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es! July is one of our favorite issues because we get to focus on local food, community, urban farming and sustainable agriculture. I’m encouraged to learn about the organized gardens growing throughout the city and suburbs that help build community and strengthen our healthy food supply. They’re set on providing more ways to connect youth and families with the soil, insects, plants and a positive reward for a day’s hard work. Whether it’s the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest (ChicagoBotanic.org) and Growing Home (GrowingHomeInc.org) or local grassroots organizations like Michael and Amelia Howard’s Eden Place Nature Center (EdenPlaceNatureCenter.org), in Chicago’s Fuller Park neighborhood, there’s an encouraging array of options to build those connections with nature and bring basic food production back under residents’ hands and shovels. Here in the Midwest, women farmers are making great strides in family farming by providing organic produce to CSAs, co-ops, groceries and restaurants, in niche markets like heirloom grain and bean production and more across the spectrum. We’re thrilled to devote a portion of this issue to reports on local women that make family farming and agriculture their calling, and we’re honored to say we’ve met some of the amazing women of Midwest farming at local events, and get our CSA share from one of them as well. Globally, almost10 percent of all women are farmers or farm laborers, compared to 11 percent of all men in the world. Yet, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (fao.org), women still face significant inequality on the world’s farms and have less access to resources and technologies, so they get lower crop yields and earn less money to feed and support their families. Ann Fälth of UN Women (UNWomen.org) suggests that by 2050, when the world’s population will burgeon by another 2.3 million and the demand for food by 60 percent, that closing the farming gender gap will not only help fight hunger, but also empower women and “provide positive secondary effects.” It’s heartening to read regular updates from the Women Food & Agriculture Network, or WFAN (wfan.org), with a mission to engage women in building an ecological and just food and agricultural system through individual and community power. Likewise, the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Services, or MOSES (MosesOrganic.org), offers programs to educate, inspire and empower women farmers. As you read through this issue, learning more about the people that grow your market vegetables and their devotion to the land, we encourage you to get involved in a community garden effort, volunteer your time, money or resources to an urban agriculture group, sign up for the July and August MOSES and Soil Sisters events we’re covering in this issue and support women farmers locally and globally. OK, enough writing for one day. Time to get out and weed the tomato garden! Wishing you a happy and safe July 4th celebration! Cover Photo of Lisa Kivirist: John D. Ivanko, Photographer

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ux Wellness Studio will hold a grand opening event at 770 North Halsted, Suite 201, on July 10, in the River North/West area. This one-ofa-kind studio provides comprehensive services that range from signature massage therapy, organic skincare and esthetics to yoga and meditation classes, sound healing, nutritional counseling and lifestyle coaching. The studio utilizes high-grade and organic products, as well as ancient Eastern and Western modalities, to ensure genuine results for the well-being of their clients. Founder Ada Kelley states, “We tailor the experiences to assist in total rejuvenation, and then let the riches nature provides do the rest of the work.” Lux Wellness Studio has formulated a unique platform that puts them in a category of their own and migrated their operations to a larger scale, with the mission of sourcing all of Chicagoland with empowering wellness strategies and unforgettable experiences. For appointments, call 312-483-9240. For more information, visit RejuvenatingBodywork.com.

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n enlightening new film, At the Fork, will be shown at 7 p.m., July 13, at AMC River East 21 Chicago as part of a nationwide crowdsourced effort led by the filmmakers in partnership with Whole Foods Market and the Humane Society of the United States to spark a national conversation about where our food comes from. Chicago screening sponsors include The Mike Nowak Show (MikeNowak.net), Family Farmed (FamilyFarmed.org) and Natural Awakenings Chicago. Filmmaker and omnivore John Papola and his vegetarian wife Lisa offer up a timely and unbiased look at how farm animals are raised for consumption. With unprecedented access to large-scale conventional farms, the Papolas ask tough questions and discover not heartless industrialists, but America’s farmers; real people grappling with the moral dimensions of farming animals for food. Additional local local supporting organizations include Crate Free Illinois (CrateFreeIL.org), the Illinois Stewardship Alliance (ILStewards.org), The Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water (ICCAW.org), and the Socially Responsible Agriculture Project (SRAProject.org). Location: 22 East Illinois St., Chicago. For tickets, visit tugg.com/events/106868. For more information, visit AtTheForkFilm.com.

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utritional Health Solutions, in Highland Park, is now offering LED light therapy as a way of reducing pain and increasing circulation. Owner Reneé Barasch, a digestive health specialist, states, “We specialize in digestive conditions, but what many people may not know is that the tummy can also cause pain elsewhere in the body. LED light therapy is being Reneé Barasch used in our office with astonishing results.” Light energy from this U.S. Food and Drug Administration-cleared device painlessly penetrates the skin to varying depths and provides the energy cells need to activate increased circulation and release of nitric oxide, which help to promote the body’s natural healing process. Clients are discovering the revitalizing power of LED light energy therapy as an effective, non-abrasive, non-invasive, painless and restorative method to support many different functions. It is said to reduce inflammation, increase circulation and provide temporary pain relief for many conditions. Location: 480 Elm Pl., Ste. 108, Highland Park. For a complimentary 20-minute session, call 847-207-2034. For more information, visit DigestiveHealthSolutions.com. See ads on page 7 and 39 and in the Community Resource Guide.

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newsbriefs Biocell for Anti-Aging, Joint Pain Relief and Better Skin

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r. Eunice Deane is now offering Liquid Biocell products at her office in Chicago. Liquid Biocell Life is the award-winning super nutraceutical that has been clinically shown to promote healthy aging, active joints and younger-looking skin with the added benefits of 13 potent, antioxidant-rich superfruits and resveratrol, widely studied for its roles in longevity and cardiovascular health, infused into a unique liquid delivery system that provides unsurpassed Dr. Eunice Deane absorption and fast results. Deane states, “My ideal client is someone who is ready to invest in themselves and ready, willing and able to commit to healthy lifestyle changes in order to get different results and outcomes in their life.” She adds that, “Visible signs of aging and joint discomfort are a result of the progressive degeneration of connective tissue where collagen and hyaluronic acid are essential. The collagen that works in the body to repair joints and reduce pain also improves the look of skin. Liquid Biocell replenishes these important substances and has received numerous industry awards.” Deane is a chiropractor who integrates into her practice the Liquid Biocell product line along with chiropractic techniques, acupuncture, nutritional and lifestyle counseling and other healing modalities to help clients lead a more active and pain-free life. Her practice is dedicated to treating and relieving back pain, neck and shoulder pain, headaches, chronic pain, injuries and even just plain old muscular tightness and tension. Location: 6137 N. Elston Ave., Chicago. For more information, call 773631-5001 or visit DrEuniceDeane.com and Jusuru.com/DrDeane. See ad on page 17, in the Community Resource Guide and on NAChicagoNorth.com.

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he Law Offices of Cindy K. Campbell helps people with various legal issues, such as wills and trusts, adoptions, guardianship, and collaborative family law and mediation. She states, “Our philosophy is to offer a personalized level of service and care to our clients. We want to be there for our clients before, during and after major life events. In addition, we aim to do all of this while still being affordable, and therefore offer many of our services at a flat fee.” The firm is focused on helping clients work amicably to reach a resolution. It is Campbell’s belief that when the parties are actively involved in creating their own agreement, they are happier with the outcome and it is better for all involved.

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azvin is introducing its new organic mattress, manufactured locally in Chicago from Americanmade components and available online and in its Westchester showroom. The company offers a 100-day trial guarantee to ensure customer satisfaction. “Jazvin brings more awareness of the potentially harmful materials in conventionally manufactured and foreign-made mattresses,” says Jazvin founder Frank Rahman. Jazvin’s sleep surface consists of an antimicrobial shield and materials like natural wool, certified organic cotton and a natural latex core, providing outstanding comfort and support that is warranted for 10 years. An antimicrobial shield ensures a reduction in bacteria and the all-natural components protect sleepers against the presence of heavy metals, arsenic and polychlorinated phenols. Natural latex is the most durable support system because it reinforces and aligns the body naturally. This eco-friendly material is derived from plantations that absorb carbon dioxide, which contributes to reducing global warming from the atmosphere, adds Rahman. The Jazvin mattress is delivered compressed into a box, making setup simple. Within a few hours, it expands to its full 11-inch height, ready for a good night’s sleep. Location: 1905 S. Mannheim Rd., Westchester. Shipping is free. For more information and to order, visit Jazvin.com. See ad on page 13.

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Increasing Movement and Flexibility as We Age

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hildren move with the freedom to jump up or roll around without fear of injury, movements taking them in many directions—up, down, around and even upside-down. Youth has a feel of fluidity and juicy resiliency. Older men and women tend to shuffle, the head tilted down and forward, and the eyes focused downward toward the ground because they are fearful of falling. The rib cage is stooped forward and a rhythm of cautionary movement propels the person in one direction only. Rolfing Structural Integration practitioners look at the movements people make and restrictions in the body that may create the feel and look of aging, which has more to do with how the body breaks down and can still be changed, rather than the number of years lived. The fascia connective tissues respond to injuries and repetitive emotional and physical postures over the years by tightening, twisting and changing shape, which ends up restricting the easy movements we equate with youth and agility. Posture is not something to be forced into place. Rolfing practitioners know how to work holistically with the fascia throughout the entire body in a sequential method to bring back naturally youthful mobility and movements. Source: Valerie Berg, certified advanced Rolfer and member of the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration faculty in Boulder, CO. For more information on Rolfing, call the Rolf Institute at 303449-5903 or visit Rolf.org. See ad on page 11. 20

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Colorful Produce Slows Cell Aging

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new study published in the European Journal of Nutrition finds that an increased intake of carotenoids, powerful antioxidants found in plant-based foods, is associated with slower aging. The research tested 3,660 U.S. adults and measured blood levels of five common carotenoids: alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, combined lutein/zeaxanthin and trans-lycopene. The researchers found that those with levels that were in the highest quarter had 5 percent to 8 percent longer telomeres compared to those with the lowest quartile of carotenoid levels. Telomeres are located at the ends of DNA chromosomes and get shorter as we age. Longer telomeres indicate greater longevity. Carotenoids are found in the yellow-to-red pigments in many yellow, red and orange foods. They are also contained in green foods where chlorophyll shields the yellow-red color. Alpha-carotenes are present in carrots, cantaloupes, mangoes, kale, spinach, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Beta-carotene is found in some of the same foods, and also tomatoes, apricots and watermelons. Beta-cryptoxanthin is found in papayas, apples and orange peels. Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in some of the same foods, along with kiwifruit, grapes, oranges, zucchini and squash. Some of the highest levels are in corn. Lycopene is in tomatoes, watermelons, papayas, apricots and other red-to-yellow foods.

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nxiety, inadequacy, uncertainty, frustration, sadness and hopelessness are some of the many emotions that make the struggle to conceive a child something many couples would rather keep to themselves. They may wish to be discrete about announcing plans to start a family to relatives, friends and coworkers, but not seeking out help prevents them from getting the support and resources that they need most. Across the board, there seems to be a lack of awareness about the natural approaches available and just how powerful they can be as a standalone treatment and a complement to conventional fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI). Two of the most effective, evidencedbased, natural approaches to optimizing fertility are acupuncture and nutrition. Research has shown that acupuncture can improve success rates of IVF/IUI procedures by almost double. It can also increase sperm motility and count, increase blood flow to the uterus, balance hormones, aid in menstrual cycle regulation and reduce prescription medication side effects. Studies show that nutritional deficiencies can be a major contributor to infertility, especially vitamin D, selenium, and folate. Optimum nutrient status is also vital in protecting against some causes of miscarriage and birth defects. Imbalances are identified using specialized lab tests and corrected with therapeutic doses of evidence-based nutrients. Food intolerances (especially gluten) also have a significant relationship in the research with hormonal imbalance and decreased fertility. Each couple’s needs are unique, and it takes a united approach to start a family.

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new study announced at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons shows that drugs prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can weaken bones in children during a time of critical growth. This study tested 5,315 kids between 8 and 17 years old and compared the results to a subgroup of 1,967. Each child was given a bone mineral density scan on the femur, femoral neck and lumbar spine. The children taking ADHD medications of Ritalin, Focalin, Dexedrine, Strattera and Vyvanese had lower bone mineral density in the femur, femoral neck and lumbar spine. At least 25 percent of the youngsters taking these medications were categorized as having osteopenia. According to a 2014 Express Scripts study, prescriptions of ADHD medications to children in the U.S. grew by 36 percent between 2008 and 2012.

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Neurotoxins Identified in Everyday Items

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esearch published in the British medical journal The Lancet has newly identified six neurotoxins: manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene or PERC) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). Manganese exposure is found in welding and high-octane gas fumes, among other sources; fluoride is used in many municipal water supplies, glass etching and chrome cleaners. Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate contained in many pesticides, including Dursban and Lorsban. While DDT has been banned from insecticides within the U.S., it is still contained in other agents, including petroleum distillates. DDT is also still used in some areas to spray for mosquitoes. PERC has often been used in dry cleaning and for degreasing metals. PBDEs appear as flame retardants and to make electronics, household goods, building materials, polyurethane foams, plastics and more. The same researchers previously identified lead, methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, arsenic and toluene as neurotoxins. The neurotoxin label means they affect the nervous system and can cause neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism, attention deficit disorders, dyslexia and others.


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GMO-Free Pioneer

New Grain Transport to be Contaminant-Free Large food companies that are switching to non-GMO (genetically modified) soy and corn products must still worry about their ingredients picking up GMO contamination through conventional supply chains. Now, Captain Drake LLC, a North Dakota grain plant, has acquired its own million-bushel terminal with dedicated rail cars used exclusively for GMOfree grains. President Mark Anderson maintains, “We’ll be able to obtain the best non-GMO commodities from three regions: North Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba, Canada.” In a 2015 Nielsen study of 30,000 consumers, 43 percent rank non-GMO as very important and 80 percent said they would pay more for foods that indicate a degree of healthfulness. Sales of non-GMO products exceeded $10 billion last year and are growing. Anderson explains, “The supply chain needs to be tightened up and moved domestically. We consider this to be another strategic asset for food and beverage clients seeking suppliers committed to guaranteeing the integrity and purity of non-GMO commodities.” Source: Tinyurl.com/NonGMOGrainTerminal

Farm-to-Work

Fresh Veggies Come Direct to Offices Pioneering employers are now offering fresh vegetables to help employees improve their diet— and their health. Tech companies are even hiring professional chefs to prepare healthful lunches and snacks. In Texas, the Farm to Work program is making it easy and affordable for workers to pick up baskets of local produce at the office. Participants aren’t required to pay an initial lump sum or commit to buying every week. Instead, they can sign up to receive produce in any given week. Other groups around the country are also looking into workplace produce delivery programs, and while many use the traditional community supported agriculture (CSA) model, others are experimenting with different procedures. The Farm Fresh Program, in Bellingham, Washington, connects local farmers to employers interested in receiving weekly deliveries. Meanwhile, Farm2Work, in Arkansas, links local purveyors of produce, meat, eggs, dairy, pies, jams and jellies to area employers. New York’s Adirondack Harvest, a branch of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, started by helping a single farmer link to area employers. The next step, says Teresa Whalen, the group’s southern chapter representative, is working to persuade insurance companies to subsidize workplace CSAs in the same way they’re starting to subsidize gym memberships. Source: FarmToWork.org

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eventbriefs Maytawee and the Art of Healing

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orn in Scotland, Maytawee was given the gift of storytelling. Her personal experiences on a 15-year pilgrimage to India, Brazil, Portugal, Cambodia, Bali and Thailand enriched her teachings based on time spent with Eckhart Tolle, Mooji and the master monks in Thailand. While living in a jungle temple in Thailand, her body, mind and soul were tested to extremes, adding a conscious shift in all that she offers. Maytawee now provides personalized healing sessions of Ajna Light Brainwave Wellness and Fast Track Release Emotional Intelligence to clear the body and recalibrate the brain back to harmony and balance. Maytawee is visiting the Chicago area this July, and will be offering workshops, classes and private healing sessions at several locations in Chicago, Evanston, Northbrook and Wheeling. Tolle has blessed Maytawee to offer Living in the Now workshops, in which she guides participants on an inner journey to discover the language of our ego/mind and the vibration of heart consciousness. Both are powerful and require us to live in the now. Techniques will be offered to deepen the polarity between mind and soul. Maytawee will also share stories about her time with Tolle. In the Mandala Sacred Movement Class, music accompanies an 11-layer inner emotional journey to discover the natural self in motion. Maytawee guides participants from meditation to a body release back to stillness, awakening the sacred freedom within. The body is recalibrated in oneness, and each group class offers unique intuitive Maytawee channeled music. There are no movement rules, simply “be” to let go of pain and stress. Any and all physical abilities are welcome. A Tibetan Bowl Meditation and Reflection with Maytawee involves a guided meditation using the Tibetan singing bowls and breath to connect to the here and now to clear stress, frustration, recalibrate the body and harmonize the chakras. In the Fast Track Group Release, the group clears all limitations and blockages collectively held in the emotional and physical body. Once cleared, Maytawee teaches the group the unique technique of the sway test that allows for each individual to clear all restrictions and harmonize their body while integrating the soul to be able to feel a deeper peace and stillness. Ajna Light Therapy sessions use an innovative and highly effective brainwave training system via a five-LED flickering light system that holds the frequency of the sun. Ajna Light is designed to balance and recalibrate the brain wave patterning of beta, delta, gamma, theta and alpha. As a result, we experience a healthy functioning brain. Ajna Light communicates through activating the pineal gland, allowing the brain to naturally produce DMT. Maytawee will be offering the perfect combination of Fast Track Release and Ajna Light Brainwave Wellness. For more information and to schedule individual appointments, visit Maytawee.ca. See the Community Calendar for locations and times of upcoming classes and events. See ad on page 25.

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Grow and Expand Possibilities at Soul LOVE Fest

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oul LOVE Fest, a two-day event created to hit the pause button on life and discover new ways to nourish the soul, takes place September 17 and 18 at Arranmore Farm & Polo Club, in Oswego. Attendees can participate in yoga sessions, exercise classes, meditation workshops, wellness and nutrition classes, workshops, lectures and more. The lineup of national speakers and performers includes MC Yogi, a leading voice in the emerging genre of conscious music; Partha Nandi, M.D., creator and host of the internationally syndicated medical lifestyle television show Ask Dr. Nandi; Biet Simkin, a meditation leader, musician and founder of Center of the Cyclone; Jill Dailey, founder of The Dailey Method barre fitness technique; Ben Nemtin, one of the creators and stars of MTV’s The Buried Life; Stefanie Ziev, life coach and former TV executive who appears as an expert on NBC’s Today show; Bryan Reeves, author and former U.S. Air Force captain who now coaches men, women and couples to create thriving relationships; and Kelsey J. Patel, a spiritual empowerment coach, yoga instructor, reiki healer and meditation teacher to some of Hollywood’s best known celebrities. The event also promises local Chicago talent, such as Todd and Cathy Adams, hosts of Zen Parenting Radio; Maisha Wynn, a motivational speaker and author of Live to Wynn; Maureen Muldoon, spiritual director at Spiritual Speakeasy; Alexia Bauer, yoga instructor at Moksha Yoga and Yogaview; and Sarah Baker, nutrition expert and founder of Balanced Babe. Cost: varies; see website for details. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit SoulLoveFest.com. See ad on page 16.


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REAL NEWS THAT MATTERS Independent Media Tell Us the Truth by Linda Sechrist

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n virtually all aspects of life, we are influenced consciously or subconsciously by mainstream media messages. Today, six media giants—Comcast, The Walt Disney Company, Twenty-First Century Fox, Time Warner, Viacom and DirecTV—control the vast majority of what we watch on TV and in movies, listen to on the radio and read in books, newspapers and magazines. According to Ben Bagdikian, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The New Media Monopoly, this handful of conglomerates form a cartel that wields enough influence to affect U.S. politics and define social values. Thirty years ago, before many mergers and acquisitions, 50 corporations owned nearly all of American media. Today’s infotainment and rhetoric, misrepresented as news, is leading millions to conclude that these colossal powers do not exist to objectively report the truth.

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expected upon the 2016 release of New York City holistic psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogan’s A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives. They were shocked when the book was boycotted. “The New York Times, Dr. Oz and Good Morning America refused to schedule author interviews or write book reviews. There wasn’t a whisper anywhere on mainstream media about my evidenced-based book on how women can holistically recover from depression without a single prescription. HarperCollins was baffled. I was their first credentialed author who spoke out against pharmaceuticals,” says Brogan. So Brogan turned to independent outlets, including print, online and social media, her own website, newsletter lists and word-of-mouth. Her work soon broke through into three of the top bestselling book lists: USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and The New York Times. That example serves as clear proof of the importance and power of independent media to furnish the public helpful and in-depth information on wide-ranging topics that mainstream broadcast media typically only cover in 30- to 60-second blurbs or not at all.

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Dr. Mark Hyman, chair of the Institute of Functional Medicine and director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, learned Brogan’s lesson early on. “Independent media have been crucial in disseminating my life’s work. Given the misinformation being spread by regular news and government channels about weight and health, we deserve to hear the truth about what’s in our food, toxins in our environment and how we can truly heal our bodies,” says Hyman, a nine-time bestselling author.

Independent Voices

Today’s independent media landscape shifts at warp speed. With 24/7 Internet access to websites, both groundbreaking journalism and grassroots perspectives appear in original articles and blogs. Outlets include independent online radio, TV shows, newspapers, filmmakers and “citizen journalists” armed with smart phones instantly transmitting images and updates via YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. From a growing recognition that such media play a vital role in shaping a more informed and engaged citizenry, more attention is again being paid to the need for real news that matters. Breaking the reign of junk food news generators is the mission of ProjectCensored.org, a media research program at California’s Sonoma State University. Billions of dollars are spent annually on webinars, podcasts and e-books exploring health and healing, self-help, spiritual enlightenment and creativity, indicating a reading audience with a hunger for deeper wisdom. Since 1973, New Dimensions Radio, co-founded and hosted by Justine Willis Toms, has featured many of the world’s most respected wisdom keepers. “Guests exclaim how refreshing it is to speak in-depth and at length. Mainstream, commercially based media consistently present sound bites on how things are breaking down and not working, without opening thought to constructive visions for a future that benefits all life and the planet,” says Toms. “Independent media have broken away from dependence on the moneyed interests holding tight reins on the news and information they publish. Because we’re listener-supported, public radio is


free to explore a wide range of timely and timeless topics,” he says. Leaning away from one-sided views gives independent media space to expand people’s perspectives and positive expectations for the future. The seven-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Christian Science Monitor international news organization was established in Boston over a century ago to till human thought and thereby improve human lives via an uplifted journalistic standard. “Its quiet insistence for human rights and against tyranny; for generosity and against selfishness; for intelligence, charity, courage, integrity and most of all, for progress and hope—surely that has helped,” remarks John Yemma, current columnist and former editor. “We work to uncover where progress is occurring, even though headlines proclaim the contrary. There are always two sides to a story,” says Susan Hackney, a senior director with the Monitor, which consistently resists the sensational in favor of the meaningful. Magazines such as Natural Awakenings, Mother Jones, The Optimist and Yes! are likewise stirring up conversations on meaningful issues via larger perspectives with a focus on tangible solutions. They address such areas as the damaging health and environmental effects of genetically engineered food, championed by Jeffrey Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology. “Europe could kick genetically modified ingredients (GMO) out of their food supply because their mainstream media covered the health dangers, while U.S. mainstream media ignored them and kept Americans in the dark. Independent media in the U.S. enable democracy and consumer-inspired transformations of all kinds. Knowledge has organizing power,” advises Smith.

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With Fran Korten at its helm, the adfree, subscription-supported, nonprofit Yes! is helping to reframe our biggest issues. “Mainstream media, dependent upon advertisers that would have us believe that we can buy happiness, celebrate stories of the rich and powerful, leaving everyone else feeling small and powerless. Independents can help resist such ways of seeing the world, help people see a different path to suc-

We in America are the best entertained and least informed society in the world. ~Neil Postman, media theorist and educator cess and happiness and perceive themselves as change agents. Together, we share engaging stories of how people are carving out new ways of living that hold the hope of a world more in balance with the living Earth and where everyone’s inherent worth and dignity are recognized,” says Korten. Allan Savory, founder of the Savory Institute and originator of a holistic land management systems approach to recover and preserve sustainable resources, underscores the need for change leaders and independent thinkers. “As we ponder who they might be, we realize it’s not those that discover new, counterintuitive insights, but those that spread the knowledge. The groundbreakers are pioneers like writers, poets, artists, speakers and social networkers. After 50 years of trying to understand the intense institutional resistance to and ridiculing of my work of managing complexity in a simple manner, holistic management is now quickly spreading globally. This is only due to social networking, independent writers and my TED talk that went viral,” observes Savory. Laurie McCammon, change leader and author of Enough! How to Liberate Yourself and Remake the World with Just One Word, contracted with independent publisher Red Wheel Weiser to get her message out. “It’s been building awareness of forbidden knowledge—that we each have unrealized potential to affect reality by changing our thoughts. We can nurture a shift in global culture away from an existing way of life that has bred fear, lack and a belief in scarcity,” explains McCammon. She suggests that to preview a new vision of, “I am enough and have enough,” and, “We are enough and have enough,” we should look to the fertile fringes; small communities of intentional and conscious people actively reinvent-

ing society. “Look at what independent media are reporting on; as well as their unprecedented use of new terms such as organic, wellness, sustainability, permaculture, transition town, sharing economy, social responsibility, biomimicry and the butterfly effect,” says McCammon. The existing worldview, with all of its core assumptions and rules, aims to restrain awakening individual and collective consciousness. McCammon observes, “As long as the ‘old story’ was told repeatedly by mainstream media with conviction, it could command our attention and make us doubt our inner story. Trusting that the outer world had our own best interests in mind meant that there was no need to turn within. This is changing. Thanks to farseeing, courageous and strong enough independent media, there’s been an overturning to a more wholesome story of mind-body-spirit, abundance, innovation, collaboration and cooperation.” Mainstream and independent media coexist like two sides of a coin. Mainstream media’s talking heads tell us how to act and think while independent media invite us to engage, educate and think for ourselves, dig deeper and take action. Without independent media, we would know little about the benefits of the ever-evolving grassroots movement of holistic, alternative, complementary, integrative and functional medicine. Nor would we know the truth about climate change; the health advantages of plant-based diets and community gardens; food deserts and nutrition-related illnesses; the prevalence of environmental toxins; signs of spiritual progress; alternative education; and the benefits of eco-villages to people and the planet. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.

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Moms can change the world by teaching their kids healthy cooking lessons at home and planting an organic garden together. Gardening Together

Mom’s Kitchen Counter Cooking School Kids That Learn to Cook Grow Up Eating Healthier by Jen Haugen

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nvision walking the supermarket aisles and picking up a favorite pasta sauce and breakfast cereal, then adding favorite fruits and vegetables to the cart. When we think about the grocery brands we buy or our go-to recipes, they tend to begin with one common thread— the influence of our mothers—our first teachers about food and cooking. In their Project EAT study, University of Minnesota researchers found that Mom has the biggest impact on the family’s eating habits and continues to play a significant role in our food choices, brands and how we cook, even influencing our ideas about health itself by their example.

Cooking Together

Most of us learn about cooking from our mothers, and one way moms have a tremendous impact on their children is by collaborating on recipes and cooking meals together. The idea of an at-home “kitchen counter cooking school” doesn’t focus on a hard and 30

fast course on cooking; instead, it’s a place where family members gather around the counter and cook together. This almost guarantees that meals will be healthier and more fun, affording a sense of ongoing adventure where kids can explore ingredients from around the U.S. and even the world. Consider creating a “United States of My Plate” project by preparing a recipe from each state during the summer, and then rating the recipes based on taste and flavor (startup tools are at ChooseMyPlate.gov). Our senses are engaged during food preparation activities. While chopping red peppers for a recipe, we are noting their appearance, feeling their texture, smelling their fragrance, hearing the sounds of preparation and likely tasting some on the spot. Involving more of our senses as we explore our food makes the whole activity more enticing. It helps to adopt Julia Child’s motto: “Learn how to cook, try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all, have fun.”

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The freshest ingredients come from our own gardens and produce the most delicious meals. Gardening as a family can change the way everyone looks at food through the simple act of planting, growing and harvesting. Knowing where everything on the plate comes from makes us more mindful of the energy it takes to grow food, and kids will naturally eat what they help grow. Moms can change the world—right in their own yard or patio—with the power of a traditional or urban garden. Just one square foot of organic gardening space can yield half a pound of fresh fruits and vegetables. A 300-square-foot garden can produce 150 pounds each summer; plus it provides a good workout. In 2011, I started a teaching garden at our local supermarket as a means of showing kids how to grow their own food, with the hope that it would also inspire their families. The goal was to plant the seeds for healthier habits that would last a lifetime. During its first four years, 52 percent of the students’ parents noted a more positive attitude about fruits and vegetables exhibited by their own children. After participating in the program, one mother shared her young daughter’s noteworthy query, “Mom, could you go to the store and get me some Swiss chard?” By planting gardens and creating kitchen counter cooking schools at home throughout America, our country could become victorious in ensuring that families are healthier. They will be eating healthier foods, working out in the garden and learning about food in a whole new way, all while connecting in a family activity. Jen Haugen, a registered and licensed dietitian and certified master gardener, is the author of The Mom’s Guide to a Nourishing Garden. She blogs at JenHaugen.com.


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Certified Humane When we buy local cheese, poultry or meat at the farmers’ market, we sometimes see a certified humane notice. One such producer is Baetje Farms, outside St. Louis, Missouri. Their highly regarded goat cheeses offer traceability via a lot number, so buyers can know exactly which milking the cheese came from. In factory farming, which often involves penning or caging animals that never go outdoors, “certified humane” means that this producer meets Humane Farm Animal Care standards: n Fed a nutritious diet without antibiotics or hormones. n Provided proper shelter with resting areas and sufficient space.

Locavore Lingo What All the Food Labels Really Mean by Judith Fertig

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ocally grown foods are more likely to have been bred for flavor and nutrition than durability and a long shelf life, says Emily Akins, outreach director for the Kansas City Food Circle, a cooperative that links residents with farmers that grow and raise organic and free-range food. An added benefit is getting to know the farmer and being able to ask the questions—and receive the answers—that are important to us. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that local food sales totaled $12 billion in 2014, up from $5 billion in 2008. They continue to grow.

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how foods are grown and raised, it is not always possible for certain foods in some climates. Sometimes there’s a tradeoff in buying organic foods in the carbon footprint of its transport to market. According to the Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, in Tampa, Florida, “Organic refers to a specific method of growing and processing foods, and is defined as produce grown, packaged and stored without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or irradiation.” To be considered certified organic under the Code of Federal Regulations 7 CFR Part 205, products must meet these standards: n No harmful chemicals have been applied to the land for at least three years. n Farmers and processors are inspected annually by a certifying agency. n Farmers and processors must keep detailed records of practices. n Farmers are required to maintain a written organic management plan.

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n Animals have the ability to behave naturally. Veronica Baetje says her farm’s goats receive organic mineral supplements and locally grown alfalfa hay in addition to pasture grass every day. She adds, “They are free to choose what they prefer to do, whether skip and run up a hill, lie under the shade of a tree, soak up some sunshine or play with their herd mates.”

Wild Food At times, farmers’ markets will offer foraged foods from the wild or wild game. Sources are listed online at EatWild.com. “Few of us will go back to foraging in the wild, but we can learn to forage in our supermarkets, farmers’ markets and from local farmers to select the most nutritious and delicious foods available,” says founder Jo Robinson, in Vashon, Washington. For example, Dave and Sue Whittlesey, at High Wire Ranch, in Hotchkiss, Colorado, raise bison (buffalo) and elk that they sell both through local stores and at the Aspen Saturday Market. The wild game is 100 percent pasture-fed, non-GMO (no genetically modified feed), gluten-free and not given hormones or any antibiotics unless the animal is sick.

Trusted Sources The land, climate and growing season dictate the best natural farming practices for each area, often described along with their products on farm and farmers’ market websites.


Wisconsin’s Dane County Farmers’ Market, in Madison, provides detailed descriptions of farm products and agricultural practices so customers can make informed choices. Sometimes, the type of farm makes a difference. “We are intentionally human scale,” says Virginia Goeke, of Sylvan Meadows Farm, in Viroqua, Wisconsin. “We choose to husband our land to promote harmony and synergy. We are creating a sustainable farm ecosystem where herbal meadows, prairies, heirloom gardens, orchards, woodlands, and rare breeds of livestock and wildlife flourish.” Sometimes, we’d just like someone else to do the food curating for us. The Kansas City Food Circle requires member farmers to take a pledge to follow certain agricultural practices. “When you buy food from our members, you can rely on the co-op’s pledge that it’s been certified naturally grown or that the farmer has USDA Organic certification,” says Akins. Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, the joint effort of 100 small-scale family farms providing fresh, organic, seasonal produce, in Leola, Pennsylvania, gives similar assurances. The USDA reports that 160,000 farmers nationwide are currently selling to their local markets via farmers’ markets, community supported agriculture organizations, restaurants, groceries and institutions, generating health, social, economic and environmental benefits

Healthy Foods Lexicon Foraged—Native foods gathered from the wild, rather than cultivated. Examples: wild mushrooms, fiddlehead ferns, mulberries, native pecans, black walnuts and native persimmons. Free range—Poultry raised outdoors where they are free to range over natural vegetation. Grass-fed—Beef or milk cows fed on grass. The benefit is leaner, betterflavored meat and more omega-3s, plus fuller flavors in milk, butter and other dairy products.

Pastured—Livestock raised on pastures instead of factory farms. Traceability—Precise tracking by a farmer that informs the consumer of which chicken hatched a specific clutch of eggs, which farm grew a cantaloupe and which mill boiled down and bottled the sorghum syrup.

Heirloom—Older, non-hybrid varieties of produce, including fruit trees, herbs and vegetables. Heritage breeds—Ancestral breeds of poultry and livestock that often take longer to reach market weight, but have more flavor.

Wild-caught—Fish that live and are caught in open lakes, streams or oceans. For more current agricultural, market and trade terms, visit LexiconOfSustainability.com.

Local—Grown or raised within a three-hour driving radius of the consumer’s purchase site.

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Vinegar-Based Shrubs A Tasty and Healthy Beverage by Heather Lalley

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shrub is a pungent vinegar drink infused with seasonal produce and lots of potential health benefits that can be consumed straight, in water, as part of an alcoholic cocktail or in dressings and sauces. “It’s very refreshing,” says Liat Shanan, a Chicago resident who has been making homemade shrubs for several years. “I find that it works better than anything else I can drink to quench my thirst.” Shrubs have captured modern taste buds in recent years in homes and bars around the country, but their “roots” go back hundreds of years as the perfect way to preserve produce in the time before refrigeration. Plus, they made palatable the poorly distilled spirits of Colonial times. “They helped with digestion, because of the vinegar,” says Jess Sanchez McClary, CEO of Detroit-based McClary Bros. Drinking Vinegars (McClaryBros.com), which are available in retail stores and bars around Chicago. McClary’s company, which is expanding into a larger production facility, uses only organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar and organic cane sugar as the basis for its shrubs. “It’s pricier,” says McClary. “But it has the culture that’s full of probiotics, and that’s really valuable. It creates a much deeper dimension of flavor. This was a way I could showcase locally grown produce here in Michigan.” She likes to use the freshest whole fruits, vegetables and herbs, with only as much sweetener as necessary. Her company’s shrub offerings include Lemon & Ginger, Beet & Carrot, Pineapple & Fennel Seed, Michigan Cranberry and others. “There’s been an increase in demand for this particular flavor profile and a big surge in fermented foods because of the health benefits. And there’s also the rise in craft cocktail culture.

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We’re riding dual waves here,” says McClary. “Consumers are getting tired of having products that are lab-made. This is very transparent. Everything is as straightforward as we can detail it.” Dan Rook, head bartender of South Water Kitchen (SouthWaterKitchen. com), a bistro in the Hotel Monaco Chicago, currently has three cocktails featuring shrubs on his drink menu. He even makes one using a charred Gai Lan broccoli in rice wine and champagne vinegars with orange peel, cayenne, ginger and fennel. That shrub is featured in a tequila-based cocktail. Other shrub cocktails have included beet shrub with gin and honeydew shrub with tequila. “It’s becoming less and less of a hard sell,” says Rook. “There’s always that consumer anxiety, but it’s just another way of preserving seasonal ingredients throughout the year.” Shrubs also make great non-alcoholic cocktails. They’re the perfect way to create a grown-up, “mocktail” that’s not syrupy sweet. Rook’s bar serves a classic Arnold Palmer drink mixed with beet shrub. Shrubs are easy to create at home. They’re simply comprised of vinegar, fresh produce in virtually any combination and sweetener to taste. The mixture then sits in a Mason jar or other container at room temperature for a week or two, with tasting every few days to see if it’s ready. “I don’t want to say you

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can’t mess it up, but vinegar is the best preserver there is,” McClary says. When creating a mixture with a lot of sugar, store it in the refrigerator, because sugar can upset vinegar’s pH level. Shanan, a master canner who teaches cooking classes, mixes her shrubs in large batches and divides them among her family members. Her favorite shrub flavors are rosemary-grapefruit and ginger. Once the shrubs are fully infused, she strains them and stores the liquid in the refrigerator. McClary’s customers use the shrubs in cocktails, sodas and even salad dressings and other cooking applications. For sodas, McClary recommends one part drinking vinegar to four parts still or sparkling water. In cocktails, she suggests an ounce of shrub per shot of alcohol, along with a mixer. “Why should we drink vinegar?” she asks. “You should drink it because it tastes good. I get excited when we have people who use this to kick the soda habit. It’s a great way to have something fun and interesting.” Adds Rook, “Don’t be afraid of the shrub. It’s a very easy way to preserve produce that’s about to go bad. Instead of composting it or throwing it out, shrub it. Get over that initial fear.” Heather Lalley is a Chicago-based freelance writer, culinary school graduate and author of The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook. Follow her on Twitter @ flourgrrrl.

Rosemary-Grapefruit Shrub Yields 4 to 6 servings 6 (5-inch) rosemary sprigs 1 cup sugar 1 cup fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice 1 cup apple cider or white vinegar Combine rosemary and sugar in a bowl, cover and let sit at least eight hours or overnight. Add the juice to the bowl and stir to dissolve the sugar. Let sit covered overnight. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl. Add the vinegar


and stir to combine the ingredients. Pour into a container, cover and refrigerate. Recipe courtesy of Liat Shanan, a Chicago master canner and cooking instructor.

Ginger Shrub Yields 4 to 6 servings

Stir in the sugar, set it over high heat and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to very low and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sugar has completely dissolved and the shrub is clear. Cool, cover and refrigerate. Recipe courtesy of Liat Shanan, master canner and cooking instructor.

1 cup peeled and sliced ginger 2 cups apple cider vinegar 1 to 2 cups sugar to taste

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Heat ginger and vinegar in a small, nonreactive saucepan over medium-high heat until it boils around the edges.

Yields 1 serving

Add ice cubes and whiskey. Stir again. Strain into an old-fashioned glass over ice. Add two drops of Black Walnut Bitters. Twist one orange peel over the glass to release the oils. Run the peel around the rim of the glass.

Pour the mixture into a strainer and let the ginger drain for about five minutes without pressing on it.

¾ oz McClary Bros. Saskatoon Drinking Vinegar ½ oz turbinado simple syrup 2 oz high-quality whiskey 2 dashes Angostura bitters 3 drops Fee Brothers Black Walnut bitters 2 pieces of orange peel

Discard the ginger and transfer the liquid to a non-reactive saucepan.

Combine vinegar, syrup, bitters and orange peel in a cocktail shaker. Stir well.

Transfer to a glass container, let cool, then cover and set aside at room temperature for 24 hours.

To make turbinado simple syrup: Heat a half-cup of water. Before boiling, add a half-cup of turbinado sugar. Stir and simmer. Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat. Cool and place in a glass jar. Store in the refrigerator.

Summer Recipes

Using Garden Beets and Parsley by Peg Sheaffer “The size of beets will vary depending on the time of the season. Early summer beets are small to medium-sized, and are so wonderful and tasty that you don’t need to do a whole lot in the kitchen. We recommend boiling or steaming them, and then slicing and making a simple salad with your favorite vinaigrette and some chopped parsley and green onion. As far as the greens are concerned, they can be used in place of spinach in many recipes, including egg dishes, lasagna, pasta sauces, curries, stir-fries, etc. The best way to store beets is to cut the root end from the beet greens and store separately in the refrigerator. Use the roots end within one month. The greens should be stored in a plastic bag and used within a week.”

Recipe courtesy of McClary Bros. Drinking Vinegar. Salt and black pepper to taste 4 Tbsp olive oil ½ cup chopped fresh parsley Fill a 3-quart saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add beets, and simmer until beets are tender when pierced with a fork, about 45 minutes.

Parsley Vinaigrette 2 cups (packed) parsley (leaves and stems) ½ cup olive oil 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice ½ Tbsp vinegar (white wine or champagne) 1 garlic clove, crushed Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cool, peel and cut beets into bite-size pieces. Place in a serving bowl. Place lemon juice, garlic, cumin and salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl. Whisk in olive oil, then toss with beets. Let sit a few hours. Just before serving, sprinkle with parsley.

Pulse parsley, oil, lemon juice, vinegar and garlic in a food processor until well blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Recipes courtesy of Peg Sheaffer, Sandhill Family Farms, SandhillFamilyFarms.com.

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Natural Alternatives for the Treatment of Allergies by Teri Calandra

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llergies and sensitivities are on the rise—and for many are such an issue that they affect daily living. There are different theories as to how and why, as well as many ways to address the problem. Modern Allergy Treatments Western medicine views an allergen as a hypersensitivity to something that results in an array of reactions that include life-threatening anaphylaxis, cough, wheezing, chest tightness, nasal congestion, asthma, sinusitis, skin disorders and eye irritation. For those experiencing these symptoms, the first diagnostic procedures are scratch testing (skin test), allergen avoidance or blood work to rule out pollen, animal dander, dust, foods, molds, medications and chemicals as allergic items. Once the patient determines what they are allergic to, the options for treatment are typically limited to future avoidance, symptom-specific medication or specific allergy shots. For years, these were the only options, and many people found success with them. Others were forced to travel a different path. Causes of Allergies Some researchers believe that allergens are hereditary or have to do with quality of our food—such as genetic modification (GMO), our body’s ability to process the additives and chemicals we encounter daily or even the

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quality of our gut. The digestive system is responsible for 70 percent of our immune system. Dysbiosis is the condition that results when the natural florae of the gut are thrown out of balance, often by antibiotics. These drugs are extremely effective when indicated, but may be misused or overused, causing many people to suffer from leaky gut or other gastrointestinal issues. If the digestive tract is not functioning properly, it can cause a weakening of the immune system, making us not only more likely to get sick, but also to have allergies and sensitivities. Another cause of allergies may be a reaction to additives that are used to preserve our food, as well as chemicals used on everyday and household items as preservatives, flame retardants and aesthetic enhancers. Over time, some people’s bodies may lose the ability to break down these additives and chemicals, causing a reaction. Researchers have discovered that the genetic mutation known as methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) prevents the proper breakdown of folic acid, B vitamins and other chemicals. According to mthfr.net, more than half the population has some form of this gene mutation. The reason it is so important is because the immunotherapy shots and immunizations that we receive have a

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number of agents in them that someone with MTHFR may be unable to process properly. This can lead to a decrease in function of the immune system and even more sensitivities. Alternative Approaches to Treatment Chinese medicine has held for thousands of years that allergies are caused by deficiencies of three organ systems, and that by addressing those deficiencies, we are able to strengthen the immune system enough so that allergens, especially outdoor allergens, are no longer an issue. Allergies caused by heredity are seen as underlying deficiencies and addressed accordingly through acupuncture, herbal medicine and lifestyle changes. Another form of treatment, Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET), defines an allergen as anything that causes an adverse reaction in an individual which does not cause an adverse reaction in a healthy individual. In this case, the body can view anything as a threat, including itself. NAET is a non-invasive, drug-free, natural solution to alleviate allergies of all types and intensities. The method uses a blend of acupressure, acupuncture, Applied Kinesiology and other modalities to “reboot” the body so it no longer reacts to a substance as a sensitivity. Allergens of all types and different intensities can be addressed using this method, which is quantifiable through blood work. Most authorities seem to agree that allergens have a direct correlation to the strength of our immune system. Someone with decreased immunity is more likely to have allergens than another person with a strong immune system, and most allergy treatment options take this into consideration. Teri Calandra, LAc., LMT, RMT, is the owner of Calandra Acupuncture, with locations in Chicago’s South Loop and Arlington Heights. She specializes in acupuncture, NAET, Access Consciousness, reiki and Bengston Energy Healing. For more information, call 312-5159492 or visit CalandraAcupuncture. com. See ad in the Community Resource Guide and the calendar for upcoming July mini-lectures.


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Yes. FemiLift is a breakthrough procedure that helps restore a youthful vagina and improve urinary stress incontinence. Using a unique vaginal probe, laser energy is delivered safely to the full circumference of the vagina to promote collagen production and remodeling.

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omen suffering from bladder leakage or wish they had a healthier, more fulfilling sex life may want to learn more about FemiLift, a pain-free, surgery-free laser treatment that requires no downtime and is typically performed within 10 minutes. For many women experiencing stress urinary incontinence, vaginal looseness or vaginal dryness, the results with FemiLift are immediate. Board-Certified OB/GYN Joyce Chams, M.D., is part of the VFemina team, the only group of board-certified obstetrician/gynecologists in Illinois to offer FemiLift, the latest laser technology for vaginal rejuvenation, tightening and lubrication. Chams graduated from the Chicago Medical School and completed her residency at Rush University Medical Center. She has been in private practice for more than 22 years and is currently on staff at North Shore University Health Systems and at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Her focus is on female gynecological health issues that include surgical and non-surgical treatments of pre- and post-menopausal conditions. Here, she answers some of the most frequently asked questions regarding FemiLift.

What is FemiLift?

Is it safe?

FemiLift is a non-invasive CO2 laser that promotes the genesis of new collagen, which remodels the vaginal wall tissue and strengthens support to the bladder

FemiLift is pain-free. Most patients report that it is more comfortable than having a pap smear.

How many treatments are needed?

For maximum results, three treatments are suggested, one month apart. While most women notice improvement after the first treatment, three are recommended.

Who can benefit?

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and urethra. It also tightens the vagina and increases lubrication. It’s the same kind of laser used for many years on the face for facial rejuvenation and the smoothing of wrinkles.

How does it work?

FemiLift utilizes a controlled laser beam to apply concentrated thermal heating to the inner layers of the vaginal tissue. The heat induces collagen production, resulting in tightening. Not only does FemiLift stop bladder leakage with no anesthesia and no downtime, but it also increases lubrication, heightening sexual pleasure for both partners.

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FemiLift is ideal for women between the ages of 30 and 65 who either suffer from urinary stress incontinence (the involuntary leaking of urine while exercising, laughing, coughing or sneezing), are in need of more vaginal lubrication due to medications or menopausal factors, or whom desire tightening of the vagina after childbirth.

What do patients say?

My patients have been very happy with their outcomes. I have several patients who are now able to exercise with no incontinence whatsoever. Several patients have said that sexual satisfaction for them and their partners has skyrocketed. There’s no doubt that FemiLift is changing their lives. FemiLift is available throughout the Chicagoland area, including the Gold Coast, Sauganash, Libertyville, Glenview and the North Shore. For more information, call 847-362-0100 or visit VFemina.com. See ad on page 23.

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SOIL SISTERS Female Farmers Come of Age by Lisa Kivirist

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ore women are becoming farmers, bringing with them a passion for producing organic and sustainably raised fare and transforming America’s food system. The U.S. Census of Agriculture reports that their numbers rose by more than 20 percent between 2002 and 2012, to 288,264.

Historic Roots

“Women have played an integral role in farming for centuries, but in the last 100 years they’ve started to self-organize and be recognized for their important work,” says University of California garden historian Rose Hayden-Smith, Ph.D., author of Sowing the Seeds of Victory: American Gardening Programs of World War I and editor of the UC Food Observer. “During that war, the Women’s Land Army of America, a female-led initiative, recruited nearly 20,000 mostly middleclass urban and suburban women to

enter the agricultural sector as wage laborers at farms, dairies and canneries, often in rural areas, where farmers urgently needed help while the male labor force was off fighting.”  Women also helped feed Americans during the Victory Garden era of World War II. “It’s also estimated that more than 40 percent of fruits and vegetables consumed on the American home front then were grown in school, home, community and workplace gardens,” says Hayden-Smith, possibly resulting in America’s highest period of produce consumption ever. When the commercial organic industry launched in the 1990s, women organized to provide overlooked and undervalued perspectives. The wakeup call for Denise O’Brien, an organic vegetable farmer and owner of Rolling Hills Acres, near Atlantic, Iowa, came during the farm economic crisis of the

preceding decade. Although still considered “just” farm wives, “It was the women on the farms that had foreseen where things were heading, because they often kept the accounting books, though nobody took their voices seriously,” O’Brien recalls.  This launched O’Brien’s agriculture activism: balancing farming, raising children and serving as a national advocate and spokeswoman for women in agriculture in an ecological and just food system. In 1997, she launched the Women, Food and Ag Network to collectively advocate for a stronger voice. “Throughout history, women in agriculture have been relegated to providing assistance, rather than making decisions,” O’Brien explains. “It’s up to us as women to collaboratively support each other while challenging the system.”

Cultivating Change

For her 50th birthday, Paula Foreman gave her life a new chapter. She launched her midlife “second act” in 2007 with Encore Farm, a name that serves as a rallying mantra for her peers. “The name is a tribute declaring that fresh starts and new beginnings can happen at any age,” explains Foreman, now an urban farmer in St. Paul, Minnesota. Embodying this business moxie, she chose to specialize, producing one thing very well: organic dried beans. Relinda Walker, of Walker Organic Farms, outside Savannah, Georgia,  represents a cadre of “boomerang” farmers; women that return to the land to continue a family farm with a commitment to organics. Like many farm kids, after college, Walker left to pursue a corporate career in the city. Then the 9/11 terror attack shifted her priorities. “All roads led me to coming back home and growing food,” she says. Launched in 2005, Walker’s farm was one of southern Georgia’s first organic operations, yielding specialty varieties like rainbow carrots in vivid shades of purple, orange and red.

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Young women in their 20s and 30s are adding energy, diversity, vibrancy and fresh outlooks to the female farming movement. Lindsey Morris Carpenter runs Grassroots Farm, in Monroe, Wisconsin, a diversified operation of certified organic vegetables and pastured livestock, in partnership with her mother, Gail Carpenter.    “A crucial key to farming happiness is being a good neighbor,” she shares. “I call around when I see livestock and pets outside of fences; maintain my fences; share my garlic and potato seed; and always invite neighbors to parties and events, even though they may not attend. Even if others’ personal lifestyle and farming philosophies are radical opposites, we still have our physical location and appreciation of nature in common, and that’s big.” “The women farmer movement is just a toddler,” sums up O’Brien. “We’ve come a long way, but we’re not there yet, especially with representation on the national leadership platform.” It’s easy to support female growers at local farmers’ markets. Cultivating change can be rewarding—and tasty. Lisa Kivirist is the author of the new book Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers and a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. Her family runs the energyindependent Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B, in southwestern Wisconsin.

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Women Farmers Stepping Up to the Plow by Kathleen Bolin

Renee Randall

work (wfan.org), but represent only 14 percent of farm operators, according to the 2012 USDA census, and are vastly underrepresented on policy-making boards, “We need more education and consumer support to grow sustainable and organic farming. Big agriculture is taking more and more land for single crop, large production farming. It’s destroying our soil and pumping pesticides into our air and food supply. Women are nurturers by nature. If more of us had a seat at the table, I think you would see real, positive change.”

Her initial partners in the farm were two young lawyers who started armer Renee Randall first rememthe People’s Law Office, a Chicago bers seeing a sign that read “organpractice made famous by their defense ic produce” on a small table at a of civil rights cases in the 60s and 70s. Treasure Island grocery store in ChiAlthough they apprecicago. It was the early ated the idea of a farm, Jen Rosenthal 1970s, a time when the partners were not many farmers had In 1978, another future farmer, Jen interested in changing transitioned to what is Rosenthal, was born in Munster, Indiday jobs. Randall even- ana. Like Randall, she was not part of a now considered contually bought them out ventional farming; a farming family. She moved to Chicago and the farm became higher-yielding, often after college in the early 2000s and her own. “I had six single-crop production worked as a commercial artist designlocal farmers mentor that uses chemical fering slot machines. Organic was a unime, and they were the tilizers, pesticides, versally recognized term by then, and old-timers!” exclaims heavy irrigation and grocery stores were stocking organic Randall. “They were or- produce sections. more machinery. ganic based on the fact Randall, then While Rosenthal had plenty of that they never bought separated from her access to clean food, she wasn’t loving into industrial farmnow ex-husband, was store-bought tomatoes, so she decided Renee Randall ing. I used draft horses, studying to be a therato grow her own. “I literally went to the rebuilt the farm to milk cows and was peutic nutritionist. She wanted to give garden center, bought a six-pack of toher children clean food. “I was studying completely fascinated mato seedlings and by the growing pro[nutritionist and author] Adele Davis at planted them all in a cess. Everything was the time,” says Randall. “Adele warned small pot on my back sustainable. The hours about the dangers of pesticide residue deck,” she says. “I only also allowed me to be and was also concerned that industrial got two out of that farming was causing our food to be less home when my kids batch, but they were came off the school nutrient dense. She was truly a woman the best tomatoes I bus.” ahead of her time.” ever had!” Through it all, Randall started Willow Ridge OrGardening felt Randall never gave up ganic Farm (WillowRidgeOrganicFarm. more meaningful farming or her farm, com), formerly Sweet Earth Organic than her day job, but explaining, “I was Farm, in Wauzeka, Wisconsin, in 1974. Rosenthal didn’t realRandall had camped in the area for years among a handful of ize her hobby could Midwest farms to offer and fell in love with it. The back-to-theturn into a career until community supported land and homesteading movements of a friend’s wedding at Jen Rosenthal agriculture [CSA] in the time had urbanites flocking to rural Uncommon Ground’s the early days. I’m passionate about areas to reconnect with nature, with Devon Avenue location in Chicago CSAs and the good they do. I sit on the some buying up property. The locals, (UncommonGround.com). The restauboard of Band of Farmers (BandOfFarm- rant had just opened their rooftop farm however, did not welcome these young ers.org), a coalition that offers nearly 50 and needed a manager. Discovering her progressives with open arms. “A friend CSA options in the Chicagoland area.” knew a couple that had bought a farm passion could actually pay was monu Randall, now a grandmother, is after finishing their ministry program mental. She soon enrolled in the apboth concerned and hopeful about the in Hyde Park. I drove in from Chicago, prenticeship program at Windy City future of women in farming. Women stayed the night, and over breakfast they Harvest at Chicago Botanic Garden now own or co-own nearly half the told me they wanted to move back the (ChicagoBotanic.org/urbanagriculture) farmland in the Midwest, according to the East Coast. They agreed to help me and worked in the Regenstein Fruit & the Women, Food & Agriculture Netbuy their farm.” says Randall. Vegetable Garden, an “island” within

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the garden that houses 400 species of edible plants. “The fruit and vegetable garden married my love of growing, eating and art. It’s like an edible canvas. I returned the next summer to work with their chef’s cooking series. I worked with chefs and learned their language.” Rosenthal returned to Uncommon Ground after graduation, where she cultivated the sidewalk farm at their Clark Street location, earning the restaurant a mayoral landscaping award. She started her own business, PLANTED | Chicago (PlantedChicago.com), in 2012. She still manages gardens, but also grows specialty vegetables and provides custom cultivation for restaurants. She says, “I owe so much to Helen and Michael [Cameron], of Uncommon Ground, and chef Jason Hammel, of Lula Café (LulaCafe.com). They own their restaurants, so they understand the initial hardships of starting a business. They did everything they could to support me and still do today.” This year, Rosenthal was a finalist for Routes2Farm.org Beginning Farmer of the Year award at Chicago’s Good Food Festival, and recently partnered with Folk Art Restaurant Management to grow lots of specialty crops, including her original love—tomatoes. Each restaurant in the group pays a weekly share, similar to a CSA model. “Matthias Merges is the chef/owner behind these restaurants,” says Rosenthal. “We decided to try this model and it’s worked beautifully so far. The restaurants receive delicious, hyperlocal produce and I receive a steady income.” Rosenthal is grateful for female farmers like Randall that have encouraged and made it easier for women to enter this field. Her land access, however, remains uncertain. “Windy City Harvest provides me a quarter of an acre to grow, but it’s only a two-year incubator program. So in addition to working 12-hour days, I’m also looking to secure permanent land to keep doing what I love.”

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Using Plant-Based Foods for Optimum Health by Sheila Julson

In addition to health benefits, such as lower cholesterol, what are some other advantages of switching to a plant-based way of eating? There has been a lot of discussion about the microbiomes, or the environment in the gut, particularly the large intestine, that are responsible for creation of many bacteria. The things we eat alter the environment and the growth of those bacteria, so if we don’t eat the right kinds of foods, we don’t help proliferate growth of the kinds of bacteria we need to make the vitamins necessary to protect us. We’re learning now that gut flora is absolutely critical to good health, and flora of the gut can be altered in a positive way by eating 44

With meat and processed food temptations everywhere, how can people shift to plant-based eating? Don’t worry about trying to do it all. Just start with vegetables and fruits you like and keep adding. It’s not an all-or-none approach. If you’re eating meat, just add broccoli. Then next time you add the broccoli, maybe also add string beans or asparagus. If you like apples, oranges or berries, add those things. If you can’t add something every day, commit to adding something every week. Keep adding, and don’t forget to

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r. Terry Mason, chief operating officer of the Cook County Department of Public Health, believes that people have power to greatly improve health through whole, plant-based eating—obtaining most calories through fruits, vegetables, beans and legumes. When he discovered 10 years ago that many ailments plaguing Americans, such as cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol, are the result of animal-based and processed foods damaging the lining of the body’s blood vessels, he became a passionate advocate for plant-based diets. In 2007, while serving as Chicago’s public health commissioner, he started the successful program Restart4Health, challenging Chicagoans to try plantbased eating during the month of January after holiday indulgences. Mason shares his knowledge through lectures and radio shows, and will speak at the 11th annual Veggie Fest on July 23 and 24 at Science of Spirituality, in Lisle.

that you don’t get complete protein in a plant-based diet, but that’s not true. Look at some of the largest animals in the world—they’re all herbivores.

Dr. Terry Mason to speak at this year’s Dr. Terry Mason

whole, plant-based foods. As far as environmental advantages, thanks to people like [author and sustainable foods advocate] Dr. Richard Oppenlander and movies like Cowspiracy, word is getting out. The World Health Organization and major global nations are talking about how animal agriculture waste is the major cause of rain forest deforestation, dead zones in our oceans and greenhouse gasses.

What are some common misconceptions about plant-based eating? People tell me that it costs too much to eat that way, so I ask them, “Well, how much is a box of oatmeal?” or, “How much is a pound of dried beans?” Name any bean and compare that price per pound to a pound of sirloin steak or ground chuck. Also, a lot of people think about where they are going to get protein. About 8 to 10 percent of the total dietary intake needs to be protein. That’s about the same amount you get from a good plant-based way of eating. People have this misconception

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he 11th annual Veggie Fest will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., July 23 and 24, on the grounds of Science of Spirituality, in Lisle. Each year, thousands of people, from beginners and flexitarians to long-time vegans, experience the vegetarian lifestyle through cooking demonstrations and food samples, as well as educational lectures by health professionals, spiritual leaders, authors and other experts in healthy food and environmental sustainability. The event also provides more than 100 vendors and kids’ art and music activities. Admission is free. Location: 4045 N. Naperville Rd., Lisle. For more information, visit VeggieFestChicago. com. See ad on page 9.


drink water and far less caffeinated and sugar-sweetened beverages, like coffee, soda and juice-flavored drinks.

Are you optimistic that more people will embrace plant-based eating? Absolutely, because I’ve already seen it with people I’ve worked with. More young people are into it, and movies like Forks Over Knives and Food, Inc. are showing people what food means and how food is produced. I would certainly like for people to come out and support Veggie Fest. There’s lots of information being shared through lectures and resources and food that people can sample. Spiritual leaders will also talk about the state of mind that we need to have; it’s not only about eating the right food physically, but also about making sure that we have better diets spiritually and mentally. We have to take time to let our brains and our spirits calm, so additional therapies, like yoga and meditation, allow us to receive mental and spiritual connections to food. It’s not just a few hippie people; there are all types trying to learn, and that’s how you start. Read it, research it and try to live it for yourself. Sheila Julson is a Milwaukee-based freelance writer and contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the country.

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COOL CHOW Icy Treats for Hot Summer Days by Sandra Murphy

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tasty ways. After removing strings, n 2015, manufacturers of commerfill celery logs with plain yogurt and cial dog and cat foods and treats freeze. To serve, cut into one-bite issued 28 recalls, some for multiple pieces appropriate for a dog’s size. products, due to the potential presAnother easy favorite is fillence of listeria or salmonella bacteria, ing an ice cube tray two-thirds full mold, dangerous levels of cumuwith Greek-style or traditional plain latively harmful propylene glycol, yogurt mixed with diced strawberries inadequate thiamine, elevated levels or whole blueberries of vitamin D, off odors Use the freshest and freeze overnight. or labeling problems (Tinyurl.com/Petingredients, organic For cats, omit the fruit and instead add bits FoodRecallList). In and non-GMO (no of mercury-free waterresponse, homemade treats have grown in genetic modification) packed tuna or salmon as a special treat. Add popularity to ensure that pets enjoy safe and where possible; tuna fresh or dried catnip to healthy snacks. or salmon in a pouch catch Kitty’s attention. “Once when fixing “Most summer is safer than BPA- dinner, I dropped a fruits work naturally to piece of frozen yellow cool the body,” advises canned fish. squash and the dogs Cathy Alinovi, co-author dove for it,” says writer Livia J. Washof Dinner PAWsible: A Cookbook of burn, in Azle, Texas, of her ChihuaNutritious Homemade Meals for Cats huas. “Nicki waits for things to hit the and Dogs, in Pine Village, Indiana. floor; Nora showed her game face and “Healthful treats, made from the best won the Squash War.” ingredients, are a good way to take a “Obesity is the number one nubreak from summer heat.” tritional disease affecting our pets, so She suggests taking a refreshing summertime activities that avoid overlook at low-calorie fruits and veggies heating are vital for overall health,” says such as stuffed celery used in creative, 46

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Veterinarian Jeff Werber, a veterinary medical journalist with a Los Angeles practice. “Proper nutrition is critical— not only to the foods we feed, but to the treats we give.” Twelve years ago, Rick Woodford’s Belgian Malinois/Labrador mix, Jackson, was diagnosed with lymphoma. In order to keep him eating, Woodford shared his own food. Jackson lived an additional four years, in part due to improved nutrition. “Portion control is important,” he says. “What’s right for an 80-pound dog is way too much for a 30-pounder.” Woodford, the author of Feed Your Best Friend Better and Chow, lives near Portland, Oregon. Frosty Paws is a lower lactose version of ice cream for dogs and discriminating cats. Recipes for homemade versions can be found online. The basics are one ripe, mashed banana, 32 ounces of plain or vanilla yogurt and two tablespoons of honey, all mixed in a blender and frozen in small ice cube trays. Variations may substitute goat’s milk yogurt or add a quarter-cup of strawberries, cranberries or blueberries for antioxidants in lieu of the honey. Frozen vegetable broth, primed with added bits of cooked chopped spinach, broccoli, carrots or a small cheese cube, is a hit with dogs. Cats like theirs with tidbits of chicken, turkey or a few shreds of cheese. Using a bone-shaped ice cube tray lets humans know it’s the pet’s treat. “When I was developing frozen treat recipes, my husband came in from the yard one hot afternoon and went straight to the freezer,” says Paris Permenter about John Bigley, co-authors of The Healthy Hound Cookbook, in Cedar Park, Texas, who live with mixed breeds Irie and Tiki. “I watched him eat two helpings of the dog ice cream and then told him what it was. We often share our food with our dogs. It was nice for them to share their goodies with us!” The bottom line for the best summertime treats is to go healthy, be creative, use fresh ingredients, don’t overindulge and stay cool. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ mindspring.com.


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Serve in a bowl as a slushie treat or pour into ice cube trays and freeze.

Frosty Treats for Furry Friends Cooling Recipes Fido’s Frozen Fruit Pupsicles 4 cups water 1 Tbsp blackstrap molasses (optional) 1 cup fresh fruit (no grapes or raisins), chopped Wash and core all fruit. Blueberries and strawberries are popular with most dogs, while others enjoy melons, peaches and apples. Chop fruit into bite-sized pieces. Mix fruit with water and molasses. Freeze the mix in ice cube trays, small tubs or Popsicle molds.

Watermelon Slush Low-calorie watermelon is high in potassium and magnesium plus vitamins A and C; filled with fluid, it helps prevent dehydration. Blackstrap molasses has less sugar and more minerals than other sweeteners. 2 cups cubed watermelon, seeds removed ½ cup strawberries 1 Tbsp. blackstrap molasses ½ cup coconut water 1 cup ice

Add all ingredients to a blender and purée. Pour mixture into ice cube trays and freeze overnight. Transfer frozen cubes to a zip-top plastic bag; stores up to 2 months in the freezer. Source: The Healthy Hound Cookbook, by Paris Permenter and John Bigley

Plum and Apple Coolers One batch makes enough cubes to treat both a large- and medium-size dog. (10-lb dog: 1 to 2 cubes; 20-lb dog: 3 to 4 cubes; 40-lb dog: 4 to 5 cubes; 60-lb dog: 5 to 6 cubes; 80-lb dog: 6 to 7 cubes; 100-lb dog: 7 to 8 cubes) 6 plums, washed and pitted 1 Tbsp filtered water, to begin 1 apple, peeled, cored and cut into ¼-inch cubes (no seeds) Purée the plums and water in a blender or food processor. Add another 1 or 2 tablespoons of water if needed. Spread the apples in the ice cube tray and spoon the plum purée on top. Don’t pack, or it will become a denser cube. Serve the cubes one by one (outdoors may be best) or in a big bowl. Source: Chow, by Rick Woodford

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2 ripe mangos, peeled Juice of 1 orange Juice of 1 lime ½ cup unsweetened almond milk

Source: The Healthy Hound Cookbook, by Paris Permenter and John Bigley

Freeze for 4 hours.

Combine all ingredients in a blender

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 6 Women’s Networking Group – 11:30am-1pm. 1st Wed. Offered through the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce. Buy own lunch. Location varies in Hoffman Estates. Dr.Kristen@TheBalanceDoc.com. HEChamber.com. Go Green Highland Park Meeting – 12:151:30pm. 1st Wed. All welcome to attend. If you would like to be involved but are unable to attend, email us. Madame ZuZu’s, 582 Roger Williams Ave, Highland Park. More info:  GoGreenHP2014@gmail.com. GoGreenHP.org.

THURSDAY, JULY 7 Eid Ul-Fitr (Islam) Forgive for Life: Seven Steps to Lasting Freedom – Thursdays, July 7-Aug 18. With Rev Jacki Belile, CPC, founder of Clear Center Coaching. Course is for those who find themselves stuck on the forgiveness path and are truly ready for a new destination: a center of compassion. $277, includes 2 private 30-min coaching sessions. 5051 W Gunnison, Chicago & via teleclass. More info: LivingWellMinistries.net. The Work of Byron Katie: A Path to Peace – 10am-12pm. Dive deep into the cause of all suffering, and use inquiry to identify and question the thoughts at the root of it all. This 4-wk class for those new to and experienced in The Work of Byron Katie will provide the opportunity to learn the simple and profound four questions and turnarounds that open the path to peace. $70. Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St, Deerfield. 847-337-3866. AbundantLifeUnity.org. Hypnosis Certification Training – July 7-9. 11:30am-8pm. Hypnosis remains the most powerful means of affecting personal development. Learn to induce trance in others plus self-hypnosis. Create suggestions for positive change. Profoundly useful in stopping fear, anxiety, bad habits. Speed healing. Register early & save $200. $795. Fairfield Inn & Suites, 316 E Ontario, Chicago. 312-854-2270. ILove-Hypnosis.com.

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EFT With A Guarantee™ Certification Class – July 9 & 10. For both beginners & experienced EFT Practitioners. 14-hr certification workshop. Become an EFT With A Guarantee™ Practitioner. Learn basic EFT plus how to guarantee success in every EFT session for yourself and for your clients. Experience relief for yourself. CEs for massage therapists (NCBTMB) and psychologists. $225, $195/advance. $95 repeat of EFT with a guarantee certification class or prior attendance at any of Tom’s 6-hr or longer workshops. Oxford, Wisconsin. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634, EFT-Tom.com. Circulation Day – 9am-3pm. A yard sale without any money involved. Bring unwanted items and take what you need from what has been left by others. Circulation Day demonstrates that there is always enough to go around, if we simply distribute it correctly. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. Info: 847-297-0997 or UnityNorthwest.org.  The Heart Matters – 9am-4pm. All answers lie within. We will talk about how the heart matters and it’s a place within that guides us. We will learn how to listen to this guidance, this infinite intelligence that lies in the heart. A course on strengthening your trust, intuition and inner guidance. $144. RUAH Center, 1110 N Washington St, Naperville. Registration required: 630-210-8688 or  Heather@GraceAngels.com.

savethedate Elmhurst Summer Sidewalk Fest – 11:30am1:30pm. ARC Physical Therapy celebrates its 20th anniversary with a sidewalk fest including free samples, coupons, and/or demos from local businesses. Plus, meet the adorable, adoptable pets from Magnificent Mutts Rescue. Raffle tickets on sale all week (7/4-7/9) as well as the day of the event, with all sales benefiting Clearbrook, a non-profit that provides services, programs and support for children and adults with intellectual/ developmental disabilities. Free. ARC Physical Therapy, 183 North York St, Elmhurst. 630-8326919. ARC-PT.com.

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Chicago IANDS – 2-5pm. Support/study/resource forum for near-death, out-of-body, and spiritual experiences, losses. Guest Speaker:  Joanne Koenig-Macko, 3-time NDEr, internationally known spiritual and angel artist, coach, author, lecturer and teacher. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston.  847-251-5758. ChicagoIANDS.org. Wild about Wildflowers: Conserving Water, Bees and Beauty – 2-5pm. Spend an afternoon with one of the earliest pioneers of wildflower gardens to learn about the many benefits of native gardens in public spaces and in your own yard. Featured speaker: Chapman Kelley, award-winning artist and celebrated painter. Also hear from local beekeepers about the challenges facing pollinators in our region and the benefits of wildflowers for maintaining healthy populations. A fundraising benefit for NEIS and CAPOW. Donation: $10-$20. Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 460 Sunset Ridge Rd, Northfield. neis.org

SUNDAY, JULY 10 Grand Opening: Lux Wellness Studio – Comprehensive services range from signature massage therapy, organic skincare and esthetics to yoga and meditation classes, sound healing, nutritional counseling and lifestyle coaching. 770 N Halsted, Ste 201, Chicago. 312-483-9240. RejuvenatingBodywork.com.  Summer Picnic: Abundant Life Unity – 11:30am2:30pm. Summertime brings summer fun, and we’re having a community picnic. Bring friends and family to our 10am gathering that day and stay for some fun and good food. We will have games and activities for children and adults alike. Please bring side dishes to share. Free. Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St, Deerfield. 847-337-3866. AbundantLifeUnity.org. Solful Sunday – 1-4pm. Free themed spiritual networking/potluck. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. 847-924-5708. More info: SolfulGifts.com. Crystal Grids – 2-4pm. With Janel Watschke. Learn how to make and use crystal grids to raise vibrations and spiritual growth. Sample grids for sale for home, office or healing space. $25, $20/A.R.E. members. Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

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TUESDAY, JULY 12 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: Facebook.com/greendrinkslibertyville or GreenDrinks.org.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13 Obon (Buddhism) UFOs & Nuclear Pollution, Crop Circles, St. Malachy’s Prophecy – 6:30-8:30pm. In 1139 AD that this is the Last Pope, Jesus, Maitreya, Save our Planet. Current prophecies of our coming spiritual growth. See how these might all be related. Free literature. Interesting discussion and movie. Nothing to join. Free. Garrett Wellness, 3020 N Kimball, Chicago. For more info, Tom: 708-955-3634.


At The Fork Documentary Premiere – 7pm. Filmmaker and omnivore John Papola and his vegetarian wife Lisa offer up a timely and unbiased look at how farm animals are raised for consumption. With unprecedented access to large-scale conventional farms, the Papolas ask tough questions and discover not heartless industrialists, but America’s farmers; real people grappling with the moral dimensions of farming animals for food. AMC River East 21, 22 E Illinois St, Chicago. For tickets: tugg.com/ events/106868. For more info: AtTheForkFilm.com.

In Her Boots: Sustainable Agriculture for Women, By Women – 10am-3pm. Are you a woman with a dream of running your own farm? Come out for a day of information, resources and inspiration at Sandhill Family Farms and take a detailed farm tour with farmers Peg Sheaffer and Jen Miller. Faciliated by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). $50 includes lunch. Volunteer scholarships available. Sandhill Family Farms, 560 N Harris Rd, Grayslake. For registration & more info: MosesOrganic.org/events/organic-field-days/july-15.

When is a Label not Enough? – 7-8pm. Come to this presentation about neurodevelopment and the HANDLE Approach led by Lee Rodin, LCSW, EMDR and licensed HANDLE practitioner. She helps children, adolescents and adults to integrate their brains and bodies to transcend labels and achieve their goals. Free. re:fit, 901 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-657-0881. ReFitInc.com

Beginning Zen Shiatsu – July 15-17 & 22-24. 7-10pm, Fri; 9am-4pm, Sat & Sun. Learn to give a basic 1-hr shiatsu treatment that you can share with friends and family. Course is stand-alone offering; also the first 30 hrs of our complete shiatsu certification programs. $450 plus books. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org.

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Bastille Day Integrative Aesthetics Info Session: Rejuvenate Your Skin, Rejuvenate Your Life – 5:30-6:30pm. Learn more about the latest FDA-approved laser technology for tattoo removal, body sculpting, skin rejuvenation, and vaginal health. The Raby Institute is among  the first in the Midwest to offer these services. Find out how they work in conjunction with our detox program, which prepares the body to strengthen and re-build itself. Each treatment takes 15-25 mins, with no downtime and little to no discomfort. Attend this info session for more information on these non-invasive treatments that can help you look and feel your best. Free. Raby Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave, Ste 2100, Chicago. RSVP: 312-276-1212. RabyIntegrativeMedicine.com. Integrated Pest Management for Home Gardens – 6:30-8pm. Learn to manage your garden pests with Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This method gives you alternatives to chemical pest control by integrating various management strategies, including using beneficial insect relationships, cultural methods, alternatives to chemicals and chemicals only when necessary. $20/$30. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St, Oak Park. Register: pdop.org.

Community Blood Drive: Highland Park Bank & Trust – 8am-2pm. Hosted by Lifesource & Highland Park Bank & Trust. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Call 877-543-3768 to make an appointment or visit lifesource.org & select “Make an Appointment” under the “Donate Blood” menu. Scroll down and select group code 760B for the bank. Free. Highland Park Bank & Trust, 1949 St. Johns Ave, Highland Park. 847-432-9988. HighlandParkBank.com. Heartland Animal Shelter’s 10th Annual Walk of Love – 9:30am. A leisurely 2K stroll, followed by breakfast, prizes, puppy pools, vendors, photos and more. Proceeds allow Heartland Animal Shelter to rescue hundreds of homeless dogs and cats and provide medical care, socialization, training and a secure environment while they wait for their forever homes. $25/advance, $30/at door. Blue Star Memorial Forest Preserve, 701 E Lake Ave, Glenview. HeartlandAnimalShelter.net. A.R.E. Holistic Fair – 10am-4pm. A wide range of remedies, techniques and methodologies associated with health and personal growth, based on the work of Edgar Cayce. A well-stocked bookstore, free short lectures and meditations. $35/25-min ses-

sions. Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. HolisticCenterChicago.com Grounding and Gratitude in Nature – 12:30-4pm. Rain date: Aug 13. Take a break from you hectic and stressful life and spend the afternoon in Ryerson Forest Preserve exploring simple practices that can change your life with Kathleen Rude, Shamanic Practitioner. Experience grounding exercises and explore practices for accessing and expressing gratitude. Group will meet at Infinity Foundation. $60, $50/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. InfinityFoundation.org. Maytawee: Living in the Now Talk – 1-4pm. Be inspired as Maytawee takes us on a PowerPoint journey of her 15-year pilgrimage to discover the inner more. Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston. Maytawee.ca. Shiatsu for Chronic Conditions: A Live Demonstration – 5-6pm. Zen Shiatsu Chicago specializes in working with clients with autoimmune conditions, allergies, chronic infections such as Lyme disease, and other chronic pain or dysfunction related to compound traumas. Come see a live demonstration of the work, meet practitioners, hear about our clients, and ask questions about your case or someone you know. Free. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org. Full Moon Drum Circle – 7-9pm. With Linda Roberts. Honor the Full Moon with this special circle. Bring your own drum or borrow one. Drumming, dancing and a special meditation. $10/advance, $15/at the door. Infinity Foundation, 1282 Old Skokie Valley Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. TheWhispersOfLove.com. Spiritual Solutions for Everyday Problems – 1pm. A workshop with behavioral health therapist and Licensed Unity Teacher and spiritual counselor, Lynn Barrette, LCSW. Workshop will explore what tools to have on hand for those daily run-ins with life’s ups and downs. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. UnityNorthwest.org. 

Solful Numerology – 7-9pm. With Philip Clark. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. 847-924-5708. For topic & tickets: SolfulGifts.com.

FRIDAY, JULY 15 Psychic Fair – July 15 & 16. With 4 healers: a medium, a pet psychic, a clairvoyant and an energy healer. 6355 N Broadway, Chicago. More info: 312-933-9950 or 847-470-0049. The United States Psychotronics Association 38th Conference – July 15-17. 23 featured speakers include: Dr. William Tiller, Karl Merit, MD, Dr. Jon Klimo, Dr. Beverly Rubik, Dr. Glen Rein and others. Panel discussions and workshops. An unprecedented opportunity to see very rare equipment, Radionics, healing and energy medicine, subtle energy technologies. Experience a free short demonstration of the removal of your own negative energies with the gentle tapping (acupuncture without needles) of EFT With A Guarantee by Tom Masbaum. Wyndham Glenview Suites, 1400 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview. EFT-Tom.com. Psychotronics.org/conference.php.

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Maytawee: Deep Meditation and Reflection – 12-1:30pm. With Maytawee. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. 847-924-5708. Tickets: SolfulGifts.com.

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TUESDAY, JULY 19 Guru Purina (Hinduism) 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. ZenShiatsuChicago.org. Lunchtime Meditation – 12-1pm. It’s easy to forget to connect to ourselves and take muchneeded breaks to quiet our minds. Use this time to breathe deeply and re-connect with the inner calm that sustains us. Raby Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave, Ste 2100, Chicago. RSVP: 312-276-1212. RabyIntegrativeMedicine.com. Laughter: Touching our Mind, Body and Spirit – 6:30-8pm. Would you like to bring more joy into your life? Lessen the stress level? Please join us at Sacred Mindscapes as Caryl Derenfeld, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader and Teacher, leads a workshop about the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual benefits of laughter as a meditation. $25. Sacred Mindscapes, 5435 Bull Valley Rd, McHenry. More info: 847-456-7695 or SacredMindscapes.com.

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THURSDAY, JULY 21 Eliminate Your Allergies Naturally – 6:30pm. Do you or someone you know have allergies? Do you have an autoimmune disease? NAET Allergy Elimination is not just for your itchy eyes and runny nose. Come join us for a mini informational lecture on the ways that NAET can change your life by rebooting the body so it no longer views a sensitivity as a sensitivity. Calandra Acupuncture, 2015 S Arlington Heights Rd, Ste 111, Arlington Heights. 312-515-9492. RSVP: CalandraAcupuncture.com. Maytawee: Living in the Now Talk – 7-8:30pm. Be inspired as Maytawee takes us on a PowerPoint journey of her 15-year pilgrimage to discover the inner more. Heaven Meets Earth, 2746 Central St, Evanston. Maytawee.ca.

FRIDAY, JULY 22 NLP Certification Training – 11:30am-8pm. Awaken your inner power. Rewire negative programming, feelings, habits into greater capabilities. Heighten creativity, problem-solving abilities. Advance interpersonal communications. Master body language to be more persuasive. Deepen change making it longer-lasting, faster plus more effective. 9 intensive days. Register today, save $400. $2,890. Level, 318 W Adams, Chicago. 312-854-2270. ResolutionChicago.com.

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Maytawee: Mandala Sacred Movement Class – July 22-24. 7-8:30pm. With soft eyes in candlelight, Maytawee guides us from meditation to a body release back to stillness, awakening the sacred freedom within. Each class offers intuitive channeled music unique to that group. Heaven Meets Earth, 2746 Central St, Evanston. Maytawee.ca. Edgar Cayce on Ideals – 7-9pm. With Ron Hounsell. A workshop/discussion of how what we are is the combined result of what we have done about the ideals we have set, and how to set them. $25, $20/A.R.E. members. Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

SATURDAY, JULY 23 Maytawee: Satsang Meditation & Fast Track Release Workshops – July 23 & 24. With Thai Buddhist Monk Maytawee. Heart of Transformation Wellness, 1618 Orrington Ave, Ste 206, Evanston. More info: Maytawee.ca. Madison Free to Breathe Yoga Challenge – 8am. Challenge yourself in this all-day, outdoor, one-of-a-kind team yoga experience and raise funds to help change the future of lung cancer. Teams of up to 8 members will participate in up to 8 hrs of varied-intensity, instructor-led yoga. A variety of wellness experiences and other activities will round out a full day of yoga, community and fun, all to help double lung cancer survival. $50/person (fundraising minimums apply). Lake Farm Park, Madison, WI. FreeToBreathe.org/ MadisonYoga. Between Nothing and Everything: The Gospel of Love According to Julian of Norwich – 9am3:30pm. With Mark Burrows, writer, scholar, poet and teacher. Come learn and experience the wisdom of Julian of Norwich, a 14th-century English mystic and theologian. $75 including lunch. The Well Spirituality Center, 1515 W Ogden Ave, LaGrange Park. 708-482-5048. csjthewell.org.

savethedate Veggie Fest Chicago – July 23 & 24. 11am-8pm. Enjoy delicious vegetarian food, food demos with vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and raw food dishes and leading-edge information from doctors and specialists in vegetarianism, spirituality, organic food and ecofriendly living. In addition to more than 100 exhibitor booths, there will be kid-friendly activities that include face painting and arts and crafts. Free parking & admission. Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 4045 Naperville Rd, Lisle. VeggieFestChicago.org.

SUNDAY, JULY 24 Maytawee: Satsang Meditation & Mandala Movement Class – July 24 & 25. With Thai Buddhist Monk Maytawee. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. More info: Maytawee.ca. Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar and Farmers’ Market – 10am-3pm. 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. PromontoryChicago.com.

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Law of Attraction Discussion Group: Conversations with Hermaden – 1-3pm. This group explores how we can work intentionally with the Law of Attraction. Participants dialogue directly with the group of non-physical teachers known as Hermaden in a format similar to Abraham-Hicks workshops. Reservations not required. $20, $10/ seniors & students. Mallinckrodt Community Center Library, 1041A Ridge Rd, Wilmette. 630-746-9843. Hermaden.org.

MONDAY, JULY 25 Functional Medicine Series: Ending the Inflammation Cycle – 7pm. Richard Bisceglie, ND, CNS, discusses the role of inflammation in pain and chronic disease. Inflammatory processes can include: irritable bowel disease, allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic pain syndrome, chronic headaches, muscle pain/aches. Participants will gain an understanding of how inflammation affects their lives and create a plan to minimize the process. Free. Center for Holistic Medicine, 240 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods/Deerfield. RSVP: 847-236-1701. Holistic-Medicine.com. Hotter Summers, Strong Storms: Connecting the Dots on Climate Change – 7-8pm. All across America, communities continue to grapple with the disastrous effects of extreme weather. From superstorms to droughts to wildfires, this type of weather is becoming the norm. What are the facts? And what can we do? Join us to discuss climate change and its impacts around the world. Free. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette. 847-256-6952. WilmetteLibrary.info. Beginning Astrology Level 2 – 7:30-9:30pm. 6-wk class. Learn transits, progressions, synastry, composite charts, solar arcs and solar returns. Requires basic astrological knowledge and a knowledge of interpretation. $180; $150/registration by July 18. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont Ave, Chicago. 773-327-7224. AstrologicalDetails.com.

TUESDAY, JULY 26 Grab a Plate and Educate – 5-7pm.Hosted by Northbrook Inn Memory Care Community. “The Talk: Important Discussions About Your Aging Loved One.” This presentation will discuss aging issues, housing options, navigating the process and making the decision. Our Lady of the Brook, 3700 Dundee Rd, Northbrook. RSVP. Dolly: 224-5711155 or NorthbrookDCR2@KoelschSenior.com. Fusion Belly Dancing – 6:30-7:30pm. With Linda Roberts. Awaken your inner Goddess with ancient moves that help to empower you and tone your body. $12/advance, $15/at door. Essential Evolution Holistic Wellness, 459 Central Ave, Ste 201, Highland Park. 847-926-3252. TheWhispersOfLove.com.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27 Free Your Mind Sunset Service – 6:30-7:30pm, dinner; 7:30-9pm, service. With Rev. Lola Wright, Gary Lynn Floyd and Jami Lula of Floyd Lula. Join us for an evening of music and meditation designed to set the mind free and allow your spirit to soar. Enjoy community connection, a delicious dinner, inspiring practice and the soul inspiring sounds of Floyd Lula. Dinner: $30/adult, $15/child. $15 suggested love offering without dinner. Beach location to be determined. More info: BodhiSpiritualCenter.org.


THURSDAY, JULY 28 New Balance North Shore Sidewalk Sale – July 28-30. Find great shoe bargains for everyone in the family at our annual Sidewalk Sale. We’ll have a massive outdoor display of athletic and casual shoes at super clearance prices, from $29-$59. You’ll find lots of apparel and kids shoes on sale too. 610 Central Ave, Port Clinton Square, Ste 169. Highland Park. 847-266-8323. 9th Annual Peak Harvest Farm Dinner – 6pm. Recognizing Rick Bayless & Deann Groen Bayless of Frontera Farmer Foundation for their visionary contributions to our local food system. Includes locally sourced food and cocktails, a fresh pie stand, a farm store, adorable farm animals, live music, and special guests including emcee, Monica Eng of WBEZ & Chewing. Galleria Marchetti, 825 W Erie St, Chicago. More info: L earnGrowConnect.org/farmdinner.

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SATURDAY, JULY 30 Spiritual Wellness Event – July 30 & 31. Aura readings, chakra balancing, past life regression, psychic and tarot readings. 2834 Golf Rd, Glenview. More info: 312-933-9950 or 847-470-0049. The Free Flow of Letting Go: Painting with Watercolors – 8am-3:30pm. Let your creativity flow. No experience necessary, just an open heart and mind. $75 including lunch. The Well Spirituality Center, 1515 W Ogden Ave, LaGrange Park.  708-482-5048. csjthewell.org. Deep Tissue Massage with Meridian Awareness – July 30 & 31. 9am-4pm. This 12-hr training introduces the concept and application of addressing energetic pathways (meridians) in the body through the use of deep tissue massage techniques. Will cover anatomical and energetic overviews of the areas to be covered, relevant meridians and their locations, specific deep tissue techniques addressing these particular pathways, the location of specific points (tsubos) on the meridians, tsubo function in relieving pain and restoring energetic balance, and demonstrations and guided student exchanges. 12 CE hrs for bodywork professionals. $240. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org. Energy Healing Energy Medicine – July 30 & 31. 9am-4pm. Energy healing uses a light touch or no touch above the body to influence and balance the harmonics of the body’s energetic field. Learn about energy and how it heals along with several techniques to change the vibration of someone’s field. You will be able to do energy healing as well as receive energy healing in class. We will also use essences. $333. RUAH Center, 1110 N Washington St, Naperville. Registration required: 630-210-8688 or Heather@GraceAngels.com. Connecting with Angels and the Afterlife – July 30 & 31. 9:30am-4:30pm. Infinity Foundation is hosting a retreat with psychic medium, spiritual teacher, and best-selling author of Love Never Ends, Sunny Dawn Johnston. Discover your innate ability to connect with your angels and loved ones. A light breakfast and lunch is included with registration, plus an optional Saturday night program. CEUs available. $310. Techny Towers, 2001 Waukegan Rd, Northbrook. 847-831-8828. InfinityFoundation.org.

The Awakened Heart – 11am-6pm. With Steven Hanauer. Learn tools and practices for awakening Love’s presence and developing self-acceptance, self-love and self-care. As the heart is the key to our spiritual Ascension, learn heart skills to love unconditionally, with take-home healing exercises. $65, $55/A.R.E. members. Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

savethedate Tibetan Singing Bowl Sound Bath – 12pm. Experience waves of healing music from more than 50 antique Tibetan singing bowls, bells, tingshaws, rain sticks and a blessed antique gong performed by 3 sound therapists. $25. There also will be 20-min reiki treatments before and after the sound bath, which begins at 1pm. Reiki Masters who are members of Reiki Energy International will give individual and group treatments at $20/session. Please bring your mat and dress in comfortable attire. 4511 N Hermitage Ave, Chicago. For more info: 773-458-4461.

SUNDAY, JULY 31 Maytawee: Living in the Now Workshop – 122pm. Eckhart Tolle has blessed Maytawee to offer these workshops. She guides us on an inner journey to discover the language of our ego/mind and the vibration of the heart consciousness. Bodhi Spiritual Center, 1012 N Noble St, Chicago. Maytawee.ca. Solful Sunday – 1-4pm. Free themed spiritual networking/potluck. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. More info: SolfulGifts.com. Heart Awakening Private Sessions – 2-7pm. With Steven Hanauer. Private 60-min sessions for indepth healing and heart awakening work including healing the hurt and fears of your inner child and generating coherent healing heart states. Topics can include learning to develop greater self-acceptance and self-love, deepening your heart connection with others and following the wisdom of your heart’s inner guidance for greater spiritual growth, happiness and fulfillment. $70. Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. To schedule: 847-299-6535.

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savethedate SATURDAY, AUGUST 6 Feng Shui in a Day – 9:30am-4:30pm. Change your life in a day as you learn how to implement feng shui in your space. Learn about best furniture placement, colors, basic guidelines and how to place the 9 square bagua grid over your home. An eye opening class that gives you immediate tips to improve wealth, career, relationships plus much more. $108. Oak Brook.  Reservations necessary:  630-279-8870,  TheFengShuiSchoolOfChicago.com.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 Introduction to Bach Flower Remedies – Aug 13 & 14. Level 1 Bach International Education Program. Bach Centre, UK approved. Learn to reduce stress. Help friends, family and pets with Bach Flower Remedies. 12.5 NCBTMB or NCCAOM CEs. Schaumburg. Pre-registration required: 734-726-4303 or Awakening-Hearts.com.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14 In-Depth Look at Houses of The Horoscope: The Unfoldment of Our Lives – 1-4pm. Understanding zodiacal houses gives insight and understanding of the individual’s psyche and orientation. Explore hemispheres and quadrants; the polarities and factors that trigger the polarity; psychological factors connected with houses; importance of a transiting planet’s cycle; the cycles within a life; the importance of each house’s domain within the horoscope. $55; $45/ registration by Aug 7. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont Ave, Chicago. 773-327-7224. AstrologicalDetails.com.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 One-Day Introduction to Zero Balancing – 9am-5pm. Designed to provide an introduction to the principles of touch used in Zero Balancing, to the concepts of body structure and body energy, and to a set of hands on Zero Balancing techniques. Course includes lecture, demonstration, hands-on and experiential components. $150. Zero Balancing Wellness Center, 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette. 847-920-9292. ZBWellness.com. Body Mind Spirit Expo – Aug 20 & 21. 10am-7pm, Sat; 10am-6pm, Sun. Peruse more than 100 intriguing exhibitors offering the latest in natural health, personal growth and metaphysics. $14. North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie. 541-482-3722 x 1. bmse.net.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 OSHO Retreat – Sept 16-18. 10am-12pm. Come experience powerful Active Meditation techniques of OSHO an enlightened mystic accompanied by the live music of Milarepa and One Sky Band, an international group of musicians. Allow the mysteries to unfold thru singing, dancing, meditation and celebration. N2270 State Rd 67, Walworth, WI. More info: 414-828-0004 or OshoChicago.org.

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sunday Wise Aging 6-Wk Peer Group – Groups forming now. With trained facilitator and Jewish cantor Lynda Hope Dresher says. The Wise Aging program provides new resources and support to live the later years with spirit, resilience and wisdom. Highland Park. Register & more info: 847-373-7456 or Cantor@Har-Shalom.com. LyndaDresher.com.

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daily all month $35 Lifting Facial Massage – Thru July. Miniservice treatment (30 mins) includes a proper facial cleansing followed by a gentle scrub to remove all dirt and oils that clog your pores. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com. $54.99 Swedish Massage (Add $10 for Deep Tissue) – Thru July. The classic form of full-body soft tissue massage relaxes the body, increases circulation and lymph flow, enhances range of motion, eases muscle aches and tension. Excellent for firsttime clients. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com. $84.99 Anti-Aging Facial with Free Eye Treatment – Thru July. With a revolutionary, non-surgical approach see an increase of collagen production as skin regains elasticity and plumpness. Also includes the use of galvanic/ultrasonic machine and a special facial and décolleté massage. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com. $89.99 90 Massage + Scrub – Thru July. Receive a 60-min Swedish massage and 30-min back exfoliation treatment. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com. $159 90-Minute Massage + Organic Eminence Facial – Thru July. Choose from the variety of 90-min massages we offer: Swedish, deep tissue, aromatherapy, sports, reflexology, prenatal, and add $10 for hot stone. In addition, receive our customized organic deep cleansing facial. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com. Back, Shoulder, Neck and Leg Pain Relief – Experience relief from back, shoulder, neck and leg pain based on Dr. John Sarno’s revolutionary approach to healing. Catch the true culprit of this kind of pain, also known as Mind-body Syndrome and discover your body and soul wisdom for your individual Soulution to get you back on your feet again. For more info, Meryl Feldman: 773-609-3770. BlossomWithinCoaching.com. Complimentary Anti-Aging Consultation and Skin Analysis – With Dr. Promila Banerjee. Learn about the new revolutionary Scition® Dual Wavelength, most advanced FDA-approved hybrid laser along with Broadband Light. Zero downtime. Halo Laser & Aesthetic Medicine, Waukegan Rd, Northfield. 847-260-7300. ChicagoHalo.com. Dental Discount Plan – Allows patients without dental insurance to receive quality dental care at affordable prices. Gaiamed is offering free tooth whitening to each enrolled adult. Gaiamed Dental Spa, 929 Ridge Rd, Wilmette. For details & appt: 847-977-1655 or GaiamedDental.com.

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Free 15-Minute Phone Consultation for Health & Success – Discover how you can achieve ultimate happiness and health with InteriorWerx. Clear emotional and energetic abnormalities that cause dis-ease, such as anxiety, pain, sadness, discomfort, allergies, recurring physical injury and more. There is immediate relief from symptoms, bringing health back to true form. 312-479-7893. RSVP: InteriorWerx.us. Ganesha Yoga Enrolling: Fall Teacher Training Session – Ganesha Yoga will be offering a 200-hr yoga teacher training course beginning Aug 19. 2054 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago. For more info: 773-904-7870 or GaneshaYogaChicago.com. Have a Welcoming Nest Playshop – Gather your friends for a fun and nurturing experience as you weave and craft your very own Welcoming Nest. Perfect for a baby shower, house warming event or birthday party to welcome something new and precious into your life. TheWelcomingNest.com/Playshops. Heal Chronic UTIs – End the UTI cycle for good and enjoy a more vibrant life. The UTI Soulution is a 4-session holistic healing program that allows for emotional energy flow and helps you discover your body’s personal health blueprint. Schedule your free 20-min consultation today. Meryl Feldman, Mind-body Coach: 773-609-3770. BlossomWithinCoaching.com. Save Money on Your Next Dental Appointment – Make the switch to a holistic dentist and save 20% off your first visit (new patients only). Gaiamed Dental Spa, 929 Ridge Rd, Wilmette. For details & appt: 847-977-1655 or GaiamedDental.com. The Grief Recovery Method  Outreach Program – Groups forming now. The action program for emotionally moving beyond death, divorce and 42 other losses. People say you have to let go and move on in your life, but they don’t tell you what you need to do to accomplish that. Highland Park. Register & more info: 847-373-7456  or Cantor@Har-Shalom.com. LyndaDresher.com. ®

Theta Healing/Emotional Blocks – With Agnes Loughlin, RN, NP. Feel radiant and powerful. Discover the blocks in your subconscious mind that interfere with your health or relationships. Change limiting beliefs about loving yourself, receiving love, feeling worthy, trusting, anxiety, emotional energies that cause pain, and many more. 773-791-9590. AgnesLoughlin@comcast.net. MiraclesInWellness.com.

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Wicker Park Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 30. 8am-2pm. Local and regional farmers, food producers and processors sell handmade and homegrown fruit and vegetables, baked goods, meats, cheeses, flowers and more. 2nd & 3rd Sun includes children’s cooking classes and live music and theater performances. Free. 1425 N Damen Ave, Chicago. WickerParkBucktown.com. Sunday Celebration Services – 9 & 11am. Led by Greg Barrette and featuring music by Megon McDonough. Unity Northwest is a center for spiritual growth, offering tools for living at every level of expression. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. UnityNorthwest.org. The Mike Nowak Show Radio Program – 9-11am. Weekly local radio show focused on gardening and the environment, with lots of humor to wake us up on a Sunday. Author and garden guru Mike Nowak hosts a variety of guests and weatherman Rick DiMaio in live show, also available in Podcast on Mikenowak.net and streaming live on Que4.org, Que4’s Facebook page and the TuneIn radio app. Glenwood Sunday Market – Thru Oct. 9am2pm. Providing local, sustainable foods that are also organic whenever possible. Held at the southbound Glenwood between Morse & Lunt on the west side of the CTA tracks, Rogers Park. GlenwoodSundayMarket.org. Jefferson Park Sunday Market – Thru Oct. 9:30am-1:30pm. 2nd & 4th Sun. Food and craft vendors and entertainment. Jefferson Park, corner of Lawrence & Long, Chicago. 773-282-3879.  jpna.net/fm. Sunday Celebration Service – 10am. We exist to reveal love, honor all paths and celebrate life. Youth programming available for ages 0-18. All are welcome. Bodhi Spiritual Center, Vittum Theater, 1012 N Noble St, Chicago.  773-248-5683.  BodhiSpiritualCenter.org. Logan Square Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 30. 10am-3pm. Food, music, entertainment, socializing, fun. Held on Logan Blvd from Milwaukee Ave to Whipple St, Chicago. LoganSquareFarmersMarket.org. Out Chicago Radio Program – 11am-1pm. The only local and live LGBT radio show in the Chicago Metro Area. Out Chicago is an outstanding new show about LGBT life, current events and civil rights hosted by Scott Duff, a Chicago-based actor, comedian, theatre educator and activist. On WCPTAM 820, WCPT-FM 92.7 (North), WCPY-FM 92.5 (West), and WCPQ-FM 99.9 (South). Call-in: 773-763-WCPT. ChicagosProgressiveTalk.com. Yoga for Strength and Silence – 12-1:30pm. Begin your week with bliss. Enjoy a rejuvenating hatha class closed with restorative poses and guided meditation. Align body and mind for the days ahead. $10. Urban Escape Healing, 1049 N Ashland Ave, Chicago. 312-547-9247. UrbanEscapeHealing.com.


Ecstatic Dance – 1-3pm. Gather in our sacred space, set intention, move, dance, sweat, let go, energize. It’s a fun free-form workout meditation. $15 or class pass. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. 847-475-1500. HeavenMeetsEarthYoga.com.

monday Archangel Michael Monday – Receive a Saint Michael Angel card reading. Session is done with Doreen virtue Archangel Michael cards. During a reading expect to receive guidance answers and communication with Archangel Michael. Book appointment now and receive your special message from Archangel Michael. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. Must call in advance: 847-564-6159. 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. Earthly-Goods.com. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. NirvanaNaturopathics.com.

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. DigestiveHealthSolutions.com. Medium Monday – 11am-7pm. $50 medium readings with a complementary free clear quartz crystal. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. Must call in advance: 847-564-6159. Community Acupuncture – 2:30-6pm. A powerful way to experience the healing effects of acupuncture. $30-$50. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000. BeOptimal.com. Free Walking Clinic – Thru Sept 29. 5:30-6:30pm., Mon & Thurs. Learn how to get the most out of walking as exercise. All fitness levels welcome. Meet at Wallace Bowl, Gillson Park, Lake & Michigan, Wilmette. pftl.net. Meditation Mondays – 7-8pm. Enjoy the art form of meditation and reiki to cleanse, clear and balance your chakras, mind, body and spirit through guided meditation. $12; Punch cards available for purchase on website. Themes: 5/2, Cleanse and Clear; 5/9, Intuitive Connection; 5/16, Love All; 5/23, Wealth and Abundance. Motherella Metaphysical Center, 810 Arlington Heights Rd, Ste 4, Itasca. 630-306-0055. Motherella.com. Mindfulness Meditation – 7:30-8pm. A true beginner’s meditation class to help you explore a diverse range of concentration and meditation techniques from the kriya yoga tradition. No experience required. Free. Aayu Clinics, Lakeview Immediate Care, 1645 W School St, Chicago. 773-227-3669. LakeviewImmediateCare.com/aayu-yoga.

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

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.

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. AstrologicalDetails.com.

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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classes and workshops BECOME A LICENSED TEACHER IN LOUISE HAY’S PHILOSOPHY – Complete manuals and materials provided plus extensive follow-up. Cost includes hotel lodging in San Diego and meals. This training is approved by Louise and authorized by Hay House. October 22-29. HealYourLifeTraining.com/Teacher-Training.

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

tuesday Palmistry Tuesday – 9am-7pm. $20 special. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. Must call in advance: 847-564-6159. 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. ReFitInc.com. Community Acupuncture – 1-2pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. NirvanaNaturopathics.com. Plant Clinic Hours – 2-4pm. Held year round. Gardening or house plant 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. pdop.org.

MEDICAL INTUITIVE PHONE READINGS WITH DR. LARRY MARTIN – Regain Your Health where other healing methods have failed! “Dr. Larry” has 35 years’ experience as a Medical Intuitive, Holistic Health Counselor, Naturopath, Nutritional Consultant and Retired Chiropractor. 888-490-5464. Support@NutraOrgana.com. SEEKING BODYWORK TRADE –Spiritually oriented masseur; wholistic lifestyle, yoga, meditation, vegetarian, interested in trading bodywork with someone in the Lake Forest area. Have a great collection of quiet, contemplative music to share, if interested. Contact Brian1111@comcast.net or 847-234-1716. Shiatsu Student Clinic – 7 or 8pm. Also Fri, 11am or 12pm. Clients receive a 45-min session from an advanced Zen Shiatsu student. Sessions are performed in a group setting with instructor observation. $35/45-min or $90/3 treatments. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org. Wise Woman Gathering – 7-8:30pm. Strengthening intuitive wisdom, authentic greatness, personal empowerment and self-esteem in a supportive, natural environment. The Dance B u i l d i n g , 1 3 3 0 We b f o r d , D e s P l a i n e s . 847-258-7225. WomensWisdom@aol.com. WomensWisdom.org. Tai Chi Class – 8:15pm. Also Sat, 9am. Reduce stress; increase flexibility and balance; improve muscle strength and definition; increase energy; stamina and agility. Wear flat-soled shoes and loose fitting clothes. $10/class. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929. WholeHealthPrograms.com.

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the time of yoga. $5 for first class. Stretch Chi, 410 S Michigan Ave, Ste 841, Chicago. 773-750-5031. StretchChi.com.

Reiki Wednesday – $55/60-min healings. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. Must call in advance: 847-564-6159.

Oneness Meditation – 7:30-9pm. The Oneness Blessing is a transference of Divine conscious energy. Donation. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000. BeOptimal.com.

Happy Hour Free Acupuncture – 11am-12pm. Initial evaluation and treatment for instant pain relief or any health concerns. For videos look up Deerfield Community Acupuncture on YouTube. The best doctor is in your body. Get well naturally. Free. Deerfield Community Acupuncture, 405 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 211, Deerfield. 847-845-4090. DeerfieldCommunityAcupuncture.com. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. NirvanaNaturopathics.com.

friday Psychic and Tarot Card Readings – Fri-Sun. 22 yrs experience. Reveals past present and future with pinpoint accuracy. $30 special. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. Must call in advance: 847-564-6159.

Community Acupuncture – 1-2pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. NirvanaNaturopathics.com.

Stretch Friday – 6am-5pm. Want to improve your sports performance? Looking to reduce pain especially in your lower back? Interested in increasing flexibility and mobility to gain strength? Suffer from neck, lower back, shoulder, knee, foot, tennis elbow, plantar fasciatis, shin splints? Need better balance? Just want to move better and feel better? Chain Reflex Stretch Therapy can help. Introductory price $65. 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste S5, Northbrook. For an appt: 847-272-3700. ChainReflex.com.

Low-Line Market – 3-8pm, thru Sept 1. 3-7pm, Sept 8-Oct 13. An experience where neighbors can meet and gather while having greater access to a collection of high-quality produce, proteins and artisanal foods from local farms and vendors. Held at the auxiliary exit of the Southport Brown Line CTA Station (just north of Southport & Roscoe), Lakeview. LowLineMarket.com.

Shiatsu Student Clinic – 11am or 12pm. See Tues listing. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. NirvanaNaturopathics.com.

Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching Class – 6-7pm. Stretch and strengthen your hips and shoulders using the revolutionary flexibility method, Ki-Hara. Increase range of motion and decrease pain in half

Chakra Friday – 11am-7pm. A full chakra evaluation along with a chakra balance. $70/60-min. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. Must call in advance: 847-564-6159.

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Mindfulness & Wellness: Managing Stress, Creating Health, Encouraging Balance – 1:15-2:30pm. With Archana Lal-Tabak, MD, and Jim Lal-Tabak. Learn about the mind-body connection and a variety of mindfulness exercises. Experience natural stress reduction strategies and tools. Each class is selfcontained and a new wellness-educational topic and mindfulness technique presented every week. Scholarships and work study available. $108/series of 4 classes, $30/drop-in. Heart of Transformation Wellness Institute, 1618 Orrington Ave, Ste 206, Evanston. RSVP: 847-425-9355, LalTabak@mac.com. 

saturday Angel Weekend – Sat & Sun. Indulge in an angel reading allowing your archangels to guide and lead your path. $40 angel readings with unlimited time. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. Must call in advance: 847-564-6159. Mighty House Radio Program – 8-11am. Funny, friendly experts with answers and ideas to help with all of your home improvement projects. Join Ron Cowgill, Robbie Ehrhardt, Rich Cowgill and the Mighty House team each Saturday morning to get help with all your home improvement and repair issues. On WCPT-AM 820, WCPTFM 92.7 (North), WCPY-FM 92.5 (West), and WCPQ-FM 99.9 (South). Call-in: 773-763-WCPT. ChicagosProgressiveTalk.com. MightyHouse.net. Evanston Farmers’ Market – Thru Nov 5. 7:30am-1pm. 58 vendors: fruits, vegetables, meat, flowers, cheese, milk, eggs and bakery items. Reusable and biodegradable bags sold on site. LINK cards accepted, and the Friends of Evanston Farmers’ Markets offers matching funds. Intersection of University Pl & Oak Ave, Evanston. Info, Myra Gorman: 847-448-8045,  mgorman@cityofevanston.org. Glenview Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 8. 8am12pm. Locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as meats, dairy, baked goods, fresh cut flowers, and much more. Historic Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Rd, Glenview. GlenviewFarmersMarket.org. Homewood Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 8. 8am1pm. Features activities for families, a wide assortment of regional farmers, non-profit organization booths, live music and more. Last Saturday of the month features the addition of a Hunt & Gather market for unique vintage and hand-crafted wares. Martin Avenue Square, across from Village Hall, 2020 Chestnut Rd, Homewood. 708-798-3000. HomeSweetHomewood.com. Nia Technique: The Original Barefoot Mind-BodySpirit Fitness – 9:30-10:30am. Also Tues & Thurs. Nia tunes your mind as it tones your body. A joyful way to get fit, with it you gain flexibility, mobility and strength. Nia combines the precision and power of the martial arts, the self-expression and freedom of the dance arts, and the wisdom and flow of the healing arts to achieve profound results for all bodies, all ages, all abilities. Bring a mat for floor work. Led by Aliess Kime, Certified Nia Teacher. $14/ drop-in. Raydiant Day Center, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. RSVP: 847-869-6477. RaydiantDay.com. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. NirvanaNaturopathics.com.


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

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

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allergy relief Calandra Acupuncture South Loop and Arlington Hts 312-515-9492 CalandraAcupuncture.com

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

Zero Balancing Wellness Center

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

1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook 60062 847-715-9044 Nirvana.Naturopathics@gmail.com NirvanaNaturopathics.com Trained in both Western and Oriental Medicine, I use acupuncture and a dietary approach along with herbal remedies to resolve musculoskeletal pain, internal medicine health issues, insomnia, anxiety and women’s health. Schedule your initial appointment on NirvanaNaturopathics.com to find out if acupuncture can help you. Get a healthier and alternative approach to your chronic health conditions.

adhd/autistic spectrum treatment Gnosis Natural Health

Claire Boye-Doe, MS Nutrition Response TestingTM 5756 N Ridge Ave, Ste 3, Chicago 60660 773-561-5516 • GnosisNaturalHealth.com We treat ADD/ADHD with whole food nutrition. A customized program is created using Nutrition Response Testing which highlights the body’s innate ability to know what it needs. Significantly reduce anxiety, picky eating, emotional instability and learning/focus difficulties.  Busy parents with challenging children are our specialty. Mention ad for 50% off Full Health Assessment (Regular price: $150).

Mary H. Murphy, LMT, CZB, CST-D 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette 60091 847-920-9292 • ZBWellness.com

ANGEL READINGS BY SOPHIA

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

animal communication Whispers of Love

Linda Roberts 312-231-5607 Linda@TheWhispersOfLove.com TheWhispersOfLove.com 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.

Zero Balancing (ZB) works with the flow of chi through the skeletal system. Gentle, and energizing, a ZB session leaves the client with a wonderful feeling of body-mind integration and energized relaxation. ZB can help relieve body pain, emotional distress and boost well-being. Received clothed, ZB addresses the whole person.

brain health Marny Turvill, MD Evanston 60201 847-644-8540 DrMarny@gmail.com DrMarny.com

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!

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bodywork Roth Structural Integration

825 Chicago Ave, Evanston 60202 847-864-1130  ZenShiatsuChicago.org 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.

CENTERED COACHING

Diane Roth, BCSI Highland Park, 60035 847-533-3213 • RothSI.com 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.

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

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

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

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

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

compounding pharmacy SAVE-RITE PHARMACY & COMPOUNDING

Jim Kolar, Rph 3479 N Broadway, Chicago 60657 773-525-0766 • SaveRitePharmacy.com Save-Rite is your locally owned compounding specialist in Lakeview. Besides dispensing traditional medication, we work closely with your doctor to customize medications for pediatric care, sports medicine, pain management, veterinary needs and a wide range of hormone replacement therapies (BHRT). We also offer a variety of medical equipment and daily living supplies so that you’ll always enjoy a healthy lifestyle.  Free delivery to Lakeview and surrounding areas. See ad on page 18.

crystal healing ROSLEY’S ROCKS AND GEMS

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

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digestive health specialist Reneé S. Barasch, LDHS

480 Elm Place, Ste 108, Highland Park 60035 847-207-2034 • DigestiveHealthSolutions.com 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 7 & 39.

PHIL FLORCZAK, RM

South Loop and Streeterville (Chicago) 312-792-1672 ReikiNRGToday@gmail.com • ReikiNrg.com Feeling stressed, unfocused, out of alignment? Neck tightness, eye pressure, or just plain procrastinating? As a certified and insured Reiki Master. I have helped numerous patients with chronic health issues get their life back. Reiki is great for pre/ post surgery to help speed the healing process. $20 off first 60-min appointment.

essential oils DoTERRA Essential Oils

EFT (emotional freedom techniques) TOM MASBAUM, EFTADVANCED

708-955-3634 EFTWithTom@gmail.com EFT-Tom.com 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.

energetic family wellness DR. NICK KUENNEN, DC

The Wellness Source 1245 N Milwaukee Ave, Ste 202B, Glenview 60025 (Across from ABT) 224-413-3500 • TWSChiro.com We offer an effective, holistic wellness approach that is the only one in the entire Chicagoland area. The difference lies with the BioModulator that delivers healing bioenergy and corrective chiropractic techniques, neuro-muscular release techniques, nutrition recommendations, acupuncture meridian lines, digital X-rays, orthopedic and neurological testing, emotional releasing and essential oils. We ensure results with our approach. See ad on page 5.

energy work CANDACE

650 Meacham, Elk Grove 60007 Call or text: 847-564-6159 Balanced internal energy (your chakras) can lead to positivity in our lives. Candace will help you shed negative energies from past relationships, family issues, past lives and negative experiences. Using her intuitive abilities, crystals and other tools, Candace will discover where imbalances lie, and then work with you to realign your energies for overall well-being and positivity.

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Allison Lutze MyDoterra.com/AllisonLutze

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

YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Karen Duewel 847-772-0212 YoungLiving.org/KarenDuewel

Young Living oils and supplements with natural plant extracts can support women’s health throughout the various phases of life; providing temporary relief from cramps, nausea, hot flashes and emotional swings. For daily challenges, consider lavender or Stress Away to relieve daily stress, encourage relaxation and reduce nervous tension. Enjoy life naturally. See ad on page 25.

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

Psychic Holistic Fairs: Many different psychic intuitive, body balancing, trunk shows & classes and our boutique is open, too. Upcoming dates: July 9-10, Aug 13-14, Sept 10-11, Oct 8-9, Nov 12-13, Dec 10-11.

INTUITIVE RESOURCES

650 Meacham, Elk Grove 60007 Call or text: 847-564-6159 Come to the monthly fair and experience gifted and talented psychics and healers, including readings by Candace and Sophia. Choose from psychic, palm and tarot readings, crystal therapy, energy healings, smudge clearing, sage cleansing and more. Find solutions to life’s challenges. Call for appointment; walk-ins welcome. See ad on page 19.


family law THE LAW OFFICES OF CINDY CAMPBELL

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

feng shui Laurie Pawli, Certified Feng Shui Consultant

The Feng Shui School of Chicago LauriePawli@gmail.com CreateTheFeeling.com TheFengShuiSchoolOfChicago.com

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

green real estate KATIE HAUSER

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

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holistic dentistry DR. ALLA AVER, DDS

2400 Ravine Way, Suite 400, Glenview 60025 847-998-5100 • GlenviewSmiles.com Stay healthy with a whole-body, preventative care approach. We use non-fluoridated ozonated water, periodontal herbal treatments, and gluten-free herbal paste. Restorative options include: safe amalgam removal, BPA-free fillings and sealants, non-metal crowns and bridges, sleep apnea and TMJ appliances, and non-acrylic night guards, partials and dentures. Our conservative approach includes: digital X-rays and intraoral camera, nonsurgical gum therapies including laser and ozone, and herbal irrigation. Material reactivity testing, saliva pH and microscopic plaque analysis are available. Our natural approach includes dental homeopathy, craniosacral therapy, and nutritional counseling. Dental discount plan available and PPO insurance plans accepted. See ad on page 43.

K. BOEHM, DDS, & Associates

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

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

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

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

WRIGLEYVILLE DENTAL

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

holistic eye care EVANSTON EYE WELLNESS Deana LaBrosse, OD 716 Main St, Evanston 60202 847-350-7952 EvanstonEyeWellness.com

Healthy eyes, “Look Great, See Great and Feel Great!” We help get you there by providing a highly personalized eye examination with a holistic approach. In addition to glasses and contacts, we offer medical eye care and a Dry Eye Treatment Center. All ages welcome. Insurance accepted. See ad on page 15.

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

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

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

Amy Andrews

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

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TOM MASBAUM, EFT-ADVANCED

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

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

At re:fit, we believe that the body and mind interact to create health or “disease.” We address both the underlying causes of pain and the body’s potential for healing. We offer many techniques for treatment and encourage the client to engage in their process of healing by combining physical therapy, IMT and exercise. Feel the difference! See ad on page 25.

Whole Life Chiropractic Christopher Codina, DC 2500 W Higgins Rd, Ste 420 Hoffman Estates 60169 WholeLifeChiroHE.com

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. See ad on page 39.

holistic medicine DR. EUNICE DEANE

6137 N Elston Ave, Chicago 60646 773-631-5001 DrEuniceDeane.com Dr. Deane is a premier holistic chiropractic physician who offers total body solutions to chronic health and pain challenges. She treats all three sides of the triangle of health­—structure, chemical and emotions— to resolve problems at the root cause. If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, and want to flip the switch from pain and chronic illness, Dr. Deane can help. Call for appointment. See ad on page 17.

Dr. Jerry P. Gore, MD

Center for Holistic Medicine 240 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods/Deerfield 60015 847-236-1701 Holistic-Medicine.com Dr. Gore is director, supervisor and staff physician. He obtained his MD from the University of Illinois School of Medicine and his post-graduate work at Northwestern Institute of Psychiatry. He has over 30 years of experience blending nutrition, supplements, homeopathy, psychotherapy and collaborating with other practitioners at the center to offer a truly holistic medicine practice. See ad on page 37.

DR. NICK LeROY, DC, MS

IL Center for Progressive Medicine 1002 W Lake St, Chicago 60607 312-243-3338 • DrNick.net Dr. LeRoy has 20 years of experience in collaborating with his patients to determine why they are not well. He specializes in investigative work that includes a detailed discussion, examination and laboratory testing, then creates an integrative treatment plan that often includes diet and nutrition changes, acupuncture, chiropractic and other lifestyle modifications. Dr. LeRoy is best known for breast thermography, HPV treatment and GI problems. See ad on page 21.

DR. KIM MARTIN, DC, FASA, BCIM

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

Mind Body Healing Center

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

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

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holistic medicineayurveda Monica Yearwood

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

holistic physical rehabilitation LIFEWAVE INSTITUTE, LLC

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

holistic SERVICES Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa 30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180 EnlightenedBalance.com

Every Day we offer: chakra balancing, cord cutting, energy balancing, guided meditation, biomat ion therapy. Rotating offerings include: shamanic sessions, sound immersions, quantum touch, bodytalk, totem discovery. Call for today’s offerings. Appointments recommended, but walk-ins welcomed.

independent media WCPT, CHICAGO’S PROGRESSIVE TALK

820 AM Streaming live: ChicagosProgressiveTalk.com Chicago’s Progressive Talk is a whole lot more than just a radio station. It is a community of several hundred thousand people who are sustainably inclined, environmentally responsible, community conscious and socially engaged. Monday through Friday the program lineup features national show hosts who broadcast from various cities across America. From the very political, to the very serious, to almostover-the-line edgy, they talk about what matters to you. On the weekends, specialty shows cover home improvement, gardening, Chicago politics, and much more. Listen on the radio or tune in online at ChicagosProgressiveTalk.com. See ad on page 63.


integrative medicine LAKEVIEW INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE Silvia Panitch, MD, Medical Director 3344 N Ashland Ave, Chicago 60657 773-525-6595   LakeviewIntegrativeMedicine.com

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. ERIC NAGAJ, MD

Advanced Arlington Medical Center 333 W Dundee Rd, Buffalo Grove 60089 847-243-0355 PainReliefMasters.com Board-certified internist Dr. Eric Nagaj diagnoses using conventional medicine, and also treats acute and chronic illness using anthroposophical medicine and the least toxic yet effective treatment for the condition. Dr. Nagaj offers comprehensive medical evaluations, advanced nutritional testing and treatments with new lines of validated anthroposophic/homeopathic remedies, bio-identical hormones, and much more. See ad on page 15.

RABY INSTITUTE FOR INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE AT NORTHWESTERN

Michelle Goebel-Angel, LAc, MSOM 500 N Michigan Ave, Ste 2100 Chicago 60611 312-276-1212 RabyInstitute.com

Michelle Goebel-Angel, LAc, MSOM, is board certified in Chinese Medicine and focuses on an anti-inflammatory lifestyle and functional medicine. Her passion and style reflect one that builds an open, trusting relationship with each patient. Acupuncture programs at the Raby Institute include detoxification, optimizing fertility and reducing stress, anxiety and chronic pain. Each program involves a unique approach and includes acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutritional and essential oil therapies. See ad on page 31.

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

I specialize in Internal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. My goal is to help people in good health maintain their well-being, while assisting those with health problems to feel better and move to a more positive path. I manage general internal medicine issues as well as treat appropriate patients with Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, a hands-on method of healing. See ad on page 37.

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David H. Johnson, LCSW

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

ELLEN KATZ, MS, LMFT

Clinical Director, Inner Balance Northbrook, Chicago, Palm Springs 847-224-0244 InnerBalanceNow.com 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 Meetup.com “Inner Balance Meditation” for updates on her events, and visit her at EllenKatz.net.

intuitive consultation HEATHER FAUN BASL

630-210-8688, 312-502-1539 Heather@GraceAngels.com GraceAngels.com 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.

MICHELE HEATHER

847-509-8289 MicheleHeather1@yahoo.com MicheleHeather1.com 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.

INTERIORWERX WITH SUSAN CURRY

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

life coach law of attraction CANTOR LYNDA DRESHER Highwood 60040 847-373-7456 Lynda.Dresher@gmail.com

Do you know you create your own reality? Are you seeking happiness and joy in your life? If not, why not? The Law of Attraction is always operating in your life, but if you’re not aware of how to use it, you could be attracting what you don’t want instead of what you do want. I can teach you processes and techniques so you can start manifesting what you desire in life; a loving relationship, a better job, more money… you name it. Join our group today and see what unfolds for you.

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 4.

INFINITY FOUNDATION

Great opportunities for all budgets.

1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-831-8828 • InfinityFoundation.org Offering more than 200 Courses for Life in personal, professional and spiritual growth and development.. Two day retreats with Sunny Dawn Johnston, Angels and the Afterlife, July 30-31. Gary Renard, Achieving Enlightenment, August 13-14, Sharon Salzberg, Cultivating Loving Kindness, Aug. 20-21. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental. Call or email for a free course guide.

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ReAwakenings Holistic Center

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

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nutrition Eating with Ease

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

ENHANCE NUTRITION, LLC

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

Metaphysical and spiritual supplies, daily intuitive and body balancing, vast crystal and rock shop, natural French market products, 50 local artists unique items. Open daily Tuesday through Sunday.

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Marcy Kirschenbaum, MS, CCN, CNS, LDN 847-987-1128 EnhanceNutrition.net Get lasting relief from symptoms of chronic and autoimmune conditions, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, IBS, migraines and Parkinson’s. Finally take control of your weight and energy levels. Working together, I’ll help you make practical and do-able dietary and lifestyle changes. Ready to feel better? Call me today to schedule a consultation. See ad on page 31.

Dr. Kristen HaLLAND, DC

Kim Spelman

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

Woodland Walking Workout 847-361-1616 Facebook: @KimSpelman Benefits of a simple walk on the land are astounding. Enjoy low-impact guided physical, mental and spiritual activity that begins our recovery from the day’s stressors and reconnects us to what we are–life. Whether you’re in the dumps or on top of your game, walking in nature makes everything better. City, suburbs, inside or outside.

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

Our wellness clinic averages only a 5-minute wait time before you’re getting natural, safe, and effective treatment with the Doctor. Dr. Kristen specializes in acupuncture, lowforce chiropractic care and food intolerance testing, and uses unique diagnostic tests to uncover the real cause of your health concern. Located at the corner of Higgins and Barrington roads. See ad on page 39.

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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.

984 Willow Rd, Ste H, Northbrook 60062 847-291-6770 NorthShoreBedding.com

We offer a safe and cost-effective alternative to conventional mattresses, in a low-pressure, relaxing sales environment. Full selection of only allnatural and organic latex mattresses, pillows and accessories, including Natura and Savvy Rest. Locally owned and operated since 1983. See ad on page 37.

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palm readings Palm readings by Lauren 407 E Main St, Barrington 60010 Call or text: 224-622-0115

With over 50 years of experience, Lauren specializes in palmistry revealing past, present and future with pinpoint accuracy.

past life awareness CANDACE

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

preventive medicine DR. LYNNE BELSKY

Living Well MD 806 Central Ave, Ste 204 Highland Park 60035 847-433-2013 LivingWellMD.com Care for body, mind, and spirit with personalized, integrative medical care. Concierge physician dedicated to helping you stay healthy, prevent disease, and feel your best. See ad on page 4.

Psychic & medium Astrology & Psychic Readings by Sarah

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

CANDACE

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


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

Every day we offer: card readings, channeled intuitive sessions, problem resolution readings, spiritual guidance. Rotating offerings include: mediumship sessions, akashic records, palm reading, shamanic channeling.Call for today’s offerings. Appointments recommended but walk-ins welcomed.

Psychic & Astrology Readings

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

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

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650 Meacham, Elk Grove 60007 Call or text: 847-564-6159

Bodhi Spiritual Center

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

The Well Spirituality Center PSYCHICS OF CHICAGO

5732 W Belmont, Chicago 773-263-4072 6429 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago 773-664-3620 7936 W Ogden, Lyons 708-447-3152 PsychicsOfChicago.com Facebook (Sara’s Botanica - Psychic Sara)

1515 W Ogden Ave, LaGrange Park 60526 708-482-5048 CSJTheWell.org

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

Solve all problems. Multiple locations open 8am11pm with three walk-in locations and free parking. Fifth-generation psychic specializes in reuniting loved ones, plus palm tarot and psychic readings, reiki, chakra and aura cleansing.

Intuitive Resources is a spiritual boutique conveniently located in the northwest suburbs. Our large selection of services includes reiki, chakra therapy (cleansing and balancing), Tarot card and intuitive readings, past life regression, etc. Our shop offers a large variety of spiritual gifts to choose from: candles, crystals, books, jewelry, sage/incense and much more. Open Monday through Friday from 11am-8pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm. See ad on page 19.

sporting goods NEW BALANCE NORTH SHORE 610 Central Ave, Ste 169, Highland Park 60035 847-266-8323 ShopNewShoes.com

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.

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