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rom computers, cell phones, smart TVs, DVR players and programmable appliances to a seemingly endless list of other electronic gadgets, we are in constant contact with unnatural electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) generated by technology. In today’s 24/7 society, invisible EMFs are inescapable; they permeate our working and living spaces. What we may not know is how they negatively impact our body’s natural sleep-wake cycle: suppressing melatonin, the hormone that controls the natural circadian rhythm, disturbing slumber and even affecting weight gain, according to University of Tel Aviv research. On the brighter side, some new technological products promise to restore balance to the body, including deeper and more restful sleep. From the Philip Stein sleep bracelet, sleep number beds and portable sleep trackers to sleep-related

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s I reflected upon the year before I sat down to write my letter this month, it just seems that norms have changed in how many people choose to publicly interact with each other. Or maybe what was happening, but more hidden, now seems “normal” through endless news and social media repetition. In any case, this erosion of respect is changing our communities and interpersonal relationships. Ideological differences and big money often push aside compassion, compromise and a seven-generation view of the Earth, and decisions that affect us all often appear beyond our individual control. The pursuit of the monetary bottom line over creativity and education affects our society’s ability to retain empathy Peggy Malecki and understanding for people and planet. It’s a complicated and conflicted world in which we live, and yet global peace is still our age-old collective dream. The phrase, “Let peace begin with me,” bears repeating, as its underlying presence in our conscious daily actions is needed now more than ever. As the holidays are again here, with all the joys and experiences of this season of giving and love, it’s an ideal time to reconnect with a personal goal of helping to bring peace. Find peace, make peace and keep peace. Do whatever you can to end violence and distrust, not just in our communities, but in our own thoughts, hearts and actions. In your emails and your social media interactions with others and in what you choose to watch, as well as those outlets you consciously choose to avoid, make peace and compassion and show respect for all beings your daily intent. I ask you to extend a conscious respect to all with which we share this planet, from backyard insects to farm animals, wild creatures and the lands and waters in which they’ve lived for millennia. Share your message of peace and compassion with others. We need each and everyone one of us together to build collective peace, love and unity—this is a grassroots action in which we can all become active every day. No phrase always rings truer than the traditional message of the season: “On Earth, peace, and goodwill to all.” From everyone here in our Natural Awakenings Chicago family to you and those you hold dear, we wish every joy this holiday season. May you find the opportunities to celebrate and find inspiration in the little pleasures of the season; moments of blissful inner stillness; comfort from suffering; and be surrounded by love and kindness. Happy holidays! And many blessings for love and success in the new year.

A heritage of vision was given to us all To smell the rose’s fragrance To hear the songbirds’s call To watch the distant moonlight fill The coming of the tides To understand that life is more Than always choosing sides. ~ Joe Henry (Children of the Universe)

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lthough everyone’s digestive system is unique, many of us experience problems that may be related to how our bodies break down the food we eat every day. Undigested food particles stress the digestive system, and result in a variety of symptoms that are frustrating, uncomfortable, and even miserable.

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Environmental irritants also affect digestion. Dust, mold, excess perfume, secondhand smoke, and even particles from a construction site—when inhaled—go directly into the bloodstream. Breaking down these environmental irritants is a lot of work for our liver, kidneys and skin; resulting in even more symptoms : • •

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he MojoOwl will be selling their handmade jewelry throughout the holidays at markets around the city. They will have a particularly big show at the Made in Chicago Market from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., December 3, sponsored by the Chicago Reader. Owner Nors Beatriz says, “I’m a night owl and I love working with gems and raw stones. Each stone has a unique personality and has energy based on its mineral property and color. Just like people, no two are ever the same. So when a raw gem stone tells me where it wants to be drilled and what it should be, I feel it.”

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arie Diamond, a globally renowned transformational teacher, leader, speaker and international bestselling author, creator of Diamond Feng Shui, Diamond Dowsing and Inner Diamond Meditation Programs, will be teaching for the first time in Chicago from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., December 9 and 10. She also appeared in the 2006 Law of Attraction film, The Secret. Diamond states, “Yes, the year of the Fire Rooster is almost finished, and the energy of the Earth Dog starts flowing in. I am so excited to share how to set up your best vision board for 2018, which are the best feng shui activations for money, romance and business and feng Marie Diamond shui cures for your health and cash flow issues for the year of the Earth Dog in 2018. You can prepare to manifest your wildest dreams of success, your greatest financial income, your most amazing romantic experience, the best health and the most enlightened year ever.” Tickets are $368 for first 100 registrants; $498 thereafter at The 2018 Law of Attraction program will also be streamed live on Facebook for those that cannot attend in person. See ad on page 34.

Correction… An event published in the news brief section of the November issue of Natural Awakenings Chicago changed after publication. The new dates for the Healthy Home Tour will be January 26 to February 4, 2018. The A Breath of Fresh Air Gala to benefit the American Lung Association is now scheduled for January 24. Tour tickets are $20 and proceeds will be donated to the American Lung Association. For more information, visit 10


ntalee Wellness Spa is holding a Holiday Open House and 12th Anniversary Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., December 9, with complimentary hand treatments, foot treatments, mini- facials, enzyme peels, eye treatments and collagen treatments. Guests can enjoy free salads, snacks and tea, compliments of Antalee Café. Naturopathic Doctor Alla Arutcheva will operate a Veda Pulse digital bio-device to determine stress level, biological age and total energy level, and advise on necessary supplements, if needed. Gifts from Eminence Organic Skin Care and Glo Skin Beauty will be distributed, as well as special discounts on products purchased. Specials discounts will also be available for pre-booked treatments. Location: 1834 Glenview Rd., Ste. 2W, Glenview. RSVP to 847-486-1130 with choice of treatments (two per person limit). For more information, visit See ad on page 13 and in the Community Resource Guide.

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RC Physical Therapy is offering a free 10-minute chair massage in downtown Elmhurst from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., December 15, to ease holiday stress. ARC offers services for pain management, including the gentle yet effective treatment technique called Fascial Counterstrain. All ARC therapists are specially trained in this new technique, which rapidly decreases pain, inflammation and muscle spasms.

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nner Balance, in Northbrook, will hold a workshop with Sarah Karnes titled, Showing Up for Your New Year, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., December 30. Participants will receive a guided year-end review to complete 2017 and create an inspired map of their ideal 2018. Karnes, a mid-life coach and creator of the Your Self as Your Friend series, is offering this workshop to help bring more peace, joy and aliveness to the new year shift. She says, “The change from one year to the next can bring up both hope for starting fresh, as well as grieving around a loss or unfulfilled goals. Showing Up Sarah Karnes for Your New Year will lead participants through a compassionate year-end ‘review’ and then guide them in creating an inspired map for realizing their ideals in the new year.” Inner Balance is a conscious, healing space that provides a wide array of mindful programs, many of which are free or accessible on a donation basis, for the general public. Ellen Katz, aka Radha, is a licensed psychotherapist, music therapist and life coach. Cost is $20/$25 after Dec. 27. Location: 350 Pfingsten Rd., Ste. 107, Northbrook. RSVP at For more information, call Karnes at 262-745-8362. See ad on page 27 and in the Community Resource Guide.

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tudents now have options for evening, daytime or distance certification training at Zen Shiatsu Chicago. The school has offered an evening/ weekend certification program in Evanston for 30 years, and in 2018, it is expanding the range of schedule options. A weekday daytime training track is offered for those with kids in school or that work in the evenings. There is also a distance/intensive track for those with long commutes to the school. Many course components are offered via an online option to give maximum schedule flexibility and cut down on unnecessary travel. The traditional evening/weekend training track will still be offered and is often ideal for those with a standard 9-to-5 work schedule. Director Steve Rogne states, “The 715-hour training at Zen Shiatsu Chicago prepares students to become certified in shiatsu and also meets the educational requirements for an Illinois massage license. The program combines the knowledge learned in massage school with the knowledge learned in acupuncture school. Students learn to relieve aches and pains through acupressure and assisted stretching, while also interpreting the deeper messages our bodies have to tell us.” Location: 825A Chicago Ave., Evanston. For more information, call 847-864-1130, email or visit See ad on back cover and in the Community Resource Guide.

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he Midwest College of Oriental Medicine (MCOM), in Evanston, has begun offering online distance education. The winter quarter begins January 6 with an online live streaming hybrid lecture series containing the biological science portion of the program from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays. The Fundamentals of Oriental Medicine course awakens students to the theoretical concepts and theories of unique diagnosis for Oriental medicine. It establishes root knowledge for new students to build upon throughout the acupuncture and Chinese medicine programs. Fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a prerequisite to the Chinese medicine courses. Each lecture is recorded and uploaded to an educational portal for students to review the remainder of the quarter. MCOM offers master’s level acupuncture certification or a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine, combined with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition for those desiring a rewarding career in TCM, acupuncture, herbs and massage.

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ilvia Panitch, M.D., and her team at Lakeview Integrative Medicine are offering comprehensive evaluations and treatment for patients with cognitive decline. Panitch is offering a free, 15-minute consultation to explain how the program works through January 15, 2018. She states, “For years, we have been told that cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s have no cure. However, recent research has found many reversible causes of dementia. This is a breakthrough in neurological diseases, because a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s was considered a death sentence.” Silvia Panitch There are now 30 million patients worldwide with these diseases. By 2050, the number is expected to climb to 160 million. “Everyone knows a cancer survivor, but nobody knows an Alzheimer’s survivor,” notes Panitch. Lakeview Integrative Medicine’s mission is to provide comprehensive medical care for men and women using a functional and integrative approach to evaluate and treat medical conditions. Location: 3344 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. For a consultation, call 773-525-6595. For more information, visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

Welcome the Year of the Earth Dog


he Feng Shui School of Chicago will hold its seventh annual Chinese New Year Celebration from 6 to 9 p.m., on January 19, to welcome 2018, the Year of the Earth Dog. A full Chinese meal will be served at Yu’s Mandarin, in Westmont. Laurie Pawli, director of the school, will give a presentation on what we can expect during 2018, share information on the astrological signs and explain the ceremony of Welcoming the Wealth Gods for abundance in the new year. Each attendee will receive a gift. Additional presentations will be offered January Laurie Pawli 22 at Equilibrium Energy, in Chicago, and January 24 at Infinity Foundation, in Highland Park. Each presentation varies in content and all include special gifts and an explanation of the Welcoming of the Wealth Gods Ceremony. Dinner includes hot appetizers, hot and sour soup, honey-glazed walnut shrimp, Mongolian beef, orange chicken, three-ingredient taster, Szechuan fish filet, eggplant, rainbow fried rice and fresh fruits served family-style with hot tea. Dinner cost is $38.88 in advance. Restaurant location: 665 Pasquinelli Dr. Register by calling Pawli at 630-279-8870. For other events, call 312-786-1882. For more information, visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide. 14


Annual Chicago Flower Show to Focus on Garden Stories


t the 2018 Chicago Flower & Garden Show, scheduled from March 14 through 18, guests will enjoy 30 stunning gardens and floral displays and visitors can roll up their sleeves to participate in more than 100 activities, seminars, classes, demonstrations and events within the show. The show opens a new chapter in its long legacy with a redesign of the show’s traditional nine-day run to five days. With roots that date back to 1847 as the Chicago Fruit and Flower Show, the theme next year is FlowerTales: Every Garden Has a Story to Tell. A new sponsor is nonprofit Bernie’s Book Bank, with a mission to increase book ownership among at-risk children. Also new, Flower Show Productions, the parent company of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, is launching its Get Growing Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is cultivating and growing a love of learning about gardening and horticulture. From balconies, patios and smallspace designs to creative vegetable and herb gardens, water features and perennial beds, the show presents spontaneous and cultured styles of landscape architecture while offering practical solutions for everyday sustainability. Director Tony Abruscato says, “We are trying to make the 2018 Chicago Flower & Garden Show like no other, with flowers, food and fashion.” Evening in Bloom will kick off the event with a Hort Couture floral fashion show from 6 to 9:30 p.m., March 13, inside Navy Pier’s Festival Hall.

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r. Howard Weissman, who started The Chicago Stress Relief Center in 1994, in Northbrook, states, “My vision was to incorporate holistic and empirically based mind-body practices that could shift the stress response pattern naturally and open the client to a shift in consciousness.” He is a licensed clinical psychologist, health psychologist and a board-certified expert in traumatic stress conditions. Weissman is an expert in the holistic treatment of OCD, PTSD, Stress and Pain Howard Weissman syndromes. Seven years ago, he added the first flotation tank to the center. “It was this unique sensory reduction environment that opened the door to increasing the positive outcomes we were getting for chronic pain and intractable anxiety and depression,” says Weissman. He recently added a second state-of-the-art Ocean Float room, a far-infrared sauna and updated their clinical massage room offering body work that includes deep tissue, cupping, clinical, CranioSacral Therapy, Swedish and reiki. Weissman’s early career was spent studying with chiropractors, acupuncturists and integrative doctors. “Becoming versed in natural herbs and homeopathy, I learned to offer many alternatives, including Lifeline Therapy and Nero-Emotional Technique,” he notes.

ichele Heather is a Soul Memory Discovery practitioner in Glenview/Northbrook with more than seven years of experience as a reiki master teacher and intuitive. She is offering $25 off a one-hour Soul Memory Discovery session and a gift certificate for the same price through January 2018 by appointment. She says, “Soul Memory Discovery allows a client to stop feeling blocked and move forward on their spiritual path. With discussion, sacred wording blocks are removed and or dissolved, allowing for positive energy and client to move forward toward their goals.” In 1996, Heather’s father passed and triggered a strong desire and innate calling to learn how to communicate with him. Her own psychic tendencies led to rapidly increasing Michele Heather abilities, so she found a mentor, began taking intuitionbuilding classes and soon discovered the blossoming of her own unique and powerful psychic gifts. Heather says, “I use my spiritual energy to connect with you so that information flows through me for the your highest good. My connection with God, the angels and guides brings healing and direction; divine light comes through me as I bring you understanding and enlightenment about your life path.”


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and see what it feels like. Imagine what it would be like to make that shift or who you might become when you take that chance,” says Karnes. One of the simplest, but important things people can do during transition times is to give themselves regular breaks and pay attention to their breathing. “Deep, intentional breathing not only helps to reset the nervous system, but it literally gives us time and space to be responsive, rather than reactive. When you come in the door after a long day, take a minute to check in with yourself before unloading the groceries or starting on another project,” says Karnes. “Be mindful of your breathing, your energy, how you are feeling, and then you can shift your focus with intention instead of falling into the same negative patterns.” Karnes also facilitates a number of workshops that encourage making shifts from the inside-out. “The group environment is emotionally safe and judgment-free. We all have areas in which we can be more courageous and confident, and it’s really very doable,” she says. Some of her workshops include The Art of Feminine Presence, Your Self as Your Friend, and Life Mission Exploration, and Karnes will customize an individual or group workshop depending on her clients’ needs. We all have a remarkable strength inside ourselves and an innate capacity for love and joy, states Karnes. “When we invest in self-reflection and start to uncover our inner truth, we can move forward and embrace the messiness of life instead of fighting it; from there, we can intentionally create the life we want,” she notes. Way of the Heart Level I and Level II courses are coming to Northbrook in February. Call 262-745-8362 for information and registration. Karnes is located at the Inner Balance office, 350 Pfingsten Rd., Ste. 107, in Northbrook. For more information, call 262-7458362, email or visit See ad on page 27. Carrie Jackson is an Evanston-based writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. Connect at

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Eschew Perfection Guests are much more interested in filling their stomachs with great food than judging the scuff marks and wall dings. The perfection of the season is found in the special moments when families and friends sit down together.


Pay Attention to the Smiles The approaching holidays encourage more shared smiles, kind words and thoughtful gestures. While out and about, look for the grins and well wishes. Hold the door open for others and offer a friendly greeting to store clerks. We’ll find ourselves smiling even more, because thoughtfulness is contagious.


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Assign Roles to Household Helpers The holiday load is lighter when everyone pitches in. Assign specific roles to household members with clear responsibilities, from taking out the garbage to setting the table and washing up.


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Give Each Person a Special Gift Think of something thoughtful that both the giver and receiver enjoy doing together and write a promissory note for the shared experience, such as a free backrub, a day spent downtown, a personal manicure or a movie the other person wants to see.

Take Advantage of Extended Shopping Hours To avoid crowds and lines, schedule a late-night power-shopping trip. This is the easiest way to manage a department store visit with sanity, have easy access to the shelves and get immediate service.


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s we begin to make plans for the new year, lets make a positive outlook a priority. Statistics show the average person has approximately 70,000 thoughts per day, and about 80 percent are thought to be negative. That can be destructive to our mood and our health. However, we can choose to willfully change our thoughts into happier and more positive ones. Focus on being grateful: Stay focused on what we do have and not what we are missing. Change our posture: When we may be feeling sad or discouraged, stand up extra straight and smile. Be mindful and reflective: Set aside time each day to create stillness and find a mindful state and reflect on our thoughts and emotions. Surround ourselves with positive energy: Spend time with those that lift us up, keep us grounded and inspire us. Pay it forward: Focus efforts on doing good for others. Let go of negative self-talk: When we talk to ourselves negatively, follow up with a positive comment to create the habit of positive self-talk. Heidi Smith is a certified integrative health coach and corporate wellness specialist with the Integrative Wellness Studio. For more information, visit See ad on page 23.

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he holiday season is upon us, and everywhere we look, delicious, tempting food surrounds us. However, it’s not just our waistline that could suffer from overindulgence. Hard candies and carbonated beverages aren’t exactly the top items on our teeth’s wish list. Even classic eggnog can do a number on those pearly whites. Luckily, some seasonal treats are actually good for our teeth. If we’re looking for the best snacks this holiday, here are some items to put on the “nice” list.

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Nuts We don’t just mean chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Packed with magnesium and iron, holiday favorites like almonds and walnuts provide the nutrients the body needs. Plus, the extra dose of calcium will help keep teeth strong. Peppermint Peppermint candy canes are horrible for our teeth. Biting down on hard candy runs the risk of chipping a tooth, and sucking on them exposes our teeth to the sugar for a lot longer. We don’t have to ditch the minty goodness completely; a little peppermint tea will freshen the breath, help with indigestion and

take some stress out of the busy holiday season. Coconut From coconut water, coconut oil, coconut milk and coconut meat to coconut butter, all sources of coconut are great. Try a whole fruit, sold in most supermarkets, for the freshest coconut water and meat that’s versatile to use in cooking and smoothies. Some great tools are available that make it easier and safer to open fresh coconuts, including the Coco Jack ( and elsewhere online). While many of our holiday favorites might make the dentist’s “naughty” list, others can help ensure our teeth are shining brightly this holiday season. Wrigleyille Dental is located at 3256 North Ashland Ave., in Chicago. For appointments, call 773242-8722. Nutrition counselor and hygienist Julie Kingston will conduct a free Nutrition Night event from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Dec. 11, on healthy holiday habits and weight loss. For more information, visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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INSPIRED LIVING Five Ways to Make the New Year Sparkle by Kelly Martinsen


nspiration may strike anywhere, at any time. The trick is nurturing the process to appear on demand when we need it most. Often, an inspiration is sparked when we perceive someone being selfless, courageous, physically extraordinary or deliciously creative. However, we don’t need to wait for outside stimulus when we can discover internal stirrings by invoking any of these self-inspiring tips.

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Journal – People often journal as a way to reflect upon their lives. This can be helpfully revealing, but rather than looking back, look forward, using a journal as a blueprint to manifest the most inspired year yet. Write out plans and dreams with the steps needed to achieve them.

Defeat allodoxaphobia – It’s the fear of others’ negative opinions. Everyone suffers from this to some extent, and it can hinder us from living our best life. Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt remarked, “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”

Gratitude – This is the big one. One way to be and stay inspired is by starting off each day in a state of gratitude. Every morning before getting out of bed, think of at least three things to be grateful for. By doing this, we recognize the blessings we have and greet the day in a positive frame of mind. It’s a perfect way to end each day, too. When someone routinely inquires, “How are you?” answer, “I am grateful.” Our time on Earth is not infinite. With only so many days promised, let’s vow to live them inspired.

Volunteer – A common excuse for not volunteering is, “I don’t have the time.” Next year, make the time. When researchers at the London School of

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PEACE ON EARTH Conflict Resolutions that Work to Bridge Divides Healing happens when we handle conflict in a healthy and transformative way.

Call to Action

Roughly 30 years ago, notable voices began urging Americans to embrace a sustainable worldview of unity in diversity, recognizing our core oneness as a solution to an increasingly out-of-balance society. Success in this endeavor depends primarily on the “habits of the heart” of our citizens, developed in local milieus of families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations, voluntary associations, workplaces and public places where strangers gather.

Activating Answers

While mainstream media often largely focuses on the negative aspects of conflict—discord, divisiveness, intolerance, violence, incivility, injustice, chaos and complex problems—a countermovement is convening constructive conversations. Participants are initiating dialogue and deliberations intended to resolve conflicts and create cohesiveness, collaboration, cooperation and compromise among local factions that disagree on how to deal with everything from health care and social justice to environmental protection and climate science. Educational training materials and books are giving outdated models of conflict resolution a facelift. In The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America, Sarah Van 34

Gelder devotes a chapter to a Greensboro, North Carolina, battle over a story about a deadly, racially charged incident from the city’s recent past. She quotes James Lamar Gibson, a 20-something AfricanAmerican activist and core organizer for the Counter Stories Project: “We’ve been stuck in an old conversation for a couple of decades. We want to have an army of people with restorative conversation skills, so we can get past the divisiveness and imagine together a different sort of Greensboro,” he says. The project began with facilitator training, and then developed story circles in which residents were able to have the difficult discussions that don’t ordinarily take place among the police, city council, churches and social agencies. Today’s conflict resolution experts are discovering that conflict is an essential and powerful call for applying spiritual principles and exercising spiritual practices.

Provocative Questions

“What if we considered conflict as a secret ally or a guidepost, showing us what really matters to us and how much we care? What if our intense emotions are sources of invincible energy, with the power to build the world we want, together? What does having conflict in a healthy and transformative way look like?” queries Ma’ikwe Ludwig,


executive director of Commonomics USA, an organization which educates and advocates for a world where a commonsbased economy creates economic and ecological security for all. “Conflict has the power to bring to the surface what’s really at stake and to unite people toward a common goal,” advises Ludwig. Her thought-provoking questions can help shift perceptions toward the idea that we need to use conflict; maybe even welcome it. Ludwig, author of Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, recently helped present new perspectives on conflict resolution during a webinar for Transition US members interested in creating inclusive and diverse communities through collaboration. The nonprofit inspires, encourages, supports and provides networking and training for grassroots initiatives seeking to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as oil spills, climate change and economic crises. Courtney Breese, managing director for the nonprofit National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) and her colleagues, together with thousands of innovative thinkers, are helping by introducing people to simple dialogue and deliberation structures, processes and resources that invite meaningful and productive

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A community is a group that can fight gracefully… Chaos is not just a state; it is an essential process of community development. ~Dr. M. Scott Peck, The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace conversations leading to constructive civic engagement. Breese remarks, “We’re open to working with anyone interested in learning processes that can help bridge divides. We also like sharing stories about what is working.”


The group’s downloadable free tools help newcomers: A beginner’s guide for exploring dialogue ( beginners-guide); a how-to-guide for Conversation Café (CC) hosts (Tinyurl. com/ManualForConversationCafe); and the American Library Association Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change Project ( ltc-models). “To date, we’ve had at least 800 librarians participate in free NCDD webinars,” Breese notes. CC is a simple tool useful in exploring difficult topics and provides a safe space to process different perspectives. “Initial agreement on basic rules includes suspending judgment while listening and seeking to understand others, refraining from persuading or converting and talking only from personal experience,” explains Breese.

One new network member, J. Scott Wagner, author of The Liberal’s Guide to Conservatives, speaks about the importance of using neutral language in dialogue. “I learned from him how words can be emotional triggers and signal one-sided perspectives, leaving some group members feeling angry or excluded because they feel the speaker won’t be open to hearing their perspective,” says Breese. After three tours of the U.S. and hundreds of interviews with conservative individuals, Wagner, founder of the nonprofit Reach the Right, was inspired to use his knowledge of five arenas—neurology/cognitive psychology, personality, bias, social conformity and morality—to help progressives understand conservatives that are not only their political leaders, but also their relatives, partners, friends and managers. He offers a simple explanation for anyone drenched in inaccurate biases. “We inherit unconscious genetic personality characteristics that lead us to develop our ideology, with which we construct our world and align with others that are in agreement. Differences in our personality characteristics are the culprits that create conflict.”

Community Needs Erase Enmity

Drawing on 25 years of experience of enabling sworn enemies to create peace in places such as South Africa, Northern Ireland and Colombia, Adam Kahane, author of Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust, shares insights into the “enemyfying syndrome” that instigates conflict. This habit of thinking and acting as if people we are dealing with are our enemies and the cause of our problems is all around us and dominates the media. “The enemies are always the others, ‘those people’. Enemyfying, which feels exciting and satisfying— even righteous and heroic—usually obscures, rather than clarifies, the reality of the challenges we face. It amplifies conflicts, narrows the space for problem solving and creativity, and distracts us with unrealizable dreams of decisive victory from the real work we need to do,” observes Kahane.

Kahane sees the challenge of conflict becoming more acute. “People today are generally more free, individualistic and diverse, with stronger voices and less deference. Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are growing.” Yet, contrary to the common view, it is possible for people that hold contradictory positions to find ways to collaborate. That’s what he and 40 others representing military officers, guerrillas and paramilitaries; activists and politicians; businesspeople and trade unionists; landowners and farmers; and academics, journalists and young people, accomplished in the Destino Colombia project. They organized to contribute to ending their country’s 52-year civil war.


orld Café-style conversations used in Conversation Cafés to discuss issues that matter offer a powerful social technology to engage people in meaningful and constructive dialog in corporate, government and community settings. Understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business and organizational life, it’s a way of thinking and being together sourced in a philosophy of conversational leadership. Embracing a combination of these guiding principles can foster collaborative exchanges, active engagement and helpful possibilities for action. n Clarify the Purpose n Create a Hospitable Space n Explore Questions that Matter n Encourage Everyone’s Contribution n Connect Diverse Perspectives n Listen for Insights and Share Discoveries Source: Principles


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Jonathan Bender, founder of The Performance of Your Life, a public speaking and personal development business, has been on a lifelong quest of fostering personal growth and societal transformation. His therapeutic classes and workshops demonstrate how to connect, honor and deeply resonate with others, even if they have different worldviews, and how to listen and hear in the same way we want to be heard. Acknowledging the adrenalin rush that’s a common response to fear of conflict, Bender says, “When we learn to be mindful and speak from our entire body, rather than just from our head, we notice that the voice resonates and originates from a much bigger place. This teaches us to cultivate greater awareness of our emotions and how we express them. “Begin by acknowledging an emotion, and then reduce its intensity through slow, deep breaths, paying attention to the correlating physical sensation. Shifting our focus back to the heart allows us to recognize parts of ourselves in the stories of others and come to understand that our personal history is

Intense emotions can become sources of invincible energy with the collective power to build the world we want.

the filter through which we ‘enemyfy’,” says Bender, who speaks and presents publicly, educating audiences and clients about the universally challenging performances of everyday life. According to Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., author of The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness, today’s rugged individualism amid conflicts comprises a crisis of consciousness. “No longer can we settle only on seeing things in opposition to one another; we need to shift our consciousness to be able to see the parts coming together in a new whole. Accepting the oneness of humanity as a biological fact, a social necessity and a spiritual reality will lead us further along our journey toward lasting world peace.” His observation fits with what Joanna Macy, author and scholar of Buddhism and deep ecology, believes is the call of our time: “As planetary citizens, we are being called to wake up together.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings who blogs at


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THE GIFTS OF CITRUS Colorful Good Health in Holiday Dishes by Judith Fertig


inter citrus fruits that arrive in a gift basket or show up on sale at the grocer present a welcome bright spot on winter’s darker days. Valencia and blood oranges, limes and Meyer lemons are delicious in their own right, and deserve their place on the breakfast table. Yet there are many other intriguing ways to enjoy them in vinaigrettes, salads, main dishes, baked goods and desserts. Winter citrus is full of health benefits, just when we need them most: during the busy holiday season. To start, they help bolster our immune system, guarding against colds or helping us

recover faster. Their high vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, content is water soluble. According to a comprehensive study by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, a daily intake of 400 milligrams of vitamin C can halve the incidence of colds in adults and cut their duration by 14 percent. The flavonoid hesperidin in citrus helps boost “good” HDL cholesterol and lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, report researchers in the Journal of Nutrition. In a new study in Nutritional Neuroscience, hesperidin in citrus also was found to ameliorate brain deterioration found in Alzheimer’s patients.

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Other studies further show that the grapefruit diet wasn’t wrong; eating half a fresh grapefruit before each meal can help us lose weight. In a study conducted at the Scripps Clinic, in La Jolla, California, and published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers put overweight volunteers on an exercise plan for 12 weeks and asked them to eat either half a fresh grapefruit or drink apple juice and pop a placebo pill before each meal. The grapefruit group dropped an average of three-and-a-half pounds, compared to only one-half pound for the apple group. Limonoids, an antioxidant found in most citrus, may help guard against stomach, lung, breast and skin cancer, according to the U.S. Agricultural Research Service. Animal and human cell studies found that limonoids—especially those in fresh oranges—harbor potential as anticancer compounds. Another study in Nutritional Neuroscience showed that the volatile compound limonene, found in the rind of a lemon, can enhance memory. As nights grow colder and longer, winter citrus “adds a little sunshine to every meal,” says Jamie Schler, author of the recently released cookbook Orange Appeal: Savory & Sweet. Schler grew up in Florida, surrounded by citrus groves between the Atlantic Coast and Indian River. “Winters meant Dad’s workbench in the garage groaning under the weight of brown paper grocery bags filled to bursting with navels, tangerines, grapefruits, Valencias and tangelos,” writes Schler. “I fondly recall trips in the old green station wagon to the groves on chilly weekend mornings where we could pick them ourselves.” Today, Schler and her husband own and operate the boutique Hotel Diderot, in Chinon, France, where life’s a feast—especially during citrus season. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Zesty Citrus Holiday Recipes

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Add ¼ cup orange juice and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes until the juice evaporates and the mushrooms are very tender and glazed. Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl and set aside. Add the remaining butter and oil to the skillet and return to the heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes over medium heat until softened, transparent and just starting to turn golden.

Shiitake Mushroom and Pea Risotto with Orange Yields: 6 servings as side dish or starter or 4 as main dish 2 Tbsp butter or margarine, divided 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided, plus more as needed 8.8 oz shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps sliced into ¼- to ½-inch strips Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Zest of 1 orange 2 large oranges, juiced, about 1 cup, divided 1 small yellow onion, peeled and chopped 9 oz Arborio rice 4 cups warm chicken or vegetable stock or broth 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil or 2 tsp dried; or 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh sage leaves or 1 tsp dried 1½ cups young, tiny sweet peas, fresh or frozen Heat 1 tablespoon each of the butter and oil in a large skillet over mediumlow heat until sizzling starts.

Add the rice and zest and toss with the onions until all the grains are coated in oil. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes more, stirring, until the rice becomes translucent. Add 2 ladles (about 2/3 cup) of stock and cook, stirring constantly and gently, until the liquid is almost absorbed. If using fresh peas, add them with the first addition of stock. Stir in the fresh or dried herbs at the same time. Continue cooking the risotto over medium heat, adding 2 more ladles (about 2/3 cup) of stock at a time, stirring constantly, allowing each addition of liquid to be almost absorbed before adding more broth. When the rice has cooked for 10 minutes in this manner, add all the remaining juice and cook until it’s absorbed. Continue cooking the rice, stirring, adding 2 ladles (about 2/3 cup) of broth at a time until the liquid is absorbed, about another 10 minutes. When the rice has cooked for a total of 20 minutes, if using frozen peas, stir in the peas, as well as the mushrooms. Add any remaining stock and cook, stirring, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender and creamy. Total cooking time should be 20 to 25 minutes from the moment the rice is added to the skillet. Taste and add more salt or pepper if needed.

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Add the mushrooms and salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until tender, 4 to 5 minutes, adding more oil if needed.

Baby Vegetables and Microgreens with Charry Lime Vinaigrette Yields: 4 servings Charry Lime Vinaigrette: Zest of 2 limes Juice from the grilled limes 1 Tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp sorghum or maple syrup ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper Vegetables: 4 oz baby radishes 4 oz baby carrots, with some of the green top 4 oz baby leeks, trimmed 4 oz baby yellow pattypan squash 2 oz microgreens Prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill. Brush the radishes, carrots and leeks with olive oil and place in a grilling basket or on a perforated grill rack. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes, turning often, until the vegetables have just started to brown at the edges. Zest the limes and set the zest aside.


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Halve the limes and grill, cut sides down, for 1 to 2 minutes or until they have good grill marks; adds a smoky, caramelized flavor.

(can substitute with leeks or scallions as well) 3 Tbsp fresh dill 1 small zucchini, thinly sliced 1 small head green Faro cabbage cut into thin strips (any green cabbage will do) ¼ cup ricotta cheese, or vegan substitute 1 hard boiled egg, chopped 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar Salt Pepper from a grinder Few springs of parsley or dill fronds for garnish

For the Charry Lime Vinaigrette, squeeze the juice of the grilled lime halves into a bowl. Whisk in the reserved lime zest, rice wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, sorghum and olive oil together until well blended. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Arrange the vegetables on salad plates and garnish with microgreens. Spoon the vinaigrette over all and serve.

Make pie crust ahead of time (using your favorite recipe), or use a pre-made one from the freezer. Make sure to thaw prior to use.

Adapted lemon and lime recipes are from Red, White, and ’Que: Farm Fresh Foods for the American Grill by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, permission of Running Press.

Melt the butter in a large skillet, then add the onion, dill and zucchini and sauté until softened (10 minutes).

Adapted orange recipes are from Orange Appeal, by Jamie Schler, permission of Gibbs Smith.


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Add the cabbage and ½ tsp of salt, and turn all of the vegetables together with tongs or a spatula. After 2 minutes, add ¼ cup of water and cover so that the cabbage can wilt down a bit. Don’t cook it for too long or it will turn gray; cook until you can easily bite into it. Add more water if necessary, but when done the mixture shouldn’t be very wet. Turn off the heat and add the ricotta cheese, egg, apple cider vinegar, and salt/pepper to taste. Preheat the oven to 400 F, unroll the pie dough and put the filling in the center, leaving two to three inches on all sides. Then use the remaining dough on the perimeter to make pleats that will hold in the filling. You should get six to seven pleats. Bake the galette on a flat pan (parchment is a nice touch) for about 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and cut into wedges. Top with some fresh herbs (parsley) of your choice. Middlebury Farms is a certified organic Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm located in Harvard. For more information or to sign up for the 2018 CSA season, email or call 224-588-7457.

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are coated with the spices (2 minutes). Add the vegetable broth and bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, add the chickpeas and the charred red bell pepper (see directions for making charred red peppers below). Cover the pot and cook an additional 15 minutes.

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From college athletics to Olympic training, sports medicine has a new, holistic face.

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oaches and athletes nationwide are attributing quicker recovery time, less inflammation and better focus to a whole body approach to health care. A nutrient-dense diet tailored to individual needs is at the heart of overall fitness. Like Venus Williams and Tom Brady, tennis and football superstars who prefer raw vegan and organic whole foods, respectively, many of today’s outstanding athletes choose to eat clean and incorporate mind-body practices.

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Paralympic snowboard cross racer gold medalist, world champion and International Ski Federation para Nordic World Cup gold medalist Evan Strong, of Nevada City, California, was raised on an organic farm in Hawaii and continues to adopt many holistic practices. “I have a superfood smoothie every day. Liquid food helps me feel lighter and I have more usable energy for training,” says Strong. His regimen also includes organic produce, sprouted grains, occasional raw goat milk products, homeopathic formulas and wildcrafted medicinal herbs. 42


Strong credits achieving his personal best to a healthy lifestyle and recovery from an automobile accident that led to amputation of his lower left leg as a teen. “After the accident, my family and I opened a raw vegetarian restaurant. We produced as many cultured foods as possible—sauerkraut, kombucha and kefir. Improving my gut health gave me the biggest strides in healing. Yoga and meditation also contributed. It all saved me.” Six-time Ironman triathlete, U.S. Senior Olympic gold medalist and marathoner Ruth Heidrich, Ph.D., of Honolulu, attributes surviving stage IV breast cancer primarily to her low-fat vegan diet. Already an avid runner and nutritionally conscious, Heidrich was shocked to hear the diagnosis. “I was 47 years old when I was told the results of the biopsy. I thought I was going to die because of the symptoms I was experiencing,” recalls the 82-year-old, who not only beat multiple malignancies without chemotherapy or radiation, but was the first cancer patient to complete an Ironman Triathlon. This “Ironlady’s” holistic approach in-

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Ruth Heidrich cludes a whole food, 100 percent plantbased diet, featuring oats, quinoa and brown rice. “When we give our body its proper fuel, it will function at its optimal level,” remarks Heidrich, who has dedicated her life to re-educating others about diet and investing in her ongoing athletic achievements.

Maintaining good habits while traveling can be challenging. Strong adds healthy salts to structure his drinking water and brings along superfoods such as green vegetable powders to use when he can’t access organic produce. To optimize his air quality while away from home, Strong uses a personalized air purifier that creates ozone. San Francisco-based, three-time Olympic swimming gold medalist and world champion Natalie Coughlin remains dedicated to better diet choices without deprivation. “When I travel, I always bring my own snacks. I like dark chocolate-covered almonds, a natural sweet that also supplies protein and fiber. To stay hydrated, I drink herbal teas, especially mint,” says Coughlin, who also incorporates a tart green smoothie every morning with kale, parsley, collards, celery, citrus and frozen pineapple. At home, “I like to be informed about where my meat comes from and how the conditions are for the animal. If I roast a chicken, I will use every part, including the bones, to make a stock,” she says. Her holistic approach includes

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Even under the best of circumstances, professional athletes encounter difficulties, but when faced with enormous obstacles, the best can get even better. “I’ve faced injuries and illness during pivotal times in my life and career, but I always approached it with the intention to be proactive, rather than being reactive,” advises Coughlin. For Strong, confronting tragedy with the right attitude offers possibility. “Thirteen years ago, I was hit by a car and lost my leg, but now I see that moment as a blessing instead of a curse. It was a hardship that tested my limits, but in the end, it propelled me to achieving dreams I didn’t even know I had.” Nearly four decades after her grim diagnosis, Heidrich embodies hope for all of us when she says, “It is never too late to adopt a better way.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at


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AWAKE PARENTING Raising Connected, Confident Kids by Judith Fertig


ne of the greatest challenges parents face is connecting with their children in deep and meaningful ways. The aim of awakened families is to raise strong and emotionally resilient children. Parenting expert and clinical psychologist Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., author of The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children and The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting, offers mindful approaches to benefit the family—and the community. Via her practice in New York City, appearances on Oprah and online courses, Tsabary provides awareness, skills and strategies to revolutionize families. She posts videos and blogs at  

How do parents know if they’re on the right track? To be awakened or conscious means to realize that we carry emotional baggage and conditioning from childhood that affects our relationship with our 44

children. Our old ways of thinking and being from our own childhood shape the manner in which we react and interact today. Awakened parents are constantly evolving into their truest and most authentic selves. When parents undertake a daily practice of mindfulness and awareness, they begin to extricate themselves from blind reactivity to see how every problem with their children is a call to their own awakening. Parents will know they are on the right track because they will connect more with their children, empowering them to think and live autonomously—separate from a parent’s fantasies and expectations.

How can each family member connect with their true self? Parents need to understand that the path to creating a connected relationship with their children is to first create one with themselves. Realizing this, they consider their own inner growth a high priority.


Children need to learn who they are and what they really enjoy. Parents can help by allowing children to just sit by themselves. If inundated with activities and subjected to numerous lessons, how can young people hope to recognize their authentic voice amid the din of all this “doing”?

How do children benefit from conscious or awakened parenting? Conscious parenting mandates that we place the task of connecting with our children front and center, especially before correcting them. Admonishing and punishing them becomes secondary to the main imperative of conscious connection. It’s crucial we realize we aren’t raising a “mini-me”, but a spirit throbbing with its own signature. Thus, it’s vital to separate in our mind who we are from who each child is. Children aren’t ours to possess or own in any way. When we know this in the depths of our soul, we tailor their raising to their needs, rather than molding them to fit our needs. Children raised in this way grow up to be fearless and infinitely resilient, knowing that their purpose in life is to live in their most authentic and true way. Conflicts decrease and conscious, connected communication increases.   

What can parents do when they fall back into old patterns, shaming children or doing other things that create distance?

When this happens, parents need to sit with themselves and look deeply within, asking: “What is it about me that feels the need to deride, scorn and shame my children?” In such introspection, they might discover triggers from old wounds that have nothing to do with a child’s behavior. When they can see the internal link, they can begin to make the transformations they need. As a parent, I have learned that my role is to step aside, stay in infinite possibility, heal my own wounds, fill my own bucket and let my child fly.  

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How can closer, awakened families co-create a better world via the ripple effect? When children grow up feeling connected with their parents and deeply seen by them, they march into the outer world feeling self-confident and aware of who they truly are, secure in their own inherent inner-connectivity. Children raised in this manner naturally help advocate for peace and harmony in all of their relationships; incidents of bullying, anxiety and discrediting one’s self and others decrease exponentially. Judith Fertig is a freelance writer from Overland Park, KS (

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Go Eco Like Grandma

Honor Her Wisdom in New Ways by Avery Mack


se it up, wear it out, make do or do without,” was the motto of past generations. Today, it’s recycle, repurpose and reinvent. Nostalgia is making a comeback. It’s tempting to revert to successful old-fashioned ways; it’s even better to update the how-to of natural eco-living.

Preserve Food “There are tradeoffs between convenience and environmental impact,” says Kathleen Hanover, executive creative director at Imagine That Creative Marketing Services, in Dayton, Ohio. “I’d love to freeze all of our family’s produce, but after two power outages, I can veggies, too. Steam canners for jams, jellies, tomatoes and high-acid foods use three inches of water and 10 minutes of energy.” Shel Horowitz, a consultant for Green and Profitable and co-author of Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World, joined a food co-op in the 1970s. Today, it has 9,000 members. “I dehydrate 46

veggies for soup, pasta, stir-fry dishes or as tomato or zucchini chips,” he says. “Onions, shallots, garlic, leeks, celery, kale, hot peppers, tomatillos and fruit were successful; eggplant, cucumbers and rhubarb were not.”

Use It All The Traditional Line menu devised by executive chef Mark Russell, of Great Performances, a sustainability-oriented high-end catering and food service company in New York City, remarks, “Food trends have changed,” noting preserving, freezing, pickling and canning remain sound. He salutes thrifty Depression-era practices. “My grandparents picked dandelion greens to fry in bacon fat,” he says. “A salad with olive oil and fresh tomato is healthier.” Fermented grape leaves can be rolled up into dolmas filled with local grains and feta cheese instead of meat. He also blanches and freezes cauliflower leaves, warmed in butter to serve; he’s then used the whole vegetable.


Nasturtium leaves are fermented, seeds and stems pickled and flowers puréed. “I make nasturtium flower coulis, bright orange and spicy, to dollop on freshwater fish,” Russell says. “Stems are minced into grain salads and seeds sprinkled on slabs of beefsteak tomatoes. Leaves, soft from fermentation, wrap around fresh goat cheese, shred into coleslaw or pair with steamed basmati rice.”

Apply Gardening Tips Containers ease gardening, especially for tomatoes. Hanover repurposes plastic cat litter buckets. “They’re sturdy and hold up in cold weather,” she says. “Alpaca poop fertilizer supplied by a neighbor doesn’t smell and plants thrive.” Ocala, Florida, reiki master and teacher Debi Goldben employs nature’s bounty at home. “Downspouts collect rainwater for the garden, and it’s much better than chemically treated city water,” she says. Some municipalities, including in Colorado, regulate rainwater collection, mandating the size and number of barrels per property “for outdoor use only”.

Sew Up Repairs Anca Gooje, owner of Chid Kala, a natural ingredient lotion maker in Scarborough, Maine, uses colorful patches to repair tears and update the look of her two children’s clothing. She also recompressed their sofa’s inner springs to their original shape by encasing them in fabric. “It was timeconsuming, but only cost a few dollars for fabric,” she relates. “Updating avoided creating more landfill. For a fresh look, I made a new cover.”

Multipurpose a Cook Pot “My mother believed pressure cookers would explode, so I bought an Instant Pot and changed the way I cook,” says Sue Ann Jaffarian, a Los Angeles paralegal and mystery writer. “I have a demanding day job and writing deadlines. I toss in healthy ingredients and have a simple homemade meal, often vegan, in a minute. Soup, stew, risotto, pasta, chili, pudding, brown rice and oatmeal work well. It doesn’t heat up the kitchen, either.” …continued on page 48


Preventing Digestion Problems Before They Start


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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Employ Onsite Power “My Hadley, Massachusetts, farmhouse, built in 1743, might be the oldest solar home in the country,” muses Horowitz. “Our farmer neighbors have a methane digester to turn cow poop and restaurant waste into electricity and heat. We’ll hook up to it to replace heating oil.”

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Make Holiday Décor “Retro-style repurposing is smart, fun and easy,” says upstate New York lifestyle writer and cookbook author Cynthia O’Connor O’Hara. “I glued together assorted cups, saucers and plates with glass-specific glue to create tiered servers that double as a centerpiece. Check your house to find dishware that will look nice together.” It’s satisfying to combine experiences with updated technology, save time and support a healthier planet, both during the holidays and year-round. Connect with the freelance writer via




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Chimps, Zebrafish and Birds Communicate Like We Do

Chimps, orangutans and bonobo apes are now known to be capable of understanding what others are thinking and recognize human thoughts, an ability once thought to be impossible. A team led by Christopher Krupenye, of Duke University, had apes take part in a visual experiment where they watched videos on a monitor while their gaze was being tracked. They discovered an anticipation of events that went beyond the visual cues presented. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has determined that zebrafish are social animals, similar to humans and other mammals—they form friendships, experience positive emotions and have individual personalities. The group advises people that eat fish or keep them as pets to consider the moral implications. Honey hunters in sub-Saharan Africa have a unique form of communication with honeyguide birds that fly ahead to point out beehives which the hunters raid, leaving wax for the birds to eat. A study in the journal Science reports that they listen for a specific call made by their human collaborators. Dr. Claire Spottiswoode, of the University of Cambridge, in England, and University of Cape Town, in South Africa, observes, “It seems to be a two-way conversation between our own species and a wild animal.”


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New Tech May Relieve Elder Isolation Approximately a third of those older than 65 and half of elders at least 85 live alone, as do many people with illnesses and mental disorders. All can suffer from feelings of profound loneliness. Emerging virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies provide avenues to alleviate such isolation, instilling contentment, peace of mind, enrichment, fun, a sense of companionship and contributing to physical and mental health. Instead of passively watching TV, seniors can travel virtually to World Heritage sites, revisit old haunts or even attend family events they would otherwise miss. In terms of benefits attained, VR is predicted to measurably improve seniors’ quality of life. Healthcare applications of AI and telemedicine include reminders to eat, be active or take medications, perhaps assisted by a robotic companion that can share information with practitioners, children, caregivers and emergency personnel. Social applications include helping to form and maintain social connections. It may also serve as a personal concierge by reminding seniors of appointments, playing games with them and initiating dialogue to spark outward engagement.

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PETS ❤ MUSIC Each Species Grooves to Its Own Beat by Sandra Murphy


ust as dogs’ and cats’ noses are more efficient than ours, they also have better hearing, reacting to a broader and higher range of frequencies and vibrations. “We sense our world from where our ears are. Our plane is generally five to six feet high; animals closer to the ground hear things differently,” says Janet Marlow, founder and CEO of Pet Acoustics, in Washington Depot, Connecticut. The internationally renowned musician, composer and sound behaviorist has invented species-specific music based on her 30 years of research. Humans hear up to 23,000 Hertz (Hz), which differs substantially from that of many other creatures ( deafness/HearingRange.html). A Hertz is a standard unit of frequency set at one cycle per second.

Horses Hear Up to 33,500 Hz Marlow found that horses prefer rhythmic pieces matching their natural movements. “When a Tennessee walking horse breeder played music during a birth, the foal and mother recovered faster than usual.” After that, “The horses ran to the barn upon hearing the same music.” Sally Morgan, a physical therapist and advanced certified Tellington TTouch practitioner in Northampton, Massachusetts, who has enjoyed freestyle performance riding, says, “I liked to play our songs in the barn. Five CD players can keep horses relaxed most of the day. They don’t like countrywestern music; it’s often sad and in the wrong cadence. Classical music like Bach is calming. When I played 50

He could tell by the way animals walked that they were keeping time to some kind of music. Maybe it was the song in their own hearts that they walked to. ~Laura Adams Armer Pachelbel’s Canon in D on my flute, my Morgan gelding, Ten Penny Moonshine, listened for hours.”

Rabbits Hear Up to 42,000 Hz “Rescued rabbits like long tones, common in music accompanying yoga or reiki,” Morgan relates. “Long tones hold a chord with layers of notes on top.”

Dogs Hear Up to 45,000 Hz “People hear in stereo, animals in mono,” says Marlow. It’s why dogs tilt their heads left to right—to allow more sound waves into their ears—collecting information from various angles. Sound frequency and intensity keeps an animal alive in nature; they learn to flee in another direction, not analyze. Separation anxiety is often due to a sound the dog doesn’t recognize, Marlow explains. Sound triggers behavior, whether good or bad, as dogs relax or are stressed. Music releases tension from their being ever-vigilant as seen in their posture. To understand what a dog hears, sit or


crawl on the floor. Electronic speakers are usually positioned at heights conducive for our ears, not theirs. “For the holidays, my dogs and horses like We Three Kings, The Holly and the Ivy and especially Greensleeves for their baroque roots and repeating patterns,” notes Morgan.

Cats Hear Up to 64,000 Hz Marlow credits her cat, Osborn, with inspiring her interest in music for animals. When Osborn was injured, she visited the veterinary hospital and sang to him to keep him calm. Her home state’s Litchfield Veterinary Hospital became her initial testing ground for species-specific music. “We use Pet Acoustics music boxes in the cat ward, recovery rooms and exam rooms,” says Heather Florkowski, a certified technician at the facility. “In our experience, stress inhibits the healing process. Like people, animals are anxious when ill and visiting the

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Aquarium Fish Hear Up to 3,000 Hz “Fish are frantic animals that must always anticipate their next meal,” says Sam Williamson, a former marine biologist in Edinburgh, Scotland. “When I started playing classical music at feeding time, I noticed my three betas became calmer. A piece by Benjamin Britten, started two minutes before feeding, led to them expect food only when the music played.”

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Domesticated Birds Hear Up to 8,500 Hz In the wild, birds are part of a flock. At home, they’re often solitary. “Birds are the most musical and communicative of all animals,” remarks Marlow. “Without companionship, birds can get neurotic and pull their feathers out. Provide a sense of the outdoors by including nature sounds in played music.” “Animals need us to be aware of their hearing,” Marlow advises. “Holistic pet people have addressed improved diet and medical procedures. Understanding how music supports their well-being also enables us to better care for them.” Connect with Sandra Murphy at

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Int’l Day of Persons with Disabilities 61st Street Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. South side Chicago’s premier farmers market. Market also features chef demos, live music and more. Experimental Station, 6100 S Blackstone Ave, Chicago. Angel Day – Attend the whole day or select any of the 3 Angel workshops. Workshop 1, 10:30am12pm: Angel Connections with Lin Boffeli: learn how to connect with your angels. Workshop 2, 12:30-1:45pm: Crystals & Angel Connections with Janel: using crystals to connect with your angels (lunch provided if register 48 hrs in advance). Workshop 3, 2-4pm: Birth Angels with Phil Clark: discover the 3 angels that have been with you since birth. For all 3 workshops: $60/nonmembers, $50/A.R.E. members; Per workshop: $25/nonmembers, $20/A.R.E. members. Schedule a private sessions with any one of the 3 presenters: $35/25 mins. Must provide your date of birth and time of birth to connect with your specific Birth Angels (mandatory for private session, Phil: 224-655-8293 or The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-2996535.

Ancient Tibetan Sound Healing Practices – 12:154pm. Explore the depths of sound healing with Richard Rudis, via experiential demonstrations and using practical vibrational medicinal techniques including tingshaw diagnostics, ganta/vajra treatment layouts and Himalayan bowl patterning. Vibrational sound healing promotes internal harmony and initializes physical healing at the cellular level. $60. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. For details & to register: Envision It! Vision Board Workshop – 1:303:30pm. Join us for an enlightening evening getting creative and setting goals with Life Coach and Yoga Teacher Toni Morales. Toni will guide you through purpose of creating a board, how they work on a psychological level and help you start the thought process reflecting your dream. $40 includes materials. Jai Yoga Studio, 37 E Northwest Hwy, Palatine. 224-567-0838.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 Holiday Sale and Fun at Lovelight Healing Center – 10am-3pm. Meet our practitioners; crystals, stones, aura photos, card reading and fun activities. 408 Center St, Grayslake. 847-3507000. The MojoOwl at the Made in Chicago Market – 11am-5pm. Selling handmade jewelry. The Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave, Chicago. Annual Serendipity Boutique Mind, Body and Soul Expo – 12-5pm. Mindful gifts shopping: feng shui, crystals, mandalas, crystal jewelry, natural health and wellness products and services, intuitive readings, massages, essential oils, acupuncture, reiki, energy healing sessions and more. Raffle prizes, food and snacks, live music, complimentary educational presentations. Bring your friends and receive an extra raffle ticket for each guest you bring. $10/online, $15/ at door. Multiple tickets discounts available. Receive a 10% discount for Solful Gifts meaningful gifts mentioning code: NATURAL AWAKENING. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. 847-924-5708. Gong Meditation – 1-2:30pm. During gong meditation, emotional transformation is produced as it reduces tension, releases blocks and stimulates circulation. The result is a reorganization of the emotional energy and feelings that are tied into the body. It clears nerve endings and regenerates the parasympathetic system, which is ruled by sound. $20/pre-register, $25/at door. Yin Yang Pilates & Yoga, 111 S Rand Rd, Lake Zurich. 847-719-1800.


December 2017


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IAM (Integrated Amrita Meditation): A Gift from Amma – 2-4pm. With Ellen (Radha) Katz. Inner Balance,  350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 4 Shiatsu for End-Of-Life Care – 9am-4pm. Shiatsu offers practical and profound ways of making the dying process comprehensible. Learn the Chinese Medicine perspectives on the end of life. Learn shiatsu techniques to help ease the transition for the dying, which you can also share with caregivers and family, providing a tangible support role for them. 6 CE hrs for bodywork professionals; open to the general public as well. $120. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Free Essential Oil Basics – 7-8pm. With Amy Landolt. Are you sick of having so many side effects from how you are currently managing your health? Learn the basics about doTERRA’s Certified Pure Therapeutic-Grade essential oils, and how they can be used to support the body and mind naturally. You may also want to register for the Acupuncture FAQ & Stress Relief class immediately following. Northshore Acupuncture Center, 5225 Old Orchard Rd, Ste 5, Skokie. RSVP required, Amy: 815-8141319. Free Acupuncture FAQ & Stress Relief –  8-8:30pm.  With Amy Landolt. Join us to have your questions about acupuncture answered, and to try a complimentary stress relief treatment (as interested). Will cover the most FAQ: does it hurt, what can it be used for, does it really work, will it interfere with my medications and/ or other treatments, how many treatments are needed? You may also want to register for the Essential Oil Basics class immediately preceding. Northshore Acupuncture Center, 5225 Old Orchard Rd, Ste 5, Skokie. RSVP required, Amy: 815-8141319.


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Yoga Nidra – 7-8:30pm. With Becky Kopec. A guided meditation in deep resting. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook.


Nat’l Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women Free Health & Healing Workshop – 7-9pm. Learn how you are affected by other peoples’ energy and how to protect yourself. Learn and experience EFT, the gentle tapping therapy for emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen. Success guaranteed. Free 8-min PEMF (BioElectronic-Magnetic Energy) therapy sessions (normally $35). Increased blood flow, more energy and a great business opportunity. Garrett Wellness, 3020 N Kimball, Chicago. More info, Tom: 708955-3634 or 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.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 Self-Shiatsu for Stress Relief – 9am-4pm. Learn self-shiatsu routines for major acupressure points that will treat common stress-related conditions and balance emotional unrest. Topics include headaches, shoulder tension, jaw pain, stomach pain, indigestion, anxiety, depression and irritability. 6 CE hrs for bodywork professionals; open to the general public as well. $120. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Advent Tea: Walking with Mary – 7-8:30pm. Presenter: Gina Sannasardo. Join us for tea, cookies and conversation as we explore the life of Mary as our model for spiritual growth in this holy season of Advent. Mary’s life challenges us to trust in God, to offer our fiat, our resounding yes to God, even when we can’t see the road ahead. As our spiritual mother, Mary invites us to gently rest in Her love and in the love of Her Son Jesus as we prepare for the great feast of Christmas. $20. Mayslake Ministries, 718 Ogden Ave, Ste 200, Downers Grove. To register: 630-852-9000 or walking-with-mary-advent-tea. Special Seated Pose Extended Gong Bath – 7-9pm. Experience a dynamic gong bath with sacred sound overtones and harmonics that touch the realms were emotional balance, cellular healing and spiritual awareness expand. In a seated pose you have the special opportunity to experience the gong bath in a powerfully balanced and symmetrical posture. $40. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. For details & to register:

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 Bodhi Day (Buddhism)

Breaking Down the Basics: Cannabis 101 – 4:30pm. In just a short time period you will understand cannabis flowers, edibles, hash and concentrates, and other products. We will cover how these products are made, how to use them safely and more. Entourage Clinical Services, 697 S Lake St, Mundelein. RSVP required: 847-406-0789. Essential Restorative Yoga – 7-8:15pm. With Felicia Holtz. Treat your mind and body to a deep healing experience. Restorative postures are enhanced and heightened with the application of carefully chosen doTERRA essential oils. $15 or class card. North Branch Yoga,  8056 Lincoln Ave, Skokie. 847-906-3547.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 Faith in Place Winter Farmers’ Market – 9am1pm. Purchase soups, jams, baked goods, salsas, meats, honey, winter-available produce, and more to support your local farmers. St. First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, 535 Forest Ave, Glen Ellyn. 312-733-4640 x 123.

61st Street Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. South side Chicago’s premier farmers market. Market also features chef demos, live music and more. Experimental Station, 6100 S Blackstone Ave, Chicago. Law of Attraction 2018 Chicago – Dec 9-10. 9am6pm. With Marie Diamond. Learn: to release the past experiences of 2017 and integrate the lessons of the past year; to write your best goals for 2018 and manifest the best results; activations, goals and predictions for each energy number for 2018; your vision board for 2018 with the keywords for abundance, the activation colors and activation symbols; yearly feng shui for your home and office activations for 2018; to activate the Year of the Brown Earth Dog and what are the best investments and areas to make money in; astrological update and activations for each Chinese astrology sign for the upcoming year and how to activate them; the influence of this year of power on countries, peace, stock market, the economy and leadership. $468. Chicago. More info: Whole Foods Shopping Tour: Lincoln Park – 9:3011am. As we explore the shelves together, you’ll learn to demystify the food labels so you know exactly what is passing your lips. Learn which organic produce is a must, the different whole grains available, protein options, healthy fats and some tips for planning and preparing healthful fertility meals. $10. 1550 N. Kingsbury St, Chicago. Registration required by Dec 7: Antalee Wellness Spa Holiday Open House & 12th Anniversary Celebration – 10am-2pm. Complimentary hand treatments, foot treatments, minifacials, enzyme peels, eye treatments and collagen treatments, plus salads, snacks and tea. Naturopathic doctor Alla Arutcheva will demo Veda Pulse digital bio-device. Gifts from Eminence Organic Skin Care and Glo Skin Beauty distributed; special discounts on products purchased and for pre-booked treatments. RSVP with choice of treatments (2/person limit). Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. 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. The Real Meaning of Christmas – 2-4pm. Allow your soul to experience the deeper meaning behind the birth story of the Christ, the story of every soul’s awakening. With Sandy Daliege. $25/nonmembers, $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. Chicago IANDS – 2-5pm. Support/study/resource forum for near-death, out-of-body and spiritual experiences, losses.  Guest Speaker: Dr. Yvonne Kason, MD, author of Farther Shores. She has had 4 NDEs and a TBI. Amazing story. Important info about NDEs. Died in Arctic blizzard plane crash. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847-251-5758.

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Winter Wonderland Open House at The Energy Oasis – 10am-3pm. Will have Akashic records reader, healers, angel readings and more. Come check our space and meet some of our practitioners and teachers. $1/min with a minimum of 20 mins. 500 E Higgins Rd, Ste 215, Elk Grove Village. 847772-974.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11 Beginning Zen Shiatsu – Dec 11-15. 10am-5pm. Learn how to give a basic 1-hr shiatsu treatment that you can share with friends and family. Course is a stand-alone offering; also the first 30 hrs of our complete shiatsu certification programs. $500; $450 with early registration plus books. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. EFT, Energy Protection & the Bemer – 1-3pm. Learn how you are affected by other peoples’ energy and how to protect yourself. Learn and experience EFT, the gentle tapping therapy for emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen. Success guaranteed. Free 8-min PEMF (BioElectronic-Magnetic Energy) therapy sessions (normally $35). Increased blood flow, more energy and a great business opportunity. $30/at door, $20/ preregistered. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or Free Health & Healing Workshop – 6:30-7:30pm. Intro to EFT With A Guarantee workshop Learn how you are affected by other peoples’ energy and how to protect yourself. Learn and experience EFT, the gentle tapping therapy for emotional and physical symptom release. Success guaranteed. Free 8-min PEMF (Bio-Electronic-Magnetic Energy) therapy sessions (normally $35.) Increased blood flow, more energy and great business opportunity. Soderworld Wellness, 16W501 Nielson Ln, Willowbrook. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or Nutrition Night – 6:30-7:30pm. Nutrition counselor and hygienist Julie Kingston will discuss healthy habits for the holiday season, how to lose, rather than put on weight this season, and how your emotional state and other aspects of your life play a role in the food you choose to eat. Includes an open Q&A. Wrigleyville Dental, 3256 N Ashland Ave, Chicago. 773-975-6666. 


Chanukah begins at sundown (Judaism) Guided Meditation and Crystal Bowls – With Becky Kopec and Christy Geyer. Donation. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook.

Politeness is the flower of humanity. ~Joseph Joubert

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 Sacred Space Healing Circle – 7pm. Elizabeth Romo facilitates a guided group healing session that supports us. Working with Source and the angelic realm we open to nurture ourselves, accepting compassion and love, letting go of limiting thoughts, feelings, guilt, trauma and grief. $20. Entourage Clinical Services, 697 S Lake St, Mundelein. RSVP required: 847-406-0789.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13 Dinner with the Doctors: Healthy Holiday Treats – 6:30-8pm. Join Drs. Cari Jacobson & Abby Kramer for dinner and an evening of learning. The doctors love to share with new or current patients how they work. They both believe the education of patients is just as important as the treatment they receive. Free. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 N Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14 EFT With A Guarantee Pre-Certification Workshop – 10am-5:30pm. Learn, experience EFT, the gentle tapping therapy for emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen. For newcomers, EFT Practitioners and therapists. $125/at door, $90/preregistered. 6 CEs available for RN, LPN, LCSW & MT. Soderworld Wellness Center, 16w501 Nielson Ln, Willowbrook. Register: 630-455-5885 or 708-955-3634. Free Shiatsu Intro – 7-9:30pm. Learn the fundamental techniques and philosophies of Zen Shiatsu, and chat with current students and instructors. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 Free Massage Day at ARC Physical Therapy – 9am-5pm. Free 10-min chair massage to ease holiday stress. 183 N York St, Elmhust. To schedule, Amanda Letrich: 630-832-6919 or ALetrich@ Introduction to Pranayama – 6-9pm. With Gabriel Halpern. PowerPoint presentation: Let Your Peace Make a Difference, followed by restorative asana practice to soothe the nerves to ease any tension. Supine and seated breath observation will be explored. $25/preregistered, $30/at door. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 312342-4600.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 61st Street Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. South side Chicago’s premier farmers market. Market also features chef demos, live music and more. Experimental Station, 6100 S Blackstone Ave, Chicago.


December 2017


Beginner Mediumship – 10am-2pm. With Sandy. Since we are all Spirits within human bodies, developing mediumship is simply a matter of applying your already sensory skills to the spiritual realm. $65. The Energy Oasis, 500 E Higgins Rd, Ste 215, Elk Grove Village. 847-772-974. The 2018 Astrological Transits – 2-4pm. An overview of the major astrological transits and patterns for 2018 and informative discussion on the lessons these are teaching us. With Joseph Polise. $25/nonmembers, $20/A.R.E. members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-2996535.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17 Access Bars Class – 10am-6pm. Access Bars are 32 points on your head which, when gently touched, effortlessly and easily release anything that doesn’t allow you to receive. These points contain all the thoughts, ideas, beliefs, emotions, and considerations you have stored in any lifetime. This is a possibility for you to let go of everything. $300. The Energy Oasis, 500 E Higgins Rd, Ste 215, Elk Grove Village. 847-772-974. 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.


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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20 Healing with Archangel Raphael – 6-7:30pm. In this class, Sandy will be focusing on Archangel Raphael. Have you ever wondered who Archangel Raphael is and how he can help you? Sandy will discuss Archangel Raphael as well as lead you on a meditation so that you can meet him and feel his energy. $45. The Energy Oasis, 500 E Higgins Rd, Ste 215, Elk Grove Village. 847-772-974. Free Intro to Share International – 7-8:30pm. UFOs, Crop Circles, The Catholic saint, St. Malachy’s prophecy that this is the Last Pope, Jesus, Maitreya, Save our Planet. The coming financial crisis. Are these all related? Not a recruitment type meeting, but interesting presentation, discussion and numerous handouts. Garrett Wellness, 3020 N Kimball, Chicago. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve Candlelighting Service – 6pm. Theme: A Heartfelt Christmas. Many Christmas selections will be performed as part of the musical celebration in the service, with noted musical artists Bruce Henry and Tatiana Naumova. The moving candlelight ceremony will be preceded by a brief talk given by Greg Barrette. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 25 Christmas (Christianity)

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26 Kwanzaa begins

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29 Reiki Level I – 10am-6pm. Reiki is a gentle healing modality that has been around for many years. Anyone can learn reiki and it is helpful with physical, emotional and psychological issues. Learn about how reiki works and you will also receive your Reiki Level 1 Attunement. With Reiki Master Teacher Kara Lynn Rojek. $185. The Energy Oasis, 500 E Higgins Rd, Ste 215, Elk Grove Village. 847-772-974.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30 Showing Up for your New Year – 10am-12:30pm. With Sarah Karnes. Create an inspired map for 2018. $20. Inner Balance,  350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31 New Year’s Eve Burning Bowl Ceremony – 6-7pm. With Megon McDonough and Greg Barrette. Let go of the old and create the new. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997.


savethedate SATURDAY, JANUARY 6 Midwest College of Oriental Medicine Winter 2018 Quarter Begins – The Winter 2018 quarter offers Saturday courses and distance education. Convenient online LiveStream lectures available for weekday evening science courses eliminating winter weather commuting. Online as a LiveStream lecture or Campuses in Evanston & Racine, WI. More info: 800-593-2320, or New Energy, New Year, New You – 9am5:30pm.  Use energy medicine to manifest your hopes and dreams in 2018. This hands-on workshop, based on the work of Donna Eden, will be customized to address the needs of the participants. Energy medicine can help you to have the health and life you’ve always wanted. Recover your adrenals and learn to be more resilient to stress. Let energy and joy become your new normal. Whether you are new to energy medicine or have been practicing it for years, this is an opportunity to change your energy and change your life. Come play with us. $110/advance, $120/at door. Goodwin Hall, 5700 College Rd, Rm 313, Lisle. 831-419-1083. Register:

SUNDAY, JANUARY 7 Free 21-Day Self-Care Slay – Do you take care of everyone else while neglecting yourself? Have you gained weight from not paying attention to what you eat? Do you feel exhausted and depleted? Each day, challenge participants will receive an email with actions to tune into their spiritual, emotional and physical needs and create time and space for self-care. Northshore Acupuncture Center: 815-8141319.


JANUARY 26 - FEBRUARY 4 Tour the Healthy Home 2017 – The country’s first home under the American Lung Association’s revised Health House guidelines, constructed by Dior Builders. Features energy-efficient products, innovative technologies, green building materials, nontoxic furniture and accessories. Proceeds donated to American Lung Association. $20. 1055 Glencrest Dr, Inverness. For more info:

Sky Yoga School 200-Hr Yoga Teacher Training – Jan 14-May 13. Whether you are looking to grow your practice or aspire to teach, Sky Yoga Teacher Training will immerse you into an in-depth understanding of the different components of yoga, and develop you into a skillful and successful yogi and teacher. Sky Yoga Avani & Agni Yoga Studios at Sky Fitness, 1501 Busch Pkwy, Buffalo Grove. 847-229-0292.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21 Winter Solstice Yule (Wiccan and Pagan)

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. RSVP, Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362.


A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.


~Colin Powell

savethedate FRIDAY, JANUARY 19 7th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration – 6-9pm. The Year of the Earth Dog. Laurie Pawli, director of The Feng Shui School of Chicago, will give a presentation on what we can expect during 2018, share information on the astrological signs and explain the ceremony of Welcoming the Wealth Gods for abundance in the new year. A full Chinese meal served. Dinner: $38.88 in advance. Yu’s Mandarin, 665 Pasquinelli Dr, Westmont. Register: 630279-8870.

MONDAY, JANUARY 22 Y ​ ear of the Dog Presentation – 6:30-7:30pm. With Laurie Pawli, director of The Feng Shui School of Chicago. Explanation of the Welcoming of the Wealth Gods Ceremony and more. Door prizes, free gifts for all. $18. Equilibrium Energy​, 850 S Wabash Ave, Ste 300,  Chicago. Register: 312-786-1882.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24 Year of the Dog Presentation – 7-9pm. With Laurie Pawli, director of The Feng Shui School of Chicago. Explanation of the Welcoming of the Wealth Gods Ceremony and more. Door prizes, free gifts for all. $40, $30/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. Register: 847-8318828.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 Chicago Flower & Garden Show – Mar 14-18. Enjoy 30 stunning gardens and floral displays and visitors can roll up their sleeves to participate in more than 100 activities, seminars, classes, demonstrations and events. $5-$15. Navy Pier. For more info:

SATURDAY, MARCH 24 Good Food EXPO – Join us for a day celebrating good food: local, sustainable, humane and fair. Discover new artisanal goods from over 150 exhibitors, learn from workshops and chefs demos, and explore our familyfriendly programming. Free but pre-registration. UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago. To register:

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monthlyspecialoffers $25 Off Whole Body Checkup with Naturopathic Doctor – Thru Dec. Receive a whole-body evaluation by Dr. Alla Arutcheva. 4 different tests: Metatron-Oberon diagnostic bio-device, microscopic blood analysis, nail/tongue analysis and iridology. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $64.99 Spa Pedicure & Non-Chip Manicure – Thru Dec. Toes are soaked, nails filed and cuticles trimmed. Feet exfoliated and massaged. Get a non-chip manicure with UV3 technology that combines the ease of polish with the permanence of gels. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $89.99 90-Min Massage with Hand Treatment – Thru Dec. The classic form of full-body soft tissue massage. Excellent for first-time clients. Enjoy a complimentary nourishing and replenishing hand treatment. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $89.99 Oxygen Facial or Hydrafacial – Thru Dec. Choose between these 2 revolutionary facials. The oxygen facial is a specialized treatment designed to replenish the levels of oxygen in your skin. The hydrafacial combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130.

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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 and weatherman/climate scientist Rick DiMaio in live show on 1590 WCGO AM, also available in podcast on, iTunes, Stitcher and podcast apps, and streaming live on and the TuneIn radio app. Logan Square Indoor Farmers’ Market – Thru Mar 25. 10am-3pm. Not held Dec 24 & 31. Hosts approximately 20 farmers from within 150 miles of Chicago, offering seasonal produce and humanely pasture-raised livestock. Emporium Logan Square, 2363 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago.

$139 Eminence Cranberry Pomegranate Facial & Swedish Massage with Cannabios Cream – Thru Dec. Add $10 for Deep Tissue. The classic form of full-body soft tissue massage. With the use of Cannabios cream intense muscle and joint pain will be relieved. Enjoy an Eminence Cranberry Pomegranate Facial for deep exfoliation, hydration and pore cleansing. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Buy Intuitive/Healing Session and One Get One Free – Thru Jan 31. To promote your well-being or that of a loved one, you can purchase a healing/ intuitive/animal communication session for a friend and get one for yourself. More info: 312-231-5607 or Cognitive Decline Program – Thru Jan 15. Silvia Panitch, MD, and her team offer comprehensive evaluations and treatment for patients with cognitive decline. Panitch is offering a free, 15-min consultation to explain how the program works. Lakeview Integrative Medicine, 3344 N Ashland Ave, Chicago. For a consultation: 773-525-6595. 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. The MojoOwl Selling Events – Thru Dec. Will be selling their handmade jewelry throughout the holidays at various markets around the city. For dates & locations: Yoga for Fertility – Thru Dec 17. 1-2:30pm. With  Diana Zic. Learn a series of yoga postures designed to improve fertility by increasing blood flow into the pelvis, releasing stress and anxiety and balancing life energy flow in the body. Pulling Down the Moon, 770 N LaSalle St, Ste 800, Chicago. 312321-0004. Putting My Oxygen Mask On First – 1:301:45pm.  With Amy Landolt. Join this weekly discussion about self-care. Live on Northshore Acupuncture Center’s Facebook page: Facebook. com/NorthshoreAcupunctureCenter.




December 2017


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: 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 The Nutrition & Lifestyle Review Podcast – With Kristen Halland, DC, DABCA, owner of Balance Chiropractic and Wellness. The 20-30-min podcasts will offer no-nonsense, evidence-based answers to help you boost your health status, live a life fueled by whole-foods nutrition, focus on prevention and wellness as a lifestyle, and get the most out of the natural healthcare system where you’re treated as a whole person. New episode launched each Monday, with prior episodes archived and available for download. Available on iTunes, Stitcher and streaming live from her website, where a transcript is also available. For more info: 847-310-0303 or 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. Community Style Acupuncture Clinic – 5-7:45pm. By Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Interns. First come, first serve. $10/treatment; $5/vets. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 21st Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822.

tuesday You Dance: Nia! Fun Fitness Fusion – 9:3010:30am. Also Thurs & Sat. Combines dance arts (like Modern Jazz Dance), martial arts (like Tae Kwon Do) and healing arts (like yoga). Using music from all over the world, each Nia class begins with a focus and intent to guide your movement “flavor” and help you develop the conditioning, energy, and self-healing you crave. Based on 52 simple moves everyone can learn, each Nia routine combines both choreography and free dance, where anything goes movement-wise. Low-impact. All ages, all abilities. Wear something stretchy and get ready for the sweetest sweat ever. $15/drop-in. Raydiant Day, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. NiaRaydiantDay.Life.


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 –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. 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. Shiatsu Student Clinic – 7 or 8pm. 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:

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

thursday Om Zone – 6-8pm. 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.


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 are a weekend warrior. These activities can often lead to unwanted stiffness and joint pain, which can cause injury’s due to lack of mobility and flexibility. Stretching benefits: reduce pain especially in lower back and neck; improve flexibility and mobility; reduce risk of injuries; release endorphins which are natural pain suppressants; decrease stress and muscle soreness. Introductory offer: $85. 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste S5, Northbrook. For an appt: 847-272-3700. Free Mini-Stress Relieve Acupuncture Session – 11am-2pm. Also Wed. By appt only. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Time to Dance – 1-2pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: Mindfulness & Wellness: Managing Stress, Creating Health, Encouraging Balance – 1:15-2:30pm. With Archana Lal-Tabak, MD, and Jim Lal-Tabak. Learn about mind-body connection and variety of mindfulness exercises. Experience natural stress reduction strategies and tools. Each class is self-contained and a new wellness-educational topic and mindfulness technique presented every week. Scholarships and work study available. Drop-ins welcome. $108/4 sessions, $30/drop-in. Heart of Transformation Wellness Institute,  1618 Orrington Ave,  Ste 206,  Evanston. RSVP: 847-425-9355, 

saturday Join the Centennial Volunteers – Sat & Sun. Be a part of forest and river revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore 7 special sites along the Chicago and Calumet rivers. To find a group, Ilana Federman:  312-356-9990 or Dates & locations: Mighty House Radio Program – 7-10am. Funny, friendly experts with answers and ideas to help with all of your home improvement projects. Join Ron Cowgill, Robbie Ehrhardt, Rich Cowgill and the Mighty House team each Saturday morning to get help with all your home improvement and repair issues. On 1590 WCGO AM, & Ecology Center Winter Farmers’ Market – Dec 3-Apr 9. 8am-12pm. Ecology Center at the Ladd Arboretum, 2024 N McCormick Blvd, Evanston. Info, Matt Poole: 847-448-8147, Green City Indoor Market – Thru Apr. 8am-1pm. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago. For specific dates: 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.


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


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. 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. 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.

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

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

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


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

PRODUCTS CONSTIPATION, WEIGHT LOSS, REGULARITY, CLEANSING – Choose from one-time, onemonth or half-year program to be healthy and have clean gut.


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In our 2016 Readership Survery, readers responded… 66% have been reading Natural Awakenings for more than 2 years

60% have one or more college degrees

21% purchase from our advertisers between 1 and 3 times per month

88.1% purchase healthy or organic food

34.2% share their copy with 2 or more additional readers

47.1% regularly attend spiritual or healing events

84.7% are female 47.7% between 35 and 54 years of age

47.4% regularly attend exercise or fitness events


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


Wm Thor Conner, ND, LMT Kristina Conner, ND, MSOM 17W703-F Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook Terrace 630-359-5522 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. We accept major insurances. Schedule your initial appointment on  to find out if acupuncture can help you. Get a healthier and alternative approach to your chronic health conditions.


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



Specializing in Pediatric & Adult Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Buffalo Grove 847-541-4878 Vernon Hills 224-206-7903 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 27.


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.


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.


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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.


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


Logan Square location 773-413-0749 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!






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

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 47.

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

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

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.



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.

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.

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

Discover the healing art of dance in ballet-based classes. Dance is proven to have both physical and psychological benefits. Two current classes: Dance for Joy for cancer survivors, and Time to Dance for those 55 years or older. Taught by dancer teacher Lisa Gold and Lynne Chervony Belsky, MD. See ad on page 6.



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


NOWSTUDIO.CO AND MOJO OWL Logan Square location and MojoOwl 773-413-0749


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

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.




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

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 21.

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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.

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.



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 36.


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.

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.

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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 17.


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.



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. 

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

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

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


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


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 ads on pages 27 and 43.


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


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

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

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

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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 37.


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. Seated Gong Bath with Richard Rudis, Dec 7; Winter Solstice Ceremony, Dec 21. Call or email for a free course guide. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental.


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


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.

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

Wishing Everyone a Happy & Healthy Holiday Season NUTRITION DR. KRISTEN HALLAND, DC

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 29.

PSYCHIC & MEDIUM ENLIGHTENED BALANCE CHAKRA SPA 30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180

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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.


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

When your body is in an imbalanced state, your health is compromised. Dr. Alla Arutcheva’s Full Body Check Up is a non-invasive, highly reliable test that can provide you with a snapshot of your current state of health. She can also identify which supplements your body needs for optimal healing benefits. See ad on page 13.


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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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e c n e r r o T n a Nath



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




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Our specialties include Chronic Pain, Autoimmune Disorders, Chronic Illness, and Emotionally Overwhelming States like Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Post-Traumatic Stress. Call 847-864-1130 and ask to book with Nathan or any Chronic Conditions specialist.


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

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