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o celebrate Naturopathic Medicine Week from October 7 through 13, World Tree Natural Medicine will hold a free class on gut health and fermented foods at 6:30 p.m., October 11. Dr. Thor Conner says, “Good GI [gastrointestinal] health is central to our approach, using foods as medicine first. Come learn about naturopathic medicine and how to improve your GI health. We’ll be demonstrating how to make kombucha, sauerkraut and other fermented foods, with takehome recipes and advice on how to incorporate fermented foods into your everyday diet for better health.” He notes, “Far from being an alternative, naturopathic medicine is complementary to conventional medicine and can often find ways of addressing a disease that can reduce the need for more invasive interventions. Whether you have weight or stress management challenges, suffer from allergies or gut issues or have a chronic illness like Type 2 diabetes, the naturopathic approach is designed to improve your health and keep you well.” Admission is free. Location: 17W703 Butterfield Rd., Ste. F, Oakbrook Terrace. For more information, call 630-359-5522 or visit See ads in Community Resource Guide.

VeganMania 10 is a Meatless Milestone


hicago’s vegan community will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Chicago VeganMania on October 13 at the Broadway Armory, in Edgewater, with 100 exhibitors, communityfocused businesses and nonprofits. Last year’s event drew about 5,000 people. Speakers include cardiologist Dr. Kim Williams and Earthling Ed. There will also be a live podcast with The Bearded Vegans and Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack! Twenty restaurants and food vendors offering samples will fill the massive food court, with chef demonstrations by Ellen Jaffe Jones and the Vegan Black Metal Chef. Live music will be provided in the new Culture Café and Culture Makers room. Admission is free; $5 donation suggested. Location: 5917 N. Broadway, Chicago. For more information, email ChicagoVeganMania@ or visit See ad on page 5.

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icensed Healing Practitioner Brigitte Schneider will conduct lectures in Chicago and Des Plaines about a simple, cost-free way to healing and help through the teachings of Bruno Groening. He became known around the world in the 1950s for the mass healings that occurred when he spoke to people seeking help, exhorting, “God is the greatest physician.” The talks will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m., October 18, at the Dance Building, 1330 Webford Avenue, in Des Plaines; and 2:30 to 4 p.m., October 20, at the Lincoln Belmont Branch Bruno Groening Library, 1659 W. Montrose Street, in Chicago. Groening taught about a natural power he called the “healing stream”, that can heal the body and help with life issues and bring peace, happiness and inner freedom. It is available to all people, irrespective of nationality, faith or religion. Schneider has been working in her practice for more than 30 years including for 15 years as a member of the Medical Scientific Group of the worldwide nonprofit Bruno Groening Circle of Friends. Admission is free, donations are appreciated. For more information, call Debbie at 773-775-8855 or visit

Meditate-A-Thon Fundraiser: World Peace through Inner Peace


nfinity Foundation, in Highland Park, will conduct its annual Meditate-A-Thon from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 20. No meditation experience is needed. Proceeds go toward sustaining Infinity’s building fund and future endeavors. The purpose is to contribute to world peace; where violence and hate is prevalent, we must find inner peace. Participants will meditate and cultivate a shared awareness of our common humanity and solidarity with the world. They can begin at the start of any meditation and stay for as many as they like. Hourly meditations include Guided Visualization with Claudia Lubin; Sound Healing with Crystal Bowls with Marian McNair; Connecting with Angels with Therese Evans; Gong Meditation with Michelle Fiore; Guided Spiritual Meditation with Mark Anthony Lord; Kirtan Chanting with the Bhakti Caravan; and Golden Orb Meditation with Savita Jachim. Cost: $75. Light lunch is included. Location: 1280 Old Skokie Rd., Highland Park. For more information and registration, visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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Pacific Symposium Celebrates 30 Years in California


he 30th anniversary conference of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine from October 23 through 30, in San Diego, promises to be a meeting of the minds that brings together integrative healthcare professionals and exhibitors from around the world. Pacific Symposium 2018 will take Chinese medicine continuing education a step further as presenters tackle the challenge of “peak performance”, or how Chinese medicine can help healthy patients achieve optimal health and athletic performance. The keynote speaker is Paul Chek, founder of the C.H.E.K Institute and an embodiment of this peak performance theme. There will be more than 70 vendors in an exhibit hall open to the public, along with Chinese medicine luminaries who were at the very first symposium, including Ted Kaptchuk, Kiiko Matsumoto, Subhuti Dharmananda, Whitfield Reaves and Misha Cohen. The newest generation of brilliant presenters includes Drew Pierson, Sarica Cernohous, David Bomzon, Chad Conner, Guohui Liu, and Andrew and JulieAnn Nugent-Head. To register, visit The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is located at 65 E. Wacker Pl., 21st Fl., in Chicago. For more information, call 773-477-4822, email or or visit See ad on page 9.

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A.R.E. Presents “Understanding Your Dreams Understanding Yourself”


evin Reger, a student of the teachings of Edgar Cayce, “the sleeping prophet”, since 1979, will speak about dreams, meditation and ideals from noon to 3 p.m., October 27, at the Association for Research and Enlightenment (ARE), in Des Plaines. He says, “Why should we pay attention to our dreams? Because dreams are a source of insight from higher self and everyone uses dreams to integrate daily life events, whether they remember them or not! Edgar Cayce said that nothing significant happens in a Keven Reger person’s life without having first previewed it in a dream. That is reason enough for us. Edgar Cayce said, ‘If you dreamed it, you can understand it.’” Cayce’s five-step approach includes writing down the main feeling of the dream; a one-sentence theme; any symbols of people, things or places; working on interpretation; and then application. “Come and learn more as we take some actual dreams and work through the five-step approach,” says Reger. “If possible, bring along a dream to work on. If you are brave, we should have time to analyze it as a group.” Cost: $40 for ARE members, $45 for nonmembers. Location: 259 E. Central Rd., Des Plaines. For more information, call 847-299-6535. See ad on page 21.

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Source & Synchronicities weekend course will be held on November 10 and 11 at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center Gurnee, where participants may access the Power of Source and the Power of Consciousness in three important life zones—healing, love and wealth. There will be a free introduction and dance orientation, Get in the Zone, at 7 p.m., November 9, featuring DJ Taz Rashid. Preethaji, an enlightened sage and founder of the O&O Academy, along with her faculty, will be teachPreethaji ing via webcast from India. Her wisdom is a perfect convergence of two worlds, the worldly and the spiritual; and the scientific and transcendental. Preethaji says, “Life today can be challenging. Change is a constant. From what perspective do you approach life? Is it from anxiety and lack or from confidence and abundance? Learn how to transform your restlessness into a state of inner peace and inspiration. Imagine feeling so connected that you’re in the flow, regardless of changing circumstances.” The event is hosted by Flowering Heart Center and the Chicago S&S team. Location: 6161 Grand Ave., Gurnee. Register at For more information, email See ad on page 9.

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The Resiliency Institute Opens Enrollment for 2019 Classes


arly bird registration is open at The Resiliency Institute, in Naperville, for 2019 courses that begin in February and March and meet once a month on a Saturday or Sunday. Students learn how to identify, forage and prepare more than 200 edible wild plants in the Edible Wild Plants Certification course; gain the knowledge and skills to design and install their own edible forest garden in the Permaculture Forest Gardener course; and connect with plant wisdom and learn how to nourish and heal their family with herbal knowledge gained from the Bioregional Herbalism course. The Resiliency Institute advocates suburban permaculture by empowering people to live, grow and build resilient lifestyles, landscapes and communities through courses, nature connection, events, outreach and their Growing Food Security program. Each course is limited to 15 students. Location: 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd., Naperville. For more information and to register, visit See ad at

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Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, have found that receiving music therapy can significantly lessen a patient’s need for opioids and other painkillers after invasive surgery. The researchers tested 161 patients; 49 in the music group and 112 in a control group. After their surgery, both groups were offered painkillers intravenously at doses requested by the patient. Of those engaged in music therapy, 86 percent avoided the painkillers, compared to only 26 percent of the control group.

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Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our mind and body. One study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research found that the quality of sleep is much more important than the quantity to feel rested. Our body knows when it’s time for bed—when we feel tired, whether that’s at 8 p.m. or 1 a.m.—the more consistent, the better. If it’s hard to discern the body’s signals, it generally begins a physical repair process from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and a mental repair cycle from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. Try to be asleep during those hours. Wake up naturally. A jolting alarm or radio isn’t doing the brain and body any favors; it can be stressful on the body and even elevate blood pressure, which is not good first thing in the morning. If we do need an alarm, consider a wake-up light that mimics the sunrise, slowly brightening the room, waking us in a natural, gentle way. Kick the screen habit. Looking at an electronic screen such as a television, computer, tablet or smartphone before bed is detrimental to sleep quality. Light from these devices is disruptive to the brain’s suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), which helps regulate circadian rhythm, and screen time before bed can throw off normal SCN function. Also, the electromagnetic frequencies that these electronic emit may affect sleep quality. Make sure there are no devices plugged into any outlets in the bedroom. Not getting enough quality sleep is harmful to our mental and physical health. When we get into the habit of following these tips, we’ll be feeling rested and refreshed in no time. If sleep problems persist, that could indicate a breathing-related sleep disorder. This occurs when there is not enough oxygen reaching the brain during sleep. Because the body doesn’t get enough air, one symptom among many, including snoring, is that we wake up still tired and need a stimulant such as coffee to keep going. In a case like this, a simple dental device may help get some good-quality sleep.

School Activities Can Foster Head Injuries The beginning of the school year can create situations that invite concussion injuries for athletes participating in cheerleading, soccer, lacrosse, football and gymnastic activities, but CranioSacral Therapy (CST) can help. Injuries often occur when two athletes collide, resulting in a concussion with persistent headaches, light sensitivity or reading difficulty. Young athletes may even experience cognitive retention difficulty or ringing in the ears, and not correlate them to their concussion incident. Research has shown CST is especially effective with concussions in showing neurological activation and inflammatory changes within the cerebrospinal fluid of patients studied. CST works with the physiological system of soft tissues and fluids that protect the brain and spinal cord. It can be effective in relieving pressure headaches or eye strain while reading, as well as stress-related dysfunction. The therapy works with the central nervous system and the 22 bones of the cranium, nerve fibers of the spinal cord, cerebrospinal fluid and the sacrum. Skilled CranioSacral Therapists are taught to feel energetic patterns, or “rhythms�, at key points, pinpoint the source of dysfunction or restriction and restore balance. Carol Sherby is a biodynamic CranioSacral Therapist at One Mind and Body CranioSacral Therapy, in Glen Ellyn. For appointments, call 630-205-1075. For more information, email Carol@ or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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By 2050, the world’s population is estimated to hit 10 billion, and food production will need to increase by 70 percent. Traditional farming won’t be able to keep up. Lisa Dyson, who holds three degrees in physics, including a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Boston, knows the reason: ubiquitous carbon dioxide. This byproduct of burning fossil fuels is a known culprit in the pace of climate change. Dyson is revolutionizing the way protein is made. Several years ago, she and colleague John Reed came across NASA reports from the 1960s and ’70s that discussed using microbes to recycle carbon dioxide aboard spacecraft. “We were fascinated by their research. We wondered if we could develop a similar technology that would enable us to recycle carbon dioxide into valuable products here on Earth,” Dyson says. Their startup, Kiverdi, uses microbes to transform carbon into bio-based products in special bio-reactors similar to the giant urns used to brew beer. This year, they’re commercializing a new process to transform CO2 into protein powder. The end product, Planet+Protein, is packed with essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals. 18


Ivory Outlawed

UK Banning Both Legal and Illegal Trade

The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is in the process of implementing a neartotal ivory ban. It can’t happen soon enough because elephant populations continue to dramatically decline. As recognized by the parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species last September, “Countries with domestic ivory markets that contribute to elephant poaching or the illegal ivory trade should take all necessary legislative, regulatory and enforcement measures to close such markets as a matter of urgency.” Any legal ivory market leads to a parallel illegal market because ivory from recently killed elephants can be made to look like old ivory, which is legal in many countries, through processes like chipping, staining and cracking. The UK has long played a role in the international ivory trade. During the colonial era, more than a million elephants were killed to feed British demand for everything from ivory ornaments and piano keys to billiard balls and cutlery. Much of that material remains in the UK today, fueling the market. Trade data indicates that the UK is still the world’s largest exporter of legal ivory, most of which goes to Asian destinations like China and Hong Kong.


Serious concerns have surfaced about food transparency, and people are asking questions. Documentaries like Rotten urge consumers to think twice about the origins and ingredients of their food, but answers are not always readily available. In addition to environmental concerns like long-distance transportation, people are worried about food recalls and safety. FoodLogiQ’s software solution creates “farm to fork traceability”, welcoming companies across the industry to participate, with approximately 7,000 having registered so far in some 100 countries—including Whole Foods, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Carl’s Jr., Subway, Buffalo Wild Wings and the Panda Restaurant Group. Information provides useful details such as where the food was harvested, whether pesticides were used, where the food traveled and how it was processed. FoodLogiQ Chief Marketing Officer Katy Jones suggests this is an important moment of change in the food industry, saying, “Food companies are embracing global standards to increase efficiencies and build a foundation for traceability and supply chain visibility.”

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Saudi Arabia intends to host the world’s largest solar project. “It’s a huge step in human history,” says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. “It’s bold, risky and we hope we succeed in doing that.” Solar power is a logical choice for the country. Its capital, Riyadh, averages 8.9 hours of sunshine a day. The nation is also projected to be severely impacted if climate change raises global temperatures 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. According to Climate Action Tracker, if the global temperature rises 3 to 4 degrees Celsius, 75 percent of the country would be excessively arid by the end of the century. According to the most recent data available from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Saudi Arabia produces 13 percent of the world’s oil and currently obtains 60 percent of its electric energy from petroleum.

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Plastic Bag Deterrents Working in European Waters

A new study shows that there are significantly fewer plastic bags on the seafloor since a number of European countries introduced fees on them, according to a 25-year study from the UK government’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS). Researchers saw an estimated 30 percent drop in the number of plastic bags in waters around Norway, Germany, northern France and Ireland. “It is encouraging to see that efforts by all of society, whether the public, industry, non-government organizations or government, to reduce plastic bags are having an effect,” says Thomas Maes, a marine litter scientist at CEFAS. “We also observed sharp declines in the percentage of plastic bags captured by fishing nets trawling the seafloor around the UK compared to 2010, and this research suggests that by working together, we can reduce, reuse and recycle to tackle the marine litter problem.”

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McDonald’s plans to reduce greenhouse emissions from their restaurants, corporate offices and supply chain by more than 30 percent by 2030. They’re the first restaurant chain with goals backed by the Science Based Targets initiative. The company expects to decrease its total emissions by more than 150 million tons. AB InBev, the parent company of Anheuser-Busch and Budweiser beer, has ambitious plans to purchase electricity only from renewable sources for its worldwide operations in seven years. The first step includes Bud Light. The goal is for all operations in the company’s 12 Budweiser breweries across the U.S. to be powered by renewable energy. Budweiser plants outside the U.S. will also switch to all-renewable energy, with all products planned to transition by 2025. The new status will be denoted by the label “100% Renewable Energy”.


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Turtle Turnaround

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Hatchlings Return to Mumbai Beach After 20 Years

At Versova Beach, in the Indian coastal city of Mumbai, local volunteers have stepped up to finally clean up a shore covered in ankledeep trash and waste. The United Nations described the transformation as the world’s largest beach cleanup project ever, and the work has been rewarded with serious environmental progress. For the first time in 20 years, Olive Ridley sea turtles have hatched at Versova. The turtle is currently classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature because of environmental pollution. They’re the smallest and most common sea turtle, but all species are threatened by human encroachment and pollution. Lawyer and conservationist Afroz Shah says, “I had tears in my eyes when I saw them walking towards the ocean.” Local ecologists say it’s possible the Olive Ridley turtles have been nesting on the beach without anyone noticing, but capturing this momentous occasion is a huge boon to the volunteers, which have encountered some resistance via harassment and bureaucracy.

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ealth enthusiasts, raw foodists and anyone else in the Chicagoland area interested in a plant-based lifestyle can find kinship at the Purple Sprout Café and Juice Bar, in Wheeling. Irina Kuznetsova is the co-owner of the organic and vegan restaurant that specializes in raw and prepared cuisine, but also offers a gathering space for community events, education and outreach. “We attract people who are curious about plant-based living, energy healing, spiritual events, growing their own food, boosting immunity naturally or even cleaning up a forest preserve. Our recipes are designed for physical health, mental balance and spiritual growth,” she says. The café offers an assortment of breakfast, lunch and dinner items that revolve around fresh ingredients and whole nutrition. “Fruit and vegetables are the most important foods for humans and contain the necessary vitamins, minerals and energy to function optimally,” says Kuznetsova. “Our bodies, minds and spirit are all connected. The fewer toxins we put in our bodies, the clearer the mind is, the purer the thoughts are and the cleaner the energy channels are. This makes us altogether healthier, happier and more connected to our core people.” Kuznetsova’s passion for plant-based food comes from her family’s own health transformation. “When I was pregnant with my first son, I experienced a myriad of scary symptoms, including ulcers, migraines, bruising, autoimmune issues and a general feeling of malaise. My doctors had me on 12 medications at one point, but I still couldn’t believe how poorly I felt. After my son was born, the whole family switched to a plant-based diet. We immediately saw improvement in cholesterol, shortness of breath, eczema, anxiety and my postpartum depression. The body 24


Irina Kuznetsova and Karim Raimbekov cleanses when we switch to plant-based nutrition, especially when it is primarily raw fruit and vegetables, and is better able to heal itself naturally,” she says. The menu at Purple Sprout is a fusion of world cuisines that focuses on consciously created meals from organic and plant- based ingredients. Many of the items can be adapted to accommodate raw, oil-free, sugar-free or gluten-free diets. “We look at the food from the standpoint of nutrients, energetic composition and seasonality, but don’t sacrifice flavor and satisfaction. On any given day, we’ll offer Mexican burritos, French crepes, Asian stir-fries, Indian dosa and dal, and MiddleEastern kebabs, as well as dishes from our own childhood in Russia and Kazakhstan. Our mom has helped created healthy vegan versions of dumplings that we fill with lentils and empanadas stuffed with cabbage and carrots, mixed greens, apples and pears or sweet potato mash,” says Kuznetsova. Items are available for dining in or carryout, and Purple Sprout also offers catering, private events, and meal planning. Snacks like dehydrated apple or kale chips, live microgreens and a juice bar with ingredients such as kohlrabi, avocado, dates, raw cacao, mixed berries and kale, as well as add-ins like maca, hemp seeds and sea buckthorn oil round out the menu. The café also carries specialty items

such as CBD chocolate bars and organic hemp oil with pure, premium-quality CBD extract, an active compound in cannabis responsible for the plant’s medicinal properties that does not produce the “high” that THC does. Kuznetsova believes a key benefit lies in its effects on inflammation and pain and its calming, protective and restorative effect on the nervous system. “Our customers use it to help with any type of pain, arthritis, migraines, epilepsy, inflammation, high blood pressure, anxiety, scar tissue, insect bites, as a sleep aid and to alleviate symptoms of cancer and other serious diseases,” she says. Purple Sprout is also a gathering spot for local community events and offers workshops, lectures, aura readings, nutritional counseling and specialty classes such as raw food preparation demonstrations. They host yoga classes, medical cannabis education and ChicagoVeg meetings, participate in fundraisers for local schools and libraries and partner with chiropractors, health clubs and plant-based doctors in the area. “There is a strong sense of community when people care about what they eat and where their food comes from. Customers become dear friends who come here frequently, bring friends and families in and send us holiday cards. Networking and developing partnerships for the benefit of the surrounding communities are at the heart of what we do,” says Kuznetsova. Purple Sprout uses local ingredients whenever possible, and is committed to lowering their carbon footprint. “We stand for organic sustainable agriculture and don’t use pesticides or GMOs that destroy the Earth, pollute the water and cause habitat destruction and wildlife extinction. Plant-based living benefits human health, as well as the health of the planet, and creates balance between the body, mind, spirit, self and nature,” says Kuznetsova. Purple Sprout Café and Juice Bar is located at 341 E. Dundee Rd., in Wheeling. For more information, call 224-223-7133, email, or visit See ad on page 41. Carrie Jackson is an Evanston-based writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. Connect at

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Healing Our Kids Reversing a Rising Tide of Chronic Conditions by Ronica A. O’Hara


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As scientists pinpoint the causes of conditions, parents, researchers and healthcare practitioners are discovering, Lambert says, that many of the youngsters’ chronic illnesses share a “perfect storm” of factors, including pharmaceutical overuse, toxic or nutritionally poor diets, exposure to toxins and other environmental stressors. “Many factors contribute to these chronic disorders; one size or one treatment doesn’t fit all,” says Dr. Kenneth Bock, of Red Hook, New York, an integrative medicine practitioner who has helped more than 3,000 chronically ill children and authored Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies. “But if children with one or more of the disorders are treated with a fully integrative medicine approach, the vast majority show some improvement, many significantly, and increasing numbers may recover to a point where they even lose their diagnosis.” Effective integrative applications often change the child’s diet to nutrient-dense, additive-free foods and supplements for gut and brain health; employ allergy testing and elimination, detoxification and behavioral and physical therapies; vet household contaminants; target medications like antifungals and anti-inflammatories; and use homeopathy and acupuncture.

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Maria O’Neil’s firstborn son, Connor, had a perfect Apgar score (newborn health status) at birth and appeared healthy to everyone until after immunization at 15 months, when he became withdrawn and

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31 boys). “It’s literally an epidemic of chronic childhood disease,” says Beth Lambert, of Charlotte, North Carolina, author of A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children and executive director of the nonprofit “Our children, with their little bodies and immature immune systems, can’t tolerate the toxic environments we’re all exposed to. They’re the canaries in the coal mine that show us that the way we are living today is not sustainable.”

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vacant, with head-banging and hand-flapping. A pediatrician diagnosed moderately severe autism and advised, “Accept your new normal. Your son was born this way.” O’Neil exclaimed, “I will not let this disease take my child!” After she replaced processed foods, sugar, dairy and gluten with organics in his diet, he became calmer and “more here”. Tests by another pediatrician, Dr. Bob Sears, showed Connor had gut damage, mitochondrial issues, a high viral load, a low white cell count and a deficiency in basic vitamins and minerals. “Now I had a game plan,” says O’Neil, of Joshua Tree, California. Connor was given fish oil, B12 shots, juices, targeted herbs, Epsom salt baths, hyperbaric oxygen, a mitochondrial cocktail of nutraceuticals, medication with the antifungal fluconazole (Diflucan), the antiviral valacyclovir (Valtrex) and the immunity-enhancing naltrexone (Revia), plus acupuncture, homeopathy and chiropractic. Over time, Connor’s eyes brightened, his language “burst forth” and he became social and loving. By age 5, educators took him off his individualized learning program because he had no relevant symptoms. Today, at 9, he’s a popular fourth-grade kid that loves swimming, soccer and art, and wants to

become a scientist or engineer. “The future is limitless for Connor,” O’Neil reports. “He can do anything he sets his mind to.”

Brighter Future

“Once you have addressed the root causes, you can optimize healing by using the additional integrative modalities to help prevent chronic illnesses now and in years to come,” explains family physician Madiha Saeed, of Naperville, Illinois, author of The Holistic Rx: Your Guide to Healing Chronic Inflammation and Disease. The multipronged integrative approach is supported by studies that link poor gastrointestinal health to childhood diseases, notes Lambert. Italian researchers found a greater prevalence of “bad” gut bacteria in autistic children. In New Zealand, it was shown that those with ADHD have gut bacteria that reduces dopamine, a neurotransmitter that controls the brain’s reward center. At, medical professionals and parents have created a comprehensive database of resources, studies, strategies and health coaches to help realize a child’s full potential. It plans to follow 14 children with chronic conditions through 18 months of healing and recovery therapeutic services to be documented in a film titled Canary Kids.

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“We want to show parents that there’s hope—because then they can take the next step and move forward,” says Lambert. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based freelance health writer. Connect at

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Running for Governor

Ethan Sonneborn, 13, has a comprehensive policy platform and a spot on the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial primary ballot in Vermont. In an early campaign speech, the Bristol resident and Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School student smiled at the crowd’s applause for his message:

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ecognizing that it might be too late by the time they are older, many young people are already acting collectively and across partisan aisles on everything from climate change and the environment to gun control, gender equality, social justice, education and politics. Initiatives include creating solutions for the global water crisis, serving as global ambassadors, training for public speaking and leadership, organizing youth summits, marching for causes, planting a trillion trees, participating in United Nations (UN) programs, inventing a new educational system, lobbying legislators and seeking political office. 28


Girl Up!

Angie Jiang, a 2018 graduate of Madison West High School, in Wisconsin, is a first-year student at Columbia University, in New York. Deploying her social impact and debating skills, this Chinese-American woman articulates her opinions on sustainability, environmental awareness, immigration and gender issues in public radio interviews and lobbies for policy changes in Washington, D.C. She’s one of 80,000 girls in some 100 countries that have been trained by the UN Foundation’s Girl Up initiative to help lead the movement for gender equality; Jiang currently serves as its 2017-2018 teen advisor. “Within our current political climate, it is

“To everyone here today, know this. We are America’s future… So let’s not be afraid to shape it… We must be the voices of a generation, leaders for others and advocates for ourselves. Why shouldn’t we be the ones to end worldwide hunger, to make a breakthrough in medical science, to protect world peace or to put people on another planet? We are the generation that will do all these things. Why not start now?” In addressing environmental issues, Sonneborn supports a tax on carbon emissions, Vermont’s commitment to uphold the standards of the Paris climate agreement and renewable energy incentives. In Kansas, where six teenagers are running for governor, Tyler Ruzich’s campaign theme is, “A Republican for the Next Generation.” This Shawnee Mission North

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High School senior has serious concerns and ideas to make his state a better place to live, learn and work. A well-prepared orator committed to public service, Ruzich is reaching younger voters on issues of voter registration, school funding, taxation, guns, immigration, agriculture, equal rights and job growth. On the Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien syndicated TV show, Ruzich said he believes his campaign is stimulating 18-to-25-yearolds to get involved in mid-term elections, which typically draw fewer voters.


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global youth to engage with sustainability issues. Today, the New Jersey resident serves as its president, and is passionate about why investing in the education of children is significant. As just one example, “Amazonian children are teaching their parents about how deforestation impacts climate change,” says Patel. A degree in environmental law and policy at Vermont Law School, in South Royalton, and expertise in environmental education, curriculum development, field research and community outreach has helped Patel to assist in developing lesson plans for ECI Water Schools. Community groups and schools are mobilized to evaluate the health of rivers and provide basic training in good health habits.

Brandi Kneip’s family in Stuart, Florida, didn’t object when the 18-year-old decided to spend her college savings establishing a JAR dry goods store that fosters reusing and recycling materials to decrease or eliminate trash. Customers can buy what they need by dispensing pasta, herbs, spices, flour and other products into their own reusable jars or purchase glass containers to take home. JAR also carries eco-friendly household items. “I want my impact on this Earth to be like footprints in the sand. For a second, the Earth knows you are there, and when you move along, the waves wash them out or the wind blows them away. I’m so thankful for this big, green-blue planet, and I’ll strive every day to make more people notice the beauty it holds,” says Kneip.

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Arati Patel was just 24 when she began serving as an intern with Earth Child Institute (ECI), a nonprofit that empowers

Felix Finkbeiner, a German student, started Plant-for-the-Planet in 2007, when he was only 9. “It’s an amazing organization run by young people,” says Patel. Inspired by the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement, Finkbeiner expanded Maathai’s original concept of a billion plantings to the Trillion Tree Campaign. To date, it’s seen 15 billion new trees in 190 countries under the guidance of the U.N. Environment Programme. Speaking at an Environmental Systems Research Institute Conference, Finkbeiner said that beyond planting trees, children involved in the initiative have delivered presentations in schools and rotary clubs, and engineered sit-down meetings with mayors, local government officials and even presidents of countries. Several have spoken

before the UN General Assembly and national parliaments, urging them to address the climate crisis.

A Revolution in Education

After graduating from Beijing University Affiliated High School, Jason Wang, 18, postponed college for a year and visited the U.S. and Europe looking for the best practices in education. When he returned, he was in no hurry to enter college, but rather to develop the curriculum for Beijing’s Moonshot Academy, which opened in January with 30 students from 14 to 16 years old. Turning traditional methods of education on its ear, Moonshot Academy students are accepted based on their learning ability, independent thinking skills and capacity to turn ideas into action, rather than standardized test scores. Students learn through personalized experiences that enable them to practice and demonstrate core competencies to face the challenges of the future. “Research shows that by the age of 39, today’s average high school graduate will have had nine different jobs, half of which have not been invented yet. Artificial intelligence has changed the playing field. We can’t keep educating kids in the same way,” says Nancy Riehle, executive director of the Creative Academic Network Scholastic Foundation that supports the academy.

Time’s Up

Inspired by the January 2017 Women’s March, Jamie Margolin, a 16-year-old student at Seattle’s Holy Names Academy, launched Zero Hour, a movement for October 2018


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If not us, then who; if not me and you Right now, it’s time for us to do something. ~Do Something by Matthew West, singer/songwriter originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They jointly developed the organization’s platform. “It’s our generation that is going to be impacted the most by the effects of accelerated climate change that we are causing. This march is a launch. We’re not done,” says Margolin. At a pivotal time in which many theorize that our nation lacks the ability to coalesce around a great enterprise to solve existing problems, it appears that those doing the calculating have not factored in the millions of motivated young people as critical decision makers. It may be that their imagination, energetic drive, passionate self-confidence and “no borders” cooperation paves the way to a brighter future for all. Not waiting for the torch to be passed, young people are seizing it and acting now, no longer naively thinking that there will always be enough time tomorrow. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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cHenry County College (MCC) Sustainability Center will host the 11th annual Green Living Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., November 3, in the MCC gym/ multipurpose room, bookstore hallway and parking lot B. The Expo includes more than 100 local businesses and organizations that offer green products, services and unique educational opportunities. New this year is a Clean Transportation exhibit with electric cars such as BMW and Mini Cooper, electric bikes, charging stations, bicycles and bike racks. There will also be college/university solar and super-mileage team race cars and team members, including MCC students and their hybrid engine truck. Tours of the new Science Center will also be available. Returning this year is the Sustainable Artists walk, featuring 20 artists and makers with a link to our sustainable world. Nature photography, jewelry, organic teas and interesting and fun repurposed items will be on display at the Expo. Other highlights include a 2,500-gallon fish tank with many species of Fox River Fish; information about sustainable seafood; battery recycling; solar installers with the latest panels and financing information; and sustainable toys, skincare, beekeeping and energy-efficient ideas for home and businesses at little or no cost. Director of Sustainability Kim Hankins says, “My favorite thing about the Expo each year is to see the continuous growth of commitment to sustainability in our economy. Each year, the Green Living Expo brings many new businesses and organizations that want to share their message, as well as our well-established ones that have been protecting and educating McHenry County and surrounding areas for years.” Admission is free. Location: 8900 U.S. Hwy. 14, Crystal Lake. For more information, visit See ad on this page.

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The Rise of Blue Zones in America Places that Encourage Healthy Living by Avery Mack


an Buettner’s book The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest launched a movement a decade ago. Sequels include The Blue Zones of Happiness, The Blue Zones Solution and Thrive. Many communities have embraced the principles of this “make healthy living easier” paradigm, resulting in the improved well-being of residents. “Add more years to your life and more life to your years,” says Nick Buettner, vice president at Blue Zones LLC, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the founder’s brother who spoke with us. “The people around you, the places where you work, live and play, and the social norms in your community have an impact on your health.” The original U.S. pilot project in 2009, in Albert Lea, Minnesota, is a prime example. Instead of widening a main thoroughfare and raising the speed limit, the city widened the sidewalk and created a path around nearby Fountain Lake, offering safe exercise for bikers, joggers and walkers. The Hy-Vee grocery increased its health market section from two to seven aisles, leading to a 130 percent rise in related sales, and added a Blue Zones checkout lane for healthy grab-and-go options. City workplaces now offer quiet rooms and fruit instead of candy; one business converted a garage to a pickleball court. 32


The five original Blue Zones are Ikaria, Greece; Loma Linda, California; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; Okinawa, Japan; and Sardinia, Italy.

Blue Zone Basics

Move Naturally – Even at work, get up and move at least once every 20 minutes. Reduce Stress – Take a nap, nature walk

or meditate.

Act Intentionally – “People that feel

they have a reason to get out of bed in the morning tend to live seven years longer than those who just go through the motions,” says Buettner. A strong sense of purpose defines quality of life.

Eat Healthy – Enjoy the benefits of a

plant-based diet. One cup of beans a day adds three to four years in life expectancy. Plant a garden to grow fresher, pesticidefree food. Eat meat an average of five times a month and in small-portioned stir-fry, soups and pasta. Consume fewer calories. Drink wine in moderation. Check out

Maintain Relationships – “If you have fewer than three friends, it’s the equivalent of smoking for 20 years,” Buettner maintains.

“Growing old in place and staying at home instead of a retirement or nursing home is easier to accomplish when you have a social network.” Meet regularly with friends.

Have Faith – A faith-based life taps into a larger resource far greater than oneself and enhances a sense of purpose, social network and calm content.

Prioritize Family – Amid the busyness of life, make the most enjoyable family time and nurturing activities each day’s first choice. “Over the last four years in Florida, our sponsor, NCH Healthcare System, has helped to build well-being infrastructure and sustainability for approximately 400,000 people; that swells to nearly 1.2 million during high season from January to April,” says Deb Logan, executive director of Blue Zones Project-SWFL (Southwest Florida). “We have 33 Blue Zone-approved restaurants that collectively make an additional 176 plant-based menu items available locally; the first half of this year, they sold 130,000 Blue Zones-inspired dishes.” The healthful community philosophy was vital in Hawaii, when the Kīlauea Volcano spewed lava, sulfur dioxide and acid rain. First-responders staffed checkpoint stations around the clock to protect the public from dangerous areas, exposing themselves to combined sun and volcanic heat. The Hawaiian Blue Zone team delivered smoothies, beverages and paletas—healthy popsicles made with real fruit—to help workers stay cooler. They also delivered them to volunteers and public service groups, including Hope Services Hawaii, which built tiny houses for families displaced by volcanic activity. “We don’t come into an area and say, ‘This is what you must do.’ We say, ‘This is what you can do.’ The readiness must come from the city level, businesses, schools and nonprofits,” Buettner says. “The right leadership must be committed and prepared to follow through on multiple years of initiatives.” He remarks, “In the end, my hope for the future lies in the fact that communities care about their health. Blue Zones isn’t about the quantity of years, but the quality of life, and often that adds years, too.” Connect with the freelance writer via

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ach fall, “leaf peepers”, or foliage enthusiasts, head outdoors to view the yellows, oranges, reds, purples and browns that cover the deciduous trees and woodland floors. They often wonder, “What will the colors be like this year and where is the best place nearby to see the most splendid views?” “The only thing autumn lovers in the Midwest can count on is that as the daylight hours diminish, the leaves will start to change colors,” says Ed Hedborn, manager of plant records at the Morton Arboretum, in Lisle. “Other than that, predicting the intensity and duration of fall color in the Chicago region is as about as easy as predicting the weather. The main trigger for leaves to start changing colors is the amount of sunlight hours—it’s one of the biological clocks plants keep track of.” Then it’s up to the weather to decide the rest. The most intense colors come with warm, sunny days, cool nights and adequate moisture. Hedborn says. “All bets are off if there’s a week of 90-degree temperatures or strong winds that can cause the leaves to fall prematurely.” Plants drop their leaves to prepare for winter, and the color change is part of this process. Plants stop producing chlorophyll, the food-making pigment that makes the leaves green. Then 34


other color pigments that were masked by the chlorophyll during the growing season can shine through. “When the green fades out of a redbud leaf, for example, you’ll see the yellow pigment that was there all summer,” Hedborn says. “Red and purple colors also appear in some leaves, depending on the weather and the health of the plant. That’s why from year to year, the same individual sugar maple could be yellow, bright red, orange or a combination of colors.” A tree’s color in autumn also depends on how much sunlight it gets. Shaded trees might hold onto the green longer, while trees along streets could change colors more

quickly. Leaves on the outside of the tree often turn color before those on the inside because they are receiving more sunlight, which signals the shortening of the days. “Drought conditions in fall could cause the leaves to change colors early as they try to conserve water, Hedborn says. “The weather conditions, brightness and amount of color could vary, even from town to town.” Plants change colors in succession in the region. Virginia creeper vines turn red in September, followed by the pumpkin color of Ohio buckeyes. Soon after, the hickories and elms turn yellow, followed by the sugar maples, which can take on a variety of hues. The white and red oaks turn brownish to reddish to russet toward the end of October. The peak time—when the most kinds of colors are seen—is typically during the second or third week in October in the Chicago region. Hedborn suggests not worrying so much about the when and where of colors. “Enjoy it whether it’s in the neighborhood, a local park or a forest preserve,” he says. “The main thing is get out, get the exercise, enjoy the colors even as the leaves drop. Notice how the light changes in the woods going from dark and green to a sort of yellowish or golden color, getting With the right conditions, an oak leaf can turn russet toward the end of October in the Chicago region.

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Sugar maple tree leaves can turn yellow, orange, red and a combination of colors in autumn in the Chicago region, depending on the weather, the tree’s location and other factors.

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Here are some forest preserves to explore fall colors for free in the region. Ryerson Woods, Deerfield: Sugar maples turn yellow, orange and red, and shagbark hickories turn yellow, peaking in mid-October. Volo Bog, Ingleside: Tamaracks turn golden on the interpretive board walk, peaking in late October to early November. Coral Woods, Marengo. The 297acre maple forest can be painted with red, gold, yellow and orange hues in early to middle October. Rush Creek, Harvard, has stands of hickory, white oak and red oak, showing subdued hues of yellow, brown and orange. Paw Paw Woods, Willow Springs, contains bluff and floodplain forests that sparkle with color throughout October. Oaks and sugar maples dominate.

brighter and brighter, and the smell of the woodlands that says it’s autumn.” Hedborn goes out daily at the Morton Arboretum to see which trees are changing colors, and his report is posted online at The Chicago Botanic Garden, in Glencoe, provides another suggested walk to see the colors ( An entrance fee is charged at the Arboretum; a parking fee is charged at the Botanic Garden. For more information, visit EnjoyIllinois. com/plan-your-trip/seasonal-adventures/ fall-travel-in-illinois/illinois-fall-color-report. Sheryl DeVore is a Chicago area writer, editor, educator, photographer and author of three books on nature. For more information, email

Last Straw

Groups Work to Make U.S. Go Strawless

About 500 million plastic straws are discarded daily in America, reports the U.S. National Park Service. Plastic that reaches waterways is ingested by marine life and our food chain. Individuals and municipalities are taking action to support options, including going strawless. n The Last Plastic Straw (, a project of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, has a worldwide map locator that pinpoints restaurants that have ceased using plastic straws. n Milo Cress, who launched the Be Straw Free ( campaign in 2011 when he was 9, is again speaking to school students this fall, primarily via Skype. “It’s exciting to inspire them to know that they can do something in their community,” says the senior high school student in Shelburne, Vermont. n, a Southern California volunteer-driven organization, offers kits that include bamboo straws, carrying holders and cleaning brushes. n McDonald’s has announced it will transition from plastic to paper straws in its U.S., UK and Ireland restaurants beginning this year, and subsequently expand the switch to other countries. n In May, New York City lawmakers introduced a bill banning plastic straws in all bars and restaurants in the Big Apple, and Seattle has banned the use of single-use plastic straws, thanks to the Strawless in Seattle movement. EcoCycle, Inc. ( and the Inland Ocean Coalition, both in Boulder, Colorado, are asking restaurants citywide not to use them. In July, Starbucks announced plans to eliminate straw use globally by 2020. n offers straw alternatives made of paper by Aardvark, steel and silicone by Klean Kanteen, metal by Steelys Drinkware and bamboo by StrawFree. n suggests, “Unlike metal or glass, soft and bendable silicone straws don’t clink your teeth, making them ideal for kids and straw-biters” and that such products made by Softy Straws work with hot drinks and withstand dishwashers. It also recommends wheat stems, corn bioplastic and bucatini pasta, a spaghetti-like noodle with a hole in the middle.

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Bats by Randall Jarrell A bat is born Naked and blind and pale. His mother makes a pocket of her tail And catches him. He clings to her long fur By his thumbs and toes and teeth. And then the mother dances through the night Doubling and looping, soaring, somersaulting — Her baby hangs on underneath. All night, in happiness, she hunts and flies. Her high sharp cries Like shining needlepoints of sound Go out into the night and, echoing back,

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‘Less Meat’ Goes Mainstream

Options Grow for Plant-Based Eating by Marlaina Donato


lant-based lifestyles, once considered by some as a fad that would fade, are on the rise worldwide. According to a Harris Interactive poll commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group, 6 million to 8 million Americans have completely eliminated meat, including seafood, from their plates. With a 600 percent increase of people going vegan domestically in the past three years and companies like Nestlé devising vegan-tailored product launches, plant-based eating is creating unprecedented demand. “I’ve definitely seen plant-based eating become more mainstream. Many restaurants now provide plant-based options to keep their customers happy, and more food startups are creating nut- and soy-based cheeses, milks and yogurts,” says Lisa Stollman, a plant-based nutritionist in New

York City. Vegan lunch options are even making their way into the Los Angeles public school system.

Millennials Lead the Way

GlobalData, a data and analytics company, reports, “Seventy percent of the world population is either reducing meat consumption or leaving meat off the table altogether,” with Millennials at the forefront. “The environment has been the Millennial generation’s primary concern. Health is of less importance than interest in making the Earth a better place to live,” says Gene Stone, a plant-based diet expert in Hudson, New York, and author of the bestselling Forks Over Knives: The PlantBased Way to Health. Stollman concurs, saying, “The majority of my vegan clients are in their 20s and

Since the American Medical Association’s recent suggestion that hospitals consider providing plant-based meals for patients, perceptions are shifting. Holistic Cardiologist Joel Kahn, in Ferndale, Michigan, began teaching plant-based diets to heart patients in 1990, and has subsequently seen hundreds of them avoid invasive and surgical procedures, as well as show less evidence of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, obesity and hypertension. “Many of my patients have decreased or eliminated the otherwise lifelong ‘jail’ of prescription drugs. They learned that disease reversal, not management, is the goal,” says Kahn. Supermarkets across the country are stocking meatless products like plant-based burgers. Many athletes and bodybuilders that have switched away from eating meat attest to improved results by tapping into plant power. People of all walks of life, including seniors, have embraced this paradigm. “There is increased interest in health as Baby Boomers age and start to realize the benefits of a plant-based diet, much of it due to myriad new research,” says Stone. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, a diet rich in vegetables and fruits lowers blood pressure. The American Diabetes Association supports a nutrientdense vegetarian diet that can decrease the risk of certain diseases.

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For Stollman’s vegan clients aged 50 and older, “Health plays a strong role in their interest in plant-based eating. The science has become clear, and based on the evidence, I continue to teach my clients the importance of including plant-based meals in their daily diets,” she says.

Looking Forward

The surge of people changing their diet has a multilevel impact. “I feel deeply grateful to have been able to help spread the word about plant-based diets. Health, the environment and animal protection are great concerns of mine,” says Stone. Stein appreciates how the positive change in diet benefiting people and the planet is coming full circle. “We’re still amazed and honored to know that our cookbooks have helped to create a sea change. Folks visiting from all over the world tell us how our recipes have influenced several generations of their families.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, multimedia artist and author of books in the spirituality and alternative health genres. Connect at

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Recipes from a Farm Kitchen “When I have blemished fruit, I avoid wasting them by starting up the oven. This recipe is perfect for blemished pears,” says Jen Miller, of Prairie Wind Family Farm, in Grayslake. Yields: One tart, serves 2 to 3 Crust ⅛ teaspoon salt [need fraction] ⅓ cup whole wheat pastry flour 1 Tbsp cold, unsalted butter 2 Tbsp canola oil 1 to 2 Tbsp cold water Filling 1 large ripe, firm pear, peeled and thinly sliced 1 tsp plus ⅓ cup all-purpose flour, divided, plus additional for dusting 2 Tblsp sugar, divided ¼ tsp ground cinnamon ⅛ tsp grated nutmeg ¼ tsp grated fresh ginger (optional)

Add 1 tablespoon water and stir until the dough just stays together when pressed with a fork; add up to 1 additional tablespoon of water if the dough seems too dry. Line a work surface with parchment paper, generously dust with flour and turn the dough out onto it. Form the dough into a small patty, dust the top with flour and roll into a 10-inch circle, adding more flour if necessary to prevent sticking. Transfer the crust to a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay the pear slices in decorative, overlapping circles on top of the crust, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge. Spoon any remaining pear juice over the slices. Pick up the edges of the crust using a spatula and fold over the pears. The crust will not meet in the center. Bake the tart until lightly browned and bubbling, about 40 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Toss pear slices, 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt in a bowl.

Ginger-Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Whisk ⅓ cup all-purpose flour, wholewheat flour and the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in another bowl. Cut in butter with fork until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

“Fresh ginger gives sweet potatoes a bright flavor, which pairs nicely with roasted chicken or pork chops,” explains Miller. Yields: 4 servings 4 Tbsp unsalted butter 2 Tbsp 2 percent milk ½ tsp salt 1 tsp honey 2 lb sweet potatoes (about 2 large), peeled and chopped 2 Tbsp maple syrup ½ to 1 tsp grated fresh ginger to taste Combine butter, milk, salt, honey and sweet potatoes into pan.



Cook uncovered over low heat, stirring occasionally, until potatoes fall apart when poked with fork (about 35 to 45 minutes). Off heat, mash potatoes and stir in pepper, maple syrup and fresh ginger.

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Sprinkle oil over the mixture and stir with a fork until evenly combined.

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his month’s recipe is for okra. Okra isn’t the most common vegetable, but it’s in season now at local farmers’ markets. Okra is a nutrition power food filled with fiber, vitamin C and magnesium. This recipe is a great way to try something new this fall. The recipe is contributed by Lauren Woodbridge, who has a degree in culinary nutrition, serves as a member of the Illinois Farmers Market Association (ILFMA) board of directors and co-owns The Kitchen Sink Chicago (TheKitchenSinkChicago. com), a local bagel company using mostly organic, local ingredients to produce 70 percent whole grain bagels, homemade cultured butter, flavored cream cheese and fruit jam sold at the farmers’ market. “This was how my great grandmother, Mimi, got us to eat different vegetables! If you’re worried about slimy okra, try this recipe first. It might surprise you. I always say, ‘When in doubt, roast it out,’” says Woodbridge.

Mimi’s Broiled Okra

Preheat the oven to broil, about 500° F. Prepare okra by cutting lengthwise; either brush with butter/oil or toss in a bowl with butter/oil. Ingredients 1 lb okra, sliced in half lengthwise ¼ cup sunflower or grapeseed oil or 2 tbsp butter, melted Seasoning blend 2 tsp kosher salt 1.5 tsp brown sugar 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp garlic powder ½ tsp paprika ¼ tsp turmeric ½ tsp oregano About ¼ lemon, juiced – if desired ¼ tsp cayenne (if you like it spicy, recommended)

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Lay okra seed-side-up on a parchmentlined sheet tray. Sprinkle with seasoning blend. Roast for about 30 minutes or until dark and crispy—as much as you like. Squeeze with a touch of lemon, if desired. Serve immediately.

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MULTIFACETED CHIROPRACTIC Integrative Approaches Enhance Healing by Marlaina Donato


odern chiropractors are often seen primarily as pain specialists, yet their care can encompass much more. While the common focus is better health through spinal manipulation, the origins of chiropractic are manifold. Typical approaches for structural issues and injuries include spinal adjustments, therapeutic ultrasound and heat therapy, but some practitioners also embrace nutrition. Training requirements for chiropractors vary by state. “Here in Oregon, chiropractic physicians—both legally and through our training—are taught to be primary care physicians,” says Doctor of Chiropractic Michael Herb, of the Absolute Wellness Center, in Eugene, Oregon. “We must complete extensive training not only on the musculoskeletal system, but also on managing various internal medical pathologies such as those related to the cardiovascular system, genitourinary conditions, 42


obstetrics and gynecology. We also learn to perform minor surgical procedures.” Chiropractor Tom Hyland Robertson, of Whole Chiropractic Healthcare, in Odenton, Maryland, notes, “To limit chiropractic to two categories of traditional and integrative isn’t accurate. There are almost as many specialists among doctors of chiropractic (DC) as among medical doctors (M.D.). There are chiropractors that specialize in pediatrics, veterinary, orthopedics, internal medicine, neurology, radiology and other areas. Integrative chiropractic uses as many tools as possible from the realm of each doctor’s training.”

Integrative Well-Being The world of chiropractic is diverse and growing to meet patient needs. Many chiropractors offer several healing modalities in-house that are geared to take whole-person care to an integrated harmonious level.

“Research shows that patient outcomes are far better with a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare needs,” says Herb. “Offering a variety of specialties like physical therapy, sports medicine, nutrition and natural pain relief in my practice means patients receive the care and amount of time they need. They are not limited by what I personally can offer or have time to provide.” Many chiropractic facilities nationwide employ acupuncturists and therapeutic massage therapists, offering diverse treatment options like functional medicine and cryotherapy—ice therapy—versus traditional heat therapy. Robertson provides complementary treatments ranging from nutrition to physical therapy and yoga because he has found it is important to incorporate multiple treatment philosophies, examining the same problem from different angles, saying, “Chiropractic integrates many safe modalities found to be more effective than opioids, for instance.” He notes that early chiropractic was actually integrative, with its founder, Daniel David Palmer, promoting a healthy diet and calmer lifestyle a century ago.

Collaborative Options Progressive chiropractic now includes innovative approaches to treat the nervous system. The cutting-edge field of functional (or chiropractic) neurology, which reactivates partially non-functional neural pathways, is employed in cases like concussions, vertigo, migraines, pain syndromes, neuropathy and attention-deficit disorders. Massage modalities, combined with chiropractic, are widely recognized to significantly increase circulation and improve range of motion. Acupuncture, when used in conjunction with chiropractic treatment, enhances muscle relaxation and fosters easier adjustments. Chiropractor Kody R. Johnson, of the Johnson Chiropractic and Holistic Health Center, in Columbia, Missouri, is board certified in acupuncture and employs dry needling to target trigger points in tight muscles. He also specializes in functional medicine. Hormone balance, nutritional


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ech neck” or “text neck” describes a condition suffered by many of us hard at work for hours responding to emails and other digital tasks and find our neck aching at the end of the day. We may actually be spending more time at a computer screen or portable device than we are sleeping, and it takes considerable time to correct this posture. This collateral damage is the cost of our increased productivity. While computers and smartphones are supposed to make us more productive, they are one of the leading causes of back and neck pain. It’s a good practice to spend a few mindful moments away from our devices for the sake of good health. To help keep posture upright and avoid neck strain while reading and texting on a cell phone, try raising the phone slightly above eye level to give the neck some slack. At night, sleeping with a cervical pillow (with a concave middle) may take some stress off the neck and shoulders.

Chiropractic physician Dr. Westley Scott, D.C., practices at Aligned Modern Health, with 15 Chicagoland locations. To make an appointment and for more information, call 773-598-4387 or visit See ad on page 17. inadequacies, the presence of heavy metals and genetic markers for disease are all considered in determining a patient’s overall health. “Chiropractic treatment addresses results of physical stress. Functional medicine looks at emotional and biochemical stress,” says Johnson. “The chiropractic paradigm is based on the premise that the body has an inborn ability to heal itself. If the only method a provider has to offer is chiropractic adjustments, then they’ll have cases where the patient’s condition doesn’t fully improve because there might be other factors at play, including nutritional deficiencies, toxicities and emotional stress. When we address other relevant issues, we find that patients ‘hold’ their adjustments longer.”

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s a style icon, humanitarian and pioneer of conscious consumerism, Donna Karan has elevated fashion to a platform for change throughout her career, using her celebrity status to raise funds for AIDS research in the 1990s and more recently venturing into alternative health care. Karan’s first collection under her signature label DKNY, which debuted in 1985, aimed to dress women in comfortable, professional clothes that embraced and flattered the female form. The brand was built on women’s strengths, rather than insecurities; her iconic 1992 “In Women We Trust” ad campaign depicted the inauguration of a female president. Her latest multidimensional Urban Zen project (UZIT) supports cultural preservation, compassionate health care and education. The affiliated brand integrates luxury and sustainability with multicultural traditions and modern trends in a multifaceted line of clothing, accessories and beauty care products. UZIT fuses Eastern healing techniques and Western medicine in a patientcentric model intended to foster calm in the midst of the stress and chaos of illness. The complementary therapies program was born out of Karan’s challenging period serving as a caregiver during her late husband’s struggle with lung cancer. Karan is a member of the Coty Hall of Fame and recipient of the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Lifetime

Achievement Award and Glamour’s Woman of the Year award.

How has your fashion style and philosophy changed over the course of your career?

For me, fashion has always been about “dressing and addressing.” It all started when the AIDS epidemic broke out in the late 1980s, and the fashion community came together to launch Seventh on Sale to raise funds and awareness for the disease that was taking the lives of so many talented designers. Now more than ever, we must address such issues. My philosophy and purpose has always been inspired by cultures, creators and artisans from all corners of the world, connecting past, present and future. I launched the nonprofit organization Urban Zen to create a community of change through philanthropy and commerce. I want consumers to be aware that their purchases provide the power to help others in need.

How is the UZIT program enhancing health and well-being?

UZIT came about after witnessing the ones I loved suffer and going through their experiences by their sides. Launched in partnership with yoga instructor Rodney Yee, the program has trained members of collaborating healthcare and yoga

communities in the healing modalities of yoga therapy, reiki, essential oil therapy, nutrition and contemplative care. The goal is to change the healthcare system by bringing care back into health care. Rather than just treat the disease, we need to treat patients, their loved ones and their caregivers. We also must express care for the doctors and nurses that are part of the story; they need gentle care every bit as much. We are all on this journey together. Therapists at centers such as the University of California, Los Angeles, rehabilitation unit have seen results with patients suffering from stress, claustrophobia, headaches and back pain through these techniques. Many patients report feeling more relaxed, sleeping better and experiencing less pain and anxiety than they had ever experienced with medication.

Do you see some positive trends in fashion today?

More people are paying attention to sustainability in fashion today than ever before, and more designers are using materials and fabrics that respect people and the planet; for example, by using quality materials that endure. Recycling fabrics and materials is one way to contribute to sustainability. We work with the Apparent Project, which recycles cereal boxes to make beautiful necklaces, as well as with Paula Coles, who makes bags out of T-shirts.

Can fashion effect social change in the world?

I view fashion, design and style all as platforms for conscious change. I use fashion to raise awareness and inspire change in the areas of well-being, conscious consumerism and integrative education. Today, there is a greater emphasis on preserving our world cultures and maintaining the authenticity that comes from traditional artisans and artists. A collaborative mentality of “we” is far healthier than one of “me”.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. ~Albert Einstein

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Farewell to a Beloved Pet Earth’s Memorial to a Pet’s Passing by Sandra Murphy


he American Pet Products Association estimates Americans collectively spent $69.5 million on our 235 million mammal, avian and reptile pets, as well as 158 million pet fish, in 2017. It’s not surprising that end-of-life planning for a devoted family companion is a solemn endeavor. Burial in a box or blanket in the backyard used to be the predominant way to deal with pet remains. As people and pet populations have grown, many municipalities now have ordinances against the practice. Instead, good options exist that protect and preserve the planet these animals so enjoyed.

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Kay Winters, a blogger at PawsAndPines. com, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, mothers a dog, Clover, and two cats, Chuckie and Mittens. “When they pass away, I plan to bury them in biodegradable mushroom bags,” she says. “It has mushroom and other organisms infused into it to help with natural decomposition, cleanse any environmental toxins in the body and nourish the nearby soil.” Another biodegradable container is a pod that contains nutrient-rich soil, a seed and the pet’s ashes to nourish the resulting plant, tree or shrub. It’s a lovely way to remember the pet and replenish Earth’s greenspace. 46


Aquamation or Cremation

Veterinary offices commonly arrange for the pet’s body to be sent to a crematorium, with ashes returned several days later. Using temperatures from 1,400 to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, these facilities impose a larger carbon footprint than other options. At-home euthanasia may be beneficial for terminal pets. The animal can remain calm in familiar surroundings with family present. The veterinarian allows time for goodbyes, and when the family is ready, removes the body. “We always place the pets on nice stretchers with a blanket over the body and encourage the family to place toys or flowers with their pet. There’s no handing out brochures with photos of urns or upselling. It’s respectful of the pet’s life,” says Veterinarian Mary Gardner, of Yorba Linda, California, co-founder and chief technology officer at Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, a national network of veterinarians dedicated to end-of-life care. Gardner is also building an aquamation (alkaline hydrolysis) facility in Boynton Beach, Florida. This alternative to cremation has a far smaller environmental impact because the resulting alkaline water is safe to drain, containing no chemicals or DNA. Elizabeth Fournier, author of The Green Burial Guidebook, owns and operates

Cornerstone Funeral Services and Cremation, in Boring, Oregon, where she periodically receives inquiries about pets. “I’ve received calls over the years for horses, donkeys, sheep and dogs. One family called me for their alpaca. I explained my funeral home was a humanonly funeral parlor, but I’d be more than happy to help with a referral,” Fournier says. She offered a choice of flame or water. “They liked the water method because Spunky the Alpaca loved the rain and could drink more water than most of her pasture mates,” she says. The family let all the other animals at home come by to give Spunky a sniff and a goodbye, and then took her body for bio-cremation. “They took her ashes home in a ceramic pig cookie jar,” says Fournier. “It’s my favorite story.” “The zero-emission aquamation process creates one-tenth the carbon footprint of traditional, flame-based cremation and enables 20 percent more ashes to be returned to the family, allowing for a lasting contribution to be made to the Earth in honor of a beloved pet,” says Christie Cornelius, the founding doctor of veterinary medicine at Last Wishes Compassionate Comfort Care for Pets, in Houston, Texas. Eternal Reefs, Inc., in Sarasota, Florida, mixes environmentally friendly concrete with cremains to form a gigantic reef ball, which is then placed on the ocean floor to replenish naturally diminishing reef systems and provide a permanent underwater memorial. Originally designed for human use, some owners have asked for pets to be included. To reduce costs, families are encouraged to hold their pet’s cremated remains for the appropriate time when they are memorializing a human loved one. Recorded GPS coordinates facilitate future visits to the area. Whether using earth, fire or water, there are many ways to honor a pet’s lifelong devotion and lessen its final carbon footprint to protect Earth’s natural health and beauty. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at


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What Did You Do Once You Knew? by Drew Dellinger It’s 3:23 in the morning and I’m awake because my great-great grandchildren won’t let me sleep my great-great grandchildren ask me in dreams What did you do while the planet was plundered? What did you do when the Earth was unraveling? Surely you did something when the seasons started failing? As the mammals, reptiles and birds were all dying? Did you fill the streets with protest when democracy was stolen? What did you do once you knew? Excerpted from Love Letter to the Milky Way, by Drew Dellinger. White Cloud Press, 2011. Reprinted with permission.

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

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 Beginning Gyrokinesis – Tuesdays, Oct 2-Nov 6, 10-10:55am. Provides a conscious experience of core connections to the three dimensional body. Course is broken down into sections focusing on the different portions of the spine: Oct 2 & 9, Decompression of the Lumbar spine; Oct 16 & 20, Decompression of the Thoracic spine; Oct 30 & Nov 6, Cervical spine. Spyrl Chicago, 1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park. 847-348-0822. Empowering your Dialogue with the Universe – 7-9pm. A transformational evening to discover where your energy is being zapped or nurtured. Change your self-talk and stop the energy leaks. Take home 3 keys to reclaiming your empowered presence. $35. Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W Church St, Libertyville. Register:

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3 Therapeutic Benefits of Using CBD/Hemp Oil Presentation – 10-11am. Hear the research and science behind this one-of-a kind nano-enhanced liposomal delivery system and actually sample the oil. Join us to sample the oil and discuss its benefits. Jan Hamning Massage Center, 5117 Washington St, Downers Grove. RSVP: 630-309-3409. Green Drinks McHenry County – 5-7pm. 1st Wed. Come talk about “greening” the future with others. Special presentations each month on a timely environmental topic or green business. Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N Main St, Crystal Lake.


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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 Gyrokinesis Class – Fridays, Oct 5-Nov 9. 1010:55am. 6-wk session. Lengthen and strengthen your spine and body. $120; $100/first-time clients. Spyrl Chicago, 1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park. 847-348-0822.



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Call Ahead Witches Night Market Act II – 6-9pm. The Witches are back and have learned a lot from the 1st market to make it even better. We witches share our studio space at Startworks with mortals and some of these mortals have joined forces with us and opened with spaces for some of the witchey vendors. We will smudge the whole place so that all the witchey vibes join us. Crystals large and small, polished and pointy; handmade jewelry; tarot readings; oracle card readings; tarot + crystal casting sessions; tarot and oracle decks for sale. Startworks Artist Lofts, 3323 W Diversey Ave, Chicago. Sound Healing with Tibetan and Crystal Bowls – 7-8:30pm. Relax and bathe in the sounds and frequency of the bowls. Their vibration brings harmony to the etheric, emotional and physical bodies, shifting the brain into higher states of consciousness, slowing down thoughts, and opening the heart to healing. $25/advance, $30/at door. The Theosophical Society, 1926 N Main St, Wheaton. 630-668-1571.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 Geology of Midewin – 9am-12pm. 15,000 yrs ago, a 1-mile thick glacial ice sheet moved over Illinois leaving its mark on Midewin. Environments in prehistoric times included tropical swamplands and subtropical oceans. View the rocks, hills and plains of Midewin that still bear evidence of these vastly different environments on this auto caravan tour. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. Exploring Yoga Sutras: Moment to Moment Awareness – 10am-12:30pm. The art of experiencing what is present. Yoga teachings are meant to be experiential and not philosophical. In this workshop explore the tools that we can use on and off the mat to connect to this present moment and “deeper self.” Lecture and practice as direct experience. No experience necessary. All welcome. $30. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600. Halloween In-Store Event – 10am-4pm. Come in to one of our Fruitful Yield Stores and join in on the Halloween fun. Featuring yummy treats, samples and more. Who says healthy can’t be tasty? Free. All Fruitful Yield locations. Aligning Your Business Chakras – Oct 6-7. 10am6pm. With Colleen Ofsanik, owner & director of Lovelight Healing Center. Learn the business of doing business: what you legally need to know; how to reinvent your current business; provide an explanation of what chakras have to do with success. Space limited. Lovelight Healing Center, 408 Center St, Grayslake. 847-350-7000.

Women’s Hormones – 11am-12:30pm. Roslyn Rodgers will discuss women’s hormones and how we can age gracefully. What woman would want to miss this discussion? Call or stop in store to reserve your space as seats are limited. Free. Fruitful Yield, 7230 W North Ave, Elmwood Park. 708-395-5880. Plant Chicago Market – 11am-3pm. 1st Sat. The only farmers’ market in Chicago where you’ll find small batch coffee, microgreens, kombucha, naturally leavened bread and fresh vegetables being sold in the same space they’re produced. The Plant, 1400 W 46th St, Chicago. 773-847-5523. Astrology:  The 4 Faces of Lilith – 12-4pm. Explore your shadow self with Joe Polise. $50/ nonmember, $45/A.R.E. members. Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes Book Club Discussion – 2-4pm. Discuss this immensely popular, award-winning book about the threats that currently face the Great Lakes with Go Green Wilmette. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette. Registration required: 847-256-5025 or

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 An Afternoon with A Course in Miracles – 1-5pm. Join us for an exploration and discovery of the beautiful spiritual teaching of A Course in Miracles. ACIM has been transforming lives since it began being scribed in 1965. Are you ready to wake up? Each of these six ACIM teachers (Chris Anderson OneFeather, David Birr, Barret Hedeen, Tom Kinley, Charlie Roberts, Susan Wisehart) will be sharing about what speaks to them most about this amazing work. $40/in person, $20/online (No one turned away for financial reasons). 1800 Dewes St, Ste D, Glenview. To register, Barret Hedeen: 847-951-6328.


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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

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11 Nat’l Coming Out Day

Fermented Foods Workshop – 6:30-8pm. Learn about naturopathic medicine and how to improve your GI health. We’ll be demonstrating how to make kombucha, sauerkraut, and other fermented foods, with take-home recipes and advice on how to incorporate fermented foods into your everyday diet for better health using fermented foods. $5 for materials. World Tree Natural Medicine, 17W703 Butterfield Rd, Ste F, Oakbrook Terrace. 630-359-5522.


Preventing Digestion Problems Before They Start


eneé S. Barasch, a certified digestive health specialist, detoxification/purification specialist and founder of Nutritional Health Solutions, in Highland Park, has been a Chicago area leader in nutrition and digestion education for more than 12 years. She splits her time between seeing clients in private sessions, speaking to the community, writing about digestion issues, being an ambassador for holistic digestive health and giving people the ability to connect the dots between nutrition and digestion. Although every digestive system is different, many people experience allergy flare-ups that may be related to how their bodies are breaking down ingredients in their food. Being aware of our specific digestive needs and taking steps to protect the gut can eliminate allergies, improve absorption and take unneeded stress off our organs.

Why is thorough digestion so important for overall health?

Digestion is one of the main ways the body detoxifies, or cleanses. If the food you’re consuming isn’t broken down properly and thoroughly, it causes stress on the system as it moves through, which can lead to symptoms like gas, bloating, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea and even insomnia, depression, psoriasis, eczema and chronic pain. Proper digestion also allows for thorough absorption, so your body is able to use the nutrients you’re putting inside it. Undigested food leads to what we call “leaky gut”, where it passes through the gut membrane and into the bloodstream. This can eventually lead to more serious conditions such as Crohn’s and other autoimmune diseases. In general, when our food isn’t being digested properly, our bodies aren’t working as efficiently as they can. Food becomes a toxin, instead of something that nourishes us.

What role do enzymes play in digestion?

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

An enzyme with higher amylase content helps break down carbohydrates, and one with more lipase works better to break down fats. In my office, we run lab tests to determine the right mix of enzymes for each person. I take into consideration factors like family history, diet and overall health. The tests also help detect any nutritional deficiencies. Based on the results, I might recommend diet modifications and food supplements in addition to enzymes.

How do environmental irritants affect digestion?

We encounter factors in the environment every day that can cause irritation and inflammation, whether that’s someone’s excess perfume, secondhand smoke or particles from a construction site. In the springtime, the air is full of dust, mold and other seasonal aggravators. When we breathe these in, they get into our bloodstream in less than 20 seconds. Our bodies then have to break down those extra toxins, which is a lot of work for the liver, kidneys and gallbladder. If they aren’t broken down properly, it results in what people think of as seasonal allergies; runny nose, itchy eyes, red or blotchy skin. People often miss the connection between allergies and digestion. Instead of going to an allergist, they might just need to have their digestive system checked for digestive imbalances.

What practices can people do every day to improve digestion?

Digestive health is dependent on a number of factors, but it is key to both detoxification and real nutrition. I tell my clients that ideally, they are looking to digest, absorb, transport, utilize and eliminate the cellular waste that’s put into their bodies. Avoiding environmental irritants and pollutants eliminates the need to break them down in the first place. Chewing your food thoroughly starts the breakdown process before it gets into the digestive system. Eating a healthy mix of protein, fats, whole grains fruit and veggies at each meal may be easier to break down than a giant plate of just pasta or a huge steak. Food that is processed or contains GMOs is much harder for the body to process, so I encourage clients to look for whole foods in their natural form as much as possible. Digestive Health Solutions is located at 480 Elm Pl., in Highland Park. For appointments, call 847-207-2034. For more information, email or visit October2018 2018 October

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Women Wellness Professionals Network – 1011am. A meetup for wellness practitioners with inspired connection and dialog, personal and professional support. GPPS Office, 201 E Dundee, Palatine. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362. Meetup. com/Spiritual-Nourishment-Chicagoland. Yoga Nidra, Reiki and Crystal Singing Bowls – 7-8:30pm. Enter deep relaxation as you are guided through yoga nidra (conscious sleep). While in this relaxed state you may choose to receive reiki. Seal the experience and wash away that which no longer serves you through the beautiful healing sounds of crystal singing bowls to restore your body, mind and spirit bringing a renewed sense of self. $25 registered by Oct 5; $35 after. JAI Yoga, 244 W Northwest Hwy, Palatine. 224-567-0838. Free Shiatsu Intro – 7-9:30pm. Learn the fundamental techniques and philosophies of Zen Shiatsu, and chat with current students and instructors. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 The Transformative Power of the Edgar Cayce Readings – 9am-4pm. Your akashic records, your soul growth and your personal intuition. With Kevin J Todeschi, MA. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. To register: 800-333-4499 or Psychic Holistic Fair at Enlightened Balance – Oct 13 & 14. 9am-6pm, Sat; 9am-4pm, Sun. Readings, body balancing, artist trunk shows, classes. Free to enter; classes starting at $10, private sessions starting at $20. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. Ghosts of the Ammunition Plant – 10am-1pm. In 1940, the U.S. government acquired over 36,000 acres of land to build an ammunition plant. Why here? And how was it built and operated? Learn about the deadly explosion during World War II. Tour the inside of one of the few remaining warehouses and an ammunition storage bunker. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. Active Aging: An Expo for Ages 50+ – 10am-2pm. Expo will offer everything seniors and baby boomers need to know about health and wellness, fitness, financial planning, shopping and entertainment, assisted living, real estate, travel and more. Northbrook Court, 1515 Lake Cook Rd, Northbrook. Chicago VeganMania – 10am-5pm. The ultimate celebration of compassionate culture. Open to all: vegans and omnivores alike. Speakers, cooking demos, free goodie bags, live music, exhibit hall and giant food court. Free. Broadway Armory, 5917 N Broadway, Chicago.

Mini-Retreat: Meditations for a Calm Mind – 10:30am-1pm. Relax and refresh your mind during this brief morning meditation retreat. Perfect for beginners. Learn simple techniques you can also practice at home, and engage in 2 sessions of guided meditations, with clear guidance and time for questions. $15 advance registration, $20 day of. Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago in Wicker Park, 2010 W Pierce Ave, Chicago. Chicago IANDS – 2-5pm. Support/study/resource forum for near-death, out-of-body and spiritual experiences, losses. Guest Speaker: Dr. Christopher Kerr, MD, PhD, hospice doctor from Buffalo, NY. Wonderful end-of-life messages. Excellent Ted talk. $20 donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847-251-5758. Public Demo: Shiatsu for Fears and Phobias – 5-7pm. Zen Shiatsu Chicago needs demo models for a live demonstration. Participants can either receive or observe shiatsu being performed. All in attendance will learn how shiatsu can be used to address fears or phobias of known or unknown origins, and will watch as shiatsu is used to help someone with these conditions. Free. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14 Permaculture Forest Gardener Course Early Bird Pricing Deadline – Begins Feb 10, 2019. 9am-12pm one Sunday a month for 9 months. Learn permaculture forest garden design through lecture and handson projects. Forest gardens are diverse ecosystems producing abundant food and medicine for people; food and habitat for wildlife; areas for nature exploration and learning; soil regeneration and carbon sequestration systems; community building opportunities; and peaceful places for reconnecting humans and nature. $325 by Oct 14. The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville. 630-447-9910. Bioregional Herbalism Course Early Bird Pricing Deadline – Begins Mar 24, 2019. 9am-4pm one Sun a month for 9 months. Bioregional Herbalism is a pathway to natural wellness. Discover how to engage with bioregional plants as allies and develop personal intuition and connection. Learn the basics of body systems, herbal terminology, and common herbal preparations with a focus on nourishment, wellness, prevention and support. $795 by Oct 14. The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville. 630-447-9910. Edible Wild Plants Certification Course Early Bird Pricing Deadline – Begins Feb 16, 2019. 9:30am-3:30pm one Sat a month for 10 months. Learn to identify over 200 edible wild plants that grow in our bioregion through classroom and home study, plant walks, and by eating and preparing recipes with them every class. Receive an Edible Wild Plants Recipe book with students’ recipes and a printed certificate recognizing your accomplishment. $715 by Oct 14. The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville. 630-447-9910.

Kriya Yoga: Techniques for Transformation – 12-2pm. Join us for weekly inspirational lectures and refreshments during a break. Come and meet like-minded people. 1pm lecture: The Astral Body. Free. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600. Yoga for 60+ Beginners: How to Do It and How to Teach It – 1-3pm. This class is geared toward 60+ beginners who want to get into or back into yoga in a supportive, lower intensity environment. This class will teach yoga principles and basic/modified yoga poses to help enhance daily living and your other current activities. Yoga teachers are also welcome to get ideas and ask questions about teaching this clientele of students. $45/early bird, $55/regular. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 15 Stem Cell Therapy, H3 Prolotherapy & PRP – 5:30-7pm. If you have chronic joint or spine pain, sports injuries, or osteoarthritis, take pain medication, or want a second opinion about joint surgery or stem cell treatments, you won’t want to miss this talk with Regenerative Medicine specialist, David Woznica, MD. Oak Park Public Library, 2nd Fl Veterans Rm, 834 Lake St, Oak Park. Learn more & RSVP: Weight Loss using EFT With A Guarantee (Tapping) – 7-9pm. Also held Oct 24 at Insight Awareness. $40 for both evenings. Garrett Wellness Center, 3020 N Kimball Ave, Chicago. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16 Is the Keto Diet for Me? – 5:30-7pm. David Reid, Director of Training for Natures Plus, has been educating consumers nationwide on the healthful benefits of supplementation for over 25 yrs. David will discuss how the keto diet can support our energy, mind and healthy weight management goals. Free. Fruitful Yield, 168 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg. 847-882-2999. Intimate Health for Women: Advanced Hormone Optimization and Vaginal Rejuvenation – 6:30pm.  Feeling tired, low energy, brain fog, decreased sexual desire and satisfaction, vaginal dryness, urine leakage when laughing, coughing or exercise? Dr. Josie Tenore shares options for bioidentical hormone optimization, vaginal laxity and stress urinary incontinence. Free. Essence Pilates, 849 Waukegan Rd, Deerfield. RSVP: 847-681-8821 or Road to Recovery for Illinois’ Barn Owls – 7pm. Barn owls were listed as Illinois-endangered in 1977. The species is now being delisted, thanks to a recovery plan that has included more than 200 new nest boxes, monitoring of more than 450 boxes overall, and habitat protection efforts. Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Terry Esker, a member of the recovery team, will discuss the program, its success, and challenges still faced in maintaining barn owl populations in the state. Free. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park. For more info & complete schedule, Rena Cohen: 847-831-0331.

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savethedate The Adoption Process from A to Z – 7-9:15pm. Adoption of children has transformed from a secretive event into a mutual family-planning process for both placing parents and for adoptive parents. Attorney Sally Wildman describes adoption fundamentals, share key resources to develop an adoption plan, and highlights new developments in adoption practice. Discussion concludes by considering common needs of adopted children. Registration opens closes Oct 14. Course #183-753 under “ONE OF A KIND” in the catalogue. $18/person. New Trier Extension Community Education, New Trier High School, 7 Happ Rd, Northfield. To register: 847-446-6600 or

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 A Buddhist Approach to Handling Difficult Thoughts and Emotions – 7-8:30pm. We’ve all tried to “let it go,” but while it’s a simple task, it’s not an easy one. Bhante Sujatha will share his personal experience dealing with anger as a young man, a character trait not suitable for a Buddhist monk, and teach us how to transform our thought patterns. $10. The Theosophical Society, 1926 N Main St, Wheaton. 630-668-1571. Your Self as Your Friend – 7-8:30pm. A refreshing and restorative evening to receive guidance and simple centering practices, so you can embrace more self-love, energy and joy. Donation. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Northbrook. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362.

savethedate A Natural, Cost-Free Way to Attain Help and Healing – 7:30-9pm. Bruno Groening taught about a natural power, which he called the healing stream, that can heal the body and help with life issues and bring peace, happiness and inner freedom. It is available to all people, irrespective of faith or religion. Through these teachings, people around the world have experiened healings of disease, pain and addiction, which have been documented by medical doctors. Speaker: Brigitte Schneider, Licensed Healing Practitioner, Germany. She will talk about the teachings, give simple instructions on how to connect to the healing stream and present medically-verified healings. Many experience the healing power during the lecture. Admission free; donations appreciated. Dance Building, 1330 Webford Ave, Des Plaines. Debbie: 773-775-8855.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 Meditation Retreat: Finding Peace and Contentment in a Distracted World – Oct 19-21. Bhante Sujatha will help you find your inner Buddha nature for inner peace, happiness, contentment, and joy. Retreat includes personal time with Bhante Sujatha, sitting meditation, walking meditation, group meditation and discussions, labyrinth walking meditation, mindful eating, sutra study and more. $150-$350. The Theosophical Society, 1926 N Main St, Wheaton. 630-668-1571.

Adrenal Fatigue: Chronic Health Issues and What Your Doctor May Be Missing – 5:30-7pm. Dr Kalli Prater discusses the many stress effects the body systems and hormone regulation. Learn about how stress and effect almost everything in the body and take a toll on the adrenal glands, thyroid gland, and alter sleep cycles. Adrenal fatigue will be discussed as we cover the basics steps you can take to combat stress and support natural balance throughout the body through nutrition and supplementation of specific nutrients. Free. Fruitful Yield, 425 N La Grange Rd, La Grange Park. 708-788-9103. Moving Into Stillness Yoga Practice – 6:308:30pm. Yoga is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are. Come and immerse yourself in the practice of yoga. Class will include restorative and semi-restorative practice, pranayama, sense withdrawal (extended savasana) and meditation practice. No experience necessary. All welcome. $25. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600. Beginning Zen Shiatsu – Oct 19-21 & 26-28. 7-10pm, Fri; 9am-4pm, Sat & Sun. Learn how to give a basic 1-hr shiatsu treatment that you can share with friends and family. Course is a standalone 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.

savethedate A Natural, Cost-Free Way to Attain Help and Healing – 2:30-4pm. Bruno Groening taught about a natural power, which he called the healing stream, that can heal the body and help with life issues and bring peace, happiness and inner freedom. It is available to all people, irrespective of faith or religion. Through these teachings, people around the world have experiened healings of disease, pain and addiction, which have been documented by medical doctors. Speaker: Brigitte Schneider, Licensed Healing Practitioner, Germany. She will talk about the teachings, give simple instructions on how to connect to the healing stream and present medically-verified healings. Many experience the healing power during the lecture. Admission free; donations appreciated. Lincoln Belmont Branch Library, Large Meeting Rm, 1659 W Melrose St, Chicago. Debbie: 773-775-8855. Amazing Gong Sound Healing Journey – 6-9pm. With Andre Peraza. Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.



The Greatest Meditation: The Greatest Prayer – 12-2pm. Join us for weekly inspirational lectures and refreshments during a break. Come and meet like-minded people. 1pm lecture: The Elements of Successful Meditation Practice. Free. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600.

Meditate-A-Thon Fundraiser: World Peace Through Inner Peace – 9:30am-5pm. Come when you can and stay as long as you like. Hourly meditations starting at 9:30am include: sound healing with crystal bowls, connecting with angels, gong meditation and kirtan chanting. No meditation experience needed. Proceeds go toward sustaining Infinity’s building fund and future endeavors. $75; light lunch included. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. For details & to register:

Learn to Speak & Listen from the Heart: Focusing – 12-6:30pm. $95. Inner Metamorphosis University, 1418 W Howard St, Chicago. 708-805-6171.

Birth of the B’ab (Bahá’i)

Intelligent Feet, Elegant Action: Feldenkrais – 10am-5:30pm. $95. Inner Metamorphosis University, 1418 W Howard St, Chicago. 708-805-6171. Midewin for Kids: Indian Chiefs, Warriors and the Fur Trade – 10:30am-12:30pm. The prairie was home to a vast array of Indian tribes. Chiefs and warriors fought valiantly during the Beaver Wars, trading goods with the English, Dutch and French. Relive this exciting story and experience what life was like during this interactive story telling adventure. Ages 5 & up. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370.

Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar and Farmers’ Market – 12-4pm. Meet dozens of vendors at the indoor crafts and farmers’ market while listening to Hyde Park’s finest deejays spinning jazzy, soulful soundtracks to your shopping. Promontory Restaurant, upstairs lounge, 5311 S Lake Park Ave W, Chicago. 312-801-2100. HydeParkHandmade.

Astro Symposium Love and Wisdom: The Skills of Maturity – 12:45-3:45pm. In an interactive symposium, we will work with the astrological chart to understand how and where the native achieves/ attains wisdom, matures, and connects with the community/tribe, and gains sovereignty. $40; $30 early registration by Oct 14. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago. 773-327-7224. Quartz Singing Bowls Sound Healing Concert – 1-2:30pm. Facilitated by Debbi Evans Rosales. This healing practice uses audio tones and vibrational frequencies to repair damaged tissues and cells of the body, while also attuning one’s chakras and energy. $20 suggested donation. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997.

Nothing will work unless you do. ~Maya Angelou October 2018


Understanding Your Dreams, Understanding Yourself – 12-3pm. With Kevin Reger. $40/nonmember, $35/A.R.E. members. Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. The Art of Staying Calm in Chaos – 1-4pm. Learn vital tools to achieve more peace and joy in your life in the form of creative play followed by 30 mins of focused breathwork. This experiential workshop provides the opportunity to free yourself from selfcreated suffering and expand your consciousness for a life of greater ease. $30/advance, $35/at door. The Theosophical Society, 1926 N Main St, Wheaton. 630-668-1571.


Exploring Life Mission – 2-3:30pm. Why am I here? What am I here to do? Who am I here to become? If these questions are relevant for you, join us for the continuing series of Life Mission sessions. Each session is custom created for, and with, those in attendance. Donation. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Northbrook. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 22 Beginning Astrology Level 2 – Mondays, Oct 22-Nov 26. 7:30-9:30pm. Learn transits, progressions, synastry, composite charts, solar arcs and solar returns. Requires basic astrological knowledge and a knowledge of interpretation. $180; $150 early registration by Oct 15. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago. 773-327-7224.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23 Pacific Symposium 2018 – Oct 23-30. The 30th anniversary conference of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. The symposium will take Chinese medicine continuing education a step further as presenters tackle the challenge of “peak performance,” or how Chinese medicine can help healthy patients achieve optimal health and athletic performance. Keynote speaker is Paul Chek, founder of the C.H.E.K Institute. 70 vendors in an exhibit hall open to the public, along with Chinese medicine luminaries who were at the very first symposium. San Diego, CA. For more info: To register:

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Adrenal Fatigue: Chronic Health Issues and What Your Doctor May Be Missing – 5-6:30pm. Dr Kalli Prater discusses the many stress effects the body systems and hormone regulation. Learn about how stress and effect almost everything in the body and take a toll on the adrenal glands, thyroid gland, and alter sleep cycles. Adrenal fatigue will be discussed as we cover the basics steps you can take to combat stress and support natural balance throughout the body through nutrition and supplementation of specific nutrients. Free. Fruitful Yield, 168 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg. 847-882-2999.



Weight Loss using EFT With A Guarantee (Tapping) – 7-9pm. Also held Oct 15 at Garrett Wellness Center. $40 for both evenings. Insight Awareness, 18110 S Martin Ave, Homewood. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25 The Power of Forgiveness – 7-8:30pm. Forgiveness is a powerful tool. It releases us from the prison of negativity and self-created suffering and allows us to lead happier, more peaceful lives. Discover how the art of forgiveness begins with forgiving ourselves, and learn practical tools to achieve it so you can realize your greatest well-being. $10. The Theosophical Society, 1926 N Main St, Wheaton. 630-668-1571.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 Mineral Fusion Beauty Weekend – Oct 26-28. 11am-4pm. Looking for a cleaner, more natural makeup line? Look no more. Mineral Fusion is coming to your local Fruitful Yield to educate on the benefits of incorporating natural make up into your everyday routine. Makeup artists will be offering on-site consultations. Free. Fruitful Yield, 7230 W North Ave, Elmwood Park. Reserve a spot: 708-395-5880.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 Prairie Farmstead Tour – 9:30-11am. Accompany us on a short and easy 90-min walk from the Iron Bridge Trailhead to learn about the National Register eligible Rodgers/Schumacher Farmstead, continuously farmed from the mid-19th century to 1940 and then, once the buildings were removed, preserved in time. Meet at the Ranger trailer at the Iron Bridge Trailhead. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. Letting Go So You Can Receive – 10am-12:30pm. Reserve your time slot for a 15-min de-stressing session. Let go of old hurts, behaviors and pain. Reclaim energy and inspiration so you can go for, and receive what you really want. $15. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362. Reserve: Improve Jaw & Neck Functioning: Feldenkrais – 10am-5:30pm. $95. Inner Metamorphosis University, 1418 W Howard St, Chicago. 708-805-6171.

From Shadow to Light – 9am-4pm. Everything that is bubbling up around us reflects what is bubbling up within. Exploring the shadow holds the key to your ultimate freedom. Join Kelley Kosow, CEO of the Debbie Ford Institute and NY Times bestselling author and creator of The Shadow Process, in this self-discovery. CEUs available. $110; lunch on own. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. For details & to register: Pizza at the Farm – 5-7pm. Pizzeria Deville’s Chef John Durning brings his wood-burning oven to the farm to create delicious, farm-fresh pizzas for purchase. We’ll offer farm goodies for purchase as well. Prairie Wind Family Farm, 560 Harris Rd, Grayslake. 847-986-4600.


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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31 Halloween Samhain (Wiccan)


savethedate Green Living Expo – 10am-3pm. Green businesses and organizations are welcome and invited to interact with McHenry County’s green community. Visitors can shop and talk with environmental organizations. Includes artists’ walk, featuring unique and sustainable creations. Businesses with appropriate green holiday gift ideas are also encouraged to register. Admission free. McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Hwy 14, Crystal Lake. For sponsors, vendors, exhibitors & artists info & to receive a registration form: 815-479-7765 or Holiday Holistic Fair and New Moon Celebration – 10am-6pm. Multiple holistic practitioners and vendors emphasizing the work of Edgar Cayce. Free entry; sessions with practitioners $35/30 mins, $70/60 mins. Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

plan ahead MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5 First Monday Spiritual Spa Night – 6-9pm. Guided meditation sessions and multiple holistic practitioners emphasizing the work of Edgar Cayce. Entry free; practitioner sessions $35/30 mins, $70/60 mins. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.


savethedate Source & Synchronicities Course – Nov 10-11. Participants may access the Power of Source and the Power of Consciousness in 3 important life zones: healing, love and wealth. Preethaji, an enlightened sage and founder of O&O Academy, along with her faculty, will be teaching via webcast from India. Free introduction and dance orientation, Get in the Zone, at 7pm, Nov 9, featuring DJ Taz Rashid. Holiday Inn and Convention Center Gurnee, 6161 Grand Ave, Gurnee. More info: Register: OOAcademyusa. org/course/source-synchronicities.

savethedate The Adoption Process from A to Z – 1-2:30pm. Adoption of children has transformed from a secretive event into a mutual family-planning process for both placing parents and for adoptive parents. Attorney Sally Wildman describes adoption fundamentals, share key resources to develop an adoption plan, and highlights new developments in adoption practice. Registration closes Nov 8. Lincoln Belmont Branch of Chicago Public Libraries, 1659 W Melrose St, Chicago. To register: 312-744-0166 or


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

ANGEL READINGS ANGEL INTUITIVE-MEDIUM – Connect with loved ones or angels in a loving, safe environment. Energy clearing, healing. Classes available. Sandy Turkington: 847-772-9198.

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.


WELL-KNOWN HOLISTIC WELLNESS & EDUCATION CENTER – Established in 1994 in Homewood, IL. Email Info@InsightAwareness. com for information & to schedule a viewing.

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

SERVICES MARMEL ACCOUNTING, LLC: ACCOUNTING WITH HEART – Marmel Accounting, LLC provides QuickBooks accounting and tax research services for small businesses. 100% of every invoice you pay is first loaned out on as a microloan to people in developing countries. 773-456-9729. YOUR LISTING CAN BE HERE – Visit Submit.


savethedate The Ascendant and the Midheaven in the Horoscope – 1-4pm. The Face I Show To The World and What the World Sees. The Midheaven is the horoscope’s most visible point of who we are and represents the pinnacle of our achievements. The ascendant/rising sign is a filter through which we present ourselves to the world, giving us a persona or mask with which to enter the physical world through birth. $55; $45 early registration by Nov 11. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago. 773-327-7224.

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monthlyspecialoffers $55 Manicure & Pedicure with Vanilla Plum Feet Treatment – Thru Oct. Enjoy a relaxing manicure and pedicure while your finger/toes are being soaked, nails filed and cuticles trimmed. Receive a complimentary Vanilla Plum Feet Treatment. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $60 Swedish Massage with Cannabios Treatment Cream for Pain Relief – Thru Oct. Add $10 for deep tissue. This classic form of soft-tissue massage relaxes the body, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, enhances range of motion, and eases muscle aches and tension. Excellent for first-time clients. Cannabios Cream provides extra and effective relief for muscle or joint pains. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $89.99 90-Min Swedish Massage with Hand Treatment – Thru Oct. Add $5 for deep tissue. Enjoy a rejuvenating hand treatment. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $89.99 Rejuvenating Oxygen Facial – Thru Oct. An oxygen facial provides hydration and circulation for the skin while killing bacteria and reducing inflammation. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $140 Swedish Massage & Eminence Pumpkin Facial – Thru Oct. The classic form of a softtissue massage that relaxes the body, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, enhances range of motion, and eases muscle aches and tension. Excellent for first-time clients. Along with that enjoy a customized facial that offers deep exfoliation, hydration, and extractions, using all natural and organic ingredients. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Family Salt Day Special – Parents and kids all for price of a regular adult. First-time visit. North Shore Salt Therapy, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. Appt: 847-780-8200.

Free Salt Therapy Session – Purchase a salt lamp at North Shore Salt Therapy during the month and receive one free salt therapy session. Firsttime visit. North Shore Salt Therapy, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. Appt: 847-780-8200. Permaculture Forest Gardener Course Early Bird Pricing Deadline – Begins Feb 10, 2019. 9am-12pm one Sunday a month for 9 months. Learn permaculture forest garden design through lecture and hands-on projects. Forest gardens are diverse ecosystems producing abundant food and medicine for people; food and habitat for wildlife; areas for nature exploration and learning; soil regeneration and carbon sequestration systems; community building opportunities; and peaceful places for reconnecting humans and nature. $325 by Oct 14. The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville. 630-447-9910. Bioregional Herbalism Course Early Bird Pricing Deadline – Begins Mar 24, 2019. 9am-4pm one Sun a month for 9 months. Bioregional Herbalism is a pathway to natural wellness. Discover how to engage with bioregional plants as allies and develop personal intuition and connection. Learn the basics of body systems, herbal terminology, and common herbal preparations with a focus on nourishment, wellness, prevention and support. $795 by Oct 14. The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville. 630-447-9910. Edible Wild Plants Certification Course Early Bird Pricing Deadline – Begins Feb 16, 2019. 9:30am-3:30pm one Sat a month for 10 months. Learn to identify over 200 edible wild plants that grow in our bioregion through classroom and home study, plant walks, and by eating and preparing recipes with them every class. Receive an Edible Wild Plants Recipe book with students’ recipes and a printed certificate recognizing your accomplishment. $715 by Oct 14. The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville. 630-447-9910.

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sunday Wicker Park Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 28. 8am-2pm. Includes live acoustic music and local, environmentally responsible food for sale, the market also features monthly children’s cooking classes hosted by The Kids’ Table, chef demonstrations and a community table showcasing area businesses. 1425 N Damen Ave, Chicago. The Mike Nowak Show Radio Program – 9-11am. Live weekly local radio show focused on gardening and the environment, with lots of humor to wake us up. Author and master gardener Mike Nowak and cohost Peggy Malecki feature a variety of guests and weather/climate scientist Rick DiMaio in live show on 1590 WCGO AM, also available in podcast on, iTunes, Stitcher and podcast apps, and streaming live on, TuneIn radio app and on Facebook at @The Mike Nowak Show. The Edgar Cayce Bookstore Open – 10am-1pm. Also 1st Mon, 6-9pm. Bookstore is always open during scheduled events. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. Time to Dance: Ballet – 10:30-11:30am. Also Tues, 1:30-2:30pm & Thurs, 12:30-1:30pm. A class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. CBG Institute for Dance and Health, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: 847-510-3357 or Midewin Ranger Hike to Bison Pasture – Thru Oct 28. 11am-12pm. Also Sat. Volunteer rangers will lead guided hikes to look for bison. Features along the way include a historic farmstead and prairie restoration areas. No reservations required. Meet at the Ranger Trailer at the Iron Bridge Trailhead. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. Putting My Oxygen Mask on First – 1:301:45pm. With Amy Landolt. Join this weekly discussion about self-care. Live on Northshore Acupuncture Center’s Facebook page: Qigong – 2-4:30pm. Discover the healing abilities of the ancient practice of qigong. Free qigong and tai chi classes for the inexperienced; also a space for experts to practice their skills. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822.

monday Online On-Demand Akashic Records Certification Classes – Gain the perspective and clarity to make choices leading you to greater possibilities in this lifetime. Classes include Practitioner, Advanced Practitioner, Healing, Discover Your Soul’s Path, Manifesting Your Soul’s Purposes. Save $145 with 5-Class Package. Online. 708-771-5830. All-Day Salt Therapy: Bring A Friend Special – 9am-7pm. Also Thurs. Bring a friend and discover the benefits of salt therapy, a natural way to improve overall wellness and relieve symptoms of many skin and respiratory conditions. First-time visit. $19/person. North Shore Salt Therapy, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. Appts: 847-780-8200.

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

markyourcalendar Footbath Detox Mondays – 11am-6pm. Sluggishness, fatigue, low energy and poor sleep? A 30-min ionic footbath stimulates cells to release toxins and rebalance the cellular system that is responsible for overall health. The process continues after the toxins are dislodged during treatment, allowing your entire body to function optimally. Save $10. Nutritional Health Solutions, 480 Elm Pl, Ste 108, Highland Park. 847-207-2034. Time to Dance: Jazz – 2pm. With Kate Wagner. CBG Institute for Dance and Health, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: 847-510-3357 or Chakra Balancing Yoga – 5-6pm. With Serena. $20. Mind Body Healing Center, 77 W Washington, Ste 1704, Chicago. To register, Serena: 773-3684363. Community-Style Acupuncture Clinic – 5-7:45pm. By Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Interns. First come, first serve. $10/treatment; $5/ vets. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 21st Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Meditation – 6-7pm. With Serena. $20. Mind Body Healing Center, 77 W Washington, Ste 1704, Chicago. To register, Serena: 773-368-4363. Holistic Cardio: Nia Technique Group Fitness – 6:30-7:30pm. A beautiful, deep class that combines dance (like jazz), martial (like aikido) and healing arts (like yoga). Sense new levels of mind-body awareness as you move to music from all over the world. Taught in over 45 countries, Nia’s blend of choreography and free-dance enhances your physical health, develops your Sensory IQ, and empowers your self-expression. Non-impact, shoes optional, accessible for all levels of fitness. Energized, strong, flexible, balanced, free. Fit to be you. Get ready for a sweet, nurturing sweat. Also Tues, Thurs & Sat, 9:30am. $15. Raydiant Day, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-644-9834. NiaRaydiantDay.Life. Hemp Oil 101: Let’s Talk CBD/Hemp Oil – 7pm. Hear about the new science and research on the benefits of phytocannabinoids and why hemp oil may be the missing link in your health journey. Let us introduce you to a full-spectrum phytocannabinoid diol hemp oil that doesn’t require a medical card. After the presentation stay to learn about the joining us to spread the mission and the business opportunity. Free. Starbucks Meeting Room (Streets of Woodfield), 601 N Martingale Rd, Schaumburg. RSVP: 630-309-3409. Mind Body Healing Center Workshop – 7-8pm. With Serena. Topics to be announced on the website. $20. Mind Body Healing Center, 77 W Washington, Ste 1704, Chicago. To register, Serena: 773-368-4363.



Acupuncture Special – If you never tried acupuncture at Nirvana Naturopathics, but are curious, try it for only $25. Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine will check your pulses and insert tiny little needles in your ears. You will be relaxed for 25-30 mins while listening to music. Nirvana Naturopathics, 707 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 100, Deerfield. 847-715-9044.

Green City Market: Lincoln Park – Thru Oct 27. 7am-1pm. Shop and taste fresh, locally sourced produce and market-inspired prepared foods, see chef demonstrations and more. South end of Lincoln Park, N Clark St & N Lincoln Ave, Chicago.

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. Enhance Your Health in Ways You Never Knew Possible – 11:15am-12:15pm. Come hear the research and science behind this one-of-a-kind nano-enhanced hemp oil. Keep The Beat Wellness, Berkson Office Center, 333 Skokie Blvd, Ste 106, Northbrook. RSVP: 847-769-3547. Complimentary Consultation at ChiroMend Natural Health Center –1-5pm, by appt. Are you feeling older than your age? Brain fog or stress turning you into a zombie? Come and sit down for a 30-min complimentary consultation with one of our board certified physicians to discuss your health and formulate a plan to uncover the real causes of your symptoms. 1834 Glenview Rd, Ste 2W, Glenview. For appt: 847-730-3988. More info: Time to Dance: Ballet – 1:30-2:30pm. See Sun listing. CBG Institute for Dance and Health, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: 847-510-3357 or Plant Clinic Hours – 2-4pm. Held year round. Gardening or houseplant questions? Our horticulturist can help. Bring in photos or a sample of your plant for identification or disease diagnostics. Complimentary houseplant-potting service available, for a suggested donation. You provide the plant and pot and we provide the soil and expertise. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St, Oak Park. 708-725-2400. Time to Dance: Tap – 2:40pm. CBG Institute for Dance and Health, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: 847-510-3357 or Silent Meditation Service – 6pm. Led by Anita Stehmeier. Spending 45 mins in meditation can make a powerful impact on your well-being and quality of life. Being supported by a group makes meditation much easier. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. Qigong – 6-8pm. 2nd Tues. Discover the healing abilities of the ancient practice of qigong. Free qigong and taiji classes for the inexperienced; also a space for experts to practice their skills. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Shiatsu Student Clinic – 7 or 8pm. Also Thurs, 11am or 12pm. Receive a 45-min session from an advanced Zen Shiatsu student. Sessions are performed in a group setting with instructor observation. $35/45-min or $90/3 treatments. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130.

Ravinia Farmers Market – Thru Oct 31. 7am-1pm. Rain or shine. Vendors selling local and organic vegetables, fruits, cheeses, baked goods, crepes and other products. Dean Ave at Jensen Park, east of the Ravinia train station, Highland Park. Ed Kugler: Stretch & Balance – 10-10:45am. Prevent falling by incorporating balance positions and incorporate stretching large muscles for toned body. $15, $10/Punch Pass. Fitness for Active Adults, 742 Sheridan Rd, Highwood. 847-736-2671. Salt Therapy Happy Hour Special – 4-7pm. Discover the benefits of salt therapy, a natural way to improve overall wellness and relieve symptoms of many skin and respiratory conditions. Come relax in our adult salt room, or play along with your family in the kids’ salt room. First-time visit. $19/person. North Shore Salt Therapy, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. Appts: 847-780-8200. M e d i t a t i o n – 7 : 3 0 - 8 : 3 0 p m . Wi t h K e v in. $20. Mind Body Healing Center, 77 W Washington, Ste 1704, Chicago. To register, Kevin: Hemp Oil Business Opportunity – 8pm. Learn how to become part of this revolution in health. Hop online to learn more about this work-fromhome business opportunity. We will present a brief 15-min overview. RSVP: 630-309-3409. Meeting ID: 630-309-3409. Zoom.US.

thursday All-Day Salt Therapy: Bring A Friend Special – 9am-7pm. See Monday listing. North Shore Salt Therapy, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. Appts: 847-780-8200. Shiatsu Student Clinic – 11am or 12pm. See Tues listing. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130. Time to Dance: Ballet – 12:30-1:30pm. See Sun listing. CBG Institute for Dance and Health, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: 847-510-3357 or Time to Dance: Modern – 1:30-2:30pm. A class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. CBG Institute for Dance and Health, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: 847-510-3357 or Yoga Club – 4:30-6:30pm. Led by Julie Kotiw, DC, PCOM Bio Science Chair. No experience necessary. We have supplies including blocks and straps, bring a yoga mat if have one. Feel free to drop-in anytime and leave anytime to accommodate your schedule. Free. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822.

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Community Oneness Blessings & Meditation Circle – 7:30-9pm. 1st & 3rd Thurs. The meditation circle is guided. The Oneness Blessing is a nondenominational transference of Universal Energy, divinely designed to help quiet the mind and open the heart. No experience needed; all welcome in this safe space. Free; donations accepted. Be Optimal Holistic Center, 1249 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. Savita: 847-477-3069.

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Chain Reflex Stretch Therapy – 10am-5pm. Do you sit at a desk all day? Are you a weekend warrior? Do you like to work in the garden or around the house on the weekends? These activities can often lead to unwanted stiffness and joint pains. Benefits of Stretch Therapy: To reduce pain especially in your lower back and neck; improve flexibility and mobility; decrease stress and muscle soreness. WholeHealth NorthShore, 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste S5, Northbrook. For an appt: 847-272-3700. Mindfulness & Wellness: Managing Stress, Creating Health, Encouraging Balance – 1:15-2:30pm. With Archana Lal-Tabak, MD, and Jim Lal-Tabak. Learn about mind-body connection and variety of mindfulness exercises. Experience natural stress reduction strategies and tools. Each class is selfcontained and a new wellness-educational topic and mindfulness technique presented every week. Series of 4 classes or individual class. Scholarships and work study available. Drop-ins welcome. Heart of Transformation Wellness Institute, 1618 Orrington Ave, Ste 206, Evanston. RSVP: 847-425-9355, 

saturday Free Classes for All at All Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi Locations – Times vary. Body & Brain teaches practitioners to understand and trust their body’s innate wisdom. We offer a wide variety of classes which welcome all levels as it can be modified and meet the needs of the individual’s own physical, emotional, mental and spiritual journey. For details: Join the Centennial Volunteers – Sat & Sun. Be a part of forest and river revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore 7 special sites along the Chicago and Calumet rivers. To find a group, Ilana Federman:  312-356-9990 or Dates & locations: Mighty House Radio Program – 7-10am. Funny, friendly experts with answers and ideas to help with all of your home improvement projects. Join Ron Cowgill, Robbie Ehrhardt, Rich Cowgill and the Mighty House team each Saturday morning to get help with all your home improvement and repair issues. On 1590 WCGO AM, and Green City Market: Lincoln Park – Thru Oct 27. 7am-1pm. See Wed listing. South end of Lincoln Park, N Clark St & N Lincoln Ave, Chicago.

Oak Park Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 27. 7am-1pm. Locally grown produce, live music and more. Pilgrim Church Parking lot, 460 Lake St, Oak Park. 708-358-5780. Palatine Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 7am-1pm. Palatine Train Station Parking lot, 137 W Wood St, Palatine. 847-358-1649. Evanston Farmers’ Market – Thru Nov 3. 7:30am1pm. 58 vendors: fruits, vegetables, meat, flowers, cheese, milk, eggs and bakery items. Reusable and biodegradable bags sold on site. LINK cards accepted, and the Friends of Evanston Farmers’ Markets offers matching funds. Intersection of University Pl & Oak Ave, Evanston. Info, Myra Gorman: 847-448-8045, Green City Market: West Loop – Thru Oct. 8am-1pm. Shop and taste fresh, locally-sourced produce and market-inspired prepared foods, see chef demonstrations and more. Bartleme Park, 115 S. Sangamon St, Chicago. 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. Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching Class – 9-10am. Stretch and strengthen your hips and shoulders using the revolutionary flexibility method, Ki-Hara. Increase range of motion and decrease pain in half the time of yoga. $5 for first class. Stretch Chi, 410 S Michigan Ave, Ste 841, Chicago. Advance registration required: 773-750-5031. 61st Street Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 9am2pm. South side Chicago’s premier farmers’ market. Market also features chef demos, live music and more. Experimental Station, 6100 S Blackstone Ave, Chicago. Metabolic Balance – 9:30-10:30am. Healthy weight loss through personalized all-natural nutritional program. If you are serious about taking steps forward to achieve a healthy lifestyle and your ideal weight make your intention a realty. Free consultation ($150 value). Mind Body Health Center, 6650 N Northwest Hwy, Ste 215, Chicago. For appt: 773-614-6454. Midewin Ranger Hike to Bison Pasture – Thru Oct 28. 11am-12pm. See Sun listing. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. Introduction to Heartland Meditation – 2-3pm. Learn how the guided, subtraction meditation technique brings positive changes real results. An eye-opening session showing how to reflect on the cluttered thoughts to discard those from the mind. Free. Heartland Meditation, 1444 S Butterfield Rd, Mundelein. 224-433-6338.

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

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

Trained in both Western and Oriental Medicine, we use acupuncture and a dietary approach along with herbal medicine to resolve musculoskeletal pain, internal medicine health issues, insomnia, anxiety and women’s health. We accept major insurances. Schedule your initial appointment on  to find out if acupuncture can help you. Get a healthier and alternative approach to your chronic health conditions.


Kristina Conner, ND, MSOM 17W703-F Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook Terrace 630-359-5522 It’s all connected, body mind and spirit. Let’s combine your self-knowledge and intuition with my expertise in Naturopathic and Traditional Chinese medicine to forge your unique pathway to optimal health. Specializing in internal and hormonal health for women of any age.


Specializing in Anti-Aging Beauty & Wellness FreshSkin Medical Spa & Wellness Center 595 Elm Pl, Ste 208, Highland Park 60035 847-681-8821 • Dr. Josie’s journey has taken her to multiple countries and has given her the unique experience of witnessing how medicine is practiced all over the world.  Her passion in family medicine and aesthetics has led her to advocate a program of eating well, exercising and aesthetics for patients who are passionate about having the best quality of life.  See ads on page 15.

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Since 1996, Dr. Linda Howe has been teaching and writing about the Akashic Records, the sacred archive of our Souls’ past, present and future possibilities. The Records offer transformation by lending us exactly the wisdom, guidance, and energetic support that we need in this lifetime. Learn more at


Sharon M Vogel, LMT, CLT, BCTMB, MFR 5002a Main St, Downers Grove 6300 Kingery Hwy, Ste 212, Willowbrook 630-241-4100 Sharon Vogel is referred to by Mayo Clinic practitioners, national surgeons and physicians. She offers 27 years’ experience and is Nationally Board Certified, specializing in oncology massage, lymph drainage MLD and myofascial release JFB MFR—all to help assist clients in regaining health. Free consult and treatment the second Sunday of each month, 12-2pm in Downers Grove with RSVP. See ad on page 25.


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.


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

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

BRAIN HEALTH MARNY TURVILL, MD Evanston 60201 847-644-8540

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

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

I invite you to try the world’s finest hemp extract products and start feeling better. Scientific studies show that phytocannabinoids found in hemp oil provide therapeutic benefits for more than 250 common health issues. Our hemp oil is easy to take orally, and formulated for greatest absorption and effectiveness. I am looking to lock arms with business and health minded people. Visit my website or attend a local presentation to learn more. Call or text 847-769-3547.


The research is overwhelming on the benefits of using phytocannabinoids from hemp. As a certified holistic health advisor, let me help answer your questions and see if hemp oil extract is right for you. Over thousands of studies support the therapeutic benefits of phytocannabinoid diols for over 250 health conditions. I offer the world’s best, one-of-akind hemp extract that has the power of intravenous therapy within a convenient oral, liposomal delivery system. Visit our website or attend a local presentation to learn more about this new science. Get involved with this revolution in health. We are looking for professionals and influencers to work with contact me for more info. See ad on page 25.

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


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


Logan Square location 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.”


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



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

Discover the healing art of dance in ballet-based classes. Dance is proven to have both physical and psychological benefits. Two current classes: Dance for Joy for cancer survivors, and Time to Dance for those 55 years or older. Taught by dancer teacher Lisa Gold and Lynne Chervony Belsky, MD. See ad on page 43.


480 Elm Place, Ste 108, Highland Park 60035 847-207-2034 •


Billie J. Gray Certified Grief Recovery Specialist™ 773-251-6917 Are you suffering from a broken heart caused by a death, divorce or romantic relationship’s end? Or perhaps it was caused by any of the 40 other losses that cause heartache and grief. The Grief Recovery Method provides you with specific tools to help you recover from loss and ultimately lead a happier life. Call today.


1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-348-0822

Digestive problems? Acid Reflux/ GERD, IBS, Crohn’s, colitis? Let us help you naturally achieve nutritional balance, feel better and enhance the quality of your life. Improve digestion while reducing discomfort and bloating so you can eat the foods you love again. Certified digestive health specialist/enzyme therapist. See ads on pages 7 and 49.

GYROTONIC® and  GYROKINESIS® exercises work for everyone: youth, adult, seniors, injured, back pain, underexercised, weekend warriors and elite athletes. Enjoy this natural way to gain flexibility and mobility, taught by licensed senior trainer and studio director Amy Pena. Call today to schedule individual and group training sessions. See ad on page 19.



NOWSTUDIO.CO AND MOJO OWL Logan Square location and MojoOwl 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.

RADIONICS & GEOPATHIC STRESS Carolina Puentes 773-266-8222

Looking for alternative healing? Radionics is a process of broadcasting beneficial energy frequencies to people, animals, plants, buildings, businesses, etc., with the objective of getting them balanced and well. Does your home/business feel eerie? Do you feel ill, uncomfortable, cold, tired in that space? Can’t sell/ rent? An energetic cleaning is what you need.


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 26.

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

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

DR. ANDIE PEARSON Gaiamed Dental 929 Ridge Rd, Wilmette 847-977-1655

Holistic dentistry involves an awareness of care that relates to the entire person. Gaiamed is a full-service practice using the most biocompatible dental options and laser dentistry (no numbing in most cases). Our services range from non-surgical gum care to mercury- and PBA-free restorations, crowns, bridges, partial and full dentures, children’s dentistry, braces, dental homeopathy and CranioSacral Therapy. See ad on page 23.


Dr. Bernice Teplitsky, DDS, PC 3256 N Ashland, Chicago 60657 773-975-6666 In addition to state-of-the-art technology and methods offered by most holistic dentists (microscopes, ozone therapy, etc.), we treat you as a partner. We thoroughly explain your unique situation, provide treatment options and keep you comfortable with Netflix, music and paraffin wax treatments. Located off the Brown line. Free garage parking. See ad on page 30.

HOLISTIC EYE CARE 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.

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HOLISTIC HEALTH PRACTITIONER CYNTHIA HAWKINS, RNHP, CIWC, PTA, SFI Hawk Eye Health “Keeping an Eye on Your Health” 708-728-5286

Cyndy is a Registered Natural Health Practitioner specializing in natural and herbal medicine. She uses a combination of biological analysis of internal organs, checking for food stressors, detoxification and other natural treatments to promote immune, gastrointestinal, mental and emotional wellness.

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

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.


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


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


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

KOLODZIEJ CLINIC OF NATURAL MEDICINE Dr. Leon Kolodziej DC, MH, PhD 7742 W Addison St, Chicago 60634 773-589-9996

Dr. Kolodziej is degreed or certified in chiropractic, herbal medicine, physiotherapy, acupuncture, sports medicine and nutrition. We use a diverse regime of all-natural treatments including organic herbal supplements compounded specifically for each patient’s conditions. A master herbalist as well as a chiropractor, Dr. K has over 30 years’ experience in treating chronic and non-responsive hard to treat conditions including leaky gut, psoriasis, candida, chronic fatigue and many others. Complete programs for diet, body cleansing and anti-parasite is available. Check out his products at

MIND BODY HEALING CENTER 77 W Washington, Ste 1704 Chicago 60602 312-285-5287

As a community of alternative health care providers, we treat both the emotional and physical aspects of your health, and specialize in depression, anxiety, women’s health and pain management in private and group sessions. We provide psychotherapy, diagnostic assessment, chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition, massage, energy work, yoga classes, meditation and more. Insurance accepted. Available evening and weekends.


Inner Child Connection Ltd 847-971-1221 Having unique training and experience, Dr. Funda Kahn offers myriad techniques customized for individuals and groups to create peace and harmony in their lives. Trained as an oral surgeon, she committed her life to healing souls. Teaching hypnosis, self-hypnosis, EFT, and “inner child connection” are only the beginning of what she can provide. “Feelings buried alive never die.” – Karol Truman. See ad on page 31.

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

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


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Using IV therapies, PRP, weight management and other natural programs we help conditions like fatigue, brain fog, hormone imbalance, pain, injury, weight gain, decreased performance, tick born disease and more. After an initial consultation, we design your custom program to obtain true optimal health, which includes living a healthy lifestyle and being committed to yourself. See ad on page 13.


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



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.

SCHAUMBURG INTUITIVE READINGS & MEDIUM Readings by Sophia 847-882-9888

Sophia is an intuitive medium, certified Reiki Master and spiritual healer with 18 years’ experience, known for her accuracy and predictions. Daily obstacles tend to frustrate or misguide our energies, leaving us with questions. Feel comfortable and at ease in private sessions, where you’ll receive knowledge, understanding, honesty and most importantly, answers. See ad on page 37.


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 32.


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. Meditate-A-Thon, October 20. Daylong workshop with Kelley Kosow, From Shadow to Light, October 28. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental. Call or email for a free course guide.


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

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

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


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

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

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

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



2177 Shermer Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-963-6094 Whole Body Thermometry (WBT) is a safe, accurate, prevention-centered way to assess functional changes in the body. This infrared scanning device is accurately and efficiently driven by sophisticated mathematical algorithms. WBT works by identifying specific temperature patterns coming from internal organs, before and after the body is exposed to a cooling stress. See ad on page 23.



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Specializing in Anti-Aging, Integrative & Longevity Medicine FreshSkin Medical Spa & Wellness Center 595 Elm Pl, Ste 208, Highland Park 60035 847-681-8821• Ryan’s healthcare philosophy is rooted in evidence-based functional and integrative medicine practice. Offerings include medical weightloss programs, personalized genetic testing for diet and lifestyle, food sensitivity/allergy and nutrient deficiency testing, bio-identical hormone replacement, preventive medicine labs and counseling, acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutritional counseling. Be healthy. Feel better. See ads on page 15.

ULTIMATE LIGHT FAT MELT SYSTEM 2177 Shermer Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-963-6094

Are you ready for a safe, painless, program to lose stubborn fat and unwanted inches from those problem areas that nothing seems to help with? If so, then check out the Ultimate Light Fat Melt Program now offered at Wellness Empowered in Northbrook. Call now for a free consult and pricing. See ad on page 23.


Wm Thor Conner, ND, LMT Serving Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Lombard & surrounding area 630-359-5522 Stress Busters offers onsite chair massage for your office, meeting, or celebration for your employees or guests. A great way to lower stress and promote wellness as part of your company’s benefits package, and makes a fantastic reward for hard work! Show you care with something better than bagels.

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My friend recommended I try shiatsu to help heal my lingering injuries from several car accidents and sports injuries—including a torn disk and two bulging disks in my lower back, ongoing stiffness and pain in my neck and shoulders, and difficulty walking and exercising due to misfiring of the nerves in my left leg. After three one-hour Zen Shiatsu treatments, I regained flexibility, strength, and felt no pain continuously for four months. Deep healing has occurred in my body, mind, spirit and soul! My outlook is more positive, re-vitalized, and filled with bright hope for the future. Is it any wonder I am taking the Beginning Zen Shiatsu course to learn more about this wonderful healing art?

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October 2018 Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine  

Chicago's premier source for a healthy, sustainable lifestyle

October 2018 Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine  

Chicago's premier source for a healthy, sustainable lifestyle