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28 ESSENTIAL OILS FOR SUMMER
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30 JAMES GORMLEY
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n a recent sunny Sunday afternoon, I offered to help my friend Darrell transplant a field of elderberries at Wellspring Organic Farm, in West Bend. It’s been years since I’ve done any serious digging and it felt great. As dirt caked my fingernails and I regained a feel for using a shovel, I felt an unusual sense of joy and satisfaction that told me why so many young people are turning to farming. NBC reports that enrollment in university agriculture programs increased during the past decade, and the Future Farmers of America, an educational youth organization, now boasts nearly 600,000 members—the most since it was formed in 1928. Young entrepreneurs typically cite two primary reasons for taking up farming as a career: a stifling corporate world with little job security and a strong enough demand for locally and organically grown foods that they feel confident of success. Wisconsin is a hotbed of organic farming. According to the latest umbrella study available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, our state leads the nation in the number of organic dairy, beef, pig, chicken, turkey and sheep/lamb farms, and is second only to California in the total number of organic farms. Milwaukee has become a leader in urban agriculture. The local Victory Garden Initiative installed 548 new gardens during their most recent annual development blitz. Milwaukee Urban Gardens, a nonprofit land trust that partners with residents to cultivate healthy gardens and communities, has announced its 2014 Community Garden Grant for existing and planned community gardens. The Urban Ecology Center’s Real Food educational programs also strengthen the local sustainable food system by connecting the urban community to area farmers. And in 2013, Growing Power celebrated 20 years of transforming urban communities through the development of community food systems; people come from around the world to participate in the organization’s resident training and hands-on farming experiences. Even entrenched skeptics are starting to ask the right questions: Why are so many of us getting sick? Why are so many suffering from cancer and a range of autoimmune diseases that were rare 30 years ago? Why is one out of three children overweight or obese? Part of the answer may be found in the slowly but surely increasing use of toxic chemicals in the mass production of food. Despite mounting research studies showing that Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is detrimental to our health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency just ruled to allow residues of the chemical on food at concentrations a million times higher than levels shown in a recent study, published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, to induce the growth of human breast cancer cells. In 1826, the French epicurean Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin concluded a lifetime of observation by writing, “The future of the nations will depend on the manner of how they feed themselves.” Today the message is more pertinent than ever. Fortunately consumers still have a choice. By choosing to support local farmers that use organic growing methods, we can know and trust the source of our food and build community food systems that preserve the hope of a healthier future. To health-fortifying communities,
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newsbriefs Good Harvest Market to Build Larger Store
ood Harvest Market is breaking ground in July on a new, 23,000-square-foot building, which is about 10,000 square feet larger than their current facility and targeted to open in April 2015. Joe Nolan, who co-owns the company with his wife, Jody, says increased growth prompted the relocation to a 23-acre parcel, at the end of Meadow Lane, off Silvernail Road, in Pewaukee, about a quarter-mile from their present location. The new store will feature a bigger health and wellness department, with natural cosmetics, toiletries and supplements; a produce department that is twice as big; more bulk options, including grains and liquids such as olive oils, soaps and shampoos; a larger café with seating for 100; an outdoor patio with a fireplace; and an environmentally friendly dry cleaner. “The new design will close the cafe off from the rest of the store, so it can operate before and after business hours,” Nolan explains. “We’ll serve breakfast and dinner, have a room with a seating area for private functions and host events such as acoustic guitar nights with wine and beer available.” Nolan plans to use green practices throughout the construction; an herb garden will be installed and 17 acres will be set aside as a reserve for nature walks. “We will be as eco-friendly as we can make it,” he remarks. Current location: 1850 Meadow Lane. For more information, call 262-544-9380 or visit GoodHarvestMarket.com. See ad, page 3.
ransition Milwaukee will host the fifth annual Power Down Week from July 6 to 13 with a series of events and gatherings throughout the city designed to build community and reduce energy usage. Residents, businesses and organizations will set energy-saving and sustainability goals and collaborate as a community on do-it-yourself projects, energy descent concepts, resiliencerelated workshops and neighborhood parties. Power Down Week is intended to demonstrate ways Milwaukeeans can empower themselves beyond the use of fossil fuels. So far, events include a honey-tasting and mead-making workshop, potlucks, music jams and “anything goes” performance gatherings, clothing swaps, a permaculture tour, a bird walk, organized group cycling and a no-sew, repurposed T-shirt bag-making workshop. Transition Milwaukee also proposes a no-screen challenge, encouraging people to replace their computer, tablet, phone and television with a week of self-reliance and face-to-face social interaction. Carpooling, cycling, walking and public transportation are encouraged. Those interested in hosting gatherings or events can post them in the online calendar. Event hosts and Transition Milwaukee will cooperatively promote the events through social media, word of mouth, simple printed materials and local media outlets. For more information, call 414-339-6992 or visit PowerDownWeek.com.
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lagship, a Milwaukee fashion retailer, has added an eco-friendly line to the store’s curated collection of designer and contemporary brands of women’s apparel, accessories and handbags. The California-based design house, ecoSkin, uses environmentally sustainable fabrics in its dresses, tops, wraps, skirts and pants. All clothing is woven, dyed and sewn in the United States. Flagship also carries handmade cotton scarves from Ethiopia and artisan coffee from Colombia, Ethiopia and Rwanda. Flagship promises several art and fashion exhibitions this summer. Location: 706 N. Milwaukee St., Milwaukee. For more information, call 414-399-2373 or visit ShopFlagship.BigCartel.com or EcoSkinCollections.com.
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ssential oils show promise in preventing infections from the fungi Candida albicans and the bacteria methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to several recent studies. Romania’s Polytechnic University of Bucharest researchers found that topical application of the essential oils from Salvia officinalis (sage) and Anethum graveolens (dill) provided significant inhibition against the C. albicans fungi when compared with a standard antiseptic dressing. Scientists from England’s Manchester Metropolitan University compared the effects on three strains of MRSA in wound dressings containing the essential oils of patchouli, tea tree, geranium, lavender and grapefruit seed extract against a conventional antibacterial dressing of silver sulfadiazine cream. Each oil was applied independently and in combination with wound dressings. Grapefruit seed extract and geranium oil were found to most effectively inhibit the MRSA strains.
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cientists from Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University have found that extracts from ginger and turmeric may help prevent DNA damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, a leading cause of melanoma and other skin cancers. Fifteen herbal extracts were created; each was applied to human keratinocytes, the predominant cell type in the outer layer of skin that can be damaged by the sun’s rays. The researchers measured the ability of each herb extract to absorb ultraviolet radiation and act as an antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals. Turmeric and ginger extracts absorbed a significant amount of UVB rays before they could damage the skin, according to the results, published in Photochemistry and Photobiology. Each was found to stimulate the synthesis of thioredoxin 1, an antioxidant protein that appears to protect keratinocytes from DNA damage and toxicity to living cells.
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n a study published earlier this year in Pediatrics, researchers from Liverpool Women’s Hospital gave either a standard diet or that plus multivitamin and mineral supplementation intravenously to 150 preterm infants for 28 days after their birth. Supplemented babies had higher rates of growth, measured in weight, plus head circumference sizes that were between five and eight millimeters greater. The differences in head circumference remained nine months after the supplementation period ended.
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n addition to triggering vitamin D production, the sun may have other health benefits. University of Edinburgh researchers studied 24 healthy volunteers that used lamps that produce ultraviolet A (UVA) light mimicking the sun’s UVA rays, compared with similar lamps that only produce heat. Two sessions under the UVA lamps significantly lowered blood pressure and boosted nitric oxide levels in the blood. The latter is linked to better circulation. The scientists concluded that the combined effect may help prevent heart disease.
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onsuming dried plums, Prunus domestica, appears to reduce bone loss and may increase bone mass. Studying 236 post-menopausal women for one year, Florida State University researchers gave half of the women 100 grams of dried plums per day, while the other group received 100 grams of dried apples. Bone scans done at three, six and 12 months found significantly greater bone mineral density among the group that ate dried plums. A study from Oklahoma State University showed similar results with post-menopausal mice put on a diet supplemented with dried plums or other dried fruits for two months. Only the diet with dried plums prevented bone loss among the mice. Another study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, found increased bone mass among both elderly and adult male mice that ate a diet comprising 25 percent dried plums, while those that did not eat dried plums lost bone mass.
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he ancient ayurvedic herb ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) shows promise in reducing the symptoms of bipolar disorder, according to two recent studies. For eight weeks, scientists from the University of Pittsburgh’s Western Psychiatric Institute gave 500 milligrams per day of ashwagandha extract or a placebo to 53 patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The researchers used a series of bipolar tests to gauge cognition, response time, social cognition response and other processes. After the eight weeks, the group given ashwagandha showed significant improvements in auditory-verbal working memory, reaction time and social cognition. In a study published in the Indian Journal of Psychiatric Medicine, among a group of 64 men and women with chronic stress, after two months of ashwagandha treatment, standardized test scores revealed stress reduced by 44 percent, anxiety and insomnia by 68 percent and severe depression by 79 percent. Depression and anxiety are hallmarks of bipolar disorder.
Fruits and Veggies Boost Kids’ Learning and Social Skills
study published in the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association finds that increased fruit and vegetable consumption among schoolage children may increase learning skills related to interacting with others, as identified in social cognitive theory. Researchers divided 138 students into two groups, with one group consuming more fruits and vegetables than the other. After three months, the group on the healthier diet tested higher in social cognitive learning skills. They also scored better in self-efficacy (belief they could succeed) in difficult situations, social support and observational learning.
Cover artist Robin Moline is a commercial illustrator and artist whose work has graced ad campaigns, magazine covers, product labels and other prominent communications across the globe for more than three decades. Moline especially enjoys doing illustration projects that reflect her enthusiasm for global sustainability. The artist was recently commissioned by the U.S. Postal Service to do a commemorative stamp representing a farmers’ market theme. Her style ranges from realistic to surrealistic, often with a folksy, humorous twist, and she works mainly in mixed airbrush and acrylic paint. “I’ll work with anything else it takes to achieve the desired look to solve any given assignment,” says Moline. The cover image, Home to Harmony, is a preliminary design for a book cover design for Philip Gulley’s Harmony series. The artwork was, in turn, inspired by an earlier work, a four-part mural depicting four seasons on the farm for the John Deere Pavilion, in Moline, Illinois. “I love living in an area where I can enjoy the full four seasons. I find endless inspiration in all things natural,” says Moline, a lifelong Minnesota resident and graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. View the artist’s portfolio at RobinMoline.com.
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Illinois Becomes First State to Ban Microbeads Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation outlawing the manufacture and sale of personal care products containing synthetic plastic microbeads. “Banning microbeads will help ensure clean waters across Illinois and set an example for our nation to follow,” says Quinn. The new law halts the manufacture of personal care products containing microbeads by the end of 2017, the sale of personal care products and the manufacture of over-the-counter drugs by the end of 2018, and the sale of over-the-counter drugs by the end of 2019. At least four other states are considering similar bills. Preliminary studies in the Great Lakes have found millions of microbeads per square kilometer. The non-biodegradable plastic particles that are used as exfoliants in many facial cleansers and soaps make their way through sewage systems and accumulate in waterways. Once in the water, microbeads, like other plastics, can absorb persistent toxic chemicals and are than mistaken for food by fish and wildlife of all sizes, raising serious concerns about their impact on a variety of species up the food chain. Unilever has announced plans to complete its phaseout of microbeads globally by 2015. Proctor & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson, The Body Shop and L’Oreal have announced on their websites plans for gradually eliminating the scrubbing beads from their products and are testing more natural alternatives, like ground seeds or nuts. Consumers that don’t wish to use products with the beads should avoid products that list polyethylene and polypropylene as ingredients, according to the Alliance for the Great Lakes, an advocate for protection of the Great Lakes. For more information, visit GreatLakes.org.
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Complex Interactions Help Cool the Planet Top predator species of the Southern Ocean, far-ranging seabirds, are tied to the health of the ecosystem and to global climate regulation through a mutual relationship with phytoplankton, according to a study from the University of California-Davis, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. When phytoplankton are eaten by grazing crustaceans called krill, they release a chemical signal that attracts krill-eating birds. The chemical signal, dimethyl sulfide (DMS), forms sulfur compounds in the atmosphere that also promote cloud formation and help cool the planet. Seabirds consuming the krill then fertilize the phytoplankton with iron, which is scarce in oceans. “The data is really striking,” says Gabrielle Nevitt, Ph.D., a professor of neurobiology, physiology and behavior at the university, who co-authored the paper. “This suggests that top marine predators are important in climate regulation, although they are mostly left out of climate models. More attention should be focused on how ecological systems impact climate. Studying DMS as a signal molecule makes the connection.”
U.S. Organic Standards Under Siege
Last September, without any public input, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), under pressure from corporations, changed the way the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) decides which non-organic materials are allowed in products labeled as Certified Organic, all but guaranteeing that when the NOSB meets every six months, the non-organic and synthetic materials allowed in organic items will increase. Certain non-organic or synthetic materials can be used in up to 5 percent of a USDA Organic product, and in up to 30 percent of a Made with Organic Ingredients product. Look for the addition of carrageenan, synthetic nutrients such as DHA and ARA, sausage casings made from processed intestines, synthetic methionine, antibiotics and mutagens, among others. Sign a petition in protest at Tinyurl. com/OrganicStandardsPetition.
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espite the wave of College and subsequently changing social took a job in the counselattitudes in 1969 ing center at Marquette when Ginny Dotson University, where she entered college, she earned a Ph.D. in edurecalls wryly, “Options cational and counseling for women were slim. psychology in 1983. You could be a teacher, During 30 years in a nurse or a housewife.” private practice psycholGrowing up in Dearborn, ogy, Dotson trained in Michigan, Dotson was many modalities, includsmart and good at a numing cognitive behavioral ber of different subjects in therapy, eye movement school, but was unsure of desensitization and reproGinny Dotson what she wanted to do for cessing, neurolinguistic a living. Psychology as a profession for programming, holographic memory women was still relatively rare then, but resolution and, more recently, advanced decades later, she went on to co-found neurofeedback technology. She also Ideal Brain, LLC, a clinic that helps discovered that she has attention deficit resolve clients’ problems by stimulating disorder (ADD), characterized primarily the brain to balance itself naturally. by a lack of concentration. While she As an undergraduate, Dotson was growing up, ADD was largely unattended Bowling Green State Univerrecognized by the medical community. sity, in Ohio, and earned a bachelor’s When Dotson’s daughter was degree in elementary education. After diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, teaching for a year, she realized that she sought more comprehensive treatbeing an elementary school teacher ment for the both of them. In 2012, after wasn’t the job for her, so she traveled to investigating neurofeedback, she began Europe to do some soul searching and training in Brainwave Optimization, a spent time in Germany and Greece. non-invasive technique that assesses and Dotson returned to the United records brainwave patterns for analysis. States refreshed and ready to try some “It was like someone gave me a thing new. When she visited her alma pair of glasses,” Dotson says of the posimater in Bowling Green for a recomtive results she experienced from Brainmendation, the college dean informed wave Optimization. In her practice, she her of a slot that had unexpectedly met Dave Brethauer, a veteran of the become available in a master’s proUnited States Marines and a businessgram. It included an internship working man who brought his family to Dotson with college students in student affairs for the treatment. He was so impressed and counseling, and Dotson jumped by the technique and its results that he right in. She counseled students with thought it would be beneficial to open behavioral problems and realized that a business offering the service to others. an occupation helping people achieve Brethauer approached Dotson with the mental wellness was her calling. idea, and Ideal Brain, LLC, was formed After completing two master’s in June 2013. degrees in 1973, Dotson accepted a The company offers Brainwave position at Waukesha County Technical Optimization with Real Time Balancing,
which helps the brain correct itself by recognizing imbalances. “It has amazing results in many ways,” she says. “Independent medical research being conducted by the Wake Forest Hospital, in North Carolina, shows that Brainwave Optimization can help people suffering from insomnia and migraine headaches.” Research on the technique is ongoing. Dotson says the therapy can also treat children and adults suffering from addictions, anger, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, brain injuries, sleep disorders, stress and depression. “It can even help with hypertension by lowering stress,” she points out. Prior to their appointment with Ideal Brain, clients complete an online survey, which is assessed and reviewed with them during their appointment. Sensors are placed on the head and data is collected from several areas of the brain. Dotson describes the process as similar to electroencephalography. “It gives a snapshot of the lobes of the brain,” Dotson explains. A brainwave technologist then reviews the results and discusses patient goals. During the 90-minute follow-up sessions, patients relax in a chair while listening to brainwaves converted to musical notes. Protocols developed from the assessment are used to encourage the brain to balance itself. According to Dotson, traditional neurofeedback attempts to train the brain to look like a predetermined “ideal” brain, but Brainwave Optimization relies on the brain’s own neuroplasticity to bring it into natural alignment. In addition to her work with Ideal Brain, Dotson maintains a private practice at Shore Counseling & Consulting, in Glendale. At 66, she has not considered retiring because she gets satisfaction from helping people enjoy life to the fullest. “Instead of being on a golf course, I can help people relieve suffering and be the best they can be.” Ideal Brain, LLC, is located at 10532 N. Port Washington Rd., Ste. 1C, in Mequon. For more information, call 262-518-0149 or visit IdealBrainLLC. com. See ad, page 23.
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STEWARDS OF EARTH’S BOUNTY
Organic Farmers Sow Seeds of Change by Melinda Hemmelgarn
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rom epidemic childhood obesity and rising rates of autism and food allergies to the growing risks of pesticides and climate change, we have many reasons to be concerned about the American food system. Fortunately, many heroes among us—family farmers, community gardeners, visionaries and activists—are striving to create a safer and healthier environment now that will benefit future generations. Recognizing and celebrating their stellar Earth stewardship in this 2014 International Year of Family Farmers, Natural Awakenings is spotlighting examples of the current crop of
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heroes providing inspiration and hope. They are changing America’s landscape and the way we think about the ability of good food to feed the future well. Doug Crabtree and Anna JonesCrabtree, of Vilicus Farms, in Havre, Montana, are reviving crop biodiversity and pollinator habitat on their organic farm in northern Montana. “We strive to farm in a manner that works in concert with nature,” Doug explains. The couple’s actions live up to their farm’s Latin name, which means “steward”. They grow 15 nourishing crops on 1,200 acres, including flax, buckwheat, sunflower, safflower, spelt, oats, barley and lentils, without pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers. By imitating natural systems, planting diverse crops and avoiding damaging chemical inputs, they are attracting diverse native pollinators, he notes. Their approach to farming helps protect area groundwater, streams, rivers and even oceans for future generations. Dick and Diana Dyer, of Dyer Family Organic Farm, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, finally realized their lifelong dream to farm in 2009, each at the age
of 59. The couple grows more than 40 varieties of garlic on 15 acres; they also grow hops and care for honeybees. In addition, they provide hands-in-the-soil training to a new generation of dietetic interns across the country through their School to Farm program, in association with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Diana, a registered dietitian, teaches her students to take the, “We are what we eat” adage a step further. She believes, we are what we grow. “Like nearly everyone else, most dietetic students are disconnected from Mother Earth, the source of the food they eat. They don’t learn the vital connections between soil, food and health,” says Diana. During a stay on the Dyer farm, she explains, “The students begin to understand how their food and nutrition recommendations to others can help drive an entire agricultural system that promotes and protects our soil and water, natural resources and public health.” It all aligns with practicing their family farm motto: Shaping our future from the ground up. Mary Jo and Luverne Forbord, of Prairie Horizons Farm, in Starbuck, Minnesota, raise Black Angus cattle, grazed on certified organic, restored, native prairie pastures. Mary Jo, a registered dietitian, welcomes dietetic students to the 480-acre farm to learn where food comes from and how to grow it without the pesticides that contribute to farmers’ higher risk for certain cancers. “We must know the true cost of cheap food,” she insists. Most recently, they planted an organic orchard in memory of their son, Joraan, who died of cancer in 2010 at
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the age of 23. Joraan’s to learn orchard is home to thrivwhere their ing, health-supporting food comes apple, apricot, cherry from and the and plum trees, plus reasons fresh, native aronia berries. organically It also injects fresh life grown food into the community. really matters Each spring, the Forto our health,” bords celebrate their says Lanier. son’s birthday by “wakHowever, ing up” his orchard. “This is just the His mother explains: tip of the iceLuverne and Mary Jo Forbord “People of all ages berg for us. Ulgather—an assortment timately, we’d of our friends, Joraan’s friends and their like to be a chemical-free community growing families, neighbors, relatives, through advocating for reduction and co-workers, students and others—to elimination of pesticide and chemical keep his legacy growing. The incredible use in schools, hospitals, households community support keeps us going.” and local parks and ball fields.” Lanier aims to help improve on Alabama’s low national ranking in the health of its residents. “I love our little piece of the world, and I want future generations to enjoy it without fearing that it’s making us sick,” she says. “We are intent on having a school garden in every school, and we want Tarrant Lanier, gardening with children at the to see area hospitals Center for Family and Community Development establish organic food Tarrant Lanier, of the Center for gardens that support efforts to make Family and Community Developpeople healthier without the use of ment (CFCD) and Victory Teaching heavy medications.” Farm, in Mobile, Alabama, wants Lanier further explains: “We see all children to grow up in safe comour victory as reducing hunger and inmunities with access to plenty of creasing health and wellness, environwholesome food. After working for mental sustainability and repair, comnearly two decades with some of South munity development and beautification, Alabama’s most vulnerable families, economic development and access to Lanier wanted to “provide more than locally grown food, by promoting and a crutch.” In 2009, she established creating a local food system.” the nonprofit CFCD organization, dedicated to healthy living. Within five Don Lareau and Daphne Yannakakis, years, she had assembled a small, but of Zephyros Farm and Garden, in hard-working staff that began building Paonia, Colorado, grow exquisite orcommunity and school gardens and ganic flowers and vegetables for farmcreating collaborative partnerships. ers’ markets and community supported Recently, the group established the agriculture members in Telluride and Victory Teaching Farm, the region’s first the Roaring Fork Valley. Recently, the urban teaching farm and community couple decided to take fewer trips resource center. “The farm will serve away from their children and homeas an onsite experience for children stead, and instead bring more people
“Kids are shocked when they learn that carrots grow underground and surprised that milk comes from an udder, not a store shelf.” ~ Don Lareau to their 35-acre family farm to learn from the land and develop a refreshed sense of community. From earthy farm dinners and elegant weddings to creative exploration camps for children and adults and an educational internship program, these family farmers are raising a new crop of consumers that value the land, their food and the people producing it. The couple hopes to help people learn how to grow and prepare their own food, plus gain a greater appreciation for organic farming. “The people that come here fall into a farming lifestyle in tune with the sun and moon, the seasons and their inner clock—something valuable that has been lost in modern lifestyles,” notes Lareau, who especially loves sharing the magic of their farm with children. “Kids are shocked when they learn that carrots grow underground and surprised that milk comes from an udder, not a store shelf.” Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens, of Lakeview Organic Grain, in Penn Yan, New York, grow a variety of grains, including wheat, spelt, barley, oats and triticale, plus peas, dark red
kidney beans and edaConscientious food the Copper River and mame soybeans, along Bristol Bay fisheries. producers are with raising livestock on During that time, Mosabout 1,400 acres. Their teachers, innovators, ness became a passionate family farm philosophy advocate for protecting environmental entails looking at the coastal communities and world through a lens of ecosystems. “Like farm stewards and abundance, rather than families on land, fishing change-makers scarcity, and working in families face many risks cooperation with their creating a brighter and uncertainties,” but neighbors instead of in she believes, “political future for us all. forces may be even more competition. The result has been a grounddamaging to our liveliswell of thriving organic farmers and a hoods and wild fish.” renewed sense of community and eco For example, “We are replicating nomic strength throughout their region. some of the worst practices of factory The Martens switched to organic farming on land in our marine environfarming after Klaas experienced partial ment with diseases, parasites and voluparalysis due to exposure to pesticides, minous amounts of pollution flushing compounded by concern for the health into our coastal waters,” explains Mosof their three children. Because the ness. She’s also concerned about the Martens work in alliance with nature, U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s they’ve learned to ask a unique set of potential approval of genetically engiquestions. For example, when Klaas neered (GMO) fish without adequate sees a weed, he doesn’t ask, “What health and environmental assessments, can we spray to kill it?” but, “What and she works to support GMO labelwas the environment that allowed the ing so consumers can make informed weed to grow?” choices in the marketplace. Anne Mosness, in Bellingham, Washington, began fishing for wild salmon with her father during one summer after college. The experience ignited a sense of adventure that led her back to Alaska for nearly three decades, as a crew member and then a captain in
Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “food sleuth”, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at KOPN.org, in Columbia, MO (FoodSleuth@gmail.com). She advocates for organic farmers at Enduring-Image.blogspot.com.
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Fish Farming: FoodAndWaterWatch. org/common-resources/fish/fish-farming
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Conditions that Demand Changes n No federal funding exists for researching the impacts of chemical contamination from oil and gas drilling and infrastructure on food and food production. n No public tests are required for what contaminants to look for because many of the 500-plus chemicals used in the fracking process are categorized as proprietary. n Minimal-to-no baseline analysis is being done on air, water and soil conditions before oil and gas companies come into a new area. n No commonly agreed distances are lawfully required between farms, farmlands, rivers, streams and water supplies in relation to oil and gas wells and their infrastructure.
Compounding Crises Harsh economic conditions, plus concerns over long-term climate changes, including extreme weather events, have pitted neighbors against one another as farmers consider leasing their lands to oil and gas companies. More, often the riches promised do not make their way to the farmers that need them the most as American policies continue to favor
What To Do 4 Support local, county and state bans on fracking operations and waste disposal. 4 Learn about local farmers’ situations and make them aware of factors to consider. 4 Support local farmers and food producers.
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hether urban or rural, children in our state average 4.5 minutes outdoors and four hours in front of a screen every day,” says Barbara Erickson, president of The Trustees of Reservations conservation nonprofit, in Sharon, Massachusetts. One way to disconnect kids from electronics is to go camping. Such educational, fresh air exercise is inclusive and inexpensive. David Finch, superintendent of the Dunes Edge Campground, in Provincetown, Massachusetts, suggests borrowed gear for the
first outing. A backyard campout can be a rewarding trial run; each child can ask a friend to stay over and a parent and the family dog can participate. Once kids have the hang of sleeping somewhere outside their own bedroom, consider an overnight program at a local or regional zoo. Kids get a kick out of watching the animals and learning about their behaviors, diets and habitats. The Toledo Zoo, in Ohio, offers Snooze at the Zoo, including a pizza dinner, breakfast and admission the next day. Children sleep near one of the exhibits
or in a safari tent. The program teaches animal adaptations, food chains and ecosystems and meets requirements for scout badges in a fun setting. The Irvine Nature Center, in Owings Mills, Maryland, near Baltimore, offers a rich outdoor experience. Organizers provide food, activities and camping equipment. Children first attend a fire safety class, and then help cook a meal and make s’mores. At night, participants learn how to mimic owl hoots and practice their new skills, often receiving hoots in return. Night walks sometimes include sightings of deer, bats or flying squirrels, while morning walks showcase groundhogs and birds. Jean Gazis, with the women’s and girls’ rights nonprofit Legal Momentum, in Brooklyn, New York, observes, “It’s easier to camp with small, even tiny, children, than with older kids. Babies are portable.” She recalls taking her 7-week-old infant along and nostalgically comments, “Now that the kids are 11 and 14, they don’t have as much free time.” Drive-up camping in a state park that offers facilities and planned activities sets up a good time. Gazis feels that a destination four hours away is the limit for car trips with small children. She advises giving everyone duties. “My young son once had a great time digging a ditch around the tent when it began to rain,” she recalls. “He kept the sleeping bags dry and got to play in the mud.” Jeff Alt, of Cincinnati, Ohio, author of Get Your Kids Hiking, suggests, “Start them young and keep it fun. Get the kids involved in the planning. My kids
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Leave No Trace 4 Know the rules beforehand and be ready for inclement weather. 4 Travel and camp on durable surfaces. Use existing trails. 4 Dispose of waste properly. 4 Leave plants undisturbed. 4 Minimize campfire impacts. 4 Use a lightweight stove instead of a fire. 4 Respect wildlife. Do not follow, feed or approach animals. 4 Keep dogs tethered so they can’t chase or harm wildlife. 4 Be courteous to other visitors (no loud music). Happily share the trail and experiences. Find more tips from the Center for Outdoor Ethics at lnt.org/learn/7-principles.
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Healing Fragrances for Bites, Allergies and Sunburn by Kathleen Barnes
A breath of sweet lavender oil can quickly reduce stress. A whiff of lemon oil can energize us.
ssential oils are not magic or folklore. There is solid science behind them,” says Elizabeth Jones, founder of the College of Botanical Healing Arts, in Santa Cruz, California. Here’s what happens after inhaling lavender, the most popular of all essential oils: The cilia—microscopic cellular fibers in the nose—transport the aroma to the olfactory bulb at the bottom of the brain, from where it proceeds to the limbic brain and directly affects the nerves, delivering a soothing effect. “Or put it on your skin and other properties of essential oils are absorbed straight into the bloodstream,” advises Jones, author of Awaken to Healing Fragrance. Thai studies show that a whiff of lavender oil is calming and lowers blood pressure and heart rate, yet there are many more benefits attributed to the art and science of aromatherapy and essential oils. For those struggling with summer maladies, here are several simple solutions essential oils can provide.
Minor Scrapes, Cuts and Blisters Tea tree oil (melaleuca) is tops, because it contains terpenes that kill staphylococcus and other nasty bacteria and works to prevent infection, according to a meta-analysis from the University of Western Australia. The researchers further suggest that tea tree oil may be used in some cases instead of antibiotics. Oregano and eucalyptus oils are likewise acknowledged for their natural abilities to eliminate infection-causing bacteria, fungi and viruses. “Blend all three for a synergistic effect,” says aromatherapy expert Robert Tisserand (RobertTisserand.com), of Ojai, California. “They sort of leapfrog over each other to penetrate the skin and cell walls.”
Sunburn, Bug Bites and Poison Ivy A small amount of undiluted lavender oil will cool sunburn fast, advises Tisserand. Add a few drops to a dollop of cooling aloe vera gel for extra relief and moisture, suggests Jones. Undiluted lavender is also a great remedy for insect bites, says Tisserand. “You can stop the pain of a bee sting in 20 seconds with a few drops.”
Best Carriers Almost all essential oils are so strong that they must be diluted before use to prevent skin irritation. Use coldpressed oils and mix 10 to 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier substance. Some of the best carriers are almond oil, aloe vera gel, apricot oil, cocoa butter, glycerin, jojoba oil and olive oil. Chamomile, either the German or Roman variety, helps with rashes, according to Jones, especially when mixed with her summertime favorite, aloe vera gel. She recommends mugwort oil for poison oak or poison ivy, a benefit affirmed by animal research from the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine’s Herbal Medicine Formulation Research Group.
Allergy Relief During hay fever season, several aromatherapy oils from a diffuser can offer relief, counsels Tisserand. He recommends eucalyptus, geranium and lavender oils, all of which contain antihistamines. Use them separately or blended. When using a diffuser, it’s not necessary to put the oils into a diluting carrier oil or gel. He notes that a steam tent containing 10 drops of each of the three oils mixed with two cups of boiling water is highly effective.
Sprains, Strains and Joint Pain Lessen inflammation and the pain from tendon and muscle sprains and strains with rosemary or peppermint, adding a dash of ginger for additional benefit, says Tisserand. He recommends rubbing the oils (diluted in a carrier) directly on the sore spot. Rosemary is particularly effective for bringing blood flow to an injury site, and the menthol in peppermint is a great pain reliever, adds Jones. A Chinese study published in the European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics confirms the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory abilities of peppermint oil. Researchers from Taiwan confirm that ginger is anti-inflammatory and can even reduce intense nerve pain. Jones believes that essential oils have a place in everyone’s medicine chest. “Sometimes I feel like David up against Goliath,” she remarks. “I encourage everyone to use natural healing products from plants instead of pharmaceutical drugs, the side effects of which actually diminish the body’s natural ability to heal.” Kathleen Barnes has authored numerous books on natural health, including Rx from the Garden: 101 Food Cures You Can Easily Grow. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.
Never-Fail Insect Repellant 2 Tbsp eucalyptus oil 1 tsp cedar wood oil 1 tsp citronella oil 1 tsp pennyroyal oil 1 tsp lemongrass oil Mix in warm water in a one-quart spray bottle. Shake and use liberally. Source: Kathleen Barnes
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ames Gormley, a leader of the natural health movement in the U.S. and an award-winning health journalist, is a passionate advocate for natural health. For more than 20 years, he’s been at the forefront in the fight against government restriction of dietary supplements and for transparency in the food industry, and has twice participated in America’s trade delegation to the United Nations Codex Alimentarius Commission, advocating for health freedom. Gormley’s editorial positions have included editor-in-chief of Better Nutrition and editorial director for the Vitamin Retailer Magazine Group. He now serves as both vice president and senior policy advisor for Citizens for Health and as a scientific advisory board member with the Natural Health Research Institute. His latest book, Health at Gunpoint: The FDA’s Silent War Against Health Freedom, poses a strong stance against government interference in our rights to information about and access to healthy food and supplements.
Why do you believe that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are tainted by special interests, particularly big companies in the pharmaceutical and food industries? The FDA was created to address issues of food and drug contamination and adulteration. Dr. Harvey Wiley, the courageous first leader of its predecessor, the Bureau of Chemistry, expressed
his disgust with the unintended consequences in his 1929 book, The History of a Crime Against the Food Law: The Amazing Story of the National Food and Drugs Law Intended to Protect the Health of the People, Perverted to Protect Adulteration of Foods and Drugs. The FDA has been beholden to drug companies for decades. Making the situation worse, a 2012 law loosened conflict of interest restrictions for FDA advisory panels. That has further weakened the agency’s review system and likely allowed more drugs with safety problems to gain marketing approval, according to an analysis published in the journal Science in 2013. In addition, 40 percent of the FDA’s last budget increase came from user fees on prescription drugs paid by the pharmaceutical giants. The USDA has the potential to do much good, but is bogged down with politics and mandates to push questionable biotechnology.
With regard to the controversy over genetically modified organisms (GMO), are certain companies being given undue influence in national policy making? Yes. A perfect example was the ability of Monsanto to block initiatives requiring labeling of food products that contain GMOs in California and Washington state. Monsanto and the food industry continue to leverage their considerable influence in the U.S. Congress to block such legislation on a national level, despite the massive outcry from consumers demanding to know the identity and origin of the food we eat.
Did the FDA declare war on the natural products industry in the 1990s? The FDA conducted numerous and illegal raids on health food stores, supplement makers and practitioners. In an infamous barbaric raid on the clinic of integrative physician Dr. Jonathan Wright, in Tahoma, Washington, in 1992, agents and deputized officers converged with guns drawn, terrorizing patients and staff because Wright was giving his patients legal L-tryptophan supplements to help with sleep and mood. It was dubbed the “vitamin B-bust”. A federal grand jury declined to indict Wright on the charges stemming from the raid.
Current European Union and international codex policies maintain that most necessary nutrients can and should be obtained from foods, so they have dramatically limited the availability of many supplements. Do you expect such a policy to become part of U.S. law? These European policies fly in the face of reality and every major food study conducted since World War II. The superrefined, overly processed Western diet does not and cannot fully supply optimal levels of daily nutrients. The U.S. has made minor efforts to tread this dangerous path and been met with tremendous consumer outrage. Potential related laws and policies would have to make it past an avalanche of public comments.
What is the current status of the fight for health freedom, and what is your prognosis for the future? Substantial threats to our health freedom still exist, but I am optimistic. Three highly credible nonprofit organizations are leading the way: the Alliance for Natural Health, Citizens for Health and the National Health Federation. If consumers remain vigilant and stay informed on the issues identified by these advocates, we will be able to tackle and defeat threats to Americans’ health freedoms as they emerge. Kathleen Barnes has authored many natural health books. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.
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Chia seeds contain more healthy omega-3 fats and fiber than flax or other grain seeds and are a good source of protein and antioxidants, notes Patrick Skerrett, executive editor of Harvard Health Publications. They are abundant in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plantbased form of omega-3, which combats skin inflammation and improves the skin’s texture and softness, says holistic nutritionist Melissa Diane Smith, of Tucson, Arizona.
Eggs are nutritional powerhouses containing the most bioavailable protein for dogs. Eggs have vitamin A, which promotes cell turnover. Their zinc further supports protein synthesis and cell division, necessary for wound healing, the formation of connective tissue and skin health, according to the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. Egg yolks provide a valuable source of biotin, effective in treating dry skin, seborrhea and itching associated with skin allergies, reports PetEducation.com, a website of veterinarians Dr. Race Foster and Dr. Marty
Smith, owners of Foster and Smith, Inc. Avoid raw eggs, as they contain avidin, which interferes with the metabolism of biotin, fats, glucose and amino acids, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Almonds contain the entire vitamin E family of tocopherols and tocotrienols. “Deficiency of vitamin E has been implicated in the development of certain dermatological disorders in dogs,” counsels Lee Russell McDowell, Ph.D., in Vitamins in Animal and Human Nutrition. Almonds are also an excellent source of B vitamins, copper, manganese, magnesium, zinc and bioflavonoids, with a trace of omega-3. While safe in small quantities for larger dogs, whole almonds are not easily digested and can upset the stomach and create intestinal distress. Almonds are easily ground into a powder using a blender, and almond meal is also available at many grocery stores.
Renowned herbalist Juliette de Bairacli Levy pioneered the use of coconut in natural diets for companion animals. Raw coconut contains medium-chain, saturated fats that transform into energy and can decrease bacterial growth, irritation and inflammation, according to
naturopathic physician Bruce Fife, a certified nutritionist, doctor of naturopathy and author of The Coconut Oil Miracle.
The 16th-century herbalist Henry Lyte documented their use in treating skin wounds and eczema.
Carob, the fruit of the Ceratonia siliqua tree, is rich in natural sugars, vitamins and minerals. Free of the stimulants caffeine and theobromine found in chocolate, it’s safe for dogs and its vitamin E supports skin health. Recent research published in the Iraqi Postgraduate Medical Journal shows that carob also has natural antibacterial properties.
Sweet potatoes can be considered a skin superfood, because they hold a high level of betacarotene (a precursor form of vitamin A) and are a good source of vitamin E. Their vitamin C content, which increases with cooking, facilitates collagen production, contributes to photoprotection, decreases pho-
Try to use organic ingredients whenever possible for all of these recipes.
Cooked wild salmon is ripe with omega-3 fatty acids, which along with benefiting the skin and coat, appear to boost the immune system, and may assist dogs with allergies, according to the article “10 ‘People’ Foods for Dogs,” by Elizabeth Pask and Laura Scott.
Cranberries contain a variety of bioactive components, including proanthocyanidins and anthocyanin antioxidants, plus the phytochemical ellagic acid. “Animal experiments show that supplementation with anthocyanins effectively prevents inflammation and subsequent blood vessel damage,” explains Northern California Registered Dietitian Marilyn Sterling, who also points to myriad studies of the antioxidant power of proanthocyanidins. According to the American Institute of Cancer Research, ellagic acid can prevent skin cancers.
Combine ingredients in a mediumsized bowl; let sit for 10 miutes. Lightly coat a pan with olive oil, add bowl contents and then scramble like regular eggs. Cool before serving as a topping to a dog’s regular meal.
Raw Liver Paté
Liver from grass-fed animals enhances healthy skin. Nutrients include calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, vitamins A, C, D, E and eight B vitamins, including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid and biotin.
Suzi Beber is the founder of The Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund via Canada’s University of Guelph Veterinary College and Teaching Hospital Pet Trust. She also contributes to Animal Wellness magazine, from which this article was adapted and used with permission.
A fortifying cereal low in starch and high in mineral content, especially potassium and phosphorus, oats also harbor calcium, magnesium, B vitamins and iron. The grain’s primary benefit to skin and coat is its soluble fiber content, which also helps a dog’s gastrointestinal system to remove toxins.
todamage and supports wound healing, according to a report by Alexander J. Michels, Ph.D., of the Oregon State University Linus Pauling Institute.
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1½ cups rolled oats 1 tsp baking powder ½ cup coconut flour 1½ Tbsp chia seeds ¼ cup coconut oil 1 cup almond butter 2 whole eggs 1 tsp pure vanilla ¼ cup carob chips Preheat oven to 350 F. Cover a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients except carob chips. After ingredients are well incorporated, add carob chips. Form small balls of dough with hands, place on cookie sheet and lightly flatten each ball with the back of a fork. Bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely before serving. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container or bag.
Oats ‘n Egg Scramble 2 eggs, whisked ½ cup rolled oats ¼ cup goat’s milk Olive oil
½ lb liver (chicken or bison) 2 eggs 1 tsp sea salt or kelp 1 Tbsp olive oil Whirl all ingredients together in a food processor or blender until smooth. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use as a topper for regular meals.
Cooked Liver Paté
Same ingredients as liver paté. Hard boil the eggs and set aside. Lightly sauté liver in a pan with the olive oil, sea salt and kelp. Cook until pink is gone. Cool and then combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth. Serve and store as indicated above. Source: Recipes courtesy of Suzi Beber.
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THURSDAY, JULY 3 Energy Zaptastic – Jul 3 & 10. 10:30am-12pm. Ten-minute light body healing sessions, right after morning yoga. Arrive by 10:45am to ensure a spot. Enjoy a peaceful studio in case of a wait. $10. Treetop Yoga, LLC, N93 W25173 Bittersweet Dr, Sussex. Rebecca: 414-839-0242. RebeccaDeVogel.com.
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SUNDAY, JULY 6 Gnostic Magic of the Runes: Spiritual Judo – 11:30am. Explore the power of the sacred runes: a series of yoga postures combined with mantras and prayer to awaken the consciousness. Donations appreciated. 516-360-7190. The Atrium, 6169B Industrial Ct, Greendale. Meetup.com/MIGnosis.
THURSDAY, JULY 10 Energy Zaptastic – 10:30am-12pm. See July 10 listing. $10. Treetop Yoga, LLC, N93 W25173 Bittersweet Dr, Sussex. Rebecca: 414-839-0242. RebeccaDeVogel.com.
SUNDAY, JULY 13 Sacred Rites for Rejuvenation – 11:30am. The Sacred Rites are healing postures and movements designed to rejuvenate the entire body and with tenacity self-cure sickness and disease. Donations appreciated. The Atrium, 6169B Industrial Ct, Greendale. 516-360-7190. Meetup.com/MIGnosis.
MONDAY, JULY 14 It’s Your Brain: Where Do You Want to Live – 6:30-7:45pm. Higher Brain Living allows you to fill the gaps creating a surge of energy to the higher brain, deeply connecting you to your purpose. Free. AWAKEN Higher Brain Living, Third Ward, 231 E Buffalo St, #304, Milwaukee. 414-793-4168. HigherBrainLivingThirdWard.com.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 16 Whispers on the Wind: Earth Medicine Training Program – Jul 16-20. Wed 4pm-Sun 3pm. Intensive
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FRIDAY, JULY 18 Meditate and Paint – Jul 18, 19, 25, 26. Fri, 9:3011am; Sat, 1-2:30pm. Enjoy a guided meditation and express your creative voice through intuitive painting. Wonderful way to relax, relieve stress, stretch your imagination and experience the flow of creativity. $20. Creative Journey Studio, The Springs Gallery/Studios, 521 Wisconsin Ave, Waukesha. 262-955-0638. TrueCreativeYou.com.
THURSDAY, JULY 24 Essential Oils for Pets – 6-7pm. A healthy pet is a happy pet. Learn ways to help with skin issues, anxiety, pain, parasites and digestion that will benefit your pet; do not bring your pet. $5/advance, $10/ day of. Oconomowoc Lakes Plaza, W359 N5002 Brown St, #211, Oconomowoc. 262-244-7231. AbundantJoyYoga.com. Reiki 2 Attunement Class – 6-9pm. Become attuned to the 2nd level of Reiki and learn the symbols. Also learn absentee healing using the symbols and practice on a classmate. $100. Free Spirit Crystals, 4763 N 124th St, Butler. 262-790-0748. Free SpiritSchool@hotmail.com. Maximize Your Brain Power – 6:30-7:30pm. Come for a live demonstration of the evolutionary Higher Brain Living technique. See how to create deeper connections, new patterns in the higher brain and a life with more depth and potential. Awaken Higher Brain Living, 13416 Watertown Plank Rd, #245, Elm Grove. 262-290-7595. RSVP: ElmGrove HigherBrainLiving@gmail.com.
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 2 A Better Life is Waiting for You – 10-11am. Are there areas in your life holding you back? Come and see a presentation and live demonstration about the Higher Brain Living system. Learn to live a full and fearless life with purpose and passion. Awaken Higher Brain Living, 13416 Watertown Plank Rd, #245, Elm Grove. 262-290-7595. RSVP: ElmGroveHigherBrainLiving@gmail.com.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 30 The Sacred Black Hills Journey – Aug 30-Sept 5. A spiritual hike in the Black Hills. Engage in prayer and healing ceremonies, learn about the culture and heritage of this sacred land. It’s beautiful and healing for the soul. Cost, details, Amy Wilinski: 920-6098277. GoldenLightHealing.net.
2015 Holistic Healing Retreat to India – Jan 15 to Feb 1, 2015. Fully catered trip includes room/board, treatments and herbal medicines, daily and weekly optional wellness activities, in-country transportation, pre-trip and in-country logistics management. Optional third week of healing or cultural extension available. $1950-2825/depends on options. Details: AyurvedaWellness.org/Solutions/Wellness-Retreats.
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Muskego Green Market – May 29 through Oct 2. 3-7pm. A community farmers market offering locally grown produce, meat, eggs, annuals, perennials, vegetable and plants, as well as local artists and crafters. Something for everyone. Muskego Public Library Parking Lot, S73W16663 Janesville, Muskego. Shannon Barbian: 414-520-7071. MuskegoGreenMarket.com.
daily Reiki Training: All Levels – Learn this Japanese energy healing technique for stress reduction, relaxation and healing of mind, body & spirit. Amy Wilinski of Golden Light Healing has taught Reiki to over 2,000 people. Ongoing classes held at Golden Light Healing Retreat Center in Sobieski, 20 minutes north of Green Bay. 920-609-8277. GoldenLightHealing.net. Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga – Through Aug. Take your yoga practice to the water; renew your energy and have fun. Blissful Savasana floating on the water to finish. All levels welcome. $100/4 sessions, $80/own board. Oconomowoc City Beach, Lac la Belle, 324 W Wisconsin Ave, Oconomowoc. Appts: 262-244-7231. AbundantJoyYoga.com.
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AYURVEDA AYURVEDA WELLNESS
Jamie Durner, CAP 240 Regency Ct, Ste 201, Brookfield 262-389-5835 Natural health for chronic conditions including digestive disorders, women’s issues, aging with ease, and brain longevity. Personalized programs, detoxification, hands-on therapies and corporate wellness. 20+ years holistic health experience.
CHIROPRACTIC SHOREWOOD FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC 4433 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood 414-962-5483 ShorewoodFamilyChiro.com
Dr. Maroney and Dr. Dotto offer services for the whole family. Dr. Maroney is board certified in Chiropractic Pediatrics and Dr. Dotto is certified in Kinesiology. See ad, page 21.
CRYSTALS ANGEL LIGHT CENTER FOR THE HEALING ARTS
13000 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove 262-787-3001 AngelLightLLC.com 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. See ad, page 8.
FREE SPIRIT CRYSTALS
4763 N 124 St, Butler • 262-790-0748 FreeSpiritCrystals.com 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 16.
DENTISTRY BIOMIMETIC DENTISTRY
Bryan Schwartz DDS Steve Carini DDS 222 N Franklin St, Port Washington 262-284-2662 We specialize in Biomimetic (tooth conservation) Dentistry and natural/ holistic dental care. Committed to informing, educating, and supporting each client, empowering them to be their own healthcare advocate. See ad, page 11.
INTEGRATIVE DENTAL SOLUTIONS N35 W23770 Capitol Dr, Pewaukee 262-691-4555 • MyNaturalDentist.com
“…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 5.
FAMILY PRACTICE THUROW PRIMARY PREVENTIVE HEALTHCARE Sharon K Thurow, FNP, BC 216 N Green Bay Rd, Thiensville 262-242-3966
Our philosophy is to treat our patients as we would want ourselves and our families treated through holistic, evidence-based medicine.
FITNESS ABUNDANT JOY YOGA & WELLNESS
Barre/Aerial Barre W359 N5002 Brown St, Ste 211, Oconomowoc AbundantJoyYoga.com Are you beach body ready? Take Barre classes, MWF 7:45am, to tone, sculpt, and lengthen with Mary Ellen York. Ballet infused with yoga & Pilates, intense, concise movement.
MUSKEGO GREEN MARKET
Muskego Public Library Parking Lot S73 W16663 Janesville Rd, Muskego MuskegoGreenMarket.com A community farmers’ market offering locally grown produce, meat, eggs, annuals, perennials, vegetable plants, as well as local artists and crafters. Something for everyone. Thursdays 3-7pm, thru Oct 2.
FINANCIAL PLANNER SPRING WATER ASSET MANAGEMENT Lars M. Lewander 11431 N Port Washington Rd, Ste 201, Mequon 262-240-9680 • InvestingYourValues.com
We provide our clients with a variety of Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) products including portfolio management, asset allocation, cash flow projections and securities analysis.
Joseph Siegworth MM, BFA,CMT 414-839-6682 Allow Joseph to help you shift and transform your life using several modalities including Matrix Energetics, Yuen Method, Dolores C a n n o n ’s Q u a n t u m H e a l i n g Hypnosis Therapy, sound.
BROOKFIELD LONGEVITY AND HEALTHY LIVING CLINIC
GAYATRI CENTER FOR HEALING
17585 W North Ave, #160 262-784-5300 • LiveLongMD.com
Lynne Austin • 675 Brookfield Rd, Brookfield • 262-860-6021
Twenty-one years in healing the body and soul. Massage, Reiki healer/teacher, Shamanic, Sound and Emotional Release. Classes and workshops. Author and speaker. See ad, page 21.
The Atrium 6169B Industrial Ct, Greendale 414-651-2243 MilwaukeeReiki.MassagePlanet.com Wellness coach, guide, consultant, educator, and Reiki practitioner since 2000. Specializing in disease reversal with natural, evidencebased therapies. Emphasis on functional, alternative, complementary, and energy medicines.
PURE ENERGY YOGA
HOLDING THE KEYS
Shelley Carpenter, PT, RYT, Reiki Master/Teacher PureEnergyYoga.com • 414-217-4185
Specializing in Anti-Aging Medicine. Board certified, fellowship trained. Combining the best of traditional medicine with a holistic approach to weight loss using hormone balancing, detoxification and control of inflammation. IV therapies including Myer’s, glutathione, vitamins and minerals. See ads, pages 27 and 31.
CMB HEALTH SPECIALTIES 147 W Ryan Rd, Oak Creek 414-764-0920 CmbHealthSpecialties.com
Carol M. Brown, DO, PhD, FAARFM, is board certified in anti-aging and regenerative and functional medicine. She specializes in health optimization for all ages and all stages of life. See ad, page 29.
INTEGRATIVE FAMILY WELLNESS CENTER
Reiki healing sessions and instruction, yoga classes for all in Pewaukee, Muskego, Greendale. Restore balance, health and wellbeing in mind, body and spirit.
SPEAK TO THE EARTH
262-902-2271 SpeakToTheEarth.com Burlington and Greendale Locations
16535 W Bluemound Rd, Ste 222, Brookfield • 262-754-4910 IFWCenter.com At Integrative Family Wellness Center, we offer clinical services and therapies to help you achieve and maintain optimal physical and emotional health and wellness. See ad, page 7.
Tresa Laferty offers a customized, holistic approach to health & wellness. Ayurveda consultations & body work using diet, lifestyle, herbs and medicinal aromatherapy to achieve optimal health.
ROBIN GUAYASAMIN-SALERNO 262-501-4838 • InnerSongs.net Mukwonago location
Provides you insight and comfort in personal communications with spirit and animal loved ones. Innovative workshops with horses at Innersongs assists in selfdiscovery and balance.
LAWNCARE/LANDSCAPE SERVICES ECO HARMONY LANDSCAPE
414-810-5858 info@EcoHarmonyLandscaping.com Mike.EcoHarmony@gmail.com EcoHarmonyLandscaping.com 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 9.
Diane Olson-Schmidt • 414-793-3652 LaceWingGdcs@att.net
MASSAGE ACTIVE BODY WELLNESS
Rob Reader, LMT: 414-721-6942 Wendy Halfpap, LMT: 414-839-7688 10620 N Port Washington Rd, Mequon Let your body play to its full potential with the benefits of therapeutic massage. Relieve chronic and acute pain, accelerate recovery time, and experience the benefits of postural alignment. See ad, page 32.
Rebecca deVogel, LMT 414-839-0242 Sussex/Lisbon & Brookfield/Elm Grove RebeccaDeVogel.com Energy-rich, intuitive bodywork embraces the more of you, bringing ease and vibrant health to every aspect of life. Specializing in relaxation, lomi lomi, deep tissue and therapeutic massage.
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 GREEN TEAM
Bradley Blaeser 414-721-1431 • Info@GreenTeamWI.com Sustainable Landscape Management; substantially smaller footprint than conventional methods. Green energy use (wvo, bio-diesel, electric, ‘energy for tomorrow’); cleaner, quieter, homegrown. Residential, commercial, municipal.
BREW CITY BOXES
414-810-2224 BrewCityBoxes.com info@BrewCityBoxes.com We rent plastic moving boxes. We drop off, you pack, we take them back. Think outside the cardboard box. See ad, page 20.
Info@UrbalHealth.com UrbalHealth.com 414-916-5088 Urbal Tea creates quality herbal infusions. Our loose leaf herbal teas helps heal, tone and refresh the entire body. Urbal Tea is liquid for life. See ad, page 9.
NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR LAKESIDE NATURAL MEDICINE 4433 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood LakesideNaturalMedicine.com 414-939-8748
Dr. Sarah Axtell is a board-certified naturopathic physician with a focus on autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, endocrine conditions, cancer, anxiety and weight loss.
NUTRITION H20 ENERGY FLOW
262-334-2068 • H2OEnergyFlow.com info@H2OEnergyFlow.com Karen’s Energy, 1427 W Washington Ave, West Bend At Karen’s Energy Superfood Store and Wellness Center, learn about the importance of water and how H2O Energy Flow combined flow is an essential energy source. See ad, page 40.
LIFE COACH NATURAL FOOD
TRUE CREATIVE YOU
262-955-0638 TrueCreativeYou.com TrueCreativeYou@aol.com Cecelia Blenker M.Ed, certified life coach and artist, offers personal growth, creative expression and wellness through life coaching and art classes for the soul. See ad, page 9.
Anne Wondra • 262-544-4310 2312 N Grandview Blvd, Ste 101, Waukesha WonderSpirit.com Spiritual life coach: sacred feminine, women’s spirit, personal renaissance, inspired creatives’ circles, sacred oils, personal wellness growth consultant. See ad, page 27.
GOOD HARVEST MARKET
Located 1 block south of I94 at Hwy T, Pewaukee • 262-544-9380 GoodHarvestMarket.com Waukesha County’s largest natural food store offers a full selection of organic foods, holistic health and beauty department, café, and classes in their community room. See ad, page 3.
OUTPOST NATURAL FOODS
Bay View, Brown Deer, Milwaukee, Mequon and Wauwatosa locations Outpost.coop
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 2.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT IDEAL BRAIN
262-227-1460 Dave@IdealBrainLLC.com IdealBrainLLC.com Ideal Brain, LLC, provides Brainwave Optimization, a breakthrough neuro-technology designed for relaxation, self-regulation, as well as providing mental, physical and spiritual well-being. See ad, page 23.
PSYCHOTHERAPY INNER JOURNEYS
Nancy Hornby 414-332-8159 Susan Wasserman 414-961-0649 InrJourneys.com Psychotherapy services honoring the exquisite connection between mind/body/ spirit. Offering holistic, traditional and cutting edge approaches. 50+ years of combined experience helping a diverse clientele with a wide variety of issues. See ad, page 5.
RECONNECTIVE HEALING TRUE WHOLENESS HEALING
121 E Silver Spring Dr, Whitefish Bay 414-243-9851 • TrueWholenessHealing.com Terri Humphrey, Reconnective Healing Practitioner, provides non-invasive, powerful healing for the mind, body, emotions, and spirit. Works with infants, children, and adults. Helps with chronic illness, infertility, emotional issues, and more.
SCHOOLS/TRAINING ART OF HEALING SCHOOL OF ENERGY MEDICINE
13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove 262-787-3001 • AngelLightLLC.com 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.
ASSOCIATION OF NATURAL HEALTH 1427 W Washington Ave, West Bend KarensEnergy.com/tnc-certification 262-629-4301
Therapeutic Nutritional Counselor TNC Certification accredited by the Association of Natural Health. Curriculum: nutrition, detoxing, energy medicine, chronic disease/ cancer prevention, over 80 natural healing therapies, and five-day, classroom training. See ad, page 5.
AVEDA INSTITUTE OF BEAUTY AND WELLNESS 327 E St Paul Ave, Milwaukee 414-227-2889 • IBW.edu
Located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, The Institute of Beauty and Wellness is a leading Aveda school with multiple beauty and wellness programs.
GOLDEN LIGHT HEALING
Amy Wilinski, Shamanic Energy Practitioner/ Reiki Master • 920-609-8277 GoldenLightHealing.net 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.
MIDWEST COLLEGE OF ORIENTAL MEDICINE
6232 Bankers Rd, Racine • 800-593-2320 Acupuncture.edu The Midwest College, with campuses in Racine and Chicago, offers accredited programs in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine that lead to licensed practice in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and many other states. See ad, page 22.
SPIRITUAL SPIRITUAL LIVING OF GREATER MILWAUKEE 3211 S Lake Dr, St Francis Rsgm.net • 414-659-7849
We inspire a positive approach to a lifetime of spiritual growth. We celebrate our diversity and recognize our unity. Be the One who makes a difference! Rev Lisa Stewart-de Snoo & Rev Scott de Snoo. See ad, page 20.
Rev Tom Sherbrook 1717 N 73 St, Wauwatosa • 414-475-0105 UnityChurchInMilwaukee.org Find peace and happiness in a stressful world. Rev. Tom, acting minister, was former pastor for 27 years at St. Ann’s Church in West Allis. See ad, page 22.
SKIN CARE WHITE SAGE SPA
Susie Raymond, Esthetician, Life Coach, Reiki Master/Teacher WhiteSageSpa.com • 414-352-6550
Rest your concerns in Susie’s soothing hands. Experience transformation within your skin, energy, or life purpose when you connect and express your inner desires. See ad, page 30.
ANIMAL DOCTOR HOLISTIC VETERINARY COMPLEX
S73 W16790 Janesville Rd, Muskego 414-422-1300 • AnimalDoctorHolistic.com Complete, integrated pet health care, including natural nutrition, titres, herbal/glandular/ nutraceutical supplements, and essential oils. Dr. Jodie is a certified acupuncturist and food therapist.
262-547-1200 SunVest.com N27 W24075 Paul Ct, Ste 200, Pewaukee
Designs and installs solar PV systems utilizing customer endorsed materials and incentive programs for residential/commercial buildings, providing unparalleled customer satisfaction and dependable clean energy. See ad, page 15.
SOMATIC COACHING TRICIA ENGELKING
Somatic Coaching 414-520-5715 AbundantJoyYoga.com
COPPER TREE YOGA STUDIO AND WELLNESS CENTER 1364 E Sumner St, Hartford 262-670-6688 CopperTreeWellnessStudio.com
Voted top yoga studio 3 years running! Yoga, core fitness, kids yoga, prenatal, Reiki and various wellness services. Yoga & core fitness, prenatal teacher trainings. Our promise is to keep the spirit in yoga! See ad, page 12.
Experience miraculous relief from muscle pain and achiness with easy somatic movement coaching workshops and private sessions. 3 week workshops: Jul 22 upper body focus; Jul 24 lower body.
W307 N1497 Golf Rd, Ste 102, Delafield 262-337-9065 • SantoshaFitness.net We offer affordable, enjoyable yoga for everyone in an intimate, calming space that specializes in yoga, fitness and mindfulness; also have a certified Ayurvedic practitioner on staff. See ad, page 21.
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