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Join in to Celebrate Their 5th Anniversary… The Wellness Source is hosting a health expo to help serve our community on all levels and provide amazing resources to be truly healthy! Community vendors will be on hand offering: • Young Living Essential Oils • Personal Trainers and Health Coaching • Crystals, Jewlery, & Animal Intuitive Readings • And more! Enter our raffle to win great prizes including a free Reiki session and Raindrop Essential Oil Treatments!

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e stand with arms wide open at the start of a new year, filled with possibilities for health, thankfulness and joyful abundance. We love January. Not all of it, of course. You can keep the sub-zero wind chills, dried road salt streaking the windshield, black ice and dirty snow piles taking up parking spots and turning lanes. But aside from the inconveniences of slogging through winter in the urban Midwest, there are so many sneak previews at an exciting world of future possibilities this month. The brightest thing about January: the days grow longer, bringing hope for future daylight. Even though we can easily get locked into the winter solar cycle, it’s a time to reach deep within ourselves to stay active and engaged, and greet each new day with interest and possibility. Seed and garden catalogs are now appearing in our mailbox (I love to sip a cup of tea and peruse the new offerings for heirloom veggies and garden gadgets). Thanks to the mild weather, we still have 2015 kale, arugula and parsley going strong in the backyard cold frame, but I’m already dreaming of 2016 tomatoes. Our issue this month looks to a bright future; we focus on your health and wellness, with information about new trends in whole body health and conscious meal-making. Taking affirmative and positive steps to improve your own health as the year unfolds—what a great way to be sure you’re able to live fully in your own future. In honor of all things new, our dear friend Maytawee, a Buddhist monk/nun who splits her time between northern Thailand, her retreat in Kelowna, B.C., Canada, and Chicago, generously offers a new year blessing to Natural Awakenings readers. 2016 vibrates to the highest consciousness. We no longer focus on how we need to heal, or that we want to change. Rather we move our attention to that which has already changed and awaken that vibration into the here and now. For that vibration holds the essence of truth and the truth will set you free. It is the language of the heart, powerful yet tender. May you be blessed in the stillness of the moment, trusting that this is the place for your highest conscious knowing. May you have the courage to slow down and embrace simplicity. May you trust your inner wisdom; it is tender resting in the heart. The highest consciousness is one that needs no more, and wants no more; may you live in this place. May the golden gift of peace be with you. ~ Namaste, Maytawee

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Barbara Marx Hubbard Workshop at The Well


he Well Spirituality Center, in the heart of LaGrange Park, is a place to find meaning and community. Classes include Conscious Evolution, Eco-Spirituality, Reiki, Qigong, Drumming, Healing Gong and Yoga, as well as discussion groups and workshops with special speakers. Barbara Marx Hubbard will lead a workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., January 9, and talk about her latest book, Evolutionary Testament of Co-Creation: The Promise Will be Kept. The Well has been offering classes, workshops and retreats for 16 years, sponsored by the congregation of St. Joseph and open to all faiths. Workshop cost is $75, register at Location: 1515 W. Ogden Ave. For more information, call 708-4825048 or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

Karyn’s Vegan Eatery Turns to Crowdfunding to Persevere


egan restaurant and market Karyn’s, located at 1901 North Halsted Street, in Lincoln Park, for 17 years, is facing difficult times, and owner Karyn Calabrese has launched a GoFundMe ( campaign to raise $300,000. The goal is to cover back rent and building taxes at the Halsted location, as well as to pay vendors so that she can keep the shelves stocked for customers. The 7,500-square-foot space Karyn Calabrese includes a bistro, market, juice bar and beauty center dedicated to holistic health. Calabrese credits the abundant generosity of the landlord of the property for her being able to maintain the business up to this point. Other Karyn’s locations were not so fortunate; the restaurant on Green has closed permanently and Cooked relocated to the Halsted location due to an exorbitant rent increase. Two years ago, the entire Halsted building was affected by fire, and the spa was destroyed entirely; Calabrese says it took everything she had—both personally and professionally—to rebuild, and the business was closed for a year during renovations. Calabrese has been teaching Chicagoans about the benefits of holistic health for more than 30 years. Due in part to her years of education about and promotion of the benefits of clean living, the Chicago vegan community has blossomed, and this is reflected in the influx of stores servicing those particular needs. The beauty center offers everything from detoxification and cleansing programs to infrared saunas and colon hydrotherapy. Customers that have enjoyed her food and/or spa services include celebrities such as Angela Bassett, Orlando Jones, Lady Gaga, Boy George, Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé. Calabrese says she wants to show young women that they can get a different outcome with different choices other than what mainstream culture says is the answer. For more information, call 312-255-1590, email or visit See ad in the Juicing Section.



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he thoughts of Edgar Cayce, Michael Pollan and Mark Bittman on the cultural, social and health impact associated with our engagement with food will be explored at Sharing a Meal, a free program from 7 to 9 p.m., January 8, at The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore. There will be food to share, too. Astrologer Lin Boffeli will teach how to use the Llewellyn Calendar to detail what’s in store for 2016 from 2 to 5 p.m., January 17. A free program, Contending with Ain’t it Awful, from 3 to 5 p.m., January 31, will provide tools to help protect us from being pulled down by negative people. International healer Malcolm Smith will be on hand the first week of February, and Arche International founder Dr. Rosita Rodriguez will talk about The Spiritual Side of Lemuria and Atlantis from 2 to 5 p.m., February 6, to enrich participants with a deeper understanding of these mystifying ancient civilizations. The Center offers great diversity in programs and a fully stocked bookstore with Cayce healing remedies, too.

Location: 259 E. Central Rd., Des Plaines. For more information, call 847-299-6535 or visit See ad on page 35, in the Community Resource Guide and at




F E I L RE ERAL H P I R E P R O F Y H T A P O R U NE Peripheral neuropathy is a result of damage to the nerves often causing weakness, pain, numbness, tingling, and the most debilitating balance problems. This damage is commonly caused by a lack of blood flow to the nerves in the hands and feet which causes the nerves to begin to degenerate due to lack of nutrient flow.

In order to effectively treat your neuropathy three factors must be determined. 1. What is the underlying cause? 2. How much nerve damage has been sustained. Once you have sustained 85% nerve loss, there is nothing that we can do for you. 3. How much treatment will your condition require? The treatment provided at Northbrook has 3 main goals:

Blood vessels will grow back around nerves, much like a plant’s roots grow when watered.

Your doctor may have told you to just live with the problem or try the drugs which you don’t like taking because they make you feel uncomfortable. There is now a facility right here in Northbrook that offers you hope without taking those endless drugs with serious side effects. The amount of treatment needed to allow the nerves to fully recover varies from person to person and can only be determined after a detailed neurological and vascular evaluation. As long as you have not sustained at least 85% nerve damage then your condition can be treated.

1. Increase blood flow 2. Stimulate small fiber nerves 3. Decrease brain-based pain

Dr. Kim Martin, DC, owner of North Shore Health Solutions in Northbrook will do a neuropathy severity examination to determine the extent of the nerve damage for only $60. This neuropathy severity examination will consist of a detailed sensory evaluation, extensive peripheral vascular testing, and a detailed analysis of the findings of your neuropathy. Call to make an appointment with Dr. Martin to determine if your peripheral neuropathy can be treated.

847-715-9060 Dr. Martin will be offering this neuropathy severity examination for a limited time. After 2 Complimentary visits – If you don’t see improvement, we DON’T accept you as a patient.


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newsbriefs Feng Shui School Hosts Chinese Belsky Open House Marks Concierge Move to Highland Park New Year Celebration ynne Belsky, M.D., of Living Well MD, will hold an open house event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., January 13, to celebrate her move from Northbrook to a new, sunny and cheerful office at 806 Central Avenue, Suite 204, in downtown Highland Park across from the post office. Flu shots will be available for $15 at the event. Lynne Belsky, M.D. Guests can meet the doctor and learn more about how a concierge physician model can work to improve the healthcare experience. Belsky states, “Rather than have just five minutes after a long wait time, patients receive 24-hour cell phone access for emergency calls, same- or nextbusiness-day office visits, annual physicals and a physician who knows you and takes the time to learn about you.” According to the American Academy of Private Physicians, there were about 4,400 private physicians in 2012, an increase of 25 percent over 2011. As the traditional healthcare system continues to be stressed, experts say concierge medicine will appeal to those that seek more hands-on care and immediate access to a doctor that knows their history.


Plenty of parking; for appointments, call 847-4332013. RSVP requested for open house. For more information, visit See ad on page 15 and in the Community Resource Guide.

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Health Expo and Vendor Fair at the Wellness Source


he Wellness Source, in Glenview, will host the Insight 2016 Health Expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., January 30. The Expo includes a complimentary Stressful Insights exam including a heart rate variability test and two posture pictures. Guests can sign up for a free chiropractic Dr. Nick Kuennen exam and consultation, including two digital X-rays, full nerve stress test and body posture pictures with a report of findings. Attendees also can shop community vendors including Young Living Essential Oils, Eco Gym, a selection of personal trainers and personal health coaches; purchase beautiful crystals and jewelry; see a Vitamix Presentation; visit with intuitive energy readers; and enter to win raffles, including a free Reiki session, Raindrop essential oil treatment and more. Admission is free. Location: 1245 N. Milwaukee Ave., Ste. 202B, Glenview. For more information, call 224-413-3500, email or visit See video at youtube/6a9RIs4GTuA. See ad on page 7 and in the Community Resource Guide. 12


ertified Feng Shui Specialist and founder of the Feng Shui School of Chicago Laurie Pawli will host her fifth annual Chinese New Year party from 6 to 9 p.m., January 29, at Yu’s Mandarin Restaurant, in Westmont. Guests will receive a full Chinese dinner, door prizes and information on the Year of the Laurie Pawli Monkey. “The Chinese New Year celebration brings us together to learn how the energy for the upcoming year can affect our lives,” says Pawli. “It’s a fun, informative experience that helps us navigate through 2016 and have the best year possible.” Cost: $34 for early registration by Jan. 18 and $38 after. Guests that preregister receive a gift box valued at $10. Location: 665 Pasquinelli, Westmont. For more information, email For reservations, visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.


ianne Bischoff James, an expert in the field of life transformation, will share 14 Shortcuts for Happy Living, presented by The Present Moment, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., January 30, at the Libertyville Civic Center, to help participants align their core gifts, power and life-force vibration in an outstanding way to achieve amazing results. The workshop reveals the best Dianne Bischoff James tools available for discovering our true life path and charting a new direction through reflective exercises that demonstrate how to live more passionately and fully. Based on her decade-long personal transformation, reboot coaching business and award-winning book The Real Brass Ring, James will share the critical insights she’s gained from working with others that have found true joy, health and success. The author will open up the world of possibilities by sharing extensive content and heart-opening practices to sharpen focus, break old patterns, attract new relationships and succeed in obtaining life-transforming goals. Cost is $99/10 days in advance, $110; includes a signed copy of The Real Brass Ring. Location: 135 West Church St., Libertyville, IL. Register at For more information, visit

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newsbriefs Raby Institute Offers MonaLisa Touch for Women’s Health


ntegrative Gynecologist Katherine A. Thurer, M.D., is one of three doctors now performing the new, FDA-approved MonaLisa Touch procedure at the Raby Institute for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern. No anesthesia is needed, and patients can expect virtually no pain or side effects from the three, five-minute laser treatments. Millions of women suffer from vaginal atrophy, which results from hormonal changes that take place with menopause. Those changes can lead to painful thinning, drying, and inflammation of the vaginal walls, which may cause painful intercourse and urination. MonaLisa Touch uses carbon dioxide laser energy to promote vaginal wall health by stimulating collagen. This is especially beneficial for women that have gone through menopause—50 percent of 64 million post-menopausal women have adverse changes to their gynecologic health. The procedure is also helpful to women who have had a hysterectomy; had breast cancer, affecting more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors; or are breastfeeding. The laser works by penetrating laser energy into the layers of the vaginal wall to stimulate collagen revival. Prior to undergoing the MonaLisa Touch procedure, each patient must have a routine pelvic exam with Thurer to determine if she is a candidate. Thurer says, “Now we have something else in our arsenal besides hormones, which work for some people but not others. This new approach goes along with our mission of healing ourselves.” Location: 500 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 2100, Chicago. For appointments, call 312-276.1212 or visit See ad on page 2, in the Community Resource Guide and at

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he Soma Institute’s 11and 15-month Clinical Massage Therapy Diploma Program trains students through clinical applications of massage techniques, including hydrotherapy, sports massage, trigger point therapy and lymphatic drainage. Instructors, comprised of distinguished professionals, provide hands-on training to prepare students for successful careers. “What makes Soma unique is its commitment to the personal and intellectual growth of its students,” says Joan Hannant, founder and president of Soma. “Soma empowers students to take control of their lives by becoming successful in the career of their dreams. Soma is more than a diploma on the wall; it’s about getting the career you love!” She points out that chronic disease and illness cause 75 percent of all healthcare costs in the U.S., and that medical professionals are increasingly turning to alternative therapies. Massage therapists are in a position to help people combat these illnesses, reduce stress and promote overall health. Location: 55 E. Jackson Blvd., Ste. 300, Chicago. For more information, call 312-878-4636 or visit See ad on page 13.

Discover the 2016 Body Mind Spirit Expo


he first Body Mind Spirit Expo of 2016 will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., March 5, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 6, at the Midwest Conference Center, in Northlake, with myriad alternatives for health, wellness and spirituality. Presentations, more than 100 exhibitors and live entertainment complement the latest findings in natural health, personal growth and metaphysics. Opportunities will abound for receiving a healing or soothing massage, trying the latest new products and learning about fascinating new avenues to achieving better health, personal well-being and spiritual growth. Event highlights include psychotherapist Susan Wisehart, crystal expert Sandy Wilcox, Dr. Ravi Ratan, from India, life reboot specialist Dianne Bischoff James and astrological artist Sandy Rueve. Weekend admission is $12 for both days, and parking is free. For information and to purchase tickets, call 541-482-3722 ext. 1 or 2, or visit and download a $1 off coupon. Enter to win a free ticket at See ad on page 3 and at

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rganic Roots Eco Salon, formerly Upstairs Hair Affair, in Morton Grove, has moved to 3417 Dempster Street, in Skokie. As a member of Green Circle Salons ( GreenCircleIllinois), an organization with a mission to make the North American salon industry sustainable by 2020, Organic Roots Eco Salon offers a comprehensive and holistic approach to hair health. Owner Lori Goldstein says, “This is the most excited I’ve been about using hair care products in my 32 years in the industry. The family in Italy who owns the farm where the ingredients in Organic Way products are grown has owned the farm for 125 years. They’ve never allowed a chemical on the land and they don’t even use tractors. Instead, they hand-cultivate to keep the products clean and organic.” Organic Way ( is the world’s first professional organic hair color, care and styling line with biodynamic, organic and fair trade ingredients. The products are free of parabens, petroleum, PEG, PPG, BG, EDTA, synthetic fragrance and artificial colorants.

any people suffer from chronic immune system dysfunction such as autoimmune conditions and allergies, or chronic infections like Lyme and Epstein-Barr. Clinicians at Zen Shiatsu Chicago have acquired specialized training to help individuals that have these challenging conditions and are now offering treatment options. The same protocols can be helpful for those with emotionally overwhelming states such as anxiety or panic attacks, phobias or post-traumatic stress. An initial course of shiatsu typically consists of one session per week for six weeks. While offering the same relaxing shiatsu to which the public is accustomed, practitioners use special protocols to address symptoms related to these conditions. A community of clients has volunteered their success stories, and an archive of these testimonials is available on the website.


For appointments, call 847-423-2653 or visit See ad on page 25.

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endy Beyer, owner of Chicago Colon Hydrotherapy, says, “I have been active in the healing arts for nearly 30 years as both practitioner and client, and colon hydrotherapy has been the cornerstone throughout all of those years.” Wendy Beyer Colon hydrotherapy is an effective modality for healing constipation and establishing a healthy and reliable rhythm of elimination. “It’s also a wonderful tool for detoxification and to ease the symptoms of parasites, yeast overgrowth, Lyme disease, liver congestion, sluggish elimination, low energy, skin problems, weight issues and so much more,” says Beyer. In addition, she says, “Over the years, I’ve developed a unique approach to sharing my insights. I have extensive training and experience in the metaphysical arts, psycho-spiritual self-awareness and the grounded act of living as an evolving human in a physical body. I empower my clients to reside in their bodies with a greater sense of liberation, self-knowledge, ease, pleasure and permission.”


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esearch published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found people that feel younger than their years have a lower incidence of earlier mortality. Conducted by scientists from the UK’s University College London, the research analyzed data from 6,489 people and measured their self-perceived age with the question, “How old do you feel you are?” Then, over more than eight years, the scientists tracked the number of deaths from all causes. Almost 70 percent of those that averaged a little over 65 reported feeling at least three years younger than their chronological age. Only a quarter said they felt close to their age and about 5 percent said they felt more than a year older. The research found that deaths among those that felt younger were 14 percent, while more than 18 percent of those who felt their own age and more than 24 percent of people that felt older died during the follow-up period. The research further found that individuals that felt at least three years younger were less likely to die later from heart disease or cancer. These relationships prevailed even when other health and lifestyle factors were eliminated. Co-author Andrew Steptoe, Ph.D., says, “We expected to find an association between self-perceived age and mortality. We didn’t expect that the relationship would still be present even when wealth, other socio-demographic indicators, health, depression, mobility and other factors were taken into account.”

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wo common vitamins are making headlines in medical research. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that supplementation with vitamin E may reduce the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The five-year study followed 561 Alzheimer’s patients and included a placebo and the pharmaceutical drug memantine. Those that took vitamin E had a reduced progression of the disease compared to both a placebo group and the memantine group. Also, researchers from the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found that vitamin D supplementation reduced the risk of falling for elderly folks. The study had a vitamin D supplement or a placebo delivered through a Meals-on-Wheels program to 68 people. The subjects were given blood tests and their history of falls was measured. Diaries revealed that the individuals taking vitamin D supplements fell less than half the number of times than the placebo group.



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esearch from the University of Houston has determined that a species of bacteria that has become resistant to many antibiotics might be tracking into homes on the soles of shoes. More than a third of randomly tested homes were contaminated with Clostridium difficile bacteria, and 40 percent of doorsteps were also infected with the bacteria. Depending upon the strain, C. difficile can cause intestinal infections, inflammation and severe diarrhea. Study author M. Jahangir Alam, Ph.D., comments, “Shoes are contaminated from diverse sources, and we are regularly contaminating our doorsteps by shoes.” The researchers tested three to five household items within 30 houses in Houston, Texas. They collected 127 environmental samples— from 63 shoe bottoms, 15 bathroom surface samples, 12 house floor dusts and 37 other household surfaces They found that 41 of them harbored C. difficile and nearly 40 percent of the shoes were positive for the bacteria. They also found that a third of the bathroom surfaces harbored the bacteria, a third of house dust and 19 percent of other surfaces maintained the bacteria. The cause of many intestinal disorders, this bacteria species has become increasingly resistant to antibiotics and many household cleaning products.

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he UK’s University of East Anglia and the University of Stirling conducted a study of individuals with autistic traits among 312 people recruited through social media, including 75 diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder. Each of the subjects completed a series of creativity tests in which they determined uses of mundane objects. Published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, the study found that while the autistic people chose fewer uses for each object, their choices were significantly more original and creative. The subjects developed a greater range of “divergent thinking”. Martin Doherty, Ph.D., co-author of the study, confirms, “People with high autistic traits can have less quantity, but greater quality of creative ideas. They are typically considered to be more rigid in their thinking, so the fact that the ideas they have are more unusual or rare is surprising. This difference may have positive implications for creative problem solving.” The researchers found that while the average person will utilize simple mental strategies to produce more obvious answers first, autistic people tend to first utilize more demanding strategies during their processing, thus producing the more creative result.

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Marine Life Drops by Half since 1970 The nonprofit World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Zoological Society of London have jointly determined that industrial-scale overfishing, pollution and climate change have killed half of all marine life over the last 40 years. The Living Blue Planet Report cites that species essential to the global food supply are among the hardest hit, partially due to humans catching them faster than they can reproduce. Large swaths of coral reefs, mangroves and sea grasses have also died, further decimating fish populations. Statistics show that the family of fish that includes tuna and mackerel has declined by 75 percent since 1970. The number of species is also declining; a quarter of all shark and ray species face extinction. Half of all coral has already disappeared, and the rest will vanish by 2050 if temperatures continue to rise at current rates. “Coral reefs occupy less than 1 percent of the ocean surface, but they harbor a third of ocean species,” says French biologist Gilles Boeuf. The WWF report argues that protected global ocean area should be tripled by 2020 and fish retailers should source from companies that follow certified best practice standards. Source:

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Amy’s Opens Organic Fast Food Restaurant California now hosts the nation’s first Amy’s Organic Drive-Thru restaurant, in Rohnert Park, with a vegetarian menu sporting veggie burgers, salads and dishes served in both regular and vegan varieties. Ingredients are sustainably grown and GMO-free (no genetically modified ingredients). The company’s signature frozen pizzas have been popular for years in health food and grocery stores nationwide, and now Amy’s first restaurant is serving them hot, with toppings ranging from spinach and diced tomatoes to a choice of mozzarella cheese or vegan “cheeze”. While some other fast food restaurants import almost all of their products from factory farming operations and give nothing back to the community, Amy’s Drive-Thru grows produce sustainably on its own roof. Amy’s Kitchen, a familyowned, privately held organic frozen food company, reportedly pays workers a living wage with health benefits. On the inaugural restaurant’s popularity, Manager Paul Schiefer remarks, “It’s given us a lot of hope that this is a concept that works.” 22



Eastern Practices Penetrate U.S. Corporate Culture Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini has introduced free yoga and meditation classes for employees of the health insurance giant, and more than 13,000 are participating. On average, they experienced a 28 percent reduction in their stress levels, 20 percent improvement in sleep quality, 19 percent reduction in pain and 62 minutes per week of extra productivity. “We have this groundswell inside the company of people wanting to take the classes,” says Bertolini. “It’s been pretty magical.” He sells the same classes to businesses that contract with Aetna. Google now offers emotional intelligence courses for employees and General Mills has a meditation room in every building on its Minneapolis corporate campus. Even conservative Wall Street firms such as Goldman Sachs are teaching meditation on the job. Some programs, from yoga sessions for factory workers to guided meditations for executives, are intended to improve overall well-being; others to increase focus and productivity. Most aim to make employees more present-minded, less prone to make rash decisions and generally nicer people to work with. More than 21 million individuals now practice yoga nationwide, double the number from a decade ago, and nearly as many meditate, according to the National Institutes of Health. Source:

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GMO Labeling Endorsed by Physicians Even as the federal government pursues H.R. 1599, aka the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” (DARK) act, mainstream medicine is urging the government to abandon its resistance to GMO (genetically modified organism) labeling. They are bolstered by a recent announcement by the World Health Organization that glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer) is probably carcinogenic in humans. The genetic engineering ends up making crops resistant to the herbicide so more must be applied. According to contributing doctors from Harvard, Mt. Sinai Medical Center and the University of Wisconsin reporting in the New England Journal of Medicine, “GM crops are now the agricultural products most heavily treated with herbicides, and two of these herbicides may pose risks of cancer.” A recent notice in the same journal, “GMOs, Herbicides and Public Health,” reports: “The application of biotechnology to agriculture has been rapid and aggressive. The vast majority of the soy and [feed] corn grown in the United States are now genetically engineered. Foods produced from GM crops have become ubiquitous.” Sixty-four countries, including Russia and China, have already adopted transparency in labeling laws, but U.S. Big Food and Big Ag lobbyists have stonewalled efforts domestically.

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spinal analysis (NSA) r. Nick Kuennen and traditional chirolearned at an practic adjustments, early age that spinal decompresthe traditional medical sion, Rapid Release model wasn’t right for technology, spine and him. After hitting his foot orthotics, neuhead in a sledding acromuscular release cident as a toddler, he work and essential oil spent years wondering Raindrop Therapy.” why he always got Kuennen treats sick. Drugs, antibiotpeople with a wide ics and surgery didn’t variety of conditions help. A few simple that have both physichiropractic treatcal and psychological ments, however, took symptoms. Some of the pressure off his Dr. Nick Kuennen, DC the specific issues he spine and restored his addresses include headache, back pain, immune system, allowing him to fully disc bulges, digestive disorders, ADHD function again as a child. His family shifted to a holistic outlook on medicine and eye problems. “Chiropractic care is very beneficial for pregnant women, and he became interested in chiropracespecially developing and newborn batic. In 2011, he opened The Wellness bies. Kids respond phenomenally to our Source, in Glenview, where his focus is chiropractic wellness care; we make providing healing and restorative chiropractic care by looking at how the mind, sure that we choose an adjustment approach that works for the kids, as well body and spirit all work together. as the parents,” he says. “The healing and restorative chi Recently, Kuennen has been using ropractic care we offer at The Wellness a more gentle approach similar to NSA Source emphasizes the importance of improving overall health. We are a very that supports the nervous system in reorganizing its stress response so more symptom-driven society. Our purpose beneficial healthy responses and choices is to help you understand that our daily lifestyle directly influences our physical, can be expressed. When our body goes into fight-or-flight mode, the systems mental, emotional and spiritual health don’t work as they should. It affects gut and overall quality of life,” says Kuenfunction, heart rate, blood sugar and the nen. “An initial evaluation can include a stress resiliency test, Neuraltherm and immune system. “The body can’t heal muscle activity test, hormone level test- when it’s in this situation,” says Kuening, a bioenergetics assessment, posture nen. “NSA employs a gentle touch to release adverse spinal cord tension in and range of motion testing, a digital the spinal gateways and clear up interpelvic analysis, X-rays, questionnaires ference in the nervous system.” and health histories. Depending on the Kuennen also uses a BioModulator results, treatments may include network



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n The Autism Revolution, Pediatric Technology and Massachusetts General Neurologist and Neuroscientist Hospital Medical Imaging facility. Martha Herbert approaches autism “While autism is often thought of as as a whole-body condition that can a genetic disorder, it’s the result of a geneimprove, rather than be a static, lifelong environment interaction where genes are genetic brain disorder. corrupted,” explains Psychiatrist Robert “It’s the way the brain is shifted Hendren, who is currently partnering in into acting when faced developing the Center with a combination of Experts agree that a for Autism Spectrum stressors—some, but Disorder and Neurodenatural foundation velopmental Disorders not all of which are genetic—at a vulnerable for health begins with at the University of Calipoint in development,” fornia, San Francisco. breastfeeding infants says Herbert. NonAccording to the genetic challenges can to support natural U.S. Centers for Disease come from the immune Control and Prevention, immunity, and then autism is the fastestsystem, nutrition, the environment and ensuring children’s growing developmental stress. “Addressing disability, now affecting diets are rich in them can make a one in 68 children and profound difference in nutrients at all ages. one in 42 boys. Autism the condition; maybe Speaks (AutismSpeaks. even turning it around.” org) defines autism spectrum disorder Herbert directs the Treatment Re(ASD) as a group of complex brain search and Neuroscience Evaluation of development disorders characterized by Neurodevelopmental Disorders (TRAN- difficulties in social interaction, verbal SCEND) program at a joint Harvard and nonverbal communication and University, Massachusetts Institute of repetitive behaviors.



Many experts agree that in some cases, autism can be prevented. “Prevention needs to start early—preconception is ideal,” says Dr. Kenneth A. Bock, of Bock Integrative Medicine, in New York, and author of Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies. Emphasizing omega-3 essential fatty acids, folic acid and probiotics during pregnancy can be beneficial, and it’s important to avoid iron deficiency, which has been tied to higher rates of autism, Hendren counsels. Results from a recent University of California, Davis study published in Environmental Health Perspectives reveals increased rates of autism among children of women that live close to pesticide-treated fields during pregnancy, particularly during the second and third trimesters. Hendren says, “Living near heavily sprayed fields can be very detrimental. Living close to freeways or downwind of coal-fired power plants is also associated with autism.” If heavy metal toxicity in blood is confirmed, chelation therapy is often used to remove metals, although Hendren advises against using it for the general treatment of ASD. “Chelators pull out mercury, along with other metals, a process that can be harmful. Instead, think about diet and nutritional supplements that can help detoxify the body more safely,” he explains. Bock says, “It’s not enough to detoxify, we have to remove and prevent exposure to neurodevelopmental toxins.” Herbert suggests avoiding toxic household products, electromagnetic exposure from devices such as cell phones and baby monitors, which can lead to stress, sleep disruption and cell health problems, as well as antibiotic overuse, which can disrupt the gut microbiome, increasing vulnerability to exposure to other harmful chemicals. Herbert notes some parents observe that their child became autistic after a vaccination but there are also autistic children that are vaccine-free; still others become so after facing other stresses such as illness or trauma. “We need to focus on the underlying vulnerabilities and keep children strong and resilient so they can handle life’s

Relax your attachment to expectations and realize that your child sees, hears and feels the world differently than you. Broaden your perspective and make every choice a healthy choice. ~Martha Herbert challenges to their health and immune systems,” she says.

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Currently, the only treatment that has been proven to consistently improve the core symptoms of ASD is behavioral therapy designed to foster language, socialization and academic skills. While effective, this approach is time- and staff-intensive. With the rise and prevalence of autism in the past decade, more parents are turning to complementary and alternative treatments (CAM). Hendren reports that the best researched and safest CAM therapies for treating autism include melatonin to improve sleep, omega-3 fatty acids to ease hyperactivity and possibly improve socialization, multivitamins to supplement a limited diet or poor appetite and methyl B12

injections to protect against oxidative stress. Massage therapy has also proven effective in increasing connectivity with others and reducing over-arousal, while reducing ASD symptoms. Research remains in its infancy, but other CAMs deemed acceptable for a professionally monitored trial include B6 and magnesium supplements to correct metabolic aberration, folic acid for improvements in core symptoms, probiotics to ease gastrointestinal distress and iron supplementation for a deficiency. Although clear benefits have yet to be backed by scientific evidence, many parents of children with ASD report that behavior improves with a diet free of the proteins gluten (found in wheat, barley and rye) and casein (found in dairy). Other parent-endorsed diets include anti-yeast, anti-hyperglycemia, specific carbohydrate, low-oxalate and specific food reaction regimens. A review article in the journal Autism Research and Treatment notes that acupuncture, exercise, and musicand animal-assisted therapy have all been reported as helping to reduce a variety of ASD functional and behavioral symptoms. From sound-dampening headphones that offset loud noises to structuring the environment to anticipate transitions, removing stressors can help reduce the debilitating characteristics of ASD. “This improves abilities to learn and interact with others, but we also don’t want

Creating Calm Islands by Carolyn Dalgliesh


ensory kids, like those living with autism spectrum, sensory processing, anxiety or attention deficit disorders, are often highly affected by the design of their physical environments. Here are some tips for removing daily stressors for a more supportive home environment. Identify the common sensory challenges for the child so the family can create spaces that support them. Kids may struggle with regulating their emotions, initiating tasks, maintaining focus, rigid rules, lack of flexibility or being consistently overwhelmed. Less is more because these kids

are often more sensitive to environmental stimuli. Tone down the color scheme of their bedroom and playroom, and maintain uncluttered spaces. Clearly defined and labeled areas in certain rooms can help them know what to expect and how to use each space appropriately. Define areas and tasks with visual aids to foster more focused, calm and flexible interactions. Consider creating a designated dressing area with hooks that hold the next day’s clothes and a laundry hamper. This provides a visual routine to follow and structural aids to help complete the task successfully.

Easy-on-Kids Cooking Beyond Gluten-Free, Casein-Free by Melody Handley The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook by Pamela Compart and Dana Laake The SCD for Autism and ADHD: A Reference and Dairy-Free Cookbook for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet by Pamela Ferro and Raman Prasad Special Diets for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis to shelter them from having a chance to learn the rules of social interaction in real-world situations,” advises Hendren. Because autism is a heterogeneous disorder with numerous subtypes, the best individualized combination of treatments can be challenging to identify and can often change throughout one’s life. Bock reminds families that even with a successful treatment plan, “A parent’s love is the final element that brings these recovering children out of darkness into light.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLiving Create a space to escape and regulate when they return home anxious, overwhelmed or ready to explode; a zone to help them feel calm and connected again. Dark and quiet spots are best, like the corner of a closet, bottom bunk, under a desk or even a cardboard box “cabin”. Add a flashlight, favorite books, beanbags, heavy or weighted blankets, handheld sensory toys and something that taps into the child’s current fascination. Carolyn Dalgliesh is the founder of Systems for Sensory Kids & Simple Organizing Strategies in North Kingstown, RI, and author of The Sensory Child Gets Organized. Connect at

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“When I treat a person for low back pain, I always take pulses in several parts of the body, and then take into account many factors, including age, gender and life situation,” says Buchman. “The underlying causes of the pain may be different in a 20-something student with a stressful academic load than a 50-something woman that’s a recent empty nester redefining her future,” he explains. When researchers at China’s Central South University reviewed 13 studies on acupuncture and low back

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he ancient Chinese art of acuchemical serotonin and relieving inflampuncture is gaining popularity mation, as well as bringing many other in modern Western medicine for body processes into normal function. many reasons. “There’s lots of research Brevard, North Carolina, licensed to support the effectiveness of acupuncmaster acupuncturist Paul Buchman, ture for a wide variety of conditions,” adds, “Acupuncture differs from consays Thomas Burgoon, a medical doctor ventional Western medicine in many who practices internal medicine in West ways, primarily in that when it treats Chester, Pennsylvania, and is president a disease on the physical level, it also of the American Academy of Medical has far-reaching effects on our mental, Acupuncture, an asemotional and spiriThe U.S. Library of sociation of doctors of tual aspects.” medicine and osteoChronic back Medicine database pathic medicine that pain: Chronic low back lists more than 23,000 pain affects 80 percent use acupuncture in conjunction with con- studies on acupuncture. of us at some time and ventional treatments. is the second-most Acupuncture treatments typically common cause of disability in Ameriinvolve the nearly painless insertion of can adults, according to a University very thin needles to stimulate the body’s of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study natural repair and regulation mechanisms published in the Journal of the American based on the fundamental Chinese medi- Medical Association. cine principle that the inside of the body A recent study of Australian can often be treated from the outside. patients arriving in Melbourne hospital Burgoon explains that acupuncture works emergency rooms complaining of low by stimulating and releasing the body’s back pain found that those treated with natural pain relievers, including endoracupuncture experienced as much pain phins, producing the feel-good brain relief in an hour as those given drugs. 32



cupuncture can be helpful for children, especially in treating asthma, allergies and childhood digestive disorders, including colic, says Melanie Katin, a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in treating children in New York City. “Acupuncture for children rarely involves the use of needles. Since their qi (life force) flows very close to the surface of their skin, it doesn’t require a lot of movement to get things flowing in the right direction,” she explains. Acupuncture for kids typically involves light, fast brushing of the skin to encourage a healing circulation of energy. Katin teaches parents to continue treatments at home. She explains that it’s still technically acupuncture, not acupressure, which would involve prolonged stimulation of the body’s energy meridian sites. Sometimes she includes the use of small instruments for tapping or brushing the skin and tuning forks to stimulate the meridian points. She remarks, “The kids love it.”

Find a local physician trained in medical acupuncture at FindAnAcupuncturist pain, they concluded that comprehensive treatment plans that involve acupuncture are urgently needed. Headache: Acupuncture has long been used to relieve the pain of migraines and tension headaches. Australian research published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that 16 acupuncture sessions cut in half the number of days that patients experienced migraines, significantly reducing pain. “Acupuncture is a must-try therapy for anyone with migraines or chronic or tension-type headaches,” says Burgoon. He notes that Aetna Insurance Company policy considers acupuncture among accepted, medically necessary treatments for migraines, chronic low back pain, knee osteoarthritis, postoperative dental pain and nausea associated with surgery, pregnancy and chemotherapy. Asthma and allergies: More than 25 million Americans have asthma, including 6.8 million children. Danish research published in the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine showed that 10 acupuncture sessions given over a three-month period reduced asthma symptoms and use of inhaled steroids, but only when acupuncture was ongoing. Benefits diminished when treatments were discontinued. German researchers at Berlin’s Charité University Medical Center found similar effects for seasonal allergies by comparing it with the effects of antihistamines and sham acupuncture. “Patterns of bad health get more ingrained in our body systems as we get older,” says Melanie Katin, a licensed acupuncturist specializing in treating children in New York City and professor at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. “If we can catch an illness in a child’s first seven or eight years, we may be able to prevent it from becoming chronic in adulthood.” Digestive problems: Acupuncture has been found to be effective for treating colic in babies, irritable bowel syndrome, morning sickness and postoperative nausea caused by anesthesia and chemotherapy treatments, verified in research from Australia’s University of Sydney on patients after surgery for metastatic liver cancer. Several other studies, including one from the Milwau-kee’s Medical College of Wisconsin, show that acupuncture rebalances the nervous system and restores proper digestive function, while relieving pain. The World Health Organization review of research notes how acupuncture relieved gastrointestinal (GI) spasms better than atropine injections, and also recommends acupuncture for relief of nausea. “Acupuncture helps calm down an overactive GI tract and stimulates an underactive one,” explains Burgoon. Acupuncture is a non-pharmaceutical remedy for many health problems, Burgoon says. “I fell in love with acupuncture when I discovered I could use it to treat some problems that nothing else helped. I almost never prescribe any medications. Instead, I help people get off pharmaceuticals.” Kathleen Barnes is author of many natural health books, including The Calcium Lie 2: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know, with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at

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inner ear has a hearing component and a balance component. Inside each fluid-filled canal is a sensory receptor that responds to head movement. When the head moves, the fluid in the ear lags behind, causing the sensory receptor to bend, which creates an impulse to the brain. When the vestibular apparatus on both sides of the head are functioning properly, they send symmetrical impulses to the brain. When impulses are not symmetrical on the right and left sides, we can become off balance and dizzy.

Neuropathy Can be Controlled or Reversed by Kim Martin

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europathy, which comprises weakness, numbness and pain from nerve damage, usually in the hands and feet, is a progressive disease that if not controlled, only gets worse. The number one cause of accidents in patients over the age of 60 is falls because they might trip a lot or lose their balance if they can’t feel where their feet are on the ground. But neuropathy can be controlled, and in many cases, even reversed. Working with a doctor that understands the importance of neurological issues, combined with metabolic issues, will increase the patients’ outcome for success. Nerve regeneration is possible, especially with younger patients, nonsmoking patients and those that have their blood sugar levels and metabolic issues under control. When properly supported by appropriate changes in lifestyle, this can be affected in from 30 to 90 days. Our feet play a critical role in helping us maintain balance. Someone with peripheral neuropathy often has damage to the nerve fibers in the feet, as well as the rest of the body. As it progresses, this condition typically affects more and more sensory fibers in the affected nerves. Loss of these fibers gradually causes difficulty with things like sensing the contour of the ground we are walking on, so that we might not be able to feel a crack in the sidewalk and accidentally trip. There are many ways in which the brain controls balance, and each can play a role in correcting neuropathy and reducing symptoms.



Sensory Input

The ability to maintain balance depends on information that the brain receives from three different sources—the eyes, the muscles and joints, and the vestibular organs in the inner ear.

Input from the eyes

Nerve endings or sensory receptors in the retina send impulses to the brain with visual cues that aid in balance. For example, if a person is walking down the street, buildings appear to be aligned straight up and down.

Input from the muscles and joints

The input received by the brain from the muscles and joints comes from proprioceptors, or sensory receptors that are sensitive to stretch and pressure in the tissue that surrounds them. These sensory impulses are then sent to the brain for cues on what the body is doing. Most important are the impulses that come from the neck, which indicate the direction the head is turned, and the ankles and feet, which indicate the body’s movement or sway relative to the ground while standing.

Input from the vestibular system

The vestibular system, or inner ear, is a complex series of passageways and chambers within the skull that are filled with and surrounded by fluid. Each

All of the sensory input concerning balance from the eyes, the muscles and joints and both sides of the vestibular system is sent to the brain stem, where it is sorted and integrated with contributions from other parts of the brain.

Motor Output

After the brain processes all of the information coming in regarding movement and environment, it must respond quickly and tell the body what to do in order for us to maintain balance and keep upright. It sends impulses back to muscles in the head, neck, eyes, legs and the rest of the body to maintain a state of balance.

Motor output to the eyes

The impulses that go to the eyes coordinate to produce clear vision during head movements. This is controlled automatically by the vestibular system.

If this did not occur, anytime we moved, our vision would become blurry.

Motor output to the muscles and joints

The impulses that are sent from the brain to the other muscles of the body control their movement so that balance is maintained whether a person is sitting, standing, walking or playing a sport. Through practice and repetition, the impulses from the sensory receptors to the brain and then out to the muscles form a pathway. With repetition, it becomes easier for the impulses to travel over the same network or pathway until maintaining balance during any activity becomes automatic. In order to treat neuropathy effectively, three factors must be determined: the underlying cause; how much nerve damage has been sustained; and how much treatment the condition will require. The amount of treatment needed for the nerves to recover will vary and can be determined after a neurological exam. As long as there has not been more than 85 percent nerve damage, there is hope. Dr. Kim Martin, DC, FASA, BCIM, CFMP, is a holistic practitioner specializing in functional medicine, chiropractic and acupuncture. For more information, call 847-715-9060 or visit See ad on page 11, in the Community Resource Guide and at


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medical system and got nothing,” says Mills. With functional medicine, “In a very short time, they had me feeling nearly 100 percent.”

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The Rise of Functional Medicine New Paradigm Gets to the Root Cause of Disease by Lisa Marshall


y the end of 2014, Trina Mills, of Parker, Arizona, had given up on conventional medicine. She’d been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder 17 years earlier and taken medication ever since without feeling her symptoms of fatigue, muscle aches and stomach problems ever fully subside. She’d visited endocrinologists, gastroenterologists and a half-dozen other specialists, each of which offered a different diagnosis and prescribed a different drug. At one point, she had her gallbladder removed. At another, her doctor suspected she had bleeding in her brain and sent her for a computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan. Some thought she was a hypochondriac; others said she was depressed. “I would tell them, ‘I’m just depressed that you can’t figure out why I’m so sick,’” she says.



Weighing a skeletal 82 pounds, the 54-year-old mother of three finally wrote out a living will and braced for the inevitable. Then she heard of a new Center for Functional Medicine opening at the prestigious, century-old Cleveland Clinic. As the first clinic of its kind to open at an academic medical center, it promised to look at the underlying causes of disease, while focusing on the whole person, rather than isolated symptoms. Intrigued, Mills caught a flight to Ohio and soon was offering up 30 tubes of blood, stool and saliva samples, as well as an exhaustive life history. One year later, thanks to a series of personalized diet and lifestyle changes, she’s 10 pounds heavier and feels better than she has in decades. “I spent a lot of years and money in the traditional

In the 25 years since nutritional biochemist Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., of Gig Harbor, Washington, coined the term, this science-based, whole-body approach to addressing chronic disease has gained widespread traction. More than 100,000 physicians—60 percent of them medical doctors—have trained with the Institute for Functional Medicine he founded in Washington and New Mexico, and numerous medical schools have added its tenets to their curricula. More naturopaths and chiropractors are also distinguishing themselves with a functional medicine emphasis. “It is not alternative medicine at all,” stresses Bland, whose latest book, The Disease Delusion, details how functional medicine can curb chronic diseases like arthritis, diabetes, dementia, and heart disease, which constitute 78 percent of U.S. health care costs. “It’s the basis of 21st-century health care,” he says. For most of the 20th century, conventional medicine centered on a singular objective: Arrive at a diagnosis and treat it with drugs or surgery. Then, the alternative medicine movement proffered a toolbox of more natural therapies, including acupuncture, herbs and massage to address these same diagnoses. The 1990s brought integrative medicine, a best-of-both-worlds approach. “While all of the above have merit, they lack the necessary guidance to help practitioners determine which tools work best for which patient,” says Dr. Mark Hyman, director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine. “Alternative therapies and conventional treatments are tools. We need a new map that can teach us how to skillfully use those tools,” maintains Hyman. “That map is functional medicine.” Because one chronic disease such as diabetes can have dozens of underlying causes, or one culprit such as a genetic predisposition or exposure to toxins can lead to multiple chronic conditions, functional medicine focuses on systems, rather than organs, and origins, rather than diseases. “It’s about listening

to the patient’s story in a different way, where the objective is not simply about arriving at a diagnosis,” explains Bland.

Ferreting Out Key Clues

Key to discovering the underlying origins of a health issue are a host of new gene, blood and gut health tests. “They allow us to look under the patient’s ‘metabolic hood’ at the genetic and biochemical factors influencing health,” says Naturopathic Doctor Kara Fitzgerald, who heads up a functional medicine clinic in Newtown, Connecticut. For instance, certain genes influence how a person burns and stores fat. Depending on which variant a patient has, based on a genetic test, they might be guided toward a higheror lower-fat diet. Those genetically prone to difficulty in metabolizing the amino acid homocysteine (an excess of which can raise the risk of heart disease) might be advised to take folic acid supplements. If a patient displays intractable gut problems, rather than simply look for blood or pathogens in the stool, Fitzgerald also looks at the DNA of their gut microbiome, mapping out which strains of good bacteria are present or absent and prescribing prebiotics, probiotics or whole foods to promote a healthful balance. For another patient with thinning hair and aching joints, she might use specialized blood tests to look for micronutrient deficiencies, signs of allergies or certain autoantibodies—proteins produced by the immune system that mistakenly attack one’s own tissues—

that might herald a brewing autoimmune disorder. “Research shows that predictive autoantibodies can show up in the blood 10 or even 20 years before an autoimmune disease such as Type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis makes itself known,” says Fitzgerald, pointing to a seminal review published in 2007 in Scientific American: “If a patient with mild, early-stage symptoms is proactive with diet and lifestyle changes, they may be able to fend it off.” High-tech tests aside, Bland stresses that what’s most important is “a tool that has been largely lost in medicine today: Knowing how to listen to the patient.” In a typical exam, Fitzgerald thoroughly inspects often neglected body parts, including the tongue and fingernails, which can hold important clues to underlying health. She asks about past emotional trauma which might trigger chronic disease, and inquires about what environmental toxins and harmful chemicals both the patient and their birth parents may have been exposed to. One example might be a patient exposed to cigarette smoking in utero having a bias toward an allergic disease. If their parents grew up in a period of famine, they might have inherited a genetic disposition for rapid weight gain. “She spent two-and-a-half hours with me,” in her initial consultation, recalls 52-year-old Lauren Zambrelli, of Long Island, New York, who credits Fitzgerald for helping her tame her multiple sclerosis into remission. “It was like having a sister for a doctor.”

Lobby for Change To lobby for consistent insurance coverage of more complementary therapies, check out these resources. CoverMyCare ( This national grassroots advocacy campaign, a project of the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium, aims to support the proper full implementation of Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act, which states that insurers cannot leave licensed practitioners like naturopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists or Oriental medicine practitioners out of their provider networks. It still lacks enforcement at the state level, although Oregon and Rhode Island recently passed legislation to fix the existing loophole; California, Hawaii, Minnesota and New Mexico are working to do the same. American Sustainable Business Council ( Reimbursement). The organization recently launched a campaign to urge insurers to cover integrative practices.

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hile most practitioners recommend that patients consult with a physician to interpret their test results, several companies offer gene, blood and microbiome lab testing directly to consumers. Here are a few options to consider. uBiome, Inc. ( Send in swab samples from gut, mouth, nose, genitals and/or skin and the company will genetically sequence the DNA of resident bacteria and send findings back within six weeks, identifying good and bad varieties present, deficiencies, and how that personal microbiome compares to others with similar lifestyles, such as smokers, vegans, meat-eaters, etc. It’s also possible to test a client’s microbiome over time to see if dietary changes implemented to change gut health are working. WellnessFX ( Visit an affiliated diagnostic lab to submit blood samples with results posted within a week on a secure website. Different packages targeting weight loss, sports performance, heart health or women’s health issues look at different biomarkers in the blood, such as levels of certain micronutrients, hormones or signs of inflammation. Clients can request an online consultation with a doctor or dietitian to interpret the results. Pathway Genomics (Pathway. com): The company’s DNA Insight Genetic Health and Wellness Tests use genetic material taken from saliva to analyze genetic markers. Ordered via a licensed practitioner, online or through a smartphone app, clients receive a kit, send in a sample and get results within three weeks. The Pathway Fit tests snapshot 75 genetic markers related to metabolism and sports performance. Others look for genes that influence nutrient absorption, heart health or hormonal function.

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Functional medicine doctors don’t shy away from prescription drugs when necessary, but they do lean decidedly toward the lower-tech modalities, using dietary supplements, allergen-free diets, exercise, mind-body practices and toxin avoidance as their primary tools. “We basically take out the bad stuff from the body and put in the good stuff,” says Hyman. Maintaining good health is priceless, but without conventional insurance coverage, it can be expensive. While Mills’ doctor visits were covered by insurance (which is rare), she spends roughly $1,000 a month on supplements to address her diagnosed leaky gut syndrome, nutrient deficiencies and mercury poisoning. Zambrelli has paid thousands out of her own pocket, too. Some people worry that, like most conventional physicians, some functional medicine practitioners place too much emphasis on expensive tests and too little on the most crucial and affordable remedy—self-care. “Functional medicine as a concept is an important step forward,” says integrative medicine pioneer Dr. James Gordon, founder of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. “However, some practitioners do a lot of tests and prescribe a lot of supplements and work on cleaning out the gut, but neglect the psychological, spiritual and social issues. That concerns me.” Bland and Hyman concede that

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some practitioners over-test, but say that will fade over time as they learn to better discriminate which ones are useful for specific patients. Several efforts also are underway to get more functional medicine providers and the acupuncturists, massage therapists and nutritionists they work with covered under the Affordable Care Act, which expressly emphasizes a need for more preventive medicine. Viewing the big picture, Bland believes that functional medicine is just what the country needs to save on exploding healthcare costs. Rather than spending dollars on extraordinary measures to save heart attack victims or diabetics in emergencies, we can prevent such dire situations by identifying underlying problems sooner and halting their progression. In the meantime, some patients are finding priceless relief. “Am I poorer right now? Yes,” says Mills. “Am I healthier? Way. It’s been so worth it.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO, who specializes in health care. Connect at LisaAnn


The Wheel of Co-Creation New Ways of Being in the World in a Vast Movement for Positive Change by Nina Patrick


he Wheel of Co-Creation, created by renowned thought leader Barbara Marx Hubbard, is a “whole system” worldview that identifies 12 sectors of endeavor in an active, healthy and functioning society, which includes the interaction of the arts, economics, education, environment, government, health, infrastructure, justice, media relations, science and spirituality. When we connect these sectors to form a more confident community and form a positive worldview, people are inspired with a renewed sense of hope for the planet and our collective future. New paradigms are arising due to the breakdown of the current system.

Unique forms of complementary currencies are emerging as sharing, caring, gift economies and self-sufficient community living, in which people join together to thrive, rather than simply compete to win and survive. Instead of rigid beliefs in which a person is viewed as commodity that is marketable and strictly valued for their skill set, the new worldview values employees for their potential human creativity. They are given permission to create a new way of being in the world based on connection with everyone else and our unlimited potential for collaboration. As Hubbard states, “All people are born creative!”

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exchanges, we create synergy that joins us together as a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. There are five principles that guide this work: Assets: We all have assets. We all have something to give. Listening and caretaking, for example, are valuable skills that are not highly valued in the market economy, but are absolutely essential to the successful operation of a community. Redefining Work: Some work is beyond price. Work must be redefined to value all that it takes to raise healthy children, build strong families, revitalize neighborhoods, make democracy work and advance social justice to make the planet sustainable. That kind of work needs to be honored, recorded and rewarded.

An excellent example of co-creation in our metropolitan area is the Chicago Time Exchange, or CTX (, an organization that explores an economic alternative. Its operating principle is that we have everything we need if we use what we have within a shared community. To that end, they offer an online time bank where individuals can exchange their service for other goods and services. Instead of a pure barter system, in which we are limited to the offers of one person, members have access to the skills and strengths of the whole group. A shared economy comprises a skill pool using time as the currency. An hour of our time is worth an hour of anyone else’s time. By creating win-win

Reciprocity: Helping works better as a two-way street. The question, “How can I help you?” needs to change, so that we ask instead, “How can we help each other build the world we both will live in?” Social Networks: The act of people helping each other to reweave communities of support, strength and trust is limited today not by technology, but only by our imagination. Respect: Every human being matters. Respect underlies freedom of speech, freedom of religion and all that we value. Respect supplies the heart and soul of democracy. Co-production respects the work of all players without a traditional hierarchy that limits interaction between different levels. This is what happens when we begin to unleash our creativity in new models of shared economies: n We feel a desire to reach out and help others; to give, rather than get. n We are often paid to play; in other words, our work is also our passion. n We know that our life is contributing to a greater whole in some way. n We wake up each day filled with excitement and joy, and can’t wait to get started. Once we have identified the gifts that we would be inspired to contribute to a shared economy, we can take action with courage and persistence. Through that action, we will be connected to a vast movement for positive change. As Ghandi said, “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” For more information about the Wheel of Co-Creation, visit or Nina Patrick is on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Conscious Evolution and is Founding Steward of Conscious Evolutionaries Chicagoland. She is also co-founder of GOOD of the WHOLE and Sacred Travel Initiative, dedicated to the awakening of humanity’s potential. For more information, contact Nina at

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Connecting “within” through free and inspired body movement is the power of conscious dance.

The Power of Conscious Dance Creative Movement Connects Body, Mind and Spirit by Gail Condrick

A growing tribe of movers and shakers are discovering and unleashing their power in conscious dance, a combination of moving meditation, soul-stirring music, self-expression and sweat.


ost are familiar with the performance or competitive dance world of learned steps. Conscious dance is a non-competitive, body-based way of raising consciousness. There’s no wrong way to move and your shape and measurements don’t matter,” says Mark Metz, of Berkley, California, founder and executive director of the Dance First Association (DFA) and publisher of the Conscious Dancer Magazine and UpShift Guide. The group identifies more than 100 forms of conscious dance, ranging from ecstatic dance to somatic movement therapy. Commonalities include body awareness, barefoot movement, inspiring global music and minimal structure facilitated by leaders. With 1,000 DFA studio locations, 40


many are finding the power of conscious dance suits their search for movement with purpose beyond improved fitness as it’s practiced in drug- and alcoholfree club-style events and ecstatic dance experiences, as well as dance fitness programs. “It’s about honoring body intelligence and paying attention to the body and mind-body connection,” says Metz. “The modalities mentioned most often are 5Rhythms, Soul Motion, Open Floor, JourneyDance, and the Nia Technique,” says Metz. A brief look at three of them shows how each has its own style.

5Rhythms In St. Petersburg, Florida, 22 women have gathered to seek the bliss promised by 5Rhythms, one of the original conscious dance forms, founded by

the late Gabrielle Roth. “Find your flow. Feel your connection to the Earth through your feet and release your head,” guides facilitator Amber Ryan, of New York City, who travels the world for dance sessions. “Use your body as a gateway into the now.” For two hours, dancers move freely and individually, swaying, sensing and interacting in an experience called “the wave”, intended to move energy through the body, release emotions and heal the psyche. It’s based on Roth’s premise that, “Each of us is a moving center, a space of divine mystery. Though we spend most of our time on the surface in daily ordinary existence, most of us hunger to connect to this space within, to break through to bliss, to be swept into something bigger.”

JourneyDance Toni Bergins, from the Massachusetts Berkshires, is a frequent presenter at the Kripalu Center and Omega Institute for Holistic Studies. After years of studying and teaching movement, drama, creative visualization and gestalt techniques, she combined them in creating JourneyDance. More than 400 trained facilitators now offer it in 60- or 90-minute classes worldwide based on the philosophy, “Move into a new story!” Every class includes visualization, creative movement, affirmations and evocative music, all working together to release emotions and connect with spirit. “You learn to love your body, expand your emotional intelligence, clear your mind and connect with your inner source,” explains Bergins. “You express yourself, infuse life with creativity and connect with a dancing community.” Participants engage in a ritual journey of physical transformation, cleansing the body through breath, sweat and expression. In this safe space, “Dancers discover their power and personal heart medicine, their true essence,” says Bergins.

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Nia Technique For those that prefer more structure, the Nia Technique is the original barefoot mind-body-spirit fitness practice, activating sensation and awareness in a workout adaptable for everybody. More than 2,600 instructors in 51 countries offer 60-minute classes where enthusiasts move the way the body is built to move, reaping cardiovascular fitness and therapeutic benefits while having joyful fun. Dancers, guided by instructor’s moves, feel the rhythm of the music and ground themselves in spirit, equipping themselves to take the selfhealing experience into everyday life. “Nia has always blended form and freedom,” says Debbie Rosas, of Portland, Oregon, co-founder and creator of the technique. “We are now introducing new FreeDance classes to bring what we have learned through Nia to embody consciousness in new ways, conditioning the whole body



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he 5Rhythms—Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness— provide a map to one’s physical, emotional, mental, soulful and spiritual energies. They allow one to rediscover, reclaim and rearrange ourselves through movement. They are a perspective, a philosophy and a practice. Karyn Tonkinson Gartner, 5Rhythms and Open Floor-accredited teacher, says, “In 1994, I met Gabrielle, creator of the 5Rhythms Movement Practice, during my own healing journey and the work rocked me to the core. The work was so transformational that I began producing workshops and became an accredited teacher in 1998.” The Open Floor Movement Practice is based on embodiment through the perspective of the 4x4. The four levels of intelligence: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual, and how they weave with the four hungers of relationship—the relationship to ourselves, another, community and spirit. “Discover your dance with all styles of kick-ass music in a welcoming community,” says Gartner. Open Floor is held from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m., Wednesdays; 5Rhythms is held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sundays, and a 5Rhythms Workshop with live drumming will take place on January 9 at the Mandala Center for Transformational Arts. Location: 4146 N. Elston, Chicago. For more information, call 815-788-8553 or visit See ad on this page.

and nervous system. It’s an invitation to move in free, unbound, unstructured ways to offset the tendency we have to move less as we age.” Dancers move to music designed to animate each chakra through an eight-stage process via a Nia DJ. They’re guided to listen to body feedback through sensation, release emotions and relish being in the present moment. “Regardless of how you act, dress or think, the way you feel inside reveals the most accurate truth of oneself and this is reflected in dance,” says Rosas. “Moving without interference allows your unconscious creative self to shine. You can connect to the sacred artist

within; the one that holds a palette with endless colors, shapes and possibilities.” She sees life as ultimately a free-style dance into the self that supports a philosophy of “Love your body, love your life”. “Dance is in everyone’s family tree, a universal message,” says Metz. “In conscious dance, you disconnect from gadgets and reconnect with yourself and others around you. People need that.” Gail Condrick is a Nia faculty member, retreat leader and archetypal soul coach in Sarasota, FL. Connect at


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Surefire Tips for

Choosing the Right Running Shoes by Allen Adelman

Finding the perfect pair of running shoes can be a daunting experience with so many styles and high-tech features to choose from. Whether shopping online or at a running specialty store, here are some surefire tips become a smarter, more confident shopper.

Know the Arch Shape: An easy footprint test at home will show if we have a low, medium or high arch. Determine if the Foot Rolls Inward or Outward: During

the running stride, a slight inward roll (pronation) is normal. If it’s excessive (more than 15 degrees from center), it’s called over-pronation, and if it rolls in an outward direction (to any degree), it’s called under-pronation or supination. Shoes are available for each foot type. To gauge the degree of pronation, have a friend watch the stride from behind while walking or slow jogging on a level surface. When the foot strikes the ground, have them observe which direction the foot rolls and by how much. The shoe wear pattern is also a basic indicator. Under-pronation causes the outer edge of the shoe to wear out faster, while over-pronation does the same to the inner edge of the shoe. A professional gait analysis is offered as a free service at most running stores as well.

Have Feet Measured for Size and Width: Feet can change

as we get older, but don’t get stuck on any particular number or measurement. Judge each shoe by how it actually feels and fits on the foot, not by the size number on the label.

Choose From the Correct Running Shoe Category:

There are four basic categories: 1) Stability shoes are the most common type for people with medium arches that pronate normally. 2) Motion control shoes offer maximum stability and

support. They are for people with very low arches that over-pronate. 3) Neutral cushioned shoes are designed to be softer and more flexible for people with high arches that tend to under-pronate. 4) Ultra-light shoes include competitive racing shoes and minimal-type shoes for barefoot-style running.

Decide Based on How the Shoe Actually Feels and Fits:

Trying on different styles and sizes is essential to zeroing in on the best choice. Be sure to wear the same type of sock used for runs. How the shoes actually feels on our feet is the most important factor to consider. Don’t let the color or look of the shoe influence a decision too much. Take time and judge whether the shoes feel comfortable all around. A good-fitting shoe should be comfortably snug along both sides of the foot, while allowing for a bit of space in front of our biggest toe (about one-quarter inch). Going to a store that specializes in running shoes is usually the best way to get precisely measured, receive expert advice and try on all the shoes before buying. Allen Adelman is the owner of New Balance North Shore, located at Port Clinton Square, 610 Central Ave., in Highland Park. For more information, call 847-266-8323 or visit See ad on page 15, in the Community Resource Guide and at

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SUPER SOUPS New Twists on Old Favorites Heal, Nourish and Soothe by Judith Fertig

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inter season soups on chilly days can warm us, both body and soul. Whatever our food preferences or time constraints, some new twists on traditional favorites will satisfy everyone’s taste buds—with an accent on healthy pleasure. Here’s where to start.   Reinventing the past. From her Colorado mountain home, Jenny McGruther, author of The Nourished Kitchen, celebrates the wisdom of traditional foodways, making nutrientdense, healing soup broth from bones, water, vegetables and seasonings. McGruther’s twist is to make it in a six-quart slow cooker. Once her family has dined on organic roast or rotisserie chicken, she simmers the bones with purified water, a bay leaf or two, a few whole peppercorns and a few chopped organic vegetables like onion, carrot and celery

on the low setting for 24 hours. Then she ladles the broth through a coffee strainer into another container, refreshes the slow cooker with more water and simmers the bones and seasonings for another 24 hours. Eventually, the broth will have less flavor and color, and that’s when McGruther starts all over again. “I call this perpetual soup,” she says. She blogs at Slowing it down. With homemade broth on hand, it’s easy to make the Italian winter staple of Tuscan Vegetable Bean Soup. Cookbook authors and slow cooker experts Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss, from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, love to make this when they’re working on a cookbook deadline. They simply use what they have in the refrigerator, freezer or pantry. “With a soup like this you can always substitute one vegetable for

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another, adjusting the recipe to what you enjoy and have on hand,” advises Moore. The pair blogs at PluggedInto Speeding it up. Sometimes, we need a single serving of homemade soup fast. Award-winning recipe developer and cookbook author Camilla Saulsbury, of Nacogdoches, Texas, whips up a Pumpkin Sage Soup that can simmer in a saucepan within minutes, ready to be enjoyed in a mug. Saulsbury uses organic canned pumpkin, full of vitamins, which can vary in sweetness. “If needed,” she suggests, “add a drizzle of maple syrup to enhance the flavor of the soup.” Making “bisque” in a high-speed blender. Karen Adler is an avid grower of organic tomatoes in her Kansas City garden. When the seasonal harvest comes to an end, Adler grills or oven roasts the tomatoes, along with organic peppers and onions, and then freezes them, ready to make Roasted Tomato Bisque any time of the year. “My secret to a light bisque without using cream is to blend all the roasted vegetables together with a high-speed blender to give it body. A swirl of extra-virgin olive oil at the end finishes ensuring the satisfying flavor,” she says. Going cold. Douglas McNish, head chef at Toronto’s raw and vegan restaurant Raw Aura, serves a popular Lemon, Cucumber and Dill Soup, which is easy to make in a food processor. “This soup is amazing this time of year, when most of our diets may be lacking in healthy fats and trace minerals,” says McNish.   Warming up. Two cookbook authors teamed up across many miles to write 300 Sensational Soups. Meredith Deeds lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, while Carla Snyder resides in Cleveland, Ohio. They’ve mutually discovered the naturally warming properties of curry powder in Curried Coconut Chickpea Soup. Snyder observes, “A good soup nourishes the heart, as well as the stomach, spreading a feeling of satisfaction and contentment.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

SOUP’S ON! Tasty Recipes for Winter Meals with grated Parmesan cheese. Garnish if desired with additional minced basil. Adapted from, by Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss

Pumpkin Sage Soup Yields: 1 serving

Tuscan Vegetable Bean Soup Yields: 6 servings 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 large yellow onion, chopped 3 carrots, chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped 1 cup frozen, cut green beans 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 can (14.5 oz, BPA-free) diced tomatoes, with liquid 4 cups bone broth or 1 carton (32 oz) vegetable broth 2 tsp Italian seasoning 1 /8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, optional Salt and pepper, to taste 1 cup chopped fresh broccoli 1 can (15 oz, BPA-free) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained 2 Tbsp minced fresh basil, plus additional for garnish Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

¾ cup ready-to-use chicken or vegetable broth 2 /3 cup pumpkin purée (not pie filling) ¼ tsp dried rubbed sage 3 Tbsp half-and-half, whole milk or coconut creamer Salt and freshly ground black pepper In a saucepan, bring the broth, pumpkin and sage to a simmer over medium-high heat. In the mug, stir broth, pumpkin and sage until blended. Stir in cream and heat for 1 minute more. Season it to taste with salt and pepper before pouring into a mug. Garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds. Adapted from 250 Best Meals in a Mug, by Camilla V. Saulsbury

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add onions, carrot and celery and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes. Stir in the green beans and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes, vegetable broth, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Heat, covered, until boiling, and then reduce heat to a simmer and cook 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in broccoli, cannellini beans and minced basil. Simmer for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are as tender as desired. Ladle into bowls. Sprinkle natural awakenings

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Roasted Tomato Bisque 4 large beefsteak tomatoes, sliced 2 red bell peppers, seeded and sliced 1 large red onion, peeled and sliced 2 Tbsp plus ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil ¼ cup red wine vinegar 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp hot pepper sauce Bone broth or vegetable broth, if necessary Add fine dry or gluten-free bread crumbs and sliced green onion for garnish

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Yields: 2 servings

Preheat the oven to 425° F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Arrange the tomatoes, bell peppers and onion on the baking sheets and drizzle with the two tablespoons of olive oil. Roast for 30 minutes or until soft and browned at the edges. Transfer to a Vitamix or similar blender. Add the remaining half-cup olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and hot pepper sauce and blend until smooth. Add a little bone broth or vegetable broth if the soup is too thick. Serve each bowl with a sprinkling of breadcrumbs and thinly sliced green onion.

In a food processor fitted with its metal blade, process cucumber, lettuce, water, dill, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt until smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour or up to 3 hours. Serve garnished with a dollop of vegan sour cream, if preferred, and additional dill.

Adapted from The Gardener and the Grill, by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig

Adapted from Eat Raw, Eat Well, by Douglas McNish

Coconut Curried Chickpea Soup


Yields: 6 servings 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 Tbsp curry powder 1 lb small, red-skinned potatoes, ½-inch diced 4 cups vegetable stock 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk ½ tsp salt 2 cans (each 14 to 19 oz, BPA-free) chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1 zucchini, ½-inch diced 1 Tbsp packed light brown or date sugar

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Lemon, Cucumber and Dill Soup 2 cups chopped peeled, seeded cucumber ½ cup chopped romaine lettuce ¼ cup filtered water ¼ cup chopped fresh dill fronds 1 clove garlic 3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil ½ tsp fine sea salt

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Yields: 8 servings

1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice 2 cups (about 3 oz) packed baby spinach Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Toasted shredded coconut for garnish

In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until softened, about 6 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add curry powder and sauté another 10 seconds. Add potatoes and stir to coat. Add stock and coconut milk; cook for 10 minutes. Add chickpeas and zucchini; cook another 10 minutes, or until potatoes and zucchini are tender. Stir in brown sugar and lime juice. Add spinach and stir until wilted. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into heated bowls and garnish with coconut. Adapted from 300 Sensational Soups, by Carla Snyder and Meredith Deeds

Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient enhances the others; each batch has its own characteristics; and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavor. ~Marge Kennedy

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How Juicing Can Help Us Lose Weight and Get Healthy . . . by Megy Karydes


or the next three months, we’ll be featuring great juicing resources to check out in the area, as well as recipes, tips and suggestions. Our February issue will feature an in-depth look at the juicing phenomenon and some of its health benefits, and March will include ways we can incorporate juicing in our life. We’ll also explore the benefits of cold press versus regular, or blender, juicing and suggestions for specific ly made h s e r f g in k in y to ‘eat’. Dr conditions. We start a w t s t will have ie a h h lt t a ls e a h r e e h in t ing is and m the new year and “Organic juic our body with vitamins or juice cleansing can od y our January Health ed. Juicing iz g r e juice will flo ep you from n e e k t d a n h a t d s e c in x balan and Wellness issue nwanted to u e h you feeling t f o y d id your bo hicago by getting to know ice, in C be used to r Ju !” d e n b a s n k iteus Roc est you ca some of the local being the b , General Manager of Infin Pharris juice suppliers in our ~ Thalia of the most e n o s a w e e ic special Juice section. autoimmun w, organic ju

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“When juicing citrus fruits, try to juice the skin, as that is where many of the important nutrients hide. Make sure to always use organic and thoroughly wash the fruit before you juice.” ~ Dennis Dombrow, owner of Juice on Wheels, in Schaumburg

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Insanely Good Juice Cleanses for You and Yours Located in the heart of Chicago, JuiceRx is passionate about providing Chicago the highestquality, raw, vegan, organic gourmet juices and cleanses since 2011. Locally crafted and made fresh, we offer a large variety of fruit and green juices, nut milks, superfood elixirs, raw food and snacks. Founder Dean Kasal learned that food is medicine when he healed himself of ulcerative colitis six years ago. The same juices and food he used to heal himself are shared through JuiceRx. Visit us at our store at 1414 N. Wells, in Old Town, or order online for delivery to your door.

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Get back to your roots at Mingle Juice Bar Enjoy an oasis of clean, healthy eating. On behalf of co-owners Kimberly King, juicing expert and Integrative health Coach and Dr. Leslie MendozaTemple, enjoy our delicious juices, smoothies, soups, salads, chia puddings and our ever popular acai bowls. Come Mingle with us!

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Located in Chicago’s vibrant River North, this 100% organic juicery takes tremendous pride in offering the highest-frequency ingredients possible and sets itself apart by taking a biohacker’s approach to health, wellness & performance. All menu items have been formulated with purpose, affording customers the ability to address specific health & dietary needs. Hi-Vibe specializes in coldpressed juice, smoothies, bulletproof coffee & acai bowls, but their cleanses are the most innovative around. By implementing healthy fats and offering options like a superfood “hacked” bulletproof coffee or bone broth, customers are able to flood their bodies with a full spectrum of nutrients while cleansing.

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Be Bold, Be Radiant,  Choose Green! Pure Juice Cafe is a proudly and passionately independent juice bar and raw vegan cafe. Our wonderful menu is also gluten-free. In addition, we offer a whole line of cold-pressed juices and elixirs made in our shop, and exotic acai bowls.

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“Juice a rainbow and follow the 80/20 rule of ratio of veggies to fruits. This makes sure that you are getting as many phytonutrients as possible, like drinking a rainbow. When done properly—and with a little education—juicing can propel you into living a healthy lifestyle. Commit to one juice a couple times a week or start with a cleanse. You will notice how quickly your body craves the liquid nutrition.”

“I always have a low-sugar green juice two to three hours after my morning Bulletproof (coffee). This does several things: it encourages the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and nutrients on an empty stomach; re-alkalizes my body after the inherently acidic coffee; and keeps me in a temporary state of ketosis (fat-burning mode) because it’s low in sugar.” ~ Nick Boskovich, president, HI-VIBE, in Chicago

“In addition to juicing, dry skin brushing provides a wonderful detox for your body. The skin, being the biggest elimination organ, plays a vital role in riding the body of toxins and impurities. Dry skin brushing is one of the best techniques to open up the pores of the skin and to stimulate and detoxify the lymphatic system. Consider dry skin brushing for additional detox, especially in winter months.”

~ Kim King, co-owner of Mingle Juice Bar, in Glenview

“Juicing has really taught us to explore the benefits of food to our bodies and to appreciate the cause and effect cycle of
what is good or bad for us.” ~ Alina Yaccino, owner of Pure Organic Juicery, in Barrington

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Karyn’s is a holistic wellness company based in plant-based foods, vegan supplements, detoxification, juicing and rejuvenating therapies, founded by pioneer living-foodist and holistic health expert Karyn Calabrese. Karyn’s is the longest-standing raw food restaurant in the country. Calabrese started her business 30 years ago after healing herself of allergies, ailments and fatigue via raw foods, juicing and detoxification. Thousands visit annually to look and feel better and be part of a healthier world. Karyn’s exists to rejuvenate the way people approach achieving and maintaining timeless health, wellbeing and clarity by celebrating the purity of nature’s original design—in food and the human mind and body.

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The Right Vet for Your Pet

Animals Thrive with Gentle, Safe and Natural Approaches by Shawn Messonnier


et parents have many criteria to consider when choosing a healthcare provider for their prized pet, and among the most vital is trying to find a doctor that uses holistic therapies, because the advantages are many. Wellness care is more than vaccines. While many conventional vets consider giving vaccines and flea medications to all of their patients to be their best form of wellness care, holistic vets know these aren’t always necessary and can potentially be harmful. Instead, true wellness care involves careful consideration of proper diet, blood titer testing instead of vaccines, natural parasite control when appropriate and a heavy dose of diagnostic testing (blood, urine, fecal) to monitor organ function, check for parasites, screen for disorders of the urogenital system, liver and pancreas and early screening for cancer and other inflammatory conditions. There’s also a full physical check for common diseases like dental and heart disease and tumors. Individualized prescriptions for a proper diet and supplements to maintain health are big reasons many owners prefer a holistic vet. Natural treatments include disease prevention. Many pets treated via a more natural approach have an easier experience with occasional illness than those that don’t enjoy this specialized care. Natural therapies can quickly restore an ill pet to his homeostatic balance without the side effects often associated with multiple drug doses.



A team approach is expected. A holistic practice is a team effort, and the family doctor will suggest options for care, helping an owner decide on the best therapies for each pet. A fuller range of options is available. While holistic vets prefer a more natural approach, they know that if necessary, conventional therapies can sometimes be an appropriate complement if they follow holistic principles, which means infrequent use of lowdose medications and only when absolutely needed. In general, most conditions can be treated successfully without drug therapy, extending the health and life of the patient and reducing medical costs. Gentler anesthesia means quicker recovery. A naturally balanced and gentler approach means less drugging if anesthesia becomes necessary, close

monitoring of an anesthetized pet, a smooth and quick recovery for prompt discharge from the hospital and natural forms of follow-up treatment to control post-operative pain and inflammation. New hope rises for the hopeless. Many pets are brought to holistic doctors after conventional care has failed to help them. Some have been turned away by practitioners of conventional medicine because their cases are diagnosed as “hopeless”. Holistic vets and pet parents alike experience considerable satisfaction in helping to give a joyful pet a whole new lease on life.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 2 Time with Your Guides – 10am. Instructor: Lisa DeMars, Intuitive Reader, Constellation Facilitator. Use your natural clairsentience (clear knowing) to tap into and better understand your existing guides and how to benefit the most from the services they offer. Instructor available after class for private chakra balancing & intuitive sessions. $20. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. Registration required: 815-307-1180. For more offerings:

SUNDAY, JANUARY 3 A Clean Slate for the New Year: A White Stone Ceremony – 9am & 11am. Led by Lynn Barrette, Licensed Unity Teacher, and Greg Barrette, Senior Minister of Unity Northwest. In this ancient ritual of new beginnings, each person will be given a white stone to signify freedom, then experience a meditation to lead into receiving a word or phrase symbolizing a new start for our new year. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. Burning Bowl Service – 10-11:30am. During this special service take the opportunity to let go of thoughts and patterns which no longer serve us, releasing them to the flame of the burning bowl. This powerful tradition begins the process of changing our subconscious mind to support our intentions for the New Year. Free. Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St, Deerfield. 847-337-3866. Make Your Resolutions a Reality – 1:304:30pm. Presented by Dawna Gutzmann, MD. Make it a great year. Create a vision board and learn to use self-hypnosis to make your dreams a reality. Heartwood Center, 1818 Dempster St, Evanston. Register on the “Events” page:

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 5 Stress, Hormones and Health Seminar – 6:30-8pm. Dr. Kori Feldman will discuss the impact of stress and hormones on health and how to achieve lifelong optimized living. Free. Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, 5101 S Willow Springs Rd, La Grange. Register: 708-340-6184 or

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6 Christmas (Eastern Russian Orthodox) Women’s Networking Group – 11:30am-1pm. 1st Wed. Offered through the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce. Buy own lunch. Location varies around Hoffman Estates. Dr.Kristen@

Go Green Highland Park Meeting – 12:151:30pm. 1st Wed. All are welcome to attend. If you would like to be involved but are unable to attend, email us. Madame ZuZu’s, 582 Roger Williams Ave, Highland Park. More info:

THURSDAY, JANUARY 7 The Magic of Crystals – 5:30pm. Instructor: Kim Grannemann, Intuitive, Artist, Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa Owner. Learn about the magical energy of crystals. Explore their spiritual attributes, wellness lore, and chakra applications for self-healing and empowerment. Extensive crystal collection available for purchase at a 10% discount for attendees. $20. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. Registration required: 815-307-1180. For more offerings: Energy Connectivity: Balancing Family Life – 7-8:30pm. With Jim Lal-Tabak, Health & Wellness Educator. If you feel pain, discomfort, or just feel stuck and unable to improve your life, come experience connectivity and be ready to get into the flow. Jim will demonstrate Healing Spectrums which increases coherence within your physiology, enlivens consciousness, and accelerates your physical and emotional healing process. Free mini-healing demo.  Infinity Foundation, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. Registration required: 847-831-8828 or Free Shiatsu Intro – 7-9:30pm. Learn the fundamental techniques and philosophies of Zen Shiatsu and chat with current students and instructors. Free. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8 Sharing a Meal, Part II – 7-8pm. Presented by Ron Hounsell. In Cooked, Michael Pollan covers cultural, social and health changes in traditions associated with food, among them the loss of acquired wisdom of our elders. Explore the surprising consequences of sharing a meal as found in the thinking of Pollan, Mark Bittman and Edgar Cayce. We will share some food, too. Free; love offering accepted. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. Info & register: 847-299-6535.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 Disgocnah Long Night Moon The Promise Will be Kept with Barbara Marx Hubbard: A Personal Reflection on Scripture through Evolutionary – 9am-3pm. Join renowned author and social innovator, Barbara Marx Hubbard, for a day-long workshop examining several themes of the New Testament as they relate to the key questions of our time. $75 includes lunch. The Well Spirituality Center, 1515 W Ogden Ave, LaGrange Park.  708-482-5048.

Psychic “You” Class – 10am. Also Jan 14, 5:30pm. Instructor: Rebecca Brown, Channeled Medium/ Oracle Card Intuitive. The best way to improve your intuitive skills is to practice with other people. In this intensive class we read from photo images. Learn fast by “seeing” other people “see.” Instructor available after class for private mediumship and oracle card readings. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. Registration required: 815-307-1180. For more offerings: Psychic Holistic Fair – 11am-6pm. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa offers monthly Psychic Holistic Fairs on the 2nd full weekend each month. The majority of our practitioners have been featured on TV, radio, podcasts, magazines and books. Each day of the event has many options and each day the options are different. Our Retail Boutique is open during the event and we also have different Artist Trunk Shows out front each day. First come, first served.  Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. For more offerings: Chicago IANDS Presents: Susan Wiseheart – 2-5pm. Guest speaker: Susan Wiseheart, MS, NCSP, CHt, LMFT, psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, pastlife regressionist, author of  Soul Visioning. There will also be a group guided regression to positive past life memories. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847-251-5758. For more information or to schedule an individual apt: 847-438-7878 or

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 The Goddess Within – 10am. Instructor: Deah Cooney, Shamanic Practitioner/Tarot Card Intuitive. What ancient Goddess are you drawn to? Use your Goddess connection for problem solving and deep inner knowing. Receive tips on clothing styles and accessories to accentuate your special “Goddess Within.” Instructor available after class for private shamanic or tarot card readings.  $25. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. Registration required: 815-307-1180. For more offerings: Psychic Holistic Fair – 11am-4pm. See Jan 9 description. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. For more offerings: Gong Bath – 1-2:15pm. Join Mark Placzkowski on this journey with the sound of the gong which creates deep relaxation, freeing us from the flood of thoughts our mind releases, and stimulates the glandular system to a higher level of functioning. The gong meditation clears the nerve endings and regenerates the parasympathetic system which is ruled by sound. The parasympathetic system sends “relax” messages to all the organs. It regulates the rebuilding functions of the body and it is vital for handling stress. $20/pre-registration, $25/at door. Yin Yang Pilates & Yoga, 111 S Rand Rd, Lake Zurich. 847-719-1800. Seasonal Depression Workshop – 5:30-6:45pm. With Dr. Philippa Norman. Beverly Yoga Center, 1917 W 103rd St, Chicago. Register:

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Muscle Testing (Applied Kinesiology), Intuition and Getting Guidance from the Universe – 6-8pm. This leads you to finding your lessons that you have chosen for this life. Learn 6 ways to muscle test. Learn how to protect yourself from “energy vampires.” $25/$20, 2 CEs. SoderWorld Healing, 16 W 501 Nielson Ln, Willow Brook. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634.

Gyrokinesis® – Thursdays, Jan 14-Feb 18. 1011am. A movement method that gently works your entire body, opens energy pathways, stimulates the nervous system, increases range of motion, and creates functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. Find out about the fundamentals of Gyrokinesis that includes the series of 5 spinal motions while sitting on a chair. $120, $115/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 12 Beginning Zen Shiatsu on a Massage Table – Tuesdays, Jan 12-Mar 15. 11am-2pm. Learn how to give a basic 1-hr shiatsu treatment that you can share with friends and family. Course is a stand-alone offering; also first 30 hrs of our complete shiatsu certification programs. Taught on a massage table and is particularly suited for massage professionals looking to add shiatsu to their table-based practice. $450 plus books. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Green Drinks Libertyville – 6:30pm. 2nd Tues. Like-minded people meet to discuss issues of environmental importance and build awareness. O’Toole’s Pub, 412 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville. For more info: or The Forgiveness Seminar – 7pm. Led by Greg Barrette, minister of Unity Northwest Church. Learn and practice how to forgive when we really may not already know how to do it. Find out the 5 stages of real forgiveness and the 7 myths that must be unlearned. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. Metabolic Makeover Series – Tuesdays, Jan 12Feb 16. 6-wk series focues on tools and techniques to help prevent and manage metabolic syndrome and related chronic conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and weight gain. Areas of focus include understanding your labs, the role of exercise and diet, supplementation and managing stress. $450/series. Raby Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave, Ste 2100, Chicago. 312-276-1212. Winter Foods to Boost Your Metabolism – 7-8pm. With Evey Schweig, Certified Health Coach, AADP. Learn how to keep off extra winter weight and satisfy your cravings. Free. Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Rd, Glencoe. 847-975-7025.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13 Living Well MD Open House – 5:30-7:30pm. Meet Lynne Belsky, MD, and learn more about how a concierge physician model can work for to improve the healthcare experience. Flu shots available for $15 806 Central Ave, Ste 204, Highland Park. RSVP requested: 847-433-2013.

Beginning Zen Shiatsu – Thursdays, Jan 14-Mar 17. 11am-2pm or 7-10pm. Learn to give a basic 1-hr shiatsu treatment that you can share with friends and family. Course is a stand-alone offering; also the first 30 hrs of our complete shiatsu certification programs. $450 plus books. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Releasing Emotional & Physical Chronic Pains: The Miracle of EFT – 1-3pm or 7-9pm. Plus 1/2 price private session, 3-7pm. EFT is a gentle, simple yet very effective tapping procedure, or acupuncture without needles. It works wonders on PTSD, anxiety, fears and other emotional issues. It is also very effective for physical systems, such as back, hips, knee and thyroid issues. Also rashes, cancer, etc. $30. 2CEs. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634. 1/2 Price Private Session: Releasing Emotional & Physical Chronic Pains – 3-7pm. EFT is a gentle, simple yet very effective tapping procedure, or acupuncture without needles. It works wonders on PTSD, anxiety, fears and other emotional issues. It is also very effective for physical systems, such as back, hips, knee and thyroid issues. Also rashes, cancer, etc. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634. Psychic “You” Class – 5:30pm. See Jan 9 listing. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. Registration required: 815-307-1180. For more offerings:

savethedate Reboot Empowerment Series – Jan 14, 21 & 28. 7-9pm. If you have lost sight of your dreams because life got in the way, now you can reboot your body, home life, business, finances and relationships and create a life that you love. Join Dianne Bischoff James and explore the 14 Shortcuts for Happy Living to help you clarify your purpose, rediscover what you truly want and create an action plan for manifesting your true potential. $60/advance, $65/at door. Infinity Foundation, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. Register: 847-831-8828.

Releasing Emotional & Physical Chronic Pains: The Miracle of EFT – 6-8pm. EFT is a gentle, simple yet very effective tapping procedure, or acupuncture without needles. It works wonders on PTSD, anxiety, fears and other emotional issues. It is also very effective for physical systems, such as back, hips, knee and thyroid issues. Also rashes, cancer, etc. $25/$20, 2 CEs. SoderWorld Healing, 16 W 501 Nielson Ln, Willow Brook. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634.



SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 Half Hour to Health – 12:30pm. Also Jan 30. Join licensed chiropractor and energetic wellness expert, Dr. Nick Kuennen, and learn how to fuel your body to reach all of your 2016 health goals. Topics include: weight loss, disease prevention, fighting/beating cancer, improving sleep, increasing energy, and getting off your medications. Free. The Wellness Source, 1245 N Milwaukee Ave, Ste 202B, Glenview. RSVP; space limited: 224-413-3500.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 World Religion Day Silent Retreat and Reflection – 10am-6pm. In a guided, mostly silent retreat format, meditation instructor and integrative psychotherapist, Ellen Katz, will lead you into a gentle day of inner stillness. Discover a sense of internal safety, where you can explore layers of deep relaxation, calm your monkey mind, allow your body to restore itself, and access spontaneous cellular healing. Ends with a group meditation of chanting practice called kirtan with The Bhakti Caravan band. $80, $ 70/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. Working with the Llewellyn Calendar – 2-5pm. With Lin Boffeli, certified hypnotist, Reiki Master, angel intuitive and aromatherapist. Discover personal insights for the coming year and what the symbols mean. Learn how to use the calendar to make life go more smoothly. The A.R.E. will order calendars on Jan 6, at $14.95 plus tax. $45, $35/A.R.E. members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. Info & register: 847-299-6535. Fireside Chat: Energy for the New Year – 3-4pm. With Dr. Philippa Norman. 5 ways to overcome fatigue. $15. Healing House, 11840 S Western Ave, Chicago. Register:

MONDAY, JANUARY 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Lecture: “Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path” – 7pm. An introduction to the teaching of Bruno Groening. All are welcome. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. The Dance Building, 1330 Webford Ave,  Des Plaines. Info, Debbie: 773-775-8855. Breathing and Meditation – 7-8pm. Discussion and practicum with Jerry Gore, MD. Find out how to breathe and meditate to wind down your nervous system and achieved profound relaxation. Detox from mental negativity and patterns of bad thoughts. Promote self-change and learn how to rid your life of bad habits. Connect to you intuition and answer important questions about your life. Free. Center for Holistic Medicine, 240 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods/Deerfield. RSVP: 847-236-1701. Living Green – 7-8:30pm. This eco-spirituality group provides an opportunity to be in community while each of us endeavors to live more lightly and lovingly on Earth. Meeting once a month via video conference from Jan through May, we’ll study one eco-spirituality practice each month. $75. Learn more, The Well Spirituality Center:

TUESDAY, JANUARY 19 Lunchtime Meditation – 12-1pm. 3rd Tues. In our extremely fast-paced world, it is easy to forget to connect to ourselves and take the much needed breaks to quiet our minds. Take this time to breathe deep and reconnect with the inner calm that sustains us. Free. Raby Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave, Ste 2100, Chicago. 312-276-1212. Tales from the Museum Bird Crypt – 7pm. Each of the 500,000+ specimens in the Field Museum Bird Collection tells a story. The museum’s Josh Engel will share some of them: from specimens collected by Nathan Leopold and their link to the infamous Leopold & Loeb murder, to the pelican that was recently killed by the fish it was trying to eat. He will also discuss some of the rare birds that have crashed into Chicago’s skyscrapers and research into birds killed by window strikes. Free. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park. For more info & complete schedule, Rena Cohen: 847-831-0331.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20 UFOs, Crop Circles, St. Malachy – 6:30-8:30pm. The Catholic Saint, St. Malachy’s prophecy that this is the Last Pope, Jesus, Maitreya, Save our Planet. The coming financial crisis. Are these all related? Not a recruitment-type meeting, but interesting presentation, discussion and numerous handouts. Free. Garrett Wellness, 3020 N Kimball, Chicago. 708-955-3634. Wellness Wednesday Institute – 6:45-8pm. 3rd Wed. Class explores the 5 brain wave frequencies, how they affect the body, mind and spirit, and various vibration meditations to bring you back into equilibrium. Explore, awaken and journey toward a healthier life and environment. Learn how to manifest an abundant, boundless life of love, peace and happiness by shifting your frequency. $25. Awaken Your Spirit & Embrace Your Journey, 319b Harrison St, Oak Park. To register: 312-720-2638,

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21 Zero Balancing I – 9am-5pm. With Sheila McCarthy-Daskovsky. Zero Balancing is a bodymind therapy that uses skilled touch to balance the relationship between body energy and structure to amplify wellness. Learn to work with both structure and energy consciously and simultaneously to identify and touch the energy movement in bone and joints. $795. Zero Balancing Wellness Center, 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette. 847-920-9292. Hypnotherapy Certification Training – Jan 21-23. 11:45am-8pm. 3-day certification training. Hypnosis remains the most powerful means of affecting personal development. Learn to induce trance in others plus self-hypnosis. Create suggestions for positive change. Profoundly useful in stopping fear, anxiety, bad habits. Speed healing. Register early and save $200; $795. Fairfield Inn Downtown, 316 E Ontario, Chicago. 312-854-2270.

Enlightened Balance Community Meetup – 5-7pm. Friendly community time; sharing ideas in a casual talking circle, spontaneous activities and generally getting to know one another in the beautiful ambience of Enlightened Balance. Retail shopping and private sessions available. Donations appreciated. RSVP preferred; drop-ins welcome. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-3071180. For more offerings: Breakthrough to Success – 7pm. Attend a live demonstration of a revolutionary method that activates the most evolved part of your brain, Higher Brain Living. Learn to develop this dormant potential within you to breakthrough obstacles and create degrees of success that you never dreamed possible. 5225 Old Orchard Rd, Ste 36, Skokie. Register on the “Events” page:

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 23 Insight 2016 Health Expo – 11am-2pm. EVENT CHANGED TO JAN 30. Hosted by The Wellness Source. Shop community vendors including Young Living Essential Oils, Eco Gym, Personal trainers, personal health coach, crystals, Vitamix presentation, intuitive energy readers and enter to win raffles, including a free chiropractic exam and more. Includes complimentary Insight Stress Test, NeuralTherm heart-rate variability scan, and Core Score (measuring your body’s ability to respond to stress. Admission free. The Wellness Source, 1245 N Milwaukee Ave, Ste 202B, Glen-view. 224-413-3500. Lecture: “Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path” – 1pm. An introduction to the teaching of Bruno Groening. All are welcome. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. Friends Center, 1212 Vinewood Ave, Willow Springs. Info, Debbie: 773-775-8855.

MONDAY, JANUARY 25 Health and Wellness Coaching Program – 5:309:10pm. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to develop health coaching programs for individuals and groups, guide and empower people in changing lifestyles and behaviors so that health and wellness is promoted in their life and aid people in prevention and maintenance of chronic disease. $2,150. 55 E Jackson Blvd, Chicago. 312-878-4636.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 26 Love Code Webinar – Glow from within. An essential component for healing thyself. To register:

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All about Greens – 7-8pm. With Bill Shores, Garden consultant and manager for Chef Rick Bayless. Find out the secrets to growing greens and micro-greens year round. Free. Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Rd, Glencoe. 847-975-7025. Homeopathy for Stress Anxiety and Depression – 7-8pm. Learn how remedies made from plants and minerals, are a safe medicine for children adults and the elderly. They are effective, inexpensive, and have very few side effects. Real case examples discussed to show how children and adults have improved their feelings of stress, anxiety and depression and have often been able to reduce or let go of their traditional medicine as a result. With Olga Saletsky. Free. Center for Holistic Medicine, 240 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods/Deerfield. RSVP: 847-236-1701.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 28 The Magical Mandala – 5:30pm. Instructor: Rebecca Brown, Channeled Medium/Oracle Card Intuitive, author and artist. Make a Mandala that tells the story of your unfolding path. In this relaxing class, color or paint this original mandala created for you and take home a pretty piece of art that we are going to energize together for your highest good. Instructor available before and after class for private mediumship and oracle card readings. $35. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. Registration required: 815-307-1180. For more offerings:  Happy Hormones – 6-6:45pm. Balance Chiropractic & Wellness, 2500 W Higgins Rd, Ste 420, Hoffman Estates. To register:


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Stress, Hormones and Health Seminar – 6:30-8pm. Dr. Kori Feldman will discuss the impact of stress and hormones on health and how to achieve lifelong optimized living. Free. Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, 5101 S Willow Springs Rd, La Grange. Register: 708-340-6184 or

FRIDAY, JANUARY 29 NLP Certification Training – 11:45am-8pm. Awaken your inner power. Rewire negative programming, feelings, habits into greater capabilities. Heighten creativity, problem-solving abilities. Advance interpersonal communications. Master body language to be more persuasive. Deepen change making it longer-lasting, faster plus more effective. 9 intensive days. Register today and save $400. $2,990. Level, 318 W Adams, Chicago. 312-854-2270. Chinese New Year Celebration – 6-9pm. Join Laurie Pawli for the 5th annual Chinese New Year Party with a full Chinese dinner, door prizes and information on the Year of the Monkey. Gifts boxes with over $10 worth of product will be given for each RSVP. $33.30 early registration by  Jan 18  (Save $4.59); $37.89 after  Jan 19. Yu’s Mandarin Restaurant, 665 Pasquinelli, Westmont. Info:  Reservations required:

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Lecture: “Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path” – 7pm. An introduction to the teaching of Bruno Groening. All are welcome. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. Lincolnwood Place, 7000 N McCormick Blvd, Lincolnwood. Info, Debbie: 773-775-8855.


savethedate Life Reboot Intensive Workshop: Are You Living You? – 9:30am-4pm. Join Dianne Bischoff James and experience the truth and power of living your highest radiant self. Explore the essentials for creating fulfillment along with a wealth of information, dynamic exercise and hands-on practices for rediscovering your true authenticity and achieving the highest possible success in your passionate interests, business, relationships and in all areas of life.  $99/advance, $110/at door. A signed copy of The Real Brass Ring included. The Present Moment at Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W Church St, Libertyville. Register: Half Hour to Health – 12:30pm. See Jan 16 listing. The Wellness Source, 1245 N Milwaukee Ave, Ste 202B, Glenview. RSVP; space limited: 224-413-3500. Energy Belly Dance – 1-2pm. With Linda Roberts of Whispers of Love. Body & Brain Yoga, 1947 Cherry, Northbrook. 312-231-5607. Healing Drum Circle – 7-8pm. With Linda Roberts of Whispers of Love. Body & Brain Yoga, 1947 Cherry, Northbrook. 312-231-5607.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 31 Feng Shui in a Day Class – 9:30am-5pm. Learn how to shift the energy in your home immediately with this hands-on experience. Bring your floor plan to this fun and eye opening class, and Laurie Pawli will help you identify the 9 areas of your home and life including wealth, career, relationship based on



the front door of your home. $108. Clubhouse Inn and Suties, 630 Pasquinelli, Westmont. To register: Fireside Chat: Anti-inflammatory Diet – 3-4pm. With Dr. Philippa Norman. 10 ways to reduce inflammation and promote brain health. $15. Healing House, 11840 S Western Ave, Chicago. Register: Contending with “Ain’t It Awful” – 3-5pm. With Ron Hounsell. People who play “Ain’t It Awful,” drain our energy and set a negative tone. Cayce offers many suggestions for protecting ourselves and repelling these “buzz kill” onslaughts. Discover tactics and methods for everything from transforming the practice to completely eliminating the source of the problem, and growing in the process. Free, love offering accepted. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. Info & register: 847-299-6535.

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 2 Malcolm Smith, International Healer – Feb 2-4. By appt. For more than 35 years, Malcolm has used his gift to relieve the pain, disease and suffering, restoring sight and hearing, curing “incurable” diseases including cancer, and changing hundreds of lives. The list of problems presented to Malcolm includes virtually every physical, emotional, mental and spiritual condition a person could suffer. $90/30min private sessions; some remote sessions available. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. To schedule: 847-299-6535.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Clinical Aromatherapy – 10am. This course provides a strong foundation and working knowledge of the therapeutic use of 15 essential oils. This is a continuing education course for licensed massage therapists. $149 if paid by Feb 19. 55 E Jackson Blvd, Chicago. 312-878-4636.

savethedate SATURDAY, MARCH 5 2015 Body Mind Spirit Expo – March 5 & 6. 10am-7pm, Sat; 10am-6pm, Sun. The expo brings to life a positive, healing environment. Includes presentations, more than 100 exhibitors and live entertainment. $12 weekend admission; free parking. Midwest Conference Center, 401 W Lake St, Northlake. For more info: 541-482-3722 x 1 or 2.

SUNDAY, MARCH 13 Going Green Matters Community Environmental Fair – 12-5pm. 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. Recycling & exhibit details:

THURSDAY, MARCH 24 Good Food Festival & Conference – Mar 24-26. 8:30am-6pm, Thurs & Fri; 10am5pm, Sat. Greet spring and celebrate our region’s growing local food community. The 12th 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. Sat Festival: $10/advance, $15/at door. Additional workshop and trade days range from $45-$250 in advance. UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago. To learn more:

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ongoing daily all month 15% Off Supplements – Thru Jan. During a visit with naturopathic doctor, Dr. Arutcheva, receive 15% off on all supplements offered at Antalee. Dr. Arutcheva can guide you towards choosing which supplements can be the most beneficial in order to improve your overall health. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $45 Mani/Pedi with Hand Treatment – Thru Jan. 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. As a bonus, get your hands further treated and nourished with our special hydrating hand treatment. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $60 Swedish Massage with Hand Treatment – Thru Jan. Experience the classic form of full-body soft tissue massage. Excellent for first-time clients. In addition, massage therapists will help to heal the effects of the dry and cold Chicago weather, by exfoliating and hydrating your hands. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $155 90-Minute Massage & Organic Deep Cleansing Facial – Thru Jan. Choose among the variety of 90-min massages, such as: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, and Prenatal (recommended only for maximum of 60 mins, but can be combined with Cranial-Sacral Therapy for the additional 30 mins). Can also choose Hot Stone massage, which has an additional fee of $10. In addition to a relaxing massage, enjoy Antalee’s Organic Deep Cleansing Facial. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. College Prep the Aryuvedic Way – Be prepared to live and take ownership of your new environment with balance and routine. Loribeth Cohen, PT and Aryuvedic Practitioner, will be helping to prepare high school students for this very important transition. Classes forming now. Groups of 3-4. re:fit, 901 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-657-0881. Complimentary Anti-Aging Consultation and Skin Analysis – With Dr. Promila Banerjee. Learn about the new revolutionary Scition® Dual Wavelength, most advanced FDA-approved hybrid laser along with Broadband Light. Zero downtime. Halo Laser & Aesthetic Medicine, Waukegan Rd, Northfield. 847-260-7300. Dental Discount Plan – Allows patients without dental insurance to receive quality dental care at affordable prices. Gaiamed is offering free tooth whitening to each enrolled adult. Gaiamed Dental Spa, 929 Ridge Rd, Wilmette. For details & appt: 847-977-1655 or

Dental Discounts for Family Budget Relief – Thru Jan 31. Save 30% on restorative care, 20% off preventive care, 20% off spa services and 10% off braces. Cannot be used with other offers, retail products or implants. Gaiamed Dental Spa, 929 Ridge Rd, Wilmette. For details & appt: 847-977-1655 or

Abundant Life Spiritual Center Sunday Service – 10-11:10am. Imagine living your life fearlessly and powerfully, true to yourself in your work and relationships. You are the creator of your wonderful life; no longer a victim of circumstances like time, finances, a diagnosis or anything else. That is what we are about. Free. Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St, Deerfield. 847-337-3866.

Free 15-Minute Phone Consultation for Health and Success – Discover how you can achieve ultimate happiness and health with InteriorWerx. Clear emotional and energetic abnormalities that cause dis-ease, such as anxiety, pain, sadness, discomfort, allergies, recurring physical injury and more. There is immediate relief from symptoms, bringing health back to true form. Free. 312-479-7893.

Meditations for Mindful Living – 10-11:30am. Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible. Learn modern Buddhist teachings to enrich your daily life, improve your relationships and create well-being for yourself and others. Free. Vajrayana Kadampa Buddhist Center, 13 Harrison St, Oak Park.

Free Eye or Feet Treatment with Any Facial at Regular Price – Thru Jan. Choose between the variety of facials we offer, including; Organic Deep Cleansing Facial, Antalee’s “with the season” Spa Facial, European Refresher (mini) Facial, Gentleman’s Grooming Facial, Anti-Aging Facial, Peel, Teenage Facial, Ultra Sonic Facial, Relaxing Back Facial, Microdermabrasion, or Chinese Cupping Facial. Along with your facial, receive a complementary treatment of your choice, either, eye or feet treatment. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Free Glycolic Facial Peel – Thru Jan 31. Make your appointment during the month of Janu for a future teeth cleaning and receive the gift of a free in-office 70% glycolic facial peel. Perfect to soothe winter skin. Gaiamed Dental Spa, 929 Ridge Rd, Wilmette. For details & appt: 847-977-1655 or The Grief Recovery Method® Outreach Program – Groups forming. The action program for emotionally moving beyond death, divorce and 42 other losses. People say you have to let go and move on in your life, but they don’t tell you what you need to do to accomplish that. Highland Park. Register & more info: 847-373-7456  or

sunday Wise Aging 6-Wk Peer Group – Group forming. With trained facilitator and Jewish cantor Lynda Hope Dresher says. The Wise Aging program provides new resources and support to live the later years with spirit, resilience and wisdom. Highland Park. Register & more info: 847-373-7456 or Celebration Service – 10am. A dynamic, conscious community rooted in universal spiritual principles. Music, inspiring message and a loving community. Childcare provided for birth-4; youth programming for 5-18. Awaken your inherent power and purpose through unconditional love, creativity and conscious community. Bodhi Spiritual Center, 2746 N Magnolia Ave, Chicago.  773-248-5683.

Sacred Feminine Support Group – 10-11:30am. Through study and ritual we learn the impact of the Divine Feminine and how much her wisdom, healing is needed. Through supporting and sharing our intuitive wisdom, authentic greatness, healing powers, we manifest beauty, harmony. Join our support group honoring the Sacred Feminine; become the Feminine Divine. Women’s Wisdom, The Dance Building, 1330 Webford, Des Plaines. 847-258-7225. Endless Waves: 5Rhythms Movement Practice – 11am-1pm. Using the 5Rhythms movement practice, we move and dance to discover and be with our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual states of being. $20/class; $180/10-class pass. 4146 N Elston, Chicago. 815-788-8553. Out Chicago Radio Program – 11am-1pm. The only local and live LGBT radio show in the Chicago Metro Area. Out Chicago is an outstanding new show about LGBT life, current events and civil rights hosted by Scott Duff, a Chicago-based actor, comedian, theatre educator and activist. On WCPTAM 820, WCPT-FM 92.7 (North), WCPY-FM 92.5 (West), and WCPQ-FM 99.9 (South). Call-in: 773-763-WCPT. Client’s Day – 12-2pm. Appointment required. Free skin evaluation and professional advice for each specific skin type as well as a free 5-minute face lift. Cutesy Body Inc, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 105, Wheeling. 847-777-9757. 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. Community Tai Chi/DahnMuDo Class – 2-3pm. Gentle but powerful movements that strengthen muscles and joints, improves your blood and energy circulation, correct skeletal imbalances, plus enhance your focus, concentration and confidence. Based on the Korean healing martial art, DahnMuDo (the way of limitless energy). Free or donation.  Donations go to nonprofit Earth Citizens Organization for Heroes Leadership Program. Orland Park Body & Brain Center, 9204 W 159th St, Orland Park. RSVP: 708-226-0245 or

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Tai Chi Class – 8:15pm. Also Sat, 9am. 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.

monday Archangel Michael Monday – Receive a Saint Michael Angel card reading. Session is done with Doreen virtue Archangel Michael cards. During a reading expect to receive guidance answers and communication with Archangel Michael. Book appointment now and receive your special message from Archangel Michael. Little Purple House, 20406 Rand Rd, Kildeer. Call or text 847-764-2700. 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.

Medium Monday – 11am-7pm. $50 medium readings with a complementary free clear quartz crystal. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. Call or text 847-564-6159. Reiki Session in Salt Relaxation Room – 4-7pm. Reiki is a gentle, energy balancing system that induces a state of peace and joy. Reiki mainly focuses on the subtler levels of being, emotional and spiritual aspects, but can bring deep healing and balancing to the physical body. $25. SoWell/Solay, 4819 Main St, Skokie. Appt required: 847-676-5571. 50/50 Class: Zumba and POUND – 6:30-7:30pm. Aliza Mor, nationally certified instructor for over 5 years, will get the party started with 30 mins of Zumba followed by 30 mins of POUND (weighted drum sticks are used for a cardio/strength workout). Beginners are very welcome and no judgment is allowed here. Tash Fitness, 8816 N Bronx Ave, Skokie. Registration required: 847-379-5777.

wednesday tuesday Palmistry Tuesday – 9am-7pm. $20 special. Little Purple House, 20406 Rand Rd, Kildeer. Call or text 847-764-2700. Nia: Holistic Fitness – 9:30-10:30am. Also Thursdays. Nia tunes your mind and tones your body. Develop flexibility, agility, mobility, strength and stability in your body. Nia combines the principles of yoga, modern dance, and martial arts to achieve profound results with cardio exercise that embraces all ages, all abilities. Practiced barefoot. Bring a mat for floor work. Led by Aliess Kime, Certified Nia Teacher. $14/drop-in. Raydiant Day Center, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. Register: Exploring Meditation with Rev. Darrell Jones – 10-11am & 6-7pm. Visioning is a meditation practice much like brainstorming, however, instead of attempting to “think up” ideas, the practice is to sit in meditation and listen for the ideas that life is attempting to create through our individual and collective experiences. $15. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000. Complimentary Fitness Assessment – 10am-3pm. Personal trainer will evaluate your fitness level and recommend appropriate exercise ($80 value). $20. Personal Fitness Training, Ltd, 350 Linden Ave, Wilmette. 847-251-6834. Near Infrared Salt Sauna – 11:30am-7pm. Infrared sauna detoxification is a gradual, gentle and safe approach in cleansing the whole body and is the most effective Detox. $10. SoWell/Solay, 4819 Main St, Skokie. Appt required: 847-676-5571. Salt Relaxation Room – 11:30am-7pm. Himalayan salt used in our salt room is mineral rich, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antimicrobial, providing an environment where sitting and breathing delivers multiple benefits to the health of your respiratory system, skin and emotional well-being. $10. SoWell/Solay, 4819 Main St, Skokie. Appt required: 847-676-5571. Community Acupuncture – 1-2pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Shiatsu Student Clinic – 7 or 8pm. Also Fri, 11am or 12pm. Clients receive a 45-min session from an advanced Zen Shiatsu student. Sessions are performed in a group setting with instructor observation. $35/45-min or $90/3 treatments. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130.



Reiki Wednesday – $55/60-min healings. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. Call or text 847-564-6159. Wellness Wednesdays – Your choice of Oxygenated Rife Lymphatic Detox, MediCupping or Raindrop Technique. $40. 150 E Cook Ave, Ste 101, Libertyville. For appt, Teresa: 224-888-1170 or 561-881-4321. 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. Acupuncture – 3:30-6:30pm. Acupuncture can relieve pain, improve sleep, digestion and emotional well-being plus support and strengthen the immune system. Acupuncture needles inserted at specific points along the meridians unblock obstructions and restore balance. $25. SoWell/Solay, 4819 Main St, Skokie. Appt required: 847-676-5571. Midweek Grace – 7-8pm. Experience community spiritual practice to support calm, peace and purpose throughout your week. Bodhi Spiritual Center, 2746 N Magnolia Ave, Chicago.  773-248-5683. Find Peace and Happiness from Within – 7-8:30pm. Modern Buddhist teachings. Learn ways to enrich your daily life, improve your relationships and find lasting happiness. Everyone welcome. Also Thursdays at Oak Park location. $10. Vajrayana Kadampa Buddhist Center, 2010 W Pierce St, Chicago. Open Floor Movement Practice – 7:30-9:15pm. Practice allows us to explore our 4 levels of embodiment, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual, and how they relate to the 4 hungers of relationship, the relationship to self, to another, to community, to spirit. $20/class; $180/10-class pass. 4146 N Elston, Chicago. 815-788-8553.

Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – 8-9:30pm. Instructor: Guru Nischan. Kundalini Yoga is a powerful way to cut through subconscious programming and clear the psyche. It offers a fast reset of the nervous system and adjustment of the glandular system to give you luster, shine and a healthy glow. $17/drop in; member discounts available. Mosksha Riverwest, 700 N Carpenter St, Chicago. 312-942-9642.

thursday Community Acupuncture – 1-2pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Meditation Thursdays at the Center, Rosley’s Rocks and Gems – 6:30-7:30pm. Join us for our weekly night of centering. Meditation guided then silent; all levels welcome, and all questions welcome. Free. 4344 N Western Ave, Chicago. 773-561-7200. Easy Detoxification for Main Organs: Auricular Acupuncture Protocol – 7-8pm. Acudetox involves placement of five, small, disposable, steel needles in specific sites on each ear of an undergoing treatment. Quiet group setting for 45 mins. Free; love donations welcomed. SunGates Center, 395 Dundee Rd, Ste 500, Wheeling. 847-345-0988.

friday Psychic and Tarot Card Readings – Fri-Sun. 22 yrs experience. Reveals past present and future with pinpoint accuracy. $30 special. Little Purple House, 20406 Rand Rd, Kildeer. Call or text 847-764-2700. Healing Friday with Archangel Raphael – 9am7pm. Receive a Saint Raphael Archangel reading providing answers guarding and healing in all areas of life love physical emotional and spiritual healing etc. $60/60 mins. Little Purple House, 20406 Rand Rd, Kildeer. Call or text 847-764-2700. Shiatsu Student Clinic – 11am or 12pm. See Tues listing. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Chakra Friday – 11am-7pm. A full chakra evaluation along with a chakra balance. $70/60-min. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. Call or text 847-564-6159.

saturday Angel Weekend – Sat & Sun. Indulge in an angel reading allowing your archangels to guide and lead your path. $40 angel readings with unlimited time. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. Call or text 847-564-6159.


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

CPAP/BIPAP supplies – At little or no cost from Allied Medical Supply Network! Fresh supplies delivered right to your door. Insurance may cover all costs. 800-969-7083.

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

AURA PHOTOGRAPHY ENERGETIC SELFIE ­– See your inner self and access the valuable information it provides. Get a “Soul Portrait,” a lovely, more in-depth aura photo which captures your true essence. If you already have a photo, we will do a comparison analysis. Dianne Reddington: 847-981-1974.

classes and workshops BECOME A LICENSED TEACHER IN LOUISE HAY’S PHILOSOPHY – Complete manuals and materials provided plus extensive follow-up. Cost includes hotel lodging in San Diego and meals. This training is approved by Louise and authorized by Hay House. April 16-23. HealYourLifeTraining. com/Teacher-Training.

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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.

help wanted/hiring ARE YOU HIRING IN 2016? – Your listing can be here. Call 847-858-3697 or submit online at Submit. Relationship Management/Sales CITY OF CHICAGO and SOUTH SUBURBS – Excellent opportunity for flexible part-time work with great rewards. Natural Awakenings Chicago is seeking a self-motivated professional with strong interpersonal and communication skills to introduce businesses to the benefits of advertising to our community in print and online. Ideal candidate must be self-motivated, organized and creative in sourcing suitable clients and events to target in Chicago and suburbs. You must enjoy conversing on the phone and hosting face-to-face meetings, as well as enjoy working both from your home and from the road throughout the metropolitan area, and have previous relationship-based ad sales experience. You’ll need at least 20 flexible daytime hours per week to prosper. Occasional weekend and evening time required to attend events and network. Pay is generous commission, plus bonuses. Email your name, a brief description of your experience and your phone number to

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

Mighty House Radio Program – 8-11am. Funny, friendly experts with answers and ideas to help with all of your home improvement projects. Join Ron Cowgill, Robbie Ehrhardt, Rich Cowgill and the Mighty House team each Saturday morning to get help with all your home improvement and repair issues. On WCPT-AM 820, WCPTFM 92.7 (North), WCPY-FM 92.5 (West), and WCPQ-FM 99.9 (South). Call-in: 773-763-WCPT. Tai Chi Class – 9am. See Tues listing. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929. Tarot Readings with Rita – 10am-2pm. Looking for guidance through life’s challenges? We can use the cards to help you use your intuition and higher consciousness to navigate towards your highest good. Free tea or coffee. $20. INSIDE, 1241 N Green St, McHenry. 815-245-9673.

Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Nirvana Teacher Training – 11:30am-5:30pm. Yearlong 200-hr teacher training. Also meets Fri evenings. Study with teachers that have 30 years’ experience of yoga. Learning all you need to know to be the teacher that can change people’s lives. $1,800. Nirvana Yoga Studio, 232 E Main St, Barrington. 847-277-1333. Vet Talk Radio Program – 6-7pm. Program hosted by U.S. Marine Corps Vet Antonio Correa and Fred Newson of the U.S. Navy. Both men have lived the life of a military man, and now they are working to give a voice to the veterans. Gain a new perspective on the issues facing veterans today. On WCPT-AM 820, WCPT-FM 92.7 (North), WCPYFM 92.5 (West), and WCPQ-FM 99.9 (South).

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

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

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

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

1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook 60062 847-508-1470 Trained in both Western and Oriental Medicine, I use acupuncture and a dietary approach along with herbal remedies to resolve musculoskeletal pain, internal medicine health issues, insomnia, anxiety and women’s health. Schedule your initial appointment on to find out if acupuncture can help you. Get a healthier and alternative approach to your chronic health conditions. See ad on page 33.

aging mindfully CANTOR LYNDA DRESHER Highwood 60040 847-373-7456

Are you living a joyful and purposeful life? Or, are you feeling sad and worried as you approach your retirement years. Discover how you can turn aging into saging. Learn how to live with loss, change and death, cultivate wisdom and leave a legacy. Join a Wise Aging group today. All faiths are welcome.

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.




Intuitive Resources 650 Meacham, Elk Grove 60007 Call or text: 847-564-6159 Over 17 years experience in mastering the art of Angel healing and readings. Call or text today and receive angelic answers and guidance.

animal communication Whispers of Love

Linda Roberts 312-231-5607 Helping people and animals to heal their past, present, and to live healthy lives is Linda’s passion. Animal Communication provides assistsance 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. See ad on page 52.

bodywork Roth Structural Integration

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


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

Zero Balancing Wellness Center

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

brain health 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!

chiropractic Natural Solutions 10 W Phillip Rd, Ste 114 Vernon Hills 60061

Licensed dietitian and chiropractic physician Dr. Graef offers nutrition and chiropractic care. Chiropractic care can include; adjustments, physical therapy, myofascial therapy, or acupuncture. Nutrition consults are individualized and have a special focus to decrease the impact of chronic disease or can be used for weight loss. Insurance accepted for both services.  

coaching & counseling David Scott Bartky

Certified Law of Attraction Life Coach “Phone Coaching At Its Best” 973-444-7301 The Law of Attraction is always operating in your life. Are you using it to attract what you want? I will teach you processes and techniques so you’ll not only start to attract what you want (a relationship, more money, more clients, etc.), you’ll also become more excited about life.


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

Live an Illuminated Life Sister Goddess GuruNischan 312-671-0466

Taking the complexity out of enlightenment, meditation, yoga, LIFE, and leaving all of the best and most Luminous stuff. The stuff that turns you on, when life shuts you off. The stuff that reclaims you, reveals you, and courses electricity through your Soul. Call for a FREE TurnOn Session and let’s Light Your World Up!

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.

colon hydrotherapy Wendy Beyer

Chicago Colon Hydrotherapy 837 W Sheridan Rd, Chicago 773-878-8800 A colon hyrotherapist for over 20 years, Wendy Beyer has helped thousands heal their digestive issues. Incorporating her particular blend of nurturing safety and down to earth humor along with her vast knowledge of anatomy, nutrition and detoxification., she will help customize a plan to get things moving in a relaxing art filled setting.


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

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Chi Balancing Center


4344 N Western Ave, Chicago 60618 773-561-7200 • Join us at our new location, The Center, where we offer the widest selection of chakra healing stones, rough crystals, collectors’ pieces and specialty items. Come meditate in the crystal skull room, relax and heal on our new Amethyst Biomat™, and see our skilled and professional readers and healers.

Located in Art of Natural Healing 7773 Lake St, River Forest 60305 708-366-8002

Reiki Master David Riddle has used the Akashic Records in his energy work sessions since 1998. In Akashic EnergyworkSM, David connects the energy body held within the Akashic Records to the individual using hands on healing. This brings energy to the client for health, happiness and karmic relief.

Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa

digestive health specialist NUTRITIONAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS

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

EFT (emotional freedom techniques)

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

Offers a wide range of relaxing body balancing sessions daily. Practitioners combine sight, sound, aroma and positive white light energy to enhance your joyful self-healing of desired results. Services include Reiki, Reflexology, Sound Immersion Sessions, Guided Manifestation Meditations, Chakra Balancing/Aligning/Clearing, Aura Assessment/ Protection/Repair, Shamanic Sessions, Vivaxis Cord Cutting Release, Aura Photography, Amethyst Tourmaline BioMat Sessions and more. Call for today’s offerings. Appointments recommended but walk-ins welcomed.


Nancy Bernard CCH, RYT, Holistic Healer Chuck Solomonson LCSW, Psychotherapist Grayslake • 847-722-9243


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

Nurturing the Mind, Body, Emotions and Spirit as a Whole. Holistic and Psychotherapeutic techniques designed to Overcome the Obstacles that limit experiencing the richness of life. Live empowered, enriched, joyful and Innerly Peaceful. Chakra Balancing, Reiki, Heart Loving Yoga, EFT, Shamanic Healing, EMDR Trauma Therapy, Talk Therapy. &

essential oils

energetic family wellness

DoTERRA Essential Oils Allison Lutze


The Wellness Source 1245 N Milwaukee Ave, Ste 202B, Glenview 60025 (Across from ABT) 224-413-3500 • We offer an effective, holistic wellness approach that is the only one in the entire Chicagoland area. The difference lies with the BioModulator that delivers healing bioenergy and corrective chiropractic techniques, neuro-muscular release techniques, nutrition recommendations, acupuncture meridian lines, digital X-rays, orthopedic and neurological testing, emotional releasing and essential oils. We ensure results with our approach. See ad on page 7.

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

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YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Karen Duewel 847-772-0212

Young Living oils and supplements with natural plant extracts can support women’s health throughout the various phases of life; providing temporary relief from cramps, nausea, hot flashes and emotional swings. For daily challenges, consider lavender or Stress Away to relieve daily stress, encourage relaxation and reduce nervous tension.  Enjoy life naturally. See ad on page 29.

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

Offers monthly Psychic Holistic Fairs on the 2nd full weekend each month. The majority of our gifted practitioners have been recognized on TV, radio, podcasts, magazines and/or books for their work. First come, first served basis, starting Sat/Sun at 11am. Doors open 9am for retail purchase and waitlist. Event kicks off on Sat with Psychic “You” class, 10 am (registration required; $25). Sunday starts with The Goddess Within class, 10 am (registration required; $25). 2016 Fairs include: Jan 9-10, Feb 13-14, Mar 12-13, Apr 9-10, May 14-15, June 11-12.


The Feng Shui School of Chicago

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

green real estate KATIE HAUSER

Baird & Warner Green Broker 847-212-5214 I understand that heating, cooling, energy efficiency and commuting distance are important to your home buying and remodeling decisions. As a NAR Green Broker, I’ll help you find the dream home that meets your sustainable lifestyle. Working together, we’ll locate the best resources to make green improvements and sustainable renovations.



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


Reverend, Reiki Master Teacher, CCMBA Teacher, Hands on Healing Covering McHenry & Woodstock Lake Geneva, WI 262-745-4345 Offering a number of healing modalities. Testing for what protocol is required for healing at a Cellular Morphogenic, DNA level. Heal the emotional, mental and spiritual body, and the physical body can heal. Reiki, Crystal Reiki, CCMBA/CCSMC, Meridian, Aura and Chakra Clearing, Past Life Therapy, Emotional Release and more.

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

Holistic Dentistry Chicago


Teri Dreher, RN, CCRN, iRNPA 847-612-6684

Are you lost, frustrated or confused about modern healthcare options? We can help! Our professional advocates research traditional and integrative healthcare options, negotiate medical billing, research insurance options, provide quality referrals and professional in-hospital/nursing home advocacy and develop personalized nutrition plans. Call today for free 30-min consultation.

feng shui Laurie Pawli, Certified Feng Shui Consultant

K. BOEHM, DDS, & Associates

holistic dentistry DR. ALLA AVER, DDS

2400 Ravine Way, Suite 400, Glenview 60025 847-998-5100 • Stay healthy with a whole-body, preventative care approach. We use non-fluoridated ozonated water, periodontal herbal treatments, and gluten-free herbal paste. Restorative options include: safe amalgam removal, BPA-free fillings and sealants, non-metal crowns and bridges, sleep apnea and TMJ appliances, and non-acrylic night guards, partials and dentures. Our conservative approach includes: digital X-rays and intraoral camera, nonsurgical 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 21.

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.

TAF G. PAULSON, D.D.S., P.C. 233 E Erie St, Ste 816, Chicago 60611 312-944-7444

We offer gentle holistic dentistry that supports vibrant well-being in a caring and peaceful environment. Our Conscious Care includes mercury-free fillings; non-surgical periodontal therapy; digital X-rays; safe, biocompatible materials; bacterial analysis using a microscope; dental homeopathy and nutritional counseling. We guide you to dental wellness thorough education. Free indoor parking. See ad on page 13.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Andie T. Pearson

Gaiamed Dental 929 Ridge Rd, Wilmette 847-977-1655 Holistic dentistry involves an awareness of care that relates to the entire person. Gaiamed is a full-service practice using the most biocompatible dental options. Our services range from nonsurgical gum care to mercury-and-PBA-free restorations, crowns, bridges, partial and full dentures, children’s dentistry, braces, implants, dental homeopathy, and craniosacral therapy. See ad on page 5.

riverwoods smiles

2035 N Milwaukee Ave, Riverwoods/Deerfield 60015 847-947-8622 Dr. Rasekh’s practice philosophy emphasizes education, prevention and minimally invasive dentistry. Enter our modern and calming dental facility, allow the ambiance to put you at ease, and be certain that excellent care awaits you. We offer, digital X-rays, biocompatible materials, mercury- and metal-free restorations, children’s dentistry and smile design and analysis. See ad on page 23.


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

holistic health practitioner Alive AND WELL NATURALLY

Teresa Lopez, LPN 150 E Cook Ave, Libertyville 60048 224-888-1170 • Feel better this fall! We offer lymphatic detoxification with oxygenation to restore your cells’ natural energy levels and restore proper lymph function. Also offering MediCupping and other healing approaches. See website for full list of services.

Amy Andrews

Feel Good Again Health Detective Highland Park and Virtual Consulting 847-361-6238 Frustrated with your health? Your tests are “normal” but you don’t feel right? Do you want to finally solve your energy, gut, weight, and mood symptoms? Get empowered! Find and correct the root causes of hormonal, digestive and detox issues, so you can enjoy life and feel good again!


847-361-6259 • How would you like to have a different future? Being a Certified Relationship coach and facilitator as well as Access Consciousness Facilitator and Akashic Records teacher and consultant I use all the tools to empower you to heal and release blocks and limitations that seem to limit your joy, money and/or relationships. 

Gnosis Natural Health

Claire Boye-Doe, MS Nutrition Response TestingTM 5756 N. Ridge Ave, Ste 3, Chicago 60660 773-561-5516 • Searching for a natural, very effective way to feel better? Nutrition Response TestingTM uses the body’s innate intelligence to decipher exactly what’s needed to heal and repair the root cause of your symptoms. Fix asthma, arthritis, migraines, digestive & heart issues, and more!  FREE consultation- mention Natural Awakenings (value $150). 


Whole Life Chiropractic 2500 W Higgins Rd, Ste 420 Hoffman Estates 60169

We combine an accurate functional diagnosis with state-of-the-art muscle adhesion techniques to restore dysfunctional body movement patterns and treat the root cause of your pain. Convenient location at I-90 and Barrington Road, evening hours, within a multi-provider natural wellness office, and accepts insurance. See ad on page 15.

holistic home organizer HOME SPACE ORGANIZING Jody Casden 847-209-0083 

A holistic approach to organizing and letting go of clutter. HSO recognizes the tools for restoring and creating nourishing spaces. HSO is green and sustainably conscious and provides creative solutions. We understand that an environment that nourishes you improves emotional and physical wellness. Call today to schedule a complimentary consultation.

holistic medicine



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

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

At re:fit, we believe that the body and mind interact to create health or “disease.” 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! See ad on page 41.

6137 N Elston Ave, Chicago 60646 773-631-5001 Dr. Deane is a premier holistic chiropractic physician who offers total body solutions to chronic health and pain challenges. She treats all three sides of the triangle of health­—structure, chemical and emotions— to resolve problems at the root cause. If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, and want to flip the switch from pain and chronic illness, Dr. Deane can help. Call for appointment. See ad on page 6.

Dr. Jerry P. Gore, MD

Center for Holistic Medicine 240 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods/Deerfield 60015 847-236-1101 Dr. Gore is director, supervisor and staff physician. He obtained his MD from the University of Illinois School of Medicine and his post-graduate work at Northwestern Institute of Psychiatry. He has over 30 years of experience blending nutrition, supplements, homeopathy, psychotherapy and collaborating with other practitioners at the center to offer a truly holistic medicine practice. See ad on page 23.

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IL 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 25.


North Shore Health Solutions LTD 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-715-9060 • Dr. Kim Martin, DC, FASA, BCIM, CFMP, is a certified gluten-free practitioner in Northbrook. She specializes in “Solving the Mystery of Your Chronic Condition” using Functional Medicine, blood work, stool samples and saliva. See ad on page 11.

Mind Body Healing Center

77 W Washington, Ste 1704 Chicago 60602 312-285-5287

We treat both the emotional and physical aspects of your health and specialize in depression, anxiety, digestive disorders and pain management. We provide diagnostic testing such as Biomeridian screening and apply natural interventions such as psychotherapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, nutrition, massage and energy work. Insurance accepted. Available evening and weekends.


Angela Waltman FNP, AHN-C 522 Poplar St, Wilmette 60091 773-454-2644

Angela provides a blend of Eastern & Western Medicine, offering care for urgent needs such as coughs, colds and minor injuries. Her Prepare For Surgery/Heal Faster program is incredibly helpful and works for chemo and chronic pain, too. She teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) & Mindfulness meditation, also Healing Energy Work. Truly Mind, Body & Spirit Care.

Dr. Kevin J. Regan, DC, DABCA 118 N Clinton, Ste 103, Chicago 60661 312-876-1600 •

Do you have pain or inflammation that won’t go away? Is stress making you ill? Therapeutic treatment with the Magnesphere© will balance out and energize you through a total body immersion into a bio-magnetic field. The Magnesphere© provides deep relaxation and stress relief through a combination of science and holistic intervention.



holistic medicineayurveda Monica Yearwood

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

holistic physical rehabilitation LIFEWAVE INSTITUTE, LLC

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 skin care Milena Ivanova

Founder, Aesthetician, CHC, AADP MILVANI HOLISTIC SPA * NorthShore 773-988-5681 • Eco-beauty FACIALS with impressive results! MYOPULSE THERAPY/Non-Toxic treatments. 20+ years experience. High-performance skin care with Milena, Master Holistic Esthetician and Health Coach/Nutritionist. Synergy that has the power to transform people’s skin (and there for their lives!) for the better! Call for FREE Consultation.


820 AM Streaming live: Chicago’s Progressive Talk is a whole lot more than just a radio station. It is a community of several hundred thousand people who are sustainably inclined, environmentally responsible, community conscious and socially engaged. Monday through Friday the program lineup features national show hosts who broadcast from various cities across America. From the very political, to the very serious, to almostover-the-line edgy, they talk about what matters to you. On the weekends, specialty shows cover home improvement, gardening, Chicago politics, and much more. Listen on the radio or tune in online at See ad on page 71.

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.


Advanced Arlington Medical Center 333 W Dundee Rd, Buffalo Grove 60089 847-243-0355 Board-certfied internist Dr. Eric Nagaj diagnoses using conventional medicine, and also treats acute and chronic illness using anthroposophical medicine and the least toxic yet effective treatment for the condition. Dr. Nagaj offers comprehensive medical evaluations, advanced nutritional testing and treatments with new lines of validated anthroposophic/homeopathic remedies, bio-identical hormones, and much more. See ad on page 27.

Integrative Family Health Associates Kori Feldman, MD 4727 Willow Springs Rd, LaGrange 60525 708-482-1099

Kori Feldman is an integrative physician focused on helping people attain lifelong optimal health. Her Wellness Program can restore health and vitality for any proactive adult who is ready for change. See ad on page 35.

Integrative Physician

Philippa Norman, MD, MPH Beverly Office, 9415 S Western, Ste 113, Chicago 60643 773-337-3880 Natural, integrative therapies for ADD/HD, depression & anxiety, healthy brain aging, digestive health, adrenal support. Private hypnotherapy, Reiki sessions available. Accepting new adult patients 18 & older. Join us for a free workshop. Learn more at PhilippaNormanMD. com. IL036081553.


Dr. Katherine Chavez 500 N Michigan Ave, Ste 2100 Chicago 60611 312-276-1212

Dr. Chavez works in an integrative setting and uses a combination of diet and safe, researched-supported natural interventions to help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health. Treating most medical issues and specializing in cancer care, she will work with you and your doctors to develop a customized health management plan specialized for you and your conditions. See ad on page 2.

DR. CHERYL SCHWARTZ, DO Center for Holistic Medicine 240 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods/Deerfield 60015 847-236-1701

I specialize in Internal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. My goal is to help people in good health maintain their well-being, while assisting those with health problems to feel better and move to a more positive path. I manage general internal medicine issues as well as treat appropriate patients with Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, a hands-on method of healing. See ad on page 27.

integrative psychotherapy David H. Johnson, LCSW

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

ROBIN KULESZA, MA, LCPC RK Therapy Solutions NW Suburbs 847-807-5388

Children, adults and families can reach their full potential and find a path to healing. Using integrative forms of therapy including music, art, mindfulness, relaxation, play, sandtray and talk, my clients will find new ways to communicate and explore feelings and thoughts. Call today for day, evening or weekend appointments.

intuitive consultation MICHELE HEATHER

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

intuitive health & success advisor

1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-831-8828 • Offering more than 200 Courses for Life in personal, professional and spiritual growth and development. Silent Retreat and Reflection, January 17. Make Me One with Everything with bestselling author, Lama Surya Das, April 16. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental. Call or email for a free course guide.


McHenry’s Only Holistic~Cultural Center 1241 N Green St, McHenry 60050 • Live near McHenry? Looking for fun, affordable things to do? We’re your relaxed, creative hangout. Get a shiatsu massage, hear original music, make new friends, tap into your inner healer. Reasonable rental rates. Mention this ad for 20% off a shiatsu massage. Find your whole new world INSIDE. All ages.

ReAwakenings Holistic Center


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

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

Full-service bookstore, Cayce remedies, spiritual growth study groups, monthly programs, workshops and holistic fairs, intuitive skills development training, knowledgeable seekers, intuitives, healers and more. Call for hours. See ad on page 35.

4256 N Ravenswood Ave, Ste 220 Chicago 60618 773-817-0923 • ReAwakenings Center is about ReAwakening the healing process for the body, mind and spirit. We offer several ways of doing that. In our services, workshops, retreat weekends, and gatherings we ignite not only healing but connection, knowledge, understanding, and educating to be able enhance the betterment of one self. To grow, to enlighten and to connect.

naprapathic medicine APPROACH TO HEALTH Morris Williamson, DN Evanston 60201 773-318-7967

Digestive problems? Tension? IBS? Chi Nei Tsang (CNT) quickly releases these and other health challenges, bringing comfort and relief to the abdomen and vital energy to other internal organs. I am one of the only CNT practitioners in the Chicago area, having studied in Thailand, learning from masters. Get 10% off your first appointment.

Wellness is not a ‘medical fix’ but a wayFOUNDATION of living—a lifestyle that’s sensitive and responsive to all INFINITY the dimensions of body, mind and spirit, an approach to life we each design to achieve our highest potential for well-being now and forever. ~Greg Anderson natural awakenings

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naturopathic consultation DR. ALLA ARUTCHEVA, MD, PhD, ND

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

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

naturopathic doctors Alison Egeland, ND Schaumburg 847-895-8180

Dr. Alison is a Naturopathic Doctor with additional training in Functional Medicine. Considering each individual’s unique combination of genetics, lifestyle, environmental exposures, to uncover and treat underlying imbalances that lead to complex, chronic conditions such as GI disorders, chronic fatigue, autoimmune issues, thyroid and adrenal imbalances, metabolic disorders, chemical sensitivity and hormone imbalances.

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

We offer a safe and cost-effective alternative to conventional mattresses, in a low-pressure, relaxing sales environment. Full selection of only allnatural and organic latex mattresses, pillows and accessories, including Natura and Savvy Rest. Locally owned and operated since 1983. See ad on page 24.

organic spa Solay Wellness / So WELL 4819 Main, Skokie 847-676-5571

So Well is your unique destination for wellness in Skokie. Enjoy our Salt Relaxation Room, $15/session; Infrared Salt Sauna, $15/session or Heated Massage Beds, $15/ session. While you’re here, discover over 300+ artisan crafted, organic and fair trade Salt crystal lamps, bath & beauty, healthy gourmet, natural home products and more to continue your wellness journey. To learn more, or order securely, call or visit website.

pain management nutrition Eating with Ease

Charlotte Hammond, MS, RD, LDN, RYT 150 N Michigan, Ste 800, Chicago, 60601 312-547-9247, Registered and Licensed Dietitian providing integrative nutritional counseling and Medical Nutrition Therapy for weight management, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, osteoporosis, special needs, bowel disorders, vegan/vegetarian diets, dietary transition, mindful eating, detoxification, safe supplementation and more. Also available for grocery store tours, cupboard clean-out, menu management and seminars.

Dr. Kristen (Bobik) HaLLAND, DC 2500 W Higgins, Ste 420, Hoffman Estates 847-310-0303 The

Our wellness clinic averages only a 5-minute wait time before you’re getting natural, safe, and effective treatment with the Doctor. Dr. Kristen specializes in acupuncture, lowforce chiropractic care and food intolerance testing, and uses unique diagnostic tests to uncover the real cause of your health concern. Located at the corner of Higgins and Barrington roads. See ad on page 15.

JOYCE ANN, OTR/L, GCFP Live a More Functional Life By Building Better Balance 847-748-8313

What could you do if you were pain free? I can help you replace constriction and pain with confident movement. My approach includes Occupational Therapy, Feldenkrais Method, Reflex and Vestibular integration. Effective for individuals suffering from fibromyalgia, arthritis, car accidents, trauma and neurological issues. Call me today. Most insurance accepted.

palm readings Palm readings by Lauren

407 E Main St, Barrington 60010 Call or text: 847-564-6159 With over 50 years of experience, Lauren specializes in palmistry revealing past, present and future with pinpoint accuracy. See ad on page 27.

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past life awareness CANDACE

650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove 60007 Call or text: 847-564-6159 Looking for answers and solutions to current issues in your life? The answer may lie in understanding your past lives. With over 22 years experience, Candace works with you to gain a conscious awareness of how your past lives and relationships affect who you are today. Call or text for appointments. See ad on page 27.

preventive medicine DR. LYNNE BELSKY

Living Well MD 806 Central Ave, Ste 204 Highland Park 60035 847-433-2013 Care for body, mind, and spirit with personalized, integrative medical care. Concierge physician dedicated to helping you stay healthy, prevent disease, and feel your best. See ad on page 15.

Psychic & medium CANDACE

650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove 60007 Call or text: 847-564-6159 Inspire joy and love in your life. Find answers to your challenges with the help of Candace’s psychic intuition. Specializing in chakra balancing, spiritual cleansing, past life regression and tarot/angel cards. More than 22 years experience. Call or text for appointments. See ad on page 27.

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

Offers a unique range of intuitive services daily in themed private rooms discretely located within retail boutique. Practitioners offer uplifting sessions designed to provide positive forward growth and synergy of your mind, body, spirit and soul. Offerings include Channeled Medium Sessions, Akashic Records, Problem Resolutions Sessions, Aura Readings, Aura Imaging Photography, Oracle and Tarot Card Readings, Divinely Guided Paintings, Numerology and more. Call for today’s offerings. Appointments recommended but walk-ins welcomed.

Psychic & Astrology Readings

Look for the Little Purple House 20406 Rand Rd, Kildeer 60074 Call or text: 847-764-2700

Psychic, clairvoyant and medium will answer any and all questions providing you with insight regarding relationships, career, family, etc. See ad on page 17.

spiritual & life renewal Bodhi Spiritual Center

2746 N Magnolia Ave, Chicago 60614 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. 

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

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

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

This oasis of self-care combined with a unique retail boutique, located in historic downtown Crystal Lake, offers comprehensive selection of spiritual & metaphysical supplies, yoga & meditation essentials, extensive crystal & rock specimens, 50+ local artists’ creations, jewelry, chakra balancing products, vintage jewelry & artifacts, essential oils and vast selection of natural products. Intuitive readings and Body Balancing sessions offered daily in private themed rooms. Call for today’s offerings. Monthly Psychic Holistic Fair, private parties and classes too. Appointments recommended but walk-ins welcomed.


650 Meacham, Elk Grove 60007 Call or text: 847-564-6159 Intuitive Resources is a spiritual boutique conveniently located in the northwest suburbs. Our large selection of services includes Reiki, chakra therapy (cleansing and balancing), Tarot card and intuitive readings, past life regression, etc. Our shop offers a large variety of spiritual gifts to choose from: candles, crystals, books, jewelry, sage/incense and much more. Open Monday through Friday from 11am-8pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm. See ad on page 29.

spiritual psychotherapy CAROL O. WEINBERG, LCSW 847-924-0966

Are grief and worry taking over your life? I can help you find calm and balance again. As an experienced therapist with a Buddhist philosophy, we’ll use dreamwork and spirituality to help with difficult emotions, anxiety, depression, relationships and challenges on life’s journey. Safe, caring, compassionate environment. Blue Cross HMO and PPO accepted.


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 15.


Rev. Carol Saunders 375 Elm St, Deerfield 60015 847-337-3866 We are a Unity spiritual community with practical and inspirational teachings that emphasize you as a divine creation. Our Sunday services are current, relevant and uplifting. We welcome  everyone. Family friendly. Sunday Celebration Service with indie/pop/rock music by The Grateful Living 10am at the Patty Turner Center, in Deerfield.

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