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ew research shows you can stop a cold in its tracks if you take one simple step with a new device when you first feel a cold coming on. Colds start when cold viruses get in your nose. Viruses multiply fast. If you don’t stop them early, they spread in your airways and cause misery. But scientists have found a quick way to stop a virus. Touch it with copper. Researchers at labs and universities worldwide agree — copper is “antimicrobial.” It kills microbes, such as viruses and bacteria, just by touch. Four thousand years ago ancient Greeks and Egyptians used copper to purify water and heal wounds. Now we know why it worked so well. Researchers say a tiny electric charge in microbe cells gets short-circuited by the high conductance of copper. This destroys the cell in seconds. Tests by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show germs die fast on copper. So some hospitals switched to copper touch surfaces, like faucets and doorknobs. This cut the spread of MRSA and other illnesses by over half, and saved lives. The strong scientific evidence gave inventor Doug Cornell an idea. When he felt a cold coming on he fashioned a smooth copper probe and rubbed it gently in his nose for 60 seconds. “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold went away completely.” It worked 2


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appy New Year! It’s the time when many of us set goals and intentions (let’s skip the “resolutions” word) to make positive changes in our lives. Perhaps it’s time to mentally clean house or detox our bodies from an overabundance of fall comfort foods and holiday cheer. Maybe a relationship has grown rough around the edges or we need to throw open the windows to new experiences. Weight loss, a new job, closet clutter; our goals tend to reflect our pain and desire to become a better version of ourselves in the coming year.

I believe that how we choose to approach these goals can make all the difference in what we perceive as success, what we give Peggy Malecki up on or what leaves us unfulfilled. The need to get things done and out of the way makes it easy to lose track of our journey and cause stress as we strive to get it right. A sense of competition with self or others may set in, and reaching our goal becomes a chore and part of a checklist, where each step to self-improvement becomes something to “fill in the box” on a schedule. Here are some suggestions to better savor your 2018 journey and reach goals with exuberance. First, recognize that each goal is a moving target, and often the endpoint will change as your perspective changes over the year. Life is a work in progress, and a goal is often just a starting point to the next chapter. Embrace this and you won’t be disappointed. Grow at your own pace (not what a book dictates), reduce your self-pressure and you may just enjoy it a bit more (even the difficult steps). Take a few moments to read the daily signs of progress as you move toward where you want to be, celebrate your successes and try to forgive your missteps. A friend once told me a secret to meeting your goals: rather than scold yourself for missing the mark, moving backward or feeling stupid over something you did, step back and laugh. Loudly. The laughter will break the mental pattern of negativity and change your mood. Try it! And give yourself enough time to experience your path and absorb what you are learning about your subject matter and yourself. Take a proverbial coffee break to read your mental notes and sort through the photos in your mind’s eye. And don’t be afraid of perceived missteps, delays and side trips, because they may open up new opportunities that you would have missed in your rush to completion. We’d like to welcome you to a new year of Natural Awakenings Chicago, and we hope you like our fresh look! Here’s to the new year, and here’s to you! Peggy


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Specialized Yoga Can Enhance Fertility


iana Zic, of Pulling Down the Moon Holistic Health, is offering six weekly 90-minute Yoga for Fertility classes from 5:30 to 7 p.m., from January 23 through March 6 (no class February 20) for $105 ($220 value—not transferable to other yoga for fertility classes). There will be a community (free) class from 10 to 11:30 a.m., January 13. Zic states, “Our clinical study findings showed a promising benefit in that when our six-week yoga for fertility program was implemented, our students experienced a 20 percent anxiety reduction.” The course was designed by yoga teachers and former fertility patients Tami Quinn and Beth Heller to meet the needs of women trying to conceive. Zic says, “This class is a journey into the healing powers of yoga and how this ancient practice can help calm Diana Zic, RYT, RPYT and heal the body, clear the mind and lighten the heart. Participants will learn a series of yoga postures designed to improve fertility by increasing blood flow into the pelvis, releasing stress and anxiety and balancing life energy flow in the body. We explore teachings from yoga philosophy to create the family we are meant to have.” Location: 770 N. LaSalle, Ste. 800, Chicago. Preregistration is absolutely required. For more information, call 312-321-0004 or visit See ad on page 13.

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ior Builders has partnered with the American Lung Association for Healthy Home 2018 tour, from January 26 through February 4, which redefines how healthy a home can be. A kickoff gala on January 24 will feature an appearance by actor, author and activist Mariel Hemingway. Highlights include American Rockwool insulation, a hardwired smart system designed to avoid electromagnetic radiation, an energy-efficient HVAC system equipped with IQAir Perfect 16 Whole House HEPA filtration, Gaggenau appliances, TOTO WaterSense toilets, lead-free plumbing, Greenguard gold-certified drywall, cabinets and countertops, mostly hard flooring throughout, natural and organic bedding and non-toxic furniture. Healthy Home 2018 will illustrate what’s possible for anyone when building with both aesthetics and health in mind. Victoria Di Iorio, founder of the Healthy Home Initiative, notes, “We are going beyond the notion of what is sustainable and perceived to be healthy and creating a real-life model of what a truly healthy home should be, from foundation to food.” Cost: $20. Location: 1055 Glencrest Dr., Inverness. For more information and tickets, visit See ad on page 47.

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he Bhakti Caravan will perform a community kirtan, a unique form of meditation that involves music, breath, mantras and music, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., February 10, at the Infinity Foundation, in Highland Park. Meditation has been proven to assist in achieving serenity, improving the ability to control stress and a link to a higher level of functioning, including expanding the spirit. Kirtan jumpstarts this process, and attendees are encouraged to bring small percussion instruments and participate. Ellen (Radha) Katz, an integrative psychotherapist at Inner Balance, member of the Infinity Foundation faculty and leader of The Bhakti Caravan, has been a student of yoga, meditation and mindfulness for more than 30 years. She is dedicated to providing fundraising The Bhakti Caravan for Infinity and simultaneously bringing expansiveness and enrichment to our community. The Bhakti Caravan plays at yoga studios and other conscious centers around the greater Chicago area and the Midwest. Kirtan is an ancient spiritual practice that involves the call-and-response chanting of simple mantras between the participants and the leader. Katz integrates Indian, Bulgarian, folk and other influences in a nonreligious devotional experience. Admission is $10 if registered by Feb. 1; $15 Feb. 2 through event. This event is a fundraiser for Infinity Foundation. Location: 1280 Old Skokie Rd., Highland Park. For more information, call 847-224-0244 or visit To register, visit InfinityFoundation. org. See ads in the Community Resource Guide.

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or those looking for new approaches to live naturally in the modern world, the Om Zone meets from 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday at World Tree Natural Medicine, in Oakbrook Terrace. Participants may consult with one of their naturopathic doctors, share ideas about what works and get support in making healthier choices or just chill out to better manage stress. Creating health is a not a single choice, but an everyday process that contributes to the result. To make it easier, World Tree Natural Medicine uses natural medicine, acupuncture, chair massage, hydrotherapy, meditation and reiki. Sample treatments are available at no or low cost during the workshop. The goal is to learn strategies, methods and tools to help manage stress reactions. Admission: free. Location: 17W703-F Butterfield Rd., Oakbrook Terrace. RSVP (recommended) to 630-359-5522 or Thor Connor, ND email For more information, visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.



Extreme Kleaner Promotes Main Street Premium Brand Through Small Business


n order to help encourage support for small businesses, Extreme Kleaner has created a new program to partner with selected locally owned retailers through the exclusive placing of its Main Street Premium Brand in those stores. The brand helps consumers identify the stores that are participating in this partnership. Locally owned businesses offering Extreme Kleaner include select hardware stores, building centers, pet supply stores, auto parts stores, small food markets and other specialty retailers. Extreme Kleaner’s parent company, Extreme Energy Solutions (EES), has promoted this movement via its Tour of Stores initiative, where through on-site visits EES representatives encourage local communities to patron stores that offer EES products. “We are proud to partner with locally owned small businesses in offering our products,” says Extreme Kleaner/EES Representative Samuel K. Burlum, who explains that the partnership acts as a market advantage to aid small businesses in being competitive with powerful big box retailers. “Through this program we are looking to promote both the local store as the community’s go-to authority for its retail offerings; and our products, which were designed to offer a higher quality without the high price.” For a list of current stores, visit See ad on page 5.

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octor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Lana Moshkovich, DACM, ND, has opened a new office of Nirvana Naturopathics at 20578 Milwaukee Avenue, in Deerfield, available by appointment only. Moshkovich is trained in both Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine, offering Lana Moshkovich, acupuncture, as DACM, ND well as a dietary approach alone or with herbal remedies to resolve musculoskeletal pain and numbness, gastrointestinal complaints, chronic conditions, insomnia, anxiety and women’s health issues. Services include acupuncture and herbal medicine for pain and chronic conditions, cosmetic acupuncture for face and neck, and cupping therapy. Main office location: 1500 Shermer Rd., Ste. LL29, Northbrook. For appointments, call 847-715-9044. For more information, visit See ad on page 17 and in the Community Resource Guide.

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1-Minute Change Helps Users Adjust Their Energy Quickly


ody & Brain Yoga Tai Chi is helping people to change their energy with a free downloadable app called the 1-Minute Change. “Our bodies aren’t designed to sit for long periods of time, but most of us are stuck at a desk for up to 10 hours per day without taking proper breaks for the mind and body. The 1-Minute Change app will remind you each hour to get up, get moving and get the energy flowing through your body for 60 seconds every hour,” says Ilchi Lee, founder of Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi. Application users can choose a series of one-minute exercises from existing training options which include core strengthening, stress release, weight management and brain enhancement. The app is free to download as part of a global health initiative led by Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi. The app is based on principles embodied in Lee’s new book, I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years. Locations: Northbrook, Skokie, Libertyville, Mt. Prospect, Westmont, Glen Ellyn, Orland Park, Oak Park, Crystal Lake and Bloomingdale. Download the app at Android and Apple app stores. For more information, visit and See ad on page 17.

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r. Linda Howe, of the Linda Howe Center for Akashic Studies, is offering a new opportunity to learn in a program of study that incorporates independence without isolation and helps students better understand the choices and circumstances of this lifetime, as seen from a soul-level perspective. With this comes valuable practical benefits such as liberation from limiting patterns and an increased sense of compassion for self and others. Courses available include Practitioner Certification, Advanced Practitioner Certification, Healing Through the Akashic Records Certification, Discover Your Soul’s Path Certification and Manifesting Your Soul’s Purposes Certification. Since 1996, this Oak Park resident has been honing Linda Howe practices and protocols for navigating the Records, the archive of our souls’ past, present, and future possibilities. Her classes are structured around her Pathway Prayer Process, which offers an “on-ramp” to the seat of wisdom in the Akasha. Howe’s certification program offers a combination of study-at-your-own-pace plus a network of experienced Akashic Reading Partners, personalized attention from a student advisor and the option of joining a private, on-demand Facebook group. Cost is $1,850 for the package. For more information, call 708-771-5830, email Linda@ or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.



Don’t Let Adhesions Become a Sticking Point


hole Life Spine and Soft Tissue, formerly Whole Life Chiropractic, located at 2500 West Higgins Road, Suite 420, in Hoffman Estates, has “made the name change to better represent what we do,” says owner Christopher Codina, DC. Whole Life Spine and Soft Tissue is one Christopher Codina, DC of only a few providers in the state that’s specifically trained to find a fix something common, under-diagnosed and easily treated—adhesions—using manual adhesion release and instrument adhesion release for state-of-the-art soft tissue treatment. “Adhesions limit range of motion, cause pain, and increase degeneration,” says Codina. “Full movement is key for everyone, from office workers to weekend warriors. Being tight and in pain isn’t something you have to live with.” For appointments or a free, no-obligation consultation, call 847-757-5839 or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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onserve Lake County is merging with Openlands, a nationally recognized land conservation leader that is a fierce defender of nature and has served Lake and its neighboring counties for 54 years. Conserve and Openlands have already collaborated on many local land protection projects. Conserve Lake County Executive Director Sarah Surroz states, “With your generous support and involvement, we accomplished some impressive work together in the last 22 years. Thank you for helping us preserve some extraordinary places, influence regional plans, advance game-changing legislation and empower the many people who are now taking meaningful action on behalf of the lands they love.” “While these are significant achievements, we can do more. It’s time to think bigger. With the state’s richest assemblage of natural resources and a coveted culture of conservation, Lake County deserves a more robust nonprofit land conservation partner as it addresses both new and longstanding threats to our quality of life and the many plant and wildlife species that take refuge here among us.”

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he Onion Garden, a health-minded dining and catering service located in downtown Highland Park, has partnered with Pulse Fitness to create ready-made meals that focus on healthy food high in macronutrients. “These meals are designed to aid in weight loss,” says owner and chef Tim Carden. “Each meal is under 500 calories and designed with macro nutrient emphasis.” In addition to weight-loss options, Carden offers a fresh alternative to standard catering services, and can accommodate most special diets, including gluten-free, vegan, no-lactose and allergen-free. “Fast food for foodies” is available at their Highland Park location that includes fresh-from-scratch healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner options for dine-in, takeout and delivery via many app-driven meal delivery services. The cooked-to-order menu changes seasonally, and includes fresh soups, build-your-own plates and a Sunday brunch menu, plus a weekly meal service. Location: 1788 Second St., Ste. 100 (lower level), Highland Park. For more information, call 847-926-3100 or visit OnionGarden. com. See ad on page 43.

arah Karnes, the founder of Spiritual Nourishment, has created a new website, She is a life coach for women going through midlife transitions who helps them reclaim their zest for life using practices in Sarah Karnes creativity, self-reflection and field psychology. Through workshops and individual coaching sessions, Karnes gives women practical tools to feel more alive so they can move forward with unfolding their unique life mission. For more information, call 262-745-8362 or visit See ad on page 25.


ugar Beet Food Co-op, a communityowned grocery store in Oak Park, has been named Best Small Business in America by sustainable waste and recycling company Rubicon Global. They launched the $10,000 prize to celebrate Small Business Saturday on November 25 because “small businesses are the fabric of America.” Sugar Beet fosters small producers, reduces its waste stream through composting and diverting compost to a local goat farm and donates a nickel to a local organization each time a customer refuses or reuses a bag or container. Sugar Beet was founded in 2012 in Oak Park to offer a full-service, co-op grocery store that would provide a neighborhood source for local, sustainable, healthy foods and a way of connecting farmers and producers to their customers. Since then, it has networked to organize food learning and sharing events, and runs a Food For All program for families with limited means to buy healthy goods. Location: 812 W. Madison, Oak Park. For more information, call 708-948-7646 or visit

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Researchers at the Imperial College London say that five servings of fruits and vegetables is a good start, but more is better. After conducting a worldwide meta-analysis of 2 million people that compared early mortality rates from cardiovascular disease and cancer, they recommend eating at least 10 three-ounce vegetable and fruit servings per day, which could prevent up to 7.8 million premature deaths each year.

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Urban trees help reduce obesity and depression, improve productivity, boost educational outcomes and reduce incidences of asthma and heart disease for residents, yet according to The Nature Conservancy, American cities spend less than a third of 1 percent of municipal budgets on tree planting and maintenance. As a result, U.S. cities are losing 4 million trees per year. Each summer, thousands of unnecessary deaths result from heat waves in urban areas. Studies have shown that trees are a cost-effective solution. Too often, the presence or absence of urban nature and its associated benefits is tied to a neighborhood’s income level, resulting in dramatic health inequities. In some American cities, life expectancies in different neighborhoods located just a few miles apart can differ by as much as a decade. Not all of this health disparity is connected to the tree cover, but researchers are increasingly finding that neighborhoods with fewer trees have worse health outcomes, so inequality in access to urban nature can lead to worse health inequities.

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renatal Yoga and Meditation is one of the signature classes at Heaven Meets Earth, a yoga studio and center for conscious living in Evanston. Led by Marisa Fujinaka and Cordelia Herman, the class offers women in all stages of pregnancy an opportunity to strengthen, lengthen, relieve tension and prepare their minds and bodies for labor and delivery. “Prenatal yoga is a unique opportunity for women to connect with other expectant mothers and do something that’s honoring themselves and their baby,” says Fujinaka. “Pregnancy is a time when the body is going through major transformations. Yoga helps women connect the obvious physical changes with the sometimes more subtle emotional and mental ones. It’s a way to recognize and honor what the entire mind, body and spirit is going through and find support during that journey,” notes Fujinaka. The classes blend asanas, or physical poses, with prana, or breath work, and meditation. This combination helps calm the nervous system and relieves tension in the lower back, hips, chest, neck and shoulders. Many of the poses are geared toward strengthening the core, legs and arms to help with lifting and bending after the baby is born. Although many women that come to the prenatal class already have an established practice of their own, the studio is seeing more doctors recommending it to their 28


patients as part of a holistic care plan and an alternative to more strenuous exercise. “While it’s important for expectant mothers to stay active, yoga is a great gentle alternative to something like running, especially if it’s a high-risk pregnancy. We work to help improve circulation and posture, increase flexibility, reduce stress, build strength in the pelvic floor and teach breathing techniques that can be used during the actual birthing process,” explains Fujinaka. The classes are set up to allow and encourage women to make modifications and adjustments, and adapt the practice to meet their needs. “Depending on what stage of pregnancy they are in and what’s right for their body on any given day, students might want to take it easy or push themselves a little more. We use props like bolsters, chairs, pillows, blocks and blankets to help women be as comfortable as possible throughout the class. If the baby is putting pressure on the ribs, we’ll find a position or a stretch that helps to open up space and make the mother more comfortable,” advises Fujinaka. One of Fujinaka’s favorite sequences for pregnant women is a simple cat-cow stretch, which helps ease tension in the back while also strengthening the core. “When preformed slowly, the mother is able to really pay attention to what’s going on in her body, how things are moving and where she needs to make changes,”

she says. It can be performed on hands and knees, in a seated position on the floor or in a chair. She also likes poses that strengthen the kegel muscles of the pelvic floor, which helps in the delivery process. Another invaluable element of prenatal yoga is for women to connect with others going through a similar life change. Heaven Meets Earth was founded by Lisa Faremouth Weber in 2006 to be a platform for innovation and entrepreneurship in yoga, wellness and the healing arts, and fosters a strong sense of community. “The studio is a safe place for women who may be feeling anxious, vulnerable or disconnected,” says Fujinaka. She encourages women to grow with their yoga practice after the baby is born to maintain the social, emotional and physical connections. “Our society isn’t really set up to support women after a pregnancy. They’re expected to go back to work, manage the household and take care of their families, all while their bodies are trying to heal from childbirth. Their hormone levels are rapidly changing, and they may be experiencing postpartum depression or an identity crisis. Continuing to go to class and connect with other women in a supportive community can help women ease the transition after pregnancy,” says Fujinaka. Fujinaka ends each class with students placing one hand on their hearts and one hand on the baby, and breathing into both spaces. “It’s a physical reminder of the connection between themselves, their baby and this journey. Every birth and pregnancy is a miracle. I want to help women discover that yoga is more than just a class you go to once a week, it’s a lifestyle they can maintain when they leave the studio,” she says. “It’s the intention of practicing mindfulness and self-care, while also taking time for fun.” Heaven Meets Earth is located at 2746 Central St., in Evanston. For more information, call 847-475-1500, email Info@, or visit See ad on page 25. Carrie Jackson is an Evanston-based writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. Connect at

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Savvy consumers seeking products that might help them achieve and maintain good health may be noticing two new categories: medical food and nutraceuticals.


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Federal Regulations Medical foods and nutraceuticals, orally administered dietary products formulated to support the management of conditions such as compromised gut function, age-related muscle loss, metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, are subject to standard food and safety labeling requirements of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Although they may be used under medical supervision, patients don’t need a prescription. Many healthcare practitioners, including dietitians, currently recommend them under a physician’s direction. Unlike pharmaceuticals, which are accountable to the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, patent-protected and supported by expensive testing documentation, nutraceuticals are not. However, many manufacturers do choose to undergo costly testing. Like all dietary supplements, the majority of which do not undergo third-party testing, they are regulated by DSHEA, which defines and regulates labeling and claims of benefits related to classic nutrient-deficiency diseases.

Private Quality Control Xymogen is strictly a physician’s line of nutraceuticals, explains Cheryl Burdette, a doctor of naturopathy and director of clinical research and outreach for the company. “In our manufacturing process, to avoid contamination and validate ingredients, every batch is thirdparty assayed by an independent laboratory, whereas some companies only do this for every fifth or 20th lot. Xymogen’s validation extends to packaging and controlling the level of humidity because it affects how ingredients oxidize,” says Burdette. Gary Kracoff, a registered pharmacist and naturopathic doctor at Johnson Compounding & Wellness, in Waltham, Massachusetts, researches the nutraceuticals that he carries and recommends for his clients. “I like professional-grade nutraceuticals because their formulas are researched and science-based. They are excellent products for specific purposes. Individuals that take the medical foods come to appreciate their disease-modifying therapeutic results. While pricier, they include healthier sources of carbohydrates and fats, as well as natural, rather than synthetic nutrients to provide what the body needs to return to a state of balance,” says Kracoff. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings who blogs at

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hiroMend Natural Health Center, in Glenview, is a comprehensive health clinic that helps people recover from a wide range of health conditions and injuries. They focus on identifying and treating the root cause of a problem instead of focusing on only the symptoms. Clinical Director Dr. Justin Gruby advocates strongly for preventive medicine and integrative care. “We make every effort to ensure each of our patients receive the best possible care, while instilling the development of tools necessary for them to lead long, healthy lives,” he advises. Dr. Gruby has built a team, along with his associate Dr. Joe Glowiak and the staff at ChiroMend, with specialty training in physical rehabilitation, sports medicine, soft tissue therapies, clinical nutrition, foot orthotics and low-force chiropractic manipulation of joints and soft tissues that all contribute to the management of pain and inflammation. They treat patients for traditional chiropractic issues like neck and low back pain, disc disease and extremity disorders, and additionally offer more advanced soft tissue therapy like gua-sha treatments, muscle stripping, trigger point therapy and Kinesiotaping. The doctors and therapists at ChiroMend have helped patients remodel scar tissue and repair muscle areas that have been problematic for decades with the right combination of techniques. “We help patients get to a place where pain, discomfort and restriction don’t dictate who they are or what they can do,” says Dr. Gruby. 32


ChiroMend also takes a functional medicine approach to treat a variety of conditions and restore wellness. The team studies a patient’s personal health history to learn how the condition has evolved, along with specialized lab testing to address biochemical, tissue-specific or global health problems. “Patients come to us and say that other doctors have done bloodwork that comes up normal, but we do much more comprehensive testing. We are contracted with specialty labs that check for thyroid and adrenal dysfunction, neurotransmitter levels, yeast, bacteria, parasites in the gut and inflammation levels in the blood. We look at sleep cycles and if the GI system is working properly,” says Dr. Gruby. Nutritional therapy is used to help patients attain overall wellness. “We see patients with chronic fatigue, digestive disorders, headache syndromes, post-surgical pain, food allergies, anxiety and depression. Almost all health issues can be tied back to biochemistry, and proper nutrition is a big part of helping to restore optimal health,” says Dr. Gruby. To help patients build a solid, healthy foundation to their wellness, ChiroMend offers patientspecific nutritional programs, natural pain and inflammation control, detoxification programs, food allergy and sensitivity panels, cardiovascular risk analysis and weight management programs. ChiroMend’s low-volume, high-service model ensures patients are well educated about their health issues and concerns and fully understand what treatment options and methods are available and recommended. “We take the time to fully understand each person as an individual and address all the factors that contribute to their health and well-being,” explains Dr. Gruby. A new patient assessment starts with a comprehensive health history, and is also an opportunity for the team to get to know the patient. “We do a detailed assessment to see how the patient is functioning holistically. We learn about their goals for short- and long-term health and find out what is holding them back from achieving them. We then come up with a detailed care plan and outline what needs to be done first, second and third. Often, the simplest things get overlooked. People know on some level that hydration is important, but they’ve never had a doctor actually say to them that they need to drink more water and give them specific recommendations based on their condition,” says Dr. Gruby. Many people come to ChiroMend with chronic conditions that have persisted for years. Often, it starts with an injury or illness that’s not addressed properly to begin with, and then symptoms pile up. “Someone with hip pain might be told by other doctors that they need hip replacement surgery, but simple changes like cleaning up their diet, targeted physical therapy and getting restorative sleep can make a big difference. Addressing the root cause of the pain is our goal,” says Dr. Gruby. “We want our patients to be excited about a different kind of health model and open to trying something other than just taking medications to feel better. Back problems could also be related to weight issues. Aching feet may be a result of improper joint alignment

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hether from natural disasters, divisive politics, unmanageable workloads or a smartphone culture that makes it tough to unplug, U.S. adults are feeling more strain now than they have at any other time in the past decade, according to the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Stress in America Survey. One in three say their stress has increased in the past year and one in five rate the level at eight or more on a scale of one to 10. About three in five, or 59 percent, say they believe this is “the lowest point in the nation’s history” and nearly two-thirds say concerns about our nation’s future (including its health care, economy and international relations) are key sources of their stress. “We’re seeing significant stress transcending party lines,” notes Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D., the association’s CEO. All that stress is having a powerful impact on health, with as many as 80 percent of visits to primary care physicians characterized as stress-related, according to the American Medical Association. 34


Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one. ~Hans Selye Workplace stress accounts for 120,000 deaths a year—more than influenza, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease combined—according to a 2015 Stanford University study. Yet, empowering news has emerged amid this epidemic of anxiety-related illness. Research shows that by eating right, exercising and changing our mindset about stress itself, we can buffer our bodies from many health hazards. “Unfortunately, you can’t always avoid the things that stress you out. But you can control how you respond to stress before it takes over your life,” says Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D., a Mill Valley, California, psychologist and author of the recent book The Stress-Proof Brain: Master Your Emotional Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity.

Our Brain on Stress

Whether it’s an urgent email from the boss or a rude motorist driving unsafely, tense situations elicit a physiological response remarkably similar to what might occur if we were chased by a lion. Deep inside an almond-shaped region of the brain called the amygdala, an alarm goes off, signaling the release of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that boost heart rate, usher extra blood to muscles, hasten breathing and spike blood sugar to provide more fuel for the brain to react. Evolutionarily, this response was key to early human survival, providing the energy boost needed to flee predators. Even today, it has its upside, says Greenberg. “In the short term, stress can be exciting and even beneficial, revving you up so you can put your passion and energy into something.” But chronic excess can lead to high blood pressure and blood sugar, inflammation, cognitive problems and a hair-trigger response to stress, in which our body overreacts even to mild annoyances. It can also, research suggests, accelerate aging by

eroding the protective caps on our chromosomes, called telomeres. “Think of the stress response as an elastic band,” says Dr. Mithu Storoni, a Hong Kong physician and author of the new book Stress Proof: The Scientific Solution to Protect Your Brain and Body — and Be More Resilient Every Day. “If you pull it and it snaps back immediately, that’s fine. But if you pull it too intensely or too frequently, it doesn’t snap back, and there are lots of downstream consequences.”

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Eating right can better protect our bodies, says New York City Registered Dietitian Malina Malkani. She recommends loading up on nutrient-dense, high-fiber foods like leafy greens, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds during stressful times, because they can slow our rate of digestion and minimize unhealthy dips and spikes in blood sugar. Beneficial, bacteria-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi are other foundational foods for stressresilience, says Storoni, because they can dampen bodily inflammation that arises from chronic tension. They can also replenish bacterial strains like lactobacillus and bifidobacteria which, according to studies of college students, tend to decrease when we feel pushed beyond our limits to handle what’s coming at us. One 2016 study of 171 volunteers, published in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, found that those that ate yogurt containing lactobacillus plantarum daily for two months had fewer markers of stress in their blood. Another study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007 found that when 132 adults drank a probiotic-infused milk drink daily for three weeks and were then subjected to an anxiety-prone situation, their brains reacted more calmly than those of a control group. “Probably the most important thing you can do to make your body stressresilient is to maintain a healthy ecosystem of bacteria in your gut,” advises Malkani, who recommends exchanging dessert for low-sugar yogurt every day and taking probiotic supplements as well as steering clear of sweetened beverages and refined January 2018


Seven Ways to Banish Stress by Lisa Marshall


Multitask less, monotask more:

“The brain was not evolved to multitask and it can be stressful when we try to do so,” says Carter, referencing a Stanford University study. “At the end of the day, we end up feeling fried.” She recommends setting up a “fortress against interruption” for an hour or two each day when we feel most alert. Put the phone on mute, don noisecanceling headphones and ask coworkers or family members to not interrupt your focus on an important priority.


Don’t be a chronic media checker: Eighty-six percent of

Americans say they constantly or often check their email, texts or social media accounts, according to the latest Stress in America Survey. Half of U.S. workers say they respond to every email within a half-hour. Carter recommends instead scheduling a block of time at the beginning and end of each day for the task. During weekends and evenings, disable email and social media notifications. Research shows the more often we check, the more stressed we are. One recent study of British office workers found that checking email almost immediately boosts heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels, while refraining causes the stress response to subside.


Limit choices: Making decisions can

be stressful, and we are all faced with an increasing number of them every day. To limit a personal decision-making load, get boring. Devise a meal plan that doesn’t vary from week to week (unless it’s a happy creative outlet). Stock the wardrobe with favorite styles of shirts and shoes in different



colors. Select and stick with one brand of natural toothpaste or granola.



e can take charge and do even more things to keep stress at bay in the first place, says Christine Carter, Ph.D., a University of California, Berkeley, sociologist and author of The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less. “I’m all about prevention,” she says. “There are many ways to set up your life to be less stressful.”


Don’t overthink things: Ruminating on past events and relationship problems can be a great source of stress in the present moment. If there’s nothing that can be done about it, stop thinking about it. Literally visualize a stop sign when the thought bubbles up.


Daydream: Idle times, like standing

in line, sitting in traffic or showering can allow our brain to rest and recover from hassles. Embrace such opportunities and don’t clutter them up with technology; leave the phone and radio off.


Meditate: Invest 10 minutes daily to

sit still, focus on breathing, visualize an image or stare at an object and try to keep thoughts from drifting. Brain imaging studies published in the Brain Research Bulletin show that “Through [such] meditation, it’s possible to rewire your brain to create a new, stronger circuit that keeps your emotional reactivity under control,” says Dr. Mithu Storoni, who has published a book on the topic.


Heighten spirituality: Whether it’s regularly attending religious services, yoga meditation sessions or quiet walks in the woods, a spiritual practice can be a powerfully effective means of coping with stress and mitigating its health impacts. Duke University research shows that people regularly engaged in a spiritual practice are more likely to survive heart surgery, recover better from stroke, have shorter hospital stays and become depressed and stressed less often. “Spirituality connects you to the broader world, which in turn enables you to stop trying to control things all by yourself,” explains Dr. Roberta Lee, an integrative physician, in her book The SuperStress Solution. “When you feel part of a greater whole, it’s easy to understand that you aren’t responsible for everything that happens in life.”

People with a stress-hardy mindset may temper stress as an “excite-and-delight” challenge in adventurous situations. Others “tendand-befriend”, reaching out to help and comfort in times of tragedy. Studies show that when participants are told, “You’re the kind of person whose performance improves under pressure,” it does—by as much as one-third. ~Harvard Medical School Healthbeat

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carbohydrates. The spice turmeric is also a good stress-buster due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to help normalize blood sugar, Storoni notes. Despite our natural craving for comfort food, it’s a good idea to go easy on saturated fats in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic situation, because stress slows fat metabolism. In one recent study, Ohio State University researchers asked 58 women about their previous day’s stressors, and then fed them the fat-loaded equivalent of a double cheeseburger and fries; the stressedout women burned 104 fewer calories. “If a woman had a stressful day at work every day and ate a meal like this, she could easily gain seven to 11 pounds in a year,” says study author Jan Kiecolt-Glaser, a professor of psychiatry and psychology and director of the university’s Institute for Behavioral Medicine. Exercise, too, can help combat stress-related illness. But Storoni attests that not all exercise is created equal. One recent study in the Journal of Physiology found that in animals daily moderate exercise (the equivalent of a light jog) can boost levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a critical brain protein diminished by stress and sleep deprivation, significantly more than weight training or intense exercise. On the flip side, excess strenuous exercise (laps around the track or an intense gym workout) can boost inflammation, whither brain cells,

and aggravate the physical impacts of stress, says Storoni. “If you want to exercise to relieve the stress you just experienced, keep it at low intensity,” counsels Storoni. If possible, work out in the morning, as it can boost melatonin levels at night, helping you get to sleep faster, she notes.

Stress-Proofing Our Mindset

While diet and exercise can buffer our body from the impacts of chronic stress, a shift in mindset can keep it from becoming chronic in the first place, says Greenberg.“The goal is not to eliminate stress, but to put it in its place—to use its energizing and motivating aspects to take care of what needs to be done, and then relax,” and stop paying attention to it. This, she says, requires being mindful of what’s happening in the present moment. “When you feel your heart racing at the sight of another urgent demand at home or work, stop what you are doing, take a deep breath and tune into what’s happening in your body,” advises Greenberg. She notes that when the highly reactive amygdala “hijacks the brain”, we often say and do things in the heat of the moment that we later regret. Waiting just a moment (like counting to 10) allows the more rational part of our brain (the prefrontal cortex) to kick in. “It allows you to go from panic to, ‘I’ve got this.’” Greenberg observes that we often feel most stressed when we feel out of control.

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When faced with a daunting task, it may help to make a list of the things we have control over and a list of the things we can’t control—then make a plan to act on the manageable one and let the others go. “Mindfulness is also about keeping our self-judging and ruminating mind at bay, which may keep repeating, ‘I’m not doing enough,’” she says. “Realize that you do not have to listen to every thought that comes into your head. Ask yourself, ‘What is the most important thing for me to focus on right now?’” Greenberg also says it’s important to aim to broaden and brighten our view in tough times, explaining, “Feeling stress biases your brain to think in terms of avoiding threat and loss, rather than what you can gain or learn from the situation.” Start by jotting down three ways this challenging situation may be beneficial in the long run; also make a list of things and people we are grateful for, she suggests. “Practicing gratitude helps you realize that you have a choice about what to focus your attention on and you don’t have to let stressors take all the joy out of life,” according to Greenberg. As an added bonus, “You’re less likely to take your stress out on loved ones when you think about what they mean to you and how they have helped you,” she says. Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

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scaping stress by slowing down to connect with nature is at the heart of Shinrin-yoku; a practice that began in Japan during the 1980s to enhance health, wellness and happiness. Shinrin-yoku translates as “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing”. Time is spent moving through the forest in a mindful way that cultivates presence, opens the senses and creates opportunities for nature connection while breathing in the forest air. The Japanese government has conducted many studies to confirm the benefits of Shinrinyoku, including reduced blood pressure and heart rate, reduced cortisol levels, improved immune function, improved attention and focus, reduced anger and hostility, and an improved sense of well-being. It’s a common practice to go for a walk in the woods to relax or to enjoy a



nature vacation to escape work, and people intuitively understand that connecting with nature reduces stress. The difference is that during a Shinrin-yoku walk, the focus is on the journey, not the destination. Walks are typically a mile or less, ranging in duration from two to four hours. Mindfulness and a nature connection are encouraged through an evolving series of suggested invitations offered by a guide. This is not a typical hike in the woods. Shinrin-yoku is a slow, meandering walk, replete with long pauses for observation, connection and sitting. Slowing down physically and mentally can feel challenging at first, but over the course of the walk, it gets easier. The body and mind adjust to the slower pace and the senses open to a wider experience. Stress, anxiety and the need to get something done is replaced

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with calm. Stress and anxiety are released with every exhale, while each inhale increases calm and healing. Breathing in the forest air could be lifesaving. Science has discovered that trees and plants also exhale many beneficial compounds for humans, including phytoncides—antimicrobial volatile organic compounds that activate natural killer (NK) cells in the human immune system. NK cells eliminate virally infected cells and detect and control early signs of cancer. In one study, a significant increase in NK cells was detected and the boost remained for at least seven days and for up to 30 days. Some doctors now prescribe nature connection to patients with high blood pressure and high cortisol levels (stress) instead of prescribing drugs. The research is compelling. Shinrin-yoku is gaining in popularity in the U.S. Locally, Morton Arboretum ( has hosted two guide trainings by the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, training more than 30 guides. Morton Arboretum and The Resiliency Institute ( both offer public Shinrin-yoku walks. Visit their websites to join a walk. To schedule a private walk for a group or event, or to add Shinrin-yoku to programming at forest preserves, park districts or counties, contact The Resiliency Institute.

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ccording to a Pew Forum study, nearly 80 percent of Americans believe in miracles. When we think we can’t handle burdensome difficulties on our own, we often seek help from a higher power, pleading: Cure me or my loved one of this illness. Aid me in providing for myself and my family. Bring me someone to love. Help me resolve this intensely painful situation. Protect loved ones from the harm they’re subjecting themselves to. If we want miracles to unfold in our lives, we must actively participate in their manifestation. Here are five ways to manifest more miracles in our lives.


Be Grateful for Everything

Gratitude deserves its positive buzz. When we’re grateful, our energy changes and our light shines. Our perspective shifts from scarcity to abundance. We bring forth divine blessings by being tuned into the giving nature of the creator of all. When we live in a state of gratitude, good people, opportunities and blessings arrive.


Stop Using Excuses to Do Nothing

When we take a positive step in our lives—it can be anything—a way forward will often appear that may be unrelated to the blessing we receive. For example, clearing out clutter may clarify a career move. Taking a course to build a new skill may introduce us to a new friend. In beginning a new exercise routine, we may discover self-confidence in other areas of life.


Step Beyond Routine

Step out of routines, broaden horizons and bust through comfort zones. Bumps and bruises may occur, but bravery is rewarded. Miracles are not beyond our grasp, but we may need to extend our reach in ways we’ve never done before.


Help Others Receive the Miracles They Pray For

Experience the bliss of being a giver. Share what others need. Sponsor a child’s education. Give unused belongings to people that desperately need them. Offer words of encouragement. It all matters more than we realize.


Trust Intuition

When we listen to our intellect instead of our inner heart-and-soul guidance system, we get turned around and off course. We all have an inner knowing that can help us get where we want to go. Divine wisdom always trumps the human mind. When we tune into it and trust what it’s telling us, we invite miracles into our lives. We all have the power to participate in creating miracles for ourselves and others by bringing to fruition what did not seem remotely possible. It’s easy to start by practicing these five miracle-creating strategies. J. Marie Novak is an author, life transformation mentor and founder of the Believe and Create online community. Learn how to believe in and create the life you were born to live at

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n Avoid all added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Allow nothing more than six grams of naturally occurring sugar per serving. n Avoid fried foods and baked goods made with refined cooking oils used to preserve them like bread, muffins, cookies, energy bars, most packaged foods and chips. n Eat bread that’s only made of organic whole wheat, salt water and starter.

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EAT WHEAT AGAIN Eight Ways to Restore Gut Health by John Douillard


he New York University Langone Medical Center recently reported that 74 percent of Americans experience some form of digestive distress, a quarter are obese and more than 100 million U.S. adults are pre-diabetic and don’t know it. While many blame such problems on eating wheat, some food scientists disagree, including those citing two major studies by Harvard researchers; following more than 100,000 people for 25 years, they concluded that those eating the most wheat compared to low-gluten folks had a 13 percent lower diabetes risk and no greater risk of heart disease. While the standard American diet, which includes highly processed wheat, is likely responsible for many of these health concerns, plenty of science links a diet rich in whole grains, including whole wheat, to weight loss, better digestion and lower blood sugar. The Mediterranean Diet, replete with whole grains and wheat, is still

revered as one of the healthiest-known diets. Centenarians that live in the famed “blue zones”, recognized for their longevity-enhancing environment and lifestyles, eat a non-processed, whole-food diet rich in whole grains and wheat. Many Americans that are gluten-sensitive today digested wheat fine when they were young. At some point, our ability to digest foods that are a bit harder to digest, like wheat and dairy, became compromised. It’s possible to reboot.

Delete Processed Foods

The first step toward reestablishing digestive strength is avoiding all processed foods. A study in the journal Diabetes Care linked a processed food diet to a 141 percent increase in belly fat, high blood sugar and high cholesterol. It further showed that a diet of whole grains, including wheat, reduced the risk of these health concerns by 38 percent.

Highly processed vegetable oils are used as preservatives in most packaged foods, including bread. Processing these oils renders them indigestible. Linked to congestion of the liver and gallbladder, they disable liver bile so it can’t break down either good or bad fats, also making it insufficient to buffer stomach acids. Without adequate bile production to neutralize stomach acid, the stomach won’t produce the needed acid to digest proteins like gluten and the casein in dairy. This malady has effected a huge spike in gallbladder surgeries and epidemic levels of obesity, high blood sugar and food intolerances. To boost bile flow, enjoy these foods daily: n Eat one red beet and one apple a day— either raw, cooked, juiced or blended. Add celery and make a bile-flow smoothie. n Consume one teaspoon of both coconut oil and high-quality olive oil per day. n Eat more artichokes, bitter roots and leafy greens. n Drink fennel and fenugreek tea with meals.

Strengthen Stomach Fire

Instead of taking digestive enzymes or a hydrochloric acid-based stomach acid pill, stimulate the stomach to make its own acid and the small intestine and pancreas to produce digestive enzymes. This is best done regularly with the following five spices:

Blues is to jazz what yeast is to bread. Without it, it’s flat.” – Carmen McRae



Studies published in journals such as Molecular Nutrition & Food Research and the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry suggest that when these five spices are used together —as a supplement, in cooking or to flavor food—they act as a total upper digestive reset. These five-star spices: 4 Stimulate digestion 4 Increase bile flow, pancreatic and small intestine enzyme activity, and fat and sugar metabolism 4 Decrease H. pylori, an opportunistic acid-producing microbe, from adhering to the stomach 4 Decrease gas and bloating 4 Support optimal weight, microbiology health, growth of good gut bacteria and elimination 4 Act as powerful free-radical scavengers Following these simple steps of nutrition will set gluten sufferers on the right path to retraining the body to digest and enjoy wheat again. John Douillard, a Boulder, CO, doctor of chiropractic and creator of the wellness website, is the former director of player development and nutrition advisor to the New Jersey Nets NBA team. He is author of the book Eat Wheat: A Scientific and Clinically-Proven Approach to Safely Bringing Wheat and Dairy Back into Your Diet. Learn more at

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en Miller says, “We eat from our stored and preserved vegetables throughout the winter, so there’s no greater luxury than enjoying a fresh green salad harvested from the soils of our hoophouses. This simple spicy and sweet salad combination is refreshing, healthy and nice alongside a bowl of soup.” Simple Sweet & Spicy Winter Salad Yields: 4 to 6 servings. 3 cups young spinach, chopped if needed 3 cups arugula, chopped if needed ¼ cup red onion, sliced thin Parmesan cheese (optional)

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Combine the dressing ingredients in a mason jar. Screw on the lid tightly and shake until the oil and vinegar have combined evenly. Combine the arugula, spinach and fresh onion in a large bowl. Pour dressing on top and toss to coat. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Add grated parmesan cheese for extra flavor. Recipe courtesy of Jen Miller, Prairie Wind Family Farm, which grows a wide variety of certified organic vegetables, pasture-raised hens for eggs and provides fresh fruit to CSA members, delivered to north and western suburban locations. Spring shares start in April. For more information and to sign up for this year’s CSA season, visit

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Small changes in daily eating routines translate into healthier weight for America’s kids.


n 2010, President Obama and Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! as their signature initiative to tackle epidemic levels of U.S. childhood obesity. While modest progress has been made, it remains a public health crisis. A brief by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the obesity rate remained fairly stable at nearly 17 percent between 2011 and 2014 for children 2 to 19 years old. Caused mainly by inadequate physical activity, unhealthy diets and rare genetic factors, obesity increases the risk of significant health problems, including high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes, plus joint and breathing issues. “We must launch our own family anti-obesity campaigns,” urges pediatrician Ricardo Riesco, co-owner of Peds Care, in Dalton, Georgia. “Along with increasing activity levels, we can encourage healthier eating habits at home and lead by example.”



Portions Matter In today’s “supersize-me” climate, teaching youngsters about appropriate portion sizes is imperative in fostering healthy eating habits. “It’s often hard for parents to find time to cook a meal at home,” Riesco acknowledges. “Too often, parents will pick up fast food for dinner, which is typically higher in calories and fat, plus the portion sizes are far too large.” When parents can’t prepare a meal from scratch, a frozen, boxed meal can be a better alternative than fast food. “The portions are more appropriate, so there’s more control of how much a child eats.” Tasty frozen organic meals are now available at many grocers.

Rethinking Family Plates “A large part of the obesity problem stems from children consuming sodas and refined, processed, junk and fried foods,” says Daemon “Dr. Dae” Jones, a Washington, D.C., naturopathic physician and author

of Eat More Plants. “They are low in nutrients, and high in sugars and calories that pack on the pounds.” Jones says the best way to combat obesity and form healthy eating habits is to replace processed foods with a whole foods diet plentiful in colorful fruits and vegetables, with sides of whole grains, nuts and seeds, and beans and legumes. “These foods are high in vitamins, nutrients, fiber, proteins and healthy fats. Lean meats, chicken and fish are good choices for protein, as well.”

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Breakfast and Snacks Breakfast provides fuel for the body and helps young minds concentrate and learn, so experts warn against skipping or skimping on it. “I tell parents to, ‘Get out of the box,’” says Doctor of Naturopathy JoAnn Yanez, executive director of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges. “Offer them a balance of fats, proteins and complex carbohydrates.” She suggests making a batch of pancakes using an extra egg or almond meal for protein, served with fresh fruit and nitratefree sausage. “I also recommend steel cut oats,” she says. “I make them in advance, and in the morning add in all sorts of good stuff such as fresh fruit, almond meal and almond milk.” “Although almost everything can be enjoyed in moderation, decreasing or eliminating high-calorie, high-fat, low-nutrient treats can also help children develop healthy eating habits for life and prevent obesity,” says Registered Dietitian Wendy Palmer, manager of child wellness and a certified health education specialist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “A medium-sized apple or banana, or a cup of baby carrots with hummus, is a nutrient-rich snack for kids. Avoid snacks that have no nutritional value or are coated in sugar.” For more good ideas, see

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10,000 Steps and Counting Keep Moving to Stay Fit


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e have become a nation of couch potatoes. The average American takes only 5,900 steps a day, somewhat better than the sedentary Brits that average less than 4,000. The notion that overall we need to take 10,000 steps a day to be physically fit started with manpo-kei, a 1960s Japanese marketing tool to sell pedometers. While the 10,000 steps concept lacks specific supporting science, it’s widely acknowledged that we are healthier the more that we move. Affixing a target number to it helped spread the notion of the benefits of walking, says Catrine Tudor-Locke, Ph.D., a walking behavior researcher at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Tudor-Locke is a proponent of the walking goal, although she readily admits the real objective is to get people moving more. “Any opportunity to walk more, more frequently and farther, wherever that is—it all adds up,” she says.

Making 10,000 Steps Possible For those already physically fit and physically active, 10,000 steps is a no-brainer. However, it’s never too late to start for those with exercise programs that have been supplanted by a too-busy-toworkout lifestyle. There’s probably no easier exercise than walking, says Dr. Melina Jampolis, the Los Angeles author of The Doctor on Demand Diet. “Walking is the number one exercise I recommend to most of my patients, because it is exceptionally easy to do, requires only a supportive pair of quality sneakers and 44


has tremendous mental and physical benefits that increase just by getting outside in the fresh air.” The biggest bang for the increased effort is the first 3,000 to 4,000 steps between the sedentary baseline and 10,000 steps, Tudor-Locke explains. “Still, 10,000 steps is the magic number for the average American,” says Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. “That specific number of steps seems to help break down insulin resistance, an underlying cause of Type 2 diabetes. We’re not exactly sure how this happens, but we know that this amount of exercise takes the glucose from the blood where it is a hazard to the cells, so that it becomes less hazardous.”

Exponential Health Benefits Many more well-documented health benefits of a walking program include: 4 increased heart health 4 lower blood pressure 4 stronger muscles 4 improved balance 4 weight control 4 natural stress relief Several studies from places like Harvard Medical School’s affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital also show that a brisk walking program nearly cut in half the risk of early death in breast cancer patients. Most exercise experts note that a walking pace that leaves the walker only slightly out of breath reaps the greatest rewards. “One hundred steps a minute is a good cadence,” advises Tudor-Locke. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least 150 minutes of exercise weekly, or 30 minutes five days a week, for virtually everyone. Many experts don’t believe it’s necessary to move for 30 minutes straight. Ten-minute increments work fine; so a quick morning walk around the block, another outing during the lunch hour and a refreshing walk with the dog after work can do the trick. Some evidence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion suggests that varying walking speed is even more effective in overcoming insulin resistance and burning calories.

Counting Up Roizen recommends wearing a pedometer or using a free iPhone app (no need for a fitness band), mainly to keep up awareness of our daily step count. There’s no age when we don’t need to walk anymore. If a consistent 10,000 steps does wonders for health, some ask if more would be better. “Ten thousand is the answer for health and longevity, but 12,000 or more makes a difference for fitness and calorie burning, so go for it!” Roizen says. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at

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his kundalini yoga breathing technique, when combined with a brisk walking program, changes the basic rhythms of the body, even at cellular levels, according to the Kundalini Research Institute, in Santa Cruz, New Mexico. Breathwalking, a particular combination of breathing and walking, improves several brain functions, according to research the institute conducted with the University of Arizona. Breathwalking, compared to normal walking, increases executive function by as much as 80 percent and improves cognitive function, judgment and mental focus. Other findings by the institute are that breathwalking improves vision, including depth of field and clarity of detail, as well as muscle balance and heart function. “If aerobic exercise resembles the pure power of a single frequency emanating from a strong radio station, then breathwalking looks like many frequencies mixed into complex and richly textured patterns. One is a tone; the others add melody, chords and harmonies. It is like comparing loud noise to sophisticated music,” notes the organization’s website.

How to Do It Wave breath: Inhale steadily through the nose to the count of four while taking four steps, exhale through the mouth to a count of four while taking another four steps. Stair breath: Make four distinct inhalations through the nose to a count of four while taking four steps; and then exhale through the mouth in four sharp exhalations while taking another four steps. Dr. Jim Nicolai, who is affiliated with the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson, has created a helpful instructional video at


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rocery bags, bottles, cups and straws comprise much of the 9.1 billion tons of plastic manufactured worldwide in the past 65 years. Once discarded, 79 percent resides in landfills and litters the environment, with more created daily. Annually, the equivalent of five grocery bags of trash for every foot of coastline worldwide enters the oceans, killing 100,000 marine animals. A 2016 World Economic Forum report says that by 2050, the world’s seas could contain more plastic than fish. At the 2017 Our Ocean Conference, the Ocean Conservancy and its partners announced a $150 million preventive plan. “This is a major breakthrough for trash-free seas,” says Susan Ruffo, the conservancy’s managing director of international initiatives. “Our research found improved waste management in Southeast Asian countries [Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and China] can halve plastic going in the ocean by 2025.” When the United Nations launched the Clean Seas campaign in 2017, Indonesia pledged $1 billion to reduce plastic waste by

70 percent within eight years through education, taxes on plastic bags and investing in alternative products. Increased awareness is crucial to buy and discard less, create alternatives and recycle more to support the planet’s overall health.

Expanding Footprint

Lacking space, technology and equipment to transform waste into reusable materials, U.S. municipalities typically ship it to a sorter for processing elsewhere; often to China, where new regulations restrict what’s accepted, leaving trash haulers scrambling. Although recyclable, these are the worst plastics: #3, Polyvinyl chloride, used in plastic wrap, toys, squeeze bottles and packaging for peanut butter, contains lead and phthalate esters (chemical compounds) that affect development of testosterone, according to a study by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. #6, Polystyrene, in Styrofoam, plastic utensils and disposable or carryout containers, is toxic to our brain and nervous

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Small Changes Make a Difference Recycling weakens plastic grocery bags, necessitating double-bagging to avoid spills. Average families annually accumulate about 1,500 plastic bags, with 99 percent ending in landfills, as litter or stuffed in the pantry, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. Worldwide, many countries ban or tax bags. “Annually, 50 billion water bottles are sold globally, including 30 billion in the U.S. That’s 1,500 individual water bottles thrown away per second,” says Deanna Latson, co-founder of ARIIX, which makes water purification systems, in Bountiful, Utah. “One filter can purify the equivalent of thousands of them a year.” The U.S. annual bottle recycling rate is 23 percent. Beth Terry, of Oakland, California, author of Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, offers 100 tips at, including this planet-saving advice: 4 Opt for bar soap instead of liquid, soap nuts in lieu of plastic-packaged powders, and baking soda and lemon or vinegar rather than sprays to clean. 4 Ask the butcher to wrap meat in paper, forgoing trays and plastic wrap. 4 Buy fruit and vegetables at farmers’ markets; return containers for reuse. 4 Turn out-of-fashion garments into cleaning rags; skip plastic scrubbers. 4 Carry reusable water bottles and cloth shopping bags. 4 Avoid over-packaged frozen foods. 4 Use glass jars for leftovers and storage. 4 Buy kitty litter packaged in paper. 4 Choose stainless steel pet food and water bowls. As a substitute, glass is endlessly recy-

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clable, but facilities are few. Find resource centers at “Plastic innovations stop at invention and don’t follow through to end-oflife solutions,” says Tom Szaky, CEO and founder of TerraCycle, in Trenton, New Jersey. It accepts both basic and difficultto-recycle waste including pens, laboratory waste, cigarette butts, art supplies, small auto parts, bathroom cleaning waste, toys, candy wrappers and coffee pods (

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Tell companies when products have excessive or harmful packaging. In Delray Beach, Florida, Saltwater Brewery created biodegradable, safely edible wheat and barley six-pack rings to replace traditional plastic rings that are hazardous to wildlife. Restaurants routinely provide fresh plastic straws with refills. BYOS (bring your own straw), whether plastic, stainless steel or paper, and let management know why. Americans daily discard 500 million plastic straws ( “Consumers are willing to change if options are available,” observes Szaky. “Manufacturers need to offer high-quality, reusable products designed for reuse equal or superior in value to single-use, disposable items.”

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A new year can prompt us to refresh the look and feel of our home. Eco-minded individuals may wish to spruce up a treasured piece of furniture or find a replacement that’s light on environmental impact.

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made from sustainably harvested forests and tree farms or reclaimed wood. Find explanations of Forest Stewardship Council certification requirements at

MChoose vintage and secondhand furniture to extend its life with a bonus of nostalgia. Avoid painted furniture from the early to mid-20th century, which may contain lead, or use a paint-testing kit.

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natural wood finishes, naturally tanned leather or organic cotton. Look for Greenguard product certification to ensure low toxicity ( Some businesses, like Upholstery on Broadway, in Arlington, Massachusetts, conduct money-saving classes for people that want to learn to repair or restore their own furniture. Owner Kevin Kennedy finds, “People bring in their own projects, often wing chairs and side chairs, along with stray pieces of materials. As long as they have ‘good bones’ [solid wood frames], new fabric can add many years.” For those afraid of making mistakes in cutting fabric, “We help them measure carefully first, and that relieves their anxiety.” A carpenter’s rule is to measure twice, cut once.

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furniture line made from 100 percent recycled materials, including glass, plastics and metals, for easy assembly without tools. Standardized components deliver efficient manufacturing and shipping; each part has an identification number with the manufacturer’s date and location, and the type of waste used in production.

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reused, as well. Sell it via,, local classifieds or a yard sale; donate through or a local thrift store; or just give it away.


The city of Evanston has entered into a franchise agreement with Collective Resource, Inc. (CRI), to provide composting services to Evanston residents, to meet its sustainability goals. Under the agreement, the private Evanston-based composting service will offer its basic residential service for a reduced rate. Their five-gallon orange buckets may be a good start to saving the world from the climate crisis if they are used for compost. CRI collects food waste and compostable products from homes, businesses and institutions and takes them to a commercial composting site. The food scraps then become a nutrient-rich soil amendment, instead of sitting in a landfill. Commercial composting is different than backyard composting, because anything that was once alive, including meat and dairy products, can be composted. The city will also start a Yard Waste Ride-Along program next spring. Sustainability Coordinator Kumar Jensen, says, “The service offered through Collective Resource will be a 12-month service and will feature a ‘container-swap’ model program, where each individual container a property owner pays for will be picked up and swapped for an entirely clean container. There may also be some variability in what materials are accepted between each service.” The length of service for the Yard Waste Ride-Along program will be seasonal, from April 1 to mid-December, and is a tipped service, meaning that the containers are tipped or dumped by the yard waste collection truck, and then set back in their collection location; each property keeps the exact same container, and nothing is swapped.” Seventh Ward Alderman Eleanor Revelle says, “CRI will make it easy for more Evanstonians to participate in composting their food scraps. CRI will offer food scrap collection to the many residents who live in multi-family apartment buildings and who won’t be served by the Food Scrap Ride-Along service. And it will provide an option for those who want a collection service between December 15 and March 30, when the Ride Along program will not be available.” CRI has different but also reduced rates for businesses and nonprofits like restaurants, schools and faith communities, based in Evanston, that want to do their part in reducing greenhouse gases by diverting their food scraps. Collective Resource owner Erlene Howard says the city is breaking new ground by giving the franchise to a small, woman-owned business. She says, “Evanston is incredibly unique in signing a franchise agreement with us. I don’t know of anyone who is not a major hauler who has gotten an agreement like this.” Howard founded CRI in 2010 after she realized that her commitment to an organic food diet did not completely fulfill her passion to heal the planet.

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An enzyme with higher amylase content helps eneé S. Barasch, a certified digestive break down carbohydrates, and one with more health specialist, detoxification/purificalipase works better to break down fats. In my tion specialist and founder of Nutritional office, we run lab tests to determine the right mix Health Solutions, in Highland Park, has been a of enzymes for each person. I take into considerChicago area leader in nutrition and digestion ation factors like family history, diet and overall education for more than 12 years. She splits her health. The tests also help detect any nutritional time between seeing clients in private sessions, deficiencies. Based on the results, I might recomspeaking to the community, writing about digesmend diet modifications and food supplements tion issues, being an ambassador for holistic in addition to enzymes. digestive health and giving people the ability to connect the dots between nutrition and digesHow do environmental irritants tion. affect digestion? Although every digestive system is differWe encounter factors in the environment every ent, many people experience allergy flare-ups Reneé S. Barasch, LDHS day that can cause irritation and inflammation, that may be related to how their bodies are breakwhether that’s someone’s excess perfume, secondhand smoke ing down ingredients in their food. Being aware of our specific or particles from a construction site. In the springtime, the air digestive needs and taking steps to protect the gut can eliminate is full of dust, mold and other seasonal aggravators. When we allergies, improve absorption and take unneeded stress off our breathe these in, they get into our bloodstream in less than 20 organs. seconds. Our bodies then have to break down those extra toxins, Why is thorough digestion so important for which is a lot of work for the liver, kidneys and gallbladder. If overall health? they aren’t broken down properly, it results in what people think Digestion is one of the main ways the body detoxifies, or cleansof as seasonal allergies; runny nose, itchy eyes, red or blotchy es. If the food you’re consuming isn’t broken down properly and skin. People often miss the connection between allergies and thoroughly, it causes stress on the system as it moves through, digestion. Instead of going to an allergist, they might just need to which can lead to symptoms like gas, bloating, acid reflux, have their digestive system checked for digestive imbalances. constipation, diarrhea and even insomnia, depression, psoriasis, What practices can people do every day to eczema and chronic pain. Proper digestion also allows for thorough absorption, so your improve digestion? Digestive health is dependent on a number of factors, but it is body is able to use the nutrients you’re putting inside it. Undigestkey to both detoxification and real nutrition. I tell my clients that ed food leads to what we call “leaky gut”, where it passes through ideally, they are looking to digest, absorb, transport, utilize and the gut membrane and into the bloodstream. This can eventually eliminate the cellular waste that’s put into their bodies. Avoiding lead to more serious conditions such as Crohn’s and other autoenvironmental irritants and pollutants eliminates the need to immune diseases. In general, when our food isn’t being digested break them down in the first place. properly, our bodies aren’t working as efficiently as they can. Food Chewing your food thoroughly starts the breakdown process becomes a toxin, instead of something that nourishes us. before it gets into the digestive system. Eating a healthy mix of What role do enzymes play in digestion? protein, fats, whole grains fruit and veggies at each meal may be Enzymes are the catalyst for food to be digested. They help to easier to break down than a giant plate of just pasta or a huge deliver the nutrients to the cells and increase absorption. When steak. Food that is processed or contains GMOs is much harder for food is steamed, broiled, roasted, boiled, fried, stewed, canned, the body to process, so I encourage clients to look for whole foods pasteurized or microwaved, the naturally occurring enzymes in their natural form as much as possible. in it are destroyed. I recommend that everyone take a specific Nutritional Health Solutions is located at 480 Elm Pl., in digestive enzyme supplement. That enzyme depends largely Highland Park. For appointments, call 847-207-2034. on your diet, and how your body breaks down fats, carbs and For more information, email or visit protein. Testing is recommended to determine which enzyme is right for you. January2018 2018 January

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real, whole, organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) foods, preferably raw—also plenty of high-quality protein, including muscle meat, organs and bone; moderate amounts of animal fat; high levels of EPA and DHA (omega-3 fatty acids, such as those present in krill oil); and some fresh-cut ground veggies; plus antioxidant-rich fruit. Consider adding both vitamin/mineral and other supplements like probiotics, digestive enzymes, medicinal mushrooms and super green foods. Work with a holistic or integrative veterinarian to determine the best regime.


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Don’t Overfeed Fido Plus Other Tips to Keep a Dog Cancer-Free by Karen Becker


ancer is the leading cause of canine fatalities in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Often diagnosed too late, the risks, heartache and expense of aggressive traditional treatments have many people searching for healthy alternatives. Although the causes are not well understood, we can give our companion the best possible chance of prevention.

1Avoid Pet Obesity

In studies across species, caloric restriction has been shown to help prevent tumor development and progression. Obesity is strongly linked to increased cancer risk in humans and is assumed so in dogs. For people, cancer is also connected with excessive glucose, increased insulin sensitivity, inflammation and oxidative stress. Overfeeding a dog is not a loving thing to do.


Choose an AntiInflammatory Diet

Creating or promoting inflammation raises cancer risk by facilitating abnormal cells to proliferate. Current research suggests cancer is actually a chronic, inflammatory disease. Because cancer cells require the glucose in carbohydrates as an energy source, limit or eliminate carbs present in processed grains, fruits with fructose and starchy vegetables. Cancer cells generally can’t use dietary fats for energy, so appropriate amounts of good-quality fats are nutritionally healthy. Another major contributor to inflammation is poor-quality, processed pet food, which is typically high in omega-6 fatty acids and low in omega-3. Omega-6s increase inflammation; omega-3s do the reverse. A healthy, moist dog diet contains

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Harmful toxins include chemical pesticides like flea and tick preventives, lawn chemicals, tobacco smoke, flame retardants and all common household cleaners. A six-year study by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, at Tufts University, showed that exposure to lawn pesticides, specifically those applied by lawn care companies, raised the risk of canine malignant lymphoma up to 70 percent. Conventional flea and tick preventives are pesticides, whether spot-on treatments, pills, dips, solutions, shampoos or collars. Chemical spot-on products attracted U.S. Environmental Protection Agency attention based on reports of 40,000 adverse events in 2008, including 600 animal deaths. Because avoiding all toxins is nearly impossible, consider periodic detoxification based on a vet’s recommendation. For a dog with constant exposure to toxic chemicals all summer, a daily oral detox protocol is sound. If the only source is a monthly dose of a flea and tick product, limit a detox to the week after each pill or topical treatment.


Refuse Unnecessary Vaccinations

To properly maintain a dog’s first line of defense—the immune system—don’t overstimulate it with vaccines. Tailor vaccine protocols to minimize risk and maximize protection, considering the dog’s breed, background, nutritional status and overall vitality. A good protocol with healthy puppies is to provide a single parvovirus and distemper vaccine at or before 12 weeks of age, and a second set after 14 weeks. Cautious vets then order a titer test (at a lab that uses the immunofluorescence assay method) two weeks after the last set of vaccines. If the dog has been successfully immunized, it’s protected for life. If titer tests indicate low vaccine levels (unlikely), try a booster for only the specific viruses that titered low, and only those to which the animal has a real risk of exposure. Combination vaccines (four to eight viruses in one injection), a standard booster at many veterinary practices, is not recommended.


Maintain Physical Integrity Until at Least 18 to 24 Months of Age

Studies from Purdue University, the University of California, Davis, and others show a clear link between spaying/neutering and increased cancer rates in dogs, especially large breeds. These include increased risk of osteosarcoma in Rottweilers neutered or spayed before their first birthday; double the risk of bone cancer in neutered or spayed large, purebred dogs versus intact (not neutered) dogs; and three to four times the cancer rates for spayed female golden retrievers versus intact females. Opting for ovary-sparing spays (hysterectomy) is another option that preserves sex hormones while rendering the animal sterile. Applying these five suggestions in caring for a dog throughout its life offers a pet a good chance for a cancer-free and overall healthy, high-quality life. Karen Becker, a doctor of veterinary medicine, is a proactive, integrative practitioner who consults internationally and writes for Mercola Healthy Pets (

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MONDAY, JANUARY 1 New Year’s Day Last Day of Kwanza

TUESDAY, JANUARY 2 Lakefront Birding – 8am. With Chicago area naturalist Wendy Paulson. Dress for weather and bring binoculars. Walk will be cancelled only in the event of extreme bad weather. McCormick Place Bird Sanctuary, 31st St, east of Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. Meet in the North parking lot (not the Marina lot). RSVP required, Daniel Wear: 312-453-0230 x 2010 or

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3 Go Green Highland Park Meeting – 12:151:30pm. 1st Wed. All welcome. If you’d like to be involved but can’t attend, email us. Madame ZuZu’s, 582 Roger Williams Ave, Highland Park. More info: Green Drinks McHenry County – 5-7pm. 1st Wed. Come talk about “greening” the future with others. Special presentations each month on a timely environmental topic or green business. Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N Main St, Crystal Lake.


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FRIDAY, JANUARY 5 Gyrokinesis Class – Fridays, Jan 5-Feb 9. 1010:55am. 6-wk session. Lengthen and strengthen your spine and body. Spyrl Chicago, 1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park. 773-814-2071.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 6 Midwest College of Oriental Medicine Winter 2018 Quarter Begins – The Winter 2018 quarter offers Saturday courses and distance education. Convenient online LiveStream lectures available for weekday evening science courses eliminating winter weather commuting. Online as a LiveStream lecture or Campuses in Evanston & Racine, WI. More info: 800-593-2320, or Create Your Joyful Life Vision Board Workshop – 10:30am-4:30pm. Ready to start a new year and create great outcomes? But there is just so much you want to be, do and have. Where do you start? Participating in a Joyfully Create Your Life Vision Board Workshop will move you past the confusion and into clarity. With Cherise Greski. $75, $65/A.R.E members; includes materials. Lunch can be pre-ordered 48 hrs in advance for $10. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. Plant Chicago Indoor Farmers’ Market – 11am3pm. 1st Sat thru May. The Plant, Lobby, 1400 W 46th St, Chicago. 773-847-5523.

Creating Your Inspired New Year Workshop – 2-4pm. We’ll start with compassionate yearend review. Receive guidance to create your personal inspired map for realizing your ideals in the new Year. $35, $25 preregistered by Jan 2. Jai Yoga, 37 Northwest Hwy, Palatine. Register, Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362 or

SUNDAY, JANUARY 7 Christmas (Eastern Orthodox)

Free 21-Day Self-Care Slay – Do you take care of everyone else while neglecting yourself? Have you gained weight from not paying attention to what you eat? Do you feel exhausted and depleted? Each day, challenge participants will receive an email with actions to tune into their spiritual, emotional and physical needs and create time and space for self-care. Northshore Acupuncture Center: 815-814-1319. Gong Meditation – 1-2:30pm. During gong meditation, emotional transformation is produced as it reduces tension, releases blocks and stimulates circulation. The result is a reorganization of the emotional energy and feelings that are tied into the body. It clears nerve endings and regenerates the parasympathetic system, which is ruled by sound. $20/pre-register, $25/at door. Yin Yang Pilates & Yoga, 111 S Rand Rd, Lake Zurich. 847-719-1800. Life Mission Exploration – 2-4pm. A creative space for introspection, uncovering and embracing you, and your uniqueness. Recognize your life mission cues. Donation. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. RSVP, Sarah Karnes: 262745-8362. Releasing Anxiety with Breath and Movement – 2-4pm. Join Amy Hirt, LCSW, CYT, as she guides you through this gentle, supportive and semi-private workshop; easing, releasing and removing past energy that does not serve you. $35/advance, $40/ at door (space limited to 10). Lovelight Healing Center, 408 Center St. Grayslake. Pre-registration required: 847-350-7000.

MONDAY, JANUARY 8 Free Essential Oil Basics – 7-8pm. With Amy Landolt. Are you sick of having so many side effects from how you are currently managing your health? Learn the basics about doTERRA’s Certified Pure Therapeutic-Grade essential oils, and how they can be used to support the body and mind naturally. You may also want to register for the Acupuncture FAQ & Stress Relief class immediately following. Northshore Acupuncture Center, 5225 Old Orchard Rd, Ste 5, Skokie. RSVP required, Amy: 815-814-1319.

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F re e A c u p u n c t u re FA Q & S t re s s R e lief – 8-8:30pm. With Amy Landolt. Join us to have your questions about acupuncture answered and try a complimentary stress relief treatment (as interested). Will cover most FAQ: does it hurt, what can it be used for, does it really work, will it interfere with medications and/or other treatments, how many treatments are needed? You may also want to register for the Essential Oil Basics class immediately preceding. Northshore Acupuncture Center, 5225 Old Orchard Rd, Ste 5, Skokie. RSVP required, Amy: 815-814-1319.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 9 Gyrokinesis Class – Tuesdays, Jan 9-Feb 13. 9:30-10:25am. 6-wk session. Lengthen and strengthen your spine and body. Spyrl Chicago, 1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park. 773-814-2071. Beginning Zen Shiatsu – Tuesdays, Jan 9-Mar 13. 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 the first 30 hrs of our complete shiatsu certification programs. $500; $450 with early registration plus books. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Green Drinks Libertyville – 6:30pm. 2nd Tues. Like-minded people meet to discuss issues of environmental importance and build awareness. O’Toole’s Pub, 412 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville. For more info: or

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10 Gyrokinesis Class – Wednesdays, Jan 10-Feb 14. 6-6:55pm. 6-wk session. Lengthen and strengthen your spine and body. Spyrl Chicago, 1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park. 773-814-2071.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 11 Beginning Zen Shiatsu – Tuesdays, Jan 11-Mar 15. 7-10pm. Learn how to give a basic 1-hr shiatsu treatment that you can share with friends and family. Course is a stand-alone offering; also the first 30 hrs of our complete shiatsu certification programs. $500; $450 with early registration plus books. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12 ESSENTIAL RESTorative Yoga – 7-8:15pm. With Felicia Holtz. Treat your mind and body to a deep healing experience. Restorative postures are enhanced and heightened with the application of carefully chosen doTERRA essential oils. $15 or class card. North Branch Yoga, 8056 Lincoln Ave, Skokie. 847-906-3547. Candlelight Detox Yin with Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Release tightness and tension as we guide your body slowly into deep tissue release and complete relaxation. The perfect way to detox, breathe and energize your soul as we begin the New Year. Instructor Toni is a Certified Holistic Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, Radio Talk Show Host and yoga enthusiast. $25. Jai Yoga Studio, 37 E Northwest Hwy, Palatine. 224-567-0838.



SATURDAY, JANUARY 13 Faith in Place Winter Farmers’ Market – 9am1pm. Purchase soups, jams, baked goods, salsas, meats, honey, winter-available produce, and more to support your local farmers. Grace Lutheran Church and School, 7300 Division St, River Forest. 312-733-4640 x 123. 61st Street Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. South side Chicago’s premier farmers market. Market also features chef demos, live music and more. Experimental Station, 6100 S Blackstone Ave, Chicago. Yoga for Fertility Community Class – 10-11:30am. With Diana Zic. Curious about yoga and how it can support fertility? Learn about Pulling Down the Moon’s 6-wk yoga program, meet amazing women and practice yoga. Practice a sequence of poses that are supportive of your fertility journey and safe during any part of the fertility cycle, including during ART cycles. All levels welcome. Free. Pulling Down the Moon, 770 N LaSalle St, Ste 800, Chicago. 312-321-0004. Chicago IANDS – 2-5pm. Support/study/resource forum for near-death, out-of-body and spiritual experiences, losses. Guest Speaker: Eric Pearl, NDEr, amazing healer, author of The Reconnection. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847-251-5758. Herbal Healing Cooking Class – 5:30-7:30pm. $55/person includes gift bag, workshop, samples, appetizer, dinner, dessert and tea bar. Limited seating, RSVP by Jan 10. Love That Spice, 1893 Sheridan Rd, Highland Park. 847-780-4658.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 14 Sky Yoga School 200-Hr Yoga Teacher Training – Jan 14-May 13. Whether you are looking to grow your practice or aspire to teach, Sky Yoga Teacher Training will immerse you into an in-depth understanding of the different components of yoga, and develop you into a skillful and successful yogi and teacher. Sky Yoga Avani & Agni Yoga Studios at Sky Fitness, 1501 Busch Pkwy, Buffalo Grove. 847-229-0292. Turning Over a New Stone: A White Stone Ceremony – 9 & 11am. Service led by Lynn Barrette, Licensed Unity Teacher, and Greg Barrette, Senior Minister of Unity Northwest. The White Stone Ceremony is an ancient ritual of new beginnings. In Jesus’ day, when a person was released from prison, they were given a white stone to represent their new start. During the White Stone Ceremony, each of us will be given a white stone to signify our freedom. We will then each experience a meditation that will lead us 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. Initial Awakening – 9am-5pm. A 1-day workshop designed to help awaken and strengthen a person’s foundational energy for healing physical body and energy, emotional tension, and limiting thoughts. Northbrook Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, 1947 Cherry Ln, Northbrook. 847-562-9642. workshop/initial-awakening.

Initial Awakening – 9am-7pm. Through this empowering workshop, your body and brain become stronger and ready to delve into the world of energy. It offers a tool to manage stress and emotions while also creating greater focus and peace of mind. By establishing proper connection between mind and body, you will discover a life-long source of health and vitality. $190. Mt Prospect Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, 1 W Rand Rd, Mt Prospect. 847-749-1584.

MONDAY, JANUARY 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Disgo nah – Moon of Great Long Night Canal Shores: More than Just a Golf Course – 1-3pm. Join us for Canal Shores Board member Steve Neumann as he discusses the development of a habitat restoration and land-use plan for the Canal Shores Golf Course. Free. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette. 847-256-5025. #BirdThePreserves: Cook County’s Big Year – 7pm. In 2016, Cook County Forest Preserves sponsored a #BirdThePreserves initiative that unleashed hundreds of birders on more than 20 of the county’s forest preserve sites to see what they could find. Field Museum conservation ecologist Doug Stotz will discuss new information about birds in the Chicago area yielded by this effort, including new insights into distribution, abundance, migration timing and breeding. Free. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park. For more info & complete schedule, Rena Cohen: 847-831-0331. Global Healing Meditation – 7pm. With your intention to connect with your soul, Elizabeth Romo will facilitate this guided meditation which joins us more deeply with Source in support of our healing, and for our betterment and of humanity and the Earth. $20. Entourage Clinical Services, 697 S Lake St, Mundelein. RSVP required: 847-406-0789.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17 Qigong Healing & Alignment Course Beings – 10-wk course. The principles of Stillness in Movement through Healing and Alignment using Ancient Tao Energy Principles. Led by Northbrook Manager, Head DahnMuDo Instructor, Master Healer and Qigong Trainer, Deanna Lee. Northbrook Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, 1947 Cherry Ln, Northbrook. 847-562-9642. Free Shiatsu Intro – 10am-12:30pm. Learn the fundamental techniques and philosophies of Zen Shiatsu, and chat with current students and instructors. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Find Your Career in TCM or Massage – 2-3:30pm. Come and meet us at the campus to see what Pacific College career is right for you. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 21st Fl, Chicago. RSVP: 855-906-4707. Smoothie Bar Workshop with VEGA – 5:306:30pm. Learn how to build the perfect smoothie with a VEGA pro. All supplies provided including a free Vega Shaker Cup. RSVP in-store or call to reserve a spot as space is limited. Free. Fruitful Yield, 168 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg. 847-882-2999.

Dinner with the Doctors: Thyroid & Hormone Balance – 6:30-8pm. This month’s class will be interactive and offer insight on thyroid and hormone imbalances and the holistic approaches to regain balance. Free, includes light dinner. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 N Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000. Canal Shores: More than Just a Golf Course – 7-8:45pm. Join us for Canal Shores Board member Steve Neumann as he discusses the development of a habitat restoration and land-use plan for the Canal Shores Golf Course. Free. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette. 847-256-5025.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 18 Free Diabetes Testing/Screening Day – 10am6pm. Blood sugars, HBA1C checked complimentary. Wholesome Health Pharmacy, 2069 Barrington Rd, Hoffman Estates. 224-653-9878. Your Self as Your Friend – 7-8:30pm. A refreshing and restorative evening. Receive simple centering practices so you can embrace more self-love and selfdiscovery. Donation. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. RSVP, Sarah Karnes: 262745-8362.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19 Reiki Certification Training Level One – Fridays, Jan 19-Feb 2. 12:15-2:15pm. With Jeanne Steen. Reiki restores balance, renews energy, and brings clarity to energetically blocked areas. It promotes an inner state of deep relaxation and fosters the body’s capacity to heal. Gain insights into the history of Reiki and its application for yourself and others in this 3-session class. $130, $120/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. For details & to register: Chinese New Year Party – 6pm. Celebrate Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog. Gather for a full dinner, free gifts for each attendee, door prizes, and presentation. Dinner: $38.88 in advance. Yu’s Mandarin, 665 Pasquinelli Dr, Westmont. Registration required: 630-279-8870.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20 Basic Animal Communication – Jan 20 & 21. 9am-5:30pm, Sat; 9am-1pm, Sun. Telepathic animal communication is a natural and complete way of communication exchange between all living beings. Join Animal Communicator, Carol Schultz, for this 2-day workshop and discover ways to be open to and experience animals’ viewpoints and perceive the world from their perspective. CEUs available. $220, $190/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. For details & to register: Crystals 101 – 1-2:30pm. Learn the basics of choosing, cleaning, clearing, storing, protecting, using and connecting with crystals. With Janel. $25, $20/A.R.E. members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

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Crystals Care at Home and Traveling – 3-4pm. Experienced broken crystal points? Learn the different methods of safely storing, carrying and moving your crystals. With Janel. $15, $10/A.R.E. members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 21 World Religions Day

Faith in Place Winter Farmers’ Market – 10am2pm. Purchase soups, jams, baked goods, salsas, meats, honey, winter-available produce, and more to support your local farmers. First United Methodist Church, 418 Touhy Ave, Park Ridge. 312-733-4640 x 123. Feng Shui in a Day – 10am-4:30pm. During this eye opening class, learn to evaluate your personal space using color analysis, flow of energy, furniture and bed placement, as well as learn the guidelines of feng shui. Bring lunch to class along with your floor plan to class for a mini-consultation. Equilibrium Energy, 850 South Wabash Ave, Ste 300, Chicago. Register: 312-786-1882.

MONDAY, JANUARY 22 Reiki Level One – 9am-4pm. Get attuned to reiki which enables you to become a channel for this healing energy. Also start a 21-day energetic cleanse that moves through your chakras cleaning and releasing bound energy (including stuck emotions and behavioral patterns). At this level Reiki is a self-care tool, which is deeply restorative for those of us devoted to giving. 6 CE hrs for bodywork professionals; open to the general public as well. $120. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Chinese New Year Presentation – 6:30-7:30pm. Join feng shui consultant Laurie Pawli as she explains how to bring the greatest benefits to your doorstep during 2018, the Year of the Earth Dog. We will review how to welcome the Gods of Wealth into your home for abundance. Laurie will give each attendee a special gift for the New Year. $18, $16.20/ members. Equilibrium Energy​, 850 S Wabash Ave, Ste 300, Chicago. Register: 312-786-1882.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 23 Yoga for Fertility – Tuesdays, Jan 23-Mar 6. 5:307pm. No class Feb 20. With Diana Zic. Learn a series of yoga postures designed to improve fertility by increasing blood flow into the pelvis, releasing stress and anxiety, and balancing life energy flow in the body. Also explore teachings from yoga philosophy. $105/6-wk series. Pulling Down the Moon, 770 N LaSalle St, Ste 800, Chicago. Preregistration required: 312-321-0004 or

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24 Chinese New Year Presentation – 7-9pm. With Laurie Pawli, director of The Feng Shui School of Chicago. Learn how to bring abundance, joy and ​fulfillment to your life in  2018, the Year of the Dog. We’ll have a tail waggin’ time learning about the expectations for 2018, and p​articipate in a ceremony to welcome the wealth gods to create abundance. $40, $30/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. Register: 847-831-8828 or


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savethedate Pure Mind, Pure World: Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Vajrasattva – Jan 26 & 27. Buddha Vajrasattva is the embodiment of the completely pure mind of all the Buddhas. The empowerment is a special opportunity for us to receive the purifying blessings of this radiant healing Buddha through which we can free our mind from the negativities and wounds of the past. All are welcome; no previous meditation experience necessary. Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago in Oak Park, 13 Harrison St. Register: Tour the Healthy Home 2018 – Jan 26-Feb 4. The country’s first home under the American Lung Association’s revised Health House guidelines, constructed by Dior Builders. Features energy-efficient products, innovative technologies, green building materials, nontoxic furniture and accessories. Proceeds donated to American Lung Association. $20. 1055 Glencrest Dr, Inverness. For more info: Clearing the Air – 7-9pm. Smudge, sage, spray and other techniques for creating clear, sacred space by the A.R.E. Chicago Team. Free. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-2996535.


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SUNDAY, JANUARY 28 Faith in Place Winter Farmers’ Market – 9am12pm. Purchase soups, jams, baked goods, salsas, meats, honey, winter-available produce, and more to support your local farmers. North Shore Congregation Israel, 1185 Sheridan Rd, Glencoe. 312-733-4640 x 123.

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Kirtan with Radha and The Bhakti Caravan – 7:30-9:30pm. Expand your consciousness, your capacity for joy and healing, and have fun as you support this fundraiser for the Infinity Foundation, a local non-profit that provides conscious courses for all. $10 by Feb 1, $15 after. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828.

Body Mind Spirit Expo – Mar 3-4. 10am-7pm, Sat; 10am-6pm, Sun. The expo brings to life a positive, healing environment. Includes presentations, more than 100 exhibitors and live entertainment. $14 weekend admission; free parking. Midwest Conference Center, 401 W Lake St, Northlake. For more info:

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar and Farmers’ Market – 12-4pm. Meet dozens of vendors at the indoor crafts and farmers’ market while listening to Hyde Park’s finest deejays spinning jazzy, soulful soundtracks to your shopping. Promontory Restaurant, upstairs lounge, 5311 S Lake Park Ave W, Chicago. 312-801-2100. Facebook. com/HydeParkHandmade. Healing Life Workshop – 12-6pm. Learn about and experience a powerful healing method, which can improve gut health, metabolism, immunity, joint health and lead to emotional balance and mental clarity. Learn how to utilize the healing life tool to: increased blood and energy circulation, boost energy and vitality, quiet your mind and gain clarity, enhance digestion and detoxification, relieve pain and stiffness of joints and organs, control emotions and balance hormones, improve immunity and much more. $140. Mt Prospect Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, 1 W Rand Rd, Mt Prospect. 847-749-1584.


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Find Your Career in TCM or Massage – 5-6:30pm. Come and meet us at the campus to see what Pacific College career is right for you. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 21st Fl, Chicago. RSVP: 855-906-4707.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 The Adoption Process from A to Z – 7-9:15pm. Attorney Sally Wildman explores fundamentals of adopting a child and basic legal steps of this process. Highlights include different types of adoption, resources for initiating a search for an available child, and today’s trend of “openness.” Course #181-753 under “ONE OF A KIND” in the catalogue. Registration closes Feb 18. $18/person. New Trier Extension Community Education, New Trier High School, 7 Happ Rd,  Northfield. For info: 847-446-6600. To register:

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Understanding Astrological Interceptions – 12:30-5:30pm. Interceptions, not visible or recognized within the person’s environment, are energies and needs that have neither been recognized nor met. Learn what they mean, karmic implications, interpretation, and how to overcome these obstacles and blockages. You may bring charts to discuss for class interpretation. 30 mins for lunch (not included). $75; $65 early registration by Feb 18. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago. 773-327-7224.

SUNDAY, MARCH 11 Going Green Matters Community Environmental Fair – 12-4pm. Looking for ways to live more sustainably? Find great choices for home, transportation, garden and recreation at this fun, all-ages fair. Free. Michigan Shores Club, 911 Michigan Ave, Wilmette. Free LED bulb & exhibit details:

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

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

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monthlyspecialoffers $25 Off Whole Body Checkup with Naturopathic Doctor – Thru Jan. Receive a whole-body evaluation by Dr. Alla Arutcheva. 4 different tests: Metatron-Oberon diagnostic bio-device, microscopic blood analysis, nail/tongue analysis and iridology. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $64.99 Spa Pedicure & Non-Chip Manicure – Thru Jan. Toes are soaked, nails filed and cuticles trimmed. Feet exfoliated and massaged. Get a non-chip manicure with UV3 technology that combines the ease of polish with the permanence of gels. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $89.99 90-Min Massage with Hand Treatment – Thru Jan. The classic form of full-body soft tissue massage. Excellent for first-time clients. Enjoy a complimentary nourishing and replenishing hand treatment. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130.

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sunday The Mike Nowak Show Radio Program – 9-11am. Sunday edition of the weekly local radio show focused on gardening and the environment, with lots of humor to wake us up. Author and master gardener Mike Nowak and cohost Peggy Malecki feature a variety of guests and weatherman/climate scientist Rick DiMaio in live show on 1590 WCGO AM, also available in podcast on, iTunes, Stitcher and podcast apps, and streaming live on and the TuneIn radio app. Logan Square Indoor Farmers’ Market – Thru Mar 25. 10am-3pm. Hosts approximately 20 farmers from within 150 miles of Chicago, offering seasonal produce and humanely pasture-raised livestock. Emporium Logan Square, 2363 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago.

$89.99 Oxygen Facial or Hydrafacial – Thru Jan. Choose between these 2 revolutionary facials. The oxygen facial is a specialized treatment designed to replenish the levels of oxygen in your skin. The hydrafacial combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $139 Eminence Cranberry Pomegranate Facial & Swedish Massage with Cannabios Cream – Thru Jan. Add $10 for Deep Tissue. The classic form of full-body soft tissue massage. With the use of Cannabios cream intense muscle and joint pain will be relieved. Enjoy an Eminence Cranberry Pomegranate Facial for deep exfoliation, hydration and pore cleansing. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Buy Intuitive/Healing Session and One Get One Free – Thru Jan 31. To promote your well-being or that of a loved one, you can purchase a healing/intuitive/animal communication session for a friend and get one for yourself. More info: 312-231-5607 or Cognitive Decline Program – Thru Jan 15. Silvia Panitch, MD, and her team offer comprehensive evaluations and treatment for patients with cognitive decline. Panitch is offering a free, 15-min consultation to explain how the program works. Lakeview Integrative Medicine, 3344 N Ashland Ave, Chicago. For a consultation: 773-525-6595.

Time to Dance – 10:30-11:30am. Also Tues, 1:302:30pm & Fri, 1-2pm. A ballet class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: Putting My Oxygen Mask on First – 1:301:45pm. With Amy Landolt. Join this weekly discussion about self-care. Live on Northshore Acupuncture Center’s Facebook page: Facebook. com/NorthshoreAcupunctureCenter. Qigong – 2-4:30pm. Discover the healing abilities of the ancient practice of qigong. Free qigong and taiji classes for the inexperienced; also a space for experts to practice their skills. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822.

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

markyourcalendar Footbath Detox Mondays – 11am-6pm. Sluggishness, fatigue, low energy and poor sleep? A 30-min ionic footbath stimulates cells to release toxins and rebalance the cellular system that is responsible for overall health. The process continues after the toxins are dislodged during treatment, allowing your entire body to function optimally. Save $10. Nutritional Health Solutions, 480 Elm Pl, Ste 108, Highland Park. 847-207-2034. Community Style Acupuncture Clinic – 5-7:45pm. By Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Interns. First come, first serve. $10/treatment; $5/vets. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 21st Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Beginning Astrology Level 1 – 7:30-9:30pm. 6 wks. Learn planets, signs, houses, aspects, interpretation and transits. Complete beginner or know some about astrology, this course will provide what you need to go forward in your own astrological studies. $180; $150 early registration by Feb 26. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago. 773-3277224.

tuesday You Dance: Nia! Fun Fitness Fusion – 9:3010:30am. Also Thurs & Sat. Combines dance arts (like Modern Jazz Dance), martial arts (like Tae Kwon Do) and healing arts (like yoga). Using music from all over the world, each Nia class begins with a focus and intent to guide your movement “flavor” and help you develop the conditioning, energy, and self-healing you crave. Based on 52 simple moves everyone can learn, each Nia routine combines both choreography and free dance, where anything goes movement-wise. Low-impact. All ages, all abilities. Wear something stretchy and get ready for the sweetest sweat ever. $15/drop-in. Raydiant Day, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. NiaRaydiantDay.Life. Beginning Mat Pilates – 10-11am. Amanda Kantor, Certified Pilates Instructor, leads a beginning level mat Pilates exercise class. Limited enrollment. $100/4 wks. re:fit, 901 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. For more info & appt: 847-657-0881. Complimentary Consultation at ChiroMend Natural Health Center –1-5pm, by appt. Are you feeling older than your age? Brain fog or stress turning you into a zombie? Come and sit down for a 30-min complimentary consultation with one of our board certified physicians to discuss your health and formulate a plan to uncover the real causes of your symptoms. 1834 Glenview Rd, Ste 2W, Glenview. For appt: 847-730-3988. More info:

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Time to Dance – 1:30-2:30pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: Plant Clinic Hours – 2-4pm. Held year round. Gardening or houseplant questions? Our horticulturist can help. Bring in photos or a sample of your plant for identification or disease diagnostics. Complimentary houseplant potting service available, for a suggested donation. You provide the plant and pot and we provide the soil and expertise. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St, Oak Park. 708-725-2400. Qigong – 6-8pm. 2nd Tues. Discover the healing abilities of the ancient practice of qigong. Free qigong and taiji classes for the inexperienced; also a space for experts to practice their skills. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Shiatsu Student Clinic – 7 or 8pm. 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: 847864-1130.

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Women’s Basics Jiu-Jitsu Classes – 7:30-8:30pm. Also Thurs. Learn the basics and fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a female-friendly environment. All levels welcome. Co-ed class held: Tues-Thurs, 6-7pm & Sat, 10:30-11:30am. Ilya’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 2068 1st St, Highland Park. Jen Zanotti:

wednesday Free Mini-Stress Relieve Acupuncture Session – 11am-2pm. Also Fri. By appt only. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Moms Helping Moms Work from Home – 2-9pm. Come meet our team (by appointment) from for an informal interview. The Lucky Monk Restaurant, 105 Hollywood Blvd, South Barrington. 847-530-5999.


Chain Reflex Stretch Therapy – 10am-5pm. Do you sit at a desk all day? Are you a weekend warrior? Does shoveling snow cause you pain in your body? These activities can often lead to unwanted stiffness and joint pains. Benefits of Stretch Therapy: To reduce pain especially in your lower back and neck; improve flexibility and mobility; decrease stress and muscle soreness. New Year’s special: $85. WholeHealth NorthShore, 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste S5, Northbrook. For an appt: 847-272-3700. Free Mini-Stress Relieve Acupuncture Session – 11am-2pm. Also Wed. By appt only. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Time to Dance – 1-2pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: Mindfulness & Wellness: Managing Stress, Creating Health, Encouraging Balance – 1:15-2:30pm. With Archana Lal-Tabak, MD, and Jim Lal-Tabak. Learn about mind-body connection and variety of mindfulness exercises. Experience natural stress reduction strategies and tools. Each class is selfcontained and a new wellness-educational topic and mindfulness technique presented every week. Scholarships and work study available. Drop-ins welcome. $108/4 sessions, $30/drop-in. Heart of Transformation Wellness Institute, 1618 Orrington Ave, Ste 206, Evanston. RSVP: 847-425-9355, 

saturday Free Classes for All at All Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi Locations – Dates subject to change due to workshop schedules and special events. For details:


Join the Centennial Volunteers – Sat & Sun. Be a part of forest and river revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore 7 special sites along the Chicago and Calumet rivers. To find a group, Ilana Federman: 312-3569990 or Dates & locations: fotfp. org/event/centennial.

Yoga Club – 4:30-6:30pm. Led by Julie Kotiw, DC, PCOM Bio Science Chair. No experience necessary. We have supplies including blocks and straps, bring a yoga mat if have one. Feel free to drop-in anytime and leave anytime to accommodate your schedule. Free. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822.

Mighty House Radio Program – 7-10am. Funny, friendly experts with answers and ideas to help with all of your home improvement projects. Join Ron Cowgill, Robbie Ehrhardt, Rich Cowgill and the Mighty House team each Saturday morning to get help with all your home improvement and repair issues. On 1590 WCGO AM, &

Om Zone – 6-8pm. For those looking for new approaches to live naturally in the modern world. Share ideas about what works and get support in making healthier choices or just chill out to manage stress. Each week will feature a different modality, and there are no limits on topics. World Tree Natural Medicine, 17W703-F Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook Terrace. 630-359-5522.

Ecology Center Winter Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr 9. 8am-12pm. Ecology Center at the Ladd Arboretum, 2024 N McCormick Blvd, Evanston. Info, Matt Poole: 847-448-8147,




Green City Indoor Market – Thru Apr. 8am-1pm. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago. For specific dates:


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AKASHIC CONSULTATION AKASHIC RECORD READING – Open the record of your soul’s journey to find information to support you in your life right now, heal your past and help you into your future. Heal. Grow. Investigate. Find direction. Lin Ewing: 847-609-0034. Tai Chi Class – 8:45am. Also Tues, 8:15pm. Reduce stress; increase flexibility and balance; improve muscle strength and definition; increase energy; stamina and agility. Wear flat-soled shoes and loose fitting clothes. $10/class. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929. Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching Class – 9-10am. Stretch and strengthen your hips and shoulders using the revolutionary flexibility method, Ki-Hara. Increase range of motion and decrease pain in half the time of yoga. $5 for first class. Stretch Chi, 410 S Michigan Ave, Ste 841, Chicago. Advance registration required: 773-750-5031. Metabolic Balance – 9:30-10:30am. Healthy weight loss through personalized all-natural nutritional program. If you are serious about taking steps forward to achieve a healthy lifestyle and your ideal weight make your intention a realty. Free consultation ($150 value). Mind Body Health Center, 6650 N Northwest Hwy, Ste 215, Chicago. For appt: 773-614-6454. Introduction to Heartland Meditation – 2-3pm. Learn how the guided, subtraction meditation technique brings positive changes real results. An eye-opening session showing how to reflect on the cluttered thoughts to discard those from the mind. Free. Heartland Meditation, 1444 S Butterfield Rd, Mundelein. 224-433-6338.

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

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

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

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

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

SERVICES INTERPRETATION SERVICE – For your nightly peradventure. Every one is told to you in such a way that requires trained assistance, these come to pass. 708-513-4634. YOUR LISTING CAN BE HERE – Visit Submit.

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

60% have one or more college degrees

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

88.1% purchase healthy or organic food

34.2% share their copy with 2 or more additional readers

47.1% regularly attend spiritual or healing events

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

47.4% regularly attend exercise or fitness events

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


Nirvana Naturopathics 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook 60062 847-715-9044 Trained in both Western and Oriental Medicine, we use acupuncture and a dietary approach along with herbal medicine to resolve musculoskeletal pain, internal medicine health issues, insomnia, anxiety and women’s health. We accept major insurances. Schedule your initial appointment on  to find out if acupuncture can help you. Get a healthier and alternative approach to your chronic health conditions. See ad on page 17.


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


Specializing in Pediatric & Adult Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Buffalo Grove 847-541-4878 Vernon Hills 224-206-7903 Dedicated to the highest standards in allergy, asthma and immunology care, we strive to maintain a patient-centered focus while providing comprehensive and quality service. All ages and ailments are welcome, and will benefit from our holistic and integrative approach to immune support and sleep. Member: North Shore Independent Physician Coalition. See ad on page 43.




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


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


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


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


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


Logan Square location 773-413-0749 Safe, gentle and highly effective, CranioSacral therapy, helps you heal from the inside out. It quiets the mind and helps relax the nervous system, which allows the body to start working on healing. Upledger trained. Over 18 yrs experience. People are often amazed at how much of a difference they feel after several sessions. Even one session can leave you “floating.”

MARNY TURVILL, MD Evanston 60201 847-644-8540

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

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

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





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

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

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

Discover the healing art of dance in ballet-based classes. Dance is proven to have both physical and psychological benefits. Two current classes: Dance for Joy for cancer survivors, and Time to Dance for those 55 years or older. Taught by dancer teacher Lisa Gold and Lynne Chervony Belsky, MD. See ad on page 7.


Logan Square location and MojoOwl 773-413-0749


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

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


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



The Feng Shui School of Chicago

Digestive problems? Acid Reflux/ GERD, IBS, Crohn’s, colitis? Let us help you naturally achieve nutritional balance, feel better and enhance the quality of your life. Improve digestion while reducing discomfort and bloating so you can eat the foods you love again. Certified digestive health specialist/enzyme therapist. See ads on pages 9 and 49.

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. 

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


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.


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1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-348-0822 GYROTONIC® and  GYROKINESIS® exercises work for everyone: youth, adult, seniors, injured, back pain, underexercised, weekend warriors and elite athletes. Enjoy this natural way to gain flexibility and mobility, taught by licensed senior trainer and studio director Amy Pena. Call today to schedule individual and group training sessions. See ad on page 45.


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


2400 Ravine Way, Suite 400, Glenview 60025 847-998-5100 Stay healthy with a whole-body, preventative care approach. We use non-fluoridated ozonated water, periodontal herbal treatments, and gluten-free herbal paste. Restorative options include: safe amalgam removal, BPA-free fillings and sealants, non-metal crowns and bridges, sleep apnea and TMJ appliances, and non-acrylic night guards, partials and dentures. Our conservative approach includes: digital X-rays and intraoral camera, non-surgical gum therapies including laser and ozone, and herbal irrigation. Material reactivity testing, saliva pH and microscopic plaque analysis are available. Our natural approach includes dental homeopathy, CranioSacral therapy, and nutritional counseling. Dental discount plan available and PPO insurance plans accepted. See ad on page 29.

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

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

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.




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

As a Biological dentist, I recognize the impact of toxic substances and only use materials and procedures that are systemically compatible with your body. We offer a wide variety of procedures from general to cosmetic, ozone therapy, laser dentistry, safe mercury removal, TScan bite adjustment for TMJ, Earthing chair, infrared sauna and restoration of porcelain implants, all in a safe and relaxing atmosphere. See ad on page 27.


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



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

Christopher Codina, DC 2500 W Higgins Rd, Ste 420 Hoffman Estates 60169 Constantly foam rolling or taking meds to get through the day, just for it to come back? Learn how something that is easily treated and commonly found in the body may be the reason for your pain. Schedule your free consultation today to learn more Conveniently located and insurance accepted.

HOLISTIC MEDICINE HOLISTIC EYE CARE EVANSTON EYE WELLNESS Deana LaBrosse, OD 716 Main St, Evanston 60202 847-350-7952

Healthy eyes, “Look Great, See Great and Feel Great!” We help get you there by providing a highly personalized eye examination with a holistic approach. In addition to glasses and contacts, we offer medical eye care and a Dry Eye Treatment Center. All ages welcome. Insurance accepted.


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1834 Glenview Rd, 2nd Fl, Ste 2W, Glenview 60025 847-730-3988 Experience comprehensive holistic health care. Using a unique combination of therapies including functional medicine, nutrition, physical therapy and chiropractic care, we identify and treat the true cause of problems and not just symptoms. Let us help you get back into your life. See ad on page 19.

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North Shore Health Solutions LTD 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-715-9060 Are your hands or feet burning? Do you have numbness or tingling or pain? Problems sleeping? Are you having regular bowel movements or digestion problems? Previously diagnosed with a Neuropathy condition? Did you know that these issues can all be related?


Inner Child Connection Ltd 847-971-1221 Having unique training and experience, Dr. Funda Kahn offers myriad techniques customized for individuals and groups to create peace and harmony in their lives. Trained as an oral surgeon, she committed her life to healing souls. Teaching hypnosis, self-hypnosis, EFT, and “inner child connection” are only the beginning of what she can provide. “Feelings buried alive never die.” –Karol Truman. See ads on pages 25 and 29.

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.


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

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


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


Clinical Director, Inner Balance Northbrook, Chicago, Palm Springs 847-224-0244 Ellen’s 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist integrates a conscious approach to healing old patterns through a mix of trauma and mindfulness-based psychotherapies, HMR, Lifeline, The Work (Byron Katie), energy medicine and somatic awareness. Join “Inner Balance Meditation” for updates on her events, and visit her at


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


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

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

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



1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-831-8828 • Offering more than 200 Courses for Life in personal, professional and spiritual growth and development. Reconnective Healing workshop with Eric Pearl, January 14. Animal Communication certification training, January 20-21. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental. Call or email for a free course guide.


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


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

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 • AREChicagoCenter@gmail. com

Full-service bookstore, Cayce remedies, spiritual growth study groups, monthly programs, workshops and holistic fairs, intuitive skills development training, knowledgeable seekers, intuitives, healers and more. Call for hours. See ad on page 37.

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. ~Marcus Aurelius


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

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

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

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Living Courageously plus: Meditation Styles

Our Readers are Seeking Providers & Services for:

Life Coaching • Psychological Counseling Personal Development • Wellness Trainers Meditation Instruction • Spiritual Healing Yoga Classes

Ethnic Cuisine

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Wm Thor Conner, ND, LMT Kristina Conner, ND, MSOM 17W703-F Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook Terrace 630-359-5522 Naturopathic Doctors empower people to take charge of their own health, and this practice is effective with most conditions. We use a whole person focus featuring botanical, nutritional, homeopathic, physical, energetic and Chinese medical approaches. Call for a free 15-minute consultation.

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

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


2177 Shermer Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-963-6094 Whole Body Thermometry (WBT) is a safe, accurate, prevention-centered way to assess functional changes in the body. This infrared scanning device is accurately and efficiently driven by sophisticated mathematical algorithms. WBT works by identifying specific temperature patterns coming from internal organs, before and after the body is exposed to a cooling stress. See ad on page 31.

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SmartTalk for the North Shore

Weekday Afternoons Have NEVER Been Smarter. Tired of all the yelling, finger-pointing and blaming on the radio? Your weekday afternoons and weekends can be a whole lot smarter… with 1590 WCGO, your SmartTalk radio station! SmartTalk is radio to think by…intelligent, thoughtprovoking conversation without the name calling! Your solutions-oriented outlet covering the key issues of the day. No more dumbing down of America! At WCGO, we raise the bar by providing intelligent discourse with our top shelf menu of thinkers including Jim

Blasingame, Kate Dalley, Blanquita Collum, Daniel French, Citizen Kelly and George Noory. Weekends are fun, entertaining and educational with Mighty House Home Improvement Radio, The Mike Nowak Show with Peggy Malecki, Mike Jackson Outdoors, Richie Zie’s Chicago History and Automotive Museum, Playtime with Sid & Bill featuring Kerri Kendall, Gentleman Grochowski and Beyond The Beltway. Your North Shore outlet for inspiring, smart and fun radio!

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1590 WCGO

January 2018



e c n e r r o T n a Nath



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




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


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