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or home gardeners, March is the time to start our late spring and summer vegetables from seed indoors. We get to try new heirlooms, experiment with varieties we’ve not grown before (fish peppers, anyone?), try new seed-starting methods (I’m using LED lights instead of fluorescent bulbs) and maybe learn a few lessons about what does and doesn’t grow well from seed. And if you’re brand new to starting veggies from seed, congratulations and welcome to the fun. To get us all started, we’re delighted to bring you a fabulous step-by-step article on seed starting basics by Lisa Hilgenberg, horticulturist at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden. Starting a home garden is immensely rewarding and a way to better know where your food comes from. Whether it’s a large garden with a zillion varieties, intensive raised beds, a traditional backyard garden, a community garden plot, shared space in your neighbor’s yard (or their overflow veggies) or a balcony garden, homegrown produce is an important part of leading a healthier, more conscious lifestyle. I believe it not only brings us closer to our food supply, but it also piques interest in taking a personal stand to improve the quality of the food that manufacturers and grocery stores provide the world. The process enhances our health in many ways, including added nutritional benefits of eating just-picked food, the effort required to maintain the garden and the mental and emotional benefits of connecting with the earth and experiencing the successes and failures of our gardens. I believe connecting via gardening also helps us to understand the importance of access to fresh, nutritious food by everyone in our communities and opens our eyes to food inequalities across the area. Yet, I realize not everyone has the time, space, ability or inclination to grow veggies at home or in a community garden. One option that’s been growing in popularity is the concept of community supported agriculture (CSA). In a nutshell, joining a CSA helps to support a local, small farmer and grow our regional food security. The concept is relatively simple: we buy a “share” in a local farm. The farmer uses the dollars to plant and harvest, and your “dividend” yields boxes of amazingly fresh veggies on a regular basis during the season. Some CSAs also offer eggs, dairy, meat and other options. To help you get started in the world of CSAs, we’re thrilled to partner with the Illinois nonprofit Band of Farmers, a project of the Illinois Stewardship Alliance (, to present the 2017 Chicagoland CSA Guide in this issue. March is always such an exciting (and very busy) month for local events. We love having the opportunity to be a media sponsor with a table at many of these happenings, where we’re blessed with the opportunity to meet readers familiar and new, and connect with local businesses, as well. This month, we’ll see you at the Body Mind Spirit Expo (March 4 and 5), Infinity Family Fest (March 11), Going Green Matters (March 12), the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo (March 17 through 19), Good Food Festival (March 18) and the Chicago Flower and Garden Show (March 25). You’ll find an extensive list of more events in the calendar section of this issue. Please come on out and say hello! Wishing you happy planting and a joyous start to the spring season!

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ichelle Barr is a business coach who specializes in helping women spiritual entrepreneurs, healers and wellness practitioners turn their life’s calling into a profitable business they love. To experience what it would be like to have this kind of support and guidance and work with Barr, she is offering a free, Seven-Day Business-Building Mini-Course for Intuitive Women at Through her coaching, teaching and training, Barr supports and guides intuitives, wellness practitioners, other healers and small business owners to successfully earn a living with their spiritual gifts. “I know all too well Michelle Barr the pain of realizing your life’s calling has turned into an expensive hobby, and that you are either going to have to give up your dream or do something different to make money,” says Barr. Barr is also teaching a free, one-session webinar, How to Survive as a Spiritual Entrepreneur, to be offered five times during March. For more information and to register, visit and HowToSurviveAsASpiritualEntrepreneur. com. See ad on page 25.

2017 One Earth Film Festival Offers a Rainforest Experience


ith more filmmakers in attendance, an Amazon rainforest virtual reality experience, live music and a Green Carpet Gala, the One Earth Film Festival will present the highest-quality and most solution-oriented environmental documentaries and programs to the Chicago region for the sixth year over nine days from March 3 through 12. Paula Kirk and Pam Tanner Boll (A Small Good Thing), Catherine Zimmerman (Hometown Habitat), Cidney Hue (Shark Loves the Amazon), Alex Halkin (Tierralismo) and Tom Desch and Patricia Wisniewski (Shifting Sands), among others, will provide an insider perspective for attendees. Thirty films in 47 screenings at 39 venues will include The Age of Consequences, Before the Flood, SEED: The Untold Story, Can You Dig This? Crying Earth Rise Up and Dive! The Green Carpet Gala, at 6 p.m., March 3, is the festival’s signature opening event, featuring sustainability-inspired performances by local musical and theatrical artists, visual displays and chances to test drive Nissan’s energy-efficient electric vehicle. Most screenings are free with a suggested $6 donation. Gala tickets are $70 advance/$80 door. Gala location: Gratz Center of Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, 115. E. Delaware Pl. For tickets and more information, visit OneEarthFilmFest.

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he Infinity Family Fest, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 11, will provide playful, family fun with interactive hands-on mindful games activities. Parents and their children 3 and older will have fun with self-discovery moving and stretching in playful imagination with Yoga Stretch so Big; touching, seeing and discovering cool reptiles from the Lake Country Forest District with Exploring Critters; and exploring essential oils and their scents with fun games at Exciting Scents. They’ll enjoy participating in Story Time: I Breathe My Own Breathe, with author Kathleen Aharoni; watching an uplifting Magic Discover, with Magic by Randy, awarded Best Magician of the North Shore; preparing and tasting a veggie dish and raw sugar free chocolate at Yummy and Healthy; and going on an Art Adventure in mindfulness, creating a wheel of choices and painting emotional eggs. The event is sponsored by Yea! Highland Park, Highland Park Healthcare Foundation and media sponsor Natural Awakenings magazine. The nonprofit, educational Infinity Foundation offers more than 200 courses for kids and adults in personal growth and development.

he 11th annual Going Green Matters community fair will take place from noon to 4 p.m., March 12, at the Michigan Shores Club, in Wilmette, sponsored by Go Green Wilmette. Enjoy an afternoon of fun activities for all ages and leave inspired to help reduce climate change. The theme of the 2017 fair, One People One Planet, is anchored by the Geographic Society of Chicago’s impressive 20-foot-diameter GeoSphere. Highlights include guided visits inside the GeoSphere, the latest “green” cars, an Environmental Graffiti art exhibit, national and regional environmental organization exhibitors, a native plant sale, raffle and more. The fair provides a family-friendly opportunity to ride an “energy bike” and check out the latest LED lighting, learn about landscaping options for stormwater management and healthy gardens, and find out about locally sourced food, active transportation, new bicycles and new places to ride them. Attendees can learn about local nature preserves and ask questions about home energy savings, green initiatives in their communities and sample green personal care and cleaning products.


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ousing Options and Heaven Meets Earth Yoga Studio have teamed up to get Saturday started on the right foot from 10 a.m. to noon, March 11, in Parkes Hall at Alice Millar Chapel, in Evanston. There will be yoga practice, sound healing and a light breakfast at one of the most spectacular settings on the North Shore. The event is designed to show how yoga, sound healing and other alternative modalities can help our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. Housing Options is dedicated to providing permanent supportive housing, individualized job placement and wrap-around clinical services to adults with serious mental illness. Founded in 1988, the nonprofit recently implemented a strategic plan designed to double the number of individuals receiving services by 2020. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, located at 2746 Central Street, in Evanston, offers daily classes on yoga, meditation and much more, along with teacher training and workshops.


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t the presentation of Six Surprising and Easily Proven Ways to Soar Into Your Health, from 7 to 9 p.m., March 15, at TASH Fitness, Reneé S. Barasch-Ingraham, owner of Nutritional Health Solutions, will focus on ways to get rid of gas and bloating, improve energy, and reduce and eliminate cravings. Digestion is the key to making sure our bodies run efficiently. Many symptoms show up as silent digestive problem such as skin rashes, eczema, psoriasis, sinus problems, fatigue and many others directly related to digestion. AttendReneé S. Baraschees will receive the right tools to help them specifically to Ingraham step into a lifestyle of better health. As an advocate for proper digestive health, Barasch-Ingraham has been a certified digestive health specialist for 12 years who is fully committed to both making her clients feel better and educating them about what is causing their discomfort. Cost: $20 by March 8 or $30 after. Seating is limited and must be reserved. Location: 8816 Bronx Ave., Skokie. For more information and to make a reservation, call 847-207-2034 or visit See ad on page 9 and in the Community Resource Guide.

Chicago Flower & Garden Show Brings Spring to Navy Pier


ith more than 40,000 visitors expected, the Chicago Flower & Garden Show will inspire, educate and motivate gardeners and non-gardeners with practical tips and creative ideas from March 18 through 26 at Navy Pier, with a show preview benefit, Evening in Bloom featuring the FLEUROTICA fashion show presented by the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance on March 17. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays and Monday through Wednesday; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. This year, there are more gardens, flowers, how-to presentations and kids’ activities, and the best Midwestern garden designers, builders, plant growers, artists, celebrity chefs, public destinations, merchants and more participating in Chicago’s Blooming!—the 2017 Chicago Flower & Garden Show—presented by Mariano’s. Visitors will enjoy 20 diverse display gardens, plus large-scale containers, and nearly 30 points of gardening interest. There’s something for everyone and every lifestyle, from balconies, patios and small-space designs to vegetable gardens, water features, container gardens and in-ground planting beds. Natural Awakenings magazine is a media sponsor. Location: 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. For schedules, tickets, parking and more information, visit See ad on page 15.

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he 25th annual Chicagoland Family Pet Expo will be held from 1 to 9 p.m., March 17, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 18, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 19, at the Arlington International Racecourse. This is America’s biggest family pet expo under one roof, with world-class entertainment, demonstrations, the latest pet products and hundreds of animal rescue groups. Highlights include the DiscConnected K9s Frisbee Dog Team performing rescue dogs; That Guy with the Birds performing parrots; West Burb Wiener dog races; Kitten Corral open-air adoption center; a live snake tree; and other crawling pets from the Chicago Herpetological Society. Admission is $10/$5 kids 3 to 12. Location: 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. For more information and discounts, visit See ad on page 49.

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newsbriefs Zwier Digital Arts Mandalas are Fascinating and Inspiring

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aureen Zwier’s art is a personal journey to discover the deepest essence within the natural world. A former microbiologist, she traded her microscope for a camera and then turned to digital art when she found there was so much more to her subjects than could be captured by a lens. Her latest work focuses on creating mandalas from images of people, pets and nature. Individuals can even commission their own custom mandala. A mandala in the home can be a wonderful complement to any interior design, providing a vibrant accent and conversation starter. The word mandala is Sanskrit for circle—inspiring the circular design of her work—and also translates as essence. Each mandala Zwier creates is a digital transformation of a photograph into a new, abstract work of art, representing one or more aspects of the subject that are subtle or surprising through repeating patterns, geometries and colors. The overall pattern is bordered by a circle, allowing the eye to absorb the subtle colors, shapes and textures revealed from the outside in. Zwier will be presenting her mandalas at numerous art fairs in the Chicago area this year, as well as Downtown Naples, Florida, Festival of the Arts on March 18.

he 2017 Green Living Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 18, at the Libertyville Civic Center, sponsored by the Libertyville Civic Center Foundation, Lake County Green Congregations and Faith in Place. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about Earth-healthy daily routines from more than 40 exhibitors, including local environmental groups, businesses and youth clubs. There will also be continuous 30-minute speaker forums addressing today’s environmental challenges. Recycling opportunities include bicycles, bike parts, Styrofoam blocks, CDs, DVDs, eyeglasses, Christmas lights, hearing aids, cell phones, gym shoes, wine corks and rechargeable and small, sealed, lead-acid batteries.


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he Tara Retreat will host a unique occasion of spirituality, connection and experiential interaction on March 18 to receive the key to unlocking the world beyond. Guided by Zohar, an experienced, authentic kabbalah instructor with Bnei Baruch, there will be an entire day of discussion, Q&A and lively workshops with other like-minded seekers. “We will begin by learning about our essence, the nature we were created with and the qualities of the force which created us,” says Zohar. “Utilizing an ancient methodology that has been passed down from teacher to student for generations, we will discover what prevents us from reconnecting to our common soul, and what we can do both internally and externally to open up the concealed reality between us.” Participants will gain knowledge about the purpose of creation, experience the power of connection through discussion circles, become familiar with the concept of the Point in the Heart and leave with the understanding of the process of the development of desires. The Tara Retreat is nestled in oak forests, prairie and wetlands on the northern border of Illinois. Attendees should bring lunch and a cushion to sit upon. Cost is $65. Location: 6603 Oak Hill Dr., Richmond. RSVP to 815-728-1050. For a map, visit See ad on page 35.




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newsbriefs Halo Medicine Marks Anniversary with Open House, Special Pricing and and Giving Back


alo Laser & Aesthetic Medicine’s second anniversary celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 18, featuring cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, hourly raffles, demos, deluxe goodie bags and expert consultations on their services and products. Guests can enjoy Halo’s biggest sale of the year—buy two, get one free—on all products and services. Ten percent of the proceeds will be dedicated to A Safe Place, transforming lives after domestic violence. The open house is an opportunity to learn about Halo’s non-surgical, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapies, including the Vampire Facelift, Vampire Breast-Lift, O-Shot (for inconti- Promila Banerjee, M.D. nence) and P-Shot. These long-lasting, natural treatments use a client’s own platelets to facilitate anti-aging and healing, hair regrowth and improved quality of life. Halo Medicine specializes in non-surgical, natural and long-lasting ways to slow down the aging process from the systemic to cellular levels. It’s the first practice on the North Shore to offer skin rejuvenation services that use advanced, dual-frequency, U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved lasers with quick healing times, which are effective on conditions including acne scars, sun damage, sagging skin, dark spots, melasma and wrinkles. Halo also offers zero downtime body contouring (no needles or incisions) for stubborn areas of fat. Founder Promila Banerjee, M.D., FACP, is a board-certified physician and fellow of the American Academy of Anti-Aging. Location: 281 Waukegan Rd., 2nd Flr., Northfield (above Teddie Kossof Salon). To RSVP for the event or schedule a consultation, call 847-260-7300 or visit See ad on page 31.

Functional Medicine Psychiatry Seminar at Clear Path Wellness


aurie Goldman, M.D., a practicing psychiatrist for more than 20 years, has expanded her practice to now include Clear Path Wellness (CPW), where the focus is on whole body treatment and health management. She will present a seminar, Changing the Prescription: A Functional Medicine Approach to treating Depression, at 7 p.m., March 21. Clinicians at CPW find that treating root causes leads to Laurie Goldman, M.D. better and more lasting health, including relief of symptoms. Listening to individuals’ stories and examining the interactions of genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors is the hallmark of their practice. They see themselves as facilitators of change, and using prescription medications is the exception, rather than the rule. Lab tests help inform recommendations for changes in nutrition, stress and other lifestyle factors. Goldman has studied extensively with the Institute for Functional Medicine and has assembled a wonderful team to provide the utmost support in a positive and inspiring environment. If you have symptoms (fatigue, brain fog, aches and pains, GI issues, etc.) that are controlling your life and you are not getting relief from your doctors or treatment, this is the seminar for you. Seminar: Admission is free. Location: 1655 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Ste. 301-W, Arlington Heights. Make reservation (required) at 847-686-6666. Visit See ad on page 21. 18


New Organic Monthly Supper Club in Wheeling


urple Sprout Café and Juice Bar is offering a new, plant-based, organic and conscious Supper Club series that will gather once a month for a private community dining event, each time with a different theme. The theme for the 6:30 p.m. March 26 dinner is, I’m Irish—You Know What To Do, featuring vegan and raw vegan tapas-style courses representing a variety of delicious traditional Irish specialty dishes. The dishes are guided by a fusion of macrobiotic, ayurvedic and raw food principles, exploring and mastering the bounty of produce and grain that is available within our reach. As an additional treat, instructors Karim and Irina Raimbekov will share some Celtic self-healing techniques with diners.

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r. Marlene Ganyonga, M.D., will give a series of talks about a natural, cost-free way of attaining healing and help through the teachings of Bruno Groening, from March 31 through April 7. Ganyonga is a general practitioner and family doctor from Germany, who practices conventional medicine and classical homeopathy, in her private clinic in Bavaria. She travels frequently to West Africa, where she Marlene Ganyonga, M.D. has practiced in a hospital and clinics as a physician. She is a member of the Medical Scientific Group of the Worldwide, nonprofit organization, the Bruno Groening Circle of Friends, which scientifically documents healings that occur in the Circle of Friends, including seemingly incurable diseases such as cancer, arthritis, severe depression and addictions. At the lectures, Ganyonga will present some of these healings and offer simple instructions on how to absorb a natural healing power which is available to everyone, regardless of nationality, faith or religion. The healing stream can be experienced during the lectures. Admission is free, donations are appreciated. For locations and times, call 773-775-8855 visit or see the Community Calendar in this issue.

Women’s Forums for Self-Discovery


arah Karnes coaches midlife women to reclaim their ideals and mojo, despite the feeling that they have lost their sense of self in a sea of mood swings, brain fog and energy dips. She says, “Sixty percent of women report memory issues and brain fog as they go through menopause. It’s unsettling at best, and often deals a big blow to their self-esteem, confidence and self-acceptance.” Sarah Karnes In her forums on one Thursday and Sunday each month at Inner Balance, in Northbrook, she creates a safe space for women to uncover and live their unique life purpose in way that transforms their sense of wellbeing, their life, and also benefits their larger community. What if more women were to revel in who they are becoming through the transition? For more information, call Karnes at 262-745-8362, email Sarah@TheWayOfThe or visit See ad on page 23.

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Functional Medicine Finds New Home in Chicago Suburbs


ealthyon Institute, in Glenview, is accepting new patients at its Glenview location with a focus on personalized functional medicine. Healthyon founder Irina Tutunikov, DO, FAARM, ABAARM, believes that functional medicine provides a better approach to finding the root causes of many diseases and a more personalized care for the patients. She states, “At the Healthyon Institute, we believe that longevity and quality of life can be increased through principles of functional and anti-aging medicine, and that physiological dysfunctions caused by chronological Irina Tutunikov, D.O. aging can be alleviated. We understand that each person is unique, so we take the time to give you the attention you need and deserve.”   Tutunikov is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed a residency in internal medicine followed by a fellowship in Metabolic, Nutritional, Functional, Regenerative and Anti-Aging medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and the Institute for Functional Medicine.   Location: 2700 Patriot Blvd., Ste. 250, Glenview. For more information, call 847-656-5824 or 847-232-9932, email Info@Healthy or visit Healthyon See ad in the Community Resource Guide.



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arly spring can be full of pollens because a large part of the country is in bloom. Ragweed and purple loosestrife will be blooming and filling the air with allergens, and the severity and pervasiveness of strong allergic reactions has increased. When the body experiences allergens, it releases histamines. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reported that these chemicals can trigger symptoms such as sneezing, excess mucus flow, congestion and swelling of membranes and tissues. There are a number of herbs that, when absorbed by the membranes of the nasal passageways, can enter the cells and cause them to produce their own antihistamines rather than spraying steroids up our nose as recommended by Dr. Robert Rountree, in Boulder, Colorado. Yarrow leaf, horseradish root, elder flower and eye bright are a few excellent examples of herbs that can break the histamine cycle naturally. According to the Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, decoction of these, with calendula and aloe for soothing, works wonderfully for natural congestion relief. Another approach is to use a spray consisting of an enhanced aqueous silver colloid. The styptic qualities of silver have been used for years to constrict microcapillaries and reduce bleeding. The shrinking of the nasal tissues reduces swelling and congestion and at the same time, kills bacteria and fungus. This can help a beleaguered immune system and stop a sinus infection; a welcome prophylactic for the allergy season. For more information, call herbalist Steven Frank at 888-465-4404 or visit See ad on page 17.

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Toothpastes are Not All Created Equal


s the toothpaste aisle grows in all of its variations, there can be much confusion for those wanting to improve their dental hygiene without compromising overall health. Here is a list of common ingredients used in conventional toothpaste we may want to avoid: • Artificial preservatives such as parabens mimic estrogen and are linked to breast cancer. No direct relationship has been proven, but because we’re exposed to parabens from many sources, it’s recommended to avoid them when possible. • Triclosan, an antibacterial agent, forms carcinogenic chloroform when it comes in contact with water that contains trace amounts of chlorine. Unless brushing with purified, chlorine-free water, it’s best to avoid triclosan. • Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is used to make products foam. SLS can irritate the lining of the mouth. Because toothpaste goes in our mouths, where it can be absorbed and swallowed, SLS should be avoided in toothpaste. There’s really no use for it besides creating bubbles. • Artificial colors, some of which have been linked by studies to ADHD, are used in many conventional kids’ toothpastes. If a toothpaste has a color with a number associated with it, we may want to reconsider using it. • Artificial sweeteners are used to sweeten toothpaste. Saccharin has neurotoxic effects in some people that consume it in sugar-free foods. Try using toothpastes with more natural sweetening alternatives such as stevia. Which toothpaste we should be using depends on what we’re looking for and the condition of our teeth. Ask a holistic/biological dentist to recommend a more natural toothpaste for your individual needs. There are a few you can get at your local health food store with generally good, simple and natural ingredients: Bernice Teplitsky, DDS, is a general dentist with a holistic approach. Her office, Wrigleyville Dental, is located at 3256 N. Ashland Ave., in Chicago. For appointments, call 773-975-6666 or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.



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Kids Going Online at Bedtime Sleep Poorly


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new study from King’s College London has found that children’s use of electronic devices close to bedtime can reduce their chances of a good night’s sleep. Researchers examined 20 existing studies encompassing 125,000 children between the ages of 6 and 19. They found that youngsters using a device within 90 minutes of falling asleep had an increased likelihood of poor and inadequate sleep quality and excessive daytime sleepiness. Study author Ben Carter, Ph.D., says, “Sleep is an often undervalued, but important part of children’s development, with a regular lack of sleep causing a variety of health problems.” These can include obesity, sedentary lifestyle, reduced immune function and poor diet. Poor food choices and excessive eating can start young, as illustrated in a study from Colorado University, in Boulder, which found a link between sleep deprivation and poor diet choices in preschool children. The Colorado study followed five girls and five boys, ages 3 and 4, that were regular afternoon nappers. They were deprived of their naps for one day, during which their food and beverage consumption was monitored and compared with their choices on a day when their sleep routine remained intact. During the sleep-deprived day, the children ate 20 percent more calories than usual and their diet consisted of 25 percent more sugar and 26 percent more carbohydrates.


utein and zeaxanthin are known key carotenoids for eye health, filtering out harmful high-energy blue wavelengths of light and helping to protect and maintain cells comprising the eye. The human body does not make enough of either nutrient, so we must get them from supplements or food sources such as kale, spinach, collard greens, turnip greens, corn, green peas, broccoli, romaine lettuce, green beans and eggs. Researchers from the University of Georgia, in Athens, investigated the relationship between levels of lutein and zeaxanthin and cognitive function. They measured the levels of each nutrient in the retinas of 43 older adults with a mean age of 72 and asked that the subjects learn and recall pairs of unrelated words. The study found that those with higher levels of both nutrients did better on the test, suggesting that the enhanced neural efficiency that comes from consuming these nutrients leads to better brain function.

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Inner Child Connections Resolves Emotional Issues by Carrie Jackson


says Kahn. It’s medically hen we ignore approved by the American our subconPsychiatric Association scious mind, and the British Medical we’re not able to find Association as a viable peace and resolution in therapeutic tool. our life. This statement is Kahn works with the basis for the emotional clients to heal unresolved healing that Funda Kahn emotional issues that are facilitates at Inner Child controlling their life that Connections, in NorthFunda Kahn may manifest as chronic brook. Using hypnosis, physical pain, anxiety, depression, autoEmotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), immune conditions or post-traumatic Huna philosophy principles, and other stress disorder. “Most of these things tools, Kahn helps clients to discover that are holding us back come from and connect with their inner child and childhood trauma. That doesn’t have move forward. to be something severe, like physical “Hypnosis is an education and abuse or neglect, but can be as subtle communication process to the person’s as a single word or phrase that resomind that allows the conscious and nated with negative belief systems and subconscious minds to agree. It is a patterns,” says Kahn. natural state that a person experiences several times throughout the day. Dur Kahn, who holds oral and maxiling hypnosis, the physical body and lofacial surgery degrees and certificaconscious mind are in a relaxed state, tions in medical hypnotherapy, EFT and while the subconscious mind remains stress management, focuses on giving in a heightened state of suggestibility,” her clients the tools to be able to heal

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themselves. She guides them through self-hypnosis, sleep hypnosis and stress reduction, based on personality types. Kahn teaches can energy psychology technique called EFT. “EFT Tapping is a safe, gentle, highly effective self-help technique to reduce stress, address limiting beliefs, and remove emotional blocks that prevent us from living a full, peaceful, and happy life,” says Kahn. It involves gently stimulating certain trigger points on the top of the head, face, and other parts of the body to stimulate the energy meridians and send comforting messages so the body can react in a calm, relaxed, way. Much of Kahn’s training stems from the Huna philosophy, a theory of metaphysics that is based on seven basic principles that can be loosely translated as: the world is what you think it is, there are no limits, energy flows where attention goes, now is the moment of power, to love is to be happy, all power comes from within and effectiveness is the measure of truth. Kahn worked for years in an oral surgery office and saw firsthand how unconscious feelings manifested themselves. “I witnessed the expression of our patients’ fears, anxieties, panic attacks and emotions on an almost daily basis. The sedative agents pushed to release their built-up feelings, and I saw a strong expression of emotions, even when there was no pain and the surgery was going perfectly. I wanted to reach out and find out how I could help to ease the emotional pain that was triggered in the dental environment or in other potentially traumatic places,” says Kahn. Through hypnosis, EFT and neurolinguistic programming, Kahn helps people find their own healing power. “Consciousness is the parent. Subconciousness is the inner child. Once you understand who the inner child is, you can connect to it and start changing your old belief systems and patterns,” says Kahn. Inner Child Connection is located in Northbrook. For more information and appointments, call 847-971-1221 or visit See ads on pages 19 and 34. Carrie Jackson is an Evanston-based writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. Connect at

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Holistic Eye Care Taking the Whole Body into Account by Linda Sechrist


he “old wives’ tale” about eating carrots for healthy vision wasn’t wrong, but fell far short of a holistic approach to eye health. Today’s holistically trained healthcare providers and ophthalmologists believe that properly maintaining the marvelous phenomenon of eyesight requires taking into consideration genetics, diet, toxin exposures, life environments and our belief systems. “The body does not work as a series of parts in isolation, but as a dynamically integrated living system,” says Marc Grossman, a doctor of optometry, licensed acupuncture physician and co-founder of Natural Eye Health, in New Paltz, New York. “The reductionist method of referring each symptom to the domain of a particular specialist, isolated from the whole person, is slowly being replaced with a complementary view of health care that may include acupuncture and other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine. We are beginning to look at each person as an integrated being.” Progressive health providers now consider dietary preferences, general exercise regimens, environmental factors and physical, emotional and mental issues, as well as an individual’s particular symptoms, in determining treatment strategies. “To improve vision, the condition of the whole person needs to be addressed,” says Grossman, whose books include Natural Eye Care: Your Guide to Healthy Vision. Board-Certified Ophthalmologist and Homeopathic Doctor Edward Kondrot’s practice at Healing The Eye & 28

Wellness Center, which he founded in Zephyrhills, Florida, embraces traditional and alternative therapies. He uses microcurrent, ozone therapy and U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved stem cells from a newborn’s umbilical cord in treating serious eye disease. Kondrot, the author of 10 Essentials to Save Your Sight, systemically understands the eyes as windows to overall health. For instance, his perspective is founded on the fact that a balanced diet is one of the best preventive measures for maintaining eye health. Systemic disorders such as high blood pressure, diabetes, stress-related effects and nutritional deficiencies are easily determined under the scrutiny of his holistic biomicroscope. According to science published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, chiropractic spinal manipulation may also contribute to normal vision; in one case study, 20 treatment sessions helped an individual recover the function of optic nerves and normal vision. It’s generally accepted that chiropractic adjustment realigning the spinal column allows the nervous system to function properly, reduces tension and frees up the body to better transport blood to locations such as the eyes. Additionally, the second vertebra below the skull contains nerves that affect the eyes, optic nerves, auditory nerves and sinuses. Common eye conditions generally develop so slowly that they may not present noticeable symptoms until deterioration has become severe. “Many factors can affect our eyesight, including




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Coconut Oil for the Winter Skin and Hair Blahs by Lori Goldstein


ne of the best ways to fight winter dryness is shampooing less often or washing with conditioner only. This method helps hair from being stripped of its nutrients. For dry, itchy, scalp, apply a small amount of a light oil prior to blowing dry, or even when air drying. This method can even be used during warmer months. Personal water consumption also plays a huge factor in how our hair and scalp responds to seasonal changes. Coconut oil, a healthy fat, is all the rage lately. Not only can it be used in the kitchen for cooking, but it can also be incorporated in our daily beauty routine to deeply hydrate hair and skin, and act as a skin moisturizer. Coconut oil is antimicrobial, so it helps eliminate dandruff and can be used as a non-toxic, natural makeup remover. To use coconut oil as a deep conditioner for damaged hair, heat a small amount of coconut oil until warm (not too hot), and then massage generously into the hair and scalp. Comb through and wash, or leave it in overnight for best results. There are myriad coconut oils on the market, and many are commercially processed, so choose carefully. One smallbatch “craft” brand is Skinny, a tree-to-table line that’s 100 percent organic, pure, raw, vegan, alkaline coconut oil. The manufacturer claims the ingredients are pure enough to eat. This company produces hair oils, as well as body scrubs that can be used as an exfoliant, and also are a treat for the senses, as the scrub product tastes and smells like cookies. Lori Goldstein is the owner of Organic Roots Eco Salon, in Skokie, an organic salon that offers organic hair care and vegan nail services, at 3417 Dempster St. For appointments, call 847-423-2653 or visit See ad on page 44. and sign up today for your chance to


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Brain SPECT Imaging

emission computed tomography (SPECT) is recommended. It is a non-invasive procedure for functional imaging of the brain; very useful and effective for the evaluation of patients with coexisting neuropsychiatric conditions. Other types of scans such as CT and MRI reveal structure, but not function. As a practical example, depression can be often treated successfully; nonetheless, when co-existing conditions are present, it will frequently progress to become what is known as treatment-resistant depression. Brain SPECT allows specialists to thoroughly evaluate the functional consequences of coexisting conditions by viewing those gray matter structures which may be in a state of hyper-function and/or which ones may show up as under-functioning. In addition, it can show how pronounced and extensive those changes are. by Dan Pavel Once this information is obtained, it contributes significantly to the decision-making process, which ultimately leads to a treatment strategy personally tailored to each patient. number of complex neuropsychiatric disorders are difDepending on the stage of the disorder, its duration and funcficult to treat. There are two main reasons for this. First tional status, the treatis the frequent ment may require such presence of coexisting novel approaches as, for conditions, which in Example #1: too much red, white & black in cortical and example, transcranial turn generate multiple subcortical areas, indicate extensive hyperfunction. magnetic stimulation signs and symptoms. simultaneous with an The reason for these infusion of ketamine. can be found in ab Brain SPECT normal functioning of is used not only for different parts of the evaluating depresbrain, and can be due sion, but also for head to a state of local or trauma, concussion, regional hyper-funccomplex variants of tioning, or conversely epilepsy, degenerative to a state of underExample #2: One central area (thalamus) with red, white & black disorders, chronic pain, functioning. indicates marked localized hyperfunction but, the multiple green ADHD, autism, learn Second is the fact areas in the cortex indicate extensive underfunction. ing disorders, alcohol that before deciding and substance misuse upon an effective treatand more. A customment, the physician ized software varineeds to know details ant generates a set of about the functional detailed color images status of the gray matdisplayed in a variety of ter structures in the complementary views brain. In the presence that make them easy to of multiple coexisting Two examples of Brain SPECT images in depression with read and understand, conditions, this is difco-existing conditions. Based on their obvious differences, even by non-specialists. ficult based only on the there will be a need for different treatment strategies. patient’s history, signs Image Display Software by Good Lion Imaging LLC Dan Pavel, M.D., and symptoms. As a practices at The Neuconsequence, a trialroscience Center, and-error approach is located at 440 Lake Cook Rd., Bldg. 2, in Deerfield. For more often taken by trying a succession of medications and procedures that can ultimately lead to the “treatment-resistant” label. information, call 847-945-7284 or visit and See ad on page 13 and in the Community In order to avoid this and correctly identify the effects Resource Guide. of multiple conditions on the brain, the use of single-photon

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Fortunately, food allergies that trigger such a dramatic, fast, immune response are fairly rare, particularly in adults. “Most of what we’re seeing today is an uptick in food sensitivities and intolerances, terms that are often used interchangeably to describe foods that are not digested well and can challenge the immune system,” says Solana Beach, California, nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin, author of The Virgin Diet. Newark, Delaware, medical doctor and allergist Junfang Jiao, Ph.D., attests to increased levels of testing for food allergies and sensitivities in recent years. “I can’t say there are more allergies or sensitivities, but more doctors are aware of the wide-ranging symptoms and more people are getting referred for testing,” he reports. Many experts agree on at least one underlying cause behind the trend—a widely studied condition called leaky

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omplaints of digestive upsets, brain fog, headaches, relentless food cravings and unrelieved stress appear to be at epidemic levels these days. “These symptoms may be part of newfound awareness of the wideranging and seemingly unrelated health problems caused by food sensitivities and intolerances, which are different from food allergies,” explains microbiologist Kiran Krishnan, from Chicago.

Food Allergies

Food allergies seem to be plaguing America’s children now more than in the past. We know that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, once standard lunchbox fare, have become a no-no. They’re often outlawed by schools to protect the students that experience extreme peanut allergies. 32

The symptoms of food allergies in adults and children, often including hives, rashes and itching, can range from being annoying to life threatening. For extremely sensitive people, the tiniest fragment of a peanut or a bee sting, exposure to latex gloves or certain medications like penicillin can cause such a sudden strong allergic reaction that it results in anaphylaxis, which makes breathing passages swell shut. If untreated, such extreme allergies can even prove fatal, which is why people with severe allergies carry the antidote epinephrine (adrenaline) with them. Food allergies are diagnosed by blood and/or skin testing under the supervision of a medical professional, usually a doctor of medicine, osteopathy or naturopathy. Effective treatment, which must be customized to the individual, typically entails avoidance of allergy triggers.


gut, characterized by intestinal permeability. Microscopic pinholes in an unhealthy small intestine can allow undigested nutrients to pass through intestinal walls, triggering mild immune responses, inflammation and, potentially, the onset of some diseases. Theories of what causes leaky gut are diverse and sometimes contradictory but experts recommend consulting a medical professional if one suffers from food sensitivities. Each individual is unique, so there is no “blanket solution” for everyone. Dysbiosis: Leaky gut is often caused by an imbalance in “good” and “bad” intestinal bacteria, sometimes called dysbiosis, says Krishnan. It can be brought on by the use of antibiotics, antibiotic residues in meats and dairy products or a diet high in sugar and processed foods. Most interesting, he believes, is the discovery that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed


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killer Roundup used on genetically modified (GMO) corn and soy crops, contributes to dysbiosis, as verified by Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists in a study published in Interdisciplinary Toxicology. They concluded with a plea to world governments to reconsider policies regarding the safety of glyphosate residues in foods. GMOs: While this issue has been less widely analyzed, a 1996 study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology found that the Bacillus thuringiensis toxin added to Monsanto’s GMO corn crops to kill pests is not destroyed during human digestion. Danish researchers at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University suggested it may damage cells of the intestinal lining. Gluten: “Gluten causes leaky gut,” says Port Jefferson, New York, naturopathic doctor Doni Wilson, author of The Stress Remedy, voicing one side of the controversy based on her review of scientific literature. She’s concluded, “Whether you are sensitive to it or not, gluten increases the production of zonulin, which can result in damage to intestinal walls and cause the cells on the outside of the intestines to set off an immune response to anything that passes through. In this condition, what we’re eating—cheese, milk, eggs, corn, soy—is leaking through the gut lining, triggering an immune response and potentially creating multiple food sensitivities.” Wilson also notes that in her clinical experience, only about half of her patients with gluten sensitivities complain of digestive issues. “I’ve found that gluten causes the immune cells on the outside of the small intestine to affect the nervous system, causing headaches, anxiety, depression and insomnia,” she says. Her findings are backed by research from the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Celiac Research and Italy’s University of Catania. The same researchers confirm that non-celiac gluten sensitivity or intolerance can also foster depression; a University of Cincinnati study published in the journal Headache links gluten and headaches. Other proteins in wheat can be problematic, advises Fiona McCulloch, a Toronto doctor of naturopathy, citing a study presented at the annual European Gastroenterology Conference, in Vienna,

As a gluten tolerance test, substitute an amount of non-gluten carbohydrates for the same amount of gluten-containing products. For example, instead of two pieces of bread, substitute three-quarters of a cup of brown rice—a rough equivalent in carbohydrate content. A positive difference in hunger, cravings and energy levels when gluten is eliminated indicates a condition of gluten intolerance. ~Fiona McCulloch last October. The report showed that a family of proteins called amylase trypsin inhibitors can lead to the development of inflammation in tissues beyond the gut, including the lymph nodes, kidneys, spleen and brain. Glyphosate residues can be a factor in gluten intolerance. Although wheat crops produced in the U.S. are not yet genetically modified, many non-organic wheat crops are sprayed with glyphosate to promote rapid drying, according to the Environmental Working Group. Inadequate digestive enzymes: Lactose intolerance is the most common result of missing digestive enzymes like lactase, according to the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Avoiding milk products may relieve digestive distress for some.

Eliminate Items, Then Challenge

Most experts believe the easiest way to deal with food sensitivities is to stop eating the food in question. The so-called “elimination and challenge” diet, which has been in use for decades, is effective, free and addresses the foods responsible for common food intolerances, says Virgin.

Simply avoid the food of concern completely for at least three weeks, then eat a small amount of it and catalog the results. For some people, it may only take a couple of hours for symptoms to return after eating a piece of bread, cup of milk, an egg or bit of tofu. Virgin’s seven-food challenge is a bit more rigorous, but improves feelings of general well-being so readily that many people don’t even want to bring back the eliminated foods because they feel so much better, she says. Her threeweek diet completely eliminates the most common food sensitivity triggers: gluten-containing foods (largely wheat), dairy, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, sugar and artificial sweeteners. “When I say eliminate these foods 100 percent, I mean it,” cautions Virgin. “You need to give your immune system at least that much time to cool off.” She adds, “You can do anything such as this for just three weeks.” Virgin also recommends the elimination diet for weight loss because it helps overcome food cravings triggered by the immune system response and leptin resistance, leveraging the hormone that turns off the body’s hunger signals, a finding confirmed by independent studies performed by Sweden’s Lund University and Italy’s University of Palermo. She’s also documented other positive effects through her own research and experience with participants in her programs, including improvements in energy, focus, joint pain, skin clarity and bloating, all in the designated short time frames.

Other Approaches

People with food sensitivities may be able to tolerate occasional indulgences in their trigger foods once they’ve healed their digestive systems, notes Krishnan. Probiotics can help, especially those encapsulated in spores so they can pass through the barrage of stomach acid and reach the small intestine where they are most needed. Krishnan’s research, to be published this spring, showed that half of otherwise healthy young people suffering from leaky gut had a dramatic reduction of symptoms by taking a spore-forming probiotic Bacillus indicus product for 30 days. After the healing period, sensitive people may be able

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Food sensitivity symptoms frequently include arthritis, asthma, migraines, cluster headaches, bowel problems, eczema and other skin conditions, fatigue, heartburn and chemical hypersensitivity. 2. Food sensitivities may present themselves for several hours or even days after ingestion of a trigger food, making it difficult to identify the culprit. 3. Eliminating the most common foods that cause reactions is just a start to healing our gut. We are all unique, so identifying individual triggers is necessary to address inflammation.  4. Food sensitivities can be dose-dependent, which is why we may tolerate small amounts of a trigger food without having a symptom flare-up. 5. Food sensitivity testing is available to assist in identifying “healthy” foods that are not healthy for us. Marcy Kirshenbaum, MS, CCN, CNS, CLT, LDN, is the owner of Enhance Nutrition. For appointments, call 847-987-1128. For more information, visit See ad on page 17.

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to eat small amounts of certain foods with the assistance of dietary aids and supplements, adds McCulloch. Get dirty: Johns Hopkins University research has shown that kids raised in an excessively hygienic environment experience much higher rates of allergies and sensitivities. University of Wisconsin researchers found that youths growing up in households that are less than obsessively sanitary among four or five other people and dogs will strengthen and challenge their immune systems as they mature. Adults need to challenge their immune systems, too, says Krishnan. Eat organic and fermented foods: A widely varied diet helps spread out the immune system challenges of trigger foods. Organic foods don’t contain glyphosate and other potentially harmful chemicals; fermented foods contain digestive enzymes. Eat prebiotics: Raw onions, garlic, leeks and asparagus are prebiotics. They help feed probiotic bacteria and improve gut health. Block sensitivity triggers: Many people with lactose intolerance are able to consume dairy products if they use lactase, the enzyme that helps digest lactose. Similarly, some people with gluten intolerance find they can eat moderate amounts of wheat products with protein supplements like lectin, carb blockers and digestive enzymes that help break down the gluten molecules, according to Virgin. Supplements that might help: Glucomannan (konjac or elephant yam fiber) contributes to a feeling of fullness and stabilizes blood sugar, says McCulloch. She also recommends the amino acid L-glutamine and digestive enzymes to assist in gut healing. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books. Connect at




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Thumbs-Up on Fats Good Fat Doesn’t Make Us Fat by Judith Fertig


n an era of too much information, the role of fats in our diet has been a victim of not enough information. Today’s turnaround in nutritional thinking acknowledges natural fats as being vital to heart health and weight loss.

Heart Health Benefit

A recent metastudy in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a journal of the American College of Physicians, concluded that saturated fat does not appear to increase heart disease risk, overturning almost 60 years of accepted medical thought. The researchers analyzed data from 76 studies involving more than 600,000 people and found that those that ate the most saturated, or “bad”, fat did not show a higher risk of cardiovascular disease compared with those that ate the least. Note that processed trans fats remain a villain, still deemed a risk to heart health per the metastudy. The misleading information began in the 1950s, when Physiologist Ancel Keys, Ph.D., discovered a correlation between diets high in saturated fats and higher cholesterol levels. Soon, the lowfat diet was born.  In 2000, further research introduced the concepts of good and bad 36

fats. More recent analysis confirmed this finding with the refinement that saturated fats increase both types of cholesterol. However, the latest research from the journal BMJ shows that saturated fat

Weight Loss Benefit

Fat doesn’t even make you fat, claims Mark Hyman, a well-known medical doctor in Lenox, Massachusetts, and author of Eat Fat, Get Thin: Why the Fat We Eat Is the Key to Sustained Weight Loss and Vibrant Health. “The theory that all calories have the same impact on your weight and metabolism remains one of the most persistent nutrition myths,” says this practitioner of functional medicine who points out that we’ve been sidetracked by wrong thinking. “Eating fat can make you lean. Healthy cell walls made from highquality fats are better able to metabolize insulin, which keeps blood sugar better regulated. Without proper blood sugar control, the body socks away fat for a rainy day. The right fats also increase fat burning, diminish hunger and reduce fat storage,” he notes. Whole30, a 30-day diet revolving around clean eating, also emphasizes healthy fats. Devised in 2009 by Dallas Hartwig, a functional medicine practitioner and certified sports nutritionist,

Prime Sources of Healthy Fats Functional medicine physician Mark Hyman suggests that we include four to five servings of fat in our diets every day. “In the last five years, the scientific evidence has been mounting that high-fat diets outperform low-fat diets for weight loss and for revising every single indication of heart disease risk, including abnormal cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension and inflammation,” he says. Each amount listed indicates a serving size. Nuts (a handful of walnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts or cashews) Seeds (a handful of pumpkin, sunflower of flaxseed) Most plant-based liquid oils (one


tablespoon of olive, safflower, sesame, avocado, macadamia, grape seed or walnut oil) Fatty fish (4 ounces of salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines, tuna or trout) Avocado (one-half to one avocado) Extra virgin coconut oil (one tablespoon) Organic coconut milk (one-quarter cup) Olives (one-quarter cup) Grass-fed animal butter, clarified butter or ghee (one tablespoon) Aim to eat fats that remain liquid (not solid) at room temperature; it’s a sure sign of heart-healthy, unsaturated fats. Source: Adapted from Eat Fat, Get Thin, by Mark Hyman, M.D.

and Melissa Hartwig, a certified sports nutritionist, the program aims to reduce inflammation, detoxify the body and reset metabolism. The Salt Lake City, Utah, authors of the New York Times bestselling The Whole30 recommend healthy fats to keep us full and rev up metabolism. Recommended healthy fats include coconut milk and oil, avocados, olive oil, organic ghee (clarified butter) and raw nuts. Josh Axe, a natural medicine practitioner and clinical nutritionist in Nashville, Tennessee, recommends the healthy fats contained in avocados, organic butter and ghee from grass-fed cows and goats, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, and other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, sardines, walnuts, chia seeds and flax seeds. “Butter’s experiencing a comeback as a healthy fat as its benefits become more widely known,” says Axe. “The omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in butter help the brain function properly and improve skin health.” Ghee, an ancient Indian version of butter, is lactose- and casein-free, while being loaded with fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E, says Axe. These vitamins are best absorbed by the body when they’re in

a fat substance and then stored in the gastrointestinal tract, keeping metabolism and digestion on track, he notes. Ghee’s high level of vitamin K2, best known as a natural blood coagulator, “also helps strengthen bones, while the fatty acids found in it improve digestion and reduce inflammation.”

Healthy Levels of Fat

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Reframing Your Life Story Create Your Own Hero’s Journey by Kim Schneiderman


very life unfolds as a uniquely dynamic, purposeful and potentially heroic story that is open to interpretation, especially our own. We are the star and spin doctor of this work-in-progress, with the power to tell our stories as triumphs, tragedies or something in-between. Our life story is filled with suspense: Big and little decisions affect our storyline, including the relationships we choose, our goals, how we live and the ways we nourish ourself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. How we tell our story matters. We are constantly sifting through competing narratives to make sense of our world for ourself and others. Whether we consider ourself a heroic figure overcoming obstacles or a tragic victim of destiny often depends on how we choose to read the text of our life and tell our story.

Creating a personal myth is a fundamental way we find meaning. We are always the protagonist, with supporting characters providing love and assistance and antagonists posing challenges that push us beyond our comfort zones. Rather than narcissism or navel-gazing, the more intimate we become with our own story, the more we realize that everyone has an equally valid and vital narrative in which they are the central character. Understanding that everyone is on their own story journey can help us establish connection and empathy. In every myth, the protagonist has a character arc; a particular way they mature and develop due to shifting tides in their life story. Similarly, each of us is on an ever-evolving journey of self-discovery with choices about how to respond to situations, conflicts and happenstance.

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Steps for Seed Starting Success by Lisa Hilgenberg


tarting our own plants allows us to control what goes on with them and is a piece of the puzzle in truly knowing where our food comes from. There are therapeutic health benefits in starting our own seedlings indoors, and it’s a task that provides a welcome boost to a gardener’s spirits during the doldrums of winter. Better, more diverse taste in vegetables becomes available, because starting seeds allows us to grow heirloom or unusual varieties that may not be available in the grocery stores or from plants that aren’t in nurseries. Consider the appeal of growing a “blueberry’” tomato. We can grow them ourselves by starting the seeds indoors. The cost savings of starting our own seeds is worth mentioning. Rather than buying plants in a big box store or garden center, starting our own seeds saves money. We’re able to grow highvalue crops that would otherwise be expensive to buy at the grocery store or farmers’ market. A favorite potato salad recipe might call for six different herbs and heirloom fingerling potatoes. Herbs, often sold at $7 per container, plus the cost of potatoes, has the makings of a $50 potato salad. It makes better sense to snip a few sprigs from the herbs we started indoors and then moved out into containers gathered around our back door.


Here’s the garden math

March is the time to start many seeds indoors. More precise dates can be calculated by considering exactly when the garden will be warm enough to accommodate tender seedlings. Figure out the last frost date for each gardening zone (Chicago is typically 5a or 5b); this leads to an approximation of the best planting out date and backs us into a sow date for starting seeds indoors. In the zone 5b Fruit and Vegetable Garden at Chicago Botanic Garden, we know the last frost may occur within two weeks on either side of April 25. The National Gardening Association provides a helpful link to calculate our frost-free growing season and planting calendar by zip code at

indoors for transplanting. Corn, cucumbers and squash fall into this category. Long-seasoned crops, those plants that need a long, warm growing season, are the ones to start indoors to transplant out into the garden. Tomatoes and peppers should be moved into the garden in late May or early June, when the soil is warm. Starting with strong transplants ensures plants with long maturities will have enough days in our short growing season to set fruit before fall’s first frost. Finicky germinators like parsley, broccoli and cabbage should be started indoors, where the atmosphere can be controlled.

Here’s the timing

Maturity to transplant into the garden vary by plant, and that timing affects when seedlings need to be started indoors. Below are guidelines for a few favorite vegetables, flowers and herbs. Flowers: Pansies, poppies and snapdragons can be started indoors 12 weeks before the last average frost date. Sow calendula in flats six weeks prior and marigolds, zinnias, nasturtiums and morning glories four weeks before the last spring frost. Herbs: Long-seasoned chives, onions and parsley need 12 to 14 weeks advance start (early March) before going into the garden. Thyme requires a head start of eight to 10 weeks. Basil, dill, cilantro and sage need a six-to-eightweek growing period.

Here’s what to start

Root vegetables like carrot, beets and radish are directly sown into the garden and won’t need to be started indoors. The big seeds of peas and beans are easy to handle and grow well if sown outside at the right soil temperature, (peas need a minimum of 50-degree soils and beans need 70-degree soils). On the other hand, some vegetables don’t appreciate their roots being disturbed and transplant less well. They fall somewhere in the middle, leaving the gardener with a decision to make. While they’re best seeded directly into the garden, they could be started


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Here’s why we start seeds indoors

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Vegetables: Tomato, eggplant and pepper success depends on having an eight-week head start. Begin sowing broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower indoors six weeks before the last frost date. If we forego starting cucumbers, pumpkins, squash and watermelon directly in the garden, start them indoors three weeks before their June transplant date.

Here’s what we need

Here are some tips as we gather the gear for seed starting. Seeds: Begin with fresh seed or saved seed that’s been properly stored in a dark, temperature and humidity neutral location, such as a drawer. Seeds have expiration dates, so it’s important to read the back of the packet to check if the seed is within that date and still viable. The planting instruction on seed packets is helpful, with guides that show how deep to plant the seed (chopsticks or pencils make great tools to poke holes in the soil at the correct depth) and how long it will take to sprout. Large seeds can be planted an inch deep and small seeds need only a light covering of soil. Soil: Buy or make a quality seed starting mix. It should be sterile, without weed seeds or pathogens that can cause problems for tender young seedlings. The mix should be finely textured, allowing the tiny new roots to push down and develop. Regular bagged potting soil becomes too packed down and shouldn’t be used. To make our own soil-less mix, use 50 percent peat and 50 percent vermiculite—no cutting corners on the soil for seedlings—soil from the garden is too heavy and may have bacteria, causing seedlings to abruptly die, a condition called damping off. Set up for success by using a sterile, soilless seedling mix such as Black Gold ( Containers: Plastic flats are easy to work with as long as there are drainage holes in the bottom. They should be at least three inches deep to encourage healthy root systems. Any container will work however; old yogurt containers and terra cotta work well, provided they have been cleaned with a solution of one part

How To Read a Seed Packet THE BACK OF A SEED PACKET contains valuable growing information about the plant. Here’s how to decipher it. Keep in mind that packets of organically grown seed—that is, seeds produced in accordance with the standards of an organic certification organization—will be labeled as such on the packet.

Number of Plants

Planting Map

Some packets have specific seed counts to help us figure out how many packets to buy. Other packets, like this one, list the approximate number of plants we should be able to grow from the amount of seed in the packet without listing a specific seed count.

Some seed packets provide information about the growing zone. Refer to the color guide to determine the prime time for planting outdoors in our area.

Package Date

The date indicates the seed met or exceeded the federal standards for minimum germination when tested for that year.

Planting Information Find advice on how deep to plant the seed, how long it will take to sprout and how long it will be until we can harvest the vegetables.

bleach to 10 parts water and rinsed well. After planting, the entire container can be placed in a plastic bag or the top sealed with plastic wrap to hold moisture in and aid in germination. Carryout food or salad containers with clear plastic tops make perfect minigreenhouses for seed starting. Remember to perforate the bottom to allow free drainage so seedlings don’t drown. Remove the plastic covering as soon as the first seedlings emerge, allowing air to circulate around them. Light: Light is very important once seedlings emerge. Late winter and early spring day length is too short to provide enough light on a window sill, so it’s a good practice to use a grow light. Fluorescent shop lights on chains can be hung two to four inches above the plants after they sprout, or full spectrum LED grow lights are also effective. Turn the lights on for 16 hours per day and off for eight to allow the seedlings to rest. Heat: Seeds require warmth to germinate; some more than others. Peppers and tomatoes do well when flats are positioned on heat mats with a thermostatic control. This provides bottom heat

to increase the temperature of the soil and results in faster germination. Try to keep the room warm, ideally 70 degrees, during the day and 60 degrees at night. Moisture: Moisten the seed starting mix with a mister before planting the seed and maintain even moisture throughout seed germination. Streaming too hard or too much water will disturb the newly planted seed or wash it out. The light mist from a spray mister works perfectly for newly planted seeds. Maintain even moisture by checking the soil often, especially if a heat mat is used, because soil can dry out quickly. Using room temperature water is a good practice; we don’t want the seeds to struggle after a deluge of ice-cold water. Another option for keeping moisture consistent in seeding flats is by using a capillary mat. This is a great option because the water is drawn up into the tray from the bottom, so the seedlings never get wet.

Here’s what to expect

Timing is important. Some varieties take longer to germinate, so be patient. Parsley can take up to 21 days to germinate and tomatoes just a week. If the seedlings are left too long in containers

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Feed seedlings once they have a true set of leaves, usually the third or fourth leaf to emerge, using a dilute liquid feed such as fish emulsion or a low concentrations of kelp one time when watering seedlings. Yellow seedlings may be a sign of too much water or lack of nutrients. Let the flat dry out slightly, and then lightly feed them. Tall, leggy seedlings are an indication that the plants need more light and are stretching to reach it. Spindly plants can be helped by moving them into a place where they receive light for more hours during the day. Lisa Hilgenberg is the horticulturist at the Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden, in the Chicago Botanic Garden, located at 1000 Lake Cook Rd., in Glencoe. For more information, call 847-835-5440 or visit


Making a Cuppa More Planet-Friendly A Gallup poll last year reported that 64 percent of U.S. adult coffee lovers consume one or more cups daily and the average number of cups quaffed each day is 2.7. We can express our affection for both java and the Earth by following these eco-tips. 4 Forego the convenience of single-cup, plastic pod makers like Keurig. As Mother Jones magazine recently reported, only 5 percent of current pods are made with recyclable plastic, and even those, having hard-to-remove aluminum tops, pose recycling challenges. Keurig plans to make all of its pods recyclable by 2020. 4 Many other simpler coffee-making devices maximize energy use by facilitating more servings and reducing waste. recommends the Moka Pot, a pressure-driven aluminum stovetop brewer; the Chemex Coffeemaker, a funnel-shaped glass unit with a wooden collar; the Canadian wood product Aeropress; an old-fashioned vacuum pot with two glass chambers connected by a thin neck; and a traditional non-electric stovetop percolator. 4 Some coffee farms exploit their workers, paying subsistence wages, damage rainforests and use unsustainable farming practices. Jake Carney, co-founder of, founded Lucy’s Bru, an organic whole-bean coffee that’s exclusively shade-grown under fair trade conditions, sustainably farmed and free of harsh fertilizers and pesticides. 4 Reuse steel and aluminum coffee cans. details how they can make effective dehumidifiers for damp basements when filled with salt; soak paint brushes in thinner solutions; store items in a garage or work space; and serve as a spot lawn or garden seeder after punching holes in the bottom. The website also lists ways that coffee grounds can be used as a beauty, cleaning, deodorizer and dying agent. 4 Use better filters at home. Instead of paper, single-use filters, INeedCoffee. com suggests reusable or unbleached, biodegradable alternatives such as the Medelco cone permanent filter and a French press. 4 For to-go drinkers, many coffee shops and restaurants will pour fresh brew into mugs that patrons bring in. Keeping a clean spoon in the car can save on plastic stirrers.

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that are too small, they will become root bound. If roots are visibly growing out of the bottom of the container, this is a sign they need to be potted up into a larger container with a bit of fresh soil around their roots. Hardening off seedlings is a gradual transition time when trays are moved between indoors and outdoors before they can be transplanted into the garden. Over a week’s time they should be moved into a protected place out of direct sun and wind during the warmest part of the day and brought back inside for nighttime protection.


Centennial Volunteers Restoring Kickapoo Woods


he Centennial Volunteers is an inspiring movement of volunteers restoring nine special sites along the Chicago and Calumet rivers. Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 25, at Kickapoo Woods, in Riverdale, to restore wet prairie and savanna. Volunteers remove invasive vegetation, restore stream banks, plant native plants and improve stormwater management to reduce urban runoff from entering the Little Calumet River. Centennial Volunteers is a partnership between Friends of the Forest Preserves, the Forest Preserves of Cook County, Friends of the Chicago River, the Field Museum and the Chicago Ornithological Society. For more information, call Ilana Federman at 312-356-9990 or email Ilana@ For a full listing of dates and locations, visit

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“Gardening is a labour full of tranquility and satisfaction; natural and instructive, and as such contributes to the most serious contemplation, experience, health and longevity.” - John Evelyn, 1666


rom the first seeds sewn into soil, interacting with the earth through planting and growing has always enhanced health and happiness. John Evelyn’s quote from the 17th century emphasizes the healing aspects of gardening. In 2017, the importance of connecting with nature via gardening remains relevant, especially at a busy and sometimes chaotic time. This year’s Chicago Flower & Garden Show, with the theme of “Chicago’s Blooming”, held from March 18 to 26 at Navy Pier, offers a variety of display gardens, seminars, how-to presentations, culinary demonstrations and children’s activities themed to the healing attributes of growing flowers and edibles, planting trees and shrubs and integrating our indoor and outdoor surroundings. “There are so many health benefits of gardening, from the way gardens provide more oxygen to the air to exercise involved with planting to the nutrition of growing your own food,” remarks Tony Abruscato, director of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. “We’ve brought a lot of these benefits together at the show in almost every part of the event. Gardening is something for people all


ages, including seniors, as well as kids, who can go outside and be active away from their phones and video games.” A highlight of the show is the Health and Healing Garden (Garden 5), designed by the Hitchcock Design Group, one of the largest planning and landscape architecture firms in Illinois. This garden, built with collaborators BrightView, Craiger Custom Design, Aquascape, Walpole Outdoors and Bailey Nurseries, depicts the outdoor setting of a healthcare facility.

Chicago Flower & Garden Show March 18 through 26 Festival Hall, Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago Sunday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Evening in Bloom preview benefit featuring the Fleurotica fashion show: 6 to 9:30 p.m., March 17 For tickets and more details, visit


“Hitchcock Design is a leader in the design and building of health and healing gardens at healthcare facilities,” explains Abruscato, “From water features to ergonomic benches to a beautiful wooden arbor, they have really thought through the idea of creating a calm and tranquil space.” Other elements designed around health and healing in this feature garden include raised beds, annual flowers, trees, planter pots, specialized furniture, gardening ornaments, a rocking chair and seat walls. The goal of the garden is to show how such a space can be a restorative place to rest, relieve stress, heal, reconnect with nature and provide an opportunity to live a more active, social and healthy lifestyle. Several of this year’s seminars and Gardening Live! presentations also focus on the healing properties of planting and growing. Examples include Arthritis in the Garden: How to Lower Chronic Pain without Medicines, by wellness lifestyle advocate and gardening expert Shawna Coronado; Sensory and Enabling Garden: Getting More Out of Your Time in the Garden, by Janie Grillo, of Midwest Groundcovers; Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants, Healthy People, by Sandy Syburg, of Purple Cow Organics; Get Out and Grow Veggies: Great Options for Chicagoland Gardens, by author and edible expert William Moss; Making Sugars, Salts, Vinegars and Other Herb Infusions, by herb gardener and blogger Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh; Vegetable Gardening: Month-by-Month, by Master Gardener and garden writer Beth Botts; and S L O W Food: Getting to Know Your Food, by organic farmer and grower Sacha GeeBurns, among others. Several Gardening Live! presentations on the main stage likewise spotlight various healing attributes of gardening, including Growing Herbs in Containers, by Kristie Webber; Botanical Balms: Homemade Skin Care Recipes for Every Gardener, by Laura Ekaset of Lurie Garden; Herbal Tea Container and Edible Salad Bowl, by ornamental horticulturist Nancy Clifton, of the Chicago Botanic Garden; and Organic Gardening and Beer Brewing for a More Sustainable Future, by Martin Coad, of Greenstar Brewing at Uncommon Ground.

The nourishment and nutrition associated with gardening—along with sumptuous recipes—are on the menu at daily Garden Gourmet cooking demonstrations by the area’s leading chefs and culinary professionals, including healthy recipes and those made with locally grown produce and herbs. “With so much interest in farm-to-table, Garden Gourmet demos also fit right in with interest in well-being and healthy living,” notes Abruscato. Fostering a lifelong love and learning of gardening is one of Abruscato’s goals, such as expanding the Kids’ Activity Garden. Youngsters can roll up their sleeves and discover several beneficial aspects of gardening, whether they’re interacting with beneficial insects and worms, making a container to take home or learning how concepts like art, math, technology and science are an inherent part of growing. At the Marketplace, vendors offer a variety of items for the garden, home and personal care. Visit for more details on the 2017 Chicago Flower & Garden Show. For the very latest updates, sign up to receive the Chicago Flower & Garden Show e-newsletter and follow the show on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @chicagoflower. Natural Awakenings Chicago is a media sponsor. See ad on page 15.


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even just nibbles the eliminated food, you have to start all over again,” says Dohmen. Whether commercially prepared or home cooked, the number of ingredients can substantially extend a test period. Each item must be completely avoided for about six weeks for an accurate assessment. Environmental allergies, which encompass everything unrelated to food, range from common grasses to inhaled pollutants. New carpets or rugs, cleaning supplies, a neighbor’s pesticides, dust and pollen are among the culprits that can cause an allergic reaction. Common symptoms are itchy ears or skin, ear infections, sneezing, runny eyes, scratching, vomiting or diarrhea. Veterinarian Judy Morgan, owner of Naturally Healthy Pets, in Clayton, New Jersey, also uses herbs in her practice to alleviate food and environmental allergy symptoms. “They can be tinctures or poultices; one herb or a blended mixture. Some are applied externally, some internally.” Giving the proper dosage for the size of the pet is vital. She particularly likes calendula for hot spots, despite its



ather than routinely giving drugs to dogs and cats to relieve dry, itchy, skin or food allergies, consider more gentle natural alternatives. As with people, knowing what an animal is allergic to is key to finding the right remedy and preventing future outbreaks. With dogs, about 20 percent of itching and scratching can be attributed to food ingredients. Symptoms can show up as early as 5 months or as late as 12 years old, often combined with inhalant or contact allergies. Chronic ear infections are often traced to food allergies. “If a pet is suffering mightily, see your veterinarian for shots or pills for immediate relief. Then ask the vet to allergy test for the specific problem,” advises Veterinarian Laurie Dohmen, owner of Purple Moon Herbs and Studies, in Hartly, Delaware. “This isn’t something you can do yourself. I’ve seen pet owners use what worked for a friend’s dog and make their own pets sicker, despite research and good intentions. What works for one pet won’t necessarily work for another.” While food elimination testing works, it’s a long process that must be done with precision. “If your pet

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odor, because it’s antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral, followed by witch hazel to dry them, and then coconut oil or aloe to soothe and soften affected skin—plus Echinacea to boost the immune system. She uses ginger or peppermint to counteract nausea. “Many people think an allergic pet should be switched to a lamb and rice diet. In some cases, that makes dry, itchy, skin worse,” she says. “That’s why it’s important to know what they are allergic to before trying out new foods or herbal remedies. Find a holistic vet to work with.” Morgan often prescribes a mixture of herbs for the best results. “I like licorice because it works like a steroid without the side effects. Probiotics help keep gut bacteria and the immune system healthy. Parsley works well for dry, itchy, skin caused by a blood deficiency, or imbalance. “Parsley brings a protein, as well as several vitamins, to the party,” notes Kimberly Gauthier, a dog nutrition blogger in Marysville, Washington. “It’s a natural anti-inflammatory and also great if your dog’s breath needs a freshness boost.” She suggests rosemary and thyme as ingredients in an antibacterial, antifungal salve; she mixes these essential oils with extra virgin coconut oil and beeswax to create paw balm. Morgan reminds us that essential oils can be harmful, even life-threatening, for cats. “If Kitty has itchy skin, lavender tea can be used as a rinse on cooperative cats,” she suggests. “For a less cooperative feline, chamomile tea as a drink or as leaves mixed into the food soothes itches.” Dohmen cautions, “Herbs and other homeopathic remedies or flower essences are medicine and should be given as a prescription by a qualified veterinarian.”

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1 Ash Wednesday (Christianity)

Women’s Networking Group – 11:30am-1pm. 1st Wed. Offered through the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce. Buy own lunch. Location varies in Hoffman Estates. Go Green Highland Park Meeting – 12:151:30pm. 1st Wed. All welcome. If you’d like to be involved but can’t attend, email us. Madame ZuZu’s, 582 Roger Williams Ave, Highland Park. More info: Green Drinks McHenry County – 5-7pm. 1st Wed. Come talk about “greening” the future with others. Special presentations each month on a timely environmental topic or green business. Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N Main St, Crystal Lake. Health & Healing Workshop – 6-8pm. Free EFT intro class, 3 interesting “Too good to be true” topics: Learn how you are effected by other peoples’ energy and how to protect yourself; Learn about and actually experience EFT, the gentle tapping therapy for emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen; Experience free 8-min BioElectronic-Magnetic Energy) therapy sessions. FDA approved. Money back guarantee. CEs available. SoderWorld Healing Ctr, Rte 83, WillowBrook, 630-455-5885. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634.

THURSDAY, MARCH 2 Wheeling Chamber of Commerce After Hours – 5-7pm. Purple Sprout Cafe, 341 E Dundee Rd, Wheeling. Register: 224-223-7133.

FRIDAY, MARCH 3 Spring Bulb Sale – Shop our certified organic and GMO-free early vegetable crops for your garden include specialty potatoes, garlic, onion, horseradish, asparagus, rhubarb and more. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St, Oak Park. One Earth Film Festival Begins – Mar 3-12. A slate of acclaimed environmental films paired with compelling, awareness-raising programs. Festival uses film to connect people to their environments and to each other by highlighting solutions that are good for communities, our economy and our planet. Various times and locations. More info: Farm to School Day – 9am-9pm. By Illinois Farm to School Network. Activities focused on food and gardens for families on a no-school day in Kane and DuPage Counties. Farm to School workshops for teachers Institute Day and eye-opening trainings for school food service staff at the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Keynote from local garden



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Call Ahead writer Shawna Coronado. Northern Illinois Food Bank, 273 Dearborn Court, Geneva. Registration & more info: Introduction to Flower Essences – 7-9pm. Linda Maratea teaches how flower essences can help in your day-to-day life, how the essences are made and their history, and which kinds of flowers are available from which companies. A free community service program; donations greatly appreciated. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6536. 

SATURDAY, MARCH 4 Essentials of CranioSacral Therapy – Mar 4-6. Course is a practical introduction and overview to the theory and practice of CranioSacral therapy, a form of gentle bodywork which grew out of cranial osteopathy and osteopathic medicine. Learn essential ways to evaluate and treat the craniosacral system using gentle, yet powerful techniques. No prerequisites. 18 CEs for bodywork professionals. $360. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. One Earth Film Festival at Sugar Beet – 10am12:30pm. Sugar Beet Schoolhouse presents the film Sustainable. $6. Lake Theater, 1022 Lake St, Oak Park. Tickets: sustainable-saturdayclassic-cinemas-lake-theatretickets-31504008337. Making Winter Herbal Medicines – 10am4:30pm. Learn how to select and make medicines from culinary and medicinal dried herbs, preparing a long infusion, decoction, syrup and lozenges. You will make and take home over $70 worth of high quality, herbal remedies for your medicine cabinet. $85 plus a $25 materials fee. Wildwood Institute, 3311 Mound View Rd, Verona, WI. Space limited, register: 608-841-1337, or Body Mind Spirit Expo – Mar 4 & 5. 10am7pm, Sat; 10am-6pm, Sun. The expo brings to life a positive, healing environment. Includes presentations, more than 100 exhibitors and live entertainment. $14 weekend admission; free parking. Midwest Conference Center, 401 W Lake St, Northlake. For more info: Plant Chicago Indoor Farmers’ Market – 11am3pm. 1st Sat thru May. Held in the lobby of The Plant, 1400 W 46th St, Chicago. 773-847-5523. How to Survive as a Spiritual Entrepreneur Webinar – 2-3:30pm. Ready to build a profitable spiritual business you love? Need to know how to make money with your spiritual gifts? I am going to break it down for you so you can ditch the expensive hobby and create a life you want to live and a business that supports it. Free. More info:


Past Life Regression, Future Life Progression – 12-2pm. Susan Wisehart will facilitate a group guided Past Life Regression and a Future Life Progression going out 100, 500, 1,000 yrs into the future. Future lives are flexible so the choices we make now will determine the quality of life when we return. By understanding our past and future lives, we can make more enlightened choices that heal present physical and emotional problems. Expo admission: $14/online discount; Workshop: $25/online (print out ticket), $30 at Expo. Body Mind Spirit Expo, Midwest Conference Center, Rm 1, 401 W Lake, Northlake. Ticket info: bmse. net. To schedule an appt in Susan’s Mundelein or Des Plaines office:

MONDAY, MARCH 6 Come to the Table Dinner Series: Reviving – 6-9pm. Join Angelic Organics Learning Center at Floriole to discuss how farmers and chefs are reviving heirloom grains and heritage meats as a means of restoring flavor and nutritional value to our food, while improving soil quality and biodiversity. Chefs & Presenters: Chef Sandra Holl of Floriole, Molly & John Breslin of Breslin Farms, Tom Spaulding of Angelic Organics Learning Center. 1220 W. Webster Ave, Chicago. Tickets: Heal Your Child, Love Your Life – 8pm. Learn how to overcome your child’s health challenges without overwhelm or exhaustion so you can create a life you love. E&O Food and Drink, 125 Randhurst Village Dr, Mt. Prospect. To register:

TUESDAY, MARCH 7 Lakefront Bird Walk – 7:30am. With Chicago area naturalist Wendy Paulson. Dress for weather and bring binoculars. Walk cancelled only in the event of extreme bad weather. Free. McCormick Place Bird Sanctuary, north parking lot (not the Marina lot), 2400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. RSVP required, Dan Jacobson: 312-453-0230 x 2002 or Positively Priming the Mind Workshop – 10am1:30pm. Keynote speaker, Kim Serafini, founder and CEO of MindPT. Learn more about the research and technology behind the accelerated learning tool called Mind Power Technology (MindPT) that serves businesses, nonprofits, organizations and entrepreneurs in creating positive results by priming the mind to start each day on a positive note. $49, including lunch. Location & tickets: Power Networking Lunch Meeting for Small Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, Networkers – 11:30am1:30pm. Purple Sprout Cafe, 341 E Dundee Rd, Wheeling. Register: 224-223-7133. Fully Human, Fully Divine Workshop – 7-8:15pm. Led by Greg Barrette, minister of Unity Northwest. How can you balance your personal human needs with your desire to lead a spiritual life. Don’t wait for some far-off moment to become spiritual. Right now, exactly as you are, and as human as you are, is the time to embrace your inner divinity. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997.

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Free Classes for International Women’s Day – 9am-9pm. We’re celebrating with free classes for all. Enjoy a holistic wellness practice for people of all levels. Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, 1947 Cherry Ln, Northbrook. 847-562-9642. Dinner with the Doctors: Structural Focus – 6:30-8pm. Special guests Alex & Sean Courtney. Have questions? We offer lessons in health and holistic living. Find out how Be Optimal can support you on your health journey. Free. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000.

THURSDAY, MARCH 9 5 Simple Real Food Tips for a Healthy Family – Facebook Live training. To register, Hinman Holistic Health: Eliminate Allergies Naturally – 6-9pm. Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET) is a non-invasive, drug-free way of balancing the body to boost the immune system by utilizing treatment procedures from acupuncture/acupressure, selective energy balancing, kinesiology and other disciplines of medicine. This modality has been shown time and again to be quantifiable not only through IgE/ IgG allergy testing, but through other types of blood work and imaging. Calandra Center for Health and Wellness, 2015 S Arlington Heights Rd, Ste 111, Arlington Heights. Registration required: 312-5159492. Cooking Class: Healthy Alternatives to Meat, with Seitan – 6:30pm. Plant-based Chef Irina of Purple Sprout will show you how to make their famous seitan (wheat), cashew “Bratwurst” and the different ways to use them in dishes. Then sample the prepared dishes. $30. Purple Sprout Cafe, 341 E Dundee Rd, Wheeling. Register: 224-223-7133. How to Survive as a Spiritual Entrepreneur Webinar – 8-9:30pm. Ready to build a profitable spiritual business you love? Need to know how to make money with your spiritual gifts? I am going to break it down for you so you can ditch the expensive hobby and create a life you want to live and a business that supports it. Free. More info:

FRIDAY, MARCH 10 Stretching the Emotions – 9am-4pm. With Randy Cummins. Hands-on training will demonstrate easy-to-learn stretches for both the physical and energetic bodies. Be introduced to the concept of how the emotions are recognized and expressed in the view of Chinese Medicine and the Meridian System. Learn self-care stretches and techniques for applied stretches to be integrated into sessions for clients. All work will be done on padded floor mats. Bring loose fitting clothing and an open mind. No prerequisites. 6 CEs for bodywork professionals. $120. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

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

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

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

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

HELP WANTED ARE YOU HIRING? – Find your next team member. Call 847-858-3697 or submit online at Submit. MEDIA SALES: CHICAGO AND SOUTH/ SOUTHWEST SUBURBS – Excellent opportunity for flexible part-time work with great rewards. Natural Awakenings Chicago is seeking a selfmotivated professional with strong interpersonal

SATURDAY, MARCH 11 Infinity Foundation Family Fest – 9am12:40pm. Family fun for parents and children ages 3 and older. Mindful games and activities offered in seven 20-min playshops beginning at 9am until 12:20pm. Register online for playshops in advance as space limited. Registration at the door only if space is available. Free. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. 61st Street Indoor Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. South side Chicago’s premier farmers market. Market also features chef demos, live music and more. Experimental Station, 6100 S Blackstone Ave, Chicago.

and communication skills to introduce businesses to the benefits of advertising in print and online. Ideal candidate must be self-motivated, organized and creative in sourcing suitable clients and events to target in Chicago and suburbs. You must enjoy conversing on the phone and in face-to-face meetings, as well as enjoy working both from your home and from the road throughout the metropolitan area, and have previous relationship-based ad sales experience. You’ll need at least 20 flexible daytime hours per week to prosper. Occasional weekend and evening time needed to attend events and network. Pay is generous commission, plus bonuses. Email your info, a brief description of your experience and your phone number to

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

NATURAL PAIN RELIEF True Frequency Products – New cutting-edge technology that is taking the world by storm with the all-natural pain relief and good health. This is not copper or not magnet. It is all-natural grounding/ frequency that is the same frequency of the Earth. Call 815-388-8938.

SERVICES YOUR LISTING CAN BE HERE – Visit Submit. Psychic Holistic Fair at Enlightened Balance – Mar 11 & 12. 9am-6pm, Sat; 9am-4pm, Sun. 2nd weekend each month. Readings, body balancing, artist trunk shows, classes. Free to enter; Classes starting at $10, Private Sessions starting at $20. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815307-1180. Native Shrubs as Habitat and Host Plants – 10am. Speaker: Connor Shaw, owner of Possibility Place Nursery. Shaw’s Possibility Place is northeastern Illinois’s leading producer of native arboriculture. He will discuss the ways indigenous creatures use native shrubs for food, shelter and reproduction. $10/nonmembers. Barrington Village Hall, 200 S Hough St, Barrington. RSVP: 847-382-7283.

The rose and the thorn, and sorrow and gladness are linked together. ~Saadi natural awakenings

March 2017


OM Sweet OM – 10am-12pm. Includes yoga practice, sound healing and a light breakfast. Designed to show how yoga, sound healing and other alternative modalities can help our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. Benefits Housing Options. $30. Parkes Hall at Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Rd, Evanston. To register, Beth Ida Stern: 847866-2989 or For more info: & Health & Healing Workshop – 10am-5pm. 3 interesting “Too good to be true” topics: Learn how you are effected by other peoples’ energy and how to protect yourself; Learn about and actually experience EFT, the gentle tapping therapy for emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen; Experience free 8-min Bio-ElectronicMagnetic Energy) therapy sessions. FDA approved. Money back guarantee. CEs available. $49. Garrett Wellness, 3020 N Kimball, Chicago. Pre-register only, Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634. Chicago IANDS – 2-5pm. Support/study/resource forum for near-death, out-of-body and spiritual experiences, losses. Guest Speaker: Terry Larkin, NDEr, died in car crash, author of The Light Gap. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston.  847-251-5758.


Daylight Savings Time begins Purim (Judaism)

savethedate Going Green Matters Community Environmental Fair – 12-4pm. Looking for ways to live more sustainably? Find great choices for home, transportation, garden and recreation at this fun, all-ages fair. Free. Michigan Shores Club, 911 Michigan Ave, Wilmette. Free LED bulb & exhibit details: Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar and Farmers’ Market – 12-4pm. Meet dozens of vendors at the indoor crafts and farmers’ market while listening to Hyde Park’s finest deejays spinning jazzy, soulful soundtracks to your shopping. Promontory Restaurant, upstairs lounge, 5311 S Lake Park Ave W, Chicago. 312-801-2100. HydeParkHandmade. Movie: Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home – 1-3pm. Free viewing of award-winning movie. Riveting story of transformation and healing exploring the struggle of awakening conscience experienced by several people from traditional farming backgrounds who question the basic assumptions of their way of life. Provides insight into the farmers’ amazing connections with animals under their care, while also providing insight into the social, psychological and economic forces that led to their inner conflict. Pure Detox, 417 S Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights. 847-613-4363. Using Crystals to Bring More Light into Your World – 1-3pm. How to clean and program crystals. How crystals can bring more Light into aura, home, office or healing space. Which crystals can be used for sealing in White Light and remove negativity. Practice bringing energetic Light through crystals for healing, with Janel Olson. $25/advance, $30/at door. SunGates Center, 395 E Dundee Rd, Wheeling. 847-345-0988.


Seed Starting Class – 2-3pm; Seed Swap, 3-3:30pm. Learn how to start your own seedlings at home with limited investment. Then, swap seeds with fellow gardeners. Free, but limited space. Sugar Beet Food Co-op, 812 Madison St, Oak Park. RSVP: 708-668-2573 or Marketing@SugarBeet.Coop. Life Mission Exploration – 2-4pm. A creative space for introspection, uncovering and embracing you, and your uniqueness. Recognize your life mission cues. Donation. Inner Balance Office, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. RSVP, Sarah Karnes: 262745-8362 or Girls on Guard – 3-4:30pm. Teaches women empowerment and self-defense techniques that are effective and easy to remember. One in every five women will be attacked in her lifetime. Women who resist or fight back have a greater chance of deterring an assault. Statistics indicate that there is a greater chance the attacker will flee if you fight back. Due to the contact nature of this workshop, all participants must sign additional waiver before attending the workshop. Girls and women age 13 and up welcome. Free thanks to generous sponsorship from the HCS community. Hip Circle Studio, 709 Washington St, Evanston. Pre-registration required: 847-328-5767 or

MONDAY, MARCH 13 Holi (Hinduism)

TUESDAY, MARCH 14 Green Drinks Libertyville – 6:30pm. 2nd Tues. Like-minded people meet to discuss issues of environmental importance and build awareness. O’Toole’s Pub, 412 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville. For more info: or


St. Patrick’s Day Family Event – 4pm, dinner to follow. The Springs of Vernon Hills, 350 S Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills. 847-634-9300. Detox, The Right Way – 6:30pm. Learn about the sources of toxins, walk you through the basic principles of detoxification using the right foods, juicing, fasting, body rub, etc. Get clear idea of what to do. Instructor, plant-based Chef Karim, an ayurvedic practitioner and co-founder of Purple Sprout Cafe. $30. Purple Sprout Cafe, 341 E Dundee Rd, Wheeling. Register: 224-223-7133. Your Self as Your Friend – 7:30-9pm. A refreshing and restorative evening. Receive guidance and simple centering practices, so you can embrace more self- love and self-discovery. Donation. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362 or Chicagoland.

FRIDAY, MARCH 17 St. Patrick’s Day

Wellness Professionals Network – 10-11:30am. A meetup for wellness practitioners with inspired connections and dialog, personal and professional support. Guided Path Psychological Services, 201 E Dundee Rd, Palatine. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362 or Spiritual-Nourishment-Chicagoland. NLP Core Skills Training – 11am-7pm. Become a master of personal development. Build on NLP standards plus learn practical applications of NLP. Our focus will be on gaining greater emotional flexibility, and enable you to create optimum emotional states which allow you to help others achieve personal growth, as you empower yourself. Two 3-day weekends. $1,590. JW Marriott, 151 W Adams, Chicago. 312-854-2270.

Six Surprising and Easily Proven Ways to Soar Into Your Health – 7-9pm. Learn the right tools on how to get started living healthier. With Reneé S. Barasch-Ingraham, owner of Nutritional Health Solutions. $20 by Mar 8, $30 after. Tash Fitness, 8816 Bronx Ave, Skokie. 847-207-2034.

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


Monthly Community Acupuncture – 4-7:30pm. $30. Lovelight Healing Center, 408 Center St, Grayslake. To register: 847-350-7000.

#1 Way to Argue Less & Agree More with Your Kids – Facebook Live training. To register, Hinman Holistic Health: Dynamics of Effective Negotiation – 7:30-9am. HPBT Leadership in Business & Personal Education series seminar. Session explores the finer components of the negotiating process, understanding what power really means and how to leverage it. Learn 30 simple tips to help maximize profits, yet maintain positive working relationship with vendors. Free. Highland Park Bank & Trust, 1949 St. Johns Ave, 2nd Fl Board Room, Highland Park. 847-432-9988. Chair Yoga – 9:15-10:15am. Enjoy the many benefits of traditional yoga while practicing in a chair and achieve physical and mental fitness. Receive individualized attention from certified yoga instructor, Cynthia Gran, to personalize the process for yourself. These evenly paced 6 classes are appropriate for anyone. $120, $115/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828.



savethedate Chicago Flower & Garden Show – Mar 18-26. Includes 30 featured gardens and vignettes under the theme of Chicago’s Blooming. There’s something for everyone and every situation. Navy Pier. For more info:

savethedate Good Food Festival & Conference – Celebrate good, local, sustainable, humane and fair food. Enjoy chef demos, DIY workshops, delicious food and drink, and the Good Food Marketplace for your local food shopping. UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago. To learn more:

Certification Class for EFT With A Guarantee – Mar 18 & 19. 9am-5pm. Workshop for both beginners and experienced EFT Practitioners. 12CEs for Psychologists, MTs, RNs & LPNs. Experience life changing release of emotional and physical symptoms in the workshop. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen. Become an “EFT With A Guarantee™” Practitioner. Learn basic EFT plus how to guarantee success in every EFT session for yourself & for your clients. Experience relief for yourself. $225, $195/ advance registration; $95 repeat of “EFT With A Guarantee” Certification class and other discounts for prior attendance at any of Tom’s 6-hr or longer workshops. Money back guarantee. Soderworld Wellness Center, 16 W 501 Nielson Ln, Willowbrook. To register: 630-455-5885. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634. Green Living Fair – 10am-2pm. Learn about Earth-healthy daily routines from 40+ exhibitors featuring local environmental groups, businesses and youth clubs. There will also be continuous 30-min Speaker Forums addressing today’s environmental challenges. No goods or services sold directly at the fair. Recycling opportunities include bikes, bike parts, styrofoam blocks, CDs, DVDs, eyeglasses, Christmas lights, ink jet cartridges, hearing aids, cell phones, gym shoes wine corks, and (rechargeable and small sealed lead-acid) batteries. Admission free. Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W Church St, Libertyville. For more info: LC. or libertyvilleciviccenter. Kabbalah: The Path to Spiritual Development – 10am-4pm. Gain knowledge about the purpose of creation, experience the power of connection through discussion circles, become familiar with the Point in the Heart and leave with the understanding of the process of the development of desires. Join us for a day of discussions, Q&A and lively workshops with other like-minded seekers. Guided by Zohar, an experience Kabbalah instructor with Bnei Barach. Please bring a lunch. Tara Retreat, 6603 Oak Hill Dr, Richmond. RSVP: 815-728-1050. 2nd Anniversary Open House: Halo Laser & Aesthetic Medicine – 11am-3pm. Raffles every hour, live demos, special pricing on services and products, wine and appetizers. 281 Waukegan Rd, 2nd Fl of Teddie Kossof Salon, Northfield. For more info & to schedule a complimentary consultation:  847-260-7300 or GMOs – 3pm. What are they? Why and how do we need to avoid them? Love donation. Purple Sprout Cafe, 341 E Dundee Rd, Wheeling. Register: 224-223-7133.

SUNDAY, MARCH 19 How to Survive as a Spiritual Entrepreneur Webinar – 2-3:30pm. Ready to build a profitable spiritual business you love? Need to know how to make money with your spiritual gifts? I am going to break it down for you so you can ditch the expensive hobby and create a life you want to live and a business that supports it. Free. More info:



Support Group – 4-5pm. Alzheimer’s Special Care Unit. The Springs of Vernon Hills, 350 S Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills. RSVP: 847-634-9300.


Spring Equinox

Start of Farm Worker’s Awareness Week


Norouz (Persian New Year) World Poetry Day Changing the Prescription: A Functional Medicine Approach to Anxiety and Depression – 7pm. Wanted: people suffering with depression and anxiety. Are you tired of all the pills? Are you tired of the denial of your feelings? Are you tired of fatigue, brain fog, and lack of motivation? Are you tired of the weight gain, bloated feelings, and not enjoying anything? Imagine your life without depression and/or anxiety. With Laurie Goldman, MD, a 20+ year practicing psychiatrist, national, author, spirited speaker. Clear Path Wellness, 1655 N Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights. To register: 847-686-6666. Saving Waterfowl Habitat: Ducks Unlimited at Work – 7pm. Since its founding in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has helped conserve over 13.6 million acres of wetland habitat, including 46,000 acres in Illinois. Regional director Kyle Stefancin will explain how DU became the world’s largest private waterfowl and wetland conservation organization, how it prioritizes and funds its work, and current efforts like its $2 billion Rescue Our Wetlands campaign. Free. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park. For more info & complete schedule, Rena Cohen: 847-831-0331. How to Survive as a Spiritual Entrepreneur Webinar – 8-9:30pm. Ready to build a profitable spiritual business you love? Need to know how to make money with your spiritual gifts? I am going to break it down for you so you can ditch the expensive hobby and create a life you want to live and a business that supports it. Free. More info:

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22 World Water Day

Natural Skin Care: Inside and Out – 6:30-8pm. Herbs, honey and other natural ingredients make excellent toners and scrubs. At this talk, Kathleen Wildwood will share with you how to make these simple preparations. Also learn how to nourish yourself from the inside to create healthy glowing skin. $22/nonmembers, $17/Olbrich members. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave, Madison. WI. To register: Free Shiatsu Intro – 7-8:30pm. 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.

THURSDAY, MARCH 23 3 Ways Your Child’s Self-Confidence Could Use a Boost & How to Do It – Facebook Live training. To register, Hinman Holistic Health: HinmanHolistic.

Neuropathy Treatment Breakthroughs: Free Seminar – 10am. Non-surgical, drug-free treatment for peripheral neuropathy. Learn: what really causes peripheral neuropathy; the dangers of medications; how to stop nerve damage before the effects are irreversible; how our revolutionary protocol provides outstanding results for sufferers of peripheral neuropathy. With Kim Martin, DC. North Shore Health Solutions Ltd, 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook. RSVP: 847-715-9060. Loving-Kindness and Mindfulness: An Introduction to Buddhist Meditation Day Retreat – 10am4pm. An introduction to Buddhist Meditation through experience, working particularly from the early Pali texts, but informed by several lineages. Geared toward the novice, but its process will also satisfy and enrich those with an established meditation practice. Led by Rev. Christopher Trent (Archarya Visuddhi). Please bring a lunch. $65. Tara Retreat, 6603 Oak Hill Dr, Richmond. RSVP: 815728-1050. Elderberry Gummies Workshop – 1-2pm. Learn about the immune boost from elderberries combined with the gut benefits of gelatin delivered through the healthy and delicious way of gummies. $10. Sugar Beet Food Co-op, 812 Madison St, Oak Park. RSVP: 708-948-7656 or Marketing@SugarBeet.Coop. Lucid Dreaming and Dream Yoga for Spiritual Enlightenment – 2-6pm. Steven Hanauer teaches how to become a lucid dreamer, how to consciously wake up in your dreams, and how to consciously utilize the dream state for greater inner healing, spiritual awakening and communicating with our higher self. Private sessions for in-depth healing and heart awakening on Mar 26, 2-6pm, by appt, $70/hr. $65, $55/A.R.E. member. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6536.

SUNDAY, MARCH 26 Private Sessions for Reflexology, Ear Coning, Crystal Energy Layouts & Akashic Record Angel Card Reading – A.R.E. Team members Audrey and Janel are accepting appointments for this afternoon as well as other dates mutually agreed upon. $35/25-min private session. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6536. Free Intuition Workshop – 9:30-10:30am. Learn to “Follow your Heart.” Learn how you are effected by other peoples’ energy and how to protect yourself. Then, 11am-1pm, EFT & Bemer Technology, $20. Learn about and actually experience EFT, the gentle tapping therapy for emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen. Experience 8-min PEMF (Bio-Electronic-Magnetic Energy) therapy sessions. FDA approved, now free sessions, normally $35. Great health benefits. Money back guarantee. Soderworld Wellness Center, 16 W 501 Nielson Ln, Willowbrook. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634.

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Food Swap – 2-3pm. Come share home-made or home-grown goodies with fellow foodies. Bring items to swap with other attendees. Free. Sugar Beet Food Co-op, 812 Madison St, Oak Park. RSVP:  708-948-7656 or Marketing@SugarBeet.Coop. Vegan Supper Club: I’m Irish, You Know What to Do – 6:30pm. Purple Sprout Café and Juice Bar is proud to offer the first ever in the North Shore plantbased, organic and conscious Supper Club Series. Once a month, we gather for a private community dining event, each time with a different theme. This month featuring vegan and raw vegan tapas-style courses representing a variety of delicious traditional Irish specialty dishes. Dishes are plant-based and guided by a fusion of macrobiotic, ayurvedic and raw food principles, exploring and mastering the bounty of produce and grain that is available within our reach. As an additional treat, instructors Karim and Irina Raimbekov will guide event attendees through Celtic self-healing techniques. $40. Purple Sprout Cafe, 341 E Dundee Rd, Wheeling. Register: 224-223-7133.


Ganåhdoha Buds on Trees Moon Music of Mystical Moments – 7-8:30pm. An evening of musical reflection sharing songs and mantras, including new compositions by singer, composer, and activist Kathy Sherman. $15. The Well Spirituality Center, 1515 W Ogden Ave, LaGrange Park. 708-482-5048.






A New Path to Health for Body and Soul – 7:30-9pm. “There is no incurable” (Bruno Groening). Speaker: Marlene Ganyonga, MD, Germany. Admission free; donations appreciated. The Dance Building, 1330 Webford Ave, Des Plaines. 773-775-8855.

Chicago IANDS – 2-5pm. Support/study/resource forum for near-death, out-of-body and spiritual experiences, losses. Guest Speaker: Vincent Genna, “The Real Deal” World-renown Psychic Medium and Spiritual Teacher. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847-251-5758.



Chavez Day

Introduction Session for Spring Hypnotherapy Certification Course – 10am-12pm. Offered by Funda Kahn, this course offers NGH certification in hypnosis, plus fundamentals of EFT, NLP and Huna Philosophy. Northbrook location. For details: 847-971-1221 or A New Path to Health for Body and Soul – 1-2:30pm. “There is no incurable” (Bruno Groening). Speaker: Marlene Ganyonga, MD, Germany. Admission free; donations appreciated. Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago. 773-775-8855. A New Path to Health for Body and Soul – 7-8:30pm. “There is no incurable” (Bruno Groening). Speaker: Marlene Ganyonga, MD, Germany. Admission free; donations appreciated. Park Forest Village Hall, Lower Level, Rm 1, 350 Victory Dr, Park Forest. 773-775-8855.

Social Media Marketing Workshop – Learn how to spread awareness about your business or endeavor through various social media. $25. Purple Sprout Cafe, 341 E Dundee Rd, Wheeling. Register: 224-223-7133.

Organic Seed & Seedling Sale – 10am-4pm. Rain or shine. Enjoy our first garden open house of 2017. Garden tours and talks on the hour; organic food and product give-aways; organic teaching garden. 1104 Ridge Rd, Highland Park. 847-561-1302.



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THURSDAY, MARCH 30 Smooth Over the Pre-School Morning Routine with These 3 Simple Tricks – Facebook Live training. To register, Hinman Holistic Health: Facebook. com/HinmanHolistic. How to Survive as a Spiritual Entrepreneur Webinar – 8-9:30pm. Ready to build a profitable spiritual business you love? Need to know how to make money with your spiritual gifts? I am going to break it down for you so you can ditch the expensive hobby and create a life you want to live and a business that supports it. Free. More info:

A New Path to Health for Body and Soul – 2:304pm. “There is no incurable” (Bruno Groening). Speaker: Marlene Ganyonga, MD, Germany. Admission free; donations appreciated. Eisenhower Public Library, 4613 N Oketo Ave, Harwood Heights. 773-775-8855.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5 Beginning Zen Shiatsu – Apr 5- June 7. Wednesdays, 11am-2pm or 7-10pm. 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.

The Adoption Process from A to Z – 7-9:15pm. Attorney Sally Wildman explores fundamentals of adopting a child and basic legal steps of this process. Highlights include different types of adoption, resources for initiating a search for an available child, and today’s trend of “openness.” Program open to public; preregistration necessary. Course #0462 under “PERSONAL ENRICHMENT” in the catalogue. $35/family. Community Education Township High School District 214, Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S Goebbert Rd, Arlington Heights. Registration closes Apr 17: 847-718-7700 or

SUNDAY, APRIL 30 Pioneer of the New Paradigm: A Tribute to the Work of Ervin Laszlo – 12-5pm. Join us for an incredibly unique opportunity to experience the exploration of the new paradigm with Ervin Laszlo and a lineup of the world’s top evolutionary leaders. Sponsored by Greenheart. $40/online, $50/ at door. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago. More info & to register:

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

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Northshore Artisan Market – Thru May. 10am2pm. 1st & 3rd Sun; 2nd & 4th Sun in Apr. Pastured meat and eggs, craft food, bread, fish, cheese, artisanal desserts, produce and flowers. Indoor market. The Barn at Paulus Park, 200 S Rand Rd, Lake Zurich.

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daily all month $60 Body Exfoliation – Thru Mar. Body exfoliation is a reviving treatment that returns a youthful glow, as the entire body is exfoliated to buff away dead skin cells with a blend of our special exfoliating products. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $60 Swedish Massage with Cannabis Oil for Pain Relief – Thru Mar. Experience the classic form of full-body soft tissue massage, excellent for first-time clients. With the use of cannabis oil, intense pain in muscles and joints will be relieved. Add $10 for deep tissue. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $80 Digestive System Check with Dr. Arutcheva – Thru Mar. Did you know that 80% of all diseases begin in the digestive tract? The health of our digestive system is a reflection of overall health. It is very important to have your digestive system under control, because your health depends on what you eat, how you digest food, how you absorb and eliminate waste and toxins. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $99 Swedish Massage & Manicure/Pedicure – Thru Mar. Enjoy the classic form of a full-body soft tissue massage. Package also includes Antalee’s classic manicure and pedicure. Add $10 for deep tissue. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $149.99 90-min Swedish Massage & Eminence Spring Refreshing Facial – Thru Mar. Experience the classic form of full-body soft tissue massage. Also enjoy a great pick me up just in time for the spring season with our Eminence Spring Refreshing Facial. Includes skin analysis, cleanse, skin polish, masque & hydration. Add $5 for deep tissue. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Complimentary Anti-Aging Consultation and Skin Analysis – With Dr. Promila Banerjee. Learn about the new revolutionary Scition® Dual Wavelength, the most advanced FDA-approved hybrid laser along with Broadband Light. Zero downtime. Halo Laser & Aesthetic Medicine, Waukegan Rd, Northfield. 847-260-7300. Free Communication, Cognition or Swallowing Screening – 7-10pm. By appt Mon-Fri during the 2nd week of each month. For all persons 18 and over. Your skills quickly assessed by a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. Payne Wellness Center, 830 E Higgins, Ste 111Z, Schaumburg.  847-275-8517.

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

Logan Square Indoor Farmers’ Market – Thru Mar 26. 10am-3pm. Hosts approximately 20 farmers from within 150 miles of Chicago, offering seasonal produce and humanely pasture-raised livestock. Held at the old Pierre’s Bakery, 2755 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago. Yoga for Strength and Silence – 12-1:30pm. Enjoy a rejuvenating hatha class closed with restorative poses and guided meditation. Align body and mind for the days ahead. $10. Urban Escape Healing, 1049 N Ashland Ave, Chicago. 312-547-9247. Ecstatic Dance – 1-3pm. Gather in our sacred space, set intention, move, dance, sweat, let go, energize. It’s a fun free-form workout meditation. $15 or class pass. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. 847-475-1500.



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

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


Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470.


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. Bioregional Herbalism Series – 9:30am-3:30pm. 4th Sun. Registration open, begins Apr 30, 2017. Reconnect with the wisdom of our ancestors who relied on plants for nourishment, healing injuries, preventing disease and curing illness. Each course includes lecture, discussion, hands-on practice with harvesting and making remedies, weed walks to meet plants in their homes and time to cultivate and reconnect with nature’s wisdom. $495/6 mos. The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville. 630-425-4285. Sunday Celebration Service – 10am. Bodhi exists to awaken individuals to live their inherent power and purpose. Through unconditional love, creativity and conscious community, they reveal Oneness in service to the community of Chicago and beyond. Join us on Sundays to connect. Free. Bodhi Spiritual Center, Vittum Theater, 1012 N Noble St, Chicago. 773-248-5683.

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

tuesday Beginning Mat Pilates – 10-11am. Amanda Kantor, Certified Pilates Instructor, leads a beginning level mat Pilates exercise class. Limited enrollment. $100/4 wks. re:fit, 901 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. For more info & appt: 847-657-0881.

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Community Acupuncture – 1-2pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Plant Clinic Hours – 2-4pm. Held year round. Gardening or houseplant questions? Our horticulturist can help. Bring in photos or a sample of your plant for identification or disease diagnostics. Complimentary houseplant potting service available, for a suggested donation. You provide the plant and pot and we provide the soil and expertise. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St, Oak Park. 708-725-2400. Shiatsu Student Clinic – 7 or 8pm. Clients receive a 45-min session from an advanced Zen Shiatsu student. Sessions are performed in a group setting with instructor observation. $35/45-min or $90/3 treatments. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130. Tai Chi Class – 8:15pm. See Sat listing. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929.

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

thursday Community Acupuncture – 1-2pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Mindfulness Meditation – 5-6pm. We all know we need to slow down. We all know we need to relieve stress. The question is: “How?” Mindfulness is the how. Mindfulness Meditation gives us the tools to implement lifestyle changes that we all know we need to do. In this class you will learn basic meditation skills and how to implement them in your daily life. Beginners welcome. Donation. Clear Path Wellness, 1655 N Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights. To register: 847-686-6666.

Create Health Everyday – 7pm. 3rd Thurs. Looking for new approaches to live naturally in the modern world? Need support in making healthier choices? Want to share your ideas about what works? Then Creating Health Everyday is for you. Creating health is a not a single choice, but an everyday process with each choice contributing to the result. To make it easier, join us as we support each other in our journey to better health using natural medicine. Share your ideas and learn new information in a supportive group setting. Free. World Tree Natural Medicine, 17W703 Butterfield Rd, Ste F, Oakbrook Terrace. 630-359-5522. Oneness Meditation – 7:30-9pm. With Laura Jachim. The Oneness Meditation is a transference of Divine conscious energy. Love offering. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000.

friday Stretch Fridays – 10am-5pm. Chain Reflex® Stretch Therapy can help you. Whether you sit at a desk all day, play sports, or are a weekend warrior these activities can often lead to unwanted stiffness, joint pain or cause injuries due to a lack of mobility and flexibility. Stretching benefits: reduce pain especially in lower back and neck; improve flexibility and mobility; reduce risk of injuries; release endorphins which are natural pain suppressants; decrease stress and muscle soreness. 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste S5, Northbrook. For an appt: 847-272-3700. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Mindfulness & Wellness: Managing Stress, Creating Health, Encouraging Balance – 1:15-2:30pm. With Archana Lal-Tabak, MD, and Jim Lal-Tabak. Learn about the mind-body connection and a variety of mindfulness exercises. Experience natural stress reduction strategies and tools. Each class is selfcontained and a new wellness-educational topic and mindfulness technique presented every week. Scholarships and work study available. Drop-ins welcome. $108/4 sessions, $30/drop-in. Heart of Transformation Wellness Institute, 1618 Orrington Ave, Ste 206, Evanston. RSVP: 847-425-9355, 

saturday Join the Centennial Volunteers – Sat & Sun. Be a part of forest and river revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore 7 special sites along the Chicago and Calumet Rivers. To find a group, Ilana Federman:  312-356-9990 or Dates & locations:

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

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. ~Martin Luther King, Jr. 56



MARNY TURVILL, MD Evanston 60201 847-644-8540

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

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

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


Wm Thor Conner, ND, LMT Kristina Conner, ND, MSOM 17W703-F Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook Terrace 630-359-5522 Acupuncture is an effective, noninvasive therapy; when combined with naturopathic medicine, there is almost nothing that can’t be addressed. Dr. Kristina Conner has more than a decade of experience healing patients and improving lives.


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


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

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


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



ALLERGY RELIEF CALANDRA ACUPUNCTURE 2015 S Arlington Hts Rd, Ste 111 Arlington Hts 60005 312-515-9492

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

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

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

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



Tim Marshall, Hypnosis/NLP Trainer 25 E Washington • 233 E Erie 312-854-2270



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

Logan Square location 773-413-0749

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

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.

It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life. ~Elizabeth Kenny natural awakenings

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Christian Life Coach for Middle Aged Moms with Peace, Joy and You  630-677-2649 Hi, I’m Gina Sannasardo, and I am a Christian life coach that helps middle-aged moms that are feeling stuck, lost, exhausted and can’t see the plan God created for them. After working with me, my clients feel excited about life again, passionate about their life purpose and have peace and joy in their daily living. 


ENERGY HEALING NORS AT NOWSTUDIO.CO Logan Square location 773-413-0749

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


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

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

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


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


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



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


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

Enlightened Balance is a Spiritual Boutique, Rock Shop and Chakra Spa hosting a monthly Psychic Holistic Fair and Artist Trunk Show. Upcoming dates: Mar 11-12, Apr 8-9, May 13-14, June 10-11, July 8-9, Aug 12-13, Sept 9-10, Oct 14-15, Nov 11-12, Dec 9-10.


Healthyon Institute 2700 Patriot Blvd, Ste 250, Glenview 60026 847-656-5824, 847-232-9932 Dr. Tutunikov focuses on managing complex chronic diseases through personalized application of functional medicine. Her specialties include nutrigenomics, genetics, bio-identical hormones and environmental and sports medicine. Also nutrition, infertility, obesity, diabetes, thyroid, cardio-vascular diseases, autoimmunity, GI disturbances, headaches, anxiety, depression, holistic pain management. Offering advanced metabolic testing and detoxification as well as Osteopathy.


2400 Ravine Way, Suite 400, Glenview 60025 847-998-5100 Stay healthy with a whole-body, preventative care approach. We use non-fluoridated ozonated water, periodontal herbal treatments, and gluten-free herbal paste. Restorative options include: safe amalgam removal, BPA-free fillings and sealants, non-metal crowns and bridges, sleep apnea and TMJ appliances, and non-acrylic night guards, partials and dentures. Our conservative approach includes: digital X-rays and intraoral camera, non-surgical gum therapies including laser and ozone, and herbal irrigation. Material reactivity testing, saliva pH and microscopic plaque analysis are available. Our natural approach includes dental homeopathy, craniosacral therapy, and nutritional counseling. Dental discount plan available and PPO insurance plans accepted. See ad on page 26.


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

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


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

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



North Shore Health Solutions LTD 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-715-9060


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

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

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


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

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

Healthy eyes, “Look Great, See Great and Feel Great!” We help get you there by providing a highly personalized eye examination with a holistic approach. In addition to glasses and contacts, we offer medical eye care and a Dry Eye Treatment Center. All ages welcome. Insurance accepted. See ad on page 29.

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Are your hands or feet burning? Do you have numbness or tingling or pain? Problems sleeping? Are you having regular bowel movements or digestion problems? Previously diagnosed with a Neuropathy condition? Did you know that these issues can all be related? See ad on page 11.

HOLISTIC SERVICES RE:FIT-RESTORING AND ENHANCING THROUGH FITNESS AND INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES Loribeth Cohen, PT Studio Director Mimi Abrams, PT 910 Waukegan Rd, Glenview 60025 847-657-0881 •

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

WHOLE LIFE CHIROPRACTIC Christopher Codina, DC 2500 W Higgins Rd, Ste 420 Hoffman Estates 60169

Constantly foam rolling or taking meds to get through the day, just for it to come back? Learn how something that is easily treated and commonly found in the body may be the reason for your pain. Schedule your free consultation today to learn more. Conveniently located and insurance accepted.


Illinois Center for Progressive Medicine 1002 W Lake St, Chicago 60607 312-243-3338 • Dr. LeRoy has 20 years of experience in collaborating with his patients to determine why they are not well. He specializes in investigative work that includes a detailed discussion, examination and laboratory testing, then creates an integrative treatment plan that often includes diet and nutrition changes, acupuncture, chiropractic and other lifestyle modifications. Dr. LeRoy is best known for breast thermography, HPV treatment and GI problems. See ad on page 41.

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

Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa offers energy work everyday by appointment or walk-in. Call or check out our website for today’s offerings.

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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


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




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

At Unity Northwest Church 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines 60016 847-299-6535 • Full-service bookstore, Cayce remedies, spiritual growth study groups, monthly programs, workshops and holistic fairs, intuitive skills development training, knowledgeable seekers, intuitives, healers and more. Call for hours. See ad on page 19.

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.



1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-831-8828 • Offering more than 200 Courses for Life in personal, professional and spiritual growth and development. Infinity Family Fun Fair for ages three and older. Fun hands-on games, March 11. Check Out Your Intuition workshop, March 12. Call or email for a free course guide. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental. See ad on page 7.



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

Specialists in treatment of complex and treatment-resistant neuropsychiatric disorders and chronic pain conditions for all ages. We offer a distinctive, thorough approach to patient evaluation, with proven cutting-edge treatments including BrainSPECT functional imaging and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, with the Chicago area’s only multi-person hyperbaric chamber. See ad on page 13.



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


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

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


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

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

Enlightened Balance is a Spiritual Boutique, Rock Shop and Chakra Spa offering daily readings and energy work by appointment or walk-in.

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 6.

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



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

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

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


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

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

Dr. Nicole E. Williams, MD, FACOG 1147 S Wabash Ave, Ste 200, Chicago 60605 312-929-9191 Imagine something different when you come to your gynecologist’s office: examination space feels “personal,” staff members listen, office hours are convenient. We offer an environment that promotes healing and advanced office diagnostics paired with integrative techniques such as Acupuncture and pelvic floor physical therapy. We listen. We care. See ad on page 21.


Lisa Seaman, LAc, FABORM 1147 S Wabash Ave, Ste 200, Chicago 60605 312-929-9191 Experience integrative gynecology with Lisa, a licensed acupuncturist, board certified with the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine, and Functional Medicine expert, specializing in hormone balance, pain relief and weight management. Find support for fertility issues, pregnancy/birth/postpartum, painful periods, PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids and menopause. We listen. We care. See ad on page 21.

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March 2017 Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine  

Chicago's greenest and healthiest magazine!

March 2017 Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine  

Chicago's greenest and healthiest magazine!