether for the impact on wildlife from human-induced diseases. The Wildlife Conservation Society studies the loons in New York’s Adirondack Mountains to monitor their exposure to disease and pollution. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is to use conservation and education to protect present and future wildlife. Of the 410-plus species of mammals in the United States, 80 are on the endangered species list, reminiscent of the bison that used to number

in the millions, but now mostly exist in small bands on private and public lands. NWF aims to build on the bison restoration efforts achieved to date (now numbering tens of thousands) by reintroducing them onto more public lands, reservations and protected habitats, and likewise build up populations of other wild threatened and endangered animals. Its programs feature green corridors to give native species a home and migrating species a rest stop. “The important message is not how many species have gone off the list, but how many didn’t go extinct,” says David Mizejewski, a celebrity naturalist for NWF. “It’s important to understand species require different ecosystems. When we quit draining swamps and rerouting rivers and leave them alone in a proper habitat, alligators will come back. Eagles have fewer young, so it’s not easy for them to recover.” The success in restoring populations of the bald eagle, our national symbol, during the second half of the last century was significant. Measures

What You Can Do 4 Volunteer to walk a dog, foster a cat, make phone calls or help with shelter paperwork. 4 Spay/neuter pets and consider adopting before shopping at a pet store. 4 Donate to support rehabilitation of an abused animal. 4 Pick up litter, especially harmful in and near waterways. 4 Be a conscious consumer and don’t let factory farm prices influence decisions. 4 Tell companies what is accept able or not via purchases, emails and phone calls. 4 Lobby politicians to support worthy animal causes.

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poisonous DDT pesticide that contaminated their food and affected reproduction, improving native habitats and prohibiting hunting of the bird allowed its removal from the endangered list in 2007. They are still protected by the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Another raptor, the peregrine falcon, has adapted to urban living in order to survive. Nests adorn tops of buildings and pigeons are a plentiful food supply. Bears, mountain lions and wolves have been dwindling, hunted as dangerous, a nuisance or for sport. With fewer of these natural predators, whitetailed deer can overpopulate their habitat and starve. Deer and other displaced animals may migrate into suburban areas in search of food, prompting hurtful human reactions to reduce their numbers. The American Bear Association provides safe, seasonal habitats for black bears ( Located near Orr, Minnesota, the 360-acre sanctuary also hosts white-tailed deer,

The 1966 Animal Welfare Act improved the lives of many commercial animals, but more laws are needed. See 274/animal-welfare. bald eagles, beavers, mink, pine martens, fishers, timber wolves, red squirrels, bobcats, blue jays, owls, ducks, songbirds and ravens. Among movements to protect smaller endangered and threatened animals, the American Tortoise Rescue lobbies for legislation to ban the importation of non-native species ( “Turtles and bullfrogs are imported as pets or as food, and many end up in streams or lakes, where they

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n One female dog can produce litters of up to 10 pups twice a year; cats can have three litters a year of up to five kittens each. n An estimated 2.7 million healthy shelter pets remain unadopted each year, yet only about 30 percent of pets in homes come from shelters or rescues, according to The Humane Society of the United States. n Factory farms account for 99 percent of farm animals, yet less than 1 percent of donated money directly assists them, reports Animal Charity Evaluators, in San Diego. The highly rated Mercy for Animals, dedicated to prevention of cruelty to farmed animals, reports, “Despite the fact that these are the most abused animals in the United States, they actually have the fewest number of advocates.” n Sandra, a 29-year-old Sumatran orangutan at the Buenos Aires Zoo, was recognized as a “non-human person” unlawfully deprived of her freedom by Argentine courts. “This opens the way not only for other great apes, but also for other sentient beings that are unfairly and arbitrarily deprived of their liberty,” says Paul Buompadre, an attorney with the Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights. “The question is not ‘Can they reason?’ or ‘Can they talk?’ but ‘Can they suffer?’” says Barry MacKay, director of the Animal Alliance of Canada. “That to me is the ultimate question.”


kill native species,” says cofounder Susan M. Tellem, in Malibu, California. “They can carry salmonella, parasites and tuberculosis,” she explains. Unfortunately, a California law passed to limit importation was revoked within weeks due to claims of cultural bias by politicians lobbying for Asian food markets that sell live turtles and bullfrogs. As the only Association of Zoos and Aquariums-certified wolf facility in the world, The Endangered Wolf Center, in Eureka, Missouri, has been breeding and reintroducing wolves into the wild for 40 years (EndangeredWolfCenter. org). Founded by zoologist and television host Marlin Perkins and his wife, Carol, they helped increase both the Mexican gray wolf population from nine to 235 in managed care, plus at least 75 in the wild, and the red wolf population from 14 to 160 in managed care, with more than 100 in the wild. Every pack of Mexican gray wolves roaming the Southwest and 70 percent of North Carolina red wolves can be traced back to the center. Wildlife protection laws vary by state. Key conservation successes typically begin with local and regional initiatives promoted by farsighted individuals that care enough to get the ball rolling and back it up with supportive legislation. Christian Samper, Ph.D., CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society, observes, “Zoos and aquariums help the public better understand the natural systems that make all life possible. The hope is that what people understand, they will appreciate and what they appreciate, they will work to protect.” One person’s care can make a difference. For an animal, it can mean life itself. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at StLouis

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Fighting Inflammation with Food by Michelle Eberwein


ccording to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, one in three adults and more than 300,000 children in this country suffer from some form of inflammation, which can contribute to illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, lupus, diabetes, fibromyalgia, gout and multiple sclerosis. Foods high in sugar and saturated fat can set off inflammation by causing overactivity of the immune system. We must learn to navigate food labels and research inflammatory and anti-inflammatory foods in an attempt to feel better. Or, we might employ a health coach with a primary goal of helping us. Some people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia are able to put their conditions into remission with food, bit in many cases, people do not realize that what they eat is contributing to their illness. Sugar, carbohydrates, soda pop, candy, vegetable oil, processed foods and saturated fats all cause inflammation. The answer is to eat whole, natural foods exclusively, which becomes in essence, an anti-inflammatory diet. Here are some of the top foods proven to reduce inflammation.

Berries have high anti-inflammatory properties due to their antocyanins, a compound that gives them their color. Strawberries have shown to lower C-reactive protein in the bloodstream. Cherries reduce inflammation in arthritic patients, blueberries re-


turmeric, basil, parsley and rosemary. Studies indicate that spices help in decreasing inflammation and are a great way to add anti-inflammatory properties to any meal. When we add spices to our cooking, we are keeping inflammation at bay. Only a sprinkle is needed to get the full effect.

Tomatoes help reduce inflammation due to high levels of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to reduce inflammation throughout the body. Cooked tomatoes contain even more lycopene than raw, so tomato sauce is ideal, but watch out for added sugar in jarred sauces. It is always best to make our own and add in spices for a great anti-inflammatory meal.

Garlic is one anti-inflamma-

duce intestinal inflammation and raspberries decrease inflammation in the colon, breast and esophagus.

Pineapple contains an anti-inflam-

matory enzyme called bromelain that reduces joint swelling and inflammation. Studies at the University of Maryland Medical Center show that these properties are also helpful in reducing swelling and pain in musculoskeletal injuries. Always look for a pineapple that feels heavy, with no bruising or soft spots.

Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) contains healthy monounsaturated fats and a natural compound called oleocanthal which reduces inflammation. This compound blocks the same inflammatory pathways as ibuprofen and aspirin, reducing pain symptoms. Research by the Arthritis Foundation shows that three-and-a-half tablespoons of EVOO equals 200 milligrams of ibuprofen. Spices sometimes have great anti-

inflammatory effects, specifically curry powder, cinnamon, cayenne pepper,


tory food that the U.S. National Institutes of Health agree has the ability to battle inflammation. Many times, garlic supplements are prescribed as a way to help with chronic inflammation, but an easier way is to simply start using more in our cooking. To prepare garlic for best absorption, slice or mince it. Just soften it up to release its flavor without burning it. Use extra virgin olive oil for an added antiinflammatory bonus.

Nuts are also a good source of

inflammation-fighting, healthy fats. Almonds are rich in fiber, calcium and vitamin E. Walnuts have high amounts of alpha-linolenic acid, a powerful antioxidant. All nuts are packed with antioxidants that help the body suppress inflammation and repair the damage it causes.

Here are some things to avoid: Aspartame and MSG are two common food additives that trigger an immediate inflammatory response in the body. MSG causes liver inflammation, inflames blood vessels, destroys red blood cells and is connected to Type 2 diabetes. Noted physician Dr. Russel Blaylock notes that aspartame

turns into formaldehyde in the body, which causes neurological issues.

Trans fats are suspected to be damaging in terms of inflammation by increasing “bad” cholesterol to foster obesity and resistance to insulin. Avoid fried foods, fast foods and commercial bakery items. Simple and refined carbs such as breads, crackers, white flour, white rice and sugar set up a state of inflammation in the body. Those that suffer from inflammation can make small changes in their diet with these foods to feel better. Michelle Eberwein is a Certified Health and Nutrition Coach and owner of Inner Hope and Wellness, at INSIDE Holistic and Cultural Arts Center, in McHenry. A Foods that Fight Inflammation class will be held at 7 p.m., Mar. 12, and 10 a.m., Mar. 14. Contact her at 224-622-7991, or and See ad on page 6 and in the Community Resource Guide.

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he idea of clean eating goes all the way back to the way our great-great-grandmothers ate, long before foods were shipped, processed and distributed to neighborhood grocery stores. Clean eating means awakening consumers to consider the path their food has taken between its origin and their plate, and eating foods that have been minimally processed and are in their most natural state, short of living on a farm. Natural Awakenings spoke to some local experts about how to incorporate clean eating into a healthy lifestyle.

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Clean eating is more nutritious, says Sharan Tash, of Tash Fitness (TashFitness. com), a woman-only concierge fitness facility in Skokie that helps clients reach their health, fitness and weightloss goals. “All of the processed foods take out the good nutrients and then your body can’t digest those chemicals. Besides, food tastes better when it’s a more natural state. I stay away from corn and anything with corn in it.” Tash suggests reading the labels of packaged foods carefully. “If you can’t pronounce the names, do you really want that in your body?” she asks clients. Tash doesn’t believe in diets, but in lifestyle changes. When it comes to protein, she prefers grass-fed beef and free-range chicken, as well as organic or brown eggs. Tash recommends to clients that they keep a journal to really see what they’re eating. “One of the most important benefits of clean eating


is that people tend to eat more of the good calories, while helping eliminate cravings for chocolate and carbs,” she says, and also notes that cooking at home is an easier way to control the way the food is prepared.

Take it slow

Charlotte Hammond, (EatingWithEase. com) is a nutrition consultant who tells her clients, “Shop the perimeters!” That’s a solid strategy for finding the clean food. One thing she suggests when moving to a clean eating lifestyle is to take it slow. “If you shift to clean eating too quickly, that may wreak havoc on the body. It takes a while for your body to adjust. While there is one philosophy of eating clean, there isn’t a single diet for everyone. You have to find the balance of what will work for you.” Hammond suggests that healthconscious consumers check out the Environmental Working Group (ewg. org) in Washington, D.C. They have lists called the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15 that rate the level of pesticide residue found in fruits and vegetables. Apples, strawberries and blueberries are notorious for the residue, while avocado, pineapple, cabbage and eggplant are the cleanest. “Go organic as much as possible, but always with the top 12 offenders,” she says.

Eliminating sugar

Eating clean does not have cost a fortune, either. Hammond recommends eating what’s in season and going to a local farmers’ market, which reduces the cost and cuts back on the distance the food travels. “Hit the market at the end of the day, when the producer may want to sell what’s left at a lower cost,” she advises.

balanced diet is critical. Incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables with cooked chicken, so the body is able to absorb the nutrients and eliminate waste.”

Healthy cells equal better health

According to eat clean expert and bestselling author of the Eat-Clean Diet series, Tosca Reno ( recommends that an eat clean lifestyle should start with an evaluation of what food lives in the kitchen, pantry, purse or office. This may well result in a pantry overhaul, because most North Americans consume far too much sugar. “Today, 70 percent of the population is either overweight or obese, and one reason is because we each eat 147 pounds of sugar a year,” says Reno. “Much of the problem with weight management can be managed by understanding what sugar is and removing it from the diet. After that, I recommend replacing processed foods with natural, whole, nutrient dense, well-sourced and well-prepared foods. Increase your water consumption. Water is the number one nutritional deficiency, because we are consuming far too many dehydrating foods and beverages.” She encourages people to pay close attention to their water intake, with three liters or more per day as ideal. She believes the eat clean lifestyle is not a diet, but a way of managing weight and increasing nutritional intake so that people learn how to eat for a lifetime. “However, most people do lose weight, as I did when I founded and embraced Eating Clean,” she says. “I lost 80 pounds 15 years ago. The point is to learn how to eat for a lifetime of wellness, health and vitality.” Exercise is also significant in order to achieve the height of wellness. Health professionals recommend 30 minutes of exercise, performed at 70 percent maximum heart rate, five to six times per week, to enhance brain function, wellness, hormonal balance, mood and more. “Although eating clean does most of the heavy lifting, you must lead a physically active life, too,” adds Reno.

Clean eating helps avoid nutritional deficiencies, says Stephanie Torba (, a nutritional therapist and independent fitness professional. “Without sufficient nutrition, the energy producers in our body are compromised, causing a malfunction in energy production and waste in our cells,” says Torba. The body’s ability to replenish and create healthy cells is what leads to physical health. Eating a diet close to the earth, in as natural form as possible, will ensure that your cells are getting their best chance for healthy survival.” She notes, “Processed foods are deficient in vitamins, minerals, fiber, beneficial fats and phytochemicals, and often contain rancid oils, chemical preservatives additives and colorings. To make them more palatable, sugars, low-quality fats and salt are added in large amounts. Processed foods rob our body of optimal health, because it must use its own stored resources to process these foods and rid the body of toxins.”

Gluten-free, dairy-free and organic

Renee Barasch, (, a digestive health specialist at Nutritional Health Solutions, in Highland Park, describes clean eating as gluten-free, dairy-free and organic. “Gluten and dairy can cause great reaction in the body,” she states. “By avoiding these, you could experience less joint inflammation and other digestive issues. What’s more, gluten and dairy can cause a leaky gut.” Barasch’s practice helps those that suffer from Crohn’s disease, colitis, acid reflux and constipation. By performing a digestive workup, she can determine what’s causing the problem and add a regime of digestive enzymes. Barasch believes that cooking foods is one of the reasons the enzymes go missing, but short of eating everything raw, her recommendation is balance. “A

Toward a clean eating lifestyle

Reno believes processed, refined sugars and foods are the most dangerous public enemy. “They are ubiquitous, in everything we eat,” she says. “But sugar is not labeled as such, so we blithely consume it, unaware of its grip. Now is the time to give up the white stuff. Strike sugar!” Clean eating may be the latest trend in nutrition, but in its powerful wisdom is here to stay. See ad for Tash Fitness on page 23. See ads for Eating with Ease and Stephanie Torba in the Community Resource Guide. See ad for Nutritional Health Solutions on page 9 and in the Community Resource Guide. Mira Temkin is a freelance writer based in Highland Park. Email her at


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Do compost: 4 Fruit and vegetable scraps 4 Grass clippings, twigs, leaves and wood chips 4 Eggshells (broken into small pieces) 4 Coffee grounds and tea bags 4 Unbleached coffee filters, paper and cardboard Don’t compost: 4 Pet waste 4 Meat and dairy (except in Green Cone device)

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ard and food waste make up 25 percent of the garbage destined for municipal landfills, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Pick the right composter and this organic waste will easily turn into rich—and free—garden fertilizer, saving landfill space and reducing the volume of greenhouse gases generated by anaerobic decomposition. Unless using a specialized bin, maintain a roughly 50/50 compost mixture of “brown” and “green” organic waste for ideal results. Green waste is moist, such as fruit and vegetable peels; brown waste comprises dry and papery material, including grass clippings.

Low-Maintenance Pile

Good for: People that want something simple, don’t need fertilizer immediately and have extra outdoor space; average to large households with yard waste. Maintaining a compost pile is as easy as its name implies—simply toss organic yard and kitchen waste into a pile in the yard. Aerating or turning the compost with a pitchfork or shovel will provide quicker results, but waste will also decompose if left alone. Within six to 24 months, all of the waste will decompose aerobically into compost. Once a year, composters can dig out the finished compost from the bottom. This method won’t work for households that don’t generate 40

yard waste because a pile of 100 percent green waste will attract pests.

Holding Bin

Good for: People that want a low-maintenance option that’s more attractive than a pile; average to large households with yard waste. Make a bin out of wood or buy a plastic holding bin, which can contain up to 75 gallons. One with insulated sides may allow decomposing to continue in colder weather.

Tumbling Barrel

Good for: People that want quick results and can compost in smaller batches; small to average households with yard waste. These barrel-shaped containers are turned with a hand crank, making aerating and speeding up decomposition a breeze. Some manufacturers promise results in as little as two weeks. Due to the barrel’s relatively smaller size and capacity, getting the balance between brown and green waste right is critical for optimal results, and users will


Good for: People looking for low maintenance, but quicker results than a pile or bin; average to large households with yard waste. Multi-tiered composters are a series of stacked boxes with removable panels to allow the organic waste to move downward throughout the decomposition cycle. Finished compost comes out of a door at the bottom. Because the boxes are smaller than a large pile or bin, compost will “cook” faster; some users report their first batch took just four to six months. Collectively, stacked boxes are often comparable in size to a large holding bin, so they can compost a large amount of waste.

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Good for: People that want to compost indoors; apartment dwellers and small households that don’t generate yard waste. For everyone that has wanted to compost, but had insufficient outdoor space, a five-or10-gallon bucket and some red worms could be the answer. Worm composting, or vermicomposting, is so compact that a worm bin can fit under most kitchen sinks. Because red worms are

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LIFESAVING ACTS Protecting Animals at Home and Abroad by Sandra Murphy


ach year, more dogs, cats and other pets end up in shelters as lost, stray or owner-surrendered than leave them for a new home. What can be done to reverse this trend?

How to Help

Immediate steps: Have a vet implant a tiny RFID (radio frequency identification) microchip. It’s safe, affordable and helps reunite the owner with a lost pet. Spay/neuter pets to avoid unwanted litters. Spread the word: Only about 30 percent of household pets come from shelters or rescues, according to the ASPCA. To help, suggest that shelters post photos in the lobby, supported by a note about each animal’s good points and special needs to entice potential adopters. Also share YouTube videos that celebrate adoption and advocate controlling the pet population (see and Volunteer: The Motley Zoo, in Redmond, Washington, provides medical care and behavioral training for ill, injured, neglected, abused and unwanted animals mainly from overflowing shelters. About half of its 150 volunteers foster pets; others plan educational events or handle administrative tasks. “Each person has a specialty,” says Jamie Thomas, executive director. “We match fosters and animals to get the best results.” No kill shelters are becoming more common, even though they require uncommon commitment. As part of implementing effective procedures and infrastructure, shelter leadership works to secure the support and involvement of the community. By joining together to implement lifesaving programs and treat each life as precious, a shelter can transform a community. Find a no kill shelter primer at

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t is easy to tell winter is still with us, because we are very cold and dry. Our pets need to manage the winter dryness as much as we do—it affects their skin and their fur when everything is so dry all the time. There is one solution to this issue and it is more omega-3 and omega-6 oils, which are great at giving life back to both the skin and fur, no matter how dry it has been. The best way to administer more omegas into our pets’ diet is using fish-based products. Wild fish like salmon and whitefish produce oils that add a nice extra dose of omegas that works especially well to help both the skin and the fur. Even for finicky pets, there are lots of ways that we can get our dog or cat to ingest more fish. Obviously food containing fish is a good one. There are both a wild salmon and grainfree mixed fish formula that does a great job of delivering the extra omegas. In addition, there are several other products on the market to help our pets get extra omegas, including grain-free dried salmon flakes, crunchy, grain-free salmon, and whitefish crunchy treats, which make up just a small portion of the many omega-packed treats available today. There is also a wild salmon syrup to pour on the food for a quick dose of omegas. There are many ways to help pets battle that winter dryness, so don’t give—spring is right around the corner. Northshore Pet Chef, which stocks healthy pet products, can be found online at See ad on page 45.


Washington, D.C., office. “There are more tigers in private possession in the U.S. than in the wild.” Pangolins eat ants and termites. Hunted for meat and their scales (used in Asian medicines), they are one of the world’s most endangered mammals (see Thirty years ago, the world population of lowland gorillas numbered 240. Thanks to the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the population has grown to an estimated 880 ( is supported by Led by Ruth Keesling, the project has shown the inestimable value of the species. “Once you’ve looked into the eyes of a gorilla, you’re forever changed,” says her son Frank, in Denver, Colorado.

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Northshore Pet Chef Opening New Location – Northshore Pet Chef still has free delivery throughout the Chicagoland North Shore. For additional customer convenience, we are opening a new location, open only for scheduled appointments, consultations and product pickups. Northshore Pet Chef, 790 Frontage Rd, Northfield. To schedule an appt or pickup: 847-920-4738. For delivery schedule:

Free Neuropathy Check – Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 9-10:30am. Do you have numbness or tingling in your hands or feet? Call now to schedule free 15-min Neuropathy check with print out to take home. Test checks the state of your arteries and if you have proper blood flow ($395 value). Limited appointments available; reservations required. North Shore Health Solutions, 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook. RSVP required: 847-715-9060.

2015 Body Mind Spirit Expo – 11am-6pm. The expo brings to life a positive, healing environment. Includes presentations, more than 100 exhibitors and live entertainment. $12 weekend admission; free parking. Midwest Conference Center, 401 W Lake St, Northlake. For more info: 541-482-3722 x 1 or 2. Young Living Essential Oils – 11am-6pm. Sample the joyous aromas of essential oils and learn their value in supporting your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual life, naturally. Zyto scans available too. Booth 416 at the BMSE Expo. Additionally, Linda Roberts, Animal Communicator, will be doing a presentation on the benefits of these oils for your large and small animals on Sat, 1pm. Midwest Conference Center, 401 W Lake St, Northlake. Meet Your Spirit Guides and Take a Past Life Journey – 12-2pm. Susan Wisehart will facilitate a group guided journey at Body Mind Spirit Expo to meet your spirit guides where you can deepen your connection with them to receive inspiration and guidance for your life purpose. Take a group guided journey to a past life to discover a happy incarnation with loved ones or your talents and gifts. Susan is in private practice in Des Plaines and Mundelein. General Expo Admission: $12 (print out online tickets); $15 at Expo. Workshop: $25 (print out online tickets); $30 at Expo. Body Mind Spirit Expo, Midwest Conference Center, Rm 1, 401 W Lake, Northlake. More info & individual sessions: Solful Sunday – Mar 1, 15, 29. 1-4pm. Join us for a free spiritual networking/potluck. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. More info: Midlife Reboot: Living the Life You Love – 2-3pm. Join Dianne Bischoff James, MS, a Life Reboot Specialist, at the Body Mind Spirit Expo, and discover your path for living a joyful, authentic existence. Based on her award-winning book, The Real Brass Ring: Change Your Life Course Now, learn the 14 Shortcuts for Happy Living and the best techniques available to rediscover what you truly want, remove blocks and make your transformation easy. $25/advanced, $30/door. Midwest Conference Center, 401 W Lake St, Northlake. More info:

Meaningful Monday Group – 6pm. An informal group gathering to discuss your interpretation of Unity as taught by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore. Each month a new aspect will be introduced, followed by the group discussion. Dr. Barbara Grace facilitates the March meeting, which is “What is your interpretation of reincarnation?” Love offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. Become Licensed as a Higher Brain Living® Facilitator – 6:30-8:30pm. Higher Brain Living® creates an energy surge to the Higher Brain, opening a gateway to expansive higher living like no other. Attend a presentation and live demonstration to learn how to change lives. Free if preregistered ($97 at door). Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook, Hills Conference Center, 3500 Midwest Rd, Oak Brook. For more info & to register: 855-418-5491,

TUESDAY, MARCH 3 2015 Food Book Club – 6pm. Kickoff of the Food Book Club series for 2015, a partnership between Graze Magazine and Slow Food Chicago. In honor of the upcoming 2015 Slow Meat Symposium in June, our first book will be The Carnivore’s Manifesto: Eating Well, Eating Responsibly, and Eating Meat by Patrick Martins, founder of Slow Food USA. Free. Beermiscuous, 2812 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago. Register:

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 Women’s Networking Group – 11:30am-1pm. 1st Wed. Offered through the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce. Buy own lunch. Location varies around Hoffman Estates. Go Green Highland Park Meeting – 121:30pm. 1st Wed. All are welcome to attend. If you would like to be involved but are unable to attend the meetings, email us. Madame ZuZu’s, 582 Roger Williams Ave, Highland Park. More info:

THURSDAY, MARCH 5 Purim (Judaism) Lantern Festival (Asian) Kirtan & Vegan Indian Buffet – 7-9pm. A night of healthy eating, spiritual music and friendship with Chicago’s premier Kirtan group, Devi 2000. Sing along, dance or sit back and enjoy harmonious sounds while you eat. $20 includes kirtan and buffet with gluten-free options. Half-price for kids ages 3-9. Arya Bhavan Restaurant, 2508 W Devon, Chicago. Advance registration recommended: 773-274-5800.

FRIDAY, MARCH 6 See calendar at for the latest events.

SATURDAY, MARCH 7 The Present Moment of You – 9am-4pm. With Dee Wallace. An inspiring and fun experience into the glorious opportunity and blessing of being your own creator. When you really understand that you are the moment, you consciously stay present in creating your desire. Come to play and participate in getting clear, getting powerful and creating extreme joy and freedom in yourself and in your life. $99; group rates available. The Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W Church St, Libertyville. Cooking Class: All about Turmeric – 9:3011:30am. The king of Indian spices (vegan, glutenfree). Learn the powerful health benefits of turmeric, how to cook with it and 3 recipes that have turmeric as their key ingredient: Cabbage and potato dish; Fresh root Turmeric pickles; Khaman, a steam-cooked Gujarati dish for breakfast or lunch. $50, includes handouts, Indian spiced tea and tastings. Arya Bhavan Restaurant, 2508 W Devon, Chicago. Registration required: 773-274-5800. Wakening to the Goodness in Grief – 10:30am4:30pm. With writer, producer and workshop leader Theresa Puskar. At some point in life you will inevitably experience grief. Whether expected or not, any deep loss is difficult. Explore grief from a paradigm you have not yet considered, one that can assist you in uncovering a portal to richer insights and deeper awakenings. $65, $55/ARE member. Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. To register: 847-299-6535. Posture Psoas and Positivity – 11am-1pm. Improve body attitude thru a deep band of abdominal muscles called the psoas. Learn how they can prevent dowager humps, back tension and loss of torso shape. Body alignment affects one’s health and well-being. $50. Sweet Magic Studio, 6960 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago. 773-764-6488. KareenaYoga.Dance. Tarot Card Reading – 11am-2pm. Come for tea and a tarot reading. An inspirational and positive reading that can help you find the answers to your life’s questions. Readings by Rita Hickman. $10. Inside Holistic & Cultural Arts Center, 1241 N Green St, McHenry. 815-245-9673.

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Living in Harmony – 2pm. With Sheree Nathanson. An interactive discussion for individuals to explore and expand their desire to create and experience harmony in their lives. She will share tools and perspectives to gently guide participants to a place where they are feeling more free and flowing. Madame Zuzu’s Tea House, 582 Roger Williams, Highland Park. 847274-8696. Release Hidden Blocks to Harmonious Living – 7pm. With Sheree Nathanson. A free interactive life coaching session for individuals to explore ways to overcome blocks that might be keeping them from experiencing harmony in their life. She will share tools and perspectives to gently guide participants to a place where they are feeling more free and flowing. Madame Zuzu’s Tea House, 582 Roger Williams, Highland Park. 847-274-8696. Yoga and Nutrition Tips for Cyclists – 8:1510pm. Reduce stress, gain flexibility and strength with a seasonal yoga class geared for cyclists. With Charlotte Hammond, registered dietitian, yoga teacher and avid cyclist. Bring a mat. Free; donations accepted. Chrome, 1529 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago. 773-661-0077.

SUNDAY, MARCH 8 Daylight Savings Time begins Int’l Women’s Day Indoor Farmers’ Market – 8:30am-1pm. St. Giles Parish, 1101 N Columbian Ave, Oak Park. Info, Callie: 312-733-4640, Cooking Class: All about Turmeric – 9:3011:30am. See Mar 7 description. $50, includes handouts, Indian spiced tea and tastings. Arya Bhavan Restaurant, 2508 W Devon, Chicago. Registration required: 773-274-5800. Stop the “Diet” Roller Coaster: A Healthy Lunch and Learn – 11:30am-12:30pm. Are you confused by all the “diets” out there? Have you tried several “diets” and continue to live in frustration? Whether you label it weight loss, weight management, diet, nutrition, fitness or a lifestyle change, it’s all about education. Join Sharan Tash, owner of Tash Fitness, and 40 other women for this informative presentation and lively discussion while enjoying a healthy, kosher lunch. $15. Tash Fitness, 8816 N Bronx Ave, Skokie. RSVP by Mar 6: 847-379-5777. Going Green Matters: Community Environmental Fair – 12-5pm. Looking for ways to live more sustainably? Find great choices for home, transportation and recreation at this fun all-ages fair, featuring the stunning display, Great Lakes Century Vision, inspired by Burnham’s Chicago Plan. Free. Michigan Shores Club, 911 Michigan Ave, WIlmette. For recycling & exhibit details: Reiki 1 Class – 1-6pm. Reiki 1 includes the history, applications and current research on this light touch therapy from Japan. In class, receive the full level 1 attunement and practice offering Reiki to yourself and others. Take this class so you can offer first-level Reiki to yourself and others. Reiki Healing Energy, 115 N Marion St, Ste 12, Oak Park. To register, Janice Lodato: 708-738-0438.

Vegetable Gardening Made Easy – 2-5pm. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St, Oak Park. Register:

MONDAY, MARCH 9 Free Neuropathy Check – 9-10:30am. See Mar 2 listing. North Shore Health Solutions, 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook. RSVP required: 847-715-9060. Breema: Transformative Self-Care – 1-2:15pm. Breema is an amazing alternative to yoga. Learn a new way to approach your health and wellness with Rita Hickman, Breema specialist and shiatsu massage expert, Owner of Inspire Massage. $10. Inside Holistic & Cultural Arts Center, 1241 N Green St, McHenry. 815-245-9673. Reciprocating Dimensionalities – 6:30pm. An Access Processes workshop designed for people with neck and low back pain. Access Processes works with the body’s energies to facilitate change and transform. $75. Health Box Clinic, 3633 W Lake Ave, Glenview. To RSVP: 847-361-6259, helen.g@, or Proteins Lecture – 7-8pm. Katie Bogaard, ND, and Jerry Gore, MD, will discuss issues related to proteins: amino acids, the building blocks of protein; enzymes, antibodies and body structure; protein as an energy source, good or bad; protein diets, good or bad; practical protein suggestions. Free. Center for Holistic Medicine, 240 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods/ Deerfield. For more info & to RSVP: 847-236-1701.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 Free Health Class – 6:30-8pm. With Dr. Cari Jacobson. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. Info: 847-486-8000. Are You Tired of Living with Neck Pain? – 7-7:30pm. Is your neck pain keeping you from doing the things you love to do? If yes, then this workshop is for you. During this free 30-min workshop learn exercises that will help restore neck motion. With Daryl Newman, DN. Space limited. North Shore Naprapathic Fitness & Wellness, 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste S5, Northbrook. Register by Mar 10: 847-272-3700.

THURSDAY, MARCH 12 MELA: The Conference 2015 – 8am-3pm. Pathways: Stepping Stones to Sustainable Landscapes. Features discussions on partnering with nature, mimicking natural systems for sustainable results and using nature as a guide to create outdoor spaces which are good for plant communities, wildlife, people and the planet. $75/member, $90/nonmembers. Earn up to 4 LA CES CEUs. The College of DuPage, Rm SRC2000, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn. Info & registration: Foods to Fight Inflammation for Pain Management – 7pm. Learn what foods fight inflammation & what foods contribute to inflammation with Certified Health & Nutrition Coach, Michelle Eberwein, Owner of Inner Hope and Wellness. $10. Inside Holistic & Cultural Arts Center, 1241 N Green St, McHenry. 224-622-7991.

How Would Your Life Be Different If You Could Energize More of Your Higher Brain? – 7-8:30pm. You have a biological resistance to change: your lower primitive brain works hard to keep your life the same, because sameness, safety, survival. Enough is enough. Find out how Higher Brain Living® energizes the part of your brain where the emotions of joy, connection, purpose and empowerment exist. Free. The Awaken Studio, 410 S Michigan Ave, Ste 414, Chicago. 312-881-9591.

FRIDAY, MARCH 13 Sustainability Dinner Fundraiser – 7-10pm. Presentation exploring the many facets of sustainability and tour of aquaponics garden. Gourmet dinner supporting the next stage of the expansion of our sustainable campus. $20/plate. School of Metaphysics, 222 W Wilson St, Palatine. RSVP: 847-991-0140.

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 Community Qigong – 7:45-8:45am. A meditative movement exercise synched with the breath. Class focuses on working through each of the 12 classical meridians and their places within the daily life cycle. It is ideal for most everyone; especially Shiatsu students and enthusiasts. Free. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Clear Your Clutter: Motivation to Be Free – 9am-12:30pm. Consider all of the forms of clutter, mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical. Take a personal inventory and create an action plan. Your individualized plan can focus on an organized home or office, career path change, health and vitality, or improved relationships. $50/10 days advance, $60. Infinity Foundation, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. Cooking Class: Traditional Indian Rice & Soups – 9:30-11:30am. Vegan, gluten-free. Learn to make: Organic Brown Rice Biryani, popular Indian rice dish and great source of fiber; Rasam Soup: hot & sour soup with curry leaves; Yellow Lentils Soup: classic Indian soup with ginger, garlic, cumin, tomato and onion. $50, includes handouts, Indian spiced tea and tastings. Arya Bhavan Restaurant, 2508 W Devon, Chicago. Registration required: 773-274-5800. Foods to Fight Inflammation for Pain Management – 10-11am. See Mar 12 description. $10. Inside Holistic & Cultural Arts Center, 1241 N Green St, McHenry. 224-622-7991. Clairvoyant Awareness and Energy: A Sampler – 2-4pm. Having a working awareness to tune into the validation and power of your own insight can foster wellness, clarity and enhance your day. Work with some tools that make it fun and easy to access your intuition. Explore abilities you use to demystify spirit guides, out of control healing, reading energy, and being replenished as a psychic. $50. Clairvoyant Center of Chicago, 518 Lee B, Evanston. 847-757-2838. For additional events: Chicago IANDS Presents: Alma Blazquez – 2-5pm. Alma Blazquez had an intense NDE 3 years ago. Come hear about the experience. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847-251-5758.

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Open House at Raydiant Day – 2-5pm. Discover all things Raydiant. Meet and talk with Raydiant Day instructors for upcoming courses and gatherings, including Bright Body Tunings, Nia, 5Rhythms, L.E.A.N. Wellness, and the Raydiant Heart Raydiant Self workshop. Come, be yourself, and connect with others who support positive goals for well-being inside and out. Refreshments, free gifts and course coupons. Free. Raydiant Day Center for Raydiant Life Fitness, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. RSVP: Access Your Personal Akashic Record Wisdom – Mar 14 & 15. 3-9pm, Sat; 10am-4pm, Sun. Akashic Records offer the opportunity to heal wounds of the past that block us or sap our energy and power. Learn to access own Akashic record using a vibrational key in the form of a sacred prayer. $350. Best Western Plus Glenview Chicagoland Inn & Suites, 4514 W Lake Ave, Glenview. To RSVP: 847-361-6259, helen.g@att. net, or Songwriter’s Circle – 6:30-9pm. Can music really heal? We think it can, so come out and be part of our 3-artist music series. Donations accepted. Inside Holistic & Cultural Arts Center, 1241 N Green St, McHenry. 815-245-9673.

savethedate What’s in a Dream? – 7-8:30pm. With Dr. Keren Vishny. Throughout the ages, across the world people have looked to dreams as a source of healing, insight and spiritual connection. Come learn some basic principles that will help you open your dreams’ wisdom. Keren will share stories from her own dream journey, and guide participants through an exercise that can be practiced at home. $25. Zero Balancing Wellness Center, 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette. 847-920-9292.

TUESDAY, MARCH 17 St Patrick’s Day What’s Eating Our Shrubland Bird Nests? – 7pm. Populations of shrub-nesting bird species, like Field Sparrow and Black-billed Cuckoo, have declined in IL over the past century, some by up to 66%. U of I researcher Scott Chiavacci has spent 3 years locating and monitoring over 3,300 nests for clues. He will share his findings, including video documenting predators such as raccoons, snakes and Cooper’s Hawks. Free. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park. For more info & complete schedule, Rena Cohen: 847-831-0331.



Cooking Class: Traditional Indian Rice & Soups – 9:30-11:30am. See Mar 14 description. $50, includes handouts, Indian spiced tea and tastings. Arya Bhavan Restaurant, 2508 W Devon, Chicago. Registration required: 773-274-5800.

Finding Your Vision – 5:30-7pm. With Mary Nerburn, Certified DreamBuilder Coach and author. We fully express our ultimate potential in health, well-being, happiness and wealth when we are in alignment with our core values and personal vision. During this dynamic and interactive workshop learn skills to explore, design your dream, and help acquire thinking strategies for how to turn your greatest desires into your reality.  $35. Raby Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave, Ste 2100, Chicago.

Indoor Farmers’ Market – 10am-2pm. Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist, 1025 N Smith St, Palatine. Info, Callie: 312-733-4640, Solful Sunday – 1-4pm. Join us for a free spiritual networking/potluck. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. More info: Reiki Clinic – 3-5pm. Receive a mini-session (20-min) of Reiki from multiple practitioners. Experience deep relaxation, decreased anxiety, greater clarity and improved sleep. Each session is individualized to your needs and accelerates healing on all levels. $10. Reiki Healing Energy, 115 N Marion St, Ste 12, Oak Park. To schedule time slot, Janice Lodato: 708-738-0438.

MONDAY, MARCH 16 Free Neuropathy Check – 9-10:30am. See Mar 2 listing. North Shore Health Solutions, 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook. RSVP required: 847-715-9060. A Psychospiritual Approach to Anxiety, Depression and Happiness – 7-8pm. With Jerry Gore, MD, and Daniel Levi, MA. In the psychological portion of this lecture, explore a technique that allows you to contact your inner child. In the spiritual portion of the lecture, explore practical ideas that bring peace of mind and happiness. Free. Center for Holistic Medicine, 240 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods/ Deerfield. For more info & to RSVP: 847-236-1701.

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Wellness Wednesday Institute – 6:45-8pm. 3rd Wed. Class explores the 5 brain wave frequencies, how they affect the body, mind and spirit, and various vibration meditations to bring you back into equilibrium. Explore, awaken and journey toward a healthier life and environment. Learn how to manifest an abundant, boundless life of love, peace and happiness by shifting your frequency. $25. Awaken Your Spirit & Embrace Your Journey, 319b Harrison St, Oak Park. To register: 312-720-2638, Raydiant Pathways: Raydiant Life – 7:30-9pm. Have the life your heart desires. Explore three domains of a Raydiant Life at this introduction. Learn how Raydiant Pathways can help you design and create yours. Discover how you can release limiting patterns and beliefs and restore higher function in any area of your life. Led by Peter Kime. Free. Raydiant Day Center for Raydiant Life Fitness, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. RSVP:

THURSDAY, MARCH 19 Good Food Festival & Conference – Mar 19-21. 9am-5:30pm, Thurs; 8:30am7:30pm, Fri; 10am-5pm, Sat. Greet spring, and celebrate the region’s growing local food community. The Good Food Festival & Conference invites you to be inspired, learn, meet local farmers and artisans, and enjoy delicious food and drink, of

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course. Saturday Festival: $10/advance, $15/at door; additional workshop & trade days range from $45$220/advance. UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago. More info: Dr Thor’s Third Thursday Class – 7pm. Join Dr. Thor Conner for an informative class on natural methods for supporting restful and restorative sleep. Topics will include sleep hygiene and botanical, nutritional and homeopathic sleep aids. Free. World Tree Natural Medicine, 17W703-f Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook Terrace. 630-407-4379. Awaken Your Potential Through the Power of Your Higher Brain – 7-8:30pm. Attend a live demonstration of a revolutionary gentle-touch method that energizes the most evolved part of your brain. $75 but free if register at least 72 hrs in advance. 5225 Old Orchard Rd, Ste 36, Skokie. Pre-registration required: 847-834-9073 or Choosing and Letting Go – 7-8:30pm. Rolf Gates, author of Meditations from the Mat, is coming to Nirvana to teach a vinyasa class with lecture and discussion. $35. Nirvana Yoga Studio, 232 E Main St, Barrington. 847-277-1333.

FRIDAY, MARCH 20 Spring Equinox Great American Meat-Out Day Ganådoha, Buds on Trees Moon Chicagoland Family Pet Expo – Mar 2022. Features entertainment, demonstrations, pet products and hundreds of animal rescue groups. Includes Baseball Pet Parade and Contest; That Guy with the Birds performing parrots; Chicago Herpetological Society reptile fest of wonderful crawling pets; Bow-WOW! Happy Jack Trick Act and Sailor thrill audiences; the International Cat Association cat show. No pets allowed except for contest. $10. Arlington Park Racecourse, Wilke Rd entrance, Arlington Heights. For discounts & Expo schedule: Club Divine – Enjoy ecstatic dancing, DJs, healers, bodyworks, musicians, vendors, conscious communities and more. Moksha Yoga, 700 N Carpenter St, Chicago. 773-678-9346. RSVP tickets: ClubDivine. Info: Celebrate Spring: Vernal Equinox Celebration – 6pm. Celebrate and meditate with us. Join us  to  celebrate  the beginning of  spring with a guided meditation and refreshments. Free. Mind Body Healing Center, 77 W Washington, Ste 1704, Chicago. Reservations required: 312-285-5287. Localicious – 7-9:30pm. Localicious is one of Chicago’s premier tasting events! Meet the chefs and sample a bounty from some of the area’s best restaurants and craft beverage makers, at this annual celebration of local food. $80/ advance, $95/at door. UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago. More info: Spring Equinox Ceremony: Plant New Ideas and Give Them Life – 7:30-9:30pm. Welcome spring with ceremony and celebration. It is the season of eagle and hawk, who bring you messages about the things you wish to bring into your life. Participate in ceremonies to hear these messages and give new energy to your spring 2015 ideas, beliefs, dreams, and intentions. $25/10 days advance, $35. Infinity Foundation, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828.

SATURDAY, MARCH 21 Nobouz (Persian New Year) World Poetry Day Crystals, Chanting, & Chi – Mar 21, 9:30am-11am or Mar 24, 6:30-8pm. Create your personal 6 true color crystal hanging and infuse your intention using the energy of the vibration of sound. Learn various chants as you string each bead and create beauty in the physical form. This will enhance any portion of your home. Crystal beads included. $21. Mar 21: Oak Brook location; Mar 24: Equilibrium, Chicago. To register: 312-786-1882. Terrarium Construction – 9:30-11:30am. Create a self-supporting, small ecosystem to take home and enjoy for many months. Terrariums duplicate conditions found in gardens, are easy to assemble, and a great way to teach young children to observe nature. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St, Oak Park. Register by Mar 14: Reiki I Training – 10am-6pm. Usui Reiki training level 1. Come learn to give loving Reiki energy to yourself and others, including your pets. $180. Healing Reiki by Ardath, 3259 Park Pl, Evanston. 847-251-5776. Ocean of Devotion Gong Wash – 7:30-9pm. With Preston Klik. A gentle, but-dynamic 60-min sound meditation. Preston plays a trio of gongs (including a customized 36-inch heart gong), plus crystal bowls, Bombay Temple Bowls, ocean drum, etc. This richly cinematic musical odyssey is as beautiful to the eye as it is to the ear, heart, body and mind. $25/advance online pre-payment, $30 at door. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

SUNDAY, MARCH 22 World Water Day Serendipity Event – 12-5pm. Unique mind, body & spirit boutique expo. Free educational presentations, intuitive readings and more. Free admission. Mention Natural Awakenings and receive 5% discount from Solful Gifts on Crystal and Gemstone Jewelry. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling.

Meridian Touch Qigong – 2-4pm. Be guided through a restorative series of movements that balance energy flow in your body and promote awareness. $50; Receive a 75% discount by registering at least 72 hrs in advance. Infinity Foundation, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-834-9073. How to Start an Organic Garden – 2-5pm. With Master Gardener Paul Dennis. When to plant, how to fertilize, what grows well together, sunlight requirements, tilling, rotating and heirloom seed sourcing. Also, the role of the organic garden in caring for our bodies, minds and spirits. $25, $20/ARE members (including a donation to ARE Heartland for promoting future organic gardening and health programs). Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. To register: 847-299-6535. Bow-Wow and Alley Cat Bowling – 5:30pm. This annual event helps raise funds for the homeless pets at Heartland Animal Shelter in Northbrook. Heartland provides medical care, food, socialization and plenty of TLC for dogs and cats until they find their forever homes. $25/advance, $30/at door; includes bowling, pizza, dessert, games and raffles. River Rand Bowl, 191 S River Rd, Des Plaines. 847-296-6400. To register:

MONDAY, MARCH 23 World Theater Day Free Neuropathy Check – 9-10:30am. See Mar 2 listing. North Shore Health Solutions, 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook. RSVP required: 847-715-9060.

TUESDAY, MARCH 24 Crystals, Chanting, & Chi – 6:30-8pm. See Mar 21 description. $21. Equilibrium, Chicago. To register: 312-786-1882. Feldenkrais: Awareness Through Movement – 7-8pm. Feldenkrais focuses on the relationship between movement and thought. Come increase mental awareness and physical movements with Instructor Rita Hickman. Wear comfortable workout

type clothes. $10. Inside Holistic & Cultural Arts Center, 1241 N Green St, McHenry. 815-245-9673. Pranic Healing Introductory Workshops – Mar 24-26. With Master Stephen Co. Mar 24: Healthy Body and Sharp Mind with Pranic Healing and SuperBrain Yoga, 7:30pm at Yoga Now Chicago; Mar 25: Discovering the Healing Secrets of the Lord’s Prayer, 7pm at Unity of Chicago; Mar 26: Experience the Healing Powers of the “I AM” Essence in You, 7pm at Unity of Naperville. For more info or to register: 909-5480884, 888-470-5656, or

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 Free Shiatsu Intro – 7-9:30pm. Learn fundamental techniques and philosophies of Zen Shiatsu, and chat with current students and instructors. Free. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

THURSDAY, MARCH 26 Bright Body Tuning: Brighten Your Brilliance – 7:30-9:30pm. Feeling challenged? Get a Bright Body Tuning using Raydiant Pathways. Brighten and align your energy intelligence system. See new options. Enjoy greater ease, energy and confidence. Find effective, creative solutions. Take home your own custom energy synchronizing tool. Led by Peter Kime, creator of Raydiant Pathways.  $23 before Mar 23, $28 after. Raydiant Day Center for Raydiant Life Fitness, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. Register:

FRIDAY, MARCH 27 Highland Health Foods Monthly Sales Event – Mar 27-29. Highland Health Foods, 149 Skokie Valley Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-0460.

SATURDAY, MARCH 28 Indoor Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church, 405 S Euclid Ave, Oak Park. Info, Callie: 312-733-4640,

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Feng Shui In A Day – 9:30am-5pm. Learn the basics of feng shui in this eye-opening class. Learn the basic principles of feng shui, proper bagua placement, use of color, flow of chi, house blessing, analyze your personal floor plan, plus much more. You will have the tools to implement feng shui into your home immediately. $108. Oak Brook location. For more info: Raydiant Heart Raydiant Self Workshop – 1:305:30pm. Explore and empower the deep intelligence of your knowing heart in this Raydiant Pathways workshop. Develop your capacity to be your truth: clear, free, authentic. Create more joy, connection, and nourishment in your relationships. Experience greater inner-direction, strength, and courage. Led by Peter Kime, creator of Raydiant Pathways. $65 before Mar 24; $75 after. Raydiant Day Center for Raydiant Life Fitness, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. Register:

the dark night of the soul, unfair accusations, unjust trials and crucifixion. And ultimately the gift is resurrection. Afterwards we will have a Palm Sunday Fellowship Feast. Enjoy wonderful conversation and delicious food as we celebrate Life and break bread together. Come and be in inquiry about your own journey to Easter. Free. Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St, Deerfield. 847-337-3866. Solful Sunday – 1-4pm. Join us for a free spiritual networking/potluck. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. More info:

MONDAY, MARCH 30 Free Neuropathy Check – 9-10:30am. See Mar 2 listing. North Shore Health Solutions, 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook. RSVP required: 847-715-9060.

Palm Sunday Service & Fellowship Feast – 10:30am-12pm. During the service we will walk in the footsteps of Jesus of Nazareth and consider where we are spiritually in the story of the days leading up to Easter. We also experience betrayal,

Beginning Astrology Level 1 – Mondays, Mar 30May 4. 7:30-9:30pm. Learn planets, signs, houses, aspects, interpretation and transits. Know nothing about astrology, know some but need to increase skill in interpreting charts, this course will provide the knowledge you are seeking. $150 by Mar 23, $180 after. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont Ave, Chicago. 773-327-7224. Info@LifeForceArts. org.



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The Adoption Process from A to Z – 7-9:15pm. Attorney Sally Wildman explores fundamentals of adopting a child and basic legal steps of this process. Highlights include different types of adoption, resources for initiating a search for an available child, and today’s trend of “openness.” Program open to public; preregistration necessary. Family fee is $35. District 211 Continuing Education, Fremd High School, 1000 S Quentin Rd, Palatine. Registration required; Course # P28001: 847-755-6820 or continuing-education (The Adoption Process from A to Z is under Personal Enrichment & Development in the catalog).

Wild Card Planets: Out of Bounds & Unaspected – 1-4pm. Out of bounds and unaspected planets operate in extreme ways without restrictions and can have an agenda all their own. They have no boundaries and operate completely on their own, dominating the horoscope. Understanding how they work adds another layer of understanding when interpreting a chart. $45 by Apr 19; $55 after. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont Ave, Chicago. 773-327-7224.

MONDAY, APRIL 20 Breathe Into Life – 7-9pm. With Leslie Sann. Your breath can motivate and inspire the expression of who you really are and why you are here. Through this simple yet profound BreathWork Meditation you will bypass the noisy mind encouraging deep relaxation and the release of emotional and energetic blocks leaving you feeling deeply nourished and peaceful. $30. Zero Balancing Wellness Center, 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette. 847-920-9292.

SATURDAY, APRIL 25 Crossing Over with John Edward – 1pm. See John Edward live. Reading not guaranteed. Donald E Stephens Convention Center, 9291 Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont. Tickets: 800-514-3849, or

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SATURDAY, MAY 16 Conscious-Con – May 16 & 17. A gathering of many of the world’s leading transformational masters. Keynote presentations feature Panache Desai, Paul Selig, Matt Kahn, Julie Dittmar and Tara L. Robinson. Includes workshops, musical performances, film screenings and consciousness products, services and art by healers, spiritualists, readers, mediums, energy and light workers, channels and transformational teachers. Full weekend access: $199; expo areas only: $20 (includes vendor-sponsored workshops). Cincinnati’s Duke Energy Center, 525 Elm St. For more info or to register: 513-515-0087 or

FRIDAY, JUNE 5 4th Annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference – June 5-7. Guest speakers: herbalists and authors, Dr. Jody Noe, Leslie Tierra and many more. Over 60 workshops and plants walks, kids’ and teen camp. Plus swimming, evening entertainment, marketplace, red

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 Beginning Zen Shiatsu – Wednesdays, Apr 1-June 3. 11am-2pm or 7-10pm. Learn to give a basic 1-hr shiatsu treatment that you can share with friends and family. Course is a stand-alone offering; also the first 30 hrs of our complete shiatsu certification programs. $450 plus books. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

TUESDAY, APRIL 7 Spring Detox: Cleanse your Body and Mind – Enjoying a spring detox is ideal for removing physical toxins and mental blocks. Come learn about foods that boost the body’s natural detox power and cleanse your mind of negative thoughts. Cleanse your mind, body and spirit. Meet new people. Detoxifying fresh juices and soups provided to start you on your cleansing journey. Free. Bountiful Eatery, 3312 N Broadway, Chicago. Info:

savethedate tent, film screenings, roundtable discussions on building herbal community and much more. Preconference workshops topics include: Herbal First Aid, Herbs for Lyme Disease, Tongue and Pulse Diagnosis, Herbs for Body Systems and Holistic Sexuality. Held in Almond, WI. For more info:

FRIDAY, JUNE 12 Celebrate Your Life – June 12-15. This amazing event brings together a stellar lineup of spiritual teachers and visionaries. Presenters include Iyanla Vanzant, Neale Donald Walsch, James Redfield, Michael Beckwith, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Caroline Myss, Panache Desai and many more. Westin Lombard, 70 Yo r k t o w n S h o p p i n g C e n t e r, L o m b a r d . 480-970-8543.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 22 IONS 16th International Conference: The Science of Being The Spirit Of Community – July 22-26. Join an inspiring gathering of explorers in the study of consciousness and interconnection. Scientific, environmental and spiritual luminaries spark new insights and impart tools you can immediately apply in everyday life. Includes Don Miguel Ruiz, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Marianne Williamson, Edgar Mitchell, ScD. Music, meaningful conversations, and experientials are woven into a rich tapestry of renewal and transformation. Save $50 in March code Awaken2015. Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort, 3500 Midwest Rd, Oak Brook.

ongoingevents Daily All Month $10 Gift Card – Thru Mar. Receive a $10 gift card when you purchase any of our facials. Can be applied towards waxing, tinting or Eminence products. Card is not cash redeemable. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $15 Off – Thru Mar. Receive $15 off with the purchase of $100 worth of Eminence products, an all organic skin care line. Eminence can provide a solution for an array of skin issues. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. 15% Off Enzymes or Probiotics – Thru Mar. Receive 15% off enzymes and probiotics when you schedule a digestive system check up with Dr. Arutcheva. The health of our digestive system is a reflection of overall health. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $125 Swedish Massage & Organic Deep Cleansing Facial – Thru Mar. The classic form of full-body soft tissue massage relaxes the body, calms the nervous system and reduces stress, excellent for first time clients. Along with a massage, the organic customized facial offers deep exfoliation, hydration, and extractions, using all-natural and organic ingredients. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. BG Organic Salon Special – Thru Mar. New clients save 10% off combo spa (esthetician) and hair services. 6704 N Northwest Hwy, Chicago. 773-763-6322. Daily Silent Sitting Meditation – 6-7:30am. This is a time that we are taking to consciously be with the energy, the silence, the now. Free. Inner Metamorphosis University, 1418 W Howard St, Chicago. 773-262-1468. Dental Discount Plan – Thru Mar. Dr. Alla Aver offers a dental discount to all patients who do not have insurance. The plan includes 4 bitewing digital X-rays, 2 simple cleanings, 2 dental exams, and 20% discount off all restorative dental procedures all for only $219/adult, $149/child under 13. A Center for Dental Healing, 1300 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. For appt: 847-998-5100. Free Dental Sleep Appliance Consultation and Evaluation – Thru Mar. Dr. Alla Aver is a member of the National Sleep Foundation and helps patients improve sleep  health, safety and quality of life for many patients through dental appliances for sleep apnea. For patients with a recent sleep study this month. A sleep study is required for this free consultation and evaluation. A Center for Dental Healing, 1300 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. For appt: 847-998-5100. Free Haircut with an All-Over Color – Get an all-over color for $85 and receive a free haircut valued at $60. Upstairs Hair Affair, 5901 Dempster St, Ste 203, Morton Grove. 847-737-5315. Free Paraffin Treatment with the Purchase of a Pedicure – Thru Mar. The paraffin treatment removes dead skin cells, leaving the skin feeling soft and silky. Paraffin treatment is great during winter to heal dry and cracked skin. Antalee uses all-natural nail polish by Zoya. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130.

Jen Z’s Special – Thru Mar. Save 10% on all services (except acupuncture): Reiki, organic skincare, mani-pedis and more. Jen Z’s Beauty Services, 2665 Waukegan Ave, lower level, Highland Park. 847-433-8401. Kundalini Yoga from Science to Faith – Focus of this weekly group is the use of kundalini yoga, yantra yoga, sound, light, breath, forgiveness and advanced yogic to practices to liberate our flow of energy so that we can flow once again with life. Soma Arts, 5215 N Ravenswood, Ste 307, Chicago. 773-236-7662. Mind, Body Fitness Classes & Workshops – 9am-9pm. Pilates, yoga, dance, Aerial Hammock, Reformer and more. $17. Pilates Plus, 654 S Roselle Rd, Schaumburg. 847-923-1201. More info: Organic Keratin Smoothing Treatment Special – $100 off on an organic keratin smoothing treatment. Upstairs Hair Affair, 5901 Dempster St, Ste 203, Morton Grove. 847-737-5315.

Sunday Hiking Meditation – All day. 1st Sun. Just walking, breathing, listening, sensing, being present. Nature brings us in deep contact with our natural state of joy and harmony. $65; $75 includes 3 meals. Inner Metamorphosis University, 1418 W Howard St, Chicago. 773-262-1468. Greening Your Block – 8:30-10:30am. Once a month on Sun. We can green our neighborhoods, block by block. A meeting to inform and inspire each other. Free. Inner Metamorphosis University, 1418 W Howard St, Chicago. 773-262-1468. Feminine Divine Support Group – 10-11:30am. Through study & ritual we learn the impact of the Divine Feminine and how much her wisdom, healing is needed. Through supporting and sharing our intuitive wisdom, authentic greatness, healing powers, we manifest beauty, harmony. Join our support group honoring the Sacred Feminine; become the Feminine Divine. Women’s Wisdom, The Dance Building, 1330 Webford, Des Plaines. 847-258-7225. Abundant Life Spiritual Center Sunday Service – 10:30-11:45am. An uplifting Sunday celebration service with an inspiring spiritual message that directly applies to your life now. Pop/rock/indie music provided by The Grateful Living. Free. Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St, Deerfield. 847-337-3866. Out Chicago Radio Program – 11am-1pm. The only local and live LGBT radio show in the Chicago Metro Area. Out Chicago is an outstanding new show about LGBT life, current events and civil rights hosted by Scott Duff, a Chicago-based actor, comedian, theatre educator and activist. On WCPTAM 820, WCPT-FM 92.7 (North), WCPY-FM 92.5 (West), and WCPQ-FM 99.9 (South). Call-in: 773-763-WCPT.

Online Live Streaming with Mystic Bhashkar Perinchery – 11:30am-1pm. Once a month on Sun. A coming together with Bhashkar Perinchery promotes an atmosphere for deeper awareness and insight. This interactive online conference offers an opportunity for anyone on the inner search to listen and ask questions. Free. More info: About-Us/Initiator. Noon Meditations – 12pm. Take time to regenerate yourself. Make time for meditation, quiet reflection and an inspirational message of wisdom from Sri Goswami Kriyananda and the Temple swamis. Donation. The Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600. Open-Level Hatha Yoga – 12-1:15pm. With Charlotte Hammond. Start your week right with a gift to yourself. Open-level hatha at a true urban lotus with an experienced teacher. Plenty of parking. Ring buzzer for access. $10, cash only. Urban Lotus Yoga, 2950 W Chicago Ave, Ste 201, Chicago. 312-547-9247. Community Yoga Nidra – 3:30-5pm. 3rd Sun. With Savita (Laura Jachim). A guided meditation technique that renews the physical body and releases the mind to unconscious obstacles and energetic blocks. Be Optimal, 1249 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-477-3069. Spiritual Gathering – 6-7:30pm. In a world where killing is sport, war is entertainment, and betrayal is common, how do we make peace? Join us every Sunday for a Spiritual Gathering open to the public. An opportunity to partake in a discussion focusing on the meaning of inner and outer peace. Peace, an idea whose time has come. School of Metaphysics, 222 W Wilson St, Palatine. 847-991-0140. Full Moon Meditation – 8-11pm. Once a month on Sun. A 3-cycle indoor meditation night, silent sitting alternates with dance. On full moon more energy is available, so practice to silently contain and celebrate this universal energy. You may bring your dinner and come at 6pm. $15/$20. Inner Metamorphosis University, 1418 W Howard St, Chicago. 773-262-1468.

Monday Facials – Come experience a rejuvenating 45-min facial for $45. Great for all skin types, we use only natural, organic and vegan skin care products we make by hand. So Well, 4819 Main St, Skokie. Appt required: 847-676-5571. Gentle Yoga – 10-11am. Be introduced to yoga, a relaxing, gentle class. First class free; $12. Keep The Beat Wellness, 333 Skokie Blvd, Ste 106, Northbrook. 847-559-1992. 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. Nia: Holistic Dance Fitness – 11-11:55am. Mon, Wed, Fri. Whether your goal is a gentle workout or joyful cardio, with Nia you can develop flexibility, agility, mobility, strength and stability in your body. Led by Aliess Kime, White Belt Nia Teacher. $11/ drop-in, $80/unlimited monthly pass. Raydiant Day Center for Raydiant Life Fitness, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. Register:

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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. Communal Acupuncture – 3-6pm. Held Mon, Wed and Sat, 12-4pm. Detox, heal, rejuvenate, relieve stress or work on any issue you have in the comfort of a healing, beautiful, eco-friendly space designed to help your journey. $15/session. So Well, 4819 Main St, Skokie. Appt required: 847-676-5571. 50/50 Class: Zumba and POUND – 6:30-7:30pm. Aliza Mor, nationally certified instructor for over 5 years, will get the party started with 30 mins of Zumba followed by 30 mins of POUND (weighted drum sticks are used for a cardio/strength workout). Beginners are very welcome and no judgment is allowed here. Tash Fitness, 8816 N Bronx Ave, Skokie. Registration required: 847-379-5777. Yang Style Tai Chi – 7:15-8:15pm. This series: Fan Dance. A new 10-wk series introduces students to the practice of health and enlightenment through ancient mind-body-spirit disciplines. $120/10 wks, $15/dropin. Inner Metamorphosis University, 1418 W Howard St, Chicago. 773-262-1468.

Tuesday Near Infrared Sauna Session – 12-3pm. Tues, Wed & Thurs. So Well in Skokie offers a $10 30-min Near Infrared Sauna Session, great for skin, relaxation, detoxing and more; $10 30-min Infrared Massage Energy Bed Session, great for relaxation, detoxing and muscle aches and pains. So Well, 4819 Main St, Skokie. Appt required: 847-676-5571. Kid’s Yin Yang Yoga and Tai Chi – 5:30pm. With Debra LaMantia and Paulie Zink. For kids 8 & up. A combo class of yin yang yoga and tai chi. $12/ class, $50/package of 5. Stirling Tai Chi Society, 1123 N Ashland Ave, Chicago. 847-337-9124. Turbo Kick – 6:30-7:30pm. Mixes kickboxing with fun and simple dance moves to music. Each fullbody workout consists of a sport specific warm-up, higher paced intervals, easy to follow combinations, kickboxing specific strength/endurance training and a mind/body cool-down designed to maximize weight loss and increase endurance. $37/5-class pass, $57/10-class pass. Tash Fitness, 8816 N Bronx Ave, Skokie. Registration required: 847-379-5777. Shiatsu Student Clinic – 7 or 8pm. Also Fri, 11am or 12pm. At popular Advanced Student Clinic, clients can receive a 45-min session from an advanced Zen Shiatsu student. Sessions are performed in a group setting with instructor observation. Live shakuhachi and singing bowl music is provided by Jia Senghe. $35/45-min or $90/3 treatments. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130.

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Community Yoga Nidra – 7:30-8:30pm. 1st Tues. With Savita (Laura Jachim). A guided meditation technique that renews the physical body and releases the mind to unconscious obstacles and energetic blocks. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten, Ste 107, Northbrook. 847-477-3069.

Feldenkrais: Awareness through Movement – 5-6pm. The Feldenkrais Method uses a practice of body awareness as a means to attain a higher degree of freedom in our lives. $100/10 classes pre-paid, $12/ drop-in. Inner Metamorphosis University, 1418 W Howard St, Chicago. 773-262-1468.

Yin/Yang Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. Promotes flexibility and healing, develops the flow of energy in your body and enlivens your innate ability to move with fluidity, power and grace. Master Paulie Zink style. $12-$17. Chicago Yoga Center, 3047 N Lincoln Ave, Unit 320, Chicago. 773-327-3650.

Meditation Introduction – 6:15-7:15pm. This class is an introduction to playful meditative exercises and an opportunity for you to ask questions that arise. Free. Inner Metamorphosis University, 1418 W Howard St, Chicago. 773-262-1468.

Tai Chi Class – 8:15pm. Also Sat, 9am. Reduce stress; increase flexibility and balance; improve muscle strength and definition; increase energy; stamina and agility. Wear flat-soled shoes and loose fitting clothes. $10/class. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-3573929.


markyourcalendar Wellness Wednesdays – Your choice of Oxygenated Rife Lymphatic Detox, MediCupping or Raindrop Technique. $40. 150 E Cook Ave, Ste 101, Libertyville. For appt, Teresa: 224-888-1170 or 561-881-4321. Wellness Workshop – 3rd Wed. Fun and informative. Awaken Your Spirit Massage & Energy Work, 319B Harrison St, Oak Park. 708-434-5370. Morning Yoga Class – 9:30am. Also Sat. With Svetlana Stillman. A great way to start your day. House of Ayurveda, 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste C6, Northbrook. 224-723-5797. Happy Hour Free Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. Initial evaluation and treatment for instant pain relief or any health concerns. The most natural medical approach in the universe: no drugs, just your body’s ability to heal itself. Free. Deerfield Community Acupuncture, 405 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 211, Deerfield. 847-845-4090. Guided Meditation – 12:45-2pm. Relax and experience the stress-relieving benefits of meditation led by Dr. Om Johari. Free. Palatine Public Library District, 700 N North Court, Palatine. Registration required: 847-358-5881. SWAG: Sweat With A Groove – 6:30-7:30pm. Offers the fun and freedom of a club scene, focusing on the positive vibes of the hottest global street rhythms and beats, incorporating high-intensity interval training. Tash Fitness, 8816 N Bronx Ave, Skokie. Registration required: 847-379-5777.

Thursday Free 15-Minute Acupuncture Consultation with AcuGraph – 1-7pm. Online schedule every Thursday per appointment only and online schedule only. Bridge to Health Acupuncture Clinic, 4751 W Touhy, Ste 304, Lincolnwood. Info: 773-956-0002. To schedule:

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Meditation Thursdays at the Center, Rosley’s Rocks and Gems – 6:30-7:30pm. Join us for our weekly night of centering. Meditation guided then silent; all levels welcome, and all questions welcome. Free. 4344 N Western Ave, Chicago. 773-561-7200. The NADA Protocol – 7pm. With Nataliya Nusinova, LAc. Protocol works by mobilizing the existing internal resources of the patient to balance the body’s energy and assist the body’s healing processes. Acudetox involves the gentle placement of 5 small disposable steel needles in specific sites on each ear. Recipients sit quietly in a group setting for 30-40 mins. Free; donations appreciated. Sun Gates Center, 395 E Dundee Rd, Ste 500 Wheeling. 847-345-0988. Tash Fitness Bootcamp – 7-8pm. Wanda Taylor, nationally certified instructor for over 25 years, will run you through the course to help build your stamina, strengthen your core and muscles, laugh a lot and most of all strengthen your community feeling with other women. Beginners are very welcome and no judgment is allowed here. Tash Fitness, 8816 N Bronx Ave, Skokie. Registration required: 847-379-5777.

Friday Shiatsu Student Clinic – 11am or 12pm. See Tues listing. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130. Mindfulness Class – 12:15-1:15pm. Each class will consist of guided mindfulness exercises such as sitting and walking. No previous experience necessary; class also supports those who are experienced practitioners. An open practice so can come and go as need to. With Eric Lieb, Certified Mindfulness Trainer. $10/pre-register, $12/drop-in. Center for Holistic Medicine, 240 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods/ Deerfield. For more info & to RSVP: 847-236-1701. Happy Hour Free Acupuncture – 4-6pm. Initial evaluation and treatment for instant pain relief or any health concerns. The most natural medical approach in the universe: no drugs, just your body’s ability to heal itself. Free. Deerfield Community Acupuncture, 405 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 211, Deerfield. 847-845-4090. Loving Kindness Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Free group guided meditation for peace and relaxation. We have been providing this free community event in Evanston for over 14 years. Drop-ins welcome as no registration is required and all of the supplies are provided. 2153 Ashland Ave, Ste 3, Evanston. 847-866-0505.

Friday Mighty House Radio Program – 8-11am. Funny, friendly experts with answers and ideas to help with all of your home improvement projects. Join Ron Cowgill, Robbie Ehrhardt, Rich Cowgill and the Mighty House team each Saturday morning to get help with all your home improvement and repair issues. On WCPT-AM 820, WCPT-FM 92.7 (North), WCPY-FM 92.5 (West), and WCPQ-FM 99.9 (South). Call-in: 773-763-WCPT. Tai Chi Class – 9am. See Tues listing. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929. Core Vinyasa Yoga  – 9-10:30am. Also Mon & Thurs. A deep movement flow class that pauses to deconstruct poses releasing stress, and mental and emotional patterns. $60/5-classes in 8 wks, $16/ drop-in. Inner Metamorphosis University, 1418 W Howard St, Chicago. 773-262-1468. Ecology Center Winter Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr 25. 9am-1pm. Ecology Center at the Ladd Arboretum, 2024 N McCormick Blvd, Evanston. Info, Diane Khouri Joseph: Indoor Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Year round. Heritage Prairie Farm, 2N308 Brundige Rd, Elburn. 630-443-5989. Northshore Pet Chef at Ecology Indoor Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr 25. 9am-1pm. Come visit us. Ecology Center at the Ladd Arboretum, 2024 N McCormick Blvd, Evanston. More info:

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

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

hiring Relationship Management/Sales – Excellent opportunity for flexible part-time work with great rewards. Natural Awakenings Chicago is seeking a self-motivated professional with strong interpersonal and communication skills to introduce businesses to the benefits of advertising to our community in print and online. Ideal candidate must be self-motivated, organized and creative in sourcing suitable clients and events to target in Chicago and

Morning Yoga Class – 9:30am. Also Wed. With Svetlana Stillman. A great way to start your day. House of Ayurveda, 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste C6, Northbrook. 224-723-5797.

Vet Talk Radio Program – 6-7pm. Program hosted by U.S. Marine Corps Vet Antonio Correa and Fred Newson of the U.S. Navy. Both men have lived the life of a military man, and now they are working to give a voice to the veterans. Gain a new perspective on the issues facing veterans today. On WCPT-AM 820, WCPT-FM 92.7 (North), WCPYFM 92.5 (West), and WCPQ-FM 99.9 (South). Independent & Documentary Films – 7pm. Monthly. Meet other local indie and documentary film fans, discuss and recommend movies to one another. Watch films/movies that raise ethical and other important topics. Inner Metamorphosis University, 1418 W Howard St, Chicago. 773-262-1468. Register:

office space available LAKEVIEW PRIME MEDICAL OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE – Lease some space at a beautiful contemporary medical office fully furnished. First-floor storefront in mixed commercial-residential building. 5 examining rooms, 2 bathrooms, large reception area, laboratory and storage. Perfect move-in condition available immediately. We have a great team of an Integrative MD medical director and other health practitioners. If interested: SUB-LEASE – We have an opening for a healthcare practitioner in our multi-provider modern wellness office! We’re located in the NW suburbs just off of I-90 & Barrington Rd. Please contact us if we’ve reached you at an opportune time. Email and we’ll send you details and photos!

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Detox and Wellness Center Open House – 10am5pm. Every week we have different speakers to discuss variety of holistic medicine/approach to health. Would you like to know what your ph level is or if you have parasites or heavy metals in your body? We perform different tests every week. Free. Wonders of Nature, 714 S Buffalo Grove Rd, Buffalo Grove. For an appt: 847-229-9450. Free Chats on Kunlun® System – 3pm. Discover more about a powerful and transformative system of practices to awaken one’s potential and connection with the root. Chats are casual allowing for question and answer regarding this system. Free. Pure Juice Café, 24 S Evergreen Ave, Arlington Heights.

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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care & green living in our community. acupuncture BRIDGE TO HEALTH ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC

4751 W Touhy, Ste 304, Lincolnwood 60712 773-956-0002 Relieve stress and pain, address addictions and improve overall health with acupuncture. We combine Eastern and Western approaches to pain relief, and offer a unique AcuGraph (Acupuncture Digital Exam) to provide a readout of your acupuncture meridians to identify and classify your energy imbalances and improve treatment results. Insurance accepted. 


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


1545 Waukegan, Glenview 60025 847-901-1800 •

Open the door to healing and balance through acupuncture. Mitzi Labant, Andrea Friedman Ishikawa and Cynthia Funai specialize in pain related problems, infertility, NAET (allergy elimination technique), anxiety, depression and chemo/radiation side-effects. They can successfully treat CFS/ fibromyalgia, immune system problems, insomnia, menopausal issues and other ailments in a relaxed and nurturing environment.

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

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

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

1834 Glenview Rd, 2nd Fl Glenview 60025 847-508-1470 Trained in both Western and Oriental Medicine, I use acupuncture and a dietary approach along with herbal remedies to resolve musculoskeletal pain, internal medicine health issues, insomnia, anxiety and women’s health. Schedule your initial appointment on to find out if acupuncture can help you. Get a healthier and alternative approach to your chronic health conditions.

architecture & design LENORE WEISS, AIA, LEED-AP

Lenore Weiss Studios, LLC 847-291-8285 Lenore Weiss Studios, LLC, offers high-quality residential and commercial architectural and interior design. It provides “environmental awareness” on every level; from a broader ecological scope of sustainable and healthy building solutions, to the careful attention to detail that successfully shapes clients’ own supportive personal surroundings. For more information, please visit


630 Vernon Ave, Ste F, Glencoe 60022 708-406-9234 •

Beautiful Image Facial & Body Sculpting’s™ (1974) all-natural microcurrent “Magic Wands” restore vibrancy and reverse aging. This highroad to younger, healthier skin and disposition recharges cells, sans surgery. Shed 10 years across 10 gentle treatments. Look ravishing; feel glorious, inside and out. See ad on page 16.

GorJus Whips

GorJus Whips Body Butter Our bodies deserve a non-chemical, preservative-free, all-natural body butter enriched with antioxidants and natural sunscreen. Restore your skin back to nature. 100% handcrafted, with oils and butters from around the world. Not the Shea butter as we know it. Amazing.

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Jen Z’s Beauty Services 2665 Waukegan Ave, LL, Highland Park 60035 847-433-8401

It’s still winter, so see us to pamper your skin, ease your aches and warm your spirit. Get an acupuncture treatment and enjoy healing Reiki, excellent organic skin care solutions to reverse dry winter air and relaxing mani/pedis. Save 10% on all services during March (except acupuncture). Make your appt today.

bodywork Healing Body Therapeutics

Barry Krost, BCTMB Chicago • 312-288-6139 A holistic practice exploring our natural ability to heal with therapeutic help featuring Ortho-Bionomy®, a powerful bodywork and energy technique that uses specific body positions to provide effective pain relief that supports natural healing, and Family Constellations, a process that releases problems rooted in our family system over several generations.

Roth Structural Integration

Diane Roth, BCSI Highland Park, 60035 847-831-3213 • Structural Integration (SI) realigns, rebalances and re-educates the body through manual therapy and movement education. Chronic pain, bad posture, tired and achy bodies are signs that the body is out of balance. SI benefits include decreased pain, injury rehabilitation, improved posture, ease in movement, and increased flexibility and stamina.


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

Zero Balancing Wellness Center

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

brain health Marny Turvill, MD Evanston 60201 847-864-9098

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

coaching & counseling CENTERED COACHING

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


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

colon hydrotherapy NORTHSHORE COLONICS

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

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Jim Kolar, Rph 3479 N Broadway, Chicago 60657 773-525-0766 Save-Rite is your locally owned compounding specialist in Lakeview. Besides dispensing traditional medication, we work closely with your doctor to customize medications for pediatric care, sports medicine, pain management, veterinary needs and a wide range of hormone replacement therapies (BHRT). We also offer a variety of medical equipment and daily living supplies so that you’ll always enjoy a healthy lifestyle.  Free delivery to Lakeview and surrounding areas. See ad on page 7.

crystal healing ROSLEY’S ROCKS AND GEMS

4344 N Western Ave, Chicago 60618 773-561-7200 Join us at our new location, The Center, where we offer the widest selection of chakra healing stones, rough crystals, collectors’ pieces and specialty items. Come meditate in the crystal skull room, relax and heal on our new Amethyst Biomat™, and see our skilled and professional readers and healers.

YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Karen Duewel 847-772-0212

Imagine the power of complete wellness in your hands. Try Young Living’s carefully crafted line of essential oils, natural supplements and products designed to support your balanced, healthy life. Call me about multivitamins, antioxidant support, agebased nutrition, weight management, joint &mobility, energy & stamina, healthy snacking and more. See ad on page 16.

feng shui Laurie Pawli, Certified Feng Shui Consultant The Feng Shui School of Chicago

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

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digestive health specialist NUTRITIONAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS


Digestive problems? Acid Reflux/ GERD, IBS, Crohn’s, colitis? Let us help you naturally achieve nutritional balance, feel better and enhance the quality of your life. Improve digestion while reducing discomfort and bloating so you can eat the foods you love again. Certified digestive health specialist/enzyme therapist. See ad on page 9.

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

Reneé S. Barasch, LDHS 480 Elm Place, Ste 108, Highland Park 60035 847-207-2034 •

2508 W Devon, Chicago 60659 773-274-5800

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

1830 Tower Dr, Glenview 60026 847-834-0659 Enjoy healthy, delicious, reasonably priced coldpressed juices, smoothies, nut milks, chia puddings, acai bowls, salads and gluten-free desserts at Mingle. Organic vegetarian soups, fair trade hot chocolate, tea and cider are also available to warm your insides when it’s cold outside.

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green real estate KATIE HAUSER

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

healthy relationships ALLEGRA MAGRISSO, LCSW 2500 Ridge Ave, Ste 305, Evanston 60201 847-866-6515

The path to a more satisfying relationship begins with awareness that change is necessary for growth. Allegra brings 22 years of a mindfulness-based therapeutic practice supporting clients resolve relationship impasses and cultivate healing interactions. She works with couples, parents and children, intergenerational units and coworkers engage in honest communication.

holistic dentistry DR. ALLA AVER, DDS

1300 Waukegan Rd, Glenview 60025 847-998-5100 • Stay healthy with a whole-body, preventative care approach. We use non-fluoridated ozonated water, periodontal herbal treatments, and gluten-free herbal paste. Restorative options include: safe amalgam removal, BPA-free fillings and sealants, non-metal crowns and bridges, sleep apnea and TMJ appliances, and non-acrylic night guards, partials and dentures. Our conservative approach includes: digital X-rays and intraoral camera, nonsurgical gum therapies including laser and ozone, and herbal irrigation. Material reactivity testing, saliva pH and microscopic plaque analysis are available. Our natural approach includes dental homeopathy, craniosacral therapy, and nutritional counseling. Dental discount plan available and PPO insurance plans accepted. See ad on page 25.

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K. BOEHM, DDS, & Associates

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

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

Dr. Yvette Collins

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

HEALTHFUL ALTERNATIVES, P.C. Dr. Marianne W. Schaefer 4801 W Peterson Ave, Chicago 60646 773-777-8300

Your full concentration and participation will achieve the best dental care. Our patients feel their participation adds to their knowledge and reduces their stress. Years of experience have taught us that comfort comes first, and it will change the way you think about dentists. Visit Chicago’s most interactive dental website. See ad on page 31.

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

As a Biological dentist, I recognize the impact of toxic substances and only use materials and procedures that are systemically compatible with your body. We offer a wide variety of procedures from general to cosmetic, ozone therapy, laser dentistry, safe mercury removal, TScan bite adjustment for TMJ, and restoration of porcelain implants, all in a safe and relaxing atmosphere. 56 56

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

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

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

We offer gentle holistic dentistry that supports vibrant well-being in a caring and peaceful environment. Our Conscious Care includes mercury-free fillings; non-surgical periodontal therapy; digital X-rays; safe, biocompatible materials; bacterial analysis using a microscope; dental homeopathy and nutritional counseling. We guide you to dental wellness thorough education. Free indoor parking. See ad on page 19.

Dr. Andie T. Pearson

Gaiamed Dental 929 Ridge Rd, Wilmette 847-977-1655 Holistic dentistry involves an awareness of care that relates to the entire person. Gaiamed is a full-service practice using the most biocompatible dental options. Our services range from nonsurgical gum care to mercury-and-PBA-free restorations, crowns, bridges, partial and full dentures, children's dentistry, braces, implants, dental homeopathy, and craniosacral therapy. See ad on page 5.


Dr. Bernice Teplitsky, D.D.S., P.C. 773-975-6666 Helping you reduce the risk of diseases such as diabetes and heart disease by using state-of-the-art technology, biocompatible, custom materials, practicing mercury-safe dentistry, and treating you like a partner in health.

holistic fitness BREAK4HEALTH

Chicago, Oak Park, Northbrook, Schaumburg 312-909-6343 How much time are you spending a week exercising and not getting results? Technology now exists to train your muscles, nerves and bones effectively and naturally without spending hours at the gym. 10-20 minutes once a week can help you reverse osteoporosis, improve your balance and get stronger. Call and make an appointment today.


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

holistic health practitioner KAREN LEVY BASHKIN, RN, MN 224-558-7646

Are you ready to preserve your health and the health of your family? Do you already suffer from chronic health conditions? Karen will help you strengthen your immune system by teaching you how to reduce toxic chemicals in your personal environment and providing resources that reflect the best of science and nature. 

FEEL GOOD AGAIN HEALTH Amy Andrews 847-361-6238

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


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


Crossinology Brain Integration Technique Practitioner 2565 Shermer Rd, Northbrook 60062 312-342-3077 • Do you have ADHD, autism, or other specific learning difficulties? Are you under emotional stress or pain? Schedule a free consultation today to start on your path to feeling your absolute best. Shelby is trained in Crossinology® Brain Integration Technique, a revolutionary form of energy work which is drug-free, non-invasive, and a restorative approach to healing.

Ivan Narkevitch, LAc, LMT


4711 Golf Rd, Ste 525, Skokie 60076 847-495–2427 1875 Dempster St, Ste 180, Park Ridge 60068 847-825–0800

6137 N Elston Ave, Chicago 60646 773-631-5001

Bring relief to your body and mind from pain with the gentle, warm, welcoming & genuine touch of holistic health practitioner Ivan Narkevitch. Over 25 years of clinical experience and extensive postgraduate training in acupuncture, massage therapy, manual spinal decompression, spine & joints mobilization, homeopathy, bioresonance, anti-aging medicine, nutritional & herbal supplementation. See ad on page 19.

Dr. Deane is a premier holistic chiropractic physician who offers total body solutions to chronic health and pain challenges. She treats all three sides of the triangle of health­—structure, chemical and emotions— to resolve problems at the root cause. If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, and want to flip the switch from pain and chronic illness, Dr. Deane can help. Call for appointment. See ad on page 23.

Dr. Jerry P. Gore, MD

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


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

Dr. Gore is director, supervisor and staff physician. He obtained his MD from the University of Illinois School of Medicine and his post-graduate work at Northwestern Institute of Psychiatry. He has over 30 years of experience blending nutrition, supplements, homeopathy, psychotherapy and collaborating with other practitioners at the center to offer a truly holistic medicine practice. See ad on page 31.

Wonders of Nature Detox & Wellness Center

IL Center for Progressive Medicine 1002 W Lake St, Chicago 60607 312-243-3338 •

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

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Dr. LeRoy has 20 years of experience in collaborating with his patients to determine why they are not well. He specializes in investigative work that includes a detailed discussion, examination and laboratory testing, then creates an integrative treatment plan that often includes diet and nutrition changes, acupuncture, chiropractic and other lifestyle modifications. Dr. LeRoy is best known for breast thermography, HPV treatment and GI problems. See ad on page 6.

DR. KIM MARTIN, D.C., F.A.S.A., BCIM North Shore Health Solutions LTD 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-715-9060

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

Our wellness clinic averages only a 5-minute wait time before you’re getting natural, safe, and effective treatment with the Doctor. Dr. Kristen specializes in acupuncture, low-force chiropractic care and food intolerance testing, and uses unique diagnostic tests to uncover the real cause of your health concern. Located at the corner of Higgins and Barrington roads. See ad on page 35.

Dr. Kim Martin, DC, FASA, BCIM, CFMP, is a certified gluten-free practitioner in Northbrook. She specializes in “Solving the Mystery of Your Chronic Condition” using Functional Medicine, blood work, stool samples and saliva. Free 15-minute Neuropathy Check available March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Call 847-715-9060 for more details. See ad on page 21.

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Mind Body Healing Center

77 W Washington, Ste 1704 Chicago 60602 312-285-5287 We treat both the emotional and physical aspects of your health and specialize in depression, anxiety, digestive disorders and pain management. We provide diagnostic testing such as Biomeridian screening and apply natural interventions such as psychotherapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, nutrition, massage and energy work. Insurance accepted. Available evening and weekends.

NW ACADEMY OF HOMEOPATHY Twin Cities area in Minnesota 952-955-4117

If you think healing should be safe and gentle, while treating the whole person, consider a career in Homeopathy. We have been training professional Classical Homeopaths since 1995 with convenient weekend classes in the Twin Cities area. Four-year accredited program includes classroom and clinical training with expert faculty.

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

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

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holistic physical rehabilitation LIFEWAVE INSTITUTE, LLC

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


820 AM Streaming live: Chicago’s Progressive Talk is a whole lot more than just a radio station. It is a community of several hundred thousand people who are sustainably inclined, environmentally responsible, community conscious and socially engaged. Monday through Friday the program lineup features national show hosts who broadcast from various cities across America. From the very political, to the very serious, to almostover-the-line edgy, they talk about what matters to you. On the weekends, specialty shows cover home improvement, gardening, Chicago politics, and much more. Listen on the radio or tune in online at See ad on page 63.

integrative medicine MARCO DE LA CRUZ, MD

Monica Yearwood

Three locations: Lincoln Park, Roselle, McHenry 773-248-6200 •

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

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

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

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

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

I specialize in Internal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. My goal is to help people in good health maintain their well-being, while assisting those with health problems to feel better and move to a more positive path. I manage general internal medicine issues as well as treat appropriate patients with Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, a hands-on method of healing. See ad on page 31.

integrative psychotherapy SUSAN ATCHISON, LCPC

A Healing Soul, Ltd. NW Suburbs; 847-370-5181 For gentle yet powerful change, experience a rich resource of breathwork, energy work, hypnotherapy, Craniosacral Reiki, somatic expression, dream work, Past Life, Soul Retrieval, and compassionate reflections to heal your body, mind, subconscious, energy and spiritual selves. Many people say that they feel lighter and more whole. Call today for your appointment.

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

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

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David H. Johnson, LCSW 847-475-3017, voicemail David@DavidHJohnsonLcsw. com

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


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

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lifelong learning & personal growth INFINITY FOUNDATION

1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-831-8828 • Offering more than 200 Courses for Life in personal, professional and spiritual growth and development. Daylong workshops with Miguel Ruiz, Jr, bestselling author, Living in Awareness, April 18; also with bestseller Bruce Lipton, Transcending Beliefs, May 16. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental. Call or email for a free course guide.


Holistic and Cultural Arts Center 1241 N Green St, McHenry 60050 Live near McHenry? Feel like a leaf without a tree? We’re your fun, relaxed, creative hangout just around the corner. Get a shiatsu massage, hear original musicians, find your tribe, tap into your inner healer. Plus, reasonable practitioner and classroom/event rental. Find your whole new world INSIDE. All ages. See ad on page 6.

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Peter Kime, MA

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

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319B Harrison St, Oak Park 708-434-5370

Embrace your journey with a healthy balanced mind, body and spirit. Our humanistic and focused personal life coaching, therapeutic massage, reflexology, Reiki, craniosacral therapy and meditation restores the body’s synergy to nurture its self healing abilities. Life is a journey, let Awaken Your Spirit support yours.

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Alicia Robinson LMT 630-310-2220


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

Enjoy the benefits of massage while remaining in the comfort of your own home. Massage in Chicago is based on Chicago’s north side and will travel up to 25 miles for in-home massage and Reiki that is tailored to your needs from sports injuries to relaxation

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WOMEN’S MASSAGE THERAPY OF EVANSTON 636 Church St, Ste 505, Evanston 60201 312-607-3194

Women’s Massage Therapy is a small, private practice that focuses entirely on women’s health and well-being. Many services are geared toward new moms, but all women are welcome for massage and Reiki sessions. Also offer birth doula services, placenta services and infant massage classes for new parents.

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

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

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

naturopathic doctors WORLD TREE NATURAL MEDICINE

Wm. Thor Conner, ND, LMT Kristina Conner, ND MSOM 17W703-f Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook Terrace 60181 630-407-4379

Naturopathic medicine uses a wide range of therapeutic modalities to address nearly any medical concern with the least invasive treatment. With roots in traditional wisdom and branches in modern science, we use a whole person focus featuring botanical, nutritional, homeopathic, physical and Chinese medical approaches which are highly effective and will often find answers that others miss. Call for a 15-minute consult to see how we can help you.

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

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

We offer a safe and cost-effective alternative to conventional mattresses, in a low-pressure, relaxing sales environment. Full selection of all-natural and organic latex mattresses, pillows and accessories, including Natura, Savvy Rest, Suite Sleep and Sleeptek, plus USA-made Simmons Beautyrest. Locally owned and operated since 1983. See ad on page 25.

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4819 Main, Skokie 847-676-5571

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

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past life awareness CANDACE

650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove 60007 847-564-6159 Looking for answers and solutions to current issues in your life? The answer may lie in understanding your past lives. With over 22 years experience, Candace works with you to gain a conscious awareness of how your past lives and relationships affect who you are today. Call or text for appointments. See ad on page 27.

preventive medicine DR. LYNNE BELSKY

Living Well MD 1535 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 306, Northbrook 60062 847-418-2030 Care for body, mind, and spirit with personalized, integrative medical care. Concierge physician dedicated to helping you stay healthy, prevent disease, and feel your best. See ad on page 16.

Psychic & medium CANDACE

650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove 60007 847-564-6159 Inspire joy and love in your life. Find answers to your challenges with the help of Candace’s psychic intuition. Specializing in chakra balancing, spiritual cleansing, past life regression and tarot/angel cards. More than 22 years experience. Call or text for appointments. See ad on page 27.

reiki Richard Gans, MA, RMT

Certified Reiki Master Teacher 23922 Lake Cook Rd, Deer Park 60010

 847-304-4315 Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Reiki is a gentle, safe, and non-invasive hands-on healing touch therapy that renews
your vital energy and brings a deeply relaxing experience. Your first Reiki session is free. Reasonable rates. Call to schedule an appointment.

spiritual & life renewal Bodhi Spiritual Center

2746 N Magnolia Ave, Chicago 60614 773-248-LOVE Check out our Sunday Celebration Service at 10 a.m. each week. Enjoy a dynamic conscious community rooted in Universal Spiritual Principles that reveals love, honors all paths and celebrates life. Safe and loving childcare for children ages 0-4 and playful and rich youth programming for ages 5-18. Amazing music, inspiring message and a loving community await you.

THE EDGAR CAYCE HOLISTIC CENTER AND BOOKSTORE At Unity Northwest Church 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines 60016 847-299-6535

Full-service bookstore, Cayce remedies, spiritual growth study groups, monthly programs, workshops and holistic fairs, intuitive skills development training, knowledgeable seekers, intuitives, healers and more. Call for hours. See ad on page 13.

spiritual boutique INTUITIVE RESOURCES 650 Meacham, Elk Grove 60007 847- 564-6159

Intuitive Resources is a spiritual boutique conveniently located in the northwest suburbs. Our large selection of services includes Reiki, chakra therapy (cleansing and balancing), Tarot card and intuitive readings, past life regression, etc. Our shop offers a large variety of spiritual gifts to choose from: candles, crystals, books, jewelry, sage/incense and much more. Open Monday through Friday from 11am-8pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm. See ad on page 27.

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Janice Lodato, MA, RMT

Reiki Master of Masters 115 N Marion St, Ste 12 Oak Park 60301



Reiki helps you to heal faster, sleep better, and live more calmly. I offer Reiki sessions and classes (1, 2, & Master) to bring balance to your being and help you live your best life. Call or email to schedule a session or class, 708-738-0438, Approved Provider, NCBTMB #451704-11.




610 Central Ave, Ste 169, Highland Park 60035 847-266-8323 Fitting you in the correct type of shoe for your activity, and in the proper size and width for your feet, is our number one objective. When shoes fit well and your feet are comfortable, your whole body feels better and you can perform at your optimum level throughout the entire day. Largest selection of New Balance footwear and apparel in the Chicago area, with extensive inventory of sizes and widths from 2A-6E. Friendly staff is experienced in helping to resolve or relieve many common foot ailments such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, morton’s neuroma, hammer toe, and arch pain. Locally owned and operated since 1995. See ad on page 15.

women’s fitness TASH Fitness

8816 N Bronx Ave Skokie 60077 847-379-5777 Looking for a safe, inspiring, non-judgmental environment to help you attain a better quality of life? At Tash Fitness, “We Get It.”  We fight the cravings every day and work on the physical, emotional and psychological aspects of our lifestyle changes, one change at a time. See ad on page 23.


Rev. Carol Saunders 375 Elm St, Deerfield 60015 847-337-3866 We are a Unity spiritual community with practical and inspirational teachings that emphasize you as a divine creation. Our Sunday services are current, relevant and uplifting. We welcome everyone. Family friendly. Sunday Celebration Service with indie/pop/rock music by The Grateful Living 10:30am at the Patty Turner Center, in Deerfield.

yoga SAT NAM YOGA CHICAGO West Loop: 1304 W Washington Blvd. 312-498-6911

Join our vibrant healthy community. We welcome all fitness levels and ages to learn the benefits of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, including Women’s and Children’s Yoga. Our intention is to provide a safe haven for cultivating your spiritual practice and exploring your higher self in a fun and relaxed environment.

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

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Natural Awakenings Chicago March 2015  

Chicago's only magazine dedicated to healthy and sustainable lifestyles.

Natural Awakenings Chicago March 2015  

Chicago's only magazine dedicated to healthy and sustainable lifestyles.