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hhhhhh. Spring has finally arrived in all of its glory, bringing a bounty of amazement to our senses once again. Every visit to my garden brings awe, as I track the emergence of this year’s perennials, anticipating their growth from new shoot to beautiful bloom and mature plant. Inside, the tomato and pepper seedlings are growing quickly, and I look forward to this summer’s harvest. Sun-ripened tomatoes and fresh basil, add a little sea salt, some flavorful olive oil … but that’s down the road, and May’s wonders are to be savored today. Our May issue is devoted in part to women’s health, and this year, we’ve focused on finding ways to support our mental and emotional well-being. Our lead article, “Her Soul in Bloom: Self-Care for All Stages of Life,” is on the importance of selfcare to our overall wellness. Taking a mindful daily moment to Peggy Malecki marvel at the fresh green of new leaves, observe migratory birds and even find new ways to prepare and nourish ourselves with seasonal produce all count as self-care and nurturing, and also teach us new things about our world and ourselves. I’d like to point out Randy Kambic’s interview this month in our Wise Words department, “Peter Sagal on Running Toward Mindfulness.” The host of National Public Radio’s Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! program talks about healing his wounded psyche through unplugging and embracing the natural world, and why we don’t need to run a marathon to do this in our own lives. “We evolved in very different circumstances than what we are living in now; to be attentive to the world, and not with a screen in front of us,” Sagal states. Yes! By necessity and by choice, most of us spend way too many hours plugged in and staring at some sort of device. When driving, walking, biking or working out, we often plug in our ears to artificial audio sources to enjoy, motivate and get us through a task. While this certainly has its place, I think it’s also a wise choice sometimes to consciously turn off the digital sound and just be in the world, rediscovering balance and strength in daily interactions with our neighbors, be they other people, animals, insects, plants or even the soil’s microbiology. After the long winter, it’s now time to reconnect with ourselves and the world around us. For some, that’s means a run or long bike ride. For others, it’s dancing, kayaking, sailing, hiking, gardening, the arts or another pastime. But, as Sagal notes, it’s not so much the activity as the approach that leads us toward mindfulness and connection. Whether we exert ourselves through rigorous exercise, paddle across a serene waterway or simply take a gentle walk through the neighborhood and purposefully chat with neighbors, the key to connection is paying attention to the details of what’s happening outside of our own personal world. Focus and observation calm our distracted minds, ease stress and can bring a welcome simplicity back to our otherwise hectic lives. Let’s get outside and enjoy! And when you do decide to plug back in, please send us a note at or connect via social media to let us know your favorite ways to reconnect and rebalance with the world around us. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Unlock the Brain’s Hidden Potential


he Edgar Cayce Holistic Center of Chicago will present a one-hour workshop, Gamma Waves Transmission and Whole Brain Activation, from 5 to 6 pm., May 3 and 6 with the distinguished yogi, brain scientist, founder and spiritual head of the India-based Kevala Foundation, Mahayogi Dr. Pradeep Ullal. He will also offer six private whole brain activation sessions following each workshop. Dr. Ullal is a Himalayan yogi serving in the urban world who has directed his yogic techniques to help corporations attain higher productivity at work while helping executives apply the science of blissful and balanced living. He has initiated more than 6,000 aspirants from more than 120 countries through his gamma wave transmissions and is thus recognized as a “super gamma master”. Dr. Ullal was awarded a Ph.D. from Washington International University for his thesis on the ill effects of a sedentary lifestyle and ways to overcome it. He combines his gifts and skills to transmit cosmic energy, enabling brain receptors to unlock, attain neural synchrony and access the immense divine and ecstatic power of music.

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aring Medical Regenerative Medicine Clinics will present a talk, Stem Cell Therapy, Prolotherapy & PRP for Relieving Pain, Sports Injuries and Osteoarthritis, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., May 7, at the Oak Park Public Library. They will answer medical questions from the audience, as well as perform musculoskeletal ultrasound to help identify joint instability and ligament laxity, tendon tears and other tissue abnormalities. Caring Medical has been a leading regenerative medicine clinic since 1993, with locations Danielle Steilen-Matias, PA-C and in Oak Park and Fort Myers, Florida. David David Woznica, M.D. Woznica, M.D., and Danielle Steilen-Matias, PA-C, work with patients that want pain resolution, not just pain management. They treat nearly every type of chronic joint and spine pain condition, including osteoarthritis, post-whiplash headaches, sports injuries, nerve entrapment, hypermobility syndromes and many others.

ntuitive healer medium Heather Faun Basl offers many opportunities for people to open and awaken their intuitive abilities. She will present a Mother’s Day Flower Power workshop from 1 to 3:30 p.m., May 11, in Aurora. Participants will learn step-by-step how to listen, communicate with the flower and make the essence; and use their intuition to select the essences to make their own personal formula. Materials are included. Basl says, “Flower essences offer subtle healing support to our energy field to help balance our emotions, release negative thoughts and behavioral patterns, increase self-esteem, increase our intuitive abilities and connect us to spirit.”   At her Light School on Tuesday mornings, different spiritual and intuitive topics are covered over tea. Individuals may become a certified angel healer, intuitive counselor, Akashic records reader or oracle reader through her in-depth, intensive training program. Basl hosts soul transformation retreats here and in Sedona, Arizona. The Children’s Energy Academy, in Glenview, offers classes to develop abilities and access light through energy techniques and heartcentered teachings. She also provides fun nights with her Goddess Social every month and channeling messages at Wine and Spirit events.

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How To Identify Correctable Causes of Mental and Emotional Imbalances Without Medication For people struggling with anxiety, depression, mental fog, addictions, PTSD, panic attacks, learning disabilities and sleep disorders, life can feel overwhelming with no solutions. There are two major problematic areas that need to be assessed that are overlooked and unaddressed by conventional care. Neurotransmitter imbalances and brain wave abnormalities are two areas that need to be analyzed to get to the root of these problems.


Neurotransmitters are naturally occurring chemicals that transmit messages between neurons and help regulate mood, cravings, addictions, energy, libido and sleep. There are 183 known neurotransmitters in the brain; the major ones are serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, glutamate, epinephrine and gamma-aminobutyric acid. There are more than 60 diseases and illnesses caused by or associated with neurotransmitter imbalances, including emotional problems. Reasons why neurotransmitters become imbalanced include:

• Neurotransmitter Depletion

Neurotransmitter depletion can be nutritionally based because neurotransmitters are made from amino acids, vitamins and minerals present in healthy foods. Many people do not eat healthy food and only consume processed, nutritionally devoid food-like products.

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Some medications can cause depletion of neurotransmitters. Pharmaceuticals that increase the activity of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine only recirculate the already low levels; they do not increase production of neurotransmitters. Medications increase the breakdown of the already low levels of neurotransmitters and accelerate the depletion over time, creating resistance and even damage at the receptor sites. While medication often provides short term relief of symptoms, there are long term side effects of frequently prescribed medications for attention deficit disorder(ADD), anxiety and depression.

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Since the largest source of neurotransmitters is in the gastrointestinal tract, any overgrowth of bad bacteria, viruses, parasites, yeast or fungus caused by poor diet or antibiotic usage, leaky gut syndrome or inflammatory bowel disorder contributes to the depletion of neurotransmitter

production. All of these problems can be tested for and corrected.

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Genetic variances that you are born with can alter receptor site function, production and breakdown of neurotransmitters. Through a simple saliva test I am able to examine 800,000 SNP’s (single nucleotide polymorphisms) to detect where the body is struggling to function properly and to support with appropriate supplementation regarding neurotransmitters. A healthy way to regain proper levels of neurotransmitters is through foods and supplements containing the correct amount and ratios of amino acids, vitamins and minerals. There is excellent testing available to measure your neurotransmitters and all of the amino acids required to make your neurotransmitters. Once you have this information there is a clear path as to which supplements are needed to correct these imbalances.


The second important area to be assessed is brainwave activity, as neurotransmitter activity is not the whole story of brain function and emotional well-being.

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The Spiritual Forum Special Guest Appearance


odern-day mystics and marriage partners Jenny and Greg Donner will be guests at The Spiritual Forum at 10 a.m., May 12, in Deerfield. They have been dedicated students of A Course in Miracles since 2005, traveling the world sharing their deep inspiration, love of truth and mystical and practical approach to healing. They recently worked together to compile 25 years of David Hoffmeister’s teachings into his new book, This Moment Is Your Miracle, Spiritual Tools to Transcend Fear and Experience the Power of the Present Moment. During this gathering, Unity/interfaith minister Reverend Carol Saunders will engage the Donners in dialogue while including live participants and their reflections. The event will be recorded as an episode of The Spiritual Forum podcast, which can be found on all podcast apps.

‘Into the Woods’ at Evanston Ecology Center


ature’s Night Out, Evanston’s annual celebration of all things green from 7 to 10:30 p.m., May 17, at the Evanston Ecology Center, is a gala gathering for those passionate about the environment. “Into the Woods” is this year’s theme, and guests are encouraged to dress in woodsy colors or theme-inspired outfits. An apiary tour will also take place before the party. 

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Infinity Foundation 22nd Annual Anniversary Gala


upport and celebrate the Infinity Foundation community at a vital fundraising evening event, All In Spirit, on May 17 (admission $100). A practitioners’ fair with minidemonstrations and silent auction from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. precedes an elegant dinner at 8 p.m. 2019 Spirit Award recipient Lisa Williams, author of Survival of the Soul, Life Among the Dead, and Was That a Sign From Heaven?, will be the keynote speaker. Then, a daylong workshop ($135, lunch included) will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 18, with Williams. Participants will discover how to gather step-by-step strategies Lisa Williams using mediumistic and psychic skills through a process that unveils a deeper truth. They will be introduced to the concept of “forensic mediumship” that demonstrates how to interpret evidence from Spirit using sensory perceptions. Location for both events: Ravinia Green Country Club, 1200 Saunders Rd., Riverwoods. For more information and to register, visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

The event offers a unique opportunity to meet with family and friends to experience the best in local food and beverages, music, an exciting eco-raffle and plenty of conversation. This festive fundraising event, organized by the Evanston Environmental Association and the city of Evanston, benefits the programming and operations of the Center. Location: 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston. For more information and tickets, visit See ad on page 5.

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Explore the World of Adoption at Northfield Workshop


ttorney Sally Wildman, of Chicago and Northbrook, will share adoption fundamentals and current trends that are in practice today in her workshop, The Adoption Process from A to Z, from 7 to 9:15 p.m., May 22, at the New Trier Northfield Campus. Wildman will offer tips to prepare prospective parents to adopt a child that needs her/his “forever family.” The workshop will help attendees identify their best options in the adoption process, and Wildman will share resources for Sally Wildman choosing adoption agencies, experienced attorneys, adoption organizations and related professionals. The discussion will highlight common needs of children and current practices in “open adoptions”. This workshop will be informative for anyone considering adopting a child, as well as for social workers, therapists and child care professionals. Wildman, a member of the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys and Chicago Bar Association Adoption Law Committee, has focused her practice on all types of adoption and related estate matters. Through these organizations, Wildman promotes laws to improve adoption opportunities and to expand benefits for families that decide to adopt a child (children) into their home. Cost: $18 per person. Location: 7 Happ Rd., Northfield. Register at by May 20. Sally Wildman, J.D., represents adoptive families in all types of adoptions and presents workshops on adoption basics. For more information, visit

Kadampa Meditation Retreat in Racine


he Kadampa Meditation Center (KMC) Chicago is conducting a weekend getaway meditation retreat: Abiding In Clarity, from May 31 through June 2 at the Siena Retreat Center, in Racine, Wisconsin. Led by the resident meditation teachers of KMC Chicago (Gen Zamling) and KMC Madison (Gen Gomlam), this retreat includes guided meditation sessions with teaching, opportunity for meaningful discussion and personal reflection. No meditation experience is required. Participants will enjoy a weekend away from their normal routines on the shores of Lake Michigan. The retreat offers an ideal setting to relax and renew, spend quiet moments of reflection in nature and connect meaningfully with others.

Body Mind Spirit Expo in Tinley Park


ringing shining insights and life-affirming wisdom, the Body Mind Spirit Expo will rematerialize in suburban Chicagoland for its 15th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., June 1, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 2, at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Participants will find a vibrant, holistic community where they can have fun and explore curated experts in the expanding realm of self-discovery. The exhibit space accommodates more than 90 companies offering the latest in natural health, personal growth and metaphysics. With more than 50 presenters, guests can meet psychics, mediums, channels and healers, including reiki masters Tina Marie and Patrick, Reverend Kevin Smith and spirit messenger Gary Champion. Other sessions include Sandy Wilcox, Yasmine Ariel and Professor Dr. Paul Ling Tai. Aura photos, relaxing massage, quality nutritional supplements and natural healing products are all part of the fun. From ancient healing traditions to New Age technology, attendees can have their future revealed and connect with lost loved ones with noted mediums and psychics. Cost: $14 for the weekend. Free parking. Location: 18451 Convention Center Dr., Tinley Park. For advance tickets and $1 off coupon, visit See ad on page 3.

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Mushrooms for Food, Medicine and Healing the Environment


he coordinators of the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference will present Mycelium Mysteries: a Women’s Mushroom Retreat, from September 27 to 29, in Almond, Wisconsin. This event will focus on understanding fungi as the grandmothers of our ecosystem and mushrooms as medicine. Keynote speakers include Katherine MacLean, Ph.D., with Mama Mushroom: Navigating Birth, Caregiving & Gina Rivers Contla Death with Psilocybin Mushrooms; and Gina Rivers Contla, with Guardians of the Ecosystem: Can Mushrooms Speak to Trees and Save the Bees? The retreat also offers workshops at beginner through advanced levels. Topics include Wild Mushroom Skills, such as gathering, identification and preparation, with recipes; Mushroom Nutrition; Mushroom Medicine, with home remedies; and Mushroom History. Workshops will be presented by Cornelia Cho, M.D., Sarah Foltz Jordan, Linda Conroy, Linda Grigg, Sonia Horowitz and others. Register at Vendor spots, sponsor opportunities, work exchange and scholarships are still available. See ad on page 19.



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my Kinzie, BS, CWC, has joined the staff at Lovelight Healing Center, in Grayslake, and its roster of experienced practitioners. The center promotes health and wellness through a holistic approach. The addition of nutrient therapy offers clients the ability to unlock their body’s innate healing capacity. She graduated summa cum laude from National University of Health Sciences with degrees in biochemical science and clinical nutrition. Kinzie has received extensive training in the areas of nutrigenomics, autoimmune disease, stealth infections/mold illness, mood disorders, ADHD/neurobehavioral disorders, migraine headaches, GI issues/leaky gut and metabolic disorders. Using customized nutrition based on blood chemistry values, metabolic type, diet, lifestyle and genetics, proper physiological function to the body can be restored. Kinzie utilizes vitamins, herbs, Amy Kinzie , BS, CWC homeopathy, amino acids, probiotics and other appropriate nutrient therapies to unlock the body’s innate healing ability. Location: 408 Center St., Grayslake. For more information or to make an appointment, call 847-350-7000 or visit

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Japanese researchers interviewed 1,003 Tokyo women over 70 years old about which of 16 types of exercise they did, including dancing, calisthenics, jogging, golf, ball games, hiking, yoga, bicycling and tai chi. In eight years of follow-up, those that danced were 73 percent less likely to be classified as impaired in any of the “activities of daily living” such as walking, cooking, dressing and bathing—a result not produced by the other physical activities. “Dancing requires not only balance, strength and endurance ability, but also cognitive ability: adaptability and concentration to move according to the music and partner; artistry for graceful and fluid motion; and memory for choreography,” writes lead author Yosuke Osuka, of the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology.



hypertension from 32 percent to 46 percent. American heart disease deaths rose from 836,546 in 2015 to 840,678 in 2016. Studies show that about 80 percent of all cardiovascular disease can be prevented by controlling high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, along with healthy practices like not smoking, says the AHA.

Women in menopause that are mindful and nonjudgmental of their thoughts are less irritable, anxious and depressed, reports a Mayo Clinic study recently published in Climacteric, the journal of the International Menopause Society. Researchers gave questionnaires to 1,744 menopausal patients 40 to 65 years old and found that those with higher mindfulness scores struggled less with common menopausal symptoms. Mindfulness didn’t lower hot flash and night sweat symptoms, however.


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U.S. Heart Disease on the Rise Forty-eight percent of American adults have some form of cardiovascular disease, reported the American Heart Association (AHA) in its annual update. The increase is partly due to 2017 updated guidelines redefining high blood pressure as greater than 130/80 millimeters of mercury rather than 140/90, which raised the number of Americans with diagnosed

Simply changing a diet to include more fruit and vegetables can boost mental well-being, say British researchers from Leeds and York universities. Examining health data of 40,000 people, they concluded those that eat more produce have a better psychological state, and that eating just one extra portion of fruits and vegetables a day could have a positive effect equivalent to around eight extra days of walking a month for at least 10 minutes at a time. A meta-analysis of 16 studies by the UK’s University of Manchester found the mood-boosting effect was particularly strong for women, and it worked with different types of diets, indicating a particular approach is not necessary. When dietary changes were combined with exercise, even greater improvements resulted.


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Walking, cycling, climbing stairs and other aerobic activities may improve brain function not only in older people, but also in younger folk, according to a Columbia University study published in Neurology. The study recruited 132 people between 20 and 67 years old that didn’t exercise and had below-average fitness levels. Half stretched and toned four times a week for six months and half exercised aerobically on a treadmill, stationary bike or elliptical machine. When they were evaluated for their executive function thinking skills—regulating behavior, paying attention and achieving goals—the aerobics group improved twice as much as the stretching group. “The people who exercised were testing as if they were about 10 years younger at age 40 and about 20 years younger at age 60,” says study author Yaakov Stern, Ph.D.

Swedish seniors that took coenzyme Q10 and selenium during a fouryear study were still benefiting 12 years later with a reduced cardiovascular mortality risk of more than 40 percent. In the original study, Linköping University researchers gave 443 independently living seniors over 70 years old either a placebo or 200 milligrams of CoQ10 and 200 milligrams of selenium per day. Those on the supplements showed a reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, improved heart function, less hospitalization, more vitality and a better quality of life. Twelve years later, the researchers examined autopsies and death certificates, and found the supplement-takers had a lower risk of death compared to the placebo group, even if they had diabetes, high blood pressure or ischemic heart disease.

Prenatal Yoga Reduces Caesareans and Labor Pain First-time mothers that practiced yoga beginning in the 30th week of pregnancy had fewer caesareans, fewer low-weight newborns and milder and briefer labor pains. They were also less likely to require painkillers or labor inducement. The Mangalore, India, hospital study, published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, included 150 women 20 to 35 years old that were pregnant for the first time and had no prior yoga experience. Half of the women did not do yoga, while the other half took 30-minute yoga classes once every week or two. Women in the yoga group were also more comfortable after giving birth.

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Being at least 68 years old didn’t deter Wisdom, a Laysan Albatross, from recently hatching another chick. The world’s oldest known banded wild bird, which roosts at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, in Hawaii, has birthed and raised more than 30 chicks in her lifetime. She and her mate-for-life Akeakamai spent about two months incubating the new egg, and now they’ll raise the chick for five to six months before it flies out to sea. It is uncommon for albatross to return, lay and hatch an egg every single year, but the pair has produced a chick each year since 2006, say U.S Fish and Wildlife Service officials. 22


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As the Appalachian economy struggles with the loss of three-fifths of its coal mining jobs in the last three decades, a surprising option is emerging for some: beekeeping. The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective offers beekeeping training, including bees and equipment and ongoing mentoring, for displaced coal miners and low-income residents of mining towns; so far, about 35 people are participating. Landowners are donating property for the beehives, which will be maintained without pesticides or antibiotics. Honey from a single hive can bring in about $750 a season, or $15,000 per 20, and additional money can be made selling the beeswax for candles and lip balm. The beekeeping collective is part of Appalachian Headwaters, a nonprofit formed in 2016 with a $7.5 million lawsuit settlement from coal mine operator Alpha Natural Resources for violations of the Clean Water Act. The money has been used to fund environmental restoration projects and to develop sustainable economic opportunities in the coal mining communities of West Virginia.

Higher federal standards for energy-efficient light bulbs established two years ago are in the process of being rolled back by the U.S. Department of Energy, part of a move toward widespread deregulation by the current administration. Consumers stand to lose about $100 per household per year in electric bill savings if the higher standards are not implemented, say critics. The wasted energy could result in more power plant pollution, which harms the environment and contributes to health problems like asthma. The plan would also stifle innovation, eliminating a powerful regulatory incentive for manufacturers and retailers to invest in high-quality, energy-efficient LED light bulbs.


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Nuclear Testing Linked to Radioactive Milk

The hundreds of nuclear bombs detonated on a remote Nevada test site during the Cold War produced radioactive fallout that led indirectly to the deaths of 340,000 to 690,000 Americans, concludes a recent study by economist Keith Meyers, Ph.D., of the University of Southern Denmark. Meyers conducted the research for his doctoral dissertation while attending the University of Arizona. By combining National Cancer Institute data measuring the radioactive element Iodine-131 in local cow milk with county-by-county mortality data, he found heightened death rates in the Midwest and Northeast between 1951 and 1973. The finding suggests that airborne radiation contaminated pastures that, in turn, made milk radioactive and led to the human ingestion of slow-acting, but fatal radioactive isotopes. In comparison, an estimated 200,000 to 350,000 people in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki died directly from the atomic bombs dropped on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively.


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Compared to newspapers, magazines and junk mail, retail sales receipts may seem inconsequential in their use of trees and their footprint on the environment. Yet, getting and handling that tabulation of a sale is a health hazard that contributes to landfills. Certainly, some receipts are required for tax records and product returns, but the vast majority serve no future purpose; there’s also a better and safer option than paper. reports the annual waste from receipts in the U.S. totals 686 million pounds, and that skipping receipts would save 12 billion pounds of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of 1

million cars on the road. The problem is getting worse as many retail outlets include special offers and other promotional information on receipts, making them longer and the corresponding amount of paper used greater. The Ecology Center, an educational nonprofit located in San Juan Capistrano, California, estimates that 93 percent of paper receipts are coated with Bisphenol-A (BPA) or Bisphenol-S (BPS), endocrine disrupters that are used as color developers to help make the receipts more legible. However, the presence of either makes them ineligible for recycling. According to Green America (, BPA that can be “absorbed into our bodies through our hands in mere seconds,” can impact fetal development and “is linked to reproductive impairment, Type 2 diabetes, thyroid conditions and other health concerns.” Employees that regularly handle receipts have 30 percent more BPA or BPS in their bodies. In January, California Assembly member Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) introduced legislation (AB 161) nicknamed “skip the slip”, which would require retailers to offer digital receipts to customers. If it passes, it will be the first such law in the country.

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The daily choice to prioritize caring for oneself can ultimately lead to an experience of self-love and wholeness.

Self-Care As Bedrock

HER SOUL IN BLOOM Self-Care for All Stages of Life by Marlaina Donato


o be female is to be Self-care does life coach and author of blessed with an innate not necessarily Expectation Hangover: Overgift for multitasking, coming Disappointment in have to involve Work, Love, and Life. but in our fast-paced, jamtime; it’s a way The San Diego-based packed world, daily life for most women is a juggling act motivational speaker views of being. that can come with a steep self-care to be as vital as edu~Christine Hassler price tag if self-care isn’t on cation. “Women are not taught the to-do list. Depression, anxiety and in high school and college how to take care feeling overwhelmed are all too common. of themselves. Prioritizing self-care is so According to the National Alliance on important. I see so many young women Mental Illness, one in eight women experiwith adrenal or thyroid burnout and eating ence depression during their lifetime— disorders. All of that comes down to stress, twice the rate of men. relationship to self and lack of self-care.” The personal interests of women in Seasons of a Woman’s Life their 30s and 40s trying to balance motherEach decade poses unique challenges. For hood and career often get lost in the tangled women in their 20s and early 30s, comunderbrush of daily logistics. There can paring and finding one’s own path can be be a deep longing for identity well into the significant. “The feminist movement of our 50s, especially when children leave the nest. mothers’ generation opened doors, but so Fears of aging and loneliness often accommany 20- and 30-something women have pany women 60 and older. By passionately interpreted that as, ‘I have to do everything and joyously taking care of body and spirit, and be everything,’” says Christine Hassler, women of any generation can find renewal. 26


Women play vital roles in family and community, much like the foundation of a sound building, and if self-care is not the bedrock, all that is supported by it is likely to be compromised. “I believe we’ve taken the bait, the promise that if we arrange our life circumstances just so, we’ll feel ease and happiness. We’re getting to a place as a collective where we see a bankruptcy in that,” says Miami-based holistic women’s psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogan, bestselling author of A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives. Body-mind-spirit self-care is the heart of Brogan’s approach, and self-love is the lifeblood. “Self-love is quite elusive for most of us, perhaps because our selfesteem is contingent [upon it], and we only feel good about ourselves under certain circumstances. The daily choice to prioritize caring for oneself can ultimately lead to an experience of self-love and wholeness,” says Brogan, who compares a ritualized system of daily self-care that comes first to putting on the proverbial oxygen mask before attempting to meet the needs of others. “Balancing self-love and caring for others starts with recognizing and accepting that it’s possible for you to effectively do both. Self-love at the soul level is the catalyst for healing on all levels, which in turn drives our level of self-worth,” concurs Teigan Draig, a spiritual life coach and busy home-schooling mom in Spencerville, Ohio. She reminds us that putting our needs above the wants of others is not being selfish, but is an emotional necessity that helps women get out of the loop of self-defeatism and self-sabotage. “The first step to finding your fire is learning to love yourself, all of yourself. Self-care and selflove are a total wellness package.”

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Many psychologists agree that self-care can help to improve concentration, promote relaxation, fortify relationships and boost productivity. Most women crave more metime, but don’t know how to implement change. “Without a premise of self-care, we react based on stress patterns. We react with more tension, irritability, guilt and obligation. We say, ‘Yes’ when we want to say, ‘No’. However, when we take stock in our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, we’re less reactive,” observes Hassler, who underscores self-care as an investment for life. “Most women have inner critics and a negative relationship with self. Self-care is essential so we can turn down the volume of the inner critic, stop peoplepleasing and make self-honoring choices.” Balancing motherhood and career or other obligations can leave many women running on empty and resentful. “We would never tell a loved one who desperately needed some TLC to get over it and just keep going. As busy women, when we don’t take the time to care for ourselves, the consequence is our children getting a mom who is preoccupied, anxious and disconnected,” says women’s life coach Veronica Paris, in San Diego. Catering to everyone’s desires and spreading ourselves too thin can backfire. Paris asks, “How do I want my kids to look back on me as a mother? By taking the time to self-care, we’re taking accountability for how we want to show up in our world rather than shapeshifting from one situation to the next. We can teach our children how to do the same.”

Our Emotions As Wellspring

For too many women, another common byproduct of self-neglect can be emotional numbing and feeling “flatlined”. A toxic or addictive relationship to food, alcohol or shopping can be a symptom of a deep need to nourish the self and give a voice to suppressed feelings. “One of our greatest challenges is that we’ve become disconnected from our deep seat of power, which is our capacity to feel,” says Brogan. “We’ve been enculturated to disregard our experience of feeling emotions, and because of this, it’s been reduced to a very narrow bandwidth.” Brogan believes that it is key for women to reestablish a connection to nature’s

Sometimes my daily me-time was only five minutes here or 10 minutes there, but it saved my sanity. ~Teigan Draig rhythms and their own feminine, fluid energy, as well as giving up the need to control. “I think it’s the work of many women to understand that we’re not here to meet the needs of everyone on the planet—and with our loved ones, it disempowers them as much as we’re feeling disempowered. We’re here to meet our own needs and then offer compassion and caring in a way that comes from a more boundaried space.”

SIMPLE SELF-CARE STRATEGIES 4 Schedule me-time on the calendar. 4 Unplug from gadgets. 4 Spend lunch breaks in the park. 4 Rest before hitting the wall of exhaustion. 4 Take 10 minutes to stretch and breathe in the morning. 4 Meditate in the shower; choose a luxurious, natural, body wash. 4 Wear your favorite jewelry. 4 Designate a beautiful tea cup or coffee mug to use on hectic work days. 4 Buy yourself flowers; take yourself out to lunch or a museum. 4 Sprinkle lavender, rose geranium or ylang ylang essential oil on your sheets. 4 Opt for a gentle workout instead of a high-intensity session when tired. 4 Choose a healthy breakfast. 4 Play, be silly and be a kid again. 4 Designate 15 to 20 minutes after the workday to color, doodle or journal. 4 Listen to your favorite music during commuting or cleaning the house. 4 Abandon perfectionism. 4 Connect to a higher power, however you define it, even if it is inner peace.

Hassler affirms that when women are fully present, every aspect of life can be viewed through a clearer lens. “Self-care helps us tap into our super power, which is our intuition, and by doing that, we know what we need and act on that.”

Thrive With Small Changes

Beginning the day with self-care can be as simple as taking the time to meditate and breathe deeply for a minute or two before getting out of bed and opting for a healthier breakfast. Feeding our senses and feasting on what gives us joy can be a way of life. “Self-care does not necessarily have to involve time; it’s a way of being,” says Hassler. “The more time we spend on self-care tells the subconscious mind that we’re worth it.” Draig suggests setting personal boundaries, and part of this means reserving time for ourselves. “When I became a new mother, I was running on fumes. Sometimes my daily me-time was only five minutes here or 10 minutes there, but it saved my sanity. Learn to schedule selfcare time in your calendar as you would anything else,” she says, noting, “My house was not always spotless, but it was a trade I was willing to make so I could take care of myself and be a better mother.” Being innovative can be an ally. “Ten minutes walking the dog or taking the baby out in a stroller can become 10 minutes spent saying positive self-affirmations,” suggests Paris. “That 15-minute drive can be spent deep breathing instead of listening to the news on the radio.” Blooming into our best possible self is returning to our essence. “It’s about taking off the masks, no longer living according to expectations and other people. It’s about radical self-acceptance,” says Hassler. Each decade poses an invitation to grow and commit to self-nourishment. “There will be days where you feel like you can’t get the hang of it, but you’ll arrive, and when you do, no matter what age you are, it can be magical,” Draig says. Marlaina Donato is a composer and author of several books in women’s spirituality and holistic health. Connect at May 2019


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implant illness (BII) associated with both silicone and saline implants. The FDA first sounded the alarm about the rare lymphoma in 2011, linking it to implants with textured, Velcro-like outer shells. In February, the federal agency issued a letter to healthcare providers seeking to increase awareness “about an association between all breast implants, regardless of filling or texture,” and BIAALCL. On the issue of BII and other problems reported by women with implants, the FDA has remained largely silent, suggesting that “studies would need to be larger and longer than these conducted so far.” However, the number of women with implants reporting health problems has prompted the FDA to demand that two manufacturers of the devices conduct proper long-term health studies. The agency sent out letters in March warning of deficiencies in FDA-required research and the possibility that their products could be taken off the market. The move is considered to be a victory for patient activism. HealingBreastImplantIllness has become a sanctuary for more than 68,000 women that report a range of symptoms associated with BII. Nicole Daruda, of Vancouver Island, Canada, says she created the group to support women that visited her website,, where she told her personal BII story that began with


implant surgery in 2005. “I never anticipated an avalanche of women’s stories about the symptoms that I endured before having my explant surgery in 2015.” After hearing from other women, Daruda felt affirmed in her suspicions that implants had caused her fatigue, brain fog, memory loss, headaches, joint and muscle pain, hair loss, recurring infections, swollen lymph nodes, rashes, irritable bowel syndrome and problems with thyroid and adrenal glands. “I believe that various doctors pigeonholed my symptoms into the category of autoimmune disorders because few general practitioners are aware of BII.” Diana Hoppe, M.D., a board-certified OB/GYN in Encinitas, California, never heard of BII until earlier this year. “Doctors rely on published, evidence-based study results, and while there are none linking connective tissue disorders and breast implants, I suspect that the outcomes of studies conducted by breast implant manufacturers are equally as suspicious as the outcomes of studies done by the manufacturers of cigarettes.” One longtime BII combatant says, “My body mounted an all-out war, in the form of a foreign body immune response.” She learned about BII from BreastImplantIllness, but is unable to afford the explant surgery that would remove the apparently toxic invaders. NCHR reports that at the time of explant surgery, approximately three out of five women have had implants and their unhealthy symptoms for 10 years or more. After explant surgery, 89 percent of the women report improvement. However, explant surgery is just the first step. Daruda used chelation and the protocols of Gerson Therapy, a natural treatment that activates the body’s ability to heal itself through an organic, plant-based diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and supplements. “It took me four years to recuperate,” she says. “It didn’t take that long to know the lesson I wanted to share with other women: Self-love and self-worth are more important than society’s false concepts of beauty. The essence of who we are is not tied to any body part.”

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he 5 million faithful listeners of National Public Radio’s award-winning weekly broadcast Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me! know that 20-year host Peter Sagal infuses wit and wisdom into his views of the news and the world. In his new book, The Incomplete Book of Running, he brings his trademark humor to a memoir that posits running as a mode of survival—and hope, persistence, practice and love as vehicles of redemption. Sagal’s collection of deeply personal lessons encompasses the emotional spectrum of running, body image and the special bonding between fellow runners. His exhilarating guide to life suggests we keep moving forward in all ways. He also reflects upon the 2013 Boston Marathon, where he finished moments before two bombs exploded, and explores how running helped him cope with a devastating divorce, depression and more. Sagal is also a playwright, screenwriter and the host of PBS’ Constitution USA with Peter Sagal when he’s not writing about the recreation he took up in mid-life where he found himself “lost, in a dark place” after a personal crisis. He lives near Chicago with his wife, Mara.

After becoming a serious runner at nearly 40, when did you realize running had evolved

into something more than a simple mission to get healthy?

I was concerned about my weight, but mainly I was also concerned about getting older. I ran my first marathon in 2005 as an emotional reaction to growing older, and that’s when it all began to change for me. It struck me in a deep way as something I wanted to do better. I’ve rarely experienced the classic “runner’s high”—that endorphin-caused euphoria—although I do believe it exists. Rather, what’s more common is the sense that everything—body, mind—is working in concert, without discomfort, with strength, with ease. To paraphrase a line from Kurt Vonnegut, it’s when “everything is beautiful, and nothing hurts.”

As an advocate of escaping our “digital dystopia” of electronic screens by running outdoors, what’s the benefit you see in unplugging?

I’m a big fan of evolutionary biology. We evolved in very different circumstances than what we are living in now; to be attentive to the world and not with a screen in front of us. The reason we are up on two legs is so that we can look around and think. We’re supposed to ruminate.



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ur sport seems mindless only to people who never run long enough for any thought to form other than, ‘When can I stop running?’ But the only way to succeed as a long-distance runner is to do it mindfully, to be aware of the body and the world it is moving through. I think about my motion and my breathing, my muscles and their state of agitation or stress or relaxation. I note my surroundings—the downward slope I would never notice driving this street, the hawk’s nest I would never see for lack of looking up, the figure in a window caught in a solitary moment of their own. I think about the true meaning of distance—about the learning that comes from running a mile in your own shoes. From The Incomplete Book of Running, by Peter Sagal.

I’ve met people who say they don’t run, but they walk, ride bikes, hike in the woods. Those people are getting many of the same benefits as running. We didn’t evolve these extraordinary brains and self-consciousness so we could outsource our thinking. Anybody who has done creative work knows what’s needed to do that is uninterrupted thought.

Of the many anecdotes you cite about bonding with others through running, which one was the most gratifying?

What can non-runners take away from your book?

Probably when I ran with William Greer, who I didn’t even know 24 hours before we ran the 2013 Boston Marathon, and by the end of that day we were friends forever because of all we went through together. [Greer is visually impaired and Sagal was his volunteer guide during the race.] We’re still in touch; we sometimes run together. He wouldn’t have finished if I wasn’t helping him and I wouldn’t have finished if he wasn’t helping me.

Go outside. We weren’t meant to spend so much time in offices. Take the headphones off, move, use your body. Look at little kids in playgrounds—they’re just running around before getting trained into games. We forget that. We spend so much time in our heads reading, watching screens. I’ve met people who say they don’t run, but they walk, ride bikes, hike in the woods. Those people are getting many of the same benefits as running.

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assage is often emotional distress, the Like a perfect associated body has one objective: dance partner, a with spa-like get us to safety. Yet, many skilled bodywork pampering, yet it is also an times, the amygdala—the effective therapy for reduc- practitioner follows part of the brain that ing physical and emotional the nervous system plays a key role in this pain. Bodywork can lower and helps the client process—becomes hyper blood pressure and reduce alert and falsely perceives access sources stress hormones, which in danger when there is none. of trauma. turn helps to balance blood Trauma becomes hardsugar and boost immunity. wired into the nervous ~Lissa Wheeler A surge of the feel-good system. Pain syndromes neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine and tension are common symptoms. is also a natural perk of rubdowns. No matter what the pattern for handling On the emotional level, massage thertrauma, it takes a lot of work for the body to apy can offer profound benefits for anyone repress emotions, and it will create tension experiencing acute grief or the effects of a in the form of “armoring” to defend against traumatic past. A Swedish study published unwanted feelings. “Trauma is a physiological in the Journal of Clinical Nursing shows that experience. Body tension that results from bereaved individuals that received 25-minunresolved trauma will not respond to only ute hand and/or foot massages once a week releasing muscle tension,” explains Lissa for eight weeks felt greater comfort and Wheeler, author of Engaging Resilience: Heal were more capable of coping with stress. the Physical Impact of Emotional Trauma: A Guide for Bodywork Practitioners. The Body’s Pain Language Wheeler’s Medford, Massachusetts, When the “fight-or-flight” stress response practice focuses on releasing emotional is activated in the presence of danger or patterns locked in tissue memory. “When 32


Swedish massage, Thai massage and shiatsu are all ideal treatments for chronic pain, grief and emotional imprints locked within the body’s cellular consciousness. CranioSacral Therapy (CST) offers a gentler alternative. “CranioSacral Therapy can unravel cellular stories and assist in freeing repressed or preverbal emotions from childhood,” says Seattle-based CST therapist Barbara Coon. “Experiences are held in the body. Stress and muscular tension activate the vagus nerve, and CST focuses on calming [it].” The vagus nerve facilitates communication between the brain and the heart, lungs and gut. Coon attests to the modality’s body-centered support for reducing anxiety, depression, panic attacks, memory loss, sleep disturbances and grief. “Some people respond well to deep tissue work, while others do better with the gentleness of CranioSacral Therapy,” says Wheeler. “Like a perfect dance partner, a skilled bodywork practitioner follows the nervous system and helps the client access sources of trauma.”

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s we transition from our seemingly indestructible selves in our youth to the potential vulnerability as mortals on this Earth, we look for ways to prevent illness and maintain our wellbeing. Our physicians advise us to eat well, exercise and get enough sleep, but research has shown there is more that can be done to achieve emotional wellness. Participating in the arts can improve both our physical and emotional health. Physicians in the UK are even being encouraged to write prescriptions for arts participation for their patients. Well-being has been described in many ways, starting with Aristotle, including autonomy; environmental mastery; positive relationships with others; purpose in life; realization of potential; and selfacceptance. A contemporary definition of well-being is a central setpoint between the psychological, social and physical resources we must have in order to meet psychological, social and or physical challenges. Wellbeing is advantageous as we age, because it confers healthy minds and bodies and the ability to withstand the many stresses that life brings. The goal of lifelong wellness encompasses taking care of our emotional and physical selves along the whole course of our lives. It is important to understand that how we age reflects the degree and quality of our self-care. And we are aging. Getting 34


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are surprised that their life experience brings a richer quality to their art. There is not as much need to prove ourselves, so the act of creating can often be a reward in itself. Attending a class with people with similar interests makes it easier to build new social relationships. Dance is an especially potent art form for wellness. There is a large and growing body of research showing that participating in dance at any age, and especially as we grow older, improves many aspects of health and well-being. Any kind of dance activity can challenge us both physically and cognitively. We learn new and complex step sequences in time to music, and sometimes must remember them. It improves balance and decreases the risk of falling (a major cause of morbidity and mortality). It improves flexibility and strength. Dance has been shown to decrease the rate of cognitive decline. Attending two, one-hour dance classes a week will get us close to the 150 minutes of weekly exercise that the American College of Sports Medicine and American Heart Association recommend for strength and cardiovascular health. This activity works to prevent or mitigate chronic health diseases. Most importantly, no matter what their age, participants in dance classes are having fun. Many do not know each other when they join the classes. After a while, they know each other’s names and look forward to seeing each other. The optimal classes are warm, welcoming and nonjudgmental. There are some dance teachers with special training for elder beginners, including those with injuries and chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Some students had dance experience as children, and some had never taken a dance class. Their confidence grows as they master new steps. Besides Ballet, other classes include Modern Dance, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop and more. Emotional and mental well-being are supported by physical well-being. Participating in the arts provides many of the elements necessary to reach the goal of lifelong wellness. Dance is but one of many art forms, and if it is not the art form of choice, we can find one that moves us. Sing in a choir, take a ceramics class, act, try circus

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per day, falling short of levels needed to enhance visual and brain function and slow the progression of age-related eye diseases. Her advice: Eat foods that provide between six to 10 milligrams of lutein and two milligrams of zeaxanthin each day. Dark green leafy vegetables, including kale, spinach and collard greens, provide the highest amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin, especially when cooked. For example, one cup of cooked kale or spinach delivers more than 20 milligrams of lutein and zeaxanthin, whereas one cup of raw spinach contains just under four milligrams. Johnson explains that cooking breaks down plant cell walls, making the carotenoids more bio-available. Plus, because lutein and zeaxanthin are fat-soluble, lower amounts found in avocadoes (0.4 milligrams in one medium fruit) are better absorbed. Further, simply adding an avocado or oil-based dressing to raw, dark leafy green salads will increase intestinal absorption. The same is true for egg yolks (0.2 milligrams per large egg). In a study of 33 older adults, published in The Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that consumption of one egg a day for five weeks significantly increased blood levels of lutein and zeaxanthin without raising cholesterol levels. According to the National Eye Institute and their Age-Related Eye Disease Studies (AREDS), additional nutrients that benefit eye health include vitamins C and E, and omega-3 fatty acids.

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n sunny spring days, we spend our days in the field planting new crops and harvesting. When the weather is rainy, we are in the greenhouse, seeding crops and focused on indoor projects. Since there’s a lot to do around the farm in the springtime, I like to keep dinners simple and focused on fresh spring ingredients,” says Jen Miller, of Prairie Wind Family Farm, in Grayslake.

Arugula Pesto

Yields: 4 to 6 servings

Spring Herb Salad Yields: 4 servings

2 cups oak leaf or Bibb lettuce leaves 1 cup parsley leaves 1 cup fresh dill ½ cup fresh chives 1 cup arugula leaves 1 cup sliced almonds Salt and coarsely ground black pepper ¼ tsp red chile flakes 3 Tbsp lemon juice 2 Tbsp olive oil

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2 cloves garlic, chopped ⅓ cup pine nuts, lightly toasted 4 cups loosely packed arugula leaves, washed and dried ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil Salt and pepper


In the bowl of a food processor, place the garlic, pine nuts, arugula, and grated cheese. Pulse to chop finely. With the motor running, slowly pour in the oil until the pesto has a smooth consistency (you may not need all the oil). Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve on pasta or add to the top of a grilled pizza.

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Wash the herbs and greens by immersing the leaves in cold water and swish around to loosen any dirt. Dry in a salad spinner or by spreading them on clean kitchen towels. Place pan on stove and add almonds to dry roast. Sauté over low heat until the almonds are golden. When ready to serve, place greens in a large bowl. Add salt, pepper, chile flakes, almonds, lemon juice and olive oil. Toss and serve. Recipe courtesy of Jen Miller, of Prairie Wind Family Farm, which grows a wide variety of certified organic vegetables and pastureraised hens for eggs, and provides fresh fruit to CSA members, delivered to north and western suburban locations. Early summer shares start in June. For more information and to sign up for this year’s harvest, visit

arrots prefer to grow in the colder months of spring and fall, but can be found most of the year at the market. This bright root vegetable comes in a variety of colors and can be eaten raw, roasted, steamed, juiced, pureed, pickled or any other way you discover. They are overflowing with vitamin A for healthy eyes and immune system and potassium for muscle strength. “Carrots pair very well with sweet, spicy and herbaceous flavors,” says Lauren Woodbridge, a member of the Illinois Farmers Market Association’s Board of Directors and co-owner of The Kitchen Sink (, a bagel company specializing in organic, local bagels sold at Chicago farmers’ markets.

Shaved Carrot Salad Prep time: 10 minutes Total Time: 1 hour Yields: 4 servings

5 large carrots, peeled and rinsed 3 cloves of garlic for recipe from 1 head roasted garlic (total) ¼ tsp ginger, grated 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

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t’s May, and the temperature is rising, as is the sap and green shoots. It’s the perfect time to involve kids in growing their own garden that will get them outdoors, teach them planning and perseverance, and develop their motor, literacy and scientific skills. A South Korean study found that gardening provides both high- and moderateintensity exercise for kids. It builds good eating habits, too: A British study of 46 9- and 10-year-olds found that they ate 26 percent more vegetables and fruit after growing a school garden, and a University of Florida study of 1,351 college students showed them more likely to eat veggies if they had gardened as children. For the most gratifying results, give kids a sense of ownership. “Let them make the decisions and be in charge of the care of the garden as much as developmentally possible,” advises Sarah Pounders, senior education specialist at, in Burlington, Vermont.

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Order some seed catalogues, look online—or better yet, take a child to the local garden nursery. Let them decide what to grow. Their choices are as diverse as their interests. Veggies, flowers and plants that draw butterflies each have their own appeal. Some, like sunflowers, radishes and lettuce, are fast-growing, offering quick gratification. Or, they can choose a theme. “If your child likes Italian food, plant tomatoes and basil. If they enjoy Mexican food, then peppers and cilantro. For flowers—zinnias and cosmos—let them make flower arrangements from early summer into the fall,” suggests Susan Brandt, of Bristow, Virginia, co-founder of the gardening site Visiting a plant nursery offers the perfect opportunity to put kids on the path to healthy living. Point out and discuss the differences between organic and nonorganic seeds and between chemical fertilizers containing Roundup—labeled “Keep Out


of Reach of Children”—and organic fertilizers containing fish, seaweed and other natural nutrients.

Choose the Spot

A three-foot-by-three-foot plot is an ideal size for a child’s garden, as long as it gets lots of sunshine. If living in an urban area, go with pots of soil in a sunny window.

Get the Right Tools

For young kids with short attention spans, small plastic spades, rakes and hoes might work. But older kids need hardier tools. Get them properly fitted garden gloves, plus sunhats and sunscreen.

Plant the Seeds

Help them read and interpret the seed package directions, if necessary, and use a ruler to measure proper spacing. “I always try to have a mix of plants that start from seed and from transplants, so that kids can have both immediate and delayed gratification,” says Pounders.

Water, Weed and Mulch

Show them how to use the watering can or hose properly, usually watering only when the soil is dry to a depth of one inch. They can mix their own non-toxic pesticide out of vinegar and salt, and spread such organic mulches as straw, newspaper, grass clippings and leaves to discourage weeds.

Get Scientific

“They can look at the soil to see all the living creatures in it, which is especially fun

through a microscope,” says Dixie Sandborn, an extension specialist at Michigan State University. “They can learn about vermiculture by making a worm bin and feeding the worms their table scraps.” With a ruler, they can measure the growth of various plants and create a chart comparing rates. By taking photos or drawing pictures on a daily or weekly basis, they can compile an album, along with their commentary on weather patterns.

Have Fun

“Let them add personal touches like stepping stones, signs and other decorations that let them express their personality in their garden space,” says Pounders. Help them build a scarecrow, bird feeder, toad house, bird bath, sundial or a tent. Make a teepee or small enclosure and cover it with flowers, vines or climbing beans.

Harvest the Crop

After picking ripe vegetables, kids can find recipes and prepare snacks or a dish; arrange plucked flowers in vases and take photos; do craft activities with seeds, plants and flowers, like making potpourri or framing dried flowers; or throw a garden-themed party with favors that include herbs or seed packets. “You could have a ‘pa-jam-a’ party. Kids could wear their pajamas, pick berries, and make jam to take home,” suggests Sandborn. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based freelance health writer. Connect at

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hile flowers are We underestimate Better Living known to lean what plants can Through toward light, a do because their Chemistry growing body of research Early evidence of plant comcommunication is munication was discovered is demonstrating plants also respond to sounds and invisible to us. by accident, according to scents—and then herald Jack Schultz, senior executive ~Heidi Appel the news to their neighbors. director of research developFar from being passive life ment at the University of forms, members of the plant kingdom are Toledo, in Ohio. “In the 1970s, researchadept at interacting with their environers began to notice plants under attack ments and with each other. respond by increasing defensive chemis “Plants don’t have specialized sense try—things that make a plant distasteful organs, but like animals, plants are very or toxic to predators,” he says. Researchers capable of sensing their environment. They noticed that control plants also seemed to perceive cues, weigh different alternatives respond to their neighbors being attacked. and allocate resources in very sophisticated Since then, Schultz, ways,” says Richard Karban, professor of Karban and other investigators have disentomology at the University of California covered that plants emit complex profiles at Davis and the author of Plant Sensing of odors in the form of volatile compounds and Communication. that can be picked up by other plants, as

well as insects. Studying sagebrush in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Karban found that plants under duress emit chemical cues that trigger nearby plants to increase their defenses. These odors vary with the type of threat and time, working to attract pollinators during the day and fending off enemies at night, Schultz says. A plant being eaten by an insect may release a chemical that attracts predatory insects looking for herbivore prey. “There is a clear adaptive advantage in attracting the ‘enemy of your enemy’, who can act as a bodyguard for the plant being attacked.” Smells are just part of a plant’s multisensory life, says Heidi Appel, a professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo and one of Schultz’s collaborators. Appel’s research with collaborator Rex Cocroft, at the University of Missouri, demonstrates they’re listening for threats, too. Her lab exposed plants from the mustard family to the sound of a caterpillar feeding, with control plants in silence or “listening” to a recording of the wind or other insects, and found that those vibrations didn’t effect the same defensive-priming response as that of the plant-munching caterpillar. “Plants have no special sense organs, so their sophisticated sense of hearing is very surprising,” says Appel.

Nature’s Networks

Karban’s lab isolated plants to determine that their chemical signals were transmitted by air rather than soil or root systems. Yet researcher Suzanne Simard, a professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, is digging into the underground connections, finding that trees are interacting with one another below the ground in complex ways. Trees have a symbiotic relationship with fungi that’s built on a mutually ben-

The planting of a tree, especially one of the long-living hardwood trees, is a gift which you can make to posterity at almost no cost and with almost no trouble, and if the tree takes root it will far outlive the visible effect of any of your other actions, good or evil. ~George Orwell 42



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Plants have no special sense organs, so their sophisticated sense of hearing is very surprising. ~Heidi Appel eficial exchange of nutrients, says Simard. This underground network links root systems of trees together, enabling them to exchange carbon, water and other nutrients in a kind of natural balance sheet. Simard discovered these networks had hubs—typically older “mother trees”—that can connect to hundreds of saplings and send them excess carbon that can quadruple their survival rates. Simard also found that trees engage in “defense signaling” similar to plants, increasing their natural defenses in response to damage inflicted on their neighbors, but only if the mycorrhizal networks of fungi that aid in sending such messages are intact. Simard’s research seeks to understand how environmental threats like climate change and logging may further disrupt these communication networks. Recognizing all of the communication that exists between plants, we might wonder if human words of encouragement can help them grow. Perhaps, but not for the reasons one might hope, says Appel. “Whenever we feel a sense of connection to another life form, we are more likely to take better care of it,” says the researcher. “We underestimate what plants can do because their communication is invisible to us. Yet we also have to be careful about overestimating their abilities. We need an understanding to be driven by science, and not wishful thinking.” April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Contact her at

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Four of them that are fairly easy to find in May, even in yards, include rose-breasted grosbeak, scarlet tanager, indigo bunting and Baltimore oriole.

Rose-breasted grosbeak


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The scarlet tanager nests in oak woodlands and sometimes visits urban and suburban yards during spring migration.

(Pheucticus ludovicianus) About eight inches long, the rose-breasted grosbeak mostly spends winters in Central and northern South America. Many fly across the Gulf of Mexico in one night, heading to breed across much of Canada and the eastern U.S., including northern Illinois. The male has a black head and black back, with white wing bars and a white belly, washed with a heart-shaped rosy hue. Females are streaked with brown and have a distinctive white eyebrow stripe. Both have large, conical-shaped bills. Rosebreasted grosbeaks will visit feeders with sunflower seeds during migration, and it’s not unusual to see several males and females in one area during migration. Listen for their melancholy, robin-like songs.


n May, Chicago region backyards and nature preserves sparkle with the songs and colorful plumage of migratory birds. Some of them have traveled thousands of miles from their winter homes in Central and South America on their way to their northerly breeding grounds. Birds such as the rose-breasted grosbeak and the indigo bunting, flashing brilliant blue when the sun catches its feathers, may even spend a few days in urban and suburban backyards in spring. Wherever food and cover are available to help them on their long journeys, they’ll stop to rest and feed. Some nest in the region, while others continue flying farther north to find the perfect spot to raise a family. To see a rose-breasted grosbeak perched on a redbud tree in northern Illinois in May is remarkable, considering this bird, weighing about one-and-a-half ounces, may have flown at least 2,700 miles from Colombia to get here. 44


Migratory birds face many natural and manmade perils, including storms, exhaustion, communication towers, glass buildings and electric wires. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates at least 400 million migratory birds perish annually from manmade causes. Cats let outdoors, as well as feral cats, also kill millions of birds annually. Migration, according to researchers, has evolved over tens or even hundreds of thousands of years. Scientists believe some bird species learned they could find more food such as insects by heading farther south in fall after each succeeding period of glaciation and retreat. Birds such as cardinals and woodpeckers in the yard can find food and adequate habitat and other conditions in Illinois in winter, and so do not migrate. At least 350 species of North American birds are long-distance migrants, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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A rose-breasted grosbeak adds color to a blooming redbud in northern Illinois in May.

Baltimore oriole

(Icterus galbula) The eight-and-a-half-inch-long Baltimore oriole spends winter in southern Florida, the Caribbean, Central America and northernmost South America. They breed throughout much of the eastern U.S. and into Canada. The male has a black head and back, contrasting with orange undersides and white wing bars. The female is more subdued, with yellowish back and

Photo by Bob Schifo

utility line. They sometimes visit sunflower feeders during migration, but also feed on dandelion seeds. Indigo buntings nest in shrubby areas, especially along a forested edge throughout Illinois. Look for an all-blue bird smaller than a robin. Blue jays are larger, with blue and white plumage and a crest. Eastern bluebirds are somewhat larger and a lighter shade of blue, with reddish-orange breasts. A Baltimore oriole perches on a fence post. underside. Both have slender, pointed, gray beaks, compared with the grosbeaks, as well as blue-gray feet and legs. Baltimore orioles, along with other birds such as gray catbirds, are attracted to orange slices, but especially grape jelly offered in feeders. Lucky observers may spot an oriole’s hanging, pendular nest about 20 feet high or more in a cottonwood tree. In spring, listen for a whistled, two-to-five syllable song and look for a bright, black and orange bird near the top of a tree.

Photo by Sheryl DeVore

Indigo bunting

(Passerina cyanea) About five-and-a-half inches long and weighing just half an ounce, the indigo bunting spends winters in southern Florida, Central America and northern South America. The male, in the right light, has a brilliant, indigo plumage with black lores (the region between the eyes and nostrils) and wings, contrasted by a silvery-colored bill. The female is mostly dull brown, with a bluish tail. Indigo buntings sing their sweet, musical songs, given in couplets, from atop a tree or shrub or while perched along a

Scarlet tanager

(Piranga olivacea) The six-and-a-half-inch-long scarlet tanager spends winters in South America as far south as Bolivia, and breeds throughout eastern North America. It is not as commonly seen in yard settings as the grosbeak and oriole, but a few will stop in a neighborhood for a day or two before retreating to woodlands, where they nest high in the trees. Males have a scarlet body with bold black wings. Females are more difficult to find; they are olive on top, with a slight yellowish belly and grayish-brown wings. Listen for a distinct, short, buzzy song that some say sounds like a hoarse robin, as well as “chick-burr” call notes. Then look high for a bright red bird with black wings to separate it from the more common northern cardinal. Scarlet tanagers sometimes visit grape jelly feeders in spring, as well, along with the orioles and catbirds. Sheryl DeVore is the author of Birds of Illinois and Birding Illinois. She served as editor of Meadowlark: A Journal of Illinois Birds for 25 years and continues to write articles about birds and nature for national and regional publications. She can be reached at

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May Day Int’l workers Day Yom Hashoah begins at sundown Green Drinks McHenry County – 5-7pm. 1st Wed. Come talk about “greening” the future with others. Special presentations each month on a timely environmental topic or green business. Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N Main St, Crystal Lake. Lake. Emotional Wellness and Myofascial Release – 7pm. 1st Wed. With Sharon M. Vogel, LMT, CLT, BCTMB, MFR. Join us in learning hand postures that release hardened tissue and trauma. We will incorporate essential oil blends. National Lymphatic Centers, 5002 Main St, Ste A, Downers Grove. 630-241-4100. RSVP:


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World Press Freedom Day 21st Annual Evanston Aging Well Conference: “Alternative Practices of Mind-Body Health” – 8am-12:30pm. With Dr. Archana Lal-Tabak and Jim Lal-Tabak, Heart of Transformation Wellness Institute. Break-out session. Workshop provides tools to assist in decreasing inflammation as well as methods to detoxify the mind, the body and the environment for better aging and reversal of chronic conditions. Free. The Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave, Evanston. 847-425-9355. Fresh Face with Mineral Fusion – May 3 & 4. 11am-4pm. Team from Mineral Fusion are coming to educate on the benefits of incorporating natural make up into your everyday routine. Make-Up artists will be offering on site consultations. Fruitful Yield, 7230 W North Ave, Elmwood Park. 708-395-5880.

Freeing Your Voice Workshop – 10am-12pm. What to do you need to say or ask for? Experience and receive practical tools to stop shrinking back so you can increase your impact, courage and boldness. Your voice matters. $30, $25/preregistered by May 1. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362. Become An Expert Intuitive – 11am. 6-wk intensive online class and work group presented by Milagro World Center with intuition pioneer and best-selling author Penney Peirce. To register: Illinois Hemp Growers Summit – 11am-4pm. Learn more about the legal hemp program in Illinois, what you’ll need to get started, permit application FAQs and how to build partnerships in the industry. Quarry Event Center, 2423 E 75th St, Chicago. Info & register:

Christian Science Lecture: How to Make Change for the Better – 2-3pm. Learn the value of a strong foundation. Then, build on new views of your spiritual identity that bring deep and lasting change for the better. Consider a very different idea of God as all good. It’s a life-changing way to think about existence and speaker, Janet Hegarty, has been there. Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St, Glen Ellyn. Christian Science Lecture: Time is Not a Factor in Your Life – 2-3pm. Talk describes how to gain dominion over time by understanding better how you can live in the timeless, constant present of the spiritual now. Speaker Dave Hohle shares some of the spiritual ideas he has employed in his healing work for others, and his own cross-country motorcycle trips, to break stressful limitations imposed by time. Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka.

World Labyrinth Day Celebration – 1-2pm. Join us at our beautiful labyrinth and participate in a global event for peace. Over 5,000 people in 35 countries around the world will participate in a wave of healing and peace by “Walking as One at 1pm.” Led by John Robertson and Neal Harris, who helped create our labyrinth. Free. The Theosophical Society, 1926 N Main St, Wheaton. 630-668-1571.

Webinar: Introduction to Frames: A Card Deck for Insight – 3-3:30pm. Learn how to unlock your inner data for creative problem-solving and personal growth. Small, live webinar with Q&A. Sign up on website for desired date. An online link will be sent after sign-up. $5. Sign up:

Energetic Tools & Healing – 2-4pm. With Dianne Reddington. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

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“Death, Rebirth and Karma” Workshop – 2-5pm. What does our death mean? What happens after we die? Why does our life turn out the way it does and what can we do about it? In this workshop, discover Buddha’s simple and profound answers to life’s deepest questions. Learn how we can use this knowledge to solve our problems and find a peaceful, happy and meaningful life. Everyone welcome. $20/advance, $25/at door. Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago in Wicker Park, 2010 W Pierce Ave, Chicago. Register:


Basic Cupping for Health and Vitality – 9am4pm. Learn a variety of cupping techniques addressing the common cold, muscle aches and pains, digestive disorders and irregular menstruation to name a few. Class geared toward students who are new to cupping or need a refresher. Different types of pneumatic cups available to try. 6 CEs for professional therapists. $150. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.


Intro to Gamma Wave Transmission – 5-6pm. With Dr. Pradeep Ullal. Limited number of private brain activation sessions. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.


The Spiritual Forum – 10am. We are everyday people exploring spiritual themes in our everyday lives. The dialogue topic is Bohemian Rhapsody. A meditation group meets at 9am and A Course in Miracles group meets at 11:30am. The Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St, Deerfield.

First Monday Spiritual Spa Night – 6-9pm. Guided meditation sessions and multiple holistic practitioners emphasizing the work of Edgar Cayce. Entry free; practitioner sessions $35/30 mins, $70/60 mins. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

Celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75 Yrs in Conservation & Fire Safety – Step back into mid-century America was we look at Smokey Bear and his fire prevention messages through the years. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370.

Freeing Your Voice Workshop – 10am-12pm. What to do you need to say or ask for? Experience and receive practical tools to stop shrinking back so you can increase your impact, courage and boldness. Your voice matters. $30, $25/preregistered by May 1. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362.

Intro to Gamma Wave Transmission – May 3 & 6. 5-6pm. With Dr. Pradeep Ullal. Limited number of private brain activation sessions. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

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Ancient Apothecary Essential Oil Workshop – 1011am. Ancient Apothecary will be highlighting their essential oils and the benefits they can provide to our mind and body. Create your own blend. Fruitful Yield Schaumburg, 168 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg. 847-882-2999.



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Living with Vitality through Ayurveda Medicine – 1:30-3pm. Workshop offers natural and simple ways to enhance your body and minds vitality using ayurveda lifestyle methods that are profoundly affective. Ayurveda is mind-body medicine that originated in India at least 5,000 yrs ago. It is “The Science of Life.” Presented by Live Powerfully with Christy Studant. $35. Mindful-Movements, 22w550 Poss St, Glen Ellyn. 630-460-1211.

TUESDAY, MAY 7 Regenerative Medicine Talk – 5:30-7:30pm. Join Dave Woznica, MD, and Danielle Steilen-Matias, PA-C, from Caring Medical for an interactive health talk on avoiding surgery with regenerative treatments for chronic pain and osteoarthritis: stem cells, PRP and Prolotherapy. Oak Park Library, Veterans Room, 834 Lake St, Oak Park. RSVP: 708-462-4903 or 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8 Enjoy Spring Migration in Southern Illinois – May 8-11. Red Hill Birding and Illinois Audubon Society are pleased to offer an exciting field trip to beautiful southern Illinois. More info:

THURSDAY, MAY 9 Landscaping Without Chemicals – 9:30-11:30am. Hear from local leaders in the landscaping industry on compost, benefits of native plants, working with your landscape company, the science behind healthy soils, practical steps to reducing and eliminating chemicals & finally, what you can expect from your chemical-free yard. Free. Elawa Farm, 1401 Middlefork Dr, Lake Forest. Health Lecture: Spring Detox with Herbs, Spices and Ayurveda – 6-8pm. With Archana Lal-Tabak, MD, and Jim Lal-Tabak of Heart of Transformation Wellness Institute SC. Herbs and spices have been used for health and healing for thousands of years. The ancient system of ayurveda (The Science of Life) uses herbs and spices in cooking and as medicinal preparations. Learn how to turn your food choices into healing support for your mind and body. Spice and Tea Exchange of Evanston, 1615 Sherman Ave, Evanston. Jim: 224-914-9593; Archana: 847-425-9355. 

FRIDAY, MAY 10 Women Wellness Professionals Network – 1011:30am. A meetup for wellness practitioners with inspired connection and dialog, personal and professional support. GPPS Office, 201 E Dundee Rd, Palatine. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362. Meetup. com/Spiritual-Nourishment-Chicagoland. Psychic Holistic Fair at Enlightened Balance – May 10-12. 10am-5pm, Fri; 9am-6pm, Sat; 9am4pm, Sun. Readings, body balancing, artist trunk shows, classes. Free to enter; classes starting at $10, private sessions starting at $20. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. Boost your Brain with Gamma Waves – 5:309:30pm. Dr. Pradeep Ullal teaches how you can increase gamma brainwaves, to feel happier, more peaceful, have a sense of blissful oneness, experience whole brain focus, faster processing speed, better memory, more rapid and vivid visualization and memory recall, better REM sleep, increased sensory perception and be in the zone. $135 A Healing Soul, Ltd, 555 W Central Rd, Hoffman Estates. 847-370-5181.

savethedate Open House at Divine Creative Synergy – 6-9pm. Join us for an open house celebrating 2 yrs in Evanston. Learn more about our workshops, events and reiki and aromatherapy sessions. View artwork by local artists and enjoy refreshments. Free. Divine Creative Synergy, 707 Chicago Ave, Evanston. 312-391-8740.

SATURDAY, MAY 11 World Fair Trade Day

Positively Ageless with Hemi-Sync – 9am-4pm. With Carol A. Joyce, Monroe Institute residential and outreach trainer. Workshop specially designed with audio exercises with stereo headphones, For the Positively Ageless with Hemi-Sync. Enter into a new world of possibilities for ageing differently. CEUs available. $95. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. For details & to register:

Is the Keto Diet for Me? – 10-11am. Cindy Shroba, Certified Health Coach, business owner, and educator for Ancient Nutrition, lectures on how to use the keto diet in a healthy effective way. Fruitful Yield, 7230 W North Ave, Elmwood Park. 708-395-5880. Flower Power – 1-4pm. With Heather Faun Basl. Learn step by step how to listen, communicate with the flower and make the essence. Make your own personal formula from the essences provided. Use your intuition to pick what essences you need to make your own. $125 includes materials. 675 Station Blvd, Aurora. Register: Indigenous Sacred Ceremonies – 2-4:30pm. Join us for sacred ceremonies for healing and peace including Forgiveness, Wiping of the Tears,and Talking Circle ceremonies performed by the stone circle (weather permitting). Each ceremony including smudging and fire ceremony. Donations accepted. The Theosophical Society, 1926 N Main St, Wheaton. 630-668-1571. Chicago IANDS – 2-5pm. Support/study/resource forum for near-death, out-of-body and spiritual experiences, losses. Guest speaker: John Audette, Principal founder of IANDS, Inc, author, hospital and hospice administrator, co-founder of Eternia with Eben Alexander. $20 donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847251-5758. Webinar: Introduction to Frames: A Card Deck for Insight – 3-3:30pm. Learn how to unlock your inner data for creative problem-solving and personal growth. Small, live webinar with Q&A. Sign up on website for desired date. An online link will be sent after sign-up. $5. Sign up: Eat the Neighborhood Bridgeport: Kimski – 4-7pm. Join Chicago’s only full-time professional forager Dave Odd for a walk around the Bridgeport neighborhood and local parks to see all the wild and wonderful edible plants (and possibly mushrooms, too) that grow right in the heart of the city. Guaranteed to learn about at least 50 edible plants. $35/ person for walk, $60/pair; group rates: $25/person for 5 or more. Meet in front of Kimski, 954-960 W 31st St, Chicago. RSVP via call/text: 847-409-8623.

SUNDAY, MAY 12 Mother’s Day

The Spiritual Forum – 10am. Guests are modern day mystics Jenny and Greg Donner. Rev Carol Saunders will engage Jenny & Greg in dialogue on the life-transforming message of A Course in Miracles as well as their role in compiling David Hoffmeister’s new book, This Moment Is Your Miracle. All who attend will have the opportunity to listen, be in reflection and share their own experience if desired. The Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St, Deerfield. Lymphormation – 12-2pm. 2nd Sun. Enjoy a complimentary lymph lecture followed by 10-15min manual lymph drainage with Sharon M. Vogel, LMT, CLT, BCTMB, MFR. National Lymphatic Centers, 5002 Main St, Ste A, Downers Grove. 630-241-4100. RSVP:

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Healthy Homes: Environmental Toxin Class – 2-3pm. 2nd Sun. Enjoy a complimentary lecture by Sharon M. Vogel, LMT, CLT, BCTMB, MFR, about becoming aware of riding everyday irritants and clinically proven toxins to create a healthy home. National Lymphatic Centers, 5002 Main St, Ste A, Downers Grove. 630-241-4100. RSVP:

MONDAY, MAY 13 Silicone Moving Cups for Muscular Issues – 9am-4pm. Silicone moving cups are a versatile and natural extension of the therapist’s hands. Class will review silicone moving cup methods and protocols for soft tissue dysfunction of the neck, shoulder, hip and scars. 6 CEs for professional therapists. $150. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

TUESDAY, MAY 14 Birding Between Two Rivers – May 14-16. Explore several internationally significant birding areas on the Illinois and Mississippi River with storyteller and naturalist Brian “Fox” Ellis. Trip includes one of the nation’s largest wetland restoration projects, upland forests and prairies and a sunset canoe trip. More info: Green Drinks Libertyville – 6:30pm. 2nd Tues. Like-minded people meet to discuss issues of environmental importance and build awareness. O’Toole’s Pub, 412 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville. For more info: or IL. Dinner with the Doctors – 6:30-8pm. It is our passion to help educate the community on how to live a healthier lifestyle. Enjoy demonstrations and time for Q+A with the docs to learn and experience how they work. Free dinner provided. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 N Waukegan Rd, Glenview. RSVP required: 847-486-8000.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 Wellness and Beauty: You Can’t Have One without the Other – 6-8:30pm. Join us for a night of education, shopping, and meet and greets with Dr. Josie and Ryan Lombardo as well as health, beauty, and fashion influencers from the North Shore and Chicago. JAYNE Boutique, 483 Central Ave, Highland Park. FreshSkin: 847-681-8821 or

THURSDAY, MAY 16 Your Self as Your Friend – 7-8:30pm. A refreshing and restorative evening to receive guidance and simple practices, so you can embrace more self-love, energy and joy. Donation. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. Sarah Karnes: 262745-8362. Webinar: Introduction to Frames: A Card Deck for Insight – 8-8:30pm. Learn how to unlock your inner data for creative problem-solving and personal growth. Small, live webinar with Q&A. Sign up on website for desired date. An online link will be sent after sign-up. $5. Sign up:

FRIDAY, MAY 17 Feng Shui in a Day Class – 9:30am-4:30pm. Learn how to feng shui your own home in this energizing and informative class with mini-analysis and bagua placement on your personal space. $135. Oak Brook location. Registration required, Laurie Pawli: 630-279-8870 or

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Feng Shui Professional Training Certification: Level One – May 17-19. 9:30am-4:30pm. The Feng Shui School of Chicago, a Gold Standard School, provides an intensive Professional Certification Training. This 3-day in-person class includes Bagua placement, flow of chi, use of crystals, mirrors, bedroom balance, color analysis, front door energy, 5 elements, yin and yang, off-site field work and certification test.  $837. Oak Brook location. Registration required, Laurie Pawli: 630-279-8870 or

Eat the Parks: Humboldt Park – 10am-12pm. Join Chicago’s only full-time professional forager Dave Odd for a walk around the north pond in Lincoln Park to see all the wild and wonderful edible plants (and possibly mushrooms, too) that grow right in the heart of the city. Guaranteed to learn about at least 50 edible plants. $35/person for walk, $60/pair; group rates: $25/person for 5 or more. Meet in front of the Boathouse Cafe restaurant, N Humboldt Dr, Chicago. RSVP via call/text: 847-409-8623.

All in Spirit Gala Evening – 5:30-7:30pm. A practitioners’ fair with mini-demonstrations and silent auction precedes an elegant dinner at 8pm. 2019 Spirit Award recipient Lisa Williams, author of Survival of the Soul, Life Among the Dead, and Was That a Sign From Heaven?, will be the keynote speaker. $100. Ravinia Green Country Club, 1200 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods. 847-831-8828. For details & to register:

Beyond Beautiful – 11am-4pm. Try out our DIY Beauty Bar and have a blast creating a sugar scrub or perhaps a nourishing skin oil blend. Try out some new snacks, learn how to incorporate collagen into your beauty regimen and enjoy samples to take home. Free with purchase of container. Fruitful Yield, 425 N La Grange Rd, La Grange Park. 708-788-9103.

Stress-Free Friday – 6-9pm. Multiple holistic practitioners. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. A Guided Gong Meditation – 7-9pm. Immerse yourself in a healing and transformational gong meditation featuring a guided visualization, followed by an hr-long sound immersion with gongs and Himalayan singing bowls. The experience is a psycho-acoustic gateway to raise one’s vibratory frequency, reach higher states of awareness, and recognize endless possibilities within. $25/advance, $30/at door. The Theosophical Society, 1926 N Main St, Wheaton. 630-668-1571. Free Shiatsu Intro – 7-9:30pm. Learn the fundamental techniques and philosophies of Zen Shiatsu, and chat with current students and instructors. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Nature’s Night Out – 7-10:30pm. Theme: Into the Woods. An evening of fun, food, conversation, raffle prizes and entertainment. Come enjoy the festivities with your family and friends. Free with admission; wine $5/cup. Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd, Evanston. 847-448-8256.

SATURDAY, MAY 18 Lisa Williams Workshop: Deepening Psychic Strengths – 9am-4pm. Gather step-by-step strategies using mediumistic and psychic skills through a process that unveils a deeper truth. Be introduced to the concept of “forensic mediumship” that demonstrates how to interpret evidence from Spirit using sensory perceptions. CEUs available. $135 includes lunch. Ravinia Green Country Club, 1200 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods. 847-831-8828. For details & to register: Traditional Japanese Shoden Reiki Level 1 – May 18 & 19. 9am-5pm. The personal practice that can help you balance work and life, reduce stress, and find more joy, ease and  fulfillment in everything you do. Known to some as a healing technique, this form of reiki unlocks its essence as a way of life and discovery of true self. Calandra Center for Health and Wellness, 47 W Polk St, Ste M-5, Chicago. Registration required: 312-796-3965 or



Introduction to Taoist Yoga – 1-5pm. Taoist yoga is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and can be used to correct imbalances and heal the body. Learn the principles of TCM and how to apply asanas (postures), breathing, visualization and relaxation exercises to adjust the flow of energy through your body for optimal health and wellness. $30/advance, $35/at door. The Theosophical Society, 1926 N Main St, Wheaton. 630-668-1571. Creating Mixed Media Art: Soul Painting – 2-4pm. With Terri Gregory. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. Secret Garden Gala in Rogers Park – 7-10pm. Benefits Glenwood Sunday Market’s food access program. Includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, live auction, music, dancing and more. $75/ person; $125/VIP Cocktail Hr, 6-7pm. Rooftop Terrace, Hampton Inn Chicago North, Loyola Station, 1209 W Albion, Chicago. For tickets: 773-508-5885 or

SUNDAY, MAY 19 Vesak Day (Buddhism)

Free Spring Perennial & Garden Tool Exchange – 9:30am-12:30pm. Join other gardeners and share your favorite perennials and extra tools at the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory sponsored annual spring exchange. Drop-off material from 9:30-11:30am and then come back to pick up items from 12-12:30pm. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St, Oak Park. The Spiritual Forum – 10am. We are everyday people exploring spiritual themes in our everyday lives. To learn about each week’s topic subscribe to our newsletter on website. A meditation group meets at 9am and A Course in Miracles group meets at 11:30am. The Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St, Deerfield. Eat the Neighborhood: Carnivore Oak Park – 10am-1pm. Forage with Chicago’s renowned professional forager Dave Odd. Learn over 50 species of edible plants and possibly some mushrooms too. Followed by a 3-course meal made from the foraged things seen, marvelously prepared by chef Brad Knaub and Erik Williams. $40/person, $70/pair for the walk, group rates available. $25/person for the meal, includes one beverage. BYOB. 1042 Pleasant St, Oak Park. RSVP via call/text: 847-409-8623.

savethedate Holistic Health Fair – 10am-4pm. Explore holistic choices in taking care of your mind body and spirit, and meet over 40 practitioners from SE Wisconsin and NE Illinois. Free admission. DoubleTree by Hilton, Outlet Mall I94 & Hwy 165, Pleasant Prairie, WI. 262-515-1472. Hyde Park Handmade Bazaar – 12-4pm. Meet dozens of vendors while listening to Hyde Park’s finest DJs spinning jazzy, soulful soundtracks to your shopping. Promontory Restaurant, upstairs lounge, 5311 S Lake Park Ave W, Chicago. 312-801-2100. Create Peace in Times of Anxiety – 1-3pm. Learn and use EFT to reduce anxiety and create internal peace. You’ll pick it up quickly and easily. All levels of experience welcome. Facilitated by Celeste Magers. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. Exploring Your Life Mission – 2-3:30pm. Why am I here? What am I here to do? Who am I here to become? If these questions are relevant you, join us for the continuing Life Mission Sessions. Each session is custom created for, and with, those in attendance. Donation. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362. Light Being Wellness Center Spring Concert – 2-5pm. The Music of Tchiya Amet: reggae, jazz, fusion, Native, world music, devotional, edutainment, meditative, transformative, healing, kemetic. Ancient African Egyptian: Live Spiritual Music. Plus KemeTones Cosmic Sound Healing Workshop and Demonstration, and a Musical Tribute to Malcolm X for his birthday. All ages welcome. $15/advance, $20/at door. Elastic Arts, 3429 W Diverse, Chicago. Info: 773-571-1591 or Tickets:

MONDAY, MAY 20 Viveve Webinar – 7:30-8pm. Join Dr. Josie L. Tenore for a webinar on feminine rejuvenation featuring Viveve. FreshSkin: 847-681-8821 or

TUESDAY, MAY 21 Feng Shui Professional Training Certification: Level Two – May 21-22. 9:30am-4:30pm. Continuation of Professional Training includes off-site space clearing, I Ching, wealth adjustments, feng shui business guidelines and much more. $387. Oak Brook location. Registration required, Laurie Pawli: 630-279-8870 or Rail Tales – 7pm. Rails are among the most elusive birds in our area, usually hiding in dense marsh vegetation. Stephanie Beilke, an Audubon Great Lakes staffer who has been involved in monitoring marsh birds in Illinois and Indiana, will fill us in on the habits, population trends and best places to find these secretive wetland dwellers in our area. Free. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park. For more info & complete schedule, Rena Cohen: 847-831-0331.


savethedate The Adoption Process from A to Z – 7-9:15pm. Adoption of children has transformed from a secretive event into a mutual family-planning process for both placing parents and for adoptive parents. Attorney Sally Wildman describes adoption fundamentals, share key resources to develop an adoption plan, and highlights new developments in adoption practice. Course #191753 under “ONE OF A KIND” in the catalogue. Registration by May 20 is requested. $18/person. New Trier Extension Community Education, New Trier High School, 7 Happ Rd, Northfield. Info: 847-446-6600. Register: Webinar: Introduction to Frames: A Card Deck for Insight – 8-8:30pm. Learn how to unlock your inner data for creative problem-solving and personal growth. Small, live webinar with Q&A. Sign up on website for desired date. An online link will be sent after sign-up. $5. Sign up:


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FRIDAY, MAY 24 Land of Odd Memorial Day Weekend Survival Campout – May 24-27. Everything we eat for the entire weekend will have either been foraged, grown or caught in the local area. Chef Jeremy Leven will prepare all meals and give insight and advice on preparing and preserving foraged ingredients as well as cooking demos. The Land of Odd in Iroquois County, Beaverville. RSVP via call/text: 847-409-8623.

SATURDAY, MAY 25 “Meditation for a Happy Life” Workshop – 10am-12:30pm. Unwind from the week with guided meditation in a friendly, inspiring environment. Workshop will focus on meditations that promote mental peace, happiness, and well-being to overcome stress. Everyone welcome. $20/advance, $25/at door. Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago in Oak Park, 13 Harrison St, Oak Park. Register:


All You Wanted to Know About Green Burials – 7-8:30pm. What is a green burial and what options do I have? Join Marion O’Connor Friel, a licensed funeral director and pre-need arranger with over 30 yrs of experience, as she answers all of your questions about ecofriendly disposition. Free. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Chicago. 847-256-6952.

THURSDAY, MAY 30 Organic Food Club Open House – 2-7pm. An open house for those interested in learning about this new concept in obtaining fresh, local organic food. Share thoughts and ideas about the buying club and local organic food production, take part in the Organic Food Taste-athon, and sign up for 2019 memberships. Highland Park Police Station Training Room, 1677 Old Deerfield Rd, Highland Park. RSVP: 847-561-1302 or

Spring Forest Qigong Class – 6:30-7:45pm. Qigong will awaken your natural ability to heal physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically and spiritually. Improve the quality of life & know yourself using slow, gentle body movements while incorporating sound and visualization; anyone can do standing or sitting. Limited class size. $15. Alternative Health, 800 E Northwest Hwy, Ste 101A, Mount Prospect. Register: 847-873-1490.

FRIDAY, MAY 31 8th Annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference Weekend: Honoring Plant Wisdom  – May 31-June 2. Speakers: Venice Williams, Mimi Hernandez, and special guest Susun Weed, along with a wide spectrum of knowledgeable and inspiring instructors. Includes workshops, plant walks and a kids’ camp, as well as teen herbal camps, red tent space, fire circles, singing circles, delicious locally sourced farm-to-table meals and more. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info:

Ancient Oils of Scripture – 7pm. Last Wed. With Sharon M. Vogel, LMT, CLT, BCTMB, MFR. Join us in learning about the natural remedies from ancient oils. National Lymphatic Centers, 5002 Main St, Ste A, Downers Grove. 630-241-4100. RSVP: Acupuncture & Reiki Happy Hour – 7-8:30pm. Learn about and experience acupuncture and reiki for yourself during this free monthly event. Calandra Center for Health and Wellness, 47 W Polk St, Ste M-5, Chicago. Registration required: 312-796-3965 or

Fresh Face with Mineral Fusion – May 31 & June 1. 11am-4pm. The Mineral Fusion team is coming to educate on the benefits of incorporating natural make up into your everyday routine. Make-up artists will be offering on site consultations. Fruitful Yield, 425 N La Grange Rd, La Grange Park. 708-788-9103.

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Optimize Your Metabolism – 5:30-6:30pm. Join Sarah Burden, Educator for Lifeseasons, and learn how to support your weight management goals through supplementation and diet. Free. Fruitful Yield Schaumburg, 168 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg. 847-882-2999.

Weekend Away Retreat: Abiding in Clarity – May 31-June 2. Presented by Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago. Enjoy a weekend away from your normal routine on the beautiful, tranquil shores of Lake Michigan. Meditation retreat offers an ideal setting to relax and renew yourself, spend quiet moments of reflection in nature, connect meaningfully with others, and deepen your experience of the sublime, transformative meditation on clarity, the true nature of the mind. Ideal for beginners as well as advanced students. Led by the Resident Meditation Teachers of KMC Chicago (Gen Zamling) and KMC Madison (Gen Gomlam). Everyone welcome. $300-$390 includes meals, accommodations. Siena Retreat Center, 5637 Erie St, Racine, WI. Register at

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Gong Sound Journey – 6-7:30pm. With Lisa Gniady. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

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“Back” To Restorative Aerial Yoga – 7-8:30pm. Relive upper and lower back pain through this restorative aerial goodness; the hammock provides comfort, support, and reduces the pressure that one may feel in the spine during your gentle practice. $25. Mindful-Movements, 22w550 Poss St, Glen Ellyn. Registration required: 630-460-1211.

Tongue and Fingernail Analysis Consultations – June 7 & 8. 9am-5pm, by appt. Personal consultation with Dr. Tsu Tsair Chi, an international expert in the Eastern medicine art of tongue and fingernail analysis. Fingernail analysis requires nails to be free of any polish or acrylic. $35. Rozich Chiropractic, 8000 W 159th St, Orland Park. Appt required: 708-460-0011.



Traditional Japanese Shoden Reiki Level 1 for Acupuncturists – June 1 & 2. 9am-5pm. NCCAOM certified for 13 PDA/CEU. The personal practice that can help you balance work and life, reduce stress, and find more joy, ease and  fulfillment in everything you do. Known to some as a healing technique, this form of reiki unlocks its essence as a way of life and discovery of true self. Calandra Center for Health and Wellness, 47 W Polk St, Ste M-5, Chicago. Registration required: 312-796-3965 or Body Mind Spirit Expo – June 1 & 2. 10am-7pm, Sat; 10am-6pm, Sun. Retail exhibitors offer everything from natural and holistic health products to spiritual books, enlightened art and crystals. Healers provide treatments from massage and yoga techniques to intuitive readings. $14/weekend admission includes free lectures, demos & admission to exhibit hall. See ad this issue for $1/off admission. Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Dr, Tinley Park. 541-482-3722. Claiming Joy – 1-4pm. Joy is the presence of something deeper than the ebb and flow of the human experience and is as available as your next breath. Consistent breathwork practice will change the neural pathways in your brain so you can more easily calm down and open to the joy that is always present. $35/advance, $40/at door. The Theosophical Society, 1926 N Main St, Wheaton. 630-668-1571.

SUNDAY, JUNE 2 Christian Science Lecture: Finding Innocence that is Power, Not Vulnerability – 1-2pm. Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston.

Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond – 7-9:30pm. Renowned Buddhist Monk Ajahn Brahm will share his knowledge and experience of the jhanas and insight that constitute the heart of the Buddha’s original teachings. A rare opportunity to meet and hear the internationally acclaimed Buddhist teacher and meditation master, known for his wit and wisdom. $20. College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn. Registration required: 630-668-1571 or

THURSDAY, JUNE 27 Lake Michigan Shamanic Retreat – June 2730. 6pm, Thurs-11am, Sun. Join shaman Brant Secunda on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan to honor the summer and explore practices of Huichol Shamanism. Learn ways to find emotional and spiritual balance, create a deeper connection to nature, and bring harmony and connection into reality. $495. DeKoven Center, 600 21st St, Racine, WI. 831-475-9560.

SUNDAY, JUNE 30 Illuminate Chicago Mind-Body-Spirit-Arts Festival – 11am-6pm. Enjoy the finest of local holistic wellness practitioners, products and amazing artisans. Shop, sample and delight your senses. Practitioners offer mini-sessions. Try an intuitive reading. Find crystals, jewelry, essential oils, spa products, gifts and beautiful artwork. Free workshops, too. $6/at door; save $1 with online ticket. Chicago Marriott Naperville, 1801 N Naper Blvd, Naperville. 575-519-5883.

savethedate THURSDAY, JULY 11 Amma Visits Chicago Weekend – July 11-13.10am11pm. Mata Amritanandamayi, the humanitarian and spiritual leader known throughout the world as Amma, will visit the Chicagoland area. Experience a personal blessing (hug) from Amma, as well as enjoy inspirational live music, meditation, spiritual discourse, healing arts, and great Indian and organic foods throughout the 3 days of free public programs. MA Center Chicago, 41W501 Keslinger Rd, Elburn. 630-387-5077.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 Soil Sisters Tour of Local Farms Weekend – Aug 2-4. Tour, taste, learn and play in this multifaceted weekend involving more than 20 women-owned farms in and around Monroe, Brodhead, New Glarus and Blanchardville, in South Central Wisconsin. Highlights include the Taste of Place at Cow & Quince restaurant, Farm to Table Dinner at Dorothy’s Range and a Pizza on the Farm fundraiser held at Inn Serendipity Farm and Bed & Breakfast. Additionally, restaurants feature specials throughout the weekend showcasing local ingredients. For details:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Mycelium Mysteries: A Women’s Mushroom Retreat Weekend – Sept 27-29. Retreat will focus on understanding fungi as the grandmothers of our ecosystems, with workshops at beginner through advanced levels. Keynote speakers: Katherine MacLean, PhD, Mama Mushroom: Navigating Birth, Caregiving & Death with Psilocybin Mushrooms; Gina Rivers Contla, Guardians of the Ecosystem: Can Mushrooms Speak to Trees and Save the Bees? Workshops presented by Cornelia Cho, MD, Sarah Foltz Jordan, Linda Conroy, Linda Grigg, Sonia Horowitz and more. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info & registration:

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monthlyspecialoffers $90 90-Min Swedish Massage with CBD Oil – Thru May. Add $5 for deep tissue. Experience the classic form of full-body soft tissue massage with CBD oil for additional relaxation of stressed areas. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $90 Eminence Brightening Facial with Microdermabrasion – Thru May. In combination with microdermabrasion, treatment provides an instant facelift. Diamond crystals polish the skin by gently exfoliating and removing the top layer of dead skin cells away in a controlled manner. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $110 Swedish Massage and Manicure/Pedicure with Feet Treatment – Thru May. Add $10 for deep tissue. Enjoy the classic form of a full-body soft tissue massage. Following this relaxing 1-hr massage is Antalee’s classic manicure and pedicure. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $120 Stress Evaluation – Thru May. By Naturopathic Doctor Dr. Arutcheva. Includes questionnaire for brain health and neurotransmitters, and computerized measurement of nervous system activity. Lifestyle and supplementation for stress management recommended. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $125 Seaweed Body Wrap and Aromatherapy Massage – Thru May. Add $5 for deep tissue. Nutrient-rich Klamath Blue-Green Algae helps to hydrate and detoxify. A45-min aromatherapy massage follows the body treatment. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130.

sunday Putting My Oxygen Mask on First – With Amy Landolt. Join this weekly discussion about self-care. Check Facebook for time. Live on Northshore Acupuncture Center’s Facebook page: The Mike Nowak Show Radio Program – 9-11am. Live weekly local radio show focused on gardening and the environment, with lots of humor to wake us up. Author and master gardener Mike Nowak and cohost Peggy Malecki feature a variety of guests and weather/climate scientist Rick DiMaio in live show on 1590 WCGO AM, also available in podcast on, iTunes, Stitcher and podcast apps, and streaming live on, TuneIn radio app and on Facebook at @The Mike Nowak Show.

Family Salt Day Special – Parents and kids all for price of a regular adult. First-time visit. North Shore Salt Therapy, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. Appt: 847-780-8200. Free Oral Potential Meter Test – Thru May. In honor of National Neuropathic Awareness Week (May 6-12) for all new patients ($58 value). This test measures the voltage/electrical conductivity of metal that is present in the mouth and is ideal for patients who experience rapid heart palpitations, irregular heart rate, numbness, tingling, etc. Wrigleyville Dental, 3256 N Ashland, Chicago. 773-975-6666. Meditation Teacher Training Program – Enrollment is ongoing, students may register and work through the program at their own pace. Learn different meditation techniques to assist you in finding greater happiness and meaning in everyday life. Learn methodology how to teach meditation to others. $1,580-$1,700. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600. SentinelWatch Podcast – 24/7 online. New audio podcasts filled with thought-provoking ideas posted each Monday. Contributors tackle topics relevant to daily life and inspiring prayers for the world. WODeration Nation – Supporting the best version of you on any given day. WODeration Nation is a community where you can ask any and all of your nutrition, health and fitness questions without judgement. The Edgar Cayce Bookstore Open – 10am-1pm. Also 1st Mon, 6-9pm. Bookstore is always open during scheduled events. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. Logan Square Outdoor Farmers’ Market – 10am3pm. 2nd Sun in May then weekly through Oct 27. Hosts approximately 20 farmers from within 150 miles of Chicago, offering seasonal produce and humanely pasture-raised livestock. Logan Blvd between Milwaukee & Whipple, Chicago. Time to Dance: Ballet – 10:30-11:30am. Also Tues, 1:30-2:30pm & Thurs, 12:30-1:30pm. A class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. CBG Institute for Dance and Health, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: 847-510-3357 or

monday Gluten-Free Monday – 10am-8pm. All gluten-free grocery items 10% off all-day long. Free. Earthly Goods Health Foods, 6951 Grand Ave, Gurnee. 847-855-9677.

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. Time to Dance: Jazz – 2pm. With Kate Wagner. CBG Institute for Dance and Health, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: 847-510-3357 or

tuesday Acupuncture Special – If you’ve never tried acupuncture at Nirvana Naturopathics, but are curious, try it for only $54. Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine will check your pulses and insert tiny little needles in your ears. You will be relaxed for 25-30 mins while listening to music. Nirvana Naturopathics, 707 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 100, Deerfield. 847-715-9044. Cupping Special – A Chinese technique used for generations is the use of suction cups to bring tension and toxins to the surface of the skin from deep layers. Cupping provides excellent relief for back pain, asthma, colds and more. New patient special: 3 cupping sessions for $99. Nirvana Naturopathics, 707 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 100, Deerfield. 847-7159044. Facial Acupuncture Special – The reportedly safer alternative to surgery or Botox. This cosmetic treatment is an extension of traditional acupuncture. It’s said to naturally help make the skin look younger, smoother, and all-around healthier. And unlike injection procedures, Mei Zen facial acupuncture addresses not only signs of aging, but also the skin’s overall health. Try it for $120. Nirvana Naturopathics, 707 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 100, Deerfield. 847-7159044. Light School – 9-10:15am. Weekly gathering with Heather Faun Basl on various spiritual topics and subjects. Have tea with Heather and expand your soul. 675 Station Blvd, Aurora. Topics & info: Beginning Mat Pilates – 10-11am. Amanda Kantor, Certified Pilates Instructor, leads a beginning level mat Pilates exercise class. Limited enrollment. $100/4 wks. re:fit, 901 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. For more info & appt: 847-657-0881.

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Complimentary Consultation –1-5pm, by appt. Are you feeling older than your age? Brain fog or stress turning you into a zombie? Come and sit down for a 30-min complimentary consultation with one of our board certified physicians to discuss your health and formulate a plan to uncover the real causes of your symptoms. ChiroMend Natural Health Center, 1834 Glenview Rd, Ste 2W, Glenview. For appt: 847-730-3988. More info: Time to Dance: Ballet – 1:30-2:30pm. See Sun listing. CBG Institute for Dance and Health, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: 847-510-3357 or Plant Clinic Hours – 2-4pm. Held year round. Gardening or houseplant questions? Our horticulturist can help. Bring in photos or a sample of your plant for identification or disease diagnostics. Complimentary houseplant-potting service available, for a suggested donation. You provide the plant and pot and we provide the soil and expertise. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St, Oak Park. 708-7252400. Time to Dance: Tap – 2:40-3:20pm. CBG Institute for Dance and Health, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: 847-510-3357 or CBD/Hemp Oil Introduction – 6pm. Learn what all the buzz is about with hemp oil and how it can help you and your pets. Hear about the new science and research on the benefits of phytocannabinoids and why hemp oil may be the missing link in your health journey. Let us introduce you to a full spectrum phytocannabindiol hemp oil that doesn’t require a medical card. After the presentation stay to learn about the joining us spread the mission and the business opportunity. Free. Natural Remedee Heath Solutions, 830 E Higgins Rd, Ste 116, Schaumburg. RSVP: 630-309-3409. Silent Meditation Service – 6pm. Led by Anita Stehmeier. Spending 45 mins in meditation can make a powerful impact on your well-being and quality of life. Being supported by a group makes meditation much easier. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. Qigong – 6-8pm. 2nd Tues. Discover the healing abilities of the ancient practice of qigong. Free qigong and taiji classes for the inexperienced; also a space for experts to practice their skills. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Shiatsu Student Clinic – 7 or 8pm. Also Thurs, 11am-12pm. Receive a 45-min session from an advanced Zen Shiatsu student. Sessions are performed in a group setting with instructor observation. $35/45-min or $90/3 treatments. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130.

wednesday Prayer Meeting – Time varies depending on location. Informal weekly gatherings with inspirational readings, song, prayer and time to share healings & inspiration. Meetings held at more than 24 locations of Churches of Christ, Scientist in the metro Chicago region. Locations:



YOUR Calendar Listing can be seen by THOUSANDS! Hump Day Health & Fitness – 6am. Join Woderation Facebook live event on myths and tips for health and fitness. Green City Market: Lincoln Park – May 8-Oct 23. 7am-1pm. Shop and taste fresh, locally-sourced produce and market-inspired prepared foods, see chef demonstrations and more. South end of Lincoln Park, N Clark St & N Lincoln Ave, Chicago. Community-Style Acupuncture Clinic – 5-7:45pm. By Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Interns. First come, first serve. $10/treatment; $5/vets. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 21st Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Emotional Wellness and Myofascial Release – 7pm. 1st Wed. With Sharon M. Vogel, CLT, LM. Join us in learning hand postures that release hardened tissue and trauma. We will incorporate essential oil blends. National Lymphatic Centers, 5002 Main St, Ste A, Downers Grove. 630-241-4100. RSVP: Let’s Talk Hemp Oil: The Therapeutic Benefits and Business Opportunity – 8pm. Learn how to become part of this revolution in health. Hop online to learn more about this work-from-home business opportunity. We will present a brief 15-min overview.RSVP: 630-309-3409. Meeting ID: 630-309-3409. Zoom.US.

thursday Shiatsu Student Clinic – 11am-12pm. See Tues listing. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130. Time to Dance: Ballet – 12:30-1:30pm. See Sun listing. CBG Institute for Dance and Health, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: 847-510-3357 or Time to Dance: Modern – 1:30-2:30pm. A class for people ages 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. CBG Institute for Dance and Health, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: 847-510-3357 or

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Goddess Social – 4-6pm. 3rd Thurs. With Heather Faun Basl. Held at various restaurants. More info:

friday Free Medical Pulse Diagnosis – Come by and get your pulse checked. Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine will check your pulses. If you never tried acupuncture and would like to try call us to get your appointment at a discounted rate. Nirvana Naturopathics, 707 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 100, Deerfield. 847-715-9044.

saturday Corporate Acupuncture Special – Have you ever wanted a social connection among your employees that promotes health? Creating a corporate culture that facilitates health is paramount. It leads to less sick days and higher productivity, both of which affect your bottom line. You can establish a cohesive facility by trying corporate acupuncture for just $350 for 10-12 employees and we will come to you. Nirvana Naturopathics, 707 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 100, Deerfield. 847-715-9044. Join the Centennial Volunteers – Sat & Sun. Be a part of forest and river revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore 7 special sites along the Chicago and Calumet rivers. To find a group, Ilana Federman: 312356-9990 or Dates & locations: Stay Free of Allergies for Life – Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques, or NAET, is a dramatic new treatment for the cure of allergies (and sensitivities). It is a specific treatment procedure formulated by combining chiropractic and Chinese Medicine principles applied through spinal manipulation, acupuncture, kinesiology, acupressure and nutrition. Come in for an initial visit to get reverse your allergy today. Nirvana Naturopathics, 707 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 100, Deerfield. 847-715-9044. Mighty House Radio Program – 7-10am. Funny, friendly experts with answers and ideas to help with all of your home improvement projects. Join Ron Cowgill, Robbie Ehrhardt, Rich Cowgill and the Mighty House team each Saturday morning to get help with all your home improvement and repair issues. On 1590 WCGO AM, and Green City Market: Lincoln Park – May 4-Oct 26. 7am-1pm. See Wed listing. South end of Lincoln Park, N Clark St & N Lincoln Ave, Chicago.

Palatine Farmers’ Market – May-Oct. 7am-1pm. Palatine Train Station, 137 W Wood St, Palatine. 847-358-1649. Tai Chi Class – 9am. Also Tues, 8:15pm. Reduce stress; increase flexibility and balance; improve muscle strength and definition; increase energy; stamina and agility. Wear flat-soled shoes and loose fitting clothes. $10/class. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929. Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching Class – 9-10am. Stretch and strengthen your hips and shoulders using the revolutionary flexibility method, Ki-Hara. Increase range of motion and decrease pain in half the time of yoga. $5 for first class. Stretch Chi, 410 S Michigan Ave, Ste 841, Chicago. Advance registration required: 773-750-5031. 61st Street Farmers’ Market – May 11-Oct 27. 9am-2pm. South side Chicago’s premier farmers’ market. Market also features chef demos, live music and more. 61st & Dorchester, Chicago. Mind Body Fitness: Nia Technique – 9:3010:25am. A beautiful, deep class that combines dance arts (like jazz), martial arts (like tai chi) and healing arts (like yoga). Sense new levels of mindbody awareness as you move to music from all over the world. Taught in over 45 countries, Nia’s blend of choreography and free-dance enhances your physical health, develops your self-healing capacity, and empowers your self-expression. Nonimpact, shoes optional, accessible for all levels of fitness. Energized, strong, flexible, balanced, free. Fit to be you. Get ready for a sweet, nurturing sweat. Also Thurs, 9:30am. $15/drop-in. Raydiant Day, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-644-9834. NiaRaydiantDay.Life. Plant Chicago Indoor Farmers’ Market – 11am3pm. 1st Sat thru May. Held in the lobby of The Plant, 1400 W 46th St, Chicago. 773-847-5523. Introduction to Heartland Meditation – 2-3pm. Learn how to meditate using a guided technique of reflecting and cleansing. Join us for an eye-opening session that shows how the human mind works, what to do to tackle stress, and how you can find your true self through meditation. Free. Heartland Meditation, 1444 S Butterfield Rd, Mundelein. Advance registration required: 224-433-6338.

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

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

BOOKS THE WORD OF THE PROPHETS IS BEING FULFILLED FROM ABRAHAM TO GABRIELE – Uninterrupted for over 4,000 yrs, the word from the Kingdom of God has flowed with the great plan for the return of all fallen beings to the eternal Father’s House. Free eBook copy.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES TREATMENT ROOM FOR RENT – Perfect for chiropractor, naprapath, nutritionist, shiatsu, reflexologist or office space. In Lincoln Park Wellness Center. More info: 773-868-4062. YOUR LISTING CAN BE HERE – Visit Submit.

FOR SALE COLON HYDROTHERAPY BUSINESS FOR SALE – Long-established Chicago Colonic, wellmaintained office and equipment, meticulous database. Great location with parking, built out for 2 rooms with in-suite bathrooms. 773-728-6800.

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HELP WANTED ARE YOU HIRING? – Find your next team member. Call 847-858-3697 or submit online at Submit. LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST NEEDED for an established Northern Illinois wellness center - looking for an experienced, professional, reliable and passionate team player. 815-578-8430. Resumes to MEDIA SALES: CHICAGO & SUBURBS – Excellent opportunity for flexible part-time work with great rewards. Natural Awakenings Chicago is seeking a self-motivated professional with strong interpersonal and communication skills to introduce businesses to the benefits of advertising in print and online. Ideal candidate must be self-motivated, organized and creative in sourcing suitable clients and events to target in Chicago and suburbs. You must enjoy conversing on the phone and in face-to-face meetings, as well as enjoy working both from your home and from the road throughout the metropolitan area, and have previous relationship-based ad sales experience. You’ll need at least 20 flexible daytime hours per week to prosper. Occasional weekend and evening time needed to attend events and network. Pay is generous commission, plus bonuses. Email your info, a brief description of your experience and your phone number to SEAMSTRESS NEEDED – For high-end clothing in Deerfield/Northbrook area. Part or full time. Mimika Designs. 847-312-3084. VOLUNTEER MEETING COORDINATOR – The International Association for Near Death Studies is looking to hire a spiritually minded meeting coordinator for their popular monthly lectures at Evanston Hospital. Checkout our YouTube videos. Marcia: 847-778-4688.

NATURAL HEALING ALL-NATURAL METHODS – Of preventing and diminishing the severity of C-Diff, shingles and pneumonia. Three amazing testimonials of people who fought back using an all-natural protocol. One report $10 or 3 for $25.


Custom-Made Clothing For a Perfect Fit Skilled Call for Appointment 847-312-3084 405 Lake Cook Rd., Ste A200, Deerfield IL Seamstress Wanted “Style... theArt of Looking Good at Any Age” May 2019

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ACUPUNCTURE AND TRADITIONAL ORIENTAL MEDICINE LANA MOSHKOVICH, LAC, ND, MSOM Nirvana Naturopathics 707 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 100, Deerfield 60015 847-715-9044

We use acupuncture to help you get immediate relief from acute or chronic pain. Combining Western and Chinese Medicine, we can treat and resolve insomnia, anxiety and women’s health issues, plus chronic conditions. Major insurances accepted. Schedule your initial appointment on Nirvana Get a healthier and alternative approach to your chronic health conditions.  See ad on page 23.


Specializing in Anti-Aging Beauty & Wellness FreshSkin Medical Spa & Wellness Center 595 Elm Pl, Ste 208, Highland Park 60035 847-681-8821 • Dr. Josie’s journey has taken her to multiple countries and has given her the unique experience of witnessing how medicine is practiced all over the world.  Her passion in family medicine and aesthetics has led her to advocate a program of eating well, exercising and aesthetics for patients who are passionate about having the best quality of life.  See ad on page 13.


Acupuncture, NAET Allergy Elimination, Reiki, Classes/CEU Located in Chicago’s South Loop & Arlington Heights 312-796-3965 CCHW offers: acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, NAET Allergy Elimination, reiki, Access Consciousness Bars and a variety of classes. Classes are available for adults, children and CEU for acupuncturists. We believe that when someone has the tools to help themselves that the possibilities are endless.




Certified Rolfer™ Relaxation Station, 10655 S Hale Ave, Chicago 60643 773-627-2698 Rolfing® SI is a unique form of Structural Integration that promotes good posture and body alignment. It achieves this through manipulation of connective tissue and movement education to release, realign and balance the whole body. Rolfing SI also aims to rejuvenate and revitalize you as it diminishes and relieves pain, stiffness and chronic stress.


Sharon M Vogel, LMT, CLT, BCTMB, MFR 5002a Main St, Downers Grove 6300 Kingery Hwy, Ste 212, Willowbrook 630-241-4100 • Sharon Vogel is referred to by Mayo Clinic practitioners, national surgeons and physicians. She offers 27 years’ experience and is Nationally Board Certified, specializing in oncology massage, lymph drainage MLD and myofascial release JFB MFR—all to help assist clients in regaining health. Free consult and treatment the second Sunday of each month, 12-2pm in Downers Grove with RSVP.


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


Brendan Gibbs, Certified Rolfer®, PMA®-CPT, LMT, PTA 5301 Clark St, Fl 2, Chicago 60640 773-963-2358 Structural Integration-Rolfing®, Pilates and Movement Education help to realign and balance body in space and in movement. Improve postural and movement patterns to move freely, stand taller and straighter, reduce pain, injury rehabilitation, have more energy and feel younger.

825 Chicago Ave, Evanston 60202 847-864-1130

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


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


The research is overwhelming on the benefits of using phytocannabinoids from hemp. As a certified holistic health advisor, let me help answer your questions and see if hemp oil extract is right for you. Over thousands of studies support the therapeutic benefits of phytocannabinoid diols for over 250 health conditions. I offer the world’s best, one-of-akind hemp extract that has the power of intravenous therapy within a convenient oral, liposomal delivery system. Visit our website or attend a local presentation to learn more about this new science. Get involved with this revolution in health. We are looking for professionals and influencers to work with contact me for more info. See ad on page 47.

HEALTHY LIVING INTERNATIONAL Susan Heinemann 847-769-3547 (call/text)

We’re expanding our team globally. Looking to partner with businessand health-minded people who want to incorporate the world’s finest hemp extract CBD products into their 2019 revenue plans. Call to schedule an online virtual coffee meeting and learn more about this forward-thinking business opportunity. No parties, no monthly meetings, work at your own schedule to meet personal financial goals.


InteriorWerx 312-479-7893 Are you feeling unfocused and desire to get your life back on track? Seeking solutions for health issues or emotional balance? Susan is an emotional frequency intuitive using her empathetic skills to help. Call Susan a call for a 15-min complimentary phone consult and see if it’s a good tool for you! 


150 S Wacker Dr, Ste 2400, Chicago 60606 236 S Washington St, Ste 202, Naperville 866-566-9494 Looking for an alternative way to handle your legal matter? We offer collaborative divorce, mediation, elder law mediation, divorce consulting, premarital agreements, document review/drafting, guardianships, wills/trusts, estate administration and probate. Our philosophy is to provide a personalized level of service and care, and help our clients reach a resolution.


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

Discover the healing art of dance in ballet-based classes. Dance is proven to have both physical and psychological benefits. Two current classes: Dance for Joy for cancer survivors, and Time to Dance for those 55 years or older. Taught by dancer teacher Lisa Gold and Lynne Chervony Belsky, MD. See ad on page 20.


480 Elm Place, Ste 108, Highland Park 60035 316 Peterson Rd, Libertyville 60048 847-207-2034 Digestive problems? Acid Reflux/ GERD, IBS, Crohn’s, colitis? Let us help you naturally achieve nutritional balance, feel better and enhance the quality of your life. Improve digestion while reducing discomfort and bloating so you can eat the foods you love again. Certified digestive health specialist/enzyme therapist. See ads on pages 7 and 49.


Carol G. Sherby, BS, LMT, BCST 22W550 Poss St, Glen Ellyn 630-205-1075 Carol Sherby uses gentle CranioSacral Therapy to help treat pain and dysfunction associated with a wide range of medical issues, including concussions, migraines, neck and back pain, torticollis, autism, chronic fatigue and more. She takes a holistic approach to healing, and how constrictions to nerve fibers can arise in response to physical injury, stress or emotional trauma. Through CST technique, massage and reflexology, balance can be achieved, promoting wellness in mind, body and spirit.




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. 


57 E Scranton Ave, Lake Bluff 60044 847-482-1700 Floatation therapy is quickly being recognized as a very safe and effective way to shift into the parasympathetic state of total relaxation. Floating cradles you in its graceful healing waters optimizing your body’s ability to do what it does best, heal! Float effortlessly in over 1,250 lbs of Epsom salt. See ad on page 31.


Albany Park, Chicago 312-536-0720 Let me help you heal physical and emotional issues, work toward life purpose and regain your laughter and smile. I use many different energies in the healing process, including reiki, crystals, acupressure, aromatherapy and intuitive readings. Most people feel positive results right away. Please call me and I would be happy to help you.

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Outside the Pill Box, Ltd Evanston 60201 847-644-8540 Dr. Marny helps adults and children identify and heal the root causes of their mystery symptoms or chronic health conditions, guiding them to vibrant physical, mental and emotional health. If you’re frustrated by being told everything is normal when it clearly isn’t, or if you’re looking for real solutions instead of pharmaceutical disease management, Dr. Marny can help you.

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2400 Ravine Way, Suite 400, Glenview 60025 847-998-5100 Stay healthy with a whole-body, preventative care approach. We use non-fluoridated ozonated water, periodontal herbal treatments, and gluten-free herbal paste. Restorative options include: safe amalgam removal, BPA-free fillings and sealants, non-metal crowns and bridges, sleep apnea and TMJ appliances, and non-acrylic night guards, partials and dentures. Our conservative approach includes: digital X-rays and intraoral camera, non-surgical gum therapies including laser and ozone, and herbal irrigation. Material reactivity testing, saliva pH and microscopic plaque analysis are available. Our natural approach includes dental homeopathy, CranioSacral Therapy, and nutritional counseling. Dental discount plan available and PPO insurance plans accepted. See ad on page 33.


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.


Gaiamed Dental 929 Ridge Rd, Wilmette 60091 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 and laser dentistry (no numbing in most cases). Our services range from non-surgical gum care to mercury- and PBA-free restorations, crowns, bridges, partial and full dentures, children’s dentistry, braces, dental homeopathy and CranioSacral Therapy. See ad on page 29.


Dr. Bernice Teplitsky, DDS, PC 3256 N Ashland, Chicago 60657 773-975-6666 In addition to state-of-the-art technology and methods offered by most holistic dentists (microscopes, ozone therapy, etc.), we treat you as a partner. We thoroughly explain your unique situation, provide treatment options and keep you comfortable with Netflix, music and paraffin wax treatments. Located off the Brown line. Free garage parking. See ad on page 21.




Dr. Kristin provides natural solutions to GI issues, autoimmune, infection, hormone imbalance, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, sleep issues and more. She specializes in DNA/genetic analysis, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, neurofeedback with photostim, neurotransmitter and endocrine system analysis. She is certified by the Institute for Functional Medicine in Reversing Cognitive Decline (The Bredesen Protocol). See ad on page 9.


Inner Child Connection Ltd 847-971-1221 Having unique training and experience, Dr. Funda Kahn offers myriad techniques customized for individuals and groups to create peace and harmony in their lives. Trained as an oral surgeon, she committed her life to healing souls. Teaching hypnosis, self-hypnosis, EFT, and “inner child connection” are only the beginning of what she can provide. “Feelings buried alive never die.” – Karol Truman. See ad on page 35.



22W550 Poss St, Glen Ellyn 60137 630-460-1211 Christy Studant is an ayurveda practitioner, yoga/Pilates teacher and Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. Through pulse and tongue assessment, she uses some of the most profound natural techniques to help rebalance the body systems, mind and spirit through herbal and nutrition detoxification, Shirodhara, chakra balancing and healing energy yoga for rejuvenation, as well as life coaching.

Meena Malhotra, MD, ABIM, ABOM 1122 Willow Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-686-4444

Specializing in medical wellness, weight loss, hormone balancing, diabetes, fibromyalgia, and anti-aging using integrative and functional medicine. We find and resolve the root cause of medical conditions and achieve outstanding, lasting results for our patients, many of which had almost given up on wellness goals. Free educational seminars. PPO insurance and Medicare accepted for covered services.

thriveMD – OPTIMAL HEALTH WHOLE LIFE SPINE & SOFT TISSUE Christopher Codina, DC 33 W Higgins Rd, Ste 735 South Barrington 60010

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

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

Using IV therapies, PRP, weight management and other natural programs we help conditions like fatigue, brain fog, hormone imbalance, pain, injury, weight gain, decreased performance, tick born disease and more. After an initial consultation, we design your custom program to obtain true optimal health, which includes living a healthy lifestyle and being committed to yourself. See ad on page 11.




North Shore Health Solutions LTD 800 Oak St, Ste 111, Winnetka 60093 847-715-9060 Are your hands or feet burning? Do you have numbness or tingling or pain? Problems sleeping? Are you having regular bowel movements or digestion problems? Previously diagnosed with a Neuropathy condition? Did you know that these issues can all be related?


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


Office Locations: Chicago, Glenview, Naperville, Aurora 630-210-8688 Medium, healer, channel, medical intuitive, spiritual teacher and mentor. Heather offers and teaches intuitive readings, energy healing, angel healing, Akashic records, intuitive development, meditation, manifestation, soul transformation retreats and helps you evolve to the next level. Look into Heather’s Light School and Children’s Energy Academy.


4433 W Touhy, Ste 525, Lincolnwood 60712 773-456-9729 Accounting with heart. Would you like to improve the lives of some of the poorest people on this planet while getting your taxes done? All our earnings are first loaned to Most tax returns are $200. Accounting is $35/hr. We utilize cutting-edge technology to drastically reduce your costs and improve efficiency.


847-509-8289 Get clarity, direction and empowerment as we release old patterns and blockages that keep you feeling stuck in life. Using Soul Memory Discovery, Michele helps you work with your angels and guides to practice new inner processes and expand into your highest good and true self. Michele is also intuitive and a Reiki Master Teacher.


Resources for your spiritual journey. Events, online podcasts, community worship services, Christian Science Reading Rooms. See ad on page 37.

Dr. Arutcheva uses bio resonance technology and microscopic blood analysis to analyze the condition of the body’s organs and systems. Based on your test results and discussion, she will identify necessary supplements and lifestyle changes to help achieve optimal health and emotional balance. Consultations can include whole body evaluations, autoimmune disorders, digestive tract health, hormonal imbalance, thyroid health, stress management, weight loss, more.

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 24.

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

Offering more than 200 Courses for Life in personal, professional and spiritual growth and development. Infinity annual Gala that includes a practitioner’s fair, elegant dinner and keynote with Lisa Williams, May 17. Deepening Psychic Strengths with Lisa Williams, day-long workshop, May 18. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental. Call or email for a free course guide.

No time for a gym schedule? I offer one-on-one virtual coaching to help reach your fitness goals—on your schedule. As a coaching professional, I make sure our time is tailored to your needs and delivers content to produce results. 12-week sessions, additional coaching available. Text now to book a discovery call.


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


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Rowena Dziubla, Owner 773-849-4990 Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn


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





At Unity Northwest Church 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines 60016 847-299-6535 •



Oasis Studio, 4705 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago 60630 773-979-5351

Since the time of the pharaohs, reflexology has helped people of all ages by restoring balance to the body’s systems. A natural pain/stress reliever, reflexology also addresses more serious health concerns. You deserve a restorative, calming and healing experience that facilitates “blooming into wellness.” Highly qualified, professional, Certified Reflexologist.

REGENERATIVE MEDICINE CARING MEDICAL REGENERATIVE MEDICINE CLINICS Dave Woznica, MD Danielle Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C 715 Lake St, Ste 600, Oak Park 60301 708-462-6377 •

Specialists in stem cell therapy, PRP and H3 Prolotherapy: the most scientifically curative regenerative injection method for chronic pain, sports injuries and arthritis. Since 1993, we’ve helped patients who have plateaued with other pain “management” treatments to permanently resolve their pain, nerve entrapments and disabling symptoms without surgery or medication. See ad on page 25.


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Experience the benefits of acupuncture, without the needles. Sound Healing can open previously closed gateways and eliminate blocks that cause pain or stress. Tuning Fork Therapy can shift frequencies and raise vibrations, allowing inner peace and purified desires to manifest. Based on ancient Egyptian wisdom and technology and Traditional Chinese Medicine.



Specializing in Anti-Aging, Integrative & Longevity Medicine FreshSkin Medical Spa & Wellness Center 595 Elm Pl, Ste 208, Highland Park 60035 847-681-8821 • Ryan’s healthcare philosophy is rooted in evidence-based functional and integrative medicine practice. Offerings include medical weightloss programs, personalized genetic testing for diet and lifestyle, food sensitivity/allergy and nutrient deficiency testing, bio-identical hormone replacement, preventive medicine labs and counseling, acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutritional counseling. Be healthy. Feel better. See ad on page 13.

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2177 Shermer Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-963-6094

2177 Shermer Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-963-6094

Whole Body Thermometry (WBT) is a safe, accurate, prevention-centered way to assess functional changes in the body. This infrared scanning device is accurately and efficiently driven by sophisticated mathematical algorithms. WBT works by identifying specific temperature patterns coming from internal organs, before and after the body is exposed to a cooling stress. See ad on page 35.

Are you ready for a safe, painless, program to lose stubborn fat and unwanted inches from those problem areas that nothing seems to help with? If so, then check out the Ultimate Light Fat Melt Program now offered at Wellness Empowered in Northbrook. Call now for a free consult and pricing. See ad on page 35.

More Than Just A Mouth Wash

Good health begins in the mouth. Bleeding Gums? Painful Teeth? Sore Throat? When your mouth needs help, get Oral & Dental Therapy. With prolonged swishing, it penetrates oral biofilms to kill difficult bacteria. Stop gingivitis, bad breath, and sore throat caused by strep.


SIBO? Leaky Gut? IBS?

To begin a healthy transformation, you must first fix the gut. You eat well, but can you absorb the nutrition? Probiotics are only a part of the solution to a damaged or imbalanced gut.

With the Digestive Rehabilitation Kit: • Kill bad bacteria and fungus • Re-seed with beneficial bacteria • Restore a healthy intestinal lining


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“When I first started receiving shiatsu from Misha, I was having frequent migraine headaches, often lasting for 3 days. I was also having episodes of pain in my right shoulder and neck as a result of an old injury. I had a frequent “catching” in my neck that would trigger a burning pain all the way down my shoulder and arm. After seeing Misha for a few months, my headaches are now rare and much shorter, and I no longer have the intense pain in my shoulder and neck. Shiatsu left my whole body feeling freer and less restricted. The freedom has carried over into renewed creativity in my artistic work.”

– Amber

WORK WITH MISHA. Schedule a session in our clinic. Our specialties include chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, chronic illness, and emotionally overwhelming states like anxiety, panic attacks and post-traumatic stress. Call 847-864-1130 and ask to book with Misha or any chronic conditions specialist.


The Massage School Alternative Holistic bodywork rooted in Asian healing philosophies 825 Chicago Avenue, Evanston •


Start A Career In Shiatsu Therapy. Free Introductory Workshops Friday May 17th, 7:00-9:30pm Thursday June 13th, 7:00-9:30pm

To view more class times, visit: Email or call 847-864-1130 to sign up today!

Beginning Zen Shiatsu

10-Week Sessions June 27-September 5 (skip 7/4), Thu 7-10pm September 10 - November 12 Tue 11am-2pm, September 11 - November 13, Thu 7-10pm 2 Weekend Intensive Session July 19-21 & 26-28, Fri 7-10pm, Sat/Sun 9am-4pm

CEs Available.

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May 2019 Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine  

Chicago's go-to resource for fresh information for a healthy, green and sustainable lifestyle.

May 2019 Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine  

Chicago's go-to resource for fresh information for a healthy, green and sustainable lifestyle.