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ertified life coach and intuitive Teresa Humphrey is now offering life coaching for children outdoors in Wauwatosa and in the greater Milwaukee area. The focus of the sessions is about helping each child realize his or her magnificence, to embrace their uniqueness, to increase strength and resilience, and to live the most joyful life possible. The ongoing coaching sessions take place in a natural setting or park at locations that are convenient for each client. “Coaching sessions can be done in the woods, by Lake Michigan or near a stream, or wherever the child and parent is comfortable,” Humphrey says. “Coaching in nature allows for freedom of movement in a more relaxed setting. Nature is a place to reap the benefits of the Earth’s energy and provides a beautiful place to talk.” Humphrey worked for 30 years with children and families as a pediatric nurse. After discovering how effective reiki is for relieving stress, she took classes from local reiki practitioner Susie Raymond to master energy healing techniques. Humphrey has been an energy healing practitioner for nearly a decade. Cost: $100/session with potential adjustments. For more information, call or text 414-243-9851. See ad, page 8.

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Improve Sleep with a Weighted Blanket Weighted blankets that provide a cozy, swaddled feeling have been big sellers during the trying days of the pandemic, and a new study verifies that they do provide mental health benefits. Researchers from Sweden’s Karolinska University tested 120 patients with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder for four weeks. They found that a weighted blanket led to better sleep and reduced fatigue, depression and anxiety, and increased levels of daytime activity. Weighted blankets are comforters with tiny pellets or metal chains woven throughout so that weight is distributed across the body; researchers recommend using a blanket that is about 10 percent of a person’s body weight. ketut-subiyanto/Pexels.com

Four widely used artificial sweeteners—saccharine, sucralose, aspartame and acesulfame potassium— promote the transfer of antibiotic resistance genes in both environmental and clinical settings, report researchers at the University of Queensland, Australia, in The ISME Journal. They found that these four nonnutritive sweeteners promote horizontal transfer of the genes between bacteria, furthering the spread of antibiotic-resistant genes in the intestine. The researchers say the findings provide insight into the spread of antimicrobial resistance and point to a potential risk associated with ingesting the artificial sweeteners.



Research from the University of Queensland, in Australia, has found that peptic ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome, along with other gut disorders, are linked to depression. The researchers analyzed health data from more than 450,000 people and found eight genetic variants that predispose people to peptic ulcers and other gut diseases, often with depression as a comorbidity. Lead author Yeda Wu says the research supports a holistic approach to identifying and caring for patients with gastrointestinal diseases, noting, “As a medical student, I noticed how some patients’ gastrointestinal symptoms improved after psychotherapy or psychiatry treatment.”

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An 800-megawatt project, Vineyard Wind, off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, is awaiting final approval by the Army Corps of Engineers. Laura Daniel Davis, principal deputy assistant secretary of land and minerals at the U.S. Department of the Interior, says, “The demand for offshore wind energy has never been greater. The technological advances, falling costs, increased interest and the tremendous economic potential make offshore wind a really promising avenue.” Some two dozen offshore wind projects are in development along the East Coast. According to the International Energy Agency, wind could provide more than 18 times the world’s present electricity demand and is well-suited to serve heavily populated areas. For instance, almost 40 percent of Americans live near the coasts. Offshore wind power could assist in relieving the dependence on carbon-based sources of electricity and relieve congestion on the grid for Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Houston and Seattle. Offshore turbines are in open waters where wind is strong and abundant. As the technology has matured, the turbines have gotten bigger and further out to sea.

An agreement finalized in November 2020 between farmers, tribes and dam owners will result in the deconstruction of four aging, inefficient dams along the Klamath River in the Pacific Northwest to restore salmon runs that have been in decline. The Karuk and Yurok tribes have relied on the salmon for both sustenance and spiritual wellbeing throughout their history. The project also signals a decline in the hydropower industry, which does not seem as profitable as predicted with the emergence of more cost-effective and sustainable energy sources such as wind and solar. The World Commission on Dams released a report in November 2000 on the enormous financial, environmental and human costs and poor performance of large dams. The commission analyzed dozens of case studies and more than 1,000 testimonies regarding the outcome of trillions of dollars invested in dams. After decades of rapid construction, only 37 percent of the world’s rivers remain free-flowing. River fragmentation has heavily damaged freshwater habitats and fish stocks, threatening food security for millions of people and advancing the decline of other mammals, birds and reptiles.

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The proposed Thacker Pass lithium mine in northern Nevada, the largest in the U.S., has passed a review by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and construction of mining facilities could begin later this year. But unhappy residents and conservation groups are filing lawsuits. Lithium Nevada expects to pump up to 5,200 acre-feet of groundwater per year, and critics say this may draw down groundwater levels and affect soils, streams and springs. In addition, other expected environmental impacts include groundwater pollution and detrimental impacts to sensitive wildlife. The challenge is to quickly transition the U.S. economy to carbon-free energy sources by acquiring the vast mineral resources needed, such as lithium, cobalt and nickel for batteries, without endangering biodiversity or the health of nearby communities. John Hadder, executive director of Great Basin Resource Watch, one of the environmental nonprofits suing BLM over the Thacker Pass mine, says, “There is a lot of pressure to extract materials for what we consider to be the new energy economy, but we have to do it in a way which isn’t business as usual.” The goal is to get the federal government to do a more thorough review of the project so that the surroundings won’t become an arid, polluted wasteland. June 2021


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r. Supriya K. Shetty, Dr. Jana Ledic and Dr. Christine Fischer, along with the rest of the staff at Integrative Dental Solutions, realize that every dental patient has unique needs. Their approach toward biological dentistry, a model that focuses on how oral care relates to whole-body wellness, goes beyond one-size-fits-all dental techniques. Integrative Dental Solutions offers a wide array of services including cleanings, restorative care, orthodontics, dental implants, sleep medicine and platelet-rich plasma therapy, which uses a concentration of a patient’s own platelets to accelerate healing after dental surgeries. Shetty was an associate at Integrative Dental Solutions for several years before purchasing the practice from Dr. Ingo Mahn in June 2017. Ledic, who leads a holistic lifestyle both in and out of the office, joined Integrative Dental Solutions in April 2019. Fischer, the newest associate who joined the practice last year, is a native of Brookfield, Wisconsin. She’s honored to serve the community where she grew up. Both Ledic and Fischer graduated from

Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee. Shetty had experienced a holistic lifestyle while growing up in India. Her parents used natural herbs for healing and held the belief that “the mouth is the index of the gut”, and thus health and vitality begins with the mouth. While in dental school at New York University, Shetty found that the conventional dentistry taught at most dental schools did not discuss the impact that oral health has on overall health, yet she knew that it was incredibly important in order to provide the best care to her patients. Bacteria from gum disease, heavy metals from amalgam tooth fillings and misalignment of the teeth when the jaws are closed (known as malocclusion) can affect how one chews and digests food, Shetty explains. Cracked or broken amalgams can leach unhealthy materials into food, which ultimately go into the stomach and the blood stream. Biological dentistry encompasses looking beyond standard dentistry techniques to correct those issues. Shetty, Ledic and Fischer complete thousands of hours of continuing education to

Shetty emphasizes that Integrative Dental Solutions doesn’t let insurance companies decide if their patients should receive less costly treatments to fit their bottom lines. “Each and every patient has the opportunity to spend time with our providers to review what treatments are recommended, and why, and to come up with an individualized plan that works best to support them and their total health,” she says. In order to help provide the ultimate biological dentistry experience for everyone, the practice offers the “Gift of Health” to new patients. This first visit includes a complete biological examination, all necessary X-rays, an oral cancer screening, a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) exam, gum health screening, smile evaluation and a 30-minute private consultation with a dentist—all for $99. “It’s a great way to learn about the condition of your mouth as well as to get to know what our office can do for you,” Shetty notes. As holistic and preventative oral technology continues to flourish, the staff at Integrative Dental Solutions looks forward to expanding and growing to serve their patients’ needs. “We plan to continue adding and expanding the services we offer and to work within our community to connect everyone to excellent dental care,” Shetty concludes. Integrative Dental Solutions is located at N35 W23770 Capitol Dr., in Pewaukee. For more information or to make an appointment, call 262-421-4389 or visit WiNaturalDentist.com. See ad, page 3. Sheila Julson is a freelance writer for Natural Awakenings magazine. June 2021


INTEGRATIVE HEALTH FOR MEN Natural Approaches for Robust Vitality by Ronica O’Hara


tatistically speaking, living long and well is an uphill battle for most American men. Compared to women, they eat worse, smoke more, drink harder, exercise less and suffer more injuries. They live on average five fewer years than women. At birth, they outnumber women 105 to 100, but by age 60, it’s flipped to 95 to 100. Of the 15 leading causes of death, the only one men don’t lead in is Alzheimer’s, because many of them don’t live long enough to develop it. Men are markedly slow to consult doctors. Seventy-two percent would rather do household chores like cleaning toilets, one survey found, and 37 percent admitted that they withheld information from doctors to avoid hearing a bad diagnosis. When more serious symptoms arise like chest pain or painful urination, they can turn to medical specialists and the latest technology to get heart stents inserted, kidneys flushed out and pain lowered with pharmaceuticals. By then, however, disease can be advanced and the prognosis dimmer. But that “macho man” approach is ebbing as men—especially millennials—increasingly adopt proactive integrative strategies to take control of their health. “As traditional gender roles continue to fade with the times, there will be less of a stigma around men’s health care and we’ll start to see more and more men placing greater importance on their health,” says integrative internist Myles Spar, M.D., co-author of Integrative Men’s Health and chief medical officer of Vault, a men’s health care organization. By dealing head-on with not just a condition’s symptoms, but also with its physical, mental and emotional roots, men can become better equipped to enjoy long years of robust health.


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HEART DISEASE The leading cause of death for men in the U.S., heart disease kills one in four men. Half of those that died suddenly exhibited no previous symptoms. Men develop heart disease 10 years younger than women on average, possibly because estrogen has a protective effect on coronary arteries. Stress, especially in economically beleaguered occupations and areas, takes a toll, as evidenced by rising drug abuse among men nationwide. “Overall, it appears that men’s coping with stressful events may be less adaptive physiologically, behaviorally and emotionally, contributing to their increased risk for coronary heart disease,” concludes a State University of New York at Stonybrook study.

hampered by such conditions as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, insomnia and alcohol use. Although a quarter of new patients with ED are under age 40, mild and moderate ED affects approximately 50 percent of men in their 50s and 60 percent in their 60s. Integrative medicine offers potent strategies such as exercise, weight loss, good sleep and a varied diet, factors that can reverse ED, according to Australian researchers. “Men aren’t ever going to stop eating hotdogs in the name of ‘wellness’, but if you tell a man that eating hotdogs will impact his ability to get erections, he’ll never eat a hotdog again,” says Spar.

SYMPTOMS: chest pain, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, sensations in arms and legs such as pain, swelling, weakness or tingling.

SYMPTOMS: repeated difficulty getting or maintaining an erection, reduced sexual desire.

NEW RESEARCH: Active, 40-ish men that were able to do 40 pushups had a 96 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease in the next 10 years than men doing less than 10 pushups, a Harvard study concludes. A 10-year study of 134,297 people from 21 countries found that eating six ounces or more each week of processed meat like bacon, sausages and salami was linked to a 46 percent higher risk of cardiovascular disease and a 51 percent higher risk of death.

NEW RESEARCH: In a survey of 12 studies involving 8,300 participants, the longer-lasting erection drug Cialis (tadalafil) beat out Viagra (sildenafil) as the drug of choice by a three to one margin. Cornell researchers found that of the 48 percent of older men in one study with ED, only 7 percent had tried an erection drug, and fewer than half refilled the initial prescription, partly due to unpleasant side effects.

INTEGRATIVE APPROACHES: “An integrative model for heart disease, when done properly, hunts down chronic inflammation in the body wherever it is and attempts to remedy it naturally, which is why we have had so much more success and significantly fewer side effects than conventional medicine,” says naturopathic cardiologist Decker Weiss, of Scottsdale, Arizona, a pioneer in the field. Typically, integrative cardiologists will interview a patient to determine the root causes of inflammation, including diet, physical activity and emotional stress. After targeted lab tests, they may prescribe botanicals along with pharmaceuticals like diuretics and beta blockers to manage fluids and vital signs. They often focus on repairing the gastrointestinal tract with specific probiotics and restoring the endothelium (the inner lining of blood vessels) with nutrients like magnesium, coenzyme Q10 and alpha-lipoic acid. They’ll encourage patients to switch to healthier, plant-based diets; perhaps to undergo a colon, liver or lymph cleanse; and exercise and use stress-reducing practices like meditation or martial arts.

INTEGRATIVE APPROACHES: An integrative strategy typically involves a doctor checking and increasing a man’s testosterone levels if necessary; a thorough checkup and lab tests to detect and treat causes such as diabetes and high cholesterol; and vetting and replacing medications such as antihistamines and blood pressure drugs that might cause ED. For relationship problems, anxiety or depression, a cognitive behavioral therapist might be recommended and mindfulness meditation might be encouraged to reduce stress. A weight-loss plan featuring more produce and less meat is typically suggested: men with a 42-inch waist are 50 percent more likely to have ED than men with a 32-inch waist. Some foods like arginine-rich oatmeal and antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice, as well as supplements like DHEA, L-arginine, zinc and panax ginseng have also proven helpful in studies. Effective exercises include Kegels to strengthen pelvic floor muscles, Pilates to build core strength and aerobic workouts to strengthen blood vessels. Just 30 minutes of walking each day was linked to a 41 percent drop in risk for ED, Harvard researchers found.



Erectile dysfunction (ED), the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex, often drives a man to seek medical care. An erection—a complex interplay among the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles and blood vessels—can be

Prostate cancer affects one in eight men, 60 percent of which are over age 65. African American men get prostate cancer younger, have more severe cases and are twice as likely to die from it. Although it’s not as virulent as most other cancers, it

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SYMPTOMS: They may be silent or involve frequent urination, weak or interrupted urine flow, urinary leaking, needing to urinate frequently at night, blood in the urine, erectile dysfunction or discomfort when sitting.

SYMPTOMS: Besides anger and irritability, depressed men are more prone to lose weight rather than gain it, become obsessive-compulsive rather than anxious and experience physical problems like headaches, stomach ailments and chronic pain.

Up to one-third of men may experience depression, but it’s marked more by bravado than tears. “Rather than appearing sad, men with depression are more likely to react with anger, self-destructive behavior, self-distraction, or numbing of pain with substance use, gambling, womanizing and workaholism,” concludes a major University of Michigan study in JAMA Psychiatry. Irritability, blowing up at minor annoyances, sudden spells of aggression and risky behaviors are other hallmarks. Men are far less likely than women to seek treatment and four times as likely to die by suicide.

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NEW RESEARCH: The more faithfully that men with localized prostate cancer followed a Mediterranean diet, the better their disease fared, report University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center researchers. Drinking several cups of coffee every day may be linked to a lower risk of developing prostate cancer, suggests a pooled data analysis in the online journal BMJ Open. A new urine test for prostate cancer is so accurate it could have eliminated the need for one-third of biopsies in a recent study of 1,500 patients in the Journal of Urology. INTEGRATIVE APPROACHES: In a 2018 comprehensive review of prostate cancer studies published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Abrams recommends a plant-based, antioxidant-rich diet that emphasizes cruciferous vegetables, tomatoes, soy, pomegranate, green tea and fish-based omega-3s; limiting meat, sugary drinks and saturated fats; supplementing with vitamin D3 and omega-3s while avoiding selenium and vitamin E; exercising daily, with yoga and tai chi especially providing mind-body benefits; and using acupuncture to manage the side effects of conventional treatments. To combat the anxiety that can arise during the period between a diagnosis and surgery, Abrams suggests stress-reducing therapies like mindfulness training, reiki and support groups.

NEW RESEARCH: Men with moderate to high levels of what Russian researchers call “vital exhaustion”, marked by excessive fatigue, demoralization and irritability, are 16 percent more likely to have a heart attack within 15 years. The risk doubles for men that never married, were divorced or became widowed. INTEGRATIVE APPROACHES: “First, it is important to get a lab screening to rule out low testosterone, vitamin deficiencies, anemia and thyroid problems,” says holistic psychiatrist W. Nate Upshaw, M.D., medical director of NeuroSpaTMS, in Tampa. He also checks for sleep disorders, treats with cognitive behavioral therapy and after getting lab results, suggests such supplements as vitamins B12, D3 and methylfolate. His lab focuses particularly on transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy, which a 2020 Stanford study found to be 90 percent effective in relieving drug-resistant depression. “It restores healthy brain function without medications, and with essentially no side effects,” says Upshaw, adding that the approach is particularly good for men that want to avoid the sexual side effects of antidepressants. Natural health writer Ronica O’Hara can be reached at OHaraRonica@gmail.com.

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requires monitoring, sometimes for decades, which compels some men to get serious about diet and exercise. “If you hear you have cancer, the rug is pulled out from underneath you and you feel you’ve lost your locus of control to surgeons and other doctors,” says integrative oncologist Donald Abrams, of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco. “But lifestyle changes are important, useful and have an impact, and they’re something patients themselves have control over and can decide to do.”



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n unhealthy mouth, like the gut, is marked by an imbalance in the microbiome. Some oral diseases are triggered by a disproportionately heavy microbial load. This will manifest as toothaches, oral pain, gum swelling, bleeding, bad breath, sore throat or cracked lips. It is often beneficial to “reset” our oral system through detoxification and disrupt the growth of disease-causing microbiomes. Oil pulling is a very effective and natural method to achieve this. Oil pulling is a holistic method of managing oral plaques and infections. The treatment dates to ancient India. Oil pulling works by drawing out and breaking down the microbes from all areas of the mouth. Research has shown that oil pulling decreases the colony count of microbes, which reduces toxins and strain on the body. It is a very simple method to decrease infection and inflammation in the mouth, which ultimately improves overall health. Bionica Naturals’ Oil Pulling Blend uses the anti-inflammatory effects of sesame and medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oils, along with the antiseptic effect of essential oils to fully detox and decrease microbial load. This alleviates toothaches, bad breath and bleeding gums. It’s important to note that oil pulling does not replace the other important aspects of healthy oral care—brushing, flossing and routine visits to the dentist. Bionica Naturals (BionicaNaturals.com) line of holistic oral care products was founded by biological dentist Udoka Holinbeck, DDS. Holinbeck is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and an accredited member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. She practices wellness dentistry at Bionica Dental Wellness, 2566 Sun Valley Dr., Delafield, 262-337-9745.

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Traveling for the Planet Sustainable Ways to Explore the World


by Sandra Yeyati


fter more than a year in social isolation, many of us are ready to hit the road, meet new people, fly to exotic locations and enjoy the sights and flavors of anywherebut-here. Although the travel industry is raring to serve pent-up demand, this unprecedented respite can be an opportunity to reset priorities. When choosing hotels, modes of transportation, places to shop and dine, and other activities, consider their sustainability. Tourism need not harm the planet. With proper planning, it can enrich it while benefiting the people living in the places we visit.

Fly Direct and Economy “Flying is the most carbon-intensive thing we can do in our lives,” says Holly Tuppen, author of Sustainable Travel: The Essential Guide to Positive Impact Adventures. To reduce emissions, she recommends flying direct in space-saving economy seats; taking longer, less frequent vacations; and using trains or other overland transportation whenever possible.

Take it Slow In 2010, Tuppen travelled around the world without flying for 20 months. “We walked, biked, sailed across the Atlantic, got on a container ship across the Pacific, took trains, hitchhiked—a whole heap of transport cobbled together,” she recalls. “It’s not that 18

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bucket-list idea of flying into a place, doing everything quickly and ticking off experiences. With slow travel, you’re letting the journey be part of the experience and inevitably, you meet more people along the way.”

Don’t Overdo It In another eco-friendly aspect of that excursion, Tuppen visited places that weren’t tourism hotspots. “From Venice to Bali to Mexico, there are examples of places that before the pandemic had too many visitors—more than the infrastructure could handle,” she says. “That’s a massive problem, because it harms the life of local people. When the cruise industry started to stop in Dubrovnik, Croatia, for example, local amenities like hairdressers and grocery stores became souvenir shops.”

Keep it Local According to Tuppen, the needs of locals should take precedence over those of tourists. A related problem is tourism economic leakage. “If you spend $2,000 on a trip to Thailand, my hope would be that I’d be contributing $2,000 to the economy in Thailand, but in reality, the way that the tourism supply chain is set up, a huge proportion of that money will end up in the hands of international companies,” she explains. “Ideally, we should be looking

for accommodations, experiences, stores, restaurants that are all locally owned rather than being part of an international chain. If you’re booking a hotel, 70 percent or more of the workforce should be local.”

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n Drink green tea. It’s hydrating, low in caffeine, promotes cytochrome p450 activity and supplies the body with L-theanine which supports the production of calming neurotransmitters, according to a study published in 2017 by BioMed Research International.

What to Expect During a Metabolic Detox


by Robin Foroutan

metabolic detox plan helps the body address and remove toxins. The human body is exposed to both endogenous and environmental toxins every day. Common types of toxins include heavy metals, pesticides, plastics, industrial chemicals and bacterial endotoxins. In some cases, the body does not efficiently eliminate toxins, and they can accumulate in organs and tissues, disrupting normal cellular function and increasing the risk for disease. Utilizing metabolic detoxification programs to support the body’s detoxification systems and reduce toxic body burden is critical to overall health and longevity. An important component of metabolic detoxification protocols is to support each of the body’s elimination pathways, since metabolic toxins must leave the body through stool, urine or sweat. (Though not covered in this article, it is also important to support the three phases of cellular detoxification—toxins, intermediary metabolites and excretory derivates—which together form the basis of a successful metabolic detoxification plan.) 20

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n Increase hydration.

Some people may experience mild symptoms during a metabolic detoxification program, commonly referred to as “detox reactions”, particularly during their first detox. These symptoms sometimes occur when detoxification processes become unbalanced and metabolic toxins are not eliminated optimally. It is a biological bottleneck problem where released toxins exceed the body’s capacity for transportation and elimination. Symptoms are generally minor and resolve within a day or two. Here are some common symptoms and tips to help ease them.

Headaches, Tiredness and Irritability

According to research published by PLOS One in 2015, withdrawal symptoms including headache, tiredness and irritability can develop from suddenly avoiding caffeine, sugar, wheat and dairy, all of which can be addictive. Other causes of these symptoms include dehydration and constipation (preventing toxin elimination), blood sugar fluctuation and inefficient toxin release from “biological hiding places”.


n Promote an alkaline state through nutritional support with foods such as vegetables, fruits and herbs. n Stabilize blood sugar by including highquality protein, fiber and fat at each meal. n Optimize sleep quality and quantity. n Promote sweating in a sauna, steam room or warm Epsom salt bath. n Support bowel regularity.

Food Cravings

Many people experience food cravings while on any type of elimination diet, including the dietary components of a metabolic detoxification program. Cravings will ultimately subside in a few days. There are many possible reasons for food cravings during detoxification programs, such as withdrawal from addictive foods and beverages, breaking habits revolved around sugar and microbial imbalances in the digestive tract in response to dietary change. According to a study published in 2018 by Food Research International, since sugar, gluten and dairy all trigger an opioid-like response in the brain, many of these foods can be addictive. Sweet flavors trigger the synthesis of serotonin, the “feel good” neurotransmitter, which can create an overreliance on sugar. The state of the microbiome may also affect food cravings. Specific strains of gut microbes can trigger cravings that favor that particular microbe, even if it is to the detriment of the host. According to research published by BioEssays in 2014, these microbes may also cause the host to feel poorly until the craving is met and a feeling of euphoria sets in. Metabolic detoxification

programs and their dietary components can help shift the microbiome and address certain aspects of dysbiosis (disruption to the balance of gut microbiota). According to a study by Nutrition in Clinical Practice published in 2012, conquering sugar—or cravings for other unhealthy foods—is an added benefit to reap.


n Include more alkaline foods and beverages in the diet, which can help minimize food cravings and promote beneficial shifts in gut microbes. n Avoid sugar cravings with more protein at meals and choices like fruit and smoothies. n For fried food or starchy food cravings, try roasting sweet potatoes or parsnip wedges. n For cravings in general, there are usually suitable substitutes that fit within the prescribed plan. Working with a nutrition professional on managing and redirecting food cravings can be helpful in creating lasting dietary improvements.

Bowel Irregularity

Constipation is detox’s worst enemy since many toxins are eliminated through stool. While following a meal plan designed to promote detoxification typically includes nutritional support with a fiber-rich diet high in vegetables, some people still experience bowel irregularity and digestive symptoms from the change in diet.


n Drink plenty of water, herbal teas and juices.

n Eat bitter vegetables and herbs that encourage healthy peristalsis (symmetrical contractions in the bowel), like radicchio, endive, arugula and ginger. n Try a magnesium supplement.

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n Eat non-starchy vegetables, high-fiber seeds, and healthy fats and oils that help lubricate the digestive tract.


n Commit to daily physical activity in order to improve regularity. These solutions can help consumers and health professionals feel confident in metabolic detoxification programs, even if mild “detox symptoms” occur. Understanding why symptoms occur and what to do about them can help people reap the benefits of periodic metabolic detoxification programs.


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Vegan Road-Tripping Travel Tips for Plant-Based Eaters by Carol Sanders


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o maximize health and minimize our impact on the planet, a whole-food, plantbased diet reigns supreme. Cooking at home ensures quality-controlled ingredients, but when traveling, extra measures are needed to enjoy healthy options while avoiding the allure of diet-busting, processed foods. The key to success is a combination of planning and resolve.

Much can be done before the trip begins. Research the destination and road trip stops, says Julieanna Hever, registered dietitian and author of Plant-Based Nutrition (Idiot’s Guides). She recommends reviewing online menus, calling ahead to clarify options and using apps like Yelp.com and HappyCow.net to scout for restaurants and grocery stores. Her favorite places are Thai and Mexican eateries, as well as steakhouses for their plantbased side dishes. Upon arrival at her destination, she hits a grocery store to stock up on fresh fruits and veggies. “We live in an extremely difficult food environment, with a lot of triggers and inputs that don’t go away even if you’ve been eating a healthy diet for a long time,” says Micaela Karlsen, Ph.D., senior director of research at the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and author of A Plant-Based Life. “For people that are transitioning into this new lifestyle, the highly refined foods they are used to eating are kind of low-grade addictive substances 22

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and what researchers call hyper-palatable foods like added fat, sugar and salt that stimulate the brain in a similar way as addictive drugs like cocaine or alcohol, so it’s really a process of withdrawal for people initially.” To combat the temptations, especially when away from home, Hever advises writing down and clearly understanding dietary goals and the reasons for eating this way. “I work with people that are very sick and with elite athletes. Their goals may be different from everyday people that want to have a vacation,” she says. “Do you want to have another heart attack or reactivate your diabetes? No. Are you totally healthy and consciously deciding to splurge once in a while? That can totally fit into a healthy lifestyle. What matters most is choosing to eat whole food, plant-based foods most of the time.” Karlsen recommends always carrying snacks. “Don’t let yourself get too hungry or too tired, because when people are extra hungry or run-down, the reward experience of eating goes up and willpower goes down,” she explains, adding that dried fruit, nuts, rice cakes, individually packaged nut butter and fresh fruits are good portable snacks to carry. At the hotel, microwaveable popcorn, as well as oats and shelf-stable, single-portion almond or soy milk, will help stave off the munchies. “I love granola, not only for breakfast, but also as a snack in the mid-afternoon,” Karlsen says. “Most store-bought granola, however, is akin to food crime. Oats are whole, healthy and cheap, but once oil, sugar and other stuff are added, the commercial product is high in fat, way too sweet and really expensive. The first time I made granola myself, I was amazed at how I didn’t even notice that the oil and sugar weren’t there. It was delicious and so satisfying.” According to both experts, a cooler in the car or a refrigerator at the destination hotel expands the kinds of home-prepared foods that can accompany travelers, including hummus spread over crudités or sprouted, whole-grain crackers, as well as any kind of leftover dishes. They both

tout the convenience and tastiness of nori rolls—a wide variety of ingredients wrapped in a sheet of dried seaweed. Among Karlsen’s favorite nori fillings are tempeh baked with tamari and a little maple syrup, topped with tomato and kale; peanut butter and pickles; avocado rubbed with umeboshi plum vinegar; and sweet potato, avocado, red pepper and thinly sliced carrots. “Food is intertwined in our culture with entertainment, but thinking about food that way doesn’t really serve our biological potential for wellness,” says Karlsen. “People are so accustomed to these highly rewarding, intense foods like buffalo wings, pizza or chocolate cake that they actually don’t know what it feels like to enjoy something that’s simple and unrefined. There’s a lot of enjoyment in healthy eating. The longer you do it, the more it becomes enjoyable.” Carol Sanders is a professional writer and can be reached at GoodEyePress@gmail.com.

Japanese Noritos 2 sheets nori 1 tsp low-sodium miso paste ¼ cup cooked brown rice ½ small Persian cucumber, julienned 1 ½ Tbsp shredded carrots (chard, dandelion greens, kale and/or spinach) 1 tsp low-sodium tamari 1 tsp sesame seeds Place nori sheets on a flat surface. Gently and evenly place miso paste on half of each nori sheet. Add brown rice, Persian cucumber and shredded carrots on top of miso paste. Drizzle with tamari and lightly sprinkle sesame seeds over top. Tightly roll the nori sheets like a burrito from ingredient-filled side. Slice into pieces to make them easier to eat. Courtesy of Julieanna Hever. For more information, visit PlantBasedDietitian.com.

Almond Cinnamon Granola 1 12-oz jar unsweetened applesauce 10 dates, pitted 1 Tbsp vanilla extract 1 tsp cinnamon 6 cups plus 2 Tbsp thick rolled oats 1 cup sliced raw almonds (optional) 1 cup raisins (optional) Blend the applesauce, dates, vanilla, cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of oats in a blender until smooth. In a large bowl, combine the applesauce mixture with the remaining oats. Spread mixture evenly onto dehydrator racks or baking sheets. Cook in a dehydrator set on high (160° F) for 7 to 8 hours or in an oven set at 225° F for 1½ hours until slightly brown and crunchy. If using an oven, make sure to break up the granola and turn it every 15 minutes to ensure even cooking. Once cooked, add almonds and raisins, if desired. Courtesy of Micaela Karlsen.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins 1 medium banana, mashed 15-oz can sweet pumpkin puree ¼ cup 100 percent pure maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 cups gluten-free, all-purpose, whole-grain flour blend ½ tsp baking soda ½ tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp ground ginger 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (grain-sweetened) Preheat oven to 375° F. In a large bowl, combine mashed banana, pumpkin puree, maple syrup and vanilla. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Transfer dry mixture to large bowl and mix together gently until well combined. Avoid over-mixing to prevent toughness in the final product. Fold in chocolate chips. Spoon batter into silicon muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes or until the muffins are lightly browned. Remove muffins from the oven and let cool for five minutes. Store in an airtight container. Courtesy of Julieanna Hever. For more information, visit PlantBasedDietitian.com. June 2021


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Kale Salad with Green Tahini Dressing Dr. Sarah Axtell, ND

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ometimes we crave a creamy dressing instead of the usual oil and vinegar to top our salads. This is where tahini comes in. Tahini is sesame seed butter, often a main ingredient in hummus. Tahini is a great source of calcium (yes, you can get calcium from other sources besides cow milk). It is also rich in magnesium and vitamin E and a good source of protein. Enjoy this nutrient-dense kale salad.

Kale Salad 1 bunch of Tuscan kale, chopped and de-stemmed 2 carrots, shredded 1/4 cup seeds (I like to use pumpkin, sunflower or hemp seeds) 1 avocado, diced

Green Tahini Dressing 1/3 cup water Juice of 1 lime 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro 1/4 cup tahini 1 Tbsp honey 1/2 tsp ground cumin Salt to taste To prepare the salad, put the kale in a bowl and sprinkle with salt. Massage the kale between your fingers to reduce the bitterness. Add the seeds, avocado and carrots to the salad bowl. To make the dressing, combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Drizzle the dressing generously over the salad and toss. There will likely be leftover dressing which can be stored in a glass jar in the fridge. Sarah Axtell is a naturopathic doctor who helps people facing chronic health conditions such as hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal disorders and weight-loss resistance. Her passion is using Food as Medicine with her patients. She has a private practice, Lakeside Natural Medicine, in Shorewood. See listing, page 37.


et’s talk about the power of vinegar and baking soda to keep your kitchen appliances clean and sanitized the natural way. Vinegar has a high concentration of acetic acid which kills many types of mold and fungi, making it an effective natural cleaner and disinfectant. Baking soda is a mild abrasive and great for eliminating odors. To clean the inside of your microwave: In a microwave-safe dish, add 1 cup of vinegar (distilled) and microwave on high for 5 to 6 minutes. Carefully remove the dish from the microwave—it will be very hot—and wipe all inside surfaces with a damp sponge or cloth. To freshen up your garbage disposal: Sprinkle 1/4 cup of baking soda into your garbage disposal. Then slowly pour 1/2 cup of vinegar (distilled or apple cider) into your garbage disposal. Let the soda and vinegar sit for about 5 minutes and then run the disposal with running water for about 20 seconds. To clean the inside of your oven: Sprinkle baking soda onto the inside surfaces of your oven. Then spray the baking soda with vinegar (distilled). Let it sit for about 15 minutes, then wipe clean. For heavily soiled surfaces, a second application may be needed. To clean the inside of your dishwasher: Place a glass, dishwasher-safe dish rightside up in the top rack of your dishwasher. Add 1 cup distilled vinegar to the dish. Run the dishwasher on a regular cleaning cycle. Roxanne Reichert is the owner of Roxy’s Natural Cleaning. She uses natural products to clean both commercial and residential properties, and is bonded and insured with over six years experience. To contact her, call 262-528-2762 or email RoxysNatural Cleaning@gmail.com. See ad, page 10. June 2021


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The Fit Gardener

Backyard Workouts Good for Mind and Body by Marlaina Donato


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oth gardeners and researchers know that tilling the soil can lower stress and uplift the mood, and gardening can also foster fitness, burn calories and support heart health. By offering an opportunity for moderate intensity exercise, it provides a challenging workout with aerobic benefits. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, light yardwork can help burn 330 calories an hour, so using a trowel, pruning bushes and putting down some mulch can go a long way toward realizing this benefit. Heavy yard work, like hauling buckets of dirt and moving rocks, burns 440 calories an hour. Time spent in the garden can be a dynamic fitness investment, whether it’s for 10 minutes or two hours. “Gardening is a full-body workout that uses every muscle. There’s bending and squatting, carrying and lifting, digging, walking and reaching high,” says Pollyanna Hale, the British author of The Fit Mum Formula. “Another benefit to gardening is that you can go at your own pace.”


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Staying active fortifies the immune system, and gardening provides a way to work out while working the earth. Cynthia Miller, a seasoned bodyworker and passionate gardener for 30 years in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, attests to the fitness challenge. “Gardening can involve many forms of physical activity, including carrying plants, hoeing, shoveling, lugging buckets of compost, pulling weeds, bending, kneeling and constantly getting up and down. Initially, in the spring, there may be a lot more intense physical labor involved to get a garden started, especially if you need to break ground. Keeping up with the weeding can be a good workout in and of itself.” Hale emphasizes working within the scope of our personal fitness level and taking advantage of outdoor perks. “The fresh air and sunshine you get in your garden are benefits not found in a sweaty gym,” she says. “Many people are deficient in vitamin D, which we get primarily from sun exposure. Even if it’s cloudy outside, you’ll still be getting some benefits.”

Aerobic Gardening

With mindfulness, gardening can be a self-paced power workout, especially when muscle groups are treated equally. “Incorporate some stretches when you’re raking and cleaning up before your session. Engage your core and pull your abs in tight during your movements,” recommends Chicago-based Stephanie Mansour, host of the weekly national PBS health and fitness show Step It Up with Steph. Mansour highlights the power of raking and underscores that any gardening session can become more aerobic by adding quicker movements. “Move quickly with your upper body to get in cardio. Moving faster will get your heart rate going and will help you burn calories. Another strategy to incorporate cardio into your gardening is to encourage yourself to stand up after each flower you plant or run in place for 10 seconds with each task completion.”

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Incorporating some asanas adds another dimension to garden fitness, offsetting potential bodily discomforts from hours of work. A yoga mat can be used outside to protect from wet or muddy ground. “Additionally, you may find yourself in uncomfortable positions while gardening. Kneeling or squatting can cause aches and pains,” explains Mansour. “I suggest transforming these positions into yoga movements. You can garden in a modified low lunge position, with one leg behind you and the other foot forward, resting on the knee of your back leg while getting a hip flexor stretch in the front leg. While on your knees, put one leg out to the side so that you’re resting just on one knee and stretching the inner thigh and hamstring of your extended leg.” Depending upon climate and personal ambition, garden workouts can nourish in other ways, as well. “Once you feel the physical and mental benefits of an hour outside in nature, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it more often,” says Hale. Miller agrees. “There is nothing like getting your hands in the soil to literally ground you. Nature calms our nervous systems. Watching the tiny seeds you planted burst forth and grow into something you can harvest is a miracle like none other.” Marlaina Donato is a body-mind-spirit author and recording artist. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.

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Beat the Blues Naturally Drug-Free Ways to Treat Depression


by Julie Peterson


ack of interest, low energy, changes in weight, difficulty concentrating and feelings of worthlessness are some of the symptoms that can occur in varying degrees with depression. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 17.3 million adults in the U.S. experienced at least one major depressive episode in 2017. With the pandemic, the rate tripled, with 27.8 percent of adults reporting symptoms, according to a September 2020 study published in JAMA Network Open. Mainstream medical doctors typically prescribe antidepressant drugs, but the plethora of adverse effects such as anxiety, digestive disturbances, headaches, weight gain and sexual dysfunction can cause additional woes. In addition, efficacy is in question. In The 28

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Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth, Irving Kirsch, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the UK University of Hull, declares, “The belief that antidepressants can cure depression chemically is simply wrong.” Antidepressants may merely mask symptoms. “Covering over symptoms is a missed opportunity to resolve the root cause of the problem,” says Manhattan-based holistic psychiatrist Kelly Brogan, author of A Mind of Your Own and co-editor of the textbook Integrative Therapies for Depression. Further, because many depressed people do not receive treatment due to financial, cultural or personal reasons, effective alternative therapies are necessary for improving public health.

Nature’s Medicine Before starting any treatment, it’s important to verify that depression exists and rule out potential conditions like nutritional deficiencies, low thyroid function, food allergies or other issues. Many people find that herbs provide gentler action and fewer adverse effects than conventional antidepressants. Even some conventional health practitioners are beginning to get on board. Women’s health expert Nicole Galan, RN, wrote in a 2019 article in Medical News Today, “Medications and counseling are conventional ways to alleviate the symptoms of depression. However, some herbs and supplements may also help.” Common herbs include St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), which has been shown to work about the same as antidepressants for mild and moderate depression; American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng), which improve mental clarity and energy, and reduce the effects of stress; and saffron (Crocus sativus), which is safe and effective, although expensive. While herbal medicines are available over the counter, it’s important to consult with a doctor or herbalist, as some are not safe in conjunction with other medications or during pregnancy. Homeopathic remedies are more complex, personalized and diluted, but have no contraindications. Lone Pedersen, a certified classical homeopath in Seattle, says that homeopathy treatments are “gentle, safe, non-toxic and side-effect free.”

Clean Food Improves Mood Several studies have found that eating a poor-quality diet high in processed meat, sweets, fried food, refined cereals and high-fat dairy leads to a higher likelihood of depression. “The single greatest thing anyone can do for their health is to eat whole foods, including organic vegetables, fruits, high-quality proteins, whole grains and healthy fats,” says Dorothy Calimeris, an author and wellness coach in Oakland, whose cookbooks promote anti-inflammatory diets for optimal health. Inflammation has been linked to numerous health issues, including depression. To start an anti-inflammatory diet, eliminate

foods that commonly trigger inflammation, starting with gluten, soy, corn and the biggest culprit of all, sugar. A 2019 study by University of Kansas researchers and other studies indicate that sugar itself is a trigger for mental health issues. Don’t forget about the “food” the skin absorbs. Switching to organic body care and home cleaning products minimizes exposure to biology-disrupting toxins that have been linked to depression.

Set the Endorphins Free Many studies have shown that exercise reduces the symptoms of depression. Extra boosts come from getting outside to increase levels of vitamin D and exercising with a friend to enhance social support. Just 20 to 30 minutes of activity several times each week improves well-being. The

best news is that any movement helps— walking, tai chi, gardening, dancing—anything that feels good. “Taking a yoga class helps to relieve depression by increasing focus and attention, releasing endorphins and oxytocin, stretching the body, relaxing tension, creating community and adjusting breathing patterns,” says Rose Kress, owner and director of LifeForce Yoga Institute, in Lebanon, Oregon, and author of Awakening Your Inner Radiance with LifeForce Yoga. She recommends determining one enjoyable pose and practicing it every day: “Five minutes a day is enough to make a change.” Julie Peterson writes about wellness and environmental issues and has contributed to Natural Awakenings for more than a decade.

Next Steps “Mental health requires the ‘whole enchilada’, as the saying goes. Bring it all in! I use crystals, music, meditation, chanting, massage, painting, images, vitamins, essential oils, prayer, food, exercise, nature, friends and psychotherapy to remind me that I am already whole. Yoga is just one ingredient in the enchilada of mental health,” says Rose Kress, owner and director of the LifeForce Yoga Institute, in Lebanon, Oregon, and author of Awakening Your Inner Radiance with LifeForce Yoga. “If it brings you a sense of ease around your feelings of depression, use it. If you are not sure, ask your support network for help.” Psychologists, support groups and counselors can be found through the Anxiety and Depression Association of America or by calling 1-800-662-HELP (4357), the national helpline of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Both are free, confidential referral and information services. Depression can become severe and warrant intervention. If someone is suicidal, stay with them and contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, a 24/7 national network of local crisis centers, providing free and confidential emotional support to people in emotional distress. Alternative modalities for depression could fill volumes, and they have. Check these out for more information: n Eat to Beat Depression and Anxiety: Nourish Your Way to Better Mental Health in Six Weeks, by Drew Ramsey, M.D. n Ayurveda for Depression: An Integrative Approach to Restoring Balance and

Reclaiming Your Health, by L. Eduardo Cardona-Sanclemente

n How Come They’re Happy and I’m Not?: The Complete Natural Program for

Healing Depression for Good, by Peter Bongiorno, ND

n How to Heal Yourself from Depression When No One Else Can: A Self-Guided

Program to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t, by Amy B. Scher

n Yoga for Depression: A Compassionate Guide to Relieve Suffering Through Yoga,

by Amy Weintraub “While it may take dedication to embody the peace you seek, the glimpse of that peace can be enough to fuel you through the times you want to give up,” adds Kress. June 2021


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Relaxed Kids Simple Ways to Calm Anxious Children by Sandra Yeyati



t doesn’t take a full-on tantrum for children to experience or exhibit stress. According to licensed school psychologist and spiritual counselor Zemirah Jazwierska, anxiety is a child’s natural response to not having consistency or predictability in their environment. During the pandemic, with school closings, social isolation and associated challenges, childhood angst is on the rise, says the Boulder, Colorado, blogger at KidsRelaxation.com.

Setting a Calm Example Jazwierska believes that it’s never too early to expose kids to relaxation practices. She invites moms to incorporate meditation even while they’re pregnant, “to bathe their little babies in lots of good-feeling hormones and chemicals.” After birth, while an infant may be too young to learn how to meditate, she recommends that parents create relaxing home settings where impressionable kids will naturally learn to chill out. “Babies are continually sensing their environments,” she says. “Just speaking in a calm voice or slowing down the pace of life, taking time to connect or practicing infant massage can prime their little minds and bodies for learning how to self-regulate, cope with life and default to relaxation mode just as soon as they feel stressed.”

Benefits of Kid Relaxation Techniques From breathing games and animal-like yoga positions to meditative art activities and mindful nature walks, child-friendly relaxation techniques are limited only by our imagination. When practiced consistently, they offer numerous benefits, including increased awareness, attention, empathy, resilience and generosity; less emotional reactivity; and improved memory, according to Whitney Stewart, meditation teacher and author of

Mindful Kids: 50 Mindfulness Activities for Kindness, Focus and Calm (BarefootBooks. com/mindful-kids).

Getting Started Stewart recommends that parents and caregivers consider adopting their own mindfulness or meditation practices before introducing them to their children. “The next step could be to invite children to practice with you,” she advises. “With toddlers, this may be an invitation to sit or lie down with hands on their tummy or chest to let them feel their breath coming in and going out of their body. Young children don’t always have an awareness of their breath. Parents and caregivers can help them understand how we breathe in different situations; how breath can speed up or slow down in response to our physical and emotional state.”

Making Relaxation Fun According to Stewart, small children respond best to mindfulness exercises that are both physical and fun. Her Animal Antics is one example, in which kids explore movement meditation by pretending to be different animals. Another is Shake 30

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the Sillies Out, which involves “happyshaking until you finally flop on the floor with a deep exhalation, followed by three mindful breaths. This one really helps work out kids’ excess energy,” she says. On her website, Jazwierska offers myriad examples of fun and creative activities to calm and awaken children. She teaches breathing techniques by offering imagery kids can understand, like smelling a flower to learn deep inhalations and blowing out a candle for the exhalations. When kids are overcome with strong emotions, she offers a snow globe. “It’s a great tool for seeing how things start to swirl when our emotions are too strong and our minds too worried. As you take a deep breath and stop moving the globe, the snow settles. We have to stop moving, or move very slowly, for everything to settle for ourselves.” Jazwierska’s Rock and Floppy Sock exercise instructs a child to make a tight fist— the rock—when they feel anger or another strong negative emotion, and then release their grip, turning it into a floppy sock. “It’s related to progressive muscle relaxation where you provide tension in the body and then you provide the contrast and let go, training the mind. Next time they feel tension, they’ll know how to relax,” she says.

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Planting Seeds for Inner Happiness As children grow older, they can add visualization to their repertoire, like Stewart’s Heart Garden exercise, in which the child sits mindfully while relaxed, takes three mindful breaths and then thinks of a word that makes them smile. “That can be anything—like butterfly, rainbow or watermelon,” she explains. “Imagine planting that word like a seed in your heart. Repeat the word and imagine watering the seed in your heart garden. Repeat the word and imagine the seed opening and growing in your heart. What does it become? See it blossom. True happiness comes from inside. Everyone can plant their own inner happiness.”

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Create a DogFriendly Yard

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Plants, Paths and Play Areas to Wag a Tail


by Karen Shaw Becker

ackyards can be sanctuaries, filled with gardens and landscaping. For homeowners with dogs, consider “dogscaping”. It’s a term coined by landscape designer Maureen Gilmer of Palm Springs, California, who wrote the e-book The Dog-Scaped Yard. Gilmer points out that nobody asks Fido his opinion on how to landscape the yard, “yet he spends more time there than anyone else.” The yard should be a safe and secure place for the family dog, so fencing may be necessary to give ample room to roam. Lawn chemicals on grass are linked to cancer in dogs, so those are best avoided. Some people choose to go beyond grass to create a rich environment for the dog to explore. Gilmer recommends planting a meadow, complete with tall grasses and perennials, where the prized pet can investigate the terrain. Low troughs of wheat grass are good for a dog to nibble on and may discourage him from chewing on ornamental flowers and plants. Some dogs also enjoy rose hips from Rosa rugosa plants.

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Many herbs were once known as “fleabane” because they could repel fleas. Plant a fleabane garden to discourage these pests from moving in and finding the dogs. “When my dog Dot rubs against them, I can smell the aromatic oils on her fur,” Gilmer notes. Suitable plants for this garden include pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium), wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), fleawort (Erigeron canadense), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), sweet bay (Laurus nobilis) and eucalyptus. The plants can also be dried and added to a dog’s bedding for a more natural flea repellant. When choosing the best locations for herbs and flowers, consider keeping about 18 inches around the border of the yard free from plants. Because dogs regularly tend to patrol the boundary of their territory, any plants on this trail may get trampled.

Provide Thoughtful Areas for the Dog Dogs love to dig, but if it has become a problem, it could be because the dog is trying to uncover a cool spot to rest. Gilmer recommends being proactive by digging a shallow pit where a dog can comfortably fit in a shady spot. Line it with sand to prevent it from turning into a mud pit and keep it damp. In warm weather, a dog can retreat to this cooling-off spot.


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A plastic kiddie pool can be a welcome addition for dogs to escape the summer heat. To incorporate it into the landscape, dig out an area and set it into the ground. Another thoughtful addition is a post where a dog can mark his territory to his heart’s content. A large piece of driftwood or an upright log works well for this purpose. Logs are also useful as borders along planted areas where the dog is meant to stay out. Pathways for the dog to run through are also important, as dogs will create their own routes if they are allowed to. Turn the walkways into proper paths by widening them to three feet. Consider creating a designated area in the yard for the dog to relieve himself. When planting flowerbeds, put sturdier plants such as ornamental grasses at the edge, while putting more fragile plants in the middle, where a dog is less likely

to run over them. Choose plants that are sturdy, but soft, without thorns or spines that could scrape a pet. A doggy play area will also be much appreciated by a pup. Define it by using logs or stone blocks, then set out a few of the dog’s favorite toys for him to discover. For dogs that like to dig, teaching him that this is his play spot where it’s acceptable can save the gardens. Many four-legged diggers enjoy having a sand pit or designated dig spot where they can express this natural behavior. By paying careful attention to the plants and features in the yard, the perfect petfriendly environment can be created. Veterinarian Karen Shaw Becker has spent her career empowering animal guardians to make knowledgeable decisions to extend the life and well-being of their animals. Learn more at DrKarenBecker.com.

An outdoor area for pets must be free of hazards that could cause illness. This includes cocoa bean mulch, which contains the chemical compounds theobromine and caffeine, which are highly toxic to dogs and can be fatal. Specific plants can also be poisonous to pets and can cause a variety of conditions, including diarrhea, vomiting, internal bleeding, respiratory distress, seizures, organ damage or failure, coma or death. Research any plants in the yard for safety, and be sure to keep the yard clear of the following poisonous plants, as compiled by the Pet Poison Helpline, to create a backyard that’s both fun and safe for pets: Autumn Crocus Azalea Cyclamen Daffodils Dieffenbachia

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SATURDAY, JUNE 5 Dr. Vijay at Unity – Jun 5, 6. Begins with a supper at 5pm on Saturday, followed by teaching and music with Unity musicians. Sunday afternoon, following fellowship, Dr. Vijay will continue his teaching. The event is free. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-745-7377. UnityCenter InMilwaukee.com.

SUNDAY, JUNE 20 Father’s Day Celebration – Part of Fellowship, 10am. Come celebrate all dads, and those special father figures in our lives. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N. 73d. St., Wauwatosa 53213, 414-475-0105, UnityCenterInMilwaukee.com.

FARMERS' MARKETS Fox Point Farmers' Market – Saturdays starting June 19. 8-12am. Over 30 vendors including new produce stands, Filipino fusion food, tropical fresh fruit pops, coffee and other local treats. 7330 N Santa Monica Blvd, Fox Point. 414-352-0555. West Allis Farmers' Market – Saturdays, Tuesdays, Thursdays. Sat, 1-6pm; Tue & Thu, 12-6pm. Later start times allow for morning harvesting. Special hour for vulnerable shoppers and seniors during COVID-19 are Tue and Thu, 11am-12pm. 6501 W National Ave, West Allis. 414-940-1371. Greenfield Farmers' Market – Sundays. 10am2pm. Enjoy fresh produce, bakery, dairy and meat, specialty items, ready-to-eat foods and live music. Konkel Park, 5151 W Layton Ave, Greenfield. 414-329-5275. Butler Farmers' Market – 12-6pm. Many new vendors joining this year. Farm-fresh produce, fruits, honey, candy, specialty meat products, and ready-made foods. Hampton Ave between 125 and 124 Sts, Butler. 414-541-0089.

plan ahead JULY Drum Making Workshop with David Wilinski – July 17 or Sept 5. 12:30-5pm. Craft your own ceremonial hand drum. Choose from elk, horse or buffalo hide; you will be taught about the various medicine gifts each animal spirit brings and how to use the drum for meditation and healing. Price includes all materials to create the 15” ceremonial drum and drumstick that you will take home with you. $195. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center. Info@ GoldenLightHealing.net. GoldenLightHealing.net. 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 Jul 28-Aug 1. 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@GoldenLightHealing.net. GoldenLightHealing.net.


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WELLNESS OFFICE SPACE PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE available now. Share a peaceful suite with good energy in Brookfield with a holistic counselor and chiropractor. Referrals possible. Shared waiting room, kitchenette with sink, internet, daily cleaning. Contact Di Philippi: Di@WellnessCounseling Milwaukee.com.

AUGUST Mediumship Training with Amy Wilinski – Aug 21-22. 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.

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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 the book Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson. If you are interested in joining this study via Zoom meeting, please call the church and get the details to join Zoom. This book was picked specifically to learn how to be better neighbors to all people. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. 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. 414-475-0105. UnityCenter InMilwaukee.com.

sunday Sunday Celebrations at Unity Center in Milwaukee – 10am. On site (observing COVID-19 recommendations for face masks, social distancing and taking temperatures) at Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Streaming live on the website: UnityCenterInMilwaukee.com. Coffee and Conversation via Zoom – Following Sunday service you can join a Zoom meeting site for

coffee and conversation. Chat for 45 minutes or more every week like sitting around a table at the center. Zoom meeting number: 876 874 91644. 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.

wednesday 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.

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.

saturday 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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We pick up your food waste weekly and turn it into compost— the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of your food waste. We also deliver fresh compost. $4 per week. See ad, page 21.


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Community Supported Agriculture Amy Wallner 414-323-2210 AmysAcre.com Join our CSA program today and eat local, organically grown food all season long with convenient pick-up locations in your community. See ad, page 35.

DENTISTRY BIONICA DENTAL WELLNESS 2566 Sun Valley Dr, Delafield 262-337-9745 BionicaDentalWellness.com

Come experience modern, comprehensive, biological dentistry for the health-conscious community. Dr. Udoka Holinbeck’s holistic approach will give you confidence in your smile and your health. See ad, page 5.


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FITNESS DONNA FIT 4 LIFE LLC LaDonna Gladney 414-793-5086 DonnaFit4Life.com

Donna’s passion is to help people live healthy lives through nutrition and fitness. Offering fitness training, nutrition counseling and meal planning, exercise programs and more. Virtual training available. See ad, page 30.


150 S Sunnyslope Rd, Ste 148, Brookfield 262-395-4023 BrookfieldHealthAndWellness.com Our passion is helping patients maximize their health, allowing you to live life to the absolute fullest. We approach each patient as an individual by assessing the body with stateof-the art, bio-energetic technology to identify underlying root cause issues. See ad, page 19.


Indi Gundrum 608-291-7234 WayWithinHypnosis@gmail.com TheWayWithinHypnosis.com Try hypnosis today to harness the healing power from within. Manage depression, stress, anxiety, addiction and more. Schedule an appointment today.


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The Green Team of Wisconsin provides thoughtful landscape design and installation, full property maintenance, and allnatural turf care and weed control. See ad, page 17.


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 7.


MEDICINE - NATUROPATHIC LAKESIDE NATURAL MEDICINE 3510 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood LakesideNaturalMedicine.com 414-939-8748

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 27.


Terry Steiner, Amare Wellness Advocate 262-894-0213 MyAmareGlobal.com/19422 Terry Steiner is an Amare Wellness Advocate with a passion to help you achieve your optimum mental wellness holistically. See ad, page 19.

Center for Wellbeing 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland 414-243-9851 • C4WB.com Life Coach/Intuitive providing services for children, teens and women. Creating greater strength and resilience. Unique sessions tailored just for you. Helping you to shine your light. See ad, page 8.


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.

MEDICINE – FUNCTIONAL & INTEGRATIVE GREENSQUARE INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CARE CENTER 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale 414-292-3900, Ext 4797 GreenSquareCenter.com

25+ Integrative natural healing and medical specialists offer drug-free, patient-centered care. We treat the cause, not the symptom, using the latest integrative strategies. Enjoy affordable daily health & fitness classes, all in a beautiful neighborhood setting.

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE SPECIALIZED THERAPY SERVICES 890 Elm Grove Rd, Ste 1-1, Elm Grove 414-778-1341 SpecializedTherapyServices.com

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Amanda Couturier is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Life coach with a mission to help women heal, grow and thrive. See ad, page 8.

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Experience a unique approach that resolves muscle weakness at the root of pain and tightness. As a Certified “Muscle System Specialist,” Emily helps clients move, walk and balance with ease. See ad, page 33.


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