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Life begins

Food for Thought–Nutrition and Brain Health Workshop


r. Sarah Axtell, naturopathic doctor and owner of Lakeside Natural Medicine, will lead Food for Thought–Nutrition and Brain Workshop, aimed at helping people enhance memory and focus, eliminate brain fog and improve mood, from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 at Tosa Yoga. Workshop attendees will hear a lecture on foods, nutrients and lifestyle tactics that can optimize brain function; enjoy cooking demos, tastings and recipes; have their questions answered by a naturopathic doctor; and have the opportunity to purchase professional-grade supplements. “The food you eat directly affects your ability to Dr. Sarah Axtell focus, remember and maintain a balanced mood,” Axtell explains. “With Alzheimer’s, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Parkinson’s and mood disorders on the rise, it is time to safeguard yourself against cognitive decline and neurological disease with your diet and lifestyle.” Axtell is a naturopathic doctor providing holistic health and wellness services for the whole family. She focuses on many health conditions such as digestive disorders, autoimmune disorders, weight-loss resistance, food sensitivities and hormone imbalances. She is passionate about using food as medicine with her patients. Cost: $50; pre-registration required. Location: 6734 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa. For more information or to register, call 414-828-7555 or visit See ad, page 8.

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Personal Discovery Awaits at the Body Mind Spirit Expo


ow in its 31st year, Body Mind Spirit Expo has become the largest alternative health and metaphysical expo in the United States. Returning to Milwaukee on Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10 at the Radisson Hotel Milwaukee Airport, the expo brings to life a positive healing environment. The best practitioners from Milwaukee join with others from throughout the country to provide the essential tools for discovering overall health and well-being. Attendees can enjoy free lectures and demos, as well as admission to the Exhibit Hall. “Rejuvenate—receive a relaxing massage, have your aura photo taken and open yourself to new ideas. The expo offers a safe environment for growth and exploration,” says Marcella Goodman, of Body Mind Spirit Expo. Retail exhibitors will feature an array of items from natural and holistic health products to spiritual books and enlightened art. Healers at the expo offer treatments such as massages, yoga techniques and intuitive readings. Cost: $12. Location: 6331 S. 13th St., Milwaukee. For more information and a $1 off coupon, call 541-482-3722, ext. 2 or visit See ad, page 2.

Plastic-Free MKE Raising Awareness of Plastic Pollution


lastic-Free MKE, a volunteer group dedicated to reducing single-use plastic in the Milwaukee area, holds meetings on the first Monday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Urban Ecology Center’s Riverside Park location. Meetings provide a forum for people to share ideas and tips for reducing plastic use, and the group is involved in several initiatives to encourage people to change consumer habits regarding disposable plastic packaging. The group’s next meeting

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he 12th annual Dare to Be Aware Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at the Sister Joel Read Conference Center, at Alverno College. The fair gathers more than 100 exhibitors focused on expanding well-being, joy, growth and vitality. This year’s fair includes free workshops, performances and demonstrations to teach people about lifestyle decisions to enhance their health in body, mind and spirit. Offerings include specialists in health and wellness; life coaching and personal growth programs; natural healing; herbs; organic items; animal communicators; sound healers; psychic readings and more. “I invite you to enjoy a day of learning and exploring, and meeting caring people who have resources to help you awaken your natural self,” says Patricia Clason, Director of the Center for Creative Learning. The Dare to Be Aware Fair is produced by Center for Creative Learning, and sponsored by Natural Awakenings magazine, Free Spirit Crystals, Your LIFE! Magazine and Hozho’ Healing. To commemorate the 12-year milestone, Mayor Tom Barrett has declared April 6, 2019 to be Dare to Be Aware Day in Milwaukee. Admission: $5. Location: 3400 S. 43rd St., Milwaukee. For more information, email or visit See ad, page 25.

Facebook Party Introduces the Facilitators of Dragon Egg Academy


ll day on Saturday, February 9, people can learn via Facebook about the new Dragon Egg Academy, an online course program covering classes on topics such as divination, intuition, energy work, elementals, dragons and more. Dragon Egg Academy was founded in January by intuitive counselor and certified consulting hypnotist Keridak Silk. She, along with other Dragon Egg Academy facilitators, will introduce themselves, answer questions, offer tips, and provide giveaways, contests and more during the free Facebook event. “These classes allow you to discover the magic within you,” Silk says. “Learn at your own pace, in your own home or office, and meet others across the globe who are interested in the same topics.” Silk and other Dragon Egg Academy facilitators bring a

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Ashwagandha, a traditional ayurvedic herb, can significantly improve symptoms of subclinical hypothyroidism, a condition that affects many women, a new double-blind clinical study shows. Researchers from India’s Sudbhawana Hospital tested 50 patients that had high circulating thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels. For eight weeks, half were given 600 milligrams a day of ashwagandha; the other half were given a placebo. In the treatment group, TSH levels fell by more than 17 percent, T4 levels increased by nearly 20 percent and T3 levels increased by more than 40 percent. “Ashwagandha treatment effectively normalized the serum thyroid indices during the eight-week treatment period in a significant manner,” the report concluded.



methods were suspected by the researchers. Plastic showerheads had levels that were, on average, two times lower than showerheads made of metal or metal and plastic components. “Hot spots” with high levels of mycobacteria—such as Hawaii, southern California, Florida, the upper Midwest and the mid-Atlantic states—generally overlapped regions where mycobacteriumrelated lung diseases are most prevalent.

Screen Time Doubles Kids’ Risk of Anxiety and Depression Children and teens that spend more than seven hours a day on screens have twice the risk of being diagnosed with anxiety or depression compared to those that spend one hour a day similarly engaged, concluded a San Diego State University study of more than 40,000 youngsters.

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Harmful bacteria from the genus Mycobacterium have been shown to linger in showerheads and lead to lung infections through inhalation of steam. University of Colorado researchers analyzed 656 biofilms coating the inside of showerheads sent to them by volunteers throughout the U.S. and Europe, and found twice as much mycobacterium in showerheads from households receiving municipal water than in those receiving well water. Chlorine disinfection

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Bitter melon (Momordica charantia), a spiky, cucumbershaped fruit, has traditionally been used in Asian countries to lower blood sugar. Now, researchers at Universiti Sains Malaysia report that it can significantly improve symptoms and reduce the pain of knee osteoarthritis. Half of 75 patients were given a placebo and the other half 1,500 milligrams three times a day of a bitter melon supplement. After three months, the bitter melon group had significantly fewer symptoms and less knee pain and analgesic use, as well as lowered body weight, body mass index and fasting blood glucose levels.

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The Power of Thank-You Notes Practicing gratitude is a healthy habit, yet people often hesitate to write heartfelt thank-you notes to people that have touched their lives. Researchers at the University of Chicago and the University of Texas, in Austin, report that writers underestimate how much people receiving those notes are surprised, happy and appreciative. The researchers also found that the letter writers were unduly concerned about their ability to express their gratitude skillfully. While the writers worried about choosing the right words, the recipients felt happiness simply through the warmth of the gesture.

Nuts Improve Blood Vessel Health Munching on almonds and walnuts significantly increases blood vessel dilation and reduces artery plaque, say West Virginia University scientists. In a two-day study, 27 overweight volunteers ate 77 grams of almonds (about 2.5 handfuls) along with their lunch one day; on another day, they ate 60 grams of walnuts (about two handfuls) with lunch. Measurements taken four hours after each meal found that both diets significantly increased blood vessel dilation and lowered markers of artery plaque. Both types of nuts also reduced heart rate and systolic blood pressure among the volunteers.

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Scientists are trying to translate speech-paralyzed patients’ thoughts into speech using brain implants. The technique will potentially provide a brain/computer interface (BCI) to enable people with a spinal cord injury, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, stroke or other paralyzing conditions to “talk” again. Experts think a system that decodes whether a person is silently saying yes, no, hungry, pain or water is now within reach, thanks to parallel advances in neuroscience, engineering and machine learning. “We think we’re getting enough of an understanding of the brain signals that encode silent speech that we could soon make something practical,” says Brian Pasley, of the University of California, Berkeley. The first BCI read electrical signals in the motor cortex corresponding to the intention to move, and used software to translate the signals into instructions to operate a computer cursor or robotic arm. In 2016, scientists at the University of Pittsburgh went a step further, adding sensors to a mind-controlled robotic arm so it produced sensations of touch.

Horse Sense

Wild Horses Ride Out the Storm North Carolina’s freeroaming wild horse herds on the Outer Banks have “ridden out” their share of storms. When Hurricane Florence struck the area in 2018, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund of Currituck County, where the herd lives, announced on Facebook, “The horses have lived on this barrier island for 500 years, and they are well-equipped to deal with 14


rough weather. They know where to go to stay high and dry, and are probably in better shape right now than most of us humans, who are scrambling with final preparations.” Historians believe the herds, which number about 100 horses, descend from those brought to the New World by European explorers. Instincts dating back five centuries compel the


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Following the removal two years ago of an obsolete dam in Manville, New Jersey, American shad are successfully spawning in the lower section of the Millstone River. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently observed juvenile fish there for the first time since 1845. American shad (Alosa sapidissima) are the largest member of the herring family and are anadromous, as they spend most of their lives in saltwater, but return to freshwater rivers each spring to spawn. They played an important role in American history and economics. New Jersey Department of Emvironmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe says, “This species has an inherent tendency to recolonize once obstacles are removed from its migratory path.” During the Industrial Revolution, rivers were dammed for electric power and lakes, but during the last decade, dam removal has become a new call to action. Besides preventing fish migrations, dams also harm water quality in rivers by blocking water flow, trapping sediment and changing habitats.

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feral mustangs to either huddle on high ground, butts to the wind, or seek refuge in the maritime forest during storms, say experts. But news has come of a Shackleford Banks horse named Merlin that was fenced in an inundated quarantine site

during the storm, according to the Foundation for Shackleford Horses. Merlin somehow survived, and it “may have involved swimming,” says Margaret Poindexter, president of the foundation that co-manages the herd on National Park Service land.

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Life Coach Intertwines Multiple Skill Sets to Help People Achieve Goals by Sheila Julson


ated with my master’s ven at a young age, degree, life coaching was intuitive counselor just starting to become and certified conrecognized. I took a class sulting hypnotist Keridak at a counseling conferSilk had sought unique ence, learned about it, and yet positive ways to help then thought, ‘This is how people thrive. Inspired by I already counsel.’” a grade school teacher that Silk, who has lived in encouraged her to embrace Wisconsin for the past 10 individuality, she gained years, has always believed self-confidence that radiin positively looking forates today through her life ward, but not completely coaching services. Silk, a ignoring the past. “LookColorado native, also began ing back is good to help reading tarot cards when Keridak Silk identify problems, and she was 16, thus leading to sometimes you need to clear those issues, an interest in metaphysical arts, which she but for the most part, looking forward, incorporates into her counseling. creating goals and having something to Silk’s interest in human service inlook forward to is a huge part of achieving spired her to study psychology and sociolhappiness and confidence.” ogy at the State University of New York at Life coaching focuses on the concept Albany, from where she earned a bachelor’s that a person already has what he or she degree in 1979. She later went on to earn needs. “It’s all up to the client. You have a master’s degree in counseling from National Louis University, in Chicago. Silk has all the tools you need inside, and you just need to tap into that,” she explains. “Counalso been a reverend since 1977 and leads seling or psychology typically has a mediprograms at the Universal Awareness Fellowship, encouraging people to explore and cal model where the belief is that you’re sick and there’s something wrong with you. expand their spirituality. As one who has I’ve always been more positive, guiding served people both through the nonprofit people to start with what they’ve got, grow sector and as a self-help entrepreneur, she those pieces that are working, and figure understands how multiple worlds connect. out where new skills are needed to make “Social service, human service and psychology all play together into life coach- their life what they want it to be.” Silk intertwines all of her skill sets in ing, which has been my interest since I order to meet each client’s unique needs. was young,” she says. “After I had gradu-

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Heart of a Woman The Right Choices Keep It Strong by Lisa Marshall


ometime between the salad and the main course at her grandson’s bar mitzvah, Joyce Lenard, then 69, felt a crushing pressure deep within her chest. A tireless go-getter who had worked in Hillary Clinton’s district office when she was a U.S. senator, raised two daughters and recently donated a kidney to one of them, Lenard had spent months painstakingly planning the 100-guest gala, so when the pain came, she ignored it and got on with the party. She even drove herself to her Long Island home that night. “I just assumed I was having indigestion and it would pass,” Lenard recalls. Hours later, her husband rushed her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a rare, often-fatal form of heart attack, takotsubo cardiomyopathy, in which intense stress literally changes the shape of the heart. Thankful to be alive, she has since taken up meditation, cleaned up her diet and now leads a support group for female heart patients of all ages. Like her, many of them never saw it coming. 16


“Women tend to be the caregivers,” says Lenard. “We take care of our husbands, our families, our friends, our careers, and we often forget about our own health. Then look what happens.” Lenard is among the 44 million U.S. women with cardiovascular disease, an insidious illness that until recently has been erroneously framed as a “man’s disease”. In reality, it is the number one killer of women, responsible for one in three deaths each year, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). By comparison, one in 26 women die of breast cancer. While awareness has risen since 2004, when AHA launched its Go Red for Women campaign, surveys show only 17 percent of women view cardiovascular disease as something that should concern them. It should, experts say, because 80 to 90 percent of cases are avoidable with lifestyle and dietary changes. In some cases, natural remedies can even reverse it. “We have all this sophisticated equipment and all these medications, but when it comes down

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In the late 1990s, researchers discovered women were about as likely as men to be diagnosed with the disease, and far more likely to die from it. “They didn’t have the classic signs and symptoms, so they often went undiagnosed and untreated,” explains Jennifer Mieres, M.D., a cardiology professor at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, in New York. Along with chest pain, women often suffer fatigue, shortness of breath, indigestion, pain in the neck, back or jaw, nausea or anxiety in the months leading up to a heart attack. In more than half of the cases, according to one recent study in the journal Circulation, doctors fail to recognize these symptoms. Then there is the “not now” factor. “I used to see women all the time who said, ‘I have had these symptoms for months, but I just didn’t have time to take care of it,’” says Mieres, co-author of Heart Smart for Women: Six S.T.E.P.S. in Six Weeks to Heart-Healthy Living. Recent research has also shown that women are uniquely vulnerable to developing heart disease in ways that men don’t share. Taking birth control pills (especially while smoking) can boost risk. Complications during pregnancy such as preeclampsia and gestational diabetes can be hard on the heart, increasing vulnerability for years to come. Because estrogen is believed to be cardio-protective, when it wanes during perimenopause and menopause, risk goes up again. “As soon as we hit menopause, our biological milieu starts to change,” says Mieres, noting that “good” cholesterol tends to decrease and “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides tend to increase. Yet, arterial plaque—which can ultimately build up, break loose and cause a heart attack or stroke—starts accumulating as early as age 20, so the earlier women start paying attention, the better.


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to it, the vast majority of cardiovascular disease can be prevented,” says integrative cardiologist Christina Adams, M.D., of the Scripps Women’s Heart Center, in La Jolla, California.


We have all this sophisticated equipment and all these medications, but when it comes down to it, the vast majority of cardiovascular disease can be prevented.

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Thirty years after the first cholesterol-lowering medication hit the market, so-called statin drugs have become the largest class of medications in the world, with U.S. sales doubling between 2000 and 2010 to reach $20 billion, according to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. While drugs can be appropriate for those already diagnosed with heart disease and at high risk of heart attack or stroke, they are not without serious side effects. Statins can cause chronic muscle pain, memory loss and increased blood sugar, while hypertension drugs can precipitate fainting and kidney damage. For many patients, there’s another way, integrative cardiologists say. Unfortunately, most of the talk about prevention focuses on prescription medications, says Stephen Devries, M.D., executive director of the Chicago-based Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology. “What often gets lost in the discussion are the dietary changes, which can be equally important.” Devries recommends a plant-based Mediterranean diet—low in the saturated fat found in beef, processed meats and cheese—and high in leafy greens, whole grains and the “good” fats found in fatty fish, olive oil and avocados. Specific foods have also been shown to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

Nuts, including walnuts, peanuts and almonds, have been shown to lower LDL. One 2017 study of 77,000 female nurses, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found those that ate peanuts or tree nuts (including almonds and cashews) two or more times per week had a 19 percent lower risk of developing heart disease. Those that ate walnuts once a week cut their risk by 23 percent. Dark purple and red fruits contain compounds called anthocyanins that boost production of nitric oxide, and in turn expand blood vessels, improving circulation. Another recent study, published in the journal Circulation, followed 94,000 women for 18 years and found those that ate four servings or more per week of blueberries and strawberries were a third less likely to have a heart attack. Pomegranates are also key for heart health, with recent research published in the journal Clinical Nutrition showing a daily serving of juice can make platelets less sticky, lower blood pressure and reduce plaque formation. Dark leafy greens like kale and broccoli—which are rich in vitamin K—play an important role in fostering a healthy heart structure, with each serving per week cutting the risk of heart disease by 23 percent, according to the Gaples Institute.

Nurturing the Emotional Heart

No discussion of heart health would be complete without an emphasis on social and emotional health, a critical risk factor which until recently has been largely absent, says Sandeep Jauhar, M.D., director of the Heart Failure Program at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and author of the new book, Heart: A History. But research shows the emotional heart can break, too, as in Lenard’s case. With as many as 90 percent of incidents occurring in women, the condition that landed her in the emergency room often shows up in patients with no signs of obstructed blood vessels or high cholesterol. Rather, factors like financial worries, work stress or the death of or break-up with a loved one can flood the heart with stress hormones, changing its shape to one that resembles a Japanese pot called a takotsubo and weakening it profoundly. “Remarkably, in many cases, once the emotional state returns to normal, so does the heart,” says Jauhar. Longer-term, emotional stress has been shown to lead to platelet aggregation, or stickiness in the blood, which can impact blood flow. Also, constant bombardment by stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol can damage the inner walls of blood vessels, boosting accumulation of plaque.

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ª Omega-3 fatty acids: Eating fatty fish

or taking fish oil supplements (one to four grams daily of EPA/DHA) has been shown to reduce risk of heart disease in healthy people and lower triglyceride levels and risk of heart attack in those already diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. Walnuts, chia, hemp and flax seeds are excellent vegan sources of Omega-3s.

ª Coenzyme Q10: Found in small

amounts in organ meats, sardines, cauliflower and asparagus, this powerful antioxidant—also available in OTC supplements—can lower blood pressure and help combat the side effects of statins.

ª Nicotinomide riboside: Fairly new on the supplement scene, this compound, known as NR, has been shown to mimic the beneficial impacts of calorie restriction, improving blood pressure and arterial health in those with mild hypertension. ª Garlic: Some studies suggest that garlic, either fresh or in supplements, can lower cholesterol and blood pressure. February 2019


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To nurture the metaphorical heart, integrative cardiologists recommend taking time to maintain healthy personal relationships and minimize work stress. As well, exercising five to six days per week for at least 30 minutes and practicing activities like mindfulness meditation or yoga have been shown to lower heart rate. A recent study published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes looked at 201 people with coronary heart disease. It found those that practiced meditation were 50 percent less likely to die or have a heart attack or stroke in the span of five years. Finding quiet spaces to retreat to can also be important. A study published in November by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, found that living and working in chronically noisy environments can boost the risk for heart problems. It is also wise to prioritize sleep (at least seven hours per night), because the lack of it can inflame arteries. The bottom line is that a holistic approach is best, says Jauhar. “If you want to live a long life, don’t smoke, eat well and exercise, but also pay attention to the quality of your relationships and your ability to withstand stress and transcend distress. Those are also a matter of life and death.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

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en Page is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist and author of Deeper Dating: How to Drop the Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy. A relationship, intimacy and dating expert, he has led hundreds of workshops on intimacy and spirituality and taught at Columbia University, the Omega Institute and the Garrison Institute. Page also hosts the Deeper Dating Podcast (

What are Core Gifts, and what role do they play in the search for lasting love?

In my decades of work as a psychotherapist and coach, I’ve come to realize again and again that the qualities people feel most embarrassed or awkward about—their deepest insecurities—are some of their greatest gifts. These Core Gifts are like secret parts of ourselves that we often want to hide because we feel so vulnerable around them. But these gifts are where we have the greatest sensitivity and passion; they’re the things we feel and care the most deeply about and the keys to finding someone who really loves us for who we are. When we learn to lead with and cherish our Core Gifts instead of hiding them away, the story of our romantic life completely changes. But the opposite is true, too. Suppressing our gifts is actually an act of

quiet violence against our most authentic self, and it always leads us into situations where we end up feeling diminished or hurt. The degree to which we feel ashamed of those vulnerable parts of ourselves is the degree to which we’re going to be attracted to people who are bad for us.

How can we move past our insecurities to discover and honor our Core Gifts? If you find yourself repeatedly attracted to people who don’t treasure you for who you are, there are Core Gift qualities you haven’t learned to honor. Anywhere you’re insecure, you can ask yourself questions that really change the way you think about yourself. What might be the gift that lies inside this insecurity, and how have I not honored it? Who are the people in my life who have valued my gifts and how did that feel? You can also discover your Core Gifts by asking yourself what sensitivities keep getting stepped on or neglected—those are qualities you haven’t learned to treasure enough yet.

Why is it important to differentiate between what you call Attractions of Inspiration and Attractions of Deprivation? This is perhaps the most important distinction you can make in your search for love.

Attractions of Deprivation are attractions to people who are only sometimes available to love and treat you well, but you become deeply invested in trying to get them to love you because you’re unconsciously trying to heal old childhood wounds through the relationship. But there are also Attractions of Inspiration; these are people who inspire you by who they are in the world and how they treat you and others. When you start really learning how to honor and lead with your Core Gifts, your attractions change. You’ll start becoming attracted to available people who love you for who you are. Deciding to say no to Attractions of Deprivation to only pursue Attractions of Inspiration is quite simply the most important decision you’ll ever make in your search for healthy love.

What is the Wave of Distancing, and how can it sabotage relationships? The Wave of Distancing is the single greatest saboteur of healthy love that I know of. If you haven’t yet learned to honor your Core Gifts, you’ll want to flee when you meet Attractions of Inspiration who are available and kind. You may begin noticing qualities about them that irritate you and find yourself wanting to leave—this is what I call the Wave. The Wave is fear, because something deep inside you knows that this person could be special, and to open yourself up to and possibly be hurt by a kind person is a very scary thing. So your psyche unconsciously protects you by making you want to flee, and if you don’t understand this, then you may leave what could be a wonderful relationship. If you do understand it, you’ll come to realize that like a wave, it hits hard, but then passes. If you can stick around long enough and just keep enjoying that person throughout the Wave, those feelings will disappear and the attraction will return. Emily Courtney is a freelance health and wellness writer and editor living in northern Colorado. Connect at February 2019


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These behaviors ugs don’t just feel A Primal Need good; they do also turn down our for Connection good. A simple biological response Mata Amritanandamayi, embrace can boost our to stress and may a 65-year-old Indian spirihealth and mood, connect tual leader better known even improve us spiritually and even help as Amma, has hugged mend society. how our immune tens of millions of people Hugs and other types system works. around the world, earning of affectionate touching her the nickname, “the ~Michael Murphy, can provide numerous hugging saint.” benefits in the face of researcher Amma’s tradition of threats or stress, according hugging people grew organically, from hugto Michael Murphy, Ph.D., a researcher ging someone she noticed in distress, to how with the Laboratory for the Study of she receives massive crowds clamoring for Stress, Immunity and Disease at Carnegie one of her loving, compassionate embraces. Mellon University, in Pittsburgh. “The “A hug is a gesture that reveals the research shows that touch behaviors like spiritual truth that, ‘We are not two—we hugs reduce negative responses to threats are one, ’ ” says Swami Amritaswaruand make people feel happier, more secure pananda, one of Amma’s senior disciples. and more supported.” “In today’s world, where people often feel In a study of 404 adults, Carnegie alienated and lonely, a hug can uplift and Mellon researchers looked at how social support and hugs affected participants’ sus- make us feel reconnected to the people and world around us.” ceptibility to the common cold after being Intention is key to the exchange of exposed to the virus. “People experiencing energy that occurs with a hug, says Amrilots of conflict are more likely to get a cold taswarupananda. “What is important is the when exposed to a virus,” says Murphy. sincerity behind the action—the genuine “But individuals who also tend to receive feeling of love and compassion. A simple lots of hugs appear protected from this adglance or mere touch of the hand can have ditional risk.”

that same power to make us feel whole if that genuine, heartfelt connection is there.” Hugs tap into that fundamental human need to belong, says Murphy. “Hugs and other forms of affectionate touch act as powerful reminders that we belong. “These behaviors also turn down our biological response to stress and may even improve how our immune system works.” For example, researchers think that touching might trigger our body to release oxytocin, a hormone that can reduce fear and improve social bonding, Murphy notes. Hugs and the associated oxytocin release can have powerful ripple effects in the body, decreasing heart rate and levels of stress hormones cortisol and norepinephrine, along with improving immune function and pain tolerance. Oxytocin can also trigger the release of feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine.

Bridging Divides With a Hug While Murphy cautions that the jury is out on the effects of hugs on strangers, as most research has been done on embraces between loved ones, Ken Nwadike, Jr. has built a national campaign around the concept. Known as the “free hugs guy”, the former competitive runner began offering up hugs during the 2014 Boston Marathon, the year after the deadly bombing. Nwadike has since brought the Free Hugs Project to more divisive spaces, from political rallies to protests, offering hugs to all to spread love and inspire change. The Los Angeles activist’s all-embracing hugs are a symbol of unconditional love, respect and unity at a time when tensions and political divisions are running high. For Nwadike, hugs are a way of de-escalating conflict and mending the human divide. “Communities are divided because of fear, hatred and misunderstanding. Starting the conversation with kindness, rather than hatred, will get us a lot further,” he says. Consent is always important, and not everyone appreciates an unsolicited hug. But like compliments, hugs are free to give and usually well received. As humans, we bear arms that were built not to harm, but to heal. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at February 2019



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A COMMON HEART SONG Whales Point the Way


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ust as whales are born with an instinct for the deep, we are born with an impulse toward creating a quality of life. No matter the type of work that leads us there, following that impulse is the destiny of each soul, so we search to find our medium through which aliveness can express itself. Following our instinct for the deep, we find each other. In areas of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, whales sing basically the same song, and when a new verse is added, they all incorporate it. As humans, we have a greater capacity to communicate, yet we resist adding to our common song. Whales occupying the same geographical areas that may include large oceans tend to sing similar songs with local variations, but whales from other regions of the world will sing entirely different songs. Once united, though, they find a common pitch. The songs are constantly evolving over time, and old patterns are not repeated. In essence, whales stay current, freshly updating their communications with each other. It’s a noble task for us all to emulate. Most whales, especially humpbacks, compose patterns of sound that are strikingly resonant with human musical traditions. What helps whales be such good communicators is that sound travels about four times faster in water than on land. Thus, it is profoundly easier to hear in the deep. Dwelling there, we have a better chance of staying current and hearing our common song. When we follow our instinct for the deep, we discover our common song, which brings us alive. Through this unfolding, we make our contribution to the common good. From generation to generation, all that we learn and create adds to this living work of art we call a quality of life. Adapted excerpt from More Together than Alone, by Mark Nepo. Connect at and

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orgiveness is one of the best healing practices that we can offer to others—and to ourselves. According to Louise Hay in her book You Can Heal Your Life, “We may not know how to forgive, and we may not want to forgive, but the very fact that we say we are willing to forgive begins the healing process.” The Course in Miracles states, “Whenever we are ill, we need to look around to see who it is that we need to forgive.” Most people probably have someone that they have not yet fully forgiven. The ability to interact online with potentially thousands of people increases the likelihood that at some point we will experience something hurtful—physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually—that leads to anger and resentment. The harder it is for us to forgive, the more likely such feelings will bleed through into our day-to-day interactions and create additional disharmony. Living life through such a filter causes us to miss out on the peace and joy available to us. Another consequence of hurtful interactions is that we might internalize the resulting feelings into self-doubt and become convinced that something in us is lacking. In order to clear our vision and see our own goodness, our authentic self, we must love ourselves for what we do well and forgive ourselves for what we don’t. Each of us is a work in progress.

Forgiveness—whether of ourselves or others—is very different than condoning or excusing hurtful behaviors; rather, it is recognizing those behaviors while simultaneously making a conscious decision to not carry that baggage with us. Sometimes we may find it difficult to forgive something that affected us deeply. However, we must remember that when we have done something to hurt another person, the first thing we hope for is their forgiveness. True forgiveness is to release all guilt, anger and resentment; it requires us to have a shift in perception. We release the mental arguments over who is right and who is wrong, and we do not expect the recipient to repay us in any way. Instead, we wish the best for those who have hurt us, and if they have done extremely hurtful or destructive things, then we pray that they get the help they need to turn their own life around.

Reiki, which means “universal energy”, can aid one’s intention to reach forgiveness. It is the laying on of hands in order to balance and release energy in the body, addressing both physical and emotional imbalances. Clients can set an intention such as forgiveness for their session. The healing energy of reiki can work on the heavy and stuck energies in the body, beginning the release of old, built-up layers of resentment and pain. Many people find a reiki session to be relaxing and peaceful. Similar to massage, it begins with a client lying on a massage table in a room with dim lights and relaxing music, though the client is fully clothed with the exception of shoes. The practitioner will lightly place their hands on different parts of the body to direct the flow of energy. Immediately following a treatment the client may notice a sense of peace and well being, deep relaxation and calm throughout the body, as well as a reduction in pain and stress. Reiki is growing in popularity as people are seeking out complementary therapies for their health. A 2014 article by Green Lotus posted on stated, “Today, reiki education is offered free of charge in more than 800 American Hospitals as a means to accelerate the healing process and to alleviate pain,” and noted that many hospitals are increasingly providing reiki services, prompted by the demand of their patients. Reiki can also be used in combination with therapy or life coaching. This allows the client to talk through resentments and anger and then release those feelings at an energetic level, opening the path to forgiveness—the greatest gift that we can ever give, to ourselves or others. It opens the door to compassion, understanding, faith and hope. It allows us to create peace within ourselves, and in turn with all others that we encounter. Forgiving may not be easy, but it is a choice we make in order to live our own best life. Cindy Carlson is a reiki energy healer with an office in Whitefish Bay. For those who feel emotionally stuck or simply wish to experience the relaxation of reiki, they may contact her at or visit See ad, page 13. February 2019



How to Align Money With Values


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ow we spend our money is important, but how and where we save it matters just as much. Today’s financial marketplace offers diverse options for values-based investing and banking, regardless of interests or assets. Sustainable, responsible and impact investing is rapidly expanding. Professionally managed assets in the U.S. using socially responsible investment (SRI) strategies grew from $8.7 trillion to $12 trillion in the last two years, according to a 2018 report by the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment. This represents 26 percent—about one in four dollars—of all U.S. assets under professional management.

The Big Bank Break-Up While large numbers of investors are moving their money responsibly, changing bank accounts can still feel difficult to many people, says Fran Teplitz, executive co-director of the Washington, D.C., nonprofit Green America, which works to promote a more sustainable economy. To make the sometimes intimidating bank-changing process a little easier, Green America’s Get a Better Bank campaign at 24

Milwaukee breaks it down into bite-sized steps. “Educate yourself on the issues with the conventional banking industry, from Wall Street speculation to predatory lending practices,” says Teplitz. People don’t need to sacrifice banking needs for their values. Reflect upon what’s important in a financial institution, and then shop around for the right fit. Credit unions and community development banks that lend in local and underserved communities are often great choices, says Teplitz. Green America’s Get a Better Bank database is a great starting point for responsible banking options.

Investing for the Future For longer-term investing, there are more vehicles available to responsibly assist investors toward their financial and social goals. While

responsible investing once meant simply screening out “sin stocks”, like tobacco, guns and gambling, which were available only to investors able to make a large minimum deposit, today there are values-based funds to suit every cause and income level. “Socially responsible investing has come a long way since it got off the ground in this country during the apartheid divestiture movement in the 1980s,” says Gary Matthews, an investment advisor and CEO of SRI Investing LLC, headquartered in New York City. Countering some investor concerns about underperforming SRI funds, there is a growing body of evidence to show that money that does good can also do well. The firm Nuveen TIAA Investments assessed the leading SRI equity indexes over the long term and “found no statistical difference in returns compared to broad market benchmarks,” nor any additional risks, according to a 2017 report Responsible Investing: Delivering Competitive Performance.

SRI Approaches and Outcomes Fossil fuel-free portfolios are trending, Matthews notes—which Green America encourages. While acknowledging the ever-fluctuating price of oil, Matthews says he’s seen diversified portfolios that eliminate oil, coal and natural gas do better at times than those that include them. A subset of SRI investments, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing focuses less on what sector a company is in than on how they conduct their business. The way companies treat their employees and respond to climate change are factors that may have a positive influence on financial performance. Robo-advisors, a recent arrival in the SRI sector, are online investment services that automate money management.

While responsible investing once meant simply screening out “sin stocks”, like tobacco, guns and gambling, which were available only to investors able to make a large minimum deposit, today there are values-based funds to suit every cause and income level.

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Robo-advisor companies make it easier for people to invest and leverage technology to keep fees down, although they usually do not offer in-depth impact research on the companies within the financial products they offer, according to Amberjae Freeman, of the portfolio management team for Swell Investing LLC, an impact investment company in Santa Monica, California. Swell evaluates thousands of companies to build diversified portfolios of businesses aligned with at least one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Like most SRI firms, Swell offers retirement IRAs (individual retirement accounts), as well as more liquid brokerage accounts, with a minimum initial deposit of $50. While the array of investment options can be daunting, investors should aim for progress, rather than perfection, in their portfolios. As the money and impact in a portfolio grows, so does an investor’s confidence and knowledge. April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at

A WORD TO THE MONEY-WISE n Verify that a bank is insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), where accounts are insured up to $250,000 per depositor. n Responsible investors can also influence banking practices in their workplaces, religious institutions or professional associations by educating account managers about the issues. Green America has a free booklet for 401k benefits managers at n There are as many names for socially responsible investing (SRI) as there are approaches to it including community, ethical, green, impact, mission-related, responsible, sustainable and values-based investing. What an institution or a fund does and how they do it is more important than how it’s labeled. n The mainstreaming of SRI, while positive overall as impact investing is getting the attention of larger firms, has led to some “greenwashing”, where portfolios are being touted as socially responsible without much depth to their criteria, cautions investment advisor Gary Matthews, of SRI Investing LLC, in New York City. Fund sustainability rankings like the Morningstar Sustainability Rating can help take out the guesswork, although it pays to ask hard questions and look at a fund’s individual holdings. n Returns, whether social, environmental or financial, aren’t everything. “When it comes to investing, it’s important to get clear about specific goals, whether it’s planning for a home purchase or paying off student loans, understand the potential risks and returns, and set up an appropriate time horizon,” says Amberjae Freeman, of the portfolio management team for Swell Investing LLC, a Santa Monica-based impact investment firm.

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s a special meal for Valentine’s Day or any other, many plant-based dishes are so tasty that no one will miss the meat. Low in fat and sugar and high in ingredients that promote heart health, the following recipes are courtesy of Carol D’Anca, a board-certified nutrition practitioner and author of Real Food for Healthy People: A Recipe & Resource Guide, in Highland Park, Illinois.

Start With Soup

Rich in dietary fiber and low in fat, butternut squash with low-salt vegetable broth and spices is an easy-to-make soup loaded with nutrients and flavor. Allow 40 to 45 minutes to roast the squash.

Butternut Squash Soup Yields: Four servings 1 butternut squash, 2-3 lbs, peeled and cut in cubes to equal 4 cups

3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth Dash red pepper flakes Freshly ground black pepper Pepitas or pumpkin seeds for garnish Preheat oven to 425° F. Line a heavy baking pan with parchment paper. Spread squash cubes in a single layer, using two lined pans if needed. Roast for about 40 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork. Alternate method: Wash the squash. Make several slits to allow for escaping steam. Roast whole in the oven for about 45 minutes or until soft and easy to peel and cut. Transfer the roasted squash to a food processor or heavy-duty blender. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Add additional broth to reach desired consistency.

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Divide into four bowls. For texture and crunch, garnish with roasted pepita or pumpkin seeds.

Hearty Bread

This whole-grain, gluten-free, no-knead, no-mess bread contains flax, sunflower and chia seeds, hazelnuts, oats, coconut oil and maple syrup as a sweetener. Accompanying soup, it makes for a satisfying meal. This recipe is adapted from “Change Your Life Bread” in D’Anca’s book My New Roots.

Let it sit on the counter for at least two hours, or all day or overnight. When the dough retains its shape, even when you pull the sides of the loaf pan or lift the parchment, it’s ready to bake. Preheat oven to 350° F. Place loaf pan in the oven on the middle rack and bake for 20 minutes. Remove bread from loaf pan, place it upside down directly on the rack and bake for another 30 to 40 minutes. Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped. Let cool completely before slicing. Store bread in a tightly sealed container for up to five days. Freezes well. For a quick and easy toast, slice before freezing.

The Pleasures of Pasta

Change Your Life Bread

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Yields: One loaf 2 cups shelled raw sunflower seeds 1 cup whole flax seeds 1 cup blanched hazelnuts 3 cups rolled oats (use certified gluten-free oats, if needed) 4 Tbsp chia seeds 6 Tbsp psyllium husks Pinch fresh ground coarse salt, preferably Himalayan 2 Tbsp maple syrup 6 Tbsp coconut oil, liquefied at low temperature in a small pan 3 cups water In a loaf pan lined with parchment, combine all dry ingredients, stirring well. Whisk maple syrup and water together in a measuring cup. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until everything is soaked and dough becomes thick. If it’s too thick to stir, add one or two teaspoons of water until it’s manageable. Smooth the top with the back of a spoon.

Pasta is guilt-free when we use a whole wheat variety that digests more slowly than white flour pasta, avoiding blood sugar spikes, D’Anca says. Gluten-free, grainfree or vegetable pasta can be substituted for whole grain pasta. Fresh asparagus is recommended. If it’s not in season, consider red chard for its bright red and green colors and abundance of vitamins K, A and C. It’s a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron and dietary fiber.

Use red, orange, yellow or a mix of colors 1½ Tbsp fresh thyme leaves 1 lb fresh asparagus, pencil thin is best (if not available, substitute red chard) ¼ cup pitted Kalamata olives ½ cup fresh basil ¼ cup white wine or white wine vinegar Squeeze garlic from its skins into a large skillet. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is reduced and thickened to a sauce (coulis), about 20 to 30 minutes. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta well and place back in the pan. Add tomato coulis and olives. Toss well to infuse flavors. Let warm for 2 to 3 minutes. Serve at once.

Savory Side Dish

Chickpeas are a great source of fiber. Bell peppers, also known as sweet peppers, are available in white, orange, green and purple. Lycopene gives red tomatoes their color, may reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower blood pressure. Yellow tomatoes have twice as much iron and zinc and higher levels of vitamin B and folate to help red blood cells. Darker tomatoes ranging from purple to black produce higher levels of antioxidants for a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Don’t overlook green tomatoes, which are higher in vitamin K and calcium than reds or yellows.

Roasted Chickpeas with Grilled Vegetables Yields: Serves two, or four if dished over quinoa

Whole Grain Pasta with Asparagus and Tomato Coulis Yields: 6 servings for dinner or 8 as a smaller first course. 1 lb of your favorite whole grain pasta 3 large cloves garlic, roasted for about 25 minutes in their skins 3 pints cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

12 small mushrooms, sliced 2 ripe tomatoes, quartered 1 red bell pepper, cut in strips 1 yellow pepper, cut in strips 1 red onion, cut into wedges, or 1½ cups leeks, halved lengthwise, cleaned, and cut chiffonade-style About 6 cloves of garlic, peeled 2, 14-oz cans of chickpeas, rinsed and drained 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary Balsamic or white wine vinegar February 2019


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Preheat oven to 400° F. Put mushrooms, tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, onion and garlic in a large roasting pan. Roast for about 30 minutes or until the vegetables caramelize.

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Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar, toss and serve warm as is or over quinoa.

Make a flax “egg” by mixing the ground flax seeds with the water. Let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes until it thickens to an egg consistency.

Burgers for Lunch

These burgers are good either oven baked or grilled, weather permitting. Offer toppings like baby spinach, salsa, nut cheese, pesto, fig jam, mango or slaw. Apple cider vinegar, dill, celery salt and agave nectar to taste makes a dressing for slaw. Thin slices of Granny Smith or Honey Crisp apples add a tang of tart or hint of sweetness.

Black Bean/Veggie Burger 1 16-oz can of black beans, drained, rinsed well and dried on a paper towel ½ red bell pepper, cut in large pieces 1 medium-size onion, cut in large pieces 1 Tbsp chili powder, mild or hot to taste 3 cloves of garlic, rough chopped 1 tsp black cumin 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds 3 Tbsp water Approximately 1 cup bread crumbs (glutenfree if needed) to act as a binder 4 buns or bread of choice 28


Place the bell pepper, onion and garlic in a food processor and process until smooth. Remove the mixture and drain in a fine sieve. Too much liquid will make the burgers fall apart. Place black beans in the food processor and pulse to a thick, sticky consistency. Add the drained red pepper mixture, flax “egg”, cumin and chili spice. Process until lightly mixed. Remove the burger mixture to a bowl. Add bread crumbs until you have a firm burger and form into patties. Grill for 5 to 10 minutes, turning once, or bake in a 350° F oven on a parchment-lined baking sheet for about 5 to 10 minutes on each side.

Guilt-Free Chocolate Dessert

“Chocolate desserts usually include loads of sugar and butter, making them a highly processed and saturated-fat food,” says D’Anca. “These treats deliver the good fat of cacao nibs and the antioxidants of raw cacao.”

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix them to a smooth batter. Chill the batter for about 20 minutes. Roll into either bite-sized or larger balls to serve as is or roll in nuts, coconut or cacao for texture and added taste. For more recipes and information about nutrition and heart health provided by D’Anca, visit Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@

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1 cup almond meal ½ cup almond butter ¼ cup raw cacao, organic 3 Tbsp grade B maple syrup 1 tsp organic vanilla ¼ cup raw almonds, ground ¼ cup raw cacao nibs, ground Finely ground nuts like walnuts or hazelnuts, shredded coconut or raw cacao for texture and added flavor

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Yields: 12 servings

Remove the pan and turn the vegetables over. Add the chickpeas and rosemary and return to the oven. Roast for another 30 to 45 minutes until the edges of the vegetables start to turn dark and the chickpeas are browning.

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Before parents seek any treatment for their child’s anxiety, Kiel stresses the importance of looking at the basics. “When children don’t get enough sleep, their bodies don’t respond as well to stressful situations. School-age children need 10 to12 hours of sleep per night, and teenagers should be getting nine to 10 hours.” Sensitivity to certain foods such as gluten or dairy is also something to consider, says Kiel. Rosen concurs. “Artificial dyes and sweeteners can negatively impact mood and focus. More of an issue, though, is nutritional imbalance.” Skipping breakfast or eating mostly carbs can feed anxiety, he notes. “The brain relies on sustainable fuel—a blend of lean proteins, healthy fats—and in some cases, gluten-free, whole grain carbs.” Eating foods high in healthy fat and protein can help minimize blood sugar fluctuations that can trigger symptoms of anxiety in kids. Probiotics and/or cultured and fermented foods can help gut health and promote equilibrium. Omega-3 fats from fish or vegetarian sources are also important additions.

Helpful Supplements Supplements dosed appropriately for children and teenagers are safe and can offer huge benefits. “Magnesium is good for relaxation, especially anxiety accompanied by muscle tension. B-complex vitamins are also important because they are depleted by stress and help the body to handle stress,” says Kiel. Her herbal recommendations include skullcap, hops and milky oat as teas or glycerin-based extracts. “For teenagers, in addition to these three gentle herbs, I recommend kava kava, which can have a significant calming effect without drowsiness.”

Food for Thought In 2015, The New York Times reported on the use of mind-altering medications for infants and toddlers. Approximately 83,000 prescriptions for Prozac were written for kids of ages 2 and younger in 2014, as well as 20,000 prescriptions for antipsychotics.

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One thing I’d say is, learn spray the exam room ssential oils are derived from all you can before using with lavender between appointments to calm plant-based oils around pets. anxious clients. sources, leading people Sally Morgan, ~Gary Richter, integrative to equate natural with safe; but that’s not always veterinarian and founder of a physical therapist and advanced certithe case. Knowing how Ultimate Pet Nutrition fied practitioner of the and when to use oils is gentle animal bodywork therapy known vital, according to Gary Richter, DVM, an integrative veterinarian and medical director as Tellington TTouch, sees clients in her of Holistic Veterinary Care, in Oakland, Northampton, Massachusetts, office. “I California. A veterinarian trained in the use put a drop of a peace and calming blend of essential oils understands the properties or lavender on the carpet or a pillow,” she of each oil, along with its proper dilution and says. “It relaxes the animal and dissipates application, a subject not generally taught the smells of previous clients. I don’t use in traditional veterinary schools; holistic diffusers. The odor can be too strong for medicine requires additional training. their sensitive noses. There’s also a danger With proper use under professional it could spill and be licked up.” guidance, essential oils can be part of a Certified Professional Dog Trainer larger treatment plan, says Richter. Cats Knowledge Assessed Kim Paciotti, owner of are generally more sensitive to oils because Training Canines, LLC, based in Statesville, they don’t metabolize medicine as effiNorth Carolina, finds the scent of green apciently as dogs, he notes. “As one professor ples relieves anxiety and soothes upset tumused to tell our veterinary class, ‘Cats are mies for dogs and puppies that suffer from not small dogs, so they can’t be treated as if motion sickness. “Cotton balls placed inside they are’—always good to remember.” a small container clipped to the outside of their crates deliver the smell,” she says. “They Soothing Effects don’t have direct contact, but still reap the benefits, allowing the dogs to self-medicate Just as chamomile tea relaxes humans, anxby sniffing when they feel the need.” ious dogs find its scent calming. Some vets

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Proceed With Caution Pure essential oils are far too strong to use undiluted, Richter says. Age, physical condition and species are so varied that guessing which oil and how to use it can be dangerous to the pet. “Skin irritation like a hot spot or rash is a relatively minor problem that could benefit from the right essential oil. An open wound requires a veterinary visit,” he says. “Some oils aren’t recommended unless under veterinary guidance. Reactions can range from mere annoyance to toxicity.”

Wintergreen, melaleuca, pennyroyal, tea tree and pine oils cause the most reported problems for dogs, according to Peppermint, cloves, cinnamon and oregano oil also can be quite strong and require educated use, says Richter. An uneven gait, vomiting, diarrhea, drooling and weakness can be symptoms of toxicity, requiring immediate veterinary care to prevent damage to the central nervous system or organ failure. In its fragrance and taste, plants have defense mechanisms to ward off destructive insects or to attract bees and butterflies. Those same properties can help people and animals. The plant’s natural compounds can ward off fungi, bacteria, parasites or inflammation. However, just reading a label isn’t enough to know which oils will work best for these problems. “The Animal Desk Reference II: Essential Oils for Animals, Second Edition, by Melissa Shelton, is a reader-friendly guide,” says Richter. “I touch on the subject in my book The Ultimate Pet Health Guide: Breakthrough Nutrition and Integrative Care for Dogs and Cats, but for deeper study, I recommend Shelton’s book.” “One thing I’d say is, learn all you can before using oils around pets,” Richter says. “There’s not a one-size-fits-all formula for dilution for safe use. There are too many variables with oils and animals.” Be more than a well-meaning pet lover—also be well-educated. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at

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Blend the Power of Touch with Aromatherapy – 1-2:30pm. Aromatherapy can have an immediate effect on our mood, and when combined with a hand massage known as the ‘M’ Technique, you can provide both yourself and someone else with instant relaxation and the feeling of love and caring. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.

School of Sound and Healing – Feb 1-3. Fri, 6-8pm; Sat, 10am-5:30pm; Sun, 10am-3:30pm. Fast-track program will allow students to earn a certificate in Sound Healing in four weekends; comprehensive training in a wide range of percussive instruments, vocal and humming healing techniques and over 20 sound protocols. $325/per weekend, $195 when paid in full in advance. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Reiki Level One Training – 9am-5pm. Learn reiki and awaken the healer within. Reiki is powerful energy medicine that will help you! $225. Located in Mukwonago. Register with Rhiana: 262-498-4162.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Astrology 2 – 6-8pm. 6-wk class. This class teaches you to recognize and understand the planetary aspects: how planets relate to each other, and planetary transits: how the planets out there in the heavens affect your natal chart. $150. Free Spirit Crystals, 4763 N 124th St, Butler. Register: 262-781-1656.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5 New Moon: Sage Circle – 6:30-7:30pm. The moon has a profound effect on our lives so come and chart your course to the full moon. Bring birth information for deeper focus. $15. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. Preregistration required: 262-367-0607. The Art of Japanese Reiki – Feb 5, 12, 19, 26. 6:30-8:45pm. Four-part certificate series. Experience Usui Japanese Reiki in its original form; practice the original breath work techniques; learn the six founding Reiki principles; how the symbols were used in mystical practice and in healing sessions. $50/per class, $180/series. Class size limited. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Crystal Reiki Certification Series – Feb 6, 13, 20 27. Use crystals in combination with the channeling of reiki to stimulate the self-healing mechanisms. Learn to program crystals with the15 sacred symbols that can be programmed into their crystals. Be attuned to these symbols within a sacred geometric grid of light. $60/per class. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.


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4:30pm. Wondering what the course says or looking to refresh your understanding of this text? If so this is the workshop for you! A great foundation for understanding ACIM. $30. Light of Grace Healing & Education Center, 5900 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. LightOfGrace.Church.

Reiki Level Two Training – 9am-5pm. Learn the three symbols and deepen your reiki skills and practice. $225. Located in Mukwonago. Register with Rhiana: 262-498-4162. Tarot 2 – 6-8pm. 6-wk class. If you have a good working knowledge of the Tarot, this hands-on class is an excellent opportunity to learn new layouts and gain experience doing readings. $150. Free Spirit Crystals, 4763 N 124th St, Butler. Register: 262781-1656.


Gemstones Class III – 10am-3pm. Jeanette Rohrpasser has been teaching about gemstones for 17 years. Class III (of IV) will focus on creating shields and grids of protection and health. $40. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. Pre-registration required: 262-3670607.

Spirit Message Circle: Messages about Love and Life – 6:30-8:30pm. A Valentine’s special event with medium Ginny Clark. The circle provides an opportunity to receive messages from spirit and give others messages. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in increasing their intuitive abilities. No experience necessary. $25. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.

Introduction to Reiki – 12:20-2:30pm. Be introduced to the fundamentals of reiki energy work along with a peek behind the many doors that comprise the healing arts. Find answers to the question how can I use reiki in my life? Additional information on what role your energy centers (chakras) play in your physical, emotional and spiritual health is included. Preregistration required. $25. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.



Mediumship Training – Feb 9-10. 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-luch, $350/ shared accommodation & meals, 395 private cabin room & meals. Info: 920-609-8277. GoldenLight Spiritual Art Circle: Celtic Knot Bracelet & Stones – 10am-12:30pm. Connect to the energy of the ancient Celts by twisting and knotting a bracelet out of many wires, crystal chips, and natural fibers. Students will learn the special tree of their birth date and receive a Celtic Tree Ogham reading. $30, $25/ materials. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-7873001. 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. A Course in Miracles Workshop: The Fundamental Metaphysics of the Course – 12:30-

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. Petlicious, 2217 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee. Preregister at 262-548-0923. Reiki Level I – 12:30-5:30pm. Learn the history of reiki, how to connect to the energy using basic breath and meditation techniques. Self-healing hand positions will be taught along with basic techniques for protection and grounding when working in a healing room. Students will also learn the 21-day cleanse, and will become first degree reiki practitioners during a sacred attunement ceremony. $140. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Stone Soup Sunday – Following 10am service. The Youth Ed, under Miss Eileen’s direction, have been sharing parts of this great story about community building through sharing each Sunday leading up to this celebration community meal of Stone Soup. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UnityCenter

Sound Bath with Kathryn Rambo and School of Sound Graduates – 1:30-2:30pm. The frequencies of crystal alchemy bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, steel tongue drums, and nana bells immerse you in beautiful frequencies and vibrations that are healing for your body, mind, spirit. $10/cash at the door with preregistration. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262787-3001.




Writing Your Heart Out – Feb 20-21. A writing retreat with professional writer and instructor, Sandra Shackelford. Explore the story held within your heart and soul in a 2-day writing retreat. $275/ commuter, $330/shared cabin, $375/private cabin room-meals included. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center. 920-609-8277.

Metaphysical 1 – 6-8pm. 6-wk class. We explore topics such as chakras, auras, energy, intuition, divination tools (crystals), ritual, invocations, meditation and spirit guides. $150. Free Spirit Crystals, 4763 N 124th St, Butler. Register: 262-790-0748.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Homeopathic Remedies for Your First Aid Kit – 7pm. Learn the top remedies in your first aid kit, and how to use them; choosing the correct remedy, potency; and frequency of dosing using numerous real-life examples. Presentation, by Dr. Mary Simon, ND, will be interactive to help hone newfound skills. Handouts provided. Register online. $15. Space limited. Well-Rounded Maternity Center, 2455 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee. Thrive Holistic

Fellowship Hour – 1-3pm. Free readings, messages & healings following fellowship hour. Come and experience the energy of the members. Walk-ins welcome. First come first served. Love donation. Universal Awareness Fellowship, N91W17194 Appleton Ave, Menomonee Falls. 262-404-7119.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Love Yourself: Self-Care Seminar – 6-8pm. An engaging seminar where you’ll learn healthy mindset & nutrition tips and specific movement techniques to prioritize and love yourself. With Emily Yenor and Kelly Kolodzinski. Seating is limited. 1212 Bodyworks, 20720 W Watertown Rd, Ste 100, Brookfield. RSVP Emily: 414-405-3956.


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5 Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight – 6:30-7:30pm. Excess weight is a symptom, not the actual problem in most cases. Discover the underlying imbalances that are contributing to weight so that you can implement natural solutions and lose weight while gaining health. Dr. Mary Simon, ND, and Cassondra Klein, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist. $15; space is limited. Thrive Holistic Medicine, 1428 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee. 414-278-8922. Thrive Holistic

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Awaken the Goddess Within – Feb 23, Mar 2, 9, 16. 1-3pm. This self-empowerment and selfdiscovery program is to discover how each goddess archetytpe already operates in your life. RSVP three days prior to class so you may take the quiz prior to attendenance. $25/per session, $100/five sessions paid in full. Light of Grace Healing & Education Center, 5900 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. LightOfGrace.Church. Animal Reiki Workshop Series – February 23, 24. 1-4:30pm. Saturday, students will learn how to create the reiki bubble of loving energy to surround pets within a healing environment on their terms. Sunday students will create a healing connection with animal clients and deepen their personal meditative and spiritual practices to enhance their connection. This is a comprehensive class combining both lecture and a variety of meditative exercises. Must be Reiki Level I certified to attend. $45/Sat, $75/Sun. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-7873001.

Food for Thought: Nutrition and Brain Health Workshop – 12-2pm. Enhance memory and focus, eliminate brain fog, and improve your mood with this nutrition workshop led by Dr Sarah Axtell, ND. $50; space limited. Tosa Yoga, 6734 W North Ave, Wauwatosa. Registration required: 414-828-7555. Groovy: Kate and Jim Gorton in Concert – 7pm. The Gortons debut their new CD. Intermission time is desserts and beverages, including wine. Dance music after the intermission. $10/advance, $13/ at the door. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UnityCenter

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daily 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.

sunday 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. 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 second Sunday of each month. Light of Grace, 5806 W. National Ave, West Allis. 414-258-5555. LightOfGrace.Church. Fellowship Hour – 12-1pm. Healing and meditation followed by brief discussion on a spiritual/metaphysical topic. Light refreshments with like-minded community. Rev Keridak Silk and Rev Kristina Bloom. Love donations. Universal Awareness Fellowship, N91W17194 Appleton Ave, Menomonee Falls. 262404-7119. 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 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.

monday Women’s Spirit Book Club Call – 10-11am. 1st, 2nd, 3rd Mon. Spiritual, physical, mental, emotional self-enrichment and creating well-being; w/ Anne Wondra. RSVP online for book, call details: Tai Chi for Health – 6-7:30pm. This is a lowimpact, slow-motion exercise that flows from one motion to the next, breathing deeply and focusing on



bodily sensations, in a meditative way. Four sessions are scheduled throughout 2019. Light of Grace Ed & Healing Center, 5900 W National Ave, West Allis. $15, $75/six sessions Light of Grace Ed & Healing Center, 5900 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. LightOfGrace.Church. Dance lessons – 7-8pm. The Star Paths Dance group system combines dance, tai chi, low stress exercise, folk and other music and drumming. $5/per session. The Lobby area of Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UnityCenter

tuesday Hatha Yoga – 1st & 3rd Tue. Mindful stretching with slow transitions, suitable for beginners ages 14 & up. Bring your mat and blanket; yoga blocks & strap available. $14. Light of Grace Ed & Healing Center, 5900 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. LightOfGrace.Church. Tosa Together Community Meeting – 6:158:30pm. 1st Tue. Fireside Room, Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Anne: 262-544-4310. Tosa Lightworkers’ Meeting – 6:30pm. 2nd Tue. This group is to explore and share the many ways we express our Light of Divinity through different healing modalities, intuition, shamanism, drumming, ho’oponopono. Shala Kilmer will be presenting on the topic of “Intuition Ignition”. $5/session. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414 475-0105.

wednesday Mom and Baby Yoga Playgroup – 10:30-11:30am. Bring your own baby; gentle yoga/infant bonding; get to know other moms in a relaxed playgroup atmosphere; breastfeeding and siblings welcome. Celebrate motherhood and get stronger together. $20. Sacred Sound Yoga, 3805 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood. 414-403-2053. Writing Wednesdays for Women to Write – 10:30am-1pm. 4th 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 10-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. LightOfGrace.Church. Wisconsin Asberger’s Empowerment Group – 6:30-9pm. 2nd & 4th Wed. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Unity iRest Yoga Nidra – 7-8:30pm. Through Mar 6. Guided meditation technique of iRest Yoga NIdra whereby participant enters into a state of deep

relaxation and meditation, while remaining awake and alert, resulting in healing and peace. $90/all six weeks, $20/per session. GreenSquare Integrative Health Care Center, Lower Level Education Rm, 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale. Info and registration, contact Susan Trafton: 414-305-7496.

thursday Minister’s Book Study – 9:15-10:45am. This is an open discussion currently beginning to study Marianne Williamson’s book Healing the Soul of America. All are invited. Free. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-4750105. 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. Beginning Crystal Healing – Thru Mar 21. 6:308:30pm. Learn the basics of using crystals and stones for healing and personal growth. You will have an opportunity to do hands on crystal healing work with others in the class.$35/class; $175/6 classes. Free Spirit Crystals, 4763 N 124th St, Butler. More info: 262-781-1656. Mediumship for Everyone – 6:30-9pm. Eightweek series. Learn to establish a two-way communication with deceased loved ones. Become skilled at receiving information from those on the other side, to bring wisdom, healing, and comfort to yourself and others. $225. Limited to 12 participants. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Shala: 710-280-8854.

saturday 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. Wisconsin Asberger’s Empowerment Group – 6:30-9pm. 1st & 3rd Sat. Group game nights. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Instrumental Sound Healing: Reset Your Frequency – 7-9pm. Every first Sat. Take a journey with soothing, healing sounds and vibrations for relaxation of the body and a renewal of spirit. $15. A Space for Change Studio, 3073 S Chase Ave, #630, Building 28, Milwaukee. Ron Uttke: 414-793-5884.

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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 13.


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.


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 8.


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 ads, pages 2, 29,and 31.

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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.

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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 10.

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 26.


222 N Franklin St, Port Washington 262-235-4525


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

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.

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.

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.


N91 W17194 Appleton Ave, Menomonee Falls 262-404-7119 Change your life! Using hypnosis, life coaching, intuition and divination, you will discover and clear what is standing in your way. Contact Keridak Silk, MS, CCH, today.

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


Wellness educator and essential oils/ aromatherapy resource. See ad, page 10.




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 10.


2312 N Grandview Blvd, Ste 101, Waukesha 262-544-4310 • I always feel better when I talk to you. Spirit-listening starter sessions; learn to write for wellbeing; women’s spirit-path, selfcare book calls; card readings. See ad, page 10.



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. See ad, page 9.



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 8.


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 7.


Specializing in Anti-Aging Medicine. Board certified. Using a holistic approach to weight loss, hormone balancing, Alzheimer’s prevention, integrative cancer care and Mold (CIRS) care. See ad, page 18.

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 8.

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.


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.

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 22.

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


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 11.


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.


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.


Kris Nelsen, Senior Pastor 5806 W National Ave, West Allis LightOfGrace.Church A loving, spiritual community dedicated to the teachings in A Course in Miracles. Our center honors all paths; Join us Sunday’s at 10am for an ACIM message, meditation & music. See ad, page 18.


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 13.

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



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.

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 22.

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.

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