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Contents 17 STANDARD PROCESS
Leading in Whole Food Supplements Since 1929
18 CLIMATE CHANGE AND OUR HEALTH
The Human Costs of a Warming Planet
21 CREATE A
22 HOW GREEN MORTGAGES
Fight Climate Change
24 HEALTHY HOME
How to Detoxify a Living Space
26 SPRING CLEANING THE BODY
Simple Ways to Detox Naturally
30 NATURE TO THE RESCUE Kids Come Alive Outdoors
Working Out with the Planet in Mind
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As such, the present condition of the human race reflects our management of the Earth. The more we nourish ourselves— physically, mentally, spiritually—the more we also contribute to healing the planet. When we are our best selves, we are more conscious of how we treat the people and world around us. The more we work on our emotional and mental health, the more efficient and effective we are at our jobs, the better we work together, the healthier and kinder our intimate relationships, the more divorce and abuse lessen, jail and hospitalization rates decrease, and so on. The more we stock our fridge with local, organic foods, the better we nourish ourselves with quality food while supporting farmers who use sustainable growing practices, promote soil health and avoid the use of harmful pesticides that end up in the air and water. By creating a healthy home environment, we create a space where we can be our best selves. A peaceful living space creates peace of mind, while cleaning our homes with natural options rather than toxic chemicals like ammonia and bleach keeps our lungs clean along with the air and water. When we go for a run and pick up some trash along the way, we feel good about doing an act of kindness while helping clean our environment. When we take our kids outside to plant trees, the physical exertion and connection to nature fosters mental and physical health, all while promoting carbon sequestration, cleaner air, shade and green space. Not to mention, tree climbing allows children and adults alike to embrace the natural playground in our own backyard, park or forest. Being healthy doesn’t have to be a burden. In fact, it can be the most enjoyable way of life. This month, in celebration of Earth Day, we dive deep in our feature article on climate change and its relationship to human health. We offer tips to detoxify the home in our Green Living department, and we shed light on how to foster the intrinsic desire of children to play outside in our Healthy Kids section. What better time to do so now that spring is on its way? Take a look at our advertisers as well: you will find resources that can help you on your eco-friendly health journey, including green gardening and home landscaping services, biological dentists, compost resources, natural supplements grown in Wisconsin, CBD products to promote holistic health, a home cleaning company that uses natural products, and much more. Happy Earth Day! Jordan Peschek, RN Publisher
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ertified integrated energy and crystal healer Ann Ruane is offering a discount on her new book, Fall in Love with the Whispers of Your Heart: A Guide to Transformation from the Inside Out to Natural Awakenings readers. Use the discount code LOVE20 to save 20 percent off the $16.97 cover price. The offer is valid through May 31. Fall in Love with the Whispers of Your Heart is patterned after Ruane’s popular social media posts about psychological and spiritual life. The collection of thought-provoking quotes with accompanying questions is crafted to elicit thoughtful engagement through a related mantra. The book’s structure allows readers to turn to it time and time again for inspiration or to be used as a daily devotional. Through Fall in Love with the Whispers of Your Heart, Ruane hopes to inspire curiosity to help readers transform their lives; move through the paralysis of perfection; bring comfort to the discomfort; acceptance to the rejection; love to the unlovable; and choose connection over perfection. “You can find gratitude for your true self and what you have to offer. Learn to celebrate you,” she says.
lue Ribbon Organics is continuing its annual tradition of partnering with Victory Garden Initiative (VGI), a nonprofit dedicated to creating a socially just, environmentally sustainable, nutritious food system for all, for the Victory Garden Blitz, April 17 through May 16. During this annual event, VGI’s team of enthusiastic volunteers installs hundreds of four-by-eight-foot, raised-bed gardens at homes, businesses, schools and churches throughout Milwaukee. Blue Ribbon Organics’ owner James Jutrzonka also participates in the event. Each raised-bed garden is filled with Blue Ribbon Organics’ Blitz Blend, a raised-bed garden mix that’s a proprietary blend of certified organic compost and topsoil. Budding gardeners can use it for planting vegetables, fruits and flowers, due to the combination of nutrients from the compost and structure to the topsoil, which helps with settling after installs. This year’s Blitz will be spread out for an entire month to accommodate COVID-19 precautions while still building hundreds of gardens across every ZIP code of Milwaukee and beyond. A standard bed that includes soil, lumber and seeds costs $200; or $100 for soil only. Additional yards of soil are available for $75 per yard. There is a four-bed discount for $680. To keep growing healthy food accessible for everyone, eight of Milwaukee’s ZIP codes are eligible for discounted garden beds starting at $25.
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hysical therapist and owner of 1212 Bodyworks, Emily Yenor, successfully earned her certificate as a Muscle System Specialist. This unique, holistic approach uncovers and treats the root of long-term pain and tightness through strategic movement. Yenor explains, “After two decades of treating PT clients who were frustrated by chronic pain—even after seeing all sorts of doctors and wellness practitioners—it’s a blessing to provide renewed hope by helping Emily Yenor people move and feel better. Clients notice improvements with whole-body flexibility and stability, and are empowered to learn ways to keep themselves feeling better for life.” At her Brookfield office, Yenor is currently accepting new clients who are ready to solve their pain and movement problems once and for all.
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Spring Floral Show ‘Seasons of Legend’ at Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservancy
rom April 3 through May 31, the Milwaukee County Parks System at Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservancy, better known as “The Domes”, presents the spring floral show “Seasons of Legend.” Visitors can view ways that different cultures used folklore to explain the changing of the seasons. The legends are told with props and more than 3,000 brightly colored plants. The Floral Show Dome is divided into five sections, each showcasing one of the legends. “Seasons of Legend” highlights Why Trees Lose Their Leaves (Cherokee), and why pine trees keep their needles; The Blue Corn Maiden (Hopi) tells the origin of Spring; Zhulong: The Candle Dragon (Chinese) highlights the changing of seasons; Persephone and Demeter (Greek) tells the origin of Spring; and Amaterasu: The Sun Goddess (Shinto) explains the coming of light. The new reservation system and one-way routes with physical distancing let visitors safely enjoy “Seasons of Legend” in the Floral Show Dome, along with exhibits in the Tropical Dome and the Desert Dome. Face masks are required inside the Mitchell Park Domes. Cost: $8; free for members. Discounts available for children, seniors, persons with disabilities and Milwaukee County residents. Location: 524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee. For more information or to make reservations, call 414-257-5600 or visit County.Milwaukee.gov/EN/ Parks/Explore/The-Domes.
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my’s Acre, LLC, is a woman-owned farm in Caledonia that grows a variety of produce with organic methods. The farm is currently taking subscriptions for their 2021 community supported agriculture (CSA) program. Through a farm CSA program, a certain number of “shares” are made available to local consumers. Interested consumers purchase a share (also known as a “subscription”). In return, they receive a box or bag of seasonal produce weekly throughout the growing season. Farm CSA programs help provide upfront financial support directly to local farmers while allowing consumers and farmers to develop direct relationships. Consumers get fresh, locally grown food all season long. Amy Wallner, owner of Amy’s Acre, grows a wide variety of produce including greens such as arugula, rainbow chard, kale and baby beet greens; squash; herbs; heirloom tomatoes; peppers; alliums; potatoes; celery; carrots; and more. Wallner uses organic inputs on the farm for crop nutrition and pest control. She chooses seed varieties from companies that support sustainable and organic farming practices through research, farmer/breeder collaborations and competitive pricing. Fertilizers are chosen in an effort to balance annual crop requirements and to encourage long-term soil health. Wallner has been farming since 2014 and sells produce at the Fox Point and Shorewood farmers’ markets, as well as at her farm stand in Caledonia. For more information and pricing, call 414-323-2210 or visit AmysAcre.com. See ad, page 16.
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Hypertension is a global disease that particularly affects people in low-income communities, but a new study by the UK University of Nottingham suggests that beetroot juice may be a practical solution for people with high blood pressure that have little access to diagnostic help or money for medication. Researchers divided 47 people between 50 and 70 years of age in Tanzania into three groups. For 60 days, one group drank nitrate-rich beetroot juice and folic acid; another was given nitrate-rich beetroot juice and a placebo; and the third drank nitratedepleted beetroot juice. The researchers found that systolic blood pressure dropped by 10.8 millimeters (mm) Hg (mercury) in the nitrate-rich plus folic acid group and 6.1 mm Hg in the nitrate-rich and placebo group. Studies have shown that the high level of nitrates in beets is converted by the digestive system into nitric oxide, which relaxes and widens blood vessels.
Iranian researchers tested 90 patients undergoing elective heart angioplasty, giving one group 500 milligrams (mg) curcumin, the second group 80 mg nanocurcumin, and the third a placebo. After eight weeks, both types of curcumin significantly improved cholesterol, triglyceride and LDL-C levels. They also boosted antioxidant levels, superoxide dismutase and glutathione, and reduced C-reactive protein levels, indicating less inflammation. The nano-curcumin, however, produced even better results in five of those indexes, leading the authors to conclude that the effects of curcumin on the nano formula may be more conducive for cardiac patients due to its high bioavailability. Nano-curcumin is made through a process that encapsulates the herb, allowing it to be metabolized better.
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B12 and Prenatal Supplements Gain Official Nod In updated 2020-2025 dietary guidelines, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have endorsed the specific use of certain supplements, noting that under-consumption of some nutrients among Americans is linked to health concerns. The guidelines advise that infants being fed breast milk exclusively or partially should be given a vitamin D supplement of 400 IU per day beginning soon after birth and perhaps continuing for more than a year. Women that are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should take a daily prenatal vitamin and mineral supplement. Pregnant or lactating women that follow a vegetarian or vegan diet are advised to talk to their healthcare provider about supplementation to ensure that they get adequate amounts of iron, vitamin B12, choline, zinc, iodine and omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The guidelines also state that some older adults may require vitamin B12 supplements, noting concerns over the amount of the vitamin absorbed from food.
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Nations Band Together to Preserve One-Third of the Planet
While human activity has transformed 75 percent of the Earth’s surface and 66 percent of ocean ecosystems, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services determined in a 2019 assessment that approximately 1 million plant and animal species are threatened with extinction, some in mere decades. In response to the crisis, more than 50 countries representing 30 percent of the world’s land-based biodiversity, 25 percent of its land-based carbon sinks, 28 percent of important areas of marine biodiversity and more than 30 percent of ocean carbon sinks have united as the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People (HAC 30x30), avowing to preserve 30 percent of the planet’s land and oceans by 2030. The group announced its goal at the One Planet Summit for Biodiversity in January, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, along with the World Bank and the United Nations. “We call on all nations to join us,” Macron said in the video launching of the plan. Biologist E.O. Wilson has called for the “conservation moonshot” of protecting half of the land and the sea. Goals include preventing biodiversity loss, solving the climate crisis and preventing pandemics.
Deforestation, which contributes to warming the planet, is a key factor behind the 40 percent increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide since the beginning of the industrial age. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the global average atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration in 2018 was 407.4 parts per million, higher than it’s been in almost 1 million years. Avoiding deforestation is much better than conducting reforestation efforts after the fact, and should be a key global climate change mitigation strategy, says Jennifer Alix-Garcia, a researcher at Oregon State University. The Global Land Analysis and Discovery System (GLAD), founded in 2016 by the University of Maryland’s Department of Geographical Sciences, is based on high-resolution satellite imaging from the NASA Landsat Science program. Subscribers can access data via a free interactive web application, Global Forest Watch. So far, forest loss has declined 18 percent in African nations where GLAD provided alerts when detecting deforestation activities. Previously, government agencies and other groups had to use reports from volunteers or forest rangers.
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Global sales of organic products totaled $90 billion in 2017 according to the 2018 edition of the study The World of Organic Agriculture, published by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture and Organics International. In the U.S., the figure is $50 billion, or 5 percent of all grocery store sales. Demand for organic products is increasing, more farmers cultivate organically, more land is certified organic and 178 countries report organic farming activities. The challenge is to safeguard organic standards from large corporations that buy up organic brands and try to weaken U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements. This has led to an erosion of both organic standards and consumer trust in the organic labeling of products such as eggs, milk and grains. To restore public trust, the Organic Consumers Association is committed to exposing the fraudulent players in the organic industry while fighting for stronger organic protections. At one time, states could develop their own rules for organic food production and processing. But in 1990, Congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act, which created the National Organic Program and the National Organic Standards Board. Foods labeled USDA Organic are the gold standard for health and sustainability.
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With the plethora of used, disposable face masks accumulating worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic, avenues of incorporating them into the recycling stream are underway. An estimated 6.8 billion disposable masks are used around the world each day. Researchers at RMIT University, in Melbourne, Australia, have formulated a new road-making material comprised of a mix of shredded single-use face masks and processed building rubble designed to meet civil engineering safety standards. Their study in the journal Science of the Total Environment shows that using the recycled face mask material to make one kilometer of a two-lane road would use up about 3 million masks, preventing 93 tons of waste from going to landfills. Roads are made of four layers—a subgrade, base, sub-base and asphalt on top. All the layers must be both strong and flexible to withstand the pressures of heavy vehicles and prevent cracking. Processed building rubble, or recycled concrete aggregate (RCA), can be used on its own for the three base layers, and adding shredded face masks to RCA enhances the material while addressing environmental challenges.
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tandard Process has been a familyowned leader in whole food nutritional supplements since 1929. President and CEO Charlie DuBois started his career at Standard Process in 1983. He was elected president by the board of directors in 1995. In 1996, the DuBois family became the third generation to own Standard Process, with DuBois carrying on the legacy of his great uncle, Dr. Royal Lee. He is honored to lead a company that is committed to carrying out Lee’s whole food philosophy so that health care professionals and their patients will continue to receive the best in whole food nutrition. Although they have been in business for more than 90 years, Standard Process continues to pursue the vision of the founder, Lee, who recognized nutritional deficiencies caused by processed foods and industrial food production. Standard Process is based in Palmyra and is proud to call Wisconsin home.
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Why are your products important for improving nutritional health? We recognize that the relationship between food and health is more important than ever due to the lack of nutrients found in the standard American diet. We also realize that nutritional supplementation works best when provided with professional guidance. We partner with qualified health care practitioners who believe in a systematic approach to health care and help patients continue on the path to optimal health.
What sets you apart from other supplements? Our competition—like the majority of American nutrition—utilizes ingredients that travel hundreds or thousands of miles before they reach their destination. The great majority of the raw ingredients we
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Tell us more about your partnerships with providers. We go to great lengths to fulfill our mission with a product line that contains more than 300 nutritional supplements—all of which have the potential to change lives. In addition, our practitioner partnerships help ensure the best outcomes for patients, which is something we find very special.
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lobal warming is not just threatening polar bears far away in the Arctic, and its effects are not somewhere in the distant future. With every new wildfire, hurricane and flash flood, people are understanding that the warming of the planet poses dire consequences for human health right here, right now. It’s personal, and while some sectors of the population are unfairly and disproportionately impacted, we are all in harm’s way. This is no time to panic, say climate and public health advocates, but rather a moment for preparation, adaptation and mobilization. Prospects are hopeful as we tackle new realities together and evolve our conversations about climate change so we can build resilient, thriving communities. The good news is that many of the individual and policy changes we need to make are exciting opportunities for positive transformation and justice.
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The warming of the planet is becoming more noticeable. “That historic two weeks anywhere in the United States where it’s the heat wave of high summer is now six weeks to two months,” says Jay Lemery, M.D., professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado and co-author of Enviromedics: The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health. “There are parts of the Middle East now where you can’t be outside and meaningfully cool your body during certain parts of the day.” “With warming, we’re seeing drought, wildfires, hurricanes, extreme precipitation, flooding and sea level rise, all of which have health consequences,” says Surili Patel, director of the Center for Climate, Health and Equity at the American Public Health Association. “With rising temperature and heat waves, we’re seeing heat stroke, dehydration, diarrheal disease, cardiovascular distress and respiratory illnesses. Extreme weather like wildfires, hurricanes and flooding cause direct injuries, as well as vector-borne illnesses (Lyme disease carried by ticks or dengue fever and malaria by mosquitoes), mold and harmful algal blooms that happen when it’s really hot, but also show up in places that
otherwise wouldn’t have because of the combination of heat and flooding.” Lemery notes that incidences of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases are moving higher in altitude and latitude, affecting historically naive populations that have not had levels of disease immunity, the infrastructure or cultural habits to protect them. “These are huge killers worldwide, and we’re seeing more and more of that,” he says. “When you have a warmer winter, spring starts earlier, trees bloom early and pollen season starts early too, and longer exposure to pollen increases your risk of having an asthma attack,” says Professor Amir Sapkota at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, adding that the Northeast is heavily impacted by this phenomenon. “Here in Colorado, in the summer heat, we have these huge swaths of wildfire smoke hanging over Denver, and people come in to the emergency department. Their inhalers aren’t working anymore, and they’re having chest pain and shortness of breath when they’re on oxygen at baseline,” says Lemery. “These are people normally able to walk across a parking lot with their walker and their oxygen, but now they can’t. We see this all summer long, and we admit them for asthma exacerbation, shortness of breath and COPD (i.e., emphysema), but what we don’t write down is that the air quality is the worst it’s been all year, or that it’s the hottest day of the year.” “Air pollution contributes to climate change, but it also gets into your lungs and irritates them, exacerbating chronic respiratory illnesses, and can even lead to a heart attack,” says Jennifer Roberts, director of the Path of Positive Communities program at EcoAmerica, noting that the biggest culprits are carbon emissions from coal-burning power plants, diesel fuels and ground-level ozone, which is created when pollution reacts to heat and sunlight. “With sea level rise, things are flooding more often and we get septic tanks overflowing, sending fecal matter into our drinking water supplies and exposing us to diarrheal diseases. We also see offices and industrial sites getting flooded and, whether it’s paint, fertilizers or other toxins, those get into our water and it’s very unhealthy,” Roberts says.
The Most Vulnerable Among Us Certain segments of the population are more at risk. “Lower socioeconomic groups are suffering more from extreme heat events. The urban heat island effect, which unfortunately correlates very well with poorer neighborhoods, means that they’ll have heat waves seven to 10 degrees hotter in their neighborhoods than surrounding places with more green space,” Lemery says. “You see the public health infrastructure less robust to be able to attend to communities of color—like you saw with COVID. There are also physiologic vulnerabilities. Climate change affects the very young, the very old and the very sick much more because of their preexisting vulnerabilities, and then we have geographic vulnerabilities—people who live on the coast without sea walls or in flood plains. As sea level rise proliferates, and that data is really straightforward, they’re going to be going under increased storm surge stress and flat-out flooding.”
Achievable Public Health Solutions The experts agree that it’s important to frame climate change as a public health issue because it brings a sense of urgency to act. “If it isn’t a crisis, if it isn’t something we’re seeing every day on the front page, then you forget about it. And when you forget about it, the funding doesn’t come,” says Patel, whose work focuses on under-
privileged communities that need special attention and funding. Sapkota advocates for the development of early warning systems so that local health departments can anticipate and adapt to impending extreme weather events, directing resources to the most impacted and vulnerable communities. In some cases, moving people out of flood plains and vulnerable coastal areas through eminent domain might be needed. Lemery believes that doctors are in a prime position to counsel their patients on preventive measures against climate hazards with “credible messaging repeated over and over again with clarity and no hedging: Wear a mask. Stay indoors during high-heat events. Don’t let children play outdoors when the air quality index is at a dangerous level.” There are many ways to mitigate threats. As experts point out, we know what to do, and it’s just a matter of putting our attention and resources on their implementation. “One of the biggest ways is let’s remove the sources of harmful spewing pollution—move away from coal, oil and gas—and invest in clean sources of energy, which will also create jobs in these new industries,” says Patel. Another big step would be to promote mass transit and active transportation— walking and biking—over individual, gasguzzling vehicles. Patel advocates for local investments in bike lanes and sidewalks April 2021
that encourage the switch. Both Lemery and Roberts express excitement about clean-running electric cars as potential game-changers in transportation. Planting trees and vegetable gardens are easy, community-building solutions. “Trees are very beneficial to everything from shade to water filtration to producing oxygen and taking up carbon,” says Roberts, who adds that much can be done to restore and protect streams, ponds and lakes from the ill effects of pollution and development. “You get volunteers to clean up the gunk and increase regulations for developers to keep stuff out of the waterways.”
Eco-Anxiety and Making Positive Change Jessica Schiff, a second-year master of science student at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health, struggles with eco-anxiety—the depression, anxiety or dread associated with climate change. She says, “It impacts the decisions I make for my life and the future, just trying to think about overall impacts. Where is my food coming from? Do I want to have
kids or adopt? Should I live in the suburbs or the city because of transportation and fossil fuel consumption? This all adds a layer of unease or uncertainty about the future. Sometimes I look at Greta [Thunberg] and how far she’s taken things, and feel guilty about not taking things to such an extreme. Is it hypocritical for me to care about
climate change but still eat meat occasionally or take a plane to explore the world?” Schiff deals with eco-anxiety by taking action. “We’re not going to reverse climate change at this point, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take steps to slow it down or reduce emissions. There are many small things we can each do, like biking or walking instead of taking a car or bus and reducing our use of plastic. It’s a process. You can’t do it overnight, but if you make a lot of small changes, and if everybody makes small changes, that has a bigger effect.” Roberts acknowledges the power of small, individual actions, but stresses that we should not let the big polluters off the hook. “We need to continue to press for policy changes, holding polluters accountable, passing regulations based on protecting human health and climate, requiring cleaner cars and buildings, and more. That’s the only way we will get to the scale of change needed to truly bring global warming to a halt.” Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional writer. Reach her at SandraYeyati@gmail.com.
Create a Nurturing Nest by Marlaina Donato
ore than being a roof over our heads, home is where we live, love and heal. This past year, we all have been reminded of the importance of having a refuge; a place that shelters not only our physical beings, but our souls, too. With ongoing pandemic restrictions, we have more time on our hands, and with this comes a blessed opportunity to catch up with our bliss. Living space should be inspired space. Creating a haven doesn’t require remodeling the kitchen or buying new furniture, only distilling new joy from the mundane. Adding a luxurious throw to a sofa or putting books to read in a pretty basket by an easy chair invites us to tend to the muchneglected inner life. Putting cut flowers at the bedside or turning a chair toward the sunlight says, “Yes” to life and renewal. Playing uplifting, infectious music on laundry day rouses an element of fun. Practicing easy principles of feng shui—the art of placement—can get previously stagnant energy moving. Repositioning furniture for optimal flow and creating more open space are simple actions that can lighten heavy thoughts or memories. Home is a harbor of habit, and breaking out of the usual routine can be transformative. Here are some activities to try.
n Reserve an evening every week for an old-fashioned “Sunday
supper” by candlelight or have a rainy-day indoor picnic on the floor in the living room.
n Add one item per day for a month to a bag intended for a local thrift store and then follow through by dropping it off. n Tidy the desk every other day and keep it uncluttered. n Hang new art prints, photos or paintings to set a new mood. Consider bright splashes of color—a set of red cups, a turquoise pillow or sunny yellow bathroom towels. n Bring the seasons in; hang a garland of faux ivy, roses or autumn leaves over the showerhead. n Buy or adopt low-maintenance indoor plants like philodendrons and snake plants for a spot of lovely green, even in deep winter. In a world that fosters a “grass is always greener on the other side” mentality, cultivating soul-nourishment is a sure way to turn the humblest space into a castle. Marlaina Donato is the author of Spiritual Famine in the Age of Plenty: Baby Steps to Bliss. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com. April 2021
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hen Kevin Kane and his spouse were looking to buy a home in 2019, they started to ponder whether they could make their new home carbon-neutral in the middle of the city. After some research, Kane discovered that while electric vehicles and wind farms are great steps in the right direction to fight climate change, it turns out one of the biggest ways to cut carbon emissions is even closer to home. According to the National Resource Defense Council in a 2017 research study, upgrading homes to be energy efficient is the single biggest action individuals can take to cut carbon emissions. In order to fight climate change, we should start looking at homes. Specifically:
n Air leaks in and out of the home. n Insulation in our attics and basements. n Replacing older refrigerators and laundry machines. n Using high-efficiency toilets, showers and faucets. n Replacing incandescent and CFL bulbs with LEDs. As well as fighting climate change, these methods provide a clear return on investment. Improving energy efficiency reduces utility bills and pays for itself over time. It helps both our planet and our pocketbook. As more people invest in energy efficiency, the global impact increases. Kane found his new passion. After successfully getting the first “Green Mortgage”
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Cutting carbon emissions at home is vital and cost effective, but it isn’t usually free. Solar panels or new, triple-pane windows are not a financial option for many people. This is why environmental advocates have persuaded financial institutions to allow borrowers to pay for improvements through green mortgages, in order to make such upgrades truly affordable. This is how it works. When buying or refinancing a home, the new mortgage can be made “green” to include the cost of energy efficiency improvements. These green mortgages cover the cost of solar panels, air sealing and insulation, smart devices and any other improvements an auditor shows to be cost effective, up to certain monetary limits. The interest rate shouldn’t go up, and the borrower typically only needs to qualify for the sale price of the home— not the extra cost of the planned energy upgrades. Often there are no additional fees and payments aren’t increased. Most homes will save immediately while cutting emissions, and the homeowner is rewarded for fighting climate change. Most homes are eligible to have their carbon impact reduced fairly and affordably. Even those who have paid off their
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Healthy Home How to Detoxify a Living Space by Yvette Hammett
s the world moves into its second year of a viral pandemic, many of us are still spending most of our time at home—working, exercising, hanging out with family and as with any other year, cooking and cleaning. There’s no better time to take stock of these surroundings and purge them of any toxins—gases, inhalants or fumes—that may be contributing to a harmful environment.
Start with the air. Research shows that indoor air is two to five times more toxic than the air outside, due to inadequate ventilation. This condition, coupled with fumes from synthetic fibers, makeup, paints, cleansers or even a baby’s plastic toys, can contribute to health issues and a less environmentally beneficial abode. A straightforward solution—in addition to getting rid of the pollution-causing objects—is to open the windows and use fans to recirculate the air. A high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter can safely remove many contaminants, but don’t spritz a commercial air freshener: A University of Washington study found that eight widely used air fresheners released an average of 18 chemicals into the air, some of them hazardous, including the likely human carcinogen acetaldehyde.
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and neurotoxicity. They can be particularly toxic for children: A recent Canadian study found that repeated use of a disinfectant reduced beneficial gut bacteria in toddlers, probably contributing to obesity. A good place to start in cleaning out the cleaners is at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) website ewg.org; its Healthy Living Home Guide evaluates the health risks of 2,500 cleaning products. It also advises a simple strategy of using vinegar and water or baking soda. Get the lead out. Andrew Rooney, deputy director at the National Toxicology Program of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, sees lead, which causes brain damage and other serious defects, as a major risk present in water supplies and the paint of older homes. “The thing I want to emphasize is there is no safe level of lead exposure, so eliminating exposure sources is the best protection for your health,” he says. Drinking water contamination comes from the distribution lines and plumbing fixtures, with lead leaching out from repairs or adjustments. “Having your household water tested by a certified lab is the best option to determine if you have water issues,” he says. Consult state and local health agencies for guidance on lead paint or lead in the water lines and how to remove it. Also consider a water filter: ConsumerReports.com has a comprehensive rating of models from pitchers to under-sink setups. Take it a step further. The new EWG downloadable Healthy Living app makes it easy to use a smartphone to check out 120,000 products for toxic ingredients, including cosmetics and foods. “It has a barcode scanner to scan your favorite lipstick or shampoo, and it will pop up an ingredient list and give it a score,” says Patisaul. The database includes ingredients not found on packaging and scores products on a zero to 10 scale. “It pretty much has to be water to get a zero,” she says. Yvette Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at YvetteHammettHull49@gmail.com.
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Spring Cleaning the Body Simple Ways to Detox Naturally by April Thompson
s we shake off the sluggishness of winter, many of us feel an urge to “spring clean” our bodies with a detox or cleanse. Yet health experts say such programs should help jumpstart new healthy habits and not necessarily be seen as a short-term fix. “The air we breathe, the water we drink, the cosmetics we use, the materials we build with and most notably, the food that we eat, are loaded with chemicals that are toxic to our metabolism,” says Alejandro Junger, a Los Angeles cardiologist, author and founder of CleanProgram.com. “The systems in the body designed to clear toxicity are overwhelmed, and this leads to the imbalances and damage that is at the root of most diseases today.” Detoxification functions are performed by many different organs and tissues, including intestinal flora, the immune system, the nervous system and the liver, so its imbalances can manifest in diverse ways, according to Junger. “Symptoms of detox imbalance include sleep and mood disorders, anxiety, rashes, lack of energy and libido, autoimmune disorders, inflammation and cancer.” While some health professionals say that detoxes are unnecessary because the body is capable of cleansing itself, others make a compelling case for the need to help it along, given our heightened exposure to manmade toxic elements. Information of varying repute swirls around the internet, offering approaches ranging from juice cleanses to total fasts.
Simple dietary strategies can help sweep out toxins, explains Robin Foroutan, an integrative dietitian and nutritionist in New York City. She points to cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, collards and kale, which promote cytochromes P450, a family of enzymes critical in helping toxins clear the body. She also recommends foods high in fiber that can bind to toxins and bile, and transport them out of the body through the stool. Berries, green tea and turmeric are also helpful for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties; even water facilitates the excretion process, supports the lymphatic system and replenishes fluids lost through sweat. Using a water filter and eating organic foods when possible also reduces incoming toxins, she says. Healthy smoothies are a great way to get water, fiber and easily digestible nutrients into our body at the same time, according 26
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Fasting (occasionally for a prolonged period, such as three days without food) and intermittent fasting (abstaining from food for a shorter period, such as 16 hours per day on a regular basis) are great tools for deeper detoxification, says Junger. “Digestion takes energy and resources from the detox functions, so eating less, eating less often and allowing time for digestion to stop so that detox can intensify is crucial.” For a comprehensive detox, experts recommend working with a health practitioner to assess toxic burdens and develop a personalized plan. Russell Jaffe, a physician in Ashburn, Virginia, crafts a detox program based on four self-assessments, including digestive transit time, urine pH, hydration levels and vitamin C levels. Jaffe claims our bodies are burdened by excess acid, rendering them less resilient to stress and resulting in fatigue, illness and infection risks. “When we enjoy a diet rich in greens, fruits, vegetables, minerals and antioxidants, our cells become more alkaline and more resistant to everyday stress,” he states. Experts emphasize that a short-term program must be part of a longer-lasting lifestyle and diet shift. “It is not enough to do periodic detoxes if you go back to old habits. I offer these programs as a jumpstart in hopes that participants feel so much better that they never want to go back to what they were doing and eating before,” says Junger. Connect with Washington, D.C., freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites.com.
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Vegetable Yum Soup Soups help provide the body with nutrient- and fiber-rich vegetables in an easy-to-digest format, while soup broths help supply water for detoxification and a sense of satiety. Yield: 4 to 6 Servings 1 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 garlic clove, minced 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated 1 stalk lemongrass, minced ½ tsp crushed red pepper ¾ cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced 2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped ½ cup green bell pepper, chopped 5 to 6 cups vegetable stock 1 (14-oz) can coconut milk 2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce 3 Tbsp cilantro or parsley, chopped Heat the oil in a large pot and sauté garlic, ginger, lemongrass and crushed red pepper. Stir in the mushrooms, sweet potatoes and bell pepper, and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the stock, bring to boil and then reduce heat. Simmer for 10 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Add the coconut milk and soy sauce, and stir. Serve sprinkled with cilantro or parsley (optional).
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to Junger. “When using a good, clean, protein powder in addition to fruits and leafy greens, healthy fats such as nuts, and coconut or cashew milk, a smoothie can provide us the nutrients needed to support our energy for hours,” he says. Adding herbs like mint or holy basil (tulsi) and spices like turmeric and cinnamon elevate both flavor and healing. Liquids such as celery juice provide highly concentrated nutrients and hydration, but lack the fiber of a blended drink. Both juices and smoothies give overtaxed digestive systems a needed break.
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his article describes the benefits of integrating light therapy, loving intention and soul-centered mentoring to achieve cellular DNA healing and awakened consciousness. The science of light energy consciousness reveals the universal principle that all life is created by the Source of light energy consciousness. Source Consciousness incorporates light energy information. The science and art of Cosolargy reveals that light energy information comes to the Earth from the sun. Sunlight can be directly accessed for healing and expanding consciousness.
There is a cosmic solar pattern for how higher frequency light energy consciousness infuses bio-photonic light receptors within the cells of the body. It incorporates a specific mathematical formula that includes a communication process for how the 64 coded spiritual “junk” DNA language interlinks with a 64 multiplecoded language within cellular DNA. This encoded cosmic solar light energy is absorbed by the body through visual optic and non-visual pathways that infuse the skeletal, circulatory, nervous, lymphatic, respiratory and chakra/meridian systems.
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Spiritual “junk” DNA and cellular DNA light codes are manifestations of a universal principle that incorporates a phylogenetic-coded language for the creation of biologic life, the formula for DNA healing, and expanding consciousness. This coded language can be communicated with using thought intention and spoken language. Cosmic solar light energy interlinks an invisible greater field of morphogenetic light energy information that integrates spiritual DNA with visible cellular DNA. Physical DNA incorporates non-visible and visible resonances of light energy information. DNA function is determined by information outside of DNA itself through a process of remote information exchange. Cellular DNA functions like a “quantum energy receptor” that can decode the language contained within a greater field of light energy consciousness. Remote spiritual and physical DNA cells are able to communicate with and respond to human thoughts, feelings and spoken language. Integrated spiritual “junk” DNA and cellular DNA exchange information within a non-local field of invisible information through an interface function described as “nuclear spin resonance” or torque energy. The energy resonance of Infinite Love is contained within the spinning torque energy represented by the integrated spiritual and physical DNA double -helix structure. It is the frequency of love, contained within the intelligent design of light energy consciousness, that forms the basis for the
creation of all life and the coded language for cellular DNA healing. Body, mind and soul healing cannot be achieved without accessing the power of Infinite Love. When light energy is freely flowing and unblocked within the energy consciousness system of the body, we are healthy. When light energy is blocked, we experience disease. Light energy therapy releases blocked energy and opens communication channels that assist cellular DNA healing. According to Peter Mandel, Colorpuncture originator, “Light is present in the communication between the cells of the body; illness occurs when cells can no longer speak the language.” Infusing light energy into the body has a resonant effect, bringing cells into the same language again and supporting the body’s natural healing ability. When light is directed into the body it allows blocked energy to emerge in a safe and gentle manner. When soul-centered mentoring is integrated with light therapy, the awareness of unconscious negative emotions and memories are brought to one’s conscious awareness, allowing resolution and profound healing. Light therapy has a unique capacity to activate and release subconscious information, while opening communication with one’s spiritual consciousness. An additional benefit of light therapy is its ability to assist clients to acclimate to accelerated incoming cosmic solar energies designed to help humanity achieve rapidly awakening consciousness. The multiple benefits of integrating light therapy, loving intention and soul-centered mentoring confirms the reality that light is “the Living Love” encoded within our heart and soul that assists the body’s natural process of healing and awakening. Cosmic solar intelligence designed the human body to achieve healing and enlightened consciousness through a communication process with light energy information. Accessing the power of Infinite Love activates that process. Peig Myota, BSN, MSW, OM, is the author of The Power of Love and Awakened Consciousness: A Protocol for Mind, Body, Soul Healing. Contact her at PMyota@sbcglobal.net, or learn more at PeigMyota.com. See ad, page 29.
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s Angela Hanscom of Barrington, New Hampshire, watched her preschool daughters at play, she realized that a surprising number of their friends had problems with balance, coordination and muscle weakness, conditions she was attuned to as a pediatric occupational therapist. Teachers told her that compared to past years, young children were falling out of chairs and bumping into each other and walls more often—all evidence of poor proprioceptive skills, the “sixth sense” ability to feel and position the body in space. Hanscom also realized that almost none of the children played outdoors, which “fascinated and scared” her. Nationwide, even before the lockdowns and online schooling 30
brought on by the pandemic, the average child spent seven hours per day looking at screens and only seven minutes per day playing freely outdoors. Recent studies show that today’s children have poorer hand grip strength, slower running speeds and lower cardiovascular fitness levels than previous generations. Meanwhile, a growing body of research finds that spending time in nature makes kids happier, healthier and more functional. Hanscom’s solution was to establish TimberNook, camps in which children from 18 months to 14 years of age are encouraged to explore natural settings in imaginative, largely unstructured, minimally supervised play. Now in its eighth year, 38 TimberNook-affiliated camps are located in the U.S., Canada, the UK and Australia. Hanscom’s book, Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children, has garnered more than 300 fivestar reviews on Amazon.com. “Children thrive physically, mentally and emotionally when they are given frequent outdoor play experiences, especially with other children. When children do not get enough of these opportunities, it comes at a great cost to their development,” she says. Journalist Richard Louv, author of the seminal Last Child in the Woods, agrees. “The scientists who study the human senses no longer talk about five senses, they list conservatively nine or 10, and some believe that humans have as many as 30 senses,” he says. “Yet today, children and adults who work and learn in a dominating digital environment expend enormous energy blocking out many of the human senses—including ones we don’t even know we have—to focus narrowly on the screen in front of the eyes. That’s the very definition of being less alive. What parent wants his or her child to be less alive? Who among us wants to be less alive?” That dawning realization is motivating parents and teachers to find ways to get their children actively involved with nature in ways that open their senses while also moving their bodies. This often means hitting the local trails and nature preserves, sometimes with binoculars, bug jars, bird and plant guides and a
scavenger list in hand. “‘Hiking’ can be a bit of a drag to young children, but ‘exploring’ (while still hiking) helps open their minds to the beauty and wonder of the outdoors,” says Tanya Gray of Woodstock, Georgia, a homeschooling blogger at TwoPineAdventure.com. To improve kids’ hearing, Lilach Saperstein, an Israeli audiologist who hosts the podcast All About Audiology, asks children to close their eyes and describe only what they hear. “The wind, the rustle of leaves, a running water stream, crickets, birds, their own breathing, the swish of their sleeve or pant—this is a great way to introduce mindfulness, as well.” To awaken sight, sound and smell, Boston plein air artist Diana Stelin hands kids paper and art supplies out in nature. “Allowing kids to sit with sounds around them and with smells of various seasons makes them truly feel part of our grand universe. It also allows their minds to quiet down and reset, making them pay more attention to detail, to their inner landscapes and to people around them.”
To engage the sense of taste, Malorie Thompson, editor of TheVeganInsider.com, takes her children foraging for edible plants on treasure hunts on a trail or around their Northern California neighborhood. She says, “Bonus activity: use the foraged food to make a meal afterward!” Most of all, nature should be both physical and fun. “Point excitedly at the full moon, shout at it and say hello. Pick up leaves and chestnuts and rocks and create beautiful art together. Stop to smell the twigs and flowers and roll on the grass—who can make it faster down the hill? Make sandcastles and animals. Tie colorful ribbons on tree branches. Look for the shapes of animals in the clouds,” says Milana Perepyolkina, of Salt Lake City, who wrote about forest bathing in Gypsy Energy Secrets. “The only way to get your children to be excited about nature is for you to be excited about nature first,” she notes. Health writer Ronica O’Hara can be reached at OHaraRonica@gmail.com.
Family Time in the Woods Richard Louv, a prominent nature writer and a co-founder of The Children & Nature Network (C&NN), offers 500 ways for families and communities to connect to the natural world in his book Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life. Here are more wise words. Be a hummingbird parent. One parent says, “In the range from helicopter to neglect—I probably fall a bit more toward helicopter. In fact, I call myself a hummingbird parent. I tend to stay physically distant to let them explore and problem-solve, but zoom in at moments when safety is an issue (which isn’t very often).” Notice that she isn’t hovering over her kids with nature flash cards. She stands back and makes space for independent nature play—albeit not as free as she experienced as a child; this play is important, nonetheless. Create or join a family nature club. Nature clubs for families are beginning to catch on across the country; some have membership lists of 400-plus families. The idea is that multiple families meet to go for a hike, garden together or even do stream reclamation. We hear from family nature club leaders that when families get together, the kids tend to play more creatively—with other kids or independently—than during singlefamily outings. C&NN’s Nature Clubs for Families offers a free downloadable guide on how to start your own. Get the safety information you need. Become familiar with good resources for safety tips in the outdoors, including those with information on how to guard against ticks. Check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s cdc.gov. AudubonPortland.org offers tips on living with a variety of urban wildlife.
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rom human-powered gyms that generate electricity to Earth-friendly activewear, professional and recreational athletes alike are increasingly working out with the planet in mind. Taking a recycled yoga mat to class, nixing the plastic water bottle and going “plogging”—picking up litter while out for a run—are just a few examples of eco-fitness in motion. “We believe that movement and nature go hand-in-hand, yet the world of sports isn’t as green as it should be, with plastic bottles at events, junk food in canteens and monotonous movement in the gym,” says Saraï Pannekoek, co-founder of the Sustainable Athlete Foundation, which strives to create a sustainable sports environment through coaching, workshops and campaigns.
sonally gratifying, it also makes you keenly aware of just how far the world is from taking action sufficient to keep climate change in check. We all need to do more,” says Bruce Rayner, founder and chief green officer at Athletes for a Fit Planet, in Portland, Maine, who was enlightened to the problems firsthand at a half-ironman distance race. “When I got to the finish line, I was given my obligatory plastic water bottle. I looked around for a recycling bin, and all I saw was an overflowing trash bin.” Founded in 2008, Rayner’s organization partners with pro-environment races like the TD Beach to Beacon 10K, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, recently named the most sustainable 10-miles-or-less race in the country.
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Working Out Green Links between personal fitness and environmental toxicity are critical. Sixty percent of clothing is manufactured with fossil fuel-derived plastics, and activewear rates highest for eco-toxic fibers. Choosing workout clothes made from sustainable bamboo and cotton can soften the impact. With name brands like Adidas offering sustainable footwear, staying fit doesn’t need to increase the toll on the environment. Pannekoek, who hosts the Sustainable Athlete Podcast with co-founder Paul Venner in Amsterdam, emphasizes personal responsibility. “We believe that there isn’t a quick fix. It’s all about habits and conscious behavior, while still being able to peak perform.” Supplementing the usual gym routine with self-powered workouts and outdoor activities like gardening, sustainable charity races and hiking are sound choices that can help to buffer climate change. “Being eco-centric enriches life and enhances health, but while it’s per32
A pillar of the eco-fitness movement is eating clean and going plant-based for the health of people and planet. “Diet is a big part of being eco-fit. The best action you can take is to support local farms, specifically organic farms,” emphasizes Rayner. To minimize global greenhouse gas emissions and water usage, eating more nutrition-packed produce, whole grains, legumes and nuts instead of animal products supports sustainability. For Adam Layzell, sports therapist, nutritionist and author of How to Train Your Vegan: The Comprehensive Guide to Plant-Based Fitness, going vegan is a win-win situation. “A vegan diet encourages fat loss, improves endurance and recovery and has plenty of all the necessary components such as protein to build strength and muscle.” Layzell underscores that the vegan diet preserves animals and their ecosystems, prevents deforestation and destruction of wild land and lowers the impact on climate change and global warming.
Athlete Engagement For Lewis Blaustein, managing editor of GreenSportsBlog.com, climate change action and sports are an ideal marriage. He recently launched EcoAthletes.org to encourage sports figures to speak up about global warming. “Nelson Mandela once said, ‘Sport has the power to change the world.’ EcoAthletes aims to show that athletes are the agents of that change and that they, by mobilizing millions if not billions of fans, can do so on climate.” Blaustein sees a surge of climate-concerned athletes leading radical changes. “There will be many different looks—from athletes endorsing green products à la solar power, electric vehicles, etc., to athletes speaking out for environmental/climate justice in a similar fashion to WNBA and NBA players on Black Lives Matter.” Pannekoek concurs, “All small steps taken still go a great distance. Elite athletes are role models. If they would support more conscious brands to influence the youth, we believe that they can make such a difference.” Marlaina Donato is an author and recording artist. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.
WHAT WE CAN DO Bruce Rayner: n After pandemic restrictions lift, when signing up for a race, pick one that’s local and carpool with friends.
n Washing polyester clothing means microplastics are in the wastewater, which means they make their way into the environment. Consider getting a filter for your washing machine that catches microplastics.
n Tell race directors that you appreciate their efforts to be
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Adam Layzell: n Reuse clothes to lower the carbon footprint and plastic production. Go to the charity shop, borrow, repair and buy second-hand.
n Choose reusable water bottles.
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n Exercise in nature, a great way to appreciate what we need to be protecting.
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n Litter pick when exercising in nature. Have a
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Saraï Pannekoek: n Consume intentionally and more mindfully. Think and act long-term instead of going for quick fixes.
n Replace sugary snacks with quick, energizing exercises throughout the day. (We call this “movement snacks”.)
n Change your movements instead of doing simple repetition over and over again.
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Mediumship Training with Amy Wilinski – Apr 17-18. 9am-4pm. Learn to connect with the spirit world. This amazing two-day mediumship training workshop 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. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center. For info: 920-609-8277. GoldenLightHealing.net. Hormone Balance Diet Workshop –11am12:30pm. Many diets don’t work because they fail to address the hormonal root cause. This virtual workshop led by Dr. Sarah Axtell encompasses a whole-foods approach to balance adrenal, thyroid & sex hormones. $39. The event is virtual. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 414939-8748. Info@LakesideNaturalMedicine.com. LakesideNaturalMedicine.com.
CANCELLED Dare to be Aware Fair – was to be on April 17; will be rescheduled. Alverno Conference Center, 3400 S 43rd St, Milwaukee. Info, Patricia Clason: 414-374-5433.
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Wellness, Body, Mind & Spirit Expo – 10am5pm. Join Dr Joanne Flanagan for the latest in alternative health and healing, with the finest selection of doctors and providers, life coaches, psychics, mediums, tarot card readers, astrologers, palm readers and more. Booths available! Four Points Sheraton, Brown Deer. 414-3494932. WellnessBodyMindSpirit.com.
THURSDAY, APRIL 29 Shaman’s Mesa with Jose Luis Herrera – Apr 29-May 2. Are you a mesa carrier? Want to better understand the Peruvian cosmology from which this shamanic tradition sources? Peruvian international teacher Jose Luis Herrera assists participants in further developing their relationship with their mesa. Learn to move beyond the personnel to the collective. This training will teach you how to weave ceke lines between your kuyas and forces of nature and deepen your connection with the Peruvian medicine traditions. Held at Golden Light Healing Retreat Center. For more info: 920-609-8277. GoldenLightHealing.net.
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JULY Herbal Apprenticeship with Gigi Stafne – July 24-25. Combine the intuitive art and the solid science of botanical medicine apprenticing with master herbalist Gigi Stafne for an intensive weekend at Golden Light Retreat Center. Explore the benefits of herbal preparations and create a number of them to take home with you. GoldenLightHealing.net. Info@GoldenLightHealing.net. Whispers on the Wind Shamanic Program w/ Amy Wilinski – Next group begins July 28. 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. GoldenLight Healing.net.
AUGUST Mediumship Workshops: UK Medium Mavis Pittilla – Aug 14-15 Let’s Talk About Love (open to all levels), and Aug 17-18, Confident Communication (pre-requisite workshop with Mavis Pittilla or working as a professional medium). A rare opportunity right here in the Midwest to learn from one of the most experienced, trusted mediums of our time. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center. For more info: 920-609-8277. GoldenLightHealing.net.
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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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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. 414-475-0105. UnityCenter InMilwaukee.com.
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.
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. 414-475-0105. 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: 414-745-7377. 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.
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.
tuesday 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.
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.
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 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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CINDY CARLSON REIKI AND ENERGY HEALING
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RETREAT CENTER PHYSICAL THERAPY 1212 BODYWORKS
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Join us 10am-5pm for the latest advances in alternative health and healing, the nation’s finest selection of doctors and providers, life coaches, psychics, mediums, tarot card readers, astrologers, artists, palm readers and more. Booths available!
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