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ohn E. Whitcomb, M.D., director of Brookfield Longevity & Healthy Living Clinic, is now certified as a Mold Qualified Doctor. The certification process was done through the Shoemaker Protocol, a process established by Maryland-based physician Ritchie Shoemaker, M.D., who is a pioneering leader in patient care, research and education in the field of biotoxinrelated illness. Whitcomb notes that mold-related illnesses can often be misdiagnosed or undetected. “About 25 John E. Whitcomb, M.D. percent of people are vulnerable to illness if exposed to mold,” he says. “We call it fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue, and it is usually considered a medical mystery.” Whitcomb is fellowship trained and board certified in anti-aging medicine and internal medicine. He states that he is Wisconsin’s first doctor with a master’s degree in nutrition and mold certification. Location: 17585 W. North Ave., Ste. 160, Brookfield. For more information, call 262-784-5300 or visit See ad, page 16.

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Wellness Professionals Unite to Offer Women’s Empowerment Circles


ubrey Poglajen, of Ananda Healing Collective, along with registered yoga teacher Jozi Tatham and energy healer Ellie Badji, are collaborating to facilitate women’s empowerment circles starting January 10. The circles will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. every other Thursday, at Siddhi Yoga, in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood. The women’s empowerment Aubrey Poglajen circles will focus on building community and empowering women to harness assertive communication, which focuses on personal responsibility and supports the Divine Feminine rising energy. The goal is to create a safe space that focuses on neutrality, non-judgment and grounding, where women can learn to communicate in a loving way and support each other. Poglajen is a licensed acupuncturist and owner of Ananda Healing Collective. She is trained in Chinese medicine and CranioSacral Therapy, with a focus on emotional and trauma healing. Tatham has a master’s degree in yoga studies. She owns Siddhi Yoga, and her training includes Street Yoga and Yoga for Social Change. Badji is a healer, educator and writer. She has spent her career in human service, including volunteer work with AmeriCorps. She is an energy healer and wellness coach. Cost: $35 per person. Location: 3473 N. Booth St., Milwaukee. For more information, call 414-791-0303 or 414-436-5441, email or or visit See ad, page 19.

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his holiday season, Milwaukee will join other cities including Denver and St. Louis in participating in the 12 Bars of Charity movement to raise money for selected local nonprofits, while supporting area bars and restaurants. The 12 Bars of Milwaukee event was created this year to help local charities build awareness, attract local members and raise money for their organizations. The event takes place from 8 p.m. to midnight, December 7, at participating bars and restaurants throughout Downtown Milwaukee. Participants can register online and select to join one of eight charity teams: Autism Speaks, Hunger Task Force, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Wisconsin Humane Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee, Lucky Mutts Rescue, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin or Alzheimer’s Association. Upon registering, $10 will go to the charity of choice, and participants receive a team sweatshirt and shuttle pass. On the night of the pub crawl, participants bring their printed ticket and identification to register and pick up their 12 Bars shirt and other items, and then they can start the pub crawl. There is no start or end point for the pub crawl, and one may start at any bar or restaurant of choice. The shuttles run a continuous loop around the bars. Cost: $30 plus tax. For more information, visit 12BarsOfCharity. com/Milwaukee.

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Blue Light Raises Cancer Risk Blue light—a range of the visible light spectrum emitted by most white LEDs and most tablet and phone screens—could be hazardous to our health, a new study shows. Researchers from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health analyzed the blue light exposure and medical histories of 4,000 people throughout Spain, also utilizing nighttime images taken by astronauts in the International Space Station to assess exposure of residents of Barcelona and Madrid. They found that those exposed to more blue light at night had between 1.5 to two times the risk of prostate and breast cancer. “Given the ubiquity of artificial light at night, determining whether it increases or not the risk of cancer is a public health issue,” says lead author Ariadna García. 10


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South Korean women in their first trimester of pregnancy during the country’s stressproducing new year’s holiday had babies that were a third of an ounce lighter on average, discovered an Australian study of nearly 8.6 million mothers covering 17 years. The extent of the birth weight reduction was similar to reduced birth weights found among babies from mothers in Columbia, after they had experienced area landmine explosions during their first trimester.

Serving yams with a holiday dinner helps protect liver health, new research shows. Scientists from the University of Mississippi and King Saud University, in Saudi Arabia, found that steroidal glycoside compounds in wild yam root known as furostans can help protect liver cells against damage from free radicals.

Meditation Soothes Anxiety and Improves Focus Even a single mindfulness meditation session can significantly reduce anxiety and lower heart rates, Michigan Technological University research shows. Fourteen people with mild to moderate anxiety participated in a 20-minute introductory meditation, a 30-minute mindful scan of each body part seeking areas of stress and a 10-minute selfguided meditation. An hour later, the meditators showed both lower resting heart rates and anxiety levels. A week later, they continued to report less anxiety. Another study at Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland, uncovered an anatomical reason why breath-based meditation practices can enhance mental clarity and focus, as yogis have long claimed. The research focused on a small area in the brain called the locus coeruleus, which is responsible for producing an action hormone and neurotransmitter called noradrenaline. They found that this part of the brain is affected by our inhaling and exhaling patterns. “Put simply, this means that our attention is influenced by our breath, and that it rises and falls with the cycle of respiration,” says lead author Michael Melnychuk. “It is possible that by focusing on and regulating your breathing, you can optimize your attention level.”


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Rosemary Lowers the Blues, Aids Sleep and Memory In a double-blind, randomized study at Iran’s Kerman University of Medical Sciences, 68 university students took either 500 milligrams of rosemary or a placebo each day for one month. Those taking the rosemary saw their levels of anxiety and depression significantly reduced and their memory scores boosted by 14 percent; students reporting nights of good sleep rose from 47 percent to 62 percent.

Five Healthy Habits Add Years of Life Analyzing why Americans have a lower life expectancy when compared to most other developed countries, Harvard researchers used 34 years of data on more than 120,000 health professionals to focus on five lifestyle factors that promote longevity. They found that women and men lived on average 14 years and 12 years longer, respectively, if they had a healthy body weight (between 18.5 and 24.9 BMI), never smoked, exercised at moderate-to-vigorous levels at least 30 minutes a day, ate a healthy diet and drank only moderately (one five-ounce glass of wine for women, two for men). The effect was cumulative; the combination of all five produced the greatest life extension. Those that maintained the healthiest lifestyles were 82 percent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease and 65 percent less likely to die from cancer, compared with those with the least healthy lifestyles.

Dark Chocolate Proven Healthier than Ever Dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cacao can have positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity, according to two new studies from Loma Linda University, in California. Ten participants ate a 48-gram bar of dark chocolate at the beginning of each study and then ate a piece of dark chocolate every two hours when they were awake for several days. Blood tests revealed the chocolate heightened sense perception and nervous system responsiveness and increased both anti-inflammatory agents and infection-fighting cells. Gamma waves recorded by an electroencephalogram (EEG) suggested the treat could positively impact cognitive function and creativity even two hours after eating it.

Too Much Sitting Thins the Brain Sitting too much thins the medial temporal lobe (MTL), the part of the brain known for forming new memories, reports a study from the University of California, Los Angeles. Researchers questioned 35 people of ages 45 to 75 about how much time they spent sitting and exercising, then gave each participant a high-resolution MRI scan. Sedentary behavior was significantly linked to thinning of the MTL. Even increased levels of physical activity did not offset the harmful effects of sitting for extended periods, according to the research.

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Not Yet Extinct

New Species Discovered

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European airline EasyJet aims to begin service with electric-powered airplanes within the next decade by collaborating with aviation startup Wright Electric. The company wants to build vehicles with room for 120 and 220 passengers and a range of 335 miles. Not only is battery performance steadily improving, but methods are surfacing to improve the performance of electric motors and squeeze more range out of existing technology.

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According to the National Christmas Tree Association, more than 27 million holiday trees were purchased in the U.S. last year. But during the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009, growers didn’t have the funds to plant adequately, and smaller crops are just starting to hit the market now, creating higher prices. Some varieties take up to 12 years to reach holiday height. Exports from the Pacific Northwest will be down about 1.5 million trees this year, according to Ken Cook, whose McKenzie Farms has 8 million trees planted across 10,000 acres in Oregon. “There’s a huge shortage of Christmas trees, and it’ll continue to be that way for at least 10 years,” says the 80-year-old farmer. Supplies are also somewhat diminishing in North Carolina and Michigan, which have the nation’s second- and third-largest Christmas tree outputs, respectively. More households now put up faux trees than real trees. One benefit of real trees stems from their ability to capture carbon dioxide and produce oxygen as they grow. They’re also biodegradable and are usually shipped regionally, not from overseas.

The U.S. Forest Service has determined that as the acreage of urban environments more than doubles between 2010 and 2060, green spaces and urban forests need to expand to maintain air quality, moderate climate change and lower energy use. The federal agency, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, favors an increase in the tree canopy that can save cities billions of dollars in pollution removal, energy efficiency and carbon sequestration. In China, air pollution is such a serious problem that it was responsible for a third of all deaths there in 2016. The government has deployed troops to plant a 32,400-squaremile, pollution-absorbing “sponge” of forested land around Beijing, China’s densely populated and highly polluted capital city.

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We know a lot about the Earth and its creatures, but never everything. The State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry, in Syracuse, has compiled a list of the top 10 new species discovered in 2018, which includes a rare great ape, hitchhiking beetle, omnivorous marsupial lion thought-tobe-extinct and other species that are critically endangered. Quentin Wheeler, college president and founding director of the International Institute for Species Exploration, says, “As humans alter habitats and contribute to global climate change, species are going extinct at a faster rate than we can name them. They can teach us so much about the intricacies of ecosystems and the details of evolutionary history.”

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Energy Worker a Goodwill Ambassador for Animals by Sheila Julson


hen Stacy she formed All Spirit Krafczyk Healing in 2008. was in her By offering energy 20s, things weren’t going and intuitive work for so well. Stress from an people and their furry, unhealthy relationship had feathered or scaly friends, caused migraines and freKrafczyk considers quent illnesses. Through herself a bridge between meditation, she was able the human and animal to heal, and she also diskingdoms. Her animal covered her intuitive gifts. communication services Today, she combines her encompass all creatures passion for animals with great and small—dogs, Stacy Krafczyk her energy healing abilicats, rabbits, ferrets, birds, ties at All Spirit Healing, where she offers reptiles—even farm animals. Although animal communication services, intuitive humans and animals don’t speak the same readings, reiki, after-life communication language, she says that people do have the and coaching. power to effectively communicate with Krafczyk grew up in Waukesha. their pets. Pets were a regular part of her household “People must remember to talk to and her family also rescued wildlife. “We their animals about their daily life and always had wild animals that were hurt or changes to the home,” she says. “Anybody injured, and we rehabilitated them and let that shares their life with animals needs to them go back into the wild,” she reflects. stay intuitively connected.” Krafczyk offers “I always had a bond with all animals— three options for her animal communicadomesticated, wild or farm animals.” tion services. The first, with the appoint For nine years, she worked as an ment arranged online, is via phone, after animal caretaker for the Humane Animal the client sends a picture of themselves Welfare Society (HAWS), a rescue shelter and their animal family with the eyes fully in Waukesha. She also worked as an visible. She will call at the scheduled time animal control officer for the Milwaukee and talk to the animal first to hear what Area Domestic Animal Control Commisthe animal has to say. “I give them the sion (MADACC). During that time, she floor, and then I’ll relay that information discovered meditation. to their humans. I’ll then answer questions,” She cites her meditation teacher, the she explains. late Carol Roberts, as her saving grace: Another way to access her services is Roberts introduced her to palm readings when she is working out of Bark N’ Scratch and other energy and intuitive-related Outpost, in Milwaukee; or Petlicious, classes. “I soaked up this world like a in Waukesha. People can bring in their sponge,” she recalls. She studied energy animals, or photos of current pets or those healing modalities through the Free Spirit who have crossed over. The third option School of Integrated Energy Healing, and for service is at Krafczyk’s Waukesha office.

Pets aren’t allowed in the building, but people can bring in photos. During most sessions, she notes that much information is revealed about the animal’s health. “I can decipher aches or pains in the animal’s body, because it’s their nature to hide or disguise pain. With my ability to see and feel in my body where they’re hurting, they’ll tell me a lot. Some animals aren’t eating because they have digestive issues. Or people bring a new animal into the home without telling the present animal that a new addition is coming. That can cause jealousy, hurt feelings and confusion.” Reiki energy work is another tool that Krafczyk uses to connect people and animals. When she’s in person with the animals, she uses hands-on healing. Animals can be lying across the room but still receive the energy healing. Hands-on placement on the animal’s body can help move stuck energy, which she says can benefit them emotionally and physically. The energy work can also be done via phone, in which she acts as the vessel to let energy flow through her to the pets. Her after-life communication services can give closure to people that had unexpectedly lost a beloved pet. She also leads classes and coaching services to instruct others in the art of energy work, and how to launch their own energy healing businesses. In addition, Krafczyk does speaking engagements, private readings and events. “I feel like I’m the goodwill ambassador for animals, giving them a voice and how to be talked to with love, respect and compassion,” she says. “Animals come to us for healing and teaching as much as we come to them. Animals can get to those places in our soul where people can’t and help us heal. As we’re able to heal, we can help heal other people and animals in our lives. It’s a ripple effect.” All Spirit Healing is located at 2314 N. Grandview Blvd., Ste. 107, Waukesha. For more information, call 414-460-4781 or visit See ad, page 16. Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings. December 2018


A GLOBAL WAKE-UP CALL Collective Consciousness Nears Spiritual Tipping Point by Linda Sechrist


all it enlightenment, awakening, transcendence, self-realization or any of the myriad terms used to describe the ultimate higher state of consciousness. People have been seeking it for millennia, but beyond peak experiences of heightened awareness, only a few spiritual figures, Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha among them, are known to have lived in this exalted state. Yet, an unprecedented awakening has been underway since the 19th century.

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Humanity’s collective consciousness took an unexpected turn in 1968 after The Beatles captured the world stage. The iconic British group became agents of change in more ways than music when 14


their search for answers to life’s big questions led them to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s spiritual center in Rishikesh, India. Their interest in Transcendental Meditation (TM) sparked a surge of interest in enlightenment and meditation, providing the West with a popular means of cultivating higher states of awareness. A movement to bring about global awakening has been growing ever since. Fresh impetus, in the form of quantum physics, the science of yoga and spiritual practices rooted in ancient cultures, disseminated by books, teachings by spiritual luminaries and websites such as Conscious. TV, has exposed millions to the concept of consciously participating in the evolution of humanity to bring about a world that works for all.

In 2000, Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, provided a ray of hope for the estimated 50 million individuals involved in the world enlightenment movement by introducing the concept of critical mass. This occurs when an unshakable belief is held by 10 percent of the population. Scientists that tested the phenomenon at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in upstate New York, discovered, “Once that number grows above 10 percent, the idea spreads like flame.” Mahesh predicted that only 1 percent of humanity is needed to create enough good vibrations to usher in world peace. While the figures required to reach this critical mass can be debated, it’s certain that the old ways no longer work, and we are quickly running out of time to adopt viable solutions to mounting global crises. Despite this sense of urgency, we have no clear idea of where we are on the scale of transformation. Yet leading voices point to promising signs of progress in a developing collective awareness that acknowledges life’s interconnectedness and embodies life-affirming beliefs and values.

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Deepak Chopra, a physician, pioneering author and co-founder of living in California and New York, believes that we may be in a phase of the necessary transformational shift, experiencing disruption along with the emergence of a new paradigm. “The ultimate goal with our community, a collective well-being project, is to build a critical mass of people that will create a more peaceful, just and harmonious inner and outer world,” says Chopra. It begins with personal transformation through yoga, meditation, pranayama breathing exercises, nutrition, sleep, personal growth and relationships that enhance awareness. “Evolution should be gradual and comfortable,” he says. Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, in Beverly Hills, believes humanity is in the midst of an emerging renaissance of kindness, love and compassion, with

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millions embracing the planet as a living being. “This isn’t making news because mainstream journalists are still reporting from an old worldview,” he says. Beckwith, a renowned minister and teacher for 40 years, leads a 9,000-strong trans-denominational spiritual community. He remarks, “Those of us focused on adding our energy to the global enlightenment movement see aspects of it emerging in changes such as health care rather than sick care, businesses adopting multiple bottom lines of people, planet and purpose—rather than only profit—and the shift from a me to we consciousness.” Dianne Collins, author of Do You QuantumThink?: New Thinking that Will Rock Your World, in Miami, suggests it’s time to wake up to the fact that we are living in a quantum age and still using thought and language shaped by the Industrial Age. She discovered a burgeoning underground culture that she calls the “consciousness crowd” while researching her book tour audience. “These individuals are using new thinking and recognizing the worldview of interconnectedness based on modern science. The media doesn’t recognize that thinkers such as these represent the new mainstream, and no one realizes the tipping point is already here,” she says. Cate Montana, author of The E-Word: Ego, Enlightenment and Other Essentials, in Hawaii, likewise is convinced the movement has reached critical mass and is hopeful the perceived tipping point is closer than we think. “Every moment we’re awake, we’re being conditioned to believe in our limited physical nature and separation from everyone and everything around us. This is why we must re-educate ourselves regarding our full nature,” she says. News headlines of global conflicts and ecological decimation make it appear that we are regressing, Montana says, but we are not going backwards. “The nature of life is growth, expansion and evolution. As one example, some among the medical community now accept the validity of energy practices such as acupuncture, tai chi, qigong and reiki. None of these words were even being bandied about in the U.S. 50 years ago.”

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Today, an estimated 5 million people practice TM, which has been incorporated into some schools, universities, corporations and prison programs in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and India. “Those learning this meditation practice number as many as 30,000 to 40,000 a year, which significantly contributes a positive effect to the collective consciousness,” says John Hagelin, a leader of the TM movement in the U.S. Hagelin, president and professor of physics at the Maharishi University of Management, in Fairfield, Iowa, has been leading a scientific investigation into the foundations of human consciousness for 25 years. He’s one of the world’s preeminent researchers on the effects of meditation on brain development. “I think that we are much closer to a global spiritual tipping point than ever before,” he says. Ron Dalrymple, Ph.D., a quantum field psychologist practicing in Fort Myers, Florida, believes the threshold is close and that his quantum unified field theory explained in his film, The Endless Question, can win over skeptics. “I use mathematics, science and storytellers that have studied consciousness to explain in lay language my theory, which proposes that the mind is an energy field that extends beyond the brain, and its nucleus is the superconscious. Viewers are led to the undeniable reality of what we all are and to the need for creating a culture of enlightenment where we encourage and inspire one another to greatness,”

Truth is what we are. It is our essential nature and Being. It is the pure Self, the limitless One, the ultimate reality—it is awareness itself. But we have become unaware of the magnificence of our true nature on account of our upbringing, conditioning and education, which paint a very different picture of who we are—and all of which we believe. ~Mooji

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Why is light so important to us all?

Light is the foundation of everything that exists. That’s why light marks the convergence of science, religion and spirituality. The Bible speaks of the source of all creation as light. Throughout history, spiritual texts from various traditions speak about God, light and consciousness as if they are interchangeable. Physicists consider light to be the fundamental energy from which all life emerges. Everything is made of solidified light. Our entire physiology is light-dependent.

We are a living photocell, and light is an integral part of our guidance system. When we get an intuitive “hit” or spiritual insight, it’s the luminous intelligence of life effortlessly directing us toward the next step on our journey.

What can we do to more fully harness light as part of our guidance system?

Everyone asks: “What do I need to do?” It’s the idea of our doing something that puts a wrench in the works. The universe is an example of optimal efficiency, which means we invest nothing and get everything. The individual does no work, yet creation appears. The doing occurs by itself. This is not metaphorical; I am speaking about the law of the universe. This is fact.

What are some examples of such doing occurring by itself?

God’s wisdom—or light—funnels through all living things all the time; all beings have an inseparable connection. Everything in the body, everything in nature and in the universe is naturally self-activating and self-regulating. Yet even though everything is taken care of, we still think we have to do something. We’ve been conditioned into this way of thinking. Until we uncover the truth, we continue to live our ordinary, hard-working life. But when we understand that all of this is happening by itself, something inside us relaxes and breathes a sigh of relief.

What fuels our desire to act?

We think something is wrong with us or someone else, or that we’ve done something wrong in the past, and so try to fix it. Research shows that most of our responses to life are conditioned. I try to help people go beyond their hardwired reactions to explore the facts. When someone tells me he’s made a regrettable mistake, I say, “Tell me one part of your body that you control.” He may answer, “I control my thoughts.” I reply, “Are you sure those are your thoughts? You are aware of them after they surface. But did you create them?” As I keep asking such questions, it becomes obvious that the mistake has nothing to do with him. It’s an illusion that each of us is the god of our reality. The truth is that there is nothing to do because in the greater reality, nothing is wrong.

How has this exploration of light enriched and expanded your life?

It’s allowed me to live without a net. In the circus, tightrope walkers usually have a net in case they fall. We’ve been taught we must create safety, security and predictability. We work, save, plan and pray, trying to ensure our lives are filled with these three “fail safes”; qualities that have never existed on planet Earth. Most of our stress comes from trying to create something that doesn’t exist. It was liberating when I realized that the universe doesn’t work that way. Deborah Shouse is the author of Connecting in the Land of Dementia. Learn more at

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hen one hears the phrase: “When in Wisconsin...”, often what follows relates to the local food, drink and sports—or knowing your stuff when it comes to surviving Wisconsin winters. Depending upon the conditions, what you wear can make or break your experience in such an unforgiving climate. Learning about clothing insulation—the different types, the advantages of each, and their sustainability and affect on animals—helps one consider the important factors before making a decision about what clothing to buy.


Down is sourced from the layer of feathers closest to a duck’s or goose’s body (undercoating). Advantages of down: Down is widely considered to be the warmest and most efficient insulation available, requiring less weight and volume to provide the same amount of warmth. Fill power and compressibility: Fill power (FP) means neither weight nor density—it refers to the fluffiness of the down. The lighter and more fluffy the down, the greater the fill and the loft. Generally speaking, quality jackets feature fill power ranging from 550 to 1,000, with higher numbers representing greater compressibility which is more desirable. Fill power is measured 20


by placing one ounce of down into a cylindrical tube, then applying a light weight on top for one minute. After the weight is released, the down is measured by volume in cubic inches. Earth- and animal-friendliness: For those concerned with sustainability and the wellbeing of animals, there is no easy answer to determine how animal- and Earth-friendly the down in a particular garment is—one must look into the company’s practices. Socially responsible brands often use traceable down, allowing one to trace the exact source of the down that was used to make the fabric. Doing so helps maintain the highest standard of ethics and treatment of animals.


Synthetic is constructed from polyester fibers arranged into filaments to mimic the qualities of authentic down. Advantages of synthetic compared to down: Synthetic offers superior moisture control and maintains a great deal of warmth—even when wet. Further, synthetic tends to be a more affordable option when compared to down, and is hypoallergenic.

Earth- and animalfriendliness: Synthetic removes the need for animals, effectively removing the concern of enforcing socially responsible practices.

Earth- and animal-friendliness: The wool industry was at one point notorious for an inhumane practice called mulesing, which removes skin as well as wool. For ethical, eco-friendly products, be sure that the products you are purchasing use nonmulesing wool.

Other things to consider:

Thoughtful layering is key. In especially chilly temperatures, the most effective approach to insulation is starting with a wool base layer, incorporating a down or synthetic mid-layer (vests are a great solution if you’re looking for added warmth with less bulk), and finishing with a down or synthetic outer layer, depending on the activity and the weather. For down and synthetic pieces, learn to identify and understand the difference between sewn-through and baffled construction. Baffled pieces are better for windy conditions because the insulation is contained within tiny little boxes throughout the garment, offsetting the seams, which allows the best expansion of the insulation. Sewn-through is typically better for breathability, but can create cold spots if conditions are particularly chilly— although some sewn-through pieces are reinforced with a backing to enhance insulation. Yellow Wood is a locally owned premier outdoor gear boutique located at 401 E. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay. The team at Yellow Wood is dedicated to offering supreme service to help you find gear to make your adventure safe, comfortable and enjoyable. See ad, page 7.

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ased on his study What Makes for a Merry Christmas?, psychologist Tim Kasser told the American Psychological Association: “[Our study] found that to the extent people focused their holiday season around materialistic aims like spending and receiving, the less they were focused on spiritual aims… We also found people reported ‘merrier’ Christmases when spirituality was a large part of their holiday, but reported lower Christmas well-being to the extent that the holiday was dominated by materialistic aspects.”

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o truly enjoy the holidays, try these simple, research-based practices to maintain a healthy state of mind.


Set an intention to enjoy the holidays. By making the conscious decision to be open to true well-being and happiness, we’ll be more likely to have our “antenna” up, so we’re alert to uplifting moments.


Savor moments of well-being. Beyond being grateful for feeling good, savor how the experience registers in body, mind and spirit for a period of 15 or 30 seconds. The longer we hold an emotionally stimulating experience in our awareness, the more neural connections form in our brains to strengthen it in memory.


Take a break to regain focus. If we are feeling overwhelmed by everything on the to-do list, remember to take a few deep breaths. Then take a break and enjoy a cup of tea or a hot bath. Try some yoga or exercise. Leave the holiday activity mode for a bit and just relax.


Practice gratitude. Rather than take good fortune for granted, consciously reflect upon all the blessings apparent in each day. When we directly express appreciation to loved ones and friends

while we’re with them, everyone feels the joy of the loving connection.


Practice generosity. Neuroscience research shows that performing an altruistic act lights up the same pleasure centers in the brain as food and sex. When an impulse to be generous arises, act on it and notice the expansive feeling that blesses us when we share.


Play and have fun. The holidays allow us to let ourselves feel like we did when we were kids. Be around children if possible. Tune into and take delight in their enthusiasm. Singing or dancing is an excellent way to move out of our head and open our heart to the joy within. Remember that happiness is contagious: If we’re happy, we increase the odds that close friends and family will be happy, too. James Baraz is a co-founding teacher of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, in Woodacre, CA, and co-author of Awakening Joy: 10 Steps That Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness and Awakening Joy for Kids: A Hands-On Guide for GrownUps to Nourish Themselves and Raise Mindful, Happy Children. Connect at

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The Tinkering Kit will have boys and girls, moms and dads all clamoring for their turn to build a robot that does more than merely walk. Challenge cards urge kids to make a machine to scramble an egg or build a robot that moves without wheels. Robotics teaches science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, also known as STEAM learning. Computer programming is the last step (

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Benedict Beckeld, Ph.D., of New York City, speaks 11 languages and teaches students via online video chats (Skype) (BenedictBeckeld. com/contact). Locally, find teachers or grad students to tutor a second or third language at home for the whole family. Search online for interactive, game-like classes that maintain a child’s interest. American Sign Language, the fourth-most-used language in the U.S., is fun to learn and helpful to know.

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Erica Hartwig, director of operations at Organic Moments Photography, in Boca Raton, Florida, has five children. “I want to give a memorable experience, rather than a toy that will sit in their rooms,” she says. “Football season tickets, dance lessons, an art class or vacations supplement the packages under the tree.” Crystal Bowe, a mom and physician in Belmont, North Carolina, suggests gifting memberships to encourage new activities for kids. “The zoo is fun and allows parents to spend quality time with their children. Tickets to a movie or a play stimulate the imagination.” Museums, science centers and area attractions are other inviting options.

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he festive season might signal indulgence, but it also calls for simple, healthy recipes with easy cleanup. We might have friends that drop by, family staying for the weekend or last-minute guests. The simpler we can make meals, the better. Many chefs and home cooks have found the ideal method: the sheet pan supper. Simply arrange the protein and vegetables on a baking sheet and place it in the oven, where the ingredients burnish to perfection as the flavors concentrate. Experts recommend a heavy duty, 13-by-18-inch sheet pan, also known as a half sheet or a rimmed baking pan. They’re available at local cookware shops and box stores that carry kitchenware. “Sheet pans combine easy prep, process and cleanup, and deliver interesting, sophisticated flavor,” says Molly Gilbert, a Seattle chef and the author of Sheet Pan Suppers: 120 Recipes for Simple, Surprising, Hands-Off Meals Straight from the Oven. Yet, even this streamlined cooking method has a few best practices. Carla Snyder, a cookbook author in Hudson, Ohio, lines her sheet pans with unbleached parchment paper for easy cleanup. The author of One Pan: Whole Family – More than 70 Complete Weeknight Meals also sprays the liner with olive oil, so food won’t stick. Naomi Pomeroy, a chef in Portland, Oregon, recommends preheating the pan in the oven, and then carefully adding the food. “If you put a room-temperature tray in the oven with, say, Brussels sprouts, it can get steamy, and then they can get soggy,” she says. Gilbert favors groupings of foods that will cook in about the same time, such as fish fillets and tender vegetables for a shorter time, or bone-in chicken and root vegetables that take longer.

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In a very large bowl, combine the vinegar with 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Add 2 pinches of salt and the shallot and whisk until the salt dissolves. Whisk in the remaining ¼ cup olive oil and taste for seasoning, adding more vinegar, oil, salt and pepper if needed.

Sheet pan entrées can serve up meals beyond just dinner, making them a big help during the holidays. Sarah Britton, the Toronto author of My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season, arranges blocks of feta cheese on a sheet pan, surrounds them with fresh bell pepper slices, quartered cherry tomatoes, black olives and preferred herbs. She drizzles it all with olive oil and then bakes at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, just until the cheese is soft. It can be served as an appetizer with whole grain crackers or as an entrée with crusty bread and a salad. The rest can be used as a sandwich filling the next day. Sheet pan meals can be a gift that keeps on giving.

When ready to serve, add the lettuce to the bowl with the dressing and toss to mix. Divide the dressed lettuce between plates and top with the still warm vegetables, feta cheese and fresh herbs. Grind a little freshly ground black pepper over the top and dig in. Reprinted with permission from Carla Snyder’s One Pan: Whole Family from Chronicle Books.

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Surprising Sheet Pan Recipes Roasted Vegetable, Feta and Smoked Almond Salad This salad, packed with tasty browned vegetables, nuts and cheese, really satisfies. Yields: 4 servings 1 medium red onion 2 carrots 2 zucchini 2 red peppers 2 cloves garlic 1 lemon 2 Tbsp plus ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil ½ tsp sea salt plus more for sprinkling Freshly ground black pepper ½ cup chopped smoked almonds 1 small shallot, peeled and minced 1 tsp minced fresh thyme or chives 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar ½ cup crumbled feta cheese 6 large handfuls of a mix of bibb lettuce, radicchio, romaine or arugula Preheat the oven to 425° F.

Line a sheet pan with unbleached parchment paper and preheat it in the oven. On a large cutting board, cut the onion into ½-inch slices, the carrots into ½-inch pieces, the zucchini into 2-inch pieces, the pepper into 2-inch squares, chop the garlic, zest the lemon and transfer it all to a large bowl. Add the 2 tablespoons oil, ½ teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper and toss to coat. Arrange the vegetables on the heated sheet pan and spread them out so that they cook evenly. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender and lightly browned. While the vegetables cook, chop the almonds, mince the shallot and thyme, and set aside into separate piles. Squeeze the lemon into a small bowl. Sprinkle the almonds over the vegetables during the last 5 minutes of cooking to toast them lightly. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.

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Roasted Arctic Char and Asparagus with Pistachio Gremolata Pink-fleshed Arctic char is closely related to both salmon and lake trout, with a flavor somewhere between the two. Feel free to substitute with either fish. Yields: 4 servings Olive oil cooking spray 1 bunch asparagus (about 1 lb total) ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 boneless fillets Arctic char (5 to 6 oz each) ½ medium red onion, sliced into ¼-inch thick half-moons ½ lemon, sliced into ¼-inch-thick rounds ½ cup cherry or grape tomatoes Grated zest of 1 lemon 1 clove garlic, minced ½ cup packed fresh, flat-leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped ½ cup roasted, salted and shelled pistachios, roughly chopped Preheat the oven to 350° F with a rack in the center position. Mist a sheet pan with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper. December 2018



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Using both hands, gently bend one asparagus spear held between fingers and thumbs to snap off the bottom where it breaks easily. Line up the rest of the bunch and slice off the bottoms at the same distance from the tips. Place the trimmed asparagus on the prepared pan, drizzled with the olive oil, and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon each of the salt and pepper. Toss to coat and spread the asparagus in an even layer. Place the Arctic char fillets on top of the asparagus, evenly spaced apart and sprinkle with an extra pinch of salt and pepper. Scatter the onion, lemon slices and cherry tomatoes around and on top of the char. Bake until the asparagus is crisp-tender and the char is almost opaque, 20 to 40 minutes. While the fish cooks, mix together the lemon zest, garlic, parsley and pistachios in a small bowl; this is the gremolata. Sprinkle it over the char and asparagus before serving warm. Recipe courtesy of Molly Gilbert, author of Sheet Pan Suppers.

2 small spaghetti squash (2 to 3 lbs each) 4 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil ¼ tsp kosher salt ¾ tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 cup chopped cremini or baby bella mushrooms (3 to 5 oz) 1 small shallot, diced 2 cups good quality marinara 15 to 20 small balls fresh mozzarella cheese (bocconcini, about 1¾ oz, sliced in half) 4 to 6 fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped, for garnish Preheat the oven to 425° F, with racks in the upper and lower thirds. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Using a very sharp chef ’s knife, carefully cut the two spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out and discard the seeds. Place the squash halves, cut side up, on the prepared sheet and drizzle 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over them. Season with ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Turn the squash over (skin side up) and bake on the lower rack until the squash has softened significantly and browned at the edges, about 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and let the squash cool to the touch on the sheet pan. After putting the squash in to bake, toss together the mushrooms, shallots, remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Arrange the mixture on a separate sheet pan, spreading it out in an even layer.

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Bake this second pan on the upper rack until ingredients are soft and start to brown, about 30 minutes.

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Pour the marinara sauce into a large bowl. When the squash are cool enough to handle, flip them over and use a fork to scrape the flesh from the shells, taking care to leave the shells intact. (These will become the “bowls”.) The result will be long strands of squash “noodles”.

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Add the squash strands and the mushrooms to the sauce and stir together to thoroughly combine. Divide the squash noodle mixture among the empty squash bowls. Place the mozzarella on top. Bake the squash on the lower rack until the filling is hot and the mozzarella has melted and browned in spots, about 10 minutes. Serve the squash pasta bowls hot, garnished with the fresh basil. Recipe courtesy of Molly Gilbert, author of Sheet Pan Suppers.

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Exercise daily. Whether it’s a light, moderate or heavy workout is not as important. Consistency is the key.


here’s no one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss, but most trainers agree that consistent exercise is vital. According to studies by the National Weight Control Registry, 90 percent of individuals that are successful at shedding the pounds and keeping them off are active for at least an hour each day.

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A study at the University of California, San Francisco, revealed that individuals with high cortisol levels also have a higher body mass index (BMI) and more belly fat than people with lower levels of this stress hormone. Cortisol significantly affects the body’s metabolism, and its release depends upon receptors in adipose tissue, especially around abdominal organs. Aerobic exercise like running, walking or cycling helps to decrease excessive cortisol, which can promote weight loss. “Strength training and aerobic intervals are

the best exercises to not only initiate, but maintain weight loss,” says Sue Markovitch, fitness trainer and owner of Clear Rock Fitness, in Westerville, Ohio. “This combination kicks the metabolism switch on, increasing the number of energy-producing mitochondria in our cells, and improves our ability to burn fuel. Intervals—where you push the energy expenditure high, recover and then repeat—catalyze the best results.” A recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition concluded that three hours of moderate walking per week catalyzed significant weight loss compared to those that didn’t include walking in their exercise routines. Sessions on the yoga mat can also be a great cortisol-reducer through lowering stress levels and promoting equilibrium.

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Working out in the gym for two hours a day isn’t feasible for most people, but all-or-nothing workouts are not required



Expert Advice on Weight Loss to see results. Most trainers agree that high-density nutrition lays the groundwork. “Exercise works when your diet is on point,” says Cregory Boatwright, owner and trainer at Level Up Personal Training, in Washington, D.C. “Combined with good diet, I find jumping exercises, high-intensity interval training [HIIT] and cardio best for weight loss.” Stephany Acosta, founder and trainer of Elevate Fitness, in Dallas, concurs. “Eating well accounts for 70 percent of weight-loss results. In addition to a good diet, I recommend a combination of weight training and cardio in the form of circuit training or HIIT training, because both maximize your time by working out all your body parts simultaneously while keeping your heart rate going with a little rest time in-between. This approach guarantees to help build muscle and burn fat at the same time.”

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A challenging workout is best, but excessive exercise can easily backfire and kick off a stress response in the body, which means higher cortisol levels and increased risk of packing on the pounds. A gentler approach is also safer, especially for beginners. “Step in gradually. You want the program to be challenging, but doable,” counsels Markovitch. “If you work with a trainer, tell them if something hurts or feels too challenging. If they don’t listen, you need to find another trainer.” Employ common sense with any kind of workout. “Going from no to much activity can be a complete shock to the body. You will see more success in creating realistic goals and working your way up to liking the benefits that come from exercise if you start out small,” says Acosta. “Consistency is key. Even if you don’t have 30 minutes to go to the gym, work out for 20 minutes—or even 10.”

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Boatwright underscores the importance of setting short-term goals and having patience. “Gaining weight doesn’t happen in one day, so don’t expect it to come off in one day. It’s a journey, a lifestyle, and not an overnight fix.” While losing weight can be challenging, especially those last 10 stubborn pounds, Markovitch drives home a valuable reminder; “Sometimes we need to change something about our lifestyle, not just add an exercise. First, we need to love ourselves where we are.” Marlaina Donato is the author of several books on spirituality and alternative health. She is also an artist and composer. Connect at


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he holidays can emulate a rock star’s life: a wearying travel schedule and social calendar, overindulging in rich food and drink, restless nights in unfamiliar beds. Fortunately, celebrity tips and tricks can help us through a hectic season, according to Gabrielle Francis, naturopath and author of The Rockstar Remedy: A Rock & Roll Doctor’s Prescription for Living a Long, Healthy Life. The New York City doctor has toured with some of the biggest rock acts in the world as their on-call naturopath, chiropractor, acupuncturist and massage therapist. “Health is the new rock-n-roll,” says Francis. “Today’s artists are more health and socially conscious. I believe you can ‘party’ and be healthy, and the stars I work with are proving that.” She approaches clients’ lifestyles flexibly and openly, understanding where they are, instead of forcing big, sudden changes on them. “Life is a celebration. My philosophy is that what you do for your health must fit into your lifestyle and be enjoyable, rather than isolating or extreme,” says Francis.

This can mean mitigating habits, not necessarily dropping them. For example, rather than force clients off coffee, which is acidic, Francis suggests adding spices like cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom or nutmeg that can help neutralize the acid. Many stars Francis has worked with maintain a stricter regimen off the road, knowing that touring is more about damage control and doing their utmost to stay healthy under more difficult circumstances. The same holds true for those of us that inevitably encounter disruptions due to work, travel or holidays that can throw off healthy habits.

The Healthy Traveler Knowledge is power, and so is planning ahead for travel away from healthy options at home. Francis arms clients with best choices for on-the-go foods and beverages at the airport, gas station or restaurant. Musician and actor Adrian Grenier, quoted in Francis’ book, developed a “food tripping” app available at to help travelers find alternatives to fast food on the road.

My favorite healthy recipe? Don’t smoke anything. No drugs. Easy on the drink. Eat a balanced diet with friends whenever possible. Avoid crazy health fads. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t walk and text. Be a good person. ~Joe Satriani, guitarist Most airports are blessed with healthy options, says Francis, who suggests choosing wraps over sandwiches and easyto-carry energy bars delivering at least 10 grams of protein. She also likes coconut water, seltzer water and herbal teas. Spent wisely, time in airports can offer healthful opportunities. “Connecting to other people is one of the most important keys to our emotional well-being. Layovers are a great time to call and catch up with loved ones,” says Francis. “You can also get some points on your step tracker by taking the stairs rather than escalator and walking around or stretching rather than sitting in the airport.” Meditation is also recommended, whether in the airport or on the plane, she adds.

Small Adjustments For rock stars and holiday travelers alike, restful sleep can be one of the hardest habits to maintain. When changing time zones, Francis recommends staying hydrated, avoiding alcohol and taking melatonin before bed for three nights after landing in a new time zone to help reset the body’s circadian rhythms. “I know I’m not likely to get eight hours of sleep at night, so I try to supplement that during the day by taking naps or just shutting down for a couple hours,” says Dave Navarro, a guitarist who came of age with the rock band Jane’s Addiction. If imbibing at the bar or a holiday soirée, Francis suggests gluten-free alcohol like tequila, gin, sake or vodka.



While wine is blessed with antioxidants, conventionally grown varietals can have a high pesticide content, Francis notes. “Order organic or biodynamic wine when possible, or else go with an Old World wine from France, Italy or Spain, which tend to have fewer pesticides.” Help offset overindulgence the day after by eating eggs or other protein to stabilize blood sugar levels, taking vitamins C and B complex supplements and drinking eight to 10 glasses of water, plus an electrolyte replacement like coconut water. Anyone looking to make changes in the new year should strive for progress, rather than perfection, advises Francis. “Perfect health is an elusive idea that is impractical and unattainable for most of us, including celebrities. Instead, take the small, but life-changing shifts you can make in how you live in order to move toward greater vitality, happiness and longevity.” Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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olidays promise joy and celebration, but the festivities can also lead to stress and anxiety for people and pets. It is important to remember that visiting strangers, a tree, shiny ornaments, gifts to sniff and food to beg for can pose danger for pets.

Maintain Calm

Christina Chambreau, a homeopathic veterinarian, author and educator in Sparks, Maryland, suggests that petting a dog or cat several times a day can lower stress levels and instill a sense of normalcy. “Flower essences like Bach’s Rescue Remedy help attain calm,” she says. Add it to a pet’s water bowl in the days before a party or drop it directly onto the tongue if unexpected guests arrive. All-natural ingredients make daily use safe for pets and humans.

Avoid Bad Foods

“Fatty dishes are a problem, from oily potato pancakes to rich gravies for the turkey,” says Ann Hohenhaus, a veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center, in New York City. “Spilled food, unguarded pans and forgotten eggnog or liquor put animals at risk for severe gastrointestinal upset.” Other common holiday fare can also pose a significant danger for pets: 32


n Chocolate—especially dark chocolate and dry cocoa powder—can cause seizures and heart arrhythmia. n Onions, often used in dressing, can cause anemia in pets. n Raw, yeasty bread dough expands when ingested, potentially causing bloat, a deadly twisting of the stomach. n Raisins and grapes in desserts, cookies and fruitcakes can cause kidney failure in dogs. n Nutmeg is toxic for pets. The trash can itself contains numerous hazards for furry family members. The string that binds roasted meats is tempting and may require surgery to remove if ingested. Trimmed fat can mean pancreatitis. Swallowed bones pose a dire threat to the entire digestive tract.

Provide Good Foods

Naked foods are best. Pets don’t need brown sugar, marshmallows, butter, salt or gravy to appreciate a treat. “Unless there’s a special diet, share skinless turkey breast, sweet potatoes and green beans,” says Dana Humphrey, aka The Pet Lady, in New York City. “There’s always a friend or relative who thinks one taste won’t hurt. Turkey or sweet potato jerky and homemade treats let guests dole out risk-free bites.”

Preservatives that keep the evergreen tree fresh can turn tree water into a drinking hazard for pets. Mesh netting or screen wire allows the addition of fresh water, but prevents pets from quenching their thirst. Tinsel, garland and ribbon bits are easy to swallow, glass ornaments can cut and tree needles aren’t digestible. Small dreidels become choking hazards, so play while the dog sleeps and put toys away when done. For safety, add edibles to the stockings at the last minute. Keep light cords out of sight and unplug them when not in supervised use to preempt chewing. Carefully monitor lit candles: A wagging tail or leaping cat can knock them over and start a fire. Update holiday candles with rechargeable, batteryoperated versions for a pet-safe holiday glow. Pet parents everywhere employ creative strategies to ensure maximum mirth and safety during the holidays. Mystery writer Livia Washburn Reasoner opted for a tabletop tree in her Azle, Texas, home, “because our rescued Chihuahuas, Nora and Nicki, peed on the tree skirt.” In Festus, Missouri, retired school bus driver Darlene Drury suggests that a baby’s recycled playpen or a dog’s exercise pen can separate pets from holiday trees. Patricia Fry, author of the Klepto Cat mysteries, in Ojai, California, decorates the lower branches of her tree with unbreakable ornaments and puts more fragile ornaments out of her cats’ reach.

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If a large party is planned, a guest is allergic or many children will be present, consider boarding a pet. “Slipping out the door as guests arrive is a hazard,” says Veterinarian Carol Osborne, owner of the Chagrin Falls Pet Clinic, in Ohio. “If your pet is very young, very old, pregnant, aggressive and/ or suffers with a chronic disease, consider personal pet sitters, kennels, pet hotels and doggie spas to ensure a joyous holiday.” Pet-proof the house by getting down to the pet’s level and make a family schedule to take turns keeping track of fourfooted friends. Then the whole family, pets included, can enjoy the season worry-free. Connect with Sandra Murphy at

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½ canned pumpkin, look for BPA-free cans (use plain pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling) 1 egg 2 Tbsp molasses 1 Tbsp honey Filtered water as needed

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Preheat oven to 350° F.

Even though this recipe is similar to a gingerbread recipe for us, it’s important to never use nutmeg with canine recipes. Nutmeg is toxic to dogs.

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Add water slowly until dough forms a ball. Roll dough ¼-inch thick on floured surface. Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shapes. Arrange on a greased cookie sheet.

1½ cups flour 1 Tbsp ground ginger ½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ cup molasses ¼ cup filtered water 2 Tbsp vegetable oil

Let treats cool completely before allowing dogs a taste test. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks in the refrigerator or freeze for later use.

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Recipes courtesy of Birgit Walker, author of Chew on This: Homemade Dog Treat Recipes, in Phoenix.

Combine dry ingredients and mix together. In a separate bowl, combine the molasses, water and vegetable oil and mix together. Using a wooden spoon, slowly mix the liquid into the flour mixture. Stir well until dough has a uniform color. Roll dough ¼-inch thick on floured surface. Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shapes and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow cookies to cool completely before feeding. They can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Blue Oatmeal Cookies 1 cup oats 1 cup flaxseed 1 cup blueberries 2 cups whole wheat flour ½ cup plain yogurt Filtered water as needed Preheat oven to 350° F.

In a food processor or coffee grinder, turn oats into oatmeal powder and grind flaxseed if necessary. Purée the blueberries. Combine dry ingredients. Fold in the yogurt and blueberry purée. Add a little water to create smooth dough. Spoon dough into hands and form small dough balls. Shape into cookies and arrange them on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, then flip and bake an additional 10 minutes. Cool completely before feeding.

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Make & Take Gemstone and Essential Oil Bracelets – 12:30-2pm. Create with dozens of gemstones and leave with a personalized piece for you or your loved one. It makes a great gift. Learn from an expert, the maker of sarah badera jewelry. $30/per bracelet. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd. Delafield. 262-271-4972. Santosha

Mediumship Training – Dec 1-2. 9am-4pm. Learn to connect with the spirit world. This course will teach you a variety of techniques to connect with souls who have passed on. During this highly experiential class you will learn to make those connections with the spirit world and how to give an evidential reading. $295/commuter, $350/shared accommodation & meals. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center near Green Bay. Info: 920-609-8277. Presence & The Art of Empathetic Listening – Dec 1. 1-3pm. Learn to hear and reflect without judgment. Gain tools to build your vocabulary for deeper connections. Combination lecture & experiential; w/Mark Overs and Jules Maloney. $25. Light of Grace Healing & Education Center, 5900 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. LightOfGrace.Church.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2 Breakthrough Breath Work Intensive Workshop – 8:30am-12:30pm. This workshop gives you a sustained and focused experience over several hours with deep and long-lasting benefits. Presenter: Mechthilde Moser. $65. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. Preregistration required: 262-367-0607. Feldenkrais Workshop – 1-3pm. Lessons for the neck, shoulders, chest, pelvis, hip joints and feet. Learn to feel and sense more freedom and mobility throughout our whole self. With Susan Nycz. $35. Greensquare Integrative Health Care Center, 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale. More info: 414-4053887.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5 Cultivating Intention: A Writing and Mindfulness Workshop – 6:30-8pm. Our intentions are like seeds – if we plant and nourish them they can grow and flourish. Facilitator: Joanne Nelson. Preregistration is required: deadline 3 days before class. $25. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-361-3316. Meditation to Deepen your Spiritual Practice – 6:30-8pm. This series of meditation classes focuses on helping deepen your spiritual life through ancient spiritual practices of the very early Christian Church,

their thoughts, feelings, behavioral issues or what they’d like; w/Stacy Krafczyk. $70/20-minute sessions, cash or check. Petlicious, 2217 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee. Preregister at 262-548-0923.

Buddhism and a long tradition of contemplative prayer. Dec 5 Centering Prayer, Dec 12 Prayer of the Heart, Dec 19 Loving kindness. $20 per session; series discounts. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6 Praying with the Angels: Creating a Prayer Bowl – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn practices to deepen the connection to your guardian angel. Participants will receive a bowl that they will decorate (all materials provided) and then create prayers for the recipient of the prayer bowl. $35 plus $20 supply fee. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 ART & Holy Fire Reiki Master Teacher Training – Dec 7-9. Take one or both; must have had reiki level 2 for six month minimum. Deepen your connection. 16 CEUs. $240/ART, $600/HFMT; $800/ both classes. 3082 Main Street, East Troy. Register: 262-498-4162.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 Spirit & Wellness Fair - Lake Country – 10am4pm. Experience private sessions with professional readers and healers. Reservations optional or just drop in! Vendors will be available for holiday shopping. $20/services per 15 mins. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607. Animal Communication Sessions – 12-4pm. Ever wonder what your animal friend is thinking? Bring your animal friend or pictures to find out

Reiki Level II at Angel Light – 12:30-5:30pm. Workshop will include instruction on the reiki symbols, how to draw them and how to use them in the healing room, followed by a sacred, candlelight attunement and a group distance healing. All participants will receive reiki level II certification. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 Holiday Sound Meditation for Peace – 12:301:30pm. The sounds of the Tibetan singing bowls, nana bells, steel tongue drum and frame drum take you to that peace-filled still point within. Gift yourself with the sounds and frequencies of peace, stillness and tranquility. $10 cash at the door; preregistration please. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262787-3001.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13 Spirit Message Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. For anyone interested in increasing intuitive abilities, the circle begins with a meditation to awaken intuitive guidance, and provides an opportunity to receive a message from spirit as well as give others messages. No experience necessary. $25. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 Yoga Nidra – 6:30-7:45pm. A guided practice that will promote stress reduction, improve focus, and enhance the quality of sleep through journeying into conscious relaxation. Find deep stillness and relaxation on all levels. $20. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd. Delafield. 262-271-4972.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15 Reiki Level One Training – 9am-5pm. Learn reiki so that you may give yourself or others a treatment. Reiki is powerful energy medicine that finds you when you need it. : $240; includes 8 CEU’s, manual, certificate and training. 3082 Main S, East Troy. Register, Rhiana: 262-498-4162. 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; w/Stacy Krafczyk. $70/20-minute sessions, cash or check. Bark n Scratch Outpost, 5835 W Blue Mound Rd, Milwaukee. Preregister at 414444-4110. Natural, Cost-Free Way to Attain Help & Healing – 2-3:30pm. A lecture on the teachings of Bruno Groening, who taught about a natural power



that can heal the body, help with life issues, and is available to all people. Simple instructions given on how to connect to the healing stream. Donations appreciated. Kingo Lutheran Church, 1225 E Olive St, Shorewood. Information: 414-213-0113.

journal with you t create space to write and reflect. $20. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd. Delafield. 262-271-4972. SantoshaYoga

Gongs of Compassion: Meditation with Michael Bettine – 2-3:30pm. Let the gongs & bells help reduce your stress, allowing your body and energy systems to realign, recharge, and reawaken. $25. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd. Delafield. 262-271-4972. SantoshaYoga


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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 Mandala: The Elements and You – 10am-12pm. Create your own personal mandala that will express your connection to the four elements and Mother Nature, using colored pencils on black paper. $30 plus $18 materials fee. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001. Unity Academy of Fine Arts: Piano and Violin Recital – 1pm. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UnityCenter

MONDAY, DECEMBER 17 Dark Secrets of Our Food System – 6:30pm. Presentation by Fred Depies, in alliance with Trust Local Food, the Oneida Nation, and Earth Justice. This month’s video is Unacceptable Levels, examining the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s. $20 suggested donation. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414 4750105.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20 Group Sound Therapy – 6:30-7:45pm. Singing bowls amplify our natural bio-frequencies for healing and balancing. Listening to this extraordinary music creates a profound sense of soothing calm, relaxation, and centering. Bring yoga mat and pillows, chairs available. $25. Greensquare Integrative Health Care Center, Lower Level Education Center, 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale. Register: 414899-9496.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22 Reiki Level I Holiday Attunement – 12:305:30pm. Workshop will include the core principles on which reiki is founded, plus the science that supports the practice of reiki. The instruction will be followed by a sacred, candlelight attunement and a self-healing mediation and practice. All participants receive reiki level I certification. $140; preregistration please. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-7873001.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – 5pm. This annual Christmas event, with special music and holiday cheer, is for the entire family. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414475-0105.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 31 New Year’s Eve: Prayer and Intention Practice – 5-6:30pm. This practice will create a body prayer to help manifest your desires for the new year. Bring a

plan ahead JANUARY 2019 The Heart of Intention: Meditation and Fire Ceremony – Jan. 1. 11am-1pm. Get clear and quiet and set intention for the new year. Included are pranayama, seated asanas, meditation and fire ceremony allowing you to tap into your inner vision for the coming year. $20. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd. Delafield. 262-271-4972. Gemstones Classes I & II – Jan 13. 10am-3pm. Jeanette Rohrpasser has been teaching about gemstones for 17 years. Classes I & II (of IV) will focus on value, use, strengths, power, and more. $80. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. Pre-registration required: 262-367-0607. Peru Journey: The Way of the Altomesayok – Jan 14-25. An opportunity to delve into the mystery teachings of the altomesayok shamans of Peru. Open only to mesa carriers. Under the guidance and tutelage of international teacher, Jose Luis Herrera, an entourage of respected native shamans, and Amy & David Wilinski, you will explore ancient teaching and ceremonies in sacred site in the Andes Mountains of Peru. For info: GoldenLightHealing. net. Or call 920-609-8277.

SPRING 2019 Whispers on the Wind Shamanic Program w/Amy Wilinski – Group #19: Mar 27-31, Jun 19-23, Aug 28-Sept 1, Jan 1-5, 2020. Would you like a deeper connection with nature and the spirit world? Intensive training program in shamanism, energy medicine and self-transformation meets four times over 12 months. Learn core energy healing techniques including power animal and soul retrieval, clearing of past life and ancestral imprints, connecting with the forces of nature, etc. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center near Green Bay. Info: 920-609-8277. Mists of Ireland 2019 – May 18-27. Explore the Celtic mysteries of the Emerald Isle. Engage in healing ceremonies and ritual in this ancient land of faerie, druids and magic. Two overnight castle stays, gourmet meals, and 4-star accommodations. Celtic guides/shamans lead sacred ceremonies at ancient sites. More info, Amy: 920-609-8277.

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Reiki Training – Offered monthly, all levels of reiki training with Amy Wilinski. Experience this energy healing modality on yourself and others. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center, near Green Bay. More info: 920-609-8277.

Writing Wednesdays for Women to Write – 10:30am-1pm. 3rd Wed. With Anne Wondra. $12.50. Fireside Room, Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Anne: 262-544-4310.


Buddhist Teaching & Meditation – 6:30-8pm. An approximately ten-minute teaching, followed by Q&A and various Buddhist meditations. Each month the weekly schedule is posted on website. Love offering. Light of Grace Ed & Healing Center, 5900 W National Ave, West Allis. Light OfGrace.Church.

A.C.I.M. Study Group – A Course in Miracles study group, following Fellowship. Love offering. Conference Room, Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Friendship and Potluck Sunday – After Fellowship. Last Sun. Bring a friend and receive a copy of Joe Sweeney’s new book, After Further Review, as a reward. Bring a dish to share and enjoy with your spiritual community. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Reiki Energy Healing – 9am, 9:15am, 9:30am, 9:45am. 1st Sun. Before Sunday fellowship. Services provided by reiki master Leslie Kastner. Love offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UnityCenter Dream Interpretation Class – 3rd Sun. Dreams are a source of insight from the higher self. Facilitated by Kevin Reger, who teaches the Edgar Casey fivestep approach, and uses the The Best Little Dream Interpretation Book. Some books for sale at the class. $10 suggested love offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-4750105. Sunday Gathering: Light of Grace – 10am. Come for meditation, soul-filled music and an inspiring spiritual message to uplift and motivate you. Spiritual Youth Development, ages 5-9, the

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second Sunday of each month. Light of Grace, 5806 W. National Ave, West Allis. 414-258-5555. LightOfGrace.Church. Fellowship Hour – 12pm. An opportunity to join like-minded people in sharing healing and community. Donations welcome. Universal Awareness Fellowship, N91W17194 Appleton Ave, Menomonee Falls. 262-404-7119. UniversalAwarenessCenter. Shamanic Journey and Healing Circle – 12pm. 2nd Sun. Drumming is an act of letting go and letting God raise our consciousness. Bring your drum, some available for use. Group led by Dennis Clark. $10 suggested offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Unity Diabetes Support Group – 2pm. Group hypnosis session geared to increase metabolism and keep cravings down. $10; space limited. Universal Awareness Fellowship, N91W17194 Appleton Ave, Menomonee Falls. 262-404-7119. UniversalAwarenessCenter. Senior Women On the Spectrum – 2-4pm. 1st Sun. Supportive peer community for women 50+ who are on the autism spectrum. The Zeidler Center, Redeemer Lutheran Church, 631 N 19th St, Milwaukee. Info: 414-807-9982. AnnWinschel@


FOR RENT RENTING HAIR STATIONS AND TREATMENT ROOM - Looking for wellness practitioners and hair stylists who want to rent from an organic salon. Our holistic salon uses plant-based products and is environmentally friendly. Beautiful reclaimed wood-theme interior and infrared sauna. High traffic area in Mequon. 262-366-0805.



stages of pregnancy this class will relax, inspire, strengthen, and prepare you for birth physically and spiritually. With experienced prenatal yoga teacher Rosie Rain. $20; discounted packages available online. Sacred Sound Yoga, 3805 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood. Rosie Rain: 414-4032053.

Women’s Spirit Circle – 10-11am. Womanly Arts Women Spirit calls on Mondays; boundaries, self-care, and pleasure; w/Anne Wondra. The Womanly Arts text must be purchased separately. $150. Weekly schedule and enrollment online: Prenatal Yoga with Sound Healing – 5:306:30pm. Meditative, gentle yoga safe for all

Wisconsin Asberger’s Empowerment Group – 6:30-9pom. 2nd & 4th Wed. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Unity

thursday Silent Unity Prayer and Healing Circle – 11am. This prayer time coincides with the prayer time at World Headquarters Silent Unity where prayer partners are praying 24/7/365. This is a powerful time to join in prayer. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Reiki Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Group reiki healinginfused meditative yoga balances the chakras, glands and hormones as well as all body systems, aligns you with your soul and higher purpose. $20; discounted packages available online. Sacred Sound Yoga, 3805 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood. Rosie Rain: 414-403-2053.

saturday Wisconsin Asberger’s Empowerment Group – 6:30-9pm. 1st & 3rd Sat. Group game nights. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Yoga with 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 Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Citizens Climate Lobby – 10:30am-1:30pm. 2nd Sat. This is a non-partisan group dedicated to finding effective ways to preserving and protecting our planet from further climate change. Wedding Suite, Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UnityCenter

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ACUPUNCTURE ANANDA HEALING COLLECTIVE 4528 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood 414-791-0303

Ananda compassionately serves the unique needs of each individual offering a variety of holistic health therapies to support healing at the root and full recovery of mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. See ad, page 19.


1841 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee 414-377-3898 Specializing in mental health, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD; stress reduction, digestive and eating disorders, detox and chronic pain. Offering acupuncture, reiki, gong bath meditations.


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.

AYURVEDA 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 7.


20720 W Watertown Rd, Ste 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.


15720 W National Ave, New Berlin 262-785-5515 • Exceptional chiropractic and wellness clinic with a special focus on chronic pain relief. Offering MLS Laser Therapy, massage, acupuncture, exercise rehabilitation, functional medicine, and more. See ad, page 2.

COLON HYDROTHERAPY THRIVE HOLISTIC MEDICINE Cassondra Klein, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist 1428 N Farwell, Milwaukee 414-278-8922

Colon therapy helps relieve constipation, diarrhea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), skin problems, fatigue, frequent headaches, insomnia, bloating and indigestion, candida, irritability, depression and bad breath.


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.


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 23770 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.


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

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Wellness educator and essential oils/ aromatherapy resource.


Susan Abraham 414-803-5449 Amare offers a wholistic range of natural products that specifically target and balance the gut-brain axis to help you live a happier balanced life. See ad, page 15.



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 24.


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 21.

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 23.


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.

Make a world of difference Advertise with us and reach thousands of healthy living individuals in Greater Milwaukee.


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 27.


2312 N Grandview Blvd, Ste 101, Waukesha 262-544-4310 • I always feel better when I talk to you, is what I hear most often. I offer starter sessions, lead Monday morning women’s spirit calls and write eclectically at AnneWondra. com. See ad, page 15.


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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. See ad, page 16.

GREENSQUARE INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CARE CENTER 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale 414-292-3900, Ext 4797

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


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 24.

THRIVE HOLISTIC MEDICINE 1428 N Farwell, Milwaukee 414-278-8922

Dr. Mary Simon identifies and treats the causes of disease and stimulates the body’s self-healing mechanisms with nutrition, botanicals, homeopathy, and hydrotherapy. Clinical interests include chronic disease, women’s health, pregnancy, and pediatrics.

MENTAL HEALTH DR SUSAN TRAFTON 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale 414-305-7496 Bringing together Western psychology and Eastern wisdom traditions for your healing and growth. Treatment for depression, anxiety, trauma and life transitions. See ad, page 8.

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE WHITE WOLF MFR Infinity Healing Center, 3305 N 124th St, Brookfield 414-543-0855 Tony Grimm, LMT since 2007; expert-level JFB Myofascial Release therapist. MFR is the most effective treatment to eliminate or reduce pain using gentle pressure to get lasting results.



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 9.

NUTRITION LANGLOIS’ VITAL NUTRITION CENTER 16655 W Wisconsin Ave, Brookfield 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.


401 E Silver Spring Dr, Whitefish Bay 414-332-3636 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 7.


100 Main St, Mukwonago 262-498-4162


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 27.

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 • 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 24.



Kris Nelsen, Senior Pastor 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 & more. Thomas Sherbrook, Pastor Emeritus. See ad, page 23.


3805 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood SacredSoundYoga.Org 414-403-2053

Clear intimacy issues, relationship blocks, gain confidence. Keridak Silk, MS, CCH, utilizes intuitive counseling, hypnosis, life coaching and divination to help you with your unique needs. By phone or in-person.


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.

Experienced yoga teacher, Reiki Master Teacher, musician and sound healer, Rosie Rain blends the healing power of yoga, Reiki, and sound into all of her classes.


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 29.

Wishing you the happiest of holidays and a wonderful new year!

December 2018


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Natural Awakenings December 2018  

Natural Awakenings Magazine of Milwaukee is a free monthly publication serving the health-seeking and environmentally conscious communities...

Natural Awakenings December 2018  

Natural Awakenings Magazine of Milwaukee is a free monthly publication serving the health-seeking and environmentally conscious communities...