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T contact us Publishers Peggy Malecki and Jim Irwin Circulation Manager Jim Irwin Sales & Marketing Jim Irwin, Peggy Malecki Sondra Brigandi, Heidi Hetzel, Iris Winter Operations Amy Hass, Kyle Hass Editors Martin Miron, Theresa Archer, Randy Kambic Writers Linda Sechrist, Megy Karydes, S. Alison Chabonais, Carrie Jackson Design & Production Suzzanne Siegel, Martin Friedman, Stephen Blancett, Steve Hagewood Natural Awakenings Chicago P.O. Box 72, Highland Park, IL 60035 PH: 847-858-3697 FAX: 888-858-3107 Follow us on Facebook and Twitter © 2016 by Natural Awakenings. All rights reserved. Although some parts of this publication may be reproduced and reprinted, we require that prior permission be obtained in writing. Natural Awakenings is a free publication distributed locally and is supported by our advertisers. It is available in selected stores, health and education centers, healing centers, public libraries and wherever free publications are generally seen. Please call to find a location near you or if you would like copies placed at your business. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. We welcome your ideas, articles and feedback.

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here’s a journalistic truism that admonishes writers not to begin by talking about the weather—it’s considered cliché. But this month I’m going to break that rule, because it’s one of the last really summery feeling days of the year, with a warm and gusty westerly breeze and temperatures in the 80s. I found it difficult to sit indoors at the computer, so I packed up the laptop and headed to my “auxiliary office”—the lakefront. Not surprisingly, I kept coming back to the theme of water. This year, stories related to water are everywhere in the news and in our lives. After the world learned last spring how easily public water supplies like those in Flint, Michigan, could become contaminated with lead and toxic substances, people began to ask more questions, and community officials started to test the water in schools, parks, commercial buildings and homes. The city of Waukesha, near Milwaukee, challenged the Great Lakes Compact with a request to divert drinking water from Lake Michigan, which was approved by the Council of Great Lakes Governors in June. Although the town is located outside of the lake’s watershed, their local wells are contaminated and they need another source. Elsewhere, towns with wells contaminated from runoff and chemicals may also seek to tap into the Great Lakes. Five-hundred-year rains deluged Louisiana, ruining homes and businesses, leaving residents stranded and resources damaged. Two publishers in our Natural Awakenings family experienced the flood and are still recovering. Here, heavy rains in August had people checking daily for flooded basements. On August 17, the city of Chicago and the Metropolitan Planning Council issued Our Great Rivers (, the first unified vision and plan for restoration of the Chicago, Calumet and Des Plaines rivers. In September, we took The Mike Nowak Show ( on the road, broadcasting live radio from the inaugural Factory Farm Summit, in Green Bay, where I was impressed by passionate attendees from across the country talking about the effects of large-scale factory farms on air, land, people and animals, but especially water. “Water is the new civil rights issue of our time and will be so on an unbelievable level for our children and our grandchildren,” said Mike Wiggins, Jr., former chairman of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in his keynote address. The Pipe Out Paddle Protest was held in September in Mackinaw City, Michigan, and here at Montrose Beach in support of protecting Great Lakes waters and shutting down Enbridge Line 5, an aging oil pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac. And in mid-September, volunteers in seven states cleaned 266 Great Lakes beaches in the 25th annual Alliance for the Great Lakes ( Adopt-a-Beach event. What began April 1 as a small Native resistance encampment near Cannonball, North Dakota, has grown to a campaign of international stature that is being called a movement. Members of more than 200 tribes, supporters from indigenous groups in South America, celebrities and politicians, activists and concerned citizens have gathered in North Dakota and elsewhere to question what often seems an endless series of pipelines hauling oil across the country and endangering aquifers. “We’re all on this island together,” says Dallas Goldtooth, activist and national Keep It In The Ground campaign organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network ( “And this island is North America.” We owe it to ourselves and the next seven generations to stay abreast of the societal, political and economic tug-of-war that is taking place over the world’s supplies of fresh water. “Mni Wiconi” — Water Is Life (Lakota) Jim Irwin and Peggy Malecki


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The Joint Introduces the New ‘Back-tober’ Promotion he Joint Chiropractic is supporting National Chiropractic Health Month in October by offering discounted introductory visits at 50 percent off their normal rate. New patients can receive an exam, consultation and adjustment for $19 throughout the month. “During National Chiropractic Health Month, we want to make it easy for consumers to experience the many benefits that chiropractic has to offer,” says Peter Holt, CEO of The Joint. “Back pain affects 80 percent of Americans, but by eliminating subluxations and retaining a healthy spine, consumers can minimalize the problems they experience and maintain their active lifestyles.” The Joint Chiropractic offers an innovative, patient-friendly model that allows guests access to affordable, quality chiropractic care on their terms. Appointments aren’t necessary, and the need for insurance is eliminated as The Joint’s membership plans and packages are typically less costly than most insurance co-pays. Chicagoland’s 11 The Joint clinics offer extended hours that include evenings and weekends. For more information and to find a nearby location, visit chicago. See ad on page 13.

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olistic Gynecologist Nicole E. Williams, M.D., FACOG, founder of the Gynecology Institute of Chicago, will present Sex, Chocolate and Your Pelvic Floor in an interactive and educational evening to discuss sexual and pelvic health from 6 to 8 p.m., October 5, at the Institute. Williams will educate women about the power of the female pelvic floor. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 24 percent of women suffer from pelvic floor disorders ranging from painful sex to urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Many are unaware that there are treatments available and suffer in silence. Williams, Jennifer Hungate, a pelvic floor physical therapist, and Searah Deysach, a sex educator from Early2Bed, will discuss diet and specific exercises to promote a healthy pelvic floor and improved sexual function. Complimentary door Nicole E. Williams, M.D., prizes, chamFACOG pagne and dark chocolate are included. Admission is free and donations to the Women’s Health Foundation are welcome. Location: 1147 S. Wabash Ave., Ste. 200, Chicago (above Trader Joe’s). To RSVP, email For more information, call 312-929-9191 or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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Terri Daniel Speaks on Near-Death Experiences


ev. Terri Daniel, MA, CT, an author, educator, end-of-life advisor and intuitive counselor, will present events on October 8 and 9. She will be the guest speaker at a Chicago IANDS forum on neardeath, out-of-body spiritual experiences and losses at the Evanston Hospital Frank Auditorium from 2 to Rev. Terri Daniel, 5 p.m., October 8. MA, CT Then, Daniel will lead a workshop, Grief as a Mystical Journey: Sacred Practices for Transforming Loss into Light, from 1 to 5 p.m., October 9, which includes psychic medium Thomas John doing a gallery reading from 7 to 9 p.m., at Journey Care Hospice, in Glenview. Participants will learn to focus on internal transformation rather than external events; use creative rituals to move from pain to peace; and transmute trauma into new forms of love and spiritual awareness. Daniel is a hospice- and hospitaltrained clinical chaplain certified in death, dying and bereavement. Her unique perspective on birth, death and the journey of the soul helps the bereaved find meaning and healing through meditative and ritual practices that open a conduit to other dimensions. Evanston lecture: suggested donation $20. Location: 2650 Ridge Ave., Evanston. Free covered parking. See Grief workshop details and registration at ChicagoIands.eventbrite. com or call 847-251-5758. See ad on page 26.

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piritual teacher, medium and empath Elizabeth Romo, OMC, will guide participants to their guardian angels and archangels in an experiential workshop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 15, at the Edgar Cayce Holistic Center, in Des Plaines. She states, “As angels are sent by God to support and assist humanity, they bring divine energy to you.� Romo trained with Dr. Brian Weiss in past-life regression and at the Newton Institute in Life Between Lives regressions. She is also a karuna reiki master and minister. Lin Boffeli, who has trained with Alma Daniel, author of Ask Your Angels, will discuss how she discovered working with angels and how attendees can do the same. Certified crystal teacher Janel Watschke will introduce crystals and gemstones that can help deepen a connection with angels that will be available for purchase. Readings by the presenters will be available during the lunch break and after the program. A 15-minute angel connection reading is $20 for information about our present and future life. Cost is $45. Location: 259 E. Central Rd., Des Plaines. To register, call 847-299-6535. See ad on page 27 and in the Community Resource Guide.

Seminar Offers Adoption Advice


ally Wildman, J.D., an attorney in Chicago and Northbrook, will conduct a course, The Adoption Process From A to Z, from 7 to 9:15 p.m., October 19, at John Hersey High School, in Arlington Heights. Ms. Wildman brings to families that she assists in adopting children the perspective that each child being adopted will receive the best care that each family can provide. She has Sally Wildman, J.D. represented adopting parents in all types of adoptions used in Illinois practice, guides families through their many steps of this process and fully understands the challenges clients may face. With significant changes in adoption practices both domestic and foreign, Ms. Wildman shares current trends in this arena by presenting workshops and adult education programs in Chicago and the suburbs. In addition, she regularly advocates for improved practices and benefits such as the federal adoption tax credit for adoptive families. Cost is $25 per family. Location: 1900 W. Thomas, Arlington Heights. For more information or to register, call 847-718-7700 or find course #0462JH-3 at ce214. org before Oct. 17. See Listing in the Calendar Section.

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en Shiatsu Chicago is offering an 18-month training course that fulfills the educational requirements for Asian bodywork certification and Illinois massage licensing. Introductory workshops will be held on October 20, November 17 and December 15. Classes start Zen Shiatsu graduate and full-time instructor in early JanuArlette Greer ary, and flexible scheduling fits around a full-time work schedule. The program combines the knowledge learned in massage school with that gained in acupuncture school. Students learn to relieve aches and pains through acupressure and assisted stretching while also interpreting the deeper messages our bodies have to tell us.

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Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. at New Infinity Foundation Location


on Miguel Ruiz, Jr., author of the recent book The Mastery of Self, will share potent principles for making powerful shifts to bring us joy and wisdom beginning at 9 a.m., October 22, at the Infinity Foundation. The ancient Toltecs believed that our life as we perceive it is a dream. They were convinced that we could change this dream to transform our life. Infinity Foundation, celebrating 20 years of classes, workshops, retreats and services to foster spiritual growth and development, Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. will conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new building and enhanced space at noon, October 14, at 1280 Old Skokie Road, in Highland Park. Cost for Ruiz’s event is $110 or $85 10 days in advance. Continuing education units are available. Enter to win a free ticket to this event at For more information and online registration, visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.


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newsbriefs Green Living Expo at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake


cHenry County College (MCC), in Crystal Lake, will host its ninth annual Green Living Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., November 5, in the gym/multipurpose room, featuring local businesses and organizations that offer green products and services. Nearby collegiate solar and super mileage team race cars and team members will be on hand. Highlights include touring a fully decorated tiny house recently featured on the FYI Network TV show Tiny House Nation; test driving a 2016 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle with a chance to win an extended test drive for an entire weekend; and recycling electronics, batteries and more with the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County during their monthly recycling drive in the MCC parking lot from 9 a.m. to noon. Kimberly Hankins, director of sustainability at MCC, says, “Last year’s event attracted close to 900 guests, and we are hoping to top that this year.” Admission is free. Location: 8900 U.S. Hwy. 14, Crystal Lake. For more information, call 815-479-7765 or visit See ad on page 35.

Learn to Harness Negative Emotions


sychotherapist Michelle Bersell will teach her Emotional Empowerment process in Chicago for the first time at an event called The Courage to Be YOU! from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 12 and 13, for anyone that desires greater physical, spiritual or emotional well-being for themselves or others. Bersell was recently invited to Harvard University for a thought leadership conference where she shared, in Ted Talk-style, why traditional psychology is failing women, especially those that consider themselves sensitive. According to Bersell, “Guiding women who are emotionally sensitive to get rid of their negative feelings is sentencing them to a lifetime of lowlevel misery, at best.” While providing statistical evidence to demonstrate why women are struggling emotionally more than men, she also provides a solution called Emotional Empowerment, the only modality that teaches how to understand the unique language of negative emotions. Bersell’s message is to evolve our relationship with our emotional selves to one of true freedom, where there is no need to release negative emotions, but instead receive their unique gifts. Michelle Bersell

New Meditation Booklet and Mala Beads from Made As Intended


awn Sprong, founder of Made As Intended, has written Meditation 101: An Overview of What Meditation is and How it Can Help You, which inspired new collections of mala beads to be added to her Made As Intended retail assortment. “I made some malas for friends, and then I started meditating with them,” she says. “Something about the beads and a simple sutra brought meditation to a new level for me. I had never trusted anything or anyone before I actually started down the road of meditation and searching within myself, so I have to pass it along.” The initial collections of 71 bracelets and necklace/wrap bracelets in the Sacred Collection include a variety of 108-, 27- and 21-count malas made of riverstone, onyx or sandalwood, with sterling and semiprecious gemstones. Malas include information, a suggested mantra and gift bag. “I created the booklet because I just kept realizing how I had collected a variety of meditation techniques, and using them was the major reason my life changed,” says Sprong. The guide outlines nine simple meditation practices that any beginner can try, such as breath, white board, flying carpet and mala bead meditations. The meditation booklet is available free at For a free paper copy by mail, email Lauren@ See ad on page 5.

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he Organic Roots Eco Salon, in Skokie, is introducing Organic Manicures using JoShik (which means satisfaction with ease and happiness) Polish, a Chicagobased brand that gives a thumbs down to toxins. It was created by a wife, mother and health enthusiast with the goal of bringing high-quality, affordable, luxurious, vegan nail polish to young girls and discerning, modern women. In addition to USA-made Karma Polish Remover and organic coconut oil, Organic Roots also uses all-organic color and hair care products from Organic Way. Owner and stylist Lori Goldstein says, “Everything we do is geared toward health and wellness. In fact, our motto is, ‘Health & Beauty–You no longer have to sacrifice one for the other.’ We always have healthy snacks available. Years ago, you could expect to find cookies and coffee cakes in the salon. Instead, we now offer gluten-free granola bars, raisins and other items. Even our cleaning products and laundry detergents are natural and safe and fragrance-free. We try not to overbook, so we can focus our attention on one client at a time.”

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SA Vein Clinics treats varicose veins with endovenous laser therapy (EVLT), a minimally invasive, in-office procedure that is often completed in approximately 15 minutes. Patients do not have to follow complicated pre-surgical instructions or go to a hospital to receive ELVT. There are many differences between varicose veins and spider veins. Both are caused by clogging of the blood vessels. Spider veins rarely cause pain, are small and fine and are mostly red, purple and blue in color, usually having a linear pattern that looks somewhat like the web of a spider. Varicose veins are more serious. They are bigger and the affected veins are bulky to look at. These more resemble thick ropes that bulge and protrude and seem to be coming out of the skin. Varicose veins are painful, causing discomfort with itching, burning and swelling, and can cause further complications. With new treatments like EVLT, in most cases, patients can resume their normal daily activities right away. For more information, call 847-607-6497. See ad on page 3.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a simple, non-invasive and painless treatment modality that facilitates the body’s natural healing process by providing inhalation of 100 percent oxygen instead of the 20 percent concentration in the air around us. In a hyperbaric chamber, the atmospheric pressure can be increased by a factor of one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half, and ensure that the extra oxygen reaches damaged tissue anywhere to support the body’s own healing process. HBOT is used in a variety of conditions, including wound healing, concussion, neuropathic pain, chronic stroke, toxicity, neuropsychiatric disorders, tickborne illnesses, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, consequences of cancer or stroke, sports injury, and more. Location: 440 Lake Cook Rd., Deerfield, in The Neuroscience Center. For more information, call 847-945-4268 or visit See ad on page 11 and in the Community Resource Guide.


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e have all experienced the aches and pain that come from leading active lives. Joint and muscle pain, arthritis, strains and bruises are things we all live with. Now, Young Living has introduced Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream, the first over-the-counter pain relief medicine that meets Young Living’s high standards of purity and quality. Pain is felt when sensory neurons are activated by local irritation. This irritation generates pain signals that travel through the nervous system to our brain. The resulting pain can interfere with our daily lives by keeping us from the activities we love. Applied topically, Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream absorbs quickly to relieve pain. This unique cream combines the powers of natural menthol and wintergreen to give lasting relief we can feel. The cream works in two ways, the first is through a mechanism called counter-irritancy. Pain signals are generated when specialized nerves, called C fibers, are activated. These fibers carry the pain signal through the nervous system to the brain. When Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream is applied, the active ingredients, methyl salicylate and menthol, quickly interact with a secondary set of nerve fibers called A delta fibers. The signals produced from this interaction travel along the A delta fibers until an inhibitory nerve is triggered. This mechanism disrupts the transmission of pain signals, blocking them from traveling to the brain. The second mechanism of action involves the triggering of cold-sensing TRPM8 receptors. As pain sensing nerves are activated, an electrical signal is generated. This signal travels through the nervous system to the brain. When the Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream is applied, the active ingredient menthol binds with the cold-sensing TRPM8 receptors. This binding event triggers the release of calcium and sodium ions which mitigate the transmission of pain signals. These signals are replaced with the cooling sensation of menthol and pain is relieved. Using both of these mechanisms, the plant-based formula of Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream gives a lasting comfort that we can feel. To order or for more information, call 847-772-0212 or visit Duewel. See ad on page 8. 16


esearch from Austria’s University of Graz has found that high-dose vitamin D3 significantly alters the gut’s microbiome for the better. The researchers tested 16 healthy people for eight weeks, giving them a dose of 980 international units (IU) per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of body weight. At this rate, a 150-pound person would take more than 66,000 IU per day. The scientists took samples from the stomach, small intestines, colon and stool before and after the testing period. They also tested for bacteria species using gene sequencing and measured T-cell counts. Afterward, the subjects showed reductions in disease-producing bacteria and increased diversity among their gut probiotics. The research also discovered that the high-dose vitamin D3 supplementation increased immunity in the gut. “Vitamin D3 modulates the gut microbiome of the upper gastrointestinal tract, which might explain its positive influence on gastrointestinal diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease or bacterial infections,” the researchers explain.

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esearchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center tested 209 women between 45 and 60 years old with a history of hot flashes and/or night sweats. After up to 20 treatments over six months, the women receiving acupuncture reported a 37 percent reduction in hot flashes, while the control group saw a 6 percent increase. The symptom relief among the women treated with acupuncture persisted for a year. The researchers also found that the acupuncture group experienced an improvement in several menopausal quality of life measurements. Nancy Avis, Ph.D., a professor of public health sciences at Wake Forest University and lead author of the study, says, “There are a number of nonhormonal options for treating hot flashes and night sweats that are available to women. None seem to work for everyone, but our study showed that acupuncture from a licensed acupuncturist can help some women without any side effects. It also showed that the maximum benefit occurred after about eight treatments.”


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eterson Garden Project is seeking sponsors, partners and participants to support 30 Days of Doing, an action campaign to be held between October 15 and November 15 to build new, pop-up victory gardens, harvest existing gardens, donate to food and nutrition partners, learn about how food gardening and home cooking education makes a difference in people’s lives and raise funds for scholarships and Grow2Give food donation program for 2017. Community building, volunteering, sponsorship and excitement are in store as the Peterson Garden Project works toward their mission to recruit, educate and inspire everyone to grow and cook their own food. Garden gleaning involves going into the gardens after they close for the season and pick (glean) whatever is left and donate it to our food and nutrition partners—mostly fresh produce and herbs in time for Thanksgiving. Fresh Fridays are events for seniors with a dietician from Swedish Covenant Hospital talking with a resident chef about how food impacts health along with a cooking demonstration. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved: volunteer in the garden, sign up for a cooking class, come by for a drink at an Inspiration Eve, enjoy dinner at an Underground Harvest Supper and much more. Those that can’t attend the events can still be part of the 30 Days of Doing by donating to the online campaign at There’s a Grewbie 102 Class on October 15; Sundays with Seniors Cooking Class (all ages welcome) October 16; cooking demonstration at Whole Foods Edgewater October 18; Inspiration Eve on October 19; Canning 101: Pickles October 20; Fresh Fridays: Cancer-Fighting Foods October 21; All Garden Work Day ( and Glorious Garlic in the Garden Class October 22; Stories from the Garden Chicago Ideas Week Lab October 23; cooking demonstration at Whole Foods Edgewater October 25; Inspiration Eve October 26; Herbs 101 Cooking Class October 27; Mulch Magic Garden Class October 29; and Garden Build October 30. Also consider these events: Cooking Demonstration at Whole Foods Market, in Edgewater on November 1; Fresh Fridays: Brain Foods November 4; Garden Build and Fermentation 101: Homemade Vinegar November 5; Sundays with Seniors Cooking Class November 6; cooking demonstration at Whole Foods Edgewater and Garden Gleaning November 8; Garden Gleaning and Inspiration Eve November 9; a symposium, Garden Gleaning, and Underground Harvest Supper, November 10; Community Gardens Take Action Against Hunger Symposium November 12; Garden Gleaning November 13; Garden Gleaning November 14; and Baking 101: Quick Breads November 15. Sponsored in part by Natural Awakenings Chicago magazine. Those that want to make a hands-on difference in the local food movement and connect directly with active community members should call 1-855-7474769, ext. 5, email or visit for more information. View the schedule at See ad on page 19.


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One in Five Plant Species May Face Extinction A new report from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in the UK, has issued the first comprehensive assessment of plant life, the inaugural State of the World’s Plants, and found that one in five plants may be at risk of extinction due to invasive species, disease and changing landscapes. Researchers also have determined that just 30,000 plant species have a documented use out of hundreds of thousands of known species. These are only the vascular plants that have specialized tissue for sucking up water through their systems. Over the years, different people and agencies have identified the same plant at both different times and locations, so they may have accumulated multiple names. The Kew researchers determined that each plant in the International Plant Names Index had, on average, 2.7 different species names. By cutting out the duplicates from more than a million different names, the Kew report was able to pare down the known species to 391,000. In the Arctic, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a doomsday bank buried in the side of a mountain, contains more than 800,000 samples representing 5,100 different crops and their relatives. Cherries/

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Clean Water for a Healthier Body by Carrie Jackson


arol Dolega’s fascination with clean drinking water started with his desire to maximize his own hydration. As a world record-holding marathon runner, Dolega wanted to get the most benefit out of the water he was drinking to improve his performance. After much research, he founded ProEcoLife, in Chicago, to provide healthy, clean, good-tasting water, educate people about water quality and build a community of its customers. Dolega has trained and run marathons all over the world, but noticed that in places like Switzerland, where they have a reputation for clean water, he performed better in spite of higher altitudes. When he moved to the U.S. from Europe, he was not happy with the tap water. “I was developing allergies and my muscles and ligaments weren’t recovering as quickly. Proper hydration helps the body to function optimally, and that means water that is clean and free of chemicals,” he says. ProEcoLife offers a variety of filter options and filtration systems, all tailored to offer the best water quality, whether for a deep water well or an urban water supply. “Our customers get peace of mind knowing they’re drinking water free of lead, barium and other heavy metals, fluoride, pesticides and herbicides, hormones, steroids and drugs, radioactive substances and all other impurities,” says Dolega. Eighty percent of all diseases have a direct connection with the water we drink, but many consumers don’t realize that.


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about the quality and purity. “Chicago publishes a Water Quality Report every year which lists microbial and inorganic contaminants including barium, copper, lead and nitrate, and radioactive contaminants such as radium. Some of the lead levels in the Chicago Public School System (CPS) are 300 times the allowable limit. Only about a third of the CPS schools have water that is leadfree,” says Dolega. ProEcoLife offers systems for any size home or business, whether it’s a private apartment, multi-family home or large office structure. “We can customize and scale the products to fit any space. We do a lot of work in restaurants and catering businesses, but also in schools and office buildings. We have affordable payment plans that will save our customers money in the long run because they’re not buying bottled water and they’re feeling healthier overall,” says Dolega. ProEcoLife is located at 7109 Higgins Rd., in Chicago. For more information, call 312-885-7777 or visit ProEcoLife. com. See ad on page 33. Carrie Jackson is an Evanston-based writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. Connect at

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ally works the fascial structure until the nerve endings in the fascia are “reset,” halting the inflammation in the area. “There are nerve endings in fascia, and once they’re irritated through injuries or bad posture, they become sensitive to stress and start producing inflammatory chemicals,” Cronin explains. “Fascia also connect through the spinal cord to the skeletal muscles, like by Sheila Julson the hamstrings or triceps, causing the muscles they connect with to become s licensed physical Cronin had first entighter. That affects range of motion and therapists, Kevin countered Strain Councomfort, but by treating the fascia, you’re Cronin, founder terstrain while visiting decreasing tightness in the muscle.” and president of ARC the Pacific Northwest and In addition to Fascial CounterPhysical Therapy, along participating in a continustrain, ARC also offers pelvic floor physwith co-owner John Chrising education class led by ical therapy, designed for strengthening tiansen, help their patients Jones, who immediately pelvic floor muscles to help incontiachieve a higher quality noticed that Cronin had nence and pelvic pain. Unlike tradiof life by staying on top mechanical dysfunction tional physical therapy settings where of new developments in from years of competitive the therapist sees more than one patient their field. They specialize sports injuries. After Jones at a time in a fitness room setting, ARC’s in Fascial Counterstrain, used Cronin patients are treated one on a cutting-edge technique as a model to Kevin Cronin one in private treatment developed and fine-tuned demonstrate rooms, receiving individuwithin the last decade that focuses on his Strain Counterstrain alized attention. fascia—the connective web of tissue technique, Cronin im “There are a lot of that runs throughout the body and covmediately felt better and people walking around ers nerves, veins and organs—and its immersed himself in the without pain but in a lot of effect on body motion. method so he could help dysfunction,” Christiansen Both therapists had always had an his patients. observes. “Some therapists interest in health care. Cronin worked Before Christiansen help people strengthen as an athletic trainer while in college, teamed up with ARC, he and feel okay for a little and he recalls how athletes that had dif- was exposed to Strain while, but the dysfunction ficulty recovering from injuries would Counterstrain through a is still there. Instead of be referred to a local physical therapist. weekend course. When John Christiansen focusing just on exercise, “The physical therapist would come to Christiansen joined ARC, we want to correct the underlying dysthe training room to treat the guys, and he and Cronin studied new methods functions to get long-lasting results. I’m I became fascinated by the techniques of Strain Counterstrain that were being inspired by the daily miracle of seeing and asked if I could watch him work,” researched by Brian Tuckey, a Marypatients feel better.” he says. He was accepted at Northwest- land-based physical therapist. Those Cronin loves his job so much that ern University Physical Therapy School. groundbreaking studies became known he says it doesn’t even feel like work. “It’s While in college, Christiansen as Fascial Counterstrain, a method that so much fun to watch people get better wanted to be a doctor and specialize in took Jones’ work further by addressing and improve their quality of life. We’re sports medicine. As for physical therainflammation in the fascia. grateful that we can do that for people, py, “It came to me,” he says. The direc “Groundbreaking research studand I’m thankful every day for Strain tor of his athletic training program, Dr. ies and Tuckey’s work have changed Counterstrain and Fascial Counterstrain.” Jerry Bell, was also a physical therapist our thinking on what fascia is,” Cronin and influenced Christiansen to pursue says. “John and I had both been taught ARC Physical Therapy has locations in the profession. that fascia was inert tissue that was just Chicago, Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Orland Cronin opened ARC Physical there, but Tuckey understood that fascia Park and Westmont. For more informaTherapy in 1996, and Christiansen joined is a sensory organ in the body that tion, call 630-832-6919 or visit ARC-PT. the ARC team in 2000. In addition to causes all inflammation.” com. See ad on page 23. having a like-minded approach toward Fascial Counterstrain is a gentle treating patients, they both had practiced manual technique that can treat any pain- Sheila Julson is a Milwaukee-based a technique called Strain Counterstrain, a ful condition caused by dysfunctions in freelance writer and regular contribumethod developed during the 1950s by the body. The process involves the patient tor to Natural Awakenings magazines osteopathic physician Dr. Lawrence Jones. lying on a table while the therapist manu- throughout the country.

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hiropractic care corrects spinal alignment abnormalities as a means of treating a wide range of health problems. Addressing skeletal and muscular disorders and relieving pain are just the beginning. Research studies reported in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics and the journal of healing science Explore have found chiropractic beneficial in treating connective tissue abnormalities, infant lactose intolerance and even autism. More than $13 billion is spent annually on chiropractic health services, making it the largest alternative health practice in the U.S. Science supports its usefulness in addressing a wide range of conditions. Bell’s Palsy. Recovery varies among patients as chiropractors create patientcentric treatment programs designed to improve facial motion and hearing, relieve pain and address other nerverelated issues (Archives of Internal Medicine; Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics). Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). A Canadian survey of chiroprac24

tors has reported success in using spinal manipulation to relieve IBD, colitis and other bowel disorders (Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology). Cancer. The Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine publishes numerous studies of therapies supporting cancer patients suffering the side effects of conventional treatment. The American Journal of Clinical Oncology reports that chiropractic care rates as one of the leading alternative medical treatments for pain management, among other related benefits. Chiropractic offers economical and effective strategies that may help quality of life, as discussed in Seminars in Oncology Nursing. High Blood Pressure. While many relevant studies can’t yet generalize results, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics documents success by chiropractors treating hypertension without the downside of medical drugs that can include the risk of stroke (University of Alabama at Birmingham). Chronic Sinusitis. Patients with nasal and sinus passages that don’t


drain properly due to physical or nerverelated causes may find relief through chiropractic care. A study cited in the same journal showed that patients experienced relief of all related symptoms after a single adjustment. Arthritis. A study published in a journal from the the University of Virginia School of Medicine Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies notes that arthritis patients obtaining chiropractic care enjoyed better health and quality of life than those that did not. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). In clinical studies, combining manual spinal adjustment with soft tissue therapy has been found to relieve PMS discomfort. In one study, two groups of women were tested, switching off in receiving chiropractic adjustments or a placebo alternative. Each time, the group receiving chiropractic adjustments reported the greatest improvements (Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A study published in Explore suggests that chiropractic care combined with other holistic elements such as appropriate nutrition may provide a more gentle, yet effective approach than conventional psychotropic drugs. It employed chiropractic treatment for boys 9 to 13 years old diagnosed with ADHD. Spinal manipulation with nutritional supplementation was reported to improve hyperactivity, inattentiveness, impulsiveness and behavioral, social and emotional difficulties. Headaches. Based on recent studies, spinal manipulation has proven effective against migraines and headaches originating from the neck. Manual therapy of the spine, along with neck exercises, promotes improvement in patients with neck-related headaches. Side effects are rare and minor (Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics). Dr. Edward Group is CEO and cofounder of the Global Healing Center, in Houston, TX (GlobalHealingCenter. com). He is a doctor of chiropractic trained in naturopathy, herbals and clinical nutrition; author of The Green Body Cleanse; and a diplomate of the American Board of Functional Medicine.

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calls the “right thing to do” fed more than 41,000 people that day. Named one of Toyota’s 2016 Mothers of Invention, Ahmad uses the company’s $50,000 grant to boost Copia’s services throughout the U.S. Recently, German and Austrian government officials expressed interest in expanding the service to help feed Syrian refugees in their countries. Friends Margot McNeeley and Janet Boscarino, in Memphis, Tennessee, looked around for local problems they could fix and took action starting in 2008. A former retail entre- Margot McNeeley preneur, McNeeley



urs is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts, or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good,” says Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D., a world-renowned author and Jungian psychoanalyst specializing in post-trauma counsel. Thousands of people each day choose to see a world radiating with hope and light, despite ever-present conflict and strife. Their talents and gifts, alliances and collaborations are inspiring a new story that ripples outward into our communities and beyond. In The Ten Gifts: Find the Personal Peace You’ve Always Wanted Through the Ten Gifts You’ve Always Had, author Robin L. Silverman affirms that everyone can reach within, even in the worst of circumstances, for treasures that can be used to improve the lives of others. She concludes, “We are not meant to use our gifts simply to survive, but to


satisfy our souls and inspire others to do the same.”

Meeting Basic Needs Komal Ahmad was unaware that her single act of kindness in simply offering to share her lunch with a homeless veteran in 2011 while she was attending the UniKomal Ahmad versity of California, Berkeley, would lead to a multiplying mission to feed America’s hungry. His heartfelt expression of gratitude for his first meal in three days sparked an epiphany: Her school was regularly throwing away thousands of pounds of food while neighbors were going hungry. Today, Ahmad is the founder and CEO of Copia, an app that matches nonprofits serving in-need veterans, children, women and others with companies that have leftover gourmet food. Following the 2016 Super Bowl, she used Copia’s technology to organize food pickups throughout the San Francisco Bay area. What she


didn’t want food to go to waste and created the Project Green Fork certification program after learning that 95 percent of restaurant waste can be diverted from landfills. Her nonprofit helps resJanet Boscarino taurants to conserve water and energy, develop recycling and composting systems and switch to biodegradable containers and environmentally friendly cleaning operations. Boscarino’s experience in business development and sales, combined with her disdain for litter, led her to found the nonprofit Clean Memphis, which began in 2008 with volunteer crews picking up litter. In recent years, the initiative’s community-wide strategy has expanded to involve local governments, businesses, neighborhoods, faith-based organizations and 20 local “sustainable schools”. In 2017, Project Green Fork will become a part of Clean Memphis. Throughout two decades of educational activism, John G. Heim’s passion for clean water as a human right John G. Heim has not waned.

The founder and leader of The SWFL Clean Water Movement, headquartered in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, persisted even when many business owners considered him a nuisance, driving off tourists. As infestations of blue-green algae blooms have reached emergency levels, Heim’s ongoing grassroots campaign to increase awareness of water quality issues that’s backed by social media recently brought him to Washington, D.C., to make his case before Congress. The nonprofit’s 18,000 members have succeeded in bringing national attention to the thick muck now plaguing both Florida coasts. They’re working to alter nutrient-laden discharges from Lake Okeechobee that send agricultural toxins and rain overflow down the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers and out into vital estuaries. Scott Bunn’s Seneca Treehouse Project, launched in 2010, grew from his building background in a family of entrepreneurs to encompass design/build serScott Bunn

vices and education in eco-housing and ethical living. Bunn’s original Seneca, South Carolina, homestead and acreage includes apprentice learning programs teaching practical skills in cultivating permaculture, growing food, building structures, working with tools and living in an intentional community. “For the next six years, our goal is to annually train 50 people that will train 50 more people. Continuing this exponential growth pattern means the potential for 312 million more people living more compatibly and lightly upon the Earth. We’ve already established collaborations with six other cities around the U.S. that can potentially duplicate our efforts,” says Bunn.

Providing Healthcare Options Martie Whittiken, of Plano, Texas, a board-certified clinical nutritionist and host of the Healthy by Nature nationally syndicated radio show, uses her Martie Whittiken

talents to advocate for health freedom in America. Educating listeners for 19 years, she served as president of the National Nutritional Foods Association during crucial phases of the 1992 to 1994 fight to successfully pass the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act to preserve consumer choices. The author of The Probiotic Cure also helped found the Texas Health Freedom Coalition to protect citizens’ rights to choose alternative medical treatment in her state. Whittiken says, “My work is a labor of love. I have no interest in becoming famous or well known unless it contributes to getting the job done.” On a 2006 medical mission to Haiti, Gigi Pomerantz, a licensed nurse practitioner at the Aurora Sinai Medical Center, in Milwaukee, discovered the impact of a lack of Gigi Pomerantz clean water and sanitation as her four-person team treated …continued on page 31

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Chicago is the

Fair Trade Capital of the USA by Anni Metz


Fair trade comprises an alternative business model that focuses attention and resources on the triple bottom line: people, the planet and profits. Fair trade businesses pay fair wages to the artists, makers and farmers that make their products using environmentally friendly methods, investing in the communities where they work and more, all while building successful brands, creating beautiful products and turning a profit. In a world where more than 1 billion people live on less than $1 per day, fair trade businesses are providing sustainable jobs to the poorest of the poor, giving them the opportunity to transform a


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he Second City comes in first place with the largest concentration of fair trade businesses in the country. This might seem insignificant, but it is not; the ethical economy is expanding quickly, and Chicago is at the forefront of this growth, poised to be a leader in a truly global movement. Chicago Fair Trade (CFT), a nonprofit coalition with offices in Chicago’s Printer’s Row, is leading the charge to grow the fair trade industry in the region, and this year the organization celebrates their 10th anniversary. The past decade has been one of enormous growth and success for CFT. In 2006, a small, dedicated group of activists, volunteers, community leaders and businesses formed a nonprofit organization with the mission to increase awareness and demand for fair trade products. In 2008, CFT launched a campaign to have Chicago designated a Fair Trade City. Over the years, CFT has partnered with allied businesses, congregations, student organizations, political groups and activists to make the city the fair trade hub it is today.

life of poverty into a life of opportunity. Chicago was officially named a Fair Trade City in 2011 and a Sweatfree City in 2014. Last year, Cook County was named a Sweatfree County; the largest in the country to receive the designation. Chicago Fair Trade currently lists more than 50 business members, by far the largest concentration in the U.S. “Ten years ago, when Chicago Fair Trade was first formed, we had three business members,” says Katherine Bissell Cordova, executive director of Chicago Fair Trade. “We have seen it snowball in the last few years; people are seeing firsthand that there is a better way of doing business and founding their own brands based on fair trade principles.” Dozens of religious congregations in the Chicago area are promoting fair trade by organizing holiday markets, hosting speakers from the CFT Fair Trade Speakers Bureau as part of their Fair Trade in the Sanctuary program and selling fair trade coffee and chocolate each week after their services. CFT partnered with students at DePaul University to form the DePaul Fair Trade Committee in 2012 and helped them receive status as a Fair Trade University. In the years since, they have launched a Chicago Students for Fair Trade Meetup group that convenes twice a year to share ideas and host fair trade events on campuses around the city. Northwestern University, Columbia College and Loyola University have all launched similar campaigns to become Fair Trade Universities. Chicago Fair Trade has also partnered with national and international organizations such as the Fair Trade Federation, the World Fair Trade Organization, Fair Tuesday and Fashion Revolution to raise the profiles of Chicago fair trade, sustainable and ethical businesses in a growing, global marketplace.

Anni Metz runs Ethica Collective, a Chicago-based creative marketing consultancy where she works with ethical and sustainable businesses to craft their company stories, reach new audiences and grow their brands.

continued from page 29… 1,400 patients for worms, stomach problems, diarrhea and poor appetite. Two years later, she founded Youthaiti, where she serves as executive director. The nonprofit helps rural Haitians build composting toilets and develop organic gardens using recycled waste as fertilizer. It also provides community hygiene education and reforestation. Everything is aimed at breaking Haiti’s widespread cycle of contamination and disease, and safely convert human waste into agricultural fertilizer that’s increasing crop productivity and the availability of healthy food. Psychotherapist Jacqui Bishop and Integrative Nutritionist Lisa Feiner, co-founders of Sharp Again Naturally, in White Plains, Jacqui Bishop New York, believe that dementia is reversible, and no case should be considered hopeless until all causative factors have been tested and ruled out. Their resolve for eliminating causes of disease rather than managing symptoms is based on University of California, Los Angeles, research studies and sources quoted in a Health Advocates Worldwide documentary.

Project Yoga Richmond, established in 2010, makes yoga accessible to everyone in the city’s metro region. Thirty yoga teachers lead pay-what-youLisa Feiner can studio classes that help fund 22 outreach programs for underserved communities. Healing programs are designed for needs related to autism, recovery, seniors, special students and youths in the court system. “We also provide continuing instructor education, visiting teachers, workshops and other special events that deepen yoga practice in our community,” says co-founder Dana Walters, who serves as the board of directors vice president.

Enriching Lives

As an Emmy Award-winning trumpeter, composer, educator and co-founder, conductor and artistic director of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP), Orbert Davis is dedicated to multi-genre projects. His collaborative research in 2012 while in Cuba on a people-to-people exchange accompanied by fellow musicians and River North Dance Chicago’s Artistic Director Frank Chaves (now retired) proved to be a multifaceted boon. It generated the philharmonic’s Havana Blue live performance in 2013

and ignited a weeklong cultural exchange with Cuba’s Universidad Ciudad de las Artes (ISA) during his Orbert Davis return trip for the Havana International Jazz Festival in 2014. President Barak Obama’s announcement of the normalization of Cuban/U.S. diplomatic relations opened up the possibility for a continuing CJP/ISA relationship, as well as their 2015 landmark partnered event when 37 ISA students traveled to Chicago to perform Scenes from Life: Cuba at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre. Davis promises more such events to come. All of these individuals represent a small percentage of the game-changers actively moving to create an alternative future. Estés observes, “What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts; adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group that will not give up during the first, second or hundredth gale.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Planet-Friendly and Profitable The Rise of Ecopreneurs by Avery Mack


hether it’s a sideline or full time, flourishing small businesses stimulate the economy. The U.S. Small Business Association found that between 2009 and 2013, companies with fewer than 500 employees accounted for 60 percent of net new jobs. Technology allows new commercial ventures to be launched from home, yielding huge savings in startup costs. Owners have found ways to fulfill needs by leveraging their past job experiences and personal interests.

House and Garden

When the economy faltered in 2008, Dave Marciniak, owner and lead designer at Revolutionary Gardens, in Culpeper, Virginia, offered eco-friendly services. “I focus on a few key points and design to make the outdoors a place where people want to be,” he says. Even for urbanites, fresh garden

herbs are available thanks to ecopreneurs like Andy Avramenko, who created TrendyThing, in New York City. “The edible plants our bike messengers distribute come from local farmers,” he explains. Basil, parsley, dill, lettuce and other herbs and greens are available for all five boroughs; potted plants arrive fresh weekly via subscription. In addition to cleaning homes, Debbie Sardone, owner of Speed Cleaning, in Lewisville, Texas, saw an opportunity to manufacture her own green cleaning products. They’re part of a full-line online catalog. Ryan Riley and his wife, Ashley Spitz, of Los Angeles, own and operate Biz Bagz, dog waste bags made in America from bio-based resins and recycled plastics. He notes the genesis of their idea: “Landfills are anaerobic, so biodegradable bags don’t get the oxygen required to break down.


Compostable bags are available, but few places provide composting services. We offer a cleaner alternative.” Another pet-inspired idea was spawned when Kevin Li, of Manhattan, New York, left his puppy home alone for the first time. He invented an app-operated remote control ball with a camera called PlayDate ( RemoteBallApp).

Personal Care

People- and planet-friendly personal care products address other ongoing customer needs. Nitya Gulati, founder of Sugarloom Cosmetics, in Ashburn, Virginia, specializes in Americanmade, vegan, cruelty- and toxin-free nail polish. She advises, “Look for ‘five-free’ on the label, which means no formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene and allergens camphor and formaldehyde resin. Watch out for guanine, made from fish scales, found in glittery polishes. Oleic acid, a thickener, is animal fat. Vibrant reds may contain carmine, made from boiled, crushed beetles.” She warns that products tested by a third party can obscure animal testing during product development. Amelia Swaggert and Elizabeth Ripps, co-founders of California Scrub Company, in Los Angeles, upcycle coffee grounds into a natural facial scrub. They’ve eliminated plastic at every step of production from sourcing to packaging. They’re also helping to keep the world’s oceans from becoming plastic soup by supporting the Beat the Microbead campaign. ( Maintaining a professional look while living green can be a challenge. found a stylish, eco-friendly, lightweight and durable tote bag designed by Natalie Therése. The vegan cork tote is made in Boxford, Massachusetts. Shavings from the bark of the cork oak tree grown in Portugal are transformed into ultrathin sheets to produce cork fabric; the certified organic cotton lining is pro-

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Out and About Mya Zeronis saw a need for healthy food and stepped out of her comfort zone to fulfill it through her extra VEGANza Pgh restaurant and its catering arm, Lean Chef en Route, recognized by Sustainable Pittsburgh. “We source locally, compost produce scraps, serve meat- and dairy-free menu options, practice food waste management with root-to-stem preparation and maintain energy conservation,” she says. Customers are encouraged to bike to the restaurant; there’s even a bicycle air pump and flat tire repair kit on the premises if emergencies arise. Shared bikes are a welcome addition at colleges for budget-minded and time-strapped students. Rented by the hour or day, they’re a convenient, healthy and non-polluting way to get around campus. New York University at Buffalo students can remotely locate, rent and unlock GPS-enabled bikes. At Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, the Purple Bike Coalition provides free use of bikes and a staffed repair station; a cargo bike helps transport larger objects. Entrepreneurs are creative by nature; seeing a need and asking, “What if?” Eco-friendly, green-minded entrepreneurs take ideas a step farther, working to ensure the health of consumers and the planet. They succeed as they serve and inspire us all. Connect with the freelance writer via



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eaders from more than a dozen north and northwest suburban communities will convene for a discussion of Active Design in our communities from 1 to 3 p.m., October 4, at the Chicago Botanic Garden, with local and national experts on the safety, health, economic, environmental and social benefits of designing communities that promote physical activity. Summit speakers include nationally renowned active transportation advocate Mark Fenton and Eric Chehab, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute and the clinical lead of its OrthoHealth program. A panel of local community leaders will present examples of Complete Street Ordinance enhancements in their home towns and strategies for funding healthier places for walking and bicycling. This summit is intended for local city and municipal government officials, school and park district representatives and those interested in learning more about active community design, including municipal planners, parents and parent/teacher organization members, school transportation companies, hospital staff, faith communities, police, public works staff, builders, architects and property developers. Fenton is a national public health, planning and transportation consultant, an adjunct associate professor at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and former host of the America’s Walking series on PBS television. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestselling Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness. To see Fenton discussing the four elements of healthy community design and how the Three P’s—program, project and policy—impact change, view a short video at This event is sponsored by the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, hosted by the Chicago Botanic Garden and facilitated by Go Green Wilmette, Wilmette Citizens for Active Transportation and the Consortium of North Suburban Environmental Groups (CONSEG). Admission is free, but registration is required at ActiveDesignSummit. Location: 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. Parking fee waived for event participants. For questions, email Anne Nagle, M.D., at


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Planning for a Sustainable Future

Architectural rendering of Goose Island

Celebrating Chicago’s Three Great Rivers by Ariel Ranieri


hicago’s rivers are getting the attention they deserve, and we can be a part of making them great. On August 17, the city of Chicago and the Metropolitan Planning Council issued Our Great Rivers (, the first unified vision for the Chicago, Calumet and Des Plaines rivers, with recommendations and goals to ensure Chicago’s rivers are productive, living and inviting spaces by 2040. By encouraging more jobs along the riverfront, instilling a source of community pride, promoting a connection with nature and bringing about more open space and recreation opportunities, Our Great Rivers will change the way people think about and experience these important waterways. “From opening new boathouses to reinventing the Riverwalk, we’ve made significant investments in the Chicago River to make it the city’s next recreational frontier,” says Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The vision, created with the support of Friends of the Chicago River, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and many others, was based on feedback gathered from more than 6,000 Chicagoland residents that participated in more than 120 community events over the past year. MPC Director Josh Ellis says, “While the city and other government agencies lead on some of the recommended actions, we need residents and local stakeholders across the city to play a lead role in creating a future for our rivers that we can all be proud of.” People can get involved by joining a park advisory council or a volunteer stewardship group or visiting an area of the rivers to which they have never been. From Ping Tom Park to Calumet Fisheries, the Des Plaines River Trail and the Riverwalk, there are amazing places along our rivers today that we can look to as we plan for tomorrow. A $50 donation receives a T-shirt including one of three great rivers-themed designs. Call the Metropolitan Planning Council at 312-863-6020 or visit


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upport for the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) was strong during the first and only U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) national hearing on the program this August in Chicago. More than 300 supporters attended the hearing and nearly half provided oral testimony in support of both the Clean Power Plan and this innovative program to advance renewable energy and energy efficiency. As part of the EPA Clean Power Plan, placing the nation’s first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants, the voluntary CEIP allows states to opt in to the program to be eligible for incentives to develop solar, wind, geothermal and hydroelectric projects. The program also doubles the incentives for states that develop energy efficiency or solar projects serving low-income communities. In February, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to put the Clean Power Plan on hold until current legal challenges are resolved; but that does not prevent states from moving forward with drafting state implementation plans or participating in the CEIP. As a Midwest energy policy analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists, Jessica Collingsworth gave testimony: “I shared that in developing the CEIP, the EPA rightly recognized two fundamental challenges that need to be addressed in the equitable and effective implementation of the Clean Power Plan. First, we need to encourage near-term deployment of renewables to adequately cut emissions and limit a rush to natural gas, which has inherent economic and consumer risks and is still a fossil fuel. Second, we need to ensure that low-income communities who have historically borne a disproportionate burden of fossil fuel pollution and suffer chronic underinvestment in local clean energy and energy efficiency resources are prioritized for meaningful investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy resources.” CEIP benefits go only to states that act ahead of key deadlines, so it is in their interest to have a clean energy infrastructure in place to fully realize them when they take effect. Several states, including Illinois, have yet to convene stakeholders on the CPP or the CEIP. Time is of the essence, and we need to act now. The EPA has extended the comment period from stakeholders and the public on several key design elements of the CEIP until November 1. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments at Or, comments may be emailed to and include Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2016-0033 in the subject line of the message. Ask Gov. Bruce Rauner to power ahead on the Clean Power Plan for Illinois at 312-814-2121 or 217-782-0244 or Illinois. gov/gov/contactus/Pages/VoiceAnOpinion.aspx. To get involved in Illinois clean energy, email Collingsworth at

Come to Chicago Fair Trade’s Globalfest & 10th Anniversary Celebration Friday, November 18 from 5:30-9:00 National Museum of Mexican Art 1852 West 19th Street, Chicago, IL Join Emcee WBEZ’s Jerome McDonnell. Small bites, open bar, silent auction, and more. Purchase tickets at http://globalfest2016.

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Over 70 local businesses and organizations offering green products and services to make your home or business more energy efficient! • Tour a model tiny home from Titan Tiny Homes, featured on Tiny House Nation. • Bring your electronics, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, and more to the Defenders recycling drive held in the MCC parking lot from 9 a.m.–Noon! Check the website,, for registration information and the growing list of vendors and exhibitors.

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o celebrate a 20-year legacy as the region’s leading conservation alliance, Chicago Wilderness is conducting One Home: A Campaign to Support our Species (, a fundraising effort through November 29 to support the health and habitat of 12 priority animal species in the region through CrowdRise. “This is the first time that anyone has launched a crowdfunded campaign of this scale to support wildlife in our region,” says Suzanne MalecMcKenna, executive director of Chicago Wilderness. Those interested in taking a more active role in fundraising can make it personal by becoming a team leader to reach a targeted group of supporters for a species. Team leaders receive a unique URL which they can distribute and use to track the funds raised for Chicago Wilderness. Being a team leader is fun, customizing all kinds of easy-to-use information for quick communiqués via emails, newsletters or social media. For example: “So glad you like the aquatic species. Each species was chosen based on a variety of criteria, from regional challenges to feasibility of having an impact to opportunities for outreach/community engagement.” Being a team leader is easy; after signing up, team leaders get a personalized link to the fundraising campaign and can name their team whatever they want. As a team leader for whatever species is chosen, the team’s name will be featured prominently with that species and shown in the overall page, as well. The coolest thing about

being a team leader is that they have access to the contact information of anyone that donates via their link, which is sure to be a much broader audience than the original list, as folks are encouraging others to share the information. That’s great for market research, communication support and more. The 12 priority species represent an array of wildlife of high conservation concern and those with habitat that requires critical support, such as the globally rare oak savanna. The campaign kicks off strategic conservation work across the region for the next five years: individuals can choose the species they prefer and contribute what they can, but funding will be distributed equally among the priority species to support conservation efforts. Lead partners include Audubon Great Lakes, The Field Museum, Illinois Natural History Survey, Lincoln Park Zoo, The Nature Conservancy Illinois Chapter, Openlands, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. “With this coalition, we can make impressive and meaningful strides in the years ahead,” adds McKenna. Chicago Wilderness is a regional alliance promoting strategies to preserve, improve and expand nature and quality of life. In concert with more than 200 member organizations representing corporate, nonprofit and government interests, Chicago Wilderness is connecting leaders in conservation, health, business, science and beyond. Chicago Wilderness tackles challenging issues to ensure a resilient region. Building on a 20-year legacy of collaboration, the broad alliance of member organizations advance work in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. For more information, to pledge or to sign up as a team leader, visit

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We think that diamonds are very important, gold is very important, all these minerals are very important. We call them precious minerals, but they are all forms of the soil. But that part of this mineral that is on top, like it is the skin of the Earth, that is the most precious of the commons. ~Wangari Maathai (1940–2011)

Putting a Garden to Bed for the Winter by Joey and Holly Baird


he days are getting shorter and cooler, and the garden is showing signs of wanting to be put to rest. Many gardeners enjoy looking back to see what they have grown or what they will continue to produce for the next few months. Some are surely disappointed because they wish to garden yearround, but that is just not possible in the Midwest. We should always be aware of the next crop going in, such as planting garlic in the fall or the first crop in spring as soon as the soil can be worked. Either way, preparing the garden for winter correctly will save us time next season. The first step in putting the garden to bed is to harvest all of the remaining fruits and vegetables on the plants, from the smallest peppers and root crops to the leafy greens. Then remove and discard any diseased plants like tomatoes with blight, vine crops with powdery mildew and any other questionablelooking plants. Do not put these in with the compost; separating and trashing them is best because even the hottest backyard compost pile cannot kill spores on diseased plants. Now is

the time to take notes, photographs or videos of where the plants were located this growing season. Avoid planting the same family of plant in the same area two years in a row because that can promote disease and deplete vital nutrients that some plants take from the soil, while others put them back. To achieve minimal soil disturbance, do not till the garden in the fall. A rototiller can do structural damage to the soil web. Instead, use a garden fork in the spring and fall. This is a special tool with heavy, flat, metal tines designed to loosen the soil to do less damage, much like a broad fork. This is not a pitchfork or hay fork; their structure and purposes are different. Fluff the soil with the fork while pulling out weeds and aerating it. This is the best time to add some amendments to feed and build the soil. They may include partially broken-down plant- or animal-based compost, as well as coffee grounds and other fillers. The proper application of these amendments is to work them into the top two to four inches of soil to allow the microbes and

worms to finish the breakdown process over the winter. Other amendments such as fertilizer should not be added at this time because they will be ineffective and used up by spring; most fertilizer, even slow-release, will lose its potency after a few months. The most free and abundant resource available is leaves in the fall. Whether saving them over the winter to make leaf compost or applying them directly over the soil, leaves are nutrient-dense and beneficial for the garden. Tree roots go deep down into the earth, and all of those nutrients are circulated through the tree into the leaves, enhancing them to become exceedingly beneficial to the soil. About two feet of this leaf mulch over the top of the garden bed is good. The smaller the particles, the quicker they break down, so a leaf mulcher or lawn mower is handy, but not necessary, because the leaves can also be applied without mulching. In the spring, rake the leaves away, plant and then replace the leaves around the plant as a mulch. Putting a garden to bed can greatly reduce the overall amount of time needed in maintenance, from preparation to planting. This will also give us a good idea of what changes we can make in the next planting season. Joey and Holly Baird are the founders of The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener, an online how-to resource for home gardeners. For information on vegetable gardening and more, visit

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Born to Eat Wild Why Ancestral Diets Boost Health by Judith Fertig


n The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, Michael Pollan surmised that we’d be healthier if we ate the way our great-grandparents did. It would mean sticking to regularly scheduled meals instead of impulsive snacking, having a meat or protein item comprise only a quarter of our plate, adding fresh vegetables and eliminating junk food. We must look further back than our immediate ancestors, counters Jo Robinson, a food journalist who surveyed more than 6,000 scientific research studies before writing her bestselling Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health. She has also co-authored several other books, including The Omega Diet: The Lifesaving Nutritional Program Based on the Diet of the Island of Crete.

Narrowed Field of Foods

“Many believe we have dumbed down the nutrition in our food over the past 100 years,” says Robinson, who lives and gardens on Vashon Island, Washington. “Research shows we have been breeding out proteins and minerals and most importantly, antioxidants, for much longer.” She points out that the hunter-gatherer diet encompassed many wild foods that tasted more bitter, astringent, sour and earthy than the sweet blandness in today’s fruits and vegetables. Wild foods offered a wider variety of phytonutrients, but came at a cost—the time required to hunt and gather enough food for a day, let alone a season. “Then, 12,000 years ago, we had a better idea—gardening,” says Robinson. “We evolved to 20 varieties in a garden versus 150 in wild plants.” First, farmers chose sweet, starchy, mild-tasting, oil-rich foods such as figs, dates and olives. “We’re hard-wired to choose high-calorie foods because they’re directly connected to the pleasure centers of the brain,” she adds. 38



After that, the trend to grow sweeter-tasting, less nutritious plants snowballed. Robinson cites research that found adding one Golden Delicious apple to the daily diet of a small group of overweight men led to higher levels of undesirable low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides due to its high-fructose content and low levels of antioxidants (International Journal of Preventive Medicine).

Wilder Options Even organic farming methods, in which the soil is naturally enriched, can’t return all those lost nutrients to our food. Rather than advocate that we return to eating wild foods, Robinson suggests finding wild equivalents. Even those that follow a paleo diet—presumably eaten by early humans and consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables and fruit, excluding dairy, grain products and commercially processed items—could use further refinements in the produce they choose. She recommends specific varieties of fruits and vegetables and explains the benefits of “wild” foods such as meat, eggs and dairy from livestock and poultry fed on grass on her website, We can make smarter choices, seeking wilder-type varieties of foods at the grocery store, farmers’ market and garden seed companies. In general, they are more vividly colored, especially from red to purple, and less sweet. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables indicate a botanical sunscreen the plant produces to protect itself from ultraviolet light and other external threats, notes Robinson; it’s an indication of a higher antioxidant activity. “Find as many purple foods as possible because they have anthocyanins, known to fight cancer and inflammation,” suggests Robinson. “The original carrot from Afghanistan is purple. It’s only been orange for the past 400 years when it was bred to salute the royal House of Orange, in the Netherlands.” According to Robinson, we can also prepare our foods in ways that maximize their phytonutrient content. Eat fresh-picked asparagus and broccoli immediately or their natural sugars and antioxidants disappear. Let chopped or pressed garlic sit for 10 minutes before using so its pungent allicin—the healthy compound that benefits our health—will increase. Tear fresh lettuce the day before eating and keep it fresh in a plastic bag with poked holes, to allow the stillliving lettuce to rally its healthy compounds as if its battered leaves were repelling an insect attack. This emerging science of polyphenols, the technical term for phytonutrients in our food, will be explosive, predicts this pioneering research-based author. “There’s a new study just about every month,” she finds. It can all lead toward breeding and growing more nutritious foods that are more readily accessible to everyone. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (


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In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk and butter. It’s OK if the butter re-solidifies in clumps when you add it to the cold buttermilk.

Yield: 4 to 6 half-pint jars
 This recipe can be properly canned for longer shelf life or simply added to clean jars, kept refrigerated and used promptly. 8 cups apples, peeled and chopped
 1½ cups sweet red wine
 1 cup honey
 ½ cup sugar
 1 lemon, juiced
 2½ tsp cinnamon
 ½ cup walnuts, toasted and chopped If canning, prepare 4 to 6 half-pint jars in simmering water. Combine apples and wine in a large pot and simmer over high heat for about 15 minutes or until the apples are tender and the liquid has reduced. Mash the mixture to the preferred consistency; some apple chunks are fine, or blend as for apple sauce. Add the honey and sugar, let the jam cook on high around 220 degrees until it’s quite thick. When the jam has reached your desired consistency, remove the pot from the heat and stir in the lemon juice, cinnamon and nuts. If using within a few weeks, funnel into jars and refrigerate. If canning, funnel jam into jars leaving ½-inch headspace. Wipe rims, apply lids, screw on bands

Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and stir just until there are no large pockets of dry ingredients, no need to mix it together completely. Allow to rest for about 5 minutes.

and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes (start timer when the pot returns to a rolling boil).

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To get even browning on the pancakes, once bubbles set in the pancake towards the middle of the pan, carefully slide a spatula under the pancake and rotate it to brown the other half of the bottom. When the bottom is nicely browned, flip the pancake, brown, and repeat the rotating.

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Making Peace With Our Bodies

A Conversation with Meryl Feldman of Blossom Within Coaching by Carrie Jackson


eryl Feldman is a mind-body coach and founder of Blossom Within Coaching. She works with women to have radiant and vibrant lives by helping them tap into their own abundant source of healing capabilities and intuitive wisdom.

motion”. They show up as physical sensations in the body, starting out very quiet and subtle, almost vibrational. When ignored, they get louder and louder, until screaming as a migraine, backache or some other pain or weakness in the body. The key here is to Meryl Feldman notice as soon as possible and as often as possible the What is the connection emotion as a physical sensation. This between emotional and emotional energy has much wisdom to share about what we are experiencing physical pain? and how to get relief. The healing begins Based on a theory by Dr. John Sarno, when we are honest with ourselves and the expert on mind-body healing and are willing to explore our inner emothe author of many books, including Healing Back Pain, the brain will cut off tional world. blood/oxygen flow to different parts of the body, causing painful symptoms in order to distract an individual from recognizing and feeling emotions that they are trying to avoid. In order to get relief from the pain, a person will go running around to different doctors and searching the Internet to get answers and diagnosis, when the healing is within their reach and within their own body. They just need to “feel to heal”. This is not to say at all that the pain is only in the mind. The pain is real and the symptoms are real. But the healing comes from turning inward, getting honest about one’s emotions— especially anger, fear and sadness, and allowing for emotional energy flow. But how to do this is the question, especially when so many of us have the habit of ignoring these emotions or getting stuck in them. Emotions are “energy in 40

How can we be more mindful in our approach to healing? Put your attention inward. Wiggle your toes, take a deep inhale/exhale, and notice what physical sensation is happening in your body. Does your stomach hurt? Is there a lump in your throat, a surge of heat welling up in your chest? Is your breathing shallower? Jaw clenched? Whatever the physical sensation is, just be aware of it and allow it for half a minute or longer. You can even put your hand on that part of your body to keep your focus on it. Breathe and know that you are safe in putting your attention on your body and feeling the emotional energy that is present. Allow that physical sensation to just exist in your awareness. This action enables emotional energy to flow and intuitive wisdom to be heard. You may get a “knowing” of which


emotion it is—anger, irritation, annoyance, rage, sadness, disappointment or hurt. The word is not as important as noticing the sensation, but may give you additional clarity in your awareness. As your attention remains inward on the bodily sensation, you may notice a change of the energy. My clients often share that one area of their body has pain or a sensation, and then after their attention has been on it, it morphs into another physical sensation in a different part of their body. For example, they may feel some tremoring in their right arm, and after I give them time to focus their attention there, they’ll share that the tremoring is gone, but that their stomach feels funny. This is their emotional energy flowing and shifting to be processed and give them body/soul wisdom. As part of the coaching process, we access those messages, as well.

How does emotional healing lead to overall health? When you allow your body’s emotional message to be heard, the recognized energy flows so it doesn’t get stuck as a physical pain later on. After this very physical allowing of emotional energy, your intuition opens up so that you can choose, from a place of higher wisdom, the action you want to take in a given situation. You will have been given the gift of awareness and clarity. This is true health. As opposed to fearing change and ignoring and suppressing the emotional messages our body is communicating to us, we are accessing it instead. The brain does not have to cause blood/oxygen restriction to any part of the body because in these actions we are showing it that we are not afraid of our emotions. No pain is necessary, no distraction is necessary. We are freeing ourselves from the suppression and pain cycle and living a more vibrant, healthy life. Feldman welcomes questions and offers a free, 20-minute connection. For more information, call 773-609-3770, email or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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WALKING MEDITATION The Calming and Centering Effects of Labyrinths by Gina McGalliard

While many of us like to meditate, some can’t sit still. Walking a labyrinth provides an enticing alternative.


n archetypal labyrinth gently leads us in a circular path inward toward a center and then back out again. Found in ancient cultures from African, Celtic and Greek to Native American, they became especially popular fixtures in Medieval European churches; one of the most renowned is in France’s Chartres Cathedral. Depictions of labyrinths have been included in paintings, pottery, tapestries and in Hopi baskets as a sacred symbol of Mother Earth. Several American tribes saw the pattern as a medicine wheel. Celts may have regarded it as a never-ending knot or circle. While some of the oldest known

labyrinths decorate cave walls in Spain, today they grace diverse locations ranging from spas and wellness centers to parks, gardens, university campuses and even prisons. “Labyrinths can be outdoors or indoors. Permanent labyrinths may be made of stones, rocks, bricks or inlaid stones. Temporary labyrinths can be painted on grass or made with all sorts of things for a particular purpose or appropriate to a specific cause,” explains Diane Rudebock, Ed.D., resource vice president and research chair of the Labyrinth Society, in Trumansburg, New York. “Walking a labyrinth is useful for those that sometimes have a hard

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time being outwardly still and drawing themselves inward. You must move your body, and because you’re focused on the path while you’re walking it, it’s easier to drop wholly into the journey and let go of all else,” says Anne Bull, of Veriditas, a Petaluma, California, nonprofit that supports new labyrinth designs to suit the spiritual needs of hospitals, schools and retreat centers. The group also sponsors a worldwide directory at

Individual Approaches

A labyrinth walk typically involves three stages. The first is for releasing extraneous thoughts on the way to the center. Upon arriving in the stillness of that point, the participant opens heart and mind to receive whatever message or wisdom is intended for them. The return path is the integration phase, to make a fresh insight our own. Participants should approach their walk in different ways: One may have a specific question or intention in mind; another may be open to whatever occurs during their meditation; yet another may repeat a meditative mantra. One might even choose to bypass the path entirely in order to sit contemplatively at its center. Unlike a maze, it’s impossible to lose our way with the circular path serving as a simple and reliable guide. Although scientific research on labyrinth meditation has been limited to participant questionnaires, future studies may incorporate the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging technology to measure brain activity and record what individuals experience. Labyrinths located in settings like hospitals and prisons lend themselves to such research, says Rudebock. As a Veriditas-certified labyrinth facilitator, she conducts workshops and observes, “Walks are unique to each individual

Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. ~Søren Kierkegaard 42


and may not produce uniform or replicable results.” At its core, the experience is about listening to our truest self, away from the cacophony of modern life. “I believe that the world needs places where our souls can be quiet,” remarks Jean Richardson, director of the Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center, in Bangor, Pennsylvania, which includes a seven-circuit labyrinth. “Retreat centers and labyrinths are places where we can listen to our inner heart, feel our inner calling and tap into our own divine nature. I think deep listening is not always valued in a world where we are rewarded for being busy and keeping our schedules full.” 

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Today, labyrinths—indoor, outdoor, natural, urban, secular and religious— are found in or near many communities. Following the lead of California’s Golden Door Spa, in Escondido, which pioneered the use of a labyrinth in a spa setting, many spas now incorporate them in their wellness or mindfulness programs. Labyrinthine invitations to a mindfulness practice are open to everyone. “A labyrinth can bridge all beliefs, faiths, religions and walks of life,” says Bull. “You can walk a labyrinth no matter what you believe. Benefits come in walking it with an open mind and open heart.”



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Cat-astrophe How to Slim a Fat Feline

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lmost 60 percent of America’s pet cats are overweight, according to a survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Feline obesity can lead to joint pain, hinder self-grooming and make it harder to use the litter box, all resulting in fat cats being left at shelters by frustrated owners. Chubby kitties also are more prone to osteoarthritis, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, respiratory problems and non-allergic skin conditions. “Potential health problems make overweight cats harder to adopt,” says Deanna Schmidt, with the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in Pittsburgh. “On Fat Cat Tuesdays, we waive the adoption fee for cats 14 pounds and over. We counsel adoptive families and follow up so that ongoing healthy eating and exercise continues to melt away the pounds.” Experts advise that a house cat should maintain the sleek, fluid motion of a jungle cat. Viewed from above, healthy cats have a distinct waistline, an inward curve between the rib cage and hips. Pick it up and step on the scale. The pet’s weight should comprise between six to 10 pounds of the total.


“The first time I saw healthy cats, I thought they looked small because I’d become used to seeing fat cats,” recalls Traci Pichette, founder of Pumeli tea and gift boxes, in St. Petersburg, Florida. She’s not alone in her assessment.

Suggested Solutions

While free-feeding dry food is easier for owners and allows a cat to snack at will, some take advantage and overeat, often from boredom. To help the transition from always-available dry food to mealtime wet food, use kibble as a special treat. Food puzzles, widely available online or in pet supply stores, will keep Kitty busy during the day. Homemade feeding puzzles work, too; put a small amount of kibble in a cardboard tube or small box, tape the end shut and randomly cut small holes in the sides. Kitty will have to roll the tube or fit a paw inside to retrieve a treat. “Free-feeding dry food is comparable to a constant supply of Fritos on our desk,” says Jackson Galaxy, author of Cat Daddy. “As far as the myth that dry food cleans teeth, I ask, do you floss with Melba toast? Dry food leaves plaque. A grain-free, wet food adds needed mois-


ture and fat to their diet. A cat’s teeth are designed to rip and tear, not crunch.” “Changing my cat’s food to an all-wet diet slimmed her down to a healthy weight. I hated the smell, but it made sense to me that dry food was just carbs,” says Pichette. “At first, she whined at not having food all the time, but got used to it, and now she can eat treats in moderation. The cool thing is we’re all enjoying her increased energy and playfulness.” Cats are obligate carnivores, which means their natural diet comprises 90 percent meat and 10 percent vegetable matter. A roaming cat’s native routine is to search for food, hunt, catch and eat, groom and nap. Because each catch is small, they eat frequently. “There’s still an ancestor cat inside domesticated felines, a ‘raw’ cat that wants to hunt for its food,” explains Galaxy. “We need to play into that thinking and feed at intervals; ideally, every five hours or so, or at least in the morning, after work and about an hourand-a-half before bedtime.” While the family’s morning and evening schedules mean just a quick scoop of food in the bowl, the third meal should be an interactive one. “A battery-operated toy or waving a laser light around is not play,” says Galaxy. “Interactive play is not texting with one hand and wiggling the fishing pole toy with the other. You have to get up and move to let the cat search for the toy, watch and wait, then pounce. It engages the animal mentally and physically and brings the raw cat to the surface. When you reach the point of diminishing returns, the pet is tired and it’s time for a meal.” His foundation improves lives of shelter animals, teaching staff to clicker train, entertain and exercise their cats to make them more adoptable. After an active day, the cat will be ready for bed, syncing its rhythm with the rest of the household. “A full play session satisfies natural instincts and prevents the cat from hunting your ankles as you sleep,” advises Galaxy. “It’s not a luxury to have a variety of toys; it’s a necessity for having a quality relationship with a healthy cat.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 2016 Walk for Farm Animals and Fun Run – 7:45am, registration. Raise funds and awareness for the national nonprofit Farm Sanctuary. A 2-mile walk or run along Chicago’s lakefront. Grove 13 near Belmont Harbor. For more info: Fall Canoe Trip: North Branch Wilderness – 9:30am-3:30pm. Come on a wild woods adventure, our most adventurous canoe trip of the season provides paddlers with a chance to glimpse local wildlife along six miles of beautiful meandering river. Meet at Linne Woods, 6308 W Dempster St, Morton Grove. Info & registration: Herbal Medicine Workshop – 9:30am-6pm. With Richo and Jebran Cech of Strictly Medicinals LLC (formerly Horizon Herbs) in Williams, OR, to share their decades-long knowledge of herbal medicine. In this hands-on workshop get an overview of compounding herbal formulas, tinctures for common ailments, making multi-herb infused oils and salve making. All levels welcome. $40/person, includes lunch. On-site accommodations available for $40/ night. MA Amma Center Chicago, 41W501 Keslinger Rd, Elburn. For more info: Illinois Solar Tour – 10am-3pm. Tour any or all of over 50 homes and businesses in IL that are using renewable energy. A free tour to generate interest in solar and other forms of renewable energy. Two homes are in Oak Park: 1101 S Wenonah & 613 S Lombard. Register: Chicago Vegan Mania 8 – 10am-5pm. The ultimate celebration of compassionate culture. Open to all: vegans and omnivores alike. Speakers include Jane Velez-Mitchell, Farm Sanctuary co-founder Gene Bauer and James Loomis, MD. Speakers, cooking demos, free goodie bags, live music, exhibit hall and giant food court. Free. Broadway Armory, 5917 N Broadway, Chicago.


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My Journey into the Wilds of Chicago Presentation and Book Signing by Photographer Mike MacDonald – 2-4pm. In this breathtaking presentation, professional nature photographer Mike MacDonald takes you on a virtual journey that celebrates the wonder and the drama of the paradise known as Chicago Wilderness. Q&A and book signing to follow; copies of the book available for purchase after the presentation. Free. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette. 847-256-6952.

Sex, Chocolate and Your Pelvic Floor – 6-8pm. Holistic Gynecologist Nicole E. Williams, MD, Jennifer Hungate, a pelvic floor physical therapist, and Searah Deysach, a sex educator from Early2Bed, will discuss diet and specific exercises to promote a healthy pelvic floor and improved sexual function. Complimentary door prizes, champagne and dark chocolate included. Admission free; donations to the Women’s Health Foundation welcome. Gynecology Institute of Chicago, 1147 S Wabash Ave, Ste 200, Chicago. 312-929-9191. RSVP: Events@



Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown (Judaism) Nature as our Pharmacy: Intro to Herbs & Herbal Preparations – 9:30am-3:30pm. In this hands-on, highly interactive workshop, you will be introduced to 5 valuable plants readily found in our area through a plant walk and in-class herbal remedy making. Learn how to identify these plants, when to harvest, how to grow them, and how to prepare them for nourishment and healing. $78. The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville.  630-425-4285. Guided Tree and Prairie Walk in Wilmette – 1-2pm. Join friends and neighbors for a free, guided tree and prairie walk and learn how to identify trees and native plants in your yard, neighborhood and parks. Discover the basics of how to protect your trees against environmental stresses and the benefits of planting native trees and plants. Family-friendly event presented by Go Green Wilmette in partnership with the Wilmette Park District and the Village of Wilmette. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Centennial Park, 2300 Old Glenview Rd, Wilmette. Details:

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Hypnosis Certification Training – 11am-7pm. Hypnosis remains the most powerful means of affecting personal development. Induce trance in others. Learn self-hypnosis. Create suggestions for positive change. Profoundly useful in stopping fear, anxiety, bad habits. Attend this 3-day intensive certification training. Bring a guest, save 50%. $790. JW Marriott, 151 W Adams, Chicago. 312-854-2270. Law of Attraction Workshop at Enlightened Balance – 6pm. 1st Thurs. Intensive workshop providing you the ability to manifest the life of your dreams. $30/class. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. Registration required: Healthy Brain, Healthy You – 6-9pm. We are thrilled and honored to hear from Dr. Donalee Markus, one of the talented practitioners who was featured in Clark Elliott’s book, The Ghost in my Brain. Dr. Dots, as she is fondly referred to, will be presenting fascinating information about cognitive brain retraining. She will be joined by 5 other Brain Warriors who will be speaking about how to accurately assess and ways to optimize the health of your most important organ, your brain. Glenview New Church, 75 Park Ln, Glenview. 847-963-6094.  Wine under Glass 2016 – 6-9pm. A celebration of wine and food benefiting the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance. Sample artisan wines from familyowned vineyards around the world. Sustainable, local food pairings from some of Chicago’s finest chefs. Explore and enjoy the beauty and wonder of the Garfield Park Conservatory after hours. $75-$85. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago. 773-638-1766. Destress – Thursdays, Oct 6, 20; Nov 3, 17; Dec 8, 22. 6:30-7:30pm. Research shows great benefits to regular deep relaxation, not just for mental health and well-being, but for physical health as well. Come experience gentle movement, improved breathing techniques, and guided visualizations designed to let the nervous system become very calm. $72. The Well Spirituality Center, 1515 W Ogden Ave, LaGrange Park. 708-482-5048.




Herbal Traditions Retreat with Rosemary Gladstar & Friends – Oct 7-9. Retreat for women. Participants will choose a learning track and will have time with Gladstar during evening activities. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For complete schedule & registration: MidwestWomens!registrationherbaltraditionsretreat/c8i5.

Chicago IANDS presents Grief as a Mystical Journey Workshop – 1-9pm. Rev Terri Daniel, MA, CT and Thomas John, psychic medium. Sacred Practices for Transforming Loss into Light. Journey Care Hospice, 2050 Claire Ct, Glenview. For more details & registration info: 847-251-5758 or

2 Workshops with Tom Masbaum – 5-6pm, Free 8-min Bio-Electronic-Magnetic Energy therapy sessions. Come any time. Increased blood flow, more energy, 1 million in use outside of USA in hospitals, Dr. offices, clinics and in homes, FDA approved and now free sessions, normally $35. 6-8pm, Free presentation & discussion & literature. Nothing to join, just a lot of food for thought with a spiritual growth discussion and free literature. Includes information about St. Malachy, the Catholic Bishop in 1139ad who prophesied that the present Pope is the last pope. Also included are pictures and information about crop circles, UFOs and a lot more. Garrett Wellness, 3020 N Kimball, Chicago. 708-955-3634.

Psychic Self-Protection and Energy Management – Fridays, Oct 7-28. 7-9pm. Presented by Emily Kay. Learn tools for protection designed to keep you safe from outside interferences and energy leaks, Emily will teach a daily ritual that will raise your level of vitality and neutralize your negative emotions. Each weekly session is $25, $20/A.R.E. members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

Creativity and Flow – 2-4pm. Facilitated by Terri Gregory, artist and art therapist. Learn what scientists, artists and theologians have to say about the transcendent state of flow, that elusive yet highly desirable state of sublime creative prowess, followed by hands-on creative activities designed to open the creative channels. $25, $20/A.R.E. members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 Allergy Elimination, Desensitizing, Immune Activation – 8:30am-4pm. With Dr. Bernard Straile, BS, DC, the developer of the SHOW Method and inventor of the IMAETSystem. In this hands-on seminar/ workshop learn: basic muscle testing/kinesiology, principles of epigenetics, how to interact with cellular DNA and harmonize mutations. Participants will be able to be scanned for thousands of allergens, pathogens, environmental toxins, emotions as well as experience a feedback treatment. $98. Courtyard Chicago Deerfield, 800 Lake Cook Rd, Deerfield. For more info & to register: 315-430-4212 or Surfing Emotional Waves to Freedom – 9am-4pm. Raphael Cushnir, a leading voice for emotional awareness and author of Surfing Your Inner Sea, will speak about the next wave in emotional intelligence. Discover precisely how to use your emotions to have healthier relationships. CEUs available. $110. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. Psychic Holistic Fair at Enlightened Balance – Oct 8 & 9. 9am-6pm, Sat; 9am-4pm, Sun. 2nd weekend each month. Readings, body balancing, artist trunk shows, classes. Free to enter; Classes starting at $10, Private Sessions starting at $20. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. Reconnecting with Your Divine through Nature – 12-4pm. Theresa Puskar shares insights, tools and exercises that will assist in communing with Mother Earth on this shamanic journey. Celebrate your life with your wisest self, the creatures of the earth and your divine. $50, $45/A.R.E. members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. Reservations recommended: 847-299-6535. Chicago IANDS – 2-5pm. Forum for near-death, out-of-body, and spiritual experiences, losses. Guest Speaker: Terri Daniel, MA, CT; author, educator, end-of-life advisor, intuitive counselor. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847-251-5758.

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Indigenous People’s Day Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration – 10am5pm, Museum is open with free admission. 1-2:30pm, Indigenous Peoples’ Day panel discussion with Scotty Clifford (Lakota), and Patty Loew (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe), among others. 7-9pm, Indigenous Peoples’ Day Concert featuring Evanston’s Mark Cleveland, folk singers Sones de Mexico, and Ensemble alternative rock group Scatter Their Own at Northwestern University’s Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. $20. Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St, Evanston. 847-475-1030.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11 Yom Kippur begins at sundown (Judaism) Dia de la Raza (Day of the People) Nat’l Coming Out Day Ashura (Islam) Sandhill Family Farms: Fall Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Shares Begin – Various locations. More info: Green Drinks Libertyville – 6:30pm. 2nd Tues. Like-minded people meet to discuss issues of environmental importance and build awareness. O’Toole’s Pub, 412 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville. For more info: or The Power of Liberation and Intention Seminar – 7pm. With Greg Barrette, minister of Unity Northwest Church. How can you set yourself free to experience long-overdue changes in yourself and in your life? In this seminar, experience a 2-step process that will help you to let go of what is holding you back and intentionally create what lies ahead for you. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. 

Dynamic Women’s Conference – 8:30am-4:30pm. A unique mix of learning from inspirational keynotes, mingling with other like-minded professionals and participating in exclusive VIP opportunities. Portion of the proceeds to benefit the DPWN Angel Foundation. Meadows Club, 2950 W Golf Rd, Rolling Meadows. Register: Beginning Zen Shiatsu – Oct 14-16 & 21-23. 7-10pm, Fri; 9am-4pm, Sat & Sun. Learn to give a basic 1-hr shiatsu treatment that you can share with friends and family. Course is stand-alone offering; also the first 30 hrs of our complete shiatsu certification programs. $450 plus books. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 Evolutionary Dowsing Weekend – Oct 15-16. Golden Light Dowsing, Earth Medicine Alchemy Phase 1. 2-day experiential weekend. Learn to Dowse your home, business and land from beginning to completion. Evolutionary Dowsing applies ancient knowledge to current circumstances, raising the frequency of the field to heal our hearts, home and habitat. Learn how to activate Earth cures with powerful invocations, sacred seed syllable accelerations and more. Glenview. More info & registration, Janice: 847-340-4717,  30 Days of Doing begins – Oct 15-Nov 15. Peterson Garden Project gardens in action campaign, to build new Pop-up Victory gardens, harvest existing gardens, donate to food and nutrition partners, learn about how food gardening and home cooking education makes a difference in people’s lives and raise funds for scholarship and Grow2Give programs for 2017. For more info: 855-747-4769 x 5 or

A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm. ~Henrik Ibsen natural awakenings

October 2016


Are You a Brain Warrior? – 10am-1pm. If so you won’t want to miss this hands-on brain event. Meet and speak with health practitioners who focus on brain health. Find out the latest ways to treat brain related health issues such as memory loss, concussion and traumatic brain injury. Find out what this technology is about and what it can do for you. Glenview New Church, 75 Park Ln, Glenview.  847-963-6094.  Angel Immersion Day – 10am-5pm. Presented by Elizabeth Romo, Lin Boffeli and Janel Watschke. Take a day to focus on connecting to the angelic realm with three experts. $45, $35/A.R.E. members. Also experience a 15-min individual Angel connection reading by any or all of our presenters for $20 each during the lunch break or after the workshops. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. Reservations recommended: 847-299-6535. Hawkfest – 1:30-4pm. See live raptors, help identify migrating raptors and visit bird education stations set up along the trails. Official raptor counters will be scanning the skies and sharing their tips for proper identification. Other education stations will highlight raptor adaptations, the amazing world of woodpeckers,  and waterfowl identification on Lake Michigan. Free. Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve, 117 Sheridan Rd, Lake Forest. More info:

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 World Rainforest Week begins Free Healing & Health Workshop – 9:30-10:30am. Learn how we pick up other’s energy and how to protect ourselves. Experience Emotional Freedom Techniques (with guaranteed success). Applied Kinesiology (Muscle Testing) to tap into your intuition. The workshop continues 11am-1pm, for only $15. Individual 8-min Bio-Electronic-magnetic energy therapy sessions, normally $35 for this alone. Soderworld Wellness Center, 16 W 501 Nielson Ln, Willowbrook. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634. Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar and Farmers’ Market – 11am-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. HydeParkHandmade. Clear Blocks to Spirit Guide Communication and Journeys to the “Other Side” – 12:30-3:30pm. With Susan Wisehart, past life & between lives hypnotherapist/psychotherapist, author of Soul Visioning: Clear the Past, Create Your Future. Workshop includes group guided journeys to contact your past lives, spirit guides and loved ones who have crossed over. Also learn a meditation and about Dr. Michael Newton’s research of the between-lives state. $75. Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W Church St, Libertyville. Registration: For more info or to schedule an appt: Vibrational Healing – 2-4pm. Mindful movement with gong sound immersion. $35/early bird registration. Infinity Foundation, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. Register:


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MONDAY, OCTOBER 17 Sports Medicine Series: Injury Prevention and Pain Management – 7pm. Are you in pain? Pain from an old sports injury; from childbirth; from sitting at desk all day, each can develop into chronic conditions for us to cope with. This can drain our emotions, restrict our lives, and take away from career and family. With the challenges that opiod paid relief presents, many are looking for non-addictive and natural methods. Dr. Randall Davis, chiropractor and Certified Spinal Trauma practitioner, will discuss how through chiropractic care, you can become pain free and prevent recurrence in the future. Center for Holistic Medicine, 240 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods/Deerfield. RSVP: 847-236-1701. Applied Metaphysics – 7:30-10:30pm. Know the creator within you. Practice concentration, visualization, dream interpretation, and meditation with classmates and a teacher. Meet each week to receive Universal Truth. New class every month. $20. The Palatine Branch School of Metaphysics, 222 W Wilson St, Palatine. 847-991-0140.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18 2 Workshops with Tom Masbaum – 5-6pm, Free 8-min Bio-Electronic-Magnetic Energy therapy sessions. Come any time. Increased blood flow, more energy, 1 million in use outside of USA in hospitals, Dr. offices, clinics and in homes, FDA-approved and now free sessions, normally $35. 6-8pm, Free presentation & discussion & literature. Nothing to join, just a lot of food for thought with a spiritual growth discussion and free literature. Includes information about St. Malachy, the Catholic Bishop in 1139ad who prophesied that the present Pope is the last pope. Also included are pictures and information about crop circles, UFOs and a lot more. Garrett Wellness, 3020 N Kimball, Chicago. 708-955-3634. Illinois Peregrines: From Decline to Recovery – 7pm. Once on the endangered species list and extirpated in IL from 1951-1986, the Peregrine Falcon population has now exceeded historic levels. The Field Museum’s Mary Hennen will explain both the decline of the Peregrine and its comeback in IL. She will also bring a live Peregrine for up-close-andpersonal encounters. Free. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park. For more info & complete schedule, Rena Cohen: 847-831-0331. Nutrition Myth Busters Course – Tuesdays, Oct 18-Nov 8. 7-9pm. Harper College Adult Enrichment Course. Whether it is an old food myth or one started by a modern fad, myths have no place in nutrition. You will engage with a nutritionist in this class to help you determine the best balance for your own nutritional needs. Instructor Madelaine Schaufel a registered dietitian nutritionist. Register, Course LIO0149:


The Adoption Process from A to Z – 7-9:15pm. Attorney Sally Wildman explores fundamentals of adopting a child and basic legal steps of this process. Highlights include different types of adoption, resources for initiating a search for an available child, and today’s trend of “openness.” Program open to public; preregistration necessary. Course #0462JH-3 under “PERSONAL ENRICHMENT,” pg 71 in the catalogue. $25/family. Community Education Township High School District 214, John Hersey High School, 1900 W Thomas, Arlington Heights. Registration closes Oct 17: 847-718-7700 or

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20 Birth of the B’ab (Bahai’i) Free Shiatsu Intro – 10am-12:30pm. 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. NLP Certification Training – 11am-7pm. Awaken your inner power. Encode your thinking, feeling and habits into greater capabilities. Heighten creativity, problem-solving. Advance interpersonal communications. Master body language; be more influential. Deepen long-lasting change, faster and more effectively. 9-day intensive. Bring a guest, save 50%. $2,990. JW Marriott, 151 W Adams, Chicago. 312-854-2270. Enlightened Balance Community Meetup – 5pm. 3rd Thurs. Casual spiritual meetup, open discussion format, bring your thoughts and ideas, all welcome. Free. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. Integrative Aesthetics Info Session: Rejuvenate Your Skin, Rejuvenate Your Life – 5:30-6:30pm. Learn more about the latest FDA-approved laser technology for tattoo removal, body sculpting, skin rejuvenation, and vaginal health. The Raby Institute is among  the first in the Midwest to offer these services. Find out how they work in  conjunction with our detox program, which prepares the body to strengthen and re-build itself. Each treatment takes 15-25 mins, with no downtime and little to no discomfort. Attend this info session for more information on these non-invasive treatments that can help you look and feel your best. Free. Raby Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave, Ste 2100, Chicago. RSVP: 312-276-1212. Eliminate Allergies Naturally – 6:30pm. Presented by Teri Calandra, LAc. Do you or someone you know have allergies? Do you have an autoimmune disease? NAET Allergy Elimination is not just for your itchy eyes and runny nose. Come join us for a mini-informational lecture on the ways that NAET can change your life by rebooting the body so it no longer views a sensitivity as a sensitivity. Free. Calandra Acupuncture, 2015 S Arlington Heights Rd, Ste 111, Arlington Heights. RSVP:

Meditation: Blue Lotus – 7-8pm. Bhante Sujatha, a Buddhist monk of some 20+ years, is originally from Sri Lanka. He is the head meditation monk at the Blue Lotus Temple in Woodstock, IL. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of the spiritual dimensions of being with those of the physical in everyday life. Free; $20 donations encouraged. Yin Yang Pilates & Yoga, 111 S Rand, Lake Zurich. 847-719-1800.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 Professional Feng Shui Training: Pre-Certification One – Oct 21-23. The first class in this 77-hr program to become a Certified Feng Shui Consultant. This 3-day in person class will explore the fundamentals of feng shui, the elements, on-site feng shui consultation, color and shape usage, flow of energy, furniture placement, and much more. A fun and informative class that will jump start your new business. $738. Oak Brook location. Info & register: 630-279-8870,, Pregnancy Massage and Women’s Health –– Oct 21 & 23. 9am-5:10pm. 16 Continuing Education Course for Licensed Massage Therapists. The Soma Institute, 55 E Jackson Blvd, Ste 300, Chicago. 312-878-4636. Feng Shui in a Day – 9:30am-4:30pm. Learn how to change your life in this hands-on, eye-opening class. Learn how to use the fundamentals of feng shui to shift the energy in your home, and locate your personal wealth, relationship, career and health areas. Leave with many tips and ideas that you can implement immediately. $108. Oak Brook location. Info & register: 630-279-8870,,

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 The Mastery of Self – 9am-4pm. The ancient Toltecs believed that your life is a dream. Journey with Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. into his newest work based on his recent book The Mastery of Self as he shares potent principles for making powerful shifts to bring you joy and wisdom. $110, $85/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828.

savethedate Documentary Film: The Phenomenon Bruno Groening – 10am-3:45pm (incl 2 breaks). The sensation from 1949, still highly relevant today. “There is no incurable, God is the greatest physician,” Bruno Groening (1906-1959). Free; donations appreciated. Bartlett Public Library, 800 S Bartlett Rd, Bartlett. Debbie: 773-775-8855.

The Talking Farm Hullabaloo – 12pm, pumpkin sales; 1-5pm, festivities. The Talking Farm’s annual open house. will have farm tours and activities, pumpkin painting, snacks, games, exhibits, music from the Old Town School of Folk Music, campfires, and fun for all ages. Suggested donation: $5/ individual; $20/families. 3669 Howard St, Skokie. 847-425-5125. Calling All Girl Scouts – 1-2:30pm. Sign your Girl Scout troop up to come to the museum to explore our newest exhibit, Contemporary Native Women Opening Doors to Change. This exhibit takes an in-depth look at 12 Native women leaders whose contributions have shaped the future in a range of social justice issues from tribal sovereignty, culture and language, land and environmental issues, imagery and stereotypes to the arts. Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St, Evanston. 847-475-1030. Register:

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 Stress Reduction through Mindfulness Workshop – 9am-1pm. Led by Bodhipaksa, a meditation teacher. Will use meditation, discussion, and simple mindfulness exercises to change our relationship to stress and find peace in our lives. Space limited. Donation: $40 suggested. Conference Chicago, University Center, Park/River Room, 525 S State St, Chicago. 603-292-3960. Law of Attraction Discussion Group: Conversations with Hermaden – 1-3pm. Explore how to work intentionally with the Law of Attraction. Participants dialogue directly with the group of non-physical teachers known as Hermaden in a format similar to Abraham-Hicks workshops. $20, $10/seniors & students. Mallinckrodt Community Center Library, 1041A Ridge Rd, Wilmette. 630-746-9843. Staying Healthy in a Toxic Environment: 21 Days to Detox – 3pm. Detoxification is a full-time job for your entire body. Detox is beyond simply doing a fast or getting your colon cleansed. With the toxins and stress in the modern environment, it’s a lot of hard work on your body and systems can break down. We will discuss in-depth how nutrition and specific nutrients plays a role in handling everyday toxins, so you can feel vital. Presented by Dr. Luminita Alexe, ND. Free. 1600 Golf Rd, Ste 1200, Rolling Meadows. Reservation required:  224-387-2204 or

EFT With A Guarantee Workshop – 10am-4pm. Learn and experience EFT. Learn the basics of EFT plus how to guarantee success in personal sessions for yourself and for clients. Besides learning EFT, experience the same benefits yourself as you will have the equivalent of a number of personal EFT sessions during the workshop. Plus 2 Free Individual 8-min Bio-Electronic- magnetic energy therapy sessions, normally $35 each. 6 CEs for psychologists, MTs. $97. Mid-America Hypnosis Conference, Crowne Plaza Hotel Northbrook, 2875 N Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook. Preregistration required, Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25 Illinois Water 2016 Conference – Oct 25-27. Researchers, agency personnel, and students from across Illinois will come together to present the latest research on issues affecting the state’s water resources and systems. Features sessions on key issues such as nutrient loss reduction, water supply planning, and aquatic invasive species. Illini Union, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Campus, 1401 W Green St, Urbana. For more info & to register: Taking Authority over Your Life Seminar – 7-8:15pm. With Greg Barrette, minister of Unity Northwest. If you will only look into the mirror of your soul, you will see the inner power that will set you free. Unconditional self-acceptance, loving yourself no matter what, is the key to every healing and change in your life. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26 Green Guides Fall Green Gathering – 10am or 7pm. Learn about money-saving energy conservation opportunities including free energy audits for Green Guides. Share stories and strategies for building resilience with your block, building or organization. Oak Park Main Library, 834 Lake St, Oak Park.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27 See for latest listings.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 See for latest listings.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 24 United Nations Day Taking Time to Wonder: Explorations in Our Sacred Universe –Mondays, Oct 24, 31 & Nov 7. 9-11:30am. We are the first generation to know the scientific story of our origin and the story changes everything. Come walk through the magnificent story of our unfolding, gather new insights about the source of the universe and the role of the human in this moment. $60. The Well Spirituality Center, 1515 W Ogden Ave, LaGrange Park. 708-482-5048.

Cupping for Injuries and Internal Disorders – Oct 29 & 30. 9am-4pm. This modality is effortless and immediately effective in repairing and remodeling the layers of fascia by removing congestion caused by injury, pain and limited range of motion. This class will offer demonstration and practice with a variety of pneumatic cups using protocols to address muscle aches and injury, the common cold, digestive disorders and irregular menstruation. 12 CEs for bodywork professionals, open to the general public as well. $240. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside. ~Denis Waitley natural awakenings

October 2016


MONDAY, OCTOBER 31 Halloween Samhain

Healthy Halloween Pre-Certification Workshop for EFT With A Guarantee – Oct 29-30. 9:30am-5pm. Workshop is for both beginners and experienced EFT Practitioners. 12-hr pre-certification workshop. Become an EFT With A Guarantee practitioner. Learn basic EFT plus how to guarantee success in every EFT session for yourself and your clients. Experience relief for yourself. $225, $195/advance. $95 repeat of EFT With A Guarantee Certification class or prior attendance at any of Tom’s 6-hr-or-longer workshops. Money back guarantee for this workshop. 12 CEs. Soderworld Wellness Center, 16 W 501 Nielson Ln, Willowbrook. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634.

Lunchtime Yoga – 12-12:45pm. Breathe, center, let your body flow at a slower pace (no sweating, no need to shower). Stretch your spine and limbs from sitting at a desk all day. Ends with relaxation and impart simple techniques to practice during your week as mini-yoga breaks. Bonus: 15 extra minutes of deep guided relaxation for those who can stay longer. Cost: $15 suggested donation. Raby Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave, Ste 2100, Chicago. RSVP: 312-276-1212. Conscious Mental Enlightenment and Awakening Our Radiant Mind Workshop – 11am-6pm. Healing Our Mental Body by Clearing the Limiting Beliefs of Our Conscious Self, Subconscious Self and Ego/Separative Self with Steven Hanauer. Learn essential soul skills, techniques and practices necessary for optimal soul growth and development, self-mastery and spiritual transformation. $65, $55/A.R.E. members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30 Diwali (Hinduism) Jotowehah – Return of Little Cold Moon



Halloween: A Sacred Night for Honoring Our Ancestors – 7-9pm. On this symbolic evening, through guided meditations, we will acknowledge our ancestors with gratitude and appreciation for all their efforts on our behalf and offer thanks for the gifts we have received from them. Looking to the year ahead, we will ask for their continued support for ourselves and our future generations. Bring pictures of your loved ones and/or representations of your heritage (flags or postcards from the country of your origin, family crests, heirlooms, symbols of a household guardian/totem, etc.) to place in the center of the circle. $22/advance, $29/at door. Inner Gate Therapeutics, 1213 Wilmette Ave, Ste 2C, Wilmette. Register, Zen Shiatsu Chicago: 847-864-1130.





Public Lecture: A Spiritual Way to Healing – 7-8:30pm. “There is no incurable,” Bruno Groening (1906-1959). Speaker: Brigitte Schneider, licensed Healing Practitioner from Germany. Free; donations appreciated. Bartlett Community Center, 700 S Bartlett Rd, Bartlett. Debbie: 773-775-8855.

McHenry County Green Living Expo – 10am-3pm. Community members interested in doing business with local eco-friendly professionals. Individuals who wish to educate themselves about topics like local food options, eco-friendly businesses and shopping, energy savings, sustainable principles for daily life. People looking for new ways to incorporate sustainable principles into their lives. Free admission. McHenry County College, Gymnasium, 8900 U.S. Hwy 14, Crystal Lake. 815-455-3700.

The Courage to Be You – Nov 12-13. Psychotherapist Michelle Bersell will teach her Emotional Empowerment process for anyone that desires greater emotional well-being or supports others with their physical, spiritual or emotional well-being. Downtown Chicago. Register for Early Bird savings:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Public Lecture: A Spiritual Way to Healing – 7-8:30pm. “There is no incurable,” Bruno Groening (1906-1959). Speaker: Brigitte Schneider, licensed Healing Practitioner from Germany. Free; donations appreciated. Eisenhower Public Library, 4613 N. Oketo Ave, Harwood Heights. Debbie: 773-775-8855.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Public Lecture: A Spiritual Way to Healing – 7:30-9pm. “There is no incurable,” Bruno Groening (1906-1959). Speaker: Brigitte Schneider, licensed Healing Practitioner from Germany. Free; donations appreciated. The Dance Building, 1330 Webford Ave, Des Plaines. Debbie: 773-775-8855.

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The Cures They Don’t Want You to Know About – 12-4pm. With Dr.Leon Kolodziej. $50, $45/A.R.E. members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. Day of Victories – 1-8pm. Join us for the 4th annual Day of Victories and begin to live your life more fully.16 different workshops with topics such as transforming shame, sacred circles, the science of happiness, self-acceptance, and many more. All are welcome, men and women. $75, includes workshops and reception. Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N Knox Ave, Chicago. Register: 312-604-5013 or

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Documentary Film: The Phenomenon Bruno Groening – 1-7pm (incl 2 breaks). The sensation from 1949, still highly relevant today. “There is no incurable, God is the greatest physician,” Bruno Groening (1906-1959). Free; donations appreciated. The Dance Building, 1330 Webford Ave, Des Plaines. Debbie: 773-775-8855.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Chicago Food Tank Summit – Features heroes like Denise O’Brien and Fred Kirschenmann and food leaders such as David Barber, Monica Eng, Rick Bayless, Angela Mason, Ben Burkett, Alesha Black, Joseph Erbentraut and others discussing topics ranging from running an agricultural business to transparency in the food system. After the panel discussions, a reception at 5:30pm held and then a 4-course plated dinner at 7pm. Gleacher Center, 450 N Cityfront Plaza Dr, Chicago. For a complete schedule and to obtain $100 off tickets, use the promo code ONEHUNDRED: eventbrite. com/e/2016-food-tank-summit-chicago-il-tickets-20817007229.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Globalfest – 5:30-9pm. Join Chicago Fair Trade and help celebrate our 10th anniversary. Hosted by Jerome McDonald. National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W 19th St, Chicago. Tickets & more info:



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daily all month 20% Off Any Supplement with Whole Body Evaluation with Naturopathic Doctor – Thru Oct. Receive a whole-body evaluation by Dr. Alla Arutcheva. 4 tests done: Metatron-Oberon diagnostic bio-device, microscopic blood analysis, nail and tongue analysis, and iridology. Following appointment Dr. Arutcheva will make recommendations on supplements to improve your health. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $45 Manicure + Pedicure with Hand & Foot Treatment with Guava Passion Mask – Thru Oct. Enjoy relaxing manicure and pedicure while finger/toes are being soaked, nails filed and cuticles trimmed. Hands/feet are exfoliated and massaged to hydrate, nourish, and protect from environmental stress. In addition, receive complimentary hand/foot treatment using Guava Passion Mask by Qtica. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $75 Any Facial with Free Foot Treatment – Thru Oct. Choose between facials, including: Organic Deep Cleansing Facial, Antalee’s “with the season” Spa Facial, European Refresher (mini) Facial, Gentleman’s Grooming Facial, Anti-Aging Facial, Peel, Teenage Facial, Ultra Sonic Facial, Relaxing Back Facial, Microdermabrasion, or Chinese Cupping Facial. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $84.99 90-Minute Swedish Massage – Thru Oct. Add $5 for deep tissue. Swedish massage offers the classic form of a soft-tissue massage that relaxes the body, increase blood circulation and lymph flow, enhances range of motion, and eases muscle aches and tension. Ultimately calms nervous system and reduces stress, excellent for first-time clients. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Complimentary Anti-Aging Consultation and Skin Analysis – With Dr. Promila Banerjee. Learn about the new revolutionary Scition® Dual Wavelength, most advanced FDA-approved hybrid laser along with Broadband Light. Zero downtime. Halo Laser & Aesthetic Medicine, Waukegan Rd, Northfield. 847-260-7300. Free 15-Minute Phone Consultation for Health & Success – Discover how you can achieve ultimate happiness and health with InteriorWerx. Clear emotional and energetic abnormalities that cause dis-ease, such as anxiety, pain, sadness, discomfort, allergies, recurring physical injury and more. There is immediate relief from symptoms, bringing health back to true form. 312-479-7893. RSVP:


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. Have a Welcoming Nest Playshop – Gather your friends for a fun and nurturing experience as you weave and craft your very own Welcoming Nest. Perfect for a baby shower, house warming event or birthday party to welcome something new and precious into your life. Heal Chronic UTIs – End the UTI cycle for good and enjoy a more vibrant life. The UTI Soulution is a 4-session holistic healing program that allows for emotional energy flow and helps you discover your body’s personal health blueprint. Schedule your free 20-min consultation today. Meryl Feldman, Mind-body Coach: 773-609-3770. NowStudio Special – Thru Oct. For first-time clients, a 1-hr session for $80 ($110 value), focusing on CranioSacral Therapy and intuitive work. 79 W Monroe St, Ste 827, Chicago; 2515 N California Ave, Logan Square. For appt: 773-276-5278 or The Grief Recovery Method  Outreach Program – Groups forming now. The action program for emotionally moving beyond death, divorce and 42 other losses. People say you have to let go and move on in your life, but they don’t tell you what you need to do to accomplish that. Highland Park. Register & more info: 847-373-7456 or ®

Theta Healing/Emotional Blocks – With Agnes Loughlin, RN, NP. Feel radiant and powerful. Discover the blocks in your subconscious mind that interfere with your health or relationships. Change limiting beliefs about loving yourself, receiving love, feeling worthy, trusting, anxiety, emotional energies that cause pain, and many more.  773-791-9590.

weekly Classes in Applied Metaphysics – 7:30-10:30pm. Know the creator within you. Practice concentration, visualization, dream interpretation, and meditation with classmates and a teacher. Meet each week to receive Universal Truth. New class every month. $20. School of Metaphysics, 5021 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago. 773-427-0155.

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

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

donate your car GOT AN OLDER CAR, BOAT OR RV? – Do the humane thing. Donate it to the Humane Society. 800-433-8641.

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.

sunday Wise Aging 6-Wk Peer Group – Groups forming now. With trained facilitator and Jewish cantor Lynda Hope Dresher says. The Wise Aging program provides new resources and support to live the later years with spirit, resilience and wisdom. Highland Park. Register & more info: 847-373-7456 or Wicker Park Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 30. 8am-2pm. Local and regional farmers, food producers and processors sell handmade and homegrown fruit and vegetables, baked goods, meats, cheeses, flowers and more.  2nd & 3rd Sun includes children’s cooking classes and live music and theater performances. Free. 1425 N Damen Ave, Chicago. Sunday Celebration Services – 9 & 11am. Led by Greg Barrette and featuring music by Megon McDonough. Unity Northwest is a center for spiritual growth, offering tools for living at every level of expression. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997.

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October 2016


The Mike Nowak Show Radio Program – 9-11am. Weekly local radio show focused on gardening and the environment, with lots of humor to wake us up on a Sunday. Author and garden expert Mike Nowak and cohost Peggy Malecki feature a variety of guests and weatherman Rick DiMaio in live show, also available in Podcast on or podcast apps, and streaming live on, Que4’s Facebook page and the TuneIn radio app. Glenwood Sunday Market – Thru Oct. 9am2pm. Providing local, sustainable foods that are also organic whenever possible. Held at the southbound Glenwood between Morse & Lunt on the west side of the CTA tracks, Rogers Park. Jefferson Park Sunday Market – Thru Oct. 9:30am1:30pm. 2nd & 4th Sun. Food and craft vendors and entertainment. Jefferson Park, corner of Lawrence & Long, Chicago. 773-282-3879. Angel Intuition Insight 101 at Enlightened Balance – 10am. 1st or 2nd Sun. Learn to trust your own intuition and your Angel guides during this fun interactive class. $20/class. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. Registration required: Sunday Celebration Service – 10am. We exist to reveal love, honor all paths and celebrate life. Youth programming available for ages 0-18. All are welcome. Bodhi Spiritual Center, Vittum Theater, 1012 N Noble St, Chicago. 773-248-5683. The Power of Crystals at Enlightened Balance – 10am. 3rd or 4th Sun. Discover the benefits of crystals and receive your personal crystal “prescription” channeled from spirit. $20/class. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. Registration required: Logan Square Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 30. 10am-3pm. Food, music, entertainment, socializing, fun. Held on Logan Blvd from Milwaukee Ave to Whipple St, Chicago. Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching Class – 11am12pm. 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. Out Chicago Radio Program – 11am-1pm. The only local and live LGBT radio show in the Chicago Metro Area. Focuses on LGBT life, current events and civil rights hosted by Scott Duff, a Chicago-based actor, comedian, theatre educator and activist. On WCPTAM 820, WCPT-FM 92.7 (North), WCPY-FM 92.5 (West), and WCPQ-FM 99.9 (South). Call-in: 773-763-WCPT. Yoga for Strength and Silence – 12-1:30pm. Begin your week with bliss. Enjoy a rejuvenating hatha class closed with restorative poses and guided meditation. Align body and mind for the days ahead. $10. Urban Escape Healing, 1049 N Ashland Ave, Chicago. 312-547-9247.


Ecstatic Dance – 1-3pm. Gather in our sacred space, set intention, move, dance, sweat, let go, energize. It’s a fun free-form workout meditation. $15 or class pass. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. 847-475-1500.

Shiatsu Student Clinic – 7 or 8pm. Clients receive a 45-min session from an advanced Zen Shiatsu student. Sessions are performed in a group setting with instructor observation. $35/45-min or $90/3 treatments. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130.


Wise Woman Gathering – 7-8:30pm. Strengthening intuitive wisdom, authentic greatness, personal empowerment and self-esteem in a supportive, natural environment. The Dance Building, 1330 Webford, Des Plaines. 847-258-7225.

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. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470.

markyourcalendar Footbath Detox Mondays – 11am-6pm. Sluggishness, fatigue, low energy and poor sleep? A 30-min ionic footbath stimulates cells to release toxins and rebalance the cellular system that is responsible for overall health. The process continues after the toxins are dislodged during treatment, allowing your entire body to function optimally. Save $10. Nutritional Health Solutions, 480 Elm Pl, Ste 108, Highland Park. 847-207-2034. Community Acupuncture – 2:30-6pm. A powerful way to experience the healing effects of acupuncture. $30-$50. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000. An Exploration of Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Space limited. $20/session. Libertyville location. RSVP, Carla Gorsky, CMT: 847-367-8842 or Mindfulness Meditation – 7:30-8pm. A true beginner’s meditation class to help you explore a diverse range of concentration and meditation techniques from the kriya yoga tradition. No experience required. Free. Aayu Clinics, Lakeview Immediate Care, 1645 W School St, Chicago. 773-227-3669.

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. Community Acupuncture – 1-2pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Plant Clinic Hours – 2-4pm. Held year round. Gardening or house plant 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.


Tai Chi Class – 8:15pm. See Sat listing. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929.

wednesday Happy Hour Free Acupuncture – 11am-12pm. Initial evaluation and treatment for instant pain relief or any health concerns. For videos look up Deerfield Community Acupuncture on YouTube. The best doctor is in your body. Get well naturally. Free. Deerfield Community Acupuncture, 405 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 211, Deerfield. 847-845-4090. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Magical Tarot at Enlightened Balance – 4pm. Also Thurs, 10am. Increase your tarot knowledge through this discussion of symbols, colors, meanings and cards. Bring a deck or purchase one of ours. $10/class. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. Registration required: 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.

thursday Mindfulness Meditation Sessions – 5:30pm, every other Thurs. Join Cantor Lynda on a silent Botanic Garden walk and meditation. Mindful meditation practice focuses your being in the here and now where miracles live. If you want to experience the beauty of nature, exercise your body, and rejuvenate your spirit, join our wonderful community. Highland Park. For location & schedule: Community Acupuncture – 1-2pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Low-Line Market – Thru Oct 13. 3-7pm. An experience where neighbors can meet and gather while having greater access to a collection of high-quality produce, proteins and artisanal foods from local farms and vendors. Held at the auxiliary exit of the Southport Brown Line CTA Station (just north of Southport & Roscoe), Lakeview.

Shamanic Instruction at Enlightened Balance – 6pm. 2nd, 4th or 5th Thurs. Practical mentoring style instruction to help you start, continue and meet others on your Shamanic Path. $20/class. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. Registration required:

friday Stretch Fridays – 6am-5pm. Chain Reflex® Stretch Therapy can help. Looking to reduce pain especially in your lower back and neck? Interested in increasing flexibility and mobility? Suffering from stiffness, joint pain or fatigue? Want to move better and feel better? Stretching benefits: improved posture; reduced risk of injuries; releases endorphins which are natural pain suppressants; decrease stress and muscle soreness. Whether its golf, tennis, running or sitting these activities can often lead to unwanted stiffness or injury due to a lack of mobility and flexibility. Introductory offer $65. 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste S5, Northbrook. For an appt: 847-272-3700. Manifestation Meditation at Enlightened Balance – 10am. Also Sat, 10am. Join us for this meditation with a purpose, reveal hidden resolutions for your unique situation. Registration preferred but walk-ins welcomed. $10/class. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Mindfulness & Wellness: Managing Stress, Creating Health, Encouraging Balance – 1:15-2:30pm. With Archana Lal-Tabak, MD, and Jim Lal-Tabak. Learn about the mind-body connection and a 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. Series of 4 classes or individual classes. Drop-ins welcome. Heart of Transformation Wellness Institute, 1618 Orrington Ave, Ste 206, Evanston. RSVP & for cost info: 847-425-9355, 

saturday Evanston Farmers’ Market – Thru Nov 5. 7:30am-1pm. 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, Mighty House Radio Program – 8-11am. Funny, friendly experts with answers and ideas to help with all of your home improvement projects. Join Ron Cowgill, Robbie Ehrhardt, Rich Cowgill and the Mighty House team each Saturday morning to get help with all your home improvement and repair issues. On WCPT-AM 820, WCPTFM 92.7 (North), WCPY-FM 92.5 (West), and WCPQ-FM 99.9 (South). Call-in: 773-763-WCPT.

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Glenview Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 8. 8am12pm. Locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as meats, dairy, baked goods, fresh cut flowers, and much more. Historic Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Rd, Glenview. Homewood Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 8. 8am-1pm. Features activities for families, a wide assortment of regional farmers, nonprofit organization booths, live music and more. Last Saturday of the month features the addition of a Hunt & Gather market for unique vintage and hand-crafted wares. Martin Avenue Square, across from Village Hall, 2020 Chestnut Rd, Homewood. 708-798-3000. 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.

Nia Technique: The Original Barefoot Mind-BodySpirit Fitness – 9:30-10:30am. Also Tues & Thurs. Nia tunes your mind as it tones your body. A joyful way to get fit, with it you gain flexibility, mobility and strength. Nia combines the precision and power of the martial arts, the self-expression and freedom of the dance arts, and the wisdom and flow of the healing arts to achieve profound results for all bodies, all ages, all abilities. Bring a mat for floor work. Led by Aliess Kime, Certified Nia Teacher. $14/ drop-in. Raydiant Day Center, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. RSVP: 847-869-6477. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470.

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acupuncture WHERE “WELLNESS DRIVES YOU” 3535-A Rose, Franklin Park 60131 847-233-0806 • Cell: 708-308-8669

Acupuncture has treated billions, yes billions of people for over 5000 years. Depression, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, weight loss, back pain, addictions, infertility, cosmetic acupuncture.

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

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

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

1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook 60062 847-715-9044 Trained in both Western and Oriental Medicine, I use acupuncture and a dietary approach along with herbal remedies to resolve musculoskeletal pain, internal medicine health issues, insomnia, anxiety and women’s health. Schedule your initial appointment on to find out if acupuncture can help you. Get a healthier and alternative approach to your chronic health conditions. See ad on page 25.

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

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


animal communication Whispers of Love

Linda Roberts 312-231-5607 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.

astrology & numerology PSYCHICS OF CHICAGO

5732 W Belmont, Chicago 773-263-4072 6429 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago 773-664-3620 7936 W Ogden, Lyons 708-447-3152 Facebook (Sara’s Botanica - Psychic Sara) Solve all problems. Multiple locations open 8am11pm with three walk-in locations and free parking. Fifth-generation psychic specializes in reuniting loved ones, plus palm tarot and psychic readings, reiki, chakra and aura cleansing.


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

Zero Balancing Wellness Center

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

brain health NORS AT NOWSTUDIO.Co Loop location, 79 W Monroe 773-413-0749

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

Marny Turvill, MD

bodywork Roth Structural Integration

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

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

coaching & counseling CENTERED COACHING

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

CLEAR CENTER COACHING Rev. Jacki Belile, CPC “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.

RESOLUTIONS COACHING & CERTIFICATION TRAINING Tim Marshall, Hypnosis/NLP Trainer 25 E Washington • 233 E Erie 312-854-2270

Achieve higher performance and motivation. Do you want peace of mind eliminating uncontrollable fear, anxiety, stress, sadness? Or are you hungry for inner calm? Stop smoking. Eat less. Reduce compulsiveness. Enjoy life more with greater success. 30+ years hypnosis and NLP experience. Free phone consultation. Near Millennium Park & Northwestern Memorial Hospital.


Jim Kolar, Rph 3479 N Broadway, Chicago 60657 773-525-0766 • Save-Rite is your locally owned compounding specialist in Lakeview. Besides dispensing traditional medication, we work closely with your doctor to customize medications for pediatric care, sports medicine, pain management, veterinary needs and a wide range of hormone replacement therapies (BHRT). We also offer a variety of medical equipment and daily living supplies so that you’ll always enjoy a healthy lifestyle.  Free delivery to Lakeview and surrounding areas. See ad on page 27.

crystal healing ROSLEY’S ROCKS AND GEMS

4344 N Western Ave, Chicago 60618 773-561-7200 • 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.

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digestive health specialist

DoTERRA Essential Oils Allison Lutze

Reneé S. Barasch, LDHS

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

Need help with seasonal threats? Breathe easy with Breathe® Respiratory Blend, made by dōTERRA. Use aromatically and topically to maintain clear airways. Also works well for the snorer in your family leading to a better nights’ rest, for everyone. Visit website for more information.

fairs and expos Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa

energy healing CANDACE

650 Meacham, Elk Grove 60007 Call or text: 847-564-6159 Balanced internal energy (your chakras) can lead to positivity in our lives. Candace will help you shed negative energies from past relationships, family issues, past lives and negative experiences. Using her intuitive abilities, crystals and other tools, Candace will discover where imbalances lie, and then work with you to realign your energies for overall well-being and positivity.


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

Psychic Holistic Fairs: Many different psychic intuitive, body balancing, trunk shows & classes and our boutique is open, too. Upcoming dates: Oct 8-9, Nov 12-13, Dec 10-11.

feng shui Laurie Pawli, Certified Feng Shui Consultant

The Feng Shui School of Chicago

Loop or Logan Square location available 773-413-0749 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.

EFT (emotional freedom techniques) TOM MASBAUM, EFTADVANCED

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

green real estate KATIE HAUSER


Baird & Warner Green Broker 847-212-5214

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.

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

Don’t find fault; find a remedy. ~Henry Ford natural awakenings

October 2016


holistic dentistry DR. ALLA AVER, DDS

2400 Ravine Way, Suite 400, Glenview 60025 847-998-5100 Stay healthy with a whole-body, preventative care approach. We use non-fluoridated ozonated water, periodontal herbal treatments, and gluten-free herbal paste. Restorative options include: safe amalgam removal, BPA-free fillings and sealants, non-metal crowns and bridges, sleep apnea and TMJ appliances, and non-acrylic night guards, partials and dentures. Our conservative approach includes: digital X-rays and intraoral camera, non-surgical gum therapies including laser and ozone, and herbal irrigation. Material reactivity testing, saliva pH and microscopic plaque analysis are available. Our natural approach includes dental homeopathy, craniosacral therapy, and nutritional counseling. Dental discount plan available and PPO insurance plans accepted. See ad on page 15.

K. BOEHM, DDS, & Associates

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

re:fit-restoring and enhancing through fitness and integrative therapies Loribeth Cohen, PT Studio Director Mimi Abrams, PT 910 Waukegan Rd, Glenview 60025 847-657-0881 •

At re:fit, we believe that the body and mind interact to create health or “dis-ease.” We address both the underlying causes of pain and the body’s potential for healing. We offer many techniques for treatment and encourage the client to engage in their process of healing by combining physical therapy, IMT and exercise. Feel the difference!

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

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. See ad on page 4.

Christopher Codina, DC 2500 W Higgins Rd, Ste 420 Hoffman Estates 60169

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. See ad on pages 5.

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

Blossom Within Coaching Meryl Feldman 773-609-3770

Dear Awesome Women: I help you tap into your abundant healing capabilities and intuitive wisdom to get clarity and vitality for physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. For menopause challenges, relationship difficulties, pain relief and trauma these gentle Soulution sessions give you what you need. Curious? Schedule your complimentary consultation.

Dr. LeRoy has 20 years of experience in collaborating with his patients to determine why they are not well. He specializes in investigative work that includes a detailed discussion, examination and laboratory testing, then creates an integrative treatment plan that often includes diet and nutrition changes, acupuncture, chiropractic and other lifestyle modifications. Dr. LeRoy is best known for breast thermography, HPV treatment and GI problems. See ad on page 43.

Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.


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North Shore Health Solutions LTD 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-715-9060 Are your hands or feet burning? Do you have numbness or tingling or pain? Problems sleeping? Are you having regular bowel movements or digestion problems? Previously diagnosed with a Neuropathy condition? Did you know that these issues can all be related? See ad on page 9.

holistic medicineayurveda Monica Yearwood

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

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

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

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

Michelle Goebel-Angel, LAc, MSOM 500 N Michigan Ave, Ste 2100 Chicago 60611 312-276-1212

Michelle Goebel-Angel, LAc, MSOM, is board certified in Chinese Medicine and focuses on an anti-inflammatory lifestyle and functional medicine. Her passion and style reflect one that builds an open, trusting relationship with each patient. Acupuncture programs at the Raby Institute include detoxification, optimizing fertility and reducing stress, anxiety and chronic pain. Each program involves a unique approach and includes acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutritional and essential oil therapies. See ad on pages 2.

integrative psychotherapy David H. Johnson, LCSW

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.

847-475-3017, voicemail People of all ages come to me in pain due to trauma, childhood issues and addiction. My holistic approach helps to resolve wounds of the mind, body and spirit where recovery is not only possible but inevitable. Lasting results for happier, productive lives is the goal of my body-centered psychotherapy. Call for free initial consultation.


440 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 3 (Bldg 2), Deerfield 60015 847-945-7284


Specialists in treatment of complex and treatment-resistant neuropsychiatric disorders and chronic pain conditions for all ages. We offer a distinctive, thorough approach to patient evaluation, with proven cutting-edge treatments including BrainSPECT functional imaging and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, with the Chicago area’s only multi-person hyperbaric chamber. See ad on page 11.

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

Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa 30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180

Every day we offer: chakra balancing, cord cutting, energy balancing, guided meditation, biomat ion therapy. Rotating offerings include: shamanic sessions, sound immersions, quantum touch, bodytalk, totem discovery. Call for today’s offerings. Appointments recommended, but walk-ins welcomed.


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HEATHER FAUN BASL Natural Awakenings Chicago

630-210-8688, 312-502-1539 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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847-509-8289 Do you feel stuck? Mentally blocked or can’t make a decision? Michele helps you identify and release issues keeping you from full expression of your Essences. Surround yourself by the love of your Guides to release issues for an awesome, humbling and life-transforming experience. Michele is also psychic and a Reiki Master Teacher.

intuitive health & success advisor INTERIORWERX WITH SUSAN CURRY

Lincoln Park (Chicago) 312-479-7893 Expand your health and happiness by raising your vibration to its highest potential. InteriorWerx clears emotional energetic abnormalities that cause dis-ease, such as anxiety, pain, sadness, discomfort, allergies, recurring physical injury, etc. This natural modality provides optimum health for body and mind with proven results. Free 15-min consultation (schedule online).


208 S Jefferson St, Ste 204, Chicago 60661 866-566-9494 Our practice focuses on helping people who want to reach a resolution and stay out of court. Some of our services include mediation, collaborative famly law, adoption, guardianship, and wills and trusts.

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

Full-service bookstore, Cayce remedies, spiritual growth study groups, monthly programs, workshops and holistic fairs, intuitive skills development training, knowledgeable seekers, intuitives, healers and more. Call for hours. See ad on page 27.


1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-831-8828 • Offering more than 200 Courses for Life in personal, professional and spiritual growth and development. Daylong workshops with bestsellers Surfing Emotional Waves to Freedom with Raphael Cushnir on October 8 and The Mastery of Self with Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. on October 22. Call or email for a free course guide. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental. Call or email for a free course guide.

Medical herbalist and chiropractor DR. LEON KOLODZIEJ

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

CANTOR LYNDA DRESHER Highwood 60040 847-373-7456

Do you know you create your own reality? Are you seeking happiness and joy in your life? If not, why not? The Law of Attraction is always operating in your life, but if you’re not aware of how to use it, you could be attracting what you don’t want instead of what you do want. I can teach you processes and techniques so you can start manifesting what you desire in life; a loving relationship, a better job, more money… you name it. Join our group today and see what unfolds for you.

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Woodland Walking Workout 847-361-1616 Facebook: @KimSpelman Benefits of a simple walk on the land are astounding. Enjoy low-impact guided physical, mental and spiritual activity that begins our recovery from the day’s stressors and reconnects us to what we are–life. Whether you’re in the dumps or on top of your game, walking in nature makes everything better. City, suburbs, inside or outside.

naturopathic consultation DR. LUMINITA ALEXE, ND 1600 Golf Rd, Corporate Center, Ste 1200, Rolling Meadows 60008 224-387-2204

Dr. Alexe offers an alternative approach to health and wellness using safe, effective natural therapies to address acute and chronic conditions. She specializes in hormonal imbalance, digestive disorders, skin issues and immune problems. Services include naturopathic care, cleanse/detox programs, lifestyle assessment and supplement and herbal recommendations.


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

When your body is in an imbalanced state, your health is compromised. Dr. Alla Arutcheva’s Full Body Check Up is a non-invasive, highly reliable test that can provide you with a snapshot of your current state of health. She can also identify which supplements your body needs for optimal healing benefits. See ad on page 17.

nutrition metaphysical spiritual boutique Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa 30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180

Metaphysical and spiritual supplies, daily intuitive and body balancing, vast crystal and rock shop, natural French market products, 50 local artists unique items. Open daily Tuesday through Sunday.

ENHANCE NUTRITION, LLC Marcy Kirshenbaum, MS, CCN, CNS, LDN 847-987-1128

Get lasting relief from symptoms of chronic and autoimmune conditions, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, IBS, migraines and Parkinson’s. Finally take control of your weight and energy levels. Working together, I’ll help you make practical and do-able dietary and lifestyle changes. Ready to feel better? Call me today to schedule a consultation. See ad on page 27.

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Dr. Kristen HaLLAND, DC

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

Our wellness clinic averages only a 5-minute wait time before you’re getting natural, safe, and effective treatment with the Doctor. Dr. Kristen specializes in acupuncture, 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 ad on page 5.

organic mattresses & bedding NORTH SHORE BEDDING 984 Willow Rd, Ste H, Northbrook 60062 847-291-6770

We offer a safe and cost-effective alternative to conventional mattresses, in a low-pressure, relaxing sales environment. Full selection of only allnatural and organic latex mattresses, pillows and accessories, including Natura and Savvy Rest. Locally owned and operated since 1983. See ad on page 25.

preventive medicine DR. LYNNE BELSKY

Living Well MD 806 Central Ave, Ste 204 Highland Park 60035 847-433-2013 Care for body, mind, and spirit with personalized, integrative medical care. Concierge physician dedicated to helping you stay healthy, prevent disease, and feel your best. See ad on page 4.

Psychic & medium

Astrology & Psychic Readings by Sarah

312-933-9950 • 847-470-0049 Over 25 years of experience. Using my intuitive gifts of prayer and meditation I can help bring clarity to those in need of my services. Call today to find out about love, health and career. Tarot card and crystal energy readings, chakra balancing, aura cleansing, spirit communication, past life regression. Available for parties, 3 locations. First-time client special: $99 Energy healing.

Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa

Help to reunite loved ones, inspire joy and find love in your life. Find answers to your challenges with the help of a psychic and medium reading with Candace. Her readings reveal past, present and future with extreme accuracy. Find sincere guidance and answers regarding life’s challenges, such as love, relationships, family, health, career, coworkers, etc. Over 23 years experience.


888-380-6388 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.

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

Every day we offer: card readings, channeled intuitive sessions, problem resolution readings, spiritual guidance. Rotating offerings include: mediumship sessions, akashic records, palm reading, shamanic channeling.Call for today’s offerings. Appointments recommended but walk-ins welcomed.

sporting goods NEW BALANCE NORTH SHORE 610 Central Ave, Ste 169, Highland Park 60035 847-266-8323

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

spiritual & life renewal Bodhi Spiritual Center

Vittum Theater, 1012 N Noble St, Chicago 60642 (services) See website for classroom location on Augusta Blvd 773-248-LOVE Check out our Sunday Celebration Service at 10am each week. Enjoy a dynamic, conscious community rooted in universal spiritual principles that Reveal Love, Honor All Paths and Celebrate Life. Safe and loving childcare for children ages birth to 4, and playful and rich youth programming for ages 5-18. Amazing music, inspiring message and a loving community awaits you. 

astrologist, medium & psychic CANDACE 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove 60007 Call or text: 847-564-6159

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The Well Spirituality Center 1515 W Ogden Ave, LaGrange Park 60526 708-482-5048

Offering a variety of classes, workshops and retreats. A haven from the busy-ness of everyday life, we are committed to strengthening, healing, and calling forth the inherent wholeness of Earth, our human community and all creation. Spiritual direction and mind/body/spirit practices also offered.


Dr. Nicole E. Williams, MD, FACOG 1147 S Wabash Ave, Ste 200, Chicago 60605 312-929-9191 Imagine something different when you come to your gynecologist’s office: examination space feels “personal,” staff members listen, office hours are convenient. We offer an environment that promotes healing and advanced office diagnostics paired with alternative techniques such as Acupuncture and pelvic floor physical therapy. We listen. We care.

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