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Yoga Therapeutics: Neck & Shoulders Maximum health of the shoulders and neck can be achieved by a variety of poses of which change the alignment of the head and trunk.

“Swami Beyondananda” MAY 12, 19 & 26 • 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Mantra - Self Awareness and Thought FormsSPECIAL 3-part series available Kriya-U and join us for three companion classes to practice the techniques offered in the seminar

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An Evening of Cosmic Comedy Join the fun as the “turban-powered” Swami Beyondananda creates a field of hearty laughter and inspired celebration.

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Maturing A Meditation Practice Series Part 3. THOUGHT: Monkey Mind. Empty Mind. Errr?! Each workshop, or series, includes teachings, techniques, and practice-time designed to advance your meditation practice to the next level.

MAY 20 • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Info Session: Hatha Yoga Teacher Training If you are thinking about becoming a yoga teacher or want to deepen your practice of yoga come and learn about our HYTT program.

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Kim Schwartz MAY 26 • 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm Join us for a meditative evening of chant and instrumental music featuring temple musicians and special guest Kim Schwartz.



Weekend Workshop with Kim Schwartz: Backbends This workshop will explore these valuable asanas from the very beginning through the muscles and bones as well as the breath and organs.

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ach year, I anticipate the calm, sunny mornings in May when I can finally have the windows open and wake to the sounds of spring birdsong. There’s something so magical about stepping out the door and being enveloped by the layered sounds of countless birds singing their spring songs.

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May is the busiest month of spring migration and the time for the glorious chorus at dawn and then again just before dusk. As the month unfolds, all of our familiar summer birds will be back, the avian winter guests will head to their summer homes and we’ll be treated to the trills of the colorful warblers and other songbirds as they pass through the Chicago area on their way north. Whether you live in the city, suburbs or a more rural area, nature’s chorus is to be savored.

As the transitional month between our winter and summer activities, May’s calendar can fill up quickly. Suddenly everything seems to be happening at once, and often on the same evening or weekend. As we rush to get it all done and our stress builds, it’s not always easy to stay in the moment and notice the wonders of spring. This month in Natural Awakenings, as we celebrate May with a focus on women’s wellness, the evolution of personalized health care and natural health solutions, we’ve also included some ideas for living a little more in the present. In our Wise Words department, Linda Sechrist talks with motivational speaker Lisa Nichols about her energizing, holistic approach to finding balance and creating an abundant life. Local writer and life strategist Sheree Nathanson offers us tips to stay grounded and present as the school year ends. For the foodies among us, Janie Maxwell presents a recipe to appreciate the May flavors of garlic scapes and asparagus. And, if you’re looking to plan a quick summer getaway, Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko explore the local and sustainable food community in Door County, Wisconsin. Before summer is upon us, I encourage you to take in all the wonders that May has to offer. Take a walk in the rain, stop to admire the flowers and grasses, sit in the sun and savor this amazing month. Roll down the window to feel the warm breeze. And, of course, find a few May mornings to rise a little early, pour your morning beverage and step outside to greet the birds. Here’s to a glorious and healthful May!

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Results 360 Business Summit a Must for All Businesspersons


he Dynamic Professional Women’s Network will partner with Crain’s Chicago Business, the Better Business Bureau and others at the Results 360 Business Summit from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 4, at the Holiday Inn Chicago West, in Itasca. This gender-equal, content-rich event is designed to provide entrepreneurs and small business professionals a complete lineup of strategies, resources, insights and connections to up-level their careers and lives. The Dynamic Professional Women’s Network is an industry-exclusive networking organization designed to help women create partnerships. Special guest Lynn O’Dowd will be joined by keynote speakers Mary Kay National Sales Director Emeritus Jeanie Martin, and Jay Fiset on Running Successful Masterminds. There will be breakout sessions and exhibitors providing valuable information on a variety of topics to help participants dream big, set goals, take action and get results. Just a few of the breakout speakers include Belinda Pruyne, from the Business Innovation Group; Scott Hansen, business strategist and bestselling author; and Maureen Wozniak, with the Better Business Bureau. This life-changing event is not to be missed. Location: 860 W. Irving Park Rd., Itasca, IL. For tickets and more information, visit Also visit See ad on page 17.

Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards Enters Second Season


or gardeners in Chicago, 2017 was a good year. That’s because a group of horticultural and environmental groups decided that it was time to recognize all of the good that gardeners do for their city, and got together to create the Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards (CEGA). Yes, there had been citywide gardening awards in Chicago in the past. In fact, there was a more than 50-year history of acknowledging gardeners for their hard work, but that ended inexplicably in 2011. Last year, that great tradition was revived, as 46 different gardens from 26 different wards were recognized in a ceremony at the Chicago Cultural Center for the way they create beautiful, vibrant, sustainable and socially just communities. The 2018 gardening season is off to a slow, cold start, but CEGA has hit the ground running. Its new website,, is already accepting entries for this year’s competition and will continue to do so through June 20. In addition to last year’s garden types—ornamental, vegetable, container, specialized and community gardens—this year’s awards will also include urban farms. CEGA is presented by The Mike Nowak Show, University of Illinois Extension: Cook County, Natural Awakenings Chicago magazine, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago Flower & Garden Show, Chicago Community Gardeners Association, Chicago Park District, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, GreenMark Public Relations and media sponsor Chicagoland Gardening Magazine. The competition is open to residents of the City of Chicago. For more information and to enter, visit To become a judge or a sponsor, or for more information, contact Mike Nowak at or Peggy Malecki at See ad on page 43. 8


Toward the Expansion of Fair Trade


Magnificent Mile of Fair Trade, the largest World Fair Trade Day event in the U.S., hosted by Chicago Fair Trade, the largest grassroots fair trade coalition in the country, will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 11. Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago will serve as the hub, and the event will continue along Michigan Avenue to the Shops at North Bridge. Chicago Fair Trade Executive Director Katherine Bissell Cordova notes the event celebrates the achievements of Chicagoans in ethical and sustainable business practices. Events include a guerrilla fair trade fashion show along Michigan Avenue, fair trade pop-ups, workshops, panel discussions, fair trade food and coffee giveaways and a live radio broadcast with Jerome McDonnell of WBEZ. The fashion show will be joined by students from Whitney M. Young Magnet School, supporting fair trade and ethical fashion. The pop-up markets include 40 locally owned fair trade businesses. Admission is free. Church location: 126 E. Chestnut St. For more information, visit Potential volunteers can email

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Chicago IANDS Celebrates 20 Years


he 20th anniversary of the Chicago International Association for NearDeath Studies (IANDS) will be celebrated from 2 to 5p.m., May 12, at the Frank Auditorium, in the NorthShore Evanston Hospital, with great food, a party atmosphere and a special near-death speaker, Robin Landsong, who was abducted at age 8 and taken to Rhodesia. There will Robin Landsong also be some bookstore specials. Diane Willis had a near-death experience in the spring of 1995 and was told that she was to help people lose their fear of death, but wasn’t told how to do that. After her experience, she was connected with her guides on the other side, and they began instructing her on what to do to start Chicago IANDS. Admission is a requested donation of $20. Location: Frank Auditorium in Evanston Hospital NorthShore University HealthSystem, 2650 Ridge and Central, Evanston. Free covered parking. For more information, call 847-251-5758 or visit See ad on page 37.

A Salty Treat for a Sweet Lady


reat Mom to the gift of good health at North Shore Salt Therapy. For Mother’s Day, moms can experience both a free salt therapy session on May 14 or 15 and a free salt therapy session with any salt lamp purchase throughout the month. They provide the right microclimate to benefit from the magic of salt therapy, also called halotherapy. This holistic method recreates the microclimate of a salt cave. Dry salt aerosol is dispersed into a room where the walls and floor are also covered with layers of salt. A negative ion and antibacterial environment is thus created by the layering of salt on the walls and floor. The dry salt aerosol is a key factor in the relief of symptoms for many health problems, including respiratory and skin conditions. Today, halotherapy is provided throughout Europe, Australia, the UK, Canada and the U.S. as a natural aid to complete relaxation. Conditions that may benefit from halotherapy include allergies, asthma, breathing difficulties/chest tightness, bronchitis/chronic bronchitis, cold/flu prevention, COPD, ear infections, eczema, hay fever, psoriasis, rhinitis, sinusitis/sinus inflammation, smoker’s cough, snoring/sleep apnea, stress and fatigue and wheezing. Location: 1282 Old Skokie Rd., Highland Park. For appointments and more information, call 847-780-8200 or visit See ad on page 17. 10


Infinity Foundation 21st Annual Anniversary Gala


upport and celebrate the Infinity Foundation community at a vital fundraising evening event, It’s All Divine, on May 18 (admission $100). A practitioners’ fair and silent auction from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. precedes an elegant dinner at 8 p.m. 2018 Spirit Award recipient Michael Bernard Beckwith, who is the originator of the Life Visioning Process and founder of The Agape International Spiritual Center, will be the keynote speaker. Michael Bernard Beckwith Then, a daylong workshop ($135, lunch not included) will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 19, with Beckwith. Participants will be inspired by his teachings, guided meditations, dynamic prayers, visioning and reflective experientials. They will discover spiritual insights and seize the opportunity to embrace high vibrations and energetically shapeshift thoughts and feelings. Location for both: Ravinia Green Country Club, 1200 Saunders Rd., Riverwoods. For registration and more information, visit See ad on page 25 and in the Community Resource Guide.

Nature’s Night Out Benefits Ecology Center


he Evanston Environmental Association (EEA) is holding its primary annual fundraiser, Nature’s Night Out, from 7 to 10:30 p.m., May 18. Previously known as the Evanston Green Ball, the event has a new venue—the Evanston Ecology Center—with new attractive pricing, deals for younger and older guests, new cool eco raffle prizes, tours of the Evanston Ecology Center apiary (beehives), a more casual party atmosphere and more. Tasty offerings from the best local food and craft beer providers are included in the price of admission. Wine will be available for $5 per cup. Nature’s Night Out is co-presented with the city of Evanston, and proceeds will go to support the programs of the Evanston Ecology Center. Location: 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston. For more information and tickets, visit See ad on page 25.

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Free Webinar on Creating a Will


indy K. Campbell, Attorney at Law, will present a webinar, Estate Planning 101, at noon on May 30 with information on creating wills and other basic estate planning documents. The purpose is to help people that still need to create or modify their wills or other estate planning documents, but are hesitant and/or Cindy K. Campbell need more information. Topics include creating a will, naming guardians, a living trust and whether it is a right fit, and citing other estate planning documents that might be beneficial. Campbell is a family attorney with offices in Naperville and Chicago who focuses on estate planning, guardianships and collaborative family law and mediation. Call the Law Offices of Cindy K. Campbell at 866-566-9494 or visit for GoToWebinar instructions. See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

Herbal Conference in Wisconsin


he seventh annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference, to be held June 1 to 3 in Almond, Wisconsin, will include transformation and plant medicine as women from all over the world gather to rekindle the wild within or deepen their knowledge of plants. Participants will walk away from this time together in the woods feeling more empowered and inspired. This year’s featured speakers include Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, Isla Burgess, MSc, Dip PE, and Dr. Jody Noe, along with a wide spectrum of knowledgeable and inspiring instructors. There will be more than 65 workshops and plant walks, kids’ camp, as well as teen herbal camps, red tent space, fire circles, singing circles, delicious locally sourced farm to table meals and more. Tieraona Low Dog For more information including location or to register, visit

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Celebrating Latina Culture


he Windy City will celebrate its diverse and broad cultural appeal from June 1 through 3 at Gourmet Mexico and the Chicago Latina Expo. Gourmet Mexico will feature top chefs from the different regions of Mexico on June 1. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Chicago’s largest Latina Lifestyle Expo will take place June 2 and 3 at the UIC Forum, featuring seminars, workshops, a culinary oasis, a marketplace and more. Complimentary screenings, exams, vision, bone density testing, Zumba, Zen meditation and healthy cooking classes with some of most renowned chefs from Latin American and Chicago are included. The Expo will also feature fitness workshops, health and wellness vendors, fashion and beauty vendors as well as guidance on empowerment, careers, technology, beauty, health and wellness, cooking, travel and more. Founder Cesar Rolón states, “Latinas are outpacing Latino males in their educational pursuits and career development, are overwhelmingly the decision-makers in household spending, have surpassed the proportion of non-Hispanic white families with children, and through their youth and increased incomes, have become an attractive consumer segment who is being actively courted by marketers.” Location: 725 W. Roosevelt Rd. For more information, visit and ChicagoLatinaExpo. com. See ad on page 11.

Body Mind Spirit Expo in Tinley Park


he Body Mind Spirit Expo will share a weekend of shining insights and life-affirming wisdom from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., June 2, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 3, at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Visitors can enjoy more than 80 exhibitors offering the latest in natural health, personal growth and metaphysics. Among more than 50 authors, psychics, mediums, channels and healers are reiki master Brendan McCaw and sprit messengers Kim Moore and Cynthia Rose McCaw. Other speakers include Sandy Wilcox, Yasmine Ariel and Halsey Snow, Ph.D. Attendees can choose from aura photos, relaxing massage, quality nutritional supplements and natural healing products or have their future revealed and connect with lost loved ones. All areas of New Thought from ancient healing traditions to New Age technology are represented. Cost: $14 for the weekend. Free parking. Location: 18451 Convention Center Dr., Tinley Park, IL. For advance tickets and $1 off coupon, visit See ad on page 3.

Neighborhood Supported Organics


he Organic Food Club offers a wide selection of organic vegetables, microgreens and sprouts. Everything is grown either in Highland Park by Ed Kugler in the Organic Teaching Garden, or in Lake Zurich by Robert Boyce, at Natural Environments, USDA Certified Organic gardens and greenhouses. Members only purchase what they can afford or need at a minimum 10 percent less than at a farmers’ market. Growing space for a personal choice of seeds or seedlings is included on a schedule coordinated to achieve the customer’s goal of enjoying the freshest local produce. On Mondays, a weekly outlook of available veggies is available. On Tuesdays, or by special arrangement, there’s an Open House available for members to learn and/ or volunteer. On Wednesdays, they are at the Ravinia Farmers’ Market from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday is the proposed harvesting and pickup day—or delivery for an additional fee. On Saturdays, they are at the Deerfield Farmers’ Market from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Home installation and maintenance of an organically grown garden or entire landscape can be created and maintained by Boyce. Annual membership cost: $50. For more information, visit and See ad on page 37.

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Avoid the Springtime Frizzies



his is the time of year when Organic Roots Eco Salon starts getting calls about their safe keratin treatments and the world’s first professional organic hair color line made with biodynamic, fair trade ingredients and pure essential oils for all hair types. Customers may choose from 95 permanent, ammonia-free shades. Magic Sleek and Cezanne treatments are formaldehyde-free and nontoxic, with no down time. Clients can tie up and shampoo the same day. Magic Sleek is long-lasting and customizable, eliminating frizz, but keeping curls or getting rid of curls entirely, with absolutely no formaldehyde or any ingredients that turn into it when heat is applied. Some Brazilian straightening treatments are dangerous, but Magic Sleek leaves hair in fabulous condition. Owner Lori Goldstein says, “We had a client call because Magic Sleek and Cezanne (the other keratin we carry) are the only two her doctor said are safe, even during pregnancy. Have no fear of spring showers or summer humidity. We can take care of that!” Location: 3417 Dempster St., Skokie. For appointments, call 847-423-2653 or book online at See ad on page 23.

Aligned Modern Health Keeps Expanding


yan Dorough, DC, has joined the functional medicine and clinical nutrition practice at Aligned Modern Health. He will be seeing patients at the South Loop and West Loop clinic locations. Dorough is a graduate of National University of Health Sciences. He obtained his degree in human biology at Michigan State University. Dorough has been practicing since 2009, with the last Ryan Dorough, DC seven years in the north suburbs of Chicago focusing on functional, physical and regenerative medicine. He specializes in functional medicine and focuses on patient education. His goal is to help patients to achieve their goals as simply and naturally as possible. Aligned Modern Health is an evidenced-based, integrative healthcare provider offering chiropractic physical medicine, acupuncture, functional medicine and clinical nutrition, and massage therapy at 11 locations throughout Chicago and surrounding areas. For locations, hours, appointments and more information, call 773-598-4387 or visit See ad on page 13.

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ligned Modern Health, Chicago’s premier destination for evidenced-based, integrative health care, has opened its second suburban location, at 710 Deerfield Road, in Deerfield. As the company expands its reach, Aligned Modern Health Aligned Modern Health team maintains 11 locations throughmembers at Deerfield Location out downtown Chicago and surrounding areas. With a strong commitment to quality care and the overall customer experience, they are focused on helping more people live pain-free, while getting to the root cause of their health concerns with evidenced-based, non-invasive health care. Its physicians provide the highest standard of evidence-based care with an integrated approach through chiropractic physical medicine, acupuncture, functional nutrition and massage therapy. Aligned Modern Health works with the most qualified chiropractors in Chicago, acupuncturists that hold a master’s degree or doctorate in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and functional nutrition doctors that specialize in modern laboratory testing and diagnostic techniques to correct fundamental imbalances and treat chronic disease.

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Women’s Health, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine teaches acupuncture, massage and herbology at campuses in San Diego, New York and Chicago, including a new doctoral program. For more information, call 866-276-0717 or visit See ad on page 15.



In a survey of 171 midlife American women, more than 80 percent reported using complementary and alternative medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine researchers discovered. The most common choice was herbal teas, followed by women’s vitamins, flaxseed, glucosamine and soy supplements. Only 34 percent of the non-Hispanic white women and 14 percent of the Hispanic women discussed it with their doctors.


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Young Women Outdo Male Peers in Oxygen Uptake Young women process oxygen about 30 percent faster and more efficiently than men when they begin exercising, according to a new study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. The ability to extract oxygen from the blood is an important fitness marker, which the researchers tested by having 18 young men and women exercise on treadmills. The women’s superior results indicate they are naturally less prone to muscle fatigue and poor performance. “The findings are contrary to the popular assumption that men’s bodies are more naturally athletic,” observes lead author Thomas Beltrame, Ph.D. Previous research had found that older men and male children tend to have faster oxygen uptake than women.

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More Americans are turning to Chinese medicine to find symptomatic relief and long-term healing, while Western medical facilities are incorporating these therapies at unprecedented rates. In October 2016, Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, gave a keynote address at the International Conference on the Modernization of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Singapore, addressing its contribution to sustainable development. She pointed to the ability of TCM to help reduce the burden on health services, while also giving people more control over what is done to their bodies. Acupuncture and TCM can particularly help women to live balanced and empowered lives. It encourages blood to flow more freely, often alleviating menstrual issues and symptoms of endometriosis and helping regulate cycles, cramps, headaches and other pains often associated with menstruation. This regulation can in turn help with fertility and, once pregnant, acupuncture can relieve the lower back and pelvic discomfort associated with pregnancy. After delivery, many women find acupuncture treatments essential for rebuilding their qi (life force energy) and blood, increasing milk supply and dealing with postpartum depression. Later in life, TCM can treat menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, heart palpitations and insomnia.

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Discover the Benefits of Salt Therapy Therapeutic Dry Salt Therapy (Halotherapy) is a holistic, natural and complementary way to improve overall wellness and help relieve symptoms of many respiratory and skin conditions—including asthma, cough, sinusitis, COPD, bronchitis, allergies, eczema, psoriasis and more.

Moms receive a FREE salt therapy session, May 14 or 15. Also, purchase any salt lamp by May 31 and receive a FREE salt therapy session.

Benefits of Salt Therapy include:

• Cleanses pollen and toxins from sinuses and airways • Reduces bronchial inflammation and congestion • Relieves irritated skin conditions • Opens nasal passages to promote better sleep

Come relax in our adult salt room, or play along with your family in the Kid’s salt room.


For appointments and more info: call 847-780-8200 or visit 1282 Old Skokie Road, Highland Park

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A new study published in the journal Ecosphere confirms that in urban streams, persistent pharmaceutical pollution can cause aquatic microbial communities to become resistant to drugs. Researchers evaluated the presence of pharmaceuticals, including painkillers, stimulants, antihistamines and antibiotics, in four streams in Baltimore, Maryland. Then they measured the microbial response to drug exposure. Selected study sites represented a gradient of development from suburban to urban. Emma Rosi, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and lead author on the study, explains, “Wastewater treatment facilities are not equipped to remove many pharmaceutical compounds. We were interested in how stream microorganisms, which perform key ecosystem services like removing nutrients and breaking down leaf litter, respond to pharmaceutical pollution. When we expose streams to pharmaceutical pollution, we are unwittingly altering their microbial communities, yet little is known about what this means for ecological function and water quality.”

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Recycled Plastic Transforms into Prosthetics The emerging technology of three-dimensional (3-D) printing can benefit the world in many ways. Re:Purpose for Good, in Australia, creates robotically 3-D printed prosthetic devices from recycled plastic and e-waste. It’s difficult to customize prosthetics, so more invasive surgery is often needed to make standard sizes fit the patient. Other companies produce 3-D printed prosthetic hands and arms, but Re:Purpose for Good customizes both hands and feet at a much lower cost. The company’s robotics and prosthetics engineer Gerardo Montoya, who had been working on 3-D printing prosthetics for children in Mexico, merged the idea with a desire to do something about the 8 million tons of plastic entering the oceans. Along with plastic waste, they also use e-waste such as discarded smartphones that have all the circuitry and microprocessors needed for advanced features. The company even plans to teach their prosthetic-making process to children as part of their science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum, so they can learn 3-D printing skills. They’re making it open source so more people can get involved without patent restrictions.


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e live in a world of instant care in which we want our skin care to work and to last,” says Smita Kishore, president and co-founder with her husband, of Simply Smita, a Chicago-based skincare line that uses organic ingredients. But to make them last, most manufacturers rely on chemicals to stabilize products and increase their shelf life. Those chemicals, she notes, are not only unnecessary, but harmful. “Would you be willing to eat a spoon of your product?” Kishore often asks customers that are considering her products. Comparing skin care applications to

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e know it’s coming, yet we still get caught in the feeling of overwhelm at the end of the school year. Too many things are going on at once—sporting events, dance and music recitals, Memorial Day celebrations, graduations and preparing for camp or vacation. Sometimes there are also events for outof-town family and friends that have been invited to attend, and may be staying in our homes. With all the deadlines and hurry, it’s important to find ways to stay grounded and be more peaceful throughout the day. First and foremost, remember that everything is going to work out fine, and we’ll come through with flying colors. This knowledge can be reassuring, especially if this is our first end of school year experience. Here are some ways we can come through it feeling not only like we’ve just survived, but that we have thrived and enjoyed the season. 24


Say No to Anything Extra

When asked if we want to do something additional during these few weeks, even if it sounds like fun, pause before answering and think about how it makes our body feel. Notice whether there’s a gut feeling that it might be too much to deal with or if it feels good. That will help to make a conscious decision that will support us in moving through those weeks in peace. Consciousness is key. Women often want to be there for everyone else, and we automatically say yes to a lot of things. It’s important to take care of ourselves at all times, but especially during busy times. Keep practicing at pausing before responding to requests. We’re usually the one orchestrating events, and as the conductor, it’s up to us to take charge and make some breathing room for our family. Being organized and preparing as much as possible in advance

A person that becomes overwhelmed easily might tend to shut down when there are too many things to do. Being in the moment is a practice that can definitely help. It’s actually our thoughts about all the things we have to do that makes us feel stressed, not actually doing them. Just by paying attention to what we have to do right now in this moment can be freeing. We can only do one thing at a time, so take a deep breath and send out the invitations for that upcoming graduation party. Don’t think of everything else on the list at the same time, We can only focus on what is needed in this moment, even if it’s for a future event.

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During the last 25 years, a less drug-based grassroots model for dealing with chronic illnesses in the U.S. has emerged. First labeled holistic, the movement gained momentum as alternative approaches morphed into being considered complementary to conventional medicine, warranting studies by the National Institutes of Health. Responding to public interest, an integrative model of care that focuses on the whole person has taken root in medical institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio. The latest evolution to a systemsoriented, patient-focused clinical model of functional medicine, which seeks to address causes of illness, rather than simply treat symptoms, has been garnering increasing interest by the public and pioneering medical professionals. It’s now maturing into personalized functional medicine.

One of the best-prepared, traditionally trained medical professionals in explaining this approach is Jeffrey S. Bland, Ph.D., recognized as the father of functional medicine, and author of The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life. He co-founded, with his wife, Susan, the Institute for Functional Medicine, in Washington, which provides a system geared to understanding the complexity of chronic illness and design individualized programs for more effective healing. “Medical science didn’t have the advanced technology 25 years ago to perform the research that now helps us better understand the complexity of chronic illness, as well as our present ecological view of the body. Today we’re examining how all the networks of our biology intersect in a



dynamic process that creates health when in balance or disease when out of balance,” attests Bland, whose career has focused on searching for a unifying principle behind all healing that can be used to discern the best possible therapy for specific individuals. Incorporating what he learned from Linus Pauling, Ph.D., two-time Nobel Prize laureate, and Lee Hood, M.D., Ph.D., as well as systems biology and practicing lifestyle medicine, Bland founded the nonprofit Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute ( in 2012. Seeking to transform the entire medical approach to chronic illness, the Seattle-based organization is a virtual and onsite hub for health professionals, researchers, educators and the public to share ideas and converse about how personalized functional medicine can be delivered to everyone as an improved standard of care.

Role of Genetics The National Human Genome Research Institute, in Bethesda, Maryland, maintains that an evolved approach to medicine starts with using an individual’s genetic profile to determine the best path to preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases. By 2003, scientists had delivered the first essentially complete sequence and map of all the genes in the human body. Three decades ago, the medical fraternity had few reliable explanations for the origins of chronic health issues. Today, accepted factors include predispositions for a specific disease related to an individual’s genome, along with contemporary epigenetic influences such as nutrition, environment and lifestyle. None of these elements, however, necessarily define our destiny. “This genomic personalized medicine approach is creating friends among all healing arts practitioners because it facilitates our using information to design a less-toxic environment, lifestyle, diet and treatment to meet an individual’s specific needs and particular circumstances that led to a disease,” says Bland. “Diseases are only names assigned to a collection of symptoms,” says Bland. “They don’t indicate how the individual became afflicted. If 10 patients with Type 2

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ur minds are very powerful, and we can we direct our intention to make nourishing change, assist sick animals or persons or improve agricultural crop yields. However, most of us are not using our full capabilities to manifest positive effects in the world. The United States Psychotronics Association (USPA) is a nonprofit organization for education and research on the frontiers of science, exploring consciousness, energy and practical applications in the physical realm. Originally, psychotronics referred to the Greek terms for mind (psycho) operating devices (tron) with thought and connected with parapsychology in 1960s Czechoslovakia. Early researchers built psychotronic generators—sacred geometrical forms composed of pyramids and cones—along with crystals, copper coils and other materials. These devices yielded various effects depending upon the operator and also demonstrated positive effects on people, animals, plants and processes. Today, these interests are more broadly based. The USPA investigates and applies science and technology to interactions of mind, matter, spirit, consciousness and the underlying forces of life and nature. Psychotronics challenges the dominant scientific worldview because it deals with the power of consciousness to interact directly with the physical world, which is not

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Lack of Awareness

“A patient that dabbles in holistic medicine for minor health issues such as indigestion, headache or insomnia often turns to conventional methods after receiving a serious diagnosis such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer because they are scared,” observes holistic physician Dr. Wendy Warner, medical director of Medicine in Balance, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The co-author of Boosting Your Immunity for Dummies suggests that relatively few people turn to natural solutions for both preventive and therapeutic measures because they’re unaware they exist. Integrative oncologists and endocrinologists that are aware of the benefits of natural complementary methods are scarce. Relatively few conventional doctors are educated in functional medicine. “Yet complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage and some essential oils can support the immune system and help an individual deal with stress experienced from coping with their illness,” says Warner.

Rob Wergin, an experienced energy medicine practitioner, speaks from experience regarding clients that consult him for lifethreatening diagnoses. “When I see them, they’re desperate and have exhausted all conventional methods. I’m their lastditch effort,” remarks Wergin. The most frequent reason he hears is, “My family, friends and doctor told me not to waste my money on charlatans.” “People find it challenging to put faith in natural methods and are nervous about going against a doctor’s advice until they feel or see positive results; even these may not provide sufficient motivation to continue with alternative treatments,” he says. “I believe this is the result of the influence of pharmaceutical ads promising results, the medical community’s belief in proof solely through clinical trials, websites like and well-meaning friends insisting that the conventional route is the only way to go. It’s sad to see the gravity of these influences pulling clients back into solely believing in the Western model of medicine,” says Wergin. Ann Lee, a doctor of naturopathy, acupuncturist and founder of the Health for Life Clinic, Inc., in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, notes, “This mindset continues to get reinforced by insurance companies that do not cover alternatives. Paying out of pocket for medical expenses also influences a patient’s choices.” Kelly Noonan-Gores and Adam Schomer, director and producer, respectively, of the documentary film HEAL, suggest that unconscious conditioning plays the biggest role in an individual’s choices. “We are deeply conditioned to view medical specialists and prestigious medical institutions as the ones with all the answers. Sometimes they do and sometimes they



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don’t,” says Noonan-Gores, who intends to have her film awaken viewers to the possibilities of alternative paths of healing. As just one other example noted in the film, thousands have used the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), tapping on their body to help release the trauma and stress often associated with illness.

Resistance to Change

“The conventional medical community wants to maintain the model in which they have heavily invested centuries of time, energy and money. Patients that investigate integrative and complementary medicine may resist hearing that in order to get well, they might need to change their worldview and lifestyle, take a leave of absence from their job, develop a spiritual practice, exercise or maybe even leave a toxic relationship,” says Schomer. “Conventional medicine says take this pill and keep living your life the same way,” says Schomer. “We are not demonizing doctors, pharmaceuticals or the medical system. We simply believe that individuals are more empowered to heal when they take control of their health.” Eva Lee, a resident of Los Angeles featured in the documentary, suffers from a rare and unpredictable form of blistering skin inflammation. “I’ve tested negative for faulty genes and all sorts of rare viruses and bacteria, which helped point me towards holistic methods. So far, following the directives of Dr. Mark Emerson, a chiropractor specializing in nutrition, in Maui, Hawaii, who I met while filming, has helped my body become healthier and deal with inflammation levels that rapidly reduced as soon as I detoxed and eliminated meat and dairy from my diet,” says Lee. Still, it’s hard for her to accept that her condition could be due to the type of stress and suppressed emotions that Anthony William explores in his book Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal.

“Before, I wasn’t familiar with EFT, which I continue to use and benefit from. However, despite everything I’ve learned, I can’t give up on all Western medicine, put my faith in alternatives and let my intuition and faith guide me to healing. It’s easier to be skeptical than to have faith,” Lee says.

Quiet Role Models

Sheila Tucker, a resident of Navarre, Florida, has been a registered nurse for 20 years, practicing in hospital settings such as critical care, emergency and administration. “I know and understand doctors, surgeries and pharmaceutical treatments and hospitals,” says Tucker, who recalls that throughout her life she was taught to believe in a system that suddenly stopped working for her. “In 2014, I was dying from a rare autoimmune condition, requiring fulltime care, and planning my funeral. Doctors had tried everything, yet my health continued to decline. When I saw a friend’s Facebook posts about her use of essential oils, I was curious, but reluctant to reach out, and didn’t want anyone to know that I called her for advice,” recalls Tucker. “Shortly after my friend arrived with her oils, my husband came home with our daughter, who had strep throat and a fever. She made us promise to use selected oils through the night and prayed with us.” Tucker attributes the miracle of her daughter’s turnaround the next morning to shifting her paradigm and opening her up to believing in the healing power of essential oils. Thanks to her friend and role model, Tucker learned how to use therapeuticgrade oils, supplements and a healthy diet to cleanse her body of the heavy toxic load accumulated from several years of expensive drug treatments. Today, she is a healthy and enthusiastic advocate, and her personal results opened the eyes of her physician to the point where she also shifted her own philosophy of healing. Tucker now offers educational classes in her office and online through her

website that reaches hundreds of individuals worldwide. She advises, “Reach out to people that you see are having positive results with a different healing system than yours. Ask them to show, help and teach you. I’ve seen many people restored to health by using methods that science is only beginning to understand.”

It’s a Marathon

“Outside of any dominant paradigm, it’s easier to cast suspicion than to make curious inquiry and, over time, working within a dominant worldview creates polarity, the antithesis of ‘wholism’. An inclusive approach integrates all medical and complementary approaches, as well as interaction with the natural world,” says Patrick Hanaway, a family physician and founder of Family to Family Medicine, in Asheville, North Carolina. Hanaway, the former director of medical education for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the first medical director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, explains, “Doctors have a rigorous job filled with responsibility. Change is difficult and investigating vastly different ways of practicing medicine requires a degree of curiosity and openness. I am heartened by thought leaders and heads of top medical schools who are presently opening up to functional medicine, natural medicine and complementary approaches.” “The paradigm shift we are ushering in has been 50 years in the making,” assesses Hanaway. “Some medical professionals are immersed in a polar view of right and wrong, offering personal attacks and disparaging comments to maintain control of the dialogue. This is not appreciated by patients who look to the doctor as a teacher—the Latin docere means to teach. “The movement to change medicine and the cultural paradigm of healing is a marathon, not a sprint, and those of us involved are prepared to stay the course.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at May 2018


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that gives you a sense isa Nichols, the keynote speaker for the of fulfillment. Having Celebrate Your Life abundance requires event, from June 8 through you to have a life built 11 at the Westin Lombard on a solid foundation, Yorktown Center, is a popversus quicksand. This ular motivational speaker starts with examining and media personality. As all areas of your life. an entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Motivating Why is celebratthe Masses, Inc., her global ing micro wins platform has served over important to 30 million people. From achieving goals? a struggling single mom Celebrations are a way on public assistance to the of saying, “I’m proud of CEO of a multi-million myself for this accomdollar company, Nichols’ Lisa Nichols plishment.” What gets courage and determination has helped celebrated gets repeated. Energy grows myriad audiences and individuals to break where energy goes. Micro wins are a result through and discover their untapped of micro steps. Thinking about climbing a talents and infinite potential. mountain can be overwhelming until you break it down into bite-sized chunks and begin with one mile at a time. Before you What is your holistic realize it, you’ve reached 4,000 feet above perception of abundance? sea level and the top is no longer out of A holistic perception of abundance is reach. based on harmony in all areas of life. Bal By celebrating small wins, you create ance as we know it is a myth. Harmony is the energy to inspire you to produce even a must. Holistically, while you can choose more results. Plus, when you celebrate to have it all, you have to start by definyour wins, you send out positive, emoing what abundance is. What does it look tionally charged energy to the universe, like? Decide what kind of relationships which will reward you with other accomwill bring you joy. Are you surrounded by plishments that can also be celebrated. “Rocket Booster” friends; friends who celebrate you, love you and encourage you? It’s also about being joyful in whatever you’re doing and having time to be creative in whatever your role. It’s being clear on who you are spiritually and financially, as well as knowing what is it 34


What does it mean to fail forward? Failing forward is identifying the three things that you did well in any scenario and the two areas that you can improve

upon the next time you take on the challenge. In implementing the two areas of improvement each time you fail, you will keep getting better and better. In my company, we say, “The bigger the breakdown, the bigger the breakthrough.”

What part does self-worth play in this time of #MeToo? Self-worth is the act of knowing your value and the mindset of knowing your value. The role that self-worth has in this time of #MeToo is connected to discovering that we are worthy of speaking your truth out loud without being judged. It’s about finding our voice and using it. It’s about recognizing that we all have the right to have healthy boundaries, and that when they are crossed, we have the right to speak up—ideally that we speak up in the present tense, recognizing that in some cases you don’t find your voice until later.

Why are so many books written today about finding purpose? It’s my strong belief that it is a basic human nature to want to bring value to those that we are around. When you are living in your purpose, your presence brings joy and value to those that share your space. Our basic need is for human connection and our basic desire is to be loved and appreciated. Each of those things are elevated and exalted to a whole new level when we are living, standing and operating in our purpose.

Why should we stop asking permission and start giving notice? It’s important to understand that we ask permission in many different ways. The most obvious is the direct request for permission. Frequently, we have a dream, idea or desire that we discuss with person after person, checking on their temperature about our dream. When they aren’t thrilled about it, we tend to lose a little bit of our joy and excitement.

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ransitioning through menopause and the years of perimenopausal hormone fluctuation leading up to the finale can be physically and emotionally challenging for many women. Consistently following a healthy diet and positive lifestyle are important, and health researchers, doctors and midlife women can attest to the multidimensional benefits of exercise. Perks may include reduction of menopausal discomfort, better brain function, stronger bones and reversal of estrogen dominance syndrome that can set the stage for fibroids, cystic breasts, cancer, migraines and weight gain.

Get Moving

Studies of 3,500 women in South and Central America have shown that a more active life reduces hot flashes and night sweats. The results, published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, reveal that sedentary individuals often experience increased intensity of related symptoms like insomnia and irritability. Aerobic exercise such as regular walking, hiking, swimming or biking might also help the brain produce neurochemicals that are compromised when estrogen levels drop. Sue Markovitch, author and owner of Clear Rock Fitness, in Columbus, Ohio, recommends aerobic exercise. “I believe our bodies were made to move. One of the amazing gifts of fitness is it’s truly never too late. When we incorporate daily movement in our lives, all the other systems in the body will work more according to plan. Simply taking a daily walk helps balance brain chemistry,” says Markovitch, who specializes in improving fitness levels for women over 40. “Walking is fitness magic, whether it’s on a treadmill, outside or in the pool. Get your heart rate into an aerobic zone, preferably for 30 to 45 minutes. I’ve heard testimony 36


after testimony of improved sleep, less back or joint pain and better mood.” She also suggests adding a few weekly sessions of resistance training to daily walks. Most health professionals agree that balance is the key. Jeanne D. Andrus, a menopause expert and author of I Just Want to Be ME Again, in Covington, Louisiana, recommends cardio, resistance training and exercise that increases flexibility and core strength. “For a beginner, this may include two to four days of walking, one to three days of strength training and one to three days of yoga or Pilates, with the goal being three and a half hours of activity per week.” Of course, all of these need to be at appropriate levels for the woman’s condition and goals,” advises Andrus. According to studies led by Helen Jones, Ph.D., from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, three, 30-to-45-minute aerobic sessions a week reduced hot flashes and yielded the most significant results.

Go Easy

While some conventional approaches suggest vigorous exercise, many holistic professionals caution against extremes. “It’s important to individualize, and in my ongoing research it’s clear that the high-intensity strength and sculpting approach so often promoted and perceived as necessary to maintain shape, weight and health is a myth,” says Dr. Eden Fromberg, an obstetrician, gynecologist and founder of Holistic Gynecology New York, in Manhattan. Instead, Fromberg recommends an integrated approach to exercise that supports connective tissue and joints. While some forms of exercise including yoga are perceived as gentler than others, she warns against an all-or-nothing strategy, noting, “Intense, deep stretching and joint-straining may cause injury more easily during hormonal transition.” Andrus concurs, “If high cortisol levels are involved and accompanied by insomnia, stress placed on the body by rigorous exercise will increase these levels and actually lower available energy.” She also advises adopting a non-aggressive approach for osteoporosis. “Weight-bearing exercise is a must, but if bone loss is already present, start much more gradually to ensure that bones are protected.”

Lighten Up

Exercise can be more enjoyable than doing chores. Recreational activities such as dancing, biking or hopping on the swings at the playground are fun ways to do something good for both body and spirit. Menopause can be a time for personal expansion and an invitation for self-care that might have been neglected or postponed. Fromberg believes we can all revitalize our resources at any stage of life, and the years surrounding menopause call for us to tune into ourselves even more. “What seems like a disruption is an opportunity to listen deeply and reimagine and reorganize one’s life on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at


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Discover the Flavors of Door County by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko

Explore New Cuisine

“We wanted to create something here that showcases the amazing farmers and food artisans on Door County and the range of ingredients we can source locally,” shares Sarah Holmes, one of the owners of Trixie’s (, in Ephraim. You’ll find fun culinary mashups on Trixie’s menu, too. Sure, local whitefish pops up on menus throughout Door County, and of course you’ll want to take in a classic fish boil. But Trixie’s mixes things up with a ceviche whitefish infused with a southwest twist, including roasted peppers, fresh lime and pickled jalapeños, topped with a scallion cilantro vinaigrette alongside tortilla chips. Try their miso ramen with chashu pork belly, pickled mushrooms and soy marinated egg for an Asian treat. You’re in America’s Dairyland, so of course you need some cheese. But at 38


Stock the Pantry

Trixie’s, you can satisfy your cheese fix by taking it up a notch with saganaki made with Wisconsin kasseri, or sample their house-made burrata with confit tomatoes and gremolata vinaigrette. An extensive and well-vetted wine list showcases the restaurant’s commitment to organic and biodynamic growing methods, and also features women-run wineries to support the growing movement of female vintners. If you’re craving more classic Wiscon-

Bring a cooler, as you’ll want to collect your own Door County ingredients to take back over the border. For cheeses, start with Renard’s Cheese ( with shops in Sturgeon Bay and Algoma. The Renard family has been making cheese on Door County since 1961 and offers classics from cheddar to muenster, along with flavored spreadable cheese. Best find: Cheddar cherry, Renard’s award-winning cheddar infused with classic Door County flavor. At Door County Creamery ( in Sister Bay, you can meet the newer generation of cheesemakers, Jesse and Rachael Johnson, who craft a variety of goat cheese along with gelato. Stop by the Creamery shop in town for your provisions. Be sure to check out their Farm Lunch Tour, which includes a personal, behind-the-scenes tour of the goat farm just a few miles outside of town, with plenty of Instagram-worthy photo ops with goats along with an on-farm cheese tasting. The tour wraps up back at the café for lunch where you can feast on their Chevre Torte, made with their fresh chevre, along with basil pesto, olive tapenade, tomato confit and topped with arugula. Visit Seaquist Orchards Farm Market ( outside Sister Bay for your Door County fruit fix. The Seaquist family raises a variety of fruits,

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nyone craving a foodie road trip out of the city and into the countryside, but without the butter burgers and fries, can find their destination in Wisconsin’s Door County. Explore a budding local food scene that will tempt the most discerning of palates, from house-made burrata cheese to classic locallygrown cherries, now showing up in a craft cocktail. Sure, Chicagoans are well-versed with Door County as a family summer travel destination. It’s been that way for generations, and for good reason. You’ll still find that fabulous slice of cherry pie and quintessential Wisconsin supper clubs. However, a flock of new eateries, adeptly guided by food artisans, have propelled the peninsula’s foodie scene to one of refreshing diversity, paired with a commitment to local farms and sustainability.

sin fare through a local food lens, check out Wickman House (, in Ellison Bay. A sister restaurant to Trixie’s and located on a century-old farm estate, the menu roots in classics like seasonal fried green tomatoes and roasted-to-juicyperfection organic chicken from Waseda Farm. A large garden plot out back inspires seasonal specials alongside working with a local network of more than a dozen area farmers, cheesemakers and fishmongers. You might see owner Mike Holmes, husband of Sarah, behind the bar, wearing a bow tie and hand-shaking cocktails from his curated drink menu of 45 options, including the Uptown, a “Wisconsin meets tropical cross-pollination,” in which he blends pineapple and sparkling rose with maple syrup made from the trees tapped outside.

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including apples, pears, and the Montmorency Tart cherry, the ones you typically see in cherry pie filling. “These cherries pack some great health benefits, including a natural melatonin which can help you sleep better,” explains Kristin Seaquist, who manages the farm market. Fortunately, you’ll find cherries in every form at this bustling shop, from frozen to dried to juices to dark-chocolate-covered treats. Greens N Grains (Greens-N-Grains. com) is Door County’s natural food store, offering a well-curated small grocery, along with a café featuring vegetarian, gluten-free and raw specialties. Pick up homemade hummus wraps for your picnic and treat yourself to a refreshing smoothie or freshpressed organic juice. Island Orchard Cider ( produces hard ciders with fruit grown on their farm on Washington Island. It’s the perfect rocky limestone soil and climate for French and American cider apples used to create these dry, crisp and complex hard ciders as they

have in Normandy for generations. Try the tart and refreshing Brut Apple Cider. Even the lodging in Door County can help you stock your pantry; that is, if these treats last to make it home. At Gustave’s Getaway (, a lovingly restored 1887 log cabin on an 80-acre farmstead, owner Annie Miller greets you at check-in with her homemade kringle, pecan rolls or other fresh treats made in her on-farm bakery. You can also stock up on her cherry preserves and hand-cut traditional sauerkraut to take home.

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Alongside this growing local food movement in Door County, you’ll find a strong commitment to sustainability and stewarding this scenic natural landscape. Take your electric car for a spin on this road trip; there are charging stations throughout the peninsula. Door County has led the state in initiating places to plug in since 2014. Even Door County classic destinations embrace the green mission. A must-do on

Pickled-Cherry and Cranberry One garlic clove, finely chopped 
 ⅓ cup olive oil [need symbol] Salad Think beyond the pie; Door County cherries make a flavorful addition to this tangy salad that’s easy to take to the office for a healthy lunch.

Salad 2 large beets 
 2 Tbsp olive oil 
 ½ cup dried cherries and/or cranberries 
 ¼ tsp ground fennel 
 ¼ cup red-wine vinegar 
 ¼ cup sugar 
 6 cups mixed spring greens or artisan lettuces 
 6 oz bleu cheese or goat cheese 
 Thin slices of raw, shaved beets for added decoration (optional)

Cherry Port Vinaigrette

Salt and white pepper to taste

Salad: Prepare beets by preheating the oven to 350 F. Place beets on a large piece of foil and drizzle with the olive oil. Cover tightly with foil and roast until tender, about 1.5 hours. A paring knife should easily go through the beets when they are done. When the beets are cool enough to work with, place them under cold water the remove the skins. You may need to use a paring knife to assist you with this. Cut into thin slices. (If the beets are large enough, you can use a mandolin to do this.) To prepare the cherries and/or cranberries, combine in a saucepan with the sugar, ¾ cup water, ¼ cup red wine vinegar and fennel. Bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and let stand for 30 minutes. Drain and use immediately or place them covered in the refrigerator until ready to use.

½ cup Door County cherry juice (in the fall you can use apple cider) 
 2 Tbsp port or red wine 
 1 Tbsp honey 
 3 to 4 Tbsp white wine or champagne vinegar
 To serve, toss the greens with the cher½ tsp Dijon mustard 

everyone’s Door County itinerary is a stop at Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant and Butik ( in Sister Bay to both see the infamous goats grazing on the grass-filled roof and dine on Swedish pancakes with lingonberry sauce. Al Johnson’s is also a certified member of Travel Green Wisconsin, a distinction earned by championing green practices such as serving organic lingonberries and using a green sod roof that provides high insulation value. Add in 300 miles of shoreline, five state parks and 11 lighthouses, all on a 70-mile peninsula where you can watch a sunrise and a sunset over the water without leaving the county. Door County is the closest spot to another world outside the city, just over four hours north of Chicago. Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko are the authors of Farmstead Chef, Homemade for Sale, and Soil Sisters. They run Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B, in Wisconsin. For more information, call 608-329-7056 or visit See ad on page 41. ries/cranberries and some of the dressing. Divide the sliced beets among 6 plates. Top the beets with some of the salad mixture. Finally, garnish with some crumbled cheese. Decorate with thin slices of shaved beets if available. Cherry Port Vinaigrette: This will make more vinaigrette then needed. You can split the recipe in half or refrigerate the extra for later use. Place the cherry juice, port and honey in a small sauce pot. On low heat, simmer until reduced to a syrup. Be careful, because this mixture can reduce fairly quickly. Let cool. Place the reduction in a bowl and add the white wine vinegar and Dijon mustard. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Season with salt and white pepper as needed. If the dressing seems to tart, add a bit more oil. If not tart enough, add a little more white wine vinegar. Recipe courtesy of Terri Milligan ( May 2018




DIY Versions Add Zest and Nutrients by Judith Fertig


hile not essential to every dish or meal, condiments provide extra flavoring, final flourishes and added enjoyment to any dish. Such meal accompaniments range from vinegars to spreads and sauces, finishing spice mixtures and natural salts. America’s previous king of condiments was ketchup. Today, according to a 2017 poll from, it stands behind mayonnaise and mustard with soy and hot sauce rounding out the top five (generic product ranking at Top20Condiments). We often take familiar condiments for granted, yet a look at their ingredients can be startling. Many prominently include processed corn syrup and other sugars, sodium, gluten, monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial flavors and unpronounceable preservatives, according to Dana Angelo White, a registered dietitian in Fairfield, Connecticut. Homemade versions of condiments provide a happy alternative. They not

only taste great, but can be good for us. “Certain condiments add more to your meals than flavor—some actually improve your health,” says White. The potassium in homemade mustard is good for the digestive system through stimulating the flow of saliva, suggests a study in the Indian Journal of Medical Research. Homemade ketchup made with small cooked tomatoes is rich in lycopene, a nutrient that protects heart health, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. White’s fresh-made “THE Green Sauce,” full of vitamin-rich avocado and cilantro, is replete with antioxidants (

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More Exotic Condiments Pomegranate Molasses

Sweet and tart pomegranate molasses can be used like vinegar in salad dressings, as a marinade ingredient or as syrup over pancakes and waffles. Angela Buchanan, aka Angela Cooks, a professor at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, who blogs at, follows the Whole30 program, which bars sugar. Because she also likes Middle-Eastern food, Buchanan experimented and created her recipe for Pomegranate Molasses without added sugar (

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sugar, agave nectar, coconut nectar/syrup, brown rice syrup, cane juice and cane crystals, vinegar, “spices” that is likely code for MSG, water and refined salt. All of this makes ketchup addicting,” she says. “While you could pay for pricey organic ketchup and condiments that come without added sugars, you can save money by spending five minutes in the kitchen to make your own.” Find a recipe at Tinyurl. com/HealthyKetchupRecipe.

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cayenne pepper spice mix, even a movie snack can be healthy. “Spirulina is one of the most potent of all superfoods. Available in a powder form, it’s a blue-green algae that provides protein, B vitamins and iron. It’s used as a natural energizer, digestive aid and detoxifier,” says Tara Milhern, a holistic health coach in New York City. She also likes it sprinkled on baked potatoes or vegetables as a finishing flavor. See Without preservatives, homemade healthy condiments don’t last as long as commercial versions. McClees advises, “I store mine in a glass mason jar for one week in the fridge. I choose a half-pint-size jar, since the less empty space there is at the top of the jar, the longer it keeps.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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“This sauce is a salad dressing, dipping sauce or sandwich spread,” says nutrition expert Dana Angelo White. “After tasting it, you’ll be putting it on everything.” Yields: about 2 cups

Plant-Based Ranch Dressing “Ranch dressing can be dairy-free and made with tofu, making it plant-based and oil-free,” says Kim Campbell. Yields: about 2 cups 2 lb tofu, about 2 (14-oz) packages 1½ Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped ¾ cup onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic 3 Tbsp distilled white vinegar 2 Tbsp agave syrup 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp nutritional yeast 1 tsp dry mustard ¼ tsp paprika ½ tsp celery seeds 1 Tbsp dried chives ¾ cup filtered water Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Courtesy of Kim Campbell, from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at

1 avocado, peeled and seeded Juice of 2 limes 2 cups fresh cilantro (leaves and stems) 1 jalapeno pepper 2 Tbsp white vinegar 1 Tbsp honey 1 tsp kosher salt ¼ white onion 1 cup filtered water Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. If mixture appears too thick, add a little more water. Courtesy of Registered Dietitian Dana Angelo White

Pomegranate Molasses

It takes about an hour to cook down, but homemade unsweetened pomegranate molasses is worth the time, advises Angela Cooks. Yields: 1 cup 32 oz unsweetened organic pomegranate juice Fill a saucepan with the juice and bring it to a low boil. Reduce the heat so the liquid will stay at a low boil, and let the juice cook down to a scant cup of thick, syrupy liquid. This takes about an hour; note that it will thicken more once it is cooled. Once arriving at a desired thickness while cooking, let it cool completely. Transfer the pomegranate molasses to a glass jar to store in the refrigerator where it will keep well for a few months. Courtesy of Angela Cooks, who blogs at

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Soba Noodle Salad Recipe with Garlic Scapes

Soba Noodle Salad

by Janie Maxwell

Roasted Asparagus: 1 lb roasted, fresh asparagus 1 to 2 Tbsp olive oil Kosher salt and pepper


ay in Illinois is full of possibilities. Temperatures are finally warming up, and spring planting is beginning. It is the time of year to be eagerly awaiting the new season of fresh produce. Farmers’ markets are starting to open for the summer season, but in May, fresh produce is just beginning. We can find asparagus in abundance, as well as garlic scapes, the stalks that grow from the garlic bulb. They are harvested before flowering, have a mild, garlicy taste and are a fun addition to any recipe. Use them like a chive or green onion. So, while we anticipate the coming season, try this Asian salad-inspired Soba Noodle Salad with a few of the currently available items. Soba noodles are made from buckwheat and are readily available at local markets.

Bring a pot of water to a full boil. Add soba noodles and cook until tender, according to package instructions. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold running water until chilled.

Yields: 6 servings

Salad: 10½ oz dried soba noodles 2 Tbsp soy sauce 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil ¼ cup fresh lemon juice, about 2 lemons 2 Tbsp sunflower or other vegetable oil 10½-inch knob fresh peeler ginger, grated 1 large English cucumber, ends trimmed, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced ¼ cup fresh garlic scapes, chopped 1 Tbsp sesame seeds Kosher salt Roast the asparagus. Place the trimmed asparagus on a cookie sheet, with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast in a 400 degree oven until the ends turn brown, about 10 minutes. Cool and cut into 1-inch, bite-size pieces.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, lemon juice, sunflower oil and ginger. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine soba noodles, asparagus, garlic scapes, cucumber and soy dressing. Toss well. Season with salt, add sesame seeds and serve. This recipe is inspired by Daniel Gritzer, of Serious Eats. Janie Maxwell, MS, RDN, LDN, is the executive director of the Illinois Farmers Market Association (ILFMA), which supports local food and food systems by giving Illinois farmers’ markets and producers access to resources, education and connections in order to grow healthier and economically vibrant communities. For more information, visit

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New buildings are LEED certified and shuttle buses are fueled by compressed natural gas. In 2010, a Climate Action Plan introduced green office practices, conversion to solar water heaters in National Park Service residences and increased composting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from internal operations by 30 percent by 2020. The park is unique in its composting program for mule waste.

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Eco-Upgrades for America’s Landmarks Monuments and Parks Adopt Sustainable Practices by Avery Mack


ore U.S. landmarks are now highlighting eco-friendly practices, demonstrating that history can be preserved while incorporating sustainability.

Space Needle, Seattle Built in 1962, the Space Needle is undergoing a $100 million makeover. The observation deck will soon feature improved views through glass instead of cage-like barriers. Restaurant patrons will enjoy a first-of-its-kind rotating glass floor. Other eco-updates and upgrades include improved accessibility, internal systems, materials, elevators, paint, and seismic protection along its legs. Because the flame at the needle’s top consumed enough gas to heat 125 homes, it was replaced in 2000 with a flagpole mast, a beacon for aviators. When the rehab is completed in June, the structure will qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification. 44


Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Alcatraz Island, California A pioneer in hybrid ferries, Alcatraz Cruises combines solar, wind and diesel power to transport visitors. Captured rain freshens park gardens and salt water flushes toilets. In 2013, solar energy produced what would have otherwise necessitated 31,900 gallons of fossil fuel and 325 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Iolani Palace, Honolulu Updated lighting units with a life expectancy of 25 years enhance the Iolani Palace facade and provide a 77 percent energy savings, partly through an “instant on” feature instead of powerup lights.

Using both passive and active solar energy, ground-source heat pumps, vegetated roofs and sustainable building materials, Walking Mountains is the first science center in Colorado to achieve LEED Platinum Certification, exceeding requirements. Collectively, three of its buildings use half the energy of an average school building. Straw bale construction in some building walls provides sound-deadening insulation suited to a dry climate.

Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis St. Louis’ CityArchRiver initiative raised a mile-long waterfront by 30 inches to reduce flood days by 67 percent without causing flooding downstream. “Spent grain donated by the neighboring AnheuserBusch Brewery fertilizes our 4,200 trees,” says Eric Moraczewski, executive director of the Gateway Arch National Park Foundation. In another innovation, “To aerate the soil without damaging historic relics, radishes were planted throughout the park, allowing rainwater to seep deeper,” he explains. “As radishes decay, nutrients are added to the soil.”

Liberty Bell, Philadelphia, and Ground Zero Museum, New York City “The area housing the Liberty Bell is limited. We installed our


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Statue of Liberty, New York City Cooking oils are repurposed as bio-diesel fuel here, annually diverting an average of 10 tons of waste from landfills. More than 6,000 pounds of coffee grounds from serving visitors and staff are composted. Lady Liberty has been 100 percent carbon neutral for 12 years.

South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston Since 2001, the Aquarium has recycled everything from cardboard and paper to wine corks and ink cartridges. Charleston Harbor water fills the saltwater fish tanks, and landscaping using less-thirsty native plants reduces freshwater use. While enjoying visits to America’s landmarks, it’s gratifying to realize so many are adopting eco-friendly measures. Connect with the freelance writer via

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Five Reasons to Love a Cat

They Bring Health and Happiness Home by Sandra Murphy


s beloved and compatible pets, indoor cats provide emotional, mental and physical benefits.


Time spent with cats is never wasted.

nature and make friends. At home, a cat’s hunting skill and human creativity ~Sigmund Freud can be tapped using do-ityourself treat dispensers and toys or inventive games.

Loneliness is never a problem with a cat around. “Cats need to be fed, have litter changed and be brushed,” says Lisa Bahar, a therapist and clinical counselor at Lisa Bahar Marriage and Family Therapy, in Newport Beach, California. “Being comforted by a cat helps with depression and isolation.” While at Indiana University Bloomington Media School, Jessica Gall Myrick, Ph.D., now associate professor at Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park, discovered watching cat videos isn’t just fun, but a way to feel more energetic and positive. With some 94 million YouTube tales of cat adventures online, there’s no lack of available mood boosters.

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Improved Health Talking to kitty can make a bad day better. A lap cat prompts enforced timeouts and excuses to nap. Petting reduces tension and stress. Aimee Gilbreath, executive director of the Michelson Found Animals Foundation, in Los Angeles, points to a study from Life Sciences Research Institute, in Pretoria, South Africa, showing, “Simply petting a cat can reduce stress-related cortisol, while increasing serotonin and oxytocin.” The Second National Health and Nutrition Examination Study Mortality Follow-up concluded that having a cat lowers risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) and cardiovascular disease including strokes, making cats a novel path to a healthier heart. When researchers reporting in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of

America measured the purring sound of domestic cat purrs, they discovered these resonate at 25 and 50 Hertz (Hz), the two low frequencies that best promote bone growth and fracture healing. Purrs also have a strong harmonic near 100 Hz, a level some orthopedic doctors and physical therapists use for ultrasound therapy. A child under a year old living with a cat is only half as likely to develop allergies to pets, ragweed, grass and dust mites, much as inoculations guard against disease and boost immune systems. The study, published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy, followed children from infancy to age 18. French researchers discovered autistic children age 5 and older that had a cat were more willing to share, offer comfort to others and show empathy. Sharing cat responsibilities tightened family bonds. Cats like routine, especially for meals, making them good pets for Alzheimer’s patients that may lose track of time. Many people like the added warmth of a nearby sleeping cat at night. Fifteen minutes of exercise, followed by a snack, will put kitty on the owner’s sleep schedule.

Cats are Low-Maintenance Overall, cats are self-sufficient animals, requiring only love, food and a spotless litter box. Self-cleaning, most cats don’t require regular trips to the groomer for haircuts and a bath. Scratching posts keep nails short. A snack, playtime or welcoming puddle of sunshine persuades kitty that it’s naptime. “In rescue, we say dogs are toddlers and cats are teenagers. Cats live without constant oversight,” says jme Thomas, co-founder of Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, in Redmond, Washington. “They’re good pets for busy people. Adopt two at the same time so they bond and aren’t lonely.”


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I have lived with several Zen masters—all of them cats. ~Eckhart Tolle

Cats are Eco-Friendly A New Zealand study reports that cats have a lower carbon footprint than dogs, comparing dogs to a Hummer and cats to a Volkswagen Golf. Dogs eat more beef, incurring red meat’s huge footprint. “Because cats eat less than most dogs overall, it saves money, too,” says Gilbreath. Everyone needs someone to care for and love. With about 77 million cats living in U.S. households and more in shelters or rescues, there’s plenty of peopleand planet-friendly love to be found. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouis

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sking ourself three purposeful questions before retiring each night can help us rest content knowing that although we may not have lived our day perfectly, we did live it well.


What are three things I am grateful for?

It’s possible to live with eyes and heart wide open to the amazing beauty of each day, to receive it as a gift, rather than a guarantee. By looking, we can find gifts even amid uncertainty, struggle, pain or loss. In those times when we find ourselves fighting for gratitude, know that the grace found in thankfulness for even tiny blessings sustains us and builds resilience to walk through the storm and emerge intact. Reading One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp, or A Simple Act of Gratitude, by John Kralik, may help inspire us to get started. With practice, expressing gratitude will come easily, like breathing or laughing with children.


What are two things I did well today?

Speaking words of life about ourselves, noticing what we do well and where we shine, may meet internal resistance. It seems second nature, especially for women, to see our own struggles or shortcomings, but not our beauty or all the ways we show up to serve others and use our strengths.

Deepening the roots of self-awareness and self-compassion that permit us to accept that we are good enough enables us to step out in calm confidence.


What is one thing I would do differently?

Some nights we may find that given the chance, we wouldn’t have done one thing differently that day. More often we can identify something: a word spoken in impatience, spending too much time on the phone, being distracted from what’s important to us, procrastinating out of fear, or even forgetting to properly nourish ourselves. Instead of criticizing, the goal is to notice how we could better live fully aligned to our bigger goals and established values. Moment by moment, we can choose a growth mindset. We can learn to be as gentle with ourselves, as compassionate and forgiving, as we are with our children or spouse. We become aware that we get to choose who and how we want to be and that tomorrow is a new gift, a brand-new opportunity to more fully be our best self. Asking and answering these three purposeful questions may take five to 20 minutes. If we’re tempted to rush through it, remember that the resulting clarity and peace is worth the time invested. Krista O’Reilly Davi-Digui is a holistic nutrition and joyful living educator. She writes at, from which this was adapted.


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eneé S. Barasch, a certified digestive health specialist, detoxification/purification specialist and founder of Nutritional Health Solutions, in Highland Park, has been a Chicago area leader in nutrition and digestion education for more than 12 years. She splits her time between seeing clients in private sessions, speaking to the community, writing about digestion issues, being an ambassador for holistic digestive health and giving people the ability to connect the dots between nutrition and digestion. Although every digestive system is different, many people experience allergy flare-ups that may be related to how their bodies are breaking down ingredients in their food. Being aware of our specific digestive needs and taking steps to protect the gut can eliminate allergies, improve absorption and take unneeded stress off our organs.

Why is thorough digestion so important for overall health?

Digestion is one of the main ways the body detoxifies, or cleanses. If the food you’re consuming isn’t broken down properly and thoroughly, it causes stress on the system as it moves through, which can lead to symptoms like gas, bloating, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea and even insomnia, depression, psoriasis, eczema and chronic pain. Proper digestion also allows for thorough absorption, so your body is able to use the nutrients you’re putting inside it. Undigested food leads to what we call “leaky gut”, where it passes through the gut membrane and into the bloodstream. This can eventually lead to more serious conditions such as Crohn’s and other autoimmune diseases. In general, when our food isn’t being digested properly, our bodies aren’t working as efficiently as they can. Food becomes a toxin, instead of something that nourishes us.

What role do enzymes play in digestion?

Enzymes are the catalyst for food to be digested. They help to deliver the nutrients to the cells and increase absorption. When food is steamed, broiled, roasted, boiled, fried, stewed, canned, pasteurized or microwaved, the naturally occurring enzymes in it are destroyed. I recommend that everyone take a specific digestive enzyme supplement. That enzyme depends largely on your diet, and how your body breaks down fats, carbs and protein. Testing is recommended to determine which enzyme is right for you.

An enzyme with higher amylase content helps break down carbohydrates, and one with more lipase works better to break down fats. In my office, we run lab tests to determine the right mix of enzymes for each person. I take into consideration factors like family history, diet and overall health. The tests also help detect any nutritional deficiencies. Based on the results, I might recommend diet modifications and food supplements in addition to enzymes.

How do environmental irritants affect digestion?

We encounter factors in the environment every day that can cause irritation and inflammation, whether that’s someone’s excess perfume, secondhand smoke or particles from a construction site. In the springtime, the air is full of dust, mold and other seasonal aggravators. When we breathe these in, they get into our bloodstream in less than 20 seconds. Our bodies then have to break down those extra toxins, which is a lot of work for the liver, kidneys and gallbladder. If they aren’t broken down properly, it results in what people think of as seasonal allergies; runny nose, itchy eyes, red or blotchy skin. People often miss the connection between allergies and digestion. Instead of going to an allergist, they might just need to have their digestive system checked for digestive imbalances.

What practices can people do every day to improve digestion?

Digestive health is dependent on a number of factors, but it is key to both detoxification and real nutrition. I tell my clients that ideally, they are looking to digest, absorb, transport, utilize and eliminate the cellular waste that’s put into their bodies. Avoiding environmental irritants and pollutants eliminates the need to break them down in the first place. Chewing your food thoroughly starts the breakdown process before it gets into the digestive system. Eating a healthy mix of protein, fats, whole grains fruit and veggies at each meal may be easier to break down than a giant plate of just pasta or a huge steak. Food that is processed or contains GMOs is much harder for the body to process, so I encourage clients to look for whole foods in their natural form as much as possible. Nutritional Health Solutions is located at 480 Elm Pl., in Highland Park. For appointments, call 847-207-2034. For more information, email or visit May2018 2018 May

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TUESDAY, MAY 1 May Day Int’l Worker’s Day Beltane (Wiccan)

4-Week Gyrotonic Tower Classes – Tuesdays, May 1-22. 11-11:55am. $180/series. Spyrl Chicago, 1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park. 773-814-2071.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 Barrington Area Spring Bird Walk – 7:30am. Get to know nearby nature with Barrington area naturalist Wendy Paulson. Waterproof boots are strongly recommended. Don’t forget binoculars. Free. Meet at Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Rd off of Palatine Rd, Barrington. RSVP required, Daniel Wear: 312-453-0230 x 2010  or 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.

THURSDAY, MAY 3 World Press Freedom Day 4-Week Gyrotonic Tower Classes – Tuesdays, May 3-24. 11-11:55am. $180/series. Spyrl Chicago, 1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park. 773-814-2071. Aligned Modern Health Open House: Spring into Wellness – 4:30-7:30pm. Put a spring in your step with our Aligned Modern Health’s team of wellness experts. Enjoy spring treats,  complimentary  acupuncture and free consultations with experts in chiropractic care, functional medicine, nutrition and acupuncture. Free. Aligned Modern Health Southport, 3514 N Southport Ave, Chicago. 773-598-4387. Lake Michigan: A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach  – 7-9pm. Great Lakes expert and author Loreen Niewenhuis will take you along the shores of the lake she loves with photos and video from her journey, and will illuminate the geology, natural history, and biology of the lake with a focus on what threatens this massive ecosystem: invasive species, pollution and destruction of wetlands. Free. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette. 847-256-5025.



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Call Ahead FRIDAY, MAY 4 Results 360 Business Summit – 9am-4pm. This gender-equal, content-rich event is designed to provide entrepreneurs and small business professionals a complete lineup of strategies, resources, insights and connections to up-level their careers and lives. Holiday Inn Chicago West, 860 W Irving Park Rd, Itasca. For tickets & more info: Peterson Garden Organic Edible Plant Sale – May 4-6. 12-4pm, Fri; 10am-4pm, Sat & Sun. Get ready to grow your own organic food. Peterson Garden Project’s Edible Plant Sale is back, and this year is better than ever with all organic plants and a new location in the heart of Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. All proceeds support PGP’s free community programs. 1101 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago. More info: or Female Hormones: From PMS to Menopause – 5-6:30pm. Join Dr. Kalli Prater as she discusses the basics of women’s hormones and how to keep your body in balance. Many women are suffering from estrogen dominance and aren’t aware of the many symptoms associated with this hormone imbalance, which is so very common these days. Learn what’s normal for PMS and menopause, and what is not as we dig deep into the world of natural hormone balancing-including food changes we can make. Free. Fruitful Yield, 425 N La Grange Park, La Grange Park. 708-788-9103. Yoga Therapeutics: Neck and Shoulders – 6-9pm. With Gabriel Halpern. Through the practice of standing, sitting, supine and inverted poses, modified for each individual, long standing and chronic aches can be given relief from nagging kinks and unnecessary discomfort. $65. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600.

Plant Chicago Indoor Farmers’ Market – 11am3pm. 1st Sat thru May. The Plant, Lobby, 1400 W 46th St, Chicago. 773-847-5523.

SUNDAY, MAY 6 Gong Bath Meditation – 1-2:15pm. During gong meditation, emotional transformation is produced as it reduces tension, releases blocks and stimulates circulation. The result is a reorganization of the emotional energy and feelings that are tied into the body. It clears nerve endings and regenerates the parasympathetic system, which is ruled by sound. $20/pre-register, $25/at door. Yin Yang Pilates & Yoga, 111 S Rand Rd, Lake Zurich. 847-719-1800.

MONDAY, MAY 7 The Edgar Cayce Bookstore is Open – 6-9pm. And our circulating files (compilations of Edgar Cayce’s channeled readings) available for reference. Join our guided meditation starting at 6:30pm followed by silent meditation from 7:30-9pm, or experience an intuitive counseling session, healing reflexology session and/or 30 mins of deep infrared biota sessions. Free Entry; $35/30-min sessions with practitioners/intuitives. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. Principles of Finding Your True Self – 7:309:30pm. The goal of this mini-workshop is to help you open your heart to your own self. “Who am I? Where did I come from? Where is my life headed to now?” These are the questions that you will delve into to find a clear direction in life. A good starting point for the longer, 1.5-day workshop, Finding True Self.  Mt Prospect Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi,  1 W Rand Rd, Mt Prospect. 847-749-1584.

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Principles of Finding Your True Self – 7:309:30pm. The goal of this mini-workshop is to help you open your heart to your own self. “Who am I? Where did I come from? Where is my life headed to now?” These are the questions that you will delve into to find a clear direction in life. A good starting point for the longer, 1.5-day workshop, Finding True Self.  Westmont Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, 215 E Ogden Ave, Westmont. 630-230-0365.



SFG Study Group – 7-9pm. Join for an open discussion of spirituality based on readings from Edgar Cayce. Free. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

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Midewin Red Carpet Corridor Day – 9am-4:30pm. Stop in the Welcome Center for a special commemorative button. Visit our natural resources expo at the Iron Bridge Trailhead parking lot and explore the prairie. Wear comfortable clothing for hiking and bring water and snacks. Don’t forget binoculars to better spot the bison herd. No reservations required. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370.

Healing From the Mother Wound Class – 7pm. Your mother was your first relationship in human form. Consequently, it follows that the relationship you experienced with her forms the template for all future relationships in your life. Join Uma Girish for a fascinating presentation that will open your eyes to new growth and healing. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. 

FRIDAY, MAY 11 Cupping for Injuries and Internal Disorders – May 11 & 18. 9am-4pm. Cupping draws out stagnation and toxins and mobilizes the blood, qi and lymph to restore healthy functioning. This class will demonstrate and practice with a variety of Pneumatic and Silicone Moving cups using protocols to address a variety of dysfunction including muscle aches and injury, the common cold, digestive disorders and irregular menstruation. No prerequisites; 12 CEs for massage/physical therapy/ nursing professionals. $240. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. A Magnificent Mile of Fair Trade – 10am-8pm. Includes a guerrilla fair trade fashion show along Michigan Avenue, fair trade pop-up markets with 40 locally owned fair trade businesses, workshops, panel discussions, fair trade food and coffee, giveaways and a live radio broadcast with Jerome McDonnell of WBEZ. Admission free. Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, 126 E Chestnut St, Chicago. An Evening of Cosmic Comedy – 7:30-9:30pm. With Steve Bhaerman aka “Swami Beyondananda.” Heart-opening, mind-expanding show to help you wake up laughing and leave laughter in your wake. $20/advance, $25/at door. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600.

SATURDAY, MAY 12 Geology of Midewin – 9am-12pm. 15,000 yrs ago, a 1-mile-thick glacial ice sheet moved over Illinois leaving its mark on Midewin. Environments in prehistoric times included tropical swamplands and subtropical oceans. View the rocks, hills and plains of Midewin that still bear evidence of these vastly different environments on this auto caravan tour. Tour takes place on unimproved roads; expect gravel and potholes. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. Registration required: 815-423-6370 or Mini-Day Retreat: Monkey Mind, Empty Mind – 9am-3:30pm. When you master your thoughts, you master your mind. And when you master your mind you are able to transcend thought altogether and experience your true nature. Touch the realm that lies beyond suffering where peace, joy, calm, bliss, contentment and love abide. $90. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600. Psychic Holistic Fair at Enlightened Balance – May 12 & 13. 9am-6pm, Sat; 9am-4pm, Sun. Readings, body balancing, artist trunk shows, classes. Free to enter; Classes starting at $10, Private Sessions starting at $20. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. Annual Organic Plant Sale & Farm Open House – 10am-3pm. Purchase organic plant starts and a variety of other farm products during this free and educational event. Prairie Crossing Farm, 32400 Harris Rd, Grayslake. More info:

Mantra-Self Awareness and Thought Forms – 1:30-3pm. Mantra is one of the deepest and most powerful practices of yoga. The use of mantra is fundamental to Kriya yoga practice because it can be used to soften confining karma and manifest positive past-life karma. Receive video and audio version (4 MP3 recordings and 4 videos). $39.95. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600. Chicago IANDS 20th Anniversary Party – 2-5pm.  Includes great food, a party atmosphere and a special near-death speaker, Robin Landsong, who was abducted at age 8 and taken to Rhodesia. There will also be some bookstore specials. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847-251-5758.


Ohyaihgo-nah – Moon of Great Ripening of Berries Int’l Conscious Objectors Day Ramadan begins at sunset (Islam) Barrington Area Spring Bird Walk – 7:30am. Get to know nearby nature with Barrington area naturalist Wendy Paulson. Waterproof boots are strongly recommended. Don’t forget binoculars. Free. Deer Grove East, entrance on north side of Dundee Rd, west of Hicks Rd, east of Smith St, Barrington. RSVP required, Daniel Wear: 312-453-0230 x 2010  or

Food for Thought: Buddhist Talk & Dinner – 6:30-8:30pm. Put the stresses of your week behind and enjoy an evening of nourishment for the mind and body. The evening begins with a simple, relaxing guided meditation and talk by Resident Teacher Kelsang Zamling, and is followed by a delicious vegetarian dinner. There will also be a raffle with fantastic prizes from our Dharma shop. $20, advanced registration highly encouraged. Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago in Oak Park, 13 Harrison, Oak Park. 708-763-0132.

The Prothonotary Chronicles – 7pm. After over 2 decades of studying and banding 15,000+ Prothonotary Warblers, Illinois Natural History Survey’s Jeff Hoover and his team have made some remarkable discoveries. He will share some of their findings: from surprising behaviors like birds moving away from “bad” sites and returning from their wintering grounds to breed close to where they were born, to life expectancy, lifetime reproductive success and response to global climate change, and how they relate to the broader bird world. Free. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park. For more info & complete schedule, Rena Cohen: 847-831-0331.



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Free Basic Yoga/Meditation Classes – Our classes are the perfect 70-min break from the day-to-day hustle and bustle to simply slow down, breathe and focus inside. All Body & Brain Yoga Centers. Environmental Toxin-Free Homes – 2:30-3:30pm. Sharon Vogel, BS-Biomedical, CLT, LMT, Lymphatic Practitioner will be hosting a monthly free event about effects of product poisoning for those affected by, caretakers, or just interested community. Inside Abundant Health, 6300 Kingery Hwy, Ste 212, Willowbrook. RSVP: 630-241-4100 or

MONDAY, MAY 14 Mother’s Day Free Salt Therapy Session – May 14 & 15. Moms can experience a free salt therapy session on May 14 or 15 and a free salt therapy session with any salt lamp purchase throughout the month. North Shore Salt Therapy, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-780-8200. Reiki Share – 4:30-6:30pm. Anyone attuned to Reiki at any level is welcome. This informal gathering of reiki enthusiasts and practitioners is a wonderful opportunity to give and receive reiki; practice your skills and ask questions about your practice; relax and restore yourself with reiki among friends. $15. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Essential Oils 101 – 7-7:45pm. For the absolute beginner, intermediate or massage therapist. With Sharon Vogel. Free event about the seeding, cultivation, harvest, distillation, “purity,” FDA regulation, poison control, and usages of essential oils for people and pets. Inside Abundant Health, 6300 Kingery Hwy, Ste 212, Willowbrook. RSVP: 630-241-4100 or

Free Shiatsu Intro – 10am-12:30pm. Learn the fundamental techniques and philosophies of Zen Shiatsu, and chat with current students and instructors. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Barrington Area Spring Bird Walk – 3:30pm. Get to know nearby nature with Barrington area naturalist Wendy Paulson. Waterproof boots are strongly recommended. Don’t forget binoculars. Free. D Baker’s Lake for students and adults, parking lot on Highland Ave south of Hillside Ave, Barrington. RSVP required, Daniel Wear: 312-453-0230 x 2010  or How to Effectively Use Castor Oil to Enhance Wellbeing – 7-9pm. With Audrey Vercillo (The Castor Oil Queen). Free. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

THURSDAY, MAY 17 Commonly Seen Medical and Psychiatric Conditions and Natural Treatment for the Gifted, Talented, Twice Exceptional and Individuals on the Spectrum – 7-8:30pm. With Archana Lal-Tabak, MD, and Jim Lal-Tabak. Many gifted and talented children exhibit both medical and mental/emotional symptoms. Often these individuals are very sensitive and may not respond well to conventional treatments. Natural and holistic solutions for these sensitive and bright individuals will be discussed. Webinar. For more info, Jim Lal-Tabak: 224-714-9593 or Archana LalTabak: 847-425-9355 or Register:

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FRIDAY, MAY 18 Barrington Area Spring Bird Walk – 7:30am. Get to know nearby nature with Barrington area naturalist Wendy Paulson. Waterproof boots are strongly recommended. Don’t forget binoculars. Free. Beverly Lake, Barrington. RSVP required, Daniel Wear: 312-453-0230 x 2010  or Infinity Foundation 21st Annual Anniversary Gala – 5:30pm. Support and celebrate our community at this vital fundraising evening event “It’s All Divine.” A practitioners’ fair and silent auction,5:30-7:30pm, precede an elegant dinner, 8pm. Keynote speaker Michael Bernard Beckwith, the 2018 Spirit Award Recipient, is the originator of the Life Visioning Process and founder of The Agape International Spiritual Center. $100/person. Ravinia Green Country Club, 1200 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods. 847-831-8828.

SATURDAY, MAY 19 Michael Bernard Beckwith: Spiritual Liberation – 9am-4pm. Join Michael Bernard Beckwith, originator of the Life Visioning Process and founder of The Agape International Spiritual Center, for a day-long workshop. Be inspired by experiencing his teachings, guided meditations, dynamic prayers, visioning and reflective experientials. CEUs available. $135. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. For details & to register: Reiki Level II Certification – 12-2pm. Have you been attuned to reiki? Are you ready for a deeper knowledge of reiki? Be attuned to express reiki at a greater frequency and learn reiki symbols. You will have the ability to send reiki energy at a distance and manage emotional challenges. Teacher: Sonya Watkins, Reiki Master Teacher, MBA. $200 including materials. Journey to Wholeness Center, 9501 New England Ave, Oak Lawn. 708-634-3664. Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar and Farmers’ Market – 12-4pm. Meet dozens of vendors at the indoor crafts and farmers’ market while listening to Hyde Park’s finest deejays spinning jazzy, soulful soundtracks to your shopping. Promontory Restaurant, upstairs lounge, 5311 S Lake Park Ave W, Chicago. 312-801-2100. Facebook. com/HydeParkHandmade. Lecture: Functional Foods and Stress – 1-2pm. Learn ways to strengthen the immune system. Presented by Francesco Matrisciano, MD, PhD. Free. National Lymphatic Center, 5002 Main St, Ste A, Downers Grove. RSVP:  331-645-0462, or

SUNDAY, MAY 20 Stretching the Emotions – 9am-4pm. With Randy Cummins. This 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. No prerequisites; 6 CEs for bodywork professionals. $120. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.



Initial Awakening Workshop – 9am-5pm. Awaken and feel a new energy system in your body. Quiet your mind of busy thoughts, strengthen your core, and develop a stronger and clearer connection to your body. A basic workshop in getting to know Body & Brain’s practices and principles. Northbrook Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, 1947 Cherry Ln, Northbrook. 847-562-9642. Initial Awakening Workshop – 9am-7pm. Awaken and feel a new energy system in your body. Quiet your mind of busy thoughts, strengthen your core, and develop a stronger and clearer connection to your body. A basic workshop in getting to know Body & Brain’s practices and principles. Glen Ellyn Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, 30 S Park Blvd, Glen Ellyn. 630-858-2190. Lymphormation  –  11am, support group;  12pm, lecture. Enjoy an informational lecture on immunity, the lymph system and alleviating inflammation. With Sharon M Vogel, Nationally Board Certified Lymphedema Therapist. Q&A welcome. Detoxifying self-manual lymph drainage is demonstrated and then instructed. All the while, referencing scholarly journals and clinical study. After the talk, complimentary 10-min manual lymph drainage for each rsvp. Inside Abundant Health, 6300 Kingery Hwy, Ste 212, Willowbrook. RSVP: 630-241-4100 or Evolution of the Soul – 1-3pm. Led by Lynn Barrette, LCSW. Soul Evolution is the new paradigm for understanding who we are, where we have been, and where we are going as souls expressing on this planet. We will explore this new vision, and investigate tools that help us cooperate consciously with the evolution of our souls. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program Information Session – 1:30-2:30pm. Are you thinking about becoming a yoga teacher or would like to deepen your understanding and practice of yoga? Join us to learn about the Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program at the Temple of Kriya Yoga. Meet the teachers of the program, ask questions. We have been educating the yoga teachers since the 70s. Free. Temple of Kriya Yoga, 2414 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago. 773-342-4600. Making the Right Decisions – 2-3pm. Move ahead. Don’t second guess. Find confidence with a spiritual outlook. Speaker: Leida Lessa, CSB. Third of 3 talks in the series “Life-Changing Strategies-A Spiritual Approach” series. Free. The Park Center, 2400 Chestnut Ave, Glenview. 847-724-3573.

MONDAY, MAY 21 Barrington Area Spring Bird Walk – 7:30am. Get to know nearby nature with Barrington area naturalist Wendy Paulson. Waterproof boots are strongly recommended. Don’t forget binoculars. Free. Meet at Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Rd off of Palatine Rd, Barrington. RSVP required, Daniel Wear: 312-453-0230 x 2010  or Beginning Astrology – 7-9pm. Learn to read your chart for prosperity, health and love. With Lin Boffeli. $25/nonmembers, $20/members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. For chart: 563-580-8990.


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WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 Female Hormones: From PMS to Menopause – 6-7:30pm. Join Dr. Kalli Prater as she discusses the basics of women’s hormones and how to keep your body in balance. Many women are suffering from estrogen dominance and aren’t aware of the many symptoms associated with this hormone imbalance which is so very common these days. Learn what’s normal for PMS and menopause, and what is not as we dig deep into the world of natural hormone balancing-including food changes we can make. Free. Fruitful Yield, 7230 W North Ave, Elmwood Park. 708-395-5880. Dinner with the Doctors – 6:30-8pm. A natural approach to seasonal allergies. Free. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 N Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000.

THURSDAY, MAY 24 SFG Study Group – 7-9pm. Join for an open discussion of spirituality based on readings from Edgar Cayce. Free. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

FRIDAY, MAY 25 Gaehyul: Meaning Energy Opening Training – 7:30-10pm. Through this training, you can come to understand the principles of Life Particles and how energy connects the body with the mind to provide healing. Body & Brain’s Illinois West Regional Manager Master Magdalena will guide you through the steps on how to connect with Life Particles and how to utilize this energy to create positive change in your life. Free, but registration is required. Mt Prospect Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, 1 W Rand Rd, Mt Prospect. 847-749-1584.

SATURDAY, MAY 26 Living Your Best Life – 9am-3pm. Identify your life purpose and passions; learn the formula for living your best life; prioritize your top 5 passions; learn 5 strategies to achieve success and meaning. $75. Mallinckrodt Community Center, 1041 Ridge Rd, Wilmette. 847-917-0788.

SUNDAY, MAY 27 Free Basic Yoga/Meditation Classes – Our classes are the perfect 70-min break from the day-to-day hustle and bustle to simply slow down, breathe and focus inside. All Body & Brain Yoga Centers. Lecture: Functional Foods and Brain Support – 1-2pm. Learn how to energize your brain. Presented by Francesco Matrisciano, MD, PhD. Free. National Lymphatic Center, 5002 Main St, Ste A, Downers Grove. RSVP:  331-645-0462, or Ancient Oils of Scripture – 3pm. Sharon Vogel, BS-Biomedical, CLT, LMT, and Lymphatic Practitioner will be hosting a monthly free event about the historically documented ancient oils, current FDA regulation, purity and their amazing usages. Inside Abundant Health, 6300 Kingery Hwy, Ste 212, Willowbrook. RSVP: 630-241-4100 or

Pizza at the Farm – 5-7pm. Pizzeria Deville’s Chef John Durning brings his wood-burning oven to the farm to create delicious, farm-fresh pizzas for purchase. We’ll offer farm goodies for purchase as well. Prairie Wind Family Farm, 560 Harris Rd, Grayslake. 847-986-4600.

MONDAY, MAY 28 Memorial Day

Free Intestinal Healing Classes –We are delighted and excited to show you this innovative training method that is designed to heal, relax and restore your natural gut health. Our Monday classes are the perfect 70-min break from the day-to-day hustle and bustle to simply slow down, and learn to healing yourself naturally. All Body & Brain Yoga Centers. Midewin Memorial Day Tour: Thank You for Your Service – 10am-12pm. Join us on this car caravan tour to honor our veterans and delve into the origins of Memorial Day. Learn about the lives of local veterans and the conflicts in which they served as well as the role of the Joliet Arsenal in these conflicts as we visit local cemeteries on Midewin and sites of the old Joliet Arsenal. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. Registration required: 815-423-6370 or

TUESDAY, MAY 29 Vesak (Buddhism)

Barrington Area Spring Bird Walk – 7am. Get to know nearby nature with Barrington area naturalist Wendy Paulson. Waterproof boots are strongly recommended. Don’t forget binoculars. Free. Headwaters, Barrington. RSVP required, Daniel Wear: 312-453-0230 x 2010  or

WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 Estate Planning 101 Webinar – 12pm. Cindy K. Campbell, Attorney at Law, present a webinar with information on creating wills and other basic estate planning documents. Topics include creating a will, naming guardians, a living trust and whether it is a right fit, and citing other estate planning documents that might be beneficial. More info: 866-566-9494. For GoToWebinar instructions:


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savethedate FRIDAY, JUNE 1 7th Annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference:  Honoring Plant Wisdom – June 1-3. Speakers: Tieraona Low Dog, MD, Isla Burgess, Dr. Jody Noé and many more. Join us for a gathering of the feminine; a wide spectrum of Internationally acclaimed herbalists and Earth-based speakers, plant walks, topics including herbs for family health, wild edibles, fermentation, permaculture, movement, herbal wisdom the wise woman ways and much more. Over 60 workshops and plants walks, Kids’ Camp and Teen Camp. Includes pre-conference classes, workshops and walks, singing, dancing, meals, swimming, red tent communal space and more. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info:

SATURDAY, JUNE 2 Latina Lifestyle Expo – June 2-3. Features seminars, workshops, culinary oasis, a marketplace and more. Complimentary screenings, exams, vision, bone density testing, zumba, Zen meditation and healthy cooking classes with some of most renowned chefs from Latin American and Chicago. Also features fitness workshops, health and wellness vendors, fashion and beauty vendors as well as guidance on empowerment, careers, technology, beauty, health and wellness, cooking, travel and more. UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago. Body Mind Spirit Expo – June 2 & 3. 10am-7pm, Sat; 10am-6pm, Sun. Peruse more than 80 exhibitors offering the latest in natural health, personal growth and metaphysics. Among more than 50 authors, psychics, mediums, channels and healers are Reiki Master Brendan McCaw and Sprit Messengers Kim Moore and Cynthia Rose McCaw. Other speakers include Sandy Wilcox, Yasmine Ariel and Halsey Snow, PhD. $14/weekend. Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Dr, Tinley Park.

FRIDAY, JUNE 8 Celebrate Your Life – June 8-11. This awesome soul fest brings the world’s top dream team of spiritual teachers presenting keynote lectures and workshops for four days. This year’s lineup includes, Lisa Nichols, Neale Donald Walsch, Caroline Myss, Gregg Braden, the Three Mediums and many more powerful spiritual visionaries. Westin Lombard, 70 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard. 480-970-8543.

savethedate SUNDAY, JUNE 24 Amma Visits Chicago – June 24-26. Mata Amritanandamayi, the humanitarian and spiritual leader known throughout the world as Amma, visits the Chicagoland area. Experience a personal blessing (hug) from Amma, inspirational live music, meditation, spiritual discourse, healing arts, and great vegetarian food throughout 3 days of free public programs. MA Center Chicago, 41W501 Keslinger Rd, Elburn. 630-387-5077.

THURSDAY, JUNE 28 The Adoption Process from A to Z – 7-9:15pm. Adoption of children has transformed from a secretive event into a mutual family-planning process for both placing parents and for adoptive parents. Attorney Sally Wildman describes adoption fundamentals, share key resources to develop an adoption plan, and highlights new developments in adoption practice. Discussion concludes by considering common needs of adopted children. Registration closes June 26. $18/person. New Trier Extension Community Education, New Trier High School, 7 Happ Rd,  Northfield. For info: 847-446-6600.

FRIDAY, JULY 20 40th Annual Conference of the US Psychotronics Association – July 20-22. Explore the subtle realms underlying the material universe; bioenergy and the life force; the etheric body; the power of shape and sacred geometry; parapsychology; energy healing; directed intention; and action-ata distance; all from a science or evidence-based perspective. 20 renowned speakers including authors and leading experts in frontier science. Visit the conference vendors offering innovative products, books and services. Pre- and postconference workshops available. Hyatt Regency Deerfield, 1750 Lake Cook Rd, Deerfield. For specific details:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Hands of Light & Mahakundalini Workshops and Channeling Sessions – DNA Activation is the next quantaum step in humanity’s evolutionary process of ascension. Learn and experience these powerful techniques for self-healing and self-discovery and Self- realization. Explore and expand your consciousness to embody more of your true-self for divine expression. September, 6-8 & 9-10. Michigan City, IN. Download brochure: To register:

FRIDAY, JUNE 15 Tongue and Fingernail Analysis Consultations  – June 15 & 16. 9am-5pm, by appt. Personal consultation with Dr. Tsu Tsair Chi, an international expert in the Eastern medicine art of tongue and fingernail analysis. Fingernail analysis requires nails to be free of any polish or acrylic. $35. Rozich Chiropractic, 8000 W 159th St, Orland Park. Appt required: 708-460-0011.

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monthlyspecialoffers 15% Off Supplements with a Whole Body Evaluation – Thru May. Receive whole-body evaluation by Dr. Alla Arutcheva. 4 different tests: Metatron-Oberon diagnostic bio-device, microscopic blood analysis, nail/tongue analysis and iridology. Get recommendations on types of supplements you need in order to improve your health. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $50 Manicure & Pedicure with Mango Passion Fruit Feet Treatment – Thru May. Fingers and toes are soaked, nails filed and cuticles trimmed. Then, hands and feet are exfoliated and massaged. Receive complimentary foot treatment using our Mango Passion Fruit Treatment. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130.

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The Mike Nowak Show Radio Program – 9-11am. Sunday edition of the weekly local radio show focused on gardening and the environment, with lots of humor to wake us up. Author and master gardener Mike Nowak and cohost Peggy Malecki feature a variety of guests and weatherman/climate scientist Rick DiMaio in live show on 1590 WCGO AM, also available in podcast on, iTunes, Stitcher and podcast apps, and streaming live on, the TuneIn radio app and on Facebook at @The Mike Nowak Show. Time to Dance: Ballet – 10:30-11:30am. Also Tues, 1:30-2:30pm & Wed, 7-8pm. A class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register:

$54.99 Swedish Massage – Thru May. Add $10 for deep tissue. Enjoy the classic form of a fullbody soft tissue massage. Excellent for first-time clients. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $89.99 90-Min Swedish Massage with Feet Treatment – Thru May. Add $5 for deep tissue. Enjoy the classic form of a full-body soft tissue massage. Additionally feet are exfoliated and a mask is used to hydrate, nourish and protect from environmental stress. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $140 Aromatherapy Massage & Eminence Firm Skin Acai Facial – Thru May. The ultimate antistress massage, it is rhythmic and light. Powered by phytonutrients and antioxidants, the Firm Skin Acai Masque plumps and regenerates your skin for an ageless appearance. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Midewin Ranger Hike to Bison Pasture – May 6-Oct 28. 11am-12pm. Also Sat. volunteer rangers will lead guided hikes to look for bison. Features along the way include a historic farmstead and prairie restoration areas. No reservations required. Meet at the Ranger Trailer at the Iron Bridge Trailhead. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. Time to Dance: Sofshu (Tap) – 11:40am-12:10pm. Also Tues, 2:40-3:15pm. A class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: Putting My Oxygen Mask on First – 1:301:45pm.  With Amy Landolt. Join this weekly discussion about self-care. Live on Northshore Acupuncture Center’s Facebook page: Facebook. com/NorthshoreAcupunctureCenter. Qigong – 2-4:30pm. Discover the healing abilities of the ancient practice of qigong. Free qigong and tai chi classes for the inexperienced; also a space for experts to practice their skills. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Ecstatic Breathwork Class – 5pm. 2nd Sun. $20. Mind Body Healing Center, 77 W Washington, Ste 1704, Chicago. 312-285-5287.

monday Online On-Demand Akashic Records Certification Classes – Gain the perspective and clarity to make choices leading you to greater possibilities in this lifetime. Classes include Practitioner, Advanced Practitioner, Healing, Discover Your Soul’s Path, Manifesting Your Soul’s Purposes. Save $145 with 5-Class Package. Online. 708-771-5830. Gluten-Free Monday – 10am-8pm. All gluten-free grocery items 10% off all-day long. Free. Earthly Goods Health Foods, 6951 Grand Ave, Gurnee. 847-855-9677.

markyourcalendar Footbath Detox Mondays – 11am-6pm. Sluggishness, fatigue, low energy and poor sleep? A 30-min ionic footbath stimulates cells to release toxins and rebalance the cellular system that is responsible for overall health. The process continues after the toxins are dislodged during treatment, allowing your entire body to function optimally. Save $10. Nutritional Health Solutions, 480 Elm Pl, Ste 108, Highland Park. 847-207-2034. Walk & Stretch – 2-2:45pm. All levels, all ages. Feel great in the fresh air. $15, $10/Punch Pass. Fitness for Active Adults, 742 Sheridan Rd, Highwood. 847-736-2671. Chakra Balancing Yoga – 5-6pm. With Serena. $20. Mind Body Healing Center, 77 W Washington, Ste 1704, Chicago. To register, Serena: 773-368-4363. Community Style Acupuncture Clinic – 5-7:45pm. By Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Interns. First come, first serve. $10/treatment; $5/vets. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 21st Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Meditation – 6-7pm. With Serena. $20. Mind Body Healing Center, 77 W Washington, Ste 1704, Chicago. To register, Serena: 773-368-4363. Holistic Cardio: Nia Technique Group Fitness – 6:30-7:30pm. A beautiful, deep class that combines dance (like jazz), martial (like aikido) and healing arts (like yoga). Sense new levels of mind-body awareness as you move to music from all over the world. Taught in over 45 countries, Nia’s blend of choreography and free-dance enhances your physical health, develops your Sensory IQ, and empowers your self-expression. Non-impact, shoes optional, accessible for all levels of fitness. Energized, strong, flexible, balanced, free. Fit to be you. Get ready for a sweet, nurturing sweat. Also Tues, Thurs & Sat, 9:30am. $15. Raydiant Day, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-644-9834. NiaRaydiantDay.Life.

Let’s Talk Hemp Oil & Business Opportunity – 7pm. Enhance your health in ways you never knew possible with Liposomal Cannabis/Hemp oil extract. Learn what all the buzz is about with hemp oil. Hear about the new science and research on cannabinoids. We will introduce you to a fullspectrum phytocannabindiol hemp extract that doesn’t require a medical card. Free presentation and oil tasting. The Center for New Pathways, 830 E Higgins Rd, Ste 113B, Schaumburg. RSVP: 630309-3409. Also held at L’Chaim Center, Deerfield Park Plaza, 405 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 207, Deerfield. RSVP: 773-655-1431. Mind Body Healing Center Workshop – 7-8pm. With Serena. Topics to be announced on the website. $20. Mind Body Healing Center, 77 W Washington, Ste 1704, Chicago. To register, Serena: 773-368-4363. Introductory Meditation for Spiritual Awareness – 7-8:30pm. A 4-wk course walks attendees through the why, how and what of meditation. May facilitator: Varsha Bhatia. Wheaton Community Center, 1777 S Blanchard St, Wheaton. For more info, Bob Gallagher:  630-561-5425 or

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. Enhance Your Health in Ways you Never Knew Possible – 11:15am-12:15pm. Come hear the research and science behind this one of a kind nano-enhanced hemp oil. Keep The Beat Wellness, Berkson Office Center, 333 Skokie Blvd, Ste 106, Northbrook. RSVP: 847-769-3547. Complimentary Consultation at ChiroMend Natural Health Center –1-5pm, by appt. Are you feeling older than your age? Brain fog or stress turning you into a zombie?  Come and sit down for a 30-min complimentary consultation with one of our board certified physicians to discuss your health and formulate a plan to uncover the real causes of your symptoms. 1834 Glenview Rd, Ste 2W, Glenview. For appt: 847-730-3988. More info: Time to Dance – 1:30-2:30pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: Gentle Yoga – 2-2:55pm. All levels, all ages. Stretch, learn basic yoga poses to lengthen and stretch your muscles. $15, $10/Punch Pass. Fitness for Active Adults, 742 Sheridan Rd, Highwood. 847-736-2671. 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.

Time to Dance: Sofshu (Tap) – 2:40-3:15pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: Qigong – 6-8pm. 2nd Tues. Discover the healing abilities of the ancient practice of qigong. Free qigong and taiji classes for the inexperienced; also a space for experts to practice their skills. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Shiatsu Student Clinic – 7 or 8pm. Also Thurs, 11am or 12pm. 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. Women’s Basics Jiu-Jitsu Classes – 7:30-8:30pm. Also Thurs. Learn the basics and fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a female-friendly environment. All levels welcome. Co-ed class held: Tues-Thurs, 6-7pm & Sat, 10:30-11:30am. Ilya’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 2068 1st St, Highland Park. Jen Zanotti:

wednesday Green City Market: Lincoln Park – May 9-Oct 27. 7am-1pm. Shop and taste fresh, locally-sourced produce and market-inspired prepared foods, see chef demonstrations and more. South end of Lincoln Park, N Clark St & N Lincoln Ave, Chicago. Stretch & Balance – 10-10:45am. Prevent falling by incorporating balance positions and incorporate stretching large muscles for toned body. $15, $10/Punch Pass. Fitness for Active Adults, 742 Sheridan Rd, Highwood. 847-736-2671. Free Mini-Stress Relieve Acupuncture Session – 11am-2pm. Also Fri. By appt only. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Produce Box – June-Sept. 4-7pm. Bronzeville residents can obtain fresh produce and benefit from nutrition education and cooking classes. Boxville, at the 51st Street CTA Green Line Stop, Chicago. Weekly Guided Group Meditation using Hemp Oil – 7pm. At this meditation, have the opportunity to try a one-of-a-kind liposomal Hemp extract prior to meditating. This meditation will allow your nervous system to begin to relax and fully unwind, giving your body a chance to finally surrender and let go. The hemp oil used is non-psychoactive with only/under .002% THC, and it’s legal in all 50 states. Free. The Center for New Pathways, 830 E Higgins Rd, Ste 113B, Schaumburg. RSVP: 630-309-3409. Time to Dance: Ballet – 7-8pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm.With Kevin. $20. Mind Body Healing Center, 77 W Washington, Ste 1704, Chicago. To register, Kevin:

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Cardio & Core – 10:15-11am. Move to the beat of the music, basic steps to get your heart pumping. We will incorporate abdominal exercises to feel strong, centered and aligned. The abdominal exercises also help strengthen back areas. $15, $10/Punch Pass. Fitness for Active Adults, 742 Sheridan Rd, Highwood. 847-736-2671.

Chain Reflex Stretch Therapy – 10am-5pm. Do you sit at a desk all day? Are you a weekend warrior? Does shoveling snow cause you pain in your body? These activities can often lead to unwanted stiffness and joint pains. Benefits of Stretch Therapy: To reduce pain especially in your lower back and neck; improve flexibility and mobility; decrease stress and muscle soreness. New Year’s special: $85. WholeHealth NorthShore, 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste S5, Northbrook. For an appt: 847-272-3700.

Shiatsu Student Clinic – 11am or 12pm. See Tues listing. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130.

Free Mini-Stress Relieve Acupuncture Session – 11am-2pm. Also Wed. By appt only. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470.

Time to Dance: Modern – 1-2pm. A class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register:



Green City Market: Park at Wrigley – 4-8pm. Select Thursdays: May 31; June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 5, 12, 26; Aug 16, 30; Sept 6, 13, 20. Shop and taste fresh, locally sourced produce and market-inspired prepared foods, see chef demonstrations and more. The Park at Wrigley, 3637 N. Clark St, Chicago. Yoga Club – 4:30-6:30pm. Led by Julie Kotiw, DC, PCOM Bio Science Chair. No experience necessary. We have supplies including blocks and straps, bring a yoga mat if have one. Feel free to drop-in anytime and leave anytime to accommodate your schedule. Free. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822. Let’s Talk Hemp Oil & Business Opportunity – 6:30pm. Come learn what all the buzz is about with hemp oil. Hear about the new science and research on the benefits of cannabinoids. Let us introduce you to a full spectrum phytocannabindiol HEMP oil that doesn’t require a medical card. Presenters: Carole Lyon & Reuben Haynes. Free. West Ridge Cafe (inside West Ridge Church), 3300 Encounter Lane, Elgin. RSVP: 847-910-8033 or 224-244-4837.

friday Silver Sneakers Cardio Strength – All ages, all levels. Have fun, stay fit with friends. $15, $10/Punch Pass. Fitness for Active Adults, 742 Sheridan Rd, Highwood. 847-736-2671.

Free Classes for All at All Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi Locations – Times vary. Body & Brain teaches practitioners to understand and trust their body’s innate wisdom. We offer a wide variety of classes which welcome all levels as it can be modified and meet the needs of the individual’s own physical, emotional, mental and spiritual journey. For details: Join the Centennial Volunteers – Sat & Sun. Be a part of forest and river revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore 7 special sites along the Chicago and Calumet rivers. To find a group, Ilana Federman: 312356-9990 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, and Green City Market: Lincoln Park – May 5-Oct 27. 7am-1pm. See Wed listing. South end of Lincoln Park, N Clark St & N Lincoln Ave, Chicago. Oak Park Farmers’ Market – May 19-Oct 27. 7am-1pm. Locally grown produce, live music and more.  Pilgrim Church Parking lot,  460 Lake St, Oak Park. 708-358-5780. Palatine Farmer’s Market – May-Oct. 7am-1pm. Palatine Train Station Parking lot, 137 W Wood St, Palatine. 847-358-1649. Farmers-Market.

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Evanston Farmers’ Market – May 5-Nov 3. 7:30am-1pm. 58 vendors: fruits, vegetables, meat, flowers, cheese, milk, eggs and bakery items. Reusable and biodegradable bags sold on site. LINK cards accepted, and the Friends of Evanston Farmers’ Markets offers matching funds. Intersection of University Pl & Oak Ave, Evanston. Info, Myra Gorman: 847-448-8045, Green City Market: West Loop – June-Oct. 8am-1pm. Shop and taste fresh, locally-sourced produce and market-inspired prepared foods, see chef demonstrations and more. Bartleme Park, 115 S. Sangamon St, Chicago. 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. 61st Street Farmers’ Market – May 12-Oct. 9am2pm. South side Chicago’s premier farmers market. Market also features chef demos, live music and more. Experimental Station, 6100 S Blackstone Ave, Chicago. Metabolic Balance – 9:30-10:30am. Healthy weight loss through personalized all-natural nutritional program. If you are serious about taking steps forward to achieve a healthy lifestyle and your ideal weight make your intention a realty. Free consultation ($150 value). Mind Body Health Center, 6650 N Northwest Hwy, Ste 215, Chicago. For appt: 773-614-6454. Midewin Ranger Hike to Bison Pasture – May 6-Oct 28. 11am-12pm. See Sun listing. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. Introduction to Heartland Meditation – 2-3pm. Learn how the guided, subtraction meditation technique brings positive changes real results. An eye-opening session showing how to reflect on the cluttered thoughts to discard those from the mind. Free. Heartland Meditation, 1444 S Butterfield Rd, Mundelein. 224-433-6338.

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HEALTH PRODUCTS 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.

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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.

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Nirvana Naturopathics 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook 60062 847-715-9044 Trained in both Western and Oriental Medicine, we use acupuncture and a dietary approach along with herbal medicine to resolve musculoskeletal pain, internal medicine health issues, insomnia, anxiety and women’s health. We accept major insurances. Schedule your initial appointment on  to find out if acupuncture can help you. Get a healthier and alternative approach to your chronic health conditions. See ad on page 23.

BODYWORK NATIONAL LYMPHATIC CENTERS Sharon M Vogel, LMT, CLT, BCTMB 5002a Main St, Downers Grove 630-241-4100

Sharon Vogel is referred to by Mayo Clinic practitioners, national surgeons and physicians. She offers 27 years’ experience and is Nationally Board Certified, specializing in oncology massage, lymph drainage MLD and myofascial release JFB MFR—all to help assist clients in regaining health. Free consult and treatment the second Sunday of each month,  12-2pm  in Downers Grove with RSVP.



Since 1996, Dr. Linda Howe has been teaching and writing about the Akashic Records, the sacred archive of our Souls’ past, present and future possibilities. The Records offer transformation by lending us exactly the wisdom, guidance, and energetic support that we need in this lifetime. Learn more at


Specializing in Pediatric & Adult Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Buffalo Grove 847-541-4878 Vernon Hills 224-206-7903 Dedicated to the highest standards in allergy, asthma and immunology care, we strive to maintain a patient-centered focus while providing comprehensive and quality service. All ages and ailments are welcome, and will benefit from our holistic and integrative approach to immune support and sleep. Member: North Shore Independent Physician Coalition. See ad on page 25.

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


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


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


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


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

MARNY TURVILL, MD Evanston 60201 847-644-8540

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


The research is overwhelming on the benefits of using phytocannabinoids from hemp. As a certified holistic health advisor, let me help answer your questions and see if hemp oil extract is right for you. Over thousands of studies support the therapeutic benefits of phytocannabinoid diols for over 250 health conditions. I offer the world’s best, one-of-akind hemp extract that has the power of intravenous therapy within a convenient oral, liposomal delivery system. Visit our website or attend a local presentation to learn more about this new science.  Get involved with this revolution in health. We are looking for professionals and influencers to work with contact me for more info. See ad on page 23.

HEALTHY LIVING INTERNATIONAL Susan Heinemann 847-769-3547 (call/text)

I invite you to try the world’s finest hemp extract products and start feeling better. Scientific studies show that phytocannabinoids found in hemp oil provide therapeutic benefits for more than 250 common health issues. Our hemp oil is easy to take orally, and formulated for greatest absorption and effectiveness. I am looking to lock arms with business and health minded people. Visit my website or attend a local presentation to learn more. Call or text 847-769-3547.

ENERGY HEALING NOWSTUDIO.CO AND MOJO OWL Logan Square location and MojoOwl 773-413-0749

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


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

HOLISTIC DENTISTRY 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 5.


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 ads on pages 7 and 49.


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


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


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



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


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, fluoridefree office, electrodermal screening, homeopathy, cranial osteopathy, orthodontics and jaw orthopedics, laser treatment of gum disease and ozone therapy.


1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-348-0822 GYROTONIC® and  GYROKINESIS®  exercises work for everyone: youth, adult, seniors, injured, back pain, underexercised, weekend warriors and elite athletes. Enjoy this natural way to gain flexibility and mobility, taught by licensed senior trainer and studio director Amy Pena. Call today to schedule  individual and group training sessions. See ad on page 15.

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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. See ad on page 30.


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.



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.


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.




Cyndy is a Registered Natural Health Practitioner specializing in natural and herbal medicine. She uses a combination of biological analysis of internal organs, checking for food stressors, detoxification and other natural treatments to promote immune, gastrointestinal, mental and emotional wellness.

Experience comprehensive holistic health care. Using a unique combination of therapies including functional medicine, nutrition, physical therapy and chiropractic care, we identify and treat the true cause of problems and not just symptoms. Let us help you get back into your life.

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KOLODZIEJ CLINIC OF NATURAL MEDICINE Dr. Leon Kolodziej DC, MH, PhD 7742 W Addison St, Chicago 60634 773-589-9996

Dr. Kolodziej is degreed or certified in chiropractic, herbal medicine, physiotherapy, acupuncture, sports medicine and nutrition. We use a diverse regime of all-natural treatments including organic herbal supplements compounded specifically for each patient’s conditions. A master herbalist as well as a chiropractor, Dr. K has over 30 years’ experience in treating chronic and non-responsive hard to treat conditions including leaky gut, psoriasis, candida, chronic fatigue and many others. Complete programs for diet, body cleansing and anti-parasite is available. Check out his products at See ad on page 35.


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.


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

MIND BODY HEALING CENTER 77 W Washington, Ste 1704 Chicago 60602 312-285-5287

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As a community of alternative health care providers, we treat both the emotional and physical aspects of your health, and specialize in depression, anxiety, women’s health and pain management in private and group sessions. We provide psychotherapy, diagnostic assessment, chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition, massage, energy work, yoga classes, meditation and more. Insurance accepted. Available evening and weekends.


Inner Child Connection Ltd 847-971-1221 Having unique training and experience, Dr. Funda Kahn offers myriad techniques customized for individuals and groups to create peace and harmony in their lives. Trained as an oral surgeon, she committed her life to healing souls. Teaching hypnosis, self-hypnosis, EFT, and “inner child connection” are only the beginning of what she can provide. “Feelings buried alive never die.” – Karol Truman. See ad on page 27.

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

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


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

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


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



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.


150 S Wacker Dr, Ste 2400, Chicago 60606 866-566-9494 Our practice focuses on helping people who want to reach a resolution and stay out of court. Some of our services include mediation, collaborative family law, adoption, guardianship, and wills and trusts.


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 29.

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

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


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



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 21st Anniversary Gala May 18 includes free practitioners fair, elegant dinner and keynote with Michael Beckwith. Daylong workshop with Michael Beckwith, Spiritual Liberation, May 19. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental. Call or email for a free course guide. See ad on page 25.

2177 Shermer Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-963-6094 Whole Body Thermometry (WBT) is a safe, accurate, prevention-centered way to assess functional changes in the body. This infrared scanning device is accurately and efficiently driven by sophisticated mathematical algorithms. WBT works by identifying specific temperature patterns coming from internal organs, before and after the body is exposed to a cooling stress. See ad on page 27.

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My friend recommended I try shiatsu to help heal my lingering injuries from several car accidents and sports injuries—including a torn disk and two bulging disks in my lower back, ongoing stiffness and pain in my neck and shoulders, and difficulty walking and exercising due to misfiring of the nerves in my left leg. After three one-hour Zen Shiatsu treatments, I regained flexibility, strength, and felt no pain continuously for four months. Deep healing has occurred in my body, mind, spirit and soul! My outlook is more positive, re-vitalized, and filled with bright hope for the future. Is it any wonder I am taking the Beginning Zen Shiatsu course to learn more about this wonderful healing art?

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


Start a Career in Shiatsu Therapy. E-mail or call 847-864-1130 to sign up today! Beginning Zen Shiatsu 10-Week Summer Session Jun 21 - Aug 23, Thu, 7-10pm 2-Weekend Intensive Jul 20-22 & 27-29, Fri 7-10pm, Sat/Sun 9am-4pm 10-Week Fall Sessions Sep 4 - Nov 6, Tue, 11am-2pm Sep 5 - Nov 7, Wed, 7-10pm or try one of our

Free Introductory Workshops May 16, Wednesday, 10:00am-12:30pm June 14, Thursday, 7:00-9:30pm To view more class times, visit:


The Massage School Alternative Holistic bodywork rooted in Asian healing philosophies 825 CHICAGO AVENUE, EVANSTON


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May 2018 Natural Awakenings Chicago magazine  

Chicago's premier source of information for leading a healthy, sustainable lifestyle!

May 2018 Natural Awakenings Chicago magazine  

Chicago's premier source of information for leading a healthy, sustainable lifestyle!