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Rise Yoga Welcomes New Instructor

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ise Yoga Studio, in Mequon, has recently welcomed Maral Almozaffar to their staff of yoga teachers. Almozaffar has completed a 500-hour teacher-training program in Rishikesh, India. She was trained in traditional hatha yoga, which focuses on breath work, meditation and the ancient teachings of yoga. Almozaffar is offering two Wednesday evening classes at Rise Yoga Studio: hatha yoga at 6:15 p.m. and restorative yoga at 7:30 p.m. Maral Almozaffar “Her goal is to make yoga accessible to everyone, and to help individuals comfortably and compassionately move their bodies through life,” says Rise Yoga Studio owner Paula Evans. The studio also offers ashtanga, vinyasa flow and heated vinyasa flow yoga as well as kids’ yoga workshops. Location: 1220 W. Ranchito Ln., Mequon. For more information, call 414-807-0629 or visit See ad, page 17.

Local Hypnotherapist Launches Educational Podcast


ertified hypnotherapist and hypnosis instructor Rick Paddock, founder of New Berlin-based Milwaukee Hypnosis & Wellness Center, has launched an educational podcast entitled Mind Flipping. The podcast can be found at, Apple Podcast, Google Play Music and other podcasts sites. On the podcast, Paddock interviews experts in meditation, neuroscience, hypnosis, coaching and more. “Mind Flipping is about tapping into our own powerful design,” Paddock says. “Like the homes we live in, our minds, bodies and lives are designed to change. We are built for growth, renovation and updating. Like our homes, if we want to get the optimum performance, enjoyment and value from the home of our soul, we have a responsibility to ourselves and those in our lives to do our part, and to live our best life now.” Paddock is certified in hypnosis and hypnosis instruction through the International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapists. He has authored three books and produced more than 50 hypnosis and mindset training products in the behavior modification, performance enhancement and stress management fields.

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MKE Dance Theatre Network Presents Pina Bausch’s The NELKEN-Line


KE Dance Theatre Network (MDTN), under the direction of Catey Ott Thompson and assistant project manager Kelly Coffey, will perform the dance The NELKEN-Line by iconic choreographer Pina Bausch, which describes the four seasons with a few simple repeated gestures. The two performances, held on May 12, will take place between 9:30 a.m. to noon at Alice’s Garden, and from 1 to 4 p.m. at Lynden Sculpture Garden. This is part of a project created by the Pina Bausch Foundation

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to encourage dancers and dance lovers from all over the world to perform and film their own NELKEN-Line and share their videos on the Pina Bausch Foundation website. Bausch, considered the most controversial dancer/choreographer of her era, created Theatretanz, an approach to dance expression exploring the highs and lows of human nature. MDTN invites everyone to join the line. No dance experience is required. Participants will learn the four gestures from MDTN site managers, and then perform the gestures in an outdoor parade at each site while being filmed by MDTN’s Christal Wagner. The video will be edited and shared on the Pina Bausch Foundation website by June 2018. Participants are welcome to perform at one or both sites, and are encouraged to arrive promptly and to dress comfortably and for the weather. Location: Alice’s Garden, 2136 N. 21st St.; Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W. Brown Deer Rd.; both in Milwaukee. For more information and to register, visit 934612643354730.

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n Thursday, May 31, the nonprofit organization Teens Grow Greens will host their annual Chef ’s Dinner at The Atrium, in Shorewood, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The organization, which formed in 2014 and has the motto “learn, grow and go”, teaches teenagers to develop life skills through hands-on experience via a nine-month paid internship. During the Chef ’s Dinner, teens participating in the program create, cook and serve dinner with some of the Milwaukee area’s most experienced chefs. Featured chefs participating in this year’s dinner include Trueman McGee, of Funky Fresh Spring Rolls; Omar Andrietsch, of The Colour Palate; Rebecca Goldberger, of Cloud Red; Caitlin Cullen, of The Atrium; and Caitlin Russell, of Bougie Berries. In addition, Teens Grow Greens recently purchased Webers Greenhouses at 4215 N. Green Bay Avenue, the establishment where the organization first began teaching teens to grow plants from seed, and where they hold work sessions and host volunteer events. The purchase will give the organization a home base for innovation and continue as a community hub for Milwaukee residents, business and nonprofit leaders to combine the mission of Teens Grow Greens while meeting the needs of the community. Cost: $100 per ticket; reservations required. Location: 2107 E. Capitol Dr., Shorewood. For more information, visit

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he Spirit Connection, Four Ways to Connect to God Book Launch and Psychic Fair takes place from noon to 5 p.m., May 6 at Bluemound Bowl. Author Susan Lukas will read passages, give away books and host a two-hour workshop on how to make and use a pendulum. The fair features a variety of true mediums, psychics and healers that were featured in Lukas’ book, and they will be offering a variety of services. Selected vendors will also be present. The Spirit Connection, Four Ways to Connect to God will be offered at a discounted price of $5, which is $3 off the usual price. Lukas is an experienced spiritual advisor and author of spiritual books. Her next book, the novel Abiding Flame, will be released in August. She is an award-winning artist who has exhibited her work at art shows and galleries across the United States. Lukas co-wrote two of her books with her spirit guides, and she offers spiritual wisdom from the highest realms for a troubled world. Location: 12935 Bluemound Rd., Brookfield. For more information, visit See ad, page 17.

Crossing Over with John Edward


ilwaukeeans will be able to join renowned psychic medium John Edward as part of a live group audience as he connects with the Other Side. Crossing Over with John Edward takes place at 7 p.m. on June 6 at the Four Points by Sheraton Milwaukee Airport. The event will give attendees an opportunity to see and feel connections, and to heal. Edward has gained an interJohn Edward national following through his television shows, Crossing Over with John Edward and John Edward Cross Country. He’s authored eight New York Times bestselling books on spirituality and has brought a fresh, honest and thought-provoking attitude to the world of psychic phenomena. Over the last three decades, Edward has helped thousands with his uncanny ability to predict future events and communicate with those who have crossed over to the Other Side. Deeply compelling, often startling and occasionally humorous, Edward’s down-to-earth approach has earned him a vast and loyal following. Cost: $175 VIP; $100 regular admission. Location: 5311 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit See ad, page 7.

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New guidelines that change the criteria for healthy blood pressure mean that nearly half of U.S. adults are now considered to have high blood pressure. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have redefined the condition as being 130/80 instead of 140/90, a change considered by critics as overly beneficial to pharmaceutical companies. This criteria includes 80 percent of people over 65, triples the diagnosis for men under 45 and doubles it for women younger than 45. The revised guidelines encourage adopting lifestyle strategies in early stages of rising blood pressure like exercise, diet, weight loss and smoking cessation. Evidence-based alternative methods noted in a Canadian study include coenzyme Q10, dark chocolate, qigong, slow breathing, Transcendental Meditation and vitamin D. 12


In a survey of 171 midlife American women, more than 80 percent reported using complementary and alternative medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine researchers discovered. The most common choice was herbal teas, followed by women’s vitamins, flaxseed, glucosamine and soy supplements. Only 34 percent of the non-Hispanic white women and 14 percent of the Hispanic women discussed it with their doctors.


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Young Women Outdo Male Peers in Oxygen Uptake Young women process oxygen about 30 percent faster and more efficiently than men when they begin exercising, according to a new study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. The ability to extract oxygen from the blood is an important fitness marker, which the researchers tested by having 18 young men and women exercise on treadmills. The women’s superior results indicate they are naturally less prone to muscle fatigue and poor performance. “The findings are contrary to the popular assumption that men’s bodies are more naturally athletic,” observes lead author Thomas Beltrame, Ph.D. Previous research had found that older men and male children tend to have faster oxygen uptake than women.

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When an adult looks into the eyes of a baby, a synchronization of brain waves occurs that could indicate an intention to communicate, concludes a Cambridge University study of 36 infants. This coordinating supports the baby’s early learning and communication skills, according to the researchers. The effect, which researchers measured via electroencephalogram (EEG)-wired skullcaps, was strongest with eye-to-eye contact and weaker when the adult’s head was turned away. The more vocalizations—little sounds—the baby made, the greater their brainwaves synchronized with the adult.

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Acetaminophen Linked to Delayed Language Skills Girls born to 754 Swedish mothers that used acetaminophen during pregnancy showed less ability in acquiring early language skills at 30 months of age, report Mount Sinai Health System study researchers. If the mothers took acetaminophen more than six times in early pregnancy, their daughters (but not their sons) were nearly six times more likely to have language delays than girls born to mothers that didn’t take the drug. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 65 percent of pregnant women in this country use acetaminophen, which is marketed for pain and fever relief in Tylenol and Excedrin, and included in many over-the-counter formulations such as NyQuil and Robitussin. C






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Seniors Eating Mediterranean Diet Retain Independence

Seniors that ate a Mediterranean diet high in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts and legumes were able to live independently longer, had fewer falls and fractures, and were less frail, according to recent research. In a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, University College London researchers analyzed the eating habits and health data of 5,789 participants in studies in France, Spain, Italy and China. “People that followed the Mediterranean diet the most were overall less than half as likely to become frail over a nearly four-year period compared with those that followed it the least,” says lead author Katy Walters, Ph.D. The researchers also noted that the plant-based diet may help older people maintain muscle strength, activity, weight and energy levels.

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Taking a 90-minute hatha yoga class twice a week for eight weeks steadily lowered symptoms of depression in all 20 men and women with mild to moderate forms of clinical depression that participated in a recent University of California, San Francisco, study. Another 18 depressed adults attending an attention control class for the same period of time, afterwards had somewhat lower depression scores overall, but less than half the improvement, plus they showed greater mood fluctuation.



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A new study published in the journal Ecosphere confirms that in urban streams, persistent pharmaceutical pollution can cause aquatic microbial communities to become resistant to drugs. Researchers evaluated the presence of pharmaceuticals, including painkillers, stimulants, antihistamines and antibiotics, in four streams in Baltimore, Maryland. Then they measured the microbial response to drug exposure. Selected study sites represented a gradient of development from suburban to urban. Emma Rosi, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and lead author on the study, explains, “Wastewater treatment facilities are not equipped to remove many pharmaceutical compounds. We were interested in how stream microorganisms, which perform key ecosystem services like removing nutrients and breaking down leaf litter, respond to pharmaceutical pollution. When we expose streams to pharmaceutical pollution, we are unwittingly altering their microbial communities, yet little is known about what this means for ecological function and water quality.”

Obsolete Packaging Grocer Shuns Plastic Trays

The British supermarket chain Iceland is planning to eliminate or drastically reduce plastic packaging for more than 1,000 of its house-label products by the end of 2023, switching to paperbased trays instead. Nigel Broadhurst, joint managing director of Iceland, explains that the typical ready meal was packaged in a particularly bad way. “It is currently in a black plastic tray. That black plastic is the worst possible option in terms of toxins going into the ground and the ability to recycle that product.” He also notes that instead of the usual plastic bag, grocers could put netting around a bunch of apples the same as with oranges. Iceland’s research found that 80 percent of shoppers would endorse a supermarket’s move to go plastic-free. 14



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Alaskan mining critics cheered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision to maintain an existing policy not to permit the Northern Dynasty Minerals’ Pebble copper and gold mine in Bristol Bay. They maintain that the project’s toxic byproducts would threaten fisheries and other natural resources. Alannah Hurley, with United Tribes of Bristol Bay, a group opposing the mine, has said that members of the tribes she represents are willing to lie down in front of bulldozers to protect the waters. She notes, “Ideally, we would like these [protections] finalized, and the battle to protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine and mines like Pebble is far from over. But the fact that these protections remain in place and can be used within the process is a very positive step in the effort to protect the Bristol Bay watershed for generations to come.”


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Recycled Plastic Transforms into Prosthetics The emerging technology of three-dimensional (3-D) printing can benefit the world in many ways. Re:Purpose for Good, in Australia, creates robotically 3-D printed prosthetic devices from recycled plastic and e-waste. It’s difficult to customize prosthetics, so more invasive surgery is often needed to make standard sizes fit the patient. Other companies produce 3-D printed prosthetic hands and arms, but Re:Purpose for Good customizes both hands and feet at a much lower cost. The company’s robotics and prosthetics engineer Gerardo Montoya, who had been working on 3-D printing prosthetics for children in Mexico, merged the idea with a desire to do something about the 8 million tons of plastic entering the oceans. Along with plastic waste, they also use e-waste such as discarded smartphones that have all the circuitry and microprocessors needed for advanced features. The company even plans to teach their prosthetic-making process to children as part of their science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum, so they can learn 3-D printing skills. They’re making it open source so more people can get involved without patent restrictions.

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A Whole Person Approach at Holistic Dentistry of Port Washington by Sheila Julson


and we found that they had r. Laura Railand of a lot of dental infections. Holistic Dentistry Once we removed those of Port Washinginfections, the patients were ton came from a family of getting better,” Railand says. orthodontists, but she never She became part of a dental thought she would go into team that evaluated patients dentistry. As a young artist for dental clearance before in New Mexico, she made surgeries. “The hospital rejewelry and stained glass. ally saw the value of wholeOne day she happened to body health, and that was need some small tools to a great experience for me: complete an art project, and Dr. Laura Railand recognizing the mouth-body those supplies were sold at connection.” a dental lab. “Everyone in In 2012, Railand and her husband the lab was sitting around making crowns,” moved to Wisconsin to be closer to his she recalls, and she immediately saw a family, and once there, she decided to start connection between artistic detail and the a new practice in the former space of Dr. meticulous work that dentistry required. Steve Carini, a Port Washington dentist However, she didn’t pursue dentistry who practiced with a holistic philosophy. right away. Railand went to Mills College, Carini had retired and closed his practice in Oakland, California, where she earned in 2014. Railand opened her practice, a degree in biology, and then she moved to Holistic Dentistry of Port Washington, in Oregon to participate in an AmeriCorps September 2016. Since opening, the pracprogram. During that time she worked as tice has grown quickly, and she believes a water chemist, but later decided to study it is because patients are recognizing the dentistry at Oregon Health and Science importance of their dental health and how University. She had always been interested the mouth affects the whole body. in natural health, and during her time in Holistic Dentistry of Port Washington Oregon, she was further immersed in the holistic health culture dominant in Portland. has a 3D imaging machine that can detect underlying infections in the mouth not After earning her dental degree in shown on the standard 2D X-ray machines 2010, she returned to New Mexico to do a common in most dental clinics. The residency at the University of New Mexico clinic is also metal-, BPA- and fluoride-free. hospital, which served many low-income Railand is certified through the International people. “There were a lot of patients who Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology were not getting better. They brought us (IAOMT) to safely remove amalgam fillings (dental residents) in to evaluate them,

in a way that minimizes metal exposure for the patient and the practitioner. Patients can then have compatibility testing in order to determine healthier, non-reactive filling options. In addition to detecting infections early, and offering amalgam filling removal and replacement options, Railand has another focus: children. Today’s environmental burdens and soft diets are causing malocclusion (misaligned teeth) in young kids, resulting in mouth breathing that leads to airway issues and sleep apnea. For this reason, Railand offers functional orthodontics. It identifies these problems early on, and gets children started on sleep appliances and myofunctional therapy in order to change the way their mouths develop, thus opening airways and sinuses. Railand provides a calm, friendly environment where patients aren’t rushed through, and their concerns are heard. She is passionate about helping people not only look better, but also feel better. “There is a true body-dental connection, and patients shouldn’t ignore what’s going on in their mouths. If they feel like something is off, they should follow through; more often than not, the patient’s intuition is right.” Holistic Dentistry of Port Washington is located at 222 N. Franklin St. For more information, call 262-235-4525 or visit See ad, page 5. Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. May 2018


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chizophrenia, a complex illness that has baffled many great minds, is a serious mental illness that typically affects people during their teen years or early adulthood. Characteristic symptoms are classified into “positive” and “negative.” Positive symptoms include delusions (holding false beliefs) and hallucinations (such as hearing voices even when there is no source for the voice). Negative symptoms include memory problems, a severe loss of interest in people and activities, and an inability to experience emotions and feelings. When in active illness, patients are unable to function in many areas of life— work, interpersonal relationships, and even self-care is disrupted. For most of the 20th century, the illness was thought to be a result of a chemical imbalance, and that it related to identifiable anatomical brain abnormalities—although the causes were not understood. These days, a relatively new thinking has emerged in the field of schizophrenia: that the underlying problem could be unchecked and chronic inflammation. There are many evidences that point to the role of inflammation, from the presence of inflammatory cells and molecules in the brain, to association with maternal viral infection

during pregnancy, to concurrent high risk for autoimmune diseases and infections. In integrative and functional medicine—where disease is seen as a physiological breakdown in the whole mind-body system—it is being recognized that chronic inflammation is the root cause of many modern illnesses plaguing mankind today. Inflammation is simply the body’s defense and repair response: When a person is cut or bruised, the area becomes red, swollen, hot and painful, which is the body repairing the injury. When the repair is complete, inflammation stops; however, chronic inflammation is now seen as damaging to various organ systems in the body. The American diet, which is proinflammatory and filled with artificial foods and chemicals, is a chief cause of chronic inflammation. Between 2004 and 2015, multiple studies by science centers and hospitals in the UK have found correlations linking high sugar consumption as well as chemicals in processed food to the risk of schizophrenia and other mental health disorders. Chemicals in everyday items we use, such as shampoos, toothpaste, detergent, fragrances, and room fresheners, are also potential triggers. These chemicals did not exist in our environment prior to World

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War II, and our mind-body systems are failing to cope with them. Lack of a nutrition-dense diet intensifies the problem. The following steps, particularly when enacted as a single program, have shown promise in significantly reducing both the positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia. Changes to Diet. The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) elimination diet is recommended for those with chronic inflammation. Patients can also be taught the principles of clean eating. Depending upon the degree of the their symptoms, the support of a loved one or caregiver may be needed to help the patient stick to the appropriate foods.

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Such a plan can reduce the long-term risk for metabolic syndrome, and even reduce the possibility of early mortality, while increasing the patient’s potential for a more productive and happier life. Recovery is possible. Given that schizophrenia is a complex and devastating illness, caregivers need to look at all possible solutions to help people with this disease. Integrative psychiatry seems to offer new hope as it strives to explore the reasons that people become ill, and then address those causes. Aruna Tummala, MD, is an integrative psychiatrist at Trinergy Center for Integrative Psychiatry, located at 12800 W National Ave., New Berlin. For more information, call 262-955-6601, email DrAruna@ or visit TrinergyHealth. com. For additional reading on this subject, visit and TinyURL. com/y7dqwyso. See ad, page 2.

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lthough natural health enthusiasts may recognize alternative healing modalities as a preferred approach to treatment, in the face of major health issues, even they tend to join the crowd that’s turning first to conventional medicine. Thus, many gentler modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, co-authored by doctors of naturopathy Michael T. Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, remain largely untapped resources. Ignored because they are unsupported by traditional sciencebased medicine, holistic measures such as acupuncture, energy medicine, essential oils, herbs, detoxification, health-promoting diets, homeopathy, prayer and meditation, supplementation, yoga, massage and naturopathy are sacrificed in favor of often painful medical procedures and prescription drugs which can’t claim to permanently cure anything and can have many harmful side effects.



Lack of Awareness

“A patient that dabbles in holistic medicine for minor health issues such as indigestion, headache or insomnia often turns to conventional methods after receiving a serious diagnosis such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer because they are scared,” observes holistic physician Dr. Wendy Warner, medical director of Medicine in Balance, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The co-author of Boosting Your Immunity for Dummies suggests that relatively few people turn to natural solutions for both preventive and therapeutic measures because they’re unaware they exist. Integrative oncologists and endocrinologists that are aware of the benefits of natural complementary methods are scarce. Relatively few conventional doctors are educated in functional medicine. “Yet complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage and some essential oils can support the immune system and help an individual deal with stress experienced from coping with their illness,” says Warner.

Rob Wergin, an experienced energy medicine practitioner, speaks from experience regarding clients that consult him for lifethreatening diagnoses. “When I see them, they’re desperate and have exhausted all conventional methods. I’m their lastditch effort,” remarks Wergin. The most frequent reason he hears is, “My family, friends and doctor told me not to waste my money on charlatans.” “People find it challenging to put faith in natural methods and are nervous about going against a doctor’s advice until they feel or see positive results; even these may not provide sufficient motivation to continue with alternative treatments,” he says. “I believe this is the result of the influence of pharmaceutical ads promising results, the medical community’s belief in proof solely through clinical trials, websites like Quackwatch. com and well-meaning friends insisting that the conventional route is the only way to go. It’s sad to see the gravity of these influences pulling clients back into solely believing in the Western model of medicine,” says Wergin. Ann Lee, a doctor of naturopathy, acupuncturist and founder of the Health for Life Clinic, Inc., in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, notes, “This mindset continues to get reinforced by insurance companies that do not cover alternatives. Paying out of pocket for medical expenses also influences a patient’s choices.” Kelly Noonan-Gores and Adam Schomer, director and producer, respectively, of the documentary film HEAL, suggest that unconscious conditioning plays the biggest role in an individual’s choices. “We are deeply conditioned to view medical specialists and prestigious medical institutions as the ones with all the answers. Sometimes they do and sometimes they


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don’t,” says Noonan-Gores, who intends to have her film awaken viewers to the possibilities of alternative paths of healing. As just one other example noted in the film, thousands have used the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), tapping on their body to help release the trauma and stress often associated with illness.

“Before, I wasn’t familiar with EFT, which I continue to use and benefit from. However, despite everything I’ve learned, I can’t give up on all Western medicine, put my faith in alternatives and let my intuition and faith guide me to healing. It’s easier to be skeptical than to have faith,” Lee says.

website that reaches hundreds of individuals worldwide. She advises, “Reach out to people that you see are having positive results with a different healing system than yours. Ask them to show, help and teach you. I’ve seen many people restored to health by using methods that science is only beginning to understand.”

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Sheila Tucker, a resident of Navarre, Florida, has been a registered nurse for 20 years, practicing in hospital settings such as critical care, emergency and administration. “I know and understand doctors, surgeries and pharmaceutical treatments and hospitals,” says Tucker, who recalls that throughout her life she was taught to believe in a system that suddenly stopped working for her. “In 2014, I was dying from a rare autoimmune condition, requiring fulltime care, and planning my funeral. Doctors had tried everything, yet my health continued to decline. When I saw a friend’s Facebook posts about her use of essential oils, I was curious, but reluctant to reach out, and didn’t want anyone to know that I called her for advice,” recalls Tucker. “Shortly after my friend arrived with her oils, my husband came home with our daughter, who had strep throat and a fever. She made us promise to use selected oils through the night and prayed with us.” Tucker attributes the miracle of her daughter’s turnaround the next morning to shifting her paradigm and opening her up to believing in the healing power of essential oils. Thanks to her friend and role model, Tucker learned how to use therapeuticgrade oils, supplements and a healthy diet to cleanse her body of the heavy toxic load accumulated from several years of expensive drug treatments. Today, she is a healthy and enthusiastic advocate, and her personal results opened the eyes of her physician to the point where she also shifted her own philosophy of healing. Tucker now offers educational classes in her office and online through her

“Outside of any dominant paradigm, it’s easier to cast suspicion than to make curious inquiry and, over time, working within a dominant worldview creates polarity, the antithesis of ‘wholism’. An inclusive approach integrates all medical and complementary approaches, as well as interaction with the natural world,” says Patrick Hanaway, a family physician and founder of Family to Family Medicine, in Asheville, North Carolina. Hanaway, the former director of medical education for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the first medical director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, explains, “Doctors have a rigorous job filled with responsibility. Change is difficult and investigating vastly different ways of practicing medicine requires a degree of curiosity and openness. I am heartened by thought leaders and heads of top medical schools who are presently opening up to functional medicine, natural medicine and complementary approaches.” “The paradigm shift we are ushering in has been 50 years in the making,” assesses Hanaway. “Some medical professionals are immersed in a polar view of right and wrong, offering personal attacks and disparaging comments to maintain control of the dialogue. This is not appreciated by patients who look to the doctor as a teacher—the Latin docere means to teach. “The movement to change medicine and the cultural paradigm of healing is a marathon, not a sprint, and those of us involved are prepared to stay the course.”

“The conventional medical community wants to maintain the model in which they have heavily invested centuries of time, energy and money. Patients that investigate integrative and complementary medicine may resist hearing that in order to get well, they might need to change their worldview and lifestyle, take a leave of absence from their job, develop a spiritual practice, exercise or maybe even leave a toxic relationship,” says Schomer. “Conventional medicine says take this pill and keep living your life the same way,” says Schomer. “We are not demonizing doctors, pharmaceuticals or the medical system. We simply believe that individuals are more empowered to heal when they take control of their health.” Eva Lee, a resident of Los Angeles featured in the documentary, suffers from a rare and unpredictable form of blistering skin inflammation. “I’ve tested negative for faulty genes and all sorts of rare viruses and bacteria, which helped point me towards holistic methods. So far, following the directives of Dr. Mark Emerson, a chiropractor specializing in nutrition, in Maui, Hawaii, who I met while filming, has helped my body become healthier and deal with inflammation levels that rapidly reduced as soon as I detoxed and eliminated meat and dairy from my diet,” says Lee. Still, it’s hard for her to accept that her condition could be due to the type of stress and suppressed emotions that Anthony William explores in his book Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal.

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fter Los Angeles native Kelly Noonan-Gores spent 20 years in front of the camera as an actress, she turned her talents to producing award-winning films like Tooken, Beneath and Take a Seat. She considers her latest, the documentary HEAL (, to be her ultimate achievement. “I included as many inspiring stories of healing change as possible to expand viewers’ beliefs in what’s possible, to alter the narrative around mystery illnesses being incurable or cancer equaling death,” says Noonan-Gores. When she was prescribed Prilosec for acid reflux at age 28, Noonan-Gores decided she was too young and otherwise healthy to become dependent on it. By taking an integrative nutrition course, she realized the possibilities of alternative healing methods, catalyzing an ongoing exploration into optimizing life and health through the powers of mind, body and spirit. “We are not the passive victims of faulty genes; our lifestyle choices, thoughts, and beliefs shape our health,” says Noonan-Gores, a longtime practitioner of yoga and meditation. HEAL features uplifting interviews with the scientists, visionaries and healers that inspired her, including Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, Marianne Williamson and patients diagnosed with diverse ailments that sought different healing modalities to take their health into their own hands.

What are some common elements in the stories of patients featured in HEAL? One common thread revolves around our subconscious programming. From the time we’re born, we are downloading “programs” or belief systems from society, parents, teachers and whoever and whatever else is in our environment. Many have learned through their own healing journeys of negative belief systems running their lives; each one had to become aware of these beliefs in order to change. Another is that when events are too painful, we consciously suppress or unconsciously repress them, and that trauma stays in our cells and might manifest in disease. To move that stuck energy, we must heal that emotional trauma to allow physical ailments to transform. A third theme is understanding how stress affects our lives and immune systems, and doing things to manage or mitigate it through tools like meditation or breath work. Some of the patients worked with spiritual psychologists using Emotional Freedom Techniques to release past stress held in their body, shifting beliefs to a trusting, non-victim place. Dietary shifts also made a difference. In acute healing, we realize the effect of different foods which can reduce or exacerbate inflammation.

Which messages in how the body and mind collaborate to promote healing are audiences keying in on? Visualization is a powerful and widespread tool in healing; we can use imagination to reframe and tell a different story. Research has shown that visualizations can affect brain chemistry and lessen side effects. The mind is conditioned to go to the worst-case scenario; we can instead retrain it to focus on the best-case scenario, and what we want to happen, increasing the likelihood it will occur.

What role do faith and belief systems play in the healing journey? It all comes down to what we believe. If you believe in and expect an effect, like what we see with a placebo, the brain will create and release natural chemicals that might be prompted by a targeted drug. Believing you are a victim of genes and circumstance

I included as many inspiring stories of healing change as possible to expand viewers’ beliefs in what’s possible, to alter the narrative around mystery illnesses being incurable or cancer equaling death. induces stress, whereas having faith in a loving universe produces greater ease.

How do emotions influence health and healing? Gregg Braden and Joe Dispenza, interviewed in HEAL, discuss how rage, jealousy, trauma and fear put the body in a stress response and create inflammation and other detrimental effects. But love, kindness, joy, gratitude and compassion release healing hormones and neurochemicals like oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine. It’s empowering to know that when negative emotions arise, you can

become aware of and release them, then pivot to focus on gratitude or do something that cultivates joy. It’s a moment-bymoment choice.

Healthy people require a healthy planet; how can we apply these same principles to bring our world back into balance? The more conscious we become, the more we treat ourselves, others and our Earth with compassion. As more people awaken and demand a different response, the paradigm will shift. Health care will have to change as we apply the power in our hearts and minds. Our bodies are a microcosm of the universe; the planet can heal itself and thrive as we remove the toxins and become fully aware of what we are putting in the air, water and soil. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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Historical Overview

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During the last 25 years, a less drug-based grassroots model for dealing with chronic illnesses in the U.S. has emerged. First labeled holistic, the movement gained momentum as alternative approaches morphed into being considered complementary to conventional medicine, warranting studies by the National Institutes of Health. Responding to public interest, an integrative model of care that focuses on the whole person has taken root in medical institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio. The latest evolution to a systemsoriented, patient-focused clinical model of functional medicine, which seeks to address causes of illness, rather than simply treat symptoms, has been garnering increasing interest by the public and pioneering medical professionals. It’s now maturing into personalized functional medicine.

One of the best-prepared, traditionally trained medical professionals in explaining this approach is Jeffrey S. Bland, Ph.D., recognized as the father of functional medicine, and author of The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life. He co-founded, with his wife, Susan, the Institute for Functional Medicine, in Washington, which provides a system geared to understanding the complexity of chronic illness and design individualized programs for more effective healing. “Medical science didn’t have the advanced technology 25 years ago to perform the research that now helps us better understand the complexity of chronic illness, as well as our present ecological view of the body. Today we’re examining how all the networks of our biology intersect in a dynamic process that creates health when

in balance or disease when out of balance,” attests Bland, whose career has focused on searching for a unifying principle behind all healing that can be used to discern the best possible therapy for specific individuals. Incorporating what he learned from Linus Pauling, Ph.D., two-time Nobel Prize laureate, and Lee Hood, M.D., Ph.D., as well as systems biology and practicing lifestyle medicine, Bland founded the nonprofit Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute ( in 2012. Seeking to transform the entire medical approach to chronic illness, the Seattle-based organization is a virtual and onsite hub for health professionals, researchers, educators and the public to share ideas and converse about how personalized functional medicine can be delivered to everyone as an improved standard of care.

Role of Genetics The National Human Genome Research Institute, in Bethesda, Maryland, maintains that an evolved approach to medicine starts with using an individual’s genetic profile to determine the best path to preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases. By 2003, scientists had delivered the first essentially complete sequence and map of all the genes in the human body. Three decades ago, the medical fraternity had few reliable explanations for the origins of chronic health issues. Today, accepted factors include predispositions for a specific disease related to an individual’s genome, along with contemporary epigenetic influences such as nutrition, environment and lifestyle. None of these elements, however, necessarily define our destiny. “This genomic personalized medicine approach is creating friends among all healing arts practitioners because it facilitates our using information to design a less-toxic environment, lifestyle, diet and treatment to meet an individual’s specific needs and particular circumstances that led to a disease,” says Bland. “Diseases are only names assigned to a collection of symptoms,” says Bland. “They don’t indicate how the individual became afflicted. If 10 patients with Type 2 diabetes each had epigenetic variations that triggered getting the condition, it would be unwise to treat them all the same; it’s far better to treat those factors that specifically led to the disease.” Addressing the concern that genetic test results might be used to deny someone health insurance, Bland notes, “This is a significant misunderstanding about genetic testing. Our genes don’t tell us how we are going to die. They tell us how we should live. Understanding how our genes can help us live to 100 is a model of enlightenment. Those that practice this systems biology approach are counting on functional personalized medicine becoming the updated standard of care.” Physicians often offer genetic testing services. At-home DNA testing can be done using a saliva collection kit mailed to a laboratory, offering both ancestry and health information that must be interpreted by an informed professional. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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hen a woman experiences painful menstrual cramps, irregular cycles, heavy menstrual bleeding, acne, or worsening depression and anxiety around the time of menses, the root of the problem is likely a hormone imbalance. Medical treatment for these symptoms usually involves birth control pills which prevent natural hormone fluctuations, keeping them at a steady state. However, this quick fix has health risks and unwanted side effects such as weight gain, headache and worsening of depression. The naturopathic approach to this issue aims to restore normal hormonal rhythm and balance by looking at hormones produced by the ovaries and then by looking at the body as a whole. The first goal is to identify the individual hormonal imbalance. This is done by taking a thorough history and getting a clear picture of the patient as a whole person. Specific hormonal imbalances can be identified through testing. Saliva, urine or blood can be used.

Common hormonal imbalances include high estrogen (estrogen dominance), low progesterone and high testosterone. Unique therapeutic approaches, which can include herbal medicines, are available for each of these imbalances. Chaste tree berry restores progesterone balance. Flax seeds, green tea and DIM address estrogen dominance. (DIM, or diindolylmethane, is a supplement created from cruciferous vegetables.) For elevated testosterone, regulating blood sugar levels and weight loss is essential. Beyond the ovaries, a naturopathic doctor will address issues affecting other body systems. The endocrine system, which regulates the hormones, is an intricate and connected web that has much cross talk with other systems in the body. When you pluck one part of the web, the whole web vibrates. In order to achieve optimal balance of the hormones related to the menstrual cycle, the best approach for healing is to address other systems of the body, especially the adrenals, thyroid, liver, gut and lymph.

The adrenal glands, a pair of glands that sit on top of the kidneys, are mainly involved in regulating the stress response, and sleep and wake cycles. Imbalances in the adrenal’s main hormone, cortisol, can wreak havoc on normal hormone cycling because when cortisol is elevated during times of prolonged stress, it sends feedback that results in shutting down the functioning of the ovaries. Many women notice that menses are delayed or thrown off when stress is high. Balancing this stress response and supporting healthy adrenal function is key and can be done with adaptogenic herbs such as rhodiola, ashwagandha or ginseng, and nutrients such as B5 and Vitamin C. Proper thyroid function also needs to be addressed when there are menstrual irregularities. A thyroid that is low functioning (hypothyroidism) can lead to suppression of the release of hormones from the ovaries causing various menstrual irregularities. Supporting the liver is another key piece. The liver clears and metabolizes hormones. In conditions where the cause is excess estrogen or excess testosterone, incorporating liversupportive herbs such as milk thistle, burdock and artichoke results in more balance. Another key factor is the health of the gut. Imbalances of the microorganisms in the GI tract, called dysbiosis, can lead to hormone imbalances. While beneficial bacteria (probiotics) help eliminate excess hormones, the “bad” or pathogenic bacteria in the gut make estrogens get recycled. This leads to estrogen dominance. Lastly, ensuring healthy flow of the lymph fluid is essential. One of the main functions of the lymph system is to transport all the body’s waste to the kidneys and GI tract for elimination from the body. It is also the main delivery channel for progesterone throughout the body. It is common for women to have too much estrogen relative to progesterone (estrogen dominance). Ensuring adequate flow of progesterone throughout the body can help correct this imbalance. Exercise, deep breathing and dry skin brushing are great ways to keep the lymph fluid moving. While taking the naturopathic approach is not a quick fix, the payoff goes beyond relief from the symptoms of hormone imbalance. There is potential to resolve other health issues and to experience better health as a whole person. In the long run, it is worth the extra effort.

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ransitioning through menopause and the years of perimenopausal hormone fluctuation leading up to the finale can be physically and emotionally challenging for many women. Consistently following a healthy diet and positive lifestyle are important, and health researchers, doctors and midlife women can attest to the multidimensional benefits of exercise. Perks may include reduction of menopausal discomfort, better brain function, stronger bones and reversal of estrogen dominance syndrome that can set the stage for fibroids, cystic breasts, cancer, migraines and weight gain.

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Studies of 3,500 women in South and Central America have shown that a more active life reduces hot flashes and night sweats. The results, published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, reveal that sedentary individuals often experience increased intensity of related symptoms like insomnia and irritability. Aerobic exercise such as regular walking, hiking, swimming or biking might also help the brain produce neurochemicals that are compromised when estrogen levels drop. Sue Markovitch, author and owner of Clear Rock Fitness, in Columbus, Ohio, recommends aerobic exercise. “I believe our bodies were made to move. One of the amazing gifts of fitness is it’s truly never too late. When we incorporate daily movement in our lives, all the other systems in the body will work more according to plan. Simply taking a daily walk helps balance brain chemistry,” says Markovitch, who specializes in improving fitness levels for women over 40. “Walking is fitness magic, whether it’s on a treadmill, outside or in the pool. Get your heart rate into an

aerobic zone, preferably for 30 to 45 minutes. I’ve heard testimony after testimony of improved sleep, less back or joint pain and better mood.” She also suggests adding a few weekly sessions of resistance training to daily walks. Most health professionals agree that balance is the key. Jeanne D. Andrus, a menopause expert and author of I Just Want to Be ME Again, in Covington, Louisiana, recommends cardio, resistance training and exercise that increases flexibility and core strength. “For a beginner, this may include two to four days of walking, one to three days of strength training and one to three days of yoga or Pilates, with the goal being three and a half hours of activity per week.” Of course, all of these need to be at appropriate levels for the woman’s condition and goals,” advises Andrus. According to studies led by Helen Jones, Ph.D., from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, three, 30-to-45-minute aerobic sessions a week reduced hot flashes and yielded the most significant results.

Go Easy

While some conventional approaches suggest vigorous exercise, many holistic professionals caution against extremes. “It’s important to individualize, and in my ongoing research it’s clear that the highintensity strength and sculpting approach so often promoted and perceived as necessary to maintain shape, weight and health is a myth,” says Dr. Eden Fromberg, an obstetrician, gynecologist and founder of Holistic Gynecology New York, in Manhattan. Instead, Fromberg recommends an integrated approach to exercise that supports connective tissue and joints. While some forms of exercise including yoga are perceived as gentler than others, she warns against an all-or-nothing strategy, noting, “Intense, deep stretching and jointstraining may cause injury more easily during hormonal transition.” Andrus concurs, “If high cortisol levels are involved and accompanied by insomnia, stress placed on the body by rigorous exercise will increase these levels and actually lower available energy.” She

also advises adopting a non-aggressive approach for osteoporosis. “Weight-bearing exercise is a must, but if bone loss is already present, start much more gradually to ensure that bones are protected.”

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Exercise can be more enjoyable than doing chores. Recreational activities such as dancing, biking or hopping on the swings at the playground are fun ways to do something good for both body and spirit. Menopause can be a time for personal expansion and an invitation for self-care that might have been neglected or postponed. Fromberg believes we can all revitalize our resources at any stage of life, and the years surrounding menopause call for us to tune into ourselves even more. “What seems like a disruption is an opportunity to listen deeply and reimagine and reorganize one’s life on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.”

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ore U.S. landmarks are now highlighting eco-friendly practices, demonstrating that history can be preserved while incorporating sustainability.

Space Needle, Seattle Built in 1962, the Space Needle is undergoing a $100 million makeover. The observation deck will soon feature improved views through glass instead of cage-like barriers. Restaurant patrons will enjoy a first-of-its-kind rotating glass floor. Other eco-updates and upgrades include improved accessibility, internal systems, materials, elevators, paint, and seismic protection along its legs. Because the flame at the needle’s top consumed enough gas to heat 125 homes, it was replaced in 2000 with a flagpole mast, a beacon for aviators. When the rehab is completed in June, the structure will qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification. 30


Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Alcatraz Island, California A pioneer in hybrid ferries, Alcatraz Cruises combines solar, wind and diesel power to transport visitors. Captured rain freshens park gardens and salt water flushes toilets. In 2013, solar energy produced what would have otherwise necessitated 31,900 gallons of fossil fuel and 325 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Iolani Palace, Honolulu Updated lighting units with a life expectancy of 25 years enhance the Iolani Palace facade and provide a 77 percent energy savings, partly through an “instant on” feature instead of power-up lights.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona New buildings are LEED certified and shuttle buses are fueled by compressed

Using both passive and active solar energy, ground-source heat pumps, vegetated roofs and sustainable building materials, Walking Mountains is the first science center in Colorado to achieve LEED Platinum Certification, exceeding requirements. Collectively, three of its buildings use half the energy of an average school building. Straw bale construction in some building walls provides sound-deadening insulation suited to a dry climate.

Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis St. Louis’ CityArchRiver initiative raised a mile-long waterfront by 30 inches to reduce flood days by 67 percent without causing flooding downstream. “Spent grain donated by the neighboring AnheuserBusch Brewery fertilizes our 4,200 trees,” says Eric Moraczewski, executive director of the Gateway Arch National Park Foundation. In another innovation, “To aerate the soil without damaging historic relics, radishes were planted throughout the park, allowing rainwater to seep deeper,” he explains. “As radishes decay, nutrients are added to the soil.”

Liberty Bell, Philadelphia, and Ground Zero Museum, New York City “The area housing the Liberty Bell is limited. We installed our ActivePure technology that reduces 99 percent of surface microorganisms and 90 percent of airborne microorganisms,” says Kevin Hickey, president of Aerus, LLC, in Dallas. “It keeps germs from spreading in crowded situations.” ActivePure is also in place at the Ground Zero Museum. “The nature of


natural gas. In 2010, a Climate Action Plan introduced green office practices, conversion to solar water heaters in National Park Service residences and increased composting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from internal operations by 30 percent by 2020. The park is unique in its composting program for mule waste.

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the artifacts often caused itchy eyes and coughs,” Hickey recalls. “We donated freestanding units and saw improved air quality the next day.”

Empire State Building, New York City The iconic historic structure is the tallest LEED-certified building in the U.S. It’s also the most photographed building in the world, according to Cornell University researchers in Ithaca, New York. All 6,514 windows were refurbished to be four times more energy efficient than before, reusing 96 percent of the original glass and frames.

Statue of Liberty, New York City Cooking oils are repurposed as bio-diesel fuel here, annually diverting an average of 10 tons of waste from landfills. More than 6,000 pounds of coffee grounds from serving visitors and staff are composted. Lady Liberty has been 100 percent carbon neutral for 12 years.

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South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston Since 2001, the Aquarium has recycled everything from cardboard and paper to wine corks and ink cartridges. Charleston Harbor water fills the saltwater fish tanks, and landscaping using less-thirsty native plants reduces freshwater use. While enjoying visits to America’s landmarks, it’s gratifying to realize so many are adopting eco-friendly measures. Connect with the freelance writer via

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Drum Circle & Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Drum circle begins with a relaxing guided meditation with drumming to follow. Bring a drum or rhythm instrument if you have one. Additional instruments are available. Love offering. Light of Grace, Healing & Education Center, 5900 West National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. LightOfGrace. Church/Classes.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 Past Life Experiential Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. Discover extraordinary details about your past; release old phobias and fears from prior lifetimes; practice revolutionary healing visualization and meditation; harness the power of love to transform your life; understand about your soul mates and soul companions. $45. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.


THURSDAY, MAY 3 Spirit Message Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Beginning with a meditation to awaken intuitive guidance, the circle provides an opportunity to receive messages from spirit as well as give others messages. An opportunity for anyone interested in increasing intuitive abilities or wanting guidance from realms beyond. No experience necessary. $20. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.

SATURDAY, MAY 5 Reiki Level One Training – 9am-5pm. Learn reiki for yourself so that you may give yourself or others a treatment. 8 CEUs. $200. To register contact Rhiana: 262-498-4162.

the door. Limited seating. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001. Yoga Nidra Meditation & Singing Bowls – 1-2pm. Experience yogic sleep while feeling vibrations from singing bowls as you relax body and mind while activating chakras, dissolving energetic blockage, allowing a return to balance. $20. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262271-4972.


Make & Take Gemstone and Essential Oil Bracelets – 11am-1pm. Create with dozens of gemstones and leave with a personalized piece. Learn from a studio expert, the maker of sarah badera candles and jewelry. $30 per bracelet. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262271-4972. Learning the Art of Reading Tarot – May 5, 12. 11am-3pm, two sessions each day. Learn about the deck, and how to become connected with your deck. Delve into the meanings of the arcana and the who behind the cards: angels, spirit guides, totems, and other light energies. Be walked through introducing yourself to these energies. $40/per class, $75/for both. $145/all four classes paid prior to first class. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.

SUNDAY, MAY 6 Breakthrough Breath Work Intensive Workshop – 9am-1pm. This breath work is a powerful pathway leading to personal transformation, creating a deeper connection to your inner being, your true self: w/ Mechthilde Moser. $85. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. RSVP: 262-367-5317. Beacon Band – 10am. A music ministry well known throughout the Milwaukee area. This will be their first performance at Unity. Be a part of this premiere. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Tibetan Bowl Sound Bath Meditation and Oneness Blessing – 12:30-2pm. Honor of the essence of the divine feminine. The sound bath followed by a Oneness Blessing (Deeksha) ceremony. Deeksha, the transfer of divine energy, is designed to bring about a state of oneness. $10/cash prepaid, $15/at



Universal Awareness Fellowship, N91W17194, Appleton Ave, Menomonee Falls. 262-404-7119.

MAY 6 Thirteenth Annual Spring Beltane Festival – 12-7pm. Beltane ritual begins at 6pm. Vendors, food & fun, maypole. Palmistry, tarot, free workshops and children’s area. Sponsored by Fellowship of Alternative Beliefs. Free, open to the public. Tanner Paull Hall, 6922 West Orchard Ave, (additional parking: Pick n Save lot), West Allis. More info, Sandra Goronja: 414-350-4291 after 6pm.


Develop Your Psychic Gifts: Monthly Circle – 6-8pm. Magdalena, a gifted intuitive guide, sound healer and reiki practitioner, will facilitate and guide the circle, supporting individual connections to spiritual guides and angels. $25. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. RSVP: 262-367-0607. Sacred Women’s Circle – 6:30-9pm. Gathering in circle with intension is powerful. Come together to honor, listen and share our hearts fully with one another. Meditate. Share. Listen. Grow. W/Julie Szyba. $25. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-271-4972. Santosha

SATURDAY, MAY 12 The Great Milwaukee Victory Garden Blitz – May 12-26. Each year Victory Garden Initiative volunteers install raised bed gardens in backyards, front yards, schools, etc. Volunteers will call you before they come to install your garden. You do not need to be present, but have the location marked and unlock any gates. $175 - $200 depending on delivery area. The greater Milwaukee area. Eric: 414-7272292. Herbs 101: Holistic Healing with Herbs – 9am5pm. Join Dr. Christina Wilke-Burbach for a comprehensive overview of herbal medicine, holistic healing, and organic gardening. On 100 acres of the Kettle Moraine. Cedar Valley Retreat-West Bend. More info: 608393-7353. wisconsin_illinois.


Fairy Heart Magic – 10am-4pm. A day learning about nature spirits and connecting with them through a walking meditation at Golden Light Healing Retreat Center’s 50-acre woods, journeying, dancing and singing. Complete your day by making a fairy garden to take home. $99; lunch included. Make a retreat; Friday night accommodations available, $40/night shared cabin, $15/night camping, $15/dinner. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center near Green Bay. More info:

Divine Feminine Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn about the divine feminine as she appears in the major religious traditions of the world, past and present, and how you can incorporate her into your meditation, personal worship and prayer practices. $30. 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.



Psychic Protection: Removal of Negative Energy – 6:30pm. Keridak Silk, MS, CCH, who has authored 2 e-books on Psychic Protection, will share techniques that you can use. $25; please register.

Mother’s Day Celebration – 10am service. Celebrate that most important person, whoever you call “Mom,” Acknowledge the person who made a difference in your life. Special gifts for the moms.

Lightworkers Café – 6-7:15 pm. Shala Kilmer will explain Voice Channeling and how it helps people evolve. She will channel three different high-level spirits and help you see, hear and feel the differences between them to help understand this valuable tool. $5. Fireside Room, Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Lisa Berman: 773353-0509.

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MONDAY, MAY 14 Self-Hypnosis – 6:30pm. Change your life, learn about the effectiveness of self-hypnosis. Use the power of your subconscious. Presented by Keridak Silk, MS, CCH. $25; please register. Universal Awareness Fellowship, N91W17194, Appleton Ave, Menomonee Falls. 262-404-7119. gD0F30joNxJ. New Moon Meditative Yoga and Gong Healing – 7-8:30pm. Celebrate the new moon in the most powerful way with ancient and timeless kundalini yoga meditations, restorative postures, sacred songs and sound healing. $20. Shorewood location. RSVP: 414-909-2257.

TUESDAY, MAY 15 Entering the 5th Dimension: An Evening with The New Grid Author – 6:30-8:30pm. A brief stargate meditation is followed by a discussion of various fifth-dimensional concepts led by author and intuitive, Patrice. She is known for her rose energy readings and is the author of The New Grid: Co-Creating the Next Human Race, writing under the pen name of Maya. $25 with pre-registration. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.

with luxury 4-star accommodations. Led by Amy & David Wilinski. Contact Amy: 920-609-8277. Artist Inspired Yoga Night Out – 6:30-7:45pm. Sail into the mystic for an evening of yoga, practicing to one of the most recognizable voices in music, Van Morrison; w/Lindsey Holmes. All levels welcome. $20. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-271-4972. Santosha

SATURDAY, MAY 19 Meditative Yoga and Gong Healing – 10-11:30am. A spontaneous flow of transformative healing yoga open to all levels of experience. This class includes sacred meditations and restorative gong healing. $20. Shorewood location. RSVP: 414-909-2257.


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Healing Touch Level I – May 19 & 20. 8:305:30pm. Healing Touch is a gentle, complementary energy-based approach to health and healing. An evidence-based practice that offers CEUs for nurses and massage therapists. $497. Light of Grace, Healing & Education Center, 5900 West National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. LightOfGrace.Church.

SUNDAY, MAY 20 Reiki II for Animals & People – 10am-4pm. Reiki is a hands-on energy treatment that preserves and improves health, reduces stress, and promotes wellbeing for animals and humans; with Stacy Krafczyk. Learn all three reiki symbols and learn how to send reiki from a distance. Includes attunement and certification. $150; reiki I required. Bark n Scratch Outpost, 5835 W Blue Mound Rd, Milwaukee. Preregister: 414-444-4110. Rock Your Minerals, Gems and Crystals Class – 1-3pm. Introductory class covers benefits and use of gemstone and crystals to release mental, physical and spiritual blockages to achieve balance. $25. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. RSVP: 262-367-0607.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 Forgotten Desert Mothers – 6:30-8:30pm. The desert mothers, Ammas, were Christian ascetics and spiritual leaders who lived the same demands, stress, and issues as women live today. Meet these remarkable and nearly forgotten women, visit their teachings, and re-claim their wisdom that is relevant for today’s women. $30. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.

THURSDAY, MAY 17 Reiki Share – 6-8:15pm. Open to all. Learn to access reiki energy and how to protect your energy field. Please eat before and bring water. $10. Light of Grace, Healing & Education Center, 5900 West National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. LightOfGrace.Church.

FRIDAY, MAY 18 Mists of Ireland Trip – May 18-27. Explore the Celtic mysteries of this ancient land of faerie, druids and magic. Celtic local guides/shamans will lead you in sacred ceremonies and ritual at ancient stone circles, cairns, and holy wells. Pamper yourself

All-Natural Ayurvedic Cleanse – 1-3:30pm. Renew your body by removing impurities through a simple diet, herbs and self-care practices. Support a healthy weight, an improved sense of energy and balance in mind and body w/Nikki Estes. $40. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262271-4972.

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Dirty 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. Also a video, Hungry for Change. It exposes shocking secrets of the diet, weight loss and food industry; deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa.

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TUESDAY, MAY 22 Keep Your Cool: Intro to Thermography – 6-7:30pm. Learn how thermography can serve in the detection and prevention of injury and disease; presented by Kelly Kolodzinski. Free. 1212 Bodyworks, 20720 W Watertown Rd, Ste 100, Brookfield. RSVP Emily Yenor: 414-405-3956.

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Basic Animal Communication Class – 10am-4pm. Learn to build your communication skills through telepathy with your animal companions in group discussions, grounding/centering techniques, several exercises, a clearing meditation and practicing with pictures of your animal friends. $150, $50/ non-refundable deposit required to reserve space. Petlicious, 2217 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee. Preregister: 262-548-0923.

savethedate JUNE 30-JULY 5 Explore the Healing Power of Nature in the Colombian Amazon Forrest – 9:30am-4pm daily. Six days expedition with native healers in the Colombian Amazon forest to learn and experiment with medicinal plants, explore the forest and enjoy safe adventures. $1,250. Leticia, Colombia. Info: 414-339-5610.

SUNDAY, MAY 27 Hoppy Hour for Bunnies – 3-4pm. This is a social hour for rabbits and their people. It’s a time when all different kinds of rabbits can come together to play, run, frolic and socialize. $10/per bunny, free/observers. Wisconsin Humane Society, 4500 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee. 414-264-6257.

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Movie Screening – Jun 3. 1-3pm. As a Man Thinketh. Come watch this New Thought movie; exclusively showing at private venues only. Based on the book by James Allen. Popcorn, soda and water will be served. $10. Light of Grace, Healing & Education Center, 5900 West National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. LightOfGrace.Church.



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7th Annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference: Honoring Plant Wisdom – June 1-3. A gathering of internationally acclaimed herbalists and Earth-based speakers, plant walks; topics including herbs for family health, wild edibles, fermentation, permaculture, herbal wisdom, the wise woman ways and more. Over 60 workshops, plants walks, kids’ camp and teen camp. Includes pre-conference classes, singing, dancing, meals, swimming, red tent communal space and more. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. Info: Celtic Shamanism – Jun 2-3. Introductory class explores the ancient pre-Christian beliefs of the Celts. Through the use of drumming, singing, movement, divination, poetry, outdoor exercises on the land, ritual and more, explore this ancient way of being in the world; with Jeanne Marie Troge. You do need to know how to journey and have a good working relationship with your power animals to attend this class. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center, near Green Bay. Info:

Crossing Over with John Edward – Jun 6. 7-9pm. Psychic medium John Edward live in Milwaukee, connecting people to their friends and family on the other side. $100, $175/VIP admission. Four Points by Sheraton Milwaukee Airport, 5311 South Howell Ave, Milwaukee. Spirit & Wellness Fair: Lake Country – Jun 9. 10am-4pm. Experience private sessions with professional readers and healers throughout the day. No reservations necessary, just drop in, enjoy and relax for a well-deserved break. Free/entrance, $20/ services per 15 min. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. RSVP: 262-367-0607. Holy Fire Master Teacher Training – Jun 22-24. Fri, 4:30-7:30pm; Sat & Sun, 9am-5pm. Holy Fire master teacher training as introduced through ICRT. Prerequisite Level 3 or current RMT. 17 CEUs. $600. Class held in Mukwonago. To register contact Rhiana: 262-498-4162.

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Become a Board-Certified Hypnotherapist – Jul 13-15. Fri, 6:30-9pm; Sat, 9am-4pm; Sun, 9am-3pm. Hypnotherapy certification training weekend. $1995, $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. 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. 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.

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classifieds $20 for up to 20 words, then $1 extra per word. Email content to Publisher@Natural Deadline is the 10th. OPPORTUNITIES Looking for Holistic/Integrative/Functional/ Naturopathic Practitioner – Natural Health Services, Inc., an established business in Milwaukee, is looking for a holistic practitioner to run and take ownership of the practice for retiring doctor. Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine is preferred but not required. Must have required credentials and desire to holistically help clients. Have colon hydrotherapist on staff. Training available on the Nutritional Consultation, BioMeridian process. More info: To apply, email owner Mike Van Treeck: or call 414-630-5269.

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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. Dream Interpretation Class – 3rd Sun. Dreams are a source of insight from the higher self. Facilitated by Kevin Reger, who teaches a five-step approach. $10 suggested offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Friendship and Potluck – Last Sun. Celebrate with a spiritual community; messages and music during the service followed by food and fellowship. Bring a friend and a dish to share. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-4750105. Sunday Gathering: Light of Grace – 10am. Come for meditation, soul-filled music and an inspiring spiritual message to uplift and motivate you. Spiritual Youth Development, ages 5-9, the 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 Light – 10-11am. A 16-week online conference call series using Danielle LaPorte’s Fire-Starter Sessions to feed self-esteem and inspire creative juices. Purchase the book, read a chapter a week, and call in to the weekly conversation. Led by Anne Wondra. $49/monthly, $149/4 months. Info: 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:


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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, post-injury, 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.

tuesday Beginner/Intermediate Yoga – 9-10am. Relieve stress, gain flexibility, strength and balance. Emphasis is on proper alignment and breathing for a safe, healing practice. Led by Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT. $44/4 weeks, $13/class. The Ommani Center, 1166 Quail Court, Ste 210, Pewaukee. Register: 414-217-4185. 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. Caravan of Remembering: Book Club – 6:308pm. 3rd Tue. Sandra Zwirlein facilitates. The group works together to discover and empower our personal life mission’s work. Love offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa.

wednesday Writing Womn’s Group – 11am-1pm. 4th Wed. There is a well-spring of great ideas and creativity within you waiting to come out and play. This is an opportunity explore your gifts in a supportive environment; w/Anne Wondra. $12. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414475-0105.

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. UCIM@

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. Kids Yoga Classes – Through May. 2-3pm. 2nd & 4th Sat. Children will practice and encourage selfexpression through simple yoga poses as well as discuss the importance of kindness and gratitude, and have the opportunity to draw, read, sing and play. $10. Rise Yoga Studio, 1220 W Ranchito Ln, Mequon. 414-807-0629.

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.

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12800 W National Ave, New Berlin 262-955-6600 Santhigram’s Vaidya Sunita, the only ayurvedic doctor in Wisconsin, offers affordable authentic ayurvedic consultations, diet/yoga/lifestyle coaching, panchakarma treatments, spa services. Come, experience true healing. See ad, page 2.

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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 13.

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.


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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.

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.



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

COLON HYDROTHERAPY NATURAL HEALTH SERVICES 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 29.


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 •


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

“…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

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.

MARILYN MURPHY 414-530-5477 Wauwatosa Location Spiritual enlightenment healer offers ascension, shaman release, reiki, advanced crystal therapy. Readings, psychic medium, clairvoyant and teacher; release trapped emotions and past life traumas.

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.


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


15350 W National Ave, Ste 120, New Berlin 414-939-6463

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.

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 22.

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 27.



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 31.


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 17.

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.


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 25.


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.


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

May 2018




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.

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

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


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


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.

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.

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


Infinity Healing Center, 3305 N 124th St, Brookfield 414-429-5117 Offering reiki therapy, psychic medium readings, angel card readings & more. Ann Miller is a psychic medium and certified reiki master. Start your journey to wellness today!

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


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

We are braver and wiser because they existed, those strong women and strong men... We are who we are because they were who they were. It’s wise to know where you come from, who called your name. ~Maya Angelou Milwaukee

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 23.

RELATIONSHIP COACH KERIDAK SILK 262-404-7119 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.


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 23.


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 10.




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 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 39.


Midwest College of Oriental Medicine


Associate Pastor Kris Nelsen 5806 W National Ave, West Allis LightOfGrace.Church A loving, spiritual community dedicated to assisting others on their spiritual journey. We provide 10am Sunday gatherings, healing services, weddings, classes & m o r e . S e n i o r P a s t o r To m Sherbrook. See ad, page 31.

Now Offering Distance Education!


Turn Wishing & Wanting Into

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.

Learning & Doing


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 21.


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.


M.S. in Oriental Medicine with a B.S. in Nutrition &

Masters level





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 17.

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


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