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ime flies, and can you believe next month’s issue starts our eighth year of publishing? Our team has published 84 issues of Natural Awakenings Chicago since launching in October 2010. That first issue featured’s Bill McKibben on the cover, just one of the many sustainability and wellness movers and shakers (both local and national) we’ve featured since then.

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Since starting on this journey, I’ve been blessed to meet thousands of incredible people across our community— passionate and gifted wellness practitioners of so many modalities, inspiring teachers and speakers with every expertise imaginable, dedicated life and wellness coaches, talented chefs, sustainability experts, gardeners and horticulturists, authors, community organizers, monarch experts, dedicated local business owners and too many others to list. We’ve participated in a wide array of expos, trade shows, galas and fundraisers, new business launches, advocacy events and other gatherings, meeting and talking—listening and learning—with groups and like-minded folks sharing a purpose and a cause. I’m honored and humbled to continue to serve your interests and help build a Chicagoland community that’s dedicated to caring for our neighbors, our families and selves, the natural world and this planet we call home. As we explore the concept of “graceful aging” in this issue, take some time each day to define and explore some of your own opportunities. What can you do to spark your creativity or explore a new side of yourself? Look for an inspiring class, a website about iPhone photography, a pottery workshop, a YouTube guitar series, a meet-up or library group, perhaps an art exhibit, an adult dance class or some other learning experience you’ve never tried before. Whether you’re just starting out, finding your voice and redefining your life’s direction, or if you’ve been at this for awhile and are a seasoned explorer in creativity and self-expression, I hope you’ll take some time to think about the steps you can take to learn something new from the wonderful people that enrich your daily life, whether friends and relatives, the stranger you meet in the grocery line or a passing conversation while waiting for the Metra. It’s been a fun summer of festivals and expos, and this month is no exception! We’ll be at Vegan Mania at the Broadway Armory on September 23 and the SCARCE Green Fair at DuPage County Fairgrounds on September 30, so stop by and say hi. Please refer to the news briefs, ads and calendar section for more details about everything going on in our community this month, from wellness talks to farm strolls and green fairs—and something for almost everyone. Happy September, Happy Equinox! Savor the lingering of summer for another month!

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The Secrets of Aging Gracefully


PYRL, Chicago’s newest Gyrotonic studio in downtown Highland Park, will present an exclusive women’s event with Dr. Cheryl Perlis, M.D., of Perlis Wellness Center, in Lake Bluff, as she shares her knowledge of inner and outer beauty in the first of her three-part seminar, The Secrets of Aging Gracefully. Perlis, a member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, helps people defy their age, look younger and rejuvenate the energy, mental clarity and focus that they would like to have. Dr. Cheryl Perlis, M.D. Getting older shouldn’t mean feeling fatigued, gaining weight, and losing clear thinking, memory and concentration. Strengthening Your Inner and Outer Beauty takes place from 6 to 7 p.m., August 31; Understanding Your Brain Chemistry from 6 to 7 p.m., September 28, and The Art of Cosmetic Treatments from 6 to 7 p.m., October 26. Certified instructor Amy Pena will provide a demonstration of the Gyrotonic method. All proceeds will benefit the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation, providing opportunities and resources to children and their families in need. Refreshments will be provided. Tickets are $10. Location: 1781 Green Bay Rd., Highland Park. For reservations (required), call 847-348-0822 or email See ad on page 42 and in the Community Resource Guide.

Yoga Classses to Help with Fertility Issues


iana Zic, a certified Institute for Integrative Nutrition health coach with a focus on fertility, 200-hour registered yoga instructor and 95-hour prenatal yoga instructor, is teaching a four-week Yoga For Fertility class ($15 each) from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., September 7, 14, 21 and 28, at CocoonCare, for women trying to conceive naturally or by assisted reproductive treatment. Zic says, “In these classes, we will incorporate postures, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to help promote blood flow to the heart and pelvic areas, stimulate the reproductive system and help to regulate the hormonal Diana Zic system.” This workshop can be a safe haven to discuss your experiences with other like-minded relatable individuals. There will also be a Yoga for Fertility Workshop ($35/$40 after September 9) from 10:30 to noon, September 16, at North Shore Fertility. Driven by her own struggle with fertility, Zic’s mission is to create a supportive environment that enables men and women to speak freely about their fertility goals and create a health program tailored to their unique situation. “Basically, I work with individuals to get them in their most healthful state so they can become more fertile,” she says. Locations: CocoonCare, 409 W. Huron St., Chicago; North Shore Fertility, 4250 Dempster St., Skokie. Sign-up for classes at See ad on page 21.

Rock the Green Spreads the Word of Sustainable Living


he fourth annual Rock the Green Sustainability Festival, taking place from 2 to 11 p.m., September 9, at Reed Street Yards, in Milwaukee, supports the nonprofit’s mission to educate and empower communities. Gold and platinum headliners Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals will perform their eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock music. There’ll be an Eco-Kids stage with interactive children’s activities; locally grown, sustainable and healthy cuisine in the Farm to Fork area; and a gathering of 18 local environmental nonprofits in the Eco-Champs space. Rock the Green is a Travel Greencertified event, recognized as one of the greenest music festivals in the world by the UK-based nonprofit organization A Greener Festival. Last year, the festival’s zero waste efforts set a new record by diverting 90 percent of the event’s waste from landfills. Cost is $50; free for kids 10 and under; $100 VIP admission. Location: 222 S. 3rd St., Milwaukee. For more information, visit See ad on page 11.

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resented by the NorthShore University HealthSystem, this year’s Streets Alive from 1 to 5 p.m., September 10, featuring the Evanston Green Living Festival, will be held on Main Street from Chicago Avenue to Robert Crown Park. This year’s theme is Share the Road, highlighting the need for walkers, bikers, drivers and others to focus on safety as we share our streets and other areas dedicated to transportation. Free activities include a climbing wall, yoga, karate demonstrations, exercise classes, music, interactive art, vendors and food from local restaurants. The Evanston Green Living Festival features products, services and ideas that encourage and empower attendees to lead more sustainable lives.

olful Gifts, in Wheeling, is hosting a popular six-month Know Your True Self class that begins from 7 to 9:30 p.m., September 21, and continues on subsequent Thursdays. Offered only a few times a year, it takes participants on an amazing journey to connect deeper with who they truly are; learn to forgive themselves and others; understand their mind, emotions and intuition; improve their relationships with the world, greatly reduce stress; discover their life’s purpose and most importantly, learn to love, accept and value themselves unconditionally. Both adults and teens as young as 16 have reported experiencing amazing results in taking this course. Mind transformation coach Oksana Gritsenko says, “Whether people are lost, confused, at the crossroads, feeling anxiety, sadness, depression or anger, wanting their life to be better in different ways or to step into their true power, this course has something different and magical for everyone.”


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newsbriefs Chicago VeganMania Returns to the Broadway Armory


he ninth annual Chicago VeganMania, a celebration of vegan culture, commerce, community, cuisine and couture, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 23, at the Broadway Armory. A massive food court with more than 20 food vendors will be serving a wide variety of vegan food for all tastes. Speakers include Toronto Pig Save’s Anita Krajnc, scholar and Sistah Vegan author Dr. A Breeze Harper, physician and author Milton Mills, M.D., and many more. The event features more than 75 cruelty-free vendors, plus live music featuring folk star Michael Jonathan and many others, discussion panels and cooking demonstrations by “NYC Vegan” authors, The Vegan Mos. Humane Society of the United States Senior Manager of Food and Nutrition chef Eddie Garza will be giving chef demonstrations in both English and Spanish, in addition to Pie Pie My Darling chef Heather Bodine-Lederman and several others. Admission is free; $5 donation suggested. Location: 5917 N. Broadway, Chicago. For more information, email or visit See ad on page 33.

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ngel Light Center for the Healing Arts, a resource for health, healing and spiritual development, will begin its School of Sound and Healing fall certification program from October 6 through 8, in Elm Grove, Wisconsin. The classes meet one weekend per month and conclude in March 2018. Students will be instructed by 14 experienced music and sound instructors in how sound affects human beings in physiological, psychological, emotional and spiritual ways. Participants will learn about tuning forks, Himalayan and crystal singing bowls, drums, vocal toning, chants, healing rituals, whistling vessels, gongs, pulsed electromagnetic field, low-level laser therapy, and light and color frequency healing. The School of Sound and Healing was established in 2015 and provides a comprehensive curriculum designed with the input and talents of Wisconsin’s most experienced sound healers. Location: 13300 Watertown Plank Rd., Elm Grove, WI. For more information, call 262-787-3001 or visit

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idwest Women’s Herbal will present Mycelium Mysteries: A Women’s Mushroom Retreat, from October 6 through 8, in Almond, Wisconsin. Eugenia Bone, an author and food journalist, will make the keynote address, Mycophilia, the love of mushrooms as a window by which we can better understand nature and ourselves. The retreat will offer workshops at beginner through advanced levels. Topics include Wild Mushroom Skills, such as gathering, identification and preparation (with recipes); Mushroom Nutrition; Mushroom Medicine (with home remedies); and Mushroom History. Other presenters include Sue Van Hook, Mara Penfil, Linda Conroy, Sarah Foltz and Carla Kramer. Natural Awakenings readers may use code 15FUNGI for a 15 percent discount. Register now at Vendor spots are still available. See ad on page 27.


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indy Campbell, a family attorney with offices in Naperville and Chicago who focuses on estate planning, guardianships and collaborative family law and mediation, will present an informative session, Still Need to Create Your Will? at 6:30 p.m., October 17, at Al’s Pizza, in Warrenville. “Some of the topics include how to protect your legacy and ensure your loved ones are cared for; the benefits of a trust versus a will; and what and who to consider in creating your documents,” says Campbell. There are many different types of wills—most pertain to monetary value, such as a last will and testament—but an ethical will (also known as legacy letters) is beneficial to pass ethical values from one generation to the next. Campbell says, “While an ethical will is not in lieu of a last will and testament, it can be a nice supplement and a way to pass on more than just money.” Location: 28W 241 Warrenville Rd., Warrenville, IL. RSVP to 866-566-9494, email or visit for more information. See ad in the Community Resource Guide.


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ina M. Zion, a fourth-generation intuitive and an international teacher with students worldwide, is offering a workshop, Become a Medical Intuitive: Seeing with X-Ray Eyes, from October 28 through 30, at DePaul University. “Yes, you can learn and enhance your abilities for medical intuition,” says Zion. This information is for lay people, medical practitioners, energy healers, practicing intuitives and mediums, and anyone else that wants to develop their intuitive abilities. Participants receive 15 handouts and a certificate of completion. Students get step-by-step guidance to access medical/emotional information; perceive with “X-ray” vision and insights; develop intuitive sight to help uncover the underlying causes of illness; and sense the electromagnetic energy of thoughts and emotions. Zion is the author of Become a Medical Intuitive and her next book, Advanced Medical Intuition-6 Underlying Causes of Illness and Unique Healing Methods, is coming out in April 2018. Location: 2320 N. Kenmore, Chicago. For more information, email Therese McGinnis at See ad on page 27.

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r. Elizabeth Strzelecka, DDS, and her associates, have a passion for educating patients about the dangers of mercury and amalgam fillings and how they impact our health, and working to safely remove and replace them with biocompatible materials. Her practice is fluoride-free, as well. Dr. Elizabeth is highly experienced in the protocols of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology for safely removing mercury amalgams, which is critical to patient health, including using an efficient suction system in the oral cavity with a special tip to contain amalgam particles and Dr. Elizabeth Strzelecka, DDS mercury vapors; applying copious amounts of water to the filling during removal; removing the amalgam in large segments to minimize the generation of mercury vapor and amalgam particulate; and providing the patient and dental staff with a mercury-free source of air. The dentist practices holistic, biological and general dentistry, including veneers and non-metal implants. She graduated as a doctor of dental surgery from Loyola University and served a General Practice Dentist Residency at Mount Sinai Hospital. Location: 7460 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. For appointments, call 773-745-3636. For more information, visit See ad on page 19 and in the Community Resource Guide.



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ealth coach Angela Laphen knows about the relentless demands that women face while trying to transform their bodies, feel like they are stuck in a rut and don’t know how to get out of it. She can provide the right system, support and accountability to make a total body transformation, noting that “95 percent of our behavior occurs out of habit, either unconsciously or in reaction to external demands.” Her free, life-changing, 90-day Total Body Transformation Breakthrough Session will guide clients throughout the period. “As a transformational health coach and manifestation expert, I’ve helped clients reach their wellness goals,” says Laphen. “I take a Angela Laphen personalized approach to ensure that I cater to each client’s unique needs.” Women will learn what’s been keeping them from having the body they want; a powerful vision for total body transformation and what it will mean for their life; which foods and lifestyle habits are bringing their body down and what to do about it; and a step-by-step plan to create a total body transformation in 90 days or less. To schedule a free consultation, visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.




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The Secret To Healthy Aging is a Healthy Gut


mid the abundance of advice on healthy aging, gut health is often overlooked. A healthy gut is critical to healthy aging, because gut inflammation can set off dementia. Most people don’t realize we have possibly the most diverse ecosystem in the planet living in our gut. That ecosystem is called the microbiome, a community of about 100 trillion microorganisms with a total weight of approximately three to five pounds. This microbiota can shape a healthy immune response or predispose us to disease. When our microbiome is damaged, it becomes inflamed, which changes gut permeability and allows inflammation to become systemic. Chronic inflammation, over time, can lead to chronic disease and prevent healthy aging. Antibiotics, medications, water treatment, diet, stress and processed or genetically modified (GMO) foods threaten microbial diversity. Specialized testing can be used to evaluate gut health. Besides reducing gut inflammation, there are six simple, preventative, everyday measures that people can take to promote healthy aging—exercise, eat healthy, take supplements, socialize, get eight hours of sleep a night and reduce stress. Peter Kozlowski, M.D., is a certified functional medicine practitioner practicing at 92 Turner Ave., in Elk Grove Village. For more information, call 847-626-5758 or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

Chinese Medicine ‘Health Hacks’ for Aging Gracefully


e may save enough money to retire comfortably, but we don’t always invest in our health the same way. Thus, aging may mean we must restrict our lifestyle or worry that diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease will cut short the time we have to enjoy our family. Our preconceived notions of what aging means are just that. We can leverage the wisdom of natural medicine to not only live better, but to thrive. Research shows that only about 25 percent of our genes are responsible for the tangible signs of aging, so we have a lot of control over how we age. In particular, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers innovative “health hacks” to maximize wellness and allow us to live with vigor through our later years. Being active isn’t enough. TCM can focus workouts on the areas most vulnerable to aging and provide sleep that rejuvenates, detoxifies and restores youthful vigor. Some supplements may not be effective, but TCM can show which actually lead to a healthier, stronger constitution to withstand the ravages of time. Licensed acupuncturist Stephen Bonzak is the founder and director of Health Traditions Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Clinic, in Chicago. He will deliver a popTALK, Health Hacks, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., Sept. 13, at 65 E. Wacker Pl., 21st Flr, Chicago, $5 donation, doors open at 5 p.m. For tickets, visit PCOM-Chicago-popTALK. For more information, call 773-470-6994, email or visit See ad on page 17. 20




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eets contain high levels of dietary nitrate, which can increase blood flow and improve exercise performance. Researchers from Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, tested the impact of consuming beetroot juice prior to exercise on the somatomotor cortex, the part of the brain that processes information from the muscles. Twenty-six older adults with hypertension that generally don’t exercise were split into two groups. Half were given a beetroot juice supplement with 560 milligrams of nitrate prior to a thrice-weekly, 50-minute treadmill walk for six weeks. The other half were given a placebo with very little nitrate. The beetroot juice group showed substantially higher levels of nitrate after exercising than the placebo group. “We knew going in that a number of studies had shown that exercise has positive effects on the brain,” explains W. Jack Rejeski, director of the Behavioral Medicine Laboratory in the Health and Exercise Science Department at Wake Forest and study co-author. “We showed that compared to exercise alone, adding a beetroot juice supplement for hypertensive older adults to exercise resulted in brain connectivity that closely resembles what is seen in younger adults.”

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utdoor Yoga and Live Music Saturday - The Fall Equinox Celebration, sponsored by Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, the Evanston History Center and Jade Yoga, starts at 9 a.m., September 23, at the Dawes Mansion ($10-$20 donation). There will be yoga on the lawn with live music provided by the MahaRa Yoga Band. All levels and ages are welcome. BYO yoga mat and receive a chance to win a free Jade Yoga mat. Other September activities will take place at the Heaven Meets Earth Yoga studio. Chakradance – Awakening, an eightweek series, will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays or 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays, beginning September 6. Fall Yoga Teacher Training will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays beginning September 9. Enroll in teacher training as a path for self-improvement and healing or to begin a career as a certified yoga teacher. Full Moon Fire Ceremony and Gong and Reiki Events; see website for dates. Practice with Kartar Khalsa - How to Live Life from your Deep Self ($50) will take place at 6:30 p.m., September 15. The only thing that will bring peace to our world and peace to our hearts is the practice of the presence of the deep self. It is the self beyond the chatter of the mind and the world; it is the self that is already connected to our true destiny and the sense and order that we crave for our lives and the world.

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is Not a Normal Part of Aging

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he popular consensus regarding incontinence may be that it is just something that happens as we get older, but it is not a normal part of aging. There are two types of urinary incontinence that many people experience. Urinary leakage can occur when coughing, sneezing, laughing, changing positions, bending, lifting, walking or exercising. This is referred to as stress urinary incontinence. Leaking can also occur after a strong urge to urinate is

perceived and we are unable to get to the bathroom in time. This is referred to as urge incontinence. Symptoms of both types happening together is called mixed urinary incontinence. Incontinence can occur for many reasons, including constipation, post-menopausal hormonal changes, enlargement of the prostate—benign prostate hyperplasia/BPH, post-prostatectomy issues, impaired posture, organ prolapse, impaired mobility, impaired

core strength and pelvic floor dysfunctions, including either tight or weak muscles. The condition may be embarrassing and uncomfortable, but it can be treated and corrected. Physical therapy with a trained pelvic floor therapist can help reduce or eliminate symptoms completely. A therapist will assess dysfunctions by obtaining a thorough medical history, looking at posture and movement patterns/ mobility and examining pelvic floor muscles directly. Depending on the findings, therapy may include manual techniques to release tight muscles and correct alignment, biofeedback to help strengthen weak muscles or relax tight muscles, instruction in proper body mechanics, exercise and activity to reduce leaking, instruction in lifestyle changes to promote good bowel and bladder health, and bladder retraining strategies. A therapist may also use abdominal fascial manipulation to optimize pelvic floor and bladder function. Anyone experiencing urinary incontinence or other associated symptoms should see a doctor to be assessed and obtain a referral for physical therapy. Physical therapy treatment can allow us the freedom to perform activities of daily living, travel and participate in recreational and social activities without the embarrassment and inconvenience of leaking. Linda Finn, PT, WCS, practices at the Westmont office of ARC Physical Therapy, at 337 Ogden Ave. For more information and a list of all ARC locations, call 630-323-8646 or visit See ad on page 21.

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Aging with Passion and Purpose Finding Fulfillment, Creativity and Meaning by Deborah Shouse


ant to age well? The answer isn’t in your 401k. Self-acceptance, a positive attitude, creative expression, purposeful living and spiritual connections all anchor successful and meaningful aging. In fact, these kinds of preparations are just as important as saving money for retirement, according to Ron Pevny, director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, in Durango, Colorado, and author of Conscious Living, Conscious Aging.

Savor Self-Acceptance

While most people believe adulthood is the final stage of life, Dr. Bill Thomas is among the creative aging experts that identify another life chapter: elderhood. “Elders possess novel ways of approaching time, money, faith and relationships,” says Thomas, an Ithaca, New York geriatrician and fierce advocate for the value of aging. “The best chapters may be near the end of the book,” Thomas continues. “Once you appreciate yourself and your years, you can relinquish outdated expectations and seek to discover your true self. Then the world can open up to you,” says Thomas. “Living a rewarding life means we are willing to say, ‘These chapters now are the most interesting.’” During this time, rather than feeling consumed by what we have to do, we can focus on what we want to do. 28

Fill the Funnel of Friends

For older people, relationships offer foundational connections; but as we age, friends may drift away, relocate or die. “Successful aging requires refilling our funnel of friends,” says Thomas, who considers socially engaged elders with friends wealthier than a socially isolated millionaire. “Notice opportunities for interacting and connecting,” advises Shae Hadden, co-founder of The Eldering Institute in Vancouver, Canada. Talk with the checkout person at the grocery store or smile at a stranger walking her dog.

Cultivate a Positive Attitude

Our beliefs about aging shape our experiences. A Yale University study found that older individuals with more positive self-perceptions of aging lived 7.5 years longer than those less so inclined. Connecting with positive role models helps us release limiting beliefs and embrace an attitude of gratitude instead. Other life lessons can be gleaned from observing how negativity affects people physically, emotionally, and socially. Holding onto regrets traps us in the past zapping energy and self-worth; it also keeps the best in us from shining out says Pevny. He suggests a simple letting-go ceremony, with friends as witnesses. If possible, hold it in a natural outdoor setting.



At one of his conscious aging retreats, Pevny created a fire circle. Mike, 70, had been a dedicated long-distance runner for most of his life. Now plagued with mobility issues, Mike decided to let go of regrets. He brought a pair of running shorts into the circle and talked about what the sport had meant to him— its joys, challenges and camaraderie. Then he tossed the shorts into the fire, telling his friends, “I am letting go so I can find a new purpose and passion.”

Understand Our Life Stories

Creating our own life review helps us acknowledge and understand our most significant experiences and reminds us of all we’re bringing to our elder journey. Pevny offers these approaches: n Develop a timeline, dividing life into seven-year sections. For each, write about the strongest memories and most influential people. n Consider what matters most, from people and values to challenges and dreams. n Write to children and grandchildren, sharing tales of our life’s most significant events and lessons. n Record key stories on audio or video.

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The changes that aging brings can mire elders in depression and isolation. “Older people need to be brave and resilient,” says Susan Perlstein, of Brooklyn, New York, founder emeritus of the National Center for Creative Aging, in Washington, D.C., and founder of Elders Share the Arts, in New York City. “To age creatively, we need a flow of varied experiences, exploring new activities or reframing longtime interests from a fresh perspective.” Expressive arts can engage people’s minds, bodies and spirits. A George Washington University study shows that people engaged in the arts are happier and healthier. Perlstein understands this firsthand, having begun taking guitar lessons in her 70s. Motivated to play simple songs for her new granddaughter, she subsequently learned to play jazz and blues tunes and joined a band. “I’m doing something I love,” says Perlstein. “I’m meeting diverse people, learning new things and enjoying a rich life.”

The answers can lead to fresh settings, including local community centers and places of worship. Many universities have extension classes for lifelong learners. State arts councils support programs, and museums and libraries host helpful activities. Shepherd Centers encourage community learning and Road Scholar caters to elders that prefer to travel and study.

Discover a Purpose Older people are our retirement some people feel purgreatest resource. We need Upon poseless and lost. They yearn for someto nurture them and give thing that offers up excitement, energy and joy. Hadden invites people to be them a chance to share curious and explore options. “We’re what they know. designing our future around who we are ~Susan Perlstein, founder, National Center for Creative Aging and Elders Share the Arts Musician John Blegen, of Kansas City, Missouri, was 73 when he realized his lifelong secret desire to tap dance. When Blegen met the then 87-year-old Billie Mahoney, Kansas City’s “Queen of Tap,” he blurted out his wish and fear of being “too old.” She just laughed and urged him to sign up for her adult beginner class. He asked for tap shoes for Christmas and happily shuffle-stepped his way through three class sessions. “Tap class inspired me, encouraged me and gave me hope,” he says. “Now I can shim sham and soft shoe. It’s a dream come true.” To unearth the inner artist, ask: n Which senses do I most like to engage? n Do I enjoy looking at art or listening to music? Do I like sharing feelings and experiences? If so, a thrill may come from writing stories or plays, acting or storytelling. n As a child, what did I yearn to do; maybe play the piano, paint or engineer a train set? Now is the time to turn those dreams into reality. n How can I reframe my life in a positive way when I can no longer do activities I love? If dancing was my focus before, how do I rechannel that energy and passion? If puttering in the garden is too strenuous, what other outdoor interests can I pursue?

and what we care about now,” she says. Try keeping a journal for several weeks. Jot down issues and ideas that intrigue, aggravate and haunt. After several weeks, reflect on the links between concerns that compel and those that irritate. Perhaps we’re intrigued by a certain group of people or a compelling issue. “A concern points to problems and people you want to help,” Hadden observes. This can range from lending a hand to struggling family members, maintaining our own health, volunteering for a literacy project or working to reduce world hunger. “Choose what inspires you to get out of bed each day, eager to move into action.”

Develop Inner Frontiers

People in their elder years may still be measured by midlife standards, which include physical power, productivity and achievement. “They come up short in the eyes of younger people,” dharma practitioner Kathleen Dowling Singh remarks. “But those standards do not define a human life.” Rather, aging allows us to disengage from the pressures of appearances and accomplishments. As we release judgments and unwanted habits, we can increase our feelings of spirituality and peace. “When doors in the outer world seem to be closing, it’s time to cultivate inner resources that offer us joy and meaning. We have the beautiful privilege of slowing down and hearing what our heart is saying,” says Singh, of Sarasota, Florida.

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Acknowledge Our Shelf Life

“We cannot speak about aging and awakening without speaking about death and dying,” Singh believes. “We need to confront our mortality.” Meditating on the coming transition opens us up to the blessings of life. We can ask ourselves deep questions such as, “What am I doing? What do I want? What does this all mean? What is spirit?” Singh believes such searching questions are vital. None of us knows how much Earth time we have to awaken to a deeper, fuller experience of the sacred.

Help the World In today’s world of chaos and crisis, the wisdom of elders is more important than ever. “Older people need to be engaged, using their insights to help the Earth, community and world,” Pevny says. Creative aging is about improving the future for subsequent generations. In 2008, longtime educator Nora Ellen Richard, 70, of Overland Park, Kansas, wanted to be of greater service. She

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asked herself, “What if I housed a foreign student?” and found the International Student Homestay Program. She embarked upon an exploration of cultures from around the world without leaving home. Today, Richard has hosted more than a dozen female students and each relationship has expanded and enriched her life. “We talk about politics, food, religion and cultures; we even pray together,” Richard says. She points to memorable moments of bonding and

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respect, appreciation and celebration, and says, “As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned how vital it is to nurture the world I am in.” Deborah Shouse is a writer, speaker, editor and dementia advocate. Her newest book is Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together. Connect at

Meditation is one way to deepen spiritually as we age. “Sit in solitude, gather your scattered thoughts and set an intention,” Singh suggests. “A daily practice shows what peace, silence and contentment feel like. As you become more comfortable, add time until you’re sitting for 20 to 40 minutes.”

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FABULOUS FAN FARE Healthy Tailgating Foods to Cheer For by Judith Fertig


at, play, party… and repeat. We may call it tailgating, fangating, homegating, a watch party or simply eating with friends before a big game. According to the American Tailgaters Association, in St. Paul, Minnesota, an estimated 50 million Americans tailgate annually. Whether we’re on the road or at home, making the menu healthy is a winning strategy for hosts and guests. Here, two experts divulge their winning ways. Says Debbie Moose, author of Fan Fare: A Playbook of Great Recipes for Tailgating or Watching the Game at Home, Ivy League schools like Princeton and Yale claim credit for pregame picnics that 19th-century sports fans packed into their horse and buggy for

local road trips. Moose lives in the tailgate trifecta of the North Carolina triangle, home to Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest universities. She enjoyed discovering that University of Washington sports fans from the Seattle area like to sail to their chosen picnic spots, while University of Hawaii folks grill fish on hibachis in Honolulu. Moose naturally prefers healthy, Southern-style fare such as deviled eggs and marinated green bean salad, which can be served hot, cold or at room temperature. “At the game or at home, your guests will be moving around, so go for foods that can be eaten with one hand,” she suggests. She also plans her menu around color, universal appeal and variety

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because it’s healthier than just serving a mound of barbecued chicken wings and a big bowl of potato chips. She likes recipes that can do double duty; her black bean summer salad with cherry tomatoes and corn can function as a colorful side dish or as a salsa for nonGMO blue corn chips. “Recipes that you can do ahead of time make things easier on game day; just pull them from the fridge and go,” says Moose. Daina Falk, of New York City, grew up around professional athletes because her father, David Falk, is a well-known sports agent. Excitement-generating sports are in her blood and inspired her to write The Hungry Fan’s Game Day Cookbook. She knows that most of the tailgating in her area takes place for football and baseball games and NASCAR races. On, Falk serves up tips for every fangating/homegating occasion, from the Kentucky Derby to the Super Bowl. “Keep your menu interesting,” says Falk. “I always like to feature a dish for each team. For instance, if you’re hosting an Alabama versus Washington watch party, you could feature an Alabama barbecue dish with white sauce and oysters or other fresh seafood. Both dishes are characteristic of the local foods in the universities’ respective hometowns.” Falk recommends buying more local beer than needed to make sure not to run out. Game day guests can get hot and thirsty, indoors or out. Supply lots of filtered water in non-breakable containers. For easy entertaining, Falk recommends biodegradable dishes and cups. “Whenever there are a lot of people in one room, especially when they’re drinking, a glass will likely be broken,” she says. “Save yourself cleanup and the risk of glass shards by committing to temporary cups and plates that are Earth-friendly and compostable.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Healthy Tailgating Recipes

Black Bean Summer Salad Yields: 8 side dishes or 4 light meals This salad is easily doubled to feed a crowd.

2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels 2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and well drained 5 or 6 green onions, white and green parts, chopped 1 large sweet banana pepper, seeded and chopped 1½ cups halved cherry tomatoes 6 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 Tbsp lime juice 2½ Tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tsp chili powder Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 /3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves In a large bowl, toss together the corn, black beans, green onions, banana pepper and tomatoes.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, chili powder, salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss to coat them all. Then stir in the cilantro. Refrigerate from 1 to 3 hours to let the flavors come together. Note: If using frozen corn, drain it well and lightly sauté in a couple of teaspoons of olive oil before adding it to the salad. This removes moisture that may make the salad watery. Courtesy of Debbie Moose, Southern Holidays: A Savor the South Cookbook.

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Vegetarian-Friendly Barbecue Cauliflower Nuggets Yields: 8 appetizer servings Plant-based barbecue is a home run or touchdown.

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1 head of cauliflower 1 cup all-purpose or gluten-free flour 1 Tbsp barbecue spice blend 1 cup nut milk of choice 1 cup tomato-based barbecue sauce

Yields: 8 side dishes or 4 light meals This salad is easily doubled to feed a crowd.

Accompaniment: Dipping sauce of choice Preheat the oven to 450° F.

2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels 2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and well drained 5 or 6 green onions, white and green parts, chopped 1 large sweet banana pepper, seeded and chopped 1½ cups halved cherry tomatoes 6 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 Tbsp lime juice 2½ Tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tsp chili powder Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 /3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Rinse and separate cauliflower florets into small- to medium-sized pieces. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the barbecue spice, flour and nut milk until smooth.

Parmesan Baked Tomatoes Farmers’ Markets are filled with an abundance of local produce. I wait all year for heirloom tomatoes. The taste is so amazing and September is cool enough to turn the oven back on. So try these flavorful baked tomatoes for a quick side dish.

2 pints cherry tomatoes, vary types if desired ½ cup panko or fresh breadcrumbs ½ cup grated, fresh Parmesan cheese Olive oil 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh herbs such as basil, oregano or thyme ½ tsp Salt ¼ tsp fresh pepper 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese for top Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash tomatoes and pat dry.

Dredge each piece of cauliflower in the batter before placing it on the baking sheet.

In a large bowl, toss together the corn, black beans, green onions, banana pepper and tomatoes.

Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Brush the cauliflower with barbecue sauce and return to the oven for an additional 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, chili powder, salt and pepper.

Remove the cauliflower from the baking sheet and plate alongside a dipping sauce of your choice.

Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss to coat them all. Then stir in the cilantro.

Adapted from Daina Falk’s

Prepare an eight-by-10 baking dish by barely covering the bottom of the baking dish with olive oil. In a bowl, combine bread crumbs, ½ cup of cheese, salt and pepper, and herbs. Mix slightly. Add tomatoes to the baking dish and toss to coat in olive oil. Add breadcrumb mixture and toss gently. Bake in the oven for eight to 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove from the oven and add remaining two tablespoons of cheese to the top.

Refrigerate from 1 to 3 hours to let the flavors come together.

Place under the broiler until the cheese is melted and browning occurs, about three minutes.

Note: If using frozen corn, drain it well and lightly sauté in a couple of teaspoons of olive oil before adding it to the salad. This removes moisture that may make the salad watery.

Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Season to taste. Serve with fresh baguette.

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1 (15 oz) can crushed tomatoes 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained 2 cups water 1 bunch Swiss chard, chopped (can use stems or not) Salt and pepper to taste

Smoky Corn, Tomato and Chard Soup by Alia Dalal Soup tends to be a cold-weather food, so we don’t often see it made with super summery ingredients. But soup can be a great way to cook up the abundance of produce that accumulates in the fridge or garden in the summer and fall. This soup combines summery produce like corn, zucchini and greens with pantry staples like canned tomatoes, beans and spices. Yields: 4 Servings 1 yellow onion, chopped 4 celery stalks, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp ground cumin ½ tsp ground coriander 1 zucchini, chopped into ½” pieces 2 earns corn, kernels removed 1 (15 oz) can diced fire-roasted tomatoes

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Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large pot. Add onions and celery with a pinch of salt and sauté for five minutes, letting them soften. Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds more. Add smoked paprika, cumin,and coriander and stir. Add zucchini and sauté for two minutes more. When vegetable mixture is fragrant and beginning to soften, add corn, diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, black beans and enough water to make it soup-ish, about two cups. Vegetables will continue to release water, so it will get more liquidy, not less, as it cooks. Let cook for at least 10 minutes, but as long as you want to help flavors meld and develop. After the soup has simmered, turn off heat and fold into chopped Swiss chard. Taste and season for salt and pepper. Serve on its own or garnished with avocado, tortillas, tortillas chips or a sprouted grain roll. Alia Dalal is a Chicago-based health and wellness chef, host and creator of Nightcap, a web series on good food and beverage. Get more nutrition tips and recipes at



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Rodney Yee on Yoga as a Way of Life

You can blink and half your life is gone. You can’t always be busy, busy, busy; you have to decide how to fill your life.

Simple Strategies for Staying on Track by Marlaina Donato


enowned yogi and international teacher Rodney Yee, of New York City, has maintained an inspired yoga practice for 37 years while juggling career obligations, fame and family life. While the benefits of yoga are increasingly well known—from stress reduction and pain management to a more limber body and inner peace—Yee is also aware of the challenges to maintaining a consistent practice. Here he shares insights on the pitfalls encountered by both beginning and advanced students.   “My advice is to first get rid of self-berating behavior, including judgmental inner dialogue. In many aspects of life, we are constantly measuring ourselves against a standard, which is a waste of time and energy,” says Yee. With a professional background in classical dance and gymnastics, Yee decided to give yoga a try at a nearby studio when he craved more physical flexibility. “As many people do, I came to yoga for a reason. I was a dancer with tight joints. After the first class, I couldn’t believe how I felt. It was not at all like an athletic high; I had a sense of well-being and knew what it means to feel peaceful and clear.” For people with jam-packed lives, finding time for exercise can be daunting. Yee suggests a relaxed approach to scheduling yoga into a busy day. “As the rishis [Hindu sages] say, we shouldn’t ‘try’ to meditate, not try to force a natural state. To say, ‘I have to do yoga,’ just puts another thing on our to-do list. Sometimes discipline is needed, but another part of discipline is not about force.”


Different approaches to yoga abound, and part of staying motivated may include exploration of a variety of traditions as individual needs change due to lifestyle, health, interests or simple curiosity. Yee reminds us to go with the flow and follow how we feel in the moment. “Different schools of yoga exist because each offers something different. There is a form for all of our moods and a practice for how you feel at any given time.” Reflecting on how his own practice has evolved through the years, Yee recollects, “In my 20s and 30s, my yoga practice was arduous, including three to four hours of strong, physical work and a half hour of pranayama [breath work]. Then for 20 years, it involved a lot of teaching. Over the past 17 years, my practice has become more subtle, with a focus on sequencing and meditation; it’s about how to do this all day long in the context of my body and my life; about being both centered and in the world. In some way, we’re always doing yoga, as we already take 20,000 breaths a day. From a philosophical and ethical point of view, yogis have no choice but to practice.” Because many American women have found their way to a yogic path, men often assume it’s primarily a women’s niche. But yoga has been a male practice for nearly 2,500 years in other countries. Yee encourages men to not feel intimidated. “Why not try something that can help you improve your business, family life and even your golf game?” he queries. While Yee believes in a no-pressure approach, he also suggests inviting ways to foster consistency. “If you are just beginning, set aside a half-hour before going to bed or get up a half-hour earlier. Also note that pain is less to be avoided than learned from.” Wisdom can come from dedication to a yoga practice. Yee’s philosophy is, “You can blink and half your life is gone. You can’t always be busy, busy, busy; you have to decide how to fill your life. As spiritual teacher Ram Dass counsels, ‘Be here now.’ Train yourself to bring body, mind and heart together and fully drink from that.” Learn more at Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at


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DANCE! by Peggy Malecki


s people age, they tend to gradually become more sedentary. Over time, and without realizing it, their movement becomes linear— generally only walking—which can increase instability and lead to people being unsteady on their feet, increasing the risk of falls, joint injuries and hip fractures. But when people move in a nonlinear way, such as in a structured dance class, they build physical strength and stability, as well as added confidence in the way they move through their daily lives. Lynne Belsky, M.D., a former dancer with the Joffrey Ballet and a Highland Park physician, and Lisa Gold, dance instructor and owner of Highland Park’s North Shore School of Dance, started the nonprofit CBG Institute for Dance and Health (CBG Dance) to enrich the health and quality of life for older adults through dance education, performance and ongoing research. Sharing the vision of a community that conquers ageism by encouraging and supporting its senior citizens in their artistic endeavors, they teach balletbased dance classes to adults 55 and older—aptly titled Time to Dance—in 38

Gold’s studio, located a block from the downtown Highland Park Metra station. Their other class offering, Dance For Joy, is for cancer patients, particularly breast cancer survivors. Belsky began researching the therapeutic effects of dance in 2012, and explains, “Our aging population has specific health issues that contribute to disability, increase the need for managed care, cause suffering and social isolation, and lead to decline—including balance and resultant falls, chronic conditions caused by inactivity and dementia. Different types of activity may help to ease symptoms or slow the need for care, but studies show that there is one specific activity that addresses all of these issues and is socially engaging and fun—and that activity is dance.” “In the dance class, we include exercises where students hold on to the barre while standing on one leg to increase stability,” says Gold. Beyond physical




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strength, dance can also build selfesteem and decrease depression. “With graceful walking exercises, we build confidence in people to move freely without worrying that they are going to fall. It gives them confidence for moving through the world,” she notes. “Participating in dance heightens feelings of joy and connectedness,” says Belsky. Studies show that structured dance is also medically therapeutic and has direct benefits that include increased stability, muscle strength, improved reaction time, cognitive improvements, tactile and motor skills performance, perceptual abilities and overall wellness. Belsky’s and Gold’s students include older people that have never danced alongside those with experience. Many of their students have been looking for a place where they could dance and be accepted, due to injury or physical issues, says Belsky, who notes, “Music, movement and social interaction all help to ward off cognitive decline. Dance, which combines all three elements, has shown measurable increase in preventing dementia.” Research published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience that studied both aging dancers and people with no prior history of dance that began a formal dance program found, “Those who benefitted most were those who had never danced before or who had described themselves as clumsy.” “Among our own students, those who came in telling us they were klutzes and felt they couldn’t learn to dance are now coming in two or three days each week because they are feeling much better and have seen personal accomplishments and improvements in themselves. As they gain confidence, students move more freely and discover different muscles they haven’t used in

a long time, such as the hip and pelvic muscles, which are very important for good posture, stability, balance and preventing falls,” notes Belsky. “Students also report that dance helps them with other activities they may engage in, including yoga and exercise classes, as well as increasing overall muscle tone.” The social aspects of dance, as well as feelings of accomplishment, are beneficial to decreasing depression and improving social interaction. Belsky reports that many people she sees in her medical practice have worked all of their lives, raised families and therefore put off or repressed their artistic ambitions. When they get older, they finally have the time to explore their creative interests. She explains, “They now have found a group of like-minded people and are finding joy in this new activity.” “People keep coming back because they enjoy dancing and they enjoy being in the class with others,” says Belsky. “They leave class and say to us, ‘Well, that was fun!’” As a nonprofit organization, Belsky and Gold aim to subsidize classes so they are accessible to everyone, as well as hire additional instructors. Belsky would also like to expand her research on how specific techniques do or do not help the affects of aging. Another goal of CBG Dance is to make classes accessible to seniors across the area in senior centers and independent and/or assisted living centers, and become a destination for those residents. Belsky and Gold want students to experience dance in a real dance studio, as opposed to a fitness class where they live. Gold sums it up, “I’ve always called dance the fountain of youth. It helps people stay young. When they start to dance, people find inside themselves that they’re really not the old person they think they are. The longer they dance, the younger they feel.” The CBG Institute and North Shore School of Dance is located at 505 Laurel Ave, in Highland Park. For more information, call 847-432-2060, email or visit See ad on page 6 and in the Community Resource Guide.

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NATURE’S CLASSROOM Outdoor Learning Engages the Whole Child by Meredith Montgomery

Nature-based schools provide a child-centered, guided discovery approach to early learning that appeals to kids, parents and teachers and offers far-ranging benefits.


or youngsters at Tiny Trees Preschool, in Seattle, nature is their classroom— rain or shine; tuition even includes a rain suit and insulated rubber boots. At Schlitz Audubon Nature Preschool, in Milwaukee, children use downed wood to build forts and fires. Students of Vermont’s Educating Children Outdoors (ECO) program use spray bottles of colored water to spell words in the snow.

Forest Schools Based on the publicly funded forest kindergarten model used by Scandinavian countries since 1995, Tiny Trees encompasses seven urban park locations throughout the city, ranging from 15 to 160 acres. With no buildings, playgrounds or commercially produced furniture and 30 percent less overhead, “We can make exceptional education affordable,” remarks CEO Andrew Jay. “Most of the day is spent exploring the forest. If children see salmon in the 40

stream, we observe them from a bridge, and then search out the headwaters to see where they’re coming from,” explains Jay.

Nature Preschools The launch of Earth Day in 1970 and America’s nature center movement in the 1960s yielded another immersive nature-based model that includes indoor learning. The preschool at the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Designcertified Schlitz Audubon Nature Center includes three nature-focused indoor classrooms and three outdoor areas— two with manmade structures like a slide and picnic tables, and one left completely natural. Founding Director Patti Bailie says the children spend most of their day outside and teachers can take them beyond the play areas to explore 185 acres of prairie, forest, wetlands and lakefront beach habitats.


ECO currently collaborates with seven Vermont public schools from preschool to high school, offering year-long programs for students in inquiry-based outdoor learning for up to four hours a week. “We immerse ourselves in nature with a 10-minute hike into the forest,” says program coordinator Melissa Purdy. Students first learn safety protocols and how to set up camp. Introducing skill-appropriate tools, preschoolers whittle sticks, third-graders build teepees and lean-tos, and high school students build bridges across streams.

Building Resiliency Sharing space with insects and plants requires special safety protocols and preparation, but the injury rate of outdoor learning is no higher than that of indoor schools. “Children are building risk literacy—they climb trees, but only to safe heights; they step on wet rocks, but learn how to do so without falling,” says Jay. Classrooms without walls work because students have a sense of freedom within reasonable boundaries. “In winter, we dress warmly and do more hiking to generate body heat. We use picnic shelters in heavy rains. Children don’t have anxiety about the future—rain means puddles to splash in and snow means building snowmen,” says Jay.

Developing the Whole Child Outdoor learning naturally creates knowledge of local ecosystems, environmental stewards and a sense of place, but teachers also observe many other developmental benefits. At the Magnolia Nature School, at Camp McDowell, in Nauvoo, Alabama, Madeleine Pearce’s agile and surefooted preschoolers can hike three miles. Located in a rural county with

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a 67 percent poverty rate, the school partners with Head Start to secure tuition-free opportunities for families. Pearce attests how exploring the 1,100-acre property fosters language skills. “With less teacher instruction, children have more time to talk freely with each other.” Instead of loudly calling kids in, Purdy uses bird calls or a drum, which fosters a sense of peace and respect. During daily sit time students observe themselves as a part of nature. “As birds sing and wildlife appears, children see the rewards of quiet and stillness, so self-regulation becomes natural,” agrees Bailie. Bailie sees how children in forest kindergartens express better motor skills, physical development and cognitive abilities than those restricted to traditional playgrounds. Natural playscapes change with the season, are sensory-rich and provide extra oxygen to the brain—all factors that correlate to brain development. Such benefits are reported in Brain-Based Learning by Eric Jensen, Brain Rules by John J. Medina and the Early Childhood Education Journal.

Parents and teachers often describe nature preschool students as being more observant, confident, inquisitive and engaged. Outdoor preschools also foster microbial exposure, essential for healthy immune system development. “Without this exposure, children are at increased risk for developing allergies, asthma, irritable bowel disease, obesity and diabetes later in life,” says B. Brett Finlay, Ph.D., author of Let Them Eat Dirt, which cites supporting science. Kindergarten readiness is a goal of all preschools, but Pearce doesn’t believe a traditional academic focus is required. “By putting nature first, children are socially and emotionally ready for kindergarten,” she says. “They know how to conquer challenges and are ready to take on academics.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLiving

OUTDOOR PLAY “We are innately connected to nature, but need to provide opportunities to make that connection,” says Patti Bailie, former assistant director of Antioch University’s nature-based Early Childhood certificate program, in Keene, New Hampshire. Here’s how. Get wild at home. Hang bird feeders, grow wildlife-attracting plants, start a compost pile and designate an area of the yard for natural play where kids can dig and the grass isn’t mowed. Explore a forest instead of a playground. Without swing sets and toys, children create imaginative play, build forts and climb trees. Incorporate active transportation into the family routine. Walk, bike or paddle. Rain gear and flashlights enable rainy and after-dark explorations. Join a family nature club. At, connect with other families that value and use the natural world for playing, growing and learning via their Natural Families Forum.

NATURE JOURNALING TIPS by Meredith Montgomery

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ature journal content is highly personal, ranging from scientific species accounts to wildlife-inspired stories. With just a notebook, pencil and fully engaged senses, nature enthusiasts of all ages can foster observation skills, creativity and outdoor exploration. Prompt open-ended questions. “Nature journals encourage children to ask questions and search for answers,” says Tiny Trees Preschool CEO Andrew Jay, of Seattle. Ask why flowers are blooming, how slugs suddenly appeared and what type of tree a leaf came from. Build upon findings with drawings and notes. Make a sound map. Project Learning Tree, a nationwide environmental education program funded by the American Forest Association, suggests drawing an “X” in the middle of the page to represent where the child is sitting. Then use pictures, shapes or words to show the relative

locations of surrounding sounds. Consider the macro perspective. Vermont’s Outdoor Education Coordinator Melissa Purdy shows students close-up shots of moss or sticks without revealing what the abstract image is. Students note what they observe and wonder as they try to solve the mystery. Alternatively, challenge children to draw their own macro images by looking at an object with a magnifying glass. Find a sit spot. Give children the time and space to write and draw freely in their journal as they sit quietly in nature. “Return to the same spot regularly and see how things have changed,” advises Patti Bailie, a professor of early childhood education at the University of Maine, in Farmington. If kids are too busy exploring and learning while outside, reflections can be captured once they’re back inside, too.

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Dorm Room Wish List by Lisa Sullivan, M.D.


ecause high indoor allergen counts have been linked to the development of allergies and asthma, here is a wish list for allergy and asthma patients going off to prep school or college. Parents and students should keep receipts for products purchased, because they qualify for medically necessary items for tax or health savings account purposes.

n Air-conditioned room with windows closed This keeps pollen and molds out and maintains a desirable humidity. Students may ask their allergist or primary care provider for a letter of medical necessity.

n Wood, laminated or tile flooring Remove or request a carpet-free room. Carpeting greatly increases dust mite concentration and can trap other allergens such as mold, pollen, roach particles, pet dander and foods.

n HEPA-grade or equivalent vacuum cleaner If stuck with carpet, buy a HEPA-equivalent vacuum. These cleaners remove allergens that typically flow right through conventional

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bags. Remember that allergen particles are smaller than dirt. An economical version ($80) can be found at area drug stores or online.

n Allergen-proof bedding Keep in mind that dust mites love anything that is rarely washed. Minimize the “fluff”. Less is more on a bed. The new, sleek and modern look works well. Pick up dust mite encasings for the mattress and pillow. They can be found at local bed/bath stores or online. Washable blankets or comforters are best. Avoid duvets and wash linens weekly.

n Humidity control Buy an inexpensive humidity detector ($10) at a local hardware/drug store or online and put it in the dorm room. Keep the humidity between 35 and 45 percent to minimize mold and dust mite growth. If the humidity is too high in the summer, turn on the air conditioner, and if too low in the winter, add a vaporizer.

n HEPA air purifier Buy an inexpensive HEPA filter (such as the Germ Guardian 3-in-1 system, about $100) at a local hardware/drug store or online and run it in the dorm room overnight.

n Medication management Keep daily medications near the toothbrush so not to forget to take an allergy or asthma regimen. Always carry a rescue inhaler or Epi Pen/AuviQ if needed.

n Use caution in new situations At parties, or if tempted, don’t try new substances. People with allergies and asthma are more prone to adverse reactions.

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

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

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

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Shedding the

Straw Habit

by Megy Karydes


biquitous plastic straws are convenient, lightweight and free with purchase. They’re also choking our waterways and becoming a convenience item of growing concern. Americans throw away more than 200 pounds of plastic every year, according to Jaclyn Wegner, director of conservation action at the John G. Shedd Aquarium ( “Many of these single-use plastic items easily wash or blow into the waterways, where they can have devastating effects on animals and ecosystems through entanglement and ingestion.” Four of the top five items polluting U.S. beaches are made of plastic: beverage bottles, food wrappers, bottle caps, plastic straws and stirrers, notes Wegner. Our lakes, rivers and oceans have become the final stop for our throwaway plastics, with more than 8 million tons of plastic dumped annually into our oceans, says a 2016 report by the Plastic Oceans Foundation ( According to scientists, if we don’t take action, the amount of plastics in our oceans will exceed fish, pound for pound, by 2050. Reducing plastic consumption is a crucial step in keeping it out of our oceans, rivers and lakes. “For example, if every American chose not to use a straw for one day, we would prevent 500 million plastic straws, enough to fill 127 school buses, from entering our waterways,” says Wegner.


Take the Conservation Challenge Shedd Aquarium has implemented a conservation challenge called Shedd the Straw to inspire Chicagoans to remove single-use plastic straws from our everyday routine and thus reduce our plastic footprint. This could be as simple as saying no to plastic straws routinely provided with many beverages or bringing a reusable straw. “We encourage people to nix single-use plastics altogether, but choosing to ‘Shedd the Straw’ is an easy first step,” recommends Wegner. “We recently joined forces with 18 other aquariums across the country to launch a broader campaign called In Our Hands ( that encourages people to take a pass on single-use plastic products because the problem with plastics is quite literally in our hands as plastic cups, plastic bags, plastic straws, plastic cutlery, etc.” Chicago’s indoor public aquarium is supporting the challenge by eliminating single-use plastic straws, utensils, individual condiment containers and shopping bags from its restaurants and stores. They also encouraged eateries throughout the city and suburbs to join the challenge this past World Oceans Day, June 8, with more than a dozen participating. Missing the Bigger Picture An argument could be made to go beyond the single-use straw and replace other single-use plastic products such as coffee cups and food containers, yet straws are a great place to start. “Saying no to straws is one easy action to make a difference,” says Wegner. “Unlike beverage and food containers, the oftenaccompanying plastic straws are nearly impossible to recycle because of their complex composition: a petroleum byproduct called polypropylene, mixed with colorants and plasticizers. One use and they’re in the trash container and then in a landfill, which means every straw ever used most likely still exists on this planet, although they may have broken down into smaller pieces of plastic. Unfortunately, not every straw makes it into a garbage receptacle; many are littered and, all too often, enter a body of water near you.” BYO Straw Still, there is a portion of the community that needs straws. David Perry, a history professor at Dominican University ( and freelance journalist focused on disability, parenting, history and education, relies on the bendy plastics to help his 10-year-old son with Down syndrome stay hydrated. “My family is not alone,” he argues in an article he wrote for the Pacific Standard (PSMag,org). “Straws are a wildly successful example of assistive technology for millions of people with diverse abilities, all of whom are best served by ubiquitous straws.” Lynn Walsh, manager of accessibility and inclusion for Shedd Aquarium, understands that there are people in the disability community that need straws, and has included Shedd’s straw policy and a suggestion to “Please pack one if needed” on the accessibility page of their website. It is the first item in the general Information section. “The straw policy and suggestion is also posted on their Sensory Friendly app, in the Tips/ Eating at Shedd section,” adds Walsh. “The app is designed for guests with autism and sensory processing disorders in mind, and helps make Shedd more accessible to all guests.”


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n Commit to #SheddTheStraw on social media and post examples. n Bring reusable straw everywhere. Keep some in the car. Several companies, like Strawesome, make it easy and cost-effective. n Support restaurants and businesses that don’t serve disposable plastic straws with drinks by default. If offered, say, “No thanks,” and recommend they consider taking the Conservation Challenge. n Help out individually, as a family or as a team to clean our beaches at a Great Lakes Action Day or Adopt-a-Beach event. For those that have a hard time drinking without a straw, or simply prefer a straw with a beverage, Shedd Aquarium has partnered with Strawesome (, a maker of reusable glass straws that are handmade in the U.S. Prices start at $6.95, with several options online, as well as the ability to custom design one. “The only thing I can say is that Strawesome sucks in the best way,” says Daedra Surowiec, founder and artist of Strawesome. Beach Clean-Up For those that want to go beyond just eliminating their straw habit and be more proactive in working to protect our waterways via community projects, The Alliance for the Great Lakes ( organizes beach clean-ups and offers an annual Adopt-a-Beach program in September. For more information, visit www3. Plastics_Economy.pdf, SheddAquarium. org and adopt-a-beach. Megy Karydes is a Chicago-based freelance writer working on a memoir about growing up American as a child of refugee parents. Find her at

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Retirees are volunteering at hundreds of nationally protected lands. They staff visitor centers, do maintenance, clean up debris and remind visitors to keep food items secure from wildlife. Last year, volunteers outnumbered National Park Service staff about 20 to one, expanding the financially strapped agency’s ability to serve hundreds of millions of visitors. Nearly a third of them are 54 and up, contributing to the 7.9 million service hours worked in 2015 by all 400,000 volunteers. Volunteer opportunities also exist at National Wildlife Refuge sites, fish hatcheries and endangered species field offices of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Sallie Gentry, volunteer coordinator for the Southeast Region, based in Atlanta, notes that Georgia’s Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has a dozen designated spots for motor homes in its Volunteer Village. She says most volunteers are local retired residents whose working hours vary while RV volunteers commit to 20 hours a week for at least three months. In return, they get free hookups for electricity, sewage, propane and water. “They have skills they want to contribute, but are also looking for a social outlet,” notes Gentry. Cookouts and potlucks are common. She also cites the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, an important migratory stop especially for songbirds, as a place with great appeal. “We supply uniforms, training, tools and orientations,” says Gentry. “It’s a mutually beneficial investment.” She suggests that individuals apply for specific sites at least a year in advance. Megan Wandag, volunteer coordinator for the USFWS Midwest Region, based in Minneapolis, cites the popular Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, in Bloomington, and the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, near Des Moines, as “oases near urban areas.” USFWS Southwest Region volunteer coordinator Juli Niemann highlights the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, in central New Mexico, that has 18 recreation vehicle spots and an average occupancy duration of five months. “It’s a prime wintering place for sandhill cranes.” updates site details and contact information at federal facilities nationwide.

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Harvest. Store. Plant. Create. by Lisa Hilgenberg


all is the time to pick crisp apples for eating now and also to preserve nature’s bounty for winter enjoyment. Here are a few tips to extend the fruitful fall season and to prepare for future seasons.

Harvest: Whether picking homegrown apples or harvesting during a fun afternoon at a local orchard, it’s best to let apples ripen on the tree, rather than picking before they are ready and then trying to coax them to ripen on the kitchen counter. Look for apples with color that has mellowed from a green-tinged background to a yellow undertone. Harvest by holding apples in the palm of the hand, lifting upwards and gently twisting the apple to release it from the branch, leaving a small portion of stem on the apple. If the fruit comes off the spur easily, then it is ready to pick. Slice the apple in half, noticing if the seeds have turned from white to brown, another indicator of ripeness. Take care not to puncture or bruise the fruit. Store: Granny Smith, Fuji and other

apples are at their best when stored at 30° to 40°F in covered, ventilated, containers. Post-harvest handling and proper storage in a cool basement or garage means extending the freshness of the apple harvest to last well in to the fall. Store apples in the refrigerator at 33°, extending the life of the apple 10 times longer 46

than storing them at room temperature. If time or storage space is limited, apples can be simply peeled, sliced and dipped in lemon juice, then placed in freezer bags and frozen for later use.

Plant: Nearly 40 percent of Chicagoland backyard gardens grew fruit trees during the 1950s, but they are missing in many urban gardens today. Consider planting apple trees in a home garden. This is easily done in the late fall, when plants are dormant. There’s hardly a more satisfying harvest than plucking ripe apples that we’ve grown ourselves. Start by selecting pest-resistant varieties that can withstand the extreme weather and temperature fluctuations of the Midwest. Planting two varieties with similar flowering times is best, as bees will take care of proper cross-pollination and good fruit setting. Choose disease-resistant varieties like Liberty, GoldRush, Zestar and Wolf River, all superior apples for home gardens. Try to select apples on semidwarfing rootstock to keep trees at a manageable height of around 10 feet. Choose a well-drained location receiving at least six hours of sunlight per day. Dig a hole twice as wide as the roots. Planting depth is important, as planting too deeply can suffocate new trees. After unpotting the young tree, prune off any circling and broken roots and settle the tree into the ground, leaving the graft


union (a large bump on the truck down near the root ball where the top of the tree, or scion, meets the rootstock) two inches above the soil level. Backfill the hole and tamp down the soil around the tree with the end of the shovel to remove air pockets. Water well and mulch with three inches of leaf mulch under the tree’s drip line, taking care not to mound the mulch against the trunk. Newly planted trees require one inch of water per week until the ground freezes. If Mother Nature hasn’t provided the inch per week, hand water the tree to ensure enough moisture.

Create: Think outside the pie. Look for heirloom farm recipes for lightly sweet, healthy and appealing ways to use apples. Savor fall’s harvest long into the autumn by making applesauce, chutney and crabapple pickles. Share the immediate sweetness of fall’s bounty with a neighbor, a favorite teacher, coworker or coach by baking an apple crisp or creating a caramel apple. Fall is the time to collect nature’s bounty; here are four recipes to help make the most of the harvest. Four Easy Apple Recipes

from Lisa Hilgenberg’s Kitchen:

Apple Charlotte Zurich Style 6 green apples (peeled and cored) ¾ cup sugar ¼ cup raisins ½ cup butter 12 thin slices firm white bread Cut apples into half-inch slices and place in a pot. Add a quarter-cup sugar and raisins, then cover and simmer until barely tender. Butter an eight-inch square pan and sprinkle a half-cup of sugar on the bottom and sides. Melt a half-cup of butter and brush both sides of the bread slices. Line the pan with all but four of them. Drain apple slices and pour over bread. Top with the four remaining slices. Dust with a bit more sugar and dot with butter if desired. Cover with foil and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Serve with ice cream.

Green Tomato and Apple Chutney 1 cup green pepper 4 cups ripe tomato 2 cups green tomato 4 cups apple ½ cup onion 2 Tbsp mustard seed 2 Tbsp celery seed 1 tsp ground ginger 3 Tbsp salt 2 cups sugar 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp cloves 4 cups cider vinegar Chop vegetables and fruit. Mix with rest of the ingredients and boil gently for 1.5 hours. Pour into hot clean jars, adjusting caps and process 10 minutes in boiling water bath.

Crabapple Pickles 6 cups sugar 2/3 quart vinegar 4 cups water 1 Tbsp cloves 1 stick cinnamon

ecoalertecoalertecoalertec McHenry County Farm Stroll McHenry County will host its third annual Farm Stroll, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 24—a self-guided tour of the county’s diversified family farms. A total of 12 farms will be part of this educational ag-centric tour. Apple orchards, vegetable growers, dairy cows, beef cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, horses, alpacas, honeybees, perennial plants, hydroponics and more will be featured. There is no beginning or end of the tour, just choose which farms are of the most interest. These are working farms, so visitors are advised to dress appropriately and supervise children at all times. No pets, please. A few farms will have toilet facilities, but several do not. Admission is free. For more information, call 815-338-1520 or visit


Wash firm crabapples and remove flower end, leaving the stem. Punch skin with fork in three places. To make syrup, boil ingredients for five minutes, then add apples. Boil five more minutes, taking care not to overcook.

Apple Crisp 4 cups apple (cored, peeled and sliced) ¾ cup quick cooking oats ¾ cup brown sugar ½ cup flour 1 tsp cinnamon ½ cup butter Spread apple in nine-inch square pan. Combine remaining ingredients until crumbly and sprinkle over apples. Bake at 350° for 35 to 45 minutes until apples are tender and top is browned. Serve warm with ice cream. Lisa Hilgenberg is the horticulturist at the Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden in the Chicago Botanic Garden, located at 1000 Lake Cook Rd., in Glencoe. For more information, call 847-835-5440 or visit

CALL FOR VENDORS! SIGN UP TODAY Showcase your business or organization at this 10th-annual event Free and open to the public • Interact with McHenry County’s very large and passionate green community • 700–900 attendees • Fully furnished tiny house on site • Traveling exhibit “Sustainable Choices” on display This year’s event includes an artist’s walk where the visitors can shop and interact with local sustainable artists. Businesses that can offer great green holiday gift ideas encouraged to register too! This event sells out of vendor spots quickly, so register today! Email or call (815) 479-7765. For more information, visit

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Fluoride Alert Excess in Food and Tap Water Harms Pets by Karen Becker


n 2009, an Environmental Working Group (EWG) study found that bone meal and animal byproducts in eight of 10 major national dog food brands contain fluoride in amounts between 1.6 and 2.5 times higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended maximum dose in drinking water. Some fluoride from tap water used in the manufacturing of pet food contributes to this. Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., lead researcher of the study, remarks, “A failed regulatory system and suspect practices by some in the pet food industry puts countless dogs at risk of ingesting excessive fluoride.� Fluoride occurs naturally in rocks, soil and thus some food plants and water supplies. More enters food via use of fluoride-based pesticides and commercial processing facilities. The EWG advises that two-thirds of all Americans, along with pets and farm animals, are exposed to artificially fluoridated tap water.

Fluoride Dangers to Humans While fluoride exposure hasn’t been studied in dogs or cats, according to 48

Dr. Joseph Mercola, ample research points to the dangers of fluoride to human health, including: n Arthritis n Bone cancer (osteosarcoma) n Bone fractures n Brain damage and lowered IQ n Damaged sperm and increased infertility n Deactivation of 62 enzymes n Dementia n Disrupted immune system n Disrupted synthesis of collagen n Genetic damage and cell death n Hyperactivity and/or lethargy n Impaired sleep (inhibits melatonin produced by the pineal gland) n Increased lead absorption n Increased tumor and cancer rate n Inhibited formation of antibodies n Lowered thyroid function n Muscle disorders

Fluoride Dangers to Canines Dogs are at substantial long-term risk for exposure to unacceptably high levels of fluoride. They are, for example, at


significantly higher probability for bone cancer than humans, with more than 8,000 cases diagnosed each year in the U.S., compared with about 900 human cases. According to the EWG, a dog drinking normal amounts of tap water would be exposed to 0.05 to 0.1 milligram (mg) of fluoride per kilogram (kg) of body weight daily. A 10-pound puppy that daily eats about a cup of dog food would ingest approximately 0.25 mg fluoride per kg body weight a day, based on average fluoride content in the eight contaminated brands it tested. Altogether, the puppy could be exposed to 3.5 times more fluoride than the EPA allows in drinking water. Large breed puppies may be exposed to even more fluoride due to higher water intake. Whatever the size and the appetite of a dog, combined fluoride exposure from food and water can easily become unsafe. Eating the same food every day, they may be constantly consuming more fluoride than is healthy for normal growth, leading to health problems and higher veterinary bills later in life.

Prevent High Ingestion of Fluoride

The EWG recommends owners purchase pet foods free of bone meal and other meals made from animal byproducts. It also suggests that government set fluoride limits in pet food that protect both puppies and large breeds most at risk for bone cancer. Dr. Michael W. Fox, an internationally recognized veterinarian and former vice president of the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, recommends providing pets with fluoride-free water; spring water or reverse osmosis filtered water also works well. In preparing homemade food for a pet, make sure any added bone meal is free of fluoride and lead. Ethical bone meal producers will test for these contaminants; verify with the source. Fox suggests a good bone meal substitute might be fossilized oyster shell, dolomite or a synthesized or refined calcium supplement like calcium citrate, ascorbate, stearate

Fluoride-Free Feeding Tips n In homemade food preparation, avoid Teflon-coated pans, which may increase the fluoride levels in food. n Avoid cooking with fluoridated water, which concentrates fluoride in the food.

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n Avoid toothpaste or oral rinses intended for humans, to brush canine teeth. Dental health products made for pets are fluoride-free.

or gluconate. Or, consider a pure tricalcium and dicalcium phosphate, blended with magnesium. Fox attests that bones from longerlived food animals such as dairy cows, laying hens and breeding stock likely contain higher levels of fluoride than shorter-lived animals like chickens, calves and lambs. In his article “Fluoride in Pet Food: A Serious Health Risk for Both Dogs and Cats?” he writes: “Fluorides accumulate in farmed animals over time from phosphate fertilizers, phosphate supplements, bone meal and fish meal supplements and pesticide and industrialpollution-contaminated pastures and animal feed. The bones, fins, gills and scales of fish are often high in fluoride.” He recommends raw food diets that avoid ground bone from older animals like beef cattle and adult sheep. Dr. Karen Becker is a proactive and integrative veterinarian in the Chicago area, consults internationally and writes Mercola Healthy Pets (HealthyPets.

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Beginning Zen Shiatsu – Thursdays, Sept 7-Nov 9. 11am-2pm or 7-10pm. Learn how to give a basic 1-hr shiatsu treatment that you can share with friends and family. Course is a stand-alone offering; also the first 30 hrs of our complete shiatsu certification programs. $500 plus books; $50 discount with early registration. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. 4-Wk Yoga for Fertility Class – Thursdays, Sept 7-28. 5:15-6:15pm. With Diana Zic. For women trying to conceive naturally or by assisted reproductive treatment. Classes incorporate postures, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. $15/class. CocoonCare, 409 W Huron St, Chicago. Register:

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Women’s Networking Group – 11:30am-1pm. 1st Wed. Offered through the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce. Buy own lunch. Location varies in Hoffman Estates. Go Green Highland Park Meeting – 12:151:30pm. 1st Wed. All welcome. If you’d like to be involved but can’t attend, email us. Madame ZuZu’s, 582 Roger Williams Ave, Highland Park. More info: 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. Chakradance: Awakening 8-Wk Series – 6:308pm, Wednesdays or 2-4pm, Sundays. $175/ series, $35/single session. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. 847-475-1500.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Zero Balancing I – Sept 7-10. 9am-5pm. Zero Balancing is a body-mind therapy that uses skilled touch to balance the relationship between body energy and structure to amplify wellness. Learn to work with both structure and energy consciously and simultaneously to identify and touch the energy movement in bone and joints. $795. Zero Balancing Wellness Center, 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette. 847-920-9292.

Karma: Why Things Happen – 11am-1pm. Why do bad things happen to me? How can I take control of my future? Buddha taught that karma is the key to answering these questions. In this workshop, learn how to avoid actions that lead to unhappy experiences, and embrace actions that lead to happiness. Break free from old habits, move forward in a positive direction, and take control of your future experiences. All welcome. $15. Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago, 13 Harrison St, Oak Park.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Full Moon Gong & Reiki Healing – Also Oct 14. Release toxic emotions, come to zero and open to new possibilities and power. $30; bring a friend for $15. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. 847-475-1500. Soul Development – 10am-5pm. What are you doing to develop your soul awareness? With David Birr. $65, $55/A.R.E members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. Learn Animal Communication – 11am-12pm. Are you curious about what your animals are feeling? I will teach you how to tap into your abilities to hear animal’s messages. Beginner’s class. $25. Mundelein. 312-231-5607. Fall Yoga Teacher Training – Saturdays, Sept 9-Nov 18. 11am-4pm. Practice for self-improvement and healing or to begin your career as a certified yoga teacher. Join our yoga community and find your tribe. Level One: $1,750: Full Training: $2,800 if paid by Sept 1. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. 847-475-1500.

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DIY Pop Up Beauty Bar – 12-3pm. Our Pop Up Beauty bar features several all-natural DIY recipes spoiling you from head to toe. Make one or make them all. From facial masks to foot scrubs to room sprays. Recipes are free to make with the purchase of the glass containers. Fruitful Yield, 425 N La Grange Rd, La Grange Park. 708-788-9103. Chicago IANDS – 2-5pm. Support/study/resource forum for near-death, out-of-body and spiritual experiences, losses. Guest Speaker: Daniel Drasin, showing his full-length 90-min documentary, Calling Earth, about afterlife communication via modern electronics. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847-251-5758.

savethedate 4th Rock the Green Sustainability Festival – 2-11pm. World class music, eco-education, zero waste and local food. This year’s lineup includes Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Barns Courtney, Mondo Cozmo and more. $50/general admission, $100/ VIP, free/kids 10 & under. Reed Street Yards, S 3rd St & Freshwater Way, Milwaukee, WI. More info & tickets:

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Connecting to Angels – 1-4pm. With Heather Faun Basl. Angel or animal spirits are always there and available to comfort and protect children. After a guided meditation, they will have the opportunity to draw, write, or talk about their angel or animal spirits. Then, they can find ways to communicate with angels and guides to receive messages from them. Per family: $35, $30/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. More info & registration:

savethedate Evanston Streets Alive and Green Living Festival – 1-5pm. One mile of Main St will be open for walking, biking, playing, art and community. For this one day Main Street becomes a mile-long public park for all to enjoy. We promote public health, arts and culture, local pride, and environmental awareness. Midwest College is teaming up with Streets Alive as a sponsor for this exciting event and will love you for supporting this fun, free, community-driven project. Main St, from Chicago Ave to Crown Park, Evanston. Your Self as Your Friend Workshop – 3-5pm. Kind support, refreshment and restoration. Receive guidance and simple centering practices, so you can embrace more self-love and self-discovery. $25 by Sept 5, $30 after. Barrington Integrative Health, 550 Fox Glen Court, Barrington. To register, Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Relieving Computer Eye Strain – 12-12:45pm. Protect your vision from deterioration, relieve your computer eye strain, and keep your eyes healthy. Learn the impact of prolonged use of computer and smart phone, blue light, posture, and simple ways to give your eyes and body a break to relieve eye strain and visual stress. $20. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 815-219-7897. The Art of Feminine Presence Begins – 5:457:45pm. 5 Mondays. An ongoing circle for evolving women. Learn practical tools to show up in your life and  relationships with more confidence, joy and impact. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. Sarah Karnes by Sept 6 for prerequisite/fee: 262-745-8362.

savethedate Mindfulness Monday – 6:30-8pm. 5-wk workshop providing participants with a creative and interactive experience to understand the benefits of art making in a non-judgmental, supportive atmosphere. RSVP by Sept 10. $125. Divine Creative Synergy, 707 Chicago Ave, Evanston. 312-391-8740.



The Adoption Process from A to Z – 7-9:15pm. Attorney Sally Wildman explores fundamentals of adopting a child and basic legal steps of this process. Highlights include different types of adoption, resources for initiating a search for an available child, and today’s trend of “openness.” Program open to public; preregistration necessary. Course #173-753 under “ONE OF A KIND” in the catalogue. $18/person. New Trier Extension Community Education, New Trier High School, 7 Happ Rd, Northfield. Registration closes Sept 10: 847-446-6600 or

Discussion Group: Poetry & Storytelling – 6:30-8:30pm. Join us for an evening of sharing stories and poetry. This can be your own writings, one of your favorite writers, or just come to listen. Share your words and insights with others. Free. Divine Creative Synergy, 707 Chicago Ave, Evanston. 312-391-8740.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Pop Talk: Aging Gracefully – 6:15-7:15pm. Research shows that only about 25 percent of our genes are responsible for the tangible signs of aging, so we have a lot of control over how we age. In particular, traditional Chinese medicine offers its adherents innovative “health hacks” to maximize wellness and allow us to live with vigor through our later years. Learn 3 tips for a healthier life. With Stephen Bonzak. $5 donation appreciated. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822.

The Artist’s Way: A 10-Wk Workshop – Mondays, Sept 11-Nov 13. 6:30-9:30pm. Class will help you connect with your inner creative spirit in a safe and respectful environment. It’s an engaging process of inspirational readings, discussions, and exercises. If you’re looking to access your creative spirit, or if you’re a seasoned creative, the journey along The Artist’s Way will enrich your life. $350 Sept 2, $400 after. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 N Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000.

The Illinois Farmers’ Market Association’s Annual Autumn Fundraiser – 6:30-9pm. An evening of fall fun, celebration, and connecting with the farmers market community. Come enjoy a selection of craft beer, games, prizes and more, all in support of our Illinois farmers’ markets and local agriculture. Old Irving Brewing will donate $1 from each beer sold. Light appetizers provided as well as menu items for purchase, along with other surprises. $25/ advance, $30/at door. Old Irving Brewing, 4419 W Montrose, Chicago. 773-916-6421. Tickets:


Yoga Gardens NFP 2017 Benefit Concert – 7-11pm. Featuring the legendary multiple Grammy winner Howard Levy, an acknowledged master of the diatonic harmonica, a superb pianist, innovative composer, recording artist and much more. $100. Uncommon Ground, 1401 W Devon Ave, Chicago. More info & tickets:

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 Chronic Conditions: Is it Lyme and Its CoInfections? – 7pm. Do you have fatigue, joint pain, muscle pain, skin conditions, or other unexplained symptoms that might be Lyme disease? Routine blood tests specific for Lyme disease are often negative and could be inaccurate. Learn about alternative testing methods and treatment options. Seating limit of 20. Free. Lovelight Healing Center, 408 Center St, Grayslake. Register: 847-350-7000. Putting Together Your Life Plan Workshop – 7-8:15pm. Led by Greg Barrette, minister of Unity Northwest. You have come into this lifetime with an already-established life plan. Now is the time to access your life plan so you can fully play your part in it. Uncover your soul’s desires and connect with your soul’s own plan. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997.


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Start of Hispanic Heritage Month Practice with Kartar Khalsa: How to Live Life from Your Deep Self – 6:30pm. We live in tumultuous times where the opportunity to be distracted and entertained by conflict, dysfunction, and the manifestation of what we wouldn’t want is ever present. But the only thing that will bring peace to our world and peace to our hearts is the practice of the presence of the deep self. It is the self beyond the chatter of the mind and the world; it is the self that is already connected to our true destiny and the sense and order that we crave for our lives and the world. $50. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. 847-475-1500.

Take care of all your memories for you cannot relive them. ~Bob Dylan

Exploring Elementals – 7-9pm. Introducing from Cayce reading Lapis Lazuli and Pearls. Align higher ideals with mind, body and spirit. With Victoria B. Free. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

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B o d y M u d r a – 1 0 - 11 : 3 0 a m . E x p l o r i n g sound to awaken energy potential through sound, breath  and  movement. With Victoria B. $25, $20/A.R.E members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. Yoga for Fertility Workshop – 10:30am-12pm. With Diana Zic. $35, $40 after Sept 9. North Shore Fertility, 4250 Dempster St, Skokie. Register: Wellness Through Cayce Remedies – 12-4pm. Demonstration of appliances: Violet Ray, Radiac, Wet Cell and how they restore the symphony of systems. With Victoria B. $45, $40/A.R.E members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. Seeing Fine Prints Clearly Without Glasses – 1-4pm. If you’re using reading glasses, bifocals, or losing your focusing power to see close-up images clearly, this class is for you. Learn to overcome this condition all naturally, in a relatively short time, by learning to relax and by toning, activating, and balancing your visual system. $90. Happy, Eyesight, 4314 Carlisle Dr, Crystal Lake. 815-219-7897. Alignment Reset: The Hip and Jaw Connection – 2:30-5pm. Yoga Therapist Katy Benjamin demonstrates how misalignments in the jaw affect the pelvis and vice versa. These imbalances can be a source of migraines, back, hip and knee pain. Learn to assess your misalignment, plus take home simple techniques to level the pelvis. $54. Ganesha Yoga, 2054 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago. 773-904-7870. Empowerment Circle – 7-8:30pm. Being a strong woman takes knowledge, power and community. The Empowerment Circle provides time and space to dig in to discussing topics important to women navigating today’s world. Open to all who identify as a woman, each circle will be focused on a specific topic area. Facilitated by Malik, these round-table discussions will evolve from a starting prompt and will weave their way along. Free. Hip Circle Empowerment Center, 709 Washington St, Evanston. 847-328-5767.

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Monarch Festival: A Pollinator Extravaganza – 11am-4pm. Discover our native pollinators. Learn how to create a pollinator garden. Watch Monarchs being tagged. Get free milkweed seeds. Ask the experts from local conservation organizations. Play games and make crafts in the children’s area. Meet a beekeeper and some honeybees. Enjoy lunch with onsite food trucks. Free. Knoch Knolls Park and the Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville. 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. Cultivating the Senses – 2-5pm. Developing ways of listening to our senses, to enhance our abilities and to assess and define the perimeters of our world. With Victoria B. $35, $30/A.R.E members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.


Beginning Astrology Level 1 – Mondays, Sept 18Oct 23. 7:30-9:30pm. Learn planets, signs, houses, aspects, interpretation and transits. Know nothing about astrology, know some but need to increase skill in interpreting charts, this course will provide what you need to go forward in study. $180; $150 by Sept 11. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago. 773-327-7224.


Free Shiatsu Intro – 10am-12:30pm. Learn the fundamental techniques and philosophies of Zen Shiatsu, and chat with current students and instructors. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Saving America’s Littlest Falcon – 7pm. North America’s smallest and most colorful falcon, the American Kestrel, has been enduring widespread declines throughout many regions for several decades, yet researchers aren’t exactly sure why. Illinois State University graduate student and researcher Taylor Joray will cover the ins and outs of the American Kestrel, including current efforts to better understand the regional declines in breeding Kestrels and actions being taken to reverse this trend. Free. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park. For more info & complete schedule, Rena Cohen: 847-831-0331. Simple Daily Detoxing – 7-8pm. Stay clean and stay balanced. Join us to explore simple daily detox habits that fit your lifestyle and leave you feeling great. Be consciously inspired and educated on the difference between detoxing and cleansing, benefits of daily detoxing, daily detox options, what’s pure and right for you and staying committed. Free. Pure Detox, 417 S Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights. 847-613-4363.


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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Navaratri (Hinduism) Al Hijra (Islam)

Admissions Information Session – 5-6:30pm. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 21st Fl, Administrative Suite Conference Room, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Your Self as Your Friend – 7-8:30pm. A refreshing and restorative evening. Receive simple centering practices so you can embrace more self-love and self-discovery. Donation. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. Sarah Karnes: 262745-8362. 6-Month Know Your True Self Class Begins – Thursdays, 7-9:30pm. Takes participants on an amazing journey to connect deeper with who they truly are, learn to forgive themselves and others, understand their mind, emotions and intuition, improve their relationships with the world, greatly reduce stress, discover their life’s purpose and most importantly, learn to love, accept and value themselves unconditionally. Those that miss the first class can still join on Sept 28 or Oct 5 if seats available. Also held virtually. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. For more info: 847-924-5708. Register:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Autumn Equinox World Car-Free Day

Food Security Symposium – 8am-12pm. Hosted by Loaves & Fishes Community Services and the University of Illinois Extension Service. For emergency food providers, community health organizations, educators and city planners. Session will define healthy food systems and introduce best practices and innovative strategies that promote food security and support community health. Free. DuPage County Health Department, 111 N County Farm Rd, Wheaton. Register required before Sept 15: or food-security-symposium-tickets-36443575716.

savethedate Aromatherapy Workshop: Stress – 6:308:30pm. Learn the basics of aromatherapy and create a blend using specific essential oils for stress. RSVP by Sept 21. $30, includes 1/2-oz bottle of essential oil blend. Divine Creative Synergy, 707 Chicago Ave, Evanston. 312-391-8740. Autumn Equinox Ceremony – 7-9pm. Welcome Autumn with ceremony and celebration led by Kathleen Rude, Shamanic Practitioner. The evening begins with a fire ceremony to examine and release any fears that are holding you back. A time to look within, face your fears and embrace your dreams. $35, $30/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. More info & registration:


Fall Equinox Outdoor Yoga & Live Music & Evanston Yoga Day – 9am. Bring your yoga mat and have a chance to win a free Jade Yoga mat. $10-$20 donation. 225 Greenwood & the Lakefront at The Evanston History Center & Dawes House Mansion. More info: Heaven Meets Earth Yoga: 847-475-1500 or


The Art of Feminine Presence Introductory Session – 9:30-11:15am. Learn practical tools to show up in your life and relationships with more confidence and joy. $10 by Sept 19, $15 after. Barrington Integrative Health, 550 Fox Glen Court, Barrington. To register/pay, Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362. VeganMania – 10am-5pm. The Midwest’s Premier Vegan Festival. A celebration of vegan food, culture, and lifestyle. Speakers, performers, kids’ activities, exhibitors, food vendors, music and more. Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore, sample, learn and have some fun. Free admission; $5 donation suggested. The Broadway Armory, 5917 N Broadway, Chicago. The Stillness Within: An Introduction to Meditation – 11am-1pm. In this workshop, learn the basics of meditation, from the benefits you can expect to the practical details of meditating. Find out how to set up a meditation space, how long to meditate, what to focus on, and techniques to help overcome distractions. Workshop includes teaching, guided meditation and time for questions. All welcome. $15. Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago in Wicker Park, 2010 W Pierce Ave, Chicago. Autumn Equinox: Your Personal Harvest, A Shamanic Journey – 7-9pm. Mabon, the Autumn Equinox, is a time for harvesting and reflecting on the past year. Considering the theme of the balance of light and dark, we will take a few moments to contemplate the contrasts in our own lives. A guided journey creates an opening of consciousness for participants to receive the seasonal guidance for their goals. Afterwards, everyone shares their experience in an atmosphere of support and camaraderie. $22/advance, $29/at door. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.


Channeling the Yellow Emperor: Achieve Your Personal and Professional Best – 9am-5pm. Bestselling author and Doctor of Chinese Medicine and Taoist Master, Dr. Mao Shing Ni, will share the secrets of health, success and happiness. Dr. Mao will guide you on a journey of self-discovery of your Five Element personality to help uncover your life’s purpose and actualize your true potential. $120; $99/first 30 guests; $75/students. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 21st Fl, Chicago. 734-649-8164. Present Moment Meditation – 10am-4pm. Instructor: Bhikkhuni Vimala, Buddhist Nun. The greater truth of our being is known only in silence, beyond all temporal qualities and thoughts. As we watch our thoughts, they slow down and become purified. Our awareness becomes focused on that which is real and permanent. When we stay in the present moment, we are in a state of consciousness totally free of negativity. Join us for this workshop to enter into a true state of peace, joy and inner calm. White Tara Retreat, 6603 Oak Hill Dr, Richmond. 815-728-1050. McHenry County Farm Stroll – 11am-5pm. A self-guided tour of the county’s diversified family farms. A total of 12 farms will be part of this educational agriculture-centric tour. Apple orchards, vegetable growers, dairy cows, beef cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, horses, alpacas, honey bees, perennial plants, hydroponics and more will be featured. Free. There is no beginning or end of the tour; just choose the farms that interest you and visit during the designated time. More info: 815-338-1520 or

Life Mission Exploration – 2-4pm. A creative space for introspection, uncovering and embracing you, and your uniqueness. Recognize your life mission cues. Donation. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. RSVP, Sarah Karnes: 262745-8362.


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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 A Light From Within Holistic Yoga Program – 7-9pm. Join Miguel Latronica, ERYT, and Mary Farhi, MD, is this riveting 8-wk holistic excursion in yoga and wellness. Explore the many aspects of yoga, meditation and integrative health. No prior yoga experience or level of flexibility necessary. Required textbook can be purchased during first class. $299, $270/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. More info & registration:

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Cupping Therapy for Injuries and Internal Disorders – Sept 27 & Oct 4. 9am-4pm. Cupping Therapy has been used for centuries for health maintenance and to treat functional disorders. This class offers demonstration and practice with a variety of pneumatic cups using protocols to address muscle aches and injury, the common cold, digestive disorders and irregular menstruation. 12 CE hrs for bodywork professionals; open to the general public as well. $240. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Dr. Talks: Understanding your Brain Chemistry – 6-7pm. With Dr. Cheryl Perlis of Perlis Wellness Center of Lake Bluff. Learn how to heal from the inside and how woman can improve their outer appearance. $10; all proceeds benefit the  Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation. SPYRL Chicago, 1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park. Registration required: 847-348-0822 or Info@SpyrlChicago. com.


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savethedate 13th Annual Lightworkers Conference – Sept 29-Oct 1. 6-10pm, Fri; 9am-9pm, Sat; 9am-5pm, Sun. Features high-energy lectures, shopping and live entertainment. It showcases bestselling authors, leadership coaches, spiritual entrepreneurs and channelers commenting on pertinent, cuttingedge topics. Speaking topics include spirituality and personal growth, holistic healing, angels, near-death experiences, quantum psychics, past lives, hypnosis, releasing poverty consciousness, and experiential exercises. Cost varies; call for discount rate. Benedictine College, Krasa Bldg, 2nd Fl, 5700 College Rd, Lisle. 630-579-8184.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Midwest College of Oriental Medicine Distance Education Courses – For those desiring a rewarding career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, herbs and massage, the natural choice for a wide range of healthcare issues. For more info, Admissions Director Liz Warkentin: 262-554-2010, Liz. or Awakening the Divine Within – 10am-4pm. Join us for a day of meditation, yoga, dance and drumming, all in a beautiful nature setting. Connect with the Earth and feel your inner Divine which can empower you and guide you on your life’s journey. $100. Woodstock. 312-231-5607. Green Fair 2017 – 10am-4pm. Green vendors, Farmers’ Market, recycling extravaganza. Highlights: Live broadcast from the Mike Nowak Show, food vendors, Kids’ Maker Space, upcycled goods, environmental education. Dupage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Rd, Wheaton.


savethedate SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 Astrology: The Solar Return-Your Coming Year – 12:30-3:30pm. When the Sun returns each year to its exact position at your birth, a birth chart for your coming year is created telling you what that year’s focus will be. Learn the issues, challenges, enjoyments, and triumphs you will face for that year. Get ready for what’s coming. $55; $45 by Oct 15. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago. 773-327-7224.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25 Answering Your Inner Calling Workshop – 7-8:30pm. Led by life coach and author, Lisa Espinosa. Follow your soul’s calling to joyful and fulfilling work. Learn to identify and heal those parts of you that can resist this calling and to embrace your soul’s wisdom as it leads you to the fulfillment of your life’s purpose. $35. Zero Balancing Wellness Center, 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette. 847-920-9292.


Midwest Women’s Herbal: Mycelium Mysteries: A Women’s Mushroom Retreat – Eugenia Bone, author and food journalist, will make the keynote address, “Mycophilia.” Other presenters: Sue Van Hook, Mara Penfil, Linda Conroy, Sarah Foltz and Carla Kramer. Retreat will focus on understanding fungi as the grandmothers of our ecosystems, with workshops at beginner through advanced levels. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info & registration: Certificate in Sound Therapy Begins – Fourteen instructors, 43 courses, 114 hrs of instruction; study the effect of sound on human beings physiologically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually. Learn tuning forks, singing bowls, drums, toning, chants, whistling vessels, gongs, low level laser therapy, and light and color frequency healing. View entire curriculum online. 6-weekend program begins Oct 6 and completes in Mar 2018. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove, WI. Info: 262-7873001.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 2017 Illinois Solar Tour – 10am-3pm. A free public open house to demonstrate how Illinois homes and businesses are using solar, wind, geothermal, passive solar design, and energy efficiency to be energy independent. Renewable energy system owners and installers provide the tours and can answer your questions on how you too can harness the power of the sun and wind to fuel your home and business. More info & to register:

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 Still Need to Create Your Will? – 6:30pm. With Cindy Campbell, family attorney. Topics include how to protect your legacy and ensure your loved ones are cared for; the benefits of a trust versus a will; and what and who to consider in creating your documents. Al’s Pizza, 28W 241 Warrenville Rd, Warrenville. RSVP: 866-566-9494, or

Dr. Talks: The Art of Cosmetic Treatments – 6-7pm. With Dr. Cheryl Perlis of Perlis Wellness Center of Lake Bluff. Learn how to heal from the inside and how woman can improve their outer appearance. $10; all proceeds benefit the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation. SPYRL Chicago, 1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park. Registration required: 847-348-0822 or Info@

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 –  MONDAY, OCTOBER 30 Become a Medical Intuitive: Seeing with X-Ray Eyes – With Tina M. Zion. Get stepby-step guidance to access medical/emotional information; perceive with “X-ray” vision and insights; develop intuitive sight to help uncover the underlying causes of illness; and sense the electromagnetic energy of thoughts and emotions. DePaul University, 2320 N Kenmore, Chicago. For more info, Therese McGinnis:

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Green Living Expo – 10am-3pm. Green businesses and organizations are welcome and invited to interact with McHenry County’s green community. New features include an artist’s walk where visitors can shop and talk with local, sustainable artists. Businesses with appropriate green holiday gift ideas are also encouraged to register. Admission free. McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Hwy 14, Crystal Lake. For sponsors, vendors, exhibitors & artists info and to receive a registration form: 815-479-7765 or

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monthlyspecialoffers $59.99 Full Body Exfoliation – Thru Sept. This reviving treatment returns that youthful glow, as the entire body is exfoliated to buff away dead skin cells with a blend of our special exfoliating products. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $79.99 Eminence Organic Hydrating Facial – Thru Sept. Customized facial offers deep exfoliation, hydration and extractions using all-natural and organic ingredients. Products used are specific to each individual’s skin type. This facial offers double the hydration through the use of an ultrasonic machine that helps the products penetrate the skin. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $85 Microscopic Blood Analysis with Naturopathic Doctor – Thru Sept. with Dr. Arutcheva. Blood holds the history of the body at the cellular level. This microscopic blood analysis gives information of tissue damage in the body caused by a variety of different environmental influences, parasites, acidity, free radical activity, hormonal imbalances, stressors and toxicities. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $89.99 90-Min Massage with Hand Treatment – Thru Sept. Add $10 for deep tissue. Swedish massage offers the classic form of a soft-tissue massage that relaxes the body, increase blood circulation and lymph flow, enhances range of motion, and eases muscle aches and tension. Excellent for first-time clients. Then enjoy a rejuvenating hand treatment. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130.

sunday The Mike Nowak Show Radio Program – 9-11am. Sunday edition of the weekly local radio show focused on gardening and the environment, with lots of humor to wake us up. Author and master gardener Mike Nowak and cohost Peggy Malecki feature a variety of guests in live show on 1590 WCGO AM, also available in podcast on, iTunes and podcast apps, and streaming live on and the TuneIn radio app. Time to Dance – 10:30-11:30am. Also Tues, 1:302:30pm & Fri, 1-2pm. A ballet class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register:


$135 Swedish Massage & Eminence Organic Facial – Thru Sept. Add $10 for deep tissue. Swedish massage offers the classic form of a soft-tissue massage that relaxes the body, increase blood circulation and lymph flow, enhances range of motion, and eases muscle aches and tension. Excellent for first-time clients. After massage, enjoy a customized facial. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Gentle and Restorative Yoga Classes Available – $10 cash only. Lovelight Healing Center, 408 Center St, Grayslake. 847-350-7000. Free Communication, Cognition or Swallowing Screening – 7-10pm. By appt Mon-Fri during the 2nd week of each month. For all persons 18 and over. Your skills quickly assessed by a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. Payne Wellness Center, 830 E Higgins, Ste 111Z, Schaumburg. 847-275-8517. Spiritual, Fitness and Nutritional Life Coaching for Adults, Teens and Kids – 4-session program for $260. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. 847-475-1500.

For only $20 YOUR Special Offer can be seen by THOUSANDS! Midewin Ranger Hike to Bison Pasture – Thru Oct 29. 11am-12pm. Also Sat. You may or may not spot the bison, but you will learn about Midewin’s unique past, present and future in a fun, interactive way, and learn about the dynamics of these fascinating creatures. No reservations required. Meet at the Iron Bridge Trailhead. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. The Mike Nowak Show Radio Program – 1-2pm. Encore presentation of the Saturday edition of the weekly local radio show focused on gardening and the environment, with lots of humor to wake us up. Author and master gardener Mike Nowak and cohost Peggy Malecki feature a variety of guests and meteorologist Rick DiMaio in live show on 1590 WCGO AM, also available in podcast on, iTunes and podcast apps, and streaming live on and the TuneIn radio app.


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

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

markyourcalendar Footbath Detox Mondays – 11am-6pm. Sluggishness, fatigue, low energy and poor sleep? A 30-min ionic footbath stimulates cells to release toxins and rebalance the cellular system that is responsible for overall health. The process continues after the toxins are dislodged during treatment, allowing your entire body to function optimally. Save $10. Nutritional Health Solutions, 480 Elm Pl, Ste 108, Highland Park. 847-207-2034. Loyola Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 16. 3-7pm. The Loyola Plaza, 6550 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago. Community Style Acupuncture Clinic – Begins Sept 11. 5-7:45pm. By Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Interns. First come, first serve. $10/treatment; $5/vets. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 21st Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822.

tuesday Woodstock Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 8am-1pm. Also Sat. Shop for fresh produce and local products. Woodstock Square Historic District, 205 W Todd Ave, Woodstock. 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. Complimentary Consultation at ChiroMend Natural Health Center – Thru Sept. 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 – 1:30-2:30pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: 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.

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

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.

Shiatsu Student Clinic – 7 or 8pm. Also Fri, 11am or 12pm. Clients receive a 45-min session from an advanced Zen Shiatsu student. Sessions are performed in a group setting with instructor observation. $35/45-min or $90/3 treatments. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130. Women’s Basics Jiu-Jitsu Classes – 7:30-8:30pm. Also Thurs. Learn the basics and fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a female-friendly environment. All levels welcome. Co-ed class held: Tues-Thurs, 6-7pm & Sat, 10:30-11:30am. Ilya’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 2068 1st St, Highland Park. Jen Zanotti: Tai Chi Class – 8:15pm. See Sat listing. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929.

wednesday Ravinia Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 25. 7am1pm. Rain or shine. Vendors selling local and organic vegetables, fruits, cheeses, baked goods, crepes and other products. Highland Park Ravinia District on Dean Ave at Roger Williams Ave. 847561-1302.

Woodstock Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 8am-1pm. Also Tues. Woodstock Square Historic District, 205 W Todd Ave, Woodstock.

friday Stretch Fridays – 10am-5pm. Chain Reflex® Stretch Therapy can help you. Whether you sit at a desk all day, work around the house, play sports, or you’re a weekend warrior. These activities can often lead to unwanted stiffness and joint pain, which can cause injury’s due to lack of mobility and flexibility. Stretching benefits: reduce pain especially in lower back and neck; improve flexibility and mobility; reduce risk of injuries; release endorphins which are natural pain suppressants; decrease stress and muscle soreness. Introductory offer: $85. 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste S5, Northbrook. For an appt: 847-272-3700. Shiatsu Student Clinic – 11am or 12pm. See Tues listing. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130.

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

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

Ravenswood Farmers’ Market –  Thru Oct 18. 4-8pm. Offers handmade crafts and homegrown varieties of fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, cheeses, flowers, dairy and more from local and regional farmers, food producers and artisans. Ravenswood Evangelical Covenant Church parking lot, 4900 N Damen Ave, Chicago. RavenswoodChicago. org/FarmersMarket.


Healing Circle with Mark Earlix – 7-9:30pm. Your opportunity to become free from your body’s distress, aches, pains or sickness. No RSVP needed. Free. Unity Church of Evanston, 3434 Central St, Evanston. Info: 888-380-6388.

thursday Low-Line Market – Thru Oct. 3-7:30pm. Farmers bring an assortment of the best fruits and vegetables their local farms can offer. Also includes Lakeview businesses and performers that fill the low-line area with healthy foods, beer and music. Held under the Southport CTA Brown Line Station, Chicago. Om Zone – 4-8pm. For those looking for new approaches to live naturally in the modern world. Share ideas about what works and get support in making healthier choices or just chill out to manage stress. Each week will feature a different modality, and there are no limits on topics. World Tree Natural Medicine, 17W703-F Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook Terrace. 630-359-5522.


Join the Centennial Volunteers – Sat & Sun. Be a part of forest and river revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore 7 special sites along the Chicago and Calumet rivers. To find a group, Ilana Federman: 312356-9990 or Dates & locations: 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, & Oak Park Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 7am-1pm. This market offers locally grown produce, sounds of live bluegrass music and the smell of fresh, homemade donuts. Pilgrim Church Parking lot, 460 Lake St, Oak Park. oak-park-farmers-market. Evanston Farmers’ Market – 7:30am-1pm. 58 vendors: fruits, vegetables, meat, flowers, cheese, milk, eggs and bakery items. Reusable and biodegradable bags sold on site. LINK cards accepted, and the Friends of Evanston Farmers’ Markets offers matching funds. Intersection of University Pl & Oak Ave, Evanston. Info, Myra Gorman:  847-448-8045,


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. French Market – Thru Oct 7. 9am-1pm. Purchase small batch goods directly from artisans and purveyors selling produce, flowers, food, craft goods, jewelry and more. St. Johns Ave parking lot north of Central. Metabolic Balance – 9:30-10:30am. Healthy weight loss through personalized all-natural nutritional program. If you are serious about taking steps forward to achieve a healthy lifestyle and your ideal weight make your intention a realty. Free consultation ($150 value). Mind Body Health Center, 6650 N Northwest Hwy, Ste 215, Chicago. For appt: 773-614-6454. Nia: Dance Cardio – 9:30-10:30am. Also, Tues, Thurs. Meaningful, creative, self-healing movement class combining elements of martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. Join the fun and develop mind, body and spirit integrated fitness. Low-impact. All ages, all abilities. Wear something stretchy and get ready for the sweetest sweat ever. First week of classes just $7. $14/drop-in. Raydiant Day Center, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. The Mike Nowak Show Radio Program – 10-11am. The Saturday edition of weekly local radio show focused on gardening and the environment, with lots of humor to wake us up on a Saturday. Author and master gardener Mike Nowak and cohost Peggy Malecki feature a variety of guests and weatherman/ climate scientist Rick DiMaio in live show on 1590 WCGO AM, also available in podcast on, iTunes and podcast apps, and streaming live on and the TuneIn radio app. Midewin Ranger Hike – Thru Oct 29. 11am-12pm. See Sun listing. Meet at the Iron Bridge Trailhead. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. Quan Yin Meditation – 11am-12pm. Join us for a spiritual meditation session with our ancient Quan Yin dating back from the Ming Dynasty. Free. Rosley’s Rocks and Gems, 4344 N Western Ave, Chicago. Must RSVP: 773-561-7200. 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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ACUPUNCTURE WHOLE HEALTH ACUPUNCTURE 50 E Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village 847-357-3929

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


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


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


Nirvana Naturopathics 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook 60062 847-715-9044 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. Now excepting 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. See ad on page 12.



Specializing in Pediatric & Adult Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Buffalo Grove 847-541-4878 Vernon Hills 224-206-7903 Dedicated to the highest standards in allergy, asthma and immunology care, we strive to maintain a patient-centered focus while providing comprehensive and quality service. All ages and ailments are welcome, and will benefit from our holistic and integrative approach to immune support and sleep. Member: North Shore Independent Physician Coalition. See ad on page 37.


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


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


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Call 847-858-3697 to join us next month ZEN SHIATSU CHICAGO

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.


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.”

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!

CERTIFIED FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE PETER KOZLOWSKI, MD 92 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village 60007 847-626-5758

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


Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist & Neuro Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner 908-625-8673




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


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.



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

Tried everything and still in pain? When other traditional and even alternative treatments have failed to resolve chronic physical or emotional pain issues my holistic mindbody-spirit and mindfulness techniques are extremely effective. Free, no risk consultation. I work with people located anywhere in the USA & anywhere in the world by telephone & Skype.

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 6.

Enlightened Balance is a Spiritual Boutique, Rock Shop and Chakra Spa hosting a monthly Psychic Holistic Fair and Artist Trunk Show. Upcoming dates: Sept 9-10, Oct 14 15, Nov 11-12, Dec 9-10.



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

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


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

North Shore School of Dance 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park 60035


480 Elm Place, Ste 108, Highland Park 60035 847-207-2034 • Digestive problems? Acid Reflux/ GERD, IBS, Crohn’s, colitis? Let us help you naturally achieve nutritional balance, feel better and enhance the quality of your life. Improve digestion while reducing discomfort and bloating so you can eat the foods you love again. Certified digestive health specialist/enzyme therapist. See ads on pages 9 and 43.


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


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


1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-348-0822 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 42.

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


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 22.


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

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

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

As a Biological dentist, I recognize the impact of toxic substances and only use materials and procedures that are systemically compatible with your body. We offer a wide variety of procedures from general to cosmetic, ozone therapy, laser dentistry, safe mercury removal, TScan bite adjustment for TMJ, Earthing chair, infrared sauna and restoration of porcelain implants, all in a safe and relaxing atmosphere. See ad on page 19.


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

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

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


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.

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.

We are not victims of aging, sickness and death. These are part of the scenery, not the seer, who is immune to any form of change. This seer is the spirit, the expression of eternal being. ~Deepak Chopra 60



RE:FIT-RESTORING AND ENHANCING THROUGH FITNESS AND INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES Loribeth Cohen, PT Studio Director Mimi Abrams, PT 910 Waukegan Rd, Glenview 60025 847-657-0881 •

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

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

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


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. See ad on page 19.


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?

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

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


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 13.

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


630-210-8688, 312-502-1539

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


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

Using IV therapies, PRP, weight management and other natural programs we help conditions like fatigue, brain fog, hormone imbalance, pain, injury, weight gain, decreased performance, tick born disease and more. After an initial consultation, we design your custom program to obtain true optimal health, which includes living a healthy lifestyle and being committed to yourself. See ad on page 15.


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


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

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Specializing in intuitive counsel and psychic work including Akashic records, card readings, connection with loved ones, home and business readings/clearings, energy healing, personal mentoring and angel work with children. Working with individuals that have health concerns, mental stress and/or want to find clarity with their life situations. See ad on page 19.


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. See ad on page 31.


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


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 31.


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. Wisdom Circle Leadership Training, Sept 16, Activating Medical Intuition with the Kortum Technique, Oct 7-8. Call or email for a free course guide. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental.

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7742 W Addison, Chicago 60634 773-589-9996 Dr. K treats chronic and non-responsive conditions using chiropractic care along with acupuncture, physiotherapy, herbs, diet, nutrition, supplements and cleansing of the liver and colon. A master medical herbalist and chiropractor with over 30 years’ experience, Dr. K formulates and uses herbal supplements for internal cleansing, healing and weight loss. 

METAPHYSICAL BOUTIQUE ENLIGHTENED BALANCE CHAKRA SPA 30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180

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


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

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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.


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

Our wellness clinic averages only a 5-minute wait time before you’re getting natural, safe, and effective treatment with the Doctor. Dr. Kristen specializes in acupuncture, lowforce chiropractic care and food intolerance testing, and uses unique diagnostic tests to uncover the real cause of your health concern. Located at the corner of Higgins and Barrington roads. See ad on page 25.

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


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

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Fitting you in the correct type of shoe for your activity, and in the proper size and width for your feet, is our number one objective. When shoes fit well and your feet are comfortable, your whole body feels better and you can perform at your optimum level throughout the entire day. Largest selection of New Balance footwear and apparel in the Chicago area, with extensive inventory of sizes and widths from 2A-6E. Friendly staff is experienced in helping to resolve or relieve many common foot ailments such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, morton’s neuroma, hammer toe and arch pain. Locally owned and operated since 1995. See ad on page 31.


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 13.


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

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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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September 2017 Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine  

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September 2017 Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine  

Chicago's greenest and healthiest magazine!