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Melatonin, a hormonal sleep aid that can be purchased for a few dollars at local pharmacies, appears to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 by 30 percent, report researchers from the Cleveland Clinic. Among African Americans, a group disproportionately impacted by the virus, the risk was reduced by 52 percent. For the study, published in PLOS Biology, researchers used artificial intelligence to compare the host genes and proteins of the novel coronavirus to those of 64 other diseases across a range of categories. They found 34 drugs for possible repurposing, then combed through 27,000 patient records to find which drugs had in fact lowered the risk of contracting the virus. “We’re excited about these results and to study that connection more, but large-scale observational studies and randomized controlled trials are essential to confirm what we’ve found here,” says lead researcher Feixiong Cheng.

In updated guidelines, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that dental amalgam fillings may cause health problems for some high-risk groups because of mercury vapor leaks. Among those advised to avoid amalgams, which contain mercury, silver, copper and tin, are pregnant women; women that plan to become pregnant or are nursing; children, especially those under the age of 6; and those with kidney problems or preexisting neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s. Over time, amalgams can release small amounts of mercury vapor, depending on how extensively people grind their teeth or chew gum and how old the filling is, studies show. It’s a more cautious tone for the FDA, which along with the American Dental Association, has long maintained that amalgams are safe, a finding disputed by health advocates. Mindful of health and aesthetics, patients are increasingly opting for tooth-colored resin composites. Nearly half of all U.S. dentists no longer use mercury, and its use is being legally phased out in more than a dozen countries. kevin bation/Unsplash.com

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magine a one-stop, online site for healing, health and well-being information, resources and screened providers in a caring, supportive environment. KnoWEwell has launched a personalized, private and secure online community and marketplace to transform health care. KnoWEwell’s mission is to proactively prevent harm, address chronic diseases and inspire and empower individuals to achieve WELLthier Living. Driven by a series of healthcare challenges in her family that began more than a decade ago, founder and CEO Kimberly B. Whittle embarked on a journey to search for solutions. She immersed herself in research, attended conferences and joined several nonprofit provider organizations along the way. Using a multitude of Regenerative Whole Health (RWH) approaches—including natural, integrative and functional medicine, as well as lifestyle wellness practices—and collaborating with caring practitioners, Whittle created a personalized, integrated wellness approach to prevent and heal chronic conditions. Motivated to share this transformative knowledge, she started KnoWEwell to help people easily connect with global healing approaches, therapies, providers and organizations that together can cultivate and regenerate humanity, other living species and our planet. Whittle’s personal healing journey wasn’t easy, but she is determined to make the path easier for others. She also wants to acknowledge and thank the many health

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ardiology has made mind-boggling advances in efficiently repairing everything from clogged arteries to floppy mitral valves and even replacing the entire failing heart itself. Yet the stubborn fact remains that almost half of all Americans suffer from cardiovascular disease, killing one in four of us, and those numbers are rising. Research shows that simple lifestyle changes can prevent 80 percent of these deaths, but many cardiologists typically reach for a prescription pad rather than explore diet, exercise and other prevention options with their patients. “Medicine can be life-saving, but optimal heart health can’t come from medicine alone,” says cardiologist Stephen Devries, co-author of Integrative Cardiology. “There is a common belief among many physicians that patients generally don’t want to make lifestyle changes—an assumption that is often dead wrong and refuted by surveys of patients that show that the majority are looking to do exactly that.” Los Angeles restauranteur and musician Gianni Neiviller, 54, is such a case. When he found holistic cardiologist Cynthia Thaik three years ago, he had already endured four major surgeries for gut illnesses; was suffering from obesity, high blood pressure, anxiety 12

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and depression; and was heavily abusing alcohol and marijuana. Thaik ordered tests that uncovered sleep apnea, and she encouraged him to turn to an all-organic diet, take vitamin and mineral supplements, exercise and practice mindfulness and meditation. “At first it was all fairly hard, but as I started losing the pounds, my mind became more clear, and little by little, it all started getting a bit easier,” Neiviller says. He lost 86 pounds within a year, got sober and ceased taking blood pressure medication and using a sleep apnea machine. He now walks six miles a day; practices a hybrid

regimen of qigong, yoga and meditation; and is switching to a holistic health career. “When people try to push my buttons, they rarely succeed these days,” he smiles. Rebounding into vibrant health is what integrative cardiologists like Devries and Thaik strive for. Also known as preventive or holistic cardiologists, they focus on guiding patients to change long-held, harmful, physical and emotional practices. Although they are comparatively few in number—probably no more than 100 nationally—these doctors are vocal and influential, imparting valuable advice about preventing and reversing heart disease through daily lifestyle choices.

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metabolites out of heart cells. Dosage: 1,000 to 1,500 mg in divided doses to prevent deficiency and up to 3,000 mg for heart disease.

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tions involving ATP, is depleted by some gastrointestinal medications and diuretics. Dosage: at least 400 mg.

YD-ribose is a naturally occurring sugar derivative of ATP that hastens energy regeneration. Dosage: five to seven grams (gm) daily as a preventive, seven to 10 gm daily for heart failure. In other nutrient news, adults that took glucosamine/chondroitin every day for a year or longer had a 65 percent reduction in cardiovascular-related deaths, reports West Virginia University researchers that analyzed 16 years of data from 16,686 adults.

Smart Testing Preventive cardiologist Joel Kahn, the author of Your Whole Heart Solution and The Plant-Based Solution, says that lab tests typically prescribed by cardiologists and other doctors are inadequate. “Standard lab tests have not changed in 30 to 40 years, but science has,” he says. “For example, inflammation is now understood to be a fundamental process for most chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer. A simple lab test, hs-CRP, is available to measure inflammation. Very few doctors add this to their panel. When it is high, it leads to a search for why there is inflammation and diet, lifestyle and other measures to resolve it.” After 25 years as a cardiologist treating heart-attack emergencies, Kahn, who is vegan, went back to college to study preventive cardiology and set up the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity, in Bingham Farms, Michigan, which focuses on dietary counseling and preventive screenings. His list of “must have” tests includes:

YAdvanced cholesterol panel for a breakdown of LDL-cholesterol particle number and size, which is highly predictive of cardiovascular problems. YLipoprotein(a) cholesterol to detect a

risk-elevating genetic form of cholesterol that’s present in about 20 percent of those tested.

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YVitamin D to identify deficiencies linked to a higher risk of hypertension, heart failure, angina and heart attacks.

Move It or Lose It The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (brisk walking, water aerobics, gardening, tennis, dancing) or 75 minutes of vigorous activity (running, jumping, swimming laps), as well as musclestrengthening activity (weights) at least two days a week. Only 20 percent of adults exercise for the full 150 minutes per week, which may be why physical inactivity is a major factor in an estimated one-third of heart disease deaths. “I like to frame it as ‘being active’, because exercise sounds onerous,” Devries says. “Even a small amount of activity goes a long way—walking at a gentle pace 30 minutes a day confers very significant benefits. Up to a point, more can be better, but only for some people, and only to a point.” Even moving a few minutes daily can add up. Doing 12-minute bursts of vigorous exercise favorably impacts 80 percent of the metabolites that govern such functions as oxidative stress, inflammation and vascular reactivity, reports a new study in Circulation. Just one hour a week of strength training significantly lowers the risk of heart attack, stroke and heart disease death, another study found. And simply holding thigh and calf stretches for 45 seconds for a total of five minutes daily improved arterial blood flow, reports a study in the Journal of Physiology.

The Emotional Heart As a child in Myanmar, Thaik witnessed hands-on healing at a clinic she visited with her physician mother, but holistic care only entered her life after 20 years of practice as a frustrated cardiologist, when she was laid low by severe anemia that required transfusions and surgery. Today, the Harvard-trained cardiologist is the author of Your Vibrant Heart and founder of the Holistic Heart Healing Center, in Los Angeles, which integrates the medical model with lifestyle strategies and approaches like homeopathy and acupuncture. “I very much believe that we are both physical beings and energetic or spiritual beings. Our physical makeup is closely intertwined with our mental and emotional makeup,” Thaik says. She counsels patients to practice the following:

YMindfulness. “A mentor of mine, (life coach) Mary Morrisey,

taught me to avoid the three Cs—complaining, comparing or criticizing. If you attempt to do this for even an hour, you will find that it is actually a hard task. Practicing this allows us to be acutely mindful of our thoughts.”

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YReleasing. “I believe the most important ingredient to health and healing is the ability to release—to forgive self and others, to let go and abandon all of our negative thoughts, our self-limiting beliefs, our notions of right and wrong, our feelings of injustice and being wronged.” She advises, “When we can abandon all these beliefs and allow ourselves to float or drift unimpeded—imagine yourself on a tube in a lazy river—that is when healing within our bodies begins, when our parameters of stress and the hormones and neurotransmitters associated with stress start to down-regulate, and we can literally feel a wave of relaxation passing through our bodies. This will lower our heart rate, blood pressure, adrenaline and cortisol levels, thereby mitigating our risk of a heart attack or stroke.” Ronica O’Hara, a natural health writer, can be contacted at OHaraRonica@gmail.com.

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take long soaks. Middle-aged Japanese adults that took a daily bath in warm or hot water had a 28 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 26 percent lower risk of stroke than people that didn’t bathe in the tub more than twice a week, concludes a study in the journal Heart. outdo each other. People that competed with each other to walk more steps ended up walking about 100 miles more in nine months than people that simply walked on their own, reports the JAMA Internal Medicine. consider cannabidiol. This non-psychoactive form of cannabis has been shown in small lab studies to lower inflammation and ease arrhythmia. “CBD can help to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, improve anxiety and depression, reduce inflammation, improve glucose regulation, diminish pain and thereby lower our adrenergic (fight-orflight) tone,” says holistic cardiologist Cynthia Thaik. brush a lot. In a 10-year Korean study, people that brushed their teeth three or more times a day had a 10 percent lower risk of atrial fibrillation and a 12 percent lower risk of heart failure. sidestep pollution. Stay away from traffic and industrial areas when exercising. Even a few hours of exposure to the ultrafine particles generated by emissions may potentially trigger a nonfatal heart attack, reports research in Environmental Health Perspectives.


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n estimated 75 million American adults have blood pressure high enough to require management, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For people with hypertension, tempering stress responses and limiting consumption of sodium, caffeine, alcohol and sugar can make a difference. Fortifying these lifestyle changes with aerobic exercise, yoga and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) can also help prevent and manage worrisome blood pressure readings. Integrative cardiologist Jack Wolfson, in Paradise Valley, Arizona, points out that the development of hypertension is multicausal. “We are not genetically programmed to develop high blood pressure. Studies over the last 50 years confirm that physically active people have a lower risk of developing high blood pressure. For those with high blood pressure or people with a condition known as pre-hypertension, there is a blood pressurelowering effect of physical activity.” Aside from the value of strength training, walking, cycling and jogging, the Mayo Clinic recommends everyday movement in the form of household chores such as raking leaves, tending a garden or pushing a lawnmower. Cross-country skiing, skating and swimming also pack an aerobic punch. Experts agree that an active lifestyle strengthens the heart, demanding less systemic effort to pump blood, and healthier blood pressure is a result.


Lifestyle Emphasis, Targeted Fitness “It’s been fascinating to watch clients come in extremely anxious about their high blood pressure number. A few months after consistent training and maintaining a healthier diet, there is a significant change within the body,” says Los Angeles fitness trainer Dominic Kennedy, creator of the new wellness app Dominic Effect. Kennedy recommends beginning with a brisk walk outside or on the treadmill and according to comfort level, bumping up the time each day. He underscores weights for those ready for strength training. “For many of my clients with high blood pressure, I superset their exercises so their heart rate is pumping. You will be surprised how aerobic weight training can be.” Wolfson testifies to the benefits of HIIT, which alternates short periods of intense aerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods. “I recommend my patients get 30 minutes of HIIT four to five times per week. The design of a HIIT program must meet the person where they are at in their level of fitness. Whatever physical activity you choose, try to do it outside,” he says. “This way, we get the synergistic benefits of exercise and sunshine to lower your blood pressure. I’ve always told people that there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.”

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WELCOME to our first annual Natural Awakenings Health & Wellness Directory. At Natural MKE Inc., our priority is to support local businesses, especially those who bring wellness to our community. We educate and empower the community to better support our mental, physical and spiritual health, as well as the health of the planet.


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Brookfield Health & Wellness

Using Technology to Restore Whole Person Health by Sheila Julson


usan Rohr, a bachelor’s prepared registered nurse and founder of Brookfield Health & Wellness, advises her clients to “see yourself where you can be, not where you’re at right now”. That mantra embodies her own wellness journey and her drive to not just help herself, but also others struggling with severe illnesses. While growing up in Wauwatosa, a neighbor inspired Rohr to become a nurse. “One of our neighbors was an obstetrics night nurse. Even as a child, I loved hearing about her work,” she recalls. “I knew going into high school that I wanted to be a nurse.” During her teens, Rohr worked as a nurse’s aide at various facilities. She studied nursing at Viterbo University and later


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worked in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Children’s Hospital. She also did home care nursing and nursing education in California and Wisconsin. Rohr’s health challenges began when she contracted Lyme disease from a tick bite while gardening in her wooded backyard at her home in Brookfield. “Our veterinarian diagnosed our dog with Lyme disease, which tipped me off that I had it, too,” Rohr says. “I was seriously ill and spent several weeks in the ICU.” For years after, she suffered from a stroke and cognitive impairment that affected her ability to drive, or even walk through her neighborhood. Conventional Western medical treatment failed to help, so Rohr sought


Susan Rohr with a patient guidance from Dr. Kim Saxe, an integrative physician who initially guided her antibiotic and alternative supplement protocols for the first several years. Rohr researched therapeutic devices in the treatment of her issues and discovered the Ondamed. The German tool uses pulsed electromagnetics

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and biofeedback to determine the body’s underlying dysfunction. Rohr’s Parkinson’s-like tremors improved through regular Ondamed use, so she researched other technologies to identify and treat illness. “Once you start identifying those layers of illness and injury within the body, the immune system can start innately working, regardless of the diagnosis, because the body becomes the healing tool it was meant to be,” explains Rohr. She amassed tools such as the Ondamed, the IASIS microcurrent neurofeedback tool and other detoxifying equipment to use in her own home. Rohr began treating friends and family with those tools, and Saxe suggested that she join her in her clinic in 2010.

Embarking on a New Journey In 2014, Rohr formed Brookfield Health & Wellness to create a safe space for clients





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to heal emotionally and physically. With an emphasis on determining root causes of illness, she strives to empower clients to trust themselves and their abilities to heal. She helps people with conditions such as cancer, Lyme infections and other autoimmune disorders. Rohr spends up to two hours with each client and does a customized evaluation to determine brain health, toxic and heavy metal burdens, mold illness and more. In addition to Ondamed, Rohr’s array of non-invasive holistic technologies can reduce stress and anxiety, strengthen the brain, boost oxygen levels and improve blood flow. Those include HOCATT, an ozone-based device that delivers a combination of sequenced therapies. Rohr notes that HOCATT can be used for adults and children over the age of 13. The IASIS microcurrent neurofeedback tool provides a treatment that enables

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the retraining of the brain and nervous system, resulting in optimal cognitive function and healing. The ionic footbath provides detoxification through ionized water, which attracts and neutralizes oppositely charged toxins and removes them from the body through the pores in the feet. Rohr says it’s a powerful tool to aid in detoxification of autistic children. “Brookfield Health & Wellness was born out of the necessity to create a space using the technology and knowledge I have, combined with the right environment in which people would heal best,” she says. “I keep turning over stones because every piece of equipment in this clinic has come here through a need among our patients.” 24

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Rohr notes that she has an array of technology to offer a complete integrative, holistic approach because what works for one person doesn’t work for someone else. She keeps abreast of the latest wellness technology through conferences and continuing education certification. “It’s an honor and a privilege to come here every day and be entrusted with people’s care,” Rohr concludes. “When people share their stories, I’m profoundly humbled and grateful to be let into their lives. I loved nursing, but now I feel like I’m fulfilling the purpose of what I was put on this earth to do.” Brookfield Health & Wellness is located at 150 S. Sunnyslope Rd., Ste. 148, Brookfield. For more information, call 262-395-4023 or visit BrookfieldHealthAndWellness.com. See ad, page 33. Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.


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Bionica Dental Wellness

Meets Today’s Desire for Biological Dentistry by Sheila Julson


ince opening Bionica Dental Wellness in April 2019, Dr. Udoka Holinbeck has wasted no time expanding her biological dentistry options to best serve her patients. In addition to welcoming an associate and achieving Fellowship status at the Academy of General Dentistry, Holinbeck, along with her highly skilled team, strives to educate people about the oral-health-to-whole-body connection. This past October, Bionica Dental Wellness brought Dr. Hira Chughtai onto their team. Chughtai was selected for the Pre-Dental Scholars Program at Marquette University as an incoming college freshman. Through the accelerated program, Chughtai was able to complete her under-


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graduate degree while working on her dental degree. In 2012, she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Marquette University. “She and I are like-minded in our dental philosophies. She’s an experienced practitioner with excellent clinical skills and a fantastic chairside manner,” Holinbeck says. “She has a caring personality, she’s comprehensive and thorough, and she looks at the big picture—not just at the teeth, but also at the foundational condition of the mouth and how that connects to the entire body.” After nearly a decade of continuing education, Holinbeck recently earned Fellowship status with the Academy of


Udoka Holinbeck General Dentistry. A practitioner that is fellowship trained reassures patients that the provider is continuously learning and advancing her skills and knowledge. “You can leave dental school and not learn much else, but the fellowship exceeds that by proving that I’m dedicated to learning the latest techniques in total body dentistry and modern dentistry.”

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Specialized Therapy Services began in 2002 providing comprehensive MFR treatment programs. Currently it is the only private MFR clinic accepting multiple insurance plans including Medicare. See ad, page 13.

Biological Dentistry Gets to the Root of Good Health Biological dentistry approaches look at the oral-health-to-whole-body connection and aims to eliminate toxicity. Preventive dental services available at Bionica Dental Wellness avoid toxic materials and use procedures such as safe amalgam filling removal and ozone therapy to reduce bacteria. The team at Bionica Dental Wellness also uses technological advancements such as diode laser therapy for various procedures on gum tissue. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) use the growth factors from a patient’s own blood to facilitate healing after extractions and implant placement. The office also offers metal-free ceramic implants, and cosmetic and restorative dentistry services. Holinbeck mentions a growing awareness of the connection between oral


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health and heart health. “We’ve known for a while that heart health can be challenged by total body inflammation and toxicity,” Holinbeck relates. “We know that types of bacteria create inflammation in the mouth also create gum and bone infections. That infectious toxicity is linked to what we’re seeing with heart issues.” The Bionica Dental Wellness team strongly encourages regular dental visits so they can catch potential problems that could lead to catastrophic illness. Holinbeck emphasizes home care routines such as regular brushing and flossing. The team educates patients about how they can maintain a healthy mouth once they leave the clinic. “Our hygienist is really good about talking you through what you’re already doing at home and giving you hints and tips on how to expand and improve upon that,” she says. Holinbeck has also developed a unique product line of home care items,


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Bionica Naturals. The tooth powder, mouthwash, oil pulling agents and lip balm are designed to decrease the bacteria load in the mouth, soothe oral tissue and promote good oral health. They are all formulated from natural ingredients and are chemical-free. While some people spend years finding their calling, Holinbeck is grateful she’s in a rewarding career that delights and challenges her to provide the highest quality of dental care available. “If there’s a new technique out there, I want to learn it,” she enthuses. Bionica Dental Wellness is located at 2566 Sun Valley Dr., in Delafield. For more information, call 262-337-9745 or visit BionicaDentalWellness.com. See ad, page 7. Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings. February 2021









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Free Spirit Crystals

Continues to Inspire Self-Discovery by Sheila Julson


pon reopening Free Spirit Crystals this past May after the pandemic shutdown, Diane Bloom was initially surprised by a surge in business, specifically new customers, seeking healing stones, incense, candles, sage and oils. But she understands the demand—as one that has used healing stones for 30 years, she’s aware of how they can bring healing and positivity to one’s life. “This event has really moved people toward wanting to look at their lives and make a shift,” she affirms. “Now more than ever, people are looking for different possibilities for themselves.” Bloom explains that every stone has an energy that matches places throughout the body to help restore natural health.


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“Scientifically, everything in the universe has movement and special vibrations based on their molecular structure. Thus, a stone with a vibration that matches that of a certain body part can help restore its natural rhythm and vitality.” This ancient energy is what civilizations used before modern medicine, Bloom states. “Of all the minerals, quartz crystal has the closest vibration to that of the human body, making it a valuable tool in aligning the body’s energy to restore health. Healing is also about more than working with the physical body; it’s about emotions, spirituality and our mental state. The energy and consciousness of the stones assist us in becoming aware of the genesis


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Listen to Your Heart When seeking love, it’s tempting to purchase a stone that will attract your “one and only”, but Bloom notes that finding or building relationships starts from within. “The primary relationship that you have is the one with yourself. Using heart stones to open the heart to the self is the biggest challenge. You can look out there for someone to love you, or for someone to love, but until you learn to love yourself, it’s not going to be as effective.”





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Bloom says that stones, sage and oils can help us cleanse negative beliefs instilled from childhood that prevent us from becoming our true selves and seeing our own goodness and potential. She recommends kunzite as a favorite heart stone, which Bloom calls the love stone of the 21st century. “Instead of learning to love others, you learn to love yourself, and when you learn to love yourself, that energy attracts love from others.” Those seeking relationships can benefit from rose quartz, which Bloom says is the most widely used stone that helps to connect with people on a higher level. Other heart stones such as morganite helps get to the truth of the self, releasing negative beliefs while understanding the magnificence that lies within all of us. “My fervent wish for everyone is that they find the courage to live their own lives, which is the greatest gift we can give to the world,” Bloom concludes.

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VEGGIE TRICKS How to Get Kids to Eat Better by Ronica O’Hara


t’s the rare parent that doesn’t have to plead and plot to get a child to eat vegetables. That’s not surprising; almost no one is born with a natural hankering for broccoli, and being wary of strange new foods may be hardwired in us so we can survive as a species. Happily, clever workarounds can help move a child past exclaiming, “Yuck!” as these parenting bloggers, nutritionists and other grown-ups have learned in the veggies-are-good-for-you trenches. SERVE SMOOTHIES. “The combinations are endless. Pack it full of spinach, kale, frozen zucchini or cauliflower. Then add a frozen banana or other fruit, plus your milk of choice (like cashew milk) then blend. Bam! You have a naturally sweetened, veggiefilled, delicious drink for your child, and they don’t even know they’re drinking their vegetables,” writes Emily Lesh, at ExperiencedMommy.com.


USE SPRINKLES. “Everyone loves sprinkles! You can use chia seeds, microplaned broccoli head, flaxseed, grated carrots or even frozen yogurt dots. It transforms the food into something much more exciting,” writes Danielle Zold, at PickyEatingDietitian.com.


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GET THEM COOKING. “My kids love to help in the kitchen, and I have found that they are much more likely to try foods that they have helped to cook. We made our cranberries from scratch for Thanksgiving. My kids loved watching the cranberries boil and pop in the pot and seeing them change colors as they cooked. When dinnertime came, they were excited to try the cranberries, and my daughter ended up loving them!” writes Sarah Miller, at HomeSchooling4Him.com. ROTATE FAMILY CHOICES. “Everyone in the family gets to choose one meal on one night of the


week. We all commit to eating whatever the family member has chosen. This has helped our kids to try meals that aren’t on their favorite list, as they know that they’ll get their turn to choose soon,” writes Sophia Nomicos, at MasAndPas.com. TEMPT THEM. “When I’m making dinner, I like to have carrots or cucumbers available on the counter. They always come in to try to get snacks and if they see those, they will ‘sneak them away’ to eat them, since I tell them no more snacks or food til dinner,” writes Heather Hoke, at EmbracingChaosWithLove.com. REWARD MULTIPLE ATTEMPTS. “Just because a kid hates a veggie the first 10 times you offer it doesn’t mean they’ll hate it forever. I try to make it fun by having kids track veggies they’ve tried and the number of times they’ve tried them with stickers on a veggie discovery table, which means even foods they dislike feel rewarding to try,” writes Jess Dang, at CookSmarts.com. BE SNEAKY. “Take something kids already like and make it with healthier ingredients. For example, if your kid loves meatballs, start by making them homemade, then adding in healthy things like frozen chopped spinach. I’ll grate zucchini and carrots and put them in about any pasta, meatloaf, burgers. I used to think sneaking in veggies was a bad thing, but honestly, it’s been great for our family,” writes Stephanie Rapone, at PantryToPlate.net.

TALK UP THE BENEFITS. “I have found that when my son doesn’t want to eat something, he is much more likely to eat it if I tell him its benefits. For example, I told him, ‘When you eat carrots, they make your eyes stronger, and they help you see in the dark.’ He loves to eat carrots now. He says, ‘Now I will be able to see in the dark!’ I am learning a lot this way, too. We Google the benefits of food at least once a day,” writes Elizabeth Manly, at DiscoveryPlayShop.com. REINFORCE. “Explain that when a child feels good, she can attribute it to eating healthy. For example, if we managed to get our daughter to eat an apple—her favorite fruit that she now eats every day—I would say, ‘Wow, you sure ran around a lot at the playground. That apple you ate gave you a lot of energy,’” writes Kirsten Schuder, author of Schooling Your Kids Through a Pandemic.


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While mindfulness can be the simple act of noticing the geometric design of a flower or the variety of tastes on a dinner plate, meditation brings awareness to the deepest levels of consciousness through a variety of focused techniques.

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he practices of mindfulness and meditation, although closely related, offer individual, science-backed benefits for both body and psyche. Mindfulness has been shown to amp up immunity and increase gray matter in the brain, and 2018 research published in Experimental Biology shows that just an introductory hour of meditation using breathwork and awareness of thoughts significantly reduced anxiety. The study indicates that when applied regularly, mindfulness minimizes arterial pressure and cardiovascular health risks associated with long-term nervous system stress.


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Immersion in the Moment Mindfulness—cultivating present-moment awareness by noticing body sensations, thoughts and details in our environment—not only makes life more enjoyable, but enables us to acknowledge life experiences and emotions without aversion and judgement. Mindfulness techniques are now being used in psychotherapy for insomnia, eating disorders and addictions. Physiological benefits are also significant. Harvard Health Publishing, referencing the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, highlights mindfulness for cardiovascular and gastrointestinal conditions, as well as clinical depression. For healing arts practitioner Evelyn Hall, in Santa Cruz, California, mindfulness is a lifestyle choice. “When my mind runs off into the future, it can create not only anxiety because I fear the unknown, but also worry about all the ‘what ifs’. When I find myself lost in the past, it can bring me sadness and regret. I have learned from mindfulness that these are just mental habits.”

Diving Deeper While mindfulness can be the simple act of noticing the geometric design of a flower or the variety of tastes on a dinner plate, meditation brings awareness to the deepest levels of consciousness through a variety of focused techniques, including breathwork, chanting, visualization or gazing at a candle flame. Contrary to common assumption, meditation need not be associated with religious structure. Neuroscientist Tony Nader, who heads the global Transcendental Meditation (TM) organization in 100 countries, underscores, “When you say meditation, there are numerous kinds of meditation with different origins. It can’t be assumed that just because meditation involves the mind that it involves dogma, or that meditation is religious because it has its roots from the Eastern traditions. Over time, some traditions integrated aspects of these ancient techniques into their own religions, yet not all meditations are religious.” Meditation can bring us into the eye of the storm. “The ocean is a great analogy for understanding different approaches to meditation. Just as the ocean can be turbulent on the surface with innumerable waves and quiet at its depth, so, too, the mind is active on the surface with innumerable thoughts, but it is also naturally, profoundly quiet, deep within.” TM, taught in personal, one-to-one instruction by a certified instructor, is one of the most thoroughly studied approaches and does not involve breathwork or repetition of chants. “There are 600 scientific research studies about the effectiveness of the Transcendental Meditation technique to develop the full brain—actually, the full potential of the human nervous system,” says Nader. Today, meditation has moved into the mainstream, with more than 2,500 digital apps offering quick, convenient access to every type and tradition. With names like Calm and Headspace, they were downloaded by more than 52 million first-time users in 2019—and that was before the anxiety-inducing pandemic. Most can be easily customized: InsightTimer, for example, offers 45,000 free meditations that can be sorted by need, duration or style. By practicing meditation, mindfulness is also cultivated. “You can think of it as a workout for your mind, a way of becoming familiar with our mind and training our mind,” says Bradley. Meditation can simply help to lower blood pressure or boost memory, yet it can bring mindfulness to a more spiritual level. “In a meditative state, I can feel how everything around me is alive and communicating with their own tongue and song,” says Hall. “I feel peace, no longer lost in wishing, praying or pleading that things be different. I am free from the burden of having to do something.” Marlaina Donato is a body-mind-spirit author and composer of visionary music. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.

Meditative Approaches to Try Cara Bradley: There are times in life, during a busy workday or after watching the news, when you can feel that your mind has gotten very small and fixed. One of my favorite, super-simple practices is called Tibetan sky-gazing. Go outside or look out your window and look up into the sky. Use your inhale to help you expand your breath, but also your mind; allow your mind and your eyes to widen to the peripheral, and as you exhale, you just let go of any fear, worry or control. Inhale—expand up and out; exhale, let something go—tension, struggle, expectation. motok tonn/Unsplash.com

Cara Bradley, a mental fitness coach in Philadelphia and author of On the Verge: Wake Up, Show Up and Shine, says, “To be mindful is to show up to experience the moment as it is, with all your senses—when we eat, when we walk, whatever we are doing.”

Evelyn Hall: Close your eyes, take a couple of nice belly breaths and relax. Send waves of relaxation through your entire body, from the top of your head to the soles of your feet. As you do this, just listen to the sounds around you, both near and far. Then notice what you smell, both near and far. How does the air feel on your skin? Expand all your senses to experience what is present in this moment. Once you are deeply relaxed, just rest within the present environment, doing nothing. Unplug, reset. Try three to five minutes to reboot. Tip: It’s helpful to remember a time when you were totally relaxed—in nature or on vacation. The mind and body love to work together; think it and the body will respond.

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Saying ‘I Do’ to the Planet Green Weddings Embrace Sustainability by Sandra Yeyati


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rom advising couples about Earth-friendly menus to reducing and reusing plastic in her business operations, wedding planner Erica Jill Razze, of Capiche Custom Events, in Wilmington, Delaware, is dedicated to environmentalism. When designing her own wedding last year, she wanted it to serve as a portfolio example of sustainability. “Our parents are a little more traditional, so there were certain aspects that we tried to respect and uphold for them, while still finding our happy place from an environmental standpoint,” she says. Although no wedding can be totally zero waste, there are always greener options, starting with the invitations. The most ecofriendly choice is email, which Razze’s parents declined to use, so she opted for the next best thing: biodegradable, non-toxic paper directly benefitting women in India. In lieu of a response card, which would have required more paper and another mailing, she created a website for RSVPs. Bridal shower invitations were printed on botanical paper embedded with seeds. Invitees that followed the planting instructions were delighted to welcome blooming flowers in their yards. “Find a venue that already fits your theme, so that you’re not trying to transform a space or shipping in plastic decorations that add to the carbon footprint and end up in landfills,” says Razze, who prefers horticultural centers or outdoors spaces. “The beauty and simplicity of what’s around you is what makes it so wonderful,” she says. “Don’t try to turn a ballroom into a forest and vice versa.” Flown-in, farmed flowers are a big no-no. “The transportation is a huge carbon footprint. If they’re growing one particular flower, they’re treated with pesticides,” Razze says. Sustainable alternatives are locally harvested, organic wildflowers; dried flowers that haven’t been sprayed or painted with toxic chemicals; silk blooms; and rented potted plants. Some local florists collect flowers after the event for composting. Heart-shaped confetti made of dried leaves is a clever swap that begins composting once it hits the ground. Razze’s vegan meal offered another planet-saving opportunity. While real stoneware and silverware gets expensive because it requires hiring staff, single-use plastics that are gold-decorated to simulate real china betray the Earth and believability. “You’re not fooling anybody with that stuff,” she says, recommending less costly alternatives like biodegradable bamboo and palm-leaf disposables. “Instead of fake-impress, show people something new. Thankfully, taking care of the environment has become trendy, so it’s an easier sell.” Instead of wedding favors, most of which come from China and

are wrapped in plastic, donate meals to people that don’t have access to food, advises Emily Raezer, director of weddings at Global Gourmet Catering (GGC), in San Francisco. “A lot of times, guests don’t even take those favors home. Why not make a donation that’s going to have a social impact?” GGC also donates all event leftovers to food banks in local communities. As the first green-certified caterer in Northern California, GGC educates wedding clients about sustainability, helping them choose menu items that are in season, organic, locally sourced,

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mong environmentally and socially conscious couples, traditional engagement rings purchased at Tiffany’s that feature the largest diamond three month’s pay will buy are not so cool when more ethical, sustainable and meaningful options are available. One goal is to use conflict-free or ethical diamonds that are not associated with civil wars, unfair pay, unsafe working conditions, human rights abuses and unsavory environmental practices. Earth-friendlier choices include rings inherited from family members or purchased at estate sales, as well as lab-generated gems and custom-designed, one-of-a-kind rings. According to jewelry designer Amanda Jaron, of Naples, Florida, there’s a trend in the younger, first-time wedding market toward alternative gems. “It might be a lab-created diamond like a moissanite, or what they call a salt-and-pepper diamond, which has many black and white inclusions [imperfections], giving the stone a speckled or smoky look.” Gemstones and jewelry handed down by family members or acquired at an estate sale are also popular and represent the bulk of Jaron’s creative work. “There’s nothing more special than a gemstone that has two or three decades worth of life to tell,” she says. “I love being able to create fabulous, modern pieces that my clients can wear proudly. What’s better than a sparkly treasure that also has sentimental value?”

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sustainably farmed and drought-friendly. Raezer explains the reasoning behind these principles: “We don’t want things traveling very far and having CO2 emissions. Growing things out of season costs the environment water and other resources, and some products are more drought-friendly—which explains choosing avocados over cucumbers. Sustainable fishing really impacts our oceans, so we won’t source any fish that’s on the Monterey Bay watchlist, and a lot of couples are cutting out red meat from their weddings because of the methane emissions.” GGC goes to extraordinary lengths to minimize impacts caused by their events, including reclaiming and repurposing used vegetable oil for San Francisco’s alternatively fueled vehicles; serving filtered tap water to avoid using plastic water bottles; opting for biodegradable and reusable utensils and decorations; recycling whenever possible; partnering with local farms to compost efficiently; and using non-toxic dishwasher detergents. For every event, they donate a portion of the proceeds to Terrapass for carbon offsets. Despite all preparations, couples must be ready for the unexpected. When the COVID-19 shutdown hit last March, just two months before Razze’s May wedding, she decided to legally marry in a small gathering of fewer than 10 people and postponed her larger green reception for a year. “We want to celebrate with everybody,” she says. “In a year, it could be a vow renewal. How cool is that?”

Shoes Off!

Keep Germs Outside It may take some getting used to, and some friends may think it odd, but banning shoes in the house is a good idea. Research has shown that when we’re out and about, our shoes come into direct contact with a variety of microbes, including viruses and bacteria. If we walk around our homes in these same shoes without disinfecting them first, we can track in some of those germs and spread them throughout our living spaces. Pollen and mold can also come into the house on shoes. Upping the gross factor, think about picking up fecal matter left by pets on lawns, driveways and sidewalks, as well as the human kind from public restroom floors. Keeping the indoor sanctuary as clean as possible should be job number one, especially if one or more people in the house are allergy sufferers, immunocompromised individuals or small children that play on the floor and regularly stick things into their mouths. Organisms survive longer in carpets, which are harder to clean and disinfect than hard floors, but the easiest solution is to leave shoes by the front door. Setting up a seat and shoe storage area at the entrance makes the transition much easier. Designate one or two pairs as indoor shoes—they could be slippers or comfy loafers that never go outdoors. Socks or goodold-fashioned bare feet are also options. Some people swear by antimicrobial doormats, wiping their feet two or more times on the treated mat before crossing the threshold. Periodically cleaning shoes is a good idea, too. The first step is to check the shoe manufacturer’s instructions. Some shoes, like canvas sneakers, can be placed in the washing machine and air dried. Most rubber or leather soles can be scrubbed with soapy water using an old toothbrush or a washcloth. Avoid detergents or cleaners with bleach unless the shoes are white. Thoroughly rinse off the soap to avoid making the shoes slippery. Asking guests to remove their shoes before entering the abode may feel awkward. Be kind and gentle when making the request, explaining that it will help preserve the family’s health. And if they seem uncomfortable, be flexible. When hosting a gathering, it may be wise to give invitees advance warning of the no-shoe preference so that they can bring slippers or socks. A proactive host might even have fresh socks or house shoes available for guests. February 2021


calendar of events STAY HEALTHY MILWAUKEE With so much uncertainty regarding COVID-19, many Milwaukee events have been temporarily cancelled or postponed in efforts to keep our community safe. Please continue to take protective measures and follow public health guidelines to keep you and those around you safe and healthy. Finally, thank you for continuing to read Natural Awakenings Milwaukee and support its advertisers. This allows us to continue to publish during these unprecedented times. Natural Awakenings could not do it without you. We will continue to share future events for 2021, so please continue to read the magazine, follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates. Be well, Milwaukee!


Seidr Norse Shamanism with Imelda Almqvist – May 19-23, 2021. Join UK international author and teacher, Imelda Almqvist, for Seiðr/Fornsed and Norse Shamanism. This introduction course covers spiritual and mystical traditions; explore indigenous ancestral pathways and spiritual wisdom teachings of Northern Europe. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center. For more info: 920-609-8277. GoldenLightHealing.net.

Women’s Wellness Virtual Series – Feb 13-Apr 25. Learn to discover our own voices, nourish ourselves, and partner with herbal medicine to heal ourselves and those around us. Restorative Yoga for Every Body with Mary Blue offered before each workshop. Instructors include Ruth Barrett, Linda Conroy, Cornelia Cho, Dominique Christina, Mary Lou Singleton, Mimi Hernandez. For more info & to register: MidwestWomensHerbal.com.


plan ahead MARCH Whispers on the Wind Shamanic Program w/Amy Wilinski – Groups begin Mar 3 or Jul 28. Are you searching for the meaning in your life? Would you like a deeper connection with nature and the spirit world? Intensive training program in shamanism, energy medicine and self-transformation. Meet four times over 12 months. Learn core energy healing techniques: power animal and soul retrieval, clearing of past life and ancestral imprints, connecting with the forces of nature. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center. Info: 920-609-8277. GoldenLightHealing.net.

APRIL Shaman’s Mesa with Jose Luis Herrera – Apr 29-May 2. Are you a mesa carrier? Want to better understand the Peruvian cosmology from which this shamanic tradition sources? Peruvian international teacher Jose Luis Herrera assists participants in further developing their relationship with their mesa. Learn to move beyond the personnel to the collective. This training will teach you how to weave

ceke lines between your kuyas and forces of nature and deepen your connection with the Peruvian medicine traditions. Held at Golden Light Healing Retreat Center. For more info: 920-609-8277. GoldenLightHealing.net.

Mediumship Workshops: UK Medium Mavis Pittilla – Aug 14-15 Let’s Talk About Love (open to all levels), and Aug 17-18, Confident Communication (pre-requisite workshop with Mavis Pittilla or working as a professional medium). A rare opportunity right here in the Midwest to learn from one of the most experienced, trusted mediums of our time. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center. For more info: 920-609-8277. GoldenLightHealing.net.




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Mid-Day Meditation – Everyday, whenever you want or need a break, simply go to UnityCenter InMilwaukee.com and click the meditation tab. Meditations are changed every Wednesday, and you can go back to listen as often as you like. Unity Center in Milwaukee. 414-745-7377. UnityCenter InMilwaukee.com.

Life Journey Group – 2-4pm. 1st & 3rd Tue. Like-minded people who wish to grow spiritually come together to explore ideas and discuss topics of interest without fear of judgment. Kevin Reger is the primary facilitator, KMReger57@gmail. com, 414-322-6552. Free. Currently meeting via Zoom. Fireside Room, Unity Center in Milwaukee. UnityCenterInMilwaukee.com.

Milwaukee Public Market – Monday through Saturday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 10am-6pm. Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N. Water St., Milwaukee. 414336-1111. MilwaukeePublicMarket.org. Prayer Pause – 12 noon. Join Unity Centers around the world at 12 noon wherever you are. Hold the Center, community, state, country, world in prayer and high consciousness for a minute or two, praying for the health and well-being of all people. Unity Center in Milwaukee. 414-745-7377. UnityCenter InMilwaukee.com.

sunday Sunday Celebrations at Unity Center In Milwaukee – 10am. Streaming live on the website: UnityCenterInMilwaukee.com. A.C.I.M. Study Group – A Course in Miracles study group, following Fellowship. Love offering. Class Room, Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Joann Baumann: 414-7457377. UnityCenterInMilwaukee.com.

monday Life Journey Group – 7-9pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. Like-minded people who wish to grow spiritually come together to explore ideas and discuss topics of interest without fear of judgment. Kevin Reger is the primary facilitator, KMReger57@gmail. com, 414-322-6552. Free. Currently meeting via Zoom. Fireside Room, Unity Center in Milwaukee. UnityCenterInMilwaukee.com.

wednesday Writing Wednesdays for Women to Write – 10:30am-12:30pm. 4th Wed. Writing is voicefinding, thought-sorting, recording our thoughts and stories that want to come forth; w/Anne Wondra. $12.50. Fireside Room, Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Anne: 262-544-4310. WonderSpirit.com. Wisconsin Asperger’s Empowerment Group – 6:30-9pm. 2nd & 4th Wed. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Sandy Krause: 414-581-2626, SKrause20@outlook.com. UnityCenterInMilwaukee.com.

thursday Minister’s Book Study – 9:15-10:45am. This is an open forum currently discussing Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, The Art of Living. If you are interested in joining this study via Zoom meeting, please pick up a copy of the book at the Center (call first), and get the details to join Zoom. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-745-7377. UnityCenterInMilwaukee.com. Silent Unity Prayer and Healing Circle – 11am. This prayer time coincides with the prayer time at World Headquarters Silent Unity where prayer partners are praying 24/7/365. This is a powerful time to join in prayer. Unity Center in Milwaukee. 414-475-0105. UnityCenterInMilwaukee.com.

No Lights, No Lycra Milwaukee – 7-8pm. A casual, free-form dance class, in a dimly lit room, for the pure joy of dancing. A drug- and alcohol-free atmosphere; open to all. $5/per class; bring a water bottle. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-425-1249. NoLightsNoLycra.com. Info, Anna: AnnaLenoreStone@gmail.com.

saturday “The Domes” Milwaukee Winter Farmers’ Market (MWFM) – Thru March 27, 8:30am12:30pm. The MWFM is operated by the Fondy Food Center, whose mission is to connect neighborhoods to fresh local food with 30 weekly vendors and artisan food producers. Mitchell Park Conservatory, Greenhouse Annex, 524 S. Layton Blvd. Milwaukee. MCWFM.org. Citizens Climate Lobby – 11am-1pm. 2nd Sat. This is a non-partisan group dedicated to finding effective ways to preserving and protecting our planet from further climate change. Contact: Mike Arney: IaMMike2350@gmail.com. Wedding Suite, Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UnityCenterInMilwaukee.com. Wisconsin Asperger’s Empowerment Group – 6:30-9pm. 1st & 3rd Sat. Group game night. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Sandy Krause: 414-581-2626, SKrause20@outlook. com. UnityCenterInMilwaukee.com.

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