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theme that encompasses endless topics. Food waste is beginning to garner attention recently, as its link to worldwide food insecurity and environmental damage increasingly comes into focus. PUBLISHER Gabriella Buchnik The sources of food-related environmental impacts EDITORS Barbara Bolduc are many. Agricultural and livestock production is Tom Masloski Lauressa Nelson resource intensive in the first place, and according to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), DESIGN & PRODUCTION Melanie Rankin about 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. is never eaten, turning food into the top CONTRIBUTING WRITER Sheila Julson contributor to landfills today. SALES & MARKETING Gabriella Buchnik Another unfortunate consequence of food waste is the lost opportunity to provide WEBSITE Nicholas Bruckman sustenance and nutrition. One in eight Americans struggle to put enough food on the table, notes the NRDC, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Service reported that the country’s wasted food could provide more than the calories needed to CONTACT US 3900 W. Brown Deer Rd., Ste. A #171 properly feed the 49 million food-insecure Americans. Milwaukee, WI 53209 Americans were not always this wasteful, notes Dana Gunders, a senior scientist with Phone: 414-841-8693 the NRDC: “We waste 50 percent more food per capita than we did in the 1970s. This Fax: 888-860-0136 means that there was once a time when we wasted far less, and, therefore, it gives me hope that we could get there again.” Efforts at national and local levels are underway to curb food waste. The Agriculture Improvement Act, which became law in 2018, contains multiple provisions to reduce food waste at the farm level, to expand donation liability protections, and to increase national funding, research, and policy attention related to food waste. NATIONAL TEAM CEO/FOUNDER Sharon Bruckman Supermarkets, restaurants and other food services are beginning to commit to COO/ FRANCHISE SALES Joe Dunne zero food waste, which means ensuring that everything possible gets served, sold, eaten, NATIONAL EDITOR Jan Hollingsworth donated or composted. Innovative examples abound. One is the partnership between MANAGING EDITOR Linda Sechrist Harvard University Dining Services and the nonprofit Food for Free, which allows student NATIONAL ART DIRECTOR Stephen Blancett volunteers to package cafeteria leftovers into individual, frozen, microwavable meals for ART. DIRECTOR Josh Pope hungry families with limited cooking facilities. Grocer Hy-Vee has just announced that NATIONAL ADVERTISING Kara Cave three of its Wisconsin stores will pilot a program in partnership with the Flashfood mobile app, which allows shoppers to browse and purchase food items approaching their “best Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation before” date at significantly reduced prices. Imperfect Produce, which recently expanded 4933 Tamiami Trail N., Ste. 203 Naples, FL 34103 to Milwaukee, sources ugly-yet-edible produce from farmers and delivers it directly to Ph: 239-434-9392 • Fax: 239-434-9513 consumers at substantial discounts. At home, where the majority of food waste happens, we can change by planning better and purchasing only what we need, resisting bargain bulk pricing that tempts us to overbuy. Reducing food waste also means being creative with the parts of fruits and © 2019 by Natural Awakenings. All rights reserved. vegetables usually deemed inedible, such as rinds or root vegetable tops. Composting at Although some parts of this publication may be home is another easy step in the right direction. reproduced and reprinted, we require that prior permission be obtained in writing. Locally, March brings the annual Local Farmers Open House, featured in this Natural Awakenings is a free publication distributed month’s Event Spotlight, and Anne Steinberg discusses how farmers are tailoring their locally and is supported by our advertisers. Please call to find a location near you or if you would like community supported agriculture (CSA) models to be more flexible and meet the needs copies placed at your business. of smaller families. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in MILWAUKEE EDITION

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enter for Well-Being Lake Country is launching a new The R.O.S.E. Program series of classes for children Resources & Opportunities for and adults interested in creating Spiritual Enrichment a spiritually enriched life. The Resources & Opportunities for Spiritual Enrichment, also known as The R.O.S.E. Program, is an eight-week program beginning June 11, with the first of the classes for children between ages 6 to 10. Future classes are being designed to work with parents of children from birth to 5 years old. Later this year, Center for Well-Being Lake Country will launch a class to support differently abled adults and their care teams. “Today, children are exposed to a great deal of input as well as daily challenges previous generations could not have imagined,” says Sandra Anderson, director of Center for Well-Being Lake Country. “By equipping children with holistic tools, we increase their potential to cope with various challenges in their lives. The goal is to give them a framework for the body-mind-spirit connection and introduce them to simple techniques they can use every day and into the future.” Location: 301 Cottonwood Ave., Hartland. For more information or to register, call 262367-0607, email or visit See ad, page 11.

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enew Holistic Wellness, a new natural care center offering thermography services, colon hydrotherapy, integrative nutrition, health coaching and reiki, has opened, by appointment only, in Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport neighborhood. Owner Kelly Kolodzinski is a certified thermography technician, colon hydrotherapist, reiki practitioner and integrative nutrition health coach. Medical thermography is a non-invasive, radiationfree, painless imaging process that can assess abnormal inflammation in the body, as well as risk for breast cancer. Colon hydrotherapy is a natural treatment that returns the digestive system to a more natural, healthy state, assists in detoxification and improves overall sense of well-being. In Kelly Kolodzinski addition, Kolodzinski offers health-coaching services for issues such as digestive wellness, diet and detoxification, healthy cooking, emotional eating, food allergy/intolerance awareness and more. “With each session, you’ll get real, usable knowledge to apply to your life,” Kolodzinski says. “We work with each individual and encourage positive changes via solutions developed in partnership with the client.” Location: 4727 S. Howell Ave. (lower level), Milwaukee. For more information, call 414-331-8626, email or visit See ad, page 13.

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Sacred Sound Yoga Introduces Milwaukee to Kundalini Yoga


undalini yoga, known as the Yoga of Awareness, Path of the Sun, is an integrative, simultaneous practice of the eight limbs of yoga as well as all 108 forms of yoga, thus recognized as the fastest path of transformation and enlightenment. Rosie Rain of Sacred Sound Yoga is now offering four kundalini classes per week, as well as a monthly women’s gathering featuring kundalini yoga Rosie Rain for women’s health and beauty. Rain also offers seasonal celebrations such as the upcoming Spring Equinox Kundalini Yoga Celebration at 7 p.m., March 22. In addition, Rain offers regular workshops including an upcoming Spring Detox Sunday series that takes place March 24 and 31, and April 7 and 14; as well as Kundalini Yoga for Age Reversal, on April 19. “This ‘science of the whole person’ uplifts your consciousness, clears and opens the chakras, balances the glands and hormones, and tunes up the 72,000 nerves in preparation for meditation and holding more light, while strengthening all body systems,” Rain says. She is a reiki master teacher and experienced yoga teacher, certified by the Kundalini Research Institute. She incorporates sound healing and music into all of her classes. Location: 3805 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood. For more information, call 414-403-2053, email or visit See listing, page 39.

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he chattering mind can lead to sleepless nights and stressful days. Join Domo Geshe Rinpoche, Buddhist Lama of the Tibetan Tradition, for Stages of Spiritual Development and Using Mantra to Calm the Mind, a half-day workshop from 1 to 4:30 p.m., March 23, at Light of Grace Education Center, in West Allis. “Understanding where one is at, and having tools to move forward, will help us make progress on our spiritual journey,” Domo Geshe says Kathy Levac, executive director of Rinpoche White Conch Dharma Center. “Where are you at in your spiritual life’s journey? Exactly where are you going and what needs to come next? Part two of this workshop will be a practical experience of chanting sacred mantras. No prior experience is needed, but there are many levels of learning about mantra.” Cost: $35. Location: 5900 W. National Ave., West Allis. For more information, call 262-370-5974 or visit

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eiki master teacher Rhiana Tehan will lead a weekend reiki intensive from 5 to 9 p.m., March 15, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 16. Participants will revisit traditional Japanese reiki techniques and learn therapeutic breath work while experiencing its benefits. Also included is a Blasting Through Blocks workshop, karma clearing meditation, and attendees will also discover a crystal layout for protection and learn ways to Rhiana Tehan deepen their practice. Reiki practitioners of all levels will participate in the retreat-like event. “This is an opportunity to learn and deepen your understanding of reiki ideals, techniques, crystal and breath work with a teacher,” Tehan says. Tehan is a registered Holy Fire III Karuna Reiki master teacher, as well as a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction licensed teacher. She provides chakra workshops, reiki treatments and training and meditation groups. Location: 3082 Main St., Ste. A, East Troy. For more information, call 262-498-4162, email or visit BeReiki. com. See ad, page 13.

National Guild of Hypnotists Certification Program


racticing consulting hypnotist Keridak Silk will lead a National Guild of Hypnotists certification program on select Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m., April 6 through June 6, at Universal Awareness Fellowship, in Menomonee Falls. The course will include 75 hours of in-depth hypnotist training; hands-on practice; a small class size for individual attention; all materials including books, CDs and recorded hypnosis induction; techniques for marketing a hypnosis practice; guidance on working with corporations, medical/healing practices and other organizations; and online group support. In addition to being a consulting hypnotist, Silk has been a practicing intuitive for over 45 years and integrates all of her skill sets into her work with clients. She has completed master-level training in reiki, kundalini reiki, and she’s a certified shaman in the Correllian Nativist Tradition. Silk holds a master’s degree from National Louis University in counseling/human services. She’s co-minister at the Universal Awareness Fellowship and founder of Dragon Egg Academy, an online school for divination, intuition, energy work, elementals and dragons. Cost: $1,970; register by March 31 and save $1,000. Location: N91W17194 Appleton Ave., Ste. 106B, Menomonee Falls. For more information, call 303-887-6477, email or visit See listing, page 38.

Celebrate Wisconsin Farm Living with SOIL SISTERS


his summer, meet Wisconsin’s inspiring community of women farmers championing local food and family farms through SOIL SISTERS: A Celebration of Wisconsin Farms & Rural Life, August 2 through 4. Through five components of the weekend celebration, participants can tour, taste, learn and play in this multi-faceted, on-farm weekend involving more than 20 womenowned farms in and around Monroe, Brodhead, New Glarus and Blanchardville in South Central Wisconsin. SOIL SISTERS offers a range of on-farm immersive workshops, from preserving the harvest to cheese making, as well as several opportunities to experience what it would be like to run a farm. Dining events featuring items raised by the soil sisters include the Taste of Place at Cow & Quince restaurant, a Farmto-Table Dinner at Dorothy’s Range and the Pizza on the Farm fundraiser held at Inn Serendipity Farm and Bed & Breakfast. Additionally, restaurants will feature specials throughout the weekend showcasing local ingredients. SOIL SISTERS is a venture of the Wisconsin Farmers Union Foundation, in partnership with the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) and Renewing the Countryside. Women represent approximately 11 percent of primary operators on all farms in Wisconsin, a higher number than neighboring Midwest states. Wisconsin has 1,180 organic farms, second in the country only to California. Cost: Varies per event. For more information, call 608-329-7056 or visit

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Lemon Balm Lowers Blood Pressure, Reduces LDL Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a soothing herb from the mint family, can significantly improve the condition of patients with chronic stable angina, reports a recent study in the Journal of Herbal Medicine. Researchers at Iran’s Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences tested 80 patients with the condition, which involves chest pain linked to a lack of blood flow to the heart. The patients were given three one-gram doses a day of lemon balm powder or a placebo. After two months, the patients given the lemon balm had significant reductions of “bad” low-density cholesterol (LDL), both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and increased workout capacity, a measure of heart function. 12


A Harvard study was conducted on the diets of nearly 28,000 male health professionals spanning two decades between their 50s and 70s and published by the American Academy of Neurology. It found those that drank orange juice and ate leafy greens, berries and dark orange and red vegetables suffered significantly less memory loss than others. Subjects reported every four years and were examined for both thinking and memory skills. Those that ate about six servings of vegetables a day were a third less likely to develop poor thinking skills than those consuming two servings; those that drank orange juice every day were half as likely to develop poor thinking skills as those drinking one serving per month. Men that ate larger amounts of fruits and vegetables 20 years earlier were less likely to develop similar problems, whether or not they kept eating larger amounts of fruits and vegetables later.


Vegetables and Orange Juice Protect Memory

Herbs Make Worthy Prebiotics Ginger, black pepper and holy basil, mainstays in traditional medicines as anti-inflammatories, also contain significant prebiotic potential that could help gut health, report researchers from India’s National Institute of Nutrition, in Hyderabad. Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) and ginger (Zingiber officinale) showed significantly higher prebiotic activity, especially of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species, when compared to the well-known prebiotic fructooligosaccharide (FOS). Black pepper (Piper Nigrum) had prebiotic effects similar to FOS.

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Meditating or listening to classical music altered biomarkers associated with cellular aging and Alzheimer’s disease in adults experiencing memory loss, according to a recent West Virginia University study. The 60 participants had subjective cognitive decline, including forgetting familiar names and losing objects, a condition that may be a preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s. For 12 minutes a day, they either listened to instrumental classical music or did a kirtan kriya meditation involving chanting, visualization and finger poses. After three months, all subjects had increases in a key beta amyloid peptide protective from Alzheimer’s, as well as better memory, mood, sleep and quality of life, while the meditation group experienced significantly better improvements. Activity in two chromosomal markers of cellular aging—telomere length and telomerase activity—increased for both groups, especially among those that practiced more frequently or started with lower cognitive scores. The improved biomarkers were maintained or even strengthened three months after the study ended.

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Being exposed to high levels of artificial outdoor light at night contributes to insomnia and greater use of sleeping pills, reports a new study from South Korea’s Seoul National University College of Medicine. The researchers studied the records of 52,027 people without diagnosed sleep disorders—60 percent of them women—and correlated their sleeping pill use with their residential location relative to artificial outdoor light intensity. The brighter the outdoor lighting, the more likely were sleep issues and the greater and more frequent use of sleeping pills. The study joins other research that has shown that artificial nighttime lighting—outdoors and indoors—disrupts circadian rhythms, potentially leading to such metabolic and chronic diseases and conditions as cancer, diabetes, obesity and depression.

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Pine Bark Soothes Prostate Benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH), a condition that affects half of men older than 60, is related to increased prostate gland size and a reduced flow of urine from the bladder. To test the effectiveness of the pine bark extract Pycnogenol on BPH, researchers from Italy’s D’Annuncio University divided 75 men with the condition into three groups: One was given 150 milligrams a day of Pycnogenol, another received standard non-drug management and the third was given conventional drug treatment. The researchers found that urination frequency, urgency, intermittency and nighttime occurrences significantly improved after 60 days of treatment among the pine bark extract group.


Rose Hip Reduces Cold Symptoms During the six months of Denmark’s frigid winter, 107 study volunteers took either two grams of liquid rose hip (marketed as Hyben Vital) or a placebo daily. University of Copenhagen researchers found that the rose hip group experienced 18 percent fewer colds, as well as significantly fewer symptoms such as coughing, headache, muscle stiffness and fatigue when they did get a cold.

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Earth’s Extremities on the Edge The North Pole and South Pole each have unique, pristine environments, virtually untouched by civilization, but a pair of federal studies cast doubt upon their future status. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in a study based on satellite data, warned that ancient glaciers in West Antarctica, thought to be more stable than those to the east, are “waking up” and beginning to dump ice into the sea, which could further contribute to rising sea levels.

A second NOAA study reported that glaciers at the top of the world are also thawing, melting and breaking down. According to that document, the Arctic is undergoing a period of “record and near-record warmth, unlike any period on record.” Lead Arctic NOAA researcher Emily Osborne announced at a major geoscience conference, “The Arctic is experiencing the most unprecedented transition in human history.”

Liquid Fuel Stores Solar Energy

Solar power is cheap and plentiful, but there has been no way to store it efficiently. Scientists from Chalmers University of Technology, in Gothenberg, Sweden, are developing a liquid molecule composed of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen that when exposed to sunlight, rearranges the bonds between its atoms into an energized new isomer. In this way, energy from the sun is captured between the isomer’s strong chemical bonds and stays there even when the molecule cools down to room temperature. When the energy is needed, the fluid is drawn through a catalyst that returns the molecule to its original form, releasing energy as heat. “The energy in this isomer can now be stored for up to 18 years,” says Chalmers University nanomaterials scientist Kasper Moth-Poulsen. “And when we come to extract the energy and use it, we get a warmth increase, which is greater than we dared hope for.” The hope is that this warmth can be used for domestic heating systems, powering a building’s water heater, dishwasher, clothes dryer and more. The scientists claim the fluid can now hold 250 watt-hours of energy per kilogram, double the energy capacity of Tesla’s Powerwall batteries. Moth-Poulsen believes the technology could be available for commercial use within 10 years.

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Planet Earth Has a Flag

A new project by Oskar Pernefeldt, a graduate student at Beckmans College of Design, in Stockholm, Sweden, has designed a new flag for the entire planet to be used worldwide in a move toward unity. Its minimalist design shows seven rings intertwined on a deep, sea-blue background, forming a flower in the middle. Simple and contemporary, the flag evokes the Earth’s natural beauty. “The blue field represents water, which is essential for life,” writes Pernefeldt. “The flower’s outer rings form a circle which could be seen as a symbol of Earth as a planet, and the blue surface could represent the universe.” The flag has yet to be adopted by any official government agencies. 14


Bionic Leaf 2.0, a new, artificial photosynthesis system developed by a team headed by Harvard University scientists, takes in carbon dioxide, water and sunshine to create a sugary fuel. Solar energy splits up a water molecule, and bacteria turn hydrogen and carbon dioxide into liquid fuel, mainly isopropanol, which could be used someday to power a car. An improvement on their prior effort a year earlier, the new system has a catalyst made of cobalt and phosphorus, increasing the efficiency of the reaction to 10 percent. Normal photosynthesis in plants is just 1 percent efficient at converting solar energy to biomass. This technology has the potential to bring another type of solar energy to the planet, especially in the developing world.


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“Meditation-Induced Near-Death Experiences: a 3-Year Longitudinal Study,” published in Mindfulness, concludes that some Buddhist meditation practitioners can willfully induce near-death experiences (NDE). These profound psychological events typically occur in people close to actual or perceived death. The ability to willfully induce such experiences could help scientists better understand the phenomenon, which has been difficult to research. “The practice of using meditation to gain a better understanding of death is longstanding, particularly in Buddhism, where ancient texts exist to help spiritual practitioners prepare for or gain insight into the process of dying,” says study author William Van Gordon, of the University of Derby, in England. “Unlike regular near-death experiences, [12] participants were consciously aware of experiencing the meditation-induced NDE and retained control over its content and duration. Also, compared to regular forms of meditation, the meditation-induced NDE led to a five-fold increase in mystical experiences and a four-fold increase in feelings of non-attachment,” explains Van Gordon.

Oil companies have received federal permission to use seismic airguns to find oil and gas deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean floor during offshore oil exploration from New England to Florida. Repeated every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day, for days and weeks at a time, the airguns are so loud that they disturb, injure or kill marine mammals, sea turtles and other wildlife, harm commercial fisheries and disrupt coastal economies. The proposed testing could injure 138,000 whales and dolphins and disturb millions more, according to government estimates. Impacts include temporary and permanent hearing loss, disruption of mating and feeding, beach stranding and deaths. Whales and dolphins rely on their hearing to find food, communicate and reproduce. Airgun blasts can kill fish eggs and larvae, and scare away fish from important habitats. Catch rates of cod and haddock declined by 40-to-80 percent for thousands of miles following seismic surveys. Nonprofit environmental watchdog Oceana is working to halt the use of the devices and stop the expansion of dangerous offshore drilling that follows the seismic testing.

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A new, lightweight synthetic wood has been created that is as strong as wood, but without its traditional vulnerability to fire and water, as reported by Shu-Hong Yu, a materials chemist at the University of Science and Technology of China, in Hefei, and the author of a study published in Science Advances. It’s made of polymer resin and chitosan, a sugar polymer derived from the shells of shrimp and crabs. Adding human-made or natural fibers to the mix could also help. The new material does not require years to grow and repels water; samples soaked in water and a strong acid bath for 30 days scarcely weakened, while balsa wood lost two-thirds of its strength and 40 percent of its crush resistance. The new material is also difficult to ignite, and stopped burning when it was removed from the flame. Its porosity creates an air-trapping capacity that could make it suitable as an insulation for buildings, but eco-friendly alternatives to the polymer resins are needed to broaden interest in its utility.

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Spring Decluttering

Many Benefits of Reorganizing Spring is the season of renewal, and on the home front, that means cleaning, organizing and reducing clutter. While we apply natural, eco-friendly cleaning agents, the act of moving items around offers the opportunity to rearrange or eliminate some of them, providing a fresh look and a sense of comfort, order and control. To clear clutter, Christa O’Leary (, founder and CEO of Home in Harmony Lifestyle, based in Boston, and author of Home in Harmony: Designing an Inspired Life, suggests that decluttering is best accomplished in small chunks every day to allay feeling overwhelmed, with the help of someone “who knows you have made the commitment and will hold you accountable.” She says stacks of paper and folders “zap your energy and mojo” and take away from productivity and efficiency, along with testing the patience of family members. O’Leary’s website offers tips that provide simple solutions for tackling such areas as magazine stacks and cluttered closets. She relates that a mom recently emailed her to say that her 7-year-old daughter did it as well, and “made a cute, adorable space.” suggests first compiling a to-do list and enlisting someone to help with the physical and psychological aspects of the task at hand: letting go of items that can be donated to charitable organizations and thrift shops, where they can benefit someone else; and being creative in storing seasonal clothing, extra towels or decorations in old military-style trunks, stacks of vintage suitcases or under beds. Along with making the bedroom more visually appealing, removing items and materials can also create a tranquil setting for a more restful night’s sleep. Real suggests getting rid of old pillows that may be filling up with dust, germs and bacteria; spare bedsheets that we never use; knickknacks that clutter the bedside table and all traces of food and beverages.

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ommunity supported agriculture (CSA), a model in which consumers buy a share of a farm’s harvest each growing season and get direct access to their fresh, locally grown produce, fosters connections between farmers and consumers while encouraging ecologically sound farming practices. At the 17th annual Local Farmer Open House, attendees will have the opportunity to talk with farmers about their produce, growing methods and CSA subscription options. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 9 at the Riverside Park location of the Urban Ecology Center. “The commitment of the Urban Ecology Center has always been to encourage people to live more sustainably, and the food choices we make have a big effect on our environment,” said Anne Steinberg, a long-time volunteer with the Urban Ecology Center. Steinberg began helping with the Local Farmer Open House in 2006. The event began in 2002 as a way to invite farmers to talk about all aspects of their farms and CSAs with urban residents. Participating farms in this year’s Open House include Cream City Farms, which has been instrumental in the redevelopment of Milwaukee’s 30th Street Industrial Corridor; LotFotL (an abbreviation for “live off the fat of the land”) Community Farm, in Delavan; and Yang Family Farm, a Hmong family that has been farming for many years and will be coming to the Open House for the first time. Most of the farmers offer produce-based CSA, with additional add-on options like eggs, meat, dairy or heritage wheat products. The Local Farmer Open House will feature two free educational workshops: CSA Basics, at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., to educate people about how CSAs work; and Cooking From Your CSA Box, at 12:30

p.m., featuring local chef Ann Wegner LeFort of The Mindful Palate. “Cooking from the CSA box is new to some people,” Steinberg says. “Rather than going to the store and picking up things for your recipe, you start with what’s in the box, cooking seasonally, which some people might not be used to.” Kathy Papineau of MKE Localicious will be on hand offering healthful lunch items for purchase. Attendees that sign up for a CSA subscription with a farm during the event will be entered into a drawing to win one of two gift baskets.

Changing CSAs for Today’s Needs In the past, CSA models might not have worked for everyone because they provided too much food, or people received produce they didn’t want. Steinberg emphasizes that farmers have been listening to those concerns, and now many have different sized shares for all households. Some farms also have online accessibility so people can see and choose what goes into their weekly or bi-weekly CSA box. One farmer established a mobile minifarmers market, where their truck comes to a designated site and members can pick what they want for that week.

In addition to smaller shares with more flexibility and choice, Steinberg says they also understand that buying a CSA share can cost a lot of money upfront, so many farmers now offer flexible payment plans and options for people to pay for a share. “A lot of the farmers have an assistance fund from money they’ve collected from other members that will help pay for part of the share,” Steinberg explains. “Some farmers also take Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, so people can use SNAP to pay for their share.” There are also CSA membership rebates available through health insurance companies such as the Wisconsin Education Association Insurance Trust, a health plan that insures many University of Wisconsin system employees (WEATrust Although organic food has become readily available at many grocery stores, Steinberg notes there’s a lot of “greenwashing” or “local-washing” and consumers don’t always know where that food came from. “When you see organic food at a big grocery store, it could be coming from China, or you don’t know how it’s grown. Belonging to a CSA is a direct relationship with a farmer—you have a relationship with the people who grow your food,” Steinberg says. Cost: Free. Location: 1500 E. Park Pl., Milwaukee. For more information, visit 2108646336114293 or UrbanEcology Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. March 2019


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pringtime brings a desire to clean up our diets and refresh our plates. Here are five worthy strategies for upgrading nutrition and greeting the season with a renewed sense of well-being. n Ditch dieting. According to the Boston Medical Center, an estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year and spend more than $30 billion annually on weight-loss products. Despite this hefty investment, restrictive diets don’t work, says Sandra Aamodt, a neuroscientist based in northern California. Aamodt co-presented the Neurobiology of Dieting: Evidence for Improving Mental Health With a Self-Care Approach session at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) annual meeting last October in Washington, D.C. “Diets are not harmless,” Aamodt explains. “They create stress, persistent hunger,



trigger eating disorders such as binge eating and even make people fatter over time.” It’s better to take a kinder approach, says Rebecca Scritchfield, a Washington, D.C.-based registered dietitian and Aamodt’s co-presenter. Scritchfield is the author of Body Kindness: Transform Your Health From the Inside Out – and Never Say Diet Again. She teaches her clients to value their self-worth regardless of body size, practice mindful eating and focus on overall self-care: Think enjoyable physical activity, adequate sleep and positive self-talk. Mindful eating includes paying attention to thoughts and feelings that trigger eating such as hunger, but also stress, boredom and loneliness, says Californiabased registered dietitian Andrea Lieberstein, who wrote Well Nourished: Mindful Practices to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Feed Your Whole Self, and End Overeating. She encourages clients to identify voids in their lives and fill them

n Learn how to cook and garden. The best dietary upgrade starts in our own kitchens, where the cook controls the ingredients. Home cooking with fresh, whole foods is at the heart of feeding ourselves well. Processed food manufacturers would like us to equate cooking with drudgery or think that cooking takes too much time, yet this couldn’t be further from the truth. Tanmeet Sethi, an integrative physician at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency, in Seattle, established a culinary medicine program that includes both cooking and gardening classes. Sethi says, “Eating is sacred; it’s our connection to the earth.” She also believes there is wisdom in the way food has been traditionally cooked. Sethi recommends a Mediterranean eating pattern for



with healthy relationships and pleasurable activities, rather than food. The “health at any size” philosophy is accepted by a growing number of health and nutrition experts, including Annie Kay, a registered dietitian and registered yoga therapist at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She’s the author of Every Bite is Divine: The Balanced Approach to Enjoying Eating, Feeling Healthy and Happy, and Getting to a Weight That’s Natural for You. Kay injects compassion into her work, promoting stress reduction, conscious eating and finding peace for individuals to reach their natural weight.


its power to reduce depression and ward off chronic diseases. She also promotes the “herb and spice pharmacy” to reduce inflammation and treat and prevent disease. For example, she says, “Ginger and turmeric both act on the same biochemical pathways as antiinflammatory medicines.” Cooking and eating together as a family has multiple benefits, too, improving children’s nutrition, self-esteem and school performance. Best of all, says Sethi, “Family meals allow us to connect with the people we love.” Put away phones, turn off screens and truly tune in to each other. Connecting to the earth through gardening also improves our health, according to both Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, a registered dietitian and associate director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Diana Dyer, a Michigan-based organic farmer, registered dietitian and author of A Dietitian’s Cancer Story: Information & Inspiration for Recovery & Healing. They promote gardening as a way to interact with nature, reduce stress and improve quality of life. With just a small patch of soil, home and community gardens provide a ready source of affordable, fresh and nutritious vegetables and herbs. n Eat to protect our planet. According to the American Public Health Association, climate change is a major threat to our population. Droughts, fires, storms and flooding create obvious challenges to growing crops, but new research also shows how increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere decreases the nutritional quality of food, leading to lower levels of protein and minerals. One solution is to change the way we farm and eat. For example, Jennifer Jay, Ph.D., a professor of environmental engineering in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California Los Angeles, calculated the carbon footprints and climate impacts of a variety of food choices. In general, she says, the fewer animal products in our diets, the lower the greenhouse gas impact. But meat and other animal products

Seventy percent of our immune system is in the lining of the gut. ~Tanmeet Sethi, an integrative physician at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency, in Seattle. need not be totally off the table. Simply choose smaller portions and when possible, purchase local pasture-raised products produced without antibiotics and hormones. Organic food production introduces less fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and greenhouse gases into our environment. So, what’s best for the planet is best for us. Jay provides easy, plant-based and planet-friendly recipes at n Support gut health. Around 400

B.C., Hippocrates said, “Bad digestion is the root of all evil.” Fast forward through the centuries to today, and one of the hottest areas of research in health, medicine and nutrition revolves around the microbiome; more specifically, the community of microorganisms living in the gut. “Seventy percent of our immune system is in the lining of the gut,” explains Sethi, which is why she advises,“Feed the bacteria in your gut real food.” Similarly, Teresa

Martin, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator based in Bend, Oregon, emphasizes the value of unprocessed, highfiber, organic plant foods to nourish gut bacteria and maintain microbial balance. Speaking at the same recent meeting, Martin described multiple ways gut bacteria influence our physical and mental health, including nutrient absorption, body weight and blood sugar control, bone density, inflammation and mood. Microbes in the colon digest and ferment plant fibers into short-chain fatty acids, which help ensure a thick, healthy, intestinal mucus lining. Martin notes, “When we don’t eat enough plants, we can’t make enough short-chain fatty acids,” which are key to gut-brain crosstalk and control of appetite and mood. Martin recommends eating 35 to 50 grams of fiber per day from food, not supplements. She also warns against “microbial assassins” such as antibiotics, processed meats, high-fat diets, refined carbohydrates, added sugars and artificial sweeteners, plus the emulsifiers polysorbate 80 and carboxymethylcellulose, which are commonly added to foods like ice cream and baked goods to improve texture and extend shelf life. All contribute to microbial imbalance, the loss of microbial diversity and leaky gut—the inability to keep offending food compounds like gluten and intact milk protein out of the bloodstream—leading to food intolerance, inflammation and autoimmune disorders.

Eat-Right Resources Dorothy Sears: Food Sleuth Radio interviews: “The Great Nutrient Collapse:” The Kick Diabetes Cookbook: An Action Plan and Recipes for Defeating Diabetes, by Brenda Davis. Mediterranean diet pyramid: The Obesogen Effect: Why We Eat Less and Exercise More but Still Struggle to Lose Weight, by Bruce Blumberg Tanmeet Sethi: Whole Grain Hierarchy: Why Diets Make Us Fat: The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession with Weight Loss, by Sandra Aamodt March 2019


n Try intermittent fasting and smart meal timing. Allowing

the body at least 12 hours without food intake benefits gut microbial diversity, says Martin. Intermittent fasting, or eating patterns in which no or few calories are consumed between 12 to 16 hours, can protect against a variety of metabolic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, perhaps in part due to the effect on gut microbes. Dorothy Sears, associate professor of medicine and associate director of the Center for Circadian Biology at the University of California, San Diego, studied the effect of intermittent fasting, or “time-restricted feeding”, on the risk of breast cancer recurrence. In a study of more than 2,300 breast cancer survivors, Sears discovered the women that fasted for at least 13 hours a day reduced breast cancer recurrence by 36 percent, regardless of other dietary factors. Putting this into practice, if the last meal of the day ends at 6 p.m., the first meal of the next day would not begin before 7 a.m. In addition to this “prolonged nightly fasting,” Sears says that when we eat affects the way our bodies handle calories. She recommends eating during the first half of the day, when the sun is up and our enzyme and hormone systems are best able to handle calories, control blood sugar and body weight. Spring forward with these five tips and enjoy better health. Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “food sleuth”, is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and nationally syndicated radio host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at FoodSleuth@ Tune into Food Sleuth Radio through iTunes, Stitcher and 20


Quick Tips for Enjoying Good Food, Fast 1. Cook once, eat twice (or more). Smart, busy cooks use this wise, old home economics strategy. A big pot of soup, stew or chili makes many servings of easy-to-heat leftovers. Store extra servings in glass, never plastic, for quick, heat-and-serve meals. Add a side salad and fruit for dessert for a nourishing, fulfilling meal.

5. Experiment with helpful cookbooks. Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Ex-

press provides 404 seasonal dishes that can be prepared in 20 minutes or less. Betty Crocker, the renowned classic teacher, shows beginning cooks how to make standard dishes from scratch. For delicious vegetarian meals, check out Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. And to enrich children’s taste buds, invite them into the kitchen with The Kids’ Multicultural Cookbook: Food & Fun Around the World, by Deanna F. Cook.

2. Master the omelet. Eggs, preferably free-range and organic, make fast, easy, affordable meals. Get creative with personalized omelet fillings. For example, in a tablespoon or more of olive oil, quickly sauté any combination of seasonal vegetables like potatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms, asparagus, kale or spinach. When tender, slide vegetables into a bowl. Add a few more drops of olive oil to the pan and pour in beaten eggs. When eggs are almost set, top them with sautéed vegetables and a sprinkle of cheese. Cover the pan, set heat to low and when cheese is melted, it’s time to eat. For an alternative filling, try beans, avocado, cheese, onions or peppers with a side of salsa.

ingredient labels to remove the big offenders: refined flours, sugar and substitutes, artificial colors and additives that harm gut microbes, including polysorbate 80 and carboxymethyl cellulose.

3. Use an electric pressure cooker. Say goodbye to sodium-laden,

8. Stock up with grab-and-go snacks. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, nut but-

BPA-lined cans of beans. With today’s safe and easy electric pressure cookers, a pot of un-soaked dry beans can be ready in less than an hour. Use cooked beans in a variety of quick, delicious dishes, including hummus, burritos, soups, chili and veggie burgers. For tips on vegetarian cooking and stress-free pressure cooking, visit

4. Make friends with farmers.

Find local farmers’ markets for the most flavorful, fresh, seasonal produce. For those not sure what to do with kohlrabi or a strange-looking squash, farmers and fellow shoppers will gladly provide ideas. It’s like going to a community party with fellow foodies—much more fun than a trip to the grocery store.

6. Invest in a microplane grater or handheld rasp. Add a punch

of flavor and pizzazz with this versatile kitchen tool. Use it to add freshly grated garlic, ginger and turmeric; plus lemon, lime and orange zest.

7. Purge cupboards of packaged, processed foods. Read

ters and plain yogurt (sweeten to taste with local honey, seasonal fruit and cinnamon) make satisfying, high-nutrient snacks.

9. Keep assorted organic herbal teas handy. Unsweetened herbal teas

make cozy companions during prolonged nighttime fasting. Staying well hydrated is key to mental performance and weight control, too. Thirst often masquerades as hunger, so drink water or tea first, then reassess appetite.

10. Put fun and pleasure back into eating. Host a potluck with

friends to share cooking and clean up, or have a picnic with kids of all ages. Put flowers or a candle on the table and play soothing music—it all enhances digestion and encourages mindful eating. Bon appétit!


Registered dietitian Brenda Davis, of British Columbia, also recommends wholefood, plant-based diets to reverse Type 2 diabetes. She developed a “whole-grain hierarchy” to identify the most gut-friendly, least-processed grains, including cracked oats, brown rice, barley, buckwheat, sprouted grain, wheat berries and kamut. Along with beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables, Davis says these foods nourish beneficial gut microbes and reduce inflammation.

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wenty-five years As I dug deeper, I put search on their long-term ago, the first the pieces together of effect on human health genetically modihave ignited controthe relationship between versy among scientists, fied (GM) crop came to GMOs, gut health and consumers and even market in the form of a tomato engineered for a subsequent diseases. governments. longer shelf life. Today, Much of the research ~Michelle Perro, pediatrician, as much as 80 percent of has been conducted in author and executive director other countries—more food in the U.S. contains of GMO Science GMOs (as they are best than 60 have banned known) and most of the world’s genetically GMOs—and most studies have focused on engineered crops are treated with glyphosate the health effects of the glyphosate used herbicides, primarily Monsanto’s Roundup. on these crops, which the World Health Unlike hybrids produced by convenOrganization in 2015 declared a probable tional breeding, GMOs are created in a human carcinogen. “Glyphosate adversely laboratory, often incorporating DNA from affects the mitochondria, neurotransother species, such as bacteria and viruses. mitter production and hormones,” says Researching the potential health effects Smith, whose recent documentary, Secret “must be our number one priority, because Ingredients, presents stories of people that GMO technology is replacing nature,” says overcame chronic illnesses by eliminating Jeffrey Smith, executive director of the GMOs from their diets. Institute for Responsible Technology, in Smith recently conducted a survey Fairfield, Iowa. “The altered genomes are published in the International Journal of passed on to future generations.” Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine Although U.S. regulators generally in which 3,256 respondents reported imregard these foods to be safe, the ubiquity provement in a number of health problems of GMOs in the food chain and a lack of reafter they switched to largely non-GMO

and organic diets. “Many of the conditions that improved in the survey participants are similar to the health issues found in lab animals fed GMOs or the associated herbicide Roundup,” he wrote. More than 85 percent reported improvement from digestive disorders. It is possible that glyphosate, which is antibiotic in nature, may disrupt the delicate balance of the microbiome, a community of microbes that inhabit the gut.

Roundup and Gut Health

“Roundup can loosen the tight junctions between our cells,” explains Smith. “This can lead to leaky gut, which can contribute to inflammation and numerous diseases.” Dr. Akil Palanisamy, a Harvard-educated physician and author of The Paleo-

vedic Diet: A Complete Program to Burn Fat, Increase Energy, and Reverse Disease, concurs. “I do believe that the microbiome is crucial for health, and by switching to organic, we eliminate the potential microbiome-damaging effects of glyphosate.” Palanisamy, based in San Francisco, emphasizes glyphosate’s known ability to cause DNA damage and potentially induce cell death. “It may be a contributing factor to Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, infertility and gastrointestinal disorders,” he says. “It is impossible in the U.S. to just eliminate GMO foods from the diet, so eating organic is the only way to guarantee avoiding GMO foods. This automatically also reduces pesticides from the diet.”

Anecdotal Evidence Dr. Michelle Perro, a pediatrician, author and executive director of GMO Science, in San Rafael, California, became involved when she came across research by plant biologist Dr. Arpad Pusztai, one of the first scientists to raise concerns about the safety of genetically modified foods. “I was able to correlate his findings with the change in children’s health that I was beginning to notice in my own practice,” says Perro. “As I dug deeper, I put the pieces together of the relationship between GMOs, gut health and subsequent diseases.” Perro has seen improved health in her patients once a cleaner diet is introduced. “Parents have the ability to help

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n Eat organic when possible, especially oats, wheat and other grains, soy, corn, beans and lentils. n Look for the “Non-GMO Project Verified” seal on labels.

Advice From the Experts Dr. Akil Palanisamy:

n Sweat in a sauna or steam room 15 to 20 minutes once or twice a week to stimulate toxin release (infrared saunas are a good alternative for those that can’t tolerate the heat of traditional saunas). n Take 15-minute home baths with onequarter-cup of bentonite clay.

n Eat a variety of detoxifying foods like cruciferous vegetables, ground flaxseeds, parsley, beet greens (the leafy tops of beetroot), cilantro and chia seeds.

Dr. Michelle Perro (for children): n Eat as much organic foods as possible and eliminate processed foods from a child’s diet. n Don’t drink tap water; use a quality water filter. n Strive to eliminate pesticides in the child’s environment, including at schools, playdates and homes of relatives.

n Strive to have a daily bowel movement.

n Seek a foundation of nutritional medicine and individualized treatment strategies employing nutraceuticals, herbs, homeopathy and manipulative medicine.

n Add fiber to diet such as psyllium husk or fruit pectin.

n Consider an elimination diet, beginning with dairy and gluten.

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reverse chronic disorders plaguing their children, including asthma, eczema, food allergies and neurocognitive disorders such as autism and ADHD [attention deficit hyperactivity disorder].” Palanisamy has also seen significant changes in his patients’ health when they heed his advice and avoid GMOs. “Often, they report improvement in digestion, mood, brain fog and energy levels.” The body is designed with the innate ability to heal, says Pero. “Chronic diseases can be reversed when organic nutrition is the foundation.” The Hartman Group’s Organic & Natural 2018 report reveals that 46 percent of American shoppers now seek GMO-free food. “The tipping point here in the United States has begun,” says Smith.

Helpful Resources

n 2018 Journal of the American Medical Association study: n What’s Making our Children Sick?: How Industrial Food Is Causing an Epidemic of Chronic Illness, and What Parents (and Doctors) Can Do About It, by Dr. Michelle Perro and University of California San Francisco medical anthropologist Vincanne Adams; 28


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pringtime doesn’t just mean warmer weather, colorful flowers and greening grass. It also brings seasonal allergies. For pets, it can be a miserable time of year, because dogs and cats are lower to the ground and pick up allergens on their fur. Grass, weeds, pollen, lawn chemicals, fertilizers and fleas can trigger reactions such as itchy skin, raw paws, sneezing fits and general discomfort. Due to the warmer temperatures of the past decade, flea allergies in dogs have risen 12 percent, while cats have seen a whopping 67 percent increase. Environmental allergies are also up 30 percent for dogs and 11 percent for cats, according to the 2018 State of Pet Health Report from the Banfield Pet Hospital, in Vancouver, Washington. The most common environmental allergens include dust mites, mold, fabric, feathers and cleaning solutions.


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may get infected. Cats will pull hair, scratch ears and develop a rash or bare spot on the stomach or inside the legs. In extreme cases, a veterinarian will give an injection to calm the itchiness before more damage is done. Owners can use that lull to investigate what is causing the allergy.

Fleas For fleas, there are more natural ways to end the cycle than using potentially toxic pet treatments. Diatomaceous earth (DE) is affordable, non-toxic and safe, made from fossils of marine life crushed into a superfine powder. Its deadly effect on insects stems from piercing their hard shells so they become dehydrated. It does not harm mammals. Be sure to buy food-grade DE, not the kind that’s designed for use in pools and gardens. Simply dust the dog to the skin with the powder and sprinkle it on bedding, rugs and carpets. Cats tend to have more favorite nap spots than dogs, so vacuum first to get rid of any flea eggs. Sprinkle the DE and leave it in place for a couple of weeks. Vacuum again. DE can be hard on regular vacuums, but a Shop-Vac is up to the task.

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 A change in cleaning products. Use unscented, all-natural cleansers. Put the dog or cat in another room when vacuuming so they don’t breathe dust. A new cat litter can trigger allergic reactions. Look for unscented, dust-free litter.  Plastic bowls. Switch to stainless steel bowls for food and water.  Seasonal flowers and grasses. Pet-friendly wipes will remove excess pollen when the dog comes in after outdoor time. A twice-weekly bath during the worst of the season and weekly as blooming subsides will wash away pollens. An oatmeal shampoo is soothing; don’t use tea tree oil-based shampoos, which may further irritate skin. Be sure to dry the fur. Wet bedding can cause mold, another allergen.

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Be Proactive  Check the paw pads. If they’re irritated or red and raw, ask the vet for a salve to ease the pain while they heal. Be sure to wipe paws when coming into the house.  Take a look inside the ears. Allergies can lead to earaches, so watch for red, inflamed skin or black, tar-like goop. Either requires a vet visit and a prescription salve.  If dog walks are part of regular exercise, ask neighbors or local park employees if they’ve sprayed pesticides or treated grassy areas.  Add a small amount, based on weight, of Omega-3-rich fish oil to food to soothe and smooth the skin. Diligence in spotting symptoms can stop itching in its tracks when remedies are in place or at hand. Connect with Sandra Murphy at







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easonal allergies plague more than 26 million Americans, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, with numbers on the rise in recent years. This is due in part to a dramatic increase in the amount of airborne pollen, a possible byproduct of climate change. Environmental and lifestyle stress, inadequate nutrition and weakened immune systems

are also factors, leaving many feeling too miserable to engage in physical activities. Yet, research shows that exercise can help ease allergy symptoms and lessen severity. A survey of 2,000 allergy sufferers sponsored by the UK National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit showed those that exercised the most had the mildest symptoms.

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Boosting heart rate through aerobic activities such as running, walking, jumping rope, treadmill routines, tennis and team sports like volleyball or basketball seems to offer anti-allergy benefits. Vitamin C can also help. Researchers from the Faculty of Sports Science at Chulalongkorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand, found that 70 percent of participants that took a vitamin C supplement and ran for half an hour experienced decreased nasal congestion and sneezing. “Exercising regularly creates a cumulative effect in the body, helps speed up metabolism and improves immunity, so you could find even less allergies occurring over time,” says Stephanie Mansour, fitness expert and former allergy sufferer from Chicago. “I used to get allergy shots for a runny nose and headaches during certain times of the year, but personally transformed my allergies through expanding my lungs and chest and balancing out my nervous system.” The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy recommends gentler forms of exercise, and cautions against vigorous

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Exercising regularly creates a cumulative effect in the body, helps speed up metabolism and improves immunity, so you could find even less allergies occurring over time.

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workouts such as Crossfit or long runs that can be counterproductive and exacerbate allergy flare-ups. Mansour recommends yoga, Pilates, walking or weight training—especially when congestion is a factor.


Try Some Yoga Mansour, a certified yoga instructor, attests to the benefits of the practice. To ease the symptoms of allergies, she recommends yoga both for its physical effects and its breath benefits. “Yoga can also help bring equilibrium to the nervous system and help the body relax. When the body is in a healthy balance and relaxed, it’s more effective at warding off things like infection or allergies.” Registered nurse and yoga instructor Kristin Brien, of New York City, concurs. “A yoga practice trains and strengthens the vagal nerve, which activates the parasympathetic nervous system— rest and digest mode—and turns off the inflammatory response,” Brien says. “When we are under chronic stress, our nervous systems react as though our bodies are under constant threat, thus making some of us more susceptible to hypersensitive reactions to offending seasonal antigens like pollen and ragweed.” Yoga practitioners across the board recommend inverted poses such as the plow, shoulder stand and downward facing dog to relieve allergy-related congestion. While yoga can be beneficial, inverted poses should be avoided by anyone with high blood pressure, glaucoma or retinal issues due to increased pressure in the blood vessels of the head, and some experts emphasize that allergy sufferers and asthmatics should avoid hot yoga and other demanding forms during flare-ups. A gentle approach goes a long way. Ideally, Brien recommends asanas that anyone can do, including legs up the wall, supported bridge pose, supported reclined goddess pose and child’s pose.

Warm-Up No matter the type of exercise, warming up can play a key factor. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, stretching before activity and boosting heart rate helps to maximize exercise and its symptom-reducing effects.

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or workout space can also optimize the benefits of exercise. Brien, an allergy sufferer and asthmatic, recommends using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to reduce circulating allergens and also wiping down all surfaces, including yoga mats, floors, window sills and vents. During drier, colder times of the year, Mansour recommends using a humidifier to add moisture to the air and improve breathing. Exercise may not cure seasonal allergies, but it can lessen related symptoms, along with effecting a more balanced nervous system and better overall health. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books and a composer. Connect at

Helpful Workout Tips Before and After:

n Use a nasal saline spray beforehand. n Change clothes and shower after outdoor exercise; wash workout clothing exposed to pollens.

Consider Wearing:

n Wraparound sunglasses to avoid allergens getting into eyes n A breathable mask to filter allergens during outdoor activity

Avoid Exercising:

n In the morning when pollen and mold counts are highest n When it’s warm, dry or windy outside n On busy roads where exhaust fumes can irritate bronchial and nasal passages n When tired, sick or under significant stress; all three states prompt the immune system to react more severely to allergens


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SATURDAY, MARCH 2 Five Love Languages – Mar 2, 9, 16. 10am-12pm. Emily Klik presents this material in a way that speaks to many ways of expressing love – appreciation, gratitude, friendship, communication, appreciation to one’s self. It is appropriate for all. $10/per session. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. 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 is time for 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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SUNDAY, MARCH 10 Gemstones Class IV – 1-3pm. Jeanette Rohrpasser has been teaching about gemstones for 17 years. Class IV will focus on using the gemstones for personal healing. $40. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. Preregistration required: 262-367-0607.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 23 Stages of Spiritual Development and Using Mantra to Calm the Mind – 1-4:30pm. Half day workshop with Domo Geshe Rinpoche. Where are you in your spiritual life’s journey, exactly where are you going and what needs to come next? Part two of this workshop will be practical experience of chanting sacred mantras. No prior experience needed but there are many levels of learning about mantra. $35. Light Of Grace, Education Center, 5900 W National Ave, West Allis. Info: 262-370-5974. Register:

THURSDAY, MARCH 14 Forgiveness, the Path to Peace – 6-8pm. A Course in Miracles workshop. A six-week series, two Thur per month, focused on the practice of forgiveness. An excellent class for beginning, as well as continuing. students. $120. Light of Grace Ed Center, 5900 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. Info@LightOfGrace.Church.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 16 Radiant Inner Child Yoga for Adults – 4-6pm. Embrace your radiant inner child for healing, youthfulness and greater joy with yogic practices, meditations, journaling, visualizations. Bring a stuffed animal. $40. Preregistration required. Sacred Sound Yoga, 3805 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood. Rosie Rain: 414-403-2053.

FRIDAY, MARCH 22 The Ego as an Ally – 7-8:30pm. With Domo Geshe Rinpoche. The ego is a mystery, unseen but not unfelt in our emotional and intellectual life. Is it harming our spiritual life or can we make it into a valuable force. $15. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Milwaukee. Info: 262-370-5974. Register: Spring Equinox Kundalini Yoga Celebration – 7-9pm. Align with spirit and nature on this very important day with kundalini yoga meditations, chanting and gong healing for renewal, to move forward with courage and clarity. $25. preregistration required. Sacred Sound Yoga, 3805 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood. Rosie Rain: 414-403-2053. Sacred

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Tibetan Buddhist Workshop – 1-4:30pm. Stages of Development and Using Mantra to Calm the Mind - led by Domo Geshe Rinpoche. Where are you in your spiritual life journey, and what needs to come next? Students will look at this and then spend time chanting sacred mantras. No experience necessary. $35. Light of Grace Ed Center, 5900 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. Info@LightOfGrace.Church. Trusting Your Intuition – 5-10pm. Expand your intuitive skills and further develop your own intuitive voice. Learn a variety of techniques: pendulum, psychometry, angel card readings and more. Experience healing meditations and be trained in energy clearing. Experiential workshop with hands-on opportunities; w/Amy Wilinski. $99. Info: 920-6098277 or

SUNDAY, MARCH 24 What is Spiritual Wisdom – 1:30-3pm. Lively discussion with Domo Geshe Rinpoche. Spiritual wisdom should be quite different from everyday use of our intelligence. So is it mindless or is it mindful? $15. Angel Light Center for Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Info: 262-3705974. Register:

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

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:

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. Unity 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. Join us for a ACIM inspiring message, meditation and soul-filled music. Join a community of like minded spirits and affirm the truth in you. Light of Grace, 5806 W. National Ave, West Allis. 414-258-5555. Fellowship Hour – 12-1pm. Healing and meditation followed by brief discussion on a spiritual/ metaphysical topic. Light refreshments with likeminded community. Rev Keridak Silk and Rev Kristina Bloom. Love donations. Universal Awareness Fellowship, N91W17194 Appleton Ave, Ste106B, Menomonee Falls. 262-404-7119. UniversalAwarenessCenter. Shamanic Journey and Healing Circle – 12pm. 2nd Sun. Drumming is an act of letting go and letting God raise our consciousness. Bring your drum, some available for use. Group led by Dennis Clark. $10 suggested offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Unity

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. Unity

tuesday Hatha Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. 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 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. March’s topic is Drumming and Shamanic Journey with Dennis Clark. $5. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-4750105.

wednesday 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. Wisconsin Asberger’s Empowerment Group – 6:30-9pom. 2nd & 4th Wed. Unity Center in

Don’t think, just do. ~Horace

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. Unity 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. Info: 262-781-1656.

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. UnityCenter 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. 1st 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 32.


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 5, 16 and 23.


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 10.

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

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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 35.

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

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

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.

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 40.

INTEGRATIVE DENTAL SOLUTIONS 23770 Capitol Dr, Pewaukee 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale 262-691-4555 •


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.

“…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. See ad, page 4.


Wellness educator and essential oils/ aromatherapy resource. See ad, page 35.


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 10.


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 22.

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 11.




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 35.


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 35.


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 31.

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 10.

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

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

MENTAL HEALTH DR SUSAN TRAFTON 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale 414-305-7496


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.

Bringing together Western psychology and Eastern wisdom traditions for your healing and growth. Treatment for depression, anxiety, trauma and life transitions. See ad, page 13.

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 27.

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 9.


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


121 E Silver Spring Dr, Ste 208, Whitefish Bay 414-758-0657 • Reiki/energy healing is a powerful treatment that helps the body relax at a very deep level, allowing the body to activate its own ability to heal itself. See ad, page 13.


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.


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 31.


3805 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood 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.


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 15.


4727 S Howell Ave, Ste LL, Milwaukee 414-331-8626 Kelly Kolodzinski specializes in medical thermography, colon hydrotherapy, integrative nutrition, coaching and reiki. Renew Holistic Wellness provides a fresh approach to transforming your health and wellness. See ad, page 13.


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