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New Student Specials During September at Sacred Sound Yoga


osie Rain, owner of Sacred Sound Yoga, would like to encourage people to try kundalini yoga for its myriad health benefits and to experience her unique style of teaching focused on detoxification through breath and energy balancing. During the month of September, Rain will offer some specials: $5 for new students to try a kundalini class, or get 10 classes for $25. Sacred Sound Yoga studio is located in a vintage art deco space with hardwood floors, high ceilings and plants. “The environment is serene and will inspire students to be at peace within themselves, and Rosie Rain to feel safe and comfortable to travel inward through meditation—versus the contrast of a gym yoga class setting or larger studio,” Rain says. “The intimate healing space allows for much individual instruction with attention to details. We build on a strong foundation, the fundamentals of yoga, including proper alignment and breathing.” Rain is a reiki master teacher and experienced yoga teacher, certified by the Kundalini Research Institute. She incorporates spiritual teachings, meditation and sound healing through original music into all of her classes. Location: 3805 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood. For more information or to sign up for classes, call 414-403-2053 or visit See listing, page 31.

Animal Communicator Relocates, Shifts Services to Phone, Internet


tacy Krafczyk of All Spirit Healing has moved to southern California, but she will still serve Wisconsin residents by providing services over the phone for animal communication, energy work, intuitive readings and afterlife communication sessions. Over 70 percent of her business was already over the phone to people all over the world. Krafczyk will do phone or internet sessions exclusively until she settles into her new home, and then she’ll begin offering in-person sessions in California. “Even though I’ve moved, I’m excited to continue providing support, help and clarity for people and their animal companions,” says Krafczyk. “I absolutely adore my human and animal clients and still have plenty of room in my Stacy Krafczyk schedule to offer more guidance by phone and the internet.” Even though Krafczyk’s location is now in the Pacific time zone, she offers a flexible appointment schedule with weekend and evening hours. She also offers classes on meditation and intuition as well as animal communication workshops over the phone and internet to help give pet parents the necessary tools and guidance to implement daily on their own. Krafczyk may add in-person sessions in southern California, which will be shared on her Facebook business page, and a free email newsletter. People can sign up online by clicking “Schedule an Appointment” on the top right corner of For more information, email or visit See ad, page 24.

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he Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) will celebrate its most recent gift, Robert Indiana’s iconic The American LOVE sculpture, with a special grand unveiling ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m., September 5. Joe Martin Lin-Hill, deputy director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, will discuss Indiana and his career. The unveiling of the installed sculpture takes place at 6:45 p.m. The American LOVE was previously on display at the head of Wisconsin Avenue last summer during Sculpture Milwaukee 2018, and then donated to the museum’s collection by an anonymous donor and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Admission to both events and MAM will be free all day for everyone for Meijer Free First Thursday. Indiana was born in 1928 in New Castle, Indiana, and took his home state as his last name in 1958. He began his career showing his early works in pivotal group shows at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1961 and became associated with the pop art movement. Indiana created The American LOVE sculpture in 1970, patterned after his popular LOVE print images. Indiana also painted the large M that graced the basketball court formerly used by the Milwaukee Bucks at the MECCA arena during the 1970s and 1980s. Indiana died in May 2018. Location: 700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee. For more information, visit


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People with generalized anxiety disorders affecting all aspects of life are more likely to have seasonal allergies triggered by grass or tree pollen and people with depression are more likely to suffer from chronic allergies triggered by such irritants as animal hair and dust mites, report German researchers at the Technical University of Munich. In the study of 1,782 people, they also found that food and drug allergies were unaffected by psychosocial disorders.

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Maqui, tiny black berries that grow wild in the rain forests of Chile and Argentina, are beloved by small birds. Now they are showing promise for computer-weary humans with dry eyes. In a recent study, Japanese researchers tested a standardized maqui berry extract on 74 people that suffered from dry eyes and eye fatigue that used computers, smartphones or video games for more than four hours a day. Half took 60 milligrams of the maqui berry extract and half took a placebo for four weeks. The maqui berry group showed significantly greater production of lacrimal fluid in both eyes compared to the placebo group, and also reported less eye fatigue and more relaxed shoulders.

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Regular exposure to sunlight decreases the incidence of irritable bowel disease (IBD) in children, researchers from the Australian National University report. They compared 99 children with IBD with 396 healthy children using interviews with parents to establish a database. For every 10 minutes of sunlight exposure a day on average, there was a 6 percent reduction in risk, and 30 minutes a day reduced the risk by 20 percent. Also, children with deeper tans were at lower risk. IBD, which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, has been shown in previous studies to be less common among people that live in sunnier places and closer to the Equator.

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Preventive antibiotics are frequently prescribed by dentists for older patients with certain heart conditions, but Oregon State University researchers recently found that those antibiotics, which can expose patients to unwelcome side effects, are unnecessary 81 percent of the time. Using four years of a healthcare claims database of almost 170,000 prescriptions involving more than 90,000 patients with an average age of 63, the research found that fewer than 21 percent should have been given antibiotics based on heart conditions. The findings are important because dentists are responsible for 10 percent of all antibiotic prescriptions written in the U.S., and overuse of antibiotics contributes to bacteria evolving to make the drugs ineffective.

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Pollution More Deadly Than Cigarettes

Toxic air is killing more people in Europe than tobacco smoking, according to new research published in the European Heart Journal. The number of early deaths caused by air pollution is double previous estimates and the lives of 800,000 people worldwide are cut short by an average of more than two years, the scientists calculated. Although air pollution enters through the lungs, its impact via the bloodstream on heart disease and strokes is responsible for twice as many deaths as respiratory diseases. Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, says, “Toxic air doesn’t just cut lives short. It also seriously affects the health and quality of life of millions of people.”

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Among Kolodzinski’s efore forming Renew services, it’s colon hydroHolistic Wellness, therapy that generates many Kelly Kolodzinski questions and curiosity, but lived on the East Coast and that’s okay with her. “It’s taworked in advertising; a proboo in society to talk about fession known for high stress the colon, but it shouldn’t and long hours. Despite be. Colon health is integral being physically active and to our overall health and eating what she thought were vitality,” she affirms. “Colon healthy foods, she develhydrotherapy is a gentle oped vertigo and often felt bath for the large intestine fatigued. Standard medical with purified water. The tests provided no answers as Kelly Kolodzinski process gently bathes water to what was ailing her and into the large intestine and carries it back she continued to develop more symptoms. out, along with old stool and toxins that Kolodzinski returned to her homecan build up inside the colon, almost like town of Milwaukee and began researching plaster on a wall.” food allergies on her own. With the help Kolodzinski uses the Wood Hygienic of a local natural health practitioner, she gravity method, in which water is fed discovered that the crux of her problem by gravity with little to no pressure. The was leaky gut, a digestive issue that causes process differs from an enema, which often an immune reaction. She shifted her diet just hydrates and cleans out a portion of and lifestyle to fix her leaky gut, as well as hypothyroidism, and hormonal imbalances the colon, whereas colon hydrotherapy can clean the entire large intestine. She emphacaused primarily by stress. sizes that colon hydrotherapy also does not “Once I began my health journey, my work like laxatives where one becomes reliheart wasn’t in advertising anymore,” she ant on them. Regular colon hydrotherapy says. “I always wanted a job where I could treatments can improve regularity and be a permanent student, learning and strengthen the elimination process. helping people.” She kept her full-time job The process is discreet and is done while earning a coaching certificate from with a closed system, with a water-feed tube the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She and a waste disposal tube. She notes that also became a certified colon hydrotheramost people are good candidates for colon pist through the Wood Hygienic Institute, hydrotherapy, especially those who experias well as becoming a certified thermograence gas, bloating, incomplete elimination, phy technician through Kane IR Services. constipation, diarrhea, skin issues, low In 2016, she began offering coaching energy levels and more. Through Kolodzprograms from home and traveled to offer inski’s intake process, she can determine if thermography services. This past January, someone is not a candidate or would need a Kolodzinski moved her practice, Renew doctor’s referral to receive the procedure. Holistic Wellness, to a location on Howell Another of her services is thermograAvenue in Milwaukee, across from General phy, which is a non-invasive risk assessMitchell International Airport.



ment procedure that produces a heat-map image of the body—a useful tool since inflammation produces heat. According to a Harvard Medical School report, “Chronic inflammation plays a central role in some of the most challenging diseases of our time, including rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and even Alzheimer’s.” “Thermography is as easy as getting your picture taken,” Kolodzinski explains. “It’s an infrared image that can assess risk for breast cancer, sports injuries, determine a source of pain, identify low-grade thyroid disorders and more.” Kolodzinski states that with breast cancer as a growing concern, people shouldn’t wait until it’s too late to understand breast health. “Understanding risk means you can then implement preventative lifestyle and dietary changes, wear better bras and use less toxic deodorant and products in order to lower risk and improve breast health. Every month should be breast cancer prevention month.” Kolodzinski takes a non-judgmental approach toward coaching services. She believes this helps peel back the layers in order to understand the stories that we all tell ourselves and memories we have that make us act a certain way today. “I want to provide a safe space so people can share those stories.” She works with coaching clients to help them understand their priorities and goals, identify steps to achieve those goals, and understand why people get in their own way and prevent growth. Kolodzinski jokes about the irony of going from a career advertising foods that she now believes nobody should eat. Satisfied with the slice of life she’s created, she shares her story to help others. “I love meeting people. Everyone has a wonderful, unique story. I’m always learning and finetuning what I do, and adding more ways to help people discover how to feel their best.” Renew Holistic Wellness is located at 4727 S. Howell Ave., Ste. LL, Milwaukee. For more info or a free 30-minute consultation, call 414331-8626 or visit RenewHolistic To read the Harvard report, visit y3l6orkk. See ad, page 19. Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings. September 2019


During stress, the body is primed to resist or escape a threat, and … it’s not going to prioritize restorative activities. laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, it is now understood that prolonged daily stress weakens DNA structures by shortening chromosome-protecting telomeres, a major component in premature cell death and the trigger of genetic, predisposed markers for disease. Studies by Dr. Owen Wolkowitz, of the University of California, San Francisco, demonstrate the link between shortened telomeres and insufficient response to free radicals, resulting in chronic inflammation, now believed to be the catalyst of most degenerative

Age-Defying Bodywork How to Turn Back the Clock by Marlaina Donato


t has been said that stress kills, and it often can be a slow and premature process, leading to common but avoidable symptoms of decline: impaired memory, loss of mobility, fatigue and decreased libido. Good nutrition, getting enough sleep and staying active contribute to vitality; however, fortifying the nervous system is critical to combating age-accelerating stress hormones like cortisol. The key to keeping body and mind young may lie in the therapeutic modalities of bodywork, an umbrella term for up to 350 methods that include massage, energy work and meridian-based therapies like acupuncture, shiatsu and reflexology, which can improve quality of life and promote cellular integrity. Once considered a luxury confined to spas and private home sessions, bodywork is moving into the medical mainstream with reputable hospitals like the Memorial Sloan Ket16


tering Cancer Center, in New York City, which offers reiki sessions and instruction for patients and caregivers. According to a survey by the American Hospital Association, reiki and its close cousin Therapeutic Touch comprise one of three top complementary therapies in American hospitals, along with massage therapy and music. The Arthritis Foundation recommends massage for all types of arthritis and pain syndromes like fibromyalgia, as it can reduce discomfort and stress.

The Chemistry of Premature Aging

Busy lives without enough downtime can set up the body to be in a chronic state of “fight-or-flight”, which compromises cardiovascular health, nutrient absorption, waste elimination and immunity. Thanks to groundbreaking researchers like Nobel

diseases. Psychological stress, according to research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Sheldon Cohen of Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, changes how the body regulates inflammatory response. “Stress and inflammation cause pain and disease,” says Certified Reflexologist and holistic practitioner Martha Garland, of CreativeSpirit Healing Arts, in Baltimore. “All of this that we carry in our bodies will make us feel much older than our years.” Through application of pressure on specific reflex zones on the feet, hands and ears, reflexologists like Garland can help promote the natural flow of bodily functions. “Reflexology, a modality that is separate from massage therapy, reduces the tension, stress and pain that we hold in our feet and in the rest of our body, which can promote longevity and better quality of life,” she says. Certified craniosacral therapist Margaret Connolly, of Narberth, Pennsylvania, agrees that mental or emotional


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strain plays a key role in the aging process. “During stress, the body is primed to resist or escape a threat, and in that situation, it’s not going to prioritize restorative activities,” she says. Craniosacral therapy (CST) focuses on the cerebrospinal fluid and the meninges surrounding the brain, spinal cord and related connective tissue, and helps the body drop out of excessive fightor-flight mode.

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Bodywork and its ability to impact the chemistry of stress has far-reaching effects on most bodily systems. Studies in 2016 from the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine have shown that massage therapy helps to regulate hormones, boost immunity, improve attentiveness and ease the symptoms of depression. Licensed Massage Therapist Michele Duncan King, of Sea Spell Massage, in Cannon Beach, Oregon, knows firsthand how her work can assist in counteracting the energy-sapping effects of stress. “When the digestive system doesn’t go into the ‘rest-and-digest’ state via activation of the parasympathetic nervous system, it can affect muscles, joints, organs and hormones. This, along with elevated cortisol, can certainly make us function less optimally, making us feel older and less vibrant.” Traditional massage modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, Thai and Lomi Lomi help reduce blood pressure, boost immunity by augmenting natural killer cells, decrease symptoms of depression and support the cardiovascular system. It can also assist lymphatic movement, which can prevent cold hands and feet and achiness. Massage also raises serotonin and dopamine levels, neurotransmitters that play vital roles in memory, mood regulation and immunity. Most significantly, higher serotonin levels are linked to lower levels of substance P, a neuropeptide that is central in pain perception. It soars during times of stress, anxiety and insufficient sleep, and has also been linked to tumor growth and inflammatory conditions.

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Bodywork can assist the physical body, but it can also be a restorative balm for the emotions and psyche. “As human beings, touch is so important. Massage modalities invite safe, healing touch,” says Anita Bondi, licensed massage therapist and a founder of the Wellspring Holistic Center, in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. “A good therapist will also educate a client about other benefits of a more holistic lifestyle. I believe any time we give ourselves permission to listen to the body’s wisdom and follow its lead, we reduce stress and increase well-being.” While women are more apt to include bodywork sessions in their health care,

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men can be hesitant. Connolly encourages both women and men to experience CST and other modalities. “Sometimes men are a bit nervous about being touched, whether the practitioner is male or female. Even when open to hands-on therapy, some men believe extremely deep pressure is needed in order to be effective.” Not so, says Connolly, who cites the experience of Mark Bertolini, CEO of the Aetna health insurance company, who credits CST with saving his life when he was contemplating suicide and suffering severe neuropathic pain from a skiing accident.

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CST can also have an impact on women’s hormonal changes. “Very slight movement of tissues near the pituitary gland can exert a subtle pumping motion on the master gland in a way that will facilitate its

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Most practitioners believe that deriving benefits from bodywork requires consistency, which can support longevity in unexpected ways. Garland says, “What really makes a difference in reducing chronic stress is consistent stress reduction. One session occasionally will feel good and reduce tension temporarily, but will not make a major difference in reducing stress in the long term.” King agrees: “A massage once a month is my recommendation for ideal overall maintenance, and more frequent sessions for specific conditions or goals.” Research and results confirm that well-being is not a luxury, but a necessity, and puts to rest the idea that bodywork is a guilty pleasure. “The more we do to help ourselves, the better our lives will be as we age,” says Bondi. Marlaina Donato is certified in massage and bodywork, and is the author of several books. Connect at

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ary felt like an “old lady”. An active retiree, she found she was no longer able to participate in her chosen daily activities. Embarrassed that she walked with a limp and needed a cane to get around, she began turning down social invitations. She was frustrated with how stiff and tight her body was during any movement. Most aging adults would gladly take a drink from the fountain of youth if it were ever offered to them. They would give anything to be able to get out of bed easily each morning and move freely throughout the day; to do all of the things they could do in their youth without pain, such as play with their grandchildren, go on vacations, exercise, participate in recreational activities and enjoy sex with their partners—and to look and feel fit, toned and attractive. Unfortunately, being able to move freely to enjoy life’s pleasures can become more difficult as time goes by. Arthritis, scar tissue from previous injuries or surgeries, old traumas and cumulative stress all wreak havoc on the human body. Although pain, tightness, and progressive difficulty performing everyday activities are often considered a “normal” part of the aging process, it’s not normal at all. For the past 20 years, people suffering with pain, tightness and limited movements have been able to find relief and resolution of acute and chronic issues through a unique assessment and treatment approach called Muscle Activation Techniques, also known as MAT. The sports world is more familiar with MAT due to its successes in aiding athletes. In a 2016 Sports Illustrated article, U.S. Women’s National Team and Seattle Reign goalkeeper Hope Solo and her strength-and-conditioning coach discussed

how they’re using MAT to improve Solo’s balance in order to finetune her athletic performance. In 2015, numerous professional athletes were interviewed by The Washington Times about how effective this treatment approach has been in helping them recover faster and “resolve injuries that cannot be healed through conventional rehabilitation.” As with athletes, MAT provides hope and healing to aging adults who have been told that surgery wasn’t an option, that nothing could be done to help them, and that they have to learn to live with the pain. Mary’s sister referred her to a local MAT specialist to help resolve her chronic lower back and foot pain. Over the years, Mary had already been through a few rounds of traditional physical therapy, and had also tried chiropractic, acupuncture and other alternative treatments, but she was still left wanting more relief. Through the holistic Muscle Activation Techniques approach, a key missing piece of the healing puzzle is discovered and resolved. Instead of releasing tightness, or “knots”, in muscles to alleviate uncomfortable sensations, MAT specifically targets the root of the problem: muscle weakness. Muscle weakness, which is caused by stress, trauma, or overuse, is the inability of a muscle to contract efficiently to support the body. Instead, the body uses “compensations” to keep moving forward despite weakness, but these movement compensations are not as efficient, and eventually lead to unstable posture and alignment, bone degeneration, dysfunctional movement patterns and energy drains on the body—all symptoms that most people equate with the normal aging process. By activating weak muscles, MAT resolves the

need for movement compensations and restores muscle activity required for healthy movement, allowing full healing to occur. Mary’s MAT specialist discovered that Mary’s hip mobility was locked up. By using hands-on techniques and gentle exercises to activate a few muscles associated with the limited movement, Mary’s hip range-of-motion improved significantly. After her treatment, she stood up and noticed a huge reduction in both her back and foot pain. By activating her hip muscles, Mary’s pelvis was in a more balanced alignment, which took pressure off her lower back. By being able to use her hip muscles more efficiently, the weight-bearing forces were distributed evenly throughout her leg, taking pressure off of her sore foot. Within a few weeks, Mary no longer walked with a cane and she had resumed her favorite activities again. MAT may not be able to “turn back the clock”, but by simply improving the way the muscles work to support the body, aging adults can become stronger, feel more flexible and fluid with their everyday movements, and return to the activities they enjoy. Life should be lived to the fullest, and MAT can help this happen naturally. Physical Therapist Emily Yenor is Mary’s MAT specialist, and the owner of 1212 Bodyworks in Brookfield, WI. She offers a complimentary consultation to those interested in discovering how to help their body move and feel its best. To learn more, call 414-405-3956, email, or visit To read referenced articles, visit and See ad, page 11.

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n Ayurveda, food is medicine,” says Susan Weis-Bohlen, the Reisterstown, Maryland, instructor and author of Ayurveda Beginner’s Guide: Essential Ayurvedic Principles and Practices to Balance and Heal Naturally. “How we feed ourselves is the first line of disease prevention and longevity.” First developed in India some 5,000 years ago, Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. It works to rebalance mental and physical health in coordination with mind-body energy types called doshas. The primary ones—Vata, Pitta and Kapha—correlate to the five elements of space, air, fire, earth and water, and can fluctuate over time. An Ayurvedic diet can help address dosha imbalances and optimize health and well-being. New York City chef, restauranteur and author Divya Alter embraced Ayurveda while suffering from an autoimmune disorder that conventional medicine couldn’t cure. “Food was instrumental to my healing,” she says.

“In Ayurveda, we look to seasons to determine what to eat based on what is naturally available, like eating light juicy fruits in summer rather than the heavy root vegetables abundant in winter,” notes Weis-Bohlen. Spices and herbs have powerful healing properties that can be combined in different ways to balance doshas in tune with the seasons. “In winter, use warming spices like ginger, cinnamon or chilies, and

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Proper combination and selection of ingredients are a critical component of Ayurveda, according to Alter, author of What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen. She says, “Well-prepared food is easy to digest and protects prana—the food’s living force or energy—so it can nourish and energize.” Ayurveda also focuses on the “six tastes” ideally present in every dish: sweet, sour, salty, astringent, bitter and pungent. “Western cuisine has a strong salty and sweet bias. Health issues arise from an imbalanced palate,” says Shah. Alter adjusts taste profiles according to the season and the individual’s dosha. “Bitter foods can be very cleansing and help eliminate winter sluggishness. More pungent foods are good in the spring, when the body may feel congested and heavy after winter,” she says. To address diners’ differing doshas at her restaurant, Divya’s Kitchen, Alter focuses on seasonal dishes that incorporate all six tastes. “By definition, these are tri-doshic foods which can balance all three dosha types.”

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he rules of Ayurvedic cooking can seem overwhelming, but there are simple ways to start aligning our diet with its principles. “There is a profound knowledge behind Ayurvedic cooking, but the methods of preparation are easy; you don’t need to be a skilled chef,” says chef, restauranteur and author Divya Alter. “One portion of food should fit in your hands when cupped together,” says Nishita Shah, of The Ayurvedic Institute. “Any more is going above and beyond what the body needs and can handle.” “Energetic imbalances can fluctuate, so what you need now doesn’t have to be what you eat for the rest of your life,” says Alter. Shah uses color to guide her cooking, declaring a dish done when its greens are at peak vibrancy.

Alter stresses eating according to the strength of your digestion. “Someone with a fiery or strong digestion may need to eat heavier foods and more frequent meals.” Cooking with fresh, high-quality and ideally, organic ingredients is key. Food should be prepared soon after purchase and consumed soon after preparation to maximize flavors and nutrition. Ayurvedic cooking enhances natural flavors, while optimizing digestion, nutrient absorption and waste elimination. “How you experience food after a meal is just as important as how you feel while eating it. Deep frying, charring or cooking at high temperatures makes food hard to digest, overheats the liver and causes acidity,” says Alter.

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Good tri-doshic foods include asparagus in spring, berries in summer and root vegetables in winter. “Cooked leafy greens can also be tri-doshic,” says Alter, adding that spices can tweak the natural dosha effect of a given food.

Ancient Cooking for Modern Lifestyles Ayurveda’s rules of the kitchen—such as avoiding cold, raw, processed or microwaved foods, not combining fruits with other foods, and making lunch the heaviest meal of the day—can run counter to the typical Western diet, but with time, Ayurvedic cooking can become intuitive. Ayurvedic meals don’t need to be complicated or challenging to prepare. “A

First developed in India some 5,000 years ago, Ayurveda is one of the oldest medical systems simple apple or plain rice can nourish us,” says Shah. One of Alter’s favorite recipes is an apple or pear stewed with cloves, prepared and eaten first thing in the morning to stimulate the digestive system. Plain almonds are another good protein snack, especially in aiding digestion when soaked and peeled, she advises. A “Buddha bowl” packed with colorful, sautéed vegetables, lentils and a grain like quinoa, barley or millet makes for a simple, nourishing, well-balanced meal,

says Shah. “I try to add just enough spice to enhance the flavor, while still being able to taste the sweetness of a carrot or the bitterness of chard.” A cook’s mindset is as important as the meal itself, say Ayurvedic practitioners. Alter believes mindfulness while cooking and eating not only enhances our experience, but also our digestion. Ayurvedic cooking should be fun, ignite curiosity and taste great—not feel restrictive or lack flavor, says Shah. “Food should bring joy, and bring us back in tune with our bodies. Our bodies are smart and will tell us what they need.” April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at

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While Ayurveda does nor promote snacking, sometimes we just need a little something to peck on now and then. Crunchy garbanzo beans (chickpeas) make a satisfying and supremely healthy choice for Pitta and Kapha. As witnessed by the many packaged chickpea snacks now commonly seen in stores, chickpeas are popular, so make this snack for a quarter of the price. Customize the flavors to satisfy a personal dosha, and palate, by getting creative with the spices.

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Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, and use a spatula to turn the chickpeas over. Place back in the oven and roast for an additional 10 minutes or until the chickpeas are slightly browned. Roast a little longer, if desired, for crunchier chickpeas. Store the crunchy chickpeas in an airtight container. Do not refrigerate. These are great to sprinkle on salads and rice dishes. Don’t make more than can be eaten in three days. To cook dry chickpeas, soak overnight, drain and place into a large soup pot. Cover with water, at least double the amount of beans. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for at least 30 to 45 minutes. Check on the beans during cooking. When they are soft, they are done. Recipe courtesy of Ayurveda Beginner’s Guide: Essential Ayurvedic Principles and Practices to Balance and Heal Naturally, by Susan Weis-Bohlen.

6 to 8 oz whole-fat goat’s milk for Kapha and Pitta or cow’s milk for Vata ½ tsp ghee ½ tsp turmeric powder ½ tsp ginger powder 1 pinch ground black pepper 1 pinch ground cinnamon 1 pinch ground nutmeg (to promote sleep) 1 small piece jaggery [sugar] (optional)


Add all the ingredients to a small pot. Over medium-high heat, bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for a minute or two. Pour into a mug and drink before bed. To enjoy this drink during the day, leave out the nutmeg. Tip: If experiencing constipation, adding more ghee to the milk will help. Recipe courtesy of Ayurveda Beginner’s Guide: Essential Ayurvedic Principles and Practices to Balance and Heal Naturally, by Susan Weis-Bohlen.

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Spread the rinsed chickpeas on a baking sheet to dry, about 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 450° F. In a mixing bowl, add the chickpeas; salt; paprika, cumin or garam masala (if using); and the oil (if using). Toss well to coat and spread on a baking sheet in a single layer.

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Vata, Pitta and Kapha pacifying Golden milk is an age-old recipe that nourishes the body on many levels. Turmeric helps reduce inflammation, ghee distributes the healing properties throughout the body and tryptophan in the milk will encourage sleep. It is calmative, restorative and delicious. Make this a vegan drink by substituting milk and ghee with almond oil and a dairy alternative such as almond milk, hemp milk or coconut milk made without zinc oxide.

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he season for wearing shorts and swimsuits may be coming to an end, but the unsightly—and often painful—puffy, blue streaks caused by varicose veins will likely remain an issue for many. While more than 40 percent of adults suffer from them, women are affected two to three times more often, according to a study in the journal BMJ Clinical Evidence. It cites child-bearing, especially more than two pregnancies, as one root cause of varicose veins. However, smoking, family history, obesity and professions that involve extended periods of standing and sitting such as chefs, hairdressers, office workers and healthcare professionals can also contribute to the condition. Birthdays can also be a factor. “As we age, the leg skin gets thinner from wear and tear,” says Marcelle Pick, an integrative OB/GYN nurse practitioner in Falmouth, Maine, resulting in even more visible veins. However, these lumpy blood vessels can cause more than cosmetic issues Varicose veins can promote pain, cramping, itching and swelling of lower legs, ankles and feet, as well as lead to more serious health conditions involving blood clots and poor circulation. There are a number of natural strategies that can alleviate symptoms and even prevent them from developing.

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Varicose veins are the result of valve damage and loss of elasticity that allows blood

to pool inside the vessel. “When you’re standing still for a long period of time, the valves stop working and blood fills in the vein, creating more and more pressure, which dilates it like a water balloon,” says Dr. Mary Sheu, assistant professor of dermatology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Walking, swimming, cycling and trampoline jumping are among the most beneficial activities. Sheu says it helps to get up and walk around every half hour for those with a stationary desk job. “Do some squats or go on your tiptoes to get the blood pumping, so it’s not stagnant.” Aerial yoga or headstands are other exercises that help move blood from the feet to heart, along with using an inversion table that holds people upside-down. However, most people can’t stay in that position for any appreciable length of time, so an easy daily option is to elevate the legs on a pillow or small stool. “Any position where your legs are elevated above the level of your heart would help with the flow of fluid back towards the heart,” says Sheu. Work with gravity: the higher the elevation, the quicker blood returns to the heart.


Supportive legwear is another effective way to reduce water retention and swelling, boost circulation and improve pelvic posture. “Compression stockings help keep

everything cinched in so veins don’t stay dilated and the valves don’t move farther apart,” says Sheu, especially for frequent flyers stuck in a small seat for long flights. In addition to old-fashioned tights, support options range from chic, charcoal, high-denier hose and lacey knee socks to stylish compression leggings, athletic compression socks and light support pantyhose. Most are readily available in airports and retail outlets.

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Because obesity is a known cause of venous issues, maintaining a healthy weight is essential to lessening pressure on the lower limbs. Pick recommends an antiinflammatory diet rich in antioxidants that helps increase blood circulation. Foods like blueberries, blackberries, leafy greens, beets and ginger are good options. Chamomile and dandelion tea can arrest fluid retention, which relates to swelling and heaviness in the legs, as do botanical herbs. Ascorbic acid and ginkgo biloba stimulate circulation, helping the veins and capillaries contract. Australian naturopath Leah Hechtman, who specializes in reproductive health, often sees women dealing with compromised veins. “Rutin, quercetin, and vitamin P bioflavonoids, taken in conjunction with vitamin C, are effective at improving the integrity of the vein and improving blood flow,” she says. Another flavonoid, red vine leaf, reduces swelling and symptoms of tension and heaviness in the legs. Jill Blakeway, a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in New York City and author of Energy Medicine: The Science and Mystery of Healing, advises, “CoQ10 increases circulation, while horse chestnut and bilberry reduce inflammation and increase fluid circulation.” She also recommends bromelain, which is an anti-inflammatory and reduces the risk of blood clots, with acupuncture to raise central qi, which improves the elasticity of blood vessels and improves blood flow. Melanie Laporte is a freelance writer and licensed massage therapist based in Austin, Texas. September 2019


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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Unity of Faiths – 4-7pm. A presentation by Dr Vijay Chatoorgoon, Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Manitoba, Canada, who teaches, in addition to engineering, Eastern philosophy and meditation. The spiritual teaching is a result of a directive by his guru to teach spirituality and continue an act he did in previous lives. His talk will focus on Unity of Faiths. A free meal will be served following the presentation. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-4750105.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Girl’s Night Out: Pre-Event to Spirit & Wellness Fair – 6-9pm. Enjoy an evening of relaxation with spirit readers and mini healing sessions. Light snacks. Pay as you go for readings and services.


$15/entry, $15/15 minutes of services. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Spirit & Wellness Fair - Lake Country – 10am4pm. Experience private sessions with readers and healers. Vendors. Schedule sessions in advance or just drop in. Check the FB for details. No entrance fee; services $20 for 15 min. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607. Angel Guidance Card Play – 1-4pm. Create 75 angel inspired guidance cards; learn five different card layouts to use for yourself and for others. A box will be provided for your cards. $30. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414475-0105.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Wellness Metaphysical Fair – 11am-5pm. Energy healers, the best readers in Southeastern Wisconsin, and vendors. South Hall, New Berlin Ale House, 16000 W Cleveland Ave, New Berlin. Spiritual Reiki II Class – 1-5pm. Must have taken reiki. Students will learn reiki symbols, hand positions, and ways to offer Reiki to animals. Receive Level II attunement. $125. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Gallery Reading with Brenda – 6-8pm. As a talented psychic medium Brenda will be sharing messages from loved ones through spirit using her gift as a clairsentient. $45. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. Qs?: 262-367-0607.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 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.

3rd Annual Women’s Mushroom Conference: Mycelium Mysteries – Sept 27-29. Workshops for every level of experience on wild mushroom gathering and identification, fungal ecology, mushroom medicine and nutrition, ethnomycology, women’s roles in the herstory of fungi, mushroom arts and crafts, herbal wisdom and more. A place to share knowledge and get comfortable with using our mycological skills in a supportive community. Includes marketplace, evening activities, keynote speakers and opportunities for networking and conversation. Keynote speakers Katherine MacLean & Gina Rivers Contla speak about groundbreaking topics including mushrooms as guardians of the ecosystem as well as allies for life’s transitions. 2 preconference intensive workshops Sept 26, 6-9pm, or Sept 27, from 9am-12pm. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. MidwestWomens

plan ahead OCTOBER Retreat at Unity Milwaukee – Oct 5. 9:30am4:30pm. A one-day retreat with Ronald E Moor: The Deep Ecological Wisdom of the Tao Te Ching – A Way Forward Calling to Us from Our Ancient Past. $79, lunch included. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. RSVP Marj Nixon: 414-763-2843. Wellness Body, Mind, Spirit Expo – Oct 20. 10am5pm. The latest in new thought presentations, alternative health, psychics, mediums and astrologers. From reiki masters to naturopaths to fitness experts to crystal specialists, a variety of exhibitors as well as informative and entertaining presentations are included with admission. $7, free/children under 12 free. Four Points Sheraton Milwaukee North Shore, 8900 North Kildeer Ct, Brown Deer. Joanne: 414349-4932. Qigong Retreat with Lorrie Formella – Oct 25. 9-4:30pm. Experience a rejuvenating day retreat to activate the healer within. Learn practices from the nine phase integral qigong, meditations and a 10-minute morning qigong routine. $165; includes The Healing Promise of Qi, by Roger Janke. Held at Golden Light Healing Retreat Center. Info: 920-609-8277.

NOVEMBER Mediumship Training With Amy Wilinski – Nov 18-19. 9am-4pm. Learn to connect with the spirit world. This workshop will teach you a variety of techniques to connect with souls who have passed on. During this highly experiential class you will learn to make those connections with the spirit world, and how to give an evidential reading. $295/ commuter-lunch, $350/shared cabin room and meals, $395/private cabin room and meals. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center. For info: 920-6098277.

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ongoing events



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. Unity

Reiki Training – Offered monthly, all levels of reiki training. Amy Wilinski has trained thousands of students in reiki including teaching it at UWMilwaukee and area hospitals. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center, near Green Bay. More info: 920-609-8277.

sunday A.C.I.M. Study Group – A Course in Miracles study group, following Fellowship. Love offering. Conference Room, Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Unity Friendship and Potluck Sunday – After Fellowship. Last Sun. Bring a friend and receive a copy of Joe Sweeney’s new book, After Further Review, as a reward. Bring a dish to share and enjoy with your spiritual community. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Unity Kundalini Yoga – 9-10:15am. Balances the glands and hormones, strengthens and energizes all body systems; an integrative practice of all eight limbs of yoga uplifts consciousness, clears and opens chakras, tunes up 72,000 nerves in preparation for meditation. Preregistration required. $20; class pack discounts. Sacred Sound Yoga, 3805 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood. Rosie Rain: 414-403-2053. 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

monday Life Journey Group – 7-9pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. Likeminded people who wish to grow spiritually come together to explore ideas and discuss topics of interest without fear of judgment. Fireside Room, Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105.

tuesday 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. $5. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UnityCenter


Silent Unity Prayer and Healing Circle – 11am. This prayer time coincides with the prayer time at World Headquarters Silent Unity where prayer partners are praying 24/7/365. This is a powerful time to join in prayer. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Unity Grief Support Group – 7pm. 4th Thu This open support group offers friendship, understanding and acceptance in a safe, confidential setting. Here you will find help to deal with loss or change. Free. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Sue Albert: 414-530-5595.

saturday Citizens Climate Lobby – 10:30am-1pm. 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.

Writing Wednesdays for Women to Write – 10:30am-12:30pm. 4th Wed. With Anne Wondra. $12.50. Fireside Room, Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Anne: 262-544-4310.

Yoga Basics – 12-1pm. Learn the foundations of yoga from the ground up, with proper breath and alignment, cultivating awareness and presence through meditative practice. No experience necessary. Preregistration required. $20; class pack discounts. Sacred Sound Yoga, 3805 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood. Rosie Rain: 414-403-2053. Sacred

Wisconsin Asberger’s Empowerment Group – 6:30-9pm. 2nd & 4th Wed. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Unity

Wisconsin Asberger’s Empowerment Group – 6:30-9pm. 1st & 3rd Sat. Group game nights. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa.

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

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 11.


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.

BEST DAY HEALING Lisa Brown 515-203-5561






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Your animals have a message for you! Healing for you and your animals. Animal communication, loved ones in spirit, animal energy healing, events, classes, and private lessons. Lisa can work remotely.

CBD ZILIS ULTRA CELL CBD Brenda Diesing 262-957-4857

Cassondra Klein & Amanda Ewing 1428 N Farwell, Milwaukee 414-278-8922 Colon hydrotherapy is an integral part of whole-body health and can help gut issues, anxiety/depression, fatigue, acne, detoxification, pain, headaches, and much more. See ad, page 20.


Brenda Diesing is a passionate advocate for natural health and wellness. Discover the benefits of Ultra Cell’s CBD Liquid, Topical, and Ultra Boosters by Zilis. See ad, page 17.


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 2.


13000 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove 262-787-3001 • Our Crystal Emporium features unique and exquisite crystals, stones and natural stone jewelry at affordable prices. Crystal Workshops and therapeutic Crystal Healing sessions also available.


4763 N 124 St, Butler • 262-790-0748 Besides selling beautiful stones and crystals, we offer a variety of healing sessions, crystal healing classes, reiki, astrology, tarot readings and spiritual counseling. See ad, page 19.


4727 S Howell Ave, Ste LL, Milwaukee 414-331-8626 Kelly Kolodzinski specializes in t h e r m o g r a p h y, c o l o n h y d r o t h e r a p y, i n t e g r a t i v e nutrition, coaching and reiki. R e n e w H o l i s t i c We l l n e s s provides a fresh approach to transforming your health and wellness. See ad, page 19.

DENTISTRY BIONICA DENTAL WELLNESS 2566 Sun Valley Dr, Delafield 262-337-9745

Come experience modern, comprehensive, biological dentistry for the health-conscious community. Dr. Udoka Holinbeck’s holistic approach will give you confidence in your smile and your health. See ad, page 9.

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220 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 32.

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

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


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.

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 13.


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 20.


Diane Olson-Schmidt • 414-793-3652 Garden consultation, instruction, landscape design, wildflowers and woodland gardens, prairies, small ponds, rain gardens, landscape maintenance, organic lawn care. Organic landscape practices in all habitats. See ad, page 7.

LED PHOTO REJUVENATION 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 17.


Life should feel good; spirit, relationships, self and surroundings are support systems; as is love-your-life coaching, independent spiritual direction, restorative writing. See ad, page 19.

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




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 17.

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.



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.



12336 W Layton Ave, Ste 5, Greenfield Christine Maddox • 414-377-9593

Offering craniosacral therapy, neuromuscular re-education therapy, myofascial release, reiki, soft tissue mobilization, sports massage, therapeutic massage. See ad, page 8.


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 Dr. Mary Simon 1428 N Farwell, Milwaukee 414-278-8922 •

Identify and address the root causes of illness naturally with nutrition, herbs, homeopathy, and hydrotherapy. Clinical interests include gut health, mental/ emotional health, and hormonal imbalance. See ad, page 20.

MENTAL HEALTH DR SUSAN TRAFTON 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale 414-305-7496 Bringing together Western psychology and Eastern wisdom traditions for your healing and growth. Treatment for depression, anxiety, trauma and life transitions. See ad, page 11.

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


20720 W Watertown Rd, Ste 100, Brookfield 414-405-3956 Experience Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) to resolve muscle weakness at the root of pain and tightness. Emily helps you walk, bend, lift, reach and balance with ease. See ad, page 11.


Roxy’s Natural Cleaning is committed to getting the job done without the use of harmful chemicals. One time, monthly, bi-weekly and weekly cleaning options. Neighbor’s discount available. See ad, page 8.


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 23.



9415 W Forest Home, Hales Corners 262-498-4162 Rhiana Tehan is trained in Usui and Holy Fire Karuna Reiki. Earn CEUs. If you’re looking for certified training and compassionate healing sessions, call Rhiana.

Reiki/energy healing is a powerful treatment that helps the body relax at a very deep level, allowing the body to activate its own ability to heal itself. See ad, page 13.


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 18.

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.


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 18.

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 12.


4727 S Howell Ave, Ste LL, Milwaukee 414-331-8626 Kelly Kolodzinski specializes in thermography, colon hydrotherapy, integrative nutrition, coaching and reiki. Renew Holistic Wellness provides a fresh approach to transforming your health and wellness. See ad, page 19.

121 E Silver Spring Dr, Ste 208, Whitefish Bay 414-758-0657 •



Rev Mari Gabriels on 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa • 414-475-0105



16655 W Wisconsin Ave, Brookfield 414-453-8289 store, 414-453-4070 office


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


Coming Next Month

Oral Health Plus: Chiropractic Care


3805 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood 414-403-2053 Experienced yoga teacher, Reiki Master Teacher, musician and sound healer, Rosie Rain blends the healing power of yoga, reiki and sound into all of her classes.

414-841-8693 September 2019


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

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