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ith spring in the air, our May issue arrives, featuring Marlaina Donato’s blissful article “Her Soul in Bloom: Self-Care for All Stages of Life,” which discusses the importance of me-time. One of my favorite meditative treats is to spend time outdoors in the garden—smelling the rich, earthy scent of soil; feeling the warming rays of the sun on my back; and experiencing the magical joy of creation when seedlings emerge from the earth. This season is a great time for anyone to start experiencing the benefits of meditative, or therapeutic, gardening, also known as horticultural therapy. There’s an undeniable sense of satisfaction in seeing the results of our watering, weeding, raking and pruning when we stand back and observe the transformation of our yards into flourishing, colorful retreats and thriving habitats. Gardening has been known to elevate moods and instill a sense of calm, which can lower blood pressure and ease anxiety. Additionally, gardening provides exercise for people with all levels of abilities. Many adults fondly recall picking up gardening skills from their parents and grandparents. Today’s gardeners need to pass along to the next generation the skills needed to grow their own food, as well as teaching them the value of sustainability and other benefits, or showing them how inspiring it can be to create a yard of native plants and colorful flowers. Ronica O’Hara’s “Gardening for Kids” article explores creative ways we can encourage children to choose outdoor time over screen time. By trusting kids with responsibilities in the garden, we instill in them a sense of pride and ownership. Without fail, children are excited to bring their harvest into the kitchen, where they can turn their creativity towards helping to prepare a meal. The bounty of benefits includes not just the healthy food, but also the meditation, relaxation and fulfillment that comes from gardening. We all know how smart it is to eat a plant-based diet, but did you know how smart plants are? People have been talking to plants for years, but now we are learning more and more about how plants talk to each other. April Thompson’s “Plants Talk: Discover Their Secret Language” is a fascinating look at the extraordinary ways that plants communicate to defend themselves and assist their neighbors. Let’s join the plants in staying firmly rooted while reaching for the sun. Gabriella Buchnik, Publisher

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Thrive Holistic Medicine Now Offers BioMeridian Assessment


aturopathic doctor Mary Simon, owner of Thrive Holistic Medicine, is now fully trained in using the BioMeridian assessment as part of initial and follow-up consultations. A BioMeridian assessment is a non-invasive, painless method used to evaluate the energy channels in the body. It can determine the functional state of organs and bodily systems; which specific supplements work well to rebalance the body; and any food or environmental sensitivities. The BioMeridian assessment helps to precisely identify the best supplements for an individual, and more specifically the best brands. “It helps take the guessing game out of the equation because we can test, for example, five different kinds of CoQ10, seven different multivitamins, 15 different probiotics and more to find out which specific supplements and brands will work best for you,” says Simon. Because the BioMeridian assessment can also be used to identify food and environmental sensitivities, it saves patients a blood draw and thus hundreds of dollars on advanced lab testing. Simon is accepting new patients and offers consultations Wednesday through Saturday. An initial consultation includes a thorough review of health history, chief complaints, goals, the BioMeridian assessment, and lifestyle and supplementation recommendations. Simon holds a doctorate of naturopathic medicine, and is rooted in naturopathic philosophy and principles about the body’s ability to heal itself when given the right conditions. Location: 1428 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee. For more information, call 414-278-8922 or visit See ad, page 8.

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nanda Healing Collective, a group of wellness practitioners dedicated to emotional, physical and spiritual therapies, has, since its rebranding in October, introduced several programs devoted to empowering women to live their authentic truths by guiding them through a healing journey that incorporates human design, CranioSacral Therapy, morphogenic testing, sound healing and yoga. “Our goal at our clinic is to help individuals reach their potential by breaking through ancestral patterns that cause so much pain and suffering. We believe that we each are here to live a differentiated Aubrey Poglajen, Alisyn Vermey life and that each one of us has a specific purpose on this planet,” says Ananda Healing Collective owner and licensed acupuncturist Aubrey Poglajen. Poglajen is trained in Chinese medicine, human design, CranioSacral Therapy and Morphogenic Testing. She focuses on ancestral healing in combination with her therapies. Alisyn Vermey, also of Ananda Healing Collective, holds a bachelors degree in Kinesiology and is a certified yoga teacher for children and adults. She focuses on mindful movement and breath, and she incorporates sound healing with Tibetan and crystal bowls. Location: 4528 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood. For more information, call 414-791-0303 or visit See ad, page 20.


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indy Carlson Reiki and Energy Healing will have a booth at FM 102.1’s VegOut Health Fest event, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at the Miller High Life Theater in downtown Milwaukee. Attendees can sign up for 10-minute chair reiki sessions, allowing those new to reiki to experience this holistic healing technique. Carlson will also offer Cindy Carlson discounts and raffles for one-hour reiki treatments that may be used any time at her location in downtown Whitefish Bay. “Reiki is becoming more mainstream and recognized in the medical community. It is now offered at many hospitals and clinics around the world,” Carlson says. “Reiki recognizes that our bodies are made up of very intelligent energy, and if this energy becomes blocked or stagnant, it may lead to physical or emotional problems. Reiki is very gentle and relaxes the mind and body so these energies can release and move freely again. Balancing the energy systems in our bodies leads to greater health and wellness.” VegOut Health Fest: 500 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee. Cindy Carlson Reiki and Energy Healing is located at 121 E. Silver Spring Dr., Ste. 208, Whitefish Bay. For more information, call 414-7580657 or visit See ad, page 29.


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he coordinators of the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference will present Mycelium Mysteries: a Women’s Mushroom Retreat, from September 27 through 29, in Almond, Wisconsin. This event will focus on understanding fungi as the grandmothers of our ecosystem and mushrooms as medicine. Keynote speakers include Katherine MacLean, Ph.D., with Mama Mushroom: Navigating Birth, Gina Rivers Contla Caregiving & Death with Psilocybin Mushrooms; and Gina Rivers Contla, with Guardians of the Ecosystem: Can Mushrooms Speak to Trees and Save the Bees? The retreat also offers workshops at beginner through advanced levels. Topics include Wild Mushroom Skills, such as gathering, identification and preparation, with recipes; Mushroom Nutrition; Mushroom Medicine, with home remedies; and Mushroom History. Workshops will be presented by Cornelia Cho, M.D., Sarah Foltz Jordan, Linda Conroy, Linda Grigg, Sonia Horowitz and others. Register at Vendor spots, sponsor opportunities, work exchange and scholarships are still available. See ad, page 2.

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Sacred Sound Yoga Offering Women’s Wellness


osie Rain, owner of Sacred Sound Yoga, is now offering women’s wellness in all yoga classes, which provide many exercises and meditations specifically designed for women’s health. Women’s classes include the Beautiful Body Yoga Workout, designed for women’s optimal health and balance, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. every Saturday. Sacred Sound Yoga also offers monthly Goddess Rosie Rain Gatherings from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. The evening includes yoga and meditation for women’s health and beauty, kirtan (chanting) and sound healing, followed by herbal tea served by Rain. Participants can enjoy a night of uplifting conversation with a spiritual community of women dedicated to health and healing. Rain also incorporates sound healing and original music into all of her classes. “Women are very delicately balanced and require consistent maintenance to stay healthy, including daily exercise and time to relax each day,” Rain says. “Yoga takes care of both of these requirements and also reduces stress; balances the glands and hormones; strengthens the physical body, immune system and heart; and detoxifies the body and mind. Yoga is believed to help prevent breast cancer and keep disease at bay by keeping the lymphatic system healthy. Yoga is fun, brings inner peace and joy, and puts you in tune with yourself.” Cost: Beautiful Body $20. Goddess Gathering, $25; pre-registration is required. Location: 3805 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood. For information about other classes and schedules, visit See listing, page 39.

WonderSpirit Partners with LakeView Spa for Spiritual Writing Retreats


nne Wondra of WonderSpirit Soul Sistering has partnered with LakeView Spa, at Bella Vista Suites in Lake Geneva, to add her services for local community members that want a spirit-writing wellness getaway experience. The Lake Geneva area, which is a one-hour drive from Milwaukee, offers a picturesque backdrop for Wondra’s services and groups. Wondra’s writing sanctuaries, book lounges and soul sistering services there include access to LakeView Spa’s amenities—a sparkling indoor pool, whirlpool and a Himalayan salt sauna. Writing sanctuary retreats take place on Wednesdays; spring book lounges are on Mondays; soul sistering services with Wondra are available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays during May, and Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting in June. “The writing retreats at LakeView Spa are a dream place getaway, either for one day or several days, offering a lake view and more, in a soulbody-mind-spirit-care sanctuary,” says Wondra. “Participants can enjoy deeper wisdom conversations and connecting to others seeking the same goals. What does your dream get-away look like? It can be closer and easier than you thought.” Location: 335 Wrigley Dr., Lake Geneva. For more information and a class schedule, call 262-544-4310 or visit See ad, page 23.

Select Area Farmers’ Markets to Open in May


ilwaukeeans will not have to wait much longer to get fresh, locally grown spring produce such as greens and asparagus, along with honey, flowers and more. Several area farmers’ markets will open in May:

Milwaukee County Fondy Farmers’ Market, 2200 W. Fond du Lac Ave., Milwaukee. Early spring market opens Sat., May 11. Greenfield Farmers’ Market, 5151 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield. Opens Sun., May 5. South Milwaukee Downtown Market, 1114 S. Milwaukee Ave., South Milwaukee. Opens Thu., May 30. West Allis Farmers’ Market, 6501 W. National Ave., West Allis. Opens Sat., May 4.

Waukesha County Brookfield Farmers’ Market, 2000 N. Calhoun Rd., Waukesha. Opens Sat., May 4. Delafield Farmers’ Market, corner of Main and Dopkins streets in downtown Delafield. Opens Sat., May 4. Delafield Dousman Farmers’ Market, 118 S. Main St., Dousman. Opens Wed., May 1. Dousman Menomonee Falls Farmers’ Market, N88 W16712 Appleton Ave., Menomonee Falls. Opens Wed., May 1. MenomoneeFalls New Berlin Farmers’ Market, 15055 W. National Ave., New Berlin. Opens Sat., May 4. Oconomowoc Farmers’ Market, 155 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. Opens Sat., May 4. Waukesha Farmers’ Market, 125 W. St. Paul Ave., Waukesha. Opens Sat., May 4, Other farmers’ markets throughout Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha counties open in June. For more info, visit May 2019


Japanese researchers interviewed 1,003 Tokyo women over 70 years old about which of 16 types of exercise they did, including dancing, calisthenics, jogging, golf, ball games, hiking, yoga, bicycling and tai chi. In eight years of follow-up, those that danced were 73 percent less likely to be classified as impaired in any of the “activities of daily living” such as walking, cooking, dressing and bathing—a result not produced by the other physical activities. “Dancing requires not only balance, strength and endurance ability, but also cognitive ability: adaptability and concentration to move according to the music and partner; artistry for graceful and fluid motion; and memory for choreography,” writes lead author Yosuke Osuka, of the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology.



hypertension from 32 percent to 46 percent. American heart disease deaths rose from 836,546 in 2015 to 840,678 in 2016. Studies show that about 80 percent of all cardiovascular disease can be prevented by controlling high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, along with healthy practices like not smoking, says the AHA.

Women in menopause that are mindful and nonjudgmental of their thoughts are less irritable, anxious and depressed, reports a Mayo Clinic study recently published in Climacteric, the journal of the International Menopause Society. Researchers gave questionnaires to 1,744 menopausal patients 40 to 65 years old and found that those with higher mindfulness scores struggled less with common menopausal symptoms. Mindfulness didn’t lower hot flash and night sweat symptoms, however.


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U.S. Heart Disease on the Rise Forty-eight percent of American adults have some form of cardiovascular disease, reported the American Heart Association (AHA) in its annual update. The increase is partly due to 2017 updated guidelines redefining high blood pressure as greater than 130/80 millimeters of mercury rather than 140/90, which raised the number of Americans with diagnosed

Simply changing a diet to include more fruit and vegetables can boost mental well-being, say British researchers from Leeds and York universities. Examining health data of 40,000 people, they concluded those that eat more produce have a better psychological state, and that eating just one extra portion of fruits and vegetables a day could have a positive effect equivalent to around eight extra days of walking a month for at least 10 minutes at a time. A meta-analysis of 16 studies by the UK’s University of Manchester found the mood-boosting effect was particularly strong for women, and it worked with different types of diets, indicating a particular approach is not necessary. When dietary changes were combined with exercise, even greater improvements resulted.


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First-time mothers that practiced yoga beginning in the 30th week of pregnancy had fewer caesareans, fewer low-weight newborns and milder and briefer labor pains. They were also less likely to require painkillers or labor inducement. The Mangalore, India, hospital study, published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, included 150 women 20 to 35 years old that were pregnant for the first time and had no prior yoga experience. Half of the women did not do yoga, while the other half took 30-minute yoga classes once every week or two. Women in the yoga group were also more comfortable after giving birth.

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Hatching a Record Avian Senior Citizen Astounds Again

Being at least 68 years old didn’t deter Wisdom, a Laysan Albatross, from recently hatching another chick. The world’s oldest known banded wild bird, which roosts at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, in Hawaii, has birthed and raised more than 30 chicks in her lifetime. She and her mate-for-life Akeakamai spent about two months incubating the new egg, and now they’ll raise the chick for five to six months before it flies out to sea. It is uncommon for albatross to return, lay and hatch an egg every single year, but the pair has produced a chick each year since 2006, say U.S Fish and Wildlife Service officials. 14



As the Appalachian economy struggles with the loss of threefifths of its coal mining jobs in the last three decades, a surprising option is emerging for some: beekeeping. The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective offers beekeeping training, including bees and equipment and ongoing mentoring, for displaced coal miners and lowincome residents of mining towns; so far, about 35 people are participating. Landowners are donating property for the beehives, which will be maintained without pesticides or antibiotics. Honey from a single hive can bring in about $750 a season, or $15,000 per 20, and additional money can be made selling the beeswax for candles and lip balm. The beekeeping collective is part of Appalachian Headwaters, a nonprofit formed in 2016 with a $7.5 million lawsuit settlement from coal mine operator Alpha Natural Resources for violations of the Clean Water Act. The money has been used to fund environmental restoration projects and to develop sustainable economic opportunities in the coal mining communities of West Virginia.

About 50 polar bears that usually hunt seals from ice floes have found new cuisine in the garbage dumps in the remote Russian island military town of Belushya Gubam, about 1,200 miles northeast of Moscow. Its 2,000 residents, long accustomed to the occasional bear strolling through, now call it a “mass invasion” as the curious bears peer into windows, stare down barking dogs and dig through trash. Russia’s environmental response agency has sent in a crisis team that is studying how to remove the bears without killing them. The Barents Sea that the bears inhabit is undergoing what a recent study called a “rapid climate shift” from Arctic Ocean temperatures to warmer Atlantic Ocean-like temperatures; the entire western side of the island is now ice-free year round.

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Poisoned Pastures Nuclear Testing Linked to Radioactive Milk

The hundreds of nuclear bombs detonated on a remote Nevada test site during the Cold War produced radioactive fallout that led indirectly to the deaths of 340,000 to 690,000 Americans, concludes a recent study by economist Keith Meyers, Ph.D., of the University of Southern Denmark. Meyers conducted the research for his doctoral dissertation while attending the University of Arizona. By combining National Cancer Institute data measuring the radioactive element Iodine-131 in local cow milk with county-by-county mortality data, he found heightened death rates in the Midwest and Northeast between 1951 and 1973. The finding suggests that airborne radiation contaminated pastures that, in turn, made milk radioactive and led to the human ingestion of slow-acting, but fatal radioactive isotopes. In comparison, an estimated 200,000 to 350,000 people in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki died directly from the atomic bombs dropped on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively.


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Skip the Slip Digital Receipts Gain Momentum

Compared to newspapers, magazines and junk mail, retail sales receipts may seem inconsequential in their use of trees and their footprint on the environment. Yet, getting and handling that tabulation of a sale is a health hazard that contributes to landfills. Certainly, some receipts are required for tax records and product returns, but the vast majority serve no future purpose; there’s also a better and safer option than paper. reports the annual waste from receipts in the U.S. totals 686 million pounds, and that skipping receipts would save 12 billion pounds of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of 1 million cars on the road. The problem is

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hen several vegetarians and vegans on the staff at radio station FM 102.1 wanted to connect with others of similar leanings in their community, their efforts flourished into what has become the VegOut Health Fest, to be held this year on Saturday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Miller High Life Theater, in Milwaukee. Now in its second year, the FM 102.1 VegOut Health Fest will feature more than 50 merchants and vendors offering wellness information, products and services; healthful food; educational lectures presented by health experts; and beer, wine and cocktails. FM 102.1 will broadcast live during the event and offer prizes and giveaways. VegOut Health Fest showcases the diversity that exists in the healthy lifestyle marketplace. From food and fitness, to consumer products and medicine, people can explore different viewpoints and approaches to health at the event. “VegOut Health Fest is meant to be inviting, inclusive and perhaps most of all—fun,” enthuses Todd Hall, promotions and event director for Milwaukee Radio Alliance, which owns and operates FM 102.1. “So, regardless of dietary choices, medical

beliefs or lifestyle, we want all attendees to feel welcomed and respected.” Hall believes the event has grown in success primarily because organizers strive to keep the “fun” aspect at the forefront of planning, and try to include many different vendors. “There are plenty of options for everybody,” Hall adds. The vendors include restaurants and caterers; holistic and traditional health practitioners; and home improvement contractors, as well as those offering personal care items and pet products. Hall says they will have about a dozen local restaurateurs and artisan food businesses supplying vegan and vegetarian dishes. Those participating include Angelic Bakehouse, known for their sprouted grain bread, rolls, wraps and pizza crust; Brunch; Pizza Shuttle; Ally’s Bistro; Hot Tamale 414; and Smart Cookie Vegan. Tapuat Kombucha, of Door County, will be on hand with their creative kombucha flavors. Levy Restaurants, the in-house caterer for the Miller High Life Theater, will feature craft beer, wine and cocktails at the bar. Alternative wellness practitioners confirmed to appear include Advantage Chiropractic and The Curious Apothecary. Pet lovers can learn about healthy food,

treats, toys and grooming supplies for their fur babies through vendors such as Pet Supplies Plus. FM 102.1 radio will broadcast live, with multiple prize giveaways and raffles throughout the day. “There will be educational lectures on various topics, food sampling, fitness groups, and lots of different things to experience and try while you’re there,” Hall says, “and, of course, in Wisconsin, it’s always important to have a full bar.” Last year’s inaugural VegOut Health Fest drew 2,000 people, Hall says, so organizers moved the event to the Miller High Life Theater, which fit their needs. The rotunda can accommodate up to 4,000 people, with enough room to comfortably arrange multiple vendor areas, and the space has a separate section to host the lectures. The venue is centrally located near a freeway, and there’s parking available. Cost: $5 for adults; kids ages 12 and under free. Location: 500 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee. For more information, visit See ad, page 5. Sheila Julson is a freelance writer the regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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The daily choice to prioritize caring for oneself can ultimately lead to an experience of self-love and wholeness.

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HER SOUL IN BLOOM Self-Care for All Stages of Life by Marlaina Donato


o be female is to be Self-care does life coach and author of blessed with an innate not necessarily Expectation Hangover: Overgift for multitasking, coming Disappointment in have to involve Work, Love, and Life. but in our fast-paced, jamtime; it’s a way packed world, daily life for The San Diego-based most women is a juggling act motivational speaker views of being. that can come with a steep self-care to be as vital as edu~Christine Hassler price tag if self-care isn’t on cation. “Women are not taught the to-do list. Depression, anxiety and in high school and college how to take care feeling overwhelmed are all too common. of themselves. Prioritizing self-care is so According to the National Alliance on important. I see so many young women Mental Illness, one in eight women experiwith adrenal or thyroid burnout and eating ence depression during their lifetime— disorders. All of that comes down to stress, twice the rate of men. relationship to self and lack of self-care.” The personal interests of women in Seasons of a Woman’s Life their 30s and 40s trying to balance motherhood and career often get lost in the tangled Each decade poses unique challenges. For underbrush of daily logistics. There can women in their 20s and early 30s, combe a deep longing for identity well into the paring and finding one’s own path can be significant. “The feminist movement of our 50s, especially when children leave the nest. Fears of aging and loneliness often accommothers’ generation opened doors, but so pany women 60 and older. By passionately many 20- and 30-something women have and joyously taking care of body and spirit, interpreted that as, ‘I have to do everything women of any generation can find renewal. and be everything,’” says Christine Hassler, 18


Women play vital roles in family and community, much like the foundation of a sound building, and if self-care is not the bedrock, all that is supported by it is likely to be compromised. “I believe we’ve taken the bait, the promise that if we arrange our life circumstances just so, we’ll feel ease and happiness. We’re getting to a place as a collective where we see a bankruptcy in that,” says Miami-based holistic women’s psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogan, bestselling author of A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives. Body-mind-spirit self-care is the heart of Brogan’s approach, and self-love is the lifeblood. “Self-love is quite elusive for most of us, perhaps because our selfesteem is contingent [upon it], and we only feel good about ourselves under certain circumstances. The daily choice to prioritize caring for oneself can ultimately lead to an experience of self-love and wholeness,” says Brogan, who compares a ritualized system of daily self-care that comes first to putting on the proverbial oxygen mask before attempting to meet the needs of others. “Balancing self-love and caring for others starts with recognizing and accepting that it’s possible for you to effectively do both. Self-love at the soul level is the catalyst for healing on all levels, which in turn drives our level of self-worth,” concurs Teigan Draig, a spiritual life coach and busy home-schooling mom in Spencerville, Ohio. She reminds us that putting our needs above the wants of others is not being selfish, but is an emotional necessity that helps women get out of the loop of self-defeatism and self-sabotage. “The first step to finding your fire is learning to love yourself, all of yourself. Self-care and selflove are a total wellness package.”

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Benefits of Self-Nourishment

Many psychologists agree that self-care can help to improve concentration, promote relaxation, fortify relationships and boost productivity. Most women crave more metime, but don’t know how to implement change. “Without a premise of self-care, we react based on stress patterns. We react with more tension, irritability, guilt and obligation. We say, ‘Yes’ when we want to say, ‘No’. However, when we take stock in our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, we’re less reactive,” observes Hassler, who underscores self-care as an investment for life. “Most women have inner critics and a negative relationship with self. Self-care is essential so we can turn down the volume of the inner critic, stop peoplepleasing and make self-honoring choices.” Balancing motherhood and career or other obligations can leave many women running on empty and resentful. “We would never tell a loved one who desperately needed some TLC to get over it and just keep going. As busy women, when we don’t take the time to care for ourselves, the consequence is our children getting a mom who is preoccupied, anxious and disconnected,” says women’s life coach Veronica Paris, in San Diego. Catering to everyone’s desires and spreading ourselves too thin can backfire. Paris asks, “How do I want my kids to look back on me as a mother? By taking the time to self-care, we’re taking accountability for how we want to show up in our world rather than shapeshifting from one situation to the next. We can teach our children how to do the same.”

Our Emotions As Wellspring

For too many women, another common byproduct of self-neglect can be emotional numbing and feeling “flatlined”. A toxic or addictive relationship to food, alcohol or shopping can be a symptom of a deep need to nourish the self and give a voice to suppressed feelings. “One of our greatest challenges is that we’ve become disconnected from our deep seat of power, which is our capacity to feel,” says Brogan. “We’ve been enculturated to disregard our experience of feeling emotions, and because of this, it’s been reduced to a very narrow bandwidth.” Brogan believes that it is key for women to reestablish a connection to nature’s

Sometimes my daily me-time was only five minutes here or 10 minutes there, but it saved my sanity. ~Teigan Draig rhythms and their own feminine, fluid energy, as well as giving up the need to control. “I think it’s the work of many women to understand that we’re not here to meet the needs of everyone on the planet—and with our loved ones, it disempowers them as much as we’re feeling disempowered. We’re here to meet our own needs and then offer compassion and caring in a way that comes from a more boundaried space.”

SIMPLE SELF-CARE STRATEGIES ✔ Schedule me-time on the calendar. ✔ Unplug from gadgets. ✔ Spend lunch breaks in the park. ✔ Rest before hitting the wall of exhaustion. ✔ Take 10 minutes to stretch and breathe in the morning. ✔ Meditate in the shower; choose a luxurious, natural, body wash. ✔ Wear your favorite jewelry. ✔ Designate a beautiful tea cup or coffee mug to use on hectic work days. ✔ Buy yourself flowers; take yourself out to lunch or a museum. ✔ Sprinkle lavender, rose geranium or ylang ylang essential oil on your sheets. ✔ Opt for a gentle workout instead of a high-intensity session when tired. ✔ Choose a healthy breakfast. ✔ Play, be silly and be a kid again. ✔ Designate 15 to 20 minutes after the workday to color, doodle or journal. ✔ Listen to your favorite music during commuting or cleaning the house. ✔ Abandon perfectionism. ✔ Connect to a higher power, however you define it, even if it is inner peace.

Hassler affirms that when women are fully present, every aspect of life can be viewed through a clearer lens. “Self-care helps us tap into our super power, which is our intuition, and by doing that, we know what we need and act on that.”

Thrive With Small Changes

Beginning the day with self-care can be as simple as taking the time to meditate and breathe deeply for a minute or two before getting out of bed and opting for a healthier breakfast. Feeding our senses and feasting on what gives us joy can be a way of life. “Self-care does not necessarily have to involve time; it’s a way of being,” says Hassler. “The more time we spend on self-care tells the subconscious mind that we’re worth it.” Draig suggests setting personal boundaries, and part of this means reserving time for ourselves. “When I became a new mother, I was running on fumes. Sometimes my daily me-time was only five minutes here or 10 minutes there, but it saved my sanity. Learn to schedule selfcare time in your calendar as you would anything else,” she says, noting, “My house was not always spotless, but it was a trade I was willing to make so I could take care of myself and be a better mother.” Being innovative can be an ally. “Ten minutes walking the dog or taking the baby out in a stroller can become 10 minutes spent saying positive self-affirmations,” suggests Paris. “That 15-minute drive can be spent deep breathing instead of listening to the news on the radio.” Blooming into our best possible self is returning to our essence. “It’s about taking off the masks, no longer living according to expectations and other people. It’s about radical self-acceptance,” says Hassler. Each decade poses an invitation to grow and commit to self-nourishment. “There will be days where you feel like you can’t get the hang of it, but you’ll arrive, and when you do, no matter what age you are, it can be magical,” Draig says. Marlaina Donato is a composer and author of several books in women’s spirituality and holistic health. Connect at May 2019



Breast Implant Warriors Unite by Linda Sechrist


he U.S. Surgeon General’s warning on cigarettes hasn’t prevented individuals from smoking, nor has the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) list of risks and complications associated with breast implants kept women from undergoing voluntary breast augmentation. Since 1997, the number of saline- and silicone-filled breast implant surgeries has tripled. According to the National Center for Health Research (NCHR), more than 400,000 women and teenagers undergo breast implant surgeries every year, with 75 percent for augmentation of healthy breasts and 25 percent for reconstruction after mastectomies. The marked increase in surgeries implanting these Class III “high risk” medical devices includes many women that undergo procedures to replace old implants that have broken or caused

other problems. An estimated 40,000 U.S. women a year have the surgery to remove the implants entirely. These “explants” stem from a variety of issues, from rupture or delayed wound healing to broken implants that have caused breast pain, capsule contracture, spontaneous deflation, breast lesion, infection, wrinkling/ scalloping and necrosis. Another reason for removal is the growing concern about the reported incidence of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a treatable T-cell lymphoma, and breast implant illness (BII) associated with both silicone and saline implants. The FDA first sounded the alarm about the rare lymphoma in 2011, linking it to implants with textured, Velcro-like outer shells. In February, the federal agency

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implant surgery in 2005. “I never anticipated an avalanche of women’s stories about the symptoms that I endured before having my explant surgery in 2015.” After hearing from other women, Daruda felt affirmed in her suspicions that implants had caused her fatigue, brain fog, memory loss, headaches, joint and muscle pain, hair loss, recurring infections, swollen lymph nodes, rashes, irritable bowel syndrome and problems with thyroid and adrenal glands. “I believe that various doctors pigeonholed my symptoms into the category of autoimmune disorders because few general practitioners are aware of BII.” Diana Hoppe, M.D., a board-certified OB/GYN in Encinitas, California, never heard of BII until earlier this year. “Doctors rely on published, evidence-based study results, and while there are none linking connective tissue disorders and breast implants, I suspect that the outcomes of studies conducted by breast implant manufacturers are equally as suspicious as the outcomes of studies done by the manufacturers of cigarettes.” One longtime BII combatant says, “My body mounted an all-out war, in the form of a foreign body immune response.” She learned about BII from BreastImplantIllness, but is unable to afford the explant surgery that would remove the apparently toxic invaders. NCHR reports that at the time of explant surgery, approximately three out of five women have had implants and their unhealthy symptoms for 10 years or more. After explant surgery, 89 percent of the women report improvement. However, explant surgery is just the first step. Daruda used chelation and the protocols of Gerson Therapy, a natural treatment that activates the body’s ability to heal itself through an organic, plant-based diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and supplements. “It took me four years to recuperate,” she says. “It didn’t take that long to know the lesson I wanted to share with other women: Self-love and self-worth are more important than society’s false concepts of beauty. The essence of who we are is not tied to any body part.”

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I’ve met people who say they don’t run, but they walk, ride bikes, hike in the woods. Those people are getting many of the same benefits as running.


into something more than a simple mission to get healthy?

I was concerned about my weight, but mainly I was also concerned about getting older. I ran my first marathon in 2005 as an emotional reaction to growing older, and that’s when it all began to change for me. It struck me in a deep way as something I wanted to do better. I’ve rarely experienced the classic “runner’s high”—that endorphin-caused euphoria—although I do believe it exists. Rather, what’s more common is the sense that everything—body, mind—is working in concert, without discomfort, with strength, with ease. To paraphrase a line from Kurt Vonnegut, it’s when “everything is beautiful, and nothing hurts.”

As an advocate of escaping our “digital dystopia” of electronic screens by running outdoors, what’s the benefit you see in unplugging?

I’m a big fan of evolutionary biology. We evolved in very different circumstances than what we are living in now; to be attentive to the world and not with a screen in front of us. The reason we are up on two legs is so that we can look around and think. We’re supposed to ruminate.

We didn’t evolve these extraordinary brains and self-consciousness so we could outsource our thinking. Anybody who has done creative work knows what’s needed to do that is uninterrupted thought.

What can non-runners take away from your book?

Go outside. We weren’t meant to spend so much time in offices. Take the headphones off, move, use your body. Look at little kids in playgrounds—they’re just running around before getting trained into games. We forget that. We spend so much time in our heads reading, watching screens. I’ve met people who say they don’t run, but they walk, ride bikes, hike in the woods. Those people are getting many of the same benefits as running.

Of the many anecdotes you cite about bonding with others through running, which one was the most gratifying? Probably when I ran with William Greer, who I didn’t even know 24 hours before we ran the 2013 Boston Marathon, and by the end of that day we were friends forever because of all we went through together. [Greer is visually impaired and Sagal was his volunteer guide during the race.] We’re still in touch; we sometimes run together. He wouldn’t have finished if I wasn’t helping him and I wouldn’t have finished if he wasn’t helping me. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor, in Estero, Florida.

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t’s May, and the temperature is rising, as is the sap and green shoots. It’s the perfect time to involve kids in growing their own garden that will get them outdoors, teach them planning and perseverance, and develop their motor, literacy and scientific skills. A South Korean study found that gardening provides both high- and moderateintensity exercise for kids. It builds good eating habits, too: A British study of 46 9- and 10-year-olds found that they ate 26 percent more vegetables and fruit after growing a school garden, and a University of Florida study of 1,351 college students showed them more likely to eat veggies if they had gardened as children. For the most gratifying results, give kids a sense of ownership. “Let them make the decisions and be in charge of the care of the garden as much as developmentally possible,” advises Sarah Pounders, senior education specialist at, in Burlington, Vermont. 24


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Order some seed catalogues, look online—or better yet, take a child to the local garden nursery. Let them decide what to grow. Their choices are as diverse as their interests. Veggies, flowers and plants that draw butterflies each have their own appeal. Some, like sunflowers, radishes and lettuce, are fast-growing, offering quick gratification. Or, they can choose a theme. “If your child likes Italian food, plant tomatoes and basil. If they enjoy Mexican food, then peppers and cilantro. For flowers—zinnias and cosmos—let them make flower arrangements from early summer into the fall,” suggests Susan Brandt, of Bristow, Virginia, co-founder of the gardening site Visiting a plant nursery offers the perfect opportunity to put kids on the path to healthy living. Point out and discuss the differences between organic and nonorganic seeds and between chemical fertilizers containing Roundup—labeled “Keep Out

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After picking ripe vegetables, kids can find recipes and prepare snacks or a dish; arrange plucked flowers in vases and take photos; do craft activities with seeds, plants and flowers, like making potpourri or framing dried flowers; or throw a garden-themed party with favors that include herbs or seed packets. “You could have a ‘pa-jam-a’ party. Kids could wear their pajamas, pick berries, and make jam to take home,” suggests Sandborn. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based freelance health writer. Connect at

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professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition and Science Policy at Tufts University, in Boston. Speaking at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting in Washington, D.C., last fall, Johnson described the yellow macular pigments— lutein and zeaxanthin—as “internal sunglasses” that protect the eyes’ photoreceptor cells. “Yellow pigment absorbs blue light,” Johnson explains. The greater our macular pigment density, the more protection we have against light damage, and the better our visual function. As a bonus, macular pigment density also aligns with improved academic performance and cognitive function across our lifespan, reports Naiman Khan, Ph.D., a registered dietitian and director at the Body Composition and Nutritional Neuroscience Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Because lutein is actively transported into breast milk, Johnson suspects the compound is important to infant eye and brain health. Despite solid scientific evidence confirming the benefits of lutein and zeaxanthin, there is no official recommended daily allowance. Johnson explains that Americans typically consume less than two milligrams

per day, falling short of levels needed to enhance visual and brain function and slow the progression of age-related eye diseases. Her advice: Eat foods that provide between six to 10 milligrams of lutein and two milligrams of zeaxanthin each day. Dark green leafy vegetables, including kale, spinach and collard greens, provide the highest amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin, especially when cooked. For example, one cup of cooked kale or spinach delivers more than 20 milligrams of lutein and zeaxanthin, whereas one cup of raw spinach contains just under four milligrams. Johnson explains that cooking breaks down plant cell walls, making the carotenoids more bio-available. Plus, because lutein and zeaxanthin are fat-soluble, lower amounts found in avocadoes (0.4 milligrams in one medium fruit) are better absorbed. Further, simply adding an avocado or oil-based dressing to raw, dark leafy green salads will increase intestinal absorption. The same is true for egg yolks (0.2 milligrams per large egg). In a study of 33 older adults, published in The Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that consumption

and fatty, cold-water fish such as sardines, salmon, tuna and mackerel are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Vegan sources of omega-3s include walnuts, ground flax, hemp and chia seeds, or microalgae supplements.

2 of one egg a day for five weeks significantly increased blood levels of lutein and zeaxanthin without raising cholesterol levels. According to the National Eye Institute and their Age-Related Eye Disease Studies (AREDS), additional nutrients that benefit eye health include vitamins C and E, and omega-3 fatty acids. When it comes to eating for eye health, here’s some more insightful advice:


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assage is often emotional distress, the Like a perfect associated body has one objective: dance partner, a with spa-like get us to safety. Yet, many skilled bodywork times, the amygdala—the pampering, yet it is also an effective therapy for reduc- practitioner follows part of the brain that ing physical and emotional the nervous system plays a key role in this pain. Bodywork can lower and helps the client process—becomes hyper blood pressure and reduce alert and falsely perceives access sources stress hormones, which in danger when there is none. of trauma. turn helps to balance blood Trauma becomes hardsugar and boost immunity. wired into the nervous ~Lissa Wheeler A surge of the feel-good system. Pain syndromes neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine and tension are common symptoms. is also a natural perk of rubdowns. No matter what the pattern for handling On the emotional level, massage thertrauma, it takes a lot of work for the body to apy can offer profound benefits for anyone repress emotions, and it will create tension experiencing acute grief or the effects of a in the form of “armoring” to defend against traumatic past. A Swedish study published unwanted feelings. “Trauma is a physiological in the Journal of Clinical Nursing shows that experience. Body tension that results from bereaved individuals that received 25-minunresolved trauma will not respond to only ute hand and/or foot massages once a week releasing muscle tension,” explains Lissa for eight weeks felt greater comfort and Wheeler, author of Engaging Resilience: Heal were more capable of coping with stress. the Physical Impact of Emotional Trauma: A Guide for Bodywork Practitioners. Wheeler’s Medford, Massachusetts, The Body’s Pain Language practice focuses on releasing emotional When the “fight-or-flight” stress response patterns locked in tissue memory. “When is activated in the presence of danger or

the nervous system is frozen in a state of threat long after the actual threat is gone, all of the body’s activities of healthy regulation are challenged. This affects not only skeletal muscles, but also smooth muscle such as what’s found in the gastrointestinal tract. Sleep problems and teeth grinding can also result.”

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Swedish massage, Thai massage and shiatsu are all ideal treatments for chronic pain, grief and emotional imprints locked within the body’s cellular consciousness. CranioSacral Therapy (CST) offers a gentler alternative. “CranioSacral Therapy can unravel cellular stories and assist in freeing repressed or preverbal emotions from childhood,” says Seattle-based CST therapist Barbara Coon. “Experiences are held in the body. Stress and muscular tension activate the vagus nerve, and CST focuses on calming [it].” The vagus nerve facilitates communication between the brain and the heart, lungs and gut. Coon attests to the modality’s body-centered support for reducing anxiety, depression, panic attacks, memory loss, sleep disturbances and grief. “Some people respond well to deep tissue work, while others do better with the gentleness of CranioSacral Therapy,” says Wheeler. “Like a perfect dance partner, a skilled bodywork practitioner follows the nervous system and helps the client access sources of trauma.”


Healing Frequencies

Clinical aromatherapy and therapeutic sound can also play a vital role in emotional healing, especially when combined with bodywork. Kelli Passeri, a massage therapist and owner of Sound and Stone Massage, in Pittsburg, Kansas, utilizes a subwoofer speaker beneath her massage table so clients can feel the vibrations of the music. “I play music recorded in specific frequencies that align with the body and the chakras or energy centers to help rebalance the energy body,” says Passeri, who also uses rose quartz crystals in her hot stone sessions. She relies on aromatherapy blends that promote opening on both physical and emotional levels. Passeri has observed common pain patterns in her clients that often don’t have a physical cause. “The sacrum tends to hold on to lifelong traumatic emotions from childhood, and the shoulders tend to reflect more current emotional blockages and issues,” she says, adding, “I encourage my clients to open up or cry because it’s a healthy thing to do. There’s no need for embarrassment and is totally okay.” Healing on any level might take time, but allowing the body’s stories to be witnessed without judgement is key. “The good news is that when trauma is worked through, the whole body is much more resilient and has a greater capacity to live life fully,” Wheeler says. Marlaina Donato authored Multidimensional Aromatherapy and several other books. Connect at

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hile flowers are We underestimate by increasing defensive known to lean what plants can chemistry—things that make a plant distasteful or toward light, a do because their toxic to predators,” he says. growing body of research communication is Researchers noticed that is demonstrating plants also respond to sounds and control plants also seemed invisible to us. scents—and then herald to respond to their neigh~Heidi Appel the news to their neighbors. bors being attacked. Far from being passive life Since then, Schultz, forms, members of the plant kingdom are Karban and other investigators have discovered that plants emit complex profiles adept at interacting with their environof odors in the form of volatile compounds ments and with each other. “Plants don’t have specialized sense that can be picked up by other plants, as organs, but like animals, plants are very well as insects. Studying sagebrush in the capable of sensing their environment. They Sierra Nevada mountains, Karban found perceive cues, weigh different alternatives that plants under duress emit chemical and allocate resources in very sophisticated cues that trigger nearby plants to increase ways,” says Richard Karban, professor of their defenses. entomology at the University of California These odors vary with the type of at Davis and the author of Plant Sensing threat and time, working to attract poland Communication. linators during the day and fending off enemies at night, Schultz says. A plant being eaten by an insect may release a chemical Better Living Through that attracts predatory insects looking for Chemistry herbivore prey. “There is a clear adaptive Early evidence of plant communication was advantage in attracting the ‘enemy of your discovered by accident, according to Jack enemy’, who can act as a bodyguard for the Schultz, senior executive director of research plant being attacked.” development at the University of Toledo, Smells are just part of a plant’s multiin Ohio. “In the 1970s, researchers began sensory life, says Heidi Appel, a professor to notice plants under attack respond

in the Department of Environmental Scinatural balance sheet. Simard discovered these Plants have no special ences at the University of Toledo and one of networks had hubs—typically older “mother sense organs, so their Schultz’s collaborators. Appel’s research with trees”—that can connect to hundreds of sophisticated sense of collaborator Rex Cocroft, at the University of saplings and send them excess carbon that can hearing is very surprising. quadruple their survival rates. Missouri, demonstrates they’re listening for threats, too. Simard also found that trees engage in ~Heidi Appel Her lab exposed plants from the mustard “defense signaling” similar to plants, increasfamily to the sound of a caterpillar feeding, ing their natural defenses in response to with control plants in silence or “listening” to a recording of the damage inflicted on their neighbors, but only if the mycorrhizal wind or other insects, and found that those vibrations didn’t networks of fungi that aid in sending such messages are intact. effect the same defensive-priming response as that of the plantSimard’s research seeks to understand how environmental threats munching caterpillar. “Plants have no special sense organs, so like climate change and logging may further disrupt these comtheir sophisticated sense of hearing is very surprising,” says Appel. munication networks. Recognizing all of the communication that exists between plants, we might wonder if human words of encouragement can Nature’s Networks help them grow. Perhaps, but not for the reasons one might hope, Karban’s lab isolated plants to determine that their chemical says Appel. “Whenever we feel a sense of connection to another signals were transmitted by air rather than soil or root systems. life form, we are more likely to take better care of it,” says the Yet researcher Suzanne Simard, a professor of forest ecology at the researcher. “We underestimate what plants can do because their University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, is digging into the communication is invisible to us. Yet we also have to be careful underground connections, finding that trees are interacting with about overestimating their abilities. We need an understanding to one another below the ground in complex ways. be driven by science, and not wishful thinking.” Trees have a symbiotic relationship with fungi that’s built on a mutually beneficial exchange of nutrients, says Simard. This unApril Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Contact derground network links root systems of trees together, enabling her at them to exchange carbon, water and other nutrients in a kind of

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The Mother Our Souls Need


by Christiane Northrup

his Mother’s Day, I want to tell you about a different way to think about your mother and about yourself—a way that is deeply true and liberating, no matter what is going on with your mother. On a soul level, we’re old friends with our mothers. And they signed up for assisting us on our souls’ journeys big time—by being willing to take on the role of our mother. And no matter how well they did or didn’t do that job, we have a job, too: to realize that though we might not have had the mother we wanted, we all got the mother our souls needed. What’s more, every single one of us can connect right now with the mother energy that made all of our bodies in the first place—the Earth herself. It has been said that when you lavish your attention on the Earth—on a flower, or a stream or any aspect of nature—that energy loves you right back. In the book series The Ringing Cedars, Anastasia refers to the land you live on and love as, “Love dissolved in space.” You can feel this when you travel to parks and gardens, farms and yards that have been loved by those who live there. This mothering energy is available to each of us from the Earth and from Mother Nature—no matter what has happened with your biological mother. So here is my prescription for a glorious Mother’s Day. Call your mother—in spirit, if she is no longer in a body—or if speaking with her directly is too painful. Here’s a special prayer: “With my Spirit, I send Divine Love to my mother’s Spirit.” That’s it. Just say this prayer. With your whole heart. And let go of the outcome. Happy Mother’s Day. Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. The full text of this excerpt, reprinted with permission, appears at © Christiane Northrup, Inc. All rights reserved.



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ith the explosion of cannabidiol (CBD) products on the human medical scene, many pet owners are looking into this hemp plant derivative as a natural means of medicating their fourlegged family members. A study conducted by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, in Ithaca, New York, found that CBD can be effective in treating some of the same ailments in pets as it does in humans. “I’ve used CBD on dogs and cats suffering from arthritis, anxiety and seizures,” says Angie Krause, DVM, a veterinarian with Boulder Holistic Vet, in Colorado. “I’ve even used CBD to treat cats with chronic respiratory infections.” Unlike CBD from marijuana, which in most cases is a Schedule I narcotic that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration considers highly subject to abuse, CBD from industrial hemp contains less than 0.3 percent of the psychoactive component THC. It is legal under federal law and can be sold nationwide, subject to state regulations. However, choosing the right CBD product is complicated by the number of confusing options. “There are so many products on the shelves with different concentrations and formulations,” says Krause, who considers the extraction method used during production to be one of the most important factors. She favors CO2 (carbon dioxide) extraction over solvent extraction methods: “CO2 leaves no residue behind that could harm the bodies of small animals such as dogs and cats.”

Within three days, it was like I had a new dog. She no longer destroys things, she is calm, she is more engaged with her environment. ~Cindy Hesse Stephen Cital, a veterinary technician in San Jose, California, co-founded the Facebook group Veterinary Cannabis Academy. He agrees that the purity of the extraction method is significant. He also notes that price is not necessarily an indicator of quality. “A 30-cc bottle of CBD could cost $70 at a concentration of 700 milligrams [7 mg per cc]. However, it’s possible to find the same volume at the same price at a concentration of 1,000 milligrams [10 mg per cc].” Some products don’t contain CBD at all, only hemp extract, Cital explains. “For people who don’t understand the labeling, this can be very misleading.” CBD is one of 104 cannabinoids found in both industrial hemp and marijuana plants. Full-spectrum hemp extracts contain the entire profile of cannabinoids, including trace amounts of THC. Broad-spectrum hemp extracts contain everything but the THC. Cital says

it’s always best to start with full- or broadspectrum products for the “entourage effect”, in which the cannabinoids work in concert. Isolates of additional cannabinoids can be added as needed, he says. When choosing a product to purchase for a pet, he recommends going with companies that are able to present the consumer with a certificate of analysis by a third party. “The certificate will show the complete profile of the CBD product, including cannabinoid, terpene, residual solvent, pesticide, bacteria, mycotoxin, fungicidal and elemental profiles,” he says. Cital notes that the elemental profile is especially important. “Hemp is very good at absorbing what is in its environment, including heavy metals such as lead.” Krause favors CBD products with minimal ingredients that “should be as simple as possible,” she says. “No xylitol, no artificial colors or sweeteners.” Cindy Hesse, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, also believes that CBD for pets should be as pure as possible. Her Cocker Spaniel, Reina, is both blind and deaf. Because of her handicaps, Reina experienced extreme anxiety to the point of destroying her metal crate, furniture and door frames. Reina’s vet put her on the antidepressant and antianxiety drugs Prozac and trazadone, but these only helped for a short period. After attending a CBD conference in Florida, her veterinarian decided to see if the compound might help the dog—his first patient to use CBD. The results, Hesse says, were amazing. “Within three days, it was like I had a new dog. She no longer destroys things, she is calm, she is more engaged with her environment. I recommend CBD oil to everyone I know who has a pet with health issues.” When deciding whether to give CBD to a pet, Krause and Cital recommend working with a veterinarian to ensure the proper dosage. “People can certainly work with CBD on their own with their pets,” says Krause, “but it’s important to get the dosing and concentration right to make it worthwhile.” Kajsa Nickels is a freelance writer and a music composer. She resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Contact her at fideleterna45@ May 2019


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Chakras: Healing thru the Gates of Consciousness – May 1, 8, 15, 22. 6:30-8:45pm. The series will include a hands-on healing experience for each chakra, the healing frequencies of sound that are related to each chakra, the aromatherapy for each individual chakra, and the crystals best suited to each chakra. An overview of each gateway of consciousness and how to open the gateways. $45/ early-bird registration. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.

Full Moon Celebration: Kundalini Yoga Style – 9-10:30am. Learn a special kundalini yoga healing meditation kriya with mantra to honor and synchronize with the moon. Includes gong healing savasana and cozy asana practice. $20. Sacred Sound Yoga, 3805 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood. Rosie Rain: 414403-2053. Crystal Reiki Level 3 & Master Teacher – Level 3, 9am-1pm; master teacher, 2-5pm. Learn crystal reiki; five symbols for Level Three, and attunement to crystal reiki lineage. $75/per level. Register with Rhiana: 262-498-4162.

THURSDAY, MAY 2 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.

FRIDAY, MAY 3 Goddess Gathering – 7:30-9:30pm. Monthly gathering to connect with the goddess within. Nurture yourself with uplifting and rejuvenating yoga for women, kirtan, sound healing, prayerful meditation, tea, supportive community. $25. Sacred Sound Yoga, 3805 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood. Rosie Rain: 414-403-2053.

SATURDAY, MAY 4 Animal Communication Sessions – 12-4pm. Ever wonder what your animal friend is thinking? Bring your animal friend or pictures and find out their thoughts, feelings, behavioral issues, or what they’d like. With Stacy Krafczyk. $70 cash or check/20 minute session. Bark n Scratch Outpost, 5835 W Blue Mound Rd, Milwaukee. Preregister: 414-4444110.

TUESDAY, MAY 7 Overcoming the Destructive Effects of Stress and Anxiety – 5:30-7:30pm. Stress and anxiety affect health, mental health, quality of life, and productivity. Provides simple steps to improve reactions and considers role of diet and simple changes. Free. Milwaukee Public Library Capitol Branch, 3869 N 74th St, Milwaukee. 414-366-0469.

THURSDAY, MAY 9 Inflammation & Gut Health: The Ins & Outs of True Healing – 6-8pm. Kelly Kolodzinski and Emily Yenor explore the topic of inflammation; learn valuable nutrition and movement tips to help you take healing into your own hands. 1212 Bodyworks, 20720 W Watertown Rd, Ste 100, Brookfield. RSVP, Emily: 414-405-3956. The Passion Test – 6-8:30pm. The Passion Test is unbelievably easy to follow and will clearly and quickly illuminate priorities and purpose. See how living a full and inspired life is inevitable once you



healing ceremonies and ritual in this ancient land of faerie, druids and magic. Two overnight castle stays, gourmet meals, and 4-star accommodations. Celtic guides/shamans lead sacred ceremonies at ancient sites. More info, Amy: 920-609-8277.

align with your passions. $49/with pre-registration. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.

SATURDAY, MAY 11 Animal Communication Sessions – 12-4pm. Ever wonder what your animal friend is thinking? Bring your animal friend or pictures and find out their thoughts, feelings, behavioral issues, or what they’d like. With Stacy Krafczyk. $70 cash or check/20-minute session. Petlicious, 2217 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee. Preregister at 262-548-0923.

TUESDAY, MAY 14 Overcoming the Destructive Effects of Stress and Anxiety – 5-7:30pm. Stress and anxiety affect health, mental health, quality of life, and productivity. Provides simple steps to improve reactions and considers role of diet and simple changes. Free. Milwaukee Public Library Sherman Park Branch, 2121 N Sherman Blvd, Milwaukee. 414-366-0469. One Command: The Manifestation Shortcut – May 14, 28, Jun 14, 25. 6:30-8:30pm. Four part series. Learn the simple steps to theta, the brainwave that taps into the unified mind. Then issue the one command that stops negative thinking, sends a command for your financial good and peace of mind. $25/ per class, $20/if you bring a friend. Light of Grace, Healing Center, 5900 W National Avenue, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. LightOfGrace.Church.

SATURDAY, MAY 18 Reiki Level Two Training – 9am-5pm. Learn reiki so that you may give yourself or others a treatment. $225; includes eight CEUs per level, manual, certificate and training. Hales Corners. Register with Rhiana: 262-498-4162. A.R.E. Seminar – 9am-5pm. The Association for Research and Enlightenment is an Edgar Cayce organization. $50/in advance, $55/at the door; beverages, snacks and lunch included. Space limited, cannot guarantee walk-ins. Preregister: 262-593-5959. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UnityCenter Mists of Ireland 2019 – May 18-27. Explore the Celtic mysteries of the Emerald Isle. Engage in

Spiritual Art Circle: Goddess Stones – 10am12pm. Express a connection to your inner goddess by creating two goddess stones, your yin/yang energy. Draw a goddess tarot card to see what energy and advice they wish to share with you. Place a tiny crystal on the forehead of each stone to enhance the energy flow. $25 and $15 materials fee. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.

savethedate MAY 19 Holistic Health Fair – 10am-4pm. Explore holistic choices in taking care of your mind body and spirit, and meet over 30 practitioners from SE Wisconsin and NE Illinois. Free admission. DoubleTree by Hilton, Outlet Mall I94 & Hwy 165, Pleasant Prairie, WI. 262-515-1472. Living the Law of Attraction – 1-4pm. Workshop based on the work of Paul R. Scheele and Jack Canfield’s “Living the Law of Attraction.” Learn to clarify your purpose and the intentions that drive your success and automatically raise your physical, emotional and mental energy. You will identify the actions necessary to activate your dreams and goals. $48. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.

TUESDAY, MAY 21 Freedom from Depression: 6 Keys to Eliminating Emotional Pain – 5-7:30pm. Discuss risk factors for depression, the role of stress and anxiety in depression, and simple effective strategies to improve mental health, including the role of nutrition. Free. Milwaukee Public Library Capitol Branch, 3869 N 74th St, Milwaukee. 414-366-0469.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29 Clear Your Energy – 6:30-8:30pm. Get to know your energy body and your chakras. In this 8-week experiential healing class, energy healer Barret Hedeen will guide you in getting to know your energy bodies. A main focus will be on accessing and opening into your seven major chakras, the

energy centers which show so much of how your life is being lived currently. $30/per class, $197/ eight-week series. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105.

ties for Spiritual Enrichment) is offering a summer program designed for children focused on body/ mind/spirit connection. $160. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607.


Nine Rites of the Munay-Ki – Jun 11, 13, 24, 26. 6-8:30pm. The Munay-Ki rites are the nine gates that heal us and transform us by planting seeds in our energy bodies that we can actively nurture and grow. Students will learn how to pass these sacred, ancient rites to others. $60/per class, $215/series. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.

savethedate MAY 31-JUNE 2 8th Annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference: Honoring Plant Wisdom – May 31-June 2. Speakers: Venice Williams, Mimi Hernandez, and special guest Susun Weed, along with a wide spectrum of knowledgeable and inspiring instructors. Includes workshops, plant walks and a kids’ camp, as well as teen herbal camps, red tent space, fire circles, singing circles, delicious locally sourced farm-to-table meals and more. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info:

plan ahead JUNE A Course in Miracles Workshop: Sickness is a Defense Against the Truth – June 1. 1-3pm. This workshop uncovers beliefs regarding sickness, pain and suffering; the origin and purpose of sickness and how to heal ourselves by looking at it from a completely new perspective. $35, $20/online streaming. Light of Grace, Healing Center, 5900 W National Avenue, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. LightOfGrace.Church. Sound Bath Meditation – Jun 2. 12:30-1:30pm. Relax and refresh yourself. The frequencies of crystal alchemy bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, steel tongue drums, and nana bells guide you gently to a place of deep peace. The sounds are healing for your body, mind and spirit. $10/cash at the door with pre-registration. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262787-3001. Spirit & Wellness Fair - Lake Country – Jun 8. 10am-4pm. Experience private sessions with readers and healers. Shop for gifts. Schedule sessions in advance or just drop in. Check FB for details. $20/ services per 15 min. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607. Introduction to Shamanism and the Medicine Wheel – June 8. 10:30am-3pm. This introductory class of a four class monthly series is a pan-cultural exploration and overview of shamanism in ancient and contemporary urban cultures. Explore classic shamanism including a discussion of purpose and meeting one’s spirit guides and power animals. An overview of sound induction, including rattles, drumming, and vocalizing will be included. $75/per class with discounts available. The first class may be taken without further obligation. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001. Children’s Summer Program – Jun 11-Jul 30. Ages 6-8, 8:30-10am; ages 8-10, 10:30am-12pm. The R.O.S.E. Program (Resources & Opportuni-

Workshop: Living a Course in Miracles – Jun 20. 7-9:30pm. With author, Jon Mundy PhD. Go beyond reading the Course to integrating these spiritual principles into your daily life. Open up to hearing the still small voice of spirit to learn what God would have us do. $25/in advance, $30 at the door. Light of Grace, Healing Center, 5900 W National Avenue, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. LightOfGrace.Church. The Herbal Apprentice – Jun 29-30. Combine the intuitive art and solid science of botanical medicine, apprenticing with master herbalist Gigi Stafne, in an intensive weekend at Golden Light Retreat Center. $275/commuter, $305/camp, $330/shared cabin, $375/private cabin. For more info: 920-609-8277.

to be missed. $395 commuter, $425 camping, $450 shared cabin, $495 private cabin. For more info: 920-609-8277.

SEPTEMBER Whispers on the Wind Shamanic Program w/ Amy Wilinski – Group #20: September 25-29, December 4-8, April 1-5, 2020, August 5-9, 2020. Intensive training program in shamanism, energy medicine and self-transformation. Meet four times over 12 months. Learn core energy healing techniques: power animal and soul retrieval, clearing of past life and ancestral imprints, connecting with the forces of nature. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center. Info: 920-609-8277.

savethedate SEPTEMBER 27 Mycelium Mysteries: A Women’s Mushroom Retreat – Sept 27-29. Retreat will focus on understanding fungi as the grandmothers of our ecosystems, with workshops at beginner through advanced levels. Keynote speakers: Katherine MacLean, PhD, Mama Mushroom: Navigating Birth, Caregiving & Death with Psilocybin Mushrooms; Gina Rivers Contla, Guardians of the Ecosystem: Can Mushrooms Speak to Trees and Save the Bees? Workshops presented by Cornelia Cho, MD, Sarah Foltz Jordan, Linda Conroy, Linda Grigg, Sonia Horowitz and more. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info & registration: MidwestWomensHerbal. com/Mushrooms.

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Mediumship Training Workshop – Jul 27-28. 9am-4pm. This highly experiential course will teach you a variety of techniques to connect with souls who have passed on. Learn to make connections with the spirit world and how to give an evidential reading. $295/commuter w/lunch, $350/shared cabin room w/meals, $395 private cabin w/meals. For more info: 920-609-8277.

AUGUST Kids & Parents Retreat – Aug 2-3, 4pm-4pm. Kids will participate in a Reiki for Kids workshop (age 6-14), family fire ceremony and enjoy a nature scavenger hunt hike in the 50-acre woods. $195/immediate family cabin, $120/immediate family camping; includes family cabin rental, dinner Fri, breakfast and lunch Sat. Additional night cabin $85/night, camping $25/night. Email Info@ to register. Mediumship Workshop: UK Medium Mavis Pittilla – Aug 3-4 or Aug 5-6. Mediumship workshop with UK medium Mavis Pittilla. With over 50 years of experience, Mavis is considered one of the top mediums in the world. This is an opportunity not

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yoga blocks and strap available. $14. Light of Grace Ed & Healing Center, 5900 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. LightOfGrace.Church. Tosa Lightworkers’ Meeting – 6:30pm. 2nd Tue. This group is to explore and share the many ways we express our Light of Divinity through different healing modalities, intuition, shamanism, drumming. May’s meeting will be on the topic of angels with Ginny Clark. $5. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105.



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

LakeView Spring Book Lounge – May 6, 13, 20, 27. 10:30am-12pm. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Creative living beyond fear, as a maker, a writer, sensitive spirit, whose heroine’s path takes courage, and trust, and reveals divinity. W/Anne Wondra, WonderSpirit writer coach. Flyers at website. $69/per session; amenities of spa available to participants. LakeView Spa Lounge, Bella Vista Suites, 335 Wrigley Dr, Lake Geneva. RSVP: 262248-2100.

sunday A.C.I.M. Study Group – A Course in Miracles study group, following Fellowship. Love offering. Conference Room, Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Friendship and Potluck Sunday – After Fellowship. Last Sun. Bring a friend and receive a copy of Joe Sweeney’s new book, After Further Review, as a reward. Bring a dish to share and enjoy with your spiritual community. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Sunday Gathering: Light of Grace – 10am. Join us for a ACIM inspiring message, meditation and soul-filled music. Join a community of like minded spirits and affirm the truth in you. Light of Grace, 5806 W. National Ave, West Allis. 414-258-5555. Shamanic Journey and Healing Circle – 12pm. 2nd Sun. Drumming is an act of letting go and letting God raise our consciousness. Bring your drum, some available for use. Group led by Dennis Clark. $10 suggested offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Unity

Star Path Dance – 7-8pm. The Star Path Dance group system combines dance, tai chi, low stress exercise, folk and other music and drumming. $5/ per session. The Lobby area of Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-4750105.

tuesday LakeView Summer Book Lounge – Jun 4, 18, 25, Jul 2, 9, 16. 10:30am-12pm. Making Life Easy by Christiane Northrup, MD. Creating health, bodymind-soul-life integrity; living fully, more joyously; self-owning wisdom, of a well-seasoned physician of women. W/Anne Wondra, WonderSpirit writer coach. Flyers at website. $69/per session, $345/ for 6; amenities of spa available to participants. LakeView Spa Lounge, Bella Vista Suites, 335 Wrigley Dr, Lake Geneva. RSVP: 262-248-2100. Hatha Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. 1st & 3rd Tue. Mindful stretching with slow transitions, suitable for beginners ages 14 and up. Bring your mat and blanket;

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. ~Albert Einstein

wednesday LakeView Writing Sanctuary – May 1, 8, 15, 29, Jun 5, 19, Jul 3, 10, 17, 31. 10:30am-1pm. A place to write, gather, and give voice to your becoming, being heard, voice-finding, soul growing, without critique. W/Anne Wondra, WonderSpirit writer coach. Printable flyers at website. $69/per session, $59/with a friend; amenities of spa available to participants. LakeView Spa Lounge, Bella Vista Suites, 335 Wrigley Dr, Lake Geneva. RSVP: 262248-2100. Writing Wednesdays for Women to Write – 10:30am-1pm. 4th Wed. With Anne Wondra. $12.50. Fireside Room, Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Anne: 262-544-4310. Wisconsin Asberger’s Empowerment Group – 6:30-9pm. 2nd & 4th Wed. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Unity

thursday Minister’s Book Study – 9:15-10:45am. This is an open discussion currently studying Marianne Williamson’s book Healing the Soul of America. All are invited. Free. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. 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.

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



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

Ananda compassionately serves the unique needs of each individual offering a variety of holistic health therapies to support healing at the root and full recovery of mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. See ad, page 20.


Stacy Krafczyk • 414-460-4781 Stacy Krafczyk specializes in Animal Communication, intuitive readings, after life communication, energy work and healing for both people and animals that helps promote physical and emotional well-being.


Aimee Lawent Beach 414-732-9860 Aimee is a Healing Touch for Animals (HTA) Practitioner and animal communicator. HTA restores harmony and balance to an animal’s energy system and works cooperatively with traditional veterinary care.


20720 W Watertown Rd, Ste 100, Brookfield 414-405-3956 Emily Yenor, Physical Therapist and movement expert, identifies and corrects muscle imbalances throughout the body to help you move better, feel better and live better. See ad, page 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 ads, pages 2, 27 and 31.

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

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

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4763 N 124 St, Butler • 262-790-0748 Besides selling beautiful stones and crystals, we offer a variety of healing sessions, crystal healing classes, reiki, astrology, tarot readings and spiritual counseling. See ad, page 23.

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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 13.

Dr. Railand is passionate about treating all ages with a whole body p e r s p e c t i v e . We c o m b i n e advanced alternative treatments with conventional procedures to provide true wellness. See ad, page 40.

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


Amy Wilinski, Shamanic Energy Practitioner/ Reiki Master • 920-609-8277 Discover your gifts with one of our many offerings! Offering healing sessions and training in Milwaukee and Green Bay area in reiki, shamanism, intuition, mediumship and much more.

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


125 W Wisconsin Ave, Ste 102, Pewaukee 262-737-4004 Dr. Schwartz is board certified in Biomimetic Dentistry, Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine and is a Board Certified Naturopathic Physician. We offer the best and healthiest dentistry for our patients. See ad, page 9.


Wellness educator and essential oils/ aromatherapy resource. See ad, page 23.


414-810-5858 Ecologically minded, full-service landscape company servicing SE Wisconsin. Specializing in sustainable ideas and low-maintenance solutions. Professional Craftsmanship Inspired by Nature. See ad, page 8.


Diane Olson-Schmidt • 414-793-3652 Garden consultation, instruction, landscape design, wildflowers and woodland gardens, prairies, small ponds, rain gardens, landscape maintenance, organic lawn care. Organic landscape practices in all habitats. See ad, page 30.


The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it. ~Woodrow Wilson



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 25.


2312 N Grandview Blvd, Ste 101, Waukesha 262-544-4310 • I always feel better when I talk to you. Spirit-listening starter sessions; learn to write for wellbeing; women’s spirit-path, selfcare book calls; card readings. See ad, page 23.


Specializing in Anti-Aging Medicine. Board certified. Using a holistic approach to weight loss, hormone balancing, Alzheimer’s prevention, integrative cancer care and Mold (CIRS) care. See ad, page 21.

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

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


Dr. Sarah Axtell and Dr. Joanne Aponte are naturopathic doctors with a focus on autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, hormone imbalances, weight loss and hypothyroidism. See ad, page 8.

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

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

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


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

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


Bay View, Brown Deer, Milwaukee, Mequon and Wauwatosa locations We know Jack! Unlike other area grocers, we know by name many of the farmers and producers who supply Outpost with quality goods. See ad, page 15.


LANGLOIS’ VITAL NUTRITION CENTER 16655 W Wisconsin Ave, Brookfield 414-453-8289 store, 414-453-4070 office

Langlois’ Vital Nutrition Center is at the forefront in optimal nutrition. Optimal nutrition equals: Increased energy, more productivity, enhanced emotions, improved brain function and more. See ad, page 7.

Kris Nelsen, Senior Pastor 5806 W National Ave, West Allis LightOfGrace.Church A loving, spiritual community dedicated to the teachings in A Course in Miracles. Our center honors all paths; Join us Sundays at 10am for an ACIM message, meditation & music. See ad, page 21.



3805 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood 414-403-2053

9415 W Forest Home, Hales Corners 262-498-4162

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

Rhiana Tehan is trained in Usui and Holy Fire Karuna Reiki. Earn CEUs. If you’re looking for certified training and compassionate healing sessions, call Rhiana.



121 E Silver Spring Dr, Ste 208, Whitefish Bay 414-758-0657 • Reiki/energy healing is a powerful treatment that helps the body relax at a very deep level, allowing the body to activate its own ability to heal itself. See ad, page 29.



Yellow Wood specializes in premier outdoor gear with a conscience, passion for what we do and purpose to create a better society and community. See ad, page 7.

Bringing together Western psychology and Eastern wisdom traditions for your healing and growth. Treatment for depression, anxiety, trauma and life transitions. See ad, page 29.




13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove 262-787-3001 •

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 13.


4727 S Howell Ave, Ste LL, Milwaukee 414-331-8626

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.

Kelly Kolodzinski specializes in medical thermography, colon hydrotherapy, integrative nutrition, coaching and reiki. Renew Holistic Wellness provides a fresh approach to transforming your health and wellness. See ad, page 20.


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