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n most sports events, there is a clear winner and a clear loser. That is all well and good in sports—which by its very nature is Editors Barbara Bolduc about a competition—but for humanity to be the best that Tom Masloski it can be, we must question why we apply this thinking to so Design & Production Melanie Rankin much else. Christina Gray When we carry this idea of polarity out into the world, we Contributing Writer Sheila Julson forget that we are on the same team. Though we each have a Sales & Marketing Jordan Peschek unique perspective, humans share many needs and desires: Website Nicholas Bruckman a better world; a fulfilled and financially secure life; healthy CONTACT US relationships; and mental, physical and spiritual wellness. So P.O. Box 2413 how do we navigate this world in which we feel urged to share Brookfield, WI 53008-2413 our opinion and disregard those that don’t align with it? Phone: 262-623-7948 There are a few actions that we can take to do this. Though each of us should be clear on our values and proud of what know intuitively or have learned throughout our life, we should also cultivate the state of being humble. After all, no one knows everything. Even FOLLOW ON SOCIAL MEDIA if we are proven right in our thinking, it does not preclude the possibility that we still may learn something from the person with a different view. Natural MKE @naturalmke The Natural Awakenings motto is “healthy people, healthy planet.” It seems that such an outcome is only possible when we respect differing opinions, and work together in the areas in which we do agree. When we make assumptions, believe there is only one right answer, or consider labels to be absolute, we don’t just do a disservice to those we judge, we do a disservice to ourselves and to our dreams of a better world. NATIONAL TEAM The perspective of evolutionary biologist Elisabet Sahtouris is that in the natural world, CEO/Founder Sharon Bruckman cooperation is the driving force, not competition. To illustrate, examples of symbiotic COO/Franchise Sales Joe Dunne relationships in nature are plentiful: the mutually beneficial interactions between Layout & Design Gabrielle W-Perillo flowering plants and flying insects, the relationships of algae and coral, the mycorrhizal Financial Manager Yolanda Shebert network of fungi that fosters communication among trees and sharing of nutrients Asst. Director of Ops Heather Gibbs Digital Content Director Rachael Oppy through their root systems. National Advertising Lisa Doyle-Mitchell From this collaborative perspective, the challenge of the times is to both embrace Administrative Assistant Kristy Mayer our values and what we believe to be true and right, while also embracing the concept of an open mind. Both are required in order to see new possibilities, though the latter Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation 4851 Tamiami Trail N., Ste. 200 may involve relaxing some of our judgments and beliefs. If we make cooperation—not Naples, FL 34103 competition—our main goal, humanity is surely capable of great things. Publisher Jordan Peschek

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MKE Backrub Joins Growing Wellness Hub in Shorewood


osie Hill, a self-employed massage therapist and founder of MKE Backrub, has opened her new office in Suite 206 at 3510 North Oakland Avenue in Shorewood. The professional building also houses holistic health businesses such as Chiropractic Company, Lakeside Natural Medicine, Uptown Pharmacy, Brew Fitness and several independent massage therapists. Hill’s massage services include shiatsu (acupressure), reflexology, Swedish, therapeutic/deep tissue, hot stone and Ashiatsu Josie Hill Oriental Bar Therapy. She recently moved to Milwaukee from St. Paul, Minnesota, where she has been practicing massage since 2004. She continued her education in Denver, Colorado, learning Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy to a master level. Hill often has same or next day appointments available. For more information, call or text 414-331-3403, email or visit, where new clients are recommended to book their appointments. See listing, page 45.

TranSOULmation Coaching Program at Healing 4 Harmony LLC


ita Casanova of Healing 4 Harmony LLC is offering TranSOULmation coaching. This program teaches participants how to rediscover their inner strength and wisdom through soul-level healing and clearing work. With a goal of acknowledging and releasing generational patterns of behaviors, thought forms and other heavy energies, participants can learn to live the lives they deserve to enjoy. TranSOULmation coaching is available in person, virtually or by phone. Casanova is a reiki master teacher, certified in the additional modalities of Akashic record reading, crystal healing, meditation practices and shamanic art therapy.

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MIND MKE Offers Accessible Meditation Courses, Coaching and Community


IND MKE is a new meditation community founded by certified meditation teacher Ben Katt. He has launched a course consisting of three, 90-minute sessions in a comBen Katt munity setting. The class teaches a simple meditation technique that helps reduce stress, improve sleep and deepen purpose. The course also explores the many benefits of the practice and helps even the busiest participants establish a daily meditation habit. “Meditation is a game-changer,” says Katt. “Unfortunately, so many people never try it because of the distracting apps, complicated jargon, uncomfortable postures and expensive memberships that surround it. MIND MKE is here to change that and teach people an easy, effortless technique that they can practice anywhere, anytime.” In addition to teaching meditation, MIND MKE provides workplace wellness coaching and will soon host pop-up community mindfulness events. Katt also offers one-on-one exploratory consultations. Katt recently moved back to the Milwaukee area after two decades of creating heart-centered organizations, facilitating transformational gatherings and coaching innovative leaders throughout the nation. Cost: $315. Location: East Side neighborhood (inquire for virtual access). For more information, email Ben@MIND or visit See listing, page 45.

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This month, the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) celebrates 30 years of protecting and stewarding land and water for the benefit of all. The organization aims to inspire people to engage with nature by ensuring that habitats, working lands and water resources are conserved, connected and resilient. The Ozaukee Washington Land Trust is currently working to protect more than 130 acres of land and nearly a mile of Lake Michigan shoreline in Port Washington—one of the last undeveloped, largescale parcels on the shoreline in the area. It will serve as a community destination and wildlife haven similar to Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve, the 73-acre parcel that was protected by OWLT in 2002 and is managed by Ozaukee County Parks and Planning. The organization began in 1992 when a group of concerned citizens banded together to save a parcel of land along the Sauk Creek River in Port Washington—now the Sauk Creek Nature Preserve. With more than 34 nature preserves and more than 7,000 acres of conserved property (including private easements), OWLT is protecting nature’s health, providing wildlife habitats and supporting communities within the Lake Michigan, Milwaukee River and Menomonee River watersheds in the northern Greater Milwaukee Area.

New Wellness-Focused Membership Events at Aesthetically Well

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esthetically Well is launching a new series of bimonthly wellness-focused, membershipbased events. The first, AWell + Elevate & Co. Cocktail Hour, will take place from 5 to 9 p.m., July 7, at Vitality Modern Health Club. Attendees can experience the newest self-care combo: the IV nutrition drip plus dermal nutrition infusion facial. “We are teaming up with Elevate & Co. to offer you a nutritionpacked facial while refueling your hydration levels internally,” says Maggie Schaetzel from Aesthetically Well. Member-based events are laser-focused on providing members with new selfcare techniques, the latest in skincare technology, and education to empower beauty and self-healing. Additional dates will be announced on Aesthetically Well’s Facebook membership page. Location: 222 E. Erie St., Ste. 150. For more information, email See ad, page 23.

Total Health Nutrition Center Expands Services at New Berlin Clinic



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he Total Health Nutrition Center practice, in New Berlin, has added chiropractic care with Dr. Shane Martin, along with HOCATT ozone therapy, neurofeedback therapy and detoxification foot baths. Both the New Berlin and Menomonee Falls locations include a holistic clinic offering Dr. Shane Martin all-natural therapies and health coaching, as well as a store offering vitamins, herbs and essential oils. As an experienced and innovative Doctor of Chiropractic, Martin focuses on full-spectrum, total-health chiropractic care. Bioneurofeedback therapy is a non-invasive, pharmaceutical-free modality that images the brain in real time. The technique detects abnormal brainwave patterns and retrains them, which can help improve symptoms of psychological issues. Ionic footbaths can help detoxify the body by pulling out toxins through the pores of the feet. • 262-497-8539

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Consider Herbs from Traditional Asian Medicine for Diabetes


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Diabetes is rampant in the world today, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, but it was also a health condition many centuries ago among Tibetan, Mongolian, Miao, Dai, Uygur and Yi people in East Asia. To identify which diabetes medicines were effective in those indigenous medical systems, Chinese researchers examined medical databases and ethnic medical books. They found evidence of 112 such medications—105 plant-based, six coming from animals and one with fungal origins. The most commonly used were Astragalus membranaceus, now available in many contemporary immune-system formulations; Pueraria lobata, known as arrowroot or kudzu, and considered an invasive plant in North America; and Coptis chinensis, Chinese goldthread, whose main compound, berberine, is used in the West to treat bacterial and viral infections. “Ethnic medicine has abundant resources in diabetes treatment and has excellent development prospects, which is worthy of further exploration and modern research,” conclude the authors.

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Calm Dogs with CBD and Fish Oil


CBD is a non-psychoactive compound of the hemp plant that is increasingly used for canine pain management. It has been shown in some studies to calm dogs. It’s best to choose a high-grade, broad-spectrum, organic product in a tincture or oil form so the amount can be adjusted drop by drop, advises the American Kennel Society. Purina researchers found that adding DHA-rich fish oil to the diet of 24 anxious Labradors for 12 weeks reduced cortisol responses and lowered their heart rate during anxiety-provoking events for 21 of the dogs; it cut by almost half the time they spent jumping, pacing, spinning and barking. A general guideline is 300 milligrams of combined EPA/DHA per 30 pounds of a dog’s body weight. Other commonly used supplements to discuss with a veterinarian are L-theanine and L-tryptophan, amino acids shown to help calm down dogs with mild to moderate anxiety.

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Indigenous Efforts Use Hemp to Remove Forever Chemicals From Superfund Site

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Using satellite maps and radar to estimate the number of migratory birds streaming across the night sky, Chicago tops the list of cities where birds face the most danger from light pollution in both spring and fall. North America hosts about 3 billion fewer birds today than in 1970, according to a 2019 analysis published in Science. The causes include light pollution, climate change, vanishing habitat and pesticides. Scientists believe the combination of factors could lead many abundant bird populations toward extinction. For example, Cornell University ornithologist Andrew Farnsworth found that the seven annual Tribute in Light twin towers anniversary memorials on September 11 that project intense beams of light into the night sky attracted an average of more that 1 million birds. Within the first 20 minutes of each event, up to 16,000 birds crowded into a tight radius. Bird conservationists listen for disoriented chirps and if too many are circling aimlessly in the beams, the lights are turned off. BirdCast incorporates large-scale weather radar and machine learning to forecast the exact nights when hundreds of millions of migratory birds will arrive over U.S. cities. The team sends the data to conservationists and policymakers to help the birds by dimming lights along the way.

The former Loring Air Force Base, in Limestone, Maine, on the Canadian border, closed in 2007, is now owned by the Aroostook Band of Micmacs. The superfund site is so polluted that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave it a waiver, deeming it technically impractical to clean, being loaded with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), cancer-causing compounds commonly known as “forever chemicals". PFAS tend to bioaccumulate, building up in soil, water, animals and humans; they can persist for hundreds or thousands of years and have been linked to kidney and testicular cancer, liver damage and suppressed immunity. In the spring of 2019, the Micmac Nation, nonprofit Upland Grassroots and their research partners began an experiment. Hemp is a good candidate for phytoremediation because it grows fast across much of the country. Its roots are deep and profuse to better absorb pollutants from the soil. By 2020, researchers discovered that the hemp plants were successfully sucking PFAS out of the contaminated soil via phytoremediation and hope that their example may help farmers that have discovered their soil is tainted. Micmac Chief Edward Peter-Paul says, “Anything we can do to contribute to making the environment better, we want to be a part of.”

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Renewable Energy Powers Major Japanese Railroad


On April l, Tokyu Railways trains running through Shibuya and other stations were switched to power generated only by renewable sources. Tokyu has more than 64 miles of railway tracks serving 2.2 million people a day, including commuters and schoolchildren. The sources include hydropower, geothermal, wind and solar power, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co., the utility that provides the electricity and tracks its energy sourcing. Japan, the world’s sixth-biggest carbon emitter, has a goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2050. Tokyu headquarters Assistant Manager Yoshimasa Kitano says, “We don’t see this as reaching our goal, but just a start.” The carbon dioxide emissions of Tokyu’s sprawling network of seven train lines and one tram service are now zero, with green energy being used in all stations, including vending machines, security camera screening and lighting. Tokyu, which employs 3,855 people and connects Tokyo with Yokohama, is the first railroad operator in Japan to have achieved the same goal. It says the carbon dioxide reduction is equivalent to the annual average emissions of 56,000 Japanese households. About 20 percent of Japan’s electricity comes from renewable sources, according to the nonprofit Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies. The other two ecologically friendly options are batteries and hydrogen power. 12

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sychology Today describes hypnotherapy as “guided hypnosis, or a trance-like state of focus and concentration achieved with the help of a clinical hypnotherapist.” Similar to being completely absorbed in a book, Claudia Moreno music or one’s own thoughts, those under hypnosis can tap resources within to make positive changes in life. Licensed professional counselor Claudia Moreno of Moreno Therapy believes in merging traditional and non-traditional practices into her counseling services. With a focus on psychological processes and spiritual methods that support mind, body and emotional needs, Moreno develops a personalized treatment plan for each client. Hypnotherapy is used as an easy way to address clients’ concerns, she explains. “I use a guided, relaxing process that easily accesses the subconscious mind, which provides a better understanding of the repetitive patterns, challenges and issues each client is facing.” Past life regression is a form of hypnotherapy, Moreno notes. It’s a powerful experience that can strengthen one’s understanding of life by providing insights to previous memories from another lifetime. “This provides one with an opportunity to help release emotional conflicts, relationship problems, physical ailments and soul retrieval,” she says. Moreno combines traditional talk therapy with subconscious work including hypnotherapy; art and the creative process; and sensory stimulation. “This type of work allows for identifying obstacles and implementing changes. In this type of process, you can develop your connection to your intuitive channel and provide for stronger insight and spiritual alliance.” With a variety of therapeutic practices, Moreno has multiple different methods that help her clients recover from trauma, depression, anxiety, somatic discomforts and relationship problems. These approaches can also aid in spiritual development. Moreno has a bachelor’s degree in education from Northeastern Illinois University and a Master of Science in counseling from the University of Nebraska. “I believe in a therapeutic relationship that is built on trust and compassion. An openness to gain new insights into oneself is the foundation for working together,” she says. “I strive to create an emotionally safe and warm environment of promoting trust in the healing process.” Moreno is bilingual, as she speaks English and Spanish. Moreno Therapy will participate in the Wellness Metaphysical Fair, in New Berlin, on October 9, and the Mystical Gathering at the Horse Power Healing Center, in Eagle, in October. Moreno offers free consultations. Insurance reimbursement may be available for services. Moreno Therapy is located at 250 W. Broadway, Waukesha. For more information or to make an appointment, call 262-278-0229 or visit See ad, page 25. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

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Pandemic Trends are Shaping Better Local Food Systems


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ike so much else on the planet, the two-year coronavirus pandemic turned the health food world upside-down. “I found myself thinking real dystopian and wondering if people would be able to survive if grocery stores crumbled,” recalls Diana Mondragón, of Rockford, Illinois. “That scary thought train reminded me that I want to learn how to be more self-sustainable.” Her once-occasional drop-bys to farmers markets are now an essential weekly ritual. “I want to support local farmers and food producers to help communities grow stronger and healthier,” she says. When the long supply chains of the conventional food system became disrupted, many Americans found themselves feeling insecure about food availability for the first time in their lives. The industrialized food system that had operated so efficiently for many generations had relied on long and complicated supply links; when they broke down or became gridlocked, the result was 14

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empty supermarket shelves and long waits for home deliveries. Add the economic repercussions and job losses, and about one in nine households lacked enough nutritious food to sustain a healthy life, report researchers from New York University. Faced with the system’s shortcomings, a noteworthy outcome has been a surge in demand for healthier food production using sustainable and humane practices. Unable to drop by a nearby grocery store and get whatever they wanted whenever they wanted it, many consumers began buying locally grown produce for both practical and environmental reasons. After two high-growth decades, farmers markets initially took a hit during pandemic closures, but they have since bounced back with renewed energy. A wide range of innovative solutions are being pursued by e-commerce entrepreneurs and foodequity advocates to get healthier local food into more hands and more neighborhoods. Support the Small Businesses that Advertise in NA MKE

Surging Concerns Sales of natural and organic products in the U.S. grew by about 10 percent in 2020, the year of the COVID-19 outbreak, and by another 8 percent in 2021, reports SPINS, a Chicago-based data research firm, in Nutrition Business Journal. Sales growth in that sector was six to seven times larger than for conventional products, which experienced barely any sales growth at all. Helping spur the trend, cheap food at supermarkets isn’t so cheap anymore, making organic food look better by comparison. The research company Data Weave reported in March that conventional food prices jumped by 11 percent in the previous 12 months of the pandemic, while prices for organic food increased by a relatively modest 2 to 4 percent. The price pressures on conventional food “will continue to go up rapidly,” says Matt Tortora, co-founder of WhatsGood, a Rhode Island-based food e-commerce company. “The war between Russia and Ukraine is going to exacerbate that issue. And it seems like most of what’s going on in the world is going to affect our global supply chains even further, and in more profound ways than just our gas pump.”

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The dominance of supermarkets and big-box stores in the years following World War II greatly diminished supply and demand of farm-fresh local food. A back-to-the-future trend that started taking hold a generation ago spurred a five-fold increase in the number of farmers markets across the nation, along with a proliferation of farms selling community supported agriculture subscriptions that delivered weekly batches of fresh produce to members. These increased sales enabled many small farmers to offset the body blow from business lost due to pandemic-related restaurant shutdowns; a number of them thrived, with record sales. The signs for the 2022 outdoor market season have been encouraging. Green City Market, widely regarded as Chicago’s premier farmers market, reported more than 13,000 visitors in a six-hour span on May 7, even though the weather was still on the cool side and few spring crops were in season after a chilly and wet April. At the same time, a previously little-used conduit for local health food sales—e-commerce—shows signs of spurring long-term growth. Some individual producers nimbly built out their webbased product sales by also providing home delivery, previously a rarity in the local food scene. For example, the e-commerce site Avrom Farm (, of Ripon, Wisconsin, sells not only its own products, but also goods from other farmers, and Three Sisters Garden, of Kankakee, Illinois, which raises specialty vegetables, has converted entirely to e-commerce and home delivery. Taking this concept to the next level is WhatsGood, which in 2014 began providing home delivery and pickup services for farmers markets in several cities. In the pandemic, the company became a lifeline to connect farmers with consumers at a time when stay-at-home orders and social distancing concerns hampered or closed farmers markets. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in


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Late last year, WhatsGood introduced a new business model that bypasses farmers markets to allow consumers to order goods online directly from farmers for home delivery. now operates in 21 states. Tortora estimates that demand for local food is about 12 times greater than it was before the pandemic, even as supermarkets again start stocking more faraway-grown, conventional produce.

Even Better for the Planet While the pandemic created a sense of urgency about healthier eating, it also elevated concerns about the health of the living environment. An April 2022 study issued by New York University’s Stern Center for Sustainable Business found that products specifically marketed as sustainable had a 17 percent share of the market for consumer-packaged goods, up from 13.3 percent in 2015. Nearly half of all products introduced in 2021 touted sustainability benefits, up from 28 percent in 2017. Organic food sales in 2021 amounted to $51 billion; 30 years earlier, that market was estimated at a mere $1 billion, says the SPINS report. Now there is growing support to take stewardship of the land to the next level through regenerative agriculture practices which focus on building and maintaining the health and biological vitality of the nation’s soils, and in some cases, means restoring soils stripped of their vitality by conventional farming practices. It has been most heavily promoted by the Rodale Institute, based in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, which has developed standards for a Regenerative Organic Certified food label. The sustainability issue resonates deeply with people like Katlin Smith, founder and CEO of Chicago-based Simple Mills, a 10-year-old company that’s widely recognized as the preeminent natural baking mix brand nationally. “I started the company after seeing what a huge impact food has on all of our bodies, and I realized how much we had processed the heck out of our food. And it was really undermining people’s health,” she says. In the last two years, the company has expanded its focus to work with farmers to improve soil health and biodiversity, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It recently joined forces with the frozen smoothie company Daily Harvest and glutenfree frozen pizza maker Capello’s to advance regenerative soil practices in almond growing. “Regenerative agriculture is really just growing food in a way that leans into nature and builds a healthy ecosystem for all who are involved,” says Smith. 16

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Supplying Underserved Communities Local food communities around the country are also playing an increasingly dynamic role in addressing food equity, access and security issues. Less than a decade ago, fewer than half of all farmers markets nationwide accepted federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for purchases. Today, backed by U.S. Department of Agriculture funding, most do, with many markets accepting state-backed debit cards. To further increase access to locally produced food for lower-income families, many states provide matching shopping funds up to a certain limit, as do programs run by nonprofit organizations such as California’s Market Match and Double Up Bucks, run by the Michigan Fair Food Network. To get healthy produce to people that live in urban “food deserts”, nonprofits are pioneering creative approaches. The Urban Growers Collective operates eight farms on 11 acres of land on Chicago’s Southside that combine education, training and leadership development with the growth of organic crops, which are then driven in a “Fresh Moves” bus to local community and health centers, and churches. Founded by food justice advocates Laurell Sims and Erika Allen, the Collective worked with a coalition of nonprofits during the pandemic to deliver boxes of free food to households in underserved neighborhoods across the city. The pandemic “forced us to do some of the things we’d been talking about, but said we don’t have time yet. We just dived in,” Sims says. The dramatic impact of the COVID-19 crisis drove up local interest in the Collective’s community gardens, with the number of volunteers jumping from 10 to 50. “It made a lot of people realize this ain’t no joke. People close to us were passing away,” says farm manager Malcolm Evans, who started volunteering for the Collective a decade ago as a teenager growing up in a nearby public housing project. “People wanted to really know how to grow food. We’ve been doing it for years, trying to bring this to folks’ attention. Everybody needs to understand food and know where it comes from.” Bob Benenson is publisher and writer of Local Food Forum, a newsletter that covers all aspects of the local food community in the Chicago region. He can be contacted at Bob@LocalFood Support the Small Businesses that Advertise in NA MKE

SAVVY SHOPPER TIPS FOR THE FARMERS MARKET COMPARE PRICES. Most markets have multiple vendors selling similar varieties, so take some time to stroll around and check out the prices at the different stands. We might find one that is the price leader across the board or that different stands have lower prices for different items.

they are often tucked away. We may not want to serve them as-is to dinner guests, but when chopping and dicing or making stews or preserves, appearances make little difference.

BUY IN BULK. Many farmers market vendors provide discounts for multiple purchases of the same or similar items. If summer squash is priced at $1 per piece, but $2 for three, it is the equivalent of, “Buy two, get one free.”

KNOW THE FARMER. Farmers market regulars almost certainly get to know their favorite vendors, and may quickly get to be on a first-name basis. They will freely share advice about how to prepare the items they sell and what’s in stock now, soon or at the end of their growing seasons. It also improves chances of getting the occasional personal discount—but do not show up near closing time and ask for a discount on unsold products. Most farmers and market managers hate that. If lots of people wait until the last minute, a lot of farmers would soon be unable to stay in business.

SAVOR SECONDS. Consumers became familiar with the concept of perfect-looking (if not perfect-tasting) produce with the era of mass food retailing. As a result, a lot of imperfect fruits and vegetables have been tossed away. The growing national concerns over food waste are leading some consumers to look closely at items—formally known as “seconds” and sometimes referred to as “ugly” fruits and vegetables—that don’t have perfect appearance, but are perfectly edible, nutritious and usually cheaper. If they aren’t visible at our favorite farmer’s stand, just ask, because

KEEP IT COOL. Produce picked a day or two before hitting the market is going to be fresher, taste better, maintain a higher nutrient densityand last longer than products that are picked before their peak and sit in warehouses for a while. But that shelflife advantage can shrink if farmers market purchases are not protected from high temperatures. Some strategies are to shop early on hot days, bring along insulated bags and cold packs, and possibly buy frozen fish, poultry or meat on the way home to keep the produce chilled.

BUY IN SEASON. Simple supply and demand: The more of a product a vendor has to sell, the more likely it is that it is going to be priced to move. So, practice seasonality and look for favorite items at the peak of their growing season.

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ating healthy involves many factors. One that’s sometimes overlooked is eating seasonally. Seasonal eating simply means eating foods that naturally flourish and are at their best quality at a given time of the year in one’s general location. With summer now in full swing, this means loading up on a wide range of fruits and vegetables, as well as other cooling, hydrating and primarily plant-based foods. From the Ayurvedic perspective, summer is the season of pitta, which is heating and intense in nature. Thus, it’s important to include both hydrating and cooling foods that help balance out this heating nature, lest one wants to chance the development of headaches, irritability, insomnia and numerous gastrointestinal disorders. Interestingly, research on modern-day tribes (who naturally eat seasonally) shows that their gut microbiome changes from season to season, with different bacteria being more prevalent at certain times of the year. In the summer, there is a higher prevalence of Bacteroidetes and other bacteria that help digest complex carbohydrates (e.g., fruits and vegetables), which suggests further evidence of the importance of seasonal eating.

Some of the top foods to choose from in the summer include fruits such as berries, cherries, cantaloupe, melons, peaches and plums—think sweet, juicy and hydrating. However, these foods have benefits beyond extreme hydration. They also are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which promote overall health, and can even protect one from UV damage from the sun—just when it’s needed most—as research from the journal Food and Function indicates. In the vegetable department, lettuce and other leafy greens are highly beneficial due to their cooling effect, while also helping to balance out acidity in the stomach. Some other summer superfood vegetables include bell peppers, cucumbers, zucchini and green beans, all of which offer hydration and plenty of nutrients. Notice that these fruits and vegetables are many of the foods seen in local farmers markets this time of year. This is the wisdom of nature, not just coincidence. It is also a good idea to incorporate various cooling herbs and spices into one’s summer diet, such as coriander, fennel, mint, basil and cilantro. These can be added to foods, beverages, smoothies and

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more in order to add flavor and/or to aid with digestion and overall health. Lastly, summer is typically geared towards a lower-fat diet, but some healthy fats are still needed. To this end, aim to include sunflower seeds, pepitas and coconut or olive oil—in moderation, of course. If animal foods are incorporated, look primarily to freshwater fish, chicken and other lean proteins. Overall, eating for the summer season can be highly exciting and satisfying. If one eats the right foods, this will surely lead to an increase in energy, health and wellness, which makes the lively season of summer all the more enjoyable. Jack Cincotta is an AADP board-certified holistic health practitioner and AFPAcertified holistic health coach, and holds a Master of Psychology degree. He runs a holistic health practice specializing in mental health concerns while also writing for numerous health websites. For more information, call 920-650-7674, email or visit See ad, page 25.

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usan Rohr, Owner/ Ondamed Practitioner of Brookfield Health & Wellness, LLC began healing herself from Lyme with bioenergetic modalities and found success in her wellness journey. She founded Brookfield Health & Wellness to bring that remarkable healing technology to others struggling with seemingly insurmountable illness. Through the many healing modalities at BHW, we have been able to help hundreds of Lyme patients regain their health, their lives and look forward to a brighter future. While it was once thought that Lyme was only transmitted by ticks, researchers have found that mosquitoes, fleas and other insects can also transmit Lyme and its co-infections, which ultimately means Lyme is probably a lot more widespread than even the increased numbers of documented cases over the last several years have shown. The primary bacterium causing Lyme is called Borrelia burgdorferi, but Lyme symptoms are also associated with the parasite Babesia and another co-infection called Bartonella. Babesia and Bartonella are two of the most common co-infections of Lyme, but Lyme is also often accompanied by parasites, mold, candida and other nasties we don’t want hanging around in the body. At BHW we take a multi-faceted, whole body approach to addressing Lyme and healing the whole patient. When Lyme patients begin treatment at our clinic, patients will first see Rohr to be evaluated and treated with the Ondamed, QI-5 Body Scan and NuVision systems. This comprehensive assessment allows her to build a customized treatment plan to address the root cause of symptoms and cater to specific, individual treatments. Additional treatments such as electromedicine (Rife), ionic footbath, HOCATT, laser therapy, frequency specific microcurrent (FSM), photon genius or FLOWpresso may also be recommended for patients. As treatment progresses, Rohr often recommends IASIS microcurrent neurofeedback for Lyme patients. Treatment with neurofeedback completely unlocks a new level of healing for Lyme patients and allows previous treatments to be even more effective. When the brain gets “unstuck” from the patterns of illness and gets on board with healing, suddenly it is communicating better with the body, and the whole system functions as it was meant to. Chiropractic adjustments help keep the body in alignment to continue flushing out toxins and keep the body’s energy moving. Dr. Zach Kienol uses a very sensitive approach to Lyme patients

who can only tolerate small adjustments. He has found these minor adjustments to be very helpful for those with Lyme, especially in combination with neurofeedback. While it would be handy to have a proven, one-size fits all approach to Lyme treatment, that is just not the way the body works. Each and every patient has a different combination of root causes that contribute to their symptoms, from the Lyme bacterium itself to a patient’s mental and emotional state. When you arrive at Brookfield Health and Wellness, we assess and treat the whole body, mind and spirit to get you back on the road to health. Source: Brookfield Health & Wellness, 150 S. Sunnyslope Rd., Ste. 148, Brookfield, 262-395-4023, See ad, this page. Sponsored content

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That Natural Glow RADIANT SKIN WITH FEWER HEALTH RISKS by Marlaina Donato


or basic hygiene and improved appearance, we wash, slather, hydrate, scrub and cover up, often forgetting that our skin is our largest organ and much of what we expose it to can be absorbed and accumulated in the body over time. If we are using products with potentially toxic additives, we are putting ourselves at a higher risk for hormone disruption, reproductive cancers and allergic reactions. Many chemicals that have been banned or controlled in Japan and some European countries are still being used on an unregulated basis in the U.S. Even products labeled “organic” and “natural” can have harmful elements alongside the good stuff. Recent research from the University of Vermont Cancer Center has linked phthalates, the “forever chemicals” used as bonding agents in many personal care products, to a higher risk of cancers in children. The encouraging news is that with a little savvy preparation, these hazardous ingredients can be avoided, and we can have glowing skin with fewer health risks.


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Being an informed consumer is important when it comes to what goes into the body, and reading labels is just as vital for what’s applied on the outside. “The beauty industry can become fascinated with chemical-based ‘quick-fixes,’ but so often what you find is that these interventions can have long-lasting effects that may actually damage the skin,” says Tammy Fender, founder of Tammy Fender Holistic Skincare, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Liver-compromising and potentially cancer-causing formaldehyde, phthalates and parabens are plentiful in shampoos (including baby shampoo), soaps, deodorants, antiperspirants, body lotions and moisturizers, and have been linked to breast cancer and other malignancies, kidney damage and depression. While some sources claim these substances to be low-risk due to minimal amounts in skin care products, looking at the broader picture can be disturbing when we consider long-term use and the number of products used daily. On a superficial level, the skin just responds better when it is exposed to fewer toxins. “Our skin is our biggest organ and absorbs up to 60 percent of whatever you put on it. When you eat healthy, your body feels great. The same goes for your skin,” says Shannon Reagan, owner of Glimmer Goddess Organic Skin Care, in Frisco, Texas. “Throughout my life, I’ve tried just about every product in the stores looking for something that wouldn’t irritate my skin. I found that the cleaner the products, the better my skin looked and felt.” Support the Small Businesses that Advertise in NA MKE

What Our Skin Loves An outstanding resource for information about a particular product’s safety is the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database at, which evaluates and grades more than 88,000 personal care products for toxicity. When shopping online or in a store, nixing any that have long, difficult-to-pronounce ingredients is key. Any label that simply lists “fragrance” is also a red flag for hundreds of possible chemicals. Instead, opt for skin care products with Latin botanical names for herbal and essential oil-based scents. “Natural products may cost a bit more than store brands, but the benefits far outweigh the incremental cost. They contain vitamins, phytonutrients, antioxidants and flavonoids that help heal, rejuvenate and protect skin,” says Reagan. Fender, a holistic aesthetician and pioneer of clean skin care, concurs, “There

is so much care that comes through the plants. Nature is generous.” Her favorite go-to ingredients in her organic skin care line range from white lily to citrus. “I love rose for its powerful rejuvenating benefits. I also love chamomile, an ancient calming and soothing remedy, which is so beneficial for sensitive skin.”

Fun in the Sun Chemicals found in conventional sunscreens such as avobenzone, homosalate, octinoxate, oxybenzone and PABA activate free radicals in the body, but natural sunscreens offer total protection without the elevated cancer risk. Reagan, whose products offer broad-spectrum sun protection, explains, “Chemical sunscreens are absorbed into the skin while natural sunscreens (mineral-based) sit on top of your skin, blocking the sun’s rays at the surface. Natural sunscreens such as zinc

oxide and non-nano titanium dioxide are usually thick like a body lotion texture. They work by reflecting UVA/UVB rays away from the skin and start to work right away.” Essential oils like red raspberry seed and carrot seed are also reliable ingredients to look for in any natural sunscreen, and may even be helpful for certain types of precancerous skin lesions caused by UVA/ UVB rays. Overall, healthy skin comes from a wellbalanced lifestyle. For Fender, it is truly a holistic approach. “I love how inspired and educated my clients are these days. They come to the treatment room with insightful questions, and they understand that caring for the skin is not separate from caring for the soul.” Marlaina Donato is an author, composer and painter. Connect at

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ummer is the prime time to skip the gym and exercise in the fresh air. Studies show that outdoor workouts improve mental well-being and result in greater feelings of revitalization, increased energy and positive engagement. Exercising in nature can reduce stress levels even more than being indoors and can make a workout seem easier. Many outdoor activities are free or low-cost, can be done solo or in groups and are easily worked into a schedule. From a simple walk in the park to an organized club meet-up,

Outdoor Safety There are a few factors to keep in mind when moving an exercise routine outside. Be sure to drink plenty of water, as the warmer temperatures can cause increased sweating and dehydration during exertion. Products like hydration packs provide an insulated way to easily carry water hands-free during a workout. While some exposure to vitamin D is beneficial, sun protection is essential as harmful UV rays can cause the skin to burn and lead to melanoma. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using a waterproof, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapplying it every two hours. UVA rays can also lead to cataracts, macular degeneration and pterygium (a benign growth called “surfer’s eye”), so wear sunglasses that have UV protection.



An easy activity that can be done almost anywhere, walking requires only a pair of supportive shoes and a bit of wanderlust. It is a great introduction for people looking to get started with a fitness program. Relatively low-impact, it can ease joint pain, help reduce stress, improve sleep and boost the immune system. Research suggests that distance is more important than speed for health benefits, so add a leisurely stroll to a daytime routine.


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lower the resting heart rate. Long- distance running is stellar for cardiovascular endurance, while sprinting is a quick way to jumpstart weight loss. Running clubs all over the country can help newcomers find inspiration, camaraderie and motivation when the couch is calling.

Biking Cycling is easy on the joints, can help improve balance and is a great low-impact cardio workout. Biking can be done solo or in groups and is a great option for families, as even little kids can ride along. Many cities have bike-friendly street lanes, allow bikes on public transportation and have rental bikes such as Divvy available for short-term rides.

Urban Fitness To create workouts in the city, run up and down a hill or set of stairs, then find a nearby playground and do pull-ups on the monkey bars, tricep dips on a park bench and other bodyweight exercises. Or, grab a few friends and create a high-intensity interval training circuit in the park. Change up the routine and location to keep it fresh and fun. Carrie Jackson is a Chicago-based writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. Connect at CarrieJackson


Yoga Classes in yoga and Pilates, traditionally done indoors, can be moved outside when the weather is nice. Practicing in the open air means breathing in higher quality oxygen while practicing deep breathing or moving through asanas. The ambient warmth allows soft tissue to relax more, making deeper poses more accessible. Plus, it’s just more relaxing to practice outside, and taking in the surroundings will heighten a mindfulness practice.

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Water Sports Canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding can be done on any kind of open water, including lakes, ponds and rivers. These activities strengthen the upper body as well, and water itself can have a calming effect. Take a class or rent a boat for an afternoon paddle, either alone or with friends.

Rollerblading Popular in the 1990s, rollerblading is again having a heyday. Online skate manufacturer Rollerblade saw a 300 percent increase in sales at the start of the pandemic, as consumers looked for creative ways to get around outside. Roller-blading helps build endurance in a wide range of muscles, including upper legs, hips, back and glutes. It can improve balance, is easy on the joints and is just plain fun. Invest in a set of protective gear such as a helmet, wrist guards and kneepads to ensure safety.

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VIBE Yoga, Health & Fitness Fostering a Positive Wellness Community by Sheila Julson


Virtual Vibe On-Demand was developed during the COVID-19 ack when personal trainers Samantha Drum and Carly pandemic shutdowns to offer the Vibe community a way to work Chertos worked together at a local fitness studio, they out at home. “When COVID hit, we went completely virtual. developed their own “community within a community”. We had a large number of recordings of our classes, so we just Drum referred clients to Chertos for specialized fitness classes, uploaded them to our system,” Drum explains. Upon reopenand Chertos referred hers to Drum for yoga and stretching ing after the pandemic shutdowns, the virtual classes remained a instruction. Clients began suggesting to the pair that they open popular option for people not in the Waukesha area, or for those their own studio; that, and changes at the place they worked that could not make it to the studio, so eventually led them to form VIBE Drum and Chertos kept the offering. Yoga, Health & Fitness (Vibe). Vibe also offers health and wellness In January of 2019, the new products, such as cannabidiol (CBD) studio was opened with an eye balms, salves and tinctures, and a toward bringing a “downtown” vibe line of workout apparel with the to the Brookfield area. “We wanted stylish Vibe logo. Drum and Chertos an encompassing approach toward also offer customized corporate wellwellness, yoga, fitness, personal ness programs. training, nutrition and meditation,” “We are all about building up a Drum explains. “Fitness is not just community,” Drum emphasizes. about looking a certain way. It’s “When you walk in, you’re not just about a lifestyle.” walking into a gym. We have a Vibe offers an array of small group welcoming, home-like feeling with classes as well as appointment-only a personal touch. Everybody knows fitness and yoga programs. One-onone another, from members to inone personal training is available, structors, and people feel like they’re along with nutritional consultation. not just a number. We get people There are also two massage therapists that are committed to a lifestyle and on staff. L-R, Carly Chertos, Samantha Drum keeping an open mind.” The fitness classes offer encourageThe Vibe team also leads classes and events throughout the ment and personalized attention while meeting everyone where community. They hosted Wellness Wednesdays at The Corners of they’re at. The Vibe-X8 class is designed to yield maximum Brookfield which included yoga outside Goddess and the Baker, a benefits in a short amount of time with eight rounds of exercise, bakery and coffee shop within the shopping center. each comprised of 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest. “Meeting all these people and seeing them grow motivates me Vibe Hit keeps the heart rate up through resistance training as the most,” Drum concludes. “I enjoy watching people smile when well as lightweight and bodyweight movements. Vibe Power they leave the studio.” focuses on strength and conditioning, and Vibe Shred builds lean muscle through resistance training. There’s also Vibe CardioVIBE Yoga, Health & Fitness is located at 180 Kossow Rd., Waukesha. Kickboxing, which incorporates Thai pads into different kickFor more information, call 262-788-9147 or visit boxing techniques. to access the library of Vibe yoga and fitness classes for $9.99 per Various yoga offerings include Vibe Flow-45, a condensed month. See listing, page 46. version of vinyasa yoga; Vibe Yoga-Trapeze, in which mat-based yoga poses are done on a yoga trapeze in order to develop upper Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Natural body and core strength; and Vibe Gentle Flow, a slow-paced yoga Awakenings magazine. which focuses on strengthening and stretching. 24

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omassage was founded on the belief that everyone deserves access to therapeutic touch. A 2002 study in the Journal of Human Development suggests that touch is critical to infant development. There is also mounting evidence that COVID-19 created a phenomenon labeled “touch hunger”: a 2021 study in the Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine details the negative effects due to the lack of touch during the pandemic. There are three pillars to Yomassage: touch, stretch and breath. Breath is focused on using yoga techniques and looking within. Stretch is achieved by being guided into supported restorative yoga positions. Touch is given to the client(s) by a licensed massage therapist while each position is held for eight to 10 minutes. Yomassage is taught in a small group setting but can also be offered in a one- or two-client session. Being fully clothed and being in a group setting gives practitioners of this modality the unique opportunity to make therapeutic touch accessible to more people. Clients have reported that it’s very relaxing and that it can release tight areas that a typical massage doesn’t. The only requirement to participate is the ability to get up and down from the floor. There are also options for prenatal Yomassage, which has the same fantastic benefits for mom and baby as regular massage.

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ruits, leaves, stems and roots are commonly eaten as part of a plantbased, farm-to-table diet, but until recently, the only flowers on the table were in a vase. Today’s health-conscious foodies are finding edible flowers to be a fantastic way to eat the rainbow, adding fun flavors and colors to all sorts of dishes. Urban homesteader Holly Capelle turned her family’s backyard in the Portland, Oregon, suburbs into expansive edible gardens, enjoyed by their flowereating chickens and children alike. “We grow everything from seed, including 15 to 20 edible flower varieties, from spring through fall,” says Capelle. “I love to grow edible flowers for two reasons: one, to eat, and second, for the natural pest control they provide. I think of flowers as a beautiful army that I can eat along the way.” Capelle’s favorite edible flowers are pansies and violets, as they “pop up again and again all growing season and make a beautiful garnish without overpowering flavor.” The home gardener likes to freeze the fresh flowers in ice cubes, press them on the outside of herb butter or dry them between pieces of wax paper to later add to the tops of homemade chocolate bars, along with dehydrated strawberries, lemon balm, mint or other botanical flavors. The family’s fowl get in on the flower fun, too. “We make frozen treats for the chickens out of edible flowers, corn and strawberries, which they love in summer. We also add dried flowers like marigolds to their nesting boxes,” she says, adding that marigolds, with their bright orange hues and distinct flavor, are great in scrambled eggs or as a substitute for saffron.

For larger blooms like sunflowers, Capelle recommends pulling off the often-hard centers. “I often see whole zinnias on edible cakes, but no one wants to eat an entire zinnia. With daisies, for example, I will pull off the petals and recreate the flower on top of a dish, using peppercorns or chocolate chips in place of the center,” she says. Capelle also loves chamomile for its distinctive, apple-like flavor that has the “feel of fall,” and dianthus, with a slightly spicy taste like cloves. “Nasturtiums are another super defender in the garden, with a delicious peppery flavor and nice orange pop of color in a salad,” she adds. “Flowers brighten any dish up, especially hors d’oeuvres, omelets and soups. Pea soup is an ugly soup, but sprinkle some microgreens and a viola on top and it’s beautiful,” says Jan

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Bell, of Gilbertie’s Organics, in Easton, Connecticut. The 34-acre farm, which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, grows herbs, vegetables and microgreens in 24 greenhouses, including a microgreen blend with nasturtium and viola flowers. “If you pick the flowers on herbs, the plant will grow better and last longer,” Bell adds. Flowers like wild violets, chive blossoms and common milkweed can add bold color and flavor to vinegar with pinkish purple hues that power up salad dressings. Bell also likes to dry chive flowers to use year-round. “They are a nice purple sprinkle to add to dishes when things are boring in winter,” she says. Marie Viljoen, a New York City forager, chef and author of the cookbook Forage, Harvest, Feast: A Wild-Inspired Cuisine, incorporates numerous wild and cultivated flowers, including tree flowers like magnolia and black locust, into her hyperlocal, seasonal meals. Even common garden roses can add a delicious dimension to dishes and drinks, according to Viljoen. “I like to ferment roses into a simple soda, using organically grown rose petals, honey or sugar and tap water. It’s ready within a few days, or else you can leave to ferment a few months to make a sipping vinegar,” she says. “You can also combine really fragrant rose petals with a neutral honey like clover, then strain after a few days for a rose water essence you can add to yogurt or other dishes.” Viljoen also uses rose petals as edible garnishes for deviled eggs or as edible plates for goat cheese balls on her gourmet picnics. Some flowers are for the eyes only, however. Many can be poisonous, so it’s important to ensure a particular species is edible before digging in. Viljoen also advises carefully distinguishing between poisonous lookalikes when foraging: A delicious daylily and a toxic true lily look similar, but are in different plant families, for example. She also says to look for organically grown flowers that haven’t been sprayed with pesticides. Connect with Washington, D.C., freelance writer April Thompson at

FLOWER SPRING ROLLS WITH TAMARIND AND PEANUT SAUCE by Tara Lanich-LaBrie Spring rolls are a great way to eat all the fresh veggies, flowers and fruits of the season, and they look like little paintings with flowers on the outside and different colors and textures throughout. In the summer months, our bodies naturally gravitate toward eating more raw vegetables and fruits to cool our system and attune to the season of lightness. The grounding aspect in these petal rolls comes from the root veggies and the piquant, velvety peanut sauce. They are easy to make with whatever veggies and fruits we have on hand and are a great meal to take on the trail. Gather whatever ingredients sound delicious at the local market or farm, forage some delicacies if you have the time and put on your favorite music to inspire making these rolls. Package of spring roll wrappers/rice wrappers 2-3 cucumbers or summer squash, cut into lengthwise strips Edible flowers (optional) such as scarlet begonias, nasturtiums, rose petals, calendula, dandelion petals, sweet alyssum, radish flowers, bachelor buttons, violets, violas or pea flowers 1 bunch mint (about 1 cup) 1 bunch cilantro (about 1 cup) Combination of fresh root vegetables in

an assortment of colors, such as turnips, radishes and carrots, sliced in thin sticks Spinach, nasturtium leaves or other tender green leaves to create a background for your petals 1 avocado, sliced thin (optional) Asparagus, sliced in thin sticks Red pepper, sliced thin, lengthwise 10-oz pack of thin rice noodles Snap peas, purple or green, sliced lengthwise

All of these ingredients are recommendations or suggestions meant to inspire, but they are merely ideas. Use what is available. Spring rolls are excellent with almost any combination of fresh ingredients. I use a general framework of one-third each of crunchy or harder ingredients, like cucumber, squash, radish and carrot; softer ingredients like avocado, peach, mushroom and iceberg lettuce; and flowers, herbs, leaves such as rose petals, calendula, basil, mint and squash blossoms. First, prep all the ingredients and set up a space to roll and see all of the ingredients. It isn’t necessary to cut everything perfectly, and tearing lettuces or other leaves is a great way to save time and create texture. I like to have my ingredients separated by type or color to create the rolls like a painting, using a palette. Have a bowl with water that is large enough to dip the spring roll wrappers. Next to this, have a plate that is large enough to hold the wrappers. Have bowls or plates or a large cutting board with all the ingredients laid out to access everything easily and quickly.

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YIELD: FOUR APPETIZER SERVINGS All magnolia petals have a strong, gingery flavor with a hint of cloves or menthol, depending on the variety. Blooming through summer, North American southern magnolia flowers (Magnolia grandiflora) are the size of dinner plates. Their substantial, fragrant petals make beautiful edible cups for assertively flavored salads or ceviche. Here, blandly creamy avocado, crisp peppery radish slices, quick-pickled onion and a kiss of high-quality soy sauce fill the luscious petals with complementary textures and flavors. Pick the whole petal up like a taco and bite to get the full effect in a mouthful. 1 ripe avocado, cubed 3 radishes, very thinly sliced 2-3 Tbsp quick-pickled red onion rings 2 pickled Japanese knotweed shoots (optional) ¼ tsp chili flakes 2 tsp soy sauce (like organic Ohsawa nama shoyu) Roasted sesame oil

Starting in the middle of the roll, on top of the petals and background leaves, make a line of crunchier or “harder” veggies like carrot, cucumber or radish sticks. Add up to nine sticks about two to three inches long each to make a line in the center. They can be close together and on top of one another. Next, add softer veggies or fruit (peach/mango/mushrooms/ avocado) next to or on top of the line of harder veggies. Now sprinkle on the cilantro/mint/basil (roughly 1 to 2 tablespoons total per roll, unless you love these flavors and want to add more). Add leaves, lettuces, sprouts or spinach on top of this center line. It doesn’t need to be perfect at all, so let things spill out and over. Try to work as quickly as possible while adding ingredients; it will get faster as you make them. Then begin to lift one side of the roll using both hands and carefully pull up into the center of the roll toward the line of filling. Use your thumb to tuck the ingredients under and your fingers to bring more of the wrapper across over the line and then roll it all so the top goes under. You will need a small amount of the wrapper clear of ingredients at the end so it can seal with the roll you have made. (I don’t tuck the sides at all because doing it this way is faster and generally holds together better.)

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Quickly dip a rice wrapper into the water and place it onto the plate. Add flowers or individual flower petals to the wrapper. Layer the petals to about a half-inch of the edge of the wrapper. There is really no wrong way to create these rolls.

QUICK-PICKLED ONION The heavy seasoning is important to make these pickles pop. Leftover pickles keep indefinitely in the refrigerator, and the flavorful brine is delicious in salad dressings. ½ cup white wine or rice vinegar ¼ cup water 1 tsp salt 2 Tbsp sugar 2 small red onions, thinly sliced into rings In a Mason jar, combine the vinegar, water, salt and sugar. Close the lid tightly and shake to dissolve the seasonings. Add the onions. Allow the mixture to sit in the brine for a minimum of 30 minutes before using. To assemble the magnolia cups, arrange the avocado cubes, radish and pickled onion between the four petals. Season lightly with chili flakes and soy sauce. Add a few drops of the roasted sesame oil. Serve at once and inhale. Recipe courtesy of Marie Viljoen. 28

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summer smoothies without being detected by finicky eaters. She recommends adding spinach to fruit blends with berries or dark-colored fruits: “You don’t even really see the greens. They are overtaken by the blue and purple fruits.” Beets or beet juice, which is high in iron and vitamins, also add a beautiful color to berry blends. Cooked and mashed sweet potatoes lend a vibrant orange to red and yellow blends made with strawberries or pineapple.

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What can Reiki and Energy Healing do for you? Gwen Eberly, a Lancaster, Pennsylvaniabased chef who teaches cooking to kids and teens through the Zest! cooking school, recalls making healthy, decadent, frozen orange cream pops with her mother and enjoying them on her farmhouse porch on hot summer days. “The original orange cream pops recipe came from a cookbook called More With Less, a compilation of recipes offered by Mennonite women in the 1970s,” Eberly says. She made them with her own children when they were young, and they became a family favorite. Now, as teenagers, they make the treats themselves all year long. Other simple cool snacks include monkey tails—frozen bananas rolled in melted chocolate. “That’s a simple and healthy treat that can be topped with nuts or seeds. If you use dark chocolate, that helps cut down on sugar,” Wegner LeFort advises. Ice cream sandwiches can be made with either store-bought or homemade cookies and ice cream. “Those have endless options for creativity and different flavor combinations.” Jessi Walter Brelsford, founder and “Chief Bud” at the cooking school Taste Buds Kitchen, based in New York City, recommends putting a fun twist on fruit salad with Rainbow Kabobs, which parents and kids can make together. “Our recipe uses fresh, summer favorites like strawberries, cantaloupe, kiwis and blueberries, but depending on your family’s preferences, you can easily make these with any fruit sturdy enough to go on the skewers,” she says. “Kids love helping out, so get them even more excited to be involved by using cool tools together, like a melon baller or crinkle cutter. It will help them practice fine motor skills and pattern recognition by threading the fruits onto the skewers in specific patterns.” With a little encouragement and experimentation, kids will be proudly and happily creating their own delicious and healthy summer snacks. Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine.

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ost of us can remember having the glorious ability to do absolutely nothing of practical significance as children. We rolled in the grass, laughed ourselves silly with friends on the street corner and happily squandered away Saturdays. Somewhere along the line, someone planted a seed in our brains that programmed us to believe that we must earn our existence. We became self-conscious perfectionists that equate leisure and “being” with laziness. As adults, we see “nondoing” as something trivial, something forbidden, unless we become ill or injured, and only then can we shrug off the societal guilt trip. Somehow, well-being has become a luxury, and our physical bodies are paying for it. We feel old before our time and suffer Monday morning blues every day of the week. The Yiddish proverb, “The hardest work is to go idle,” rings truer than ever. We envy our beloved pets when they stretch out in a patch of inviting sun or dream away rainy days, not realizing that we, too, can curl up with the idea of doing nothing. Even foxes and squirrels pause in the survival game to soak up an hour of summer. Unplugging brings us back to our breath, aligns us with our true North and prompts our blood pressure to drop a few numbers. Taking a little time to exhale and watch the clouds overhead can also kickstart our immune systems. If need be, we can appease the to-do lister inside of us by scheduling half an hour of inactivity into the weekly calendar, and when we realize how much we like shooting the breeze, we can increase it to an hour. Consider the last time we gave ourselves permission to sip a little freedom and watch the grass grow. Poet Winifred Druhan noted, “Wasting time is being free.” We won’t win any accolades for doing nothing, but we’ll surely be happier.

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imée Code has stopped trying to grow roses in her Eugene, Oregon, backyard, where the ground is too muddy for them to flourish. If we stick to plants that do well in our own region, they’ll be less susceptible to disease and pests, and we won’t need to use dangerous chemicals in our gardens, says the pesticide program director at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Code works to preserve invertebrate species that are threatened by habitat loss, climate change and pesticides. “Many of these animals provide valuable services,” she says. “Solitary wasps feed their young certain caterpillars that we consider pests because they eat our crops. Riverbed mussels filter our water. Stone flies help break down organic matter. Bees are effective pollinators, helping to sustain our most nutritious food sources.” U.S. bees are declining at alarming rates, thanks in part to neonicotinoids and other harmful pesticides, Code reports. The good news is that a few gardening modifications can provide food and safe haven for beneficial invertebrates, while keeping our families (and pets) free from scary chemicals.

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Eco-Friendly Pest Management According to Ryan Anderson, community integrated pest management manager at the IPM Institute of North America, “Chemicals should only be used in a lawn or garden as a last resort, and even then, only the least amount of the least harmful product.” For reduced-risk and organic product lists, visit and Anderson laments the rampant overuse of noxious products, including glyphosate and 2,4-D, which are classified as probable and possible carcinogens, respectively, by the International Agency for Research on Cancer; commercial fertilizers that lead to nitrogen and phosphorus runoffs, threatening marine wildlife; and pyrethroid insecticides for mosquito control, which kill most insects. He champions sustainable measures, starting with a reduction of turf grass. “People like sitting on their lawn, but try keeping it as minuscule as possible and plant native plants which require less maintenance,” he says. “Make sure you’re not planting grass where grass doesn’t want to grow.” Consider an eco-lawn with micro-clover in the mix, Anderson advises. “Clover recycles nitrogen and stays green in drought conditions, so you don’t have to fertilize or water, and you only need to mow eco-lawns once a month.”

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underlying cause, so the problem will likely return. Even so-called “reduced risk” products contain concerning chemicals for pollinators. Always try non-chemical solutions first. For example, instead of applying a fungicide to address powdery mildew, water the affected plant less and prune it to improve air flow.

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Hiking in the great outdoors is undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable sports on Earth, especially in the summertime, when the weather is temperate and the sun shines upon us. Unfortunately, nature’s charm can quickly fade when we stumble upon empty beverage cans, plastic sandwich bags or even worse, somebody’s still-smoldering cigarette butt, which could so easily become the next uncontrollable wildfire. As stewards of the environment (and kind human beings), it’s important that we hike responsibly, leaving no detritus behind, respecting wildlife and preserving the pristine setting for everyone to enjoy. Here are a few tips for treading lightly on the next hiking trip. Avoid overcrowded places. The most popular national parks and hiking trails have been hosting a record-breaking number of visitors lately, severely stressing the flora and fauna. Consider exploring less trafficked spots so that these areas can recover. Stay close to home. Choose a trail close by to cut down on travelrelated carbon emissions. For most of us, a beautiful natural setting is usually a short walk or bike ride away.

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Don’t litter. Leave no trash on the trail, including biodegradable items or food scraps, which could negatively impact wildlife. Remember to bring a bag on the walk to carry all refuse home— score extra points for picking up items that someone else might have left behind. Pack responsibly. Limit waste by wrapping homemade snacks and beverages in reusable bags and containers. Bring bamboo utensils. Bring a reusable water bottle. Single-use water bottles are out. Bring a lightweight, reusable bottle. For longer hikes near fresh water sources, invest in an on-the-go water filter. Ditch chemical products. Use chemical-free sunscreens and insect repellents to keep toxins out of the environment. This is especially important when taking an outdoor swim.

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For weeds, the best defense is a dense, deeply rooted, turf grass system that will out-compete for air, water, nutrients and sunlight. Aerate the lawn in the fall by removing narrow, three-to-sixinch-deep cores and leaving them on the soil. After a day or two, mow the cores over to return nutrients to the soil. Spread turf seed over bare-soil areas and over the entire lawn whenever aeration is conducted. Before or after aerating, spread one-quarter to one-half inch of compost over the lawn to promote a nutrient- and microbiologyrich, spongy soil structure. Visit for reputable suppliers and DIY instructions for high-quality compost. Apply leaf mulch and grass clippings to feed and promote protozoa, bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter, recycle nutrients, inhibit plant pathogens, balance pH and aerate the soil. Mow less often and as high as possible to minimize stressing the grass plant. Lawns need only a single, one-inch watering per week.

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Don’t take a souvenir. Resist the temptation to handle, move or take home items found on the trail. Rocks, shells, a handful of sand, pinecones, flowers—they’re all integral parts of the ecosystem, serving as food and habitat for wildlife. Stick to the trail to avoid trampling plants or causing other unintentional damage. Don’t engage with the animals. Getting uncomfortably close to touch, photograph or feed wild animals is a big no-no.

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TURN IT AROUND. Swiss scientists at the University of Bern’s Companion Animal Behavior Group that analyzed the New Year’s fireworks strategies of 1,225 dog owners concluded that the most effective method was what they called “counterconditioning”—turning a negative into a positive with treats. As the fireworks exploded, these owners played with their dogs, gave them chews and treats, and expressed positive emotions; their dogs were on average 70 percent less anxious. The method works best when a dog’s calmness is reinforced on a daily basis, say the researchers. Megan Marrs, an Austin, Texas, dog trainer and founder of, lowered her rescue pit bull’s anxious behavior by giving him cold, chewable treats whenever he calmly sat on his bed and didn’t cause trouble. “This did require keeping treats on me at all times, but it worked wonders,” she says. Kira_Yan/

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hen they signed the Declaration of Independence, little did our country’s founders know that more than two centuries later, their revolutionary act would lead to millions of dogs trembling, cringing and running for cover. As many as 45 percent of American pet dogs are struck with “fireworks phobia”, studies show, and more dogs run away over the July Fourth holiday than at any other time of the year, report animal control officials. The kind of situational anxiety caused by sudden loud noises can affect almost any dog, but it happens most often to those pets predisposed to anxious behavior because of breeding or troubled pasts. A new study in Frontiers in Veterinary Science from the University of California, Davis, has found that even common noises such as a vacuum, microwave or beeping smoke alarm can trigger anxiety in many dogs, and that many owners don’t recognize subtle signs. “Monitor your dog’s behavior for anything unusual, such as excessive barking, panting, shaking, trembling, licking or drooling,” advises John Woods, a New York City professional


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IT’S A WRAP. The Swiss study also found that 44 percent of dogs became calmer during fireworks after being wrapped in a tight-fitting pressure vest. Sold commercially under such names as ThunderShirt and Anxiety Wrap, the vests can also be easily improvised at home by following YouTube videos. A tight wrap helped soothe the trembling of Zed, the Japanese Chin of Amy Tokic, editor-in-chief of the Toronto-based “He’s still not comfortable with loud noises, but when he’s snuggly swaddled, he doesn’t get into a panic state over it,” she says. PLAY MELLOW MELODIES. Studies have confirmed that music can ease situational anxiety for up to half of dogs, but the genre matters: classical soothes, heavy metal agitates. Researchers at Pooch & Mutt, a British natural-health dog food

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SATURDAY, JULY 23 The Herbal Apprentice – July 23-24. Certificate Level Immersion Course. Do you desire to be more self-sustainable with your personal health care and home? Dabbled with herbalism a bit or engaged in self-study for years? Are you ready to learn more? Combine the intuitive art and solid science of botanical medicine with Master Herbalist, Gigi Stafne, during this fun weekend of learning and creating your own herbal preparations for health and well-being. Lodging options available. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center, 7102 Sundew Rd, Sobieski. Details: Golden

SATURDAY, JULY 30 Gong Meditation: Gongtopia – 1:30-3pm. With Michael Bettine. Practice deep relaxation and discover a space of calm and healing with gong meditation. Imagine floating in an ocean of sound, where you can let go of all your stress and worries. Primordial sounds of gongs, singing bowls, bells, and other instruments ring out, creating waves of vibrations that wash over you. $30. INVIVO Wellness, 2060 N. Humboldt Ave, Ste 300, Milwaukee. 414-265-5606.

plan ahead WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17 Whispers On the Wind Shamanic Program – Group #26: Aug 17-21, Nov 30-Dec 4, Feb 8-12, May 17-21. With Amy Wilinski. 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 4 times over 12 mos. Learn core energy healing techniques including power animal and soul retrieval, clearing of past life and ancestral imprints, connecting with the forces of nature, ceremony and ritual, and much more. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center, 7102 Sundew Rd, Sobieski. 920-609-8277. Info@

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 Self-Healing and Awakening – Sept 3-4. Join International teacher, Yogi Ashokananda, in this workshop where he will focus on yogic practices,

techniques, and experiential learning to lead you towards greater self-awareness and healing. You will expand your sense of who and what you are. Lodging options available. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center, 7102 Sundew Rd, Sobieski. Details:


savethedate THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Integrative NLP Practitioner Certification Training – Sept 8-11. 9am-8pm. Hosted by Empowerment, Inc. Receive hands-on training, demonstrations, tools, techniques and an action plan to put into practice as a certified practitioner following the sessions. $194. Intercontinental Chicago, 505 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago. Info: 800-800-6463 or Register:


savethedate FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 6th Annual Mycelium Mysteries Conference – Sept 23-25. Hosted by Midwest Women’s Herbal focusing on all things in the mushroom world. Workshops offered at the beginner through advanced levels on topics such as wild mushroom skills, fungal ecology, fungi and human health, and ethnomycology. Featuring Keynote Speaker Barbara Ching, Former President of the North American Mycological Association. Dodgeville, WI. Tickets & to register:

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 Mists of Ireland Tour – Oct 2-11. Be pampered on this luxury journey which includes 4-star superior accommodations including a 2-night castle stay, ceremonies at ancient sacred sites with local guides and shamans, traditional and gourmet meals, small private group travel throughout the tour and much more. More info: 920-609-8277, Info@Golden,

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sunday Yoga at Camp Serenity Yoga & Retreat Spa – 8:30am. Start your Sunday with a relaxing and rejuvenating yoga class open to all levels. Camp Serenity, S76W18582 Kingston Dr, Muskego. 262903-8774.

$50/single kayak rental, $90/tandem kayak rental, $500/12-person boat rental. All come with free beer from Indeed Brewing Company.


Sunday Celebrations at Unity Center in Milwaukee – 10am. Onsite (observing COVID-19 recommendations for face masks, social distancing and taking temperatures). Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Streaming live:

VIBE Sunrise Yoga Flow-45 – 6-6:45am. Virtual & In-Person Options. Connect with breath, move the body and clear the mind. All levels welcome. For the VIRTUAL class option, the ZOOM link will be emailed to you prior to the start of class. VIBE Yoga Health Fitness, 180 Kossow Rd, Waukesha. 262-788-9147. Register at or using the MINDBODY app.

A.C.I.M. Study Group – A Course in Miracles study group, following Fellowship. Love offering accepted. Fireside Room, Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Joann Baumann: 414-745-7377.

Tai Chi at Solful Fitness – Learn the Neigong (6:307:30pm) and the old Yang family Tai Chi Chuan form (7:35-8:45pm) from a 6th generation certified instructor. Solful Fitness, 8655 N 43rd St, Brown Deer. 414-839-4315. More info:

Brewery Yoga: Faklandia Brewery – 10-11am. 1st Sun. Beginner-friendly gentle flow, linking movement with breath. After yoga enjoy a delicious fresh Faklandia Brew. Not into alcohol? No worries. Faklandia also has a rotating flavor of Kombucha on tap. Includes: Yoga + 1 beverage $25 single session or $49 1-month unlimited Intro Special, purchase in Mindbody. 3807 S Packard Ave, St. Francis. 414-3692259.

Yoga at Camp Serenity Yoga & Retreat Spa – 7pm. Wind down your day with a relaxing and rejuvenating yoga class open to all levels. Camp Serenity, S76W18582 Kingston Dr, Muskego. 262903-8774.

Yoga + a Pour: MobCraft Brewing – 11am-12pm. 3rd Sun. Courtney guides a smooth slow flow linking movement to breath. All levels welcome; cued in a multi-level format to include beginners and challenge seasoned yogis. After yoga enjoy a delicious freshly brewed MobCraft Beer. Includes: Yoga + 1 beverage. $25/single session, $49/unlimited 1-month Intro Special, purchase in Mindbody. 505 S 5th St, Milwaukee. 414-369-2259.

monday Life Journey Group – 6:15-8pm. 2nd & 4th Mon. Come with an open mind and kind heart to support others and self in spiritual growth through daily living. Love offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105.

tuesday Yoga at Camp Serenity Yoga & Retreat Spa – 7am. Start your Tuesday with a relaxing and rejuvenating yoga class open to all levels. Camp Serenity, S76W18582 Kingston Dr, Muskego. 262-903-8774.

wednesday MKE River Roundup – Thru Aug. 4:30pm. Kayak and Live Music Series on the Milwaukee River. Shows launch from Brew City Kayak, 820 S Water St. Tickets on $20/own kayak,

friday VIBE Fitness-SHRED – 6-6:45am. Class is all about building lean muscle through resistance training. Weight training-based movements that will help boost that metabolism to get you feeling stronger and leaner than ever. VIBE Yoga Health Fitness, 180 Kossow Rd, Waukesha. 262-788-9147. Register: or use the MINDBODY app.

saturday VIBE Saturdays in the Park – Thru Sept 24. 7-7:45am, VIBE HIIT. 8-8:45am, VIBE Flow. No classes: 7/2, 9/3. Outdoor fitness & yoga classes for all levels. Marx Park, 700 S Barker Rd, Brookfield. 262-788-9147. Register: or use the MINDBODY app. Yoga + Fresh Juice at Urban Beets – 8-9am. Second Saturday of every month. Enjoy a sunshine vinyasa flow incorporating breath and movement for all levels with the intention to offer accessibility to those new to yoga while challenging even the most seasoned practitioners. Includes 45 minutes of yoga and a fresh Urban Beets juice. Urban Beets, 3077 N Mayfair Rd, Wauwatosa. 414-369-2259. Saturday Morning Yoga: Saint Kate the Arts Hotel – 10am-12pm. 3rd Sat. An all levels vinyasa yoga flow in the sunny Saint Kate lobby. Expect a gentle flow, linking movement with breath. For beginners and experienced yogis. Postures are cued in multiple levels for accessibility. After yoga enjoy a complimentary of choice. If you work up an appetite, several food options are available including Proof Pizza. Includes: Yoga + 1 beverage. $25/person. 139 E Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee. 414-369-2259.

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ROOM FOR RENT ATTENTION: MASSAGE THERAPISTS, ACUPUNCTURISTS AND BODYWORKERS – Room for rent located on Milwaukee’s east side in a historic mansion alongside established Massage/Skincare business. Includes several amenities. For full info, Melissa: 414-226-1977. CASA CALM rental space is available for yoga instructors, chiropractors and other wellness providers to join this collaborative healing center. Call 262-391-3876.

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Dr. Mizuno, DAOM, L.Ac, has a passion for helping clients regain their beautiful and happy smiles while transforming to a healthier version of themselves. She doesn’t treat symptoms or diseases. She treats patients. See ad, page 23.

We make available the best possible supportive Pilates experience for all humans. To create a unique health and fitness boutique to strengthen and empower individuals. We have the best team of instructors. And it’s pretty!




Sleep, breathing, and a healthy mouth are intertwined. Dr. Meggie Graham and team offer sleep studies, ENT services, orofacial myofunctional therapy, tongue tie release and preventive preorthodontic treatment to promote optimal oral health for all ages. See ad, page 7.


As a doula, Marcia Barritt provides emotional support for mom, her family and partner during pregnancy and birth. Her doula services also include assistance and lactation education.


8018 W Capitol Dr, Milwaukee 414-644-6795 • Do you care for a loved one while juggling career or family, feel anxious, uncertain, or overwhelmed? We offer mental wellness services such as therapy, coaching, yoga, and reiki from a creative and integrative approach to help you move from surviving to thriving. Call to learn more today.


Dr. Matt Christiansen 15010 W Greenfield Ave, Ste 100, Brookfield 262-754-5500 • Committed to providing cuttingedge chiropractic and wellness services. Treatment for headaches, neck and back pain, disc herniation and sports rehabilitation. As well as, spinal decompression, intersegmental traction, electric muscle stimulation, custom foot orthotics and more. See ad, page 33.


Chandra Houser, LMT, CCH 14530 W Capitol Dr, Ste 201, Brookfield 262-895-5078 • At Natural Escape, we believe colon cleansing is the key to optimal health. We offer a one-of-a-kind approach to wholebody cleansing for long term wellness. Priority services include open-system colonic hydrotherapy with ozone and red light plus infrared therapy. Our focus is opening the body’s pathways to naturally detoxify the liver, bloodstream and kidneys while providing a release for mind, body and soul.


12625 W Burleigh Rd, Brookfield 262-777-8482 (VIVA) Boutique Medical Weight Loss blended with holistic wellness treatments to help you become the best version of yourself. See ad, page 21.


For organic compost & soil blends in bulk, by bag or delivered straight to your yard, grow in Blue Ribbon Organics this spring. See ad, page 10.


13000 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove 262-787-3001 • Experience over 20,000 amazing crystals, rocks, gemstones, natural stone jewelry and metaphysical supplies—at affordable prices. Angel Light also offers great workshops, intuitive readings, and personal healing sessions.


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Besides selling beautiful stones and crystals, we offer a variety of healing sessions, crystal healing classes, reiki, astrology, tarot readings and spiritual counseling. See ad, page 29.


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REMEDY WITHIN MASSAGE THERAPY & SPIRITUAL GIFTS 13425 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove 262-307-8892

We provide a diverse assortment of crystals, minerals and stones. Locally made jewelry, spiritual items, sage, candles, cleansing sprays, CBD and essential oils are available along with intuitive readings, crystal healing and massage therapy.



608-408-6643 Rediscover your inner strength and wisdom through soul-level healing and clearing work. Release generational patterns of behaviors, thought forms and other heavy energies, and learn to live the life you deserve to enjoy. Available in-person, virtually or by phone. See ad, page 18.

BIONICA DENTAL WELLNESS 2566 Sun Valley Dr, Delafield 262-337-9745


Come experience modern, comprehensive, biological dentistry for the health-conscious c o m m u n i t y. D r. U d o k a Holinbeck’s holistic approach will give you confidence in your smile and your health. See ad, page 5.


220 N Franklin St, Port Washington 262-235-4525 • Dr. Railand is passionate about treating all ages with a whole body perspective. We combine advanced alternative treatments with conventional procedures to provide true wellness. See ad, page 48.

LaDonna Gladney 414-793-5086

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 23.

VIBE YOGA, HEALTH & FITNESS 180 Kossow Rd, Waukesha 262-788-9147 •

VIBE Yoga, Health & Fitness is a lifestyle studio that specializes in functional movement, health and wellness. We believe in an all-encompassing lifestyle approach that focuses on mental and emotional well-being as well as physical.

INTEGRATIVE DENTAL SOLUTIONS 23770 Capitol Dr, Pewaukee 262-691-4555 •

“…Because a healthy Body, starts with a healthy Mouth.” Our office specializes in treating the cause of the problem and not just the symptoms; we offer the latest advances in dentistry. See ad, page 3.


125 W Wisconsin Ave, Ste 102, Pewaukee 262-737-4004 Dr. Schwartz is board certified in Biomimetic Dentistry, Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine and is a Board Certified Naturopathic Physician. We offer the best and healthiest dentistry for our patients.


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FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE RESTORE HEALTH AND WELLNESS Dr. Jennie Draper 21415 W Greenfield Ave, New Berlin 608-217-9669

As a pharmacist and functional medicine practitioner, Dr. Jennie helps patients uncover the root cause of their issues. Together we will create a targeted, personalized program that will allow you to regain control of your health and overall wellness by restoring balance in your life. See ad, page 11.


Holly Bilicki 262-641-7538 • Authentic Beauty requires you to look within. Holly is a beauty Transformation Coach ®.She helps women build a healthier life to be beautiful inside and out. Visit website for details.


150 S Sunnyslope Rd, Ste 148, Brookfield 262-395-4023 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.

LANGLOIS’ VITAL NUTRITION CENTER 16655 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 106, Brookfield 414-453-8289

In addition to targeted nutrition programs and quality supplements, our passionate team of experts offers an array of holistic and natural health services to help you feel your best every day. Boost mood. Increase energy. Decrease pain. Feel better. See ad, page 31.


Amy Elizabeth, Intuitive Healing Practitioner & Mindset Coach 414-510-9000 HEAL YOUR BODY. DISEASE starts with stored energy and emotion in the body. The Body needs to be evaluated in a Holistic way. I am here to help. Visit website for details. See ad, page 34.


414-810-5858 Ecologically minded, full-service landscape company servicing SE Wisconsin. Specializing in sustainable ideas and low-maintenance solutions. Professional Craftsmanship Inspired by Nature. See ad, page 31.

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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 42.


Naturopathic doctors with a focus on autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, hormone imbalance, weight loss and hypothyroidism. See ad, page 34.


Diane Olson-Schmidt • 414-793-3652 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 40.

MASSAGE THERAPY FIND YOUR BALANCE MASSAGE & WELLNESS Debbie Conklyn 850 Elm Grove Rd, Ste 16, Elm Grove 414-426-9697

Massage modalities offered: cupping, guasha, kineseotaping, prenatal, Yomassage and trigger point therapy. Helping you manage your pain or stress is my top priority.

INFINITY MASSAGE AND BODYWORK 4028 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee 7216 W North Ave, Wauwatosa 414-231-9326 •

Infinity offers medical massage, reiki, and hypnotherapy to help you relax, stimulate the immune system and activate the body’s innate ability to heal. Open 7 days per week at two convenient locations, by appointment only. See ad, page 35.


414-331-3403 Massage and bodywork tailored to the individual with modalities drawing from Eastern and Western traditions. Unique deep tissue options such as Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy.


Ben Katt East Side/Shorewood • Learn a simple, effortless meditation technique you can practice anywhere. Stress less. Sleep better. Deepen your purpose. A nonreligious approach, perfect if you’ve never meditated or think you’re too restless to meditate. Coaching and corporate offerings available. Visit website for details.


Holistic Health Practitioner, AADP N4147 W Water St, Sullivan 920-650-7674 • Jack Cincotta, Holistic Health Practitioner (AADP), M.S. Psychology, specializes in helping o t h e r s o v e r c o m e a n x i e t y, depression and related issues through holistic and natural approaches. See ad, page 25.


Claudia Maria Moreno, MS, LPC-IT, CHT 262-278-0229 Call today for free consult. I take the time to listen to your needs and together we create your personalized therapy plan. Services include: counseling, hypnotherapy, breathwork and virtual/digital options. Bilingual services available and some insurance accepted. See ad, page 25.

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Specialized Therapy Services began in 2002 providing comprehensive MFR treatment programs. Currently it is the only private MFR clinic accepting multiple insurance plans including Medicare. See ad, page 33.


4406 S 68th St, #102, Greenfield 414-543-0855 • Tony Grimm, LMT since 2007; expert-level JFB Myofascial Release therapist. MFR is the most effective treatment to eliminate or reduce pain using gentle pressure to get lasting results.


414-384-4620 1966 S 4th St, Milwaukee Maid Brigade starts with a multi-point cleaning process to remove dirt and debris and follows it with powerful, non-toxic, EPA-registered PUREcleaning® disinfectant to remove harmful contaminants. Call today.


262-212-2388 Locally handmade bar soaps for a clean you can feel good about! Support local and reduce plastic waste. Find Soap Fixx online or at the Pewaukee Farmers Market on Wednesdays and the Waukesha Farmers Markets on Saturdays.

NUTRITION LANGLOIS’ VITAL NUTRITION CENTER 16655 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 106, Brookfield 414-453-8289

In addition to targeted nutrition programs and quality supplements, our passionate team of experts offers an array of holistic and natural health services to help you feel your best every day. Boost mood. Increase energy. Decrease pain. Feel better. See ad, page 31.


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REAL ESTATE SHOREWEST REALTORS Locally made, 100% organic superfood powders to keep you feeling alive and vibrant no matter what your health history. Use code NATAWA online for 12% off for NA readers. See ad, page 31.


Cierra Burmeister • 262-607-0215 Buyer and seller consultations available. Trust and communication from our first meeting to closing. Clients can expect a relationship beyond the closing table to ensure their home needs are always met. See ad, page 30.

MAISHA 92 414-644-6795 • Benefits of sea moss: organic, natural, contains 92 of the 102 essential minerals; antiinflammatory, nourishes the skin, boosts immune system, aids in healthy weight management. Call today.


Reiki/energy healing is a powerful treatment that helps the body relax at a very deep level, allowing the body to activate its own ability to heal itself. See ad, page 33.

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Amy Wilinski • 920-609-8277 Offering workshops, sessions, group & personal retreats in shamanism, mediumship, reiki, psychic development and more. See ad, page 23.


414-265-5606 2060 N Humboldt Ave, Ste 300, Milwaukee Discover orthopedic and therapeutic healing solutions to reduce pain and improve daily movement. INVIVO offers physical therapy, massage therapy (relaxation, deep tissue, Thai, prenatal and hot stone), yoga and fitness classes, personal training and a gym. See ad, page 17.


A God-centered c o m m u n i t y, welcoming all to come and share the gifts of divine love, life, peace, joy and abundance. Join us Sundays, 10 am. See ad, page 42.


MKE Hot Yoga Collective is a division of MKE Yoga Social and partners with Bikram Yoga Heights, a local woman-owned business, to bring you the healing magic of Hot Yoga. See ad, page 25.


414-369-2259 Come for the yoga, stay for the community! MKE Yoga Social offers various yoga modalities in amazing venues throughout the city; from breweries to distilleries, parks and more, we’ve led yoga in over 65 spaces throughout our beautiful city! See ad, page 25.

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Jesse Masche 414-915-7100 • 2445 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee We make available the best possible supportive Pilates experience for all humans. To create a unique health and fitness boutique to strengthen and empower individuals. We have the best team of instructors. And it’s pretty!

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Aesthetically Well is a trending holistic skincare and nutrition spa in the Third Ward. The services range from basic to medical to offer every client a perfect skin treatment. See ad, page 23.

VIBE Yoga, Health & Fitness is a lifestyle studio that specializes in functional movement, health and wellness. We believe in an all-encompassing lifestyle approach that focuses on mental and emotional well-being as well as physical.

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