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Contents 16 INTEGRATIVE
Medicine Embraces Holistic Modalities
20 STAYING FIT IN 2021
Workout Trends Bend to the Times
22 HEALING THE WHOLE CHILD
Holistic Pediatricians Go Beyond Meds
25 TERRY WAHLS
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26 LOSE WEIGHT
How to Eat to Feel and Look Your Best
28 CLIMATE ANXIETY Navigating Our Emotions as the Planet Changes
30 FRUGAL WELLNESS Healthy Living on a Tight Budget
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It is with fondness that I reflect upon Spinelli’s words. The turn of a new year is like a blank page to the writer, a new canvas to the artist, a first step on the trail to the runner or fresh powder to the downhill skier. A new year welcomes opportunity for change, growth, reflection and remembrance. The page has officially been turned on the 2020 chapter of our lives. Through the adversity we faced, we have also grown. Through the challenges, we have persevered. Through loss, we have found love and hope. Although our lives will never be the same with everything this past year has thrown at us, here we are. I admit, there were times I wanted to toss the whole year right out the window. Yet this life is the only one we have, and time is a most precious thing. If we continue to focus on life in 2020 through a darkened lens, our whole worldview can easily become clouded and gray. Instead, I believe that it is okay for us to rest, take a breath and take a break. The whole world is feeling this weight. As a good friend of mine often reminds me, “Choose the path of love.” With that in mind, I hope we can all find hope, forgiveness, kindness and a touch of optimism as we navigate these foreign waters of time. 2021 is a fresh new start to embrace the little things such as a warm meal, loved ones, and the many opportunities that we do have to stay healthy and happy right here in our community. This January, Natural Awakenings brings Milwaukee a plethora of health and wellness ideas to keep you mentally and physically well. We offer insight to keep our kids healthy from a holistic perspective in our Healthy Kids department, and we divulge tips for living a healthy lifestyle on a budget in the article “Frugal Wellness.” Our Conscious Eating article explores ways to lose weight the healthy way, and our Fit Body department reveals workout trends that will keep us on track during these changing times. In our feature article, we share the latest on the integration of holistic health in hospitals, which is key to treating the whole person as opposed to just symptoms. Better health outcomes occur when we move past just “treating disease” and, instead, focus upstream and take actions toward creating a healthy life, preventing illness in the first place. We also share insight from many local health providers who weigh in on these topics and more. Whatever 2021 has in store for you, Natural Awakenings wishes you a wonderful new year. We hope that you find peace, strength, love and good health. Stay well, Milwaukee. Jordan Peschek, RN-BSN Publisher
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uppa Tosa is a locally owned coffee shop serving Milwaukeebased Stone Creek coffee, along with food made in house. They also have gifts crafted by local artists. Located on the corner of Bluemound and Mayfair roads, the shop opened this past fall and strives to be a comforting place where people can enjoy hand-crafted espresso beverages or a cup of fresh-brewed coffee in a friendly atmosphere. The menu offers simple yet flavorful scratch-made breakfast and lunch items, including sandwiches, paninis, soups, salads and desserts. The café is owned by siblings Vita and Tony Fugarino, whose parents, Joseph and Angeline, were proud owners of Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant, located on that same corner for more than 25 years. “In the time of COVID-19, it is important to support local businesses. We want to provide our guests a welcoming place to relax, visit with friends or get some work done. During this time, a change in scenery can boost mood and productivity,” says Vita. Hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Dine-in, takeout and curbside pickup services are available. Location: 418 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa. For more information, call 262-770-3187, email Info@CuppaTosa.com or visit CuppaTosa.com.
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In just the first month of the 2020 pandemic, the use of antianxiety medications increased by 34 percent among Americans, according to pharmaceutical surveys. Because select serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) in particular tend to lose their effectiveness over time, some sufferers may take heart in a new study in Current Clinical Pharmacology. Iranian researchers gave one gram of ashwagandha root extract (Withania somnifera) each day for six weeks to 22 patients with generalized anxiety disorder and a placebo to a second group of 18. People in both groups were also put on SSRIs. Anxiety scores for the ashwagandha group improved by week two and kept improving during the study, significantly outperforming the scores of the control group. The extract was considered safe and free of side effects.
Something as simple as a mother’s vitamin D level can have a future impact on her children, a study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shows. Researchers examined 20 years of health data from 754 Boston-area mothers and their children and found that preeclampsia—abnormally high blood pressure during pregnancy—was linked to a higher systolic blood pressure in the children during their early and teen years. However, the effect was minimized or even eliminated among children exposed to higher levels of vitamin D in the womb, as measured by blood levels in the umbilical cord. 10
Smiling Makes for More Positive Thoughts
According to research from the University of South Australia published in Experimental Psychology, the act of smiling and moving facial muscles can trick our mind into taking a more positive attitude. The study evaluated a real smile as well as an artificial one induced when participants held a pen between their teeth, finding that in either case, this facial muscular activity alters our perception of facial and body expressions and generates more positive emotions. The research found that the practice of forcefully smiling will stimulate the amygdala, the emotional center of the brain, which releases neurotransmitters to encourage an emotionally positive state. By inducing the brain into perceiving stimuli as happy, the mechanism could potentially be used to boost mental health.
Vitamin D Important for Reducing Risk of Preeclampsia
A downside of the rising number of caesarean (C-section) births is that it deprives babies of contact with bacteria from the mother’s gut microbiome, which impoverishes the baby’s own microbiome and raises the risk of allergies and obesity later in life, as studies show. Previously, researchers swabbed C-section babies’ mouths with vaginal bacteria, but it had no effect. In fact, the valuable gut bacteria are released in the mother’s fecal matter during the messy process of birth. In a pilot study, doctors from the University of Helsinki tested 17 mothers that were about to need C-sections and chose seven that had fecal matter free of pathogens and antibiotics. After the babies were born, doctors used a syringe to feed the infants a tiny amount of the previously harvested fecal matter mixed with breast milk. The babies had no negative responses. Within three weeks, those babies’ gut flora came to resemble more strongly the gut flora of babies born vaginally than that of those born through C-sections.
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Generosity Fosters Increased Longevity
A new study published in the journal PNAS suggests that people that share more live longer because the act of giving and receiving increases wellbeing. The recipient benefits directly from the gift, while the giver benefits indirectly through emotional satisfaction. Co-authors Fanny Kluge and Tobias Vogt found a strong relationship between a society’s generosity and the average life expectancy of its members. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, in Rostock, Germany, conclude that people are living longer in societies where members support each other with resources. Residents of African countries such as Senegal and South Africa share the lowest percentage of their lifetime income and have the highest mortality rate of the countries studied. Western European countries and Japan transfer more to the youngest and oldest, and their mortality rates are lower. Kluge notes that the relationship between generosity and lifetime income doesn’t depend on whether the benefits come from the state or from the wider community.
Nitrous Oxide Hastens Global Warming
Rising nitrous oxide (N20) emissions are jeopardizing the climate goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, according to a study published in the journal Nature, which was spearheaded by professor Hanson Tian at Auburn University, and included scientists from 48 research institutions in 14 countries. Researchers report that the growing use of nitrogen fertilizers in worldwide food production is causing the alarming increase in atmospheric concentrations of this greenhouse gas, which is 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide and remains in the atmosphere for more than 100 years. N20 is considered the most significant human-induced agent depleting the stratospheric ozone layer. Notably, the study shows that the colorless gas has risen 20 percent from pre-industrial levels—from 270 parts per billion (ppb) in 1750 to 331 ppb in 2018—with the fastest growth observed in the last 50 years, due to emissions from human activities.
A new paper in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B may explain why some animals, including birds, fish and lobsters, are able to sense the Earth’s magnetic fields. It allows sea turtles to return to the beach where they were born. Researchers hypothesize that this ability comes from a symbiotic relationship with magnetotactic bacteria that are influenced by magnetic fields, including the Earth’s. In support of this theory, Robert Fitak, assistant professor at the University of Central Florida Department of Biology and co-author of the paper, drew from one of the largest genetic databases of its kind, the Metagenomic Rapid Annotations using Subsystems Technology, to identify the presence of these magnetotactic bacteria in animal samples. The researchers are working to develop a genetic test to help with further study. They have not yet identified exactly where the bacteria live in the animals, although they theorize that it could be associated with nervous tissue like the eye or brain. Learning how organisms interact with magnetic fields could facilitate our use of them for navigation, while also understanding how human modifications of magnetism—such as constructing power lines—might be affecting biodiversity. This knowledge may also help develop therapeutic drug delivery systems.
New Fabric Generates Solar Energy
Scientists at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology have developed a material that works like a luminescent solar concentrator for producing energy directly where needed that can even be applied to textiles. Because people are constantly on the move and dependent on a power supply to recharge smartphones, tablets and laptops, the needed electricity will come from our clothing by means of the new polymer applied on textile fibers, jackets and T-shirts. Based on amphiphilic polymer co-networks already available on the market in the form of silicone-hydrogel contact lenses, this new material is permeable to air and water vapor, as well as flexible and stable. The luminescent solar concentrators capture and transfer diffuse ambient light to a solar cell that converts it into electrical energy. By adding two different luminescent materials to the gel tissue, the solar concentrator becomes flexible, preventing the textile to which it is attached from becoming brittle or susceptible to cracking, or accumulating water vapor in the form of sweat. srikalyanexportindiacom
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Globalization and cheap labor have lowered clothing prices so much that many people view garments as disposable—a phenomenon called “fast fashion”. Magazines and other influencers create demand for trendy items each season, inciting us to overfill our closets and toss last year’s fads, leading to a more than doubling of worldwide consumption since 2000. It’s a vicious cycle with a huge pollution footprint. The textile industry expels about 1.2 billion tons of CO2 per year. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, the fashion industry produces 10 percent of humanity’s carbon emissions and 20 percent of global wastewater. Every second, the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is either landfilled or burned. Polyester, a petroleum-based plastic found in about 60 percent of garments, doesn’t break down in the ocean, where half a million tons of microfibers end up every year. It takes about 2,000 gallons of water to manufacture just one pair of jeans, and textile dyeing is the second largest polluter of waterways. To embrace a more sustainable lifestyle, reject fast fashion; buy good-quality, longer-lasting garments; and mend them to prolong their useful life. Whether it’s reattach-
ing a button, patching a worn sleeve or sewing a hem, mending is a way to love and care for clothing and reject the notion that new is always better. Another option is to rely on a local seamstress or tailor to take care of mending needs. For the do-ityourselfer, there are many ingenious products available besides needle and thread to help complete simple repairs—iron-on patches, fusible interfacing, mending glue and tape— as well as helpful instructional online videos and sewing classes at local fabric stores. SewGuide.com is an excellent resource for step-by-step instructions and creative ideas. Building upon the vintage-wear market, a new trend has emerged called visible mending. In the past, mended clothes might have been interpreted as exposing a family’s lack of funds or status, but today it’s a concept we proudly embrace. Mending a hole or tear with embroidery is a great way to add whimsy and creative expression. By incorporating colorful threads and fancy stitching techniques, as well as beads, decorative buttons, ribbons and appliqués, we can turn off-the-rack items into unique, wearable art. To cover stains, consider using fabric paint to add a pretty flower or bold political slogan.
Alive Chiropractic Restoring Function to Help the Body Heal Itself by Sheila Julson
r. Rob Fugiel of Alive Chiropractic is noticing a slow shift away from the paradigm of conventional medicine that relies on advanced invasive procedures. “We are starting to see some of the repercussions of choosing medications or surgery first, versus trying more conservative approaches that address underlying issues,” he says. Fugiel opened Alive Chiropractic in 2018 with the goal of empowering families through natural health. He points out that chiropractic is a safe, natural alternative— one that can be utilized at the beginning, before advancing to more invasive procedures such as medication or surgery. “There are times when these procedures are necessary, but about 30 percent of our practice is comprised of patients that already had spinal surgery, and either found that it didn’t make much of a difference or that their situation has gotten worse. Chiropractic is a great way to start because it addresses underlying issues in structure. Starting with corrective measures that are less invasive always leads to better longterm outcomes.” As a neurologically based chiropractor’s office, Fugiel and his staff use gentle approaches and the latest technological advancements to promote spinal health, which in turn can restore healthy body function. The spinal nerve carries motor, sensory and autonomic signals between the spinal cord and the rest of body, Fugiel explains. When mechanical stressors shift
the spine, it puts pressure on the nerves which interferes with their signals, leading to other health issues. “You don’t always have to have neck or back pain to have structural issues with your spine. That’s why we utilize state-ofthe-art technology to objectively test your progress throughout care,” he divulges. “We use a very specific, gentle approach to align the spinal structure so that it takes pressure off of the nerves, which relieves stress in the body and allows one to heal naturally.” Rather than focusing on symptoms or specific conditions, Fugiel says that he gets the best outcomes from restoring overall body function, whether a patient is an infant or an octogenarian. He’s certified in the Torque Release Technique (TRT), which adjusts the spine while the patient is in a relaxed position. The technique delivers the perfect amount of force, compared to traditional spinal adjustments that require the stretching and manual thrusting of the spine through force. TRT is the latest, most advanced chiropractic technique of this century, Fugiel says. It is the result of years of research and study, and it’s drawn from seven other chiropractic techniques. Fugiel had the privilege of training in TRT while working with Dr. Erik Brower, an esteemed chiropractor based in Newburgh, New York. “It’s the main technique I use because its precision is consistent with the great outcomes it achieves,” he notes. “It’s also gentle, so it’s a great alternative to traditional manual
You don’t always have to have neck or back pain to have structural issues with your spine.
Rob Fugiel chiropractic techniques since it does not require any of the twisting, turning or cracking that many individuals are wary of.” Fugiel is also certified in the Webster Technique through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). “The Webster Technique was designed to establish proper pelvic biomechanics and help the supporting ligaments in pregnant women in order to promote a more comfortable, safer, and easier birth for both mom and baby. It also helps with the common pregnancy ailments such as low back pain and sciatica.” The staff at Alive Chiropractic strives to create a warm, healing environment. They focus on personal interactions and creating a positive experience. Fugiel nurtures his staff through hands-on education, and he shares health information through a comprehensive blog on Alive Chiropractic’s website. The practice also gives back to the community throughout the year by organizing collections for food pantries, back-to-school drives and humane society events. Alive Chiropractic is located at 12930 W. Bluemound Rd., Elm Grove. For more information, call 262-955-8867 or visit GoAliveChiro.com. January 2021
Angel Light Continues as Beacon for Healing Arts
by Sheila Julson
heri Bauer founded Angel Light LLC in 2006 with a vision to create a tranquil, compassionate space for people to grow their spiritual awareness and learn about metaphysical and spiritual healing. Today, with a retail component, two treatment rooms for energy healers and a community room for hosting an array of classes and events, Angel Light has organically evolved into a comprehensive space for the healing arts. Like most establishments, the ongoing pandemic has forced changes to her business model, but Bauer believes that focusing intention in the right place can help weather most challenges. “After 14 full years in business, it’s been a challenging, yet enlightening, 2020,” she reflects. “In spite of COVID-19 and our twomonth shutdown in spring, our healing arts community stepped up beautifully and helped us get through.” In order to keep people engaged, Bauer and her staff implemented online formats for many of their classes, such as chakra balancing, ancestral healing, runes and mediumship. They added remote readings and personal shopping experiences, increased their social media presence, and updated the website to a more user-friendly shopping cart model. They also added intuitive gift boxes—which Bauer personally creates for each customer based solely on intuition—and curbside pickup. Mask policies and strict social distancing standards 14
for walk-in customers were immediately implemented upon reopening in May. As people search for ways to take care of themselves during the pandemic, Bauer notes that the summer to early fall of 2020 was one of the busiest times they’ve experienced. “Angel Light is not just a place to shop, it’s an experience,” she says. “I think people were so missing that sense of community and ability to talk to somebody who would get where they were coming from, and Angel Light offers that personal experience. That pent-up feeling of loneliness, and dealing with a pandemic, opened up a surge of people interested in coming to Angel Light.” Bauer emphasizes that the classes are designed to be enlightening and informative, thus helping people move forward on their life journeys. Her popular crystal classes teach people how to use and purchase crystals, the many stages of crystal healing, the intricacies of clear quartz and crystal shapes, how they’re used for charka balancing, how to incorporate crystals into an intention grid and how to use them for a stone facial/self-massage. Once society can safely return to some pre-pandemic ways of life, Bauer will resume Angel Light’s successful School of Sound and Healing. Held annually for one weekend per month for four months, the school offers an overview of sound, the fundamentals of using sound in healing, and the specific genres of sound. Students
explore instruments such as Tibetan singing bowls, crystal bowls, drums, tuning forks, gongs and Peruvian whistling vessels. The classes are based on experiential learning and developed protocols. The retail component of Angel Light supports the classes. They carry more than 80,000 crystals, which Bauer says are their bestselling items. In addition, they carry metaphysical accessories and decorations such as wall hangings; pottery; handmade crystal and stone jewelry; books that support Angel Light’s metaphysical teachings; natural healing candles; greeting cards; incense and smudge sticks; singing bowls, tingshas cymbals and handmade drums; tarot decks and oracle cards; and New Age CDs, as well as essential oils and chemicalfree soaps and sprays. Having worked in the corporate world for 25 years, Bauer’s business background—as well as her completion of classes offered through Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC)— prepared her to fully understand the “ins and outs” of business ownership. Her spiritual beliefs also helped, guiding her to set an intention for a business that was not focused on money as the bottom line. “I wanted to create a different business model with a belief that places focus on the value of the human spirit and the worth of each individual when assisting people,” she concludes. “With the help of the community, we hope to be able to sustain and grow our businesses and come out of this challenge better than when we went into it. Our prayer is for the entire world; it’s not all about Angel Light, it’s about everybody. Everyone has been affected by what’s been going on this past year—some more profoundly than others—and it’s our hope and prayer that Angel Light will continue to serve as a beacon of light. It is a business where all are welcomed and served.” Angel Light LLC Center for Healing Arts is located at 13300 Watertown Plank Rd., Elm Grove. For more information, call 262-7873001 or visit AngelLightShopping.com. See listing, page 37. Sheila Julson is a freelance writer for Natural Awakenings magazine.
Myofascial Release Therapist Looks Beyond Symptoms
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management and veteriave Vollmers of Specialized nary sciences, but he later Therapy Service became uncertain about has a keen ability to think what he wanted to do. outside the box, which While working two eventually led him to the jobs—one as a bartender John F. Barnes’ Myofascial and one at the MilwauRelease (MFR) approach kee County Medical while working as an ocCollege morgue, where cupational therapist. When he obtained research Vollmers saw how the specimens—he thought hands-on method of treatabout how his high school ing restrictions of fascia girlfriend’s mother had (soft tissue) had helped a talked about occupational factory employee, he knew therapy. “For whatever he was on to something. reason, that stuck in the “My brain works as a meback of my mind,” he says. chanic. Wherever it takes He decided to call Curative Dave Vollmers me, it takes me, whether it’s Care to ask if he could conventional or not,” he says. shadow a therapist in their rehabilitative Fascia is the body’s connective tissue hand clinic. While there, he found that he and looks similar to the pith of an orliked that setting and returned to UWange, covering muscles and joints. Fascia Milwaukee, but he was unable to get into can eventually tighten, lose elasticity and the school’s occupational therapy program. become restrictive, Vollmers explains. While bartending one evening, he MFR uses gentle yet steady and sustained met a nurse that had told him about Conpressure to release fascia restrictions by cordia University’s new occupational thersoftening and elongating tissue. apy program. He applied and was accepted. “MFR is basically two theories,” he During one of his shifts at the morgue, he elaborates. “One: Never force, and you’ll happened to meet Dr. Leah Dvorak, who never injure. To do that, you have to get would end up being his anatomy profesrid of your ego and put patients first, asksor, as well as a powerful mentor while he ing them what they need. Two: You have pursued an occupational therapy degree. to listen to patients’ symptoms and look elsewhere for the cause. We have intelDiscovering Myofascial Release ligently designed bodies that know when After graduating from Concordia, Vollmers something is damaged from stress, poor eventually worked as the rehab and fitness posture or injury; it has to compensate. If director at the former Delphi Corp., in the left side is hurting, the right side will Oak Creek. It was there that he discovered take over.” the effectiveness of MFR, a treatment that Vollmers, an avid outdoorsman and softens and elongates fascia, thus increasa high school athlete, had attended coling range of motion, improving blood lege on and off throughout the University flow and stimulating the body’s autoimof Wisconsin system. He had originally planned to pursue a degree in wildlife mune response.
“A factory worker had neck pain and needed therapy, but he said, ‘You can’t help me. Everybody else has tried and failed,’” Vollmers recalls. Vollmers remembered that his wife, also a therapist, had once talked about MFR. Instinctively, Vollmers tried MFR on his patient with the neck pain. The patient left, still skeptical that he had been helped. “The next day, that burly guy came running toward me. At first, he seemed angry. I thought, ‘This isn’t going to end well,’” Vollmers laughs. “But he hugged me and said he had slept soundly for the first time in four years. He didn’t have any more neck pain.” Realizing MFR’s effectiveness, Vollmers heard that John F. Barnes, PT, would be in Madison to teach his gentle MFR technique, so he signed up for a class. “Barnes started talking about anatomy, and I soon realized he knew more than most of the anatomy professors I had studied under. At that point, it was clear I was in the right spot,” Vollmers says. When Delphi Corp. began downsizing and closing its U.S. plants, Vollmers decided to strike out on his own. In February 2002 he formed Specialized Therapy Services—a dedicated myofascial release clinic—which, for 16 years, was located at the intersection of 92nd and Center streets in Milwaukee before they moved to a larger location in Elm Grove. Vollmers has accumulated over 500 hours of courses, and has also worked for the Myofascial Release Treatment Centers and seminars as an assistant instructor to Barnes. He uses MFR to treat adults and children, and he incorporates reiki and craniosacral therapy into services. He accepts insurance. Helping people become mobile and pain-free motivates Vollmers every day. “When I hear people say things like ‘my back pain is gone,’ that’s why I do what I do,” he enthuses. Specialized Therapy Services is located at 890 Elm Grove Rd., Ste. 1-1, Elm Grove. For more information or to make an appointment, call 414-778-1341 or visit SpecializedTherapy Services.com. See ad, page 9. Sheila Julson is a freelance writer for Natural Awakenings magazine. January 2021
Integrative Hospital Care Medicine Embraces Holistic Modalities by Marlaina Donato
hirty years ago, hospital patients were treated for symptoms based on the Western medical model, and holistic modalities were excluded, largely due to a lack of reliable scientific studies. More recently, because of promising research, the traditional template is expanding. The Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health encompasses 75 university health centers and health systems that offer integrative approaches—a remarkable seven-fold increase in 21 years. America’s top hospitals, including the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the Mayo Clinic, the Duke University Medical Center and the Yale New Haven Hospital, now offer therapies such as acupuncture, reiki, homeopathy, touch therapy, yoga, clinical aromatherapy and chiropractic. 16
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According to a report in Advances in Medical Education and Practice, nearly half of Americans receiving medical care use alternative medicine (although 80 percent don’t inform their doctors) and physicians agree on the importance of further research and training in such modalities. A 2017 University of California survey published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that hospital patients of all ages were willing to pay out of pocket for healthier food, therapeutic massage and energy work.
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“Research has repeatedly shown that even with full medical access and optimal medical treatments, a population’s health improves by only about 15 to 20 percent. The rest comes from lifestyle, environment and
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the social and personal determinants of health. Even factors like emotional health, what you feel is your purpose in life and what motivates you to be healthy plays a role,” says physician Wayne Jonas, in Alexandria, Virginia, a clinical professor of family medicine at Georgetown University and former director of the World Health Organization Center for Traditional Medicine. As executive director of Samueli Integrative Health Programs, which aims to make integrative health regular and routine, Jonas emphasizes that patients become healthier and medical costs are reduced when they are engaged in the healing process. For Jonas, the shift toward integrative health care has become most evident during the current opioid crisis and the search for non-pharmacological ap-
proaches like acupuncture and therapeutic massage therapy for pain management. “The evidence body for many of these approaches has grown tremendously over just the past five years, and has shown a spotlight on what works and what doesn’t. These approaches are now recommended in national guidelines as mainstream for chronic pain.” Denise Millstine, integrative physician and internal medicine specialist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, concurs: “The opiate crisis is an example of the need to broaden our clinical toolbox to incorporate care strategies that are less risky. I believe this change has been multifactorial, based on patient demand and more awareness of the importance of lifestyle management.” Patient demand is also fueled by a desire to avoid medication side effects. In 1998, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that 106,000 hospital deaths take place each year from adverse reactions to prescription drugs. With more than half of Americans already taking a pharmaceutical drug, and three being the average, adverse side effects can easily mount in a hospital setting. For Millstine, integrative medicine offers many solutions. “We might recommend the best medication or provide cutting-edge therapies, but without considering stress management, resilience, movement and what people ingest, it’s hard to get optimal results. Integrative medicine expanded my approach to include nutrition, exercise, mind-body (connection), spirituality and other medical philosophies like Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the patient’s therapeutic plan.”
of soft lighting and music, and performed by trained doctors, as well as licensed acupuncturists with a firm TCM foundation. Integrative health care addresses the emotions that accompany a cancer diagnosis, and patients undergoing conventional treatment now have access to not only acupuncture but therapeutic massage, meditation, movement therapy, clinical aromatherapy, herbal applications, biofeedback and yoga. Millstine says of theMayo Clinic, “We have oncology-trained massage providers who are comfortable with what is and what isn’t safe after someone has had a cancer diagnosis and/ or treatment.” Jonas highlights that when given under the supervision of a doctor and with conventional cancer care, complementary therapies may help people to manage cancer symptoms, boost overall well-being, better handle side effects of treatment and reduce the risk of cancer recurrence. “Integrative cancer care can help by activating one’s ability to heal and feel better physically and emotionally,” he says. “Lectures on nutrition, yoga classes and support groups for cancer patients are now common.” The Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program, launched by American fashion designer Donna Karan in 2009 after her husband died from cancer, partners with heavy hitters such as the American Cancer Society and the Beth Israel Medical Cen-
ter, in New York City. In many hospital settings, Urban Zen is creating “Zen dens”, calming nooks where staff can discuss cases with colleagues, take a break for selfcare or talk to their patients in a nurturing environment. Urban Zen’s dedication to healthcare integration is international and promotes therapeutic applications of reiki, essential oil therapy, nutrition and other contemplative care.
Energy Medicine Goes Mainstream
“Alternative therapies are no longer considered ‘alternative’ when conventional medicine adopts them—for example, using calcium and vitamin D supplements, which are a standard consideration,” says Millstine. “With high-deductible plans, many patients are accustomed to paying out of pocket for care, thus making payment for alternative providers possibly more palatable.” Reiki, a Japanese form of energy medicine once considered alternative, is now offered at major hospitals like Yale New Haven, where it’s given free of charge to cancer patients. Many hospitals are also offering classes in energy work to families of patients, hospital staff and the community. “A medical doctor introduced me to the practice when my grandmother was diagnosed with lung cancer,” says Denise Baron, a Philadelphia-based reiki practi-
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A 2016 meta-analysis by Taipei Medical University published in the journal PLOS ONE concluded that certain applications of acupuncture reduce pain and opioid use on the first day after surgery. Acupuncture—an ancient modality based on the concept of energy meridians in the body—is also offered in many major hospitals to offset the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Acupuncture treatments at the Mayo Clinic are given in a calming atmosphere January 2021
tioner who works with referrals from clients and wellness professionals. “A hospital does not hire me directly, but the staff know I am available. I’ve worked on patients post-surgery, during and after births, people with cancer and people in hospice. I would say 96 percent of clients walk away with a deep experience of peace, harmony and lower stress levels.” Most recently, she has seen an increase in nurses asking for support during stressful times, with many wanting to learn how to practice reiki themselves. According to a 2017 study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, reiki is more effective than a placebo and activates the parasympathetic nervous system via the vagus nerve. Results include lower blood pressure and less anxiety and depression. Other research shows that the modality also reduces nausea, improves appetite and lessens fatigue.
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Collaborating with physicians and holistic practitioners, nurses play a key role in integrative hospital care. “We all work together to facilitate the client towards a higher level of well-being. Each profession brings something to the table,” says Margaret Erickson, in Cedar Park, Texas, CEO of the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation. The nurse’s role in a patient’s healing journey is an intimate one, and holistic nurses ensure that the whole patient is tended to. “The roots of holistic nursing, grounded in holism, were
verbalized over 150 years ago by Florence Nightingale,” says Erickson. “She believed in the mind-body-spirit-emotion connections and that all aspects need to be nurtured in order for people to heal.” Due to increased demand, more nursing schools are creating educational programs grounded in holistic philosophy, she says. “What makes a nurse holistic is not the skills or alternative therapies she/he/they do, but rather how they show up in their interactions with others. They value and recognize that they are gifted with sharing a person’s most vulnerable moments, and that this shared space is sacred.” Some holistic nurses may use healing therapies such as guided imagery, aromatherapy, energy work, bodywork, deep breathing, mindfulness and meditation to help both their clients and other healthcare providers. Those in the field of integrative medicine agree that the future of medicine is now. “People are becoming more self-aware and taking responsibility for their health and life. Consciousness is growing [by] leaps and bounds,” says Baron. Jonas, drawing on 40 years of experience, agrees. “By working as partners with our patients to help find the care that works for them, we can help them achieve better health and quality of life.” Marlaina Donato is the author of several books and a composer. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.
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Health and the Power of Human Connection
If you have an interest, explore it with others. Take an in-person yoga class instead of doing it from home; sign up for an art class; or join your local group bike ride. The more you challenge yourself to be around others with similar interests, the more likely it will be that friendships and connection will happen organically.
by Amanda Couturier
n the wake of COVID-19, people are experiencing the disastrous effects that the lack of human connection can have on their overall well-being. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, love and belonging are third-tier needs, suggesting that humans cannot become the best version of themselves until they feel a sense of love and belonging. As it turns out, there may be actual proof that being with others impacts one’s health on a much deeper level than we could imagine. Enter sociogenomics, a field of study that looks at how and to what degree the genome is affected by social factors. Current research suggests that situations such as isolation, loneliness and conflict can negatively impact the expression of one’s genes. In a January 2018 Annual Review of Psychology article, Brigham Young University researcher Julianne Holt-Lunstad presents evidence that the lack of social connection is actually a risk factor for premature mortality. Of course, it stands to reason that the opposite is also true. This was demonstrated in an October 2019 Psychosomatic Medicine article, which shows that positive social connection activates anti-inflammatory and antiviral pathways. People encounter many barriers to accessing the curative power of relationships. Two common reasons are that people do not know how to engage in positive relationships, and that there is a perceived lack of opportunity to meet and engage with people that they can relate to. Trauma,
unhealthy patterns and low self-worth can inhibit one’s willingness to be vulnerable enough to enter into a supportive relationship. If you identify as someone who struggles to form healthy, lasting connection with others, or you see that there have been unhealthy patterns modeled for you in childhood, seeing a therapist is a great step to take toward healing and change. Even for people who do not struggle with relationships, finding others to connect with can be quite a challenge. In school, we are required to be in daily situations with our peers, but as an adult it can be a daunting task to form new friendships. Here are some reminders and tips when it comes to finding new friends.
Be Brave If you see someone you think you want to be friends with, speak up. There is usually a reason we feel drawn to someone. If you sense a natural chemistry with a person, it is likely that they feel it as well but are too afraid to say anything. Invite them for coffee, or a walk, anything. The worst that can happen is that they say no.
Be Open We’ve all been in an awkward situation such as arriving to yoga class early and then focusing on our phone because we don’t know anyone. But no one is going to start chatting with you if you look busy. If you have the opportunity to interact with others, take it. You never know what the universe might present to you.
Clear a Path Out with the old, in with the new. That is to say, make room for new, healthy connections by purging old relationships that are no longer serving you. Many people feel obligated to continue old friendships out of a sense of loyalty, but the truth is that if a relationship isn’t giving you energy, it is taking it from you. Take stock of the connections in your life and be intentional about who you give your time to.
Work on the Most Important Relationship in Your Life: Yourself It is difficult to be authentically yourself if you feel that who you are is not good enough. If you have self doubts, you may only be showing people a façade rather than giving them a chance to know the real you. There will always be disconnection where there is inauthenticity. When the New Year arrives, the goal of improving health and wellness tends to focus heavily on nutrition and exercise. This year, challenge yourself to consider your social wellness. Think of all the lives that might be positively impacted, in addition to your own, by fostering new connections and strengthening existing relationships. Amanda Couturier, LPC, FNTP, is the owner of Whole Life Wellness, LLC, in the Milwaukee area, which provides services that include nutritional therapy, life coaching and corporate wellness. For more information, call 262-264-8825, email Whole LifeWellnessMKE@gmail.com or visit Whole LifeWellnessMKE.com. See ad, page 24. January 2021
Staying Fit in 2021
Workout Trends Bend to the Times
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or 2021, fitness will be more about better health and inner peace rather than weight loss. Gyms and studios will be on the top of their game adhering to hygiene standards and offering safer environments with smaller class capacity and vitamin D-enhanced outdoor sessions. From remote coaching to cost-effective wellness apps, the workout will get a fresh makeover.
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Virtual Variety, No Pressure Having the option to work out at home might motivate more people to begin a fitness routine without the pressure of comparing with others. Sampling classes online can help them find what they like before they sign up at their local gym or
studio. “Virtual fitness classes provide an opportunity for people to test out different instructors at different times all around the country and even the world,” says Paris Alexandra, co-founder of the BK Yoga Club, in New York City. “People are now realizing the things we can control is our breath and our bodies. Because of this, there’s an appreciation of our capacity, challenging ourselves to try something new.” Even with gym cutbacks, there is a silver lining. “One of my private weight-loss clients has loved our FaceTime workouts so much that she swears she will never go back to in-person training with a coach,” says Chicago-based Stephanie Mansour, host of the weekly national PBS show Step it Up With Steph. “Even on vacation or while traveling, people can still get in their workout because everything is virtual. Trainers also win because they can still do their job, but at a distance.” Me-time with a private virtual coach will offer a tailored regimen for those that prefer a one-on-one experience. Mansour muses, “Private fitness and health coaching sessions will be the hottest trend in 2021. By now, many people’s excitement toward their ‘pandemic workout’ is waning, and they’ll be looking for a totally customized approach to kickstart their motivation and goals.”
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Healing the Whole Child Holistic Pediatricians Go Beyond Meds W To the healthcare professionals who are risking their lives during this epidemic, thank you for fighting COVID-19 on the front lines.
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hen Jackie Jones’ 4-year-old daughter had a persistent runny nose and cough, three visits to the pediatrician proved fruitless. “He would see us for two minutes, listen to her chest, saying she had ‘a cold’, and yet still prescribe an antibiotic and steroid that would just trash her immune system,” the Atlanta mom says. “She ended up developing pneumonia in both lungs that landed her in the hospital.” This propelled Jones to switch her children’s care to a holistic pediatrician. “He actually listens to me and takes time with his patients, and recommends vitamins and supplements to keep them healthy, in comparison to just handing out antibiotics,” she says. On the first visit, he queried Jones about family use of shampoos, soaps and cleaning products that might contain chemicals. “Definitely not a conversation I had with my old pediatrician!” she related. Jones, who dispenses pregnancy
advice at PisforPregnant.com, benefitted from a growing trend among pediatricians. The number of doctors that self-identify as holistic by joining the integrative medicine section of the American Academy of Pediatrics has grown from a dozen in the early 1990s to more than 400 today, says Kathi Kemper, M.D., an Ohio State University pediatrics professor who founded the section and authored The Holistic Pediatrician. “Holistic pediatricians are interested in helping children and families meet their health goals, not just diagnosing and dispensing drugs,” she says. “We use an evidence-informed approach, including all appropriate therapies and therapists, with a strong emphasis on healthy lifestyle behaviors such as diet, exercise, sleep, stress management, social and emotional skills, spirituality and a healthy environment.” Many pediatricians report they want to know more about integrative approaches because of their frustration in treating the chronic conditions in one-quarter to one-half
of the children they see, as well as to answer questions posed by Google-savvy parents. Yet most pediatricians have limited training in natural health and are wary to suggest such approaches, and parents are often reluctant to disclose their use of natural methods. Holistic pediatricians, on the other hand, typically get additional training in healing modalities that allows them to integrate natural options into mainstream methods. Unlike many pediatricians in busy clinics that can see a child only briefly, holistic pediatricians typically take longer. “It’s not a one-size-fits-all conventional approach,” says holistic pediatrician Elisa Song, of Belmont, California, who blogs at HealthyKidsHappyKids.com. For a child with asthma, for example, Song checks for environmental, dietary or social triggers, including mold, food allergies or sensitivities and stress. She looks for underlying biomedical imbalances such as nutritional deficiencies, abnormal gut microbes and signs of a leaky gut. “Based upon clinical and laboratory findings, an
initial treatment plan may include elimination of food sensitivities, supplementation with a 3-6-9 fish oil and magnesium, and mindfulness exercises that incorporate diaphragmatic breathing,” she says. Pediatric naturopaths are another option for parents. These doctors typically start from a natural medicine perspective, are trained in herbs and nutrition, and collaborate with bodyworkers, physical therapists and counselors. “Really, anything that helps a child thrive,” says pediatric naturopath Kathryn Purvis, of Tempe, Arizona. “We use treatments that are gentle and safe, but are also trained to use conventional treatments if necessary.” Naturopaths undergo a four-year postgraduate medical education like pediatricians, but do not complete an additional three years of pediatric residency, although they can do internships and take courses for certification. In 26 states, they can prescribe pharmaceuticals and administer vaccines. Purvis is the primary care provider for about 75 percent of the children she sees and provides adjunctive care for specific condi-
tions with the rest. For example, one child with chronic ear infections was facing ear tube surgery on the advice of a pediatrician; after his parents followed her advice to take him off dairy and give him certain supplements and a homeopathic remedy, the condition cleared up. Chiropractors that specialize in pediatrics, although not usually a child’s primary doctor, correct misalignments of the cranium, spine and pelvis using extra-low force, “like checking the ripeness of a tomato,” says pediatric chiropractor Kaleb Scroggin, of Savannah, author of the children’s book C is for Chiropractor. For example, treating a constipated, breast-fed baby usually produces immediate results, he says, adding that adjustments can also help infants with latching issues, painful gas, reflux and general irritability. “My goal is to see how healthy I can help your child become,” he advises. Ronica O’Hara is a Denver-based health writer. Connect at OHaraRonica@gmail.com.
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wenty years ago, University of Iowa Clinical Professor of Medicine Terry Wahls was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Conventional treatments didn’t work, and her health deteriorated to the point where she was wheelchair-bound and facing a progressively grim future. Through rigorous scientific study and clinical trials, she developed a groundbreaking diet and lifestyle protocol that allows people to take control of their health, reversing many chronic disease states, including her own. She is the author of The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles, as well as an accompanying cookbook, The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life.
What is your personal journey with multiple sclerosis?
In 2000, I had problems walking, which led to the MS diagnosis. After consulting the best doctors and taking the newest drugs, I went downhill anyway. At my lowest point, already in a tilt-recline wheelchair, I realized that conventional medicine wasn’t going to stop my decline into a bedridden, possibly demented state with intractable face pain due to trigeminal neuralgia. My physicians introduced me to the work of Loren Cordain, who developed
the paleo diet, so after 20 years of being a vegetarian, I went back to eating meat; gave up grains, legumes and dairy. I also studied the basic science for animal models of multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and ALS, and decided that mitochondria—the organelles that generate the energy that cells use to run the chemistry of life—were leading to my early loss of myelin and brain cells. I also discovered The Institute for Functional Medicine and took their course in neuroprotection. Based on the science, I devised a supplement program to support my mitochondria. My decline slowed. Then came my “Aha!” moment: What if I redesigned my paleo diet, combining ancestral health with functional medicine principles, relying less on supplements and more on food to support my mitochondria? I did that, and my pain, brain fog and fatigue resolved. I began to get stronger, started walking. In three months, I was able to go for a bike ride with my family around the block for the first time in six years. It felt miraculous. It changed the way I think about disease and how I practice medicine. I now talk to patients about diet, lifestyle, exercise, toxics exposures and stress management, and I’m able to stabilize, reverse and greatly improve their blood pressure, blood sugar, pain and chronic diseases that I was struggling to manage using the latest drugs.
What have you learned about resilience?
People who maintain a sense of control have more robust immune function and are generally healthier. Many of my patients say that their diagnosis ended up being a tremendous gift because it allowed them to take stock of their lives and understand their priorities. That’s true for me. If I eat gluten, dairy or eggs, or I’m exposed to too much stress or toxins, my trigeminal neuralgia will turn on and I’ll have horrific facial pain, but I consider it to be a tremendous gift, because that’s my barometer for the inflammation levels in my brain, which reminds me to look at my triggers and recommit to my self-care. We teach patients how to track their biosensors.
Are you cured of MS?
No. I still have the genetic vulnerability and lesions in my spinal cord, and will always be sensitive to gluten, dairy and eggs. If I become severely stressed or don’t sleep, I’ll probably have a problem again. I caution all of my patients: If you go back to your previous diet and lifestyle, your disease states will return.
Isn’t it easier to just take a prescription drug for symptoms?
It’s a smaller level of effort, but they’re not cures, either. The underlying disease state progresses, so people typically need higher doses of their medications. They also develop co-morbid diagnoses that require new medications. Conventional medicine is effective for some symptom improvements, but it has never been evaluated for improving global health, whereas studies have shown that improving diet quality and incorporating exercise and meditation will improve multiple chemical pathways in the body, gene expression and your microbiome, and dramatically improve health outcomes across many disease states. For more information, including diet protocol guidelines and online courses, visit TerryWahls.com. Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional writer. Reach her at SandraYeyati@gmail.com. January 2021
Lose Weight Without Dieting How to Eat to Feel and Look Your Best by April Thompson
ne of the top New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight, and to that end, millions of Americans go on a diet each year. As we look to reset after holiday indulgences, nutrition experts say it’s a great time to cultivate healthy, longterm eating habits rather than unsustainable diets that lead us in circles. “A ‘live it’ is better than a diet: small, manageable changes you can live with over time,” says Lisa Mallonee, a registered dietician and professor at the Texas A&M College of Dentistry, in Dallas. “People get focused on losing 15 pounds, but once they get to the finish line, they don’t have a plan for after and often end up regaining the weight.” While navigating the labyrinth of nutrition information can be tough, eat26
ing better is actually simple, says David Katz, M.D., founder of both the YaleGriffin Prevention Research Center and the nonprofit True Health Initiative, and co-author of How to Eat: All Your Food and Diet Questions Answered. “There are two general shifts to make: first, to less processed foods, and second, to more plant-based foods,” says Katz. In making such shifts, Mallonee suggests applying the 80/20 rule to food. “If 80 percent of the time you are making healthy choices, and the other 20 percent of the time you allow splurges, you’re less likely to feel deprived and revert to old ways.” Katz agrees that small shifts are more likely to stick, in part because of our adaptable palates. “If you commit
to improving your diet little by little, you will find that taste buds are adaptable fellas that will learn to love the foods they are with. For example, try something as simple as switching from regular soda to diet to seltzer to water over time.” The good news for dieters with questions, suggests Katz, is there is no one superior diet. “You can have a highquality diet whether you are flexitarian, pescatarian or vegetarian, low-carb or high-carb,” he says. For Jill Weisenberger, a registered dietitian nutritionist, in Yorktown, Virginia, and author of The Overworked Person’s Guide to Better Nutrition, a healthy diet comes down to three meals a day, each with a good source of protein and fiber. “When losing weight, it’s especially important to eat enough protein so you don’t lose muscle mass with the fat,” she says, suggesting a target of 25 to 35 grams of fiber a day, achieved through a diverse diet that focuses on fruits, vegetables and legumes. Katz, Mallonee and Weisenberger all caution against a diet like keto that restricts many nourishing foods only because they contain carbs. “There is no evidence of long-term safety or benefit of keto,” says Katz. “A truly keto diet cuts out a lot of highly nutritious foods like fruit, grains and beans, all associated with better health and longer life. I think a diet excluding these foods would be a colossal mistake.”
Weighing In While it’s not healthy to obsess over numbers on the scale, it is important to understand the health risks of carrying extra weight, particularly around the middle. “Belly fat is a concern for co-morbidities like pre-diabetes, diabetes, increased blood pressure and even sleep apnea,” says Mallonee, stating that women should aim for a waist circumference of less than 35 inches and men of less than 40. Katz advises that the effects of abdominal fat can vary. “Certain ethnicities are extremely vulnerable to excess weight around the middle, which can
result in insulin resistance and metabolic mayhem. However, many people can gain considerable amounts of weight and show no metabolic effects,” he says, suggesting that a comprehensive health checkup can clear up any doubts. Physiologically, it is hard to keep weight off, says Weisenberger, but people should not get discouraged if they fall short of their goals. “If you are overweight, you will get an enormous boost from the first 5 to 10 percent of weight loss—it’s much more important than that last 5 to 10 percent.” While weight loss is an exercise in delayed gratification, the power of highquality food is immediate, advises Katz. “You can improve the quality of your immune response with a single meal. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, too, as those positive health benefits accumulate over time.” Connect with Washington, D.C., freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites.com.
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Navigating Our Emotions as the Planet Changes by Sandra Yeyati
ollowing a record-breaking hurricane season, out-of-control wildfires and a deadly prolonged pandemic, many of us are anxious and fearful, prompted by the growing realization of being in a state of environmental insecurity. These inklings of impending doom are nothing new for members of the youth climate movement—kids in their teens or younger—succumbing to hopelessness, anger and rage as they learn the science and watch leaders do nothing to address it. Hardest hit are “marginalized communities, including indigenous people, climate refugees, farmers struggling with drought and communities of color, who disproportionately suffer from the health effects of polluting industries,” says Jennifer Atkinson, associate professor of environmental studies at the University of Washington-Bothell. Some of us are affected in more subtle ways. Perhaps we’re noticing slow-moving changes around us, like the gradual loss of bees or a disappearance of trees, and we develop a sense of loss the philosopher Glenn Albrecht coined “solastalgia”, which plays on the concept of nostalgia—a longing for a time or place we can’t go back to. 28
Or, we’re standing in front of a package of blueberries at the grocery store feeling confusion and ambivalence. A desire to be healthy and adopt a sustainable, vegetarian lifestyle is playing tug-of-war with the fact that these blueberries were flown in from South America, are wrapped in plastic and were grown in a monoculture that depletes the soil. It’s hard to know whether to eat or boycott them. “The greater this dissonance grows, the more likely we’ll tell ourselves that the problems are too big. We decide that we can’t make a difference, so why try? We check out,” says integrative psychotherapist Leslie Davenport, author of Emotional Resiliency in the Era of Climate Change. The first step to alleviate this anguish is to validate and normalize the dark feelings. “It’s important to remember that there’s nothing wrong with you. What’s happening is actually painful and difficult; there’s a lot of loss involved. Eco-anxiety is a natural response to having your heart and mind open, being an attentive and caring person, if you tune in to what’s happening in the world,” says Davenport, adding that good self-care, including mindfulness practices, will expand our tolerance for
dealing with tough times. Another powerful antidote can be found in community, according to Sarah Jaquette Ray, associate professor of environmental studies at Humboldt State University, in Arcata, California, and author of A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet. “People feel like they can’t impact the world because they’re only one person. But when they start to shift the lens toward the collective, it allows them to realize that the positive things that are happening in the world are actually happening at scale, and it allows them to feel like they’re part of some larger purpose,” says Ray. As we accept climate-related anxiety and seek the company of like-minded people to affect change, surprisingly positive emotions will arise, including joy, laughter, dancing and camaraderie at street protests. “Those positive feelings help us process grief and anger, engage us in the work long term and help us maintain the stamina we need for sustained work,” Ray says. “Think of climate anxiety as a kind of superpower, a signal that goes off to tell us something’s wrong and needs to be addressed,” says Atkinson, the creator and host of the climate-anxiety podcast Facing It. She points to grief as a compelling motivator. “You can’t feel grief without love,” she explains. “Grief is an expression of compassion and connection to others and to the pain we feel when those lives are destroyed. Love is far more powerful in motivating us to fight than any other affect. There’s no limit to the lengths we’ll go to protect what we love.” We are only limited by a lack of ecological imagination, Davenport proposes. “Our contemporary Western culture emphasizes the rational, cognitive way of thinking, which is linear and analytical. But another part of the brain—the imaginative, creative and intuitive part—views the world synergistically and holistically. If we open up to this ecological imagination, we can have a visceral knowing of interconnectedness, making it simpler to act in a way that’s beneficial to all of us.” Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional writer. Reach her at SandraYeyati@gmail.com.
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iet is one of the most powerful ways you can reduce inflammation and, in turn, reduce musculoskeletal pain, excess weight, headaches and the risk of chronic disease. Dahl, an Indian lentil soup, is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse thanks to the benefits of ginger, turmeric and garlic. This dahl recipe makes for a warming, hearty winter meal.
2 cups yellow split peas or yellow lentils 10 cups vegetable broth 2 carrots, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced Thumb-sized piece of ginger, chopped 1 Tbsp coconut oil 4 tsp turmeric powder 2 tsp ground cumin 2 tsp coriander 1 bag organic baby spinach 1 lemon 1 Tbsp brown rice miso paste, mixed in ¼ cup water Cilantro, chopped, as garnish Salt and pepper to taste Heat coconut oil in a large soup pot on low-medium heat. Add garlic, ginger and carrots. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
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iving healthy on a tight budget may seem like a daunting task, but by setting up a self-care plan, prioritizing and shopping smart, the barriers can seem not quite so tall. With so many people unemployed or under-employed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for workable options is more important than ever. A sports and nutrition company, My Protein, did a study that shows the average American spends $155 per month on health and fitness. That’s $112,000 over a lifetime. There are, however, strategies that can lower these costs. Jen Smith, a financial writer and cohost of the podcast Frugal Friends, often talks about ways to spend less, save money and be in control of our spending. “You may spend more up front or more on the things you really care about, but cutting out the waste or things that are not so necessary can be a huge cost savings. This is not just for a penny-pinching, stay-at-
home mom. Being frugal doesn’t mean you are a cheapskate, but being wise with the limited resources that you have.” Smith says she had a pricey membership to a cross-fit gym, but in the long run, staying in shape can greatly reduce the costs of health care and prescriptions. “Any way you can stay active is what you need to do. Spending money in any way that gets you to commit to and consistently move your body is the answer.” Focus on eating good food and moving your body, Smith says. “When emphasis is placed more on that and on self-care, you save more money.” The National Institute on Aging recommends several ways to eat healthy on a budget: use coupons, consider purchasing store brands, know that convenience costs more, focus on priority foods, buy store-brand organics and forgo fresh for frozen organics. Sotiria Everett, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family, Population & Preventive Medicine
at the Stony Brook Renaissance School of Medicine, in New York, agrees. “One thing to consider is seasonality. If out of season and organic, that will increase the cost. If you want clean living and healthy eating for the planet, that doesn’t make sense either, because of the cost of fuel and the pollution involved.” Everett recommends frequenting farmers’ markets because they offer seasonal, fresh, local, organic produce that is easier on the wallet and better for health. Her favorite tip is, “Learn how to plant foods. You don’t need a lot of space, but do need sun and water access. You can keep it organic. A couple of seeds can give you a whole season’s worth of produce.” Jody Gatewood, assistant state nutrition program specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and a registered dietitian, works with people on tight budgets through the university’s Spend Smart Eat Smart program. “We do a lot with families with young children,” she says. “They are on a budget and concerned about having enough food to eat. One thing we teach a lot, and it helps with a budget, is to plan your meals. Look and see what is on sale at the grocery store. If there’s a big meat sale, buy it then and use it throughout. I think what happens is if we don’t plan, we go to a restaurant or get convenience foods which can really add up.” Fresh, frozen, canned and dried foods can all have a part in our diet, she says. “I use a lot of frozen vegetables. If you use frozen, you just heat it up and it is ready to go. Protein can be expensive, so have some meals where black beans or lentils are the source of protein. Have that balance.” As for healthcare costs, Smith recommends to those that cannot afford typical insurance or costly prescriptions in their budget to consider using manufacturer discounts and a service like GoodRx.com, which details how much prescriptions will cost at different pharmacies. Consider using a “sharing ministry” for other costs, Smith says. With Liberty HealthShare, for example, people pay in every month and are billed like a cash payer when they have a medical bill while Liberty pays the cash. “When a doctor or hospital is billing an insurance company, they try to get as much as they can, but cash payers pay a lower amount,” she says.
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Healing Pets Holistically Integrative Vets Treat Root Causes by Julie Peterson
mma, a mini-schnauzer mix, was 4 years old when she started acting like a senior lacking zest for running or playing. After being treated by an integrative veterinarian for one month, she regained vibrancy. “She’s 6 years old now, and she’s her normal, barky, running, zig-zagging self,” says Yvonnda Agent, a volunteer with animal transport rescue operations, near Rockvale, Tennessee. Agent’s practitioner determined
Emma had kidney issues that were slowing her down. Upon deeper investigation, these problems were found to be the only visible symptom of a tick-borne illness. Once given immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory and liver-detox herbs, the dog made a full recovery.
Getting to the root cause of the condition is what integrative veterinarians are known
for. They combine both conventional and holistic medicine, may use fewer drugs and limit vaccinations. “With conventional medicine, we tend to treat the symptoms, versus treating the root cause of disease, which is why a majority of the time, the symptoms return when the drug is finished,” says veterinarian Katie Woodley, in Fort Collins, Colorado, who blogs at TheNaturalPetDoctor.com. “With a holistic approach, we look at the nutrition, gut health and how all the systems are connected … and resolve the imbalance.” Holistic veterinarians may specialize in acupuncture, herbal medicine, kinesiology, chiropractic, laser therapy or any of many other natural modalities as an adjunct to conventional medicine. They first must earn a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) degree and then may pursue optional holistic training. Following this path can take a great deal of time.
At the Franklin Road Animal Hospital, in Brentwood, Tennessee, Mark C. Ingram, DVM, has found inadequate nutrition from low-quality foods at the root of most health problems. High-quality food helps animals absorb nutrients needed for optimal well-being. “The first ingredient should always be meat, and we like limited-ingredient foods due to the numerous allergies we see,” says Ingram. “Every case of cancer that we have seen in the last 20 years has food allergies. Every torn cruciate and every paralyzed dog with disc problems has food allergies. It is also the most underlying cause for ear infections and cystitis.” This was the case with Gabby, a 3-year-old mini-schnauzer that Agent rescued about a year ago. “She came to us with a bottle of ear solution and a history of green pus in her ears,” says Agent. Gabby’s medical history indicated that the ears, in addition to digestive problems, had been unsuccessfully treated with antibiotics and changes in diet. “Our holistic vet recommended a raw diet with no grains and no starchy vegetables. Gabby hasn’t had a single instance of ear irritation since,” says Agent, who believes that whole foods served as medicine and now serve as prevention for her pets.
There is ongoing debate whether pet vaccination boosters that may be required by law or strongly recommended by vets provide increased protection or are harmful. Mounting evidence says that they are often overdone: for example, both five-pound and 100-pound dogs receive the same dosage. Yet vaccinations do prevent some serious diseases. “We do not like to over-vaccinate, but provide appropriate protection by minimal vaccination and encourage titers,” says Ingram. Titers are blood tests used to determine if a pet’s antibodies are high enough from a previous vaccination to warrant a booster shot for the specific disease. “Many of the core vaccines that your pet needs to be protected from diseases like parvovirus and distemper actually provide lifelong immunity with one vaccine,” says Woodley.
Choosing a Veterinarian
Commonly, people seek holistic veterinarians after they have had success with human integrative medicine. But finding such a provider isn’t simple. “My clientele regularly travels one to four hours for a consultation,” says Ingram, who fully understands that demand is outstripping supply for integrative veterinary care. The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, which has 1,500 members, has a search-by-state feature that also lists the modalities practiced by each veterinarian at ahvma.org/find-a-holisticveterinarian. In addition, Woodley, Ingram and others offer telehealth or long-distance consults. In lieu of finding a vet that is listed as holistic, pet parents can call clinics to ask questions about alternative treatments. Some facilities are more flexible than others. Choosing a veterinarian is a personal decision for owners. “I feel that traditional versus holistic care is simply sick care versus well care,” says Agent. “Their quality of life is so important to me and they’re solely dependent on the choices I make for them. I’m going to choose well care.” Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin and has contributed to Natural Awakenings for more than a decade. Contact her at JuliePeterson2222@gmail.com.
HOUSE BLESSINGS for Clearing and Protecting Spaces
by Marlaina Donato
oving into a house, office or any new space prompts us to envision bright days ahead filled with hope and joy. Perhaps this is why, from first-century Christians praying to dissuade evil influences to the Mayans smudging herbs to welcome positive energy, the act of blessing a house is such a time-honored tradition. Whether held in private or with a group of kindred souls, with or without religious elements, blessing a new dwelling takes the concept of housewarming to a sacred level. A house blessing can temper the hair-pulling stresses of a move and be a wonderful way to restore harmony after life gives us a jolt, be it a job loss, a broken relationship, a loved one’s passing or an illness. Simple gestures of intention, sprinkled with some beauty, enable us to claim our space and sow a new beginning. Arranging seasonal blooms in jeweltoned vases, scattering fresh rose petals over the threshold or misting the air with ethereal scents consecrates what might otherwise seem mundane. Singing a favorite song, whispering a spontaneous prayer or reciting a Buddhist chant during the flurry of unpacking invites calm and attracts benevolent influences. Pungent smudges of
dried, white sage, sweetgrass, pine or lilac flowers help dissolve unpleasant memories and energetic imprints from the past. Honoring the four elements of earth, air, fire and water can create balance and celebrate ancient customs. Adding one or more essential oils to a spray bottle filled with distilled water or culinary rose water is an easy way to mist the air and the space inside drawers, closets and cupboards before filling or refilling them. Hanging fresh evergreens, leafy branches or tufts of blossoms over doorways evokes what 10th-century mystic and healer Hildegard of Bingen called veriditas—the greening energy of the Earth. Employing a crystal or Tibetan singing bowl, beating a shamanic drum or playing an instrument in select rooms can charge the atmosphere with fiery hope. Opening windows, even briefly during cooler seasons, invites in the fresh air of possibility. Stepping into a new life—or revitalizing an existing one—is one of the most beautiful acts of caring for soul and self. Blessing our spaces is also an expression of gratitude, something that can make any life wonderful. Marlaina Donato is an author and recording artist. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com. January 2021
The Awakening of Humanity By Lynne Girdlestone
oday we are all experiencing one or more of the negative effects of an incredibly destructive ‘agent of change.’ Although horrific things happen every day on this planet, they usually affect other people elsewhere. COVID-19, however, can potentially reach anyone, anywhere, upending our lives in a multitude of ways. The obvious questions—how do we stop this virus, will a vaccine help, will the global economy recover—are all unknowns. They occupy our thoughts and emotions with every newscast. For some, the crisis is merely an inconvenient interruption in their ‘business as usual.’ For others it has created new ways to profit at the expense of others. But for most, it’s an amplified survival issue. We know that nothing happens by chance: “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction” and “As you sow, so shall you reap.” What is happening today has its roots in everything that has gone before. When dysfunction reaches a tipping point, something extraordinary happens to get our attention. This pandemic may be saying “STOP... NOW ... look at the world you’ve built ... untold suffering amidst obscene excess ... all life forms and the planet itself in mortal danger!” The slowing and isolation are giving us the opportunity to consider these issues deeply and emerge with a better Plan B. That so many people are getting the message is an incredibly hopeful sign. Neighbors are helping each other; service organizations are expanding their roles and methods; scientific organizations around the world are sharing their research findings on possible treatments and vaccines; governments are trying to lift the financial burden of their citizens.
What would happen if this behavior were to continue post-Covid-19? Could it lead to treating a recovering planet as a ‘global village’ and its citizens as the one human family it is? It would take time, but we can start by demanding of our ‘leaders’ that we all push the ‘reset’ button and begin to move in that direction! Fortunately, at this very time, a little-known cosmic event is also taking place. As we move into the Aquarian age, characterized by energies of synthesis, unity and cooperation, the spiritual custodians of human evolution—the Masters of Wisdom—have once again sent one of their great ones into the world to act as a teacher for the coming time. Some of the past teachers we have known historically as Confucius, Krishna, Buddha, the Christ and Mohammed. Major world religions all expect another great teacher at some future time, and his imminent appearance has been foreseen by some writers since the late 1800s. For more than 40 years, British esotericist and lecturer Benjamin Creme informed the world of a coming change— of the collapse of our old structures to make way for the new. He served as a herald for the World Teacher for this age, Maitreya—the one expected by many and longed for by millions (consciously or not), who has come now to guide us through this perilous time and into a cleansed and transformed new world. Maitreya has advised humanity to make the needed changes to put our world on a saner, fairer path: “He [Maitreya] will show that essentially men are one, no matter the colour or the creed, that the bounty of Earth belongs to all, and that sharing of that
bounty is the key to man’s future. Only sharing, and the justice which it will bring, offers hope to man. Only justice wrought out of sharing will end the plagues of war and terror. Only sharing and justice can bring men to that Brotherhood which is their true inheritance. When men see this they will rise to the challenge and tackle one by one the many problems which daunt us now.” (Benjamin Creme’s Master from ‘Transformation,’ Share International magazine) Maitreya and his group have worked behind the scenes for millennia to guide our human family. Now, with these powerful, incorruptible allies openly in the world for the next 2,000 years and beyond, we have the opportunity to build a new world that works for everyone. Will we take it? In response to today’s injustices, we are marching. We are protesting. We are sharing resources and helping others. We are agitating for change. We are on the right track! Let’s not even consider returning to ‘business as usual.’ For free information: Share-International.us 888-242-8272 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Mediumship Training with Amy Wilinski – Jan 9, 10. 9am-4pm. Learn to connect with the spirit world. This course will teach you a variety of techniques to connect with souls who have passed on. During this highly experiential class you will learn to make those connections with the spirit world, and how to give an evidential reading. $295/commuterlunch; lodging available. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center. For info: 920-609-8277. GoldenLight Healing.net.
21-Day Detoxification Workshop – Jan 9. 11am12:30pm. Live-streamed virtual nutrition workshop with Dr Sarah Axtell encompasses a whole-body approach to detoxification. Includes a lecture, cooking demos, recipes and live Q&A with Dr Axtell. $39. Log in from home. Pre-registration required: call Sarah Axtell, 414-939-8748. LakesideNatural Medicine.com/Events.
savethedate SAT-SUN, JANUARY 23-24 Holy Fire Reiki Master Teacher Training – 9am-5pm both days. Ready to take your reiki to the next level? This two-day class contains multiple attunements, and healing experiences. Prerequisite: Level III reiki. $600. Training held in Mukwonago. Register w/Rhiana: 262-4984162. BeReiki1@gmail.com.
Reiki Level Three – Jan 9. 9am-4pm. Advanced reiki training: learn the Usui master symbol and master crystal grid. Increase your vibration and energy with this level. Prerequisites: reiki I & II. Class held in Mukwonago. Register w/Rhiana: 262-498-4162. BeReiki1@gmail.com.
plan ahead MARCH Whispers on the Wind Shamanic Program w/Amy Wilinski – Groups begin Mar 3. Are you searching for the meaning in your life? Would you like a deeper connection with nature and the spirit world? Intensive training program in shamanism, energy medicine and self-transformation. Meet four times over 12 months. Learn core energy healing techniques: power animal and soul retrieval, clearing of past life and ancestral imprints, connecting with the forces of nature. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center. Info: 920-609-8277. GoldenLightHealing.net.
Seidr Norse Shamanism with Imelda Almqvist – May 19-23, 2021. Join UK international author and teacher, Imelda Almqvist, for Seiðr/Fornsed and Norse Shamanism. This introduction course covers spiritual and mystical traditions; explore indigenous ancestral pathways and spiritual wisdom teachings of Northern Europe. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center. For more info: 920-609-8277. GoldenLightHealing.net.
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Life Journey Group – 2-4pm. 1st & 3rd Tue. Like-minded people who wish to grow spiritually come together to explore ideas and discuss topics of interest without fear of judgment. Kevin Reger is the primary facilitator, KMReger57@gmail. com, 414-322-6552. Free. Currently meeting via Zoom. Fireside Room, Unity Center in Milwaukee. UnityCenterInMilwaukee.com.
Prayer Pause – 12 noon. Join Unity Centers around the world at 12 noon wherever you are. Hold the Center, community, state, country, world in prayer and high consciousness for a minute or two, praying for the health and well-being of all people. Unity Center in Milwaukee. 414-745-7377. UnityCenter InMilwaukee.com. Mid-Day Meditation – Everyday, whenever you want or need a break, simply go to UnityCenter InMilwaukee.com and click the meditation tab. Meditations are changed every Wednesday, and you can go back to listen as often as you like. Unity Center in Milwaukee. 414-745-7377. UnityCenter InMilwaukee.com.
sunday Sunday Celebrations at Unity Center In Milwaukee – 10am. Streaming live on the website: UnityCenterInMilwaukee.com. A.C.I.M. Study Group – A Course in Miracles study group, following Fellowship. Love offering. Class Room, Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Joann Baumann: 414-7457377. UnityCenterInMilwaukee.com.
monday Life Journey Group – 7-9pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. Like-minded people who wish to grow spiritually come together to explore ideas and discuss topics of interest without fear of judgment. Kevin Reger is the primary facilitator, KMReger57@gmail. com, 414-322-6552. Free. Currently meeting via Zoom. Fireside Room, Unity Center in Milwaukee. UnityCenterInMilwaukee.com.
wednesday Writing Wednesdays for Women to Write – 10:30am-12:30pm. 4th Wed. Writing is voicefinding, thought-sorting, recording our thoughts and stories that want to come forth; w/Anne Wondra. $12.50. Fireside Room, Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Anne: 262-544-4310. WonderSpirit.com. Wisconsin Asperger’s Empowerment Group – 6:30-9pm. 2nd & 4th Wed. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Sandy Krause: 414-581-2626, SKrause20@outlook.com. UnityCenterInMilwaukee.com.
thursday Minister’s Book Study – 9:15-10:45am. This is an open forum currently discussing Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, The Art of Living. If you are interested in joining this study via Zoom meeting, please pick up a copy of the book at the Center (call first), and get the details to join Zoom. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-745-7377. UnityCenterInMilwaukee.com. Silent Unity Prayer and Healing Circle – 11am. This prayer time coincides with the prayer time at World Headquarters Silent Unity where prayer partners are praying 24/7/365. This is a powerful time to join in prayer. Unity Center in Milwaukee. 414-475-0105. UnityCenterInMilwaukee.com.
No Lights, No Lycra Milwaukee – 7-8pm. A casual, free-form dance class, in a dimly lit room, for the pure joy of dancing. A drug- and alcohol-free atmosphere; open to all. $5/per class; bring a water bottle. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-425-1249. NoLightsNoLycra.com. Info, Anna: AnnaLenoreStone@gmail.com.
saturday “The Domes” Milwaukee Winter Farmers’ Market (MWFM) – November 7 to March 27, 8:30am-12:30pm. The MWFM is operated by the Fondy Food Center, whose mission is to connect neighborhoods to fresh local food with 30 weekly vendors and artisan food producers. Mitchell Park Conservatory, Greenhouse Annex, 524 S. Layton Blvd. Milwaukee. MCWFM.org. Citizens Climate Lobby – 11am-1pm. 2nd Sat. This is a non-partisan group dedicated to finding effective ways to preserving and protecting our planet from further climate change. Contact: Mike Arney: IaMMike2350@gmail.com. Wedding Suite, Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UnityCenterInMilwaukee.com. Wisconsin Asperger’s Empowerment Group – 6:30-9pm. 1st & 3rd Sat. Group game night. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Sandy Krause: 414-581-2626, SKrause20@outlook. com. UnityCenterInMilwaukee.com.
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HOLISTIC DENTISTRY OF PORT WASHINGTON
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INTEGRATIVE DENTAL SOLUTIONS 23770 Capitol Dr, Pewaukee 262-691-4555 • WINaturalDentist.com
“…Because a healthy Body, starts with a healthy Mouth.” Our office specializes in treating the cause of the problem and not just the symptoms; we offer the latest advances in dentistry. See ad, page 3.
WHOLEHEALTH BIOMIMETIC & BIOLOGIC FAMILY DENTISTRY
125 W Wisconsin Ave, Ste 102, Pewaukee 262-737-4004 WholeHealthFamilyDentistry.com Dr. Schwartz is board certified in Biomimetic Dentistry, Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine and is a Board Certified Naturopathic Physician. We offer the best and healthiest dentistry for our patients.
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Diane Olson-Schmidt • 414-793-3652 LaceWingGdcs@att.net Garden consultation, instruction, landscape design, wildflowers and woodland gardens, prairies, small ponds, rain gardens, landscape maintenance, organic lawn care. Organic landscape practices in all habitats. See ad, page 8.
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MASSAGE THERAPY MIND & BODY CONNECTION
THERAPEUTIC & ORTHOPEDIC MASSAGE 12336 W Layton Ave, Ste 5, Greenfield Christine Maddox • 414-377-9593 Offering craniosacral therapy, neuromuscular re-education therapy, myofascial release, reiki, soft tissue mobilization, sports massage, therapeutic massage. See ad, page 24.
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Sarah Axtell, ND, Joanne Aponte, ND, and Aidanne MacDonald-Milewski, ND, are Naturopathic Doctors with a focus on autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, hormone imbalances, weight loss and hypothyroidism. See ad, page 21.
NUTRITION WHOLE LIFE WELLNESS
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OUTDOOR RECREATION TREETOP EXPLORER TREE CLIMBING ADVENTURES & TRAINING 262-894-4949 • 620 Maple Ave, Waukesha TreetopExplorer.com Curt@TreetopExplorer.com
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Terry Steiner is a Wellness Advocate with a passion to help you achieve your optimum mental wellness holistically. See ad, page 24.
PHYSICAL THERAPY 20720 W Watertown Rd, Ste 100, Brookfield 414-405-3956 1212BodyWorks.com
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Experience Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) to resolve muscle weakness at the root of pain and tightness. Emily helps you walk, bend, lift, reach and balance with ease. See ad, page 21.
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Specialized Therapy Services began in 2002 providing comprehensive MFR treatment programs. Currently it is the only private MFR clinic accepting multiple insurance plans including Medicare. See ad, page 9.
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Tony Grimm, LMT since 2007; expert-level JFB Myofascial Release therapist. MFR is the most effective treatment to eliminate or reduce pain using gentle pressure to get lasting results.
GOLDEN LIGHT HEALING RETREAT CENTER
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SKIN CARE L’BRI PURE N’ NATURAL
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Reiki/energy healing is a powerful treatment that helps the body relax at a very deep level, allowing the body to activate its own ability to heal itself. See ad, page 32.
Rev Mari Gabrielson 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa • 414-475-0105 UnityCenterInMilwaukee.com A God-centered c o m m u n i t y, welcoming all to come and share the gifts of divine love, life, peace, joy and abundance. Join us Sundays, 10 am. See ad, page 23.
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