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woman in our group received a text message that registered as deep concern in her countenance. She informed us that the text came from a good friend of hers, a young woman in her 20s, who had been diagnosed with cancer a while back. After the initial cancer diagnosis, the woman had been treated through surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, and her cancer had gone into remission for more than a year. However, the woman had just received the terrible news that the cancer had returned in such an aggressive form that the doctors believed they could do nothing more for her and gave her about six months to live. We all expressed deep sympathy at the sad news, and then another woman voiced concern about her mother who has cancer. Scared to mention the “c” word aloud, I hesitantly shared that my sister recently had been diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer. Another woman reminisced about a dear friend of hers who had passed away from cancer several years ago. One by one, every person at the gathering mentioned someone close to them who had been diagnosed with cancer. There is no longer any question that one way or another, cancer is an epidemic that will touch every person at some point in their lives. It is a heartbreaking and all too familiar scenario; cancer patients experiencing remission for a certain period, followed by the cancer’s return in a metastasized and perhaps more aggressive form. A research team led by scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center recently found that administering chemotherapy to mouse models of cells affected by breast cancer was associated with increased risk for tumor metastasis (spreading). Similar results were observed among 20 breast cancer patients who had undergone chemotherapy. Published in Science Translational Medicine, the study discovered the previously unrecognized mechanism that enhances a cancer cell’s ability to invade blood vessels and spread. While the research also identified a potential drug therapy approach to block both the blood vessel permeability and cancer-cell spread, it is disconcerting to know that chemotherapy can contribute to the spread of cancer. Getting a cancer diagnosis is certainly a terrifying experience, and the conventional medical route may not hold all the answers. Fortunately, more and more doctors are practicing integrative oncology, in which they blend the best of Western medicine with alternative medicine, healing therapies, nutrition, herbs, and more. The article “Live Cancer-Free: Natural Ways to Heal and Prevent Cancer,” by Linda Sechrist, describes additional healthy lifestyle measures that show promise in influencing various cancers. If you want to learn more about preventing and healing cancer, I highly recommend visiting the website and Chris Wark’s website, Wark was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer at the age of 26 and healed his cancer with nutrition, supplements and other lifestyle changes. His website provides access to the latest cutting-edge research, numerous video interviews with other cancer survivors, and an excellent and affordable coaching program that walks the viewer, step by step, through the approach Wark used to heal himself using nutrition, supplements, exercise and emotional/spiritual healing. To your health, Gabriella Buchnik, Publisher

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oin reiki master teacher Rhiana Tehan, owner of Be Reiki LLC, for a journey through the chakras in a series of seven workshops. Chakras are centers within the body through which energy flows. If not cared for, a chakra can become imbalanced, excessive or deficient. Participants will learn how chakras affect daily life through practical journaling and reflection exercises. Each of the seven workshops focuses on one of the seven chakras. Classes can be taken in person or online. All classes meet from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on the following dates: August 27, root chakra; September 10, sacral chakra; October 1, solar plexus chakra; October 22, heart chakra; November 5, throat charka; November Rhiana Tehan 26, third eye chakra; and December 10, crown chakra. Attendees will balance and clear their chakras by learning more about subconscious energies that affect physical, mental and emotional well-being. “Each time I teach this course, I learn valuable tools of insight and self-discovery that have increased my awareness and allowed me to release beliefs and energies that no longer serve my highest good,” Tehan observes. Body workers can earn up to 21 continuing education credits. Classes can be taken in person or online.

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herie McCoy, co-founder of Self Acceptance Training, is returning home to southeastern Wisconsin to present and autograph her newly published book, Becoming Cherie McCoy Alive and Real: Journey into the Body’s Truth. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. on August 15 at the Center for Well-Being Lake Country, and will include a demonstration of McCoy’s work. “My intention throughout the writing of this book has been mainly to spread the word of how important it is to search the body for its truth, resulting in the release of pain, old memories and unconscious behavioral problems. My hope is that this not only helps bring clarity concerning the tools and methods of Self Acceptance Training to those that I have worked with in the past, but also helps bring the work to new seekers that have not yet discovered the incredible liberation that this work offers,” McCoy says. Self Acceptance Training is a mind-body exploration in which the student learns techniques to heal and let go of old traumas and memories, as well as current issues. This healing journey into the body promotes growth toward healthy interactions within the present world. As one of the country’s leading practitioners of Self Acceptance Training, McCoy has been conducting workshops, professional seminars and supervision groups since 1971. Location: 301 Cottonwood Ave., Hartland. For more information, call 262-391-8939 or visit For information on McCoy’s upcoming workshops, visit See ad, page 21.




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lectric cars, fair-trade vendors, yoga, wildlife and a rock-climbing wall will welcome attendees of the first annual Green Alliance Sustainability Fair, held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 26 at Lapham Peak Unit, in the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Early risers can begin the day by joining Reaching Treetops for yoga on the fairgrounds, starting at 8 a.m. The fair, an initiative of the Waukesha County Green Team, allows nature lovers to discover things to see and do in Waukesha County. Guided hikes will teach children and adults to identify birds, insects and trees. Short talks will cover energy education, sustainable retirement, master gardening, group solar investment, wilderness first aid, composting, permaculture, native prairie planting and include an appearance from the Wildlife In Need Center. Products from Plowshare Fair Trade and Trades of Hope promise fair-trade shopping opportunities, and more than 30 vendor and exhibitor tents are planned. The Green Alliance is an initiative of Waukesha County Green Team. It brings together businesses, nonprofits, governments, educational institutions and individuals to help improve the economic vitality and quality of life in Waukesha County by maximizing the collective impact of individuals and organizations dedicated to environmental sustainability. Businesses and organizations interested in participating as exhibitors can sign up through July 30. Cost: The Lapham Peak park entrance fee has been reduced to $5 per car for the day of the event. Entrance is free for cars with an annual state park sticker. Location: W329 N846 County Rd. C, Delafield. For more information or to become an exhibitor, call 262-349-2888, email or visit

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study from the University of Washington, in Seattle, tested the relationship of immune system functioning to lack of adequate sleep. To rule out genetic factors, which experts say account for 31 to 55 percent of individual sleep patterns, researchers tested blood samples from 11 pairs of adult identical twins (genetic matches) with differing sleep habits. They found that the immune system was depressed in the twin that slept less. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans are sleeping 1.5 to two hours less than they did 100 years ago, and more than 30 percent of working people average fewer than six hours a night. Dr. Nathanial Watson, lead author and co-director of the university’s Sleep Medicine Center at Harborview Medical Center, observes, “Seven or more hours of sleep is recommended for optimal health.”

EATING FRUIT LOWERS CARDIAC RISK Scientists from the University of Oxford and the Chinese Medical Academy studied 500,000 healthy adults in China for seven years, tracking medical records of illnesses and deaths. They found that a 100-gram serving of fruit per day (primarily apples and oranges) reduces the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke by one-third.



esearchers from Indiana UniversityPurdue University, in Indianapolis, set out to find out if massage therapy— typically an out-of-pocket expense not covered under most insurance plans— can provide effective treatment for individuals suffering with chronic back pain. The study followed 76 primary care patients with chronic back pain for 24 weeks. The researchers measured pain, disability and quality of life at the beginning of the study, after 12 weeks and again after 24 weeks of massage therapy. Each patient was referred to a licensed massage therapist for 10 no-cost sessions in a real-world environment during the initial 12 weeks. More than half of the patients that completed the core study reported clinically meaningful improvements for physical and mental measures. For bodily pain, 40 percent were clinically improved. Older adults and Baby Boomers reported the highest percentage of changes. Plus, the study found that sufferers that avoided taking painkillers were twice as likely to experience reduced pain than those using opioids.

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Levels of highly toxic mercury contamination in Atlantic bluefin tuna are rapidly declining, a trend that has been linked to reduced mercury emissions in North America, according to a new study published in Environmental Science & Technology. Average mercury concentrations dropped by more than 2 percent per year, for a total decline of 19 percent between 2004 and 2012. Scientists believe that most of that reduction has occurred because of a shift away from coal, the major source of mercury emissions, to natural gas and renewable fuels. Pollution control requirements imposed by the federal government have also cut mercury emissions, but these have been rolled back or eliminated by President Trump’s commitment to “bring back coal.”

This year, the Whanganui River, in New Zealand, became the first in the world to be granted the same legal rights as a person. Equally vital, a court in northern India has given the sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers, as well as several glaciers, the legal status of “living human entities” to help in the preservation and conservation of the country’s highly polluted waterways, thus allowing polluters to be sued. These decisions are variants of “rights of nature” measures that date back to the 1970s. More than three dozen U.S. localities have ordinances ascribing varying types of rights to nature or to specific natural objects. In America, rights of nature activism usually takes the form of ballot initiatives that emerge to contest the power of corporations wherever local natural resources are seen as being threatened. The first such ordinance was passed in 2006, when Tamaqua Borough, in Pennsylvania, sought to protect the town’s drinking water from the nearby dumping of sewage sludge. More recently, an ordinance from the Boulder (Colorado) County Protectors, with assistance from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, asserting the “right to a healthy climate,” was recognized as a federal constitutional right by Judge Ann Aiken, of the U.S. District Court in Oregon.

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eresa Lopez, a licensed practical nurse and owner of Alive and Well Naturally wellness center, ventured into the alternative therapy realm while trying to help her mother deal with breast health issues. Lopez cites that experience with setting her on the path to help others in the quest for wellness, primarily through detoxification and immune system health. Lopez, a Florida native, came from a home that emphasized healthy eating and staying active. “I didn’t know what white bread was until I went to school and saw other kids eating it,” she laughs. She always wanted to pursue a profession where she could be of service to others, so nursing felt like a natural choice. She studied at Erwin Technical College, in Tampa, Florida, and later worked as a nurse in the jail system. That work proved unchallenging and after a year, Lopez sought other options. Lopez found her niche working as a critical care nurse at a Tampa hospital, and while there she also trained to be a telemetry nurse, a position she held for 15 years. It was during that time that Lopez’s mother experienced her health issues: three mammograms, an ultrasound and a thermography all came back inconclusive. Unwilling to race against the clock as test after test came back inconclusive, Lopez searched for a thermography center that offered more advanced thermography screening, but she couldn’t find one in Florida. “That’s what pulled me out of the hospital, and I opened a wellness center for thermal imaging,” she says. “I felt led to educate women to ask questions:



Family health experiences led nurse Teresa Lopez on a journey that has culminated with opening Alive and Well Naturally wellness center. ‘Is my ailment due to lymphatic congestion? Is it caused by candida?’ I work with women in particular, but also men, to improve their immune systems and detoxify their bodies.” After moving to Wisconsin eight years ago in order to be closer to her daughter, Raquel Schmitt—who had attended a private school in Wauwatosa and decided to stay in the Badger State—Lopez worked for a practice in Hartford. Last April, she reopened Alive and Well Naturally, the wellness center she began in Florida. Lopez offers many services she also uses for herself: lymphatic drainage; live blood microscopy (a live blood cell demonstration allowing patients to view any parasites in the blood); medicupping; Raindrop Technique aroma therapy; halo dry salt therapy; and educational support for detoxifying the body. Schmitt, a licensed esthetician, recently joined her mother at Alive and Well Naturally to provide eyelash extensions and waxing services. Alive and Well Naturally has an ST-8 lymphatic decongestion generator unit that utilizes oxygen and ozone, along with color therapy, to break up protein structures such as tumors, cysts and fibrin in order to open the lymph system. Patients relax on an exam table as Lopez uses lightweight paddles to work areas of the body.

The medicupping, popularized by swimmer Michael Phelps during the 2016 Summer Olympics, pulls toxins from the body through the skin. “The toxins are pulled out through suctioning, and people see the green, yellow or gray residue and wonder where it came from. I tell them it’s coming from the lymph system, because all this trapped waste is not being eliminated,” Lopez explains. “When people see that, it’s very enlightening. It gives me the opportunity to educate them on the lymph system and how the waste gets trapped in the body, causing swelling and disease.” New to Alive and Well Naturally is the Wellness Pro, an electrotherapy device that Lopez says addresses many disorders. This frequency-generating machine can be programmed with 10,000 different codes to help reduce swelling, inflammation and pain. Lopez sees people with many different ailments, including post-cancer patients and people with Lyme disease and lymphedema, and also works with athletes that find medicupping beneficial for increasing performance. She strives to be uplifting and takes a lighthearted, fun approach to care. “I tell them health care is ultimately their issue, and I want to help them help themselves,” she says. Alive and Well Naturally is located at 140 S. Main St., Theinsville. For more information, call 262-297-7070 or visit See ad, page 31. Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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LIVE CANCER-FREE Natural Ways to Prevent and Heal Cancer by Linda Sechrist


ictorious warriors against cancer are speaking to other patients about their journeys of recovery and healing. Two who regularly speak to physicians, as well, are Glenn Sabin, author of n of 1: One Man’s Harvarddocumented Remission of Incurable Cancer Using Only Natural Methods, and Kathy Mydlach-Bero, author of EAT: An Unconventional Decade in the Life of a Cancer Patient. Their stories demonstrate the healing effectiveness of healthy lifestyle measures still widely categorized as prevention.

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Determined to become free of the chronic lymphocytic leukemia that had defined his life for 20 years, Sabin, who lives near Washington, D.C., appointed himself the subject of his own research experiment. He subsequently became a poster child for the remedial synergy of biological individuality, a whole systems approach to integrative oncology and self-induced healing through lifestyle and supplement interventions. Sabin now



dedicates his business development firm, FON Consulting, to advancing integrative medicine as the new standard of care. His mission is to open minds to the idea that knowledge, empowerment and self-efficacy are our best allies against a life-limiting diagnosis, and we can do much to help the healing process. Writing to Joe Biden regarding the vice president’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, he candidly describes America’s present cancer-friendly environment. “The public has become conditioned to existing in a broken food chain that remains in disrepair due to misguided farming subsidies [and] untested or otherwise questionable chemicals (many of which are banned in other countries) that are present in the water we drink, the air we breathe, food we consume and products we use. Current therapies or those in the drug pipeline won’t improve the 50/50 odds of developing cancer. What will have the greatest impact are consumer education toward powerful lifestyle changes and access to the building blocks of basic health.”

Avastin, a pharmaceutical created to combat harmful growth of new blood cells, and the benefits of growing and eating foods containing angiogenesisinhibiting compounds that oppose such growth and so work to prevent, improve and avert recurrences of chronic disease. “Cancer hijacks the angiogenesis process triggered by inflammation and keeps it permanently activated to ensure that cancerous cells receive a dedicated, uninterrupted blood supply,” explains Mydlach-Bero. For three years, she largely consumed only items from the list of angiogenesis-inhibiting foods now posted at These include green tea, strawberries, blackberries, red tart cherries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, cinnamon, purple potatoes, kale, grape seed oil and pomegranate. In 2008, she completely replaced both the drugs to combat the side effects of chemo and radiation and a long-term medication for preventing recurrence with healthful foods.


Mydlach-Bero made her remarkable recovery from rare and unrelated aggressive Stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer and a high-grade tumor in her head and neck. To tell her story, the resident of Delafield, Wisconsin, relied on her 18 journals as a surrogate memory to chronicle a 10-year journey of courageous exploration, self-evolution, self-advocacy and self-transformation that connected her with her healing potential. Then the mother of two young daughters, Mydlach-Bero rejected a 21-month prognosis in 2005, along with the notion that disease and medicine would determine her fate. Defying the odds, she applied what she learned from research regarding

Her physicians were admittedly uncomfortable with her decision to combine chemotherapy and radiation treatments with “food as medicine”, reiki, prayer, meditation, mindfulness and supplement intervention. But that didn’t deter her. To awaken others to the practicality of food as medicine, she founded NuGenesis Farm, in Pewaukee, a nonprofit modeled after her home practice.

Prevention is Paramount

Pioneering physicians and researchers agree with Sabin and Myldach-Bero that comprehensive prevention, the key to solving the cancer epidemic, is missing from conventional medicine. Leading voices include Dr. Andrew Weil, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Arizona (AzCIM), in Tucson; Dr. Carlos M. Garcia, founder of Utopia Wellness, near Tampa, Florida; advocate Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., founder of, in Richboro, Pennsylvania; and Ajay Goel, Ph.D., director of the Center for Epigenetics, Cancer Prevention and Cancer Genomics at Baylor University Medical Center’s Research Institute, in Dallas. Weil pioneered the earliest efforts to develop a comprehensive curriculum in evidence-based integrative medicine and the field of integrative oncology. “We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. Since 2012 scientific evidence has proven that a healthy lifestyle and an anti-inflammatory diet can influence various cancers,” says Weil. His curriculum for health professionals and the general public was the first to cite the role of a nutrient-rich, anti-inflammatory diet in cancer prevention and treatment. “Health professionals graduate armed with a better understanding of the complex interactions between cancer, gut microbiome and nutrition,” advises Weil, whose paradigm inspires his chain of True Food Kitchen restaurants. It includes lots of fruits and vegetables, moderate amounts of whole or cracked grains, al dente pasta, healthy fats and plant-based proteins from legumes, nuts and seafood as well as poultry and lean, antibiotic-free grass-

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fed meats, cheese and eggs. Plus, he likes white, green and oolong teas, fresh herbs and spices, up to two glasses of red wine a day (less for women; possibly none for those at high-risk for breast cancer), and dark chocolate for antioxidant polyphenols. Integrative Oncology, authored by Weil and Dr. Donald I. Abrams, an integrative oncologist, is mandatory reading for AzCIM students that learn to use complementary interventions in prevention and conventional cancer care. Subjects such as antioxidants, cannabinoids, energy medicine, mindbody medicine, music and expressive art therapies are covered, as well as naturopathic oncology, plus the roles that community and spirituality play in prevention and treatment. Goel’s 20-year career in cancer prevention research has produced a wealth of related articles. Among his findings, he advises, “Curcumin, a yellow compound extracted from turmeric, has become a gold standard for prevention and the natural treatment of many chronic health conditions, including colon cancer. It targets cancer stem cells, disrupts cancer cell communication, triggers cancer cell death and helps to prevent cancerous mutations to cells. It’s also been shown to improve the efficacy of conventional treatments including fewer adverse effects.” He recommends only taking turmeric products with BCM-95 percent active curcuminoids.

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cancer cells grow and spread. The right nutrition can reverse a compromised immune system, which research shows is a major contributor to the development of cancer.” Whether for improvement or prevention, Garcia’s patient protocols always begin with a comprehensive evaluation appointment to learn about the individual he is treating. For cancer patients, his two-phase, eight-week program involves immune-enhancing therapies followed by immunotherapy aimed to de-cloak the camouflaged protein coating of wily cancer cells so the body’s immune system can identify and destroy them.

Mind/Body Detox

To maintain good health, Judy Seeger, a doctor of naturopathy near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recommends a regular detoxification regimen to cleanse environmental and product toxins and toxic emotions. Through experience, she has learned that individuals living with cancer need to substantially support their abnormally functioning elimination system to rid it of dead proteins from destroyed cancer cells and chemotherapy drugs that are overtaxing the immune system. “Clearing out toxic, stressful emotions that produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environment for cancer to propagate is essential,” says Seeger. “Fulfilling the body’s requirement for an ongoing healthy nutritional plan that maintains a healing alkaline environment reduces both the risk of a cancer as well as recurrence.” She has observed that when an individual’s healing process has stalled despite their

doing all the right things to improve their biochemistry, it’s frequently because they haven’t done an emotional detox and lack feeling a spiritual connection to something larger than themselves. Silberstein categorizes cancer as epidemic. She speaks regularly regarding preventing cancer and its recurrence at medical and nursing schools, continuing oncology nursing education programs and universities. “What is needed more than new treatment research is public education regarding the true causes of cancer and continuing education credits in lifestyle training for medical professionals,” she says. Silberstein’s nonprofit organization provides online holistic cancer coach training for health professionals as well as research-based education and counseling on how to prevent, cope with and beat cancer through immune-boosting holistic approaches. The list of books authored by cancer survivors continues to grow, offering helpful insight into how individuals are negotiating the challenges of their healing journey. Two recent books, Surviving the Storm: A Workbook for Telling Your Cancer Story, by Psychotherapist Cheryl Krauter, and Cancer Survivorship Coping Tools: We’ll Get You Through This, by

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Changed Paradigm

Results of the Human Genome Project, as well as the work of Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., stem cell biologist and author of The Biology of Belief, and other epigenetic researchers support the point that “environmental signals” that directly affect our DNA expression include our thoughts, emotions, belief system, exposure to sunlight, exercise and everything we put into our body. Such new science shatters the idea that we are victims of our genes and environment. It shines light on the fact that we have tremendous power to shape and direct our own physical health. Our entire lifestyle is pivotal. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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hanks to advances in our general knowledge and understanding of fighting disease and creating health, a cancer diagnosis is no longer necessarily a death sentence. Rather, it can become an awakening—a scary but fascinating part of a cancer survivor’s larger, longer life story. According to a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital, published in The Oncologist in 1999, long-term survivors of childhood cancer have to deal with not only the acute effects that occur during chemotherapy, but also the chronic effects on growth and development that are likely to last a lifetime and may not surface until several years after treatment. The existing framework of cancer survivorship care has room to grow: every cancer patient that has completed treatment could receive a personalized integrative plan to manage their recovery and health and minimize the late and chronic effects of cytotoxic treatment. Following cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation or stem cell transplants, chronic, long-term or late effects may include cognitive disabilities, pain, fatigue, neuropathies, weight loss/ gain and early menopause. Residual effects from treatment may occur months or even years after the cancer treatment has been completed. The chance of late effects increases over time, and as explained in the book Childhood Cancer Survivorship: Improving Care and Quality of Life, published in 2003, pediatric cancer survivors have a 90 percent chance of exhibiting late effects. The

effects may include secondary cancers (from the original cancer treatment), heart and lung damage, growth and development issues, fertility issues, learning disabilities and psychological disorders. According to the American Cancer Society, fewer than 10 percent of cancers result from genetic predisposition; the other 90 percent is due to lifestyle and environmental factors. Because integrative medicine addresses those factors, it makes sense to support cancer survivors by creating a personalized integrative healthcare plan using a holistic approach to improve the survivor’s quality of life. Cancer diagnoses can lead patients to feel significant losses of personal control. Tailored integrative healthcare plans give patients options that help them reassert control over their lives, because such plans focus on the whole person, including sleep, movement, nutrition, detoxification and follow-ups with a qualified integrative provider. A simple yet critical tool is nutrition. Establishing a whole foods diet decreases inflammation in the body and boosts the immune system. It is essential to increase anti-cancer foods such as cruciferous vegetables and berries rich in antioxidants, as well as anti-cancer herbs and spices like garlic, turmeric and ginger. To decrease inflammation and boost the immune system, one should also stay away from sugar, most carbohydrates and anything processed. Even with an organic, whole foods diet, it is difficult to get enough of

certain essential minerals and nutrients. Quality supplements and herbs are therefore recommended by integrative providers as part of a patient’s tailored integrative plan for cancer support. For example, osteoporosis is a very common late effect and may be prevented by maintaining adequate levels of certain vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin D, calcium and boron. Integrative providers are able to recommend quality supplements often not found in retail drug stores. Movement is used to de-stress the cells, since research shows that stress can be as harmful as bad nutrition. Movement is a very important part of every successful integrative plan. The type of movement is determined by the individual’s preference. The most important aspect of a tailored integrative plan is mindfulness. Patients may practice mindfulness through prayer, yoga, meditation, painting, bird watching, etc. Faith, hope and having a daily mindfulness ritual have been shown in many studies to improve outcomes of health. Holistic medical practitioners trained in integrative medicine can create integrative healthcare plans for cancer patients that promote collaborative care between oncologists and integrative practitioners. The post-treatment recovery period can last years. In the integrative world, the patient in remission continues to pursue a long-term healthcare strategy focused on reducing stress, decreasing inflammation and promoting overall health. Dagmara Beine, MPAS, PA-C, is an integrative practitioner and the owner of Zuza’s Way Integrative Care in downtown Waukesha. Beine provides caring, attentive holistic care for women, men and children. Having walked the cancer journey with her daughter, Beine’s passion is supporting cancer patients and survivors. To learn more, email Beine at or visit To read more from the sources used, visit, and TinyURL. com/y8xyt3bb. See ad, page 17.

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he flip side of enjoying farm to table is taking the table to the farm. Socalled “pop-up feasts” are booming at farms throughout the country during growing and harvest seasons. While the format varies, dinners are typically hosted on working rural or urban farms, last about three hours and include aperitifs and a tour before the meal. Wine pairings or beer tastings and live music may be among the enticing activities offered. Gabriele Marewski, owner of Paradise Farms, near Miami, Florida, was a pioneering forerunner of the trend. For 10 years prior to retirement, she hosted more than 50 chefs, served thousands of guests an organic Dinner in Paradise and raised more than $50,000 for area charities. Periodic onsite dinners continue ( “Many chefs are active in farm-totable dinners on the West Coast. We also see participation among wineries, orchards, cheese makers and breweries,” says A.K. Crump, CEO of TasteTV, in San Francisco, which also supervises “People like to meet the meal maker and know more about the origin of what they eat.”

“I started Dinner on the Farm nine years ago to create unique experiences that connect people to the places their food is grown and the people that grow them,” says Monica Walch, whose popup dinners are served picnic-style for friends and families that bring their own tableware. Her company’s Midwest events, usually offered on Minnesota and Wisconsin farms, always feature local chefs, food ingredients and breweries ( “There’s nothing like being comfortably seated in the field where your food is growing and having the opportunity to enjoy it just hours after it’s been picked. Then, add in one-on-one conversations with your chef, brewer and farmer, as well as like-minded community members,” observes Walch, who grew up on an organic dairy farm in Minnesota. Setting the bar for high-end, white tablecloth, adults-only communal events, Outstanding in the Field tours the country to offer a taste of fresh, local cuisine prepared by top regional chefs. They’re known for serving meals on long tables set up in fields on

prairie ranches, in olive groves or fruit orchards, as well as at urban rooftop farms or near vegetable row crops. “Our mission is to get folks out to the farm and honor the people whose good work brings nourishment to the table,” says organization founder and chef/artist Jim Denevan. More than 90, five-hour events that include appetizers and a guided farm tour are being held all the way through November in more than a dozen states (see “Some of our most popular events feature farmers of the sea, and are set alongside the ocean or other bodies of water,” adds Lisa Supple, publicist for the company. “They feature local fisher people and oyster and abalone farmers.” “Epicurean San Diego offers popup farm dinner events at Dickinson Farm, in National City, California,” explains


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o many, hiking means long-distance treks through forests or backpacking remote terrain. “In reality, it’s more about getting out into green areas close to home,” says Wesley Trimble, of the American Hiking Society. “It’s about immersion in nature.” Day hiking can be easily tailored to personal preferences and interests. “Excellent apps and websites list and describe trails in your area or community. We have a database on our site that’s helpful,” says Trimble ( He’s personally high on old rail lines that have been converted to wide, accessible paths (

A Trail for Everyone Whatever our location, age or fitness level, a hike can provide opportunities for calming solitude or connecting with people we care about. Individuals with disabilities can also get outdoors at accommodating trails such as those at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, in Delaware. There’s always something to be learned in identifying wildlife and plants. “Families can enjoy time walking outdoors together in ways impossible in other settings,” observes Verna Gates, founder of Fresh Air Family, a Birmingham, Alabama, outdoor activities educational foundation. “Nature aids in well-being in many ways.” She points to studies cited at NatureAndForest that reveal how trees emit enzymes into the air that help improve our emotional and physical health. “When I lost a child, the only place I found solace was in nature. Sitting in a patch of wildflowers truly brought me back to living,” recalls Gates.

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Following a lovely trail, much like inspired cooking, is as intriguing and delightful as we wish it to be. From wildflower paths to wine country trails, the great outdoors invites exploration of woodlands, glens, forests, mountain valleys, coastal areas, bayous, deserts and other terrain. Experienced daytrippers recommend revisiting favorite trails in specific seasons. “I love being in the natural world, be it New Jersey, Florida or Alaska. Every trail offers surprises,” marvels distance hiker Craig Romano ( As the author of several day hike guidebooks, he’s seen firsthand how, “Every part of the country offers different perspectives and forms of beauty. The greatest biological diversity in our country is found in the Great Smoky Mountains, where the rhododendrons are breathtaking in spring.” The world’s largest mapped cave system is in Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park. Hiking to observe other subterranean wonders in Indiana or Virginia’s Natural Bridge Caverns is no less exhilarating than walking Alabama’s covered bridge trail or painter Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch country, in New Mexico. The Appalachian Trail, running between Maine and Georgia, attracts thousands of adventurous long-distance trekkers, but such trails also offer sections ideal for day hikes. Geomagnetic points in Arizona’s vortex region or America’s Stonehenge, in New Hampshire, afford unusual destinations. The wonders of California’s Sonoma County include Planet Walk, a scale model path that illustrates our solar system. The Crater of Diamonds State Park, in Arkansas, is the only place in the world where hikers can dig for diamonds and keep what they find, although quartz diamond sites (semiprecious stones less hard than diamonds) can be accessed at other U.S. locales. Coastal walks lead to discovering sea glass and shells. Arboretums in urban areas offer trails flush with local flora. Joining or starting a hiking club based on common interests is one way to go. “One of our guidebook series encourages outdoor enthusiasts to explore the natural world in their immediate backyards. This approach especially appeals to families, first-time trail users and athletes looking for a quick nature fix after work,” offers Helen Cherullo, publisher of Mountaineers Books (, a nonprofit committed to conservation and sustainable lifestyles. Wherever we venture, take nothing but pictures and leave nature untouched. Cherullo reminds us, “Connecting people to treasured natural landscapes leads to active engagement to preserve these places for future generations. The future of public lands—owned by every American citizen—is literally in our hands.” They deserve our vote.

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Get a Good Night’s Sleep Five Solutions for Sleep Apnea by Lloyd Jenkins


n estimated 18 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of sleep apnea. From the Greek expression for “want of breath,” sleep apnea causes cessation of breathing during the night. Bouts usually last from 10 to 30 seconds and can occur from just a few times to several hundred. The main cause is the throat muscles becoming too relaxed during sleep and constricting the airway. Two out of four people with the condition do not even realize they are sleep deprived due to apnea, and thus are at greater risk of suffering from both short-term ailments such as migraines or extreme fatigue, and long-term effects that include stroke and heart disease.

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Lose Weight via Diet and Exercise Most people find the problem clears up or is greatly improved when they lose weight. One of the easiest and healthiest ways is eating only fruit from morning until noon, and then eating healthy, nutritious meals for lunch and dinner. Avoid processed, sugar-laden and deep-fried foods. Exercise at least four times a week. Doing moderate exercise for just 40 minutes has been shown to significantly reduce sleep apnea (Sleep journal). Use a

medicine ball to follow a trainer tutorial at A mini-trampoline also offers a safe and effective workout. A brisk 20-to-30-minute daily walk is a must for better sleep.


Sleep on Either Side Lying on the back encourages throat muscles to close up and the tongue to fall toward the back of the throat. Shifting onto one side reduces this discomfort and potential apnea episodes. Using one pillow beneath the head allows the neck to rest at a more natural angle, rather than pushing the chin toward the chest, which restricts the airway.


Vitamins D and C Almost everyone is deficient in vitamin D, even many in sunny regions, reports Dr. Joseph Mercola in his report, The Amazing Wonder Nutrient. Wisely managed sun exposure supplies vitamin D—no more than 20 minutes a day, 10 minutes on each side—without suntan lotion. Alternatively, a high-dose of a quality vitamin D supplement measuring 5,000 international units is adequate, but always take it along with vitamin K2, which helps the body process calcium properly to avoid overdose problems.


Our body does not store vitamin C, so we need at least 2,000 milligrams daily to maintain good health. A study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that vitamin C can reduce damage caused by sleep apnea. High-content foods include bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwi fruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas and papayas.


Magnesium, the Master Mineral From 70 to 80 percent of mankind is deficient in magnesium, which has been connected with prevention of degenerative diseases and mental health and is often the missing mineral in an individual’s wellness equation, according to Enviromedica’s Ancient Minerals. It also regulates muscle function, including those in the upper throat involved with apnea. Organic foods and farmers’ market offerings may have higher levels of magnesium, especially those packed with green chlorophyll. Liquid chlorophyll is available in most health stores. Start by drinking one glass (250 milliliters) per day for a week, and then take two tablespoons daily. Spinach, chard, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, kefir, almonds, black beans, avocados, figs, bananas and dark chocolate (avoid brands with white sugar) are good sources.


Helpful Natural Medicines Just before bedtime, consume one teaspoon of olive oil (or organic honey) combined with three drops of lavender essential oil. Supplement with serotonin precursor 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), which complements magnesium. One of the best pure sources of omega-3—a top remedy for sleep apnea by protecting cells from stress—is krill oil (Alternative Medicine Review). Sleep apnea causes long-term oxidative stress and puts severe demands on the body, which is thought to deplete omega-3 levels. Lloyd Jenkins is a certified naturopath native to Canada and owner of the Budwig Cancer Clinic, in Malaga, Spain. He’s the author of seven books and many articles on treating common diseases using natural therapies.

The Proper Pillow by Randy Kambic


he right natural pillow is a key component to restful sleep. In fact, pillow comfort and support are as critical to good sleep as the proper mattress. According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) (, 91 percent of Americans say that a good pillow is key to their sleep quality. Investing in a high-quality, supportive pillow can be transformative, both personally and professionally. The RAND Corporation calculates that poor sleep among U.S. workers annually costs the U.S. economy some $411 billion. Replace old, worn-out pillows. Pillows can harbor dust mites and their excrement, dead skin cells and bacteria that can exacerbate allergy symptoms. If a pillow is clumping, losing support or yellowing, replace it, says Michelle Fishberg, co-founder of sleep wellness company Slumbr ( “Quality, properly sourced, down and feather pillows can be comfortable for those that like classic, soft pillows. Buckwheat and natural latex pillows each have unique qualities promoting better sleep. Buckwheat is therapeutic for back pain, all-natural and hypoallergenic, and reduces snoring for some,” advises Fishberg.

Pillow care. The NSF suggests using pillow as well as mattress protectors; PureCare mattress ( is their official source including a range of down pillows and its MiteTight protector. Organic cotton covers are kind to people and the planet. likewise advises using a protective cover to extend pillow life. Don’t dry clean pillows, because chemicals and heat can do damage. A down pillow can be washed, but it’s best to have it professionally cleaned by a down specialist every three to four years. Or wash them at home no more than twice a year on the delicate cycle, alone in a large or commercial washing machine, to avoid breaking down the down’s natural oils and structure. Latex pillows can be occasionally hand-washed with mild detergent and air-dried flat. Don’t wash buckwheat pillows—if the hulls get wet, pour them into a fine mesh bag and air-dry them in the sun.

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or 40 years, Social Psychologist Ellen Langer has conducted pioneering research on the power of our minds to shape health and well-being. Langer’s work demonstrates that changing what we think and believe can transform not only our experiences, but also our bodies— a once-radical idea now common among neuroscientists. Her unconventional experiments often involve mind tricks: taking elders’ subjective thoughts back 20 years to reverse objective metrics of aging; fostering weight loss in a group of hotel maids by simply suggesting that their jobs qualify as exercise; and even changing blood sugar levels in diabetics by speeding up or slowing down perceived time during a video game session. Affectionately dubbed the “Mother of Mindfulness”, Langer was the first female professor to earn tenure in Harvard University’s psychology department. A prolific writer and scientist, she has authored more than 200 related articles and 11 books, including Mindfulness; The Power of Mindful Learning; On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself

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What is mindful learning, and how can we best practice it? All learning is mindful; the only way to learn is by noticing new things. When we stop observing and get into our heads, wondering if that answer was right or if we responded quickly enough, we exit learning mode and enter mindlessness, where no learning can really take place. Part of what makes travel exciting, for example, is that we are primed to experience new things and pay attention to them, but actually, newness surrounds us at all times, no matter where we are. What makes us mindless is the mistaken notion of already knowing, when everything is always changing.

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If we simply ask ourselves why the dreaded event might not occur, we’d be less stressed. Next, if we ask ourselves how it may actually be a good thing if it does happen, again stress would diminish.

adopt to change our mindset and mental habits to reduce stress and increase health and happiness? Most mindlessness occurs by default, rather than design. If we all realized that through mindfulness we could look better, feel better, be better received and do better things—all claims that are supported by scientific research—it wouldn’t be hard to choose. Meditation is essentially a tool to lead you to the simple act of intentional noticing, but many routes lead to that destination. One way to learn mindfully is to learn conditionally; to see the world as “it would seem that” and “could be”, which is very different than “it is.” If we recognized that evaluations occur in our heads rather than the external world, much of our stress would dissipate. Negativity and stress are typically a result of mindless ruminations about negative things we think are inevitable. If we simply ask ourselves why the dreaded event might not occur, we’d be less stressed. Next, if we ask ourselves how it may actually be a good thing if it does happen, again stress would diminish.

How do the mental constructs we attach to our experiences affect outcomes of health and well-being? Mental constructs are positions we consider as accepted certainties. When a physician makes a diagnosis, most people take it as a certainty and behave accordingly. Assuming that pain, decline or failure is inevitable can cause an individual to give up hope of complete recovery. But science only suggests probabilities, and if we understand this, we’ll go to work on a solution. We have a tremendous amount of control over our health that goes untapped. Placebos are today’s strongest medications demonstrating this fact. Initially, placebos were frowned upon by the pharmaceutical industry because a drug couldn’t be brought to market if a placebo was just as effective. When someone gives you a pill and you get better not because of the pill, but because of your beliefs about it, you realize that what stands in the way of healing is your own mindset.

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How have you seen these principles play out in your own life? My fascination with the ability of our mind to change our health began when my mother’s diagnosed metastasized breast cancer disappeared, a fact the medical world could not explain. Since then, my own prognosis related to a smashed ankle from a Beth Israel teaching hospital physician with the Harvard Medical School, stating that I would always walk with a limp and never play tennis again, has been completely overturned. My mission coming out of these two experiences is to determine how we can apply our mental capacities to increase control of our health and well-being. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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munity event where we give ourselves permission to rest and recharge. $20; registration required. Pure Wellness, 5307 S 92nd St, Ste 103, Hales Corners. 414-209-2705.


An Intimate Afternoon with Spirit – 1-3pm. Psychic mediums deliver messages from your loved ones during a gallery event. Kristina Nez Begay and Mike Pozorski navigate other worlds with ease to bring messages that can be validating and healing. Attendance does not guarantee a reading. $40. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. RSVP: 262-787-3001. Angel

Consciousness Is What I Am – Aug 2, 9, 16. 6-8:30pm. All are invited to this dynamic presentation of author Joel Goldsmith’s work; with Rev Brian Griffin. Freewill offering. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-4750105.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 3 Mediumship Training – Aug 3-4 & Sep 2-3. 9am4pm. Highly experiential class will teach a variety of techniques to make connections with the spirit world and give an evidential reading. Taught by Amy Wilinski, who trained with many gifted mediums and brings her work a blend of styles. $300/ non-residential, $355/shared accommodation & meals, $380/private room & meals. Register online: Spirit Message Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. After a meditation to awaken intuitive guidance, attendees will be guided to give & receive messages from spirit. For anyone interested in increasing intuitive abilities or wanting guidance from realms beyond: w/ Ginny Clark. No experience necessary. $20. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 Animal Communication Sessions – 12-4pm. Ever wonder what your animal friend is thinking? Bring your animal friend or pictures to find out their thoughts, feelings, behavioral issues or what they’d like; with Stacy Krafczyk. $65/20-minute sessions, cash or check. Bark n Scratch Outpost, 5835 W Blue Mound Rd, Milwaukee. Preregister: 414-444-4110. BarkNScratchOutpost.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 6 Midwest College of Oriental Medicine Fall Quarter Registration – 9am-5pm. For people dedicated to making a difference in someone’s life, committed to becoming an acupuncturist and natural healthcare practitioner. Fall Quarter begins September 30. Campuses in Racine, WI and Evanston, IL. 262-554-2010.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10 The Healing Power of Color – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn to create colored balls of light to heal the body and its emotional, mental and spiritual counterparts. Explore colors and how to use each color to boost energy, help strengthen a vital organ and calm a nervous system. A color healing protocol will be taught and experienced during this workshop that can be used for self-treatment or for others. $45.

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Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. RSVP: 262-7873001.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 PeaceTree Music Festival – Aug 11-12. Midwest College of Oriental Medicine sponsors this music, art and camping festival to give back to the community. Peacetree has joined with the Shalom Center to help fund building their new facility. $20. Sesquicentennial Bandshell, Pennoyer Park, 3601 7th Ave, Kenosha.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 Healing Touch Level 1 – Aug 12, 13. 8:30am5:30pm. A gentle, energy-based approach to health and healing; restores harmony and balance in the body through contact/non-contact touch. An evidence-based practice that offers continuing education for nurses and massage therapists. $365. Light of Grace Healing & Education Center, 5900 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. Info@LightOfGrace.Church. Reiki Level II Training – 9am-5pm. Learn 3 Usui Symbols, increase your energy and consciousness. 8 CEUs. Prerequisite: Level 1. $200. Private residence in Mukwonago. Register: 262-498-4162. Rhiana@ Animal Communication Sessions – 12-4pm. Ever wonder what your animal friend is thinking? Bring your animal friend or pictures to find out their thoughts, feelings, behavioral issues or what they’d like; with Stacy Krafczyk. $65/20-minute sessions, cash or check. Petlicious, 2217 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee. Preregister: 262-548-0923.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 Essential Oils 101 – 1-2:30pm. Learn the medicinal uses of many common essential oils. Experience how these oils can benefit the senses and bring physical, mental and emotional harmony; w/ Nikki Estes. $15. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-271-4972. Santosha

MONDAY, AUGUST 14 The Red Tent Event – 5:30-8:30pm. The Red Tent is a safe, woman-only space and supportive com-

Book Signing w/Cheri McCoy – 5-8pm. Join McCoy, Co-founder of Self-Acceptance Training and author of newly published Becoming Alive and Real: Journey into the Body’s Truth for a book signing. Free. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-271-4972. SantoshaYoga Book Club: Caravan of Remembering – 6:30-8pm. Sandra Zwirlein facilitates this group seeking to discover and empower personal life mission work. Love offering. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UCIM@

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16 Aveda IBW Mixer – 5-8pm. Get connected to Aveda with an express service and shop Aveda at a savings. Free; reservations limited. The Institute of Beauty and Wellness, 327 East St Paul Ave, 2nd Floor, Milwaukee. RSVP: 414-227-2889.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 Gateways to Truth: Hypnosis & Dreams – 10am12pm. Practicing hypnotherapist Clara Wang joins Susan Larkin in a workshop to explore dreams and guided hypnosis, and experience newer levels of awareness together. Refreshments will be served. $20. Light of Grace Healing & Education Center, 5900 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-2585555. Info@LightOfGrace.Church.

MONDAY, AUGUST 21 Yoga Summer Camp – Aug 21-24. 6-7am. Integrate your body. Learn how different parts of your body work together to become stronger and more coordinated through unifying your body and breath. $40. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-271-4972. SantoshaYoga

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24 Getting Serious about Essential Oils – 1011:30am. Learn how essential oils support overall physical fitness for greater freedom and ease to move through the day; w/Barb Lemke. Open to all, beginners and experienced. Q&A follows. $5; preregistration appreciated. Center for Well-Being Lake Country LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607. Mini Chakra Experience – 6:30-8:30pm. This summer mini-class will introduce the chakra system and include a hands-on experiential section introducing two protocols for clearing and balancing the chakras; w/Sheri Bauer, RMT, CCRMT. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 Unlocking Your Sixth Sense – 1-5pm. Are you this thing of flesh and bone, a mortal dwelling place? Or an ineffable peace, endless beauty, the limitless perfection of love itself? Class will help you get a better connection and awareness. $30. Light of Grace Healing & Education Center, 5900 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. Info@LightOfGrace.Church.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 Artists Showcase – Unity friends and family will be exhibiting samples of their creative expression artists, musicians, poets, authors, crafters, dancers, bakers and other talents - following morning fellowship. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Chakra Workshops – Sun through Dec 10. 1:304pm. Learn how chakras affect your life in these seven interactive writing workshops. 21 CEUs. $35/per workshop. 1005 Main St, Mukwonago. Register, contact, Rhiana: 262-498-4162. Rhiana@

savethedate SEPTEMBER 17 A Metaphysical Fall Festival: Pagan Pride – Sep 17.12-7pm. Ritual begins at 6pm. The Fellowship of Alternative Beliefs’ 12th annual Pagan Pride Festival; celebrating and educating about various Pagan belief systems. Food, fun, readings, free workshops. Free. Tanner-Paull Hall, 6922 W Orchard Ave. More info: 414-3504291 or Sponsored by: Fellowship of Alternative Beliefs. Reiki Level One Training – Sep 23. 9am-5pm. Learn Reiki for yourself so that you may give yourself or others a treatment; 8 CEUs. $200. Register: 262-498-4162. A Course in Miracles Weekend Intensive – Sep 29-Oct 1. Teachers from the School for a Course in Miracles, in Denver, will do the weekend intensive. Learn what ACIM defines as the root of all problems, seeming separation from God and our true self. $150/by Aug 1, $180/after. Light of Grace Healing & Education Center, 5900 West National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. Info@LightOfGrace.Church.

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Meditation Instructor Certification –Sep 13, 27, Oct 11, 25, Nov 8, 29 - 4-5:30pm; or Sep 11, 25, Oct 9, 23, Nov 6, 20 - 1-2:30pm. Extended practice Dec 2 - 9:30am-2:30pm. Preparation to lead guided meditation groups or individuals, designed to help integrate and become familiar with the science and practices that support mindfulness; w/Ann Marie Arvoy. $795. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. 262-518-0173.

Peru Mysticism – January 28-Feb 3, 2018. Explore Peruvian shamanism up close and personal on a spiritual journey with Golden Light Healing. Participate in healing rituals and meditations at ancient holy sites, including the fabled City of Light, Machu Picchu, with the local shamans. Information, Amy: 920-609-8277.


OCTOBER El Camino de Santiago – Oct 2-12, 2017. El Camino de Santiago, The Way of St. James, is an ancient pilgrimage trail of personal reflection, crossing the wine country, mountains and valleys of Spain, ending at the cathedral in Compostela where St. James’ remains are said to be interred. Led by spiritual teacher, Amy Wilinski, you will travel with tailor-made meditations, rituals and ceremonies. Golden Light Healing. 920-609-8277.

RETREAT CENTER AVAILABLE – Experience Shalom House: 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 12 beds. Perfect for weekend/overnight retreats, day workshops, couples getaway and more. Location: Kettle Moraine Forest, West Bend, WI. Visit AQuietPlace or call 612-991-4481.

savethedate OCTOBER 6-8 Midwest Women’s Herbal: Mycelium Mysteries: A Women’s Mushroom Retreat – Eugenia Bone, author and food journalist, will make the keynote address, “Mycophilia.” Other presenters: Sue Van Hook, Mara Penfil, Linda Conroy, Sarah Foltz and Carla Kramer. Retreat will focus on understanding fungi as the grandmothers of our ecosystems, with workshops at beginner through advanced levels. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info & registration:

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Women’s Retreat: Honoring Mother Earth – September 15-17. Fri, 12pm-Sun, 12pm. Join Diane Seymour and Sandra Anderson to embrace the connection to Mother Earth and her beauty in our lives. See website for more information. Cedar Valley Retreat Center, West Bend. RSVP: 262-3670607.

Craft and Vendors Fair – Nov 3 & 4. Vendors welcome. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105.

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Evanston Streets Alive and Green Living Festival – Sep 10. 1-5pm. For today, Main St becomes a milelong public park. Co-sponsor Midwest College of Oriental Medicine is promoting public health, arts and culture, local pride and environmental awareness. Free. Main Street from Chicago Ave to Crown Park, Evanston, IL.

A Witches’ Costume Ball – October 21. Buffet Dinner, Samhain ritual & dancing. Music provided by Elite Signature DJ Service. Sponsored by The Fellowship of Alternative Beliefs. $40. Must be at least 21 years old. The Tanner-Paull Hall, 6922 W Orchard St, Milwaukee. Purchase tickets after 6pm: 414-350-4291.



4th Rock the Green Sustainability Festival – 2-11pm. World-class music, eco-education, zero waste and local food. This year’s lineup includes Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Barns Courtney, Mondo Cozmo and more. $50/ general admission, $100/VIP, free/10 and under. Reed Street Yards, S 3rd St and Freshwater Way, Milwaukee. More info and ticket purchase:

Shamanic Training Whispers on the Wind – Group 15: July 19-23, Sept 20-24, Jan 3-7, May 16-20/2018. Group 16: Nov 1-5, Apr 11-15, Jul & Oct/2018. Explore ancient energy medicine in this transformational four-series program which include lectures, hands-on practice, experiential exercises, and rites of passage. Held at Golden Light Healing Retreat Center, Wisconsin, where you are held in the arms of Mother Nature as you explore the teachings of the medicine wheel. See website or call for more information. Amy Wilinski: 920-609-8277.

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$5 Yoga Classes – Daily yoga classes available; call or visit the website for the schedule. The Institute of Beauty and Wellness, 327 East St. Paul Ave, Milwaukee. RSVP: 414-227-2889.

Beginner/Intermediate Yoga – 9-10am. Relieve stress, gain flexibility, strength and balance. Emphasis is on proper alignment and breathing for a safe, healing practice. Led by Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT. $44/4 weeks, $13/class. The Ommani Center, 1166 Quail Court, Ste 210, Pewaukee. Register: 414-217-4185.

sunday Friendship and Potluck – 4th Sun. Celebrate with a spiritual community; messages and music during the service followed by food and fellowship. Bring a friend and a dish to share. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Sunday Gathering: Light of Grace – 10am. Come for meditation, soul-filled music and an inspiring spiritual message to uplift and motivate you. Light of Grace, 5806 W. National Ave, West Allis. 414258-5555. LightOfGrace.Church. Unity Church of Light Sunday Service – 10am. Sunday service with Rev Sue Ellen Kelly and the amazing music of George Busateri, John Zaffiro and various soloists. Children’s Sunday school at same time. Unity Church of Light, 150 S Sunnyslope Rd, Ste 110, Brookfield (in Bishop’s Woods West 1). 262-641-7558. Shamanic Journey and Drumming Circle – 11:30am. 3rd Sun. Meets following fellowship and service. Please bring your drum, some available for use. Group led by Dennis Clark, president, board of trustees. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Coloring and Crafting Club – 12pm. 2nd Sun. Meets in the fireside room following fellowship and service. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa.

monday Mindfulness Meditation: Jump Start Your Work Week – 8-8:45am. Starting the day fully present is a good way to bring your best self to the workplace: w/Joanne Nelson, Wake Up the Writer Within. Free will donation; preregistration appreciated. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607.

wednesday Wellness Wednesday – 10am-1pm. Three presentations each session: A different wellness women theme each month. $12.50/per day, $40/ per month. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Anne Wondra: 262-544-4310. Beginner/Intermediate Yoga – 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, e-RYT. $44/4 weeks, $13/class. The Ommani Center, 1166 Quail Ct, #210, Pewaukee. Register: 414-217-4185.

thursday Minister’s Book Study – 9:15-10:45am. This is an open discussion group; currently discussing The Untethered Soul, The Journey Beyond Yourself. Free. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Guided Meditation – 9-9:40am. A guided mindfulness meditation with a focus on the breath to develop increased awareness and presence; with Caroline Raffel, certified meditation instructor. Open for beginner to advanced practice. $15, free/ members. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. 262-518-0173. Gentle Healing Yoga – 10-11am. Gentle, individualized class ideal for those with chronic aches and pains, arthritis, fibromyalgia, MS, cancer, post-injury, health conditions, or interested in gentle yoga. Instructor: Shelley Carpenter, PT, eRYT. $40/4 weeks, $12/class. Lakepoint Church, S63W13694 Janesville Rd, Muskego. Register: 414-217-4185. Silent Unity Prayer and Healing Circle – 11am. This prayer time coincides with the prayer time at World Headquarters Silent Unity where prayer partners are praying 24/7/365. This is a powerful time to join in prayer. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105.



Tai Chi with Jack Lavin – Sep 7-Nov 9. 6-7pm. This includes 12 basic movement patterns and a simplified tai chi form, a sequence of movements strung together practiced in a slow, continuous, mindful way; w/certified tai chi fundamentals instructor. $140, 120/members; registration on line required. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. 262-518-0173. Beginner/Intermediate Yoga – 6:30pm. Relieve stress, gain flexibility, strength and balance. Emphasis is on proper alignment and breathing for a safe, healing practice. Led by Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT. $40/4 weeks, $12/class. Lakepoint Church, S63W13694 Janesville Rd, Muskego. Register: 414-217-4185.

friday Yoga for Back and Core – Through Sep. 9:4510:45am. No class Aug 11. In this meditative hatha yoga class, basic postures and stretches for a healthy spine and strong inner core are practiced; w/Caroline Raffel. All levels welcome. $12, $50/5 class pass, $10/ member, $45/5 class member pass. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. 262-518-0173. Community Drumming Circle – 6:30-8pm. 1st Fri. Bring your friends and drums and sink into a smooth flow. Release the stress of daily life; w/Tom Kotlarek. No experience necessary. Drums available. Donation; preregistration encouraged. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607.

saturday Yoga w/Mary Galati – 9am. 1st & 3rd Sat. Appropriate for all ages and abilities. Bring yoga mat or beach towel, wear comfortable clothing; men invited to participate. $7.50 per session. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-4750105. Sangha/Mindfulness Meditation – 8-10am. The practice of mindfulness includes: meditation, mindful walking, conscious breathing, and awareness of the present moment; w/Hal Dessel and Joe Wittig. Unity Church Of Light, 150 S Sunnyslope Rd, Ste 110, Brookfield. 262-641-7558. Citizens Climate Lobby – 10am-2pm. 2nd Sat. This is a non-partisan group dedicated to finding effective ways to preserving and protecting our planet from further climate change. Unity Church in Milwaukee, Wedding Suite, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414475-0105.

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262-369-5317 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland Mechthilde Moser is a certified ayurveda counselor/educator, panchakarma therapist and holistic life coach helping you to experience health through ayurvedic bodywork, lifestyle and diet consultations and coaching.


Stacy Krafczyk • 414-460-4781


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.


Aimee Lawent Beach 414-732-9860 Aimee is a Healing Touch for Animals (HTA) Practitioner and animal communicator. HTA restores harmony and balance to an animal’s energy system and works cooperatively with traditional veterinary care.


12800 W National Ave, New Berlin 262-955-6600 Santhigram’s Vaidya Sunita, the only ayurvedic doctor in Wisconsin, offers affordable authentic ayurvedic consultations, diet/yoga/lifestyle coaching, panchakarma treatments, spa services. Come, experience true healing. See ad, page 39.


1841 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee 414-377-3898


SANTOSHA YOGA AND AYURVEDA W307 N1497 Golf Rd, Delafield 262-271-4972

Nikki Estes offers holistic health coaching through ayurvedic consultations, AyurYoga therapy and ayurvedic products and essential oils. Balance the body, focus the mind, enlighten the spirit. See ad, page 10.

19601 W Bluemound Rd, #100, Brookfield 414-405-3956 Emily Yenor, Physical Therapist and movement expert, identifies and corrects muscle imbalances throughout the body to help you move better, feel better and live better. See ad, page 24.

CHIROPRACTIC OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER 15850 W Bluemound Rd, Ste 306, Brookfield 262-226-8349 We combine the best of chiropractic, physical therapy and wellness care. We use a comprehensive panel of diagnostic testing to insure our patients get the highest level of care possible.


17280 W North Ave, Ste G-102, Brookfield 262-789-0576 Special focus on women and children, Dr. Settimi has been providing exceptional wellness care to our community for over 27 years. Our natural approach addresses common healthcare concerns in a warm and welcoming environment. See ad, page 8.


13000 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove 262-787-3001 • 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.

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4763 N 124 St, Butler • 262-790-0748 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 15.


222 N Franklin St, Port Washington 262-235-4525 Dr. Railand is passionate about treating all ages with a whole body p e r s p e c t i v e . We c o m b i n e advanced alternative treatments with conventional procedures to provide true wellness. See ad, page 5.

INTEGRATIVE DENTAL SOLUTIONS N35 W23770 Capitol Dr, Pewaukee 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale 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.


Visit to get your free sample of Extreme Kleaner, a non-toxic biodegradable multi-purpose cleaner-degreaser aimed to improve air and water quality and reduce negative influences on the environment. See ad, page 2.


414-534-6943 Twitter & Instagram: @housecrockery Locally sourced, 100% Americanmade, pure elegant copper cookware, organic cast iron skillets, wooden spoons, pottery and more. Redesign your kitchen with handcrafted essentials. See ad, page 17.

HOLISTIC HEALING CENTER FOR WELL-BEING Sandra Anderson 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland 262-367-0607 •

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 21.

125 W Wisconsin Ave, Ste 102, Pewaukee 262-737-4004


Amy Wilinski, Shamanic Energy Practitioner/ Reiki Master • 920-609-8277 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.



Reiki healing sessions and instruction, yoga classes for all in Pewaukee, Muskego, Greendale. Restore balance, health and wellbeing in mind, body and spirit.


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.


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 24.


Susie Raymond, Esthetician, Life Coach, Reiki Master/Teacher • 414-352-6550 Reveal your radiance through natural methods of skin rejuvenation, including photo rejuvenation, gentle peels, natural/ organic customized facials. Susie brings 19 years of experience to every service and has a gentle healing touch. See ad, page 8.


My wellness site is life-centered. I write about and teach empowered wellness, useful resources, and creating everyday wellness for ourselves. Learn more on my blog tab at


Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT, Reiki Master/Teacher • 414-217-4185 800-337-8326


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.



Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek 414-651-2243

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.

262-544-4310 2312 N Grandview Blvd, Ste 101, Waukesha Anne Wondra is a coach, writer, muse, madam of feminine spirit arts and sciences, spiritual exploring, self-esteem, inner wisdom and energy medicine. See ad, page 11.

LYMPHATIC DETOX ALIVE & WELL NATURALLY 140 S Main St, Thiensville 262-297-7070

Teresa Lopez offers dry salt bed t h e r a p y, S T- 8 Ly m p h a t i c decongestion/oxygen/ozone, MediCupping, microscopy, and independent monthly healthy foods lifestyle courses. Complimentary BioMat sessions.


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

ZUZA’S WAY INTEGRATIVE WHOLE FAMILY CARE 817 N East Ave, Waukesha 262-312-9098 •

Dagmara Beine blends Western medicine with Integrative/ Functional medicine to empower your whole family with knowledge and the right tools to make the most informed decisions for your health. See ad, page 17.


Specializing in neurology, pain treatment, and musculoskeletal medicine, we provide traditional and alternative regenerative therapies that have enabled thousands of patients to avoid surgery, reduce medications, and relieve their pain. See ad, page 29.

4433 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood 414-939-8748

Dr. Sarah Axtell and Dr. Joanne Aponte are naturopathic doctors with a focus on autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, hormone imbalances, weight loss and hypothyroidism. See ad, page 7.

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.



11649 N Port Washington Rd, Ste 225, Mequon 262-518-0173 • Dragonfly Meditation is a secular (non-religious) mindfulnessb a s e d s t u d i o w h i c h o ff e r s meditation instruction, special workshops, retreats, massage, reiki and yoga classes. See ad, page 15.

Bay View, Brown Deer, Milwaukee, Mequon and Wauwatosa locations 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 19.


10040 N Port Washington Rd, Mequon 262-241-5604 My mission is to provide personal, compassionate counseling that transforms the human experience to one of joy and hope by optimizing each client’s potential.


MYOFASCIAL RELEASE WHITE WOLF MFR Infinity Healing Center, 3305 N 124th St, Brookfield 414-543-0855


12800 W National Ave, New Berlin 262-955-6600 At Trinergy, a holistic mental health clinic, Dr Tummala provides mind-body evaluation & comprehensive treatment plan to address psychological problems & achieve health & vitality. See ad, page 39.

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NUTRITION LANGLOIS’ VITAL NUTRITION CENTER 8843 W North Ave, Wauwatosa 414-453-8289 store, 414-453-4070 office

Langlois’ Vital Nutrition Center is at the forefront in optimal nutrition. Optimal nutrition equals: Increased energy, more productivity, enhanced emotions, improved brain function and more. See ad, page 40.



100 Main St, Mukwonago 262-498-4162 Rhiana is trained in Usui and Holy Fire Karuna Reiki. Earn CEUs. If you’re looking for certified training and compassionate healing sessions, call Rhiana.


121 E Silver Spring Dr, Ste 208, Whitefish Bay 414-758-0657

401 E Silver Spring Dr, Whitefish Bay 414-332-3636

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 17.

Yellow Wood specializes in premier outdoor gear with a conscience, passion for what we do and purpose to create a better society and community. See ad, page 10.



262-337-1530 Brookfield and Glendale locations

414-459-1224 Wauwatosa and Walker’s Point Locations

Rolfing Structural Integration is a unique whole-body approach that facilitates effortless, upright posture & fluid, pain-free movement. It helps you feel comfortable in your own skin. See ad, page 17.

Doctors of Physical Therapy Daniel Schumann and Rachel Thiel offer unique techniques to eliminate pain and limitations and bring you to better movement for a better life. See ad, page 19.

REIKI ANGELIK HANDS Infinity Healing Center, 3305 N 124th St, Brookfield 414-429-5117 Ann Miller is certified in the Usui Shiki Ryoho method of reiki. Experience the many benefits of reiki energy healing, which promotes physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.


13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove 262-787-3001 • 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.


327 E St Paul Ave, Milwaukee 414-227-2889 • Located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, The Institute of Beauty and Wellness is a leading Aveda school with multiple beauty and wellness programs.




6232 Bankers Rd, Racine • 800-593-2320 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 11.


682 Kettle Moraine Drive South, Slinger 920-210-0370 Rachel Geschke is a Face Reality Acne Specialist and holistic esthetician. She specializes in acne treatment and prevention, along with reiki-infused facials, peels and waxing.


Associate Pastor Kris Nelsen 5806 W National Ave, West Allis LightOfGrace.Church A loving, spiritual community dedicated to assisting others on their spiritual journey. We provide 10am Sunday gatherings, healing services, weddings, classes & m o r e . S e n i o r P a s t o r To m Sherbrook. See ad, page 12.


Rev Mari Gabriels on 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa • 414-475-0105 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 31.


7963 N Port Washington Rd, Fox Point 414-405-3556 Offering yoga, meditation, reiki, massage, naturopathic skin care treatments and remedies, organic makeup. A personalized experience for children and adults in a cozy, home-like setting.

A holistic approach to mental wellness EVALUATION OF:

Focus on mental wellness, not illness Comprehensive whole body approach Safe and effective treatments Root cause psychiatry Self-empowering

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Book an Integrative Psychiatry consultation w/ Dr Tummala and receive a complimentary Consultation (30 min session) with the Ayurvedic doctor at Santhigram.

“We now know that mental illness can be a result of many different physiological imbalances, such as nutritional deficiency, hormonal imbalances, digestive system health. At Trinergy Health, we address these root causes to heal the body and help you achieve mental wellness and balance.” Dr. Aruna Tummala, MD, AIHM (Integrative Psychiatrist)

12800 W National Ave, New Berlin

Genetics Nutritional status Gut Function Hormones, etc


• Addressing biochemical individuality through diet, lifestyle & medicines • Detox/cleanse treatments • Psychotherapy

Authentic Ayurvedic Services For Health & Vitality!!! August Special !!

Face, head, neck, and shoulder massage - 60 min - only $75. Henna for hair $30 extra (15- 30 mins extra) • Services by highly qualified Ayurvedic doctor (Vaidya)* • All Natural Organic spa • Health and vitality in your hands

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12800 W National Ave, New Berlin • 262-955-6600

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Why Diet Alone Will Not Vastly Increase Your Energy Improving your diet is always a good idea. Improving your diet will usually increase your energy. But improving your diet will generally NOT give you vast and long-lasting increases in energy. Why? The answer is that diet is TOO RANDOM an approach to BREAK a deeply set mineral pattern. You can’t really control the minerals in your diet. You can’t really put all your foods on a scale and measure out the exact portions to the gram before eating. Diet alone is not organized enough to give the body the guidance it needs. You must measure and test the body to more scientifically improve your health. Watch the videos on our website.

Need Energy? Visit our website!

Call today!

Jeffrey Langlois

CN, ND, CNC – 31 years experience

Drew Detzner

CNC, MH – 10 years experience

Benefits of individualizing your supplements: More energy to express your true self • Improved emotional well being Increased work capacity • Enhanced mental functioning • Better decision making

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