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Be Reiki Expands Services in New Location


ealing arts practitioner Rhiana Tehan, of Be Reiki, has opened a new, larger energy healing facility located at 3082 Main Street, in East Troy. Now known as Be Reiki: Wisconsin Center for Reiki Training and Treatment, the new location provides a large practice area for training students and facilitating other workshops. Classes are scheduled monthly, and treatments are available by appointment. “Reiki training and treatment is a wonderful tool for pain management, stress relief, emotional balancing and much more,” says Tehan. She has been studying the Usui Shiki Rhiana Tehan Ryoho system of reiki since 2010. Tehan is a registered Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki master teacher, as well as a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction licensed teacher, and she provides chakra workshops, reiki treatments and training and meditation groups. For more information, call 262-498-4162, email or visit See ad, page 27.

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he Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA)— a nonprofit that promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable living through education and demonstration— has reached its goal of constructing a 19.4 kW solar canopy and advanced training lab. The lab is designed to charge electric vehicles and provide hands-on training at MREA’s headquarters in Custer, Wisconsin. The project was developed to showcase the possibility of powering personal transportation with clean solar energy. “Nations throughout the world have committed to electrifying their transportation over the next 30 years,” says Nick Hylla, MREA’s executive director. “GM, Daimler, Volvo, Volkswagen and Jaguar have made commitments to fully electrify their vehicle fleets. We see the technology, prices and trends, and believe that we are in the beginning stages of one of the largest infrastructure transitions in U.S. history.” MREA used the online fundraising tool Indiegogo and their annual Energy Fair to encourage and assemble donations to cover the cost of the solar canopy. Through the generosity of their donors and business sponsors, and via a $10,000 grant received from RENEW, Wisconsin’s Solar for Good program, they have met their fundraising goals. MREA’s “stretch” goals for the future include a three-year lease on an electric vehicle and 50 percent funding for an outreach coordinator, totaling $30,000. The MREA recognizes the importance of past initiatives, including educational workshops and presentations with leaders in renewable energy that include Tesla co-founder J.B. Straubel, and numerous other keynote speakers. For more information, visit

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Childhood is a Verb! Promotes Natural Childhood for Children


ente Goldstein, a local leader in Waldorf teaching and owner of FarmWise Education, has written a book, Childhood is a Verb! Why a Virtual Childhood Isn’t Enough. The book comes in two versions: the whole book, with black-and-white illustrations; and a condensed version with color illustrations and a short summary of the full content. Both versions can be purchased on and other online stores. “Because children in our technological era are having fewer first-hand experiences than ever before, this book is for those parents who want to limit screen time and need to know that they have a right to do exactly that,” Goldstein says. “It is a manual for parents who want arguments that support a more natural childhood for their kids. The book teaches parents how to allow their children to have their own creative play and how to incorporate them into the tasks of keeping up a home.” FarmWise offers hands-on learning throughout the year through school group visits, weekend family programs and a summer farm school. The programs introduce small groups of children to the values, lifestyle and work ethic of the farm, and kids learn to actively engage with the world around them. FarmWise was founded on the belief that collaborating with nature on a farm fosters “earth intelligence”. Location: W2331 Kniep Rd., Elkhorn. For more information, call 262-642-9738 or visit

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he 10th annual Cedarburg Garden Walk, sponsored by the Cedarburg Woman’s Club, takes place this year from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 14 and 15. The walk will feature a total of four beautiful gardens: three in the city of Cedarburg and the fourth in the village of Grafton. There will be plants available for purchase at one of the featured gardens. In conjunction with the Garden Walk, the Cedarburg Woman’s Club will continue to have a raffle with a very large number of wonderful prizes. All proceeds will go to very worthy causes, including college scholarships and local community charities, and to cover the maintenance expenses for the Girl Scout House, where over 500 Girl Scouts gather regularly. Tickets to tour all four gardens are $8 in advance ($10 on the day of the event) and are available at the following locations: Cornerstone Community Bank, in Grafton; Johnson’s Garden’s, on Highway 60, in Cedarburg; and Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly, in Cedarburg. Tickets will also be available the day of the event at any of the four gardens. For more information, call 262-387-0192 or visit Cedarburg

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Those spending time in their traditional home swimming pool this summer or taking the plunge to install a natural pool have healthy and cost-saving options. Saltwater pools are far better for skin, hair and lungs. Their use of sodium chloride reduces possible side effects from long-term exposure to the chlorine in traditional pools. Natural swimming pools may employ alternative materials instead of concrete or fiberglass, plus aquatic plants, rather than harmful chemicals and completely mechanical filtering systems. They require no chemicals to maintain because they are self-cleaning, mini-ecosystems. According to Mother Earth News, the plants enrich the pool with oxygen, support beneficial bacteria that consume debris and potentially harmful organisms, and provide habitat for fish, frogs, dragonflies and other waterborne life. Some owners separate plants from main swimming areas; others integrate them, creating a pond-like aesthetic. Ecohome, a Canadian sustainable housing resources firm in Quebec, attests, “No further landscaping is required, as with a traditional pool, which can make the total finished cost of natural pools even more competitive. Moving water and the natural predators of mosquito larvae that will inhabit chlorine-free water will make natural swimming pools practically mosquito-free.” Whole Water Systems LLC, in Idaho, concurs that natural pools deploy “systems that have lower maintenance costs than conventional pools.” For a traditional pool, an oxidation system using a generator powered either by traditional electricity or ultraviolet light-capturing solar panels is a chemical-free way to keep water sanitized, reports For greater sustainability and cost savings for traditional pools, the UK’s Poolcare Leisure Limited suggests monitoring for leaks; using a cover overnight and during extended periods of inactivity to reduce water loss due to evaporation; and utilizing recycled glass in the water-filtering system to save 30 percent in energy costs. According to the Sierra Club, covers also prevent pools from becoming a death trap for pets and wildlife and keep pool water cleaner to reduce pumping needs.



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Exercise Benefits Cancer Survivors Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity increases cognitive function and reduces fatigue in breast cancer survivors, concludes a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne study. The 299 participants that had undergone chemotherapy an average of eight years earlier wore an accelerometer for a week to measure their average daily minutes of exercise and completed a set of questionnaires and neuropsychological tests. The findings suggest that those regularly performing this level of exercise benefit through improved attention, memory and multitasking abilities. Also, in a recent Portuguese study of 15 women being treated for advanced breast cancer, eight women performed two, one-hour sessions a week of aerobic, strength-training and arm exercises. After 12 weeks, they experienced significantly less fatigue and pain, improved cardiovascular fitness, better emotional well-being and a greater ability to perform daily tasks, compared to the control group. 12


Eating Apples and Tomatoes Repairs Lungs Eating lots of fresh tomatoes and fruit, especially apples, helps heal damaged lungs of ex-smokers, reports Johns Hopkins University research published in the European Respiratory Journal. The study, which followed more than 650 people between 2002 and 2012, also found that those that ate more than two tomatoes or more than three portions of fresh fruit daily experienced markedly less of the natural decline of lung function that typically occurs after age 30.


As Earth’s climate becomes warmer, sleepless nights will increase for many, predicts a study from the University of California, San Diego. The research links sleep data on 765,000 Americans collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with climate models that predict warming trends. Rising temperatures could cause six additional nights of poor sleep per 100 people by 2050 and 14 by 2099. Seniors, which have difficulty regulating body temperature, and low-income people without air conditioning, are likely to be the most affected.

The danger of pesticide exposure for expectant mothers has been confirmed by a study of half a million people in the San Joaquin Valley of California, a heavypesticide region in which more than one-third of U.S. vegetables and two-thirds of our fruits and nuts are grown. Studying birth records, researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, found that the top 5 percent of women with the highest exposure had negative effects for all birth outcomes, including low birth weight, gestational length, preterm birth and birth abnormalities.


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According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, three of the world’s largest meat producers, JBS, Cargill and Tyson, emitted more greenhouse gas last year than all of France and nearly as much as the biggest oil companies, such as Exxon, British Petroleum and Shell. Carbon dioxide emissions from raising farmed animals make up about 15 percent of global human-induced emissions, with the biggest offenders being beef and milk production. The nonprofit environmental organization EcoWatch claims that a pound of beef requires 13 percent more fossil fuel and 15 times more water to produce than a pound of soy. It notes, “There is no such thing as sustainable meat, and plant-based alternatives to meat, dairy and eggs take a mere fraction of the resources to produce as their animal-based counterparts.” A vegan diet is not just good for the planet, either; it also spares animals misery at factory farms. “Pigs, cows, chickens and other farmed animals suffer horribly. These innocent animals face unthinkable horrors: cruel caged confinement, brutal mutilations and bloody, merciless deaths,” says Joe Loria, communications and content manager at the humanitarian group Mercy for Animals.

In Vitro Corals

Scientists Help Repropagate Vanishing Reefs

Warming seawater and increasing ocean acidity are damaging reef ecosystems around the world, and some scientists and environmentalists fear a worldwide collapse by 2050. Coral reefs are colonies of millions of tiny animals. In a single night, the corals join in casting a fog of sperm and eggs into the water to either fertilize and make baby coral larvae or settle back onto the reef, fostering growth. Dirk Petersen, Ph.D., founder and executive director of Sexual Coral Reproduction, in Hilliard, Ohio, gathers sperm and eggs from corals, fertilizes them in a lab and returns the baby corals to the wild. “A bunch of us coral reef managers were just so sick of just watching things die,” says Laurie Raymundo, a biologist at the University of Guam. This kind of in vitro fertilization provides at least a glimmer of hope for the future.



In a win for the health of the world’s oceans, McDonald’s says it will end the use of harmful polystyrene foam packaging globally by year’s end. Rarely recycled, the material used in beverage cups and takeout containers is a frequent component of beach litter, degrading into indigestible pellets that marine animals mistake for food, resulting in injury or death. The company says, “The environmental impact of our packaging is a top priority.” The International Agency for Research on Cancer has determined that styrene, used in the production of polystyrene, is also a possible human carcinogen. Dunkin’ Donuts is also phasing out its polystyrene foam cups in favor of paper cups. A planned worldwide project completion by 2020 will prevent nearly 1 billion foam cups from entering the waste stream each year. Customers may still opt for the restaurant’s mugs or bring their own thermos. The foam cups will be replaced with doublewalled paper cups made with paperboard certified to Sustainable Forestry Initiative standards.


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Conservation Project Protects Part of Amazon The Amazon Region Protected Areas Program (ARPA), a joint venture between the World Wildlife Fund and the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, has reached the goal of protecting a network of conservation units comprising more than 231,000 square miles in the Amazon River basin, or about 15 percent of the biome’s territory in Brazil. The program is now present in 117 conservation units—including in national and state parks, ecological stations, and biological and sustainable development reserves in the states of Amapá, Amazonas, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima and Tocantins—that are home to more than 8,800 species. ARPA works with local communities to create, expand, strengthen and maintain these units by ensuring resources and promoting sustainable development in the regions. They benefit from goods, projects and service contracts, such as the establishment of councils, management plans, land surveys and inspection, reaching 30 protected areas so far. ARPA is the largest strategy in place on the planet for conservation and sustainable use of tropical forests.

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Thailand is the home of a new “smart vest” that could turn stray dogs into personal guardians. Equipped with a hidden video camera, vest sensors transmit live streaming videos when the dog barks, showing what it sees via a smartphone app. Pakornkrit Khantaprap, on the creative team at Samsung, says, “It’ll make people feel that stray dogs can become nightwatches for communities.” More tests are needed before the vest can be introduced into additional communities for trial runs.

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As we race toward a future full of high-tech, lab-grown meats in place of the environmentally unsound animal protein industry, a new startup wants to extend this offering to our furry friends, too. Aiming to make the most sustainable, transparent and organic product possible, Rich Kelleman, owner of Bond Pet Foods, started growing it in a petri dish from animal cells, free of the environmental and ethical dilemmas caused by traditional animal farming. Lab-grown meat slashes land use by 99 percent, produces 90 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions and may be a more economically viable way to feed the growing global population. “Pet food has always been quick to follow human food trends,” says pet food industry consultant Ryan Yamka, who is working with the startup. “If you walked down the aisles this year at the trade shows, you already saw people talking about humanely raised and sustainable pet food.”


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Dutch designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros have been cultivating live algae and processing it into material that can be used for 3-D printing. This algae polymer can be turned into everyday items from shampoo bottles to bowls and trash bins. They hope it could replace petroleum-based plastics to help alleviate our unsustainable consumption of fossil fuels. They have also experimented with other biopolymers such as mycelium (fungi), potato starch and cocoa bean shells. The pair now operate a research and algae production lab at the Luma Foundation, in Arles, France. They point out that their creations do more than just replace plastic—algae can also suck up carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas driver of global climate change. They explain, “The algae grow by absorbing the carbon and producing a starch that can be used as a raw material for bioplastics or binding agents. The waste product is oxygen—clean air.”


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New Berlin Chiropractor Offers a Comprehensive Approach to Wellness by Sheila Julson


over 20 years, she has seen a r. Eliesha Evans, lot of changes, so she continof Evans Chiroues her education in order practic & Pain to keep current with new Relief Laser Clinic, has a state-of-the-art technology. steadfast determination The practice is one of to help her patients get the few chiropractic clinics well. Her never-give-up in southeast Wisconsin to attitude goes back to her offer MLS class 4 robotic childhood; while growing laser therapy, which uses up in Green Bay, she was specific wavelengths of light severely injured in a car Dr. Eliesha Evans to help tendons, ligaments accident. Undeterred by the long recovery process, she sought chiro- and muscles repair themselves. A secondary wave helps control pain sometimes practic care as part of her treatment, which associated with recovery. Evans uses the greatly helped her recover from her injuries. MLS laser to treat knee, hip, shoulder and While working as an athletic trainer wrist pain; tendonitis; arthritis; cartilage and in orthopedic rehabilitation, Evans damage; and other pain and mobility considered a career in conventional mediissues. “Using the laser, we get amazing cine. Instead, she found herself drawn to outcomes for a person’s condition. This chiropractic due to its hands-on approach, technology blew the doors off everything and because the chiropractic care model we previously knew about treating these allows doctors to spend more time with issues,” she says. patients. In 1992 she graduated from the Since nutritional deficiencies can National University of Health Sciences, in lead to inflammation-related pain issues, Lombard, Illinois, and opened her practice Evans became board certified in functional in New Berlin in 1995. At Evans Chiromedicine through the Cleveland Clinic. practic & Pain Relief Laser Clinic, she She’s also a clinic fellow at the Chiropractic incorporates wellness modalities such as Hand & Foot Clinics of America, where laser therapy, nutrition counseling, Tradishe studied advanced techniques on how tional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and more to adjust feet, knees, shoulders and hands. into her chiropractic care. When appropriate, she also incorporates Most importantly, Evans says, is Rapid Release Technology therapy, a chirofiguring out the “whys” behind illness. “For practic approach that uses high-frequency successful treatment, you have to know vibrations to break up scar tissue and what to do, and when,” she emphasizes. muscle tension. Being in the chiropractic profession for

“Once I see a patient, we come up with a game plan, and we work together. That’s why I like practicing chiropractic, because I work with patients to educate them about their bodies: what the body needs, and why they are in the pickle that they’re in,” Evans says. “We also use the dried urine test known as the DUTCH Test for comprehensive hormones. It’s the gold standard for hormone testing. It’s precise, and it’s the only test that gives us a clear indication of the imbalances that a patient might have.” Evans partners with Elizabeth Brink to offer massage therapy, acupuncture and cupping, and the two practitioners work together to devise a treatment plan that is unique for each patient. Evans is also certified in the Kinesio Taping method, which can improve lymphatic drainage, reduce pain and support muscle function, and her rehabilitation therapy includes core stabilization and balance retraining so that patients learn how to keep their bodies functioning properly once they leave the clinic. Education is the main key to wellness, she reiterates, and her patients leave with a folder full of educational information about exam findings, health goals and how to achieve those goals. She also interacts with her patients’ families. “I always engage the patient’s spouse or significant other,” she says. “Pain is something you can’t see, and illness affects the whole family, so it’s important for patients to get support during the recovery process.” Evans reveals that her ultimate goal is to give patients their lives back. “People want to get better. They want to hike and enjoy their grandchildren. I don’t know many people who are happy just sitting around,” she laughs. Evans Chiropractic & Pain Relief Laser Clinic is located at 15720 W. National Ave., New Berlin. For more information, call 262-785-5515 or visit See ad, page 4. Sheila Julson is a Milwaukee-based freelance writer and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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Restoring the Nutritional Value of Crops by Melinda Hemmelgarn


hen we think of scientists as men and women in lab coats peering into microscopes, what’s missing is farmers. Our society doesn’t tend to equate the two, yet farmers are active field scientists. How they choose to grow and produce food greatly impacts our shared environment of soil, water and air quality, as well as the nutritional content of food, and therefore, public health. The best field- and lab-based scientists share key traits: they’re curious, keen observers and systems thinkers that learn by trial and error. Both formulate and test hypotheses, collect data, take measurements, assess results and draw conclusions.

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Diana Dyer, a registered dietitian and organic garlic farmer outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan, explains, “I like to help people see the similarities between the scientific process and good, careful farming—all aspects of which revolve around observations, goals, planning, implementation, intervention and analysis of 18


results—then careful re-planning based on those results.” Dyer and her husband, Dick, started farming after long careers in traditional health care, where the focus was on treating people after they got sick. Through their farm work, they wanted to focus on prevention. “Growing healthy food in healthy soil, our goal was to create and nourish a healthy community from the ground up. Communicating the multiple benefits of healthy soils and ecosystems has been at the core of our vision and responsibility from day one,” she says. The Dyers believe that flavor is key to eating and enjoying truly nourishing foods, and based on their professional health backgrounds and farming experience, they connect healthy soil with higherquality, better-tasting food. In Havre, Montana, Doug Crabtree, and his wife, Anna, manage Vilicus Farms, featured in the book Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America, by Liz Carlisle. The Crabtrees

grow organic heirloom and specialty grains, pulses and oilseed crops such as emmer, kamut, black beluga lentils and flax. Asked if he considers himself a scientist, Crabtree first defines the term as “a person who is studying or has expert knowledge of one or more of the natural or physical sciences.” Then he replies, “Given this definition, how could any farmer not be a scientist? An organic farmer is a lifelong student of nature, seeking to emulate her wisdom and processes as we refine our production systems. Organic production isn’t just growing food without toxic chemical inputs, it’s a system that requires conscientiously improving soil, water and associated resources while producing safe and healthy food for America’s growing population of informed consumers.”

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new Vegetable Systems Trial, a long-term, side-by-side comparison of both biologically organic and chemically based conventional vegetable production. An organic farmer with a Ph.D. in molecular ecology from Drexel University, in Philadelphia, Smith studies how soil quality and crop-growing conditions influence the nutrient density and health-protecting properties of specific vegetables. “Over the past 70 years, there’s been a decline in the nutritional value of our foods,” reports Smith. “During this time, industrial agriculture, with its pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, increased yields and size of crops, but the tradeoff was a decline in nutrient content, known as the ‘dilution effect’.” In addition, Smith explains, greater levels of nitrogen fertilizer, typical of conventional production methods, may also increase a plant’s susceptibility to insects and disease. Smith’s research will give fellow farmers, healthcare providers and consumers a better understanding of how crop production practices influence soil quality and therefore, food quality. For example, research of organic crops shows higher levels of vitamin C; higher-quality protein; plus more disease-fighting compounds called secondary plant metabolites such as lycopene, polyphenols and anthocyanin, the plant pigment responsible for the red, blue and purple colors in fruits and vegetables, as reported in a meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Nutrition. The Rodale Institute has formed partnerships with nutrition and medical researchers at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park. Of particular interest, for example, are extracts from purple potatoes that show promise in helping to kill colon cancer cells. Smith looks forward to identifying growing methods that boost levels of anthocyanin, as well as other health-protecting compounds in crops. The new Regenerative Health Institute, a global research and education center linking soil health to human health, will also be housed at the Rodale Institute. It’s a collaboration between Rodale staff and the Plantrician Project, a nonprofit organization in New Canaan, Connecticut, that

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Along with our well-being, livestock farming methods impact our environment, too. A growing body of research including a new study published in Food Science & Nutrition shows that meat and dairy prod-

ucts from animals raised mostly on grass or pasture—as nature intended—contain significantly higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid and omega-3 fatty acids compared to grain-fed animals. These naturally occurring fats help protect us from inflammation, heart disease and cancer. Important in brain, eye and nerve development, omega-3 fatty acids are especially critical for pregnant and breastfeeding women and their infants. Organic farmers, by law, must provide their ruminant animals with significant time on pasture and may not feed them genetically engineered feed or feed produced with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Further, they can’t use synthetic hormones or antibiotics to promote weight gain. In these ways, organic farmers help protect our food, water, and environment from contamination, and reduce the growing global threat of antibiotic resistance. Randolph Center, Vermont, dairy farmers Regina and Brent Beidler diligently study and question changes they witness in their immediate environment. They monitor what grows in their pasture, watch what their cows choose to eat and count the numbers and activities of insects, bees, worms, birds and wildlife.

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nity-owned nonprofit hospital in Augusta County, Virginia. The AMI Fellowship program prepares individuals to become farmers, teachers and ambassadors for healthpromoting food systems. “Both AMI and Augusta Health believe that access to excellent health care includes access to healthy food,” explains Sue Erhardt, the institute’s executive director. The AMI Farm at Augusta Health initiative will create an onsite production farm and a community venue for food,

nutrition and gardening education. Their goal is to tackle three major local health issues: poor nutrition, low physical activity and overweight; diabetes; and mental health. A Food Farmacy program for those with or at risk for Type 2 diabetes will provide fresh produce prescriptions at an onsite farmstand, as well as cooking classes. Erhardt recalls her life-changing experience as a teen, hearing American labor leader Cesar Chavez speak about farm worker exposure to pesticides and related cancer clusters. She’s proud to say, “The farm project will exemplify sustainable practices for growing vegetables, including organic fourseason crops and companion planting, while promoting soil health. “We believe this project will promote a better quality of life for staff, patients and community members.” That’s the power of farming when it’s dedicated to optimum health. Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian, writer and Food Sleuth Radio host with, in Columbia, MO. Connect at

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Gary Griggs on What We Must Do to Save Our Coasts by Randy Kambic


hile Gary Griggs has lived near the coast of California most of his life, visits to the coasts of 46 nations helped shape his latest book, Coasts in Crisis: A Global Challenge. The distinguished professor of Earth sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, writes on how coral reefs provide shelter, food and breeding grounds for about one-third of the world’s species of marine fish, as well as coastal protection from major weather events. Most coral reefs are now besieged by pollution, overfishing, sedimentation, coastal construction, tourism and global warming. Approximately 3 billion people— nearly half our planet’s total population— live in coastal areas. He cites that hurricanes have caused more U.S. fatalities than any other natural hazard, and the driving forces behind rising sea levels will increase future vulnerabilities unless effective actions are taken now. Griggs, who also wrote Introduction to California’s Beaches and Coast and Living with the Changing California Coast and co-wrote The Edge, today recaps the history and assesses the current status of coasts worldwide. He suggests ways in which current negative trends might be reversed or improved.

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In the tropical latitudes, coral reef ecosystems have formed the basic biological, geological, economic and cultural framework of area coastlines and island nations for centuries. Today, fisheries and tourism anchor those economies. Millions of people depend on these local ecosystems for their protein supply. About 50 percent of coral reefs are in poor or fair condition, and most are in decline. Whether from pollution, dredging, filling or overfishing, virtually all of those reefs are under significant threat.

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What might mitigate the environmental impact of what you term “coastal megacities”? Eight of the largest metropolitan areas worldwide—Shanghai, Mumbai, Karachi, Tokyo, Dhaka, Jakarta, New York/New Jersey and Los Angeles—are along shorelines. Coasts in Crisis looks at the hazards of hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons and tsunamis that their residents are exposed to—along with long-term sea level rise. These incredible concentrations of people not only fish heavily, they discharge large volumes of waste and wastewater. You can’t put 10 million people on a shoreline and not expect impacts. We need to get all of these discharges cleaned up and under control. Shorelines are very delicate biological environments. We also must get global population under control to make a much softer footprint on the planet. It would take four planet Earths to support the present global population if everyone indulged in America’s current consumption habits ( Sustainability is what we must work toward, whether it’s food, water or energy. Currently, we’re mining the planet for all its resources, which can’t go on for much longer. We need to recognize this and return to equilibrium with what the planet can supply. Freelance writer and editor Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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hronic pain affects 100 million Americans, with annual treatment costs reaching $635 billion, according to the Institute of Medicine. Worse, opiate-derived pain medications, conventional medicine’s go-to treatment for chronic pain, are addictive and deadly. The Annals of Internal Medicine reports that an estimated 2 million Americans suffered from opioid use disorder involving prescription drugs as of 2016 while 12 million admitted to misusing them. Legal and illegal opioids killed 64,070 Americans in 2016, 21 percent more than the previous year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some opioid addiction stems from use of illegal recreational drugs like heroin and cocaine, but the National Institute of Drug Abuse testified to the U.S. Senate that as of 2014 more than four times as many Americans were addicted to prescription opioids (2.1 million) than heroin (467,000). Natural approaches, less harmful in relieving pain and thereby preventing drug addictions, are addressing and ameliorating long-term back or neck, nerve and

even cancer pain, and saving lives. The first step in preventing dependency is to avoid opioids completely, says Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, in WinstonSalem, North Carolina: “Opioids don’t work for chronic pain. They may be effective for acute pain, such as right after an injury or surgery, but they are ineffective and addictive in the long run.” Here are several better ways to feel better. Mindfulness meditation: Zeidan recommends mindfulness meditation and cites a University of Massachusetts study of people with chronic pain in which pain lessened by at least 65 percent after 10 weeks of this practice. “Mindfulness meditation is about discipline and regulating one’s attention. It appears to shut down the thalamus, the brain’s gatekeeper, and the brain’s ability to register pain,” explains Zeidan. Yoga: Strongly positive effects have been reported in several studies, including one


To enroll in a new study on mindfulness meditation and chronic back pain, email For information on ongoing studies, visit on 150 veterans with chronic low back pain from the Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System. It showed that 12 weeks of yoga classes reduced pain and opioid use, and improved functionality of participants; many of them had suffered back pain for more than 15 years. Acupuncture: The ancient Chinese modality that’s been used to treat all types of pain for millennia has become such a mainstream treatment that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that healthcare providers learn more about it to help patients avoid prescription opioids. “All pain starts with imbalance,” says Terri Evans, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Florida. “Acupuncture is about creating balance in the body and in releasing the fascia, where pain patterns get locked.”


Marijuana: All forms of marijuana, or cannabis, are illegal on the federal level, but medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia. In a study

Drumming Out Drugs Music, specifically drumming, stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s own morphine-like painkillers. Group drumming can help people withdrawing from addictive drugs, especially those having particular difficulty in conventional addiction programs, reports a University of Arizona at Tempe study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Other supportive studies are listed at html.

from San Francisco General Hospital published in the journal Neurology, researchers found that smoking the first cannabis cigarette reduced pain by 72 percent in a group of patients with painful neuropathy. The body’s endocannabinoid system, found in the brain, organs, connective tissues and immune cells, is one of its natural pain-coping mechanisms, and is most affected by cannabis. Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D., associate professor of clinical psychology at the State University of New York at Albany, author of Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence and a member of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is an advocate of medical marijuana. While regarding it as helpful for chronic pain with little risk of addiction, he concludes it’s “great for a small handful of conditions, but it’s not the cure-all that some are suggesting.” CBD oil: Dr. Hyla Cass, of Marina del Rey, California, an integrative physician expert in psychiatry and addiction recovery, and author of The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free, is more comfortable with CBD (cannabidiol) oil. It’s a hemp product legal in 45 states, provided it qualifies in non-addictive levels of THC, the component of cannabis that induces euphoria (see TheCannabis Some CBD oils contain trace amounts of THC, not enough to induce a “high” or contribute to addiction, but there are also products that contain no

Let the Sunshine In Just getting a little natural sunlight can have a strong effect on chronic pain, according to a study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. Hospital patients fortunate enough to have beds on the sunny side of the building cut their need for opioid-based pain meds by 22 percent just one hour after spine surgery. THC at all. By definition, hemp’s THC content is less than 0.3 percent versus marijuana’s 5 to 35 percent. “CBD oil won’t make you high,” says Cass. “In and of itself, CBD oil is very potent. You don’t need the THC for pain relief. There’s no need to go down the slippery slope of using an illegal substance.” In addition to CBD oil’s pain-relieving effects on the endocannabinoid system, says Cass, it’s a powerful anti-inflammatory, which contributes to its effectiveness in addressing the underlying causes of chronic pain, confirmed by University of South Carolina research. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Food is Medicine. Connect at

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nsomnia plagues millions of Americans, and finding a solution can be difficult when the condition is chronic. Prolonged lack of quality sleep compromises health and sets the stage for depression, high blood pressure, obesity, inflammation, poor memory and even serious risk of heart attack. The good news is that natural alternatives, especially regular exercise, offer relief. Northwestern University research published in the journal Sleep Medicine even confirms better results from exercise than other natural approaches.

Timing is Everything

Circadian rhythm, the body’s internal clock, governs physiological patterns involving sleep and hunger, and is cued by temperature and sunlight, so timing our exercise is important. Other studies at Northwestern reveal that workouts earlier in the day yield better results because muscles also have their own rhythm (internal clocks) that help them perform more efficiently due to the presence of daylight, and function optimally then. According to the National Sleep Foundation, a decrease in body temperature after an initial increase during physical activity initiates sleep, which also suggests that exercising later in the day, but not before bed, is helpful, as well. Research from Princeton University further shows that exercise can help the brain process stress, helping to minimize anxiety which often accompanies or fosters insomnia. Long Beach, California, holistic podiatrist Don Kim, creator of The Walking Cure Program, affirms, “The first thing to address is the circadian rhythm—what I call the body’s highest peak and lowest valley. The entire system needs to get used to slowing down.” Kim’s life changed for the better, including his struggles

with insomnia, when he made walking a priority after an incapacitating back injury. “Walking is synchronized motion and induces meditative brain waves,” says Kim, who teaches others how to walk for better physical and mental health.

Oxygen is Key

The more oxygen the brain receives, the lower the levels of cortisol that trigger racing thoughts. Other forms of moderate aerobic exercise involving cardio machines, spinning, cross-country skiing, swimming and dancing are also beneficial ways to increase oxygen intake. Chicago fitness expert Stephanie Mansour explains, “Improving circulation helps to increase the body’s energy during the day and helps you wind down at night.” It’s a common misconception that rushing through the day is the same as engaging in exercise. Mansour elaborates: “Exercising is different than just being busy or working outside, because it’s a time where you connect your mind, body and breath. You’re forced to be present. It’s difficult to think about your to-do list when you’re physically engaged.” According to, just 10 minutes of regular aerobic activity anytime improves sleep quality significantly. Plus, it abates the likelihood of sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome that sedentary lifestyles can cause or exacerbate.



Cultivating Calm

Restorative yoga instructor Naima Merella, manager of Studio 34, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, says, “We’re not taught to value rest, and conditions like feeling overwhelmed and insomnia are the result. Most people in our culture suffer from an overactive fight-or-flight response, so engaging our parasympathetic nervous system, or relaxation response, can balance this.” Merella advocates yoga, breath work and certain qigong exercises. “One option is to do a more active yoga practice to burn off excess nervous energy, and then end with restorative poses to engage the relaxation response. It all depends on a person’s schedule and what they’re able to do. Ideally, I would suggest doing at least 30 minutes of restorative yoga and breath work before bed, but even a few minutes of a restorative pose or breathing technique can be helpful. I’ve found the kundalini yoga meditation, Shabad Kriya, most helpful for sleeping.” Renowned yogi Janice Gates, of Marin County, California, also advises physical practice, as well as understanding the foundational teachings. “It’s important to remember that you’re not your anxiety. It’s easy to identify with suffering and conditions that cause it. Yoga supports us to be free of that conditioning. Keep in mind that an issue can be more mental at times and more physiological at other times, so we want to address both with asanas early in the day to balance the nervous system and mindful breathing at bedtime.” Whichever form of exercise we choose, we should be gentle with ourselves. As Merella reminds us, “The best thing we can do is send ourselves compassion and love.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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n the late 1990s, the nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, “animal doctor” Michael Fox received many letters about dogs and cats with diarrhea, itchy skin and other persistent disorders. He advised all inquirers to immediately remove foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO). Dozens of follow-up thank-you notes verified that his recommendation worked. “One of the main reasons I came to the conclusion of blaming GMOs in pet foods for this cluster of health problems is that essentially, nothing else in the health background of these animals had been changing,” says Fox. Many vets have also reported a rise in pet obesity, skin conditions, inflammation, degenerative disk disease, cancer and even shorter lifespans since late 1996, when GMOs and associated poisons entered America’s food supply. For example, most GMOs like soy, corn and canola are designed by Monsanto to tolerate high doses of its Roundup herbicide. Corn is also engineered to produce an insect-killing poison called Bt-toxin.

Together with pesticides sprayed on or produced inside GMO crops, the side effects from genetic engineering create dangers. Monsanto’s “Roundup-ready” corn has higher levels of putrescine and cadaverine, compounds responsible for dead body odor. They promote bad breath and also can enhance the risk of allergic reactions and cancer.

Getting Cancer from Food

Cancer rates among our country’s 185 million pets are skyrocketing, especially among dogs. Canines have the highest cancer rate of all mammals; in America, about half are struck with the disease. In 2015, the World Health Organization classified Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, as a “probable human carcinogen.” Insufficient human studies exist, but a goodly number of animal studies confirm that it causes cancer. Preliminary tests commissioned by the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), an educational nonprofit, on the dangers of GMOs, revealed that six popular dog and cat foods contained more glyphosate residues than most human foods.

Pet owners that notice benefits from changing a pet’s diet can share their story via or The sooner we realize the hidden dangers, the quicker the market must respond with healthier ingredients. Possibly because pets are exposed to Roundup from spraying both foods and lawns, a pilot study by Health Research Institute Laboratories, which tests glyphosate levels in food and environments, found the levels in dogs’ urine were 50 times higher than the average in humans.

Amazing Recoveries

Numerous veterinarians see good results when pets switch to non-GMO food that’s free of synthetic pesticides. Veterinarian Barbara Royal, owner of The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center, in Chicago and author of The Royal Treatment: A Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets, says, “Allergies, gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune diseases, behavioral problems [and other conditions] improve when we take the animals off of these GMO-laden, glyphosate-ridden foods, and put them on something that’s more organic and natural. It’s a dramatic change.” In a survey conducted by IRT, 3,256 people that adopted a non-GMO and largely

organic diet reported improvements in 28 health conditions, many of which have increased in the U.S. parallel with the growing prevalence of GMOs and Roundup. Further, 80 pet owners cited improvements in status for eight health issues, including digestion, allergies and skin conditions, when their pet’s food was changed. Plausible explanations include that glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic, and so easily kills beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This could possibly interfere with digestion, detoxification and immunity. According to integrative veterinarian Karen Becker, in Chicago, the Healthy Pets expert for, “We know now that animals consuming genetically modified foods… can change the terrain of their GI tract.” Most notably, glyphosate and Bt-toxin are linked to leaky gut—unnatural holes or gaps created in intestine walls. Veterinarian Marlene Siegel, owner of the Pasco Veterinary Medical Center, in Lutz, Florida, says, “We know that the

root cause of most disease is inflammation; and that inflammation is coming from the leaky gut.”

Organic Surpasses Non-GMO

GMOs are not the only crops drenched with Roundup. It’s also sprayed on other foods to dry them, often just a few days before harvest, including wheat, oats, barley and other cereals. It’s also used on lentils, citrus orchards, sunflowers, potato fields and vineyards. Organic growers and processors are not allowed to use GMOs, Roundup or other synthetic toxins. It’s safest to choose organic; if unavailable, at least buy verified non-GMO. Jeffrey M. Smith is founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology and its campaign, Protect Pets from GMOs and Pesticides, at Author of the bestseller Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating and Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, his upcoming film, Secret Ingredients, interviews many that recovered from disease after switching to organic food. Also visit

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THE JOY OF DIRT Gardening Connects Kids to Nature


by Barbara Pleasant

hildren benefit from a close connection with nature, and there’s no better place to learn about plants and soil than a garden. Families don’t need lots of space, as even a small collection of potted plants holds fascination for youngsters. The first step is to understand a garden as seen by a child that may be more interested in creative play than in making things grow. Whitney Cohen, education director at Life Lab, a nonprofit that promotes garden-based education in Santa Cruz, California, thinks kids benefit most from what she calls “dirt time”—spent outdoors interacting with plants, animals, soil and everything else. “When a child plants a seed, tends it over time and ultimately pulls a carrot out of the soil and eats it, they begin to know down in their bones that food comes from plants; that healthy food is delicious; and that we are part of a vast and beautiful web of life,” Cohen says. This learning process may not match a parent’s idea of a lovely garden. “Children don’t make neat rows. They water leaves and flower petals rather than the roots. They accidentally step on young seedlings.

Gardening with children is messy and chaotic, but there is always learning going on beneath the surface, just out of sight,” says Catherine Koons-Hubbard, nature preschool director at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Growing nutritious vegetables like cherry tomatoes allows kids to see, touch and possibly smash a food as they get to know it, increasing the likelihood that they will eventually eat it.

Incorporate Play Spaces “Children might rather be playing than following instructions,” Koons-Hubbard counsels, but it’s easy to incorporate space for free play in the garden. Depending on a child’s imagination and which toys are used, a spot of diggable soil in the shade might morph into a dinosaur refuge, pony farm or secret place for fairies. Kids are also attracted to stepping stones, which encourage hopping, stretching and even counting. Don’t be surprised if kids turn some of them into a stage or a place to stack rocks or leaves. Children love mixing soil and water together into mud. When given a bucket

Gardening with children is messy and chaotic, but there is always learning going on beneath the surface, just out of sight. of clay, soil and water, kids quickly discover they can use mud to paint, sculpt or make fantasy pies decorated with leaves, sticks or flowers. “Playing in mud fully engages the senses, and there are studies that show it can benefit the immune system and make us happier,” says Leigh MacDonald-Rizzo, education director at the Ithaca Children’s Garden, in New York. References include the University of Bristol, UK, University of Colorado Boulder and University of California, Los Angeles. “Mud isn’t anything, really, and that open-ended quality lends itself to joyously creative play that helps children develop a relationship with the natural world,” she says.

Top Tools for Kids Small children notice things close to the ground, which become even more interesting when seen through a magnifying glass. Sturdy kids’ versions in bright colors are easy to find if they get misplaced outdoors. Curious children love getting a close-up look at worms and other critters in the worm bin or compost pile, or the structures inside flowers. “But when we just let the children explore, they’ll find loads of intriguing objects we may never have thought of, like water caught on the fuzzy underside of a leaf, a sparkly rock or rough tree bark,” Cohen says. Children love to water plants, especially during hot summer weather. Small watering cans that hold only a little water are easy for kids to handle and limit overdoing it. Water-filled spray bottles also encourage exploration while keeping kids cool. Digging to discover what’s underground comes naturally to kids, and preschoolers do best with toy-size tools with short handles. Older kids can control child-size spades and rakes better than heavier adult tools.

Keeping Outdoor Space Safe Remove the worry from gardening with kids by minimizing safety risks. Replace poisonous or prickly plants with vegetables, herbs or edible flowers and teach kids of all ages not to eat plants unless they have first been checked by an adult. Insects can be both interesting and threatening, and flying insects often are attracted to bright colors. Dress kids in light, neutral colors to avoid unwanted attention from bugs. Avoid chemical fertilizers and sprays, and opt for organic solutions. Barbara Pleasant has authored many green-thumb books including Homegrown Pantry: Selecting the Best Varieties and Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year-Round. She grows vegetables, herbs and fruits in Floyd, VA; connect at Barbara

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1. Connect with the inner voice.

Uncovering authenticity comes from within. We learn to discern and heed the inner voice of wisdom through daily silence, a still space that allows messages to resonate. This ever-present guidance system is always spot on. The key is to connect often. Be grateful for the fruits of quiet moments. Maybe they occur during prayer and meditation, in the shower, walking in solitude without earphones or driving with the radio off. Breathe deeply, cherishing an open heart. Gut feelings often presage inner knowing.

2. Realize the difference between soul and ego.

Connected with our soul—the seat of everything positive, the venue of all potential and light—we experience spaciousness, unconditional love and complete support. If accusations, blame or heavy judgment arise, it’s just the ego trying to maintain the status quo. By dismissing its raging, it dissipates.

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3. Reconnect with authentic selfhood.

We must banish every misconception and lie we tell about ourselves. Falsehoods define us just like the things that are true. Take a good, long look in the mirror and ask, “Who is this person? What has

made me who I am today? What experiences have created this unique divine work? Are my eyes alight or dim? What am I feeling? Am I weighed down by burdens, exhausted by current choices?” Simply ask the questions; don’t look for answers, but be wary of the ego’s vote for falsehoods.

4. Find some crazy joy.

Beginning today, do one new thing daily that brings joy. Temporary happiness builds and reinforces joy, but soul-deep joy weaves a base of strength within. It’s an attitude—an outlook. When we are flourishing spiritually, emotionally and physically, it evokes joy in how we live and feel. Move out of familiar comfort zones and do something unexpected. Pursue a heartfelt desire long delayed. Watch a comedy with friends. Take a dance class. Call an old friend. Volunteer somewhere nurturing. Be in this moment. Understand that this is what life will feel like when living authentically, free of masks and pretense— when each day is meaningful and suffused with joy. Remember, authentic living is about the journey, not the destination. Jan Desai is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and visionary who transformed her life at age 50 by breaking with conventions. She shares her lifetime of learning at

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SUNDAY, JULY 1 Flow in the Feminine: A Movement & SelfCare Playshop – 2-5pm. Exploring feminine energy through movement, self-care practices, and simple yet powerful practices you can incorporate in your daily life to enhance your healthy, feminine well-being; w/Bethamie Wyatt, a public health professional in women’s health. $25. Greensquare Integrative Health Care Center, 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale. 414-292-3900 x 4821. Greensquare

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4 Freedom Flow Yoga Practice – 9:30-10:45am. Energize your Independence Day with an active practice and freedom-themed music. Start your holiday centered and ready to celebrate; w/Nikki Estes, CAP, E-RYT. $18/drop in, normal passes. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-271-4972.

SATURDAY, JULY 7 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. Pre-register at 414444-4110.

TUESDAY, JULY 10 Mediumship Training – Jul 10-11. 9am-4pm. Would you like to learn how to connect with the spirit world? Highly experiential class will teach a variety of techniques to make connections with the spirit world and give an evidential reading. Taught by Amy Wilinski, who trained with many gifted mediums and brings a blend of styles to her work. Overnight options available. $295/commuter, $350/shared accommodation & meals, $375/private room & meals. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center near Green Bay. Info: 920609-8277.

THURSDAY, JULY 12 Past Life Group Hypnosis Session – 6-8pm. In this deep state you will visit your past lives. Learn how you have known others from life to life. See patterns, obstacles and challenges; w/Keridak, certified consulting hypnotist. $25. Universal Awareness Fellowship, N91 W17194 Appleton Ave, Ste 106B, Menomonee Falls. RSVP: 303-887-6477. Taking a Vacation from the Blues – 6:30pm. Different from depression, the blues are transient – it passes. Learn how to identify when the blues are starting, as well as techniques to move through a phase successfully. The class concludes with a meditation to change blues energies into uplifting energies. $20. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262787-3001.

FRIDAY, JULY 1 Become a Board-Certified Hypnotherapist – Jul 13-15. Fri, 6:30-9pm; Sat, 9am-4pm; Sun,

Sound Bath for Peace – 12:30-1:30pm. Tibetan/ crystal bowl meditation that will help you find your center of peace, no matter what is happening in your life or the world around you. The sound bath is facilitated by bowl master, Kathryn Rambo, along with graduates from the School of Sound and Healing. $10/cash donation; preregistration requested. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.


9am-3pm. Hypnotherapy certification training weekend. $1,995, $995/early bird rate, limited to six students, restrictions apply. MidAmerica Hypnosis & Mindset Training Center, 15350 W National Ave, Ste 120, New Berlin. 414-939-6463.

Dark Secrets of Our Food System – 6:30pm. Presentation by Fred Depies, in alliance with Trust Local Food, the Oneida Nation, and Earth Justice, helping make wise choices about the foods we purchase and consume. The video FRESH celebrates the people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has confronted the consequences; food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. $20 suggested donation. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414 475-0105.



Meditative Beach Yoga – 9-10:30am. Let the sun recharge you, let the earth heal you; breathe wind deep into your soul. See your infinite beauty through yoga. $20; preregistration required. Atwater Beach, Shorewood. 414-403-2053. RosieYoga@gmail. com.

Group Sound Therapy – 6:30-7:45pm. With Lee Ann Baum-Sekulski, LMT, CS. Singing bowls have been designed to amplify our natural bio-frequencies for healing and balancing at every level. Many report an immediate and profound sense of soothing calm, relaxation, and centering. Please bring blankets/ mats, pillows to lie on the floor. $25. Greensquare Integrative Health Care Center, 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale. 414-899-9496. Scheduling/THPR5N/Classes?CID=19208129.

Reiki Level One Training – 9am-5pm. Learn reiki so that you may give yourself or others a treatment. Reiki heals: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. $240; 8 CEUs. Class held at 3082 Main Street, East Troy. Register: 262-498-4162 or Treatment Room Techniques Level I – 12-2pm. For reiki practitioners that have Level I attunement. This highly experiential class will teach original hand positions of Usui reiki; how to create sacred space; how to connect with the energy; basic hand positions; working with others; how to clear energy fields and release the flow of energy at the beginning and end of a session. $50. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001. 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. Treatment Room Techniques Level II – 2:304:30pm. For reiki practitioners that have a Level II attunement. This highly experiential class will teach how to incorporate reiki into other treatments including traditional medicine. Learn symbols to create sacred space and when, why, and how to use the symbols in the treatment. Class concludes with a Q&A period. $55. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.

THURSDAY, JULY 19 The Healing Power of Color – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn to create colored balls of light to help heal the physical body along with its emotional, mental and spiritual counterparts; explore seven different colors and how to use each to boost energy, help strengthen a vital organ, and calm their nervous system. A color healing protocol will be taught; w/ Sheri Bauer, RMT, CRMT. $45. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.

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SUNDAY, JULY 15 Ice Cream Social – Following fellowship until 1pm. This is a fund raiser for a new sign. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414 475-0105.

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Holy Fire Reiki Master Teacher Training – Jul 20-22. Fri, 4:30-7:30pm; Sat & Sun, 9am-5pm. Class content as introduced through ICRT. Must have Level III or current RMT. $600; 21 CEUs. Class held at 3082 Main Street, East Troy. Register: 262-498-4162 or

Intuitive You! 101 – Tues through Sept 10. 6:308:30pm. Explore energy; learn how to control yours and how it affects your happiness; try a variety of divination tools. Guided meditations, plenty of exercises. Last class experiences the paranormal, tour a ghost site. $180/payment plan available. Universal Awareness Fellowship, N91 W17194 Appleton Ave, Ste 106B, Menomonee Falls. RSVP: 303-887-6477.

Artist Inspired Yoga Night Out – 6:30-7:45pm. Experience a mellow flow class accompanied by the music of Hawaiian superstar Jack Johnson. His positive, good vibe will add to a 75-minute uplifting practice; w/Jill Follett, RYT. $20. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-2714972.


Waldorf Education Open House – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn about Waldorf education for pre-K through high school. Now enrolling for the 2018-19 school year. Tour the classrooms and meet teachers. Free admission. Tamarack Waldorf School. 1150 E Brady St, Milwaukee. 414-277-0009.

Gongs of Compassion: Meditation Session – 1-2:30pm. With Michael Bettine. 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.

savethedate SEPTEMBER 20-22 Midwest Yoga and Kirtan Fest – Sept 20-22. Fri, 12pm-12am; Sat, Sun, 8am-12am. A homegrown festival in the works. This is a new breed of chant fest, co-created by artists, teachers, and you to bring the heart-opening bhava to the Midwest. $135/until July 4, $150/after; 10% discount for seniors. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 503 N Jackson Ave, Jefferson. Gary Brachmann: 920-207-1007.

FALL OF 2018 Mists of Ireland Tour – Fall 2018. Explore the sacred circles and holy wells of Celtic lore. Amy and David Wilinski of Golden Light Healing are excited to offer once again this popular spiritual journey on the Emerald Isle. More info, Amy: 920-609-8277.



Giving Your Body a Vacation from Tension and Pain – 6:30pm. Progressive Muscle Relaxation; w/ Kathryn Rambo. Deep relaxation produces immediate changes in the expression of genes involved in immune function, energy metabolism and insulin secretion. Class will cover the benefits of incorporating this practice and how to do progressive muscle relaxation (PMR). $20. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.

The Way of the Altomesayok: Peru Journey – Jan 14-25, 2019. Lucid Dreaming & Envisioning. An opportunity to delve into the mystery teachings of the altomesayok shamans of Peru. Open only to mesa carriers. Under the guidance international teacher Jose Luis Herrerayou will be taken to places in your consciousness that will shatter your current framework of reference. We are looking for a dedicated group of people to further their studies in this mystical tradition. For info: GoldenLight


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Meditative Beach Yoga – 9-10:30am. Let the sun recharge you, let the Earth heal you; breathe wind deep into your soul. See your infinite beauty through yoga. $20; preregistration required. Atwater Beach, Shorewood. 414-403-2053. RosieYoga@gmail. com. Reiki Advancement Training – 10am-4 pm. With Stacy Krafczyk. Learn to amplify your healing abilities and intuition with reiki for people and animals while using crystals, essential oils, tuning forks, singing bowls, specific hand techniques and more. $150. Petlicious, 2217 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee. Preregister at 262-548-0923.

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plan ahead SEPTEMBER Whispers on the Wind Shamanic Training – Sept 5-9, Jan 2-6 2019, Apr 2019, Aug 2019. 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.

Natural, Cost-Free Way to Attain Help and Healing – 2-3:30pm. A lecture on a simple, cost-free way to healing and help through the teachings of Bruno Groening, who taught about a natural power that can heal the body and help with life issues and is available to all people, irrespective of faith or religion. Healings of chronic illnesses, pain, depression and addictions, medically verified and documented by physicians, will be presented. Simple instructions will be given on how to connect to the healing stream. Free, donations welcome. Kingo Lutheran Church, 1225 E Olive Street, Shorewood. 414-213-0113.



savethedate SEPT 6-DEC 13 Tai Chi for Beginners – Thursdays. 6-7pm. This 14-week course will provide a foundation in tai chi with emphasis on improving health and wellness. $150/entire course, $135/early bird by Aug 23; pre-registration required. GreenSquare Integrative Health Center, 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale. 414-218-0500. HanaHolbus@ Info & to register: FindYourBalance.Site/Tai-Chi.

Mists of Ireland 2019 – May 18-27, 2019. 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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$20 for up to 20 words, then $1 extra per word. Email content to Publisher@Natural Deadline is the 10th. FOR RENT RENTAL SPACE AVAILABLE – Established holistic wellness center located in Hartland. Private or shared. Turn Key Ready option. Meet and greet. July 16, 6:30pm. RSVP 414-915-5151.

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Minister’s Book Study – 9:15-10:45am. This is an open discussion group. We are beginning our study of Braving The Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone, by Brene’ Brown. Free. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105.

sunday A.C.I.M. Study Group – A Course in Miracles study group, following fellowship. Love offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105.

Kids Yoga: Ages 5-10 – 9:30-10:30am. Fun, relaxed children’s yoga class; breathing and relaxation techniques; building social skills and discussing kindness and gratitude. Kids will draw, read, sing and play in this energy-releasing class. $10, $50/10 class package; limited to 6 students; registration required. Rise Yoga Studio, 1220 W Ranchito Ln, Mequon.

Reiki Energy Healing – 9am, 9:15am, 9:30am. 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. Dream Interpretation Class – 3rd Sun. Dreams are a source of insight from the higher self. Facilitated by Kevin Reger, who teaches the Edgar Casey five-step approach. $10 suggested offering. 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. Shamanic Journey and Healing Circle – 11:30am. 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.

monday Monday Morning Calls – 10-11am. A weekly conference call using Danielle LaPorte’s Fire-Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms. Led by Anne Wondra. $49/monthly. Info, weekly topics: WonderSpirit. com/calendar: 262-544-4310. Mind Minutes Monday – 7:30-8pm. 2nd & 4th Mon. You can learn to master the mind: understand, control, and change the emotional, habitual patterns of the subconscious mind. Online course. Free; preregister. 414-939-6463. RSVP:

tuesday Women’s Wisdom Summer Book Beach Group – Through Jul. 8:30-9:30am July 10, 17, 24. Bring readings from books written by women. Led by Anne Wondra, WonderSpirit. Free or love exchange. Starting at Brewers Two Coffeehouse, Pewaukee by the lake. Info: 262-544-4310. WonderSpirit. com/calendar. Beginner/Intermediate Yoga – 9-10am. Relieve stress, gain flexibility, strength and balance. Em-


phasis is on proper alignment and breathing for a safe, healing practice. Led by Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT. $44/4 weeks, $13/class. The Ommani Center, 1166 Quail Court, Ste 210, Pewaukee. Register: 414-217-4185. Shelley@PureEnergyYoga. com. Kids Yoga: Ages 5-10 – 9:30-10:30am. Fun, relaxed children’s yoga class; breathing and relaxation techniques; building social skills and discussing kindness and gratitude. Kids will draw, read, sing and play in this energy releasing class. $10, $50/10 class package; limited to 6 students; registration required. Rise Yoga Studio, 1220 W Ranchito Ln, Mequon. Kids Yoga: Ages 11+ – 10:30-11:30am. Designed for older children interested in learning and practicing yoga; breathing techniques sun salutations, poses, guided relaxation. Themes incorporate yoga philosophy and emphasize kindness. $10, $50/10 class package; limited to 10 students; registration required. Rise Yoga Studio, 1220 W Ranchito Ln, Mequon. Hatha Yoga – 6-7:15pm. A slow-flow practice, as proper alignment is built from the foundation up. Incorporating breath-work, poses/movements and relaxation/meditation in each class. All levels welcome. Please bring your own mat. $10. Light of Grace Education Center, 5900 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. Info@LightOf Grace.Church.

wednesday Wisconsin Asberger’s Empowerment Group – Evening meeting. 2nd & 4th Wed. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. UCIM@ Beginner/Intermediate Yoga – 6-7pm. Relieve stress, gain flexibility, strength and balance. Emphasis is on proper alignment and breathing for a safe, healing practice. Led by Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT. $44/4 weeks, $13/class. The Ommani Center, 1166 Quail Ct, #210, Pewaukee. Register: 414-217-4185.

Gentle Healing Yoga – 10-11am. An extremely gentle, individualized class ideal for those dealing with chronic aches and pains, arthritis, fibromyalgia, MS, cancer, other health conditions, postinjury, or those interested in the gentle yoga style. Instructor: Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT. $40/4 weeks, $12/class. First United Methodist Church, 121 Wisconsin Avenue, Waukesha. Register: 414-217-4185. Kids Yoga: Ages 11+ – 10:30-11:30am. Designed for older children interested in learning and practicing yoga; breathing techniques sun salutations, poses, guided relaxation. Themes incorporate yoga philosophy and emphasize kindness. $10, $50/10 class package; limited to 10 students; registration required. Rise Yoga Studio, 1220 W Ranchito Ln, Mequon. 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.

saturday Wisconsin Asberger’s Empowerment Group – 6:30-9pm. 1st & 3rd Sat. 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. Old Testament Bible – 11am. With Rev. Brian Griffin. Love offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105.

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community resource guide


Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To be included in the Community Resource Guide, email to request our media kit.


4528 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood 414-791-0303


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

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 20.


1841 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee 414-377-3898

Santhigram’s Vaidya Sunita, the only ayurvedic doctor in Wisconsin, offers affordable authentic ayurvedic consultations, diet/yoga/lifestyle coaching, panchakarma treatments, spa services. Come, experience true healing. See ad, page 2.

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

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

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 11.

BODYWORK 19601 W Bluemound Rd, #100, Brookfield 414-405-3956 Emily Yenor, Physical Therapist and movement expert, identifies and corrects muscle imbalances throughout the body to help you move better, feel better and live better. See ad, page 20.


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.



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 19.


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



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 4.


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

INTEGRATIVE DENTAL SOLUTIONS N35 W23770 Capitol Dr, Pewaukee 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale 262-691-4555 •

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


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.


15350 W National Ave, Ste 120, New Berlin 414-939-6463 Become a Certified Hypnotherapist. Empower your Career and change your life forever. Learn to hypnotize anyone. Classes starting soon. Mention this listing for discount. See ad, page 16.


Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT, Reiki Master/Teacher • 414-217-4185 Reiki sessions, gentle therapeutic individual & group yoga in Pewaukee & Muskego. Combining PT knowledge with the wisdom and healing energy of yoga and reiki.


Wellness educator and essential oils/ aromatherapy resource.



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 26.


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 9.

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 28.


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.


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 19.


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

Teresa Lopez provides ST-8 lymph decongestion with oxygen/ozone, halo dry salt Tx, MediCupping (gentle/intently), infrared therapy, microscopy. Esthetician, Raquel Schmitt: 262-378-0095 waxing/ eyelash extensions.


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 20.


12800 W National Ave, New Berlin 262-955-6600 At Trinergy, a holistic mental health clinic, Dr Tummala provides mind-body evaluation & comprehensive treatment plan to address psychological problems & achieve health & vitality. See ad, page 2.

262-544-4310 2312 N Grandview Blvd, Ste 101, Waukesha Anne Wondra teaches self-esteem and spirituality of women and teens; leads Monday morning calls on soul and success; and writes eclectically at See ad, page 19.

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


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 26.

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.


KERIDAK SILK 262-404-7119

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

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.

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 7.

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


262-337-1530 Brookfield and Glendale locations Rolfing Structural Integration is a unique whole-body approach that facilitates effortless, upright posture & fluid, pain-free movement. It helps you feel comfortable in your own skin. See ad, page 26.

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 9.


100 Main St, Mukwonago 262-498-4162


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.


6232 Bankers Rd, Racine • 800-593-2320

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.



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 15.


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.

ROSIE RAIN YOGA AND HEALING Reiki Master/Teacher, Experienced Yoga Teacher • 414-909-2257

Offering 20 years of experience assisting others in their spiritual growth with yoga, meditation, reiki, crystal and sacred sound healing. Devotion to awareness is our practice.


Rev Mari Gabriels on 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa • 414-475-0105 A God-centered c o m m u n i t y, welcoming all to come and share the gifts of divine love, life, peace, joy and abundance. Join us Sundays, 10 am. See ad, page 31.


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


1220 Ranchito Lane, Mequon 414-807-0629 Rise Yoga Studio offers classes that will support and challenge you. We welcome students of all ages/abilities to experience the transformational power of yoga. See ad, page 13.

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