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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.





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Bodybuilders Turn to Yoga by Aimee Hughes


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sleeping son and watched his peaceful slumber, I felt an immense surge of love in my heart, leading me to ponder, “What is happiness?” So many things in life can bring us moments of joy. Perhaps the grand ones seem most obvious: venturing on an overseas expedition or achieving a successful promotion or raise. Surely, our hearts are easily filled by sweet and tender occasions like holding a newborn baby or experiencing true intimacy and connection in our relationships. Yet, even simple things like sipping a cup of coffee on a warm spring morning or taking a peaceful walk in the woods allow opportunities for mindful gratitude. Maintaining a level of contentment can be difficult in this volatile world, where it seems the omnipresent media can overwhelm our thoughts and affect our perceptions of happiness. We are deluged with messages telling us that the key to happiness is to be wealthier, thinner, or to own more stuff. It’s easy to get sucked into focusing on what we don’t have instead of what we do have or into believing the false idea that we must have it all to be content. There are many ways to embrace the best that life has to offer. In Judith Fertig’s article “Happy All Day,” we examine ways to infuse happiness into the common elements of life. Ultimately, happiness comes from within and can be cultivated daily by feeling and expressing gratitude for all those small, precious moments in life that we can so easily overlook. Many of us remember the classic children’s animated film You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown! In one of the main songs, “Happiness,” the Peanuts characters sing of the little things that can bring pleasure, such as two kinds of ice cream or learning to whistle. Whether we are enjoying life’s simple, everyday blessings or accomplishing bigger, greater things, abundant bliss can be found by acknowledging the realistic notion that we all deserve happiness and must make time to create, notice and appreciate it. With love, gratitude and joy, Gabriella Buchnik, Publisher

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Prolotherapy Offers an Alternative to Pain Medications or Surgery


r. Neal Pollack, a Milwaukee-area osteopathic doctor and neurologist, is offering prolotherapy for people suffering from chronic pain in any of several areas, from the head, neck, shoulders, chest and arms to the hips, back, pelvis, knees, legs, ankles and feet. Prolotherapy stimulates healing with injections in the affected sites to produce localized inflammation that Dr. Neal Pollack leads to tissue strengthening and repair. The injections involve natural solutions, such as highconcentration dextrose, and are administered in an office setting. They are a safe and effective alternative to pharmaceuticals, cortisone injections and surgery, according to Pollack, who says, “There is minimal risk and very little post-procedure downtime. Potential surgical complications are avoided. This regenerative technique has been shown to be safe, cost-effective and extremely efficient.”

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Energy Fair Promotes Sustainable Future


he Midwest Renewable Energy Association will host its annual Energy Fair from June 17 through 19 in Custer, Wisconsin. The educational and networking event provides attendees with the tools to lead a more sustainable lifestyle and to network to create lasting positive change. This year’s fair features more than 250 workshops and 200 exhibitors, live music from PHOX and VO5, a variety of speakers and activities for the whole family. Presentations will include John Farrell, of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, talking about the benefits of locally distributed energy; Sandrine Mubenga, CEO of SMIN Power Group and a professional engineer at the University of Toledo, discussing her work abroad helping people improve their lives through sustainable energy; and Nomi Prins, a journalist and political and financial expert, explaining how the financial system benefits those in power, the possibilities of public banking and how regulation can help advance policies that benefit the public. Location: 7558 Deer Rd., Custer, WI. For more information and pricing, call 715-592-6595 or visit See ad, page 5.


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nne Wondra of WonderSpirit Coaching, in Waukesha, will lead the fifth annual Women Water and Words Summer Beach Series from 9:30 to 11:15 on six Monday mornings: June 13, 20 and 27 and July 11, 18 and 25. The series is designed to help participants understand and connect to their creative spirit and soul, Wondra says. She will use Elizabeth Gilbert’s Anne Wondra book Big Magic as a guide to lead open-air conversations about being creative as a writer, artist, entrepreneur and innovator, and as a muse for everyday living. Other planned topics for discussion include courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, trust and divinity. A conference-call option will also be offered Mondays from 7:05 to 8:15 p.m. Cost: $65. Location: Lakefront Park, 130 W. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee (near Brewers Two Café Coffeehouse). For more information or to register, call 262-544-4310, email AnneW@ or visit See ad, page 39.

Cedarburg Garden Walk Includes Plant Sale


his year’s Cedarburg Garden Walk will be a two-day event, held on July 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and July 10, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., rain or shine. Sponsored by the Cedarburg Woman’s Club, this eighth annual event will feature four gardens in and around the Cedarburg area. New this year are garden art and plants available for purchase at one of the gardens. In conjunction with the Garden Walk, the Cedarburg Woman’s Club will raffle off prizes to benefit causes such as college scholarships, local charities and the Girl Scout house, where more than 500 scouts gather regularly.

Tickets are $8 in advance ($10 on the day of the event) and are available at Cornerstone Community Bank, in Grafton; Great Lakes Pool & Spa Center, in Thiensville; Johnson’s Gardens on Hwy. 60, in Cedarburg; Lammscapes! in Jackson; and Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly grocery store, in Cedarburg. Tickets will also be available on the day of the event at any of the four gardens. For more information, call 414-732-1312 or visit



Tamarack Waldorf High School Now Enrolling


amarack Waldorf High School is expanding through grade 11 and is now accepting applications for grades 9 through 11 for the 2016-17 academic year. An informational session will be held at 6:30 p.m., June 8. With a curriculum designed to be academically rigorous, artistically creative and socially relevant, the school strives to cultivate analytical and creative thinking in its students while helping them connect to and find meaning in the world around them. Waldorf education is a worldwide movement offering a hands-on, experiential method of learning in a nurturing school setting. Tamarack Waldorf High School is the 41st Waldorf high school in North America. The school participates in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program and offers tuition assistance. Location: 2628 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 414-265-7075 or visit See ad, page 22.

Eco-Tour Explores Wonders of Lake Michigan Coast


outheast Wisconsin residents can discover all that Ozaukee County’s Lake Michigan coast has to offer—from deep ravines and shipwrecks to towering clay bluffs and a migratory flyway—through the Treasures of Oz Lake Michigan Coast Eco-Tour. The seven natural sites on the tour will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 18. Participants can download a passport and explore the sites along with scientists and naturalists. The Celebration at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 pm., will feature food, music, wildlife programs, exhibits and a silent auction. Tour-goers can also trade in their passports for free raffle tickets. The natural sites on this year’s tour are Donges Bay Gorge Nature Preserve; Virmond Park; Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve; Lake Michigan at South Beach Park; Lake Michigan from Upper Lake Park; Cedar Grove WPA on the Migratory Flyway; and Forest Beach Migratory Preserve. Information will also be provided about the latest lake-related research. Location: Forest Beach, 4970 Country Club Rd., Port Washington. For more information, visit

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anyakumari Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Center, in Glendale, will hold a student open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m., June 26, to provide information about its professional educational training, which begins this September. The evening includes informational sessions by the instructors, tours of the facility and light refreshments. Students and staff will be on hand to answer questions. Kanyakumari is now accepting applications for three professional-level training programs: Ayurveda Health Counselor; Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner; and the 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training. In addition to ayurveda and yoga training programs, Kanyakumari also offers Certified Ayurveda Bodywork and Panchakarma Therapist Training courses that run year-round with modules in April, July, October and January. This year, the center also launched a new Yoga Health Counselor program designed to help yoga teachers learn more about themselves through ayurveda. All of Kanyakumari’s educational courses use the interconnected Vedic sciences of ayurveda and yoga to help students achieve life balance and instruct others to do the same. Kanyakumari’s yoga teacher training program is the longest-running Yoga Allianceregistered and state-certified program in the metro Milwaukee area. Location: 6789 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale. For more information, call 414-755-2825, email Info@Kanyakumari. us or visit See ad, page 25.

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The Hidden Deficiency Having the proper amount of iodine in our system at all times is critical to overall health, yet the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that iodine deficiency is increasing drastically in light of an increasingly anemic national diet of unpronounceable additives and secret, unlabeled ingredients. This deficit now affects nearly three-quarters of the population.

Causes of Iodine Deficiency


Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radiation

Low-Sodium Diets

Overuse of zero-nutrient salt substitutes in foods leads to iodine depletion

Iodized Table Salt

Iodized salt may slowly lose its iodine content by exposure to air


A toxic chemical found in baked goods overrides iodine's ability to aid thyroid

Iodine-Depleted Soil Poor farming techniques have led to declined levels of iodine in soil

A Growing Epidemic Symptoms range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and skin and hair problems. This lack of essential iodine can also cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers; and in children, intellectual disability, deafness, attention deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University and the French National Academy of Medicine.

What to Do The easy solution is taking the right kind of iodine in the right dosage to rebalance thyroid function and restore health to the whole body.

newsbriefs New Partnership Helps Local Residents Go Solar


he city of Milwaukee and the Village of Shorewood are partnering with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) to help home and business owners go solar this summer. With support from a U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative grant, the MREA has used the partnerships to establish two programs, Solar Shorewood and Milwaukee Shines Solar Group Buy, to facilitate group purchasing of solar power. It will host a free informational session about volume purchasing plans at 6 p.m., June 6, at Colectivo Coffee, in Shorewood. Residents who attend the session will also learn about the basics of solar electric power; what makes a home ideal for solar; the financial outlook for a solar investment; and the

steps for participating in the group-buy programs. Since 2013, the city of Milwaukee has collaborated with the MREA to bring neighborhood-based group purchasing programs for solar to residents all over the city, and 98 Milwaukee-area home and business owners have used group buys to install new solar electric systems totaling 322 kilowatts of clean, renewable energy. Participating neighborhoods include Riverwest, Bay View, Layton Boulevard West, Washington Heights and the East Side. Location: 4500 N. Oakland Ave. For more information about the program and future information sessions, visit

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Medicinal Mushroom Heals HPV


esearch from the University of Texas Medical School and Health Science Center has found that a medicinal mushroom extract may be able to eradicate human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted disease. Presented last fall at the 11th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology, in Houston, the clinical study treated 10 women that tested positive for HPV with the mushroom mycelia extract called active hexose correlated compound (AHCC). The patients were given three grams of the AHCC once a day for six months or longer. Eight of them tested negative for HPV after the period, including three that were confirmed HPV-eradicated after stopping the AHCC treatment. The two other patients continued receiving the extract. A phase II clinical trial led by Dr. Judith Smith, a professor at the UT Medical School, will be conducted.

Awe and Wonder Prime Physical Health


wo related studies from the University of California, Berkeley, suggest that the act of admiring the beauty of nature with awe and wonder can decrease inflammation in the body. More than 200 adults reported their experiences of emotions on a particular day, including amusement, awe, compassion, joy, contentment and pride. Samples of the subjects’ gum and cheek tissues were analyzed for cytokines, and the researchers found those that cited emotions of awe, wonder and amazement had the lowest levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6). UC Berkeley professor and co-author of the research Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., says, “That awe, wonder and beauty promote healthier levels of cytokines suggests that the things we do to experience these emotions—a walk in nature, losing oneself in music, beholding art—have a direct influence upon health and life expectancy.”

Ashwagandha Pumps Up Testosterone


ow testosterone levels can be problematic for men as they age. Fortunately, Mother Nature produces her own form of testosterone booster: the herb ashwagandha. Research published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition tested 57 men between the ages of 18 and 50. They were divided into two groups—one was given 300 milligrams of the herbal extract twice a day for eight weeks; the other ingested a placebo for the same period. Both groups underwent supervised muscle training programs for the duration of the study. The men that took the ashwagandha had significantly higher levels of circulating testosterone compared to the placebo group. The ashwagandha group also experienced an increase in muscle mass in the chest and arms, yielding an average arm muscle size of 8.6 centimeters, compared to the placebo group’s 5.3 centimeters. Those men in the ashwagandha group also exhibited faster reductions of creatine kinase, a marker for the type of muscle fiber injury that occurs during strenuous exercise, following workouts.

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E-Cigarettes Produce Free Radicals


lectronic cigarette use, or vaping, is on the rise as many consider it a healthier alternative to smoking. However, in a study published in the American Chemical Society journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, researchers from the Penn State University College of Medicine report that e-cigarettes produce considerable levels of reactive free radicals created by the high-temperature heating coils that warm up the nicotine solution. Dr. John Richie, a professor at Penn State and senior author of the research, says, “The identification of these radicals in the aerosols means that we can’t just say e-cigarettes are safe because they don’t contain tobacco. They are potentially harmful.” The researchers found that levels of free radicals in e-cigarettes are between 100 to 1,000 times less than the levels produced by tobacco cigarettes, still making them a better choice than traditional cigarettes although they still carry risk. Richie explains, “The levels of radicals that we’re seeing are more than what you might get from a heavily air-polluted area, but less than what you might find in cigarette smoke.” Previous research has found that e-cigarette smoke also contains aldehydes that can potentially cause cellular and tissue damage.

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Swedes’ Solution

Six-Hour Workday Reaps Benefits Many Americans work 50 hours a week or more because they think they’ll get more done and reap the benefits later. However, according to a metastudy published in The Lancet, people that clock a 55-hour week have a 33 percent greater risk of stroke and 13 percent higher risk of developing coronary heart disease than those that maintain a 35- to 40-hour work week. Data from 25 studies that monitored the health of 600,000 people from the U.S., Europe and Australia for up to 8.5 years were analyzed. Paul Kelley, of Oxford University’s Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, notes that even a traditional nine-to-five workday is at odds with peoples’ internal body clocks, contributing to sleep deprivation. Now Sweden is moving toward a standard six-hour workday, with some businesses having already implemented the change. Linus Feldt, CEO of Stockholm app developer Filimundus, reports that the shift has maintained productivity while decreasing staff conflicts, because people are happier and better rested. Several Toyota service centers in Gothenburg that switched to a six-hour day 13 years ago also report happier staff, a lower turnover rate and increased ease in enticing new hires. A Swedish retirement home has embarked on a yearlong experiment to compare the costs and benefits of a shorter working day. Source:

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More Retailers Ban Bee-Toxic Products Amidst the growing pollinator crisis and due to public pressure, Aldi Süd, the German supermarket chain with stores in the U.S., has become the first major European retailer to ban pesticides toxic to bees, including the neonicotinoids imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam, from fruits and vegetables produced for their stores. Starting in January, Aldi produce suppliers have had to ensure their cultivation practices exclude eight pesticides identified as toxic to bees. Other retailers in the U.S. and Europe are also beginning to shun bee-toxic pesticides. Home Depot will no longer use the class of pesticides known as neonics on 80 percent of its flowering plants; completing the phase-out in 2018. Lowe’s is ending the sale of products containing neonicotinoid pesticides within 48 months. Smaller retailers are also working on removing neonics and other toxic pesticides from their shelves. The science has become increasingly clear that pesticides, working individually or synergistically, play a critical role in the ongoing decline of honeybees and other pollinators. Bees in the U.S. and Europe have seen unprecedented losses over the last decade, and bee-toxic pesticides like neonicotinoids have consistently been implicated as a major contributing factor. Source:



Bye-Bye Dye

Mars and Others Abandoning Artificial Colors Mars Inc., the maker of many candies, chewing gum flavors and other food products, is phasing out artificial food dyes over the next five years. The decision came as a response to growing customer demand, says CEO Grant F. Reid. Nestlé, General Mills, Kraft and Kellogg’s have also started eliminating artificial dyes from their products due to calls for more natural ingredients. Common shades of red 40 and yellow 5 are presently ubiquitous, as per capita production of artificial coloring approved for use in food has increased more than five-fold since the 1950s. According to a study of supermarket labels by the Center for Science in Public Interest, an estimated 90 percent of childoriented candies, fruit snacks, drink mixes and powders contain artificial colors, and many parents are concerned about their potential impact on developing brains. Several studies have scrutinized dyes’ possible link to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other effects on children’s behavior. When a study by a group of British scientists suggested a link between the consumption of certain food dyes and hyperactivity in kids, Europe and the UK began requiring food with artificial dyes to carry warning labels. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to maintain that no causal relationship exists between color additives and hyperactivity in children, and doesn’t require warning labels.

Unsafe Playfields

Artificial Surfaces Pose Risks As of January, there have been 200 nationwide cases of cancers in young athletes that played on synthetic turf—many of them lymphoma, which is uncommon in the age group. In 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency withdrew earlier safety assurances and called for new, more comprehensive studies. A majority of professional and college athletes strongly prefer natural turf because those playing on synthetic turf suffer about 50 percent more knee and ankle injuries. Other playfields use “crumb rubber” infill made of ground-up used tires formerly considered hazardous waste. Thus, sports players may be exposed to dozens of chemical compounds, most of which have never been tested for health impact; some of those tested are believed to cause cancer, birth defects, developmental and reproductive disorders and infertility. Primary source:

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Rethinking All Aspects of Society The International Living Future Institute’s Living Future Challenge presents a bold new framework for rethinking how systems, products, buildings and communities are designed. Based on the elegant and profound architecture of its recent Living Building Challenge that cites nature as the ultimate metric for success, the Living Future Challenge is now branching out to influence aspects of society. The Living Community Challenge applies Living Building concepts to entire communities or cities; the Living Product Challenge asks designers and manufacturers to create net positive products; Net Zero Energy Building certification rates successful energy conservation in both new and existing buildings; Just becomes the social justice label for appropriately certified organizations; Declare confirms the merit of nutrition labels; and Reveal affirms a building’s energy efficiency status. Source:

More U.S. Cities Leaving the Grid Nassau, New York, a town of 5,000 outside Albany, plans to ramp up a combination of rooftop- and ground-mounted solar, wind turbine and landfill methane-capture technologies to generate 100 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2020. “If all goes as planned, within the next four years, all six of the town buildings will be disconnected from the grid,” says Nassau Supervisor Dave Fleming. The New York Department of Public Services wants this trend to grow through its Reforming Energy Vision (REV) initiative. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration is actively working to help municipalities, especially core towns and schools, move toward getting a significant portion of their power from renewable resources. Smaller, cleaner, power systems are less costly and cleaner alternatives to the traditional larger electrical stations. San Diego, California, recently committed to securing 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2035. It’s the largest American city to do so. Already, at least 13 U.S. cities, including San Francisco; Burlington, Vermont; and Aspen, Colorado, have committed to 100 percent clean energy. Las Vegas is among other major cities aiming to follow suit. Hawaii has pledged the same by 2045, the most ambitious standard set by a U.S. state to date.

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Protecting Bumblebees Is a Gardening Must by Diane Olson Schmidt


umblebees are in trouble, and that means trouble for our vegetable gardens. Tomato and eggplant, for example, can only be pollinated by bumblebees. To attract and protect these important pollinators, keep the following tips in mind.

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other greenhouse suppliers, so save the plant tags for reference. Fortunately, more garden centers and nurseries are becoming aware of the risks of neonicotinoids and do not use them. Add a flowering mix for pollinators along the edge of your vegetable garden, along with single-flowering marigolds to deter pests. Be sure to include native plants; some nonnative plants, especially those with double flowers, have been bred for beauty at the expense of pollen and nectar production. Flowers in the daisy family are rich in nectar and pollen. Try planting purple coneflower, black-eyed susans, sweet alyssums, dandelions, wild geraniums, Joe Pye weed, cardinal flower, great blue lobelia, asters and especially the annual daisy fleabane. Plant goldenrods in the fall. Also, don’t forget milkweed for the monarch butterflies. Diane Olson Schmidt is with LaceWing Gardening & Consulting Services. Contact her at 414-793-3652 or See ad, page 24.

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Byers Finds Her Niche in Functional Medicine by Sheila Julson


Belmont University. t’s only natural that She then returned to nurse practitioner Milwaukee to begin her Amy Byers pursued nursing career, working a career in health care at Columbia St. Mary’s and eventually opened hospital and Sinai Saher own clinic, Byers maritan Medical Center. Functional Medicine. It didn’t take long While she was growing before she concluded up in Mequon, Wisthat conventional consin, her father had medicine often involves his own oral surgery masking symptoms practice. Not only did Amy Byers with medication. That his career feed her realization prompted interest in health and her to enroll in Marquette University’s medicine, but watching him operate a adult nurse practitioner program, and business also planted in her the seed of during that time, her interest in holistic entrepreneurship. and integrative care intensified. She re Byers was raised in a health-consearched ancestral health and learned scious family that valued outdoor time. about functional medicine, which “I was active in sports,” she recalls. “I provided the model of care she had was a healthy, happy-go-lucky kid. But been seeking. during middle school, I was diagnosed “The American medical system with scoliosis. I had a back brace and is set up really well for trauma and had to undergo a spinal fusion when accidents,” she observes, “but what I was in eighth grade. I was put on we’re not so good at is preventive loads of antibiotics post-surgery, which health and disease management. affected my digestive health.” She was Things like food, movement, mindnot used to being ill, and the experiset and sleep are the foundations of ence became a major turning point in health, yet those aspects are rarely her life: suddenly she wanted to learn touched upon during interaction with the “why” behind ailments. With a combined interest in health traditional medical practitioners.” Byers trained with Dr. Daniel and entrepreneurship, she earned a Kalish, founder of the Kalish Institute, bachelor’s degree in human organizawhich operates a functional meditional development from Vanderbilt cine program for doctors, and earned University in Nashville, and a bachher master’s degree from Marquette elor’s degree in nursing from nearby in 2011. In the summer of 2014, she opened Byers Functional Medicine, in Shorewood, sharing an office with a chiropractor and a naturopathic physician. Last fall she moved to her present location in Whitefish Bay.

Having her own practice has allowed Byers to stay true to the model of care that made functional medicine so appealing to her. “Finding the root cause is how I approach my practice,” she explains. “I don’t chase symptoms, but ask why.” She evaluates every patient in depth by obtaining a thorough health history and examining symptoms. That approach, combined with advanced lab testing, helps her detect hormonal, digestive health and nutrient deficiencies. “It’s like throwing darts at a dartboard,” she says. “You want to hit the bull’s-eye every time, so you’ve got to develop a personal relationship with the patient along with the lab testing to create an individualized care plan that optimizes a patient’s health.” Byers shares her office space with Barb Heinen, a certified holistic nutrition consultant. “When patients need an intensive level of nutritional care, I’ll also have them work with Barb,” she says. The partnership is part of her long-term goal of building a network of holistic practitioners in the North Shore area. Byers and Heinen plan to host a monthly Meetup networking group, Evolution of Medicine, as well as a lecture series focused on functional medicine. It’s clear that Byers derives great personal satisfaction from her work. “I get to know each individual and learn what’s going on with their health and where they want to be, and I can watch them achieve their goals and see how much better they’re doing,” she says. “Another intriguing aspect of functional medicine is that I’m always learning— nothing is black and white or static. There’s always new research coming out, so there’s opportunity to learn and improve my care for patients and to learn from the patients themselves. That growth aspect is always thrilling.” Byers Functional Medicine is located at 4532 N. Oakland Ave., Whitefish Bay. For more information, call 414-3693685 or visit ByersFunctionalMedicine. com. See ad, page 21. Sheila Julson is a Milwaukee-based freelance writer and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine.

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HAPPY ALL DAY Simple Daily Practices for a Happier Life by Judith Fertig


hroughout the past decade, success researchers and positive psychologists have sketched out in broad strokes the big picture of our elemental yearning for happiness. According to Martin Seligman, Ph.D., and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, inner happiness derives from four basic elements: positive emotion, relationships, meaning in life and accomplishment. What we want to know now is how to instill happiness into daily practices. In her latest book, Better Than Before: Mastering The Habits Of Our Everyday Lives, happiness expert Gretchen Rubin fleshes out the needed details. She maintains that the shift into a happier way of being can be as simple as changing our habits, which she terms the invisible architecture of daily life. Rubin found, “We repeat about 40 percent of our behavior almost daily, so our habits shape our existence and our future. If we change our habits, we change our lives.” We can start small in sometimes surprising ways that encourage personal, family, workplace and community well-being.

Simplify—Exercise—Meditate Israeli-born Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D., a former Harvard lecturer and author of the bestselling Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment, had



I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health. ~Voltaire 854 students enroll in one of his pioneering classes on happiness in 2006, the highest enrollment for any class at the time. “Students explored ways to apply these ideas to their life experiences and communities,” he says. Today, he lectures and consults worldwide on the science of happiness, or “optimal being and functioning”. Ben-Shahar suggests we cultivate three personal habits. The first one is to simplify, saying, “We need to turn off our phones, email and other distractions at home, so we can fully be with the people we care about and that care about us. Time affluence—time to enjoy and appreciate—is a predictor of happiness.” The second is to exercise. “We were not meant to be sedentary,” he says. The third is to meditate. “Meditating helps us to develop extreme resilience to negative emotion.” Ken A.Verni, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist in Highland Park, New Jersey, endorses the importance of a mindfulness habit. In his new book, Happiness the Mindful Way: A Practical Guide, Verni outlines easy, step-by-step actions to form a new happiness habit that con-

currently reduces stress and increases enlightenment. He starts with what he calls “compassionate attention”; being fully awake or present in our lives without judging what we’re thinking. When we view our thoughts as events in the mind, he says, conscious selfobservation introduces a space between our perceptions and responses, allowing us to view our thoughts as separate from the person we really are. Complementary methods may include breathing techniques or body awareness that help shift us away from anxious, “What if?” speculations into the ever-present now. With just a few minutes of mindfulness a day—the first thing in the morning or at night before retiring—according to Verni, “We can shift our relationship to ourselves and our life experiences in a way that allows for greater spaciousness, acceptance and compassion, and in doing so, can dramatically improve the quality of our lives.”

Daily Joy at Home Another way to improve the quality of our life is to reverse one habit. Shonda Rhimes, creator of TV dramas that include Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, admits that she’s a driven, Type-A person in her new book, Year of Yes. A busy career in Los Angeles, three children and little leisure left her feeling unhappy, so instead of reciting her habitual, “No” to anything extraneous—like parties, eating chocolate chip cookies or spending a lazy afternoon chatting with an old friend—she decided to change that habit to, “Yes.” One of Rhimes’ most profound revelations occurred after she responded positively when her children asked her to play. She observes that kids don’t want that much from us and playtime rarely involves more than 15 minutes; when we give them access and attention, it makes everyone feel good. Rubin agrees that it’s the little things that can contribute to family happiness. As a New York City mother of two, she decided that she’d be happier if she knew she was creating family memories. She started regularly preparing “special occasion” family breakfasts, a relatively easy meal to customize. She says, “Studies show that family traditions support children’s social develop-

Take the Secret Society of Happy People’s personal happiness inventory at DefiningOurHappiness provides an introduction. ment and strengthen family cohesiveness. They provide the connection and predictability that people crave. I know that I enjoy a holiday more when I know exactly what we’re going to do and when we’re going to do it.” Home for Matthieu Ricard, a biochemist turned Buddhist monk, could be a Nepalese monastery or a seat at scientific conferences around the world. As the author of Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill, he defines happiness as a deep sense of flourishing that arises from an exceptionally healthy mind. “It’s not a mere pleasurable feeling, a fleeting emotion or a mood, but an optimal state of being,” he says. In order to nurture it, Ricard recommends taking some time each day for quiet reflection, noting, “The contemplative approach consists of rising above the whirlpool of our thoughts for a moment and looking calmly within, as if at an interior landscape, to find the embodiment of our deepest aspirations.” By cultivating attention and mindfulness, the cares of everyday life become less burdensome. Such a spiritual practice of just sitting quietly for 10 minutes a day, observing the thoughts that randomly cross our minds, and then gently shooing them away, can be enormously beneficial, he says, as it helps us put things in perspective and aim for continuous calm.

Flipping the Switch

Changing thought habits to focus on the good things in life is an approach that works for clients of Mary Lynn Ziemer, a life coach in Estero, Florida. Ziemer suggests we “flip the switch” from negative thinking and make a habit of starting our day being positive and grateful for 10 minutes. She recommends we start by doing deep breathing—four seconds breathing in, hold for seven seconds, eight seconds breathing out— repeated four times. Next, we ask ourselves how we feel in the moment and identify the emotion, and then ask what


thoughts we can think to feel better. The last step of the exercise is to frame a positive outlook in an affirmation, such as, “I am so grateful that I know I am doing the best I can and everything will work out. Everything is fine.” Ziemer adds, “Remember that happiness comes from love and takes you to a place of peace and calm. It is such emotions that beget success in relationships, health, supply, and clear purpose. Plus, it benefits everyone around you.”

Happiness Habits at Work

Dallas happiness researcher Shawn Achor, founder of Goodthink, Inc., and author of The Happiness Advantage, applies the science of happiness to the workplace. His research echoes the personal positivity of Ziemer, Verni and Ben-Shahar’s approaches to nurturing happiness. “Happiness is such an incredible advantage in our lives,” says Achor. “When the human brain is positive, our intelligence rises and we stop diverting resources to think about anxiety.” The Harvard Business Review published his research results: “Creativity triples and productive energy rises by 31 percent. Sales rise by 37 percent and the likelihood of promotion rises by 40 percent.” Achor’s method is helping people rewrite the way they think by first looking for positives at work. Workers write down three highly specific, positive things about their workday for 21 consecutive days. Rather than just, “I love my job,” acknowledge, “I love my job because I get to help people every day.” Or, “I love my morning tea because it gets me going.” Achor reports that at the end of the period, “Their brain starts to retain a pattern of scanning the world not for the negative, but for the positive first.” Taking a work break for two minutes of mindfulness is also effective. “We did this at Google,” he says. “We had employees take their hands off their keyboards for two minutes a day to go from multitasking to simply focusing on their breathing. This drops

 Journaling for two minutes about one positive experience we’ve had over the past 24 hours allows our brain to relive it.  Exercising, including 15 minutes of cardiovascular action a day, teaches our brain that our behavior matters and improves our mood.  Meditating for even a few minutes at a time relieves an overloaded brain and allows it to focus on one thing at a time.  Writing one quick email in the morning praising or thanking someone we work with or just to make them happy will make us feel a sense of social support, a great predictor of happiness. Source: The Happiness Advantage, by Shawn Achor their stress levels and raises accuracy rates. It improves levels of happiness and it takes just minutes.”

Happiness in the Community We can foster happiness habits at home, at work and in the community. Rubin suggests starting such a group, akin to a self-help book club or bridge group, but with extra benefits. She even offers a free starter kit for those that want to try it, available via Gretchen In addition to the happy exchange of ideas and success stories, happiness habits group members also have the benefit of being accountable to each other. Others can help us continue to color in the details supporting and forwarding the broad brushstrokes of positive emotions, relationships, meaning in life and accomplishments in a down-to-earth, fun way. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

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Reiki Helps Remove Obstacles to Joy by Cindy Carlson


appiness is subjective, so it’s not surprising that people can spend a lifetime searching for it. That search can take many forms and is usually focused on something external, such as a material possessions, a job title or a relationship. What they usually don’t realize is that happiness is internal, waiting to be uncovered. This is where reiki, a noninvasive holistic healing technique, can help. Developed in Japan almost a century ago, and now practiced around the world, reiki involves a laying-on of hands (some practitioners use a notouch method) in order to correct energetic blocks thought to be the cause of physical or emotional issues such as pain, anxiety, depression or chronic illness. These energetic blocks might comprise unexpressed emotions or negative thoughts or behavior patterns.

Reiki helps release these blocks gently and safely by allowing the body to relax at a very deep level, bringing it back into proper energetic alignment. The result is a more positive attitude and enhanced creativity. Just experiencing a reiki treatment can bring feelings of peace and joy. People who are connected to their inner happiness attract experiences that often align perfectly with their own definition of happiness. That’s when it’s clear that happiness is not conditional, but is always available to those who tune in to it.

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e don’t typically envision iron-pumping bodybuilders also flowing and breathing through yoga postures, yet many are combining these complementary disciplines to realize huge benefits.

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Nicolina Sandstedt, a yoga teacher trainer and anatomy expert with the Yandara Yoga Institute, in Baja, Mexico, observes, “The body awareness and alignment focus that the practice of yoga asanas [positions] offers helps bodybuilders find correct posture. Yoga also teaches elegance in transitions that improve competitive posing.” Peter Nielsen, a bodybuilder, yoga practitioner and world-class fitness guru in Detroit, observes, “Most bodybuilders haven’t fine-tuned their presentation. They often grimace and look uncomfortable, with their veins popping out.” He points out, “Yoga helps teach bodybuilders how to slow down, breathe into each posture and ultimately win posing competitions because of the grace, elegance and body awareness that yoga provides.”

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Joseph Grassadonia, bodybuilder, yoga enthusiast and founder of On Fitness magazine, in Kahuku, Hawaii, cites

additional benefits: “Incorporating yoga into your workout routine improves your core, giving you overall body strength in specific targeted muscle groups. It also increases flexibility, stability and mobility, allowing greater range of motion. Most importantly, it will keep you from being sidelined with injuries.” “Stretching a muscle can make it more aesthetically pleasing,” remarks Sandstedt. “In yoga, we often hold postures for a relatively long period of time, in a more isometric endurance workout, than the short, repetitive movements performed in bodybuilding. Bodybuilding develops fast-twitch muscle fibers for power and speed, while yoga develops slow-twitch muscle fibers for endurance. Both are important for tissues to stay healthy while building muscle mass.” Nielsen notes, “Bodybuilding makes me feel stronger; I look better and have loads of endurance. Yoga makes me feel more centered; it softens me so I can hear and surrender to what my body is telling me rather than me just telling it what to do.” Such listening is essential to preventing injuries that periodically plague bodybuilders. Slowing down into yoga’s present moment awareness teaches bodybuilders how to perform from a place of presence rather than on autopilot, which is when most injuries occur.

“Yoga works all the muscles, even the smaller, intrinsic muscles often neglected in bodybuilding,� Sandstedt says. “In addition to facilitating healthy posture, these small muscles help support balanced joint alignment.� She explains that the explosive, repetitive movements used to build muscle mass in bodybuilding make the muscles less elastic, which also inhibits range of motion. Less elastic muscles may be more prone to injury, as daily activities require both strength and mobility.�

Beginning Yogis

For bodybuilders that want to give yoga a shot, Nielsen advises trying a structured, 30-day yoga challenge. He sees how after the first month with his clients, the positive effects become apparent and most bodybuilders don’t want to go back to life before yoga.

Sandstedt offers, “I advise newcomers to incorporate a light yoga routine into the beginning and end of each bodybuilding training session. Ending training sessions with a few yoga postures will help balance the body, bringing a sense of calm and equanimity to the workout experience.� “In my fitness career, I’ve found that yoga perfectly complements any strength training program as a form of stretching, flexibility and de-stressing,� says Nielsen. “Yoga focuses me, and helps me to isolate whatever muscle I choose. It helps me reach my fullest potential and simply makes me a better version of myself.� Aimee Hughes is a doctor of naturopathy and freelance writer in Kansas City, MO. Connect at



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merican fatherhood has evolved considerably in the last 50 years. While dads used to be kept out of the delivery room, today, more than 90 percent of new fathers are present for their children’s birth, reflected in MenCare Advocacy’s State of the Worlds’ Fathers. However, being there early on does not necessarily define the scope of future involvement. Overcoming obstacles that might keep men from being the “high-five” dads they and their family need them to be is key. Involved fathers benefit children. Most research on child development has focused on how mothers influence their children, but in recent decades, society has “discovered” fathers. In many studies, pioneering Psychologist Ross Parke, Ph.D., professor emeritus of University of California, Riverside, and others have conclusively shown that children of more-involved dads are better at solving puzzles, score higher on cognitive skills tests, do better in school, are more likely to go to college, are more empathetic, manage their emotions better, have fewer behavior problems, are less likely to suffer from depression or mental illness and are less likely to break laws or become teen parents. Fathering tip: Never miss an opportunity to change a diaper, play with the kids, read stories together or simply ask them about their day.

Equal workplace policies matter. The U.S. is the only economically advanced country that has no nationally mandated paid maternity leave policy and is absent a national paternity leave policy, paid or unpaid. When men don’t get time off to learn basic parenting skills, it’s harder for them to stay engaged later. In 1977, 41 percent of women and 35 percent of men in dual-earner couples reported work-family life conflicts. Today, the figures are 47 percent and 60 percent, respectively, according to the Families and Work Institute’s ongoing National Study of the Changing Workforce. Parenting tip: Advocate for national, paid parenting leave policies for men and women starting with local employers. It benefits both families and companies. Studies by Stanford University, the Families and Work Institute, Gallup, Inc. and others have found that companies with family-friendly benefits enjoy more loyal employees, better morale, lower turnover, fewer arbitrary sick days, higher levels of customer service and higher shareholder returns—all of which contribute to their bottom line. Both genders can be naturally nurturing. Certainly, women are biologically adapted for giving birth and breastfeeding, but Parke found that caring new dads typically cuddle, coo, giggle, rock and feed their babies just as much as new mothers. One hurdle men

face is that they usually have to return to work sooner, and their natural nurturing skills can get rusty, while moms’ get sharper. Opportunity and practice are the biggest predictors of meaningful connections with children. Fathering tip: Don’t assume that a partner knows more. Whatever a mother knows, she learned by making mistakes, and that’s the best way for fathers to learn, too. Be open to complementary expertise. A dad with a mate that praises and supports him will be far more confident and engaged with his child than one with a partner that criticizes him. Parenting tip: No one likes to feel incompetent, so when offering dad advice, do it in a nonthreatening way that supports and compliments his improving skills over time. It may mean adjusting personal standards a bit. Dad should take pride in practicing his unique rapport with offspring. Instead of letting mom pluck a crying or smelly baby from his arms, he can try, “Honey, I’ve got this.” End-running the legal system after divorce. For some 30 years, the default decision in divorce cases has been to award the mother primary physical custody, with limited visitation for the father. More states are now moving toward a presumption of 50-50 physical custody, but it’s not the norm. Therefore, many divorced dads may feel disconnected from their children and suppressed in their parenting role moving forward. Fathering tip: Never give up. Children need their dad in their life and vice-versa. It’s critical to stay in touch. In person is best; phone, email and Skype are decent fallbacks. Make time together feel meaningful as well as normal, instead of falling into a “Disneyland dad” syndrome of trying to make every moment a party. Practice harmonious communications with the ex. The biggest known predictor of children’s future mental and emotional health is how well their parents get along. Separated parents don’t have to be friends, but they do need to acknowledge both parents’ importance to the children and treat each other respectfully.



or parents serving in the military, some of the biggest barriers to involvement are inevitable and often repeated deployments. Dads returning home often struggle to reestablish both their family role—which changed while they were away—and their relationships with children they haven’t seen for months and who may not even recognize them. Here are practical tips to counter any estrangement. Talk to your children before you leave and tell them, in age-appropriate terms, what’s happening and why. Record yourself reading a child’s favorite book and ask mom to play it every night. Their hearing your voice while you’re gone will make it easier for them to get used to having you home again. During deployment, communicate with home as much as possible by phone, Skype and email, taking into account time zone differences and military security. Don’t underestimate the power of snail mail. Little things—a dried leaf from a tree near the barracks, a film canister full of sand—let a child know Dad is thinking of them and provides tangible signs that he’s in a real place somewhere.

Upon returning home, take it easy and don’t expect to be able to simply pick up where you were when you left. Everyone in the family has changed, and likely become stronger via the experience. Some things may never return to the pre-deployment normal, but the new normal can be just as good—or better. Source: The Military Father: A Handson Guide for Deployed Dads, by Armin Brott

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Understanding Autoimmunity When Our Bodies Turn Against Us by Diana Milling


utoimmune disorders, conditions in which the immune system attacks healthy cells, are the thirdlargest class of illness in the United States, affecting more than 24 million Americans. The dramatic rise in autoimmune diagnoses can be attributed to a new, deeper understanding among medical professionals that autoimmune conditions are connected by one central biochemical process: a runaway immune response—also known as systemic inflammation—that results in the body attacking its own tissues.

Inflammation and Disease It is important to distinguish between good and bad inflammation. As Tennessee-based functional medicine practitioner Dr. Scott Resnick notes, “inflammation is essential for our health and safety, yet when unregulated and undisciplined, it can be a potent and unrelenting negative force on our cellular health.”

The body has the innate ability to heal itself. When we have a cut, bruise or injury, it responds by telling the immune system to activate specific proteins and chemicals to heal the tissue, which becomes red, inflamed and even warm to the touch. A healthy immune system can turn this type of acute response on and off in an orchestrated fashion. It recognizes, remembers and attacks viruses, bacteria, cancer cells and other foreign invaders. But chronic or persistent inflammation lays the groundwork for potential illness. This is often what triggers an inappropriate immune response. A defective immune system cannot identify self from non-self, and it starts to attack the host by directing antibodies against its own tissues, resulting in disease processes that are “autoimmune” in nature. Those include rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus, psoriasis and even type 1 diabetes and allergies.

Finding the Cause of Disease What kick-starts this process? Many variables can wreak havoc on our immune systems, such as environmental triggers, inflammation and a compromised gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Genetic predisposition can play a part as well. Some 80 percent of our immune system is in our gut. A “leaky gut” occurs when the intestinal lining, which in a healthy individual keeps harmful substances out of the bloodstream, becomes compromised. This can happen if we eat foods that aggravate our GI tract, have been infected by a virus or bacteria or are taking certain pharmaceuticals, such as antibiotics. When “foreign invaders” like bacteria, viruses and certain food proteins pass from our gut into our bloodstream, our immune system tries to protect us. Over time, our own organs can get caught in the crossfire, with joints, muscles, skin, brain, gut and thyroid coming under attack. Early prevention—damping inflammation and removing other obstacles to health—is key to avoiding the onset of any autoimmune disease. Naturopathic doctors are trained to identify and address these underlying causes of illness. The human body strives to be in a state of homeostasis, and if we provide a supportive environment, it will do just what it is designed to do: heal itself. Naturopathic Doctor Diana Milling practices at Lakeside Natural Medicine, in Shorewood. See ad, page 16.

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TRESS STRESS Natural Ways to Prevent Hair Loss by Jody McCutcheon


ncient Egyptians sought to stem hair loss and stimulate hair growth with a cocktail of iron oxide, red lead, onions, alabaster, animal fats and honey. Today, we’re still deploying creative approaches. Men’s hair loss, specifically, is a billion-dollar industry, touting solutions ranging from chemically laced topical treatments and drugs to transplants and wigs. Yet hairloss science is imperfect; it’s riddled with misinformation that allows companies to sell products of varying efficacy. The average head holds about 120,000 to 150,000 strands of hair, and it’s normal for both men and women to lose 50 to 100 strands daily. We lose hair for several reasons. Chiefly, aging weakens hair and makes it more brittle; it also decreases hormone production, slowing hair growth. According to a study published in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, anything that interrupts the normal hair cycle can trigger diffuse hair loss. Triggers include physiologic trauma and emotional stresses, nutritional deficiencies, endocrine

imbalances and illness, as well as genetics, including pattern baldness. Even air and water pollutants and sunlight’s phototoxic aging effects may facilitate alopecia (sudden hair loss). While it’s impossible to completely stop natural hair loss catalyzed by aging and genes, the rate can be controlled and abnormal loss may be reversed while stimulating growth. Dietary Changes. The typical North American fat-, protein- and salt-rich diet fosters an acidic environment in the body which can lead to premature hair loss. Iron-rich foods like lean red meats and dark green veggies contribute to ferritin levels sufficient to increase the hair’s growth cycle. Iron also delivers oxygen to hair follicles, further inciting growth. In a review of related research, the journal Clinical and Experimental Dermatology reports that double-blind data confirmed the findings of a study in women with increased hair shedding in which a significant proportion responded to llysine and iron therapy.

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Because hair is made mostly of protein, and protein deficiency is thought to cause hair loss, it would seem that consuming more protein would stimulate growth, although moderation is the key. Too much protein may result in baldness, according to Dr. Michael Eades, who owns ProteinPower. com. The American Heart Association recommends against high-protein diets because most Americans already eat more protein than they need. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, shellfish, nuts and seeds and their oils can facilitate the production and action of hormones and oily lubricants that effect a healthy scalp and follicles and bouncy, shiny hair. A-complex and B-complex vitamins also are said to promote vibrant, shiny hair; B12 to neutralize premature hair loss; vitamin C and zinc to help strengthen hair; biotin to avoid hair loss and premature graying; vitamin D to facilitate healthy follicular growth; and vitamin E to maintain a healthy, moisturized scalp. Eating whole foods like organic eggs, lentils, spinach, red meat, pumpkin seeds

and salmon is ideal, including plenty of fruits and vegetables for vitamins and minerals. Most vegetable skins are also rich in silica, which helps strengthen hair. Drink More Tea. Green tea, saw palmetto (or its extract) and stinging nettle tea contain ingredients that inhibit the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a compound that’s been linked to thinning hair and pattern baldness, according to Medical News Today. These products are used in battling some forms of alopecia and concentrated ingredients of these teas are available in pill form. Detox. Eliminating alcohol, tobacco and coffee can help. Excessive booze and caffeine lead to dehydration, which makes hair dry and brittle, and also dramatically depletes the body’s iron and zinc levels. Cigarette smoke contains toxins that accelerate hair loss, as well as premature graying. Chill Out. Stress is a widely known factor in hair loss, specifically of a condition called telogen effluvium (Principles of Dermatology, by James Marks and Jeffrey Miller). Meditation and exercise can relieve stress and create a better

hormonal balance, thereby helping to prevent alopecia. Massage of body and scalp also may be beneficial. Adding oils such as almond or coconut infuses the scalp with essential vitamins and minerals. A study by the Journal of Dermatology shows that applying onion juice can lead to hair growth. Treat hair gently, air-drying rather than rubbing it with a towel. Don’t Fake It. Using extensions and weaves or wearing tight wigs or hairpieces daily may damage hair follicles by stressing their anchor to the scalp, accelerating hair loss. Also, hair straighteners, tight pony tails, blow dryers and heated rollers may damage or break off follicles. Consider natural hair dyes. Eschew Shampoo. Most commercial shampoos contain sodium laurel sulphate (SLS) or sodium laureth sulphate because it’s inexpensive, lathers well and typically thickens hair via salt. SLS also corrodes follicles and impairs their ability to grow hair. Consider switching to organic shampoos and conditioners. Jody McCutcheon is a freelance editor in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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What would you say is the biggest challenge for midlife couples in a longterm relationship? It’s vital to get out of the rut of recycling conflicts and predictable routines in order to liberate a new creativity. Creativity doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. It might be a matter of giving a

new way to communicate a whirl or taking a walk together instead of watching TV. Ultimately, relationships only thrive when both people make an ongoing commitment to investing time and energy to explore their own creative nature. One may elect to learn to play a musical instrument, while the other might take up gardening. The only requirement is that we take on new activities that have the capacity to surprise us.

What tips do you have for those that are single during the second half of their life? Enjoy your singularity! Singlehood affords great opportunities. You can choose whether or not you wish to invest time and energy manifesting a mate. No law requires that everyone has to have an intimate relationship, but if you’d like to, go about the process consciously. First, work on learning to love yourself, because it’s wise not to depend on anyone else to do it for us. Second, figure out what we call your Three Absolute Yesses and Nos, the three most important qualities you want in a mate, and equally important, the three most important things you don’t want in a mate. It’s a good way to avoid mistakes.

Why do you call blame “the crack cocaine of relationships”? When you blame another person for something, you fire up adrenaline both in yourself and the other person. Adrenaline is manufactured by our bodies and is highly addictive. Blame also typically produces a defensive reaction, causing a harmful cycle of two-way criticism and defensiveness that can go on for years. One couple we counseled had been having essentially the same argument since their honeymoon 29 years earlier—so addicted to the adrenalized “cocaine” of blame that it had become a permanent feature of their relationship. The answer is for each person to take healthy responsibility for issues in the relationship and together seek ways to both break unhealthy habits and replace them with mutually satisfying ways of relating. S. Alison Chabonais orchestrates national editorial content for Natural Awakenings magazines.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 2 Spirit Message Circle – 6:30-8:45pm. After a meditation to awaken intuitive guidance, the circle will provide an opportunity to receive a message from messages from the angelic kingdom. No experience necessary. $20. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.

SATURDAY, JUNE 4 Mediumship Training – Jun 4-5 or Jul 30-31. Highly experiential class offers the opportunity to learn to connect with those who have crossed to the spirit world. Appropriate for those just be starting out on this path or those interested in refining intuitive and mediumship skills. Inquire about overnight accommodations. Amy Wilinski: 920-609-8277. Reiki Level I & II Training – June 4 & 5. 9am-5pm. Reiki is an energy healing practice founded in Japan. Be attuned to Reiki, so that you may treat yourself and others. Learn symbols and techniques in level two. $200 per class. 4465 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood. RSVP: 262-498-4162. Twelve Powers of Man – 10am-12pm. Class on this foundational Unity text by Unity’s co-founder, Charles Fillmore, with Rev Brian Griffin. Free will offering. 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414 475-0105, Container and Straw Bale Gardening – 10am1pm. Learn about container and straw bale gardening from Joey and Holly Baird, founders of The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener. $40, $30/Farmshed members. 1220 Briggs Court, Stevens Point. 715544-6154. Animal Communication – 12-4pm. Ever wonder what your animal friend is thinking? Bring your animal friend or a picture and find out thoughts, feelings, behavioral issues, or what they like. $65/20 minute session. Bark n Scratch Outpost, 5835 W



FRIDAY, JUNE 10 One Source, Many Lives – June 10-12. Fri 7pmSun 12pm. Peter Woodbury will share wisdom from the Edgar Cayce readings on how to make this your best (and maybe last) life yet. The annual Whitewater retreat. $90-$135/age dependent; plus meals and lodging. UW-Whitewater, 800 W Main St. Whitewater. 414-322-6552.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 5 A Healer’s Odyssey – 12-3 pm. A wellness and spiritual healing workshop with Dr Saul Shaye. Private sessions offered Jun 6, 7, 8. $30. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414 475-0105,

TUESDAY, JUNE 7 The Art of Japanese Reiki – Jun 7, 14, 21, 28. 6:15-8:45pm. For students who wish to learn and experience reiki from the essence of its original intention. Learn about Japanese Reiki, dry bath, the sun mudra, working with symbols and Reiju, the original attunement blessing. $50/per class. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8 Waldorf High School Information Session – 6:30pm. Learn about Waldorf education for high school students during this information session. Includes an overview of Waldorf’s holistic curriculum and a tour of the high school building. Now enrolling for 2016-2017. Tamarack Waldorf High School, 2628 N Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Milwaukee. RSVP: 414-265-7075. Traditional Cooking in the Modern World – 6:30-8pm. Astra Ayurveda and Wellness is hosting cooking classes. Learn how to reconnect with your natural rhythm. $40. Prosper, 1841 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee. RSVP: Spiritual Intelligence and Nutrition – 7- 8:30pm. An examination of the diets of spiritual teachers from all ages and cultures indicates they ate highenergy fresh food and little meat. Peig Myota discuss the implications of this information. Donations welcome. Theosophical Society, 1718 E Geneva Pl, Milwaukee. 414-745-9297.

Wellness Expo – Fri, 7pm; Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 12-4pm. Featuring a variety of healing modalities, readers and speakers. Key note speaker Fri 7pm. $5/admission for all 3 days. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414 475-0105,

SATURDAY, JUNE 11 Spirit & Wellness Fair - Lake Country – 10am4pm. Experience uplifting shifts in your awareness, guidance and wellness through private readings and healing sessions. See website for readers/ services. Free/entry, $20/15-min readings and healings. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607. Introduction to Essential Oils – 12-3:30pm. Learn how essential oils interact on a cellular level to impart their innate healing; how to select and use essential oils safely; the most commonly used oils. Create a personalized aroma stick for your own benefit. $45/ preregistered. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. Animal Communication Sessions – 12-4pm. Ever wonder what your animal friend is thinking? Bring your animal friend or a picture and find out thoughts, feelings, behavioral issues, or what they like. $65/20 minute session. Petlicious, 2217 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee. Register: 262-548-0923. Relaxing Gong/Bell Soundscape – 6-7:30pm. This is a sound-driven meditation bringing the listener into a rest-filled, relaxed state of awareness. Feel free to bring blankets and pillows. $20, $15/members. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. 262-518-0173.



Author Reading: Srila Stupia – 12-2pm. To celebrate the publication of Meeting Shiva in America, Srila will read excerpts from her book, tell stories about life in India, and sing Kirtan (Indian mantras) with us. Signed books for sale; complimentary Indian chai. $15. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.

Introduction to Reiki Workshop – 6:30-8pm. Be introduced to the fundamental concepts of energy medicine. Questions such as “How can I use Reiki in my home, career and life?” will be answered. Experience your energy field and that of fellow students. $20/preregistered. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.

Sound Healing Meditation, Clearing – 1-2pm. Sound healing meditation to align you with divine purpose while clearing cords of doubt and worry. Feel your energy positively shift as your personal codes of flow through you, uplifting your sense of self. $35. Light of Grace, 5806 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. Info@LightOf

MONDAY, JUNE 13 Mindfulness Camp for Kids – Jun 13-17. 9:3010:45am. This camp for grades K-2 will include: sensory awareness, movement, art and learning ways to pay attention, focus and be kind with mindfulness. $75, $10/materials fee, sibling discount available. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. 262-518-0173. Chakra Camp – Jun 13-17. 6-7:15am. An enlightening and empowering journey through the chakra system. Each morning, balance and sooth a specific energy center in the body, learning and experiencing its properties during practice: Monroot, Tue-sacral, Wed-solar plexus, Thur-heart/ throat, Fri-third eye/crown. $60. Santosha Fitness, W307 N1497 Golf Road, Delafield. 262-215-1864.

TUESDAY, JUNE 14 Plant-Based Research Movie Premiere – 6:458pm. New film discusses research supporting plantbased diets, as well as interviews with prominent physicians and researchers documenting reversal of heart disease, diabetes, etc. Elizabeth Palmer, nutrition specialist/behavioral wellness educator. Free. Lotus Be Well, 75 N Main, Hartford. 262-457-2222. Plant-Based Potluck – 6:30-8:30pm. Plant-based potluck and presentation, whether keto, gluten-free, vegan, or just experimenting; leave with recipes, health tips and more. Elizabeth Palmer, nutrition specialist/behavioral wellness educator. Lotus Be Well, 75 N Main, Hartford. 262-457-2222.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 17 Holy Fire Reiki Master Teacher Training. June 17, 18, 19. Fri, 5-8pm; Sat & Sun, 9-5pm. Introducing Holy Fire Reiki. This class is for level 3 students and current Reiki teachers. Upgrade your ki, deepen your connection, as presented by ICRT. $500. 4465 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood. RSVP: 262-498-4162.


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FRI-SUN, JUNE 17-19 The Energy Fair: Clean Energy & Sustainable Living – Fri, Sat, 9am-10pm; Sun, 9am-4pm. The Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s annual Energy Fair, featuring more than 250 workshops/ demos, 200 exhibitors, a clean transportation show, keynotes, music from PHOX, great food, local beer, and more. A chance to learn, connect, and take action. $15/day, $35/weekend, free/ volunteers and MREA members, reduced ticket prices before Jun 5. 7558 Deer Rd, Custer. 715592-6595.

SATURDAY, JUNE 18 Introduction to Shamanism and the Medicine Wheel – 11am-3:30pm. First of a four-class series exploring classic Shamanism including: a discussion of purpose; journeying and healing; spirit guides and power animals and more. An overview of sound induction – rattles, drumming, chanting and singing – included. Also working with power objects. $75. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262787-3001.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 16 Numerology: Intuitive Development – 6:30-8pm. Numerology is used to determine a person’s personality, strengths and talents, obstacles, inner needs, emotional reactions and ways of dealing with others. Explore how numerology can be applied in your life; prepare a personal numerology chart. $30/pre-

Reiki Level I Certification – 12-5:30pm. Class is taught using the original intent of Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki. Topics include connecting to Reiki energy using basic Reiki breath and meditation techniques and principles of self-healing; a sacred attunement and first degree certification upon completion. $140. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.

MONDAY, JUNE 20 Mindfulness Camp for Kids – Jun 20-24. 1-2:15pm. This camp for grades 3-5 will include: sensory awareness, movement, art and learning ways to pay attention, focus and be kind with mindfulness. $75, $10/materials fee, sibling discount available. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. 262-518-0173. Summer Solstice Concert, Meditation & Drum Circle – 6:30-8pm. An evening of spiritually uplifting music featuring crystal singing bowls, instruments from around the world, chanting, meditation and community building while intentions for the summer. All ages welcome, some instruments provided, participants should bring their own as well. $18. Light of Grace, 5806 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. Info@LightOfGrace.Church.

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Freezer Meal Workshop: Dinner on the Deck – 3:30-5:30pm. Take home 10 organic meals, 4-6 servings each, for summer-time enjoyment. $98, includes take home products, nutrition handouts, and party fare; excludes personal groceries. Elizabeth Palmer, nutrition specialist/behavioral wellness educator. Lotus Be Well, 75 N Main, Hartford. 262-457-2222.

SUNDAY, JUNE 26 Nine Rites of the Munay-Ki – 12:30-3:30pm. Receive a brief overview of shamanic beliefs and practices and learn about the rites and why they’re important. Students receive students will receive the seer’s rite and the bands of power rite. Each will then be taught how to transmit the Rite, and have one or more opportunities to practice gifting the Rite to others. $75. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. Ayurveda 101: What is the Pitta Dosha – 1-2:30pm. Examine how the increased fire element within us and heat of summer effects our mind, body and emotions differently than any other season. Learn to find balance through diet, lifestyle and self-care. Simple tools can reduce stress and inflammation. $25. Santosha Fitness, W307 N1497 Golf Road, Delafield. 262-215-1864. Santosha

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29 Overview of Tropical, Western Sidereal and Heliocentric Charts – 7- 8:30pm. Rebecca Zawadiwsky provides a look at three zodiac systems, their similarities and differences, and their best use. Donation. Theosophical Society, 1718 E Geneva Pl, Milwaukee. 414-745-9297.

Whispers on the Wind Shamanic Training – July 13-17. Four-part program in shamanism, energy medicine and self-transformation. Learn healing techniques including power animal and soul retrieval, clearing of past life and ancestral imprints, connecting with Nature, ceremony and ritual and much more at the 200-acre retreat center near Green Bay. Golden Light Healing, Green Bay. Amy Wilinski: 920-609-8277.

savethedate SATURDAY, JULY 23 Madison Free to Breathe Yoga Challenge – 8am. Challenge yourself in this all day, outdoor, one-of-a-kind team yoga experience and raise funds to help change the future of lung cancer. Teams of up to 8 members will participate in up to 8 hours of varied-intensity, instructor-led yoga. A variety of wellness experiences and other activities will round out a full day of yoga, community and fun, all to help double lung cancer survival. $50*/person *fundraising minimums apply. Lake Farm Park, Madison, WI. madisonyoga.

SEPTEMBER Scotland Journey – September 19-29. A pilgrimage of renewal against the backdrop of the Scottish Highlands and Isles, as you connect with the forces of nature, the spirits of the land and the deep well of your own spirit. Join in ceremony, ritual and meditation in ancient sacred sites as you weave your energy with this sacred land of the ancients and fairies. Stay overnight in a castle while meeting with local guides in ancient stone circles and ruins. Amy Wilinski: 920-609-8277.

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Lessons in Truth – 6:30pm. The foundational Unity text book is taught by Rev Brian Griffin. Love offering. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa.

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Minister’s Book Study Group – 9:15-10:45am. The book that will be studied is Bishop John Shelby Spong’s Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy. Spong has been called a truth-teller who stands up to the ignorance that has hijacked the story of Jesus. Free will offering. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414 475-0105, UCIM@

Sunday Services: Unity Church in Milwaukee – 10am. Services will focus on that timeless treasure of wisdom, The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz. This book contains the simplest, most profound practices for a fulfilling life. Youth Ed, and Nursery care provided. Love offering accept. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73 rd St, Wauwatosa. Unity Center of Light Sunday Service – 10am. Inspirational message from Rev Sue Ellen Kelly, enhanced by the music of George Busateri and John Zaffiro with various soloists. Also youth Sunday School. Unity Center of Light, 150 S Sunnyslope Rd, Ste 110, Brookfield. 262-641-7558. TheUnity

monday Women Water and Words: Summer Beach Series – June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25Through Jul 25. 9:30-11:15am. Annual summer beach series will dive into Big Magic, connecting participants to the spirit and soul of being a writer, artist, creative, a maker. $65, register by Jun 10. . Lakefront Park, Wisconsin Avenue near Brewers Two Coffee House, Pewaukee. 262-544-4310. Guided Meditation – 5-5:45pm. This is a guided secular meditation with a focus on the breath to develop increased mindfulness. Open for beginner to advanced practice. Caroline Raffel. $15, $10/guest with member, free/members. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. 262-518-0173. Beginner/Intermediate Yoga – 7-8pm. Relieve stress, gain flexibility, strength and balance. Emphasis is on proper alignment and breathing for a safe, healing practice. Led by Shelley Carpenter, PT, RYT. $40/4 weeks, $12/drop in. Heritage Presbyterian Church, S63 W13761 College Avenue, Muskego. Register: 414-217-4185. Shelley@PureEnergyYoga. com.

tuesday Beginner/Intermediate Yoga – 9-10am. Relieve stress, gain flexibility, strength and balance. Emphasis is on proper alignment and breathing for a safe, healing practice. Led by Shelley Carpenter, PT, RYT. $44/4 weeks, $13/class. The Ommani Center, 1166 Quail Court, Ste 210, Pewaukee. Register: 414-217-4185. Gentle Yoga: Unified Body Method – 9:30am. Discover how to move your body with ease and fluidity. Practice quieting your mind and feeling sensations. $15, $10/members. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, Ste 225,

Mequon. More info, Susie Raymond: 414-352-6550. Architecture of All Abundance Personal Renaissance Circle – 8:10-9:10pm. Phone reading and conversation circle. Life wisdom, feminine-spiritcentered sessions led by Anne Wondra. $10, $27/ monthly. Register, Anne Wondra: 262-544-4310.

wednesday Tai Chi with Alice Kuramoto – Through Jun 22. 9:30-10:30am. Fluid, gentle movements that are relaxed and slow in tempo. It can improve balance and posture, build muscle strength and stamina, and improve concentration. $15, $10/members. Register by May 2. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. 262-518-0173. Growing with Mindfulness Group for Women – 1:30-3pm. Develop further personal growth and connection through discussion and mindfulness practices; with Ann Marie Arvoy, MA, LPC. No meditation or mindfulness experience needed. $40, $35/members. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. 262-5180173. Aveda Mixer – 5-8pm. 1st Wed. Take time to replenish and experience Aveda with a night of free mini services and Aveda savings. Free. The Institute of Beauty & Wellness, 327 E St Paul Ave, Milwaukee. RSVP: 414-227-2889. Gentle Yoga for Adults – 6pm. Enjoy a small class designed for individuals interested in improving or maintaining core strength, flexibility and balance. Diane offers assistance with body positions for beginners. $10. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. RSVP Diane: 414881-8005. Beginner/Intermediate Yoga – 6-7pm. Relieve stress, gain flexibility, strength and balance. Emphasis is on proper alignment and breathing for a safe, healing practice. Led by Shelley Carpenter, PT, RYT. $44/4 weeks, $13/class. The Ommani Center, 1166 Quail Ct, #210, Pewaukee. Register: 414-217-4185.

Gentle Healing Yoga - 10-11am. Gentle, individualized class ideal for those with chronic aches and pains, arthritis, fibromyalgia, MS, cancer, post-injury, health conditions, or interested in gentle yoga. Instructor: Shelley Carpenter, PT, RYT. $40/4 weeks, $12/class. Lakepoint Church, S63W13694 Janesville Rd, Muskego. Register: 414-217-4185. Silent Unity Prayer Circle – 11am. This is a prayer time in conjunction with the service being said at Unity’s World Headquarters. Submit your prayer requests if you are unable to be present. Unity in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. RSVP: 414-475-0105.

friday Gentle Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. Gentle flow hatha yoga with modifications for a range of abilities and experience levels. It will include a focus on breath and mindfulness. Rachel Holmes. $15, $10/ members. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. 262-518-0173. Reiki Share & Meditation – 6:30-8:30pm. 3rd Fri. Session starts with a chakra meditation led by Rev Kris Nelsen, followed by sharing Reiki with one another. Sharing Reiki enhances the overall Reiki experience, and demonstrates the law of wholeness. $10 offering appreciated. Light of Grace, 5806 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555.

saturday Gentle Yoga for Adults – 8:30am. Enjoy a small class designed for individuals interested in improving or maintaining core strength, flexibility and balance. Diane offers assistance with body positions for beginners. $10. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. RSVP Diane: 414-881-8005. Less Stress Yoga+ for Kids – 10:30-11:30am. Join Ashley Steward, of Conscious Kids, as she blends mindfulness lessons and discussions taught through yoga, games and crafts for ages 6-10. $10. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-510-4721.

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communityresourceguide 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.


6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale 414-813-4747 Specializing in pain treatment, internal medicine, hormone imbalance, and stress management. Alana Hammer, MS L.Ac utilizes acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to help individuals achieve their optimal health.


4528 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood 414-791-0303 Our focus is stress and pain management along with support modalities: nutritional consultations, moxibustion, guasha, reiki and craniosacral therapy, herbal, homeopathic and essential oil prescriptions. See ad, page 27.

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.

ASTRA AYURVEDA & WELLNESS 904-616-0085 1841 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee

Melanie Manuel offers traditional bodywork therapies, special events, and nutritional counseling. Experience greater balance, better health, and a stronger sense of well-being through ayurveda.

BICYCLE REPAIR MOBILE BIKE WERX 414-915-9686 Eliminate the hassle. Full-service certified bicycle repair shop on wheels. Pick-up and delivery. Emergency and on-site repair. Convenient, competitive pricing, guaranteed. Servicing all types and brands.


19601 W Bluemound Rd, #100, Brookfield 414-405-3956 Emily Yenor, Physical Therapist and movement expert, identifies and corrects muscle imbalances throughout the body to help you move better, feel better and live better. See ad, page 22.


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.



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 13.





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.

DENTISTRY INTEGRATIVE DENTAL SOLUTIONS N35 W23770 Capitol Dr, Pewaukee 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.


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240 Regency Ct., Ste. 201, Brookfield 262-389-5835 Jamie Durner helps you get more of what you want in health, life & business with ayurvedic lifestyle plans, abundance-focused coaching, and business support for the holistic soloprenuer.

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 23.


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


Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek 414-651-2243 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.

PURBALANCE YOGA THERAPY Janet Golownia 414-254-7889

As a 30-year multiple sclerosis thriver, Janet brings her personal experience as a certified yoga therapist and health coach to guide others in their own personal healing journey.


Shelley Carpenter, PT, RYT, Reiki Master/Teacher • 414-217-4185 Reiki healing sessions and instruction, yoga classes for all in Pewaukee, Muskego, Greendale. Restore balance, health and wellbeing in mind, body and spirit.


414-241-2563 4650 N Port Washington Rd With the powerful tool of hypnosis, therapist Heddy Keith, M.ED CH, helps alter behavioral patterns to release irrational fears and phobias, suppressed emotions, mental blockages and negative thought patterns.



6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale 414-292-3900, Ext 203


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 24.

20+ integrative health physicians and natural healing therapists offering chronic illness prevention; relaxation techniques, stress reduction; women’s and men’s health, organic skin/nail care. Daily fitness and education classes. See ad, page 31.





Anne Wondra • 262-544-4310 2312 N Grandview Blvd, Ste 101, Waukesha Personal evolutions coaching and community for creatives, writers, and wise women; greatnessgrowing, awakenings, new thought explorings, and life-view expandings guide; coming-outof-hiding-who-you-are partner. See ad, page 39.

4433 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood 414-939-8748

D r. S a r a h A x t e l l a n d Dr. Diana Milling are naturopathic doctors with a focus on autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, endocrine conditions, cancer, anxiety and weight loss. See ad, page 16.




Rob Reader, LMT: 414-721-6942 Wendy Halfpap, LMT: 414-839-7688 909 W Mequon 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 33.


Rebecca deVogel, LMT Sussex/Lisbon & Brookfield/Elm Grove 414-839-0242 •

2600 N Mayfair Rd, Ste 1120, Wauwatosa 414-453-7780

Specializing in neurology, pain treatment, and musculoskeletal medicine, we provide traditional and alternative regenerative therapies that have enabled thousands of patients to avoid surgery, reduce medications, and relieve their pain. See ad, page 27.


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.



11649 N Port Washington Rd, Ste 225, Mequon 262-518-0173 • Dragonfly Meditation is a secular (non-religious) mindfulnessb a s e d s t u d i o w h i c h o ff e r s meditation instruction, special workshops, retreats, massage, reiki and yoga classes. See ad, page 13.

BYERS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE 414-369-3685 4532 N Oakland Ave, Whitefish Bay

Holistic medical care that integrates personalized, natural health solutions with diet, lifestyle and supplements and the latest technology in lab testing and evidence-based medicine.

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10040 N Port Washington Rd, Mequon 262-241-5604


414-758-0657 121 E Silver Spring Dr, Ste 208, Whitefish Bay 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 7.

My mission is to provide personal, compassionate counseling that transforms the human experience to one of joy and hope by optimizing each client’s potential.


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 11.

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

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



13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove 262-787-3001 • Wisconsin’s premier School for Energy Medicine Training offering individual classes, certificate and diploma programs. Built on the belief that knowledge, competency and professionalism must exist at the very foundation of Energy Work.


Associate Pastor Kris Nelsen 5806 W National Ave, West Allis A loving, spiritual community dedicated to assisting others on their spiritual journey. We provide 10am Sunday gatherings, healing services, weddings, classes & m o r e . S e n i o r P a s t o r To m Sherbrook. See ad, page 39.

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, D.D., Pastor. See ad, page 33.


6232 Bankers Rd, Racine • 800-593-2320 The Midwest College, with campuses in Racine and Chicago, offers accredited programs in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine that lead to licensed practice in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and many other states. See ad, page 7.

SKIN CARE SKIN AND ACNE SPECIALIST N64W24678 Main St, Sussex 920-210-0370

262-498-4162 • 6130 S 108th St, Hales Corners 525 S Rochester St, Mukwonago Rhiana is trained in Usui and Holy Fire Karuna Reiki. Earn CEU’s. If you’re looking for certified training and compassionate healing sessions call Rhiana.



Located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, The Institute of Beauty and Wellness is a leading Aveda school with multiple beauty and wellness programs.

327 E St Paul Ave, Milwaukee 414-227-2889 •



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.


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


Susie Raymond, Esthetician, Life Coach, Reiki Master/Teacher • 414-352-6550



Yellow Wood specializes in premier outdoor gear with a conscience, passion for what we do and purpose to create a better society and community. See ad, page 9.


Rachel Geschke is a Face Reality Acne Specialist and holistic esthetician. She specializes in acne treatment and prevention, along with Reiki-infused facials, peels and waxing.

3211 S Lake Dr, St Francis • 414-659-7849


Rev Mari Gabriels on 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa • 414-475-0105 A God-centered c o m m u n i t y, welcoming all to come and share the gifts of divine love, life, peace, joy and abundance. Join us Sundays, 10 am. See ad, page 31.


121 E Silver Spring Dr, Whitefish Bay 414-243-9851 • Terri Humphrey, RN, facilitates Personal Transformation and Empowerment through The Reconnection, healing services, and life coaching. Healing of the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. All ages.


S73 W16790 Janesville Rd, Muskego 414-422-1300

A Positive, Practical, and Progressive approach to Spirituality! We are a spiritual center focusing on education, healing, & spiritual community.

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.

WELLNESS CENTER HEALTH AND ENERGY CENTER OF WI 11661 W Bluemound Rd, Wauwatosa 262-391-8409

Natural health center offering Raindrop technique with therapeuticgrade essential oils, massage therapy, foot reflexology, far infrared massage, classes, natural cleaning and other holistic therapies to support healthy living. See ad, page 29.


75 N Main St., Hartford Innovative wellness spa featuring: aromatherapy, oxygen bar, rejuvenating multi-sensory power nap area, unique therapeutic and spa services, nutrition and lifestyle re-design, and interactive, educational classes. See ad, page 30.

Sunday Service begins at 10am—all are welcome! Offering: Healing Services, Classes, Weddings, Baptisms & Funerals

414-258-5555 • 5806 W. National Ave, West Allis

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Anne Wondra coach writer wisewoman author of ‘Relationship Rules of a Happy Woman’

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Life Work. Wonderings. Self-Finding. 262-544-4310 Celebrating the feminine (creative, artful, sensitive) spirit

YOGA MYOM WELLBEING 414-405-3556 7963 N Port Washington Rd, Fox Point Offering yoga, meditation, reiki, massage, naturopathic skin care treatments and remedies, organic makeup. A personalized experience for children and adults in a cozy home-like setting. See ad, page 24.


W307 N1497 Golf Rd, Ste 102, Delafield 262-215-1864 • 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 12.

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