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letterfrompublisher We’re delighted by all of the Earth Month events that occurred throughout the Chicago region to promote ecology, Jim Irwin and Peggy Malecki conservation, recycling and overallwa contact us Publishers Peggy Malecki and Jim Irwin Circulation Manager Jim Irwin Sales & Marketing Jim Irwin, Peggy Malecki Sondra Brigandi, Heidi Hetzel, Debi Kiddle, Iris Winter Editors Martin Miron, Theresa Archer, Randy Kambic Writers Linda Sechrist, Megy Karydes, S. Alison Chabonais, Carrie Jackson Design & Production Suzzanne Siegel, Martin Friedman, Stephen Blancett, Steve Hagewood Natural Awakenings Chicago P.O. Box 72, Highland Park, IL 60035 PH: 847-858-3697 FAX: 888-858-3107 Follow us on Facebook and Twitter © 2015 by Natural Awakenings. All rights reserved. Although some parts of this publication may be reproduced and reprinted, we require that prior permission be obtained in writing. Natural Awakenings is a free publication distributed locally and is supported by our advertisers. It is available in selected stores, health and education centers, healing centers, public libraries and wherever free publications are generally seen. Please call to find a location near you or if you would like copies placed at your business. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. We welcome your ideas, articles and feedback.

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e’re delighted by all of the Earth Month events that occurred throughout the Chicago region to promote ecology, conservation, recycling and overall awareness. It’s encouraging and uplifting to see so many schools and community groups focused on a brighter, cleaner future for the region. But it’s May, and plant sales, Mother’s Day, graduation and end-of-school-year events are taking the spotlight. And we here at Natural Awakenings continue to wave our arms and publish articles to reinforce that we need to all work daily to keep our focus on the environment. It’s tempting to hope the issues will just get fixed by “someone”. Taking on a new problem, especially a frustratingly large problem backed by deep and often mysterious pockets, is not something most of us want to, or even think we can, do. So here’s an option I like to call the Eco Chain Letter (remember those letters we used to write back in grade school?). Rather than ask, “What can I do?” and do nothing, ask, “What can I do?” and do something to make your voice heard and to be a catalyst for change in your school, your community, in Illinois and in the world. Start with just one thing, and then tell someone else and inspire them to join you or to do one other thing to change their world for the better. Here are some things we can we do this Mother’s Day to honor Mother Earth: Learn about timely environmental issues through newsletters and websites. Share a topic with parents, children, friends or coworkers to educate them. Identify an issue that you are passionate about or that directly affects you, and find out who is working on it already (and join the conversation). Call your state or federal legislators to make your opinion known. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper to inform others. Sign an online petition to make your opinion count (start with Visit a museum or community event to learn about hot environmental topics that may be new to you. We offer a heartfelt thank you for all you do every day to make our region a better place to live. And we encourage you to do one thing today and one thing every tomorrow to ensure an equally livable and abundant environment for all creatures on our Mother Earth.

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World Fair Trade Day Celebrated with Market at Daley Plaza


hicago Fair Trade and conscious consumers worldwide will celebrate World Fair Trade Day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 6 and 7, with a festival and outdoor market at Daley Plaza. Visitors may shop from the collections of more than 20 locally owned ethical vendors, featuring products made by artisans in India, Kenya, Ecuador and other countries. Guests will be able to sample fair trade coffee and chocolate, see the latest fair trade fashions and enjoy a live broadcast of WBEZ’s popular Worldview program from the plaza at noon on May 6. Event host Chicago Fair Trade is a coalition made up of area businesses, congregations, schools and activists to promote fair wages and ethical trading policies in Chicago and beyond. They are the driving force behind Chicago being named a Fair Trade City in 2009 and a Sweatshop-Free City in 2014. Admission is free. For more information, email Katherine@ChicagoFairTrade. org or visit Sponsored in part by Natural Awakenings Chicago. See ad on page 33.

Chiropractic Adjustments Can Be Fun for Kids and Teens


rannigan Chiropractic Center, in Orland Park, is holding a special $10 Adjustment Kids’ Day from 5 to 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. Dr. Joseph Brannigan will use the fee to send a kid to camp at Parkview Church. The doctor and staff will be dressed in superhero capes with free ice cream, a treasure chest, coloring and movies. Teens are welcome too, to relieve their “text neck”. Brannigan Chiropractic offers wellness solutions Dr. Joseph Brannigan that include chiropractic care, acupuncture and trauma care guidance that focus on long-term health and wellness, rather than a quick fix that only masks pain. Brannigan and his team treat a wide range of issues, including neck and back pain, numbness, bursitis, carpal tunnel, fibromyalgia, sciatica, scoliosis, sports and repetitive motion injuries and children’s chiropractic services. Brannigan has been in practice since 2002 and specializes in neurology, acupuncture, traumatic injuries and anti-aging. Extensive postgraduate work in neurology enables him to provide his patients with expertise in diagnosis and treatment above and beyond general chiropractic care. Cost is $10 for kids and teens, and an appointment is required. Location: 1400 Ravinia Pl., Orland Park. For appointments for the whole family, call 708-966-4413. For more information, visit



Monica Yearwood Presents at Embrace Health Event


leansing expert and ayurvedic practitioner Monica Yearwood, of Hamsa Ayurveda & Yoga, will present Embrace Health, an Afternoon of Wellness, at 1 p.m., May 9, at Spring Wellness, in Chicago. AtMonica Yearwood tendees will learn why the spring season is the best time to cleanse the body to improve their digestive strength, maintain health and naturally enhance radiant beauty and internal vitality. Diet and lifestyle choices are powerful catalysts in maintaining healthy skin and radiant beauty because they maintain internal health and vitality. Yearwood will discuss which foods and lifestyle habits hinder the natural detoxification pathways in the body and aid this vital process. “Ayurveda teaches that authentic beauty is the expression of our inner vitality,” says Yearwood. “Beauty is culminated through our breath, diet, digestive strength and daily self-care rituals that emphasize nourishment and self-love.”

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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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newsbriefs Bruce Lipton to Receive Infinity Foundation 2015 Spirit Award

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he Infinity Foundation will honor Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., a cell biologist and bestselling author, at its 18th annual gala to be held May 15 at the Highland Park Country Club. A practitioners’ fair and free minidemos featuring more than 30 providers in the areas of energy alignment, astrolBruce Lipton, Ph.D. ogy, animal communication and intuitive reading will commence at 5:30 p.m. There will also be a silent auction of an array of unique and desirable items. An elegant dinner will be served at 8 p.m., followed by the 2015 Spirit Award presentation and Lipton’s keynote address. The following day, the Infinity Foundation is hosting a daylong Bruce Lipton workshop, Transcending Beliefs: Living a Life Overflowing with Love, Peace and Happiness, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., May 16, at the Highland Park Country Club. Lipton uses simple language, illustrations, humor and everyday examples about the way new science is revolutionizing the link between mind and matter.

he 32nd annual Smith Nature Symposium will feature awardwinning author William Souder speaking about the life and legacy of Rachel Carson, the iconic naturalist and author Rachel Carson of the landmark book Silent Spring, on May 16 at the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods. Illustrated with historical photographs and vintage video, Souder’s presentation at the Smith Nature Symposium describes Carson’s exceptional life and profound influence. “The overriding reason I wanted to write this story was that I was curious about what we could learn from the life and legacy of Rachel Carson,” explains Souder. He notes that her work fueled “a bitter partisan fight that polarized the public debate about an emotionally charged environmental and public health issue with many instructive similarities to our current conversation about climate change.” As familiar as many are with the controversy surrounding Carson’s landmark book, she remains a relatively unknown figure. “Rachel Carson was one of the most important figures of the 20th century, but today many people don’t know who she was,” says Souder.


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Annual Herb and Wellness Faire in Caledonia


ind Ridge Herb Farm is hosting its Herb, Garden & Wellness Faire from 1 to 4 p.m., May 16 and 17. Highlights include a huge plant sale, workshops, chef demonstrations and food and wine tastings, live music, kids’ activities and a petting zoo. There will also be holistic practitioners, artists and vendors. The plant sale only is also available beforehand on the weekends of May 1-3 and May 8-10. Admission is $5, under 16 free. No pets. Location: 166 Quail Trap Rd., Caledonia. For more information, call 815-885-1444 or visit See ad on page 51.

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newsbriefs EFT with a Guarantee Certification Workshops


om Masbaum, the founder of EFT with a Guarantee, will be conducting two certification workshops in May. He has led more than 6,000 individual sessions and hundreds of classes over the last 11 years. The first workshop will be held May 18 and 19 at the International Association of Counselors and Therapists Conference, in Daytona Beach, Florida. The second workshop will take place May 30 and Tom Masbaum 31 at the Infinity Foundation, in Highland Park. EFT with a Guarantee (Emotional Freedom Technique) is a gentle, simple, yet successful process for releasing emotional and physical symptoms. Every session, usually by phone, carries a guarantee of success. Masbaum says, “EFT with a Guarantee is that powerful.” 14 CEUs for psychologists and massage therapists. Location: Infinity Foundation, 1282 Old Skokie Rd., Highland Park For more information, call 708-955-3634. View workshop certification information at See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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Organic Flowers Honor Mom and Mother Earth The Mother’s Day tradition of gifting mom with flowers, including such perennial favorites as lilies, orchids, tulips and roses, can be practiced in a sustainable manner. Buying organic varieties protects workers, families and the environment. Flowers grown with conventional techniques contribute to the contamination of groundwater and streams through fertilizer and pesticide runoff that can also threaten animal species. Many of the cut flowers are grown in South America, where farms continue to use pesticides that are restricted in the U.S. and cited as highly toxic by the World Health Organization. provides several helpful tips on bringing joy to mom on her special day in eco-friendly ways: Grow Your Own. Buy organic bulbs or seeds in consumer seed catalogs and retail racks or online from reputable sources that include Children can then grow their own flowers to make them mean even more. Tips for natural weed and pest control, environmentally friendly watering, making raised garden beds and more are posted at Buy Local and Organic. Support local communities and save shipping costs and energy by purchasing chemical-free organic flowers from a local farmers’ market or community supported agriculture. Online retailers like and offer U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified organic flowers. Ask Local Florists to Go Organic. Find out if local florists purchase any organic and local flowers, and if not, request that they do so. Also, eschew plastic wraps and vases for eco-friendly flowers to avoid toxic ingredients and the carbon manufacturing footprint. Fun options to hold and showcase the gift include old, recycled Mason and glass jars and bottles or an artistic vase from an estate sale or antique or thrift shop.

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Evanston Green Ball Now Includes Child-Sitting Service During Event


he fourth annual Evanston Green Ball will be hosted by the Evanston Environmental Association and the city of Evanston from 7 to 10:30 p.m., May 29, at the Levy Center, in Evanston. This festive, casual evening of food, drinks, eco-fashions, award-winning environmental art and live music helps support the programs and operations of the Evanston Ecology Center, which is dedicated to environmental education for residents of Evanston and surrounding communities. There will be appetizers from more than 12 local restaurants and beverage companies. Live music will be provided by the exciting new Chicago band Ear Candy. Designers and models wearing eco-fashions made from creative sustainable materials will mingle with guests, and local green groups will participate with their own informational displays. New this year, an Eco-Center Sitter service is available for parents to drop off their children at the Levy Center when they arrive for the ball and pick them up as they leave the event. Tickets are $65 thru May 1; $75 from May 2-28. Location: 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston. For event details and tickets, visit EvanstonEnvironment. org/greenball.html. Tickets can also be purchased by cash or check at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. See ad on page 51.

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newsbriefs Veggie Pride Parade in Grant Park Supports Healthy Food Choices


he fourth annual Chicago Veggie Pride Parade will take place at noon, May 30, in Grant Park, celebrating vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. Part of a national movement, the parade is intended to raise awareness about the benefits of a plant-based diet. With music, costumes, activities and lots of fun, the parade is family- and pet-friendly. Everyone and anyone is invited to join in the walk, socialize and learn about or celebrate the vegetarian lifestyle for ethical, environmental, health or spiritual reasons. The mission of the parade is to unify the voices of everyone that sees an advantage to a plant-based diet and wishes to share and promote it and bring public attention to the global impact of our food choices. For volunteer, sponsor/partnership opportunities, preregistration and more information, visit See ad on page 41.

Chakra Balancing with Crystals and Akashic Records


avid Riddle, Reiki Master and Akashic energy healer since 1998, operates the Chi Balancing Center inside Art of Natural Healing at 7773 Lake Street, in River Forest. He says that energy centers (chakras) within our bodies may become blocked or depleted by excess stress, illness or emotional upset. “Chakra balancing using crystals and the Akashic Records realigns the recipient’s energy centers to a more symmetrical state,” says Riddle. “Chakra alignment is important because our health and vitality are dependent upon the flow of energy within our bodies. Crystals with energy work can be used as a way to enhance this balancing.” David Riddle During a session, crystals are placed on or near the seven major energy areas. Akashic Energywork work uses the client’s Akashic Records and Reiki to help the reestablish the energetic connections. This technique allows Riddle to be able to tune in directly to the energy flow of the client. Cost of chakra balancing session with Akashic Energywork is $120. Natural Awakenings readers save $30. For appointments, call 708-366-8002 or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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New Online Meditations for Pain Management, Sleep and Anxiety


ita Hickman, with INSIDE/InSpire Massage, in McHenry, has collaborated with University of Utah Healthcare to offer online and downloadable meditations to assist with pain, sleep, relaxation, successful surgeries and more. Rita Hickman These meditations have been used successfully by thousands of listeners over the years and are now approved by the University of Utah for their patients. Although not available yet in local hospitals, individuals can download the meditations and play them to ease their hospital stays, speed up their healing process and relieve the symptoms that impede full recovery. Specialized meditations are an effective and affordable tool to aid in healing and pain management. Drugfree, painless and without negative side effects, they can be used as often as desired to gently encourage the nervous system to relax and heal itself. When used regularly, they create long-lasting, permanent relief of symptoms or symptom management.

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newsbriefs Are You Wearing Your Smile Today?


r. Foad Rasekh and his team of professionals at Riverwoods Smiles have created a welcoming, modern and relaxing environment so the patients can experience exceptional dental care with a pleasant experience. Taking advantage of minimally invasive procedures, combined with the newest and most natural-looking products, he enhances smiles at an affordable cost. Services include family and pediatric dentistry, cosmetics and clear braces. Whether it is Dr. Rasekh’s uncompromising attention to detail, the friendliness and helpfulness of the team, remarkDr. Foad Rasekh ably modern equipment, or word of mouth from satisfied patients, the office has enjoyed tremendous growth since it opened in the spring of 2014. “We invite you to experience comfortable and exceptional dentistry for yourself and your family. Enter our office, allow the calming facility put you at ease and be certain that excellent care awaits you,” says Dr. Rasekh. PPO insurances accepted and financing is available. Location: 2035 N. Milwaukee Ave., Riverwoods/Deerfield. For appointments, call 847-947-8622. Visit See ad on page 23 and in the Community Resource Guide.

Time to Order Locally Raised Grass-Fed Beef


erra Valley Farm, in Southwestern Wisconsin, which raises healthy, 100 percent grass-fed, organic Black Angus beef, is offering a 10 percent discount for anyone ordering a whole steer before July 1 or 5 percent off for a half-steer. Terra Valley Farm has partnered with an organic Amish farmer to also provide free-range, organic, turkey, chicken, lamb and pork. When purchasing a quarter, half or whole steer, the beef will be processed, packaged, delivered and ready for the freezer. They are taking orders now for November delivery throughout the Chicago area, and also maintain a pick-up point in Deer Park. Forty-pound packages are available now for purchase to sample the beef before ordering a larger amount. Co-owner Anne Guarnieri states, “Terra Valley farm was founded during a family quest for good health. After struggling with inflammation, allergies and autoimmune issues we were introduced to the wonderful world of organic, freerange, grain-free eating.”

Wrigleyville Holistic Dentist Relocates


rigleyville Dental Holistic Dentistry has moved to a brand-new office at 3256 North Ashland Avenue, in Chicago. The office is outfitted with new, high-tech instruments that allow staff to diagnose and treat tooth decay and gum disease better and faster. Bernice Teplitsky, DDS, says, “Our strategy is to treat problems early through minimally invasive and natural treatments to prevent bigger problems from developing, both in the mouth and in the rest of the Bernice Teplitsky, DDS body.” Using state-of-the-art microscopes, cameras, digital X-rays and other technology, and by using conventional and natural medicine, Wrigleyville Dental can catch problems early. They also coordinate care with medical doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, nutritionists or other specialists to comprehensively maintain your health. New patients receive a free Sonicare electric toothbrush after exam, cleaning and X-rays. For appointments and more information, call 773-975-6666 or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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he Center for Holistic Medicine, located in Riverwoods/Deerfield, is a full-service medical clinic where patients can get help with anything from allergies to anxiety. Dr. Jerry Gore, M.D., medical director and his wife, Carol, purchased the business from another practitioner in 1994 and founded the center at its present location in 1997. Gore attended medical school and had a private psychiatry practice, but when he took an apprenticeship at the Himalayan Institute, he saw a different way to practice medicine. “We wanted a place that treats the mind, body and spirit, and offers medicine that was non-harmful and had fewer side effects. At the time, there were very few places that offered holistic medicine,” he says. Presently, there are 15 specialists at the center, including doctors of internal medicine, osteopathy, family practice, holistic psychiatry, naturopathy, naprapathy and chiropractic. Other specialties include counseling and psychotherapy, energy psychology, homeopathy, acupuncture, myofascial release therapy, pain relief, bodywork and yoga. There are also experts in nutrition, weight loss and wellness lifestyle counseling. Gore says, “We treat a broad range of problems, including eczema, gastrointestinal issues, attention deficient disorder, headaches, infertility, ear infections, prostate issues, osteoporosis and many more.” Most patients that come in are seen by Gore or one of the other medical doctors, and then referred to a specialist that can help them further. 26

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“If somebody comes in for eczema, I might have them see a naturopath for nutritional help or the homeopath for a natural remedy. For stress, I might send them to a counselor or yoga instructor,” says Gore. Doctors and specialists at the center are focused on helping the whole person, not just treating their symptoms. “If someone gets acupuncture for a headache, we are going to find out what’s causing the headache and offer lifestyle changes that might prevent it from recurring,” he says. There are two board-certified internists on staff, so the center can truly use an integrated approach in treating patients. “Our vision is treating symptoms, educating patients about their health and helping them grow and be a better person,” says Gore. Someone may come in with asthma, get a bronchodilator treatment and leave, but that would be a short-term fix. “Instead,


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Giving Birth Naturally Conscious Choices Lead to Less Intervention by Meredith Montgomery


abor and delivery tic births took place in Most births is a natural process hospitals, and by 1960 it should be viewed rose to 97 percent. Curthat can be enjoyed. “It’s not something as a natural life rently, midwives attend to be afraid of,” says less than 8 percent of process instead births here, and fewer Mel Campbell, author of The Yoga of Pregnancy. than 1 percent occur of a potential “It’s a wonderful and outside a hospital. beautiful experience. We medical emergency. Natural labor and need to remember that delivery in a hospital is ~Abby Epstein, The the body is designed for possible, but, “It’s hard Business of Being Born to have an unmedicated giving birth.” birth in many hospitals if Natural childbirth you don’t know your rights, understand uses few or no artificial medical interyour physiology and have a doula by ventions such as drugs, continuous fetal your side helping you avoid unnecesmonitoring, forceps delivery or episiotomies (cuts to enlarge the vaginal opening). sary interventions,” says Ina May GasAccording to the U.S. Centers for Disease kin, a pioneering midwife and author of Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. Key Control (CDC), 32.7 percent of deliveries factors to discuss include fetal monitorwere by Cesarean section in 2013—most ing, intravenous tubes and the option to performed in situations where a vaginal eat or drink during labor. birth would have posed a relatively low risk to the health of mother and child. Entirely natural childbirth is now rare here Benefits of Home Births compared with other countries, but that Women choose home births and wasn’t always the case. homey birthing centers because they In 1900, 95 percent of all U.S. labor there more comfortably, feel more births took place in the home; when in control of the process and can more more moved to hospitals here in the easily avoid interventions. Many moms early 20th century, midwives still seek out a midwife’s services because typically handled the delivery in other they don’t want to repeat the convencountries, sometimes without a doctor tional hospital experience that accompresent. In America, obstetrics became panied their first baby’s arrival. a profession and a doctor-attended birth When actress Ricki Lake gave in a hospital was promoted as a safer birth to her second child in her home alternative. By 1938, half of domesbathtub with the assistance of a mid28


By 2006 Cesarean delivery was the number one surgical procedure in American hospitals. ~U.S. Centers for Disease Control wife, she felt empowered by doing it on her own terms. “Giving birth wasn’t an illness, something that needed to be numbed. It was something to be experienced,” she says. When women let their bodies naturally lead, labor can last as little as 20 minutes or as long as two weeks, and the spectrum of pain intensity is equally broad. A healthy prenatal lifestyle that prepares a mom-to-be for a natural physical, emotional and spiritual experience of childbirth is highly beneficial.

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“Pregnancy’s not the time to overexert yourself; let go of the temptation to overachieve and instead practice breathing and mindfulness,” advises Campbell. “If you’re experiencing morning sickness, try to embrace it and how it serves you. By doing so, you’ll be more in tune with your body. These lessons are gifts you can take with you into labor.”  She reminds women that the baby is always getting nourishment from all that mom eats and breathes in, and also feeds off of her feelings and emotions. “The more we can feel at peace with ourselves and incorporate the baby into our being, the more we feel a connection and union,” she says. “It’s vital that you let your body’s innate wisdom be your guide and respect any cues it may give.” Campbell guides expectant mothers through a yoga practice that embraces the changes occurring each trimester. For example, a more physical practice in the second trimester utilizes the surge of energy to build stamina and strength, while opening the heart, hips and pelvis. Complementary relaxation techniques for labor include breathing practices, visualization, meditation and massage. When a mother isn’t connected to monitors and tubes, she’s free …continued on page 30

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There is a great deal of fear and ignorance about allowing labor and birth to proceed without disturbance. Rates of routine intervention are so high, most nurses and physicians rarely see a fully natural birth. ~Ina May Gaskin to experiment with positions and props such as balls, bars and pillows, plus a warm shower or bath. If a hospital birth is planned, Gaskin notes that labor often slows once a woman leaves the comfort of home, and recommends laboring at home as long as possible. There is no way to predict the course of labor and delivery when women let nature take the lead. Campbell, a mother of three, says, “I tried to focus on the intention of what I wanted for my birthing experience, while also surrendering expectations, knowing that I would have whatever type of birth I was supposed to have.” She adds, “The breath is the most important thing—it keeps us in the moment, helps us to relax and supports us through labor.” While the home birth option is important to America’s new generation of trailblazing women, it’s also significant on a macro level. Gaskin explains, “It’s hard for staff to change routine practices in hospitals but home births make innovation possible.” Home births demonstrated that women don’t require routine episiotomies and have shown how maternal mobility and position changes can help labor progress and free badly stuck babies (earlier methods often injured mother and child). Gaskin has found, “Wherever and however you decide to give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, mind, body and spirit for the rest of your life. No one should have a home birth who doesn’t want one, but it must be one of the choices.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL ( 30

A Mother’s Guide to Natural Childbirth by Meredith Montgomery


etermining the best birth setting for a mother necessitates sound planning. If an unmedicated birth is a goal, these insights may help in making decisions. Home birth takes place in the comfort of home, typically with the assistance of a midwife, and is suitable for a healthy woman with a low-risk pregnancy. She is able to wear her own clothing and eat as she pleases. Because monitoring of mother and baby is done intermittently, she is free to move around. Confirm the midwife’s training and experience; ask how many home births she’s attended and which obstetricians she consults. Discuss the signs and symptoms that might necessitate a move to the hospital and how quickly it can be done. While a midwife’s fee is often far less than the cost of a hospital birth, not all insurance companies cover home births. A birth center provides personalized, family-centered care in a home-like environment for healthy women. Practitioners follow principles of problem prevention, sensitivity, safety, appropriate medical intervention and cost-effectiveness. A midwife typically delivers the baby, but the collaborative practice team also includes


obstetricians, pediatricians and other specialists. Mothers experience personal freedoms similar to a home birth, and tubs for water births are usually available, plus other birthing props such as squatting bars, stools and balls. The center should be accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Birth Centers. Inquire what the protocol for care will be if complications arise, learn what the center’s charges for care cover and confirm if the family’s insurance policy will pay for the services provided. A hospital generally has access to the latest medical technology, making it a preferred option for medium-to-highrisk pregnancies. With proper preparations, an unmedicated birth is possible in this traditional setting. Investigate their rates of Cesarean births and episiotomies and the determining parameters. To allow for an active labor, request intermittent fetal monitoring, avoid intravenous fluids and ask about the availability of birthing props. Become familiar with hospital policies, such as who can be in the delivery room and whether the baby will stay with mom after the birth. If a nurse midwife is not on staff, consider hiring a doula to assist in preparing for and carrying out the family’s birth plan.

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eneé Barasch, founder of Nutritional Health Solutions, is a certified digestive health specialist who is fully committed to both making her clients feel better and educating them about what is causing their discomfort. Barasch is an advocate for proper digestive health and regularly writes and speaks on the topic. The first time she tried digestive enzymes, she found that not only did her gut feel better, but her hormonal acne cleared up, she slept better and her 3 p.m. Snickers craving was gone. She went on to study at the Loomis School of Enzyme Nutrition, in Wisconsin, and has been in practice for 11 years as an enzyme specialist. We caught up with her in her Highland Park office to get some tips for better digestion.

What are some common misconceptions about digestion?

Most people don’t know that the kind of food they eat affects their digestion. Something that sounds healthy, like a piece of organic whole wheat bread, could cause inflammation. Much of the food we eat is overprocessed, and our bodies don’t recognize the original ingredients. Dairy also causes many problems, in part because the homogenization process that most dairy products go through damages the fat molecules. If you drank raw milk right from a cow, the enzymes would still be intact and might not cause a reaction. Digestive problems can manifest themselves in many ways, including fatigue, a compromised immune system, sleep disorders, headaches, joint and muscle pain, dullness in the hair and skin and even brittle nails. When you start digesting your food better, you actually deliver complete nutrition to the cell. When your food is not digested, the brain sends a message to the tongue 32

to “get more food,” and causes us to overeat. The gut is like a second brain.

How can digestive enzyme supplements help digestion?

Our bodies use enzymes to break down protein, fats, carbohydrates and fiber in the foods we eat. They allow for more nutrition and hydration to go directly into the cell and remove the waste from the cell. We can’t function without enzymes. They are naturally occurring, but over time, the body gets depleted and we lose out ability to produce enough. If there’s a lot of digestive stress, the body becomes compromised. The adrenal glands, which produce hormones, use a fight-or-flight reaction to respond to this stress. This takes a toll on the adrenal glands, as well. Enzymes act as an insurance policy to make sure things run smoothly.

Why should nursing or pregnant women be especially attentive to their digestion?

If you’re not breaking down your food properly, this could lead to leaky gut syndrome, a form of inflammation that manifests with bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities and aches and pains. The waste that is supposed to get flushed out instead goes back into the bloodstream. In women who are pregnant, the baby is getting nutrition from the umbilical cord and is more prone to pick up bacteria if it’s in the bloodstream. Nursing women who start on digestive enzymes also find that their babies have great gut health because the milk is healthier. They are not as colicky and have less gas.

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Reneé Barasch chew your food. Digestion starts in the mouth, when the food comes in contact with saliva. Chewing food completely allows the enzymes in the saliva to work better and makes it easier for the rest of the body to break down. Consider chewing as a way to nourish your body. Also, stay hydrated, but drink most of your water in-between meals. If you drink too much while eating, your digestive juices get diluted and can’t work properly. A few sips of water is all you require when eating. If you feel that you need a lot of liquid to flush down your food, you’re probably not breaking it down properly. There are a few spices that are known to aid digestion, namely turmeric, ginger, fennel and oregano, and these can easily be added to meals. Instead of telling people they can’t eat their favorite foods, I encourage them to make swaps. If they want something smooth and creamy, for example, they can try yogurt made with almond or coconut milk instead of traditional dairy. Nutritional Health Solutions is located at 480 Elm Place, in Highland Park. Contact Reneé Barasch at 847-2072034 or visit DigestiveHealthSolutions. com. See ad on page 9 and in the Community Resource Guide. Carrie Jackson is an Evanston-based contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine and the chair of recruitment for Chicago Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Connect at

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The Unique Oral Health Needs of Women by Andie Pearson

Due to the many changes that occur in the lifetime of a woman, their health and oral care needs are unique. Puberty, pregnancy, menstruation, menopause and postmenopause all influence their treatment plan and how dental needs are met.


ormonal fluctuations change the oral tissue, and an increase in hormones can even promote the growth of harmful bacteria. From puberty into young adulthood, oral health is also complicated by poor eating habits such as increased processed sugar intake, fad diets and bulimia; this is also when smoking is often introduced. Nutritional deficiencies can change lip, mucosa and gum health, and bulimia will further delay their healing. Decay is also found at a higher rate in bulimics due to tooth erosion and poor nutrition and eating habits. Also, high levels of caffeine, protein and sodium have been linked to bone loss. Changes associated with menstruation are not always due to the period itself, but to hormonal imbalances experienced during menstruation. Not only can the monthly cycle cause puffy, red, tender gums, it can also cause an increase in gum and tooth sensitivity. This is also a time when a woman is more vulnerable to cold sores and canker sores. 34

Smoking can effect how early a woman starts menopause—smoking as a teen increases the occurrence of early menopause by a factor of three—which will also increase the progression of periodontal disease due to premature hormonal fluctuation. The latest data shows that women are more susceptible to lung cancer than men, and there is evidence that estrogen-related hormones may promote cancer in women exposed to tobacco smoke, even if they are no longer a smoker. Periodontal health in a pregnant woman can be as simple as light gingivitis or as advanced as pregnancy tumors. It is preferable that dental treatment should only received during the second trimester. Regular cleanings are an important practice to prevent bacteria from entering the bloodstream and affecting the baby. Periodontal disease during pregnancy has also been linked to preterm low birth weight. Pregnant women also need to be aware of an increase in


decay if they frequently throw up (bulimia), experience a change in saliva flow or have episodes of dry mouth. Birth control pills may cause changes similar to pregnancy, and if an antibiotic is needed for a dental infection, that will decrease the effectiveness of the birth control. It is also much safer to delay extractions during the last week of the cycle, because the lack of estrogen could cause complications leading to a dry socket condition. Menopausal and postmenopausal women need to monitor their blood sugar levels more closely, especially if they are already diabetic, to prevent taking too high or too low a dose of insulin. The fluctuation of hormones will cause an increase of blood sugar levels in times of hot flashes and menopausal symptoms. When hormones are decreased, the blood sugar drops and there are more issues with hypoglycemia. Bone density is another aspect of oral health to consider. Women with decreased levels of estrogen, osteoporosis or osteopenia must be careful if they are at risk of or already have gum disease, due to the potential of faster bone loss. There has also been a higher rate of failure of implants in women with low estrogen and low bone density. They should also speak with their treating medical doctor before starting any orthodontics. Possible medications such as bisphosphonate and HRT taken during this time will change how the body responds to dental treatment, and may even require specialized care for surgical treatments. Alternatives for medications that treat low bone density, hormonal increases/decreases and menopausal symptoms can be found by working with an alternative/integrative practitioner or acupuncturist. There are also yoga stretches and special Kegel exercises that balance the hormones. Dr. Andie Pearson, DMD, CSST, is the owner of Gaiamed Dental, in Wilmette, a full-service holistic dental practice using the most biocompatible dental options. For more information, call 847-977-1655 or visit See ad on page 11, in the Community Resource Guide and at

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Keep it fun, so that your kids will try new things like vegetables. Remember, it takes 12 times before a baby actually prefers a new food, so don’t give up!


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KIDS ❤ VEGGIES How to Instill Healthy Lifelong Habits by Clancy Cash Harrison

Starting at conception, the early years of a child’s life are a perfect window of opportunity to establish a foundation of healthy eating.


ant a child to love veggies? Here are simple tips parents can practice in the first three years to establish lifelong good eating habits. Start early. We all know that eating healthy during pregnancy will help a baby grow, but many may not realize that an infant can taste flavors in utero and through breast milk. Eating a variety of fresh produce during pregnancy and breastfeeding helps shape a healthy diet later in life. Treat weaning as a time for the infant to explore the texture, taste and aroma of an array of foods. After six months of exclusive breastfeeding, food can be introduced, although breast milk is still the primary source of nutrients. Small, repeated exposures to many foods during this stage will help minimize refusals to try or accept foods in the toddler years. 36

Children’s foods should be exploding with nutrients. Offering a variety of organic produce ensures optimal nutrition and decreases chemical exposure. Research reported by the Harvard Medical School and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, among others, shows that richly colored foods help build dense bones, powerful brains and tough immunity. Good candidates include butternut squash, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, carrots, broccoli, berries and citrus. Also go for those naturally high in iron, such as peas, leafy greens, apricots, raisins and legumes. Avoid anything high in sugar and other sweeteners, hydrogenated oils, artificial colorings and other harmful additives. Another important yet often overlooked foundation of healthy eating is encouraging a child to self-regulate his or her calorie intake. Self-regulation starts on the first day of breastfeed-


ing and is carried through adulthood. Respecting a child’s decision to end a meal allows them to control their own food intake. Common signals infants use to end a meal include turning their head away, arching back, throwing food on the floor and showing an interest in other activities. To encourage self-regulation, always serve meals and healthy snacks on a schedule and allow the child to feed himself when possible. As early as 7 months of age, most healthy infants are developmentally ready to do this, which should optimize nutrient consumption, increase participation in family meals and contribute to a less stressful mealtime. Appropriate foods for self-feeding should easily melt in an infant’s mouth and be a safe size, such as soft fruits and cooked vegetables. To prevent choking, avoid round, hard and sticky foods such as whole grapes, peanuts, popcorn and nut or seed butters. Don’t be afraid to add mild herbs and spices to a child’s food. An easy way to teach healthy flavor preferences, develop taste buds and reduce pickiness when they’re older is to expose children to many foods, textures and aromas. A dash of cumin in smashed avocado or freshly chopped mint mixed with diced strawberries introduces new perspective on a favorite food. Food refusal is inevitable, normal behavior. Children will love a food one day and hate it the next. Rethinking the definition of variety empowers parents to reintroduce a not-so-favorite food many times. If children don’t like the way an item feels or looks, they may not taste it. The refusal of a carrot doesn’t necessarily doom carrots. They can be coined, minced, mashed, puréed and diced to change the texture, plus they can be served cold, at room temperature or tepid.

A child’s early adventurous eating increases the willingness to experiment with a wider range of less familiar foods as a young adult in a multicultural foodscape. Kids are not born reciting an alphabet; it takes time and practice to read and learn a new language. Similarly, it requires time and patient practice to establish a healthy foundation for eating. Have faith in the family’s ability to make eating together enjoyable for everyone. Clancy Cash Harrison is a mother of two, pediatric feeding therapist, registered dietitian and author of Feeding Baby: Simple Approaches to Raising a Healthy Baby and Creating a Lifetime of Nutritious Eating. Connect at

Kid Feeding Tips by Clancy Cash Harrison n Holding off on fruits as a first food to prevent development of a sweet tooth is a myth. A sweet taste preference is engrained in an infant’s DNA (Annual Review of Nutrition; Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care). n Restricting foods high in sugar and fat increases a child’s preference for them. Then, when sweets are made available, the child feels compelled to overeat them (Appetite; The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; Proceedings of the Nutrition Society).

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hese recipes are designed to build dense bones, powerful brains and tough immunity by strategically pairing foods to increase the absorption of vital nutrients. Even toddlers love to use the creamy recipes as dips for their favorite vegetable sticks. To encourage self-feeding with a thinner-texture recipe, place food on a spoon and let the infant lean into it or pull the spoon to their mouth.

n Pressuring a child to eat is a behavior associated with unhealthy eating habits. Not only does it set them up for long-term food aversions, it teaches them to distrust their internal feelings of hunger and fullness, often leading to a habit of overeating.

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Mix ingredients well until smooth and creamy. Add breast milk to thin as needed. For more texture, dice the banana and gently mix into mashed avocado.

n Most children will refuse a new food and by age 2, become afraid of anything new. Therefore, introduce a large variety of foods early in life (Appetite; International Journal of Obesity). n Infants and children can regulate calorie needs based on current growth patterns and age. Some days an infant will eat large amounts of food, on others very little.

Bake sweet potato until its center is soft. Remove flesh from peel. Smashing with a fork, mix in cinnamon. Add breast milk to thin as needed.

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RETHINKING BREAST HEALTH Natural ways to keep breasts smooth, pain-free and firm, while reducing the risk of cancer. by Lisa Marshall


e’ve been conditioned to narrowly define breast health in terms of pink ribbon campaigns, cancer awareness marches and cold steel mammography machines. Nearly 30 years after anticancer drug maker Imperial Chemical Industries (now AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals) established the first National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 1985, many women have come to equate healthy breasts with cancer-free breasts, and assume the most important thing they can do is undergo regular screening. But amid this chorus, some women’s health advocates are striving to get a different message across: There are a host of steps women can take to not only fend off disease in the future, but keep their breasts in optimal condition today. “We need to change the conversation about our breasts from how to avoid breast cancer and detect it early to how to have healthy breasts and enjoy them,” says Dr. Christiane Northrup, an obstetrician and gynecologist from Yarmouth, Maine, and author of the new book Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being.

Healthy Breasts, Healthy Body

In adolescence, breast changes are the first to signal the arrival of womanhood. When she’s aroused, a woman’s nipples harden and change color. When a woman gives birth, her breasts fill with life-giving milk. “In all these ways, your breasts are deeply connected to your femininity, compassion and sensuality,” says Hawaiian Naturopathic Doctor 38

Laurie Steelsmith, co-author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health. Because breasts are extremely sensitive to hormonal fluctuations throughout the body, they can also serve as a barometer of overall health. “If you’re having chronic breast symptoms, it can be your body’s wisdom saying, ‘Help. Something’s wrong.’ Women need to listen.” While some premenstrual swelling and tenderness is normal, exaggerated or persistent pain is often a sign of systemic estrogen dominance in relation to progesterone. It’s common in the years leading up to menopause, but can also hint at impaired thyroid function, because low levels of thyroid hormones have been shown to boost estrogen in breast tissue, advises Steelsmith. Large, fluid-filled cysts or fibrous lumps, while non-cancerous, can also be a reflection of overexposure to harmful chemicals and toxin buildup, combined with poor lymph flow, notes Dr. Elizabeth Vaughan, an integrative physician in Greensboro, North Carolina. “If a woman has lumpy, bumpy breasts, they probably contain too many toxins, and those toxins are primarily estrogenic.” Addressing such symptoms is important not only to relieve discomfort, but


also because excess estrogen can fuel future cancer risk, says Vaughan. Any new, suspicious lump should be evaluated by a professional. Also, severe breast tenderness combined with nipple discharge could be a sign of infection or a problem with the pituitary gland, so it should also be checked. But typically, subtle natural healthcare steps can go a long way toward restoring breast wellness. For nipple tenderness, Steelsmith recommends chaste-tree berry (175 milligrams [mg] of powdered extract or 40 drops daily). The herbal supplement mimics naturally occurring progesterone in the body, helping to counter estrogen dominance. Vitamin E (400 to 800 international units [IU] per day) and evening primrose oil (1,500 mg twice a day) have also been shown to alleviate breast tenderness. For fibrous or cyst-filled breasts, Vaughan advises supplementing with iodine (up to 12.5 mg per day via kelp, seaweed or oral tablets) or applying an iodine solution to the breasts at night. A key constituent of thyroid hormones, iodine helps the liver convert unfriendly forms of estrogen into friendlier forms and flush toxins out of lymph nodes in the breast. Also, steer clear of chocolate and coffee,

because caffeine is believed to interact with enzymes in the breast, exaggerating pain and lumpiness. Also consider ditching the bra, says Vaughan. Brassieres can constrict lymph nodes and hinder blood circulation in breasts, locking toxins in and aggravating fibrocystic symptoms. The link between bras and breast cancer risk remains hotly debated, with one 2014 U.S. National Cancer Institute study of 1,400 women concluding unequivocally that, “There’s no evidence that wearing a bra increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer,” while smaller studies from the United States, China, Venezuela, Scotland and Africa suggest a link. Vaughan, the founder of, says the science is compelling enough that she has chosen to keep her own bra use to a minimum and advises her patients to do the same. “Obviously, there are certain sports where you should wear a sports bra and there are certain dresses that only look right with a bra,” says Vaughan. At a minimum, avoid wearing a bra to bed and steer clear of underwires and overly tight bras that leave red marks. “This is not about guilt-tripping women

into never wearing a bra. It’s about wearing a bra less.”

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Too small or too big, lopsided or riddled with stretch marks… it seems almost every woman has a complaint about the appearance of her breasts. That’s a problem, says Northrup, because, “Healthy breasts are breasts that are loved. We have to stop beating them up.” According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of women getting breast implants for cosmetic reasons ballooned from 212,500 in 2000 to 286,254 in 2014. Physicians—including Northrup— claim that modern implants don’t, in the majority of cases, promote disease like older silicone implants did. Yet even plastic surgeons warn that having implants should be fully thought out, and at some point they’ll probably have to come out. “They are manmade devices, and are not intended to be lifelong. At some point, you will probably have to have further surgery,” says Dr. Anureet Bajaj, an Oklahoma City plastic surgeon.

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Bajaj notes that implants can rupture, forming scar tissue and lending irregular shape to the breast. Often, as a woman ages and her body changes, the larger breasts she chose in her 20s no longer look right and may cause back and shoulder pain. In some cases, implants can also lead to loss of nipple sensitivity. For these and other reasons, 23,774 women—including actress Melissa Gilbert and model Victoria Beckham—had their implants removed in 2014, often following up with a breast lift (using their own tissue) to restore their shape. Vaughan sees breast implant removal as a wise and courageous choice to restore optimal breast health. Better yet, don’t get implants in the first place. “There are a lot of other things you can do to improve the appearance of your breasts,” she advises. Vaughan recommends breastperking exercises like dumbbell bench presses and flys that tone the pectoral muscles beneath the breasts, making them more resilient and look larger. To prevent or reverse sagging, she again

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urges women to go bra-free. “We have ligaments in the upper outer quadrant of our breasts called Cooper’s ligaments, and they’re responsible for holding our breasts up. Just like your muscles atrophy when you put your arm in a sling, your Cooper’s ligaments atrophy if you wear a bra all the time.” In one unpublished, yet highly publicized 2013 study, French Exercise Physiologist Jean-Denis Rouillon measured the busts of 330 women ages 18 to 35 over a period of 15 years and found those that regularly wore a bra had droopier breasts with lower nipples than those that didn’t. In another, smaller, Japanese study, researchers found that when women stopped wearing a bra for three months, their breasts perked up. Those worried about stretch marks also have options. They can be a sign of inadequate copper, which promotes collagen integrity and helps skin stretch without injury, says Steelsmith. If rapid weight gain is occurring due to adolescence, pregnancy or for other reasons, try taking copper supplements or applying a topical copper spray on the breasts. Remember to massage your breasts daily, not only as a “search and destroy mission” for early detection of cancerous lumps, says Northrup, but as a way to get waste products flowing out and loving energy flowing in. “It concerns me that women feel pressured to think of their breasts as two potentially pre-malignant lesions sitting on their chests,” Northrup says. “These are organs of nourishment and pleasure for both ourselves and others. We need to remember that, too.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

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Bust Musts for Cancer Prevention by Lisa Marshall


ccording to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and nearly 40,000 will die annually of the disease. But at least 38 percent of those diagnoses could be prevented via diet and lifestyle changes, affirms the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR). “For decades, the dominant public message about breast cancer has been about early detection,” says Medical Doctor Robert Pendergrast, an associate professor at the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta, and author of Breast Cancer: Reduce Your Risk with Foods You Love. “Screening is important, but not nearly enough attention is being paid to prevention.” Here’s what we can do to keep cancer at bay or from recurring. Eat more veggies: Cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, are loaded with indole-3-carbinol, or I3C, a potent anticancer compound that helps break down excess estrogen and convert it into a more friendly, or benign form, says Steelsmith. One study in Alternative Medicine Review found that women that ate high amounts of cruciferous vegetables were 30 percent less likely to develop breast cancer over 30 years. I3C can also be taken as a supplement (300 milligrams [mg] per day). Eat more fiber, especially flax: Fiber, via whole grains, fruits and vegetables, helps flush out toxins including unfriendly estrogen. Flax contains cancer-fighting compounds called lignans, which block the effects of excess or unfriendly estrogen on cells. Drink less alcohol: Alcohol boosts estrogen levels in women and is broken down in the liver to acetaldehyde, a known toxin that causes cancer in laboratory animals, notes Naturopath


Laurie Steelsmith. According to the AICR, a woman that has five drinks per week boosts her risk by 5 percent. Two or more drinks per day boosts such risk by more than 40 percent. Skip the barbecue: Charring meat produces carcinogenic compounds called heterocyclic amines. A study of 42,000 women, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found that those that routinely ate welldone hamburger, beef or bacon had four times the risk of those that opted for medium or medium-rare. Keep weight in check: Excessive estrogen, which lives in fat cells, fuels cancer risk. According to the AICR, a woman with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 (obese) has a 13 percent higher risk of cancer than a woman with a BMI of 25 (slightly overweight). Spice up life: Curcumin from the turmeric plant has been shown in many studies to have potent immune-boosting and anticancer properties, reactivating sleeping tumor-suppressor genes that can kill cancer cells. De-stress: Growing evidence that includes studies from Ohio State University suggest that stress can boost the risk of breast cancer and recurrence, plus heighten its aggressiveness by altering hormones and impairing immunity. One study from Finland’s University of Helsinki followed 10,808 Finnish women for 15 years and found as much as double the rate of breast cancer among those that had experienced a divorce or death of a spouse or family member. Drink green tea: It’s loaded with epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a potent antioxidant believed to suppress new blood vessel growth in tumors and keep cancerous cells from invading healthy tissue.

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Three Ways to Stop Sabotaging Personal Happiness Three toxic habits that ruin inner peace, steal joy and hijack success— and how to transform them by Christine Arylo and Amy Ahlers


o matter how much we get done in a day, there always seems to be more to do. No matter how successful we are, there’s always someone that seems to be achieving more than us. Often, instead of feeling happy and celebrating our accomplishments, we feel more pressure and anxiety to get further ahead. Most women today give an extraordinary amount of their time, energy and care to everything and everyone else—their jobs, kids, families, communities, friends and projects. With all this giving and achieving, we’d think most women would be extraordinarily happy and fulfilled, but the shocking fact is that women today are less happy than women in the 1970s that had less opportunity, less freedom and fewer choices. When we feel stress and pressure, are harder on ourselves than anyone else could ever be or feel like we can never do enough or measure up, we are experiencing something called “self-bullying”. Self-bullying occurs when we push ourselves to do things that are not in 42

our best interest, and also when we criticize ourselves with harsh judgments. As a result, we sabotage our happiness, success and well-being. Sound familiar? As it turns out, all women bully themselves, we just don’t talk about it. Self-bullying starts as young as age 6 in children. Left unchecked, a girl will grow up and continue to make choices throughout her adult life concerning her relationships, career and health that don’t make her happy. How do we stop bullying ourselves and start supporting ourselves to make the choices that actually lead to our happiness and health? How do we start modeling self-love for our children? We start by changing our habits from self-sabotaging to self-loving. Here are three common self-sabotaging habits of women. Notice which are true for you and then use the self-love antidote in your daily life and notice how your happiness rises. #1 Self-Sabotaging Habit: Comparison. Your mind is going crazy comparing


you to another person who is more successful, farther along or more together than you, making you feel inferior. It’s like you have an inner Comparison Queen inside your head, measuring your success against another person, making you feel like you are not measuring up. Self-Love Antidote: Inspiration. Ask yourself, “What about this person do I admire or wish was true about me?” What you admire about someone else is also present inside of you. When you compare yourself, what’s happening is a part of you that wants to be expressed is trying to get your attention. To break the negative self-talk, reach out to the person you are comparing yourself to and tell them how they inspire you. Then explore how you want to start expressing this part of yourself more. #2 Self-Sabotaging Habit: Over-giving. Because you have a lot going on in your life taking care of everything and everyone else, you are usually operating at full capacity. But then someone asks you if you can help out. Honestly, you want to say, “No, I don’t have the space.” You can feel that taking anything more on will overload you. But as if there is an inner Good Girl inside your head, saying, “You have to say yes, or they won’t like you … they need your help,” you say, “Yes I can,” and immediately you know you have just sold yourself out and sacrificed your happiness. You are an over-giver. Self-Love Antidote: Just say no and trust the universe will handle it. In the moments when you are asked to help or do more and you know your truth is that you don’t have space, take a few deep breaths, remind yourself that your plate is full and that the universe will find someone who has room on their plate. Then respond, without guilt or explanation, “I’d like to, but I can’t right now.” #3 Self-Sabotaging Habit: Trying to do too much in one day. You’ve just started your day and you already have 20 things to accomplish, and deep down, you know it’s humanly

impossible to get them all done. But your inner Doing Addict has convinced you that you can get through the list. So you work like an Energizer Bunny gone mad all day, and come at 8 p.m., but you’ve not accomplished half of what you set out to do. You were set up to fail, and now you feel like a failure. Self-Love Antidote: Just do enough each day. When you feel yourself moving into overdrive to get it all done, stop, and ask yourself, “What would enough look like? What three things could I do that would be enough?” Imagine moving the rest to another day. With only those three things on your mind, you’ll guaranteed to get more done and find time to have a life, too. After working with more than 30,000 women and girls around the world through their Inner Mean Girl Reform School programs, Christine Arylo and Amy Ahlers have identified 13 types of inner bullies specific to women. They call these “Inner Mean Girls,” including the Doing Addict, Comparison Queen and Good Girl. To find out which Inner Mean Girl is sabotaging you, take the free and fun quiz at, which will give a full report ranking all 13 types and provide specific tools you can use to deactivate these inner forces when they try to sabotage you. For more information, visit, and

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hen Sandy Messonnier was diagnosed with breast cancer, she faced scary treatment decisions as doctors pressured her to consider all means available. “I was more afraid of the treatment than the cancer itself,” says Messonnier, 52, of Plano, Texas. “I kept feeling like I was being lumped into one big category of all women that got breast cancer, rather than treated as an individual.” With the help of her holistic veterinarian husband Shawn Messonnier, Sandy took a more measured approach, blending conventional and complementary medicine in an individualized protocol the couple describes in their book, Breast Choices for the Best Chances: Your Breasts, Your Life, and How You Can Win the Battle! After careful consideration, Sandy opted for two lumpectomies three weeks apart, instead of a mastectomy, to remove the small tumor. The second one was done to clear up a few remaining cells indicated by a biopsy. Meanwhile, she took supplements including green tea and coriolus mushrooms to impede the spread of the cancer cells. Several tests helped determine if she needed chemotherapy and the optimum dose for some of her supplements. The results prompted her to decline chemotherapy and opt for a brief stint of radiation while taking the supplements quercetin and curcumin to help combat the fatigue and other side effects. Afterward, she cleansed her body with homeopathic mistletoe,

herbal milk thistle and other detoxifying supplements. Then she began the work of keeping cancer at bay. “A lot of doctors never talk to you about what you are going to do after the poisoning [chemo], the burning and surgery,” she says. “Rather than taking a cancer-fighting drug, I chose to be more mindful of what I do with my body.” Her regimen called for committing to keeping up with the healthy diet, plus regular walks, yoga and Pilates that she believes helped keep the cancer relatively mild to begin with. But she also made some life changes to address the one thing she believes may have driven the outbreak in the first place—stress. She made peace with her mother, which reduced a lot of stress, began to cultivate a spiritual life and now takes time to meditate or walk when she feels even lightly stressed. She also vowed to keep the fear of recurrence from overwhelming her. “Many women never stop worrying about it,” she observes. “That is toxic energy you are putting back into your body.” As of this October, Messonnier will be five years cancer-free. Her advice for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer: “Chemotherapy, radiation and mastectomy are not among the right choices for all women. There are other options, depending on the type of cancer. Don’t be so fearful that you make hasty decisions you don’t need to make.”

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May 2015



Laura Prepon’s Journey to Health Home Cooking, Organics and Massage Are Keys by Gerry Strauss


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rom That ‘70s and bring meals Show to Orange to work so I don’t is the New Black, stress about food actress Laura Prepon during the day. It has long been feels good to get considered by TV people together in audiences to be a the kitchen and I’ve welcome image of taught friends how health. Yet Prepon’s to cook healthy recent discovery that foods in simple she’d been falling ways, so they now short in nourishing bring their own her body as effecmeals with them to work. It’s all about tively as possible preparation, so that has set in motion a you’re not just grabcomplete redirection bing something on of lifestyle, from her the run. Knowing diet to fitness routine. Laura Prepon what’s going into Now working on a the food we’re eating is important. book about clean living and eating due out next year, Prepon has rededicated herself to educating us just as much as Why do you include a lot of she’s entertained us through the years. soup in your diet? With all of the GMO food sprayed with How do you manage to chemicals in the typical American diet consistently eat local organic and the other environmental toxins food instead of fast food? everyone has to deal with, our gut flora, My mother was a gourmet chef and an intestines and bodies in general are advocate of organic food, so we always becoming compromised. Ten years ago, had amazing meals growing up. Eating few had even heard of gluten allergies organic produce that’s in season locally unless you had celiac disease, which seems to help me assimilate nutrition was rare even then. Now, everywhere more readily. Whenever I can, I also you go, there’s a gluten-free option. try to tap into biodynamic agriculture, I love eating soup because the which takes an even broader holistic healthful ingredients I use are broken approach to food production and nutridown completely, so the body can tion. I view GMOs [genetically modiimmediately assimilate needed microfied foods] as toxic to the system. nutrients, which help heal us from the As a self-taught chef, I like to cook inside out. I’m talking about homeat least 80 percent of my food at home made broth from grass-fed beef bones, 44


so you get the marrow; I’m partial to knuckle bones. I always have soup broth in my refrigerator.

What’s key to your ability to naturally stay healthy and fit in the midst of an intense schedule of work and travel? I love modalities like acupuncture, massage … all of that. I fully believe in keeping energy flowing to benefit the functioning of all our organs. As school kids, we learn about the circulatory system and central nervous system, but who knows much about the lymphatic system? It’s extremely important, and people are starting to get the idea. Activities like yoga, swimming and bouncing on the trampoline can help.

Do you see society’s penchant for medicating as a way to avoid listening to and addressing our body’s real needs? I do. That’s why I study Eastern medicine, because I feel that Western medicine treats problems and Eastern medicine prevents problems from happening. I grew up in a family of doctors and “full-on” Western medicine and respect the medical community. Unfortunately, these days, most people are continually medicated and they’re not getting better. As a society, we tend to just take a drug to handle a symptom instead of addressing the actual cause of the problem.

As a celebrity, do you see yourself as a conduit to facilitate a shift away from unnatural lifestyles? Yes. The reason I decided to write a book was because I’ve been struggling with a bunch of different ailments in secret for a long time. When I began working with my integrated health coach, Elizabeth Troy, I started to heal for the first time in all the years of reading books on health, diet and fitness, seeing doctors, taking loads of pills and spending crazy amounts of money on all of these activities. I want to help people struggling to regain their health to get answers. Gerry Strauss is a freelance writer in Hamilton, NJ. Connect at

Balancing the Triangle of Health

raised with over the course of their life. Everyone has a choice of accepting or rejecting these beliefs. Either the body can process out the limiting beliefs or the remaining issues need to be addressed.

Limiting Beliefs Can Impede Personal Growth

How does that process work?

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hicago Chirodeserving success. practic PhysiThoughts like these cian Eunice stop the action. Deane, in her concept of the Triangle What role do our of Health, considers emotions play? the key to a healthy In Chinese medimind, body and spirit cine, each meridian to be balance. Deane is associated with graduated from the certain emotions and National College of muscles. For examChiropractic in 1998 ple, anger, rage and and has extensive frustration are stored postdoctoral training in the shoulders, and in applied kinesiolresult in shoulder ogy, acupuncture, tension. Headaches Eunice Deane chiropractic internal are on the side of the medicine, chiropractic neurology and head. This is a big sign that the emobrain-based, brain-balancing therapy. tional and spiritual energy is off. There She feels balance is key; struchas to be a balance in energy. Too ture, emotions and biochemistry must much is just as bad as too little. all work together in perfect harmony. When emotions are unresolved, “Any component deleted can tip the negative energy is stored in those triangle and set it off balance, and that muscles. In effect, it’s as if there is a can be caused by limiting beliefs that flashing light of energy attracting more work against you and keep you from of the same of that imbalance. The goal attaining success,” says Deane. Natural is to be neutral; to be objective, in a Awakenings spoke with her about the state of balance. Balance brings clarity. limiting beliefs that inhibit people from Treating limiting beliefs neutralizes the reaching their full potential and how charge on unprocessed emotions, thus this can be overcome. bringing clarity to decision making and

What are some examples of limiting beliefs? Limiting beliefs are thoughts that restrain people from moving forward, whether it’s making a major decision or even a small one. Some of these include the ideas, “I am/I am not,” “I can/I can’t,” “I must/I must not” or “Others are/I’m not.” People also become immobilized by thoughts of not being enough or having enough or not

balancing life processes. Clients can learn to neutralize their reactions to certain emotional triggers. If they are able to let go of their emotional associations, then when the same issue comes up again, they won’t have the same reaction.

Where do these limiting beliefs come from? Limiting beliefs come from past experiences or the belief system a client was

To begin the process, the client completes a questionnaire to determine which limiting beliefs are in play and keeping them from reaching their goals and total health. Some of these questions ask about recurring thoughts of failure, self-imposed rules that come to life whenever they think about pursuing a dream and what cultural beliefs are holding them back. Then, a muscle test determines how they respond to certain cues. Is the body strong or is the body incongruent? This will help determine the issues that need to be changed. The limiting beliefs are then analyzed and they move on from there.

What can people do to overcome these self-perceptions? How someone thinks about their condition is directly related to how they’re going to heal. For example, they might not be happy about their autoimmune condition, but if they can say they unconditionally accept it to be neutral, they are more likely to be able to move forward. You have the power to change your emotions. Clients are most able to heal when they practice forgiveness and unconditional love.

What are some of the steps towards empowerment? The healing process can take place over a lifetime, meaning that when the emotional situation is triggered, the client learns a different way to respond, to overcome limiting beliefs and to heal. For more information, call 773-631-5001 or visit See ad on page 25, in the Community Resource Guide and at Mira Temkin is a freelance writer based in Highland Park. Email her at

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EATING SKINNY Why Vegans and Vegetarians are Naturally Trim by Judith Fertig


e read the labels touting low sugar, carbs, fats and calories. We try this and that diet, hoping the pounds will melt away. Yet more than a third of U.S. adults, nearly 80 million of us, remain overweight or obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Atlanta. The problem might be that we’re getting the wrong advice. While most weight-loss plans focus on reducing calories, recent research shows that vegan and vegetarian dietary patterns can result in more weight loss than those that include meat, without even emphasizing caloric restriction. Scientists at the University of South Carolina, in Columbia, point to their study, How Plant-Based Do We Need to Be to Achieve Weight Loss? Study participants were divided into five groups, according to eating style, from vegan to flexitarian to carnivore, and monitored for an eight-week period. At the end of the evaluation, those that followed an entirely plantbased diet achieved the greatest weight loss. Study leader Gabrielle Turner-McGrievy, Ph.D., notes, “Many researchers agree that vegan eating styles are tied to lower BMI [body mass index], lower prevalence of Type 2 diabetes and less weight gain with age.” Can it really be that simple… eat more plants and lose weight? “Yes,” says clean food coach Jeannette Bessinger, of Newport, Rhode Island. “Most people could benefit from eating more vegetables.” Co-author of Natural Solutions


Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. ~Michael Pollan for Digestive Health with Naturopath Jillian Sarno Teta, Bessinger advises her clients to start by eating more green, leafy vegetables. Vegetables contribute to weight control in several ways, says Bessinger. They fill us up and help calm cravings. Plus, when plants become the bulk of what we eat, we naturally consume fewer high-fat, high-calorie foods. For an easy appetite-control strategy, Bessinger suggests having a cup of vegetable soup about 10 minutes before a meal. “It shuts off your appetite valve and you’ll eat noticeably less,” she says, while still feeling full. She also recommends slowing down and being mindful when we eat. Vegetables help us do that. “It takes two-and-a-half minutes to eat a piece of cheesecake, but much more time to eat a big salad,” she says.   For New York City-based Victoria Moran, author of Main Street Vegan and The Good Karma Diet, losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle became easier once she adopted a vegan diet. “I’ve been through life and loss and ages 40 and 50, and my weight


stays steady, some 60 pounds less than it once was,” she says. “Every year when I put away my winter clothes and get out my summer clothes, they fit.” Her eating strategy is easy, too. “Make your plate look like a Christmas tree,” says Moran, “mostly green with splashes of other bright colors from vegetables and fruits.” She eats green veggies in several ways. She makes her own green juices—one favorite combines celery, kale, apple and lemon juice. She also adds tender greens like romaine or spinach to smoothies that might also contain fruit and citrus juice. She steams greens with plenty of garlic and makes big salads. “I bought my salad bowl at a restaurant supply house,” Moran exclaims. Salads get an oomph factor with a selection of avocado, pumpkin or hemp seeds, mushrooms, chickpeas or red beans, artichoke hearts, chunks of steamed yam and sautéed tofu or tempeh. Moran cites benefits of more energy to do more physical activity and “feeling really good” as additional outcomes of her dietary shift. Sophie Uliano, a Los Angelesbased natural beauty expert and author of the new Gorgeous for Good, agrees, believing that eating a vegan diet 80 percent of the time can pay dividends in weight loss, well-being, energy and beauty. “Most of the time, eat clean and healthy,” she recommends. “It’s not a diet. It’s a ‘live-it’, a way of life.” Uliano recently asked two colleagues on the Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family show to try eating vegan, while also eliminating gluten, alcohol, caffeine and refined grains. The pair lost weight, gained energy and improved their skin tone. “Transformation comes in a series of small, consistent decisions over time,” concludes Bessinger, eating salad instead of cheeseburgers and vegetables instead of fries. For natural weight management, “Make strategic, long-term changes in stages that you can actually sustain over time.” Judith Fertig blogs at from Overland Park, KS.

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Flexing Our

MUSCLES Weightlifting Makes Us Fit, Healthy and Self-Confident

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omen who shy away from the traditionally male-centric weight rooms might want to reconsider. Standing their ground amid the deadlift bars and iron plates could lead to a host of unimagined benefits. Research has found that among other things, hoisting dumbbells can amp up the fat burn, ward off some common diseases and make women stronger, both inside and out.

Burn Calories When Resting

Aerobic activity can burn more calories while doing it (e.g., 14 to 16 per minute when running), but strength training prolongs the burn, even when resting afterward, according to Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., of Quincy, Massachusetts, who publishes widely on the topic in scientific journals, magazine articles and books. Women will burn fewer calories while pumping iron than when running (between eight and 10 calories a minute), but because of weightlifting’s action—traumatizing muscle tissue and forcing it to rebuild—muscle recovery requires increased expenditure of energy, and thus calories, when the person is at rest. The research shows a revvedup burn of between 5 percent and 7 percent for three full days after a workout, says Westcott, who developed the exercise science major at Quincy College and has reviewed and directed strength-training research for more than 48

To build muscle and become toned absent injury, create a full-body routine, balance muscle groups targeted in workouts, and progress properly through increased weight loads.

25 years. “On average, a woman burns an extra 100 calories a day by having done 30 minutes of strength training twice a week. That’s an extra 3,000 calories a month, or nearly an extra pound of fat she can burn.” Additional “free” calorie burning comes from the after-burn effect. By initiating the anaerobic, rather than aerobic, system, weightlifting requires more energy just to return to the resting state. “So, after you finish a workout, you will burn approximately 30 percent of the amount of calories you burned during the workout in the first hour afterward as your body transitions back. It’s a bonus of resistance training.” “It’s like there’s a furnace inside you,” says Naturopathic Doctor and CrossFit instructor Holly Lucille, of West Hollywood, California. The more buff a woman becomes, the more fat she burns. “It can help minimize that natural effect of slowed metabolism as you age and control body weight,” she notes. To maximize the burn, eat a healthy combined protein/carb snack within an hour of the workout, advises Jen Hoehl, a personal trainer in New York City, who says, “Adding amino acids helps the muscles rebuild more efficiently.” Westcott agrees, adding that 90 percent of studies he’s reviewed concur that about 25 extra grams of protein such as a Greek yogurt, more for heavier men, just before or after a workout, enhances fat loss, bone strength and lean muscle gain.


Experts agree that it’s impossible for women to look like the Hulk character of comic book fame. “They don’t have enough anabolic hormones, such as testosterone,” Westcott explains. “Our team has written 26 books on strength training, with not one title exclusively for women. The muscles are exactly the same for both genders, so the same training works, but women will just get toned, not bulky.” “I train a lot of tiny girls that deadlift 225,” Hoehl says. One tip: Don’t overeat, a mistake many women make when starting out. “Often, people will be hungrier, and they lose track of what they eat or think, ‘Now I can reward myself,’” Lucille explains. “You have to figure out what your new normal is. Eat lean, clean protein.” All three experts agree that braving the free-weight area boosts success at toning and trimming the whole body. “If you use free weights, you use your core and more muscle groups to help stabilize both the weight and your body, which is often standing,” Hoehl explains, versus machines that are often worked while sitting, and generally exercise only one targeted muscle group at a time.

Recover Muscle

Weightlifters also slow Mother Nature’s habit of stealing muscle during aging. “Women lose an average of five pounds of muscle per decade after age 30 until menopause, when the rate increases even more,” Westcott says. Studies have found that during a woman’s first six months of twice-weekly weight training, she can rebuild about one-quarter pound of muscle per week, he says. Because becoming stronger makes everything from chores to other kinds of workouts easier, women become firmer, fitter and more self-confident, Lucille

observes. Independence rises, along with self-esteem. “As with all things in life: If you push against resistance, you get stronger,” she says. “That’s true both mentally and physically.” Note: Experts recommend using a certified trainer or weightlifting class to get started. Debra Melani writes about health care and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at

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Mindful Meditation

Harnesses the Power of Attention by Maytawee Maggie Wilkins


tilling the mind and calming the body is often easy to say, yet can be much harder to implement. Minutes consume our attention, adding up to hours. Before we know it, the latter part of the day is gone. Often, we are catapulted into the next task, disrupting our physical and emotional balance from ease to dis-ease. The remedy for this is mindful meditation. Many scientific and alternative studies have proven that the power of our attention can transform a contracted state into an expansive one, and the other way around. When our attention is in mindful meditation, we influence our life from a good day to a great one. When attention is mindful, we are experiencing life from our authentic, or natural, self. In this place of being, no matter how disruptive the outer world is, our inner world is in harmony and at peace. There are now myriad confirmations that mindful meditation reduces stressors and promotes physical and emotional wellness. Over time, the mindful state has the ability to manifest healthy answers for almost any emotional or physical disorder. Clients working with mindful meditation engage their psychological activities to have an equilibrium effect on a variety of mental and physical conditions, including obsessive/compulsive disorder, anxiety and the prevention of relapse in cases of depression and drug addiction. Mindful meditation has gained worldwide popularity as a distinctive method to handle unwanted emotions. Living from our conscious mindful state in a meditative way, even while in action, retunes to us an abundance life harmony and joy. Meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind in conscious awareness to be in the now. Not indulging


in past or future, we become mindful of experiencing body/ mind balance. At first, it might take work to monitor our thoughts, to become aware of where are attention is and to use conscious breathe as the tool for the myriad emotions that we experience in one day. Mindfulness in a meditation conscious state is our natural way of being. When lived, hours pass in flow and harmony, energizing life within and out with a powerful life force that is often recognized as youthfulness. A simple breath is the tool to bring us back to body consciousness. Body consciousness allows our attention to be mindful; in mindfulness, we have the power of now—the meditative state; the mayta (wisdom) state—our authentic way of being. The power of now rests in observing this moment in non-judgment. Breath balances this in our body, while the mind can awaken our infinite wisdom. Living this way continues to clear and balance our muscle memory, which holds our emotions, to give us an end result of feeling restful, joyous and at peace. For thousands of years, Eastern cultures have been living in mindfulness or living in a mindful meditation state. This wisdom is available to everyone to live now in our busy day. Embrace the bliss now of experiencing mindful responses while resting in the meditative state. Magic unfolds in gratitude. Maytawee was born in Scotland, and lived in the Chicago area for many years. She now calls Thailand and Canada her home. In 1998, Maytawee spent personal time with Eckhart Tolle, learning from him The Power of Now, later becoming his personal assistant. She studied with spiritual master Mooji and monk Phra Bhasakorn. In 2012, Maytawee was ordained as a nun monk, dedicating her teachings to serve others in liberating the soul and harmonizing the body/mind. Her extended experience as a doctrine of divinity, inspirational speaker, Fast Track Release and Ajna Light therapist, along with Mandala Sacred Movement and 25 years as a mindful life coach, instills balance into all that she offers. See ad on page 13.

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MOVING BEYOND SURVIVAL Our True Identity Surpasses Any Disease by Eric Nelson



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et down off your cross.” Harsh words, especially coming from a longtime hospital chaplain when the woman she was addressing had just learned she was cancer-free. Regardless, “Within two minutes, she started retelling the story of her diagnosis, surgery and chemo,” recounted Debra Jarvis, affectionately known as “The Irreverent Reverend”, during a TEDMED talk in Washington, D.C. “She was using words like suffering, agony, struggle... and ended with, ‘I felt crucified.’” It was then that Jarvis asked this woman to do what would likely require more of her than anything she’d done before. Over the years, Jarvis has observed the tendency for us to identify ourselves by our wounds as “survivors” of something that does not and should not define us. “What if people decided to claim their trauma as an experience, instead of taking it on as an identity?” she queries. “Maybe it would be the start of defining ourselves by who we have become and who we are becoming.” As Jarvis well knows, there are, in her words, “powerful forces” pushing us to do just the opposite. In 2005, she found herself in the same position as her friend, having recovered from cancer and trying to sort out what it all meant. “We don’t all have to start a foundation or write a book,” to


claim meaning for ourselves, she says. “Maybe we make one small decision that can bring about a big change.” For some, this has meant exchanging a disease-prone view of themselves for a more inspired outlook. Too often, though, mustering the humility to adopt such a perspective can seem just as difficult as climbing down from whatever tortuous experience we’re clinging to. Yet, it’s essential. As those familiar with the Bible know, a central event of Jesus’ life, his crucifixion, was followed by his even more compelling resurrection, a term that thought leader Mary Baker Eddy describes as “spiritualization of thought; a new and higher idea of immortality, or spiritual existence; material belief yielding to spiritual understanding.” The good news is that such transformation is not exclusive, but available to anyone. Whether it’s at the urging of a chaplain or another counselor or our own divine inspiration that’s encouraging us to move on, we owe it to ourselves to begin discovering who and what we really are. Eric Nelson is a Christian Science healing practitioner from Petaluma, CA, who writes on the link between spiritual consciousness and health. Find more articles at


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Int’l Worker’s Day (May Day)

World Press Freedom Day

Wind Ridge Herb Farm Plant Sale – May 1-3 & May 8-10. Wind Ridge Herb Farm, 166 Quail Trap Rd, Caledonia. 815-885-1444.

Reiki Level 1 Certification – 9am-5pm. Instructors: Kelly Moretta and Randa Clark. $150. Northbrook Dahn Yoga, 1947 Cherry Ln, Northbrook. 847-562-9642.

Spanish Campfire – 6-7:30pm. Build your Spanish vocabulary while taking an interactive hike and playing games with family and friends, then enjoy marshmallows roasted over a campfire. $10. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park. 847-433-6901.

SATURDAY, MAY 2 Intuitive Painting and Intentional Creativity – 9am-4pm. Join intuitive, visionary artist Katherine Skaggs for the latest Intuitive Painting and Intentional Creativity class to awaken your authentic soul wisdom. Private Soul portraits also available. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000. Feng Shui Pre-Certification Two – May 2 & 3. 9:30am-4:30pm. Learn the wisdom of the I Ching, the ancient Book of Changes, many transcendental adjustments and how to conduct a Space Clearing. We will participate in a hands-on space clearing. Prerequisite: Level One. $333 early registration. Oak Brook​​. Info: 630-279-8870, LauriePawli@gmail. com. Register: Chicken Health Class – 10am-12pm. What are the common health issues chickens face, and how can you treat them? Better yet, how can you keep your flock healthy? This class addresses chicken physiology, disease prevention and transmission, as well as chicken first aid. Chicken-keeping class a prerequisite. Classroom at Garfield Park Conservatory, 100 N Central Park Ave, Chicago. 312-746-5092. Core Shamanism and Shamanic Journey Workshop – 10am-1pm. The shamanic journey is a powerful form of bringing oneself into a non-ordinary state of consciousness to retrieve information. Chris will guide you through an introduction, visualization, meeting a power animal or guardian spirit, and receive messages. $50/advance, $60/at door. Inside Holistic & Cultural Arts Center, 1241 N Green St, McHenry. 815-245-9673. RSVP: become-a-hands-on-healer/events/221710954. Kirtan & Sacred Sound Experience – 7:30-9:30pm. Join Ananda Lila to experience an eclectic-organic blending of kirtan chanting, meditation and sound healing. The following will be shared in an atmosphere of meditation: gongscape sound consecration, experiential kirtan chanting, mindful meditation, chakra balancing, spring awakening blessing. $15/advance, $20/at door. Inside Holistic & Cultural Arts Center, 1241 N Green St, McHenry. 815-245-9673. RSVP:

Rev. Lola Wright Installed as Spiritual Director – 10-11:30am. Join us for Rev. Lola Wright’s Installation at Sunday Celebration Service. Bodhi Spiritual Center, 2746 N Magnolia Ave, Chicago. 773-248-5683.

MONDAY, MAY 4 “Gym for the Emotions” Launches Membership – May 4-10. Celebrating the launch of their brand new Membership Package by offering a free week of classes. Fitness for the soul. A different art form will be offered Mon-Fri, 6-7:30pm and Sat & Sun, 1-2:30pm. Rooted Self Expression Center, 2221 W N Ave, Chicago. 773-698-8740. For schedule: Introduction to EFT – 1-3pm & 7-9pm. Learn EFT basics and experience emotional and physical relief in this workshop. $30, $40 for 2. 2 CEs. Heaven Meets Earth, 2746 Central St, Evanston. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634.

TUESDAY, MAY 5 Cinco de Mayo Envisioneers – 6-8:30pm. Envisioneers is a new conversation series showcasing change-makers transforming their industries. The first theme is Higher Consciousness in which presenters explore the depths of self-awareness and our perception of reality to help us practice mindful leadership in our day-to-day lives. Hosted by Greenheart Transforms, in collaboration with the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Chicago IONS Community Group, the Theosophical Society of America, and Bodhi Spiritual Center. Free. Bodhi Spiritual Center, 2746 N Magnolia Ave, Chicago. Register: Introduction to EFT – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn EFT basics and experience emotional and physical relief in class. 2 CEs. $30, $25/advance; $30 for 2. Insight Awareness, 18110 Martin Ave, Homewood. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634. “Claim Your New Life” Workshop – 7-9pm. Led by Greg Barrette, minister of Unity Northwest Church. Now is the time to throw off your protections and fly free. Uncover your innate divinity and claim your new life of joy and satisfaction. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6 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.

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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: Inspire Me Film Night – 6:30pm. Join us for a free yoga class from 6:30-7:30pm and then stay for the movie Pay It Forward at 8pm. We are partnering with the charity, Youth Services for Northbrook/ Glenview. Northbrook Dahn Yoga, 1947 Cherry Ln, Northbrook. RSVP, Gretchen: 847-562-9642. Healing Circle – 6:30-9pm. 1st Wed. Wide variety of healers and healing modalities available: Soul retrieval, removing entities, portals and windows; Reconnective Healing; Spiritual Psychology, Connective Tissue Specialist, Energetic Transformation; Touch for Health, Energetic Transformation; Bioenergy practitioner, Spiritual counselor, Ancient techniques healer and more. All healers welcome. Donation $20; limit of one 30-min session/night. SunGates Center, 395 Dundee Rd, Ste 500, Wheeling. Limited number of sessions can be booked in advance: 847-345-0988.

THURSDAY, MAY 7 $10 Adjustment Kids’ Day – 5-6pm. 1st Thurs. Dr. Joseph Brannigan and staff provide kid and teen adjustments, plus free ice cream, a treasure chest, coloring and movies. Teens welcome too. Fee will be used to send a kid to camp at Parkview Church. Brannigan Chiropractic Center, 1400 Ravinia Pl, Orland Park. Appt required: 708-966-4413. 6th Annual Cabaret for a Cause – 5:30-8pm. Benefits A Silver Lining Foundation. Helps fund cost-free mammograms for uninsured women in the Chicago area and Rockford. Guests will enjoy live music, delicious food provided by Chef Gloria Hafer and refreshing beverages. $45. The Redhead Piano Bar, 16 W Ontario St, Chicago. Tickets or to make a donation: 312-345-1322, 877-924-1126, or

FRIDAY, MAY 8 Wind Ridge Herb Farm Plant Sale – May 8-10. Wind Ridge Herb Farm, 166 Quail Trap Rd, Caledonia. 815-885-1444. Mother’s Day Soiree: An Evening of Love, Inspiration and Gratitude – 6-8pm. Enjoy an evening of love, inspiration and gratitude in celebration of all Mothers. Listen to amazing messages to and from Mothers. Share a message of love and inspiration from your mother or to your mother. Enjoy free chair massage, entertainment, delicious appetizers and a special gift for all mothers. Free. Awaken Your Spirit & Embrace Your Journey, 319B Harrison St, Oak Park. 708-434-5370.

SATURDAY, MAY 9 Nat’l Windmill Day World Fair Trade Day Spring Cleaning for Chicago River Day – Help remove trash, maintain trails, plant native species at over 60 sites alongside the river. More info & to volunteer:

Happy Mother’s Day Morton Grove Outdoor Spring Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. Locally grown produce. The 2015 season begins June 6 and runs every Saturday from 8am-12pm through Oct 17. Morton Grove Civic Center, 6140 Dempster St, Morton Grove. Lymphatic Drainage and Visceral Organ Manipulation Level One – May 9-10. 9am-4pm. Manual medicine is very effective for alleviating everyday chronic complaints. This series of workshops will teach you how to stimulate the lymphatic network as well as the organ functions. Learn how to locate the abdominal organs by palpation and reposition them if they are out of place. You will need to bring oils or lotions to do these techniques. $240. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Crystal Readings and Healings – May 9-10. 11am5pm. Start spring with a crystal reading and healing. Receive a complimentary rose quartz, clear quartz or amethyst with any healing or reading. Appt or drop-in. $30. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. 847-564-6159. Embrace Health – 1-4:30pm. With cleansing expert and ayurvedic practitioner Monica Yearwood, of Hamsa Ayurveda & Yoga. Learn why spring is the best season to cleanse the body to improve their digestive strength, maintain health and naturally enhance radiant beauty and internal vitality. $35. Spring Yoga & Fitness, 3940 N Lincoln Ave, Fl 2, Chicago. 773644-1694. Register: Chicago IANDS Presents: Anne Archer Butcher – 2-5pm. Guest Speaker: Anne Archer Butcher, NDEr, author of Inner Guidance, Eckankar minister, saved by dolphins. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847-251-5758. Open House at Raydiant Day – 2-5pm. Discover all things Raydiant. Move forward in any area of your life with ease using a Raydiant Pathway, relax with a free Earth Biomat session, enjoy refreshments and meet and talk with teachers for upcoming courses, including the Spring Into Yes! Wonder Walk, Bright Body Tunings, Intro to Raydiant Pathways and Nia. Free. Raydiant Day Center for Raydiant Life Fitness, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. RSVP: Communication in Relationships – 6:30-8:30pm. With Sat Purkh Kaur. Learning to listen is the first step in deeply healing yourself and your relationships. We all want to be heard; but what does it mean to open up and listen, without judgment, without expectation, and allow the other to simply be. That in itself is a healing. Learning the skills to offer that to others opens up the capacity to receive it as well. Build a loving, nurturing relationship with yourself so that you can transfer that to all relationships in your life. $20/ members, $30/preregistration, $35/nonmembers day of. Sat Nam Yoga Chicago, 1304 W Washington Blvd, Chicago. 312-818-5791.

SUNDAY, MAY 10 Mother’s Day Sweet Surrender: Mother’s Day Kundalini Yoga Supported by Reiki – 9:30-11am. With Sarah Palmer. What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than by practicing the Mother of all yogas. Peel back the layers of stress with a rejuvenating kundalini yoga set. Receive a generous dose of Reiki energy balancing as you practice. Treat yourself, treat mama and join us on this special day in recognition of the divine feminine power in each of us. $15. Sat Nam Yoga Chicago, 1304 W Washington Blvd, Chicago. 312-818-5791. Sweet Surrender: Mother’s Day Yin Yoga Supported by Reiki, Crystal Healing and Aromatherapy – 10am-12pm. With Jerry Mikutis. The extended hold of yin yoga poses apply moderate pressure to the connective tissues: the tendons, fascia, and ligaments restoring elasticity and flexibility. On an energetic level, yin enhances the flow of prana (life force) in the tissues around the joints. A more meditative approach to yoga, yin aims at cultivating awareness of one’s inner silence and stillness. $17members, $25/nonmembers, $30/day of. Sat Nam Yoga Chicago, 1304 W Washington Blvd, Chicago. 312-818-5791. Mother’s Day Service – 10:30-11:30am. We know that this is a joyful day for some and a difficult day for others because our mothers evoke a range of emotions. At Abundant Life Spiritual Center we want to honor everyone’s experience. Everyone is invited to bring a story or anecdote about their mother or a significant mother figure in their lives. Free. Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St, Deerfield. 847-337-3866. Bee-tastic Mother’s Day – 1-2:30pm. Bring the special women in your life out to Heller Nature Center for a sweet treat to let them know how much they mean to you. Learn about the queen bee and all of her hard-working daughters, then dress in a beesuit to get a safe, up-close look inside the hives. Everyone will get a Heller Honey stick to enjoy. $8. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park. 847-433-6901. Solful Sunday – 1-4pm. Join us for a free spiritual networking/potluck. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. More info:

MONDAY, MAY 11 Beginning Zen Shiatsu – May 11-15. 10am-5pm. 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. Beginning Astrology Level 2 – 7:30-9:30pm. 6 classes covering: Transits, progressions, synastry, composite charts, solar arc method and solar returns. $120 by May 4; $150 after. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont Ave, Chicago. 773-327-7224.

TUESDAY, MAY 12 Reduce Your Waste Line Event: Making the Choice for a Sustainable Future – 7:30-9pm. As part of the Mount Prospect Public Library’s Reduce Your Waste Line conversation, this program is an opportunity to learn about best practices to build and support a successful sustainable community. Join us

to learn about programs that reduce waste, and make the use of energy and water more efficient. Free. Mount Prospect Public Library, 10 S Emerson St, Mount Prospect. 847-253-5675.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13 Raydiant Pathways to a Raydiant Life – 7:30-9pm. Experience Raydiant Pathways, an interactive visual technology, to connect with the truth and power of your higher Raydiant Self. Explore the essentials for creating fulfillment and how you can use Raydiant Pathways to release limiting beliefs, stop selfsabotaging behavior, and achieve higher function in any area of your life. Led by Peter Kime, creator of Raydiant Pathways. Free. Raydiant Day Center for Raydiant Life Fitness, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. Register:

THURSDAY, MAY 14 What is NAET? Mini-Lecture – 6:30-8pm. Do you or someone you know have allergies? Do you have an autoimmune disease? NAET Allergy Elimination is not just for your itchy eyes and runny nose. Come join us for a mini-lecture on ways the ways that NAET can change your life by “rebooting” your body so it no longer views a sensitivity as a sensitivity. Free. 2015 S Arlington Heights Rd, Ste 111, Arlington Heights. Space limited; RSVP: 312-515-9492  or Intuition 101 Workshop with Lisa Nitzkin – 7-9pm. Lisa is a psychic medium, intuitive counselor and has created an amazing class to educate new students on becoming attuned to their intuition. $45. Indigo, 1456 Waukegan Rd, Deerfield. Must preregister: 224-515-8117.

FRIDAY, MAY 15 Int’l Conscientious Objector’s Day Infinity Foundation 18th Annual Gala – 5:30pm; 8pm, dinner & program. Annual fundraising event to honor Bruce Lipton, PhD, bestselling author and cell biologist, as 2015 Spirit Award recipient. Evening begins with practitioners’ fair and free demos, silent auction, elegant dinner, award presentation and keynote address. $85/person; $850/table of 10. Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Ave W, Highland Park. More info & registration: 847-831-8828 or Susan Wisehart at Infinity Foundation Annual Gala Fundraiser – 5:30pm. Susan Wisehart, author of Soul Visioning: Clear the Past, Create the Future, will be one of the practitioners at the Infinity Foundation Benefit and will be available to meet you individually to answer questions about her work. $85. Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Ave W, Highland Park. More info & registration: 847-831-8828 or All About Recycling – 7-9pm. Eileen McArdle of Republic Services will take us from what to recycle to where it goes when it leaves our homes and offices. Free. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

SATURDAY, MAY 16 32nd Annual Smith Nature Symposium – Features award-winning author William Souder speaking about the life and legacy of Rachel Carson, the iconic naturalist and author of the landmark book Silent Spring. Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, 21850 N Riverwoods Rd, Deerfield. For more info or to register: 847-968-3308 or

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Annual Heirloom Seedling Sale – May 16-17. 9am-4pm. Includes 28 different varieties of heirloom tomatoes for sale. Sponsored by Slow Food Chicago. Bang Bang Pie Shop, 2051 N California Ave, Chicago. More info: Transcending Beliefs: Living a Life Overflowing with Love, Peace and Happiness – 9am-4:30pm. With Bruce Lipton, bestselling author of The Biology of Belief and Spontaneous Evolution. Learn about how beliefs and thoughts create reality and how this interacts with cell biology, epigenetics and physics. Bridge the interaction between mind and body and influence how cells receive and process information. $120. Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Ave W, Highland Park. More info & registration: 847-831-8828 or Highland Park Community Bike Fair – 9:30am12pm. Join the City, Police Department, Rotary Club, Working Bikes Cooperative and Trek Highland Park in the 1st annual bike family-friendly bike fair. A community ride will kick off the event at 9:30am followed by fair activities to include a bike rodeo for kids, bike safety checks, a Biking 101 workshop, a Bike Maintenance Clinic, a bike recycling drop-off and more. Activities for all ages and includes multiple raffle prizes including one raffled bike, helmets and tune-ups, plus other giveaways. Highland Park Metra Lot off St. Johns Ave & Hazel Ave. For more info: 847-926-1000 or Organic Plant Sale and Farm Open House – 10am1pm. Purchase organic plant starts and a variety of other farm products. Support the farmers who are growing local food in Grayslake. Several different CSA options will be available. Free walking tours 10:15am, 11:15am, 12:15pm. Free admission. Prairie Crossing Farm, 32400 N Harris Rd, Grayslake. Annual Plant Sale at Kilbourn – May 16-17. 10am-2pm. Offering more than 150 varieties of organically-grown vegetable, herb and flower seedlings. This year will feature many new plants selected for city gardening in small spaces and containers. Free admission; plant prices from $2-$5, cash only. Kilbourn Park, 3501 N Kilbourn Ave, Chicago. 773-685-3351. Native Plant Sale – May 16-24. 10am-4pm, May 16-17 & May 23-24; 12-3pm, May 18-22. Conserve Lake County, 32492 N Almond Rd, Grayslake. For more info:  Chakradance with Sandra Guassi – 1-3:30pm. Chakradance is a moving mediation of spontaneous dance with music specially designed to resonate with each of our major chakras. Chakradance increases awareness of the connection between our body and soul and leaves us with a feeling of inner peace and serenity. $25/advance, $30/at door. Inside Holistic & Cultural Arts Center, 1241 N Green St, McHenry. 815-245-9673. RSVP: Herb, Garden & Wellness Faire – May 16 & 17. 1-4pm. Highlights include a huge plant sale, workshops, chef demonstrations and food and wine tastings, live music, kids’ activities and a petting zoo. There will also be holistic practitioners, artists and vendors. The plant sale only is available beforehand on May 1-3, 8-10. No pets. $5/admission, free/under 16. Wind Ridge Herb Farm, 166 Quail Trap Rd, Caledonia. 815-885-1444.

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Spring into Yes! Wonder Walk & Workshop – 1:30-5pm. Let Spring’s big Yes! help you with any dream, any challenge, in this indoor-outdoor workshop. Awaken the seven intelligences of your shaman heart to feel and know nature’s guidance and support for you. Receive a mini-questbook for deepening your self-directed Wonder Walk. Reconvene to share reflections and insights. Led by Peter and Aliess Kime, co-founders of Raydiant Day. $30; $35 after May 6. Raydiant Day Center for Raydiant Life Fitness, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. Register: Halo Moon Performance – 7:30-9:30pm. Musical group has dedicated their lives to exploring the path of music with their songs of spirit, nature and life, and now they send out an invitation, especially for you, to join them in the caravan of souls, the flowing music of life. $10/advance, $15/ at door. Inside Holistic & Cultural Arts Center, 1241 N Green St, McHenry. 815-245-9673. RSVP:

SUNDAY, MAY 17 Musical Artist Rebecca Folsom – 10-11:15am. Join us for a morning of inspiration, celebration and reflection with musical guest Rebecca Folsom. Bodhi Spiritual Center, 2746 N Magnolia Ave, Chicago. 773-248-5683.

Reiki 1 Class – 1-6pm. Reiki 1 includes the history, applications and current research on this light touch therapy from Japan. In class, you 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.

MONDAY, MAY 18 Certification Class for EFT with a Guarantee – May 18-19. 9am-5pm. See May 30 description. Daytona Beach, FL. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634. Ask the Doctor Open Forum – 7-8pm. The Center for Holistic Medicine invites you to see their facility, meet the doctors and ask questions about what concerns you about your health. Free. The Center for Holistic Medicine, 240 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods/ Deerfield. For more info & to RSVP: 847-236-1701.

TUESDAY, MAY 19 Free Shiatsu Intro – 10am-12:30pm. Learn fundamental techniques and philosophies of Zen Shiatsu, and chat with current students and instructors. Free. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Giving Illinois’ Terns a Helping Hand– 7pm. Illinois has been working for over a decade to protect the last breeding colony of state-endangered Common Terns near North Chicago. IDNR’s Brad Semel will

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discuss those efforts, including a 2014 initiative to encourage the birds to change their site because of nesting failures believed to be related to the presence of PCBs in the water where the original colony was located. He will also discuss other management projects to provide nesting habitat for Black, Forster’s and Least Terns elsewhere in the state. Free. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park. For more info & complete schedule, Rena Cohen: 847-831-0331.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20 Wellness Wednesday Institute – 6:45-8pm. 3rd Wed each month. 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, eyjonharrison@ Conquer Your Clutter Series – May 20, 27 & June 3, 10. 7-8pm. Through this 4-wk interactive workshop series, learn why and how you accumulate possessions, develop a personalized de-clutter plan, and discover other helpful resources. Series designed for those stymied by clutter or just looking for some new and efficient ways to become more organized. Learn techniques to simplify your life, organize records, keep important documents safe, and much more. Space limited, register by May 18. $60/4 sessions. CJE SeniorLife, 3003 W Touhy Ave, Chicago. Register, Alicia Lopez: 773-508-4923. Getting Your Golf Game Up To Par – 7-8pm. Are you 40 or older? Do you want to increase your club speed and hit the ball further? The golf swing is a complicated movement to perform correctly. The Chain Reflex® Golf Method breaks down the swing into simple movements. In this clinic learn golf-specific warm-up and golf-specific exercises. Increase your range of motion on and off the golf course. Free. North Shore Naprapathic, 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste S5, Northbrook. Must register by May 18: 847-272-3700. For more info: exerciseprograms/nike360golfperformance.html.

THURSDAY, MAY 21 Manifest Your Potential – 7-8:30pm. Attend a live demonstration of a revolutionary method that activates the most evolved part of your brain, evokes states of extreme well-being and allows you to create the life for which you’ve longed. Free you register at least 72 hrs in advance. Skokie. To register:

FRIDAY, MAY 22 Ayurvedic Spa Night – 5:30-8:30pm. Experience ayurvedic beautifying rituals at our upcoming Spa Night where you will receive a semi-private yoga practice, receive an ayurvedic spa treatment, taste ayurvedic cuisine that cultivate beauty, and take home a gift bag of handcrafted facial serums. $145. Hamsa, 3807 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago. 773-697-3640. Integrative Pet Care – 7-9pm. With  The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center’s Alli Troutman, DVM. Dr. Alli will be talking about an integrative approach to vaccination, nutrition basics, acupuncture and chiropractic care. Free. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

Establish Your Roots! New Moon Healing Drum Circle Celebration – 7-9:30pm. The New Moon celebration will begin with a ceremonial blessing of Palo Santo, followed by a calling of the medicine wheel’s four directions. Finally, allowing our body to soar to the rhythmic movement and healing vibrations of drums, rattles and shakers. $10. Inside Holistic & Cultural Arts Center, 1241 N Green St, McHenry. 815-245-9673. RSVP: inspiration-circles/events/221761337.

SATURDAY, MAY 23 Ayurvedic Nutrition & Cooking Class – May 23 & 24. 9:30am-11:30am. Join Monica Yearwood of Hamsa and Chef Kirti with Arya Bhavan for this 2-part series on ayurvedic nutrition. Part 1: Learn why spring is the most important time to cleanse the body, and taste the ideal foods for spring that are naturally cleansing, healing and delicious. Part 2: Learn about the tastes from an ayurvedic perspective and how to use them therapeutically to reduce cravings and profoundly nourish the body. $65 each class. You do not have to take both parts. Hamsa, 3807 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago. 773-697-3640.

SUNDAY, MAY 24 Solful Sunday – 1-4pm. Join us for a free spiritual networking/potluck. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. More info:

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TUESDAY, MAY 26 Free Heart Healthy Dinner Diabetes Event: Diabetes Breakthrough – 6:15pm, check in; 6:30pm, begins. Presented by: Kim Martin, DC, CFMP. Type II diabetes is reversible. We review the world’s 40+ most well-respected doctors, nutritionists, dietitians, pharmacists, and scientists reveal how to reverse Type II Diabetes at the recent Reversing Diabetes World Summit 2014. Type II diabetic adults only. The Happ Inn, 305 Happ Rd, Northfield. Reservation required: 847-715-9060.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 Asthma: Allergies or Asthma? – 6:30-7:30pm. Presented by AM Plus Medical Supply. Light snacks served. $10. AM Plus Medical Supply, 1901 Raymond Dr, Ste 2, Northbrook. Space limited; RSVP:

THURSDAY, MAY 28 Global Water Scarcity: Will it Affect the Great Lakes? – 7-8:30pm. Two local water experts will present the global picture of water scarcity and how water is used within the USA, followed by the importance of legal and social protections of the Great Lakes Basin. Presented by Henry Henderson, Midwest Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Peter Mulvaney, Sustainability Specialist at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Free. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette. 847-256-6930. Inner Brilliance Bright Body Tuning – 7:309:30pm. Align your inner energy intelligence centers with your higher celestial reality in this Bright Body Tuning. Enjoy new levels of self-direction and right action. Experience more joy, clarity, ease and flow. Take home a custom energy alignment tool for staying tuned up. With Peter Kime, creator of Raydiant Path-

ways. $23, $28 after May 25. Raydiant Day Center for Raydiant Life Fitness, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. Register:

FRIDAY, MAY 29 Evanston Green Ball – 7-10:30pm. The Evanston Environmental Association and the City of Evanston invite you to the 4th annual Evanston Green Ball, a festive, casual evening of food, drinks, and live music to support the Evanston Ecology Center and its programs. A sitter service is offered on-site at this year’s Ball. $65 by May 1; $75/May 2-28. Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave, Evanston. For details & tickets:

SATURDAY, MAY 30 Veggie Pride Parade – 12pm. Celebrate vegetarian and vegan lifestyles with music, costumes, activities and lots of fun. Learn about the benefits of a plant-based diet and learn about or celebrate the vegetarian lifestyle for ethical, environmental, health or spiritual reasons. Familyand pet-friendly. Grant Park. More info: Chicago. Essentials of Craniosacral Therapy – May 30-31. 9am-4pm. This course is a practical introduction and overview to the theory and practice of craniosacral therapy. Craniosacral therapy is a form of gentle bodywork which grew out of cranial osteopathy and osteopathic medicine. Learn essential ways to evaluate and treat the craniosacral system using gentle, yet powerful techniques. $240. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-8641130. Certification Class for EFT with a Guarantee – 9am-5pm. Life changing 14-hour certification workshop. Learn basic EFT plus how to guarantee success in every EFT session for yourself and for your clients. Workshop is for both beginners and experienced EFT practitioners. Certificate of completion. 17 CEs available. Infinity Foundation, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634. Change Your Mind, Change Your Life Easily and Naturally with Hypnosis – 10am-12pm. With Jerri Wilkerson. If you are stressed, having difficulty sleeping, have a hard time focusing or concentrating, or lack self-confidence, this program is for you. $25, $20/ARE members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. To register: 847-299-6535.

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Akashic Records Training – 10:30am-6pm. With Tracey Ostrand. Learn to become a channel for divine energy and guidance through the Akashic records, a vibrational record of your soul’s journey through all space, time, and dimensions. Learning to read your own and others’ Akashic records is a life changing tool that brings transformation, empowerment, and a deeper understanding of who we truly are. It is a gift an honor and a homecoming. $275. Sat Nam Yoga Chicago, 1304 W Washington Blvd, Chicago. 312-818-5791.

SUNDAY, MAY 31 North Shore Classic Half Marathon and 5K – RAM Racing will host the 37th annual North Shore Classic with a purse of more than $10,000. Course runs through quiet wooded roads, past the Ravinia festival, through historic Fort Sheridan and under the clock tower. A portion of each registration donated to Misericordia Heart of Mercy. Highland Park. For info & to register: Diabetes: Prevention and Managing the Disease – 2-3pm. Presented by AM Plus Medical Supply. Light snacks served. $10. AM Plus Medical Supply, 1901 Raymond Dr, Ste 2, Northbrook. Space limited, RSVP: Access the Wisdom of Your Body – 2-4pm. Explore the gift of nonlinear movement: the natural, life-enhancing, movements of your body. Using various movement modalities, learn to access this essential resource within you.  $15 if register at least 72 hrs in advance. Glenview. To register: Reiki Clinic – 3-5pm. Receive a mini-session (20 mins) 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.

TUESDAY, JUNE 2 Summer Success: Strategies for Balancing Your Body and Mind – 7-9pm. Free event for to you to discover and learn secrets of balancing the body and mind through practices of meditation, ayruvedic medicine, yoga, Higher Brain Living, healthy food and more. Food samples and fun raffle with amazing prizes. Sponsored by Bountiful Eatery, fresh, healthy and totally gluten free. The Awaken Studio, 410 S Michigan Ave, Ste 414, Chicago. Register:

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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 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard. 480-970-8543.

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 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: Energy Healing Development Training, Level 1 – June 5-7. 5pm, Fri-5:30pm, Sun. Learn energy healing from England’s largest and oldest energy healing organization, now teaching in the U.S. as Healing in America. We teach grounding, protection, professionalism and offer certification. No prerequisites. $425. Tau Center, 26W171 Roosevelt Rd, Wheaton. For info/registration: 269-929-6796 or

SATURDAY, JUNE 6 Metastatic Breast Cancer 2015 Panel Discussion – 10am-12pm. Presented by a Silver Lining Foundation. Moderated by A Silver Lining Foundation founder Dr. Sandy Goldberg, PhD, will discuss the topics of immunotherapy, hormone receptor positive disease, Her2 positive expression, triple negative disease and nutrition. Panel members: Dr. William J. Gradishar, MD, FACP, Northwestern Medical Group; Director of the Maggie Daley Center for Women’s Cancer Care and Director of Breast Medical Oncology; Dr. Kathy Albain, MD. Loyola Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Hematology/ Oncology; and Christine Rosandich, Nutritionist, The Cancer Support Center. Free, but must register. Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton Place in Chicago. To register: 312-345-1322, 877-924-1126, Nancy@ Body Mind Spirit Expo – June 6-7. 10am7pm, Sat; 11am-6pm, Sun. Discover the radiant life that surrounds us every moment by opening doors to alternatives for health, wellness and spirituality. Enjoy 70 presenters including Natural Awakenings Publisher Peggy Malecki, plus over 100 exhibitors, workshops and entertainment. $12/admission; free/parking. Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Dr. Info & tickets: 541-482-3722 x 1 or UFOs, Crop Circles, St. Malachy, Last Pope, Jesus, Maitreya, Save our Planet – How are they all related? These are not recruitment type meetings, but purely for spreading the information. Dates: June 6-7 at the BMS Expo, with a presentation on Sunday afternoon. Also on June 10, 6:30-8:30pm at Garrett Wellness, 302 N Kimball Ave, Chicago. Plus again on June 19, 7-9pm at A.R.E., the Edgar Cayce Association at the Unity Northwest Church, Des Plaines. All of these are free presentations with lots of material to take home to read. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634.

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thursDAY, JUNE 25 Bhakti Fest Midwest – June 25-29. A heart-opening experience like no other festival in the Midwest. A weekend celebration of yoga, kirtan, wisdom workshops and more. An eco-village offers yoga fashion, gemstones, musical instruments, healthy goodies and more. Wisdom workshops led by Michael Brian Baker, Anand of Rishikesh, Manoj Chalam and David Newman. Discounts for seniors; free for active and veteran military, and kids 13 and under. Willow Island Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI. 408-460-0504. Tickets:

SATURDAY, JUNE 27 Intro to Zero Balancing – 9am-5pm. With Diane Tader. The 1-day introduction to Zero Balancing is designed to provide an introduction to the principles of touch used in ZB, to the concepts of body structure and energy, and to a set of hands on ZB techniques. Includes lecture, demonstration, hands-on and experiential components. $150. Zero Balancing Wellness Center, 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette. 847-920-9292.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 1 Mata Amritanandamayi (AMMA) Visiting Chicago – July 1-3. Plan ahead to enjoy receiving her hugs (Darshan) and her blessings. Immerse yourself in a sea of her love, her higher consciousness and devotional commitment to taking care of the Earth and those who are truly in need. Free. M.A. Center Chicago, 41W501 Keslinger Rd, Elburn. Chicago.

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. Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort, 3500 Midwest Rd, Oak Brook.

ongoingevents Daily All Month $10 Off Brain Entrainment & Earth-Resonance Sessions – Thru May. Enjoy health promoting light and sound brainwave entrainment and Schumann resonance biomat sessions. Enhancement for focus, relaxation, creativity or healing. 25 mins; regularly $20. Mention ad for $10 off. Raydiant Day Center for Raydiant Life Fitness, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. To schedule: 847-869-6477. $75 Digestive System Check Up – Thru May. With Dr. Arutcheva. 80% of all diseases begin in the digestive tract. It is very important to have your digestive system under control, because your health depends on what you eat, how you digest food, how you absorb and eliminate waste and toxins. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $79 Organic Facial with Eye Treatment – Thru May. Organic customized facial offers deep exfoliation, hydration, and extractions, using all-natural and organic ingredients. The products used are specific to each individual’s skin type from sensitive, dry or dehydrated. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $89 Swedish Massage and Spa Pedicure – Thru May. Classic form of full-body massage relaxes the body and calms the nervous system and reduces stress. Spa pedicure with cuticle trimming, nail filling and buffing off old skin, offers exfoliation, hot stones and reflexology massage. Antalee also uses all-natural nail polish by Zoya. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $155 90-Minute Stress Relief Massage and Organic Firm Skin Acai Facial – Thru May. Classic form of full-body massage relaxes the body and calms the nervous system and reduces stress. Get glowing, youthful skin that boasts the appearance of fewer fine lines and wrinkles by feeding it with the phytonutrients, antioxidants and vitamins. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. BG Organic Salon Special – New clients save 10% off combo spa (esthetician) and hair services. 6704 N Northwest Hwy, Chicago. 773-763-6322. Facebook. com/BGOrganicSalon. Clairvoyant Readings – Thru May. 30 mins free only if you mention Natural Awakenings. By appointment. Clairvoyant Center of Chicago, 518 Lee, Ste B, Evanston. 847-757-2838. Free Gift with Purchase of Any Massage at a Regular Price – Thru May. Retail value $21. Gift: The Organic Lavender Aromatherapeutic Body Butter by Alteya is a unique natural blend of ultra nourishing organic butters and essential oils. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. 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. Jen Z’s Special – Gift certificates available. Mani/ pedi special for $42. Jen Z’s Beauty Services, 2665 Waukegan Ave, lower level, Highland Park. 847-433-8401.

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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. Dental Discount Plan – Allows patients without dental insurance to receive quality dental care at affordable prices. Gaiamed is offering free tooth whitening to each enrolled adult. Gaiamed Dental Spa, 929 Ridge Rd, Wilmette. For details & appt: 847-977-1655 or Mind, Body Fitness Classes – 8am-8pm. Pilates, yoga, dance, Aerial Hammock, Reformer and more. $17-$35. Pilates Plus, 654 S Roselle Rd, Schaumburg. 847-923-1201. More info: Northshore Pet Chef Special – Thru May. May is National Fresh Pet Food Delivery month. To celebrate Northshore Pet Chef is offering all Natural Awakening readers 10% off for all products. Just use the coupon code MayNA at checkout. Only one offer per order. Northshore Pet Chef, 790 Frontage Rd, Northfield. 847-920-4738. 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 Organic Facials – Sun & Mon. $45/45 mins plus free Salt relaxation room session ($15 value). So Well, 4819 Main St, Skokie. Appt required: 847676-5571. Sunday Celebration Service at Bodhi Spiritual Center – 10-11:15am. We reveal love, honor all paths and celebrate life. Bodhi Spiritual Center, 2746 N Magnolia Ave, Chicago. 773-248-5683. 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. Logan Square Farmers’ Market – May 17-Oct 25. 10am-3pm. Food, music, entertainment, socializing, fun. Held on Logan Blvd from Milwaukee Ave to Whipple St, Chicago. Abundant Life Spiritual Center Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. 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 WCPT-

Sage and Smudging Class – 11am-5pm. With Sophia. Get a personal saging sand spiritual cleanse. Learn how to sage your belongings, vehicles and home. Receive a complimentary sage stick for personal use. $25. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. For appt: 847-564-6159. 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. Dreams Come True Manifesting Theatre – 1-2:30pm. Create, direct and rehearse scenes of joy, fulfillment, prosperity you wish to experience in this artistic workshop. Practice the life you want to live and have fun doing it. Be a manifesting star and a Dream Maker cast member. Acting experience not necessary. Live your dream. WomensWisdom, 1330 Webford, Des Plaines. 847-258-7207. Spiritual Gathering – 6-7:30pm. In a world where killing is sport, war is entertainment, and betrayal is common, how do we make peace? Join us every Sunday for a Spiritual Gathering open to the public. An opportunity to partake in a discussion focusing on the meaning of inner and outer peace. Peace, an idea whose time has come. School of Metaphysics, 222 W Wilson St, Palatine. 847-991-0140.

Monday Acupuncture Sessions – Mon, Wed & Sat. $25/45 min in group setting or $45/private session. So Well, 4819 Main St, Skokie. Appt required: 847-676-5571. Gentle Yoga – 10-11am. Be introduced to yoga, a relaxing, gentle class. First class free; $12. Keep The Beat Wellness, 333 Skokie Blvd, Ste 106, Northbrook. 847-559-1992. Gluten-Free Monday – 10am-8pm. All gluten-free grocery items 10% off all-day long. Free. Earthly Goods Health Foods, 6951 Grand Ave, Gurnee. 847-855-9677.

markyourcalendar Footbath Detox Mondays – 11am-6pm. Sluggishness, fatigue, low energy and poor sleep? A 30-min ionic footbath stimulates cells to release toxins and rebalance the cellular system that is responsible for overall health. The process continues after the toxins are dislodged during treatment, allowing your entire body to function optimally. Save $10. Nutritional Health Solutions, 480 Elm Pl, Ste 108, Highland Park. 847-207-2034.

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

Tuesday Happy Hour Free Acupuncture – 9-10am. 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. 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 full-body 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. Clients receive a 45-min session from an advanced Zen Shiatsu student. Sessions are performed in a group setting with instructor observation. Live shakuhachi and singing bowl music is provided by Jia Senghe. $35/45-min or $90/3 treatments. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130. 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.

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Happy Hour Free Acupuncture – 3-4pm. 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. 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.


Wellness Workshop – 7pm. Martina Lukas will talk about the basics: How the body works, and why is important to take a supplements. Arnika Health Center, 415 W Golf Rd, Ste 32, Arlington Heights. 224-875-7474.

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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.

Tai Chi Class – 8:15pm. Also Sat, 9am. Reduce stress; increase flexibility and balance; improve muscle strength and definition; increase energy; stamina and agility. Wear flat-soled shoes and loose fitting clothes. $10/class. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929.

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Wellness Wednesdays – Your choice of Oxygenated Rife Lymphatic Detox, MediCupping or Raindrop Technique. $40. 150 E Cook Ave, Ste 101, Libertyville. For appt, Teresa: 224-888-1170 or 561-881-4321. Morning Yoga Class – 9:30am. Also Sat. With Svetlana Stillman. A great way to start your day. House of Ayurveda, 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste C6, Northbrook. 224-723-5797.

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.

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Thursday Chakra Thursdays – 11am-7pm. Receive a chakra evaluation and rebalance your chakras with Candace. $40. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. For appt: 847-564-6159. 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: 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 Mindfulness Class – 12:15-1:15pm. Each class will consist of guided mindfulness exercises such as sitting and walking. No previous experience necessary; class also supports those who are experienced practitioners. An open practice so can come and go as need to. With Eric Lieb, Certified Mindfulness Trainer. $10/pre-register, $12/drop-in. Center for Holistic Medicine, 240 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods/ Deerfield. For more info & to RSVP: 847-236-1701. Loving Kindness Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Free group guided meditation for peace and relaxation. We have been providing this free community event in Evanston for over 14 years. Drop-ins welcome as no registration is required and all of the supplies are provided. 2153 Ashland Ave, Ste 3, Evanston. 847-866-0505. Oneness Blessings – 7-8:30pm. Bodhi Spiritual Center, 2746 N Magnolia Ave, Chicago. 773-248-5683.



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Saturday Mighty House Radio Program – 8-11am. Funny, friendly experts with answers and ideas to help with all of your home improvement projects. Join Ron Cowgill, Robbie Ehrhardt, Rich Cowgill and the Mighty House team each Saturday morning to get help with all your home improvement and repair issues. On WCPT-AM 820, WCPT-FM 92.7 (North), WCPYFM 92.5 (West), and WCPQ-FM 99.9 (South). Callin: 773-763-WCPT. Tai Chi Class – 9am. See Tues listing. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929. 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.

You must do the things you think you cannot do. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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. Intuitive Readings – 11:30am-6:30pm. Angel card, tarot and other readings. $25. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. For appt: 847-564-6159. 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. 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).

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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 LL29, 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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

Celebrate spring with a beautiful $42 mani/pedi from Tina throughout May. Did you know gift certificates make great gifts for Moms and grads? Come in for custom blend liquid mineral foundations and make-up, organic skincare, Reiki, massage and fabulous mani/pedis. Visit for beauty and fitness tips. Make your appt today.

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

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

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.

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coaching & counseling David Scott Bartky

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


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

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crystal healing

DoTERRA Essential Oils


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.


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.


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 33.

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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.


digestive health specialist

Karen Duewel 847-772-0212


Reneé S. Barasch, LDHS 480 Elm Place, Ste 108, Highland Park 60035 800-528-7330 • 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.

Young Living oils and supplements with natural plant extracts can support women’s health throughout the various phases of life; providing temporary relief from cramps, nausea, hot flashes and emotional swings. For daily challenges, consider lavender or Stress Away to relieve daily stress, encourage relaxation and reduce nervous tension. Enjoy life naturally. See ad on page 31.

feng shui Laurie Pawli, Certified Feng Shui Consultant

EFT (emotional freedom techniques)

The Feng Shui School of Chicago


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

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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. 

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

green/healthy foods & restaurants ARYA BHAVAN

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

Eat, Grow, Shop & Spend Local.

2508 W Devon, Chicago 60659 773-274-5800 Arya Bhavan offers a menu of authentic vegan, raw, gluten-free and organic Indian dishes, prepared with healthy ingredients, no GMO or MSG, and a careful mix of ayurvedic Indian spices with nutritional properties that benefit both mind and body. We help you “Eat Well, Feel Well, Think Well, Heal Well!” See ad on page 47.

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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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

We offer gentle holistic dentistry that supports vibrant well-being in a caring and peaceful environment. Our Conscious Care includes mercury-free fillings; non-surgical periodontal therapy; digital X-rays; safe, biocompatible materials; bacterial analysis using a microscope; dental homeopathy and nutritional counseling. We guide you to dental wellness thorough education. Free indoor parking. See ad on page 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 11.

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

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

holistic fitness COMFY FITNESS

2115 N Damen, Chicago 60647 312-373-0727 Disenchantment or intimidation of the classic gym setting keeps many from getting into shape. If this sounds like you, Comfy Fitness can help. Our trainers will guide and teach you how to reach your health and fitness goals while leaving you looking forward to your next workout. Call for a free fitness assessment today. See ad on page 49.

holistic health practitioner FEEL GOOD AGAIN HEALTH Amy Andrews 847-361-6238

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


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


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

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

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 35.


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

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

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.

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

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


Wonders of Nature Detox & Wellness Center

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

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

Dr. Kristen Bobik, DC

312-399-6040 •

6137 N Elston Ave, Chicago 60646 773-631-5001 Dr. Deane is a premier holistic chiropractic physician who offers total body solutions to chronic health and pain challenges. She treats all three sides of the triangle of health­—structure, chemical and emotions— to resolve problems at the root cause. If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, and want to flip the switch from pain and chronic illness, Dr. Deane can help. Call for appointment. See ad on page 25.

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

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

If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased. ~Katharine Hepburn

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.

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

Karen Levy Bashkin RN, MN 224-558-7646

Dr. Kim Martin, DC, FASA, BCIM, CFMP, is a certified gluten-free practitioner in Northbrook. She specializes in “Solving the Mystery of Your Chronic Condition” using Functional Medicine, blood work, stool samples and saliva. Free Healthy Heart Dinner & Diabetes Lecture event May 26. Call 847-715-9060 for more details. See ads on pages 17 & 21.



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 39.


holistic medicine STEPHANIE TORBA

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

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 medicineayurveda Monica Yearwood

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

holistic physical rehabilitation LIFEWAVE INSTITUTE, LLC

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

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

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


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 71.

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integrative medicine MARCO DE LA CRUZ, MD

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

David H. Johnson, LCSW 847-475-3017, voicemail 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

integrative soul coaching Peter Kime, MA

Center for Raydiant Life Fitness Evanston • 847-869-6477 Experience more joy, energy, inner knowing and direction. Creator of Raydiant Pathways, Peter Kime, uses Raydiant Touch and Ixion Raydiant Integrations to revitalize your core energy body and empower your Soul Light Intelligence. He partners with you to stop self-sabotaging behavior, step free of limiting beliefs, and create the life your heart yearns for. Free initial consultation. See ad on page 35.

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intuitive consultation MICHELE HEATHER

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

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Massage in Chicago

Eating with Ease

Alicia Robinson LMT 630-310-2220

Charlotte Hammond, MS, RD, LDN, RYT 150 N Michigan, Ste 800, Chicago, 60601 312-547-9247,

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.

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. 18th Annual Gala includes practitioner fair, elegant dinner, silent auction and keynote by Bruce Lipton, May 15. Daylong workshop bestseller Bruce Lipton, Transcending Beliefs, May 16. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental. Call or email for a free course guide.


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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.


Holistic and Cultural Arts Center 1241 N Green St, McHenry 60050 Live near McHenry? Looking for fun, affordable things to do? We’re your relaxed, creative hangout. Get a shiatsu massage, hear original music, make new friends, tap into your inner healer. Reasonable rental rates. Mention this ad for 20% off a shiatsu massage. Find your whole new world INSIDE. All ages. See ad on page 7.


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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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.

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

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 allnatural 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 23.

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

Solay Wellness / So WELL

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. See ad on page 20.

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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.

pain management

Alison Egeland, ND Schaumburg 847-895-8180


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

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

What could you do if you were pain free? I can help you replace constriction and pain with confident movement. My approach includes Occupational Therapy, Feldenkrais Method, Reflex and Vestibular integration. Effective for individuals suffering from fibromyalgia, arthritis, car accidents, trauma and neurological issues. Call me today. Most insurance accepted. See ad on page 35.

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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. 

personal growth & development The Body/Mind/Soul/Connection Marilyn Kortendick, S/D-EFEL Barrington, 847-858-6440

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

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.

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.

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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 39.

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.

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 birth to 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 25.

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

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(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.


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


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

yoga, meditation & healing arts SAT NAM YOGA CHICAGO

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

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

Beginning Zen Shiatsu 5 day intensive session

May 11-15, Mon-Fri 10am-5pm

10 week sessions

Jun 25 - Aug 27, Thu 11am-2pm OR 7-10pm

2 weekend intensive session

July 17-19 & 24-26, Fri 7-10pm, Sat/Sun 9am-4pm or try one of our

Free Introductory Workshops May 19, Tuesday, 10am-12:30pm June 18, Thursday, 7-9:30pm To view more class times visit

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Chicagoland's greenest and healthiest magazine!