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’m pausing to take it all in. Before sitting down to write you this month, I took a quick tour of the yard, which is transitioning to fall. I’d say it’s been an unusual weather year, yet each year now is even more out of the norm. In mid-October, we’re still harvesting tomatoes, peppers and greens, and two melons remain on the vine, as do straggling cucumbers. But signs of mid-autumn also surrounded me. It’s been a banner year for acorns and tree nuts, and the squirrels and chipmunks have had their fill, leaving thousands of unclaimed treasures scattered about. Rather than raking them away, I’m leaving the nuts in place, where they’ll become a welcome food source for the critters come February. No matter if the winter is harsh or mild, the bugs, bees, birds and other creatures that share our yards need winter food, water sources and protection. There are a few simple things we can do to build and maintain winter habitat for them. Did you know, for example, that bumblebee and other native bee queens reside underground in winter (they do not live in hives like European honeybees)? By letting leaves and fallen twigs stay in our garden spaces rather than raking or blowing them away, we can easily create hiding places for the beneficial insects and non-migrating pollinators that call our area home. Fallen leaves are also a great source of free mulch to protect garden plants from harsh winter winds and dryness, and they’ll serve as organic fertilizer next year, too.

“November comes And November goes, With the last red berries And the first white snows. With night coming early, And dawn coming late, And ice in the bucket And frost by the gate. The fires burn And the kettles sing, And earth sinks to rest Until next spring.” ~Elizabeth Coatsworth

This fall, try leaving perennial stalks in place with seed heads for the winter birds. If you need to trim, try to leave about 18 inches of stalk as a place for insects to hide. They’ll add interest to the garden space when the frost and snows come. Twig piles, extra logs and other remnants of summer are also beneficial to leave in place. We’re in that in-between season, enjoying the days before the holiday dazzle starts in earnest. It’s a perfect time to take a reflective breath and express quiet gratitude for all of the gifts and experiences we’ve been given this year. Good or not-so-pleasant, each moment weaves into our life’s tapestry and gives us an experience to be thankful for. Rather than seeing missteps and losses as roadblocks, we can gain a different perspective when we focus on the new roads they send us to travel. It seems we can so much better appreciate joy in our lives if we have experienced sadness, as well. And we can look much more to the spring if we remember the details in the autumn decline and go with the flow. Wishing you a colorful autumn and a Happy Thanksgiving!

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ndividuals can meet the training team of Moms with a Plan, a group of like-minded individuals that are self-motivated, compassionate and driven, at The Lucky Monk Restaurant off South Barrington by appointment only from 1 to 8 p.m. on November 1 and 15. The team will conduct interviews and explain the company’s compensation and benefits plan. Moms can gain flexibility to work from home and create financial independence without sacrificing time with their children. More than 5.4 million women put their careers on hold to stay home with the kids. Owner Kathy Rosner says, “We are a team of like-minded Moms who are selfmotivated, compassionate and driven to enhance the lives of those we touch. We are dedicated to helping everyday moms, just like you, find the perfect balance between work and family.” Location: 105 Hollywood Blvd., S. Barrington. For more information, call 847-530-5999, email KathyARosner@gmail.com for an interview time slot or visit MomsWithAPlan.com/Kathy. See ad on page 49.

Sip Red, Go Green at Wilmette Wine Cellar


o Green Wilmette’s second annual event, Sip Red, Go Green, from 4 to 6 p.m., November 5, at the Wilmette Wine Cellar, includes socializing, wine and hors d’oeuvres. They are celebrating another year of progress and the launch of a new Green Grants program for local initiatives, as well as their collaborative effort with the Shedd Aquarium to reduce the use of plastic straws and other single-use plastics for the improved health of our waterways. The nonprofit has been working since 2006 to raise environmental awareness, inspire people to take action and create a more sustainable community. Go Green Wilmette partners with residents, schools, the park district, the library, the village, local businesses and nearby communities to organize campaigns, projects, educational seminars, film showings, book discussions, gatherings and activities throughout the year for the health and well being of generations to come. Tickets are $30 ($15 is tax-deductible). Those wishing to donate $35 or more to Go Green Wilmette have the option of purchasing a ticket for $50 or making an additional donation. Location: 1100 Central Ave., Wilmette. For more information, visit GoGreenWilmette.org.


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he Garrett Hypnosis and Wellness Center will host a free information session and class overview of a Comprehensive Hypnosis Certification Program with Dr. Funda Kahn, CHI, from 3 to 3:30 p.m., November 5. Dr. Funda Kahn She says, “At this meeting, we will tailor the program to best adjust to our students’ available schedules.” The Certification Course runs for six months beginning on January 27. Certified consulting hypnotists can make a difference in people’s lives by assisting them to self-heal. Mastery of Mind Body Practices is a comprehensive, NGH-accredited hypnosis certification program incorporating complementary, alternative, well-being applications. “This is a one-of-a-kind training course intended to have you hit-the-ground running,” encourages Kahn. “It will give training and experience that extends far beyond traditional hypnosis techniques.” Location: 3020 N. Kimball Ave., Chicago. No prior experience is required. For more information, call 847-971-1221 or visit InnerChildConnection.com. See ads on pages 21 and 25 and in the Community Resource Guide.

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he new Energy Oasis wellness center, located at 500 E. Higgins Road, in Elk Grove Village, is a place for all things that support the mind, body and spirit. Owner and founder Kara Rojek says, “We have classes, one-onone sessions and all of the wonderful products we actually use ourselves!” Events this month include Intro to Astrology ($35) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., November 8; Veteran’s Appreciation Day (free energy therapy to veterans on this date) from 12 - 5:00 p.m.; Intro to Using Crystals (free) from Kara Rojek 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., November 11; an Angel Faire from noon to 5 p.m., November 19, with three practitioners giving readings; Building a Healing Connection with Pets ($35) from 6 to 8:30 p.m., November 21; and a Black Friday Shopping Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., November 24. Classes include reiki, Access Bars, Hawaiian healing, astrology, crystal classes, mediumship, classes on angels and more. They also offer individual training in reiki, Access Bars, Akashic Records, crystal layouts, Reiki-reflex, Reiki-ssage and more. “In our shop, all of the one-of-a-kind gemstone jewelry is handmade by me, says Rojek. “We also have an assortment of tumbled and raw stones.” The store will be open Black Friday and the entire weekend for shopping. There is a fee for readings. For more information, call 847-772-9745 or visit EnergyOasis.net. See ad on page 19.

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icensed Acupuncturist Amy Landolt helps people reclaim their sleep with her Get Some Shut Eye method, which incorporates acupuncture, essential oils, herbs, supplements and lifestyle changes. She will present a workshop, Get Some Shut Eye: Fall Asleep Quickly and Wake Refreshed, 3 to 4 p.m., November 12, in the Business Center of the Skokie Public Library. Attendees will learn about the five pillars of a good night’s sleep in the Get Some Shut Eye method; receive samples of an essential oil blend and a tea created specifically to support restful sleep; and practice simple techniques they can apply immediately to reclaim their sleep. Amy Landolt Landolt has been passionate about finding natural ways to improve sleep since dealing with her own insomnia. It was only after a combination of acupuncture, massage and yoga that she was able to sleep through the night and wake rested and refreshed. She advises, “I learned to take the lead in managing my health and fully leverage natural alternatives, and I love helping others do the same.” Admission is free. Location: 5215 Oakton, Skokie. For more information and to RSVP, call 815-814-1319. Office location: 5225 Old Orchard Rd., Ste. 5, Skokie. For appointments and more information, visit NorthshoreAcupunctureCenter.com. See ad on page 7.


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or those with Type 2 diabetes, liver support through targeted detoxification and dietary changes is crucial in managing blood sugar. Wholesome Health Pharmacy will be conducting free blood sugar testing from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., November 16. There will also be information provided with helpful tips to detoxify the liver and help balance blood sugar levels. Amit Dhingra, Pharm.D., says, “Detoxification supplements can provide the necessary vitamins and nutrients that the liver needs in order to process and remove toxins from the body. Specific herbs, such as milk thistle, artichoke and green tea, protect the liver from toxin damage via antioxidant support and help to rebuild damaged liver cells.” He also notes, “Dietary changes are also important in order to maintain healthy blood sugar and protect the liver. Blackberries and raspberries are great for providing antioxidants for restoring damaged tissue in the pancreas and liver. Lower fat intake and a whole food, plant-based diet reduces the stress on the pancreas and liver and may improve insulin resistance. Also, be mindful of any food sensitivities that may be contributing to poor blood sugar control.” Location: 2069 Barrington Rd., Hoffman Estates. For more information, call 224-653-9878 or visit WholesomeRX.com. See ad on page 31.

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he country’s first home constructed by Dior Builders under the American Lung Association’s revised Health House guidelines, Healthy Home 2017, will open to the public on November 17, with tours continuing through December 2. It is located at 1055 Glencrest Drive, in Inverness. Healthy Home 2017 is the next in the series of real-life, interactive and educational models for cleaner, greener, safer living. With features such as energy-efficient products and innovative technologies, green building materials and nontoxic furniture and accessories, Healthy Home 2017 was created to showcase some of the highest standards of human health and environmental integrity. Tour tickets are $20 and proceeds will be donated to American Lung Association. For more information, visit HealthyHome2017.com.

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his year’s annual Serendipity Expo, held from noon to 5 p.m., December 3, promises to be bigger and better than ever. Sponsored by Solful Gifts and Mandalas N Mantras, this unique Mind, Body and Soul Boutique Expo features complimentary educational presentations, mindful products and services, intuitive readings and healing sessions, great networking opportunities and allday amazing raffle prizes. Anyone interested in crystals, mandalas, crystal jewelry, feng shui, natural health and wellness products and services, intuitive readings, massages, essential oils, acupuncture or reiki will find something to enjoy. There will also be live music, yummy food and snacks and time to purchase meaningful, unique gifts for the holidays, all in a joyful, welcoming atmosphere. Natural Awakenings readers receive a 10 percent discount for Solful Gifts meaningful gifts from the heart with code NATURAL AWAKENING. Admission is $10 online in advance at SolfulGifts.com/products or $15 at the door. Multiple ticket discounts are available. Each ticket includes a free raffle ticket, food and all presentations. Location: 1040 S. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling. For more information, call 847-924-5708.

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ntourage Clinical Services, Inc. (ECS), a new and innovative approach to health care, has opened in Mundelein and West Dundee. These licensed healthcare providers bring wellness and hemp therapeutics together in a safe and welcoming setting. Providing cannabis education, medical card assistance, wellness treatments and events, ECS is one of the first in the area to combine these services. They also provide high-quality, tested and vetted hemp cannabidiol (CBD) products for sale without a medical card for general wellness or chronic conditions for people and pets. ECS was founded by Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Melanie Dillon and cannabis clinician Kalee Hooghkirk. With an emphasis on alternative wellness and professional cannabis experience, ECS provides a compassionate approach to innovative and non-invasive healthcare options that promote both physical and mental well-being. Dillon says, “We take great pride in being the only holistic center that provides continuing wellness services and education for both Illinois Medical Cannabis patients and healthcare professionals.” Other wellness services include clinical counseling, cupping, facials, massage (Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone and hemp-infused), reflexology, reiki, waxing and yoga. Classes and special events are available on a variety of hemp-related topics. For more information or for wholesale ordering, call 847-406-0789. For class and event schedules and locations, visit EntourageClinicalServices.com.

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he Onion Garden, located in downtown Highland Park, offers health-minded diners a fresh alternative to options typically available from catering services. Owner and chef Tim Carden says, “We bring a fully customizable private event service to your venue using fresh, locally sourced and organic ingredients at a honest price.” Carden can accommodate most special diets, including gluten-free, vegan, no-lactose and allergen-free. Offering a menu based on healthy, delicious food, he has curated and produced events for up to 1,000 people, ranging from a backyard barbecue to elegant celebrations, social gatherings, holiday dinners, engagement parties and weddings. With a professional chef’s background in catering and nutrition, Carden takes pride in his signature dishes, which include spiced Muscovy duck with blackberry brandy sauce; Murgh Korma, a coconut cashew curry; and varied fish, meat, game, vegetable and whole grain plates. Onion Garden also offers what Carden calls “fast food for foodies” at his Highland Park location, which includes fresh, from scratch healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner options for dine-in, takeout and delivery via many app-driven meal delivery services. The cooked-to-order menu changes seasonally, and includes fresh soups, build-your-own plates and a Sunday brunch menu, plus a weekly meal service. Location: 1788 Second St., Ste. 100 (lower level), Highland Park. For more information, call 847-926-3100 or visit OnionGarden.com. See ad on page 13. 16

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Adversarial Divorce, Not the Only Option


indy K. Campbell is an attorney who focuses on mediation, collaborative family law, adoption, guardianship, wills and trusts. She says, “Sometimes people ask me how I can do divorce, being that it is such a negative time in people’s lives. My response is that although the process and transition time is difficult, Cindy K. Campbell the hope is that the parties will then be able to move on to a more positive place.” Campbell explains that she is not there to judge either way, only to help couples achieve their end goal. “If the mediation process helps the clients to reconnect instead of push them further down the path they are on, I am all for it,” she says. “Conversely, if they continue down those paths and decide it is time for them to move onto the next chapter in their lives, then I am there to help them achieve that.” Her goal is to help the parties be amicable throughout the process and move through it with integrity. Locations: 208 S. Jefferson, Ste. 204, in Chicago, 236 S. Washington St., Ste 202, in Naperville and 1900 E. Golf Rd., in Schaumburg. For more information, call 866-566-9494 or visit CKCampbell.com. See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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TEETOTALERS ENJOY LESS HEART DISEASE In a meta-analysis of 45 research studies covering thousands of subjects led by Canada’s University of Victoria, in British Columbia, researchers found that former and occasional drinkers have a 45 percent increased risk of heart disease than nondrinkers. This discovery contradicts the widely held belief that occasional alcohol consumption reduces the risk of coronary heart disease.

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esearch from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has found that the cell walls of cranberries contain xyloglucan, a complex sugar that feeds the beneficial, naturally occurring bifidobacteria, enhancing the body’s microbiome. “A lot of plant cell walls are indigestible, just like we can’t digest the special sugars found in xyloglucans,” explains nutritional microbiologist and researcher David Sela, Ph.D. “But when we eat cranberries, the xyloglucans enter our intestines, where beneficial bacteria can break them down into useful molecules and compounds.” Sela emphasizes the importance of prebiotics. “With probiotics, we are taking extra doses of beneficial bacteria that may or may not help our gut health,” he says. “But with prebiotics, we already know that we have the beneficial guys in our guts, so let’s feed them with more nutrients and things that they like.”

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esearchers from the Tokyo Dental College, in Japan, have discovered a link between excessive overtime work and oral health by comparing overtime hours worked per month with the rate of untreated tooth decay. Of 951 financial workers studied, 13 percent of the men with no overtime hours reported tooth decay, while 19 percent of those working up to 45 hours of overtime per month did. This increased to 27 percent for those working 45 to 80 extra hours per month and exceeded 31 percent for those logging more than 80. Workers with the most overtime hours were more likely to list “too busy with work” as their reason for leaving decayed teeth untreated. The results came after adjusting for differences in age, education, smoking, snacking, dental visits and oral hygiene.


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cientists from the Research Institute for Endocrine Sciences and Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, both in Tehran, Iran, investigated the impact on leading diseases of regularly eating onion and garlic (both belonging to the genus Allium). Using data from more than 12,000 people for an average of six years, researchers assessed their onion and garlic consumption using a food frequency questionnaire and compared those measurements with blood pressure and incidences of both cardiovascular and chronic kidney disease. The scientists discovered the subjects that ate more onion and garlic regularly had risk reductions of 64 percent in cardiovascular disease, 32 percent in chronic kidney disease and 25 percent in hypertension compared to those that ate less of them.



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Monsanto’s toxic Roundup herbicide glyphosate has been found in all 10 California vintages tested, including organic wines. While glyphosate isn’t sprayed directly onto grapes because it would kill the vines, it’s often used to spray the ground in the vineyard to be absorbed via the roots. Sometimes, glyphosate drifts from conventional vineyards into nearby organic and biodynamic vineyards. Other times, the toxin remains in the soil after a conventional farm has been converted to organic; the chemical may persist onsite for more than 20 years. Glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic. Designed to kill bacteria, it harms both soils and human health, and has been cited as a human carcinogen by the World Health Organization.

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is helping doctors and scientists worldwide do their jobs better. In wildlife preservation, many researchers want to know how many animals there are and where they live, but Tanya Berger-Wolf, a professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, states, “Scientists do not have the capacity to do this, and there are not enough GPS collars or satellite tracks in the world.” At AI-driven Wildbook.org, photos are uploaded by experts and the public and analyzed for species, age and even gender. One massive Kenyan study in 2015 prompted officials to alter their lion management program. Also, the locations of stranded victims of floods, earthquakes or other disasters can be determined via computer programmers writing basic algorithms that examine extensive footage. In flooded areas, AI technology can also find debris that harbors trapped people. AI techniques can even monitor social media sites to find out more about missing people and disasters.


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Jenny Klein Teaches Yoga at Heaven Meets Earth by Carrie Jackson


eople have been practicing yoga for thousands of years for its physical, spiritual and personal benefits. Heaven Meets Earth, a yoga studio and center for conscious living in Evanston, is a place where students can move their practice forward and connect with others. Founder Lisa Faremouth Weber opened the studio in 2006 as a platform for innovation and entrepreneurship in yoga, wellness and the healing arts. “Through the integration of the art and science of yoga, mindfulness and related healing practices, we support our clients in self-reflection, personal growth, health and well-being,” says Weber. The studio offers a variety of classes, workshops and retreats, including hatha, prenatal, vinyasa and ashtanga yoga; Nia, reiki and Thai bodywork; special events like a Full Moon Fire Ceremony and teacher training courses; and classes for children, teens and even families. “Our program is rooted in vinyasa and kundalini yoga systems, with an emphasis on asana, pranayama and meditation,” adds Weber. The next retreat, facilitated by Weber and instructor Jenny Klein, is scheduled from November 17 to 19 in Union Pier, Michigan. While it is already sold out, there is a waiting list, and people can call the studio for more information about future events. “Retreats are an opportunity to get out of your routine and open up to new ways of engaging. They are a time for discovery and exploration. We create a really positive energy in a group with like-minded people. We spend time journaling, reading and in meditation. Each retreat has a theme, and this year 24

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Sharable Thanksgiving

Ways to Focus on What Really Matters by Marlaina Donato

Thanksgiving inspires a season of appreciation for what sustains us and gives meaning to life.

Share Good Food “I think true sustenance is when our hunger for connection and belonging meet,” says Sarah Ban Breathnach, the Los Angeles author of The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude. “When my daughter was small, we would purchase a complete Thanksgiving dinner for the local food pantry when we shopped for our own, saying, ‘One for us, one for them.’” Nourishment of our emotional and spiritual selves often begins with choosing simple, whole food. Rocco DiSpirito, a New York City celebrity chef and author of Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious, reminds us, “Eat real food! Return to the basics of eating what’s produced by Mother Nature. You’ll become a better partner, parent and person.” Cooking is more enjoyable when shared; beyond partaking together, partnering in meal preparation is a fun way to nurture bonds with others any time of the year.

Bangor, Pennsylvania, has opened her doors for intimate community events through the years. “My former home, a converted church, was a perfect space for organizing and a way to give back,” says Caldara, who has hosted gatherings on local environmental issues, music performances, literary nights and annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations. Small living spaces can be just as welcoming and facilitate simple conversation, a valuable gesture. “The art of listening is such a beautiful, but rare act of kindness. I love technology, but there’s no denying that our devices have made us poor listeners,” says Michael J. Chase, of southern Maine, the founder of The Kindness Center, whose books include Am I Being Kind and Off: A Memoir of Darkness, a Manual of Hope. Each month, Chase makes it a point to visit friends and send some handwritten notes instead of using social media.

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Common interests lessen the chasm between our to-do lists and nurturing camaraderie. Anna Maria Caldara, of

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Ohio, author of Kindness is Contagious, observes, “We are literally created to be kind; it’s well known that feel-good endorphins are released when we do an act of kindness. I think we often hold back because we predetermine that our resources are limited. Know your talents and gifts, and build your acts of kindness accordingly.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist (MarlainaDonato.com).

Feed Your Soul n Revive a traditional weekly or monthly dinner with family or friends. n Whip up and enjoy a healthy dinner or dessert with someone not seen in a while. n Organize a healthy potluck using local ingredients and encourage invitees to bring someone that’s new to the group. n Choose a healthier version of a holiday favorite and print out the recipe for everyone at the event. n Fill a holiday basket with yummy and colorful edibles and drop it off at a local business or library to express appreciation. n Seek reconciliation by initiating a conversation with someone that may have been hurtful. n Explore ThePeoplesSupper.org to join or host a dinner to make new friends.

Offer Some Time n Offer to help clean up a friend’s yard or organize a closet or room in their house. n Host a children’s art party and donate their works to a local facility or shelter. n If in possession of a holistic, artful or practical skill, gift it. n Bring a pot of homemade soup to a friend or neighbor that’s under the weather. n Find ideas for random acts of kindness at Kindness.org.

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step-parent has emotionally and financially reared a child of their spouse. Because of the emotional bond that has been formed, or for legal entitlements, a step-parent may want to formalize that relationship by adoption. A key factor in these situations is whether the parental rights of the noncustodial parent can be terminated if the child is a minor; meaning, under the age of 18 in Illinois. This step requires either noncustodial parent’s legal consent to adoption or a court order terminating parental rights based on facts presented that establish unfitness of that parent under applicable laws. If the child is an adult, the consent needed is that of the child, not of the noncustodial parent. Then, an adult adoption of a former step-child may be performed. When parents of children die, it is critical that family members come forward as legal guardian of the orphaned children. Depending on the circumstances of each case, eventual adoption by a relative guardian may provide a needed emotional base of permanency for the child. Often, grandparents and aunts or uncles become adoptive parents through adoption of a related child.

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ur state and federal officials long ago declared November as Adoption Awareness Month, a time when families can learn about resources for older youth and about the many types of adoption available. Professionals in the field recognize a variety of events that can lead to adoption of a child or even a group of siblings. Because the focus of adoption awareness is on the needs of children to have a permanent family, we highlight some opportunities that may be lead to legal adoption. Foster parents may have an opportunity to adopt one or more children that have been in their home for temporary care. Step-parents often want to adopt a spouse’s children if a strong family bond has developed. Adoption by a relative may be needed after the death of parents to provide


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Much like garlic, echinacea stimulates immune cells to find and destroy viruses.

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he smell of fall is in the air, with leaves dropping, rain falling and temperatures cooling. The holidays are coming, people are shopping, feeling stressed and spending more time indoors—a perfect breeding ground for cold and flu viruses. This year, just say no to cold and flu season with support from local herbs. When plants wilt, get yellowed leaves during the growing season or fall prey to a fungus or pest, their heath may be compromised, and adding compost tea or worm compost often remedies the problem. The compost supplies nourishment in the form of vitamins and minerals, and imparts antifungal and antibacterial properties. This nourishing boost activates the plant’s immune system, allowing it to perk up and fight off the disease or pest. Herbs are like a compost tea for the human immune system. Viruses are on the lookout for weaknesses in our defenses, so our goal is to prevent them by nourishing the immune system with herbs. Of course, getting enough rest and relaxation, eating fresh vegetables and drinking fluids are also important. Cold and flu season may be a thing of the past (or greatly reduced) with these three herbs on duty. Garlic (Allium sativum) is not only delicious, but a powerhouse immune stimulant. It activates cells to patrol for cold and flu viruses and destroy them. Eating 32

garlic uncooked preserves the nutrients that provide the most benefit, and pesto is a delicious way to eat raw garlic. Give it a nutrient boost by adding greens such as stinging nettles, lamb’s quarters or kale. Pesto can be used on pizza and added to sandwiches, pasta or grains. Make a garlic dip to eat with whole grain bread by pressing one or two cloves into extra virgin olive oil, adding a pinch of chopped thyme and rosemary and a little salt and pepper.

Garlic breath may even add an extra layer of protection by keeping people and their germs at a distance. Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia, E. pallida and E. purpurea) is a beautiful perennial flower that is much loved by gardeners and pollinators. The root is harvested in fall to make an alcoholbased tincture that can be taken upon first exposure to a virus, or at the initial signs of illness, to enhance general immunity and boost the immune system.

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Preventing, Reversing and Managing Diabetes Naturally by Linda Sechrist


ore health practitioners today are recognizing both the mind-body connection, as well as energetic and metaphysical insights into preventing and reversing illnesses. As a result, those facing diabetes and other health challenges are accessing contemporary resources such as the medical science and natural methods explained by health researcher and author Gary Null, Ph.D., in No More Diabetes: A Complete Guide to Preventing, Treating, and Overcoming Diabetes and Louise L. Hay’s explanation of the emotional roots of disease in You Can Heal Your Life. Applying a “both” rather than an “either” approach illuminates the importance of recognizing the ways our thoughts, emotions and lifestyle choices can impact chronic illness and long-term health.

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Author Null cites medical evidence that explains how the physical causes of diabetes are related to the pancreatic production of the hormone insulin and the body’s use of it, together with rollercoaster blood sugar levels determined by food selections, stress, sleeplessness, insufficient rest and lack of exercise. His approach for preventing, reversing or managing this debilitating condition is to raise awareness of the physical, behavioral and mental


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causes that lead to its emergence, and making healthy lifestyle choices that regulate blood sugar levels. Hay suggests that this metabolic disorder may be rooted in a feeling of being deprived of life’s sweetness and longing for what might have been, accompanied by a great need to control deep sorrow. Eavesdropping on our repetitive inner mind chatter and observing its impact on outer experiences can reveal faulty thinking that disrupts the mindbody connection. Hay, a firm believer in the power of affirmations to send a message to the subconscious mind, recommends them to aid healing. For diabetes, she suggests, “This moment is filled with joy. I now choose to experience the sweetness of today.”

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Glucose, the human body’s key source of cellular energy, is the end product of the digestive system breaking down carbohydrates, proteins and fats for absorption in the intestines. From there, it passes into the bloodstream. Glucose also supplies energy for the brain. Normal blood glucose levels vary throughout the day. For healthy individuals, a fasting blood sugar level upon awakening is less than 100 milligrams (mg) per deciliter (dl) of blood. Before meals, normal levels are 70 to 99 mg/dl; otherwise, 100 to 125. Consistent readings above 126 indicate that lifestyle changes are needed to avoid eventual progression into full Type 2 diabetes. When there’s an inability to efficiently transport glucose from the blood into cells, cells don’t receive the energy they need to function properly. “Elevated glucose levels contribute to blood vessel damage, high blood pressure and inflammation among other issues. High glucose causes insulin levels to spike in an effort to draw the glucose into cells. This stresses the pancreas and causes a sugar crash, called hypoglycemia, which can lead individuals to make impulsive, poor food choices,” advises Marcy Kirshenbaum, a board-certified clinical nutritionist and owner of Enhance Nutrition, in Northbrook, Illinois. She notes, “Elevated sugar and

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Effective Diet Choices

Making the highest-impact food choices is critical in the earliest stages of diabetes. That’s why nutritionist and holistic integrative health practitioner Saskia Kleinert, an independent practitioner who also serves as director of the Emeryville Health & Wellness Center, in California, helps patients integrate dietary changes into everyday life. “Patient education includes the necessity of eating low-glycemic index foods and reducing blood glucose levels, while increasing healthy fats with nuts, avocado and olive oil,” advises Kleinert. She notes that antioxidant-rich plant foods are another key component of an effective dietary plan for all age groups. The role of exercise is also vital for those needing to reverse pre-diabetes or managing diabetes aided by insulin injections. “Exercise increases the muscle cell’s demand for glucose, moving it out of the blood into muscle cells that use it as fuel, and so lowering insulin levels,” explains Jamie Coughlan, a naturopathic doctor who practices in Pleasanton and Pleasant Hill, California. Dr. Angelo Baccellieri, owner of Westchester Wellness Medicine, in Harrison, New York, introduces patients to

intermittent fasting, an eating pattern that helps treat insulin resistance and control blood sugar. “The concept is predicated on going 14 to 16 hours without food, replicating how our primitive ancestors ate. They feasted when food was available and fasted during famines, sometimes going several days without eating,” advises Baccellieri, who notes that intermittent fasting can be done one day a week. “Our biochemistry actually does very well with this approach, which isn’t hard to do when your last meal is at 7 p.m. and you skip breakfast and delay lunch the next day until 1 p.m. You can drink water with lemon, teas and black coffee throughout. By 1 p.m., the body has been 18 hours without protein and carbohydrates, allowing insulin levels to remain at a low level. Excess insulin from too much sugar shifts the body into a storage mode. Having no sugar stores available, the body can then switch into a ketogenic state that allows the body to burn fat for fuel,” explains Baccellieri. Herbs such as turmeric reduce inflammation. Berberine can help cells use glucose efficiently. Supplements such as vitamin C, B-complex, resveratrol and pycnogenol (pine bark extract) can raise antioxidant levels, in which most pre-diabetic and diabetic individuals are deficient, according to a study published in PubMed. Cautious health professionals tailor supplement recommendations to each patient.

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In The Diabetes Breakthrough, based on a scientifically tested way to reverse diabetes through weight loss, Dr. Osama Hamdy and Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D., explain a home-based version of the 12-week Why WAIT (Weight Achievement and Intensive Treatment) program offered at the Joslin Diabetes Center, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, in Boston. WAIT allows participants to reach their weight and blood glucose goals, along with improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and liver and kidney function. The program’s success is due to doable increases in exercising that put greater emphasis on strengthening muscles; effective ways to change bad habits; successful portion control; healthy alternatives to favorite foods; carbohydrate counting; and meals composed of the right balance of complex carbohydrates and antioxidantrich plant foods, protein and fat, all to achieve optimum body weight and diabetes control.

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Nancy Whelan, a physical therapist and owner of The Physical Therapy Center, in West Palm Beach, Florida, emphasizes the importance of proper technique for clients to avoid further injury, especially individuals that had a torn Achilles tendon. “Stretching is important when doing any exercise, and especially important following surgery or injury, because the body’s reaction to either one

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Four Categories, Many Variations “Different types of stretches access different muscles and different types of flexibility, but together, can benefit ev38

eryone,” says Wegman. There are many ways to stretch, but knowing what to do and when to do it can be key to optimum results and injury prevention. Warming up to different types of stretches can be a little daunting, but the basic four (sometimes combined in terminology) are passive, static, active and dynamic. In the past, ballistic stretching was common and included potentially harmful bouncing techniques, but today dynamic stretching has become a favorite among trainers, consisting of specific, controlled movements that prepare the body for the demands of both engaging in sports and an average workout. “Stretches can be confusing, so as a rule of thumb, I suggest dynamic stretching for any workout that involves movement and passive stretching for cooling down after a workout to release the muscles,” says Chabut. Stretching also plays an important role in yoga, which generally complements different stretches by adding a mind-body connection. “Breath is the key difference between yoga and regular stretching,” notes Chabut. “The use of breath allows you to get deeper into the muscle. Yoga also places particular emphasis on core muscles: the abdominals, lower back and spinal muscles. Through focus and deep breathing, yoga

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hether working out at the gym or taking to the trails, stretching is sometimes an overlooked asset to any exercise regimen. Eliminating stretches or not doing them properly increases the risk of injury and deprives muscles of what they need for optimum performance. “Just because you are in shape doesn’t always mean you have good flexibility,” notes LaReine Chabut, a Los Angeles fitness expert and author of Stretching for Dummies. “If you do plenty of strength training and cardio, but you don’t do any stretching, you’re creating an imbalance in your body. Flexibility plays a big part in overall fitness.” Loosening up correctly not only fosters flexibility, but also improves muscle endurance and coordination. “Everyone should be stretching, especially as you age, to maintain range of motion and balance,” advises fitness trainer Ben Wegman, of The Fhitting Room, in New York City. “A personal workout regime can be enhanced with stretching, which also increases mobility, improves posture and performance, and reduces stress levels.”

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is to contract, which can cause secondary problems,” explains Whelan. “I think the body has an intelligence we must listen to. We must acknowledge our limitations and the signals our body sends us to let us know that something is harmful or painful,” she notes. “When you take responsibility to take care of your body, it will take care of you.” For injury prevention, dynamic stretching offers many benefits. “It’s the best because it ensures that all major joints have full range of motion and sufficient muscle length,” says Wegman. She advises never to stretch an injured muscle or stretch too forcefully. “Introduce low-intensity stretching back into a regime only under a doctor’s supervision,” she cautions.

Daily Moderation

For Chabut, moderation is everything. “Gently warm up the body before moving into deeper stretches. Build heat in the muscles slowly to avoid potential injury,” she advises. Proper stretching is beneficial, but not doing so can foster bad habits and cause muscle or tendon tears. “Stretching cold muscles or using improper techniques such as bouncing when holding a stretch position are common mistakes,” observes Whelan. Stretching doesn’t have to be reserved for workouts, and with a little discipline, its benefits can easily be attained at home or the office. “Take 10 minutes during your favorite TV program and perform a couple of stretches,” suggests Wegman. “Make it a point to get up every half-hour and stretch for five minutes before resuming work. If you aren’t being pushed or pushing yourself, you won’t see results or make improvements. If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”

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hanksgiving side dishes continue to evolve, even though traditional entrées still hold pride of place. New, lighter alternatives to time-honored stuffing maximize flavorful dried fruits, herbs and nuts. Healthy options may use gluten-free bread or black rice, cauliflower, chestnuts or pecans for flavor, bulk and color. A stuffing can also fill a halved acorn squash or cored apple. According to renowned health authority Dr. Joseph Mercola, pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and

minerals, including anti-inflammatory magnesium, heart-healthy oleic acid, phenolic antioxidants and immuneboosting manganese. Erica Kannall, a registered dietitian in Spokane, Washington, and a certified health and fitness specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine, likes dried fruits because they contribute antioxidants and fiber.

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with chestnuts and embraces healthy living with millet and mushrooms in his special stuffing. His new book Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious includes healthy takes on Thanksgiving dishes such as a sugar-free cranberry sauce. Sonnet Lauberth, a certified holistic health coach, blogger and cookbook author in Seattle, created a healthy stuffing she loves. “My GrainFree Sage and Pecan Dressing is one of my favorite dishes to bring to gatherings because it works with a variety of diets,” she says. “It’s gluten-, dairy- and grain-free, paleo and vegan. The pecans can be omitted for a nut-free version.” Riced cauliflower is the base, which is available prepackaged at some groceries, but can be made at home simply by chopping the florets into rice-kernelsize pieces. “Cauliflower is the perfect base for this recipe, as it adds a nice texture in place of bread and provides extra fiber,” she says. Laurie Gauguin, a personal chef in the San Francisco Bay area, specializes in gluten-free dishes that she prepares in clients’ homes. “Anything that will hold its shape and not crumble too much can work as a stuffing base,” she says. “Gluten-free, somewhat sticky grains, like short grain brown rice, Chinese black rice, millet or soft-cooked quinoa work well.” “Choose a mixture that contrasts with the texture and color of the food you’re stuffing,” advises Gauguin. “I created a stuffing that has crunchy pecans, tender black rice and chewy, dried cranberries to contrast with the creaminess of the cored squash entrée. The black rice looks striking against the golden squash.” A stuffing that everyone can eat is ideal for a holiday gathering, either to serve or bring. Lauberth observes, “While not always possible, it’s nice if the host can accommodate various dietary concerns and preferences. Bring your own hearty side dish or two so that you have enough to make a meal for yourself if needed.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).

Healthy Holiday Stuffing Recipes Rocco DiSpirito’s Stuffing 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil ¼ cup millet 1 lb crimini mushrooms, sliced 1 large onion, diced 3 stalks celery, diced 1 medium carrot, diced 4 chestnuts, chopped 1 Tbsp fresh sage, chopped 1½ Tbsp poultry seasoning 3 scoops Rocco’s Protein Powder Plus (check Amazon.com) 2 egg whites 1¾ cups low sodium chicken or vegetable stock Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground pepper Place grapeseed oil in a 12-inch cast iron pan; place the pan in the oven and preheat oven to 425˚ F. Cook a quarter-cup millet in a small saucepan on the stovetop according to package instructions. When millet is cooked through, transfer it to a large mixing bowl. Heat a large, safe, nonstick sauté pan over high heat and use it to sauté the mushrooms until tender and golden, approximately seven to 10 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to the same mixing bowl as the millet. Heat a large, safe, nonstick pan over medium heat and use it to sweat the onions, celery and carrots until tender and translucent, about 10 minutes. Transfer the vegetable mix to the same mixing bowl as the millet and mushrooms. Add the chestnuts, sage, poultry seasoning, protein powder, egg whites and chicken stock to the large mixing bowl, and then use a rubber spatula to mix well, so that no lumps are visible. Carefully remove the cast iron pan from

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the oven, and then pour stuffing batter into it. Popping occurs as the outside batter develops a crust. Return the cast iron pan to the oven and bake for 13 minutes.



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Seasonal Vegetable Recipes from Prarie Wind Family Farm

Stuffed Apples with Figs and Hazelnuts Yields: 4 servings

by Jen Miller

2 oz dried figs, finely chopped 1 Tbsp roasted, shelled hazelnuts, chopped 1 tsp orange zest ¼ tsp allspice 4 Granny Smith apples, cored ½ cup maple syrup 1 Tbsp coconut oil 2 Tbsp fresh orange juice

garlic or tarragon) ¼ cup olive oil 2 tsp honey 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar 1/3 cup juicy capers, rinsed Generous handful Italian parsley, chopped Peel the celery root and shred it. Stop halfway through and sprinkle with a tablespoon of the lemon juice to keep the root from turning brown.

Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine the chopped figs, hazelnuts, orange zest and allspice in a bowl. Place the apples in a baking dish and loosely press the fig mixture into the cavities of the apples.

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Maple-Orange Mashed Carrots

Combine the maple syrup, coconut oil and orange juice and drizzle it over the apples.

This side dish is so delicious and easy, and perfect with roasted ham. Yields: 4 servings

Bake the apples for 25 minutes or until tender.

4 Tbsp unsalted butter 2 Tbsp 2% milk ½ tsp salt 1 tsp honey 2 lb carrots, chopped 2 Tbsp maple syrup ½ tsp grated orange zest

Set cooked apples aside for 10 minutes to let the sauce thicken slightly, and then serve warm or at room temperature.

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Adapted from a recipe in Family Circle Australia.

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Combine butter, milk, salt, honey and carrots into pan. Cook uncovered over low heat, stirring occasionally, until carrots fall apart when poked with fork (about 15 minutes).

A New Way to Enjoy Squash this Fall

Off heat, mash carrots and stir in pepper, maple syrup and orange zest.

by Janie Maxwell

Lemon Caper Celery Root Salad

This is our go-to winter salad. With a nice, refreshing flavor, it pairs well with savoy meats or serves as a fresh lunch salad. Yields: 4 servings 1 lemon, juiced 1 head celery root, peeled Salt and pepper 2 Tbsp flavored oil (we like walnut,


Shred the other half and toss with another tablespoon of lemon juice. Salt and pepper liberally and toss again. Whisk the remaining lemon juice with the walnut oil, olive oil, sugar and vinegar. Taste and adjust. Toss with the celery root, capers and chopped parsley.

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Try adding variety to weekday meals by using the many types of newly harvested winter squash available now at farmers’ markets, in community supported agriculture (CSA) boxes and at the local grocery store. Butternut squash adds beautiful color and sweetness to this salad, but other hard-shelled squashes can also be used. This month’s featured dish can be used as a main course or a side salad. …continued on page 43

Roasted Butternut Squash Fall Salad

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Maple Vinaigrette 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard 2 Tbsp maple syrup 1/3 cup cider vinegar 2/3 cup olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Combine all vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together until well blended. Add salt and pepper to taste. Toss salad with vinaigrette to taste. Janie Maxwell, MS, RDN, LDN, is the executive director of the Illinois Farmers Market Association, focused on supporting local farmers, food producers and Illinois farmers’ markets. To find a nearby farmers’ market, visit ilfma.org.

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Can Help Diagnose and Treat Fatigue by Carrie Jackson


lead to nutritional deficienhiroMend Natural Health cies, toxic buildup, allergies Center, in Glenview, is an inand weight gain. We’ll often tegrative facility that specializes in chiropractic care, nutritional order blood, urine and saliva therapy and physical therapy. They testing to establish a baseline use a functional medicine approach that we can go back to so that concentrates on identifywe have an objective ing the underlying causes viewing of how of disease, disorder and the systems in the dysfunction by addressbody are functioning the whole person, ing. It can also be important to look instead of an isolated set at medications that of symptoms. Dr. Justin commonly deplete Gruby, the clinic direcimportant nutrients tor at ChiroMend, is an in the body and advocate for preventive Dr. Justin Gruby thus create side efmedicine and integrative fects that may cause fatigue. care. Together with Dr. Joseph Glowiak and the ChiroMend staff, he helps patients to restore function and maintain What are some common health naturally by using a combination causes of fatigue? of techniques that he tailors to each Health conditions such as allergies, thyindividual’s needs. roid issues, adrenal dysfunction, diabe One condition that they specialtes, depression, musculoskeletal pain, ize in treating is chronic fatigue, which insomnia, asthma and other respiratory even as a side effect of another condiproblems can all contribute to fatigue. tion, can be a debilitating condition It is often cyclical, where a patient is that prevents patients from reaching afraid of exercise-induced asthma or their health goals. exercise increasing their pain, so he or she lives a sedentary lifestyle, which How do you diagnose fatigue? then, in turn, contributes to fatigue. If Fatigue is a general diagnosis that can any system or organ isn’t operating at be caused by a myriad of conditions. an optimal level, the whole body has to We try to look at what is causing the work harder to function properly. Toxic symptoms and treat the root cause. overload can contribute significantly to Often, people have been living with fatigue. If the liver, kidneys, or digestive other health problems that directly system are taxed, then everything starts contribute to their fatigue for years, and to slow down. Also, anything the body either don’t realize it or simply have takes in that it can’t interpret as natural never been able to address it. We start has to be metabolized by the liver as by taking a comprehensive health hisa xenobiotic, and this takes up extra tory and look for clues in lifestyle, diet, energy and resources. These chemicals exercise, stress management and sleep could be from a poor diet, low-quality patterns. A poor diet is often a contribsupplements, medications or impure air uting factor to fatigue, and can also and water. 44

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How does stress affect fatigue? Fatigue can be exacerbated by any kind of stress, whether it’s physical, emotional or biochemical. In anticipation of stress, regardless of the type, every person’s body releases hormones designed to adapt them to that stress, priming them with higher energy consumption for “fight-or-flight” reactions. However, excessive release of these hormones, particularly cortisol, can directly affect mind clarity, sleep quality, immune function and inflammation levels, and overall metabolism. It’s normal for a person to feel more pain and fatigue during periods of external stress, but it’s vital that the body resets and learns to reinterpret the triggers so that it is not a constant strain. Our patients learn how to decrease their stress levels and also make longstanding improvements with their health that lead to improvement in their energy.

How do chiropractic treatments help fatigue? Any time there are restrictions of joints or limitations of flexibility that cause mechanical dysfunction, the body has to work harder, and this increases fatigue. At ChiroMend, we treat muscles and joints as equally important and complement chiropractic care with therapeutic massage, trigger point therapy, kinesiotaping, and core strength training to heal these areas. We do not want any major imbalances from left to right, front to back, and top to bottom in the body. If there is inflammation of the tissues and joints surrounding the spine, this can cause chronic pain, inability to exercise and poor quality of life, and other systems can also suffer from poor function. Chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue therapy can reestablish the natural mobility and flexibility of the spine, which allows the body to move more easily and restores function, as well as nervous system health. ChiroMend is located at 1834 Glenview Rd., 2nd Fl., in Glenview. For more information, call 847-730-3988, email Info@ChiroMend.com or visit ChiroMend.com. See ad on page 17 and in the Community Resource Guide.


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down carbohydrates, and one with more eneé S. Barasch, a certified digestive lipase works better to break down fats. In my health specialist, detoxification/purifioffice, we run lab tests to determine the right cation specialist and founder of Nutrimix of enzymes for each person. I take into tional Health Solutions, in Highland Park, consideration factors like family history, diet has been a Chicago area leader in nutrition and overall health. The tests also help detect and digestion education for more than 12 any nutritional deficiencies. Based on the years. She splits her time between seeing cliresults, I might recommend diet modificaents in private sessions, speaking to the comtions and food supplements in addition to munity, writing about digestion issues, being enzymes. an ambassador for holistic digestive health and giving people the ability to connect the How do environmental irritants dots between nutrition and digestion. Although every digestive system is differaffect digestion? ent, many people experience allergy flare-ups We encounter factors in the environment that may be related to how their bodies are every day that can cause irritation and inReneé S. Barasch, LDHS breaking down ingredients in their food. Being flammation, whether that’s someone’s excess aware of our specific digestive needs and taking steps to properfume, secondhand smoke or particles from a constructect the gut can eliminate allergies, improve absorption and tion site. In the springtime, the air is full of dust, mold and take unneeded stress off our organs. other seasonal aggravators. When we breathe these in, they get into our bloodstream in less than 20 seconds. Our Why is thorough digestion so important for bodies then have to break down those extra toxins, which overall health? is a lot of work for the liver, kidneys and gallbladder. If Digestion is one of the main ways the body detoxifies, or they aren’t broken down properly, it results in what people cleanses. If the food you’re consuming isn’t broken down think of as seasonal allergies; runny nose, itchy eyes, red properly and thoroughly, it causes stress on the system as it or blotchy skin. People often miss the connection between moves through, which can lead to symptoms like gas, bloat- allergies and digestion. Instead of going to an allergist, they ing, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea and even insomnia, might just need to have their digestive system checked for depression, psoriasis, eczema and chronic pain. digestive imbalances. Proper digestion also allows for thorough absorption, so your body is able to use the nutrients you’re putting What practices can people do every day to inside it. Undigested food leads to what we call “leaky improve digestion? gut”, where it passes through the gut membrane and into Digestive health is dependent on a number of factors, but it is the bloodstream. This can eventually lead to more serious key to both detoxification and real nutrition. I tell my clients conditions such as Crohn’s and other autoimmune diseases. that ideally, they are looking to digest, absorb, transport, utiIn general, when our food isn’t being digested properly, lize and eliminate the cellular waste that’s put into their bodour bodies aren’t working as efficiently as they can. Food ies. Avoiding environmental irritants and pollutants eliminates becomes a toxin, instead of something that nourishes us. the need to break them down in the first place.

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

Chewing your food thoroughly starts the breakdown process before it gets into the digestive system. Eating a healthy mix of protein, fats, whole grains fruit and veggies at each meal may be easier to break down than a giant plate of just pasta or a huge steak. Food that is processed or contains GMOs is much harder for the body to process, so I encourage clients to look for whole foods in their natural form as much as possible. Nutritional Health Solutions is located at 480 Elm Pl., in Highland Park. For appointments, call 847-207-2034. For more information, email NHSolutions@sbcglobal.net or visit DigestiveHealthSolutions.com.

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greenliving Research shows that in a warmer winter preceded by a mild autumn, the possibility for lake effect snow increases during the first one or two arctic outbreaks. This might be contrary to public perception, because most people associate milder winters with less snow. However, it’s been shown that the longer the Great Lakes remain unfrozen, the more lake-effect snow there is. Although snowfall has generally averaged 35 to by Rick DiMaio 40 inches in the Chicago area since 1871, annual snowfall has averaged 46 inches in the last 10 years. While the trend in the Chicago area is up, snowfall across the southern Midwest has hile we look ahead to actually decreased in the last 30 the month of Novemyears. ber and the inevitable The important keys to this return of winter cold and snow winter’s outlook are, as always: for the Chicagoland area, it will 1) Ocean temperatures are an be difficult to forget this year’s inimportant piece to understandcredibly active hurricane season. ing the overall warmth of the In terms of accumulated cyclone atmosphere. 2) The warm Sepenergy (ACE), the National Hurtember and October will lead ricane Center determined that to warmer temperatures in the September 2017 was the most Great Lakes and the possibility active month on record when of several early season significompared to the 30-year climacant lake-effect snow events in tology data of 1981 to 2010. As December. 3) A strengthening La the hurricanes churned away in Niña can often allow a greater Typical La Nina Winter Pattern the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic, intrusion of Arctic air as the El warm, tropical moisture flowed northward into the eastern half Niño jet stream is minimized. 4) A subpar typhoon season in of the United States, resulting in pleasant, yet above-normal the Pacific can often lead to fewer Pacific storms migrating into temperatures. Canada and the upper Midwest. Typically, remnant moisture from decaying storms can With these factors in play, it’s currently looking like cause heavy rainfall in the Chicago area. However, the storm the winter season will begin rather late in the Chicago area, tracks from Harvey and Irma remained well east of Illinois, with less than four inches of snowfall in December. January resulting in a prolonged period of dryness. In fact, after a rather appears to be quite active, with several large mid-latitude wet June and early July, our weather turned incredibly dry, with cyclones moving through the region, capable of producing less than one inch of total rainfall from August 3 to October 7, 12 to 16 inches of snowfall, followed by several rounds of and September was the fourth-driest on record since 1871. Arctic cold. Colder than normal conditions will continue In addition to the dry conditions, temperatures soared to into February, with eight to 14 inches of snowfall, followed record levels during the second half of September, with seven by repeated Arctic cold. A highly variable month of March is consecutive days in the 90s, all record highs. The combinalikely due to the warmer-than-normal oceans interacting with tion of the dry soil and the blocking pattern due to the active a very cold pool of air over the Northeast. hurricane season helped foster a remarkable run of late-sea In summary, expect 28 to 32 inches of snowfall south of son heat. In fact, the month of September recorded more 90s I-80, with 32 to 38 inches for the Chicago area, and upwards than June, July and August combined. This has happened in to 48 to 52 inches close to the Wisconsin border. A longer only two other seasons. season of snow cover is expected, which will result in 10 to So we’re all wondering how this sets up the winter 12 days of below-zero weather. For those that live or play in season. Winter and summer seasons are never quite the the lake-effect snow belts of Michigan and Indiana, snowsame from beginning to end. With an increase in climate fall could range from 55 to 85 inches. Up north in the Lake variability, it becomes difficult to characterize how a season Superior snowbelt, totals could approach 150 inches—but at will be from a temperature and precipitation standpoint. Last that rate, who’s counting? winter, an early season six-to-eight-inch snowfall occurred on December 4, followed by less than an inch of snowfall for Rick DiMaio is a professional meteorologist and climate sciall of January and February combined. The heaviest snowfall entist, specializing in aviation meteorology and environmental of the winter occurred in mid-March, when a 10-to-18-inch, sustainability. Since 1985, DiMaio has served the Chicago area lake-enhanced snowfall covered the eastern sections of the as a TV and radio broadcast meteorologist, college instructor Chicagoland area and Northwest Indiana. Temperatures and flight operations aviation meteorologist. He is currently never got below zero after December. heard on The Mike Nowak Show. See ad on page 49.

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AmpleHarvest.org, a nationwide nonprofit that enables millions of home gardeners to donate excess garden produce to a nearby food pantry, promotes using whole fruit and vegetables as holiday centerpieces. Instead of flowers, fruit and vegetables are not only colorful, textured and appealing, they are edible. The AmpleHarvest Centerpieces for Food Pantries initiative, now in its sixth year, helps people share the food they’re thankful for with those not so lucky. More than 8,000 food pantries spread across the country have registered with AmpleHarvest.org, with more joining daily, eager to accept fresh produce. There’s also a centerpiece photo contest on Instagram continuing through December 30 with a $50 gift certificate to Gardener’s Supply company for the top three finalists. Each photograph should include a short description of the produce used in the centerpiece and where it will be donated. Each entry must tag @AmpleHarvest and use the hashtag #AmpleCenterpiece. “Pretty as they are, flowers quickly wilt and need to be thrown away within days. Instead, a bowl or basket of whole fruit and/or vegetables can be used as a beautiful centerpiece for that special dinner­—and then be donated to a local food pantry the following day,” says Gary Oppenheimer, founder of AmpleHarvest.org. Unique dinner table centerpieces can be harvested from the garden or purchased from a farmers’ market or store. The fresh food adds color, character and fragrance to the table. Budget-friendly DIY ideas are available at AmpleHarvest.org/ one-simple-change. “There’s no right or wrong way to make an edible centerpiece. Use what you have or what’s in season. I chose fruits and veggies that are hearty and can hold up well out of the fridge or water. Fall and winter vegetables are perfect for an edible centerpiece because they are tough and will not wilt easily,” states Debbie Wolfe, of the Prudent Garden. “This is a wonderful way to give back to your community, as well as spread a little holiday cheer to those who could use a little help.” It’s important to remember that food pantries can only accept whole food. If the fruit or vegetables are cut, carved or pierced with toothpicks, they will not be accepted by most food pantries. For more information, call 267-536-9880 or visit AmpleHarvest.org/holiday.

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n For small amounts of kitchen grease such as lard, shortening or tallow that inevitably go down the drain, flush with cold water so that it solidifies, making it less likely to stick to pipes. n Freeze small amounts of used cooking fats, oils and grease in a container like a used coffee can with a tightsealing lid, then place it in the trash. n Larger and unfrozen quantities of used cooking oil may be taken to an area recycling center for proper disposal yearround. No special container is required and the liquid is emptied from the consumer’s container onsite. Don’t combine the contents with anything else, so it can be repurposed by vendors that collect it from the centers.

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especially on dry areas. Let it absorb for about five minutes. Follow with another bath (not much lather) and a very light rinse. Also, dab it directly on hotspots, eruptions and rashes after disinfecting.

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any pet parents check their kitchen cabinets first when treating their canine companion’s minor health issues. Three helpful basics are canned, 100 percent pumpkin, povidone iodine antiseptic and 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, plus apple cider vinegar and coconut oil.


Constipation, Diarrhea and Other Minor Digestive Issues Solution: Canned pumpkin. For occasional mild tummy upsets, give a teaspoon of pumpkin for every 10 pounds of body weight, one to two times a day, either in food or as a treat, for non-allergic dogs. Pumpkin’s soluble fiber can ease diarrhea and constipation.


Minor Skin Abrasions, Cuts, Infections or Hot Spots Solution: Povidone iodine. The gentle Betadine brand can allay staph, yeast and most common bacteria. It’s safe if a pet licks it. Dilute the povidone iodine until it looks like iced tea, soak a clean cloth and gently wipe infected skin areas. Rinse the cloth, wipe the skin, and then pat dry. Repeat twice daily for a minor issue.


Itchy, Irritated Paws Solution: Footbaths. About 50 percent of a dog’s foot licking and chewing can be alleviated by simply rinsing off allergens and other irritants from its paws. For large dogs, soak one foot at a time in a bucket. Stand small dogs in a sink or tub, or dunk one paw at a time in a small container of


solution. Dilute povidone iodine to the color of iced tea and add to the footbath. Swish it around while the dog stands in it for two to five minutes. Talk soothingly and offer treats as needed.


Fleas Solution: Apple cider vinegar (ACV). It doesn’t kill fleas, but helps deter them. Put a solution of equal parts raw, organic ACV and water in a spray bottle and spritz the pet before they head outdoors plus dog bedding. Consider adding it to a dog’s food as well; one teaspoon for every 20 pounds of pooch. During baths, pour diluted ACV of one cup of vinegar to one gallon of water over a freshly bathed dog (avoid the head) for a flea-preventive rinse. Massage the ACV solution into their coat and towel dry. Don’t rinse. Alternatively, add about two cups of apple cider vinegar to their bathwater.


Crusty Skin and Nails Solution: Coconut oil. Skin treatments using 100 percent organic, cold-pressed, human-grade coconut oil can reduce flaking and improve skin quality, especially for seniors with crusty patches of skin and funky nails. Bathe the dog, and then rub the oil into the skin all over their body,

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Toxin Ingestion Solution: Hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting. Use 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and give one teaspoon for every 10 pounds of dog weight. Add a little vanilla ice cream or honey to encourage swallowing, or simply syringe it down their throat, if necessary.


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Skunk Encounter Solution: Skunk rinse. In a pail, mix one quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, one-quarter cup of baking soda and two teaspoons dishwashing liquid. For a large dog, double, triple or quadruple the mixture, based on their size and coat. Apply the mixture to the dog’s dry coat, taking care to avoid the eyes. Massage the mixture into the coat and skin for about five minutes or until the skunk smell starts to dissipate. Use a sponge to apply the solution to the chin, cheeks, forehead and ears. Rinse thoroughly. When rinsing the head, tilt the dog’s chin upward to protect the eyes. It may be necessary to repeat the entire process up to three times. Rinse off the solution completely.


Walk the dog for a few minutes— movement helps the hydrogen peroxide work—which typically occurs within 15 minutes. If the dog doesn’t vomit in 15 minutes, give a second dose. If after another 15 minutes they still haven’t vomited, call a veterinarian. Don’t induce vomiting if the dog is throwing up already, has lost consciousness or can’t stand, or it’s been more than two hours since they ingested the toxin. Harsh chemicals can cause burning both as they are swallowed and come back up. For these problems, seek veterinary care immediately. Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative veterinarian in the Chicago area, consults internationally and writes Mercola Healthy Pets (HealthyPets.Mercola. com).

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Shiatsu for Pregnancy – Nov 1 & 8. 9am-4pm. Whether you’re a professional practitioner, an expectant mother or a partner, learn simple, effective shiatsu massage, acupressure, and stretching techniques for treating common discomforts of pregnancy. Also come to understand the changes occurring in a pregnant woman’s body from the perspective of shiatsu meridian theory and Chinese Medicine. No previous experience necessary. 12 CE hrs for bodywork professionals; open to the general public as well. $240. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org. Women’s Networking Group – 11:30am-1pm. 1st Wed. Offered through the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce. Buy own lunch. Location varies in Hoffman Estates. Dr.Kristen@TheBalanceDoc.com. HEChamber.com. Go Green Highland Park Meeting – 12:151:30pm. 1st Wed. All welcome. If you’d like to be involved but can’t attend, email us. Madame ZuZu’s, 582 Roger Williams Ave, Highland Park. More info: GoGreenHP2014@gmail.com. GoGreenHP.org. Meet Moms with a Plan Training Team – Nov 1 & 15. 1-8pm, by appt. A group of like-minded individuals that are self-motivated, compassionate and driven. The team will conduct interviews and explain the company’s compensation and benefits plan. Moms can gain flexibility to work from home and create financial independence without sacrificing time with their children. The Lucky Monk Restaurant, 105 Hollywood Blvd, South Barrington. For more info & appt: 847-530-5999, KathyARosner@ gmail.com or MomsWithAPlan.com/Kathy. Green Drinks McHenry County – 5-7pm. 1st Wed. Come talk about “greening” the future with others. Special presentations each month on a timely environmental topic or green business. Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N Main St, Crystal Lake. GreenDrinks.org/IL/Crystal%20Lake. Musical Affirmations – Nov 1 & 8. 7pm. Taught by Megon McDonough, minister of music. Thoughts/ affirmations held in mind could be a mighty tool. Do you have a favorite you’d like to set it to music? It’s easier than you might think. No musical knowledge required. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-2970997. UnityNorthwest.org.


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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Illinois Soil, Water, Food and Composting Summit – 8am-4pm. Brings together leaders and practitioners on soil conservation, water quality protection, sustainable agriculture/local food, food recovery, and composting to learn about connectivity between issues and explore opportunities for collaborative work that lead to eco-effective, socially responsible, and economically viable results across topic areas. Open to everyone. $25. Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago. More info: SevenGenerationsAhead.org.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 61st Street Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. South side Chicago’s premier farmers market. Market also features chef demos, live music and more. Experimental Station, 6100 S Blackstone Ave, Chicago. ExperimentalStation.org/market. Table Thai-Shiatsu – 9am-4pm. With Randy Cummins. Includes therapeutic and clinical applications using table Shiatsu as its focus. The training’s goal is for the therapists to integrate movement, energetic channels, and anatomical specificity into their existing work. Areas covered: Supporting movement/exercises for both therapist and client. Demos of Thai-style massage in supine/ prone/seated/side-lying positions. Hands-on guided exchanges. Select tsubo location and stimulation. 6 CE hrs for bodywork professionals. $120. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org. Healing After Loss – 9am-4:30pm. There is a new kind of mourning many people are trying to cope with that traditionally resulted from the death of a loved one. Loss is a result of a variety of life events. Join David Kessler in this daylong workshop as he leads you through a more contemporary view of dealing with loss. $110. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. InfinityFoundation.org.

savethedate Green Living Expo – 10am-3pm. Green businesses and organizations are welcome and invited to interact with McHenry County’s green community. New features include an artist’s walk where visitors can shop and talk with local, sustainable artists. Businesses with appropriate green holiday gift ideas are also encouraged to register. Admission free. McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Hwy 14, Crystal Lake. For sponsors, vendors, exhibitors & artists info & to receive a registration form: 815-479-7765 or Sustainability@McHenry.edu. Plant Chicago Indoor Farmers’ Market – 11am3pm. 1st Sat thru May. The Plant, Lobby, 1400 W 46th St, Chicago. 773-847-5523. PlantChicago.org.

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Focusing for Beginners – 10am-5pm. In a tremendously gentle way focusing opens unexpected and surprising insights regarding issues in which one feels unclear and stuck. This happens by listening to one’s felt sense including occasional verbal expression, systematically but without expectation. The felt sense includes physical sensations, images, thoughts, emotions, and memories. $105. IMU, alley entrance, 1418 W Howard St, Chicago. 708-805-6171. More info: Move-With-Life.org/feldenkrais-chicago. Animal Communication Readings – 12-3pm. Receive messages from your animals (need not be present or living). Strengthen your relationship with them. Hear their messages. $10/10 mins. Bentley’s Pet Stuff, 743 Chicago Ave, Evanston. 312-231-5607. Linda@TheWhispersOfLove.com. TheWhispersOfLove.com. Parenting with Great Love and More Sanity – 2-4:30pm. Learn practical approaches for taking kind care of your “oxygen mask.” Stop letting guilt and drama corrupt your caring. $30. Jai Yoga, 37 Northwest Hwy, Palatine. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362.

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Let’s Make Herbal Immune Boosters Workshop – 9:30am-1pm. Learn what herbs to use and how to prepare them to support a healthy immune system. Make an herbal infusion and herb infused honey in class to take home and sample some prepared remedies. $45. The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville. 630-447-9910. TheResiliencyInstitute.net. Pre-Holiday Sale – 10am-3pm. Crystals, stones, local artists, crafts, card reading and fun activities. Mystic Moon Metaphysical Market and Lovelight Healing Center, 408 Center St, Grayslake. 847-350-7000.  Lovelighthc.com. The Art of Feminine Presence Introduction – 12:30-2:30pm. For women waking up to their presence. Is it time to be seen, heard and respected?  Learn  practical ways to increase your  confidence, joy and impact. $15 by Nov 1, $20 after. Inner Balance,  350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. Register, Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362. Gong Meditation – 1-2:30pm. During gong meditation, emotional transformation is produced as it reduces tension, releases blocks and stimulates circulation. The result is a reorganization of the emotional energy and feelings that are tied into the body. It clears nerve endings and regenerates the parasympathetic system, which is ruled by sound. $20/pre-register, $25/at door. Yin Yang Pilates & Yoga, 111 S Rand Rd, Lake Zurich. 847-719-1800. Free Information Session & Hypnosis Class Overview: Comprehensive Hypnosis Certification Program – 3-3:30pm. With Dr. Funda Kahn. At this meeting, we will tailor the program to best adjust to our students’ available schedules. The Certification Course runs for 6 months beginning on Jan 27. Garrett Hypnosis and Wellness Center, 3020 N Kimball Ave, Chicago. 847-971-1221. InnerChildConnection.com.

Stress Less, Enjoy More – 3-5pm. Clocks change and holidays are coming. Feel the weight lift off your shoulders as you create clear boundaries so you can say yes to more vitality and clarity. $15 by Nov 1, $20 after. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. Register, Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362. Sip Red, Go Green – 4-6pm. Presented by Go Green Wilmette. Wine and hors d’oeuvres fundraiser to celebrate 11 years of progress in raising environmental awareness in Wilmette and to launch a new Green Grants program. $30/person, $15 of which is tax deductible. Wilmette Wine Cellar, 1100 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette. GoGreenWilmette.org. Meditation – 7-8pm. Experience different styles of meditation to calm and balance your body, mind and spirit. $16/advance, $20/at door. Orinoco Fitness, 116 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville. 312-231-5607. Linda@TheWhispersOfLove.com. TheWhispersOfLove.com.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Free Essential Oil Basics – 7-8pm. With Amy Landolt. Are you sick of having so many side effects from how you are currently managing your health? Learn the basics about doTERRA’s Certified Pure Therapeutic-Grade essential oils, and how they can be used to support the body and mind naturally. You may also want to register for the Acupuncture FAQ & Stress Relief class immediately following. Northshore Acupuncture Center, 5225 Old Orchard Rd, Ste 5, Skokie. RSVP required, Amy: 815-814-1319. NorthshoreAcupunctureCenter.com. Free Acupuncture FAQ & Stress Relief – 8-8:30pm. With Amy Landolt. Join us to have your questions about acupuncture answered, and to try a complimentary stress relief treatment (as interested). We will cover the most FAQ: does it hurt, what can it be used for, does it really work, will it interfere with my medications and/or other treatments, how many treatments are needed? You may also want to register for the Essential Oil Basics class immediately preceding. Northshore Acupuncture Center, 5225 Old Orchard Rd, Ste 5, Skokie. RSVP required, Amy: 815-814-1319. NorthshoreAcupunctureCenter.com.


Soul Shift in Sedona – Nov 7-9. With Heather Faun Basl and Johanna David. Get ready to fly. Remove what blocks you and holds you back. Become magnificent and great. Realize your true potential, a lighter bright you. Includes 3 vortex sites, a group sound healing session, meditation and yoga. Register: 630-210-8688 or HeatherFaun.com/Sedona.

savethedate Neuropathy Treatment Breakthroughs: Free Seminar – 6pm. Non-surgical, drug-free treatment for peripheral neuropathy. Learn: what really causes peripheral neuropathy; the dangers of medications; how to stop nerve damage before the effects are irreversible; how our revolutionary protocol provides outstanding results for sufferers of peripheral neuropathy. With Kim Martin, DC. North Shore Health Solutions Ltd, 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook. RSVP: 847-715-9060. NorthShoreHealthSolutions.com.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Holiday Stress Reduction: Staying Healthy Through It All – 6:30-8pm. Dr. Cari anchors this month’s class focusing on the ever present stress of the holiday season and tips and tricks to support you in staying healthy from beginning to end. Free. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 N Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000. BeOptimal.com. Introduction to Astrology – 6:30-8:30pm. Class designed to help you begin to understand astrology. Astrology is like another language that tells us what our strengths and weaknesses are. You will receive your own birth chart. Must register 24 hrs prior. $35. Energy Oasis, 500 E Higgins Rd, Ste 215, Elk Grove Village. 847-772-9745. EnergyOasis.net. Free Health & Healing Workshop – 7-9pm. Learn how you are affected by other peoples’ energy and how to protect yourself. Learn and experience EFT, the gentle tapping therapy for emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen. Success guaranteed. Free 8-min PEMF (Bio-Electronic-Magnetic Energy) therapy sessions (normally $35). Increased blood flow, more energy and a great business opportunity. CEs available. Garrett Wellness, 3020 N Kimball, Chicago. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or EFT-Tom.com. 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Two Health & Healing Workshops – 1-3 or 6-8:30pm. Learn how you are affected by other peoples’ energy and how to protect yourself. Learn and experience EFT, the gentle tapping therapy for emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen. Success guaranteed. Free 8-min PEMF (Bio-Electronic-Magnetic Energy) therapy sessions (normally $35). Increased blood flow, more energy and a great business opportunity. CEs available. $30/advance, $20/at door. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or EFT-Tom.com.  Half-Price Private EFT Therapy Sessions & 8-Minute Bemer Sessions – 3-6pm. Gentle tapping, or acupuncture without needles. Release emotional and physical symptom. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen. Success guaranteed. EFT Therapy session: $70 instead of $140; 8-min Bemer sessions: $20 instead of $35. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. More info, Tom: 708-9553634 or EFT-Tom.com. 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Midwest College of Oriental Medicine Winter 2018 Registration Begins – The Winter 2018 quarter offers Saturday courses and distance education. Convenient online LiveStream lectures available for weekday evening science courses eliminating winter weather commuting. Campuses in Evanston & Racine, WI. More info: 800-593-2320, Liz.Warkentin@ Acupuncture.edu or Acupuncture.edu/Midwest. Entourage Clinical Services – 6-9pm. Learn to tell the difference between Indica and Sativa by sight and smell. 697 S Lake St, Mundelein. RSVP required: 847-406-0789. EntourageClinicalServices.com.

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Essential Yoga with Oils – 7-8:15pm. With Felicia Holtz. Explore the ancient practice of essential oil therapy while practicing yoga. Our November theme is gratitude. Using doTERRA oils the class will follow a series of poses that will help you see the gifts in your obstacles. $15 or class card. North Branch Yoga, 8056 Lincoln Ave, Skokie. 847-906-3547. NorthBranchYoga.com.


Faith in Place Winter Farmers’ Market – 9am1pm. Purchase soups, jams, baked goods, salsas, meats, honey, winter-available produce, and more to support your local farmers. St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 205 N Prospect Ave, Park Ridge. 312-733-4640 x 123. FaithInPlace.org. 61st Street Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. Southside Chicago’s premier farmers’ market. Market also features chef demos, live music and more. Experimental Station, 6100 S Blackstone Ave, Chicago. ExperimentalStation.org/market. Energy of Relationships – Nov 11-12. 9am4:30pm. The key to brilliant relationships lies in understanding and transforming energy for the highest good. Join Cyndi Dale, a bestselling author, in this insightful, jam-packed, two-day intensive. Discover how to clean, own, and direct energy to evolve all your relationships. $295. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. InfinityFoundation.org. Holiday DIY Beauty Bar Weekend – Nov 11 & 12. 10am-4pm, Sat; 12-4pm, Sun. Get ahead of the Christmas game with our Holiday DIY Beauty Bar. Great DIY gifts for family and friends of all ages. Free with purchase of container. Fruitful Yield Schaumburg, 168 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg. 847-882-2999. FruitfulYield.com. Self-Care Strategies for Functional Problems: Feldenkrais – 10am-5pm. Learn to get away from depending on professionals, instead find ways of exploring yourself, of becoming our own teacher. During “Awareness Through Movement”, dayto-day functional movements are explored with playfulness, scientific precision and curiosity. Learn the art of asking useful questions that lead to self-improvement. $105. IMU, alley entrance, 1418 W Howard St, Chicago. 708-805-6171. More info: Move-With-Life.org/feldenkrais-chicago. The Power of Imagination – 11am-1pm. Our minds have limitless potential, but we often find ourselves stuck in mental habits and a limited concept of ourselves. Learn how to use the power of imagination to transform your experience of the world: from unpeaceful to peaceful, from negative to positive, and from impure to pure. All welcome, no previous experience necessary. $15. Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago, 13 Harrison St, Oak Park. MeditateInChicago.org. Entourage Clinical Services – 12-3pm. Learn to tell the difference between Indica and Sativa by sight and smell. 737 S 8th St, West Dundee. RSVP required: 847-406-0789. EntourageClinicalServices.com. Veteran’s Appreciation Day – 12-5pm. Veterans are welcome to stop in and try one of our energy therapies for free. Energy Oasis, 500 E Higgins Rd, Ste 215, Elk Grove Village. 847-772-9745. EnergyOasis.net.



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Free Intro to Using Crystals – 12:30-1:45pm. Have you ever wondered why so many people use crystals and gemstones? How they help heal? Come hear Kara talk a little about how and why we use crystals. Small demonstration with some of the most popular crystals. Energy Oasis, 500 E Higgins Rd, Ste 215, Elk Grove Village. 847-772-9745. EnergyOasis.net.

savethedate The Adoption Process from A to Z – 2-4pm. Attorney Sally Wildman explores fundamentals of adopting a child and basic legal steps of this process. Highlights include different types of adoption, resources for initiating a search for an available child, and today’s trend of “openness.” Chicago Public Libraries, Lincoln Park Branch, 1150 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago. Registration requested by Nov 9: 312-744-1926 or ChiPubLib.org.  Growing Your Bottom Line for More Love and Happiness Workshop – 2-4:30pm. Begin with gentle yoga and meditation to clear your mind. Learn to foster a more harmonious and heartfelt connection with your partner, friends and family. With Sarah Karnes. $30. Jai Yoga Studio, 37 E Northwest Hwy, Palatine. 224-567-0838. JaiYogaStudio.com. Chicago IANDS – 2-5pm. Support/study/resource forum for near-death, out-of-body and spiritual experiences, losses. Guest Speaker: Joyce Hawkes, PhD, author of Cell Level Healing and Resonance. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847-251-5758. ChicagoIANDS.org. Restorative Yoga with Acupuncture – 6-7:30pm. With Amy Landolt and Tabitha Carney. Join us for restorative yoga combined with acupuncture treatments to boost your immunity to better preparing you for the arrival of winter. You will release tension in restorative yoga poses that create a gentle passive stretch, while receiving ear acupuncture treatments with skillfully placed needles to boost your immune system and ward off colds and flu. $25. North Branch Yoga, 8056 Lincoln Ave, Skokie. 847-906-3547. Advance registration required: NorthBranchYoga.com.


Birth of the Baha’u’llah (Bahai’I) Chicago IANDS presents Reach for Higher Levels of Healing – 10am-5:30pm. With Joyce Hawkes, PhD, and Helen Folsom, MA, CHT. Learn about healing at a cell level, combining science with the love and presence of spirit energy. $125/at door, $95/ advance. JourneyCare, 2050 Claire Ct, Glenview. For more details & registration info: 847-251-5758 or ChicagoIANDS.Eventbrite.com. Ocean of Devotion Gong Meditation – 1-2:30pm. If prayer had a sound, this might be it. Preston Klik’s Ocean of Devotion Gong Meditation is a gentle, often quiet, but at times powerfully intense experience. A dynamic acoustic journey with periods of verbal guidance. This richly cinematic musical odyssey meditation is as beautiful to the eye as it is to the ear, heart, body, mind and spirit. $30 by Nov 7; $35 after. Pure Detox, 417 S Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights. 847-613-4363. ShaantaInc.com.


Midwest College of Oriental Medicine Open House – 1:30-3:30pm. Visit our Open house and spend time touring the campus, learn what our programs have to offer and explore the possibilities available in acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. All attendees receive a free T-shirt and raffle entry to win a Kindle Fire. Evanston Campus, 1601 Sherman Ave, 3rd Flr, Evanston. Racine Campus, 6232 Bankers Rd, Racine, WI. More info: 800593-2320, Liz.Warkentin@Acupuncture.edu or Acupuncture.edu/Midwest. Life Mission Exploration – 2-4pm. A creative space for self-discovery. Uncover and embrace your unique life mission clues, clarify your ideal next step actions. Donation. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. RSVP, Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362. Meetup.com/Inner-Balance-Meditation. Free Get Some Shut Eye Workshop: Fall Asleep Quickly and Wake Refreshed – 3-4pm. With Amy Landolt, Acupuncture Sleep Specialist. Do you toss and turn all night, and wake up feeling like you haven’t slept at all? Do you feel like you are walking around in a fog all day? Learn about the 5 pillars of a good night’s sleep in the Get Some Shut Eye method, come away with samples of an essential oil blend and a tea created specifically to support restful sleep, and practice simple techniques you can apply immediately to reclaim your sleep. Skokie Public Library Business Center, 5215 Oakton St, Skokie. RSVP required, Amy: 815-814-1319. GetSomeShutEye.net.


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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Internationally Renowned Healer Malcom Smith – Nov 14-16. By appt. Experience a transformational healing session with Malcom in person or remotely. Book soon to avoid disappointment. $90. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. For appt, Julie, 847-299-6535. AREChicagoCenter@gmail.com. HolisticCenterChicago.com.

savethedate Neuropathy Treatment Breakthroughs: Free Seminar – 6pm. Non-surgical, drug-free treatment for peripheral neuropathy. Learn: what really causes peripheral neuropathy; the dangers of medications; how to stop nerve damage before the effects are irreversible; how our revolutionary protocol provides outstanding results for sufferers of peripheral neuropathy. With Kim Martin, DC. North Shore Health Solutions Ltd, 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook. RSVP: 847-715-9060. NorthShoreHealthSolutions.com. Green Drinks Libertyville – 6:30pm. 2nd Tues. Like-minded people meet to discuss issues of environmental importance and build awareness. O’Toole’s Pub, 412 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville. For more info: Facebook.com/greendrinkslibertyville or GreenDrinks.org. Winter Wellness Wisdom – 7-9pm. Learn home remedies, natural remedies and flower essences for winter health challenges. Create your healthiest winter yet with Isadora Tavens. $25. Green Edens, 1402 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 312-838-7394. 847-997-7748. Registration: GreenEdens.com.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Meet Moms with a Plan Training Team – 1-8pm, by appt. See Nov 1 listing. The Lucky Monk Restaurant 105 Hollywood Blvd, S Barrington. For more info & appt: 847-530-5999, KathyARosner@gmail.com or MomsWithAPlan.com/Kathy.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Good Will College Hunting: HPBT Leadership in Business & Personal Education Seminar – 7:309am. At this engaging and informative seminar you will learn from Will Kartsimas, Founder of College Kartcierge, as he presents his to 10 tips for college searches, scholarship and selection. Free, but must RSVP in advance. Highland Park Bank & Trust, 1949 St. Johns Ave, Highland Park. 847-432-9988. JLevey@HighlandParkBank.com. HighlandParkBank.com. Diabetes Test Day – 9am-7pm. Liver support through targeted detoxification and dietary changes is crucial in managing blood sugar. There will be information provided for helpful tips to detoxify the liver and help balance blood sugar levels. Stop by the pharmacy for your free testing. Wholesome Health Pharmacy, 2069 Barrington Rd, Hoffman Estates. 224-653-9878. WholesomeRx.com. Free Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. UFOs, Crop Circles, The Catholic saint, St. Malachy’s prophecy that this is the Last Pope, Jesus, Maitreya, Save our Planet. The coming financial crisis. Are these all related? Not a recruitment type meeting, but interesting presentation, discussion and numerous handouts. Garrett Wellness, 3020 N Kimball, Chicago. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634. Share-International.org. Gratitude Yoga Workshop – 7-8:30pm. Gratitude makes every day sacred; it is the key to living with an open heart. From the moment we wake up until drifting off to sleep, life presents one opportunity after another to be grateful. Daily practice of gratitude will enrich your life, as it realigns focus into the present moment. $30/pre-register, $35/at door. Yin Yang Pilates & Yoga, 111 S Rand Rd, Lake Zurich. 847-719-1800. Free Shiatsu Intro – 7-9:30pm. Learn the fundamental techniques and philosophies of Zen Shiatsu, and chat with current students and instructors. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org.


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Jotowe’go:hah Return of the Big Cold Moon 61st Street Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. South side Chicago’s premier farmers market. Market also features chef demos, live music and more. Experimental Station, 6100 S Blackstone Ave, Chicago. ExperimentalStation.org/market. Everything Pumpkin – 9am-7pm. Stop in to taste our seasonal pumpkin smoothie while enjoying the DIY beauty bar and samples to take home. It’s not too late to stock up for your holiday dinner. Get your pumpkin fix. Free. Fruitful Yield Schaumburg, 168 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg. 847-882-2999. FruitfulYield.com.



Holiday Holistic Fair and New Moon Celebration – 10am-4pm. Complete your holiday shopping early and enjoy interacting with spiritual practitioners offering a wide variety of products and services inspired by Edgar Cayce. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. HolisticCenterChicago.com.

Empathy & Emptiness: An Away Retreat – Dec 1-3. With teachings and guided meditations, this deep exploration of Buddha’s teachings on compassion and wisdom will help us dissolve the barrier between self and other and find fulfillment and meaning in our life. No previous experience necessary, but pre-registration is required. Details: MeditateInChicago.org.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar and Farmers’ Market – 12-4pm. Meet dozens of vendors at the indoor crafts and farmers’ market while listening to Hyde Park’s finest deejays spinning jazzy, soulful soundtracks to your shopping. Promontory Restaurant, upstairs lounge, 5311 S Lake Park Ave W, Chicago. 312-801-2100. Facebook.com/ HydeParkHandmade. Angel Faire – 12-5pm. Do you believe in angels? Do you feel guidance from above? If so, please join us and see what messages your angels want you to know. We will be doing mini-angel readings and messages of light from 12-4pm. No appointment necessary. Mini-angel readings have a fee depending on how long you schedule. Energy Oasis, 500 E Higgins Rd, Ste 215, Elk Grove Village. 847-772-9745. EnergyOasis.net.


Transgender Day of Remembrance

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Building a Healing Connection with Pets – 6-8:30pm. Certified Small Animal Acupressurist, Reiki Master Teacher, and Animal Communicator Kara, will share with you some of the tools and techniques she uses every day so that you can build a deeper connection with your pet. $35. Energy Oasis, 500 E Higgins Rd, Ste 215, Elk Grove Village. 847-772-9745. EnergyOasis.net. Bird City Wisconsin: A Model for Local Conservation – 7pm. Since recognizing its first communities in 2010 under the auspices of Milwaukee Audubon Society, Bird City Wisconsin has grown to 103 communities that take over 1,200+ conservation and education actions every year to help make Wisconsin’s communities healthy for birds as well as people. Program director Dr. Bryan Lenz will explain how cities join the program, share success stories, and discuss how other states are now adopting it as a model of conservation and education. Free. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park. For more info & complete schedule, Rena Cohen: 847-831-0331. LakeCookAudubon.org.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Giving Thanks Anyway: Thanksgiving Eve Service – Candlelight ceremony of Thanksgiving led by Greg Barrette, minister of Unity Northwest Church, with special music by Megon McDonough and Tatiana Naumova. Those who attend will have an opportunity to share their gratitude with the congregation as they light a candle. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. UnityNorthwest.org.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24 Fruitful Yield Black Friday Weekend: Double Points Day – 9am-8pm. Double points on all purchases. Stop in your nearest Fruitful Yield today. Free samples; all locations. 7230 W North Ave, Elwmood Park. 708-395-5880. 168 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg. 847-882-2999. FruitfulYield.com. Black Friday Shopping Extravaganza – 10am8pm. Come join us for a stress free shopping experience. We have so many items that support your mind, body and spirit. We also have one of a kind gemstone jewelry pieces designed by Kara. Come check out her new Peace, Love and Angels line of jewelry. Energy Oasis, 500 E Higgins Rd, Ste 215, Elk Grove Village. 847-772-9745. EnergyOasis.net.


Int’l Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women Small Business Saturday

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26 Midwest College of Oriental Medicine Fall 2017 Accelerated Program – Nov 26, Dec 3, 10 & 17. 9am-3pm. Students unable to start at the beginning of the quarter will be able to join the 4-wk accelerated program online LiveStream lecture. The Fundamentals of Oriental Medicine course establishes root knowledge for new students to build upon. Awakens theoretical concepts and theories for unique diagnosis in Oriental Medicine. Offered online as a LiveStream lecture or on Campuses in Evanston & Racine, WI. More info: 800-593-2320, Liz.Warkentin@Acupuncture.edu or Acupuncture. edu/Midwest.


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Annual Serendipity Boutique Mind, Body and Soul Expo – 12-5pm. Mindful gifts shopping: feng shui, crystals, mandalas, crystal jewelry, natural health and wellness products and services, intuitive readings, massages, essential oils, acupuncture, reiki, energy healing sessions and more. Raffle prizes, food and snacks, live music, complimentary educational presentations.  Bring your friends and receive an extra Raffle ticket for each guest you bring. $10/online, $15/at door. Multiple tickets discounts available. Receive a 10% discount for Solful Gifts meaningful gifts mentioning code: NATURAL AWAKENING. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. 847-924-5708. SolfulGifts.com.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11 Beginning Zen Shiatsu – Dec 11-15. 10am-5pm. Learn how to give a basic 1-hr shiatsu treatment that you can share with friends and family. Course is a stand-alone offering; also the first 30 hrs of our complete shiatsu certification programs. $500; $450 with early registration plus books. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org.

savethedate Flower Essence Light for the Dark Night – 7-9pm. An uplifting inspirational exploration of flower essences for blues, depression and despair with Isadora Tavens. $25. Green Edens, 1402 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 312-838-7394. 847-997-7748. Registration: GreenEdens.com.


savethedate Midwest College of Oriental Medicine Winter 2018 Quarter Begins – The Winter 2018 quarter offers Saturday courses and distance education. Convenient online LiveStream lectures available for weekday evening science courses eliminating winter weather commuting. Online as a LiveStream lecture or Campuses in Evanston & Racine, WI. More info: 800-593-2320, Liz.Warkentin@Acupuncture.edu or Acupuncture.edu/Midwest.

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monthlyspecialoffers $55 Spa Manicure + Pedicure with Feet Treatment – Thru Nov. Fingers/toes soaked, nails filed and cuticles trimmed, hands/feet exfoliated and massaged to hydrate, nourish, and protect from environmental stressors. Receive a complimentary foot treatment: scrub, mask and hot towels. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com. $65 Jindilli Showerless Body Scrub – Thru Nov. Body scrub uses sustainably harvested sugar to exfoliate and stimulate skin cell regeneration. Disrupt aging and replenish with skin-essential nutrients. Suitable for all skin types, especially dry skin. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com. $100 VedaPulsePro Digital Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Analysis for Characteristics of Full Body Health – Thru Nov. VedaPulse measures pulse changes every millisecond within 5-7 mins. By diagnosing heart rate variation, device can evaluate heart health, emotional stress level, respiratory dysfunction, adaptive reserve rate, vital energy stress level and more. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com.

$145 60-Min Swedish Massage + Eminence AntiAging Facial – Thru Nov. Add $10 for deep tissue. The classic form of full-body soft tissue massage. Excellent for first-time clients. Eminence Organic Facial is a revolutionary, non-surgical approach with anti-aging masks, serums, and Vitamin C & K concentrated. Gentle and Restorative Yoga Classes Available – $10 cash only. Lovelight Healing Center, 408 Center St, Grayslake. 847-350-7000. Lovelighthc.com. Free Communication, Cognition or Swallowing Screening – 7-10pm. By appt Mon-Fri during the 2nd week of each month. For all persons 18 and over. Your skills quickly assessed by a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. Payne Wellness Center, 830 E Higgins, Ste 111Z, Schaumburg. 847-275-8517. PayneWellnessCenter. abmp.com. Spiritual, Fitness and Nutritional Life Coaching for Adults, Teens and Kids – 4-session program for $260. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. 847-475-1500. HeavenMeetsEarthYoga.com.

$125 Eminence Mango Detox Body Wrap and Swedish Massage – Thru Nov. Active enzymes and vitamins in body wrap infuse skin with hydration and gently exfoliate to leave a refreshed look. The classic form of full-body soft tissue massage. Excellent for first-time clients. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com.

Tour the Healthy Home 2017– Nov 17-Dec 2. The country’s first home under the American Lung Association’s revised Health House guidelines, constructed by Dior Builders. Features energy-efficient products, innovative technologies, green building materials, nontoxic furniture and accessories. Proceeds donated to American Lung Association. $20. 1055 Glencrest Dr, Inverness. For more info: HealthyHome2017.com.


Time to Dance – 10:30-11:30am. Also Tues, 1:302:30pm & Fri, 1-2pm. A ballet class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: DanceForJoy16@gmail.com.

The Mike Nowak Show Radio Program – 9-11am. Sunday edition of the weekly local radio show focused on gardening and the environment, with lots of humor to wake us up. Author and master gardener Mike Nowak and cohost Peggy Malecki feature a variety of guests in live show on 1590 WCGO AM, also available in podcast on MikeNowak.net, iTunes and podcast apps, and streaming live on MikeNowak.net and the TuneIn radio app. Logan Square Indoor Farmers’ Market – Thru Mar 25. 10am-3pm. Not held Nov 26, Dec 24 & 31. Hosts approximately 20 farmers from within 150 miles of Chicago, offering seasonal produce and humanely pasture-raised livestock. Emporium Logan Square, 2363 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago. LoganSquareFarmersMarket.org.


Qigong – 2-4:30pm. Discover the healing abilities of the ancient practice of qigong with Keith Brewer, ACTQA Certified. Open to everyone. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822.

The Nutrition & Lifestyle Review Podcast – With Kristen Halland, DC, DABCA, owner of Balance Chiropractic and Wellness. The 20-30-min podcasts will offer no-nonsense, evidence-based answers to help you boost your health status, live a life fueled by whole-foods nutrition, focus on prevention and wellness as a lifestyle, and get the most out of the natural healthcare system where you’re treated as a whole person. New episode launched each Monday, with prior episodes archived and available for download. Available on iTunes, Stitcher and streaming live from her website, where a transcript is also available. For more info: 847-310-0303 or TheBalanceDoc.com. Gluten-Free Monday – 10am-8pm. All gluten-free grocery items 10% off all-day long. Free. Earthly Goods Health Foods, 6951 Grand Ave, Gurnee. 847-855-9677. Earthly-Goods.com.

markyourcalendar Footbath Detox Mondays – 11am-6pm. Sluggishness, fatigue, low energy and poor sleep? A 30-min ionic footbath stimulates cells to release toxins and rebalance the cellular system that is responsible for overall health. The process continues after the toxins are dislodged during treatment, allowing your entire body to function optimally. Save $10. Nutritional Health Solutions, 480 Elm Pl, Ste 108, Highland Park. 847-2072034. DigestiveHealthSolutions.com. 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.

tuesday Beginning Mat Pilates – 10-11am. Amanda Kantor, Certified Pilates Instructor, leads a beginning level mat Pilates exercise class. Limited enrollment. $100/4 wks. re:fit, 901 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. For more info & appt: 847-657-0881. ReFitInc.com. Complimentary Consultation at ChiroMend Natural Health Center –1-5pm, by appt. Are you feeling older than your age? Brain fog or stress turning you into a zombie? Come and sit down for a 30-min complimentary consultation with one of our board certified physicians to discuss your health and formulate a plan to uncover the real causes of your symptoms. 1834 Glenview Rd, Ste 2W, Glenview. For appt: 847-730-3988. More info: ChiroMend.com. Time to Dance – 1:30-2:30pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: DanceForJoy16@gmail.com.

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DEC Coming Next Month Uplifting Humanity Plus: Holidays December articles include: Uplifting Your Family New Year Inspirations Tips for a Peaceful and Happy Holiday and so much more!

Plant Clinic Hours – 2-4pm. Held year round. Gardening or houseplant questions? Our horticulturist can help. Bring in photos or a sample of your plant for identification or disease diagnostics. Complimentary houseplant potting service available, for a suggested donation. You provide the plant and pot and we provide the soil and expertise. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St, Oak Park. 708-725-2400. pdop.org.

Shiatsu Student Clinic – 11am or 12pm. See Tues listing. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org.

Qigong – 6-8pm. 1st Tues. Discover the healing abilities of the ancient practice of qigong with Keith Brewer, ACTQA Certified. Open to everyone. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822.

Medical Cannabis Overview – 1pm. Level 1 Interpening: The Art of the Cannabis Sommelier provided by Cannabis Education Company. Free. Entourage Clinical Services, 737 S 8th St, West Dundee & 697 S Lake St, Mundelein. RSVP required: 847-406-0789. EntourageClinicalServices.com.

Shiatsu Student Clinic – 7 or 8pm. Also Fri, 11am or 12pm. Receive a 45-min session from an advanced Zen Shiatsu student. Sessions are performed in a group setting with instructor observation. $35/45-min or $90/3 treatments. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org. Women’s Basics Jiu-Jitsu Classes – 7:30-8:30pm. Also Thurs. Learn the basics and fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a female-friendly environment. All levels welcome. Co-ed class held: Tues-Thurs, 6-7pm & Sat, 10:30-11:30am. Ilya’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 2068 1st St, Highland Park. Jen Zanotti: JenZsCoaching@gmail.com. Ilyasbjj.com.

wednesday Free Mini-Stress Relieve Acupuncture Session – 11am-2pm. Also Fri. By appt only. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. NirvanaNaturopathics.com. Healing Circle with Mark Earlix – 7-9:30pm. Your opportunity to become free from your body’s distress, aches, pains or sickness. No RSVP needed. Free. Unity Church of Evanston, 3434 Central St, Evanston. Info: 888-380-6388. MarkEarlix.com.

thursday Om Zone – 4-8pm. For those looking for new approaches to live naturally in the modern world. Share ideas about what works and get support in making healthier choices or just chill out to manage stress. Each week will feature a different modality, and there are no limits on topics. World Tree Natural Medicine, 17W703-F Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook Terrace. 630-359-5522. WorldTree@comcast.net. TheHealingPowerOfNature.com.

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Stretch Fridays – 10am-5pm. Chain Reflex Stretch Therapy can help you, whether you sit at a desk all day, work around the house, play sports or are a weekend warrior. These activities can often lead to unwanted stiffness and joint pain, which can cause injury’s due to lack of mobility and flexibility. Stretching benefits: reduce pain especially in lower back and neck; improve flexibility and mobility; reduce risk of injuries; release endorphins which are natural pain suppressants; decrease stress and muscle soreness. Introductory offer: $85. 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste S5, Northbrook. For an appt: 847-272-3700. WholeHealthNorthShore.com.

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Free Mini-Stress Relieve Acupuncture Session – 11am-2pm. Also Wed. By appt only. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. NirvanaNaturopathics.com.

Time to Dance – 1-2pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: DanceForJoy16@gmail.com. Mindfulness & Wellness: Managing Stress, Creating Health, Encouraging Balance – 1:15-2:30pm. With Archana Lal-Tabak, MD, and Jim Lal-Tabak. Learn about mind-body connection and variety of mindfulness exercises. Experience natural stress reduction strategies and tools. Each class is selfcontained and a new wellness-educational topic and mindfulness technique presented every week. Scholarships and work study available. Drop-ins welcome. $108/4 sessions, $30/drop-in. Heart of Transformation Wellness Institute, 1618 Orrington Ave, Ste 206, Evanston. RSVP: 847-425-9355,  LalTabak@mac.com. 

saturday Join the Centennial Volunteers – Sat & Sun. Be a part of forest and river revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore 7 special sites along the Chicago and Calumet rivers. To find a group, Ilana Federman: 312-3569990 or Ilana@fotfp.org. Dates & locations: fotfp. org/event/centennial. Mighty House Radio Program – 7-10am. Funny, friendly experts with answers and ideas to help with all of your home improvement projects. Join Ron Cowgill, Robbie Ehrhardt, Rich Cowgill and the Mighty House team each Saturday morning to get help with all your home improvement and repair issues. On 1590 WCGO AM, 1590WCGO.com & MightyHouse.net. Evanston Farmers’ Market – Thru Nov 4. 7:30am1pm. 58 vendors: fruits, vegetables, meat, flowers, cheese, milk, eggs and bakery items. Reusable and biodegradable bags sold on site. LINK cards accepted, and the Friends of Evanston Farmers’ Markets offers matching funds. Intersection of University Pl & Oak Ave, Evanston. Info, Myra Gorman: 847-448-8045, mgorman@cityofevanston.org. EvanstonFarmersMarkets.org. Green City Indoor Market – Thru Apr. 8am-1pm. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago. For specific dates: GreencityMarket.org. Tai Chi Class – 8:45am. Also Tues, 8:15pm. Reduce stress; increase flexibility and balance; improve muscle strength and definition; increase energy; stamina and agility. Wear flat-soled shoes and loose fitting clothes. $10/class. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929. WholeHealthPrograms.com.


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

ASTROLOGY Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching Class – 9-10am. Stretch and strengthen your hips and shoulders using the revolutionary flexibility method, Ki-Hara. Increase range of motion and decrease pain in half the time of yoga. $5 for first class. Stretch Chi, 410 S Michigan Ave, Ste 841, Chicago. Advance registration required: 773-750-5031. StretchChi.com. Metabolic Balance – 9:30-10:30am. Healthy weight loss through personalized all-natural nutritional program. If you are serious about taking steps forward to achieve a healthy lifestyle and your ideal weight make your intention a realty. Free consultation ($150 value). Mind Body Health Center, 6650 N Northwest Hwy, Ste 215, Chicago. For appt: 773-614-6454. Nia: Fun Fitness Fusion – 9:30-10:30am. Also, Tues, Thurs. Combines martial arts (like tae kwon do), dance arts (like modern dance), and healing arts (like yoga). Using music from all over the world, each Nia class begins with a focus and intent to guide your movement “flavor” and help you develop the conditioning, energy, and self-healing you crave. Based on 52 simple moves everyone can learn, each Nia routine combines both choreography and free dance, where anything goes movement-wise. Low-impact. All ages, all abilities. Wear something stretchy and get ready for the sweetest sweat ever. First class free. $15/ drop-in. Raydiant Day, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. NiaRaydiantDay.Life. The Mike Nowak Show Radio Program – 10-11am. The Saturday edition of weekly local radio show focused on gardening and the environment, with lots of humor to wake us up on a Saturday. Author and master gardener Mike Nowak and cohost Peggy Malecki feature a variety of guests and weatherman/ climate scientist Rick DiMaio in live show on 1590 WCGO AM, also available in podcast on MikeNowak.net, iTunes and podcast apps, and streaming live on MikeNowak.net and the TuneIn radio app.

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

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

HEALTH PRODUCTS GOT KNEE PAIN? BACK PAIN? SHOULDER PAIN? – Get a pain-relieving brace little or no cost to you. Medicare Patients call Health Hotline now! 1-800-589-0629.

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 Info@NAChicagoNorth.com. SEAMSTRESS NEEDED – For high-end clothing in Deerfield/Northbrook area. Part or full time. Mimika Designs. 847-312-3084. Fitted2U@gmail.com.

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Quan Yin Meditation – 11am-12pm. Join us for a spiritual meditation session with our ancient Quan Yin dating back from the Ming Dynasty. Free. Rosley’s Rocks and Gems, 4344 N Western Ave, Chicago. Must RSVP: 773-561-7200. CrystalMaster.com. Introduction to Heartland Meditation – 2-3pm. Learn how the guided, subtraction meditation technique brings positive changes real results. An eye-opening session showing how to reflect on the cluttered thoughts to discard those from the mind. Free. Heartland Meditation, 1444 S Butterfield Rd, Mundelein. 224-433-6338. HeartlandMeditation.com.

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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care & green living in our community.


Wm Thor Conner, ND, LMT Kristina Conner, ND, MSOM 17W703-F Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook Terrace 630-359-5522 TheHealingPowerOfNature.com Acupuncture is an effective, noninvasive therapy; when combined with naturopathic medicine, there is almost nothing that can’t be addressed. Dr. Kristina Conner has more than a decade of experience healing patients and improving lives.


Nirvana Naturopathics 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook 60062 847-715-9044 NirvanaNaturopathics.com. Trained in both Western and Oriental Medicine, we use acupuncture and a dietary approach along with herbal medicine to resolve musculoskeletal pain, internal medicine health issues, insomnia, anxiety and women’s health. We accept major insurances. Schedule your initial appointment on NirvanaNaturopathics.com  to find out if acupuncture can help you. Get a healthier and alternative approach to your chronic health conditions. See ad on page 31.


Experience more insight and compassion, gain clarity about your deepest desires, and learn supportive strategies for making your dreams come true. Enjoy a more conscious relationship with your Soul with Dr. Howe’s Akashic Records Independent Study/Classes OnDemand Program. Student Advisor, Reading Partners and more.



Specializing in Pediatric & Adult Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Buffalo Grove 847-541-4878 Vernon Hills 224-206-7903 LisaSullivanMD.com Dedicated to the highest standards in allergy, asthma and immunology care, we strive to maintain a patient-centered focus while providing comprehensive and quality service. All ages and ailments are welcome, and will benefit from our holistic and integrative approach to immune support and sleep. Member: North Shore Independent Physician Coalition. See ad on page 25.


Linda Roberts 312-231-5607 Linda@TheWhispersOfLove.com TheWhispersOfLove.com Helping people and animals to heal their past, present, and to live healthy lives is Linda’s passion. Animal Communication provides assistance with behavioral issues, recent adoptions, illnesses, allergies, medical concerns and more. Communication coupled with energy work may benefit all family members. Linda performs and teaches energy sessions, animal communication, shamanism, reiki and belly dance.


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


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

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


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


Logan Square location 773-413-0749 NowStudio8@gmail.com Safe, gentle and highly effective, CranioSacral therapy, helps you heal from the inside out. It quiets the mind and helps relax the nervous system, which allows the body to start working on healing. Upledger trained. Over 18 yrs experience. People are often amazed at how much of a difference they feel after several sessions. Even one session can leave you “floating.”

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Call Ahead MARNY TURVILL, MD Evanston 60201 847-644-8540 DrMarny@gmail.com DrMarny.com

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





4344 N Western Ave, Chicago 60618 773-561-7200 • CrystalMaster.com Founded in June of 1993, we are the premier mineralogical boutique store in Chicago, specializing in geological specimens and ancient healing stones. We are a multigenerational family business. Owner and founder Steven Rosley uses his expertise in the physical and spiritual restorative properties of gemstones to bring you The Center, a place for education, healing, meditation and shopping. Check out extensive selection of chakra stones and make sure to stop in for one of our classes, workshops or events.

PETER KOZLOWSKI, MD 92 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village 60007 847-626-5758 Doc-Koz.com

Have you have been dealing with chronic health issues on your own for years? You’ve gone to your medical doctor but their solution has been to take a pill and exercise more? Explore Functional Medicine. Together we will find out what makes you unique and I will help you heal naturally focusing on nutrition, gut health, digestion, hormones and environmental factors.



North Shore School of Dance 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park 60035 DanceForJoy16@gmail.com

Discover the healing art of dance in ballet-based classes. Dance is proven to have both physical and psychological benefits. Two current classes: Dance for Joy for cancer survivors, and Time to Dance for those 55 years or older. Taught by dancer teacher Lisa Gold and Lynne Chervony Belsky, MD. See ad on page 7.

CLEAR CENTER COACHING Rev. Jacki Belile, CPC LivingWellMinistries.net “Clear the Clutter, Find Your SELF”

Are you overwhelmed with the demands of your full life or the bold decisions that beckon you? Do you need help living from your core values (Center) in your high-stress leadership role? I specialize in customized plans for slowing down, listening deeply and acting decisively—day in and day out. Single sessions and discount packages both available to meet your needs.


Life Coach for Women of Faith Business Owners 630-677-2649 FindingGodsPeace.com I help women of faith who are stuck, broken and exhausted (even though they are brilliant) and can’t figure out why. I show them a powerful path to end the struggle and create powerful profits and amazing freedom by infusing their faith into every area of their business and life.

30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F Crystal Lake 815-307-1180 EnlightenedBalance.com

Enlightened Balance is a Spiritual Boutique, Rock Shop and Chakra Spa hosting a monthly Psychic Holistic Fair and Artist Trunk Show. Upcoming dates: Nov 11-12, Dec 9-10.



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Intuitive healer, Nors can help you learn more about your true self and its needs. Balance your chakras, and learn how to help them. Connect with your angels and spirit guides and clear the negative energy away so you can be your best self. I often use astrology in my work and sometimes healing modalities like cupping and reflexology. Unblock your creativity and move forward.



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

480 Elm Place, Ste 108, Highland Park 60035 847-207-2034 • DigestiveHealthSolutions.com Digestive problems? Acid Reflux/ GERD, IBS, Crohn’s, colitis? Let us help you naturally achieve nutritional balance, feel better and enhance the quality of your life. Improve digestion while reducing discomfort and bloating so you can eat the foods you love again. Certified digestive health specialist/enzyme therapist. See ads on pages 9 and 45.


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

Visit ExtremeKleaner.com to get your free sample of Extreme Kleaner, a non-toxic biodegradable multi-purpose cleaner-degreaser aimed to improve air and water quality and reduce negative influences on the environment. See ad on page 5.


1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-348-0822 SpyrlChicago.com GYROTONIC® and  GYROKINESIS® exercises work for everyone: youth, adult, seniors, injured, back pain, underexercised, weekend warriors and elite athletes. Enjoy this natural way to gain flexibility and mobility, taught by licensed senior trainer and studio director Amy Pena. Call today to schedule individual and group training sessions. See ad on page 39.

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

HOLISTIC DENTISTRY CHICAGO Elizabeth Strzelecka, DDS 7460 W Belmont, Chicago 60634 773-745-3636

As a Biological dentist, I recognize the impact of toxic substances and only use materials and procedures that are systemically compatible with your body. We offer a wide variety of procedures from general to cosmetic, ozone therapy, laser dentistry, safe mercury removal, TScan bite adjustment for TMJ, Earthing chair, infrared sauna and restoration of porcelain implants, all in a safe and relaxing atmosphere. See ad on page 21.


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



2400 Ravine Way, Suite 400, Glenview 60025 847-998-5100 GlenviewSmiles.com Stay healthy with a whole-body, preventative care approach. We use non-fluoridated ozonated water, periodontal herbal treatments, and gluten-free herbal paste. Restorative options include: safe amalgam removal, BPA-free fillings and sealants, non-metal crowns and bridges, sleep apnea and TMJ appliances, and non-acrylic night guards, partials and dentures. Our conservative approach includes: digital X-rays and intraoral camera, non-surgical gum therapies including laser and ozone, and herbal irrigation. Material reactivity testing, saliva pH and microscopic plaque analysis are available. Our natural approach includes dental homeopathy, CranioSacral therapy, and nutritional counseling. Dental discount plan available and PPO insurance plans accepted. See ad on page 36.


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

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

11952 Oak Creek Pkwy, Huntley 60142 847-659-8500 • MidwestDentistry.com

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


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

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

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

Enlightened values of individual freedom are manifested best in individual acts of criticism and defiance. ~Pankaj Mishra


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

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


1834 Glenview Rd, 2nd Fl, Ste 2W, Glenview 60025 847-730-3988 ChiroMend.com Experience comprehensive holistic health care. Using a unique combination of therapies including functional medicine, nutrition, physical therapy and chiropractic care, we identify and treat the true cause of problems and not just symptoms. Let us help you get back into your life. See ad on page 17.


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


North Shore Health Solutions LTD 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-715-9060 NorthShoreHealthSolutions.com Are your hands or feet burning? Do you have numbness or tingling or pain? Problems sleeping? Are you having regular bowel movements or digestion problems? Previously diagnosed with a Neuropathy condition? Did you know that these issues can all be related? See ad on page 11.

HOLISTIC SERVICES ENLIGHTENED BALANCE CHAKRA SPA 30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180 EnlightenedBalance.com

Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa offers energy work everyday by appointment or walk-in. Call or check out our website for today’s offerings.



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

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

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 15.


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

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

SOUL SESSIONS WITH KOZ Koz Kritzer Evanston 60202 312-380-9068 YourSoulWisdom.com

Do you feel stuck, lost or wonder why you are here? Let Koz help you look into your Soul, find the answers you seek and discover your True Self. Through Soul Readings, Coaching and Clearings, you’ll gain the meaningful information needed to live your authentic life from the inside out.


208 S Jefferson St, Ste 204, Chicago 60661 866-566-9494 CKCampbell.com


Inner Child Connection Ltd 847-971-1221 FundaKahn@gmail.com InnerChildConnection.com Having unique training and experience, Dr. Funda Kahn offers myriad techniques customized for individuals and groups to create peace and harmony in their lives. Trained as an oral surgeon, she committed her life to healing souls. Teaching hypnosis, self-hypnosis, EFT, and “inner child connection” are only the beginning of what she can provide. “Feelings buried alive never die.” –Karol Truman. See ads on pages 21 and 25.


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


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

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

630-210-8688, 312-502-1539 Heather@GraceAngels.com GraceAngels.com Specializing in intuitive counsel and psychic work including Akashic records, card readings, connection with loved ones, home and business readings/clearings, energy healing, personal mentoring and angel work with children. Working with individuals that have health concerns, mental stress and/or want to find clarity with their life situations.

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Our practice focuses on helping people who want to reach a resolution and stay out of court. Some of our services include mediation, collaborative family law, adoption, guardianship, and wills and trusts.


At Unity Northwest Church 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines 60016 847-299-6535 • AREChicagoCenter@gmail.com Full-service bookstore, Cayce remedies, spiritual growth study groups, monthly programs, workshops and holistic fairs, intuitive skills development training, knowledgeable seekers, intuitives, healers and more. Call for hours. See ad on page 37.


1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-831-8828 • InfinityFoundation.org Offering more than 200 Courses for Life in personal, professional and spiritual growth and development. Join bestselling David Kessler for a daylong workshop, Healing After Loss, November 4. Twoday intensive with bestselling author, Cyndi Dale, Energy of Relationships, November 11-12. Call or email for a free course guide. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental.


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7742 W Addison, Chicago 60634 773-589-9996 NaturesHealingRemedies.com





610 Central Ave, Ste 169, Highland Park 60035 847-266-8323 ShopNewShoes.com

2500 W Higgins, Ste 420, Hoffman Estates 847-310-0303 TheBalanceDoc.com

Dr. K treats chronic and non-responsive conditions using chiropractic care along with acupuncture, physiotherapy, herbs, diet, nutrition, supplements and cleansing of the liver and colon. A master medical herbalist and chiropractor with over 30 years’ experience, Dr. K formulates and uses herbal supplements for internal cleansing, healing and weight loss. 

Our wellness clinic averages only a 5-minute wait time before you’re getting natural, safe, and effective treatment with the Doctor. Dr. Kristen specializes in acupuncture, lowforce chiropractic care and food intolerance testing, and uses unique diagnostic tests to uncover the real cause of your health concern. Located at the corner of Higgins and Barrington roads. See ads on pages 29 & 35.





30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180 EnlightenedBalance.com

30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180 EnlightenedBalance.com

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



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

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


888-380-6388 Mark@MarkEarlix.com MarkEarlix.com

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


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


Become free from your body’s distress, aches, pains and sickness! Healer-intuitive Mark works with biological and neurological diseases, chronic pain and emotional dilemmas—offering spiritual guidance and direction. If you cannot or choose not to leave your home, Mark makes holistic house calls. Personal appointments available at Skokie location, call 888-380-6388.

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Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa offers psychic readings everyday by appointment or walk-in. Call or checkout our website for today’s offerings.


Fitting you in the correct type of shoe for your activity, and in the proper size and width for your feet, is our number one objective. When shoes fit well and your feet are comfortable, your whole body feels better and you can perform at your optimum level throughout the entire day. Largest selection of New Balance footwear and apparel in the Chicago area, with extensive inventory of sizes and widths from 2A-6E. Friendly staff is experienced in helping to resolve or relieve many common foot ailments such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, morton’s neuroma, hammer toe and arch pain. Locally owned and operated since 1995. See ad on page 39.


Healthyon Institute 2700 Patriot Blvd, Ste 250, Glenview 60026 847-656-5824, 847-232-9932 HealthyonInstitute.com Do you want to solve a health issue that has you frustrated? Dr. Tutunikov can help. She will work to get to the root and treat your complex health problem. Dr. Tutunikov’s expertise in personalized functional medicine could be just the fresh approach you need to restore your health. Experience working with most complex chronic diseases, including pain, infertility, anxiety, headaches and more.

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As a young woman who has suffered traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries from a car accident, finding relief from the chronic effects is monumental. I have suffered from tension and cramping literally from head to toe, with constant contractions in my calf, feet, toes, and migraines. Following a treatment I feel great, but what is more important is the lasting relief I’m noticing. I am able to sleep deeper, move more fluidly, and feel peace in my mind and body overall, a peace I never thought I’d gain again after the trauma. Nate tracks progress, notices the changes, and helps me notice and feel them, too. His work is his passion – my relief and peace mean as much to him as to me – he is a true healer.




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 Nathan or any Chronic Conditions specialist.


Start a Career in Shiatsu Therapy. E-mail info@zenshiatsuchicago.org or call 847-864-1130 to sign up today! Beginning Zen Shiatsu 5 Day Intensive Session Dec 11-15 Mon-Fri 10am-5pm 10 Week Sessions January 9 - March 13, Tuesdays 11am-2pm January 11 - March 15, Thursdays 7-10pm 2 Weekend Intensive Session Feb 16-18 & 23-25, Fri 7-10pm, Sat/Sun 9am-4pm or try one of our

Free Introductory Workshops November 16, Thursday, 7:00-9:30pm December 14, Thursday, 7:00-9:30pm To view more class times, visit:



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November 2017 Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine  

Chicago's only local magazine dedicated to your healthy and sustainable lifestyle!

November 2017 Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine  

Chicago's only local magazine dedicated to your healthy and sustainable lifestyle!