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esearchers from Houstonâ€™s MD Anderson Cancer Center determined that hospice care significantly increases survival rates among patients with metastatic (stage IV) melanoma, a difficult-to-treat form of cancer that occurs when melanoma cells have spread through the lymph nodes to other parts of the body. The studyâ€™s authors followed 862 metastatic melanoma cancer patients. Of these, 523 patients received one to three days of hospice care, 114 patients received four or more days and 225 people received no hospice care through their survival period. Those that received four or more days had an average survival period, which typically dates from the original diagnosis, of 10.2 months, while those that received none averaged 6.1 months. In addition, the end-of-life hospital costs for those receiving the most hospice visits were nearly half of what was incurred by patients not receiving hospice attention.
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new study published in the Israel Medical Association Journal found that older adults are more likely to have hip fractures in the wintertime, except during weekends and on religious holidays. The studyâ€™s authors checked the records of 2,050 patients that were at least 65 years old and had suffered a hip fracture. Analyzing the dates of each fracture revealed that significantly more of them occurred during the wintertime; the injuries corresponded directly with lower temperatures and greater rainfall. Fewer fractures took place on the Sabbath and during weekends in general, as well as on Yom Kippur and other holy days, with the exception of Passover.
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study published in the European Journal of Cancer revealed that a mistletoe extract may lengthen life for patients with severe pancreatic cancer. German researchers tested 220 patients with advanced stage pancreatic cancer, an aggressive, often fatal disease. The patients were divided into two groups; one was given up to 10 milligrams of Viscum album (European mistletoe) three times a week for up to 12 months. Both groups received supportive care throughout the study period. The average length of survival for those taking the mistletoe extract, 4.8 months, was nearly twice that of the other group, 2.7 months; a survival period typically dates from the original diagnosis. Within a group considered to have a good prognosis, the survival period for those that consumed the extract, averaging 6.6 months, was more than double that of the no-extract group, which averaged 3.2 months.
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230 Avian Species on the National Watch List Scientists from 23 organizations, including the federal government, universities and conservation groups, have spent years on the State of the Birds Study, looking at 230 species of birds from different habitats compiling its watch list. Peter Marra, a migratory bird specialist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo, in Washington, D.C., attributes the population drops of the birds in the most trouble to disappearing habitat or reduced range. Some coastal birds are doing better, and previously endangered wetland birds are recovering due to laws that are protecting them. Marra says, “These populations come back when we create the habitat. The report emphasizes that it’s better to focus on birds that aren’t yet in decline and keep them that way.” Ken Rosenberg, a bird biologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, New York, and an author of the report, says that hunters, as well as conservationists, deserve credit for preserving ducks. He acknowledges, “We’ve put a tremendous amount of resources and money into wetland and waterfowl conservation because of the hunters that contribute financially.” But lots of songbirds are in trouble, and Florida, where bird habitat is disappearing fast, is a crucial stopover for migrating birds. It’s the kind of place that birds both common and endangered urgently need to survive. Source: National Public Radio
Status of Religious Diversity in the U.S. The United States is often described as a religiously free and diverse country, but a new Pew Research Center study reveals that 95 percent of the populace identifies itself as either Christian or unaffiliated (atheist, agnostic or having no particular religion). This ranks the U.S. 68 out of 232 countries and territories in the Pew Religious Diversity Index. Singapore is the world’s most religiously diverse country, followed by Taiwan and Vietnam. The study treats Christian denominations as members of the same religion, which if counted separately, would increase the ranking. But Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism all have internal diversity, as well, and are considered as single religions in the study. There’s an important distinction between religious diversity and religious freedom, which the report does not measure. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to free exercise of religion, which is not always the case in other countries. Source: PewResearch.org 12
World Peace Caravan to Travel in the Middle East in 2015 The World Peace Caravan, founded by the nonprofit D. Gary Young Foundation, is a global peace movement scheduled to conduct a 12-day camel caravan from Petra, Jordan, to Jerusalem, Israel, from December 15 to 26, 2015. It will be spearheaded by a delegation of 12 youth ambassadors, ages 16 to 24, selected from a worldwide pool of candidates. Their goal is to foster an online youth community to provide young people everywhere a platform to share ideas, voice opinions and educate and learn from their peers. The youths intend to collaborate on solutions-centered projects to help eradicate poverty and hunger, ensure environmental sustainability and attain healthy lives for all. Inspired by a recurring vision, D. Gary Young, CEO of Young Living Essential Oils, chose the ancient Frankincense Trail upon which the Queen of Sheba once journeyed to bring peace offerings to King Solomon. This modern-day journey for peace invites people of all cultures, faiths and backgrounds to retrace the steps of that pioneering peace movement, culminating in a blockbuster World Peace Caravan Concert for Peace in Jerusalem. For more information, visit WorldPeaceCaravan.org.
Scientists May Harvest Energy from Earth’s Infrared Emissions Physicists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) are developing a device described in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that would harvest energy from Earth’s infrared emissions into outer space. The power is modest, but tangible. Steven J. Byrnes, a postdoctoral fellow at SEAS, points out, “The device could be coupled with a solar cell, for example, to obtain extra power at night without extra installation costs.” Heated by the sun, our planet is very warm compared to the frigid depths of space. Thanks to recent technological advances such as plasmonics and nanofabrication, and new materials like graphene, the researchers say this heat imbalance could soon be transformed into direct current (DC) power, taking advantage of an untapped, virtually limitless energy source. Source: ScienceDaily.com
Don’t Be So Quick to Bash the Rich A survey at social research site Queendom.com reveals that stereotypes of the richest class of society as being uniformly selfish individuals are not entirely accurate. It seems that having money does not necessarily mean that a person has an overactive ego. Actor Will Smith, with an estimated net worth of $200 million, observes, “Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there.” Queendom data shows a difference of only a few percentage points between respondents of varying income levels in matters of altruism such as doing and returning favors, putting themselves in others’ shoes, sympathy and empathy. The area where those in a higher socioeconomic status rank at the top is in charitable contributions. Ilona Jerabek, president of parent company PsychTests AIM, says, “Our personality impacts every aspect of our life—the choices we make, the people we surround ourselves with, the career we pursue, the way we respond to life experiences, the way we manage our finances and whether or not we share our good fortune.”
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Bamboo is rapidly renewable and requires few pesticides to grow. However, bamboo fabric manufacturing is a chemically intensive process that doesn’t provide clear and legitimate product labeling. Misleadingly using the terms eco-friendly and green becomes greenwashing when applied to items such as bamboo clothing. As the Fair Trade Commission describes the overall process, “Most bamboo textile products, if not all, are actually rayon, which typically is made using environmentally toxic chemicals. While different plants, including bamboo, can be used as a source material to create rayon, there’s no trace of the original plant in the finished rayon product.” This example points out the public vigilance required to secure more sustainable, environmentally friendly products. Third-party verification of all claims is recommended. Products made of the bamboo stalk itself, such as poles for furniture or planks for flooring, remain true to their naturally sustainable source. Source: Tinyurl.com/Organic BambooFraud
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Recognizing Restaurants that Support the Homeless Food Recovery Certified is a new program that rewards restaurants that donate their extra food to those in need with a sticker on their front door. It’s a project of The Food Recovery Network, a national system of college students that takes cafeteria leftovers to homeless people. Founder Ben Simon started the group in 2011 at the University of Maryland, and the network has saved more than 320,000 pounds of food from the dump in its first three years. If a restaurant donates unsold food to the hungry at least once a month, it can apply for the certification. Then Food Recovery Certified verifies with local nonprofits that the donations actually occur before awarding its approval. Simon states, “Every food business should be donating its extra food.” For more information, visit FoodRecoveryCertified.org. natural awakenings
ecotip Tweet Treats Trim a Tree, Feed the Birds From December 14 through January 5, citizen scientists of all ages will participate in the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count (Tinyurl.com/AudubonChristmasCount), the country’s longest-running wildlife census. Audubon and other organizations use the data collected by volunteers to monitor population trends and guide conservation efforts. Whether or not families plan to help Audubon volunteers keep track of feathered visitors, they might consider providing backyard birds with gifts of food during the winter, when natural food sources can be scarce. Adorning outdoor trees with edible decorations can also help brighten landscapes, reduce kitchen scraps, creatively involve children in nature and make yards more bird-friendly.
Salvage citrus rinds for feeders. Poke holes along the edge of hollowed halves of grapefruit and orange peels and run twine through them so they can hang from a branch. Fill with bird seed or suet. Create ornaments from bread heels or stale loaves. After cutting out shapes with a cookie cutter, spread them with unsalted nut butter and cover with birdseed. Bagels, rice cakes and pinecones can be frosted and sprinkled in the same way. Avoid using anything moldy. For more colorful ornaments, hang orange and apple slices. Drape edible garland around tree branches. Thread unsalted popcorn (stale
popcorn strings more easily), fresh cranberries, citrus slices, unshelled peanuts, dried apples or grapes into a garland. Use natural string, wool or raffia for hanging decorations. Wild Birds Unlimited suggests selecting these materials so they can be used by birds as nesting materials in the spring. Collect seed heads and berries to tuck among the branches. According to the National Wildlife Federation, good food sources include seed heads from flowers such as goldenrod, sunflower, coneflower, sumac and mullein; seed heads from grasses such as millet, wheat, foxtail and switchgrass; and berries on sprigs of holly, juniper, cedar, hawthorn and mountain ash. Make sure decorations are hung on a tree or shrub near a window so the whole family can enjoy watching the wildlife they attract. Contributing source: The Humane Society
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Discovering the Heart of Spirituality by Sheila Julson
my Wilinski, She married David founder of Golden in 1983 and earned her Light Healing bachelor’s degree in retreat center, was once occupational therapy skeptical of energy from the University of healing arts. Well into Wisconsin–Madison adulthood and estabthe following year. lished with a family and The couple decided a professional career, to relocate to Florida. she had an opportunity While working as dito try Reiki through a rector of occupational friend. Amazed by the therapy and therapeutic experience and how it recreation for a hospital helped her release longin the Fort Myers area, held grief, she immersed Wilinski’s employer herself in Reiki and now provided her the opAmy Wilinski in Peru teaches this growing portunity to return to form of spiritual wellness, along with school. In 1992, she earned a Master mediumship and shamanism. of Business Administration degree from At the young age of 13, Wilinski the University of South Florida. suffered emotional trauma when her After the birth of their son, the older brother Tom died. Despite being couple felt an urge to return home. 13 years her senior, the siblings were David’s parents gifted them with 200 like best friends. Wilinski recalls that acres of the Patience Hill property, and while she was grieving throughout Wilinski continued her occupational her teens, she tried to connect with therapy work in the Sobieski area at her brother’s spirit, but was deterred hospitals, private practices, nursing by others. “A friend who came from a homes and schools in the Green Bay fear-based religion insisted that I cannot School District. talk to the deceased without going to In 2003, a friend offered her a hell. Being raised Catholic, I was scared Reiki session. Although Wilinski doubtof going to hell, so I quit talking to ed the technique, she tried it anyway. anybody but God, and I shut down my “I was a healthcare professional and grieving process.” an occupational therapist, and I held a Wilinski was able to move on master’s in business administration. Enwith the support of her high school ergy healing was not in my world and sweetheart, David. She fell in love not not on my radar. I thought it was crazy only with him, but also with his famstuff,” she recalls. ily’s spacious Patience Hill property in After experiencing Reiki, she was Sobieski, north of Green Bay. Originally drawn in and agreed to two more sespurchased by David’s great-grandparsions. “It started peeling away layers ents, the land encompasses woodlands, of emotions. I got into my car after the prairie and fields. The couple helped second session, and I had a huge emoplant pine trees and steward the land. tional release,” says Wilinski. “I felt my
brother’s presence in the car with me. I realized that I had to let go of guilt and grief about his death.” Amazed by this form of healing, Wilinski became determined to share the skill with others and to teach Reiki to other healthcare professionals. She began bringing people to her serene property to teach Reiki on a part-time basis, starting with a few people and blankets on the floor of her loft. She quickly envisioned a retreat center. Today, the tranquil Patience Hill property comprises the Golden Light Healing retreat center, which offers classes not only in Reiki, but also in shamanism and mediumship, and Patience Hill Ranch, where grass-fed cattle are raised for beef. As a former skeptic, Wilinski says she understands others that express doubt about energy healing: “But I tell them that if I can do it, they can, too. I integrate science and research into my teachings, and I help people unwrap the gifts that are already there.” Golden Light Healing also provides workshops that teach how to make natural soaps and ceremonial drums. Wilinski and her husband lead spiritual tours throughout the United States and abroad, introducing people to the serenity of the Black Hills of South Dakota and the peace of Rock Island, near Door County; as well as the wisdom of shamanic teachers in Peru and ceremonial healing traditions in Ireland. Golden Light Healing’s next spiritual tour of Ireland is May 22 to 31, 2015. Openings are still available. Wilinski holds workshops throughout Green Bay and Milwaukee, with an upcoming mediumship class, December 13 and 14, in Elm Grove. “I’ve trained thousands in energy healing,” she enthuses. “People are always so surprised that they can do it. It’s not as hard as they think it is, and they slip into that place where magic happens. I love seeing the light come on in people’s eyes.” Golden Light Healing is located at 7100 Sundew Rd. For more information about the center or upcoming classes, call 920-609-8277 or visit GoldenLight Healing.net. See ad, page 22.
Can Crystals Really Heal? by Diane Bloom
efore allopathic medicine became the norm, civilizations used gemstones, herbs and oils for healing. The use of crystals for rituals and healing dates back to the ancient Sumerians, followed by the Greeks, Egyptians and Chinese, and then the Druids, the Wiccans and many others. The sacred texts of most religions mention the use of gemstones, and authors including Hildegard von Binghen, Arnoldus Saxo and John Mandeville all wrote about the healing qualities of stones. The question is whether or not there is a science behind the use of crystals and physical healing.
The Energy and Science of Crystals
Crystals form in the ground through a combination of water, heat and pressure, the latter being a source of piezoelectric energy, which is the electric current produced by some crystals and ceramic materials when they are subjected to mechanical pressure. In 1880, scientists Jacque and Pierre Curie first demonstrated that quartz crystals have a unique ability to convert electrical energy to mechanical energy and vice versa. They showed that quartz crystals have the ability to receive, process and transmit precise vibrations, which is how many of our modern technological devices
are powered. This is called the piezoelectric effect. Since then, scientists have also found that quartz crystals are capable of receiving and transmitting energy that can store, amplify, transfer and transform other vibrational frequencies of energy in the form of precise, periodic pulses. Computers, digital watches, radios, sonar, cigarette lighters, electric guitars and electrical units in cars and satellites all operate because of crystalline energy. In his book, Vibrational Medicine, physician Richard Gerber states, “The crystalline structure will respond in unique and precise ways to a wide spectrum of energies, including heat, light, pressure, sound, electricity, gamma rays, microwaves, bioelectricity and even the energies of consciousness. In response to these varying energetic inputs, the molecular structure of the crystal will undergo particular modes of oscillation, thereby creating specific vibratory frequencies of energy transmission.”
Crystals and Healing
According to the theory of energy healing, when we are not in touch with our feelings, our thoughts and our spiritual connection, our energy field becomes misaligned, causing physical discomfort and even illness. Healing is not simply a physical act, and the resonance of
crystals works on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels to assist us in understanding the nature of our diseases and discomforts. The ability of crystals to assist us with our own awareness is a fundamental factor in how they help us heal. Renowned IBM research scientist and crystal healer Marcel Vogel points out, “The crystal is a neutral object whose inner structure exhibits a state of perfection and balance.” The crystal seems to have an almost innate intelligence that helps it to amplify and direct this energy of perfect balance toward the areas of the physical body where energy is stagnant, thereby helping balance the energy system and create healing where it is needed. Vogel explained how transferring thought forms into crystals can help with healing: “Although the crystal may be used for ‘mind-to-mind’ communication, its higher purpose… is in the service of humanity for the removal of pain and suffering. With proper training, a healer can release negative thought forms which have taken shape as disease patterns in a patient’s physical body.” The key concept Vogel presented is that the quartz crystal is capable of amplifying and directing the natural energies of the healer. The subtle energies of the healer’s field become focused and coherent, in a manner similar to a laser, according to Gerber. Healing is not simply about curing a pain or disease. True healing unlocks the blocks that prevent us from letting go of the past in order to live in the present moment. Because crystals are pure thought forms and pure energy, they allow us the gift of a pathway by which we can direct our lives to a more perfect union with the universal consciousness and experience a joyful, complete existence. Diane Bloom is the owner of Free Spirit Crystals, located at 4763 N. 124th St., in Butler. For more information, call 262-790-0748, email FreeSpirit Crystals@gmail.com or visit FreeSpirit Crystals.com. See ad, page 25.
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Fe, New Mexico, that’s also reflected in his book, The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism. Born in India, educated at England’s Oxford University and in the religious traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity, he now resides in Melbourne, Arkansas, where he’s founder and director of the Institute for Sacred Activism. The goal of his international travel is to bring concerned people together to proactively face global crises. Says Harvey, “Sacred activism is a fusion of two of the most powerful fires of the human psyche—the mystic’s passion for God and the activist’s passion for justice.”
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“Sacred activism is the fusion of the mystic’s passion for God with the activist’s passion for justice, creating the burning sacred heart that longs to help, preserve and nurture every living thing.” ~ Andrew Harvey
he butterfly, a universal symbol of transformation, reminds us that becoming our best selves is an ongoing process. Yet these delicate, fluttering creatures are suffering a decline, especially the vivid orange and black monarch butterflies that depend on milkweed flowers for sustenance during their migration to and from Mexico and Canada. “When I heard about the monarch butterfly crisis, I also noticed that I had milkweed vines all along my back fence,” says Karen Adler, a Kansas City, Missouri, gardener. “In years past, I would have pulled them out because 20
they can strangle other plants. But I talked it over with my neighbor and we agreed to let them grow. This year, we had more monarchs than ever.” These two women might not realize it, but they had engaged in spiritual activism. They became aware of a problem, approached it with compassion, learned about the issue, realized life’s interdependence and committed themselves to positive action for a result that is good for all. It’s a process that Andrew Harvey first described in a 2005 talk he gave at the Santuario de Guadalupe, in Santa
The Awakening – Progressing from concerned citizen to spiritual activist is a gradual process. It may begin with an issue to which one feels called. “Our life in the world is a continual call and response,” observes Kabir Helminski, of Santa Cruz, California. He authors and translates books on the Muslim Sufi tradition, which tends to have an open relationship with other religions, and is a core faculty member of the Spiritual Paths Institute, which encourages seekers to find the sacred traditions that speak to them. “Sometimes events are a waking dream calling for interpretation, and sometimes the heart is directly addressed from within,” says Helminski. Compassion – Once an event moves us, prayer can be a pathway that opens our hearts to compassion, according to Jagadish Dass, of Granada Hills, California. The healer and teacher wrote The Prayer Project: The 3-Minute, 3 Times a Day Solution for World Change, which encourages involvement with something bigger than ourselves. Dass maintains that praying for three minutes, three times a day, will help us transmute into expressing a quiet power. “As we take responsibility for our lives, a transformation occurs within,” he says. We begin to inspire others to also take up the cause of working for change and bringing more peace, joy and love to the world. Likewise, Harvey urges each of us to make a real commitment to daily spiritual practice on the road to
“When you put spirit and activism together, you realize that all actions are connected to spirit. It makes you think about your duty in every instance—from how you treat people throughout your day to how you treat the environment. It becomes a satisfying way of living.” ~ Carla Goldstein spiritual activism. He suggests, “Start with a short prayer that aligns you with the pure deep love that is longing to use you as its instrument in the world.” Options include prayers from many of the world’s spiritual traditions shared in Dass’ book; a free download is provided at StewardshipOfTheSoul.com. Interconnectedness – Just as everything in the universe is connected by the simple act of being, like-minded people can connect to do good in the world. Sacred activists pursuing their own spiritual paths need to work with others, according to Harvey. “They form empowering and encouraging networks of grace—beings of like heart, brought together by passion, skill and serendipity to pool energies, triumphs, griefs, hopes and resources of all kinds. When people of like mind and heart gather together, sometimes miraculously powerful synergy can result.” Harvey has found that groups of six to 12 people become the most efficient and productive, whether joined together through a profession (such as physicians on medical missions), a passion for animal rights or the environment, or a strong sense of social justice. Knowledge – Knowledge, both inward- and outwardseeking, is another key to doing good for all. Carla Goldstein, JD, chief external affairs officer at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, in Rhinebeck, New York, and cofounder of its Women’s Leadership Center, used her interest in women’s empowerment issues as a springboard to spiritual activism. “For the first 20 years of my professional life, I focused on public policy and politics,” she says. “But something was missing in the rhetoric of taking care of each other.”
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Homeless dogs in shelters learn leash manners while participating in the Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound program at South Carolina’s Aiken County Animal Shelter. Leashes and treats are supplied to encourage volunteers to walk dogs at least once a week. It’s healthy exercise for both dogs and humans. To calculate the calorie burn, visit Tinyurl. com/WalkOffCalories. Shelter cats need socialization, too. Visits that include playtime and gentle petting make them more adoptable.
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Hair Straighteners One salon treatment—Brazilian Blowout hair straightening—can continue to expose customers and salon workers to toxic fumes even months after application. It’s among the conventional straightening products that contain formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen. “Exposure to formaldehyde doesn’t end with the treatment—the fumes are reactivated every time heat is applied to the hair,” says Jennifer Arce, a San Diego, California, salon worker who became sick after applying a single Brazilian Blowout treatment. “So, when a client who’s had a Brazilian Blowout done elsewhere comes into the salon to get a haircut or color and has her hair blow-dried, flat-ironed, curled or processed under the hood dryer, the fumes that come out of her hair make me and several of my coworkers sick all over again.” Solution: Avoid chemical hairstraightening treatments. Sign on to the Women’s Voice for the Earth letter campaign petitioning the FDA to remove Brazilian Blowout from U.S. shelves by visiting Tinyurl.com/ BanBrazilianBlowout.
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Also look for members of the Green Spa Network, a nationwide coalition of spas that pledge to be energy efficient and sustainable in all of their practices (GreenSpaNetwork.org). If a green salon hasn’t yet arrived locally, bring nontoxic products for appointments and ask the stylist to use them. Visit the Skin Deep Database at ewg.org/skindeep to find the least-toxic products for at-home use.
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ave you ever seen someone do something that changed a situation from bad to good? Maybe your parents helped someone whose car broke down, or a teacher spent extra time after class helping you with schoolwork. No matter your age, where you live or what you own, you have the power to do good, too. What you do can make other people happy and make the world a better place. Here are some ideas to help you figure out how. ■ A good place to start is to think about what’s important to you. This will help you find a way of giving back that you’ll enjoy and want to do again and again. For example, if you love taking care of animals, offer to walk an elderly person’s dog for them. If you get sad when you think about someone being lonely, visit a neighbor that lives alone
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and expensive. Early detection tests for cancer in cats will be available soon. The tests measure several aspects of cell irregularity, including abnormal cell division and systemic inflammatory activity, by detecting any increased levels of thymidine kinase and C-reactive protein in the pet’s body. A study by California’s Veterinary Diagnostics Institute’s VDI Laboratory applying the new blood panel tests to 360 dogs followed their incidences of cancer and other serious diseases for up to a year. The researchers found that nearly all of the cancers that occurred were detected four to six months prior to the pet showing outward signs. Because the cancers were detected early and treated before the pet became overtly ill, costs to the pet owner were greatly reduced and the effectiveness of cancer treatment improved. The new cancer screening tests, which are designed to be part of a routine wellness plan, constitute the most comprehensive single blood diagnosis available in monitoring overall canine health. It’s just as important to check the vitamin D status of canine patients. Low levels contribute to increased incidence of cancer and infectious diseases, according to a study published in the journal Veterinary and Comparative Oncology. Supplementing vitamin D levels is easy and inexpensive and may help reduce the incidence of serious disease later in life. While the new blood panel tests have been shown to be highly accurate in early cancer detection, any test can miss it if the number of cancer cells is too small. Therefore, pets with negative test results should be retested every six months, while positive results prompt further diagnostic tests and initial treatment. Pets with cancer also benefit from these tests because they allow the vet to fine-tune a treatment plan and determine when a cancer may be coming out of remission. The screening is recommended for all dogs 5 years of age and older. Only a small amount of blood is needed and results are available within a few weeks. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit PetCareNaturally.com.
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he holiday season is ripe with an array of spiritual, cultural and family rituals. We celebrate, reflect, give gifts and, of course, feast. Fortunately, the media also teems with tips on how to avoid high-calorie holiday goodies, says Dr. Michelle May, author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat. For our diet-driven culture to resolve its struggle with food, she says we must learn to honor its intrinsic value. Ritualized eating can help; a recent study published in the journal Psychological Science found that engaging in food rituals evokes mindfulness that enhances the enjoyment of eating.
Hunger, the body’s fuel gauge, manifests in physical symptoms like a growling stomach or low blood sugar, says May, citing a useful analogy. “You wouldn’t drive around and pull into every gas station you see; you’d check your fuel gauge first. Before filling up with food, pause and check your fuel gauge. Am I actually hungry, or is this desire coming from something else?” May suggests practicing FEASTing: First, focus on physical sensations, thoughts and emotions; perhaps we’re thirsty, rather than hungry, rationalizing that holiday foods are special, or feeling stressed or lonely. Next, explore why the feelings or thoughts are present, and 30
then accept them without judgment. Strategize ways of satisfying the need and take a small step toward change.
Complex preparations for a major holiday can provoke anxiety and impatience, and likewise, feelings of longing or disappointment when it’s over. Sarah Ban Breathnach, bestselling author of Simple Abundance and Peace and Plenty, recommends allowing Christmastide to unfold at its own pace and celebrating all of December with a homemade Advent calendar. Craft a tree-shaped tower of tiny boxes or a garland of burlap mini-bags clipped with clothespins. Place an almond covered in organic dark chocolate in each container and use the treat as a daily mini-meditation. “Drop into the present moment, fully savor the luxurious, small bite and experience the pleasure of eating,” suggests May. Consider it symbolic of the season’s sweetness.
“Food connects us with one another, our heritage and our culture,” says May. Heather Evans, Ph.D., a Queen’s University professor and a holiday culinary history expert in Ontario, Canada, suggests creating a food diary of traditions to reinforce a connection with the past and support a holiday food legacy for the future. Ask grandparents about their childhood culinary memories, peruse family recipe books or discover new dishes that honor everyone’s ethnic heritage. Then create an heirloom holiday cookbook with handwritten recipes arranged alongside favorite photos and stories.
According to pagan philosophy, sharing seasonal food with loved ones during the winter solstice on December 21 symbolizes the shared trust that warmth and sunlight will return. Eating warm foods provides physical comfort and eating seasonally and locally connects us to the Earth, observes May. Sync body and spirit with the season by stewing root vegetables, baking breads, sipping hot cider and tea, and nibbling on nuts and dried fruits. “The repetition of predictable foods is reassuring,” remarks Evans, and it celebrates nature’s transitions.
Stir-Up Sunday is a Victorian amusement filled with fun, mystery and mindfulness, says Ban Breathnach. Some December Sunday, have each family member help stir the batter of a special Christmas cake while stating a personal new year’s intention. Drop a clean coin, bean or trinket into the mix and bake. Serve it with a sprig of holly on Christmas Day, and the person with the piece containing the lucky charm will be rewarded with a prosperous, wholesome and positive new year, according to tradition. Evans remarks, “This is a wonderful ritual for nurturing the health and spirit of the family.”
Boxing Day offers something far more meaningful to celebrate than postholiday sales. Originating as a tradition that thrived during the 19th century,
“December 26 was a chance for landowners and homeowners to give back to household staff and local tradespeople,” says Evans. “It’s a tradition worth reviving to pause, reflect on our own good fortune and contribute to others’ comfort.” Consider serving a meal at a local soup kitchen, collecting items for a food drive or offering a box of healthy culinary treats to community stewards at a fire station, post office or library. On Christmas Day, says Ban Breathnach, “Our kids have the world lying at their feet.” Boxing Day, she says, provides a natural transition to reach out in charity. Lane Vail is a freelance writer and blogger at DiscoveringHomemaking.com.
HEALTHY HOLIDAY TOPPERS Creating a repertoire of delicious wintery foods can help evoke health, mindfulness and delight during the holiday season. Dr. Michelle May advises approaching the entire process of eating, including the menu planning, shopping and food preparation, with a spirit of mindfulness, which adds a deeper dimension of pleasure to the experience. “Cake becomes more than just cake,” she says. “It becomes something the family creates and enjoys together.” Savor these rituals and recipes with loved ones.
Start the new year with a tabula rasa (clean slate) by hosting a New Year’s Eve Good Riddance Tea Party. Gather family and friends over warm ginger tea, spiced apple cider, hot chocolate and festive finger foods. Guests write down on slips of paper any mistakes, disappointments, regrets, hurts or failings they wish to be forgiven or forgotten. One by one, put them into a crackling fireplace or bonfire to symbolize surrendering of the past. “This ties the heart strings in a comforting bow,” comments author Sarah Ban Breathnach. Then, inscribe fresh intentions for the year to come and tuck them away in a special place. “This is the most mystical part, because so many prayers get answered,” Ban Breathnach says. Lastly, toast the new year with optimism and joy.
Bake for an hour-and-a-half. Insert a skewer or toothpick to see if it comes out moist, but clean; if not, bake for up to 30 minutes more. (Cover the top if necessary to prevent over-browning.) After cooling, remove from the tin and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one month. Courtesy of Teresa Cutter, author of The 80/20 Diet and founder of TheHealthyChef.com.
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Combine the dried fruit, spices, vanilla, orange zest and juice, olive oil and eggs. Mix in the almond flour and walnuts, then spoon the batter into the baking tin.
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This nontraditional, healthy Christmas cake is alcohol-, sugar- and gluten-free. It relies on fruit for sweetness, almond meal for moistness and vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and orange essences for a perfect mingling of flavors. Prepare the cake with the whole family as a Stir-Up Sunday ritual, and keep it tightly sealed in the refrigerator until Christmas Day. Serve in small portions at room temperature or warmed in the oven and alongside vanilla bean custard or plain yogurt swirled with orange blossom honey. Yields 20 servings 2½ cups (600 grams) mixed and chopped dried fruit (raisins, prunes, figs, apricots, currants, sultanas and/ or dates) 1 tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp nutmeg 1 tsp vanilla bean extract Zest and juice from 1 organic orange 3 Tbsp olive oil 3 organic free-range eggs 2 cups (200 gm) ground almonds (almond flour) ¼ cup (50 gm) walnuts Preheat the oven to 300° F. Line the sides and base of a 7-inch round cake tin with parchment paper.
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Remove from the heat quickly and pour back into the mixing bowl. Whisk well to slightly cool and smooth it out. If any lumps appear, strain the mixture through a sieve. Serve hot or cold. To warm up cold custard, put in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water; stir and heat through gently. NOTE: For an egg-free custard, heat 17 oz almond milk with 2 Tbsp honey or 100 percent maple syrup and 2 tsp vanilla extract until near boiling. Thicken with a slurry made from 2 Tbsp cornflour, arrowroot or kudzu. Finish with a sprinkling of nutmeg. Courtesy of Teresa Cutter, author of The 80/20 Diet and founder of TheHealthyChef.com.
Melody Moonlight’s Magical Monster Loving Potion Yields 4 servings Melody Moonlight’s story, which birthed the potion 32 oz apple juice ½ cup dried holy basil leaf 2 Tbsp dried orange peel 2 Tbsp dried rosemary 1½ Tbsp crushed cardamom 1½ Tbsp dried ginger root 1 Tbsp dried peppermint leaves ½ Tbsp ground nutmeg 1½ cinnamon sticks 13 drops each of essences of chicory flower, beech flower and rose quartz (all available at natural grocers) In a large pot, bring the apple juice to a near boil. Add all the other ingredients and turn off the heat. Read Melody Moonlight’s story at Tinyurl.com/LovePotionStory to infuse it all with magic and meaning. Courtesy of Andy Bottagaro, potion maker at Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place, in Boulder, CO.
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Lake Country Acoustic Guitar Society – 6-8pm. A jam for all acoustic instruments, all levels – guitar, bass, mandolin, dulcimer, banjo, fiddle, etc. Free. Good Harvest, 1850 Meadow Ln, Pewaukee. 262-544-9380. GoodHarvestMarket.com.
Being Back-Wise – 6-7:30pm. Dr Jurack, of Muskego Wellness, discusses the health of necks and backs, and demos at-home exercises based on the latest research. Hands-on seminar, dress comfortably. Free. Good Harvest, 1850 Meadow Ln, Pewaukee. 262-544-9380. GoodHarvestMarket.com.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3 Protect Your Energy Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn to protect yourself and your household. Techniques to help protect your family, animals, children, home and office using sage, oils, crystals and other tools as protective shields. $35. All Spirit Healing, 2314 N Grandview Blvd, Waukesha. RSVP: 414-460-4781.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4 Celebrate the Seasons with Winter Cooking – 5:30-7:30pm. Registered dietitian Betty Holloway teaches how to utilize the flavors and bounty of the season to promote health and wellness. Hosted by NuGenesis. Waukesha County Technical College, 800 Main St, Pewaukee. 800-969-3588. Nugenesis Farm.org. Women’s Drum Circle – 6:30-8pm. Beginners as well as advanced players ages 13 and up are invited. Please bring a drum if you have one. Free. Good Harvest, 1850 Meadow Ln, Pewaukee. 262-544-9380. GoodHarvestMarket.com. Spirit Message Circle – 6:30-8:45pm. After a meditation to awaken intuitive guidance, attendees will be guided to give and receive messages from the angelic kingdom. No experience necessary. $20. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5 Joy of Painting – Dec 5, 6. 9:30-11:30am. Discover acrylic painting in this inspiring and eclectic class. Learn about and explore acrylic painting techniques in a playful, judgment-free space. $35/session. True Creative You Studio, The Springs Gallery/Studios, 521 Wisconsin Ave, Waukesha. 262-955-0638. TrueCreativeYou.com.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6 Urbal Tea at the Holiday Shopping Expo – Dec 6 & 7. Sat, 9am-7pm; Sun, 9am-5pm. Urbal Tea, with tea gifts for your holiday list, is among the exhibitors at this holiday market. The market also offers entertainment, music and Santa Claus. $4/ entry, $2/children, seniors. Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison. Nick: 414-916-5088. Info@UrbalHealth.com. Waldorf Winter Fair/Open House – 10am-5pm. Enjoy a festive seasonal experience with gifts for sale, food, entertainment, natural crafts, children’s activities and school information. Free. Tamarack Waldorf School, 1150 E Brady St, Milwaukee. 414-277-0009. TamarackWaldorf.org . Fermentation Workshop – 10:30am-12:30pm. Class includes making kombucha tea, hands-on sauerkraut making, instructions and hand-outs. Stu-
Sacred Space Spirit Circle – 11:30am-1:30pm. The Circle provides space to explore and develop your intuitive abilities. Space is limited to a maximum of 15. $20. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. RSVP: 920-737-9626. SoulExpressions.org.
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dents get a kombucha starter with SCOBY mother mushroom, and a jar of homemade sauerkraut. $40. Treetop Yoga, LLCN93 W25173 Bittersweet Drive, Sussex. RSVP Benoit: 414-651-2243. Milwaukee Reiki.MassagePlanet.com.
Introduction to Essential Oils – 11:30am-12:30pm. Understand how essential oils can be vital tools in realizing optimum health. Practice every day uses for oils to improve the well-being of your family. $5/advance, $10/day of. Abundant Joy Yoga & Wellness, Oconomowoc Lakes Plaza, W359 N5002 Brown St, #211. Oconomowoc. 262-244-7231. AbundantJoyYoga.com.
Animal Communication – 12-4pm. Ever wonder what your animal friend is thinking? Bring your animal friend or a picture and find out thoughts, feelings, behavioral issues, or what they like. $55/20 minute session. Bark n Scratch Outpost, 5835 W Blue Mound Rd, Milwaukee. Register: 414-444-4110. BarkNScratchOutpost.com.
When Panic Attacks – 6-7pm. The best treatment for panic, whether spontaneous or predictable, is a drug-free approach with long-term results. Learn the causes and treatments for panic and anxiety. Taught by holistic practitioners Di Philippi. Free. Good Harvest, 1850 Meadow Ln, Pewaukee. RSVP: 262-544-9380. GoodHarvestMarket.com.
Healthy Habits to Detox and Lose Weight – 1-2:30pm. Our habits regarding food and lifestyle practices can affect metabolism. Learn to recognize what your body needs to digest properly. $20. SantoshaFitness. W307 N1497, #102, Delafield. 262-337-9065. SantoshaFitness@gmail.com. Santosha Fitness.Net.
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Kokopelli Flute Circle – 1-3pm. Two hours of informal Native American flute playing. No registration required. Free. Good Harvest, 1850 Meadow Ln, Pewaukee. 262-544-9380. GoodHarvestMarket. com. Puja for the Coming Year and Aarti – 4:306:30pm. Puja is showing reverence to the divine through invocations, song and rituals. An essential Puja is making a connection with the divine. Aarti is a chanted devotion includeing the ritual of a flame, ringing a bell and the burning of incense. $10/advance, $15/day of. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com. Sound Healing and Full Moon Meditation – 6-7pm. For all who seek relaxation and restoration, release into the healing sounds of crystal singing bowls and vocal toning. Bring a mat and pillow. $20. Within Arms Reach, 341 Main St, Allenton. 262-825-7481. Celia@celiassound.com. Celias Sound.com.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7 Angel Light Anniversary and Holiday Party – 11am-4pm. The celebration includes a crystal bowl concert, Susan Lucas workshop, holiday buffet and prize drawings. Toe and intuitive readings; chakra and aromatherapy readings available at $45 per 1/2hr. Preregister for readings. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. AngelLight LLC.com.
Make Kombucha Tea – 1-2:30pm. Learn about the health benefits of the probiotic Kombucha Tea and how to make it at home with ease. Class includes a SCOBY mother mushroom and instructions. $30. The Atrium, 6169B Industrial Ct, Greendale. RSVP, Natalie Benoit: 414-651-2243. MilwaukeeReiki. MassagePlanet.com.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12 HeArt & Soul Exploratory Workshop – Dec 12, 13. 9:30-11am. Explore dreamy, abstract, intuitive painting with watercolors and ink. $25. True Creative You Studio, The Springs Gallery/Studios, 521 Wisconsin Ave, Waukesha. 262-955-0638. TrueCreativeYou.com. Tui Shoi (Push Hands) – 5:45-7pm. Two person practice for experienced tai chi players. Free. Good Harvest Market, 1850 Meadow Ln, Pewaukee. 262544-9380. GoodHarvestMarket.com.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13 Mediumship Training Workshop – Dec 13-14. Learn to connect with souls who have passed on. Experiential class, appropriate for those starting out or those interested in refining their skills, offers the opportunity to give and receive crossing-over readings. Elm Grove. Register: 414-232-6132. CharmaineSingeltary@gmail.com. GoldenLight Healing.net. Urbal Tea at Lake Mills Winter Market – 9am3pm. Urbal Tea, with tea gifts for your holiday list, is among the exhibitors at this holiday market. The market also offers foods, jewelry and crafts ranging from hand-turned wooden items to scented soaps and candles. Free entry. Lake Mills Middle School Commons and Gym, 318 College St, Lake Mills. Nick: 414-916-5088. Info@UrbalHealth.com.
Animal Reiki Workshop – 10am-4pm. This class specifically teaches Reiki for animals: the techniques, hand placements, symbols and energy. All levels welcome but at least Reiki I to participate. $150. Bark n Scratch Outpost, 5835 W Blue Mound Rd, Milwaukee. Register: 414-444-4110. BarkNScratch Outpost.com.
Dancing For Birth Class – 2-3:30pm. Who knew preparing for birth could be so enjoyable? Dancing for Birth strengthens the whole body and releases stress. No dance experience needed. Free. WellRounded Maternity Center, 2455 S. Howell Ave, Milwaukee. More info, Heather Burkart: 414-719-8923. AnnapurnaYogaAyurveda.com.
Spirit Fair-Lake Country – 10am-4pm. Spirit fair offer opportunities to connect with loved ones, receive guidance and healing and to enjoy the many gifts of our readers, healers and artisans. Vendors have wares for sale. Free/entry, $40/30 min reading or healing. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607. SpiritFair-LakeCountry.com.
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Everything You Wanted to Know about Crystals – 10:30am-4pm. Two sections: 10:30am-1pm. Learn the10 First Aid crystals, that can reduce pain and anxiety and alleviate headaches, backaches, tummy aches and sinus problems. 1:30-4pm. Learn the laying on of stones and your healing potential when experiencing the energy during a self-healing layout. $45/each section, $80/both. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com.
Keep Stress at Bay for the Holidays – 9-10:30am. The ancient healing art of qigong promotes relaxation and balance. Learn special breathing techniques that eliminate stress, energize and heal. Taught by tai chi instructor Patricia Culotti. $15. Good Harvest, 1850 Meadow Ln, Pewaukee. RSVP: 262-544-9380. GoodHarvestMarket.com. Why Your Stomach Hurts – 6-7pm. Naturopath Karen Cino talks about how your digestive system works and why you may have gas, bloating and heartburn even though you eat a healthy diet. Free. Good Harvest, 1850 Meadow Ln, Pewaukee. RSVP: 262-544-9380. GoodHarvestMarket.com. Natural remedies for Perimenopause – 7-8:30pm. Learn to prevent symptoms naturally. Balance your
Guided Meditation and Drum Circle – 6:307:30pm. Enhance spiritual awareness through guided meditation and healing vibrations from the drum circle. Bring a rhythm instrument or sit and let the vibration envelop you. Presented by Dic Paitrick of Love2healU and Kris Nelsen. $10, free/children. Unity in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UnityChurchInMilwaukee.org.
How Do I Integrate Spirituality and Religion – 1-3pm. Part of the Life’s Big Questions series, the class begins with a meditation followed by a teaching related to the day’s topic, integrating spirituality and religion. The installation of a positive quality follows group discussion. $35. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com. Natural Perfumery – 1:30-3:30pm. Essential oils have been classified according to the musical scale. Class introduces top notes, middle notes and base notes and basic perfumery. Students create a unique perfume blend of oils to take home. $50; includes materials, supplies and workbook. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18 Drumming for Everyone – 6:30-8pm. Beginners as well as advanced players ages 13 and up are invited. Please bring a drum if you have one. Free. Good Harvest, 1850 Meadow Ln, Pewaukee. 262-544-9380. GoodHarvestMarket.com. Course Intuitive Development: Numerology – 7-8:30pm. Numerology is used to determine personality, strengths, talents, obstacles, inner needs and ways of dealing with others. Students prepare a chart and explore how numerology can be applied to their life. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19 Women’s Winter Solstice Chakra Retreat – Dec 19-21. Celebrate the holidays with a women’s weekend: chakra activities, acupuncture, intuitive readings, massage, past life regression, yoga nidra, tai chi, chakra dance, fire ceremony and more. Waldo, WI. Register, Christina Wilke-Burbach: 608393-7353 or MindSoulAndSelf .com/retreats.html. Play with Paint and Meditate – Dec 19, 20. 9:3011am. Enjoy a guided meditation and express your creative voice through intuitive painting. A wonderful way to relax, relieve stress, stretch your imagination and experience the flow of creativity. $25. True Creative You Studio, The Springs Gallery/Studios, 521 Wisconsin Ave, Waukesha. 262-955-0638. TrueCreativeYou.com.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14 Aromatherapy Basics – 11am-1pm. Class introduces students to essential oil blending and safely using oils according to the standards. The leading uses for oils and aromatherapy, and multi-purpose oils, will be discussed. $50. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com.
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16 Introduction to Reiki and Reiki Share – 6:15pm. If you are interested in learning about Reiki this is the class for you. Techniques are demonstrated and students get to feel their energy and that of fellow students. $10. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17 Laughing Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. The practice brings joy to your soul and exercise to your body. There is no yoga involved but you will experience the benefits of this practice. $7. Center for Well-
Yoga for Healing: Grief and Coping with the Holidays – 6-7:30pm. Learn from a grief counselor ways to cope with the holidays after losing a loved one. Then, soothe yourself with gentle, restorative yoga and breathing. Free. SantoshaFitness. W307 N1497, #102, Delafield. 262-337-9065. Santosha Fitness.Net.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20 Reiki Level I – 12:30-5:30pm. Learn Reiki’s original intent and ideals, including: connecting to frequency energy; basic breath and meditation; grounding and protection; understanding attunement; and the 21-day cleanse process. Students earn level I certification. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21 Winter Solstice Sun Salutations and Somatics – 6:45-9am. Awaken your yoga practice with the first winter sunrise: 108 sun salutations organized into 4 groups, with muscle releasing techniques that invigorate and restore mobility. $15/advance, $20/day of. Abundant Joy Yoga & Wellness, Oconomowoc Lakes Plaza, W359 N5002 Brown St, #211. Oconomowoc. 262-244-7231. AbundantJoyYoga.com Reiki Level III – 12:30-5:30pm. Learn the meanings of symbols and their connection to guides and angels, and to draw the master symbol and symbols that support it. Emphasis on creating sacred space for Reiki attunement. Reiki Practitioner Level III/ Reiki Master designation awarded for successfully completion. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com.
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Sound Healing Winter Solstice/New Moon Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Participants will enter a deeply relaxed state through the healing sounds of crystal singing bowls and vocal toning, and set a healing intention for the winter. $20. Within Arms Reach, 341 Main St, Allenton. 262-825-7481. CeliasSound.com.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24 Christmas Candle Lighting Ceremony – 6:30pm. Open to all. Free. Unity in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UnityChurchIn Milwaukee.org.
plan ahead SUNDAY, JANUARY 4 Burning Bowl and Letter to God Service – 10am. A New Year ceremony to release the old and set your intention for the new. Open to all. Location: Unity in Milwaukee, 1717 N. 73rd St., Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UnityChurchInMilwaukee.org.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7 Whispers on the Wind: Earth Medicine Training Program – Jan 7-11. Wed 4pm-Sun 3pm. Intensive training program in shamanism and energy medicine meeting four times over the next year for 4 ½ intensive days each session. Heal yourself and others while unfolding the gifts within using these ancient healing practices. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center, Sobieski. 920-609-8277. Golden LightHealing.net.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 15 Holistic Healing Retreat to India – Jan 15 to Feb 1,. Fully catered trip includes room/board, treatments and herbal medicines, daily and weekly optional wellness activities, in-country transportation, pre-trip and incountry logistics management. Optional third week of healing or cultural extension available. $1,950$2,825/depends on options. Details: AyurvedaWellness.org/Solutions/Wellness-Retreats.
MONDAY, JANUARY 19 Introduction to Essential Oils – 6:45-7:45pm. Understand how essential oils can be vital tools in realizing optimum health. Practice every day uses for oils to improve the well-being of your family. $5/advance, $10/day of. Abundant Joy Yoga & Wellness, Oconomowoc Lakes Plaza, W359 N5002 Brown St, #211. Oconomowoc. 262-244-7231. AbundantJoyYoga.com.
Oconomowoc Winter Farmers’ Market – Through Mar 29. No market Dec 28. 9:30am-1pm. Offered are vegetables and meats, brown eggs, grass fed beef, artisanal cheeses, breads and sweets, seafood products, condiments and prepared foods. Oconomowoc Landscape Supply and Garden Center greenhouses, N68 W37850 County Trunk K, Oconomowoc.
Unity Center of Light Sunday Services – 10am. With Rev Sue Ellen Kelly and the music of George Busateri, Duane Stuermer and various soloists. Also, children’s Sunday school. This year’s theme is Earth School 101. Unity says it is not a religion, but a way of life. Sunset Playhouse Theater, Wall Street and Elm Grove Rd, Elm Grove. 414-395-3831. TheUnityCenterOfLight.org.
Gentle Healing Yoga – 10-11am. A gentle, individualized class for those dealing with chronic pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, MS, cancer, injuries or other health conditions. Also those interested in the gentle yoga style. $11, $38/4 weeks. YogAsana Studio, S75w17315 Janesville Rd, Muskego. Shelley Carpenter: 414-217-4185. Shelley@PureEnergyYoga.com. PureEnergyYoga.com.
Meditation Mondays – 1-2pm. Life can get chaotic and overwhelming. Meditation is a way to bring a period of calm and help you find your center. Refreshments available. Donation. Center for WellBeing Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607. Sandra@c4wb.com.
Gentle Healing Yoga – 11am-12pm. A gentle, individualized class for those dealing with chronic pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, MS, cancer, injuries or other health conditions. Also those interested in the gentle yoga style. $13. The Barefoot Haven, 5628 Parking Street, Greendale. Shelley Carpenter: 414-217-4185. Shelley@PureEnergyYoga.com. PureEnergyYoga.com.
Essential Oils Community Classes – 6:30-8pm or by appointment. Every 3rd Mon. An informal, open Q&A resource session on essential oils. Free. WonderSpirit Resources, Kindred Spirit Center, Waukesha. RSVPs required by Friday before. RSVP: 262-544-4310. WonderSpirit.com/EssentialOils.html.
tuesday Beginner/Intermediate Yoga – 9-10am or 6-7pm. Relieve stress, gain flexibility, strength and balance. Emphasis is on proper alignment and breathing for a safe, healing practice. Led by Shelley Carpenter, PT, RYT. $44/4 weeks; $13/class. The Ommani Center, 1166 Quail Ct, #210, Pewaukee. Register: 414-217-4185. Shelley@PureEnergyYoga.com. PureEnergyYoga.com. Meditation for World Peace & Enlightenment – 7:30-8:15pm. Self-Realization Church, 2418 Mangold Ave, Milwaukee. More info: 414-535-0611. Architecture of All Abundance Personal Renaissance Circle – 8:10-9:10pm. Phone reading and conversation circle. Life wisdom, feminine-spiritcentered sessions led by Anne Wondra. $10, $27/ monthly. Register, Anne Wondra: 262-544-4310. WonderSpirit.com.
saturday Healing Spirit Flute Circle – 1-3pm. 2nd Sat. Come to play or just enjoy the soothing sounds of the traditional Native American flute. No musical experience or flute required. All ages welcome. Tippecanoe Church, 125 W Saveland Ave, Bay View. More info, Glen: 262-794-2315. Gdprun@sbcglobal.net.
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ACUPUNCTURE GAYATRI CENTER FOR HEALING Jacque Stock • 262-860-6020 SpiritHealerAcupuncture.com
ALL SPIRIT HEALING
Stacy Krafczyk • 414-460-4781 AllSpiritHealing.com Stacy Krafczyk specializes in Animal Communication, intuitive readings, after life communication, energy work and healing for both people and animals that helps promote physical and emotional well-being.
KATHRYN KIYONO, MD
Dr. Kiyono is a Family Medicine practitioner currently accepting new acupuncture patients.
AYURVEDA AYURVEDA WELLNESS
Jamie Durner, CAP 240 Regency Ct, Ste 201, Brookfield 262-389-5835 Natural health for chronic conditions including digestive disorders, women’s issues, aging with ease, and brain longevity. Personalized programs, detoxification, hands-on therapies and corporate wellness. 20+ years holistic health experience.
SANA ACUPUNCTURE & APOTHECARY Heather Henry Peterman, DAOMc LAc 924 W Oklahoma Ave, Milwaukee 414-882-7897
Unique and effective style of acupuncture infused with orthopedic massage techniques and herbal medicine. We also offer a low-cost, communitystyle, walk-in clinic.
CHIROPRACTIC MARK GRAMBLICKA, DC
Lakeshore Medical Clinic, 2000 E Layton Ave, St. Francis 414-766-9050 LakeshoreMedicalClinics.com Complete chiropractic care ages 5 through geriatrics. Treats neck & back pain, headaches, disc herniation & degeneration, fibromyalgia, peripheral neuropathies, arthritic diseases, chronic pain and more.
AIR PURIFICATION MEQUON VACUUM CENTER
6619 W Mequon Rd, Mequon 262-242-4190 • MequonVacuum.com Protect your family from allergies and asthma with the IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier, the #1-rated air purifier in the world, proven to filter the smallest, most harmful particles. See ad, page 29.
CRYSTALS ANGEL LIGHT CENTER FOR THE HEALING ARTS
13000 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove 262-787-3001 • AngelLightLLC.com Our Crystal Emporium features unique and exquisite crystals, stones and natural stone jewelry at affordable prices. Crystal Workshops and therapeutic Crystal Healing sessions also available. See ad, page 10.
4763 N 124 St, Butler • 262-790-0748 FreeSpiritCrystals.com 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 25.
Diplomate of Acupuncture; Treatment of pain, hormone imbalances, infertility, headaches, and more. Call for free consultation. Wauwatosa and Brookfield locations. See ad, page 14.
Lakeshore Medical Clinic, 4448 W Loomis Rd, Greenfield 414-281-5150 LakeshoreMedicalClinics.com
FREE SPIRIT CRYSTALS
DENTISTRY BIOMIMETIC DENTISTRY
Bryan Schwartz DDS Steve Carini DDS 222 N Franklin St, Port Washington 262-284-2662 We specialize in Biomimetic (tooth conservation) Dentistry and natural/ holistic dental care. Committed to informing, educating, and supporting each client, empowering them to be their own healthcare advocate. See ad, page 9.
INTEGRATIVE DENTAL SOLUTIONS N35 W23770 Capitol Dr, Pewaukee 262-691-4555 • MyNaturalDentist.com
“…Because a healthy Body, starts with a healthy Mouth.” Our office specializes in treating the cause of the problem and not just the symptoms; we offer the latest advances in dentistry. See ad, page 5.
EDUCATION NEW WORLD MONTESSORI SCHOOL 1101 W Brown Deer Rd, Milwaukee 414-351-6000 • NWMS.info
New World offers an authentic, internationally accredited Montessori education that nurtures the whole child in a happy, calm, and peaceful setting. Ages 18 months to 10 years. See ad, page 27.
FAMILY PRACTICE CHARLES PLAYER, DO
Lakeshore Medical Clinic, 4448 W Loomis Rd, Greenfield 414-766-9050 LakeshoreMedicalClinics.com Holistic primary care from newborn to geriatrics. Offering alternative treatments such as Osteopathic Manual Manipulations (OMT) as alternative treatments for musculoskeletal and chronic pain.
THUROW PRIMARY PREVENTIVE HEALTHCARE Sharon K Thurow, FNP, BC 216 N Green Bay Rd, Thiensville 262-242-3966
Our philosophy is to treat our patients as we would want ourselves and our families treated through holistic, evidence-based medicine.
HEALING ARTS CENTER FOR WELL-BEING Sandra Anderson, MIN 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland 262-367-0607 • c4wb.com
Sandra Anderson is certified in advanced energy medicine techniques and practices for supporting individuals who are looking for holistic approaches in attaining fulfillment and wellbeing. See ad, page 15.
GAYATRI CENTER FOR HEALING Lynne Austin • 675 Brookfield Rd, Brookfield • 262-860-6021
Twenty-one years in healing the body and soul. Massage, Reiki healer/teacher, Shamanic, Sound and Emotional Release. Classes and workshops. Author and speaker. See ad, page 14.
The Atrium 6169B Industrial Ct, Greendale 414-651-2243 MilwaukeeReiki.MassagePlanet.com Wellness coach, guide, consultant, educator, and Reiki practitioner since 2000. Specializing in disease reversal with natural evidencebased therapies. Emphasis on functional, alternative, complementary and energy medicines.
PURE ENERGY YOGA
Shelley Carpenter, PT, RYT, Reiki Master/Teacher PureEnergyYoga.com • 414-217-4185
HOLDING THE KEYS
Joseph Siegworth MM, BFA,CMT 414-839-6682
ECO HARMONY LANDSCAPE
Allow Joseph to help you shift and transform your life using several modalities including Matrix Energetics, Yuen Method, Dolores C a n n o n ’s Q u a n t u m H e a l i n g Hypnosis Therapy, sound.
INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE BROOKFIELD LONGEVITY AND HEALTHY LIVING CLINIC 17585 W North Ave, #160 262-784-5300 • LiveLongMD.com
Specializing in Anti-Aging Medicine. Board certified, fellowship trained. Combining the best of traditional medicine with a holistic approach to weight loss using hormone balancing, detoxification and control of inflammation. IV therapies including Myer’s, glutathione, vitamins and minerals. See ads, pages 27 and 32.
414-810-5858 info@EcoHarmonyLandscaping.com Mike.EcoHarmony@gmail.com EcoHarmonyLandscaping.com 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 29.
Diane Olson-Schmidt • 414-793-3652 LaceWingGdcs@att.net Garden consultation, instruction, landscape design, wildflowers and woodland gardens, prairies, small ponds, rain gardens, landscape maintenance, organic lawn care. Organic landscape practices in all habitats. See ad, page 26.
LIFE COACH TRUE CREATIVE YOU
CMB HEALTH SPECIALTIES
262-955-0638 TrueCreativeYou.com TrueCreativeYou@aol.com
147 W Ryan Rd, Oak Creek 414-764-0920 CmbHealthSpecialties.com
Cecelia Blenker M.Ed, certified life coach and artist, offers personal growth, creative expression and wellness through life coaching and art classes for the soul. See ad, page 29.
Carol M. Brown, DO, PhD, FAARFM, is board certified in anti-aging and regenerative and functional medicine. She specializes in health optimization for all ages and all stages of life. See ad, page 19.
INTUITIVE ARTS ROBIN GUAYASAMIN-SALERNO 262-501-4838 • InnerSongs.net Mukwonago location
Anne Wondra • 262-544-4310 2312 N Grandview Blvd, Ste 101, Waukesha WonderSpirit.com Spiritual life coach: sacred feminine, women’s spirit, personal renaissance, inspired creatives’ circles, sacred oils, personal wellness growth consultant. See ad, page 32.
Provides you insight and comfort in personal communications with spirit and animal loved ones. Innovative workshops with horses at Innersongs assists in selfdiscovery and balance.
Reiki healing sessions and instruction, yoga classes for all in Pewaukee, Muskego, Greendale. Restore balance, health and wellbeing in mind, body and spirit.
ACTIVE BODY WELLNESS
Rob Reader, LMT: 414-721-6942 Wendy Halfpap, LMT: 414-839-7688 10620 N Port Washington Rd, Mequon
Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word. ~Goran Persson
Let your body play to its full potential with the benefits of therapeutic massage. Relieve chronic and acute pain, accelerate recovery time, and experience the benefits of postural alignment. See ad, page 24.
Rebecca deVogel, LMT 414-839-0242 Sussex/Lisbon & Brookfield/Elm Grove RebeccaDeVogel.com Energy-rich, intuitive bodywork embraces the more of you, bringing ease and vibrant health to every aspect of life. Specializing in relaxation, lomi lomi, deep tissue and therapeutic massage.
NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR LAKESIDE NATURAL MEDICINE 4433 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood LakesideNaturalMedicine.com 414-939-8748
Dr. Sarah Axtell is a board-certified naturopathic physician with a focus on autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, endocrine conditions, cancer, anxiety and weight loss.
ANNAPURNA AYURVEDA & YOGA
Heather Burkart, CAP, RYT Well-Rounded Maternity Center, Bay View 414-719-8923 Holistic solutions for women’s wellness issues including reproductive health, pregnancy, and postpartum. Healing diets, natural remedies, herbs. Prenatal yoga and dancing for birth classes.
BLOOMING BUDS MEDICINE
333 Bishops Way, Ste 121, Brookfield BloomingBudsMedicine.com 414-350-8279 Nataliya Runtova, MSOM, BSN, Lc. acupuncturist, specializes in fatigue, stress, emotional wellbeing, chronic illness. Integrates ancient Oriental Medicine with contemporary Nutritional Balancing Science based on hair test analysis.
NATURAL FOOD GOOD HARVEST MARKET
Located 1 block south of I94 at Hwy T, Pewaukee • 262-544-9380 GoodHarvestMarket.com Waukesha County’s largest natural food store offers a full selection of organic foods, holistic health and beauty department, café, and classes in their community room. See ad, page 3.
H20 ENERGY FLOW
262-334-2068 • H2OEnergyFlow.com info@H2OEnergyFlow.com Karen’s Energy, 1427 W Washington Ave, West Bend At Karen’s Energy Superfood Store and Wellness Center, learn about the importance of water and how H2O Energy Flow combined flow is an essential energy source. See ad, page 40.
OUTPOST NATURAL FOODS
Bay View, Brown Deer, Milwaukee, Mequon and Wauwatosa locations Outpost.coop We know Jack! Unlike other area grocers, we know by name many of the farmers and producers who supply Outpost with quality goods. See ad, page 15.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT IDEAL BRAIN
262-227-1460 • IdealBrainLLC.com Dave@IdealBrainLLC.com Ideal Brain, LLC, provides Brainwave Optimization, a breakthrough neuro-technology designed for relaxation, self-regulation, as well as providing mental, physical and spiritual well-being. See ad, page 21.
PSYCHOTHERAPY INNER JOURNEYS
Nancy Hornby 414-332-8159 Susan Wasserman 414-961-0649 InrJourneys.com Psychotherapy services honoring the exquisite connection between mind/body/ spirit. Offering holistic, traditional and cutting-edge approaches. 50+ years of combined experience helping a diverse clientele with a wide variety of issues. See ad, page 5.
RECONNECTIVE HEALING TRUE WHOLENESS HEALING
121 E Silver Spring Dr, Whitefish Bay 414-243-9851 • TrueWholenessHealing.com Terri Humphrey, Reconnective Healing Practitioner, provides non-invasive, powerful healing for the mind, body, emotions, and spirit. Works with infants, children, and adults. Helps with chronic illness, infertility, emotional issues, and more.
ROLFING PEDIATRIC MEDICINE DAVID ROSENBERG, DO, FAAP Lakeshore Medical Clinics 3305 S 20th St, Milwaukee 163 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee 414-766-9050 LakeshoreMedicalClinics.com
Holistic pediatric care including craniosacral therapy for infants and children.
Info@UrbalHealth.com UrbalHealth.com 414-916-5088 Urbal Tea creates quality herbal infusions. Our loose leaf herbal teas helps heal, tone and refresh the entire body. Urbal Tea is liquid for life.
Lynn Cohen 414-477-1033 • RolfWorks.net Rolfing is a holistic system of neuromuscular manual therapy and re-education in service of pain relief, freedom of movement, and improved coordination. See ad, page 5.
SCHOOLS/TRAINING ART OF HEALING SCHOOL OF ENERGY MEDICINE
13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove 262-787-3001 • AngelLightLLC.com Wisconsin’s Premier School for Energy Medicine Training offering individual classes, certificate and diploma programs. Built on the belief that knowledge, competency and professionalism must exist at the very foundation of Energy Work.
ASSOCIATION OF NATURAL HEALTH 1427 W Washington Ave, West Bend KarensEnergy.com/tnc-certification 262-629-4301
Therapeutic Nutritional Counselor TNC Certification accredited by the Association of Natural Health. Curriculum: nutrition, detoxing, energy medicine, chronic disease/ cancer prevention, over 80 natural healing therapies, and five-day, classroom training. See ad, page 8.
AVEDA INSTITUTE OF BEAUTY AND WELLNESS 327 E St Paul Ave, Milwaukee 414-227-2889 • IBW.edu
Located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, The Institute of Beauty and Wellness is a leading Aveda school with multiple beauty and wellness programs.
GOLDEN LIGHT HEALING
Amy Wilinski, Shamanic Energy Practitioner/ Reiki Master • 920-609-8277 GoldenLightHealing.net Discover your gifts with one of our many offerings! Offering healing sessions and training in Milwaukee and Green Bay area in Reiki, Shamanism, Intuition, Mediumship and much more.
MIDWEST COLLEGE OF ORIENTAL MEDICINE
6232 Bankers Rd, Racine • 800-593-2320 Acupuncture.edu The Midwest College, with campuses in Racine and Chicago, offers accredited programs in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine that lead to licensed practice in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and many other states. See ad, page 8.
SOLAR ENERGY SUNVEST SOLAR
262-547-1200 SunVest.com N27 W24075 Paul Ct, Ste 200, Pewaukee Designs and installs solar PV systems utilizing customer endorsed materials and incentive programs for residential/commercial buildings, providing unparalleled customer satisfaction and dependable clean energy. See ad, page 13.
Rev Tom Sherbrook 1717 N 73 St, Wauwatosa • 414-475-0105 UnityChurchInMilwaukee.org Find peace and happiness in a stressful world. Rev. Tom, acting minister, was former pastor for 27 years at St. Ann’s Church in West Allis. See ad, page 28.
VETERINARY SERVICES ANIMAL DOCTOR HOLISTIC VETERINARY COMPLEX
S73 W16790 Janesville Rd, Muskego 414-422-1300 • AnimalDoctorHolistic.com
262-825-7481 CeliasSound.com CeliasSound@gmail.com Celia Faye Meisel, multdimensional sound healer, offers individual and group healing sessions for those seeking relief from emotional and physical pain associated with chronic conditions.
Complete, integrated pet health care, including natural nutrition, titres, herbal/glandular/nutraceutical supplements, and essential oils. Dr. Jodie is a certified acupuncturist and food therapist.
YOGA ABUNDANT JOY YOGA & WELLNESS
SPIRITUAL SPIRITUAL LIVING OF GREATER MILWAUKEE
W359 N5002 Brown St, Ste 211, Oconomowoc 262-244-7231 • AbundantJoyYoga.com Beth Major is a 200hr CYT & is pursuing 500hr certification in Alignment Yoga. Her classes emphasize soothing asanas, relaxing breathing & calming meditation.
3211 S Lake Dr, St Francis Rsgm.net • 414-659-7849
We inspire a positive approach to a lifetime of spiritual growth. We celebrate our diversity and recognize our unity. Be the One who makes a difference! Rev Lisa Stewart-de Snoo & Rev Scott de Snoo. See ad, page 26.
W307 N1497 Golf Rd, Ste 102, Delafield 262-337-9065 • SantoshaFitness.net We offer affordable, enjoyable yoga for everyone in an intimate, calming space that specializes in yoga, fitness and mindfulness; also have a certified Ayurvedic practitioner on staff. See ad, page 19.
SKIN CARE WHITE SAGE SPA
Susie Raymond, Esthetician, Life Coach, Reiki Master/Teacher WhiteSageSpa.com • 414-352-6550 Rest your concerns in Susie’s soothing hands. Experience transformation within your skin, energy, or life purpose when you connect and express your inner desires. See ad, page 24.
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