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Conscious Dying as a Transformative Healing Journey by Linda Sechrist


Identifies Depression Conditions Successfully by Dan Pavel



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ebruary is when we most long for spring; we’re so done with winter. Yet, as we transition through the month, new signs of spring arrive daily. Hardy spring bulbs like snow drops, glory-of-the-snow and early crocus send up their bright green shoots and may even start to flower before March. Tree buds fatten ever so slightly, and perhaps the most joyous sign (once you listen for it) is the song of the male cardinals establishing their territory. My spirit soars that first day when I step outside and hear the reassuring call of “birdie, birdie, birdie” emanating from a nearby tree. While the signs of spring are certainly uplifting, I’m curious about how much earlier they may begin in this and future years, because climate change is affecting seasonal patterns across the planet. In January, scientists at NASA and NOAA announced that 2016 was the hottest year on record. And although local weather (our day-to-day temperatures and precipitation) may seem warmer or colder than normal on any given day, the overall climate is increasingly variable and unpredictable. With no snow cover and temperatures in the 30s and 40s through much of January, many of the early bulbs have been enticed to poke their first leaves through the ground (snowdrops are already up in my yard as I write). It’s been warm enough that my overwintering pot of kale is outside! As plants bloom earlier, insects, birds and mammals will be forced to change their migratory and hibernation rhythms if they are to find food and shelter to survive. On January 11, we witnessed an unbelievable first as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) added the Rusty Patch Bumble Bee to the list of endangered species. One of 47 U.S. bee species, this Illinois native is an important pollinator of food crops (honey bees are not natives), yet its population has dropped by 90 percent since 1997. Scientists at the Xerces Society (, Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (, Chicago Wilderness ( and others believe it’s a combination of habitat fragmentation and loss, climate variability, disease and pesticides. According to the FWS, the upside is that, “Listing focuses conservation planning and funding, raises awareness that can lead to additional conservation opportunities and partners and by regulation, protects listed species from intentional and unintentional harm.” If you want to learn more and find out ways to encourage bee habitat in your own yard, I encourage you to check out While we’re talking about how you can help support our local environment, I want to mention a great opportunity to spend a day immersed in learning about conservation at the Wild Things Conference, February 18, at UIC. Natural Awakenings Chicago is a sponsor. Get tickets and more info at Happy Valentine’s Day! P.S. – If you plan to buy your loved one a heartfelt gift this month, please remember to visit our advertisers for the best selection of all things healthy, green and fun. And if it’s flowers, jewelry, clothing or chocolate for your sweetie, please look for opportunities to buy fair trade and make sure everyone benefits from your purchase.

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ancer/instructor Lisa Gold and dancer/doctor Lynne Chervony Belsky, M.D., will teach two new classes that begin January 24 at the CBG Institute for Dance & Health. Both have many years of teaching and healthcare experience that enables them to impart their passion for dance along with the knowledge of how this art form positively impacts well-being. Lynne Chervony Belsky, M.D. and Lisa Gold Students may drop in to the classes at any point and attendance in the January 24 class is not required. Dance For Joy classes are ballet-based dance classes for cancer patients with the goal of healing body, mind and spirit. Time To Dance classes are for seniors over 55 to enjoy a non-judgmental atmosphere while learning to master a way to improve many aspects of life. Dancers will be able to optimize their overall quality of life with improved balance, flexibility, posture, strength and an overall sense of well-being. All classes take place in a dance studio with uplifting music. The pace becomes gradually challenging for participants as their bodies respond and recover. The first class attended is free and drop-ins are welcome (registration required). See ad on page 33 and in the Community Resource Guide.

Bhakti Caravan Kirtan Band to Perform at Infinity


osted by the Infinity Foundation, Bhakti Caravan will be leading two evenings of kirtan, the call-andresponse chanting of mantras and devotional phrases. Kirtan elevates the spirit, opens the heart and raises our collective consciousness. Everyone is welcome. The event runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., February 3 and May 13, at Infinity’s new home in Highland Park. The Bhakti Caravan donates all proceeds to the foundation. This blend of tribal, traditional and lyrical music includes improvisation by master cellist Khari Lemuel, lead vocalist Ellen Katz and an ensemble of eclectic devotional musicians. Bring your heart, spirit and open-minded curiosity; no experience needed. Cost is $10, 10 days in advance, $15 at the door. Location: 1280 Old Skokie Rd., Highland Park. For more information and to register, visit See Infinity ad in the Community Resource Guide.

Eclipses Have Special Significance


hristine Arens, PTMAFA, one of the foremost astrology teachers in the world, will conduct a seminar titled 2017 Eclipses and How They Are Used, from 2 to 4 p.m., February 4, at the Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore, located within Unity Northwest Church. Participants will learn about eclipses and their subtle meanings and get a head start on them in 2017, including a total solar eclipse on August 21 with a path going Christine Arens, directly over PTMAFA the United States with its peak near St. Louis. Eclipses are rare but regular astronomical events when the Earth lines up exactly with both the Sun and the Moon. They usually occur in pairs—a solar eclipse accompanied by a lunar one—and there are usually two sets per year. Some basic information on what eclipses are and how they take place are part of the presentation. Arens is certified as both a professional and teaching astrologer through the American Federation of Astrologers.

Cost is $25, or $20 for Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) members. Location: Unity Northwest Church, 259 E. Central Rd., Des Plaines. For more information and to make a reservation, call 847-299-6535. See ad on page 20 and in the Community Resource Guide.

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he Green Home Chicago Design Center will present The Nature of Local and Sustainable Wood, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., February 9, featuring Joe Verich, executive vice president of Wisconsin Mill and Michael Silaghi, expert wood installer. Attendees will learn about sustainability of products; local versus overseas woods; no-VOC stains versus polyurethane finishes; and best installation practices. Refreshments will be served. February promotions include 10 percent off of all wood orders. Green Home Chicago supports local and American-made products, local artists and artisans. Their green criteria include recycled, non-toxic and sustainable materials. They focus on listening to customers, hearing their vision for their home or office, and then helping them to create a space that’s healthy and functional, and also looks fabulous. They specialize in eco-chic kitchens, including sustainable cabinetry, countertops, tile, flooring and accessories, as well as bathroom remodeling. Furniture, drapery, flooring materials and eco-friendly interior design products are available for purchase.

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he 13th annual FamilyFarmed Good Food Festival will take place March 18 at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Forum to celebrate local, sustainable, humane and fair food. Sally Fallon Morell, founding president of the Weston A. Price Foundation and author of the cookbook Nourishing Traditions, will present a workshop, Nourishing Traditional Diets: The Key to Vibrant Health. The festival will bring together consumers, producers, top chefs and experts to help put good food on the table. Visitors can shop for local foods at the Good Food Marketplace; observe celebrity chef demonstrations; participate in DIY workshops on the Good Food Commons; introduce kids to good food at the Purple Asparagus Kids’ Corner; get lunch at the Good Food Court; and more. Natural Awakenings magazine is a media sponsor of the event. Location: 725 W. Roosevelt Rd, Chicago. General admission for Saturday’s Festival is FREE with online registration. Register and get tickets for Masterclass or Urban Farm Bus Tour at Win a free Good Food t-shirt at

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eather Faun Basl, an intuitive reader, healer, psychic medium and instructor for higher consciousness and spiritual evolution, is offering angel healer certification and intuitive counselor courses in April, May and June. Participants will learn about the 12 archangels and how to use them to heal. Certification allows individuals to practice as an independent angel healer or intuitive consultant. Course topics include clairvoyance, mediumship, oracle cards, medical intuition, prayer, Akashic Records and others, along with proper self-care and how to deHeather Faun Basl velop a practice. Basl will also present three special Soul Transformation retreats in March, May and November. Participants will be guided to remove blocks and energies that are holding them back, and learn to visualize their dreams and desires into fruition. The first retreat will be held March 25-26, in Glenview. For dates, cost, locations and details, call 630-210-8688, email or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.



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Inspiring Women’s Herbal Conference in Wisconsin


he sixth annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference, titled Honoring the Wise Women of the Past, Present and Future, will bring together international herbalists and authors for a gathering of the feminine June 9 through 11 at Camp Helen Brachman, in Almond, Wisconsin. Speakers Tammi Sweet, Ubaka Hill, Lisa Ganora, Whapio and Robin Rose Bennett are just some of the presenters in more than 60 workshops and plant walks. Also, Kids Camp and Teen Spiral will offer unique programming for the next generation of herbalists. Three-day, in-depth classes leading up to the conference include Clinical Herbalism, with Sweet; a Radical Doula program with Whapio, of the Matrona; and a Botanical Drawing Art Immersion, with Wendy Hollender. Three-hour, pre-conference workshops include Food and the Hunger for Connection, with Jessica Prentice; Herbal Pharmacy: Outside the Box Preparations, with Ganora; Healing Our Strong and Tender Hearts Spiritually, Emotionally and Physically, with Rose Bennett; Music as Medicine, with Hill; and Eldership, Peacekeeping and Holding Transformation, with Whapio. The conference village offers personal growth workshops, singing, dancing, plant walks, nourishing meals, swimming, campfires and magical “in-between” times. A Red Tent communal space invokes the spirit of generations of women and celebrates women’s inner wisdom. Sponsored in part by Natural Awakenings magazine. For more information, visit Enter to win a free full conference ticket, including meals and lodging, at Contest ends March 31. See ad on page 11.

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lients suffering from phobias such as fears of flying, public speaking, medical procedures, snakes, heights and more have reported substantial alleviation of their fears while receiving shiatsu at Zen Shiatsu Chicago,” states Director Steve Rogne. “The Shiatsu for Phobias protocol involves a commitment to weekly treatments for three weeks.” Practitioners specializing in chronic conditions use relaxing touch to soothe the nervous system while the client brings the phobia to mind. Clients are invited to test the difference by imagining their phobia before and after each session, and often report a noticeable diminishing of their fear response.

Location: 825 Chicago Ave., Evanston. For more information, call 847-864-1130 and ask to schedule with a practitioner specializing in chronic conditions, email Info@ or visit for testimonials. See ad on back cover and in the Community Resource Guide.


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athy Rosner and her team are offering a complimentary home detox evaluation with a Clean & Safe home advisor by phone or in person, including free product samples. They will offer simple changes that’ll foster the peace of mind for residents that comes from knowing their home is safe and toxic-free. Rosner explains that scientists suspect obesity is on the rise not just due to poor diet and exercise habits, but also because of the increased exposure to environmental chemical compounds called obesogens. “Women, especially of childbearing age, need to purge toxic products from their home,” she says. She notes that these chemicals are found in many household cleaners and personal care products Kathy Rosner such as laundry detergent, hand soap, baby products and shampoos. “Most obesogens are classified as endocrine disruptors and can cause hormonal havoc. They are stored in our fat cells and can increase the amount of fat stored by weakening the metabolism.”

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ocal authors and family health experts Mike and Amanda Hinman, of the Hinman Holistic Health Institute, recently released a new book, Vibrant Child: 7 Steps To Increase Your Child’s Health & Happiness. The work unravels the mysteries surrounding the challenges of raising children and describes their plan for improving families’ health for life. Readers will discover why their child’s health and happiness strongly depends on how they eat, live and learn; the three most common frustrations parents experience with their child (picky eating, hypersensitivity and difficulty concentrating) and how to reverse them permanently; and how to join a supportive community for families experiencing significant health challenges. Buy the book or receive a free Vibrant Child Starter Kit online at See ad on page 23.

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r. Chris Emmert has joined the team at Balance Chiropractic and Wellness as a chiropractic physician. He is a graduate of National University of Health Sciences and focuses on providing natural treatments for musculoskeletal conditions such as performance or sports-related injuries, back or neck pain. Emmert will offer additional practice hours at the Hoffman Estates location. Location: 2500 W. Higgins, Ste. 420, Hoffman Estates. For more information, call 847-310-0303 or visit See ad on page 5 and in the Community Resource Guide.

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n a new Interheart study spanning 50 countries, doctors recommend that the most effective way to assess and improve a patient’s cardiovascular risk level is to use multi-marker screening panels, instead of a single, conventional lipid-only testing (compromised of total cholesterol, HDL, LDL and triglycerides). The study was conducted by the Cleveland Clinic Heart Lab and published in the peer-reviewed journal Future Cardiology. At least 50 percent of patients that present with acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) had normal or treated cholesterol levels. An example of an advanced biomarker affecting cardiovascular health is inflammation, which is a strong predictor of plaque rupture. High cholesterol in the blood is not what drives the risk for heart disease or heart attack. Elevated cholesterol values are effectively treated by diet and lifestyle modifications. The study determined that 90 percent of heart disease is preventable. For more information, visit See ad on page 5.

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any people believe sleep apnea is caused by a sagging soft pallet in the throat. According to Master Herbalist Steven Frank, it actually results from a diminishing signal from the brain to the diaphragm during the transition from semi-wakefulness into the next stage of lighter sleep. In some people, breathing goes beyond being shallow and completely stops. As the brain realizes the need to breathe, it forces a rapid inhalation that drags the sagging soft tissues into the airway, as reported in Frank’s Sleep Apnea: A New Approach to an Emergent Problem. For some, there’s no indication of potential problems when they are awake as the tissues remain in their normal state and the throat doesn’t close off. Many resort to surgery to remove neck tissue or use a machine to force air into lungs. However, natural, herbal solutions can work to increase the pertinent brain signal that maintains healthy breathing without that rapid inhalation. According to the Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, ingesting herbs like lobelia, thyme and camp bark can intensify the signal from the brain to the diaphragm, increase the gas-transfer efficiency of the lungs and relax some of the skeletal muscles that can obstruct the propagation of the signal. Steven Frank, a Master Herbalist, can be reached at 888-465-4404 or visit See ad on page 17.

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study from the Karolinska Institute of Environmental Medicine, in Stockholm, analyzed data on air pollution exposure and lung function in the first and 15th years of life among 2,415 adolescents in Sweden. The researchers focused on nitrogen oxide in vehicle exhaust and particulate matter from road erosion, using road traffic, topography and weather conditions to classify pollution levels. They compared this data to the level of difficulty the teens experienced getting air through their peripheral airways, termed “resistance”. The study found that breathing problems increased for teenagers each time their exposure as infants to such pollution increased by 10 micrograms per cubic meter, with the strongest association occurring in male subjects with asthma at age 16. The same increase was not present in relation to their exposure to traffic pollution as teenagers. Lead author Erica S. Schultz, Ph.D., says, “An increasing number of studies demonstrate the importance of airway periphery for lung health. It’s concerning that the effect from the first year of life seems to be long-lasting, although we don’t yet know the full clinical implications.”

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nticipating surgery can be stressful, and many patients suffer from preoperative anxiety, which can cause serious health complications such as hypertension, rapid pulse and sugar metabolism changes. Israeli researchers from the University of Haifa have found that complementary medicine, combined with standard use of anti-anxiety drugs prior to entering the operating room, can significantly reduce preoperative anxiety levels and improve outcomes. Researchers divided 360 preoperative patients ages 17 and up into three groups: those receiving standard care for preoperative anxiety; those receiving standard care along with complementary therapy, featuring acupuncture, reflexology, individual guided imagery or a combination of the latter two; and those receiving standard care combined with generic guided imagery via a recording. Anxiety levels were measured preoperatively before and after the intervention on a scale of one to 10, with scores of four or more constituting intermediate or higherlevel anxiety. The study found that complementary therapy in combination with standard care produced a 60 percent reduction in anxiety, with the mean score dropping from 5.54 to 2.32. Combining standard care with reflexology and guided imagery provided the best relief, reducing anxiety by an average of 4.22 points. Patients receiving only standard care experienced a slight rise in their average anxiety level.



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September 2016 survey from Packaged Facts, a division of Market Research Group, LLC, showed that as much as 20 percent of the U.S. adult population is cutting back on supplement use due to consumption of fortified foods. Despite this trend, nutritional supplement sales nationwide are projected to increase by $1.5 billion in just two years to $16 billion in 2018. Fortified foods contain extra nutrients added by manufacturers such as cereal fortified with iron, milk with added vitamin D and pasta enhanced with folic acid. While the original intent of these additives was to improve nutritional deficiencies in people without access to foods that naturally contain these nutrients, consequences now include an overabundance of particular nutrients for some and poor food choices due to a dependence on fortified foods for others. Ingesting naturally occurring nutrients in unfortified foods allows each nutrient to be absorbed together with the other vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients contained in that food, enabling them to work together within the body, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.

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Abandoned and lost fishing gear such as traps, crab pots and nets litter the ocean floor in coastal areas worldwide, continuing to attract, entrap and kill fish and other marine life. The Associated Press reports that global nonprofits, governments and companies are engaged in efforts to retrieve and recycle as many of the items as possible to protect the environment, save marine life and reduce hazards to marine navigation. A 2009 United Nations report estimated there are 640,000 tons of discarded fishing nets deep below the ocean surface worldwide. Recommended solutions include degradable panels on traps that break down and allow trapped marine life to escape. International agreements prohibit dumping fishing equipment at sea; yet in England, small vessels can amass landfill charges of roughly $700 per year, giving them an incentive to ditch broken gear. Pascal van Erp, a Dutch diver alarmed by the amount of equipment he’s encountered, founded the Ghost Fishing Foundation to tackle the issue. He says, “It’s found in all seas, oceans and inland waters at all depths, along the beach and under the sand. I don’t think the problem can be resolved completely, but we can keep it from getting worse by showing the problem to the public and the authorities.” Industry experts and scientists estimate that commercial fishermen annually lose about 10 percent of their traps due to bad weather.


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Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) is a new method of editing genomes of farm animals and food crops. White button mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus) that have been genetically modified to delay the natural browning process are the first CRISPRedited organisms to receive approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Yinong Yang, a plant pathologist from Penn State University, crafted the modified mushrooms by targeting the family of genes responsible for the browning effect seen in produce when sliced and exposed to oxygen. Yang was able to reduce the browning enzyme’s work by 30 percent and was granted approval from the USDA because no foreign or altered DNA was integrated into the mushroom genome. The department only assesses whether there’s a risk that the new modified variety of an organism could become a weed or “pest” to other plants. The mushrooms may still be subject to Food and Drug Administration or Environmental Protection Agency regulations. The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine are in discussions about developing a new set of rules for the biotech industry in the next five to 10 years. Source:

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Creating a Healthy Family Dynamic by Carrie Jackson


ith stimulation overwhelming them from school, home, friends and technology, children are more stressed than ever before. Amanda Hinman, co-founder of the Hinman Holistic Health Institute with her husband, Mike, says children need a holistic approach that addresses how they eat, live and learn in order to grow and thrive. “When your body is in balance, your mind is able to open up to the possibilities within,” she says. Hinman, with a background in the holistic health and exercise industries, is a health coach who studied at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. As an author, she is celebrating the release of her new book, Vibrant Child: 7 Steps to Increase Your Child’s Health & Happiness. Hinman’s approach to health looks at overall wellness for the children and the family, which includes nutrition, activity, down time, relationships, stress management and gratitude. She’s seen it work firsthand after her oldest daughter suffered from chronic seizures for which doctors could not find the cause. “I knew there was something much deeper going on than just a physical reaction. The seizures were brought on by anxiety, and conventional medication couldn’t control them,” says Hinman. The family made lifestyle changes that greatly improved their overall dynamic, and today her daughter is seizure-free. Hinman uses that experience as a guide 22

to help other families. Through private coaching sessions, workshops, speaking events and other outreach, she and her team assist parents with strategies, beliefs and a community that supports wellness. When parents approach Hinman to help with their children, it could be for a number of reasons. Often, there’s something not quite right in the family dynamic and with how the child is thriving. “We see a lot of children with ADHD, anxiety, depression, ear infections, learning disorders, allergies and seizures. Many are picky eaters or have hypersensitivities to sensory stimulation. But my client is really the parent— usually the mother—who comes to me overwhelmed, exhausted, uncertain and even guilty that she doesn’t know how to best support her child. My goal is to make them feel empowered, rather than hopeless,” says Hinman. Nutrition plays a key role in the way a child’s body and brain develop. Hinman stresses eating real, whole foods whenever possible, and acknowledges that everybody has different nutritional needs, depending on their lifestyle. “Food is information for our body. Because our body is constantly regenerating, the information we give our bodies via food affects the way it functions. See where you can add in nutrient-dense, high-fiber foods that contain vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids,” she recommends.


Hinman also stresses that parents need to be a unified force and exhibit consistency in messages, beliefs, thoughts and actions. “Creating an intention and focus for your family helps open the lines of communication. Parents need to take time and discuss what the family priorities are, what health means for the family and what living a truly happy life for everyone looks like,” she says. Relaxation is vital for everyone in the family, but especially young people that are still developing. “Children are becoming increasingly overscheduled. They shuffle from soccer practice to violin lessons to sleepovers to study groups with very little down time in-between. They don’t have time to play and explore. This lack of unstructured creativity and down time can lead to chronic, negative stress,” says Hinman. She suggests mindfully taking a break every day from phones, computers, television, music and even things like scented lotion, which makes our olfactory system kick in when we may be trying to sleep or relax. Attitude is perhaps the largest component in a happy and healthy family dynamic. Expressing gratitude is a practice that Hinman says should be part of the daily routine for everyone. “Take a moment before bed to talk to your children about what happened that day. What’s one good thing that happened to them, or one way they helped someone else? What are they grateful for? Showing appreciation for things in our everyday lives can make us more resilient when things do go wrong,” she notes. Having a nurturing, safe, home environment in which family members have open communication and are loved and accepted for who they are will encourage children to flourish. “One of the greatest roles we can do as parents is to facilitate our children learning what makes them unique. Once they understand themselves better, they can do anything. They know how to create the best lifestyle for themselves,” says Hinman. For more information, call 312-316-3689 or visit See ad on page 23. Carrie Jackson is an Evanston-based writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. Connect at

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Structural Integration Aims for Total Balance by Carrie Jackson


iane Roth, founder of Roth Structural Integration, in Highland Park, has been practicing Structural Integration for more than 25 years. Through the use of hands-on manipulation of the tissue and surrounding fascia, she helps clients find relief from chronic pain and other symptoms of misalignment in the body. This can come from an injury or everyday practices like cell phone use, driving, slumping at a desk or even stress. “Structural Integration rebalances, realigns and reeducates the body using myofascial therapy. The goal is not just relief of a problem, but changing how the body is functioning in space,” says Roth. After the initial evaluation, clients may choose to specifically address a clinical issue or come in for a series of 10 sessions that systematically unwind the connective tissue and starts the process of restoring balance. “Each session builds upon the last, aiming at complete integration of the body. The process of Structural Integration includes balancing the body in segments and achieving vertical alignment from front-to-back, side-to-side, top-to-bottom and inside-to-outside,” says Roth. The practice originated in the 1960s with Dr. Ida Rolf, who, dissatisfied with existing health care techniques, pioneered the idea that con-

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nective tissue was a complete system, with structural and functional qualities. Although she always had a scientific point of view, her research was based on studying osteopathy, chiropractic, yoga and homeopathy. Roth, who is board certified in Structural Integration, studied massage therapy for more than 30 years and was drawn to the unique interactive pro-

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cess between patient and practitioner. ”Clients come wearing comfortable clothing, like yoga shorts or a bathing suit. I watch how they walk and move. I look for asymmetry, where they’re holding pain, how they’re moving through space,” notes Roth. Typically, clients will find an increased range of motion, more ease and fluidity in movement, improvement in breathing and circulation, and increased stamina and flexibility. They come away with a greater awareness of their bodies and how what they’re physically holding inside affects their emotions. “Fascia becomes glued, hardened and dehydrated as it responds to misalignment and malfunction over time. The deep work of Structural Integration in the connective tissue unglues the layers by the skilled application of pressure and movement,” explains Roth. Practicing Structural Integration and restoring her clients to health is very rewarding to Roth. “I like that I’m helping a client meet their wellness goals. Seeing the body improve over time always amazes me. Structural Integration reinforces and realigns the body, mind and spirit as it aspires towards balance and wellness,” she says. Roth Structural Integration is located in Highland Park. For more information, call 847-533-3213 or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide. Carrie Jackson is an Evanston-based writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. Connect at


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PASSAGE Conscious Dying as a Transformative Healing Journey by Linda Sechrist


hen properly viewed, the thresholds of all of life’s transitional moments can be both emotionally and spiritually rewarding. Whether it involves marriage or birth, job loss or illness, gleaning insight from the experience can yield fresh perspective on how to live life more fully today, if we remain mindful and lovingly attentive through the process. Like birth, death is a transition we can wisely prepare for. In recent years, compassionate individuals and grassroots movements have emerged to help us conduct ourselves, heal and grow from losing a loved one or face our own passing. An increasing number of initiatives support a new model in palliative care that treats death not as a failure, but an expected aspect of


the human experience. Each in its own way advocates for a grace-filled passage supported by dignified, caring and compassionate practices.

Profound Shift

The Conscious Dying Institute, in Boulder, Colorado, aims to restore death and dying to its natural place in the sacred circle of life. Its end-of-life literacy curriculum and certificate training programs are helping to create a new, wisdombased culture of healing teachers and end-of-life doulas that serve among the frontline caregivers and companions providing the comfort people want and need most. Founded by Tarron Estes, a healing artist, poet, Caritas coach and transformational learning educator, the institute is grounded in love, spiritual



openness, compassion and a universal field of consciousness. “Training is open to nurses, physicians, clinicians, caregivers, family members, healthcare teams and anyone else interested in exploring what it means to die consciously,” says Estes. It attends to the provider’s inner awakening and helps them strengthen their ability to give spiritual, emotional, physical and practical care to anyone, helping to relieve pain, regardless of diagnosis. “Rather than curative care, it’s all about seeking to increase precious, meaningful moments, a sense of spiritual sanctity, beauty, interconnectedness and appreciation of life for the families and patients they serve. An end-of-life doula at bedside assures that families and loved ones can focus on what is most important,” explains Estes, who believes that our true nature lives within us as an unblemished jewel. Helping individuals become comfortable talking about death is the work of Dr. Karen Wyatt, of Dillon, Colorado, founder of the End of Life University, an online interview series with end-of-life care experts. She provides a trustworthy loving environment in monthly death cafés. The author of What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of Dying expands the conversation through related articles and podcasts at Death cafés benefit from Wyatt’s experience as a hospice doctor. “There is never an agenda. Of the 10 to 12 people that generally join in, one is always a new caller, recently awakened to the idea of conscious dying or their own mortality. They’re seeking information and someone to talk to because family and friends aren’t interested. Some already embracing their mortality wish to explore their thoughts with others. Some callers join just to listen,” advises Wyatt. Because death in the West has become a commercialized, medical event with funeral home packages the norm, Wyatt recommends the National Home Funeral Alliance to those interested in a deeper understanding of options and resources for a gentler model. The nonprofit, grassroots movement and its members, such as Sacred Crossings, in Los Angeles, seek to restore the lost

Exploring the Mystery

For more than 40 years, philosopher, psychologist and physician Raymond Moody’s life work has been acknowledging the mysteries and validating the unexplainable events at the end of life. His seminal bestseller Life After Life appeared in 1975. Lisa Smartt’s mentorship by Moody led them to co-found She’s also authored Words at the Threshold, a study of the nonsensical, metaphorical and paradoxical language and visions of the dying. Moody and Smartt agree that by better understanding the unique language patterns related to end of life we can share more deeply and build bridges with our beloveds throughout the dying process. “When we do so, we offer greater support to the dying and ameliorate our own experience of loss as they cross the threshold,” remarks Smartt. Like William Peters, founder of the Shared Crossings Project, in Santa Barbara, California, they caution that compassionate etiquette during events at death is important. “Assume that levels of awareness exist in the dying so that our energy and presence are felt and our voices heard,” advises Moody. “Respect your words and actions, regardless of the person’s state of consciousness. Be a compassionate listener and validate their vision. Don’t pretend to intellectualize or explain anything.”

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art and healing ritual of a home funeral by preserving the rights of families to provide home after-death care. Supporting and educating interested families is the mission of Sacred Crossings founder Rev. Olivia Rosemarie Bareham. The certified death midwife and home funeral guide draws from her experiences as an auxiliary nurse and hospice volunteer to assist families with end-of-life planning, death midwifery and arrangements for an at-home vigil and funeral, as well as cremation and burial choices. “We also offer sacred singing to help ease a loved one’s transition. Music by a bedside soloist or choir before, during and after death can be deeply relaxing and comforting, and even provide pain relief,” advises Bareham.

We rediscover that in order to die well, we must live well. Dying gracefully is the result of a mindful, day-to-day journey—a culmination of informed choices, honest discussions and deference to the hallowed fragility of nature’s life-death cycles. ~William Rosa Dianne Gray, president and executive director of the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation, also owns Hospice and Healthcare Communications. “The dying often wish to leave here surrounded by peace and harmony. They choose to let go of contentiousness and often wish family members would do the same, which is facilitated by mapping out Advance Directives according to the final wishes of the patient,” says Gray. Questions she frequently addresses in public talks and Death Over Dinner party conversations include: the necessity of finishing unfinished business; bringing closure to unresolved relationship issues; finding words to express our compassion; soothing the sense of impending loss; and managing to take only love with us to the other side, yet leave enough of it behind to help loved ones through their grieving process. She cautions that no matter how well we plan for death, things don’t always go as planned.

“Sometimes no matter how many advance care conversations have taken place, discord can dismantle the best laid plans. It requires the tough work of compassionate communications. Friends and families need to remember that this is the patient’s end-of-life experience, not theirs. It is possible to find peace in the midst of conflict, understanding that the one leaving overwhelmingly wishes for a peaceful passing, including peace within the family.”  The Death Over Dinner initiative, founded by Michael Hebb in 2013, has been hosted by groups in more than 20 countries to help people engage in conversations on “how we want to die”—the most vital and costly discussion Americans aren’t having (

Practical Plans

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and its 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy program offer a free downloadable national Guide to Financial Decisions: Implementing an End-of-Life Plan at It includes basic descriptions of issues that arise as we age beyond retirement and details the critical documents needed for the individual, dependents, property, assets, estate planning, wills and trusts. It also addresses issues related to advance, treatment and do-notresuscitate directives, insurance, types of funerals and costs, and Social Security, Medicare and veterans’ benefits. Guidelines suggest consulting with a certified public accountant or personal financial planning specialist. The latest innovation is the blessing of a living funeral, a celebration of life while the honoree is present to hear the eulogies, praises and farewells before they depart. provides a downloadable Five Wishes document, a popular advance directive, or living will that covers personal, spiritual, medical and legal aspects. It’s easy to use and can serve as a family guide to prompt conversations about personal care preferences in the event of serious illness. New York Times journalist Mark Leibovich wrote about how Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy chose to spend his final weeks in pursuit of a “good ending.” As death approached,

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Writing Our Legacy


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n their books Caring for the Dying and Having the Last Say, authors Henry FerskoWeiss and Alan Gelb, respectively, advocate reviewing our life and writing a short narrative to explore its value as we approach our final act of Earth’s play. Processing experiences from the past and what they mean at this juncture presents us an opportunity to achieve greater clarity and integrate them in a positive way in our life story. According to Fersko-Weiss, it has the power to reduce depression, increase life satisfaction, promote acceptance of self and enhance integrity of spirit, no matter what phase of life we are in. The harvesting of life experiences should reflect our true humanity—flaws and all—and what we’ve learned through mistakes and failures, as well as triumphs. Conveying a compelling mythic family story, values we’ve lived by and our embrace of meaningful relationships will help the people we know understand that, for all its difficulties and complexities, life is worth living. Our narrative, whether recorded as an essay or scripted video, becomes an act of praise for the gift of the life we’ve led, imperfect as it may have been. It can also serve as a potential keepsake that passes along life lessons and values from one generation to another. Gelb suggests that summing up what’s most important to us in 500 to 1,000 words can be an experience to savor and enjoy at a reflective time in life, an opportunity to capture our legacy and even serve as our own eulogy. When we want a loved one no longer here to feel near to us and hear them one last time, it’s a way for them to literally have the last say, he adds.

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Kennedy told friends that he wanted to take stock of his life and enjoy the gift of his remaining days with the people he loved most. As a result, he continued enjoying his morning ritual of reading newspapers while drinking coffee, playing with his dogs, watching James Bond movies with his wife and holding family dinners and sing-alongs near nightly. He reveled in his bedside view of Nantucket Sound, sailed when he could and ate lots of his favorite ice cream. His mantra was, “Every day is a gift.” “As our time winds down, we all seek comfort in simple pleasures—companionship, everyday routines, the taste of good food, the warmth of sunlight on our faces,” remarks Boston’s Dr. Atul Gawande in Being Mortal. “If we strive in our final months for independence, companionship, mindful attention, dignity, wisdom, joy, love and freedom from pain, we have the power to make those days less miserable, confusing and frightening.” In these many ways, we can manage to gently embrace and tenderly navigate life’s final transition with grace and love.

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Functional Brain Imaging Identifies Depression Conditions Successfully by Dan Pavel


epression is a real and common problem that can occur due to both well-known and lesser-known causes including grief, which may initiate or accentuate it. While the condition can be treated successfully it can often progress, despite multiple treatment attempts, to become what is known as treatment-resistant depression, even after lengthy periods of treatment, because underlying coexisting conditions are not properly addressed. One solution is to correctly identify the effects of multiple conditions on the brain by using brain singlephoton emission computed tomography (SPECT), a non-invasive procedure for functional imaging of the brain. This is an effective resource for the evaluation of patients with coexisting neuropsychiatric conditions. Other types of scans, such as CT and MRI, reveal structure, but not function.

Two examples of Brain SPECT images in depression cases, processed with customized software developed by Good Lion Imaging, LLC. Due to their obvious difference, there will be a need for different treatment strategies in each case.

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more. A customized software variant generates a set of detailed color images displayed in a variety of complementary views that make them easy to read and understand even by non-specialists. Brain SPECT allows specialists to more thoroughly evaluate the functional consequences of coexisting conditions and thus provide a treatment strategy that is specifically tailored to each patient. In depression with coexisting conditions, the information provided by Brain SPECT determines which gray matter structures are in a state of hyper-function and which are in a state of under-function; and how pronounced they are (extreme, marked or moderate). This information is then used to determine a treatment specific to the particular patient. Depending on the disorder stage, its duration and functional status, the treatment may require novel treatment approaches; for example, combined transcranial magnetic stimulation with the infusion of ketamine. Dan Pavel, M.D., practices at The Neuroscience Center, located at 440 Lake Cook Rd., Bldg. 2, in Deerfield. For more information, call 847-945-7284 or visit and See ad on page 9 and in the Community Resource Guide.

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Dealing with Fibromyalgia is No Simple Task by Silvia Panitch


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ibromyalgia (widespread muscle pain) has remained difficult to treat for many years. It commonly occurs in females over males by a 20-to-one ratio and is characterized by general pain, fatigue, depression, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, gastrointestinal issues and morning stiffness. The classical definition (from 1990) is when 11 out of 18 specific tender points are present. Pain has to last at least three months and cannot be explained any other way. It usually occurs at specific points above and below the navel and is not related to trauma or rheumatic disease. In 2010, the American Academy of Rheumatology broadened the definition, which now includes many more conditions that may not truly be fibromyalgia. That decision is important because someone given that diagnosis will be consigned to lifelong prescription medications (and subsequent addictions) such as narcotics, sleeping aids and antidepressants, which may help, but in turn cause many other problems. Thus, it is important to make the right diagnosis. Also realize that many natural options are available. Many times, patients can be weaned off medications. Conditions to be ruled out by a physician before a diagnosis of fibromyalgia is given include chronic infections (Lyme, hepatitis C, mycoplasma) and other viruses; rheumatic conditions (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus); thyroid disease (many times undiagnosed, or if diagnosed, treated poorly); nutritional imbalances: low vitamin D (epidemic, especially to those living in the Midwest with only small amounts of winter sun exposure); low magnesium; low B vitamins; low selenium; low manganese; issues with blood sugar; xenobi-

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otics such as heavy metals, pollutants (how much we carry in our bodies); blood disorders (especially too much or too little iron); neurotransmitter disorders (serotonin, norepinephrine); and sleep disorders. Many triggers could be present if fibromyalgia is properly diagnosed such as injury, accident, cervical trauma, surgery, chemical exposure, environmental, emotional trauma, infections, sleep deprivation, hormonal imbalances, psychological issues (PTSD) and muscle skeletal disorders (myofascial pain or disc disease). Once the diagnosis of fibromyalgia has been confirmed, a systematic approach is needed to be able to improve patient well-being and minimize the use of dangerous prescription medications. A functional medical approach addresses each of the different body systems; first being the gastrointestinal system. New research is showing some light on the presence of small intestinal bacteria overgrowth (SIBO) as the underlying issue in patients with


fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Special tests can be done and treatment many times resolves a lot of the pain. Diet and nutrition are crucial. Food allergies are rampant, especially gluten sensitivity, so either a food elimination diet of the main allergies and/or blood testing can uncover many allergies or intolerances to many foods. Also, the intake of chemicals, additives, pesticides and MSG should be eliminated by a patient. Any chronic infection should be ruled out, such as viruses, parasites, yeast and bacteria. Mitochondria, which are the powerhouse of every cell, usually become defective in a fibromyalgia patient. Lifestyle modification can reduce stress and help with proper sleep (via biofeedback, prayer, meditation or yoga). It’s also important to address all hormonal imbalances: thyroid, female or male hormonal issues and stress hormones (cortisol). After a diagnosis, it’s key to start a good program of detoxification supervised by a qualified physician, because some over-the-counter programs can be counterproductive. Also, there may be many neurotransmitter imbalances as the brain and nervous system communicate with the rest of the body (low serotonin, cortisol, catecholamines). Along with the detox, it can be helpful to start a mild aerobic exercise program and gentle stretching. Drugs sometimes help fibromyalgia symptoms, but can cause addictions, alter quality of life and never address the underlying problem. Only a comprehensive program that takes into consideration all the issues will help the patient regain overall health and avoid long-term side effects from dangerous medications. Silvia Panitch, M.D., specializes in complex conditions like fibromyalgia and is the medical director of Lakeview Integrative Medicine, located at 3344 N. Ashland Ave., in Chicago. For more information, call 773-525-6595 or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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Regulating Digestion Can Reclaim Our Health by Renée Barasch


uring the holidays, we tend to overeat foods that are different than our usual daily fare, and then quit them almost cold turkey in January. The resulting cravings from a season of over-indulging can be relentless; our digestive tracts react poorly and don’t process foods the way they are designed. Our system becomes sluggish from the extra calories and added stress on the gallbladder, liver and pancreas. We often feel an urgency to get healthy in the new year, but may swing too far in the opposite direction by adapting a new, trendy diet to eliminate all sugar and/or fat, perhaps moving quickly to a Paleo, vegan or low-calorie diet. By the end of January, we’ve likely lost our motivation, lost our appetite for the new diet and perhaps even gained more weight as a result. It’s also quite likely that we may feel overtired and suffer from headaches, bloating and constipation as a result of this yo-yo approach to our digestive health.


Many studies suggest that rather than focus strictly on changing our diet to feel better and lose weight, we should focus on addressing the root cause of digestive issues. Undigested food can cause inflammation that shows up in many forms. Allergies, skin conditions and poor sleep are all symptoms of not properly digesting our meals. This can also cause drainage pathways to become backed up with undigested particles that can cause a toxic overload and drive more symptoms. Digestive enzymes are missing in all thoroughly cooked food. Real food is made up of fat, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Enzymes are the most heat-sensitive nutrient, and are destroyed when food is cooked. Our bodies are designed to make enzymes, but if we are experiencing digestive symptoms, that is a sign that we are not producing enough, and they must be added to help digest our food. The role of digestive enzymes is primarily to act as a catalyst for spe-


cific, life-preserving chemical reactions in the body by breaking down larger molecules into more easily absorbed particles that the body can use. The duodenum (the first and shortest segment of the small intestine, at the stomach exit) is a busy place: amino acids are extracted from proteins, fatty acids and cholesterol from fats and simple sugars from carbohydrates. All the macronutrients are broken down into molecules small enough to be carried in the bloodstream and boost metabolism to ensure it runs effectively. Micronutrients, if they haven’t already been cleaved in the stomach acid, are released and transported into the bloodstream, too. The pancreas produces bile salts or acids that comprise water, electrolytes, amino acids, cholesterol, fats and bilirubin, all sourced from the liver via the gallbladder. The gallbladder breaks down fats, but when it is underactive, they are not properly processed, causing indigestion and other digestive issues. Poor diets and chronic illness can make these conditions worse. In regard to metabolism, intestinal enzymes are critical, and it is a complicated processes. Simple digestive testing by a wellness practitioner can identify what enzymes are missing and which organs may be overstressed. When we have the right enzymes to break down nutrients, our body can easily return to balance quickly. Renee Barasch is a certified digestive health specialist and enzyme therapist, and the owner of Nutritional Health Solutions, 480 Elm Place, Ste. 108, in Highland Park. For more information, call 847-207-2034 or visit See ad on page 7 and in the Community Resource Guide.

Preventing Falls All Year Long by Marty O’Shea


n the winter, falling on ice becomes more prevalent, but falls that result in injury are a common occurrence throughout the entire year. In fact, 50 percent of all accidental deaths that occur at home are related to falling; 25 percent of all work-related injuries are fall-related; and the older generation is the most vulnerable, because 33 percent of people 65 or older will experience at least one fall over the next year. It is important to know some of the reasons for falling. as well as steps that can be taken to reduce the risks. There are two main reasons for falling—environment and balance. The environment (icy surfaces, wet floors, etc.) in which we live may cause us to slip, or we might trip over objects such as rugs, cords, pets or toys. The best way to prevent slips and falls is to inspect our house or workplace for such obstacles and remove or place them in less-trafficked areas. In the case of slippery surfaces, take steps to maintain traction on the surface. Reduce slipping by salting icy surfaces and/or adding non-slip pads to areas that frequently become wet. This is especially important for seniors because their balance, reactions, vision and overall strength can reduce their ability to maneuver around such impediments. Loss of balance is most evident with older adults because it is controlled by three systems that are susceptible to the aging process: our vision, our inner ear and our sense of touch (feeling the ground under our feet). These systems can each be affected by a variety of factors, including side effects from medications or diseases such as high blood pressure or diabetes that can often be managed by a physician. In some cases, services such as physical therapy or an optical exam can help discover loss of function in one of these systems, or at least teach some strategies to compensate for loss of function by maximizing function in the other two systems. Having our vision checked regularly, using an ambulatory aid such as a cane and generally maintaining an active lifestyle can help overcome some balance deficits. Physical therapy can be of assistance when it comes to regaining strength and range of motion after a fall, but also by preventing falls before they happen. Physical therapists can treat conditions such as balance disorders and vertigo in order to diminish the risk of falling.

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Random Acts of Sustainability


by Kay McKeen and Rose Naseef

ebruary 17 is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. One way to participate is by supporting a school share table, which allows students to place unwanted, unopened food at a designated location in the lunchroom. The school can then distribute the leftover food to students, families, or local food pantries or organizations. The amount of food that goes uneaten in school cafeterias is significant. School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE) conducts lunchtime waste audits with students at Chicagoland schools

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healthykids and often finds whole apples and unopened granola bars, entrees, yogurt cups and containers of fruit in the garbage. Biting into an apple is not easy for kindergarteners or firstgraders with a dangling tooth. Until recently, unwanted, unopened perfectly good food served in the cafeteria could not be taken home or given away, as contracts with food providers prohibited schools from distributing the items. To address the problem, SCARCE and the Illinois Environmental Council worked together in 2016 to write a law (HB 5530) permitting schools to donate leftover food served in their cafeterias. Now the food can go to hungry people instead of landfills. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have set a national goal to reduce food waste in America by 50 percent by 2030. To that end, the USDA is promoting food-sharing programs, noting that they are an “innovative strategy” to encourage kids to eat healthy foods and reduce waste in the food programs they fund. With state and federal barriers removed, schools absolutely can implement share table programs. This month, we can all get involved by asking a local school to start a share table or by volunteering to monitor an existing share table, distributing food to kids in the free and reduced lunch program or taking leftover food to a local pantry or shelter. Let’s feed kids, not the landfill. Kay McKeen is the executive director and Rose Naseef is an environmental educator at SCARCE, located at 799 Roosevelt Rd., Bldg. 2, Ste. 108, in Glen Ellyn, IL. For more information, call 630-545-9710 or visit

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Many people also grow microgreens for their pets. “Cats tend to prefer mild, sweet-tasting microgreens such as red clover, alfalfa and flax seed,” advises Galchus. “They also love grasses grown from hard wheat, whole barley and rye. Cats cannot digest the grass, but use it to bring up indigestible matter that might be lodged in their stomachs.”

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ast, fun to grow and packed with flavor and nutrition, tender young microgreens can go from seed to table in as little as a week. Close cousins to edible sprouts, microgreens are grown in potting soil or seed-starting mixes instead of plain water. They customarily grow beyond the sprout stage until they have produced a true leaf or two. After that, harvesting is a simple matter of snipping off fresh greens. “You don’t need a green thumb to grow microgreens, only patience and persistence,” says Mark Mathew Braunstein, in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, author of Microgreen Garden. Even first-timers can expect good results. For example, the thin shoots grown from popcorn taste like a more vibrant form of sweet corn, and pea shoots work well in wraps, salads and virtually any Asian dish. Like high-fiber wheatgrass, “Microgreens are great for juicing, either by themselves or mixed with other veggies,” says Rita Galchus (aka Sprout Lady Rita), proprietor of The Sprout House, in Lake Katrine, New York, which sells organic seeds for microgreens and sprouts. “You can add a handful of microgreens to a smoothie to ramp up the nutrition without changing


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The seeds of dozens of plants from alfalfa to wheat can be grown as microgreens. If seeking to maximize nutrition, put red cabbage and cilantro on the planting list. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Quality Laboratory, in Beltsville, Maryland, tested the nutritional properties of 25 microgreens; red cabbage, cilantro, garnet amaranth and green daikon radish had the highest concentrations of vitamin C, carotenoids, and vitamins K and E, respectively. Microgreens generally provide three times as much nutrition per weight as the same food eaten in its mature state. “People underestimate the intense flavor of microgreens and might try planting mustard greens or radish varieties even if they don’t like spicy flavors,” say Elizabeth Millard, an organic farmer in Northfield, Minnesota, and author of Indoor Kitchen Gardening. For beginners, large seeds that sprout quickly such as sunflowers, buckwheat and snow peas are good choices because they produce big, robust sprouts with mild flavor.


Microgreens grow so fast that there’s little time for them to run into trouble. Commercial growers use large trays, but home gardeners can also use pretty coffee mugs or tofu boxes rescued from the recycling bin. Drainage holes in the container bottoms work well when growing beets or other slow-sprouting seeds, but are less important for fastgrowing sunflowers or wheat. Work only with organic seeds. Seeds sold for sprouting or bulk grains from a local health food store cost much less than the larger, robust seeds produced for gardening. Soak seeds in water overnight to jump-start germination. Place an inch or so of potting soil or seed-starting mix in the container, and then scatter the plump seeds on top. “A common beginner’s error is to sow seeds too thickly,” says Braunstein. Sown seeds should not touch each other, with most spaced about onequarter-inch apart. Spritz with water and cover with a plate or plastic wrap. At the first signs of sprouting, water and move the pot to a sunny spot near a bright window or within two inches of a bright grow light. Dribble in small amounts of water to maintain moisture over the next few days. To harvest, cut in bunches about one-half inch above the soil line. Microgreens store well in the refrigerator for a couple of days, but are best eaten fresh. For both beginners and experienced gardeners, growing microgreens provides a close-up look at seed germination, one of nature’s miracles. Award-winning garden writer Barbara Pleasant’s new book Homegrown Pantry: A Gardener’s Guide to Selecting the Best Varieties & Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year Round, will be out next month from Storey Publishing.

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entil soup has been around for more than 9,000 years. The ancient Greeks were lovers of this soup and mention of it can be found in their writings. Lentil soup is also mentioned in the Bible in Genesis. Hippocrates prescribed lentils to patients with liver ailments. It is recognized as highly nutritious, a good source of protein, fiber, iron and potassium. There are a number of varieties of this soup and it is consumed for a variety of reasons. The grouping of these simple ingredients creates an ornate flavor. It is best made in a slow cooker.

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How to Stay Healthy, Flexible and Strong by Aimee Hughes


hen thinking about the best forms of exercise as we enter midlife and beyond, we should first clarify some myths and preconceptions,” says Michael Spitzer, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, biochemist, fitness expert and author of Fitness at 40, 50, 60 and Beyond. “In our society, there’s a mindset that once we pass our 40th year, it’s all downhill from there. Our metabolism slows and we gain weight, lose mobility and flexibility, deal with more aches and pains, experience shortness of breath and the list goes on.” According to Spitzer, this all can happen, but it’s more of a self-fulfilling prophecy than destiny. “Research with older people at both rehabilitation and nursing centers tells us that the human body wasn’t designed to begin a major decline in function until age 70, barring major illness or accidents along the way. Most of individual decline is due to lifestyle choices, not nature’s plan.” Spitzer teaches his clients that weight training is essential for every age group. “After age 30, most people lose between 0.5 to 1 percent of lean muscle fiber per year, which directly affects the basal metabolic rate. Much like a car engine, the more lean muscle mass


we have, the more energy our ‘engine’ uses, even when idling. If not prevented, by age 50, for example, we may have lost as much as 20 percent of the lean muscle fiber we had when we were 30.” He also recommends regular cardiovascular exercise. “Do a good round of cardio inside your target heart rate zone for 30 minutes at least three times a week. It’s vital for lung and heart health, the primary benefit of cardio exercise as opposed to just burning calories.” “For those in their 40s, I recommend high-intensity interval training such as burst training, along with a mind-body practice like power yoga or budokon,” says Nelson Pahl, of Northfield, Minnesota, managing editor of Longevity Times. “Vinyasa yoga, tai chi and cycling are ideal during our 50s, while hatha yoga, tai chi, or qigong and hiking work well in our 60s.” “Most of my clients are 70 and up,” notes Gwyneth Jones, an active aging specialist at the Carriage Club, in Kansas


City, Missouri, who also trains physical therapists, rehabilitation specialists and movement educators. “They enjoy mixing up their daily exercise routines and look forward to the support and encouragement of their classmates. Discussions include lighthearted wordplay and questions about anatomy and physiology.” Pahl urges everyone at every age, “Consume only whole foods, always.” He rarely drinks alcohol and begins every day with yoga and qigong. “Also, be sure to stay well hydrated,” adds Jones. “This will keep your joints healthy, skin clear and moist, digestion more efficient and detoxification of organ systems more effective. Add fresh lemon if you like.” Physical fitness is only one aspect of aging gracefully. Spiritual growth lifts and lightens any mental and emotional load, while supporting physical well-being. Spitzer also recommends, “Reading, learning to play a musical instrument, crafting activities, computer strategy games or doing other activities that require concentration or new problem-solving skills; all help the mind stay tuned up and sharp.” It’s always healthy to break out of normal routines and comfort zones, venture into new worlds, volunteer and do what makes our heart soar. Jones advises, “Choose activities that feel good, refreshing, include people you enjoy, and are done in pleasant environments. Don’t forget to revel in sunshine or a good book on a rainy day. Listen to music, play music, sing and dance every day.” Maturity brings benefits we can embrace with delight when we bring loving attention and happy novelty to life. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and consultant for the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at

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Helping Our Local Critters

Thrive Through the Winter by Rick DiMaio


arks, forest preserves and green spaces are bountiful in our thirdlargest metropolitan area in the country, including Baker Park, in Evanston, Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve, in Highwood, and Glacial Park Nature Preserve, in McHenry County. Some prefer the rural qualities of Rock Cut State Park, in Winnebago County, or the urban, walled-in feel of Grant Park, in downtown Chicago. Our local city parks and bike trails can also be great places to reunite with nature. These are places to go for some peace and quiet most of the time, where we are typically greeted by a curious squirrel looking for a handout, a rabbit or three around sunset just looking at us or a curious coyote staring from the distance. These moments are relaxing and peaceful in the summer and fall, but during the middle of winter, they can be fleeting and rare when we have six inches of snow underfoot, the wind chill is hovering below zero and we don’t want to be outside. During a frigid winter morning or a day after a very heavy snowstorm, take a moment to notice the absence of animal or bird activity; our furry friends don’t want to be out, either, yet need to forage to stay alive. Sure, one day of cold might not make a difference to humans, but after three of four days of below-zero temperatures or a heavy snowfall, small animals and birds must survive harsh winter conditions without their normal supply of food or water. As climate variability brings more 40

change to seasonal weather patterns, there are things we can do to help out. December 2015 was the fourth warmest in Chicago’s history, with less than four inches of snowfall and average temperatures nearly 12 degrees above normal; yet December 2016 averaged nearly 15 degrees colder, with almost 20 inches of snowfall in some places. Kevin McKelvey, of the U.S. Forest Service, reports that climate change is expected to impact most parts of an ecosystem, and mammals are no exception no matter where they live; some have very specific climatic adaptations, such as requirements for snow, sea ice or temperatures within a narrow range for hibernation, and climate variability challenges them. Some have distributions that are dependent on climate and use a variety of often disjointed resources to hide, eat, drink and breed, and in many cases, these places are distinct and may change seasonally. Although local uncertainties exist, scientists are learning there are many opportunities for climate change to disrupt mammalian life histories because in general, they will not be able to effectively hide in microhabitats. Most mammals are also highly mobile, and have relatively short life spans, generally


less than 20 years, so if climates become unsuitable, mammalian response and population levels can be expected to be rapid. During the coldest and snowiest periods, when we notice a significant decline in bird and small mammal activity, local nuts are the best present we can give the squirrels. People like to feed them peanuts, which is a legume, not a nut, and often don’t stop to think about how this food isn’t something a squirrel would normally eat. Take a look around at the local nut trees in the area. Hickory nuts, beechnuts, walnuts and butternuts are all great options. Gather some of these nuts up next fall (or purchase at this time of year) and put them in a pile near a tree where the squirrels hang out. Sunflower seeds are a good treat, too, and easy to obtain wherever birdseed is sold. Most people have seen the way squirrels raid the bird feeders, and it’s generally because they want to eat the sunflower seeds. When it comes to our friends of flight, most wildlife experts suggest a source of unfrozen, fresh water for birds in winter. Offering it in our backyard may double the amount of birds we can enjoy during the colder months. Invest in a birdbath heater or just place a small bowl of warm water out every day for backyard birds. Don’t remove birdhouses in the winter; they need plenty of roosting places during the winter to stay warm, so leave them up. And if the squirrels move in, well, they need a place to hide until spring as well. Reuse the Christmas tree and natural wreaths, or branches that were cut in the fall and not yet composted. Instead of discarding or recycling, remove all decorations and throw it on the ground or pile up where it can offer shelter to birds. Many birds, especially juncos, towhees and sparrows, will appreciate keeping snug on cold winter nights. As noted by Fish and Game magazine, the abundant food supply wild rabbits enjoy in warmer months is decimated by winter. Rabbits do not hibernate, but Photo by Rick DiMaio


in extreme cold, they often seek shelter by burrowing into snowdrifts. With warm weather foods like clover, tender young plants, berries and vegetables gone or difficult to find, wild rabbits resort to eating woody plant parts like twigs, bark and buds of trees and bushes, including our backyard garden plants. So when doing winter yard work on the next sunny day, keep our urban critters in mind and build a small rabbit fort, throw some nuts near the base of a tree or fill up the birdbath with some warm water. Or better yet, teach the kids to do it, because it’s too cold outside for us adults. View a live feeder online at MarbleFeederWebcam. Rick DiMaio is a professional meteorologist and climate scientist, specializing in aviation meteorology and environmental sustainability. Since 1985, DiMaio has served the Chicago area as a TV and radio broadcast meteorologist, college instructor and flight operations aviation meteorologist. He is currently heard on The Mike Nowak Show.

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the Recycling Process by Kris Kaar


he choice to recycle is in the hands of all of us, and it does make a difference. The advent of curbside collection makes it easier than ever to participate in the effort to direct unwanted or unneeded product containers and materials away from landfills, but procedures and regulations are often confusing and can create frustration and skepticism about the entire system. Actions by waste haulers such as tagging and not accepting contents of bins contaminated by non-recyclable items are meant to protect the machinery and speed up the process downstream, yet in reality they may anger residents and build apathy toward recycling in general. A little education can go a long way to raise our spirits and keep us involved. Single stream, or curbside consumer recycling, puts glass, plastic, paper and steel into a single cart, separate from trash and yard waste or food scraps. A materials recovery facility (MRF) is designed to receive and sort the materials we place at the curb or in the alley for recycling. It is not the end destination, but an interim location. The MRF separates cans, glass, paper and plastic from each other. Each type of item must be isolated and compressed into bales or stockpiled until there is enough to transport to an end market. MRFs use special equipment to identify specific items such as aluminum cans; magnets capture the steel cans. 42

Plastics can be sorted by the type of resin mixture, as identified by the numbers one through seven on the bottom. The end market is the re-processor or manufacturing destination that transforms the recyclable material into its next stage. For example, this is where the plastic bottles can be ground into flakes that are sold to be made into carpets or where paper is pulped to be made into a recycled paper product. These markets vary depending on the composition of the recyclable item or what the item is destined to become. The process of reusing these materials requires specific types of feedstock materials.

Recycling is a dynamic industry, and methods have evolved to recover as much useful material as possible, so the way we learned to recycle 10 years ago may no longer be correct. Not all communities include the same items in their recycling program, because MRFs and end markets have regional impact. Check local information and think about what we’re putting into the cart/bin; if in doubt, call and ask. It’s important to understand what materials are included in our recycling program. Sometimes residents interpret an item as recyclable just from its appearance, when it should be donated or repurposed, or as a last resort, taken to the landfill. Plastic milk bottles are not the same as a plastic toy, garden hoses, baby seats or strings of holiday lights. Just because an item contains plastic doesn’t always mean it is recyclable. Glass food and beverage bottles and jars are not made with the same ingredients or by the same process as a drinking glass and ceramic mugs, plates or cookware. The responsibility is shared between consumers and companies in the recycling industry to clarify what can be recycled. Kris Kaar is a senior consultant with RRS (Resource Recycling System) and president of the Illinois Recycling Association. Contact her at KKaar@Recycle. com or visit RRS is a sustainability and recycling consulting firm serving communities, companies and organizations. Visit

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ollowing eco-friendly laundry tips can save on energy, water usage and utility bills, making it good for both the planet and the bank account. The laundry results, too, may be better for some loads. advises that 90 percent of the energy consumed while running a wash load is used to heat the water, so the average household can eliminate as much as 350 pounds of carbon emissions and save about $40 annually by turning the knob to cold. It also notes that some proteinheavy stains, like perspiration and blood, can become more set into the fabric when washed in hot water, which can also shrink synthetic fibers. For sweat stains, suggests combining two tablespoons of cream of tartar, a few drops of lemon essential oil and water to make a paste. Mix and spread it on the stain, and then rub it in and let dry. Another pre-laundry option is to pour or spray a 3 percent solution of hydrogen peroxide onto the stain and then soak for about 30 minutes. Mildly soiled laundry doesn’t necessarily need hot water for adequate cleaning, reports the Mother Nature Network. It advises pre-soaking heavily soiled laundry in cold water for about an hour, adding four tablespoons of baking soda to loosen dirt and grime. “Responding quickly to stains always helps,” says Steve Boorstein, a Boulder, Colorado, clothing-care expert on his website. “For washable clothing, flush the stained area with cool water to remove any solid matter. Never rub the stain in order to avoid driving it deeper into the fabric.” Conserve more energy as well as water by always assembling a full load of laundry. Appliance performance can also make an eco-difference. Energy Star estimates that water savings of between 40 and 75 percent can be achieved with front-loading machines instead of top-loaders. Line drying wins over a clothes dryer in terms of freshness, energy use and kindness to the environment. Start with biodegradable and phosphate-free detergents made from plant- and vegetable-based ingredients.


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ryer balls bounce around and move laundry so that more air can circulate around the clothes and makes them dry faster, which means less waiting and less money spent on energy. If using a laundromat that gives seven minutes of dryer time per quarter, then it is possible to save $1 for every two dryer loads. Dryer balls also fluff clothes naturally and help eliminate static, but there’s no need to pay for those that are commercially made; DIY with items that can be found around the house and avoid storebought dryer sheets and balls that may contain toxic substances that are hard to recycle.

DIY Dryer Balls Makes one ball. 2 old socks Essential oil Take one sock and roll it up from the toe like a jellyroll; at the end, turn the cuff over the roll so it holds the roll in place. Dab on 15 to 20 drops of essential oil and let it soak into the sock. Place the rolled-up sock inside the second sock. Twist the open sock once, and then turn it inside out. Continue twisting and turning inside out as necessary until the whole sock is a ball. Throw the homemade dryer ball in with the next batch of laundry. One works fine; two is even better for fluffing. Clothing will come out soft, static-free and sweet smelling, without any chemical residue. When the aroma has faded over time, simply open up the top sock, add more essential oil to the inner sock and rewrap. The two layers prevent any oil from getting on the clothes. Source:



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hysical therapists have long used horses to help patients improve balance or strengthen core muscles. Now they’re helping to teach empathy. Given a horse’s significant size, sometimes distracting surroundings and the need for safety, humans need to learn the animal’s non-verbal cues, and to regulate their own. Close interaction without riding is proving to be helpful for those dealing with addictions, trauma and grief, and for employees to improve their communication and teamwork skills. Kelly Wendorf and Scott Strachan, co-founders of Equus, in Santa Fe, work with both individuals and organizations. Strachan emphasizes, “This isn’t magic. Horses reflect our feelings back to us. If we’re nervous, the horse will be more skittish.” “We’ve had executives arrive with cell phones firmly in hand and leave holding soggy tissues instead,” comments Wendorf. “For them, it was unexpectedly emotional.” For addicts caught up in a debilitating cycle, “Equine therapy gets the brain firing in a new direction,” says 46

Constance Scharff, Ph.D., director of addiction research at Cliffside Malibu, in California. “Patients may say they’re fine when they’re not, but you can’t lie to a horse. They have boundaries; if you’re angry, a horse won’t tolerate your behavior and will walk away.” Scharff notes, “Equine therapy is complementary to psychotherapy medicine, and one tool we use in approaching addiction. Depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be the underlying issue, so we can address it, to understand why the person became an addict.” Wendorf relates the story of an 18-year-old client facing body image issues. “Five horses approached her and touched her with their noses on her arms and legs. Where they touched was where she had been cutting herself to try to relieve her emotional pain.” “People feel a powerful connection when they let down their defenses and a horse responds,” says Sheryl Jordan, equestrian director at Salamander Resort & Spa, in Middleburg, Virginia. “Our



naturalpet Equi-Spective life lessons program brings self-awareness and the power to better control emotions. During the session, they may hug, pet and cry on the horse, but they leave the corral smiling.” The program teamed up with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) serving bereaved military families. Kelly Griffith, a surviving sister of U.S. Marine Corps Major Samuel Griffith, points to the power of equine therapy in a video at Equi-SpectiveVideo. Susan Wight, a former professional steeplechase rider and ambassador for TAPS in Leesburg, Virginia, says, “My husband was my riding coach. When he passed away, I was numb when facing decisions, but at the session, it felt like one of the horses was the one to choose. The initial flood of emotions and memories from being around horses again wasn’t pretty, but empathy is a specific language, and I’m grateful for the opportunity. Horses are a huge part of my life.” At Ranch Hand Rescue Counseling Center & Animal Sanctuary, in South Argyle, Texas, founder Bob Williams considers animal therapy a ministry. “We rescue abused and neglected farm animals, including horses that come into play when patients are not responding to usual therapies,” he says. “It’s important for damaged people to learn to live in the light, and our partnering with the special needs animals helps put them on the emotional path to health.” The rescue’s mission is to provide hope, healing and a sense of security for children and adults that have suffered severe trauma such as abuse, domestic violence and witnessing violent death ( RanchHandRescueVideo). Riding Beyond’s four-session program, in Ashland, Oregon, is free to women recovering from the rigors of breast cancer treatment. Expenses are covered by donations from the community. German research published in the journal Psycho-Oncology reported that 82 percent of participating breast cancer patients studied displayed symptoms of PTSD following diagnosis.

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“They often don’t want to touch or be touched, and have trouble with friendships and intimate relationships; issues that can cripple a woman’s life,” says Trish Broersma, founding director and a certified therapeutic riding professional at Riding Beyond (Tinyurl. com/RidingBeyondVideo). “The medical team that saved their lives doesn’t treat these issues.” The first client, unfamiliar with horses, met Mystic, who touched her on the site of the former tumor. She says, “Even weeks later, when I brought her image to mind when stressed, sad or even happy, it brought feelings of contentment, peace and well-being.” Horses have been serving humans in many ways for centuries. Equine therapy shows they have even more to give if we are open to receive.

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sychologist Ty Tashiro reports in The Science of Happily Ever After that only three in 10 couples remain in healthy, happy marriages. Psychologist John Gottman, in New York City, has studied couples for four decades seeking to understand successful relationships. He and his psychologist wife, Julie, founded The Gottman Institute that helps couples build and maintain loving, healthy relationships based on scientific studies. Using data from his Love Lab at the University of Washington, John separated thousands of couples into two groups: masters (still happy after six years) and disasters (separated or chronically unhappy in their marriages). One of Gottman’s studies watched 130 newlywed vacationing couples and found that partners regularly made bids for connection, requesting responses from their mate. Choices to “turn toward” or “turn away” revealed the level of engagement and respect in the relationship. Couples that divorced within six years had shown “turn toward” bids a third of the time while couples still together responded to their partner’s emotional need nine times out of 10. An integral element is the spirit couples bring to the relationship: kindness and generosity or contempt, criticism and hostility. “There’s a key habit of mind that the masters have,” Gottman explains. “They are scanning the social environment for things they can appreciate and express thanks for. Disasters are scanning for partners’ mistakes.” People focused on criticizing miss 50 percent of positive things their



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partners are doing and see negativity when it’s absent. Deliberately ignoring their partner or responding minimally to opportunities for small moments of emotional connection devalues and kills a relationship. Kindness, conversely, glues couples together, making each partner feel cared for, understood, validated and loved. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that the more someone receives or witnesses kindness, the more they will be kind themselves, creating upward spirals of love and generosity. Practicing kindness during a fight is vital. Letting contempt and aggression spiral out of control during a conflict can inflict irrevocable damage. “Kindness doesn’t mean that we don’t express anger,” Julie explains, “But it informs how we choose to express it. You can either throw spears or explain why you’re hurt and angry, which is the kinder path.” Kindness can also solidify the backbone of a relationship by being generous about our partner’s intention and avoiding misinterpreting what’s motivating their behavior. “Even if it’s executed poorly, appreciate the intent,” Tashiro advises. Clearly, if we want to have a stable, healthy relationship, exercise kindness early and often and let a spirit of generosity guide happy years together. Emily Esfahani Smith is the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters. Connect at EmilyEsfahaniSmith. com or on Twitter @emesfahanismith. 

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Plant Chicago Indoor Farmers’ Market – 11am3pm. 1st Sat thru May. Held in the lobby of The Plant, 1400 W 46th St, Chicago. 773-847-5523. 5th Annual SouthSide Organic Gardeners Seed Swap – 12-1:30pm. Bring your seeds to share and small envelopes, a marker to mark your envelopes. The U of I Extension will supply a limited amount of materials. Free-will donations welcome. U of I Extension office, 9415 S Western Ave, Ste 201, Chicago. Register: stration/?RegistrationID=15595. Eclipses in 2017 and How They Are Used – 2-4pm. Christine Arens presents a thorough look at the eclipses of 2017, placing particular attention on the solar eclipse in August. $25, $20/A.R.E. members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6536.

Bhakti Caravan Kirtan Band – 7:30-9:30pm. Joined by new member, master cellist, Khari Lemuel and Andrea Klunder. Kirtan elevates the spirit, opens the heart and raises our collective consciousness. Everyone welcome. $10/10 days advance, $15. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828.



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Cupping for Injuries and Internal Disorders – Feb 4 & 5. 9am-4pm. Cupping draws out stagnation and toxins and mobilizes the blood, qi and lymph to restore healthy functioning. Class will demonstrate and practice with a variety of Pneumatic and Silicone Moving cups using protocols to address a variety of dysfunction including muscle aches and injury, the common cold, digestive disorders and irregular menstruation. No prerequisites; provides 12 CEs for massage/physical therapy/nursing professionals. $240. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Your Self as Your Friend: A Workshop for Midlife Women – 10am-12:30pm. Do you want more clarity and compassion navigating your midlife transition? Join this restorative reframe for midlife women. Reclaim your self and your mojo, it is reboot time. Honor the heightened sensitivity that is normal for this transition. Release the sting of unfriendly habits like criticism and judgment. Learn simple techniques to nurture your spacious self. $30. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. To register, Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362 or

Stress Management Strategies for 2017: Refresh, Renew, Restart – 7-8pm. Susan Wisehart, MS, LMFT, CHt, will guide you in a group presentation to assess your stress levels. Practical strategies provided for managing your stress including a guided relaxation process. Free. All Ways Healthy Store, 123 Rand Rd, Lake Zurich. To register: 847438-9200. To schedule an appt in Susan’s Mundelein or Des Plaines office: Memory to the Max – 7-8:30pm. Looking to boost your memory? Sharona Javit teaches creative tips and tools to build your memory and learning skills. Ages 14-adult. Free. Palatine Public Library District, 700 N North Court, Palatine. Register: 847-358-5881.


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Spirit-Centered Leadership in Practice – 12:152pm. Join Rev. Lola Wright & Annmarie Chereso in practice around “The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership” by Jim Dethmer and Diana Chapman. Explore what it means to move from victim consciousness to experiencing all of life as a learning laboratory. Strengthen your practice of 100% responsibility, invoking curiosity, feeling your feelings and speaking candidly. All welcome. Love offering encouraged. Bodhi Community Space, 1356 W Augusta Blvd, Chicago. 773-248-5683.


Great Lakes Bioneers Speaker Series – Feb 7, 21, 28. 7pm. Sponsored by the McHenry County College Sustainability Center. Experts will share their views on local and global issues facing our planet that impact the community, present information about resiliency, citizen science and environmental justice and explain how individuals can help build a more sustainable world. Free. Luecht Conference Center, McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Hwy 14, Crystal Lake. 815-479-7765.

Hypnosis Certification Training – 11am-7pm. Join us for a provocative experience. Hypnosis remains the most powerful means of affecting personal development. Learn to: induce trance in others; self-hypnosis; create suggestions affecting positive change. Profoundly useful in stopping fear, anxiety, bad habits. Attend this 3-day intensive certification training. Bring-a-guest; save 50%. $895. JW Marriott, 151 W Adams, Chicago. More info: POWER: Unity and Community! Radio Show – 7-8pm. In this broadcast, we highlight what real power looks like and how, if used effectively by our community, can be transforming. Free. Online. More info: 347-857-2878 or

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Essential Oils for Love and Relationships – 5:45-7pm. Discover the power of essential oils and the effects they can have on your love life—be that in relation to others, yourself, or your career. Bring a partner to learn more about these oils together. $15. Raby Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave, Ste 2100, Chicago. RSVP: 312-276-1212. Dinner with the Doctors – 6:30-8pm. Have questions? We offer lessons in health and holistic living. Find out how Be Optimal can support you on your health journey. Free. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000. Winter Star Gazing – 7-8:30pm. A family-friendly star party and lecture on winter stargazing. Austin Gardens Environmental Center, 167 Forest Ave, Oak Park. Register: Heal Your Child, Love Your Life Live Webinar – 8pm. Learn how to overcome your child’s health challenges without overwhelm or exhaustion so you can create a life you love. To register:

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9 5 Essential Nutrients and Easy Family Friendly Meals – 10am. Facebook Live event. To register, Hinman Holistic Health: The Nature of Local and Sustainable Wood – 5-7:30pm. Learn about sustainability of products; local versus overseas woods; no-VOC stains versus polyurethane finishes; and best installation practices. Designers are eligible for CEUs. Free. Green Home Chicago Design Center, 213 N Morgan, Ste 1-D, Chicago. 312-432-9400. Registration required:

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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.


HERBAL APPRENTICESHIPS WILDWOOD INSTITUTE NOW TAKING APPLICATIONS – Renowned herbal apprenticeship program, which meets once a month for a year starting in May 2017. This hands-on, comprehensive, collegiate-level program is designed to teach you how to use herbs intelligently, effectively and safely for yourself and your family. For those who are interested in a career in herbalism, or professional applications of herbalism, the first year will also give you a base for our Advanced and Clinical programs (2nd & 3rd yr). 3311 Mound View Rd, Verona, WI. To apply: 



Integrative Aesthetics Info Session: Rejuvenate Your Skin, Rejuvenate Your Life – 5:30-6:30pm. Learn more about the latest FDA-approved laser technology for tattoo removal, body sculpting, skin rejuvenation, and vaginal health. Find out how they work in conjunction with our detox program, which prepares the body to strengthen and re-build itself. Attend this info session for more information on these non-invasive treatments that can help you look and feel your best. Free. Raby Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave, Ste 2100, Chicago. RSVP: 312-276-1212. Aphrodisiac Cooking Class & Dinner + Talk on Libido Enhancing Nutrition – 6:30pm. $40/person. Purple Sprout Cafe, 341 E Dundee Rd, Wheeling. Register: 224-223-7133. The Enneagram and Spiritual Growth Class – 7pm. With Jim Ware, CFA, and Founder of FCG facilitates. In the first class, we introduced participants to the Enneagram personality tool and helped them understand their own type. In this second class, we’ll briefly review the tool (for newcomers) and then go deeper into its value on the spiritual journey. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. Your Self as Your Friend – 7:30-9pm. A refreshing and restorative evening. Receive guidance and simple centering practices, so you can embrace more selflove and self-discovery. Donation. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. Sarah Karnes:  262-745-8362 or

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Wellness Professionals Network – 10-11:30am. 2nd Fri. A meetup for wellness practitioners with inspired connections and dialog, personal and professional support. Guided Path Psychological Services, 201 E Dundee Rd, Palatine. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362 or Spiritual-Nourishment-Chicagoland. Donald Trump’s Magic Mirror: What Would Edgar Do? – 7-9pm. Ron Hounsell leads a roundtable discussion about the relevance of Cayce’s work in today’s issues brought up by Donald Trump’s election. A free community service program; donations greatly appreciated. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6536. Veg Speed Dating – 8pm. $35. Purple Sprout Cafe, 341 E Dundee Rd, Wheeling. Register: 224-223-7133. Register: wheeling-il.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 61st Street Indoor 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. Psychic Holistic Fair at Enlightened Balance – Feb 11 & 12. 9am-6pm, Sat; 9am-4pm, Sun. 2nd weekend each month. Readings, body balancing, artist trunk shows, classes. Free to enter; Classes starting at $10, Private Sessions starting at $20. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180.


Living Soils – 10am. Speaker: Jeff Weiss, Horticulture Dept, College of Lake County. Changing from the conventional use of chemicals to sustainable, organic methods is essential for healthy soil and critical to the success of native plants and vegetable gardens. Learn about actions you can take to conserve and restore land and soils. $10/nonmembers. Barrington Village Hall, 200 S Hough St, Barrington. RSVP: 847-382-7283. The Naturally Beautiful Garden Conference – 12-5:30pm. Rick Darke and Heather Holm will show how to support the local ecosystem. Triton College, 2000 5th Ave, R-Building, East Campus, River Grove. More info & to register: Winter Exploration Days – 12-4pm. Learn orienteering and animal tracking. Snowshoeing and sledding available, weather permitting. Thatcher Woods Pavilion, 8030 W Chicago Ave, River Forest. 708-386-4042. The Beautifully Natural Garden Conference – 12-5:30pm. Two highly esteemed speakers who will explain the importance of design in our landscapes to create life and beauty. Rick Darke and Heather Holm will teach us how to design with native plants in our landscapes. $35. Triton College Performing Arts Center, Robert M. Collins Center, R-Building East campus, 2000 5th Ave, River Grove. Preregistration required: WestCookWildOnesConference.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Reiki Level 1 Workshop – 9am-4pm. Get attuned to reiki which enables you to become a channel for this healing energy. Also start a 21-day energetic cleanse that moves through your chakras cleaning and releasing bound energy (including stuck emotions and behavioral patterns). At this level reiki is a selfcare tool, which is deeply restorative for those of us devoted to giving. No prerequisites; provides 6 CEs for massage/physical therapy/nursing professionals. $120. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Free Health & Healing Workshop – 5:30-7pm. Learn how you are effected by other peoples’ energy and how to protect yourself. Learn about and experience EFT, the gentle tapping therapy for emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen. Free 8-min Bio-ElectronicMagnetic Energy therapy sessions (normally $35). FDA approved. Increased blood flow, more energy and a great business opportunity. CEs available. Garrett Wellness, 3020 N Kimball, Chicago. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634. Heal Your Child, Love Your Life – 8pm. Learn how to overcome your child’s health challenges without overwhelm or exhaustion so you can create a life you love. E&O Food and Drink, 125 Randhurst Village Dr, Mt. Prospect. To register:

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Valentine’s Day Victory Over Violence Against Women & Girls Day 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

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Free Shiatsu Intro – 10am-12:30pm. Learn the fundamental techniques and philosophies of Zen Shiatsu and chat with current students and instructors. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Chicago IANDS – 2-5pm. Support/study/resource forum for near-death, out-of-body and spiritual experiences, losses. Guest Speaker: Elizabeth Romo, evidential medium, intuitive, spiritual teacher, healer and angel consultant. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847-251-5758.

savethedate The Adoption Process from A to Z – 7-9:15pm. Attorney Sally Wildman explores fundamentals of adopting a child and basic legal steps of this process. Highlights include different types of adoption, resources for initiating a search for an available child, and today’s trend of “openness.” Program open to public; preregistration necessary. Course #171-753 under “ONE OF A KIND” in the catalogue. $18/person. New Trier Extension Community Education, New Trier High School, 7 Happ Rd, Northfield. Registration closes Feb 13: 847-446-6600 or

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Discover Your Child’s Love Language – 10am. Facebook Live event. To register, Hinman Holistic Health:

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 The Way of the Heart Level I & II – Feb 1719 & 24-26. Transform physical, emotional and mental blocks and limitations so you can intentionally design your life and fulfill your purpose. With Daniel Goodenough, Life Mission expert and author of Caravan of Remembering. Details & to register, Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362 or The Body as a Portal to the Divine Mystery – Feb 17 & 18. 7-9pm, Fri; 9am-4pm, Sat. A special workshop with Dave Ellzey, author of The Ocean of Now, designed to guide you back to the ultimate source of calm within. Using the body and mind, we will use ancient questions of self-inquiry, techniques of letting go, dance, meditation, and the exploration of empty space to guide you past the misperception of you and your body as a fixed and limited object. You’ll taste a profound sense of the divine mystery that is your essential nature throughout your body, mind, and spirit. $100 including lunch. The Well Spirituality Center, 1515 W Ogden Ave, LaGrange Park. 708-482-5048.

Beginning Zen Shiatsu – February 17-19 & 24-26. 7-10pm, Fri; 9am-4pm. Sat/Sun. Learn to give a basic 1-hr shiatsu treatment that you can share with friends and family. Course is stand-alone offering; also the first 30 hrs of our complete shiatsu certification programs. $450 plus books. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

Jazzed Up Dining & Classic Cocktails – 6:30pm. Hosted by nonprofit Celebrate Highwood. Benefits the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory. Evening includes live musical performances by MYAC students, appetizers, dinner, dessert, cocktails, a silent auction and the opportunity to tour the MYAC rehearsal facility. $75. Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, 878 Lyster Rd, Highwood. 847-432-6000.


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Edible Wild Plants Certificate Course – Will meet one Sat/mo for 10 mos. Knowing what plants to look for, where and when to find them and how to process and prepare them takes time, practice and a good mentor. With Pat Armstrong. Early bird pricing until Dec 2. For more info:

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.


savethedate Wild Things Conference – 9am-6pm. A Chicago-area gathering of nature lovers, volunteer and professional conservationists, habitat restorationists, ecologists, land stewards, and activists. The bi-annual conference features presenters on wide ranging topics from ecological restoration, citizen science, and ecological research to nature arts, activism, and advocacy. The conference is packed full of can’tmiss presentations beginning with a Keynote Speech at 9am and ending with a Happy Hour Poster Session from 5-6pm. Doors open at 8am. Details about registration, presentation topics, conference scholarships, location & more: House Plants for Urban Dwellers – 10-11:30am. Learn about habitat, water, light and humidity to prepare us to be successful indoor gardeners. Each participant will take home a tropical plant to add to your collection. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St, Oak Park. Register: Health & Healing Workshop – 10am-5pm. Learn how you are affected by other peoples’ energy and how to protect yourself. Learn about and experience EFT, the gentle tapping therapy for emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen. Free 8-min Bio-Electronic-Magnetic Energy therapy sessions (normally $35). FDA approved. Increased blood flow, more energy and a great business opportunity. CEs available. $72/$55. SnowFlake Healing, 153 Market St, Willow Springs. 708-3305346. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634. Energetic Healing 101: Learning the Basics of the Ancient Art of Subtle Energy Healing – 11am6pm. Steven Hanauer teaches how to use hands to heal others naturally with step-by-step exercises and techniques. $65, $55/A.R.E. members. Private sessions for in-depth healing and heart awakening on Feb 19, 2-6pm, by appt at $70/hr. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6536. Talk on GMOs: How to Recognize and Avoid Them at the Store – 3pm. Free. Purple Sprout Cafe, 341 E Dundee Rd, Wheeling. Register: 224-223-7133.

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Liberty Prairie Food & Farming Film Series: At the Fork – 7pm. Sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States. Panel discussion follows film: Cliff McConville (co-owner of All Grass Farms), Marc Ayers (Illinois State Director of the Humane Society of the U.S.), Mike Sands (Bean Hollow Grassfed & Liberty Prairie Foundation). $5 suggested donation. Byron Colby Barn, 1531 Jones Point Rd, Grayslake in Prairie Crossing. Register in advance:

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Heal Your Child, Love Your Life Live Webinar – 10am. Learn how to overcome your child’s health challenges without overwhelm or exhaustion so you can create a life you love. To register: Bird Molt: Weathered Feathers and Other Phenomena – 7pm. Why do European Starlings look different in summer and winter? Why do first-year male Summer Tanagers and Orchard Orioles have different plumage from adults? The Field Museum’s Associate Curator of Birds John Bates will explain the basics of bird molt, seeing it in the field, and new discoveries about the molting process. Free. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park. For more info & complete schedule, Rena Cohen: 847831-0331.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 So You Want to be an Herbalist? – 6-7pm. Kathleen Wildwood will provide an overview of the Wildwood Institute Herbal Apprenticeship program, including areas of study, structure of the program, expectations and commitments. A current Herbal Apprentice will present the student’s perspective: what she has learned from the program, benefits and why she continues in the program. Time allowed for questions and discussion of the material presented. Free. Wildwood Institute, 3311 Mound View Rd, Verona, WI. 608-841-1337. Register: Kathleen@

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 How is Your Child’s Nervous System Affecting their Health and 3 Simple Ways to Improve It – 10am. Facebook Live event. To register, Hinman Holistic Health:

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Think it and Achieve it! Radio Show – 7-8pm. In this show will be highlighted what it means to think positively in order to attract what you want: Law of Attraction. Free. Online. More info: 347-857-2878 or Beer and Botany – 7-8:30pm. Have you ever wondered what puts the lag in lager or what makes an IPA taste so bitter? Join us for this fun spirited lecture on the plants that make beer so unique. Learn about different style of beer, sample a few brews and become an expert before the night is through. Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave, Oak Park. Register:


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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Maha Shivaratri (Hinduism)

Two-Day EFT Health & Healing Workshop – Feb 25 & 26. For the general public, EFT practitioners and professional therapists. Learn how to guarantee success in a therapy session. “EFT With A Guarantee”. Learn and experience EFT, the gentle tapping therapy for emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-kneeback-shoulder pains all substantially lessen. Learn how you are effected by other peoples’ energy and how to protect yourself. CEs available. $200, $185/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. Cayce Holistic and New Moon Gift Fair – 10am4pm. Ten top Chicagoland experts will be at The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore to enliven and enlighten your winter season during a day of fun and high vibrational energy. Explore everything from numerology readings, messages from the other side, aura photographs, reflexology sessions, crystal layouts, akashic record readings intuitive readings and more. Shop crystals, jewelry, essential oils for personal use and gift-giving. Work with healing practitioners of your choice at $35/25 mins. 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6536. Despacho: An Inca Gratitude Mandala – 1-4pm. A Despacho is a gift, a giving back of what we receive every day in our lives. We seek through the Despacho ceremony to bridge the ordinary and non-ordinary realms to establish new patterns of relationship and possibilities. We will be creating an artistic mandala made up of 22 items of nature: flowers, incense, food, shells ect. As we design it, we will speak our prayers of gratitude into it. At the end of the day we will make a fire and burn it as an offering to Mother Earth. Love offering. Tara Retreat, 6603 Oak Hill, Richmond. RSVP: 815-728-1050. TaraSoloRetreat.wordpress. com.


Supper Club Series: Russian Maslenitsa – 6:30pm. Crepes aka “blinchiki,” root vegetables, fermented foods, etc. Fermented Russian “kvas” drink. GF options available. Will practice techniques of self thermo-regulation to keep warm during cold season (outside exercise). $40/person. Purple Sprout Cafe, 341 E Dundee Rd, Wheeling. Register: 224-223-7133.


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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday

Polar Explorer Annie Aggens: Climate Change and its Effect on the Arctic – 1-3pm & 7-8:45pm. Join polar guide Annie Aggens for an armchair expedition to the Geographic North Pole where she will talk about the changes that are occurring at the North Pole as a result of global warming and how it effects North Pole expeditions and the rest of the planet. Free. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette. 847-256-5025.

FRIDAY, MARCH 3 One Earth Film Festival – Mar 3-12. A slate of acclaimed environmental films paired with compelling, awareness-raising programs. Festival uses film to connect people to their environments and to each other by highlighting solutions that are good for communities, our economy and our planet. More info: Farm to School Day – 9am-9pm. By Illinois Farm to School Network. Activities focused on food and gardens for families on a no-school day in Kane and Dupage Counties stimulating Farm to School workshops for teachers Institute Day, and eye-opening trainings for school food service staff at the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Keynote from local garden hero, Shawna Coronado. Northern Illinois Food Bank, 273 Dearborn Court, Geneva. Registration & more info: Introduction to Flower Essences – 7-9pm. Linda Maratea teaches how flower essences can help in your day-to-day life, how the essences are made and their history, and which kinds of flowers are available from which companies. A free community service program; donations greatly appreciated. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6536.

SATURDAY, MARCH 4 Making Winter Herbal Medicines – 10am4:30pm. Learn how to select and make medicines from culinary and medicinal dried herbs, preparing a long infusion, decoction, syrup and lozenges. You will make and take home over $70 worth of high quality, herbal remedies for your medicine cabinet. $85 plus a $25 materials fee. Wildwood Institute, 3311 Mound View Rd, Verona, WI. Space limited, register: 608-841-1337, or Body Mind Spirit Expo – Mar 4 & 5. 10am7pm, Sat; 10am-6pm, Sun. The expo brings to life a positive, healing environment. Includes presentations, more than 100 exhibitors and live entertainment. $14 weekend admission; free parking. Midwest Conference Center, 401 W Lake St, Northlake. For more info:

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savethedate SUNDAY, MARCH 12 Going Green Matters Community Environmental Fair – 12-4pm. Looking for ways to live more sustainably? Find great choices for home, transportation, garden and recreation at this fun, all-ages fair. Free. Michigan Shores Club, 911 Michigan Ave, Wilmette. Free LED bulb & exhibit details:

FRIDAY, MARCH 17 Chicagoland Family Pet Expo – Mar 1719. 1-9pm, Fri; 9am-6pm, Sat; 10am-5pm, Sun. Features entertainment, demonstrations, more than 200 exhibits featuring the latest pet products/services, and over a hundred animal rescue groups. $10. Arlington Racecourse, 2200 W Euclid Ave, Arlington Heights. For discounts & schedule:

SATURDAY, MARCH 18 Chicago Flower & Garden Show – Mar 18-26. Includes 30 featured gardens and vignettes under the theme of Chicago’s Blooming. There’s something for everyone and every situation. Navy Pier. For more info: Good Food Festival & Conference – Celebrate good, local, sustainable, humane and fair food. Featured speaker Sally Fallon Morell. The 13th Annual Good Food Festival & Conference invites you to chef demos, DIY workshops, delicious food and drink, and the Good Food Marketplace for your local food shopping. UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago. To learn more:

SATURDAY, APRIL 1 Introduction Session for Spring Hypnotherapy Certification Course – 10am-12pm. Offered by Funda Kahn, this course offers NGH certification in hypnosis, plus fundamentals of EFT, NLP and Huna Philosophy. Northbrook location. For details: 847971-1221 or

FRIDAY, JUNE 9 Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference: Honoring the Wise Women of the Past, Present and Future – June 9-11. Speakers: Tammi Sweet, Ubaka Hill, Lisa Ganora, Whapio and Robin Rose Bennett and many more. Over 60 workshops and plants walks, Kids’ Camp and Teen Spiral. Includes pre-conference classes and workshops. Personal growth workshops, singing, dancing, plant walks, meals, swimming, red tent communal space and more. Enter to win a free full conference ticket, including meals & lodging, at Contest ends Mar 31. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info:

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daily all month $50 Mani/Pedi with Gel Nail Polish – Thru Feb. Receive a beautiful and relaxing manicure and pedicure, where your fingers/toes are soaked, nails filed and cuticles trimmed. Hands/feet are exfoliated and massaged to hydrate, nourish and protect from environmental stress. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $55 60-Min Swedish Massage – Thru Feb. Add $10 for deep tissue. The classic form of full-body soft tissue massage, relaxes the body, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, enhances range of motion, eases muscle aches and tension. Excellent for first-time clients. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $80 Candida/Parasite Check Up with Naturopathic Doctor – Thru Feb. Dr. Arutcheva offers diagnostic tests that can reveal candida overgrowth, detect parasites and guide you through special programs to control the grown of candida, get rid of the parasites and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $85 Organic Deep Cleansing Facial with AntiAging Hibiscus Eye Treatment – Thru Feb. Customized facial offers deep exfoliation, hydration, and extractions, using all-natural and organic ingredients. Enjoy the Anti-Aging Hibiscus Eye Treatment for a radiant and revitalized under eye area. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $135 Aromatherapy Massage with Stress Reduction Oil & Eminence Cranberry Pomegranate Facial – Thru Feb. The ultimate anti-stress massage, it is rhythmic and light. Combine with Cranberry Pomegranate Facial for the ultimate experience. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Complimentary Anti-Aging Consultation and Skin Analysis – With Dr. Promila Banerjee. Learn about the new revolutionary Scition® Dual Wavelength, the most advanced FDA-approved hybrid laser along with Broadband Light. Zero downtime. Halo Laser & Aesthetic Medicine, Waukegan Rd, Northfield. 847-260-7300. Free Communication, Cognition or Swallowing Screening – 7-10pm. By appt Mon-Fri during the 2nd week of each month. For all persons 18 and over. Your skills quickly assessed by a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. Payne Wellness Center, 830 E Higgins, Ste 111Z, Schaumburg.  847-275-8517.


Join the Centennial Volunteers – Every weekend, all year round. Be a part of forest and river revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore seven special sites along the Chicago and Calumet Rivers. Learn what it takes to restore diverse wildlife, trees, wildflowers, and health in our forest preserves and our river system. To find a group, Ilana Federman: 312-356-9990 or Dates & locations:

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

sunday Sunday Celebration Services – 9 & 11am. Led by Greg Barrette and featuring music by Megon McDonough. Unity Northwest is a center for spiritual growth, offering tools for living at every level of expression. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. Permaculture Forest Gardener Series – 9:3012pm. 2nd Sun. Begins Feb 12, 2017. Transform a lawn into an edible forest garden after completing the Permaculture Forest Gardener series where you will be introduced to permaculture and the basics of forest garden design through in-class lecture and hands-on projects. Taught at the Whole Foods Market Edible Forest Garden designed & installed by The Resiliency Institute. $245/8 mos. The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville. 630-425-4285. Bioregional Herbalism Series – 9:30am-3:30pm. 4th Sun. Registration open, begins Apr 30, 2017. Reconnect with the wisdom of our ancestors who relied on plants for nourishment, healing injuries, preventing disease and curing illness. Each course includes lecture, discussion, hands-on practice with harvesting and making remedies, weed walks to meet plants in their homes and time to cultivate and reconnect with nature’s wisdom. $495/6 mos. The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville. 630-425-4285.

Sunday Celebration Service – 10am. Bodhi exists to awaken individuals to live their inherent power and purpose. Through unconditional love, creativity and conscious community, they reveal Oneness in service to the community of Chicago and beyond. Join us on Sundays to connect. Free. Bodhi Spiritual Center, Vittum Theater, 1012 N Noble St, Chicago. 773-248-5683. Northshore Artisan Market – Thru May. 10am2pm. 1st & 3rd Sun; 2nd & 4th Sun in Apr. Pastured meat and eggs, craft food, bread, fish, cheese, artisanal desserts, produce and flowers. Indoor market. The Barn at Paulus Park, 200 S Rand Rd, Lake Zurich. Logan Square Indoor Farmers’ Market – Thru Mar 26. 10am-3pm. Hosts approximately 20 farmers from within 150 miles of Chicago, offering seasonal produce and humanely pasture-raised livestock. Held at the old Pierre’s Bakery, 2755 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago. Yoga for Strength and Silence – 12-1:30pm. Enjoy a rejuvenating hatha class closed with restorative poses and guided meditation. Align body and mind for the days ahead. $10. Urban Escape Healing, 1049 N Ashland Ave, Chicago. 312-547-9247. Ecstatic Dance – 1-3pm. Gather in our sacred space, set intention, move, dance, sweat, let go, energize. It’s a fun free-form workout meditation. $15 or class pass. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. 847-475-1500.

monday Gluten-Free Monday – 10am-8pm. All gluten-free grocery items 10% off all-day long. Free. Earthly Goods Health Foods, 6951 Grand Ave, Gurnee. 847-855-9677. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470.

markyourcalendar Footbath Detox Mondays – 11am-6pm. Sluggishness, fatigue, low energy and poor sleep? A 30-min ionic footbath stimulates cells to release toxins and rebalance the cellular system that is responsible for overall health. The process continues after the toxins are dislodged during treatment, allowing your entire body to function optimally. Save $10. Nutritional Health Solutions, 480 Elm Pl, Ste 108, Highland Park. 847-207-2034. Mindfulness Meditation – 7:30-8pm. A true beginner’s meditation class to help explore a diverse range of concentration and meditation techniques from the kriya yoga tradition. No experience required. Free. Aayu Clinics, Lakeview Immediate Care, 1645 W School St, Chicago. 773-227-3669.

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tuesday Beginning Mat Pilates – 10-11am. Amanda Kantor, Certified Pilates Instructor, leads a beginning level mat Pilates exercise class. Limited enrollment. $100/4 wks. re:fit, 901 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. For more info & appt: 847-657-0881. Community Acupuncture – 1-2pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Plant Clinic Hours – 2-4pm. Held year round. Gardening or 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. Shiatsu Student Clinic – 7 or 8pm. Clients receive a 45-min session from an advanced Zen Shiatsu student. Sessions are performed in a group setting with instructor observation. $35/45-min or $90/3 treatments. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130. Tai Chi Class – 8:15pm. See Sat listing. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929.

wednesday Happy Hour Free Acupuncture – 11am-12pm. Initial evaluation and treatment for instant pain relief or any health concerns. For videos look up Deerfield Community Acupuncture on YouTube. The best doctor is in your body. Get well naturally. Free. Deerfield Community Acupuncture, 405 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 211, Deerfield. 847-845-4090. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Healing Circle with Mark Earlix – 7-9:30pm. Your opportunity to become free from your body’s distress, aches, pains or sickness. No RSVP needed. Free. Unity Church of Evanston, 3434 Central St, Evanston. Info: 888-380-6388.

thursday Community Acupuncture – 1-2pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. I g n i t e Yo u r P o t e n t i a l – J a n 5 - F e b 2 3 . 7-8:30pm. Learn Buddhist methods to tap into your extraordinary ability for change and growth, and discover your limitless potential. Each class includes guided meditation, teaching and discussion to help you develop enhanced optimism and a solution-oriented approach to your life. Everyone welcome. Kadampa Meditation Center of Oak Park, 13 Harrison St, Oak Park. 708-763-0132.

Oneness Meditation – 7:30-9pm. With Laura Jachim. The Oneness Meditation is a transference of Divine conscious energy. Love offering. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000.

friday Stretch Fridays – 10am-5pm. Chain Reflex® Stretch Therapy can help you. Whether you sit at a desk all day, play sports, or you’re a weekend warrior these activities can often lead to unwanted stiffness, joint pain or cause injuries due to a 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. 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste S5, Northbrook. For an appt: 847-272-3700. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Mindfulness & Wellness: Managing Stress, Creating Health, Encouraging Balance – 1:15-2:30pm. With Archana Lal-Tabak, MD, and Jim Lal-Tabak. Learn about the mind-body connection and a variety of mindfulness exercises. Experience natural stress reduction strategies and tools. Each class is 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: 312-3569990 or Dates & locations: fotfp. org/event/centennial. Mighty House Radio Program – 7-10am. Funny, friendly experts with answers and ideas to help with all of your home improvement projects. Join Ron Cowgill, Robbie Ehrhardt, Rich Cowgill and the Mighty House team each Saturday morning to get help with all your home improvement and repair issues. On 1590 WCGO AM, &

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Tai Chi Class – 8:45am. Also Tues, 8:15pm. Reduce stress; increase flexibility and balance; improve muscle strength and definition; increase energy; stamina and agility. Wear flat-soled shoes and loose-fitting clothes. $10/class. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929. Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching Class – 9-10am. Stretch and strengthen your hips and shoulders using the revolutionary flexibility method, Ki-Hara. Increase range of motion and decrease pain in half the time of yoga. $5 for first class. Stretch Chi, 410 S Michigan Ave, Ste 841, Chicago. Advance registration required: 773-750-5031. Woodstock Winter Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-1pm. 1st & 3rd Sat. Shop for fresh produce and local products all winter long. McHenry County Fairgrounds, Bldg D, 11900 Country Club Rd, Woodstock. Get a Joyful Workout with Nia – 9:30-10:30am. Moms! Artists! Entrepreneurs! Hakomi Therapists! Nia is a beautiful blend of simple steps and free dance, where anything goes movement wise. Combining martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts, each Nia class tunes your mind and spirit as it tones your body. Take a dash of tai chi, a sprinkle of yoga, a splash of jazz dance, add some playful shouts and calming breaths and bake or sizzle for 55 mins at your desired temperature. All ages, all abilities. Low-impact, barefoot. Wear something stretchy and get ready for the sweetest sweat ever. Also on Tues and Thurs. Your first week of classes is just $7. $14/ drop-in. Raydiant Day Center, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. RSVP: 847-869-6477. Edible Wild Plants Certificate Course – 9:30am3:30pm. 3rd Sat. Over the course of 10 months learn 200 edible wild plants that grow in our bioregion through classroom and home study, 20 hrs of guided plant walks, and by eating and preparing recipes every class. Earn a certificate and an edible wild plants recipe book. $660/10 mos. The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville. 630-425-4285. The Mike Nowak Show Radio Program – 10am12pm. Weekly local radio show focused on gardening and the environment, with lots of humor to wake us up on a Saturday. Author and master gardener Mike Nowak and cohost Peggy Malecki feature a variety of guests and weatherman/climate scientist Rick DiMaio in live show on 1590 WCGO AM, also available in podcast on and podcast apps, and streaming live on and the TuneIn and Stitcher radio apps. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470.

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Asian Bodywork Unlimited Northbrook and Suburban Locations 630-841-6066 Yoshinao Let me help ease your aches, chronic pain, fatigue and stress using Chinese Medicine. With 15+ years experience, I personalize treatments to your condition, combining Acupressure, Cupping, Guasha and Auricular Medicine so you feel your best. I can also help you incorporate Eastern and Western food ideas and herbs to support health and healing. Try a more natural approach to health.

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

Acupuncture has treated billions, yes billions of people for over 5,000 years. Depression, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, weight loss, back pain, addictions, infertility, cosmetic acupuncture.

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

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


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.

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ALLERGY RELIEF CALANDRA ACUPUNCTURE South Loop and Arlington Hts 312-515-9492

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


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.



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

BRAIN HEALTH NORS AT NOWSTUDIO.CO 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!


Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist & Neuro Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner 908-625-8673 Tried everything and still in pain? When other traditional and even alternative treatments have failed for chronic pain my holistic mind-body techniques are extremely effective. Free, no risk consultation. I work with people located anywhere in the USA & anywhere in the world by telephone & Skype.

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

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

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

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



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


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

Hi, I’m Gina Sannasardo, and I am a Christian life coach that helps middle-aged moms that are feeling stuck, lost, exhausted and can’t see the plan God created for them. After working with me, my clients feel excited about life again, passionate about their life purpose and have peace and joy in their daily living. 


Jim Kolar, Rph 3479 N Broadway, Chicago 60657 773-525-0766 • Save-Rite is your locally owned compounding specialist in Lakeview. Besides dispensing traditional medication, we work closely with your doctor to customize medications for pediatric care, sports medicine, pain management, veterinary needs and a wide range of hormone replacement therapies (BHRT). We also offer a variety of medical equipment and daily living supplies so that you’ll always enjoy a healthy lifestyle.  Free delivery to Lakeview and surrounding areas. See ad on page 19.

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.


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 33.


Interested in using essentials oils to nurture beauty and compliment healthy life? Schedule a session or host a group class today. Hosts receive a free Family Essentials Kit ($125 value) with $35 membership. Email me for details and scheduling.

FAIRS AND EXPOS ENLIGHTENED BALANCE CHAKRA SPA 30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180


Christian Life Coach for Middle Aged Moms with Peace, Joy and You  630-677-2649



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

ENERGY HEALING NORS AT NOWSTUDIO.CO Logan Square location 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.

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


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 28.

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

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

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. See ad on page 33.

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

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

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

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


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™.

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.


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. See ad on page 35.


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?


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


Dr. Bernice Teplitsky, DDS, PC 3256 N Ashland, Chicago 60657 773-975-6666



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

HOLISTIC SERVICES 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.

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.

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

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


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


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

KATE WILAMSKA, LCSW, CT IADC, EMDR, Hypnosis 847-212-4499 voice/text in English & po polsku

If you suffer due to losses of health, job, relationship, loved one, faith or life purpose, I will help you transform what remains, so you can be the person you were meant to be and to live a better life. I cannot change the past, but we can work together to improve your future. Natural Awakenings Chicago


30 E. Roosevelt Rd, Chicago 60605 312-778-2490 • Enjoy seeing your world from a new perspective. I’m a caring psychic friend and master clairvoyant, here to assist on your life’s journey and offer guidance in the next steps you should take. I specialize in re-uniting loved ones. Offering spiritual financial consultation, life readings, tarot, palmistry and metaphysical therapy services. See ad on page 23.


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.


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


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


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 20.


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. For kids and adults such as Play ‘n’ Om for 2-4 year olds starts Feb 17 and day-long workshop Past Life Regression Intensive on Feb 18. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental. Call or email for a free course guide.


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 SPIRITUAL 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.


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

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

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DR. LUMINITA ALEXE, ND 1600 Golf Rd, Corporate Center, Ste 1200, Rolling Meadows 60008 224-387-8992

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


440 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 2 Deerfield 60015 847-236-9310

Specialists in treatment of complex and treatment-resistant neuropsychiatric disorders and chronic pain conditions for all ages. We offer a distinctive, thorough approach to patient evaluation, with proven cutting-edge treatments including BrainSPECT functional imaging and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, with the Chicago area’s only multi-person hyperbaric chamber. See ad on page 9.


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

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

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


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

Get lasting relief from symptoms of chronic and autoimmune conditions, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, IBS, migraines and Parkinson’s. Finally take control of your weight and energy levels. Working together, I’ll help you make practical and do-able dietary and lifestyle changes. Ready to feel better? Call me today to schedule a consultation. See ad on page 17.

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


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

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


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

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

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


Dr. Nicole E. Williams, MD, FACOG 1147 S Wabash Ave, Ste 200, Chicago 60605 312-929-9191 Imagine something different when you come to your gynecologist’s office: examination space feels “personal,” staff members listen, office hours are convenient. We offer an environment that promotes healing and advanced office diagnostics paired with integrative techniques such as Acupuncture and pelvic floor physical therapy. We listen. We care. See ad on page 11.


Lisa Seaman, LAc, FABORM 1147 S Wabash Ave, Ste 200, Chicago 60605 312-929-9191 Experience integrative gynecology with Lisa, a licensed acupuncturist, board certified with the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine, and Functional Medicine expert, specializing in hormone balance, pain relief and weight management. Find support for fertility issues, pregnancy/birth/postpartum, painful periods, PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids and menopause. We listen. We care. See ad on page 11.

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